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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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Features

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 istockphoto.com 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.

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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future

By Mike Antich
Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar to 10 years ago, the conventional wisdom about future fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the

Snapshot of Fleet Manager Concerns

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

By Paul Clinton
The 2017 Kia Niro is a gasoline-electric hybrid that seemingly appeals to buyers of subcompact SUVs, as well as those hearts and minds with a greener hue.

2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown
It’s becoming clear that there are some real changes brewing in our industry: everything from powertrains to new vehicle classes, to autonomous vehicles, and new safety technology.

Who’s Up Next?

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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