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Fleet News Drive - ride and drive events for the fleet industry

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To register online for a ticket to Fleet News Drive click here.

Bringing the fleet industry together at Oulton Park.

Some of the biggest manufacturers in fleet are preparing to bring their latest models to the Fleet News ride and drive event at Oulton Park. These cars will soon be making their way on to drivers' wish lists.

Will you be prepared when they knock on your door asking for your advice? How will you know that the next 'big thing' from your favoured manufacturer deserves a place on your fleet choice list?

There is one way to ensure you have all the answers – come and test drive the cars yourself at Oulton Park on April 30/May 1 at the Fleet News Drive.

The track has been made available exclusively to Fleet News - plus road routes and a 4x4 course for offroaders - allowing visitors the freedom to test drive and assess cars thoroughly at their leisure, share opinions with their peers and quiz senior manufacturer figures on running costs, specification levels, service costs and residual values.

The manufacturers attending are Fiat, Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford, Mazda, Toyota, Citroen, Volvo, Subaru, MG Rover and Honda. A full list of the cars is given below.

Boosting the 'must-attend' appeal of each event is a series of business seminars being held on each day by professional services organisation Andersen.

A Citroen spokesman said of its decision to attend: 'There is no substitute for a fleet manager in making an assessment of a car than to be able to feel and drive it. We will be proud to present the new C3 to UK fleets at Fleet News Drive.'

He said Citroen's new small car, the radically shaped C3, will be presented at Oulton Park, providing fleet managers with their first chance to ge their hands on the car in the UK. C3 goes on sale in May.

Designed for those in fleet, finance, human resources and directors and managers, Fleet News Drive cannot be missed.

##Miss big--right## Places are strictly limited so make sure you book early to guarantee your place at the ride and drive event of the year.

To register online for a ticket to Fleet News Drive click here.

Alternatively, ring the ticket hotline number, 0870 429 4376.

Or you can book a place by emailing David Cooper (davidc@mdmltd.com) by clicking here.
Please include your name, job title, company name and address and fleet size.

Latest news:

  • Hyundai says it will be attending the final ride and drive event at Oulton Park on April 30/May 1 (April 12, 2002).

  • Ford's test drive line-up will include its electric two-seater Th!nk car (April 4, 2002)

  • MG Rover brings the number of manufacturers attending Fleet News Drive to 11 (April 4, 2002)

  • Citroen confirms test fleet line-up to include six C3s (March 26, 2002)

  • Fiat, Jaguar and Land Rover confirm their attendance at each event. (March 25, 2002)

  • Ford reveals it will be bringing the ST170 high performance Focus to Fleet News Drive. (March 22, 2002)

  • Pirelli will bring two rally cars and qualified drivers to give a taste of high speed, nail-biting action at each event (March 14, 2002).

  • Mazda says ride and drives will present 'excellent opportunity' to showcase its vehicles to key fleet decision makers (March 12, 2002).

  • Citroen says it will present its new small car, the C3 at each event. (March 7 2002)

  • Volvo confirms it will attend Fleet News Drive. (March 6, 2002)

  • Citroen has confirmed it will be attending the ride and drive events. (March 5, 2001).

  • Major fleet manufacturers including Ford, Honda, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota, have signed up to bring their latest models to the ride and drives.

    Seminars, presented by Andersen, will be held throughout each day, covering key fleet topics that have a major impact on the operation of modern-day fleets. A number of these will also count towards professional qualifications for accountants and finance directors.

    The seminar programme:

    Tax and accounting – an analysis of the latest issues, including the impact of the Green Budget announcements, as well as details on the European Court of Justice ruling on VAT on employee expenses, and the planned accounting regulations for the disclosure of a company's lease commitments.

    European aspects - an insight into the key issues surrounding the Block exemption regulations, with focussed analysis drawn from the Andersen report to the Commission. The emphasis will be on tax and legal aspects.

    Trends - an update attendees on the latest shifts in the market, from the growing popularity of diesel to the challenge of uncertain residuals, plus a review of the Government's transport policy, and the implications for future environmentally-based tax policies.

    Company cars - an analysis of the impact of the new emissions-based taxation system, and its influence on fleet choices – plus an insight into the latest innovations in fleet management.

    Private fuel - how does provision of this forgotten benefit affect both the business, and the employees? A summary of the issues, and a potential solution.

    Plus - an up-to-the-minute commentary on Budget (& Pre-Budget) announcements, and other industry developments as appropriate.

    The vehicles available for test driving:

    ST170 Focus
    ST220 Mondeo
    Mondeo 2.5 Ghia
    Focus TDCi Zetec
    Fiesta TDCi Zetec
    Fiesta 1.6 Ghia
    Focus 2.0 Ghia
    Galaxy 2.3 LX
    Maverick 3.0 litre
    Th!nk electric two-seater

    Xsara 2.0i VTS
    Xsara Picasso 2.0 Hdi Exclusive
    C5 2.0 HDI Exclusive
    C5 3.0 V6 Exclusive SE Estate
    C5 2.0 HPi Exclusive SE

    Stilo 2.4 Abarth
    Stilo 1.9 JTD Dynamic
    Stilo 1.8 petrol

    S2000 GT
    Civic Type-R
    Accord Type-R
    CR-V SE Sport
    Stream SE Sport
    Jazz SE Sport
    CR-V SE Sport
    Civic 5dr SE Executive
    Accord Type-V
    CR-V SE Sport

    X-Type 2.0-litre
    X-Type 3.0-litre
    S-Type 2.5-litre

    Land Rover:
    Defender 110 high capacity pick-up
    Freelander 2.5GS softback auto
    Freelander TD4 s/wagon auto
    Discovery TD5 GS 5-seater
    Discovery TD5 S 5-seater
    Discovery TD5 GS 7-seater

    Tribute 4x4

    MG Rover
    MG TF
    Rover 45 diesel
    Rover 75 saloon diesel
    Rover 75 2.5 V6
    Rover 75 Tourer
    MG ZT-T
    MG ZT 190
    MG ZS (180 and 120)
    MG ZR160

    Impreza 2.0-litre STi
    Impreza WRX STi Type UK
    Impreza WRX
    Impreza 2.0-litre GX
    Forester S Turbo
    Forester All-Weather Pack
    Legacy H6 Outback 3-litre
    Legacy 2.5-litre GX estate

    Coupe 2.7 V6
    Santa Fe 2.0 TD
    Sonata 2.7 V6

    Corolla T Sport
    Corolla T Spirit
    Corolla Verso
    Corolla T3
    Celica T-Sport
    Land Cruiser Amazon
    Land Cruiser Colorado

    S60 D5
    S60 2.0T
    V70 D5
    S40 1.9D
    V40 1.8-litre
    S80 2.4-litre

    Oulton Park. By road: From the north, approach using the M6 southbound and come off at Junction 19. Take the A556 towards Chester and follow for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto the A49 and follow signs to the circuit.

    By rail: The nearest railway station is Chester, 20 minutes from the track.

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