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Vehicle manufacturers offer first drive opportunities at Silverstone Fleet Show

There are 20 individual vehicle manufacturers’ brands represented this year so far at the Silverstone show, on Wednesday,11 May, comprising: Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, DS, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia Motors, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, MINI, Peugeot, Renault, Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo.

Show director, Jerry Ramsdale, said: “With some 20 individual brands at the Show, and more to come in the pipeline, this year’s event promises to provide fleet decision-makers with a number of compelling reasons to take a day out of their busy schedules and attend the event.

“And by attending this year’s Show, visitors will have chance to not only get up close and personal with some the very latest new models on the fleet market, but to get behind the wheel for the first time, too,” he added.

The 2016 Fleet Show will again offer fleet decision-makers the opportunity to experience test driving on three circuits of the world-famous Silverstone Grand Prix venue – the National, International and Stowe circuits – and a road route in the local area.

And there will again be a special emphasis on alternative powertrains, including electric and hybrid powered vehicles, which looks set to be a major attraction for fleet decision-makers at a time when fleets are by record numbers of EVs.

Organisers are expecting test drives to increase again over last year’s Show, which featured a record number of drives, while details of all the new models available for driving will be released in a few weeks time.

“However, the Fleet Show at Silverstone isn’t just about test driving the very latest models – although of course, many decision-makers come for just that reason,“ added Jerry Ramsdale.

“As with last year, we have sought to strike a balance between interactive fleet education, test driving and a contemporary fleet exhibition which features some of the latest developments, products and services in the fleet arena.”

Halls 1-3 of the Silverstone Wing will again play host to a wide-ranging fleet exhibition boasting a diverse array of exhibitors which will this year feature a number of Fleet Show newcomers, including leading fleet services provider, Kwik-Fit Fleet, and Activa Contracts, a subsidiary of Arnold Clark Automobiles.

Others new to the Fleet Show include fleet management provider, CVM Group; APT Controls, specialists in security, car access control and electric vehicle charging; and telematics and satellite navigation suppliers, NWX Ltd.

They will be joining leasing companies, driver training providers, fuel card and fleet software suppliers, vehicle rental companies, recharging solutions and salary sacrifice providers, all of whom will be demonstrating the latest developments, products and services in the fleet market.

This will also provide Show visitors with the chance to hold face-to-face meetings and network with exhibitors and other visitors alike.

Jerry Ramsdale said: “Our intention is to provide an event that offers something for everyone including test driving, a fleet exhibition, plus a host networking opportunities. We believe this balance of activities provides something for everyone and justifies spending a whole day out of the office.”

Last year’s Fleet Show attracted higher numbers of top quality fleet decision-makers than ever before – up 25% on the previous year – and the audience has increased in size every year since the inaugural event in 2011.

This year, the audience will be audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) for the first time to give a clear and auditable record of the number of fleet decision-makers attending the event.

Registration for this year’s event is now open and details of how to register can be found here: http://thefleetshow.co.uk/visitors

For more details of the Fleet World Fleet Show 2016, please visit http://www.thefleetshow.co.uk or phone 01727 739160.

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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.