Automotive Fleet

DEC 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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CONTENTS Features DECEMBER 2013 ■ VOL. 52, NO. 14 24 18 2014 Ford Fusion Wins Fourth Consecutive Car of the Year Award Offering the "Power of Choice" to feets has helped the automaker win the prestigious annual award year-over-year for its gasoline and hybrid models. 20 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Honored as Truck of the Year New from hood to hitch, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is named the best-of-the-best by feet managers in the annual feet truck award. 24 Fleet Depreciation Trends Remain Stable for CY-2013 The continued shortage of quality used vehicles and the availability of low interest rates for dealers to foor plan inventory and fnance retail buyers were two key factors responsible for a stable wholesale used-vehicle market. 32 Surviving the Don'ts of Winter Driving AAA Expert William Van Tassel, Ph.D., provides fve tips on staying safe on snowy roads. 62 Fisher Auto Parts Looks to Telematics for Safety & Savings Top trends included the centralization of shared processes, a focus on business value versus cost savings, partnering with internal stakeholders, and accelerating the adoption of new technology. Looking primarily for ways to help make its feet safer, Fisher Auto Parts consulted with Donlen, its feet management company. The solution the FMC came up with, DriverPoint, not only accomplished that, but it is saving money as well. at LeasePlan Global Fleet Summits 48 Strategies to Manage Fleet Violations While it's almost impossible to completely eliminate parking tickets, toll violations, and red-light camera infractions, it is possible to limit the negative effect they have on feets and the companies they serve. Departments 56 Ford Seeks Input During 10 Market Trends Fall Advisory Board Meeting The Ford Fleet Advisory Board recently held a meeting to discuss issues related to feet operations and upcoming products. 58 2014 RAM 1500 32 34 Global Fleet Conference Wows Attendees Attendees were enthusiastic about the inaugural event, sharing their praise. 40 Fleet Technology Measuring the Good, the Bad & the (Really) Ugly Today's feet managers are awash in technology. The best technology can improve the bottom line and keep drivers safe; the worst can grind a feet to a proverbial halt. 2 44 Top Trends Identifed AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I DECEMBER 2013 Features New 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel The small displacement 3.0L EcoDiesel engine offers V-6 capability with lower CO2 emissions, while the 240 hp turbodiesel mated to the 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 automatic enhances fuel economy and range. 60 BMW 2014 Fleet Preview BMW showcased its new X5 SUV and 5 Series, which is now available with a six-cylinder turbocharged diesel and an ActiveHybrid model. 4 On the Web 6 Letters 12 Industry News 14 Fuel Management 66 Personnel Personals 68 Used-Vehicle Prices 71 Calendar 74 Ad Index 76 Editorial AUTOMOTIVE FLEET (ISSN 0005-1519) (USPS 038-620) is published monthly with additional issues in April and June, by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 905031640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, California 90503-9998 and additional mailing offces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Automotive Fleet, P.O. Box 1068 Skokie, IL 60076-8068. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes and new subscriptions to take effect. Subscription Prices - United States $35 per year; Canada $42 per year; Foreign $75 per year. Single copy price - $10; Fact Book - $50. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media.

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