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Ford Sees Strong Truck and SUV Sales in First Half of 2017

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Ford Motor Company saw increases in sales for their roster of trucks and SUVs.

VW's MY-2018 Golf models are covered by the 3-year/72,000-mile People First Warranty Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Debuts Industry-Leading Warranty Across Lineup

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The automaker has extended its six-year/72,000-mile transferable warranty across most of its lineup. Fleets will benefit from coverage over a standard 3-year/30,000-mile lifecycle.

Screen shot of Cruise Automation self-driving car courtesy of Cruise Automation/YouTube.

Fully Autonomous Car Testing Coming to NYC

GM and Cruise Automation have plans to begin testing self-driving cars on public streets in Manhattan in early 2018.

Photo of 2018 Maxima courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Maxima Starts at $33,905

The 2018 Nissan Maxima retails for at least $33,905, which is $410 above the starting 2017 model, Nissan has announced.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

GM Reaches Ignition-Switch Settlement With 49 States

The automaker agrees to pay $120 million to resolve state claims associated with the defective ignition switches that spurred 2014 recalls.

Photo of the 2018 F-150 with TAWA trophy courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Award F-150 Truck of Texas

The 2018 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tacoma have earned top awards at the Texas Auto Writers Association's (TAWA) Truck Rodeo as trucks of Texas, where manufacturers sell one of five pickups.

In Memoriam: Former Cadillac Manager Gambrell

William Gambrell, a longtime Cadillac manager who worked in the fleet division of the General Motors luxury brand, died on Oct. 9 at his Dearborn, Mich. home. He was 74.

Photo of Toyota Sienna courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Toyota Recalls Sienna Minivans for Rollaway Risk

The recall covers 310,000 vehicles in need of a new shift lock solenoid.

Photo of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Recalls 132K Cars, SUVs for Engine Trouble

The recall affects 2015-2017 Outlander, 2015-2016 Lancer and Outlander Sport, and 2015 Lancer Evolution vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo.

Landi Renzo to Offer Natural Gas 2018 Ford Trucks by April

Landi Renzo is expecting certification from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to sell natural gas-powered models of several 2018 Ford vehicles, including the E-350 and F-250/F-350 by April 1.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2018 Rogue Adds Semi-Autonomous Driving Tech

Nissan is rolling out its semi-autonomous driving technology ProPilot Assist on a higher trim of the 2018 Rogue compact SUV, which has become Nissan's best selling model.

Photo courtesy of Workhorse Group

W.B. Mason Adds Workhorse Hybrid-Electric Step Van to Fleet

Office products dealer W.B. Mason has taken delivery of its first Workhorse electric, range-extended step van, leased through Ryder System.

Jeep Compass Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The award, given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, applies to 2017 Jeep Compass SUVs equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Photo of Kristi Webb, Element's president and CEO, courtesy of Element.

Element's 2017 Roundtable Highlights Fleet Trends

Hundreds of fleet company executives, supplier partners, automotive manufacturers and Element experts gathered at the 2017 Element Fleet Roundtable in Maryland last week.

MacDonald

Former Chrysler Fleet GM MacDonald Dies

John MacDonald, who ran Chrysler's fleet unit for several years in the 1990s, died at his home on Walloon Lake, Mich., earlier this month. He was 72.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.47 Per Gallon

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell 2 cents to $2.47 for the week ending Oct. 16, as fuel prices level out and return to pre-hurricane levels, reports AAA.

Photo of 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude courtesy of FCA.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Upgrades Connectivity

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee will offer a new Tech Connect package on the Latitude trim that will include connectivity for the Amazon Echo Dot that allows a user to use Alexa voice commands to start the car remotely.

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Nissan Elevates Mohnke to SVP of Sales, Marketing, and Operations

Nissan North America has named Dan Mohnke senior vice president of sales, marketing and operations in the U.S., where he will oversee light commercial vehicles and report to the company's North America chairman.

Photo courtesy of Manheim.

Manheim Puerto Rico Hosts First Post-Hurricane Sale

Manheim Puerto Rico hosted its first post-hurricane sale on Oct. 12 — 200 vehicles were offered for sale, the auction announced. Of those, 70 sold and an additional 30 vehicles are pending sale.

Photo: David Cullen

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Safety Tip: Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots

AAA offers advice on how to stay safe and avoid collisions in parking lots.

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In Memoriam: Clorox Company Manager Katherine Nyland

Kate Nyland, retired manager, facilities, construction, and corporate services for The Clorox Company, passed away on June 20, succumbing to ALS.

Screen shot of Chrysler 200 via YouTube.

FCA Recalls 470K SUVs, Sedans for Head Restraints

The recall includes more than 414,000 Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles in the U.S. in the 2012 and 2013 model years.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Retrofit 1.4M Explorers for Exhaust-Leak Prevention

The automaker addresses customer concerns raised by recent reports of carbon monoxide leaks in upfitted Ford police vehicles.

Proposed Law Would Ease Fuel Economy Rules

A pair of federal lawmakers from Michigan have proposed a bill that would make it easier for automakers to meet fuel economy requirements.

Photo: Lytx

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.

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