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First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

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.

Photo courtesy of the North American International Auto Show

Truck and Van News: From the North American International Auto Show and More

The North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit this week, with many automakers unveiling new and updated models. Key announcements include new pickup trucks from Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, and Honda.

Reading Truck Group Acquires Caseco

Reading Truck Group announced that it acquired substantially all of the assets of Caseco Manufacturing, Inc. Caseco, a current Reading distributor, is a regional manufacturer and upfitter of service utility truck bodies and service crane bodies, with four facilities located in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Photo of a Fairbank Natural Gas truck via Flickr/Mike Cornwall

Alaska Gas Utilities Merge Operations

Interior Gas Utility (AK) voted to purchase Pentex, parent company of Fairbanks Natural Gas, from the state at a recent board meeting. With this purchase, the public utility will take over natural gas operations and add the natural gas utility's assets to its fleet.

Artist rendering courtesy of Onboard Dynamics

SoCalGas to Demonstrate Mobile CNG Refueling

Southern California Gas Co. will fund the demonstration and testing of a new mobile natural gas compressor from Onboard Dynamics that can be used to refuel compressed natural gas vehicles regardless of location.

All new Elliott Equipment Company BoomTruck cranes will come standard with a two-year parts and labor warranty and lifetime structural warranty. (Photo courtesy of Elliott Equipment)

Warranty Extended on Elliott BoomTruck Cranes

Elliott Equipment Company announced that all new Elliott Equipment Company BoomTruck cranes will come standard with a two-year parts and labor warranty and lifetime structural warranty.

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

Last Chance to Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Time is running out if you have yet to cast your ballot for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award! Be sure your voice is heard for this prestigious award.

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Element Purchases The CEI Group

Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

2017 Honda Ridgeline (photo courtesy of Honda)

Bolt, Pacifica, Ridgeline Earn Vehicle of the Year Awards

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

Super-low-rolling-resistance tires will still have to meet customer expectations for mileage and retreadability.<br />Photo by Jim Park

Bridgestone Developing SuperTire for Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II Project

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf tire, the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II team is bringing Bridgestone on board to develop an ultra-low rolling resistance tire. The goal is a 30% reduction in rolling-resistance which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

Photo courtesy of Terex

Terex HyPower IM Expands Economical Green Fleet Options for Electric Co-Ops

Terex Utilities will feature its latest innovation in the HyPower Hybrid System for aerial devices at the TechAdvantage 2017, Feb. 26-March 1.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Logo: Armie Bautista

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

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.

Spicer S140 Series Axle Image: Dana

Navistar, Dana Agree to Multi-Year Sales Agreement

Navistar and Dana have entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement for driveline components for on-highway, delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles.

Penske has ordered more than 2,000 commercial semi-trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, and Navistar with the new spec. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Adds Standard Tech, Safety System to Rental Fleet

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.

Image: Ford.

Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Norm Ellis Photo courtesy of EROAD

ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

Fleet management technology provider ERoad has named industry veteran Norm Ellis as the company's president.

Work Truck Show to Feature 100+ Exhibitors

More than 100 exhibiting companies have already announced plans to highlight new products at The Work Truck Show 2017.

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