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Ram Commercial had its lineup on display, including Ram heavy-duty and Ram ProMaster vehicles.

2016 Texas State Fair Vehicles

Ahead of the Sept. 30 opening of the State Fair of Texas, which includes a large display of vehicles from major automakers, OEMs presented automotive journalists debuts of new vehicles, Texas-specific vehicles, and updates on existing products. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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The redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will deliver 445 hp and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. It will be available on the 2017 Silverado HD.

Chevrolet Silverado HD's 6.6L Duramax Diesel

During a media event leading up to the 2016 State Fair of Texas, GM unveiled its redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel, which will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD. Journalists had an opportunity to preview the engine in the 2017 Silverado HD to test its towing and road handling capability at the Texas Motor Speedway. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Toyota's first production vehicle, the Toyoda AA Sedan first rolled off the assembly line in 1936. The vehicle's streamlined styling was influenced by the 1934 DeSoto, which was considered "highly advanced" at the time.

Historic Toyota Vehicles

During his recent trip to Japan, AF Managing Editor Chris Wolski took time out from visiting temples, shrines, and castles to catch up on some Toyota corporate history. Visiting the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, he saw the progression of vehicle models from the AA Sedan in 1936 to the current-era Prius. Photos: Chris Wolski

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An Audi A8 LWB 3.0T Quattro, Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line, and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sit at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va.

VW, Audi 2017-MY Fleet Preview

The Volkswagen Group of America hosted its 2017-MY fleet preview for Audi and Volkswagen vehicles at its headquarters in Herndon, Va. Read a related news story here. Photos by Paul Clinton and Amy Hercher.

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The Vision Van would provide more efficient last-mile delivery.

Mercedes-Benz Future Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz has developed the Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of MBUSA.

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FCA had the entire Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, and Ram lineups available.

FCA's 2017-MY Vehicle Preview

FCA gave automotive journalists the opportunity to test drive its 2017-MY Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat vehicles at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. Tracks include uneven highway conditions, an autocross course, and an offroading course. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Improper ergonomic behavior can result in musculoskeletal injuries, which account for more than one third of all lost-workday cases, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

How to Avoid Cargo Handling Injuries

Improper ergonomic behavior when handling vehicle equipment and cargo can result in musculoskeletal injuries. Here are some examples of the best and worst ways to work ergonomically. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of DECKED.

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class enters its fifth generation with the 2017 model.

2017 E-Class Safety Tech

Mercedes-Benz USA trainers demonstrated the safety technology on the redesigned 2017 E-Class for Southern California fleet managers at a July 13 event. Photos by Paul Clinton and Chris Wolski.

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Mid-cycle refreshes often come with pleasing driver enhancements, and the 2017 Fusion lineup is a good example: The front grille was widened while chrome accents and full LED lamps were added; improved suspension and sound dampening enhance ride quality; and start-stop is now standard on all models for improved fuel economy.

2017 Ford Fusion Ride & Drive

Ford invited automotive journalists to the hills of Malibu, Calif. in May to test drive the refreshed, midsized Fusion sedan for the 2017 model year. The 2016 Fusion won Fleet Car of the Year in 2015. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Brown.

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The Chrysler Pacifica is replacing the Town & Country as FCA's minivan model.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Ride and Drive

FCA US held a fleet preview in Anaheim, Calif., on April 28 to give fleet managers and fleet management companies a closer look at its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Read more here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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