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Category : Opinions

Foundations for growth

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Volvo is looking set for a formative 12 months. The New Year marked the launch of its all-new D4 diesel engine, the first developed in-house … Read More »

Alternative thinking

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Of all the brands impacted by the downturn, Mitsubishi could argue a convincing case for having one of the most miserable and long-lasting experiences. Sales … Read More »

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

6 years ago / 0 comments

So it’s official: those long talked-about green shoots of recovery are finally growing. The UK economy is coming out of recession, and doing so not only … Read More »

Fleet on fleet: Nigel Trotman of Alphabet

6 years ago / 0 comments

As an ex-fleet manager what was it like moving to the other side of the fence? It was definitely a bit of a culture shock – … Read More »

The missing ingredients

6 years ago / 0 comments

  How committed are car retailers to serving and satisfying your needs as a fleet boss? It’s a simple question with a myriad of answers, often … Read More »

On the road: 'Kerbing' the wear and tear issues

6 years ago / 0 comments

  One of the great heartbreaks of testing lovely press cars is in returning the odd one, shamefaced, to the press office sporting some form of … Read More »

Camera shy?

6 years ago / 0 comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. These days most of us have a camera on our phones and Google “got-a-digit-in-every-pie” offers one set … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet – Brad Wilkie of Kelway

6 years ago / 0 comments

You have a wide remit – was fleet part of the job originally? Where does your fleet experience come from? My remit is to be responsible … Read More »

Easy money?

6 years ago / 0 comments

  Was it really only last month that I used that cliché “the camera never lies” in my column? Coincidental then that I recently read news … Read More »

What I’ve learnt – Richard Schooling of Alphabet

6 years ago / 0 comments

Car ownership is no longer the be-all and end-all Historically, your car signalled perceived personal status and conferred a degree of authority, ie the more expensive … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor UK's Callum Gibson on the firm's developments

6 years ago / 0 comments

What were your priorities when you joined Fleetcor? Fleetcor UK has three customer facing brands: Allstar, Keyfuels and The Fuel Card Company. The key driver for … Read More »

On the road: A queue too far

6 years ago / 0 comments

The most recent survey figures I can unearth suggest that, in 2012, traffic congestion cost our economy more than £4.3bn – equating to some £491 per … Read More »

Q&A: Leasedrive's Roddy Graham on the HgCapital deal

6 years ago / 0 comments

What does the deal involve? HgCapital has bought the business and all existing shareholders (management and LDC) have reinvested to the value of 20% of the … Read More »

In the dark

6 years ago / 0 comments

I was out running the pavements in the middle of town the other evening and was slightly alarmed to notice how many street lights weren’t working. … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

6 years ago / 0 comments

Mapping the journey In 17 years as a consultant in the fleet industry, I’ve seen a significant shift in the relationship between companies and their fleet … Read More »

Back in contention

6 years ago / 0 comments

Peugeot has sought to reinvent itself in recent years. Once a major volume player, up there behind Ford and Vauxhall, and one of the biggest fleet … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet – Ian Luckett of Lucketts Travel interviewed

7 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size 109 coaches and minibuses   Lucketts is a family-owned, multi-award winning coach and travel company. How did it all start? The company was started … Read More »

Fleet and its role in UK PLC

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Gerry Keaney has been surprised. In his first year as chief executive of the BVRLA he’s been able to tour the fleet industry and what … Read More »

Paper trail

7 years ago / 0 comments

I’ve been awaiting with interest the outcome of the debate on whether to scrap the paper motor insurance certificate. Of course, we are now sticking with … Read More »

Let battle commence

7 years ago / 0 comments

  There’s long been an unwritten rule adhered to by the bosses of the UK’s two biggest car sellers that they don’t acknowledge each other’s brand … Read More »

100k and counting…

7 years ago / 0 comments

Lex Autolease will grow by 100,000 vehicles in the next five years, and it will do it in some pretty innovative ways, its new managing director … Read More »

No fare alternative

7 years ago / 0 comments

How will we ever persuade employees out of their cars and onto public transport? I’m thinking ahead to a time when workplace parking prevents us from … Read More »

Hyundai gets emotional

7 years ago / 0 comments

Hyundai has been chipping away at the company car market for more than 20 years but now has the product line-up and commitment to finally present … Read More »

Fleet on Fleet – Danny Alborough of Gratte Brothers

7 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size 200 vehicles   What’s the history of Gratte Brothers? From small beginnings as an electrical contractor, started by two brothers in the post war … Read More »

Interview – Benoit Dilly

7 years ago / 0 comments

  I meet Benoit Dilly, Arval’s new managing director, on the top floor of the BNP Paribas building in central London, a vast metal and stone … Read More »

What I’ve learnt – Martin Evans of Jaama

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Diversity and unbundling continue apace There has been a continuing growth in the diversity of vehicle-related products and services available to fleet managers and a … Read More »

Surveying the horizon

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Ever wondered which car dealers are happy to represent the brand displayed over their door and whose teams start every day with a spring in … Read More »

Salary isn’t being sacrificed

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Salary sacrifice is back in the news again with its devotees saying business is on the up, and the sceptics suggesting it still isn’t as … Read More »

Q&A – Mercedes-Benz

7 years ago / 0 comments

Q: Where is Mercedes-Benz in the UK today? MB: We are the “new luxury” brand, with Audi and BMW as premium. We have grown by 34% … Read More »

Talk the talk

7 years ago / 0 comments

  Carmakers like to talk the talk when it comes to how they deliver customer satisfaction to fleets. I’ve lost count of the number of car … Read More »