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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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An example of a 1948 Chevrolet Pickup 3100

The Evolution of Chevrolet Pickups

During its media launch of the 2016 Colorado medium- and Silverado full-size pickup trucks, Chevrolet also gave a glimpse of the beginnings of the brand with examples of earlier trucks. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Pacific Northwest NAFA Chapter Meeting

Held at the World of Speed in Wilsonville, Ore., the final 2015 meeting for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the NAFA Fleet Management Association met on September 10 to network, hear from vendors, learn from each other, and tour the museum.  (PHOTOS: Lauren Fletcher)

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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