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The Business Car Manager blog is where the editor Ralph Morton gives us the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the automotive industry, whether it’s the latest car launch or the issues of running a small business. Occasionally we also invite guest bloggers to provide their own insight on the automotive world and business cars in particular.

Honda’s appeal to SME business users – and should you go petrol, diesel or hybrid?

By |2018-06-20T12:29:08+01:00June 20th, 2018|Editor's blog, Industry articles|

HONDA is a brand that has always resonated strongly with SME businesses. It's no doubt down to that great combination of sportiness laced with lashings of dependable reliability. Think Type R. And Civic. Fizz served in an unbreakable champagne glass. And now Honda is coming back with a range of strong-looking products - there's the fabulous Urban EV Concept and [...]

Maserati becomes automotive partner of Harlequins

By |2018-05-04T19:04:46+01:00May 4th, 2018|Editor's blog|

HARLEQUINS. A great team. My team. But we've had something of a, err, rocky season... So it was massively heartening to hear there is something to rev up the team's rugby: Maserati has been announced as the official automotive partner of the rugby club On the cards for this partnership, apparently,, is the opportunity to bring the brand to life [...]

Future Company Car Tax visibility absent in Spring Statement

By |2018-03-14T09:40:32+00:00March 14th, 2018|Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

I LIKE spring. It’s a time to look forward. Put the dark days of winter behind us. But the Chancellor’s Spring Statement gave us no forward visibility on Company Car Tax. No thoughts on bringing forward the company car tax incentives for electric vehicles. It left us still in the dark. Back in the bad days of winter. Forward visibility [...]

Renault providing practical help for businesses wanting to go EV

By |2017-11-20T12:36:32+00:00October 16th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

GOOD to see that Renault is providing some practical help for small business and SMEs that want to go green by turning to electric vehicles. The company has just appointed two specialists to its fleet team specifically tasked with helping businesses transition to EVs (electric vehicles). Mathew Kiziuk The first is Mathew Kiziuk, who joins from the Renault [...]

What should business car managers make of Oxford’s world first Zero Emission Zone?

By |2017-11-20T12:36:32+00:00October 12th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

IT’S a bold move by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council: a progressive elimination of vehicles with pollutant emissions, starting 2020 and completed by 2035. If the proposals are approved, via a six-week public consultation, Oxford says the zero emission zone would be a world first. So what are the zero emission zone proposals? Basically the proposals for Oxford [...]

David Hanna moves to old buddy James Douglas at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

By |2017-11-20T12:36:28+00:00October 5th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

SOME business news. Volkswagen tells me there's a new a new head of fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: David Hanna. David is taking over from Chris Black who has left the organisation to 'pursue interests outside the Volkswagen Group'. Hanna is currently national fleet sales manager at Audi. So perhaps it's little wonder that he was chosen for the job. [...]

A car for less than the price of a phone

By |2017-11-20T12:36:26+00:00September 28th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

WHEN I’m speaking to small business owners about car leasing I often liken it your mobile phone contract. It’s a monthly fee that you pay to rent a phone and airtime. Car leasing is pretty much the same. You pay monthly rentals for a car over a certain amount of time and mileage. Come the end of the contract upgrade [...]

Company car drivers getting a raw deal on tax

By |2017-11-20T12:36:24+00:00September 27th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

IT’S not easy being a company car driver. Don’t get me wrong, having a company car is still a big benefit: someone else pays for your car, pays for your insurance, pays for your business fuel, provides another car when your car goes wrong. Nothing too bad about all that. All you do as a company car driver is pay [...]

Audi 3D sound for rear seat passengers offers ‘audible’ luxury

By |2017-11-20T12:36:13+00:00August 30th, 2017|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

New Audi A8 I CAN’T wait to drive the new Audi A8. But perhaps not quite for the reasons you might imagine. I’m pretty sure the luxury driving experience will be exceptional – of that I have no doubt; but what I really want to experience in the new Audi A8 is the acoustics of the new sound [...]

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