GM Expanding Alt-Fuel Heavy-Duty Pickup Lineup

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December 1, 2016
<p><em>Surfers Healing's new Transit woodie-style van features a surf rack that can transport 10 tandem surfboards at one time.</em></p> Nonprofit’s ‘Woodie’ Van Transports Volunteers, Equipment to Surf Camps

Ford donated a “woodie-inspired” Transit van to provide Surfers Healing with a more reliable vehicle when transporting staff, attendees, and equipment to its surf camps for autistic children.

<p><em>Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.</em></p> GM Expanding Alt-Fuel Heavy-Duty Pickup Lineup

General Motors is expanding its lineup of heavy-duty pickups and vans fueled by compressed natural gas and propane autogas for the 2017 and 2018 model years, which will bring its alternative fuel lineup to more than 25 vehicles.

<p><em>Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.</em></p> Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of NHTSA.</em></p> U.S. Seat Belt Use Reaches High of 90%

The new data comes from an observational study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

<p><em>Photo of the Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of General Motors.</em></p> Chevrolet Malibu Wins 2016 Fleet Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Malibu saw big changes going into its ninth generation for MY-16 and MY-17, including the introduction of its first full hybrid model.

<p><em>Photo by Paul Clinton.</em></p> Ram's Tablet App Helps Fleets Configure Vans

Fiat-Chrysler's Ram Commercial has developed a mobile app for tablets that allows fleet and business customers to view possible upfits when purchasing one of the 14 configurations of the ProMaster cargo van.

<p><em>Photo of 2019 Ford EcoSport by Paul Clinton.</em></p> 2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs, Electrification, Mobility

The mobility revolution is happening through greater connectivity, manufacturers' suites of transportation services, electrification, and the introduction of autonomous vehicles themselves. At the same time, manufacturers are placing the car at the center in this new world.

<p><em>Photo via Wikipedia.</em></p> Age of Vehicles Reaches 11.6 Years

The average age of light-duty vehicles on U.S. roadways increased to 11.6 years this year, and registrations climbed 2.4% to 264 million, according to IHS Markit.

<p><em>The HorseFly drone from Workhorse Custom Chassis delivers 10-lb. packages for 2 cents a mile.</em></p> Ready for Your Drone Delivery License?

Commercial drone deliveries are destined to integrate with fleet, but new regulations remain barriers to speedy implementation.

Safety Tip: Floor Mat Installation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides advice on how to ensure floor mats are installed properly and don't interfere with accelerator or brake pedal operation.

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