Managing the Financial Side of Commercial Fleets

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Photo of Mazda6 GT courtesy of Mazda.

2015 Mazda6 GT Sedan

The Madza6 is ideal in meeting commercial fleet applications, especially as a sales or reward vehicle.

The Mazda6 represents an ideal model for the commercial fleet market and, after spending several days in the vehicle, I can see where it can excel in meeting commercial fleet applications, especially as a sales or reward vehicle. READ MORE

Photo by Steven Martinez

2015 Chevrolet Trax Compact SUV

The Chevrolet Trax provides a mix of small car practicality with small SUV utility.

The Trax has a small footprint, a small engine and clever interior cargo space that maximizes every inch of the vehicle. Chevrolet will be offering a fleet version of the Trax based on the entry model LS trim. READ MORE

Photo by Adam Pringle.

2015 Toyota Camry Mid-Size Sedan

The new model of Toyota’s flagship sedan packages performance with practicality.

The Camry XSE, released in conjunction with the Camry’s redesign for MY-2015, combines the luxury of the Camry XLE with the performance of the SE. Two engines are offered for the Camry XSE: a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.5L V-6. READ MORE

Photo by Chris Wolski.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

The Colorado’s compact size is well-suited to congested urban settings.

Yes, for fleets, the Colorado is fundamentally a truck, designed for a specific, utilitarian purpose, but Chevrolet also didn’t forget the driver—hence it’s the perfect melding of form and function. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

The Silverado High Country combines luxury and workman-like features to accomplish the job.

While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Silverado High Country will definitely appeal to the horse trailering equestrian enthusiast, the truck also has a place in the commercial fleet market, especially for tradesmen, contractors, and foremen, whose vehicles are their mobile offices used in non-severe duty applications. READ MORE

Photo by Kelly Bracken.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van

A sleeker body design smooths out the once-quirky look of a service and delivery fleet staple.

This Transit Connect offers a smooth ride with agile handling and a fuel economy rating that has been significantly improved from 2010 with an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined for the model we tested. READ MORE

Photo by Kelly Bracken.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Large SUV

While fuel economy is rarely a selling point for a vehicle of this size and ability, I was surprised to see the gas gauge barely move during a moving job.

The Chevrolet Suburban 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 MORE

Photo courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford F-150 Pickup

The 2015 F-150's aluminum alloys have a better strength-to-weight ratio than common steel.

The aluminum body pickup boasts a total weight reduction of 700 pounds compared to the previous model, which improves fuel economy and increases payload capacity. The lighter weight also produces better handling, braking, and maneuverability. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Subaru Outback CUV

The redesigned 2015 Outback offers updated body styling, excellent handling, and standard safety features.

The look of the new (fifth generation) Outback is a steer away from the past wagon-like look of the vehicle. It has more modern lines and a matching interior. I could see how this remodeled compact SUV could do well in rougher terrain. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van

The 2014 Ram ProMaster's maneuverability shows its strength in a Southern California parking lot.

The inside of the ProMaster is cavernous, especially when it's empty. When I clapped my hands after jumping into the driver's seat, the sound reverberated like a bear cave. Settling into the saddle, which keeps you high above traffic after only a minor step up into the van, I was able to easily reach all the bells and whistles READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman EcoDiesel Pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel should met all the needs expected in a work setting.

The 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4x2 is a no-frills, utilitarian work truck with hand-cranked windows, manually adjusted seats, hand-adjusted driver- and passenger-side mirrors, and manual door locks. READ MORE

Photo of 2015 C-Class courtesy of MBUSA.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300/C400 4MATIC Sedans

The 2015 C-Class models feature improved fuel efficiency, with lightweighting being a key contributor.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mercedes-Benz media event to test drive its two new, all-wheel-drive C-Class sedan models. The 2015 models included the C300 4MATIC and the C400 4MATIC. I tested these vehicles from the perspective of a corporate executive driver. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan

The 2015 Legacy's safety features make a compelling case.

The Subaru Legacy enters its sixth generation with the 2015 model year, and benefits from a redesign that should make it a more compelling mid-size-sedan choice in one of the most competitive automotive segments. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV

The CX-5 offers a comfortable ride and enough storage for sales or meeting materials.

For the 2015-MY, the CX-5 is loaded with a number of safety features, including air bags, stability control, and traction control. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The bi-fuel CNG Silverado 2500 should expand CNG use among fleets.

I’ve driven a number of CNG vehicles over the years and I must say this was one of the most seamless bi-fuel transitions I have experienced, segueing from CNG to gasoline and back all with a simple flip of a switch — while you are driving. READ MORE

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2015 Ford Expedition XL Large SUV

The 2015 Expedition ups the ante in the large SUV segment.

I drove the 2015 Expedition XL King Ranch (with the extended wheelbase) along a more than 60-mile stretch of rural highways of West Virginia that provided an excellent testing ground for the new suspension feature. READ MORE

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Amy Winter-Hercher

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Amy is an associate editor for Auto Rental News and Business Fleet.

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Andy Lundin

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Andy Lundin works on Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials.

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Chris Brown

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Executive Editor

Chris is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News. He covers all aspects of the fleet world.

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Eric Gandarilla

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Eric Gandarilla works on Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials.

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Mike Antich

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Mike Antich has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and was inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Paul Clinton

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Paul is the senior web editor for Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet, Green Fleet, Vehicle Remarketing, and Work Truck. He has covered police vehicles for Police Magazine.

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Thi Dao

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Thi is the executive editor of Government Fleet magazine. She is interested in maintenance management and alternative fuels.

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