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Automotive Fleet – Issue

April 2018

Cover Story By Eric Gandarilla
Fleet Driver Behavior Improves for Larger Vehicles

In the third annual Driver Scorecard Benchmarking Survey, a collaboration between ARI and Automotive Fleet, medium-duty trucks, heavy duty trucks, and vans experienced the largest improvements in driver behavior.

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Features

Verizon Connect’s executive leadership team includes (L–R) Chief Marketing Officer Jay Jaffin, Chief Technology Officer Peter Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer Andrés Irlando, and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy Jason Koch. Verizon Connect Unifies Telematics Platforms

By Tariq Kamal

Verizon Connect unifies three leading telematics providers on a single platform that offers a wide range of compelling and ‘future-proof’ solutions, services, and features to commercial fleet customers.

Clockwise from top left: Brian Wielgosz of Sanofi with his family; Dave Tosh of Benco Dental with his wife and daughter; Clay Gaudet of AutoZone with his wife; and Lee Pierce of Weatherford posing with a Rolls-Royce hearse. Fleet Managers On and Off the Clock

By Andy Lundin

The fleet industry is filled with many interesting personalities. Get to know personal details about some veteran fleet professionals, as well as those new to the industry.

Photo of the 2019 Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA. A Closer Look at the 2019 Ram 1500

By Eric Gandarilla

The 2019 Ram 1500's improvements over the previous generation include a lighter body, a more durable design, improved fuel economy, and new safety features.

Berno Kleinherenbrink, LeasePlan Corp. N.V.'s senior vice president of commerce LeasePlan Exec Talks Business Transformation, Mobility

By Mike Antich

With more than 1.7 million vehicles under management in 32 countries, LeasePlan can be used as a microcosm to identify emerging trends at multinational fleets, such as mobility management and vehicle electrification.

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com Vehicle Resale Market Forecast for 2018

By Eric Gandarilla

Fleet mainstays such as pickups and vans are expected to perform well at wholesale this year. Higher-end vehicles, such as those found in executive fleets are expected to struggle.

Photo courtesy of Element Fleet Management. Meet Element's Kristi Webb

By Lauren Fletcher

In just under six years, Webb has joined the fleet industry, seen it evolve, and risen to become the head of a major fleet management company.

Editorials

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com How Fleet Management Will Impact the Mobility Revolution

By John Korte

Fleet management companies’ ability to capture and manage fleet data and spend for fleets is the most critical need for mobility fleets today.

Fleet Incentives

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

FleetFAQ

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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Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich
I believe volume penetration of fleets by autonomous vehicles will take much longer to occur than what is predicted in today’s optimistic forecasts. Conceptually, autonomous vehicles are technologically feasible, but, as they say, the devil is in the details. One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

Integration of Mobility Management Into Fleet or Vice Versa?

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

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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