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June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Prices Titan King Cab Pickups

Photo of 2017 Titan King Cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has begun selling Titan and Titan XD King Cab pickups for at least $33,745 and $34,755 respectively as the extended cab pickups complete a trio of cab configurations.

Tags: Nissan Titan, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Nissan, Nissan Titan XD, Pricing

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups

June 7, 2017 - Press Release

State Fleet Managers Workshop to Focus on the Future of Fleet Management

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators' 2017 State Fleet Managers Workshop is themed “Connecting Your Fleet to the Future” and will feature sessions focused on autonomous vehicles — cybersecurity, infrastructure, and liability.

Tags: NCSFA, Industry Event, Autonomous Vehicles

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Elected Leaders, CAFE Standards, Michigan

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Explains Ioniq Roll-Out Strategy

Phot of Hyundai's Ioniq Electric by Vince Taroc.

Hyundai has started selling two of its three 2017 Ioniq models with a roll-out strategy that prioritizes zero-emissions states with the battery-electric model.

Tags: Hyundai, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hyundai Ioniq

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

Tags: Diesel Engines, General Motors, Lawsuits, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Next-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Starts at $24,550

Photo of 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz has reduced the price of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive by $1,200 to $24,550 for a battery EV that increases range and decreases charging time as it enters its fourth generation.

Tags: Smart Fortwo, Pricing, Subcompact Cars, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2017-MY

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Tests Autonomous Refuse Truck

Photo courtesy of Volvo Group

Volvo Group and Renova are testing an autonomous refuse truck that has the potential to be used in an urban environment.

Tags: Volvo Group, Refuse Fleets, Autonomous Vehicles

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Hoping to End Diesel Dispute with Regulators

Photo of 3.0L V-6 diesel courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has applied for certification for its diesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and intends to modify the emissions software of current models to resolve a dispute with regulators.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Ram 1500, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Teases Next-Gen Leaf

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's next-generation battery-electric Leaf will provide "intelligent zero-emissions mobility," the company said ahead of the vehicle's introduction later this year.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Updates F-150 Styling for 2018

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Ford is updating the styling on its F-150 for the 2018 model year to give its half-ton pickup a more "confident and capable" look, Ford has announced. Ford previously announced details about the new engine lineup for the 2018 F-150.

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

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Offers Wide Steer Axle for Vocational Lineup

Photo courtesy of Peterbilt.

Peterbilt has added the Paccar 20,000- and 22,000-pound wide track steer axles to its vocational lineup, the company announced.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Axles, Vocational Trucks

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Three Model 520 Configurations, Shows Electric Demo

Photo by Peterbilt.

Peterbilt showcased three new cab configurations of the Model 520 refuse truck and displayed a battery-electric demo version at the WasteExpo 2017 show in New Orleans.

Tags: Peterbilt, Refuse Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Model 520, Ergonomics

May 9, 2017 - Product News

Mack Offers LR Model in 4x2 Configuration

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks' low-entry refuse cabover, the Mack LR, is now being offered in a 4x2 configuration as a lighter, more maneuverable option for refuse collection.

Tags: Telematics, Mack Trucks, Refuse Fleets, Drivetrains

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Sets 2018-MY Regional Fleet Previews

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has scheduled 24 regional fleet previews from May 9 to June 29 to showcase its 2018 model year lineup to fleet professionals, the company announced.

Tags: 2018-MY, Fleet Previews, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Jeep Compass

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Decline 12% in April

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

Vehicle manufacturers sold 12.2% fewer cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs to rental, commercial, and government fleet buyers in April compared to a year ago in what has become a softening market for new vehicle sales.

Tags: Fleet Sales, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Car Rental

May 4, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni Honors 6 Companies with Aspire Program Award

2016 Aspire Program awardees left to right: Dave Merrow, president of Heavy Duty Lift & Equipment; Jean Dellamore, president of Stertil-Koni; Phillippe and Joe Palma, of Novaquip; Larry Morgan, with Hoffman Services; John Campbell of Power Washer Sales, Gary Vermeulen, president of Westvac International  and Mark Friess with Heavy Lift Systems (photo courtesy of Steril-Koni)

Heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni announced that six distributors in its North American network have earned the company’s first-ever Aspire Program awards.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Awards, Steril-Koni, Shop Equipment

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Pierce Introduces New Aerial Apparatus

Pierce Manufacturing introduced four all-new Piece Ascendant aerial apparatus configurations, including 107-foot single rear axle aerial ladder, a 107-foot tandem rear axle aerial ladder, a 107-foot tractor-drawn aerial, and a 110-foot single rear axle aerial platform. Photo courtesy of Pierce

Pierce Manufacturing introduced all-new Pierce Ascendant aerial apparatus configurations, including a 107-foot tandem rear axle aerial ladder, a 107-foot tractor drawn aerial, and a 110-foot single rear axle quint aerial platform.

Tags: Fire Trucks, First Responders, Pierce Manufacturing

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Sets Police Vehicle Unveiling

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has scheduled an unveiling event of a concept police vehicle at the 2017 NAFA Institute & Expo in Tampa, Fla., that runs from April 25 to 28, the company announced.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Ford, NAFA Institute & Expo

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Introduces PHEV, EV Under Clarity Nameplate

Photo of 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid courtesy of Honda.

Honda will ship the 2017 Clarity Electric and 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid later this year to dealers as part of an ambitious roll-out of green vehicles in the company's bid to sell two-thirds of its vehicles with electrified powertrains by 2030, the company announced at the New York International Auto Show.

Tags: Honda, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, New York Auto Show, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2017-MY, 2018-MY

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Workhorse W-15

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Unveils 2018 F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicles

Photo of 2018 F-150 SSV courtesy of Ford

Both models feature high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats, and 10-speed column-mounted shifters.

Tags: Ford F-150, Police Vehicles, Ford, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Decline 13% in March

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Sales of vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government fleets declined 13.1% to 279,063 in March and remain negative for the first quarter in the three segments, according to Automotive Fleet data and the Detroit Three.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Passenger Cars, Police Vehicles, Pickup Trucks, Full-Size Vans, Ford, General Motors, FCA, Car Rental

March 22, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Recalls Reach 53.2 Million in 2016

Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles last year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 51.2 million vehicles were affected by recalls.

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, Safety

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