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Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com. Is the Decline in the U.S. Infrastructure Inevitable?
Since oil prices started increasing in 2003, consumers and businesses have been increasingly feeling the pain in paying for fuel at the pump.
The top cause of weather-related damage is hail, which can cause hundreds of dings and dents in a vehicle in a short time period. Photo courtesy of ARI. How to Handle Vehicles Damaged in Transport
From hail to carelessness to simple scratches and dents to completely totaled vehicles, damage during vehicle transit does happen and can cost a company time and money. Can anything be done?
Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service. Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas
Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.
Holding the Line on Fleet Costs Still a Concern
Middle-market firms are facing rising maintenance costs while trying to control fuel spend and "fleet creep."
photo: ©istockphoto.com/adventtr Thinking Outside the Box: Breaking Traditional Rules of Fleet Management
A wise man once said “change isn’t bad, it’s just different.” Fleet managers looking for innovation can start by challenging the “conventional wisdom” of fleet management, and thinking outside the box.

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Winner for the Standard Pickup Segment is the Chevrolet Colorado. Photo courtesy of GM. 
Strategic Vision Releases Total Quality Index
Strategic Vision's 20th annual Total Quality Index (TQI), which assesses overall ownership experience, ranks OEMs FCA, Volkswagen and General Motors as the top three in corporate total quality.
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A&R Logistics Names Area Maintenance Manager
By Mike Antich
Timothy Brevoort was named area maintenance manager for A&R Logistics, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. He assumed this position in February.
Photo courtesy of Volvo.
Volvo Offers Lifetime Parts and Labor Warranty
Volvo Cars of North America will begin offering a lifetime parts and labor warranty for vehicles serviced after the factory warranty at Volvo dealers, the automaker has announced.
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States Ranked by Vehicle Repair Costs
CarMD has published its annual state-by-state ranking of repair bills that follow a check-engine light. Read our report to find out the states at the top and bottom of the list.
Photo of 2015 MKS courtesy of Lincoln.
Lincoln to Discontinue MKS Sedan
Lincoln plans to cease production of the full-size sedan, which shares its platform with the Ford Taurus, in 2016.
Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.
FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty
FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Tire Air Pressure
Here’s some tire preventive maintenance advice, provided by America’s Tire, you may want to pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
Photo of 911 GT3 RS courtesy of Porsche.
Porsche Becomes First OEM to Use Magnesium Body Panel
Porsche has broken new ground as the first vehicle manufacturer to use a magnesium outer body panel with the roof of its 911 GT3 RS that debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.
Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases
The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.
Photo courtesy of GM.
Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back
General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.

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Engine Optimization: Make Your Engine Work for You
Optimizing your vehicle’s engine may sound complicated, but this paper details how engine calibration technology works and how it is actually easy, flexible and takes just minutes to install.
How to Control Repair Costs, Reduce Vehicle Downtime and Streamline Your Maintenance Process
A well-maintained fleet is an efficient, productive fleet – but it doesn’t maintain itself. This eBook offers practical ideas and techniques for lowering repair costs, reducing vehicle downtime, and keeping your fleet in top operating condition.

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