Motorlease President Jack Leary Dies

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April 30, 2015
<p><em>Watkins Heating &amp; Cooling has converted one of its GMC Savana fleet vans using XL Hybrids' technology.</em></p> Hybrid Conversion Cuts Fleet Vehicle’s Fuel Usage by 30%

This Ohio-based heating and cooling company represents a good test case for an aftermarket electric drive system due to its daily stop-and-go service routes.





<p><em>Leary</em></p> Motorlease President Jack Leary Dies

John “Jack” Leary, president of The Motorlease Corp., a fleet management company headquartered in Farmington, Conn., passed away on April 25. He was 60.





<p><em>Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Vincentric Analyzes 2015 F-150 TCO

The jury is still out on total cost of ownership (TCO) for the 2015 F-150; however, fleet owners should not expect a high cost-to-own increase from the 2014 to 2015 F-150 models, according to Vincentric.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of NHTSA</em></p> NHTSA Wants to Boost Recall Completion Rates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an initiative to improve what it calls "unacceptably low" recall completion rates for safety defects on vehicles.


<p>The new mobile units feature a new portability set-up that allows dealers to remove the &ldquo;auction in the box&rdquo; unit from the vehicle and facilitate an auction anywhere there is demand. (PHOTO: Manheim)</p> Manheim Expands Mobile Auction Network

Manheim has added two new trucks to its fast-growing mobile auction network. The company also outlined plans to roll out up to eight additional mobile units later this year, bringing the total number in service to as many as 24 by year’s end.


<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p> Ford Recalls Fusion, Fiesta and Lincoln MKZ

The recall affects nearly 390,000 vehicles in North America that may have defective door latches.


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.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Adds Strobe Lighting to 2016 Super Duty Trucks

Ford will offer factory-installed strobe lighting on its 2016 F-Series Super Duty trucks for utility, road construction or municipal crews to enhance vehicle visibility, Ford has announced.




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