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March 2018, Work Truck - Feature

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Enters Next Generation

Photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

By Eric Gandarilla

The next-generation Chevrolet Silverado is slated to release later this year. General Motors has placed a big emphasis on the needs of its fleet customers for this next-generation truck.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2019-MY, Large Pickups, General Motors

April 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

A Closer Look at the 2019 Ram 1500

Photo of the 2019 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA.

By Eric Gandarilla

The 2019 Ram 1500's improvements over the previous generation include a lighter body, a more durable design, improved fuel economy, and new safety features.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, FCA, Ram Truck, Large Pickups

March 2018, Work Truck - Feature

2019 Ford Ranger's Fleet Prospects

Photo of the 2019 Ford Ranger courtesy of Ford.

By Eric Gandarilla

After more than seven years away from the North American market, the Ford Ranger is making a comeback. While developing the new midsize pickup, Ford listened to feedback from commercial fleets.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, 2019-MY, Midsize Pickups, Automatic Braking, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

March 2018, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Chevrolet's 2019 Medium-Duty Truck Trio

Photo of 2019 Silverado 4500HD courtesy of Chevrolet.

By Lauren Fletcher

Launching the much anticipated Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD medium-duty models at The Work Truck Show 2018, the automaker surprised everyone with the additional launch of a 6500HD model as well.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 6500, Chevrolet Silverado 4500, Chevrolet Silverado 5500, Medium-Duty Trucks, Work Truck Show, 2019-MY

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2018 XC40 Launches Volvo’s Small Vehicle Strategy

Photo courtesy of Mike Antich.

By Mike Antich

The XC40 is Volvo’s first small SUV. It is built on a new modular frame that will underpin all future 40 Series models, including fully electric vehicles. The XC40 offers three powertrains, including a three-cylinder engine, a first for Volvo Cars.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC40, Luxury SUVs, Global, 2018-MY, Subscription Services

February 2018, Automotive Fleet - Feature

6 Questions for Mercedes-Benz Vans USA

Photo of the third-generation European Sprinter by Paul Clinton.

By Paul Clinton

Robert Veit, vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, is leading a growth initiative in North America that includes the launch of the third-generation Sprinter.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Q&A

December 2017, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford's All-New, Fleet Ready 2018 Expedition

The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission produce up to 400 hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy and towing capability. (Photo: Mike Antich)

By Mike Antich

The all-new Expedition provides fleets with ample crew space, work connectivity, and off-road and trailering capabilities to meet most fleet applications. It is powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Tags: Ford, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2017 Fleet Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

By Andy Lundin

The Silverado is available fleet specific-packages, including the Work Truck Convenience Package, the LT Fleet Convenience Package, and the LT Fleet Plus Package.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Fleet Truck of the Year, General Motors, Awards, Large Pickups

November 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

TCO Champs: Crossovers or Sedans?

2017 model-year vehicles over a 36-month period with an average of 20,000 miles a year. Vincentric market price is based on invoice price plus destination charge minus published fleet incentives, if any. Cost data from Oct. 2, 2017. Regular fuel calculated at $2.49.

By Chris Brown

As consumers and automakers continue to migrate away from sedans toward crossovers, there are no clear winners when analyzing total cost of ownership of individual models.

Tags: Vincentric, Total Cost of Ownership, Crossovers

November 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Versatile Vans Available in 2018

E-Series will be available in 2018 as either the cutaway or stripped chassis with multiple packages. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)

By Lauren Fletcher

A staple of many commercial fleets is the van. From compact vans to their full-size counterparts, there are a growing number of vans available for fleets in 2018.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Nissan NV, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, Ford E-Series, Ram ProMaster, Chevrolet City Express, Passenger Vans, 2018-MY, Mercedes-Benz Metris

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

In-Vehicle Entertainment Proliferates for Fleet Drivers

Screenshot of AppLink courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, use an array of tools and perks, such as in-vehicle infotainment that can keep drivers entertained from Point A to Point B, to increase driver retention, as long as the drivers avoid distraction.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, Ford, Drivers, SiriusXM, Safety, Driving Dynamics

October 2017, Government Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference

September 2017, Work Truck - Feature

A Closer Look at Diesel Cabover Warranties

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By Paul Clinton

Isuzu, Chevrolet, Hino, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America offer similar standard warranties for their diesel cabovers, and provide additional component warranties to increase a fleet manager's piece of mind.

Tags: Warranty, Diesel Engines, Cabovers, Truck Warranty, Chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

All Wheel Drive vs. Four Wheel Drive

All-wheel-drive vehicles make sense for drivers who demand safety and predictability in all driving conditions. Photo: ©

By Peter A. Salinas

There are benefits to both all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems. The decision, as to which system is best for you, should be based on your company’s geographical location and your fleet applications.

Tags: Four Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, Safety

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

High-Gear Transmissions: How Many Gears Are Enough?

Photo of the 10R80 10-speed (left) and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

By Bassem Girgis

With Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE) pushing automotive companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles, vehicle manufacturers have been evolving their transmissions so they can sell highly efficient vehicles without sacrificing performance.

Tags: General Motors, Transmissions, FCA, Ford, Fuel Economy

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Three-Quarter-Ton vs. One-Ton Pickups

Photo of Ford F-250 by Vince Taroc.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial and government fleet purchasers prioritize versatility and seek to enhance productivity when considering which heavy-duty pickup to add to their fleet, truck manufacturers told

Tags: Ram 2500, Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Ford F-350, Ram 3500, Large Pickups, GMC Sierra 2500

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford's Bartlett Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Mike Antich

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series, Ford, Ford Transit, Q&A, Ford Ranger

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM's Chevrolet 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

By Paul Clinton

General Motors offers optional equipment for its Chevrolet lineup that's available only to fleets that includes a maintenance credit, deleted interior features, and onboard Wi-Fi plans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, General Motors, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 F650/F-750 courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Ford offers optional equipment available only to fleets that includes police telematics, orange seatbelts, and adjustable pedals.

Tags: Ford, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment, Ford Super Duty, Police Vehicles, Ford Transit

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fiat Chrysler's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited courtesy of FCA.

By Paul Clinton

Fiat Chrysler offers optional equipment exclusive to fleets to enhance off-road operation, cargo management, and vehicle security.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2017-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Police Vehicles, Ram Truck

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: BMW North America's Corporate Sales Manager

BMW 5 Series sedan M Sport, photos courtesy of BMW

By Mike Antich

BMW is a global fleet provider with operations in almost every country. BMW wants to expand its fleet market share in the U.S. by implementing an aggressive fleet strategy.

Tags: BMW, Mini Cooper, Fleet Sales, Selector Lists, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Executive Vehicles, Q&A

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Compact SUVs

(clockwise upper l. to r.) Photos of 2017 Escape, 2018 Equinox, 2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2017 Rogue courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets have begun to embrace compact SUVs in greater numbers as alternatives to mid-size sedans and trucks, because they offer ergonomic, operational, and remarketing benefits.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Compact SUVs, Sales Fleets

January 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Sprinter Charges Ahead

European-style vans, which were engineered for the narrow streets of Europe, adapt well to crowded urban environments. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

By Jack Roberts

Since its introduction to the North American market two decades ago, European-style vans have become a mainstay in the fleet industry. The van that started it all in America continues forging into the future.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Diesel Engines

December 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

Euro-style vans, like the Ram ProMaster City, offer more cargo room than box-style vans and are more easily configurable for a variety of upfitting options. (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

By Jack Roberts

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Nissan NV, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford F-150 Wins 2016 Fleet Truck of the Year

Photo of the Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

By Andy Lundin

The light-duty truck has a maximum towing capability of up to 12,200 pounds, also features its award-winning Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Tags: Ford F-150, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Malibu Wins 2016 Fleet Car of the Year

Photo of the Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of General Motors.

By Andy Lundin

The Chevrolet Malibu saw big changes going into its ninth generation for the 2016-MY and 2017-MY, including the introduction of its first full hybrid model.

Tags: Chevrolet, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs, Electrification, Mobility

Photo of 2019 Ford EcoSport by Paul Clinton.

By Staff

The mobility revolution is happening through greater connectivity, manufacturers' suites of transportation services, electrification, and the introduction of autonomous vehicles themselves. At the same time, manufacturers are placing the car at the center in this new world.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Mobility, Compact SUVs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

VW and Audi 2017 Fleet Preview

A walkaround product demonstration was given to fleet attendees of the all-new 2017 Golf SportWagen 4Motion. Photo courtesy of VW.

By Mike Antich

More than 90 fleet managers and suppliers attended the two-day fleet preview, which included product demonstrations and ride-and-drives.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, 2017-MY, Fleet Previews

October 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Upfitting High-Roof and Compact Vans

Adrian Steel’s Drop-Down and Grip Lock Ladder Racks provide lighter options for ladder storage and ease of access. (Photo: Adrian Steel)

By Lauren Fletcher

From ladder racks to cargo solutions to partitions and more, van upfitting options are ready for any make, model, and vocational use.

Tags: Cargo Management, Partitions, Ladder Racks, Van Upfitting

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Mercedes-Benz Shows Fleet Managers E-Class Safety Tech

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz hosted Southern California fleet managers at its new Vehicle Preparation Center for a demonstration of its redesigned 2017 E-Class.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Active Safety Systems, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Fleet Previews, Steering

September 2016, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford's All-New 2017 F-Series Super Duty

The all-new 2017 Ford F-250 Lariat Crew Cab 4x4 single-rear-wheel pickup is the most popular model in the Super Duty lineup. It offers a combination of conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing capability. (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

By Mike Antich

This is the first all-new Super Duty truck in 18 years. Key enhancements include a high-strength aluminum body and box for all body styles, an all-new high-strength steel frame, improved fuel economy, and greater towing capabilities.

Tags: Ford F-550, Ford F-450, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Large Pickups

May 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Mercedes-Benz: New Models Meet New Needs

Photo of 2017 E-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

By By Shelley Ernst

Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce 30 new models by 2020. What do fleets have to look forward to?

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Luxury SUVs, Luxury Sedans, 2016-MY, 2017-MY

April 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Making Full-Size Vans Work for 2016

The Nissan NV Cargo van is offered in three models with its Standard Roof or two models in the High Roof body. (PHOTO: NISSAN)

By Lauren Fletcher

Full-size cargo vans provide fleet managers with added cargo space, vehicle height options, and the payload capacity for just about every vocational need.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, Nissan NV, Ram ProMaster, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Ford E-Series

April 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Compact Vans Fill the Urban Need

The ProMaster City is Ram’s Class 1 van offering available in four versions and featuring a standard, 9-speed automatic transmission. (PHOTO: FCA US)

By Lauren Fletcher

The smaller size of compact work vans fit in more compact urban environments, while still providing abundant cargo capacity and myriad configurations for vocational fleet requirements.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, Nissan NV200, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ford Transit Connect, Chevrolet City Express

April 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Autonomous Vehicle Hurdles to Consider

Photo courtesy of

By David Deslauriers

Self-driving vehicles are the next frontier in automobile innovation and companies such as Google, Ford, GM, Tesla, and other OEMs are testing and perfecting their version.

Tags: Driver Safety, Autonomous Vehicles, Insurance, NHTSA

March 2016, Fleet Financials - Feature

Jaguar's New 'Cat' In the Jungle

The 2017 Jaguar XE. Photo: Paul Clinton

By Paul Clinton

Jaguar's 2017 model-year XE will stalk its way into the competitive entry level luxury vehicle segment. The automaker is taking a more aggressive approach to fleet sales.

Tags: Jaguar, Tata Motors, Executive Vehicles, Infotainment Systems, Entry Luxury Cars, Jaguar XE

December 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2015 Fleet Truck of the Year: Ram 1500

Photo courtesy of Ram.

By Chris Wolski

The fleet truck of the year’s diesel variant delivers up to 29 mpg and a towing capability up to 9,200 pounds, making it the standout among its competitors.

Tags: Fleet Truck of the Year, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet

December 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2015 Fleet Car of the Year: Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion mid-size sedan features several technology enhancements for the 2016 model-year, including a redesigned center stack. Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Lauren Fletcher

The Ford Fusion was once again named the Fleet Car of the Year by fleet managers in an online ballot. Ford has continued to update the Fusion with more standard and available features desired in a mid-size sedan.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Fleet Car of the Year, Ford, Midsize Sedans, Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet

November 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Trends From the 2015 L.A. Auto Show

Photo of 2017 Buick LaCross by Chris Wolski.

By Staff

The 2015 L.A. Auto Show included a renewed focus on luxury models, experiments in disruptive technology such as hydrogen power and virtual reality-enhanced driving, sportier exterior and interior designs with more emotional appeal, and the rising popularity of electrified powertrains over diesel and other alternative fuel types.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Luxury SUVs, Trends, Virtual Reality

November 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Toyota's 2015 Fleet Executive Meeting Rocked

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

By Mike Antich

Toyota Motor Sales USA held its annual business meeting and product preview at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Nigel in Dana Point, Calif., June 17-19, 2015. More than 150 fleet professionals attended the product preview, which included commercial fleet managers and representatives from fleet management companies.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Tacoma, Fleet Previews, Toyota Mirai

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

18 Recommendations to Improve OTD for Upfits

Upfits, such as the aluminum service body by Reading Truck Body pictured, impact overall order-to-delivery times. (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

By Mike Antich

Strong demand from retail and fleet customers helped fuel truck and van sales in 2015. While good news for OEMs, this increased production volume resulted in order-to-delivery (OTD) delays. Experts offer suggestions on how to improve OTD.

Tags: Upfitting

September 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Fleet Decisions

Photo courtesy of

By Grace Suizo

With the powerful data from telematics, fleets are using predictive models to make future fleet decisions, whether it’s about an individual driver or maintenance or even vehicle procurement.

Tags: Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Accident Management

September 2015, Work Truck - Feature

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

Carefully review specification quotes. Advise your engineer and upfit supplier of required items during the initial request to ensure they’re included.

By Mike Antich

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

Tags: Upfitting, Spec'ing, Fleet Management Companies

September 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Volkswagen and Audi Preview 2016 Fleets

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen and Audi.

By Mike Antich

The 2016 model-year fleet preview for Volkswagen and Audi was held May 18-20, 2015, at the newly opened $100-million Porsche headquarters in Atlanta.

Tags: Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, 2016-MY, Fleet Previews

September 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM Previews 2016-MY Fleet Vehicles

Photo courtesy of GM.

By Mike Antich

More than 850 fleet managers and fleet suppliers had an opportunity to test drive 180 GM vehicles at the company's 2016 Fleet Preview.

Tags: General Motors, Fleet Previews, 2016-MY

September 2015, Work Truck - Cover Story

Mercedes-Benz Launches 2016 Metris Mid-Size Van

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Mike Antich

Available as a cargo or passenger van, the new 2016-MY mid-size van will be focused on vocational and fleet markets. It will be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 7-speed automatic transmission.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Passenger Vans, Mercedes-Benz Metris

August 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford Previews 2016-MY Fleet Vehicles

Attendees being briefed the automaker's 2016 product lineup. Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Mike Antich

Ford Motor Company held its 2016 model-year fleet preview at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas, from May 4-6.

Tags: Lincoln, Ford, 2016-MY, Fleet Previews

May 2015, Business Fleet - Feature

Aluminum F-150 Designed for Repairability

Photo courtesy of Ford

By Paul Clinton

Ford addresses vehicle engineering, parts pricing, insurance costs and auto body shop training in regards to keeping repair prices in check.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aluminum, Large Pickups, TCO, I-CAR, ASE

May 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Colorado Box Delete Offers Fleet Multiple Options

PHOTO: General Motors

By Chris Wolski

With the box-delete and seat-delete options, fleets will have the flexibility to customize the mid-size pickup to meet fleet needs.

Tags: Chevrolet, Colorado, General Motors, Box Delete

May 2015, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2015 Fleet Industry Report Card: OEMs

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By Mike Antich

The results are in for the third annual industry report card, validating that OEM fleet operations continue to do a very good job in meeting the needs of commercial fleet managers; however, there is room for further improvement.

Tags: Post-Warranty Recovery, Industry Report Card, Order to Delivery, Vehicle Manufacturing


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