UK LCV sector

UK LCV sector secures 6 months consecutive growth

Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have highlighted a sixth consecutive month of growth in the UK’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) sector.

According to the body, LCV registrations increased by 13.5 per cent in June in comparison to the same time last year.

 

Sustained growth in consumer appetite

 

The excellent results witnessed in the first half of 2019 mean the period of January to June saw almost 200,000 registrations take place – an increase of 8.7 per cent against H1 2018.

Responding to the figures, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “With many LCVs playing a crucial role in urban areas, getting more of the latest, cleanest and most fuel efficient models onto our roads is essential to help improve air quality – so it’s good news to see the UK van market performing so well.”

That said, Mr Hawes warned that continued good fortunes for the sector will be reliant on a range of factors not necessarily in the industry’s control.

This includes securing a rise in business confidence in the months ahead, as well as an end to the uncertainty that has been caused by Brexit.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “LCVs are the lifeblood of businesses up and down the country, so it’s great to see businesses continue to invest in these versatile vehicles, even when the future for many companies is not entirely certain.”

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Urban Transport

BVRLA backs ‘flexible’ urban transport solutions

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) believes the government should support the rollout of more ‘flexible’ transport options in urban areas.

BVRLA has published a new report, in partnership with Cars in the City, highlighting the need for new options in personal transport besides car ownership by every individual.

Examining new options for transport

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney argued: “Our towns and cities need a more intelligent, sustainable use of the car. Promoting the use of car rental, car clubs and other flexible types of car use can make that happen.”

The report suggested the rollout of new, intelligent parking systems could help to better manage levels of congestion in the future. It also called for greater clarity in government funding for local authorities to future-proof their transport systems for the long term.

It went on to claim the promotion of systems including car sharing, increased use of public transport options and the implementation of credits for vehicle use in Clean Air Zones could all further help to reduce the number of cars on urban roads.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Supporting innovative ways to keep our urban spaces moving and to improve the environment for all should be a government priority and policymakers should take on any suggestions as to how to achieve this.”

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Kia launches new keyless safety system

Kia launches new keyless safety system

Kia Motors (UK) has announced the launch of a new safety system designed to reduce the likelihood of Kia owners being targeted by car thieves.

The manufacturer’s new KiaSafe case ensures thieves using relay attack devices will have no luck when trying to boost the signal from the keys to the car.

Protecting the signal at its source

Including an in-built Faraday cage, the new KiaSafe case blocks all signals for keyless entry to the vehicle and therefore renders signal boosters inoperable.

The case is now available for all keyless Kia vehicles, while the firm’s engineers continue to work on new technologies to further improve vehicle security for all.

David Hart, customer experience manager at Kia Motors UK, commented: “The security of our customers’ vehicles comes second only to safety and we are as concerned about the hacking of keyless entry systems as customers, the police and the insurance industry.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hart advised owners to continue to use other safety measures to help reduce the chances of them being targeted by car thieves, including not leaving keyless entry fobs in the front door lock of their home or close to windows.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “The rising number of car thefts reported up and down the country should be a concern for fleet operators. That said, measures like this from Kia will help to reduce the chances of thieves successfully stealing cars.”

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Fall in UK commercial vehicle output in May

Fall in UK commercial vehicle output in May

Commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturers in the UK witnessed a reduction in production output in May.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows UK CV production dipped by 69.9 per cent in comparison to the same month last year.

 

A major drop-off in production

In total, UK manufacturers produced 2,110 units in May 2019.

The significant fall in output was seen across both the domestic and overseas markets, with losses of 35.6 and 84.8 per cent, respectively.

Reasons for this significant fall in domestic production were highlighted as being key model changes by several leading manufacturers, coupled with fluctuating fleet buying cycles.

Overall, year-to-date production figures show a 6.3 per cent decline in UK CV manufacturing output, with a total of 31,785 vans, trucks and buses produced so far in 2019.

Responding to the figures, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: “The large decrease in output for overseas markets highlights the sector’s reliance on international trade, particularly with the EU, where more than nine out of ten exports are headed.

“Future growth is pinned on a Brexit deal that guarantees free and frictionless trade.”

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Falling production numbers are no joke for the UK CV market. That said, some of the headwinds, including changes in the buyer cycle and new model updates, should iron themselves out in due course.”

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Skoda's expert conversion supports UK police forces

Skoda’s expert conversion supports UK police forces

Police forces across the UK will soon benefit from a versatile new option for their fleets, following the release of a new Skoda conversion.

Based on the Kodiaq vRS, a new police-specific model conversion has been developed by the manufacturer.

 

Imposing yet functional design

This latest Skoda offering has been designed to deliver outstanding performance and versatility to meet the needs of officers in a host of circumstances.

It features increased interior space and payload capabilities, as well as powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a 100-amp three tone siren.

Designed to be conspicuous to the public, the design is bold and striking, with the model coming with dual exhaust pipes, vRS sports bumpers and trademark red brake calipers.

Inside, the driver benefits from a 10.25-inch digital Virtual Cockpit display and SmartLink+ for seamless smartphone integration. Meanwhile, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with memory function and an emergency services communications system built into the dashboard are also included.

Skoda head of fleet Henry Williams commented: “The high-performance credentials of the Kodiaq vRS make it a powerful addition to the pursuit vehicle line-up. It offers power, precision drive and good visibility to other drivers on the road.”

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “This new Skoda conversion will be hot property for police forces up and down the country. It promises to make a big impact with officers and members of the public alike.”

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