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Paris - it wasn't all just shiny new metal

Date: 11 October 2006

The Paris motor show was a big one for business cars - it was maybe even more relevant than normal for those people planning the future shape of their business car fleet.

While the Mondeo predictably grabs the attention, other important models in the French capital highlights the growing trend sideways away from traditional hatchbacks and saloons.

However, Paris was particularly refreshing because it brought good news away from the metal itself, with Kia and Chrysler Group in particular working on ways to help business budgets.

Kia's new industry-leading seven-year warranty trumps parent company Hyundai's five and leaves the rest of the industry trailing on three years. It's a great move that should help the brand's popularity because defleeting after two or three years will leave a huge chunk of mechanical back-up intact for the private buyer that takes the car on.

Chrysler Group's move was more straightforward. A good look over SMR costs has seen the price of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model servicing drop by up to a quarter. It remains to be seen how that affects the cost per mile data across various models, but again it's welcome good news that will make a noticeable difference to operating costs.