Category : Interviews

Interview: George de Boer, leader of connected car initiatives, TomTom Telematics

3 months ago / 0 comments

What will be the impact of autonomous vehicles? George de Boer, leader of connected car initiatives at TomTom Telematics, does some crystal ball gazing. By John Challen.

Q&A: Celia Stokes, CEO eDriving Fleet

4 months ago / 0 comments

It’s been a year since eDriving Fleet acquired Interactive Driving Systems. CEO Celia Stokes gives an update on how business has progressed.

Global Cap Code: The first step towards a worldwide presence

10 months ago / 1 comments

Established for more than 30 years in the UK, Cap HPI is launching a globally-applicable Cap Code in Europe’s biggest markets as a first step towards a worldwide presence. Adrian Rushmore, newly appointed as …

Interview: Simon Dransfield, Jaguar Land Rover

12 months ago / 0 comments

New Discovery will add to a growing line of Jaguar Land Rover models with strong fleet appeal across Europe, as John Kendall finds out.

Interview: Gianluca Italia, FCA Group

12 months ago / 0 comments

FCA is approaching the European fleet market on a group-wide basis, not as individual brands, as John Kendall finds out. FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is now moving on from the initial phase when ...

VW Group signs deal to produce vehicles in Algeria

1 year ago / 0 comments

The Volkswagen Group is to form a joint venture with Algerian sales partner SOVAC to assemble vehicles in the local market.

New van, new options and new markets

1 year ago / 0 comments

Citroën, Peugeot and Toyota recently launched the replacement for the Citroën Jumpy/Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace, built in a joint venture at the Sevel Nord plant near Valenciennes in northern France. The …

Interview: Francois Goupil de Bouillé of Infiniti

1 year ago / 0 comments

Infiniti, originally the luxury division of Nissan was launched in 1989 in North America. It was 2008 before the company thought the time was right for a European launch but without diesel engines, appeal …

Developments in insurance telematics: Jonathan Hewett of Octo Telematics

2 years ago / 0 comments

Earlier this year, Octo Telematics, a specialist provider of telematics services for insurance companies and car makers,  reached a milestone of four million connected users on the roads globally. What’s behind your success and …

Car registrations in Europe show best May results since 2012

2 years ago / 0 comments

Latest figures from JATO Dynamics show new car registrations during May were 15.1% higher than the same month in 2015. A total of 1.33 million units were recorded, the second highest total this year …

Volkswagen Looks to an Electric Future

2 years ago / 0 comments

It’s been all change at Volkswagen since the emissions scandal, so Craig Thomas spoke to Jürgen Stackmann, the new board member responsible for the brand’s sales and remarketing.

BMW's Ian Robertson on the future of car sharing

2 years ago / 0 comments

One thing for certain is that the business model is changing. Most carmakers are now into, or getting into car sharing or alternative mobility. Jaguar Land Rover has recently announced InMotion, a new technology …

Interview: Giuseppe Tommaso of SEAT

2 years ago / 0 comments

The SEAT Ateca C-segment SUV was the first car to be revealed to the press at the recent Geneva Show, the latest addition to a revitalised SEAT range. SUVs, particularly of this size were …

Interview: Steve Zanlunghi, head of Jeep brand for EMEA, on forthcoming developments

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Jeep Renegade, launched in autumn 2014 has helped to transform the US brand’s fortunes throughout Europe. Annual sales by the end of November 2015 reached 80,653 across The European Union and European Free …

Interview: Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën

2 years ago / 0 comments

Quirky – adjective (quirkier, quirkiest) having peculiar or unexpected habits or qualities – Derivatives: quirkily or quirkiness. So says the Oxford English dictionary. It’s a word that Linda Jackson, chief executive of …

NAFA's 2016 FLEXY Awards receive record number of nominations

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Fleet Excellence Awards (or FLEXY for short) are intended to spotlight those who have impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year and are open to …

Interview: Klaus Maier, head of sales and marketing Mercedes-Benz Vans

2 years ago / 0 comments

Klaus Maier is a happy man. As global head of sales and marketing at Mercedes‐Benz Vans he saw his operation’s worldwide registrations reach 294,600 in 2014; a better performance than was achieved in any …

Interview: Roelant de Waard on Ford's fleet growth

2 years ago / 0 comments

Ford is one of the longest standing players in the European fleet segment as well as one of the largest. New entries like the revised Ranger pickup and European Edge, launched at Frankfurt are …

Masternaut expands international support capacities as part of growth plans

2 years ago / 0 comments

The site at Aberford now offer multi-lingual support with over 100 members of customer-facing staff. The firm’s international partner support network covers 24 individual countries providing online and telephone-based customer service, as well as …

Leasing on a global scale

2 years ago / 0 comments

With profits up to €372m, return on equity hitting 13.8% and total assets up to €19.7bn, LeasePlan enjoyed a healthy 2014. The prospects for this year in global markets are proving to be healthy …

Emission impossible

3 years ago / 0 comments

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions from internal combustion engines is a requirement everywhere in the world for motor manufacturers. It’s a similar story for fleet operators too as they seek a reduction in fleet …

Interview: TomTom's Jan Maarten de Vries

3 years ago / 0 comments

  TomTom Automotive announced a string of new business deals at the Geneva Motor Show including a deal with Volkswagen for TomTom Traffic and Maps, extending its business with Fiat and Chrysler in Latin America, …

Interview: Infiniti's Roland Krüger

3 years ago / 0 comments

  Infiniti was launched in 1989 in North America as Nissan’s premium brand at around the same time that Toyota launched Lexus as its premium brand. Yet while Lexus brought its model range to …

ALD Automotive Interview: Benefiting from the emerging markets

3 years ago / 0 comments

In 2014 ALD Automotive expanded its fleet by 9.8% to 1,107,376 vehicles and saw its full service leasing business rise by 6.5% to a total of 813,889 contracts. In all, full service leasing accounted …

Kia's chief operating officer Michael Cole on the brand's rising European sales

3 years ago / 0 comments

Helped by an increasingly desirable range, Kia has enjoyed what can only be described as a sales march in recent years, and it’s showing no sign of stopping. The brand finished 2014 with 353,719 …

New models, new possibilities

3 years ago / 0 comments

Hyundai announced a raft of detail changes to its model line-up in early December 2014, introducing the new Generation i20 coupe, revised i30 and i40 – all at the core of Hyundai’s European fleet …

Jeep targets premium luxury sector

3 years ago / 0 comments

  Jeep is going to play an increasingly significant role within Fiat Group Auto’s multi brand fleet strategy with the new Italian-built Renegade small SUV described as a game-changer by Enrico Atanasio, head of …

New XC90 to boost Volvo fleet business?

3 years ago / 0 comments

  The new XC90 made its public debut at the Paris Show, replacing the model that has been on sale since 2002. It introduced many new safety features and is built on the company’s …

Infrastructure key to global leasing expansion

3 years ago / 0 comments

  Despite all the talk about the potential of countries such as China and India, Europe remains the key global market so far as vehicle leasing is concerned. So says LeasePlan International managing director, …

Does your fleet need telematics?

3 years ago / 0 comments

GPS navigation-based telematics systems have become part of the suite of fleet management tools; most notably for the heavy truck sector and to a lesser extent with light CV and car fleets. The technology …