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Today in Fleet – Tuesday 1 August

All the key news in fleet…

Citroën C3 Aircross

The C3 Aircross brings Grip Control technology with Hill Descent Assist and marks the range debut of wireless smartphone charging.

Prices revealed for Citroën’s new Juke-rivalling C3 Aircross

Citroën’s new C3 Aircross compact SUV will be priced £13,995 OTR when it goes on sale from 1 November.

The replacement to the C3 Picasso, the C3 Aircross moves away from its MPV origins to target models such as the Nissan Juke, and will debut the brand’s Grip Control system with Hill Descent Assist and wireless smartphone charging. Other technologies on offer include voice-controlled 3D navigation, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.

Three trim levels will be offered – Touch, Feel and Flair – while engine line-up includes the BlueHDi 120 S&S diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox or the BlueHDi 100 manual. Petrols on offer include the PureTech 82 engine with a manual gearbox, the PureTech 110 S&S engine with manual or the EAT6 automatic and the PureTech 130 S&S with a six-speed manual gearbox. Emissions start from 104g/km for the BlueHDi.

Simon Hill, managing director of Total Motion

Simon Hill, MD of Total Motion, said the drivers’ app has huge positive safety and compliance implications for clients.

Total Motion drivers’ app launches

Total Motion has introduced a new drivers’ app bringing a range of safety and compliance functionality, including for grey fleet drivers.

Features include a vehicle defect reporting system that can be formatted for use on cars, vans or HGVs, giving a permanent record of when and where a defect was reported and enabling accurate tracking of repairs with a full audit trail. When used in combination with Total Motion’s telematics, the app can also enable repairs to be arranged en route via one of Total Motion’s network of service engineers or via a mobile repairer.

Fleets can also use the app to ensure drivers complete regular roadworthiness and/or safety checks at a chosen frequency. Other benefits include accident and mileage reporting.

Connected cars

FleetCheck says clarity is needed if fleets are not to lose out on the “many potential gains” from connected car data.

Carmakers urged to break ‘logjam’ over connected car data

Connected car data will revolutionise the fleet industry but manufacturers need to provide access to data to enable the many gains to be realised.

So says software firm FleetCheck, which adds that although that data should be starting to become available to fleets, key questions remain such as who the data belongs to, how it will be collected and how data laws apply to it.

Peter Golding, managing director, said that from the company’s viewpoint, it seems as though manufacturers are the largest part of the “logjam” but outlined his view that manufacturers’ claim to ownership of the data in this situation seems “vague”.

Golding added that the industry also needs to engage in conversations such as how the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations affect connected car data.

GeniePoint ev charger

The 50 new EVTronic, rapid chargers form part of the continuing expansion of the GeniePoint Network across the UK.

GeniePoint charging network to get 50 new rapid chargers

ChargePoint Services is adding 50 rapid chargers to its GeniePoint network at key locations nationwide.

The chargers from French EV hardware supplier EVTronic will be deployed over the next three months and are fully scalable as well as offering smart energy storage, enabling them to store electricity in times of low demand.

potholes

RAC data shows road quality has worsened despite mild weather, leading to concerns over how a spell of very cold or wet weather will affect conditions.

Potholes on the increase despite mild weather

The Government is being urged to implement a dedicated, ring-fenced fund for potholes after new research suggests the quality of the UK’s roads may be on the decline.

The RAC’s Pothole Index found a 31% increase in pothole-related faults attended by its patrols in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with the figure up from 2,725 to 3,565. Although, there was a big drop in the number of such breakdowns between quarter one and quarter two – in line with the transition from winter to spring – the RAC said it expected the Q2 figure to be lower due to milder and drier better conditions compared to last year.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “We fear it would only take a spell of very cold or wet weather for the improvements of the last year or two to evaporate and for the nation to find itself in a situation when we would once again be seeking emergency funding from Government to address the worst affected roads.”

In response, Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said: “The reality is that it would take councils a decade and £12 billion to tackle the nation’s roads repair backlog. Handing councils just 2 pence per litre from existing fuel duty to spend fixing our local roads would lead to an investment of £1 billion a year into vital repairs and maintenance.”

The new branding has been unveiled on the company’s national fleet of vans and website.

The new branding has been unveiled on the company’s national fleet of vans and website.

AutoRestore rebrands as Autoglass BodyRepair

Body-shop repair company AutoRestore has rebranded as Autoglass BodyRepair with a new logo and brand identity.

The rebranding is intended to align the company more closely with sister company Autoglass, also part of the Belron Group, and forms part of plans for Autoglass BodyRepair to target significant growth across the UK.

Sales and marketing director Greg Stansfield said: “By sharing the same name of our ‘Superbrand’ sister company Autoglass, we expect to be able to supercharge our growth in what is an extremely large (but currently still a highly fragmented) market across the UK. We have already had extremely positive feedback on this change.”

The new branding is being used on the company’s national fleet of vans and website www.autoglassbodyrepair.co.uk.

New WEX website

The new website highlights the Esso Card and WEX Telematics service.

New WEX Europe Services website goes live

WEX Europe Services has relaunched its website with a range of new features.

The redesigned site – suitable for all desktop, tablet and mobile devices – has been designed for easy navigation and provides details on WEX Europe Services’ services, including the Esso Card and its telematics business.

WEX Europe Services’ commercial and marketing director, Peter Dore said: “We believe that the site will give our visitors an informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our digital presence in our key European markets.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.