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Round-Up: New Honda fleet boss, DfT minster briefs confirmed, Skoda is ‘most reliable car firm’

New Honda fleet boss

Rebecca Stead Honda

Honda UK has confirmed its current managing director, Dave Hodgetts, is to retire and will be replaced by Jean Marc Streng, while the firm also said Phil Webb, will move to Honda Motor Europe (HME) as deputy general manager of HME Automobile Division, and be replaced by Rebecca Stead as head of automobile (pictured).

As part of her role, Stead – currently head of network and commercial development at the firm, will be responsible for fleet sales.

A replacement for Stead has not been confirmed at this stage.

DfT minster briefs confirmed

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Minister portfolios have been confirmed at the Department for Transport following last week’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Incoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Rachel Maclean MP (pictured) will be responsible for the future of transport and transport decarbonisation, taking over the briefs from ex-Future of Transport minister, George Freeman.

Baroness Vere, also an Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, will continue to oversee roads and motoring, buses and taxis and devolution as part of her brief.

Grant Shapps remains as Secretary of State for Transport and has oversight in all areas.

Skoda named as most reliable car brand

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Skoda has been named as the UK’s most recommended car brand following a YouGov poll.

The brand scored 83% in the Recommend scores, which represent the percentage of a company’s customers who would recommend it to a friend or colleague, with scores being tracked for a year.

Volvo and Lexus (82% and 81% respectively) made up the top three positions, while Continental (63.7%), Michelin (62.5%) and ATS Euromaster (57.5%) made up the podium in the ‘petrol, oil, tyre and garage’ category while Eurostar topped the transport section.

Julian Tooke, global director of product integration at YouGov, said: “Although Škoda comes first out of all of the brands in the Car Brands sector, all ranked brands had high recommend rates so even small increases or decreases could change who comes first next year.”