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More than 600 remarketing professionals attended the 2016 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, March 16-17. Photo: Steve Reed

2016 CAR Event Highlights

The 2016 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) took place March 16-17 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Now in its 21st year, CAR delivered high-quality discussions and information on subjects ranging from automating the if-bid system to how to maximize auction earnings to a look forward to residual values for 2016-2017. In addition, attendees had plenty of opportunities to network and build their personal and professional connections. Photos by Chris Wolski and Steve Reed.

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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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Market Trends

Mike Antich
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Pros and Cons of Truck Platooning

By Lauren Fletcher
The concept of truck platooning is coming over to the United States. With roots in Europe, modern truck platooning is the ability to electronically group trucks, or other vehicles, to travel down the road. Platooning can decrease the space between vehicles and can help increase overall road capacity.

Impact of Healthy Drivers on Your Operation

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

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

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