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April 20, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Large Pickups, FCA, Order to Delivery

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fuel Economy, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

April 10, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Enter Next Generation in 2020

On-road testing of the new Silverado HD prototypes will begin in the near future and production is expected to start in the third-quarter of 2019. Photo courtesy of General Motors

The next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups will debut in late 2019 as 2020 models, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2020-MY, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Large Pickups

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

4x4 Pickups Now Dominate Utility Fleets

Image courtesy of Utilimarc

Among utility fleets, four-wheel drive trucks have become the dominant light-duty pickup, according to Utilimarc.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, Utility Fleets, Four Wheel Drive, Utilimarc

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet Streamlines Car Lineup

Photo of 2019 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet is refreshing three of its passenger cars — the Malibu, Cruze, and Spark — for the 2019 model year in an attempt to bring new buyers to the models at a time when utility vehicles have become increasingly popular.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Spark, Midsize Sedans, Compact Cars, 2019-MY

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen's Midsize Pickup Tests the Waters

Photo of the Atlas Tanoak concept pickup courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is showing a midsize pickup concept based on its Atlas midsize SUV at the New York International Auto Show that the company is using to test media and customer response before it commits to a production schedule.

Tags: Volkswagen, New York Auto Show, Midsize Pickups

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Offers Wi-Fi, Connected Services on Older Vehicles

Photo of dealer technician installing FordPass SmartLink OBD-II device courtesy of Ford.

Ford is enabling owners of 2010 to 2017 model-year vehicles to add a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics features through FordPass SmartLink, an OBD-II dongle available from dealers.

Tags: Wi-Fi, Ford, 2017-MY, 4G LTE, OBD-II Device

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Fusion: First Ford to Standardize Driver-Assist Tech

Photo of 2019 Fusion mid-size sedan courtesy of Ford.

Ford will debut its standard driver-assist technology package, Co-Pilot360, on the 2019 Fusion mid-size sedan, which has been named Fleet Car of the Year six times since 2011.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Ford, 2019-MY, Midsize Sedans, Ford Fusion Energi, Lane Keeping System, Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Headlights, Automatic Braking

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Gives Glimpse Into 2020 Lineup

Ford plans to offer hybrid versions of its F-150 and Explorer by 2020. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is refreshing its vehicle lineup for 2020 with bigger bets on electrification, utility vehicles, and advanced driver-assisting technology, the company's top executives told journalists at a briefing today in Dearborn, Mich.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Lincoln, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, New York Auto Show, Ford Ranger, Ford Bronco, Lincoln Aviator, 2020-MY

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

Work Truck Show Names 2018 Innovation Awards

Photo of Innovation Award presented to Workhorse courtesy of The Work Truck Show.

The Most Innovative Vehicle award went to Workhorse for its W-15 electric pickup truck, the Most Innovative Safety Product award was presented to J.W. Speaker Corporation for the Model 8910 Evolution 2 LED headlight, and the Most Innovative Truck Equipment honor went to CARR for its Factory Step.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Workhorse, Awards

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Ram Truck, Verizon, Verizon Connect

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet Debuts Three Medium-Duty Trucks

The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen

Chevrolet is squarely back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with the unveiling of three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — that expand its commercial lineup and give Chevrolet a greater weight range of vehicles for fleet purchasers. Chevrolet first showed the vehicles at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado 6500, 2019-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks, Work Truck Show, Chevrolet

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Photo of 2019 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Work Truck Show, Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, 2019-MY, Ford, Diesel Engines

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso's Class 4 Gasoline Cabovers Arrive

Photo of gasoline-powered FE Canter courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will begin selling its gasoline-powered 2019 FE cabovers this month, after showing production-ready versions at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Cabovers, Work Truck Show, 2019-MY, Class 4, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ram 1500 Starts at $33,340

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler's 2019 Ram 1500 large pickup will retail for at least $33,340 when it arrives at dealer lots in the coming weeks, FCA has announced. The price includes a retail price of $31,695 and a delivery fee of $1,645.

Tags: Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2019-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Pricing

February 26, 2018 - Industry News

Work Truck Show to Bring Slew of Vehicles, Products

Logo courtesy of The Work Truck Show

Truck manufacturers, as well as auxiliary equipment manufacturer, are gearing up to reveal several new vehicles and solutions at the Work Truck Show from March 6–9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Events

February 14, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Refreshes 2019 C-Class

Photo of 2019 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will receive a midcycle update for 2019 that tweaks the exterior styling and brings more power and standard features, the company announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Luxury Sedans, 2019-MY, Midcycle Refresh

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ram Unveils 2019 1500 Lone Star Edition

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 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.

Tags: Special Edition, Ram 1500, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Vehicle Dependability Improves 9%: J.D. Power

Chart courtesy of 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.

Tags: J.D. Power, Buick, Vehicle Dependability Study

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai Elantra Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

Photo of small overlap front driver side crash test courtesy of IIHS.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award, the Top Safety Pick+, when the compact sedan is equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

Tags: Hyundai, Crash Tests, Hyundai Elantra, IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Compact Cars, 2018-MY, Adaptive Headlights

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Third-Gen 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford debuted the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon with new gasoline and diesel powertrains, a new eight-speed transmission, and a suite of safety technology as standard equipment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, 2019-MY, Compact Vans, Passenger Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Detroit's New DD8 Diesel Engine Completes Medium-Duty Power Offerings

The dual-stage turbocharger-equipped version of Detroit’s new DD8 Diesel engine is ideal for trucks like this Freightliner SD plow/dump, which need more owner for tough vocational work. Photo: Jack Roberts

The newest Detroit diesel engine from Daimler Trucks North America gives medium-duty fleets a higher-horsepower option for tough vocational applications.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Vocational Trucks, DD8, Test Drive, Engines

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