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Ford's Transit Connect will enter its third generation in 2019 with many new features.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Ford unveiled its third-generation 2019 Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show. The compact passenger van adds new powertrains, an eight-speed transmission, and more standard safety equipment. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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The third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be offered in more than 1,700 configurations worldwide.

Third-Gen Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter in Duisburg, Germany, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics package that will arrive in the U.S. later this year. Read more herePhotos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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FuelSense 2.0 provides an infinitely variable combination of shift points. Rather than relying on your duty-cycle helping your fixed points on a shift table, FuelSense 2.0 uses a learning algorithm to continuously find the ideal balance of fuel economy and performance so vehicles operate more efficiently. (Photo courtesy of Allison Transmission)

2018 Work Truck Show: Products to Look For

More than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space can be daunting to even the seasoned Work Truck Show attendee. Here are a few companies you will not want to miss when you check out the show in March. Photos provided by each company.

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The Ford Super Duty was named the first-ever Medium-Duty Truck of the Year in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

10 Years of Medium-Duty Truck Recognition

Now in its 11th year, the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award recognizes the best-of-the-best in medium-duty trucks. Our readers have put the trucks to the test in their fleets and voted for their No. 1 truck. This gallery shows past winners as we prepare to tally the votes for 2018. Photos courtesy of manufacturers.

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We tested the base work truck F-150 that should be popular with fleet purchasers. The truck moves to a two-bar (from three-bar) grille.

Ford's 2018 F-150 XL 3.3L SuperCab

Ford improved the fuel efficiency of its F-150 pickups for 2018, including the base XL fitted with the 3.3-liter non-turbo V-6 that now reaches 20 mpg as a rear-wheel driver. Read our driving impressions here. Watch a video herePhotos by Kimberly Pham.

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This 1926 Chevrolet was primarily used as a workhorse on farms and has an optional crank start.

Chevrolet's Heritage Truck Fleet

Chevrolet held its 100-year truck anniversary from Dec. 15 to 16 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Media and select consumers were able to view vehicles in Chevy's Heritage Fleet, and watch an airdrop of the 2019 SilveradoPhotos by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman.

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The event set up six labs including Sprinter Versatility, eSprinter, Sprinter Digitalization and Intelligence, Crafts and Services, People Moving, and CEP and eGrocery.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Innovation Labs

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will launch in early 2018 as a more connected and versatile cargo van. The company gave automotive journalists a few early details at a Dec. 4 event in Stuttgart, Germany, called Sprinter Innovation Campus. Read the full story herePhotos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept

2017 L.A. Auto Show: Trucks and Vans

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show showed mostly existing models of trucks and vans with the notable execption of the GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain, a tracked concept truck that was tested at Vail Mountain. Read full coverage herePhotos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, Eric Gandarilla, Paul Lim, Andy Lundin, and Roselynne Reyes.

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The seminar "Defining the Fleet Manager of the Future" discussed the new service offerings that fleet managers should investigate today, as well as how traditional fleet functions are changing.

2017 Fleet Forward Conference

The inaugural Fleet Forward Conference took place from Nov. 7 to 8 at Miami Hilton Downtown. The event connected fleet stakeholders with technology providers and offered education regarding the rapid changes in transportation and mobility. Photos by Jasen Delgado.

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The Ford Transit Connect is available for 2018 as either a small cargo van or passenger wagon. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)

Compact and Full-Size Vans for 2018

From compact vans to their full-size counterparts, five manufacturers are offering a versatile lineup of cargo and passenger vans for fleets in 2018. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and FCA.

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