The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Eric Gandarilla
Meet the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Dmochowsky is the senior global fleet manager for Mondeléz International. He oversees a global fleet of over 10,000 vehicles operating in numerous countries.

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10 Telematics Trends in 2018 and Beyond
By Staff

As telematics continues to evolve and expand, fleet managers, business owners, and drivers are benefiting from new benefits and functionality.


Fleet Visionary recipients accepting accepting their awards at the AFLA 2017 conference. Photo courtesy of AFLA. Meet the 2017 Fleet Visionaries

By Andy Lundin

The second annual Fleet Visionary Awards were hosted at the 2017 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) Conference alongside other prestigious fleet awards.

Preventive Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

By Mike Antich

Continued stability in crude oil prices, along with longer oil drain intervals, are helping to offset the higher cost of synthetic motor oils that are now required by more automotive OEMs.

Higher Commodity Prices Put Upward Pressure on Tire Costs

By Mike Antich

For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, primarily with higher prices for commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive, tires.

Stable Fuel Spend Keeps Lid on Overall Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

The stability of fuel pricing has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping operating costs flat in calendar-year 2017. Since fuel makes up the largest portion of fleet operating costs, it has helped keep a lid on overall fleet spend.

Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

By Mike Antich

Fleet operating costs remained stable in CY-2017, primarily due to the lower volatility of fuel prices. But, there is upward pressure on maintenance labor rates and higher commodity prices that will impact the cost of replacement tires.

Maintenance Costs Remain Flat Despite Rising Labor Rates

By Mike Antich

Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, with the primary factor being increased overall vehicle quality. Other repair costs adjusted for inflation, were, on average, consistent with those in CY-2016.


Dan Frank (left), Sherb Brown (far right), and Michael Bieger (center right ) pose and congratulate Fleet Manager of the Year Award recipient John Dmochowsky. Fleet Managers, Rising to the Challenge of Change

By Dan Frank

In an industry that is fully embracing the evolving wave of new technology and seeing more and more aspects of it becoming digital, the human touch provided by professional fleet managers is that much more important.

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 Nissan NV Cargo

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich

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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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