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Ford Escape Gets Engine, Safety Upgrades for 2017

Ford is updating its Escape compact SUV with a pair of new engines, standard stop-start, safety options, and enhanced connectivity for the 2017 model year.

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Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall last week, but the weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut caused crude oil prices to jump.

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NTEA Names Senior Director of Technical Services

NTEA The Association for the Work Truck Industry recently appointed Susan Dehne as senior director of technical services.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Full-Size Vans Bolster October Depreciation

Full-size cargo and passenger vans logged the least amount of depreciation in October and with pickups bolstered the used vehicle market, which saw a sharp increase from September, according to Black Book.

Photo of 2016 Explorer cabin courtesy of Ford.

90% of Ford Vehicles Share Front Seat Architecture

Nearly 90% of Ford vehicles sold in North America share a common front seat architecture that allows Ford to more easily implement features such as mutli-adjusting, massage, and heating/cooling that enhance vehicle comfort, according to a release.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

House Floating Another Highway Patch

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 was introduced in the House Nov. 16.

Video Tip: Safe Winter Driving

With snow storms on the way, AAA offers valuable safety tips for driving in harsh winter weather.

Truck and Van News: Daimler Enters Medium-Duty, Chevrolet Colorado Gets 30 MPG

Recent truck and van model headlines include Daimler announcing a new medium-duty engine line, more details on the Chevrolet Colorado, such as a statement from GM and the U.S. Army about testing a hydrogen-powered version of the new truck model.

Alkane will use Foton cab-chassis from China with North American components, including a propane-fueled engine. Assembly in South Carolina is set for early 2016.

Alkane COE Trucks Get DOT Approval

A big-block V-8 engine will burn propane and deliver diesel-like performance at lower cost, the company says.

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Isuzu Recalls Older N-Series, GM W-Series Trucks

The recall covers 13,671 Isuzu NPR, Isuzu NPR-HD, Chevrolet W3500, Chevrolet W4500, GMC W3500 and GMC W4500 gasoline trucks in the 2006-2008 model years.

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Electric Trucks Struggling to Gain Acceptance in Calif.

California roads have less than 500 battery electric medium- to heavy-duty trucks, partly due to the higher expense of these vehicles, according to a report on electrification of these vehicles released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

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New Way of Packing Natural Gas Into Fuel Tanks Discovered

Scientists at the University of California Berkeley have discovered a way to store methane that could increase the adoption of natural gas-powered cars.

GreenRoad Releases Next-Gen Mobile App

GreenRoad has released the next generation of its GreenRoad Mobile solution to equip organizations with a mobile solution that addresses real-time driver behavior and coaching, vehicle tracking, vehicle maintenance, hours of service and fuel usage optimization, according to the company.

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New Accounting Rules Require All Leases on Balance Sheets

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to move forward with a new standard that would require companies and organizations to include lease obligations on their balance sheets, a move that's being greeted with cautious optimism by fleet management companies.

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Westport's Propane Autogas F-150 to Use CleanFuel Injection

CleanFuel USA will provide its Liquid Propane Injection technology for Westport Innovations' propane autogas-powered 2016 Ford F-150 pickup for the fleet market.

Sacramento Utility Opens New Training Center

The California Department of Industrial Relations recently approved SMUD's apprenticeship standards. SMUD is the first large-scale Northern California utility to partner with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

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Alliance AutoGas Recognized with Clean Air Award

Alliance AutoGas recently won the 2015 N.C. Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Award from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) that recognizes outstanding transportation related air quality leadership.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Titan XD Tows 12,314 Pounds

Nissan's diesel-powered 2016 Titan XD pickup will tow 12,314 pounds and offers a maximum payload capacity of 2,091 pounds, according to new details released by Nissan.

Photo of Seymour Setnor with his side-view mirror system courtesy of Seymour Setnor.

Inventor Patents No-Blind-Spot Side Mirror

A Florida businessman has obtained a patent for a side-view mirror control system with no blind spots to improve visibility for drivers called the See More switch system.

Photo of 2015 F-150s coming off the line at the Kansas City Assembly plant courtesy of Ford.

Ford Investing $9B in Plants Under UAW Deal

Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $9 billion under a new four-year UAW contract that will result in new vehicles, engines, and transmissions, along with a commitment from Ford to create of retain 8,500 jobs.

GPSTrackIt.com Enhances Map Display for Vehicle Tracking

GPSTrackIt.com has added new functionality to its Fleet Manager vehicle tracking and fleet management system that now offers fleet managers and dispatchers more control over the way vehicles are displayed on the map.

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Worthington Expands CNG Offering with Acquisition

The Worthington Industries Pressure Cylinders segment has acquired assets from Trilogy Engineered Systems, a manufacturer of CNG fuel system components for the commercial truck market.

Photo of 2015 Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi to Debut New Outlander Sport, Mirage in L.A.

Mitsubishi Motors of North America will show updated versions of its Outlander Sport compact SUV and Mirage subcompact car at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist Wins CES Award

The driver assistance feature on the 2016 Ford F-150 has won a CES 2016 Best of Innovation Award in the vehicle intelligence category.

Photo of Hino's 258ALP Class 6 (25,500 GVW) model courtesy of Hino.

Class 6 Trucks Oldest on Road

Class 6 GVW trucks now operating in commercial fleets now have an average 21.2-year lifespan due to their reliability, durability, and use in a variety of applications, IHS Automotive's commercial vehicle director told WorkTruckOnline.com.

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