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January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Diesel Emissions, EPA, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders, Trends

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Image: Ford.

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Ford Bronco, 2020-MY

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Jeep, FCA, Assembly Plants, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Jeep Wagoneer, Large SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Detroit Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Adds Crash-Avoidance Tech

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Traverse courtesy of GM.

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse enters its second generation after nine model years as a more connected mid-size SUV with additional safety features, such as adaptive crash avoidance, GM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Traverse, General Motors, Mid-Size SUVs, 2018-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 8, 2017 - Industry News

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford F-150, Diesel Engines, Ford, Large Pickups, Detroit Auto Show, 2018-MY

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 4G LTE Hotspot, In-Vehicle Gas Purchasing

Photo of ExxonMobile's Speedpass+ app on a touchscreen courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 2018 model-year models, offer an app that allows drivers to pay for gas without leaving their car, and roll out an updated SYNC 3 infotainment system that integrates smartphone apps, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Mobile Apps, Exxon Mobil, Wi-Fi, Infotainment Systems, Connected Car

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Super Duty's Tech Boosts Sales

2017 F-250 Super Duty 4X4 Crew Cab Lariat (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Just three months into its launch, the 2017 Ford Super Duty's "smart technology" features have driven total nameplate sales up 24% for November.

Tags: Truck Sales, Ford Super Duty, Towing, Large Pickups

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Most Diesel Pickups Cost More to Operate

Photo of Transit T350 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

More than 90% of the 272 diesel-powered pickups on the market cost more to operate than their gasoline counterparts, while nine diesel passenger cars had a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), according to new data from Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Diesel Engines, TCO, Ford Transit, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Prices 2017 NV Vans, Updates V-8

Photo of 2017 NV courtesy of Nissan.

The 2017 Nissan NV will offer the 5.6L Endurance gasoline engine that debuted with the Titan XD. Pricing for the base NV cargo van increases by $1,190.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Pricing, Nissan NV, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Vans, 2017-MY

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Donald Trump

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Elio Personal Transportation Vehicle May Reach Fleets

Elio Motors debuted its E1c engineering vehicle during the L.A. Auto Show. The production model is expected to go on sale to consumers and fleets in late 2017. Photo: Chris Wolski

Elio Motors’ E-Series, a three-wheel, two-person personal transportation vehicles, is a step closer to production reality, according to the company.

Tags: L.A. Auto Show, Elio Motors, Personal Transport Vehicle

November 16, 2016 - Industry News

Hyundai Offers Subscription-Based Vehicle Ownership

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Electric courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai will offer a subscription-based approach to vehicle ownership with its 2017 Ioniq Electric sedan that will allow customers to acquire the vehicle for a fixed monthly fee that covers all costs of ownership, Hyundai announced ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Hyundai, Total Cost of Ownership, L.A. Auto Show, Preventative Maintenance, Battery-Electric Vehicles, 2017-MY, Hyundai Ioniq, Dealers, Carsharing

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

North American Car, Truck of the Year Finalists Named

Photo of 2017 F-350 King Ranch courtesy of Ford.

Ford's redesigned F-Series Super Duty and Chevrolet's new battery-electric Bolt EV will compete as finalists for North American car and truck of the year, according to a group of automotive journalists who judge the annual awards.

Tags: North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, Awards

November 11, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan's Single Cab Titan Trucks Priced

Photo of 2017 Nissan Titan Single Cab by Paul Clinton.

Nissan has begun selling Single Cab versions of its Titan XD and Titan pickups for a starting price of $30,775, Nissan has announced.

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

November 11, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan's 2017 LEAF Goes on Sale

Photo of 2017 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has begun selling its 2017 LEAF as a carryover model, following a 2016-model-year update, for at least $31,545, which marks a $1,670 increase for the base model.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, 2017-MY, Pricing, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Tests Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Truck

The ZH2 shares several components with the production Colorado, including the cab, doors, and roof. The standard Colorado production cab was moved back 125mm to accommodate 37-inch off-road tires. (Photo courtesy of General Motors)

The ZH2, powered by GM’s Hydrotec fuel cell technology, was unveiled to the auto industry at the 2016 SEMA show. In addition, Chevrolet recently developed new off-road test areas at General Motors’ Yuma, Ariz., Proving Ground.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, General Motors, Military Trucks, Chevrolet ZH2, Hydrotec, Fuel Cell Trucks

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Developing Evasive Steering, Wrong-Way Alert

Photo of wrong-way alert courtesy of Ford.

Ford is developing several next-generation driver-assisting technologies, including evasive steering that can steer the vehicle away from a collision if the driver doesn't respond and an alert that recognizes when a driver is heading the wrong direction on a road.

Tags: Safety Technology, Ford, Steering

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

GM's Duramax 6.6L Boosts Capability, Resale Value

Photo by Chris Wolski.

GM’s redesigned Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel offers a number of advantages to fleets including increased horsepower and torque, and fleets are showing interest in the new engine, which will be available in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

Tags: General Motors, Chevrolet SIlverado HD, Diesel Engines, Duramax

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Large Pickups, Vehicle Production

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

'Parts Issues' Slow Super Duty Rollout

Photo of F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

Unspecified "parts issues" slowed shipments of Ford's 2017 Super Duty pickups in late summer, but Ford is ironing out these issues at its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, according to a union official.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Assembly Plants

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Details All-New Class 6 FTR

Isuzu's new Class 6 entry to the medium-duty truck market, the FTR. (Photo courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America).

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. announced key specifications of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment, the 2018 Isuzu FTR

Tags: ICTA, Isuzu FTR, Class 6, New Trucks, Isuzu

September 30, 2016 - Industry News

GM Redesigns Duramax 6.6L for 2017 Silverado, Sierra

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

GM has announced that a newly redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD and Sierra HD. The engine features a new air intake system and an enhanced oiling circuit.

Tags: Chevrolet, Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Silverado, 2017-MY, GMC Sierra

September 23, 2016 - Industry News

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Adds Turbo, Diesel Engines

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's 2018 Equinox will add a pair of turbo-charged four-cylinder engines and an optional turbo-diesel as the compact SUV enters its third generation.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Equinox, General Motors, Compact SUVs, 2018-MY

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