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Truck orders slip to ‘more reasonable’ level in February
March 4, 2015 // Fleet Owner

While still ‘excellent,’ Class 8 truck orders cooled in February, according to an early look at the numbers by industry analysts. Preliminary data reported by FTR shows North American Class 8 truck net orders at 30,900 units, in line with the company’s. . .  read more

2015 Volkswagen Golf, a Crowd-Pleaser in Many Forms
March 3, 2015 // The New York Times

Named after the wind Americans would spell “gulf” (not the sport) it’s all the car most of us need. Make that cars, because the Golf has plenty of powertrain choices that transform it. There is the all-electric e-Golf, an incredibly fuel-efficient TDI die. . .  read more

Detroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future
March 3, 2015 // Environmental Health News

Detroit truckers, manufacturers and residents are benefitting from federal efforts to clean up diesel. But the federal program that doles out the money to replace older diesel engines is in its last year of authorization and facing a cut under President O. . .  read more

Reach Step Van Gets Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain Option
March 2, 2015 // Work Truck Magazine

XL Hybrids is now offering its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for the diesel-powered Reach commercial van from Isuzu and Utilimaster, the alternative-fuel conversion company announced. The Reach is the first diesel-powered vehicle equipped with the X. . .  read more

Government rejects call for diesel vehicle scrappage scheme
March 1, 2015 // Air Quality News (United Kingdom)

Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), said it had “no current plans for a national diesel scrappage or engine retrofit scheme”. It also declined the EAC’s suggestion for a step-by-step rebalancing of fuel duty and vehicle excise . . .  read more

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