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Category : Feature

Under new management: engine remapping in focus

1 year ago / 0 comments

As controversial as it is sworn by, engine remapping offers impressive gains for minimal workshop time and has become a growing market for vans, with potential for job‐need cars too. With software at the … Read More »

Interview: Mel Dawson, managing director of ALD Automotive

1 year ago / 0 comments

Actions speak louder than words – it’s not exactly a new code to live by, but the amount of hot air often expelled by business people looking to claim how fabulous and groundbreaking their … Read More »

Fleet of the Future: A review of the 2016 CES Show

1 year ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Volkswagen’s headline-grabber was the Budd-e concept, an all-electric, four-wheel-drive interpretation of the company’s famous camper van with a 233-mile range. Inside, the connectivity technology showed how future VWs could be part … Read More »

Foundations for growth: plans for the Source London charging network

1 year ago / 0 comments

The challenge: Bolloré Group took control of the former Plugged-in Places scheme, Source London, in September 2014. Notoriously unreliable, this included 835 charging points spread across the Capital’s boroughs, with a 60% availability … Read More »

SMEs in focus

1 year ago / 0 comments

Fluctuations in fleet size The SME market will be a growth area for new registrations in the year ahead, both fleets and their suppliers reckon. Giving an overview of the sector, Richard Schooling, … Read More »

Mobility matters: the challenges ahead for fleets

1 year ago / 0 comments

The increasing role of air quality: Reignited by the Volkswagen NOx emissions scandal, air quality is firmly on the agenda and confirmation of Low Emission Zones suggests it’s staying. But there’s scepticism about … Read More »

Data capture: A look at the latest telematics developments

1 year ago / 0 comments

Personal Data Connected services are becoming more common in the latest infotainment systems, including emails, calendars, social media and downloadable apps – potentially with accounts containing banking. Most fleet cars are at least … Read More »

Land Rover Defender – A farewell to arms

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It began, as the best ideas tend to, with a personal need. Maurice Wilks, an engineer at Rover and brother of managing director Spencer Wilks, had spotted a gap in the market for a … Read More »

Technology in Focus: Audi's forthcoming mild hybrid systems

1 year ago / 0 comments

The next big step in efficiency will be in electrical systems and mild hybrids that help to make cars more economical and offer lower running costs. In the next few years, every Audi on … Read More »

Technology in Focus: Tesla's Autopilot

2 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? The first major delivery of Tesla’s autonomous vehicle functions for the Model S and Model X. Autopilot is said to take control of the tedious and dangerous aspects of the journey, … Read More »

Premium approach: How technology can cut fleet insurance costs

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Association of British Insurers estimates that £11bn was spent on car insurance last year, and from the end of this year, fleets will be hit by a 3.5% hike in insurance premium tax. … Read More »

Fuel disclosure

2 years ago / 0 comments

Glorious autumnal sunshine greeted the fleet of challengers in the 2015 MPG Marathon in the Cotswolds. As usual, it was an eclectic field, with two-seater Caterhams, sports cars and even a 21 year old … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Michelin head of fleet Andy Fern

2 years ago / 0 comments

On the grid with McLaren I’m a petrolhead – it comes with the job – so getting to start my career with Michelin in 1998 straight out of university was incredibly lucky. Before long I … Read More »

Fast fits: At your service

2 years ago / 0 comments

ATS Euromaster Vital statistics: 340 centres, 820 mobile units. Introduction of MasterCARE This year has seen the introduction of MasterCARE, a new service package designed to provide easy access to a range of preemptive … Read More »

Q&A: Implications of the ECJ ruling on travel time for mobile workers

2 years ago / 0 comments

  What’s happened? The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that for mobile workers – who have no fixed place of work – the time they spend travelling between home and their first … Read More »

The Volkswagen Scandal

2 years ago / 0 comments

  What is Volkswagen accused of? Cheating to get its 2.0-litre diesel engine through the emissions tests needed to sell a car in the United States. Volkswagen has admitted using a ‘defeat device’ – a … Read More »

Driving, Unwired

2 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? World-first trials of a wireless charging system which can top up electric vehicle batteries as they drive are about to begin in the UK. Led by Highways England, it’s hoped that this … Read More »

Where next for company cars?

2 years ago / 0 comments

THE HIGH COST OF CONGESTION On average, among those who use their car for work, company car drivers spend nine hours a week on work related journeys, compared with five hours a week for … Read More »

Ask the Expert

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Mark Jowsey, Director, KeeResources Kwikcarcost “Worried about the effect of diesel on air quality, some of our employees have been asking for more petrol cars to be added to our choice list, but I’m concerned they … Read More »

Q&A: £43m FMG sale

2 years ago / 0 comments

What’s the background to the deal? Last month saw FMG, a leading Yorkshire-based incident and claims management specialist, announce that it had been acquired by Redde plc, which owns Helphire and Total Accident Management, … Read More »