Car Hire Offers for September, 2012

MacGyver thinks the Mercedes-Benz Citan is the right tool for any job [w/video]

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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One of the neatest things to do overseas is find U.S. stars hawking foreign goods, like Kevin Costner fronting for coffee in England and Bill Murray selling whiskey in Japan. Turns out MacGyver, aka actor Richard Dean Anderson (click the image above to enlarge), wasn’t to be left out of the action, having been named the “hero” to help sell the Mercedes-Benz Citan.

For those of you who don’t even know who MacGyver is, he was the protagonist in a US. television show that ran from 1985 to 1992, his signature trait being that he could fix anything with little more than some duct tape, a paper clip and a piece of string. That is what makes him the perfect spokesman for the Citan, advertised by Mercedes as being “the perfect tool for every job.”

There’s a press release below that speaks briefly about the Citan’s merits, such as its three different available lengths and asymmetrical rear doors. But Mercedes doesn’t half-ass things, and what’s even better than the presser is the trailer for a film called MacGyver und der neue Citan that will be released September 18. It’s in German so we don’t even know what they’re saying, but it looks awesome. Scroll down to check it out.

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2014 Mazda6 wagon rolls up on video

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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Mazda taped the ceremony commemorating production of the 2014 Mazda6 at its Hofu No. 2 plant in Japan, and now we have it. There are a few dark glimpses of the Euro-spec Mazda6 wagon as a couple of them roll out and do loops for the factory workers, but the cameras don’t spend a lot of time on the car. A more well-lit demonstration will likely be seen at the Moscow Motor Show later this month.

The 14-minute video is in Japanese, so once you’re finished watching the car you can enjoy the executive speeches, and it ends with a cheer by the workers. Check it out below.

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2014 Mazda6 wagon rolls up on video originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kia Pro_cee’d

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The second generation Kia Pro_cee?d, the three door version of the popular Cee?d was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/kia-pro_ceed?cmp=RSS-CARS_297681

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Press release: Road deaths rise offers an opportunity to reverse trend with new approaches

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging greater collaboration with Government on road safety following the publication of annual casualty figures which show the first increase in road deaths since 2003.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/default.aspx?id=1141

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BMW racer takes wife around the ?Ring

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Watch Augusto Farfus test his nuptials in a BMW M3

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/BMW-racer-takes-wife-around-nurburgring-2012-09-26?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Van Hire in Bishop Auckland

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Self Drive Van Hire Bishop Auckland If you are looking for Van hire in Bishop Auckland Hilltop hire have a huge fleet of self drive vans for hire just a short drive away in Sherburn Village. All our vehicles are kept to a very high standard and regular checked by our own garage on site [...]

Source: http://www.hilltophire.co.uk/van-hire/van-hire-bishop-auckland

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Parking brake inside drum

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Hi.
I have searched threads – it is possible I missed answer. I have lots of problems.
I smashed my left thumb with an 8lb hammer whilst taking wheel bearing assembly off yesterday.

The wheel hub was stuck big time and i had to take all my brake stuff off. (I did take photos) there is a…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/25143-Parking-brake-inside-drum?goto=newpost

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Road Risk and Combined Policies for Motor Traders

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/motor-trade-insurance-news/road-risk-and-combined-policies-for-motor-traders/

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Audi A3 Sportback

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Despite its name, there’s nothing particularly sporty about the A3 Sportback – it’s simply an A3 with two additional rear doors to ease access for passengers.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/audi-a3-sportback?cmp=RSS-CARS_297659

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Trident Reach-out with their first wheelchair accessible minibus

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Trident Reach the People Charity has just taken receipt of a reconditioned wheelchair accessible Renault Master minibus. The 13 seat minibus was delivered to Bernadette Keogh, Head of Shropshire Services, at the Charities Regional Office, Abbey Lawns Shrewsbury on 21st June by David Hardacre, Sales and Marketing Executive. ?This is the first vehicle Reach in [...]

Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/trident-reach-out-with-their-first-wheelchair-accessible-minibus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trident-reach-out-with-their-first-wheelchair-accessible-minibus

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2012 Vauxhall Astra

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Vauxhall, an automotive division of General Motors, has recently released for 2012 their newly redesigned Astra model lineup. It is being offered as a 5-door hatchback to compete in the suddenly crowded European compact vehicle category with the UK as its primary target market. There will be a variety of new revolutionary petrol and diesel engines made available to power the Astra starting with three ECOTEC petrol engines– two different specs of 1.4i inline-4 with outputs of 87hp and 100hp, and a 1.6i producing a modest 115hp.

The ECOTEC diesel engines on the other hand will come in two all-new inline-4 specifications with common rail multi-injection and variable geometry turbocharger: a 4-cylinder 1.4i producing 140hp and the proven 1.6i with a 180 horsepower rating. As if those are not enough, Vauxhall has also introduced their lineup of all-new ecoFLEX diesel units: a 1.3CDTi engine good for 95hp, a pair of 1.7CDTi versions producing 110hp and 125hp respectively, and the range topping 2.0CDTi that gives out a torque filled 165hp for smooth acceleration. All engine variations will come with 16-valves and variable valve timing (VVT) technology to produce better fuel economy and mileage.

Those engines will then find a place under the bonnet of any of the nine model trims for the new Vauxhall Astra. The base models Expression and ES will start at a reasonably priced £12,995. The other trims and its expected starting prices are as follows: Exclusiv (£16,670), Excite (£17,435), SRi (£18,635), ES Tech (£19,035), SE (£20,100), SRi VX Line (£20,825), and the aptly named top of the line Elite (£21,125).

Since the Vauxhall Astra has a lot of competition in its class, it has been given a host of the usual standard goodies, and then some, of which are listed next. Some cabin amenities include aircon, radio CD player with MP3 and aux-in socket, electric front windows, seat height adjuster, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, adjustable steering column, steering wheel mounted audio controls (from mid-tier trims), mobile phone system with Bluetooth®, satellite navigation system with 7” colour monitor, USB connection with iPod control, among many others.

Safety equipments includes Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with ABS, driver/ front passenger/ curtain airbags, remote controlled alarm system with central locking, cruise control, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, automatic lighting control, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, to name a few. There is also the revolutionary Start/Stop System which comes standard with the 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX and the more powerful (165PS) 2.0CDTi 16v engines. If you want to tick the option box, go for the Sportive Pack comprising of unique front bumper, side sills, rear lower skirt, rear spoiler and body colour grille bar. You will discover that you can never go wrong in making the Vauxhall Astra hatchback sportier than it already looks.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/06/2012-Vauxhall-Astra.aspx

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Motor Trade Terminology Succinctly Explained

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

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Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/motor-trade-insurance-news/motor-trade-terminology-succinctly-explained/

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BMW Concept Active Tourer

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Concept Active Tourer previews the forthcoming 1 Series GT, which will be the first of a new raft of front-wheel-drive BMW cars.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/bmw-concept-active-tourer?cmp=RSS-CARS_297612

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2014 Ford Transit offers big utility with EcoBoost and diesel power

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

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The redesigned 2014 Transit Connect isn’t the only commercial van news coming out of Ford today. For heavy-duty haulers, the automaker has officially pulled back the cover on its larger Transit van, which will eventually replace the older-than-dirt E-Series here in the United States.

In both North America and Europe, Ford will offer the new Transit in a wide variety of body styles, incorporating both long and short wheelbases, as well as standard- and tall-roof variants. And as we’ve already learned, Ford will build the U.S.-spec Transit in Kansas City, Missouri, right alongside the F-150 pickup.

European customers will be able to choose between front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive versions of the Transit, powered by Ford’s 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel inline-four. In the United States, however, only rear-wheel drive will be offered, though in addition to a “powerful diesel option,” we’ll be able to spec our Transit models with Ford’s tried-and-true 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Like the smaller Transit Connect, Ford will launch the big daddy Transit near the end of 2013. Read the full details in the press release below.

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Fiat Panda 4×4

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Fiat continues with tradition, offering a 4×4 variant of the Panda city car.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/fiat-panda-4×4?cmp=RSS-CARS_297839

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Van Hire ? North East

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Self Drive Van Hire in the North East Flexible van hire for your business or home use. Business Van Hire in the North East Do you require a van for your business, but only need to use it now and again? Do you not want to pay the expense and be tied in to lease [...]

Source: http://www.hilltophire.co.uk/van-hire/van-hire-north-east

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Audi Crosslane concept

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Audi is looking to quash the popularity of the Mini Countryman with its own compact SUV, expected to be the Audi Q2 in 2015.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/audi-crosslane-concept?cmp=RSS-CARS_297824

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Kia Carens

Friday, September 28th, 2012

New Kia Carens MPV will be launched in 2013 after its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/kia-carens?cmp=RSS-CARS_296627

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Check out Nissan’s NV200 in London black cab livery [w/video]

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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Nissan NV200 London 'black cab'

The little black cab is to London what the yellow Ford Crown Victoria has been up to New York City. With the departure of Ford’s Panther platform, Nissan has stepped in with its all-new NV200, which will soon be spreading like kudzu over NYC streets. It seems that London may also share the Big Apple’s fate in adopting Nissan’s new minivan as its taxi of choice.

The NV200 will scoot around London’s tight city streets with the help of a 1.5-liter inline four, making 89 horsepower, but more importantly, returning 53 miles per gallon. That fuel-efficent engine also results in a 50-percent dropoff in CO2 emissions compared to the older cabs. It also meets the requirement of having a turning radius of 25 feet or less.

In terms of the rider’s experience, the NV200 looks to be a vast improvement. The sliding doors provide easier access on either side of the vehicle, which has seating for five. The front passenger seat has been removed in favor of extra storage space, and there’s a USB charging port located in the passenger cabin.

Nissan says its NV200 complies with all handicap regulations and has been approved by the London Taxi Drivers Association and disability groups, and that it will be priced “significantly below” the London Taxi Company’s TX4, the current version of the UK’s iconic black cab.

All well and good, but can it be turned into a hotel room? We shall see. Check out Nissan’s new cab in the videos available by scrolling down.

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Van Hire in Bishop Auckland

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Self Drive Van Hire Bishop Auckland If you are looking for Van hire in Bishop Auckland Hilltop hire have a huge fleet of self drive vans for hire just a short drive away in Sherburn Village. All our vehicles are kept to a very high standard and regular checked by our own garage on site [...]

Source: http://www.hilltophire.co.uk/van-hire/van-hire-bishop-auckland

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Peugeot 2008 concept

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Peugeot 2008 Concept is set to go into full production in a similar form next year.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/peugeot-2008-concept?cmp=RSS-CARS_297697

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Ford’s stupid concept: Model U

Friday, September 28th, 2012

It was designed as a small eco-friendly SUV that can turn into a pickup. It had the Ranger’s 2.3L I4 modified to meet PZEV standards, but the failure and stupidity comes in a soy based body. Imagine if Ford was so stupid they started to produce them! RODENTS WILL BE EATING PEOPLE’S TRUCKS!!! OMG!!!…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/25131-Ford-s-stupid-concept-Model-U?goto=newpost

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New to 2006 T&C, questions about tranny and misc.

Friday, September 28th, 2012

OK guys just got a 2006 T&C and im not familiar with the 3.8 engine not trannny so i have a few questions.

Did the oil change today and put the motorcraft larger oil filter plus 5 quarts of royal purple 5-30. So far so good here…

Want to change the tranny fluid but have to confess i havent…

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2012 Ford Fiesta

Friday, September 28th, 2012

There was a time when small cars were passed up for saloons and SUVs for bigger engines, more cabin space and amenities. Snubbed for their cramped space, weak engines and overall size that makes it dangerous to drive on the freeway, these “econoboxes” were left to rot in dealers’ lots, or if it ever gets there at all. But times have changed in favor of fuel efficiency, savings, and green ratings that these subcompacts have been flying out of dealers’ lots faster than one can say “There’s another one!”. 

Yes, zippy little cars are back upon us with a vengeance and car companies have been upping the ante by producing safer subcompacts with different models and engine specifications to entice buyers with frugality and practicality in mind. One such little car is the 2012 Ford Fiesta which has been getting warm reviews for a few years now, not just for its preppy but fuel efficient engines and delightful handling but for its overall build quality as well. In countries such as the UK where heavy vehicular traffic and narrow city streets are as common as Elton John look-alikes and parking space is as rare as a UFO sighting, the subcompact Ford Fiesta is definitely most at home.

Now available for sale in the UK, the 2012 Fiesta starts at a reasonably priced £9,495 for the basic Fiesta Studio model up to £15,845 for the high-end Titanium ECOnetic model. Unlike in the US where there is only one powertrain available, the Euro-spec Fiesta will be powered by any of two diesel or three petrol engines which are all designed to be very fuel efficient and tuned for sporty aggression when need be. The diesels will be offered in 1.4 litre or 1.6 litre TDCi Duratorq spec while the petrol ones will come in 1.25L, 1.4L and 1.6 litre 4-cylinder 16-valve specifications.

Standard equipment and amenities for all models include 12V power socket, radio/CD player with auxiliary inputs, A/C, electric power assisted steering, electronic stability with ABS, and the usual airbags for safety. Extras are also added as you move up on each model tier such as Bluetooth connectivity, chrome and leather trimmings, auto temperature control, sports seats and a lot more. All 2012 Fiesta models will have the standard 5-speed transmission with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission only made available for models powered with the 1.4 litre petrol engine. Buyers will also have the choice of using Ford’s configurator tool to build their desired Ford Fiesta model.

There will also be ten different Fiesta trims available, giving buyers enough to choose from of which are as follows: Studio, Style, Edge, Edge ECOnetic, Zetec, Zetec S, Zetec ECOnetic, Titanium, Titanium ECOnetic, and the new Metal. There’s even a limited edition 2012 Ford Fiesta S1600 134PS of which is a sport performance version derived from the Zetec S trim. So, regardless of which model one ends up driving off the dealer’s lot, the Fiesta will undoubtedly turn heads wherever it goes.

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

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2012 Vauxhall Corsa

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

 

 

Known as the Opel brand in other parts of the world, the Vauxhall name has been part of the UK automotive industry for years. The brand is known for producing otherwise average vehicles for the UK market. But since the onset of automotive globalization the company has started to produce well-built vehicles, and one of those is the all-new for 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which is sold as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback in UK as of the moment. For new car buyers, here are some new features of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which you might strongly consider for your next vehicle purchase.

For starters, there’s an all new range of Vauxhall ECOTEC® engines to choose from beginning with the petrol engines. The 2012 Corsa models are now powered by three new Euro 5-compliant ECOTEC petrol engines – the lightweight 1.0 litre 12v engine that delivers 65PS; and the 1.2 and 1.4 litre units which feature 16 valves and variable valve timing (VVT) technology allowing both to produce 85PS and 100PS respectively. Both engine technology specs also provide most of the maximum torque across a wide rev band making for easy overtaking or cruising on the highway.

Next up are the Corsa’s new range of turbo inter-cooled diesel engine range which feature a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that gives a good combination of performance, refinement and efficiency in one package. The new range-topping 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX (130PS) joins three variations of the 1.3CDTi 16v: the 75PS ecoFLEX, a 95PS ecoFLEX unit with Start/Stop as standard and a 1.3 95PS ecoFLEX engine available on the upper trim levels. Most of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa models will come with a five or six-speed manual gearbox while the rest of the range comes with an available sophisticated four-speed automatic (1.4i 16v) and five-speed Easytronic (1.2i 16v) transmissions.

There are also various model trims to be had with the 2012 Corsa of which are listed as the following: the base model Expression (£8,995), the upgraded S (£11,625), the Exclusiv (£12,530), the Excite (£13,010), the SXi (£13,520), the SE (£14,865), the sporty Limited Edition (£15,080) and SRi (£15,600), and the top of the line VXR (£18,900). Included as standard amenities and safety features starting from the base model and above are as follows: Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering; electrically operated front windows and adjustable door mirrors; Remote-controlled central deadlocking; Mobile phone system with Bluetooth®; Air conditioning; Multi-function trip computer; Leather-covered sports steering wheel with audio controls; CD player with MP3 format/auxiliary-in socket/stereo radio; Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers; Anti-lock braking system with brake assistance; Electronic engine deadlock immobilizer; Driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage airbags; Front seat side-impact and full-size curtain airbags among many others.

For all those loyal owners of the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa model who have been waiting to upgrade their old ones, now would be the perfect time to get your hands on a new one.

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

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