President-elect Donald Trump's repeated attacks on Mexican auto imports has collapsed the peso — which has ironically made Mexico a more inviting location for American manufacturers.
Trump has repeatedly warned automakers they could be hit with a 35 percent tariff on imports, but some observers believe such threats could actually make it more attractive to invest south of the border.
Several high-level auto industry officials told NBC News that a sharp slump in the price of the peso could more than offset any import tariffs, leading them to consider new Mexican manufacturing options.
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By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics
While vehicle types, traffic conditions and behavioral issues have greatly changed since the first driver education course in 1934, just how well have we kept up with preparing people to drive safely—especially those who spend hours each week behind-the-wheel for work?
As a fleet operator (non-CDL), do you think, based on an average of only six hours of formal behind-the-wheel training, the drivers in your fleet have come to you with an optimum level skill to operate a vehicle safely? Are these great drivers?
Most additional experience gained has been self-taught. These self-learned behaviors may include taking shortcuts around traffic rules, ignoring dangerous weather-related road conditions, and perhaps achieving a level of comfort with risky or distracted driving habits. Spend any time on the road and you’ve likely experienced a multitude of safe driving quality control deficiencies that are the product of this “curriculum.”
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
Ready for some math? You may not think math has anything to do with customer service and continuous improvement, but it certainly does!
Before you groan over a math lesson, give me a chance to explain. It starts with my dog, Fred. Fred is a Shepherd / Labrador mix that loves to go on walks with me. It was during one of these walks that I discovered a podcast from Tom Ziglar (son of Zig). During one of his episodes, he shared a simple formula that resonated with me and that I continue to apply:
For 60 years, NAFA has understood that leadership is integral to every organization’s success and is a necessary skill for all professionals to master.
With this necessity in mind, NAFA proudly announces that Doug Keeley, CEO and Chief Storyteller of The Mark of a Leader, will be the Keynote Speaker for the Association’s annual conference, the 2017 Institute & Expo, April 25-28 in Tampa, Florida.
Recognized as one of North America’s most successful communicators, Keeley will bring his insight and the principles of Five Level Leadership, a core principle of the Mark of a Leader program to attendees in an engaging presentation.
Just how old is that hooptie in your driveway?
The average vehicle on American roads is nearly 12 years old, market research shows, as drivers hold on to their old, reliable wheels for longer stretches of time. That has held true even as more people than ever bought new cars last year — 17.5 million of them.
The most popular vehicles today are getting bigger in size, generating reams of data and, more and more often, pestering you to drive better. The vehicles built for the future — those that are merely bold concepts today — will be even more peculiar and provocative.
In the past two weeks, the CES technology conference in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit offered tremendous insight into where automotive trends stand today and where they appear to be headed in the years to come. Below are seven trends every driver should have on his or her radar, whether looking to make a trade-in or just gawking at what’s on the road.
As part of our Women in Fleet Management series, Susan Miller talks about what it was like to find her niche in the Fleet Industry, and as a part of AFLA.
With the transformation of mobility gaining momentum, Uber’s potential for growth is immense; one of the company’s top executives told the annual Automotive News World Congress.
Shant Marakby, a former Ford Motor Co. executive who is now Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs, said Uber’s ride-sharing business has caught on and continues to expand In cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris.
Further, the company expects to expand even more by adding autonomous vehicles in the future and help curb the use of surge pricing, which is unpopular with customers.