December 29, 2011
Top 10 Business Fleet Headlines in 2011
Here are the top 10 news stories, blogs and magazine articles from Business Fleet over the past year, listed by date.
Using GPS to Reduce Payroll Expense
January - Payroll fraud and inefficient use of labor and resources are ever-present concerns for the harried fleet manager. Learn how three fleets are using GPS systems to realize significant reductions in payroll expense.
Nissan Launches Nissan NV
Feb. 3 - How will Nissan’s first entry into its North American Light Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Division gain share in a well-established van market?
Ram Truck Unveils 2012 Cargo Van
March 8 - The Ram C/V features a solid sliding door, a rear quarter window, and backlight privacy panels in place of clear glass windows.
IRS Announces New 2011 Auto Depreciation Limits
March 15 - The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 extended the 50-percent additional first year depreciation deduction to property acquired and put into service before Jan. 1 2013.
BMW’s Executive Preference Program Gains Traction
April 8 - After a two-year pilot program, BMW's Executive Preference Program (EPP) officially launched in August 2010. BMW is seeing positive reactions to the new program.
Volkswagen Debuts 2012 “21st Century” Beetle
April 21 - Volkswagen has introduced the third generation of its new Beetle for 2012, also called the 21st Century Beetle, which debuted simultaneously in Shanghai, Berlin, and New York.
GM Unveils New Models and New Technology
May 20 - Not only have new and revamped models given GM nameplates a healthy residual value forecast bump moving forward, but the lack of supply in the used car market means that your two- and three-year-old vehicles are worth a lot more than original projections.
The EV Experience: Nissan Leaf Drivers Speak Out (Part 1 and 2)
Sept. 21 - All-electric vehicles are finally in the real world. After 5,000 miles of driving, five Nissan Leaf users share their experiences on the ordering and buying process, charging challenges, figuring costs per mile, the driving experience and the specter of range anxiety.
2013 Ford Escape to Get 5 Better MPG Than Previous Model
Nov. 18 - At the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford revealed its all-new 2013-MY Escape for the first time. The automaker said the new model will offer 11 new exclusive features.
Starting Jan. 3, Commercial Drivers Banned from Hand-Held Cell Phone Use
Dec. 28 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Nov. 23 a final rule prohibiting drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial vehicle. The ban will take effect starting Jan. 3, 2012.