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U.S. Traffic Safety Leaders Honored

The Governors Highway Safety Association recognizes the CDC’s David A. Sleet, as well as safety consultant Betty Mercer, for contributions to making public roads safer.

Photo of the 2017 Versa courtesy of Nissan.

2017 Nissan Versa Starts at $12,825

Nissan's 2017 Versa subcompact car retails for at least $12,825, which remains unchanged from the 2016 model year. The sedan is on sale now.

According to NHTSA, job growth and lower fuel prices were two factors that led to increased driving in 2015. Photo by Tony Webster of San Francisco via Flickr/Wikimedia Commons.

NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Increase 7.2%

The federal government releases updated data for 2015, which indicates that one in three road fatalities involved drunk drivers or speeding.

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Auto Truck Group's Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Opening Oct. 1

Auto Truck Group's new facility will be located in Summerville, S.C. seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz van plant. The new service center is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.

Photo of Tuscon Fuel Cell courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Working on Next-Gen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Hyundai is developing a successor to its Tucson Fuel Cell compact SUV that should cost less and significantly boost range.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Gasoline Prices Rising Toward Labor Day

National gasoline prices continued an upward trajectory in the last week of August, even as prices appear poised for another pullback with crude futures falling on Monday on growing expectations oil producers may not stabilize output.

Photo of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali courtesy of GM.

2017 GMC Canyon Adds 8-Speed Automatic, Like Colorado

The GMC Canyon will also receive an 8-speed transmission and slightly more efficient V-6 that mirror updates announced for its sister Colorado mid-size pickup as well as adding the off-road Terrain X trim grade to the lineup for the 2017 model year.

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

Truck Hauling Takata Air Bag Parts Explodes

The blast, now under investigation, takes the life of one woman and injures four others, according to reports.

WEX to Offer Messaging for Spendy Fuel Users

WEX, Inc. will roll out a driver messaging feature as part of its ClearView analytics platform later this year that will send text messages and emails to remind drivers to use less expensive fuel stations or fill fleet trucks with unleaded rather than premium fuel.

Brenda Davis, the 2015 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year, presents a $5,000 scholarship check provided by AFLA to Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business at Houston Baptist University. The check will be used to support undergraduate scholarships in the business school. Photo: Michael Tims/Houston Baptist University

Fleet Manager of Year Davis Presents Scholarship Check

AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year for 2015 Brenda Davis, fleet commodity manager for Baker Hughes, recently presented a $5,000 scholarship check donated by the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) to Houston Baptist University.

Photo of Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Recalled for Windshield Wipers

The recall covers nearly 368,000 compact SUVs in the 2013 model year.

Photo of Toyota RAV4 courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalls RAV4, Lexus HS250h Cars for Suspension

The recall, due to get under way Sept. 30, covers more than 337,000 vehicles built from 2005 to 2010.

Photo courtesy of VW.

VW to Lower Prices, Will It Affect Residual Values?

Volkswagen will begin offering its new models for lower prices and provide dealers with a broader product range in a move that could lower residual values if incentives remain high, one expert told Automotive Fleet.

Photo of 2017 F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford Increases Super Duty Fuel Tank Capacity

Ford's gasoline and diesel 2017 Super Duty trucks will come equipped with a 48-gallon fuel tank that provides a 22% increase over the outgoing diesel models and 37% increase over the gasoline models.

Screen shot of Mazda CX-7 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda Recalls CX-7 for Steering

The recall, which covers more than 190,000 vehicles in the 2007-2012 model years, is tied to corrosion associated with exposure to road salt used in snow removal.  

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram 2500, 3500 Truck Recall Tied to Steering

The recall is limited to just 64 Ram 2500 trucks and Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis in the 2015 model year.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado Improves V-6 for 2017

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup will offer a more efficient V-6 engine and transmission for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet has announced.

GPS Insight Ranked on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine ranked GPS Insight number 3,668 with three-year sales growth of 85% on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Photo courtesy of Rastrac.

Rastrac, Magellan Partner on Fleet Telematics

Austin, Texas-based telematics provider Rastrac is partnering with Magellan on a system that provides vehicle tracking and reporting, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD), according to the company.

Photo of Lincoln MKZ courtesy of Lincoln.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Earns Top Crashworthiness Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the mid-size luxury car a Top Safety Pick+ winner.

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Vary Widely

AAA tests underscore performance differences between systems designed to mitigate crash severity and systems designed to prevent a crash altogether whenever possible.

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Nissan's 2017 Pathfinder Starts at $30,890

Nissan's mildly refreshed 2017 Pathfinder will retail for at least $30,890 when it goes on sale later this week, Nissan has announced.

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