Tough decisions are a constant challenge for fleets. Particularly when sands are shifting as quickly as 2018’s unprecedented changes in legislation and new technology. It’s been a year of tax reform, political instability and the disruption of a new fuel economy test regime, while connected, autonomous and electric vehicles added new considerations for operators.
The outlook for 2019 has some political hurdles still to jump. Just as the World harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regime begins to settle in for cars, offering more representative fuel economy data for end-users, we’re now starting to see the commercial vehicle sector go through the same process 12 months later.
This year should also bring a little clarity on plans for ‘clean air zones’ in cities nationwide, as well as the Government’s direction on vehicle excise duty for commercial vehicles – due to be announced in the 2019 Finance Bill. We can also expect clarity on the future of Benefit-in-Kind bands before this year is over, paving the way for fleets to make easier long-term decisions.
In the meantime, Renault has plenty to look forward to. New Kadjar has arrived and sees its debut this year, strengthening what is already one of our best-selling products in both fleet and retail and a pillar of our SUV range – which now spans from the compact Captur to the luxurious Koleos flagship. All-New Clio will also break cover during 2019, set to redefine segment benchmarks with a line-up including efficiency-boosting E-Tech petrol-hybrid drivetrain.
Hybrid technology builds on Renault’s established electric mobility expertise. Our range of 100% electric vehicles spans from the eye-catching Twizy quadricycle, through to the New Master Z.E. van, backed by years of feedback and know-how to offer customers looking to make the switch. Paired with our Renault Pro+ specialist dealers and services for commercial vehicle operators, we have the infrastructure in place to support you whatever challenges 2019 brings your way.
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Head of Fleet
Groupe Renault UK