Archives for 2013
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013
Skoda Company produced a number of updates model Rapid, which car will get from 5 August 2013. First of all, the sedan is now available with a new 1.6-liter TDI turbo diesel engine 90 h.p. The engine will be paired with a 7-speed DSG or robotized transmission with a 5-step "mechanics". On request, the car will also be available in conjunction with Service Green tec, including a system start / stop, power recovery system under braking and tires with low rolling resistance. As promised, experts Skoda, in this case, the fuel consumption per 100 km at Rapid amount to only 3.9 liters.
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Conditions have become increasingly difficult for drivers in recent years, with the cost of fuel continually pushing towards record levels. Fuel companies continually point towards rising wholesale prices, but increases in fuel duty by the government - already the biggest fuel tax in Europe - have not helped motorists.
Drivers will have been relieved, therefore, when chancellor George Osborne announced in this latest Budget statement that the planned three-pence-per-litre hike in fuel duty, pencilled in for September, is being scrapped. It doesn't make conditions any better for motorists, but it prevents further pressure being put on their wallets.
Yet for companies, there was extra relief in some of the other details of the Budget. Company car tax banding are being changed, for example, to reward drivers of low-emission vehicles. The current regulations charge five per cent company car tax on vehicles which emit 0-75g of carbon dioxide per kilometre; from 2014-15 cars emitting 0-50g/km will be charged five per cent tax and seven per cent the year after, but vehicles which produce 50-100g/km will be subject to a nine per cent levy in 2014-15 and 11 per cent the following year.
With petrol prices prompting many fleet owners to consider more economical vehicles, the promise of significantly reduced tax bills (multiplied of course for each vehicle in the fleet) is likely to persuade many to buy environmentally-friendly vehicles.
One model which could be set to benefit is the Nissan eNV200 electric van, which has been proving its credentials in a recent test as a commercial vehicle for British Gas. The energy supplier plans to make a large proportion of its fleet of 13,000 vehicles electric by 2015, and has been putting the eNV200 through its paces with a series of practical tests. Colin Marriott, fleet general manager at British Gas, said the firm has been "very impressed", adding: "After our month-long test in 2012 which went well, the cold weather testing was vitally important to establish the van's characteristics in real-life working conditions.
"The drivers enjoyed the experience and the vehicle's performance and reliability. We will now continue further testing in 2013 and 2014 ahead of us deciding our future fleet mix."
Jon Pollock, corporate sales director at Nissan GB, was predictably pleased with the results of the performance trials. "We're delighted that the next stage of testing for British Gas has been a success," he said. "Working with a large fleet operator like British Gas allows us to receive a range of feedback before the van launches in early 2014 and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship."
While British Gas could expect big company car tax savings by switching to electric vehicles, smaller companies can also reap the benefits. Remember also that electric vehicles qualify for the government's Plug-in Grant, so speak to dealers and check out the offers on Nissan vehicles from retailers such as Evans Halshaw to see what the potential savings could be.
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
In the world there are many automotive companies specializing in the manufacture of vintage cars, which are based on modern machines donor. But among them stands out the American company GWA (Gullwing America) whose owner - Arturo Alonso become famous some very distinctive and original designs, earning the respect of colleagues and unconditional lovers of rare cars. His new creation - the convertible GWA 300 SLC. This car is constructed by request of one client from Eastern Europe which name is kept secret, and is a tribute to the memory of Mercedes 300 SC (W188) of 1955, only 92 pieces of which were produced. At the heart of construction the roadster Mercedes SLS AMG to which in GWA studio made a new aluminum body lies and redesigned interior.
The same car has got a removable hard top, adjustable suspension, a new exhaust system and executed in a retro style alloy wheels dimension of 21 inches front and 22 inches rear. Engine and transmission completion is not subjected.
Most likely, GWA 300 SLC will be manufactured in one piece, as befits the author's car. However, granting orders Arturo Alonso can make this car a small series, as with other models GWA.
The chance to see any of the GWA models on the road is almost equal to zero. These cars go at once to garages of collectors of automobile rarities and if leave on the road, only, as they say, on holidays.
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Daimler company shared the official information about the most powerful Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, which will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Together with technical data producer also revealed official images of the novelty. Under the hood of a charged Mercedes A-Class will house a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can achieve 360 h.p power and 450 Nm peak torque. The drive is transmitted to all wheels through a seven-speed robotized transmission AMG SPEED SHIFT DCT, which can operate in three different modes. As a consequence, the hatchback is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and achieve 250 km/h top speed electronically limited specifically.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG got stiffer suspension, a diminished clearance, as well as the cooling system, designed for the supercar SLS. In addition, the car is equipped with "three-tier" system of stabilization, one of the modes which (Sport Handling) allows slightly weaken the control electronics and increase the amount transferred to the rear wheel torque. Is provided as well to completely turn off ESP.
Appearance of hot version of the Mercedes A-Class is not much different from the civil hatchback. However, the car can be charged to recognize on a radiator grille with two strips, slightly different front bumper, black air intakes and mirrors and light-alloy 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the standard sports seats replaced bucket, and appeared on the dashboard carbon fiber inserts. In addition, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG received sport steering wheel, special pedals and red seatbelts.
European sales of Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG will commence in the summer of 2013. The manufacturer has not yet disclose the price but it is expected that for the hot hatch asked about 41 000 euros.
At the Geneva Motor Show, which will open in early March, one of the most beautiful pieces will be the new Alfa Romeo, which was titled 4C. For the first time this concept car was shown in the spring of 2011, and now two years later, the Italians were able to make a prototype of a production car. Full specifications Alfa Romeo 4C will be published only on the day of the presentation, but we already know that the length of the new rear-drive coupe will be around 4 meters, and under a cowl of the car there will be a supercharged petrol engine of 1.8 liters, which will work together with the box transmission with two clutches. Capacity of the power plant has not been revealed, but it is expected that it will give about 200-250 hp.
In addition, it is known that the mass of 4C will be only 850 kg! For the modern car is really small, so that the new "Alpha" is going to be quite simply a very fast car. It is interesting that Italians want to sell new model not only in Europe, but also in the USA (Alfa Romeo left the American market in 1994).
The new Alfa Romeo will cost around 45,000 euros.
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013
Volkswagen company announced the official information about the new charged Golf R. The first public debut of the model will be on the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Volkswagen Golf R cabriolet got the same engine as the hatchback Golf R, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 265 h.p The car comes with a 6-speed robotized transmission with double clutch DSG, however, unlike the hatchback lost wheel drive. As a result, the acceleration VW Golf R Cabrio from zero to 100 km/h takes 6.4 seconds and top speed is limited to the mark of 250 km/h.
The roof of a charged convertible soft. Lower the convertible top possible for 9.5 seconds and raise - for 11 seconds. Such a task is ready to execute a mechanism to speed up to 30 km/h. From the usual convertible Golf R-charged version can be identified by a black grille with the logo, chrome exhaust pipes, black diffuser, different tail lights, as well as the corresponding label. In addition, convertible VW Golf R below the standard version on the 25 mm and also received 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels Talladega.
The interior of the Golf R is different open four individual sports seats, steering wheel Vienna Cool, aluminum trim and pedals, contrasting gray stitching on the leather steering wheel, handbrake lever and manual, as well as additional icons R. Orders for the convertible VW Golf R in Europe will take in the spring. Value of the car will start at 43,325 euro.
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
When it comes to buying a new vehicle, many people stress over the budget. We can’t deny that new trucks have all the eye-catching shiny connotations of being fresh and new, straight out of the showroom. However, these are all selling strategies and will lose their glimpse soon, and in the end it will cost you more than it was worth. But why worry about the price and budget if you can buy a used truck that is even better? There are many advantages to buying a used truck, and the biggest one is the price.
With the ongoing financial crisis, prices are the first thing to look at when buying a new vehicle. Used trucks are often a lot less expensive than new ones, even if the truck is fairly new and with very few miles. Most truck owners try to make their truck more comfortable, therefore used trucks can come with great accessories, like leather seats, big tires, an internal mp3 player and other accessories that you won’t have to buy anymore. That way you can save double! Some dealers have so many trucks for sale, that you can actually compare trucks by brand, year, miles, and accessories. New trucks definitely do not come with that many options.
Used trucks have proven their liability, and can therefore be considered as great vehicles. Doing some research on used truck dealers is recommended, the markets differentiate widely in every country, and used trucks in Europe can be a lot cheaper. When buying a used truck, dealers like Hulleman will even have the truck checked by the technical team, so your new truck is ready for departure. Even if you want the truck shipped to another country, within or outside the EU, they will take care of all the customs documents and export plates.
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013