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BMW named most sought after manufacturer for company car ownership. BMW Fleet News / 28-Oct-2014

BMW named most sought after manufacturer for company car ownership.

In a survey of over 2,000 fleet decision makers, 19% voted BMW as the most desirable car for them to own.
Simon Staplehurst, Commercial Manager at Sewells Research and Insight who conducted the survey, recognised that “Fleet Managers [are] torn between delivering what their drivers want, which is everyday prestige, against what their budgets can deliver.”
BMW bridges the gap between these two requirements, offering the prestige of a premium brand, whilst also providing a selection of small to mid-size vehicles that come with exceptional practicality and efficiency.
Simon Staplehurst added, “Although premium brand cars will cost more in the short term, the re-sale values are higher, making them a cost effective option for businesses looking to entice and reward employees with a company car.

Tax discs abolished from October 1 2014. BMW Fleet News / 20-Oct-2014

Tax discs abolished from October 1 2014.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is changing. From October 1, UK vehicles are now no longer required to display a tax disc in the windscreen, although VED is still payable for cars driven or registered on the road.
Automatic Number Plate Readers (ANPR) will be used by the DVLA and police to check compliance entirely electronically in future, a move that’s anticipated to save some £10million a year in fleet and leasing company administration.
The DVLA will still send out reminders before the VED is due to expire and refunds will be paid automatically, although vehicle sellers will be responsible for informing the DVLA of a change of ownership by completing and returning form V5C, or risk a possible £1,000 fine.
Sellers will get an automatic refund for any full calendar months of vehicle tax left. And as tax will no longer be transferable with a vehicle, a buyer will need to ensure a car is licensed before driving it.
The changes mean a driver – not necessarily the registered owner – could be issued with a non-endorsable fixed penalty for driving an untaxed car. Similarly, an owner can be fined £80 for using an untaxed car (one not registered with a Statutory Off Road Notice, or SORN) and may also be charged back tax.
To check on the status of your vehicle’s tax, visit www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

BMW Group UK Encourages Girls to go Technical BMW Technology / 24-Sep-2014

BMW Group UK Encourages Girls to go Technical

Girls have an exciting and unique opportunity to follow MINI production from body panels to engine building to a completed car rolling off the line on BMW Group UK’s 2014 Girls Go Technical programme. The programme encourages young females aged between 15 and 24 to consider a technical career within automotive manufacturing and will run during half-term from Monday 27th October – Friday 31st October at the three plants in the company’s MINI and BMW UK production network in Birmingham, Oxford and Swindon.
Simon Farrall, Head of Apprentice and Associate Training at BMW Group UK said: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for our manufacturing plants. The automotive industry is still considered as a more appropriate career path for boys and our programme is designed to address this inequality and attract more girls to consider a technical career in this field.
“On completion of the programme, the participants will have gained an insight into the manufacturing processes and experienced the day-to-day challenges encountered by engineers and technical apprentices as well as augmenting their interview and job application skills.”
The girls will spend four days at the heart of MINI and BMW’s UK production network not only at the manufacturing site closest to their home region for in-depth work experience but also touring MINI Plant Oxford where they will see MINIs being built.  
All participants will have the opportunity to take part in activities in the Oxford plant’s bespoke training school featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated computer study areas and a fully-equipped workshop.
“Working in the car manufacturing industry is an absolutely amazing experience”, said Rebecca Pallet, a current apprentice at MINI Plant Oxford. “I’ve always wanted to be able to build cars and with BMW Group’s support I can now pursue my dreams. I hope my example will encourage other girls to apply for our apprenticeship programme.”

The BMW 2 Series Convertible / 17-Sep-2014

The BMW 2 Series Convertible

The BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW announced the arrival of the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible on 10th September. It will join the 2 Series Coupé and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015, with prices starting at £29,180 OTR. The new car replaces the 1 Series Convertible, the most successful car in its class with global sales of more than 130,000 units, and the only one with rear-wheel drive. 
The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. Fuel economy improvements over the previous model average 18 per cent. The 2 Series Convertible also brings significant improvements in passenger space and access, acoustic comfort, style, dynamism and equipment, while the ConnectedDrive services for the first time include wireless updating of navigation data. 
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish.  

BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News. BMW Fleet News / 02-Sep-2014

BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News.

We are pleased to announce that BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News. This was voted for by the Fleet200; a group of fleet operators collectively running half a million fleet vehicles, within some of the UK’s biggest businesses across a vast number of industry sectors.
The survey also found BMW models to be among the most popular cars for fleets, appearing on more choice lists than many other manufacturers. The national survey, forming part of a research project into the fleet market, was carried out by Fleet News sister company Sewells Research & Insight, an innovative automotive insight business.
The Fleet200 was created in 2010 to provide a unique insight into key trends and changes in the fleet market. Members include representatives from the UK’s largest 200 fleets. They meet four times a year to discuss key industry issues, providing an annual update sent directly to end-user fleet operators.
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