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August 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Cleaning Company Adds Police Cruisers to Fleet

Carpe Diem Cleaning bought used police vehicles at auction to build its fleet for a more reasonable price. Photo courtesy of Carpe Diem Cleaning

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Looking to build a fleet for a reasonable price, Carpe Diem Cleaning bought used police vehicles at auction. The cruisers have been great for space and dependability, and they also make a good marketing tool.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Used Vehicles, Auctions, Service Fleets

July 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Mazda CX-5: Quiet and Quality

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Tariq Kamal

A dynamic, noiseless driving experience, upgraded safety features, and a power liftgate are among the highlights of the redesigned compact crossover SUV.

Tags: Mazda, Mazda CX-5, Compact SUVs, 2017-MY

July 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Toyota C-HR: Son of Scion

2018 Toyota C-HR

By Tariq Kamal

The spirit of Toyota’s discontinued youth brand lives on in the new subcompact crossover C-HR.

Tags: Toyota, 2018-MY, Toyota C-HR, Subcompact SUVs

July 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Buick Regal: From Prussia With Love

2018 Buick Regal

By Tariq Kamal

The new Regal hatchback and wagon will be built in Germany and are expected to compete with five-doors offered by Audi and BMW.

Tags: Buick, Buick Regal, Mid-Size Sedans, 2018-MY

July 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Products to Improve Cargo Handling, Storing

Photo courtesy of Tuff Truck Bag

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Here are some products that can help make it easier to store and move cargo, as well as see inside the interior and exterior of work trucks and vans.

Tags: Work Truck Accessories, Cargo Storage, Vehicle Lighting, Cranes

July 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Trailer or Truck Body? Landscape Fleet Weighs Options

Currently, Landscapes USA's fleet has added 24 Isuzu NPR cabovers — each with a customized truck body designed by Morgan Corp.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This landscape company has started adding Isuzu cabovers with customized Morgan truck bodies to its fleet. Advantages include improved fuel economy and a better turning radius.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Landscaping Fleets, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers

July 2017, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Keys to Managing Fleet Safety With Telematics

Jim Coniglione uses his system as a deterrent to erratic driving, and he’s also nearly eradicated red light camera violations by his drivers. Photo courtesy of Scoopy Doo.

By Chris Brown

While telematics systems are designed to improve fleet safety, merely installing a system isn't enough — it's how you manage the data and alerts with your drivers that really makes the difference.

Tags: Telematics, Driver Behavior, Speeding, Hard Break, Fleet Safety

July 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Shuttle Fleet Discusses Switch from CNG to Propane

A majority of ACE Parking's fleet shuttles run on propane autogas.The company has propane refueling stations on-site.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

For ACE Parking in San Diego, switching from CNG to propane autogas has translated into a fuel cost savings of $12,000 per month for its 29 airport shuttles.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Alternative Fuels, Shuttle Fleet

July 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Bakery Owner Recounts Delivery Van Theft for Bank Heist

Photo courtesy of Zak the Baker.

By Chris Brown

Stealing a delivery van to use as a getaway vehicle is stupid — unless the authorities are chasing the other five identical Nissan NV 2500 vans with identical branding.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Vehicle Theft, Delivery Fleets

June 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Driving School Offers 'Simulated Daydreaming'

Century Driving Group's fleet includes Mazda3 sedans. Photo courtesy of Century Driving Group.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Century Driving Group wants its clients in ergonomically friendly vehicles with up-to-date technology for student instruction. A good residual value helps, too.

Tags: Mazda, Leasing v Buying, Driving Schools

May 2017, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Vehicle Wraps: Eye Candy for Your Brand

Mosquitoes B-Gone’s Ford Transit Connect went from solid white to a bright and bold wrap featuring different shades of green. Owner David Simons knew that he wanted a photo of a mosquito as part of his vehicle wrap. He found a close-up photo where the hairs on its legs were even visible. Simons’ photo gave designers an idea of the type of mosquito he wanted on the van, says Chad Huff of CSI Signs. Photo courtesy of Mosquitoes B-Gone

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Providing thousands of visual impressions — and thumbs-up at stoplights — vehicle wraps are one of the most cost-effective marketing mediums for fleets. But proper design is essential to grab a potential client’s attention in 4 to 6 seconds.

Tags: Vehicle Wraps, Marketing, Branding, decals

May 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Turning Drivers into Brand Ambassadors

Each UPS Integrad center features "Tiny Town," a course designed to simulate delivery and pickup situations. Photo courtesy of UPS.

By Chris Brown

These real-world insights reveal tools to help your drivers further your company's brand values in the field and positively impact client relationships.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Branding, Employee Training

May 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Chevrolet Traverse: Three-Row Midsize

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

By Tariq Kamal

Billed upon its 2009 launch as a replacement for the Uplander minivan and TrailBlazer SUV, the Chevrolet Traverse maintains ties to both segments as it enters its second generation. General Motors describes it as a midsize crossover SUV.

Tags: Chevrolet Traverse, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size SUVs, 2018-MY

May 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Volvo XC60: Coming of Age

2018 Volvo XC60

By Tariq Kamal

The demand for a full redesign has become increasingly urgent as new editions of the XC90, the S60 sedan, and the V60 and V60 Cross County wagons have turned heads in recent years. In 2018, the XC60 will join those vehicles and share their lineup of four-cylinder engines.

Tags: Volvo XC60, Vehicle Spec'ing, Compact SUVs, 2018-MY

May 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Ford EcoSport: Welcome Home

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Tariq Kamal

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is a brand-new, five-door, subcompact crossover SUV. It will compete in the burgeoning field of mini-utilities already staffed by competitors such as the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X/Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.

Tags: Vehicle Spec'ing, Crossovers, 2018-MY, Ford EcoSport

May 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Product Highlights from the Work Truck Show

Photo courtesy of Knapheide

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Here is a sampling of truck products that were on display in the exhibit hall.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Accessories, Work Trucks

July 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Water Company Maximizes Driver, Vehicle Time

Each of Idaho Springs Water's Kenworth T270 trucks features a wrap with an image of clean flowing water. Photo courtesy of Idaho Springs Water.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

With an average of 60 to 100 deliveries per day, Idaho Springs Water needs efficient routing for its drivers as well as dependable and timely maintenance to keep delivery trucks on the road.

Tags: Leasing, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Wraps, Kenworth T270

May 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Delivery Fleet Customizes Low Cab Forward Truck

Harmony Outdoor's new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward features a customized flat bed to better transport its power equipment to customers.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Using the new Chevrolet Low Cab Forward truck chassis, this delivery fleet added a customized bed to better transport its power equipment to customers.

Tags: Chevrolet, LCF, Diesel Engines, Delivery Fleets

March 2017, Business Fleet - Cover Story

How Small Fleets Manage Recalls

Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems

By Chris Brown

Auto manufacturers, dealers, and fleet operators weigh in on ways to hone the recall repair process.

Tags: Maintenance, Fleet Management, Driver Safety, Vehicle Manufacturing, Recalls, Dealers

March 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Defining the Small Fleet Manager

Photo courtesy of Tuff Turf Molebusters

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Business Fleet conducted a survey and talked to several small service and vocational fleets to learn more about how they handle in-house fleet duties — and whether they outsource particular duties to a third party.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, Fleet Management, Driver Safety, Fleet Manager, Procurement

March 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Subaru Impreza: A Nose for Action

2017-MY Subaru Impreza

By Tariq Kamal

The Subaru Impreza has been completely redesigned for the 2017-MY. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the fifth-generation Impreza boasts new sheet metal, an upgraded interior, and new technology and safety features.

Tags: Subaru, Subaru Impreza, Vehicle Spec'ing, Compact Sedans, 2017-MY

March 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Lincoln Continental: Where Have You Been?

2017-MY Lincoln Continental

By Tariq Kamal

The Lincoln Continental has returned to America’s highways after 15 years in cold storage. It boasts a 117.9-inch wheelbase — a full 5 inches longer than the retired MKS — as well as three engine options with a bounty of Digital Age technology and features.

Tags: Lincoln, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY, Luxury Sedans, Lincoln Continental

March 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Audi Q7: Doing More Than Four

2017 Audi Q7

By Tariq Kamal

The Audi Q7 returns from a one-year hiatus with a full redesign for 2017. In addition to a new wagonlike exterior and a completely revamped interior, the 2017 has a new base engine.

Tags: Audi, Audi Q7, Vehicle Spec'ing, Luxury SUVs, 2017-MY

March 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Items to Keep Fleet Drivers Safe on the Road

Photo courtesy of LifeSaver

By Staff

These products help fleet drivers stay focused while on the road, offer vehicle security, and provide better visibility in extreme weather conditions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Distracted Driving, Vehicle Security, LED Lighting, Wiper Blades

February 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Truck Fleet Targets Niche Filming Market

Angel Aerial's fleet includes Kenworth box trucks. Photo by James Miller

By Amy Winter-Hercher

New York City-based Angel Aerial rents its diverse fleet of trucks and equipment to the film and TV industries — and has used its fleet to help the city in times of need, including after the 9/11 attacks.

Tags: New York City, Truck Fleet, water truck, Box Trucks

May 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Produce Company Experiments With Alt-Fuel Options

Testa Produce has 24 straight trucks in its delivery fleet running on CNG. Photo courtesy of Testa Produce

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Testa Produce wanted environmentally friendly solutions for its fleet. See how its implementation of electric motors, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas (CNG) options fared.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Testa Produce, CNG, Delivery Fleets

January 2017, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Creative Van Customizations

Izzy Paskowitz uses his ‘woodie’-inspired Ford Transit to transport volunteers and equipment to his nonprofit’s surf camps for autistic children. The van features a roof rack that can transport 10 tandem surfboards.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Learn how these small companies customized their Ford Transit vans to fit their business needs.

Tags: Upfitting, Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Vans, Customization

January 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Recouping a Better Return When Selling Fleet Vehicles

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com/Erdre

By Tariq Kamal

By implementing one or two new strategies — such as timing sales based on mileage or seasonality, expanding sales channels, or considering purchasing options — small fleet operators can return more money to their fleet’s bottom line.

Tags: Remarketing, Fleet Management, Leased Vehicles, Mileage, Used Vehicle Sales, Auctions

January 2017, Business Fleet - Feature

Equipping Vehicles to Operate Through Winter

To continue working through the Alaskan winter, BlackHawk Works, a tree removal company, adds snow plows to three of its trucks. Additionally, BlackHawk Works hauls a skid steer with the F-550 and puts a sander in the F-450’s bed.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Service fleets share their insights on how to convert vehicles for winter as well as how they deal with the challenges of cold weather and harsh roads.

Tags: Maintenance, Winter Driving, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Snow Plow, Winter Equipment

January 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Chrysler Pacifica: The Van of the Hour

By Tariq Kamal

Built to compete with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the four-door, six-, seven-, or eight-passenger Pacifica matches its rivals’ combined city/highway fuel efficiency score of 22 miles per gallon (mpg).

Tags: Vehicle Spec'ing, Minivans, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica

January 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Honda Ridgeline: Now Available as a Pickup

By Tariq Kamal

The Honda Ridgeline made its debut in the 2006-MY as a carlike alternative to midsize pickups. The Ridgeline remained popular (and profitable) enough that Honda decided to relaunch it for the 2017-MY after a two-year production hiatus.

Tags: Honda, Honda Ridgeline, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size Pickups

January 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Tools to Keep Drivers, Equipment Safe in Winter

Photo courtesy of Enzo's Cleaning Solutions

By Staff

These accessories can help protect drivers — and their tools — in icy and snowy conditions this winter season.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Heated Storage, Car Charger

January 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Ford F-Series Super Duty: All That Power

By Tariq Kamal

Ford’s range of full-size F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 pickups and chassis cabs is all-new for 2017. The new truck is available as a chassis cab or in regular cab, crew cab, and SuperCab configurations with 6.75- and 8.0-foot beds.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series, Vehicle Spec'ing, Ford Super Duty

November 2016, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Comparing Vans by Lifecycle Cost

By Chris Brown

This analysis shows that ownership costs for vans with similar powertrains, GVWR, and capacities can vary by manufacturer as much as $9,000.

Tags: Vincentric, Lifecycle Costs, Total Cost of Ownership, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans

November 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

Leaner, Cleaner, and Greener

The all-electric Mitsubishi Fuso Canter E-Cell will see a “soft launch” in the U.S. next year, most likely in urban delivery environments in Southern California and New York City. Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso.

By Jack Roberts

New greenhouse gas regulations will drive greater use of aerodynamics and light weighting in truck designs — and could accelerate the comeback of hybrid and all-electric drivetrains.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, all-electric vehicle, GHG Phase 2

November 2016, Business Fleet - Department

GMC Acadia: Cut Down to Midsize

By Tariq Kamal

After nine model-years as a full-size SUV, the 2017 GMC Acadia has been reborn as a midsize crossover. It joins a class crowded with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Highlander.

Tags: GMC Acadia, GMC, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size SUVs, 2017-MY

November 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Audi A4: The Inside Edge

By Tariq Kamal

Redesigned for 2017, the Audi A4 is completely features a revamped cabin, a more powerful and fuel-efficient base engine, and enough new technology and safety measures to shine alongside competitors such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Lexus IS

Tags: Audi, Audi A4, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY

November 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Volvo S90: The Leader of the Pack

By Tariq Kamal

Out goes the S80 and in comes the S90, Volvo’s brand-new flagship sedan. Paired with the XC90 SUV atop the Swedish factory’s lineup, the new car is designed to compete against midsize luminaries as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Tags: Volvo, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY, Volvo S90

November 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Ready for Your Drone Delivery License?

The HorseFly drone from Workhorse Custom Chassis delivers 10-lb. packages for 2 cents a mile.

By Chris Brown

Commercial drone deliveries are destined to integrate with fleet, but new regulations remain barriers to speedy implementation.

Tags: Delivery Fleets, Drones, Federal Aviation Administration

November 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Masterack's Interiors Boost Productivity

Masterack can design tailored upfit packages for a variety of vehicles. Photo courtesy of Masterack.

By Staff

Upfitter Masterack specializes in designing storage modules and shelving components for a variety of fleet vehicles, helping to improve work efficiency and inventory management.

Tags: Masterack, Storage Cabinets, Van Shelving, Customization, Upfitters

November 2016, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Training Fleet Drivers to Safely Navigate Bike-Friendly Cities

Photo courtesy of AdobeStock

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Does your fleet’s driver safety program include information on how to safely share the road with bicyclists? Many fleet safety programs don’t, according to Arbella Insurance.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Bicycles, Fleet Safety Program

November 2016, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Nonprofit’s ‘Woodie’ Van Transports Volunteers, Equipment to Surf Camps

Surfers Healing's new Transit woodie-style van features a surf rack that can transport 10 tandem surfboards at one time.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Ford donated a “woodie-inspired” Transit van to provide Surfers Healing with a more reliable vehicle when transporting staff, attendees, and equipment to its surf camps for autistic children.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Vehicle Wraps, Nonprofit

October 2016, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

In-Vehicle Camera Captures Unsafe Driving, Accidents

Conico Oil uses SmartDrive's in-vehicle video-based safety systems in each of its 27 fleet trucks. Photo courtesy of Conico Oil.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

By reviewing videos of its drivers while in the cab, this truck fleet has been able to correct high-risk driving occurrences such as hard braking and speeding — as well as eliminate culpability from false driving incident accusations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Fleet, SmartDrive Systems, In-Vehicle Video

November 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

Updated Trucks Keep Nonprofit’s Fleet Costs Down

Jamie Schaefer (left), PacLease manager at Kenworth Sales Co., has worked with Idaho Youth Ranch for several years. Through this partnership, Gregg Crow (right), IYR’s former director of distribution, was able to add new trucks to help expand IYR's network of thrift stores. Crow recently stepped down, handing over the reins to Jason Whitley. "Gregg kept feeding me information and how-to's on his job; I learned from the best," says Whitley.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Idaho Youth Ranch has improved fleet efficiency through initiatives such as mobile technicians and electronic routing, as well as by adding new Kenworth T270 leased trucks to its fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Diesel, Kenworth, Truck Fleet, Idaho, Delivery Fleets

September 2016, Business Fleet - Cover Story

Mobile Offices: New Tools, Tech for Road Warriors

Ergonomic Solutions provided this Ford Transit van's mobile office equipment. The desk includes space for a laptop and printer, as well as drawers and baskets for storing files and papers. Photo courtesy of Ergonomic Solutions.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

As more fleets are able to take their work on the road, custom upfits are providing a more comfortable and efficient workspace for employees — from portable desks to executive lounges with TVs, storage areas, and conference space.

Tags: Ergonomics, Cargo Vans, Mobile Office, Customization, Desk

September 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

Putting GM's Commercial Link to the Test

This is an example of a report showing that, while the driver deviated from the expected route, there was a quick route correction without stopping. The conclusion: The driver took a wrong turn.

By Chris Wolski and Chris Brown

The editorial staffs of Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet jumped feet first into telematics tracking with GM's new Commercial Link solution. The results

Tags: Telematics, General Motors, Commercial Link, Fleet Management, speed reporting

September 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Built for Comfort

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

By Tariq Kamal

Mercedes-Benz E-Class enters its fifth generation with the 2017 E300. This five-passenger luxury sedan competes with the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY, Luxury Sedans

September 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Buick LaCrosse: A Tale of Two Sedans

2017 Buick LaCrosse

By Tariq Kamal

The all-new, third-generation 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a near-luxury full-size sedan that features base, Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims.

Tags: Buick, General Motors, Buick LaCrosse, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY, Full-Size Sedans

September 2016, Business Fleet - Department

BMW 7 Series: Better Than Real Life

2016 BMW 7 Series

By Tariq Kamal

The sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series full-size luxury sedan comes with a standard long wheelbase, carbon-fiber construction, and a host of new comfort and safety features including BMW's Gesture Control system.

Tags: BMW, BMW 7 Series, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY, Luxury Sedans

September 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Mobile Apps to Improve Fleet Efficiency

Screenshots courtesy of Telogis.

By Business Fleet Editors

As the use of mobile apps continues to grow, more functions are becoming available to fleet drivers at their fingertips. These mobile apps — some stand-alone, others part of larger program offerings — update traditional processes and advance fleet efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Accident Management, Fuel Management, Mobile Apps

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