The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

November 2014

Cover Story
Operating Costs Flat for Second Consecutive Year
By Mike Antich and Lauren Fletcher

Gasoline and diesel prices, on average, in 2014 are virtually the same as in 2013, with some variances depending on region. Similarly, PM costs are flat and stable commodity prices have contributed to less volatility in tire prices.


Forecast of Operating Costs for CY-2015 Photo via Pixabay.

By Mike Antich

If one word could describe the forecast for CY-2015 operating costs, it would be "flat." The upbeat forecast is for gasoline and diesel prices to slightly decrease, while maintenance and tire costs are predicted to remain stable.

Analysis of Fleet Fuel Spend Trends in CY-2014 Photo via Wikipedia.

By Mike Antich

Fuel prices remain stable with the continued shift to smaller displacement engines and increased oil production in the U.S. One unintended consequence may be the emergence of driver complacency to maximizing fuel economy.

Prices for Replacement Tires Stabilize in CY-2014

By Mike Antich

Replacement tires are the third-largest fleet expense category. In recent years, there have been year-over-year price increases for replacement tires. A key reason for current, stable tire pricing is less volatility in commodity costs.

Commercial Fleet Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in CY-2014

By Mike Antich

Maintenance costs have decreased in the past 12 months with the primary reason being increased vehicle quality. But, there are concerns about vehicle complexity, part prices, labor rates, and soft costs such as driver downtime.

Forecast of Operating Costs for Medium-Duty Trucks in CY-2015 Photo via Mitsubishi.

By Mike Antich

The operating cost forecast for medium-duty trucks is stable for the upcoming calendar year, with fuel economy and cost reduction the top concerns.

How to Produce a Lease vs. Buy Analysis

By Staff

A standard, and important, part of any fleet operation, the lease vs. buy decision is also one that requires specific financial knowledge and a clear understanding the process.

Wheels Positions Itself for Future Growth Dan Frank (right) becomes only the third Wheels president since it was founded in 1939 by Zollie Frank, Dan’s grandfather, and Zollie’s brother-in-law Amund Schoen. Zollie’s son, Jim (left), became the second president in 1974. Dan has held various roles in the company during his 16-year tenure.

By Mike Antich

In a wide-ranging interview, Dan Frank, newly appointed president of Wheels Inc., and CEO Jim Frank, discuss their strategic vision for the company and how they see the fleet industry changing in the next five years.

GM Seeks to Revitalize Mid-Size Pickup Market While the Chevrolet Colorado has sportier exterior styling, its Work Truck trim level is specifically designed for fleets, featuring a rear seat delete (on extended cab only) and vinyl seats. The Colorado’s extended cab configuration is also available with a box delete, making it easier to upfit.

By Chris Wolski

After largely disappearing for several years, GM hopes to connect fleets with its mid-size truck offerings. The Colorado Work Truck trim is specifically designed with fleets in mind.

How to Use Your Headlights This Winter Photo via iStock.

By Chris Wolski

With days growing shorter, rainier, and snowier, fleet drivers need to rely more on their headlights to see the road and be seen.

2015 Global Fleet Management Conference Heads to Miami 2013 Global Fleet Management Conference.

By Staff

Returning to U.S. soil for the first time since 2013, the 2015 Global Fleet Management Conference will attract fleet managers and stakeholders from around the world.

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Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

By Chris Wolski
Yes, for fleets, the Colorado is fundamentally a truck, designed for a specific, utilitarian purpose, but Chevrolet also didn’t forget the driver—hence it’s the perfect melding of form and function.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

By Mike Antich

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Depreciation Returns to the Used-Vehicle Market

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
10 Factors Driving Commercial Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions

By Mike Antich
The majority of companies place new model-year orders according to set vehicle replacement parameters; however, projected improvements in economic conditions across almost all business segments bode well for 2015- and 2016-MY commercial fleet sales.

15 Factors Putting Downward Pressure on Fleet Operating Costs

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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Government Fleet - january/February 2014

In This Issue
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • How Is the Improving Economy Affecting Fleets?
  • Telematics By the Numbers
  • Public Fleet Summits Connect Regional Fleets
    And much more…