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Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

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Ford Boosts Tech on 2019 Focus

Ford's redesigned Focus will go on sale in North America in 2019 with a suite of new driver assist features, and will be available in Europe and China later this year.

Inspectors found RC Stone & Farms had transported explosive materials without following safety rules or filing proper paperwork. Photos courtesy FMCSA

HazMat Hauler Shut Down for Moving Explosives Without Regard for Safety

The FMCSA has ordered Tennessee-based trucking company Rock Stone Company to cease all transportation of explosives and hazardous materials after it was found to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

On-road testing of the new Silverado HD prototypes will begin in the near future and production is expected to start in the third-quarter of 2019. Photo courtesy of General Motors

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Enter Next Generation in 2020

The next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups will debut in late 2019 as 2020 models, General Motors has announced.

GM Extends Warranties for More Than 281,000 Replacement Parts

General Motors Co. (GM) has extended the warranties of more than 281,000 Genuine GM and ACDelco replacement parts to 24 months and unlimited miles.

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4x4 Pickups Now Dominate Utility Fleets

Among utility fleets, four-wheel drive trucks have become the dominant light-duty pickup, according to Utilimarc.

Photo of 2019 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Streamlines Car Lineup

Chevrolet is refreshing three of its passenger cars — the Malibu, Cruze, and Spark — for the 2019 model year in an attempt to bring new buyers to the models at a time when utility vehicles have become increasingly popular.

Photo of the Ford Transit LightningElectric courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems Electric Ford Transit: 61 MPGe in the City

Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit LightningElectric will provide a fuel economy rating of 61 MPGe in the city and 66 MPGe on the highway, according to the vehicle modifier, which will display it for fleets around the U.S. in April and May.

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Texas Leads Nation in Drowsy Driving Fatalities

Texas led the country in sleep-related crash fatalities in 2016, according to a recent study about the prevalence of deadly accidents stemming from sleep deprivation. The Lone Star state recorded 159 deaths, accounting for 22.1% of all drowsy driving fatalities nationwide.

Photo of the Atlas Tanoak concept pickup courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's Midsize Pickup Tests the Waters

Volkswagen is showing a midsize pickup concept based on its Atlas midsize SUV at the New York International Auto Show that the company is using to test media and customer response before it commits to a production schedule.

Photo of dealer technician installing FordPass SmartLink OBD-II device courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Wi-Fi, Connected Services on Older Vehicles

Ford is enabling owners of 2010 to 2017 model-year vehicles to add a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics features through FordPass SmartLink, an OBD-II dongle available from dealers.

Photo of 2019 Fusion mid-size sedan courtesy of Ford.

2019 Fusion: First Ford to Standardize Driver-Assist Tech

Ford will debut its standard driver-assist technology package, Co-Pilot360, on the 2019 Fusion mid-size sedan, which has been named Fleet Car of the Year six times since 2011.

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Ford plans to offer hybrid versions of its F-150 and Explorer by 2020. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Gives Glimpse Into 2020 Lineup

Ford is refreshing its vehicle lineup for 2020 with bigger bets on electrification, utility vehicles, and advanced driver-assisting technology, the company's top executives told journalists at a briefing today in Dearborn, Mich.

Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

Ford Recalls 1.4M Sedans for Steering Wheels

The majority of affected vehicles were sold in the U.S., but some are in Canada and Mexico, according to the automaker.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Ram ProMaster City Recalled for Steering Gear Housing

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling approximately 224 2018 Ram ProMaster City compact vans because the gears within the hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering system may have a casting defect that can potentially fracture and lead to a loss of hydraulic steering fluid.

Fleet Forward Conference Announces Call for Speakers

Taking place Oct. 8-10 in San Francisco, Fleet Forward Conference is accepting proposals that will educate fleet operators on new mobility solutions to foster greater fleet efficiency.

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Beverage Fleets on St. Patrick's Day Analyzed

The demand for alcoholic beverages on St. Patrick's Day will keep distributors busy with these deliveries, and one telematics company has determined where the most demand could come from by analyzing its data.

FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” Photo: J.J. Keller

FMCSA Issues New 90-Day ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

The FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” During that time period, the agency says it will also publish "final guidance" on both the agricultural air-mile exemption within the hours of service rule and on the use of the personal conveyance adjustment by all motor carriers operating under the ELD rule.

2018 Fleet Forward Conference Dates, Location Announced

The 2018 Fleet Forward Conference — dedicated to mobility solutions for fleets — will take place Oct. 8-10 at The Pearl in San Francisco.

Photo of Innovation Award presented to Workhorse courtesy of The Work Truck Show.

Work Truck Show Names 2018 Innovation Awards

The Most Innovative Vehicle award went to Workhorse for its W-15 electric pickup truck, the Most Innovative Safety Product award was presented to J.W. Speaker Corporation for the Model 8910 Evolution 2 LED headlight, and the Most Innovative Truck Equipment honor went to CARR for its Factory Step.

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer 1500 Tradesman for 2019

Fiat Chrysler will offer a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model with its redesign of its top-selling pickup that's aimed at commercial fleets, small businesses, and contractors, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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