Month: May 2018

31 May by admin

2018 Hyundai Sonata upgrades trim levels with new features

A number of safety and convenience upgrades have been added to certain versions of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, the automaker announced Thursday, but they may not be easy for shoppers to spot at first glance.  Mid-year update models receive “+” designations, called SEL+, Sport+, and Limited trim levels with applicable packages. The new “+” trim […]
31 May by admin

Canada finalizes Phase 2 of GHG rules

OTTAWA, Ont. – Canada is officially rolling out the second phase of rules to control greenhouse gases from heavy vehicles – largely aligning with rules that were introduced last year in the U.S. But some allowances have been made for equipment with heavier gross vehicle weights. “The additional tractor weight categories contained in this regulation […]
31 May by admin

Waymo buys up to 62,000 Chrysler minivans to expand self-driving fleet

For Waymo, the Pacifica Hybrid’s large size, advanced technology and economical operation have proven beneficial for the development of their planned ride-sharing service. UPDATED: 5/31/18 12:56 pm ET – adds details Google affiliate Waymo will purchase up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans from FCA US starting later this year to begin a national […]
31 May by admin

Michelin outlines plans for sustainable tire development

MONTREAL, Que. – By 2048, Michelin is aiming to make its tires fully recyclable, and will construct them from 80% renewable and recycled materials. The company made the announcement at its Movin’ On conference on sustainable mobility here. Michelin says the move will save 33 million barrels of oil per year, equivalent to 16.5 supertankers. […]
31 May by admin

Google’s self-driving car tech could become available in FCA vehicles

Self-driving car technology developed by Google’s Waymo division could become available in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles, the two partners said Thursday as they announced plans to grow their relationship.  FCA said in a statement that it and Waymo are “beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially through licensing, in a FCA-manufactured […]
31 May by admin

Truck platoons coming, but hurdles remain

MONTREAL, Que. – Truck platooning technology is ready to be deployed, and legislation in the U.S. has been passed to allow it, but hurdles remain before it becomes widely adopted. That was the conclusion of a panel discussion on truck platooning held at Michelin’s Movin’ On conference on sustainable mobility May 30. Mike Roeth, head […]
31 May by admin

Mack hits the road to tell drivers’ stories in new series

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mack Trucks will air an eight-part series on RoadLifeTV highlighting the stories of men and women behind the wheel. Available on Amazon Prime Video June 19, the video series will showcase what drivers have to deal with to keep their wheels turning and the world moving with the moving of freight across […]
31 May by admin

New-vehicle loan amounts, payments hit record high

The average loan amount for new vehicles in the first quarter rose 3 percent to $31,455 — a $921 change from the year earlier. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS The average loan amount and monthly payment for new vehicles reached record highs in the first quarter, Experian said Thursday in its State of the Automotive Finance […]
31 May by admin

FMCSA issues regulatory clarification on agricultural hauling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is bringing clarity to the Hours of Service (HoS) exemptions for agricultural haulers. The FMCSA received 566 comments and questions during a public consultation period this winter on the proposed regulatory guidance surrounding the issue and is providing answers to areas of the exemptions […]
31 May by admin

2019 Acura RDX first drive video: the clean-sheet crossover SUV

While the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 lap up all the kudos, the Acura RDX quietly has emerged as a sales champ among compact luxury crossovers. In two generations, Acura has sold nearly 400,000 copies of its smallest SUV. Now Acura is eager for a little more attention, which explains the time and brainpower it […]