Round-Up: Ex Fiat fleet boss joins BCA, Van market falls by 1.3%, Majestic Wine takes on Citroen LCVs

Ex Fiat fleet boss joins BCA

Francis Bleasdale

Former Fiat fleet boss Francis Bleasdale has joined remarketing giant as its new business development director, OEM.

He will be responsible for liaising with car manufacturers including BMW and Toyota.

He said: “BCA is uniquely placed to deliver a comprehensive range of linked services to OEM’s, through the combined infrastructure of portside operations, regional de-fleet facilities, vehicle logistics and preparation centres and a suite of remarketing channels, including physical, hybrid and digital exchanges.”

New van market falls by 1.3% in 2018

The new van market fell by 1.3% in 2018 with 357,325 LCVs registered, making it the fourth best year on record.

The result came despite business uncertainty and changing renewal cycles all impacting the market throughout the year.

Pick-up registrations showed no signs of slowing up any time, with 53,613 units registered during the year – a rise of 4.3% on 2017’s figures. The largest sector by far – vans weighing between 2.5 and 3.5t – matched 2017’s levels, meanwhile, showing a 0% change.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “This sector is a key indicator of business confidence in the UK, and operators need stability to renew their fleets. Business confidence depends on government providing the right conditions, which first and foremost means taking a ‘No Deal’ Brexit off the table. We have a strong and competitive commercial vehicle market in the UK, one that can flourish in the right economic climate.”

Majestic Wine takes on Citroen vans

Majestic Wine fleet

Majestic Wine has added a number of Citroen vans onto its fleet, with the firm now operating 222 of the French brand’s LCVs.

The firm has taken on a mix of Berlingo L1 850 Enterprise, Dispatch XS and Relay models. They will mainly be used by Majestic Wine’s network of retail stores for home and customer deliveries, while the Relays are used to supply Majestic Wine’s product lines to its commercial clientele.

“The vehicles are working on every sort road you can think of, from congested urban routes to quiet rural roads. They must be reliable and easy to drive, while helping to keep our fuel bills as low as possible. Our Citroen fleet meets all these requirements, while the Enterprise specification helps us to control our fuel bills, keep our drivers comfortable and reduces accidental damage to the minimum, thanks to the standard satellite navigation, air conditioning and parking sensors,” said Chris Whitby, fleet manager at the wine retailer.”