The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Automotive Fleet – Issue

January 2018

Cover Story By Andy Lundin
Top Trends in Executive Fleet Management

While the way fleets define and perceive executive fleet management has changed in recent years, companies still lean heavily on preexisting methods in executive fleet management as a way to recruit and retain top talent.

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Photo of Depew courtesy of Toyota. Toyota's Depew on Fleet Sales in 2018

By Mike Antich

Fleet represents 10% of all Toyota sales. In MY-2018, two new Toyota models debuted, the all-new Camry and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Also, Toyota Safety Sense became standard in nearly all Toyotas in MY-2018.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co. Meet Ford’s Michele Bartlett

By Lauren Fletcher

A dynamic industry and the people she gets to work with every day are just two reasons why Bartlett has spent 28 years with Ford Motor Co.

Prior being named CEO of Merchants Fleet Management, Keegan provided stratgegic guidance to the company about its long-term growth strategy. Photo courtesy of Merchants Fleet Management. Merchants New CEO Talks Mobility, Growth Strategy

By Mike Antich

Brendan P. Keegan brings a unique perspective as CEO, based on having served as a client, board advisor, and business partner. As a client, he gained firsthand experience of Merchants service capabilities, as a board advisor he provided strategic guidance, and as a business partner he learned the inner-workings of the company.

Photo courtesy of 2017 Fleet Depreciation Aided By Hurricanes

By Eric Gandarilla

Typical seasonal highs and lows were disrupted this year due to a run of natural disasters destroying hundreds of thousands of vehicles and causing a surge in replacement activity. Overall fleet depreciation improved this year.

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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Brenda Davis, fleet commodity manager for Baker Hughes, was named the Professional Fleet Manager of the Year for 2015.

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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

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

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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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