Category : Features

Disorganised chaos

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If you’re in India on business, chances are you will be assigned a driver for the time you are there who will have his own vehicle. If not public transport, taxis and other transportation …

Viva España

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Spain was the 11th largest producer of passenger cars worldwide in 2013 with significant production by the Volkswagen Group, mainly through its SEAT subsidiary, although production of other brands, notably Audi and Volkswagen also …

Profile: Infiniti

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Total sales 2013: 180,000    Headquarters: Hong Kong, China    Global market share: 0.2%   USA and China lead the way Infiniti has undergone a series of structural upheavals over the last two years, …

Smaller is better

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The Norwegian car market is setting the European standard when it comes to incentivising the use of zero emission cars. As we discussed in the September issue, no VAT, reduced road tax, a 50% …

Electric dreams

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On Saturday 13 September the vision of FIA president Jean Todt to create an all-electric championship sparked into life. Ahead of the historic occasion he spoke about the philosophy behind the series and his …

Making sense of data

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  How profitable? Failing to allocate all the costs of the cars and vans that had to be used to a particular job, or allocating inaccurate figures means a company cannot tell how profitable …

The future of urban mobility

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All around the globe, people are flocking to cities. In 2007, UN population figures showed that more than half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. That proportion is set to rise to …

Road risk your problem?

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Transporting us from one place to another is fast becoming just one of the things that a car can do for us. Connectivity is something that we expect from most cars today, in the …

Driving in Norway

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  Norway has a lot to recommend it – breathtaking scenery, great food and friendly people. So even if you are driving for business, Norway is a more attractive place to drive than others …

Profile: Suzuki

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Manufacturer: Suzuki Total sales 2013: 2,710,888 Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Japan Global market share: 3.3%   Kei car sales continue to soar… The Suzuki Motor Corporation has one of the most complex management structures of all the …

EVs charge up Norwegian market

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  Norway is a comparatively small European country in Northern Europe, bordering Sweden to the east, Finland, its southern neighbour in the north and similarly a short border with Russia to the east in …

Limiting your environmental impact

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On their own both fuel cards and telematics systems can be invaluable when it comes to controlling fuel costs and shrinking a fleet’s carbon footprint. Combine them and you have a single, powerful, cost-effective …

Do we want connected cars?

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Transporting us from one place to another is fast becoming just one of the things that a car can do for us. Connectivity is something that we expect from most cars today, in the …

Transit Eco Marathon

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Ford recently launched the new Transit “2-tonne”, replacing the large Transit van first launched in 2000 and updated in 2006. The new Transit 2-tonne ECOnetic offers EU combined fuel consumption of 6.9l/100km, with CO2 …

Silver service

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  Mid-Term Rental Having launched its very-long-term offer – 60 month contracts in March, Arval is now deploying a medium-term lease offer to France, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, with plans to roll …

Lexus profile: Hybrid success story

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  IS 300h boosts European sales… Lexus’ premium petrol and hybrid-powered vehicles are now exported to over 70 territories worldwide, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and the newly rich nations of the Middle East …

Brazil’s lessors need more scoring opportunities

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On the plus side, there’s been an obvious uplift in the last few weeks with Brazil’s staging of the football World Cup. This proved (some feared the worst) that it could indeed coordinate the …

Used car sales boom

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  As the World Cup came to a close in Brazil, the country’s overall car market continued to develop, although new car sales have been no more impressive than the national team’s World Cup …

Germany bounces back

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It may be the fourth largest economy in the world, but Germany has been through a difficult time recently. Even so, this now appears to be a thing of the past. Peter Kainradl, managing …

Car leasing goes global

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Arval sets up China JV Champagne corks were merrily popping in Shanghai, China back in June as Arval, a subsidiary of French banking giant BNP Paribas, signed a joint-venture deal with Shanghai Ba-shi Car …

Now this is range anxiety

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‘Sixteen hundred kilometres, on one tank?’, the man at the petrol station counter smirked, handing me a folded VAT receipt. ‘Hope you’ve got breakdown cover ready – you’ve got no chance.’ I had a …

On a charge

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Which connector? Electric vehicle charging is in something of a muddle, with two different types of connectors in Europe, some cars that can be fast charged and some that cannot, while the US 110v …

Shake-up down under

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  By the end of 2017, volume car production in Australia will cease. Ford and GM both announced that they would close their operations last year. Toyota announced in February that it would close …

Fleets to score in Brazil

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The football World Cup might be dominating the headlines about Brazil at the moment, but the motor industry is an important element in the country’s economy. Brazil’s motor industry trade organisation is Associação Nacional …

Remarketing reborn

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Italian government uses eBay Are the world’s leading auction groups wasting their time and money by investing in more and more auction centres and carefully-crafted online remarketing services? Are they at risk of being …

Profile: MINI

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Manufacturer: MINI  Total sales 2013: 305,030  Headquarters: Oxford, UK  Share of BMW sales: 18.4%   American success story… Since its purchase by the BMW Group in 2000 as part of an acquisition deal for …

Strong recovery in vehicle sales

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  New Zealand is located in the far southern hemisphere – Wellington is the southern most capital city in the world and the country is one of the most remote. Australia is some 1,500km …

Apps for autos

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  Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) represents a significant growth market for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Apple, Google, and for app developers. In 2014, IHS Automotive forecasts that Google Projected Mode and …

Japan’s midsized makers

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Big is beautiful is a long time adage of the car industry. The giants of the business have all the advantages: size, power and economies of scale that the lesser players will never be …

On the road to reducing risk

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Monitoring driver behaviour using an in-vehicle unit that flashes green, amber or red depending on how sensibly – or otherwise – the individual concerned is driving is becoming an increasingly popular policy among fleet operators. That …