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News Round-up: Appointments at Nissan, fleet emissions drop, motorway education call

Michael Stewart - Nissan's new head of leasing

Nissan appoints new leasing and fleet sales boss

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Michael Stewart – Nissan’s new head of leasing

Nissan has appointed Michael Stewart as the company’s new head of leasing, specialist fleet sales and rental. Stewart is responsible for building relationships with UK leasing companies, and joins the role from that of network sales director at Nissan.

Andrew Sellars is taking over Stewart’s previous role as network sales director, and joins Nissan from Volvo, where he was vice president, commercial operations for the APAC region, based in Thailand. Both start their roles with immediate effect.

 

Emergency motorway areas highlight need for education

The trial of new emergency areas on the M3 smart motorway section highlights the need for a greater degree of driver education, according to a leading leasing company.

“The news this week that the Highways Agency is trialling a new emergency area on the M3 highlights this potential pitfall for the Department of Transport,” said Craig Grant, head of account management at Alphabet GB.

“The Government has a dedicated website on ‘How to drive on a smart motorway’ already in place but the question is whether this has actually filtered down to everyday drivers. The revamping of our motorways is to be welcomed, but we need to ensure that drivers are properly educated to use these new roads otherwise the improved safety and efficiencies won’t be realised.”

The bright orange area is located near Camberley, in Surrey, and is designed to give drivers a safe place to stop when the hard shoulder is being used to ease traffic flow.

 

Fleet Alliance sees record emissions low

Corporate buyers are increasingly turning to low-CO2 vehicles, with management company Fleet Alliance recording an all-time low average CO2 rating of 115g/km in the last six months.

This represents a drop of 6.5% in the last four years, with the average having stood at 123g/km in 2014. The majority (57%) of the cars on Fleet Alliance’s 25,000-strong fleet now fall into the 101-129g/km bracket, while 21% emit between 75g/km and 100g/km.

There has been an increased uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles, but they still only account for 2% of the total fleet.