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Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

Photo courtesy of The Reading Group.

Reading Group Offers Online Inventory Access

Work Truck Solutions has partnered with The Reading Group to provide up-to-date bailment pool inventory online.

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Investing $1.49B Toward Ram Production

FCA US will invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 after the plant ceases production of the Chrysler 200 in December.

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Omni Holdings, LLC Purchases Flatbed Assets of Tennant Truck Lines

OMNI Holdings, LLC, parent of Omni Specialized, LLC, announced it is in full operation after acquiring the flatbed assets of Tennant Truck Lines.

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a steady decline in prices that began over a month ago.

Screenshot via Mack Trucks

Mack Uses Virtual Reality to Show Off Vehicles, Technologies

Mack Trucks is offering customers a 360-degree virtual reality tour of its trucks to show what it is like to sit in the cab and ride in a vehicle while on the job.

Photo of Titan SV and Titan XD S courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Single Cab Titan for 2017

Nissan is rolling out standard cab models of its Titan and Titan XD pickups for the 2017 model year that provide a more affordable entry point for commercial and fleet users, Nissan has announced.

Video Safety Tip: When Power Lines Fall

Here's advice on what to do if your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines during a storm or collision.

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Photo courtesy of Kenworth.

Proper Spec'ing Helps Septic Service Improve Productivity

McNel Septic Services in Ravensdale, Wash., has doubled productivity on a route by properly spec'ing a Kenworth T880 to maximize payload while still being nimble enough to maneuver in residential neighborhoods, according to Kenworth.

The number of inspections with tire violations shows the increased enforcement activity during Roadcheck. Graph: Vigillo

Tread Depth Violations Highlight Tire-Focused Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

How Future CAFE Standards Could Affect Fleet Purchasing

Three federal agencies on Monday dropped the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025, which would ease the burden on car and truck manufacturers to produce a vehicle mix that reaches that level.

Screenshot courtesy of ARI.

ARI Rolls Out Driver Scorecard Tool

ARI has begun offering a driver scorecard tool that measures driver behavior, automatically assigns appropriate safety training and consolidates data into organized online view, the fleet management company announced.

Teletrac Navman Director Platform Aimed at Mid-Size Fleet Market

Teletrac Navman has launched a new global software platform, Teletrac Navman Director, for the 50- to 500-vehicle market. It tracks trucks and other assets, collects data for analytics, and provides real-time feedback to drivers.

Feds Nix 54.5-MPG Target for 2025

Improving gasoline fuel economy and strong demand for trucks and SUVs has led federal regulators to eliminate the 54.5 mpg corporate fuel economy target for 2025.

Gulick Trucking Partners with ORBCOMM

ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced that it has been selected by Gulick Trucking, Inc., to provide telematics solutions for its mixed fleet of dry van and refrigerated trailers

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FleetNet Hires VP of Vendor Relations

FleetNet America has hired Don Doty as vice president of vendor relations for the provider of maintenance and repair services for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the company announced.

Average Diesel Prices Drop to $2.40

The average price of diesel fuel fell again last week, continuing a streak of very slight declines in the past month, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Video Safety Tip: Understanding the Zipper Merge

The transportation departments for Minnesota, Washington, Kansas, and Missouri have championed use of the zipper merge near work zones during heavy traffic. So what is the zipper merge?

Photo of TCX aerial courtesy of Terex.

Terex Aerial Devices Recalled for Unexpected Movement

The recall covers 440 2016 model-year HR, HRX, LT, LTM, TL, TC, and TCX aerial devices.

Darling Officially Confirmed as Head of FMCSA

T.F. "Scott" Darling is now officially the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, after running the agency on an interim basis since Anne Ferro left the post in August 2014.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

PHOTO: DTF

Clean Diesel Trucks Make Up 42% of Class 3-8

More than 40% of all medium- and heavy-duty diesel commercial trucks in operation in the United States – 4 million of 9.5 million diesel trucks – are now equipped with newer technology clean diesel engines.

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