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Category : Opinions

Viva Vivaro!

4 years ago / 0 comments

  VFW: What is Vauxhall’s position in the fleet LCV market at present? RC: ‘Total sales are up 3.16% to the end of October and all of our model lines are performing ahead of … Read More »

Drawing the future

4 years ago / 0 comments

Replacing two iconic designs Replacing any iconic vehicle is never an easy prospect for any designer. Whether it’s an exotic rare car or a much loved volume produced model makes little difference. Imagine being … Read More »

Now is the time to buy LCVs, advises MyCarCheck.com

4 years ago / 0 comments

‘August is a quiet month for the LCV trade so if you’re looking for a van then now is the time to buy. Our highly desirable model this month is the Mercedes Sprinter 313 … Read More »

What I've Learnt: Venson's Simon Staton

4 years ago / 0 comments

The right values The most important lesson I have learnt in my working career is that you can’t know everything and you can’t control everything. What works is having a team of like-minded people, … Read More »

Wrecks to riches

4 years ago / 0 comments

Long gone are my days of frequenting breakers’ yards to pick up parts for whatever old wreck I was driving around in at the time. Mind you, I did accompany a friend to one … Read More »

Gear up to accountancy standards transparency

4 years ago / 0 comments

  The ongoing consultation process around the proposed accountancy changes to formulate a common standard for all leased assets including company cars has put forward the proposal that all leases, whether they are finance … Read More »

Split decision

5 years ago / 0 comments

Mercedes increased its van sales by 21% last year in the UK, double the overall market growth figure, taking the firm to more than 30,000 van sales for the first time. Now, with the … Read More »

Safer, More Efficient Trucks

5 years ago / 0 comments

Not many people would claim that trucks are their favourite vehicles. That might not change, but even so the familiar brick shaped truck is going to become a thing of the past before long. … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor on Allstar Premier Programme

5 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? Allstar Premier Programme is a two-card solution and it brings together the fantastic network of Allstar, which we’ve got already and is in nearly 8,000 sites right across the UK, with … Read More »

LCV values continue to rise due to shortage of stock

5 years ago / 0 comments

Commenting on the data, MyCarCheck.com/Trade’s LCV expert, David Hill, said: ‘In terms of small vans, the general shortage of good quality stock continues, so values remain steady. Vauxhall Corsa is about but only in … Read More »

Arval's big ambitions

5 years ago / 0 comments

I meet Benoit Dilly, Arval’s new managing director, on the top floor of the BNP Paribas building in central London, a vast metal and stone edifice housing the French giant’s considerable banking might. If … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Damian James of ACFO

5 years ago / 0 comments

Q: Making the move from running a fleet to advising others on theirs A: I have been in fleet management for 16 years. During that time I have switched from being in charge of … Read More »

SMEs in the UK still caught in funding squeeze

5 years ago / 0 comments

So it’s official: those long talked-about green shoots of recovery are finally growing. The UK economy is coming out of recession, and doing so not only faster than expected by all the pundits and … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor UK's Callum Gibson on the firm's developments

5 years ago / 0 comments

What were your priorities when you joined Fleetcor? Fleetcor UK has three customer facing brands: Allstar, Keyfuels and The Fuel Card Company. The key driver for me was to understand what do those brands … Read More »

The invasion and evolution of the White Van Man

5 years ago / 0 comments

The Department of Transport published the revelation that the number of van’s populating the British road community has risen by 30,000 within the past decade which is far greater than the increase of its … Read More »

Q&A: Leasedrive's Roddy Graham on the HgCapital deal

5 years ago / 0 comments

What does the deal involve? HgCapital has bought the business and all existing shareholders (management and LDC) have reinvested to the value of 20% of the new company. Why has the deal been undertaken? … Read More »

LCV market to hold strong well into March, predicts MyCarCheck.com

5 years ago / 0 comments

Speaking of the findings, MyCarCheck.com/Trade’s LCV expert, David Hill, said: ‘The LCV market was up to speed from the first day back in January, and just kept on going. This immediate return to brisk … Read More »

LCV values to remain high in H1, advises MyCarCheck.com

5 years ago / 0 comments

David Hill, LCV expert at MyCarCheck.com, said that the December marketplace was strong almost until the last day, with one auction house even having a sale on Christmas Eve to try and catch the … Read More »

LCV values to stay high in Q1, predicts MyCarCheck.com/Trade

5 years ago / 0 comments

‘The December marketplace was strong almost until the last day, with many trade buyers out looking for bargains or anything worth the money. One auction house even had a sale on Christmas Eve to … Read More »

100k and counting…

5 years ago / 0 comments

Lex Autolease will grow by 100,000 vehicles in the next five years, and it will do it in some pretty innovative ways, its new managing director Tim Porter reckons. Porter has only been in … Read More »

RVs holding strong on Transporter, Sprinter & Crafter

5 years ago / 0 comments

The company's LCV expert David Hill said: ‘The Volkswagen Transporter T5 Sportline 180Bhp is the van everyone wants. The waiting list for a new one is three-five months, so used ones are always snapped … Read More »

Band of Brothers

5 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 200 vehicles What’s the history of Gratte Brothers? From small beginnings as an electrical contractor, started by two brothers in the post war years, Gratte Brothers has now become one of the … Read More »

Mercedes finds its feet in fleet

5 years ago / 0 comments

Where is Mercedes-Benz in the UK today? We are the “new luxury” brand, with Audi and BMW as premium. We have grown by 34% through the recession. It was worth working hard in a … Read More »

Weathering the storm

5 years ago / 0 comments

What you’ve learnt in your 20+ years in fleet In March this year I celebrated 25 years at Hitachi Capital. When I started out we had just 175 cars and there were only four … Read More »

October a “buoyant” month for LCV registrations, says NFDA

5 years ago / 0 comments

According to the SMMT, van sales also increased by 26.3% last month, whilst truck demand rose by 32%. Commenting on the figures, Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said: ‘October … Read More »

A hard habit to break

5 years ago / 0 comments

It’s probably 20 years ago that a colleague passed the comment that someone was leaving the company and she wondered if he would take his pot plants with him. Rather naively, I thought it … Read More »

Used LCV market overview, October 2013

5 years ago / 0 comments

‘September finished as predicted: with stock in short supply and prices rising, leading to the trade being more frustrated with the market than I’ve seen in a long time. To complicate matters further, auction … Read More »

Fleet on fleet

5 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 2,000 plus vehicles Tell us a bit about the G4S fleet and the team which runs it. The G4S fleet consists of more than 2,000 vehicles and 3,000 highly-trained crew members. The G4S … Read More »

A hard habit to break

5 years ago / 0 comments

It’s probably 20 years ago that a colleague passed the comment that someone was leaving the company and she wondered if he would take his pot plants with him. Rather naively, I thought it … Read More »

Something old, something new

5 years ago / 0 comments

Respect your firm’s heritage It is very important to respect the heritage of a thriving company like LeasePlan, and understand why it is successful. However, at the same time I am a big believer … Read More »