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Category : Opinions

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?

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  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 »

What I've Learnt: Auto Windscreens' Chris Thornton

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Share your goals and dream big To really develop a business in a meaningful way, develop a clear vision and a strategy to get there, most … Read More »

The Insider: Energy conversation

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Now here’s a thing. We recently tackled our ESOS transport energy audit and, reading through all the preamble, I was pretty sure I’d got it taped. Our … Read More »

Is a pool car always an expensive luxury?

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Short-term rental versus long-term lease is a debate that will undoubtedly continue to rage in the offices of finance directors and fleet managers for years to … Read More »

Should we be worried?

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It is worth reflecting on how far vehicle development has come over the last 40 years. Without delving into great detail, it does not require too … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Alphabet's Martin Quail

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The value of keeping it personal In the business world, it is vital to ensure the tone you are using is relevant for the person you’re … Read More »

The Insider: Getting into scrapes

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  We are all good at complaining about end of contract damage charges, but the thing is, whether damage is incurred during the contract or at … Read More »

Q&A: Andrew Goodwin of Lex Autolease

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How will it work? Customers of the RAC’s Business Club will now have the added capability to lease vehicles, provided by Lex Autolease, through the portal. … Read More »

What’s in store for dealers?

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When it comes to choosing a dealer to do business with the overall look and feel of the showroom is an important deciding factor for fleet … Read More »

Fleet industry lacking a vibrant start-up innovation

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After starting and growing two successful fleet businesses from the ground up in the last 10 years, entrepreneur and CEO of Fleetondemand Justin Whitston believes the … Read More »

Colour blindness

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Ford famously once offered customers any colour they wanted so long as it was black. These days customers are more discerning and new cars can be … Read More »

Q&A: Peter Bridgen of FleetCor UK

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  What is the Allstar One card? Customers have informed us that they find using two separate cards for Allstar and Keyfuels transactions a bit cumbersome, … Read More »

The Insider: Ensuring insurance

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  I’m slightly surprised that the idea of bundling motor insurance together with vehicle leasing is growing, even though it has a certain logic. It was … Read More »

What I've Learnt: David Hosking of Tusker

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On developing a strategic mind Spending time away from the operational side of the business to really focus on strategy and the future is, and was, … Read More »

Transformers coming to a vehicle near you – soon

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The blockbuster franchise Transformers may have once seemed far-fetched and futuristic, but events last week proved that the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ is the here and … Read More »

Q&A: Martin Port of BigChange

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Martin Port, the UK founder of Masternaut, on the latest developments in the telematics market and his new venture, BigChange.

What I’ve learnt: Jo Elms, commercial director at LeasePlan

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On having a work-life balance As a working mum with three children my life is pretty full on and not in a way which allows much … Read More »

The Insider: A dystopian future

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The suggestion that UK cities could have devolved powers to run their transport infrastructure fills me with dread. This seems to be on the grounds that … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Alphabet's Nigel Trotman

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Don’t underestimate the value of networking One of the main things I have learnt is how valuable networking with others within the industry can be. When … Read More »

The return of Renault

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At the end of 2011 I was invited to a press conference by Renault. The timing was curious as there was no new car due to … Read More »

The Insider: You don’t know what you don’t know

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  This week I learned of two more well-respected award-winning fleet managers whose roles have been outsourced. The first to a leasing company who promptly took … Read More »

Vauxhall’s fresh approach

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A growing number of car manufacturers talk about the importance of delivering top quality fleet services through their dealer networks. Fortunately, some are even backing their … Read More »

On the road: getting into scrapes

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For those wont to visit the rolling hills and honeyhued architecture of Mudfordshire and then bang on at some length about how lucky I am to … Read More »

Devolution for road safety?

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Progress in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads varies dramatically across the UK, according to a new report.  The new … Read More »

Acknowledging the best

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  Who has the best fleet dealer network? The big boys Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Peugeot must be in the running. Perhaps the German premium triumvirate … Read More »