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February 1, 1990

Ed Bobit's Publisher's Page

I must say I am tired of reading quips from fleet administrators that feel their jobs are so demanding and subject to extinction.

January 1, 1990

Ed Bobit's Publisher's Page

When the able and popular Connie Wesley lost her fleet manager's job at Honeywell last fall, it caused quite a stir in our offices.

August 1, 1989

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A few weeks ago, my routine was altered when I enjoyed the interesting cultural experience of my first visit to Japan, thanks to Mazda's special invitation to preview their new fall models. Besides the new 929, I had the opportunity to test drive the all new (and hot driving) 323 Protégé LX with a 1.8 -liter, dual overhaul cam, 125 hp engine at their Miyoshi Proving Ground High Speed Test Track.

November 1, 1988

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For the first time in history of fleet operations, the depreciation factor alone has reached an over 50 percent portion of total vehicle costs. Most authorities agree that result is directly attributable to indifference or lack of company politics that constitute better judgment.

September 1, 1988

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Curiosly, the EPA has earned a new adversary, not in Detroit or Shelbyville, Indiana, but right in Washington, D.C. - no less than the Department of Energy (DOE).

August 1, 1988

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No one can accuse the auto marketer's fleet groups of having a stiff attitude when it comes to incentives.

June 1, 1988

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In a recent release from NADA News, the association reports that their latest Dealer Attitude Survey shows that dealers are less optimistic about the future of the retail automobile industry.

May 1, 1988

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When we talk about fleet managers, we think of the guy or gals who are responsible for 700 or 1,700 cars, who are NAFA members, and who are highly visible to the factory fleet directors and the major leading companies because of the sheer volume of purchasing that they do and the heavy corporate responsibility they bear. Fleet management may have a slightly different meaning to the lessors because they

April 1, 1988

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What's behind the continuing rage to acquire leasing companies?

March 1, 1988

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We've seen a lot of change occur in the fleet market over the years. Some forty years ago, Sam Lee, one of the industry leaders at that time, found out that even the factories did not have a written fleet policy. Since then, however, the factories have directed to you an ever-inceasing stream of promotion sheets, specs, incentives, warranties and miscellaneous hype; all designed as tools to assist you in efficient vehicle purchasing.

January 1, 1988

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After attending the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) annual convention in San Francisco, one might find it difficult to distinguish this experience from a massive, continuous grazing party. Dealers, exhibitors, and the press do more than a yeoman's job consuming hors d'oeuvres and booze at an almost incredible rate. I'm convinced that that part of our economy need not be concerned about a recession.

January 1, 1988

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What are the most important factors when making a purchasing decision?

September 1, 1986

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As expected (and already accepted) the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is out as of January 1, 1986.

March 1, 1986

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Detroit has been "on a run" and we couldn't be happier about it.

June 1, 1984

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In 1972, the new Federal Odometer Law caused quite a stir in the fleet market. Some of my personal and business friends scoffed at the legislation and failed to heed the warning of the Federal Trade Commission.

February 1, 1984

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In a historic decision in mid-January, GM's Board of Directors approved a far-reaching plan of reorganization that will undoubtedly change many career lives in the company.

January 1, 1984

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The following was presented on December 19.1983, in Jackson, MS, at a congressional hearing by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Transportation, and Tourism regarding H.R. 1415 (fleet allowances) and chaired by Rep. James J. Florio (D-NJ).

December 1, 1983

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Without fear of contradiction it can be said that the light truck (Classes I and II - under 10,000 GVW) market is booming. Numbers recorded elsewhere in this issue demonstrate that light trucks have hit a four-year high in new registrations so far in 1983 and are bound to continue strong, not only for the rest of this year but throughout 1984.

December 1, 1983

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Any analysis must be carefully studied, equitably judged, and based totally on factual data available from the most reliable sources.

November 1, 1983

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Some may disagree, but there is a strong feeling that our present administration is operating with unusual sanity, and there may never be a better time to right past wrongs.

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