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November 2009, Business Fleet - Feature

Top 6 Fleet Trends in the Medium-Duty Truck Market

By Mike Antich

Medium-duty truck sales have declined sharply, as have resale values, due to the recession and the slowdown in new construction. Many fleets are extending service lives, which threatens to increase future maintenance costs.

Tags: Resale Value, Replacement Tires, Medium-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels

January 2008, Business Fleet - Feature

Prepping Your Fleet Vehicles for Resale

By Dave Funston

When it's time to dispose of retired units, which vehicle prep strategies can improve resale value? Following industry basics can have a significant impact on resale prices.

Tags: Resale Value

November 2007, Business Fleet - Feature

16 Tips to Maximize Residual Value

By David Wurster, Chris Brown

Follow these common sense strategies before the acquisition decision, during ownership and prior to resale to help you hold the line on residual values.

Tags: Residual Values, Resale Value

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Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Mid-Size Pickup

By Chris Wolski
Yes, for fleets, the Colorado is fundamentally a truck, designed for a specific, utilitarian purpose, but Chevrolet also didn’t forget the driver—hence it’s the perfect melding of form and function.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Pickup

By Mike Antich
While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Silverado High Country will definitely appeal to the horse trailering equestrian enthusiast, the truck also has a place in the commercial fleet market, especially for tradesmen, contractors, and foremen, whose vehicles are their mobile offices used in non-severe duty applications.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van

By Paul Clinton

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Large SUV

By Stephane Babcock

Market Trends

Mike Antich
Ruminating About the Medium-Duty Truck Market

By Mike Antich
As we approach the start of a new calendar-year, it is inevitable that we take a look at where we’ve been and where we are going. I'll start by examining the evolution of the medium-duty truck market over the past 45 years and then identify the key trends that will influence product design in future model-years.

10 Factors Driving Commercial Fleet Vehicle Acquisitions

By Mike Antich
The majority of companies place new model-year orders according to set vehicle replacement parameters; however, projected improvements in economic conditions across almost all business segments bode well for 2015- and 2016-MY commercial fleet sales.

15 Factors Putting Downward Pressure on Fleet Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

The State of the Fleet Sustainability Market

By Mike Antich

Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Premieres and Trends at the LA Auto Show

By Chris Brown
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show featured less green-speak and more driving excitement aimed at younger buyers. Get ready for more compact crossovers, as Mazda, Honda, Fiat, Volkswagen and Scion launch brand-new models next year.

Hertz’s Earnings News: Rapid Reaction

By Chris Brown
Hertz will be on an accelerated buying and selling schedule in the next six months. How might that affect the market?

Assessing the Plusses and Minuses of Today’s Market

By Chris Brown

Can Leasing Work for High-Mileage Fleets?

By Chris Brown

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Business Fleet - November/December 2013

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • A High-Mileage Plan
  • Spec’ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Resale
  • Keep the Faith
    And much more…