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Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls; Manufacturing, Construction Slows

Both the trucking industry and the overall economy added jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate down below 6% for the first time since July 2008 and hitting its lowest level in six years.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado debuted last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet.

Air Bag Defect Halts Sale of Colorado, Canyon Pickups

General Motors tells its dealers they must fix the problem before selling any more 2015-MY Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. A formal safety recall is imminent.

September Class 5-7 medium-duty truck order volume was up 9 percent year-over-year. (PHOTO of F-650, FORD MOTOR CO.

Demand Up for Class 5-7 Trucks in September

Demand for Class 5-7 medium-duty trucks was up 3 percent in September versus August, and up 9 percent over same time last year.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD courtesy of General Motors.

GM Recalls Trucks, SUVs for Chassis-Control System

The automaker’s 70th recall of this year includes 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks.

Photo courtesy of Peterbilt.

Dana Spicer Axle Now Compatible With Peterbilt Trucks

The Dana Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem drive axle is now available on Peterbilt's model 348 medium-duty and 320 vocational trucks.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-650/F-750 Trucks for Stalling

The problem is linked to defective fuel filters for the Cummins-manufactured engines.

Photo of Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalling Tacoma Trucks

Due to get begin Nov. 28, the recall will address the risk of a fuel tank leak.

Voting Opens for Fleet Car and Truck of the Year

Voting for the 11th annual Automotive Fleet Fleet Car and Truck of the Year awards is open. The ballot closes Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Mitsubishi Fuso Extends 1.9% APR Financing for Canter FE

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has announced that its Cash In On Canter Sales Event will continue to offer 1.9 percent APR financing across the U.S. on all of its new 2014–2015 model year Canter FE Series commercial trucks.

Highland, Reese Cargo Bar Carriers Recalled

Cequent is recalling more than 7,000 Highland- and Reese-branded cargo management products because of missing warning labels.

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

ROUSH CleanTech to Launch Propane Autogas Transit in 2016

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a propane autogas powered Ford Transit full-size van to fleet customers in the middle of 2016, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

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Arsenault Associates Changes Name to Dossier Systems

With this name change comes a new look, a new website, and a more focused message to communicate the company’s value proposition to the industry.

Photo of 2015 CR-V courtesy of Honda.

Honda CR-V Gets Sportier for 2015

Honda's CR-V adds sportier features for 2015, including a more efficient direct-injected gasoline engine, new transmission, and a suite of safety technologies.

Photo of 2015 Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado's Towing Capability Released

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup should offer leading towing capability in the segment, General Motors has announced.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Ram Increases EcoDiesel to 20 Percent of 1500 Production

Ram Truck will increase production of its Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck to 20 percent of all all half-ton pickups produced starting in November, the Chrysler Group unit announced.

Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Photo of 2015 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Announces 2015 NV200 Pricing

Nissan's 2015 NV200 compact cargo van starts at $20,720 and has arrived at more than 350 Nissan commercial vehicle dealers, the company has announced.

Truck and Van News: Recalls on Ram ProMaster, F-650/750, Tacoma, GM Trucks

Several truck and van models have been hit with recalls over the last couple weeks. Other truck and van news include a new medium-duty engine coming from Detroit Diesel.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases More 2015 F-150 Towing, Payload Specs

Ford has released the full towing and payload specifications for all four engine offerings of its 2015 F-150 pickup, claiming its revamped truck with added aluminum components offers leading towing and payload capabilities while shedding weight.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving at Dusk and Night

With the days getting noticeably shorter, now is a great time to remind fleet drivers of the dangers associated with night driving. Here's some advice on how to minimize these hazards.

National Utility Adding EVs to Fleet in Long-Term Strategy

Iberdrola USA and its subsidiaries have signed onto the Edison Electric Institute's call on utilities to expand their use of plug-in electrics. The company said it has already spent more than $4 million on fleet electrification during the last six years.

Photo courtesy of Nat G.

Ford Names Nat G Qualified Vehicle Modifier

Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions has been selected to join Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to provide fleets natural gas versions of Ford trucks and vans, the company has announced.

VNG Opens CNG Fueling Station in Philadelphia

VNG has opened the first public natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling facility in the city of Philadelphia. The VNG facility, located within the popular BP-branded gasoline station at 2901 West Abbottsford Avenue, is adjacent to Roosevelt Boulevard.

Photo courtesy of Honda.

Honda Teases Redesigned 2015 CR-V

Honda has released a photo of its 2015 CR-V compact SUV, which gets a redesign at the three-year mark since its last refresh.

ShipCarsNow Earns EPA's SmartWay Award

ShipCarsNow has received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized the environmental performance and efficiency of their freight management operations, according to the company.

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