Category : Interviews

Interview: Donlen VP John Korte on the mobility revolution

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

While mobility as a service – known in the fleet world as “MaaS” – is gaining traction among fleets in Europe, there isn’t as much activity to report. Mark Boada spoke to John Korte, vice …

Interview: ALD Automotive’s Thierry Faure on the benefits of centralised fleet management

4 weeks ago / 0 comments

Centralised fleet management agreements can achieve significant economies of scale, ALD Automotive’s Thierry Faure tells Curtis Hutchinson.

Interview: BCA’s European CEO Jean-Roch Piat on cross-border remarketing

2 months ago / 0 comments

BCA’s new European CEO Jean-Roch Piat talks to Curtis Hutchinson about how the business is delivering a cross-border remarketing service for fleets.

Arval CEO Philippe Bismut outlines new global services

5 months ago / 0 comments

Arval, under chairman and CEO Philippe Bismut, is transitioning from a funding company to a mobility provider. Curtis Hutchinson met him in Paris as the company launched an ambitious suite of global services.

Interview: Linda Jackson, CEO Citroën

6 months ago / 0 comments

Citroën CEO, Linda Jackson, has plans to increase the brand’s sales 30% to 1.6 million units by 2020, through a combination of products and customer service. Alex Grant finds out more.

Q&A: Michael Cole, COO Kia Motor Europe

7 months ago / 0 comments

Michael Cole, chief operating officer at Kia Motors Europe talks to Martyn Collins about alternative vehicles, new products and the future of fleet.

LeasePlan’s Sandra Tappermann-Pieper on future fleet strategies

7 months ago / 0 comments

Sandra Tappermann-Pieper, global director of marketing and branding at LeasePlan, speaks to Natalie Middleton about global marketing campaigns and new propositions for the corporate, SME and private sectors.

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

11 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

12 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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 …