Toyota's Japan Plant Shut Down Delays 2016 Prius

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February 4, 2016
<p><em>Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Van Sales Reach Four-Decade Peak

Sales of full-size and compact vans have continued to show strength, as Ford sold nearly 10,000 full-size Transit vans in January, following the company's best year of van sales since 1978.

<p><em>Photo of 2016 Prius Four courtesy of Toyota.</em></p> Toyota's Japan Plant Shut Down Delays 2016 Prius

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend production at assembly plants in Japan next week due to a steel factory explosion that will delay shipments of the new 2016 Prius hybrid.

Overheight Vehicle Detection Comes to Austin

The system will help prevent collisions between tall trucks and low-clearance overhead structures such as bridges.

<p>2007-2013 MY volume-weighted wholesale average values, weekly change from&nbsp;1/22/16&nbsp;to&nbsp;1/29/16. SOURCE: Black Book</p> Full-Size Pickup Depreciation Slows; Medium-Duties Hold Steady

The full-size pickup segment experienced the least depreciation seen in the segment since September 2015 with 0.02 percent. Additionally, the medium-duty truck market held steady this past month.

<p><strong><em>Photo of Nissan Altima courtesy of Nissan.</em></strong></p> Nissan Recalls Altima for Hood Latch

The recall, set to begin in mid-February, covers 846,000 vehicles in the 2013-2015 model years.

<p><strong><em>A new IIHS study examines the effectiveness of forward collision warning systems -- with and without automatic emergency braking. Photo courtesy of IIHS.</em></strong></p> Automatic Braking Cutting Rear-End Crashes

A new IIHS study finds that forward collision warning systems that include automatic emergency braking cut rear-end crash rates by 39%.

Video Safety Tip: Preventing Pothole Damage

Here's some advice from the Michigan Department of Transportation on how to deal with potholes.

Chris Brown
Executive Editor
Auto Focus
The Ripple Effect of a Positive Customer Service Experience

They say customer service is the new marketing. A recent experience on Virgin America validates that point.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra features a redesigned hood, front fascia and "V-motion" grille.
Driving the 2016 Nissan Sentra
Ford builds 58 basic configurations and more than 2,000 different versions of its Ford Transit van.
Assembling Ford's Transit Van
The 58 configurations of Ford Transit vans offer a multitude of equipment set-up for upfitters such as Knapheide. Photo courtesy of Ford.
Knapheide's SubTropolis Upfit Facility
The Petersen Automotive Museum's exterior was inspired by iconic motion-blur photos of traffic in Los Angeles freeways. Photo courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum.
Petersen Automotive Museum
What the New FMCSA Electronic Logging Device Rule Means for Motor Carriers and Truck Drivers

Choosing Motor Pool Technology: 20 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Continuous Driver Monitoring Made Easy

Top 5 Mistakes in Analyzing Fleet Data

The Great Debate: Is GPS Tracking Really Beneficial for Fleets?

Fuel Best Practices

Preserving Privacy and Security In The Connected Vehicle

3 Must-Know Tips to Boost Productivity Within Your Fleet

Growth Without Waste

Mobile Distractions and Driving: The New Exposure in Fleet Liability

Saving Millions by Preventing Accidents and Reducing Net Expenses

Engine Optimization: Make Your Engine Work for You

What do today’s fleet professionals think of GPS tracking technology?

Remarketing 101: The Impact of Seasonal Price Patterns on Fleet Returns

Chris Brown
Executive Editor
Amy Hercher
Associate Editor
Eric Bearly
Sales Manager
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Robert Brown Jr.
Great Lakes Sales Manager
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