Matt Dyer, President & CEO, LeasePlan USA, will present at Global Fleet Conference 2019. His session, Realizing Sustainable Mobility in the Digital Era, will explore how technology will play a significant role in the transition to sustainable transportation – both locally and globally. From the evolution of EVs and other low-emission technologies across the world, to developing strategies to sustain a healthy fleet.

Check back on our blog after the event for a roundup article and for key takeaways set to influence the industry.

Until then, watch the video below to hear about LeasePlan’s commitment to fully digitizing the service experience for our customers, and ultimately becoming a digital services integrator.



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Carolyn Edwards, senior vice president, client success at LeasePlan USA will speak at the 2019 Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia on May 22-24, 2019. She will present two of the program’s key sessions; “The Changing Face of Fleet Management” and “Women in Fleet Management.”

Women in Fleet Management (WIFM), the initiative that she founded back in 2012, now has a reach of over 1,700 fleet professionals via its associated AFLA membership, LinkedIn discussion groups and industry receptions. WIFM offers a number of programs, including periodic webinars focused on personal and professional development topics, a dedicated speaker session held in conjunction with the AFLA Annual Corporate Fleet Conference and a year-round mentorship program.

“I’m very much looking forward to presenting at AfMA and I’m excited to introduce Women in Fleet Management to our counterparts in the Australasian fleet industry,” said Edwards. “Starting WIFM is definitely something I consider one of my greatest accomplishments and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further increase our diversity and strength as an organization.”

An industry veteran of more than 28 years, Edwards has helped deliver millions of dollars in cost savings to clients through her consultative approach. Originally from an OEM background, she is today widely regarded and appreciated as a fleet industry authority and is perfectly placed to provide expert insights and analysis. Edwards continued, “WIFM has gone from strength to strength since its inception, and I’m proud to have been a part of that journey. It has given me both the opportunity to create something valuable and to one day leave behind a lasting legacy that I know future leaders will build on.”

To find out more about Women in Fleet Management please click here.

To find out more about AfMA please click here.

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Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to start their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway, according to AAA.

The long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation's roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6% increase.

"Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth," said Paula Twidale, Vice President, AAA Travel. "Families continue to prioritize spending their disposable incomes on travel, and near-record numbers of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day."

AAA predicts that during the 2019 Memorial Day holiday the vast majority of travelers – 37.6 million – will hit the road, the most on record for the holiday and 3.5% more than last year.

INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers and Washington, D.C., could see three times the delay.

"Drivers in the most congested metros should expect much worse conditions than normal," said Trevor Reed, Transportation Analyst, INRIX. "Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day. Our advice to drivers is to avoid the morning and evening commuting times or plan alternate routes."

AAA to rescue more than 353,000 motorists
AAA expects to be called on to rescue more than 353,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons for call outs.

AAA recommends motorist take their vehicles to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a road trip. Be prepared for emergencies with a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit, and drinking water and snacks for all passengers.

Source: AAA, eDriving

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  • Airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not function in a crash due to faulty electrical signals entering the airbag computer, according to a NHTSA investigation.
  • While it’s not a recall, the investigation covers more than 12 million cars between the 2010 and 2019 model years.
  • The investigation is not related to the Takata recalls.

As many as 12.3 million late-model cars may have defective airbags that won’t deploy in a crash, and as records indicate, at least eight people may have died as a result.

An ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into airbag control units manufactured by ZF-TRW found evidence of two crashes involving 2018 and 2019 Toyota models in which their airbags did not deploy. One person died, which has prompted NHTSA to gather crash data from all automakers that installed these particular airbag computers on their cars between the 2010 and 2019 model years, including Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, and Toyota.

Stray electrical signals entering the car’s wiring between its crash sensors and the airbag control unit can disable or damage the control unit due to “electrical overstress.” The frontal airbags, side airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners are all potentially affected by the computer failure. Since opening the investigation in March 2018 after learning of six crashes involving Hyundai and Kia models where the airbags did not deployleading to four deaths and six injuries in those carsNHTSA has found that certain cars use varying levels of signal protection to prevent this from happening.

After those crashes, Hyundai and Kia recalled more than 1 million cars between February and June 2018. NHTSA said these cars used the “lowest levels of [circuit] protection” while Hyundai and Kia models outside the recall had “higher levels of protection.” In September 2016, FCA recalled 1.4 million cars for the same problemafter at least three people died and another five were injured in crashes. NHTSA said that the FCA vehicles under recall used a “midlevel” circuit protection and that these defects had only occurred so far in FCA models with sensor wiring harnesses routed across the front of the vehicles.

The potential defect is not related to the Takata airbag inflator recall in which the airbags deploy and shoot shrapnel into the driver’s face. The investigation, which does not include every FCA, Hyundai, or Kia model previously recalled, does not necessarily preclude a new recall nor does it assume that a defect exists. But the likelihood is high that it does. Here are the cars currently included in the investigation:


2012-2014 TSX, TSX sport wagon, and TL; 2015-2017 TLX; 2014-2019 RLX (including hybrid)


2010-2011 Nitro


2012-2019 500


2012-2014 Ridgeline; 2012-2015 Civic (including natural gas and hybrid); 2012-2016 CR-V; 2012-2017 Fit and 2013-2014 Fit EV; 2013-2015 Accord and 2014-2014 Accord hybrid


2013-2019 Sonata (including hybrid)


2010-2012 Liberty; 2010-2018 Wrangler; 2015-2017 Compass and Patriot


2012-2016 Optima Hybrid; 2013 Forte and Forte Koup; 2013-2019 Optima; 2014 Sedona


2013 Outlander; 2013-2017 Lancer (including Evolution, Ralliart, and Sportback)


2009-2012 Ram 1500; 2010-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500; 2011-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500


2011-2013 Corolla Matrix; 2011-2019 Corolla; 2012-2017 Sequoia and Tundra; 2012-2018 Avalon (including hybrid); 2012-2019 Tacoma


Source: Car and Driver

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, 15 May 2019 – LeasePlan Corporation N.V. (LeasePlan; the "Company"), one of the world's leading Car-as-a-Service ("CaaS") companies and a leading Pan-European used-car market place, today reports its Q1 results.

Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan:

"We delivered solid results in both of our businesses this quarter, while continuing to make significant strategic investments in and our Digital LeasePlan initiative.

In our core Car-as-a-Service business for new cars, which operates under the LeasePlan brand, our fleet grew a healthy 3% and we delivered solid growth in our Repair & Maintenance Services and Damage & Insurance services. We also successfully issued our first ever Green Bond, which we will use to purchase or refinance electric vehicles. The high level of demand for the bond was a clear indication of support from European investors for our sustainability strategy and will help us accelerate the transition to zero emission mobility., our disruptive, digital, used-car marketplace, continued to grow rapidly, supported by a new store opening and our continued commitment to revolutionizing the customer experience for used-car customers.

Going forward, we will continue to invest in in order to accelerate its growth. We will also continue to invest in our Digital LeasePlan program, through which we are bringing LeasePlan firmly into the digital world."


Q1 2019 financial highlights

  • Net result stable at EUR 132.0 million
  • Underlying net result down 7.1% to EUR 149.6 million due to long-term strategic investments in Digital and of EUR 16.8 million
  • Serviced fleet up 3.1% with growth in both Europe and Rest of the World
  • Lease & Additional Services (CaaS) underlying Gross Profit up 4% to EUR 390.8 million
  • Profit and Loss on Disposal of Vehicles (PLDV) and End of Contract Fees underlying Gross Profit down from EUR 25.2 million to EUR 18.8 million as a result of EUR 10.8 million lower PLDV
  • B2C volumes up 40% to 14,700 vehicles in Q1 and a 21% runrate for B2C sales penetration, Used Car as a Service (UCaaS) contracts up 22%
  • Underlying return on equity down slightly to 16.7%


To read the full financial report, please click here.

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