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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

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

December 2016 - Global News

Goodyear Launches Connected Fleet Solutions in Europe

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has launched a new pan-European business called Goodyear Proactive Solution.

Tags: Europe, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Predictive Analytics

November 2016 - Global News

OEMs Plan Joint Venture for European Fast-Charging Network

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe.

Tags: Audi, Porsche, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, Europe, Daimler

November 2016 - Global News

Volvo Adds Diesel, Slippery Road Alert to S90, XC90

Volvo Cars is rolling out updates to its S90 sedan, XC90 luxury SUV and V90 station wagon in Europe that include a diesel engine, a slippery road alert, and Android Auto, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Volvo, Active Safety Systems, Volvo XC90, Cloud-Based Technology, Volvo S90, Sweden

November 2016 - Global News

Fleet Logistics Reaches 20-Year Milestone

Fleet management provider Fleet Logistics is celebrating 20 years on the international fleet management scene with a series of updates to its operating structure, logo, and website.

Tags: Company Anniversaries, Europe, Fleet Logistics, Latin America, Asia

November 2016 - Global News

Lightning Hybrids Names Director of International Business Development

Lightning Hybrids has hired Ross MacKerron as its director of international business development for Lightning Hybrids International (LHI). He will be based in the United Kingdom.

Tags: United Kingdom, Lightning Hybrids, New Hire

November 2016 - Global News

Fleet Europe Presents Industry Awards for 2016

During the 2016 Fleet Europe Forum, which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, fleet managers and stakeholders were honored during the Forum’s annual awards ceremony recognizing achievements in fleet management, safety, and technology.

Tags: Spain, Awards, Fleet Europe, Mobileye

November 2016 - Global News

Software Provider Sofico Opens Netherlands Office

Sofico has opened a new office in the Netherlands in order to better service its Dutch fleet, retail, and wholesale customers.

Tags: Leasing, Sofico, The Netherlands

November 2016 - Industry News

CNG, LPG Vehicle Market to Grow 10% a Year by 2022

The global compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market is expected to grow by more than 10% a year over the next six years due to the increase in population and urbanization, a growing demand for passenger and commercial vehicles, and stringent emission control regulations, according to a new forecast.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, CNG, Regulations, Forecast

November 2016 - Press Release

Dutch Electrical Distributor Adds Descartes' Route Planning Solution

Technische Unie, a Dutch subsidiary of Sonepar, a distributor of electrical products and related services, is using Descartes Systems Group's Descartes Route Planner and Descartes Mobile to optimize, monitor, and improve delivery operations.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Route Optimization, Descartes, The Netherlands

October 2016 - Industry News

Philips Lighting Names Global Commodity Manager

Heiko Poggensee was named global commodity manager leased cars/manager HR&M Europe at Philips Lighting GmbH in Hamburg, Germany

Tags: Philips Industries, Germany, New Hire

October 2016 - Global News

Nissan Unveils All-Electric Mobile Office in UK

The e-NV200 WORKSPACe features an integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, and more.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan NV200, United Kingdom, Mobile Office

October 2016 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Unveils X-Class Pickup

Mercedes-Benz has debuted its Concept X-Class mid-size pickup that will be launched in late 2017 in markets, including Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Mid-Size Pickups

October 2016 - Feature

Opel's Stahl Discusses Growing Fleet Business

Building on Opel’s successful first quarter, Wolfgang Stahl, shares his plans to continue this momentum by introducing new models, financing options, and other services for fleet customers.

Tags: Fleet Europe, Opel, Opel Mokka

October 2016 - Global News

Boughten Bringing McNeilus Front Loaders to U.K.

Under the agreement terms, Boughton will mount, finish, market, and support McNeilus front loaders in the United Kingdom. The first McNeilus units will be completed in early 2017, the manufacturer said.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, United Kingdom, McNeilus

October 2016 - Industry News

Telogis, Nissan Announce European Connected Vehicle Partnership

Continuing its strategy to partner with OEMs, Telogis, a Verizon company, has announced that it has added another OEM to its partner roster with Nissan Europe to provide connected-vehicle technologies and services to Nissan commercial customers in Europe.

Tags: Nissan, Telogis, France, United Kingdom, Germany

October 2016 - Global News

UK Fleet Manager Stole Vehicles to Fund Wedding

A trusted UK fleet manager has admitted to stealing seven vehicles from his employer to help fund his wedding.

Tags: Theft, United Kingdom, Fleet Manager

September 2016 - Global News

Navistar and VW Chiefs Talk Up Their Alliance Deal

Just two weeks after revealing they had forged a “wide-ranging strategic alliance,” the chief executives of Volkswagen Truck and Bus and Navistar International Corp. fielded questions from North American journalists covering the massive IAA truck show opening this week in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, IAA

September 2016 - Industry News

LeasePlan NV Appoints CEO, COO

The Netherlands-based LeasePlan Corporation N.V. has appointed Tex Gunning as its CEO and Marco van Kalleveen as its COO following the resignation of Vahid Daemi and Sven-Torsten Huster.

Tags: Retirement, Promotions, LeasePlan

September 2016 - Global News

Copart Opens First German Auction

Copart, Inc. is opening its first German vehicle storage and auction location in Bad Fallingbostel, near Hanover, the online auctioneer has announced.

Tags: Copart, Germany, Online Auctions

September 2016 - Global News

Continental to Bring New Safety Tech to German Show

Continental will show two new safety technologies at the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hannover, Germany, in late September, including a radar system and a head-up display.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Continental, Germany, Trade Show

September 2016 - Industry News

Video: Volvo’s Public Autonomous Driving Project Advances

The automaker produces the first car that will ultimately be used in the customer-focused Drive Me autonomous driving project in Sweden.

Tags: Volvo, Volvo XC90, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016 - Global News

Navistar, Volkswagen Announce 'Wide Ranging Strategic Alliance'

Volkswagen Truck & Bus is taking a 16.6% equity stake in Navistar International Corp. as part of a “wide-ranging strategic alliance” that will initially focus on providing powertrains for Navistar trucks starting in 2019.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Engines, Mergers & Acquisitions

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