The Resource For Managers Of Class 1-7 Truck Fleets

Work Truck – Issue

September 2015

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Mercedes-Benz Launches 2016 Metris Mid-Size Van

Available as a cargo or passenger van, the new 2016-MY mid-size van will be focused on vocational and fleet markets. It will be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 7-speed automatic transmission.

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Data Points

Dylan Brown
Don’t Let Budgets Block Telematics

By Dylan Brown
Fleets can no longer afford not to adopt telematics. The return on investment for fleets should be one of the key considerations when researching providers, and many of the leading providers boast impressive statistics.

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel 4x4

By Paul Clinton
The diesel-powered Grand Cherokee, which was introduced when Jeep refreshed the model for 2014, offers another impressive example from a crop of light-duty diesels.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Compact SUV

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Merger Mania Hits Fleet Market, Again

By Sherb Brown
Merger mania is hitting the fleet market once again. We’re hearing about potential OEM consolidations and we now have Element Financial Corp. expanding its foothold in the U.S., with the acquisition of GE Capital Fleet Services on the heels of its recent purchase of PHH.

The System is Still Broken

By Sherb Brown

Market Trends

Mike Antich
New Category of Fleet Manager to Gain Legitimacy

By Mike Antich
For the past several decades, FMCs have employed in-house fleet managers in their fleet administration departments to manage client fleets, but were promoted from within the FMC. Now, we are starting to witness FMCs hiring traditional fleet managers. Does this make a trend? It is still too early to tell, but, what I can say is that it has caught our attention. My prediction is that this is indeed the start of a bona fide, long-term, industry trend that will accelerate in future years.

Vehicle Abuse: An Overlooked Remarketing Cost

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Driven to Continuous Improvement

By Lauren Fletcher
Today’s fleet managers are pressured to keep doing more with less, while saving their companies money year-over-year, and, at the same time, ensuring that drivers are safe and accomplishing their jobs. It’s a tough job, and countless individuals couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Rightsizing is Not the Same as Downsizing

By Lauren Fletcher

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