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Alex Grant

Q&A: Gary Smith, managing director, Europcar

1 day ago / 0 comments

Gary Smith, managing director of Europcar UK Group, speaks to Alex Grant about the company’s increasing focus on mobility and the launch of its new portal.

First Drive: Volkswagen T-Roc

2 days ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has big plans for its compact crossover, explains Alex Grant.

Road Test: Hyundai i30 Premium 1.6 CRDi

3 days ago / 0 comments

Can the i30 stand up to the C-segment’s most formidable rivals? Alex Grant finds out.

Ford to double EV investment

3 days ago / 0 comments

Ford is more than doubling its investment in electric vehicles, reviving the Mach nameplate made famous by early Mustangs on a high-performance electric SUV due in … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Navigation

4 days ago / 0 comments

The Golf still feels like a great solution to the challenges of work and home life, reckons Alex Grant.

Experience vital for driving ULEV uptake, says Go Ultra Low

1 week ago / 0 comments

Hands-on experience and a whole-life approach to running costs are vital for driving fleet uptake of electric vehicles, according to new research from Go Ultra Low … Read More »

Vauxhall appoints new managing director

1 week ago / 0 comments

Groupe PSA has appointed Stephen Norman as managing director of Vauxhall Motors and Opel Ireland, effective from 1 February.

Europcar Group appoints new chief financial officer

1 week ago / 0 comments

Europcar Group has appointed Luc Peligry, as chief financial officer, supporting ongoing growth of the company.

Top-level staff changes at Volkswagen Group UK

1 week ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Group UK has appointed Patrick McGillycuddy as head of sales operations, replacing Rod McLeod who becomes director of Skoda UK, both effective from 1 Feb.

Byton sets sights on Tesla with electric SUV

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Chinese electric car manufacturer, Byton, has previewed the first of its line-up of luxury cars; a long-range, fully-electric SUV due to launch in Europe during 2020.

Audi to re-shape UK fleet sales from April

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Audi UK is adopting an agency model for its fleet sales from 1 April, aimed at offering more stability for dealers and clarity for customers, while … Read More »

Shell and Fleet World Valuing People Survey – the results

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

In the second part of our series of exclusive surveys, Shell and Fleet World questioned 266 fleet executives to find out how they interact and monitor … Read More »

DfT to create and upgrade Major Road Network

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

The Department for Transport has begun a 12-week consultation process to identify and upgrade vital A-roads as it creates a new Major Road Network across England.

Diesel tax hikes ‘creating CO2 problem’, says PSA Group

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Government tax reform penalising diesel vehicles is hindering the uptake of clean engines, encouraging fleets to pick the wrong fuel and potentially slowing CO2 reductions, according … Read More »

Road Test: Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0i Sport Nav

1 month ago / 0 comments

Does a folding metal roof blunt the MX-5’s lightweight appeal? Alex Grant finds out.

Honda previews dual-motor Insight hybrid

1 month ago / 0 comments

Honda will unveil a prototype of the next Insight hybrid at the Detroit Motor Show, featuring a new two-motor hybrid system aimed at rivalling the economy … Read More »

Land Rover reveals new Discovery Commercial

1 month ago / 0 comments

Land Rover has launched a commercial version of the new Discovery, which is available to order today ahead of deliveries in Q2 2018.

Commercial fleets missing out on £14bn saving, says Hitachi Capital

1 month ago / 0 comments

Despite a growing appetite for hybrid and electric cars, government policy needs to do more to encourage commercial vehicle fleets to move to alternative drivetrains, according … Read More »

European Parliament moves towards petrol and diesel phase-out

1 month ago / 0 comments

Manufacturers could soon face strict targets for electric and ultra-low emission vehicles as a share of their overall sales, as part of measures to phase out … Read More »

Denso acquires smartphone-as-a-key technology startup

1 month ago / 0 comments

Automotive parts and technology company, Denso, has acquired American company InfiniteKey, with a view to developing systems enabling smartphones to be used instead of vehicle keys.

DfT to raise weight limit for electric vans

1 month ago / 0 comments

The Department for Transport is to raise the weight threshold for electric light commercial vehicles from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes, removing administrative burdens for operators … Read More »

Chargemaster launches centralised billing for plug-in fleets

1 month ago / 0 comments

Chargemaster is launching a fleet-specific subscription of its 6,000-strong Polar electric vehicle charging network, enabling usage for multiple drivers to be billed to the same account.

Government must focus on rapid chargers for fleets, says new report

1 month ago / 0 comments

Rapid charging points for electric vehicles are a more cost-effective way to reduce air pollution than slower on-street units, despite the latter being cheaper to install, … Read More »

Greener travel isn’t just about cleaner cars, says CarPlus

1 month ago / 0 comments

Government policy should encourage the trend towards reduced car use, with research showing this is a more effective way to cut energy use than swapping to … Read More »

UK’s city congestion up 20% since 2010

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Delays due to congestion in the UK’s most gridlocked cities has risen 20% since 2010, with journeys now taking almost a third longer in peak times … Read More »

PHEVs now “over 25%” of 3 Series Fleet volume

1 month ago / 0 comments

BMW is aiming to double sales of the 530e plug-in hybrid in 2018, following a year where the 330e will have taken “well over a quarter” … Read More »

Cybersecurity concerns curbing demand for connected cars

2 months ago / 0 comments

Knowledge of connected cars is low among UK consumers, with only 4% saying they knew they owned one, and 66% saying they did not plan to … Read More »

Industry concern as ‘clocking’ rises among nearly new vehicles

2 months ago / 0 comments

The BVRLA is to begin an investigation into mileage fraud, following warnings from the National Franchise Dealer Association (NFDA) that it’s a fast-growing problem among vehicles … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz reveals new CLS coupé

2 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz revealed its third-generation four-door coupé at the Los Angeles Motor Show, featuring driver assistance technology from the EClass and five seats for the first time.

Porsche puts PHEV chauffeur fleet to test in London

2 months ago / 0 comments

Porsche is deploying a six-month trial of a fleet of plug-in hybrid chauffeur cars in London as part of research into transport solutions.