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.


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