Fleet Management Update – July 2017

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July 2017  -  We hope you will find our monthly Fleet Management Updates useful. Please feel free to call us or leave a comment below regarding any questions you may have about the newsletter or subjects you would like us to include in future months. We invite you to sign up at the bottom of this newsletter page for future Fleet Management Updates to be sent directly to your email.   

SCOTT SMITH President  

GT Leasing | 904-398-5000  | 2810 St Augustine Rd | Jacksonville | FL | 32207

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END OF THE LINE FOR 2017 MODELS

In the vehicle business this is the end of the year. For a lot of retail dealers it is a slow time with low inventory in anticipation of the 2018′s soon to arrive.
At GT our summers remain pretty active with not so much going on in vehicle deliveries, but in administering orders for the 2018′s.
In fleet management we are working with clients typically months ahead of their needs.
Here’s why, the two biggest variables affecting your lease costs are 1) initial cost netted against 2) resale value. Both these factors are almost always the most favorable for delivery at model introduction, typically September-October.

So why are these factors the most favorable in the Fall? New vehicle prices are almost always at their lowest at model intro. For most models this is September. Manufacturers incrementally raise prices consistently all year after the model is introduced.
The second reason is your trade in or lease turn, which is constantly depreciating. However this depreciation is not at a consistent pace, but the depreciation hit’s a bit of a sharp drop in the Fall from September to January. The earlier you get delivery of the new models the less this oft overlooked sharper fall in depreciation will be felt.
Right now is a great time to start cycling/and ordering your vehicles with the 2018′s models beginning to trickle in next month. As you replace your vehicles look to GT Leasing as your professional resource for your fleet questions. We both have the same objective to keep your vehicle expenses as low as possible.

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SCOTT SMITH President

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GT Leasing | 904-398-5000  | 2810 St Augustine Rd | Jacksonville | FL | 32207
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GM 2018 LINEUP EXPANDING TURBOCHARGING 

Turbos have come a long way, especially in the last 10 years. They are much better at managing the heat and wear than they used to be able to do and have almost no “turbo-lag” at acceleration.
Ford has widely expanded their usage in the Eco-Boost series of engines and now GM seems to be joining the party. General Motors continues to boost its use of turbocharged engines in 2018 offerings to improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance.
The technology can give a four-cylinder engine comparable performance figures to a larger six-cylinder engine by using exhaust gases to power a turbine like fan. The turbocharging fan drives a pump that blasts a denser mixture of air into the engine. This increases the engine’s horsepower output. All diesel engines feature turbochargers.
GM has more than doubled U.S. sales of vehicles with turbocharged engines from about 288,000 in 2011, or less than 12 percent of U.S. sales, to 712,000 in 2016.
2018 GMC Terrain (pictured above) and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox,  the most recent vehicles to offer turbos, are exclusively powered  by turbocharging.,. Roughly half of GM’s 2018 vehicle lineup is expected to offer at least one turbo option, including a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine available in the Chevrolet Traverse and standard on the Buick Regal and Regal TourX.
GM has areas in their GMC and Chevrolet SUVs and full-size pickups to keep expanding its turbo lineup. It doesn’t yet offer any turbo engines for its largest gasoline-powered markets in these areas where some competitors particularly Ford have capitalized.

 

2018 CAMRY GOES FOR MAJOR REVAMP

Toyota is in the process of spending $1.3 Billion in completely retooling their Georgetown, Ky plant and so we expect some major things from them over the next few years.

For now  it appears that for 2018, those risk-averse Camry styling days are gone.  Like the plant revamp, Toyota engineers have overhauled their incremental styling approach to their flagship Camry in favor of a radical (for Toyota) revamp.
Example one is the Camry’s daring new sheetmetal and lowering the car height by over an inch. All new 2018 Camrys are lower and wider than the old: 1 inch lower, half an inch wider and with the center of gravity brought down by almost an inch, the sleek new exterior brought drag down by a tenth to 0.27. All of this bodes well for the driving experience.
I won’t bore you with details about the 2018′s increased torsional rigidity, a new double wishbone rear suspension and the new platform that underpins the car, but the strength and layout of the Camry’s platform are a dramatic departure and key to why ride and handling have greatly improved for 2018.
The V-6′s fuel economy is impressive, EPA rated at 22/32/26 mpg city highway/combined. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivers both performance and economy with a best 41-mpg highway rating.
A lot more has been updated, though. Most notable is the standard pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. That’s right: standard on all trim levels including the least expensive L at $24,380. Lower trim levels have a high-speed-only adaptive cruise that shuts off as the car slows below 25 mph while following traffic, while higher-end trims have a full-speed adaptive cruise control that can automatically slow to a stop if traffic dictates. Blind spot warning is extra and available on some trims.
The redesigned interior has higher-quality pieces all around and very comfortable redesigned seats. Higher-end Camrys have an interesting collection of features found in other cars but not available all in one place like in the Camry: A 360-degree “bird’s eye” camera system for easier parking, found on many Nissans; 4G LTE in-car wireless internet like Chevrolet; and a head-up display like on the Mazda6 are all available. 

TAKATA AIRBAGS – THE STORY THAT WON’T END

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin said Tuesday that new testing is prompting Takata Corp. to declare 2.7 million airbag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. vehicles.
Takata airbag inflators are already linked to 17 deaths — including 11 in the U.S. — and more than 180 injuries worldwide and will eventually cover more than 100 million inflators. The auto safety agency said new testing is prompting the recall of some driver-side airbags built from 2015 back through 2012.

EUROPE KILLING DIESEL POWERED AUTOS


While diesel cars aren’t particularly prevalent in the U.S., they’re prized for their fuel efficiency in Europe, where pump prices are far higher. But even though they sip fuel, they also produce far larger quantities of soot and nitrogen oxides compared to gasoline-powered engines.
In the U.K. more than 35 cities are toying with additional daily fees for diesel vehicles and outright bans. Last year, Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City, all committed to banning diesel cars and vans from their centers by 2025.
That decision was motivated mainly by air quality, but officials also noted at the time that it would have positive impacts on the climate. Aggressive policy measures like these will also help accelerate adoption of hybrids and electric vehicles. There’s nothing like facing large fees and fines to spur an adoption of the “favored” modus operandi. Regulatory-driven approaches to “encouraging” electric vehicle use drive adoption far faster relying on consumer choice.
Diesels are about 20 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline engines, so they are key to most manufacturers’ CO2-reduction strategies. Automakers that miss their CO2 targets face stiff fines.
In a damned if you do damned if you don’t scenario the crack down on toxic nitrogen oxide emissions from diesels is leaving brands such as VW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at risk because they have strategically bet on the powertrain to meet tougher carbon dioxide emissions rules that start to take effect in 2020.
Interestingly, Peugeot’s sales are nearly half diesels and a higher percentage than any of even Volkswagen Group’s volume brands may be a victim of it’s own success.
Peugeot’s vulnerability on diesels masks the company’s achievement. It has the lowest measured CO2 emissions of any automaker competing in Europe and is one of the only brands to use the most expensive NOx reduction-technology, SCR urea treatment with AdBlue, across its entire diesel lineup. The public backlash against diesels in general could make Peugeot a victim if consumers have to confront a new reality of not being able to drive the cars into Europe’s biggest cities.

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FORD TIMELINE FOR MODELS 2016-2020

For proper fleet management the data we provide on manufacturer model timelines is critical. It appears that other than the Super Duty roll-out, the 2016 model year will be a lull. But, it will be the lull before a bevy of new intros.for Ford thereafter.
Ford
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
F-150Addition
FusionFreshen
Super DutyRedesign
GT New
Fiesta / Fiesta ST Redesign
MustangFreshen
ExpeditionRedesign
F-150 Freshen
Transit Connect Van Freshen
Transit Connect Wagon Freshen
Edge Freshen
Transit Freshen
Focus Redesign
Subcompact crossover New
ExplorerRedesign
FusionRedesign
EscapeRedesign
Model ENew
Mustang Re-engineering
F-150Redesign
Bronco New
Lincoln
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
ContinentalNew NavigatorRedesign MKC Redesign
MKXFreshen
MKZRedesign
AviatorNew
coupePossible
We think the near term biggest grin from Ford will come from the Shelby. We all know Shelby as a producer of special versions of the Mustang – the most powerful and fastest since the days of the first generation in the mid-60s. As for the latest generation of Ford Mustang, which appeared in 2015, Shelby has not fully used the potential of the new model. Recently there was a GT350 model and its track-modification GT350R (pictured here), but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The most interesting Shelby experts left for later – with the release of the 2018 Shelby GT500, which is already actively being tested on race tracks and public roads.

 

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PRIMER ON ALL VANS – PHOTOS STATS SPECS

U.S. HEAVY DUTY TRUCK ORDERS UP NEARLY 40% IN JUNE

Orders of the heavy-duty trucks that move America’s freight rose almost 40 percent in June, according to preliminary figures released on Wednesday by two firms that track the sector.
According to FTR Intel, orders of Class 8 trucks rose 38 percent in June versus the same month in 2016, after a surprising drop in May. ACT Research put the increase at 39 percent versus June 2016.
The market took a brief respite in May after several stronger-than-expected months.
After a disappointing market for trucks in 2016 amid high retail inventories and economic uncertainty among truck firms, analysts have predicted higher orders for trucks in 2017 and an even better 2018.
The growth in 2018 is seen being fueled by a federal mandate that truck firms must switch to electronic logs (ELDs) from paper logs in December 2017. Experts predict many smaller truck firms that fudge the books in order to stay profitable in a low-margin industry will close up shop. That is expected to boost truck orders by larger fleet owners next year.
By Nick Carey, Reuters

JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS MODEL TIME LINES

Here are Japan’s big three’s plans over the next 4 years. The automakers have set their sights in different directions as they craft their product plans over the next few years.
Toyota and Lexus are going global with common platforms and goung after more daring styling. Toyota’s lineup also absorbs three youth-focused models from the soon-to-be-extinguished Scion brand. Lexus’ dazzling LC 500 sports car, a pet project of Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, arrives this year.
Nissan is targeting the truck market with shorter intervals between model freshening that include a major mid-cycle freshening of the Pathfinder crossover and a new base-model Rogue. Infiniti, gets three new engines.

At Honda we will see new redesigns in 12 months to their bread and butter core models: the Accord, Odyssey and CR-V. Also coming onto the market is highly fuel efficient line – Clarity. Mainstream models will also be offered in hybrid and plug in variants in both Honda and Acura models.     TIMELINE PDF - Download

LEXUS
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
LC 500 New
RX Redesign
LS Redesign
NX Redesign
CT Redesign
IS Redesign
ES Redesign
GS Redesign
SCION
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
TOYOTA
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Corolla Freshen
Highlander Re-engineering
Prius Addition
Yaris iA New
Corolla iM New
86 Freshen
C-HR New
CamryRedesign
Sienna Re-engineering
Prius VRedesign
Yaris Redesign
Supra successorPossible
AvalonRedesign
86 Freshen
RAV4Redesign
Prius CRedesign
CorollaFreshen
TundraRedesign
HighlanderRedesign
SiennaRedesign
Corolla iMRedesign
SequoiaRedesign
INFINITI
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
QX60 Freshen
Q60 Redesign
Q50 Freshen
Q30 / QX30New
Q70 Redesign
QX70Redesign
LE New
QX80Redesign
Q80 New
QX50Redesign
NISSAN
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Rogue Addition
Titan Addition
ArmadaRedesign
PathfinderFreshen
MuranoFreshen
FrontierRedesign
AltimaRedesign
Versa sedanRedesign
Leaf Redesign
Juke Redesign
Versa Note

ACURA
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
TLX Re-engineering
ILX Redesign
CDX Possible
RDX Redesign
MDXFreshen
RLXRedesign
RDXAddition
TLXRedesign
HONDA
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Civic Addition
OdysseyRedesign
Clarity Redesign
Fit Freshen
CivicAddition
CR-VRedesign
AccordRedesign
ClarityAddition
Pilot Re-engineering
HR-V Freshen
CR-V Addition
AccordAddition

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