Round-Up: Kia fleet events, Hyundai/Kia solar panels, Tom Madden passes away

Kia to host fleet events this month

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Kia is to host three fleet roadshow events later this month with the objective of raising the brand’s awareness and to showcase its new Ceed lower medium model.

The events will provide fleet decision-makers the chance to test-drive models from  the firm’s range and to speak to members of its fleet team.

John Hargreaves, general manager of fleet and remarketing at Kia UK, said: “The Kia Fleet Roadshow is a great way of showcasing our incredible vehicles across the country. This is a brilliant opportunity for fleet teams and leasing company decision makers to gain an insight into owning a Kia vehicle, learn more about the range and test drive the cars for themselves.”

The events will be held at:

  • 9 November at Stapleford Park, Leicester
  • 16 November at Penyhill Park, Surrey
  • 23 November Cowley Manor, Cheltenham

Hyundai/Kia working on solar panels

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Kia and Hyundai are developing solar panels to help recharge vehicle batteries in order to improve range and increase efficiency.

Three different panels are being developed – one for pure electric vehicles, one for plug-in and mild hybrid vehicles and one for internal combustion powered vehicles.

According to the brands, the plug-in hybrid and hybrid panels can recharge 30 to 60% of the vehicle’s battery during the course of the day depending on weather conditions.

“In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles. The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy, but will begin to produce it actively,” said the developer of the technology, Jeong-Gil Park, executive vice President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group. “It is an exciting development for us, designing a technology for vehicle owners to help them shift from being energy users to being energy producers.”

Tom Madden passes away

Tom Madden

BCA has announced that Tom Madden has passed away following a lengthy illness.

He held a number of roles within the business, most latterly as director of customer affairs, before he retired in 2006, while he was also a founding member of the ICFM.

“As a member of BCA’s senior management team, Tom was a well-known and much respected motor industry figure and regularly addressed audiences representing fleet managers, manufacturers, motor dealers, finance and leasing experts and the press, both in the UK and Europe,” the remarketing giant said.