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November 21 2013 - Events

L.A. Auto Show 2013: Green Vehicles

The 2014 Acura RLX offers a three-motor hybrid powertrain that includes a direct-injected V-6 gasoline engine, seven-speed dual clutch transmission with electric motor, and electrically powered all-wheel drive system.

Plenty of plug-in hybrids, all-electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles arrived at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show for fuel-conscious fleet managers and enviornmentally friendly consumers. Photos by Stephane Babcock, Paul Clinton, Joanne Tucker, Amy Winter, and Chris Wolski.

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Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

By Thi Dao
Instead of a gauge showing RPM, the Camry Hybrid displays three states: “Charge,” “Eco,” and “Power.” I assume if you want to improve your MPG, you can try to stay in the Charge and Eco modes for a long as possible.

2015 Ram ProMaster City Compact Van

By Paul Clinton
The Ram ProMaster City benefits from a car-like ride that's enabled by a bi-link coil suspension. Ram has moved away from the leaf springs usually used in pickup trucks to give the van greater agility and better handling.

2015 Chrysler 300 Sedan

By Amy Winter

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

By Paul Clinton

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Multinational Fleet Managers Must Expand Beyond Regional Expertise

By Mike Antich
The next real challenge for many fleet managers, executives, or anyone with fleet responsibilities is going to be how to manage and take a fleet to a global platform. Executives at these companies are looking at their fleets from a global perspective.

Don't Make Your Fleet Operation Conform to the Truck

By Mike Antich
Building a truck is a complicated process. Specifying the right truck requires hundreds of decisions and choices – and each choice potentially impacts another. The tricky part is finding the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a vehicle, each with its own unique set of consequences.

Fleet Managers Must Earn Respect, Not Expect It

By Mike Antich

How to Change Senior Management's Misperceptions About Your Fleet

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher
Rightsizing is used almost synonymously with downsizing; however, just look at the two words and you can immediately see that they are not the same.

What Drives You to be a Better Fleet Manager?

By Lauren Fletcher
What is your inspiration to be the great fleet managers you are? What drives you to do all you do, every day?

Rebuilding Your Confidence

By Lauren Fletcher

Can Accidents Be Eliminated Through Modern Vehicle Technology?

By Lauren Fletcher

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Big Government versus the Small Operator

By Chris Brown
The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow.

Confessions of a Renter — Me

By Chris Brown
Mind you, I never took the CDW to be able to play smash-up derby with a rental car, nor did I rob a bank with one. But there are stories.

Can You Imagine A World without Rental Counters?

By Chris Brown

New Calif. Diesel Regulations — Got Compliance?

By Chris Brown

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