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December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

2017 Fleet Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.

By Andy Lundin

The Silverado is available fleet specific-packages, including the Work Truck Convenience Package, the LT Fleet Convenience Package, and the LT Fleet Plus Package.

Tags: chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Fleet Truck of the Year, General Motors, Awards, Large Pickups

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Enterprise Fleet Management's Retired President Looks Back on Growth

(L to R) Don Ross, Carolyn Kindle Betz, Bob Schurwan, Steve Bloom, Pam Nicholson, and Christine Taylor celebrate the opening of the former Fleet Operations facility in 2004. Photo: Enterprise Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Steve Bloom, retired president of Enterprise Fleet Management, reflects on the key milestones that contributed to the growth of the business that now includes more than 50 fully staffed offices across the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: AFLA Conference, Enterprise Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Retirement, Fleet Hall of Fame, Q&A

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

CEI's New President/CEO on Leadership Change

(L-R) Wayne Smolda, chairman of the board for The CEI Group, introduces John Wysseier as the new president & CEO, with Claudia Smolda, chief of staff. Photo: CEI

By Mike Antich

CEI sees the fleet industry entering a transformative era fueled by OEMs, fleet management companies, and suppliers focusing on technology-driven innovation to drive better results for customers.

Tags: Accident Management, CEI Group, Promotions, Safety, Q&A, C-Suite

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Enterprise Fleet Management Discusses Strategic Goals

“What excites me the most about the fleet industry is there are so many opportunities for growth. There are so many vehicles out there that are still unmanaged from a fleet-management perspective,” said Brice Adamson of Enterprise Fleet Management. Photo: Enterprise Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

Senior VP Brice Adamson now leads Enterprise Fleet Management, which has a portfolio of more than 470,000 vehicles and a network of more than 50 fully staffed local offices in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Enterprise Holdings, Enterprise Fleet Management, Q&A, Ride Hailing, Fleet Management Companies, Car Rental

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

10 Telematics Trends in 2018 and Beyond

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/Hayri Er.

By Staff

As telematics continues to evolve and expand, fleet managers, business owners, and drivers are benefiting from new benefits and functionality.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Telematics, ELDs, Drivers, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Safety

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Telematics Helps Reduce Collisions and Claims

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/Visual_Capture.

By Staff

Fleet managers are using telematics to provide driver-specific training, minimize the frequency and severity of collisions and claims, and improve their overall safety scores.

Tags: Telematics, Drivers, Games, Safety, Accident Management

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Far Can Predictive Analytics Take Us?

Photo courtesy of GettyImages.com/1971yes.

By Staff

Predictive analytics is a fleet-management tool that uses data collected by telematics systems to identify the early-warning signs that could lead to collisions and breakdowns.

Tags: Telematics, Predictive Analytics, Driver Behavior, Accident Management

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The ELD Mandate: Your Fleet Checklist

Illustration courtesy of GettyImages.com/Askold Romanov.

By Staff

The federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has entered the implementation phase. Learn what you need to know to meet the deadline and the role telematics can play in automating ELD compliance.

Tags: Telematics, ELDs, Safety, Drivers, Compliance

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet the 2017 Fleet Visionaries

Fleet Visionary recipients accepting accepting their awards at the AFLA 2017 conference. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

By Andy Lundin

The second annual Fleet Visionary Awards were hosted at the 2017 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference alongside other prestigious fleet awards.

Tags: Awards, Fleet Visionary Award, AFLA Conference

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Preventive Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

By Mike Antich

Continued stability in crude oil prices, along with longer oil drain intervals, are helping to offset the higher cost of synthetic motor oils that are now required by more automotive OEMs.

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

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Higher Commodity Prices Put Upward Pressure on Tire Costs

By Mike Antich

For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, primarily with higher prices for commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive, tires.

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

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Stable Fuel Spend Keeps Lid on Overall Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

The stability of fuel pricing has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping operating costs flat in calendar-year 2017. Since fuel makes up the largest portion of fleet operating costs, it has helped keep a lid on overall fleet spend.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Prices, Forecast

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

By Mike Antich

Fleet operating costs remained stable in CY-2017, primarily due to the lower volatility of fuel prices. But, there is upward pressure on maintenance labor rates and higher commodity prices that will impact the cost of replacement tires.

Tags: Operating Costs, Light-Duty Trucks, Fuel Management, Fleet Management Companies, Full-Size Vans, Passenger Cars

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editorial

Fleet Managers, Rising to the Challenge of Change

Dan Frank (left), Sherb Brown (far right), and Michael Bieger (center right ) pose and congratulate Fleet Manager of the Year Award recipient John Dmochowsky.

By Dan Frank

In an industry that is fully embracing the evolving wave of new technology and seeing more and more aspects of it becoming digital, the human touch provided by professional fleet managers is that much more important.

Tags: AFLA, Fleet Manager of the Year, Mondelez

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Meet the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Dmochowsky joins a list of distinguished fleet managers that have been chosen by an industry panel made up of past winners, FMC and OEM executives, and the media. Photo by Eric Gandarilla

By Eric Gandarilla

Dmochowsky is the senior global fleet manager for Mondeléz International. He oversees a global fleet of over 10,000 vehicles operating in numerous countries.

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

November 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maintenance Costs Remain Flat Despite Rising Labor Rates

By Mike Antich

Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, with the primary factor being increased overall vehicle quality. Other repair costs adjusted for inflation, were, on average, consistent with those in CY-2016.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Repair Costs

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

In-Vehicle Entertainment Proliferates for Fleet Drivers

Screenshot of AppLink courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, use an array of tools and perks, such as in-vehicle infotainment that can keep drivers entertained from Point A to Point B, to increase driver retention, as long as the drivers avoid distraction.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, Ford, Audiobooks.com, Drivers, SiriusXM, Safety, Driving Dynamics

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, Carsharing

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

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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

Condition Reports: Retaining Value for Off-Lease Vehicles

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

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

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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, Element Fleet Management, Wheels Inc.

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ways to Prevent Vehicle Theft and Break-Ins

Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

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

Photo courtesy of getty images.

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, Element Fleet Management, Wheels Inc., 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: Global, LeasePlan, Nexus Communication, Global Fleet Conference, Bobit Business Media, Donlen

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

Liggio

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

File Photo

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

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

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, Insurance Claims, Claims Management, 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

File photo

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

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