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February 24, 2017 - Industry News

February New-Vehicle Sales to Decline 3%, KBB Says

New-vehicle sales are expected to be down 3% compared to the same time last year, for a total of 1.3 million retail and fleet vehicles sales during February, which lowers the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) to 17.1 million compared to February 2016’s 17.6 million SAAR.

Tags: Remarketing, Kelley Blue Book, New Vehicle Sales

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Announces 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Photo of Warren Truck Assembly Plant courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will stop taking orders for 2017 model year vehicles on March 9 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 23, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Genesis Offering Connectivity Via Wearables

Photo courtesy of Genesis.

Genesis is rolling out its Intelligent Assistant app that allows users to connect to their G80 or G90 sedans via Apple Watch or Android Wear to check their vehicle's status, remotely start the car, or locate the vehicle.

Tags: Connected Car, Mobile Apps, Apple Watch, Genesis, Genesis G90

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power Ranks Vehicle Dependability for 31 Nameplates

Lexus and Porsche vehicles remained at the top of the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, while Toyota and General Motors collected multiple category awards, the firm announced Feb. 22.

Tags: Toyota, Porsche, Lexus, J.D. Power, General Motors, Vehicle Dependability Study, 2014-MY

February 22, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Land Rover Adds Fourth Range Rover Model

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover will add a fourth Range Rover SUV to its lineup called the Velar that will slot between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the company has announced.

Tags: Land Rover, New York Auto Show, Luxury SUVs, Jaguar Land Rover

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

VW, Audi Announce Dates for 2018-MY Fleet Preview

Photo of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S 4Motion from the 2017-MY fleet preview by Paul Clinton.

Volkswagen and Audi announced today that they will host their 2018 model-year fleet preview from June 21-23 in Salt Lake City.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, 2018-MY, Fleet Previews

February 16, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Jaguar Adds Engine, Safety Tech to 2018 Lineup

Photo of 2018 Jaguar XE courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar will add a more powerful base engine, safety technology, and a flagship XE model to its 2018 model year lineup, the company has announced.

Tags: Engines, Entry Luxury Cars, 2018-MY, Jaguar XE, Jaguar Land Rover, Jaguar

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport Makes First Appearance

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport photo courtesy of FCA North America.

Ram Truck is introducing a new color to its 1/2-ton Sport trim — Ram 1500 Copper Sport. The Copper Pearl color joins Ignition Orange as the second limited-edition offering of tints on the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, Ram 1500, Vehicle Paint, Ram 1500 Sport

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 8, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Priced at $40,995

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will sell its 2017 Colorado ZR2 off-road performance pickup for at least $40,995 to retail buyers when it arrives at dealer lots in the spring.

Tags: Chevrolet, Pricing, Chevrolet Colorado, 2017-MY, Off-Road Vehicles, Mid-Size Pickups

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

VW Adds Weekend Edition Cargo Package to Atlas

Photo of the roof-mounted cargo box on the Atlas Weekend Edition courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's new three-row 2018 Atlas mid-size SUV will be available as a Weekend Edition that enhances cargo management with a roof-mounted cargo box and divider to keep pets secure, the company announced.

Tags: Cargo Management, Volkswagen, Mid-Size SUVs, 2018-MY, Volkswagen Atlas, Chicago Auto Show

February 8, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Infiniti's Q50, QX80 Signature Models Enhance Interiors

Photo of the 2017 Q50 3.0t Signature Edition courtesy of Infiniti.

Infiniti will introduce the 2017 Q50 3.0t and QX80 Signature editions that offer additional interior features to the existing models. The vehicles will debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

Tags: Infiniti, Chicago Auto Show, Luxury SUVs, Infiniti Q50, Luxury Sedans

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Subaru Tops KBB's 5-Year Cost to Own List

Photo courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru and Acura ranked as the top automotive brand in Kelley Blue Book's annual 5-Year Cost to Own awards that names top luxury and non-luxury brands as well as 21 vehicle categories.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, Subaru, TCO, Acura, Depreciation

February 7, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo to Debut V90 Wagon, XC90 PHEV in Chicago

Photo of XC90 Excellence courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Cars will unveil a pair of 2018 models at the Chicago Auto Show, including the XC90 Excellence plug-in hybrid SUV and V90 Cross Country luxury wagon, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volvo, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Chicago Auto Show, 2018-MY, Luxury SUVs

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 6, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Adds Outlander Sport Model for 2017

Photo of 2017 Outlander Sport LE courtesy of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi is introducing an upgraded 2017 Outlander Sport compact SUV model that will slot above the base model and include high-intensity headlights, a rear-view camera, and other features, the company announced.

Tags: Mitsubishi, Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Compact SUVs, 2017-MY

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Mazda CX-9 Price Tag Unchanged for 2017

Photo of 2017 CX-9 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda's CX-9 retains its $32,420 starting price tag for the 2017 model-year, following a heavily redesign in 2016 that improved fuel economy for the mid-size SUV, Mazda has announced.

Tags: Mazda, Pricing, Mazda CX-9, Mid-Size SUVs, 2017-MY

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Ford to Export F-150 Raptor to China

This shipping of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor marks the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Ford has started shipping its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor – a high-performance off-road pickup truck – to customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.

Tags: China, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford, Ford F-Series, Global

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Subaru Legacy Adds Steering-Responsive Headlights

Photo of 2018 Legacy courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru's 2018 Legacy will add a new feature known as Steering Responsive Headlights that aims the lights into turns as the driver steers, Subaru has announced.

Tags: Subaru, Chicago Auto Show, Mid-Size Sedans, 2018-MY, Adaptive Headlights

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan NV Cargo X Powered by Cummins Diesel

Photo of NV Cargo X project vehicle courtesy of Nissan.

Built in partnership with off-road builder Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, the NV Cargo X stands more than seven-and-a-half feet tall on 37-inch tires and is powered by a Cummins 5.0L V-8 turbo diesel transplanted from a Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan NV, Concept Vehicles, Full-Size Vans, Chicago Auto Show

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 30, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Sets 2017-MY Order Cutoff Date

Photo of 2017 S90 courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Cars USA will cease 2017-model-year ordering on Feb. 7 by commercial fleets and fleet management companies, the company has announced.

Tags: Volvo, Order to Delivery, 2017-MY

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 25, 2017 - Industry News

Achates Opposed-Piston Engine Targets 37 mpg for Pickups

Photo courtesy of Achates.

The 2.7L demonstration engine will be integrated into a drivable prototype in 2018 and development engines will also be available for automakers.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, CAFE Standards, Achates Power, Opposed-Piston Engine

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