About Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

Ford takes the wraps of updated Focus

By |2021-10-15T10:08:38+01:00October 15th, 2021|Car news and reviews, News|

New Focus for the first time introduces an automatic transmission option for the fuel-saving EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains, offering up to 155 PS. The seven-speed, dual-clutch Powershift automatic makes driving less demanding – particularly in city and stop-start traffic – while complementing the hybrid powertrain’s electrically-boosted performance.

Manheim sees the highest prices ever paid for used vans

By |2021-10-15T09:47:25+01:00October 15th, 2021|News|

September 2021 marked the fourth consecutive month in which Manheim recorded a five-figure average selling price for a used van. The company recorded another record-breaking average selling price of £10,930, after last month’s previous record set at £10,554. The record was 3.8% higher and £376 more than September’s five-figure average.

Octopus rolls out Jaama Key2 systems to support fleet growth plans

By |2021-10-14T10:00:50+01:00October 14th, 2021|Electric Vehicles, EV, News|

OEV, which runs an ‘all electric’ leasing and salary sacrifice fleet in the UK, is using Key2 to run its back-office operation from enabling drivers to generate quotes through to interacting with remarketing suppliers for vehicle disposal, and to help realise its ambitious fleet growth aspirations and to ‘create something unique’ in the EV leasing space.

VWFS develops short-term PCP to beat supply delays

By |2021-10-13T10:16:25+01:00October 13th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

New PCP allows customers to continue to rely on their current vehicles while waiting for the arrival of their newly purchased car by financing the optional final payment on their current model for 12 months as the worldwide shortage of semiconductors, used in the manufacture of electronic devices, is currently placing great strain on the industry.

Energy companies launch EV leasing scheme

By |2021-10-13T09:14:08+01:00October 13th, 2021|Leasing, Leasing Broker Federation, News|

The scheme, called Electric Dreams, is the first to be offered by a co-operative in the UK. Businesses are able to lease an EV for their employees, who then sacrifice a portion of their salary for the vehicle, with no upfront costs. The deduction covers the monthly cost of a brand new electric car, as well as insurance, servicing, maintenance, repairs, MOT, tax, tyres and road assistance, over an agreed term and mileage.

Fuel shortage exposes shift in EV usage

By |2021-10-13T10:19:49+01:00October 12th, 2021|EV market background, EV News, Industry Intelligence, News|

Shortages of petrol and diesel at fuel stations have not solely been down to problems with supply, but part of an ongoing shift in patterns of usage. The number of petrol stations in the UK has fallen by nearly a quarter in the past years according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Venson helps fleet managers execute a switch to electric 

By |2021-10-12T09:53:08+01:00October 12th, 2021|Electric Vehicles, News|

One challenge can be convincing decision-makers and office managers to give the green light to installing charging points in the workplace. Fleet managers need to be sure they understand and can demonstrate the business benefit, such as reducing the tax burden, Class 1A National Insurance contributions and Car Fuel Benefit charges.

White paper highlights the new challenges faced by fleet managers 

By |2021-10-08T09:14:47+01:00October 11th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

Improving fleet utilisation was cited as one of the top three priorities in the next 12 months for more than half of the UK fleet managers surveyed.  And whilst making efficient and cost-effective use of a fleet has always been an important part of the fleet manager’s role, the past 18 months has shone a spotlight on the challenges and inflexibilities many fleets face.  

First public trial of wireless EV charging technology

By |2021-10-08T09:53:23+01:00October 8th, 2021|Electric Vehicles, Industry Intelligence, News|

Trial of char.gy’s wireless induction pad, the first of its kind available to the general public in the UK, is a collaborative effort, between Buckinghamshire Council, Milton Keynes Council, London Borough of Redbridge, the University of Warwick, the Open University, IPT Technology, and additional support from hiyacar. With funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK. 

Fuel crisis latest – and how to manage your fleet

By |2021-10-08T09:34:06+01:00October 8th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

Petrol Retailers Association said it's latest survey this week showed 12% of filling stations in London and the South East are still dry, while 17% have just one grade of fuel. While 71% of filling stations in this region have both grades, compared to 90 per cent outside London and the South East.

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