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A Look Inside the 2014 Green Fleet Conference

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo's first day included a walk through the history of alternative fuels, a ride and drive event and sessions for government, commercial and heavy-duty trucking fleets. For the full story, click here.

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Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Ride and Drive, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Events

GM’s 2015-MY Crash Avoidance Tech

The lane departure warning lets drivers know when they begin to drift unintentionally or without a turn signal.

General Motors is adding an array of crash avoidance technologies to its 2015 Chevrolet models, including radar and ultrasonic sensors to rear-view cameras to help drivers avoid collisions. Photos courtesy of GM.

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Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors, 2015-MY, Safety Technology

GM's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

GM's Chevrolet Silverado received a redesign for the 2014 model year.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was named our Fleet Truck of the Year. This crew cab model is the High Country, a higher trim level that may not be as prevelant in fleets, and adds some luxury to this capable work truck. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2014-MY

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

Ford introduced sleeker body lines for the Transit Connect in the 2014-MY redesign.

For the 2014 model year, Ford redesigned its Transit Connect cargo van and wagon. The compact van gets a sleeker look, improved fuel efficiency, and additional safety features as it enters its fifth model year in the U.S. market. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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

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

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Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

By Mike Antich
While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Silverado High Country will definitely appeal to the horse trailering equestrian enthusiast, the truck also has a place in the commercial fleet market, especially for tradesmen, contractors, and foremen, whose vehicles are their mobile offices used in non-severe duty applications.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van

By Paul Clinton

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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
10 Factors Driving Commercial Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions

By Mike Antich
The majority of companies place new model-year orders according to set vehicle replacement parameters; however, projected improvements in economic conditions across almost all business segments bode well for 2015- and 2016-MY commercial fleet sales.

15 Factors Putting Downward Pressure on Fleet Operating Costs

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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Auto Fleet - November 2013

Here are the Highlights

  • Fleet Operating Costs Remain Flat in 2013
  • 2013 AFLA Conference Smashes Records
    And much more…