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2013-01-24

TRUCKMAKERS NEWS * USA

* New Jersey - Mitsubishi Fuso introduces side-mounted tank


Logan Township,NJ,USA -Fleet Owner -Jan. 24, 2013: -- Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) has introduced a new side-mounted fuel tank option. The 33-gal. tank is available on 2013 Canter FEs... MFTA said the tank is mounted on the outside of the frame rail on the left side of the cab-chassis. The optional side-mounted tank replaces the standard 30-gal. tank located between the frame rails aft of the rear axle... The replacement side fuel tank is a no-cost option available on all Fuso Canter FE125, FE160 (both single- and crew-cab) and FE180 models except those with the shortest 110.2-in. wheelbase...


* Colorado - University repowering medium-duties with hydraulic hybrids 

 Denver,COL,USA -Fleet Owner -Jan. 23, 2013: -- Colorado State University (CSU) has announced it will retrofit two 2012 GMC internal-delivery campus trucks with fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid systems,, paid for by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office... Colorado State has selected Lightning Hybrids LLC to provide the systems. The university said the hybrid systems will save up to $1,700 a year for each truck in fuel and maintenance costs... These trucks deliver up to 40% better fuel economy than non-hybrids because they regenerate braking energy, according to Lightning Hybrids. In addition, the vehicles produce lower emissions, furthering CSU’s clean and sustainable initiatives...


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* DC - GM Recalls 2013 Chevy Express, GMC Savana Vans for potential rollaway problem

(Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger)
Washington,DC,USA -The Car Connection, by Suzanne Kane -Jan 24, 2013: -- General Motors is recalling certain 2013 model year Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana large vans for a potential rollaway problem linked to an issue with ignition interlock systems... A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 980... According to GM documentation (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, these vehicles have a condition where the ignition key can be removed from the ignition when it is not in the OFF position. “This could allow theft of the vehicle or unintended movement of the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash”...

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