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January 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Jeep, FCA, Assembly Plants, Large SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Detroit Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Bolt, Pacifica, Ridgeline Earn Vehicle of the Year Awards

2017 Honda Ridgeline (photo courtesy of Honda)

The 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tags: Honda, North American Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, General Motors, Awards, Honda Ridgeline, 2017-MY, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica, North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Detroit Auto Show

January 8, 2017 - Industry News

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford F-150, Diesel Engines, Ford, Large Pickups, Detroit Auto Show, 2018-MY

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 4G LTE Hotspot, In-Vehicle Gas Purchasing

Photo of ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ app on a touchscreen courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 2018 model-year models, offer an app that allows drivers to pay for gas without leaving their car, and roll out an updated SYNC 3 infotainment system that integrates smartphone apps, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Mobile Apps, Exxon Mobil, Wi-Fi, Infotainment Systems, Connected Car, Amazon Alexa

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 2.7% in 2016

Sales of pickups, vans, and SUVs to businesses pushed commercial fleet sales 2.7% higher in 2016, which offset a decline in commercial sales of passenger cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Ford, General Motors, FCA

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Acquires Fire Apparatus Manufacturer

Image of Smeal Fire Apparatus courtesy of Smeal

Spartan Motors, Inc. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spartan Motors USA, Inc., has completed the previously announced acquisition of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. and its subsidiaries effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Tags: fire apparatus, Fire Trucks, Spartan Motors, Smeal Fire Apparatus

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Cancels Plans for Mexico Plant, Invests in Michigan

Ford has canceled plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico and is now investing $700 million in production at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, Ford, Assembly Plants, Donald Trump, Mexico

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Lightweight, Advanced Tech Demo Trucks at WTS17

Photo of 2016-MY Isuzu NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Two vehicles — a Ford F-350 Aluminum cab chassis and an Isuzu NPR with 13,000 pounds GVWR — will be upfitted with the selected components/technology as part of the Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display at the 2017 Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Ford F-350, Green Truck Summit, Isuzu N-Series, Lightweighting

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Worldwide Annual Electric Truck Sales May Reach 332,000 by 2026

Photo of Frito-Lay electric truck charging at Clipper Creek charging station, courtesy of Clipper Creek

Global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Navigant Research, Electric Trucks

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Two Weeks Left to Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, time is running out! There are fewer than two weeks left to be sure your vote is included for this prestigious award.

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

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Work Truck's Top 10 Articles in 2016

The 2016 calendar-year brought about more new-vehicle launches, an increased interest in upfitting and truck spec'ing, continued concerns about controlling fuel costs, and new technology and features on trucks than ever before.

Tags: Upfitting, Isuzu, Ram Truck, Ford, Truck Specs

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

Work Truck's Top 10 News Items in 2016

Photos on the top (L-R) are the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward and the Isuzu FTR. Photos on the bottom are the Ram Chassis Cab and GM Cutaway Van (Photos from news items)

In the 2016 calendar-year, the top news was all about vehicles. From new-vehicle launches to changes and enhancements, even autonomous truck deliveries, this year was about innovation.

Tags: Isuzu, Cummins, Ram Truck, Ford, Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, Autonomous Vehicles, Spartan, General Motors

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

American Natural Gas Acquires Questar Fueling Company

Photo of American Natural Gas station courtesy of ANG.

American Natural Gas (ANG) announced that it has acquired Questar Fueling Company, including its 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Utah, California, and Colorado.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG, Questar Fueling, Anheuser-Busch, American Natural Gas

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound

Class 8 net orders increased in November following heavy cancellations in the previous month, according to final numbers from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Super Duty's Tech Boosts Sales

2017 F-250 Super Duty 4X4 Crew Cab Lariat (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Just three months into its launch, the 2017 Ford Super Duty's "smart technology" features have driven total nameplate sales up 24% for November.

Tags: Truck Sales, Ford Super Duty, Towing, Large Pickups

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

One Month Left: Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, there is only one month left to be sure your vote is included for this prestigious award.

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

December 16, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Wingman Advanced Available to Order on Kenworth T270, T370

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for the Kenworth T370 medium duty truck in certain vocational applications such as aggregate hauling. Photo: Kenworth

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option on Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, T270, T370, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Most Diesel Pickups Cost More to Operate

Photo of Transit T350 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

More than 90% of the 272 diesel-powered pickups on the market cost more to operate than their gasoline counterparts, while nine diesel passenger cars had a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), according to new data from Vincentric.

Tags: Vincentric, Diesel Engines, TCO, Ford Transit, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

Dana to Supply Axles, Driveshafts for 2018 Isuzu FTR

Dana - Spicer E-Series Steer Axle Photo: Dana

Dana Incorporated announced that it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Dana Incorporated, Isuzu FTR

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Customers Dream Up Custom 2017 Ford Super Duty

Oil and gas extraction: Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 SuperCab XL (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Super Duty Insiders have configured their dream pickups and chassis cabs – designed with the right cab configurations, engines, towing and hauling options, plus smart technology features – creating a cheat sheet for other fleets in heavy-duty industries.

Tags: Ford Super Duty, Custom Specifications, Ford, 2017-MY

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 18% in November

Logo: Armie Bautista

Orders of Classes 5 to 7 vehicles fell 18% in November from October and 10% from a year ago, according to ACT Research.

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

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Business Takes Delivery of Chevrolet Low Cab Forwards

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors,

Harmony Outdoor Power Equipment in Auburn, Ind., is the first small business to take delivery of the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck.

Tags: Chevrolet, Cabovers, Business Fleet, General Motors

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Workhorse to Present Working Hybrid Pickup Concept

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group Inc. will present a working concept truck of the W-15 plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck for fleet usage, at the ACT Expo conference from May 1 to 4 in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Workhorse, Light-Duty Trucks, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Workhorse W-15

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Retains 2025 Emissions Targets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed leaving in place its emissions standards for light-duty vehicles through 2025 in a move that's expected to face opposition from automakers.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Donald Trump

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