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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

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Two Peterbilt Models Eligible for HVIP

Image of Peterbilt Model 320 courtesy of Peterbilt.

The Peterbilt Models 520 and 320 equipped with the Cummins ISL-G Near Zero engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

Tags: Peterbilt, HVIP, Model 320, Model 520, ISL-G

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu Sets Production, Ordering for Class 6 Cabover

Photo of FTR cabovers courtesy of ICTA.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin production of its 2018 FTR Class 6 cabover in May and start taking orders for the medium-duty truck in April, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Class 6, Manufacturing, Cabovers, Order to Delivery, Isuzu FTR, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Updates Transit Van for 2018

Photo of 2017 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford added several new features and new optional equipment to its Transit full-size van for the 2018 model year, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY, Mid-Cycle Refresh

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet's New Medium-Duty Truck to Get Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission

Photo of Duramax engine assembly courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's medium-duty truck will pair a Duramax diesel engine with an Allison transmission and will arrive in 2018, General Motors announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Class 5, Allison Transmission, Class 4

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Lightweighting, Cabovers, Model 220, Work Truck Show

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cabovers, 2018-MY, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Isuzu FTR

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Receives 2,000-Plus Letters of Intent

Photo courtesy of Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. announced it has received Letters of Intent from fleets totaling 2,150 of the Workhorse W-15 electric pickup trucks, from such companies as Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Clean Fuels Ohio.

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Press Release

Clean Fuels Ohio to Help Deploy 500 Workhorse Electric Pickup Trucks

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Sets 2018-MY Order Dates

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly in Michgan that produces the Ram 1500 quad and crew cabs courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has set the dates for when it will begin taking orders for 2018 model year vehicles, which will begin in May and run through September for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models.

Tags: Order to Delivery, 2018-MY, FCA

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has set dates for when it will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles and has set order-cutoff dates for its lineup of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles through August.

Tags: Procurement, Order to Delivery, 2017-MY, FCA

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups, Chicago Auto Show

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Lighter, More Powerful Ford Expedition Arrives for 2018

Photo of 2018 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2018 Expedition will enter its fourth generation with a more powerful V-6 engine, lighter-weight body and frame, and an array of technology upgrades such as onboard Wi-Fi, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more connectivity.

Tags: Ford, Chicago Auto Show, Large SUVs, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY

February 3, 2017 - Press Release

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Kenworth, Procurement, NJPA, NJPA contract, Cooperative Procurement

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Decline in January Across the Board

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

Sales of fleet vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government buyers slipped lower in January, despite year-over-year growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to the automakers and Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Procurement, Fleet Sales, General Motors, Ford, Large Pickups

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, OBDII Device, Wi-Fi

January 26, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Ioniq Availability Announced

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai will begin selling its gasoline-electric hybrid and battery-electric 2017 Ioniq models by April 1, and offer its plug-in hybrid Ioniq by Sept. 1, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Hyundai, Order to Delivery, 2017-MY, Hyundai Ioniq, Washington Auto Show

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

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