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November 21 2013 - Events

L.A. Auto Show 2013: SUVs

BMW's X4 concept crossover is based on the X3.

Sporty compact SUVs are arguably the automotive industry's hottest segment, and they were well represented at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Photos by Stephane Babcock, Paul Clinton, Joanne Tucker, Amy Winter, and Chris Wolski.

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Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2015 Subaru Outback

By Stephane Babcock
The look of the new (fifth generation) Outback is a steer away from the past wagon-like look of the vehicle. It has more modern lines and a matching interior. I could see how this remodeled compact SUV could do well in rougher terrain.

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

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300/C400 4MATIC Sedans

By Mike Antich

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Forecast of Operating Costs for Class 3-6 Trucks in Calendar-Year 2015

By Mike Antich
A variety of factors will contribute to overall medium-duty truck operating costs in the 2015 calendar-year. This blog will offer a forecast of fuel pricing trends for both diesel and gasoline, along with an examination of factors that will influence both preventive and unscheduled maintenance costs for Class 3-6 trucks,

OEMs Improve Quality Hold Process, But More Needs to be Done to Avoid Backlogs

By Mike Antich
The good news is the management of quality holds by OEMs has improved tremendously in the 2014-MY. However, much more still needs to be done. As has been the case for the past several model-years, lengthening OEM quality holds continue to adversely impact fleet order-to-delivery (OTD) times by incurring added costs due to missed residual timing, repair costs to older vehicles still in service, and rental expenses

Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

By Mike Antich

Sustainability: A Proven Way to Reduce Fleet Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
7 New Media Marketing Strategies from Silvercar

By Chris Brown
Your customers are your best salespeople. Do you know how to get them to tell other people about you?

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

Has Consolidation Killed the Car Rental Entrepreneur?

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…