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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

Stephane Babcock
2014 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van

By Stephane Babcock
The inside of the ProMaster is cavernous, especially when it's empty. When I clapped my hands after jumping into the driver's seat, the sound reverberated like a bear cave. Settling into the saddle, which keeps you high above traffic after only a minor step up into the van, I was able to easily reach all the bells and whistles

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel Pickup

By Mike Antich
The 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4x2 is a no-frills, utilitarian work truck with hand-cranked windows, manually adjusted seats, hand-adjusted driver- and passenger-side mirrors, and manual door locks.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300/C400 4MATIC Sedans

By Mike Antich

2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan

By Paul Clinton

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

By Mike Antich
One challenge for the 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity issues. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck/van segments, particularly among utilities and service industries, the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Order-to-delivery time on large trucks keeps getting longer with upfitters. Some fleets don't place factory orders and instead purchase most their vehicle chassis from bailment pools.

Sustainability: A Proven Way to Reduce Fleet Operating Costs

By Mike Antich
There is a cost efficiency component to green fleet initiatives that not only helps meet sustainability goals, but also reduces operating costs by decreasing fuel consumption.

Cost-Reduction Single-Mindedness Creates Corporate Blind Spots

By Mike Antich

Are You a ‘Fireman’ or a Manager? Hint: One is a Dead-End Job

By Mike Antich

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
What Hertz Needs in a New CEO

By Chris Brown
With Mark Frissora’s departure, Hertz can concentrate on the future.

Data Metrics Expose the Small Fleet Challenge

By Chris Brown
For our readers who run small fleets, can you guess what percentage have “fleet” in their job title?

Has Consolidation Killed the Car Rental Entrepreneur?

By Chris Brown

Why Some Residents Don’t Want car2go

By Chris Brown

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Business Fleet - January/February 2014

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • Got Compliance
  • Vehicle Valuation 101
  • Cabovers Gain Popularity in Medium-Duty Truck Fleets
    And much more…