Car Hire Offers for February, 2012

New Year and a brand new minibus for Trinity Hospice

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Trinity Hospice in Clapham gained a large Christmas present at the end of December in the form of a brand new Mercedes Sprinter 313 CDi Euro 5 minibus. The vehicle was formally handed over the 6th December by Stanford Coachworks representative Mike Gasper, the local mayoress Councillor Jane Cooper, and the donating Benjamin Weir Trust [...]

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Germany 1981-1983: VW Golf reclaims top spot

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Ford Tourneo Custom Concept previews new European people mover

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Let’s clear the air. This is not – we repeat, notthe Ford E-Series-replacing Transit that will be built and sold in the United States next year. According to our contacts at Ford, this Tourneo Custom Concept previews what the next generation of front-wheel-drive, passenger-friendly Transits will look like when they go on sale in Europe and other world markets. The North American-spec van will be based off of the heavy-duty, rear-wheel-drive Transit that’s set to debut later this year.

So, let’s talk Tourneo. This eight-passenger van is essentially Ford’s answer to vehicles like the Renault Trafic or Volkswagen Caravelle – more butch than a minivan, with a higher ride height and more interior space. Ford says that the Tourneo Concept boasts a rich, comfortable, leather-trimmed interior with seats that can be rearranged into a number of different configurations.

Ford has only released this one image as of now, but it’s clear that the automaker’s Kinetic design has found a home on even its largest vehicles. Up front is the Blue Oval’s signature trapezoidal grille, and strong profile lines on the sides swoop upward toward the rear in an effort to make this barn-on-wheels look as fluid and sleek as possible. Under the hood, a range of 2.2-liter turbo-diesel powertrains are available, in 98-, 123- and 153-horsepower variants, all of which are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

We’ll see the Tourneo in person in just a few weeks at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. As for the U.S.-spec Transit, it’ll be a while before that officially breaks cover. Hit the jump for all of the juicy Tourneo Concept details in Ford’s press release.

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Ford Tourneo Custom Concept previews new European people mover originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW M goes diesel, introduces M550d, X5 M50d, X6 M50d

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Rumors of BMW M launching a diesel model have been circulating for over a year, and confirmation has finally arrived in the form of not one, not two, but four M-fettled oil-burners, each sporting all-wheel drive and the oft-rumored tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. And before you get excited, none of them are slated for sale in the U.S. – this is a Euro-only affair.

So with that unfortunate fact out of the way, let’s get to the details.

The new M models come in the form of the M550d xDrive sedan, M550d xDrive touring, X5 M50d and X6 M50d. Each makes use of a 3.0-liter inline-six common-rail diesel with the aforementioned trio of turbos specifically developed for the M Performance range. Output is rated at 376 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 545 pound-feet of torque available from 2,000 to 3,000 revs. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s a bump of 80 hp and 103 lb-ft over the 535d and 74 hp and 103 lb-ft more than the 3.0-liter mill fitted to the diesel X5 and X6.

Each model comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard xDrive AWD, allowing the M550d sedan to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds – just four tenths of a second off the all-new M5‘s 0-60 run. You read that right. The M550d Touring hits 60 in 4.9 seconds, with the X5 M50d and X6 M50d passing the mark in 5.4 and 5.3 seconds, respectively. All models are limited to 155 mph and fuel consumption ranges between 6.4 liters/100km and 7.7 liters/100km.

Interestingly, the M-ified diesel 5ers ditch the standard electromechanical steering for a hydraulic system that’s derived from the M5, and both the X5 and X6 variants uses systems similar to those on the X5 M and X6 M.

And if you’re wondering why we won’t see these M diesels here in the States, blame the necessity to reengineer the SCR (selective catalytic reduction) systems to make them comply with emissions standards across the country. We’ll be seeing all four live from the Geneva Motor Show in March, but you can get the first batch of details in the press release after the break.

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BMW M goes diesel, introduces M550d, X5 M50d, X6 M50d originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Renault launches sleeker Scenic and Grand Scenic minivans

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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2012 Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic

There’s seldom anything particularly exciting or glamorous about a minivan. But that doesn’t mean their producers can’t keep trying. Enter the new 2012 Renault Scenic, and its big brother, the Grand Scenic.

Being European MPVs as opposed to American minivans, the Scenic – and even the larger, seven-passenger Grand Scenic – are typically smaller than the big family-haulers we’re used to on this side of the Atlantic. But with facelift Renault has just given the line, they’re also considerably sleeker-looking than the vehicles we’re used to seeing lined up outside the local elementary school.

That much comes down to the new lights and bumpers front and rear, elements that Renault has packaged with an upgraded interior and a raft of new engines and technologies that set the new Scenic range apart from the one it replaces. A pair of low-emission engines – a 115-horsepower, 1.2-liter turbo and 110-hp, 1.5-liter diesel – join a range of powertrains topped by a 140hp 2.0 mated to a CVT and a 160hp diesel paired with a six-speed manual.

The Scenic family is also the first to incorporate Renault’s new lane-departure system and hill-start assist, with a special Bose model (similar to the one found in the Koleos) topping the spec sheet. The new Scenic debuts at the Brussels Motor Show this week before hitting showrooms in 40 countries around the world.

Renault launches sleeker Scenic and Grand Scenic minivans originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Minibus Hire in Durham ? New Laws Out

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Christmas Self Drive Van Hire Things are getting really busy at Hilltop Self Drive Van Hire towards the Christmas period. We are already taking bookings for Students coming home to spend time with their families, people buying Christmas gifts and needing transport to collect them. Thats why at Hilltop Self Drive Van Hire we are [...]

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Volvo drops the full skinny on new V40

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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2013 Volvo V40

Few vehicles have received the kind of gradual, bit by bit roll-out that – intentionally or otherwise – the new Volvo V40 has. The Swedish premium hatchback has been the subject of teasers, spy shots and leaks aplenty – including two video clips and a batch of sixteen images that surfaced just yesterday – but they’ve all lead up to this, its full reveal. (Well, this and its official unveiling next week.)

Scandinavia’s answer to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series – and a potential replacement not only for the C30 but also the S40 and V50 – the new V40 is shaping up as quite a looker, but now we’ve got the details to go with it. For starters, the V40 will be available with the cleanest diesel Volvo’s ever offered, anchored at the other end of the spectrum by a 254-horsepower turbo five good for a 6.7-second sprint to 62 mph. Not too shabby, and the entire range – whether mated to manual gearbox or automatic – is equipped with start-stop engine management and regenerative braking, ensuring that, whichever powertrain is selected, it’s running at optimal efficiency.

Being a Volvo, the V40 also incorporates the latest in safety features, including not only low-speed collision avoidance and pedestrian detection with full auto brake but the world’s first pedestrian airbag. Although Volvo hasn’t revealed whether its new entry-level model will make the transatlantic voyage to these shores, it is projecting that 85 percent of the 90,000 units it aims to sell annually will be delivered in Europe from its assembly plant in Ghent, Belgium – which doesn’t bode well for American availability.

Follow the jump for the full press release, scope out the fresh batch of eighteen images in the gallery above, see our previous post for the video clips and watch this space for our live coverage starting this time next week from the floor of the Geneva Motor Show.

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Volvo drops the full skinny on new V40 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Manchester

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Germany 1981-1983: VW Golf reclaims top spot

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Ferrari drops another ?new 599? teaser

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Maranello sneaks a cam into new 599?s dressing room ahead of Wednesday’s official release

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/ferrari-supercar-599-teaser-video-2012-02-24?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Airport minibus service improved

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
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Netherlands LCV January 2012: Mercedes Sprinter on podium

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Mercedes Sprinter * See the Top 25 best-selling models by clicking on the title! * Dutch companies bought 8,382 Light Commercial Vehicles in January, and like in 2011 they still favour the VW Caddy with 1,149 sales and 13.7% market share and the VW Transporter at 1,033 units and 12.2%. A newcomer on the podium [...]

Source: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2012/02/21/netherlands-lcv-january-2012-mercedes-sprinter-on-podium/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=netherlands-lcv-january-2012-mercedes-sprinter-on-podium

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France 1-20 February 2012: Renault Clio and Citroen C4 impress

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Citroen C4 * See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks to STAC * The French car market is down 26% year-on-year over the first 3 weeks of February at 91,400 registrations. In the brands ranking, Renault ranks #1 with 15,685 sales and 17.2% share (-32%) but Citroen is just below [...]

Source: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2012/02/26/france-1-20-february-2012-renault-clio-and-citroen-c4-impress/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=france-1-20-february-2012-renault-clio-and-citroen-c4-impress

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Brake pulsations on new van!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Picked up the 2012 R/T on Friday with 31 miles on it. Did a little around town driving, seemed like minor pulsation in the brakes. When I hit the highway today, braking at about 55-65 mph not always, but sometimes causes severe pulsation and shaking of the van. I thought these issues were fixed…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/23226-Brake-pulsations-on-new-van!?goto=newpost

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Press release: RoSPA angered by lighter evenings setback

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has expressed frustration and anger that a Bill to help save scores of lives on UK roads was talked out of the House of Commons today.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1061

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Stanford Coachworks launch the height of luxury

Monday, February 27th, 2012

In today’s economy you can’t afford to be complacent and wait for business to come to you. We’ve pushed the boat out and produced our most luxurious offering to date. The brand new Mercedes Sprinter 516 Extra LWB aptly named the ‘Monaco’ just oozes top end quality, well we feel it does anyway! The vehicle, [...]

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Sport Meetings & Events

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Volvo confirms new V40 on the way with shadowy look

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Volvo’s V50 wagon may have been discontinued following lackluster sales in the United States (it was phased out after the 2011 model year), but it’s an important player in the Swedish brand’s global portfolio, where small five-doors remain big business in other markets.

To that end, Volvo has just teased its forthcoming V40 ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show on its Facebook page. (Here in the States, Volvo’s S40-based load lugger was called V40 from 2000 to 2004). While we can’t make out much other than a two-box shape, headlamps that wrap over the front fenders and what looks to be LED corner markers, the official posting confirms the vehicle’s debut, along with a ‘V40 Live Launch’ social media campaign that encourages brand fans to interact with the company’s designers. Head on over to Volvo’s Facebook page for more information and come back here on March 6 to get photos and information from the V40′s Swiss unveiling.

Volvo confirms new V40 on the way with shadowy look originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 Audi RS4 Avant leaks out [UPDATED with official info]

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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2012 Audi RS4 Avant

Details are scarce, but what you’re looking at is the 2012 Audi RS4 Avant, the ultimate V8-powered Euro-only wagon that Audi refuses to offer the good people in the U.S. of A.

Powered by the same 4.2-liter V8 fitted to the RS5, output is up around 450 horsepower with 320 pound-feet of torque, allowing the all-wheel-drive super sled to hit 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and top out at 175 mph.

A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is likely standard as is the Dynamic Ride Control suspension and a ride height that’s been dropped around two inches.

We’re hoping to know more before the Avant’s official unveiling in Geneva, but in the meantime, check out the factory fresh batch of images in the gallery above.

UPDATE: Official release after the jump and new pics added to the gallery.

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2012 Audi RS4 Avant leaks out [UPDATED with official info] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Driving for Work Guides – User Survey

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Please spare a few moments to complete our User Survey. Your feedback is very important, and will help us to improve RoSPA’s Driving for Work Guides.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/resources/employers/default.aspx

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Mini bringing panel van to Geneva?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Well, this certainly brings quite literal meaning to the word ‘minivan’. According to Auto Motor und Sport, sources within BMW have reportedly confirmed that a new Mini-branded panel van – possibly dubbed Mini Cargo – will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Creating the Mini Cargo sounds like a simple enough process. Auto Motor und Sport reports that the work-ready hauler will be based on the Clubman, with the rear bench seat removed in favor of a long load floor. The rear side windows will be ditched for sheetmetal (like most panel vans), though it’s unclear whether or not the rear windows will be left intact.

We’re curious to see what other alterations will be made to the Clubman in its transition to a proper panel van. Will the passenger-side rear-hinged door be left alone, or will it be removed? Will the rear suspension be strengthened to accommodate for heavy hauling? Assuming that plans for a Mini Cargo are indeed underway, we’ll have to wait until March to find out.

Mini bringing panel van to Geneva? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Jan 2012 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SEO Specialist launches a taxi advertising campaign ?To Be Found? in London

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Leading online company SEO Specialist is taking advantage of the increased demand from organisations for SEO skills and services in today?s world of modern marketing with a full livery Taxi Advertising campaign launching their new ?How To Be Found Online? … Continue reading

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Striking Viking: Volvo V40 slips out on Facebook ahead of Geneva

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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2013 Volvo V40

Some automakers try their damnedest to keep their new products under wraps until they’re good and ready to show it to the world. (And of those, some succeed more than others.) Others, meanwhile, steadily leak out photos and details – through official channels or back ones – to keep us hooked. We’re not quite sure which approach Volvo meant to take with its all-new V40, but we do know we’ve seen more of this car that’s yet to be released than we’ve seen of others that have. This, however, is our best look at the new Swedish hatch yet.

Ostensibly, this new V40 could replace the C30 hatchback, S40 sedan and V50 wagon in one fell swoop, but we probably won’t know more until the Geneva Motor Show. These leaked images come courtesy of the Facebook page of Motoryzacyjny – a Polish car mag whose name this blogger, for all his Eastern European shtetl roots, can’t pronounce any better than the rest of you – and it shows us what appears to be a rather shapely sports hatch that aims to give the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series a run for their money.

Of course, since the range has not yet been officially launched, we’ve yet to receive word on whether the V40 will make the transatlantic voyage forged by its Viking ancestors to the New World in which we live, but one can hope. One can certainly hope.

Striking Viking: Volvo V40 slips out on Facebook ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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