Ryder Upgrades Its Rental Fleet

Ryder System Inc., a provider of commercial truck rental, leasing and transportation solutions, is expanding and refreshing its North American rental fleet with 6,700 new trucks, tractors, trailers and vans to meet accelerating demand as the economy continues to rebound. The new vehicles, which represent multiple classes of tractors, trailers, refrigerated equipment, box trucks, and light-duty vans, will expand Ryder’s commercial rental fleet and replace older model vehicles that are being retired.

The 2011 refresh adds to the recent infusion of 4,900 new vehicles introduced in 2010 to accommodate anticipated economic growth. Together, the nearly 12,000 new vehicles raise the percentage of model-year-2010 or newer vehicles in the fleet to more than 40% and the total fleet count to nearly 30,000.

“Together, the 2010 and 2011 fleet expansions will provide our customers with greater availability of all classes, including Ryder’s Light Duty MetroVan,” says Mark Cicchini, vice president of rental for Ryder. “We’ve also added more refrigerated equipment to help our customers comply with recent FDA Food Safety Modernization legislation and more environmentally-friendly emissions standards in certain regions.”

All of the model-year-2010 or newer vehicles comply with the latest EPA 2010 emissions standards.

Ryder has begun integrating the new equipment into its fleet and will continue to roll out new vehicles through April of this year. As vehicles are retired from Ryder’s rental fleet, they will become part of the company’s used vehicle inventory.

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