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Photo of 2018 GMC Sierra courtesy of General Motors.

2018-MY Truck Order Cut-off Dates Approaching

Order cut-off dates for several 2018 model year truck models are fast approaching, according to Wheels, Inc. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have announced earlier than normal cut-off dates as they plan to move production and retool their plants in preparation for upcoming new designs and changes.

Video Safety Tip: Dealing With Potholes

Wintertime brings with it a safety nuisance for drivers: Potholes. That’s because freezing and thawing of water under pavement weakens the road and causes large cracks.

Photo via PxHere.

Vehicle Fatality Data Causes Concern

Motor vehicle accidents claimed 227 fewer lives in 2017 compared to the earlier year, which equates to a 0.5% decline to 40,100, the National Safety Council (NSC) has found. However, it would be a 6% increase from 2015.

Photo of 2018 Camry LE courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Camry, Lexus Models Recalled for Fueling Systems

Toyota Motor North America has recalled 11,800 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans and about 9,900 Lexus models for fueling system problems.

Photo of the 2019 Ascent courtesy of Subaru.

2019 Subaru Ascent Three-Row SUV Starts at $32,970

Subaru will begin selling its 2019 Ascent three-row SUV — the largest vehicle the crossover specialist has ever built — for at least $32,970 this summer, the company announced.

Screenshot via IIHS/HDLI.

Drivers Skeptical of Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Systems: IIHS

Drivers who participated in an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) study said they are somewhat cautious about adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping features and prefer systems they believe make smooth, gradual movements.

Photo of 2018 Range Rover Evoque courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Range Rover Evoques Recalled for Tire Pressure Monitoring

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling certain 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertibles with 20-inch wheels because the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may be incorrectly set.

Photo of the 2018 Escape courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Escape, Lincoln MKC for Brake Jounce Hoses

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 92 2018 Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles for incorrect front brake jounce hoses because they may encounter interference with adjacent components.

Tread of a ULP Ultra Drive Retread Tire courtesy of Michelin North America.

Truck Tire Shipments Set 2017 Records

The domestic tire industry reached two milestones in 2017. Replacement truck tire shipments totaled 19.2 million units, a record high.

Photo of 2019 X4 Euro spec crossover courtesy of BMW.

BMW's 2019 X4 Starts at $50,450

BMW's 2019 X4 enters its second generation as a wider, longer luxury SUV offered in a standard and higher-performance "M" model with improved technology such as voice recognition and gesture controls, BMW has announced.

Photo of 2019 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Mercedes-Benz Refreshes 2019 C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will receive a midcycle update for 2019 that tweaks the exterior styling and brings more power and standard features, the company announced.

The Lone Star will initially be offered with the 5.7L HEMI V-8. A powerful and fuel-efficient HEMI with the eTorque mild hybrid system is also available. (Image courtesy of FCA US)

Ram Unveils 2019 1500 Lone Star Edition

Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition — the all-new version of the original “Texas Truck” — at the Dallas Auto Show, the heart of America’s truck country.

CalAmp, CargoSense Provide Cloud-Based Cargo Monitoring

Telematics provider CalAmp has entered a partnership with cloud-software provider CargoSense to deliver critical telematics information on high-value, sensitive air cargo for one of the world's largest global airlines headquartered in the U.S.

Photo of Matt McAlear, FCA's senior manager of product development for passenger car brands, with 2018 Fiat 500 courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Turbocharges 500 Lineup for 2018

All Fiat 500 models will come equipped with turbocharged engines for the 2018 model year that will boost horsepower by 33%, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced.

Screenshot courtesy of Nissan.

Next-Gen 2019 Nissan Altima to Debut in New York

Nissan will unveil its 2019 Altima in late March as a mid-size sedan that will enter its sixth generation. The vehicle will debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 28, Nissan announced.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Vehicle Dependability Improves 9%: J.D. Power

Buick and Lexus ranked highest in overall vehicle dependability, which improved 9% overall in the past year, according to J.D. Power's annual Vehicle Dependability Study. Fleets using a three-year replacement model may benefit from higher resale prices.

The streets of Bucharest, Romania. Photo via HPGruesen/Good Free Photos

Report Finds Carsharing Services Could Reduce Traffic in Romania by 25 Percent

A study released by Perceptum found that offering carsharing services in major Romanian cities would maximize the efficiency of cars and improve urban mobility.

Graphic courtesy of Esurance.

Driver Assist Tech Can Increase Distraction

Drivers with access to semi-autonomous features such as automatic braking or a lane keeping system say that they're significantly more distracted while driving than drivers without the technology, according to a new study.

Photo: Steven Fecht for General Motors

Maven Launches Car-Sharing in Toronto

The service will initially offer 40 vehicle options to customers.

Photo of 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan courtesy of FCA.

Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Wrangler Recalled for Brake Switches

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 40,000 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Jeep Wrangler compact SUVs because the brake switches may malfunction — keeping the brake lights illuminated or allowing the vehicle to shift out of Park when the brake pedal is not pressed.

Photo via Julie Roberts/Max Pixel.

GM Restructuring South Korea Operations

General Motors will close one of its four South Korea factories by the end of May as part of a restructuring of its operations in the country to make its business more profitable.

Photo of autonomous LEAF at the 2014 Geneva auto show courtesy of Nissan.

Feds Set Self-Driving Vehicle Summit to Gather Data

The U.S. Transportation Department will hold a summit on March 1 to identify priority federal and non-federal activities that can accelerate the safe roll-out of autonomous vehicles.

Fleet's can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that ship-thru codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways.

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Electric Ford Transit Approved for N.Y. Incentive Program

The battery-electric Ford Transit 350HD from Lightning Systems now qualifies for a state incentive program in New York, the Loveland, Colo.-based vehicle modifier has announced.

Photo of 2018 Outback 50th Anniversary Edition courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Celebrates 50 Years in the U.S.

Subaru of America is celebrating 50 years of selling vehicles in the U.S. by producing anniversary editions of its vehicles that will be offered in limited numbers, the company announced.

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