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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Editor’s view: Citroen C1

IT is amazing how, from what is effectively the same car, Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota have come up with three very different looking city models. Out has gone the safe look of...
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Editor’s view: Ford EcoSport

THE Ford EcoSport is Ford’s car to widen the choice of vehicles to company car drivers in the compact SUV segment – think Nissan Juke, MINI Countryman, Vauxhall Mokka.And this is...
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Editor meets: Andy Brown, managing director, CD Auction Group

 AFTER 30 years in the leasing industry, you would have thought - yup, a 'leasing lifer'.But not for Andy.After stints that included Inchcape Fleet Solutions, Venson Group and latterly Four Ways...
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Coventry ring road to become a race track

 WELL, this looks interesting!Coventry - the spiritual home of Jaguar - is going to turn the Coventry ring road into a race track.It sounds a great idea to me - so...
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Editor’s view: MINI Cooper D 5dr

IF MINI can’t sell a shed load of these to company car drivers then they must be doing something wrong.Which I doubt.The MINI has been a great success story so far:...
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Editor’s view: new Vauxhall Corsa pricing strategy

 VAUXHALL has essentially done an Insignia on the new Corsa.By that I mean, the company has applied the same process of reduced P11D values, lower CO2 emissions and improved whole life...
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Editor’s view: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

MPV, hatchback, Golf rival, B-Class rival – the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is all of these. And likely to be a big company car hit we reckon.Why not?The Active...
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Editor’s view: MINI Cooper S 5dr Auto

 I CAN see the MINI Hatch 5dr being so right for so many SME company car drivers and those small businesses with a user chooser approach to their business cars.And having...
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Editor meets: Peter McDonald, head of fleet and business sales, SEAT

I LIKE relaxed - especially when it means meeting SEAT's Peter McDonald over lunch in a pub.There's plenty going on at SEAT: a new SUV is on the cards (see our...
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Editor’s view: new Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Estate

COMPACT estate cars are growing in popularity: they are bigger, often doing the job of estate cars in the class above, but at a lower cost point.In the UK Ford expects...
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Editor’s view: new Ford Focus 1.0T EcoBoost 125PS 5dr

THIS is one cracking car. Period.It's always been a favourite of ours - see Ford Focus review New petrol engine kicks diesel into touch - but this new Ford Focus model just...
Aston Martin Rapide S4800

Editor’s view: Aston Martin Rapide S

THERE can be few business owners out there who wouldn't want a crack at this gorgeous, V12-crackling, four door coupe.Now with improved torque and an eight speed auto box, the Aston...
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£6m Ford investment in one pressing for new Focus

IF you were to ask the Global Ford Focus Programme Manager - Rainer Wode - what one element of the new Ford Focus pleased him most, what would you expect him...
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Editor’s view: Audi A5 Ultra

IF ever a car was designed for the style conscious user-chooser – read small business company car driver – then this it.Rather more exciting to look at than a traditional four-door...
Vauxhall Insingia ST800

Editor’s view: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

I’VE been running a hatchback version of the Vauxhall Insignia with this engine, and a mighty fine car it is.There’s brilliant economy (62mpg+ on long runs; 54mpg average in mixed driving)...
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Editor’s view: MG6 GT

MG: not the beeline brand for most small businesses and company car users I suspect.But MG has been quietly working away on the MG6 GT - the hatch version of the...
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Editor’s view: Volkswagen Polo SE 1.2-litre TSI 90PS 3dr

THE latest VW Polo remains the likeable, scaled down Golf that it is. There’s a bit of re-styling gone on around the front and rear, but not that you would really...
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Editor’s view: Volkswagen XL1

WELL now, this is not a car for the shy and retiring.The Volkswagen XL1 is positively space age and if you want to make an automotive statement, then you’re more likely...
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Google helps MINI with packaging ideas

MINI is a byword for great packaging – a bit like an automotive tardis, the MINI, whether the original or the very latest five-door Hatch version, can pack an awful lot...
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Editor’s View: Volvo XC60 D5

WHEN the first Volvo XC60 came out in 2008 I really wasn’t entirely convinced.It looked gawky, like the adolescent it was next to the adult XC90 with its full seven-seater versatility and...
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