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Nick Sharpe is an automotive content writer for Business Motoring

Concept Vehicle Leasing highlights leasing benefits at Hampshire Business Expo

By |2019-02-20T14:40:52+00:00February 20th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Contract hire and leasing|

AWARD-winning leasing broker, Concept Vehicle Leasing, will be exhibiting at the Hampshire Business Expo. Concept said it would explain the benefits of car leasing to businesses at the Expo, which takes place at Farnborough International on February 26, 2019. New figures from the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association show that leasing continues to rise in the vehicle finance sector: [...]

Volvo adds virtual SME sales support behind to its business website

By |2019-02-18T10:55:10+00:00February 18th, 2019|News|

IF you’ve been seduced by some of the stunning Volvos launched by the Swedish company recently, then here’s good news. Volvo is stepping up its ongoing commitment to supporting the SME market with the launch of a new Virtual Sales Team. The overall aim of the Virtual Sales Team is to make life less complicated for businesses who don’t have [...]

Alison Jones appointed Group Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroën, DS in the UK

By |2019-02-18T08:21:19+00:00February 18th, 2019|Industry Intelligence|

FORMER senior Volkswagen executive Alison Jones has been appointed Group Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroën, DS in the UK for Groupe PSA. The new role for Alison is effective April 01, 2019. Alison was most recently Managing Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. She has held a variety of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group, including Group Aftersales and Customer [...]

Mercedes-Benz appoints Tom Brennan as Head of Fleet

By |2019-02-15T07:33:19+00:00February 15th, 2019|Industry Insight, Industry Intelligence|

TOM Brennan has been appointed Head of Fleet at Mercedes-Benz. The former Head of Fleet for Audi started his career in financial services. He then moved into the automotive industry and subsequently into the fleet world, eight years ago. He takes the role as Head of Fleet as the Mercedes-Benz line-up expands with the fully-electric EQC, and with new plug-in [...]

Stoke City fans can get preferential leasing rates with official car supplier

By |2018-12-21T18:13:59+00:00December 21st, 2018|Car news and reviews, News|

IF you're a fan of the Potters, then look out for the new official vehicle partner, Total Motion Vehicle Management. The leasing providers have become Stoke City’s Official Vehicle Partner. The Potters already had a long-standing relationship with Total Motion. But the new partnership will allow Total Motion to promote personal lease deals exclusively to City supporters, whilst also aiming [...]

Clive Buhagiar appointed Alphabet Head of Operational Services

By |2018-12-20T16:24:50+00:00December 20th, 2018|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence|

CLIVE Buhagiar has been appointed Head of Operational Services at Alphabet. Buhagiar, who has been with Alphabet since 2011, steps up from his role as Head of Commercial Performance. Chief Operating Officer Uwe Hildinger, commented: “I’m very pleased to be able to make this appointment in what is a vitally important, strategic and operational role for the UK business. Clive’s [...]

Andrea Rix appointed Head of Service Delivery at BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

By |2018-12-19T08:22:37+00:00December 19th, 2018|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence|

ANDREA Rix has been appointed Head of Service Delivery at the Equipment and Logistics Solutions (ELS) division of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions. In her new role, Andrea is tasked with driving operational excellence in key delivery areas such as new business, credit, asset management and customer service. Andrea, who first joined BNP Paribas Leasing Solution in 2001, was most recently Head [...]

Auto Windscreens adds safety option to its new fleet vans

By |2018-12-18T16:59:12+00:00December 18th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Major Fleet renewals |

AUTO WINDSCREENS has added new leased vans to its fleet of glass repair vans with additional safety options. Supplied by Arnold Clark and CVM, the new Ford Transit Custom vans are fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Available through a safety pack launched by Ford in 2018, the newly introduced Ford vans now feature: adaptive cruise control, lane departure [...]

New tool to reduce customer damage costs from Nexus

By |2019-04-24T14:46:00+01:00December 13th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Product updates|

THE cost of car damage is escalating. At the recent BVRLA conference, it was announced that average repair bills will rise to £2500 in its new Industry Outlook report. This chimes with the Association of British Insurers, which says that vehicle damage costs have increased by 32% over the past three years. These are likely to escalate further as safety [...]

Meridian to expand presence in corporate fleet sales sector

By |2018-12-13T08:49:04+00:00December 12th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Latest news|

MEDIUM-TERM rental specialist Meridian Vehicle Solutions is targeting the corporate fleet sales market in 2019. To date, says Meridian, it has worked almost entirely through leasing and fleet management companies as intermediaries, white labelling their product for more well-known brands. Phil Jerome, Managing Director, explained: “While we expect that working these sectors will always form the core of our business, [...]

Fleets want provision beyond the company car

By |2018-12-12T10:19:35+00:00December 12th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Latest news|

IT'S not just the company car that businesses want now - but vehicle solutions for their entire employee base including those not entitled to a company car. Arval says that its customers are looking for a broader mix of vehicle solutions – and that a range of products, including personal lease and salary exchange, can effectively meet this demand. Richard Cox, [...]

Lex Autolease Fleet Benchmarking tool has saved £1.5m

By |2018-12-12T10:00:44+00:00December 12th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Latest news|

LEX Autolease says its Fleet Benchmarking service has saved its customers over £1.5m  since launching the service in February this year. The service is available to the leasing company's customers that run in excess of 500 vehicles. It draws on data from Lex Autolease’s fleet of almost 390,000 vehicles. The tool helps identify cost and operational efficiencies, how to enhance [...]

Alexa helps used car buyers keep up with auction dates

By |2018-12-12T06:21:38+00:00December 12th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Latest news, Product updates|

ALEXA, where and when is the next Aston Barclay auction? That's the tech - the Amazon virtual assistant - Aston Barclay has introduced to share the group’s auction programme to buyers. Called Alexa, the virtual assistant responds to buyers each time they say ‘Alexa flash briefing’ by automatically announcing the auction activity at Chelmsford, Prees Heath, Westbury, Leeds and Donington Park [...]

Range Rovers and Porsches top Christmas wish list of car buyers

By |2018-12-11T11:14:36+00:00December 11th, 2018|Car news and reviews, News, Newsletter|

Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Ferrari complete the ‘festive five’ most financed high-end vehicles during the Christmas period 40% increase in equity release during December to free up cash for Christmas Higher average value of loans as some buyers purchase gifts for loved ones JBR Capital reveals financing trends in December RANGE Rovers and Porsches are the most desirable marques for car [...]

Businesses should consider global warming in their company car policies

By |2018-12-11T10:52:58+00:00December 10th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV News, Newsletter, SME business motoring and fleet management|

SMALL businesses and SME fleets should take greater consideration of the global warming consequences of their company car and business motoring policies. As evidence of global warming grows, companies need to change course over their fleet policies or face the consequences says fleet management specialist Fleet Evolution. After three years of static emissions growth, global carbon dioxide levels are on [...]

Graham Hoare heads significant Ford business transformation push

By |2018-12-07T18:35:34+00:00December 7th, 2018|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence, Latest news|

Graham Hoare named executive director, Business Transformation, Ford of Britain, leading Sprint to 6 Reset & Redesign in the UK Gunnar Herrmann appointed executive director, Business Transformation, Ford of Germany, to lead implementation of Ford’s Sprint to 6 Reset & Redesign plan in Germany Kevin Reynolds, executive director, Strategy, has elected to retire after more than 40 years Strategy skill [...]

Public gives thumbs down to EVs

By |2018-12-11T10:54:19+00:00December 7th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV market background, EV News, Newsletter|

THERE might be lots of noise about electric cars - but that's all it is, says a new study into motoring preferences for new cars. November new car sales saw a near 25% increase in demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) but it appears UK plc is still unconvinced. According to leasing provider Select Car Leasing - a member of [...]

November new van sales 2018: pick-ups give registrations a pick-me-up

By |2018-12-06T22:25:04+00:00December 6th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Knowledge Centre|

GOOD news in the light commercial vehicle sector: the van market grew 9.6% in November. More than 29,000 vans and pick-ups were registered according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This increase represents 2,549 more pick-ups and vans registered in the month compared to November 2017. Leading the way was the demand for [...]

Regional remarketing starts to make a comeback

By |2018-12-05T09:07:08+00:00December 5th, 2018|Industry Insight, Industry Intelligence|

REGIONAL remarketing of ex-fleet cars is starting to make a comeback. More fleets are beginning to look at t pricing and sales patterns on a geographical basis prior to when and where they decide to sell a vehicle. This remarketing trends has been picked up by epyx as an increasing trend on its 1link Disposal Network platform. Head of remarketing Vicky [...]

ALD starts re-world PHEV trial with pharma company

By |2018-12-04T18:51:21+00:00December 5th, 2018|Industry Insight, Industry Intelligence|

PLUG-IN HYBRID vehicles (PHEVs) have come in for heavy criticism recently. A report from the BBC suggested that many PHEVs remained with the charging cables still in the plastic wrapping. However, ALD Automotive is undertaking a real-world trial with pharma company Merck Sharp & Dohme to evaluate the benefits PHEVs can deliver to company car drivers. A group of 20 [...]

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