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Volkswagen Have Released an Image of a 6-Wheeled Touareg
Release Date: 01-04-2019

  The German car giant has released a first look at the upcoming 6-wheeled SUV, due to launch in 2021. The 6-wheeled Touareg is yet to be officially named, but speculation has it that the ...
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Sales for SEAT on the rise  13.7% growth
Release Date: 09-11-2018

  From January to October 2018, SEAT have seen a 13.7% increase in the number of vehicles sold worldwide. 449,000 vehicles have been sold by the manufacturer in 2018 to date, a significant...
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Plug-in Car Grant withdrawn for most low emission vehicles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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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 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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Advice for test driving
Release Date: 09-11-2017

Test driving can seem a daunting task, especially if you decide to sign away a chunk of your money after. Here are a few things to check before and during a test drive, so that you feel you can mak...
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The top 5 vehicles to lease between 350 - 450
Release Date: 30-07-2017

  So, you've got a considerable monthly budget to spend on your new lease, but aren't too sure what to get. Let us point you in the right direction. Here are the top 5 cars to lease for the m...
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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 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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Are motorway journey times predictable?
Release Date: 27-10-2016

Are motorway journey times predictable? Four out of five business drivers think not… Research carried out by the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016 reveal an increase in concern from com...
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The brand new BMW 5 Series review
Release Date: 24-10-2016

A glimpse into the New Year…the brand new BMW 5 Series Along with a fresh start the New Year is bringing the new BMW 5 Series with it, with its host of technology and immaculate design feat...
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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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Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio Revealed
Release Date: 10-08-2015

In a move to take on its rivals in the luxury sector, Alfa Romeo has revealed its 159 successor- the Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio. Signalling a rebirth for the brand, the saloon is heading strai...
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Introducing new Alternative Route Team members
Release Date: 17-04-2015

As part of our expansion, we have been taking on lots of new members of staff for a variety of exciting roles throughout the company.  Left to right: Euan, Fred, Jack, Anouska, Mark and Pet...
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New Ford Mustang comes to Europe
Release Date: 23-01-2015

American Muscle comes to the UK with the Ford Mustang - will it live up to the hype? The Ford Mustang. A vehicle that is as much iconic as it is timeless; has been a prevalent figure of stature in...
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Formula E Car to Star in Forza Motorsport 5
Release Date: 13-08-2014

It’s a good time for electric cars. The Tesla Model S and various other models have been doing a good job of increasing their reputation, and now they’re going to get even more popular....
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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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Worst selling cars of all time
Release Date: 09-06-2014

 We hear a lot about which cars sell well and which don’t, but how about the cars which have sold the worst ever… Pontiac Aztek- 5,020 models sold in 2005 This vehicle was such ...
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Mini Hatchback opens its doors to fleets
Release Date: 09-06-2014

 Anyone who is anyone will recognise Minis by their typical 2-door stance, however, they are now adding another pair of doors to their erstwhile hatchback, signalling that the BMW-era Mini is ...
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Vauxhall Vivaro revealed in Birmingham
Release Date: 29-04-2014

The new Vauxhall Vivaro will made its first public appearance at this year’s CV Show. It’s the first unveiling of the van since its completion was finished at Vauxhall’s manufactu...
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A fifth of tyres to be sold online by 2020
Release Date: 11-04-2014

With online-generated sales rising all the time, it is not a surprise that figures from Frost & Sullivan have revealed that by 2020 20% of all tyres will be sold online. Tyres are the biggest s...
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Seat pick Leon Cupra to spearhead 2014 Company Car in Action line up
Release Date: 04-04-2014

Seat have picked the Leon Cupra 280 to lead the line at 2014’s Company Car in Action. The new car will sit alongside the equally fresh Leon ST Estate and Leon SE 1.6 TDI.  The Leon Cupr...
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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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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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Cut costs with regular maintenance checks
Release Date: 13-03-2014

New research is suggesting that fleet owners could be doing lots more to reduce the need for emergency repairs and maintenance, despite their existing focus on managing costs. Autoglass sur...
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2013 was a successful year for Nissan
Release Date: 04-03-2014

2013 was a successful year for Nissan, seeing a strong lift in both their car and LCV fleet sales with respective sales of 55,776 and 8,140. This is a 9% rise in car sales, and 39% for LCV's, helpi...
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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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ATS Euromaster offer brake checks
Release Date: 17-02-2014

With continuous heavy downpours affecting the majority of the UK, it is important driver's brakes are in fully functioning order to ensure that cars and vans have maximum stopping power and prevent...
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Nissan Leaf leads market for electric vehicles
Release Date: 07-02-2014

Reaffirming its status as market leader of electric vehicles in the UK, Nissan celebrated 230 registrations in January for their Nissan leaf. This was up over a 1000% to sales in January 2013 cle...
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Audi Q3 hits top selling list
Release Date: 28-01-2014

Glass revealed this week that the Audi Q3 has taken first place in this month's league of fastest selling cars with an average of 33.5 days of Britain's forecourts.  The first place victory w...
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Fiat Professional good year ahead
Release Date: 22-01-2014

2013 saw Fiat Professional's UK sales increase by 70%, causing them to outpace both the LCV market and its main rivals. Studies show that if every vehicle sold by Fiat Professional was factored in...
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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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Vauxhall aim to lead wholelife costs
Release Date: 16-01-2014

Vauxhall is prepared to offer fleets the most competitive deals in terms of wholelife costs for every single model across its range. The decision comes in the wake of the need to benchmark costs ...
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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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Ford brings 3 new models to UK
Release Date: 15-01-2014

Following on from Vauxhall's ambition to nab the top spot by 2016, Ford is bidding to retain UK leadership by bringing in a trio of models next year. Bringing an iconic American sports car, a new S...
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2013 record-breaking year for Mazda
Release Date: 08-01-2014

For many, a new year equals a new start, but Mazda will be hoping to carry on its success from last year, being one of the fastest growing car manufacturers in 2013. With annual sales gro...
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The 12 Delays of Christmas
Release Date: 13-12-2013

With Christmas fast approaching, the roads are getting busier as people rush to finish their shopping or reach relatives’ destinations. However if you think the M1 is at present more chaotic ...
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Highest number of new cars produced in 5 years
Release Date: 13-12-2013

With the largest amount of new cars being produced and sold since 2008, 2013 has seen the automotive industry take a big step in the right direction. And according to John Leech, Head of Automotive...
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Fleet Van Awards 2013
Release Date: 10-12-2013

Recognising the accomplishments of vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and suppliers, are the annual Fleet Van Awards; a reward highly coveted by the light commercial vehicle industry. Judged by...
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Cold weather tyre sales hotting up
Release Date: 06-12-2013

At a time of year when the weather becomes unbearably cold, the sales of winter tyres is most certainly heating up, with ATS Euromaster recording a seven-fold interest in sales of cold weather tyre...
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Mazda releasing five new models in three years
Release Date: 27-11-2013

Mazda is set to continue its fantastic growth by releasing five new generation models in the next three years, launching itself into its most successful period in more than a decade. The new launch...
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Mileage capture device causes business miles to fall rapidly
Release Date: 26-11-2013

There is a large chance that the rate of claimed business miles will drop significantly once a new mile management system is put in place, heavily influencing driver behaviours. That’s accor...
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Vehicle downtime amounts to 30,000 a year
Release Date: 12-11-2013

At a time where finances are hard, most particularly for SMEs it is vital to make every penny count, yet Ford Retail have released findings that reveal unnecessary expenditure is being made in unex...
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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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Mercedes-Benz records best-ever October
Release Date: 11-11-2013

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trades (SMMT) Mercedes-Benz has achieved a record-breaking registration of performances all across the board throughout Octob...
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Audi 4th best-selling manufacturers in UK
Release Date: 05-11-2013

Audi has crept around competition to become the fourth best-selling manufacturer in the UK, just behind Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen; helped by its long-standing policy to expand its model li...
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UK cheap car boom to be cut short by German economic recovery
Release Date: 11-10-2013

British drivers are enjoying a boom in cheap new cars. This year alone, motorists have benefited from extraordinary deals on new cars with a 16.7% increase in non-business registrations across the ...
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