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Business Fleet – Issue

January 2017
Cover Story By Amy Winter-Hercher

Creative Van Customizations


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Features

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com/Erdre Recouping a Better Return When Selling Fleet Vehicles

By Tariq Kamal

By implementing one or two new strategies — such as timing sales based on mileage or seasonality, expanding sales channels, or considering purchasing options — small fleet operators can return more money to their fleet’s bottom line.

To continue working through the Alaskan winter, BlackHawk Works, a tree removal company, adds snow plows to three of its trucks. Additionally, BlackHawk Works hauls a skid steer with the F-550 and puts a sander in the F-450’s bed. Equipping Vehicles to Operate Through Winter

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Service fleets share their insights on how to convert vehicles for winter as well as how they deal with the challenges of cold weather and harsh roads.

Departments

Chrysler Pacifica: The Van of the Hour

By Tariq Kamal

Built to compete with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the four-door, six-, seven-, or eight-passenger Pacifica matches its rivals’ combined city/highway fuel efficiency score of 22 miles per gallon (mpg).

Honda Ridgeline: Now Available as a Pickup

By Tariq Kamal

The Honda Ridgeline made its debut in the 2006-MY as a carlike alternative to midsize pickups. The Ridgeline remained popular (and profitable) enough that Honda decided to relaunch it for the 2017-MY after a two-year production hiatus.

Photo courtesy of Enzo's Cleaning Solutions Tools to Keep Drivers, Equipment Safe in Winter

By Staff

These accessories can help protect drivers — and their tools — in icy and snowy conditions this winter season.

Ford F-Series Super Duty: All That Power

By Tariq Kamal

Ford’s range of full-size F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 pickups and chassis cabs is all-new for 2017. The new truck is available as a chassis cab or in regular cab, crew cab, and SuperCab configurations with 6.75- and 8.0-foot beds.

Hometown Home Care & Hospice currently leases 26 Ford Focuses. The branding on the vehicles serve as mobile billboards for the company. Managing Without a Fleet Manager

By Amy Winter-Hercher

By leasing and outsourcing aspects of fleet management, this health care company has added 26 new fleet vehicles to its home care service. Currently, it serves over 1,000 homebound patients in 23 counties across Michigan.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Model-Year Versus Calendar-Year Terminology

By Mike Antich
One challenge to global fleet management is adjusting to different fleet terminology for different regions. One example is the difference between the use of “model-year” and “calendar-year” in describing the year of a fleet vehicle.

Payload Requirements Are the Foundation to Properly Spec’ing a Truck

By Mike Antich

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Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Land Rover Discovery

By Paul Clinton
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery brings subdued luxury and impressive off-road capability to the executive board room.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

By Paul Clinton

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown
Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown

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Auto Focus

Chris Brown
Recall Repairs Are Not Afterthoughts

By Chris Brown
It's easy for small commercial fleet operators to neglect recall repairs. If "fleet" isn't your first business priority, recalls must be.

What Does the Future Hold for Fleet Sales to Car Rental?

By Chris Brown

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