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March 2002, by Staff


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - ANC Rental Corp. won court approval on Feb. 6, 2002 to use up to $1 billion of financing capacity by ARG Funding Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANC, to purchase up to 50,000 vehicles.

The company has started placing orders for delivery in early March in preparation for spring and summer when car rental volume peaks. ANC has reached an agreement with major auto manufacturers, including GM, DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, to supply it with vehicles.


Final GM Build-Out Dates for 2002-MY

DETROIT - GM Fleet and Commercial Operations recently announced build-out dates to indicate when final orders are due for its 2002-model-year passenger cars and light-duty trucks. For specific build-out dates for each vehicle line, go to and look under "Order Management Tools" within the "Fleet Tools" page.


NAFA Urges Clarity on Excise Tax Refunds

ISELIN, NJ - The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) has submitted written comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding possible changes to the rules for obtaining refunds of the federal gasoline tax on tax-exempt sales to state and local governments. The IRS is considering issuing a proposed rule to replace the guidance currently provided in IRS Notice 89-29. Under the IRS notice, tax-free sales may be made to a tax-exempt fleet, with the seller responsible for obtaining a refund on the tax from the IRS. In their comments, NAFA members urged the IRS to develop regulations to clarify that the sale charged to an exempt entity, on a credit card that is "accepted by" (rather than "issued by") an oil company, is not considered a direct sale by the wholesaler to the exempt purchaser. NAFA members said in the comments that the clarification "will permit the use of universal cards, oil company cards, cards issued by third parties, and other credit systems. Doing so will allow exempt fleets to continue to enjoy the significant efficiency and cost benefits that these provide. If the IRS adopts regulations consistent with the existing tax-exempt credit card programs, it would be beneficial for the thousands of exempt fleet, oil companies, and retail fuel stations."


DCX Fleet Announces New Appointments

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Howard Katz has been appointed senior manager, Eastern Region. Formerly, Katz was the regional account executive for the Washington Zone. Frank Dankovich has been appointed national rental manager. Dankovich will be responsible for all rental and DRAC activities. Formerly, Dankovich was the regional marketing manager in the Midwest Business Center.


FCCI Fleet Moves Toward Reimbursement

SARASOTA, FL - the fleet of FCCI Insurance Group is moving gradually to a Runzheimer driver reimbursement program. FCCI Fleet Administrator Cindi Armstrong, who is serving as the plan administrator, said FCCI will continue to lease its pool cars and executive vehicles. FCCI has a total fleet of 112 vehicles.


Internet a $552 Million Business for Auctions

FREDERICK, MD - The gross value of vehicles sold on the Internet is $552,156,314, according to the National Auto Auction Association Member Survey Results & Statistics, January 2002. The number of units sold via the Internet is 46,378, and the average price per vehicle sold is $11,906, according to the survey.


Michigan Governor Wants to Increase Diesel Tax

LANSING, MI - Michigan Gov. John Engler wants to increase the diesel fuel taxes 4 cents per gallon as part of the fiscal 2003 budget he proposed. The budget would raise the state's diesel tax to 19 cents a gallon, the same rate as the gasoline tax.

Trucking companies say they shouldn't be expected to pay the same amount of fuel tax because they pay other fees and taxes other motorists don't pay. The money raised from the tax increase would be spent to repair highways and bridges.


Kodiak & Topkick New Names for GMT560

CHICAGO - General Motors has added model-name designations to its all-new conventional-cab line of 2003 Class 4-8 trucks. Previously known only by their GM code name GMT560, they are now known as the 2003 Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC TopKick.

The Kodiak/TopKick C4500-C5500 Series (Class 4-5) trucks have been designed and engineered from the ground up for 2003. From regular and commercial cutaway chassis cabs, and even vocational packages to cover school bus, fire and rescue, ambulance, shuttle bus, wrecker and snowplow requirements, there are now more specific model choices.

New crew cab and four-wheel-drive models will follow. Gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) range from 16,000 lbs. for the C4500 to 18,000 and 19,500 lbs. for the C5500.

The new Kodiak/TopKick C6500, C7500 and C8500 Series (Class 6-7-8) trucks replace GM's conventional-cab C Series line with regular and crew cab, chassis cab offerings. GVWRs cover 19,501 to 61,000 lbs. The Kodiak/TopKick model-name designations were used on Chevrolet and GMC medium-duty trucks available from the early 1980s through the mid-'90s.





3 Directors Retire from DalmierChrysler Fleet:



AUBRUN HILLS, MI - Three directors retired from DaimlerChrysler Fleet effective Dec. 31, 2001.

Donald Glenn had been director of fleet sales & marketing since September 2000 and had been with DaimlerChrysler since 1971. Other positions prior to that included director, rental and company car and dealer leasing; and national fleet special accounts executive.

Gerald Bergmoser had been director, bid sales and customer service since February 2001 and had been with DaimlerChrysler since 1980. Other positions prior to that included manager, Washington government & military sales; and manager of import regional sales development, import operations.

Michael Clement had been director, alternative-fuel vehicles, since November 1998 and had been with DaimlerChrysler since 1971. Other positions prior to that included strategic planning executive, marketing operations; and manager. Dodge car and truck marketing plans.


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