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2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid

Many companies have implemented fleet sustainability programs to achieve self-imposed reductions in CO2 and GHG emissions. However, the one segment that is sometimes the least compliant with corporate sustainability goals is the executive fleet. It is important for management to lead by example when initiating a fleet sustainability program to generate corporate-wide acceptance. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid provides management with the ability to do so. READ MORE

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2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6L

Infiniti's Q70 offers enough refinement to merit consideration as daily driver for a senior executive that has been helped by a 2015 refresh that improved the vehicle's infotainment system and brought Japanese Ash wood trim into the interior. READ MORE

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2017 Audi A4 2.0T

Technology bubbles to the surface of Audi's redesign of its entry luxury A4 for 2017 for a vehicle whose use in sales fleets has been mostly concentrated in the pharmaceutical industry. READ MORE

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2016 Lexus RX350

As the brand's top-selling nameplate, the RX doesn't need seismic changes, and the enhancements are more substantial than you may expect. READ MORE

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

For 2016, GMC’s Sierra 1500 Denali is now available with the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission that generates 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This full-size truck offers a versatile mobile workstation with wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. READ MORE

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2016 Lexus GS 200t F Sport

Overall, the 2016 Lexus GS 200t exudes “race enthusiast” rather than conservative executive vehicle, and achieves this on a budget — making it a counterpoint choice for fleets compared to others in its class. READ MORE

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen simplified its Touareg lineup for 2016 after giving its luxury SUV a mid-cycle update in 2015 by offering just the 3.6L VR6 and eliminating the Touareg Hybrid. READ MORE

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2016 Lexus ES350

The ES350 entry luxury sedan may not be as sporty as some of its competitors but it provides a tasteful, pleasing mixture of plush interior creature comforts and a softer ride that smooths out roadway bumps. READ MORE

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2016 Lincoln MKX

The MKX enters the 2016 model year with several new features, including new styling that features a more understated split-wing grille, available 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine, and active suspension that includes adaptive dampers. READ MORE

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2016 Infiniti QX80 AWD

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 AWD with 5.6L engine is a full-size body-on-frame SUV that competes at the high end of this vehicle segment. It is perfect for executives who want to stand out, and who crave luxury coupled with power. READ MORE

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2016 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size crossover SUV with three rows of seating for 7 passengers. The CX-9 is powered by a new four-cylinder 2.5L direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. READ MORE

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2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

Jaguar's modest 2016 refresh of its XJ sedan brings vastly improved connectivity and technology to the flagship. READ MORE

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2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

The Yukon XL Denali is powered by a standard 6.2L V-8, coupled to an eight-speed transmission, generating 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with a comprehensive safety package and is loaded with 4G LTE technology. READ MORE

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d

For fleets offering a luxury option to drivers or management, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d 4MATIC makes a pretty good case to make the selector. It’s the diesel powerplant that ups the ante. READ MORE

The Nissan Titan XD gasoline joins the Titan XD diesel to round out the truck's engine lineup. Photo: Chris Wolski

2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

The 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel to round out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD engine lineup. The Titan XD is designed to bridge the gap between half-ton pickups and heavy-duty models. Here are my driving impressions. READ MORE

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2016 Buick Encore AWD

The all-wheel-drive Encore Sport Touring model is a small crossover utility vehicle that is powered by a peppy 1.4L turbo engine. It offers seating for five in a very quiet cabin, and is equipped with an impressive array of safety technologies. READ MORE

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2016 Ford Explorer 4WD

Ford gave its top-selling SUV a heavy refresh for the 2016 model year that included a more efficient inline-4, rugged exterior styling, optional 20-inch wheels, and available Terrain Management System adjusts torque depending on the driving conditions. READ MORE

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2016 Jaguar XF S

Jaguar has made no secret that it wants to find a niche in fleets. The XF is a sporty, dynamic step in the right direction. READ MORE

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2016 Isuzu N-Series Cabovers

Isuzu's N-Series cabovers provide greater maneuverability and emphasize payload for urban delivery fleets. READ MORE

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2016 Ford F-150XL with Pro Trailer Backup Assist

I’ll admit that I jack-knifed my share of U-Haul trailers and learned (the hard way) that backing a trailer is a true art. Thankfully, Ford has come to the rescue of amateurs like me by turning trailering into a science. What I’m referring to is the all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 Ford F-150, which makes backing up and parking a trailer easier than ever, regardless of your skill level. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD

The most impressive thing about the 2016 Suburban is the vast array of technology and safety features in its Enhanced Driver Alert Package. The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban is offered in three trim levels – LS, LT, and LTZ models. It is also available in a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system. Recently, AF test drove the four-wheel-drive, top-of-the-line LTZ model. READ MORE

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2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi entered the plug-in hybrid market with its 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron, a Euro-styled, roomy hatchback the automaker has been selling in the U.S. since late 2015. READ MORE

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2016 Toyota Prius

Fleets looking for excellent fuel efficiency can look to the Toyota Prius, which still has the best fuel economy of the hybrids available. READ MORE

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2016 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium

Executives who choose a Cadillac sedan most often choose the CTS, which received a wide-ranging update for the 2014-MY that brought the V-Sport to the nameplate. READ MORE

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is all-new from the ground up, with a longer wheelbase and more interior room for both front- and rear-seat passengers. It is also 300 pounds lighter, which pays dividends in increased fuel efficiency. My test drive examined the Malibu with the all-new 1.5L Ecotec turbocharged engine from the perspective of both a fleet manager and a company driver. READ MORE

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Chris is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News. He covers all aspects of the fleet world.

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Mike has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and entered the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Paul is the senior web editor for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Work Truck. He has covered police vehicles for Police Magazine.

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Thi is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She is interested in maintenance management and alternative fuels.

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