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Diesel Prices Start 2017 With Another Increase

In the first week of the year, diesel prices continued to rise, extending a 6-week streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

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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.

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.

Vehicle Logistics Firms MetroGistics, AmeriFleet to Merge

The merger will consolidate the fleet-related services of both companies with the goal of targeting new markets and service lines.

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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.

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FCA Recalls More Vehicles for Takata Air Bags

This latest action covers more than 86,000 older-model SUVs and trucks in the U.S.

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ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

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

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.

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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.

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Vanair Names New Product Manager

Vanair has announced that Tim Worman has joined Vanair as product manager.

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Auto Truck Group Sales Manager Returns to Upfitter

Peter Petrizzo has returned to the Auto Truck Group's sales team as fleet sales manager, where he will be responsible for the development and performance in the newly created vocational sales segment and will cover the construction and landscape markets.

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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.

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Used Vehicle Values Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns.

Photo of ExxonMobile&#39;s Speedpass+ app on a touchscreen courtesy of Ford.

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

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.

H.K. Truck Center Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, H.K. Truck Center sheds light on the motivation behind their commitment to their customers, sharing the story behind their company’s start.

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.

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UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

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Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

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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.

Image of Smeal Fire Apparatus courtesy of Smeal

Spartan Motors Acquires Fire Apparatus Manufacturer

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.

Photo of Honda Ridgeline courtesy of Honda.

Honda Recalls Ridgeline Trucks for Wiring Harness

The recall covers more than 9,000 AWD pickup trucks in the 2017 model year.

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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

Lightweight, Advanced Tech Demo Trucks at WTS17

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.

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Best in 2 Years, Construction Highest in 10 Years

Manufacturing in the U.S. ended 2016 on a high note, hitting its best level since 2014, according to two new reports, while separate data reveals construction spending in the country hit its highest level in a little more than a decade.

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