Fleetondemand aquires FleetEurope
Mobility technology provider Fleetondemand has acquired vehicle management company FleetEurope for an undisclosed sum.
Fleetondemand said the acquisition will see accelerate the growth of its Mobility as a Service solution within the vehicle rental sector through the provision of its Mobilleo application to FleetEurope’s clients.
The firms said the combined business will be led by Fleetondemand’s chief executive officer Justin Whitston, non-executive chairman Andrew Cope, chief financial officer Nicola Sharp, operations director Matthew Heald and and FleetEurope’s chief operating officer Joe Howick, while FleetEurope’s current chairman and founder, John Yarroll, will be retiring after 25 years.
Justin Whitston, said: “Bringing the two businesses together was an easy decision in our aggressive growth plan. FleetEurope has been a key business partner since 2012 and has gone from strength to strength in recent years under the guidance of Joe Howick and his experienced management team. Both businesses also share very similar core business philosophies and cultures and are renowned for delivering best-in-class customer service and market-leading technology. This acquisition made perfect sense, allowing us to strengthen our existing partnership and fuel our ambitious growth plans.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans includes telematics on new vans
Mercedes-Benz Vans is to introduce vehicle driving style monitoring systems as standard on its Sprinter and Vito Tourer models.
The firm said the function enables data for each individual trip and a holistic fleet view of the whole fleet of vehicles to be interrogated by vehicle managers. These data points include: acceleration behaviour analysis, anticipatory driving behaviour, coasting and smooth driving analysis. In addition, safety critical data, such as harsh cornering and braking warnings, are shown instantly to the fleet manager.
Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “We are extremely proud of our connectivity solution and have therefore decided to include at no cost to our customers. Keeping their businesses moving is our priority, and with our new drive style monitoring solution software included as standard, company owners and vehicle managers can spend less time worrying about the vans and drivers, and more time therefore focused on their business and customers.”
Vauxhall Corsa priced from £15,500
Vauxhall has confirmed the conventionally-powered versions of its Corsa are priced from £15,500.
On sale now, the first models will hit roads in January. The entry-level model is the 1.2-litre 75hp SE petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission. For a diesel, prices start from £17,560 for the 1.5-litre 102hp SE model.
Standard kit includes 16-inch and a seven-inch touchscreen radio, along with LED headlights and daytime running lights.