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Ford introduced sleeker body lines for the Transit Connect in the 2014-MY redesign.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van

For the 2014 model year, Ford redesigned its Transit Connect cargo van and wagon. The compact van gets a sleeker look, improved fuel efficiency, and additional safety features as it enters its fifth model year in the U.S. market. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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This model is the 2015 Suburban LTZ 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission.

GM's 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban, which is celebrating its 80th year as the longest continuously produced nameplate in the world, enters its 12th generation with the 2015 model year. It's durability and cargo capacity make it an ideal vehicle for fire response and other rugged fleet applications. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Kelly Bracken.

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Ford's Transit PTV concept is built with a medium height and long wheelbase. It was upfitted at Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions in Warminster, Pa.

Ford's Transit Prisoner Transport Concept

Ford has developed a Prisoner Transport Vehicle (PTV) concept version of its 2015 Transit full-size van with police upfitter Havis and input from law enforcement officers that serve on Ford's police advisory board. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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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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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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