The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

October 2016

Cover Story By Mike Antich & Andy Lundin
2016 Order-To-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015

Fewer quality holds and a mild winter contributed to stable OTD times. However, strong retail demand and low fuel prices have led to extended lead times on popular pickups and SUVs, along with ongoing railcar shortages.

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Political and Economic Turmoil Contracts Auto Market in Brazil
By Mike Antich

Automotive sales declined 28.6% year-over-year during 1Q 2016. In the fleet market, all major OEMs are using various financial incentives to defend their market shares. The 2016 forecast is that there will be 123,000 fleet sales.


Graphic courtesy of The Benefits of Route Optimization

By Chris Wolski

Routing has evolved from simply getting a driver from point A to point B. Today’s GPS routing and telematics solutions have made routing more efficient, safer, and dynamic.

Photo courtesy of Effective Metrics for Rewarding Positive Driving

By Paul Farrell

The use of incentives may be a productive part of a well-rounded and well-executed fleet driver safety program, but it should never be used as a shortcut to deliver results when underlying practices may be incomplete.

Photo courtesy of The Risks of Eating and Driving

By Andy Lundin

Eating or drinking while driving ranks just below holding or talking on a cellphone when it comes to prevalence of behaviors that distract drivers.

Photo courtesy of Chris Wolski FCA Showcases 2017 Lineup

By Chris Wolski

FCA showed off its entire lineup for automotive journalists, including the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and its full range of commercial products.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Fleet Strategies to Improve OTD for Upfit Units

By Mike Antich
With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand. In recent years, the huge influxes of vehicles needing upfitting have left some upfitters, at times, overwhelmed.

Six Technology Trends that will Change the Trajectory of Fleet Management

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

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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