Katerack Van Shelving

April 20, 2014

Dejana Cargo Van & Interiors introduces the Katerack Interior Shelving System, which features a patent-pending design that lets you slide the entire storage system outside your vehicle for easy access. Choose from: Katerack: Interior shelving system for the Transit Connect (Vans & Wagons). DuraRac : Interior shelving system for full size van (Ford E-Series, Chevrolet Express, [...]

CEO charged about Smith Electric’s future

April 20, 2014

Company will soon announce new financing that will secure production of its next-generation vehicle In a recent Dept. of Energy filing, Smith Electric Vehicles said that is has stopped shipping trucks and step vans with its Generation II system to customers “due to the company’s tight cash flow situation.” The company confirmed that it has [...]

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Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reading Traffic Lane Markings

April 20, 2014

VIDEO: What Those Traffic Lane Markings Mean Traffic lane markings help communicate to drivers what they can and cannot do legally. But even experienced drivers can benefit from a mini-refresher course now and then to remind them of what all the different white and yellow line combinations mean. For example, what does a yellow solid [...]

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Fitch Affirms ‘Stable’ Rating for LeasePlan, Wheels Inc.

April 19, 2014

The short- and long-term outlook for fleet lessors LeasePlan Corp. and Wheels Inc. is stable for any upcoming corporate bond offerings, according to a Fitch Ratings review. Fitch affirmed LeasePlan’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at A-/F2, while affirming Wheels Inc.’s IDR at the higher A/F1. Fitch cited a strong used-vehicle market and Wheels Inc.’s preference [...]

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Hybrid and Electric Truck Sales to Reach 105,000 by 2020

April 19, 2014

Despite government support, such as funding under the United States’ economic stimulus efforts, the market for hybrid and electric trucks has struggled to expand beyond a narrow niche. Nevertheless, a significant number of players continue to develop hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) trucks for a variety of [...]

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Fleet Response Hosts Customer Event

April 18, 2014

Fleet Response hosted its sixth annual event to thank its customers and partners at the 2014 NAFA Institute and Expo in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 9 and 10. On April 8, Fleet Response hosted its sixth annual Happy Hour Event. This year’s event featured Brau Brothers Brewing Company with locally inspired food and beer pairings, [...]

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Rand McNally Releases HOS and Navigation Updates

April 18, 2014

Rand McNally has released a major new navigation and software update for its line of mobile fleet management devices, including the HD 100, TND 760, and TPC 7600. With the release, the devices will have access to a full map update and new navigation features, as well as supplementary Hours of Service rules to help [...]

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FMCSA extends comments on drug clearinghouse

April 18, 2014

The public will have more time to comment on the proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse, although not as much time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was asked to provide. In a notice posted April 17 at the Office of the Federal Register, FMCSA granted a 30-day extension to the original comment deadline, allowing [...]

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OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

April 18, 2014

The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by [...]

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Allison Transmission Reports Sales Increase in 2013

April 17, 2014

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., a global provider of commercial duty fully-automatic transmissions and hybrid-propulsion systems, has reported net sales for the quarter of $ 491 million, a 1 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarter was $ 78 million, compared to Adjusted Net Income [...]

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