3 cars to change fleet management in 2016

The transition into the new year is an important time for any fleet manager around Australia. Not only is it an opportunity to take some time off and enjoy the sunshine, it's the perfect moment to reflect on the year that was and start planning for what's to come. 

The new year is the perfect time to assess fleet capabilities.

For fleet managers, this is likely to mean assessing their fleets' capabilities, including which type of vehicle performed well and where there's room for further improvement. In many cases, this involves wondering whether it's worth purchasing new cars to replace older models.

As safety systems become more advanced and fuel consumption continues to drop, it's important to keep a fleet up to date.

Here are three new vehicles that fleet managers should keep their eye on heading into 2016. 

1. BMW 3-series eHybrid

Although it's one of BMW's most popular models, the 3-series is not immune to changing with the times. In the past, the platform has been the basis for some of the German marque's fastest creations, with engineers turning the humble base model into the predatory M3. 

Now, there's set to be a version that prioritises reduced fuel consumption over peak performance, enabling fleet managers to secure a luxury fleet vehicle that also does its utmost to preserve the environment. 

2. 2016 Mini Clubman

Next year's Mini Clubman is a well-crafted meeting of style and substance. Sporting the classic good looks that made the original Mini so desirable, the Clubman expands on this concept - literally. 

The Clubman is a station wagon version of the latest Mini Cooper, and boasts a much-needed boost to practicality the hatch can't quite match. Despite its newfound practical edge, the Clubman remains fairly discrete compared to other vehicles on the road. 

Mini is claiming a fuel economy of 5.4 litres for every 100 kilometres travelled, signalling a commitment to efficiency as well as practicality. For fleet managers who want to get the job done while standing out from the crowd, there are few better options than the Clubman. 

Tight city streets are no match for the Clubman.Tight city streets are no match for the Clubman.

3. 2016 Volvo XC90 T8

No vehicle better represents current automotive trends like the upcoming Volvo XC90 T8. The Swedish vehicle is not only an SUV - the platform of choice for many drivers throughout Australia - it's also a hybrid, representing the industry's commitment to make every type of vehicle as efficient as possible. 

Combine these features with Volvo's legendary commitment to safety, and fleet managers gain a vehicle capable of managing any situation.