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Afternoon round-up: SMMT figures, BVRLA data survey, Addison Lee deal

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive

SMMT: car sales down but van sales up

Volkswagen Golf GTD 2017New car sales fell by 4.8% in June, according to figures released by the SMMT today. Fleet registrations saw the lowest fall of -2.4%, followed by private and business at -7.8% and -8.3% respectively.

Diesel registrations were down 14.7%, while petrol and alternative fuel sales increased by 2.5% and 29% respectively. The Volkswagen Golf (pictured) was the best-selling car of the month, but the Ford Fiesta remains 2017’s best-seller so far. The overall new car market is down 1.3% compared to 2016.SMMT new car registrations June 2017Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “As forecast, demand for new cars has started to cool following five consecutive years of solid growth but the numbers are still strong and the first half of the year is the second biggest on record. Provided consumer and business confidence holds, we expect demand to remain at a similarly high level over the coming months.”

Conversely, new van sales increased by 1.8% in June, largely driven by pick-ups and medium vans, registrations for which rose by 14.2% and 29.9% respectively. The rise follows four months of decline for new LCV sales and the overall market currently 3.7% down on 2016 levels.SMMT new van registrations June 2017Hawes added: “After two years of record growth in the new van market, it’s natural to see demand ease as the sector reaches a sustainable running rate. However, as these figures show, the market remains at a high level and we expect similar patterns of demand to continue throughout the year.”

BVRLA: manufacturers should provide connected vehicle data

Around 70% of fleet managers and members of the leasing and rental industry believe that manufacturers have an obligation to provide vehicle data, according to the results from the BVRLA’s latest fleet technology survey, which were unveiled at its 2017 fleet technology congress.

Gerry-Keaney-BVRLA-chief-executive-2017-360x240“Connected vehicle data is rapidly becoming the new currency of the fleet sector and will drive many business
models in future,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney (pictured).

“This is a new, unregulated environment which explains much of the uncertainty and concern about the roles and responsibilities played by different fleet sector participants.

“Our responsibility is clear. The BVRLA will play a lead role in helping the fleet sector work with government and the wider automotive supply chain to ensure that all parties share data in an open, secure and fair way.

“By doing this, we can make sure that businesses and consumers continue to enjoy a competitive choice of suppliers for fleet management, aftermarket and mobility services.”

A summary of the fleet technology survey can be found on the BVRLA’s website.

Aston Barclay becomes Addison Lee remarketing partner

Aston Barclay Remarketing - ImageLondon private hire firm Addison Lee has appointed auctioneer Aston Barclay to manage its remarketing.

The former company has a fleet of 5,000 Ford Galaxys, Mercedes saloons and V Class executive minibuses, as well as a series of Ford vans for its courier and logistics services.

“As we aim to reduce the age profile of our fleet it is important to have regular sales in place which is why we went to market to appoint a new remarketing partner,” said Martyn Legg, Addison Lee’s vehicle sales and logistics manager.