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First German Fleet Sues VW Over Diesel Emission Scandal

Fish distributor Deutsche See is suing Volkswagen for misrepresenting fleet vehicles it leased as environmentally friendly. It is the first major German fleet customer to sue VW over the diesel-testing scandal. Deutsche See leases approximately 500 vehicles from Volkswagen.

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Pricing Announced for Chevrolet Cruze Hatch in China

Pricing for the China Chevrolet Cruze Hatch was announced on Feb. 7. Five trims with a choice of 1.4T or 1.5L engines are available for a price range between RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900.

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Tata Motors Launches Truck Brand in Saudi Arabia

Tata Motors, India’s largest automotive manufacturer and one of the top 10 commercial vehicle manufacturers globally, launched its “World-Smart Truck” brand — the Tata PRIMA — in Saudi Arabia.

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LeasePlan USA Names Schlesinger President, CEO

Jeff Schlesinger was named president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, a fleet management company headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. Schlesinger succeeds Mike Pitcher, who retired as president and CEO at the end of 2016.

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Holden Launches 2017 Commodore Marking Last Year of Domestic Production

Holden launched the 2017 Commodore model, which marks its final year of being domestically manufacutured in Australia. The Holden Commodore has been built in Australia for the past 38 years.

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Weak Global Markets Depress Daimler Truck Sales in 2016

Daimler Trucks experienced sharply decreased unit sales in the NAFTA region, Turkey, the Middle East, Latin America and Indonesia due to cyclical and/or weak market conditions. Mercedes-Benz Vans achieved a record sales year in 2016.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Leads in Commercial EV Sales

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the sales leader in zero-emission mobility. In addition to offering the top-selling retail EV, the Renault-Nissan Alliance also was the leader in commercial EV sales.

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GM’s Maven Carsharing Launches in Atlanta

GM’s Maven City carsharing program has expanded to Atlanta. Registered members will have access to 50 carsharing vehicles at more than 20 locations throughout the city.

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Tariffs Upheld on OTR Tires From India and Sri Lanka

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has upheld the tariffs on off-the-road tires suggested by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

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European Utility to Electrify Entire 3,500 Vehicle Fleet

Vattenfall announced it is switching its entire light-duty fleet to battery-electric vehicles. The utility, which serves parts of Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany, will replace 3,500 vehicles over a five-year period.

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