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Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid- electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greennhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Photo courtesy of Verizon.

WEX, Verizon Establish Fleet Card Contract

WEX will provide more than 25,000 fleet cards to the communications company as well as offer additional insight into its fleet operations via WEX’s ClearView analytics platform.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

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Hogan Transportation Names Fleet Manager

Jennifer Shaw was named fleet manager for Hogan Transportation Companies in Fontana, Calif. She assumed this position in April 2017.

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Liddell Brothers Names Fleet Manager

Rich Josselyn was named fleet manager for Liddell Brothers, Inc. in Halifax, Mass. He assumed this position in June.

The second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense package will feature an updated pre-collision system that can help detect a collision with a bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Update Active Safety Tech by Mid-2018

Toyota’s second generation of its Safety Sense package will start rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018.

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Merchants Names Maintenance Coordinator

Mel Pawlisz was named maintenance coordinator at Merchants Fleet Management in its Rosemont, Ill., office.

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Former Bimbo Bakeries Fleet Manager Joins MBI Energy

Arthur Parr, CAFS, was named director of fleet maintenance at MBI Energy Services in Dickinson, N.D. Parr is responsible for the maintenance of 1,800 vehicles operating in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. He assumed this position in July 2017

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Pepsi Names Senior Fleet Manager

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Richard Callis was senior manager of fleet for Charter Communications in Charlotte, N.C.

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Wrong-Way Drivers

Each year, about 360 people in the U.S. die in wrong-way crashes. Here's advice on how to limit the risk.

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Donlen Hires Sales VP, Global Business Manager

Donlen has hired Bob Barna as vice president of strategic sales and Ian Crapper as managing director of global business development.

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LeasePlan USA Names Remarketing Director

LeasePlan USA has hired Phil Schappert as director remarketing to oversee vehicles through a variety of channels, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based fleet management company announced.

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Donlen's Mobility Push Includes Dedicated Team

Donlen has embraced mobility as a service for some commercial fleets, and has set up an internal team to offer carsharing, ride-hailing, short-term vehicle rentals, and other products, the company's mobility leader told Automotive Fleet.

Photo courtesy of Fleetmatics/Verizon.

Fleetmatics to Move to New Dublin HQ

Fleetmatics will relocate its employees to a new campus-style headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, by the middle of 2018, the Verizon company announced.

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Merchants Names Keegan CEO

Brendan Keegan will assume the role of chief executive for Merchants Fleet Management, after serving in an interim capacity since late September, after Glen Villano stepped down.

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Donlen Focusing on Mobility with Hertz-Themed Rebrand

Donlen has updated its corporate logo to closer align the fleet management company with its corporate parent, Hertz Global Holdings, by adopting a black-and-yellow color scheme.

Video Safety Tip: Urban Driving

Here's advice, provided by State Farm and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, on how to drive safely in central business districts in major cities.

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Mike Albert Fleet Solutions Hires Northeast Sales Managers

Cincinnati-based Mike Albert Fleet Solutions has hired two business development managers to work the northeast region as the company continues its expansion efforts under new leadership.

Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Photo of 2017-MY large pickups courtesy of manufacturers.

Resilient Used Vehicles Keeping Depreciation at Bay

Used vehicles from one to five years old fell 1.4% in value in October in a steady used-vehicle market that showed significant improvement from a year ago with large pickups leading the way, reports Black Book.

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Photo of 2018 NV cargo vans courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Prices 2018 NV Vans

Nissan's 2018 NV full-size vans will retail for at least $30,025 for the cargo model and $36,345 for the passenger variant, Nissan announced.

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