Professional Driver Features


Professional Driver is launching ProDriver Live

Pro-Driver-LIVE-logo-WEB 300At this special two-day event to be held on September 14-15, 2015, you’ll be able to:

DRIVE the latest new cars with the right specification for the professional driver
COMPARE competing cars back-to-back – including all the latest, hottest new models
TALK to executives from the car manufacturers and tailor the best deal for your business
LEARN about how to run your business more efficiently in an exclusive free seminar programme
MEET key suppliers and see the latest products and services aimed at our industry
NETWORK with other operators and drivers from all over the UK

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Preview – 2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

A day trip to Stuttgart, and it’s deja vu time. I’ve been here before, just seven months ago, for a very similar purpose. The venue is Mercedes-Benz’s Sindelfingen technical centre, and we’re here to look at a car. Seven months ago that was the new S-Class; now it’s another vehicle that’s just as important for the chauffeur sector.

This time, we’re getting a glimpse of the V-Class, which will replace the Viano next Spring. Note the name change – Mercedes is bringing in consistency to its badging policy, and more importantly, it’s letting us know where the new big MPV sits in the range. As design chief Martin Kreidl enthusiastically puts it: “This is a car!”

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Inside story: the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-class

Mercedes is taking no chances. Cameras and mobile phones are checked in at the desk, and we’re ushered into a darkened room, deep within Mercedes’ advanced technical centre near Stuttgart.

I’m here with an elite group of UK journalists to see what’s inside the room - three examples of 2013’s most anticipated car, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-class. But there’s a catch – Mercedes wants us to see the car from the inside only. So the three cars are covered with light-absorbing black material, hiding the car’s distinctive lines.

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Geneva Show

Supercars and city cars may have grabbed the headlines at the Geneva Motor Show – but there was plenty of interest for the chauffeuring and private hire market - across the full spectrum from Bentley to Dacia. Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa hasn’t missed a Geneva Show since 1992 – here are his highlights of the 2013 event.

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Professional Driver launches QSi Awards for Chauffeur and Private Hire operators

QSI 200Professional Driver magazine is on a quest... to find the best. We are proud to announce the QSi Awards - Quality, Service and Innovation, designed to reward the best and most innovative operators and drivers within our bustling and growing industry.

The Professional Driver QSi Awards are open to every chauffeur and private hire company in the UK. And with 10 categories, there's something for every size and type of operator, from one-man chauffeurs to large private hire fleets. Special categories will reward innovations in marketing, environmental performance and local community activities.

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