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Ontario, Calif.— Scan tool manufacturer Launch Tech has released its new CRP 229 diagnostic scan tool, said Harlan Siegel, the company’s vice president, and, he added, it comes in at a price and value point that is unequalled. “We harnessed the power of our pro line product and put it into a small...
Chevrolet has announced that it will re-enter the medium-duty market with a low cab-forward truck in 2016 to meet growing demands of fleet and commercial customers. The six new models that will be available are the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. They are based on the Isuzu...
Mountain View, Calif.—The automotive industry has long been introducing new and innovative features to cars on the basis of consumer trends, preferences, safety bulletins and market positioning. The industry is now on the verge of integrating health, wellness and well-being (HWW) technologies into...
Glen Mills, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has introduced a new urethane primer and polyurethane clearcoat to expand its Rival economy paint brand family that offers a mix of value and performance for shops in the commercial vehicle industry. Rival RV400 Urethane Primer is designed to be fast-drying...
Irvine, Calif.—Unique to the automotive aftermarket, the new Innova Fleet Services Management System gives auto parts stores a sales advantage by alerting both the fleet customer and the parts store of required vehicle maintenance through telematics. “The new Innova Fleet Management System was...
Farmington Hill, Mich.—MAHLE has developed a diagnostic tool to make the job of servicing today’s computer-controlled engines easier and more efficient. MAHLE’s TechPRO, designed by the company’s Services Solutions division, is a Cloud-, PC-, or tablet-enabled device that will help service...
Washington, D.C.—New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that Americans drove 987.8 billion miles for the first four months of the year, topping the previous record — 965.5 billion — set in April 2007. The new data,...
Southfield, Mich.—Customer loyalty to automotive brands reached a 10-year high during the first quarter of 2015, according to analysis from IHS Automotive, a global provider of information and insight to the automotive industry and part of IHS Inc. Brand loyalty during first quarter 2015 was 52.8...
Mountain View, Calif.—Big data is driving significant cost efficiencies in several aspects of the global trucking industry, from manufacturing of trucks and vehicle systems, to their operation and maintenance. Several leading OEMs and tier-1 suppliers have already started incorporating big data...
With few exceptions, we loved the 2015.5 Volvo T6 AWD we recently tested. Long a fan of Volvo innovations and safety, this unit did not disappoint, though there were some features that we felt should have been standard, not optional. What we like at the top of the list on the XC60 are its...

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