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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

With record-breaking attendance, this year’s International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) summer event once again proved to be educational, inspirational, and fun. 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

Subaru's 2015 Legacy Sedan

Subaru is offering its 2015 Legacy in four models, including the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited.

Subaru added a bevy of safety technology to its Legacy during a redesign for the 2015-MY to increase sales of the vehicle in the competitive mid-size sedan segment. Read our driving impressions of the 2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Subaru, Subaru Legacy, 2015-MY, Mid-Size Sedans, Safety Technology

Ram ProMaster and 1500 EcoDiesel Walkarounds

Fleets began using the ProMaster full-size van in October.

Ram Truck brought two ProMaster 2500 full-size vans, a ProMaster City compact van, and a 1500 EcoDiesel pickup to Bobit Business Media on Aug. 21 as part of a presentation given by Robert Hegbloom, the head of Ram Truck. Photos by VInce Taroc.

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Tags: Diesel Engines, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans

Paratransit ProMaster City and ProMaster Vans

The ProMaster City five-passenger wagon was adopted for paratransit use.

Chrysler has partnered with MobilityWorks and other upfitters to develop paratransit versions of its Ram ProMaster City and ProMaster vans. The configurations were shown at Chrysler's headquarters this week. View a gallery showing how the vans were modified to meet ADA compliance. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Chrysler.

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Tags: Paratransit, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, MobilityWorks

GM's Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

The 2015 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab with bi-fuel CNG option reduces emissions while delivering full-size truck utility.

General Motors is offering a bi-fuel CNG option on several 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models. Read our driving impressions of the 2015 Bi-Fuel Silverado 2500 herePhotos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Light-Duty Trucks, Full-Size Pickups, Bi-Fuel CNG, Natural Gas Vehicles

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Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2015 Subaru Outback

By Stephane Babcock
The look of the new (fifth generation) Outback is a steer away from the past wagon-like look of the vehicle. It has more modern lines and a matching interior. I could see how this remodeled compact SUV could do well in rougher terrain.

2014 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van

By Stephane Babcock

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Making a Real Difference

By Sherb Brown
A great deal of our attendance this year was made up of risk and environmental, health & safety (EH&S) professionals from Fortune 500 companies. I hope that, as time goes by, we'll grow our fleet professional attendance as more and more of you realize that safety is an area where you can truly make a difference and even save lives.

Some Shoes Are Too Big to Fill

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
OEMs Improve Quality Hold Process, But More Needs to be Done to Avoid Backlogs

By Mike Antich
The good news is the management of quality holds by OEMs has improved tremendously in the 2014-MY. However, much more still needs to be done. As has been the case for the past several model-years, lengthening OEM quality holds continue to adversely impact fleet order-to-delivery (OTD) times by incurring added costs due to missed residual timing, repair costs to older vehicles still in service, and rental expenses

Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

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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Government Fleet - january/February 2014

In This Issue
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • How Is the Improving Economy Affecting Fleets?
  • Telematics By the Numbers
  • Public Fleet Summits Connect Regional Fleets
    And much more…