FIAT has launched an all-new dealer programme to help develop the marque’s fleet sales. The manufacturer believes small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a key focus for its sales growth in the corporate sector during 2008.
The view is that of Fiat’s fleet and remarketing director Adam Pumfrey. Announcing its new Dealer Fleet Specialist programme, he believes hundreds of thousands of smaller companies who run handfuls of company cars or vans provide a real sales opportunity for the brand.
This focus across the new Fiat Fleet Specialist network combines with Fiat’s corporate sales team’s work with larger fleets and contract hire companies to increasingly educate drivers and fleet managers alike about Fiat’s low CO2 range of cars.
‘Our aim is to establish a group of dealers that will employ dedicated people to focus on developing relationships with fleets in their local area,’ explained Pumfrey.
‘Our regional corporate sales team will work with each dealer to help them identify fleet prospects and to convert these relationships into sales.
‘Having more contact with local companies and dealer staff who are trained to manage the needs of smaller fleets should see greater awareness of the Fiat range and ultimately increased sales.’
Fiat has been talking to dealers for the past couple of months and is in the progress of appointing 10 dealer fleet specialists in 2008 and to eventually grow the network to around 15.
Each dealer will be set a local fleet sales target, employ a dedicated fleet sales resource and run dedicated corporate demonstrators within the dealership. Finance training will be provided to enable each fleet specialist to engage with companies about a wide range of finance options including contract hire and contract purchase.
Each Fleet Specialist will also offer a comprehensive aftersales service for fleets which includes a collection and delivery service in their local area for company car drivers who need their car serviced.
‘We are spending more time and money on marketing to the fleet market and we want to link this interest at a local level into our Fleet Specialist dealers,’ added Pumfrey. ‘There are countless numbers of smaller companies who don’t run a structured fleet policy and who want something that is both stylish and practical enough on running costs.’