The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

March 2014

Cover Story
Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Decrease 4%
By Mike Antich

Overall, passenger car maintenance costs per unit, per month decreased 4 percent in 2013 with the average cost per mile decreasing 2 percent from 2012. These costs include unscheduled repair services, preventive maintenance (PM), tires, and replacement rentals.


Learning to Thrive in Change Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Staff

Managing change is a hot topic in business today. With what seems to be an endless string of acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures, companies change nearly every day, including executive leadership. Fleet managers face these challenges as often, and as much, as any department level function.

Emkay's Growth Plan: Simple, Better, and Different Photo courtesy of Emkay.

By Mike Antich

Greg Tepas, CEO and president, shares his strategic vision about EMKAY's future growth and the initiatives that will be implemented to achieve this goal. Also discussed is EMKAY's expansion into Canada and future market plans.

Age vs. Experience vs. Distractions Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Stephane Babcock

According to 2012 statistics from fleet safety company Fleet Response, drivers aged 26-35 and 46-54 are neck and neck (24.4 percent versus 24.1 percent) when it comes to the percentage of those involved in accidents.

10 Ways to Communicate the Value of Fleet Management Illustration courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Staff

It is a refrain that has been a fleet manager's burden for decades, and all too often not without reason: "Management doesn't appreciate or understand what I do." Here are 10 ways to help create understanding.

Wheels Results+ Event Highlights Fleet Best Practices Photo courtesy of Wheels Inc.

By Staff

In November, a group consisting of associates from fleet management service provider Wheels Inc. and some of its many clients met at the Wheels Results+ Fleet Summit to showcase some fleet management success stories and give everyone a chance to network with peers to share ideas.

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Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

By Stephane Babcock
The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1L four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine as standard equipment, which quickly picked up to highway speeds as soon as I made my way onto Southern California's San Diego (405) Freeway.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan

By Chris Wolski

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
The Curse of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

By Mike Antich
A fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management, especially when a fleet is well run. When fleet runs smoothly, it tends not to be on the radar of senior management, who, often, are not aware of the required behind-the-scenes expertise. However, the biggest curse to running a well-run fleet is that it sometimes breeds complacency. Here's how to avoid it.

OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

By Mike Antich

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Coach's Blog

Ed Bobit
Sometimes, a Mystery is Nothing More than an Enigma

By Ed Bobit
In late February, virtually every member of the NAFA office staff received a new or additional assignment and a new title to go with it. All to meet the goals of their "very aggressive strategic plans" (no specifics identified).

The Shortest Distance from Point 'A' to Point 'B'

By Ed Bobit

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Auto Fleet - January 2014

Here are the Highlights

  • Analysis of CY-2014
  • Wheels Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
    And much more…