Automotive Fleet views itself as a facilitator to provide a platform for different voices from the industry to sound-off on today’s challenges. This regular column is designed to encourage discourse for fleet professionals to let their voices be heard to their peers and other industry professionals. Here is what is top of mind for fleet professionals concerning vehicle remarketing, electrification, and fuel management.
July 25, 2021
Because of the difficulties in sourcing vehicles and long lead times during the 2021 model-year, most commercial fleets say they will acquire more vehicles, but concerns linger about product availability.
July 23, 2021
A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle. Specifying lighter-weight upfit materials decreases the vehicle’s curb weight, which, in turn, lowers operating costs by reducing fuel consumption and decreases emissions.
April 6, 2021
This regular column is designed to encourage discourse for fleet professionals to let their voices be heard to their peers and other industry professionals.
March 9, 2021
The E-Transit is available in eight body-style configurations, including cargo van, chassis cab, and cutaway versions, with three roof heights and three body lengths. The E-Transit cargo area is the same as the current gasoline-powered Transit van.
December 16, 2020
A new commercial vehicle (CV) strategy is being implemented by Ford to make commercial vehicles a larger part of its business. Executing this new strategy is Ted Cannis, general manager, Commercial Vehicles for the U.S. and Canada.
November 18, 2020
This strategy includes a new fleet ordering system for FMCs, an expanded lineup of electrified vehicles, simplified processes to allow dealers to better serve fleet customers, and the launch of a new dealer program geared to small business fleets.
October 21, 2020
A number of commercial fleets are planning to order fewer fleet vehicles in MY-2021, but the majority of surveyed fleet managers state there will be no change in order volumes and will stick to pre-existing replacement schedules.
June 23, 2020
Corporate sustainability initiatives continue to be a strong trend at many companies, but are tempered by the limited product availability of zero-emission vehicles capable of fulfilling a cross-section of fleet applications.
January 9, 2020
Fleet order-to-delivery times for model-year 2019 increased in comparison to those in MY-2018. Delays were caused by rail constraints, plant downtimes, truck driver shortages, production capacity strains, and early order cutoffs.
September 24, 2019
The third-generation 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 increases torque 14% to 480 lb.-ft. and increases horsepower by 8%. These significant gains in engine output allowed the EcoDiesel’s maximum tow rating to increase to 12,560 pounds.
September 11, 2019
Redesigned from the ground up, the 2020 Explorer’s RWD architecture offers improved on- and off-road abilities and increased towing capacity. When powered by the 3.0L EcoBoost engine, it is the most powerful Explorer ever.
July 19, 2019
Despite limitations in some fleet applications, most companies are open to the idea of adopting electric vehicles (EV) to make their fleet operations more sustainable by reducing their carbon footprint and reducing GHG emissions.
July 18, 2019
The majority of fleets report new-vehicle acquisitions will continue to be elevated due to strong business growth, comparable to MY-2019, with most forecasting an increase or continuation of similar order volume in MY-2020.
July 16, 2019
The Passat continues to be VW’s top-selling fleet model, but changing buying
preferences in both the retail and fleet markets are making VW’s growing portfolio of SUVs a strong alternative choice for more commercial fleets.
April 19, 2019