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October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Express Van Adds Fleet-Oriented Options for 2018

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will offer four new option packages with its 2018 Express full-size van based on feedback from fleet and other commercial purchasers, the company has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cargo Vans, Chevrolet Express, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Launch 20 EVs by 2023

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors will add two battery-electric vehicles to its lineup in the next 18 months as part of its plan to roll out 20 such vehicles by 2023, the company has announced.

Tags: General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 4/5 Silverados

Photo by Paul Clinton

Chevrolet will offer Class 4 and 5 versions of its Silverado for commercial users in fields such as construction, utility services, and first responders, the company announced at the Texas Auto Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, General Motors, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks, Texas Auto Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Gives Glimpse of Next Sprinter Van

Sketch of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Vans showed an early look at its next-generation Sprinter full-size van that it will launch in Europe by July 1 and roll out to the U.S. and other markets later in 2018.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Severe-Duty Vocational Options

Freightliner launched its severe-duty product line in 2011, and has since expanded the line with product enhancements and additional options. Photo: Daimler

New product options include the Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) automatic transmission, LifeGuard RollTek seats, improved routing and clipping, LED headlights in the M2 106 and M2 112, Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring, and the 122SD auto hauler package.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler, Vocational Trucks, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, LED Lighting, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 25, 2017 - Product News

International HV Series Debuts for Severe Service Market at NACV

The hood and grille may be the same, but the HV was redesigned from the inside out. Photo: Evan Lockridge

International Truck Monday increased its offerings for the vocational market, launching the International HV Series and announcing enhancements to its HX Series, at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: International Trucks, Vocational Trucks, NACV Show

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, FCA, Ram 2500, Ram Chassis Cab, Ram 3500

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Nissan Leaf Adds Range, Cuts Price

Photo of the 2018 Leaf courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's Leaf 2.0 arrives for 2018 with a 40% increase in range to 150 miles paired with a price cut of $690 to $29,990, as it now faces increasing competition from Tesla and Chevrolet to deliver more affordable, higher-range battery-electric vehicles.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2018-MY

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Adds Fleet-Only Options for 2018

Photo of the 2018 Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has added fleet-only options for several of its vehicles for the 2018 model year, including the Ram 1500 pickup, ProMaster City compact van, and Jeep Compass.

Tags: Jeep Compass, Ram 1500, 2018-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Ram ProMaster City, Paratransit

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

Colo. DOT Debuts Self-Driving Work Zone Vehicle

Photo courtesy of Colorado DOT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled the world's first self-driving work zone vehicle designed to improve safety for road maintenance crews. The vehicle is positioned behind road construction crews to protect workers from the traveling public.

Tags: Colorado, Autonomous Vehicles

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Refuse Trucks Headed to Los Angeles

Image courtsy of Motiv

Motiv Power Systems announced an order for two battery-electric refuse trucks by the City of Los Angeles' Sanitation Department.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Chevy Equinox MPG, Range Revealed

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's diesel-powered 2018 Equinox compact SUV has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency to achieve 39 miles per gallon in highway driving, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, Diesel Engines, Compact SUVs, 2018-MY, Chevrolet

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Boosts 3500's Tow Rating with Fifth-Wheel Option

Photo of 2018 Ram 3500 courtesy of FCA.

Ram has increased the towing capability of its 3500 Heavy Duty pickup for the 2018 model year by offering a fifth-wheel option that would boost the maximum trailer weight rating to 30,000 pounds, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Towing, Ram 3500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Cummins, Ram Truck

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

2018 F-150 Adds Power, Payload Capability

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has boosted the power and efficiency of its F-150 engines for the 2018 model year with improvements that increase payload, towing capability, and fuel economy, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Array of Fleet-Only SUV Options

Photo of 2018 EcoSport courtesy of Ford.

Ford has made minor changes to the optional equipment packages offered to fleets for the 2018 model-year, and will continue to offer an array of optional equipment for its increasingly popular utility vehicles, including the new 2018 EcoSport.

Tags: Ford, 2018-MY, Optional Equipment, Compact SUVs, Ford EcoSport

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Adds Fleet Options for 2018-MY

Photo of Chevrolet's Low Cab Forward trucks courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet is rolling out an array of new vehicle options for its fleet customers for the 2018 model year on a trio of utility vehicles, cars, and its low cab forward trucks, the company told Automotive Fleet.com.

Tags: General Motors, Chevrolet, 2018-MY, Optional Equipment, Cabovers, Chevrolet Equinox

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Las Vegas Pilots Connected Vehicle Technology

City of Las Vegas fleet vehicles are being installed with the vehicle-to-city communication technology. Photo courtesy of City of Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas is piloting a connected vehicle project using its fleet cars in an effort to increase pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

Tags: Pilot Program, Connected Vehicle Technology, City of Las Vegas

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Bollinger Motors Unveils Electric Utility Truck

Photo of B1 courtesy of Bollinger.

Hobart, New York-based Bollinger Motors has unveiled its battery-electric B1 utility truck that the company says would be a fit for tradespeople, construction companies, and government fleets.

Tags: Bollinger Motors, Off-Road Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

FCA to Restart Sales of Diesel Ram 1500

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc.

Fiat Chrysler can begin selling diesel-powered versions of its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, after receiving approval from state and federal environmental regulators.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Engines, EPA, 2017-MY, FCA, FCA Diesel Scandal

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

Pierce Introduces High Flow Fire Apparatus

Photo courtesy of Pierce

The new Pierce High Flow Industrial Apparatus is capable of flowing 5,500 gallons per minute when drafting and up to 10,000 gallons per minute when drawing from a pressurized water source.

Tags: fire apparatus, First Responders, Pierce Manufacturing

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Work Trucks

Timeline courtesy of Ford.

Ford is celebrating the centennial of its first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Model TT, which eventually led to the company producing many iconic work trucks, including the F-Series that has been the best-selling truck lineup for 35 years.

Tags: Company Anniversaries, Ford, Large Pickups, Automotive History, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-Series

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Autonomous Automaker NAVYA to Open Michigan Plant

Photo via NAVYA

The autonomous vehicle automaker NAVYA announced it will locate its first U.S. plant in Saline, Mich., and plans to build approximately 25 of its ARMA fully autonomous shuttle vehicles at the plant before the close of 2017.

Tags: transit vehicle, Autonomous Vehicles, NAVYA

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers More 2018-MY Incentives

Photo of E-450 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added fleet incentives for 11 additional 2018 model-year vehicles, including its E-450 cutaway and stripped chassis van, as well as its police lineup.

Tags: Fleet Incentives, Ford, 2018-MY

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Ridgeline Returns for 2018 with Few Tweaks

Photo of 2018 Ridgeline Sport courtesy of Honda.

Honda's 2018 Ridgeline adds $155 to its base price and will offer a few minor tweaks including a streamlined trim walk from 12 to nine and new exterior colors, Honda has announced.

Tags: Honda, Honda Ridgeline, 2018-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Reveals F-150 Police Responder

Photo courtesy of Ford

Ford is revealing the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder. The all-terrain law enforcement vehicle is ideal for off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Ford, Ford F-150 Responder, Ford F-150, Large Pickups

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