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UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons.

Estimated 2016 Road Deaths Climb 6%

The National Safety Council recommends eight policy actions to reverse the disturbing trend.

Azuga Gives Safe Driver, Fleet Manager Awards

Telematics provider Azuga has named Ralph Elliot of Custom Vehicle Outfitter as its driver of the year and Kirsten Ghaster of Ghaster Painting and Coatings as its fleet manager of the year, the company announced.

J.D. Power Ranks Vehicle Dependability for 31 Nameplates

Lexus and Porsche vehicles remained at the top of the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, while Toyota and General Motors collected multiple category awards, the firm announced Feb. 22.

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California Awards $33M for Hydrogen Stations

The California Energy Commission has awarded $33 million to Shell, FirstElement Fuel, and Air Liquide to construct 16 hydrogen fueling stations in California.

Goodyear's Raw Material Costs Increase $300M in 3 Weeks

Tire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable."

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Gasoline Prices Remain Steady

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline remained essentially flat at $2.28 over the Presidents' Day weekend, according to AAA.

Safety Tip: Taking the Risk Out of Your Turns

Sloppy turning habits are common but greatly increase crash risk. Here's advice from Michigan and California on how to execute safer turns.

Photo of Chrysler 300 courtesy of FCA.

Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger Recalled for Motive Power Loss

The recall, due to get under way March 31, covers more than 69,000 vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive.

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Hiroto Saikawa Replaces Ghosn as Nissan's CEO

Veteran leader Hiroto Saikawa will replace Carlos Ghosn as CEO of Nissan Motor Co., the automaker has announced.

Subaru Impreza Earns Top Safety Honor

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the redesigned compact car a Top Safety Pick+ award winner.

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Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

Chart courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Rolls Out New Exhaust-Cleaning Catalyst

Toyota Motor Corp. has developed an exhaust-purifying catalyst that reduced precious metal use by 20% to reduce air pollution that will be installed in a Lexus LC500h later this year.

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Land Rover Adds Fourth Range Rover Model

Jaguar Land Rover will add a fourth Range Rover SUV to its lineup called the Velar that will slot between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the company has announced.

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Fleets Increasingly Adding Video Telematics From Lytx

Lytx has increased subscriptions for its video-based telematics system by more than 25% in global markets in the past year since being acquired by private equity firm GTCR, the company announced.

Mitsubishi Begins Production of Mirage G4 in Philippines

Mitsubishi Corp. (MMC) has announced that production of its Mirage G4 — also known as the Attrage in other markets — has started at the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC).

(l. to r.) Ron Mawaka, Jr. , Claude Nolty, Ron Mawaka Sr., Myron Zadony, Scott Mawaka.

Fleet Response Purchased by Founder's Son

Scott Mawaka has acquired Cleveland-based Fleet Response from his father and other investors so the company can remain a privately-held family-run business.

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BMW Recalls i3 REx for Fire Risk

The recall, expected to begin April 3, covers more than 19,000 cars.

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Genesis Offering Connectivity Via Wearables

Genesis is rolling out its Intelligent Assistant app that allows users to connect to their G80 or G90 sedans via Apple Watch or Android Wear to check their vehicle's status, remotely start the car, or locate the vehicle.

ARI Report Highlights Vehicle Life Cycle Trends

ARI has published its 2017 Industry Outlook in which subject matter experts examined each step in the vehicle life cycle process to determine where the most significant trends will impact fleet professionals' business operations in the next 12 to 18 months, the fleet management company announced.

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Ioniq Hybrids Surpass Prius Fuel Economy

Two Hyundai Ioniq hybrid models have achieved fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that surpass their Toyota Prius counterparts in highway driving as the most fuel efficient in their category.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Wins Safety Award

The full-size sedan earns the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Screenshot via Clean Fuels Ohio.

Midwest Fleets Testing Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Clean Fuels Ohio's Midwest Drives initiative has allowed 35 public and private fleets to test drive various alternative-fuel vehicles in three states and logged 2,000 miles in the first year of the program, according to the group.

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In Memoriam: Fleet Sales Manager Diana Reed

Diana Reed, retired fleet sales manager, passed away on Feb. 8, 2017. She was 73. During her fleet sales career, Reed worked for Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, Ind.; Jordan Automotive Group in Mishawaka, Ind.; and Kenny Kent Auto in Evansville, Ind.

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