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And indeed, with that proclamation, we launched our first of now 50 years in total service to the vehicle fleet manager. Our dedication to you, the professional fleet manager, has combined into thousands of pages of articles on everything from battery maintenance to tire pressure rates to how to air conditioning was a perk for your drivers. We’ve covered IRS regulations, major legal skirmishes affecting fleet, and interviewed every major personality in the fleet industry, including most every pioneer in the business. We celebrate not ourselves with this milestone anniversary; rather we celebrate YOU, and this industry that has been so very, very good to so very, very many. It will be a year long celebration of looking back as well as looking forward, revising issues long since settled and many that continue to challenge us.
What we hope will be obvious throughout is how one thing has never changed: We serve at your pleasure and it has been our pleasure to serve. Thank you for your past support and your continuing support.
With great affection,
The staff of Automotive Fleet, as we begin our next 50 years of service to the fleet industry.


Since 1961, Automotive Fleet has provided authoritative news and insight to the fleet management market. Serving all segments involved in the fleet management of 25 or more vehicles for commercial fleets, Automotive Fleet is the number-one resource for fleet industry information.
Now celebrating our 50th anniversary, a catalog of historical, informative, and retrospective articles can be found below.
In a note to advertisers in the very first issue of Automotive Fleet, founding editor / publisher Ed Bobit had the following message:

As you page through this announcement issue of Automotive Fleet,
I would like to introduce you to a completely new editorial service.
This new service was designed to provide the most comprehensive editorial coverage available to the Fleet Car market …
a market never before treated exclusive by any other publication.
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Classic Articles
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Hall Of Fame
Classic Articles from our Archives
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Hall of Fame
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Publisher notes
Letters to the Editor
A Look Back with Ed Bobit
Publisher Notes
Photo Galleries
Fleet Managers
AALA History told in Pictures
AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Awards
(1985 - Present)
Police Fleets
AF Editors
A Pictorial History of Police Fleets
Automotive Fleet Editors through the Years
Women in Fleet
Nifty Products
A not so Professional Look at Women in Fleet
Nifty Products through the Years
Fleet and the Famous
Faces of Ed Bobit
Fleet and the Famous
The Many Faces of Ed Bobit
History of Women
A History of Women in Fleet
Vehicles that influenced the Industry
When did Ed Bobit say that?
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