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Carpet Cleaning Fleet's Van Set-Up

Ford Transit van with Tennant markings.

The Auto Truck Group dedicated its new facility in Kansas City on October 9. Technicians were already hard at work upfitting Ford Transit vans for Tennant, a carpet cleaning company. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Tags: Upfitting Vans, Auto Truck Group, Service Fleets, Ford Transit

Auto Truck Group's New Upfitting Facility

These F-150 models are being upfit for Charter Communications.

The Auto Truck Group dedicated it's new facility in Kansas City on Oct. 9, 2014. The facility can handle both complex upfits and ship thru for Ford's F-150 and Transit vehicles. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Tags: Auto Truck Group, Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit, Upfitting Vans

GM's 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

This model is the 2015 Suburban LTZ 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Chevrolet Suburban, which is celebrating its 80th year as the longest continuously produced nameplate in the world, enters its 12th generation with the 2015 model year. It's durability and cargo capacity make it an ideal vehicle for fire response and other rugged fleet applications. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors, Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-MY, Large SUVs

2014 Fleet Safety Conference

LeasePlan President and CEO Mike Pitcher presents the opening day's keynote, discussing how the fleet management company successfully implemented a 100-percent ban on cell-phone use while driving.

The third annual Fleet Safety Conference brought industry experts to Schaumburg, Ill., in late July to talk about how to build a safety culture from top to bottom.  Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

A Day at the Auction

A vehicle arrives in the lane at Manheim Riverside's auction.

The behind-the-scenes journey a vehicle takes from input to auction and beyond is an exciting experience. The following is a visual road map of an auction from beginning to end at Manheim's Riverside, Calif., operation. Photos by Blake Bobit and Chris Wolski.

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Tags: Manheim, Auction, Volkswagen, Audi, Used Vehicle Sales

2015 F-150 Driver Assist Features

Class-exclusive active park assist Two sensors and electric power-assisted steering helps drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the F-150. The truck will steer into the space while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has 10 driver assist features to entice customers to purchase the truck when it goes on sale later this year, according to Ford. View a video of the features. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Tags: Ford F-150, Driver Assistance Systems, Driver Safety, Automated Driving, Ford, 2015-MY

2014 IARA Summer Roundtable

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) 2014 Summer Roundtable attracted a record attendance of 203 remarketing professionals. The conference was held Aug. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick in Chicago. Photos by Ana Miyares Photography.

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Tags: IARA, Industry Event, Networking

Ram's 2014 ProMaster Cargo Van

This 2500 ProMaster high-roof cargo van has a 159-inch wheelbase and retails for $32,875.

Ram introduced the full-size 2014 ProMaster cargo van in late 2013, after leveraging its relationship with Fiat by developing a U.S. version of the Fiat Ducato. Ram offers the 1500 cargo model, 2500 cargo and passenger models, and the 3500 cargo, passenger, chassis cab and cutaway models. Ram will begin producing an EcoDiesel model later this year. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc and Paul Clinton.

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Tags: Ram ProMaster, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel

The Ram 1500 Tradesman with a regular cab could fit nicely into truck fleets with its $25,195 base price.

Ram's 1500 EcoDiesel breaks new ground as the first quarter-ton pickup truck offered with a diesel engine. Ram shipped the pickup in late February to strong demand. It's available in several configurations, including this base model with a standard cab. Read our driving impressions of the Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Ram 1500, Diesel Engines, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

10 Driver Friendly Features of the 2015 F-150

Four-spoke steering wheel: F-150's traditional, four-spoke design allows for a comfortable grip on the lower portion of the steering wheel.

Ford lists 10 features of the 2015 F-150 pickup that were designed for drivers that make interacting with the truck easier. The features were based on customer research conducted by Ford human factor engineers. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Tags: Ford, Ergonomics, Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

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Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2015 Chevrolet Suburban

By Stephane Babcock
The Chevrolet Suburban enters its 12th generation with the 2015 model year. It's durability and cargo capacity make it an ideal vehicle for fire response and other rugged fleet applications.

2015 Ford F-150

By Mike Antich

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Depreciation: Just When You Thought it Was Safe

By Sherb Brown
The latest auction figures point out a few important trends: First, the market for certain types of vehicles is definitely getting softer. Second, there really isn't one "used-vehicle market" anymore.

Making a Real Difference

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
15 Factors Putting Downward Pressure on Fleet Operating Costs

By Mike Antich
For the second consecutive year, total fleet operating costs have remained flat for commercial fleets when compared to the prior year. This blog identifies the 15 factors that are putting downward pressure on fleet operating costs.

The State of the Fleet Sustainability Market

By Mike Antich

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In Memoriam: Coach's Insights

Ed Bobit
Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
A lot has changed in the past 10-15 years, so we can only imagine this momentum will continue into the next decade-plus. How will this change impact the fleet manager of tomorrow?

Managing a Car vs. Work Truck Fleet

By Ed Bobit

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Automotive Fleet - October 2013

Here are the Highlights

  • Car OTD Times Remain Static While Truck OTD Improves
  • State Farm’s Dick Malcom Receives Fleet Manager of the Year Award
    And much more…