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January 14, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ford Ranger Production to Begin in Late 2018

The Ranger will be available in three trim grades: XL, midlevel XLT, and a high-level Lariat trim series. It will include FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

The Ford Ranger is returning to the North American market with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a suite of Ford’s latest technologies.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Pickup Trucks

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Chevrolet to Unveil Class 4/5 Silverado

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet will reveal its all-new Silverado Class 4 and 5 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show 2018 in Indianapolis.

Tags: Chevrolet, Work Truck Show, Chevrolet Silverado, Class 5, Class 4, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Gets Latest CARB Approval

Image of converted Ford F-150 courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State of California.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

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

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record Van Sales; Teases Rollout of Next Sprinter

European-model Mercedes-Benz Vito electric van. The Vito is sold on this side of the Atlantic as the Metris. Photo: Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced it set a new record for unit sales in 2017 and for the first time passed the 40,000-vehicles sold mark. The division also again gave a taste of what its next-generation Sprinter will offer.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Vans

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Falls to 25 MPG

Photo via EveryCarListed/Flickr.

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in December fell to 25 mpg — down 0.2 mpg from a revised November value, according to Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak, researchers from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Tags: Fuel Economy, New Vehicle Sales, UMTRI, Trends

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Prices 2018 Titan, Titan XD Pickups

Photo of the 2018 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has set pricing for its 2018 pickup truck lineup that now includes five 1/2-ton Titan models, five Titan XD gasoline models, and five Titan XD diesel models.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Large Pickups, 2018

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

2019 Silverado Airlifted Into Texas Speedway

Photo of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet revealed its 2019 Silverado by airlifting the large pickup into the Texas Motor Speedway on Dec. 14 for a select group of automotive publications that included Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, 2019-MY, Large Pickups, Chevrolet

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

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

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

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

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.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

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

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.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2018

Photo of 2017 Jeep Patriot courtesy of FCA.

Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.

Tags: 2018-MY, Discontinued Vehicles, Jeep Patriot, Ford C-Max, Chrysler 200, Smart Fortwo

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

GMC Blacks Out Yukon Denali for 2018

Photo: Kim Pham

The package includes all of the options available on the Yukon Denali, along with black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps, premium carpeted floor mats, and an exclusive Onyx Black exterior paint.

Tags: GMC Yukon, General Motors, GMC, Large SUVs, 2018-MY

November 30, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo’s Subscription Service Begins with XC40, Starts at $600

Photo of the 2019 Volvo XC40 by Chris Brown.

Volvo's Care subscription service will cost $600 per month and arrive next year as a pairing with the release of 2019 XC40 when the compact SUV hits showrooms in the early spring.

Tags: Volvo, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, Volvo XC40, Subscription, 2019-MY, L.A. Auto Show

November 29, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Lincoln Unveils Nautilus SUV, Vehicle Subscription Pilot

Lincoln unveiled its new luxury SUV Nautilus at the Los Angeles Auto show. Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Lincoln introduced its new 2019 luxury SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Nautilus replaces the Lincoln MKX. Lincoln also announced the launch of this vehicle subscription service pilot in California next year.

Tags: Lincoln, L.A. Auto Show, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Subscription, Lincoln Nautilus

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Wrangler Enhances Connectivity, Open-Air Options

Jeep's 2018 Wrangler Rubicon on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Jeep revealed its newly designed 2018 Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features more fuel-efficient powertrains and is loaded with safety features and technology.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, L.A. Auto Show, 2018-MY, Off-Road Vehicles

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan's 2018 Kicks Debuts as New Entry Utility

Photo of the 2018 Nissan Kicks by Chris Brown.

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The compact crossover becomes the sixth member of the Nissan crossover and SUV lineup.

Tags: Nissan, L.A. Auto Show, 2018-MY, Nissan Kicks, Subcompact SUVs

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Subaru Debuts Three-Row SUV Ascent

Subaru's all-new 2019 Ascent three-row SUV. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Subaru unveiled its 2019 Ascent three-row SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA event. The mid-size SUV is powered by a new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine.

Tags: Subaru, L.A. Auto Show, 2019-MY, Subaru Ascent, Three-Row SUVs

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Most Popular Truck Colors of 2017 Named

Graphic courtesy of Spork Marketing.

Common fleet colors of white and silver dominate the list of popular exterior paint colors for pickup trucks in 2017, according to a new survey.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Vehicle Color, 2017-MY

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Start EV Rollout in 2021

Photo of CEO Mary Barra courtesy of GM.

General Motors will begin rolling out its next-generation of electric vehicles in 2021, and it seeks to reach its goal of offering 20 such vehicles by 2023, CEO Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday.

Tags: General Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Investors, C-Suite

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Midnight Edition Pickups for 2018

Photo of Titan XD Midnight Edition courtesy of Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan has released pricing for six of the nine Midnight Edition models and expands the lineup to include Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD models.

Tags: Pricing, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Special Edition

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. Auto Show to Feature 60+ Vehicle Debuts

Logo: LAAS

Automakers will announce more than 60 vehicles for the first time globally and in North America at AutoMobilityLA, the Los Angeles Auto Show's trade show preceding the public opening of the event later this month.

Tags: L.A. Auto Show, Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW, Jeep Wrangler, Industry Events

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

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

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Rolls Out More 2018-MY Fleet Incentives

Photo of 2018 Passat courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has added several more fleet incentives to its 2018 model-year lineup to go with two previously-announced incentives for its new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs.

Tags: Volkswagen, Fleet Incentives, 2018-MY

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-Series Named Hottest Truck at SEMA

(From left) Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, Ford Motor Co. director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems; Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA display their proudly won awards. (Photo courtesy of PR Newswire)

Selected by manufacturing exhibitors of the world's premier automotive trade show, the Ford F-Series was named the "Hottest Truck" at the automotive trade show. The F-Series has received the honor three years in a row.

Tags: F-Series, SEMA, Ford, Awards

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