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Pre-booking a parking space can help reduce air pollution
Release Date: 30-01-2019

  YourParkingSpace.co.uk has found that pre-booking a parking space can help reduce CO2 pollution. We’ve all been there – driving around the streets and car parks, searching fo...
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Non-Electric Private Hire Vehicles to get the Axe in Central London
Release Date: 21-12-2018

  The Mayor and Transport for London have announced plans to further reduce emissions in the capital for cleaner, healthier air. Taxis and other private hire vehicles, excluding zero emiss...
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Plug-in Car Grant withdrawn for most low emission vehicles
Release Date: 15-10-2018

  The Government has announced changes to the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which will reduce or completely remove the financial incentives for new low emission car buyers. On October 11th 201...
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Ford Transit Custom PHEV Revealed
Release Date: 22-09-2018

  The new Ford Transit Custom will be getting a PHEV variant in 2019, offering managers a new model to add to their fleet. After the success of the Transit’s redesign in 2018, Ford w...
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EQC – Meet the first electric Mercedes-Benz SUV
Release Date: 05-09-2018

  Mercedes-Benz have announced their all-electric SUV model, the EQC, set to start production in 2019. The EQC will be first all-electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz, in a bid to move towards e...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease between £150 - £250
Release Date: 19-07-2018

  Have a budget in mind? Need help narrowing it down to the best vehicles your money can get? We've dwindled the list down to what we think are the top 5 vehicles to lease for a monthly renta...
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The Effects Of Incorrectly Using AdBlue On Your Car
Release Date: 26-06-2018

  In a recent study put forward by AA, it has been found that driver error is behind the majority of 23,000-plus breakdowns linked to AdBlue last year. This large number is almost twice the a...
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The Flying Car - the newest edition to the Ford fleet
Release Date: 01-04-2018

  Ford have released details of a new model to be added to their vehicle line-up, offering a new way to beat rush-hour. By EU2016 SK (AEROMOBIL, SRO) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons   ...
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The new WLTP and how it will work
Release Date: 04-02-2018

  A new test procedure has been put in place to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, updating the old and outdated system. In the 1980s the New European Driving ...
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Footage of the new BMW i8 Roadster
Release Date: 11-09-2017

BMW have released a video showcasing the upcoming BMW i8 convertible, going by the name of the BMW i8 Roadster. The new electric convertible is featured in a 20 second video posted to YouTube, w...
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New Toxic Charge to hit London drivers - All you need to know
Release Date: 17-08-2017

As of the 23rd of October 2017 (the annual autumn half term) a £10 toxic T-Charge will be introduced to central London to target high emission vehicles. This is set to be the toughest emissio...
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Electric Vehicles by 2040
Release Date: 27-07-2017

  The Government has announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, leaving hybrid and electric vehicles to become the staple of the motoring market. Petrol and diesel ...
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Try our mock-up theory test!
Release Date: 22-06-2017

Figures from the DVSA show that the overall pass rate for theory tests is falling: in 2007/08 there was a pass rate of 65.4%, whereas in 2016/17 there is a pass rate of only 48.2%. This got us thin...
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New VED Regulations
Release Date: 22-06-2017

  From April 1st, we have seen some revised Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) tax bands come in to force. But how will they affect you?   If you are considering the prospect of buying a new se...
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The Geneva Motor Show - the only way is the hybrid way
Release Date: 09-03-2017

At the Geneva Motor Show Kia unveiled not only one, but two, plug-in hybrid models: the all-new Niro PHEV and Optima Sportswagon PHEV. Both are planned to go on sale in Q3 2017 and are expected to ...
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The All-New Kia Rio 2017
Release Date: 15-02-2017

Kia’s fourth-generation Rio uses new turbocharged engines and an all-new platform in combination with new and improved technology and competitive running costs to improve the driving experien...
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Say hello to the new BMW 5 Series Touring...
Release Date: 07-02-2017

It looks like the 5 Series Touring is continuing on the success of the 5 Series Saloon as it is revealed before its official introduction at the Geneva Motor Show. The Touring is described as a pra...
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The All-New BMW 4 Series Range
Release Date: 30-01-2017

2017 represents new beginnings for BMW and in particular for their 4 Series range. The Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupé are being refined with several upgrades to its styling, cabin ...
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
Release Date: 17-01-2017

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s first-ever people carrier which represents a noteworthy change for the German manufacturer. With a combination of efficient engines and premium interior th...
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Unveiled: The VW I.D. Buzz
Release Date: 12-01-2017

Volkswagen have introduced their first-ever, all-electric vehicle at the Detroit Motor Show and this revised microbus is breaking grounds in every direction. Following on from Volkswagen’s...
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Catch a glimpse of the new Kia Picanto
Release Date: 06-01-2017

First official pictures for the new Kia Picanto have been released, as we gain a preview of the most recent stylish addition we can’t help but be slightly smitten with the newest city car. Mo...
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The Next 100...
Release Date: 02-12-2016

In mark of their centenary the German manufacturer revealed earlier this year a glimpse of what their cars could look like years from now with the Vision Next 100 design.  The ‘vision ve...
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 Porsche Cayman Coupe 2.0
Release Date: 29-11-2016

The Porsche Cayman has been branded as a luxury and classically characteristic sports car. Although they have downsized from a six-cylinder to a four-cylinder engine, and this has unsettled so...
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The Jaguar XE – have they done it at last?
Release Date: 09-11-2016

The Jaguar XE – have they done it at last? It’s certainly clear that Jaguar have had an unsteady past, as their X-Type didn’t quite make the cut and was axed back in 2009. The la...
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Discover the All-New Discovery
Release Date: 01-11-2016

Discover the All-New Discovery... Due to the abundance of choice 2016 has largely been regarded as a year for cars. But 2017 looks like it will not disappoint – with the new BMW 5 Serie...
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Kia Niro Hybrid
Release Date: 18-10-2016

The Kia Niro Hybrid ‘2’ – Kia’s Answer for a Hybrid. The Kia Niro Hybrid ‘2’ model has been promoted as a practical family car which, by the way, just so happen...
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Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets The government has issued consultations on three key areas of tax policy affecting the fleet sector: 1.  ...
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Find out about the new Citroen C3
Release Date: 04-07-2016

Citroen have revealed their newest car, available to order from 1st October 2016.   Up to date with fashion, this car is aimed to set new trends with classy design features such as colo...
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BMW X5 xDrive40e review
Release Date: 31-05-2016

BMW is once again leading the direction of innovative driving pleasure with their new X5 xDrive40e, their latest Sports Activity Vehicle. The first plug-in hybrid production car from the core bran...
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Budget 2016: The Impact on the Motoring Industry
Release Date: 06-04-2016

The new budget has finally been announced so we have put together all the key points and how it will affect fleets and the motoring industry... Fuel Duty Despite there being a pencilled-in rise ...
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Top 10 April Fools from Manufacturers of 2016
Release Date: 05-04-2016

Another year, another April Fools and another chance for some of car manufacturers to take advantage of that day and play tricks on unsuspecting consumers. Here are some of our favourite top 10 Apr...
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New Kia Sportage Review
Release Date: 14-03-2016

The all new Kia embraces an exciting new future for its Sportage model... With an attractive brand new interior and exterior design, a whole host of advanced new technology features and a higher q...
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Kia unveils three new hybrid models
Release Date: 16-02-2016

Kia has just unveiled three new hybrid models – the Niro SUV as well as a hybrid and plug-in version of the Optima. For the Niro, Kia has targeted CO2 emissions of 89g/km – although ...
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Jaguar F-Pace Review
Release Date: 18-11-2015

The first SUV in their 70 year history, Jaguar’s new F-Pace is a real breath of fresh air for the prestigious brand. Despite entering the segment so long after their luxury competitors, JLR h...
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Old vs New Vauxhall Viva
Release Date: 23-09-2015

The Vauxhall Viva, a heart-warming car for those of a certain generation. The Viva is a small family car that was first produced in 1963 which was Vauxhall’s first flagship vehicle that unfor...
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BMW launches new 7 series model
Release Date: 12-06-2015

BMW have today released pictures and specification for the new 7 Series saloon, including details of two new hybrid models. This sixth generation of the luxury flagship saloon is also a glimpse int...
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Porsche Gets The Plug?
Release Date: 29-05-2015

It would seem that in the next 3-4 years Porsche will be releasing their new car which will be featuring a plug! With the world of cars slowly moving into the Hybrid category it’s no surpris...
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Fit for royalty! Our top car picks for the Royal family
Release Date: 15-05-2015

From the UK to numerous countries around the world, the birth of the second child of the Duchess of Cambridge & Prince William was a highly anticipated one. And as the new Princess reaches her ...
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Budget 2015: Company Car Tax and Duty Freeze
Release Date: 27-03-2015

Company car drivers will face a three percentage point year-on-year hike in their company car tax from 2019/20. However, the Government has indicated that the rates for ultra-low emission vehicles...
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Jaguar’s new XF for 2015
Release Date: 27-03-2015

 The New Jaguar XF for 2015 The current Jaguar XF has been a roaring success for the British manufacturer. The fantastic design, wonderful build quality and impressive price meant the XF tick...
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Mercedes A-Class Review
Release Date: 23-01-2015

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been a roaring sucess for the German manufacturer. We take a look further into this fantastic car.  The latest Mercedes A-Class is a practical hatchback that has...
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Volkswagen Tiguan Review
Release Date: 06-01-2015

Versatile, tough and attractive. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a winner in our books. The Volkswagen Tiguan is often overlooked in the 4x4 and Crossover market - by doing so, you're missing out easily ...
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A study into the UKs greenest councils
Release Date: 12-12-2014

Living in a green city is something which is becoming increasingly more important to people. This shows, with Caroline Lucas running the countries first green administration in Brighton. The UK has...
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Audi TT is Leaner and Greener
Release Date: 20-08-2014

Audi has done some great work on the new TT, making it more powerful while increasing its whole life impact on the environment. The Audi TT has now seen a power increase of up to 14% while also man...
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Review: BMW 5-Series
Release Date: 09-07-2014

When it comes to the BMW 5-series, it has always been a favourite, and the new 5-Series is no exception.Winner of a string of comparison tests, and labelled ‘Germany’s favourite car&rsq...
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Which car is for me?
Release Date: 09-07-2014

Cars are like clothes. There is something for every occasion- the fancy over the top showy pieces, the bland blend-into-the background pieces, the suits anyone goes anywhere piece, and those that f...
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Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Bluetec Sport Auto
Release Date: 11-06-2014

When it comes to quality and performance, the jump between Mercedes-Benz C-Class to E-Class has always seemed greater than the likes of BMW’s 3-series to 5-series and Audi’s A4 to A6. I...
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New Renault Clio Review
Release Date: 11-06-2014

Since 1990, the Renault Clio has continued to stand out as one of Renault’s best selling cars, and in the past 24 years has celebrated nearly 12 million sales. The new Clio champions Renault...
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Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Release Date: 04-06-2014

A mud-plugging Mitsubishi SUV with a PHEV engine is one way to describe the new Outlander. Eleven years after Mitsubishi first coined the term ‘Crossover’ this third embodiment of the c...
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Ctrack releases new fuel reader device
Release Date: 12-05-2014

Fuel prices can be a huge drain on resources for fleets, and companies are always looking for ways to cut expenses. Now, thanks to telematics solutions company Ctrack, car and van fleet operators c...
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UK holds highest petrol prices
Release Date: 07-05-2014

The UK is continuing to struggle to pull out of the recession, and one factor not helping our wallets is the fact we hold the highest petrol pump prices of any major world economy. This hits busine...
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Vehicle emissions continue to fall
Release Date: 02-05-2014

2013 figures which have been released by the European Environment Agency show that the average passenger car fleet emissions were 127g CO2/km compared to 186g CO2/km in 1996- a 31.7% decrease. ...
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Nissan announce X-Trail and Juke prices
Release Date: 01-05-2014

Nissan have announced the full pricing and specification for the brand new X-Trail and the updated Juke.  The Nissan X-Trail will launch this coming July, with a choice between 2-wheel drive ...
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DPF problems push petrol
Release Date: 22-04-2014

Diesel cars have been climbing the popularity ranks; however driver ignorance could push petrol back up on the fleet agenda if problems persist with diesel particulate filters (DPFs).  DPFs h...
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London to introduce ultra low emission zone
Release Date: 11-04-2014

In a major first for the city, Transport for London (TFL) is preparing a consultation on creating the world's first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) which would incorporate everything from motorcycle...
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Budget penalises low emission vehicles
Release Date: 09-04-2014

Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of discouraging the take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) following recent changes to company car tax rates announced within the budget.  T...
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RAC roll out tyre help service
Release Date: 07-04-2014

With 2014 looking to throw over 120,000 'puncture no spare' breakdowns at the RAC, they are launching a new mobile tyre-fitting service across 10 key city and urban centres.  A correlated ris...
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Hydrogen fuel collaboration leads to popularity increase
Release Date: 04-04-2014

A number of leading car manufacturers such as Hyundai, Honda, BMW, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, have joined hydrogen fuel supplier and energy consultancies from about the globe....
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New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Release Date: 02-04-2014

Being branded the ‘Car without compromise’ the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will offer customers the choice of diesel or plug-in hybrid SUVs for the same price. Launched in the UK this...
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Smarter Parking benefits revealed
Release Date: 28-03-2014

There are plenty of elements which add stress to driving, however once you've steered past the careless motorists, traffic jams and wrong turns and reached your destination, there is one final...
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Review: BMW i8
Release Date: 26-03-2014

The BMW i8 is set to be a revolution in the luxury electronic car segment. Named for its creation of pure-bred vehicle concepts, buzz is already generating around the slick and aesthetically pleasi...
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Company Car carbon emissions reduced
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Recent data has been revealed by ALD Automotive which shows how the average carbon emissions of new company cars fell to an all-time low of 120.4g/km in February 2014; a 4.8g/km drop compared to AL...
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Decade saves diesel drivers money
Release Date: 18-03-2014

The past decade has seen technological innovations make diesel vehicles vastly more clean and efficient than ever before. Bosch reported the findings and stated that it is thanks to the increasing...
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Volkswagen e-Golf available to pre-order
Release Date: 17-03-2014

The Volkswagen Golf is a firm leader as the manufacturer's bestseller, with over 30 million units to their name. And now they are taking a leap to the future with the brand new e-Golf. With drive t...
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Drivers warned of new MOT laws
Release Date: 17-03-2014

As of last month, new MOT laws came into place regarding diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and drivers of diesel cars are being warned not to fall foul of charges as a result.  This guidance ...
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Electric car chargers to be launched across the country
Release Date: 14-03-2014

Milton Keynes CrossLink, a network of electric vehicle rapid chargers, has been launched across the country four weeks ahead of schedule. Initiated by Milton Keynes Council, CrossLink’s cha...
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Nissan take a LEAF out of their own book
Release Date: 04-03-2014

Nissan are celebrating the achievement of their 2013 sales being even better than before, a success which is thought to be greatly due to the popularity of their new electric car the Nissan LEAF, w...
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Renault celebrate low emission success
Release Date: 03-03-2014

Renault Group has become the first automotive group to have an average of below 115g/km CO2 emissions. This figure is based on its sales of passenger cars over the full year of 2013. Renault Twing...
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New BMW X3 is more efficient
Release Date: 13-02-2014

The BMW X3 has been given a facelift, with new styling and colours as well as changes to its interior design and trim options. But more importantly, the new model is more efficient than ever. CO2...
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Is new ‘Green’ fuel actually better for the Environment? What Car? Tests…
Release Date: 10-02-2014

When we think 'green' we normally think of various benefits from environmental to wallet-saving positives; however the introduction of 'greener' petrol seems to tell another story.  The intro...
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New Audi A6 Ultra
Release Date: 07-02-2014

Looking to be popular with fleets and businesses is a new range of Audi A6 ‘Ultra’ models which will offer low and cost-efficient emissions of 114g/km. Highly proficient, yet with no co...
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BMW 4-series Gran Coupe revealed
Release Date: 04-02-2014

BMW unveils its third and final member of the 4-series range; the Gran Coupe, which will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show on March 4th and on sale June 21st. The vehicle provides the elegant ...
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New website to improve views on electric vehicles
Release Date: 04-02-2014

Although the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles is growing, there is still a certain amount of negative stigma behind them. The Government and UK automotive industry are hoping to quash the...
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Review: BMW X5
Release Date: 03-02-2014

A truly beautiful car, the new BMW X5 is pleasing both to the driver and to the eye with a design that will not only capture your attention, but keep it.  The tail has a new uptight stance th...
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New Catalytic Converter invented
Release Date: 31-01-2014

We are constantly looking for ways to cut fuel consumption and manufacturing costs in vehicles and a way to cut the two have just been discovered by a scientist from the Imperial College London. A ...
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Mazda SKYACTIV technology popular for fleets
Release Date: 20-01-2014

Mazda’s sales have soared by an impressive 84% in the last 9 months, and as we enter the New Year they are expected to continue that rise. This is against a total fleet car market up just 7% ...
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Citroen release Grand C4 Picasso
Release Date: 15-01-2014

Citroen have just released their new Grand C4 Picasso. Priced £1,700 higher than an equivalent five-seat C4 Picasso, ownership starts at £19,200 for the VTi 120 manual VTR, rising ...
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BMW 1-Series Hatchback M135i M Performance 3dr
Release Date: 18-12-2013

With agile driving, high performance energy and a striking body with vivacious elegance, the BMW 1-Series is sure to leave its mark even once the wheels have stopped turning. Powerful engines, a sl...
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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class unveiled
Release Date: 16-12-2013

Heralding a new chapter in the Mercedes-Benz success story and setting new standards in the premium mid-range class is the all new Mercedes-Benz C-class. With an increase in space, new technologica...
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MOT to check for Diesel Particulate Filter
Release Date: 06-12-2013

In a new bid to further help protect the environment; from February 2014 part of your MOT test will now include a check for a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in an inspection of the exhaust system....
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Fuel cards lead to big savings
Release Date: 28-11-2013

Fuel cards don’t give you free fuel by any means, but they can provide a significant amount of savings for businesses through several different kinds of benefits. They can help you simplify ...
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Quick Look: BMW 4 Series
Release Date: 22-11-2013

BMW has decided to make a change to its line-up as it announces yet more models to add to the 3 Series range; the German manufacturer is turning the 3 Series Coupé into the new 4 Series rang...
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Quick Look: BMW 2-Series Coupe
Release Date: 12-11-2013

Replacing the previous 1-series Coupe, March 2014 will see BMW celebrating a model that raises the bar in the premium compact segment with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic ability to more than rival...
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Audi launches new compact SUV- The RS Q3
Release Date: 11-11-2013

Audi’s new compact SUV, the RS Q3 has been highly anticipated not only for its high performance, but also for holding the best residual value in its sector. However, although this vehicle ma...
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Germany forces a revision on co2 emissions cap on new cars
Release Date: 11-11-2013

Contrary to prior debate, European Ministers have acceded to German pressure to scrap an agreement that would cap CO2 emissions from new cars at 95g/km from 2020. In June, the European Parliament,...
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Mazda3 to become successful company car
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Mazda3 is set to become incredibly popular among fleets, according to experts in the industry. The new model is set to be released in January 2014.  Available as both a Hatchback and a Fastba...
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Tips for driving down CO2 emissions
Release Date: 06-11-2013

When searching for a vehicle type, fuel consumption and efficiency are a large contributing factor for fleet owners; not only is it better for the environment, but also better for the wallet too. ...
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Car manufacturers embrace hybrid technology
Release Date: 10-09-2013

Mercedes-Benz has announced the impending release of a new version of the S-Class, with incredibly low emissions and an official fuel consumption of 94.2mpg. Available in the UK from September 2014...
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How will you and your business be affected by ESOS?
Release Date: 23-02-1902

 How could ESOS affect your fleet and your company? You may have heard of The Governments new compliance legislation, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)? If you don’t know wha...
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