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Operating Costs Inch Up for Second Consecutive Year

Operating Costs Inch Up for Second Consecutive Year

Fleet operating costs increased in CY-2019 due to higher PM costs, ongoing pressure to increase maintenance labor rates to address the widespread tech shortage, and higher prices for commodities to manufacture replacement tires.

October 25, 2019

Operating Costs Increase After Remaining Flat for Five Years
Q&A: Mercedes-Benz Vans Fleet Operations

Q&A: Mercedes-Benz Vans Fleet Operations

Mercedes-Benz will shift production of its Sprinter van to South Carolina from Germany later this year. Andrew Lawson, the general manager of fleet operations for van and chassis, sat down with Automotive Fleet to discuss what it means for fleets.

July 26, 2018

6 Questions for Mercedes-Benz Vans USA

6 Questions for Mercedes-Benz Vans USA

Robert Veit, vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, is leading a growth initiative in North America that includes the launch of the third-generation Sprinter.

February 21, 2018

Test Drive: Chanje Electric Cargo Van

Test Drive: Chanje Electric Cargo Van

Chanje's electric cargo van will certainly have great appeal among delivery fleets concerned with their carbon footprint, but at the end of the day it's a big, nicely setup delivery van that just happens to be electric.

January 17, 2018

Versatile Vans Available in 2018

Versatile Vans Available in 2018

A staple of many commercial fleets is the van. From compact vans to their full-size counterparts, there are a growing number of vans available for fleets in 2018.

November 7, 2017

Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

Operating Costs Remain Flat for Fifth Consecutive Year

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.

November 1, 2017

Delivery Fleet's Van Reaches 500,000 Miles

Delivery Fleet's Van Reaches 500,000 Miles

Delivery fleets are always on the road, putting miles on their vehicles faster than most other vocational fleets. While newer vehicles are extending lifecycles beyond previous models, one fleet van hit the half-million-mile mark.

February 17, 2017

Creative Van Customizations

Creative Van Customizations

Learn how these small companies customized their Ford Transit vans to fit their business needs.

January 25, 2017

Sprinter Charges Ahead

Sprinter Charges Ahead

Since its introduction to the North American market two decades ago, European-style vans have become a mainstay in the fleet industry. The van that started it all in America continues forging into the future.

January 12, 2017

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

Euro-Style Cargo Vans Break the Mold

A new breed of commercial van is sweeping the country with capabilities and features unheard of just a few years ago. Here’s why many experts think these vans will soon dominate in light- and medium-duty fleets.

December 19, 2016

Operating Costs Flat for Fourth Consecutive Year

Operating Costs Flat for Fourth Consecutive Year

With fuel representing 60% of a fleet’s total operating costs, lower fuel prices are keeping overall fleet costs flat. Also, vehicle build quality is high, curbing maintenance costs, and lower commodity prices have stabilized tire prices.

November 18, 2016

Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices
Making Full-Size Vans Work for 2016

Making Full-Size Vans Work for 2016

Full-size cargo vans provide fleet managers with added cargo space, vehicle height options, and the payload capacity for just about every vocational need.

April 13, 2016

The Complex Efficiency of Assembling Ford's Transit Van
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