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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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2017 Ford Escape

2015 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs

Take a look our gallery of SUVs from the Los Angeles Auto Show. 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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Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans

2015 L.A. Auto Show: Trucks and Vans

Take a look our gallery of trucks and vans from the Los Angeles Auto Show. 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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The all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is positioned between a traditional 1500- and 2500-type pickup.

2016 Nissan Titan XD Ride and Drive

During a recent ride and drive event, automotive media put the 2016 Nissan Titan XD through its paces on-road, off-road, and at the Nissan proving ground in Scottsdale, Arizona, highlighting the truck's 5.0L Cummins diesel engine and its towing and payload capabilities. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Dodge classic trucks from the 1940s and 1960s were lined up and ready to go.

Ram Looks Back at Trucks of the Past

During its recent heavy hauling event, Ram gave members of the media the opportunity to to drive its entire array of commercial products. But, Ram also had some of its classic Dodge trucks on hand, which shows how far the brand has come both from a styling and driving perspective. Journalists had the opporutnity to get behind the wheel of four of the classic trucks to see how far truck technology has come since the 1940s and 1960s. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Ram provided a full line up of truck and commercial products from the Promaster City to the Ram 5500 to test hauling capacity.

Ram Demonstrates Heavy Hauling

Fleet managers rely on pickup trucks to deliver cargo. But, as the following photos demonstrate, today's pickups have the capability to haul tens of thousands of pounds. Ram Trucks invited media to put the company's trucks to the test. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Five new Ford Transit vans are in use as Red Cross emergency response and life-saving blood transport vehicles in Detroit; Lexington, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; and Portland, Oregon.

11 Ways to Customize a Ford Transit

Ford has assembled photos of 11 Ford Transit vans now in service in various fleets, including the American Red Cross, small businsses, and a livery fleet. The images show the flexibity of the van as a business tool. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Ram designers gave the truck a grille with a tie-in to the current beard craze.

Ram's 1500 Rebel 4x4 Pickup

The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 pickup could find its way into the fleet of a company with a lifestyle brand, but retail buyers may be a more likely target. The truck offers a standard 3.6L V-6 or optional 5.7L V-8, and includes plenty of enhancements, including a new grille that departs from the Ram crosshair grille. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The Metris cargo van retails for $29,945.

Metris Ride and Drive

During a Mercedes-Benz ride-and-drive event in Los Angeles, attendees drove the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris that joins the full-size Sprinter at Mercedes-Benz dealerships that sell vans. The Metris arrives as the lone offering in the mid-size van segment. Photos by Amy Winter-Hercher and Paul Clinton.

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Mike Antich
Tires are a Depreciating Asset: 10 Ways to Slow the Rate of Depreciation

By Mike Antich
As a wear item, tires are a depreciating asset. Your job, as the fleet manager, is to slow the rate of depreciation. Replacement tires as a cost category are a fleet’s second-largest operating expense, exceeded only by fuel. By maximizing tire tread life, you lower per-mile costs, resulting in fewer premature removals and optimizing the condition of tire casings, allowing for multiple retreads.

Employees Using Company Vehicles to Moonlight as Uber Drivers (and More)

By Mike Antich

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Volvo S90 AWD

By Paul Clinton
Volvo's 2017 S90 luxury sedan arrives with an understated luxury you might expect from a Swedish sensibility and a powertrain that's one of the most impressive in the 2017 model year.

2017 GMC Acadia SLT-1 AWD

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

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

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

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