Demand has plummeted more quickly than at any time since World War Two, and the fleet market has been no exception. As the 'cash for clunkers' scrappage stimulus only applied to retail sales, fleet has arguably been the worst hit.
And yet, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Fleet sales grew a very respectable 15% last year, suggesting not only that fleet has survived the recession, but also that it has emerged with renewed and surprising vigour.
Talking of surprises, who'd have guessed the company car, eco-villain for the past two decades, would be staging a green comeback? But, as Richard Bremner explains on p74, that's exactly what is happening. Employers' duty of care to staff coupled with the increasingly urgent need to tackle carbon emissions mean employees will be increasingly likely to be found driving company wheels in years to come.
And, when they do, those wheels will be cleaner, greener and safer, thanks to a whole range of new technologies about to hit the market. If you want to know the difference between a pure electric, a plug-in hybrid or an extended-range vehicle, see our feature on p80.
For those of you who can't wait until next year for the full gamut of hi-tech choices, there are plenty of great company cars out there already. Check out our latest Top 10 on p86 for the best and greenest of the current crop.