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Category : Opinions

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No-one’s ever been fired for sourcing German cars for their company’s fleet. As well as being desirable for user-choosers, especially those with an eye for what … Read More »

Practice what you preach: The IAM’s David Batten

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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 »

The Insider: Quantifying the unquantifiables

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I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy evaluating a new product and trying to make a business case for it, and then seeing how … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Selwyn Cooper, head of business sales, Volvo Car UK

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Acting as the head of business sales Looking back over my 20 years with Volvo, I’ve been fortunate enough to work across all departments within … Read More »

Testing times: What the Government's MoT plans could mean for fleets

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The Government has got itself hot under the collar about extending the first MoT for cars from three to four years. The move was announced last … Read More »

Interview: Francis Bleasdale, fleet and remarketing director at FCA

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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 »

The Insider: Feeling the (Ad)Blues

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This month, I’m suffering from the AdBlues. Having read the available information, taken on board the published advice and informed our drivers well in advance, reality … Read More »

Pimlico Plumbers: A very modern old-fashioned fleet

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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 Insider: A wishlist for 2016

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Let’s start with the return of the spare wheel to all vehicles as standard. Damaged tyres are one of the biggest causes of trouble in fleet, … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Robert Pilkington of Ebbon-Dacs

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Don’t assume you can do it all yourself Earlier in my career, when I was IT director, I felt that I was capable of designing … Read More »

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

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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 »

Clouds on the Horizon: a look at forecasts for 2016 new car sales in the UK

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No sooner had the festive period passed and the celebration of record breaking registration levels in 2015 subsided, when the frantic new and used car trading … Read More »

On the road: a beast of burden

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Not so much the elephant in the room as the Nellie on the bonnet, one of the less trumpeted pitfalls of increasingly stringent pedestrian impact legislation … Read More »

Tyred out?

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Fleet managers need to do more about the tyres fitted to the cars and vans they operate. That's one of the clear messages from research conducted … Read More »

The Insider: Driving less, living more

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As I write this, our company has been making an effort to support Road Safety Week, with initiatives targeted at our own employees. And I’ve been … Read More »

VW Group: the next step

3 years ago / 0 comments

The Volkswagen Group diesel emissions scandal has been grabbing headlines since it broke in late September and will continue to do so as internal investigations are … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Fleet Hire's Nick Poole

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Valuing the power of qualifications One of the things we at Fleet Hire are passionate about is the development of our people. We use an array … Read More »

Q&A: Arval managing director Benoit Dilly

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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 »

The Insider: The emissions scandal and the tip of the iceberg

3 years ago / 0 comments

First let me say that I don’t dispute that it is totally and utterly wrong to knowingly mislead the public and we could debate the moral … Read More »

Reasons to be cheerful – National Franchised Dealers Association poll

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Ever wondered what dealers think of the car brands they represent? Clearly you would rather your drivers take their cars to a dealer who is fired … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Malcolm Maycock of the Licence Bureau

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Dealing with people The police force taught me a number of skill sets at the outset of my working life for which I am most grateful. … Read More »

Interview: Andy Barratt, chairman, Ford of Britain

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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

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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 »

The Insider: Medical schooling

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The Glasgow bin lorry crash, together with other similar cases that are now coming to light, is incredibly sad, and highlights a number of areas where … Read More »

Breaking traditional perceptions of the vehicle finance broker network

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Alphabet's broker network is celebrating its one year anniversary. Its strategy to work only with established broker businesses that focus on renewals, retention and referrals is … Read More »

Interview: Jeremy Hicks, MD, Jaguar Land Rover UK

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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 »

Hour by hour

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  How much do you pay for service, maintenance and repairs? The answer, invariably, is too much. However, you could actually be paying over the odds … Read More »

Interview: Ken Ramirez, MD, Renault UK

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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

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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 »

Have you got the Power?

3 years ago / 0 comments

  When it comes to surveys there's one particular researcher that can strike fear or joy into carmakers. For over 40 years JD Power has held … Read More »