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CPS Auction Awards

2014 Highest Online Sales Percentage: Manheim Harrisonburg From left, lower row: Robert “Biggin” Vernon, Linda West and Lee Barbato Top row: Karl Kiracofe

CPS (Consumer Portfolio Services) announced their 2014 top performing auctions through its Auction Performance Program at the CAR conference in Las Vegas on March 18. Categories included: The CPS Top Gun Award, The CPS Heavy Hammer Award, The Operational Excellence Award, Highest Online Sales Percentage and the CPS Small Market Top Gun Award. (PHOTOS: CPS)

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Tags: Awards, Consumer Portfolio Services, CPS

Lexus 2015 NX 200t Compact SUV

The Lexus NX measures 182.3 inches in length. The Audi Q5 measures 182.6 inches.

Lexus jumped into the luxury compact SUV arms race with the NX, which is also available as a gasoline-electric hybrid, for the 2015 model year. The NX, which stands for Nimble Crossover, is offered as the NX 200t and NX 300h, and can be optioned with the F Sport package. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Lexus, 2015-MY, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs

Mercedes-Benz 2015 C400 4MATIC Sedan

The C-Class was second only to the Sprinter as the Mercedes-Benz penultimate fleet seller in 2013 with 1,208 added to commercial fleets.

Mercedes-Benz redesigned its C-Class entry luxury sedans for 2015, including the C300 and C400 4MATIC vehicles, for executive fleet drivers. The vehicles have shed 200 pounds and added handling and safety enhancements. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Mercedes-Benz, 2015-MY, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Entry Luxury Cars, Luxury Sedans

Fleet Salary Survey

Most fleet managers (77 percent) reported receiving a pay increase in 2014, up from 67 percent in 2012. Of those who received an increase, 70 percent reported an increase of up to 3 percent.

Automotive Fleet's bi-annual Fleet Manager Salary Survey revealed 77 percent of respondents had a pay increase for the 2014 calendar-year. The following gallery reveals salary broken down from education level to compensation by geographical region. Click here for the full story.

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Tags: Salary, Trends, Salary Surveys

2015 Conference of Automotive Remarketing

The Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) was held March 18-19 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event attracted a record 700 industry stakeholders. As in past years, CAR was co-located with the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Spring Roundtable.

The 2015 Conference of Automotive Remarketing, which is produced by Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet, celebrated its 20th anniversary in Las Vegas from March 18-19. Highlights included keynote addresses by Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback and cancer survivor Jim Kelly and Auction Broadcasting Co. Founder and CEO Mike Hockett Sr. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Tags: Conference of Automotive Remarketing, Auction Broadcasting Co, Black Book, GE Capital, IARA, NAAA, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, General Motors, FCA US

Sprinter Van's 4x4 Off-Road Test

Heli-skiing was not on the agenda. We'll save that for another trip.

Mercedes-Benz invited Bobit's fleet editors to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test: traversing logging roads in a remote stretch of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Read more about the vehicle here. Photos by Chris Brown.

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Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ride and Drive, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

Ford's 2015 F-150 2.7L Lariat

Ford's 2015 F-150 is available with a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine in the Lariat mid-range trim level.

Ford's revamp of its F-150 features two new engines, including a second EcoBoost that offers the best fuel efficiency for the full-size pickup. This 2.7L EcoBoost produces 325 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. We tested it in this SuperCab Lariat model. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, 2015-MY, EcoBoost

Mazda's 2016 Mazda6 Sedan

The 2016-MY Mazda6 is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 producing 184 hp and 185 ft.-lb. of torque.

Mazda has given its Mazda6 mid-size sedan a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year that includes a revised exterior design, new 7-inch touchscreen with Mazda Connect infotainment system, and upgraded interior. Read our driving impressions of the 2015 Mazda6 GT here. Photos by Kareem Girgis.

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Tags: Mazda, Transmissions, Mid-Size Sedans, Mazda Mazda6, 2016-MY

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf is the automaker's first battery-electric vehicle available in the U.S. market. The e-Golf can operate in three modes with four regenerative braking settings. It provides an EPA-rated range of 83 miles. Read our driving impressions here. Watch a video here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen e-Golf

Ram ProMaster City Upfit Products

Ranger Design showed a matte gray ProMaster City concept with a roof rack for two 28-foot ladders.

Several van upfitters showed off new racks and bins at the 2015 Work Truck Show for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City, a compact van that entered the marketplace toward the end of 2014. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski and courtesy of Ram Truck.

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Tags: Work Truck Show, Leggett & Platt, Weather Guard, Compact Vans, Ranger Design, Ram ProMaster City, Upfitting Vans

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Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2015 Nissan Murano

By Chris Wolski
The all-new 2015-MY Nissan Murano was designed to appeal to a consumer demographic with a sporty, fresh look; however, for fleets, the compact crossover could also be a perfect fit.

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The More Things Change, The More They Actually Change

By Sherb Brown
As we approach another NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) — my 20th — it seems like a good time to pause and reflect a bit on how the event and the industry have changed over the years.

What Being a Green Fleet Means Today

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
What Problems Do Fleet Managers Want Fixed?

By Mike Antich
I surveyed a number of commercial fleet managers in a variety of industries and asked them to reply anonymously to the following question: “What are the most pressing problems in commercial fleet management that need to be addressed? If you could wave a ‘magic wand,’ what problem would you fix?” Here’s what they told me.

How Will Autonomous Vehicles Disrupt Fleet Management?

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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