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May 2019  -  We hope you will find our monthly Fleet Management Updates useful. Please feel free to call us or leave a comment below regarding any questions you may have about the newsletter or subjects you would like us to include in future months. We invite you to sign up at the bottom of this newsletter page for future Fleet Management Updates to be sent directly to your email.   

SCOTT SMITH President  

GT Leasing | 904-398-5000  | 2810 St Augustine Rd | Jacksonville | FL | 32207


Our newsletter this month offers some great information from the New York Auto Show and what we will find in the showrooms in 2020, just a few months away.
We also have the JD Powers Survey on reliability data for the initial 3 year period.
You knew this was coming, but it appears we have a cautionary tale of a care share app being hacked by crooks in the Car2Go story (see below). Be careful with apps both on your own phone and those you utilize for your business. Mercedes Benz is learning the hard way.
ONE MORE THING The heat is starting to pick up and it does stress your vehicle. So, whether its for everyday commercial driving or if you are prepping for that family summer road trip, have your vehicles prepared; Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber. Hydrate Your Vehicle:  Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.
When we work with a client our common goal is to keep your costs as low as possible. Call us and we can discuss the variables that affect your decisions and give you the input to make the best decision for your specific needs.


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GT Leasing | 904-398-5000  | 2810 St Augustine Rd | Jacksonville | FL | 32207


The full size pickup market has never been more competitive and GM is responding to a highly competitive full-size pickup market by holding the price of its redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado close to that of the current generation.. GM will lower the starting price on some entry level models by a few hundred dollars, while planning increases of as much as $1,000 for higher-end trims such as the High Country.
Pricing released by GM range from a Silverado Work Truck with a long bed starting at $29,795 to the High Country at $54,495, including shipping. The high-volume and most competitive segment, the LT trim level, will be reduced as much as $700 from the current model, starting at $38,395.

The Silverado sticks with mostly steel construction—yet it loses up to 450 pounds thanks to some clever engineering. Unlike the Ford F-150, which uses aluminum bodywork for both the cab and the bed to trim pounds, the 2019 Silverado reserves the lighter material for its hood, doors, and tailgate. The Chevy’s roof, fenders, and bed are once again made of steel.

it’s also bigger, with a wheelbase that’s as much as 3.9 inches longer than the current truck’s. Overall length is up as well, with the new truck casting a shadow 1.6 inches longer than before.

larger footprint improves rear-seat comfort in the four-door crew cab, as legroom grows from 40.9 inches to 43.8 inches. Along with the additional stretch-out space, Chevy managed to squeeze in two large storage bins in the rear seatbacks and storage space under the rear seat bottoms.

2019 Silverado gets a larger bed that offers almost seven inches of extra floor width. An available power-operated tailgate is new and allows consumers to open and close the tailgate via the key fob or a cabin-mounted button. new roll-formed, high-strength steel bed floor is 1.5 times the strength of the previous one, and it has 12 stationary tie-downs that are double the strength of the ones on the previous truck. Another set of nine removable tie-downs will be offered as an accessory.

Chevrolet is offering six different powertrain combinations including an all new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six diesel. Two new gas V-8 engines—a 5.3-liter unit and a 6.2-liter—promise improved efficiency by way of General Motors’ new Dynamic Fuel Management system, which can cut fuel flow to between one and seven cylinders as conditions permit.

Even the base truck comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a throwback grille design that drops the brand’s classic bow tie in favor of CHEVROLET block lettering.

The Silverado 1500 LTZ and High Country trims are the zenith of the lineup and cater to customers in search of a dollop of luxury. The former features standard luxury and convenience items such as leather seating surfaces and power-folding exterior mirrors, while the latter gets a special two-tone grille, chrome running boards, and a standard power tailgate.


The Chevy Blazer is making a comeback next year as a stylish crossover that lacks the body-on-frame four-wheel drive credentials of its predecessor.

The new Blazer will slot between the Equinox and Traverse crossovers in Chevy’s lineup. It’ll be a unibody structure with front-wheel or all-wheel drive options, but no serious off-roading chops. Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower and there is an optional 3.6-liter V6 musters 305 hp. Towing capacity is up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. Optional Hitch View and Hitch Guidance features for the rearview camera are optional.
Other offerings include an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility and a built 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Six USB ports and wireless phone charging will be offered as well.
Drivers will also be able to roll down the windows using the key fob, and fire up the (likely optional) heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated seats when remote engine start is engaged. Driver aids will include adaptive cruise control and the rearview camera mirror previously seen on other General Motors models. It streams feed from the rearview camera to a screen that doubles as a conventional mirror.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer hits dealerships in early calendar-year 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date. Expect the prices to fall in line with the Equinox and Traverse. Chevy’s design rethink will likely broaden the Blazer’s appeal, but fans of old-school SUVs will have to wait for the 2020 Ford Bronco.
GALLERY LINK 2019 Chevy Blazer

The Jeep Gladiator can do it all, it has best-in-class towing, hauling, and off-roading all in one enticing package. But buyers, apparently, couldn't wait to get their hands on the all-around truck; Jeep opened order forms to the limited Launch Edition Gladiator and sold out almost immediately.
Customers swooped up all 4,190 examples of the Launch Edition Gladiator in less than 24 hours. The $60,815 truck is essentially a fully loaded Rubicon with special wheels, unique interior trim, and one-off badging – with a "One of 4,190" forged into the tailgate. But Jeep may have enticed some faithful by offering all the buyers a chance to win $100,000 as part of pre-ordering.
For the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep is following the same pricing mantra as it does for the Wrangler: Versatility comes with a cost. The Gladiator pickup's base Sport model with the optional automatic transmission will start at $37,040, including shipping, putting it well above competing nameplates such as the Chevrolet Colorado and segment-leading Toyota Tacoma, which begin in the low to mid-$20,000s. With the manual transmission, the Sport is $2,000 less.
The top-of-the-line Rubicon trim starts at $47,040 with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Jeep says the priciest Gladiators, fully loaded, will top $60,000.
Consumers who can't wait for a feature-laden Rubicon can preorder the limited-run Launch Edition online on April 4 — the so-called 4x4 Day. Orders for the general lineup will begin afterward, Jeep said.
The Gladiator, which comes with a fortified rear suspension system and longer wheelbase that set it apart from the Wrangler, also distinguishes itself from competing brands with its removable roof and doors.
Jeep is betting that shoppers seeking the off-road capability that has defined the brand won't be put off by the starting prices, which match up a little more closely with the off-road models of the Gladiator's competitors, such as the Colorado Z71 and ZR2 and the Tacoma's TRD Sport and Pro models.
The brand is also hoping the Gladiator serves as a retention tool for Wrangler owners who have been known to leave the brand to buy pickups. Scott Tallon, director of Jeep, says the brand is looking to draw from both midsize and full-size pickup shoppers looking for added versatility.
more info at JD POWERS


Truck buyers have been the most brand-loyal consumers in the automotive space as well as some of the most price-conscious. This segment seems to be fluid with a Cargurus survey indicating that the upward march of truck prices is beginning to undermine some of that fierce brand tribalism that we've traditionally associated with truck buyers. The survey of 1,000 truck buyers found that 67 percent of buyers think trucks are too expensive in 2019, with more than 80 percent of survey participants over the age of 45 agreeing with that.
Around 54 percent of those surveyed said that price would cause them to consider switching brands, with 70 percent saying that they'd jump ship to another brand if their current make boosted prices by $10,000. The second biggest cause for switching was fuel economy, which 47 percent of buyers said would make them change up.
One of the factors driving prices of trucks up -- apart from luxury touches like leather and wood -- is the massive increase in the amount of tech that trucks have seen in recent years. Whether that is something as simple as a touchscreen infotainment system or as complex as Chevrolet's cylinder deactivation system, it all costs money. Still, a slim majority of 54 percent of buyers approve of how tech-laden their trucks are.
With pickup truck prices on the rise, many owners are reconsidering their current brand, or in some cases whether they will repurchase a pickup at all.
The classic scenario of pricing people out of a market, as many as 17 percent of those polled said that they wouldn't consider buying another truck, citing fuel economy and cost of maintenance as the primary factors for leaving the segment. Of those that have already dumped their trucks, 35 percent switched to a sedan and, surprisingly, only 37 percent moved to an SUV or crossover, contrary to the market trend of SUVs totally dominating over sedan sales.