Volvo XC40 named New Company Car of the Year

Fleet managers across the UK should take note of the Volvo XC40, as the model has been named this year’s New Company Car of the Year at the Fleet News Awards.

What’s not to love about the XC40?

Standout features of the XC40, according to the Fleet News judges, include the outstanding quality of build, low running costs and attractive styling. It was for these reasons that the XC40 overcame its competition in the New Company Car category.

Pilot Assist driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and 360-degree camera system, all come as standard on the model.

At the same time, it features an in-built infortainment package utilising a nine-inch touchscreen and sophisticated voice-control system, as well as the manufacturer’s Volvo On Call connected services.

The XC40 also received a prestigious five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Fleet News editor Stephen Briers stated: “The XC40’s adaptability made it a winner for the fleet decision-makers.

“It was noted as being compact enough for city driving and car parks, while also being quiet and refined during motorway driving, delivering excellent visibility, driver-focused layout and great comfort throughout.”

Steve Beattie, head of business sales at Volvo Car UK, added the win is “particularly valuable”, given the fact that this one category exclusively voted for by fleet decision-makers.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “UK fleets are always on the lookout for the next standout model to add to their ranks, and the Volvo XC40 could be just that vehicle for many operators.”

Savings and excellent customer service drive customer satisfaction

Seaglaze Marine Windows has been in touch with Fuel Card Services to highlight the excellent service and savings the company has received since joining our network.

Cutting costs with Fuel Card Services

Seaglaze spends approximately £2,500 per month across the company’s fleet of seven vehicles. The fleet is made up of a mix of vehicle types and uses both petrol and diesel fuels.

The company specialises in the provision of toughened glass for use in marine settings. It is based in Norwich and works with some of the UK’s largest boat and yacht builders.

Wendy Allsop, HR and administration supervisor at Seaglaze, said: “We used Shell cards previously and … we moved to the Shell One card account due the the additional savings that we could make and the convenience of being able to split the invoices across our two companies.”

She added it was also extremely convenient for the business to be able to preset the PINs on the cards.

Overall, Wendy stated that she is “very happy with the customer service we have received”.

Seaglaze was formed in 1970 and employs around 30 full-time staff. The company uses the latest 3D technology on its custom-built IT systems to deliver bespoke marine glass products in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “It’s always great to hear from happy customers and the team at Fuel Card Services are proud to be supporting our clients in such a positive manner.”

To find the best Shell fuel cards for your business visit www.euroshellfuelcard.co.uk.

Automotive tech players to showcase at UK Pavilion

A delegation of ten of the nation’s leading automotive technology developers will take part in the upcoming Electric & Hybrid Battery Show in Germany.

The event is Europe’s largest advanced battery trade fair and will be taking place in Stuttgart from May 7th to 9th.

Showcasing UK innovation

The UK Pavilion will be managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) – a government/industry collaboration focused on the research, development and production of low-carbon automotive technologies.

Ian Constance, chief executive of the APC, stated: “It is … important that UK companies are highly visible and properly represented at key events, such as the Electric & Hybrid Battery Show.”

He went on to add that Germany remains an important market for UK automotive manufacturers and the pavilion represents an opportunity to highlight the cutting-edge developments of British technology developers.

Launched in 2016, the APC has so far supported 233 UK businesses at key international events around the world.

To date, companies taking part in the programme have received additional investment of £1.5 million a year.

This latest showcase will see five companies returning, having previously participated. The UK Pavilion in Germany will form part of the government’s ongoing GREAT Business campaign and being funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Showcasing the cutting-edge technology being developed in the UK is essential for the strength of the nation’s automotive industry. It’s therefore great news to see such a strong presence at the upcoming Electric & Hybrid Battery Show in Germany.”

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