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FMCSA Issues ELD Rule Guidance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 2 issued “two important notes” on the final rule it has issued on electronic logging devices (ELDs).

Safety Tip: Parallel Parking Without Dings or Drama

Esurance breaks down parallel parking into eight simple steps.

"Detroit Connect Circle of Connectivity" Image: Detroit

Detroit Adds Analytics to Suite of Connected Vehicle Services

Detroit has introduced Detroit Connect Analytics as part of its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, to give customers “important insights about their vehicles to help them make critical business decisions.”

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Van Sales Remain Strong

Ford continues to grow its van sales with 20,355 vans sold in August, a 13% increase over August of 2015 and the top-selling month for the company.

Dave Sowers, head of Ram Truck marketing, commercial vehicles, shows journalists the 2017 Ram 4500 chassis cab truck. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ram Raises Capacities for 2017 Chassis Cab Trucks

Ram has increased the towing capacities and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) for its 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks for the 2017 model year, Ram has announced.

Photo of 2017 Ram ProMaster 3500 by Paul Clinton.

2017 Ram ProMaster Becomes More Upfit Friendly

The 2017 Ram ProMaster full-size van will arrive with upgrades designed to improve upfitting for the chassis cab and cutaway models, as well as an updated Uconnect infotainment system.

An alcohol ignition interlock is a breath-test device connected to a vehicle's ignition. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

If signed into law, the requirement for DUI offenders would go into effect in 2019.

Photo of Reach van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids

DOE Funds XL Hybrids' Electric-Powered Reach Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received test funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the clean energy business’s implementation of the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System on the Isuzu Reach.

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Starts Oct. 1

Auto Truck Group's new facility will be located in Summerville, S.C. seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz van plant. The new service center is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Up, Crude Oil Futures Slip

Diesel and gasoline prices were up over the past week compared to the week before, according to weekly figures from the Department of Energy, but still lower than they were a year ago.

Ritchie Bros. Acquires IronPlanet

Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired online auctioneer IronPlanet of Pleasanton, Calif., for $758.5 million, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer

DOC Says 40% Tariffs Due on Truck Tires From China

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says truck and bus tire manufacturers in China are dumping tires in the U.S. at less than fair market value, and those tires should be subject to tariffs of at least 20%. The tariffs are retroactive.

Photo of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali courtesy of GM.

2017 GMC Canyon Adds 8-Speed Automatic, Like Colorado

The GMC Canyon will also receive an 8-speed transmission and slightly more efficient V-6 that mirror updates announced for its sister Colorado mid-size pickup as well as adding the off-road Terrain X trim grade to the lineup for the 2017 model year.

Orange EV Class 8 pure-electric heavy-duty terminal truck. (PHOTO: Orange EV)

Orange EV Approved for Calif. Incentives

Orange EV announced that California fleets can save at least $95,000 per truck on the purchase of brand new T-Series pure electric terminal trucks with the extended-duty battery pack.

The new solution creates a data cube that’s accessible via Microsoft Excel and automatically updated with fresh fleet data. (Photo: MiX Telematics)

MiX Telematics Adds Data Feature to Telematics Platform

MiX Telematics has added free feature to its MiX Fleet Manager solution called MiX Insight Agility that creates a data cube that’s accessible via Microsoft Excel and automatically updated with fresh fleet data, the telematics provider has announced.

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo of 2017 F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum courtesy of Ford.

Ford Increases Super Duty Fuel Tank Capacity

Ford's gasoline and diesel 2017 Super Duty trucks will come equipped with a 48-gallon fuel tank that provides a 22% increase over the outgoing diesel models and 37% increase over the gasoline models.

Photo of Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram 2500, 3500 Truck Recall Tied to Steering

The recall is limited to just 64 Ram 2500 trucks and Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis in the 2015 model year.

Photo: International Truck

International Offers 4-Year Powertrain Warranty for DuraStar

International Truck is now offering the Integrated Powertrain Warranty Package, a 4-year, unlimited-mile coverage term on certain models of its DuraStar medium-duty truck.

Recently, SCE took delivery of two lithium-ion-battery-equipped troubleman trucks, so named because they are used by troublemen, experts who are dispatched to investigate the causes of power outages. And, 22 more are on the way, according to the utility. (Photo: Southern California Edison).

Battery-Powered Trucks a 'Big Lift' for Calif. Utility

Southern California Edison is investing in a new generation of environmentally friendly service trucks whose overhead lifts are powered by the same kind of batteries used in plug-in electric cars, according to the utility.

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Colorado Improves V-6 for 2017

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup will offer a more efficient V-6 engine and transmission for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet has announced.

Image: FMCSA

DOT Finally Proposes Truck Speed-Limiter Rule

Federal safety regulators are proposing that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

TravelCenters of America Begin Accepting U.S. Bank Fleet Card

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands and Minit Mart convenience stores, is expanding its relationship with U.S. Bank by accepting a new single Voyager Fleet Card at its truck stop and convenience store locations.

Photo courtesy of Rastrac.

Rastrac, Magellan Partner on Fleet Telematics

Austin, Texas-based telematics provider Rastrac is partnering with Magellan on a system that provides vehicle tracking and reporting, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD), according to the company.

Used Truck Sales Fall but Are Trending Upward Overall

Used Class 8 truck same-dealer sales volumes were down in July but still on an upward trend overall, according to an ACT Research report.

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