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Nissan offers its NV Cargo in three models, including NV1500, NV2500HD, and NV3500HD.

Nissan's 2018 NV Cargo Van

Nissan has added a few enhancements to its NV full-size cargo van for 2018, including a 5-inch color display, hands-free Bluetooth, and a USB port in the cabin. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The 2019 Transit Connect cargo van will offer three engines that can run five fuel types.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2018 Work Truck Show, as you can see in these photos. Read the full story here. Photos by Kim Pham.

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The 2019 Silverado 6500HD is one of three new medium-duty trucks from Chevrolet.

Chevrolet's 2019 Silverado Chassis Cab Trucks

Chevrolet is back in the mediuim-duty business, unveiling three 2019 Silverado chassis cab trucks aimed at commercial buyers at the 2018 Work Truck Show. Check out these photos, and read the full story. Photos by Kim Pham and General Motors.

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The S450 is one of five S-Class models offered for the 2018-MY.

Mercedes-Benz 2018 S450 Sedan

The venerable S-Class received a heavy refresh for 2018 that included new engines (including a new V-6 choice), array of driver assisting features, and upgraded interior. Mercedes-Benz will offer five S-Class models, including the entry S450. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Ford's Transit Connect will enter its third generation in 2019 with many new features.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon

Ford unveiled its third-generation 2019 Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show. The compact passenger van adds new powertrains, an eight-speed transmission, and more standard safety equipment. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Ford.

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The third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be offered in more than 1,700 configurations worldwide.

Third-Gen Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its third-generation Sprinter in Duisburg, Germany, as a versatile full-size van with a factory telematics package that will arrive in the U.S. later this year. Read more herePhotos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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The Velar's Matrix-Laser LED headlights

Land Rover's 2018 Range Rover Velar

Jaguar Land Rover's 2018 Range Rover Velar arrives as the fourth Range Rover model between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport with concept-car styling and a swatch of driver-assistance features. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Fleet Telematics Market Overview

Fleets using GPS fleet management systems are very satisfied with the technology, and some feel that these systems are indispensable, according to data from a new C.J. Driscoll & Associates study. Read the full story here. Charts by LaMar Norman.

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We tested the base work truck F-150 that should be popular with fleet purchasers. The truck moves to a two-bar (from three-bar) grille.

Ford's 2018 F-150 XL 3.3L SuperCab

Ford improved the fuel efficiency of its F-150 pickups for 2018, including the base XL fitted with the 3.3-liter non-turbo V-6 that now reaches 20 mpg as a rear-wheel driver. Read our driving impressions here. Watch a video herePhotos by Kimberly Pham.

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The event set up six labs including Sprinter Versatility, eSprinter, Sprinter Digitalization and Intelligence, Crafts and Services, People Moving, and CEP and eGrocery.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Innovation Labs

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will launch in early 2018 as a more connected and versatile cargo van. The company gave automotive journalists a few early details at a Dec. 4 event in Stuttgart, Germany, called Sprinter Innovation Campus. Read the full story herePhotos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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