SEAT secures best ever half-year for UK sales

SEAT secures best ever half-year for UK sales

Spanish carmaker SEAT continues to gain popularity among the UK buying public, with the company reporting its best ever first six months of a year in 2019.

The firm has recorded a rise in sales of 8.4 per cent in the year to date in comparison to the same period of 2018.


A record-breaking result for SEAT

A total of 314,300 SEAT models have been purchased by UK buyers during the first six months of the year.

This represents the largest ever half-year result for the business and sees SEAT exceed the 300,000 six-month sales mark for the very first time.

Indeed, June saw the brand achieve a ten per cent annual rise in sales, delivering the marque’s best June performance on record.

CUPRA CEO and SEAT vice-president for sales and marketing Wayne Griffith commented: “We are growing faster than our initial expectations, and this is despite the difficult environment we are in, where registrations in most European countries are either decreasing or stagnating. This favourable evolution is enabling us to gain market share and relevance.”

Overall, the company witnessed a positive shift in its market share on the back of this fine performance, rising from 2.73 per cent in H1 2018 to 2.98 per cent in H1 this year.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “SEAT continue to gain ground on their competition, and with a good few months to come could see themselves securing a record-breaking year.”

Sprinter takes top honours at the Motor Transport Awards

Sprinter shines at the Motor Transport Awards

Mercedes-Benz Vans has celebrated the success of its Sprinter model at this year’s Motor Transport Awards.

The model picked up the unprecedented honour of being named the winning Fleet Van of the Year for the tenth time.

Ten years of success for the Sprinter

Simon Neill, sales director at Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented: “This is a wonderful result and a great reflection of the hard work and commitment that as a team we are all putting in to ensure we keep our customers moving.”

Motor Transport editor Steve Hobson added the judges highlighted the strength of the Sprinter in holding its value as one of the key factors in their decision.

It was also praised for its leading use of technology, low maintenance costs and excellent reliability.

“From the enormous breadth of the range to the unwavering development and support from the manufacturer, the Sprinter and its backup define what an operator needs from a van,” he concluded.

Overall, the Sprinter continues to demonstrate a broad and strong appeal to UK fleet operators. Indeed, it was first named Fleet Van of the Year all the way back in 2003.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “To be awarded such a prestigious honour ten times in total is no mean feat, and the Sprinter truly stands out as a van beloved by the people.”

FORS workshop: Managing driver fitness and health

FORS Fuel Expert is proud to be working with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) to sponsor the upcoming workshop “Managing driver fitness and health“.

Taking place in Croydon on 10 July 2019, the workshop will run from 09:00 to 12:45. The workshop is open to FORS members only. Lunch will be provided to delegates attending both the morning and afternoon workshops.

What’s on offer?

This workshop covers the importance of managing driver fitness, health and eyesight to help meet Bronze requirement D6 Health and eyesight. You will also learn how to identify the signs of impairment, understand the factors that affect driver fitness and develop the relevant procedures to manage them.

Get in contact with our Major Accounts Manager and FORS practitioner Rachel Pearson. Find out how FORS-registered members can save up to 10p per litre on diesel with a discounted fuel card.


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Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

A set of new draft proposals have been published highlighting the potential for several major upgrades to transport links in south-west Scotland.

In total, 23 options have been released for further consideration as part of the South West Scotland Transport Study.

Plans for major investment in the region

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We understand the importance of connectivity for the south-west of Scotland and extensive stakeholder engagement and data gathering has taken place during this study to help us develop a good understanding of the issues and opportunities for strategic transport links across all modes.”

Major works now being assessed include upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity in the local area, as well as upgrades to the A76 and to transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.

Mr Matheson added more than 3,000 people have already contributed their ideas to the planned improvements, with Transport Scotland offering regular updates on proposals for all interested parties.

Once the options have been reviewed, all “emerging recommendations” will be considered as part of Scotland’s nationwide Strategic Transport Projects Review.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Delivering enhanced transport connectivity will provide significant benefits to communities and businesses across south-west Scotland. It’s great to see the ball keeps rolling on transport network upgrades for this important region.”

Petrol Pump at service station

37p per litre difference in motorway fuel costs

New research has highlighted a significant increase in fuel costs at motorway service stations, with up to 37p more paid per litre than at garages less than three miles away.

Data compiled by revealed the significant premium many motorists could be paying for the convenience of filling up on the motorway network.

Paying a premium for convenience

According to the company’s findings, additional charges are being seen as standard at all motorway service stations, with drivers paying up to £20 more per tank of fuel in some areas.

Examples include Leicester Forest East services, which charges 37p more per litre than the nearby Sainsburys Fosse Park garage, which is located just 2.1 miles away.

Bridgewater services on the M5 in Somerset is also charging 29p more per litre than Sainsburys Bridgewater, which is just 2.5 miles away.

Kitty Bates, consumer spokesperson at, commented: “Our research shows that many motorway service stations are pricing their fuel well over the odds.

“Their argument is the costs are higher. However… we would encourage drivers to find the best fuel deal local to them.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Fuel is a significant cost for fleet operators and therefore small price differences matter. However, these aren’t small differences that we’re talking about, so always seeking the cheapest option to fill up is something you should encourage your drivers to do.”

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