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

The year-over-year decline in fleet passenger car maintenance expenses was primarily driven by a 7% reduction in replacement tire costs and lower fees to rent replacement rental vehicles while the company car was in the shop.

Subscribe Today

Buy Print Issue

View Digital Edition

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.

Photo courtesy of The CEI Group. CEI Group, Element Discuss Merger

By Mike Antich

The CEI Group and Element Fleet Management North America will operate as separate entities. Each reports to Element Fleet Management Corp., the parent company in Toronto. CEI will operate under the CEI brand name.

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.

Editorials

Mobility Management as a Change Agent will Transform Fleet

By Mike Antich

In Europe, they are asking the question: What is the next evolution of fleet management? A growing number of European fleet professionals believe the concept of “mobility management” will transform fleet management.

The Fallacy That Europe Is a Single Fleet Market

By Mike Antich

The No. 1 mistake of non-European fleet managers is to view Europe as a single market. The reality is that Europe is comprised of 50 different country markets.

Fleet Incentives

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

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All
Sponsored by

Don McCullagh was the founder and former president of McCullagh Leasing.

Read more

Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

View All

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

View All

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

View All

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

View All

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

View All

STORE

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher