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Special Incentives for Ford Vans Expire May 2

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The 2016 Ford Fall Commercial Van Season special cash incentives apply to the manufacturer’s Transit, Transit Connect, and E-Series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis.

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Ford Offers Strobe Warning Light for F-150

Ford will offer a strobe warning LED light kit for its F-150 to fleet customers for the first time on 2016 model-year trucks. The package has been available for Super Duty trucks.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet 4500 Low-Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Low-Cab Forward Pricing Starting at $40K

The new trucks are offered in regular- and crew-cab body styles, with either a 6.0L V-8 gas engine, 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, or 5.2L turbo-diesel engine, all with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Endurance gasoline V-8s are made in Tennessee and Titans are assembled in Mississippi.

Nissan Announces Availability, Price of Titan XD Gas Pickup

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab pickups powered by an advanced 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 gasoline engine went on sale April 15. The Titan XD Gas pickup joins the XD with the Cummins 5-liter Turbo Diesel V-8 released last December.

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Ford Recycles Aluminum Used to Build F-150 Bodies

Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month, which could produce the equivalent of 30,000 F-150 bodies each month, according to Ford.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Ships Chrysler Pacifica Minivan to Dealers

FCA US has begun shipping its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan to dealers, and provided 200 of the vehicles to Michigan-area dealers ahead of a planned marketing campaign for the vehicle.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Truck Recall Triggered by Transmission Issue

The safety recall covers 184,000 2011-2012 model-year Ford F-150 trucks and 2012-MY Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator vehicles in the U.S.

Photo of the Livonia Transmission Plant courtesy of Ford.

Ford Invests $1.6B to Upgrade Truck Production

Ford is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio to support production of a new 10-speed transmission for certain F-150 models and Super Duty chassis cab.

Nissan Titan, photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Used Truck, Full-Size Van Prices Weaken

Black Book has new data that shows truck segments may be feeling additional pricing pressure, resulting in many trucks not holding their values as well as in previous years.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Alliance AutoGas

Blue Star Gas Sponsors LPG F-150's Cross-Country Trip

Blue Star Gas has signed on as one of 20 sponsors ot Alliance AutoGas' Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride where a Ford F-150 running on propane will make a cross-country trip to highlight the benefits of propane autogas.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica courtesy of FCA US.

FCA's 2017 Fleet Preview Starts in Boston, Phoenix

FCA US is giving fleet managers in 15 cities a chance to drive its 2017 model-year lineup starting with two events in Boston and Phoenix on April 26.

Advice for Driving in Heavy Rain

Flooding in the Houston area last week claimed the lives of at least eight drivers. Here's safety advice from AAA on how to drive during heavy downpours.

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Gasoline Heads Higher to $2.16 Per Gallon

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline increased 2.5 cents to $2.162 for the week ending April 25, as the fuel has seen incremental hikes heading into the summer driving season, according to federal data.

Safety Tip: Driving in a Dust Storm

Here’s advice from the National Weather Service on what steps you should take if a dust storm strikes while you’re driving.

Screen capture of Jeep Grand Cherokee electronic shifter courtesy of Mopar via YouTube.

FCA Recalls SUVs, Sedans for Confusing Gear Shifters

The recall — which includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger models — covers more than 811,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Photo of Transit courtesy of Ford.

Service Fleets Registering Most Vans

Service fleets added the most commercial vans among non-rental entities in 2015 for parcel delivery, HVAC, heath services and other sectors, according to new data from Ford and IHS Automotive.

GM Plant Shut-Downs Blamed on Japan Quake

Parts shortages caused by a pair of earthquakes in Japan has caused General Motors to shut down four North America assembly plants for two weeks, the company has announced.

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Volvo Planning Aggressive Electrification Rollout

Volvo hopes to sell 1 million electrified cars by 2025 and will roll out at least two hybrid versions of each model to achieve it, the automaker announced.

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Agrees to Diesel Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to give buyers of nearly 600,000 vehicles with emissions cheating software the option of selling the cars back or getting them fixed, a judge announced April 21.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Expands Dealer-Based Ordering

Nissan is making it easier for commercial fleets to acquire vehicles outside of annual purchasing cycles with its Fleetail 2.0 program that will expedite orders of less than 50 vehicles to commercial fleets and fleet management companies.

Photo via Chang'r/Flickr.

California Cities Again Most Polluted

California cities such as Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and Long Beach have again been named to a list of cities with the most air pollution caused by coal-fired power plants and older diesel truck engines.

Senate Approves Energy Bill Promoting Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

The U.S. Senate has approved an energy bill that reauthorizes a federal program that works with truck manufacturers and suppliers to improve fuel efficiency.

StreetScan is adding TomTom Bridge to its Nissan NV vans. Photo courtesy of StreetScan.

Pavement Inspection Fleet to Add TomTom Bridge

StreetScan, a company that provides pavement inspection and management services, has announced that TomTom will be deploying its TomTom Bridge to the company's fleet of Nissan NV vans. The vans are used to help cities monitor, maintain and repair roads.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Offers Mopar Fleet Parts Program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer a Mopar parts and service program for fleets as a one-stop maintenance solution to increase uptime, driver safety, and competitive pricing, FCA has announced.

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

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