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Big data, big opportunities

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Over the past decade the world has experienced major changes, with disruptive forces impacting on every business including the sale of used vehicles. Everything and everyone has become interconnected. Customers have smartphones …

VW Group signs deal to produce vehicles in Algeria

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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

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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

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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 …

Brexit analysis: UK to bear the brunt

3 years ago / 0 comments

The UK is, unsurprisingly, expected to bear the brunt of the impact of its vote to leave the European Union. We currently expect that the market will remain up in 2016. However, we have …

Developments in insurance telematics: Jonathan Hewett of Octo Telematics

3 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

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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

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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

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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 …

More information sells used cars

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The Swedish new car market is on fire with February celebrating the market’s 26th consecutive month of growth and 2016 already looking set to beat 2015 as the largest ever Swedish market on record. …

The key to growth

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How do you communicate the theme of growth? That was personified by what the OEMs showed at Geneva in March. The first was by expanding their lineup, whether that was premium or volume OEMs. …

Interview: Giuseppe Tommaso of SEAT

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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

3 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 …

90 million global car market in 2016?

4 years ago / 0 comments

Incremental volume growth in the US and Europe is forecast to be solid but less spectacular, while on the other side of the balance sheet, further downside from Russia, South America and some big …

Interview: Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën

4 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

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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

4 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 …

2015: An excellent year for True Fleet

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The European True Fleet Markets are currently performing very well. Looking at 17 countries in Europe, the results for the first nine months of 2015 are more than positive. Compared to January-September 2014, 14 …

Interview: Roelant de Waard on Ford's fleet growth

4 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

4 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 …

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 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 …

Driving 'down under'

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 years ago / 0 comments

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

4 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

4 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

4 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 …