Category : Features

US auto finance and leasing trends and prospects for 2013

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At the turn of the year, I wrote that the global auto market looked set for a year of subdued growth outside of hotspots such as China and India, but in the US the …

Motor Show – Geneva

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Geneva has always been a showcase for the desirable and exotic, and the show excelled itself this year with models such as the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Rolls Royce Wraith. As the old …

Fleet Focus – Russia

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According to JATO Dynamics, by 2012, the Russian car market had recovered to 2,950,000 units, with the help of a government-supported scrappage scheme. The market had built up from 1,100,000 units in 2000 to …

Detroit: Rising sales lift the auto show mood

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It might be doom and gloom in Europe as far as car sales go but the mood at the NAIAS Detroit Show was much more buoyant, with sales continuing to climb back towards pre-economic …

Fleet Profile: Mazda – State of independence

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Fleet Focus: Italy – Decline and fall

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News that PSA Peugeot Citroën was writing down its assets to the tune of €4.1bn in early February can hardly have made comfortable reading among other car makers hit hard by the continuing European …

Hertz looks to the future

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A lot can happen in 94 years. In 1918 Hertz opened its doors in Chicago with a dozen of Henry’s finest Model T Fords, and since then the black and yellow logo has grown …

Fuelling the fleet

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You have probably never heard of FleetCor Technologies but there is every chance that the Norcross, Georgia, USA company is having a major impact on the way your fleet is run no matter whereabouts …

Partnering for profits

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The European Auto Industry in 2012 declined again for the fifth consecutive year, with sales down by more than 8%. Every mass-market OEM has been struggling in the region, to the extent that the …

How to save a life…

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Smart automotive technologies that help drivers avoid collisions, navigate and improve fuel efficiency should make Europe’s roads safer, ease congestion and reduce pollution. But just how beneficial are they? Potentially very, according to vehicle …

The connected car

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It’s not so long ago that drivers would only be storing basic information in a car – data which extended as far as radio presets for most, perhaps seat and steering wheel settings for …

Can leasing speed up LEV uptake?

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It’s probably true to say that the motor industry has never been faced with as much change as it has been for the past few years, at least, not since its beginnings in the …

Profile: Audi aims for global premium leadership

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Audi worldwide market performance in 2012 Audi has gradually risen to a strong position within the global luxury car market, largely through an extensive model expansion programme. In the 1990s, Audi offered a handful …

Key New Car Models: A dozen for ‘13

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Citroën DS3 cabrio Citroën has sold more than 200,000 DS3s globally since the supermini launched three years ago. It’s been an important part of reinventing the brand’s image, and popular with fleets thanks to …

Revealed – 2013's big electric and hybrid model launches

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Ford Focus Electric The Focus will become Ford’s first electric vehicle when it goes on sale late this year, kick-starting an expanding range of models in the near future. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions …

Fleet Focus on China: Small Market, Huge Potential

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“Disappointing” is not the word that European automotive manufacturers would use for sales growth of 4.3% in their home markets at the moment. But that’s how 4.3% growth in vehicle sales in China has …

US market gaining its stars and stripes

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Industry executives at the Los Angeles Show in December believe the US market will return to its 16 million high within the next three years and be up by 1.3 million in 2013 compared …

A growing trend of migration for remarketing

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As winter hits areas of Europe harder than others, a migration of large used high emission 4x4s from Western Europe to Russia has begun, according to Autorola. This cross border trend not only shows …

Future Fleet Technology Now?

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Many fleet managers will be familiar with the capabilities of telematics systems even if they do not use them. A system could enable data transfer between a vehicle and a fleet manager or the …

Time for telematics?

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Encouraging fleet managers to spend money, so they could save it in other parts of the business, might sum up the original telematics proposition fairly well. While that is still effectively what telematics salesmen …

Maximising resources

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Against a background of rising fuel prices, restricted budgets, a changing regulatory landscape and spiralling customer expectations, field service businesses have endured a tumultuous environment over the last few years. The ability to meet …

To Infiniti and beyond

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Nissan is undoubtedly one of the success stories of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Once the most conservative of all the Japanese automakers, Nissan has reinvented itself over recent years, dropping dull-but-worthy repmobiles such as Almera …

On the rise again?

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The United Kingdom is a remarkable nation, when considering how small it is relative to its economic importance. This collection of islands has a land area of some 243,610km2, making it the 80th largest …

Autorola: Online Remarketing gaining greater foothold in UK market

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Autorola UK believes that within the next five years online buying and selling of used vehicles will comprise around 30-35% of the market, which spells change for the established UK remarketing industry. Buyer confidence …

Fleet Focus – Autorola

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Like so many other European countries, the French new car market is depressed and the number of used cars coming into the market has reduced due to contract extensions and the fall in new …

Automotive miracle or myth?

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Background On the eve of this year’s Paris Auto Salon, French industrial renewal minister Arnaud Montebourg accused Hyundai and Kia of ‘dumping’ cars in Europe and said he would boycott their stands at the …

Hanover launch bonanza for new CVs

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Ford Transit Connect Making its first appearance at the show was Ford’s Transit Connect upgrade. Not available until later next year, the Connect range drops Ford’s venerable 1.8-litre diesel in favour of a new …

The pick of Paris

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Volkswagen The seventh-generation Golf will be home to a wide range of fuel-saving technology, starting with a new and more efficient version of the 1.6 TDI engine in the BlueMotion, which now returns 3.2l/100km …

Big country, small show

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Bentley Continental GT Speed The Russian market is a relatively small one for Bentley alongside America, China and the UK. But it could soon become the largest in Europe for luxury cars, and gives …

The right tool for the job

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Invensys is a global technology group supplying solutions, software, services and equipment to monitor, control and automate processes in a wide range of environments and across almost every sector. The company, headquartered in London, …