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Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.
GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds
General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.
Photo of 2019 Avalon courtesy of Toyota.
Toyota to Relaunch Avalon for 2019
Toyota will unveil its 2019 Avalon in January at the North American International Auto Show as a high-profile sedan update at a time when manufacturers prefer to focus their marketing on new utility vehicles and trucks.
Photo courtesy of GM.
GM Enables Fuel Purchases From the Dashboard
Drivers of General Motors vehicles will be able to purchase Shell fuel and other products or services from their dashboard using a new digital platform known as GM Marketplace, the automaker has announced.
The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)
Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018
Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.
One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.
Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity
By Paul Clinton
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.
Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.
Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November
Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.
Photo of 2017 Jeep Patriot courtesy of FCA.
These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2018
By Paul Clinton
Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.
Photo of 2019 QX50 courtesy of Infiniti.
Infiniti Unveils 2019 QX50 in Los Angeles
Infiniti debuted its 2019 QX50 luxury crossover ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show as the brand's first vehicle to incorporate Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driver assist system.
Photo of 2019 Kia Sorento by Paul Clinton.
Kia's 2019 Sorento Now Seats Seven
Kia Motors America has expanded seating for its 2019 Sorento mid-size SUV to seven-passenger seating over three rows and added new driver-assistance systems and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Photo of the 2018 Hyundai Kona by Paul Lim.
2018 Kona Arrives as Hyundai's Smallest Utility
The Kona is built on an all-new vehicle platform and offered with two engine options: a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder standard engine and 1.6L turbocharged engine with seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

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Photo courtesy of Chevrolet. 2017 Fleet Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado is available fleet specific-packages, including the Work Truck Convenience Package, the LT Fleet Convenience Package, and the LT Fleet Plus Package.
2017 model-year vehicles over a 36-month period with an average of 20,000 miles a year. Vincentric market price is based on invoice price plus destination charge minus published fleet incentives, if any. Cost data from Oct. 2, 2017. Regular fuel calculated at $2.49. TCO Champs: Crossovers or Sedans?
As consumers and automakers continue to migrate away from sedans toward crossovers, there are no clear winners when analyzing total cost of ownership of individual models.
E-Series will be available in 2018 as either the cutaway or stripped chassis with multiple packages. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.) Versatile Vans Available in 2018
A staple of many commercial fleets is the van. From compact vans to their full-size counterparts, there are a growing number of vans available for fleets in 2018.
Screenshot of AppLink courtesy of Ford. In-Vehicle Entertainment Proliferates for Fleet Drivers
Commercial fleets, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, use an array of tools and perks, such as in-vehicle infotainment that can keep drivers entertained from Point A to Point B, to increase driver retention, as long as the drivers avoid distraction.
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