Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers interviewed fleet directors at the seven vehicle manufacturers exhibiting at the show to find out how they have been supporting fleets during the Covid-19 crisis and their fleet strategies for 2021.
BMW, FCA, Ford, MG, Renault, Toyota Lexus and Volvo told us about their product launch plans over the next 12 months, how they are working hard to minimise total cost of ownership for fleets, actions they are taking to help fleets to keep their employees within their company car schemes and the latest technology that will keep drivers safe.
Each of the 10-minute video interviews is packed full of useful information that will inform you about the manufacturer’s credentials and help you decide which ones are the best fit for your fleet.
After you have viewed the video, pop along to the manufacturer’s stand at the show for more details or to have a live chat with one of its representatives.
WATCH THE MG LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 1 @ 9.45 – 10.00AM
MG will be using its VFML debut to showcase its EV prospects, including the all-new MG 5 EV estate car. The brand is also launching its first plug-in hybrid this year, adding the powertrain to the HS SUV.
The new additions, alongside the existing ZS EV, are expected to help the brand reach a tipping point in 2021 with plug-in cars accounting for more than half of its total sales.
Geraint Isaac, MG’s national fleet sales manager, said: “There’s a real opportunity and sense of excitement within MG at the moment around our fleet business and with our EV prospects in particular.
WATCH THE VOLVO LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 1 @ 12.30 – 12.45PM
Recently the Volvo range has undergone a transformation, taking huge steps into the electrification space. It now offers plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) across its entire model range.
The brand has shifted away from diesel, favouring mild-hybrid petrol and PHEV models. The XC40, S60 and S90 are no longer offered with diesel, while new T6 PHEV versions of the V60, V90 and XC60 make alternative fuel more attainable to fleet drivers.
Over the next five years, Volvo will launch five pure electric vehicles – starting with the XC40 Recharge P8. Dominic Gill, Volvo’s national leasing and residual value manager, will be taking part in a Q&A session at Fleet and Mobility Live to answer any questions you have about the brand and its vehicles.
WATCH THE TOYOTA/LEXUS LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 1 @ 15.30 – 15.45M
Lexus will introduce their first fully electric model, the UX 300e. Ideal for company car drivers, it offers 196 miles of range. Senior representatives will discuss the company’s strategy for sustainable future mobility.
WATCH THE FCA LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 2 @ 9.45 – 10.00AM
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) aims to host a special fleet preview of the all-new Fiat 500 BEV at VFML, ahead of its official launch in 2021. The new electric supermini will have a range of 200 miles and features a new infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen.
The new Jeep Renegade PHEV and Fiat Ducato BEV will also be showcased through video and virtual meetings with the FCA team, which is planning to be based at the brand’s press garage to provide virtual walkarounds.
Iain Montgomery, FCA’s fleet and business sales director, will also be taking part in a video interview with Fleet News editor-in-chief Steven Briers.
WATCH THE BMW LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 2 @ 12.30 – 12.45PM
The BMW Group, Fleet News Manufacturer of the Year, has expanded its range of fully electric models with the launch of the new MINI Electric earlier this year. Their first fully electric SAV, the iX3 - with a 279 mile range - will also be available to order from January. In addition, BMW Group has rapidly expanded its range of plug-in hybrid models to include additional Touring and X models, and this continues to grow. By 2023 they will have 25 electrified vehicles across the range. Its core fleet models have been updated or replaced and now feature lower-emission powertrains that meet the latest RDE2 requirements.
Connected services, such as the eDrive Zone function triggers plug-in hybrid models to automatically switch to zero-emission operating mode in urban low-emission zones and similar inner-city areas.
WATCH THE RENAULT LAUNCH LAB SESSION ON DAY 2 @ 15.30 – 15.45PM
Renault has recently expanded its model line-up with four new key fleet models: the 100% electric Zoe Van, Captur and Mégane plug-in hybrid, and the Clio hybrid. Debuting advanced technology for energy optimisation and brake regeneration, all models are fitted with E-Tech technology and offer reduced emissions with low running costs.
WATCH THE FORD STAND TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION
Ford is providing low emission solutions for commercial vehicle operators, with the Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid. Ford has also introduced mild-hybrid engines to its core models, including the Fiesta, Focus and new Puma, helping to reduce emissions and improve fuel consumption. And with fully electric Passenger Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles just around the corner, now is a great time to find out more!