The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine


March 2015

Cover Story
Maintenance Costs Increase with Longer Service Lives, Recalls
By Mike Antich

Doing CY-2014, passenger car CPM maintenance costs were up 13 percent as the average age of units in operation increased due to fewer companies engaging in vehicle shortcycling and recalls caused a double-digit spike in rental costs.

Features

Weighing the Options Before Procuring Hybrids Photo via istock.com

By Robert Hall

For fleets that do more driving in city areas, hybrid vehicles could be the alternative-fuel option to choose: however, do the research and weigh the options to ensure the vehicles are the right fit.

Extended Lifecycles Increase Passenger Car Tire Expenses Photo via Pixabay.

By Mike Antich

The decrease in vehicle shortcycling by commercial fleets has resulted in more vehicles in operation with higher mileages, which necessitate a second or third set of replacement tires during the course of a vehicle's service life.

Extended Service Intervals Help To Keep PM Costs Flat Illustration by Armie Bautista.

By Mike Antich

Fleets continue to see OEM "recommended" and "required" scheduled service intervals extended, such as fluid changes, spark plugs, transmission services, and timing belts, which help keep preventive maintenance costs flat.

Despite Driver Safety Focus, Distraction Continues File photo

By Shelley Mika

The recent global LeasePlan Driver Survey reported half of drivers polled say the companies they work for focus on driver safety; however, these same drivers reported significant instances of distracted drivers.

Creating a Recipe for Safe Driving Photo via iStockPhoto.com.

By Anthony Foster

An average of 21 percent of fleet vehicles are involved in some form of crash each year. So, how can fleet managers implement their own recipe for safe driving an improve safety while lowering costs associated with accidents.

Toyota Camry XSE Offers Performance and Practicality The Camry XSE offers the body style and perfomance feel shifting of the SE, but also boasts a wider wheel package and more sharply tuned suspension and steering. Photo by Adam Pringle.

By Adam Pringle

The 2015 Camry XSE combines sportier suspension with high-tech safety features in a familiarity sturdy mid-size sedan package.

How to Drive Safely on Winding Roads Photo via istock.com.

By Adam Pringle

Along with slowing down, there are a number of other steps drivers can take to navigate curves cautiously and arrive safely at their end destination.

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country

By Paul Clinton
The V60 Cross Country provides 2.6 inches of additional ride height from the V60, blacked-out mirror trim and window tinting, front and rear skid plates, silver trim, and a honeycomb grille.

2014 BMW i3

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
What Being a Green Fleet Means Today

By Sherb Brown
In changing and expanding Green Fleet Conference to the Fleet Technology Expo, group publisher of Automotive Fleet and Green Fleet Sherb Brown, explains how the concept of being “green” has evolved since launching the event about 8 years ago.

What They Don't Teach at 'Harvard Fleet School'

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

By Mike Antich
When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

Procurement and Fleet Don't Speak the Same Language

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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