NEWS is getting stronger that LeasePlan is considering a flotation this summer.
The rumours surface after a bullish conference to announce greater profitability and the launch of CarNext.com.
CarNext.com is an online platform offering quality used cars throughout Europe. Consumers can choose to buy, lease or finance a selection of cars.
LeasePlan described it as a disruptive B2C and B2B digital marketplace.
However, LeasePlan is positioning itself to not only take advantage of the move towards usership – of new and used cars – but ultimately the move towards subscription services.
LeasePlan CEO Tex Gunning said:
“Looking ahead, we can achieve so much more. There is a clear megatrend from ownership to usership and subscription models taking place in both the new and high-quality used car markets.
“Increasingly, our customers – whether they are corporate, SMEs or private individuals – would prefer a ‘Car-as-a-Service’ with no strings attached in terms of car type or duration. They just want ‘any car, anytime, anywhere’.”
CarNext.com has been launched in the Netherlands; there is no word yet on when it will come to the UK.