Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

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Apr 17, 2014
<p><em><strong>Toyota's Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Camry Chief Engineer&nbsp;Monte Kaehr with the 2015 Camry. Photo by Joe Polimeni.</strong></em></p> Toyota Camry Gets 'Sweeping Redesign'

Toyota is giving its top-selling U.S. passenger car a makeover for the 2015 model year, introducing the 2015 Camry at the New York International Auto Show.


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<p><em><strong>Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p> Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

Used vehicles sold at auction lost a scant 0.3 percent of their value in March, a month known for strong retention as tax-refunded buyers come out in droves, according to Black Book.


<p><em><strong>Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p> GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.





<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Ford Transit with medium roof and regular wheelbase courtesy of Adrian Steel.</strong></em></p> Adrian Steel Shows Ford Transit Upfit Products

Upfitter Adrian Steel has announced a line of new products developed for the Ford Transit that will roll out when the full-size vans start hitting the market in June, a company spokesman told AutomotiveFleet.com.


<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p> Chevrolet Enters Compact SUV Segment with Trax

Chevrolet is entering the burgeoning market for compact SUVs with its 2015 Trax, which the brand unveiled on the eve of the New York International Auto Show.





<p><em><strong>Phoeo of 2015 Jetta courtesy of VW.</strong></em></p> VW's 2015 Jetta Gets New 2.0L Diesel Engine

The 2015 Jetta gets the 2.0L four-cylinder TDI EA288 engine announced in March that offers improved fuel economy and slight bump in performance. The engine is expected to give 45 miles per gallon highway.


<p><strong><em>Photo courtesy of Hyundai.</em></strong></p> Hyundai Sonata Grows Larger for 2015

Hyundai has introduced its all-new Sonata sedan for 2015 at the New York International Auto Show as a larger vehicle with additional technological goodies.







<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.</strong></em></p> Dodge Charger Redesigned for 2015

Dodge has reworked the Charger's front end and brought Challenger-like touches to the interior for the 2015 model year of a vehicle shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.


<p><em><strong>Photo of 1.3L (left) and 1.0L 2015 engines courtesy of Toyota.</strong></em></p> Toyota Improves Gasoline Efficiency with 2015 Engines

Toyota will roll out 14 new highly efficient gasoline engine variations by 2015 expected to improve fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent, the automaker has announced.


<p><em><strong>Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.</strong></em></p> Gasoline Price Now Higher Than Year Ago

The national average price of gasoline climbed 5.5 cents to $3.651 per gallon and is now more costly than it was at this time a year ago, according to federal data.


<p><em><strong>Diagram courtesy of General Motors.</strong></em></p> GM to Replace Lock Cylinder During Ignition Switch Recall

The automaker is adding this second repair to the 2.2 million vehicles already recalled in the U.S.


Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reading Traffic Lane Markings

Here's a California DMV video explaining what the different traffic lane markings mean for drivers.


<p>Photo credit: Zubie&nbsp;</p> Zubie's Monitoring Device Geared Toward Smaller Fleets

Zubie, a connected car service provider, has announced the launch of its Zubie Business fleet monitoring solution for small- to mid-sized businesses.



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