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Range Rover Sport Adds Plug-in Hybrid for 2019

Land Rover's Range Rover Sport will add light updates in 2018 ahead of bigger changes for the 2019 model year that include a plug-in hybrid variant of the luxury SUV, the company has announced.

The Renault Koleos, one of four models being discontinued by the French auto manufacturer. Photo via Wikimeida Commons/Navigator84

Renault India Discontinues Four Models Due to Low Sales

Renault India only has three vehicles in its lineup, the Kwid, Duster, and Lodgy. The group plans on releasing the Captur later this month.

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LeasePlan Hires VP for Northeast Region

LeasePlan USA has hired Anthony Fina as its vice president of business development for the Northeast region. Fina takes the place of longtime LeasePlan sales veteran Gerry Tellier.

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Uber Adds 50 Tesla Vehicles to Dubai Fleet

The addition of 50 Tesla cars to Uber's fleet is part of a partnership with the Dubai Taxi Corporation, which plans to bolster its own fleet with 200 Tesla model this year.

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Daimler Invests 600M Euro in Brazil

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will focus its investments in modernizing its products, digital services, and into production plants in São Bernardo do Campo and Juiz de Fora.

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Coca-Cola Adds Lytx DriveCam Video Safety System

Coca-Cola Consolidated implemented the program at three company locations, involving 200 drivers and 115 vehicle assets.

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids Raises $22M to Expand Fleet Business

XL Hybrids, Inc. has raised an oversubscribed Series D round of $22 million in venture capital funding to expand its sale and distribution of fleet vehicle electrification solutions to major customers across North America.

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W.Va. Leads Nation in Deer Crashes

Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin also make the top five list, according to the latest deer claim study from State Farm.

Hurricane Replacement Still Boosting Used Vehicle Prices

The average price of used vehicles model years 2012-2016 fell 0.7% in September, with the lion’s share of that depreciation coming from the car segment, according to Black Book. As of September, all vehicles are averaging a 12-month depreciation of 14.5%.

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company's vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Photo of 2017.5 Mazda6 courtesy of Mazda.

2017.5 Mazda6 Adds Standard Safety Tech

Mazda is offering a mid-model-year Mazda6 that will include blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard equipment, as well as providing available leather seating, Mazda has announced.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus revealed the e-Delivery truck and announced additional green initiatives at Innovation Day in Hamburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

VW to Electrify Commercial Trucks in Europe

Volkswagen has developed a battery-electric powered distribution truck and is working on additional electric solutions for medium- and heavy-duty distribution transport for the European market.

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of Waymo/FCA.

Calif. May Loosen Driverless Car Testing Rules

The state’s DMV releases new proposed regulations that would eliminate an existing requirement for a human driver behind the steering wheel.

Photo courtesy of ZF.

DHL to Deploy Electric, Autonomous Delivery Trucks in Germany

ZF and DHL plan to deploy a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles as early as next year in real-world delivery operations.

RMS Automotive Enhances PSA Group's Dealer Portal

RMS Automotive has enhanced its MOVE dealer web portal for French manufacturer PSA Group's vehicles. PSA Group uses the upstream remarketing platform in 22 countries to for Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles brands.

Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Trump, Economy, Auto Sales

Twenty senior industry leaders expressed cautious optimism about the economy and the automotive retail industry in White Clarke Group’s annual U.S. Auto and Equipment Survey.

Fleetmatics Registers ELD as Self-Certified to Meet DOT Requiremenets

Fleetmatics, a Verizon Company, has registered its Fleetmatics Reveal LogBook Electronic Logging Device for Android with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Photo of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Recalls Santa Fe Sport SUVs Still at Dealers

The recall covers 197 unsold 2018-MY vehicles that have defective front coil springs.

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Former GE Exec Named NHTSA Deputy Administrator

Heidi King will also assume the responsibilities of the agency’s administrator until that post is filled.

Photo of Subaru Crosstrek courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Crosstrek Earns Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2018 WRX have joined the ranks of Top Safety Pick+ winners. The two cars qualify for the honor when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

Driving Dynamics to Offer DriveTech Assessment Tool

Driving Dynamics Inc. will offer a set of driver assessment tools to its North American fleet clients under an agreement with United Kingdom-based DriveTech International.

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U.S. Road Deaths Rise 5.6% in 2016

Speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to buckle up contribute to the disturbing trend, according to newly released data from NHTSA.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline 18 Cents Cheaper Than Month Ago

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is now 18 cents lower than a month ago, when two hurricanes caused havoc in the Gulf Coast region, according to AAA.

Photo courtesy of Shell.

Shell Opens Retail Hydrogen Station in Calif.

Shell has opened a retail station in Southern California that allows drivers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to fill up and pay for the fuel with a credit card.

LIDAR firm Strobe is expected to help General Motors' Cruise Automation deploy autonomous vehicles at scale. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Acquires LIDAR Tech Firm

LIDAR tech firm Strobe is expected to bolster the automaker’s efforts to bring self-driving cars to market.

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