Photo: Nexus Communication

Photo: Nexus Communication

A new Guide to Fleet Management in Asia has been produced by Global Fleet to provide international fleet decision makers with greater insight into the main fleet markets of the region and to help them make fleet decisions in a more informed way.

The markets covered are China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand, and the guide provides an indepth analysis of each from a variety of different economic, financial and legislative perspectives.

Topic areas covered include: Economic landscape and forecast, automotive and fleet car markets, funding methods and available suppliers, legislation and taxation covering company cars, future outlook for fleet management, tips and advice from country experts, and case studies of corporate fleets.

Of the individual markets, the guide identifies China as the largest new car market and has a very complex fleet market. With 34 administrative provinces, volatile taxation, and a cluster of mega-cities, harmonization of fleet management in China is seen as “a challenge.”

The guide also notes that fleet management in India is characterized by a preference for buying vehicles, although outsourcing and car leasing are both starting to take off. Driver behaviors and safety are also both big issues.

Of the other markets, South Korea has a stable economy driven by technology, while Thailand is seen as following the path to an increased fleet maturity. Malaysia, meanwhile, is an attractive hub for fleet management in South East Asia, and in Indonesia, professional fleet management is still on the starting blocks, according to the guide.

The guide, which has been produced with the support of LeasePlan, also includes case studies of global fleet managers, Chris Tinajero of Ericsson and Axel Ernst of Syngenta, who both share insights into aspects of fleet management in Asia. Nick Salkeld, chief commercial officer of LeasePlan Corporation, explains why Asia is both an interesting and challenging fleet management region.

“Our new Guide to Fleet Management in Asia is essential reading for fleet decision-makers who want to achieve a greater insight into the main fleet markets of six major countries in the region,” said Caroline Thonnon, Global Fleet CEO and head of business development. “Our 2016 Global Fleet Survey showed that for today’s fleet managers, Asia is the region where they have the least information and where they want to increase their knowledge the most. It’s little wonder. Asia is a gigantic continent with a jigsaw puzzle of different countries, of which many are at the start of the road to fleet management professionalism. With our Global Fleet expertise platform, we provide information and expertise on the various emerging markets in Asia.”

The Global Fleet Guide to Fleet Management in Asia can be ordered at a price of €125 (excluding VAT) for the printed version and €95 (excluding VAT) for the digital version through the Global Fleet e-shop at