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BusinessCar hits 200 issues

Date: 25 August 2014   |   Author:

As BusinessCar magazine passes a big milestone, Tom Seymour takes a look back at the first issue of this leading industry publication
We considered Labour politician Gordon Brown as the key fleet figure in our BusinessCar Power List (above) that also includes some big names no longer part of the day-to-day corporate marketplace in 2014

BusinessCar has reached a historic milestone with its 200th issue providing eight years of essential news, company car reviews and analysis to the fleet industry.

Born out of Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazines, the first edition hit desks on 13 September 2006 with the launch of the BusinessCar Power List - the definitive rundown of the industry's most influential people that remains the definitive list to this day, and will appear for the ninth time next month.

When the first BusinessCar was published, the fleet and leasing industry was largely unaware of the looming recession that would hit within two years, broadband was not widely available yet, and the new car market was in rude health, outpacing 2013's figure of 2.0 million at 2.3 million registrations.

Looking through the pages of issue one reveals some interesting talking points (see right), some of which are amusing given the passage of time and knowing the key pressures for business car drivers today. Over the next few pages you'll find the key issues from the very first issue.