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Start Your Engines Is reliable transportation what your business needs to get it where it needs to go? Look no further than our special guide to commercial vehicles.

By Jill Amadio

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Whether you're buying your first vehicle for your business or you've got your own fleet, our guide can help you find, purchase and maintain your business vehicles.

Equipping your business with commercial vehicles is one of the more exciting and serious commitments you will undertake. It can also be one of the biggest headaches a company can face. How do you decide on the type and number of commercial vehicles? Should you choose vans, trucks, sport utility vehicles or rugged, super-duty, cab-only cutaways? With 58 different current SUV models on the market, and that number expected to increase to 85 by 2004, are SUVs more suitable for your transportation needs as well as your financial status? Fortunately, the selection of trucks available today is almost limitless, with compact, midsized and full-sized pickups offering a wide range of towing power, engine performance, cargo room and comfort. Prices are equally varied.

Versatility and customization have become hallmarks of today's commercial vehicles. Pickup truck beds can be extended, vans have power liftgates, and SUV seats fold down or are removable. Individual businesses can configure interiors by ordering models with additional shelves, steel storage bins or partitions to suit their needs. Truck interiors are far more driver-friendly than they used to be, with air-ride seats, adjustable pedals, improved dashboard ergonomics and four-wheel steering for greater maneuverability. An added bonus: Most redesigned interiors have resulted in increased cargo space.

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