Category : Features

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 …

Data driven: a solution to remarketing needs in Austria

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Business cars account for around half the new registrations in Austria, a market that saw ups and downs in 2015. It began slowly, according to data from Austria's car manufacturer association, Automotive.co.at. The first …

Coast-to-coast: What Delphi has learned from its autonomous driving trials

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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 …

Apps on the move: Alphabet's latest AlphaGuide app

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Mobile applications, ‘apps’ have brought a new dimension to telematics for fleet drivers by helping them to find useful information or making bookings on the move from a mobile phone. Apps can also be …

Manufacturer Profile: Hyundai

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Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Corporation Total sales 2014: 4,835,000 Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea Global market share: 6.2%   Tucson delivers sales boost Hyundai Motor posted total sales of 458,375 vehicles in October, representing a 16% …

Profile on Mexico: Exporting success

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Mexico may be comparatively small compared with its northern neighbour, the United States of America, but it is the fifth largest country on the American continent and the 13th largest independent nation in the …

Information on the move

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Will we have to re‐define what we know today as telematics? As technologies develop, the simple exchange of data between a moving vehicle and fleet manager to determine where the vehicle is, how it …

Mexico gears up for change

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Mexico as a country is benefiting from a renaissance currently as more private investment is heading the country’s way as the government has carried out reforms to energy, telecoms, education and tax. Just recently …

Driving in Mexico: Advice from the IAM

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Expecting a chaotic and haphazard experience? Well that’s not the case at all. Many of the country’s major routes have been extensively renewed and are significantly safer than before. Since the early 1990s, Mexico …

Telematics set for take-off

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While truck, bus and even van fleets have happily embraced telematics in markets all over the world, car fleets have been far more reluctant to invest. Issues of personal privacy have to be addressed …

Focus on Belgium's used car market

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Belgium’s new car market is continuing to track a similar level of sales to 2014 with 392,522 cars sold to the end of September, a rise of 1.14%. Volkswagen continues to dominate the new …

CO2 reductions needed now

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ITS can help reduce CO2 Apart from the convenience and safety features that connected cars can bring, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) believes that Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), which could communicate with connected …

How driver assistance systems can reduce road risk for fleets

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Fly into London’s Heathrow Airport and arrange to be chauffeured into the centre of the capital by Tristar Worldwide and you will be travelling in safety; or as close to safety as you are …

Focus on Belgium

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The Belgium automotive industry got off to a quiet start in 2015. Ford had closed the Ghenk factory in December 2014 after 50 years of production, leaving Audi in Brussels and Volvo Cars in …

Managing the connectivity revolution

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The connected car was the theme at the Frankfurt Show this year. Opel launched its OnStar connectivity system in Europe, while other manufacturers were also keen to show that it’s a subject high on …