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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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The 2015 Chrysler 200 features a new nine-speed automatic engine with available AWD.

Chrysler Fleet Preview

Chrysler's regional fleet preview in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month featured several new models from brands such as Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Fiat. Check out photos of top Chrysler vehicles such as the Ram ProMaster, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 200, Ram 2500 and Fiat 500L. Photos by Amy Winter.

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The NV200 is a more agile version of Nissan's full-size NV.

Nissan's NV200 Cargo Van

Nissan introduced its NV200 compact cargo van for the 2010 model year to compete in the segement that at the time included only the Ford's Transit Connect. Additional entries since that time have included the Chevrolet City Express, an NV200-sourced van introduced by General Motors for the 2015 model year. Read our driving impressions of the 2014 NV200 S herePhotos by Vince Taroc.

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Transport an elephant. Faced with moving two baby elephants at London Zoo in 1965, handlers turned to their Transit to get the job done

18 Weird Things Done with a Ford Transit

Although the Ford Transit full-size van is brand new to North America, it has dominated the European market for nearly 50 years. More than seven million Transit commercial vans have been produced and sold around the world since the vehicle was introduced in 1965. And, in that time, people have come up with some fairly unusual uses for the versatile vehicle. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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The Nissan NV cargo van is offered in standard and (shown here) high-roof models.

Nissan's NV Cargo Van

Nissan entered the full-size van market with the NV cargo van for the 2012 model year, and has made incremental upgrades since that intial vehicle. The 2014 model-year NV added several cargo enhancements. The former Tow Package also became standard with paired with the optional V-8 engine. Read our driving impressions blog post of the 2014 NV3500 SL passenger van here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Will Need to Reinvent Itself as a New Vision of Fleet Management Emerges

By Mike Antich
Over the past several decades, the purchasing managers of yesteryear reinvented themselves into procurement professionals whose function is now viewed as a strategic asset that provides a competitive advantage to a corporation. Can fleet management, likewise, elevate its perceived value to a corporation, especially in the eyes of its senior management? I say yes, and the timing is right to do so.

Deciphering the DNA of Award-Winning Fleet Professionals

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
How to Stay Motivated

By Lauren Fletcher
For many, it’s easy to feel a sense of motivation at the start of a new year, but as the year progresses it can be tough to stay motivated, especially if you are feeling behind on your goals or feeling burned out in your day-to-day grind. Here are seven ways to help you stay motivated.

Check Up on Your Annual Goals

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown
The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

By Stephane Babcock

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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