Category : Features

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 …

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 …

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 …

Too many features? Too much data?

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  By no means all fleet operators worldwide need an all-embracing telematics system that does everything but make the coffee. All many of them really require is the ability to track the whereabouts of …

Global LCV growth for Mercedes

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  Mercedes-Benz sells its Sprinter light CV range in 130 countries worldwide and gave the new, smaller Vito van its public debut at the recent IAA CV Show at Hanover in Germany. Speaking at …

Extraordinary in ordinary

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Tuesday No range anxiety. For all the technology on board, that’s the detail which should grab businesses’ interest. There’s a large 85kWh battery pack sandwiched into the car’s floorpan, offering a range of over …

Country Profile: South Korea

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Export-led economy South Korea’s export led economy has seen phenomenal economic growth for this comparatively small Asian country over the past 50 years. According to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), South Korea gross …

Putting the spotlight on work-related safety

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Held in Brussels, Belgium, the programme included contributions from leading occupational health and safety experts and the awarding of the PRAISE road safety winners in recognition of work carried out in the field of …

Profile: Toyota

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Manufacturer: Toyota  Total sales: 2013 8,871,000  Headquarters: Aichi Prefecture, Japan Global market share: 11%   Hybrid success story Since the launch of its first-generation Prius 17 years ago, Toyota has sold a total 3.2 million …

Cultural change

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  Old habits One of the big drawbacks of driver training is the tendency of many trainees to revert to their bad old habits during the months following completion of the course. ‘It appears …

Profile: Ford

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Manufacturer: Ford  Total sales 2013: 6,330,000 Headquarters: Michigan, USA  Global market share: 8%   Asia-Pacific key to growth Ford recorded European growth of 6.6% in the first half of 2014, totalling 605,400 sales to claim …

LMC Automotive presents highlights from Fall Conference

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The firm said that the emerging markets pose the highest level of risk to the forecast, with the US, China looking to be the least risky markets. Sales Strength in the US Holds US …

Pick of Paris

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  Audi TT Concept Five doors and a longer wheelbase, plus a 400hp variant of the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine to power it, formed part of the TT Sportback concept at Paris. It’s inspired …