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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
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

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

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