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January 16, 2018 - Industry News

All-New Ram 1500 Improves Payload and Towing for 2019-MY

Photo courtesy of FCA.

The new 2019 Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter the previous model year, features increased payload and towing capabilities, and three new, longer frame lengths.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, FCA

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is Lighter, Offers Wider Bed

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is 450-pounds lighter than the previous model-year, features a wider bed, and offers a wider range of trims and engine/transmissions combinations, including a new turbo-diesel engine.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Pickup Trucks

January 14, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ford Ranger Production to Begin in Late 2018

The Ranger will be available in three trim grades: XL, midlevel XLT, and a high-level Lariat trim series. It will include FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

The Ford Ranger is returning to the North American market with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a suite of Ford’s latest technologies.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Pickup Trucks

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

Sporty 2018 Passat GT to Debut in Detroit

Photo of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Gt courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has revealed the 2018 Passat GT special model, a sportier version of the sedan with a base price of $29,090.

Tags: Volkswagen Passat, Detroit Auto Show, Volkwagen

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan, NASA Extend Autonomous Mobility Collaboration

Nissan North America is teaming with NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley to further advance autonomous vehicle systems as part of a five-year R&D project.

Tags: Nissan, NASA, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Unveil Class 4/5 Silverado

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet will reveal its all-new Silverado Class 4 and 5 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show 2018 in Indianapolis.

Tags: Chevrolet, Work Truck Show, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets Latest CARB Approval

Image of converted Ford F-150 courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla's Model 3 Falling Short of Production Goals

Photo of the Tesla Model 3 by Paul Clinton.

Tesla only delivered 1,550 Model 3 cars in the fourth quarter of 2017 and won’t hit full scale production of the vehicle until June.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Tesla, Tesla Model 3

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Falls to 25 MPG

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in December fell to 25 mpg — down 0.2 mpg from a revised November value, according to Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak, researchers from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Tags: Fuel Economy, New Vehicle Sales, UMTRI, Trends

January 4, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz to Show Next-Gen G Class in Detroit

Photo of 2019 G-Class courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its second-generation 2019 G-Class flagship luxury SUV at the North American International Auto Show this month, the company has announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 4, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

BMW Begins Building New Flagship SUV

Photo of the pre-production X7 courtesy of BMW.

BMW has begun building pre-production models of its X7 luxury SUV that's set to arrive later this year so BMW can better compete with large luxury utility models.

Tags: BMW, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, BMW X7

January 3, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Offers Fueling, Washing Services in Seattle

Volvo will offer its owners in Seattle several concierge services through a smartphone app to fill the fuel tank or have the vehicle washed while the vehicle would be parked.

Tags: Volvo, Dealers, Mobility, Vehicle Washing

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 1.4% in 2017

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of FCA, Ford, GM, and Nissan.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures fell 5.5% in December but increased 1.4% in 2017, following a 2.7% increase the prior year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Trends, Procurement

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV Provides 650 Miles of Range

Photo of 2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai has begun selling its 2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, which offers more than 650 miles of range, including 29 miles in electric mode, Hyundai has announced.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, 2018-MY, Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai, Kia to Offer A.I. Personal Assistants in 2019 Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors plan to add a voice-activated personal assistant to their 2019 models that will be unveiled at CES 2018 in early January, Hyundai has announced.

Tags: Hyundai, Productivity, Voice Recognition, Kia, 2019-MY, Artificial Intelligence, CES

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

2017 New Vehicle Sales Should Reach Fourth All-Time

Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

New-vehicle sales for 2017 should reach 17.1 million, which would make 2017 the fourth-highest year on record and signals continuing robust health in the automotive industry, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Tags: New Vehicle Sales, Ford, Kelley Blue Book, Large Pickups, Mid-Size Sedans

December 28, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Maserati Adds Electric Power Steering for 2018

Photo of 2018 Ghibli GranLusso courtesy of Maserati.

Maserati is moving to electric power steering from hydraulic-based steering for its 2018 models to enable additional driver-assisting features for its Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte, the company announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: L.A. Auto Show, Prestige Luxury Cars, 2018-MY, Maserati, Mid-Cycle Refresh

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Appoints Renault's Le Vot to Oversee North America

Le Vot

Nissan Motor Co. has appointed Denis Le Vot to oversee North American sales. Le Vot arrives from Renault, where he has held multiple positions since joining the French automaker.

Tags: Nissan, Renault, Automotive Executives, Promotions

December 21, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Acura RDX to Get 'Extensive Redesign'

Photo courtesy of Acura.

The Acura RDX will undergo an "extensive redesign" and will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, Honda's luxury unit announced.

Tags: Acura, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, Detroit Auto Show

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Prices 2018 Titan, Titan XD Pickups

Photo of the 2018 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has set pricing for its 2018 pickup truck lineup that now includes five 1/2-ton Titan models, five Titan XD gasoline models, and five Titan XD diesel models.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Large Pickups, 2018

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Hyundai Tucson Adds a Few Features

Photo of 2018 Tucson courtesy of Hyundai.

Two years after undergoing a full redesign for 2016, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson adds new features such as updated trim levels and infotainment options, the automaker announced.

Tags: Hyundai, Compact SUVs, Hyundai Tucson, 2018-MY, Mid-Cycle Refresh

December 20, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Integrates Infotainment Services with Amazon Music

Photo courtesy of Audi.

Audi will integrate Amazon Music with several 2017 and 2018 models so drivers can listen to songs available from the streaming service while on the road, Audi has announced.

Tags: Audi, Infotainment Systems, Amazon

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

Honda to Relaunch Insight Hybrid for 2019

Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda plans to relaunch its Insight gasoline-electric hybrid as a 2019 model powered by the company's new two-motor hybrid system as a larger five-passenger sedan, Honda announced.

Tags: Honda, Honda Insight, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Teases 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Photo of 2017 Jeep Cherokee courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will debut its 2019 Jeep Cherokee at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 16.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Cherokee, Compact SUVs, 2019-MY


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