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Volkswagen's Passat TDI Sedan

Volkswagen's Passat TDI provides impressive fuel economy and range as one of the only non-luxury diesel mid-size sedan available in the U.S.

Volkswagen's Passat TDI, which was first introduced for the 2012 model year, offers an affordable mid-size sedan with a 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine with excellent fuel economy (an EPA-rated 40 mph highway) and a range of well over 600 miles from the more than 18-gallon tank. The Passat is now VW's top fleet vehicle. View our slideshow of the 2014 Passat TDI. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat, Mid-Size Sedans, Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy

2015 Dodge Charger

Dodge has reworked the Dodge Charger for the 2015 model year with a new front end that includes LED headlights and new nose. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Chrsyler.

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Tags: Dodge, Dodge Charger, 2015-MY, Full-Size Sedans

2014 CAR Conference

Bobit Business Media Vice President and Group Publisher Sherb Brown welcomes attendees to the 2014 Conference of Automotive Remarketers. CAR Co-chair and Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich (left) conducted a conversation with GM’s Dan Kennedy about the traits needed by today and tomorrow’s remarketers. (PHOTO: Chris Wolski)

The 19th annual Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) changed venues this year to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Perhaps reflecting this change, most of the sessions and events looked to the future of the remarketing industry. Read more coverage of CAR here.

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Tags: Conference of Automotive Remarketing, Industry Event, Networking

Adrian Steel's Ford Transit Van

This view shows the Ford Transit with the low roof and long wheelbase.

Upfitter Adrian Steel showed two 2015 Ford Transit full-size vans that had been equipped with an array of new products at the NAFA Institute and Expo. View this gallery of the upfitted vans. Read the full story here. Photos by Thi Dao and courtesy of Adrian Steel.

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Tags: Adrian Steel, NAFA Institute & Expo, Ford Transit, Upfitting Vans

Sprinter 2014-MY Walkarounds

Mercedes-Benz brought four Sprinter 2500 passenger vans to Bobit Business Media on March 25 to go over the new engine, grille and other features on the 2014-MY. (Stay tuned for a cargo and crew van gallery coming soon.)

Mercedes-Benz brought four Sprinter 2500 passenger vans to Bobit Business Media on March 25 to go over the new 4-cylinder diesel engine, front grille, updated interior, and other features on the 2014-MY. (Stay tuned for a cargo and crew van gallery coming soon.) Photos by Vince Taroc and Tim Crowley.

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Tags: Mercedes-Benz, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Vans

DISH Propane Autogas Service Van

The 47 Southern California DISH propane autogas vans will serve customers in Los Angeles and northern Orange counties.

Satellite broadcaster DISH rolled out 47 service vans in Southern California converted by ROUSH CleanTech to run on propane autogas. The Ford E-250 vans will bring fuel savings and on-site fueling convenience from fuel supplier Ferrellgas. View photos showing the fueling process and the cargo setup by upfitter Leggett & Platt. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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Tags: Leggett & Platt, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Upfitting Vans, DISH, Ford E-250

2014 Transit Connect Wagon In the Wild

Ford showed a black 2014 Transit Connect Wagon with a long wheelbase and XLT trim level.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon was spotted by Automotive Fleet editors at an advance planning meeting on March 19 in Irvine, Calif., along with other fleet vehicles including the cargo version of the Transit Connect. Take our visual tour around the Transit Connect Wagon with photos by Thi Dao and Amy Winter. Read the full story here.

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Tags: Ford Transit Connect, 2014-MY, Passenger Vans, Compact Vans

Ford's 2016 F-650, F-750 Trucks

Ford showed this F-750 configured as a dump truck.

Ford revealed redesigned F-650 and F-750 Super Duty pickup trucks for 2016 at the 2014 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The new medium-duty trucks will offer improved towing capacities and a factory gaseous-prep engine option. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Brown and Stephane Babcock.

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Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ford F-Series Super Duty

BMW's 2014 328d xDrive Sedan

The combination of the Turbo Diesel engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission propels the 328d from 0-60 mph lapse time in appoximately 7 seconds.

The 2014-MY BMW 328d xDrive Sedan offers improved fuel economy without losing horsepower and performance. Read our overview of the vehicle appearing in the April issue and our test drive by Automotive Fleet editors. Photos courtesy of BMW.

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Tags: BMW, BMW 3 Series, Diesel Engines, 2014-MY

2015 Chevrolet City Express

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van offers two side sliding doors.

General Motors introduced its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van publicly at the Chicago Auto Show, after showing it at several fleet events. The vargo van is based on the Nissan NV200. Read the full story here. Photo courtesy of GM.

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Tags: Chevrolet City Express, Compact Vans, Cargo Vans, Chicago Auto Show

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Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

By Stephane Babcock
The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

By Chris Wolski

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

By Mike Antich
The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

By Mike Antich

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Coach's Blog

Ed Bobit
The Shortest Distance from Point 'A' to Point 'B'

By Ed Bobit
This year, the Fleet Safety Conference will demonstrate the latest developments in technology and the use of predictive analytics and other metrics to identify at-risk drivers.

Be Careful What You Wish For!

By Ed Bobit

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Auto Fleet - June 2013

Here are the Highlights

  • Planning to Implement a Safety Program? Avoid These 9 Pitfalls
  • Cell-Phone Bans Help Reduce Distracted Driving
    And much more…