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October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maven Makes Shared Mobility Possible

Maven is a car-sharing program offered by General Motors in partnership with a number of mobility service providers. Though targeted to young urban dwellers, the service could prove useful to fleets seeking to reduce their inventory or give drivers more transportation options. Photo courtesy of GM.

By Tariq Kamal

Launched by General Motors in January 2016, Maven is a car-sharing service that is spreading across North America and offering technology and terms that could prove irresistible to mobile fleets.

Tags: General Motors, Maven, Maven Gig

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State of the Middle East Commercial Fleet Market

Graphic of the Middle East courtesy of Getty Images.

By Mike Antich

All countries in the Middle East have been impacted by lower oil prices and the institution of austerity programs. Countering these economic headwinds are major infrastructure investments geared to stimulate national economies.

Tags: Global, State of Fleet Market Report, Saudi Arabia

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Strong Commercial Sales Drive Australian Fleet Market

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By Mike Antich

Fleet sales are tracking at a record pace in 2017 reflecting the strength of the Australian economy and improved mining sector. SUV sales are hot with both consumers and fleets as OEMs introduce more new models into the market.

Tags: Australia, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

State of the Chinese Commercial Fleet Market

Chart courtesy of GM.

By Mike Antich

The new-vehicle market has been up and down for the 2017 calendar-year, but demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles continues to remain strong. The sales forecast is that the growth rate for 2017 will be lower than prior years.

Tags: China, General Motors, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

ARI, Royal Mail Bolster Fleet Productivity with Alliance

ARI and Royal Mail formed a strategic cooperation agreement in April with the primary goal of providing around the clock maintenance management services for cars, vans and trucks. Photo: ARI

By Andy Lundin

The postal service company and ARI formed a strategic alliance to assist fleets in the United Kingdom with maximizing compliance and minimizing downtime via the services that the organizations have to offer.

Tags: ARI, Fleet Management Companies, Global, United Kingdom

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Condition Reports: Retaining Value for Off-Lease Vehicles

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By Bassem Girgis

Fleet managers should consider seven areas of a vehicle, when maximizing resale value. Condition reports generated by third-party inspectors can help spell out a vehicle's true condition.

Tags: Remarketing, Flexco, Condition Reports, Wheels, Inc.

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Order-to-Delivery Times for 2017 Models Remain Stable

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By Mike Antich

Milder weather, greater railcar availability, softer retail demand, and fewer quality holds contributed to stable or decreasing order-to-delivery (OTD) times. Most OTD issues involved vehicles shipped from Mexico to the U.S.

Tags: Emkay, Union Leasing, Donlen, ARI, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Order to Delivery, Wheels, Inc., Element Fleet Management

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Prevent Vehicle Theft and Break-Ins

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By Andy Lundin

Fleet managers should factor in how often vehicle or cargo thefts occur in their operations before investing in additional security equipment for their vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Safety, Vehicle Security

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Top 6 Variables Influencing 2017 Order-to-Delivery Times

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By Mike Antich

Ten subject-matter experts provide a deep dive analysis of the top factors that influenced 2017 model-year deliveries. The analysis is based on a survey of 137,034 vehicles delivered in MY-2017, representing 103 different models.

Tags: Union Leasing, ARI, LeasePlan, Merchants Fleet Management, Wheels, Inc., Element Fleet Management, Order to Delivery

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global Fleet Conference Grows in Miami

Photo by Andy Lundin.

By Mike Antich

The 2017 Global Fleet Conference hosted fleet managers and stakeholders with multinational responsibilities from June 6 to 8 in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Donlen, Global, LeasePlan, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Fleets Tightening Personal-Use Policies

Graphic courtesy of getty images.

By Andy Lundin

Average personal-use charges have remained flat in 2017, but certain trends have revealed other telling details about the status of personal use.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, Taxes

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Strategies for a Forward-Thinking Fleet

Graphic courtesy of Getty images.

By Tony Orta

Fleets should turn to an “E3” strategy, which means being efficient, enthusiastic, and effective to accomplish company goals.

Tags: Leadership, Employee Morale, Efficiency

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Driving Dynamics Making Strides for Fleet Safety

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By Andy Lundin

The fleet safety and risk management company recently changed ownership and made a new acquisition in the pursuit of creating sweeping services.

Tags: Risk Management, Driving Dynamics, Element Fleet Management, Safety, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Improve Driver Ergonomics for Fleets

Graphic courtesy of Getty Images.

By Andy Lundin

The way drivers sit in their vehicles and assessing upfits for fleet utilization can help fleets determine ways to improve the physical well-being of its drivers.

Tags: Ergonomics, Upfitting, Safety, Drivers

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

LeasePlan's Director of Remarketing Retires

McCoy

By Daryl Lubinsky

The former International Automotive Remarketers Alliance chairman and president was the picture of remarketing leadership. After nearly a decade as LeasePlan USA’s director of remarketing, Levi McCoy is moving onto the next phase of his life.

Tags: Retirement, LeasePlan, NAAA, CAR, IARA

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

All Wheel Drive vs. Four Wheel Drive

All-wheel-drive vehicles make sense for drivers who demand safety and predictability in all driving conditions. Photo: ©istockphoto.com/AGrigorjeva

By Peter A. Salinas

There are benefits to both all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems. The decision, as to which system is best for you, should be based on your company’s geographical location and your fleet applications.

Tags: Four Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, Safety

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

GM's Auvenshine Retires After 40-Year Career

Auvenshine

By Daryl Lubinsky

Vehicles are still an important tool of the trade, but they have changed for the better, says Steve Auvenshine, who retired after almost 42 years in fleet with GM.

Tags: Retirement, General Motors, Fleet Sales

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Mobility as a Service Will Change Fleet Management

The revenue growth for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. This year, revenue growth from MaaS companies (Uber, Lyft, Gett) is expected to reach $30 billion. By 2022, that number is expected to reach $250 billion, and by 2030, revenue growth is projected to reach approximately $1 trillion. Data courtesy of ABI research report, Nov. 2016, Mobility as a Service.

By John F. Possumato

A transportation revolution occurring with car-sharing and ride-sharing, generically grouped under the category of Mobility as a Service (MaaS), has the potential to fundamentally change fleet management as we know it.

Tags: Carsharing, Lyft, Uber

September 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2017 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

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By Andy Lundin

Automotive Fleet magazine has announced the three finalists for the fleet manager of the year award and the judging panel that will decide who the winner will be.

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

August 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Parked Vehicle Damage Leads Fleet Accidents

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By Andy Lundin

The largest majority of crashes for fleets in 2016 was the result of accidents that occurred while the vehicle was parked. Distracted driving may be a major contributor for this type of incident.

Tags: Accidents, Accident Management, Safety, Distracted Driving

August 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How to Gain Employee Buy-In for Crane Use

Tennant Co. is committed to keeping its workforce healthy. The company’s fleet manager, Stuart Olson, along with his team, worked with Spitzlift CEO Michael Spitsbergen to design a crane that would be implemented in the company’s fleet as a way to reduce the likelihood of future back injuries. Photo courtesy of Tennant Co.

By Daryl Lubinksy

Tennant Co. allowed employees to vote on the type of crane that would be implemented into the company’s fleet. Using a crane to assist with heavy lifting helped curb employee back injuries.

Tags: Safety, Ergonomics, Cranes, Service Fleets, Drivers

August 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Retired Fleet Veteran Foresees Shrinking Fleets

Argueta

By Daryl Lubinsky

After more than 50 years in the industry, George Argueta is retiring. He predicts a decline in the size of sales fleets and of fleet departments’ influence.

Tags: Retirement, Forecast, CCM, Claims Management, Insurance Claims, Fleet History

August 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Unilever Drivers Turn Motors On, Mobile Phones Off

Shown is one of Unilever’s promotional vehicles modified and upfitted to hold three mini freezers to deliver ice cream to various corporate and community events. Photo courtesy of Unilever.

By Eric Gandarilla

Two years ago, Unilever rolled out a policy — MOMO — meant to curb distracted driving. Since its implementation, the company has noticed a substantial fall in accident rates and collision claims in Canada and the U.S.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Fleet Policies, Distracted Driving, Unilever

August 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Fleets Should Approach Airbag Recalls

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

By Andy Lundin

For airbag recall repairs, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has prioritized hot and humid areas, and older model-year vehicles.

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, Safety, Takata, Air Bags, How-to Guides

July 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2018-MY Buying Inclinations Point to a Strong Model-Year

Photo courtesy of getty images.

By Mike Antich

The majority of commercial fleets responding to AF’s annual survey report that new-vehicle ordering volume will be either larger or comparable to the prior model-year due to business growth and the need to replace aging assets.

Tags: Vehicle Ordering, Buying Intentions, Engine Downsizing

July 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Tips for Navigating Amid Road-Side Construction

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

By Andy Lundin

Drivers should consider depending less on their focal vision and more on peripheral vision when navigating through construction zones.

Tags: Road Construction, Construction Fleets, Safety

July 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet the 2017 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees

The Fleet Hall of Fame was instituted in 2008. Three new members will be added in 2016. Photo by Vince Taroc.

By Staff

These 12 nominees have fleet careers that have made an impact in the fleet management profession. The winning nominees will be chronicled with the Hall of Fame’s 75 previous nominees.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Fleet Hall of Fame, AFLA Conference, Awards

July 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

11 Nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year

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By Staff

Automotive Fleet magazine has announced the nominees for the Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award, which recognizes an experienced and proficient fleet manager who has demonstrated special business acumen in developing and executing key management policies in all areas.

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

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Market in Canada Driven by Both Tailwinds & Headwinds

Chart courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

In 2016, Canada experienced record auto sales, but lower oil prices have impacted the economy of Western Canada while low interest rates fueled new-vehicles sales. The forecast is for strong fleet sales in CY-2017.

Tags: Canada, Global, Auto Sales, Fleet Sales

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Mexico Fleet Market Resilient in Face of Uncertainty

Courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

Calendar-year 2016 sales shows were strong, but there are headwinds buffeting 2017 auto sales, in particular, the risk of higher interest rates, and a weaker Mexican peso vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Mexico, Global, Auto Sales

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 - Cover Story

The State of the Commercial Fleet Market in South Korea

Photo: iStock.

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

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

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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

Interview: LeasePlan Corp.'s CEO Tex Gunning

Gunning

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

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

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, Q&A

June 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Preventative Maintenance Can Improve Driver Safety

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

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

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

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

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

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

Pavelich

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, GMC Sierra HD

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