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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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The 2003 Dodge Magnum Concept led to a production version of the wagon from 2004-2008, including a police version starting in 2006. It would be the last mid-size wagon sold by an American automaker.

Dodge Concept Cars

At its centennial event, Dodge showed off some of the concept vehicles developed since the late 1980s, including a Charger with a CNG-powered supercharged V-8, the re-born 2003 Magnum that later found its way into some law enforcement fleets, and the 2006 Hornet Concept that was envisioned as a European subcompact vehicle. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The GFX Road Show film crew at work.

GFX Road Show 2014: City of Oceanside

In early May, Government Fleet staff headed out to six facilities in the Southern California area to promote the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in San Diego and to show GFX attendees the workings of some local fleets.

The City of Oceanside fleet employs 13 people who manage and maintain 484 units. Fleet Supervisor Jeff Hart gave GF staff a tour of the city's fleet facility.

To view additional Road Show coverage, including photo galleries of other fleets and a video, click here.

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The City of San Diego fleet consists of 4,020 units and employs 170 people.

GFX Road Show 2014: City of San Diego, Calif.

In early May, Government Fleet staff headed out to six facilities in the Southern California area to promote the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in San Diego and to show GFX attendees the workings of some local fleets.

The City of San Diego fleet consists of 4,020 units and employs 170 people. Deputy Director of Fleet Services John Clements gave GF staff a tour of the facility.

To view additional Road Show coverage, including photo galleries of other fleets and a video, click here.

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