ARI to Offer SiriusXM to Fleet Clients

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May 23, 2017
<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p> Pump Prices Rise Ahead of Memorial Day

National average gasoline prices increased to $2.36 per gallon heading toward the Memorial Day holiday with 36 states registering price increases, according to AAA.

<p><em>Logo: SiriusXM</em></p> ARI to Offer SiriusXM to Fleet Clients

ARI will offer SiriusXM to its fleet clients under a new partnership the fleet management company says will help companies improve driver retention rates.

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Pittsburgh has begun to reevaluate its relationship with Uber and the self-driving cars the company has been testing in the city, claiming the ride hailing company has reneged on several promises made to city officials and Mayor Bill Peduto.

<p>Photo: GM</p> GM Offers Built-In Telematics Solution

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Telematics has evolved into a full suite of services. GM has an OEM-provided solution that can fit fleets of all types and sizes.


<p><em>Photo of 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive courtesy of MBUSA.</em></p> Next-Gen Smart Fortwo Electric Starts at $24,550

Mercedes-Benz has reduced the price of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive by $1,200 to $24,550 for a battery EV that increases range and decreases charging time as it enters its fourth generation.

<p><em>The Fleet Hall of Fame was instituted in 2008. Three new members will be added in 2017.</em></p> Call for Nominations: 2017 Fleet Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2017 candidates for the Fleet Hall of Fame are now being accepted. The deadline to nominate is June 2.

<p><em>Photo of the Livonia Transmission Plant courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Invests $350M in Mich. Transmission Plant

Ford will invest $350 million to upgrade the Livonia Transmission Plant, which will create or retain 800 jobs in Michigan, Ford has announced.

Mike Antich
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Market Trends
Institutionalizing Cost-Control Strategies

Senior management exerts intense pressure on fleet managers to control and/or reduce vehicle acquisition and operating expenses. To accomplish this, a fleet managers can pursue three different cost-control strategies — cost savings, cost deferral, or cost avoidance. In order to implement a successful cost-control strategy you need to institutionalize the mechanisms to curb money-wasting behaviors.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai brings a strong competitor to the battery EV segment with its new Ioniq Electric sedan. On a full charge, it gets 124 miles MPGe and is one of the larger electric vehicles at 176 inches in length.

The Silverado 2500 HD tows up to 14,800 lbs with standard Vortect 6.0L V8, and 18,100 lbs with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8.
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The highly efficient Ioniq gets an EPA-rated 55 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway.
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