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Auto Fleet - May 2010

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In reviewing the history of fleet management, a single question stands out among all others as the most frequently asked: “How long should I keep my vehicles in service.

Analyzing the Industry Trend to Extend Replacement Cycles
With the budget constraints encouraging more extensive cost-cutting strategies, fleets in many business sectors are experimenting with extended cycling. The first of a two-part series covers long-term cycling trends, impacts on acquisition, and resale value.

Toyota Responds to Fleet Safety Concerns About Unintended Acceleration
Cumulatively, 78,000 Toyota models in fleet service are affected by the two-voluntary safety recalls. Toyota is working to ensure fleet customers are advised of the facts regarding these recalls and remedies it has implemented.

Examining Reimbursement Economics from Multiple Perspectives
As financial hard times prompt companies to once again consider reimbursement, the economics of this type of program versus company provided vehicles may not add up to perceived cost savings.

Fleet Applications Emerge for Mobile Communication Devices
Applications for mobile communication devices to perform fleet-related tasks will become increasingly prevalent in the near-future. These emerging applications will help enhance driver productivity and communication.

’Green Telematics’ Use to Grow
The “green” telematics market is expected to expand nine-fold by 2015. Most valuable to fleets is the wireless communication of fuel consumption and emissions data.

NAFA ‘Ready to Explore Common Ground’
In a conversation with AF, NAFA President Chris Amos explores the organization’s education, partnership, and legislative efforts, initiatives to enhance Member and Affiliate involvement, and the fleet industry future.

Kraft Foods Field-Tests Alt-Fuel Vehicles
As part of continuing sustainability efforts, the global foods powerhouse is evaluating initial driver response to pilot testing Food and Toyota hybrids, the Subaru Forester PZEV, and the diesel-powered VW Jetta in its sales fleet.

15th Annual CAR Conference a Big Hit
A record-breaking attendance of more than 800 remarketing professionals made the first-ever combined NAAA and CAR Conference, co-located with the IARA, a huge success.

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