Jaguar Land Rover’s UK fleet and business general manager Jon Wackett (pictured) discusses its growth and hopes for the year ahead.
FN: What models have fleets been excited about on your stand this year?
Jon Wackett (JW): We've had excellent feedback on the new Discovery and F-Pace and we have the new Range Rover Velar on display ahead of its launch next month. Having these new additions at CCIA, alongside trusted models like the Discovery Sport, Evoque, XE and XF gives a chance to showcase the full and growing portfolio from Jaguar Land Rover
FN: What are your hopes for 2017?
JW: We are planning steady, consistent growth across the whole of our portfolio in the next 12 months, and we're looking forward to bringing these to our customers. There are incremental models and new engine options for existing models due in both marques that we know our customers will love.
FN: What’s the biggest challenge for fleets this year?
JW: The industry is facing a multitude of challenges, taxation and legislation changes and the economic situation post-Brexit to name a few. For us, the negative perception of diesel-powered vehicles is a concern. While our customers continue to enjoy the benefits of efficient Euro 6 diesel powered vehicles, there is a general mis-education about NOx and diesel. We hope that this will soon be resolved and the image of diesel is rightly restored.