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Ford added a 10-speed transmission to its F-150 for the 2017 model year.

Ford's 2017 F-150 with 10-Speed

Ford has introduced one of the most advanced transmissions on the market with its 2017 F-150 pickup. The 10-speed automatic transmission improves fuel economy to 25 mpg on the highway for the rear-wheel pickup and 23 mpg highway for the 4x4 model. Read our driving impressions herePhotos by Vince Taroc.

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Ranger Design’s van shelving systems are lightweight, available in hundreds of configurations, and are easily adjustable. (Image courtesy of Ranger Design)

Work Van Upfit Ideas

Vans are an important tool for many fleet operations, from service to delivery to contractors and more. Due to the wide variety of vocations that utilize vans, upfitters have designed a number of options to help drivers do their jobs safely, quickly, and easily. Check out more information on each of the van upfit products here

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The American Eagle Heavy-Duty Aluminum Drawer Systems provide heavy-duty mobile storage, with weight savings up to 41% compared to its steel counterpart.

Medium-Duty Upfit Showcase

Take a look at an array of upfitted medium-duty vehicles set up for various jobs. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of manufacturers.

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The new Jeep Compass crests the Jeep hill during the ride and drive portion of the national fleet preview.

FCA's 2018-MY Fleet Preview

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles hosted 250 of its top fleet customers and others at its national fleet preview in Detroit from June 5 to 7. Attendees listened to a presentation of the lineup and drove models, including the new Jeep Compass. FCA 2018-MY fleet incentives here. Photos courtesy of FCA.

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Kevin Koswick, director North American Fleet Lease and Remarketing at Ford, was the first to present at Ford’s MY-2018 Fleet Preview event at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Ford's 2018-MY Fleet Preview

Ford hosted its 2018 model-year fleet preview at the San Diego Civic Theater in May. The company discussed its commercial strategy and addressed topics such as electric vehicles and autonomy. The event drew more than 1,000 attendees, and also featured a ride-and-drive event and multiple networking events. Read our interview with Ford's commercial and government fleet sales manager herePhotos courtesy of Ford. 

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Ed Peper, U.S. VP, General Motors Fleet, opened the general session of the summit.

GM's 2018-MY Fleet Preview

General Motors hosted its 2018 Fleet Solutions Summit in Las Vegas in May with nearly 800 commercial, government, and rental customers in attendance. View GM's 2018-MY fleet incentives here. Photos courtesy of GM.

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Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu Pits FTR Against the Competition

At a ride-and-drive event at the Auto Club Speedway in Ontario, Calif., Isuzu Commercial Truck of America pitted its FTR with a 4-cylinder diesel engine against the competition. Read the full story herePhotos by Chris Brown and Steven Martinez.

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Workhorse unveiled its W-15 PHEV pickup for the first time on May 2.

Workhorse's W-15 PHEV Pickup

Workhorse gave the first public viewing of its W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup at the ACT Expo conference in Long Beach, Calif. The vehicle provides 80 miles of electric range with a powertrain that also includes a gasoline engine that functions as a generator. Read more here. Photos by Chris Brown and Paul Clinton.

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The three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 is available in eight trim grades

FCA's 2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman

The 2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman is a commercial workhorse that's available in eight trim grades with three engine options. View photos of the rear-wheel regular cab model with the long box. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Alliance AutoGas technicians converted this F-150 to run on propane autogas.

2017 Work Truck Show in Pictures

The 2017 Work Truck Show offers up an array of new trucks, engines, and other commercial vehicle announcements. The show runs from March 14 to 17 in Indianapolis. Read our coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, David Cullen, Lauren Fletcher, and courtesy of Blossman and NTEA.

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