Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NAFA Congratulates Rick Longobart On Leadership Award

Rick Longobart has become the latest Member of NAFA to be recognized with a fleet industry award. The Facilities and Fleet Manager for the City of Santa Ana, California earned the first ever Government Fleet magazine Visionary Leadership Award at the 2010 Government Fleet Expo & Conference on June 22 in Austin, Texas. The award recognized Longobart for being an innovative fleet manager.

Innovative is a good description of Longobart, who was a finalist for the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award and whose fleet was named as one of the 100 Best Fleets of 2010. In addition, Longobart was honored with NAFA’s 2009 Green Fleet Award and was presented with a Fleet Environmental Leadership Award at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference.

Longobart has been a Member of NAFA’s Pacific Southwest Chapter since joining the Association in 2008. His fleet was joined on the list of 100 Best Fleets by more than 50 fellow NAFA Members proving, yet again, that the best and brightest minds in fleet management are part of NAFA Fleet Management Association.

“NAFA would like to congratulate Rick Longobart on being named the first recipient of Government Fleet magazine’s Visionary Leadership Award,” said NAFA’s Executive Director, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “We are always proud when Members of our Association receive recognition for the fine work they do in helping the fleet management profession reach new levels.”

Longobart is currently President of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world’s premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit http://www.nafa.org

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Alpharetta, GA – (June, 2010) – AmeriFleet Transportation, the Atlanta-based industry leader in total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry, announces the promotion of Terri Stiffler to Director, Client Relations.

Stiffler joined AmeriFleet in 2002 as an account consultant and most recently held the position of Client Relations Manager, AmeriFleet Canada. AmeriFleet created the new position of Director, Client Relations to insure execution of their strategic geographic expansion initiatives in both the Canadian and U.S. markets. In her new role, Stiffler will focus on the continued development and growth of AmeriFleet’s Canadian business unit through consultative sales efforts and client relations. She will also work on strategic growth initiatives and client development in the U.S.

Prior to joining AmeriFleet, Stiffler held a position as a service center liason with PHH, one of the world’s leading fleet management companies.

“Terri’s experience in fleet logistics and fleet management give her a unique perspective when developing logistics solutions for our clients,” said John Norris, President, AmeriFleet Transportation. “Her efforts have had a significant impact on AmeriFleet’s success to date. We look forward to her continued contributions in this expanded role as she further develops our Canadian operation takes the lead on key growth opportunities in the U.S.”

Stiffler will be based in AmeriFleet’s Glen Rock, Pennsylvania office.

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 www.amerifleet.com.

SOMS Technologies Announces City of Oxnard, CA Converts Fleet to the microGreen® Extended Perform

Jun 22, 2010 – (Valhalla, New York) – SOMS Technologies, LLC announced today that the City of Oxnard, Calif. has converted its vehicle fleet to the company's microGreen® Extended Performance Oil Filter. The City's decision comes after a year of testing extended oil drain intervals using the microGreen® Extended Performance Oil Filter. The City projects that converting its vehicle fleet to the product will result in oil and labor savings of $145,000 and an annual reduction of 24,000 quarts of oil.

"After extensive testing utilizing scientific oil analysis, we are excited to adopt the microGreen filter program for our fleet," said Daniel Berlenbach, fleet services manager, City of Oxnard. “Implementing new technologies that help our municipality reduce its operating costs and positively impact the environment is very important to us.”

SOMS Technologies Announces City of Oxnard, CA Converts Fleet to the microGreen® Extended Perform
One of North America's leading municipal fleets projects major savings in oil maintenance and oil usage.

Daniel Berlenbach, Fleet Services Manager, City of Oxnard, CA

Daniel Berlenbach, Fleet Services Manager, City of Oxnard, CA

PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 22, 2010 – (Valhalla, New York) – SOMS Technologies, LLC announced today that the City of Oxnard, Calif. has converted its vehicle fleet to the company's microGreen® Extended Performance Oil Filter. The City's decision comes after a year of testing extended oil drain intervals using the microGreen® Extended Performance Oil Filter. The City projects that converting its vehicle fleet to the product will result in oil and labor savings of $145,000 and an annual reduction of 24,000 quarts of oil.

"After extensive testing utilizing scientific oil analysis, we are excited to adopt the microGreen filter program for our fleet," said Daniel Berlenbach, fleet services manager, City of Oxnard. “Implementing new technologies that help our municipality reduce its operating costs and positively impact the environment is very important to us.”

The City of Oxnard's fleet services division was rated number 4 in the "The 100 Best Fleets in North America™" listing for 2010, number 10 in 2009, and number 3 in 2008. In addition, the fleet services division has been recognized twice by the California EPA as a certified "Green Shop."

"The City of Oxnard is a leader among municipal fleets in the U.S. in technological advancements and the first West Coast fleet to convert to our product," said Steve Kirchner,
COO, SOMS Technologies. “We are very pleased to be able to work with the City to help them achieve their maintenance costs and environmental objectives.”

The City of Oxnard is the latest municipal fleet to convert their fleet to the patented new microGreen® oil filter technology. The microGreen oil filter was introduced to the U.S. market in October 2008. Numerous fleets, including many of the top municipal and national commercial fleets, use this product. The microGreen oil filter continues to rapidly gain awareness and implementation.

The microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter is a spin-on filter that fits most light vehicles, as well as fleet classes 1-6. It has been proven through extensive laboratory and on-road testing to reduce oil maintenance costs by 65 percent, decrease the use of motor oil by 70 percent, and reduce the number of filter changes by 50 percent. The microGreen oil filter helps protect the environment and decrease the usage of oil and natural resources.

Designed as two-filters-in-one, the microGreen filter looks and installs like a traditional spin-on oil filter; however, its unique filtration system includes a patented microfilter that captures particles down to 2 microns in size. Traditional oil filters using paper filtration typically filter down to 25 – 40 microns. The double filtration of the microGreen filter keeps the oil cleaner and maintains the additive package, allowing vehicles to extend the use of motor oil up to 30,000 miles.

About SOMS Technologies, LLC

SOMS (Spin-On Microfilter System™) Technologies has pioneered the most significant breakthrough in engine oil filtration technology since the early 1970s.The microGreen® Extended Performance Oil Filter significantly reduces maintenance costs for both individual vehicles and fleets, and protects our environment by eliminating hazardous waste and decreasing dependence on natural resources. The microGreen oil filter combines two-filters-in-one to provide clean technology that dramatically improves filtration efficiency by allowing vehicles to operate up to eight times the standard change interval without a change of engine oil. The microGreen oil filter has been on the market for over a year and has been overwhelmingly accepted by leading national and local fleets as a way to reduce costs associated with oil changes and protect the environment. The microGreen filter is protected by two U.S. patents and has additional U.S. and international patents pending. The company is headquartered in Valhalla, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.microgreenfilter.com.


BRISTOL, TN., June 24, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Mustang, which made history when it became the first car ever to deliver more than 30 mpg and 305 horsepower, has set a new record by running 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg.

The Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge was designed to demonstrate that a stock production Mustang V-6 could run 1,000 laps and 533 miles on a single of tank of fuel. With the aid of fuel efficient driving techniques by Ford engineers, the Mustang far surpassed its goal of 1,000 laps.

“To see a Mustang post average fuel economy of 48.5 mpg while running at Bristol is impressive,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “The new V-6 engine along with the advanced six-speed transmission in the car is a key element in delivering both fuel economy and performance for Mustang.”

Ford is committed to being a fuel economy leader in every segment it competes in and Mustang’s leads in its class along with other Ford fuel economy leaders like the Ford Fiesta, Fusion Hybrid and new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, America’s most fuel efficient luxury sedan.

The Challenge team, which included NASCAR star David Ragan and four Ford Mustang engineers, completed the challenge in 17 hours and 40 minutes, showing off the 2011 Mustang V-6’s class-leading fuel economy by averaging 48.5 mpg over the course of the 776.5 miles logged during the Challenge. That distance is more than the two complete NASCAR Sprint Cup events that take place in Bristol every year.

Ragan pushed the Mustang past the 1,000-lap mark at 7:26 p.m., 12 hours and 26 minutes into the Challenge, but the car wasn’t close to being out of fuel. Mustang engineer Seong Park was behind the wheel when it finally came to a halt (on the backstretch) of the famed NASCAR track at 12:41 a.m. local time.

Other Mustang Challenge team drivers included Tom Barnes, Jonathan Mehl and Carl Ek, who along with Park, rotated through one-hour driving stints during the event, which took place at the world’s fastest half-mile track.

“When we hit 1,000 laps we still had a quarter of a tank of gas left,” said David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, and the man who drove the 2011 V-6 Mustang past the 1,000 lap mark. “The last driving stint before I passed 1,000 laps I was averaging 43.7 miles a gallon and that is unbelievable. These guys have run the distance of more than two Sprint Cup races at Bristol and they still have fuel left. Congratulations to everyone behind the Mustang and to everyone at Ford, because this 2011 Mustang V-6 is really something special.”

A team of Ford engineers prepared for the challenge by implementing fuel efficient driving tips like minimizing the use of air conditioning, steady and consistent driving, avoiding sudden stops/starts and by keeping the RPMs low. The engine in the Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valve train in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine’s overall efficiency. The Mustang used in the challenge is a stock production vehicle that can be purchased through a Ford dealer.

“This is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Tom Barnes, the lead engineer for the Ford Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge. “There have been a lot of people who have done a lot of things in preparing this 2011 Mustang V-6 to run the Mustang 1,000 Lap Challenge and have the success we have had today. It was great when we went past the 1,000 lap mark with David, but nobody could ever imagine that we still had five hours ahead of us. This is a fantastic feeling and it shows again what a great car the 2011 Mustang V-6 is.”

More than 51,000 consumers registered their guesses for the event at www.mustang1000lapchallenge.com. One lucky consumer that correctly guessed 1,457 laps will be randomly drawn from all correct entries and will win their own 2011 Mustang V-6.

SkyGuard and SpeedGauge Partner to Provide Fleet Owners with Actionable Vehicle Speed and Location Data

Flowood, MS and San Francisco, CA – June 23, 2010 - SkyGuard, a provider of fleet management systems, and SpeedGauge, a provider of software and services for real-time analysis and utilization of commercial vehicle GPS data, have reached an agreement to offer SpeedGauge services to SkyGuard’s commercial fleet customers. SkyGuard provides the customer’s vehicle location and speed information collected via GPS to SpeedGauge whose web-based application analyzes those data points in real time. This integrated service will enable customers to identify and act on a broader range of high-risk driving behavior, thus lowering fleet operating risks that result from excessive speeding.

Since 2005, the SkyGuard system has captured vehicle speed and location information, allowing customers to set a desired threshold for notification, but until now they have not been able to easily tell if their drivers were exceeding the posted speed limit. The agreement with SpeedGauge will allow SkyGuard to provide that bit of crucial information. "We at SkyGuard are excited about the opportunity to work with SpeedGauge and pleased to add this enhancement to our product line,” remarked Gary Wilfert, SkyGuard’s Chief Operations Officer. “SpeedGauge's data analysis service will provide our customers with extremely valuable information about their fleet's daily activities that can be used to lower costs as well as increase productivity, safety and customer satisfaction."

SpeedGauge's patented driver-behavior analytics service in use daily by diverse commercial fleets in the United States, Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ”Speeding is a leading cause of vehicle accidents and we are pleased that our service can make a difference, not just on Interstates but also on rural highways and other surface streets where so many accidents occur”, said Jonathan Hubbard, President of SpeedGauge, Inc. “We look forward to being part of SkyGuard's continued innovation.”

Rule change should expand market for natural gas vehicles

ANN ARBOR, Michigan . . . EPA’s proposal to streamline the process for certifying
natural gas vehicle aftermarket conversions is one of the most important steps government can take to expand the use of non-petroleum fuels, NGVAmerica told the agency today.

Natural gas vehicles can play an important role in increasing energy security, creating U.S. jobs, providing cleaner air and reducing greenhouse gas emissions—while generating economic benefits for consumers, said Jeff Clarke, General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs for NGVAmerica.

“We commend EPA for recognizing that its regulations as currently written are not a good fit for aftermarket conversions,” said Clarke in his oral statement made during today’s hearing on the agency’s proposed rule changes. “It has been a long time in coming and is welcomed.”

Clarke told the agency that the industry continues to support certification requirements, but that the existing regulations are unduly restrictive.

“Until there are sufficient numbers of original equipment manufacturers’ products available in the marketplace, our industry will continue to need aftermarket conversions to help us grow, to help us justify the necessary investments in fueling stations, and to help us increase market penetration. Conversions fill a void unmet by original equipment manufacturers and demonstrate consumer demand for new applications.

“Conversions also provide a ready means of addressing the emissions and fuel consumption of medium and heavy duty vehicles that will continue to be in operation for many years to come.”

Under the proposed rulemaking, the agency would approve systems for use on vehicles older than two years, but would not require the more extensive and expensive Certificate of Conformity for these vehicles. In addition, the agency has also proposed three potential options for engines that have exceeded their regulatory useful life.

In supporting the proposed rule changes, Clarke provided the following specific
Warranty: EPA should unequivocally state that converting a vehicle does not void the
original equipment manufacturers warranty. “The latest guidance gives the impression
that the agency has backed away from this,” says Clarke.

Certification fees: The EPA should allow aftermarket manufacturers to pay the
certification fees at the end of each quarter or annually based on the total number of vehicles sold. Manufacturers now are required to pay the fees based on expected sales, which ties up capital.

Vehicles two years or older: The agency should specifically state that manufacturers can seek both a Certificate of Conformity for the new vehicle and approval for converting this vehicle after two years.

Bench testing for heavy-duty vehicles. The requirement to use bench testing for heavyduty vehicles is too restrictive and manufacturers should be able to use chassis testing that has been approved by EPA. This would help lower the costs of complying with the regulations.

Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance to Hold Next Workshop for Fleet Managers

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2010) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and the other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance will continue their nationwide training program on alternative fuel at a workshop for fleet managers on June 24 in Hoover, Ala.

The Hoover workshop is the third in a series of 14 training seminars across the country made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Energy Department. The workshops will cover alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impacts, and will culminate with a ride-and-drive event that will give fleet managers a chance to get behind the wheel of vehicles that run on alternative fuels, including a propane-powered Mercury Grand Marquis displayed by Alliance AutoGas.

“These workshops bring together four alternative fuel industries to train fleet managers on the choices and options available for fleet vehicles,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “By encouraging wider use of propane and other alternative fuel vehicles, we increase our environmental and national energy security goals.”

The Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance consists of PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Fuels represented include propane, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

Each of the full-day collaborative workshops scheduled over the next two years will involve a site in the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program, which uses local coalitions to promote the use of alternative fuels such as propane. Future workshops, free for all registrants, are scheduled for July 22 in Casa Grande, Ariz., and September 9 in Denver, with more dates and locations to be announced soon.

The alliance will use the grant funds to do other things, too:
• Train Clean Cities coordinators as public speakers.
• Train primary stakeholders on fire safety issues.
• Increase training for technicians from original equipment manufacturers.
• Provide a forum for students interested in alternative fuels on college campuses nationwide.

To register for an alternative fuels workshop, or to view a free online webcast, visit www.altfuelsalliance.org. For more information on PERC and its programs, please visit www.propanecouncil.org.

My cars Check Engine Light is on: What should I do?

Horsham -- June 23, 2010 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a red light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. As drivers, we are trained to respond to orders of this sort. When a light flashes "Low fuel," we hurry to a gas station. When the tiny oil indicator comes on, we add oil. But "check engine"? Unfortunately, this indicator light is one of the most misunderstood indicators on your vehicle's dashboard. But by ignoring this indicator, there are many dangers and potential financial risks, and it is vital to address.

After the fear and panic of the light's first flash, the driver who doesn't rush to a service center usually notices as the days pass that nothing at all seems to be wrong. However, by continuing to drive with the light indicator on, you may be exacerbating problems by driving with an issue. The light may mean many things. One frequent problem, for example, is that the emissions system is off kilter, and the car is polluting the air; another is that the gasoline cap is loose, causing the car's computer to detect an unusual pressure level in the tank (tighten it and the light will eventually go off). But the glitches that activate the check-engine light are often nothing a driver would readily notice. As a result, the country is full of people driving around with check-engine lights aglow - often while trying to figure out how to shut them off.

If you continue to drive your vehicle with the check engine light on, you may experience a difficulty starting your car, a loss of power, and lost fuel economy. There is a reason why the manufacturer installed the check engine light and it is in your best interest to pay attention to what it's telling you. As a general rule it is less expensive to have the check engine light code repairs when it first comes on.

If you choose to continue ignoring the service light, repairs can become costly and potentially create a cascade effect of issues. The most common check engine light is the old "forgot to tighten the gas cap" signal. Either you did not replace the cap after filling the tank, or you did not properly reseal the pressurized fuel system.

In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the car or truck looked at as soon as possible.

According to a Consumer Reports study in 2009, "The customer is really, in the long run, potentially hurting their pocket book by leaving that light on and ignoring it," says Jim Collins, a national training team leader for Ford Motor Company. In some extreme cases, the car's computer may reduce power for you, as it tries to limit the risk of damage.

Cottman does free check engine light analysis with their Transcheck 21+ service
The check-engine light, formally known as a malfunction indicator lamp, is an indication of a failure somewhere, and the problem is often emissions related. If you bring your car into your local Cottman Center they will perform a FREE TransCheck 21 Plus(R) with a FREE computer scan. The TransCheck 21 includes checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid, road testing your car, and a diagnosis of the external transmission controls. Armed with the result of the TransCheck and computer scan your Cottman Technician will know what it will take to fix your vehicle.

Your local Cottman center transmission specialist will evaluate the issue for free and make recommendations regarding the course of action for repair after performing the TransCheck 21 PLUS(R) service. If you have a transmission problem, the TransCheck 21 PLUS(R) Service determines if the problem can be corrected with an external repair or adjustment. Cottman's exclusive TransCheck 21 PLUS(R) Service is the most complete transmission check in the industry… and it's absolutely FREE. Cottman's TransCheck 21 PLUS(R) Service includes a road test and external examination of your transmission, where we will evaluate the performance and condition of your vehicle's transmission, and determine what services, if any, are required.

If Cottman makes a recommendation for service based on any Cottman Diagnostic Service, and you choose not to have the work done on your vehicle, you need only pay for the services or parts you have previously authorized, and take your car home. But remember, the longer you drive your vehicle, the worse the condition might become

About Cottman Transmission Systems, LLC

Founded in 1962, Cottman Transmission is a leading chain of transmission and total auto care service centers. With locations coast to coast, Cottman specializes in every phase of automotive repair and maintenance including a specialization in servicing both automatic and manual transmissions. Cottman technicians undergo regular, rigorous training and use the latest state-of-the-art electronic diagnostic equipment. Cottman takes a "whole car" approach to auto care; including brakes, tune ups, oil changes, shocks, belts, hoses, cooling, and even transmissions. For more information, please visit Cottman's website at www.cottman.com.

The Fast and Furiously Innovative

New York, N.Y. - June 23, 2010 - Familiarity with advanced vehicle intelligent sensing features is very low among American drivers [1], with fewer than one in 10 indicating they are very familiar with the following features: blind spot and cross-traffic detection systems (6% extremely/very familiar), driver recognition systems (5%) and night vision systems (6%). Additionally, though slightly higher, only about one in ten drivers are very familiar with parking assist systems (11%).

However, despite low familiarity, greater minorities of drivers indicate likelihood to purchase these features for their next new vehicle, indicating if automakers and suppliers educated consumers more about these technologies, interest may increase.

"Although these technologies are not well known today, expect many of them to become commonplace over the next few years," says Dave Pulaski, Vice President of Automotive & Transportation for Harris Interactive. "Once consumers learn about these features and their benefits, they will clamor for them."

This is continuing coverage from the Harris Interactive 2010 AutoTECHCAST study, an annual survey of adult vehicle owners in the United States conducted between April 6, 2010 - April 26, 2010 that studies 69 advanced automotive technologies spanning across several categories that include: Entertainment, Exterior Comfort & Convenience, Glass, Intelligent Sensing, Interior Comfort & Convenience, Lighting, Powertrain & Alternative Fuels, Ride & Handling, Safety, and Telematics.

Blind Spot and Cross-Traffic Detection
Though only 6% indicate they are extremely or very familiar with blind spot and cross-traffic detection systems, there is obvious interest in these features, with one-quarter (24%) of drivers said they would be extremely or very likely to purchase this for their next vehicle [2]. Blind spot detection features identify people, other vehicles, or objects within vehicles' blind spots and provide an instant warning to the driver. Similarly, cross-traffic detection systems can detect vehicles, people or objects in a vehicle's path while backing out of a parking space and alert the driver.

Driver Recognition System
Despite low familiarity with driver recognition systems (5% very/extremely familiar) interest in this feature has remained constant since 2005, with 22% indicating they would be extremely or very likely to purchase for their next vehicle. This system allows multiple drivers of a vehicle the ability to program various vehicle settings including seat positions, mirror positions, and climate control & stereo settings that can all be activated when the driver enters the vehicle.

Night Vision System
Similar to the other advanced vehicle intelligent sensing technologies, familiarity with night vision systems is low, with only 6% who are extremely or very familiar, though nearly one quarter (24%) would consider purchasing this feature for their next vehicle. This technology provides the driver with a high-beam image of the road ahead, without distracting other drivers, using an infrared light beam that is invisible to the human eye. An on-board camera is used to capture images up to 500 feet away that are then presented on a display in the vehicle's cockpit.

Parking Assist System
Given the recent promotion of parking assist systems by car companies, it's not surprising 11% are extremely or very familiar with this technology. However, compared to the other technologies, fewer drivers are likely to consider purchasing this technology (12%). Parking assist systems help drivers park backwards or parallel park using a built-in computer and small sensors located at the rear of the vehicle. After confirming feasibility of targeted parking position, the vehicle's parking movements would be done automatically by the vehicle.

"I've seen people at auto shows crowding around the demonstrations of parking assist, and I've had friends and acquaintances drive me around just to show off their newest gadgetry," comments David Duganne. "Increased consumer education could do much to spark sales."

GE Capital Fleet Services Announces New Client Advisory Board on Technology

Eden Prairie, Minn. – June 23, 2010 – GE Capital Fleet Services today announced the formation of a Technology Client Advisory Board (Tech CAB) made up of leaders from GE client organizations representing a variety of vehicle fleet sizes, asset types and industries. The group will provide feedback on GE Capital Fleet Services’ technology roadmap, suggesting opportunities for improvement and providing input into future product development efforts.

GE Capital Fleet Services established the industry’s first Client Advisory Board (CAB) in 1990 to better understand and meet customer needs. Since then, the CAB has expanded to include topic-specific boards, such as the Truck Advisory Board (TAB) and, now, the Tech CAB.

“The output of the Technology Client Advisory Board will focus on technology solutions that drive increased customer value, user productivity, and overall costs savings for our customers,” said Darrin Hebert, chief information officer, GE Capital Fleet Services. “The members have first-hand experience in using technology to manage their fleets, so we look forward to their insight and participation.”

The Tech CAB had its first meeting on June 14 at GE Capital Fleet Services’ headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN., and will meet on a quarterly basis.

About GE Capital, Fleet Services
GE Capital, Fleet Services, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., is a global fleet management company with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Visit the Web site at www.gefleet.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GEFleetSvcs).

GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GECapital). GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.ge.com.


Volkswagen’s outstanding 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger has secured overall honors at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2010. The powerful yet diminutive engine, which won the overall Awards’ title for the first time last year, boasts almost 180bhp despite its small capacity, thanks to the intelligent use of both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The engine is now a popular choice for customers across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan ranges; it is also found in the Seat Ibiza Cupra derivative.

Dean Slavnich, editor of organizing magazine Engine Technology International and co-chair of the 72-strong international judging panel of esteemed motoring journalists, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for VW to have won the award for a second consecutive year, and it demonstrates that engine downsizing is very much here to stay. We’ve seen more new engines launched into the market than ever before in the Awards’ history, and the vast majority of them were below 1.8 liters. That VW’s clever 1.4-liter Twincharger is still proclaimed by the judges as the best engine on sale in the world today demonstrates the class of this highly refined trend setter.”

Of the 66 new engines to come to market over the past year, it was Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that impressed the judging panel the most, the unit being named New Engine of the Year 2010. This innovative Italian powerplant, which uses an extremely advanced valvetrain to boost performance and yet save fuel, is currently used to great effect in the Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta ranges.

New PlastiKote Truck Bed Liner Gives You a Professional Look from the Palm of Your Hand

Chicago, Ill. – June 22, 2010 – PlastiKote’s new trigger on its aerosol Truck Bed Liner coating will keep your hands clean and give your truck bed maximum protection for a fraction of the cost of having the job done professionally.

“The new trigger mechanism on PlastiKote’s aerosol Truck Bed Liner is unique to aerosol paint in the automotive industry and makes application easier and cleaner for the user who wants to do it themselves but also wants a professional look,” said Lance S. Bunch, category manager of automotive aftermarkets and industrial distribution MRO for Valspar Corporation. “We have also designed new packaging that makes an instant impact so our PlastiKote Truck Bed Liner is easier for customers to find on the shelf. These new enhancements show once again why the new PlastiKote is the choice of those who want the best.”

The features and benefits of the new Platsikote Truck Bed Liner Aerosol (264) include:

• Permanently bonds to the surface, resists abrasion and has textured, non-skid recycled rubber granules to help prevent slips and falls

• Flexible, textured surface minimizes cargo slippage, resists fading and withstands extreme hot or cold temperatures

• Provides a hard, non-skid surface that will not warp or crack and is gasoline resistant

• Helps prevent rust on your truck bed liner

“We also offer our Truck Bed Liner Kit for those customers who don’t want to use an aerosol spray but still want ‘The Perfect Finish™’ from PlastiKote for their trucks,” continued Bunch. “Our Truck Bed Liner gallon is a quick-dry coating that will cover a full-size pick-up. Whether you spray it on, brush it on or roll it on, the new PlastiKote bed liner is the answer if you want your truck to look like new.”

The PlastiKote Bed Liner Kit (265GK) contains a gallon of Truck Bed Liner paint (265G), roller frame and cover, scuff pad, roller tray and brush.

For more information on the new PlastiKote and its products, visit www.PlastiKote.com or call 866-222-8714.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – TMW Systems, Inc. (TMW), leading business software provider to the transportation services industry, today announced a strategic alliance with KSM Transport Advisors, LLC (KSMTA). The alliance is built on TMW’s long-standing relationship with David Roush, newly appointed Vice President for KSMTA.

Roush and KSMTA offer motor carrier business consulting services, with a focus on the carrier’s freight networks, financial management, operational metrics and business strategies. Roush has successfully employed IDSC Netwise, from TMW Systems, in network balance and business optimization studies for a number of North American carriers prior to joining KSMTA. Roush will continue to use Netwise at KSMTA as he has in the past. In addition, he will utilize Netwise to evaluate and model mergers and acquisitions.

“We’re excited to expand our successful relationship with David Roush to include his new role with KSM Transport Advisors,” said Michael August, VP and GM of TMW Optimization. “KSMTA exclusively serves the full truckload carrier segment of the trucking industry, where the business value offered by our IDSC Netwise, TripAlert, MatchAdvice and ExpertFuel products is strongest.”

Roush himself is the product of a family with generations involved in the ownership and management of trucking companies. His personal experience as a senior executive in a sizeable trucking firm has proven invaluable in applying both technology and sound business strategies to help other carriers achieve success in today’s challenging transportation environment. Roush will be presenting a joint technology session with TMW personnel on freight network balance at the upcoming TMW Systems user conference and exhibition, known as TMW TransForum, this September in Dallas, Texas. Additional educational opportunities on the benefits of optimization technology for systematically improving truckload operations and business profitability will also be offered in the form of joint webinars from TMW Systems and KSMTA in the near future.

“Smart carriers know that a successful freight strategy is key to their profitability and I’ve found IDSC Netwise to offer one of the most mathematically sophisticated freight optimization models for creating and executing the right strategy,” said Roush. “If carriers optimize their top line, they maximize their opportunity to make a profit.”

The new relationship with KSMTA is part of the ongoing program at TMW Systems to partner with firms that offer strongly complementary services and products of proven value to segments of its more than 1,800 customers, which include private and for-hire trucking, brokers and 3PLs, as well as fleets in construction, ready-mix concrete, municipal service and waste management operations. These strategic relationships provide a depth of expertise and business perspective, informed by technology platform knowledge, that increases the value and potential ROI for new customers of those products and services while reducing buyer risk, project complexity and ramp-up time.

CARB to Enact Tire Pressure Regulation

Falls Church, VA - The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) has learned the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed an effective date of September 1, 2010, for the adoption of Section 95550 in Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.

This regulation will require automotive service providers to check and inflate the tires of each passenger car brought in for service to its recommended tire pressure rating. This will be required in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from underinflated tires.

Among the requirements automotive service providers will be expected to meet are checking and inflating each vehicle’s tires to the recommended tire pressure rating at the time of performing any automotive maintenance or repair service, as well as indicating on the vehicle service invoice that a tire inflation service was completed.

On March 19, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) disapproved the CARB’s proposed adoption of Section 95550. The OAL cited the CARB’s failure to comply with the clarity and necessity standards of Government Code section 11349, a failure to follow the required procedure, and the fact the regulatory file did not contain all required documents. These requirements have since been met.

For questions related to the CARB regulation, please contact Theresa Anderson at 916-445-2159, or by e-mail at tmanders@arb.ca.gov.

Regulation for Under Inflated Vehicle Tires
(a) Purpose. The purpose of this regulation is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles operating with under
inflated tires by inflating them to the recommended tire pressure rating.
(b) Applicability.
(1) This regulation applies to all automotive service providers performing or offering to perform automotive maintenance or
repair services in California.
(2) This regulation does not apply to:
(A) auto body and paint facilities;
(B) auto glass installers;
(C) auto parts distributers or retailers; or
(D) auto wreckers or dismantlers.
Requirements and Compliance Deadlines.
Automotive service providers must meet the following requirements:
(1) By September 1, 2010, all automotive service providers are required to:
(A) check and inflate each vehicle’s tires to the recommended tire pressure rating, with air or nitrogen, as appropriate,
at the time of performing any automotive maintenance or repair service; and
(B) indicate on the vehicle service invoice that a tire inflation service was completed and the tire pressure
measurements after the services were performed; and
(C) perform the tire pressure service using a tire pressure gauge with a total permissible error no greater than ± two
(2) pounds per square inch (psi); and
(D) have access to a Tire Inflation Reference that is current within three years of publication; and
(E) keep a copy of the vehicle service invoice for a minimum of three years, and make the vehicle service invoice
available to ARB, or its authorized representative upon request.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), an automotive service provider need not meet the requirements set out therein
if the automotive service provider is performing only a free check and inflate service at the customer’s request.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1)(A), an automotive service provider need not perform the check and inflate service if:
(A) the tires are on a vehicle with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs.; or
(B) the tires are determined by the automotive service provider to be unsafe, as defined in subsection (c)(14); or
(C) the customer declines the check and inflate service pursuant to subsection (d)(5).
(3) Customers with vehicle tires inflated with nitrogen gas are subject to the requirements in subsection (d)(1)(A-E),
but may refuse the inflation portion of the service if a nitrogen inflation system is not available at the time of the
(5) A customer may decline the check and inflate service if the customer affirms one of the following:
(A) He or she has performed (or had performed) a tire pressure check and inflate service within the last 30 days, or
(B) He or she will perform (or will have performed) a tire pressure check and inflate service within the next 7 days.
(6) If a tire inflation service was not performed as provided in subsections (d)(2-4), the automotive service provider must
indicate on the vehicle service invoice why the service was not completed.
Following is a summary of the requirements and compliance deadlines necessary for all automotive
service providers in California. A full copy of the regulation can be obtained by contacting AMRA at
amra@amra.org, or by calling 703-532-2027.

North American International Auto Show Announces Initial 2011 Plans

Detroit, MI - June 22, 2010 - The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Chairman Barron Meade and Vice Chairman Bill Perkins provided updates recently about one of the world's most prestigious automotive events--approximately seven months in advance.

Meade noted in a media briefing that the goal of the NAIAS 2011 was to build upon the steady resurgence of the automotive industry as seen by the results of the 2010 NAIAS in Detroit. Attendees on hand for the session also included Detroit Mayor Dave Bing as well as Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. Highlights of the 2010 NAIAS included:
• Nearly 40 vehicles unveiled during press preview before approximately 5,000 international journalists from more than 70 countries.
• More than $2 million raised for local children's charities at the annual black tie Charity Preview.
• Nearly 715,000 attendees during NAIAS public days, up from 650,000 estimated attendees at the 2009 show.
• NAIAS hosted a full roster of nationally recognized governmental leaders such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
For 2011, Meade and Perkins noted the show floor will be full this year with manufacturers and other industry exhibitors. Meade indicated more announcements will be made in the coming months related to new exhibitors, as well new show features, to keep the global NAIAS event an industry benchmark.

Also, the NAIAS chairmen indicated the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, which helped create multiple structural changes to the Cobo Center venue, will oversee additional enhancements for 2011. The Authority has noted to NAIAS that such improvements to take place will include:
• Escalator upgrades.
• Heating and cooling improvements.
• Enhanced security management.
• A brand-new catering company for all onsite food and beverage needs.
• Aesthetic improvements to enhance customer experience.

Based on an overwhelmingly positive response from the 2010 NAIAS, Meade said the two-day press preview will be continued for 2011. Customer research, according to Meade, indicated international and local journalists, as well as global manufacturers, greatly appreciated the extra travel and preparation day that a Monday-Tuesday schedule provides.

"The NAIAS is about moving metal while being the facilitator, thought-starter and haven for opinion leaders throughout the industry and thus the world," Meade said. "Our 2011 show is going to continue to build on the momentum we saw at the NAIAS last year. A full show floor, an enhanced venue, and an enthusiastic core of journalists, exhibitors and buying public are going to once again converge on the Motor City in January. We are prepared to host them with more surprises to be announced along the way."


NEW YORK, June, 22, 2010 – Ford Motor Company won the "Business Turnaround of the Year for Companies with More Than 2,500 Employees" at the 2010 American Business Awards, which were held here Monday night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The award recognizes the Company's efforts to turn the corner in 2009 in the face of a global economic and financial crisis, as well as unprecedented events in the U.S. automotive industry.

Ford posted the first full year of positive net income since 2005, and a $17.5 billion improvement over 2008. Ford also gained market share in the U.S. in 2009 for the first time in 14 years despite increasing competition for buyers.

The awards are judged by more than 200 executives from across the country who evaluate more than 2,700 entries. The winners are presented annually to the best entries in 40 different categories, including management, customer service, marketing, human resources, communications, information technology and sales.

The awards were established in 2002 to raise awareness of the positive contributions of companies and business people. The honor is also known as the "Stevie" award. Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek word for "crowned."

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at: www.stevieawards.com

PHH Arval Ride & Drive Day Showcases 70 New Vehicles To Test Drive

Mississauga, Ontario – June 21, 2010 – PHH Arval, a leader in fleet management services in Canada and the United States, hosted the 2010 Fleet Management Symposium and Ride & Drive event in Mississauga, Ontario, last week.

Attendees test-drove some of the industry’s newest model vehicles, including 2011 model year previews. Seventy new cars and light trucks from a variety of manufacturers were available to view and drive.

“This was a great opportunity to provide our clients with a truly interactive experience,” said Jim Halliday, President of PHH Canada. “The Symposium featured industry-leading insights and best practices, while the Ride and Drive and Technology showcase gave attendees the chance to get hands-on experience with the vehicles and technology that are crucial to their success.”

The symposium on fleet management began with a keynote speech by Benjamin Tal, Senior Economist, CIBC World Markets, who provided an analysis of the current state of the global economy. PHH Arval experts also addressed key issues affecting the fleet industry, including a macroeconomic overview and its impact on vehicle fleets; a manufacturing and used vehicle market update; and a case study on accelerated vehicle replacement.

PHH innovators demonstrated new PHH mobile and onboard technology at the Technology Pavilion. Many test-drive vehicles were equipped with PHH Onboard® GPS telematics. PHH will provide a summary report of driving data collected from the event, such as most-driven vehicles/least driven vehicles, speed results, safety data, and green driving behaviors to event attendees.

About PHH Arval

PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation [NYSE: PHH ], is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada. PHH Arval provides outsourced fleet management solutions to corporate clients, including nearly one-third of the Fortune 500 companies. Through consultative expertise, flexible customer service, and award-winning Internet technology, PHH Arval helps clients reduce costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit www.phharval.com , or call 800 ONLY PHH.

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, 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. For additional information about the company and its subsidiaries, please visit our Web site at www.phh.com .

Southeastern Freight Lines Expands Savannah Service Center

LEXINGTON, S.C. (June 21, 2010) – Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announces an expansion of its Savannah Service Center.

The addition of 20 freight doors, boosting the total to 58, improves Southeastern’s efficiency and provides room for future growth.

“It’s great to see Southeastern investing in the Savannah shipping and receiving community in what have been very challenging economic times,” said Chip Hawkins, a manager with the Georgia Ports Authority.

The remodeled service center features a completely reconstructed office, a dock upgraded with the latest high-efficiency lighting, and new electronic security features. The on-site maintenance facility has also been remodeled with new lighting and technology updates.

“We are all very proud of our renovated service center to serve the needs of businesses,” said Mike Nations, service center manager. “We are certainly equipped to be the ‘biggest and the best’ in the Savannah market.”

About Southeastern Freight Lines
Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 76 service centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 38 states, Canada, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 300 quality awards received from customers and associations. For more information, please visit www.sefl.com.

Propane Workshop, Propane Pavilion Highlight Propane Advantages for Government Fleet Managers

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2010) — At the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Austin, Texas, today, Roush Performance, CleanFuel USA, and McCoy’s Lawn Equipment, with support from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), showcased on- and off-road propane-fueled vehicles that cut greenhouse gases.

The conference offered about 500 fleet and transportation managers the chance to get inside a propane-fueled Ford F-250 four-wheel drive pickup and a General Motors service truck, each equipped with a liquid propane injection system, and to inspect a zero-turn-radius Ferris propane-fueled lawn mower and a propane refueling dispenser.

Before the conference, PERC, a sponsor of the event, led a two-hour propane workshop on transportation uses for this clean and abundant fuel that is ideal for fleet transportation markets. Other conference presentation topics included fuel conservation, green fleet programs, and fleet replacement.

“City, county, state, and federal fleet managers are looking for best-case scenarios for their transportation needs,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “Propane-fueled vehicles offer a domestic solution that can help them reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs immediately.”

On average, propane fleet vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent and create 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, and fewer particulate emissions, compared with gasoline. They also reduce operating costs.

Propane is already the most widely used alternative fuel on roads today in the United States, powering 270,000 vehicles. Worldwide, more than 13 million vehicles run on propane. According to the Energy Department, Texas is fourth in propane transportation fuel use, behind North Carolina, California, and Michigan.

For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.governmentfleetexpo.com.

PERC promotes the safe and efficient use of propane as an energy fuel for its cost-effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, reliability, portability, and environmental friendliness. For more information on PERC and its programs, please visit http://www.propanecouncil.org.


Boston, MA, June 18, 2010 — Trillion Dollar Funding (www.trilliondollarfunding.com), Boston-based specialists in no debt business financing, today announced an economic relief program for smaller businesses providing oil crisis management services to British Petroleum (BP) and local, state and federal government agencies. The new program will shorten the process of securing accounts receivable and purchase order financing, while waiving set up fees.

“Many of the small companies providing clean up and crisis operations in the Gulf of Mexico require immediate working capital to perform these crucial services,” said Sharon Evans, founder, Trillion Dollar Funding. “These companies should not be expected to wait for compensation for their vital work, so Trillion Dollar Funding stands ready and prepared to immediately provide them with the working capital they need.”

The new program is available to any company, including shrimp fishermen, environmental firms, trucking companies, temp staffing agencies and the like who have suddenly become vendors of British Petroleum, the EPA and other government agencies since the April 20 oil spill.

For more information, please call 978-266-1562 or visit www.trilliondollarfunding.com.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Operational Success of Fleet GPS Tracking and Mobile Resource Management

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – June 22, 2010 – The GPS Fleet Tracking equipment and online application deployed during the last 12 months by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) has been deemed a success, announces Fleet Management Solutions, Inc. (FMS). DRO has implemented the system to reduce costs, improve officer safety, enhance mission execution and streamline fleet maintenance. Over 2000 of the 4500+ vehicles are being tracked in real time, providing operational insight not previously available and enabling DRO to make more efficient use of its valuable fleet and personnel resources.

“Implementation of the FMS GPS tracking equipment and web services integration of FMS’ Fleet Central with DRO enterprise applications are delivering the operational readiness, mission effectiveness and cost reductions anticipated,” says Charles “Chuck” Welke, DRO Fleet Inventory and Communications Unit. “We’re very pleased at the progress that’s been made to enhance our role in homeland security.”

DRO uses FMS to monitor its fleet of buses, specialty vans and law enforcement sedans used to acquire and remove detainees. The FMS intelligent vehicle tracking devices transmit position, direction, speed and other telematic data for user-specified events and reporting. Data is sent via the Iridium satellite network to the FMS Fleet Central Web server, permitting dispatch centers to securely login and closely monitor the vehicles’ location, movements and status.

With the annual cost of fuel and maintenance for the fleet at more than $30 million, it is an important area of efficiency improvement for DHS. In addition, the XML feed from FMS Fleet Central provides critical location data to the DRO Flytecomm application and consolidates the visual location of all fixed and mobile DRO assets on a map.

Federal Prison Industries, known as UNICOR, installs and commissions the FMS mobile devices under an inter-agency agreement to provide life-cycle management for the fleet.

“With DRO remote operations, real time information requirements and high-value cargo and assets, it is critical to have an all-satellite GPS fleet tracking system in place,” said Cliff Henley, CEO of FMS. “FMS mobile resource management systems are a vital tool in meeting the challenges of fleets operating in rugged and hazardous regions across industries and around the world.”

“FMS’ innovative fleet tracking solutions leverage Iridium’s global coverage and low-latency, two-way, short-burst data connections to ensure reliable tracking and monitoring of the DRO vehicles across wide areas where mobile wireless networks are not available,” said Patrick Shay, vice president for data services, Iridium Communications.

About the Department of Homeland Security Office of Detention and Removal
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) (www.ice.gov/pi/dro/index.htm) is the primary enforcement arm within ICE for the identification, apprehension and removal of illegal aliens from the U.S. The resources and expertise of DRO are utilized to identify and apprehend illegal aliens, fugitive aliens and criminal aliens; to manage them while in custody; and to enforce orders of removal from the U.S. DRO is committed to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws in a fair, effective and professional manner.

About Fleet Management Solutions
Fleet Management Solutions, Inc. (FMS) (www.fmsgps.com) combines GPS technology with two-way satellite communications, intelligent modems and its Web-hosted application, Fleet Central, to deliver all-satellite, mobile fleet management and GPS tracking systems. FMS solutions deliver measurable improvements in asset utilization, safety and security, and productivity with rapid ROI. FMS serves customers in government, military, energy, construction, mining and logistics industries. FMS is located in more than 75 countries, providing solutions for use in rugged and remote environments.

About Iridium
Iridium Communications Inc. (www.iridium.com) is the only mobile satellite service (MSS) company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium serves commercial markets through a worldwide network of distributors, and provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and international government agencies. The company’s customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The company is headquartered in McLean, Va., USA and trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock), IRDMW ($7.00 warrants), IRDMZ ($11.50 warrants) and IRDMU (units).


DEARBORN, Mich., June 21, 2010 – Thousands of Ford E-Series vans are achieving a whopping 150 passenger-miles per gallon each day as commuter vehicles for VPSI, a leader in developing and maintaining world-class vanpool programs.

A combination of Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 models represent about 70 percent of VPSI’s 5,000-vehicle fleet and transport more than 40,000 people in the United States to and from work each day.

“We believe we have the most ecological Ford vehicles on the road,” said Steve Pederson, vice president, Fleet and Risk Management, VPSI, who calculated the 150 passenger miles-per gallon figure by multiplying the 15 mpg achieved by Ford E-Series vans by 10 passengers. Some VPSI Ford commuter vanpools seat as many as fifteen passengers, which would result in even more impressive results.

VPSI’s use of Ford E-Series vanpools takes 14 million commuter vehicles off the nation’s roadways each year, saving more than $73 million in fuel and reducing CO2 emissions by 259,000 tons.

VPSI defines a vanpool as a group of 7 to 15 people that commutes to and from work on a regular basis. VPSI provides the vehicle, a comprehensive maintenance and repair program, insurance and back-up vans. The group of commuters shares the monthly operating expense.

Ford E-Series: Ideal Solution for VPSI
Pederson says the company’s decision to populate the majority of its fleet with Ford vehicles was a practical one.

“Ford made it easy for us,” he said. “We have a great relationship with Ford Fleet, and we had an opportunity to work directly with Ford engineers who helped us get the base vehicles manufactured to our specifications directly from the factory, which helped minimize waste.”

VPSI modified the Ford E-Series vans to include center aisle seating for easy boarding, reclining luxury seating, and individual overhead reading lights.

“The vans are very comfortable, and they make commuting time more productive because passengers can read, catch up on their work or even sleep while riding to work instead of coping with the daily grind of traffic congestion,” said Pederson.

Vanpooling also helps passengers reduce wear and tear on their personal vehicles and enables them to save money. The average vanpool commuter can save $5,000 per year, compared with the cost of driving to work alone, according to Michael Norvell, vice president, Business Development, VPSI.

“This is one of those rare situations where everybody benefits,” he said. “The commuters save money and enjoy a comfortable ride to work. Employers conserve on-site parking at the workplace. And we all benefit from an environmental perspective by having fewer vehicles on the road. It’s a win-win-win proposition.”

Ford E-Series has been America’s top-selling full-size van for 31 years running. In May, sales were up 34 percent versus a year ago.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


CHERRY HILL, NJ, June 17 – NationaLease, one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, returns to the site of its founding 66 years ago, Chicago, for its Annual Meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 12-13. The theme of this year’s event is “Together Toward Tomorrow.”

Representatives from NationaLease’s 175 independent truck leasing organizations will gather to share ideas and experiences and prepare their businesses for the future. The line-up of speakers includes economists, a truck leasing expert, and a consultant specializing in the “human” side of trucking.

Dan Baker, the keynote speaker for the event, is a well-know speaker, teacher, and consultant to the trucking industry whose message is the “people side of trucking.” He has been involved with the trucking industry since the early ‘80s, dedicating his time and efforts toward helping truckers make sense of their complex works. He’s been described as the “senior statesman of driver issues.”

James P. Meil, chief economist with Eaton Corporation, an $11.9 billion global diversified industrial manufacturer, has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist for more than 20 years. He has secured a place on the Wall Street Journal’s panel of top 50 forecasters and USA Today’s “Top 10 Economic Forecasters.”
Dr. Barry Asmus, a senior economist for the prestigious National Center for Policy Analysis and professor of economics, has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. He speaks all over the world on topics that include the income tax system, Social Security, and public policy decisions.

William J. Bosco Jr., a consultant specializing in the truck leasing industry, is a veteran of the leasing industry, with extensive experience in accounting, pricing, and training. His session will cover the Lease Accounting Project concerning finance leases and operating leases and how it will impact the lessee customers and lessors. Bosco has served on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association for more than 20 years, 10 as chairman.

NationaLease started in 1944 when the heads of 17 independent truck leasing companies met in Chicago to combine their efforts and share ideas. Today, NationaLease member companies have 600 service locations and run combined fleets exceeding 125,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. Annual revenue is in excess of $4 billion.

For more information on NationaLease and the 66th Annual Convention, including sponsorship opportunities, go to www.nationalease.com or call 800-729-6857.


DEARBORN, June 17, 2010 – For the first time, the Ford brand has the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The Ford brand moved to fifth place among all brands from eighth last year. This is the highest rank position Ford has achieved in the IQS since ranking 23rd in 2004.

Both the Ford and Lincoln brands demonstrated significant improvements, with the Ford brand moving to the best in the industry among all non-luxury brands. Lincoln, which was 26th on the list last year, now sits at eighth.

The Ford brand, which continues to outpace the overall industry’s quality improvement, has posted nine consecutive years of gains in the closely watched quality study, based on consumer evaluations after the first three months of new-vehicle ownership.

“These results are remarkable in many ways,” said Bennie Fowler, Ford group vice president, Global Quality & New Model Launches. “Steady and meticulous attention to new model launches along with consistency in how we do them across the brand and the globe are having a very positive effect on the initial quality of our all-new or redesigned products. These results are a true testament to the strength of the One Ford plan.”

Some of Ford’s most popular nameplates received top honors for their respective segment, including Ford Focus, Taurus and Mustang. As a company, Ford has eight models in the top three positions within their respective award segments. The company’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant also received the Silver Plant Quality Award for outstanding quality in manufacturing.

J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study is based on responses from more than 82,000 new 2010 model-year vehicle owners after they have driven their new vehicles for three months. It measures problems per 100 vehicles and was based on November through February registrations.

“The blue oval is becoming synonymous with high quality,” Fowler said. “While we are pleased with where we are today, our job is not done. Our plan is to keep improving quality each and every year.”

Connecticut Transit Recognized by American Public Transportation Association

CINCINNATI —Connecticut Transit (CTTransit), was recently awarded the 2010 Certificate of Merit for Safety by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A Certificate of Merit is given by the APTA to organizations in recognition of exceptional achievement in safety or security. First Transit - the leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States –manages the every day operations for CTTransit.

“Through our proactive approach towards safety, our staff was able to accomplish a reduction in accidents and reach many of our other safety goals,” said James Bradford, assistant general manager, CTTransit. “The safety of the passengers we transport daily is our core value and it is an honor to be recognized for our safety processes.”

For many years now, First Transit and CTTransit have evaluated their safety procedures and have actively looked for the most beneficial processes to both increase safety and minimize risk. The organization was able to receive this year’s award as a result of focusing on retraining their employees on safety procedures including pedestrian collisions and mobility device turnovers. With this retraining, employees have shown an improved sense of safety and recognition of important procedures.

Greater Hartford Transit District Extends Contract with First Transit

CINCINNATI— First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has renewed its contract with the Greater Hartford Transit District for three years. The more than $7.3 million contract includes the management of 115 vehicles for fixed-route services.

First Transit has provided service to the residents of Hartford since 2005 and transports more than 337,000 passengers annually. The new contract will take affect July 1. First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services to comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet their customers’ transportation and budgetary needs.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.

First Transit Awarded Contract Extension with the City of Durham

— The City of Durham has elected to renew their existing contract with First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services. First Transit will continue to operate and manage the city’s 54-vehicles, which transport more than 252,000 passengers annually. The contract renewal extends the agreement for five years.

First Transit has provided service to the residents of Durham for 13 years. The new contract will take affect July 1. First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services as well as comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet customer transportation and budgetary needs.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.

Donlen Names Vice President of Equipment Leasing

Northbrook, IL – Donlen, North America’s fastest growing fleet leasing and management company, has named Mike Lewis as Vice President and General Manager, Equipment Leasing.

Mike comes to Donlen with more than 20 years of truck and equipment leasing experience. Prior to Donlen, he held positions such as President at PHH First Fleet, Executive Vice President at First Fleet Corp., and Senior Vice President at The CIT Group where he led the transportation asset finance business.

“Mike is a great addition to our team,” said Dave Lodding, President of Donlen Fleet Management. “He’s a proven leader in the truck and equipment leasing field, and will bring deep industry knowledge to our existing truck services program. His insight and experience will enhance the services we offer to our truck and equipment clients.”

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Park College and an MBA, Finance, from Boston University. He is active on various committees with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the Truck Rental and Leasing Association (TRALA), and is involved in inner city youth mentoring programs in the city of Little Rock, AR.

About Donlen Corporation

Donlen, with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, and offices nationwide, is a global provider of innovative fleet management programs. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service. Donlen has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” for 2009 and 2010, National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and as a “Top 100 Global Outsourcing Leader” by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) each year from 2006-2009. For more information about Donlen visit www.donlen.com.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PacLease Celebrates 30 Years of Improving Fleet Efficiency with Full-Service Leasing

BELLEVUE, Wash., June 16, 2010 — PACCAR Leasing (PacLease) is celebrating 30 years of helping companies improve fleet operations and overcome the business challenges associated with transportation management.

A recent company celebration recognized the company’s stellar growth from 17 locations in 1980 to more than 400 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Germany. Over the same time period, PacLease’s customer fleet has grown to over 30,000 vehicles around the world.

“PacLease was founded on the idea that companies should concentrate on their core business and leave the financing and management of trucks to a company that specializes in spec’ing and maintaining them,” said PacLease President Bob Southern.

When PacLease began its full-service leasing business 30 years ago, deregulation in the trucking industry allowed many new carriers to enter the transportation business.

“The increased competition drove down rates to levels attractive to private companies, but it also eroded service levels,” Southern said. “That led many private companies to consider running their own trucking operations. But they needed expert assistance with managing the maintenance and operation of their trucks, and that’s where the newly formed PacLease offered a simple solution.

“Thirty years later, companies face new challenges with their private fleets,” continued Southern. “They must adopt new truck technologies, meet stricter state and federal emission regulations and deal with fluctuating fuel prices driven by changing global supply and demand.”

As a result of global demand, PacLease expanded beyond the U.S. and Canadian borders beginning in the mid-90s, Southern said. PacLease entered the Mexican full-service leasing market in April of 1996. Eleven years later, the company entered the European full-service leasing market by acquiring a German truck leasing company.

“With over 30 full-service leasing locations in Mexico, business in the country has grown exponentially and is a significant part of our success,” he said. “In Europe, PacLease broadened its reach and service capability for European and global customers requiring premium full service lease and rental products. International expansion continues to present significant growth opportunities for PacLease as more customers look for global transportation services.

“Customer needs drive our business and our growth in the full service lease and commercial truck rental business can be attributed to our valuable customers,” Southern added. “The fact that PacLease does business with many of the top private fleets in North America offers a strong testament to the importance and success of full-service leasing for many private fleets.

“In addition, increased demand for premium PACCAR products manufactured by Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF, combined with the commitment of past and present employees and award-winning dealers, have fueled growth and success at PacLease.”

One such dealer, Peterbilt of Wisconsin, joined the PacLease system on Dec. 17, 1980, with one location in Waukesha, Wis. The leasing division, JX PacLease, now has 12 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises said their leasing business has grown tenfold since 2004.

“After we committed our company’s goals to include full-service leasing, our leasing business grew because PacLease offered our customers a competitive leasing product,” Jorgensen said. “We showed our customers the advantages of leasing premium Peterbilt trucks through PacLease: decreased downtime, higher driver satisfaction, and improved company image.

“Our customers also appreciated that they could deal with a locally-owned business backed by a strong company and a strong dealer network. That meant our people could get to know and develop long-term working relationships with our customers,” he added.

Jorgensen said despite the recent recession, he sees a bright future ahead with PacLease and full-service leasing.

“Already, we’re seeing an incredible amount of interest in full-service leasing because of concerns over regulations and the increasingly more complex systems on trucks,” he added. “We’re so pleased to be a part of the PacLease system after nearly 30 years.”

Larry Price, director of operations for Palmer Leasing, also sees a bright future.

“Many companies are talking to us because they’re concerned about the training and the technological expertise required for servicing and maintaining the engine emission control technology to meet 2010 federal emission standards,” he said.

Palmer Leasing joined the PacLease system on May 27, 1981, with six rental trucks in two locations, Kenworth of Indianapolis and Kenworth of Cincinnati. Palmer now has eight locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, with over 800 vehicles under lease contracts and hundreds more on contract maintenance programs.

“Our company’s founder, Eldon Palmer, and Frank Walter, our leasing company president, started the leasing business in a modular office trailer and a two-bay garage at our current location in Indianapolis,” Price said. “Since then, we’ve expanded at that location three times and we’ve added seven more locations.

“I don’t think anyone really anticipated the kind of growth we’ve experienced over the years,” he added. “Offering full-service leasing was a response to a need among our customers. We found that they wanted delivery control of their products. But they didn’t want the hassle of dealing with their own maintenance facility and all of the administrative tasks that accompany a trucking operation, such as fuel tax reporting. Our franchise’s growth clearly showed that the need for full-service leasing was great and that we’ve been able to fulfill that need.

“We’ve been pleased to be a part of the PacLease system from the beginning and we look forward to continuing that successful relationship,” Price said.

Franchises like JX PacLease and Palmer Leasing are well positioned to serve the market because PacLease’s parent company, PACCAR Inc, continues to develop and deliver premium transportation equipment with cutting-edge technology to the market, such as the PACCAR MX and PX series engines.

According to the National Private Truck Council, private fleets operate more than 4 million medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks in the United States alone, representing more than 80 percent of all commercial trucks on the highway. “That represents a huge growth potential market for full-service leasing. As fleets continue to shift towards full-service lease products as their fleet management strategy, PacLease and its franchises are in a good position to take more advantage of the resulting growth potential,” Southern said.

Sustainable Solutions Corporation Spins-Off Certification Division

June 15, 2010, Royersford, PA–Sustainable Solutions Corporation, a leading provider of corporate sustainability programs, training and green design, announced Tuesday that it has spun off the certification division of its business, creating GreenCircle Certified, LLC as an independent, third- party company that will certify sustainability claims for businesses and organizations.

GreenCircle Certified, LLC will substantiate sustainability claims in the following areas: recycled content, rapidly renewable resource content, closed loop product, sustainable manufacturing practices, life cycle assessment optimized, carbon footprint reduction, and renewable energy use.

"As more businesses take on sustainability initiatives, the demand is growing quickly for independent, third-party certifications that can substantiate these green claims," said Tad Radzinski, certification officer of GreenCircle Certified, LLC. "GreenCircle Certified marks the launch of a much needed expert, impartial certifier into the marketplace."

The GreenCircle Certified system includes a detailed evaluation of an organization’s product, process or operation. The evaluation can also be based on completion of a product life cycle assessment. The certification can be applied to any organization, including Walmart suppliers, to validate sustainability claims.

"The Walmart Sustainability Index is motivating a lot of companies to implement sustainable practices," Radzinski continued."GreenCircle Certified will add credibility to these businesses’ efforts, which is critically important in light of the current "green-washing" culture.

More information about GreenCircle Certification is available by clicking here or by calling 610-569-1047 or via email at tradzinski@greencirclecertified.com

About GreenCircle Certified, LLC
GreenCircle Certified, LLC provides third-party certification of sustainable aspects of products and manufacturing operations. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, and consumers can be assured that products labeled with the GreenCircle Certified mark have been thoroughly assessed and their claim verified. By issuing a GreenCircle Certification, GreenCircle Certified demonstrates that it has evaluated and verified the information provided by the manufacturer and that the manufacturer is capable of, and consistently produces, a product that is in compliance with their sustainability claim. Manufacturers with GreenCircle Certified products gain competitive advantage and consumer trust in today’s market. GreenCircle Certified offers claim validation for recycled content, rapidly renewable resource content, carbon footprint reductions, and renewable energy use. Certifications are also available for a closed loop product, life cycle assessment (LCA) optimized products, and sustainable manufacturing practices.


MIAMI – (June 16, 2010) – More people are voluntarily foreclosing on their houses, but are they also voluntarily walking away from their car contracts? Online car lease website LeaseTrader.com says the number of people voluntarily walking away from their car lease contract has tripled in the last 12 months.

Since the recession began in early 2008, more than two thirds of all lease swaps were from people in financial distress from job loss or skyrocketing bills. But over the last 12 months a growing percentage of people are opting to escape their auto lease even though they’re fully capable of paying the contract.

"There are plenty of people out there looking to exercise their own personal financial pruning," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of LeaseTrader.com. "The trend began with homeowners underwater on their mortgage walking away from their homes. But today there are other areas of a person’s finances where they’re making the decision to walk away from their obligation."

To be fair there are differences between walking away from a mortgage and car lease. LeaseTrader.com helps people find a credit-qualified car shopper willing to adopt the remaining portion of the leasing contract with no harm to credit. Voluntarily walking away from a mortgage may entail financial and litigation penalties from the lender.

Nevertheless, a third type of customer has now entered the LeaseTrader.com marketplace. In years past LeaseTrader.com catered to people that wanted out of a lease to upgrade their vehicle or because financial distress forced them to seek transfer. Today a third class is represented by those that can still afford to make their car lease payment yet simply want out of the lease contract with no plans to replace the vehicle. Many of these people simply downsize to shed excess cars accumulated during more profitable times.

About LeaseTrader.com
LeaseTrader.com, the most recognized name in car leasing, easily and affordably matches car shoppers with individuals looking to escape their auto lease. Privately held and founded in 1998, LeaseTrader.com is headquartered in Miami. For more information visit www.LeaseTrader.com, on Twitter @Lease_Trader, or call 800-770-0207.


JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive data and intelligence today reports that the US car market is still significantly behind Europe and Japan in terms of reducing vehicle CO2 output.

JATO’s study of the US light vehicle market in the first quarter of 2010 reveals that the market’s average CO2 is 268.5 g/km. In order to reflect like-for-like comparison with car markets in other global regions, excluding pick-up trucks, full size vans and small commercial vehicles the figure falls to 255.6 g/km. This figure compares very unfavourably to Japan (130.8 g/km) and Europe’s five biggest markets, which average 140.3 g/km. All markets have improved marginally when compared to the full-year average in 2009; Japan is down 0.4 g/km, the USA is down 1.0 g/km and Europe has improved most significantly with a 4.3 g/km reduction year-to-date.

“It is still clear that American consumers need to undergo a fundamental re-think of their vehicle buying preferences, but the past period of economic upheaval is likely to have meant that other domestic issues have taken consumer’s priority”, says David Mitchell, President of JATO Americas. “The blame can’t just lie with consumers though, the OEM product offering in the US still does little to promote alternatives to the large engine capacity gasoline vehicles which still dominate the market.”

One of the key influences in other global markets, the cost of fuel, still remains comparatively low in the US and this removes one of the most significant drivers for change. 33.9% of vehicles sold in the US still fall within a 15-20 mpg consumption bracket, compared with only 0.28% in Europe and 0.63% in Japan. European average CO2 emissions have reduced most significantly thanks to the rising popularity of diesel, a fuel which has 48.9% of the market share. Japan has a tiny diesel share of only 0.11%, but its highly congested roads make very small and economical gasoline cars a popular choice. Currently, the USA market is dominated by gasoline which has 81.9% market share, with only 1.7% being diesel.

“An interesting point to note, is that American consumers have been significantly more inclined to adopt Hybrid technology than the Europeans”, says Mitchell. “Hybrids have 2.3% market share in the US, while in Europe it is still only 0.5%. Not surprisingly, Japan leads the way with 10.1% of market share going to Hybrids”.

These regional variances can in part be put down to varying CO2-based taxation regimes that reward or penalise certain technologies, while Japan’s high-technology driven economy will automatically favour new technologies such as Hybrid and electric vehicles. Additionally, European vehicle ‘scrappage’ schemes have contributed significantly to the introduction into circulation of a huge number of low polluting, fuel efficient small cars - something that “cash for clunkers” didn’t do to the same effect.

Delmar Expands Professional Automotive Technician Training Series

Clifton Park, NY – June 16, 2010 – Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, today announced the availability of Fuels, Emissions and Exhaust, a new electronic training course in the Professional Automotive Technician Training Series. The course is available now as a web-based training course and will be available at a later date as a computer-based course.

Fuels, Emissions and Exhaust covers a wide variety of topics, beginning with safe work practices and advancing to more complex topics such as fuel pumps and line service, alternative fuel systems, fuel-injection systems, emission system diagnostics and level two onboard diagnostics (OBD II). Through this course, technicians receive more than 8.5 hours of quality instruction, completed at their own pace via the format of their choice – online or CD-ROM. Periodic process checks and end-of-section review questions ensure users are understanding and retaining information as they work through the material. A comprehensive exam is conducted after the user completes all sections of the course, and those who achieve a score of 80 percent or higher are awarded a printable certificate of completion.

The Professional Automotive Technician Training Series combines theory, diagnosis and repair information into one easy-to-use training tool, and provides technicians with an interactive solution that improves efficiency and increases comprehension. Animations and interactive elements are used to explain complex processes and help technicians engage with the course content. In addition, at the enterprise level, customized courses can be created to meet the unique training needs of an organization’s staff.

The courses in the Professional Technician Training Series, which also include the Professional Truck Technician Training Series, were designed to follow both the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) content guidelines, guaranteeing quality education that meets industry standards. In addition, the courses are Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training) Committee (AICC) and Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) compliant, ensuring they meet recognized standards for web-based e-learning.

“The automotive industry, like many areas, is still recovering from difficult economic times. Automotive repair companies are looking to improve their customer satisfaction by ensuring they have highly-trained, certified individuals on staff who can get the job done right the first time,” said Kristen Davis, Director of Professional Transportation Industry Solutions, Delmar. “Courses in the Professional Automotive Technician Training Series follow the ASE task guidelines, and are a great first step toward mastering the skills necessary for ASE certification.”

Other courses available in the Professional Automotive Technician Training Series include:
Basic Automotive Service and Maintenance
Electricity and Electronics
Engine Performance
Suspension and Steering
Automatic Transmissions
Advanced Engine Performance
Manual Transmissions
Heating and Air Conditioning
Parts Specialist
Engine Repair
Service Consultant
Hybrid, Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles (Coming Soon)

Courses available in the Professional Truck Technician Training Series include:
Electricity and Electronics
Preventive Maintenance
Suspension and Steering
Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
Drive Train
Diesel Engines

For more information on the courses in either series or to view demonstrations, please visit: http://www.techniciantraining.com/.

About Delmar and Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of lifelong learning products and services for the health care, technology and trades, and career education markets. Delmar's market-leading imprints include Autodesk Press, Chilton, Milady, NetLearning and OnWord Press. For more information please visit www.cengage.com or www.delmar.cengage.com.


DEARBORN, Mich., June 16, 2010 – Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – is now officially the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America with an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

“The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid provides a real choice in the marketplace for customers looking for a vehicle that not only makes a statement about who they are but also reflects their ideals,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development. “It offers the best fuel economy in its segment, a host of advanced safety features, and all the amenities and modern design of a true luxury sedan.”

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s final fuel economy certification was completed this week, and the vehicle will carry an EPA label of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway when it goes on sale this fall. It tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus HS 250h with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

“The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers everything our customers look for in a midsize luxury sedan, plus unsurpassed fuel economy,” said Kuzak. “Our engineers worked to ensure the hybrid electric motor and engine complement each other in a fashion that reflects the truly refined driving experience that is synonymous with the Lincoln name.”

Building on Ford Motor Company’s reputation as a world leader in electrified technology, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses the company’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine – named one of Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines.” The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy.

Industry-leading fuel economy comes without sacrificing power. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower. Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph – compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches just 25 mph.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: Luxury comes standard
In addition to being the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid includes a host of standard features either not offered at all on the Lexus HS 250h, or available at an extra cost. They are:

* SmartGauge with EcoGuide
* Lincoln SYNC®
* Bridge of Weir leather-trimmed seats
* 10-way power passenger seat
* Power driver memory seat settings
* Heated and cooled front seats
* Genuine wood trim
* Reverse sensing system
* Keyless entry keypad
* Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler
* Personal Safety System™
* MyKey™
* Integrated spotter mirrors
* Acoustic laminated windshield


HOUSTON and LANCASTER, Pa. (June 15, 2010) – U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc., a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards, is expanding its Voyager Channel Partner Program with the addition of Lancaster, Pa.-based Rhoads Energy Corporation.

The latest Voyager Channel Partner to date, Rhoads Energy will begin issuing co-branded fleet cards for its customers to use at its locations in Lancaster and Dauphin counties in Pennsylvania and at any of the 230,000 Voyager fuel and maintenance acceptance locations throughout the United States.

“This partnership with Voyager gives us the opportunity to offer our fleet customers a more comprehensive package of services,” said Rhoads Energy President and CEO Michael DeBerdine, III. “They’ll be able to purchase goods and services more easily, from a larger number of locations across Lancaster County and beyond. Additionally, we’re excited about the program’s potential to gain visibility and customer loyalty for Rhoads Energy.”

Launched by Jerome H. Rhoads from the back of a rail car in 1917, Rhoads Energy now provides an array of product and service offerings that includes everything from heating oil to commercial fueling to heating and air conditioning equipment installation and natural gas. By becoming a Voyager Channel Partner, Rhoads Energy will offer its fleet customers an efficient and controlled way to purchase fuel and maintenance services across a vast network of locations.

The Voyager Channel Partner Program allows participants to generate revenue based on monthly fuel volume purchased with the co-branded Voyager fleet card at domestic and remote locations.

“Momentum continues to build as more and more regional petroleum marketers sign on to become Voyager Channel Partners,” said Jeffrey A. Rankin, senior sales and marketing officer, U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems. “U.S. Bank appreciates the positive response from the jobber market and is committed to providing a positive experience for fleet managers, retailers and card users alike.”

About Rhoads Energy
Since 1917, when Jerome Rhoads began selling kerosene from the back of a rail car, Rhoads Energy Corporation has continually expanded and evolved. The company offers heating oil delivery, heating and cooling equipment installation, natural gas, commercial fueling and a range of energy-related programs for homeowners. Rhoads Energy, which serves Lancaster, Chester, and Berks Counties, also installs geothermal systems and radiant floor heat. For more information, visit www.RhoadsEnergy.com.

About Voyager
U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc. is a leading provider of the universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards for over 1.6 million vehicles. Specifically designed to serve the needs of any size fleet, Voyager issues the Voyager Fleet Card, accepted at over 230,000 retail locations in all 50 states and provides comprehensive fleet management information services to commercial businesses and government agencies. To learn more, visit Voyager online at www.usbank.com/voyagerfleet.

About U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $282 billion in assets as of March 31, 2010, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,025 banking offices in 24 states and 5,312 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.