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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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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

By Mike Antich
Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

How to Minimize Unauthorized Use of Corporate Assets

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
The Importance of Positivity

By Lauren Fletcher
We live in a world where we can tell anyone exactly what we think about anything with a few keystrokes. Why is it, then, that the majority of the feedback is negative? Why do people feel so much more apt to complain than praise? And, what does this have to do with fleet management?

Instilling a Culture of Safe Drivers

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

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

By Dylan Brown