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Report Compares Half-Ton Pickup Costs, Uses in Utility Fleets

A report from Utilimarc looking at more than 5,500 half-ton pickups from the company’s utility clients, compares operating costs, average miles driven, acquisition costs and repairs of 4x2 versus 4x4 half-ton pickups.

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Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

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Texas Coloring Contest Draws 'Bucky' the Bucket Truck

Four area school children were recently selected as the winners of NBU’s annual SAFEhaven in Schools “Draw Bucky” contest.

Photo via Ringling College of Art + Design.

How Does Your Salary Compare to the Industry?

Every two years, Automotive Fleet conducts a salary survey of fleet managers to find out what the average salary is for the fleet manager position. See how you compare with your peers.

Mitchell 1 Shop Management Workshop Date

Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s first Shop Management Workshop, April 30-May 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Business Customer Satisfaction Improves for Electric Utilities

Business customer satisfaction with their electric utility has hit its highest mark since 2009, based primarily on a substantial year-over-year increase in satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study.

Photo of Freightliner M2 106 courtesy of Daimler.

Freightliner's New M2 106 Options Now Available

Commercial buyers can now order one of four new option packages for Freightliner's Class 6/7 M2 106 truck that were introduced at the 2014 Work Truck Show, Freightliner Trucks announced.

Photo: Nissan

Cummins Two-Stage Turbocharger Debuts on Nissan Titan XD

When the covers were pulled off the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup at the 2015 North American International Auto Show earlier this month, ti was also the debut of the all-new Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt's Model 320 Hits Production Record

Peterbilt’s low-cab forward Model 320 reached record production in 2014 with more than 1,600 trucks built, a 12 percent year-over-year increase, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced.

Photo of vehicle wrap courtesy of JMR Graphics.

Vehicle Wraps Offer Better Value Than TV, Radio Ads

Vinyl vehicle wraps provide fleets greater marketing punch at a cost that's much less than radio or TV ads and billboards, according to new data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Photo via Dom Sagolla/Flickr.

Fleet Industry Report Card: Submit Your Grades

Automotive Fleet's third annual 2015 Commercial Fleet Industry Report Card is a chance to help make a difference in the industry by identifying areas that require improvement.

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Photo courtesy of DuecoAt the work site, the Odyne plug-in hybrid system, featuring Johnson Controls’ lithium-ion battery packs, powers typical work site applications with the engine off for a significantly longer time than other large truck hybrid systems.

Dueco Delivers Odyne-Equipped Trucks to Wisconsin Utility

The Odyne systems are now operating on a Terex TC55 line construction truck mounted on an IHC chassis, which will be doing everyday line work, and a Terex SC45 trouble truck, which will be doing more driving and service work.

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Expected to Reach 18 Percent for January

Light-vehicle fleet sales in January are projected to total 204,000 units making up about 18 percent of the total vehicle sales for the month.

Image via Telogis Blog.

Telogis Providing Road Updates for Juno Storm

Telematics service provider Telogis is posting updates to its blog about road closures and routing exceptions relating to the Juno winter storm on the East Coast.

February Auctions in North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri

Equipment and vehicles from utilities will be auctioned in Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina in the month of February. The auctions will be held Feb. 12, 19 and 26.

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Bridgestone Unveils Dayton Commercial Tire Website

Bridgestone Commercial has designed and launched a new website for its Dayton line of commercial truck tires.

In 2014, the average price of a retreaded truck tire was $237.48. The average price of a new tire was $381.50. Graphic via MTD.

Replacement Truck Tire Demand Doubles

Compared with 2013, truck tire shipments in 2014 were up 1.6 million units, while the number of retreaded tires was up 800,000 units.

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Declining fuel prices has reduced the attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrains in commercial vehicles, yet the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise for these systems.

GPS Insight and Cable TV Co-op Form Purchasing Contract

The National Cable Television Cooperative has entered a purchasing contract with GPS Insight, giving members pre-negotiated volume discount pricing, terms and conditions.

Average Diesel Cost Near 5-Year Low of Under $2.87

Fuel prices are showing no signs of throttling back from their large and recent declines that started months ago, with oil nearly hitting a six-year low on Monday.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With School Buses

Drivers need to be especially cautious and attentive when driving near a school bus, so they’re prepared to stop suddenly as the bus loads and unloads its passengers.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Low Gasoline Prices Causing Shift to Trucks, Dealers Say

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand should propel new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Photo courtesy of Goodyear.

Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.





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