Report: Cadillac Offering Buyouts to 40 Percent of its Dealerships

A recent report from Automotive News is stating that Cadillac is offering to buy out four hundred small U.S. dealerships. The report also states that the conditions are that dealers who are willing to walk away from their franchises will receive between $100,000 and $180,000. However this buyout package is only being offered to dealerships that sold fewer than fifty new retail vehicles last year.

Report: Cadillac Offering Buyouts to 40 Percent of its Dealerships

FMCSA issues final rule on windshield-mounted technologies

Vehicular safety regulations are set by the federal organization FMSCA. This September, FMSCA released a new ruling relating to mounting devices on windshields. The new ruling allows such device within any commercial motor vehicle. The devices are allowed to placed on the windshield, in the area where wipers pass. Importantly, any windshield-mounted devices must use vehicle safety technology.

FMCSA issues final rule on windshield-mounted technologies –VehicleServicePros.com/12260925 @FMCSA

Safety Tip: Avoiding Deer-Vehicle Crashes

Have you ever had to avoid a collision with a large animal on the road? Fall is mating season for many large animals, including deer, elk and moose. Many more of these animals can be found on our roads and represent significant risks for drivers. In this WorkTruck blog, State Farm gives several points of advice to stay safe and avoid collisions with large animals.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to State Farm’s most recent data, the top five states in which a driver is most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk, or moose are West Virginia (one in 41 chance), Montana (one in 58), Pennsylvania (one in 67), Iowa (one in 68), and South Dakota (one in 70).
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Avoid distractions, such as devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal.

“According to State Farm’s most recent data, the top five states in which a driver is most likely to have a claim from a collision with a deer, elk, or moose are West Virginia (one in 41 chance), Montana (one in 58), Pennsylvania (one in 67), Iowa (one in 68), and South Dakota (one in 70).”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/09/safety-tip-avoiding-deer-vehicle-crashes.aspx

Properly inspecting wheel end caps

Preventing wheel off situations is critical to passenger safety and should be a top priority of shop technicians. Darry Stuart, President/CEO of DWS Fleet Management Services provides suggestions in how to properly inspect the wheel end caps and avoid meeting attorneys.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is no question that in the past few years, there has been tremendous energy placed on wheel off situations and maintenance to prevent devastating situations.
  • Most maintenance shop personnel overlook hubcaps for intended usage. When the lenses are stained from age or the using gear oil, there is a tendency to overlook it and ignore the replacement of the cap or lenses.
  • So when we lose a wheel end, the general answer is the bearing failed, hiding that there was failure for lack of lubricate.

“I would suggest a review of your company procedures in this area. Determine what is really going on, and do not rely on the drivers to alert you that the caps are dirty or the plugs are too hard to remove”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/properly-inspecting-wheel-end-caps/

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Unveiled With 335 HP

Mercedes Benz unveiled a sleek new electric work truck. The truck’s electric engine creates 335 horsepower allowing the truck to carry 26 metric tons of goods. However, the traditional gas powered trucks are not dead yet, as this truck has a limited range that will keep it in a relatively small area and prevent it from being used for long haul trucking. Still this truck may be just the first step in an eventual move to autonomous trucking.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Unveiled With 335 HP

What to know about tires and 6×2 configurations

When it comes to tires and different configurations there are many different things that you should know. Recently a lot of commercial fleets are looking into benefits of specifying new tractors with a 6×2 configuration. Standard 6×4 has three axles and six wheel-end with both axles having driven axles. The new 6×2 has three axles and six wheel ends with only one of the axles being driven.

Key Takeaways:

  • 6×2 Configuration is more fuel efficient, and increases the lifespan of the tires.
  • 6×2 may not be right for your fleet, depending on region and weather/season.
  • Conducting your own internal investigation will help you determine if 6×2 configuration is a safe and money saving solution.

“It’s all about reduced vehicle weight (about 400 lbs.), reduced energy losses through friction and improved fuel economy.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/tires-6×2-configurations-2/

The challenge of reducing service wait times

One of the most important things when it comes to an individual truck’s profitability is the fact of the amount of time that is spent on the road doing its job. When a truck needs service it needs it done right but expediently. A big step that comes with the reducing of downtime for Mack is something that comes through Certified Uptime Centers. These centers have been implemented this year.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important things for an individual truck’s profitability is the amount of time that it spends on the road doing its job.
  • When a truck needs service it needs to be done right as well as another key factor being that the service needs to be done very expediently.
  • The next step that was taken in reducing downtime for Mack came in the form of Certified Uptime Centers that they introduced back in 2015.

“In Daimler’s case, the program is known as Elite Support, and is comprised of a dealer certification process of more 120 different criteria, developed collaboratively between dealers and an internal Daimler panel.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/challenge-reducing-wait-times/

Watch 14 Scania Trucks Keep Time as a Giant, Working Clock

Swedish truck maker Scania combined fourteen trucks with trailers to create a 750,000 square foot, fully functional clock on an abandoned airfield. The clock was filmed from multiple angles over a twenty-four hour period, resulting in video that can run continuously. It took a team of drivers working in sync to make the second, minute, and hour hands function seamlessly.

Watch 14 Scania Trucks Keep Time as a Giant, Working Clock

NYPD Receives First Shipment of 100 Smart Cars

Recently the NYPD received its very first shipment of smart cars. The NYPD now have 100 smart cars with another 150 already ordered. Initially the NYPD did a pilot program using Smart Fortwos for parking enforcement. The Smart Fortwos are a great pick for the bureau who previously relied upon three wheeled motorbikes because they offer air conditioning and they hold police gear and radio equipment.

NYPD Receives First Shipment of 100 Smart Cars

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