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Wholesale/retail sectorManufacturer newsFleet RemarketingprofileNews digestCar RecruitmentreviewsFleet profile Antalis McNaughtonThe initial stage was to make an assessment of Antalis McNaughton's fleet and determine governing factors such as fuel consumption, mileage and, perhaps most significantly, the carbon emissions per vehicle. Once this data was collated and analysed, Kirman and his team were able to implement strat-egies designed to reduce these figures.With an almost 50/50 split between company cars and grey fleet, one step was to reduce the CO2 cap to 160g/km for the vehicles supplied by Lex Autolease and to 180g/km for privately-owned vehicles. There is also an additional age cap on the grey vehicles, with no car older than seven years allowed to be used for business trips.Another key factor to the company's lowering of its environmental impact is the choice of vehicles offered to its drivers, as Kirman explains: "By care-fully selecting the right manufacturers that offer the right range of vehicles, drivers are guided towards models that have the lowest impact on the environ-ment as well as the lowest BIK implication. "And adding the latest generation of hybrids, such as the latest Toyota Prius, to the list greatly enhances the company's green credentials as well as reducing variable costs. With the increasing cost of fuel having a major impact it is essential we have the right vehi-cles that are both reliable and economical."Currently, the fleet is predominately diesel (90%) with the company-provided models being all diesel, but Kirman says that this is starting to change. More drivers are opting for petrol models which, although not as economical for all journey types, are available with lower offi-cial CO2 levels (which means lower BIK for staff) and do not have the associated NOx pollutants that diesels emit.Antalis McNaughton intends to progressively tighten controls relating to the acquisition of vehicles such as further reducing the CO2 cap on all its cars and exploring the possibilities opened up by the next generation of hybrids and electric vehicles. Additionally the paper merchant has installed teleconferencing facilities in its Coalville HQ and Basingstoke office to help company car drivers reduce unnecessary trips. It also encourages the use of public transport where practical. The company's logistics arm, GM2 logistics, has invested in two electric trucks for delivery in urban areas. These Modec vehicles demonstrate the company's investment and commitment to the envi-ronment as well as being efficient to run.And Antalis McNaughton has not ignored the health and safety aspect of its fleet during this carbon reducing period. "Last year we carried out a comprehensive risk management exercise for all drivers, both car and commercial, aimed at improving driving style and safety as well as highlighting those drivers identified as high risk," says Kirman.Continued160CO2 (g/km) cap for Antalis McNaughton's company cars

Wholesale/retail sectorManufacturernewsFleet RemarketingprofileNewsdigestCarRecruitmentreviewsRemarketingUsed values fall rekindles memories of 2008 marketYear-on-year unit sales fall by 28% to point to deterioration in used car trading conditionsBy Gareth RobertsOn the face of it the performance of the used car market in April could be put down to normal seasonal expectations.Figures from Manheim Remarketing reveal the fleet sector experienced a decrease in average values of 3% (£194) to £6,250.Meanwhile, the fleet sector fell by 1.7% (£132) to £7,413, with CAP performance dropping by more than three points to 93.3%, according to BCA.However, the critical issue for the fleet sector is falling conversion rates, which are generating an increasing number of re-entries.Year-on-year values are behind by £458, equiva-lent to a 5.8% drop against the record average values achieved in April 2010.Analysis from the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) reveals that year-on-year unit sales were down by 28% and fleet sales conversion rates were down from 75% to 65%.It believes this sizeable fall in conversion rates and the accompanying increase in the number of days that cars were on site before achieving a sale, add up to a deterioration in trading condi-tions. On re-entries, NAMA says for every month since January, prices at the second or subsequent time of asking became more depressed, culminating in an average differ-ence of £275 for April.BCA's Tony Gannon said: "This might be a pre-cursor to a sustained period of price pressure such as that experienced in 2008. However, our view is that the market is more robust and leaner now."The first signs of price pressure and falling demand in the used commercial vehicle market were recorded in April.Analysis from Manheim Remarketing reveals that average wholesale used van values fell by 2.3% (£92) to £3,852 in April. When compared with April 2010, average values are 12.8% (£564) lower. At BCA, figures show that average values fell by just over 5% (£211) compared to March. Values averaged £3,969, the first time values have dipped below £4,000 in 17 months and the lowest monthly average since November 2009. Volume decline was sharp in the fleet and lease LCV sector, where sold numbers decreased by more than 34%.Van values and volumes slide in commercial vehicle sector£6,250Fleet sector average value at Manheim