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Auto Fleet - August 2008

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In this Issue:

Pros & Cons of Extending Replacement Policy
It has been “common wisdom” to replace fleet vehicles in relatively short cycles. Rising costs, however, have led some fleet managers to consider lengthening replacement criteria.

Perfect Strom Pummels Truck Resale Values
Resale values for pickup trucks have declined b 15-25 percent due to such factors as high fuel prices, tightened consumer credit, and a stagnant construction market.

Fleet Interest in Environmental Issues Grows; Challenges Remain
PHH Arval conducts an annual environmental survey of public and private sector managers. Eighty percent of surveyed fleet managers reported interest in fleet’s environmental impact continues to grow at their organizations.

Reaching Out & Getting Green with AT&T’s Fleet
Last June, the telecommunications company added more than 100 alternative-fuel vehicles to its fleet. Going “green” yielded a positive outcome for AT&T, and it hopes other fleets can follow suit.

New Green Fleet Conference Set for Chicago Sept. 15-16
Three Bobit Business Media publications are sponsoring the first-ever Green Fleet Conference 2008. The event will provide a proactive forum on issues related to clean fuel technologies, green fleet vehicles and equipment, and green infrastructures.

GM Sounding Board Serves as Conduit to Fleet Industry
The group helps improve performance levels of both GM and its commercial fleet customers. General Motors’ Fleet and Commercial Sounding Board includes representation from Canada and soon will expand to Mexico.

AFLA 2008 Conference Maps Road to the Future
A slate of high-powered speakers and panel presentations will offer strategic perspectives on what lies ahead for fleet management in fuel, corporate green fleet initiatives, automotive technology, strategic planning and OEM products.

How Technology Will Change Traditional Fleet Remarketing
Jim Hallett, chairman and COO of ADESA, shared his insights on the future of the wholesale automotive remarketing industry, in particular, concerning the impact of technology.

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