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Business servicesNews digestFunding methodsFleetprofileCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer news???????? Continuedintention to follow Nottingham's lead and introduce a workplace parking levy. The denials follow an assertive - yet apparently misleading - claim by environmentalist Don Potts at this year's ACFO conference that "most local authorities are looking to do this". However, Nottingham City Council told Fleet News that a number of local authorities have been keen to learn more about its scheme. It said it had been contacted by Bristol, Milton Keynes, Exeter, Cambridge and Oxford, while York, Devon, Hampshire, Leeds, Bournemouth, South Somerset and Wiltshire had "expressed an interest".Read more...Fleet drivers 'treated as Government cash cows'Three-quarters of all company car drivers feel they are being treated as a 'cash cow' by the Govern-ment, according to RAC's 2011 Report on Motoring. However, they believe the money is not being well spent and more funds should go towards improving the condition of the UK's road network, despite the Government pledging an additional £100 million in the March Budget. The latest findings of the RAC's report into UK motoring behaviour and attitudes reveals that the quality and maintenance of roads is the second most pressing concern for fleet motorists - second only to the cost of driving.Read more...Carlyle Group to acquire RAC from AvivaGlobal alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire RAC Limited from Aviva plc. The trans-action represents an enterprise value of £1bn. Completion, which is subject to regulatory and competition approvals, is expected at the end of the third quarter of 2011. Founded in 1897, RAC is one of the oldest roadside assistance companies in the world and the second-largest UK roadside assist-ance provider with more than seven million members.Read more...Charging network key to electric vehicle take-upTwo-thirds of motorists (65.7%) would be more likely to buy an electric vehicle (EV) if charging posts were readily available at roadsides and in car parks across the UK. Of the 1,417 that participated in the survey, which was conducted on behalf of EV infra-structure provider Elektromotive, only 7.8% said the greater availability of charging posts would not make them more likely to buy an EV. More than a quarter (26.5%) were 'undecided', suggesting that a significant minority still need to be persuaded about the viability and benefits of EVs.Read moreMini-vans make a UK comebackThe mini-van, last seen in the UK in 2009, is about to make a comeback thanks to an importer who believes there is still a need for such vehicles.Vestatec Automotive Distribution is to import a range of DFSK vans from China to sell through 40 dealers from next month. Former Mitsubishi UK managing director Jim Tyrrell, a Vestatec share-holder, expects sales to reach 1,000 in the first year, rising to 5,000 within five years. Read more...

Saab's future brightens with £60 million funding winShort-term prospects for troubled Saab have been changing dramatically with new agreements for cash injection. The future looked bleak two weeks ago when the company could no longer pay staff and production was put on hold. This followed a five-week shut-down as suppliers stopped deliv-ering parts to the factory in Trollhattan over concerns over unpaid bills. Read more....New 508 crossover heralds Peugeot hybrid expansionPeugeot is set to expand its hybrid offering in the next few years to plug-in diesel-electric models and could also introduce diesel-electric commercial vehicles. The first manufacturer to launch a diesel-electric hybrid model has announced the 508 RXH, a diesel-electric hybrid based on the 508 SW.Read more....Opel and Europcar launch electric vehicle co-operationOpel and Europcar have struck an agreement to introduce the Opel Ampera as a hire car throughout Europe. With the market introduction of the electric Ampera by the end of 2011, Opel will create a new segment in the European automotive market. Read more....Volkswagen Group Leasing signs up 30 public sector organisationsVolkswagen Group Leasing (VGL) has confirmed its presence in the public sector market with 30 client wins in its first month of trading with a new automo-tive self-service deal for public sector fleet users. Read more....Ford sales increase for second consecutive monthFord car sales beat the downward market trend in June and boosted its UK leadership with increased sales and share, compared with June 2010. The Fiesta and Focus were once more the top two best-sellers in June, and for the year to date, with the Transit continuing its 46th year as the best-selling commercial vehicle in the UK. Official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that total UK car sales in June, were down 6.2% to 183,125 units compared with June 2010.Read more....Jaguar expects four-cylinder diesel engine to attract fleetsJaguar is posed to attract a lot more interest from the corporate sector with the launch of its four-cylinder diesel engine. The 190bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine has CO2 emissions of 149g/km and fuel consumption of 53.2mpg on the combined cycle, achieved with the help of stop start technology.Read more....Business servicesNews digestFunding methodsFleetprofileCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer newsManufacturer news