Automotive Fleet - October 2016

COVER STORY: * 2016 Order-to-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015 * *


* 2016 Order-to-Delivery Times Comparable to MY-2015 (COVER STORY)

Fewer quality holds and a mild winter contributed to stable OTD times.  However, strong retail demand and low fuel prices have led to extended lead times on popular pickups and SUVs, along with ongoing railcar shortages.

* Expansion of Mexico Auto Manufacturing Creates Rail Constraints

Mexico has become the seventh largest automotive manufacturer in 2016.  Since Mexico's domestic retail market is relatively small with 900,000 units sold per year, the overwhelming majority of this new capacity will be earmarked for export.

* 13 Suggestions to Improve the Order-to-Delivery Process

Key areas for improvement are the development of better forecasting tools and greater collaboration between all logistics partners in the supply chain.

* Element Fleet Management: Today's Reality & Tomorrow's Vision

In a wide-ranging interview, the leadership of Element Fleet Management provide an update on the integration of the fleet business of GE Capital and offer insight on current industry trends and their vision of the future of fleet.

* Knowing the Risks of Eating and Drinking

Eating or drinking while driving ranks just below holding or talking on a cellphone when it comes to prevalence of behaviors that distract drivers.

* Going from Dots on a Map to Optimized Routing

Routing has evolved from simply getting a driver from point A to point B.  Today's GPS routing and telematics have made routing more efficient, safer, and dynamic.

* The 2016 Mazda CX-9 First to Feature 2.5L Turbocharged Engine

The Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size crossover SUV with three rows of seating for passengers.  The CX-9 is powered by a new four cylinder 2.5L direct-injection turboharged gasoline engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

* 2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

The Jaguar offers executive-level styling with nimble handling performance.  For MY-2016 the XJ has received a number of technological updates inside the cabin, including an improved infotainment and navigation system.

* Effective Metrics for Rewarding Positive Driving

The use of incentives may be a productive part of a well-rounded and well-executed fleet driver safety program, but it should never be used as a shortcut to deliver results when underlying practices may be incomplete.

* 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid

The plug-in hybrid SUV brings the automaker's push toward electrification into higher-selling models that will also include the upcoming 2017 330e sedan.

* FCA Showcases 2017 Lineup

FCA showed off its entire lineup for automotive journalists, including the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and its full range of commercial products.


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Automotive Fleet Magazine - October 2016