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

BMW i4 – makes a lot of sense for the company car driver

By |2022-05-11T09:50:56+01:00May 4th, 2022|Business Motoring Awards, News|

Highly commended in the Best Company Car cetegory in this year's Business Motoring Awards, there's an awful lot more going for this very smart EV. With 340hp, zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and a pure electric range of up to 365 miles, it is one of the most powerful and versatile electric cars yet.

Fleets reveal their electric ambitions

By |2022-05-04T07:43:01+01:00May 4th, 2022|Electric Vehicles, News|

Research reveals a reassuring sense of confidence among fleets towards the switch to EVs, with  25% of both groups admitting to feeling ‘excited and proud’ about the prospect of an electric fleet. 69% of fleet managers and 52% of fleet drivers say they feel this way because of the positive impact switching will have on the environment.  

VW Caddy Life – perfect bag (and people) carrier

By |2022-05-03T09:22:13+01:00May 3rd, 2022|Car news and reviews, News, Volkswagen Reviews|

The Caddy is now in its fifth generation and while there are larger five-seat VWs around, this version is probably the best value, starting at under £25,500, and the most practical as a family vehicle. It sits on the same VW Group MQB platform which means it shares many of the attributes of the latest Golf, including engines, safety equipment and many interior features.

ZenAuto and the art of EV charging with Ohme

By |2022-04-28T12:04:57+01:00April 28th, 2022|Electric Vehicles, News|

ZenAuto  is part of Zenith and provides drivers with the options of new or used cars. It has a fleet of over 9000 cars, with an increasing number switching to electrified vehicles. A survey undertaken by ZenAuto following the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, found that more than a third of drivers were considering a switch to an electric car sooner than they had originally planned.

Tax efficiency – BMW’s X1 PHEV, a Business Motoring winner

By |2022-05-11T09:51:22+01:00April 28th, 2022|Business Motoring Awards, Car news and reviews, News|

There are a selection of intelligent driving modes including AUTO eDRIVE, which automatically selects the most suitable power source to maximise efficiency. With CO2 emissions ranging from 41-44g/km, the driver of an X1 xDrive 25e will pay BiK taxed based on just 11% of the car’s P11d value.

Accurate data needed by fleets in areas where costs are rising

By |2022-04-27T10:33:18+01:00April 27th, 2022|News|

There is pressure on costs among its user base in a wide range of areas - including not just widely-publicised fuel pump prices but also service and maintenance, vehicle acquisition, insurance and more. There has perhaps been a degree of slippage during the pandemic on some fleets when it comes to ensuring the veracity of data – there have simply been more demanding tasks such as ensuring driver safety or delivering frontline services – but it remains essential.

Daily rental shortage gives fleet managers a headache

By |2022-04-27T10:25:01+01:00April 27th, 2022|Car rental, News|

Many daily rental companies defleeted large numbers of vehicles during the pandemic and, because of the semiconductor shortage affecting car and van production, have found difficulty in replacing them. Even when they can get stock, they are having to pay something closer to list price, which has not historically been their business model

Van Monster Remarketing- tops for Business Motoring Awards

By |2022-04-27T10:23:06+01:00April 27th, 2022|Business Motoring Awards, News|

Using the VMR Up-Load App and E-Auction platform to sell vehicles, SME owners are able to save time and money. The customer stays in control of their assets and the vehicle doesn’t need to be moved until the day it is collected by the new owner – reducing their carbon footprint and saving on unnecessary transport costs, such as attending physical auctions.

7 shocking motoring products you can buy on the dark net

By |2022-04-26T10:45:43+01:00April 26th, 2022|News|

One of Select Car Leasing’s key findings was that car thieves are taking to the dark net to teach others how to steal cars. On numerous marketplaces, investigators from Select Car Leasing found guides to stealing keyless cars for as little as £1.53. Using relay technology, thieves can intercept the signal from a key fob and replicate it to trick the car into unlocking and starting up.

Thinking electric? Citroen e-Dispatch can take a load off your mind

By |2022-04-25T11:51:49+01:00April 25th, 2022|Car news and reviews, News|

The Citroen e-Dispatch is the electric version of Citroen’s medium-sized panel van and has a range of 211-miles when fitted with the larger 75kWh battery option or 143 miles for the smaller 50kWh battery. It uses the same technology as the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Peugeot e-Expert and the Toyota Proace Electric. Its 134bhp electric motor provides plenty of torque for carrying heavy loads while performance is good as well.

BMW iX electrifies the Business Motoring Award judges

By |2022-05-11T09:52:02+01:00April 25th, 2022|Business Motoring Awards, News|

The iX has a Head-Up Display optimised by voice, touch and gesture recognition, cloud-based BMW Maps for greater accuracy and speed and a real-time projection of traffic conditions. As a technology flagship, the iX is the first to include Shy Tech, where physical features of the car are invisiblefrom view until you need them, providing innovation with purpose but without distractions for drivers.

Gridserve opens new Electric Forecourt in Norwich

By |2022-04-21T08:25:24+01:00April 21st, 2022|Electric Vehicles, EV News, News|

The new Electric Forecourt is one of the most advanced EV charging facilities in the world, hosting 36 EV chargers, including 22x high-power chargers with up to 350kW of power – the fastest chargers commercially available today, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in only five minutes.

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