Saturday, April 20, 2019

Editor's blog

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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Why OnStar makes the Astra a real winner

AT the beginning of this year, we announced our SME Company Car of the Year winners.The overall winner was the Vauxhall Astra - in Tech Line 1.6CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX S/S trim...
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Car leasing firm offers operatic welcome

IT’S not every day that  you call a car leasing firm for a lease quote and get greeted with an operatic welcome. But that’s exactly what happened with operatic operators at the...
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Economic conditions to boost short-term leasing

What is short-term leasing?The provision of a car from three months to six months Longer periods are available - known as medium term leasing - from six months to 18...

Would you Skype in your car?

TECHNOLOGY is surrounding us. Usually to good effect, making our lives easier and more informed. But how would you like to take a Skype meeting in your car?Hmmm....There was a time when...
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Meeting the future in the House of Hyundai

I POPPED along to the House of Hyundai - or perhaps I should say #HouseofHyundai - in London's Soho last night.It's a pop-up installation to highlight and explore some of the themes...
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The business case for a Ford Mustang

IF there was one car launch I wasn't going to miss it was this: to drive the new Ford Mustang.That iconic Pony car, immortalised in the film Bullitt, is now over...
Dany Garand Audi TT RS

We don’t do fashionable design says Audi’s Dany Garand

WOW! That's some statement when you're just unveiling the world debut of a Roadster, in this case the powerhouse convertible version of the Mk3 Audi TT Coupe. But Dany Garand was adamant....
Southampton driving simulator a study into the perceptions of automated vehicles

Can you tell if a car is driverless or not?

Understanding people’s perceptions of automated vehiclesStudy being undertaken by the Transportation Research Group at University of Southampton Wants to understand if we know when cars are driverless or not If you want to take part in...
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Car safety inspections

Car safety inspectionsIf you want to read a bit more on what you should be doing as a business owner, then Simon Oliphant has written a piece for us on...
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Will the diesel fuel price drop encourage company car drivers back to the diesels?

Who’s the real winner in the fuel price drop Don’t forget! Of every £1 per litre60p is fuel duty and about 16p will be VAT So the biggest winner is the Chancellor.GREAT news for...
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Editor meets: John Hargreaves, Kia’s head of fleet

Kia and the SME market These are the three key areas that Kia will appeal to SMEs in 2016:New product launches: new Optima saloon, estate and plug-in hybrid; new Sportage; Kia Cee'd;...
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Editor’s view: Mazda6 – classy and eye-catching competitor

Editor's view: Mazda6Award winnerThe Mazda6 was our Best SME large Company Car of the Year 2015. I had the chance to drive the 175ps version although the award-winning model was the...
The Audi Audi A6 Ultra

Bob, Betty, Betsy – what’s yours called?

 CARS – do you get personal with yours? Does your choice of wheels have a name?Not me.The Audi A6 I’m currently running is just ‘The Audi’ – which sort of suits...
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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer: frumpy people carrier or proper business car?

I WAS over at BMW's new Farnborough HQ recently to meet BMW's boss of corporate Matt Bristow.While we had one thing in common - the sniffels courtesy of early spring hayfever...

BMW and Chris Robshaw develop new ‘kidney grille’ mouthguard for rugby

BMW has a reputation from producing brilliant advertisements on the first of April – one of my favourites was from years back, the convertible you could drive in the rain with...
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What will autonomous cars mean for your business?

THESE are good figures coming from the #SMMTConnected event in London I attended today:£51bn boost for the economy A net gain in jobs – some 300,000 A 1% positive impact on GDPAll good...

Bentayga to cure your Bent for SUVs?

GETTING a car’s name right can be paramount and Bentley hopes its new luxury SUV will scale the heights as the Bentayga.It's a difficult one for Bentley - a new name,...

Dull and conservative: the new word in RV value

THINK of all those good cars that did what they should admirably but lacked that key factor to make them stand out - ie excitement.Think Nissan Primera; Toyota Avensis; and so...

Editor’s view: Nissan Pulsar

WHY? I thought Nissan had stopped doing dull. But clearly I was wrong. I remember going to a business and fleet briefing explaining the company’s new product strategy. Out were going dull,...
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Editor’s view: Lexus NX

LEXUS SUVs with their hybrid powertrains have always played well to the small business audience. Different, quiet, outstanding build, exceptional service – you can see why they have been a big hit...
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