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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size SUV was designed specifically for the American market and is built at the OEM's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. Photo: Volkswagen

Introducing the All-New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Sponsored by Volkswagen of America Inc.

Built using the automaker's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the Volkswagen Atlas features plenty of cargo space, a choice of five trim levels, and two available engines. The seven-passenger mid-size SUV was designed specifically for the American market.

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How Will New Lease Accounting Standards Affect Fleets?

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New accounting standards for reporting lease transactions take effect after December 15, 2018 for public companies and December 2019 for private businesses. As a result, many organizations with fleets of vehicles are trying to figure out how these new rules will impact them moving forward.

Screenshot of ARI WatchList courtesy of ARI.

ARI Launches Fleet Monitoring Tool

ARI WatchList notifies a fleet manager of critical events as they happen and allows such events to be monitored in a newsfeed format.

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LeasePlan USA Names CCO

Ricardo Fonzaghi was named chief commercial officer of LeasePlan USA, overseeing the company’s sales and client relations teams.

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Auto Recalls Reach 53.2 Million in 2016

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles last year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 51.2 million vehicles were affected by recalls.

Cost Estimates Overstated for Pollution Standards, Study Finds

Cost estimates for meeting MPG and pollution standards are overstated by as much as 40 percent, according to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Photo of 2018 Toyota Sienna Limited courtesy of Toyota.

2018 Toyota Sienna Adds Standard Safety Package

The entire 2018 Sienna Van lineup will include pedestrian detection warnings and lane departure alert.

Photo of the 2018 Yaris courtesy of Toyota.

2018 Toyota Yaris To Launch This Summer

The Yaris will be equipped with several driver-assist technologies, including lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

ROUSH Recalls Propane Conversion Kits

Dealers need to replace fuel control valve solenoids to fix a problem that can lead to engine stalling.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Expands Edge 2018 Lineup

The Ford Edge 2018 lineup now features the SEL Sport Appearance Package and will be available this fall.

N.D. Legislators Try to Rein in Distracted Driving

The North Dakota Senate and House have passed a bill broadening the definition of distracted driving.

Stacey Snyder, conversion specialist from Alliance AutoGas, in Asheville, N.C., performing the live conversion. (PHOTO: ALLIANCE AUTOGAS)

Alliance AutoGas Beats Conversion Record

Alliance AutoGas conversion specialists upfitted a 2017 Ford F-250 live, in the record-setting time of 1:21:00, at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

French Probe FCA Diesel Emissions Tests

The French investigation into FCA diesel emissions testing procedures opened on March 15, 2017. Following Volkswagen's admission in 2015 of cheating on U.S. diesel emission tests, several European countries launched their own tests on vehicle emissions.

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

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Used Car Prices 'Softening,' ADESA's Kontos Says

February provided "further concrete evidence of softening" of used vehicle prices during a month that usually shows improvement from January, ADESA's Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.

Photo of 2017 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates Transit Van for 2018

Ford added several new features and new optional equipment to its Transit full-size van for the 2018 model year, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of Daimler Vans.

Daimler Recalls Sprinter and Metris Vans

Two separate recalls involve 1,320 vehicles, including Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans.

Graphic courtesy of Auto Insurance Center. Source of 2015 data: NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Ohio, Mich. Lead in Winter Weather Fatal Crashes

In 2015, Ohio saw 143 deadly collisions in wintry conditions, according to an Auto Insurance Center analysis based on NHTSA crash data.

Photo: UPS

UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Safety Tip: Driving in High Winds

The Nevada Department of Transportation offers advice on how to drive safely during windy weather.

Ford's improved Pedestrian Detection safety feature addresses a common fear among drivers: the risks of night blindness or striking a person or object after dark. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Develops Nighttime Pedestrian Detection Tech

In the U.S., the safety feature will debut on the 2018 Ford F-150 and Mustang.  

Photo of 2017 F-250 XL courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's CNG 2017 F-250/F-350 Certified

Torrance, Calif.-based Landi Renzo has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 6.2L V-8 engine with the gaseous prep engine package.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Merging onto the Freeway

Here’s some driving advice, provided by the Colorado Driver Handbook, on how to merge safely onto a freeway.

Image: White House Office of Management and Budget

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Photo of Kia Niro courtesy of Kia.

Kia Recalls Niro for Power Steering

The recall, set to begin April 7, covers 135 2017-model year hybrid crossovers.

eDriving Fleet Offers Driver Training Program

Driver training provider eDriving Fleet will offer its RoadRisk Plus driving training and risk reduction program to a variety of fleets in late 2017, the company has announced.

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