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Photo of 2016 RAV4 Hybrid courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Gets MPG, Pricing

Toyota's 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will cost $700 more than the comparable gasoline model and deliver significantly better fuel economy in city driving, according to a Toyota announcement.

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Highway Bill in Home Stretch

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

The new facility includes Goodyear-Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Opens Tire & Service Center in Massachusetts

A Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center has opened in Stoughton, Mass., featuring a selection of commercial tires and dedicated truck service.

The 20 additional propane autogas vehicles will be converted in the next year. (PHOTO: Franz Bakery)

Franz Bakery Expands Propane Delivery Trucks to Fleet

Franz Bakery, a long-time advocate for alternative fuels, will add 20 more propane autogas vehicles to its fleet this year.

The corn maze can take an hour or more to complete. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Ohio Farm Creates Giant F-150 Corn Maze

Inspired by the all-new Ford F-150, Leaders Farms near Napoleon, Ohio, created a seven-acre corn maze as a tribute to Ford’s latest 1/2-ton pickup.

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Fall 5.6% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufacturers fell 5.6% to 50,800 in October, which reversed a two-month trend of upward sales in the segment, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo: David Cullen

House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Pest Control Company Chooses Azuga as Telematics Provider

Steritech, a pest prevention company that services 60,000 clients worldwide, is partnering with Azuga Fleet,a connected fleet technology provider, to utilize the telematics company's plug-and-play solution.

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Summit Truck Group Names CEO

Summit Holdings’ Board of Directors announced that, as part of the company’s succession plan, Justin Fink, currently president of the company, will also become Chief Executive Officer of Summit Truck Group in January 2016.

Urge to Move feature in an UltraShift Plus vocational gearbox allowed easy starting of this 125,000-pound GCW rig on 8 and 15 percent upgrades at Eaton's Proving Grounds.

Eaton, Cummins Show Direct Drive Powertrain, UltraShift Enhancements

The two companies collaborated on the latest version of the Smart Advantage powertrain, aimed at regional highway service.

Photo of Tonka 4Runner courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Shows Tonka-Inspired 4Runner

Toyota displayed a 4Runner set up as a Tonka-inspired mid-size SUV at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle puts "the 'Toy' in Toyota," according to the automaker.

Sketch of CX-9 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda CX-9 SUV to Enter New Generation

Mazda will unveil a redesigned CX-9 at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month so it can incorporate the latest technology and design into the mid-size SUV, the automaker has announced.

Super Duty Robotic Testing, photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Licenses Robotic Test Driving Tech

Ford is licensing robotic test driving technology to other automakers, according to a press release by the automaker. The technology saves time and helps drivers with tasks like driving over curbs and through potholes in durability testing.

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar's International Launches Top Dealer Program

International Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the best performing dealers to customers.

OnTerra Upgrades Route Planning Software

OnTerra Systems introduced the RouteSavvy Premium API, a new version of their route optimization application program interface for enterprise route planning and route optimization software systems.

Iowa Utility Adding Electric Trucks

MidAmerican Energy Company will add eight electrified trucks to the fleet by the end of the year, the company announced Oct. 30.

Photo: Ram

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Photo of refridgerated Freightliner straight truck courtesy of Ryder.

Ryder Extends Beverage Fleet Lease to 10 Years

Ryder System will begin offering 10-year full-service leases to beverage fleets to meet that industry's need for a longer lease term with trucks that accumulate less annual mileage, the company has announced.

The Paccar MX-11 engine with the Model 567. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Offers MX-11 Engine With Model 579, 567

The Paccar MX-11 engine will be available for Peterbilt’s flagship Model 579 and vocational Model 567 trucks beginning Nov. 13, the company has announced.

Republic Adds CNG Trucks to N.C. Refuse Fleet

Republic Services will add eight compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet in Raleigh, N.C., the waste hauler announced Nov. 3.

WEX Introduces Cloud-Based Fleet Analytics Platform

WEX Inc. has introduced ClearView, a cloud-based fleet analytics and benchmarking platform that combines fuel and vehicle data with proprietary analytics to create insights that save fleets time and money, according to the company.

MAN Adds Light Commercial Van to Lineup

MAN Truck & Bus is teaming up with Volkswagen to add a new light commercial van to its product lineup, making the German-based company a full-range supplier offering commercial vehicles between 3 and 44 tons.

Photo courtesy of Westport Innovations.

Fleets to Test Westport's Natural Gas Injectors in 2016

Westport Innovations Inc. has updated its roll-out schedule for its second-generation HPDI 2.0 natural gas vehicle engine injectors with plans to deliver the components to manufacturers in early 2016 and begin testing with fleet customers by the middle of the year, the company announced Nov. 2.

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Miles Driven Reaches All-Time High

Drivers traveled more miles on U.S. roads in August to push the yearly total to date past 2 trillion for a new all-time high as well as the largest year-over-year gain in monthly driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Diesel Prices Fall for Third Consecutive Week

For the third week in a row, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased, according the latest numbers from the Energy Department.





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