Category : Features

How risky is your fleet… and your drivers?

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A resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly earlier this year seems set to raise the standards under which fleet vehicles are driven, operated and managed around the world, reports Dave Moss.

Focus on Portugal: The road to recovery?

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Portugal is the western-most country in Europe, a south-western portion of the Iberian Peninsula. It is far smaller than its neighbour Spain, but both countries are home to a number of automotive manufacturers and …

EV charging gets smarter

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Perhaps best known in the West for its all-electric buses, Chinese manufacturer BYD has a variety of other products in its armoury. Back in January it delivered 35 battery-powered T3 vans to DHL International …

Make the future: A look at impending fleet challenges

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Diversity of fleet portfolio The challenges of meeting the transport demands of an increasingly urbanised population was identified as a key industry trend; “The younger generation in particular is not demanding the traditional …

EV? Plug-In? Hybrid?

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Electric vehicles on charge Although drivers have concerns with range anxiety for electric vehicle, current EVs offer a realistic daily working rangeElectric vehicle technology is continuing to develop at a rapid pace. Mercedes-Benz …

A new era for electric vehicles?

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Achieving the impossible? Battery technology is moving on apace. Until recently, the prospect of a battery electric heavy truck was more-or-less impossible, because the weight of the battery pack would have reduced …

European truck cartel disbanded

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European truck manufacturers supply most of the vehicles used for road transport in Western Europe and all these companies operate globally. DAF is a wholly owned subsidiary of US PACCAR, which owns the North …

Digital remarketing: A look at the Portuguese automotive market

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The Portuguese automotive market suffered badly during the recession, with a significant reduction in new car sales in 2012 when only 100,000 new passenger cars and 20,000 light commercial vehicles were sold. Four …

Remarketing: Auction sites or websites?

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Last September the global remarketing giant announced that it was installing a total of 11 double-block auction lanes at Manheim Detroit, Manheim Statesville in North Carolina and a number of other locations. Such lanes …

New Zealand’s car market in focus

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New Zealand capital Wellington has the distinction of being the southern-most capital city in the world, located near the southern tip of the North Island on Cook Strait, which separates the two major islands …

Focus on New Zealand's car markets

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New Zealand has been going quietly about its business over the past few years with strong economic growth and further growth predicted of 3% in 2016 and 2.7% in 2017. The unemployment rate …

Car sharing to trigger reduction in car sales

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Continued growth in car sharing, particularly in Asia, more car sharing company mergers, while others will leave the business, the development of deliveries by aircraft drones, more technology companies becoming involved in automotive manufacturing …

Can autonomous cars bring us freedom?

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For the busy executive, salesman or businessman autonomous cars will be a life changer – an opportunity to give time back to people. That’s the view of Anders Eugensson, director of government affairs …

Business car or mobility package?

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Instead of discussing the finer points of operational leasing agreements they seem to be rather more inclined to focus on car-sharing along with mobility packages that include everything from tram tickets to bicycle rental. …

Driving in Ireland

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If you drive in the Republic of Ireland, there are many similarities to driving in the UK, not least that in both countries, cars are driven on the left side of the road and …

Focus on Ireland: Return of the Celtic Tiger?

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With a population of around 4.8m, the Republic of Ireland is one of the smaller countries in Europe, forming the bulk of the island of Ireland after the country was partitioned in 1922. Ulster …

Electric future for Stuttgart

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Risk IFW June16 All new cars acquired by the city of Stuttgart will be electric from now on, says Fritz Kuhn, the German city’s Lord Mayor. “Sustainable mobility is a key issue for …

Focus on South Africa: Slow growth, high potential

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South Africa has produced motor vehicles since the 1920s, mainly through assembly operations for overseas manufacturers and this is the basis of the motor industry in the country today. The Automotive Production and Development …

Driving in Sweden

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If you are required to drive in Sweden for business, you will be lucky enough to drive in a country with excellent roads, comprehensive signage and polite drivers. But there are some things that …

Internet of Things? What about the Internet of Cars?

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That’s the question being posed by Ralf Lenninger, head of system development, innovation and strategy at Continental’s interior division. Recent onroad trials of eHorizon, Continental’s dynamic electronic horizon, have prompted him to conclude that …

Swede dreams: A look at Sweden's fleet car market

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Sweden is one of the smaller northern European countries, making up a significant part of Scandinavia with Norway and Finland. With a population of some 9.8 million, according to CIA estimates, the total population …

Driving in Austria

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If you are required to drive in Austria you will be lucky enough to drive in one of the most driver-friendly countries in the world; with smooth, well planned roads, clear signage and polite …

Take them on or buy them up: Developments in car sharing

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“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – or buy ‘em’”. That appears to be the approach taken by the major daily rental operators when faced with the potential threat posed by the …

Intelligent charging

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Autonomous driving, where vehicles use sensors and computers to automate the driving of a vehicle is perhaps the ultimate use of telematics. What is certain is that since human error is a factor in …

Poland's used market in focus

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Poland has a population of 38.6 million, but in 2015 registered just 355,000 new cars and imported over 800,000 used cars. Add that dynamic to the fact that 93% of the used car …

Geneva Conventions: A Look at Switzerland's Business Car Market

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Famed for its banking sector, manufacture of chocolate and watchmaking, Switzerland is a comparatively small European country. The US Central Intelligence Agency describes the country as, “Slightly less than twice the size of New …

Driving in Poland

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If you drive on business in Poland you will need to keep your wits about you and be alert at all times, as the country has a comparatively high rate of fatalities on the …

Focus on Poland's car fleet market

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After reading the UK Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) guide to driving in Poland on p31, you might be thinking that the roads are poor, the country is a risky place to drive and …

Operational leasing… finance for the future

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While big corporations are well aware of the advantages and drawbacks of operational leasing – often referred to as contract hire or full‐service leasing if it is provided with a comprehensive package of support …

Focus on Austria's new car market

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According to ABA-Invest in Austria the automotive sector in the country generates €43 billion in revenues annually and employs some 370,000 people in 700 companies. Annual production of around 247,500 vehicles in total each …