Businesses could improve their profitability by running a more cost-effective van fleet thanks to a new telematics service introduced by a Guildford company.

Volkswagen Van Centre Guildford has introduced the cost-effective service which aims to manage fuel costs and increase vehicle efficiency for businesses which operate a fleet of vans.

The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles telematics system has been engineered to operate on fleets of any size and the service, which is a partnership between Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Finance* and the RAC, also provides businesses with real-time data reporting through an easy-to-access customisable portal, accessible via laptop, tablet or smartphone.

As part of the cost-effective fleet management service, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s telematics provision includes a ‘Driverline’ concierge service which enables customers to book servicing and maintenance appointments with their local van centre.

Other key product benefits include collision detection, fuel and CO2 monitoring, service alerts, service scheduling and geo-fencing.

David Bailiss, head of business at Volkswagen Van Centre Guildford, said: “We recognise that running a cost-effective fleet is vital in maintaining a profitable business which is why more companies are introducing telematics to their fleet.

“Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ bespoke system has been developed to be compatible with almost any vehicle in the market, enabling mixed vehicle fleet customers to manage their entire fleet through one system; without the need for additional software or hardware costs.

“Our telematics system is a comprehensive solution, which can help companies to reduce fuel costs, extend the life span of parts and components, and optimise vehicle efficiency. It’s been designed to offer the level of quality and technical innovation that our customers expect from Volkswagen. It is much more than just a method for tracking driver behaviour and vehicle locations.’

The new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle telematics system was launched in February 2015. For information on its capabilities and cost call the Guildford van centre on 01483 367251.