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The Business Car Manager blog is where the editor Ralph Morton gives us the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the automotive industry, whether it’s the latest car launch or the issues of running a small business. Occasionally we also invite guest bloggers to provide their own insight on the automotive world and business cars in particular.

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Electric cars and leasing top agenda at London Motor Show

Electric cars and leasing top agenda at London Motor Show on the Business Car Manager SME Business Motoring Stand
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept 1

VW to make the ultimate GTI

If you're wanting to order a VW Golf as your next company car, then hold off a bit - you need to wait for the finished version of the ultimate GTI version, the VW Golf GTI TCR Concept
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Maserati becomes automotive partner of Harlequins

HARLEQUINS. A great team. My team. But we've had something of a, err, rocky season...So it was massively heartening to hear there is something to rev up the team's rugby: Maserati...

The three most common questions asked about EVs

What are the three most common questions asked before customers go electric? Ben Fletcher, Renault’s EV expert, explains what they are
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Government causes further confusion over lack of clarity on Plug-in Car Grant

SME business motoring is being hampered in the take up of electric cars by the Government’s lack of clarity on the Plug-in Car Grant. Which officially ends at the end of March 2018
Driving forward to an uncertain company car tax landscape

Future Company Car Tax visibility absent in Spring Statement

I LIKE spring. It’s a time to look forward. Put the dark days of winter behind us.But the Chancellor’s Spring Statement gave us no forward visibility on Company Car Tax. No...

Put your feet up and let self-driving slippers come to you

Did you ever expect that autonomous driving would bring you self-driving slippers? No, hadn't occurred to us either. But those clever chaps at Nissan....
Skoda SME Direct

Skoda’s new SME Direct aims to provide total company car care programme for small...

Head of Skoda fleet, Henry Williams, discusses the benefits of the company's new SME small fleet product, Skoda SME Direct with editor Ralph Morton
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Company car drivers given scandalous treatment in the Budget

Company car drivers have been given scandalous treatment in the Budget with an additional 1% tax on diesel drivers. Grossly unfair says editor Ralph Morton
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The key issues facing SME small fleets

Editor Ralph Morton met Arval's Elliott Woodhead to find out what the key issues are facing SME small fleets in a time when future choice appears confusing
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Renault providing practical help for businesses wanting to go EV

GOOD to see that Renault is providing some practical help for small business and SMEs that want to go green by turning to electric vehicles.The company has just appointed two specialists...
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What should business car managers make of Oxford’s world first Zero Emission Zone?

IT’S a bold move by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council: a progressive elimination of vehicles with pollutant emissions, starting 2020 and completed by 2035.If the proposals are approved, via...
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David Hanna moves to old buddy James Douglas at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

SOME business news. Volkswagen tells me there's a new a new head of fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: David Hanna.David is taking over from Chris Black who has left the organisation...
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A car for less than the price of a phone

WHEN I’m speaking to small business owners about car leasing I often liken it your mobile phone contract.It’s a monthly fee that you pay to rent a phone and airtime.Car leasing...
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Company car drivers getting a raw deal on tax

IT’S not easy being a company car driver.Don’t get me wrong, having a company car is still a big benefit: someone else pays for your car, pays for your insurance, pays...
Bang and Olufsen tweeter Audi A8

Audi 3D sound for rear seat passengers offers ‘audible’ luxury

I CAN’T wait to drive the new Audi A8. But perhaps not quite for the reasons you might imagine.I’m pretty sure the luxury driving experience will be exceptional – of that...
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Why the MG brand could be your next company car

MG’s Matthew Cheyne outlines the company’s SME small fleet company car strategy based on personal service and good valueMG. Perhaps not the first choice on your company car list.But the Chinese-owned...
Gary Smith Europcar MD BCM

Five reasons for an SME to think car rental

I THINK sometimes car rental gets put in its ‘holiday only’ car rental pigeon hole by many owners of SME firms.And yet car rental can be a valuable tool in keep...

The road to carbon-geddon

SO, that’s it then. Goodbye petrol car, goodbye diesel.The government has put them on the chopping block for 2040 – that’s some 23 years away, or about three car generations –...
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Jaguar’s Jon Wackett on what makes an award-winning car for SMEs

EARLIER this year, the Jaguar F-Pace was voted Best Director’s Car in our SME Company Car of the Year Awards.Now, you might think that this award was made by a bunch...
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