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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

Paul Clinton
2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan

By Paul Clinton
The Subaru Legacy enters its sixth generation with the 2015 model year, and benefits from a redesign that should make it a more compelling mid-size-sedan choice in one of the most competitive automotive segments.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV

By Chris Wolski
For the 2015-MY, the CX-5 is loaded with a number of safety features, including air bags, stability control, and traction control.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

By Mike Antich

2015 Ford Expedition XL Large SUV

By Paul Clinton

Market Trends

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

By Mike Antich
How would you characterize your job? Are you more of a “fireman,” spending your days putting out one fire after another? Or, do you devote the time to truly manage your fleet? Most of us will say we do both, but putting out fires consumes a tremendous amount of time and decreases the time invested in managing the fleet from a strategic level. At the most fundamental level, we have to ask ourselves: Are we tactical or strategic managers?

Wearable Computers will Amplify Driver Distraction

By Mike Antich
The greatest factor contributing to driver distraction has been the growing use of technology — in particular smartphones — while driving; however, a new concern will soon be confronting fleet managers in the form of wearable computers.

To Green Your Fleet, You Need a Plan

By Mike Antich

Implementing a Single Strategy to Improve Driver Safety and Lower Fuel Spend

By Mike Antich

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
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
In the midst of a new round of car rental company buyouts, the successful independent is becoming a rare commodity.

Why Some Residents Don’t Want car2go

By Chris Brown

Uber for Business: Promise or Threat?

By Chris Brown

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Business Fleet - November/December 2013

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • A High-Mileage Plan
  • Spec’ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Resale
  • Keep the Faith
    And much more…