Arval/Toyota Financial
Services

iQ boost for TheHut.com
staff

TheHut.com, an online retailer, has
ordered 15 Toyota iQ models for its staff, “as part of a wider
drive to be as green and ethical as possible”, said head of
e-commerce at TheHut.com, Dominic Starkey.

Half of the vehicles are to be supplied on two-year
contracts, with half of the first batch provided by Toyota
Financial Services, and the remainder by Arval.

 

Lombard Vehicle Management

AA deal worth £11.6m

In a continuation of a long-standing
business relationship, Lombard Vehicle Management is to supply 167
recovery vehicles to the AA, in a deal worth £11.6 million.

The vans – in the main, Renault Midlum Crew Cabs –
will be supplied to the AA on a five-year operating lease basis,
with delivery to take place between now and the end of 2010.

“They are being converted to a bespoke
specification by J&J Conversions, with Lombard co-ordinating
the build and supplier payments using the in-house expertise of its
Van Sales Unit,” the lessor said. Additional equipment such as
lights and straps will also funded by Lombard.

Carbon footprint reduction was a key aim of the
fleet renewal programme, with the fully recyclable Renault vehicle
chosen for its Euro V compliance, fuel economy, and lower
whole-life costs.

The AA has been a customer of Lombard Vehicle
Management’s for five years, and leases over 2,400 roadside
assistance vans from the RBS subsidiary, along with a range of
other vehicles. The recovery vehicles deal was handled by
relationship director Martin Rogers of the lessor’s Strategic
Accounts team, which was set up to handle large customers.

 

LVM

University of Exeter
deal

The University of Exeter has selected
Lombard Vehicle Management as the sole supplier of its employee car
fleet for a three-year period, with the tender process administered
through the Public Sector Framework Agreement, overseen by NHS
Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA).

The cars have maximum CO2 emissions levels of
120g/km for diesels, and 135g/km for petrol variants. The scheme is
open to the majority of the University’s employees who need to
travel on business, Lombard said, while the deal was handled by
south-west public sector relationship manager Emma Darby.

 

Lex

Terex contract
unveiled

Industrial equipment manufacturer Terex
has awarded a contract to manage its 185-vehicle UK fleet on a
sole-supply basis to fleet management and leasing company Lex.

The two companies first started working together 13
years ago, on a dual-supply basis. Following a recent fleet review,
Terex opted to switch to a single fleet provider, and selected Lex
based on its history of delivering “excellent levels of service”,
said Terex’s fleet manager Julie Thomson.

Lex’s in-house consultancy, Lex Momentum, helped
the lessor win the deal, by conducting a fleet policy review which
looked at whole-life costs.

“In addition, car allowance levels were also
measured, to ensure they were competitive,” Lex said.

Managing director of the lessor, Nigel Stead said:
“The three-year sole supplier agreement between Lex and Terex is a
great endorsement of the service levels delivered by Lex.”

 

Venson Automotive Solutions

Van deals for lessor

Fleet lessor Venson Automotive Solutions
Ltd has won two contracts with non-commercial sector bodie; one
with Ocean Housing Ltd, a not-for-profit social enterprise which
manages over 3,400 houses across the south-west of England, and one
with North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire County Council awarded Venson a
three-year framework contract to provide vehicle hire, including
full maintenance, half-yearly inspections, servicing, one-hour
breakdown response, three-hour like-for-like replacement vehicles,
and Road Fund Licences. The framework encompasses 34 light
commercial vehicles of varying payloads, on a sole-supply basis,
and is worth £1.5 million excluding VAT.

Ocean Housing, meanwhile, chose Venson to supply it
with around 140 light commercial vehicles, with 90 to be delivered
before August 2009, and the remaining 50 to be provided as current
lease terms expire. The vehicles will be provided on a
fully-maintained contract hire basis over five years, with Venson
selected as the winning bidder from a field of 19.

 

Carillion Fleet Management

Switch to Peugeot cuts
costs

Carillion Property Services, a division
of construction conglomerate Carillion plc, has added 200 Peugeot
vans to its fleet – and reduced emissions by 7 percent in six
months, it said.

The vans – a mix of Bippers, Partners and Experts –
have been supplied on four-year, fully-maintained contract hire
agreements through Carillion Property Services’ sister company,
Carillion Fleet Management.

“All are fitted with speed limiters and tracking
systems, which are helping drive down fuel bills by up to 7
percent, while at the same time boosting driver safety. The
contract is designed to simplify service procedures and replace the
current range of mixed-size Vauxhall and Ford vans, some of which
are now five years old,” Carillion said.

 

Leasedrive Velo

Magnet contract
extension

Kitchen retailer Magnet has extended its
650-vehicle contract hire agreement with Leasedrive Velo for
another year.

The fully-maintained deal covers “everything from
driver licence checking to short-term rental provision”, said
commercial director Roddy Graham/

He added: “Magnet set tough cost saving targets
which we had to achieve in order to retain the business. This we
have done and we continue to enjoy an excellent working
relationship.”

 

Lloyds TSB Autolease

Lloyds Banking Group keeps fleet
deal in-house

Lloyds TSB Autolease is to provide 32
hybrid Honda Insights to parent Lloyds Banking Group as part of its
essential user fleet for field-based employees.

The deal means that Lloyds Banking Group will be
one of the first companies in the UK to use the new Insight in its
fleet.

“As the first hatchback hybrid, the Honda Insight
is practical and economical, enabling the Lloyds Banking Group
essential user fleet to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Nigel
Trotman, fleet manager at Lloyds TSB Autolease.

 

ALD Automotive

Kellogg’s company car
deal

ALD Automotive has won a deal with food
company Kellogg’s to provide its 200-vehicle company car fleet. The
vehicles will be provided on a three-year, sole supply, full
maintenance contract hire basis, ALD said. The lessor won the
account from a rival leasing provider after a competitive tender
process, it added.

The new car list for Kellogg’s is now based around
Honda and Volkswagen, with limited numbers of other manufacturers’
models also available. Cars on the fleet are expected to cover
around 80,000 miles over the course of the three-year contract.

Drivers and the Kellogg’s fleet management team
will have access to ALD’s threesixty suite of online applications,
including a live quoting system, driver information updates and
real-time delivery updates.

 

Toyota

Plug-in hybrids
trialed

Toyota is to trial 150 of its new Plug-In
Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) with a selection of its fleet customers, in
the first stage of a three-year programme. The PHVs, which have a
lithium-ion battery, will be leased to customers in several EU
countries, starting in France in late 2009.

 

CLM

Dual outsourcing contract
wins

Fleet management company CLM has won two
fleet outsourcing contracts covering 530 vehicles in total.

Newsagent chain Martin McColl switched supplier to
CLM for management of its 400-strong fleet of vehicles, while
market research company Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) appointed the
outsourcing provider to look after its 130-unit fleet.

CLM will help facilitate Martin McColl’s hybrid
lease funding arrangement and will manage the vehicles already
leased by the chain, along with providing procurement, maintenance,
administration and remarketing.

TNS, meanwhile, offers a free choice to drivers,
with each contract hire agreement including full maintenance. CLM
will centralise all fleet administrative operations and help ensure
competitive tendering using a panel of lenders through its Contract
Management system.

 

Lex

MoD gets Priuses from
Lex

As part of an innovative deal, lessor Lex
has delivered 50 Toyota Priuses to the British Army. The decision
to opt for hybrids is part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) drive
to cut carbon emissions, with the maximum CO2 output for all
vehicles supplied between 2007 and 2011 set at 130g/km. At 109g/km,
the Prius falls well below this benchmark; the hybrids will replace
a fleet of Vauxhall Vectras, which emitted 154g/km.

Lex supplied the vehicles via a joint venture,
White Fleet, which it set up eight years ago with VT Group, a
specialist defence contractor which works with the MoD in the areas
of asset management and procurement.

“VT Group manages air sites and maintenance bays
and so on, but they don’t have the expertise in vehicle supply we
do,” said David Currier, director of major fleets and outsourcing
at Lex.

“We supply any vehicle under 3.5 tonnes, working in
conjunction with VT Group’s own fleet team – anything with four
wheels which doesn’t go to war, in other words.”

The Priuses will mostly be put to use in cities or
on army bases, said Currier.

“It is not necessarily the right vehicle under
certain other circumstances, which is why we supply the MoD with
such a wide range of cars and vans – it is about getting the right
mix across the fleet,” he said.

The JV with VT Group sees Lex supply, on average,
around 3,500 vehicles to the MoD per year.

“It is our largest public sector contract by a long
way,” said Currier. Lex has assigned “around 30” staff to look
after the deal exclusively, he added.