Category : Features

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, …

Fleet focus: Great Britain

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According to the recently published White Clarke Group UK Asset and Auto Finance Country Survey of the UK in the 12-month period to the end of December 2014, car finance, commercial vehicle finance and …

Driving the future

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It will be well into the 2020s by the time cars that can drive themselves are a common sight on our roads but Volvo will have 100 autonomous cars running around its home city …

Profile: Mercedes

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Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz Total sales: 2014 1,722,600 Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany Global market share: 2.1%   Accelerating production… Mercedes‐Benz Cars recorded a 10% year‐on‐year sales uplift in 2014, with new models helping to spearhead expansion in …

Driving In China

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If you are considering driving in China for business, it is highly likely your employer will have arranged a driver for you. With driving conditions highly challenging, it is something you would be strongly …

Focus on China

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China is without doubt the largest automotive market in the world with sales in 2014 of around 23.5 million light vehicles. But given the population of around 1.36bn, the motorisation of China is still …

Hertz advances online

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  Rental giant Hertz is updating its 24/7 van rental service across Europe, by equipping all vehicles with a windscreen‐mounted PIN code access pad. The 24/7 van rental service locates Hertz LCVs at potential …

Rocky road: Advice on driving in Canada

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Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. For a holiday, taking a leisurely drive across hours of freeway enjoying the scenery would be a real pleasure, as a business user …

All-round support: the Eco-driving Roundtable Conference

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ecoDriver Project Established in 2011 with a budget of €15.5m (including a European Union contribution of €10.7m), the four year ecoDriver Project targets a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in European …

The great diesel debate

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NEDC: Fit for purpose? Will fleets across Europe need a major rethink of their buying policy if the EU adopts the proposed Worldwide Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in 2017? The WLTP test would replace …

Profile: Renault

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Manufacturer: Renault   Total sales: 2013 2,712,432  Headquarters: Boulogne-Billancourt, France Global market share: 3.3%   Europe provides stability… The Renault Group recorded a +13% increase in European new car registrations in 2014, with the …

Playing the fuel

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Vincentric recently carried out an exercise in Canada which involved reviewing the economics of running 29 different hybrid models of car compared with their closest petrol‐powered equivalents. The Bingham Farms, Michigan, USA‐based vehicle ownership …

Canada Profile: Big country, big opportunities

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Canada is a remarkable country in many respects. It is the largest country in the world that borders one country, the United States of America, and it is slightly larger than its southern neighbour. …

Can fuel cell vehicles succeed?

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  Following decades of research, hydrogen-fuelled cars are taking to the roads across the globe this year as major carmakers start small-scale volume production for the first time. Toyota, Honda, Daimler, Hyundai and Kia …

Minnows in Europe

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  If you’re not making at least six million vehicles a year, you can’t compete on the world stage. That’s been the industry theory championed by the likes of Carlos Ghosn at Renault-Nissan and …

Opel profile: Small is mighty

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Manufacturer: Opel  Total sales 2014: 1,076m  Headquarters: Rüsselsheim, Germany  EU market share: 9%   Strengthening European operation According to preliminary figures, Opel achieved its highest end-of-year sales figure since 2011 last year, recording 1,076m vehicle …

To lease or not to lease?

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“In the mature markets of Europe and North America the debate over whether it makes sense for fleets to use operational leasing to obtain the vehicles they need ended a long time ago,” says …

A watershed year for CO2 limits

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With the first of the EU’s deadlines for average emissions levels now looming large, the most recent analysis from JATO Dynamic’s annual CO2 report suggests that 2013 can be considered a watershed year for …

Tour de France

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  While drivers will no doubt enjoy the wide, smooth roads and largely clear motorways, there are some aspects of driving in France that can catch out the unwary – and the pace of …

Diesel decline

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  2014 looks as though it might have been the year when the vehicle market in France turned an important corner, after the years following the 2008 financial crisis. Passenger car sales rose by …

Planet of the apps

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A press photographer took a picture of the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. In 2013 he photographed the inauguration of Pope Francis from exactly the same spot. In the second photograph, almost …