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Category : Features

VIP treatment: Latest tech developments for the luxury class

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Often the first place new technology breaks ground, the luxury class is a sign of the convenience headed for core fleet cars in the coming years. … Read More »

Badge of honour: Capstar’s fleet operations in focus

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Capstar is a chauffeur firm with a difference: its drivers are ex-soldiers who have often suffered battlefield injuries or trauma. By Steve Moody.

Safe and sound: The developments in active noise cancelling technology

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Active noise cancellation is the latest tool in the car industry’s quest to improve refinement and make cars less stressful places to be for company car … Read More »

Safety in numbers: A look at Thatcham’s safety work

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A vital part of Europe’s automotive industry since 1969, insurance owned independent organisation Thatcham has played a huge role in reducing running costs for fleets. Alex … Read More »

Getting a grip: Audi’s new quattro four-wheel drive system

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What is it? A new quattro four-wheel drive system for Audis with longitudinally-mounted engines – so the A4 and larger vehicles – targeting fuel economy and … Read More »

Day in Life: Russ White, group auctioneer at Manheim

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Nationwide auction network As a group auctioneer at Manheim I engage in pre‐sale activity, trying to get bids on vehicles and placing vehicles, and checking catalogues … Read More »

Lease accounting changes: What’s it all about?

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The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published a new set of rules – an ‘accounting standard’ – setting how companies should account for leases in … Read More »

Is Osborne killing the company car?

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For over four decades now, the company car has been regarded as the epitome of work perks, providing many employees with an incentive to stay in … Read More »

Q&A: ACFO and the ICFM on their extended partnership

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In January, ACFO and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM) announced that they are to work more closely to promote the benefits of professional fleet … Read More »

Under new management: engine remapping in focus

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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 … Read More »

Interview: Mel Dawson, managing director of ALD Automotive

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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 … Read More »

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

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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 … Read More »

Foundations for growth: plans for the Source London charging network

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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 … Read More »

SMEs in focus

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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. … Read More »

Mobility matters: the challenges ahead for fleets

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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 … Read More »

Data capture: A look at the latest telematics developments

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Personal Data Connected services are becoming more common in the latest infotainment systems, including emails, calendars, social media and downloadable apps – potentially with accounts … 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 … Read More »

Technology in Focus: Audi's forthcoming mild hybrid systems

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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. … Read More »

Technology in Focus: Tesla's Autopilot

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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 … Read More »

Premium approach: How technology can cut fleet insurance costs

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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 … Read More »

Fuel disclosure

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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, … Read More »

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

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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 … Read More »

Fast fits: At your service

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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 … Read More »

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

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

The Volkswagen Scandal

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  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. … Read More »

Driving, Unwired

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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 … Read More »

Where next for company cars?

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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 … 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 … Read More »

Q&A: £43m FMG sale

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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 … Read More »

Cost Trend Analyser – H2 2015/16

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RESIDUAL VALUES We have been closely watching used car market supply and demand for many months anticipating that the residual value bubble would burst. However, despite … Read More »