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How Will New Lease Accounting Standards Affect Fleets?

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New accounting standards for reporting lease transactions take effect after December 15, 2018 for public companies and December 2019 for private businesses. As a result, many organizations with fleets of vehicles are trying to figure out how these new rules will impact them moving forward.

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Subaru Updates 2017-MY Order Cutoff Dates

Subaru has moved up the order cutoff date for fleets for the 2017 model-year Legacy to March 23 and updated the available exterior colors for the 2017-MY Forester, according to the company.

Photo of 2017 F-250 XL courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's CNG 2017 F-250/F-350 Certified

Torrance, Calif.-based Landi Renzo has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 6.2L V-8 engine with the gaseous prep engine package.

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Gasoline Prices Stay Flat

The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded remained flat at $2.29 per gallon for the week ending March 20, as drivers are now paying about 31 cents more than a year ago, according to the AAA.

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Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Graphic courtesy of Auto Insurance Center. Source of 2015 data: NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Ohio, Mich. Lead in Winter Weather Fatal Crashes

In 2015, Ohio saw 143 deadly collisions in wintry conditions, according to an Auto Insurance Center analysis based on NHTSA crash data.

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Safety Tip: Merging onto the Freeway

Here’s some driving advice, provided by the Colorado Driver Handbook, on how to merge safely onto a freeway.

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Daimler Recalls Sprinter and Metris Vans

Two separate recalls involve 1,320 vehicles, including Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans.

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Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

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Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Fuso Adds Gasoline V-8 to FE Series Cabovers

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America premiered a new prototype V8 gasoline powertrain for the company’s FE Series medium-duty cabovers at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Mitsubishi Fuso Adds Telogis Telematics to Cabovers

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. will offer a Telogis-powered telematics system as standard equipment on all FUSO medium-duty, diesel cabover trucks, the manufacturer announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of FTR cabovers courtesy of ICTA.

Isuzu Sets Production, Ordering for Class 6 Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin production of its 2018 FTR Class 6 cabover in May and start taking orders for the medium-duty truck in April, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of 2017 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Updates Transit Van for 2018

Ford added several new features and new optional equipment to its Transit full-size van for the 2018 model year, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of XL Hybrids E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Electrification to Vehicle Modifier Program

Ford has expanded its Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that install electrified and hydraulic hybrid systems so those vehicles will retain the factory powertrain warranty.

Photo of (l. to r.) Ruppert, Fletcher, and Scholtes by Chris Brown.

Ford F-650/F-750 Again Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Ford's F-650 and F-750 vocational trucks have been named the 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award for the second consecutive year, Work Truck magazine announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo of Duramax engine assembly courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet's New Medium-Duty Truck to Get Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission

Chevrolet's medium-duty truck will pair a Duramax diesel engine with an Allison transmission and will arrive in 2018, General Motors announced at the Work Truck Show.

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Peterbilt Reduces Weight on Updated Model 220

Peterbilt has updated the Model 220 cabover with new design features and options that result in weight savings, better performance, and improved serviceability, according to the company.

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Gasoline Prices Inch Lower to $2.30

The national average price for unleaded gasoline has fallen for 10 consecutive days to $2.30 per gallon following nearly a month of flat prices, according to AAA.

Safety Tip: Driving in High Winds

The Nevada Department of Transportation offers advice on how to drive safely during windy weather.

Vehicles are lined up for the acceleration test, pitting calibrated vehicles with uncalibrated ones. Photo by Andy Lundin

Derive Efficiency Hosts Track Day

On March 3, Derive Efficiency hosted a track day for public and private fleets and the media, showing the differences in performance between a stock vehicle and one calibrated for optimum efficiency.

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Intel Acquires Self-Driving Tech Firm Mobileye

Intel will acquire Israeli autonomous driving technology provider Mobileye for $15 billion under an agreement announced March 13 that brings the Silicon Valley chipmaker into the emerging autonomous-driving sector.

Photo of 2017 Titan XD S Single Cab courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan to Show Truck, Van Lineup at Work Truck Show

Nissan is bringing its full lineup of trucks and vans to the Work Truck Show that runs from March 15 to 17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Photo of 2018 6500XD Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet to Offer Class 6 Cabover

Chevrolet is expanding its lineup of cabover trucks for 2018, by adding the 6500XD Class 6 Low Cab Forward truck to a lineup that already includes Class 3, 4, and 5 cabovers, Chevrolet has announced.

Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

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