Peugeot and Swaidan Trading have revealed that they closed 2019 with record fleet sales in the UAE.

Swaidan Trading secured three significant fleet deals in the final quarter of the year with Avis Car Rental, Manafeth Medical Equipment and Federal Trading all opting for vehicles from the venerable French manufacturer.

Avis purchased 18 Peugeot 3008 models in early 2019 and added a further 25 units to its fleet later in the year.

“We operate a fleet of around 3,500 rental vehicles here in the UAE, and the addition of the Peugeot 3008 to our range of rental cars has proved very popular with our customers,” said Ahmed Al Hammadi, head of operations, Avis. “The 3008 model is our most over-booked vehicle in its category and our customer satisfaction ratings for the Peugeot is the highest among all the passenger cars we offer.”

Manafeth Medical Equipment which modifies transport for people of determination recently modified and displayed a customised Peugeot Traveller Business during last November’s AccessAbilities Expo 2019 in Dubai.

The company is now in talks with Peugeot to introduce a fleet of modified Traveller Business models and is undergoing the approval process with the RTA to become a member of the Dubai Taxi fleet. The modified Traveller Business will also be presented to Dubai Police.

“The Peugeot Traveller Business is the best option on the market for any modification and when we presented the vehicle to the senior officers at the RTA they also acknowledged the benefits of the model,” said Adnan Basheer Ahmed, general manager, Manafeth Medical Equipment.

Federal Trading also added more than 60 Peugeot vans to its operational fleet of approximately 350 vehicles. With a mix of Peugeot Partner, Expert and Boxer vans now available, customers can select the best Peugeot commercial vehicle to suit their needs.

County manager Abid Hussain explained: “We are very happy with the service offered to us by Peugeot, and particularly favour offering quotes for the Expert and Partner models when receiving enquiries from our customers.”

Rakesh Nair, managing director, Groupe PSA Middle East, believes that Peugeot has made great strides in its comeback to the GCC in the past year.

“Significant fleet deals such as the ones secured by Swaidan Trading confirm that we offer a diverse range of quality vehicles to suit a very wide range of needs,” he said. “Going into 2020 we will continue our focus on our ambition to be the best high-end generalist automotive brand in the world.”

Saeed Juma Al Naboodah, managing director, Al Naboodah Enterprises, added: “Offering a wide range of options and seamless aftersales service is integral to our success at Swaidan Trading. We are pleased to offer vehicles that suit the varying needs of consumers in the UAE through the wide range of Peugeot fleet we carry. The company’s success throughout 2019 and our ability to provide customised solutions to local partners is testament to our commitment to the Emirates and its people.”