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Four-spoke steering wheel: F-150'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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The 2015 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab with bi-fuel CNG option reduces emissions while delivering full-size truck utility.

GM's Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

General Motors is offering a bi-fuel CNG option on several 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models. Read our driving impressions of the 2015 Bi-Fuel Silverado 2500 herePhotos by Vince Taroc.

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The Ram ProMaster City will be targeted to small business owners, and gives Chrysler a Class 2 vehicle offering.

2015 Ram ProMaster City Revealed

Chrysler unveiled its 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van at an event in Chelsea, Mich., in late June. The van, which will be available in early 2015, enters a competitive compact van market that also includes the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and 2015 Chevrolet City Express. Read the full story here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The 1920 Screenside had the same wheelbase as the passenger car, but the chassis was longer, heavier, and sturdier.

Dodge's First Commercial Vehicle

Horace and John Dodge reluctantly agreed to develop a commercial vehicle in 1917 after their sales associates lobbied for a work truck that could be sold to small businesses that made deliveries of fruit, beer, and other goods. The result was a vehicle based on the first Dodge passenger car. The vehicle eventually became the 1920 Screenside half-ton vehicle that is considered the predecessor of Dodge's light-duty pickup trucks. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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Celebrating Ed's birthday at the office.

Ed Bobit: A Man of Outsized Pleasures

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet,as well as many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86. Bobit was a man of outsized pleasures, but none more than his work and family, which were usually one and the same.  We hope you enjoy these photos of Ed enjoying the very full life he led. Read the full story here.

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The ProMaster City will compete in a crowded compact van segment.

Ram's 2015 ProMaster City

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is entering the competitive compact van market in late 2014 with class-leading cargo volume and a nine-speed transmission. The van will compete with Ford's Transit Connect, Nissan's NV200, and GM's Chevrolet City Express. Read the full story herePhotos courtesy of Fiat Chrysler.

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Kenworth's Class 6 Kenworth K270 cabover and Class 7 Kenworth K370 cabover (pictured) are getting exterior and interior enhancements.

Kenworth K370 Cabover

Kenworth has updated its K370 Class 7 cabover truck with several new features including a fresh exterior, new dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles. Read the full story here.

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The engine and the drivetrain are then mated to the body.

Ford Transit Kansas City Assembly Plant Tour

After spending some time behind the wheel of the MY-2015 Transit, media representatives were given a tour of the revamped assembly line at the Ford plant in Kansas City. Read the full story here.

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Ford offered its full line up of 2015 Transit vans for testing in a closed course next to Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

Ford Transit Ride and Drive

Ford hosted a one-day event a stone's throw from its Kansas City facility to give media representatives a little time behind the wheel of the MY-2015 Transit. Read the full story here.

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Sherb Brown
Why You Should be Bullish About the Future of Fleet Management

By Sherb Brown
Fleet management has migrated from the garage to the Excel spreadsheet. We don’t have to wonder anymore about whether that compact car really is more expensive to operate than a comparable small SUV. Now the data can give us the answer.

Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

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

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Lauren Fletcher
Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher
Take the time now to research future solutions to reduce fuel expenditures. If at the end of the year there is some cushion leftover in your fleet’s fuel budget, you are armed and ready to utilize what you can to help ensure future cost savings.

Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher

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