Remarketing Recap, Recommendations; NTEA Work Truck Show

The used vehicle market ended strong in 2011, so what will 2012 bring?

“Used vehicle sales are considered somewhat ‘recession proof’ in that they are a cheaper alternative to purchasing a new car,” said Gus Xamplas, Donlen’s VP of Remarketing. “As the economy continues to recover slowly, buyers are considering used vehicles more frequently than if the economy were booming.”

Read the full 2011 recap and Gus’s recommendations in his latest Remarketing update “Fleet Industry Remarketing: 2011 Recap, 2012 Recommendations.”

Want to learn more about the man behind the scenes of Donlen’s Remarketing group? Gus recently sat down with for an in-depth interview. > Check it out here

Going to the NTEA Work Truck Show? It’s not too early to make your plans!

This year’s show, held in Indianapolis on March 6-8, 2012, promises to be the best and most informative yet. And we’ll be there! Last year, attendance topped 10,000 of the industry’s movers and shakers showcasing the latest technology, innovations, and new products.

Use the new Work Truck Show 2012 app on your smartphone to locate Donlen’s Booth #5647. Talk to our industry experts and pick up some fun stuff. While you’re there you can enter to win an iPad!

Be our special guest! > FREE registration for the Work Truck Show 2012

Industry News

U.S. automakers plan to add thousands of workers this year in response to rebounding sales. Ford and Chrysler said recently that they expect to add a total of 6,000 jobs, and Mercedes said it will add 1,500 jobs at its commercial truck plants in the Carolinas. Japanese automakers are hiring as they shift more production to the U.S. Two electric vehicle makers, Tesla Motors and Coda Automotive are also planning to add jobs as they bring new vehicles to the market. Adding it all up, the total workforce at U.S. plants could reach 650,000, a 10 percent increase over last year.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will be the first automotive industry leader to deliver a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona on February 27. He will discuss how technology and innovation can enhance personal freedom and mobility despite increasing vehicle populations and rapid urbanization. An example of the company’s strategy of creating a “connected vehicle future” will be on display at the conference in the EVOS Concept, featuring visionary technology that seamlessly connects the vehicle and the driver’s “personal cloud” of information.

In addition to accessing information from behind the wheel, mobile communications systems are evolving into life-saving devices. Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are on the rise, and technology companies are responding with in-car systems that warn drivers of pedestrians and bicyclists in their path, as well as devices installed at urban intersections that control traffic lights to protect pedestrians in crosswalks. Read about four technologies in use today that could save lives.

Nearly two dozen hybrid and electric vehicles were introduced at the North American International Auto Show, but only a few will actually hit the streets this year. Toyota has been teasing us with pre-show announcements of the Prius c, and Ford fueled the appetites of electric car enthusiasts when it announced that the Focus EV would achieve 100MPGe. Check out the hybrids and EVs that are coming to the market in 2012.

Driver’s Corner

Everyone knows about road rage. But how about parking rage? Many incidents happen while parking vehicles, and we’ve all seen it (and hopefully never been involved ourselves). We have all witnessed arguments over parking spaces and rude gestures exchanged between drivers. All this can quickly escalate and unfortunately may end in violence. Practicing patience and common courtesy can go a long way to avoid “parking rage” situations. > Check out some great tips here

And Finally…

And finally, let’s hope we never need to use this information, but it may certainly come in handy for…well, something. Popular Mechanics released “10 Best Vehicles for the End of the World” and some of the vehicles that made the list may not be the first you’d think of when trying to survive. Would you be surprised to find a Buick Roadmaster Wagon on the list? Or a Porsche 911 Carrera S? How about a Volkswagen Microbus? Now, we can’t vouch for the accuracy of these “end of the world” benefits, but maybe you should check out the full list…you never know.

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on January 20, 2012

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