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Today in Fleet – Thursday 15 June

All the key news in fleet…

More than half of British drivers believe Brexit will cause new car prices to rise

Drivers predict Brexit bump across motoring cost spectrum 

Drivers are preparing for an anticipated rise in the cost of buying and running cars following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Published in advance of the scheduled start of Brexit negotiations next Monday 19 June, the research by Kwik Fit finds 57% of UK motorists (21.5 million) expect Brexit to cause the price of new cars to increase, with 17% forecasting a significant rise in prices – just 3% believe Brexit will bring about lower prices.

A total of 35% of drivers expect to see a rise in the cost of buying a used vehicle as a result of Brexit, while 5% predict that it will bring used prices down. Other motoring areas people are preparing to see a hike in are the cost of petrol (53%), replacement parts (51%), insurance (43%) and servicing (40%).

And while many have predicted a rise in people buying British, the research revealed just 13% of drivers (4.7 million) say that Brexit has made them more likely to buy a British-built car, while 71% (27 million) say it has made no difference.

Jon Mitchell of Autorola

Autorola UK’s group sales director, Jon Mitchell.

Arval signs up Autorola for weekly online used auctions 

Arval is running weekly auctions on Autorola’s online remarketing portal in line with an ongoing focus to expand its online disposal routes to market.

Following strong results in a UK pilot, a selection of two to four-year-old ex-fleet vehicles are offered for sale each week on two-day auctions to Autorola’s 2,000 active buyers.

Arval provides full descriptions of damage, service history and optional extras for each vehicle, with a dedicated Autorola customer service team on hand to support any queries buyers may have.

Dacia Duster 4x4 on front line with Emergency Rider Volunteers

Dacia Duster 4×4 on front line with Emergency Rider Volunteers

Dacia Duster 4×4 gets front-line role with Emergency Rider Volunteers

Dacia has provided a Duster 4×4 Laureate dCi 110 to aid the Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire (SERV OBN).

Although the 124 voluntary riders normally ride motorbikes to ensure quick delivery of medical products, the Duster emergency vehicle will be used to provide a quicker response to larger load requirements, rather than volunteers having to use their own cars. It will also offer immediate access to a vehicle when the bike fleet is grounded during adverse weather conditions or when all bikes on duty are in use.

LowCVP logo

Fleet have until 23 June to submit nominations for the 2017 LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards.

Nominations deadline for 2017 LowCVP awards extended

Fleet operators and manufacturers in the low carbon vehicle industry now have until Friday 23 June to submit nominations for the 2017 Low Carbon Champions Awards.

The awards will once again recognise businesses that have made a significant contribution to accelerating the shift to lower carbon vehicles. Businesses don’t have to be a LowCVP member to be nominated and there is no cost to enter. Winners will be recognised at a gala celebration event on the evening of 11 October at the NEC.

For full details, click here.

Hertz and Lufthansa Signing Event

Michel Taride, group president, Hertz International and Heike Birlenbach, SVP sales, Lufthansa Hub Airlines and CCO Hub Frankfurt.

Latest Hertz–Lufthansa partnership to bring expanded car rental benefits

Hertz has renewed its global partnership with Lufthansa, bringing expanded car rental benefits for passengers in the process, including exclusive rental offers when renting with Hertz.

The partnership renewal will allow members of Lufthansa’s Miles & More frequent flyer programme to earn a minimum of 500 miles on their Hertz rentals. Joining the Hertz’s complimentary loyalty program Gold Plus Rewards means Miles & More members will be able to save time on every rental, benefit from the extra perks, and have their status matched with Gold Plus Rewards’ equivalent tiers.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.