Category : Features

Profile on Honda: Refuelling for the future

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Manufacturer: Honda Total sales 2014: 3,560,000 Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan Global market share: 5.0%   Importance of SUV sales Honda reported consolidated unit sales of 3,513,000 vehicles in fiscal year 2015, a decrease of 0.5% …

Powered by retail: A look at the fleet car business in the US

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  The United States of America was the birthplace of motor vehicle mass production and the automobile remains a potent force in the country. That is not surprising given that the US has the …

Western repair heads East

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The UK-based Thatcham Research centre is funded by the British insurance industry and works to reduce claims costs in vehicle safety, security and repair. As a founder of the international Research Council for Automobile …

Keeping control: How apps can help with fleet management issues

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  Commercial vehicle drivers of all nationalities heading across France towards the roll‐on/roll‐off ferry port at Calais are acutely aware that they may be inadvertently carrying a lot more than cargoes of vegetables from …

Detroit Electric rebirth draws near

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in 1906, almost twenty years after the first practical electric car was built, the Anderson Electric Company was founded in the city of Detroit. Its vehicles were badged ‘Detroit Electric,’ and took the company …

Insurance Mediation Directive Update

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Further to my article published in the August edition of International Fleet World, and following a flurry of late activity amongst EU stakeholders over the summer, the final compromise text of the Insurance Mediation …

Retail leasing boost

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  The USA’s economy has shown continual growth over the past few years and with it a steady surge in new car sales. Predictions in 2015 are that the market will reach 17 million, …

Environmental fleet management: Keep it clean

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1. Stay alert Do you know how many vehicles you have, what they are doing and how they are being driven? You may have too many, or if you have a delivery fleet, it …

Kia targets fleet in Europe

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  Few manufacturers came out of the European recession in a strong position, Kia being a notable exception. Since then the company has continued to grow across Europe. The brand looks set to increase …

The Brazilian new car market: A rocky road

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  In 2012, with annual light vehicle sales approaching 3.65 million units, the Brazilian government announced its complex INOVAR‐Auto tax‐credit scheme. This was designed to improve national motor industry competitiveness by encouraging automakers to …

What future for business mobility?

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Electric vehicles? How can fleet operators determine whether or not it makes sense for them to operate electric vehicles? Alphabet International believes it can help them decide with its Electrification Potential Analysis (EPA) scheme. …

Under focus: the Czech automotive industry

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The Czech Republic as we know it today has only been in existence since 1993, following a variable 75 year period after the end of World War I, when on 28 October 1918, the …

The balance of risk and reward

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“While a variety of approaches are employed, the major leasing companies across Europe have a common strategic view when it comes to remarketing their end-of-lease cars," says Peter Dietrich. “There is a strong requirement …

Remarketing Redeveloped

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LeasePlan manages some 1.42m multi‐brand vehicles in 32 countries and these numbers lead to 1,000 cars a day being remarketed in Europe alone. So says Wolfgang E Reinhold, senior vice‐president, car remarketing and procurement …

Audi profile: Age of e-tron

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  Manufacturer: Audi AG Total sales: 2014 1,741,100 Headquarters: Chemnitz, Germany Global market share: 2.4%   Worldwide availability of the A3 Audi AG achieved an 11% sales uplift year‐on‐year to 1,741,100 units in 2014, …

Intelligent Mobility How will it work?

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  Leasing companies are gearing up for a great deal of change in the coming years and this was the subject of the third annual Frost and Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Conference, staged in London recently. …

Diverse markets diverse needs

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Western Europe is a mature market so far as operational leasing and major fleets are concerned, but there are still opportunities for growth. They lie with small to medium‐size businesses (SMEs) that are becoming …

Rise of the machines

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Autonomous cars have some test history in Japan and in the US, but large vehicles have also been quietly assembling the technology bank required to join the club. For the general public, a compact …

How Alphabet's new remarketing platform will aid fleets

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Alphabet International has developed a new online remarketing platform to handle the disposal of its vehicles at end of contract. It carries the branding Alphabet Used Cars in all markets to give it a …

Profile: Australia's new car market

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Australia is squaring up to losing its car manufacturing industry. Ford pulls out in 2016, followed by Toyota and GM in 2017, bringing an end to Australian-built Holden models, arguably the motor manufacturer that …

Profile: The Russian fleet market

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  Three years ago, when the Western European car market was still suffering from the European economic crisis, Russia offered hope for struggling European manufacturers looking for markets with growth potential. It’s a very …

Russian roulette

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If you have been asked to go to Russia for business it is likely your employer will have hired a driver for you. However, if you are asked to drive yourself there are a …

Rise of the machines

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Autonomous cars have some test history in Japan and in the US, but large vehicles have also been quietly assembling the technology bank required to join the club. For the general public, a compact …

Country profile – From Russia with love

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At the mercy of everything from international sanctions to currency devaluation, political uncertainty, and only partially successful vehicle scrappage schemes, in the last eighteen months the Russian car market has fallen far and fast …

Connectivity is the future

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Technology looks set to take more and more of the decisions made by drivers out of their hands on both safety and environmental grounds as vehicles become increasingly autonomous. Those are among the messages …

Country profile – Russia: Down but not out

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Three years ago, when the Western European car market was still suffering from the European economic crisis, Russia offered hope for struggling European manufacturers looking for markets with growth potential. It’s a very different …

Remarketing: Italy on the up

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The Italian economy was one of the hardest hit by the European economic crisis and it is one of the countries that have recovered the slowest. The Bank of Italy has predicted that the …

Focus on Italy

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In the automotive sector, Italy is one of the ‘Big Five’ countries within the EU with the largest consumption of light vehicles, along with France, Germany, Spain and the UK. The country suffered badly …

Shining in Shanghai

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  Chevrolet FNR Concept Chevrolet unveiled its FNR autonomous electric vehicle concept at Shanghai with the aim of showing an intelligent vehicle designed for tomorrow’s younger drivers. Car networking technology is incorporated, while features …

Profile: Kia

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Manufacturer: Kia Motors Total sales 2014: 2,907,757 Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea Global market share: 3.5%   Investment in production… Kia Motors Corporation recorded a 6% cumulative year‐on‐year sales increase in 2014 compared to 2013, …