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<p>TVS Communication Solutions purchased two brand-new Ram ProMaster cargo vans to replace two of the fleet's older vans.</p> Media Fleet Picks ProMaster Van for Versatility

A Detroit-based communications company updated its fleet with two new Ram ProMaster cargo vans. The new vans allowed the company to update its business model to a mobile environment.



GPS vehicle tracking can transform your fleet management. Control costs. Improve driver safety. Route vehicles more efficiently. Streamline maintenance processes. With Verizon Networkfleet, smart fleet management isn’t just a goal; it’s how you do business every day.



<p><em><strong>Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p> Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.





<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 F-150 Limited via German Medeot/Flickr.</strong></em></p> Texas Leads Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts

Full-size pickups have the highest theft rate, and thieves steal them from both fleets and retail users, according to the bureau, which studied thefts of vehicle from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years. The bureau typically reports theft trends from data reported by law enforcement agencies.





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Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driver Scanning

When drivers continually scan their surroundings, they can better anticipate hazards and maintain a space cushion around their vehicle. Here is some advice on driver scanning.





<p><strong><em>Photo of 2014 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford Motor Co.</em></strong></p> Ford's Escape, Focus ST Recall to Begin Sept. 29

The recall, first reported last month, affects 133,227 2013-2014 model-year Escape and Focus ST vehicles in the U.S.


<p>Graphic via Insure.com</p> Idaho Tops Rudest U.S. Drivers List

According to a survey by Insure.com, Idaho, Washington, D.C., and New York have been named as the top three U.S. states with the rudest drivers.



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Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

One challenge for the 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity issues. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck/van segments, particularly among utilities and service industries, the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Order-to-delivery time on large trucks keeps getting longer with upfitters. Some fleets don't place factory orders and instead purchase most their vehicle chassis from bailment pools.

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