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Afternoon Round-up: 2019 Vitara, Leaseplan appointments, Fleets reluctant to give up company cars

2019 MY Vitara revealed

2019 MY Vitara

Suzuki has revealed the first details of its 2019 model-year Vitara crossover ahead of it going on sale in September.

Replacing the existing 1.6-litre petrol unit, it will be powered by a 111hp 1.0-litre petrol engine and a  140hp 1.4-litre petrol unit, as introduced in the S-Cross range last year.

Visually, the front grille has been redesigned, while the rear of the car now features LED lights. Inside, the instrument cluster has been redesigned.

Prices, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date, the Japanese brand said.

New senior appointments at Leaseplan

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Leasing giant Leaseplan has announced two new appointments to its senior management team.

Chris Black is the company’s new commercial director and Steve Jones has been named as director for future fleet solutions, with both taking up positions on the UK managing board immediately.

Black transferred from his role as new business sales director while Jones has moved from his position as head of risk.

“Both Chris and Steve are big assets for our business and will provide an important voice on the managing board. It is great to see two new internal promotions which enable us to continue and advance the strong position we are in as a business in these areas,” said Leaseplan MD, Matt Dyer.

Fleets unwilling to give up company cars, says Arval

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Fleets are unwilling to give up company cars for corporate mobility solutions, leasing company Arval has claimed.

The firm surveyed 3,718 fleet decision-makers and found that while 48% of respondents were willing to try out car or ride-sharing services, just 2% said they would trade in company cars.

“The fact is that the company car has been the number one business travel solution in the UK for approaching 50 years now for a long list of very good reasons. It remains the most efficient, cost effective and popular way for most employees to undertake the journeys they need to make,” said Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval’s corporate vehicle observatory in the UK.