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2014 L.A. Auto Show: Cars

Many of the cars that appeared at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show offer increased performance in a compact, sporty package. Photos by Paul Clinton, Steven Martinez, Becky May, Adam Pringle, Amy Winter, and Chris Wolski.

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A completely finished aluminum F-150 queues up for its final inspection and test drive.

Assembling Ford's Aluminum Body F-150

Ford's all-aluminum 2015 F-150 is rolling off the line in Dearborn, Mich., thanks to a $329 million renovation to the 100-year-old plant. Work Truck captured the line in action. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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The first all-new aluminum F-150 rolled off the line on Nov. 11, 2014.

First 2015 F-150 at Ford's Rouge Plant

The first aluminum-body Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line at the historic Rouge assembly plant, which recently underwent a $359-million retooling. Work Truck was onhand with enthusiastic employees, senior executives, and public officials. For coverage of the event, click here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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This Chevrolet Express 2500 has the standard 135-inch wheelbase.

2015 GM Express/Savana Walkarounds

GM brought its 2015 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans to Bobit Business Media's Torrance, Calif., headquarters. These workhorse fleet vehicles have served in a variety of fleets providing service, delivery, and airport shuttle functions. Read the full story here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The City Express is a two-passenger small cargo van aimed at small business owners. It is produced by Nissan and spun off the Nissan NV200.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Walkaround

GM brought in the 2015 City Express LS cargo van to Bobit Business Media's headquarters on Nov. 7. The two-passenger compact cargo van is aimed at small business owners and is now available for purchase. Click to watch Betsy Flegg, a GM Fleet and Commercial marketing manager, talk about the compact vanPhotos by Vince Taroc.

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This extended cab all-wheel-drive Colorado is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Walkaround

GM brought its 2015-MY Colorado mid-size pickup to Bobit Business Media's Torrance, Calif., headquarters to allow editors a hands-on look at the new vehicle. GM has shipped the vehicles to dealers. Read the full story here. Read our driving impressions of the truck here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Michael Taylor, PERC's director of autogas business development (left), and Jeremy Lessaris, Power Solutions International (PSI)’s global director of marketing, present PSI’s 8.8-liter propane engine at PERC’s exhibit.

World LP Gas Forum 2014

Business Fleet attended this year's World LP Gas Forum in Miami to experience the latest developments in technology for the global propane autogas industry firsthand, including propane autogas engines for fleet vehicles. Read the full article here. Photos by Amy Winter.

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The new Sprinter 4x4 is tested on a dirt track at the Mercedes-Benz van reassembly plant in Ladson, S.C.

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz has added several new features to its 2015 Sprinter including standard Crosswind Assist and available 4x4. Click here to read more about the vehicle, and stay tuned for more info and photos in the January/February issue of Work Truck magazine. Photos by Adam Pringle and Mercedes-Benz.

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2014 Green Fleet Conference in Pictures

The 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo's first day included a walk through the history of alternative fuels, a ride and drive event and sessions for government, commercial and heavy-duty trucking fleets. For the full story, click here. Photos by Becky May and Joanne Tucker.

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Ford introduced sleeker body lines for the Transit Connect in the 2014-MY redesign.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

For the 2014 model year, Ford redesigned its Transit Connect cargo van and wagon. The compact van gets a sleeker look, improved fuel efficiency, and additional safety features as it enters its fifth model year in the U.S. market. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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Fleet Incentives

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

By Mike Antich
Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

How to Minimize Unauthorized Use of Corporate Assets

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown

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Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

By Chris Brown
An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Trends Moving the Truck Market

By Chris Brown

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