How Setting Top Speed Affects Vehicle Performance

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May 19, 2016
<p><em>Photo: Vincentric</em></p> Vincentric Names 2016 Fleet TCO Winners

Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota vehicles helped these car and truck makers lead Vincentric's 2016 Best Fleet Value in America awards that were announced today.





<p><em>Using Derive&rsquo;s technology, Loring White, CEO of CBE Inc., was able to set the maximum speed limit on each van to 67 miles per hour. Photo courtesy of CBE.</em></p> How Setting Top Speed Affects Vehicle Performance

This cross-country service fleet uses engine calibration technology to control each van’s top speed — improving driver safety and fuel usage.


<p><em>Photo of 2017 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 4x4 courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Releases 2017 Super Duty Pricing

Ford has begun taking orders for its 2017 Super Duty trucks, which go on sale in the fall following a revamp that lightens the load with aluminum body panels and brings new standard features to the stalwart work trucks.


<p><em>Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.</em></p> Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage, and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.


<p><em>Graphic courtesy of GM.</em></p> Chevrolet Offers Predictive Maintenance Alerts

Chevrolet is offering a predictive maintenance alerting system called Onstar Proactive Alerts that monitors the health of the vehicle and notifies drivers to take the vehicle in for service.


<p><em>Chart showing vehicle categories courtesy of BofA.</em></p> GM Replacing 88% of Lineup By 2020

General Motors should gain market share by replacing 88% of its light-duty lineup by 2020, while Volkswagen and Korean automakers are relying too heavily on cars with consumer demand shifting toward SUVs and trucks, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst.


Feds Predict Higher Fuel Price Increases

Federal officials have raised their expectations for diesel and gasoline prices this year and are predicting even larger hikes coming for 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Fleet Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

Goodyear provides some tire maintenance tips you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.


<p><em>Photo of Ram ProMaster drive-away event courtesy of FCA.</em></p> Ram Delivers ProMaster City Vans to N.Y. Dealers

FCA provided 50 additional Ram ProMaster City compact vans to New York-area dealers during a May 17 event to boost dealer inventories in that area for smaller fleet buyers, FCA has announced.





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