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2015 IARA Summer Roundtable

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) held its 2015 Summer Roundtable event August 18-19 At the Hilton Fort Worth in Texas. There were more than 200 registrations for this year’s conference. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.IARAonline.org

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GM's 2016-MY Fleet Preview

General Motors hosted its 2016-MY fleet preview from May 6-8 in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. About 850 fleet managers and suplliers attended the meeting. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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Ford's 2016-MY Fleet Preview

Ford Motor Company held its 2016 model-year fleet preview at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas, May 4-6, 2015. For the full story, click herePhotos courtesy of Ford Motor Company. 

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Fleet Technology Expo's Ride & Drive

The 2015 Fleet Technology Expo, which is organized by Bobit Business Media, offered fleet managers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative powertrain vehicles such as a Hino diesel-electric hybrid cabover, Nissan LEAF, and a bi-fuel CNG pickup truck. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

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The diesel Grand Cherokee could find a place with executive drivers in states with variable weather conditions.

Jeep's 2015 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, the only diesel offering in the Jeep lineup, is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that's different that the one powering the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The EPA has rated the vehicle at 28 mpg in highway driving. We tested the Summit 4x4 model, and were able to surpass that number. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Kareem Girgis.

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Toyota's 2015 Executive Fleet Meeting

Toyota hosted its annual business meeting in Dana Point, Calif., from June 17-19 with a rock-and-roll theme for 2015. The event was attended by fleet managers and FMC representatives and included tests drives, presentations, Toyota executives dressed as rock stars, live performances, and even an air-guitar contest. Photos courtesy of Toyota.

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Mazda hosted a press event in Southern California to unveil the vehicle, which goes on sale in August.

Mazda's 2016 CX-3 Compact SUV

Mazda enters the subcompact crossover category with its 2016 CX-3, which is derrived from the Mazda2 and carries over Skyactiv technology used on the CX-5 compact SUV. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The Golf SportWagen is derived from the 2015 Golf's MQB platform rather than the Jetta's PQ35 platform.

VW's 2015 Golf SportWagen TDI

Volkswagen's Golf SportWagen replaced the Jetta SportWagen for the 2015-MY, as VW moved it to the MQB-based platform used to underpin the 2015 Golf. Fleets that deployed the Jetta SportWagen TDI are shifting to this vehicle, which offers a passenger-car driving feel, impressive range, and enough cargo space for lab samples or other lower profile payloads. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Ted Lewin, senior manager of risk management services for Wheels, Inc., discussed how to minimize hidden risks to deliver an optimal safety program.

2015 Fleet Safety Conference in Pictures

The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference opened July 13 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel outside of Chicago, and continued July 14 with the opening keynote by Mike Watson, Shell's global road safety manager. Three executives from Wheels, Inc., discussed how to minimize hidden risks in a fleet safety program. Photos by Chris Wolski and Mark Campbell.

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The Jaguar F-Type R is powered by a supercharged 5.0L V-8 that generates 550 hp.

Jaguar's 2015 F-Type R

The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe should catch the attention of CEOs and top executives, seeking a car that showcases the power and exclusivity that matches their role. The F-Type R offers 550 hp and retails for $99,000. Photos by Kareem Girgis.

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