Car and Driver Names 10 Best Trucks and SUVs

We’ve been down this road before, with the 5Best Trucks awards we handed out from 2001 to 2008. As we did then, and unlike 10Best Cars, we’ve organized our new truck and SUV awards around segments, with one vehicle from each subset taking home the prize. The incredible model proliferation also sees us expand to 10 categories: full-size pickup, mid-size pickup, van, and seven SUV categories broken down by size and separated into luxury and nonluxury branches.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Ford F-150, Mazda CX-9, and Chrysler Pacifica have been named to Car and Driver’s inaugural list of 10Best Trucks and SUVs
  • The publication named winners in 10 categories, including the Kia Soul for subcompact SUV, BMW X1 for subcompact luxury SUV, Honda CR-V for compact SUV, Porsche Macan for compact luxury SUV, Mazda CX-9 for mid-size SUV, Audi Q7 for luxury SUV, Mercedes-Benz GLS450 for large SUV, Honda Ridgeline for mid-size pickup, F-150 and F-150 Raptor for full-size pickup, and the Chrysler Pacifica for van.
  • n November, Car and Driver released its 2017 10Best Cars list that includes the Chevrolet Bolt, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen golf/Alltrack/GTI/R

“The Ford F-150, Mazda CX-9, and Chrysler Pacifica have been named to Car and Driver’s inaugural list of 10Best Trucks and SUVs for the 2017 model year.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/vehicle-research/news/story/2016/12/car-and-driver-names-10-best-trucks-and-suvs.aspx

Cadillac Plans To Steer Clear Driverless Cars

Reports are coming in that Cadillac will not be pushing towards a future without a steering wheel, according to the brand’s President Johan de Nysschen. Instead, Cadillac will be in the business of creating an “immersive experience.” “For us, driving is a very immersive experience,” de Nysschen told WardsAuto. “The notion of removing the driver from that is foreign to us. It’s not what Cadillac stands for. We are not into making transportation modules. We’ll leave that to someone else.”

Cadillac Plans To Steer Clear Driverless Cars

Ford F-150 Wins 2016 Fleet Truck of the Year

The legendary F-150—with an aluminum bed and body—earns a 2017 10Best award. The base 3.5-liter V-6 (253 lb-ft), optional 2.7-liter turbo V-6 (375 lb-ft), and optional 5.0-liter V-8 (387 lb-ft) all pair with six-speed automatics. The optional 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 (470 lb-ft) and its standard 10-speed automatic are best for towing, with a maximum capacity of 12,200 pounds. Regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew bodies as well as 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8-foot beds make the F-150 an adaptable classic.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Ford F-150 has been named the 2016 Fleet Truck of the year. This is the third time the light-duty truck has been honored with the annual Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet award in the past six years.
  • “Ford designed the first-ever factory-installed LED warning light kit based on fleet customer input,” Bell said. “Because it comes directly from Ford, customers can trust that this light kit is Built Ford Tough. Ordering is as easy as checking a box, and the truck is delivered to your dealer with the system installed.”
  • Ford also developed a new aluminum alloy for the 2016 F-150 in collaboration with Alcoa that’s more formable and design-friendly than material previously used on the light-duty truck.

““It is an honor for F-150 to be the top choice among fleet managers,” said Brian Bell, Ford marketing manager for F-150. “Thanks in part to the input we received from fleets, the new F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable, and safest F-150 ever.””

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/operations/article/story/2016/12/ford-f-150-is-the-fleet-truck-of-the-year.aspx

FMCSA establishes national drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus …

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

Key Takeaways:

  • It also requires employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.
  • “The clearinghouse will allow carriers across the country to identify current and prospective drivers who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol, and employ those who drive drug- and alcohol-free.
  • Drivers who test positive for drugs or alcohol will no longer be able to conceal those test results from employers and continue to drive while posing a safety risk to the driving public.”

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/industry-news/government-regulations/press-release/20845931/fmcsa-establishes-national-drug-and-alcohol-testing-clearinghouse-for-commercial-truck-and-bus-drivers&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNGL0frNP4ZJlpgAQyVYudA14nUK_w

Mascot Opens Driveshaft Repair Facility Near Indianapolis

Mascot Truck Parts, which is a wholesale manufacturer of heavy truck transmissions, differentials, and other parts, announced that it has opened a full-service driveshaft repair facility in Plainfield, Indiana. This comes about due to feedback from local customers who had a need for driveshaft repair. They will also offer shipment of parts, as well as custom-built parts, across the country. This is hoped to alleviate long freight times and allow for more space for other activities in their Ontario facility.

Mascot Opens Driveshaft Repair Facility Near Indianapolis

Swift Transportation deploys FlowBelow Tractor Aerokit

The Tractor AeroKit reduces aerodynamic turbulence and drag on the truck by streamlining airflow past the drive wheels. When optioned, each 6×2 or 6×4 truck is outfitted with Quick-Release wheel covers, center aerodynamic fairings located between the wheels, and rear aerodynamic fairings behind the wheels. The system works similar to fuel tank fairings by helping to control the air flow along the side of the truck. The ‘Quick-Release’ wheel covers also provide instantaneous and tool-free access to the wheel end via FlowBelow’s patented ‘push and turn’ quick-release latching system. The system is made in the USA using extremely durable materials.

Swift Transportation deploys FlowBelow Tractor Aerokit

Tech Tip: Tackling Automotive Projects with WD-40 Specialist Spray & Stay Gel Lubricant

WD-40 is one of those special multi-purpose products with more than a few surprising uses (in fact, WD-40 claims this miracle spray has over 2,000 uses). WD-40 can be effective at removing the most difficult stuff from both your car exterior and interior. WD-40 can be used with your car: removing bugs, grime, old bumper stickers, tree sap, and bird droppings on the outside, and crayon, grease, and gum on the upholstery or carpet.

Key Takeaways:

  • When tackling automotive projects, professionals need a lubricant that won’t run, drip or make a mess.
  • After exposure to water, mud and other substances, spare tires that hang upside down can corrode, making it difficult to dismount in the event that you get a flat tire.
  • Lubricating car hinges should not be ignored as it can help prevent more than squeaky noises – it can also prevent wear, tear and rust build-up.

“After exposure to water, mud and other substances, spare tires that hang upside down can corrode, making it difficult to dismount in the event that you get a flat tire. Lubricating the rim and the carrier with Spray & Stay Gel Lubricant can help loosen the bolts that hold it in place and allow you to remove it.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/in-the-bay/tools-equipment/article/20843944/tech-tip-tackling-automotive-projects-with-wd40-specialist-spray-stay-gel-lubricant&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNH5bMXJ30TDVw4IhPjOAQkUX3P8Bg

Maintenance, Safety, and Compliance Aided by Telematics

Learn how telematics and GPS fleet tracking systems provide information that helps fleet owners control costs and increase productivity. Telematics is a combination of the words telecommunications and informatics. Telematics, in a broad sense, is any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects – like vehicles – via telecommunication devices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Starting at the federal level, many companies believe the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will have a huge impact on the growth of the telematics market.
  • For years, commercial truck drivers have used paper logs to maintain Hours of Service records.
  • A mandate adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all commercial truck drivers to use ELDs by the end of 2017.

“Drivers put vehicles through hundreds to thousands of miles of drive time, constant wear and tear, and in some cases, expensive repairs.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/gps-telematics/article/story/2016/11/maintenance-safety-and-compliance-why-telematics-should-be-your-sidekick.aspx

Hours-of-Service Provision Attached to Short-Term Funding Bill

This week, Congress is expected to pass the second continuing resolution of the year, keeping the federal government operating until late April and avoiding a government shutdown. The bill released late Tuesday would provide $1.070 trillion in base discretionary funding as well as an additional $10.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (a defense supplement), $4.1 billion for disaster relief, $170 million to address the drinking water crisis in cities such as Flint, Michigan, and $872 million to fund the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act.

Hours-of-Service Provision Attached to Short-Term Funding Bill

New York Deploys Emergency Trailers Along Oil Corridor

A fleet of 24 emergency response trailers are being deployed across New York’s crude oil transportation corridor. The trailers will be stationed at key locations and will help strengthen New York’s response to crude oil transportation incidents, in support of the state’s recently developed Geographic Response Plans. The DEC, Division of Homeland Security, and Emergency Services Office are deploying the trailers.

New York Deploys Emergency Trailers Along Oil Corridor

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