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Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

General Motors to Boost Chevy Bolt EV Production

General Motors will increase production of its Chevrolet Bolt EV this year at its Orion Assembly Plant in Oakland County, Mich., as part of the company's "path to an all-electric future," chief executive Mary Barra told attendees at an energy conference.

Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

Photo of the 2017 Jeep Renegade Limited courtesy of FCA.

Jeep Renegades Recalled for Oil Pump

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling an estimated nine 2017 Jeep Renegade vehicles equipped with 2.4-liter engines because the may contain a cracked oil pump housing/balance shaft module (BSM).

Photo by Roselynne Reyes.

Ford Uses Virtual Reality to Show Pre-Collision Assist

Attendees of the 2018 Work Truck Show can experience Ford Motor Co.’s new Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, which is now standard on 2019 Transit Connect compact vans.

Jeannie Chiaromonte, VP, national remarketing manager at Bank of America won this year's Consignor of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Bobit Business Media.

2018 Remarketer and Consignor of the Year Named

Tom Caruso, executive vice president at KAR Auction Services received the 2018 Remarketer of the Year Award at the 2018 Conference of Automotive Remarketing. Jeannie Chiaromonte, VP, national remarketing manager at Bank of America received the 2018 Consignor of the Year Award.

Valvoline's Premium Blue One Solution 9200 engine oil is approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines. Image: Valvoline

Valvoline Offers Oil for Natural Gas, Diesel, and Gasoline Engines

Valvoline says its new Premium Blue One Solution 9200 is the first engine oil approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect.

Verizon Connect Launches Field Service Product

Mobile workforce solutions provider Verizon Connect announced the launch of Workforce, a new feature set designed specifically for the needs of fleet managers and fleet-based business owners. Workforce will make its industry debut at the Work Truck Show, which is being held this week in Indianapolis.

The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen

Chevrolet Debuts Three Medium-Duty Trucks

Chevrolet is squarely back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with the unveiling of three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — that expand its commercial lineup and give Chevrolet a greater weight range of vehicles for fleet purchasers. Chevrolet first showed the vehicles at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx Adds 300,000 Subscriptions in Three Years

Lytx became the first company in the history of video telematics to sell 300,000 new subscriptions over a three-year period, reaching 500,000 total subscriptions, which is more than any other video telematics company in the world, according to the company.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster City courtesy of FCA.

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster City for Tire Placards

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 3,460 2018 Ram ProMaster City compact vans because the tire placards may provide misinformation regarding seating capacity.

Photo of 2019 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of gasoline-powered FE Canter courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso.

Mitsubishi Fuso's Class 4 Gasoline Cabovers Arrive

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will begin selling its gasoline-powered 2019 FE cabovers this month, after showing production-ready versions at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of General Motors Fleet.

Fleet Technical Congress Debuts in Indianapolis

General session topics at the Fleet Technical Congress included connected vehicles’ impact on fleet operations, integrating multiple data streams to enhance decision-making, and vehicle replacement strategies.

Uber sees its self-driving trucks taking over many of the long-haul cross country routes while traditionally driven trucks transfer the goods in regional settings. Photo: Uber ATG

Uber Highlights Self-Driving Truck Hauling Goods Cross Country

Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group released a video showcasing how its Autonomous Truck technologies can be used to haul goods across the country.

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

2019 Ram 1500 Starts at $33,340

Fiat Chrysler's 2019 Ram 1500 large pickup will retail for at least $33,340 when it arrives at dealer lots in the coming weeks, FCA has announced. The price includes a retail price of $31,695 and a delivery fee of $1,645.

Photo of current Transit van courtesy of Ford.

Ford Highlights Electrified, Modified Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. partners will be showcasing a truck and vans upfitted from the three participants of its eQVM vehicle modifier program — XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Systems — at the NTEA Work Truck Show this year.

Photo of electrified Transit cargo van courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems to Offer Hydrogen-Powered Transit Van

Lightning Systems will begin delivering its battery-electric Ford Transit cargo van later this month and will eventually offer a hydrogen fuel-cell model, the vehicle modifier announced.

Fear of the unknown discourages investment in new trucking technologies, such as electric trucks, said UPS' Carlton Rose. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

UPS Head: Don’t Let Fear of Unknown Hold Back Future Excellence

Sitting still and worrying about all the new technology coming at us is not an option, said Carlton Rose, UPS president, global fleet maintenance and engineering, at the kickoff breakfast for the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect.

Verizon Connect Combines Three Mobile Workforce Solutions

Verizon Connect has launched as the integrated business entity that's the product of $5 billion in investments, including acquisitions of several connected vehicle providers, Verizon has announced.

Photo via cwozniak/Flickr.

Texting Ban Sails Through Florida House

A bill that would fully ban texting while driving in Florida swept to an easy victory in the state's House on March 1, when the legislative body voted 112-2 in favor of the legislation that would make texting while driving a primary offense.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Prices Rise to $2.53 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded increased one cent to $2.53 per gallon, and about half of the country saw increases at the pump with some states seeing as much as a nine-cent increase for the week ending March 5, reports AAA.

Donlen Named Top Outsourcing Provider

Donlen has been selected to the 2018 Global Outsourcing 100 list in the Leader Category for the 12th time by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), the fleet management company announced.

Emkay Wins Three Stevie Awards

Emkay has won three 2018 Stevie awards after the fleet management company was named a finalist in multiple categories.

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