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VW, Audi 2016-MY Fleet Preview

The 2015 Volkswagen and Audi fleet preview featured a visit to the just-opened Porsche Experience Center for a day of test drives.

Volkswagen and Audi hosted their 2016-MY fleet preview at the Porsche headquarters in Atlanta from May 18-20. Fleet managers had a chance to preview new models, and test them in training areas set up to test handling, wet surface driving and maneuverability on a cone course. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, Fleet Preview, 2016-MY, Porsche

Jeep's 2015 Renegade Sport 4x4

This Renegade Sport 4x4 includes AC and retails for $23,080.

Jeep has entered the compact SUV fray with the 2015 Renegade 4x4 offered in four trim levels, including the base Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The vehicle, which has been classified by Black Book as a sub-compact SUV, offers a utility value proposition with a starting price of $19,995. Read more here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: 2015-MY, Compact SUVs, Jeep Renegade, Jeep

Fleet Look at the 2015 Ford F-150

Fleet managers get behind the wheel of the 2015 F-150.

Ford Motor Company gave fleet and commercial customers an insider look at the 2015 F-150 during an educational day near the company's Michigan headquarters. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Fleet Events, Pickup Trucks, 2015-MY

GM's Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel arrived in the U.S. in June 2013 as a 2014-MY car.

General Motors first brought the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel to the U.S. for the 2014 model year. The compact car is powered by a 2.0L turbo-diesel paired with a 6-speed transmission. The gasoline-powered 2015 Cruze won Fleet Car of the Year for 2014. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Cruze, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, General Motors

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

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport

By Paul Clinton
The NX enters a ever-more crowded field of compact SUV offerings, especially among luxury brands, but should find its niche with its sportier driving feel and aggressive styling.

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By Sherb Brown
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By Mike Antich
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Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
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