Saturday 16 December 2017

CASE STUDY 3

Brian Keenan,

managing director, Keenan Property Management

Brian established Keenan Property Management (KPM) in 1997. The company now employs 35 people in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

KPM's range of services includes private property portfolio management (it has more than 10,000 apartments under management) as well as property sales and rentals. The company's managers are constantly on the move. Up to now, the main fleet vehicle was the Fiesta (diesel) van.

Recently, however, the company added two Hyundai i30 i-Pro models to the line-up. Mr Keenan says they have been an instant hit with staff.

"I think everyone likes the fact that the i-Pro feels more like driving a car than a van and that it's got all of the features you associate with today's cars, from USB ports to Bluetooth, cruise control and a 6-speed gearbox," he says.

"Since around 2004/2005 we have been driving Fiesta vans, which did the job, but I began thinking of Hyundai as an alternative for the fleet when my wife started driving the new Santa Fe and we were impressed with it."

They were subsequently approached by Hyundai when the i30 i-Pro was launched.

"We liked both the look of it and the price. In my opinion, Hyundai has leapfrogged the opposition with the design and finish of its most recent cars and that, coupled with good fuel consumption and a good warranty, has put the i-Pro in the frame for companies like ours."

KPM managers are continually travelling between properties and the company's fuel bill is in excess of €10,000 a year.

So, how has the i-Pro done so far? "It's very nice to drive and it costs a lot less than you'd expect for what you get," he says. The i-Pro is priced at €14,197 (excluding VAT, delivery and related charges) and is powered by a 1.4 litre diesel power unit with 90bhp.

Irish Independent

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