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Fleet thumbs-up for improved Mondeo and Vectra

FLEETS have given an almost unqualified thumbs up to the face-lifted Mondeo and improved Vectra. Fleet managers believe both Ford and Vauxhall have done enough to maintain their market dominance and the addition of air conditioning across 60% of the Vectra range looks like a particular winner.

Industry comments:

Roger Glenwright, fleet manager, Siemens

At Siemens where fleet manager Roger Glenwright is in charge of 2,500 cars, the mostly-Vauxhall buyer said: 'They have done enough. I personally see no threat to the big two who are both producing good cars. Changing the Mondeo makes it look stunning and gives it a very big visual impact. Both vehicles represent good value for money and great packaging. It is surprising that they both continue to leak market share because I don't think the competition is that good. The market leaders have got it right and I don't think it matters which horse you back. I can understand the competition wanting a slice of the cake but I cannot understand why my peer group helps them to get it.'

Geoff Cobley, managing director, Fleet Management Services

Fleet Management Services managing director Geoff Cobley said the Mondeo's superficial changes would see it continue to do well. He added: 'But I think the Vectra is the best car in the segment considering everything. Fleet managers like its economy and the drivers enjoy its performance and handling. The 406 is attractive but I don't believe in operating costs it will match the Vectra or the Mondeo in the long term. The switch to the 406 has more to do with drivers just wanting a change.'

Gary Kent, fleet manager, Dun and Bradstreet

Gary Kent, fleet manager at Dun and Bradstreet was looking forward to driving the Mondeo as soon as possible but noted its appearance was greatly improved in pictures.

Di Rees, fleet manager, Leo Laboratories'

Leo Laboratories' fleet manager Di Rees said the adjustable steering wheel now on the Vectra was something that should have been there from the start and she remained unconvinced by the in-car navigation equipment.

Colin Burns, fleet manager. Littlewoods'

Littlewoods' fleet manager Colin Burns, who still gives his drivers a free choice, said take-up on Mondeo and Vectra had been poor this year for no obvious reason. But he did think drivers were switching to the Peugeot 406 along with the Citroen Xantia since it came with free air conditioning. Renault's Laguna was still popular with user-choosers. He said: 'I don't believe the Ford and Vauxhall changes are enough to make a difference here.'

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