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2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs

This year brought a proliferation of compact SUVs and subcompact crossovers to Los Angeles. Read full coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher-Winter, Andy Lundin, Roselynne Reyes, and Chris Wolski.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2016 L.A. Auto Show: Trucks and Vans

Plenty of work-ready trucks and vans were on display in Los Angeles, including high-end heavy duty pickups that get the job done in style. Read full coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher-Winter, Andy Lundin, Roselynne Reyes, and Chris Wolski.

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Ford Fusion with driver assist technologies highlighted

2016 L.A. Auto Show: Cars

While passenger cars have been somewhat eclipsed by SUVs in recent years, there were plenty of cars in Los Angeles for executives, fleet drivers and weekend road trippers. Read full coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher-Winter, Andy Lundin, Roselynne Reyes, and Chris Wolski.

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The Golf SportWagen 4Motion S trim is a variant of VW's Golf SportWagen and retails for at least $23,830.

VW's 2017 Golf SportWagen 4Motion

Volkswagen is rolling out two more small station wagons for the 2017 model year, including the Golf SportWagen 4Motion and Golf Alltrack. The Golf SportWagen 4Motion adds all-wheel drive, the DSG transmission, and is only available in the base S trim. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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NHTSA's Tim Johnson discusses how vehicles have gotten safer and the work his research group has done.

2016 Fleet Technology Expo in Pictures

The 2016 Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) gave fleet managers and stakeholders speakers and a ride and drive. Attendees had the opportunity to network and learn about the latest equipment and technology in the exhibit hall. Among the awards presented was the inaugural Fleet Visionary awards, which were sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management. Photos by Thi Dao, Jim Park, and Roselynne Reyes.

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Ram Commercial had its lineup on display, including Ram heavy-duty and Ram ProMaster vehicles.

2016 Texas State Fair Vehicles

Ahead of the Sept. 30 opening of the State Fair of Texas, which includes a large display of vehicles from major automakers, OEMs presented automotive journalists debuts of new vehicles, Texas-specific vehicles, and updates on existing products. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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The redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will deliver 445 hp and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. It will be available on the 2017 Silverado HD.

Chevrolet Silverado HD's 6.6L Duramax Diesel

During a media event leading up to the 2016 State Fair of Texas, GM unveiled its redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel, which will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD. Journalists had an opportunity to preview the engine in the 2017 Silverado HD to test its towing and road handling capability at the Texas Motor Speedway. Photos: Chris Wolski

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Toyota's first production vehicle, the Toyoda AA Sedan first rolled off the assembly line in 1936. The vehicle's streamlined styling was influenced by the 1934 DeSoto, which was considered "highly advanced" at the time.

Historic Toyota Vehicles

During his recent trip to Japan, AF Managing Editor Chris Wolski took time out from visiting temples, shrines, and castles to catch up on some Toyota corporate history. Visiting the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, he saw the progression of vehicle models from the AA Sedan in 1936 to the current-era Prius. Photos: Chris Wolski

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An Audi A8 LWB 3.0T Quattro, Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line, and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sit at Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va.

VW, Audi 2017-MY Fleet Preview

The Volkswagen Group of America hosted its 2017-MY fleet preview for Audi and Volkswagen vehicles at its headquarters in Herndon, Va. Read a related news story here. Photos by Paul Clinton and Amy Hercher.

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The Vision Van would provide more efficient last-mile delivery.

Mercedes-Benz Future Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz has developed the Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of MBUSA.

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Fuel Management

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Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Mike Antich
Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

By Mike Antich
A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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Auto Focus

Chris Brown
6 Takeaways from the 2018 International Car Rental Show

By Chris Brown
Technological solutions are finally moving from reality to theory, peer-to-peer platforms are being redefined, China has the biggest room for growth, while Sixt’s U.S. aspirations have only just begun.

The Irony of Customer Service in the Digital Age

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