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Photo of the 2019 Volvo XC40 by Chris Brown.

Volvo’s Subscription Service Begins with XC40, Starts at $600

Volvo's Care subscription service will cost $600 per month and arrive next year as a pairing with the release of 2019 XC40 when the compact SUV hits showrooms in the early spring.

Indiana Wants ELD Rule Delayed

In an 11th-hour request, the attorney general of Indiana has proposed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration delay implementation of the electronic logging device rule set for Dec. 18 — less than 3 weeks away.

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Build Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure at Calif. Port

Toyota Motor North America is building what it claims will be the world's first fuel cell power generation play and a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach to support its operations, the company has announced.

The second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense package will feature an updated pre-collision system that can help detect a collision with a bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Update Active Safety Tech by Mid-2018

Toyota’s second generation of its Safety Sense package will start rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018.

Photo of 2018 Lexus RX 350L by Paul Lim.

Lexus Extends RX for 2018 with Third Row

The 2018 Lexus RX L models now have the option of a third row. Lexus extended the body length by 4.3 inches at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models.

Lincoln unveiled its new luxury SUV Nautilus at the Los Angeles Auto show. Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Lincoln Unveils Nautilus SUV, Vehicle Subscription Pilot

Lincoln introduced its new 2019 luxury SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Nautilus replaces the Lincoln MKX. Lincoln also announced the launch of this vehicle subscription service pilot in California next year.

Jeep's 2018 Wrangler Rubicon on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

2018 Wrangler Enhances Connectivity, Open-Air Options

Jeep revealed its newly designed 2018 Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features more fuel-efficient powertrains and is loaded with safety features and technology.

Photo courtesy of AAA.

Minor Vehicle Modifications Bolster Safety of Older Drivers

New research from AAA, however, indicates that most seniors fail to take advantage of such features as pedal extensions and steering wheel covers.

Photo of the 2018 Nissan Kicks by Chris Brown.

Nissan's 2018 Kicks Debuts as New Entry Utility

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The compact crossover becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV lineup.

The next-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Third-Generation CLS

Mercedes-Benz revealed its next-generation 2019 CLS at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new four-door coupe seats five passengers for the first time.

Subaru's all-new 2019 Ascent three-row SUV. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Subaru Debuts Three-Row SUV Ascent

Subaru unveiled its 2019 Ascent three-row SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA event. The mid-size SUV is powered by a new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine.

Pawlisz

Merchants Names Maintenance Coordinator

Mel Pawlisz was named maintenance coordinator at Merchants Fleet Management in its Rosemont, Ill., office.

Quainton

Advanced Disposal Services Names Fleet Manager

Previously, Tony Quainton was fleet manager for Waste Management in Detroit Central, Southfield, Mich.

Graphic courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab Launches Roadside Service Solution

Geotab is offering a service designed to reduce vehicle downtime via a comprehensive roadside assistance management solution.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Considers Drone Test Program a Success

Mercedes-Benz recently concluded a three-week test program in Zurich, Switzerland, that used drones and Mercedes Benz vans to make on-demand deliveries, calling the pilot a success according to a recent Bloomberg report.

Photo of Subaru Crosstrek courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Recalls Crosstrek SUVs for Loose Floor Mats

The recall covers more than 2,300 vehicles that may have unsecured floor mats that could interfere with acceleration and braking functions.

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Former Bimbo Bakeries Fleet Manager Joins MBI Energy

Arthur Parr, CAFS, was named director of fleet maintenance at MBI Energy Services in Dickinson, N.D. Parr is responsible for the maintenance of 1,800 vehicles operating in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. He assumed this position in July 2017

Screenshot via Cruise Automation.

GM Planning 'Advanced' Autonomy Announcement

General Motors will lay out its "vision for an autonomous future" during a webcast with investors on Thursday, the automaker has announced.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.51 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell three cents to $2.51 following the Thanksgiving holiday, and has been getting cheaper for the past 10 days, according to AAA.

Photo of Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

Jeep Compass Recalled for Passenger Air Bags

The recall covers an estimated 7,000 SUVs in the 2018 model year.

Graphic of "islands of autonomy" courtesy of KPMG.

Mobility Services to Slow Sedan Sales 40% by 2030

Self-driving cars, ride sharing, and other mobility services should slash sales of sedans by nearly 40% by 2030, as Americans become less reliant on vehicle ownership, according to a forecast from KPMG.

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Pepsi Names Senior Fleet Manager

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Richard Callis was senior manager of fleet for Charter Communications in Charlotte, N.C.

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Wrong-Way Drivers

Each year, about 360 people in the U.S. die in wrong-way crashes. Here's advice on how to limit the risk.

Photo of CX-5 grille courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda Planning New SUV for 2021

Mazda will introduce a new utility vehicle in the U.S. market in 2021 that will be built at a new plant the automaker is building in a partnership with Toyota, the company's CEO announced.

Photo: Tesla

Tesla Lists Electric Truck at $150K for Base Model

Tesla has posted the prices for its upcoming electric truck, the Tesla Semi, showing an expected price of $150,000 for the base model. A version with a longer range will start at $180,000.

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