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Volkswagen on Pace to Return to Pre-Scandal Sales

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German automaker Volkswagen is on pace is on pace to return to pre-scandal numbers as its U.S. sales continue to trend up. Reports indicate the automaker’s year to date sales were up 6 percent through July, despite a 1.6 decrease in the industry as a whole. With about 215,800 vehicles sold, Volkswagen is on sale […]

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Kia Will Recall More than 30,000 Telluride Vehicles

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Kia announced it will recall more than 30,000 Telluride vehicles due to incorrect seat belt assemblies. According to reports, faulty assemblies in the passenger seat as well as the second and third rows are the reason for the recall. The seatbelts in question were not equipped with an automatic locking retractor, which could prevent child […]

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API, ILSAC to Begin Licensing New Standards in 2020

The International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee (ILSAC) and American Petroleum Institute (API) will begin licensed sale of oils meeting new GF-6 and SP classifications in May 2020. The new classifications will replace the current API SN and ILSAC GF-5 standards, both of which have been in place since 2010. The API added an SN+ sub-classification […]

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Retailers Agree to $1.7 Million Super S SuperTrac 303 Settlement

Two retail chains have agreed to a $1.7 million class action settlement related to the sale of Super S SuperTrac 303 tractor fluid. According to reports, Smitty’s Supply and Tractor Supply have settled with Missouri-based purchasers of the controversial tractor fluid. The plaintiffs alleged the product was deceptively manufactured, marketed and labeled, and that use […]

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Mines in Mexico, Australia Set to Re-Open

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Two well known mines are set to re-open after long periods of inactivity. In Mexico, the San Martin Mine, located in the northern state of Zacatecas, will resume operation after an 11-year worker strike.  The mine is believed to hold as much as 17 million tons of zinc, silver, lead, copper and gold.  According to […]

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ATA Calls Rhode Island Tolls ‘Unconstitutional’

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The American Trucking Association (ATA) and three carriers have filed suit against the state of Rhode Island, claiming its tolls that target only commercial trucks are unconstitutional. According to its website, the ATA is joined by Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services Inc. and New England Motor Freight in claiming the truck only tolls that […]

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Meeting the Challenges of Commercial Fleet Management

From repairs to logistics and everything in between, maintaining a commercial fleet presents a huge range of challenges that can trip up even the most experienced professionals. Fleets have many moving parts to maintain and new technology has made maintenance even more difficult. According to Greg Wyatt, Commercial Fleet Manager for PetroChoice, the most important […]

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Autonomous Mine Trains OK’d in Australia

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Will autonomous material transportation become part of the mining industry?  One Australian mining company is already on the way to making it happen. According to reports in “Smartrail World” and “Business Insider,” Australia’s National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has officially approved the AutoHaul technology that mining company Rio Tinto used to complete a 62 mile […]

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With ILSAC GF-6 Years Away, New API Oil Classification Aims to Curb LSPI

Products with the American Petroleum Institute (API)’s newest passenger car motor oil classification, API SN Plus, have begun to hit the market. The new sub-classification was proposed in November 2017 at a meeting of the group’s lubricant division in Detroit.  Licensing for the new classification began on May 1 and any marketer who wants to […]

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Testing, Awareness Vital in Avoiding Coolant Problems

Avoiding common mistakes and regular testing can extend the life of coolants and keep engines running longer and stronger. Heating systems, cooling towers, on-highway vehicles, off-highway vehicles and most other systems use some form of antifreeze.  Despite its name, antifreeze serves as a coolant in these applications as well as a freeze preventative. All commercial […]

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