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The Business Car Manager blog is where the editor Ralph Morton gives us the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the automotive industry, whether it’s the latest car launch or the issues of running a small business. Occasionally we also invite guest bloggers to provide their own insight on the automotive world and business cars in particular.

Magdalen College library at sunrise in Oxford England

What should business car managers make of Oxford’s world first Zero Emission Zone?

IT’S a bold move by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council: a progressive elimination of vehicles with pollutant emissions, starting 2020 and completed by 2035. If the proposals are approved, via...
David Hanna new head of fleet VWCV

David Hanna moves to old buddy James Douglas at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

SOME business news. Volkswagen tells me there's a new a new head of fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: David Hanna. David is taking over from Chris Black who has left the organisation...
The monthly cost of a phone is now more than a car

A car for less than the price of a phone

WHEN I’m speaking to small business owners about car leasing I often liken it your mobile phone contract. It’s a monthly fee that you pay to rent a phone and airtime. Car leasing...
Company car driver tax

Company car drivers getting a raw deal on tax

IT’S not easy being a company car driver. Don’t get me wrong, having a company car is still a big benefit: someone else pays for your car, pays for your insurance, pays...
Bang and Olufsen tweeter Audi A8

Audi 3D sound for rear seat passengers offers ‘audible’ luxury

I CAN’T wait to drive the new Audi A8. But perhaps not quite for the reasons you might imagine. I’m pretty sure the luxury driving experience will be exceptional – of that...
MG small fleet

Why the MG brand could be your next company car

MG’s Matthew Cheyne outlines the company’s SME small fleet company car strategy based on personal service and good value MG. Perhaps not the first choice on your company car list. But the Chinese-owned...
SME car rental

Five reasons for an SME to think car rental

I THINK sometimes car rental gets put in its ‘holiday only’ car rental pigeon hole by many owners of SME firms. And yet car rental can be a valuable tool in keep...
rusting car next to fuel pump

The road to carbon-geddon

SO, that’s it then. Goodbye petrol car, goodbye diesel. The government has put them on the chopping block for 2040 – that’s some 23 years away, or about three car generations –...
Jaguar's Jon Wackett

Jaguar’s Jon Wackett on what makes an award-winning car for SMEs

EARLIER this year, the Jaguar F-Pace was voted Best Director’s Car in our SME Company Car of the Year Awards. Now, you might think that this award was made by a bunch...
OnStar

Why OnStar makes the Astra a real winner

AT the beginning of this year, we announced our SME Company Car of the Year winners. The overall winner was the Vauxhall Astra - in Tech Line 1.6CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX S/S trim...

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0-litre TDI 150PS 7spd DSG review

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0-litre TDI 150PS 7spd DSG P11D Value/BIK Band:  £34,875/25% 4-door, 5-seater fastback saloon 150ps/251Nm, 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel/DSG auto box Economy (comb)/C02:...

2018 update sees MINI get more business attractive

The 2018 MINI update sees a host of changes including lower emission engines for improved BIK performance as well as details such as Union Jack rear lights

Skoda’s new SME Direct aims to provide total company car care...

Head of Skoda fleet, Henry Williams, discusses the benefits of the company's new SME small fleet product, Skoda SME Direct with editor Ralph Morton
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