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July 2017 - Global News

Comprehensive Safety Training Course Released in UK

eDriving has unveiled a comprehensive, two-hour training course designed to educate, train, and motivate new and experienced drivers to adopt safer behaviors behind the wheel in the U.K. fleet market.

Tags: Driver Training, United Kingdom, Global, Safety

July 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Names Dublin's National Fleet Sales Manager

Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division in Dublin has appointed Jason Mulcahy to the new position of national fleet sales manager.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Ireland, Global, New Hire

July 2017 - Global News

France Ending Sales of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040

France will halt sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 so it can meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, its newly elected president has announced.

Tags: France, Donald Trump, Diesel Engines, Emissions Reduction

July 2017 - Global News

PSA Group Wins EU Approval of Opel, Vauxhall Acquisition

PSA Group has received regulatory approval from the Europen Union for its acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors.

Tags: Vauxhall, Global, Opel, PSA Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 2017 - Global News

PSA Group Targets 2020 for Fully Autonomous Cars

PSA Group will reveal its first semi-autonomous car this year, and plans to develop Level 3 autonomous vehicles after 2020.

Tags: Global, Autonomous Vehicles, PSA Group

June 2017 - Global News

VVCR Europe BV Changes Name to DriveTech International

Europe-based provider of global driver safety management, VVCR Europe BV, has changed its name to DriveTech International in an aim to trade worldwide under the same banner of its mother company, DriveTech,.

Tags: Global, Safety, Drivers

June 2017 - Global News

Philips Names Netherlands Global Commodity Manager

Pim De Weerd was named global commodity manager mobility for Philips in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He assumed this position in January 2017.

Tags: Global, Promotions, Netherlands

June 2017 - Global News

GM Opel CEO Resigns Ahead of PSA Group Purchase

Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will be replaced by former Opel CFO Michael Lohscheller.

Tags: General Motors, Opel, PSA Group

June 2017 - Feature

Interview: LeasePlan Corp.'s CEO Tex Gunning

The following is a Q&A between Fleet Europe and LeasePlan Corp. CEO Tex Gunning, which was published in Fleet Europe on June 1, 2017.

Tags: Fleet Europe, Global, LeasePlan, Fleet Management Companies, Malaysia, C-Suite

June 2017 - Global News

Mitsubishi Delivers 635 Outlanders to Ukranian Police

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has delivered 635 Outlander PHEV vehicles to the National Police of Ukraine that will be used as police vehicles with the intention of also helping to reduce CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tags: Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Outlander, Ukraine, Global

June 2017 - Global News

Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

A new report out of Europe is projecting that 50-70% of truck driving jobs could become redundant by 2030 as a result of self-driving truck technology.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Europe, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2017 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Offers German Delivery Fleets Carsharing Solution

Mercedes-Benz Van Sales Germany will be offering delivery companies fleet-related services at an Amazon distribution center in Germany. This includes offering a range of Mercedes-Benz vans that drivers may utilize in the event of a vehicle breakdown or to cover order peaks.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Germany, Global

May 2017 - Global News

London Fleets to Test Ford PHEVs

Five fleets are participating in Ford’s Transit plug-in hybrid van London Trial, which is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner air targets, including Metropolitan Police Service and a transportation system in London.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford Transit, London, Global

April 2017 - Global News

Opel Expands SUV Lineup with Grandland X

Opel has revealed the Opel Grandland X crossover SUV, the third member of the automakers Opel X family line of SUVs which look to capitalize on the increasing popularity of SUVs.

Tags: Global, Compact SUVs, Opel

April 2017 - Industry News

Enterprise Acquires German-Based CARO Autovermietung

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Germany has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire CARO Autovermietung GmbH. The combined business will have more than 200 locations and a fleet of appoximately 17,000 vehicles.

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, International Rentals, Enterprise Holdings, Germany, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 2017 - Global News

Kelley Blue Book Expands Services to Portugal

Kelley Blue Book has expanded its services to the Portugal automotive market and has launched a new website to support the expansion.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, Portugal, Global

March 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Jaguar Begins Testing I-Pace in London

Jaguar has begun testing its I-Pace battery-electric luxury crossover on the streets of London and plans to introduce the vehicle in 2018, according to the company.

Tags: Jaguar, Luxury SUVs, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 2017 - Global News

LeasePlan and Uber Enter Into Pan-European Partnership

LeasePlan and Uber will expand their current cooperation in Portugal, France, and the Netherlands to a pan-European level. Uber is active in over 100 cities in Europe and has selected LeasePlan as a provider of lease vehicles to Uber drivers.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Global, LeasePlan, Uber, Ride Hailing

March 2017 - Global News

FCA UK Fleet Hires Fleet Support Agency To Assist Operations

FCA Fleet and Business in the UK has appointed fleet support agency ROI to support its operations. The move is part of a major investment to further develop, expand, and enhance FCA’s corporate sales offering, which represents Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo.

Tags: Outsourcing, Global, FCA, United Kingdom

March 2017 - Global News

European Car Rental Company Receives 2,100 Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans Sales Germany delivered the first batch of a total of more than 2,100 vans – scheduled for delivery in the 2017 fiscal year – to Europcar, Europe’s largest vehicle rental provider.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Global, Full-Size Vans

March 2017 - Global News

Most Popular European Automotive Colors: White for Small Cars; Gray for SUVs

White is still the most popular car color in Europe, with a share of 29 percent, the most popular exterior color for SUVs in Europe is gray.

Tags: Vehicle Color, Global

March 2017 - Global News

AkzoNobel Commits to Carbon-Neutral Fleet by 2050

AkzoNobel has committed to accelerating its sustainability agenda by announcing a new ambition to use 100% renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050.

Tags: Sustainability, Alternative Fuels, Global

March 2017 - Global News

French Probe FCA Diesel Emissions Tests

The French investigation into FCA diesel emissions testing procedures opened on March 15, 2017. Following Volkswagen's admission in 2015 of cheating on U.S. diesel emission tests, several European countries launched their own tests on vehicle emissions.

Tags: Regulations, Diesel Emissions, France, FCA, FCA Diesel Scandal

March 2017 - Global News

ALD Automotive Names Deputy CEO

ALD Automotive announced on the appointment of Gilles Bellemere as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective March 15. Gilles Bellemere replaces Pascal Serres, who joins Societe Generale.

Tags: ALD Automotive, Fleet Management Companies, Global

March 2017 - Global News

Volvo and TomTom Partner on Autonomous Driving Program

The Volvo Drive Me program is a research project into autonomous driving where real drivers will integrate autonomous driving into their daily lives on public roads.

Tags: Volvo, TomTom, Global, Autonomous Vehicles

March 2017 - Global News

PSA Group's Free2Move Lease Now Fourth Largest Lessor in France

Business owners can use Free2Move Lease to enhance their employees' mobility experience through a wide portfolio of services related to leasing, fleet management, as well as new services such as a connected fleet management service called Free2Move Connect Fleet.

Tags: Global, PSA Group, Full-Service Leasing

March 2017 - Global News

PSA Group to Acquire GM's European Operations

PSA Group has reached an agreement with General Motors to purchase GM’s European operations — which include the Opel and Vauxhall brands, as well as GM Financial’s European operations — for 2.2 billion euros.

Tags: Acquisition, General Motors, Opel, Vauxhall, PSA Group

February 2017 - Global News

France Give PSA Group Approval to Test Autonomous Vehicles

PSA Group has obtained authorization from the French government to carry out autonomous mode experimentations with “non-experts” drivers on roads in France, according to the vehicle manufacturer.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, PSA Group, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Arval Leased Over 1 Million Vehicles in 2016

Arval's global fleet of leased vehicles went over the one million mark at the end of 2016, and managed to surpass the company's initial target of 6% growth, achieving 8.4%.

Tags: Global, Arval, Leasing, Fleet Europe, GE Capital Fleet Services

February 2017 - Editors Corner

Blog: Car Leases Transforming the European Business Model

2016 was another exciting year for fleet management and lease companies in Europe – with acquisitions and consolidations, global partnerships and new CEOs. New visions, new strategies: the time was ripe to transform the business model. Mobility management is here to stay.

Tags: Fleet Leasing, Fleet Management Companies, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Société Générale to Float ALD Automotive on Stock Market

French finance and banking institution Société Générale has announced that it intends to float its international car leasing and fleet management company ALD Automotive on the French stock market. The stock market introduction is expected to happen during the course of this year, and would involve a limited portion of the company.

Tags: Global, ALD Automotive, Equity Markets, France

February 2017 - Global News

First German Fleet Sues VW Over Diesel Emission Scandal

Fish distributor Deutsche See is suing Volkswagen for misrepresenting fleet vehicles it leased as environmentally friendly. It is the first major German fleet customer to sue VW over the diesel-testing scandal. Deutsche See leases approximately 500 vehicles from Volkswagen.

Tags: Volkswagen, Diesel Emissions, Global, VW Diesel Scandal

February 2017 - Global News

Weak Global Markets Depress Daimler Truck Sales in 2016

Daimler Trucks experienced sharply decreased unit sales in the NAFTA region, Turkey, the Middle East, Latin America and Indonesia due to cyclical and/or weak market conditions. Mercedes-Benz Vans achieved a record sales year in 2016.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Daimler, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Renault-Nissan Alliance Leads in Commercial EV Sales

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the sales leader in zero-emission mobility. In addition to offering the top-selling retail EV, the Renault-Nissan Alliance also was the leader in commercial EV sales.

Tags: Renault-Nissan Alliance, Nissan Leaf, Alternative Fuels, Electric Vehicles, Global

February 2017 - Global News

European Utility to Electrify Entire 3,500 Vehicle Fleet

Vattenfall announced it is switching its entire light-duty fleet to battery-electric vehicles. The utility, which serves parts of Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany, will replace 3,500 vehicles over a five-year period.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Sweden, Global

January 2017 - Global News

VW's Annual Commercial Vehicle Sales Increase 11.4%

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold over 480,064 vehicles to customers worldwide in the 2016 financial year, an 11.4% over the previous year.

Tags: Volkwagen, Commercial Trucks, Commercial Vehicles, Fleet Sales, Germany

January 2017 - Global News

Jaguar Land Rover Increases UK Production Output

Jaguar Land Rover has been named the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain with the automaker accounting for more than 30% of all domestic car production last year, according to company.

Tags: United Kingdom, Jaguar Land Rover, Retail Sales, Manufacturing

January 2017 - Global News

Ukraine Police Orders Large Batch of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs

Mitsubishi Corp. has secured a deal for the sale of 635 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle's (PHEV) in Ukraine.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Outlander, Ukraine, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

January 2017 - Global News

Volvo Duo Achieves Top AEB Pedestrian Safety Ratings

Volvo Cars is the first car maker to score a full six points in the Autonomous Emergency Braking for Pedestrians (AEB Pedestrian) test procedure and an overall five-star rating for its new S90 saloon and V90 estate.

Tags: Volvo, Pedestrian Safety, Vehicle Testing, Automatic Braking, Crash Tests

January 2017 - Global News

Nissan to Test Autonomous Vehicles on European Roads

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain in February using a modified Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.The on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicle and its passengers to cover a diverse city environment.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, Autonomous Vehicles, United Kingdom

January 2017 - Global News

Euro 6 Diesel Cars Have Double Pollutants Than Trucks

In Europe, the average amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) present in exhaust emissions from modern diesel passenger cars is more than double the levels from modern trucks and buses.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, NOx, Europe

January 2017 - Global News

Volvo Gives Autonomous Vehicles to Swedish People

Volvo Cars will put 100 autonomous vehicles into the hands of real people to drive on the roads around Gothenberg, Sweden, including the Hain family that the company introduced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Volvo, Autonomous Vehicles, Sweden

January 2017 - Global News

Volvo to Establish Car Sharing Unit in Sweden

Volvo’s new business unit is based around Sunfleet, a car sharing company based in Sweden.

Tags: Volvo, Carsharing, Sunfleet, Sweden

January 2017 - Global News

Fleet Logistics CEO Outlines Priorities for New Year and Beyond

Fleet Logistics has three main priorities in the coming months: to integrate and harmonize its IT systems, to standardize its business processes, and to adapt the organization to the new standards and approach.

Tags: Europe, Middle East, Fleet Logistics, Latin America, Asia, Mobility

December 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Unimog Joins Black Forest Rescue Fleet

The Special Trucks division at Mercedes-Benz has loaned the mountain rescue services in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, a Unimog U 4000 with a seven-seater double cab.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Germany

December 2016 - Global News

Top 10 Global Fleet News for 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, Global Fleet Management eNews looked back at the Top 10 news stories for the year based on popularity.

Tags: LeasePlan, Fleet Europe, Subaru, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, United Kingdom, Japan, Awards, SG Fleet, Arval, Element Fleet Management, Argentina, Australia, Uruguay

December 2016 - Global News

Autonomous Driving Tech Designed for Russian Conditions

Russia is advancing self-driving research and demonstrations. Moscow-based Cognitive Technologies has developed plug-and-play autonomous vehicle technology designed system specifically for Russian driving conditions.

Tags: Russia, Autonomous Vehicles, Research and Development

December 2016 - Global News

Swedish Police to Equip Volvo V90 for Duty

The Swedish police will take delivery of its first V90 police cars in early 2017.

Tags: Volvo, Police Fleets, Sweden

December 2016 - Global News

Dutch Police Order 300 Sprinter Vans

The Dutch police have signed an agreement for 300 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI. The first vehicles were delivered in November 2016.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, The Netherlands

December 2016 - Global News

Amsterdam and TomTom Aim to Create 'Smarter' City

TomTom and the City of Amsterdam will collaborate on the development of traffic and travel concepts to improve traffic flow and parking in the Dutch capital.

Tags: TomTom, Routing, The Netherlands

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