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Ford Sees Strong Truck and SUV Sales in First Half of 2017

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Ford Motor Company saw increases in sales for their roster of trucks and SUVs.

VW's MY-2018 Golf models are covered by the 3-year/72,000-mile People First Warranty Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Debuts Industry-Leading Warranty Across Lineup

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The automaker has extended its six-year/72,000-mile transferable warranty across most of its lineup. Fleets will benefit from coverage over a standard 3-year/30,000-mile lifecycle.

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Element Fleet Management Canada Names New President

Element Fleet Management Canada has promoted its former chief commercial officer to the role of president

Lexus IS Wins IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

After undergoing mid-year changes, the luxury car meets criteria for the highest honor given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Photo of Hyundai Sonata courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Recalls Sonata Cars for Seat Belts

The recall, which includes hybrid vehicles, covers more than 443,000 Sonata sedans in the 2011-2015 model years.

Toyota, Honda Verify Safety of Certain Kobe Steel Products

Both automakers conduct their own tests to confirm that Kobe Steel-supplied aluminum plates and panels conform to safety standards.  

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Safety Tip: Reminders for the Time Change

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5. Here's some night driving advice from the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation.

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

Photo of 2018 Sentra courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Sentra Price Unchanged at $17,875

Nissan's Sentra compact sedan adds enhancements for 2018 including automatic emergency braking and a back-up camera and will retail for $17,875, which is unchanged from 2017.

10 Cars Excel in IIHS Passenger-Side Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduces a new crash test that will play a pivotal role in determining 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award winners.

Screenshot of Tom Kontos courtesy of KAR Auction Services.

Fleet Lease Consignor Prices Advancing Steadily

Average wholesale prices for used fleet lease vehicles increased 0.2% in September from the prior month and 3.6% from the prior year in a market that was bolstered by dealer demand in hurricane-stricken regions, according to Tom Kontos, KAR Auction Services' chief economist.

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Thanks to optional automatic braking, the pickup truck now qualifies for the prestigious award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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LeasePlan Sets Up Michigan-Ohio Sales Region

LeasePlan USA has established a sales region in Michigan and Ohio to develop new business, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based fleet management company has announced.

Photo of 2017 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Tops CR's Reliability Report, Again

Toyota remains at the top of Consumer Reports' annual reliability study, while Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Subaru showed the biggest improvement from the 2016 survey.

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PSA Group Creates Used Car Peer-to-Peer Marketplace

PSA Group has created Carventura.com, a peer-to-peer used car marketplace, as a way to bolster its presence in the peer-to-peer marketplace in France, according to a company announcement.

Photo: Foton Motor

Foton, Cummins Cooperating on China Super Truck Program

China’s Foton Motor and Cummins have signed a memorandum of cooperation around the launch of the second stage of the China Super Truck program.

Screen shot of Cruise Automation self-driving car courtesy of Cruise Automation/YouTube.

Fully Autonomous Car Testing Coming to NYC

GM and Cruise Automation have plans to begin testing self-driving cars on public streets in Manhattan in early 2018.

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Survey: Fleets Investing in Technology to Cut Costs

In a recent survey of the transportation industry by Teletrac Navman, 39% of fleets named reducing costs as a top business goal in 2017.

Photo of 2018 Maxima courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Maxima Starts at $33,905

The 2018 Nissan Maxima retails for at least $33,905, which is $410 above the starting 2017 model, Nissan has announced.

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GM Reaches Ignition-Switch Settlement With 49 States

The automaker agrees to pay $120 million to resolve state claims associated with the defective ignition switches that spurred 2014 recalls.

Photo of the 2018 F-150 with TAWA trophy courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Award F-150 Truck of Texas

The 2018 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tacoma have earned top awards at the Texas Auto Writers Association's (TAWA) Truck Rodeo as trucks of Texas, where manufacturers sell one of five pickups.

In Memoriam: Former Cadillac Manager Gambrell

William Gambrell, a longtime Cadillac manager who worked in the fleet division of the General Motors luxury brand, died on Oct. 9 at his Dearborn, Mich. home. He was 74.

Photo of Toyota Sienna courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Toyota Recalls Sienna Minivans for Rollaway Risk

The recall covers 310,000 vehicles in need of a new shift lock solenoid.

Photo of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Recalls 132K Cars, SUVs for Engine Trouble

The recall affects 2015-2017 Outlander, 2015-2016 Lancer and Outlander Sport, and 2015 Lancer Evolution vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Chevin

Chevin Unveils New User Interface

Chevin’s fleet management software has been updated with a modern user interface.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

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