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July 27, 2012updated 12 Apr 2017 4:06pm

Fleet Friday: Brands’ vans, costs and guidance

A roundup of the weeks fleet news from the UK and Europe including a new deal for Toyota and Peugeot-Citron, the relative success of VW finance, GE Capitals findings on fleet costs and the best way to navigate them from the BVRLA

By Richard Irvine-Brown

Toyota takes Peugeot-Citroën LCVs in Europe

PSA Peugeot-Citroën has agreed to supply light commercial vehicles for sale under the Toyota brand in Europe until at least 2020.

The deal between the two manufacturers, similar to their prior small-car deal, will commence in summer 2013 and includes collaboration on next generation vehicles but not joint production or capital management.

Transporter keeps VW afloat in sinking UK van market

Registrations of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) have remained steady, and increased the brand’s market share from 11.4% to 12.6%, while the UK sub 3.5-tonne van market dropped 10% across the first half of 2012.

Alex Smith, director of VWCV, attributed the performance to the Transporter, Amorak and the Crafter, launched during H1 2012, and the combined running costs, strong residual values and finance offers available on all three models.

Costs spurs company car choice – GE

Value for money and control of cost have led to a limiting of choices of company cars offered to employees since the start of 2011 according to the latest quarterly Company Car Trends report by GE Capital Fleet Services.

Of the 250 fleet managers questioned by GE, the following criteria to determine company car choice had all risen since the first quarter of 2011:

  • CO2 emissions limit, up from 52% (Q1, 2011) to 70% (Q2, 2012)
  • Fitness for purpose, from 40% to 59%
  • Maximum monthly rental, from 40% to 58%
  • Safety features, from 19% to 21%
  • Maximum engine capacity, from 8% to 18%

BVRLA’s guide to fleet finance

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), in conjunction with Peugeot and Deloitte, has published its Guide to Vehicle Funding, which John Lewis, chief executive of the BVRLA has described as a “good starting place” for businesses to navigate the squeezed credit market.

The guide supplies an overview of the pros, cons and tax implications of contract hire, contract lease, finance lease, hire or lease purchase and outright purchase, as well as introductory guidance to personal motoring schemes and employee benefits.

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