AA Driving School signs Seat fleet deal
The AA’s Driving School arm has signed a deal with Seat as its vehicle supplier.
As part of the deal, the AA’s driving instructors will have access to either the Arona compact SUV (in SE Technology 1.0 TSI 95hp guise) or the Ibiza hatchback, in FR 1.0 TSI 95hp guise.
The AA Driving School said Seat’s simplified vehicle specification tool – whereby fleet customers need only choose the trim level, engine and colour on the online configurator – was a factor behind signing the deal, as was low total cost of ownership figures.
Ford launches fleet management offshoot
Ford and ALD Automotive have launched Ford Fleet Management, which is a one-stop shop for vehicle supply, funding and in-life vehicle management.
The new company aims to “maximise fleet productivity for customers who seek bespoke services with minimum downtime”. Despite the firm’s name, cars and commercial vehicles from other brands can be supplied to customers “so that customers with diverse fleet policies can also enjoy Ford Fleet Management’s wide range of services.”
“We know companies rely on vehicles and drivers being out on the road – performing tasks, moving goods and carrying people, so our fleet management propositions are designed to ensure fleet vehicles are working for their business at all times,” said John Wright (pictured), Ford Fleet Management’s managing director. “This is why our uptime centric approach is at the heart of all of our products and services, and our experts are ready with fleet solutions tailored to meet every business need.”
Cazoo acquires car subscription service
Online car retailer Cazoo has acquired Drover, a car subscription platform, for an undisclosed sum.
Drover offers a flexible alternative to car ownership, with a single monthly subscription fee which includes the car, maintenance, service, road tax and breakdown cover, and Cazoo said the buyout will enable it to “give its customers the option of purchasing, financing or subscribing to the thousands of cars on its platform.”
Alex Chesterman OBE, founder & CEO of Cazoo said: “The acquisition of Drover will enable Cazoo to rapidly expand into car subscriptions and give our customers the option of purchasing their next car outright, financing it over a multi-year period or subscribing for a shorter, more flexible period. I am looking forward to welcoming Felix and his team to Cazoo and continuing to deliver the most innovative and best options for consumers across the UK looking for their next car.”