Category : Opinions

New models, new possibilities

4 years ago / 0 comments

Hyundai announced a raft of detail changes to its model line-up in early December 2014, introducing the new Generation i20 coupe, revised i30 and i40 – all at the core of Hyundai’s European fleet …

Dare to be different

4 years ago / 0 comments

The US auto market just closed its best year of sales since before the recession. With the recovery seemingly out of the way, and consumers feeling more optimistic, timing is right for introducing offerings …

La Revolution

4 years ago / 0 comments

The French new car market remained static in 2014 with sales at 1.79m, just below the 1.8m mark for the second year running. Short-term rental and company car sales rose 7% and 6% respectively, …

China goes French

4 years ago / 0 comments

Despite a market share below their international level, French car makers (PSA Peugeot Citroën and the Renault-Nissan Alliance) have improved their performance strongly in the Chinese market in recent months, which grew by 12.3% …

Jeep targets premium luxury sector

4 years ago / 0 comments

  Jeep is going to play an increasingly significant role within Fiat Group Auto’s multi brand fleet strategy with the new Italian-built Renegade small SUV described as a game-changer by Enrico Atanasio, head of …

New XC90 to boost Volvo fleet business?

5 years ago / 0 comments

  The new XC90 made its public debut at the Paris Show, replacing the model that has been on sale since 2002. It introduced many new safety features and is built on the company’s …

Adapt & survive

5 years ago / 0 comments

As organisations look to improve the efficiency of their workforces and vehicles, the challenge is on for the vehicle leasing industry to widen its scope to provide a total mobility solution to corporates and …

Drawing the future

5 years ago / 0 comments

Replacing two iconic designs Replacing any iconic vehicle is never an easy prospect for any designer. Whether it’s an exotic rare car or a much loved volume produced model makes little difference. Imagine being …

Big Data, big fleet challenge

5 years ago / 0 comments

  There is a lot of talk about "Big Data" in business at the moment, it’s a buzz word concerned with the explosion in information technology, Web, mobile and cloud computing that sees almost …

Infrastructure key to global leasing expansion

5 years ago / 0 comments

  Despite all the talk about the potential of countries such as China and India, Europe remains the key global market so far as vehicle leasing is concerned. So says LeasePlan International managing director, …

IHS comments on French market outlook in advanced of Paris Motor Show

5 years ago / 0 comments

The event opens to the press on 2nd October, with a wide range of automakers and component suppliers set to exhibit, with domestic automakers set to take centre stage at their home event as …

Does your fleet need telematics?

5 years ago / 0 comments

GPS navigation-based telematics systems have become part of the suite of fleet management tools; most notably for the heavy truck sector and to a lesser extent with light CV and car fleets. The technology …

North American fleet market looks for value

5 years ago / 0 comments

In a recent article in North America’s Automotive Fleet magazine, “Procurement Ascendency” topped the list of global fleet mega-trends. The once-feared, but ultimately beneficial, transition from fleet managers to corporate buyers can now be …

The risks concealed behind the veneer of destocking

5 years ago / 0 comments

With sales of locally‐made Light Vehicles in July growing by 7.4% year‐on‐year (YoY) – slightly in excess of the 7.2% YoY growth achieved in June – China’s Light Vehicle market appears to be on …

To EV or not to EV? That is the question…

5 years ago / 0 comments

Would I drive an electric vehicle? That was the question that kept me busy for a number of months. Me being Bart Vanham, entrepreneur in the automotive and fleet market. I am actually a …

Democratising the electric car

5 years ago / 0 comments

What are you anticipating in terms of sales volumes for Europe? Our hope for Europe is that we sell a comparable number of cars to America, and we expect to increase our activities in …

Hitachi expands into Europe

5 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?

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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…

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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"

6 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?

6 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, …