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Showgoers mob the 2018 Isuzu FTR, the company’s all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment, mere seconds after the big reveal.Photo:David Cullen

Seen at NTEA Work Truck Show

The NTEA Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit is geared up and going in downtown Indianapolis this week. Running through March 4, it is the country's premier yearly gathering dedicated to the vocational fleet marketplace. Photos by HDT executive editor David Cullen & Work Truck executive editor Lauren Fletcher.

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The Sprinter Extreme Concept is built on the Sprinter 3500 Cab Chassis and upfitted by RENNtech.

Sprinter Extreme Concept Van

Mercedes-Benz showed its Sprinter Extreme Concept heavy payload van at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The van stretches more than 20 feet in length and measures over 95 inches tall. It can haul 6,400 pounds of payload and tow nearly 4 tons. Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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The 1938 International Harvester D-2 had a distinct barrel-shaped grille.

USPS Honors Work Trucks with Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced it is honoring four iconic American work trucks. The four stamps feature illustrations of a 1938 International Harvester D-2, a 1953 Chevrolet pickup, a 1948 Ford F-1, and a 1965 Ford F-100. Photos: USPS

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2017 Ford Fusion Platinum mid-size sedan

2016 Detroit Auto Show in Pictures

The 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit featured some 50 vehicle debuts, and Automotive Fleet was there to take it all in. Take a look at our gallery of the new vehicles, including the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Ridgeline, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Volvo S90. Photos by Mike Antich.

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A slope hood International model with a heavy-dump upfit dropping a load of gravel.

Historic International Work Trucks

For more than 100 years International trucks have been a part of a the U.S. landscape. The following photos from Patrick Foster's recent book International Harvester Trucks:The Complete History give a glimpse of the International Harvester brand's early use as work trucks. Photos: Patrick Foster/Motor Books 

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Ford builds 58 basic configurations and more than 2,000 different versions of its Ford Transit van.

Assembling Ford's Transit Van

Ford produces 58 configurations of its full-size Transit van at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) in Claycomo, Mo. Ford invested $1.1 billion and added 2,000 jobs to support van production and increased demand for the aluminum-body F-150 that's also built at the plant. Read the full story here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The 58 configurations of Ford Transit vans offer a multitude of equipment set-up for upfitters such as Knapheide. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Knapheide's SubTropolis Upfit Facility

Truck and van upfitter Knapheide installs equipment in Transit vans at its underground SubTropolis upfitting facility that's part of an active limestone mine outside of Kansas City near Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. The ambient temperature and low humidity of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit eliminates the need for heating and cooling. Photos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Ford.

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This 2016 Grand Caravan SXT Plus starts at $27,595 and would retail for $34,415 for the model shown.

FCA's 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan passenger minivan has provided steady fleet sales for FCA US in the commercial, government, and rental segments. The vehicle is used in van pools and as an affordable choice for airport shuttle operators. The vehicle will eventually be discontinued, but remains in the lineup through at least the 2017-MY. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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This Tacoma is powered by the new 3.5L V-6 that produces 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque.

Toyota's 2016 Tacoma Pickup

A heavy update for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma increases power and towing capability for a mid-size pickup that has found a home in pest-control fleets who need a smaller truck to maneuver on residential streets during service calls. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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Toyota i-Road

2015 L.A. Auto Show: Specialty Vehicles

One of the highlights of the L.A. Auto Show is the inventiveness and creativity exhibited by automakers. From looking ahead to the future on earth to a galaxy far-far away, this Year''s L.A. Auto Show exhibited concept cars we may drive someday to ones we wish we could right now. Befitting it's closeness to Tinseltown, many of the designs had strong Hollywood connections. Read our perspective about themes from the show here. Photos by Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher, Kat Sandoval, and Chris Wolski.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Autonomous Vehicles will Create a Radical Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Design

By Mike Antich
My prediction is that autonomous vehicles will create a paradigm shift in vehicle design, whereby interior design will become the primary brand differentiator in the future. What will drive this paradigm shift is that future autonomous vehicle design will focus primarily on the passenger and not the driver. This will create a tectonic shift in vehicle design with ramifications that will take decades to fully play out.

Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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

Chatty Chassis

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