North Las Vegas, Nevada ranked as the worst city in the nation for speeding with 53.9% of all traffic fatalities involving speeding, according to a study by Compare Auto Insurance.

While North Las Vegas experienced a total of 76 traffic fatalities in the 5-year period covered by the study — 2013-2017 — 41 of those deaths were due to speeding.

Irving, Texas came in second on the list with 52.2% of all traffic fatalities — 48 — linked to motorists’ speeding.

Other places that ranked among the top five as worst cities for speeding include Cleveland, Ohio with 94 speeding-related fatalities, which translates into 51.9% of all traffic fatalities. Fontana, California ranked in fourth place with 36 speeding-related deaths (50.7%) followed by Plano, Texas with 31 lost lives (49.2%) linked to speeding.

Another noteworthy finding is that speeding tends to account for a higher percentage of traffic fatalities in cities in the Southeast and Midwest. The study also showed that four of the worst 15 cities for speeding — Fontana, Fresno, Chula Vista and Stockton — are located in California.

The study was based on an evaluation of fatality statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System for the period 2013-2017.

Source: Automotive Fleet

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Nissan revealed the 2020 Frontier which features an all-new, 3.8L direct-injection V-6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission – both of which will be key elements in the next-generation, all-new Frontier.

The 2020 Frontier, which marks the last model-year of the current generation, will feature best-in-class horsepower while also providing improved fuel economy and emissions performance, according to Nissan. The truck goes on sale in spring 2020.

Helping celebrate the transition to the next-generation Frontier was Brian Murphy and his 2007 Frontier, which just last week crossed the 1 million mile mark – a true testament to the durability and reliability of the Nissan Frontier.

Nissan’s all-new engine is using 93% new or redesigned parts, and the powerplant underwent extensive testing in North America. The engine will be assembled at Nissan’s advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., next to the full-size Titan pickup’s 5.6L Endurance V-8.

Along with the 49-hp improvement over the previous Frontier V-6, Nissan expects the truck’s fuel economy to increase. Also contributing to the 2020 Frontier’s improved acceleration and fuel economy is the all-new 9-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize powertrain efficiency and provide an enhanced acceleration feel.

“From its roots tracing back more than 60 years, to the current model, Frontier has had a lasting impact on the compact and mid-size truck segments in North America. As Nissan transitions to the next chapter, we celebrate both a proud past and a bright future with the heart of the next Frontier,” added Castro.

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The Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) association announced it will co-locate its next meeting at the AFLA Canada 2020 Fleet Summit, which is the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association’s (AFLA) first-ever fleet conference in Canada. This will also be WIFM’s first event in Canada.

The focus of the WIFM meeting is to showcase the resources it can offer women fleet leaders in Canada, which encourages personal and career fulfillment through mentoring, fleet expertise sharing, fleet and business community involvement, and networking.

The AFLA Canada Fleet Summit will be held on Feb. 12-13, 2020, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. The educational focus of the AFLA Canada Fleet Summit is two-fold:

  • It will promote fleet management education for Canadian based commercial fleet managers working for small and mid-size businesses.
  • It will help multinational fleets operating in Canada to better understand the Canadian fleet market to optimize their fleet operations.

At the conference conclusion, the following day, Feb. 14, starts the 2020 Canadian International Autoshow in downtown Toronto. This will allow conference attendees an opportunity to maximize attendance ROI by getting a comprehensive immersion of the latest vehicles being sold in the Canadian market.

Attendees can register for the conference at https://www.afla.org/page/Canada

As background, WIFM was conceived in 2007 by Carolyn Edwards and Nancy D’Amico, both of whom worked for LeasePlan USA.  Since then, WIFM has experienced dramatic growth in both female and male membership and collocated its annual meeting with the AFLA conference in 2012, which have grown in popularity to be standing-room only events.

According to Edwards, who serves as senior vice president, Client Success for LeasePlan USA, the goal is to provide the same services offered in the U.S. to women fleet professionals in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Edwards’ vision is for WIFM to continue to its ongoing “growth and engagement” by offering its services to  women fleet professionals around the world.

“WIFM leaders have discussed taking the group global and creating ties with women’s fleet organizations elsewhere in the world,” said Edwards. In May 2019, Edwards gave an extremely well-received keynote address on “Women in Fleet Management” at the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.  

AfMA is partnered with AFLA in Global Fleet Networking Consortium, which is also comprised of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) in the UK, the Mexican Vehicle Leasing Association (AMAV) in Mexico, and the China Road Transport Association (CRTA) in China.

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Corporate social responsibility is a key factor in motivating corporate sustainability programs. Fleet plays an important role in projecting good corporate citizenship.

Clearly aligning a fleet policy with the corporate sustainability strategy is a requirement. Governmental regulations, employee and client perceptions of a company’s attitude toward the environment are sometimes driving fleets to move quicker than the budgets or fleet policies that are in place.

“Fleets must consider more eco-friendly vehicles when procuring new vehicles and incorporate reduced emissions and fuel consumption into the overall fleet strategy, but this requires alignment with policy and budget owners who may be less interested in sustainability,” said Sheri Hardesty, global fleet leader at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). “If your company provides workplace charging to attract and retain progressive employees or to enhance a company’s image or gain points toward LEED certification, the facilities team may be responsible for the installation of the stations, but ultimately the fleet manager will need to deal with challenges of utilization.”

Other additional factors still need to be addressed when implementing a fleet sustainability initiative, such as a unit’s total cost of ownership, employee reimbursement of electricity charges, and reduced cargo-carrying capacity.

“Unfortunately, the commercial vehicle product development cycle is lagging behind the light-duty sector, but progress is being made,” said Steven LaPorte, vice president, transportation & engineering at Iron Mountain Information Management Services, Inc. in Boston, Mass. “The challenges for the fleet manager are generally two-fold — calculating a TCO when you do not have a history of maintenance expense as a reference, and more importantly, have no residual value assumption to apply because of very limited and relatively illiquid secondary market.”

Due to the initial acquisition cost of many alt-fuel vehicles to either acquire new unit or retrofit an existing unit, it is necessary to receive financial incentives from the government to justify the lifecycle cost of these vehicles.

However, as has been shown over the past several decades, these incentives will fluctuate or may expire without being renewed.

“Currently, government subsidies are an absolute necessity to make financial sense when acquiring an alt-fuel vehicle, but these are administered at the state level, with each state enforcing their own individual requirements, processes, and agencies. For a national fleet, this quilt-work makes it exceptionally difficult to develop a coherent strategy when attempting to employ alt-fuel vehicles in multiple markets,” said LaPorte. “As an example, one of the more common requirements mandates the complete retirement of an older existing vehicle, meaning you have to drill the block, thus forfeiting residual fair market value (FMV) for that vehicle unless you have a very poor vehicle to sacrifice. This further adds to the administrative complexity and the TCO.”

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General Motors announced it is introducing an all-new GMC Hummer electric vehicle.

According to the automaker, they will unveil the vehicle during a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl titled “Quiet Revolution.”

GM said the Hummer EV will feature 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque and go 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds.

“GMC builds premium and capable trucks and SUVs and the GMC HUMMER EV takes this to new heights,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “We are excited to debut our revolutionary zero-emissions truck during the biggest night in TV advertising.”

The vehicle will be revealed on May 20, 2020 and built at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Earlier this week, GM announced a $2.2 billion investment into the assembly plant, making it the company’s first plant fully devoted to making electric vehicles.

The announcement comes more than a year after the company announced it would shutter the plant as part of restructuring. It was expected to close in January but was saved as part of the new 4-year contract with the UAW signed last fall.

The Hummer EV commercial will air during the second quarter of the Super Bowl and will highlight the performance of GMC’s all-electric super truck.

GM hasn’t made the Hummer since 2009 after declaring bankruptcy and discontinuing the brand. It was originally created by American Motors, and GM eventually began making them with AM for the military. The first civilian version of the Hummer came in 1992.

Source: wxyz.com

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