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Ford expands connected telematics LCV offering

Ford has added the Ford Telematics Essentials system to its light commercial vehicle connectivity offering, expanding on the proactive uptime FordLiive programme launched earlier this year.

Ford Telematics Essential 2021The company describes the telematics systems as “a dedicated fleet vehicle health management tool” that sets out the smart maintenance information from FordLiive onto a detailed dashboard for fleet operators. This includes mileage, oil life and engine hours to help proactively schedule maintenance and eliminate downtime.

“Introducing Ford Telematics Essentials is a major milestone in the delivery of our FordLiive service and will help fleet customers maximise their productivity at no extra cost,” said Owen Gregory, director, commercial vehicle aftersales, Ford of Europe. “Having instant visibility of the health of every connected vehicle is a real game-changer, and promises to transform how businesses run and maintain their fleets.”

Volvo confirms EV XC90 for 2022

Volvo has confirmed an electric successor to its XC90 large SUV will be revealed in 2022, and come with “industry leading safety technology as standard”, according to the brand.

“In our ambition to deliver ever safer cars, our long-term aim is to achieve zero collisions and avoid crashes altogether,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars. “As we improve our safety technology continuously through updates over-the-air, we expect collisions to become increasingly rare and hope to save more lives.”

The company said the new technology will also help the route to automation, with hardware “ready for safe, unsupervised autonomous driving once available”.

Holdcroft appointed new VW CV head of fleet

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has appointed Rob Holdcroft as its new head of fleet from 12 July, replacing Claire English who is moving to head up Audi’s fleet operation.

Rob Holdcroft VW CV 2021Holdcroft is currently VW CV national sales manager, and has been with the brand for the past five years.

“I’m pleased to see Rob stepping up to a new role in the team, bringing fresh ideas and ambitions, coupled with excellent knowledge and experience of our network and customers,” said director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Cian O’Brien. “We have an exciting course ahead of us, with the forthcoming launches of the new Multivan, ID.Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo, and new Amarok in the next few years, as well as developments in electrification and digitalisation.”


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