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The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

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

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

In his first interview with Automotive Fleet, new Chrysler fleet head Tim Kuniskis discussed 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
OTD Concerns Due to Surge of Oil Shipped by Rail

By Mike Antich
The railroad industry is the primary long-distance shipper of automobiles from assembly plants to dealers, which represents almost 9 percent of total rail freight. However, the auto industry is not the only railroad customer, and it competes with other shippers for scarce rail resources. Such is the case with petroleum companies shipping crude oil by rail, which is putting heavy demand on finite rail resources. What impact will this have on fleet OTD?

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

By Mike Antich

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Coach's Blog

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

By Ed Bobit
This year, the Fleet Safety Conference will demonstrate the latest developments in technology and the use of predictive analytics and other metrics to identify at-risk drivers.

Be Careful What You Wish For!

By Ed Bobit

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Fleet Financials - September/October 2013

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights

  • ADP Looks to Save $400,000 Per Year After Moving to Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
  • Negotiating a Cost-Effective Lease Agreement
  • Senior Management: Getting Fleet Managers to Excel
    And much more…