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About Ralph Morton

Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Business Car Manager (now renamed Business Motoring). Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

Salary sacrifice and company cars

By |2021-07-21T11:49:49+01:00July 1st, 2021|Company car tax, Salary sacrifice|

SALARY sacrifice is a formal agreement between employee and employer to sacrifice some salary for a new car. Salary sacrifice is sometimes used as an alternative to the provision of a company car. However, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced changes from April 2017 in the 2016 Autumn Statement. This reduces some of the previous tax and NIC advantages of salary sacrifice [...]

Dash cams part of new car leasing driver pack for company car drivers

By |2021-07-21T11:29:14+01:00August 6th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Leasing, News|

Dash cam facts Dash cams are rising in popularity Over 19 million drivers say they could be using them within the year (source: LeasePlan research). More than just a source for viral videos dash cams help drivers to capture, review and analyse either their own driver performance or others Dash cams can help lower insurance premium costs ARE you thinking [...]

Electric cars can be washed, you know – VW e-Golf long term review five

By |2021-07-21T11:44:02+01:00April 8th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen Reviews|

I WAS helping present at a business briefing recently. Organised by Concept Vehicle Leasing - winner of the Leasing Broker Federation’s Best Small Leasing Broker Customer Service Award - it was a relaxed evening in central London with 20 businesses present. Some had fleets of one car; others a fleet of 30 vans. So a varied audience. But the point [...]

Clean diesel: Audi A6 40 TDI long term review three

By |2019-04-03T09:35:33+01:00April 3rd, 2019|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews|

SHOULD you consider a diesel for your next company car? Good question. There has been so much anti-diesel sentiment, wrongly fermented by the government in particular, that the decision has become unhelpfully clouded. Such misinformation has driven business drivers into petrol cars in many instances - and look what has happened: for the second successive year, UK new car fleet [...]

Toyota Corolla Hybrid review – new company car star

By |2019-02-20T14:37:57+00:00February 20th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Toyota Reviews|

Toyota Corolla Icon Tech 1.8 Hybrid CVT auto P11D value: £24,650 BIK band: 19% 5-door hatchback 120PS / 142Nm four-cylinder petrol with continuously variable transmission auto Performance: 10.9s / 112mph CO2 emissions/economy: 76g/km / 55.4 to 65.9mpg The new Corolla offers company car drivers a compelling offering. BIK from £78 What is it? A SIGNIFICANT car. Not only [...]

Business class upgrade: Audi A6 40 TDI long term review 2

By |2019-02-15T10:59:12+00:00February 15th, 2019|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

IF YOU want to elevate your business driving to another level: try the new Audi A6. This smart, sophisticated executive saloon is the epitome of business travel: quick, efficient, economical, stress-free. And classy. But in this latest Audi A6 saloon, that business travel has been upgraded. There’s no longer an SE specification with the latest A6 range of saloons and [...]

EVs: Range versus company car acceptance

By |2019-02-07T11:56:29+00:00February 7th, 2019|Electric Vehicles, EV News, News|

A NEW report suggests that fleet managers are actively considering electric vehicles (EVs). But range is a key barrier to adoption. Other stumbling blocks include the high cost of EVs, speed of charging and poor recharging infrastructure. Nevertheless, there was acknowledgement that electric vehicles - plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) - are gaining more traction in [...]

Marathon machine – Audi A6 40 TDI long term review 1

By |2019-01-21T11:28:55+00:00January 21st, 2019|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars|

IF you want a long-distance machine, an automotive marathon runner, an executive express, then this is it: the all-new Audi A6. It dismisses distance without a backwards glance; strides with security the UK’s motorways; makes miles simply...disappear. This is the real trick of this brilliant new executive from Audi, the brand’s rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 2 – VW e-Golf long term review 4

By |2021-07-21T11:44:02+01:00January 21st, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

SO I’m back on apps again. My apologies. But it’s a big part of life with an electric car. And the Volkswagen e-Golf is no different. I have a Pod Point 7kWh charger at home. It connects to the home wifi system and lets you know the cost of the electricity consumed by your electric car. Except at the time [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 1 – VW e-Golf long term review 3

By |2021-07-21T11:44:03+01:00January 16th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

IF there’s one thing I’ve learnt about electric motoring with the VW e-Golf, it’s this. You need a smartphone. And a smartphone with enough memory to carry a plurality of apps. Particularly when you’re on the road. And you need to top up the battery. (The car’s, not the phone’s.) My wife Alison had an appointment at Brighton Marina. As [...]

New Managing Director appointed at Hyundai

By |2019-01-02T11:11:08+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence|

ASHLEY Andrew has been appointed Managing Director of Hyundai Car UK. The appointment, effective today (January 02, 2019) follows the recent announcement that Tony Whitehorn would step down from his role as President & CEO at the end of 2018. Ashley, formerly Sales Director of Hyundai, boasts more than 20 years of automotive and sales experience, having worked at senior [...]

Zenith plans expansion of B2C leasing division ZenAuto with appointment of H R Owen Chief Exec

By |2021-07-21T11:29:15+01:00December 19th, 2018|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence, Latest news, Leasing|

ZENITH is planning to expand ZenAuto - the leasing company's first direct-to-consumer car leasing offer - with the appointment of H R Owen Chief Executive Joe Doyle. In what is something of a coup for the ninth largest leasing company, Joe Doyle will lead a dedicated team of 40 as the business invests for planned growth. ZenAuto is also recruiting [...]

Updated company car favourite: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2019 review

By |2019-04-24T14:45:27+01:00December 19th, 2018|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Mitsubishi Reviews, Newsletter|

P11D Value: £39,445 BIK band 2018/19: 13% 5 door compact SUV 135bhp/211Nm, 2.4 litre MIVEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine with 13.8kWh capacity lithium ion battery Performance: 10.5secs/106mph CO2 emissions/economy: 46 g/km (WLTP) / 40.3 g/km (NEDC) Economy: 52.1mpg (no battery engine only) / 159.5mpg (Weighted Combined MPG including battery EV running) What is it? THE number one car choice for [...]

London’s ULEZ starts in April 2019; and expands in 2021. So are you ready?

By |2018-12-19T06:07:14+00:00December 19th, 2018|Newsletter, SME business motoring and fleet management|

BUSINESS motorists operating in London, or driving to London to meet clients, should be aware of a significant new charge to drive in the capital. On April 08, 2019, London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) begins. The ULEZ is separate to the Congestion Charge which will continue. However, the ULEZ will replace the current T-charge. It is being introduced one [...]

£23m van scrappage scheme launched to tackle London ULEZ

By |2018-12-18T13:44:50+00:00December 18th, 2018|Industry Intelligence, Latest news|

THE Mayor of London has launched a van scrappage scheme worth £23m. The scrappage scheme will be introduced ahead of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) - this starts April 08, 2019. Under the London ULEZ, non compliant vans will be charged £12.50 to enter the zone every day, 365 days a year. Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, said [...]

Mark Pickles replaces Duncan Chumley at Free2Move Lease

By |2018-12-18T06:38:32+00:00December 18th, 2018|Executive Changes, Industry Intelligence|

A CHANGE in the management structure of the leasing arm of Free2Move has been announced: Mark Pickles becomes UK General Manager of Free2Move Lease. Pickles, recently made Commercial Director of Free2Move Lease, replaces former Managing Director Duncan Chumley. Chumley had been Managing Director of the all-marques leasing subsidiary of the PSA Group since October 2016. New General Manager Pickles is [...]

Porsche demonstrates ultra high-power fast charging technology

By |2018-12-19T10:48:28+00:00December 14th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV News, Newsletter|

PORSCHE has just demonstrated that charging an electric vehicle can be as quick as filling up with fuel. A 90kW Porsche electric vehicle was charged in under three minutes. The charge provided enough electricity for a 62 mile range. The charger, which is free to use, is located near the A8 motorway between Ulm and Augsburg in Germany. Porsche says [...]

Only smart chargepoints to attract Government funding in the future

By |2018-12-19T10:48:46+00:00December 14th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV leasing, finance and taxation, EV News, Newsletter|

Smart Pod Point wall charger ELECTRIC vehicle chargepoints will only attract government funding if they are smart units, both at home and at work. Worth up to £500, the change in government support commences July 2019. Smart chargepoints, says the Department for Transport, must be capable of being accessed remotely, and able to receive, interpret and react to [...]

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