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Demand for Renewable Fuel Up in California

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No matter the type of fleet, this Southern California distributor has found they all want the same thing: renewable, low-emission fuels.

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Paragon Enhances Routing, Scheduling Software

The update seeks to make it easier for U.S. fleet managers to adapt to the trend toward electric, natural-gas, and hybrid-powered delivery vehicles.

Photo of the opening of Volkswagen's Port of Benicia facility courtesy of the automaker.

VW's New California Port Should Lower Order-to-Delivery Times

Volkswagen Group of America has begun delivering vehicles through a port of entry in northern California that's expected to improve vehicle delivery times in the area, the company announced.

Courtesy of J.D. Power

Late-Model Auction Volume Favoring Cars: J.D. Power

In a reversal from the new-vehicle trend of trucks overtaking cars in market share, auction volume from the 2015 to 2018 model years favored the car segment in January. Late-model car auction volume accounted for 54% of the auction volume in January while trucks accounted for 46%.

Video Safety Tip: How to Drive on Gravel

Driving on gravel presents risks if you're not prepared, because the uneven and inconsistent surface affects stability, ride, and handling. But like other driver behavior, these risks can be managed so fleet drivers can reach their destination safely.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.53 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline fell four cents to $2.53 per gallon for the week ending Feb. 20 and has fallen 3% from its 2018 high of $2.61 that was reached on Feb. 5, according to AAA.

Photo of Nexo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai's Next-Gen Fuel Cell Vehicle: 378 Miles

Hyundai unveiled its Nexo next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with higher-level autonomy that should deliver a range of 609 kilometers (378 miles) and will initially be sold in South Korea, the company announced.

Photo of 2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA.

Ram Trucks Recalled for Brake Transmission Interlock

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 180,462 2017-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, 4500 Cab Chassis, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with a column shifter to help drivers from accidentally shifting their vehicles out of Park.

Screenshot via NICB.

Five Charged After Texas Chop Shop Raid

Five people with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood gang were arrested on multiple charges, including auto theft, following a raid of an alleged chop shop in San Jacinto County, Texas, according to reports.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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