Driving the Global Fleet

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A Focus on Com­plex Fleets
ARI Pres­i­dent, Carl Ortell explains to Inter­na­tion­al Fleet World pub­lish­er Ross Durkin why the US-head­quar­tered organization’s recent acqui­si­tion of UK-based FSG (for­mer­ly Fleet Sup­port Group) pro­vides growth oppor­tu­ni­ties in both new mar­kets and new prod­uct areas. Learn more

BVRLA: Grow­ing Sup­port for Safe­ty Recall Sys­tem
ReCare, the free-to-use online vehi­cle safe­ty recall sys­tem, is gain­ing rapid adop­tion with­in the UK fleet sec­tor, with around 20 leas­ing com­pa­nies, sev­er­al major dai­ly rental oper­a­tors and a num­ber of large cor­po­rate fleets signed-up to the scheme. Three lead­ing  man­u­fac­tur­ers – Ford, Kia and Vol­vo – have already decid­ed to sub­mit vehi­cle recall infor­ma­tion to ReCare and oth­ers are poised to fol­low. Learn more

Ford to Close Plants in UK as Part of Restruc­tur­ing Plan
Ford Motor Co. says two plants in the Unit­ed King­dom will close lat­er this month, part of the company’s plan to restruc­ture its Euro­pean oper­a­tions by cut­ting near­ly one-fifth of its vehi­cle capac­i­ty. Learn more

Nis­san, Renault Invest­ing $5 Bil in India, Plan New “Ultra-Low Cost Cars” for Emerg­ing Mar­kets
A day after launch­ing the revival of the once-famil­iar Dat­sun brand, Nis­san and its French part­ner Renault are lay­ing out major plans for India and oth­er emerg­ing mar­kets, includ­ing a plan to joint­ly devel­op a new line of ultra-low cost vehi­cles that the mak­ers hope will give them a leg up in some of the world’s newest and fastest-grow­ing mar­kets. Learn more

Euro­pean Car Sales Hit 20-year Low
Euro­pean car sales slumped to a two-decade low, Ger­man investor con­fi­dence unex­pect­ed­ly dropped and euro-area exports fell for a sec­ond month, adding to signs that the region is strug­gling to emerge from reces­sion. Learn more

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