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October 2018  -  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


It’s SIMPLE, we all want to purchase the best product for the lowest price. But, how to get there in fleet vehicles is more COMPLEX than almost any acquisition by a small business. Many variables go into that equation and in a nutshell that is what we do for our clients.

One of the most important of those aspects is timing of acquisitions and almost as important, their disposal. In the electronics world you wouldn't want to buy an old model electronic device when enhanced new ones with better features for the same or lower price are beginning to arrive at the distributor’s warehouses. But wait there’s more. Can you acquire the previous model at a significant discount and will it be as serviceable as the new model

Right now is a great time to start cycling/ordering your vehicles. You have all the options available to you with the 2019 models arriving. You might even want to compare 2019’s to 2018’s in a few cases and in some instances we might suggest a review of slightly used models at the auctions.

For most fleets this is the time to order and start a professionally developed cycling of vehicles with the 2019’s very likely at their lowest price of the year.

Did we mention rising interest rates yet….?

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. FleetLeasing#TruckLeasing

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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


Audi's first fully electric vehicle, the E-Tron arrives in the US in second quarter of 2019. The SUV has a 95-kilowatt-hour battery and standard all-wheel drive and is able to automatically lower its ride height up to 3 inches at highway speeds to reduce drag. But what do we think of the looks?

"Audi didn't want to go crazy with the design, and it's completely obvious what it is upon first glance. It looks like an Audi." Jalopnik

It "doesn't have quite the swoopy, low-slung styling of the Jaguar I-Pace, but nor does it have the freighted mass of the Mercedes EQC, which looks imposing and heavy by comparison." — Wired

"The e-tron elicits a double take — it looks like an especially low-set version of the brand's Q7 SUV or a new vehicle that should be bearing an Allroad badging." — Autoweek

"It's a handsome design but not as eye-catching as the Model X (which is eye-catching for the wrong reasons) or the Jaguar I-Pace, both of which are more futuristic." — New York Daily News

"Tamer and more mainstream than the I-Pace, EQC, or Model X." Motor Trend

Audi E-Tron Video

"If you happened to see any of those 250 prototypes whirring around, you might have dismissed it as a Q5 with a funky wrap job. ... No bat-wing doors, no glass dome windshield, just an Audi SUV that looks like an Audi SUV, albeit with perhaps the best proportions and stance of any Audi SUV to date." — Car and Driver.

Check out the video below for yourself.