The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine


May 2015

Cover Story
2015 Fleet Industry Report Card: OEMs
By Mike Antich

The results are in for the third annual industry report card, validating that OEM fleet operations continue to do a very good job in meeting the needs of commercial fleet managers; however, there is room for further improvement.

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Features

Staying Out of a Big Rig's Blind Spot Photo via iStockPhoto.com

By Adam Pringle

Drivers can share the road with large trucks more safely by maintaining appropriate speed, passing trucks safely but quickly, being visually aware of the environment, and keeping an appropriate distance.

OEM Report Card: Courtesy Delivery Photo via Wikipedia.

By Mike Antich

While not embraced by all dealers, the process of offering drop-shipped vehicles to fleets offers opportunities for dealers as well as OEMs.

OEM Report Card: Order to Delivery Photo courtesy of General Motors.

By Mike Antich

For commercial fleet managers, the delivery times of light-duty vehicles can often fall prey to the availability of rail cars, quality holds, weather-related delays, and other production factors.

2015 Fleet Industry Report Card: FMCs Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Mike Antich

In the second part of this year’s fleet industry report card, fleet managers give their feedback about what fleet management companies (FMCs) are doing right and where they have a need for improvement.

Fleet Managers Get Insiders' Look at Ford F-150 Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Staff

Ford Motor Company recently hosted some of its largest fleet and commercial customers at a daylong learning session about the all-new 2015 Ford F-150.

How to Manage Fuel Expenses Like a Pro Photo via istock.com.

By Lauren Fletcher

The cost of fuel remains a tough line item to budget for. With prices currently at their lowest in years, what can fleet managers expect in the future?

Why GE Decided to Sell Its Fleet Services Business Kristi Webb, president and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services

By Mike Antich

Although GE Capital Fleet Services has had strong annual revenue growth and a significant product development agenda, its upcoming sale is part of a larger strategic plan by its parent company to focus on its core industrial businesses.

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0

By Paul Clinton
The Genesis equipped with the V-6 has been the bigger seller, and the V-8's benefit may be primarily to tap into more primal urges. It's a sedan that always seems ready to give you more power than you desire.

2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Management: Part Art, Part Science

By Sherb Brown
Fleet management is part art, part science. Recent developments in the industry have made it more science and less art for sure. There are a lot of very complex decisions to go into the daily operation of a fleet.

The More Things Change, The More They Actually Change

By Sherb Brown

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Is on the Verge of a Productivity Revolution

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry is on the verge of a productivity revolution through the introduction of faster, better, and more sophisticated analytical tools. Developing in parallel with this trend are increasingly sophisticated vehicle connectivity tools that will turn predictive analytics into a true science. The first manifestation of this will be the transition of fleet maintenance from reactive to proactive practices using remote diagnostic tools.

Implementing a Driver Communication Strategy

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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