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December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

FTX's Second Annual Expo

Photo by Thi Dao.

By Chris Wolski

In its second year, the Fleet Technology Expo tackled a host of forward-looking topics; chief among them was the future of autonomous vehicles. Attendees also had the chance to test-drive vehicles featuring advanced technology and alt-fuel powertrains.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Visionary Award, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2016 AFLA Conference Engages Fleet Managers

Photo courtesy of AFLA.

By Mike Antich

The 2016 AFLA Conference attracted 494 fleet professionals from six countries. The conference theme was “Mission Possible: Identify, Engage, Execute.”

Tags: Fleet Hall of Fame, AFLA Conference, Fleet Events, Fleet Manager of the Year, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford F-150 Wins 2016 Fleet Truck of the Year

Photo of the Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

By Andy Lundin

The light-duty truck has a maximum towing capability of up to 12,200 pounds, also features its award-winning Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Tags: Ford F-150, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Malibu Wins 2016 Fleet Car of the Year

Photo of the Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of General Motors.

By Andy Lundin

The Chevrolet Malibu saw big changes going into its ninth generation for MY-16 and MY-17, including the introduction of its first full hybrid model.

Tags: Chevrolet, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Cheat Sheet to Capitalizing on Fleet Data

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Staff

These four simple reminders can help you make sure that your fleet is taking full advantage of the benefits that telematics can bring to any operations.

Tags: Big Data, Gamification, Crash Avoidance Technologies

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maintenance, Safety, and Compliance Aided by Telematics

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com.

By Staff

In fleet management, when it comes to these three important aspects that often require paperwork and tracking multiple moving parts, fleet managers can turn to telematics software to make those tasks a little less stressful.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Driver Behavior, Advanced Driver Training Services, Compliance, ELD Mandate

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Moving Forward and Beyond with Telematics

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Staff

Organizations and businesses running a fleet of any type or size can gain deep insights into operations using telematics data today. What began as track and trace technology has become so much more — but what’s next?

Tags: Resale Value, Predictive Analytics, Connected Car, V2V

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs, Electrification, Mobility

Photo of 2019 Ford EcoSport by Paul Clinton.

By Staff

The mobility revolution is happening through greater connectivity, manufacturers' suites of transportation services, electrification, and the introduction of autonomous vehicles themselves. At the same time, manufacturers are placing the car at the center in this new world.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Mobility, Compact SUVs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

PM Transaction Costs Up But Longer Intervals Keep Costs Flat

Graph courtesy of Element.

By Mike Antich

The auto OEMs continue to adopt more stringent motor oil requirements, which increases the cost of each PM service. But, the intervals between services have continued to widen, mitigating some of the additional costs.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Synthetic Oil, Oil Change, Diesel Engines, Maintenance Costs, Operating Costs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Maintenance, Repair Costs Remain Flat

Charts courtesy of Element

By Mike Antich

Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, compared to CY-2015, despite price increases in replacement parts and labor rates. The primary factor keeping prices flat is overall vehicle quality.

Tags: Repair Costs, Safety Recalls, Maintenance Costs, Operating Costs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Stable Commodity Prices Keep Replacement Tire Costs Flat

Graph courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer.

By Mike Antich

Replacement tire prices for CY-2016 are flat because of less volatility in the global prices of commodities used to manufacture tires, namely oil, rubber, and steel. The forecast is for a continuation of price stability into CY-2017.

Tags: Operating Costs, Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Tires and Wheels, Truck Tires

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Analysis of 2016 Fleet Fuel Spend and 2017 Forecast

Chart courtesy of Energy Information Administration

By Mike Antich

The stability of gasoline and diesel prices over the past 36 months has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fleet operating costs flat. Vehicle acquisition and used-vehicle prices are strongly influenced by low fuel prices.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Prices, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Forecast

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Operating Costs Flat for Fourth Consecutive Year

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Mike Antich and Andy Lundin

With fuel representing 60% of a fleet’s total operating costs, lower fuel prices are keeping overall fleet costs flat. Also, vehicle build quality is high, curbing maintenance costs, and lower commodity prices have stabilized tire prices.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Management, Passenger Cars, fleet management companies, Full-Size Vans, Light-Duty Trucks

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How to Curb Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Image courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Andy Lundin

Speeding, sudden lane changes, and failure to yield are the most common aggressive driving behaviors that lead to fatal crashes.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Speeding, MVRs, Aggressive Driving

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Editorial

Fleet Managers Are Meeting Change Head on

Dan Frank (right) along with Bobit Business Media Group Publisher Sherb Brown (center) congratulates AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year George Survant. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

By Dan Frank

While this year has seen some rapid changes, with more to come thanks to the evolution of regulatory oversight and the advent of advanced technology, fleet managers are taking the changes in stride.

Tags: Wheels Inc., AFLA Conference, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Meet the 2016 AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

Photo of Survant courtesy of Shahar Azran.

By Chris Wolski

The senior director of fleet for Charter Communications was honored during the recent Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) conference in San Diego.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Charter Communications, Fleet Manager of the Year, Awards

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

VW and Audi 2017 Fleet Preview

A walkaround product demonstration was given to fleet attendees of the all-new 2017 Golf SportWagen 4Motion. Photo courtesy of VW.

By Mike Antich

More than 90 fleet managers and suppliers attended the two-day fleet preview, which included product demonstrations and ride-and-drives.

Tags: Audi, Volkswagen, 2017-MY, Fleet Previews

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Element Discusses GE Capital Integration, Industry Changes

Photo of Kristi Webb and Brad Nullmeyer (right) courtesy of Element Financial Corp.

By Mike Antich

In a wide-ranging interview, the leadership of Element Fleet Management provide an update on the integration of the fleet business of GE Capital and offer insight on current industry trends and their vision of the future of fleet.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, Element Financial, Element Fleet Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

13 Ways to Improve Order-to-Delivery

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Mike Antich

Key areas for improvement are the development of better forecasting tools and greater collaboration between all logistics partners in the supply chain. Also, more transportation and rail infrastructure investment is needed.

Tags: Emkay, Wheels Inc., Donlen, ARI, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Order to Delivery, Element Fleet Management, fleet management companies

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM Mexico's Garza Examines Mexican Fleet Market

Photo of Garza courtesy of GM Mexico.

By Mike Antich

Presently, there are 34 million vehicles in operation in Mexico, of which 34% are commercial vehicles. The majority of large fleets operating in Mexico are owned or leased by multinational companies.

Tags: Oil Prices, Mexico, General Motors, Vehicle Exports

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Opel's Stahl Discusses Growing Fleet Business

Photo of the Opel Vivaro courtesy of Opel.

By Steven Schoefs

Building on Opel’s successful first quarter, Wolfgang Stahl, shares his plans to continue this momentum by introducing new models, financing options, and other services for fleet customers.

Tags: Fleet Europe, Opel, Opel Mokka

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Lower Commodity Prices Impact GDP for Venezuela, Ecuador, & Colombia

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

Venezuela and Ecuador are heavily dependent on petroleum exports, as is also Colombia, but to a lesser extent. The steep drop in crude oil prices and other commodities is severely impacting these countries.

Tags: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Benefits of Route Optimization

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Chris Wolski

Routing has evolved from simply getting a driver from point A to point B. Today’s GPS routing and telematics solutions have made routing more efficient, safer, and dynamic.

Tags: GPS Insight, Telogis, Routing, Autonomous Vehicles, WEX, Geotab, CalAmp, Azuga, Driver Behavior, Mapping

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Effective Metrics for Rewarding Positive Driving

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Paul Farrell

The use of incentives may be a productive part of a well-rounded and well-executed fleet driver safety program, but it should never be used as a shortcut to deliver results when underlying practices may be incomplete.

Tags: Employee Incentives, Online Training, Fleet Safety Program

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Risks of Eating and Driving

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Andy Lundin

Eating or drinking while driving ranks just below holding or talking on a cellphone when it comes to prevalence of behaviors that distract drivers.

Tags: Accident Prevention, IIHS, Distracted Driving

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

37% Annual Inflation Rate Batters Fleet Sales in Argentina

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

In addition, there has been a 20% decline in fleet sales in neighboring Uruguay. The peso has depreciated and the government has decreased fleet purchases.

Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Chile and Peru Economies are Benefitting from Low Oil Prices

Graphics courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

Peru is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, and the economy of Chile is ranked as a high-income economy by the World Bank.

Tags: Peru, Chile, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Political and Economic Turmoil Contracts Auto Market in Brazil

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

Automotive sales declined 28.6% year-over-year during 1Q 2016. In the fleet market, all major OEMs are using various financial incentives to defend their market shares. The 2016 forecast is that there will be 123,000 fleet sales.

Tags: Brazil, State of Fleet Market Report

June 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

New Zealand Fleet Market Conditions for CY-2016

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

Despite economic headwinds dampening demand for its exports into China, auto sales in New Zealand during calendar-year 2015 hit an all-time record for commercial and retail vehicles. Sales continued to be strong in early 2016.

Tags: New Zealand, State of Fleet Market Report

June 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Commercial Sales Increase 2.8% in Canada despite Economic Headwinds

Map courtesy of Canadian Automotive Fleet

By Mike Antich

As oil prices have dropped, the growth in fleet sales has shifted from the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan to the manufacturing provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have influenced the types of vehicles acquired.

Tags: Canada, State of Fleet Market Report

June 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The State of the Australian Commercial Fleet Market

Chart courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

Although acquisition costs are a key factor for vehicle selection decisions, fleet application, fuel economy, CO2 emissions, safety, and overall TCO continue to play important roles in the purchase decision-making process.

Tags: Australia, State of Fleet Market Report

June 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

The U.S. Commercial Fleet Market Continues to be Strong

Photo of Ed Peper courtesy of GM.

By Mike Antich

The forecast is that the commercial fleet market in the U.S. will remain strong well into the 2017 calendar-year. Stimulating this ongoing business activity is steady growth in the national economy, low fuel prices, and low interest rates.

Tags: State of Fleet Market Report, General Motors, Fuel Costs

June 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Analysis of Q1, Q2 Fleet Market Conditions in Brazil

Chart courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

Brazil is in a political and economic crisis that has caused the country’s auto market to shrink 27% in 2015-CY, and is forecast to shrink another 13% in 2016. Fleet sales have also decreased, but at a slower pace than retail sales.

Tags: Brazil, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

FCA Showcases 2017 Lineup

Photo courtesy of Chris Wolski

By Chris Wolski

FCA showed off its entire lineup for automotive journalists, including the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and its full range of commercial products.

Tags: Jeep, Dodge Charger, 2017-MY, FCA, Chrysler Pacifica

October 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2016 Order-To-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich & Andy Lundin

Fewer quality holds and a mild winter contributed to stable OTD times. However, strong retail demand and low fuel prices have led to extended lead times on popular pickups and SUVs, along with ongoing railcar shortages.

Tags: Emkay, Wheels Inc., Donlen, ARI, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Order to Delivery, Element Fleet Management

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Toyota's 2016 Fleet Executive Meeting

Photo of Paul Jontig (at podium), national fleet sales manager for Toyota; giving an overview of Toyota’s fleet and product strategy courtesy of Mike Antich.

By Mike Antich

More than 150 fleet professionals attended the meeting, which included representatives from corporate fleets, fleet management companies, and daily rental companies.

Tags: Toyota, Fleet Previews, Toyota Safety Sense, Safety Technology

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford's 2017 Fleet Preview

Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Staff

Several MY-17 Ford vehicles were available to drive on eight different test tracks at the preview’s drive experience. Preview attendees included 900 of Ford’s top commercial, government, and rental customers.

Tags: 2017-MY, Fleet Previews, Ford

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Safety Conference Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Photo of the Fleet Safety Conference courtesy of Chris Wolski.

By Chris Wolski

The 2016 Fleet Safety Conference delivered valuable content to fleet managers, EHS and HR professionals, and stakeholders across the spectrum, touching on technology, driver behavior, legal challenges, and security. The message was clear: Fleets have many options to make their operations safer and more efficient.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Safety Award, SolarCity

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Named

File Photo

By Staff

The 2016 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year judging panel consisted of 32 professionals, representing past winners, dealers, auctions, manufacturers, fleet management companies, and the media.

Tags: AFLA, Automotive Fleet, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Mercedes-Benz Shows Fleet Managers E-Class Safety Tech

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Paul Clinton

Mercedes-Benz hosted Southern California fleet managers at its new Vehicle Preparation Center for a demonstration of its redesigned 2017 E-Class.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Safety Technology, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Fleet Previews, Steering

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

IARA’s Centralized Vehicle Data Repository Arrives

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Shelley Ernst

The new Centralized Vehicle Data Repository offers a single place for remarketers to access build data, MSRP, recall, and warranty information at the VIN level — and potentially see better pricing as a result.

Tags: IARA, AutoIMS, Online Tool

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Testing GM's Commercial Link Telematics Solution

Screencap of Commercial Link service

By Chris Wolski & Chris Brown

The editorial staffs of Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet teamed up and jumped feet first into telematics tracking with GM’s new Commercial Link solution. The results and implications of this real-world test were eye opening.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Commercial Link, GMC Sierra, Cadillac CT6, Fleet Management System

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How LED Headlights Illuminate the Road Ahead

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com

By Andy Lundin

While LED headlights have improved vehicle illumination, they are not a panacea. Fleet drivers should take into account driving conditions to properly use these advanced headlights.

Tags: AAA, Headlights, LED Lighting, Night Driving

September 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Personal-Use Charges Rise to $132 in 2016

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com.

By Chris Wolski

While personal-use charges, on average, have risen once again, there are other trends influencing the way fleets are handling personal use.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, taxes

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Union Leasing Discusses Growth Strategy to Diversify Portfolio

Photo courtesy of Union Leasing.

By Mike Antich

Important components to Union Leasing’s strategy to expand its fleet services footprint are two recent acquisitions: Walser Financial Services, which includes the Walser Leasing business unit, and Express 4x4 Truck Rental.

Tags: Union Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Walser Automotive Group

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

General Motors' 2017 Fleet Preview

Photo of Ed Peper at the GM MY-17 Fleet Preview courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

GM kicked off its annual product meeting buoyed by 30 consecutive months of commercial fleet sales growth.

Tags: General Motors, 2017-MY, Fleet Previews

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global Fleet Conference In Brussels Is a Success

Photo by Mike Antich.

By Mike Antich

Over 300 global fleet professionals attended the sell-out conference. The two-day event, which is now in its fourth year, featured presentations that offered numerous best practices for attendees to implement in their fleets.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference, Brussels

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

FCA US Strategy to Increase Commercial Fleet Sales

Photo of Kommor courtesy of FCA.

By Mike Antich

Since taking on the leadership role of fleet sales for FCA US in 2015, Jeff Kommor has been committed to making commercial customers a priority.

Tags: Mopar, Fleet Sales, Ram ProMaster, FCA

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Shaping Driver Behavior with Telematics

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Chris Wolski

Telematics has changed the way fleet vehicles are managed — improving fleet operations and efficiency — but, as a consequence, has also changed driver behavior for the better.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Monitoring, Gamification

August 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Inside ARI's Technology and Innovation Center

Photo courtesy of ARI.

By Chris Wolski

The fleet management company’s new Technology and Innovation Center is designed to inspire its employees and continue to serve its fleet clients with the level of service they have come to expect.

Tags: New Facility, ARI, Call Center, fleet management companies

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