California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

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December 12, 2017
<p><em>Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.</em></p> GM Moving Toward Carbon Fiber Pickup Beds

General Motors is considering carbon fiber for the beds of its next-generation Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks to better compete with Ford's F-Series pickups and meet future fuel-economy standards.

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<p><strong>The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair &ndash; but could change that. </strong><em>Photo via CalTrans</em></p> California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

<p><em>Photo of 2019 Avalon courtesy of Toyota.</em></p> Toyota to Relaunch Avalon for 2019

Toyota will unveil its 2019 Avalon in January at the North American International Auto Show as a high-profile sedan update at a time when manufacturers prefer to focus their marketing on new utility vehicles and trucks.

<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p> Gasoline Declines to $2.46 Per Gallon

The national average price of gasoline continued its December decline by falling two cents to $2.46 for the week ending Dec. 11. The largest drops came in the East Coast and Midwest regions, according to AAA.

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Jim Nichols, product and technology communications manager for Volvo Car USA, leads Automotive Fleet on a walk-around of the 2018 Volvo XC40, highlighting its aggressive, youthful design features; powertrain; and smart storage solutions. In addition, Nichols explains the ins and outs of Volvo’s new subscription service, Care by Volvo, highlighting how it works, what happens at the end of term, and how drivers can digitally share the vehicle’s key with a smartphone. Click here for more details about the Care by Volvo subscription program. Read our full coverage at the L.A. Auto Show.

<p>(L to R) Don Ross, Carolyn Kindle Betz, Bob Schurwan, Steve Bloom, Pam Nicholson, and Christine Taylor celebrate the opening of the former Fleet Operations facility in 2004. <em>Photo:&nbsp;Enterprise Fleet Management</em></p> Enterprise Fleet Management's Retired President Looks Back on Growth

Steve Bloom, retired president of Enterprise Fleet Management, reflects on the key milestones that contributed to the growth of the business that now includes more than 50 fully staffed offices across the U.S. and Canada.

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