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Charts: 2014 Fleet Salaries and Retirement Plans

The average fleet salary has increased from last year to $82,732. About one-third of survey respondents said they plan to retire in the next five years. Read the full story

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The median fleet size across all agencies surveyed is 450 units.

Charts: 2014 Vehicle and Equipment Inventory

More fleets reported an increase in their fleet sizes this year in comparison to 2013 survey results. Increases in servie areas or programs have resulted in larger fleets for some, while right-sizing and selling off underutilized vehicles have resulted in fleet reduction for others. Read the full story here.

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County fleets report having larger budgets than city fleets. Other totals are not calculated due to insufficient funds.

Charts: 2014 Public Fleet Overview

This overview provides information for nearly 200 public fleet survey respondents, including data about their customer departments, supervisors, outsourced services, and budget changes in the past year. Read the full story here.

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This 2500 ProMaster high-roof cargo van has a 159-inch wheelbase and retails for $32,875.

Ram's 2014 ProMaster Cargo Van

Ram introduced the full-size 2014 ProMaster cargo van in late 2013, after leveraging its relationship with Fiat by developing a U.S. version of the Fiat Ducato. Ram offers the 1500 cargo model, 2500 cargo and passenger models, and the 3500 cargo, passenger, chassis cab and cutaway models. Ram will begin producing an EcoDiesel model later this year. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc and Paul Clinton.

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The Ram 1500 Tradesman with a regular cab could fit nicely into truck fleets with its $25,195 base price.

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel

Ram's 1500 EcoDiesel breaks new ground as the first quarter-ton pickup truck offered with a diesel engine. Ram shipped the pickup in late February to strong demand. It's available in several configurations, including this base model with a standard cab. Read our driving impressions of the Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Four-spoke steering wheel: F-150's traditional, four-spoke design allows for a comfortable grip on the lower portion of the steering wheel.

10 Driver Friendly Features of the 2015 F-150

Ford lists 10 features of the 2015 F-150 pickup that were designed for drivers that make interacting with the truck easier. The features were based on customer research conducted by Ford human factor engineers. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Fleets began using the ProMaster full-size van in October.

Ram ProMaster and 1500 EcoDiesel Walkarounds

Ram Truck brought two ProMaster 2500 full-size vans, a ProMaster City compact van, and a 1500 EcoDiesel pickup to Bobit Business Media on Aug. 21 as part of a presentation given by Robert Hegbloom, the head of Ram Truck. Photos by VInce Taroc.

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The 2015 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab with bi-fuel CNG option reduces emissions while delivering full-size truck utility.

GM's Bi-Fuel CNG Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

General Motors is offering a bi-fuel CNG option on several 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models. Read our driving impressions of the 2015 Bi-Fuel Silverado 2500 herePhotos by Vince Taroc.

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Pictured left to right are Doug Baracz, deputy director of fleet and purchasing; Ted Trujillo, fleet operations manager; Robert Howdyshell, director of purchasing and fleet services; and Lisa Brandl, incoming director of purchasing and fleet services.

Fleet Facilty Tour: Riverside County, Calif.

Government Fleet Magazine took a tour of one of the fleet facilities at Riverside County, Calif. The county has a fleet of 4,200 units, which are serviced at its seven maintenance facilities. To learn more about the county fleet and its greening initiatives, visit http://www.government-fleet.com/article/story/2014/07/calif-county-heads-toward-a-greener-fleet.aspx.

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Pictured is a Schwatze regnerative air street sweeper, the A7 Tornado.

Dealer Tour: Municipal Mainteance Equipment

Municipal Maintenance Equipment, a California-based company, is a dealership selling equipment that includes Schwarze sweepers, Vac Con sewer and storm drain cleaners, Go4 parking enforcement vehicles, Schwarze road patchers, Tarco material handlers, and Spaulding paving equipment. Tray Hall, territory sales manager, gave Government Fleet a tour of one of the company's facilities in Placentia, Calif., and some of the vehicles in the shop.

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Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

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