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Personal referral ranked highest in terms of how technical staff heard about public fleet positions. In comparison, private sector technicians ranked direct company inquiry highest in terms of how they got their current jobs.

Perceptions of Public and Private Sector Techs

Finding qualified technicians can be a challenge for public sector fleet managers. A survey of Government Fleet readers and private-sector technicians uncovered several interesting findings, which were covered in a feature article of the June 2015 issue. View a series of slides with data points from the findings.

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Attendees enter the exhibit hall for GFX 2015.

GFX 2015 in Pictures

The 2015 Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) in Denver drew more than 700 attendees and 92 exhibitors on the show floor. The three-day conference that ran from June 8-10 included packed educational seminars for public fleet managers and technicians. Read more here. Photos by Gene Tewksbury and Thi Dao.

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This GMC Canyon is the 4WD SLE crew cab with the long (6.2-foot) box.

GMC's 2015 Canyon Pickup

The 2015 GMC Canyon, the sister model to the Chevrolet Colorado, represents General Motors' return to the mid-size pickup segment. The truck offers a similar package to the Colorado, but adds a more GMC-identified grille and cast aluminum wheels. Read more about the GMC Canyon here.

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Fleet managers get behind the wheel of the 2015 F-150.

Fleet Look at the 2015 Ford F-150

Ford Motor Company gave fleet and commercial customers an insider look at the 2015 F-150 during an educational day near the company's Michigan headquarters. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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Heli-skiing was not on the agenda. We'll save that for another trip.

Sprinter Van's 4x4 Off-Road Test

Mercedes-Benz invited Bobit's fleet editors to put the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 to a true real-world test: traversing logging roads in a remote stretch of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Read more about the vehicle here. Photos by Chris Brown.

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Ford's 2015 F-150 is available with a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine in the Lariat mid-range trim level.

Ford's 2015 F-150 2.7L Lariat

Ford's revamp of its F-150 features two new engines, including a second EcoBoost that offers the best fuel efficiency for the full-size pickup. This 2.7L EcoBoost produces 325 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. We tested it in this SuperCab Lariat model. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf

Volkswagen's 2015 e-Golf is the automaker's first battery-electric vehicle available in the U.S. market. The e-Golf can operate in three modes with four regenerative braking settings. It provides an EPA-rated range of 83 miles. Read our driving impressions here. Watch a video here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Ranger Design showed a matte gray ProMaster City concept with a roof rack for two 28-foot ladders.

Ram ProMaster City Upfit Products

Several van upfitters showed off new racks and bins at the 2015 Work Truck Show for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City, a compact van that entered the marketplace toward the end of 2014. Read the full story here. Photos by Chris Wolski and courtesy of Ram Truck.

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The i3 is a five-door hatchback that may appeal to fleet drivers with high-tech companies wanting to present a green image.

BMW's 2014 i3 EV Hatchback

The BMW i3 electric car, first introduced for the 2014 model year, is an innovative step forward in EV technology with its carbon fiber, plastic and aluminum structure. It provides an EPA-rated range of 81 miles in normal driving mode on a full charge. BMW also offers a range-extending model. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The 2016 Equinox has four trim options including L, LS, LT and LTZ. The compact SUV will be available in the fall.

Chevrolet's 2016 Equinox Compact SUV

Updates to the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox include new styling and wheel designs, new available safety features, as well as a larger color touchscreen radio and a standard rear-view camera for entry-level models. To read the full story click here. Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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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.

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A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton
Starting this spring, law enforcement agencies will no longer be able to order a pursuit-rated sedan from General Motors.

Does Police Vehicle Testing Still Matter?

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Next-Gen Fleet

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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

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By Paul Clinton
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

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Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown
Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

Five Unpredictions for 2017

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