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Fleet Technology Expo's Ride & Drive

The 2015 Fleet Technology Expo, which is organized by Bobit Business Media, offered fleet managers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative powertrain vehicles such as a Hino diesel-electric hybrid cabover, Nissan LEAF, and a bi-fuel CNG pickup truck. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

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The diesel Grand Cherokee could find a place with executive drivers in states with variable weather conditions.

Jeep's 2015 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, the only diesel offering in the Jeep lineup, is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that's different that the one powering the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The EPA has rated the vehicle at 28 mpg in highway driving. We tested the Summit 4x4 model, and were able to surpass that number. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Kareem Girgis.

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From left: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio); Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio, 9th Dist.); Tim Rowe, UAW chairman, Ohio Assembly Plant; Greg Drudi, UAW administrative assistant; Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor (R-Ohio), Gary Polakowski, plant manager; and Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.

Ford Plant Celebrates F-650/750 Rollout

Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of its new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches. Photos: Tom Berg

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GMC's 2016 Sierra Pickup

The 2016 GMC Sierra, which will be available in late 2015, adds design elements such as C-shaped signature LED daytime running lights and headlights; front fascia and grilles for each trim level; LED fog lamps; bumpers; and C-shaped LED taillights. Photos courtesy of G.M.

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This GMC Canyon is the 4WD SLE crew cab with the long (6.2-foot) box.

GMC's 2015 Canyon Pickup

The 2015 GMC Canyon, the sister model to the Chevrolet Colorado, represents General Motors' return to the mid-size pickup segment. The truck offers a similar package to the Colorado, but adds a more GMC-identified grille and cast aluminum wheels. Read more about the GMC Canyon here.

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the Metris mid-size van for 2016.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Ride and Drive

Automotive journalists headed to a mining ghost town resort in Dunton Hot Springs, Colo., to drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van, which is now the only mid-size van available in the U.S. market. Photos by Chris Brown and Ian Merritt/MBUSA.

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The International PayStar tackled the rough road course, which is used to test vehicles over various surfaces.

Navistar Proving Grounds Ride and Drive

To celebrate the opening of its Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Ind., the truck maker invited media to test its full range of medium-duty, vocational, heavy-duty, and school bus products. Photos by Chris Wolski

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Freightliner Inspiration Truck

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Truck in Nevada, where it is the first autonomous truck legally licensed to travel on public highways, according to the company. Journalists from around the world got a chance to see it up close.

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Fleet managers get behind the wheel of the 2015 F-150.

Fleet Look at the 2015 Ford F-150

Ford Motor Company gave fleet and commercial customers an insider look at the 2015 F-150 during an educational day near the company's Michigan headquarters. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Heli-skiing was not on the agenda. We'll save that for another trip.

Sprinter Van's 4x4 Off-Road Test

Mercedes-Benz invited Bobit's fleet editors to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test: traversing logging roads in a remote stretch of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Read more about the vehicle here. Photos by Chris Brown.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Big Data and Advanced Analytics will Further Intertwine Procurement and Fleet

By Mike Antich
Looking ahead, how will procurement and fleet evolve in the future? My prediction is there will be market forces (both internal and external), along with technological enhancements, that will facilitate a much closer collaboration between the two disciplines using a combination of in-house and outsourced expertise.

Five Technology Trends that will Disrupt Global Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Turn Resolutions into Goals

By Lauren Fletcher
While your resolutions at home may be to hit the gym and lay off the cheeseburgers or finally take that trip to Maui, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your fleet be as safe and successful as possible.

Getting Creative with Fuel Budgets & Technology

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

By Paul Clinton
General Motors may just have a game-changer on its hands with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, a lithium-ion-powered hatchback that's fun to drive and provides enough charge to meet most commutes.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

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

By Sherb Brown
Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

Five Unpredictions for 2017

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

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