Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ford and MIT Team Up To Improve Safety by Reducing Driver Stress

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 30, 2009 -- As Americans fight through the most stressful time of the year, Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are embarking on a plan to study driver workload and identify new opportunities to use in-vehicle technologies to improve driver safety by lowering stress.

While holiday shoppers recover from fighting long lines, crowded parking lots and icy roads, Ford and MIT researchers are focusing on how the car can potentially enhance overall human wellness, become an oasis from stressful situations, and increase driver attention and safety.

Partnering with MIT's renowned AgeLab, the project will identify specific stress-inducing driving situations, monitor a driver's reaction to the situations using biometrics, and evaluate methods to incorporate new stress-reducing features into the next generation of Ford products. A six-month effort beginning this January will focus on human interaction with a specially equipped 2010 Lincoln MKS, a vehicle already recognized for its advanced safety features.

"We strongly believe that driving can be made safer by reducing the stress load placed on a driver," said Jeff Rupp, Ford manager, Active Safety Research. "Through the use of our existing technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning or SYNC, our voice-activated communications system, we are proactively guiding drivers away from difficult situations."
"The goal of this program is to take this one step further by creating the most comfortable driving environment possible so that our driver is always relaxed, calm and able to perform at peak performance," added Rupp.

Ford and MIT - partners in driver wellness

This current undertaking is the next step in an ongoing effort to study and, eventually, significantly improve driver wellness. Since 2004, Ford and MIT's AgeLab - in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation's New England University Transportation Center - have been working to develop vehicle systems that detect the state of a driver at key points in time. This project envisions using this information to adjust systems in the car in ways that reduce driver stress. One of the goals of this work is to help the driver recapture the wellness experience that driving once promised.

"Today's driver is feeling a greater level of anxiety than in the past, both from situations inside and outside the vehicle," said Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of MIT's AgeLab and the leader of this initiative since its outset. "This arises in part from the chronic stress in individuals' daily lives combined with longer commute times, increased driving demands due to traffic congestion and deteriorating infrastructure.

"By identifying specific situations and the physiological effect they have on the driver, we are seeking solutions that can bring the driver from a heightened stress level back to an optimal operational state and thereby make their commute safer and more comfortable, renewing the positive experience of driving and riding in an automobile."

By monitoring biometrics such as heart rate, skin conductivity and eye movement, researchers at MIT have been working to develop a specific set of parameters for an embedded detection system that could be engineered into future Ford vehicles.

"Increasing human-vehicle connectivity through biometrics may provide the next major breakthrough in vehicle safety and lead the development of aware vehicle systems," said Bryan Reimer, an MIT AgeLab research scientist working on the project.

A white paper describing the conceptual framework for a vehicle-based safety/wellness platform and results of studies on detection systems was released today by the MIT AgeLab (

The MIT AgeLab develops new ideas and technologies to improve the quality of life of older people. Coughlin said that "we have a unique opportunity to use new technology to help people live not just longer, but better across the lifespan." AgeLab's multidisciplinary team of engineers, psychologists, designers, clinicians and social scientists have been conducting research on wellness and wellbeing to better understand behavior in key areas including health, financial planning and driver safety.

Commitment to innovation in safety and security

Two crucial parts of the overall driver wellness package are safety and security, and Ford maintains a leadership position in both areas.

As the flagship vehicle in the Lincoln lineup, MKS will provide MIT AgeLab researchers a rolling test vehicle with leading-edge driver-assistance technology. With innovations such as BLIS(®) (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, MyKey((TM)), Voice-Activated Navigation and SYNC(®), Ford Motor Company is equipping its vehicles with innovations that not only create a safer and more secure driving experience, but that reduce driver stress and enhance passenger comfort.

Diet, exercise, rest...and a stress-free car

Today's consumers are seeking every edge they can in the pursuit of a healthier and happier life, including diet, exercise and rest. Ford is committed to introducing in-vehicle technology that minimizes anxiety and actively mitigates stress levels so that the vehicle can serve a beneficial role in a human's life like a healthy diet or regular exercise, and ultimately be part of the total wellness solution.

"We believe we have the opportunity to recast the driving experience not as a source of stress, but as a refuge from the daily grind and an opportunity to refresh the driver," Rupp said.
Ford and MIT expect to conclude this phase of the study in July 2010. Findings of the study will be made public shortly after its conclusion.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 200,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

About the MIT AgeLab
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab conducts research in human behavior and technology to develop new ideas to improve the quality of life of older people. Based within MIT's Engineering Systems Division and Center for Transportation & Logistics, the AgeLab has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, as well as government and industry partners, to develop innovations that will invent how we will live, work and play tomorrow. For more information about AgeLab, visit

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

URG Says Feds Missed Opportunity To Keep Cash for Clunkers Program Green

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Recyclers Group (URG) says that the federal government is not doing enough to help promote the green aspects of the auto salvage industry and encourage the use of environmentally-friendly green auto parts. "Cash For Clunkers (C4C) created some much needed green awareness for consumers and momentum within the auto industry," says Michelle Alexander, executive director of the United Recyclers Group. "But a big opportunity was missed by the federal government when they all but abandoned C4C once the front end of the program involving the new car manufacturers and dealers was completed. The back half of the program is far greener than the front half, and yet the ball has been dropped when it comes to promoting the truly green aspects of C4C. We call on the federal government to change course and help us promote the use of affordable and green auto parts to American consumers."

C4C has also resulted in a number of unanticipated problems for the nation's auto salvage industry. With 690,000 cars sold during the brief run of the C4C (otherwise known as CARS) program, and an equal number traded in and scrapped, a 'tsunami of steel' has hit the industry. A number of unexpected delays by the federal government and a shortened run time for the CARS program have meant less processing time for recyclers. There are still serious issues, despite the recent announcement of a 90 day extension to the 180 day deadline (making 270 days total) for processing all of the scrapped C4C vehicles.

Alexander says, "URG has requested and continues to fully support a minimum six month extension of the CARS program processing deadline mandated by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). We need at least a full year to do this job right. The recent 90 day extension is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough. Many of our members now have a one to two year inventory of automobiles waiting to be processed. There has been no help at all from the federal government promoting the use of green reusable auto parts. So with no increase in demand, we are simply looking at an increase in our costs, and it isn't reasonable or fair to auto recyclers. Auto recyclers are hardworking small businessmen and women, very much tied to their communities, and can be found in every congressional district in America. Just because they don't have the lobbying clout of the 'Big Three' in Washington doesn't mean their needs and concerns don't matter when new programs like C4C are created."

"Cash For Clunkers started as a billion dollar program that was going to run until November 1, 2009," says Greg Wilcox, co-owner and president of Midway Auto Parts (Kansas City, MO), and a URG Manager. "Six months to process the clunkers traded in made sense. But then congress tripled the size of the program, it all came and went in a matter of weeks, instead of months, and then NHTSA finally got around to a small adjustment, less than what anyone in this industry has asked for, of the processing deadline even as they tripled the size of the program. This oversight creates huge problems for the auto recycling industry, because there is no money to support our extra costs - such as more staff, more space, and more inventory carrying costs - incurred because we now have to meet an unrealistic deadline."

John Fischl, President of Riteway Auto Parts (Phoenix, AZ) and a URG manager says, "Cash for Clunkers was all about being green and stimulating the economy. All of those good intentions backfire when auto recycling, one of the nation's greenest industries, and this country's 13th largest, is impacted in a way that hurts our profitability and causes us to be less green as we scramble to meet an artificial deadline."

Fischl says, "These vehicles need more time in the system to produce the maximum green benefit for this country and the American consumer. I wonder how many decision makers who supported C4C understand that the really green thing we do is process vehicles and reclaim the green parts for reuse by consumers. This is what separates us from car crushers, who simply shred cars to recycle the metals. Millions of Americans benefit from the green auto parts we put into the marketplace every year. Doesn't that matter to anyone in Washington?"

United Recyclers Group, LLC is a partnership of over 330 industry leading auto recyclers that work together to improve and modernize the automotive recycling industry. Changes they have made include developing their own inventory management system, Pinnacle and Pinnacle Pro; creating a buying cooperative; and offering group marketing options. For more information, go to the United Recyclers Group website at or call 303-367-4391. and AutoPacific Announce the Most Significant Trucks of the Decade

CHICAGO, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- and AutoPacific have taken a look at all the new trucks sold in the last 10 years and made their picks for the most significant trucks of the decade. The trucks that made the list introduced cutting edge technologies and pushed the segment into new territory.

"Despite the economic challenges of the past two years, it's hard not to look back at the last ten years without calling it the decade of the pickup truck," said editor Mike Levine. "Sales of full-size pickups hit 2.56 million units in 2004 and Ford's F-Series trucks remain the nation's best-selling vehicles, 33 years in a row."

Though there are many trucks that had a significant impact in the last decade, it's clear that the 2009 Ford F-150 earned the title of "Most Significant".

"On balance, we thought the 2009 Ford F-150 was the most significant pickup of the last decade," said Jim Hossack, vice president of consulting for AutoPacific. "It sells in high volume, owners like it and its body, chassis and powertrain are all first rate. Features abound, and there are more models, series and options than can be counted. It's a good looking truck and suitable for the widest possible range of tasks and uses."

Below is the complete ranking of most significant trucks of the decade:

2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Why It's Significant: First pickup truck to offer four full-sized doors and a configuration that prioritized passenger space over cargo capacity.

Crew cab pickups were popular in overseas markets long before they finally arrived in the U.S. Nissan was the first to offer its buyers another choice beyond a regular or extended cab. Buyers loved the idea because entire families could now travel comfortably in pickup trucks on long trips or around town. The idea quickly gained traction with every manufacturer and soon crew cabs made up almost 50 percent of the mix of all trucks sold.

2001 Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra Heavy Duty with 6.6-Liter Duramax Diesel

Why It's Significant: Made GM a serious player in heavy duty pickups and raised the bar for diesel engines.

In 2000, GM held less than 10 percent market share in the three-quarter-ton and one-ton truck segments. Its 6.2-liter and 6.5-liter diesel engines weren't competitive with the mills in Ford's and Dodge's trucks. But GM's joint venture engineering and manufacturing agreement with Isuzu Motors of Japan changed all of that. With Isuzu's help, the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks debuted with the all-new 6.6-liter V-8 turbodiesel. It broke new ground in horsepower, torque and fuel economy and helped GM jump to more than 30 percent market share by 2002.

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

Why It's Significant: Combined the best attributes of a full-size SUV and pickup truck in a single vehicle.

The wild looking Chevrolet Avalanche debuted as a lightly disguised concept at the 2000 NAIAS. GM intended to build it to fill the gap between the Suburban and Silverado full-size trucks. Its convert-a-cab system made it versatile for carrying passengers or cargo by offering pass-through access between the cabin and bed and a removable rear window. Unibody exterior styling was unique, as well as its use of a multi-link rear suspension and composite bed -- traits that would be reused later in the decade by the Honda Ridgeline.

2004 Nissan Titan:

Why It's Significant: The first true full-size half-ton pickup truck from a Japanese automaker

Japanese car companies had successfully entered almost every segment of the U.S. car and truck markets except the unique domain of the North American full-size pickup truck when Nissan unveiled the 2004 Titan. Sure, Toyota marginally stuck its toes in the segment with its T100 pickup in 1993 but the T100 was too small and underpowered to ever be a serious contender.

The Titan met about 80 percent of half-ton buyers' needs with its 300-hp, 5.6-liter V-8, an advanced five-speed automatic transmission and a choice of extended cab or crew cab configurations. It quickly gained a loyal following, but later years' sales were hampered by reliability issues with early trucks.

2005 Toyota Tacoma:

Why It's Significant: The best-selling small truck in the U.S.

Small truck sales have dwindled throughout the decade but Toyota has managed to keep sales of the Tacoma relatively strong and take market share in this neglected segment. Just before the turn of the century, the Ford Ranger outsold Tacoma by more than 2-to-1, today it's the exact opposite. The Tacoma offers a broad lineup of cab, body, wheelbase and engine choices with strong capabilities and excellent performance and refinement. What more could a small truck buyer want if they're not going to buy a full-size pickup?

2006 Honda Ridgeline

Why It's Significant: Created a class of one with its unique unibody construction and a trunk in the bed.

Love it or hate it (there's no in-between), the Honda Ridgeline did what Japanese pickups have consistently done over the years: Break new ground in terms of form and functionality. The Ridgeline came to market in 2005 with controversial slab-sided lunar-lander looks and all-wheel drive. It did away with conventional leaf springs in favor of an independent rear suspension that gave it great ride comfort and enough room for an in-bed lockable trunk - the first in a pickup. The Ridgeline also featured a dual-action tailgate that folded down or off to the side, like a door, to allow unimpeded access to the cargo box.

2007 Toyota Tundra

Why It's Significant: Toyota's no-holds-barred attempt to gain ground in full-size trucks.

When the 2007 Toyota Tundra debuted it was notable for being two things: big and powerful. But just being big and powerful doesn't automatically sell trucks. Several mechanical issues that garnered high visibility online with truck buyers and a lack of a large loyal buyer base contributed to a huge falloff in Tundra sales after it almost met its first year sales goal of 200,000 units. Today, the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 all offer more powerful V-8 engines than the Tundra and Ford is about to join that group, pushing the Tundra to fourth place for bragging rights. Tundra sales have shrunk to well under 100,000 units per year. It's proof that the domestics still know how to build a superior vehicle.

2009 Dodge Ram 1500:

Why It's Significant: Ditched conventional leaf springs for a coil spring rear axle and added side saddle storage to the cargo box.

The 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 could have impressed many simply for its more powerful Hemi V-8, handsome exterior and totally revised interior but Chrysler carried its half-ton pickup much farther by featuring a coil spring rear axle -- resurrecting an idea that GM had tried from 1967 to 1972 in its C10 and C20 pickups -- that gave the Ram 1500 unparalleled ride comfort and quality for a half-ton pickup. Towing was limited to only 9,100 pounds but after a year of additional testing and real world results, Dodge re-rated the Ram 1500 to tow up to 10,450 pounds.


Why It's Significant: Remains the gold standard against which other half-ton pickup trucks are compared.

Ford gave its F-150 half-ton pickup a major revision for 2009 and gave buyers an astonishing seven different models to choose from before they even considered engine choice or cab type. Two more models have been added for 2010! It's not the most powerful truck but the F-150 features an excellent six-speed transmission and innovative features like Ford Work Solutions that make doing jobs with a truck easier. From contractor to urban cowboy, Ford has an F-150 to meet almost anyone's needs.

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor:

Why It's Significant: Ford had the guts to build a go-fast pre-runner-style factory pickup for under $40K

There's nothing else like the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and there likely may never be. It features a unique Fox Racing long-travel suspension that has a full 11-inches of travel in the front dampers to absorb the impact from jumps - jumps! - made in the desert at speeds of up to 100 mph. It's six-speed transmission is specially tuned with an off-road mode and there's a rear locking differential that works in two-wheel or four-wheel drive at speeds up to 66 mph. When other truck manufacturers mumble to themselves about the truck they wish they had in their lineup, Raptor is usually the first word that falls from their lips.

About is a website dedicated to the distinct needs of pickup truck buyers and owners.

In addition to thousands of new- and used-truck listings, offers relevant information and powerful tools so that truck buyers can make the right decision on what to buy, where to buy, how much to pay and how to outfit their vehicles. The site features expert truck reviews, the latest truck news, a pickup truck configurator, pricing calculators, user generated ratings and more. is a member of the family of sites. Other properties include and is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC(TM).

About AutoPacific

AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific's websites: and

Kelley Blue Book's Names Most-Researched New Vehicles for 2009, Brands With Greatest Share of Market Interest This Year

RVINE, Calif., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, today announces the most-researched new vehicles of 2009 on the company's top-rated Web site, In addition, Kelley Blue Book's reveals the top five brands with the greatest share of market interest for 2009.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Kelley Blue Book saw increased visitation to its Web site, with nearly 180 million visits to in 2009. Because is one of the most-trafficked automotive research sites, visitation to specific vehicles has become a leading indicator of sales patterns for manufacturers.'s Top 20 Most-Researched New Vehicles of 2009

1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Toyota Camry
4. Honda CR-V
5. Toyota Corolla
6. Toyota RAV4
7. Toyota Highlander
8. Toyota Prius
9. Nissan Altima
10. Honda Pilot
11. Ford Escape
12. Chevrolet Camaro
13. Honda Odyssey
14. Ford Fusion
15. Mazda3
16. Ford Mustang
17. Volkswagen Jetta
18. Toyota Sienna
19. Lexus RX 350
20. Chevrolet Equinox

The Honda Civic, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (in varying orders each year) have been the top three most-researched new-vehicles on each year since 2004. However, many vehicles made noteworthy jumps into the top 20 most-researched new-vehicles for 2009 that were not on the list in 2008. Chevrolet's all-new redesigned Equinox and Camaro models both grace this year's list for the first time. Also new to this year's top 20 are the recently revamped Lexus RX 350 and the popular, fast-selling Ford Fusion.

The stabilization in gas prices for 2009 has indicated a trend away from smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles over the past year, and thus some popular small cars that were among the most-researched in 2008 have fallen off the list for 2009. Subcompact cars like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, along with the compact MINI Cooper, were among the most-researched new cars last year, but do not hold court among the most-researched models this year. In addition, Chevy's Malibu, redesigned for the 2008 model-year and featured on last year's 'most-researched' list, has seen some of its popularity fade over the past year, no longer listing among the top 20 most-researched new cars of 2009.

"The site traffic on Kelley Blue Book's demonstrates what is on the minds of today's new-car shoppers, especially when examining the most-researched new-vehicles of 2009," said James Bell, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's "Declined interest in smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles and increased popularity in attractive, recently redesigned models is an accurate reflection of the marketplace in 2009. We also see that consumers are reacting well to new models and redesigns from domestic manufacturers like Chevy and Ford, which bodes well for their future sales numbers."

Top Five Brands with Greatest Share of Market Interest on Kelley Blue Book's for 2009

1. Toyota
2. Honda
3. Ford
4. Chevrolet
5. Nissan

Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan (respectively) are the top five brands with the highest share of market interest -- defined as the percent of new-car shopper activity for a particular brand -- on Kelley Blue Book's for 2009. Of those brands, Ford saw the most growth throughout the course of the year, with its share rising steadily in the first half of the year and peaking during the summer months, benefitting as the only domestic manufacturer that did not require a bailout or undergo bankruptcy. Ford also benefitted from the "Cash-for-Clunkers" program during the summer of 2009, due to its aggressive promotion of the program.

About Kelley Blue Book (

Since 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, has provided vehicle buyers and sellers with the new and used vehicle information they need to accomplish their goals with confidence. The company's top-rated Web site,, provides the most up-to-date pricing and values, including the New Car Blue Book® Value, which reveals what people actually are paying for new cars. The company also reports vehicle pricing and values via products and services, including software products and the famous Blue Book® Official Guide. According to the C.A. Walker Research Solutions, Inc. - 2009 Spring Automotive Web Site Usefulness Study, is the most useful automotive information Web site among new and used vehicle shoppers, and half of online vehicle shoppers visit Kelley Blue Book's also is a W3 Gold Award winner, sanctioned by the International Academy of Visual Arts. is a leading provider of new car prices, car reviews and news, used car Blue Book Values, auto classifieds and car dealer locations. No other medium reaches more in-market vehicle shoppers than

TCA annouces National Fleet Safety Award Division Winners

Alexandria, Virginia - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has selected the 2009 division winners of its highly coveted National Fleet Safety Awards. The awards recognize those companies that show superior commitments to safety and accident reduction.

Top 2009 News: Cadillac Named Top Brand in National Survey

TUSTIN, CA - In the most challenging auto sales market in years, AutoPacific announced its 13th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). For the second straight year, Cadillac ranks highest among new car owners, taking the Highest Satisfaction Brand honors even with the turmoil surrounding General Motors and the industry as a whole.


DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 29, 2009 – iTunes Tagging and crystal-clear radio sound through HD Radio technology are the latest features on Ford’s growing list of factory-installed customer conveniences and technologies that will be newly available in 2010.

HD Radio receivers pull in digital radio signals and play them with dramatically improved sound. FM stations, for example, have near-CD quality, making it convenient for customers to select songs they want to download and purchase.

“iTunes Tagging and HD Radio technology are strong new additions to the growing collection of Ford convenience features and technology we’re offering customers to make driving even more enjoyable,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “This is another example of Ford’s commitment to bring the widest variety of factory-installed customer-focused technology, features and conveniences to millions of people.”
In 2010, Ford vehicles will offer familiar terrestrial radio, HD Radio technology, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio as well as Internet radio through Ford SYNC® from a Bluetooth®-streaming audio-capable smartphone.

“Ford continues to lead the market in bringing advanced capabilities to popular vehicles. We are very pleased that HD Radio technology is an integral part of Ford’s broad offering of new features,” said Jeff Jury, COO of iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of HD Radio technology.

Like the song? You can tag it
The world’s first implementation of iTunes Tagging in a factory-installed HD Radioreceiver will launch in 2010 on select Ford vehicles. Through the SYNC system, iTunes Tagging will provide Ford customers with the ability to capture a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase. With a simple push of the “TAG” button on the radio display, the song information will be stored in the radio’s memory.

Up to 100 tags can be stored on SYNC until the iPod is connected to receive the download of metadata. When the iPod is then synced to iTunes, a playlist of “tagged” songs will appear. Customers then can preview and, if desired, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store.

All HD Radio-enabled receivers in Ford vehicles also will provide Program Service Data – information that appears on the radio screen and includes song title, artist name and more.

Familiar controls with better quality
HD Radio technology enables more listening options and increased sound quality by using the same radio interface customers are used to as well as the same antennas and analog tuners with an added digital decoder inside the radio. Additionally, HD Radio-enabled receivers provide listeners with unique advanced services.
To operate, there’s no difference from today’s radio operations – customers just tune in their favorite stations. If the station is broadcasting with HD Radio technology, the system automatically picks up the signal and will transition to digital audio once decoded.

Exclusive to HD Radio receivers are HD2/HD3 channels, which resemble mini-stations that could be spun off the “mother” station or completely new content for the local market. HD2/HD3 channels are found directly adjacent to the main (HD1) channel on the dial if available.

If additional HD2/HD3 channels are available, the radio will indicate how many on a multicast information bar. Users may tune up to the new available channels like they would tune to any other analog station. Users also may store HD2/HD3 presets, just as they do with today’s radio.

HD Radio technology enables better audio and exclusive unique content choices
One significant benefit of HD Radio technology is that the sound quality of the broadcast is dramatically better because of the digital transmission – FM sounds like a CD and AM sounds like terrestrial FM broadcasts. Also, the sound itself is much clearer and more consistent, without issues such as pops or hisses. Unlike analog broadcasts, digital broadcasts aren’t susceptible to interference, fadeout and other issues.

Most stations use the additional HD2/HD3 channels to provide more unique coverage of sports, music or other niche programs often tailored for their individual markets – all for free. For example, in Dallas there is now a dedicated 24/7 Cowboys channel on 105.3-HD3. In Pittsburgh, there is a dedicated 24/7 Penguins channel on 105.9-HD2.Broadcasters may choose any genre they wish for their additional channels.

Nearly 2,000 radio stations in the U.S. currently broadcast in digital HD Radio sound, with more than 1,100 stations also airing HD2/HD3 channels. Approximately 85 percent of the U.S. population is served by a station broadcasting with HD Radio technology.

Monday, December 28, 2009

MOTORZ TV Premieres on MavTV HD February 7th 2010

San Diego, CA, December 28, 2009 --(PR.COM)-- Duke Networks, LLC is proud to announce season 3 of its hit DIY automotive show MOTORZ TV(TM) ( will premiere on the MavTV (Maverick TV, cable and satellite network beginning Sunday, February 7th, 2010. Hosted by Chris Duke, the popular show will air on MavTV Sunday mornings on a motorsports block of programming at 8:00AM EST in High-Definition to 33 Million homes nationwide.

Chris Duke, Producer and Host of MOTORZ TV said, “We are so excited to be part of this ground-breaking block on a network that is a perfect fit for motorsports programming. To be able to reach the additional households on cable television and DISH Network will greatly expand our viewership and most of all expose our sponsors’ products to an entire new automotive audience.”

MOTORZ TV is the DIY show for automotive enthusiasts who love to work on their rides. Host Chris Duke shows you how to maintain your vehicle and install aftermarket products step-by-step in layman’s terms, in a typical garage setting, using common tools.

The Sunday morning block, managed by Blaine Anthony at Nature Productions, will begin at 8:00AM EST. “We are thrilled about the creation of this motorsports block,” says Anthony. “We have been following MOTORZ TV on the web for a while and when the opportunity came along with MavTV I knew it was a perfect fit and it was about time for the show to make the move to national TV.”

The Internet-born series, with two seasons and 32 episodes produced, will change its format to a new half-hour show. In addition to more automotive aftermarket product features in its “PARTZ” segment, MOTORZ TV will feature a new “LETTERZ” segment, answering questions from viewers.

Thieves target St John ambulances

Two St John ambulance's have been damaged after being broken into by thieves in County Durham.

The vehicles were targeted at the first aid charity's base in Meadowfield, near Brandon, on Christmas Eve.

The fuel system was slashed on one ambulance as diesel was stolen from both. A defibrillator and computer screens were also taken.

Review Discovers 192 Nassau Vehicles Missing

An analysis examining the inventory of Nassau County’s fleet of vehicles and motorized equipment by outgoing county Comptroller Howard Weitzman’s Office has discovered that 192 are missing, including several recent-model super-duty pickup trucks, SUVs, cars and vans.

PHH Corporation Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors

MT. LAUREL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PHH Corporation (NYSE: PHH) (“PHH” or the “Company”) today announced that Jonathan D. Mariner will be leaving the Company’s Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2009. The Company also announced the appointment of Carroll R. Wetzel to the Board, effective January 1, 2010, as a Class III director to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Mariner’s resignation. Mr. Wetzel will serve as a member of the company’s Audit Committee and Finance and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Wetzel brings to PHH extensive experience serving on and leading the boards of public companies undergoing transformations and operational restructurings, as well as significant expertise in corporate governance and keen insight from a twenty-year career in corporate finance.

Mr. Mariner is stepping down from the Board because of other professional commitments, including responsibilities to his employer, Major League Baseball. He has served on the PHH Board since the spin-off of PHH from Cendant Corporation in 2005.

Jim Egan, Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Jonathan for his excellent and dedicated service to PHH and everything he has contributed to the Board and the Company. He has helped to guide PHH through a difficult operating environment marked by a severe decline in the U.S. housing market and the collapse of the global credit markets.

“While we are sorry to see Jonathan leave the Board, this change provides us with an opportunity to bring on new talent and expertise to complement a very strong and experienced set of directors who are committed to driving long-term value for our shareholders. To that end, I am extremely pleased to welcome Carroll Wetzel to the Board. His insights and extensive experience as a corporate director helping companies successfully transform their businesses and enhance shareholder value will be extremely beneficial to PHH.”

Jonathan Mariner said, “I have been honored to serve on the PHH Board and work with the Company’s talented staff. I continue to be impressed by the strong leadership provided by the Board and PHH’s new chief executive, Jerry Selitto, as well as by the impressive start that Jerry has made at the Company. Unfortunately, other professional commitments will keep me from continuing my service on the PHH Board as Jerry and his team work to continue strengthening the Company’s operations to achieve a new level of success.”

About Mr. Wetzel

Carroll R. Wetzel serves as a Director of Exide Technologies and Brinks Home Security. He previously served as Vice Chairman and lead director at Arch Wireless (from 2001 through 2002); as non-executive Chairman of Safety Components International (from 2000-2005) and as a director of Laidlaw International (from 2004 to 2007). Before that, he spent approximately 20 years working in investment banking and corporate finance. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Wetzel served as co-head of the Merger and Acquisition Group at Chase (and at Chemical Bank prior to its merger with Chase) and previously served as a corporate finance officer at Dillon Read and Smith Barney. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University.

About PHH Corporation

Headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, PHH Corporation is a leading outsource provider of mortgage and vehicle fleet management services. Its subsidiary, PHH Mortgage Corporation, is one of the top five retail originators of residential mortgages in the United States1, and its subsidiary, PHH Arval, is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada.

Two More Reveals Slotted for 2010 North American International Auto Show

Troy, MI - December 23, 2009 - The list of 2010 North American International Auto Show reveals is growing. Recent updates include the worldwide reveal of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the US debut of the Honda CR-Z. Check out the latest from Motor Trend Magazine's online outlet below.

"We anticipate more news over the next couple of weeks leading up to the show, and know there will be additional surprises that will make news around the world," said Doug Fox, chairman, 2010 NAIAS. "With an estimated 40 reveals at NAIAS to date, and yet still having news like this to share is sure to make Detroit the hot spot in January, with more news to come over the coming weeks for the global marketplace."
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2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview: View Your Favorites Now
You don't need to like BMWs, electric vehicles, or even electric BMWs to appreciate what the upcoming 2010 Detroit auto show has to offer.

As we approach the show's early January opening dates, our special Detroit show page will be continuously updated. The North American International Auto Show still demands respect from automakers around the world, and there are plenty of concepts and production vehicles to peruse as we continue to bring you new information leading up to the show.

There will be convertibles, like the luxurious 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and the sporting 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Check our Detroit show page to see how Audi's new flagship, the 2011 A8, appears on the floor of an auto show.

We're certainly not forgetting about the anticipated U.S. debut of the Honda CR-Z. Will the leaked specifications of the Japanese domestic market sporty hybrid be identical to the performance of the American version?

If you can't make it to the newly renovated Cobo Center this time, let us do the work. Just head over to our show page over the next few weeks to see updates on your favorite show debuts. In the meanwhile, let us know which vehicles you're most looking forward to seeing at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
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Cadillac Bringing CTS-V Coupe, Mystery Concept to 2010

Cadillac has revealed that a V-Series high-performance variant of the new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe will share the spotlight with a new concept at the Detroit auto show next month. The concept is believed to be a pre-production version of either the ATS or XTS small and large cars that Cadillac has been teasing over the past year or so.

So far, Cadillac has released only this tightly cropped teaser picture of the unnamed concept and the promise that it will showcase the latest advances in Cadillac's Art and Science design language. While the picture purposely obscures the vehicle, we can see that it is a sedan and bears significant resemblance to the current CTS but with new headlights and mirrors likely too small to see production.

Based on information provided by our own Todd Lassa during a no-photographs open house at GM headquarters back in August, we believe this concept is the XTS. Lassa described the XTS as having a short axle-to-dash ratio and a grille that blended styling elements of the Sixteen and Converj concepts. The car he was shown was also painted gray while the ATS was painted blue, though GM has had more than enough time to repaint them. The ATS, meanwhile, was described as having a shorter, wider grille to make the car look wider, not taller. This picture appears to suggest a larger car, but the angle makes it difficult to be certain.

If it is the XTS, it will most likely be built on a stretched version of GM's Epsilon II FWD architecture and will likely feature the 3.6L direct-injection V-6 engine and will offer AWD. If it's the ATS, it will be RWD-based and will likely utilize both V-6 and four-cylinder engines. Both cars are planned for a 2011 debut likely as 2012 models.

What do you think? Are we looking at the long-awaited STS/DTS replacement known as XTS, or is this the BMW 3-Series-fighting ATS? Make your guess in the comments below and stay tuned to Motor Trend's complete coverage of the 2010 North American International Auto Show, live from Detroit.

The North American International Auto Show
Rod Alberts - Executive Director
Entering its 22nd year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


What do a global engineering and consulting company, a Michigan technical university, and a 91-year-old Texas man have in common?

Batey Top Candidate for GM Fleet & Commercial Operations General Manager Position

No official announcement has been made on Jim Campbell's successor to head up GM Fleet and Commercial Operations in the U.S.; however, industry sources indicate Alan Batey, 46, current chairman and managing director of Holden and 30-year General Motors employee, is a top candidate for the position. Holden is GM's Australian-headquartered business unit.

New Dashboard and Exception Reports Added to ePlan® in Latest Release

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (December 14, 2009) - LeasePlan USA, a leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions, recently released enhancements to its online fleet management tool, ePlan®. The release included a new billing dashboard, additional exception reports and green performance data.

“LeasePlan continually enhances ePlan based on user feedback and this release is no exception. The client now has the ability to view a summary or detailed billing history through a dashboard report as well as easily view more exception reports right on the home page,” said Nancy D’Amico, senior vice president and CIO.

The previous release of ePlan featured “green” enhancements that allowed the user to see the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) rating when selecting a vehicle.
Each vehicle is also given a GHG score based on its environmental impact.
In this release these features were taken a step further with the introduction of CO2 performance measurements for those clients on LeasePlan’s fuel program.

LeasePlan USA, a subsidiary of LeasePlan Corp. N.V., is a global leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions. The company, which manages
1.4 million vehicles worldwide, offers clients customized plans for total cost reduction through its technologically advanced products and dedication to customer service.

EPA Ruling Makes Retrofitting Transit and Fleet Vehicles Imperative

CHICAGO, Illinois – December 14, 2009 – With the recent declaration by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that greenhouse gases are dangerous pollutants, municipalities and businesses throughout the country are faced with the challenge of reducing the emissions and fuel consumption of their fleet vehicles. Recaptured Energy Technologies has an efficient, workable solution.

“The EPA ruling, coupled with the international climate summit in Copenhagen and President Obama’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, shows that the U.S. can no longer wait to curb emissions and increase fuel economy of transit and fleet vehicles,” said Sam Jones, president and founder of Recaptured Energy Technologies. “Time is of the essence. Recaptured Energy Technologies offers viable economic solutions that can make an immediate impact without the cost of purchasing new hybrid vehicles.”

Recaptured Energy Technologies has developed a unique hydraulic braking and propulsion system that it is designed specifically to be retrofit to existing vehicles. The system captures wasted brake energy and converts it to an auxiliary source of energy to power the vehicle. The realized reduction in harmful emissions from a renewable source of energy is a “green” benefit and the reduction in fuel consumption and added years of useful life are economic advantages as well.

“Many organizations think they will be forced to purchase a fleet of new hybrid vehicles to meet governmental standards,” continued Jones. “These decision makers need to know that Recaptured Energy Technologies has a system in place that can save them millions of dollars and help them meet any federal guidelines head-on.”

About Recaptured Energy Technologies
Headquartered in Chicago, Recaptured Energy Technologies (RET) is a leader in providing energy solutions for fleet, commercial and transit vehicles. RET helps government agencies, fleet managers and corporations improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and lower vehicle maintenance costs through energy optimization. For more information, call 312-214-7266 or visit

National Biodiesel Conference brings bright spark to dark days

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The year 2009 challenged the biodiesel industry like never before. High feedstock costs, a global credit crisis, a recession with dropping diesel prices and uncertain federal policy signals pushed the industry to the brink. And yet, even in the face of this adversity, the long term outlook looks good. Those who hope to emerge on the other side, in what will hopefully begin a new era for biodiesel, will be made stronger by attending the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 7 - 10 in Grapevine, Texas.

The 2010 conference theme is, "Today's Challenges. Tomorrow’s Impact."

"Being committed to biodiesel is like a marriage – you take it for better or for worse. And we're in the middle of worse," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. "But our industry has shown resilience through hardship, and this conference will focus on finding the insight needed to help businesses weather thestorm. There are brighter days coming."

Those who attended the conference in 2008 will remember Don Reynolds, who predicted that unemployment would top 10 percent, that housing market would decline by 25 percent, and the financial market meltdown. This popular economic forecaster will be back to help answer this question: When it comes to the business environment, what is the "new normal?"

Attendees will also hear from Dr. Michael Shermer, who is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He will give a keynote address on overcoming the pseudo-science that has threatened to cost America the proven benefits that biodiesel has delivered.

Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board, NBB has developed rich educational sessions, including:
• Leaders from all levels of the petroleum supply chain on how biodiesel fits into their future business strategies. This will be especially timely as the federal Renewable Fuels Standard inches towards implementation.
• Potential breakthroughs in new feedstock development.
• Legislative developments impacting biodiesel.
• Biodiesel's role in the clean and green diesel revolution.
• Winning biodiesel markets, like Bioheat.
Texas is a leading biodiesel state, with more production capacity than any other state. Joining forces with the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas, several sessions highlight the Texas industry.

"We are very proud to host the National Biodiesel Conference in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," said Mindy Mize, a Clean Cities Co-Coordinator for DFW. Clean Cities is a Department of Energy program targeted at petroleum reduction through the use of alternative fuels. "We are home to a biodiesel plant and many biodiesel users, including the Cities of Dallas, Irving, and Fort Worth, as well as Denton Public Schools and more. All of them have a great story to tell and help make our area a national leader in biodiesel." To facilitate networking and to provide a "free-flow" of discussion around a topic of interest to many biodiesel stakeholders, NBB has added several "conversessions". Each session will be moderated by an expert and will include ample time for Q&A among and between attendees.

The latest in diesel technology again will be displayed in a Diesel Vehicle Showcase, and a Ride-and-Drive for conference attendees.

The conference will be held at the magnificent Gaylord Texan just minutes from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. To register and view the conference program, visit

California Counties, Cities and Government Agencies Select Networkfleet to Reduce Fuel Consumption and Lower Emissions

SAN DIEGO – December 15, 2009 – Networkfleet, a leader in wireless fleet management, today announced that the cities of Richmond and Oakland as well as San Diego County and the Alameda County Water District, have selected Networkfleet® to reduce fuel consumption and lower vehicle emissions. This adds to a growing list of California government agencies turning to Networkfleet to reduce fleet operating costs, including the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Sonoma and the cities of Irvine, Napa and Glendora, among others.

With tightening budgets, government agencies are using Networkfleet to improve fleet utilization, lower operating costs and remotely monitor engine diagnostics. This gives public fleets the ability to monitor and reduce vehicle usage. It also helps them to identify and repair engine problems early and avoid expensive repair costs.

Public fleets are also choosing Networkfleet due to its ability to reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Networkfleet checks vehicle emissions status continuously and notifies the fleet manager immediately if there is a problem so that it can be fixed. In California, fleets can enroll in the Continuous Testing Program to eliminate physical smog checks. Networkfleet’s continuous emissions monitoring, combined with the system’s ability to reduce fuel usage, lower idle time, reduce vehicle speed and miles traveled, has a significant impact on reducing harmful emissions.

“State and local governments are facing serious budget shortfalls while also developing strategies to deal with the challenges of climate change. Networkfleet can assist in both these areas by reducing operating costs and lowering emissions,” said Keith Schneider, president of Networkfleet. “In addition, Networkfleet is working to institute programs in other states similar to that in California so that vehicles can be smog checked continuously rather than every two years. This will help agencies in other states to reach their emission reduction goals.”

About Networkfleet
Networkfleet, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless fleet management services that improve fleet operating efficiency by reducing fuel consumption, maintenance expenses and vehicle emissions. The company’s technology combines patented remote diagnostic monitoring with GPS-based Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems. With access to more than 50 patents issued or pending, the company received the 2008 AeA High Tech award and was a finalist in Connect’s 2008 Most Innovative Product Award for clean technology. Founded in 1999, Networkfleet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hughes Telematics, Inc. and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit

National Automobile Museum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Features New Exhibits & More

The National Automobile Museum is marking its 20th Anniversary of combining history with education and entertainment by hosting unique, impressive and unusual exhibits in 2010.
Debuting at the National Automobile Museum will be:
• A Masterpiece Exhibit focusing on the Motoring Tourist: National Park Adventure. In the early decades of the 20th century, automobiles connected man and nature as never before. The National Park-to-Park Highway, an auto trail forming a large loop through the West connected 12 national parks and paved the way for millions to enjoy the nation’s natural wonders. The New Highway’s slogan was: “You Sing America, Why Not See It?” Motoring tourists loved the accessibility of the National Parks and suppliers of camping gear tapped their creativity to meet new needs of the motoring tourist. Enjoy this exhibit and explore our wilderness on wheels starting April 19, 2010.

• WW I Gets Motorized in the Changing Exhibits Gallery. Man and beast powered transportation during wars until World War I when motorized vehicles met the challenge. Used for transporting troops, removing injured from battlefields, moving supplies and weaponry, motorized vehicles frequently saved the day. Many vehicles created for one specific use were put into service – literally— for another application altogether during the war years. Opening date for this exhibit is also April 19th.

Concluding Exhibits
Some popular National Automobile Museum exhibits will conclude their run in 2010.
• Movie Cars: Cinematic Stars on Wheels, a Masterpiece Exhibit, will conclude mid-March. Horsepower, not star power, drove the movie cars in this exhibit to cinematic fame. When it comes to movie cars, these wheeled-wonders were the superstars of the screen. You’ll still have a chance to rub “fenders” with them until March 26, 2010.

• On the Road with Alice Ramsey: 100 Years Ago in the Changing Exhibits Gallery concludes mid-March. Young Alice Ramsey drove into history in 1909 when she claimed the title of the first woman to drive coast-to-coast. The 22-year-old mother and her three female companions (none of whom drove) set off from New York in a 1909 Maxwell and arrived in San Francisco 59 days later. Check this exhibit out before it closes on March 15th .

• Roadside Attractions, the photography of Howard Goldbaum, captures unique elements of Americana. These “roadside attractions” and the many artifacts and personalities he came in contact with during his 15,000-mile- journey were captured on film to provide smiles to those who see them. The last day for this exhibit will be March 15th.

Continuing Daily
• 1908 New York to Paris Around The World Race Featuring the Winning Car: The 1907 Thomas Flyer continues with its place of honor in Gallery Four at the National Automobile Museum. The exhibit tells the epic story of the longest, most grueling race in automotive history and features the winning car, the Museum’s 1097 Thomas Flyer. The race was a contest of man and machine against unimaginable odds.
• Even in Africa, paintings by Robert Cinkel in the Entrance Hallway Gallery is a series of paintings by Reno artist Robert Cinkel depicting automobiles from the Museum’s collection in intriguing locals -- from a starry night in the Nevada desert to India, Egypt and “even in Africa.”

Included with Museum Admission

Enjoy the film, the Bill Harrah Story, which details the man and his love for the automobile and the Magic Carriage, an entertaining film detailing the role the automobile has played in shaping life in America.
Both films are included with admission and are shown back-to-back every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during a visit to the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, at 10 S. Lake Street in downtown Reno.

Audio Tour
A new National Automobile Museum audio tour, included with the price of admission, brings history to life through storytelling and sound effects. Available in both English and Spanish. Visitors can explore history through the timeline of the automobile, including news making events, cultural trends and human-interest stories about cars and artifacts in the Museum’s collection.
Hours & Contact Information

The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free. Parking is free. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit

January 2010

Movie Night at the Museum – Thurs., Jan. 28th
5:30 to 7 p.m. explore the Museum. The movie starts at 7 p.m.
See the American thriller “Bullitt” starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset.

The movie is probably best remembered for its car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco which is regarded as one of the most influential car chase sequences in movie history. In 2007, “Bullitt” was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Movie Nights at the Museum start at 5:30 p.m. to provide plenty of time to enjoy the automobile collection before the movie starts at 7 p.m. Movie Night admission is $10.

February 2010
Movie Night at the Museum – Thurs., Feb. 25th
5:30 to 7 p.m. explore the Museum. The movie starts at 7 p.m.

“Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean and Natalie Wood will be shown on, Thurs. Feb. 25, 2010. The landmark juvenile-delinquent drama details trouble and trauma during a 24-hour period. Movie goers will be able to see the 1949 Mercury 6-Passenger Coupe that starred in this film, which is in the Museum’s collection.
Movie Nights at the Museum start at 5:30 p.m. to provide plenty of time to enjoy the automobile collection before the movie starts at 7 p.m. Movie Night admission is $10.

March 2010
Movie Night & Dinner at the Museum – Thurs., March 25th
5:30 to 7 p.m. dinner and explore the Museum. The movie starts at 7 p.m.

Thurs., March 25, 2010 enjoy an Italian dinner and see “The Italian Job” starring Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg. A gang of robbers create the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history to pull off a theft of gold bullion. They make their getaway in Mini Coopers which are small enough to drive on sidewalks.
Special Movie Night at the Museum pricing is $20 in March which includes admission to all exhibits and an Italian dinner.

For more information on the National Automobile Museum visit, call 775-333-9300 or e-mail

UK Government Initiatives Aim to Stimulate Electric Vehicle Industry

AUSTIN, TX (Dec. 18, 2009) – Two innovative initiatives aimed at encouraging the use of electric vehicles on British roads have been announced recently by the UK Government. These initiatives could benefit customers for Valence Technology’s advanced lithium ion propulsion solutions.

Announced by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, the first initiative is a tax break allowing purchasers of electric vans to waive certain taxes in their first year on the road. Valence customers such as Smith Electric Vehicles and Paneltex produce vans of the type identified in the Chancellor’s announcement.

The second initiative stems from a UK Government established £30 million Green Bus Fund created to incentivize the manufacturing and sales of low carbon buses across the country. Bus route operators were recently awarded with these new government funds to purchase electric buses, helping reduce the carbon footprint across the country.

Before orders are placed with the bus manufacturers, individual bus operators will be finalizing route selections and determining their respective transportation needs. Original route operator funding requests included buses from several manufacturers, including two Valence customers, Wrightbus of Northern Ireland, and Optare, based in Blackburn and Leeds in England. According to the UK Department of Transport, buses under this initiative will start to operate by the summer of 2010.

Robert L. Kanode, president & CEO of Valence Technology commented, “We have been active in the light commercial and bus market for many years. The success of our client’s efforts with these latest initiatives endorses Valence technology as a key player in the growing acceptance of electrically powered vehicles by the motive market. We look forward to continuing our efforts to provide environmentally acceptable alternative solutions to the motive markets.”

About Valence Technology, Inc. Valence Technology is an international leader in the development of lithium phosphate energy storage solutions. The company has redefined lithium battery technology and performance by marketing the industry’s first safe, reliable and rechargeable lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery. Founded in 1989, Valence today offers a proven technology and manufacturing infrastructure that delivers ISO-certified products and processes that are protected by an extensive global patent portfolio. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Valence has facilities in Nevada, China and Northern Ireland. Valence is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol VLNC. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may vary substantially from these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including whether the UK initiatives will lead to any purchases of Valence’s energy storage solutions. The risk factors that could affect actual results are discussed in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2009, and the reader is directed to these statements for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.


PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 15, 2009) — Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies has released Durashell, a new line of fiberglass composite utility bodies to accompany the Load’N’Go steel body line.

The Durashell truck bodies are lightweight yet durable service bodies that come in 6 models: Durashell 140/170 (short bed/long bed), Durashell 165, Durashell 230, and Durashell 325/365 (short bed/long bed). The features include easy four point clamping system (no holes drilled installation), brake light, interior lighting, jack receptacles, double rear doors, optional slide out parts drawer, side doors and compartments, front and rear windows, and ladder racks.

According to Richard Johnson, manager of Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies, “This is a great choice for companies looking to become more ‘green’. The transferability of the Durashell bodies allows someone to maximize the use of their existing trucks without increasing their fleet.”

The Durashell slip-on truck bodies include the following innovative features:
• Cost-saving benefits because of universal fit for all major brand, standard pickup trucks
• Perfect fit for both new or existing used fleet vehicles
• Extra security – standard key locks plus pad-lockable security
• Lifting jack receptacles for easy installation and removal or optional built-in forklift tunnels
• Models available for both long bed and short bed pickup trucks

Transferable truck bodies have other significant benefits. Productivity and technician efficiency are greatly improved as a result of lowered downtime. The slip-on truck body can be transferred to a leased vehicle in an emergency without completely unloading/reloading, in a matter of minutes. The Durashell line is a great alternative to the panel van, especially if four wheel drive is a necessity. Once the Durashell is up fitted for your technicians needs, it will not need to be repurchased when the pickup is replaced. Signage is also only purchased once resulting in more time and cost savings.

The Durashell product line increases productivity, reduces cost, and improves efficiency. From pickup truck to work truck and back in a matter of minutes, the Durashell is the latest in work truck technology.

About Fleetwest
Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies is a Phoenix, Arizona based utility body distributor whose mission is to provide Slip-on Truck Bodies ™ to utility companies, municipalities, and contractors. The company distributes Slip-on Truck Bodies ™ in the United States and Canada and is the only company in the world that specializes in both steel and fiberglass composite, fully transferable utility bodies, without drilling holes or removing the factory made truck bed. More information and a price quote can be obtained by visiting the company’s Web site at


Alpharetta, GA – (December 21, 2009) – A recently completed independent industry study commissioned within the fleet industry recognized AmeriFleet Transportation as the category leader in Fleet Logistics. The study queried more than 11,000 top fleet managers in the industry.

Results from the study found the following:

-AmeriFleet was named first in fleet logistics

-AmeriFleet was chosen by fleets three times more than that of their closest competitor

-9 out of 10 fleet managers surveyed would recommend AmeriFleet

-99% of those queried said customer service was important

“AmeriFleet prides ourselves on customer satisfaction and the results of this survey validates the superior service and resources that we are providing to our customers,” said John Norris, President, AmeriFleet Transportation. “The focus on our quality customer service is evident with our ability to achieve a 99.8% on time delivery, including large scale , complex projects. This recognizes our success in making multiple deliveries on a tight time schedule.”

AmeriFleet is chosen by nearly 90% of the largest commercial fleets as identified in Automotive Fleet’s Top 300 and is a primary provider of logistics services for the seven major fleet management companies. Through the fleet management company partners, AmeriFleet provides service to the majority of Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S. and Canada.

The recent debut of AmeriVision, a client portal which allows for the capture and reporting of timely, actionable data contributed to the company’s high rating. This data includes the ability for clients to place orders online and get instant transportation quotes. It allows for the viewing of real time status on orders in progress, condition reports and digital images of vehicles, storage inventory, custom reports and invoices.

About AmeriFleet

Founded in 1997, Alpharetta, Georgia-based AmeriFleet Transportation provides total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry. Through more than 16 company-owned North America locations, AmeriFleet provides the industry’s most consistent high-quality transportation and ancillary services to its clients which include some of the largest fleet management/leasing companies and self managed corporate fleets in the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit

Debut List Continues to Grow for 2010 North American International Auto Show

Detroit, MI - December 21, 2009 - To date, an estimated 40 new car unveilings, and counting, have been committed to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center. With approximately three weeks left before one of the world's premier international automotive forums takes place, NAIAS continues to attract the major automakers along with emerging brands from around the world and the highest level of international journalists from major markets.

"You can feel the excitement building for the 2010 NAIAS as we hear from automakers and journalists alike," said Doug Fox, chairman, 2010 NAIAS. "This show will deliver an incredible lineup of world debuts, evidence that individual automakers are headed to Detroit to showcase their product and their direction in the industry."
Fox added the likelihood of more reveals being made public is high over the next few weeks leading up to the first press day on Monday, Jan. 11 at NAIAS. However, as of right now, the show is seeing consistent numbers of approximately 30 worldwide reveals and at least 10 North American debuts, substantial numbers given the current economy.

In recent weeks, internationally recognized outlets have commented on new products expected to be unveiled at the 2010 NAIAS. (A list for reference is provided below).
Fox indicated more updates on any additional reveals will be shared on

OEM, Vehicle Reporting Media Outlet
Audi, A8 Global Post
BMW, ActiveE - concept Edmunds - Inside Line
BMW, Z4 - "top-of-the-line" The Detroit News
Chevrolet, Camaro - convertible Canadian Driver
Chevrolet, Aveo Canadian Driver
Chevrolet, Spark - sub-compact Canadian Driver
Chevrolet, Orlando Canadian Driver
Chevrolet, Malibu Canadian Driver
Chrysler, Lancia - derivative Bloomberg/Business Week
Ford, Focus Global Post
GMC, Acadia - Denali edition The Detroit News
Mercedes Benz, E-Class Cabriolet The New York Times
MINI, Beachcomber - concept Automobile Magazine
Toyota, Hybrid concept The Detroit News
Volkswagen, Jetta The Motor Report
Volvo, C30 - electric Automobile Magazine

The North American International Auto Show
Rod Alberts - Executive Director
Entering its 22nd year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at

City of Noblesville Puts New Kenworth T470s To Work Clearing Snow

First City To Purchase New Kenworth Model

NOBLESVILLE, Ind., Dec. 21, 2009 – The new Kenworth T470s were barely in service, and Len Finchum, street commissioner for the City of Noblesville, was already getting calls from other Indiana cities and municipalities.

“They wanted to be first in line on the trucks when we’re ready to sell them at the end of our five- to six-year trade cycle,” he said with a grin. “I guess that tells you what other managers in our area think of Kenworths and the way we maintain our vehicles. They want the reliability and durability that a Kenworth offers.”

Noblesville was the first city in the country to order the Kenworth T470s, and 13 were recently delivered, outfitted with snowplows and 10- to 13-yard dump bodies. The city purchased the trucks through Kenworth of Indianapolis.

Each of the eight tandem-axle Kenworth T470s snowplows hauls 13- to 15 tons of a mixture of salt and magnesium chloride. Two tanks, each holding 75 gallons of calcium chloride – a liquid deicer – are mounted to opposite sides of the curved dump body. After the plow clears the lane, the deicer is laid down in concert with the salt mixture. The single-axle Kenworths are used to carry 6 to 8 tons of salt and support tanks for deicing. Equipped with Cummins ISL engines rated at 345 hp with 1,150 ft-lbs of torque, and driven through Allison automatics, the T470s have locking differentials to ensure added traction.

The city services a growing population base of 50,000, covering 232 miles of road, and is located eight miles north of Indianapolis. “We’re in Hamilton County, which is one of the fastest growing in the United States,” said Finchum. “Last year the county grew 13 percent. So, there are more housing developments to cover and more citizens to keep happy with clear streets. We normally have around a dozen major snow episodes a year, and around three ice storms. People here expect wet streets, not icy or snow-laden streets. We can’t afford poor performance.”

After the snow season, which runs from November through March, the plows will come off and the Kenworth T470s will be utilized as all-purpose dump trucks for sand, gravel, and asphalt hauling, patching roads and repairing sidewalks.

According to Finchum, the city “thought it was unreal” it could get Kenworth T470s within its budget. “These are the first Kenworths our city has ever had and they are the perfect size for our application as combination snowplows, and dump trucks,” Finchum said. “A full-size Class 8 was really overkill for our city, and a medium duty truck was too light. The Kenworth T470 is the perfect size as it has enough beef in the frame for snowplow support and the right components to handle our operation. And the quality of the Kenworth is a definite upgrade from what we were running.

“We have some very narrow streets and cul-de-sacs and the single-axle Kenworths are incredibly maneuverable in those tight spots,” said Finchum. “The tandem-axle Kenworths carry the load in outlying areas, but we’ve found their turning radius is even better than the single axle trucks they replaced. That’s saying something.”

The Kenworth T470 has a gross vehicle rating (GVW) ranging from a heavy Class 7 vehicle at 33,000 lbs. up to a light Class 8 truck at 68,000 lbs., and is for snowplow, dump, mixer, winch, refuse, and other heavy front-axle vocational and municipal applications requiring front frame extensions. The vehicle offers full parent rail extensions, delivering maximum resistance to bending moment (RBM) from one end of the rail to the other. The T470 is available with 12,000 to 22,000 lb. front axles, 21,000 to 26,000 lb. single rear axles, and 40,000 to 46,000 lb. tandem rear axles.

Finchum said driver comments have been positive. “The cab is a bit bigger than what we’re used to and that’s a big help since some of our guys are 6-feet, 2-inches to 6-feet, 5-inches. They say it’s the best riding truck they’ve had. They’ve been grinning ever since the Kenworths were delivered. They’re loving it.”

So are mechanics and technicians at the City of Noblesville. “They like the engine compartment – it’s very easy to work in and service,” said Finchum. “And the color-coded wiring is great for easy servicing.

“The support we get from Kenworth of Indianapolis is, hands-down, the best and most professional we’ve had,” added Finchum. “When we asked those in the bidding process how they’d handle certain situations, they’d often say ‘we’d have you call these people.’ But at Kenworth of Indianapolis, they said ‘you’d call us.’ They showed they wanted to be an integral and valued partner in our operation. They want us to succeed.”

Kenworth’s quality products, combined with excellent dealer support from dealers such as Kenworth of Indianapolis, contributed to Kenworth receiving the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates award for “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Heavy Duty Dealer Service.”*

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, medium duty diesel-electric hybrids, and liquefied natural gas trucks. In 2009, Kenworth became the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. In addition, Kenworth is the recipient of the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates awards for Highest in Customer Satisfaction for both Over the Road Segment and Pickup and Delivery Segment Class 8 Trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

Schneider National CEO Inducted into Prestigious Engineering Society

GREEN BAY, Wis. – December 22, 2009 – Christopher "Chris" Lofgren, president and CEO of Schneider National, Inc., was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on Oct. 4, 2009, along with 64 others and nine foreign associates. (This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,246 and the number of foreign associates to 197.) Lofgren is based at Schneider National’s headquarters in Green Bay, Wis. Only one other person from Wisconsin was inducted into the Academy this year: University of Wisconsin–Madison professor Gurindar Sohi.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Lofgren is president and chief executive officer of Schneider National, the nation’s largest truckload carrier and a leading provider of transportation and logistics services. Prior to being appointed CEO, Lofgren served as chief operating officer from 2000 to 2002 and chief information officer from 1996 to 2002. He originally joined Schneider Logistics in 1994 as vice president of engineering and systems. Earlier in his career, Lofgren held positions at Symantec Corporation, Motorola and CAPS Logistics.

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He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Chris has done a tremendous job in leveraging the knowledge he gained while getting his PhD at Georgia Tech to advance the use of information and decision technology at Schneider National," said Don Ratliff, Regents and USP professor at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) and executive director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech. "His leadership as COO and now CEO have continued the Schneider legacy as a leader in its industry. His accomplishments in advancing engineering technology in the trucking industry make him a very deserving recipient of this honor."

Lofgren serves as the chairman of Georgia Tech's Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board and the advisory board of the College of Engineering. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CA, Inc., the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) and the Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a research trust affiliated with the ATA. He previously served as a board member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club.

About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include Van/Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and International Logistics services.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for nearly 75 years. A $3.7 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries worldwide and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National, visit or call (800) 558-6767.

About the National Academy of Engineering
Founded in 1964, the NAE is a branch of the National Academies, which also include the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, the NAE conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology.

Sudden Layoffs Leave Company Drivers Stranded at Gas Pumps

Tulsa-based Arrow Trucking employees were abruptly laid off Dec. 21 without any notification, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded at truck stops across the country with non-working fuel cards, reported

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

McKee Announces Retirement From ARI -- Ortell Appointed as President

Automotive Resources International (ARI), a leading global fleet solutions provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announces the retirement of President Bill McKee from ARI effective July 31, 2010.

Fleet News roundtable: Cost and driver safety are Scottish fleets' priorities

‘Horrendous’ recharge bills from contract hire and leasing companies pers-uaded Tom Robertson to switch from leasing to capital purchase.

Ottawa urged to foster switch to natural gas vehicles

About $1 billion over seven years is all that would be needed on the part of the federal government to accelerate a shift away from petroleum to cleaner burning natural gas for cars and trucks, industry and advocacy groups said Monday.

NCSFA Announces 2010 Executive Committee

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) has announced its executive committee for 2010.

Younivate demonstrates innovative fleet management system

Younivate, an innovation pioneer of telecommunication and industrial engineering products and solutions based in Amman, launches its second generation GPS tracking and fleet management system called YouniVu which is engineered and designed in Jordan.

City manager may appeal board's ruling to rehire fleet manager

City Manager Isaiah Hugley is considering whether to appeal the city Personnel Review Board’s ruling that fleet manager Chris Brown should get his job back for paying a company in advance for technology equipment on 69 police cruisers.

Norway Fleet Market Profiler 2009 is Now Available at Fast Market Research

New Transportation research report from Datamonitor is now available from Fast Market Research

Enterprise Fleet Management Wins American Business Award for Environmental Responsibility

Enterprise Fleet Management was recognized this week with the 2009 American Business Award (the “Stevie”) for Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.

GM to Discontinue Saab After Deal Talks Collapse

General Motors said Friday it will shut down Saab after talks to sell the brand to a Dutch carmaker collapsed, marking the third time this year that a deal by GM to sell an unwanted brand has fallen through.

Women In Trucking adds new director from Wal-Mart’s private fleet

The Women In Trucking Association’s board of directors unanimously approved Jeff Hammonds, vice president of Wal-Mart Transportation in Bentonville, AR, as its newest board member. Hammonds fills the board seat vacated by Lana Batts, who resigned earlier this year to focus her efforts at Transport Capital Partners.

Caltrans confirms number of new but idle vehicles

More than 12 percent of the 2,667 new vehicles that Caltrans has bought since 2007 are sitting unused and gathering dust on state lots, according to newly released data confirmed by the department.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Launches Expansion of Hybrid Electric Delivery Trucks in Columbus

Michael B. Coleman, Mayor, City of Columbus, joined Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE:CCE) today to announce the deployment of heavy-duty hybrid electric delivery trucks to its fleet in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio. The largest hybrid-electric delivery vehicles in North America, the model GVW 55000 trucks improve fuel consumption by 30 percent, reduce emissions by 30 percent and create less noise and emissions when idling or stopped in traffic.

What to Give a Fleet Manager for the Holidays

Forget the fruitcake or box of chocolates. Here are a few ideas for what's really on a fleet manager's gift list this holiday season:

Telogis Takes First Place in 2009 Mobile Star Awards

Telogis, Inc., a leading global platform for enterprise location based services, has been named a winner in the eighth annual Mobile Star Awards program hosted by mobile technology news portal

3 Top Marketing Execs To Depart Toyota

Three major players are leaving Toyota. The company says Irv Miller, group VP, environmental and public affairs, will retire, effective Feb. 1. Miller is a long-time executive with the company, having started in 1980 as region merchandising/fleet manager in the San Francisco regional office.

AAT Carriers Is Third In National Fleet Safety Award

AAT Carriers based in Chattanooga has been named the Truckload Carriers Association third place winner of the National Fleet Safety Award in the category of fleets operating between 5-14.99 million miles annually.

Schneider converts entire fleet to containers

Trucking and logistics giant Schneider National Inc. announced Wednesday it has converted its entire fleet to an all-container configuration, a move the company says reflects its "long-term commitment" to the use of intermodal transportation.

Hands-on training makes perfect

Over the last couple of weeks, I got the chance to look at some seriously good hands-on training resources for trucking industry technicians.

Blender pumps dispense more ethanol choices

For years, the only choices at the gasoline pump were regular, premium or mid-grade gasoline.

A few years ago, some rural gas stations began carrying E85, an ethanol blend derived mostly from corn.

Christmas Eve at the shop

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shop,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Farbish and his mop.

Donlen Corporation Releases Award-Winning Fleet Management Tools for the iPhone(TM) on iTunes

Donlen Corporation, North America's fastest growing fleet leasing and management company, announced today the launch of the industry's first fleet management apps for the iPhone(TM), downloadable for free for all Donlen customers via the Apple iTunes(TM) mobile app store. Applications are also compatible with other smartphone devices including BlackBerry?? and DROID by Motorola.

StarMetro Receives Statewide Recognition

StarMetro, Tallahassee’s mass transit provider, was honored by the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) for its safety record and two of it advertising efforts. Executive Director Ron Garrison accepted the awards on behalf of the agency.

American Coalition for Ethanol sends letter to EPA supporting E15 in all vehicles, proper labeling efforts, consumer choice

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today wrote to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, outlining its support for the use of E15 in all vehicles and providing guidance on how to roll out pump labeling for when E15 reaches retail stations.

Venture Capital Watch: TCV Buys Into Xata in Near-PIPE

As Venture Capital firms continue to seek more stable, and sizeable, deals, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and Trident Capital have joined a private debt placement into public company, Xata Corp. Xata is a Minnesota-based truck fleet management company. Law firm representing Xata included Faegre & Benson, led by Michael Coddington. Working behalf of TCV was Peter Kirman of Latham & Watkins.

Fuel Card Company Reduces Annual Card Fee On Fuel Cards For Small Businesses

The Fuel Card Company has reduced the annual card fee on fuel cards for small businesses. The company has announced that it has brought down the annual card fee for fuel cards to Zero with effect from 16th December, 2009.

Over 50 Fire Service Staff Now Uses Toyota Avensis Diesel Cars

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Fleet Manager John Millett said that more than 50 fire service staff has switched from being user-choosers to driving a range of Toyota Avensis diesel cars and the switching has been a smooth one.

Point Austin: The City's Tired Story

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Trimble awarded Fleet Management Technologies Contract with the National Joint Powers Alliance!

Time for Postal Service fleet to go green, lawmaker says

From horse-drawn wagons to stage coaches, trains and 18-wheelers, the U.S. Postal Service has used virtually every mode of transportation to deliver the mail. But a New York lawmaker says it's time for the mail service to start using at least 20,000 electric vehicles to stamp out the agency's environmental waste

Calgary Transit says snow tires offer no benefit for buses

Civic leaders may urge drivers to buy snow tires for a better grip on winter roads, but it's not a route Calgary's buses are following.

Randy Kincaid Auction Company to Liquidate Retired Fleet Trucks, Trailers, Forklifts at Auction

Randy Kincaid Auction Company ( announces the auction of retired fleet trucks, trailers and forklifts from Carroll Fulmer Logistics Corporation, according to auctioneer Randy Kincaid.

2 Empowerment Groups All Set to Acquire 25% of Netstar

25% of stake in Altech's Netstar division is being taken over by two empowerment groups, in a "R350 Million deal" that will reportedly not even cost them a cent. 25% share, plus one share of Netstar, is being given by Altech to Thebe Investment Corporation and Identity Capital Partners.

10 reasons why your fleet needs GPS tracking

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Comparing Fuel Cards Becomes Easier

Recent updates to have made it easy to look for most suitable fuel card for business.

Lucas County board votes to cut 6 jobs in management

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Fresh New Research Sponsored by Fuelman Reveals the True ‘Hidden Costs’ of Operating Business Vehicles

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Firetruck parts not correct, police say

A detailed police report from a recent investigation of a fatal Boston firetruck crash concludes that a Fire Department contractor installed the wrong parts on the ladder truck’s brakes several months before the crash and that firefighters who were not licensed mechanics repeatedly adjusted the brakes in violation of national safety guidelines.

At Poland Spring, decreasing emissions makes good business sense and is good for the environment

This is a guest post from Chris McKenna, fleet manager at Poland Spring.

Shortly after I became manager of Poland Spring’s truck fleet in 2007, we transitioned our fleet of 36 tractor-trailers and 75 tanker trailers from conventional diesel fuel to B5, a non-food grade biodiesel. The switch reflected Poland Spring’s on-going commitment to lightening our environmental footprint and successfully reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.8 million pounds annually. An added benefit was a decrease in fuel costs by about nine cents per gallon, a savings that became increasingly significant as fuel prices climbed to around $5 per gallon in 2008.

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Public Sector Fleet 'Green' Leaders

Presented at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference in Chicago last October, the Environmental Leadership Awards honored individuals at 20 public sector fleets for their significant contributions in promoting environmentally responsible fleet operations.

Former Fleet Manager & Wife Charged in Rite-Aid Scam

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Work Truck Show 2010 Offers Green Truck Solutions for the Real World

The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) and CALSTART have joined forces to bring vocational fleet managers practical solutions for their "green" truck needs through an expanded Green Truck Summit, Green Truck Ride-and-Drive and dedicated exhibit space at The Work Truck Show® 2010 in St. Louis, MO.

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Networkfleet, a leader in wireless fleet management, today announced that the cities of Richmond and Oakland as well as San Diego County and the Alameda County Water District, have selected Networkfleet® to reduce fuel consumption and lower vehicle emissions. This adds to a growing list of California government agencies turning to Networkfleet to reduce fleet operating costs, including the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Sonoma and the cities of Irvine, Napa and Glendora, among others.

How to Manage your Fleet with Ease

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Annual Fleet Asset Management Europe 2010 Conference and Exhibition 15 December 2009 Shell, Iveco, GE, Renault, Scania, Quallcomm, TNT, UPS and Othe

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10 Ways Fleet Maintenance Software Can Help

Truck fleets with their own maintenance shops are under increasing pressure to maximize mechanic and technician productivity and minimize parts inventories, particularly in the current challenging economy. By accomplishing these objectives, companies stand a better chance of gaining a competitive advantage and boosting profitability.

Electric future dream machines

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