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January 12, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Join us in Geneva for the International Fleet Meeting

The third annual International Fleet Meeting, organized by aboutFLEET and fleetcompetence Europe, will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on March 2, 2016, the second press day of the Geneva International Motor Show. The event offers a unique opportunity for the international fleet manager or fleet procurement manager to meet and network with senior executives of global fleet suppliers in an intimate setting. The number of participants is limited to 250 and the registration deadline is February 11th.

Ricardo Reyes, Vice President of Global Communications at Tesla, is the keynote speaker. He will be followed by a panel discussion by a team of fleet professionals moderated by Anne Dopson of International Fleet World.

Fleet Management Weekly is proud to be a media sponsor of this exciting event! We’re looking forward to joining the organizers and participants in Geneva on March 2nd. Learn more about the International Fleet Meeting.

Enjoy this issue of Fleet Management Weekly newsletter and check out FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates.

Janice Sutton
Executive Editor

Thought Leadership

Fleet Marketing – Guiding principles for fleet providers to improve marketing and increase sales.

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices around managing material handling equipment.

On Accident Management Learn ways to save money on your fleet’s collision repair costs.

The Fleet Customer Experience – Identifying the practices that define the best customer experience.

Think Global. Plan Local. – Navigating the management of the world-class fleet.

The Fleet CX Toolbox – Solid steps to implementing and improving fleet customer experience.

The Sustainable Fleet – Strategic approaches to bring about a smarter, cleaner fleet.

Talent Management – Smart guidelines to help you manage the talent in your workplace.

All posts from the newsletter reside on our web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com


VIDEO: International Fleet Meeting - Geneva 2016

The Geneva International Fleet Meeting provides a networking platform for international fleet operators and the automotive and leasing industry. Watch this video to learn more about attending this can’t-miss event.

VIDEO: Mastering Procurement and Fleet
  Balancing Responsibilities Between Procurement and Fleet

Chris Holzer is a busy professional who manages his responsibilities between procurement and fleet – and he’s happy to be constantly learning more about the fleet industry.

VIDEO: Safety Tips from Driving Dynamics
  Parking and Backing Safety Tips

Parking lot accidents account for over 20% of auto crash claims, and over one-fourth of all accidents involve backing. Watch these safety tips from Driving Dynamics, and learn how to minimize your risk.

The Fleet Spot

nafa-logo NAFA Webinar: Ensuring Fleet & Driver Safety

How to utilize technology to help businesses adhere to regulations and protect employees

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Time: 12:00pm EST

Duration: 1 hour

Instructors: Todd Ewing, Director of Product Marketing; and Jim Kronenberger, Director of Major Accounts; Fleetmatics

Implementing safety programs can be seamless with the use of fleet management technology, which ensures a smooth rollout and an overall healthier organization.


Will Murray Will Murray to Cycle from London to Paris for Road Safety Charity

On 20 July 2016, Dr. Will Murray, Research Director of Interactive Driving Systems, will be cycling from London to Paris to raise much needed funds for Brake, the UK-based global road safety charity.

Will, who for many years led projects on road safety at the University of Huddersfield, has been a supporter of Brake since attending the charity’s launch event at the Houses of Parliament in 1995. He has worked closely with the charity for over 20 years on a range of industry shaping projects.


Stahl Wolfgang Stahl Named European Fleet Director at Opel

Opel has appointed Wolfgang Stahl to the role of Director European Fleet, Remarketing and Used Vehicle Operations. He replaces Ian Hucker who has taken the position of Executive Director Sales for Opel Europe, and is now responsible for sales throughout Europe, excluding the UK, German and Russian markets. Stahl, 46, who holds a degree in Business Administration, brings with him a wealth of automotive experience in operational and strategic functions.


TerryH AFLA to Cover Controversial Issues in Fleet at Regional Forum

Join AFLA in Tampa, FL on Thursday, February 25, 2016 for the third annual AFLA Regional Forum.

This year’s forum has a great schedule of speakers, including Terry Horrocks, Manager for Risk & Safety Services at Element Fleet Management, who will present Controversial Issues in Fleet.

In this session, Terry will cover the scope of legalized marijuana and “right to carry” in the US and their implications for fleet as well as the importance of strong written policies to protect employers who operate fleets.


On Accident Management

By Wayne Smolda, President and CEO of The CEI Group, Inc.

The most disturbing news for fleets to come out of 2015 was the projection that traffic fatalities for last year were going to increase by the greatest rate we’ve seen in many years, a warning that fleet accident costs – including repair and other “hidden” expenses – could do the same next year.

Even without higher accident rates, fleets face an increase in the cost of accident repairs, given the continuing growth in the number of safety systems appearing in new vehicles and in the use of non-traditional materials, like aluminum, plastics and high-strength steel, all of which are costlier to repair.


Talent Management

By Mike Cieri, MSIR, Vice President of Mardac Consultants

A cohesive team can consistently outperform a collection of talented individuals. This statement is proved every day in sports – and in business.

The reason is simple. On a cohesive team, the members work together toward a common goal. Instead of competing with each other to further their own careers, team members cooperate and actually help each other perform. This cooperation results from the understanding that personal goals and company objectives are interdependent. By helping the team effort, members are really helping themselves.


2015 Strong for Used Cars


Wholesale used vehicle prices increased in December signifying the sixth increase out of the previous seven months. Illustrating continued strength and stability, this brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index – a measure of wholesale prices adjusted for mix, mileage and season – to a reading of 125.7 in December. This represents an increase of 1.5 percent from a year ago and is the Index’s highest level in more than four years.

The Manheim annual Used Car Market report examines the economic underpinnings of the entire used vehicle market and sector-specific trends that influence the supply and pricing of used vehicles.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Honda Civic, Volvo XC90 Land North America Car, Truck/Utility of the Year

The Detroit Bureau

Even before the first official debut of the annual North American International Auto Show, Honda and Volvo had plenty of reason to celebrate. The two makers took top honors in a highly competitive field of finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year.

This year, top honors went to the 2016 Honda Civic, the North American Car of the Year, with the new 2016 Volvo XC90 taking honors as the North American Truck/Utility of the Year.


First Standard Production Cars Given Green Light for Autonomous Driving in Nevada


The US state of Nevada has been a trailblazer in issuing licenses for testing autonomous cars on public roads, with its first two going to Google and Audi back in 2013. Now, it has awarded its first licenses for autonomous standard production vehicles. Three new Mercedes E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves.

A rep from Mercedes’ parent company Daimler actually tells Gizmag that they believe it is the first such license to have been awarded anywhere in the world, but it’s not only cars that have been being tested on Nevada’s roads.


GM Set to Move Faster on Future Battery Cars

The Detroit Bureau

The launch of the new Chevrolet Bolt is likely to mark the start, rather than the end, of General Motors’ electrification efforts, a number of company officials tell TheDetroitBureau.com.

And though CEO Mary Barra was not ready to comment about future models during a media roundtable in Las Vegas, she stressed the speed with which GM will have gone from concept to customer with the 200-mile Bolt. It was first revealed in prototype form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, returning in production form at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The Chevy Bolt will be on sale later this year.


Zeiss DriveSafe Lenses: A New Driver-Based Innovation In Vehicle Safety


We live in a rapidly advancing world, thanks in large part to technology. And as we saw at CES this week, the automotive industry has been an integral player in offering new technologies for public benefit. Many of these advancements have to do with safety technology, from mitigating crashes to avoiding them altogether.

However, most safety features tend to come from the car itself, meaning if a consumer wants said features they have to purchase a new vehicle. And with the rapid pace of technological breakthroughs a consumer has to cycle into a new car every few years to truly keep up with the latest tech. This isn’t practical or cost-efficient for many consumers.


Electric Cars Today

The Detroit News

From the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt crossover to the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Honda Clarity to a hybrid Chrysler minivan, automakers are expected to show a parade of electric vehicles at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

A rare sight a decade ago, they will join dozens of battery-powered entries in dealer showrooms as automakers try to dazzle consumers and meet government gas efficiency mandates.


Women in Fleet

Women in Fleet — Supporting and Mentoring women in the fleet industry

By Janice Sutton

We recently met with Lori Rasmussen, president of PARS and chairperson of Women in Fleet, to talk about the Women in Fleet group that she and other fleet professional women created several years ago.

Lori says, ‘The purpose of Women in Fleet is not to separate women; women have worked so hard in this industry for equality with men, but to create a group where we can support other women, new women in the industry, and pair them with veteran women in the industry. It is a resource to help someone if she needs help with something or just needs coaching.”


A 'Baby-Step' for Tesla

SF Gate

Some Tesla Motors vehicles can park themselves without a driver inside with a software update beamed to customers over the weekend.

The update also puts new speed limits on Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode and makes several enhancements, including automatically slowing when the car is approaching a curve and keeping the car in its lane even when the lane markings are faded.

CEO Elon Musk said the parking feature is a “baby step” toward his eventual goal: Letting drivers summon their self-driving, self-charging cars from anywhere using their phones.


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AFLA – Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association
Providing the advanced forum for corporate fleet professionals to network with industry leaders.
The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.
PARS' mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.
Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
LeasePlan is the world's leading high-touch service provider for vehicle leasing and fleet management.
Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 76 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.
Driven fleet professionals. Driving results.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

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