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Category : Interview

SEAT targets user-choosers for ongoing growth

2 years ago / 0 comments

SEAT is aiming for “double digit” growth in sales by optimising its product range and focusing on higher-value segments than previously, according to chairman of the … Read More »

Canterbury tales: An interview with Longleys Private Hire Ltd director, David George

2 years ago / 0 comments

Telematics can transform a business. It certainly did for Longleys Private Hire, which installed a system and found its business crippled as a result. The Canterbury-based … Read More »

Q&A: Eric Feunteun on Renault’s EV programme

2 years ago / 0 comments

How healthy is the EV market? The growth of EV volumes is quite impressive; over 50% worldwide, and also on a European basis. Among that Renault … Read More »

Practice what you preach: The IAM’s David Batten

2 years ago / 0 comments

As one of the UK’s highest profile road safety charities, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has a commitment to making Britain’s roads a safer … Read More »

Interview: Francis Bleasdale, fleet and remarketing director at FCA

2 years ago / 0 comments

It can be hard to keep up with the various comings and goings of the Fiat Group and its various brands, which have been through many … Read More »

Pimlico Plumbers: A very modern old-fashioned fleet

2 years ago / 0 comments

Stopping to chat with busy mechanics during a tour of Pimlico Plumbers’ HQ, managing director Charlie Mullins’ pride in his company’s in‐house fleet management operation is … Read More »

The power of choice: Ford of Britain's Andy Barratt on the brand's growth plans

2 years ago / 0 comments

Only halfway through his first year as Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, may have taken on the role in one of the … Read More »

Q&A: Arval managing director Benoit Dilly

2 years ago / 0 comments

What does the acquisition bring to Arval’s proposition? What we are putting together are two companies, both in good shape, and what we get from GE … Read More »

Interview: Andy Barratt, chairman, Ford of Britain

2 years ago / 0 comments

How does Ford see the fleet sector developing at the moment? The fleet sector is hugely important to us both on car and commercial. The car sector … Read More »

Interview: Paul Philpott, president & CEO, Kia Motors UK

3 years ago / 0 comments

How is 2015 shaping up so far? We’re on track to do about 80,000 units this year, that’s the first time we’ve broken through 80,000. Last … Read More »

Interview: Jeremy Hicks, MD, Jaguar Land Rover UK

3 years ago / 0 comments

How will Jaguar convince fleet buyers that JLR has the right products for them? You can pin nearly all our growth in the last five years … Read More »

Interview: Ken Ramirez, MD, Renault UK

3 years ago / 0 comments

What are your plans for next year? Next year is an important year for us. We’ve already outgrown the market this year, we’ve had 17% growth … Read More »

Interview: Jim Wright, MD, Nissan Motor GB

3 years ago / 0 comments

How has 2015 been for Nissan, so far? In terms of car share, we’re about 5.8% which is about 0.6% up year-on-year, and in fleet it’s … Read More »

Interview: Nissan's Barry Beeston

3 years ago / 0 comments

Barry Beeston reckons Nissan deserves more attention for the position it occupies in fleet. He might well be right. For, in volume terms for cars, once … Read More »

An enhanced offering

3 years ago / 0 comments

How were Hyundai UK’s fleet sales last year? It was another record year for us. The key measure for me is the volume via the dealer … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: LeasePlan UK's Lesley Slater

3 years ago / 0 comments

Working for a global leasing company It’s fast paced, constantly evolving and full of positive challenges. More often than not, large corporate clients are now looking … Read More »

Q&A: Tim Porter of Lex Autolease

3 years ago / 0 comments

  How are you finding business confidence in general? Business confidence is pretty strong at the moment and we have been a beneficiary of that confidence, … Read More »

Q&A: CAP's Mike Hind on the firm's acquisition

3 years ago / 0 comments

What are Solera Holdings’ plans for the deal? Solera will help CAP to leverage the numerous synergies between its strengths and core data assets to bring … Read More »

Earning the right, every day

3 years ago / 0 comments

  Some jobs, you might think, are just a case of turn up for work, grab a coffee, put your feet up and watch the orders … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet: Tim Watts of Perfect Circle

4 years ago / 0 comments

You’ve worked on both sides of the fence previously, running a fleet and then for a leasing company. What was it like branching out on your … Read More »

Right place, right time

4 years ago / 0 comments

  Often successful careers are partly ability, partly huge work ethic, and partly being in the right place at the right time. Ken Ramirez, managing director … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet: John Pryor of ACFO

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 590 user-choosers, 700 cash out, 30 vans   How are you finding being chairman of ACFO? It was and is a great honour. Arcadia … Read More »

Q&A: Bob Saynor of the EST

4 years ago / 0 comments

    Why is the scheme being replaced? When we introduced short-duration ecodriving training to the UK in 2009 the concept was virtually unknown in the … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

4 years ago / 0 comments

On personal and work values It is very important to know that your company’s core values match your own personal values. This starts at the interview … Read More »

The lion’s share

4 years ago / 0 comments

The new management at the head of Peugeot in the UK is convinced that the firm can raise itself above the other volume brands and carve … Read More »

Democratising the electric car

4 years ago / 0 comments

How large do you predict the European market will be for the Model S? Our hope for Europe is that we sell a comparable number of … Read More »

What I’ve Learnt: Robert Pieczka, marketing & business development director at Arval

4 years ago / 0 comments

The growing influence of technology The effective management of a business fleet is a moveable feast. The world around us has always changed but the rate … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet: Paula Maxwell of Longhurst Group

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 158 cars, 12 vans, 337 grey fleet   In what sector does Longhurst operate? Longhurst Group is the parent company for three subsidiaries located … Read More »

Skoda looks to soar

4 years ago / 0 comments

Patrick McGillycuddy has only been head of fleet at Skoda since the end of last summer, but it’s been a stellar few months with sales soaring … Read More »

The Leon roars

4 years ago / 0 comments

Neil Williamson is sitting on SEAT’s stylish Geneva show stand, and he’s in a good mood. With good reason. Having been head of SEAT in the … Read More »