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August 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, Wheels Inc., Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

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

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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

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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

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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, GMC Sierra HD

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

Graphic courtesy of istockphoto.com

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

Thonnon

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 - 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

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