Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kenworth Aero, Natural Gas and Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks with Low Emission Engines Power Green Highway

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 31, 2011 – Aerodynamic trucks, natural gas vehicles, diesel-electric hybrids and low emission diesel engines are powering Kenworth's industry leadership in providing environmentally friendly products with excellent performance that can help truck operators enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

"Kenworth's diverse product offering is enabling a growing number of environmentally conscious fleets and truck operators to drive the green highway,” said Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. "We applaud those customers who have added Kenworth aerodynamic, natural gas and diesel-electric hybrid trucks and adopted the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant engines as part of their efforts to reduce diesel fuel consumption and emissions."
Kenworth is the only truck manufacturer to receive the EPA's Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. Kenworth's dedication to the green fleet includes the aerodynamic Kenworth T660 and Kenworth T700; T440 and W900S liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) models; T800 LNG trucks; and Kenworth T270 and T370 diesel-electric hybrids. 

"The business is changing as the trend moves toward greener trucks,” said Andy Douglas, Kenworth national sales manager for specialty markets, who has been at the forefront of Kenworth's green charge for the past several years. "The reality is that high diesel prices and evolving environmental rules are leading truck operators to seek practical solutions when it comes to their truck purchases in 2011 and beyond.

According to recent figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average cost of diesel in the United States reached nearly $4 in March. That is up about $1, or 33 percent from the same period a year ago.

"As a result, there's significant interest in our natural gas trucks and that interest is expanding into an increasing number of markets in the United States and Canada,” said Douglas, who noted that natural gas may typically cost at least $1 to $1.50 less than the equivalent diesel fuel and is a cleaner burning fuel domestically produced in North America.  "Drayage fleets with port operations were among early purchasers of our T800 LNG truck. More recently, companies as diverse as UPS, natural gas provider Alagasco in Alabama, and solid waste collector and recycler Enviro Express in Connecticut, to name a few, have purchased Kenworth natural gas vehicles.

"When diesel fuel prices go up, the aerodynamic T660 and T700 – which both hold EPA SmartWay(SM) program certification – also receive an even closer look. The T700 has the lowest aerodynamic drag of any truck in the company's history. Both fuel-efficient vehicles offer low operating cost, advanced technology, outstanding driver comfort, and high resale value. Those are the types of tangible benefits that attract over-the-road customers,” said Douglas.

"Our T270 and T370 diesel-electric hybrids can help enhance fuel economy by up to an estimated 30 percent in pickup and delivery applications and up to 50 percent in utility operations. That makes them especially attractive today to fleets running local routes with a significant number of starts and stops, and to municipalities seeking to save on fuel and reduce their carbon footprint."
According to Douglas, there are also a number of federal, state and provincial, county, and municipal grant programs and financial incentives available to help truck operators purchase natural gas vehicles and diesel-electric hybrids. "Kenworth and Kenworth dealers are here to assist truck operators interested in pursuing such funding."
And don't forget about engines. The very low emission 12.9-liter PACCAR MX engine achieves U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification, and meets the stringent emission standards of 0.2 grams per brake horsepower hour of NOx and 0.01 grams per brake horsepower hour of particulate matter. For medium duty trucks, Kenworth offers the low emission PACCAR PX-6 and PACCAR PX-8 engines as standard on its medium duty products.

"The trucking industry has made great strides with regard to engine emission reduction,” noted Douglas. "For example, with everything else being equal, one Class 8 truck with a 2010 EPA clean diesel engine produces six times fewer emissions than a Class 8 truck with a 2007 EPA engine. That's a positive trend that will grow as more truck operators move into the low emission engines."

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World's Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In addition, Kenworth is the recipient of the 2010 J.D. Power and Associates award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Medium Duty Truck Dealer Service. Kenworth's Internet home page is at Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.


New-Car Buyers Show Strong Future Interest in 2012 Ford Mustang and 2011 Chevy Cruze

Boca Raton – (March 31, 2011) –, an innovative web site that provides consumers with a practical way to research, compare, configure, and coming soon, remain anonymous while receiving quotes online from dealerships nationwide, announced today the top-ten new cars researched and built through’s Web site in March.

The list was compiled using the most advanced 3D “Car Configurator” for new and used vehicles on As consumers configure and research cars online, the 3D Car Configurator allows car-shoppers to virtually experience “kicking the tires” all through 360° side-by-side comparisons and exact specifications of every make and model vehicle. More importantly, it gives potential car-buyers all types of specific car details including options and packages, interior and exterior colors, dimensions of different vehicles legroom, headroom and even trunk space.

“Website traffic continues to show that potential car-shoppers begin their research 4-6 months in advance of their next vehicle purchase,” said Ken Horton, Director of Sales for Practical Systems, Inc. “The average car-buyer on compares 3-5 cars in their virtual personalized garage that stores and gathers all of the cars exact details.”’s top-ten new cars researched and built in March:
1. Ford Mustang
2. Chevy Cruze
3. BMW 3 Series
3. Ford F-Series
4. Mercedes C-Class
5. Cadillac CTS
6. Chevy Silverado
7. Toyota Camry
8. Honda Accord
9. Toyota Corolla
10. Ford Taurus

Also, getting ready to launch this year, when car shoppers are ready to purchase a car they simply log in to their custom virtual garage and begin the negotiation process. They remain anonymous to the dealer throughout the negotiation process, work with the dealer on features and packages, and can make any changes to the car during the negotiations.

Mr. Horton adds, “The feedback from our subscribing OEM manufactures’ and participating dealers’ show an appreciation for having the ability to get an indication for which vehicles will be in demand and most frequently purchased from car-buyers within the next 6 months. It’s truly a website that caters to consumers’ entire car-shopping process.”
About is designed to revolutionize how customers and dealers do business online and put consumers back in the driver seat. Car-shoppers can research, compare and configure cars, and coming soon, negotiate and receive quotes anonymously from the comfort of their home. PSCars is a network of Practical Systems, combining today’s technology with real life needs to create a more positive experience for the consumer. Find us on Facebook at and on twitter at


INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2010) – THINK, the world’s leading dedicated electric vehicle maker, has partnered with Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network (ESN) to offer the THINK City electric car to qualifying fleets in Indiana for as low as $19,995.  This special pricing is being offered as a part of ESN’s successful Project Plug-IN program.

The Project Plug-IN program pricing is available to any commercial or government fleet in Indiana within 100 miles of Indianapolis or Elkhart, Ind.  Fleets that are interested in purchasing electric THINK City cars should contact THINK Regional Sales Manager Tim Hylen at (810) 875-4214 or
Built in Elkhart, the THINK City is a 100 percent electric, zero emission modern city car designed for urban commuters and fleet customers that want to make a bold statement about protecting the environment and reducing dependency on imported oil.

“THINK City is easy to drive, park and recharge, and it’s also inexpensive to fuel and maintain,” said Hylen.  “It only costs about 2-3 cents a mile – or less than the cost of a gallon of gas – to recharge the THINK City’s 100-mile range battery pack.”

ESN and its partners initiated Project Plug-IN to accelerate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and related smart grid technology. The project aims to develop, deploy, demonstrate, market and evaluate a range of plug-in vehicles powered by an integrated charging infrastructure located in homes, businesses and parking facilities to enhance economic development and energy security in Indiana and beyond.

The discounted price of $19,995 is based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $36,495 after the $9,000 (net) Project Plug-IN rebate and the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. Tax, title, and license are not included.

THINK plans to roll out retail distribution in Indianapolis in the second half of 2011. 


THINK is the world’s leading dedicated electric vehicle manufacturer, developed and proven over 20 years. This heritage gives THINK a head start with having put more than 2,500 THINK City cars on the road and accumulated more than 35 million road miles of customer experience.  The THINK City, the first electric car to be granted pan–European regulatory safety approval, is sold across Europe, with sales and production in the U.S. and operations being developed in Asia.

THINK is also a leader in electric drive train technology, and was the first to offer a modular and flexible electric drive-train solution in the business-to-business sector. With its Scandinavian origins and sustainability mindset, THINK is one of the most carbon-efficient car companies in the world.

About Project Plug-IN
Project Plug-IN,an initiative of Energy Systems Network (ESN), is a commercial-scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation solution for the Indianapolis area.  ESN and its partners initiatied Project Plug-IN to accelerate the development and implementation of a plug-in electric vehicle “ecosystem,” which further supports ESN’s mission of enhanced economic development and energy security.
Project Plug-IN is an initiative of the Energy Systems Network, a non-for-profit industry consortium focused on the development of Indiana’s “clean-tech” sector. For more information, visit


ATLANTA – After surveying dealers from across the country, Manheim and have each been named 2011 Dealers’ Choice Award winners. Manheim received the Diamond Award, the highest honor, in the traditional auctions category, and earned the Diamond Award for online auctions in the purchasing inventory category. Presented annually by Auto Dealer Monthly, the Dealers’ Choice Awards recognize the top providers in the retail auto industry.

This is the fourth straight year Manheim has received the Diamond Award in the traditional auctions category. is a six-time award winner in the online auctions category and was the Platinum Award winner in the purchasing inventory category last year. Manheim has been named a recipient of the Dealers’ Choice Awards each year since the awards’ inception in 2005.

“The Dealers’ Choice Awards offer dealers and their employees the opportunity to make their collective voice heard and bring some well-deserved recognition not only to the great products and services that are vital to the day-to-day operations of the dealership, but also to the people behind those products and services,” said Harlene Doane, editor, Auto Dealer Monthly. “Auto Dealer Monthly is honored to be able to recognize some of the best in the industry. Manheim and have every reason to be extremely proud of their products, services and staffs.”

“Earning recognition from the audience who matters most – our customers – is one of the most rewarding compliments we can receive,” said Sue Boehlke, senior vice president, products and processes, Manheim. “Making it easier for customers to do business with us is an ongoing focus at our company and with our teams. I am proud of our employees and their unwavering commitment to meet or exceed customer expectations.”

This is the seventh year Auto Dealer Monthly has held the Dealers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the most highly-regarded vendors, suppliers and finance companies in the retail automotive industry, as voted on by dealers and dealership personnel.

This year a total of 54 awards were presented to 45 companies in 21 distinctive categories of products and services. Dealers and dealership personnel rated providers in each category in four areas: 1) the product or service provided, 2) customer support and service, 3) the overall value for dollars spent, and 4) whether the dealer would recommend the provider.

The complete list of winners, as well as any provider or finance company rated higher than the group average score in any category, and the feature article on the 2011 Dealers’ Choice Awards is in the April 2011 issue of Auto Dealer Monthly magazine, which can be found here:

About Manheim (
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 130 worldwide wholesale operating locations, Manheim impacts every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles.  Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry.  Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.

Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and online offerings. receives nearly 900,000 visits each week. 

Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. In 2010, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

About Auto Dealer Monthly, LLC
Auto Dealer Monthly is the day-to-day resource for automotive dealerships of all sizes. It is known for offering business solutions to dealers by providing information necessary to make wise decisions regarding products, services or process changes in daily operations. Auto Dealer Monthly is also the publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly magazine and creator of and


ST. LOUIS, March 31, 2011  --  BEST Transportation of St. Louis, which provides service to both corporate and social groups in the St. Louis area, was honored with the 2011 LCT Operator of the Year Award at the 2011 International LCT Show. The annual event, which is sponsored by Limousine Charter & Tour Magazine (LCT), was held February 14-16 in Las Vegas.

Each year, LCT Magazine recognizes four outstanding operators and one industry association for their achievements and contributions to the industry.  A panel of six professional judges scores and selects the winners, who are announced during the LCT Magazine annual industry awards gala at the International LCT Show. The awards honor chauffeured transportation operators who have excelled in management, customer service, marketing, fleet quality, safety and community and industry contributions.

Founded in 2002, BEST Transportation was named co-winner in the 31-50 vehicles (large operator) category.  Headquartered on Page just east of I-170, BEST is owned and operated by sisters Kim Garner and Debbie Rudawsky.

Thousands of companies worldwide are eligible to compete for the honors, which are bestowed in each of four size categories: 1-10 vehicles, 11-30 vehicles, 31-50 vehicles and 51+ vehicles.  BEST tied with Total Luxury Limousine of Vadnais Heights, Minn. in the 31-50 category.

“We are so proud that our company has been recognized as Operator of the Year by the National Limousine Association & LCT Magazine,” said Garner.  “We achieved this goal by working together as a team.  Each and every one of our employees made this happen by going the extra mile every day for our customers, each other and our company.”

BEST Transportation also garnered the 2010 TORCH Award by the Better Business Bureau in late 2010.  The award is given annually to companies which qualify as having outstanding customer service and high ethical standards.  Just 10 St. Louis businesses and two charities were selected to receive the 2010 TORCH Award.

The company provides superior service to both corporate and social groups in the St. Louis area and across the nation, offering chauffeured services with premium sedans, classic cars, limousines, vans, mini-coaches and limo party buses.  BEST operates a second division called GO BEST Express, which serves as the official shuttle company for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the City of St. Louis.

BEST Transportation was selected as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses for 2010 by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly, is 100 percent female-owned and is a certified WBE/DBE company. Often recognized for community service, BEST Transportation was given the prestigious Star Award by Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2009.  For more information about BEST Transportation, please call 314-989-1500 or 866-272-1200.  Visit BEST on the web at or “like” BEST Transportation on Facebook.

New and upgraded items highlight Kinedyne display at 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 31, 2011) – A worldwide leader in cargo securement solutions for the transportation industry, Kinedyne Corporation is displaying all the highlights of its broad product lineup at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show.

Visitors to the company's booth (#22035) will see a variety of products new to Kinedyne's MATS display, including several lines featured prominently in the company's latest Cargo Securement catalog.

"During the past several years – in the midst of the worst economic conditions since our company was founded more than four decades ago – we continued investing heavily in our manufacturing capabilities," explains James Klausmann II, Kinedyne's Executive Vice President and the son of the company's founder. "This strategy has now put us in an excellent position for the recovery. In fact, we're currently expanding our Nantong, China location – which began operations in 2009 – to support our future plans."

Kinedyne Corporation – a New Jersey based entity – currently has facilities in four countries and is the parent company of a worldwide operations group that includes Kinedyne Canada Ltd. (Canada), Nantong Kinedyne Ltd. (China) and Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. (Mexico). A vertically integrated manufacturer, Kinedyne's capabilities include synthetic web production, metal fabrication, roll forming, heat treating, plating, electro-coating, powder coating and fabrication of strap assemblies.

Kinedyne has more than 5,000 items in its product line, including several patented products. The following items are being shown at the Mid-America Trucking Show for the first time:

•    GRIP LINK™ Tire Chains: Available in V-Bar and Square Link designs for highway use, and Stud chains for off-road conditions, these high-strength, carbon steel chains are case hardened for extra long wear-life. Manufactured to exceed industry performance standards, GRIP LINK chains are the ideal solution for situations ranging from carting trees off a hillside logging site, to steering a heavy-duty rig through 18-inches of mountain snow.
•    Kaptive Beam Systems and Components: This innovative line captive decking tracks and beams was recently expanded to feature a new L-Track solution, as well as new accessories, including logistic straps and hardware, compatible with the system track.
•    Steadymate® Recreational Vehicle Tie-Downs and Hardware: A high quality line of tie-downs specifically designed to meet the needs of consumers who own and transport recreational vehicles, Steadymate has been a top seller in Canada for years. This four-season line of tie-downs and securement point hardware is now available to all Kinedyne distributors in the United States.

•    Steadymate® Motorcycle Wheel Chock: Features a pivot point which uses gravity to lock a motorcycle in an upright position, making 'one-person' operation simple and easy. The rider just rolls the bike into the chock and it remains in an upright position. There are no side rails or supports to damage the tires, rims or fenders.

"The effort we put into several major initiatives during the past few years – including reorganizing our Sales and Operations team – is already paying dividends in the form of positive sales growth," says Larry Harrison, Kinedyne's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "In addition, the new global computer system we launched last year will further enhance our already world class service. I'm excited about the future and confident Kinedyne is now positioned to accomplish great things."

Also featured in the display at Kinedyne's MATS 2011 booth are:

•    Flatbed products (including winch bars and straps, and ratchet straps)
•    Interior van products (including Jack bars and logistic straps)
•    Webbing products (varying by strength, thickness, material, and width)
•    Hardware offerings (including an assortment of hooks, rings, and buckles)

About Kinedyne Corporation
Founded in 1968, Kinedyne Corporation is the world leader in manufacturing and distributing cargo control products for the transportation industry. The company maintains the top market share in several industry sectors through the development and engineering of a high-quality product offering, which features more than 5,000 items, including multiple patented products.  Kinedyne products service users that include OEM's, fleet operators and independent owner/operators. The company serves several markets including Heavy Duty Trucking, Government & Military, Farm & Agricultural, Moving & Storage, Automotive and Recreational Vehicles.

Headquartered in Branchburg, NJ, the company operates facilities in Lawrence, KS, Prattville, AL, and Reno, NV. In addition, it is the parent company for a worldwide operations group including Kinedyne Canada Ltd. (Canada), Nantong Kinedyne Ltd. (China), and Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. (Mexico).

Penske Logistics Earns Ford Motor Company's Gold World Excellence Award

READING, Pa., March 31, 2011 – Penske Logistics has been awarded Ford Motor Company's Gold World Excellence Award.  This is the third World Excellence Award Penske Logistics has earned from Ford and it is the second time the company has earned Gold.

"We're sincerely honored to receive this award but it would not have been possible without the close collaboration between the Ford and Penske teams," said Marc Althen, Penske Logistics President.  "Thanks to all of our associates supporting the Ford business worldwide."

Forty-seven suppliers from 16 countries were recently recognized at Ford's 13th annual awards event.  The Gold Awards are presented to suppliers demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance.  The Ford World Excellence Awards honor production and nonproduction suppliers that have aligned themselves with the values and operating practices of Ford while reaching the highest quality, technology, cost and delivery standards.  The winning companies represent thousands of employees, who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford in the products and services they make.

"Our 2010 World Excellence Award winners have shown an unwavering commitment to excellence in technology, quality and cost efficiency," said Tony Brown, Ford's Group Vice President for Global Purchasing.  "Congratulations, and thank you for helping Ford serve customers with the best vehicles in the world."

Penske Logistics provides a wide range of supply chain services to Ford Motor Company including serving as its North American lead logistics provider for its assembly, power train and stamping operations.  In South America, Penske supports Ford by operating parts distribution centers and through the delivery of parts to Ford dealerships in Brazil.  Penske provides sub-assembly and material handling services for Ford product lines in the U.K. and manages expedite transportation services for service parts across Europe.  Penske Logistics is a strategic supplier to Ford and is a part of its Aligned Business Framework.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents.  With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln.  The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

Ryder Reaches Key Milestone in Major Alternative Fuel Initiative

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced that it reached a key milestone in a major alternative fuel initiative with the order of 202 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. The vehicle order is part of Ryder's agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) to launch a groundbreaking heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California. Ryder will begin taking delivery of the vehicles in April, and expects to have the full order integrated into its fleet by September. Ryder will also begin work this month to upgrade the first of three existing maintenance facilities in its network to be properly equipped for the indoor servicing of natural gas vehicles and will soon commence construction of two natural gas fueling stations.

In addition to reducing emissions, businesses that incorporate natural gas vehicles in their fleet have the opportunity to realize additional cost savings because natural gas fuel prices are significantly lower than diesel fuel prices, which are currently on the rise.

"We are excited about taking these first important steps to kick off what is proving to be one of the most innovative and large-scale commercial natural gas truck projects in North America," stated Robert Sanchez, President of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. "This project reinforces our ongoing commitment to deliver environmentally-sound and cost-effective transportation solutions, while serving as a model for how to successfully implement alternative fuel programs in large commercial truck operations."

"This project is a great illustration of the potential for success when the right project partners assemble and work as a team," said SANBAG President and San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, Brad Mitzelfelt. "We are proud to play a role in an important project in which each partner has made a contribution. This project confirms SANBAG's commitment to creative problem solving and enhancing the quality of life for our residents."

About the Project

The SANBAG project, awarded to Ryder in April 2010, is being conducted in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Clean Cities Coalition. It is intended to increase the use of domestically produced alternative fuels and reduce emissions by bolstering the existing regional infrastructure in Southern California. When fully implemented, the project will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon natural gas. The project will contribute to the maintenance and creation of more than 400 U.S. green automotive jobs located in regions of the country that have been the hardest hit by the recent economic downturn. Based on estimates using California's Carl Moyer program guidelines, the project will reduce more than 9.2 million pounds (4,195 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year, more than 131 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions annually, and completely eliminate 2.65 tons of diesel particulate emissions from local neighborhoods.

The $38.7 million project will be funded as part of a joint public/private industry partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and Ryder. $19.3 million of the total project funding will be provided by state and federal sources, including $9.95 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicles Pilot Program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and $9.3 million via the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program. Demonstrating Ryder's strategic commitment to alternative fuels, the Company is also committing $19.4 million of its own capital into the project.

Vehicle Configurations

Ryder worked extensively with its OEM partners to determine the right vehicle mix and configurations to meet the needs and applications of customers in the Southern California market. The order includes 182 Freightliner M2-112 tractors, featuring the Cummins ISL-G engine, in both single-axle and tandem-axle day cab configurations. This represents the largest single heavy-duty natural gas truck order for Freightliner in North America. The balance of the order will include a mix of other unit configurations supplied from a variety of manufacturers. The trucks will be equipped with either liquefied or compressed natural gas (LNG and CNG) on-board fuel storage systems.

All 202 vehicles will be equipped with RydeSmart®, Ryder's proprietary GPS fleet location, tracking, and vehicle performance management system. The RydeSmart® onboard telematics technology continuously monitors each vehicle's location, mileage and speed, as well as other performance and diagnostic data. That information is communicated every 15 minutes and on-demand, as necessary, via a dedicated and secure cellular connection to fleet operators' desktops. Using this depth of real-time fleet information and visibility down to individual vehicles, fleet operators can make a quantum leap in saving labor, time and money, while improving productivity and customer satisfaction. More information about RydeSmart® can be found at

These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder's Southern California operations network, where Ryder's 1,200 customers will be able to access them through short-term rentals, long-term leases, or through Ryder's dedicated logistics services.


As part of Ryder's agreement with SANBAG, the Company will also maintain the vehicles at three strategically located maintenance shops in Rancho Dominguez, Orange, and Fontana. The upgrade of the first facility in Rancho Dominguez will begin this month and is expected to be completed and ready to service natural gas vehicles in April. A number of important steps are required to ensure the facility will meet stringent industry and government safety standards for natural gas vehicle maintenance. These include upgrades of shop electrical and lighting systems, as well as the installation of enhanced air handling and ventilation systems and natural gas refueling stations. Ryder's professional maintenance technicians are also receiving extensive, specialized training on the maintenance and repair of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.

Technical and administrative support for this project is being managed by Gladstein, Neandross and Associates, an environmental consulting firm that is widely recognized throughout the United States for its expertise on air quality issues, alternative fuel vehicles, and infrastructure and energy projects.

For information and ongoing updates about the project, please visit


SANBAG is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves the two million residents of San Bernardino County. SANBAG supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, commuter rail and bus transit, freeway service patrol, ridesharing and congestion management efforts. SANBAG administers Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by county voters in 1989 and again in 2004. For more information on SANBAG, visit

About SCAG

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 190 cities and more than 19 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California now and in the future. For more information about SCAG projects, plans, services and initiatives, visit

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as the top third party logistics provider and included Ryder in its 2010 "50 Green Partners" listing. Ryder also ranked 114 out of the top 500 U.S. companies and sixth in its industry sector in the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings. Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

AutoTex PINK to Partners with the NASCAR Hall of Fame

MARCH 22, 2011 - Pine Brook, NJ: AutoTex PINK, the windshield wiper blade that is working to "Wipe Out Breast Cancer," has announced that it will be a part of the Officially Licensed NASCAR Hall of Fame Magazine. The publication will be nationally distributed at outlets that include Barnes and Noble, Borders, B. Dalton's, Waldenbooks and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

"We are excited to be a part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Magazine ," said Paula Lombard, founder of AutoTex PINK. "We know there are millions of NASCAR fans and this is our opportunity to tell them about our unique product. Everyone needs windshield wiper blades, so why not choose ones that benefit an important cause like breast cancer?"

The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, NC, is a 150,000 sq. ft. world-class facility honoring NASCAR and creating an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and other contributors to the sport. Each year, a new class is inducted to the Hall of Fame. To commemorate each year, an official and exclusive keepsake book is produced that details the history of the sport featuring the five inductees, the 25 nominees, the selection process and the Hall of Fame itself.

Rogers, Carnahan Introduce Bill to Implement Smart Transportation Technologies

Legislation endorsed by a broad coalition including automakers, highway users, transit leaders, safety and environmental advocates, manufacturers, high-tech and telecom firms, transportation engineers, and other business, infrastructure and innovation leaders

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-MI, and Russ Carnahan, D-MO, introduced a bipartisan bill to spur innovation and accelerate the deployment of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to help communities address their transportation challenges.  Rogers, Carnahan and Intelligent Transportation Society of America CEO Scott Belcher hosted a telephone press conference on the issue on Wednesday, March 30. 

"We cannot continue to simply build our way into a transportation system necessary for the demands of the 21st Century," Rogers said. "Technologies and information exist today to cost-effectively, safely and efficiently manage our nation's roads and infrastructure."

"Our roads, bridges, and traffic lights desperately need repair, and with budgets tight, we have to look for solutions that stretch every dollar," Carnahan said. "By tapping into new technology we can address those problems while at the same time solving traffic congestion problems, preventing accidents, and putting gas money back in the pockets of families and businesses. It's the kind of common-sense solution that will help our economy grow and make sure taxpayers get a better bang for their buck."

"Cash-strapped cities and communities are challenged with addressing growing traffic congestion and deteriorating infrastructure at the same time as Americans are facing rising gas prices. We cannot continue business as usual," said Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America, which represents a national and statewide network of more than 1,600 public and private sector transportation technology leaders. "As local agencies look for cost-effective solutions, smart technologies offer the most bang for the buck when it comes to reducing traffic congestion and vehicle crashes, making better use of existing road capacity, expanding travel options, and modernizing our transportation infrastructure."

The Smart Technologies for Communities Act would create a competitive pilot program in up to six communities across the country to serve as model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of ITS technologies to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Examples of technology solutions include "connected" vehicles that avoid crashes, stress-sensing bridges, active traffic management to reduce congestion, electronic tolling systems to avoid the wait at the toll booth, and real-time traffic, transit, and parking information for commuters.

Congestion on U.S. roads currently interferes with America's daily activities, from slowing down commerce, polluting the environment and wasting fuel. It is estimated that in our metropolitan communities alone, more than 4.8 billion hours are wasted sitting in traffic, resulting in 3.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel and costing our economy more than $115 billion annually.

Rogers and Carnahan also announced endorsements for the bill from a broad range of transportation, business and environmental leaders, including private sector employers such as AT&T, Ford, General Motors, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola and Verizon. The list of supporting organizations and endorsement letter are available at

Agile FleetCommander Develops Motor Pool Kiosk to Combat Extreme Weather Conditions for City of Boise

CHANTILLY, VA, March 30, 2011 - The Intermountain West is known for frosty winters and sizzling summers. With these seasonal extremes, the City of Boise, Idaho recognized that their car sharing procedures must be hardy enough to withstand the elements. Not only must city employees be able to make a reservation and pick up and return keys without fleet staff present, it had to be installed outdoors. Boise city officials turned to Agile Access Control, Inc. (Agile), creators of the web-based fleet and motor pool management technology FleetCommander, for a solution to manage their motor pool under extreme weather conditions.

Innovative Agile FleetCommander Kiosk is heated in winter and cooled in summer.

Although FleetCommander technology met 99% of Boise's requirements out-of-the-box, the city's need for outdoor installation challenged Agile to create a self-service kiosk and secure key control solution able to withstand wind, rain, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, as well as temperatures exceeding 130 degrees Fahrenheit in direct sunlight. Agile engineers developed a solution that houses a thermostatically controlled thermal management system to continually monitor and maintain temperatures with heating and air conditioning for the kiosk and key control hardware within. The solution also includes thermostat readings and a back-up power supply to keep the key box operational in the event of a power outage.

Dennis Falconer, City of Boise Fleet Services, said, "FleetCommander's existing off-the-shelf product was perfect for our indoor garage location. However we needed a solution for an additional outdoor location that could survive the elements and allow employees to pick up and return vehicle keys anytime day or night.  The FleetCommander team delivered what we needed. The bright, full-color kiosk is intuitive for our employees, is available around the clock, and able to withstand weather extremes. The temperature extremes in our outdoor location are not a problem for the new solution.  The temperature was down below 20 degrees last night, and when I checked the digital thermometer in our kiosk today, the internal low temperature recorded was 46 degrees.  I'd say that's a success!"

Agile President Ed Smith said, "I'm very happy with the results at Boise.  I see more than an outdoor kiosk solution.  I see a partnership in which a customer articulated a need and our engineers developed a solution that met that need.  I am very proud of our team and so happy to have Boise as a part of our FleetCommander community." Smith added that the company will be installing the thermal management system for more organizations dealing with similar weather challenges in managing their fleets.

About City of Boise Fleet Services
The City of Boise's Fleet Services Division was named one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America by Government Fleet Magazine for the last two years, 2009 and 2010. The City's fleet competed against 5,000 fleets that submitted applications from over 38,000 eligible public fleet departments in North America. The City of Boise Fleet Services Division was recognized for its efficiency, working environment, productivity and ability to bring a sense of urgency to municipal government.

About Agile Access Control, Inc.
Agile FleetCommander creator Agile Access Control, Inc. is a technology company headquartered in Chantilly, Va., which serves fleet and motor pool managers in the commercial, university and government sectors. Agile's FleetCommander is a web-based application that streamlines the use of vehicles through easy-to-use software, and presents real-time data in the form of intuitive graphs, gauges, online forms, and a wide variety of reports. Resulting in lower vehicle and personnel costs and higher customer satisfaction, FleetCommander can be used as a stand-alone, customized fleet management system or integrated with an organization's existing fleet systems. For more information, contact Matthew Wade at 408-213-9555 x555 or or visit

NBB Applauds Obama's Call for Increased Domestic Fuels

WASHINGTON - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the trade association for the U.S. biodiesel industry, on Wednesday welcomed President Obama's call for boosting the production of domestic fuels and said the U.S. biodiesel industry stands ready to help the country achieve greater energy independence.

"The biodiesel industry is already poised for a record year in which we will displace nearly a billion gallons of petroleum with a renewable fuel produced right here in the United States," said Manning Feraci, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs.  "We are ready and able to meet the nation's Advanced Biofuel goals and in the process create new jobs, improve the environment and enhance the nation's energy security."

Biodiesel, which is made from a diverse mix of feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats and recycled cooking oil, is the only commercial-scale U.S. fuel to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) definition as an Advanced Biofuel.  The domestic production, distribution and use of the fuel is expected to create thousands of new American jobs in 2011.

Biodiesel is made from readily available, renewable resources. It is a domestic, sustainable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement that meets strict quality specifications.

President Obama Calls for Passage of NAT GAS Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 30, 2010 -- NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the U.S. natural gas vehicle industry, hailed President Obama's call today for the passage of the NAT GAS Act as part of his new federal energy blueprint. In his written remarks today, the President said:

Last year, more than 150 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle proposed legislation providing incentives to use clean-burning natural gas in our vehicles instead of oil. They were even joined by T. Boone Pickens, a businessman who made his fortune on oil. So I ask them to keep at it.

"We commend the President for recognizing the important role that natural gas vehicles must play – and will play -- to move the country off of its dependence on foreign oil, and do it quickly, and, importantly, for his calling for passage of the NAT GAS Act" said Douglas Clark, chairman of the association and president of the Municipal Utility District of Omaha, Nebraska.

"As the President said, we have huge resources of natural gas right here in America," said Clark. "Increased use of natural gas will not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. At the same time, it will save consumers and fleets money. Last year, natural gas vehicles displaced 360 million gallons of petroleum in the U.S. With encouragement and incentives from the federal government, this could grow to 1.6 billion gallons by 2015."

The NAT GAS Act, which was introduced in the last Congress, would provide incentives for using natural gas in vehicles, purchasing NGVs, installing natural gas refueling stations and producing natural gas vehicles in America. U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) announced today that the NATGAS Act of 2011 will be introduced in the current Congress on April 6.

"We hope that Congress takes up the President's call by passing the legislation as soon as possible," said Clark.
Among other NGV-related initiatives called for by the President are:

* "Leading by Example With the Federal Fleet" by calling directing agencies to ensure that, by 2015, all new vehicles purchased for the federal government fleet of 600,000 will be alternative fuel vehicles. The natural gas vehicle industry already produces a wide – and growing -- variety of vehicles powered by natural gas for the U.S. market, from a Honda Civic to 18-wheeler tractors. "NGVs can serve virtually every non-military vehicle need of the federal govenment, and we stand ready to help the government meet its goal," said Clark.

* "Developing Alternatives to Oil, Including Biofuels and Natural Gas": With the proper federal support, the availability of renewable natural gas (or biomethane) -- produced from landfill gas, sewage and animal, crop and industrial waste – could grow quickly here in America. Biomethane use is rapidly expanding around the world, and has been shown to be the most economic of all biofuels for vehicles.

NGVAmerica is a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica represents more than 120 companies interested in the promotion and use of natural gas and biomethane as transportation fuels, including: engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers; fleet operators and service providers; natural gas companies; and environmental groups and government organizations. For more information about NGVAmerica, visit our website at

Drivers Texting, Global Harmonization and More -- New Edition of Hazardous Materials Regulations Covers Latest HazMat Issues

DAVENPORT, IA – Drivers texting and Global Harmonization are just two of many transportation industry issues covered by recent regulations from the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT/PHMSA). These vital HazMat regulations can be found in MANCOMM's DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, March 2011 Edition, available in both book and CD formats.

MANCOMM is a national publisher which develops, publishes and distributes safety, compliance and training materials. Industry issues covered in the newly updated HazMat book include:
•    Drivers are prohibited from texting on electronic devices during the operation of a motor vehicle containing a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding, or any quantity of a select agent or toxin listed in the Department of Health and Human Services' "Select Agents and Toxins" regulations.
•    The PHMSA has released a historic update, harmonizing their HazMat regulations with key international regulatory changes. Global Harmonization has been an ongoing movement for almost two decades, and these updates represent the latest major wave of the changes in store.
•    The PHMSA has revised its procedures for applying for special permits, requiring an applicant to provide sufficient information to enable the agency to evaluate the applicant's fitness and the safety impact of operations authorized in the special permit.
•    The PHMSA is implementing enhanced inspection, investigation, and enforcement authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005.
•    The PHMSA has amended HazMat regulations by incorporating provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding cargo tank special permits.

"HazMat regulations change on an ongoing basis," said Benjamin W. Mangan, president and founder of MANCOMM, "so it is important to keep updated on industry issues and their related regulations. This is especially important now that Global Harmonization is growing in importance. Safety trainers and other industry professionals need to prepare for the extensive changes that Global Harmonization will bring."
DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, March 2011 Edition is available as a 8.5" x 11", 600-plus page softcover book. Like most MANCOMM regulatory publications, it is made with RegLogic®, a unique graphical approach that takes the difficulty out of navigating and reading regulations. The following regulations appear in the new MANCOMM edition:
•    Hazardous Materials Regulations – 49 CFR 100-185 from Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
o    49 CFR A Hazardous Materials and Oil Transportation
o    49 CFR B Oil Transportation
o    49 CFR C Hazardous Materials Regulations

Extra Features
Any regulation changes published in the Federal Register but not yet in effect are included in Federal Register UpdateTM areas at the end of each section. These Federal Register UpdatesTM allow readers to review upcoming rule changes before they affect the business community, and only MANCOMM has them. In addition to the regulations and updates, the book and CD also include:

• Quick-Find Index™
• Hazardous Materials Incident Report
• Enhancing Security Against Terrorism
• Regional Office Locations
• Office of Hazardous Materials
• Government Organizational Chart

DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, March 2011 Edition is available for $59.78 in book format, and $59.88 in CD format. You can find out more about the book online at

Since 1996, MANCOMM has been committed to helping businesses by providing them with state-of-the-art compliance and safety training products. For more information, call 1-800-MANCOMM (626-2666) or visit

Wheel Nut Monitoring Program Expands Product line -- Now suitable for Vans, Buses Trucks and Trailers

Charlotte, NC – March 31, 2011 – Since its introduction over a year ago, SafetyTrim has now expanded its product line to include wheel safety products for mini-vans, sprinters, small and medium buses as well as trucks and trailers.  

Safety Trim is the only wheel nut management  system that simultaneously indicates when a loose wheel nut condition occurs, but  more importantly holds that nut in place until the wheel assembly can be re-torqued when the vehicle  returns to the workshop.

Vehicle wheel loss in America and Canada is an ongoing dangerous problem. The SafetyTrim ring is pressed on the wheel and becomes an integral part of the wheel rim assembly. In operation the" At-Glance" Safety Device provides an individual visual signal by means of a fluorescent marker when a nut is backing off. Simultaneously the offending nut is "Locked" in position to prevent further back-off.

With these latest SafetyTrim additions of 4, 5 and 6 stud versions the safety line rings now cover mini vans,  light vans, sprinters and buses as well as the original 8 and 10 stud trims for heavy duty truck and trailers.

Globalbound Industries, LLC is an authorized North American Distributor for SafetyTrim. President Syd Gallimore stated this product line expansion is in line with the increasing emphasis on vehicle safety in North America. This innoviative product provides both road safety and economic benefits that are of immense importance to the transportation industry.

SafetyTrim Wheel Nut Monitoring Products are on display, Booth 103 during NAFA's Exposition running April 9 -12, 2011 at Charlotte, NC


MIAMI – (March 30, 2011) –, the nation's most popular online car lease marketplace, reports increased listings and inventory from vehicles leased in early 2010 when retailers jump-started new lease programs and deals. notes a 16.3 percent increase during the last 60 days from customers listing their vehicles for lease transfer on 2010 and 2011 leased vehicles. Most of these leases average between 18-24 months remaining on the contract.

New vehicle lease programs at the retail level slowed considerably during the recession but were reignited in 2010 when credit markets and residual values stabilized and strengthened. Domestic manufacturers (Ford, GM, Chrysler) make up a good percentage of this inventory, representing their re-entry into aggressive leasing programs during 2010. BMW, Lexus, Mercedes and Honda are popular non-domestic brands represented in the recent inventory as these manufacturers also introduced lease programs with lowered monthly payments. Rebounding from safety-related recalls in certain models, Toyota launched aggressive lease deals during early 2010 as well.

"What we're beginning to see is an influx of listings and inventory from people who took advantage of new lease programs when the industry began its comeback last year," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of "The main driver for many of these people is a desire to exit their lease so they can turn around and acquire a new lease with even more aggressive terms offered at the retail level."

A large portion of car shoppers still affected by the recovering economy are interested in lease terms with a shorter commitment than the 39-month average offered at retail. With nearly four times the demand for short-term leases on the marketplace, most vehicles listed with 25 months remaining are averaging three weeks for transfer. These car shoppers avoid dealer down payment and additional dealer fees when taking over an existing lease.

About is a consumer advocacy and car leasing website that easily and affordably matches car shoppers with individuals looking to escape their auto lease. Visit, on Twitter @Lease_Trader, or call 800-770-0207.


LONDON (30 March, 2011) ? RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house for quality automobiles, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by the liquidators of the Bertone Museum to offer six motor cars and one-off design concepts from the celebrated Italian manufacturer and coachbuilder, Bertone. This stunning collection of cars is another fantastic addition to RM's eagerly awaited debut sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy, 21st May, 2011.

"RM is delighted to be aligned with the illustrious Bertone brand and truly honoured to have been selected to bring some of their most famous and extraordinary creations to the open market for the very first time. We look forward to providing our collector car expertise for the successful sale of these rolling works of art," says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

Illustrating the craftsmanship and styling leadership of Ing. Nuccio Bertone and his firm, selected automobiles from the Bertone Collection that will feature in the upcoming RM sale include: the unconventional 1967 Lamborghini Marzal prototype, s/n 1001, driven by Prince Ranier and Princess Grace at the start of 1967 Monaco Grand Prix (Est. €1.000.000 - €1.800.000); the sensational 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, s/n C/1160CPL, the first prototype of the mid-engined Stratos production supercar and the hugely successful rally car (Est. €1.000.000 - €1.800.000); and, the revolutionary 1963 Chevrolet Testudo, s/n 20927w207657, sporting a n amazing and totally transparent one-piece windscreen and roof cover (Est. €500.000 - €800.000).

This magnificent collection of cars is completed with a 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, s/n NS46 01, an ultra low slung car with several styling cues from the Lamborghini Countach (Est. €150.000 - €220.000); a 1980 Lamborghini Athon,  s/n  S155/01, featuring clean, futuristic lines (Est. €150.000 - €220.000); and, an outlandish 1978 Lancia Sibilo, s/n  S 12201, unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in April 1978 (Est. €60.000 – €100 .000).

"These cars represent a highly significant slice of Bertone's creative history, as well as a unique opportunity to purchase some of the best known and most influential dream cars ever built. This coupled with the fact that the upcoming auction represents the very first time that any of these six vehicles have been offered for sale on the public market, makes for a unique and very special ownership opportunity.We anticipate that they will be well received by the collector car world," adds Girardo.

The exciting roster of Bertone automobiles joins a spectacular line-up of over 30 blue-chip automobiles consigned to the exclusive RM evening sale, which forms an official part of this year's celebrated Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend. With an average value per car approaching €1.000.000, the RM offering is considered one of the most spectacular collections of automobiles offered in recent auction history.

For full event details and a frequently updated car list, please visit or call RM's London office at +44 20 7851 7070.