Cost Estimates Overstated for Pollution Standards, Study Finds

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March 23, 2017
<p><em>Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems</em></p> Auto Recalls Reach 53.2 Million in 2016

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles last year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 51.2 million vehicles were affected by recalls.

Cost Estimates Overstated for Pollution Standards, Study Finds

Cost estimates for meeting MPG and pollution standards are overstated by as much as 40 percent, according to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

<p><em>Photo courtesy of</em></p> How to Deal With Arbitrary Management Edicts

Fleet managers often must deal with a number of so-called “vehicle experts” within the company, sometimes including those who hold senior management positions. Here’s how to deal with the unrealistic ideas they propose.

<p><em>Photo of 2017 F-250 XL courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Landi Renzo's CNG 2017 F-250/F-350 Certified

Torrance, Calif.-based Landi Renzo has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 6.2L V-8 engine with the gaseous prep engine package.

<p><em>Photo of 2018 Toyota Sienna Limited courtesy of Toyota.</em></p> 2018 Toyota Sienna Adds Standard Safety Package

The entire 2018 Sienna Van lineup will include pedestrian detection warnings and lane departure alert.

Audi Details 2018 Q5, Sets Pricing
The 2018 Audi Q5 will retail for $42,475 when it goes in sale in April as a second-generation model of the compact luxury SUV. Fleet ordering has begun.

Tesla Discontinues Base Model S
Tesla will discontinue its entry-level Model S 60 and all-wheel 60D sedans that carry a $68,000 price point, and will sell the 75 and 75D sedans that retail for at least $74,500 as the entry models.


<p><em>Michael Bieger,&nbsp;senior director of global procurement for ADP, gives a presentation about creating a global fleet organization to a packed house at the 2015 Global Fleet Conference in Miami. The Global Fleet Conference returns to Miami in 2017.&nbsp;</em></p>
Global Fleet Conference Preferred Pricing Available to May

Registration for the Global Fleet Conference 2017 has opened and preferred pricing is available to fleet managers who sign up before May 6.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Expands Edge 2018 Lineup

The Ford Edge 2018 lineup now features the SEL Sport Appearance Package and will be available this fall.

Mike Antich
Editor and Associate Publisher
Market Trends
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Amy Winter-Hercher
Senior Editor
Driving Notes
2017 Subaru Impreza

The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

All trim levels come standard with forward-wheel drive. All-wheel drive options are also available for all models.
Driving the 2017 Mazda CX-5
Alliance AutoGas technicians converted this F-150 to run on propane autogas.
2017 Work Truck Show in Pictures
The Discovery uses Terrain Response 2, which offers driving modes for various off-road surfaces.
Land Rover's 2017 Discovery
2017 Special Report: Preparing for the ELD Mandate

Best Practices for Cybersecurity Management in Telematics

5 Steps to Optimizing Fleet Operations

5 Great Reasons to add Video Safety to your Fleet

The Impact of Mobile on Fleet

Cooperative Procurement: Do You Really Have to Go to Bid?

Strategic Tips to Reduce Fleet Costs

5 Trends in Fleet Management To Watch For in 2017

FleetBeat Safety Report, Volume 3

Three Easy Ways Telematics Can Improve Driver Safety

The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors

Have Your Fully Optimized Your Fleet Lifecycles?

Managing Tire Expenses

Choosing Motor Pool Technology: 20 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Determining the ROI of Implementing a Fleet Management System.

10 Reminders on How to Avoid Data Overload

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

How to Select a Telematics Provider

ARI Launches Fleet Monitoring Tool

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