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Volkswagen’s 6-Year Atlas and Tiguan Warranties Will Benefit Fleets

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan models have a 6-year/ 72,000 mile transferrable warranty, best SUV warranty on the market.

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GM Offers Built-In Telematics Solution

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Telematics has evolved into a full suite of services. GM has an OEM-provided solution that can fit fleets of all types and sizes.

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Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so they would perform differently during emissions testing than normal driving conditions.

War of Words Erupts over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

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CEI Promotes Glose to SVP

The CEI Group has promoted Bob Glose to the role of senior vice president, who previously served as corporate vice president for the company.

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NHTSA Probing Hyundai and Kia Recalls

The federal safety agency is looking into whether the automakers acted quickly enough and met reporting requirements in the recall of 1.6 million cars at risk for engine failure.

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

Mich. Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Pictured left to right in the back at the Sustainability pre-con at NAFA are George Survant, sr. director fleet relations, NTEA, Alexander Barton, president, Barton Marketing Group, and Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board. Photo courtesy of Kristen Driscoll.

NAFA Honors Fleets for Sustainability

Over 25 honorees of NAFA’s inaugural Sustainable Fleet Certificate program have been named.

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Uber's Self-Driving Experiment Sours in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has begun to reevaluate its relationship with Uber and the self-driving cars the company has been testing in the city, claiming the ride hailing company has reneged on several promises made to city officials and Mayor Bill Peduto.

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Pump Prices Rise Ahead of Memorial Day

National average gasoline prices increased to $2.36 per gallon heading toward the Memorial Day holiday with 36 states registering price increases, according to AAA.

Photo of 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.

Next-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Starts at $24,550

Mercedes-Benz has reduced the price of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive by $1,200 to $24,550 for a battery EV that increases range and decreases charging time as it enters its fourth generation.

Dr. Gill Pratt, shown here during a presentation at CES 2016, is CEO of Toyota Research Institute. TRI has research facilities in California, Michigan and Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Explores Blockchain Tech in Autonomous Cars

The Toyota Research Institute is working with MIT Media Lab and others to develop new ways to securely share and store autonomous vehicle testing and usage data.

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ARI to Offer SiriusXM to Fleet Clients

ARI will offer SiriusXM to its fleet clients under a new partnership the fleet management company says will help companies improve driver retention rates.

Safety Tip: Preventing Injuries Tied to Air Bags

Drivers can take certain measures to mitigate the risk of serious injury arising from air bag deployment. Here are some tips from the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles.

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Ford Replaces CEO Fields With Mobility Head Hackett

Ford has replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who has led its mobility business unit for the past year. Ford views Hackett as a "transformational business leader" as it seeks to boost profit amid investor pressure.

Photo of the 2018 Forester Black Edition courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru's 2018 Forester Starts at $23,710

Subaru's base 2018 Forester with the 6-speed manual transmission will increase $200 to $23,710 for the compact SUV, Subaru has announced.

Photo of Chevrolet Spark courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Spark Recall Tied to Air Bags

The recall, driven by concerns for child passengers, covers more than 55,000 subcompact cars in the 2016 and 2017 model years.

Photo of the Livonia Transmission Plant courtesy of Ford.

Ford Invests $350M in Mich. Transmission Plant

Ford will invest $350 million to upgrade the Livonia Transmission Plant, which will create or retain 800 jobs in Michigan, Ford has announced.

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Ford Enables Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Ford has rolled out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 models with a SYNC 3 software update that customers can download themselves or acquire from a dealer.

Photo of Audi A7 courtesy of Audi.

Audi A7 Sedans Recalled for Air Bags

The recall, set to begin June 29, affects more than 17,000 luxury cars in the 2015 to 2017 model years.

eDriving Releases Mentor Telematics App

Mentor generates a FICO Safe Driving Score and prescribes a playlist of interactive driver training.

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Memorial Holiday Road Deaths to Rise 12%

The National Safety Council estimates more than 400 people might die in vehicle crashes during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period -– a 12% jump from recent years.

Photo of 3.0L V-6 diesel courtesy of FCA.

FCA Hoping to End Diesel Dispute with Regulators

Fiat-Chrysler has applied for certification for its diesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and intends to modify the emissions software of current models to resolve a dispute with regulators.

Companies such as Alpha Baking Company (pictured), Ozinga and Testa Produce are examples of companies in the Chicago area that are using clean-burning alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of CACC.

Chicago Clean Cities Fleets Reduce 230K Tons of GHG

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) and its member fleets helped to displace nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum in 2016, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Four Automakers Settle Lawsuit Tied to Takata Recall

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota agree to pay a total of $553 million to resolve a lawsuit seeking compensation for customers affected by the air bag inflator recall.

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Nissan Teases Next-Gen Leaf

Nissan's next-generation battery-electric Leaf will provide "intelligent zero-emissions mobility," the company said ahead of the vehicle's introduction later this year.

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Google to Develop Volvo’s Future Infotainment System

Volvo Cars has partnered with Google to develop the carmaker’s next-generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on the technology company’s Android platform that will launch on new models within two years.

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