A round up of this week’s fleet news including decline in German fleet, Dominic Moran’s appointment at Leasedrive and the success of Toyota’s partnership with BCA.


German fleet market continues negative trend in January 2013

The German fleet market suffered a year-on-year decline of 10.3 % in January 2013with a total of 45,548 passenger car registrations record in the month, according to market researcher Dataforce.

January 2013 is the seventh consecutive month in which German fleet market is weaker than it was twelve months earlier.

Volkswagen, the fleet market leader with a market share January 2013 27%, experienced a 16.6 % year-on-year drop in registrations and the fourth biggest German fleet provider, Mercedes, saw a drop of 21.9% compared to January 2012.

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On the other hand, the second and third strongest fleet providers, Audi and BMW, raised new registrations by 11.9 % and 14.9% compared to last year and their market shares to 12.6% and 112%, respectively.


Moran joins board of Leasedrive Group

Vehicle management group Leasedrive has appointed Dominic Moran, account management director of its vehicle management division, to the executive board.

Moran assumed his current role in 2011 after 18 years at Masterlease UK, spending the last five years as head of strategic and corporate accounts.

Roddy Graham, Leasedrive’s commercial director, said: "Dominic has led the account management team for many years and was promoted to his current position in March 2011. Since then, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, work ethic and a singular focus on customer care and retention, especially during the successful integration of the Masterlease UK business in the first half of 2011."


Toyota GB and BCA partnership: 100% sales success

Toyota and Lexus Remarketing had 100% sell-outs at the inaugural priority auctions of their new partnership with British Car Auctions (BCA) and Ambrosetti UK, which started from the 1st January.

The first auction, at BCA Nottingham on the 15th January, attracted 421 buyers online and in hall, to bid for 159 vehicles. There was an average 103% CAP Clean rate, with three Land-Cruisers averaging 125% and a 2009, 105,000 miles Lexus GS450h achieving 160% of CAP Clean.

The second auction, also at Nottingham on the 29th January, realised an average of 105% CAP Clean, contributing to a total of 775 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the first month of the remarketing partnership.

Andrew Yellop, Toyota & Lexus Remarketing spokesman, said "This was an exceptional result and a perfect start to the new partnership with BCA. Staff and management at BCA Nottingham and our new Toyota & Lexus Remarketing team at Chipping Warden pulled out all the stops to make this first sale a great success. We look forward to building on this initial result throughout this year and beyond."


Zurich taxi fleet adds electric-powered Nissan Leaf

Zurich is the sixth city to add Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle to its taxi fleet, after Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City and Sao Paulo.

Ten Nissan Leafs will begin service immediately, with that number scheduled to double by mid-year.

By 2015, it is envisaged that 15% of the Zurich taxi fleet will be electric.


Zenith launches benefits scheme with Co-Operative

Vehicle management company Zenith has joined in partnership with employee benefits provider Co-operative Flexible Benefits, to provide a Green Car Scheme.

The scheme is the first time Co-operative Flexible Benefits will offer a car benefit to customers, and workers at participating companies will have access to Zenith’s quoting platform, an offer of personalised quotes, and the ability to place and track their order online.

The Green car scheme is a salary sacrifice plan for tax efficient, low CO2 vehicles, which Zenith said can save employees money at little or no cost to the business.

Tim Buchan, chief executive officer of Zenith, said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of our new partnership with Co-operative Flexible Benefits. Our new Green Car Scheme enables us to add an exciting new option to employees within their existing and future customer base."

By Steffen Müller and peter Johnstone