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Photo of a composite partition in a Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitons

Adrian Steel has introduced a line of composite partitions for cargo vans that provide more leg room and better climate control for the driver.

Photo of 2017 Ridgeline courtesy of Honda.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Begins Production

Honda has begun building its 2017 Ridgeline mid-size pickup at its Lincoln, Ala., manufacturing plant and will offer the significantly refreshed truck "soon" at dealerships.

Photo courtesy of ElDorado Mobility.

ElDorado Recalls Minivans for Fuel Leaks

The recall covers more than 5,800 wheelchair-accessible vehicles built on Dodge and Chrysler minivan chassis.

ChargePoint Secures $50M for EV Charging Network

ChargePoint announced it has secured an additional $50 million in efforts to bring EVs to the mainstream, according to the electric vehicle infrastructure company.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

FCA-Google Deal Must Overcome Acceptance, Legal Hurdles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' agreement with Google to test self-driving technology in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan may pave the way for greater acceptance of autonomous driving if the companies can get past legal barriers, fleet industry sources said.

Photo courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen Builds Mid-Size SUV Test Body

Volkswagen took another step toward announcing its new mid-size SUV, after workers at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant assembled the first metal test body, the automaker announced.

Tesla to Sell 90K Cars in 2016

Tesla Motors plans to deliver about 90,000 vehicles in 2016 and ramp up to 500,000 in 2018 to reach the later goal two years earlier than previously announced.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses the latest Takata air bag inflator recall expansion during a May 4 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of NHTSA via YouTube.

Feds Add 35M More Air Bags to Takata Recall

This expansion, which more than doubles the size of the Takata recall, is aimed at replacing all Takata frontal air bag inflators that contain ammonium nitrate but don’t contain a drying agent.

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Donlen's Contact Center Supervisor Earns ASE Certification

The Auto Care Association has awarded Daniel Wolak, Donlen's contact center supervisor, the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) World Class Technicians certification, the fleet management company announced.

Photo of Nissan Rogue courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Recalls Rogue for Lift Gate

The recall covers more than 108,000 SUVs in the 2014-2016 model years.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid courtesy of FCA.

Google to Test Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' engineers will integrate Google's self-driving technology into the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan under a new partnership between the automaker and tech giant.

Photo of 10-speed transmission and 3.5L EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates F-150's 3.5L Turbo, Adds 10-Speed

The 2017 F-150 will arrive with a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed transmission to deliver improved acceleration and performance than the prior model, Ford has announced.

Photo of 2016 F-150 CNG courtesy of Ford.

April Fleet Sales Remain Steady

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to commercial fleets increased 1.4% to 69,433 units in April compared to the same period in 2015 as a boost in truck sales made up for flagging car sales.

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Recalled for Steering

The recall, which covers multiple models, will address a weld-related steering issue in nearly 4,800 pickup trucks and SUVs.

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

UPS Adds 2-Cylinder Engine to Hybrids to Boost Range

UPS has extended the range and improved the fuel economy of 125 of its hybrid-electric delivery trucks, the logistics company announced.

Photo of CPF25 courtesy of ChargePoint.

ChargePoint Offers Fleet Card for EVs

ChargePoint will begin offering a Fleet Card that provides fleets that sign up access to the company's EV charging network for their drivers, the company has announced.

UPS Receives Certification from Brazilian Government

UPS Brazil said it has obtained an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification from Brazil’s Tax Authority, Secretaria da Receita Federal.

Gross-weight hike is primarily for users of specialized bodies, said Mercedes-Benz Vans in Germany.

European Sprinter Gets 990-Pound GVW Boost

Mercedes-Benz Vans has boosted the available gross vehicle weight rating of its European Sprinter by 990 pounds, to 5.5 metric tons or 12,122 pounds. An increase is being considered for North American vans, said a spokesman at the builder's U.S. headquarters.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Gasoline Rises to $2.24 Per Gallon

The average price of a gallon of unleaded increased 7.8 cents to $2.24 for the week ending May 2, according to federal records.

The 2016 Global Fleet Conference will be returning to Brussels (pictured is the 2014 conference), and will offer attendees powerhouse presentations by global fleet managers and stakeholders. Photo: Nexus Communication

Timely, Thought-Provoking 2016 Global Fleet Conference Agenda Announced

The organizers of the 2016 Global Fleet Conference have announced the fourth annual conference’s two-day agenda.

Photo of 2017 i3 (94 Ah) courtesy of BMW.

BMW Increases i3 EV's Range

BMW has updated its i3 electric hatchback so it can now travel 114 miles on a single charge for a more than 40% increase from the prior model that provided an EPA-rated 81 miles of range.

Kenyan Construction Boom Fuels GM Truck Growth

A construction boom in Kenya has fueled a rise in commercial truck sales for General Motors, which is investing $7.9 million in 2016 to upgrade its assembly plant in Nairobi and more than double output.

LeasePlan USA Invites Drivers to Participate in Global Survey

LeasePlan USA is launching a global driver survey to collect insight into company drivers' behaviors and preferences.

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Donlen Appoints VP of Sales for West Region

Donlen has named Tom Bessinger as vice president of sales for the West Territory, the fleet management company announced.

Safety Tip: Looking Out for Motorcycles

In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here's some safety advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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