The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

March 2017

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Fleet Maintenance Expenses Decrease in CY-2016

Fleet passenger car maintenance expenses declined by 7%.

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Data courtesy of Element Fleet Management. Fleet Replacement Tire Costs Decline

By Mike Antich

Passenger car tire prices are anticipated to increase in CY-2017. The key factors influencing future replacement tire prices are the cost of materials and the continuing trend to larger diameter and unique tire sizes.

Data courtesy of Element Fleet Management. Extended Oil Intervals Keep Preventive Maintenance Costs Flat

By Mike Antich

Extended oil-drain intervals and flat labor rates have helped to offset increases in the cost of motor oil because of the expanded use of synthetic oils. In 2017, higher labor rates may exert upward pressure on PM costs.

President and CEO of The CEI Group Wayne Smolda (right), Claudia Smolda (center), and the rest of CEI's management team will remain with CEI as part of the acquisition. Wayne Smolda will report to Jim Halliday (left), president and CEO of Element Fleet Management International. Interview: Why Element Purchased The CEI Group

By Mike Antich

The CEI Group and Element Fleet Management North America will operate as separate entities.

Photo courtesy of The Alarming Rise of Distracted Pedestrians

By Andy Lundin

While drivers know to be wary of distracted motorists, recent data shows they also need to be on the lookout for distracted walkers.

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

By Mike Antich
Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

How to Minimize Unauthorized Use of Corporate Assets

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives as a longer, beefy compact SUV that it will to sell alongside the existing (now Tiguan Limited) model.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S450

By Chris Brown

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown

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Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

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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