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Moneypenny launches Coronavirus screening tool for dealers

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Outsourced communication provider Moneypenny has launched a new online self-screening bot that can assure dealers that their customers have not been exposed to Covid-19 before visiting a showroom.

The new tool is designed to help dealerships and mechanics to check prospective customers are in good health before they visit by asking four key questions. 

It will ascertain whether any one is self-isolating, has any Covid-19 symptoms, has come into contact with anyone who has or is suspected of having the virus or if they feel unwell.

Joanna Swash (pictured), chief executive officer of Moneypenny, said: “We’ve developed this tool specifically to offer extra reassurance and give confidence to the sector and because it seemed a very natural extension to the support we already offer automotive businesses.

“By using the bot, businesses and consumers will have extra reassurance that both parties have been screened for symptoms before they come into contact with each other, and companies can rest assured that they’ve done as much as possible to protect visitors and staff.”

Businesses can choose to integrate the bot into their online booking system, or simply share a link to a brand-customised page which hosts the bot. Users access full analytics via their own individual portal and receive a real-time response email for every completed questionnaire to their chosen email addresses.

“This is not a substitute for observing social distancing and extra hand hygiene, but an extra layer of safety and due diligence to help the automotive market thrive again. With an incredibly simple set up that takes less than 24 hours and no long-term contracts, we expect Self-screening Bot to be a very welcome tool for UK dealerships and garages,” Swash added.

Source: https://www.am-online.com/news/supplier-news/2020/06/25/moneypenny-launches-coronavirus-screening-tool-for-dealers

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Bernhard Maier steps down as Skoda boss

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Skoda Auto will select a new chairman following the resignation of Bernhard Maier, who has led the Czech car maker for the last five years.

Maier began his professional career in 1984 at Nixdorf Computer AG, before joining BMW in 1988.

In 2001, he took over as chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche Deutschland GmbH, and in 2010 was appointed board member for sales and marketing at Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG. In this role, Maier is credited for radically modernised the trade and sales organisation.

Under his leadership, the international trade organisation expanded significantly, and worldwide customer deliveries tripled.

In November 2015, Maier was appointed chairman of the board of Skoda Auto. He led key aspects of the company’s reorientation in the areas of electromobility, digitalisation and connectivity, new mobility services and the implementation of a broad-based product campaign for the brand.

Under Maier’s leadership, Skoda introduced a new range of SUVs, including Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq and the Scala hatchback.

He also oversaw the development of the Enyaq iV – the first model designed purely as an electric vehicle. Sales increased to approx. 1.3 million vehicles per year, under Maier’s leadership and the brand achieved record figures for sales and operating profit.

Herbert Diess, chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group, said: “Bernhard Maier is one of the most experienced automotive managers in the Volkswagen Group. In his role as chairman of the board of Skoda Auto, he has made an extraordinary contribution to enhancing the brand’s profile. His years at Skoda are among the most successful in the company’s 125-year history. I would like to thank Bernhard Maier for this and almost two decades of particularly successful years, first at Porsche and then at Skoda.”

Maier’s successor will be elected in accordance with Czech law and subsequently announced at the first Board meeting of Skoda Auto in August 2020

Source: https://www.am-online.com/news/people-news/2020/07/10/bernhard-maier-steps-down-as-skoda-boss

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Caasta launches new ‘subscribe and drive’ mobility solution

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A new car subscription service claiming to offer a single monthly payment mobility for fleets and private motorists claims that it will help to drive the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).

Car subscription start-up Caasta, which is backed by Green Bison Group, aims to disrupt the fleet market, in particular, by helping businesses to manage their motoring costs and cash flow through the adoption of electrified vehicles on short-term contracts.

Caasta’s monthly subscription includes: fully comprehensive insurance where required; road tax; manufacturer’s recommended servicing; maintenance and repairs; UK breakdown and accident cover; glass repair and replacement tyres (subject to fair wear and tear). 

Vehicles are subject to a maximum 12-month loan and are guaranteed to not be over 12 months old or 12,000 miles.

Caasta chief executive, Mike Minahan, said: “Our aim is to offer a realistic alternative to traditional long-term finance contracts and the big upfront payments demanded by vehicle leasing providers.

“In these uncertain times the Caasta solution means one-less thing for business leaders to worry about – just add fuel or charge and leave the rest to us.

“We want to help businesses to manage their fleet and business vehicle costs with a trouble-free solution with fully insured and maintained quality vehicles wrapped up in a single monthly payment and the confidence that their maximum commitment is just 12 months.”

As well as being subject to a maximum 12-month contract, compared with typical four-year fleet contracts, Caasta allows ‘pooled mileage’ across its fleet to avoid or minimize excess mileage costs as well as a complimentary £500 damage waiver.

Businesses have the option to hand back any vehicle after the first three months with 14 days’ notice.

Caasta also offers a salary sacrifice service for the supply of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) to employees as part of its commitment to encouraging and supporting the transition to low emission and electric vehicles (EV).

By choosing this option members access the benefit in kind and tax incentives with Caasta managing the procurement and administration on behalf of their employers who are simply required to make the necessary pay role changes.

Minahan said: “The Caasta model has been developed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and today’s drivers. We have already signed up a number of businesses, large and small, who are keen to experience a new flexible approach to managing their business fleets without locking themselves into a typical four-year contract. S

o they can keep their options open while meeting their immediate needs for employees to be on the road, in a fully insured and maintained vehicle while helping them to manage cash-flow with a single fixed monthly fee per vehicle.”

Source: https://www.am-online.com/news/fleet/2020/07/10/caasta-launches-new-subscribe-and-drive-mobility-solution

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