New fleets for APX Alarm and ADT: Which one is cooler?

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06/01/2010

OK, your dream car may not be a fleet vehicle, but say you’re a tech, which would you rather drive?

Here’s APX Alarm’s new fleet vehicle:

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And here’s ADT’s new fleet vehicle:

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APX just announced today that it’s launching a fleet of service vehicles this summer, 300 HHR GM vehicles. APX Alarm service technicians previously used personal vehicles. The press release says the vehicles will “increase national visibility and recognition, but will also add to the credibility of APX representatives.”

“With moving to a fleet, APX will now show up to the appointment in an APX branded vehicle, which should give the customer a sense of comfort,” said Guy Goddard, Service Auxiliary Manager, in a prepared statement.

They’re also a greener and more economical alternative, from the release:

The environmentally sound vehicles will also help APX regulate gas mileage from a previous average of 19-20 mpg with the use of personal vehicles to 28-30 miles per gallon with the standardized fleet – a projected savings of $1 million over the next three years for the company.

Here’s the release.

It must be a good time to refresh fleets, as ADT also recently announced—last month sometime amidst a few other announcements—that it would order 3,000 of these Ford Transit Connects.

Their new fleet is also good for the environment and ADT’s coffers. I saw that ADT expects to save approximately $5.3 million in annual fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions.

 

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<p class="comment_author">July 10th, 2010 at 6:43 pm</p>
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<p>If you just want your 70 year old customers to say &ldquo;kewl, a chop top&rdquo; when you pull up then the Chevy HHR is the way to go. If you have to drive one every day and actually need to work out of it the Ford Transit wins hands down.</p>
<p>The interior and driving position of the HHR is cramped and confining with little head room even for average size drivers. The small windows and wide roof pillars limit your view of the road and create large blind spots. Sit in a Transit and you get the opposite feeling; easy in and out, plenty of head room and just like a lot of compact cars you feel like you can look down and see the road three feet front of you.</p>
<p>They both drive nice but have barely adequate 4 cylinders in fleet configuration. Gas mileage should be about double the current ADT fleet vehicle (Chevy Express) not to mention substantial advantages for parking and maneuvering.</p>
<p>I&rsquo;m one ADT technician who is looking forward to getting out of a sled and into a Transit.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 10th, 2010 at 6:59 pm</p>
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<p>The Transit. Ford didn&rsquo;t require a bailout from the goventment!<br />
because a Lawrence Ks. kid is running the outfit.</p>
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<p class="comment_time">June 4th, 2010 at 8:23 am</p>
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<p>SIEMENS is also starting to use the FORD TRANSIT CONNECT. It MAY be fine for Residential or Small Business use, but in a large commercial or custom resi application it may be challenged. You barely have room for a 6ft ladder, and that is if you lay it flat on the floor. This then takes up any floor space for equipment. And a 4 cylinder? For the kind of service required of these vehicles I wonder how the transmission will hold up. We are not in Europe where these vehicles were designed to operate. Sounds like alot of Marketing hype to me.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 3rd, 2010 at 10:40 pm</p>
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<p>The Transit. Ford didn&rsquo;t require a bailout from the goventment!</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 3rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm</p>
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<p>No question, the HHR. It definitely comes across as more &ldquo;approachable&rdquo; and viewing their customers as part of their &ldquo;family&rdquo;, whereas the Ford monstrosity looks more like a hearse.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 3rd, 2010 at 3:19 pm</p>
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<p>ADT vehicles are paid for by ADT not the employee. Either way both vehicles look nicer than the gas hogs they&rsquo;re replacing.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 3rd, 2010 at 2:50 pm</p>
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<p>I vote for the Ford Transit Connects. We have them in our fleet and find them economical.<br />
besides. There is much more room in the Transits and plenty of space for lettering.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 3rd, 2010 at 2:07 pm</p>
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<p>Transit&hellip;way cool and functional as hell. HHR too small</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm</p>
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<p>HHR even if I don get to drive one lol poor adt&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.lol</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 2nd, 2010 at 3:25 pm</p>
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<p>Depends, how much does ADT employees have to pay each month for their vehicle?</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 2nd, 2010 at 2:55 pm</p>
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<p>The APX HHR is way nicer plus its a GM. Thanks APX for this wonderful fleet HHR and the fleet program.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">June 2nd, 2010 at 1:07 pm</p>
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<p>Are we voting? I vote for the HHR! Cool, yet still says &ldquo;Tech&rdquo; to me. (I am not overly critical any more with international business empires making it all seem obsolete, but it is nice both sides went &ldquo;American Auto&rdquo;, good job to both!)</p>
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