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

GM's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

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

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

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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Ford Transit van with Tennant markings.

Carpet Cleaning Fleet's Van Set-Up

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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These F-150 models are being upfit for Charter Communications.

Auto Truck Group's New Upfitting Facility

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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This model is the 2015 Suburban LTZ 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission.

GM's 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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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Class-exclusive active park assist<br />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.

2015 F-150 Driver Assist Features

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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This 2500 ProMaster high-roof cargo van has a 159-inch wheelbase and retails for $32,875.

Ram's 2014 ProMaster Cargo Van

Ram introduced the full-size 2014 ProMaster cargo van in late 2013, after leveraging its relationship with Fiat by developing a U.S. version of the Fiat Ducato. Ram offers the 1500 cargo model, 2500 cargo and passenger models, and the 3500 cargo, passenger, chassis cab and cutaway models. Ram will begin producing an EcoDiesel model later this year. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc and Paul Clinton.

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The Ram 1500 Tradesman with a regular cab could fit nicely into truck fleets with its $25,195 base price.

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel

Ram's 1500 EcoDiesel breaks new ground as the first quarter-ton pickup truck offered with a diesel engine. Ram shipped the pickup in late February to strong demand. It's available in several configurations, including this base model with a standard cab. Read our driving impressions of the Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Four-spoke steering wheel: F-150&#39;s traditional, four-spoke design allows for a comfortable grip on the lower portion of the steering wheel.

10 Driver Friendly Features of the 2015 F-150

Ford lists 10 features of the 2015 F-150 pickup that were designed for drivers that make interacting with the truck easier. The features were based on customer research conducted by Ford human factor engineers. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Fleets began using the ProMaster full-size van in October.

Ram ProMaster and 1500 EcoDiesel Walkarounds

Ram Truck brought two ProMaster 2500 full-size vans, a ProMaster City compact van, and a 1500 EcoDiesel pickup to Bobit Business Media on Aug. 21 as part of a presentation given by Robert Hegbloom, the head of Ram Truck. Photos by VInce Taroc.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher
One thing fleet managers can count on: ever-changing regulations that relate to the work truck fleet industry. These changes are not only numerous but can be confusing and result in violations and fines when not followed. Tips on staying up-to-date and navigating changes are shared.

Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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