In a world …of squat, bland crossovers a big tourer stands out like a sleek athlete in a burger bar. It certainly seems clear to me that my preference and fondness for big, fast estate cars shows no sign of abating. Good. Let’s hope it stays that way and that Alpina continue doing their good works for the benefit of motoring mankind. Continue reading
Car reviews are only ever one person’s opinion. What suits one jaded journo may not suit another. By and large though the Peugeot 308 SW with its vast boot has garnered praise across the board without generating a whole lot of excitement. That’s how I think of it too. If it were food the car would be a cheese sandwich or a fruit bun; no real taste sensations yet they deliver a feeling of being satisfied. That’s the thing about the 308 Station Wagon, it delivers on comfort, economy and space and is the ideal vehicle for getting the job done without fuss. Ah, I seem to have reached a conclusion at the beginning; never mind, let’s press on with…. Continue reading
European emissions standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union. These standards are defined by a series of EU directives dictating the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards. Car manufacturers and, for example, business hire companies are obliged to comply. This infographic courtesy of Northgate Vehicle Hire tells the story: Continue reading
That’s a fair question and I know what my answer would be. There are of course many Audi A4 variants. Audi do not miss a trick when it comes to offering something for everyone on every model. In this case the car on test is an A4 saloon with a 2.0L TFSI 248bhp (252PS) quattro S-tronic in S-Line trim. It has got the lot. If you check out the options list below I cannot frankly see anything I would like to add, except maybe Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which is the best thing since sliced bread. I would also like to specify a lower price. Continue reading
This new infographic courtesy of OSV looks at the coolest cars from the Fast and Furious franchise. There are numerous things needed to make a Fast and Furious film: high-octane stunts, several of your favourite F&F characters, a villain or two and of course a copious supply of action. Continue reading
There are Jaguars for work and there are Jaguars for play. In this case, here’s a car that is the business. The Jaguar XE featured here in R-Sport trim certainly looks the part; the looks are understated yet racy but that’s as far as the performance goes. You see, this model is a diesel and is not designed for high speed travel; it is designed for comfort with matching economy and on that score it certainly delivers. Continue reading
A White Paper has been prepared by Mediaworks to analyse the current digital landscape in the automotive sector. In it, they examine key digital metrics and have established the automotive brands with the strongest digital profiles.From virtual showrooms to a new breed of well informed customers, digital has already altered the automotive sector — and the industry’s dependence is expected to grow in the coming years.
In 2016, the number of new cars sold in the UK reached an all-time high. According to figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 2.69 million cars were registered — up 2% on 2015’s performance. Although largely attributed to fleets, private car sales still remain historically high at 1.2 million.
The White Paper offers actionable advice and invaluable industry insights making it essential reading for digital marketing managers and personnel and, indeed, anyone who works in the automotive sector. The Paper can be downloaded free of charge HERE.
As with any aspect of running a business, choosing the most cost effective method of leasing a car is crucial. Car leasing, either personal or for business, is now the leading method of car ownership. For a small business or a company fleet the most popular and tax efficient method is business car leasing. Continue reading