Car Hire Offers for May, 2013

Shelby GT500 explodes dyno

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Watch big horsepower versus small rolling road. Ends badly..

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/Shelby-GT500-explodes-dyno-2013-04-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Motorcycle Couriers And Cheap Courier Insurance for UK Members

Friday, May 31st, 2013

There are several different options available to get cheap courier Insurance. Some go the route of a van or car while others decide on becoming a courier using a motorcycle. And that is what we are going to learn about … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/courier-insurance-news/motorcycle-couriers-cheap-courier-insurance-for-uk-members/

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Bertone Jet 2+2 is a family-style Aston Martin Rapide

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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Bertone Jet 2+2 - front three-quarter view, Geneva Motor Show premiere

Leave it to Bertone to take a stab at improving the look of the Aston Martin Rapide. The coachbuilder may have done just that with its Jet 2+2 shooting brake unveiled here at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Using the sexy Aston four-door as a basis, the coachbuilder worked the Aston’s rear quarters and lifted the roof into a proper hatch, resulting in a machine with plenty of cargo space out back (though rear seat room doesn’t appear to be much better than the production sedan). An LED span joins the vehicle’s two taillights, and the design looks far more cohesive than the original renderings led us to believe.

An unnamed collector commissioned the one-off build, and Bertone is using the longroof to mark the 60th anniversary of the company’s first partnership with Aston Martin. We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the date. The stock 6.0-liter V12 remains unsullied, cranking out 476 horsepower, though Bertone has given the interior a once-over with unique wood, glazed aluminum and two leather colors specified by the individual who commissioned the car. Check out the full press release below for more information.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/06/bertone-jet-aston-martin-rapide-geneva-2012/

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Motor Trade Insurance For Those Under 25 Years of Age

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In every type of insurance, including motor trade insurance, the premium for any person under the age of 25 is usually fairly expensive. This is because anyone under the age of 25 is considered high risk. But regardless, there are … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/motor-trade-insurance-news/motor-trade-insurance-for-those-under-25-years-of-age/

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Mini Bus Hire ? New fleet of mini buses

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Mini Bus Hire in Chester le Street, Durham & Surrounding Areas For mini bus hire in Chester le Street and Durham. Watch out for our new fleet. Photos coming soon No matter if you are a commercial customer or a member of the public.

Stanford in the Spotlight at the Commercial Vehicle Show

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Stanford Coachworks is in the spotlight again and this time it is the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham from the 9-11th April. This is the perfect showcase for our custom built minibuses, luxury mini-coaches and vehicle conversions which are built to the highest standards of safety and comfort. Stand Suppliers We are located [...]

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Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/stanford-in-the-spotlight-at-the-commercial-vehicle-show/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stanford-in-the-spotlight-at-the-commercial-vehicle-show

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New York Full Year 2012: Honda Accord, CR-V & Civic best-sellers!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

New Yorkers prefer the Honda Accord * See the Top 5 best-selling models, brands and automakers

2012 Ford Mondeo

Friday, May 31st, 2013

 

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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Motor Trade Insurance For Those Under 25 Years of Age

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

In every type of insurance, including motor trade insurance, the premium for any person under the age of 25 is usually fairly expensive. This is because anyone under the age of 25 is considered high risk. But regardless, there are … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/motor-trade-insurance-news/motor-trade-insurance-for-those-under-25-years-of-age/

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New Pages Offering Limited Availability On Used Vehicle Stocks

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It?s never easy looking for used Minibuses but we have made it that little bit easier thanks to our new page on the website ?Available Stock of Used Minibuses? Not all businesses, charities and groups can afford a brand new minibus due to today’s economic climate. But we can now offer the next best thing. [...]

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Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/new-pages-offering-limited-availability-on-used-vehicle-stocks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-pages-offering-limited-availability-on-used-vehicle-stocks

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Stanford Coachworks: Life with Disabilities

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Walking down the stairs, going to the shops or using public transport are all things that many of us take for granted but thousands of people in the UK suffer from disabilities that prevent them doing from even the smallest tasks like going shopping or visiting their families. When the council does little things to [...]

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Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/stanford-coachworks-life-with-disabilities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stanford-coachworks-life-with-disabilities

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Mercedes Vito for

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
  • Make: Mercedes
  • Model: Vito 115 CDI LONG TRAVELINER SWB
  • Registered: November 2009 – 59
  • Mileage: 44592 miles
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Body Type: Minibus – 5 doors
  • Finished in: Blue
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Size: 2.1

Source: http://www.compucars.co.uk/used-cars/mercedes/vito/for-sale/?2856936

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Hot Car Deal – Toyota Avensis Tourer

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Save money on the Toyota Avensis Tourer. We’ve found three great deals on Toyota’s practical estate car, with both 2.0 and 2.2 diesel engines.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/05/hot-car-deal—toyota-avensis-tourer-320911/?cmp=RSS-CARS_320911

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2012 Ford Focus

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The UK’s best-selling car to date happens to be a hot hatch wearing an American badge and it is by no means a pushover. Ford’s hottest selling model, the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus, is now available in the UK as a five door hatchback or estate with a variety of trim levels and engines plus a long list of goodies that will rival your local candy shop. The Focus is also reasonably priced and with good reason, Ford Motors has targeted the European market in its global mission to bring forth a Ford in every driveway and make the Ford Focus a global car. 

Prices will start at £15,800 and for that amount one might expect a bare-bones vehicle. But surprisingly, consumers will get more standard equipments than what the Ford Focus’ closest rival could offer. The entry-level Focus Edge model comes with a well-designed interior and quality materials are used all over. There’s a standard voice-controlled digital radio with Bluetooth and USB connection, aircon, power door locks/mirrors/ front windows, stability and torque control systems, anti-lock brakes, and front/side/curtain airbags for safety. An upgrade to the sporty Focus Zetec trim will include keyless entry, automatic headlights, rear spoiler for the hatchback, 16” alloy wheels and a sportier suspension setting. The top spec trim, the Titanium X, would set you back around £25,250 and for that price you get all standard amenities plus leather trims and heated seats, MyFord Touch technology, xenon headlights, LED park lights, one-touch folding side mirrors, 17” alloy wheels, and parking assist sensors among others. 

The 2012 Ford Focus will be powered by three different types of engines, all with frugality in mind. Buyers get to choose from two types of turbo diesels: first is a 1.6L TDCi with 115hp while the other is a 2.0TDCi with a smooth 150 hp under the bonnet. Then there’s the 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder 150 horsepower EcoBoost petrol engine that sips fuel at a rate of 40mpg. All power generated by these engines is thrown to the front wheels through a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, with a 6-speed automatic transmission listed as optional. 

Also included for the 2012 Ford Focus is a host of options and packages for upgrades such as Super Economy Fuel Package, Convenience Package, Sport Package plus the newly developed pop-out Door Edge Protector, a cushion strip that helps prevent car park-related property damages and will come in handy for those who have kids with them in the car.

There are also two new Ford Focus models worth waiting for to go on sale in the UK early in 2012. The first is the Ford Focus ECOnetic which uses a more frugal engine that is rated to consume 80 mpg and the second one is the all-new zero emission Focus Electric. Although actual prices and launch dates are still to be determined as of press time, these models are sure worth the wait if you are in the market for a new car.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/02/2012-Ford-Focus.aspx

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Green Fingers and Great Health

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

When you?re not feeling your best mentally or physically there are many things that you can do to help combat the problems. Some people take potions and remedies and wait until they fell better whereas others jump at something to do to take their mind off feeling down; this is where gardening comes in. It?s [...]

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Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/green-fingers-and-great-health/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=green-fingers-and-great-health

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Greetings from Montana

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I found this site while searching for a solution to our passenger side sliding door which seems to have retired from active service a while back. An answer was found here, one that gave detailed instructions, pictures, and a tip as to where to go for needed parts well below dealer cost.

Great…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/36729-Greetings-from-Montana?goto=newpost

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Britannia rules the roads with the 5001st minibus

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

2012 was a year when Britain took centre stage with a series of events that showed the very best the nation had to offer. We continued the ?Best of British? theme with the 5001st sale of their luxury wheelchair accessible minibus to Burnt Tree Vehicle Rentals. This minibus conversion is a superb example of mobility [...]

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Source: http://www.stanfordcoachworks.co.uk/britannia-rules-the-roads-with-the-5001st-minibus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=britannia-rules-the-roads-with-the-5001st-minibus

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Hot Car Deals ? Audi A4

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Audi A4 deals from Which? Car: 3 great deals on the A4 diesel and petrol versions, including over

Mercedes-Benz releases US-spec 2014 Sprinter details

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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Last week, Mercedes-Benz released the details for the updated 2013 Sprinter intended for global markets, but this week it has announced what changes are being made to the US-spec version of the van for the 2014 model year, including the Freightliner model. As expected, most of the changes made to the European model will be present on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter when it goes on sale in the US, which is expected to be this fall.

The biggest difference between the Sprinter announced last week and the one headed to our shores is what is found under the hood. While European Sprinters will come with diesel engines and offer the availability of a supercharged four-cylinder gasoline or CNG engine, US Sprinters will still offer the 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel. This year’s Sprinter now comes standard with a new base engine, the 2.1-liter four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel. This smaller engine will produce 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and will be paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission; the optional 3.0 V6 puts out 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, and will be mated to a six-speed auto.

Fuel economy for the new Sprinter has not been announced, but Mercedes-Benz has made numerous changes with the goal of improving efficiency. To this end you’ll find a new, low-friction rear axle and the optimization for the generator, fuel pump and power steering pump.

All of the other changes will carryover to the US including the revised exterior styling, the updated interior (which has not been revealed yet) and the advanced safety features such as collision prevention, blind spot detection and lane keep assist. Oddly enough, it appears that US Sprinter models will not be getting the Crosswind Assist feature. Mercedes-Benz USA has limited the number of images it revealed with this press release, so some of the models shown in the original gallery might not be offered in the US.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/06/mercedes-benz-releases-us-spec-2014-sprinter-details/

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So the Jeep guys supercharge the 3.8

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I was doing some internet browsing and came across this:
http://www.rippmods.com/Products_offered_for_07_08_Jeep_JK_s/259.htm

which is a company selling supercharging kits for the Jeeps with different engines.

Why I haven’t seen these kits for the minivans?? nobody interested?

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/36602-So-the-Jeep-guys-supercharge-the-3.8?goto=newpost

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Eco superminis fall short of fuel economy claims

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Fuel-efficient versions of the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio aren?t as efficient as the claims, according to new results from Which? testing.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/04/eco-superminis-fall-short-of-fuel-economy-claims-317266/?cmp=RSS-CARS_317266

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2012 Ford Mondeo

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

 

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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Tune-up Plugs and Wires

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Time for a tune up so I picked up the OEM plugs and wires. Good thing a national wholesale supplier is located here in Tampa. http://www.rtpartsco.com/ Plugs look good except #1 and #3 were loose in the block. I would guess less than 10 fl tb to start them backing off. #1 plug wire looked cooked…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/36657-Tune-up-Plugs-and-Wires?goto=newpost

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Ford Transit for

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Ford Transit
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Transit 17 seat 100ps
  • Registered: January 2007 – 56
  • Mileage: 35980 miles
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Body Type: Minibus – 5 doors
  • Finished in: White
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Size: 2.4

Source: http://www.compucars.co.uk/used-cars/ford/transit/for-sale/?2875142

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Mercedes-Benz releases US-spec 2014 Sprinter details

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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Last week, Mercedes-Benz released the details for the updated 2013 Sprinter intended for global markets, but this week it has announced what changes are being made to the US-spec version of the van for the 2014 model year, including the Freightliner model. As expected, most of the changes made to the European model will be present on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter when it goes on sale in the US, which is expected to be this fall.

The biggest difference between the Sprinter announced last week and the one headed to our shores is what is found under the hood. While European Sprinters will come with diesel engines and offer the availability of a supercharged four-cylinder gasoline or CNG engine, US Sprinters will still offer the 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel. This year’s Sprinter now comes standard with a new base engine, the 2.1-liter four-cylinder BlueTEC diesel. This smaller engine will produce 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and will be paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission; the optional 3.0 V6 puts out 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, and will be mated to a six-speed auto.

Fuel economy for the new Sprinter has not been announced, but Mercedes-Benz has made numerous changes with the goal of improving efficiency. To this end you’ll find a new, low-friction rear axle and the optimization for the generator, fuel pump and power steering pump.

All of the other changes will carryover to the US including the revised exterior styling, the updated interior (which has not been revealed yet) and the advanced safety features such as collision prevention, blind spot detection and lane keep assist. Oddly enough, it appears that US Sprinter models will not be getting the Crosswind Assist feature. Mercedes-Benz USA has limited the number of images it revealed with this press release, so some of the models shown in the original gallery might not be offered in the US.

Continue reading Mercedes-Benz releases US-spec 2014 Sprinter details

Mercedes-Benz releases US-spec 2014 Sprinter details originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 May 2013 18:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/06/mercedes-benz-releases-us-spec-2014-sprinter-details/

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