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Five new Ford Transit vans are in use as Red Cross emergency response and life-saving blood transport vehicles in Detroit; Lexington, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; and Portland, Oregon.

11 Ways to Customize a Ford Transit

Ford has assembled photos of 11 Ford Transit vans now in service in various fleets, including the American Red Cross, small businsses, and a livery fleet. The images show the flexibity of the van as a business tool. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Ram designers gave the truck a grille with a tie-in to the current beard craze.

Ram's 1500 Rebel 4x4 Pickup

The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 pickup could find its way into the fleet of a company with a lifestyle brand, but retail buyers may be a more likely target. The truck offers a standard 3.6L V-6 or optional 5.7L V-8, and includes plenty of enhancements, including a new grille that departs from the Ram crosshair grille. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The Metris cargo van retails for $29,945.

Metris Ride and Drive

During a Mercedes-Benz ride-and-drive event in Los Angeles, attendees drove the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris that joins the full-size Sprinter at Mercedes-Benz dealerships that sell vans. The Metris arrives as the lone offering in the mid-size van segment. Photos by Amy Winter-Hercher and Paul Clinton.

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The Fleet Technology Expo was held at the Long Beach Convention Center Aug. 24-26.

2015 Fleet Technology Expo in Pictures

The 2015 Fleet Technology Expo gave fleet managers the opportunity to learn how they can effectively incorporate and manage alternative-fuel technologies. Photos by Thi Dao, Kareem Girgis, Kevin Haegele, Kat Sandoval, Amy Winter, and Chris Wolski.

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GM's 2016-MY Fleet Preview

General Motors hosted its 2016-MY fleet preview from May 6-8 in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. About 850 fleet managers and suplliers attended the meeting. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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Ford's 2016-MY Fleet Preview

Ford Motor Company held its 2016 model-year fleet preview at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas, May 4-6, 2015. For the full story, click herePhotos courtesy of Ford Motor Company. 

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Fleet Technology Expo's Ride & Drive

The 2015 Fleet Technology Expo, which is organized by Bobit Business Media, offered fleet managers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative powertrain vehicles such as a Hino diesel-electric hybrid cabover, Nissan LEAF, and a bi-fuel CNG pickup truck. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

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Mercedes-Benz is launching the Metris mid-size van for 2016.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Ride and Drive

Automotive journalists headed to a mining ghost town resort in Dunton Hot Springs, Colo., to drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van, which is now the only mid-size van available in the U.S. market. Photos by Chris Brown and Ian Merritt/MBUSA.

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The 2015 Volkswagen and Audi fleet preview featured a visit to the just-opened Porsche Experience Center for a day of test drives.

VW, Audi 2016-MY Fleet Preview

Volkswagen and Audi hosted their 2016-MY fleet preview at the Porsche headquarters in Atlanta from May 18-20. Fleet managers had a chance to preview new models, and test them in training areas set up to test handling, wet surface driving and maneuverability on a cone course. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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This Renegade Sport 4x4 includes AC and retails for $23,080.

Jeep's 2015 Renegade Sport 4x4

Jeep has entered the compact SUV fray with the 2015 Renegade 4x4 offered in four trim levels, including the base Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The vehicle, which has been classified by Black Book as a sub-compact SUV, offers a utility value proposition with a starting price of $19,995. Read more here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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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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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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