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An estimated 94% of crashes are tied to human error, according to NHTSA. Photo by the Los Angeles Fire Department via Flickr.

New Safety Research to Focus on Driver Behavior

The Governors Highway Safety Association is teaming with the Transportation Research Board to find new ways to prevent traffic deaths and injuries.

Courtesy of Enterprise Holdings.

Hurricanes Boosted Used Vehicle Values 2%

The hurricanes that swept through Texas and Florida destroyed and damaged as many as 900,000 vehicles, and the replacement activity that the catastrophic events spurred boosted retention by almost 2%, according Black Book.

Photo: Daimler Trucks

European Customers Now Running Fuso eCanter Electric Trucks

Daimler Trucks has begun delivering its Fuso eCanter, which it calls the first all-electric truck in regular production, to fleet customers in Europe, the company announced.

EV Tax Credit Spared by Congress

Congressional negotiators will spare a $7,500 federal tax credit that has supported sales of plug-in electric vehicles, which was put in place in 2008 and 2009 for plug-in and converted plug-in electric vehicles.

Photo of the Chevrolet Bolt EV courtesy of GM.

10 Top Engines of 2018 Named

Two Ford engines appeared on WardsAuto's 10 Best Engines for 2018, while four alternative fuel powertrains also made the list, the media outlet announced.

Photo of the 2017 Fusion Hybrid SE courtesy of Ford.

Cost of Owning Hybrids Improves with Varied Depreciation

The total cost of owning hybrid vehicles compared to their gasoline counterparts improved in 2017 with 40% of the models studied in Vincentric's annual analysis having a lower TCO, according to the firm.

Preventing Holiday Season Road Rage

It's the holiday season -- a time when some Americans feel more stress and anxiety. AAA offers advice on what measures and precautions drivers can take to help prevent road rage.

Photo of Hyundai Elantra courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai, Kia Issue Recalls for Brake Light Issue

Two separate recalls, tied to faulty brake pedal stopper pads, cover a combined 524,833 vehicles in the 2012-2014 model years.

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Nissan Names Gleason Fleet Sales Director

Nissan North America has named Marty Gleason its director of fleet sales. Gleason comes to the role from Nissan's pre-owned and CPO division, where he was a senior manager.

Jason Luo (center left), chairman & CEO of Ford China, and Hu Xiaoming (center right), senior vice president of Alibaba, president of AliOS and president of Alibaba Cloud, signed the strategic cooperation agreement on behalf of both organizations. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford, Alibaba Collaborate For Mobility Solutions in China

Ford and Alibaba Group established a joint effort to identify ways to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility in China and around the world.

Fed Boosts Interest Rates Again, More Hikes Planned

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised interest rates again Wednesday. It's a sign that the Fed believes the economy is in no danger of slowing down, including taking into consideration this week's latest economic reports.

Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Subaru Updates 2018-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Subaru has updated its schedule for when it will stop taking commercial orders for seven of its 2018 model-year vehicles, and has set dates for when it will begin taking orders on its 2019-MY lineup, including the new Ascent three-row SUV.

Sketch of the 2019 Jetta courtesy of VW.

VW to Reveal Next-Gen 2019 Jetta in Detroit

Volkswagen will unveil its seventh-generation 2019 Jetta compact sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in mid-January, the automaker has announced.

Driving Dynamics Wins Award for DrivActiv Microlearning Library

Driving Dynamics Inc. has been named as a 2017 award recipient in the twenty-ninth annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition, the fleet driver training company announced.

Photo via Noya Fields/Flickr

Battery Breakthrough Could Triple EV Range

New research at the University of Waterloo in Canada could lead to the development of batteries with triple the range of current battery technology for electric vehicles.

Photo of Mazda3 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda3 Cars Recalled for Stalling

The recall, tied to an exhaust valve spring that might fail, covers 144 compact cars in the 2018 model year.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Declines to $2.46 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline continued its December decline by falling two cents to $2.46 for the week ending Dec. 11. The largest drops came in the East Coast and Midwest regions, according to AAA.

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds

General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.

Late Model Year Vehicle Values Fall in November

The average price of a used vehicle from model years 2012 to 2016 depreciated in value by 2.2%, in November, according to Black Book. Year-over-year, the average value for these vehicles has depreciated by 13.2%.

Photo of 2019 Avalon courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota to Relaunch Avalon for 2019

Toyota will unveil its 2019 Avalon in January at the North American International Auto Show as a high-profile sedan update at a time when manufacturers prefer to focus their marketing on new utility vehicles and trucks.

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair – but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Photo: FMCSA

ELD Face-off: Two Sides of the Looming Mandate

With just a week to go until the much-debated electronic logging device rule kicks in on Dec. 18, HDT asked top officials of two trucking associations that have been outspoken in their support or criticism of the far-reaching mandate to weigh in on several key aspects.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Enables Fuel Purchases From the Dashboard

Drivers of General Motors vehicles will be able to purchase Shell fuel and other products or services from their dashboard using a new digital platform known as GM Marketplace, the automaker has announced.

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PARS Ross Replaces Langness as VP of Sales and Client Relations

PARS has named Teri Ross its new VP of sales and client relations following the retirement of Terry Langness, a fleet industry veteran who will end his tenure with the company by the end of January.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Traction Control

The National Safety Council explains the benefits of traction control and reveals the two driving situations when the feature should be turned off.

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