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Key Takeaways from NAFA’s Fleet Management Institute

NAFA, the Fleet Management convened in Detroit this for its annual Fleet Management Expo. While fleet who attend NAFA command larger fleets than the 50 and crew of Business Fleet the Expo is ground zero for and fleet information. Here is a of news you can use from a few corners of the

On the Ground

Companies with fleets are putting increasing on fleet operations. Right maintenance costs and fuel are all issues, and metrics and fleet are increasingly on a need it now basis.

the improving economy, expect fuel prices. To boost and lessen fleets’ carbon fleets are continuing the move six- to four-cylinder engines. meeting new emissions requirements are fleet costs, especially in to 2010 diesel truck that meet the new emissions

Though fleets are increasing as pent-up demand is released, vehicles are allowing longer times. Lead by Hyundai’s 100,000-mile warranty, look for to offer longer warranty The typical 36-month, 60,000-mile is becoming a thing of the past.

Inventory remains tight, for those you buying off of dealers’ For those that order the manufacturer, do so further out and you’ll be There is adequate production to those needs for fleet, Peter Grady, vice Network Development Fleet Group LLC.

The Manufacturers’ POV

manufacturers reiterated the message fleet business is good GM’s Vice Chairman Bob noted that fleet is first and built first.

retail sales were up 5 in the first quarter of 2010, registrations were up 47 percent. of that, admitted Grady, from pent up rental sales. OEMs are tempering a message for rental, however. Fields, Ford’s president of the said Ford now tightly its daily rental fleet while focusing on more government and commercial fleet

Our growth will come large commercial and government echoed Peter Grady of

An Audi representative said sees fleet as no longer a way to up retail sales, but a way to grow the

Subaru said it has tripled sales in three years. The is increasing production of its Tribeca and models for fleet.

Volkswagen is now a player in fleet. Look for a in the July/August issue of Business .

There may be quibbling as to how and when GM and Chrysler will be paying off government loans, but the financial for both is solid, and this health is coming sooner expected.

The three domestic are holding the line on incentives. Bob said that GM has solved its fixed labor cost per

Lutz, in closing remarks of his public address before from an illustrious automotive showed his gratitude to the fleet We at GM want to thank fleet he said. At a time when market turned its back on us, supported us and was an integral part of our

Fuel and Powertrain Outlook

like to toss around the agnostic when it comes to fuel or powertrain will greater market share. all manufacturers are developing multiple and powertrain technologies.

Biodiesel, ethanol, CNG, LPG and are niche plays but are important for that have dedicated and fuel availability close by. said its alliance with will factor in fleet of Fiat’s strength in CNG technology. continues to sell its CNG-powered GX into fleet.

Mercedes, and VW are realizing very good sales. Right now, has no plans to bring a diesel car to the U.S.

The mainstream path to independence, however, seems to be a from gas-electric hybrids to to fuel-cell technology.

Mazda has a partnership with Toyota on Subaru will introduce its hybrid in 2012. Look for plug-in hybrid in late Volvo is on a two-year test of a hybrid; Audi’s e-tron car is in testing as well. VW will its hybrid Touareg this

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The Ford Transit Connect will be out near end of 2011 a Ford Focus electric to in 2012. GM remains on track for Volt release in the fourth The first offering from the Fiat partnership will be the 500, with an electric to follow.

Honda’s FCX Clarity, a dedicated fuel cell-electric vehicle, is leased to fleet and retail for testing right now. is leasing a limited number of its fuel cell vehicle in the GM forecasts that it will a hydrogen vehicle on the road by

There is a grid infrastructure that exists for electric however, the resources being put solving this problem are from the manufacturers and leasing to local and state governments and Cities.

OEMs are not giving up on gas far from it. Mazda is pushing its ICE SKY and transmission system; Ford is up its EcoBoost engine production; the Cruze will get a version gets 40 mpg hwy. Manufacturers are four-cylinder-like miles-per-gallon numbers out of engines with the same horsepower.

Chrysler will introduce the new this fall. This will play big in the police car Grady said. Chrysler is looking into bringing two commercial vans produced by Industrial.

Legislative Happenings

On the front, be aware that is recalibrating how it rates vehicles its five star rating. vehicles that received previously will be downgraded the new system.

Pat O’Connor, NAFA’s legislative counsel, presented information on new rules and legislation.

state legislation on texting driving, on top of recent U.S.-wide for a ban on texting while driving for fleets and federal employees.

The and House as well as Senators Lieberman and Kerry are pushing versions of a cap and trade bill. The bill gives authority to the EPA to certain fleets with GHG emissions of more than metric tons of CO2 to report gas emissions. That comes with fleet funding for and plug-in electric vehicles.

tax incentives for CNG, propane and expired at the end of 2009. Legislation to the incentives has passed the House and though no timetable for implementation is in

There is pending legislation to the tax credit for natural gas vehicles, legislation would substantially the tax credit on medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

A Fuel Performance Tax is being proposed in an amount to the new vehicle’s excess fuel above CAFE. If passed, would be substantial: the Ford Hybrid would be eligible for a of around $2,500, a Toyota owner would receive $4,000, and a Volt driver get nearly $8,000.

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