Category : Opinions

Hitachi expands into Europe

3 years ago / 0 comments

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS) is the UK-based leasing and contract hire division of the Japanese Hitachi company, probably best known for its consumer electronics, but with many other interests including health care, rail …

Successful European car industry strategies?

4 years ago / 0 comments

The European Car industry is still under severe strain. Because of the so called policy of austerity, which is predominantly driven by Germany and a few other European countries, the demand for goods, including …

Can do better… and will

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet is one of the more conservative sectors of the motor industry, where long memories and entrenched views can be an obstacle for OEMs seeking to change perceptions. All too often we hear of …

Fleetmatics launches new Telematics platform

4 years ago / 0 comments

  Telematics provider Fleetmatics has launched a new system platform and at the same time launched three new products: Fleetmatics REVEAL, Fleetmatics REVEAL+ and Fleetmatics WORK. REVEAL is described as a business-intelligence-based fleet management …

Europe remains core for Volkswagen Group fleet

4 years ago / 0 comments

  The Volkswagen Group had plenty of new product and concept cars to show at the Geneva Show from the new Audi TT, Porsche Macan diesel, SEAT Leon Cupra, Skoda VisionC, VW Golf GTE …

Russian lessors can ride out the current turbulence

4 years ago / 0 comments

So far this year, Russia has managed to annex Crimea and apply considerable influence with rebels in eastern Ukraine without too much damage being inflicted in return by an outraged but largely helpless group …

Opel – the connected brand

4 years ago / 0 comments

‘It’s time to connect every car, not wait for the EU to demand eCall, but go for it and utilise what we have in the group.’ Opel chairman Karl Thomas Neumann was speaking to …

Spelling out the future

4 years ago / 0 comments

  BMW Group subsidiary Alphabet is currently represented in 19 markets and in 2013, the company operated some 536,000 vehicles on its mixed fleet, including BMW Group models. Germany, the Netherlands and the UK …

More to come…

4 years ago / 0 comments

New Vivaro due soon In the last year Ian Hucker has added commercial vehicles to his responsibilities at Opel and is now director of European fleet and commercial vehicles. It’s an area he is familiar …

ALD expansion continues

4 years ago / 0 comments

Year of growth 2013 saw ALD Automotive add the one millionth vehicle to its fleet, reaching a total of 1,008,840 vehicles by the end of the year. For the past 10 years, the company …

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

4 years ago / 0 comments

So it’s official: those long talked-about green shoots of recovery are finally growing. The UK economy is coming out of recession, and doing so not only faster than expected by all the pundits and …

Balanced brand is key

4 years ago / 0 comments

Incoming SEAT chairman Jurgen Stackmann (pictured) has arguably landed at the Spanish VW Group division at the right time. The company is going through an extensive revision of the core of the range and, importantly …

The car value "Holy Grail"

4 years ago / 0 comments

Throughout the period when I was setting-up and running Contract Hire companies, both in the UK and Europe, the Holy Grail I was always searching for was an indicator, ideally completely outside the motor …

Time for a facelift?

5 years ago / 1 comments

Take the motor shows in Geneva, New York and Shanghai – at each of them lots of novelties have been presented. Between the really new models you can also find facelifted cars. New bumpers, …

What's in store from Volvo Trucks?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo Trucks launched its new flagship FH tractor range at the Hanover Show last September, the comprehensively revised FM range was launched at the UK CV Show and the FMX model, designed for construction …

The hype has gone

5 years ago / 0 comments

E-vehicles? Do you remember the hype? International motor shows in Frankfurt, Detroit, Paris, and Tokyo… you name it! Everywhere we went: e-mobility all over the place. All the manufacturers were trying to convince us …

When will sustainable economic recovery really begin?

5 years ago / 0 comments

One current challenge is to agree what is economic growth. On the one hand it may be an improvement in GDP; or a growth in employment or a range of other indicators. However, the …

Moving markets

5 years ago / 0 comments

The word ‘residual value’ is not very often mentioned in a positive context. The buyer of a new car is losing money because although he may appreciate his vehicle more and more while driving …

Crossing Continents

5 years ago / 0 comments

John Bailey has risen through his family auction company in Bristol, UK to his current position as President of Manheim’s International Operations. He may still have an office at Manheim’s Bristol site, but he …

A focus on complex fleets

6 years ago / 0 comments

In the UK or any European country, a fleet of 850,000 vehicles under management would put a company quite firmly at the top of the tree. Across the Atlantic, this staggering number of vehicles …

Electric for the masses?

6 years ago / 0 comments

By the time you read this the Geneva Motor Show will be over and the motoring journalists will have attended all the launch events and published their first impressions. Of course, missing from the …

Oiling the green wheels in the UAE

6 years ago / 0 comments

In earlier columns I contrasted the elements of fleet cost between the UAE and in more mature fleet markets. Cost is of course not the only focus of a professional fleet operator. Two other …

Wheels in 4motion

6 years ago / 0 comments

With all-wheel-drive 4Motion versions of Caddy and Transporter and a newly introduced 4Motion Crafter off-roader in its portfolio too, the company has the bulk of the sector covered, he contends. “We’re the only manufacturer …

Industry analysis

6 years ago / 0 comments

According to Greek mythology, Hermaphroditus was the son of Aphrodite and Hermes. Due to some ‘divine’ manipulation, he became both woman (with the characteristics of his mother) and man (in some specific details a …

Industry Analysis: Wolfsburg, we have a problem!

6 years ago / 0 comments

Thank God, predominantly we still buy cars because of our emotions and less out of mere rational considerations. This can be good or bad – depending on the angles we see this from.  Citroën …