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January 10, 2017
<p><em>Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.</em></p> First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

<p><em>2017 Honda Ridgeline (photo courtesy of Honda)</em></p> Bolt, Pacifica, Ridgeline Earn Vehicle of the Year Awards

The 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of FCA.</em></p> FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

<p><em>Smolda</em></p> Element Purchases The CEI Group

Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

Vehicle Logistics Firms MetroGistics, AmeriFleet to Merge

The merger will consolidate the fleet-related services of both companies with the goal of targeting new markets and service lines.

<p><strong>Norm Ellis</strong> <em>Photo courtesy of EROAD</em></p> ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

Fleet management technology provider ERoad has named industry veteran Norm Ellis as the company's president.

<p>Truck toolbox lid-latch-support joined with a structural adhesive eliminates warpage and stress concentrations common with welding.&nbsp;(Photo courtesy of LORD Corp.)</p> Building Better Vehicles

Rather than welding components together, structural adhesives are becoming more common in custom upfit work vehicles.

<p><em>Photo: UPS</em></p> UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

Comparing Vans by Lifecycle Cost

This analysis shows that ownership costs for vans with similar powertrains, GVWR, and capacities can vary by manufacturer as much as $9,000.

Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher
Market Trends
Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

The strategic procurement process typically involves a multifunctional sourcing team. This cross-functional team often designates a “gatekeeper” responsible for controlling the flow of information to the group. When selecting a fleet supplier, I strongly believe the fleet manager needs to be the gatekeeper. Here are the arguments supporting this assertion.

Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher
Market Trends
Cost Control is Constrained Without Driver Buy-in

The fundamental requirements of your business necessitates minimum fleet equipment specifications that, as a result, pre-define the expense parameters from both a fixed and operating cost perspective. If you acquire vehicle assets that best fulfill your fleet application, then any supplemental cost reduction will only be based on incremental refinements The best way to achieve additional cost reduction is by modifying driver behavior.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of CURT Manufacturing.</em></p>
TruTrack Model #17501 CURT Manufacturing
<p><em>FST3000 Vanair Super Capacity Charger (Image Courtesy of Vanair)</em></p>
FST3000 Vanair Super Capacity Charger Vanair Manufacturing

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12 Practical Steps to Prepare for the ELD Mandate

Achieving Productivity: 10 Steps to Success

5 Great Reasons to add Video Safety to your Fleet

7 Ways to Improve Safety in Your Fleet

When Is Self-Managing Your Fleet the Best Option?

4 Ways You Can Use GPS Tracking to Help Increase Productivity and Eliminate Payroll Issues

Using Gamification to Improve Driver Behavior

Using Fleet Tracking to Reduce Fuel Costs

Why Payment Networks Matter: A Fleet Manager's Guide to Proprietary Fuel Cards

6 Ways to Maximize Vehicle Uptime

Advancing Preventive Maintenance

How to Select a Telematics Provider

Predictive Analytics: Shedding New Light on Hidden High-Risk Fleet Drivers

How to Deal with Driver Objections to Motor Pool

Increasing Profitability With Telematics: COI vs. ROI

Auto Truck Group Sales Manager Returns to Upfitter

Vanair Names New Product Manager

H.K. Truck Center Celebrates 35th Anniversary

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