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Global asset and auto finance sector on track to cement its recovery

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The global asset and auto finance sector has been through turbulent times since the Great Recession, and the foundations for its recovery have looked fragile up till now, but 2015 is shaping up to …

New lease of life

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Simon Oliphant must sometimes wonder whether his business card is big enough given the number of posts he occupies after a series of management changes at Hitachi. Now UK chairman of Hitachi Capital Vehicle …

When two become one…

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  “Okay FCA, just stop!” was how General Motors (GM) rebuffed Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on a possible GM-FCA merger. FCA has lately been punching above its weight to make overtures to numerous auto-manufacturers. FCA …

IHS Automotive comments on Western European 10.3% rise in car registrations

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This further pulled up the year-to-date (YTD) increase for the first eight months of the year by 8.5% y/y to 10.07 million units. Following August's result, the final adjusted trend-cycle seasonally adjusted annual rate …

Leasing on a global scale

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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 …

Driving 'down under'

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Australia’s historical ties with the UK show in that Australians drive on the left. Similarly all road signs are in English. Main routes are wide and largely of very good quality. All distances are …

The outlook for Australia's new and used car markets

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The 2015 Australian new car market is running in parallel with 2014. Sales to the end of May totalled 452,577, compared with 441,642 for the same period in 2014. On paper all looks rosy …

Emission impossible

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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

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  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

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  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 …

Advantage operational leasing

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  Operational leasing always makes sense when compared with the outright purchase of cars because it means you get to keep your money in your business rather than spending it on a depreciating asset. …

ALD Automotive Interview: Benefiting from the emerging markets

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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

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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 …

The fuel picture…

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Fuel and driver taxes I don’t think we will see any drastic change. Remember that while the cost of a barrel of oil may be falling, a high percentage of the retail price of …

New models, new possibilities

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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 …

Dare to be different

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The US auto market just closed its best year of sales since before the recession. With the recovery seemingly out of the way, and consumers feeling more optimistic, timing is right for introducing offerings …

La Revolution

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The French new car market remained static in 2014 with sales at 1.79m, just below the 1.8m mark for the second year running. Short-term rental and company car sales rose 7% and 6% respectively, …

China goes French

3 years ago / 0 comments

Despite a market share below their international level, French car makers (PSA Peugeot Citroën and the Renault-Nissan Alliance) have improved their performance strongly in the Chinese market in recent months, which grew by 12.3% …

Jeep targets premium luxury sector

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  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?

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  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 …

Adapt & survive

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As organisations look to improve the efficiency of their workforces and vehicles, the challenge is on for the vehicle leasing industry to widen its scope to provide a total mobility solution to corporates and …

Drawing the future

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Replacing two iconic designs Replacing any iconic vehicle is never an easy prospect for any designer. Whether it’s an exotic rare car or a much loved volume produced model makes little difference. Imagine being …

Big Data, big fleet challenge

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  There is a lot of talk about "Big Data" in business at the moment, it’s a buzz word concerned with the explosion in information technology, Web, mobile and cloud computing that sees almost …

Infrastructure key to global leasing expansion

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  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, …

IHS comments on French market outlook in advanced of Paris Motor Show

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The event opens to the press on 2nd October, with a wide range of automakers and component suppliers set to exhibit, with domestic automakers set to take centre stage at their home event as …

Does your fleet need telematics?

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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 …

North American fleet market looks for value

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In a recent article in North America’s Automotive Fleet magazine, “Procurement Ascendency” topped the list of global fleet mega-trends. The once-feared, but ultimately beneficial, transition from fleet managers to corporate buyers can now be …

The risks concealed behind the veneer of destocking

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With sales of locally‐made Light Vehicles in July growing by 7.4% year‐on‐year (YoY) – slightly in excess of the 7.2% YoY growth achieved in June – China’s Light Vehicle market appears to be on …

To EV or not to EV? That is the question…

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Would I drive an electric vehicle? That was the question that kept me busy for a number of months. Me being Bart Vanham, entrepreneur in the automotive and fleet market. I am actually a …

Democratising the electric car

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What are you anticipating in terms of sales volumes for Europe? Our hope for Europe is that we sell a comparable number of cars to America, and we expect to increase our activities in …