Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Survey Reveals Used Car Buyers and Sellers Want Independent, Third-Party Vehicle Inspections

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 18, 2011) – Buying a used car or truck can be frightening for consumers, especially knowing that millions of cars are in accidents each year.  But now there's a solution – a third-party solution.  AiM Mobile Inspections (www.aimmobileinspections.com), which has performed more than 30 million vehicle inspections during the past six years, has published a report based on responses from customers.

"For the millions of used car buyers around the U.S. (who outnumber new car buyers 3-to-1), consider this:  Partnering with an expert vehicle inspector creates a clear picture of what the car is or isn't," said Eric Widmer vice president, sales and operations for AiM (Alliance Inspection Management), which employs 500 full-time field technicians across the country.  "Many consumers are well-versed in kicking tires, looking at body panels for dents and even being able to notice that an engine is past its prime, but even they need help."

Founded in 2005, AiM is hired by consumers, auto dealers and manufacturers to perform 150-point vehicle inspections that review the condition of body panels, tires, interior and electronics.  Additionally, technicians take the vehicle on a road test for analysis of handling, shifting and acceleration.  AiM's current clients include Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Avis Budget Group and numerous vehicle auction companies.

According to Widmer, the need for vehicle inspection companies has grown as more and more consumers use the internet to search for a used or new car.  "People are afraid of purchasing a lemon and companies like AiM Mobile Inspections give buyers a ‘no worry' tool.  Consumers can consider buying a car anywhere in the country because our technicians are in 50 states and provide an accurate report of the cars true condition."

AiM Mobile Inspection recently took a sampling of its thousands of customers.  Results include:
• 86 percent are now more confident about buying a vehicle with a third-party vehicle inspection report.
• 93 percent will ask for future vehicles to be inspected, even if the seller has a vehicle history report available.
• 88 percent felt that a vehicle with an inspection report is an excellent or good value.
• 80 percent said they already knew how to inspect a vehicle. 

About AiM (www.aimmobileinspections.com)
Long Beach, Calif.-based AiM (Alliance Inspection Management) was founded in 2005 to inspect the condition of new and used vehicles from bumper to bumper.  AiM's national team of 500 technicians are equipped with Panasonic© Toughbook© tablet computers and 3G cellular capabilities to perform comprehensive, 150-point vehicle inspections and deliver a report within 48 hours of the inspection.  AiM has dealerships, auto manufacturers, rental fleets, auction houses, finance companies and consumers among its clientele.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Alpharetta, GA – (April, 2011) – AmeriFleet Transportation announces the appointment of Arnie Braun as Director, Client and Vehicle Services.   AmeriFleet is the industry leader in total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry.

In his new role, Braun will oversee all title and registration activities and lead AmeriFleet's vehicle and client services team.

Braun joins AmeriFleet from ServiceMaster where he held the position of Manager, Fleet Administration.  In this position he managed ServiceMaster's core fleet functions including vehicle and production equipment procurement, supply chain management, logistics, DOT compliance, inventory management, title & registration management, GPS Support, and remarketing and fleet financial reporting.  Earlier in his career he was an Associate Engineer for Fanuc Robotics.

"Arnie brings to AmeriFleet strong analytical and business skills and a proven ability in strategic planning to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for process improvements," said Rich Pinnock, Senior Vice President Business Development, Chief Information Officer.  "His experience will provide for the delivery of even more exceptional services to our clients."

Braun holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University Of Michigan-Dearborn and an MBA from the University of Memphis.

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.

Snap-on's Software Bundle 11.2 Offers More Coverage than Ever Before

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL, April 18, 2011 – Snap-on's latest software update, Bundle 11.2, includes more coverage than ever before, allowing professional technicians to expand their diagnostic capabilities for increased efficiency and productivity in the repair shop. Whether the repair is driveability, undercar, transmission, diesel, body control or a variety of other repairs, Snap-on's Software Bundle 11.2 offers fast answers for successful diagnosis and repair.

"Don't lose customers to a competitive repair shop because you are unable to diagnose the problem," said Bill Bruno, vice president of sales and marketing for Snap-on Diagnostics. "Instead, ‘master the unknown' with the latest coverage included in Software Bundle 11.2. As a matter of fact, we've included so much new coverage that technicians are able to diagnose and repair more vehicles than can circle the earth five times!"

For example, Software Bundle 11.2 includes:
•    Body Control for Acura and Honda Door Lock, Gauge and Light Modules
•    Enable Key FOB Remotes with GM Program Key FOB
•    Codes, Data and Seat Calibration with Toyota and Infiniti Occupant Classification Module (OCC)
•    Kia and Mitsubishi Immobilizer Systems
•    Added Tire Sensor Registration for Acura and Honda with TPMS Registration
•    Power Steering for Kia Steering Angle and Hyundai ASP Calibration
•    Nissan ECM Part Number Investigation
•    Enhanced Engine Tests for Mitsubishi and Toyota
•    Toyota Automated EVAP Tests
•    Additional Hybrid coverage with 2007 and newer Nissan Altima
•    Newly added Volvo coverage with optional European software
•    Plus, so much more!

"We have seen a steady increase in business due to the other repair shops in the area coming to us for help," said Alan Cafferty, Bryan's Service, Winsted, Minn. "The vehicles that are just too complicated for them to repair are sent to our shop where we diagnose the problems and repair the vehicle right the first time. We are very happy to turn their customers into ours. We have become the shop with the ANSWERS. Thanks for a great product."

To learn more about Snap-on's new Software Bundle 11.2, visit http://diagnostics.snapon.com or talk to a Snap-on representative.

About Snap-on Diagnostics:
Snap-on Diagnostics is part of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products are sold through the company's franchisee, company-direct distributor and Internet channels.  Founded in 1920, Snap-on is headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. To learn more about any of Snap-on's diagnostic solutions, talk to a Snap-on representative or visit http://diagnostics.snapon.com.

Federated to Sponsor "Two Guys Garage" Television Show

STAUNTON, Virginia, April 18, 2011 – Federated Auto Parts will sponsor the popular television show "Two Guys Garage" in 2011. The first episode of the season is scheduled to air on May 7 on SPEED with replays of the first episode airing on May 11 and May 12. Viewers should check local listings for air times in their area.

"Federated is very excited about sponsoring the ‘Two Guys Garage' show," said Phil Moore, senior vice president of Federated Auto Parts. "We will have a strong presence on the show and the Federated message will reach our target audience, professional service technicians, and consumers who are concerned about protecting one of their largest investments, their vehicle.  It should be a fun season and our members are really looking forward to Federated's association with ‘Two Guys Garage.'"

Federated will have high visibility on "Two Guys Garage" as the season kicks off with the Federated "Sweet Ride" project covering four full episodes. The two guys, Bryan Fuller and Kevin Byrd, will team up with Federated spokespersons and NASCAR legends Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace to work on a 2004 Corvette convertible. The completed Corvette will become the grand prize for Federated's 2011 Federated Car Care "Sweet Ride Sweepstakes" as one lucky Federated Car Care member will take home the sweet ride.

Federated and its manufacturing partners will not only be featured on the "Sweet Ride" project but will also sponsor nine individual tech tips featuring special problem-solving or educational projects throughout the season. 

"Federated and our vendor partners will realize extensive national exposure from May until November on ‘Two Guys Garage,'" continued Moore.  "Our emphasis will be on the quality parts and service Federated Auto Parts stores and Federated Car Care Centers provide with the ultimate goal of educating professional service technicians and consumers on the benefits of quality parts and service."

About Two Guys Garage
From pistons to painting, welding to wheel balancing, dyno and track testing, Two Guys Garage covers virtually every aspect of vehicle repairing, customizing and restoring. The hosts, Bryan Fuller and Kevin Byrd, perform product demonstrations and installations on a wide variety of import and domestic cars and light trucks, and they show viewers the right way to execute modifications with hands-on projects throughout the season.

About Federated
Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America.  Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced counterpeople who are knowledgeable in today's evolving automotive technology.  For more information, visit www.federatedautoparts.com.


•         Car of the Year: McLaren MP4-12C
•         Dynamics Team of the Year: McLaren Automotive
•         Dynamicist of the Year: Jürgen Pützschler, Ford
•         Innovation of the Year: Electric hydraulic combi brake – Continental
•         Development Tool of the Year: Driving simulator – Mercedes-Benz/Moog
•         Supplier of the Year: Tenneco

The winners of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards have today been announced, with McLaren Automotive scooping two prestigious Awards in the year that it launched its eagerly awaited new MP4-12C supercar. The MP4-12C was judged to be the winner of the prestigious Car of the Year Award, while the McLaren Automotive dynamics team won the Dynamics Team of the Year Award for its work on the car.

Also worthy of particular note is Jürgen Pützschler of Ford, who scooped the highly prized award for Dynamicist of the Year title, in recognition of his work as the vehicle dynamics supervisor for the new global C-Car platform, which includes Focus and C-MAX.

"It's been another fascinating year of development, and the judging by our independent panel of experts has been as tough as ever," said Graham Heeps, Editor of Vehicle Dynamics International magazine. "The world was waiting to see how the new McLaren MP4-12C would shape-up at the pinnacle of what the automotive industry has to offer, and it hasn't disappointed. The team in Woking should be enormously proud."

Accepting the award was Mark Vinnels, program director at McLaren Automotive, who said: "This is an important award for us. Not only is it our first car of the year title, but it's in recognition of everything we have put into this car: an obsession with reducing weight, a commitment to using carbon fibre in a revolutionary way, and a thorough understanding of the best ways to integrate our Formula 1 expertise."

Speaking of Jürgen Pützschler's Award for Dynamicist of the Year, Heeps said: "Ford's new C-Car platform will spawn a dozen vehicles, from MPVs to performance cars, and with a high degree of commonality between them. It can be a thankless task to serve so many masters, but on the evidence of the Focus and C-MAX, Pützschler has done a remarkable job."

Other Category award winners include Mercedes Benz and Moog, for their combined work on an outstanding driving simulator, which won Development Tool of the Year; Continental, which won the Innovation of the Year Award for its Electric hydraulic combi brake; and Tenneco, which supplies crucial technology to the McLaren't suspension, and was rewarded with the accolade of Supplier of the Year.

Vehicle Dynamics International magazine has a worldwide reputation as the only international publication entirely focused on the latest news, technologies and developments relating to all aspects of suspension and chassis engineering.  All areas of this specialist engineering sector are covered in detail, from stability and traction control, to steering, braking, ride and handling. Visit the website at www.vehicledynamicsinternational.com

Volkswagen Debuts the Sportiest, Most Fuel-Efficient Beetle Ever

WOLFSBURG, Germany, SHANGHAI, BERLIN, and NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When the first Beetle rolled off the production line, it was called simply the Volkswagen — "the people's car" — but its distinctive shape inspired nicknames across the globe: Beetle, Kafer, Vocho, Coccinelle, Fusca or Maggiolino! In total, 21.5 million cars were sold.

More than 60 years later, in 1998, the "New Beetle" rekindled the spirit and imagination of the original to a new generation of Volkswagen owners. The second generation version sparked another round of uplifting and joyous enthusiasm known as Beetle Mania.

Today, the Beetle opens a new chapter in its remarkable story. The third generation of the internationally beloved Beetle is celebrating a transcontinental world debut simultaneously in Shanghai, Berlin and New York.

Updating an icon
Only someone who knows and respects the Beetle's heritage could produce a new generation of this storied vehicle. The task for Volkswagen engineers was clear. They had to develop a modern interpretation of the Beetle, with all the benefits of today's technologies and efficiencies, and the driving characteristics that define the Volkswagen brand. The result had to remain affordable and stay true to the Beetle's spirit and great heritage.

The design of the new Beetle presented another challenge. How does one reinvent a look that is so recognizable and unique? Volkswagen Group Design Chief Walter de Silva and Volkswagen Brand Design Chief, Klaus Bischoff, welcomed the task and set an ambitious objective: "Design a new original!"

The designers wanted to develop the new car around the earliest Beetle profile rather than the 1998 New Beetle. They wanted a car that respects the past but looks toward the future. And that is what they created. 

The 2012 Beetle is an automotive icon reinvented. Placing the original Beetle and the 21st Century Beetle next to one another, it's clear that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical, but the overall look is bolder and more dynamic. The Beetle also breaks free of the design geometry defined by three semi-circles (front wing, rear wing, domed roof above it).

"The Beetle is now characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism," explains Klaus Bischoff.

The 2012 Beetle is 71.2 inches wide (3.3 inches wider), 58.5 inches tall (.5 inches lower) and 168.4 inches long (6 inches longer). The new focal point is the C-pillar. The development team also increased the car's track widths and wheelbase. All of this gives the Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

Another feature is the rear spoiler that is integrated into the design (standard on 2.0L TSI engines with 200 hp). The top surface of the rear spoiler is black, while the underside is painted in body color.

The Beetle is sportier, offering both turbo-charged TDI® Clean Diesel and turbo-charged gasoline engines, in addition to dual exhaust, performance-handling packages, 19-inch wheels, sport seats and new, sleeker styling. Volkswagen will offer a panoramic roof, a range of audio options, including the Fender® Premium Audio System, and a customization program for the 2012 Beetle with a large number of personalization options, including a wide variety of colors and wraps along with an annual theme model.

The 21st Century Beetle offers an agile, driver-oriented coupe experience with a quality of materials that goes beyond all class limits. The car's styling, ergonomics and quality interact to create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature.

The shape and use of color in the painted or carbon-look dashboards harkens back to the design of the first Beetle.
Three round instrument gauges are arranged in front of the driver (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge) providing all key information at a glance. A multifunction display is integrated in the speedometer in middle position. The steering wheel is specially designed with optional painted accents in the spokes, depending on the equipment line.

Framed by two air vents, the selected audio/navigation system is optimally located in the driver's visual field on the dashboard. Within easy reach, climate controls are situated just below. 

Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glove box integrated into the dash. The lid folds upward, while the standard glove box opens downward. Another classic feature: the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio/navigation system: oil temperature, clock with stopwatch function and boost pressure gauge.

The "cathedral ceiling" dome roof of the New Beetle has been replaced with a sleek and sporty roofline. Front and rear passenger headroom remains plentiful.  In the rear seating area, the longer roof section results in more space. The trunk is significantly larger, offering 10.9 cubic feet of space. A split-folding rear seat and a wide opening trunk lid ease loading and unloading.

Engine and Transmission
The 2012 Beetle will offer three engines:  the 2.5L gasoline five cylinder, the 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel and the 2.0L TSI® turbocharged gasoline engine. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic on 2.5L models. Volkswagen's acclaimed DSG® 6-speed dual-clutch transmission will be offered on the TDI Clean Diesel and 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline models, while a 6-speed manual will come standard.

The 2012 Beetle 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel is the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever. The quiet, four cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine produces 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft of torque. It meets all U.S. emission limits and offers manufacturer estimates of 40 mpg highway, 29 mpg city, and 33 mpg combined.

Fuel economy values are also improved up to 10 percent over prior 2.5L five cylinder engine models. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, it offers manufacturer estimates of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The optional 6-speed automatic offers manufacturer estimates of 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway. The five cylinder engine produces 170 hp and 177 lb.-ft of torque.

The Beetle 2.0L TSI is the sportiest model offered. With 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft of torque, power delivery will remain smooth and direct across the rpm range. The four cylinder turbo engine is estimated to provide 30 mpg highway fuel economy. To ensure that power is applied properly in challenging conditions, the 2.0L TSI model features the XDS® cross differential (limited-slip) system. The system electronically monitors input from various wheel sensors and, in the event of slippage, transfers extra torque to the wheel or wheels with the most traction.

Premium Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be available in two trim lines: "Design" and "Sport." Each has a unique character. The Beetle can also be customized with a wide choice of optional features. Key features include:

•    Radio-CD and radio-navigation systems. Standard in the Beetle is the RCD 310 sound system with 8 speakers (includes dual tuner). The premium VIII top audio system is the RCD 510 with integrated CD changer, interface for SD cards and touchscreen. For the first time ever, navigation will be offered in the Beetle, with the RNS 315 featuring a 5-inch touchscreen, CD player and SD card slot.

•    Panoramic roof. The transparent, panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof is 80 percent larger than on the previous model. The insulating glass blocks 99 percent of UV radiation and 92 percent of heat energy.

•    Fender Premium Audio System. The 2012 Beetle will also offer concert-quality sound with an optional Fender Premium Audio System equipped with an additional subwoofer and 400 watts of output power. Embedded in the vehicle design is proprietary Panasonic® speaker technology.  The system covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers that generate imaging beyond the capabilities of traditional speaker designs.  It cuts through the noise and other distractions with front dual voice coil speakers, with extended range for all musical genres.  Those choosing this sound system also receive adjustable interior ambiance lighting.

•    Keyless Access. Volkswagen's automatic keyless entry and starting system, which allows the driver to operate without a door or ignition key, is appearing for the first time in the Beetle. When one of the front door handles is touched, the system detects access authorization from a transmitter, then unlocks the Beetle and starts the engine with the push of a button.

•    BI-XENON™ headlights and LED daytime running lights. For the first time, the Beetle will be offered with Bi-xenon headlights. These will be available on future Beetle models, framing the xenon module on the outer perimeters of the headlights and serving as the daytime running lights and parking lights.

The 2012 Beetle features both active and passive safety. It includes Volkswagen's advanced Intelligent Crash Response System, which initiates automatic safety protection in some types of collisions — the electrical supply to the fuel pump is shut off, the doors unlock and the hazard lights switch on. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard, as are driver and front passenger airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags in front and rear.

The 21st Century Beetle is also covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty – three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Additionally, all current Volkswagen vehicles use synthetic oil, which, when combined with state-of-the-art German engineering, eliminates the need for a 5,000 mile oil change, and allows owners to go farther between scheduled oil changes.

NADA University Launches Social Networking Site to Prepare ‘Next Generation' of Truck Dealers

PHOENIX (April 15, 2011) – NADA University has launched a new social networking community site focused on helping the next generation of commercial truck dealers make a smooth transition when it's their time to run the business. 

The initiative, called the NextGen ATD Community, kicks off today at the American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo in Phoenix, which runs April 15-18.

"Many truck dealers are baby boomers nearing retirement, so it's essential the next generation is ready to go when the baton is passed," said Kyle Treadway, ATD chairman. "This new communications tool gives those future dealers a valuable opportunity to share information with their peers, engage in an ongoing dialogue and generate ideas on a 24/7 basis that will help them to make a smooth transition."  

The NextGen ATD Community offers web access to discussion groups and topical videos on issues of interest to the group in a private environment.

"We're looking to NextGen ATD to become more comfortable about stepping off the sidelines and getting into the game," said Tucker Morgan of Kenworth Sales Company in West Valley City, Utah. 

DrivingSales.com, the innovative social network created by new NADA University Partner trainer Jared Hamilton, is providing the online platform for the NextGen ATD Community.

Hamilton, a former auto dealership manager and now a leading industry expert in social media strategies, is also teaming with NADA University on the upcoming launch of social networking communities for the NADA-ATD Academy (launching in May) and NADA-ATD 20 Group (launching in June).

ATD members and NADA-ATD Academy graduates in dealership management positions are encouraged to join the NextGen ATD network. To sign up or for more information, contact ATD@nada.org.

For more information on all of NADA University's training and educational programs, visit www.NADAUniversity.com or call (800) 557-6232.

About NADA University

NADA University, the leading online education and training resource, equips automobile and truck dealers and their teams to get results—with the right knowledge, information, coaching and resources to develop both skills and confidence. Visit www.NADAUniversity.com for more details on these NADA University centers:

ACADEMY – Leadership development programs for current and future dealership operators and automotive entrepreneurs.

LEARNING HUB – Employee and manager training solutions, such as courses, classes, workshops and webinars presented by leading automotive experts, with an all-new online platform enabling dealership staff to train at their convenience and pace.

20 GROUP – Consultant-led performance improvement fueled by a group of non-competing peers eager to share their experiences as well as learn from the participants.

RESOURCE TOOLBOX – Valuable member benefits, including Driven management guide publications, MarketINSIGHT mini-webinars, NADAPerks monthly tips and tools and key market data – all complimentary resources you'll find only in NADA U's online library. 

About ATD

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, established in 1970, represents nearly 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers with about 3,000 franchises, both domestic and international.


(MOORESVILLE, NC)-APRIL 14, 2011 – Li-ion Motors Corp (OTCBB: LMCO), winner of the 2010 X-Prize using 21st Century Design & Engineering of emission-free, all electric, high speed, long range automotive propulsion systems using the latest lithium-ion battery technology, to showcase the Inizio, the world's fastest 100% electric supercar at Earth Day 2011 in New York City. The Inizio is a 100% electric supercar, capable of 170 MPH with acceleration from 0-60 MPH in 3.4 Seconds with ZERO EMISSION.  The Inizio has a 114 inch wheel-base and a 78 inch wide footprint with a 600 kw motor, equivalent to about 800 hp.  In addition to the Inizio, the WAVE II, a two seat all electric, zero emission commuter car with an impressive 202.5 MPGe, as determined by the Argonne National Lab (US Department of Energy) will also be showcased.

Earth Day in Times Square, one of the largest Earth Day events in the city, features an exhibit area dedicated to green businesses, sponsors, and speakers promoting environmental awareness. This event also includes a CO2 friendly car show at which both the Inizio and WAVE II will be showcased Friday, April 22nd, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,  along with   EarthFair Outdoors Grand Central Terminal, at Vanderbilt Avenue between 42nd and 45th Streets,  a two-day fair with art, music, educational exhibits, and activities for adults and kids. (Friday April 22nd, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 

Headquartered in Mooresville, NC with corporate offices in Las Vegas, NV, Li-ion is a leading developer and manufacturer of electric powered automobiles including the WAVE II and the Inizio.

Previously known as Hybrid Technologies, the company has more than ten years' experience and expertise in the conversion of internal combustion cars to all electric for both individual and corporate customers as well as government agencies such as NASA.

Along with the production of original vehicles, the company licenses its proprietary Batt ery Management System and technology to automobile manufactures seeking to advance their electric vehicle offerings.

PlastiKote Truck Bed Liner Provides Maximum Protection and The Perfect Finish™

Chicago, Ill. – April 14, 2011 – Whether you spray it or roll it, one thing is for certain. You will get The Perfect Finish™ on your truck bed if you use PlastiKote's Truck Bed Liner coating. 

"Most of the country suffered through a very harsh winter and that has been hard on vehicles," said Jane Ryder for Valspar Corporation.  "As the weather improves, many truck owners will want to make their vehicles look like new again, especially if they have sustained damage to the bed liner. At PlastiKote, we have the perfect solution. Our Truck Bed Liner provides maximum protection and is the ‘perfect finish' remedy for any truck bed this spring."

Plastikote's Truck Bed Liner aerosol (264) features a unique trigger that makes it easier to use and keeps your hands clean while giving your truck bed maximum protection for a fraction of the cost of having the job done professionally.  For customers who prefer to use a brushing application, PlastiKote Truck Bed Liner also comes in a gallon can or as part of a truck bed liner kit. 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. 

The features and benefits of PlastiKote Truck Bed Liner 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

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

About PlastiKote – The Perfect Finish™
PlastiKote is a premium line of automotive aerosol paints and coatings that are specially designed for a professional, flawless finish. Since 1923, the PlastiKote brand has been known for leading-edge formulations and solution-specific products that meet demanding or unique requirements, environments or surfaces. As part of the Valspar Corporation, which also includes the House of Kolor brand, PlastiKote benefits from the global footprint and research and development capabilities of one of the world's leading coating manufacturers. For more information, visit www.PlastiKote.com.


NEW YORK CITY///April 14, 2011///Auto fuel efficiency is going up and high-MPG auto sales are surging today, but a handful of persistent myths continue to cloud the understanding of some policymakers and members of the general public, according to Go60MPG, a joint effort of Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Safe Climate Campaign, the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Ahead of the New York International Auto Show being held April 22-May 1 in New York City and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) 2011 Conference being held April 19-21 in Washington, D.C., Go60MPG is releasing the following list of five myths and facts:

1. MYTH: Americans don't want high MPG cars … and aren't buying them.

FACT:  High MPG car sales are rising sharply.  The market has spoken – and it wants high MPG cars. March sales figures point to surging demand for hybrids and other fuel efficient cars. Michigan-based auto market expert Alan Baum's analysis shows sales of hybrids and clean diesels rose 46 percent from March 2010-March 2011, almost three times as fast as the overall market.  The Baum data also show small cars and hybrids are the most in demands in the used car market, with the increase in the value of the Toyota Prius hybrids exceeding all other vehicles. (http://baum-assoc.com/Documents/commentary%20on%20vehicle%20sales%20data%20apr11.pdf)

With gasoline prices hovering at $4 gallon, the hybrid market could be reaching a tipping point. (http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rhwang/2011_year_of_the_hybrid_last_w.html) As USA Today reported in an article last week titled "Prius sales top 1M as pump prices spur interest in hybrids": "The first quarter this year, about 275,000 hybrids of all kinds were sold in the U.S., and about 141,000 of those were Priuses, says Kevin Riddell, auto analyst at consultant J.D. Power and Associates. His data show that hybrids — and a handful of pure electric cars — made up 2.4 percent of new vehicle sales last year, and he forecasts they'll make up 4.5 percent in 2012, a fast pace driven by new models from Toyota and others in the interim. That's a strong showing, considering hybrids are priced higher than similar gasoline cars." (http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2011-04-06-prius-tops-one-million-in-sales.htm)

2. MYTH: Detroit can't make money selling high MPG cars.

FACT:   High MPG standards can be profitable for Detroit … and also help boost U.S. MPG technology innovation.  A March 2011 Citi report released by Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk shows that stronger fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards will boost variable profits and sales in 2020 for the auto industry worldwide, with the Detroit 3 seeing the biggest financial benefits. The Detroit 3's variable profit gains would garner more than half of all increased profits.  Walter McManus, an economist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Director of the Automotive Analysis Group, said: "Our research indicates that increasing industry average fuel economy to 42 miles per gallon by 2020 could raise industry variable profit by $9.1 billion, or 8 percent. Most of the added profit, $5.1 billon, could go to the Detroit 3." (http://www.ceres.org/Page.aspx?pid=1355)  

3. MYTH: Automakers oppose high MPG cars and will impede any progress along those lines.

FACT: Automakers understand that fuel efficiency is now driving auto consumer purchases.  When asked to rate the importance of product attributes to consumer purchase decisions over the next five years, auto executives cite "fuel efficiency" the most frequently (91 percent) in the 2011 annual global automotive survey conducted by KPMG LLP survey, followed by safety innovation (82 percent), vehicle styling (77 percent), and environmental friendliness (75 percent).  For the 12th annual survey, KPMG interviewed 200 global executives, representing vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, from October through November 2010. (http://www.kpmg.com/KZ/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesAndPublications/Press-Releases/Pages/KPMG-International-presented-the-results-of-12th-annual-auto-survey.aspx)

Automakers not only have made changes, but now admit that higher MPG standards is helping their competiveness in a world of high gasoline prices, according to Automotive News:  "Many automakers believe that the work they've done since the last big price surge, and in anticipation of higher government fuel efficiency standards, leaves them better prepared this time, with stables of more competitive small cars and crossovers." (http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110314/RETAIL07/303149972/1135.)

4. MYTH: High MPG/low pollution car technology isn't ready for prime time.

FACT: High-MPG technology is already here – like turbochargers, direct injection, dual-clutch transmissions, lighter materials, and stop-start technology – and it is getting better every day. Dan Meszler of Meszler Engineering Services, who has analyzed transportation energy and air quality issues since 1982, said: ‘"… technology exists to address a number of continuing inefficiencies associated with internal combustion engines.  Between now and 2020 much of this technology is expected to mature, so that a 2020 CAFE requirement of 42 miles per gallon should produce consumer savings starting at gas prices of $2.00 per gallon. Since current and expected future gasoline prices far exceed that price, these technologies driven fuel savings are extremely cost effective and indicate that a 42 mile per gallon CAFE program will not only reduce petroleum imports, but save consumers money."  Suppliers of these technologies - from turbochargers to direct injection, dual-clutch transmissi  ons and more - will benefit even further under a new fuel economy standard requiring improvements of 6 percent a year between 2017and 2025. (http://www.ceres.org/Page.aspx?pid=1355) 

Steven Plotkin, a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, said many of the technologies for lowering CO2 emissions are already available from the same manufacturers that had once declared them to be impossible. Turbocharged four-cylinder engines, for example, are able to replace six-cylinder power plants; with no decline in performance and with reduced emissions. Lithium ion cathode technology licensed from Argonne is being used to improve the performance and increase the safety of the batteries being manufactured by South Korea's LG Chem for the Chevrolet Volt. (http://blogs.physicstoday.org/politics/2011/01/cutting-co2-transportation-emi.html).

Turbochargers are rapidly emerging as the choice for automakers that need moderately priced, off-the-shelf technology to meet corporate average fuel economy targets. By 2015, as many as 25 percent of all light vehicles sold in the United States will be turbocharged, up from 8 percent this year, predicts J.D. Power and Associates. Turbochargers "will be used by nearly all major carmakers," says Mike Omotoso, J.D. Power's senior manager of global power trains. "The technology has been around for a long time, and it's relatively cheap compared with hybrids" and electric vehicles. (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20021364-48.html)

5. MYTH: High MPG car prices are too expensive for most consumers.

FACT:   Higher MPG standards and related incentives will make fuel-efficient cars even more affordable.   New standards being considered by the Obama Administration would decrease fuel consumption for  new vehicles up to 6 percent per year from 2017 through 2025, which would boost average fuel efficiency up to about 60 MPG (about 48 MPG on road).  This would be at a cost of about $3200 per vehicle, which would be paid for in about four years through fuel savings. These clean car standards would save vehicle owners $7,500 over the life of the vehicle at a gas price of $3.50 per gallon, even after paying for the additional cost of the cleaner vehicle. That's the equivalent of a gasoline price cut of more than a $1 per gallon compared to a vehicle with today's fuel efficiency. (http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/clean_vehicles/protection-against-rising-gas-prices-ucs-1.pdf)

Automakers have claimed costs would be higher: "Automakers argue those estimates are "unrealistic" and point to a Center for Automotive Research analysis that says hiking fuel efficiency to 60.1 mpg could boost vehicle prices 22 percent, cut sales 25 percent and trim up to 220,000 auto sector jobs."( http://detnews.com/article/20110412/AUTO01/104120407/1148/rss25) Unfortunately for the automakers, that  Michigan-based CAR report has already been discredited by the International Center for Clean Technologies (ICCT). In a stinging critique, the ICCT points out numerous flaws in the study which the consultants have yet to respond to. (http://www.theicct.org/2011/03/car-2025-forecast-analysis/)  History also shows that automakers typically exaggerate the cost of new clean car technology, so the recent CAR claims come as no surprise to long-time observers of the auto industry. (http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rhwang/as_i_blogged_about_earlier.html)


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been directed by President Obama to establish joint fuel efficiency and pollution standards for new cars and trucks. Specifically, the agencies will establish new Corporate Average Fuel Economy and global warming pollution standards, respectively, for light-duty vehicles—a category that includes cars, SUVs, minivans, and most pickup trucks—for model years 2017 to 2025. In order to maximize the benefits of better fuel efficiency, the Obama administration is being encouraged to set standards that cut America's oil dependence by at least 49 billion gallons of fuel and at least 535 million metric tons of heat trapping carbon pollution in the year 2030, or the equivalent of 60 MPG by model year 2025.

Upbeat Truck Dealers Meet in Phoenix for Annual Convention and Expo

PHOENIX (April 14, 2011) – From reviewing the basics of business to the launch of a new program for the next generation of truck dealers, attendees of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) annual conclave this weekend will walk away with a wealth of ideas to rebuild their businesses, says Kyle Treadway, ATD chairman.

"The economic recovery appears to have kicked into gear, but we're mindful that it's a fragile one," said Treadway, who will meet with dealers at the ATD Convention and Expo, held this year in Phoenix April 15-18. "Threats of spiraling fuel prices, inflationary pressures and the federal budget crisis could derail this locomotive as it begins to build some steam."

Keynote speakers during the four-day conference at the Phoenix Convention Center include Treadway; Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations; and Donald Broughton, senior research analyst and managing director of Avondale Partners LLC. Political analyst Charlie Cook will headline the first-ever general session covering legislative and regulatory affairs.

"Dealers need to remain vigilant with their cash management, inventory control and personnel management, and they cannot do it alone," said Treadway, president of Kenworth Sales Company in West Valley City, Utah.

Treadway says the ATD convention provides dealers and their managers with critical support to help improve their business operations, formalize an action plan and find out about best practices from their peers.

Thirteen workshop sessions—covering federal regulatory issues, marketing, social media and other business issues—will be offered to help dealerships better prepare for the economic rebound.

"We're also encouraging dealers who attend the convention to participate in and actively influence the political process which has rocked our world this past decade," Treadway said. "It's time to be bullish on our economy and that means asserting ourselves into the regulatory and legislative process."

For more information, visit www.ATDconventionandexpo.org.

About ATD: The American Truck Dealers (ATD) division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, established in 1970, represents nearly 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers with about 3,000 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit www.ATD.org.

Auto Truck Group Names Brent MacLean Director, Business Development

Bartlett, Ill., April 13, 2011 – Industry veteran Brent MacLean has joined Auto Truck Group, a leading work truck upfitter, as director, business development. According to Dennis Jones, ATG's vice president of sales & marketing, MacLean will be responsible for truck equipment sales to major fleet accounts, dealers and fleet management companies across Canada. These customers will include local, regional and national fleets, as well as cross-border customers operating both in Canada and the United States.

"We are exceptionally pleased to bring someone of Brent's caliber onboard," says Jones. "Through his 24 years in the automotive aftermarket industry, he has established a reputation built upon strong relationships within the fleet community. We expect that his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity will contribute to innovation and positive results for Auto Truck Group and our clients."

Most recently, MacLean was vice president, sales & marketing for a major upfitting company, where he was responsible for Canadian operations, including sales, fleet and OEM programs, distribution and retail. Prior to that, he held a number of progressive positions within the Canadian upfitting industry.

Yokohama Tire Corporation Kicks-Off Los Angeles Angels Baseball Sponsorship

FULLERTON, CA (April 12, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation is helping the Los Angeles Angels celebrate their 50th anniversary by sponsoring the team throughout the 2011 season. This is the second consecutive year the Fullerton, California-based tire maker is partnering with the organization (American League baseball team.)

As part of Yokohama's sponsorship, all fans in attendance at tonight's game against Cleveland will receive an Angels' 50th anniversary fleece blanket featuring a Yokohama logo. Yokohama-sponsored off-road racer and champion Cameron Steele will toss the ceremonial first pitch out prior to the game.

According to Shawn Denlein, Yokohama director of sales, Consumer Products, the sponsorship also includes a combination of signage behind home plate and in the "Angel Stadium of Anaheim" outfield; pre-game, post-game and in-game spots on the Angels flagship radio station throughout the season; in-stadium displays, and in-game announcements on the public address system and LED scoreboard.

"Partnering with the Angels, who play less than 10 miles from our U.S. headquarters, will be advantageous for Yokohama in several ways," said Denlein. "We'll receive phenomenal exposure throughout the second largest market in the country and, as we've experienced with our NBA and NFL sponsorships, it will help our dealers increase their sales through our connection with a sports team that has dedicated fans."

Yokohama's expanding sports marketing partnerships include two NBA teams, the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets. Yokohama also sponsored three NFL teams in 2010: the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

"Our dealers are able to generate store traffic and create local consumer excitement within their communities," said Denlein. "Plus, sports sponsorships offer incredible brand visibility and are a great platform to promote our line-up of tires, ranging from the AVID® ENVigor™ to the eco-friendly, orange-oil infused dB Super E-spec™."

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company's complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ – the world's first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama's extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the "Tire Safety" section at www.yokohamatire.com.

Three Must-Have Father's Day Gifts for the Car Guy

Miami, FL -- April 12, 2011 – Is your dad the type of guy who spends hours cleaning his car, or simply just likes it to look great all the time?  If so, here are three must-have gifts for him on this Father's Day.

1.    Quixx High Performance Scratch Remover - Does Dad have scratches on his car?  Engineered by German surface technology experts, QUIXX High Performance Paint Scratch Remover is the easiest and most effective way to remove scratches from the painted surfaces of your car, and this has been tried and tested by automotive professionals, consumer testing organizations and press worldwide.  The product is a simple two-step repair system that works easily to permanently remove scratches from a car's painted surfaces.  In the first step, a patented compound works with the painted material surrounding the scratch to permanently remove the scratch from the surface. The second step restores the finish to its original shine.  MSRP $19.99

2.    Quixx Headlight Restoration Kit - Is Dad driving around with foggy or yellow headlights?  Keep him safe and help him increase his car's visibility with QUIXX Headlight Restoration Kit, a complete all-in-one-box solution that includes everything necessary to achieve professional results, allowing you to repair your vehicle's plastic lens surfaces at a fraction of the cost of replacing them.  The all-inclusive kit comes with lens polish, lens sealer, ultra fine sand paper and sanding/polishing block for extremely yellowed or severely scratched headlights, as well as polishing cloths.  Compared to other headlight kits on the market which always require sanding of the lens to remove the yellowing, the included special QUIXX polishing compound is so effective that sanding the lens is usually not required, except for removing light scratches. Most noteworthy is the uniquely formulated Headlight Lens Sealer, the finishing touch needed to prevent degradation of the headlights from reoccurring over time.  Its unique formula generates a hard and long-lasting, weather and detergent-proof protection layer against environmental influences. The smooth dirt-repelling surface keeps the lenses cleaner. The integrated UV-Protection significantly reduces fogging and yellowing.  It also helps prevent scratches and will add a protective layer to the lens.  MSRP $19.99

3.    Autoglym High Definition Wax - Dad deserves to be treated like a king, doesn't he?  Autoglym High Definition Wax is quite simply the finest wax for dad's car.  It is a pure wax, which contains no water, abrasives or emulsifiers. It is a carefully balanced complex blend of durable polymers, carnauba and microcrystalline waxes, combined with selected solid saturated hydrocarbons and oils.  High Definition Wax comes in a complete kit with its own red polish pads and a Perfect Polishing Cloth that will take Dad's car from dull to BRILLIANT in one easy application. Autoglym products hold the very prestigious Royal Warrants of Approval and are endorsed by some of the world's most prestigious automotive brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar.  If your dad's car means the world to him, then it deserves High Definition Wax!  MSRP $49.99

Product Availability
QUIXX Care System products are available at fine retailers nationwide including Wal Mart, Autozone, Pep-Boys, Rite Aid, Wal Mart Canada, Canadian Tire, PartSource, Ace Hardware, Strauss Auto Stores and various automotive catalogs.  For additional information, please visit www.quixx-usa.com or call 305.261.6755 ext 202.

Autoglym's High Definition Wax as well as other Autoglym products are available at Pep Boys, Canadian Tire, PartSource or by calling Autoglym at 305-266-3887 ext 202. For more information, please visit www.autoglym.com.

Spray On, Hose Off Simplicity: Mothers® has a Cleaner for Every Wheel

Mothers® introduces a full line of easy-to-use, spray on, hose off cleaners for every wheel finish. Each special formula penetrates, dissolves, and suspends all types of brake dust, grease, dirt and grime, making rinsing a snap.

For sensitive finishes, Polished Aluminum Wheel Cleaner is ideal for uncoated aluminum and anodized coatings that are often found on custom wheels. Gentle, yet effective, it is formulated to safely clean virtually all wheels.

For chrome plate and roughcast aluminum "mag" wheels, Pro-Strength Chrome Wheel Cleaner is just the ticket. Its special formula, with serious cleaning power, makes chrome sparkle, and removes oxidation from roughcast aluminum with ease.

Rounding out the line, Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner is safe for factory/OEM coated wheels and hubcaps, and it's also great on tires, including whitewalls. Its foaming action clings to the surface while its advanced chemistry isolates and lifts grime so it can be easily sprayed away. Its spot-free formula leaves wheels and tires perfectly clean, so there's no need to hand dry.

Mothers® Polished Aluminum Wheel Cleaner, #06024 (24 oz.), Pro-Strength Chrome Wheel Cleaner, #05824 (24 oz.), and Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner, #05924 (24 oz.), are available at fine automotive retailers and e-tailers.

Mothers® Background
Mothers® is known worldwide for its premium-grade polishes, waxes and cleaners, and offers a broad array of finish care products under its California Gold®, FX, Reflections®, PowerBall®, Marine and Professional lines. Go to www.mothers.com for information on all of these products, along with a host of "How To" videos and car care tips in the online Mothers® Detail Guide at www.detailguide.com and the Wax Forum at www.waxforum.com.


MIAMI – (April 12, 2011) – With gas prices approaching $4 a gallon in many states, drivers are inquiring about fuel-efficient options that go beyond hybrid vehicles and public transportation. More so than in 2008, drivers are ready to get behind the wheel of diesel vehicles, which in some cases are more costly but also offer more miles per gallon. Popular car leasing website LeaseTrader.com says search demand and lease takeovers are up for several diesel models compared with activity from 2008.

The Mercedes E350 Bluetec has the highest demand among diesel vehicles on LeaseTrader.com, with search demand up 6.4 percent compared with January. Search demand has also increased for diesel vehicle models from BMW, Audi and Volkswagen since January. For domestic vehicles, Chevy and Ford diesel truck searches have increased in the same time period.

Brand/Model    % Search Increase since Jan. 2011
Mercedes E350 Bluetec    +6.4%
Mercedes ML350 Bluetec    +4.7%
Mercedes GL350 Bluetec    +4.2%
BMW X5 Diesel    +5.8%
BMW 335d    +5.4%
Audi A3 TDI    +6.3%
Audi Q7 TDI    +5.2%
Volkswagen Jetta TDI    +6.1%
Chevy Silverado Diesel    +2.8%
Ford Super Duty Diesel    +2.5%

"The diesel cars of today are clearly not your father's diesel," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of LeaseTrader.com. "More people today are searching for diesels because of the improved mileage they can get and they're offered in vehicle styles they know and love. What's more, diesel residuals are very strong right now which means deals are getting better."

Diesel engine technology, popular in Europe and gaining ground in the U.S., has cleaned up its act over the years and is a cleaner-burning fuel today compared to vehicles in 1980s. What's more, diesel engines are known for getting extra mileage out of every gallon of fuel compared with gasoline engines, making it a viable alternative despite its higher per-gallon cost. According to The Diesel Driver, a website offering data and analysis of diesel fuel insight, sales of diesel automobiles doubled in 2010.

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. Visit www.LeaseTrader.com, on Twitter @Lease_Trader, or call 800-770-0207.

Airgas Receives CGA Fleet Safety Awards for Second Consecutive Year

RADNOR, PA - April 11, 2011 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it received two fleet safety awards from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), the U.S. industrial and medical gas industry's standard-setting organization for the promotion of safety standards and safe practices. It was the second straight year Airgas has been awarded the two CGA Fleet Safety Awards, one for Bulk Gas Transportation in recognition of the best safety record among bulk gas fleets with more than 20 million miles driven during 2010, and one for Cylinder Gas Transportation in recognition of the best safety record among cylinder gas fleets with more than three million miles driven during 2010.

The CGA calculates its Fleet Safety awards on a CGA member's total vehicle accident frequency rate per million miles driven during the year. Two awards honor bulk gas fleets, including one for fleets with more than 20 million miles driven and one for fleets with less than 20 million miles driven. Two awards also honor cylinder gas fleets, with one for more than three million miles driven and one for less than three million miles driven.

Airgas is a three-time winner of the CGA Bulk Gas Transportation award and a four-time winner of the CGA Cylinder Gas Transportation award. Airgas has one of the largest bulk gas fleets and the largest cylinder gas fleet among CGA members.

"Safety is paramount with all of us at Airgas and we are honored for being recognized by the CGA for having the best safety record among large fleets, both bulk and cylinder gas," said Airgas Chief Executive Officer Peter McCausland. "In a year that presented us with several distractions, our drivers proved their mettle yet again by maintaining focus on safely meeting the needs of Airgas customers.

This recognition also highlights the effectiveness of the Airgas SAFECOR organization, which coordinates our safety, compliance and regulatory efforts. We are proud of our achievement and will continue to focus on working safely in our local communities and nationwide."

"Airgas has the largest fleet in the industry, and we improved on our award-winning safety record again this year," said Airgas Chief Operating Officer Mike Molinini. "Our fleet safety success is a result of effective training programs and outstanding implementation by dedicated individuals across the country, and it is all the more impressive in light of the 55 million miles we drove in the particularly demanding category of cylinder gas transportation."

About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More than 14,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.

AutoZone Recognizes Top Suppliers

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO), the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and accessories, recognized Great Neck Saw as Extra Miler: Supplier of the Year during the annual AutoZone Vendor Summit held in Memphis, Tenn.

"Great Neck has been an AutoZone supplier for 32 years and supports both our do-it-yourself (DIY) and Commercial customers," said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone. "They are a true partner with AutoZone at every level. Their exceptional performance and outstanding commitment to AutoZone and our customers distinguish them as Extra Miler: Supplier of the Year."

AutoZone also recognized a special group of suppliers with the company's prestigious Extra Miler Award. Extra Miler suppliers are:
Cardone Industries, Valvoline, Spectra Premium Industries, Dorman, 4 Seasons, Dayco and Automotive Innovations.

"The Extra Miler award recognizes those suppliers who have demonstrated above and beyond efforts for AutoZone and our customers," said Mark Finestone, senior vice president of merchandising. "These Extra Miler suppliers set the standard for their innovative thinking, category management skills, quality merchandise and commitment with AutoZone to grow the business together."

WITTDTJR (What It Takes To Do The Job Right) Award is given to suppliers as recognition for taking initiative to make sure our AutoZoners and customers have what it takes to complete the job.

WITTDTJR suppliers are: Plews & Edelmann, Neotek Corporation, Inc., FDP Brake Products, Airtex Products, LP. and American Covers Inc. dba Handstands.

ShrinkBuster Award is given to a supplier as recognition for focusing on reducing AutoZone's shrink. This year's winner is Osram Sylvania.

"We congratulate each of these suppliers on their recognition. We also thank our entire supplier base for all their efforts to productively drive our industry and for their support in meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers." said Mark Finestone, SVP Merchandising.

About AutoZone:

As of February 12, 2011, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,425 AutoZone stores in 48 U.S.
states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 249 stores in Mexico.

AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, and service stations. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software. On the web, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts through www.autozone.com, and as part of our commercial sales program, through www.autozonepro.com.

AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.

About Great Neck Saw

Since 1919, Great Neck Saw Manufacturing, Inc. has been building and distributing superior quality tools at competitive prices for the hardware, automotive and do-it-yourself markets. Still family owned with four distribution and manufacturing facilities in the United States, they offer one of the broadest selections of hand and automotive tools from a single source.

A. Duie Pyle Steps Up Corporate Sustainability, Solar Energy Output Runs Warehouse at Full Capacity

WEST CHESTER, PA, April 12, 2011 - A. Duie Pyle, a leading Northeast transportation and logistics provider, is making one giant step forward in minimizing its impact on the environment as the company's largest warehousefacility churns out solar energy at full capacity.

Pyle's most recent commitment to environmental sustainability, a megawatt solar installation, is already producing the desired results for the company's 570,000 square foot warehousing and distribution facility. Now running at full capacity, the solar energy produced is supplying 100% of the electricity needs for the building. The installation, managed by MainLine Solar of West Chester, PA, involved a roof mount of 4,464 flat panel modules which covers approximately 50 percent of the facility's rooftop.

This latest large-scale solar installation is not the only initiative in place at Pyle to advance its environmental sustainability long-term.  Environmental measures are in motion throughout the company, including fuel-efficient equipment and engine idling controls, recycling and waste reduction of motor oil and tires, energy efficient lighting, and organizational changes that range from the use of sustainable cleaning products to printing and copying practices that default to two-sided printing.

The company's Information Technology department is also playing a critical role and has more than a dozen systems integration, data management, and software solutions in development that are changing the way the company improves fuel efficiency, an equally noteworthy contributor to protecting the planet.  

"Technology is a centralizing component of business and environmental performance," said Michael Crowley, vice president and chief information officer for A. Duie Pyle.  "By focusing on incremental process improvements, technology makes it possible to create business efficiencies that customize our business to the needs of our customers every single day." 

Crowley's team developed over 500 enhancements in 2010 alone and he has already begun a full-scale implementation of sophisticated route planning optimization technology, which will improve terminal operations efficiencies that directly impact fuel usage. Pyle's Information Technology Council engaged in a nine-month planning effort which involved extensive research and market scan, complex RFP review ,and structured product demonstrations to find the right solution. With the first phase of implementation scheduled for later this year, the company expects to achieve pick-up and delivery efficiencies resulting in an annual 5-6% reduction in miles, maintenance costs, and fuel consumption.

By choosing more modern technology with greater efficiency, Crowley's efforts to reduce the company's environmental footprint is already scoring results.  To date, printer/copier/fax modernization efforts have reduced the number of individual devices from 173 to 43 MFPs (multi-function printers).  With over 250 hardware and software replacements complete, Pyle employees have experienced a ten-year jump in technology that is affording the company substantial reductions in power usage. A server virtualization/consolidation project will also contribute to power savings through a reduction of at least 50% of Pyle's physical servers and attendant space.  Pyle's IT department is also helping to create a paperless environment for shippers, having worked with nearly 200 customers to convert them to paperless EDI transactions last year.  

"Our plan for sustainability is to achieve social, environmental and economic performance - that's a triple bottom line," said Peter Latta, owner and chairman of A. Duie Pyle. "Our sizable investment in technology and solar energy is heading in that direction." 

About A. Duie Pyle

Headquartered in West Chester, PA, A. Duie Pyle is the Northeast's premier transportation and logistics provider, with extended LTL service coverage into the Southeast, Midwest, and Canada. "Pyle People Deliver" is its corporate promise to customers that outstanding service will always be its first and foremost mission. A family-owned and operated business for more than 85 years, the company provides a complete range of transportation and distribution services. A. Duie Pyle LTL Services operates 17 Service Centers, strategically located throughout the region, with direct service to the Caribbean.  A. Duie Pyle Transport Services Group provides specialized truckload services to meet the short-haul needs in the Northeast.  A. Duie Pyle Warehousing and Distribution operates with more than two million square feet of public and contract warehousing space and is fully integrated with the company's LTL and TL service offerings for seamless distribution.   For information about A. Duie Pyle capabilities, visit www.aduiepyle.com or call 800-523-5020.

Navistar's eStar™ Gold Sponsor of Fourth Annual FORTUNE: Brainstorm GREEN

WARRENVILLE, Ill – April 4, 2011 – eStar™, the all-electric truck by Navistar, is a Gold Sponsor of the fourth annual FORTUNE Brainstorm GREEN beginning today and running through April 6, 2011 in Laguna Niguel, CA. The attendees, including more than 300 of the nation's leading green thinkers, will learn about eStar's purpose-built design the vehicles' zero tailpipe emissions and how the technology is leading the commercial Electric Vehicle industry.

"For decades, Navistar has demonstrated a commitment to technologies that benefit the environment and our customers, which is why eStar was created and is a natural fit for Brainstorm GREEN," said Mark Aubry, vice president sales and marketing electric vehicles, Navistar. "This event is an opportunity to reach C-suite thought leaders and show them why eStar is such an exciting product with potential to revolutionize the industry and transform thinking when it comes to clean, efficient transportation."

Capable of carrying payloads up to two tons, the eStar medium-duty truck offers features such as a low center of gravity (the battery is between the frame rails, not mounted on top), walk-through cab and a cassette-type battery which allows ease of maintenance and is the perfect design for around-the-clock operation. With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar truck can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually.

The Brainstorm GREEN program is led by members of FORTUNE's editorial staff, and focused on emerging environmental trends as well as innovative ways that companies can drive sustainability-based transformational change initiatives. Participants include CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, government policymakers, leading thinkers, investors and environmental activists.

About eStar™
The eStar transitioned from concept to reality in August 2009, when President Barack Obama visited Navistar's manufacturing plant in Indiana to announce $39.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. It is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero-emissions vehicle.

About Navistar
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.

Forsyth County, N.C. Automates Car Sharing with FleetCommander Technology, Makes Transition in 100 Days

CHANTILLY, VA, April 5, 2011 - Hit hard by the national economic downturn and rapidly increasing gas prices, Forsyth County, N.C. significantly slashed the cost of managing its vehicles by implementing FleetCommander, a web browser-based fleet and motor pool management application. FleetCommander technology enabled Forsyth County to transition from cumbersome legacy systems, spreadsheets, and log books to a fully automated system that resulted in cost savings that included cutting 30 vehicles. The transition was made in roughly 100 days, according to FleetCommander creator Agile Access Control, Inc. (Agile), who made the announcement today.

Forsyth County rolled out FleetCommander to four locations that manage 127 of its total 620 vehicles. Three locations are now equipped with touch-screen, self-service kiosks, and secure key boxes that distribute and collect keys. The fourth location manages the motor pool using the web-based software's graphical dispatching tools. The new technology has enabled county executives to analyze day-to-day fleet utilization statistics and recognize significant cost-cutting measures. With FleetCommander technology, Forsyth County is now able to:

•    Replace labor-intensive, paper-based vehicle request processes with online reservation forms.
•    Automatically communicate and enforce the county's fleet policies using the online request capabilities.
•    Provide 24 x 7 x 365 access to vehicles at motor pool locations using self-service kiosks and secure automated key systems.
•    Provide real-time, automatically-updating fleet dashboards to alert staff of ways to reallocate vehicles or reduce fleet size.

According to county officials, FleetCommander metrics provided information allowing them to make immediate cost-cutting changes. "By utilizing the FleetCommander software, we were able to right size the fleet while ensuring that transportation is available to employees when needed. The county fleet was immediately reduced by 30 vehicles, and this number may increase as usage data is collected," says Forsyth County General Services Department Business Manager Sara Warmuth. In addition, Warmuth says that personal mileage reimbursement is expected to decrease because of more efficient vehicle sharing, which eliminates the need for employees to use their personal vehicles for county business. The county fleet currently serves 2,000 employees.

Matthew Wade, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Agile, says despite having a tough budget situation, Forsyth County employees have the right tools and the right attitude. "I'm excited about the end-user acceptance we're already getting from county employees. It appears they are 'all-in' when it comes to focusing on cost savings. When we envisioned developing a 100% automated fleet and motor pool technology, we wanted it to enable our customers to achieve savings and efficiency just like what Forsyth County is now realizing. It's a great fit."

In addition to the motor pool capabilities, Forsyth County fleet managers are using FleetCommander for asset management, driver management, policy enforcement, reporting, communication with fleet drivers, and more.

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 mwade@agilefleet.com or visit http://www.agilefleet.com.

uDrove® Provides Idaho Trucking Association Members Special Discounts

NEW PLYMOUTH and BOISE, ID – APRIL 11, 2011– uDrove LLC, which offers electronic hours of service solutions and paperwork replacement programs for the transportation industry, is now providing Idaho Trucking Association members with a special discount program. In addition, Idaho Trucking Association benefits by sharing in the revenue that its members spend with uDrove.

uDrove uses the functionality of a smart phone to provide a simple and easy to use tool for keeping electronic driver logs, tracking mileage for tax purposes, recording fuel and business expenses, and completing DVIRs. In addition, it provides the corporate office real-time visibility to driver paperwork.

 "We are always looking for new services that will allow our members to save time and money," said Kathy Fowers, President, Idaho Trucking Association. "uDrove is an excellent, low-cost solution to help our Idaho trucking company members, including fleets and owner/operators, to automate in-cab paperwork."

"As a company based in Idaho, we are excited to partner with the Idaho Trucking Association which has broad reach throughout the state," said Katie Moser, director of marketing and sales for uDrove. "This is the first affinity program that uDrove has implemented and we have plans to expand with other trucking associations to offer extra value for their members."

How to Get Started
Idaho Trucking Association members can use an affiliate reseller code (provided by Idaho Trucking Association) and sign up for uDrove online (www.uDrove.com) or by calling 888-983-7683.

About Idaho Trucking Association
Idaho Trucking Association (ITA), founded in 1934, is a statewide organization that represents commercial trucking. For more information visit idtrucking.org or call 1-208-342-3521.

About uDrove
uDrove is a business and compliance management tool for the long-haul trucking industry. It harnesses the power, accessibility and portability of a smart phone to replace piles of in-cab paperwork with a simple, easy to use phone application. uDrove is compatible with iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smart phones. For more information about uDrove, visit: www.uDrove.com or call 888-983-7683.

Cedarville University Boosts Car Sharing Effort with Web-Based Motor Pool Management Technology

CHANTILLY, VA, April 7, 2011 - Jolted by the national economic downturn, Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, recently implemented a car sharing initiative to streamline the university's motor pool and significantly reduce the workload on its shrinking staff.  The announcement was made today by Agile Access Control, Inc. (Agile), creator of FleetCommander, the 100% web-browser based fleet and motor pool management application now in place at Cedarville.

According to university officials, Cedarville averages more than 260 vehicle requests per week from 250 users of their 26-vehicle fleet.  With recent reductions in staff, the university sought a car sharing solution that would meet the needs of its fleet users, maximize the use of their vehicles, and ease the administrative burden on its fleet managers.  According to Cedarville, a key consideration in their selection of FleetCommander was the fact that it could be implemented smoothly so that the transition could be easy for university fleet staff.

Vicky Hines, Cedarville's fleet coordinator, said, "It took us no time at all to get started, and we saw immediate advantages. With FleetCommander, we now use one system instead of three, and billing data is automatically generated when vehicles return. I am so thankful we are using FleetCommander now."

Agile worked closely with Cedarville's fleet staff to facilitate the transition to FleetCommander by:
•    Importing user, department, and asset data from legacy systems
•    Developing a custom billing algorithm to automate accounting processes
•    Quickly addressing customer support questions
•    Providing hands-on FleetCommander application training for staff
•    Offering assistance and advice on configuring FleetCommander to meet their unique needs
"The FleetCommander staff has been so patient and helpful throughout the transition," said John Wambold, director of community ministries at Cedarville University. "We are excited to be a part of the FleetCommander community. We see the benefits every day."

About Cedarville University
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christian-based learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings.

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 mwade@agilefleet.com or visit http://www.agilefleet.com.

GPS Insight, a Leading GPS Fleet Tracking Company, Partners with Wright Express for Fuel Card Integration

Scottsdale, AZ- - GPS Insight, a leading supplier of GPS tracking solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced today that they have partnered with Wright Express, a global provider of business payment processing and information management solutions. Both companies are working together to assist customers in managing fuel card usage and identifying fuel card fraud.

As a result of the alliance between GPS Insight and Wright Express, end-users are now able to generate reports on all fuel card transactions, and more importantly, see flagged activity where a specified vehicle was not present for the associated purchase transaction. This type of fuel card integration also allows for the calculation of MPG data and anomalies, as well as the easy identification of non-fuel purchases and an IFTA state mileage/fuel purchase report. Many more joint developments are planned. These reports are all available within the GPS Insight reporting suite, which now consolidates the management of fuel card transaction data and fleet activity.

Rob Donat, Founder and CEO of GPS Insight, commented, "The benefits of combining fuel purchase data with GPS tracking data are enormous. We wanted to share these capabilities with our customers at this time due to the significant increases in fuel price, and Wright Express was the right partner for us as well as most of our customer base. We look forward to advancing our suite of tools with Wright Express over the next few months."

This valuable functionality is available to all GPS Insight and Wright Express customers completely free of charge. GPS Insight and Wright Express are excited to be taking GPS fleet tracking to the next level, enabling Fleet Managers nationwide to take full control of their fleets.

About Wright Express:
Wright Express is a global provider of business payment processing and information management solutions. The company's fleet, corporate, and prepaid payment solutions give customers unparalleled security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors around the world. The company's subsidiaries include Wright Express Financial Services, TelaPoint, Pacific Pride, and Wright Express International including Australia, Wright Express Prepaid Cards Australia and Wright Express Fuel Cards Australia. Wright Express and its subsidiaries employ more than 850 associates in five countries.

For more information about Wright Express, please visit www.wrightexpress.com.

About GPS Insight:
GPS Insight is a leading supplier of reliable GPS tracking, navigation, and messaging technology for fleet-based customers. They utilize high quality GPS hardware and add the technology, customization and enhancements which fleet based companies demand. Using the GPS Insight product, companies realize a significant increase in efficiency, and gain insight into all aspects of their fleet operations. Current location, unlimited history, Garmin integration, engine diagnostics, routing, reports, alerts, and messaging all combine to provide the ideal platform for fleet-based companies. GPS Insight provides highly flexible solutions, which include a wide range of customized reports, alerts, and other features that can be tailored to meet specific customer requirements and ensure maximum return on investment.


LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, April 05, 2011 - Iconosys, Inc., a seasoned leader in the development of innovative and first of kind mobile telecommunications applications and related technologies, announces today the introduction and release of  DriveReply™ 2.1 for Google Android Smartphones and Tablets. DriveReply™ is a robust, yet simple, focused, driver-attendant App that helps protect drivers, passengers, and those in their path, and ultimately, saves lives, by promoting safe, distraction-free driving.  

DriveReply™ was the first driver safety application to provide a convenient and anxiety alleviating response to those with whom you communicate via text messaging.  DriveReply™ lets callers and texters know that the driver is acting in a responsible manner, protecting the app user's life, as well as the lives of others on the roadways by enabling the driver to avoid texting and/or talking on the phone while driving.  New, enhanced features such as Iconosys' proprietary "Accident Recording" and Where Am I?™ technologies are built in to the upgraded app to make it more of a necessity for person who is always "on the go" than ever before.

"While other companies out there are trying to make a quick buck off of the much needed solution to the epidemic of texting while driving, we have found a way to make our product free during National Distracted Driving Awareness month,"  explained Iconosys CEO and co-founder Wayne Irving II.  Irving went on to observe, "When the app is activated, the phone is silenced, yet continues to run in the background, managing your inbound SMS and call traffic, while allowing the driver to remain focused on his/her primary task – driving."

DriveReply™ 2.1 Features Include:

•    Triggering only at speeds greater than 10-15 mph, the app autoreplies a responsible message to inbound voice calls and SMS text messages while the user is driving; (ex: Hi mom, I'm sorry you caught me driving, I will text you back when I get to my destination. Thank you for understanding :-) );
•    MyDrive5™ technology rings a special tone for up-to-5 persons that must get through anytime in case of emergencies;
•    No-Reply List feature for those persons that the driver chooses to exclude from his/her autoreply list, and therefore do not receive any automated responses;
•    Intuitive/User-friendly interface: a single click identifies whether the user is a driver or a passenger;
•    Accident Recorder, in the event that user is in an accident, this utility allows for the gps/date/time stamped recording of pictures and documents covering such things as accident site, vehicle damages, insurance cards and drivers licenses;
•    Insurance Card Recorder that records and holds a copy of the app user's  own insurance card for retrieval;
•    Iconosys' Where Am I?™ technology, which allows the driver to identify a precise physical location, including address where available, in the event of an accident or roadside hazard;
•    A new handy Pop-up Information Window that now emerges when DriveReply™ disengages, providing some appreciated information about the number of calls and texts missed, along with a calculation of the duration of time for which the DriveReply™ service has been engaged.
The all-new DriveReply™ 2.1 is available for download from Android OS Smartphones English, on the Android Market, GetJar, and soon the Amazon App Store. The upgraded app will also be available in the next few days in Spanish from the Android Market or from Motorola's Shop4Apps Appstore for Central and South America.

About Iconosys, Inc.

Iconosys, Inc., the maker of the world renown DriveReply™, Trick or Tracker™, and Tell My Geo™ is developing a series of "first of kind" technologies and technology driven safety apps designed to enrich, enhance, and make safer our day today lives.

Iconosys' CEO Wayne Irving II, a pioneer in next-generation telecom concepts, has led the drive to take advantage of new systems, processes, and onboard motion technologies to build lifesaving and life-enhancing products, and to create new and better tools for mobile and cloud applications and operating systems.

Too see the Iconosys catalog of apps available for download, please visit www.iconosys.com/product.php


AUBURN HILLS, MI – April 7, 2011 – ALTe Powertrain Technologies, the Michigan-based developer of a Range Extended Electric Powertain, is pleased to announce an agreement with Manheim, the automotive industry's leader in remarketing services, regarding the installation of ALTe powertrains in fleet vehicles. With this partnership, ALTe's fleet customers will be able to take their vehicle to a Manheim operating location and Manheim will retrofit their light trucks and vans with an ALTe series plug-in electric hybrid powertrain. The fleet customer will then reinsert the vehicle back into its fleet and realize fuel economy improvements of up to 200 percent.

According to ALTe CEO John Thomas, "ALTe is excited to have the opportunity to work with Manheim, which is recognized as the world's leading remarketing company. Their reputation for quality and their familiarity with the fleet industry is a perfect fit for our business model. We look forward to their participation in the electrification of the automotive industry as we progress toward next year's product launch for ALTe."

"We were extremely impressed with the ALTe technology, management team, and business model and are looking forward to expanding the broad range of services that we presently offer to our fleet and automotive customers," said Fredrick Standfield, Manheim's Vice President of Frontline Operations. "This partnership will allow us to utilize available capacity in our auction facilities and complements our strategy to grow our revenue base within the clean technology space."

The major components of the ALTe powertrain will include a 20kWh lithium ion battery pack, a four-cylinder engine, electric drive motors, a generator, a proprietary hybrid controller unit and HVAC modules. The powertrain is projected to provide an initial 30 miles of driving in an all-electric mode, powered directly from the lithium ion battery pack. The vehicle can then drive an estimated additional 275 miles in a charge-sustained mode before the vehicle would need to be either plugged in or refueled. The battery pack can be charged within an 8-hour timeframe from a 110-volt outlet or in about 4 hours from a 220-volt outlet. Fuel economy is projected to increase by up to 200 percent with no loss in cargo capacity, increased torque, and comparable horsepower and towing capability when compared with the old V8 engine.

The ALTe powertrain is targeted to the light truck market (full size pickups and vans) with a focus on commercial, government and utility fleets. Job #1 for ALTe is projected for spring 2012 with the company beginning to accept purchase orders at the end of 2011.

About Manheim 

Manheim (www.manheim.com) 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.  Manheim.com 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.

Gold Eagle Co. Launches New Product: STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment and Performance Improver

CHICAGO –The makers of STA-BIL®, America's #1 selling gas stabilizer, introduce STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment and Performance Improver, designed specifically for gasoline vehicles and small engines to protect against the effects of Ethanol-blended fuels.

Ethanol in fuel can cause corrosion by attracting moisture from the air. Ethanol is also a solvent, which can loosen debris and deposits that have built up in a fuel tank over time, resulting in clogged fuel systems. This can lead to hard starting, rough running and even stalling of equipment.

STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment and Performance Improver will aid in protecting equipment in a number of ways by:
•    Preventing corrosion
•    Helping to remove water from fuel
•    Cleaning fuel injectors, carburetors and intake valves to keep engines running smoothly for optimal performance.

STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment and Performance Improver is designed to be used with every fill up, for the ultimate protection against Ethanol blended fuels.

STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment and Performance Improver will be sold at top automotive, mass and hardware retailers, and available in two different sizes a 10 oz. bottle (treating up to 25 gallons) for car and truck owners, (suggested retail: $8.99) , as well as a 4 oz. smaller bottle (treating up to 10 gallons) for small gasoline engine equipment such as lawnmowers, trimmers, snow blowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATV's, scooters , etc. (suggested retail: $4.99).

The STA-BIL® brand of products are over 40 years old, and is the best selling fuel stabilizer on the market today. Many competitors have tried to conquer this market, but have made little headway due to the strong brand recognition and trust of the STA-BIL® brand.

STA-BIL® Ethanol Treatment is made by Gold Eagle® Co., manufacturer of leading brands including HEET® Gas-Line Antifreeze, NO-LEAK® Treatments, 104+® Octane Boost, and DieselPower!® Diesel Additives.  Details on the full line of Gold Eagle products can be obtained at www.goldeagle.com, calling 800-621-1251 or writing Gold Eagle Co. at 4400 S. Kildare Ave., Chicago, IL 60632.


HOUSTON (April 1, 2011) – Apache Corporation announced today that the company will build a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station for the ecopark fleet of buses that carry passengers to and from the city's economy parking lots at Houston' Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The station is expected to be ready for service in 60-90 days.

"At Apache, we are convinced that clean-burning natural gas must be a bigger part of the solution to America's ever increasing reliance on imported crude oil, while reducing pollution caused by other, more carbon-intensive fuels used in transportation and power generation," said G. Steven Farris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Apache.

Mr. Farris noted that the new CNG station is a win-win solution. It provides for a better environment in Houston as natural gas burns cleaner than diesel or gasoline. It's an abundant, domestic fuel source – with estimates of a 100-year supply. Developing domestic supplies also provides for local jobs that produce a more economic fuel. Filling up a tank with CNG is a fraction of the cost compared with gasoline or diesel.

"CNG is a better way to move people and goods than our traditional petroleum fuels. In fact, at Apache we're doubling down on our use of CNG. This year we're going to double the size of our CNG-powered vehicle fleet and double the number of CNG stations we operate. To encourage further CNG use, we're also implementing an incentive program to encourage our employees to acquire CNG vehicles," he said.

At year-end 2010, Apache had seven CNG stations and 111 CNG-fueled vehicles among its fleet in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Apache also is planning to allow public access to its CNG stations at four facilities, which will be located in Houston, Lafayette, Midland and Tulsa.

About Apache
Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina. Apache common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and quoted on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol APA. Apache posts announcements, updates and investor information, in addition to copies of all recent press releases, on its website www.apachecorp.com.