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The Adverse Impact of Staggered Production Schedules on Fleet Planning and Ordering

January 6, 2014

Nowadays, OEMs introduce new models throughout the calendar-year. For many fleet managers, the staggered release of new models complicates fleet planning and the ordering process. Some model lines may have variable final order and startup dates due to muttiple plant assignments and model configurations. Fleet-minded OEMs have been terrific partners to fleets and, together, there should be a way to mitigate the impact of staggered production schedules for their largest customers.

Tags: CAFE, Model-year, Fleet Planning, Production Schedules

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Game-Changing Fleet Megatrends

August 27, 2012

Within the context of fleet management, the concept of megatrends is used to identify economic and technological forces that can potentially alter our present-day industry in game-changing ways. Among the current megatrends that can potentially alter fleet as we know it are a higher interest rate environment, a higher taxation environment, leap-frogging technology, changing fleet demographics, and higher acquisition costs.

Tags: Telematics, CAFE, interest rates, acquisition costs, Baby Boomers, fuel pricing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, August 27, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Impact of Future CAFE Standards on Resale Values

December 5, 2011

The cost to design and build vehicles to meet the higher 2017-2021 fuelefficiency standards will average an additional $2,000 to $6,000 per vehicle. Proponents of the higher CAFE standards argue the higher acquisition costs will be offset by much greater fuel savings. However, is there a diminishing return on cost savings as fuel efficiency increases? Kelley Blue Book thinks so.

Tags: Remarketing, Residual Values, CAFE, Mike Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

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