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October 2017, Government Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference, Flexdrive

September 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Toyota Camry: Let's Just Go Crazy

2018 Toyota Camry

By Tariq Kamal

The 2018 Toyota Camry shakes up a staid midsize sedan segment with aggressive new styling and a 300-horsepower V-6 option.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Camry, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size Sedans, 2018-MY

September 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Honda Accord: Generational Shift

2018 Honda Accord

By Tariq Kamal

The 10th-generation Honda Accord sheds its V-6 and two-door options and debuts a new engine and transmission lineup to propel a slightly shorter, longer, and wider sedan.

Tags: Honda, Honda Accord, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size Sedans, 2018-MY

September 2017, Business Fleet - Department

Audi Q5/SQ5: Ready to Ride

2018 Audi Q5

By Tariq Kamal

Audi’s fully redesigned Q5 and SQ5 brings serious firepower to the highly competitive compact luxury SUV segment.

Tags: Audi, Audi Q5, Luxury SUVs, Compact SUVs, 2018-MY

August 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Keeping HVAC and Plumbing Fleets On Track

Colepepper Services regularly updates its fleet in an effort to increase fuel efficiency and keep expenses low. (Photo: Colepepper Services)

By Roselynne Reyes

Home service companies offer a wide menu of services. This can require vehicles with plenty of space for equipment, upfitting to keep supplies organized, and a system that helps the main office keep track of vehicles.

Tags: Van Upfitting, HVAC Fleets, Plumbing 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

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

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

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM's Chevrolet 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

By Paul Clinton

General Motors offers optional equipment for its Chevrolet lineup that's available only to fleets that includes a maintenance credit, deleted interior features, and onboard Wi-Fi plans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 F650/F-750 courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Ford offers optional equipment available only to fleets that includes police telematics, orange seatbelts, and adjustable pedals.

Tags: Ford, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment, Ford Super Duty, Police Vehicles, Ford Transit

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fiat Chrysler's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited courtesy of FCA.

By Paul Clinton

Fiat Chrysler offers optional equipment exclusive to fleets to enhance off-road operation, cargo management, and vehicle security.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2017-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Police Vehicles, Ram Truck

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

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

January 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Sprinter Charges Ahead

European-style vans, which were engineered for the narrow streets of Europe, adapt well to crowded urban environments. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

By Jack Roberts

Since its introduction to the North American market two decades ago, European-style vans have become a mainstay in the fleet industry. The van that started it all in America continues forging into the future.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Diesel Engines

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford F-150 Wins 2016 Fleet Truck of the Year

Photo of the Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

By Andy Lundin

The light-duty truck has a maximum towing capability of up to 12,200 pounds, also features its award-winning Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Tags: Ford F-150, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Malibu Wins 2016 Fleet Car of the Year

Photo of the Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of General Motors.

By Andy Lundin

The Chevrolet Malibu saw big changes going into its ninth generation for the 2016-MY and 2017-MY, including the introduction of its first full hybrid model.

Tags: Chevrolet, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs, Electrification, Mobility

Photo of 2019 Ford EcoSport by Paul Clinton.

By Staff

The mobility revolution is happening through greater connectivity, manufacturers' suites of transportation services, electrification, and the introduction of autonomous vehicles themselves. At the same time, manufacturers are placing the car at the center in this new world.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Mobility, Compact SUVs

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

July 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Luxury Love Child

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

By Tariq Kamal

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC improves on the outgoing GLC by adding width, height, and length, and limiting the initial engine options to a 2.0-liter turbo four-banger, which delivers 241 horsepower (hp) and 273 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, My-2016

July 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Ford Fusion: Highly Customizable

2017 Ford Fusion

By Tariq Kamal

The second-generation Ford Fusion gets a major refresh for the 2017-MY. It is highly customizable with five trim levels, four option packages, and several stand-alone add-ons.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Ford, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size Sedans, 2017-MY

July 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Buick Envision: A Lot to Offer

2016 Buick Envision

By Tariq Kamal

General Motors decided to bring the Buick Envision, which has been built and sold in China since 2014, to the North American market this summer. The mid-size crossover SUV slots in perfectly between the compact Encore and full-size Enclave.

Tags: Buick, Vehicle Spec'ing, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY, Buick Envision

May 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Hyundai Elantra: Basic Compact Contender

2017 Hyundai Elantra

By Tariq Kamal

The Elantra is fully redesigned for the 2017-MY and seeking to steal market share from recently redesigned compact sedans such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.

Tags: Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY

May 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Ford Escape: Just Press Refresh

2017 Ford Escape

By Tariq Kamal

The third-generation Ford Escape gets a major mid-cycle refresh for the 2017-MY, including two new engines, fuel-efficiency gains, and new infotainment and safety technology.

Tags: Ford Escape, Ford, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2017-MY

May 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Honda Civic: King of the Compacts

2016 Honda Civic.

By Tariq Kamal

The new Civic is bigger, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model. It also boasts a combination of performance, technology, styling, and rear-seat and trunk room that is unrivaled by competitors such as the the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Nissan Sentra.

Tags: Honda, Honda Civic, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY

May 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Nissan Expands Dealer-Based Ordering

In addition to the Nissan NV and NV200 vans, Nissan's new dealer-based program will include the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD, available with either a gas or diesel powerplant. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

By Paul Clinton

The Fleetail 2.0 program allows small fleets to order through dealerships, receive fleet incentives, and take delivery sooner through dealer swaps.

Tags: Nissan, Commercial Fleets, Nissan Titan XD, Business Certified

March 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Cadillac CT6: Capture the Flag

2016 Cadillac CT6

By Tariq Kamal

Built upon GM’s Omega platform, the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 is essentially a stretched-out version of the mid-size, rear-wheel-drive CTS. Much of the additional 8.5 inches can be found in the interior.

Tags: Cadillac, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY, Cadillac CT6

March 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Nissan Altima: Keeping Up With the Joneses

2016 Nissan Altima

By Tariq Kamal

The 2016 Nissan Altima has received a mid-cycle refresh. The list of changes includes new front and rear fascia, the introduction of sporty SR editions, and a suite of advanced safety features.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Altima, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY

March 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Volkswagen Passat: Swimming in the Mainstream

2016 Volkswagen Passat.

By Tariq Kamal

Volkwagen's 2016 Passat has gone through a full redesign. The S, R-Line, SE, and SEL models are equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY

March 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

New Light-Duty Diesel Pickups Break the Mold

Shain Sproul, a rodeo rider and farmer, washes his three-quarter-ton diesel Nissan Titan XD. He uses his Titan truck to tow a 40-foot stock trailer for 10 horses. Photo by Keith Cizowski, Nissan North America.

By Paul Clinton

Several light-duty diesel pickups from Nissan, GM, and Ram seek market niches that defy traditional truck categories.

Tags: Diesel, Light-Duty Trucks, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-250, Chevrolet Colorado, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Nissan Titan XD

January 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Toyota Prius: Keep the Party Going

2016 Toyota Prius

By Tariq Kamal

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius features improved fuel economy and handling, new technology in the dash and updated but still-distinctive styling.

Tags: Toyota, Toyota Prius, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY

January 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Chevrolet Cruze: Poised for Success

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

By Tariq Kamal

The new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is 2.7 inches longer and about 1 inch shorter than the 2015, allowing the wheelbase to stretch to a class-leading 106.3 inches.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Sedan, Vehicle Spec'ing

January 2016, Business Fleet - Department

Lincoln MKX: More Horsepower, Less Noise

2016 Lincoln MKX

By Tariq Kamal

The redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX adds a sleek new look, plenty of tech, available all-wheel drive and a turbo engine option.

Tags: Lincoln, Crossover, Lincoln MKX, Vehicle Spec'ing

January 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

Ford Fusion, Ram 1500 Take 2015 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Honors

The Ford Fusion (left) was named the 2015 Fleet Car of the Year while the Ram 1500 won the award for 2015 Fleet Truck of the Year. Photos courtesy of Ford and FCA (left to right).

By Chris Wolski and Lauren Fletcher

Ford fusion has won five times,, more than any other model since the inception of the award. A winner in 2012, Ram 1500 beat out 40 truck entries.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Fleet Car of the Year, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ram 1500

November 2015, Business Fleet - Department

Chevrolet Malibu: Third Redesign's the Charm

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

By Tariq Kamal

Redesigned for the third time in eight model-years, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu adds 3.6 inches to the wheelbase and has an engine lineup including two turbocharged four-bangers and a hybrid option.

Tags: Chevrolet Malibu, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

November 2015, Business Fleet - Department

Kia Optima: Stay the Course

2016 Kia Optima

By Tariq Kamal

The 2016 Kia Optima is available in six configurations: LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX, SX Turbo and SXL, as well as a hybrid option.

Tags: Kia Optima, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2016-MY

November 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Trends From the 2015 L.A. Auto Show

Photo of 2017 Buick LaCross by Chris Wolski.

By Staff

The 2015 L.A. Auto Show included a renewed focus on luxury models, experiments in disruptive technology such as hydrogen power and virtual reality-enhanced driving, sportier exterior and interior designs with more emotional appeal, and the rising popularity of electrified powertrains over diesel and other alternative fuel types.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Luxury SUVs, Trends, Virtual Reality

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Freightliner, Ram Truck, Ford, General Motors

September 2015, Business Fleet - Department

Ford Mustang: Pick Your Pony

2015 Ford Mustang.

By Tariq Kamal

The all-new, sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang features new exterior and interior styling, new front and rear suspensions, more powerful brakes and a four-cylinder engine option.

Tags: Ford Mustang, Ford, Vehicle Spec'ing, 2015-MY

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