Car Hire Offers for May, 2012

Thailand Pick-ups April 2012: Chevy Colorado & Mitsu Triton up

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Chevrolet Colorado * See the Top 8 best-selling models by clicking on the title! * We are now following the evolution of pick-up sales in Thailand monthly as it is a very good indication of the future success of these models worldwide, straight from the source where they are all produced and available first. The [...]

Source: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2012/05/27/thailand-pick-ups-april-2012-colorado-mazda-bt-50-impress/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thailand-pick-ups-april-2012-colorado-mazda-bt-50-impress

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Age UK Blackburn with Darwen Minibus Handover

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

On 19th March, Stanford Coachworks handed over their first ?Official Sale? for a used minibus conversion to Age UK Blackburn with Darwen. The 4 year old 5 ton Volkswagen Crafter LWB has replaced a 12 year old Iveco minibus. The 15 seat vehicle (plus driver?s seat) is one of a fleet of 3 minibuses utilised [...]

Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/age-uk-blackburn-with-darwen-minibus-handover/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=age-uk-blackburn-with-darwen-minibus-handover

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2012 Ford Mondeo

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 

It is an extraordinary feat for an American automotive company to corner a good chunk of the European market, particularly in the UK where it is considered to be the melting pot for the global automotive industry. Vehicles of all makes, brands and models is a common sight in the country which is why its surprising to see the Ford Mondeo fitting in nicely with dominant European brands such as BMW and Audi, even if the bulk of this particular model’s sales revenue come from the fleet industry.

One of Ford’s secret to success is catering to the tastes of the UK market and then building a solid line of products using quality materials and revolutionary engines. The Ford Mondeo is no exception and testament to this is its ability to establish a stronghold in the rental fleet business through the years and eventually trickling down to individual sales. Taking things a step further, the Mondeo has been redesigned for 2012 using Ford’s Kinetic Design and ECOnetic technologies, both resulting in improved fuel efficiency and matching good looks.

The 2012 Ford Mondeo is now available for sale in the UK as a stylish 5-door hatchback or estate. There are five models available namely the Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X and the Titanium X Sport. Prices start for as low as £17,795 for the base Edge model up to £26,845 for the top of the line Titanium X Sport version. Included among the standard features (depending on model tier) are the following: radio/CD with USB connectivity and voice control system, leather steering wheel, CFC-free air conditioning, keyless start with start/stop button, courtesy and entry lights, power windows, power folding mirrors, heated windscreen and rear window, auto start/stop system, anti-theft system, remote alarm with central lock system, airbags for safety, stability control system with ABS, and alloy wheels, to name just a few.

The five model trims available for the Mondeo are also equipped with different diesel and petrol engine configurations which have auto start-stop system to reduce emissions. The engine displacements can be had in the turbocharged 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost petrol powerplants producing 160 and 240 horsepower respectively; and the 1.6L (115hp) and 2.0L (163hp) Duratorq TDCi turbocharged diesel engines.

Although a 5-speed manual is standard, there is also an available new powertrain called the Ford PowerShift which uses an advanced 6-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission that selects the next proper gear for your driving speed at the right moment giving better fuel efficiency and mileage. To top it all, buyers will also get the chance to use Ford’s configurator tool which basically gives them the option to tweak their desired Mondeo model according to their own specification.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/04/2012-Ford-Mondeo.aspx

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Historical Data available for 66 countries: see if you can help!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Was the Cadillac Fleetwood the best-selling car in the US in 1958? You tell me! * See All Historical Data for 66 countries by clicking on the title!

Top 10 most and least congested areas

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Being stuck in traffic on A-roads in London is a common occurrence, but how does the average speed of vehicles in England’s capital compare to where you live?

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/05/top-10-most-and-least-congested-areas-286087/?cmp=RSS-CARS_286087

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Insurance Considerations For Minibus Business Owners

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

If ??u ?wn ? m?n?bu? ?r ? m?n?bu? bu??n??? th?n ??u ?h?uld kn?w th?t ?t ?? l?g?ll? r?qu?r?d f?r ?n? v?h??l? t? b? ?n?ur?d. Alth?ugh ??u n??d ?n?ur?n?? t? dr?v? ??ur v?h??l? l?g?ll?, ?t ?? ?l?? ? n??????t? ?f ??u … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/minibus-insurance-news/insurance-considerations-for-minibus-business-owners/

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Press release: Free road safety seminars rolled out to businesses in northern Scotland

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Businesses operating in Caithness, Inverness or the Shetland Islands who have a responsibility for employees who drive for work are invited to attend a free seminar hosted by The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA).

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1085

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Dacia rolls out Dokker vanlet in Casablanca

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Dacia Dokker

Morocco may not be a place that often pops up on the radar of the international automotive industry, unless it’s about al-Qaeda threats on the route of the Dakar rally. So you’d be forgiven for discounting the Casablanca Auto Show as largely irrelevant, but that’s the location Renault chose to unveil its latest utilitarian model.

Built in nearby Tangiers, the Dokker joins the Dacia brand as its fifth model line, alongside the Logan, Sandero, Duster and the most recently released Lodgy van. The Dokker is a van also, but a bit smaller, and comes in two flavors: five-seat passenger van or slab-sided panel wagon. Little in the way of details were revealed in the press release below, joined by the trio of high-resolution images, but you can bet that as a Dacia, it’ll be cheap and to the point.

Continue reading Dacia rolls out Dokker vanlet in Casablanca

Dacia rolls out Dokker vanlet in Casablanca originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 May 2012 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/24/dacia-rolls-out-dokker-vanlet-in-casablanca/

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Historical Data available for 66 countries: see if you can help!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Was the Cadillac Fleetwood the best-selling car in the US in 1958? You tell me! * See All Historical Data for 66 countries by clicking on the title!

Minibus Insurance and the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

As a minibus driver you already know that having a larger vehicle is more complex than owning other types of vehicle. Even after you have bought a minibus insurance policy there are other legal issues to consider.
Did you know that from 3rd January 2012 anyone driving a diesel minibus with more than 9 seats in [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2011/09/27/minibus-insurance-and-the-london-low-emission-zone-lez/

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Ford C-Max pricing to undercut Toyota Prius V

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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dealers have started taking orders for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, the company announced today.

The gas-electric hybrid will arrive later this year with a starting price of $25,995, undercutting its most direct competitor, the Toyota Prius V hybrid, which has a base price of $26,550.

“C-Max Hybrid offers better fuel economy, performance, technology and functionality than Prius V – and C-Max Hybrid customers will pay less at the dealership and at the pump,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, in a press release.

More importantly, Ford will provide some stiffer competition for Toyota, which has ruled the hybrid market, selling 77 percent of all hybrids in the U.S. this April. The C-Max will only be offered in the U.S. as a hybrid, similar to Toyota’s Prius strategy. There will also be an all-electric version, known as the C-Max Energi, that arrives this fall.

Ford sells the C-Max, which is built on Ford’s compact car platform, in Europe as a gas powered model. Since introducing this utility vehicle in 2010, Ford has sold more than 150,000 C-Max vehicles in Europe.

Continue reading Ford C-Max pricing to undercut Toyota Prius V

Ford C-Max pricing to undercut Toyota Prius V originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 May 2012 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/17/ford-c-max-pricing-to-undercut-toyota-prius-v/

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2012 Vauxhall Zafira

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Newly redesigned for 2012, the venerable Vauxhall Zafira is now available for sale in the UK where it has made a mark as a favorite among soccer moms and fleet car companies alike. The 2012 Vauxhall Zafira, classified as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has been updated from previous model years to give other automotive brands in its segment a run for their money. The changes are not just in aesthetics alone but also underneath the bonnet as well as upgrades to the interior. The Zafira has also retained its build quality which the UK motoring show Top Gear has described as “solidly bolted… which is just as well given the attack it will come under from tiny hands.”

The Vauxhall Zafira will be powered by three petrol and two diesel engines. For the petrol versions, buyers can choose from the following: a 1.6i 16-valve four pot with VVT, two 140hp 1.8i 16-valve VVT (manual 5-speed and Easytronic). The diesel engine will come in only one spec but with two different horsepower outputs: 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX engine with manual 6-speed in 110hp and 125hp respectively.

There are six available Zafira models and trims buyers can choose from, namely: the Expression and Life (£13,995), the Exclusiv (£18,560), the Excite (£20,800), the top of the line Elite (£24,245), and the Design trim which is actually the only Zafira model that buyers can customize. There are also non-air conditioned models made available only for the 1.6i Expression trim with the 5-speed manual transmission.

Among the basic standard features and amnities includes the following: air conditioning (starting with Life models), CD player/stereo radio, 12-volt auxiliary power socket, power-assisted steering with ABS, Electronic Stability Programme-plus with traction control, dual front and seat side-impact airbags, full-size curtain airbags, electric door mirrors and front windows, remote controlled central deadlocking, adjustable steering wheel, the Flex7® seating system, and a lot more.

It has also been announced that the new Zafira Tourer, which was previewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, will hit UK showrooms by early 2012. Along with it comes two new engines, a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel with three various horsepower ratings rumoured to be between the 110 to 165 range. This incoming 2012 Zafira Tourer model will also raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector, as per the Vauxhall press release. Now that is something to look forward to.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Zafira.aspx

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The Big Body Squad

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Our 21st century lifestyles are creating a whole new industry of super-sized equipment and services to deal with the issue of mega-obesity. Stanford Coachworks have been privileged to take part in a television series documenting the types of companies and equipment involved in helping to support people 20 stone and above, some as heavy as [...]

Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/the-big-body-squad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-big-body-squad

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Continuous Insurance Enforcement

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Driving your vehicle on a road or in a public place without minibus insurance is an offence, so it is important to ensure your vehicle is insured. In this article we would like to explain why this is important and how you can stay on the right side of the law.
It is estimated that there [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2011/10/31/continuous-insurance-enforcement/

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UK Based Holidays Set To Increase

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Welcome to Minibus Options

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We specialise in wheelchair accessible minibuses and are proud to produce some of the best accessible vehicles in the UK. We aim to provide the customer with the most suitable vehicle for their needs, within their given budget.

We sell to schools, local authorities, charities, community transport groups and private individuals. Established in 1986, we pride ourselves in the depth of knowledge and experience that we can offer.

Our customers are the most important people in the world to us and we do our upmost to satisfy the most exacting standards.

Please don’t just take our word for it, find out for yourselves.

Most vehicles we supply are built to order, which might take five or six months. We stock a selection of base vehicles in assorted colours, which can reduce the delivery period to two months. We also stock a limited number of finish built minibuses, to meet urgent requirements – see our stock list.

With the advent of Type Approval for minibuses it is now more important than ever to buy from an experienced trusted source.

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/welcome

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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VW Transporter Doubleback slides into production

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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Few automakers do camper vans quite so well as Volkswagen. From factory additions to aftermarket conversions, models like the Transporter seem perfect for on-the-go living. Now a company in the UK has taken the camper conversion one step further with the Doubleback. In addition to a large pop-up roof tent, the creation boasts an expandable aft section than can increase the vehicle’s length by an additional 6.5 feet. The conversion is said to add just 286 pounds to the Transporter, and the mechanism expands in under 45 seconds to nearly double living space. Unfortunately, you’ll be splitting all that extra room between you and only one other friend. The swap nixes all but the front two seats.

If this all sounds familiar, it certainly should. We first caught a glimpse of the Doubleback a month ago, but the company has released a few videos showing exactly how the conversion works here in the real world. With a load rating of 1,323 pounds with the legs extended, the structure is engineered to sleep even the biggest boned campers out there. Unfortunately, snagging one will cost you. Look to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $87,975 for the Doubleback if you like what you see. Scroll below to check out the videos for yourself.

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VW Transporter Doubleback slides into production originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 May 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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McLaren working on MP4-12C shooting brake?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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McLaren MP4-12C - dead-on rear view with airbrake deployed

Anything Ferrari can do, McLaren can do better. At least that’s what the boys in Woking seem to believe. After all, McLaren has trounced Ferrari around the Formula One circuit for the past several years now. But while the British team has followed its Italian rival from grand prix racing into building supercars with the McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and (most recently) the MP4-12C, one thing Ferrari does that McLaren doesn’t is grand tourers. And with the advent of the FF, shooting brakes.

That could all change, however, if the latest rumors are to be believed. (Which is something which, in this case, we wouldn’t take for granted.) According to the rumormongers over at Auto Express, McLaren is preparing a shooting brake based of the MP4-12C (pictured above, flashing its air brake). Now given that the 12C is a mid-engined supercar and not a front-engined GT like the Ferrari Four, we’d say that makes about as much sense as Renault reaching back into its showcar history to build the Espace F1.

The rumors further state that the McLaren shooting brake (fancy-talk for a two-door wagon) would go downmarket to rival the Porsche 911 – which is something we’ve been expecting McLaren to pursue sometime after the MP4 roadster and the upmarket successor to the original F1 supercar. But something’s a little amiss here, so for the time being, we’ll take this particular report with a grain of salt that would dwarf Lot’s wife. Then again, we did run into McLaren design director Frank Stephenson checking out the Fisker Surf in Paris last year…

McLaren working on MP4-12C shooting brake? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/19/mclaren-working-on-mp4-12c-shooting-brake/

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Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Birmingham

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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What Does MPV Stand For?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

M?n?bu? ?? ? v?r??t?l? v?h??l? wh??h ??n b? u??d f?r m?n? ?ur?????. M?n? ??untr??? ?r?und th? w?rld h?v? m?d? ?t m?nd?t?r? f?r Org?n?z?t??n? ?r ?nd?v?du?l? wh? ?wn m?n?bu??? t? g?t m?n?bu? ?n?ur?n?? ?n ?rd?r t? r?nt th?m ?r u?? th?m … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/minibus-insurance-news/what-does-mpv-stand-for/

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Kia Sedona not returning for 2013, replacement coming for 2014

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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2012 Kia Sedona

The minivan segment has grown from fiercely competitive to downright cut-throat. With fairly new iterations of vehicles like the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, formerly acceptable entries like the Kia Sedona have fallen straight off the map. This isn’t news to the Korean automaker, either. Kia spokesman James Hope has confirmed there will be no 2013 Sedona.

But that doesn’t mean the company will stay away from the segment for too long. Hope made it clear Kia will be back with a new family hauler, though declined to share any details on the vehicle.

Odds are that means a new Sedona will come along in 2014 or so, though that’s just speculation on our part. While Kia refreshed the minivan in 2011, the changes didn’t cover much beyond a mildly reworked front fascia. The vehicle was still saddled with an embarrassing “Poor” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety roof-crush test.

Kia Sedona not returning for 2013, replacement coming for 2014 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 May 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/07/kia-sedona-not-returning-for-2013-replacement-coming-for-2014/

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Heico Sportiv gears up to mod new Volvo V40

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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Volvo V40 by Heico Sportiv

The emergence of the V40 is arguably the biggest news to come out of Volvo since Ford sold it to Geely. Just as with any new car – European hatchbacks especially – the aftermarket will follow shortly with modifications, and in the case of Volvo, that means Heico Sportiv.

The German tuning house specializes in Gothenburg’s finest. The firm already has a new ECU module for the T5 engine in the V40 that brings output up from 237 horsepower to 266 and from 236 pound-feet of torque to 269. Heico has released a pair of renderings previewing what it plans to do with the outside of the slick new sport-wagon.

From the teaser renderings, we can see a new set of lightweight seven-spoke alloys, new bumpers front and rear, side skirt extensions, a relatively low-key diffuser and quad ovoid exhaust tips. In other words, the V40, only slightly more so. Unfortunately, since the V40 isn’t earmarked for American showrooms, this may be as close as we’ll get.

Heico Sportiv gears up to mod new Volvo V40 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 May 2012 09:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW Zagato Coupe revealed in Italy

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Stunning hand-built street legal machine in Italy at Villa d?Este. TG wants one immediately

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/bmw-zagato-coupe-villa-d-este-2012-05-26?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Nivomat shock bushing?

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Hi,
does any auto store carry the bushing for the Nivomat rear shocks? (i.e. the bushing that goes into the “eye” of the shock. Mine look bad shape, but the shock itself seems o.k. I don’t really want to replace the shocks, as they are very high priced.
thanks

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/24025-Nivomat-shock-bushing?goto=newpost

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