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Sketch of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz Gives Glimpse of Next Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz Vans showed an early look at its next-generation Sprinter full-size van that it will launch in Europe by July 1 and roll out to the U.S. and other markets later in 2018.

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XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Shows New Gasoline Cabover

All three Fuso models, the FE140, FE160 and FE180, will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6.0L V-8, coupled to a best-in-class Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission — making these the only gasoline trucks in their class to offer PTO capability.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Prices Tumble to $2.57 Per Gallon

The nation's average gasoline price fell 5 cents to $2.57 per gallon, especially in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall a month ago, according to AAA.

Photo of Mazda6 sedan courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda6 Recalled for Power Steering, Air Bags

The recall, tied to a wiring problem, covers nearly 58,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Safety Tip: Driving in Rain or Fog

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation offers some practical advice for driving in the rain or fog.

Rhino-Rack's roof rack is used on a work truck to secure a ladder. Photo courtesy of Rhino-Rack.

Tips to Better Secure Roof-Rack Loads

If your roof-top load isn’t secured properly, it can lead to damage to your vehicle, unnecessary fuel consumption, and unsafe conditions.

Photo of 2015-MY Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Idle Transit Production for Two Weeks

Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its Transit full-size van for two weeks to better align production with demand, the company said.

Photo of Chrysler Pacifica courtesy of FCA.

Chrysler Pacifica Recalled for Seat Belts

The recall, due to get under way Oct. 20, covers nearly 48,000 minivans equipped with the eight-passenger seating option.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Recalls Ram Trucks for Water Pump

The recall covers more than 443,000 Ram pickups and chassis cabs in the U.S. -- all in the 2013-2017 model years.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Falls to $2.62 as Florida, Texas Recover

The national average price of regular unleaded fell to $2.62 per gallon, and reached a 14-day low that AAA attributed to a return to normal operations in Florida and Texas, following the impact of two major hurricanes.

Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.

Keith Malone, government relations for the California Fuel Cell Partnership, refuels a Toyota Mirai at Torrance's newly opened public hydrogen station. Photo by Chris Brown

Hydrogen Fueling Network: How Many Stations for Critical Mass?

While electric vehicles continue to steal the headlines, California plans to build at least 100 hydrogen fueling stations by 2020.

Photo courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab Launches GO8 LTE Telematics Device

Like its predecessor, the new GO8 also offers advanced GPS technology, G-force monitoring, Geotab IOX expandability, engine and battery health assessments, and in-vehicle audible driver coaching, according to Geotab.

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

How to Get Your Fleet Vehicles Winter-Ready

Here is a list of items to check — and repair if needed — to keep your fleet vehicles up-to-date on maintenance and help keep drivers safe during winter road conditions.

Photo of replacement rental vehicles being transported to the Houston area courtesy of Enterprise Holdings.

Hurricane Irma Could Wipe out 400,000 Vehicles

As many as 400,000 vehicles in Florida will need to be replaced as a result of Hurricane Irma, including as many as 11,000 fleet vehicles, according to Cox Automotive.

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State

Hurricane Irma's late shift to the west seems to have spared Florida the worst of the storm, but even with reduced impact, its effects are widespread.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Prices Level off at $2.67 Per Galllon

The national average gasoline price increased 3 cents to $2.67 from a week ago as drivers in states bearing the brunt of Hurricane Irma paid significantly higher prices to fuel their vehicles, according to AAA.

Photo courtesy of T-Mobile.

T-Mobile to Offer Geotab-Sourced Telematics Product

T-Mobile will offer a cloud-based fleet management telematics system called SyncUP FLEET this fall under a partnership with Geotab, the wireless provider announced.

NTEA Announces New Event for Work Truck Show

At Fleet Technical Congress, fleet managers can explore the latest technology solutions while gaining management insights from leaders of some of the country's biggest fleets and suppliers.

Safety Tip: Seat Belt Check List

As an IIHS survey underscores, some people don't bother to buckle up -- particularly when they're riding in the back seat. A simple reminder from the driver can make all occupants safer.

A driver uses a parking assist system to parallel park. Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Can Drivers Overly Rely on Driver Assistance Tech?

Research from IIHS and MIT AgeLab suggests that drivers can be susceptible to distraction while using a parking assist feature.

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