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FCA had the entire Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, and Ram lineups available.

FCA's 2017-MY Vehicle Preview

FCA gave automotive journalists the opportunity to test drive its 2017-MY Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat vehicles at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. Tracks include uneven highway conditions, an autocross course, and an offroading course. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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Improper ergonomic behavior can result in musculoskeletal injuries, which account for more than one third of all lost-workday cases, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

How to Avoid Cargo Handling Injuries

Improper ergonomic behavior when handling vehicle equipment and cargo can result in musculoskeletal injuries. Here are some examples of the best and worst ways to work ergonomically. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of DECKED.

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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class enters its fifth generation with the 2017 model.

2017 E-Class Safety Tech

Mercedes-Benz USA trainers demonstrated the safety technology on the redesigned 2017 E-Class for Southern California fleet managers at a July 13 event. Photos by Paul Clinton and Chris Wolski.

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Mid-cycle refreshes often come with pleasing driver enhancements, and the 2017 Fusion lineup is a good example: The front grille was widened while chrome accents and full LED lamps were added; improved suspension and sound dampening enhance ride quality; and start-stop is now standard on all models for improved fuel economy.

2017 Ford Fusion Ride & Drive

Ford invited automotive journalists to the hills of Malibu, Calif. in May to test drive the refreshed, midsized Fusion sedan for the 2017 model year. The 2016 Fusion won Fleet Car of the Year in 2015. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Brown.

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The Chrysler Pacifica is replacing the Town & Country as FCA's minivan model.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Ride and Drive

FCA US held a fleet preview in Anaheim, Calif., on April 28 to give fleet managers and fleet management companies a closer look at its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Read more here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The Decherd Powertrain plant employs about 1,600 people, and is highly automated.

Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant

Nissan Motor Company recently took automotive journalists on a tour of its Decherd Powertrain Plant in Decherd, Tenn., in conjunction with its media launch of the TITAN XD V-8 gasoline model. The Decherd Powertrain Plant produces more than 1 million engines for nine of the OEM's models it sells in the U.S., in addition to the Patrol, which is sold in Japan. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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More than 600 remarketing professionals attended the 2016 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, March 16-17. Photo: Steve Reed

2016 CAR Event Highlights

The 2016 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) took place March 16-17 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Now in its 21st year, CAR delivered high-quality discussions and information on subjects ranging from automating the if-bid system to how to maximize auction earnings to a look forward to residual values for 2016-2017. In addition, attendees had plenty of opportunities to network and build their personal and professional connections. Photos by Chris Wolski and Steve Reed.

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The 2016 Malibu includes numerous styling, equipment, and safety upgrades. Pictured is the LT trim.

Chevrolet's 2016 Malibu

Featuring a sleeker design, a longer wheelbase, a lighter, more fuel-efficient, and a battery of technological and safety features, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu should appeal to both fleet managers from a total cost of ownership perspective and drivers for its driveability, use as a business tool, and "driveway appeal." Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Mike Antich.

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The 2016 Nissan Sentra features a redesigned hood, front fascia and "V-motion" grille.

Driving the 2016 Nissan Sentra

Nissan invited automotive journalists to drive its 2016 Nissan Sentra compact sedan on Jan. 26 at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif. The redesigned Sentra features exterior and interior enhancements as well as more driver assistance technology and improved cabin quietness. The 2016 Sentra is available in several models including the S, SV, SR and SL. Photos by Amy Winter-Hercher.

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Ford builds 58 basic configurations and more than 2,000 different versions of its Ford Transit van.

Assembling Ford's Transit Van

Ford produces 58 configurations of its full-size Transit van at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) in Claycomo, Mo. Ford invested $1.1 billion and added 2,000 jobs to support van production and increased demand for the aluminum-body F-150 that's also built at the plant. Read the full story here. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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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

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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

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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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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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