Fleet World https://fleetworld.co.uk All that matters in the world of fleet news Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:50:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Today in Fleet – Monday 18 June https://fleetworld.co.uk/today-in-fleet-monday-18-june/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:41:34 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49724 Related Post Pricing announced for new Kia Ceed UK cities call for earlier petrol and diesel ban Increased uptake of roadwork permits could cut dis... PCH ... Read More »

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Pricing announced for new Kia Ceed https://fleetworld.co.uk/pricing-announced-for-new-kia-ceed/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:22:50 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49734 Related Post Third-generation Ceed Sportswagon to trump Mondeo ... Third-generation Kia Ceed revealed

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Kia has revealed pricing for the new third-generation Ceed, which goes on sale on 1 August introducing new engine and driver assistance technologies.

Order books for the third-gen Kia Ceed open on 1 August

Order books for the third-gen Kia Ceed open on 1 August

Priced from £18,295 for the hatch – and also still offered in Sportswagon guise – the new model, now known simply as Ceed, occupies a similar on-road footprint to its predecessor, but brings increased boot space – including for the Sportswagon – as well as greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position.

Engine line-up will include a revised version of the Ceed’s 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, which brings emissions from 99g/km (NEDC Correlated) in the 114bhp six-speed manual variant fitted with the Eco Pack, rising to 101g/km without the pack and 105g/km with a dual-clutch transmission. There’s also a 134bhp variant, which offers emissions from 104g/km with the Eco pack (106g/km without) for manual models, and 109g/km with the dual-clutch auto.

Petrol options include an updated 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with emissions from 122g/km with the Eco Pack (125g/km without), as well as a new 138bhp ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi, which replaces the earlier 1.6-litre GDI, and offers emissions of 125g/km with seven-speed dual-clutch auto or 128g/km in manual guise with the Eco Pack (130g/km without). Additionally, a 98bhp 1.4-litre MPi engine will also be available (142g/km).

Engines will also get mild hybrid technology from 2019 to cut emissions further.

The Ceed will also become the first Kia to offer ‘level two autonomous driving’ Lane Following Assist technology, which tracks vehicles in front and detects road markings to keep the car in its lane on the motorway, at speeds from 0 to 81mph. Additional available technologies include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Parking Assist, and pedestrian recognition with haptic steering wheel warnings for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system.

Four trim lines will be available from launch – grade ‘2’, ‘Blue Edition’, grade ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’.

Full UK pricing and specification will be announced in due course.

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UK cities call for earlier petrol and diesel ban https://fleetworld.co.uk/uk-cities-call-for-earlier-petrol-and-diesel-ban/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:11:13 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49719 Related Post Mazda questions near-future EV benefits EVs are the “silver bullet” to transit... Germany’s second diesel ban likely to have ‘domino... Fiat Chrysler to phase ... Read More »

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City leaders from across the UK are calling on Government to bring forward the ban on pure petrol and diesel vehicle sales to 2030, as part of a tougher plans to improve air quality.

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The alliance is calling for an earlier transition to electric vehicles, and more powers for cities to take action on air pollution.

The cross-party alliance will meet at a summit with Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, on Wednesday. It includes mayors and city leaders from Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton and the West Midlands – accounting for more than 20 million UK residents.

Ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK ten years earlier than the 2040 target originally set by the coalition Government in 2011 is said to offer a 30% reduction in pollution, while encouraging manufacturers and business to innovate, and making the country a global leader in the technology. A national scheme is being proposed to help low-income private buyers and small businesses to replace older vehicles.

However, the Department for Transport has yet to confirm what level of electrification will be required in order for cars and vans to still be sold in the UK. Loose wording in previous announcements has implied this could include ‘mild hybrids’, which feature small electric motors and can coast with the engine turned off for small distances. Spokespeople have also suggested the criteria would include electric driving, which would make full hybrids like the Toyota Prius eligible, while rumours have also circulated about plug-in hybrids being the cut-off point. The plans do not involve banning the sale or use of everything except pure electric vehicles.

At Wednesday’s summit, leaders will also discuss adopting the stricter World Health Organisation guidelines on pollution in lieu of those enforced by the European Union, and how to roll out a national framework for reducing pollution. The alliance argues that Government and vehicle manufacturers should step up funding for Clean Air Zones and alternatives to the car, such as public transport. Suggestions include giving cities the power to install charging points at publicly accessible areas, such as car parks and fuel stations.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, providing support to deliver Clean Air Zones in cities and introducing a national vehicle renewal scheme will dramatically improve our air quality and our health. Michael Gove has made a good start as Environment Secretary but we need the government to match our ambition and help us urgently drive forward these improvements. We simply cannot afford to delay.”

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Increased uptake of roadwork permits could cut disruption https://fleetworld.co.uk/increased-uptake-of-roadwork-permits-could-cut-disruption/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:03:36 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49722 Related Post Concerns raised over WLTP deadlines Councils to get extra £100m to repair potholes Plans for online accident reporting could save fle... Government rejects move ... Read More »

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More councils should look at adopting roadwork permit schemes to help cut congestion.

The remaining 35% of councils are being asked to introduce roadwork permit schemes

The remaining 35% of councils are being asked to introduce roadwork permit schemes

So says the Department for Transport as it publishes new research from Ecorys that shows such schemes – where companies apply to highways authorities to carry out works – can help reduce the length of disruption from roadworks by more than three days. The analysis also showed these schemes cut the number of overrunning roadworks.

Introduced in 2010, permit schemes cover works on all local roads and can be complemented by lane rental, where utility companies are charged daily for digging up the busiest roads at peak times – earlier this year, the DfT gave councils the green light to roll out lane charging schemes nationwide later this year, which will see companies charged up to £2,500 a day to carry out works on busy roads.

Around 65% of authorities now have roadwork permit schemes in place and the remaining 35% are being asked to introduce them.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Roadworks are the bane of drivers’ lives, causing delays and costing the UK economy £4.3bn a year. Permit schemes are proven to reduce the length of roadworks, allowing motorists to have fewer disrupted journeys and reducing the burden on businesses.”

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PCH demand drives new milestone for Lex broker division https://fleetworld.co.uk/pch-demand-drives-new-milestone-for-lex-broker-division/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:50:03 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49718 Related Post Diesel still the right option for longer distances... Fleet policy reviews “critical” in rap... Lex Autolease enhances vehicle handover process Diesel share of new ... Read More »

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Lex Autolease has hit a new milestone of 100,000 vehicles leased through its broker division, helped by strong take-up of PCH solutions.

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Lex’s broker division has hit a new milestone

The firm said the channel is its fast-growing and accounts for 25% of the total fleet, with the growth been driven by increased demand for contract hire solutions from individuals and small businesses.

Steve Cocks, director of Lex Autolease’s Broker Division, said: “Brokers are a key market for Lex Autolease, and our goal is continued sustainable growth in 2018, capitalising on the continued strength of the consumer leasing market. Personal contract hire has once again surpassed contract hire as the most popular product we sell in the broker channel.”

Alongside the growth in PCH, Lex attributed its recent success in the broker division to its strong broker relationships, helped by its support through new measures such as the 2017 launch of the company’s bespoke e-learning portal for brokers.

Commercial vehicles also play a strong role in the Lex Autolease broker fleet, accounting for 30%, and the firm said the broker business continues to partner with specialist commercial vehicle brokers to offer increased capability and specialist expertise.

Steve Cocks – who now reports directly to Lex MD Tim Porter following a recent reorg to reflect the importance of the broker division – concluded: “Our growth is testament to the excellent service delivered by our partners and their understanding of customers’ needs. It also reflects increased awareness of the benefits of contract hire and leasing, as businesses and individuals seek manageable and predictable funding options, as well as expert and insightful consultancy to ensure they get the right vehicle, for the right job.”

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Fleet Service GB online tool speeds up vehicle rental bookings https://fleetworld.co.uk/fleet-service-gb-online-tool-speeds-up-vehicle-rental-bookings/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:19:06 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49715 Related Post Fleet Service GB reports continued growth FSGB launches new driver app

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Fleet Service GB has launched a new tool to streamline the rental management process for cars and vans.

The new tool enables Fleet Service GB customers to make rental requests online

The new tool enables Fleet Service GB customers to make rental requests online

Previously, bookings were made via email or a telephone call but the new rental management tool – accessed via Fleet Service GB’s online customer portal – enables cost centre and fleet managers to go online to make rental requests through Fleet Service GB’s preferred network of suppliers.

Users can submit all the key details required to fulfill a booking requirement including on and off-hire dates, type of vehicle, reason for hire and the name of the person who will be driving the vehicle. The tool will provide a quote based on the daily rate of the vehicle selected and submits the vehicle rental request directly to the Fleet Service GB team.

The process can be tailored to ensure requests are given line manager approval prior to the booking request being processed while managers can also view and manage any live rental.

Further development will see the tool provide recommendations on how to reduce the rental cost, based on the daily rate of the vehicle selected and the duration of hire.

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DriveTech white paper address grey fleet risks https://fleetworld.co.uk/drivetech-white-paper-address-grey-fleet-risks/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:49:20 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49711 Related Post DriveTech cuts licence check admin with new e-Chec...

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Fleet risk and safety management specialist DriveTech has launched a free white paper on ‘The importance of managing your Grey Fleet and reducing risk’.

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The free white paper looks at how and why fleets should embrace grey fleet management

The white paper looks at why businesses need to manage their grey fleet and how to identify the number and type of vehicles they have on their grey fleets, as well as how to implement a grey fleet safety management programme.

Head of marketing Colin Paterson said: “Grey fleet still remains an all-too-often overlooked area but is nevertheless still critical to the safe and efficient management of an organisation’s drivers.”

The white paper is the latest in a series from DriveTech that also includes ‘The effect of driver coaching on the bottom line’ and ‘The impact of driver behaviour on vehicle running costs’.

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First Drive: Volvo V90 D4 Ocean Race https://fleetworld.co.uk/first-drive-volvo-v90-d4-ocean-race/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:00:58 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49700 Related Post Volvo publishes WLTP-cycle fuel and CO2 data Volvo to phase out diesel from 2019 Road Test: Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro Volvo puts ... Read More »

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Behind yacht-inspired styling cues, the top-spec V90 is a great work tool, reckons Alex Grant.

SECTOR Executive PRICE £51,270 FUEL 54.3mpg CO2 138g/km

The flagship of the V90 line-up, the Ocean Race edition might be a nod to a gruelling nine-month, 45,000-mile round-the-world yacht race, but ownership couldn’t be more of a polar opposite. This isn’t just a styling pack, it’s a route to an easy working life, no matter where your week takes you.

Ocean Race versions are developed by Volvo Cars’ Special Vehicles department – the same heads behind the V90 police cars, and the no-holds-barred XC90 Excellence. It’s based on the top Cross Country Pro spec, and offered with the same line-up of engines; 188bhp D4 and 232bhp D5 diesels, and 247hp T5 and 306bhp T6 petrols. All feature four-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 65mm more ground clearance with a unique driving mode for loose surfaces.

The spec is almost fixed, including Crystal White paint, 20-inch colour-coded wheels and accents of satin grey and orange to mark it out from the regular Cross Country. Inside, water-resistant part-leather seats are offered in light or dark finishes, but both come with orange piping and seatbelts, carbon fibre inlays matching the exposed weave of the Volvo Ocean Race boat hulls, and floor mats made from reclaimed seabed plastic waste. It’s sublime.

But the focus here is on straying away from the beaten track, enough to get those tactile fabrics dirty, and it seems every detail has been covered. The boot floor is a tough teak-like material and features magnetic spots to attach a protective cover over the rear bumper to avoid scratches, and there’s a pair of reversible seat covers to protect the leather from dirty clothes. Or you can put said overalls into the waterproof bag bundled into the load area.

Dirt aside, there’s an extra pair of USB sockets on the side of the load area for charging smaller items like cameras or drones, spotlights to help you see what you’re doing when you’re in the wilderness, and a near-indestructible police-spec aluminium torch tucked into its own recess. Dip into the accessories, and you can add a colour co-ordinated roof box and portable Karcher boot cleaner which wedges into a compartment under the boot floor. None of this is offered elsewhere in the Cross Country range.

Which makes this a tool fit for almost any work or life requirements. We tested the entry-level D4 diesel, which isn’t the quietest in this class but is well isolated in terms of noise and vibrations while driving. Ride quality on what are very large wheels, even for an executive car, is very good, and the extra height hasn’t downgraded the yacht-like V90 into a wallowy barge. Look elsewhere for driver thrills, but as a way to cover hundreds of miles in effortless comfort this takes some beating.

Of course, there are compromises for road-biased use. The D4 isn’t as efficient as equivalent diesel units in rivals, and with four-wheel drive it returns less than 40mpg on the motorway in the much-smaller XC40. Our test route wasn’t long enough to make a fair assessment of this, but the Cross Country makes little sense as a pure style statement. Even with the ability to freewheel under low loads, efficiency is not its strongest point.

Nor is it particularly cheap. List pricing comes in at more than £5,000 more than the D4 Cross Country Pro – a sizeable premium, even with the neatness of the conversion and a €100 donation towards cleaner seas taken into account. And that’s without adding some of its most appealing accessories, or several of the V90’s most useful options, too. Life on board might not be a hardship compared to nine months on a carbon fibre racing yacht, but it’s a similarly exclusive experience.

What We Think:

The Ocean Race is stop-in-tracks stylish and as accomplished on road as the standard V90. But cleverly integrated options and accents of orange don’t come cheap.

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Renault to invest more than £880m in France for EVs https://fleetworld.co.uk/renault-to-invest-more-than-880m-in-france-for-evs/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:36:22 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49691 Related Post Fiat Chrysler to phase out diesel by 2021 First Drive: Jaguar I-Pace Mayor’s taskforce set up to boost LondonR... Fleet inclusion a ‘must’ for ... Read More »

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France is to become a centre of excellence for Renault’s electric vehicles with an investment of more than one billion euros (£880m) in development and production.

production of the Renault Zoe will be doubled at the Flins plant

Production of the Renault Zoe will be doubled at the Flins plant

The move will see the introduction of a new Alliance electric platform at Renault’s Doaui site while production of the Renault Zoe will be doubled at the Flins plant.

Meanwhile the Cleon site will see a tripling of electric motor production capacity and introduction of the new-generation electric motor.

The plans will also drive investments for the next-generation of Kangoo commercial vehicles, including Kangoo Z.E., at Maubeuge.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault, said: “The acceleration of our investments in France for electric vehicles will increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of our French industrial sites. Within the framework of its Drive the Future strategic plan and with the Alliance, Groupe Renault is giving itself the means to maintain its leadership in the electric vehicle market and to continue to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for all.”

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WLTP could curb SUV demand https://fleetworld.co.uk/wltp-could-curb-suv-demand/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:13:54 +0000 https://fleetworld.co.uk/?p=49685 Related Post Concerns raised over WLTP deadlines Fleet fuels hit hardest by WLTP CO2 hikes Tighter limits for WLTP and RDE tests New MOT regime contradicts ... Read More »

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Switching to the new WLTP fuel economy test cycle could mitigate drivers’ ongoing migration to SUVs due to the increased tax burden that such vehicles could face compared to traditional bodystyles.

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Kwik Fit believes the arrival of WLTP could see drivers move away from SUVs – as well as larger tyre choices

So says Kwik Fit, which is expecting the new more ‘real-world’ representative test cycle to quickly affect buying habits for new vehicles. Although the switch is expected to impact most on smaller cars and heavily downsized engines, Kwik Fit has said it could see demand for SUVs lessen due to a possible major increase in Company Car Tax and Vehicle Excise Duty costs.

Kwik Fit GB fleet sales director Andy Fern said: “We have seen the migration of company car drivers towards choosing SUVs in recent years and significantly higher WLTP-based emission figures that widen the CO2 gap with hatchbacks and saloons may put an end to that trend.”

Fern also said WLTP – which takes into account all available options – will also impact on other areas in vehicle selection, including tyres: “Wheel rim size and width of a tyre have a direct correlation on a vehicle’s rolling resistance and therefore CO2 emissions,” he explained.

“As a result, we may see vehicle manufacturers end the trend for larger wheels, or company car drivers may think twice about ticking the larger rim size option when specifying a vehicle as it will ultimately hit them in the pocket.”

Fern also said that the arrival of WLTP would ensure fleets focused on CO2 figures going forwards, adding: “If vehicle CO2 figures have not been influential in the compilation of company car policies to date they are now critical with the arrival of WLTP.”

He concluded: “Businesses like certainty to make investment decisions. But fleet uncertainty exists as manufacturers’ review and change vehicle line-ups, equipment levels and option choices influenced by WLTP CO2 figures and the industry waits for the Government to announce its motoring tax plans, and specifically the company car Benefit-on-Kind tax regime. Post-2020 and fleet and company car drivers’ choice of vehicles and wheel and tyre configurations may be very different from today.”

The Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) came into force for all newly-tested vehicles last year, and includes higher-speed, higher-load driving to offer more realistic data than the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) it replaces, bringing increased CO2 figures.

Manufacturers have until September this year to test all existing models – except those on run-out – and are now issuing computer-generated ‘NEDC Correlated’ data, which are derived from the new WLTP figures using a European Commission-produced mathematical tool dubbed CO2MPAS.

These figures are also often higher than those they replaceresearch from JATO, published in a white paper last year, showed the first NEDC Correlated figures were up to 18% higher than the genuine NEDC fuel economy and CO2 emissions. More recently, data from Cap HPI has indicated that diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles are recording the biggest rises in CO2 emissions as a result of the new protocol – in response Cap has said that drivers are expected to start shifting away from models with large CO2 and BiK increases.

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