Daimler pushes into automated trucks 

Daimler Trucks & Buses has opened a new automated truck research and development center in Portland, Oregon, which will work in close cooperation with existing development functions for automated driving in Stuttgart and India. Daimler Trucks is investing more than €2.5 billion in research and development in 2018 and 2019. More than €500 million of this will go toward e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial vehicle technology, including the Portland centre.

Daimler pushes into automated trucks 

Jun 15, 2018

Daimler Trucks & Buses has opened a new automated truck research and development center in Portland, Oregon, which will work in close cooperation with existing development functions for automated driving in Stuttgart and India. Daimler Trucks is investing more than €2.5 billion in research and development in 2018 and 2019. More than €500 million of this will go toward e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial vehicle technology, including the Portland centre.

New company car and van tax guide for fleet lessors

Fleet industry expert Professor Colin Tourick has published his latest in-depth UK company car and van tax guide with a call for more clarity from government. Company Car and Van Tax is now in its eighth edition and covers all the latest changes in legislation affecting the fleet market. In addition to providing a review of all aspects of current company vehicle tax law, the book reviews a number of updates that particularly affect diesel car fleet operators, funding for low-emission vehicles, road tax, VAT and self-driving cars.

New company car and van tax guide for fleet lessors

Jun 11, 2018

Fleet industry expert Professor Colin Tourick has published his latest in-depth UK company car and van tax guide with a call for more clarity from government. Company Car and Van Tax is now in its eighth edition and covers all the latest changes in legislation affecting the fleet market. In addition to providing a review of all aspects of current company vehicle tax law, the book reviews a number of updates that particularly affect diesel car fleet operators, funding for low-emission vehicles, road tax, VAT and self-driving cars.

LeasePlan agrees ground-breaking partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

LeasePlan has become the operational lease partner to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in several European markets where FCA’s captive finance arm does not have a presence. Full operational lease products will be offered on a preferred partner basis to FCA’s SME customers in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. A key focus of the partnership will be on the fast-growing small to medium enterprise (SME) segment, with LeasePlan offering companies operational lease solutions.

LeasePlan agrees ground-breaking partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Jun 11, 2018

LeasePlan has become the operational lease partner to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in several European markets where FCA’s captive finance arm does not have a presence. Full operational lease products will be offered on a preferred partner basis to FCA’s SME customers in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. A key focus of the partnership will be on the fast-growing small to medium enterprise (SME) segment, with LeasePlan offering companies operational lease solutions.

Europe

Ebbon-Dacs sets new record for vehicle movements

May 11, 2018

Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel vehicle movement management platform has handled a record 30,000 movements in a single month. The record is nearly double the number at the same time last year, with movements being managed on behalf of dealer groups, leasing companies, rental suppliers and logistics providers. Seventeen major UK contract hire and leasing companies now use the moDel solution for all their new vehicle transactions, with the country’s largest, Lex Autolease, the latest leasing company to sign up to the system.

Americas

Mastercard adds connected car services

May 24, 2018

Mastercard has signalled its intention to move into the connected car services market with a new offering designed to automate the process of using a fleet card to pay for fuel at the pump. Currently, company car drivers must manually enter in their driver ID and odometer reading every time they use a fleet card to pay at the pump, which can lead to mistakes.

Asia Pacific

Australian celebrations for Sofico

Nov 03, 2017

Sofico Services Australia has marked its 15th year of providing automotive finance, leasing and fleet software with a special industry forum for the country’s fleets. Executives from companies operating a total of more than 350,000 vehicles attended the event, entitled The Future of Fleet, which was held at Deckhouse, in Sydney.