Mercedes-Benz Refreshes 2019 C-Class

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February 15, 2018
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<p><em>Photo of 2019 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.</em></p> Mercedes-Benz Refreshes 2019 C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will receive a midcycle update for 2019 that tweaks the exterior styling and brings more power and standard features, the company announced.

<p>The Lone Star will initially be offered with the 5.7L HEMI V-8. A powerful and fuel-efficient HEMI with the&nbsp;eTorque&nbsp;mild hybrid system is also available. <em>(Image courtesy of FCA US)</em></p> Ram Unveils 2019 1500 Lone Star Edition

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<p>Fleet's can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)</p> XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

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<p><strong>Recent moves by Amazon have led some industry observers to speculate the online retailer is poised to launch its own parcel delivery service soon. </strong><em>Photo: Amazon</em></p> Amazon Moves to Launch Its Own Delivery Fleet

Recent moves suggest Amazon, the online retail giant, is taking steps to establish its own air and land parcel delivery service.

<p>Slide-out drawers allow plenty of organized space for tools and materials while keeping the body of the vehicle open for larger items. <em>Photo: DECKED</em></p> How to Choose Racks and Bins

Racks and bins turn trucks and vans into mobile workshops. With an abundance of options available to fleet managers, here’s all you need to know about these organizational devices.

<p><em>Logo: KBB</em></p> Lowest 5-Year Cost-to-Own Vehicles Named

Five General Motors vehicles from the 2018 model year have the lowest cost to own in their categories over a five-year period, while four Toyota or Lexus vehicles also made an annual list from Kelley Blue Book.

<p><em>Photo via John Gillespie/Flickr.</em></p> Drowsy Driving a Factor in Nearly 10% of Crashes

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explores the relationship between drowsy driving and motor vehicle crashes — finding 9.5% of drivers involved in crashes to be classified as drowsy.

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