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Manufacturers to drop delivery charges 'soon'

FOLLOWING moves towards all-inclusive pricing by Saab, SEAT, Volkswagen and Rover earlier this year, the rest of the industry is expected to follow suit and ditch delivery charges in the near future.

The car-makers' stance has softened after widespread calls for the abolition of delivery charges from the fleet industry - most recently from Fleet Management Services and the Association of Car Fleet Operators.

A Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders spokesman said: 'This issue has been discussed in depth by our members and the general view is that as some quite large manufacturers have started publishing on-the-road prices, it is inevitable that everyone will ultimately follow suit. The feeling is that this is the way forward and that it will happen sooner rather than later.'

ACFO believes a number of manufacturers will announce a move to all-inclusive pricing at October's International Motor Show, but the spokesman said the SMMT would not be making any specific recommendations on the issue.

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