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March 20, 2018 - Industry News

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Starts at $25,990

Photo of 2018 Accord Hybrid mid-size sedan courtesy of Honda.

Honda will begin selling its 2018 Accord Hybrid for $25,990, including destination, on March 23. The Accord Hybrid returns as a traditional gasoline-electric hybrid that replaces the plug-in hybrid Accord that was discontinued after the 2015 model year.

Tags: Honda Accord, Mid-Size Sedans, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2018-MY

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen to Offer 5-Passenger Atlas

Sketch of Atlas five-passenger SUV courtesy of Volkwagen.

Volkswagen will offer a five-passenger version of its seven-passenger Atlas mid-size SUV and will build both vehicles at its Chattanooga, Tenn. assembly plant, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Atlas, Vehicle Production, New York Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

GM to Sell Its Autonomous Car in 2019

Photo of Cruise AV's autonomous roof hardware courtesy of GM.

General Motors will begin building production-ready models of its Cruise AV autonomous vehicle at its Orion Township assembly plant with an intent to begin selling it in 2019. The vehicle can operate with no driver, steering wheel, pedals, or manual controls.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Assembly Plants, Fully Autonomous, General Motors, Mobility

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Gives Glimpse Into 2020 Lineup

Ford plans to offer hybrid versions of its F-150 and Explorer by 2020. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is refreshing its vehicle lineup for 2020 with bigger bets on electrification, utility vehicles, and advanced driver-assisting technology, the company's top executives told journalists at a briefing today in Dearborn, Mich.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Lincoln, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, New York Auto Show, Ford Ranger, Ford Bronco

March 14, 2018 - Press Release

XL Surpasses 60M Customer Miles

XL has surpassed 60 million customer miles driven and achieved one of its largest deployments of electrified Class 2 to 6 truck technology in 2017. The company also announced the re-branding of the company to XL (from XL Hybrids).

Tags: XL, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Milestones

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Toyota Bringing Next-Gen RAV4 to New York

Photo of 2019 RAV4 courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's RAV4 compact SUV — the first compact crossover when it debuted in the U.S. in 1995 — will enter its fifth generation with the 2019 model year. Toyota will reveal more details at the New York International Auto Show on March 26.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota RAV4, New York Auto Show, Compact SUVs, 2019-MY

March 13, 2018 - Global News

All-New Mercedes-Benz Actros, Arocs Trucks Launch in Middle East, Africa

The Mercedes-Benz Actros (right) and Arocs courtesy of Daimler.

The newly introduced Actros and Arocs models have been configured for environments of Middle East and Africa, which can reach temperatures as hot as 122 degrees.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Global, Mercedes-Benz Actros

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

How the Trump Tariffs Will Affect Fleets

Photo of Donald Trump via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

President Donald Trump's executive order imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum may translate to higher prices to commercial fleets for vehicles and truck or van equipment, fleet management company experts said.

Tags: Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump, International Trade

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Brings 2019 Ranger to Indianapolis

Photo of 2019 Ford Ranger courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

When the Ford Ranger left the market in 2012, it left a hole in many hearts, and fleets. But, fleet managers can rejoice again as the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is back and on display at The Work Truck Show 2018.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Motiv to Supply Spartan Motors with Electrified Step Van Chassis

Photo of EPIC F59 chassis courtesy of Motiv.

Spartan Motors has signed an agreement with Motiv Power Systems to supply battery-electric chassis products for Class 4-6 Utilimaster step vans for three years.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Utilimaster, Spartan Motors, Motiv Power Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

General Motors to Boost Chevy Bolt EV Production

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

General Motors will increase production of its Chevrolet Bolt EV this year at its Orion Assembly Plant in Oakland County, Mich., as part of the company's "path to an all-electric future," chief executive Mary Barra told attendees at an energy conference.

Tags: Chevrolet, Vehicle Production, General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chevrolet Bolt EV

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover

Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

Tags: Class 5, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Isuzu, Work Truck Show, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Ram Truck, Verizon, Verizon Connect

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet Debuts Three Medium-Duty Trucks

The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen

Chevrolet is squarely back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with the unveiling of three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — that expand its commercial lineup and give Chevrolet a greater weight range of vehicles for fleet purchasers. Chevrolet first showed the vehicles at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado 6500, Medium-Duty Trucks, 2019-MY, Work Truck Show, Chevrolet SIlverado HD, Chevrolet

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Photo of 2019 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Work Truck Show, Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, 2019-MY, Ford, Diesel Engines

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso's Class 4 Gasoline Cabovers Arrive

Photo of gasoline-powered FE Canter courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will begin selling its gasoline-powered 2019 FE cabovers this month, after showing production-ready versions at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Cabovers, Work Truck Show, Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, 2019-MY, Class 4, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Starts at $33,340

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler's 2019 Ram 1500 large pickup will retail for at least $33,340 when it arrives at dealer lots in the coming weeks, FCA has announced. The price includes a retail price of $31,695 and a delivery fee of $1,645.

Tags: Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Pricing

March 2, 2018 - Industry News

Subaru Promotes Doll to Lead North America


Subaru of America has named Thomas Doll to lead its North American business, following the departure of Tomomi Nakamura, who has become president of Subaru Corp. in Japan.

Tags: Subaru, Automotive Executives, C-Suite

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Next-Gen 2019 GMC Sierra Goes Upscale

Photo of 2019 GMC Sierra courtesy of GM.

GMC's 2019 Sierra will enter a new generation as a more premium pickup that will differentiate itself from other trucks, including the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with an innovative tailgate, carbon-fiber box, and other features.

Tags: GMC Sierra, GMC, Large Pickups, 2019-MY

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Jaguar's I-Pace Electric SUV Will Offer 240 Miles of Range

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

The Jaguar I-Pace battery-electric SUV will offer 240 miles of range and a 0 to 60 mph time under five seconds, marking new competition in a segment that includes Tesla.

Tags: Jaguar, Vehicle Testing, Luxury SUVs, Jaguar Land Rover

February 26, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Buick Envision Adds Power, Lowers Prices

Photo of 2019 Buick Envision courtesy of GM.

Buick's Envision compact SUV will arrive for the 2019 model year with a modest power boost, a more efficient nine-speed transmission, and lower prices, the General Motors unit has announced.

Tags: Buick, Compact SUVs, 2019-MY, Buick Envision, Pricing

February 26, 2018 - Industry News

GMC to Unveil 2019 Sierra on March 1

Photo courtesy of GMC.

General Motors will unveil its next-generation 2019 GMC Sierra on March 1 during a Facebook Live event, GMC has announced on its social media accounts.

Tags: GMC, 2019-MY, GMC Sierra, Large Pickups

February 26, 2018 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler Scrapping Diesel by 2022

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will phase out diesel vehicles from its passenger models by 2022, but will retain the option in its commercial vehicles, including its Ram pickups, according to a report.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram Truck


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