Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

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Jul 31, 2014
<p><strong>The new Vito van is seen as a global model like the Sprinter.</strong></p> Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.



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<p><em><strong>Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.</strong></em></p> Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.


<p><em><strong>Photo of the 2015 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.</strong></em></p> 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLA Pricing Announced

Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for the 2015 C-Class sedan and entry-level GLA compact SUV.





<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.</strong></em></p> Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.


<p>Photo: FCCC</p> Freightliner Starts Production of Propane-Autogas Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced it started full production of its propane-autogas S2G medium-duty work truck. The S2G pairs FCCC’s medium-duty S2 chassis with a factory-installed propane-autogas engine and fuel system.







<p><em><strong>Photo of Ram ProMaster 2500 EcoDiesel by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p> Diesel Ram ProMaster Van Now Available

The diesel engine option is now available for purchase with the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van in addition to the standard V-6 gasoline power plant.


<p>2014 Hyundai Sonata. Photo courtesy of Hyundai.&nbsp;</p> Hyundai Recalls 883,000 Sonatas to Fix Transmission-Shift Cable

Hyundai Motor Co. has issued a recall of approximately 883,000 Sonata sedans due to a transmission-shift cable that may detach from the shift lever pin.


<p><em><strong>Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS courtesy of GM.</strong></em></p> Cruze CNG Conversion Arriving This Fall

Fleet managers looking for more choice of compact cars powered by natural gas should be able to purchase a dedicated CNG Chevrolet Cruze in the fall.


<p><em><strong>Photo via<span class="owner-name truncate"> Lo&iuml;c Dupasquier</span>/Flickr.</strong></em></p> Mobile Phone Use Triples Crash Risk

Drivers who use a mobile phone or other hand-held device triple their crash risk, according to a recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).


Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving Near Railroad Crossings

Here's some advice, provided by nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver, aimed at promoting railroad crossing safety.



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