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June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Inside the 2017 Fact Book

By Paul Clinton

Automotive Fleet's 52nd annual Fact Book has arrived with an array of statistical data covering aspects of fleet management such as operating costs, maintenance costs, safety, remarketing, personal use, and surveys of fleet lessor portfolios.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Fact Book, Trends

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

High-Gear Transmissions: How Many Gears Are Enough?

Photo of the 10R80 10-speed (left) and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine courtesy of Ford.

By Bassem Girgis

With Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE) pushing automotive companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles, vehicle manufacturers have been evolving their transmissions so they can sell highly efficient vehicles without sacrificing performance.

Tags: General Motors, Transmissions, FCA, Ford, Engineering, Fuel Economy

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

11 Innovators in Telematics

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By Lauren Fletcher

The telematics industry is an integral part of today’s fleet landscape and there are a number of innovative people helping advance and improve the business.

Tags: Telematics, Actsoft, Azuga, CalAmp, Fleetio, Geotab, GPS Insight, Magellan, Spireon, MiX Telematics, Teletrac Navman, Telogis

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The State of the Commercial Fleet Market in South Korea

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By Mike Antich

The corporate fleet sector in South Korea accounts for 18-20% of total auto sales, with most sales going to local brands. However, GM Korea is growing its fleet presence, with commercial sales now representing 9% of total sales.

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: LeasePlan Corp.'s CEO Tex Gunning

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By Steven Schoefs

The following is a Q&A between Fleet Europe and LeasePlan Corp. CEO Tex Gunning, which was published in Fleet Europe on June 1, 2017.

Tags: Fleet Europe, Global, LeasePlan, Fleet Management Companies, Malaysia, C-Suite

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

How Top Fleets Manage High-Risk Drivers

Illustration courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Andy Lundin

These fleet professionals were able to improve driver safety by adapting their safety policies to an ever-changing industry.

Tags: Merck, DISH, R.J. Reynolds, Driver Training, Risk Management, High-Risk Drivers, Mobileye, Fleet Policies, Drivers, Safety, MVRs

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Five Tips for Wet-Weather Driving

By Matt Edmonds

As they navigate through unpredictable weather patterns, drivers across the United States should turn their attention to the rubber that meets the proverbial — and also very literal — wet road.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Accidents, Tires, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Latest Trends in Windshield Replacement Technology

By Mike Antich and Eric Gandarilla

A top fleet trend in vehicle glass replacement is self-service scheduling. Nearly 40% of Safelite retail customers scheduled appointments online in 2016, up 10 points from 2015. Most want to do so using their mobile phones.

Tags: Safelite AutoGlass, Vehicle Repairs, Windshields

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Tips to Expedite Roadside Assistance and Towing Calls

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By Mike Antich and Eric Gandarilla

Fleets should consider ways to increase uptime and driver safety, while reducing costs for the top roadside assistance incident types, which involve towing, jump starts, and tire changes.

Tags: Roadside Assistance, Towing, Drivers, Fleet Management Companies, Distracted Driving

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Operational Benefits of Telematics Solutions

Parks and Sons of Sun City, Inc. is a family-owned waste and recycle hauling company that has a fleet of nearly 100 vehicles and has operated in Sun City, Arizona for over 50 years. Telematics data saved the company $150,000 after the first year. Photo courtesy of Parks and Sons of Sun City, Inc.

By Eric Gandarilla

A desire to optimize routes and improve efficiency motivated Parks & Sons and MedCare, two companies with nearly 100 vehicles in their fleets, to implement GPS Insight’s telematics solutions into their operations.

Tags: Telematics, Medical Fleets, Refuse Fleets, GPS Insight, Delivery Fleets, Route Optimization

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: LeasePlan USA's President & CEO Jeff Schlesinger

Photo of Schlesinger by Andy Lundin.

By Mike Antich

LeasePlan foresees the entire fleet management industry changing and is embarking on a corporate-wide transformation of its business. Its goal is to transform from a fleet management company to a fleet mobility company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, LeasePlan, C-Suite, Mobility, Branding, Sustainability

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Preventative Maintenance Can Improve Driver Safety

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By Andy Lundin

Regularly monitoring tire pressure, brakes, windshield wipers, and vehicle recalls can help make a vehicle a safer place to do business.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Recalls, Tires, Brakes, Safety

May 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Highlights of the 2017 Fleet 500

Photo of the Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

By Andy Lundin

Automotive Fleet has published its annual Fleet 500 magazine, which features a breakdown of the 300 largest commercial fleets in the nation.

Tags: Fleet 500, Automotive Fleet, Mercedes-Benz, Telogis

May 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

ADP Converts North American Sales Fleet to Hybrid Electric

Ford Fusion Hybrids account for 78% of ADP’s North American sales fleet. These vehicles achieve about 44 mpg in the city and 41 on highways. Photo courtesy of arvind govindaraj via creative commons

By Eric Gandarilla

Four years ago, ADP began converting its fleet to more fuel-efficient and less-polluting vehicles. Eventually, the company decided to convert its entire fleet to hybrid-electric vehicles.

Tags: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Alternative Fuels, ADP, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

May 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Value of a Fleet Accident Packet

Photo courtesy of Eric Gandarilla.

By Andy Lundin

The document provides fleet drivers with a method to effectively report details related to an automobile accident, which can help prevent issues regarding liability.

Tags: Drivers, CCM, CEI Group, Safety

May 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Top 10 Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

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By Andy Lundin

These are some of the tried-and-true methods that fleets should consider when looking to reduce fuel costs.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Preventive Maintenance, Driver Behavior, Alternative Fuels, Route Management, Fuel Costs, Rightsizing, How-to Guides

May 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Retrieve Company Vehicles from Ex-Employees

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By Daryl Lubinsky

Proper communication between various fleet stakeholders is key to preventing instances in which a former employee is unable to return a company vehicle.

Tags: Drivers, PARS, Fleet Policies, AmerifFeet

May 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. It is comprised of The CEI Group, CEPA SafeDrive, and VVCR.

Tags: CEI Group, Global, Safety

April 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on TCO

Creative Commons photo via Wikimedia.

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, Preventive 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: Maintenance, Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, 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: Preventive Maintenance, Maintenance Costs, Oil Change, Synthetic Oil, 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

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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

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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

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