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Mercedes-Benz and its international fleet strategy

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‘We are driving on a multi-lane highway into the future.’ Those were the words of Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the …

Lexus brings its quiet revolution to the fleet market

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International Fleet World attended the fleet launch of the CT 200h in the South of France to find out more. As the world’s first full hybrid luxury compact car, the CT 200h is absolutely …

New model review: Citroen C4

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Displaying almost restrained styling (for Citroen), with a touch of A3 Sportback around the rear third quarter, the new C4 fits into the dead centre of its segment, surrounded by the new Focus, Astra, …

Progressive plans for fleet

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It is far too early yet to assess the consequences of the tragic events that struck Japan recently. How this might affect the Japanese automotive sector is a small consideration for those who are …

A harmonious approach to newly acquired operations

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Spurred on by improving economic and financing conditions, a growing number of privately-held businesses are once more on the acquisition trail and are looking to expand. According to the latest Grant Thornton International Business …

Undoing the damage of vehicle recharges

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Always a thorny subject for the fleet industry, the issue of damage recharges has become ever more contentious since the economic crisis and, in particular, the collapse of the used car markets. Hit by …

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: PSA Peugeot-Citroen prepares for tougher times

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According to a report in the Financial Times, the carmaker has started to ramp back its shifts and production of some small cars as concerns over the European and global economies mount. It is …

Telefónica and Masternaut to jointly market fleet management services

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Under the agreement, Telefónica will be given access to Masternaut’s telematics products and services to demonstrate the benefits to fleet operators – according to Masternaut, its customers can benefit from fuel savings of up …

An award-winning safety message

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“Caring for the world, one person at a time…” That’s the ethos at Johnson & Johnson and it’s applied across the board, including for its company car drivers. Nearly two decades ago the health …

New model review: Peugeot 508 4dr

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A new car in a tough sector – traditional rep-mobile territory, this war-zone is no fun for any manufacturer. Yet Peugeot is delivering a stylish player in the 508 that has gravitas and is …

Audi: The reasons behind for the successful global fleet set-up

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Look at Audi’s recent financial results and you might find it hard to believe that the global economy is still in recovery from the economic crisis. For 2010, the Ingolstadt-based car maker posted its …

IFW Focus: the 2011 CVO International Fleet Barometer

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While it’s relatively easy to get a snapshot of the state of the fleet market in one country, it’s much harder to get an overview of how fleets are evolving in multiple markets, across …

Masternaut-Cybit merger: Sized to succeed

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To say that the last few years have been tumultuous for the vehicle telematics industry is somewhat of an understatement. Still in its infancy, the industry has been sorely challenged during the economic crisis …

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. …