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SBTMotoring News Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Leads the Way with Standard Autonomous Emergency Braking Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems, meaning all customers ordering a new Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van from 1 June will be guaranteed safety as standard. Not only does autonomous emergency braking have the potential to reduce the number and severity of accidents, it has also been proven to cut third party injury insurance claims by 45%. For van drivers and fleet

Vauxhall Offers Grand Deal to Young Drivers

Vauxhall is helping young drivers (aged 18-24) cover the initial cost of getting on the road, with a £1,000 (including VAT) insurance contribution when they buy a Corsa Limited Edition. Young drivers can combine the insurance contribution with one of Vauxhall’s great finance offers, helping to make the cost of motoring more affordable. With a variety of competitive offers to choose from, including Personal Contract Payment plans, the Corsa is a fantastic option to get young drivers on the road. “We are all aware of the high insurance premiums faced by young drivers, so to help young drivers get on the road Vauxhall has introduced a £1,000 insurance contribution programme,” said Leon Caruso, Vauxhall’s Retail Sales Director. “The Corsa Limited Edition is a great choice as a first or second car, with dynamic design features and superb connectivity, all backed up by excellent safety equipment.”

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operators, this means lower costs as well as less downtime thanks to fewer crashes and therefore drivers and vans kept on the road – and working – for longer. In addition, vehicles fitted with autonomous braking systems have an average insurance premium reduction of 10% compared to those that don’t. Head of Marketing,

Sarah Cox, said: “Producing safe, reliable vans has been at the heart of our brand for over 60 years. But technology is advancing at a pace and we’re continually seeing more and better ways to keep drivers safe on the road.”

Nissan Motor GB Appoints New Aftersales Director Nissan Motor (GB) Limited has announced the appointment of Chris Marsh as UK Aftersales Director, with responsibility for developing Nissan’s aftersales performance in the UK, effective 1st June 2017. Chris has held a variety of senior marketing, sales operations and dealer network development roles at Nissan and with a strong aftersales background, he brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the role. Chris said: “Nissan has seen significant and consistent growth in

sales and vehicle parc over the last five years which presents a huge aftermarket opportunity for the network. I look forward to developing this further and driving dealer profitability, whilst also ensuring we provide the highest level of service to our customers.” Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, also added: “Chris is a highly experienced member of the senior team. I’m delighted that he will be heading up the aftersales team to drive quality, strengthen operations and increase revenues.”

Growing Construction Sector Needs Fast Access to Vehicles As the UK construction sector grew by 1.8% in the first quarter, Europcar UK is highlighting the sector’s need for specialist vehicles at short notice. Specialist Vehicle Director at Europcar, Stuart Russell said: “The UK construction sector has seen continued growth year on year. But keeping up demand with the right equipment – including vehicles – is a challenge. Added to which, the sector doesn’t necessarily want to make long-term financial commitments. Europcar has, therefore, focused on creating a commercial fleet that includes the

specialist vehicles needed by the construction sector, from bespoke vans with special racking, tow bars and tool boxes. We have a wide selection of vehicles available across our UK network, which are ready to rent at just four hours’ notice.” With van and specialist vehicle hire available for as little as three days or as long as three years, businesses don’t have to worry about being locked into long-term agreements. And they can increase and decrease their fleet with no penalties, removing financial risk and helping firms respond to fluctuating demand.

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