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February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Toyota Camry, Lexus Models Recalled for Fueling Systems

Photo of 2018 Camry LE courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor North America has recalled 11,800 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans and about 9,900 Lexus models for fueling system problems.

Tags: Lexus, Toyota Camry, Mid-Size Sedans, 2018-MY

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Subaru Ascent Three-Row SUV Starts at $32,970

Photo of the 2019 Ascent courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru will begin selling its 2019 Ascent three-row SUV — the largest vehicle the crossover specialist has ever built — for at least $32,970 this summer, the company announced.

Tags: Subaru, Mid-Size SUVs, 2019-MY, Subaru Ascent, Three-Row SUVs

February 14, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

BMW's 2019 X4 Starts at $50,450

Photo of 2019 X4 Euro spec crossover courtesy of BMW.

BMW's 2019 X4 enters its second generation as a wider, longer luxury SUV offered in a standard and higher-performance "M" model with improved technology such as voice recognition and gesture controls, BMW has announced.

Tags: BMW, Luxury SUVs, Crossovers, 2019-MY, BMW X4

February 14, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Refreshes 2019 C-Class

Photo of 2019 C-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

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.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Luxury Sedans, 2019-MY, Mid-Cycle Refresh

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Third-Gen 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford debuted the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon with new gasoline and diesel powertrains, a new eight-speed transmission, and a suite of safety technology as standard equipment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, 2019-MY, Compact Vans, Passenger Vans, Chicago Auto Show

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Next-Gen Sprinter Van

Photo of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter today in Duisburg, Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics service that will arrive in the U.S. later this year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Telematics, Global

February 1, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Genesis Unveils Plan for Dealer Network

Photo of G80 (left) and G90 courtesy of Genesis.

Hyundai Motor America and Genesis Motor America have begun the process of selecting dealers to operate 100 stand-alone Genesis stores, which would be built out over the next three years, according to the company.

Tags: Dealers, Luxury Sedans, Genesis, Executive Vehicles

February 1, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Jaguar Tests I-Pace SUV in Extreme Conditions

Photo on I-Pace courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover has put its I-Pace battery-electric SUV through testing in Arctic driving at minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit at its facility in Arjeplog, Sweden, the company has announced.

Tags: Jaguar, Luxury SUVs, Jaguar Land Rover, Vehicle Testing

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is Roomier, Longer

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its second-generation 2019 G-Class luxury SUV, which is host to several new updates including a roomier interior, a new suspension, and a longer and wider exterior.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

Sporty 2018 Passat GT to Debut in Detroit

Photo of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Gt courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen has revealed the 2018 Passat GT special model, a sportier version of the sedan with a base price of $29,090.

Tags: Volkswagen Passat, Detroit Auto Show, Volkwagen

January 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ford's Diesel F-150: 30 MPG on the Highway

Photo of diesel-powered 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's first diesel-powered 2018 F-150 pickup can deliver an EPA-rated 30 mpg in highway driving, which would put it among the most fuel-efficient pickups available when it goes on sale in the spring.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy

January 4, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz to Show Next-Gen G Class in Detroit

Photo of 2019 G-Class courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its second-generation 2019 G-Class flagship luxury SUV at the North American International Auto Show this month, the company has announced.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 4, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

BMW Begins Building New Flagship SUV

Photo of the pre-production X7 courtesy of BMW.

BMW has begun building pre-production models of its X7 luxury SUV that's set to arrive later this year so BMW can better compete with large luxury utility models.

Tags: BMW, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, BMW X7

January 3, 2018 - Executive Fleet News

Volvo Offers Fueling, Washing Services in Seattle

Volvo will offer its owners in Seattle several concierge services through a smartphone app to fill the fuel tank or have the vehicle washed while the vehicle would be parked.

Tags: Volvo, Dealers, Mobility, Vehicle Washing

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 1.4% in 2017

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of FCA, Ford, GM, and Nissan.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures fell 5.5% in December but increased 1.4% in 2017, following a 2.7% increase the prior year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Trends, Procurement

December 28, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Maserati Adds Electric Power Steering for 2018

Photo of 2018 Ghibli GranLusso courtesy of Maserati.

Maserati is moving to electric power steering from hydraulic-based steering for its 2018 models to enable additional driver-assisting features for its Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte, the company announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: L.A. Auto Show, Prestige Luxury Cars, 2018-MY, Maserati, Mid-Cycle Refresh

December 21, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Acura RDX to Get 'Extensive Redesign'

Photo courtesy of Acura.

The Acura RDX will undergo an "extensive redesign" and will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, Honda's luxury unit announced.

Tags: Acura, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, Detroit Auto Show

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Prices 2018 Titan, Titan XD Pickups

Photo of the 2018 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has set pricing for its 2018 pickup truck lineup that now includes five 1/2-ton Titan models, five Titan XD gasoline models, and five Titan XD diesel models.

Tags: Nissan, Pricing, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Large Pickups, 2018

December 20, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Integrates Infotainment Services with Amazon Music

Photo courtesy of Audi.

Audi will integrate Amazon Music with several 2017 and 2018 models so drivers can listen to songs available from the streaming service while on the road, Audi has announced.

Tags: Audi, Infotainment Systems, Amazon

December 18, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

BMW's 2019 X2 Powered by TwinPower Turbo 4-Cyl.

Photo of 2019 X2 courtesy of BMW.

BMW's 2019 X2 will be powered by a TwinPower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed transmission to propel BMW's new luxury crossover, the company announced.

Tags: BMW, Luxury SUVs, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, BMW X2, Compact SUVs

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

2019 Silverado Airlifted Into Texas Speedway

Photo of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet revealed its 2019 Silverado by airlifting the large pickup into the Texas Motor Speedway on Dec. 14 for a select group of automotive publications that included Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, 2019-MY, Large Pickups, Chevrolet

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Enables Fuel Purchases From the Dashboard

Photo courtesy of GM.

Drivers of General Motors vehicles will be able to purchase Shell fuel and other products or services from their dashboard using a new digital platform known as GM Marketplace, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Connected Car, General Motors, Shell, Fuel Management, Mobility, ExxonMobil

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Upgrades Super Duty for 2018

The 2018 Super Duty F-450 4x2 dual-rear-wheel pickup will be available this winter in XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum series offerings. (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford has made upgrades across the board for its 2018 Super Duty, and now claims best-in-class horsepower, torque, towing, and payload.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, Ford Super Duty

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Commercial Fleet Sales Increase 6.3% in November

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 3.5% to 51,569 in November as total car sales made a strong monthly return at 27%, but is still more than 35% lower than what was reported last year, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Procurement, Trends

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