The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

February 2016

Cover Story By Chris Wolski
Tracking Advances in Powertrains

After several years of few new developments, engines and transmissions are experiencing a period of renewed and transformative changes.

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Features

Photo showing "Drive for Five" technique courtesy of iStockphoto.com. Molding a Defensive Driver

By Kat Sandoval

Defensive driving techniques allow fleet drivers to combat on-the-road-hazards.

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com Vehicle Depreciation Remains Steady

By Lauren Fletcher

Vehicle depreciation is impacted by a number of factors, from supply and demand to overall economic conditions. While 2015 was relatively stable for depreciation, some challenges are on the road ahead.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto.com How Fleets Optimize Telematics

By Chris Wolski

Telematics technology has seen sweeping changes over the past decade, going from a limited location-only solution to an all-encompassing vehicle and personnel management tool. The future is expected to include predictive analytics.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto.com. Simplifying Fuel Management and Analysis

By Lauren Fletcher

Technology can help take millions of points of vehicle-generated data and make it actionable to manage fuel usage and overall spend.

Photo of members of the reimbursement team courtesy of Wheels. A Closer Look at Wheels' Reimbursement Option

By Lauren Fletcher

Many fleets may need both a leasing and reimbursement solution. But, deciding what program fits what segment of your fleet may seem challenging. Wheels has developed a solution.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
History and Evolution of Fleet Replacement Vehicle Cycling Parameters

By Mike Antich
In reviewing the history of fleet management from the 1950s to present, a single question stands out among all others as the most frequently asked: “How long should I keep my vehicles in service?” Today, a growing number of fleets are shifting to more flexible vehicle replacement cycles based on prevailing market conditions, rather than predetermined mileage and/or months in service parameters. Enabling this shift is the growing sophistication of lifecycle optimization modeling.

Spec’ing Light- and Medium-Duty Trucks to Maximize Resale Values

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

By Mike Antich
The 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel to round out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD engine lineup. The Titan XD is designed to bridge the gap between half-ton pickups and heavy-duty models. Here are my driving impressions.

2016 Buick Encore AWD

By Mike Antich

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Is Reimbursement Just Another ‘Big Bad Wolf’ or the Newest Fleet Tool?

By Sherb Brown
The best fleet managers survived the total fleet management era because they brought value to their companies.

Not All Safety Systems Are Created Equal

By Sherb Brown

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Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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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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