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New Jeep Compass Offers SUV Advantages at Sedan Prices

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Fleet managers who wish to transition from sedans to SUVs should take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers fuel economy and total cost of ownership that is equal to or better than some mid-size sedans.

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Chevrolet Equinox Emphasizes Rightsized Efficiency for 2018

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Completely redesigned, the model-year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will fit fleets looking for an efficient and productive crossover.

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Safety Tip: Night Driving

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice to promote safer driving at night.

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Driving Dynamics' Liggio Buys Out Retiring Owners

Art Liggio, Driving Dynamics' president and CEO, has acquired the fleet driver training company from its retiring founders with the help of an investment firm and Philadelphia-based financial institution.

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler Builds Battery Factory in Beijing For EV Production

The production of the batteries at the factory will meet the demands of producing electric vehicles locally.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.25 Per Gallon

The national average price of regular unleaded fell 1 cent to $2.25 per gallon for the week ending July 17 due to near all-time levels of demand while supply has ebbed lower.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

California's Climate Change Deal May Increase Fuel Prices

California's Legislature has voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030, which could result in an increase to the gasoline tax and would codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.

Congressman Robert Latta on July 19 addresses the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. Screen shot courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and YouTube.

House Advances Self-Driving Car Bill

The legislation now moves to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Photo of 2018 Equinox courtesy of GM.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Priced at $31,435

Chevrolet's diesel-powered 2018 Equinox will retail for at least $31,435 when it arrives later this summer as a rare diesel compact SUV with few competitors, CarsDirect.com is reporting.

Photo of self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

House Subcommittee Weighs Automated Vehicle Bill

Proponents of the legislation hope to hasten deployment of self-driving vehicles by consolidating regulatory authority at the federal level, eliminating a patchwork of state laws.

Traffic jam in Rio de Janeiro via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil's Yearly Vehicle Sales Buck June Decline

Auto manufactures in Brazil sold a total of 195,000 vehicles in June, a 0.3% decline compared to the previous month’s sales, but a 13.5% increase compared to the previous year.

Clean Fuels Ohio Hosting Green Fleet Expo

Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) are hosting the annual Midwest Green Fleets Forum & Expo in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 1 to 2, for fleets interested in alt fuels and those involved in advanced fuel and vehicle technology sectors.

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Following Another Vehicle Leads to Risky Driving

A new study from Arizona State University concludes that drivers who follow another car to a destination are more likely to drive dangerously.

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Setzke Returns to Donlen as VP of Client Relations

Donlen has rehired Roger Setzke as vice president of client relations, the fleet management company has announced.

Screenshot via Nauto.

GM, Other Automakers Invest in Self-Driving Startup

General Motors and Japan's Softbank have joined a group of other investors who have invested $159 million in Nauto, a Silicon Valley telematics company with technology designed to reduce distracted driving in commercial fleets.

Photo courtesy of AAA.

Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare

AAA Exchange offers advice on what measures drivers can take to counter sun glare and see the road more clearly.

Photo of 2018 Accord Touring courtesy of Honda.

Honda Redesigns Accord, Accord Hybrid for 2018

Honda is redesigning its Accord mid-size sedan, and hybrid variant, for 2018 by adding a 10-speed transmission and reworking the exterior design with a sportback-style rear roof and reworked front end.

Photo of Honda Accord courtesy of Honda.

Honda Recalls Accord for Fire Risk

The recall covers approximately 1.15 million 2013- to 2016-model year vehicles in the U.S.

Hot Shot’s Secret Releases Fleet Case Studies

Hot Shot's Secret, the leading brand for stiction elimination, announces three case studies with positive results for fleets.

ARI Recognized as Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

ARI has been recognized as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for 2017. This is the second time the company has been named to the list that honors top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces, the fleet management company announced.

Photo courtesy of the FCC via Flickr.

FCC Releases New Airwaves for Vehicle Radar Use

The spectrum expansion is expected to improve performance of such advanced safety features as automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control.

Photo of 2012 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Vehicle Depreciation Shows Pockets of Strength at Midway Point

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2012 to 2016 decreased in value 1.3%, slightly more than the 1.2% decrease in May, according to Black Book. The price of cars overall dropped 1.8%, while trucks decreased 0.8% in value in June. All vehicles are averaging a 12-month depreciation of 16.7%.

Graphic: NICB

NICB Names Most Stolen Vehicles of 2016

Among late-model cars, the most commonly stolen one is the 2016 Toyota Camry, according to the report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Photo of Lexus ES 350 courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus ES 350 Recalled for Steering

The recall covers more than 1,700 luxury vehicles in the 2017 model year.

Photo of 2018 CX-5 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda Sets 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Mazda will offer fleet incentives for seven of its 2018 model-year vehicles, including the CX-5 compact SUV.

Photo courtesy of Fleet Clean.

Mobile Truck Washer Fleet Clean Enters St. Louis

Mobile truck washer Fleet Clean USA is expanding into the St. Louis market next week and hopes to enter several other southern and Midwest markets by the end of the year, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Birmingham, Ala.

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Mercedes-Benz Names Dublin's National Fleet Sales Manager

Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division in Dublin has appointed Jason Mulcahy to the new position of national fleet sales manager.

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