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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.

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 Tax

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 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.

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.

Photo courtesy of AAA.

AAA Offers Advice for Transporting Christmas Trees

To promote safer roads this holiday season, AAA provides tips on how to properly secure a Christmas tree to ensure it doesn’t cause vehicle damage or fall from the vehicle.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Takata Restitution Fund for Automakers Launches

The fund was established as part of the automotive supplier’s plea agreement deal reached in criminal court in February.

Photo by Intel Free Press via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr.

Fla. Bill Would Strengthen Driver Texting Ban

New legislation in the Florida House would make texting while driving a primary offense.

Photo of Jeep Compass courtesy of FCA.

Jeep Compass Recalled for Instrument Cluster

The recall, expected to get under way Jan. 10, covers more than 25,800 compact SUVs.

Video: 15 Vehicles Win Most Prestigious IIHS Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tightens criteria for its 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award, requiring high test scores in headlights and passenger-side protection.

Photo: XL Hybrids.

Verizon Switches New York Van Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Verizon has replaced 234 of its gas-powered vans in New York City with hybrid- electric vans using XL Hybrids technology, to support the city's clean energy goal to cut greennhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Photo courtesy of EVgo.

EVgo Opens 1,000th EV Fast Charger Station

EVgo opened its 1,000th DC Fast charger in the U.S. in partnership with Nissan, which is located near Washington, D.C.

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

New Vehicle MPG Dips to 25 in November

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in November was 25 mpg — down 0.1 mpg from October.

Image of E-GEN courtesy of Workhorse

First FedEx Ground Provider Adds Workhorse Electric Van

Workhorse Group Inc. has announced that Colonial Routes, Inc. in Farmington, N.Y., is the first FedEx independent service provider (ISP) in the country to participate in Workhorse's new nationwide program for FedEx Ground delivery vehicles.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Opens Second Parts Distribution Center in 2017

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its second Mopar parts distribution center in 2017, this one located in the metro Detroit area.

Screen shot via YouTube.

Nissan Recalls Rogue SUVs for Seats

The recall covers 210 compact SUVs in the 2016 model year and is due to get under way Jan. 8.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Leaf Production Underway

Production for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is underway at Nissan’s assembly plant in Tennessee for a nationwide release to start off the New Year.

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

MetroGistics Acquires Metro Title Services

MetroGistics Holdings has acquired a title and registration services company that services the fleet industry and auto dealers to further expand its reach as a vehicle logistics organization.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Drops to $2.48 Per Gallon

The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell again by three cents to $2.48 to start the month of December, continuing a two week slide in prices, according to AAA.

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Ram ProMaster Recalled for Impact Sensors

The recall, set to begin Jan. 3, covers more than 3,500 vans in the 2018 model year.

Photo courtesy of Verizon.

WEX, Verizon Establish Fleet Card Contract

WEX will provide more than 25,000 fleet cards to the communications company as well as offer additional insight into its fleet operations via WEX’s ClearView analytics platform.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

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