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    Study: NTSB offers NHTSA advice on semi truck safety
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    Based on studies conducted last year, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "to improve the safety of tractor-trailers." The suggestions range from changing actual physical components on tractor-trailers, like ...

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    Spy Shots: Hyundai testing more variants of top-secret commercial van
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    The commercial van market in the US is exploding with new products at the moment, with entries from Ford, Ram, Nissan and others. And we are seeing images (again) of Hyundai testing its own van in Europe, as well, though it's not known whether the model will make it to the US. While the company ...

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    Official: Opel Vivaro is a tidy Euro package hauler
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    This is the Opel Vivaro, and as much as it may look like a rebadged Nissan NV200, it isn't (it's quite a bit bigger). Instead, it's a rebadged Nissan Primastar, which in turn is a Renault Trafic. Weird family links aside, this is the all-new, second-generation Vivaro, which Opel originally ...

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    Report: How Mercedes' sterling reputation hurts Sprinter sales
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    If you've ever visited Germany, you know that Mercedes-Benz doesn't exactly carry the high-end cache in its homeland that it does in the US. While the Three-Pointed Star is still certainly known for its luxury sedans and sports cars, the brand also represents most of the taxis on the road, and ...

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    Video: Watch these workers ghost-ride the garbage truck with purpose
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    There's an old phrase that suggests we "work smarter, not harder." This garbage truck driver must have read that as "work like a monumental idiot, not harder." The sanitation worker in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico basically ghost-rides his garbage truck while running to grab bags that have been left ...

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    Official: Chevy rolls out Silverado HD High Country
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    It's been a good week for heavy-duty truck buyers. First, Ram revealed the Black Package for its HD trucks, then it rolled out its new Power Wagon, and now Chevy's getting in on the action with its Silverado High Country HD. Okay, so it may not pack quite the attitude of Ram's latest 2500-series ...

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    Official: 2014 Ram Power Wagon is bigger and badder than ever [w/video]
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    "The 2014 Ram Power Wagon fills a need for those who travel into extreme terrain for rescue or recreation." – Reid Bigland More, more, more. That's the philosophy behind the latest Ram Power Wagon. The extra-brawny, Ram 2500-based pickup is back for 2014, and naturally, it's even more ...

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    Official: Ram extends Black Package to Heavy Duty trucks
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    If you liked the Black Express package Ram offers on its 1500 light-duty pickup but need the added capability of a Heavy Duty model, we've got good news for you. At the Atlanta International Auto Show, the Ram truck brand is rolling out this Black package for the its HD 2500 and 3500 SRW models. ...

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    Report: Birmingham's new food truck laws preventing church from feeding homeless [w/video]
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    New regulations in Birmingham, AL set higher standards for food trucks operating in that community – namely that they must obtain permits from the local health department. The regulations, on the books since January 1 of this year, have also had the unintended consequence of preventing at ...

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    Driven To Work: Snowplow driver
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    Driven To Work is a new Autoblog series exploring the vehicles that do the work of the world and telling the stories of the people who operate them. 2014 found us a nation obsessed with winter. The first Polar Vortex – a thing non-meteorologists had never heard of until this year – ...

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    Official: Renault reveals new Trafic cargo van
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    Head over to Europe and you're bound to see this van scurrying about. Only you might not recognize it. That's because this product of a joint venture between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and General Motors is sold under four different nameplates: by Vauxhall and Opel as the Vivaro, by Nissan as ...

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    Report: Experts wonder if aluminum F-150 gives Ford a real advantage
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    There's no doubt that Ford is taking a risk in producing the body of its upcoming new F-150 pickup truck in aluminum. What is up for debate, however, is whether aluminum was a wise risk to take in the first place. Wards Auto took the opportunity to poll some experts on the subject of aluminum ...

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    Spy Shots: Ram ProMaster City getting facelift courtesy of Fiat Doblo?
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    Our intrepid spy photographers have caught prototypes for a new Fiat Doblo. Now we know what you might be thinking (particularly if you didn't take note of the headline): why would we care about an automaker conducting a facelift on a European cargo van? Normally we wouldn't, only the Fiat Doblo ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz bringing Sprinter 4x4 to US
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    Back in December, Mercedes-Benz announced a four-wheel-drive version of its endlessly charming Sprinter van (the European model is pictured above), but didn't make a mention of any plans for US market sales. Now, that's all changed, as the German automaker has confirmed that its Sprinter 4x4 will ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty is class-leading once again
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    Time for everyone to feign surprise – Ford has just announced that it has the increased horsepower and torque levels of its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015. As you'd expect, the Blue Oval is claiming class-leading figures of 440 hp (up from 400) and 860 pound-feet (up ...

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    Official: Ford F-150 King Ranch celebrates 'history and authenticity' for 2015 [w/video]
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    What's life like on an authentic Texas ranch? We honestly have no idea, having never lived on such a ranch, but we imagine it requires lots of hard work, grit and determination to keep all 825,000 acres – that's larger than the state of Rhode Island – of the King Ranch in Texas under ...

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    ETC: Ram Truck digs in with Laramie Longhorn-inspired Case backhoe
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    Some combinations seem natural immediately like chocolate and peanut butter, but others take a little more consideration before they begin make sense. That is exactly the situation with the new partnership between Ram and heavy equipment-maker Case to build a one-of-a-kind Ram 3500 with a ...

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    Official: Ford unveils all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 at NTEA
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    Medium-duty work trucks might not be the most exciting vehicles, but they perform necessary jobs everyday. Ford is in the process of a complete refresh of its entire commercial vehicle lineup over the next 18 months, and it is debuting the all-new versions of its F-650 and F-750 trucks at the ...

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    Recalls: 2014 Ram Promaster recalled over brake hoses
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    It's barely been a year since Chrysler brought the Fiat Ducato over to these United States as the Ram Promaster, but already it's being subjected to its second recall – both of them revolving around essential controls that are critical to the vehicle's operation. The first came less than a ...

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    Report: Ford moving medium-duty F-Series production from Mexico to Ohio
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    A few more Ford trucks will be built in the US in the near future with news that production of the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will move from Mexico to Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, OH. Ford hasn't confirmed a precise timeline for the move, but The Detroit News claims the Blue ...

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