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Refuse truck on a Stertil Koni Earthlift

SGFMA Conference in Pictures

The annual conference of the Southeast Governmental Fleet Management Association (SGFMA) took place in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 11-14. Here's a peek inside the exhibit hall. Photos by Thi Dao.

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Ram added a redesigned X-style grille for 2016.

2016 Ram 3500 6.7L Turbo Diesel

Ram Commercial has upgraded its 3500 dual rear-wheel pickup that's powered by a 6.7L Cummins inline-six turbo diesel. Several new features arrive for 2016, including an increase in towing capability to 31,200 pounds and LED bed lighting. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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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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The 2015 Volt provides 40 miles of electric range and an EPA-rated 380 miles of total range.

GM's 2015 Chevrolet Volt

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt (2011-2015 model years) will soon give way to a new generation of the plug-in electric hybrid that's expected to increase the nameplate's electric range to 53 miles from 40 miles. The Volt is now the top-selling plug-in electric hybrid globally. It's sold in Europe as the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera and in Australia and New Zealand as the Holden Volt. Photos by Kareem Girgis.

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Respondents to this year’s survey on average earn $84,694, which is 2.4% higher than last year’s reported average of $82,732.

Charts: 2015 Salaries & Retirement Plans

The average fleet salary has increased to $84,694, and more fleet managers reported a salary increase this year than in the past three years. About one-third of survey respondents said they plan to retire in the next five years.

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Toyota unveiled the 2016 Prius on Sept. 8 in Las Vegas.

Toyota's 2016 Prius Hybrid

Toyota's fourth generation 2016 Prius gasoline-electric hybrid improves fuel efficiency by 10 percent and will arrive early next year with Mirai-like styling elements designed to improve its emotional appeal, according to the automaker. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Toyota.

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Police vehicles are the newest of the vehicle types listed, followed by refuse trucks. Source: Utilimarc

Charts: 2015 Fleet Inventory & Age

This section includes data about fleet inventory and age. The information from these charts comes from the Government Fleet 2015 Industry Trends Survey, Utilimarc's data of its municipal benchmarking clients, and the U.S. General Services Administration. For the full article, click here

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This chart shows a profile of survey respondents and the public entities for which they work. The “other” category consists of special districts, transit agencies, fire divisions, and other uncategorized agencies. Source: GF 2015 Industry Trends Survey

Charts: 2015 Public Fleet Overview

This overview delves into the operations of more than 200 fleets that responded to Government Fleet's annual industry trends survey. Data includes outsourced services, budget to changes, remarketing methods, and tool allowances. For the full article, click here

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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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