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Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar RecruitmentreviewsFirst drive: Jaguar XF 2.2DJaguar will be focusing its efforts on attracting user-choosers with a sub-150g/km model this summer with a new four-cylinder version of the XF. The new engine will be offered on a facelifted version of the car due to be unveiled in April.Read more....Road test: Volkswagen SharanA year ago, you'd have been forgiven for thinking the large people carrier segment in the UK was populated almost exclusively by dinosaurs. The Ford Galaxy was new in 2006, but the other big players in the sector felt rather familiar.Read more....BMW 740dBMW's 7 Series lost out to its smaller sibling, the 5 Series, in the Fleet News Awards best boardroom car category. The 5 Series, we surmised, offers everything a director could need in a car. Which begs the question, why would anyone want the 7 Series?Read more....Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDISeat's fleet penetration has increased significantly in recent years, thanks not just to some tax-friendly models, but the addition of the Exeo. If it's escaped you, it is basically a rebranded previous-generation Audi A4. Increasing its appeal is the addition of a diesel automatic to the range.Read more....Long-term test: Renault Laguna 2.0 dCiThe arrival of our new Renault Laguna has been the inspiration for a new guilty pleasure in the form of Renault TV. This digital TV channel (Sky Guide 883 or www.renault.tv in case you wondered) is a full television channel dedicated to all things Renault.Read more....Car reviews

Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar RecruitmentreviewsPeople newsNew fleet and remarketing director at MazdaSteve Jelliss has been appointed fleet and remarketing director at Mazda Motors UK after six years as after-sales director. He succeeds Peter Allibon who is now sales director.Read more...Oades to serve second term as FTA PresidentStewart Oades has been re-elected for a second two-year term as pres-ident of the Freight Transport Asso-ciation. Oades, who is a director of Palmer and Harvey and a trustee of international development charity Transaid, has more than 30 years' experience.Read more...New fleet sales director at VauxhallVauxhall has restructured its fleet team, appointing James Taylor as fleet sales director and creating a new role for Maurice Howkins. Taylor has been at Vauxhall for almost 12 years. He takes over from Howkins who is now fleet sales customer relation-ship director.Read more...Peugeot appoints new marketing directorMorgan Lecoupeur has been appointed director of marketing for Peugeot UK, replacing Christian Stein. Morgan takes up his position this month and will report to managing director Jon Goodman.Read more...SMMT appoints commercial vehicledevelopment managerThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has appointed Nigel Base as commercial vehicle devel-opment manager. Base was previ-ously aftermarket director at a premium truck manufacturer. Read more...Nissan appoints new fleet sales directorNissan Motor (GB) has promoted Barry Beeston to sales director, replacing Andy Woodall who recently left the company. Beeston joined Nissan in 1991.Read more...Mercedes-Benz appoints new presidentMarcus Breitschwerdt is the new president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK. He has moved from Mercedes-Benz Canada and takes over from Wilfried Steffen, who is moving to head of Daimler's Busi-ness Innovation Division in Stuttgart.Read more...International role for Alphabet's Mark SinclairMark Sinclair, who has led car leasing and management company Alphabet in the UK since 2007, is taking up a new role with Alphabet. Based in Munich, he will be co- ordinating Alphabet International's ambitious international development plan.Read more...