About Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

Fleets see a rise in downtime

By |2024-05-09T08:56:14+01:00May 9th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Alongside new vehicle shortages, many parts have also been in short supply, although the picture is not consistent across all manufacturers and models. All of this has added up to a widespread increase in downtime for fleets and, to be honest, our only surprise from the research is that just 18% say they are affected. Our impression is that the problem is probably more prevalent

EV order quotas create a conundrum for van fleets

By |2024-05-09T08:43:52+01:00May 9th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Industry body is reporting that several major van makers are insisting that a proportion of all vehicle orders must be electric vans in order to reflect the percentage of ZEV vehicles they are now legally required to sell. It’s quickly becoming a widespread practice that when a fleet wants to order a quantity of vans, manufacturers are asserting that a percentage is electric – often 10% to reflect the 2024 ZEV mandate.

Fleet parts prices have risen by more than a third in four years

By |2024-05-08T10:21:52+01:00May 8th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Biggest increases have been seen for headlamp bulbs (up by over 45%), clutch (up by over 40%), spark plugs and pollen filters (up by over a third). Data is taken from epyx’s 1link Service Network, used by fleets totalling more than four million cars, vans and trucks to manage their service, maintenance and repair processes, working with thousands of franchise dealers, independent garages and fast fits.

LCV demand continues to rise

By |2024-05-07T11:13:20+01:00May 7th, 2024|Van News|

Growth across the market was underpinned by the long-term popularity of the largest LCV models weighing more than 2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes, up 3.3% to 15,714 units – accounting for almost two thirds (65.8%) of registrations. Deliveries of medium-sized vans grew by 6.8% to 4,611 units, while the biggest percentage increase was for the smallest vans, up 41.1% – albeit still representing just 2.5% of the market. Pick-up volumes also rose, by 16.2% to 2,487 units, while deliveries of new 4x4s fell by 17.6% to 473 units, compared with a particularly strong April last year.

Ineos launches commercial Grenadier

By |2024-05-02T11:18:41+01:00May 2nd, 2024|Van News|

Replacing the existing two-seat Utility Wagon in the model line-up, the new Grenadier Commercial features a full-length flat floor with a robust floor-to-roof cargo barrier behind the two front seats, and can carry a standard 1,200mm x 800mm Euro pallet. Aimed at those who need a 4X4 for professional use, the vehicle has a braked 3.5-tonne towing capacity, more than 2,000 litres of load space and 5.5 tonnes of winching power for recovering itself or other vehicles.

Ford Drive subscription gives businesses a simple way to transition to electric

By |2024-04-24T12:29:59+01:00April 24th, 2024|Van management, Van News|

Customers throughout the UK can apply directly to Ford Drive for a vehicle with fast delivery available from centrally held stock. Included in the transparent subscription price is a full service, maintenance and repair plan which includes all components, tyres and breakdowns, as well as access to other Ford Pro perks such as mobile servicing.

VWCV launches extensive range of finance deals

By |2024-04-24T09:33:29+01:00April 24th, 2024|Van News|

The ID. Buzz Cargo SWB Commerce is available from £379 per month on a three-year Business Contract Hire deal. On Personal Contract Purchase, the ID. Buzz Life Pro 77kWh benefits from a 4.9% APR Representative and £5,500 deposit contribution from Volkswagen Financial Services as well as one year’s free insurance, 3 services and an MOT included.

Leasys to provide comprehensive short-term rental service

By |2024-04-23T09:34:53+01:00April 23rd, 2024|Van News|

Through the partnership, Leasys’ customers will be able to rent a car or commercial vehicle outside of their main leasing agreement for personal or business use for between 1 and 28 days. With customer experience a key focus area for Leasys, the all-encompassing rental service will cover Collision Damage Waiver and maintenance, as well as free-of-charge vehicle returns at any time, for simple and hassle-free motoring.

Mobilize Power Solutions launches EV charge manager

By |2024-04-22T11:20:33+01:00April 22nd, 2024|Van News|

Fleet@Home adds to Mobilize Power Solutions ‘Charging Everywhere’ proposition, enabling business owners and fleet managers to manage and control employees’ charging sessions across networks that are privately owned, open to the public and installed at residential properties. With these capabilities, Mobilize Manager is the first multi-network, one platform EV charging management solution.   

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