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Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

Lightweighting: Less is More

The process of lightweighting a fleet of vehicles involves more than simply moving down a vehicle class or removing weight from an overloaded vehicle.

The Impact of the 'Smart' Windshield on Fleet Operations

The windshield is a critical safety component of a vehicle, protecting passengers in the event of a rollover and aiding in proper airbag deployment. However, the windshield is no longer just an independent part comprised of a vinyl interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass. What is changing is that windshields are becoming more technologically integrated with the rest of the vehicle.

Lighter 2016 Cruze Delivers 40 MPG Highway

Chevrolet's 2016 Cruze compact car enters its second generation with a model that's 250 pounds lighter than the outgoing model and is expected to return 40 mpg highway, General Motors has announced.

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

Ford Planning High-Volume Carbon-Fiber Rollout

Ford will ramp up the use of carbon fiber in its vehicles as a light-weighting strategy, following an agreement with supplier DowAksa to lead to high-volume automotive use of the material that's most been used in exotic, luxury vehicles.