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Oil giant in fleet shake-up

OIL giant TotalFinaElf has announced a restructuring of its fleet policy for its 1,500 cars to a three badge deal incorporating Renault, Nissan and Citroen.

Previously the firm was supplied with Vauxhall and Renault cars, but the decision to change, according to TotalFinaElf's strategic sourcing director Julian Power, was made because of the three manufacturers' emissions effectiveness, particularly in diesels, and for economic reasons.

Power was particularly impressed with early viewing of the new Primera due out in March, which swung him towards. The firm has already taken delivery of some Citroen C5s as part of its new policy. That model, the Laguna and Primera will make up most of the fleet as it is replaced over the next two years, although at various levels other models from the manufacturers will be offered. Cars will have a planned life with the company of between three and four years.

Power claimed his drivers are now ready for next year's changes to CO2 emission-based tax changes, through seminars TotalFinaElf has run and information on its intranet site.

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