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The new Sprinter 4x4 is tested on a dirt track at the Mercedes-Benz van reassembly plant in Ladson, S.C.

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz has added several new features to its 2015 Sprinter including standard Crosswind Assist and available 4x4. Click here to read more about the vehicle, and stay tuned for more info and photos in the January/February issue of Work Truck magazine. Photos by Adam Pringle and Mercedes-Benz.

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2014 Green Fleet Conference in Pictures

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo's first day included a walk through the history of alternative fuels, a ride and drive event and sessions for government, commercial and heavy-duty trucking fleets. For the full story, click here. Photos by Becky May and Joanne Tucker.

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The lane departure warning lets drivers know when they begin to drift unintentionally or without a turn signal.

GM’s 2015-MY Crash Avoidance Tech

General Motors is adding an array of crash avoidance technologies to its 2015 Chevrolet models, including radar and ultrasonic sensors to rear-view cameras to help drivers avoid collisions. Photos courtesy of GM.

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GM's Chevrolet Silverado received a redesign for the 2014 model year.

GM's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was named our Fleet Truck of the Year. This crew cab model is the High Country, a higher trim level that may not be as prevelant in fleets, and adds some luxury to this capable work truck. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Ford introduced sleeker body lines for the Transit Connect in the 2014-MY redesign.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

For the 2014 model year, Ford redesigned its Transit Connect cargo van and wagon. The compact van gets a sleeker look, improved fuel efficiency, and additional safety features as it enters its fifth model year in the U.S. market. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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Ford Transit van with Tennant markings.

Carpet Cleaning Fleet's Van Set-Up

The Auto Truck Group dedicated its new facility in Kansas City on October 9. Technicians were already hard at work upfitting Ford Transit vans for Tennant, a carpet cleaning company. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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These F-150 models are being upfit for Charter Communications.

Auto Truck Group's New Upfitting Facility

The Auto Truck Group dedicated it's new facility in Kansas City on Oct. 9, 2014. The facility can handle both complex upfits and ship thru for Ford's F-150 and Transit vehicles. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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This model is the 2015 Suburban LTZ 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission.

GM's 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban, which is celebrating its 80th year as the longest continuously produced nameplate in the world, enters its 12th generation with the 2015 model year. It's durability and cargo capacity make it an ideal vehicle for fire response and other rugged fleet applications. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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Class-exclusive active park assist<br />Two sensors and electric power-assisted steering helps drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the F-150. The truck will steer into the space while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

2015 F-150 Driver Assist Features

The 2015 Ford F-150 has 10 driver assist features to entice customers to purchase the truck when it goes on sale later this year, according to Ford. View a video of the features. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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This 2500 ProMaster high-roof cargo van has a 159-inch wheelbase and retails for $32,875.

Ram's 2014 ProMaster Cargo Van

Ram introduced the full-size 2014 ProMaster cargo van in late 2013, after leveraging its relationship with Fiat by developing a U.S. version of the Fiat Ducato. Ram offers the 1500 cargo model, 2500 cargo and passenger models, and the 3500 cargo, passenger, chassis cab and cutaway models. Ram will begin producing an EcoDiesel model later this year. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc and Paul Clinton.

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