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Hyundai Bringing 8 New SUVs by 2020

Hyundai Motor America is reshaping its car-dominated lineup with a plan to introduce eight new crossover utility vehicles by 2020 starting in March with its Kona subcompact SUV, the company announced.

(from upper left to right) Bensel, Denmyer, Latzko, and Villella

CEI Group Names Four Vice Presidents

The CEI Group has promoted four individuals to vice president who have been "major contributors to the success that both CEI and Element have realized over the past few years," according to the company.

Photo of CEO Mary Barra courtesy of GM.

GM to Start EV Rollout in 2021

General Motors will begin rolling out its next-generation of electric vehicles in 2021, and it seeks to to reach its goal of offering 20 such vehicles by 2023, CEO Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday.

Photo of 2017 C-Max Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Ford Discontinues C-Max Hybrid, Plug-in Cars

Ford is phasing out its hybrid and plug-in hybrid C-Max models, and will focus on a new generation of electrified vehicles that will be developed by its internal Team Edison, the company has confirmed.

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Commercial Fleets to Lead Hydrogen Adoption

Hydrogen as an energy source can benefit a variety of functions of the global economy, including fleet operations, according to a new study from the Hydrogen Council.

Photo courtesy of WEX.

WEX to Launch Chip-Based Fleet Card in 2019

WEX Inc. will begin offering a more secure chip-based payment card to its fleet customers in 2019 and plans to test the new card in 2018, according to the company.

Volvo to Launch SUV, Vehicle Subscription Service in L.A.

Volvo unveil a new utility vehicle and launch its vehicle subscription service, Care by Volvo, at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

Photo of Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car courtesy of Toyota.

Faulty Fuse Triggers Toyota Prius Plug-in Recall

The recall, set to begin in January, covers about 39,900 cars in the 2012-2015 model years.

Mobility Changes to Transportation to Accelerate in 2040

The emergence of ride hailing, autonomous vehicles, electrified vehicles, and other mobility trends should bring greater changes to transportation networks in the U.S., Europe, and China by 2040, according to a new report from IHS Markit.

Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Photo: Automile

Swedish Telematics Startup Automile Raises $34M

Automile has developed a vehicle tracker that allows customers to collect data on mileage, trips, and routes.

Photo courtesy of Toyota/CSRC.

Toyota Safety Researchers Launch Five Projects

The new projects, part of a broader five-year program, are aimed at facilitating a safe transition to future mobility.

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Mike Albert Fleet Solutions Hires Northeast Sales Managers

Cincinnati-based Mike Albert Fleet Solutions has hired two business development managers to work the northeast region as the company continues its expansion efforts under new leadership.

Photo of Nissan Rogue courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Recalls Rogue for Seat Frames

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 4, involves nearly 4,900 compact SUVs in the 2016 and 2017 model years.

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Nissan North America Adopts Chevin Software

Chevin Fleet Solutions is now implementing its web-based, enterprise-level software FleetWave at Nissan North America, the software provider announced.

Photo of the 2018 QX80 courtesy of Infiniti.

Infiniti QX80 Refreshed for 2018

Infiniti has refreshed its QX80 flagship SUV for the 2018 model year with exterior design tweaks and upgraded infotainment and technology features, the company has announced.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Invests $870M in Spain for Kuga Production

Ford is investing more than $870 million to build the next-generation Kuga mid-size SUV in Valencia, Spain.

Photo of Toyota C-HR courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalls C-HR SUVs for Parking Brakes

The recall covers an estimated 28,600 compact SUVs in the 2018 model year.  

Derive Hires Executives to Grow Fleet Business

Derive Systems has hired Erica Fine as director of strategic sales for enterprise and Bob Bowe as senior director of business development to lead fleet sales and strategy, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of ElDorado Mobility.

ElDorado Amerivans Recalled for Fuel Leaks

The recall, expected to begin Nov. 20, covers more than 6,000 wheelchair-accessible vans that need replacement fuel lines.

(From left to right) Ahsan Rahim, COO, Wheels; Dave Decker, director, strategic planning, Canfield; Nate Gibson, VP of sales, Canfield; Larry Gibson, president and CEO, Canfield; Joe Brightwell, supply chain manager, Wheels; Steve Wolff, VP of operations, Wheels

Wheels Recognizes Upfit Supplier of the Year

Wheels Inc. named Canfield Equipment as the recipient of its 2017 Upfit Supplier of the Year Award for performance excellence, exemplary service, and innovation. This is the second year the award has been presented by the fleet management company.

Photo via Peter Stevens / Flickr

High-Mileage Vehicle Depreciation Strengthens

Vehicles over 100,000 aren’t depreciating at the same as they used to due mostly to a tight supply of late-model used vehicles, according to Edmunds’ Q3 Used Vehicle Market Report.

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

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