In just a few short years, car interiors have seen their fair share of changes. Basic configurations featuring nothing more than a speedometer along with a few additional dials have given way to a whole host of new options, including state-of-the-art navigation systems and entertainment apps.

Research shows the global market for connected cars could grow as much as 270% by 2022. As connected vehicles become more common and new innovations make their way to the market, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a significant opportunity to foster even more innovation.

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Excessive engine idling doesn’t just consume fuel, it also creates engine hours, which depending on the OEM, are used to determine when the powertrain warranty expires. Also, high engine hours in low-mileage vehicles can create potential pitfalls that inadvertently voids warranty compliance. Some fleets don’t realize this and are surprised when they are denied coverage, thinking the vehicle is within the warranty mileage parameters or has followed the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

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NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announced its 2019 officers and Board of Directors, on Feb. 21, 2019. Mike Camnetar, LeasePlan USA’s regional vice president, business development has been named to the role of vice president.

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Overall depreciation remained flat last week, as used wholesale values for both trucks and cars saw little change, according to Black Book’s Feb. 11 Market Insights report.

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Several cities are responding to what they view as lax state legislation by passing their own distracted driving laws. Three states in the nation still allow texting while driving and only 16 have adopted hands-free laws, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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