Tuesday, February 7, 2012


NOVI, MI – During a ceremony today at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando, Hino Trucks
was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board with the 2012 “Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award”.
The “I-Awards” represent the biodiesel industry’s top honors, and are bestowed upon companies,
groups or individuals who have helped carry the biodiesel torch, fostering understanding, mentoring
others and encouraging broader use of this cleaner burning, sustainable fuel. Hino Trucks was
nominated for an award this year for serving as a trailblazer among manufacturers as well as among
hybrid truck manufacturers in supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends.

Hino Trucks was honored in the Impact category by becoming the first manufacturer to support the
use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck, as well as in its complete product line of class
6 and 7 conventional trucks. Not only will Hino’s COE 195h hybrid truck be a part of the event’s
Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase, but Hino was invited to be a part of a general session OEM panel
entitled “The Future is Unwritten: Energy Policy, Diesel Technology, and B20” as well as the
technical session discussing “Biodiesel Engines of Today and the Future – Development of Super
High Efficiency Diesel Engines”.

All 2011 and later model conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino’s proprietary J-Series
engines are approved to use B20 biodiesel blends that contain biofuel blend stock (B100) compliant
to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6751, and blended fuel compliant to ASTM
D975. B20 biodiesel meeting these standards is also approved for use in Hino’s newly announced
diesel and diesel-electric hybrid cab overs due to enter the market late this summer.

“It is our strong commitment to design and assemble trucks that are at the forefront of environmental
friendliness and that help to reduce our overall dependency on foreign oils,” said Glenn Ellis, Vice
President of Marketing and Dealer Operations for Hino Trucks. Hino offers the only class 6 and 7
conventional truck to meet the stringent 2010 EPA emission requirements without the use of credits.

“By offering the class 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cab over that can use up to B20 biodiesel, our
customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck,” added Ellis.
“Biodiesel, America’s advanced biofuel, would not be what it is today without champions and
supporters like the Eye on Biodiesel honorees,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board.
“We are proud to recognize these leaders from all facets of the biodiesel industry.” Additional
information about biodiesel is available online at www.biodiesel.org.

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services Class 4-7
conventional commercial trucks in the United States. The headquarters is located in Novi, Michigan
and boasts a network of over 160 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer
service and support. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a
product lineup that offers the lowest total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, industry-leading
environmental friendliness, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive
bundle of standard features in the market. For more information, visit our internet home page at
www.hino.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

New ATD Chairman Richard Witcher Says Communication Is Key to Success

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 6, 2012) – Richard W. Witcher, the new chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD), rallied the nation’s truck dealers to become even more involved in the association after a rousing introduction by outgoing chairman Kyle Treadway.

“I am humbled to accept Kyle’s gavel,” said Witcher, CEO of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass., who said he plans to continue many of the strategic goals that Treadway had begun.

Witcher encouraged members to inform themselves about relevant state and local legislative initiatives, help nurture the next generation of dealers and set future industry standards. Witcher also is committed to increasing ATD membership from 80 percent to 90 percent, which is what NADA represents for automobile dealers.

Witcher’s remarks showed that he hopes to continue ATD’s commitment to be pro-active rather than reactive. And Witcher asked all ATD dealers, especially those who have been nominated for Truck Dealer of the Year awards, to help him set the pace for excellence.

About ATD

The American Truck Dealers represents about 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers. ATD members share in NADA’s programs, services and benefits. ATD hosts an annual convention and expo for dealers and dealership managers. For more information, visit www.atd.org.

Terry L. Dotson Named ATD/Heavy Duty Trucking Dealer of the Year

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 6, 2012) – Terry Dotson, president, chairman and CEO of Prestonburg, Ky.-based Worldwide Equipment Enterprises, was named the 2012 Truck Dealer of the Year, a national award co-sponsored by the American Truck Dealers (ATD) and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

Dotson received this highest honor out of a select group of dealers from across the country and was recognized at the 49th Annual ATD Convention in Las Vegas on Feb. 4. The ATD division of the National Automobile Dealers Association is the only national organization representing dealers selling and servicing new medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Nominees for the ATD/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year are evaluated on several categories, including dealership performance, civic contributions and industry leadership. A panel of professors from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business chose the winner and runner-up.
The runner up was John C. Arscott, president and CEO of The Pete Store, LLC, in Baltimore, Md.

The ATD convention concluded today.

About ATD

The American Truck Dealers represents about 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers. ATD members share in NADA’s programs, services and benefits. ATD hosts an annual convention and expo for dealers and dealership managers. For more information, visit www.atd.org.

EPA Recognizes DoD Facilities for Emission Reductions and Energy Savings

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized two Department of Defense (DoD) facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for taking an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single source. By using CHP technology, the award winners demonstrated leadership and a commitment to protecting people's health and the environment while reporting annual energy savings of $6.8 million.

“I congratulate these military bases for leading by example in the efforts to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency, and cut energy costs,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These advanced CHP systems give us reliable, clean and cost cutting ways to keep our military bases powered and our environment protected.”

The CHP awards were presented to the following facilities at today’s International District Energy Association’s Annual Campus Energy Conference in Arlington, Va.:

• U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, N.C.
• U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

CHP technology produces both electricity and steam/hot water from a single heat source, using fuels such as natural gas, biomass, or wasted energy. By using this technology, the bases' CHP systems achieved operating efficiencies of nearly 65 percent, much higher than the efficiency of separate production of electricity and thermal energy (typically less than 50 percent). Based on this comparison, the CHP systems avoided carbon pollution equal to that from the electricity used by more than 4,000 homes. The CHP systems also increase the bases’ energy security and reliability because the systems can run independently in the event of a power outage. As the largest U.S. energy consumer, DoD recognizes that reliable energy supplies for its military installations are critical to our nation’s security.

Established in 2001, EPA’s CHP Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages the use of CHP to reduce the environmental impact of power generation. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote energy, environmental and economic benefits.

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Lincoln Celebrates The 54th Annual Grammy Awards By Honoring ‘Black Women In Music’

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 7, 2012 – Lincoln and ESSENCE will honor Grammy nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry executive Sylvia Rhone on Wednesday to help celebrate the most exciting week in music.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX premium two-row utility is the official vehicle for Black Women in Music and will chauffer the two stars to the red carpet. This is the third year that Lincoln and ESSENCE have collaborated for the exclusive affair.
“Lincoln is pleased to be the exclusive automotive sponsor of the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event for the third year,” says Shawn Lollie, Lincoln manager of Multicultural Marketing. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the magazine in honoring these talented women, and participate in events like these that speak to the Lincoln customer.”
Rowland is nominated for a Grammy this year for her song “Motivation.” The singer began her career in the ’90s with the iconic all-female group Destiny’s Child, which has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Rowland is also one of the judges on the British reality television competition The X Factor.
Rhone’s career in the music industry spans more than three decades. Most recently, she served as the president of Universal Motown records. Her roster of artists includes multi-platinum artists Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott and Nelly.
“Kelly and Sylvia are two very influential women in the music industry and having Lincoln sponsor an event honoring them is a great fit as we expose the luxury brand to influential buyers,” says Lollie. “This is a great way for modern consumers, like African-American women, to engage with our vehicles in a fun, fresh and glamorous way.”
Rowland will perform with special guest Grammy Award-winner Eve and the legendary MC Lyte will DJ for the evening.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday on CBS.
For more information about Lincoln and the MKX visit media.lincoln.com.


Sparks, Md. (Feb. 7, 2012) – PHH Arval today announced a strategic alliance with FleetCor (NYSE: FLT), a leading global provider of fuel cards and specialized payment products.  As part of the strategic alliance, PHH Arval will now offer a new corporate universal PHH MasterCard®, powered by Comdata. 

The PHH MasterCard is unlike any other fleet program in the Canadian market today,” said Jim Halliday, President PHH Canada.  “As a leader in fleet management solutions, PHH is always looking for opportunities such as this to provide our clients the best solutions to manage costs and reduce purchase fraud.”

The new fleet program will be available for PHH Arval clients in Canada and deliver a comprehensive North American fuel program for PHH Arval heavy truck fleets, as well as enhanced coverage in Puerto Rico.

With the new card, managers can specifically design a program for their company, which includes many fraud prevention and cost reduction features. For example:

·                     Purchase level controls including transaction limits, blocked hours, locations, or days
·                     Robust security capabilities to stop fraud
·                     Truck stop specific services and Comdata proprietary network advantages

“In the U.S. and Canada, the PHH MasterCard is ideal for our heavy truck fleets that need customizable solutions,” said Rob Stowers, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PHH FirstFleet, the truck and equipment division of PHH Arval.

"Payment cards are an essential tool in managing fleet operations, and we are delighted to partner with PHH Arval to provide the company’s fleet clients with best-of-breed card features,” said Ron Clarke, FleetCor’s CEO. “With this card, PHH Arval clients can optimize their ability to identify fraudulent transactions and minimize costs.”

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

Monday, February 6, 2012


ATLANTA -- Today, Manheim unveiled Simulcast Everywhere, a revolutionary digital auction platform that brings the auction to the car, anywhere in the world, with live auctioneer-led sales. The new Simulcast product -- launched during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Las Vegas -- makes buying and selling significantly easier for customers. It is a first for both Manheim and the vehicle remarketing industry.
Unlike any product on the market, Simulcast Everywhere features competitive bidding within an OVE.com-style environment, bringing the in-lane excitement of sale day to the online experience. With Simulcast Everywhere, the auction, vehicles and buyers all can be located anywhere.
“The idea for Simulcast Everywhere really came from listening to our customers and learning what kinds of digital tools would make it easier for them to buy and sell cars,” said Joe George, group vice president of Manheim Digital. “Building upon those insights, we developed Simulcast Everywhere. This past fall we piloted the product in closed sales with Nissan, Infiniti and Asbury, which gave us the opportunity to get great customer feedback and refine Simulcast Everywhere before rolling out this game-changing offering.”
Simulcast Everywhere works like this: A still picture of the vehicle is displayed with a live audio stream of the auctioneer calling each vehicle. A vehicle bid log constantly keeps sale activity up-to-date. In addition, general vehicle details, quick access to condition reports and the full run list of vehicles are available onscreen at a glance.
The unprecedented auction platform delivers distinct advantages to buyers and sellers. Buyers gain access to a larger pool of inventory in a familiar, fully transparent marketplace where they can see everyone who is participating in the sale. This level of transparency gives customers a high level of confidence during Simulcast Everywhere events. Also, vehicles come with condition reports so buyers have all of the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions.
Simulcast Everywhere’s competitive bidding environment enables sellers to find the best market price for their vehicles, in real-time price discovery. The digital auction platform also exposes sellers’ inventory to a wider buyer marketplace, including vehicles not on Manheim’s property, saving sellers transportation fees associated with bringing vehicles to the auction.
At NADA, dealers will be among the first to experience Simulcast Everywhere during live mock sales at the Manheim booth. To participate and win great prizes, they should register at booth #1169.
Simulcast Everywhere is a natural extension of the Simulcast product suite launched in Manheim’s lanes during 2002. “We are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary of employing a platform that changed the way people buy and sell cars in the remarketing wholesale industry,” said George. “With the launch of Simulcast Everywhere, Manheim continues its commitment to innovate products that help customers do business with us anytime, anywhere and in any way they like.”
For more information about Simulcast Everywhere and to watch a video of the product in action, click here.

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 118 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 2011, Manheim handled nearly 8 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

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