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Automotive Fleet – Issue

April 2014

Cover Story
Learning the Lessons of Fleet Management
By Stephane Babcock

We reached out to a number of industry veterans to give readers some lessons that others have learned, either through successes or failures, and how these experiences have changed the way they perform their job.

Features

What's on Your Book Shelf? Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Stephane Babcock

A handful of fleet industry experts, including AF Founder and Editor Ed Bobit, offered up a few book titles which have influenced them during their careers in fleet and have a prominent place on their bookshelves.

Twenty-One Year Fleet Outsourcing Analysis Source: AF Research Department

By Lauren Fletcher

Information analyzed includes how fleets are funding their vehicles, what administrative services are outsourced, safety- and accident-related services that are being outsourced, and what responsibilities today's fleet managers have in addition to fleet management.

Winning Over Drivers When Rightsizing Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Sean Lyden

Rightsizing a fleet, whether it means reducing the number of vehicles or transitioning to smaller, more fuel-efficient models, can create resentment and frustration among drivers, causing them to resist the initiative.

Chrysler's Strategy to Increase Its Commercial Fleet Business Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

By Mike Antich

New Chrysler fleet head Tim Kuniskis discusses his strategic plans to grow the commercial fleet business, plans to make its dealers more fleet-minded, and initiatives designed to make it easier for fleet managers to do business with the company.

Global Fleet Conference Set for Brussels Photo via Flickr.

By Staff

Again co-produced by Nexus Communication, publisher of Fleet Europe, and Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet, the event is designed to bring together fleet managers and stakeholders from around the world to benchmark their global fleet strategy, share ideas, and exchange best practices and experience.

Hyundai Motor America's New Commercial Fleet Website Screenshot via Hyundai.

By Mike Antich

Hyundai Motor America (HMA) has developed the internal "infrastructure" to facilitate fleet sales by creating a commercial fleet website that allows direct-order capability and offers a drop-ship delivery program.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sedan Overview Photo by Vince Taroc.

By Stephane Babcock

BMW has added to its diesel legacy with the 328d's 2.0L, four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Diesel engine — a first for the U.S. market — which produces 180 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,750 rpm. When mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission, the combination achieves a 7-second 0-60 mph lapse time.

National Gypsum Extends Vehicle Lifecycling Photo of 2013 Dodge Journey courtesy of Chrysler.

By Chris Wolski

To leverage the booming resale market, some fleets shortcycled their vehicles to get maximum dollars at auction. Others, such as Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered National Gypsum Company, a producer of gypsum wallboard, took to extending vehicle lifecycling.

Safety Goes Virtual at UPS Photo courtesy of UPS.

By Chris Wolski

To create a simulated environment, UPS turned to Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI). The resulting portable system gives UPS drivers the ability to virtually learn how to handle highly volatile and dangerous driving situations.

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Blog

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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