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How Fleets Can Avoid Staged Accidents

How Fleets Can Avoid Staged Accidents

Blog: Vocational trucks are susceptible to being targeted for staged accidents, which involves maneuvering an unsuspecting employee driver into an intentional crash in order to make a false insurance claim or to file a lawsuit against the driver’s employer.

June 14, 2018

2018 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab

2018 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab

The Frontier is a capable work truck that can be used in diverse vocational segments, ranging from pool cleaners to gardeners to diverse tradesmen applications. It is powered by a robust V-6 and has a configurable cargo bed.

May 15, 2018

Using Performance-Based Incentives to Optimize the Cost-Effectiveness of Fleet Operations

A fleet cost reduction program goes straight to the corporate bottom line. If a company operates at a 10% annual net profit margin, reducing annual fleet expenses by $100,000 is the equivalent of generating $1 million in sales. Although fleet managers manage hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in corporate assets, only half are incentivized to achieve targeted performance goals. I advocate incentivization should be a universal best practice extended to all fleet managers.

April 24, 2018

2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India.

April 13, 2018

Obstacles to Overcome Prior to a Volume Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles

I believe volume penetration of fleets by autonomous vehicles will take much longer to occur than what is predicted in today’s optimistic forecasts. Conceptually, autonomous vehicles are technologically feasible, but, as they say, the devil is in the details. One thing is certain, as we trail blaze new ground, so too will we trail blaze new problems.

April 4, 2018

Integration of Mobility Management Into Fleet or Vice Versa?

Corporate mobility management to evolve into multi-level responsibilities for asset lifecycle management, administration of multi-modal mobility services, and deployment of productivity and safety tools to support a mobile workforce in the field.

April 2, 2018

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model is designed for vocational fleet applications, such as those found in the construction, landscaping, HVAC, and plumbing industries. It is available in two cab styles and two bed lengths.

March 30, 2018

End-User Input Is the Key Factor to a Successful Upfit

The key objective of end-user discussions is to match the truck with the fleet application. Once you have completed your discussions, make sure the completed upfit specs have been reviewed and approved by all parties prior to order placement. It is critical to have a documented sign-off to avoid misunderstandings that result in after-the-fact upfitting modifications.

March 26, 2018

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic.

March 19, 2018

Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

March 16, 2018

How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

Your primary goal is to spec a truck to meet the intended job function, but how it is spec’ed has a direct bearing on future resale value. Therefore, it is similarly important to maintain a remarketing mindset when identifying specs.

March 14, 2018

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Ford's Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Fleet Model

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model that can be easily converted to run on gaseous fuel, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users, Ford announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

March 6, 2018

Replacement Tire Costs Increase 5-10%

Replacement Tire Costs Increase 5-10%

For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But, new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, due to higher prices for the commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive tires.

March 1, 2018

2018 XC40 Launches Volvo’s Small Vehicle Strategy

2018 XC40 Launches Volvo’s Small Vehicle Strategy

The XC40 is Volvo’s first small SUV. It is built on a new modular frame that will underpin all future 40 Series models, including fully electric vehicles. The XC40 offers three powertrains, including a three-cylinder engine, a first for Volvo Cars.

February 26, 2018

Why Competent Fleet Managers Are Terminated

Over the years, I have known many competent fleet managers. But, like salmons swimming upstream, not every promising fleet manager survives the challenges and rigors of day-to-day fleet management. It is understandable when fleet managers are fired for making expensive mistakes or when caught engaging in ethical transgressions, but, sadly, many more are terminated for circumstances that are entirely avoidable.

February 14, 2018

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.