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2015 Resale Forecast for Full-Size Vans The market is witnessing the tail end of the traditional full-size van market as it is chanigng its appearance and technology. With the completion of the current orders for teh 2015 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana units, the transition to the European-styled units is complete.

By Ricky Beggs

The used full-size van market has remained strong throughout 2014, but it is expected to decline in 2015. Part of the reason for the strength of the used van segment is the discontinuation of traditional U.S.-style vans by OEMs as the new European-style vans are released.

2015 Resale Forecast for Light-Duty Trucks While the overall market depreciated by 12.1 percent over the past 12 months, the total light-duty truck market depreciated by 4.9 percent. Increased demand in the construction and service industries is the main reason for the low depreciation rate in the truck market.

By Ricky Beggs

The full-size pickup fleet segment depreciated by only 4.9 percent over the past 12 months; however, this rate is unlikely to continue into 2015.

2015 Resale Forecast for Passenger Cars According to Black Book's fleet data for the third quarter of 2014, the Ford Fusion topped the volume list of cars in the fleet sedan market.

By Ricky Beggs

Although the overall fleet vehicle market depreciated by 12.1 percent over the previous year, the depreciation rate for cars was 14.8 percent and is expected to increase in 2015.

How Senior Management Can Motivate Fleet Managers

By Anonymous Author

Different people are motivated in different ways. Some require positive feedback and recognition, some are driven by criticism, while, for others, it;s simple fear. What can senior management do to motivate fleet managers.

HVAC Service Fleet Chooses Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Temperature Service Company spent nearly a year researching its options before deciding to mov forward with gasoline/LPG bi-fuel systems. Photo courtesy of Temerpature Service Company

By Shelley Mika

The Elk Grove Village, Ill., HVAC company recently converted 90 percent of its fleet to gasoline/LPG bi-fuel systems, significantly reducing fuel and maintenance costs.

Writing an RFP to Meet Your Fleet's Needs Photo courtesy of

By Staff

A well thought-out, well-structured request for proposal (RFP) will get the products and services you want.

Using Car Sharing Services to Green Your Fleet Zipcar is among the many car sharing service providers organizations can use to manage fleets in a more environmentally and financially responsible way.

By Mike Scott

Car sharing can be an environmentally and financially responsible option for fleet managers. Car sharing services and vehicle sharing technologies can help increase fleet utilization while reducing both fleet size and environmental impact.

Considerations When Adding NGVs to Your Fleet A technician instalss a compressed natural gas (CNG) tank on a 2015 Chevrolet Express van, which is available with either a three- or four-tank option. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

By Rob Minton

Understanding the differences in tank configuration and payload capacity as well as fuel capacity, and how that compares to a fleet's specific needs, is crucial in making the best possible decision.

How to Drive Safely in Winter Weather One step drivers can take in inclement winter weather is to allow for more following distance when driving, making it easier to prepare for icy patches or other low-traction conditions.

By Adam Pringle

When frigid weather and its attendant snow, ice, and wind sweep over roadways, safety is even more of a front-and-center concern for fleet drivers. There are several ways drivers can stay safe in adverse winter conditions.

Fleet Truck of the Year: 2015 Ford F-150 Bob Brown Jr., Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co.

By Lauren Fletcher

The iconic pickup truck was named by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes as this year's top truck.

Fleet Car of the Year: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Bob Brown Jr., Great lakes sals manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presented the 2014 Fleet Car of the Year Award to Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for fleet and commercial sales for GM. This is the first time the Cruze has received the annual award.

By Chris Wolski

Strong TCO, a stellar safety rating, and a plethora of technological, labor-saving content have fueled fleet interest in this year's fleet car of the year.

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Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2015 Mazda6 GT

By Mike Antich
I recently had an opportunity to test drive the 2015 Mazda6 GT, compliments of Mazda Fleet Operations. The Mazda6 repre-sents an ideal model for the commercial fleet market and, after spending several days in the vehicle, I can see where it can excel in meeting commercial fleet applications, especially as a sales or reward vehicle.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Compact SUV

By Steven Martinez

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The Big Conundrum of 'Big Data'

By Sherb Brown
Big Data is the hottest new catchphrase with the tech and fleet crows. Our recent surveys indicate that most fleet managers love data and want more of it, but are unhappy with the data they are actually getting.

Depreciation Returns to the Used-Vehicle Market

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
The Danger of Lower Fuel Prices

By Mike Antich
The recent drop in fuel prices has been as breathtaking as earlier run-up in prices. If sustained, these reduced fuel prices will begin to make a dent in overall fleet fuel expenditures.

Are Ride Sharing & Car Sharing New Fleet Management Options?

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…