Samuel to leave Honda
Marc Samuel, Honda’s fleet sales operations manager, is to leave the Japanese car company after two years at the helm of its corporate arm.
Honda said Samuel’s departure will be for “pastures new” in the coming months and Phil Webb, the brand’s head of car, will oversee the fleet sales operations team.
Webb has more than two decades of experience within Honda, starting his career within Honda Finance out in the field in 1997 before moving to Honda Motor Europe UK in a number of roles, culminating in the head of car position in 2015.
Masternaut adds live-data to telematics offering
Telematics company Masternaut – which is now owned by Michelin – has added real-time tracking software to its offering.
Called On Time, the company said the data will enhance the end-customer experience and uses live vehicle data to show where vehicles and drivers are.
Mangers will be able to see planned job schedules against actual activity and automate job dispatching, while the firm said bosses can also deliver text messages to end-customers with estimated time of arrival based on the data.
If an unexpected event throws a driver off-schedule, managers are notified via automated live alerts, which allows them to be proactive and agile in redirecting resource to where it’s most needed, Masternaut added.
e-NV200 sales soar
Sales of the Nissan e-NV200 electric van have increased by 200% in the first half of 2019, Nissan said.
The Japanese company put the rise in demand down to small businesses wanting to save money and increase efficiency amid changes in legislation and the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London.
Paolo D’Ettore, director of LCV Business Unit at Nissan Europe, said “The acceleration of fleet electrification – especially in city centres – is a challenge for our customers, so we recognise the need to work with them and provide the optimal ecosystem to support a smooth transition to electric vehicles.”