Today in Fleet: Monday 24 April
All the key news in fleet…
Smart Fleet solution to slash data management time
Global analytics and research company The Smart Cube has launched a new product that could help large fleets reduce time spent on data management by up to 80%.
Aimed at firms running 500-plus vehicles, the cloud-hosted Smart Fleet solution enables them to juggle multiple suppliers while benefiting from enhanced data visibility. Benefits include amalgamating multiple data sources in a single view to enable fleets to see key metrics such as CO2 emissions, and the system also provides automated data cleansing and error identification as well as comprehensive visualization and analysis tools.
Average motor insurance up 8%
Motor insurance costs continue to rise, with the average premium up 8% since Q1 2016, according to the ABI.
The figure is the highest since the association started collecting the data in 2012 and reflects continuing cost pressures around rises in whiplash-related claims, Insurance Premium Tax, increasing repair bills, and the significant cut in the Discount Rate. In response, the ABI says reforming the Discount Rate, and freezing Insurance Premium Tax must remain a priority for government.
One-day event to advise fleets on low emission vehicles
Cenex is holding a one-day event in May to help fleet decision-makers assess current low-emission vehicle options and their suitability for everyday operation.
Taking place from 9am to 4pm on Friday 5 May in Nottingham, the event will include a number of presentations and case studies from fleets on running and deploying low emission fleet vehicles. For more details, click here.
Prices announced for updated Mazda2 range
The updated Mazda2 will be priced from £12,695 when it goes on sale on 1 June and will introduce new trims and features.
The revised range will see the introduction of the brand’s G-Vectoring Control technology – already seen on the Mazda6 – and detailed improvements to the suspension and steering.
Just one engine will be on offer, covering Mazda’s 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine in 74, 89 and 113bhp variants, with six different trim levels: SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport Nav, GT and GT Sport.
Brexit leads 5m Brits to rethink car-buying plans
Nearly one in five (17%) UK adults say Brexit has impacted on their car-buying plans. The report from Close Brothers Motor Finance finds that almost five million prospective car owners say the decision has made them reconsider purchasing a vehicle in the next three years.
In response Professor Colin Tourick, Professor of Automotive Management at University of Buckingham Business school, says the report findings highlight the fact that Brexit is “casting a shadow over the industry”, with an impact on the new and used car markets.
Arval and Motability sign up to Adesa Upstream
Arval and Motability Operations have moved to using Adesa’s Upstream mobile technology platform for vehicle remarketing.
Adesa is a relative newcomer in the UK and the contract wins with two well-known operators will provide its platform with significantly increased volume of additional used vehicles daily. Both Arval and Motability will also benefit from the chance to maximise profit by remarketing vehicles as soon as a contract is ended.
Frost & Sullivan ‘Intelligent Mobility’ to put focus on latest digital mobility services
Frost & Sullivan is to hold its annual ‘Intelligent Mobility’ event to offer insights into the future of mobility from carmakers and industry stakeholders.
This year’s Intelligent Mobility – which includes International Fleet World as a media partner – will take place this year on 29 June at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London. To download the Intelligent Mobility brochure and register to attend the event, please visit www.frost.com/intmob.
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