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We now have the best cars and trucks we’ve ever had as a company

The last part of the sentence, "as a company", is confusing. Please help me what this sentence means. Does it mean

We now have the cars and trucks as a corporation, and it is the best we've ever had.

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We now have the best cars and trucks we've ever had in our company history.

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  • It's something along these lines: individuals in the company might have had better cars, but the company (as a separate entity) hasn't. – Lawrence Jan 17 '18 at 15:49
  • @Lawrence: That's one possible interpretation. Another is Although we never had the best vehicles before (back when we were just a partnership, perhaps, with less favourable tax breaks), now that we're a company we can and do indulge ourselves with the best. – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '18 at 16:08
  • @FumbleFingers Agreed - regardless of the merits of vehicles other associated entities (individuals, corporate structures, etc) owned, the current set is the best the company has ever owned. – Lawrence Jan 17 '18 at 16:12
  • @Lawrence: Not even that is certain. Perhaps they used to be a partnership as before, but they bought (and thus "became") a pre- existing company that once had a real luxury fleet. (Which the company couldn't afford, obviously, so it was a failing business going cheap for the partnership to buy up! :) – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '18 at 17:27
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It's your second example, don't separate "best" from "cars and trucks". It means that currently they have the best cars and trucks that they have ever had.

Your first example implies that some company that never had "cars and trucks" (or had lousy ones) has purchased (or been given) some, and now either the company or their life (circumstances) is the best it's ever been.

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