Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff
Court allows $74 million EPA fine to stand against Volvo Group

Sweden’s Volvo Group recently issued a statement that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this weekend has allowed an approximately $74.14 million fine U.S. (SEK 508 million) levied against it by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand. The company added that it’s now considering whether to appeal the verdict or not.

Chevy/GMC V8 pickups to get 8-speed Hydra-Matic gearbox

General Motors plans to make a new eight-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with its new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gasoline engine.

New NPR-XD fills “gap” for Isuzu 

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America introduced a new addition to its N-Series line of medium-duty cabover trucks: the NPR-XD medium-duty which, with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 16,000-lbs., is deigned to “bridge the gap” between the OEM’s 14,500 lb. NPR-HD and 17,950-lb. GVWR NQR.

New lawsuit over Navistar engines seeks class action status 

The national law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is seeking class action status for lawsuits it filed this week against Navistar regarding the OEM’s Maxxforce Advanced EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) diesel engine models.

Does a pat on the back motivate as well as cash? 

According to a recent communication from Instructional Technologies, Inc.( ITI/ PRO-TREAD), non-cash rewards, such as recognition for good work or a goal achieved, can also motivate drivers and other fleet employees. Evidence shows a strong link between non-cash rewards and improved performance.

FCCC mobile app connects with dealers

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) recently released a new mobile application that helps customers connect with its nationwide dealer and service network on a 24/7 basis.

Appropriately entitled the “24/7 Direct” app, it is available from Apple’s App Store for the iOS mobile operating system, with versions also available for the Android and Windows Phone.

NAFA seeks DERA extension 

The NAFA Fleet Management Association is seeking an extension of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) and is writing letters to select members of Congress to further that effort.

Diesel and gasoline both in decline this week 

Average retail pump prices in the U.S. for both diesel and gasoline dropped this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), though prices remain elevated compared to those posted during the same week last year.

Diesel declined 2.6 cents to $3.892 per gallon this week, the agency said, which is 4.3 cents per gallon higher compared to the same time period in 2013.

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