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Category : Opinions

Running rings

6 years ago / 0 comments

I can’t say that James Douglas reminds me of Brian Clough in any way, but the new head of fleet at Audi thought of the artful … Read More »

Damage limitations

6 years ago / 0 comments

How is your fleet made up? Peverel Services Ltd provides property-related services throughout the UK including property management, letting, security and protection systems as well as … Read More »

Is there a blurred vision on eyesight?

6 years ago / 0 comments

How are your rods and cones faring? The human retina contains two types of photoreceptor cells, known as rods and cones. Cones allow us to see … Read More »

Lip service is not enough

6 years ago / 0 comments

There is a common theme running through chats I’ve had in recent months with bosses of car companies and dealer groups. At some point in the … Read More »

When fleet management isn’t fleet management

6 years ago / 0 comments

I think it was Charles Darwin who believed that species adapt to suit their surroundings and thus survive. I think presently we are seeing a fine … Read More »

Self-registrations and you

6 years ago / 0 comments

A casual look at the new car market appears to show a sector in rude health, having been through the ravages of the recession and now … Read More »

Going spare

6 years ago / 0 comments

It’s those round black things which are vexing me again, or rather the lack of them. In recent years, it has become the trend for many … Read More »

Birthday wishes

6 years ago / 0 comments

Pendragon Contracts is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, having battled through the credit crunch, realigned its business and is now looking to grow its fleet … Read More »

Covering all bases

6 years ago / 0 comments

The new car market has been a tough place to operate for most car brands since the onset of the economic downturn. Old ways of doing … Read More »

Whiskey on wheels

6 years ago / 0 comments

LH What’s the composition of Chivas fleet? TC Chivas Brothers is part of the Pernod Ricard Group, and we produce whisky brands such as Chivas Regal, … Read More »

The downtime dilemma

6 years ago / 0 comments

Recently, Vauxhall loaned us an Ampera for evaluation. And a very good car it is too. It’s also a long time since I drove a car … Read More »

Growing pains?

6 years ago / 0 comments

As most mainstream car manufacturers scrabble about trying to retain market share, Kia Motors (UK) president and CEO Paul Philpott has a different kind of problem: … Read More »

Cream of the crop

6 years ago / 0 comments

One the mostly fiercely contested parts of the fleet market is the premium sector. Here sales have remained strong throughout the recession, with models such as … Read More »

The Sky isn’t the limit

6 years ago / 0 comments

As you might have seen earlier in this issue, Mazda is at a watershed: its range is almost about to be replaced in its entirety over … Read More »

Spoilt for choice?

6 years ago / 0 comments

Businesses are tightening up choice lists in a way that has not been seen for a while. The move is often cyclical with companies tending to … Read More »

The Insider: What goes on tour…

6 years ago / 0 comments

As summer draws to a close, I reflect on another season of company drivers taking touring holidays abroad, and bringing their cars safely home again. In … Read More »

At your service?

6 years ago / 0 comments

Service, maintenance and repair are expensive elements in the company car equation, but that does not mean they cannot be regularly reviewed by fleets seeking to … Read More »

Getting to know you

6 years ago / 0 comments

The new car registration figures for the first six months of the year highlighted some interesting trends impacting fleets and their choice of vehicles. While Ford's … Read More »

Moved by motor show and safety demos

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Moving Motor Show, precursor to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enabled me to fulfil an ambition to drive up the famous hill climb course. I … Read More »

Skoda bares its teeth

6 years ago / 0 comments

Nice, cheery Skoda. Never too aggressive with their strategies, with inoffensive cars, and friendly, not too pushy, staff. Yeah, right. Skoda is a brand on the … Read More »

The Master Plan – James Taylor Vauxhall Motors

6 years ago / 0 comments

On the face of it, it doesn’t look like it’s been a good year so far for Vauxhall, with fleet market share showing a steep decline. … Read More »

Rental is driving me mental

6 years ago / 0 comments

Recently we discovered our drivers squeezing into smaller rental cars than due, within our specified grade. Used to a 1.6-litre hatchback, we are now seeing 1.2-litre … Read More »

Joined up thinking

6 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has launched a new leasing programme aimed at local fleets. What surprised me was not how groundbreaking the initiative is, it isn’t, but the fact … Read More »

Camels, cars and CO2

6 years ago / 0 comments

In the old days, one’s wealth was dictated by the number of cows or camels one owned. Today’s drivers still focus on the perceived number of … Read More »

Independents’ day?

6 years ago / 0 comments

One of the few positives to emerge from the economic downturn is a greater appreciation of value for money. Rewind four years and, with the possible … Read More »

Tough choices

6 years ago / 0 comments

As one of those high-flying global executives US car firms are so good at creating, Mark Ovenden is ideally situated to give a view on how … Read More »

Nissan is on a steep learning curve

6 years ago / 0 comments

Nissan broke new ground last year when it brought its first electric vehicle, the LEAF, to the UK. Though rivals were already offering electric cars, the … Read More »

Gold rush

7 years ago / 0 comments

You don’t have to go back much more than a decade, and BMW was fairly cool about the corporate market. Previously a retail-heavy manufacturer of sporty … Read More »

Sometimes, sexism is a good thing

7 years ago / 0 comments

Car insurance costs are set to be studied by the Competition Commission after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the market was ”dysfunctional”, blaming credit … Read More »

A new fleet funding option?

7 years ago / 0 comments

One of the few positives of the economic downturn is the availability of low interest finance. In theory there’s never been a better time to buy … Read More »