Subaru Forester, Legacy and Outback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings

January 5th, 2014

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its more rigorous standards for the Top Safety Pick+ crash test rating back in September, and has recently called out some new models that have attained this highest rating. Last year, the TSP+ category was created for vehicles passing the then-new small overlap crash test; this year the top award has been amended to include crash prevention technology.

Thanks to its EyeSight technology, the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester are among just 22 vehicles to have been named a 2014 TSP+ by the IIHS. Without this technology, all three vehicles – and the Impreza and XV Crosstrek – were still named a Top Safety Pick (without the +).

To test the crash prevention technology, the IIHS uses two tests (one at 12 miles per hour and one at 25 mph) to see how well the systems do to lessen the severity of an impact. or prevent an impact altogether. Vehicles are then given a rating from Superior (best), Advanced or Basic, and cars that do not offer forward collision warning or auto braking are not given a rating in this category. To be named a TSP+, a car must achieve at least a Basic score for crash prevention, but all three Subaru models earned a perfect score to receive a Superior rating. Scroll down for Subaru’s press release.

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BMW calling in 76k vehicles over airbag issues

January 5th, 2014

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Vehicles these days are typically fitted with a mat in the front passenger seat that determines whether that airbag needs to be activated in the event of a collision and how it should deploy. But that system doesn’t always work, as Mercedes recently found in its SL-Class roadster and as Suzuki did before it with the Grand Vitara and SX4 crossovers. Now a crop of BMW vehicles have befallen the same issue, prompting the Bavarian automaker to cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall for the vehicles in question.

The problem affects precisely 76,565 vehicles, including certain the 3 Series (sedan and wagon), 5 Series, 7 Series and X5 crossover families spanning the 2006 and 2007 model years and fitted with a certain type of seat. However, since the parts to repair the problematic components are not currently available, as you can see from the recall notice below, it won’t be until March 2014 when local dealers will be able to resolve the issue.

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Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Manchester

January 5th, 2014

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Scion’s SEMA show cars display tuner creativity [w/videos]

January 4th, 2014

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Scion at SEMA 2013

Scion brought four FR-S concepts to SEMA this year and one xB concept, while another three Scion tCs were brought to the show by three different shops that are competing in Scion’s Tuner Challenge. The modified Scions range from mild to insane, and show how popular they are in the tuner world.

The Tuner Challenge teams brought unique creations to SEMA, after Scion gave each of them a tC, $15,000 and 90 days to modify it. At 11:00 AM on Wednesday, judges picked the Young Tea Scion Simpli-tC as the winner, the Walter Franco Scion L-DZ Concept got second, and third place went to the Josh Croll Scion WSD-tC. Check out the three videos below to watch the tC builds from start to finish.

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Out of the FR-S concepts brought to the show, we’re gravitating toward the GReddy Performance x Scion Racing Drift FR-S (top), which has the venerable 2JZ-GTE turbocharged straight-six engine in place of the flat-four that comes standard in the rear-wheel-drive coupe – ready to pump out 750 horsepower – and the Bulletproof FR-S Concept One, which features a striking, handmade wide body and a heavily modified, turbocharged flat-four that puts out 500 hp.

The Strictly Business Cartel Scion xB takes the term “people-mover” to another level with a stretched chassis that moves the rear doors back a few feet, limo-style. As we noted, there’s some creative stuff at the Scion booth.

Take a look at the press release below for more information on Scion’s SEMA cars, and be sure to head over to the photo gallery to see all eight of them.

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Eau god: it?s the Infiniti Eau Rouge

January 4th, 2014

Fast saloon concept is inspired by Red Bull F1 team and Belgian bends. Who isn?t?

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/infiniti-eau-rouge-q50-detroit-2014-1-2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Scion’s SEMA show cars display tuner creativity [w/videos]

January 4th, 2014

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Scion at SEMA 2013

Scion brought four FR-S concepts to SEMA this year and one xB concept, while another three Scion tCs were brought to the show by three different shops that are competing in Scion’s Tuner Challenge. The modified Scions range from mild to insane, and show how popular they are in the tuner world.

The Tuner Challenge teams brought unique creations to SEMA, after Scion gave each of them a tC, $15,000 and 90 days to modify it. At 11:00 AM on Wednesday, judges picked the Young Tea Scion Simpli-tC as the winner, the Walter Franco Scion L-DZ Concept got second, and third place went to the Josh Croll Scion WSD-tC. Check out the three videos below to watch the tC builds from start to finish.

scion semascion xb semasion fr-s sema

Out of the FR-S concepts brought to the show, we’re gravitating toward the GReddy Performance x Scion Racing Drift FR-S (top), which has the venerable 2JZ-GTE turbocharged straight-six engine in place of the flat-four that comes standard in the rear-wheel-drive coupe – ready to pump out 750 horsepower – and the Bulletproof FR-S Concept One, which features a striking, handmade wide body and a heavily modified, turbocharged flat-four that puts out 500 hp.

The Strictly Business Cartel Scion xB takes the term “people-mover” to another level with a stretched chassis that moves the rear doors back a few feet, limo-style. As we noted, there’s some creative stuff at the Scion booth.

Take a look at the press release below for more information on Scion’s SEMA cars, and be sure to head over to the photo gallery to see all eight of them.

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Husky Weatherbeater Floor Mat Set for 2011-2014 Black

January 4th, 2014

I have the entire set in black that I purchased when I had my 2011 T&C these are the exact fit for all 3 rows, they are in fantastic shape minus a couple of scratches from moving stuff around in the back. I paid over $280 for these but no longer have a use. $150+ actual shipping from 98027 and…

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UK Based Holidays Set To Increase

January 4th, 2014

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Minibus Hire for Weddings

January 4th, 2014

Childcare providers and Nursery schools

January 4th, 2014

An article explaining insurance for childcare providers from The Minibus Club

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Press release: RoSPA and Ford give young people ?skills for life? with new driver training scheme

January 4th, 2014

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has teamed up
with Ford Motor Company as its official safety partner to help launch an
award-winning young drivers’ programme in the UK.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1219

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January 3rd, 2014

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voyager 2007 3.3L with 18” wheels

January 3rd, 2014

Voyager 3.3L model 2007 fitted with chrysler 18” rims original from the 200c with tires 215/55 R18 till now without any problems! :biggrin:

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Childcare providers and Nursery schools

January 3rd, 2014

An article explaining insurance for childcare providers from The Minibus Club

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2012 Vauxhall Vectra

January 3rd, 2014

The Vauxhall Vectra is also known as the Chevrolet Vectra in North America, the Holden Vectra in Australia and as the Opel Vectra in other parts of the world. It is classified and sold a large four-door family saloon, estate or as a 5-door hatchback powered by various choices of petrol or diesel engines mated to a five or six-speed manual gearbox. We start with the petrol in choices of the following: a 140bhp 1.8-litre ECOTEC with VVT, a 172bhp 2.0 turbo, a 155bhp 2.2-litre inline-4, and a 2.8-litre 250bhp V6 turbo. For the diesels there’s a 1.9-litre CDTi diesel with 120bhp or 150bhp, a 175bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4, and an available 181bhp 3.0 turbocharged V6 CDTi.

Among the amenities and safety features included in the Vauxhall Vectra includes leather and aluminum inserts and trimming, AM/FM radio with CD, electric windows and mirrors, air conditioning, power assisted steering with cruise control, front fog lights, 17” aluminum wheels with ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, among many other. Prices start at £14,750 for the 1.8 Vectra Exclusiv hatchback, £15,750 for the Estate, and £17,995 for the Signum Exclusiv.

Vauxhall has followed the recipe of not changing anything that is working well and the current Vectra model is testament to this for it has indeed seemingly worked well for the company, so much so as not to merit a makeover for the time being. The 2012 Vauxhall Vectra currently available for sale in the UK market is actually a carryover from the previous model year and is virtually unchanged. Since there are no redesign in the horizon for the Vectra (although there’s a rumoured replacement), loyal fans of this vehicle may still get to own the different models and trims that British families and even UK fleet car companies have found serviceable though the years

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

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Toyota launches BMW-powered Verso in Europe

January 3rd, 2014

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BMW makes some sweet-revving engines, but its own vehicles aren’t the only ones running BMW engines. So do the latest from Rolls-Royce and Mini, of course, as well as a handful of Peugeots and Citroëns thanks to its joint engine program with PSA. Wiesmann uses BMW engines, as did the famous McLaren F1. And now we can add one more to the list.

That would be the Toyota Verso, a Corolla-based minivan which Toyota builds in Turkey and sells in Europe and a few other markets overseas. The Verso is also now officially the first beneficiary of the partnership between Toyota and BMW as the Japanese automaker has released the MPV with BMW’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel four.

The 111-horsepower engine is coupled to a Toyota transmission and joins the Verso range as the fourth (and least powerful) engine in the lineup, alongside the 122hp 2.0 diesel and the gasoline options with 1.6 liters and 160 hp and 1.8 for 180. Future collaborations between the two automakers will include fuel-cell development, a new joint sportscar platform, lightweight bodywork research and a new generation of lithium-air batteries. See the press release below for further details.

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Hot Car Deal ? Save

January 3rd, 2014

Which? Hot Car Deal: Kia is well known for its competitive pricing, though you can still find discounts of nearly

Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Manchester

January 3rd, 2014

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Subaru Forester, Legacy and Outback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings

January 3rd, 2014

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its more rigorous standards for the Top Safety Pick+ crash test rating back in September, and has recently called out some new models that have attained this highest rating. Last year, the TSP+ category was created for vehicles passing the then-new small overlap crash test; this year the top award has been amended to include crash prevention technology.

Thanks to its EyeSight technology, the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester are among just 22 vehicles to have been named a 2014 TSP+ by the IIHS. Without this technology, all three vehicles – and the Impreza and XV Crosstrek – were still named a Top Safety Pick (without the +).

To test the crash prevention technology, the IIHS uses two tests (one at 12 miles per hour and one at 25 mph) to see how well the systems do to lessen the severity of an impact. or prevent an impact altogether. Vehicles are then given a rating from Superior (best), Advanced or Basic, and cars that do not offer forward collision warning or auto braking are not given a rating in this category. To be named a TSP+, a car must achieve at least a Basic score for crash prevention, but all three Subaru models earned a perfect score to receive a Superior rating. Scroll down for Subaru’s press release.

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Subaru Forester, Legacy and Outback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings

January 2nd, 2014

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its more rigorous standards for the Top Safety Pick+ crash test rating back in September, and has recently called out some new models that have attained this highest rating. Last year, the TSP+ category was created for vehicles passing the then-new small overlap crash test; this year the top award has been amended to include crash prevention technology.

Thanks to its EyeSight technology, the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester are among just 22 vehicles to have been named a 2014 TSP+ by the IIHS. Without this technology, all three vehicles – and the Impreza and XV Crosstrek – were still named a Top Safety Pick (without the +).

To test the crash prevention technology, the IIHS uses two tests (one at 12 miles per hour and one at 25 mph) to see how well the systems do to lessen the severity of an impact. or prevent an impact altogether. Vehicles are then given a rating from Superior (best), Advanced or Basic, and cars that do not offer forward collision warning or auto braking are not given a rating in this category. To be named a TSP+, a car must achieve at least a Basic score for crash prevention, but all three Subaru models earned a perfect score to receive a Superior rating. Scroll down for Subaru’s press release.

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2012 Vauxhall Zafira

January 2nd, 2014

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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2013 Nissan NV200

January 2nd, 2014

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2013 Nissan NV200

Moving is not fun. On the scale of adult activities, it ranks somewhere between taxes and jury duty. Boxes need to be loaded, furniture needs to be lifted and the entire affair is typically fueled by a combination of pizza, beer and pain killers (a combo my friends affectionately refer to as “moving fuel”). It’s not fun, and it’s rarely easy.

While it doesn’t make the activity any more enjoyable, having the right vehicle for the job is the difference between loading and unloading half a dozen times and doing it once or twice. When taken as a whole, a proper moving van can shave hours off a day of labor, not to mention untold years of physical and mental stress for those who must take to their wheels every day.

That truism was borne out once again when I borrowed a loaded Nissan NV200 SV to help my girlfriend move into her new house. The little Nissan was a comfortable and able companion throughout the day, managing everything from a mattress and box springs to countless boxes of clothes, dishes and other necessities. Throughout the day, the NV impressed not just with the amount of stuff it could fit in its cavernous back end, but with the features it had to make moving anything easier.

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California (USA) Q3 2013: Toyota Prius & Honda Civic shine

January 2nd, 2014

Toyota Prius * See the Top 15 best-selling models by clicking on the title! * Better late than never! Finally I can share with you data for new light vehicle sales in California over the third Quarter of 2013. The market is up 12% year-on-year over the period to 447,054 registrations vs. a 8% growth [...]

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BMW Active Tourer to hit US showrooms in 2015

January 2nd, 2014

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It’s been over a year since BMW unveiled the Concept Active Tourer at the Paris Motor Show, and another four months since it brought the concept back in Outdoor guise (pictured above). Now word has it that the Bavarian automaker is putting it into production.

Although production specs and dimensions have yet to be revealed, the Concept Active Tourer came in a bit smaller than the existing BMW X1. The production version is expected to be based on the same platform that underpins the new Mini hatchback revealed last week in LA, meaning that it will be predominantly front-drive, but an all-wheel-drive version could follow.

There will also be a longer version with a third row of seats, forming part of a new generation of front-drive BMWs to take on the likes of the Audi A1 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class family, of which the GLA will be the Active Tourer’s most direct rival. Expect the Active Tourer to arrive in 2015 with a new front-drive sedan to follow in 2017 aimed particularly at the North American and Chinese markets.

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Best and worst used medium cars for reliability

January 2nd, 2014

Which? Car News: The most and least reliable medium-sized cars revealed. Our car survey shows that annual repair costs can vary by up to