Commercial Leasing & Fleet Management Since 1955

AUGUST 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 seems that for many of our clients the summer can be the busiest time of the year, but for us the first half of summer can have some slower times before we start preparing for the 2019 models arriving when our schedules all gear up.

As managers and owners of businesses I am sure you often find yourself killing the alligators that often seem to appear daily. When one delivery vehicle goes down you know a second one is not far from doing the same kind of thing. Survival mode kicks in.

However, during this summer lull we often get in our vacations, but we also like to get projects done in the “Draining the Swamp” category no political implications. Early summer is our lull time at GT.

One of the things we managed to get done is a reformat of the newsletter and working on a redo of the webpage that will roll out in the next 60 days.

I don’t think we are much different than most of you with your schedules and to-do lists. We would be glad to help you take care of some of the things you may want to accomplish this summer.

A couple that come to mind may be a family vehicle before the summer vacation or a new or “new to you” vehicle for that teenager who is about to head off to college. You can call us even if it is just to ask us to look up the book values on the car you are about to buy from your neighbor. We are always glad to be of service and we have a good selection of off lease units that might fill the bill.

Our objective in these newsletters is to keep you informed on fleet issues and new products so that you can keep your transportation costs in line. We hope you enjoy the information below and will call us with any questions or needs that you might have regarding your next vehicle.

CALL US AT 904-398-5000


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


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


Chevrolet said today that the next-generation Silverado HD will debut next year as a 2020 model and to date has only released this teaser image of the grille fascia.

GM is upping the ante on competitors in a an already strong market for their brand. In the first quarter of 2018, Silverado 1500-3500 sales topped 135,000 units, an increase of 5.5 percent compared with the same period in 2017.

The large pickup segment as a whole decreased slightly in that time. In addition to consumer versions of the Silverado 2500 and 3500, Chevrolet is moving to directly challenge Ford with all-new versions of Silverado 4500 and 6500 chassis cab medium-duty trucks.

These models are sent to upfitters who use the chassis for ambulances and other commercial vehicles.

General Motors isn’t ready to share powertrain details, but it’s safe to assume the new Silverado HD will continue to come standard with a gasoline-fed V-8 and offer an optional Duramax turbo-diesel V-8. If the current Silverado HD is anything to go by, then this 2020 Silverado HD’s prominent hood scoop signals its reliance on the latter unit, likely the same turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 used today. Currently, the Duramax diesel makes 445 horsepower at 2800 rpm and 910 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm, which helps the truck tow up to 23,300 pounds, although any or all of those numbers could be nudged upward for the 2020 model.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be built in Flint and formally launch early next year. Expect sales to start shortly thereafter.