VW Group to drive an effective business case for Seat retailers

Luca de Meo, Seat’s charismatic president, who professes to be a lucky guy in the right place at the right time with the right company, has nominated an increasingly profitable European retail network as a priority during an unprecedented product offensive, including two higher margin SUVs, over the next 18 months.

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New reg figures rally but are tough days ahead?

There’s good news and some not so good news regarding April’s new car registration figures. First the good: fleet and business sector sales are up 6.1 percent and 2.8 percent respectively. The not so good? Private sales fell by a not inconsiderable 2.5 percent. The overall market gain was a not-to-be-sniffed-at 2.0 percent, though.

Fleet growth in eco-friendly cars

Fleet managers believe the proportion of eco-friendly models will increase to 42% over the next five years, which will be helped along by improvement in infrastructure and increased familiarity.

This is a key finding from Kia’s fleet markets attitudes study, looking at the fleet sector which is up 11% year-to-date, and which accounts for 53% of total volume.

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Fleet growth in eco-friendly cars

Fleet managers believe the proportion of eco-friendly models will increase to 42% over the next five years, which will be helped along by improvement in infrastructure and increased familiarity.

This is a key finding from Kia’s fleet markets attitudes study, looking at the fleet sector which is up 11% year-to-date, and which accounts for 53% of total volume.

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AstraZeneca fleet drops VW company cars

While there is still no evidence in the car registrations figures that VW sales are being hit by the emissions scandal, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has suspended all orders for new VW Group vehicles.

In doing so, AstraZeneca is thought to be the first significant fleet to have cancelled orders with Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda because of the emissions crisis.

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SME company car rise predicted

Car and van retailers look set to benefit from a more optimistic outlook in the company car market.

Figures from the 2014 edition of the respected Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, by leasing firm Arval, show a marked increase in the likelihood that smaller businesses will grow their fleets in the next three years. The growth rate for larger businesses has eased.

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Volvo restructures fleet dealer network

Volvo will operate a new strategy for retailer fleet sales from the start of April 2014 with a tiered approach to the network.

For the past four years Volvo has had a network of 15-20 fleet specialist retailers, out of a network of 109, who have sold between 300 and 1000 cars each per year into the corporate market.

However, with the latest generation of Volvos, that have more competitive running costs for fleet, the manufacturer is hoping to increase business sales through its network.

How to re-engaging with business car customers

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Volvo to restructure fleet retailers

Volvo is to restructure its network of Business Centre retailers this month, according to sales director Jon Wakefield.

Fleets predict used car value fall

In what remain challenging economic conditions, it is no surprise that company vehicle fleets are coming under significant cost pressure. What may be more surprising is that larger companies are positive about growth this year according to new research.

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