The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

October 2014

Cover Story
A Closer Look at the 2014 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year
By Chris Wolski

Gage Wagoner, Philips' senior manager North American fleet management, has built his reputation as a problem solver by increasing efficiency, saving money, and improving safety. His newest challenge is going back to basics.

12 Telematics Trends and Technologies
By Shelley Mika

If there is one constant with telematics, it’s change. New technology emerges rapidly — and the way that technology is used evolves at the very same time. That means new trends are always on the horizon.


How to Prevent 'UFOs' Inside Fleet Vehicles Photo courtesy of

By Lauren Fletcher

Anything that is not properly stored in a vehicle has the danger of becoming a flying projectile during a harsh or sudden stop. Stay safe and know what dangers to watch for.

Why Pickup Towing Standardization Matters for Fleets Photo of the Ram 2500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

By Paul Clinton

The major light-duty truck manufacturers have all embraced the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 towing standard. Fleets will benefit from better ability to spec their vehicles.

State of the Commercial Fleet Industry Photo courtesy of

By Mike Antich

The commercial fleet market continues to remain strong, but what does the future hold? Take a glimpse of what could be in store for fleets moving forward.

Car Order-to-Delivery Stable, Truck OTD Times Increase Photo courtesy of GM.

By Mike Antich and Lauren Fletcher

Vehicle volumes increased for the 2014-MY due to ongoing industry growth, while strained logistics systems, which were further exacerbated by rail-car shortages, severe weather and quality holds, caused longer lead times in the truck and van segment.

Meet the 2014 Inductees of the Fleet Hall Fame (clockwise from upper left) Brownson, Levine, McVeigh, and Ward

By Lauren Fletcher

The newest inductees to the Fleet Hall of Fame, which now totals 65 members, share nearly 160 years of combined experience.

First-Ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award Presented Konicki

By Chris Wolski

Kathy Konicki, the retired director of associate safety at Nationwide Insurance, was the recipient of the first-ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her promotion of fleet safety at Nationwide and throughout the industry.

Baxter Healthcare Fleet Manager Lowered Accident Rate 22-Percent Editor Mike Antich and AALA Executive Director Pam Sederholm (right) flank Fleet Safety Award winner Kristin O’Driscoll during a private ceremony on July 22. Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Chris Wolski

Fleet Manager Kristin O'Driscoll, who oversees a fleet of 1,000 vehicles, received the 2014 Fleet Safety Award. Since 2012, the company has also lowered its injury rate significantly.


Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Lead the Charge Dan Frank (left) presents the 2014 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award to Gage Wagoner. Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Dan Frank

Fleet managers must stay versatile in today’s ever-changing and evolving automotive industry. The nominees for the AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award showcase this very trait.

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van

By Paul Clinton
This Transit Connect offers a smooth ride with agile handling and a fuel economy rating that has been significantly improved from 2010 with an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined for the model we tested.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Large SUV

By Stephane Babcock

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Depreciation: Just When You Thought it Was Safe

By Sherb Brown
The latest auction figures point out a few important trends: First, the market for certain types of vehicles is definitely getting softer. Second, there really isn't one "used-vehicle market" anymore.

Making a Real Difference

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
15 Factors Putting Downward Pressure on Fleet Operating Costs

By Mike Antich
For the second consecutive year, total fleet operating costs have remained flat for commercial fleets when compared to the prior year. This blog identifies the 15 factors that are putting downward pressure on fleet operating costs.

The State of the Fleet Sustainability Market

By Mike Antich

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In Memoriam: Coach's Insights

Ed Bobit
Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
A lot has changed in the past 10-15 years, so we can only imagine this momentum will continue into the next decade-plus. How will this change impact the fleet manager of tomorrow?

Managing a Car vs. Work Truck Fleet

By Ed Bobit

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Auto Fleet - February 2014

Here are the Highlights

  • Strategies to Increase Driver Productivity
  • Technology Fuels Productivity for Fleets
  • How C-SPAN Manages a ‘Roaming’ Fleet And much more…