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J.D. Power Ranks Vehicle Dependability for 31 Nameplates

Lexus and Porsche vehicles remained at the top of the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, while Toyota and General Motors collected multiple category awards, the firm announced Feb. 22.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Air Bag Control Unit

The recall affects more than 15,000 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2013-2016 model years.

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Gasoline Prices Remain Steady

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline remained essentially flat at $2.28 over the Presidents' Day weekend, according to AAA.

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Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

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2018 Ford EcoSport SUV's Cargo Shelf Inspired by Bees

Ford's 2018 EcoSport SUV subcompact crossover will offer a thin, lightweight cargo shelf made of high-strength recycled paper honeycomb that can support up to 700 pounds, the automaker has announced.

Safety Tip: Taking the Risk Out of Your Turns

Sloppy turning habits are common but greatly increase crash risk. Here's advice from Michigan and California on how to execute safer turns.

Photo of Honda Ridgeline courtesy of Honda.

Honda Ridgeline Earns Top Safety Ratings

The pickup truck, already an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winner, draws a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Courtesy of Edmunds.

Used Car Market Bracing for Off-Lease Tidal Wave

A record number of newer model year off-lease vehicles returning to dealer lots this year will be putting significant upward pressure on the late-model used market, according to the February 2017 Edmunds Used Vehicle Market Report.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons.

Estimated 2016 Road Deaths Climb 6%

The National Safety Council recommends eight policy actions to reverse the disturbing trend.

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Chevin Launches Fleetwave on Geotab Marketplace

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that its enterprise-level software, FleetWave, is available via the Geotab Marketplace, a source for open IoT fleet management solutions.

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Workhorse Touts Efficiency of Electric Delivery Trucks

Workhorse Group has announced that its medium-duty electric trucks are up to six times more efficient than comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models.

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Gasoline Prices Inch Higher

The national average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline increased slightly to $2.28 for the week ending Feb. 13 to reach a level that's seven cents lower than a month ago and 58 cents higher than a year ago.

Automakers Ask Trump to Reopen Fuel Economy Review

The chief executives of 18 automakers have asked President Donald Trump to revisit fuel economy regulations through 2025 that were finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration, reports Bloomberg.

Safety Tip: Driving in Thick Fog

Here's advice from AAA and Ford on how to drive in heavy fog conditions.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Pickups Show Lowest January Depreciation

Small and large pickups were among the top performing segments in January with a 1.1% depreciation rate among two- to six-year-old vehicles sold in auction lanes, according to Black Book.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport photo courtesy of FCA North America.

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport Makes First Appearance

Ram Truck is introducing a new color to its 1/2-ton Sport trim — Ram 1500 Copper Sport. The Copper Pearl color joins Ignition Orange as the second limited-edition offering of tints on the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport.

Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems

Unfixed Vehicle Recalls Increase 34% Year-Over-Year

Currently, more than 63 million vehicles with open, unrepaired recalls are in use across the U.S., according to Carfax. People in California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York have the most vehicles with open recalls.

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Sceenshot: WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Winter Storm Pounding Northeast

Winter storm Niko is pummeling the Northeast along the corridor running from Boston to Washington. Governors of several Northeastern states, including New York and Connecticut, are urging motorists to stay off the roads for safety’s sake and to enable snow removal.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Priced at $40,995

Chevrolet will sell its 2017 Colorado ZR2 off-road performance pickup for at least $40,995 to retail buyers when it arrives at dealer lots in the spring.

Photo courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru Tops KBB's 5-Year Cost to Own List

Subaru and Acura ranked as the top automotive brand in Kelley Blue Book's annual 5-Year Cost to Own awards that names top luxury and non-luxury brands as well as 21 vehicle categories.

Alliance AutoGas is partnering with the La Crosse, Wis., Police Department to convert two Jeep Wranglers in a friendly side-by-side team competition.(Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas Announces Live Propane Autogas Conversion

Continuing in the spirit of last years’ “Fastest Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion” of the Ford F-150, Alliance AutoGas is taking a live autogas conversion one step further at the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Declining

After the first month of the year, depreciation rates for medium-duty trucks are up and overall orders for the segment are down, according to Black Book’s Feb. 7 Market Insights Report.

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