Automakers Showcase Unveilings at NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter Meeting


Fleet sales man­agers from sev­eral automak­ers gave a lunchtime pre­sen­ta­tion to fleet man­agers on Tues­day, right before par­tic­i­pants took off to view dis­plays at the LA Auto Show. As part of the monthly meet­ing for NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Association’s Pacific South­west Chap­ter, brief pre­sen­ta­tions were made on what’s rel­e­vant for fleets in 2013 and 2014 model year offerings.

Here’s a few high­lights from the presentations:

  • The Volvo C30, S60, XC60, and XC90 are promi­nent at this year’s show, with the Volvo City Safety for­ward col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tem being emphasized.
  • Most promi­nent for Toy­ota are the all-new 2013 Avalon avail­able in 3.5L V6 and hybrid ver­sions, and the all-new 2013 RAV4 with its four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission.
  • Mercedes-Benz’ G Class sedan is its “bread and but­ter” with fleets, and its GLK has been refreshed and took Motor Trend’s award for the SUV category.
  • Amer­i­can Honda showed its port­fo­lio of alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles that now includes the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Honda Civic Nat­ural Gas.
  • Volk­swa­gen is focus­ing on its Bee­tle refresh at this year’s show includ­ing debut­ing a con­vert­ible ver­sion; offer­ing six TDI mod­els is also very big for Volkswagen.
  • For Audi, the All­road crossover is a new offer­ing and replaces the A4 Avant, and the Audi Q5 has a new look this year.
  • Chrysler is debut­ing the Fiat 500L in North Amer­ica, which is two feet longer and six inches wider than the tra­di­tional 500. The Fiat 500e elec­tric car is also being empha­sized at the show. The new Ram 1500 is being mar­keted to fleets.
  • For Ford, the 2014 Fiesta with its 1.0L, three cylin­der Eco­Boost engine is top pri­or­ity at the show. Fleets are also being informed about the all-new 2014 Tran­sit Con­nect, now avail­able in wagon and cargo versions.
  • Gen­eral Motors is rolling out 13 new mod­els in the next year, with most of the changes influ­enced by the fed­eral fuel econ­omy man­dates. Details were shared on the Impala, Corvette, Silverado/Sierra, and all-electric Spark.