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Category : Interviews

Interview: Richard Tilden, head of LCV, Lex Autolease

1 month ago / 0 comments

Lex Autolease is expanding to meet growing demand for vans, head of LCV Richard Tilden tells Dan Gilkes.

Interview: Richard Chamberlain, UK country manager for Fiat Professional

2 months ago / 0 comments

Conversions top the list of priorities at Fiat Professional, Richard Chamberlain tells Dan Gilkes.

Q&A: Jim Sumner of Isotrak

4 months ago / 0 comments

Jim Sumner, executive chairman, Isotrak, speaks to Natalie Middleton about the post-acquisition integration of VeriLocation and the two firms’ ongoing product development plans.

Interview: Ricky McFarland, Mercedes-Benz Vans

7 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans’ head of fleet Ricky McFarland talks Dan Gilkes through some of the company’s plans for the future.

Renault Trucks looks to master LCV sales

9 months ago / 0 comments

Renault Trucks is providing a service as much as a vehicle, head of LCV Grahame Neagus tells Dan Gilkes.

Crafter drives van conversion focus

11 months ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is planning growth in van conversions, specialist sales manager Nick Axtell tells Dan Gilkes.

What I’ve learnt

2 years ago / 0 comments

The value of keeping it personal In the business world, it is vital to ensure the tone you are using is relevant for the person you’re engaging with. Key to this is making sure … Read More »

Star Treatment

3 years ago / 0 comments

With over 200 vans available to test drive, both on and off the road, this year’s Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live welcomed more than 2,000 visitors over a two week period. It provided a chance … Read More »

Ford fires up Transit service

3 years ago / 0 comments

Ford has now opened 105 specialist Transit Centres across the UK designed to give enhanced levels of service to its van customers, covering the entire model range from Fiesta van to Transit 2-tonne. “If … Read More »

Hertz van expansion

3 years ago / 0 comments

How would you describe your van supersites? “Vans are available from all of our 155 UK car rental outlets, but Hertz now has 20 van supersites specifically set up to work with LCV business … Read More »

Mercedes Vans go pro

3 years ago / 0 comments

The new Mercedes-Benz Vito range will be launched at the CV Show on 14 April. Managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK, Steve Bridge, told us what customers will be offered from launch. … Read More »

Fiat Professional gears up for 2015

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fiat Professional is celebrating record UK sales of almost 15,000 vans in 2014 and looking forward to further growth this year. With the latest version of Ducato now up to speed and a revised … Read More »

Strength in numbers

3 years ago / 0 comments

Almost every van manufacturer will have benefitted from the UK’s rising LCV market in 2014, though Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ registrations were particularly strong. The company sold more than 41,200 vans to the end of … Read More »

Viva Vivaro!

3 years ago / 0 comments

  VFW: What is Vauxhall’s position in the fleet LCV market at present? RC: ‘Total sales are up 3.16% to the end of October and all of our model lines are performing ahead of … Read More »

Drawing the future

3 years ago / 0 comments

Replacing two iconic designs Replacing any iconic vehicle is never an easy prospect for any designer. Whether it’s an exotic rare car or a much loved volume produced model makes little difference. Imagine being … Read More »

Split decision

4 years ago / 0 comments

Mercedes increased its van sales by 21% last year in the UK, double the overall market growth figure, taking the firm to more than 30,000 van sales for the first time. Now, with the … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor on Allstar Premier Programme

4 years ago / 0 comments

What is it? Allstar Premier Programme is a two-card solution and it brings together the fantastic network of Allstar, which we’ve got already and is in nearly 8,000 sites right across the UK, with … Read More »

Arval's big ambitions

4 years ago / 0 comments

I meet Benoit Dilly, Arval’s new managing director, on the top floor of the BNP Paribas building in central London, a vast metal and stone edifice housing the French giant’s considerable banking might. If … Read More »

What I’ve learnt: Damian James of ACFO

4 years ago / 0 comments

Q: Making the move from running a fleet to advising others on theirs A: I have been in fleet management for 16 years. During that time I have switched from being in charge of … Read More »

Q&A: FleetCor UK's Callum Gibson on the firm's developments

4 years ago / 0 comments

What were your priorities when you joined Fleetcor? Fleetcor UK has three customer facing brands: Allstar, Keyfuels and The Fuel Card Company. The key driver for me was to understand what do those brands … Read More »

Q&A: Leasedrive's Roddy Graham on the HgCapital deal

4 years ago / 0 comments

What does the deal involve? HgCapital has bought the business and all existing shareholders (management and LDC) have reinvested to the value of 20% of the new company. Why has the deal been undertaken? … Read More »

100k and counting…

4 years ago / 0 comments

Lex Autolease will grow by 100,000 vehicles in the next five years, and it will do it in some pretty innovative ways, its new managing director Tim Porter reckons. Porter has only been in … Read More »

Band of Brothers

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 200 vehicles What’s the history of Gratte Brothers? From small beginnings as an electrical contractor, started by two brothers in the post war years, Gratte Brothers has now become one of the … Read More »

Mercedes finds its feet in fleet

4 years ago / 0 comments

Where is Mercedes-Benz in the UK today? We are the “new luxury” brand, with Audi and BMW as premium. We have grown by 34% through the recession. It was worth working hard in a … Read More »

Weathering the storm

4 years ago / 0 comments

What you’ve learnt in your 20+ years in fleet In March this year I celebrated 25 years at Hitachi Capital. When I started out we had just 175 cars and there were only four … Read More »

Fleet on fleet

4 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size: 2,000 plus vehicles Tell us a bit about the G4S fleet and the team which runs it. The G4S fleet consists of more than 2,000 vehicles and 3,000 highly-trained crew members. The G4S … Read More »

Something old, something new

4 years ago / 0 comments

Respect your firm’s heritage It is very important to respect the heritage of a thriving company like LeasePlan, and understand why it is successful. However, at the same time I am a big believer … Read More »

Not what it says on the tin

4 years ago / 0 comments

Martin Ballard is at pains to point out that Volkswagen Group Leasing does more than lease Volkswagen Group cars and vans. It’s not exactly what it says on the tin, then. In fact, VWGL, … Read More »

Willing to sacrifice?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Fleet size 400 (17 vans & 383 cars) WSP set up a salary sacrifice scheme with Venson. How is it working for you? Was it worth the effort, and is there as much reporting … Read More »

More to come

5 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo Trucks launched its new flagship FH tractor range at the Hanover Show last September, the comprehensively revised FM range was launched at the UK CV Show and the FMX model, designed for construction … Read More »