The automotive parts shortage that the industry is experiencing today goes far beyond just the shortage of microchips. Today, there is a wide cross-section of automotive parts that are in short supply varying by type of part and make and model of vehicle.
January 5, 2022
Three experienced global fleet managers discuss the changing nature of their roles and the challenges of policy harmonization, standardization, and safety across world regions.
January 4, 2022
This special report over five articles provides an in-depth examination of 2021 operating cost trends for fuel spend, scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, replacement tire prices, PM spend, warranty recovery, and a forecast of CY2022 expenses.
November 1, 2021
A variety of factors converged to exert upward pressure on preventive maintenance costs, such as longer vehicle service lives due to limited product availability, the ongoing transition to synthetic oils, and higher labor rates to attract scarce technicians.
November 1, 2021
Part and labor prices have increased 4-8%, while part and labor availability have decreased. Due to difficulties sourcing replacement vehicles, fleets are keeping units in service longer. This caused repair spend to increase in 2021.
November 1, 2021
Supply chain constraints make it difficult to get replacement vehicles leading to extended cycling of those currently in service. This is pushing the envelope of warranty coverage that is exacerbated by a shortage of replacement parts.
October 27, 2021
Many tire OEMs have increased prices in CY-2021, ranging from 3-10% depending on type of tire and size. Higher commodity prices and increased ocean freight rates are being passed on to end users as OE profit margins compress.
October 26, 2021
A new commercial vehicle (CV) strategy is being implemented by Ford to make commercial vehicles a larger part of its business. Executing this new strategy is Ted Cannis, general manager, Commercial Vehicles for the U.S. and Canada.
November 18, 2020
Fleets are being impacted by a variety of inflationary pressures ranging from higher acquisition prices due to the proliferation of onboard safety equipment, to increased material costs pushing up pricing on parts, upfits, and replacement tires.
December 13, 2019
The robust economy is creating record numbers of new jobs and a subsequent labor shortage that is being exacerbated by the large wave of Baby Boomer retirements, but some see uncertainty of future market conditions.
December 11, 2019
Redesigned from the ground up, the 2020 Explorer’s RWD architecture offers improved on- and off-road abilities and increased towing capacity. When powered by the 3.0L EcoBoost engine, it is the most powerful Explorer ever.
July 19, 2019
Your primary goal is to spec a truck to meet the intended job function, but how it is spec’ed has a direct bearing on future resale value. Therefore, it is similarly important to maintain a remarketing mindset when identifying specs.
March 14, 2018
For the past four years, tire costs have been stable. But, new cost pressures have emerged in 2017, due to higher prices for the commodities used to manufacture tires and the trend to larger diameter, more expensive tires.
March 1, 2018
The XC40 is Volvo’s first small SUV. It is built on a new modular frame that will underpin all future 40 Series models, including fully electric vehicles. The XC40 offers three powertrains, including a three-cylinder engine, a first for Volvo Cars.
February 26, 2018
Spec’ing a medium-duty truck is a complicated process that requires hundreds of decisions and choices, with each potentially impacting another. It is a science to achieve the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck.
February 5, 2018