VW to Offer Generous Compensation to Diesel Owners

 
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February 9, 2016
<p><em>In hopes of developing new strategies to reduce&nbsp;crash injuries and deaths, NHTSA this year is holding a series of summits. Photo courtesy of NHTSA.</em></p> Road Deaths Spike in 2015

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. climbed during the first three quarters of last year, according to estimates in a newly released NHTSA report.


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<p><em>Photo courtesy of VW.</em></p> VW to Offer Generous Compensation to Diesel Owners

Volkswagen is planning to offer generous compensation packages to about 600,000 U.S. owners of its clean diesel vehicles that are over the legal limit for tailpipe emissions, a company representative told a German newspaper.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.</em></p> Gasoline Falls to $1.75 Per Gallon

Gasoline prices continued their free-fall in February as the national average price dropped 6.3 cents to $1.759 for the week ending Feb. 8 due to falling oil prices now hovering between $31 and $34, federal records show.



<p><em>All states except New Hampshire have a seat belt law, but only 34 states and Washington, D.C., allow primary enforcement of their seat belt laws. Photo courtesy of NHTSA.</em></p> 10 States Draw Top Scores for Traffic Safety Laws

A new report from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recommends 15 traffic safety laws and scores all 50 states based primarily on how many of these laws they've already adopted.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of Toyota.</em></p> Toyota Teases Tacoma Debut in Chicago

Toyota has released an image of a grille from its Tacoma mid-size pickup and announcement that it's planning a "hot debut" at the Chicago Auto Show.


<p><em>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</em></p> Open-End Versus Closed-End Leasing

Choosing a leasing instrument during the procurement process is a vital aspect of fleet management that requires consideration of costs, utilization, and remarketing scenarios.


<p><em>Photo via iStockphoto.com.</em></p> 8 Trends in Commercial Fleet Policies

The No. 1 priority for commercial fleets was risk and safety in 2015. The No. 2 priority was data management, whose dramatic spike in interest is attributed to the increased involvement by procurement and finance in fleet management.


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