The Ford Motor Co. has elevated its top engineer to lead Lincoln as the automaker attempts to revitalize its luxury nameplate. Kumar Galhotra takes over the dual roles of vice president and president of Lincoln. He replaces Paul Mascarenas, who is retiring as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering. Mascarenas [...]

Ark. to Give Clean Fuel Rebates to Fleets

July 22, 2014

The Arkansas Energy Office will hand out $ 150,000 in state rebates to fleet operators who convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, according to an announcement. Fleet operators who convert to CNG or progane autogas or purchase a CNG or propane autogas vehicle are eligible for the Clean Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which [...]

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Video: PG&E Truck Rodeo Focuses on Bucket Truck Safety

July 21, 2014

The fourth annual Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Truck Rodeo in Watsonville, Calif. in late June, highlighted bucket truck driver safety. From vehicle inspections to challenges that mirror real-world scenarios, the drivers are put through a series of hands-on tests. PG&E Electric Troubleman Grant Estrada created the event, which uses 10-ton bucket trucks used for [...]

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Model 220

July 21, 2014

The first new Peterbilt medium-duty cabover Model 220 rolled off the assembly line at the company’s COE manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico. The Class 6 and 7 truck, which was introduced earlier this year during the Mid-America Trucking Show, is now in full production. The Model 220 is equipped with the PACCAR PX-7 engine with [...]

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Chevy/GMC V8 pickups to get 8-speed Hydra-Matic gearbox

July 21, 2014

General Motors plans to make a new eight-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with its new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gasoline engine. read more Fleet Owner

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Video: GM CEO Defends Chief Counsel in Senate Testimony

July 19, 2014

GM General Counsel Michael P. Millikin and GM CEO Mary Barra during hearing testimony. Photo by Fred Watkins for General Motors. VIDEO: Barra Defends Actions of GM’s Chief Counsel During a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on July 17, General Motors CEO Mary Barra vowed to act on all of the recommendations of the Valukas report. But [...]

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Obama pitches private-sector investment as partial highway fix

July 19, 2014

And buckle up– as Senate politicking over patching up the highway fund is under way With the clock ticking rapidly down to when the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) will have to  start cutting highway payments to states, President Barack Obama this week launched by executive order an effort to pull more private-sector monies into the [...]

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Ford’s 2015 Mustang Tops Out at 435 HP

July 19, 2014

Ford has announced horsepower and torque ratings for the trio of engines available on the redesigned 2015 Mustang. At the top performance level, the 2015 Mustang GT powered by a 5.0L V-8 will achieve 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The vehicle has an improved power-to-weight ratio over the 2014 model. Ford will also [...]

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Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing for 2015 F-450

July 18, 2014

Ford has increased the towing capability of its largest pickup, the F-450, for the 2015 model year to a best-in-class 31,200 pounds, Ford announced at a media event this week in West Virginia. The 2015 F-450 increases payload capability 6,500 pounds over the 2014 model, which would give it greater towing capacity than the Ram [...]

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2015 Chevrolet, GM 1500 Trucks Get 8-Speed Transmission

July 18, 2014

General Motors will pair a new eight-speed transmission with its 6.2L V-8 engine offered on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon Denali, and Yukon XL Denali models. The Hydra-Matic 8L90 automatic transmission replaces the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. The 7.0 overall gear ratio spread is wider than the six-speed and provides [...]

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