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Pan-European rental rates continue to rise

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The latest experteye European Leasing Index report, which tracks forecasted residual values, maintenance costs and rental rates in six European countries using data supplied by major leasing companies in each market, shows that Germany …

New model review: Ford Focus

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Strategically important for Ford, the new third-generation Focus takes a proven and successful model and adds refinement and greater quality (with pricing to match). Wider and longer than the previous version, it manages to …

New model review: Mercedes Benz C Coupe

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When Mercedes launched the W204 C Class saloon and estate in 2007, the C Sports Coupe was left behind (in the guise of the CLC, a refreshed version of the W203 Coupe). At last, …

Outlook is bleak for global auto manufacturers, according to Moody's

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As a result, the firm has revised its rating for global auto manufacturers from positive to stable and has reduced its prediction for global demand growth to 3.5% from 5.1% for the current year …

Legal hurdles push back VW–Porsche merger to 2012

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The deal was expected to be concluded by the end of 2011 but in a statement VW said that continued legal hurdles have left it unable to properly assess the value of Porsche. These …

LeasePlan endorses Prius Plug-In Hybrid under Toyota deal

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Under the deal, Toyota Europe will share the recent insights gained from a trial with 600 plus pre-production Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile LeasePlan will share its experience of managing one of the largest …

Volkswagen Financial Services appoints new board member

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Following the departure of David Maloney to become managing director of Volkswagen Financial Services in Australia, Mike Todd has been appointed to the role of Business Development director joining the board of management. Graham …

European Commission take action to deploy eCall by 2015

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The Commission has adopted a recommendation urging member states to ensure that mobile phone network operators upgrade their infrastructure so that eCalls are efficiently passed on to emergency services. The eCall system works by …

Full-year sales to drop 2.5%, says PwC

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Although new car registrations rose by 7.3% in August across Europe – an increase of 53,000 units compared to August 2010 – Autofacts, PwC’s automotive forecasting and research unit, says that the increase is …

BREAKING NEWS: Saab reaches crisis point

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The decision could open the way for unions or creditors to seek bankruptcy for a lack of payment for bills and wages. According to Reuters, Saab is able to appeal against the decision up …

Saab GB reassures market following Swedish creditor protection application

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A statement from Saab GB said: ‘Saab GB is an independent business and a separate UK legal entity to Saab Automobile, it is wholly owned by SWAN and is not part of the voluntary …

4×4 values increase as small hatchback values fall in August, according to Manheim

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In August, while overall average values fell by just 0.4% (£29) to £6,559, 4×4 values in the Fleet sector increased by 3.3% (£369) to £11,424 and 4×4 part exchange values increased by 2.4% (£113) …

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Jaguar C-X16 to make International debut in Frankfurt

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Powered by an innovative supercharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 380PS (280kW) and 332 lb/ft (450Nm) of torque, the C-X16 marks a new chapter for Jaguar.  The two-seater concept has inspired new advances in design, in …

E.ON builds new rapid-charging stations for EVs

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Unlike the existing alternating-current charging stations capable of delivering 3,5 kW and thereby recharging the EVs in about 6 hours, the new direct-current charging points with a charging capacity of up to 50 kW …

Market to remain "challenging" in coming months according to NAMA

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Data from national members confirm that every year volumes start to increase from around the second or third week in September and peak in the first half of October just as consumer demand traditionally …

New vendors expand auction programme at Manheim Auctions, Manchester

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Toyota and Lexus Financial Services’ vehicles will be sold at Manchester until the end of 2012 following a successful trial earlier this year.  The addition of Toyota and Lexus Financial Services will enhance the …

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Lexus to showcase GS 450h in Frankfurt

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Equipped with second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive, the new GS is set to deliver improvements in both environmental and driving performance. The GS 450h will be sharing the limelight with the new CT 200h F-Sport. …

Volkswagen to introduce "cylinder shut-off system" to TSI engine

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Volkswagen is the first manufacturer in the world to implement cylinder shut-off on a four-cylinder TSI engine in high-volume production.  The primary goal of the high-tech system is to reduce fuel consumption significantly by …

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: "New-breed" SUV to make International debut in Frankfurt

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Eterniti is an independent, boutique British luxury carmaker, uniquely based in London. The company aims to satisfy a growing demand for additional luxury, personalised specifications and exclusivity among car buyers, particularly in major cities …

Skoda initiates test fleet for Octavia E Line Electric Vehicle

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It's the next step in ŠKODA's continued efforts to reduce emissions and consumption levels throughout the company. The Octavia Green E Line is based on the series-production Octavia Estate as its modular floorpan design …

A bright spot for Europe

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The adverse impact of the global crisis on the Russian automotive market was one of the most pronounced worldwide. Back in 2008 the country was on the verge of becoming the largest car market …

Professionalism, transparency and TCO reduction – the Fleet Logistics pan-European proposition

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The economic crisis may supposedly be at an end but there can be no doubt that it has changed the face of business across the globe – including the fleet industry. For pan-European companies …

2011 – the half-year position

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The European motor industry remains under a lot of pressure as it attempts to recover from the downturn of 2008 and this applies equally to the new car markets and both the retail and …

IFWC Review: Opel-Vauxhall and its international fleet proposition

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The last few years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for GM’s Opel/Vauxhall brands in Europe. Buffeted by the economic crisis, the previously loss-making division came within an inch of being sold off …

CSR: from buzzword to key business practice

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Dating back several decades to the rise of multinational corporations, the term “Corporate Social Responsibility” has become a buzzword in several years, as a growing number of firms look to take ownership of their …

Pan-European confidence grows in residual values

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The experteye European Leasing Index tracks forecasted residual values, maintenance costs and rental rates in six European countries using data supplied by major leasing companies in each market. Of the six countries surveyed, France …

Assessing the trends

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In the year since that last Manheim Used Car Market Report was published there has been a lot of change. The new car market in the US has started to show more positive signs. …

IFW Focus: Nissan's international fleet proposition

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There’s been a lot in the press recently about how the Japanese brands are faring following the earthquake and tsunami but Nissan has had a strong start to the year according to Ian Moreillon, …

Tougher Picanto aims for a wider audience

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Over the last five years Kia has undergone one of the most impressive reinventions of any brand on sale globally, and the Picanto was the car that really started it off. Launched back in …

Car and Fleet sale growth analysis by Jato and VP Research

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When it comes to providing an international perspective on the latest car and fleet sales developments, JATO Dynamics is in a leading position. The international organisation provides the global automotive and leasing industries with …