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April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global SafeDrive Alliance Addresses Global Fleet Safety

Graphic representing a portion of Global SafeDriver Alliance's reach courtesy of Global SafeDrive Alliance.

By Stef Verheijen

The Alliance allows multinational companies to come to one provider to manage their entire global fleet from a single platform.

Tags: CEI Group, Global, Safety

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on TCO

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By Paul Clinton

Fleets using open-end leases may need to reevaluate their total cost of ownership (TCO) calculation as federal interest rates continue to rise in 2017, fleet management company experts told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Interest Rates, TCO, Fleet Management Companies, How-to Guides

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Three-Quarter-Ton vs. One-Ton Pickups

Photo of Ford F-250 by Vince Taroc.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial and government fleet purchasers prioritize versatility and seek to enhance productivity when considering which heavy-duty pickup to add to their fleet, truck manufacturers told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Ram 2500, Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Ford F-350, Ram 3500, Large Pickups

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

As Fleet Manager Salaries Rise, So Does the Workload

Fleet manager salaries continued to rise in 2016. A majority of fleet managers in the survey make between $60,000 and $90,000, with the most common average at $72,500. Illustrations by Armie Bautista

By Andy Lundin

Some of the issues that fleet managers found challenging for their operations included a heavy workload, an abundance of telematics data, and aging vehicles.

Tags: Salary Surveys, Salary, Fleet Survey

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Driver Behavior Improves, ARI's Driver Scorecard Shows

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By Eric Gandarilla

The second annual Driver Scorecard Benchmarking Survey, with data provided by ARI, followed up on the results from the inaugural benchmark. This year, ARI provided data from 80,000 vehicles.

Tags: Driver Behavior, ARI, Idling, Speeding, Distracted Driving, Safety, Big Data

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Mike Albert Fleet's New President Looks Ahead

Photo of the Mike Albert Fleet Solutions team engaging in a meeting courtesy of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions.

By Mike Antich

Alongside the appointment of Jeffrey Hart as Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new president, Marty Betagole — daughter of the company’s former CEO — has assumed the role of Mike Albert Fleet Solutions’ new CEO.

Tags: Closed-End Leases, Fleet Management Companies, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM Offers Third Factory Telematics Option

Logos courtesy of GM Fleet and Spireon.

By Chris Brown

This partnership, along with a factory solution from Telogis and GM’s Commercial Link, allows GM fleet customers to select a telematics system similar to choosing vehicle options.

Tags: Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Importance of Banning Phone Use in Your Fleet

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By Andy Lundin

Despite varying state laws, fleet drivers should consider the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. Drivers who use a cellphone while driving are just as likely to crash as someone with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%.

Tags: Distracted Driving, State Laws, Safety, National Safety Council

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford Discusses Commercial Fleet Outlook

Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Mike Antich

Michele Bartlett, Ford’s general manager of commercial and government fleet sales, discusses the outlook for 2017.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series, Ford, Ford Transit

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

First-Ever Global Fleet Networking Consortium

Pictured left to right are AFLA Executive Director Bill Elliott, AFLA President Michael Bieger, AfMA Executive Director Mace Hartley, and AFLA Global Committee Chair Mike Antich.

By Tariq Kamal

The first-ever Global Fleet Networking Consortium brings together five global fleet associations with a cooperative agreement that enables each association to benefit from collaborative activities.

Tags: AFLA, Global Fleet Conference, Consortium, Global, Australiasian Fleet Management Association

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editorial

Mobility Management as a Change Agent Will Transform Fleet

By Mike Antich

In Europe, they are asking the question: What is the next evolution of fleet management? A growing number of European fleet professionals believe the concept of “mobility management” will transform fleet management.

Tags: Trends, Global, Mobility, Global Fleet Conference

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editorial

The Fallacy That Europe Is a Single Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

The No. 1 mistake of non-European fleet managers is to view Europe as a single market. The reality is that Europe is comprised of 50 different country markets.

Tags: European Union, Global, Emissions

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Fleet Maintenance Expenses Decrease in CY-2016

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By Mike Antich

Fleet passenger car maintenance expenses declined by 7%.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Repair Costs, Synthetic Oil, Preventative Maintenance, Vehicle Diagnostics

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Replacement Tire Costs Decline

Data courtesy of Element Fleet Management.

By Mike Antich

Passenger car tire prices are anticipated to increase in CY-2017. The key factors influencing future replacement tire prices are the cost of materials and the continuing trend to larger diameter and unique tire sizes.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Maintenance Management, Maintenance Costs

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Extended Oil Intervals Keep Preventive Maintenance Costs Flat

Data courtesy of Element Fleet Management.

By Mike Antich

Extended oil-drain intervals and flat labor rates have helped to offset increases in the cost of motor oil because of the expanded use of synthetic oils. In 2017, higher labor rates may exert upward pressure on PM costs.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Oil Change, Synthetic Oil, Preventative Maintenance, Oil

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: Why Element Purchased The CEI Group

President and CEO of The CEI Group Wayne Smolda (right), Claudia Smolda (center), and the rest of CEI's management team will remain with CEI as part of the acquisition. Wayne Smolda will report to Jim Halliday (left), president and CEO of Element Fleet Management International.

By Mike Antich

The CEI Group and Element Fleet Management North America will operate as separate entities.

Tags: CEI Group, Mergers & Acquisitions, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Safety

March 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Alarming Rise of Distracted Pedestrians

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By Andy Lundin

While drivers know to be wary of distracted motorists, recent data shows they also need to be on the lookout for distracted walkers.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Safety, Pedestrian Safety

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: New Zealand Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

New Zealand's new vehicle market hit record numbers of registrations in January, according to the country's Motor Industry Association. The growth is attributed to a strong national economy, a robust car rental market driven by a vibrant tourism industry, and an ongoing influx of immigrants into the country who require transportation.

Tags: New Zealand, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Turkey Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

There are more than 17 million vehicles in Turkey, of which 40% are fleet vehicles. Fewer than 13% of the population in Turkey either owns or drives a vehicle, according to research by 'Automotive Fleet' magazine. In terms of fleet passenger cars, only 10% of the 2.4 million company cars in Turkey are leased, but demand for fleet leasing has been growing.

Tags: Leasing, Turkey, Global, Fuel Cards

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editors Corner

Blog: Car Leases Transforming the European Business Model

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By Caroline Thonnon

2016 was another exciting year for fleet management and lease companies in Europe – with acquisitions and consolidations, global partnerships and new CEOs. New visions, new strategies: the time was ripe to transform the business model. Mobility management is here to stay.

Tags: Fleet Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Telematics

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By Chris Wolski

Telematics and GPS technology have come a long way from just reporting positioning. Today’s technology offers fleets a fuller picture of vehicle operations.

Tags: Telematics, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Safety

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By Andy Lundin

Upcoming safety tech for fleets includes solutions that will preemptively predict potential crashes to ultimately remediate the issue.

Tags: In-Vehicle Video, Predictive Analytics, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, ELDs, Big Data

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Future Tech

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By Andy Lundin

Autonomous vehicles, drone technology, and connected-vehicle systems are just a few concepts that are part of a wave of innovations that could change the way fleets do business.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Augmented Reality, Connected Car, Drones

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Fuel

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By Chris Wolski

Fuel is perennially one of the top fleet expenses. Thanks to an array of technology, fleet managers now have the means to get the most fuel for their dollars.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Fleet Management Software, Fuel Management, Fuel, RFID

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Venezuela Fleet Market

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

The Venezuelan fleet market is comprised of local companies and multinational corporations, of which about 500 are U.S. companies with business operations in Venezuela. The strongest vocational segments for commercial fleet sales in Venezuela are oil companies, healthcare, and agriculture.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Venezuela, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Fleet Market Conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mike Antich

South Africa is largest market of commercial vehicles in Africa. The corporate fleet market in South Africa is estimated at 1.2 million vehicles. New vehicle sales in the next two largest markets -- Nigeria and Kenya -- have collapsed due to sluggish economies and depressed prices for commodities.

Tags: Kenya, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM's Chevrolet 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

By Paul Clinton

General Motors offers optional equipment for its Chevrolet lineup that's available only to fleets that includes a maintenance credit, deleted interior features, and onboard Wi-Fi plans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 F650/F-750 courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Ford offers optional equipment available only to fleets that includes police telematics, orange seatbelts, and adjustable pedals.

Tags: Ford, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment, Ford Super Duty, Police Vehicles, Ford Transit

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fiat Chrysler's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited courtesy of FCA.

By Paul Clinton

Fiat Chrysler offers optional equipment exclusive to fleets to enhance off-road operation, cargo management, and vehicle security.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2017-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Police Vehicles, Ram Truck

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Introducing Xcelerate: Element's New Fleet Management System

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Mike Antich

With fleet data volume expected to increase 50-fold in the near future, Element has built an all-new technology platform based on Cassandra, a highly scalable, high-performance distributed database with advanced analytics.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Information Technology, Big Data

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Drivers Can be Safe and Productive

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By Andy Lundin

Proper scheduling and workload balance can bring out the best in a fleet driver.

Tags: Route Planning, Driving Dynamics, Productivity, How-to Guides

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Thailand Auto Market

By Mike Antich

Calendar-year 2016 was one of the toughest years for the automotive industry in Thailand.

Tags: Toyota, Thailand

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Chile Automotive and Fleet Market

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By Mike Antich

The mining sector in Chile is one of the key pillars of the Chilean economy. Chile has huge copper reserves, producing more than one-third of all global copper output.

Tags: State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Peru Automotive and Fleet Market

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

The fleet market in Peru for 2016 is forecast to be around 10% of total automotive sales of 171,000 units, which is a decrease from 2015.

Tags: Peru, NAFTA, Commodity Prices, State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

10 Essential Rules for a Global Fleet Policy

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By Ed Pierce

Multi-national companies increasingly view establishing a global fleet policy as the fastest way to get where they want to go. The following 10 rules offer a basic guideline to start the process.

Tags: Multinational Fleets, Fleet Policies, How-to Guides

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global Fleet to be Impacted by Broader Procurement Trends

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By Mike Antich

Just as with fleet management, there are many disruptive changes anticipated in the broader discipline of corporate procurement, much of it technologically driven. Many of these changes will directly impact fleet sourcing decisions.

Tags: Procurement, Cloud-Based Technology, Big Data, Predictive Analytics

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Safety Tech

Photo of dynamic radar cruise control courtesy of Toyota.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets seeking to reduce distracted driving and the associated risks are requesting more semi-autonomous features with leased vehicles such as forward braking, as well as other safety aides such as backup cameras, Bluetooth, and adaptive headlights.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Fleet Management Companies, Bluetooth, Automatic Braking, Backup Cameras

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Upfitting

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By Paul Clinton

Lighter-weight truck and van equipment, more standardization, and ergonomic planning should improve the process and delivery timing of the upfitting of commercial vehicles in 2017, according to fleet management experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Lightweighting, Paratransit, Ergonomics, Order to Delivery

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: BMW North America's Corporate Sales Manager

BMW 5 Series sedan M Sport, photos courtesy of BMW

By Mike Antich

BMW is a global fleet provider with operations in almost every country. BMW wants to expand its fleet market share in the U.S. by implementing an aggressive fleet strategy.

Tags: BMW, Mini Cooper, Fleet Sales, Selector Lists, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Executive Vehicles

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Best Practices in Executive Fleet Management

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By Chris Wolski

While executive fleets are small in size compared to the rest of a company’s fleet, they present opportunities and challenges. Despite these challenges, executive vehicles still have a place in today’s operational landscape.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, Executive Vehicles, Vehicle Ordering, Car Allowances

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Automotive Industry

Photo of Tesla's Autopilot mode via Joshua Brown/YouTube.

By Paul Clinton

The coming year in the automotive industry will bring more connected fleet vehicles, increased use of alternative fuels, ride sharing as a cost-reduction strategy and more semi-autonomous features in new vehicles, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Connected Car, Alternative Fuels, Autonomous Vehicles, Carpooling

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Donald Trump

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

By Paul Clinton

Donald Trump's swearing in as the nation's 45th president on Jan. 20 should usher in an era of economic growth, lower taxation, and fewer regulations that will benefit the commercial fleet industry, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Compact SUVs

(clockwise upper l. to r.) Photos of 2017 Escape, 2018 Equinox, 2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2017 Rogue courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets have begun to embrace compact SUVs in greater numbers as alternatives to mid-size sedans and trucks, because they offer ergonomic, operational, and remarketing benefits.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Compact SUVs, Sales Fleets

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Telematics

Photo via Amber Case/Flickr.

By Paul Clinton

Consolidation among telematics providers in 2016 could create opportunity in 2017 for greater differentiation, increased connectivity, better pricing, and more standardization of features for fleets who add this technology, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: ELDs, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2016 Work Truck eXchange Recap

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Chris Wolski

The first-ever Work Truck eXchange (WTX) was designed to allow a small group of fleet managers and fleet suppliers to connect and build professional relationships in a relaxed setting.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Work Truck Magazine, Fleet Events

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How to Effectively Back Up Using Rearview Cameras

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By Andy Lundin

Rearview cameras can reduce the blind spot zone behind a vehicle by approximately 90%. However, the technology doesn’t eliminate the need for drivers to turn around and look.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, IIHS, Backing, Backup Cameras

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet the 2016 Fleet Visionaries

Merchants Fleet Management’s Dan Hannan and Tracy DuRocher (center) pose with some of the 2016 Fleet Visionary Awards winners, including (l-r) Nikith Rajendran, Dave Mansfield, Amy McAdams, Jane Manca (on behalf of Nick Richardson), Jeff Moody (behind Manca), and Sharjeel Wattoo. Photo: Jim Park

By Chris Wolski

The inaugural class of 20 Fleet Visionaries has made a difference in the way their companies are run today and are poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. The award, sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management was presented to deserving fleet professionals with 10 years or fewer in the fleet industry.

Tags: Fleet Visionary Award, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Importance of In-Vehicle Safety Technology

In 2015, 2.2% of all drivers were observed to be texting or otherwise manipulating hand-held devices, according to data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

By Andy Lundin

With features such as frontal and radar-based collision avoidance systems, blind spot warning, cross traffic alerts, and rear-view cameras, it is important to educate drivers to rely on their senses.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Education, Safety

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

5 Fleet Manager Challenges in 2017 and Beyond

By Paul Clinton

As part of the annual re-set to a new calendar year, we polled several leading fleet managers to get their take on the top pain points they must diagnose in the year ahead.

Tags: Cost-Cutting, Customer Service, Senior Management, Procurement

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Motorlease Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Photo of vintage racing at Lime Rock Race Way courtesy of Ashley Enns Photography.

By David Deslauriers

Founded in 1946 by Daniel Leary Sr., Motorlease is a family-run business managed by its third generation.

Tags: Motorlease Corporation, Fleet Management Companies, Company Anniversaries

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