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December 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds

Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, Carbon Fiber, General Motors, Lightweighting, Large Pickups

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Enables Fuel Purchases From the Dashboard

Photo courtesy of GM.

Drivers of General Motors vehicles will be able to purchase Shell fuel and other products or services from their dashboard using a new digital platform known as GM Marketplace, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Connected Car, General Motors, Shell, Fuel Management, Mobility, ExxonMobil

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Rainier Truck Targets 2018 Launch

Image courtesy of Rainier Truck & Chassis LLC

Rainier Truck & Chassis LLC announced that it is set to reboot sales and products with a target production launch of summer 2018 for its Class 4-5 and Class 6-7 truck models.

Tags: Cabovers, Rainier Truck

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

GMC Blacks Out Yukon Denali for 2018

Photo: Kim Pham

The package includes all of the options available on the Yukon Denali, along with black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps, premium carpeted floor mats, and an exclusive Onyx Black exterior paint.

Tags: GMC Yukon, General Motors, GMC, Large SUVs, 2018-MY

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star 5700XE Delivers Tree to Mich. State Capital

Image of 5700XE being loaded up with the Michigan state capital Christmas tree courtesy of Western Star.

The 2018 Western Star 5700XE, which was showcased at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in September, traveled from Atlanta to Stephenson, Mich., so a 61-foot white spruce Christmas Tree could be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and delivered to the Michigan state capital.

Tags: Michigan, Western Star, Christmas, 5700XE

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Electric, Hybrid Trucks to Exceed 1.6 Million Units by 2027

One of the electric trucks that are adding to the growth in future estimates is the Mitsubishi eCanter. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso)

The overall medium- and heavy-duty truck market is projected to continue its reliance on conventional diesel powertrain for the next decade, but hybrid and electric powertrains populations will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 to 1.66 million from 2017 to 2027.

Tags: Truck Sales, Navigant Research, Hybrid-Electric Truck, Electric Trucks, Predictions

November 23, 2017 - Press Release

Houston Truck Driver Wins International ProStar

Houston area driver Jim McCauley receives the keys to an International ProStar from Danny Thomas of Navistar as the winner of the OnCommand Connection Sweepstakes. (Photo courtesy of Navistar)

The sweepstakes, which was open to qualified truck drivers holding a CDL, celebrated the availability of OnCommand Connection Telematics.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Drivers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Sweepstakes, International ProStar, Navistar OnCommand

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Most Popular Truck Colors of 2017 Named

Graphic courtesy of Spork Marketing.

Common fleet colors of white and silver dominate the list of popular exterior paint colors for pickup trucks in 2017, according to a new survey.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Vehicle Color, 2017-MY

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

GMC Debuts Sierra All Mountain Concept

Image of 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept courtesy of GMC

The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept is a one-of-a-kind snow-climbing machine and adds enhanced capability and features through concept Mattracks technology and GMC Accessories.

Tags: Winter Driving, GMC, Concept Vehicles, GMC Sierra HD

November 17, 2017 - Press Release

Nissan Uses Door-Opening Robot

At Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Michigan, Mrs. Doorboto – also known as Rosie, is the door-slammer-in-chief. In just three days, without need of a coffee break, the 1.5-ton robot opens and closes a door as often as a typical customer would in 10 years. (Image couertesy of Nissan Motor Co.)

Nissan is depending on Rosie, a 1.5-ton robot, to open and close doors for durability testing.

Tags: Nissan, Vehicle Testing, Robots, Durability

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Embark Transports Appliances Over 300 Miles with Autonomous Trucks

Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has partnered with Ryder System and household appliance maker Frigidaire, on a pilot test program to transport goods on public highways in the Southwest.

Tags: Pilot Program, Vehicle Testing, Autonomous Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

Photo: Volvo Group

The Volvo Group demonstrated a new self-driving truck, designed to travel autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.

Tags: Ports, Volvo Group, Asia, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Vote: 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

It’s time to start the vote for 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Now in its 11th year, the winning truck is decided by you, our readers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Awards, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Midnight Edition Pickups for 2018

Photo of Titan XD Midnight Edition courtesy of Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan has released pricing for six of the nine Midnight Edition models and expands the lineup to include Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD models.

Tags: Pricing, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Special Edition

November 10, 2017 - Press Release

Western Star Rewards Veterans

 Western Star is proud to extend the highly successful VetStar Military Appreciation program for 2018. All Western Star models qualify for the program including the tough, rugged and extremely efficient 5700XE daycab. (Image courtesy of Western Star)

The VetStar program applies to all new Western Star models (glider kits and used units are not eligible) and is intended for owner-operators and small fleets.

Tags: Discount, Western Star, Veterans, Owner-Operators, Small Fleets

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Unveils Final Special Edition in 2017

Production of the uniquely colored Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will be limited to 2,000 trucks in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

Ram pulled the wraps off a new, special-edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport, the final special-edition Sport the Ram brand will offer in the 2017 calendar year.

Tags: Ram 1500, Special Edition

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System.

Tags: Workhorse, HorseFly, E-GEN, Drone

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Cool in October

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Orders of classes 5-7 vehicles fell 1.5% to 19,500 units in October compared to a year ago, as the medium-duty truck market has remained steady since the fourth quarter of 2015 with about 20,000 units per month, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-Series Named Hottest Truck at SEMA

(From left) Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, Ford Motor Co. director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems; Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA display their proudly won awards. (Photo courtesy of PR Newswire)

Selected by manufacturing exhibitors of the world's premier automotive trade show, the Ford F-Series was named the "Hottest Truck" at the automotive trade show. The F-Series has received the honor three years in a row.

Tags: F-Series, SEMA, Ford, Awards

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Nissan TItan XD Adds Snow Plow Prep Package

The new Snow Plow Prep Package features high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs and is available for use with five leading snow plow manufacturers. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

Though winter officially doesn’t start until December 21, the 2018 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package.

Tags: Winter Driving, Nissan, SnowEx, Meyer, Snow Plow, Western, Nissan Titan, Fisher, Boss

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan's 2018 NV200 Cargo Van Starts at $22,755

Photo of 2018 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan is increasing the starting retail price of the NV200 compact cargo van by $450 to $22,755 for the 2018 model year and adding a few enhancements, Nissan has announced.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan NV200, Compact Vans, 2018-MY, Cargo Vans

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