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The Impact of the 'Smart' Windshield on Fleet Operations

The windshield is a critical safety component of a vehicle, protecting passengers in the event of a rollover and aiding in proper airbag deployment. However, the windshield is no longer just an independent part comprised of a vinyl interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass. What is changing is that windshields are becoming more technologically integrated with the rest of the vehicle.

Tracking Advances in Powertrains

After several years of few new developments, engines and transmissions are experiencing a period of renewed and transformative changes.

Lighter 2016 Cruze Delivers 40 MPG Highway

Chevrolet's 2016 Cruze compact car enters its second generation with a model that's 250 pounds lighter than the outgoing model and is expected to return 40 mpg highway, General Motors has announced.

GM Details 2016 Malibu's Weight Loss Plan

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has slimmed down by 300 pounds from the outgoing model by using more aluminum, a leaner body structure, streamlined instrument panel, softer interior materials, and a lighter engine.

Mercedes-Benz Introduces 2016 GLC Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz will bring its GLC luxury SUV to dealers in November as a 2016 model-year replacement to the GLK-Class with a greater range of features and significantly lighter-weight construction for improved fuel economy.

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

Ford Planning High-Volume Carbon-Fiber Rollout

Ford will ramp up the use of carbon fiber in its vehicles as a light-weighting strategy, following an agreement with supplier DowAksa to lead to high-volume automotive use of the material that's most been used in exotic, luxury vehicles.

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