California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

California has passed a bill to increase gas excise tax on regular gas by 12 cents per gallon and 20 cents per gallon on diesel. This is the first gas tax increase in 23 years for California that is expected to bring in $5.2 billion a year, still many residents are not happy as California has the highest fuel prices in the nation.

Key Takeaways:

  • A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature.
  • The money will be used to support California’s aging transportation infrastructure.
  • Republicans argued against the bill because the state already has the highest fuel prices in the nation. Environmentalists fear it will delay the impact of clean air regulations.

“A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) before going into effect.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/fuel-management/news/story/2017/04/fuel-tax-advances-in-california-legislature.aspx

Ford Named Autonomous Driving Leader

Ford has turned into the main organization in the advancement of robotized driving frameworks, as indicated by another report from Navigant Exploration. In any case, as we motivate nearer to sending abnormal state robotized driving, everybody included should now address the rest of the inquiries that are from multiple points of view more hard to reply than building up the foundational innovations. Navigant appraised the organizations on 10 criteria including vision; go-to-market methodology; accomplices; creation procedure; innovation; deals, showcasing, and dissemination; item ability; item quality and dependability; item portfolio; and resilience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ford is now the leading company in developing automated driving systems, followed by General Motors, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Daimler.
  • Tremendous progress has been made in just the last few years on the development of automated driving systems.
  • Companies were ranked on the following 10 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; sales, marketing, and distribution; product capability; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; and staying power.

“Ford has become the leading company in the development of automated driving systems, followed by General Motors, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Daimler, according to a new report from Navigant Research.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2017/04/ford-named-autonomous-driving-leader.aspx

How To Shop For A New Fleet Vehicle

Regardless of whether you are purchasing a straightforward car or an extravagance transport, you have much to choose, from where you will buy to how you will pay for the vehicle. While these may look great, you ought not to consider adding a vehicle to your armada unless there is a client request you reliably can’t fill, you have to supplant a resigning vehicle, or you need to venture into another market inside your region. The rundown incorporates worked in Wi-Fi frameworks, specific sound frameworks, safety belts, or no safety belts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Whether you are buying a simple sedan or a luxury bus, you have much to decide, from where you will purchase to how you will pay for the vehicle.
  • Whatever compels you to shop for a new vehicle should be based on facts, previous growth history, and projections into the future.
  • Once you determine what type of vehicle you are shopping for, zero in on the options available. The list includes built-in Wi-Fi systems, specialized sound systems, and more.

“Whether you are buying a simple sedan or a luxury bus, you have much to decide, from where you will purchase to how you will pay for the vehicle. Here is simple guide to help you through the process.”

http://www.lctmag.com/vehicles/article/721760/shopping-for-a-new-vehicle

4 Tech Tidbits About the 2018 Buick Regal

The introduction of the 2018 Buick Lofty brought new body styles and crisp styling to the nameplate that drove the Buick brand’s renaissance not long ago. The new Superb likewise carries with it some trap German designing. The vast majority of it originated from more brilliant steel utilize, significantly lighter seats, and wiser calm tuning that stops more clamors from the beginning with the goal that they don’t require as much mastic and sound deadener. Not at all like most new autos sold in the U.S., this one element a dynamic hood for the person on foot insurance.

Key Takeaways:

  • The new Regal also brings with it some trick German engineering. Here are four tech tidbits from the 2018 Buick Regal debut.
  • Unlike most new cars sold in the U.S., this one features an active hood for pedestrian protection.
  • Upon identifying the pedestrian, with 40 milliseconds, it fires two pyrotechnic charges that elevate the rear edge of the hood.

“The debut of the 2018 Buick Regal brought new body styles and fresh styling to the nameplate that helped lead the Buick brand’s renaissance earlier this decade.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/4-tech-tidbits-about-the-2018-buick-regal/

Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Contest MATS 2017

Truck Beauty contest at the Mid-America Trucking Show seemed a little thinner than in previous years. There were fewer of the highly customized “Mafia” style trucks, and this year’s winner’s list shows the judges preferred the more traditional entries. There were some really nicely done classics in this year’s lineup and few brand new trucks as well. Here’s a small sample of what we saw out behind the stables this year. HDT’s editors share some of the sights from the massive event show floor on the second day of the 2017 Mid-America Trucking.

Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Contest MATS 2017

Hyundai Recalls Sonata, Santa Fe Sport for Engine

Hyundai dealers will inspect the engine, replacing the engine short block if necessary. There will be no charge for this service. In these cars, machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine. “Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash,” Hyundai Motor America is recalling 572,000 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles in the 2013 and 2014 model years so dealers can address an engine problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai Recalls Sonata, Santa Fe Sport for Engine

Ford F-650/F-750 Repeats Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Win

For the second consecutive year, the Ford F-650/F-750 was named Work Trucks Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by our readers from a field of nine trucks. Winning the prestigious Work Truck magazine Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award for the second straight year is confirmation that we are doing our job to give customers what they need. Customers have embraced Ford medium-duty trucks as is evident by 2016 sales of F-650 and F-750 being at their highest level since 1997.

Key Takeaways:

  • For the second consecutive year, the Ford F-650/F-750 was named Work Truck’s Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by our readers from a field of nine trucks.
  • Our customers demand the most capable, dependable vehicles that get the job done and we strive to meet and exceed those expectations.
  • Ford sold more medium-duty trucks in 2016 than in any year since 1997.

“In the 10 years the award has now been presented, this marks the fifth overall win for Ford.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/article/story/2017/04/ford-f-650-f-750-repeats-medium-duty-truck-of-the-year-win.aspx

Volvo Enhances Connectivity Support For Older Truck Models

Volvo Trucks North America declared it is developing its Volvo Trucks Uptime Administrations to cover more seasoned vehicles through the expansion of telematics availability by means of an organization with telematics supplier Geotab. Proprietors of Volvo vehicles with EPA 2010 or more up to date Volvo motors will have the capacity to get to a similar suite of uptime administrations accessible for more up to date display Volvo trucks. Our association with Geotab gives an energizing chance to bring the demonstrated uptime advantages of our associated vehicle administrations to clients with dynamic Volvo legacy vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

  • Our partnership with Geotab provides an exciting opportunity to bring the proven uptime benefits of our connected vehicle services to customers with active Volvo legacy vehicles.
  • If VAS agents detect an issue, they will assess the severity and provide the vehicle’s designated contact with the information needed to decide whether to keep operating the truck or take it for immediate service.
  • Owners of legacy Volvo trucks can purchase Geotab telematics devices and sign up for Remote Diagnostics subscriptions through the Volvo Trucks dealer network beginning May 1.

“Activation of a Remote Diagnostics subscription for predictive diagnostics and monitoring and installation of the plug-in Geotab telematics device will connect the legacy vehicle to the uptime experts at Volvo’s Uptime Center. At the Uptime Center, Volvo Action Service (VAS) agents provide 24/7 monitoring of critical vehicle codes.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/news/story/2017/04/volvo-enhances-connectivity-support-for-older-truck-models.aspx

Joy Global Renamed Komatsu Mining Corp

Komatsu America Corp., a backup of Komatsu Ltd., has finished its procurement of Bliss Worldwide and declared Wednesday the Milwaukee-based organization will now be known as Komatsu Mining Enterprise. Komatsu Mining Corp will work as an auxiliary of Komatsu and will hold the previous Euphoria Worldwide central station in Milwaukee. The end of the exchange adds to the Komatsu group more than 10,000 individuals with profound learning and involvement in the mining business, conveying Komatsu’s worldwide aggregate to more than 57,000 employees.

Joy Global Renamed Komatsu Mining Corp

Chevrolet Adds 10-Speed Auto, Sporty Styling to 2018 Tahoe and Suburban RST

Chevy is adds new packages to both the Suburban RST and Tahoe. Both models will have new packages, with the Tahoe getting an extra boost in the performance department. Lightning, mechanisms, wheels and other options will be available. Options will be available dependent upon the various consumer priorities warranted for each model. Which model and package would you choose?

Chevrolet Adds 10-Speed Auto, Sporty Styling to 2018 Tahoe and Suburban RST

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