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Inside this supplement ‘Breathtaking ride’ in BMS 1 Series Sport Pages 2-4 Gadget that helps your tyres last longer Page 5 More than an upgrade on the 2012 Kia Rio Pages 6-7 Two new modesl for HWP this spring Pages 8-10 Latest Toyota Prius on island in June Pages 12-13 Good looking Mini Coupé will turn heads Pages 14-15, 17 Chain and padlock your bike to deter thieves Page 19 Two new models due at World Distributors Pages 22-23, 25 All in the family at Parker’s Auto World Pages 26-27

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BMW 1 SERIES (F20): There are three versions to chose from; Sport, Modern and Urban which all vary slightly in design and specifications.

‘Breathtaking ride’ in BMW 1 Series Sport BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

BMW 1 Series (F20)

Some cars are more than a pleasure to drive. The new BMW 1 Series that has just arrived in Bermuda for the first time is such a car. From the push button start to the shark fin aerial on the roof this majestic machine screams class and quality. And being a BMW it also boasts the very latest in cutting edge technology. To get an idea of what has gone into making this one of the safest cars on the road you only have to take a flick through the driver’s brochure. It is 70 pages of mindboggling technical data and state-of-the-art equipment

wrapped up inside a sleek, sporty package. The new 1 Series is a car connoisseur’s delight. The F20, as it is also known, starts at a modest $70,000, but you could easily end up spending much more on it. You can choose between a huge range of external colours, wheel-style, fabric

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and leather interiors and jazzy accessories — in effect BMW allow you to build the car of your dreams and they just do all the work in the factory. In Bermuda the new BMW has been classified as an ‘H’ class vehicle. This is probably down to the hatchback shape of the machine as well as the extraordinary amount of space there is up front and in the trunk. There are three versions to chose from: Sport, Modern and Urban which all vary slightly in design and specifications. I was lucky enough to take the crimson red Sport model for a quick spin around Hamilton. It was nothing short of breathtaking. This new BMW sports a 1.6 litre turbo engine and

the purr of the engine as you press down on the starter button is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end. The driver’s seat is comfortable and gently reclining and it is very easy to get the sensation that you are just about to start a Formula One race. But despite all the power and red stripes that adorn the interior this machine is smooth and graceful. Its power-steering system makes it easy to manoeuvre despite its size, and as you drive it feels like the car clings quietly to the road with minimum fuss. The new 1 Series comes as an automatic, but you also get the choice of a Steptronic function where you


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can nudge the funky shaped gear stick up and down the gears. There may not be much call for this kind of accessory in Bermuda, but it is fun to do anyway and it does make you feel a little bit more of a racing driver. The crimson red colour combined with the striking shape and the large chrome front grill make this an eyecatching car that is guaranteed to turn heads. But it is so much more than a head-turner. It is genuinely enjoyable to drive. It’s the kind of car you don’t want to get out of when you get to your destination. Internally the luxurious black leather and the futuristic dashboard with popup computer screen make it a little bit like being in control of your very own Starship Enterprise. Of course it has electric windows front and back, of course it has back-up sensors for the front and the See BMW, page 4

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STATE OF THE ART: THE BMW 1 Series has a futuristic dashboard with a pop-up computer screen in the central dashboard which gives you a virtual picture of the car to help you reverse and park safely.


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BMW Continued from page 3 back and of course it has Blue Tooth capacity. But it’s the little added extras that make this car exceptional. It is the felt finish to the storage spaces, the sliding arm rest on the driver’s

COOL WHEELS: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT left side, the figure-hugging front seats, and the back seat air conditioning units that take this machine into another league. There is also the steel ‘BMW Sport’ metal plates on the inside of the door frame and the central-locking key, which only has to be in the car for the push button start to spark the ignition.

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‘Even the click of the door shutting behind you is reassuring.’ The pop-up computer screen in the central dashboard gives you a virtual picture of the car to help

you reverse and park safely. You can even plug your phone into the computer system or visit the BBC website to catch up on the latest world news. When it comes to space in this new BMW you will want for nothing. The is a massive amount of space in the trunk to fit all manner of items whether it‘s kite surfing equipment or just the week’s shopping. You could easily fit three people in the back which makes this BMW an ideal family car, safe, secure and spacious. The back seats also fold down so you can get the golf clubs in as well. The new 1 Series is not quite the gas-guzzler you might think it is. It will cost you around $120 to fill this machine up, but you always have the option of using the ‘Eco’ function which helps you conserve fuel. From the moment you step into the new 1 Series it is like being transported into another world of luxury and comfort. Even the click of the door shutting behind you is reassuring. This new model has only just arrived on the island and is available to buy from Bermuda Motors on Church Street in Hamilton. Mike Butler, general manager of Bermuda Motors said: “The F20 is a great choice for those who want the convenience of a hatchback but appreciate the technical quality that BMW brings to all its cars. “The new 1 Series embodies everything that BMW stands for — superb engineering, technological innovation like the fuelsaving Auto Stop Start feature when the engine is idling, and sophisticated optional extras like the ConnectedDrive display. “And of course owners can choose from a wide range of quality interiors and accessories.” ■


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Gadget that helps your tyres last longer BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

The simplest car gadgets are often the best as well as being the most useful in the long term. The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is just one of these kind of accessories. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and in turn will help your tyres to last a lot longer. The clever little innovation is available from AutoStar Ltd on St John’s Road in Pembroke where installation of the system takes place. Four little sensors are attached to the rim of each wheel arch and they relay pressure information wirelessly to a display screen that is plugged into the cigarette lighter. The display gives you a read out of exactly what the pressure of each tyre is, and when the tyre’s pressure goes below the required level it gives the pressure read out in red. Clevie Simmons, who runs AutoStar, believes the monitoring system will prove a big success in Bermuda and help drivers to save money. He said: “The purpose of the system is to keep you aware of the each tyre’s pressure at all times. “A lot of people in Bermuda are not aware that you lose 1lb of pressure for every 10 degree temperature change. “Depending on the time of year, especially at this time of year at the moment, this can have a considerable effect on the pressure of your tyres. “You could easily lose 2lb in a day, which has a significant effect on the general wear and tear on the wheel as well as how safe the wheels are to drive on. “People in Bermuda are not accustomed to checking their tyre pressures weekly which is what they should do.” The monitoring system is manufactured by Orange

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TYRE SAVER: Clevie Simmons, who runs AutoStar, is seen attaching sensors to a tyre rim of a wheel arch which relays information of what the pressure is of each tyre to the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System which Mr Simmons is displaying (below). Electronic and has been used across Europe. It costs $325 for the system, and a further $80 to get it installed at AutoStar in Pembroke. Mr Simmons said: “Installation takes around an hour and a half at our garage. “It could be longer depending on the type of tyres we are dealing with on the car. “There is more and more expenditure on car tyres these days and many people buy new wheels every time they go and get their car tested. “In these economic times a device like this can save you a lot of money in the long run. “If you keep your tyre pressure at the right level it reduces the general wear and tear and it will last longer. It really is as simple as that.” The Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are now in stock at AutoStar. ■

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THE NEW RIO: Kia has kept all the good stuff of the old Rio and added an extra level of comfort as well as useful and impressive new features.

More than an upgrade on the 2012 Kia Rio BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

Quite often a new model of a successful car can just be the older version with a few extra accessories and more than a few extra dollars on the price tag. This has not happened with the Kia Rio. The old Rio was a great family vehicle; sleek, sport and spacious and more importantly a reasonably cheap car to run on a day-today basis. What Kia has done with the 2012 model is take all the good stuff they had with the old Rio and added an extra level of comfort as well as useful and impressive new features. The new Rio arrived at Bermuda Motors at the beginning of the year and

Kia Rio Available at Bermuda Motors 63 Church Street East, Hamilton Telephone: 292-0893 sales@bermudamotors.bm Vehicle Class: E Price: From $28,500 has already proved a bit of a hit with islanders, which is all the more impressive given the decline of the international automobile industry. It’s a five-door hatch back with a sporty twist and comes with leather interior for the princely sum of $28,500. Externally the new Rio sports 17-inch alloy wheels,

‘The new Rio manages to find the fine balance between sporty and safety, and loses nothing in terms of performance.’ a 1.4-litre engine, electric wing mirrors and a shape that is smart and compact. Internally it boasts push button start, Bluetooth hands-free and a child support anchor. The new Rio manages to find the fine balance between sporty and safety, and loses nothing in terms of performance. It is a speedy little hatchback that is also easy to control and manoeuvre.

And if you were after little mod cons — then there are plenty of those too from the indicator lights in the wing mirrors to the driver’s armrest. And the new Kia possesses one of the most peculiar features I have come across. On the central dashboard is a small transparent square. At first glance it is difficult to work out what it is actually for.


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But in fact it is a picture holder. So you can slot a picture of your family, your child or even a dog if it takes your fancy. But apart from the mini photo frame there are also much more useful accessories on board the new Kia. It comes as an automatic with the option of Steptronic gear changes and it got great handling for a hatchback. There is telescopic steering for the driver to find his ideal position and the option of plugging your iPod in to play your favourite songs. Parking and reversing is a doddle thanks to the back-up sensors, and you have the benefit of electric windows in the front and the back. The new Rio sports a decent sized trunk as well as a good glove box and there is also plenty of space in the back seat too. While the leather steering wheel’s controls allow you to increase and decrease the volume of the stereo.

COOL WHEELS: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT Mike Butler, general manager of Bermuda Motors said: “I honestly don’t think there’s a better value compact on the market right now. “The Rio was already one of the best-selling cars in its class but with the 2012 model Kia have added so much more in terms

of design, performance, technology and standard features that are expensive extras on other cars, that it’s essentially a different car. “People will be surprised just how much room there is inside and there’s a real dynamic feel to the handling too.”

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The new Rio comes in a range of colours including; white, bright silver, signal red, wendy brown, platinum graphite, fresh beige, caramel yellow, electronic blue, deep blue and black. And it is available from Bermuda Motors on Church Street in Hamilton. ■


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NISSAN MARCH: “This will be the best-valued priced model of its kind in Bermuda”, says Tony Martin, sales manager at HWP.

Two new models for HWP this spring Sporty Hyundai Veloster and an upgraded Nissan March BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

Two very different kinds of new cars are set to burst onto the Bermudian automobile scene later this spring. HWP expects the Hyundai Veloster and the new Nissan March to be on its showroom floors within the next couple of months. The Veloster oozes speed, sport and sophistication with its seamless smooth curves and modern accessories. While the latest version of the March is a welcome upgrade on what has always been a popular family car for its reliability as well as practicality. Both machines will appeal to very different sections of the population, but the

Hyundai Veloster Available at HWP St. John’s Road, Pembroke. www.hwp.bm Tel: 295-5000 Vehicle Class: G Price: From $33,500

‘This latest range of South Korean sports car is easy to park thanks to the rear camera, which sends a picture to the front digital display.’

Nissan March Vehicle Class: C Price: From $24,500

fact that new cars are once again coming into the island is good news for an industry that has had to ride out a pretty rough couple of years. The Veloster is a class G vehicle and will therefore set you back around $1,200 when you come to get it

licensed and TCD’d. It comes in at a very reasonable $33,500 for the simple automatic version. Or you can pay an extra $1,500 for the sunroof model. This two-door Hyundai sports 18-inch alloy wheels and is powered by a mighty 1.6-litre fuel injected engine. But it’s not just a two-seat sports car. There is room for a couple of passengers in

the back seats too. It comes with all the luxury trimmings of a deluxe sports car including leather interior, electric windows, power steering and power mirrors. There is a CD radio on board the Veloster and the capacity to connect your iPod in to the stereo system. You can plug your cellphone into the internal


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HYUNDAI VELOSTER: It comes in at a very reasonable $33,500 for the simple automatic version, or you can pay an extra $1,500 for the sunroof model. computer to make use of the hands-free Bluetooth setting. If you find the hot weather gets a little too

much there is air conditioning, and if you are a little bit chilly on a winter’s morning the Hyundai also comes complete with front

seat warmers. This latest range of South Korean sports car is easy to park thanks to the rear camera, which sends a

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NEW MODELS Continued from page 9 And it has the added luxury of push button start and keyless entry. And just in case you were in any doubt that this is a genuine sports car there is the obligatory spoiler on the rear roof. The Veloster may look like a flashy looking machine and it is sure to turn heads on the street, but it also has the functionality to make it durable as well as functional. It comes in a range of colours including crystal white, sleek silver, sonic silver, phantom black, blue ocean, clean blue, veloster red, vitamin c and sunflower. And it could be a real hit this summer. Tony Martin, sales manager from HWP said: “This will be the only three-door vehicle on the market, which makes this very unique. “Also this will be the least

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It is a class C vehicle, which means you will pay out around $550 every year, that comes in automatic and will cost you around $24,500 to drive away from the HWP showrooms.’ expensive sports coupe in Bermuda with the most standard features compared to the competition offer. “It comes with rear camera, sensors, leather interior, smart start, keyless ignition and the availability of a full panorama glass sunroof as optional equipment. “This will be the best-valued priced model of its kind in Bermuda.” The new March is a different kettle of fish. Its strongest points are its simplicity and the fact it is one of the cheapest cars on

the road to run. It is a class C vehicle, which means you will pay out around $550 every year, that comes in automatic and will cost you around $24,500 to drive away from the HWP show rooms. Its 1.2-litre fuel injected engine is balanced by the Anti-lock Braking System and excellent traction control. This new four-door model comes with power steering, power locks and power mirrors. It has a good stereo system as well as air condition-

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ing. The new March, like the old March, is a conventional car, but it does come with a few added extras like keyless entry and tilt steering. Nissan has a good reputation for safety too and this model comes complete with air bags and a robust structure. The March is expected to arrive on island this spring, and bosses at HWP will be hoping that the new model is just as popular as the old one. But at heart this machine is a reliable family car. It also comes in a range of colours including white, silver, black, dark red, grey, blue, orange and green. Mr Martin added: “This will be the only class C vehicle on the market. “This new March will be the only Japanese mid-size product under $25,000. “And it would also be a great vehicle for seniors because of its size and the fact it falls within the free licence category.” ■


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FIRSTS: The new Prius c arrives in June making it the first hybrid vehicle to go on general sale on the island.

Latest Toyota Prius on island in June BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

Prius c

The latest Prius is all about ‘firsts’. The Prius c will be arriving in Bermuda this summer, and with it comes the next generation of hybrid technology. The latest Toyota model will be the first hybrid vehicle to go on general sale on the island. And it is the first time that Toyota has made its hybrid technology available in a ‘subcompact economy’ car. Previous Prius models have either been too expensive or too large for the local market in Bermuda. But Bermuda Motors expects the first batch of the new Prius c to arrive on the island at the beginning of June. And the dealership on Church Street in Hamilton will set the price bar for the five-door vehicle at $39,500. The new Prius comes with

a 1.5-litre engine and will be classified as an E class machine. Just a word of warning though — there is no plug! You don’t plug the Prius in to an electric socket to charge up the battery. It is by definition a hybrid. To people in the know this equates to a 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle inline-4 being mated to a smaller and lighter version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The two electric motors work with each other and the internal combustion

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engine to create various effective gear ratios and these drive configurations: pure EV, gasoline only, or a mix of the two. In simple terms — the Prius runs on a mixture of gas and electricity. Bermuda’s speed limits and short journey distances mean drivers will be able to get maximum benefit from its energy efficiency features in all modes. The Prius c can drive for about a mile on battery only at under 25 mph; 53 mpg in urban conditions. The 2012 Toyota Prius c has not been branded as

a hybrid for people who don’t want the social stigma associated with owning a hybrid. The Prius c is for people who just want a good car. It focuses on economy, driving fun and style. It is a smart looking car and in essence a slimmed down version of the old Prius. The manufacturers have trimmed 500 lb off the old Prius to create the new model and this makes for a smaller and livelier chassis. Inside you won’t find yourself short of space either and it will more than

‘Bermuda’s speed limits and short journey distances mean drivers will be able to get maximum benefit from its energy efficiency features . . .’


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ECONOMICAL: The optional display panel on the energy-efficient Prius c. manage the tag of family car. It comes with fold-down rear seats and is perfect for the intended demographic. Michael Butler, general manager of Bermuda Motors said: “We are very

excited about finally being able to bring the Prius to Bermuda. “Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid technology for 14 years and the Prius concept has proved enormously successful with

more than 2 million cars sold worldwide. “With the Prius c, Toyota has introduced the technology to a subcompact car for the first time and the Prius c is ideal for Bermuda's unique driving conditions.

“There is growing consumer awareness about energy efficiency and we think the long-term savings drivers will get on fuel consumption makes the Prius an attractive investment.” ■


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SPORTY: The new model retains the original Mini shape and has already made an impact since its arrival in February.

Good looking Mini Coupé will turn heads BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

The Mini manufacturers have ripped out the back seats of the old Cooper and transformed it into a thrilling little sports car. It comes with all the trendy accessories and special features that made the old version as stylish as it was racy. But this new model only arrived in Bermuda in February and Bermuda Motor bosses believe it has the potential to make quite a splash. The simple fact that it only has two seats means there is more space throughout the vehicle especially in the legroom department. The extra boot space is also a welcome new addition to this vehicle which is guaranteed to appeal to businessmen and women. What also makes this

Mini Coupé

Available at Bermuda Motors 63 Church Street East, Hamilton Telephone: 292-0893 sales@bermudamotors.bm Vehicle Class: C Price: From $66,000 new Mini Coupé even more attractive is that it is only a class C vehicle. It lacks little in terms of size on the older Cooper, but the fact that it is only a twoseater means you will save a little bit of money when you come to license it. The two-door version comes with automatic gear transmission and will set you back something in the region of $66,000. But like all Minis you can almost build your own by choosing what interior

‘It is a cracking little car to look at, and sports the traditional Mini shape and design.’ as well as exterior features take your fancy. It is a cracking little car to look at, and sports the traditional Mini shape and design. But it is also a fun machine to drive. It boasts great traction control thanks to the 17-inch wheels so it feels like the car almost hugs the road as you go around corners or up side streets. It also has plenty of power too with a 1.6-litre engine that makes a reassuringly distinctive sound as you take it through the gears. The Mini Coupé’s com-

pact size makes it ideal for driving around Hamilton and parking in small, tight spaces. Inside this little mean machine you get the striking old-school juke box style speedometer in the centre of the dashboard. There are silver chrome circles wherever you look — whether it is the internal door handles or the digital display of speed, revs and how much fuel you have left. The stereo also sits comfortably in the middle console and offers you the choice of radio, Blue Tooth


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or CD player and there are four booming front speakers that give you great sound quality. When it comes to driving comfort the Mini comes with a driver’s armrest as well as the option of literally pumping up you seat to get the ideal position. Furthermore, the steering wheel can also be adjusted up and down to suit the driver’s desire. Starting the Mini Coupe engine means you push the disc-shaped object, which doubles as a key, into a slot on the driver’s side and away you go. There are four airbags inside to provide added safety and security, but you would expect nothing less from a Mini design where safety and reliability is always paramount. A nice little extra feature is that you can access the trunk from inside the car and stuff any shopping through a little hole. From the outside the Mini Coupe looks menacing with its metallic front grill.

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OLD SCHOOL: Inside the Mini you get the striking juke box style speedometer in the centre of the dashboard. It also comes with a rear spoiler that you can either put up manually or pops up

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MINI Continued from page 14 be honest, and a little tip from the dealership is not to have it up as it drains the battery. Essentially the two-seater Mini is a sports car but a touch of the conventional too. It has plenty of space as well as storage compartments in the front. It is also robust and sports some of the latest technology in road safety. There is a hint of the helicopter cockpit about sitting in the driver’s seat too. Where you would usually find the internal light in any other normal car you find an assortment of switches and U-shaped levers. They operate overhead and well as internal side lighting. But that is not all — you can also choose what internal light illuminates the inside of the door lever. You can have red or green or even blue — depending on your mood and how much you want to play at being a helicopter pilot. You see it’s the little things about the Mini that make it more than just a car and give it a personality of its own. But it does not forgo the basics too. It sports the usual modern accessories you would expect — electric windows, air conditioning and cup holders for your morning coffee. Its leather interior is luxurious and comfortable and the stitched steering wheel is a nice touch. The new Coupe combines sport with space, which is not an easy partnership to achieve, and it all comes in a punchy package. Mike Butler, general manager of Bermuda Motors said: “We’re excited about the Mini Coupé. “It’s the first-ever production two-seater Mini and it’s just great fun to drive. It enhances the sports-style design that has always been a part of the Mini without compromising the build

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SPACIOUS: The extra boot space is also a welcome new addition to this vehicle. and interior quality that we have come to expect from this generation of Minis.

“And as with all Minis, owners have numerous optional extras to really make it their own.”

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Chain and padlock your bike to deter thieves BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

Whether it’s during the day or in the middle of the night, opportunistic thieves will prey on your motorcycle. It could be as simple as forcing your seat or basket open or you may find the bike has disappeared completely. The Bermuda Police Service advises motorists to make sure their bikes are secured properly before leaving them unattended. Last year 654 motorcycles and scooters were reported stolen in Bermuda — an average 54 per month. Up to 342 (52 per cent) were stolen in the central parishes, 167 (25 per cent) in the west and 144 (22 per cent) in the east. The most popular parish for thefts was Pembroke. Inspector Phil Lewis of the Road Policing Unit said: “Stolen motorbikes and cycles is a million dollar industry a year. “And we are finding that people are forgetting to lock their bikes properly. They’re not even applying the handle lock sometimes.” Inspector Lewis said that even just by using your ignition key to apply the wheel lock, turning the handlebars to the left or right, this is not enough. “What we’ve found is that thieves will just snap the handle and the lock. So you really need a chain and padlock,” he said. “Buy a good, thick chain and padlock, or an extra tough steel cable lock. Wrap it through the wheel spokes and around the forks and frame.That will give you extra security because it then prevents the bike from moving, so people can’t drive it away.” Inspector Lewis also advises motorists not to leave their bikes unattended in isolated places. “Don’t park your bike where you know it will be dark and lonely. “Park it somewhere highly visible. Or just leave

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PADLOCK IT: Last year, on average, 54 motorcycles and scooters were reported stolen in Bermuda per month. the bike at home and take a taxi if you intend to drink.” However, thieves operate even in busy places such as the carparks on Front Street.

Parking “Anyone seeing someone in a carpark will think they are just parking their bike, and may not notice them fiddling with it. “So the irony is that sometimes when you park a bike among lots of others, it’s not the best thing to do. That’s another reason to use an extra lock.” Inspector Lewis said: “At the end of the day you can’t stop a determined person from stealing your bike, but people can take precautions. “A motorbike or scooter is not the most secure of vehicles, so it’s easy for someone to break in. “Bike baskets are easy to break into so don’t leave

‘What we’ve found is that thieves will just snap the handle and the lock. So you really need a chain and padlock.’ PHIL LEWIS

Inspector, Bermuda Police Service valuables in them. Anyone with a screwdriver can just flip up the lock and break it. “And seats are also easy. If someone wants to steal your helmet they can just prise the seat up with a tool or screwdriver. “But taking the bike is a whole different matter. You can do something about this by putting a lock on it.” Last year the most popular models for thieves were the Honda Scoopy, Yamaha 125cc, PGO and Symax.

“Some specific bikes are now being used for certain crimes, and are picked for their power and speed,” said Inspector Lewis. “We know some have been used for gun violence. They are also targeted for joy riding and stripping for parts. “Bikes of 150 or 175cc are targeted for their power, but thieves also choose those easy to start. “The Honda Scoopy is the favourite as its quite fast and powerful.” ■


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LOOKS GOOD FROM ANY ANGLE: The Renault Clio III has arrived and could prove to be the best bargain of 2012.

Renault Clio III is great value for money BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

Renault Clio III

Functional, durable and great value for money — the new Renault Clio III has arrived on our shores and could prove to be the best bargain of 2012. The first batch of the new model arrived at Eurocar in Hamilton just before Christmas all the way from Le Havre in France. The five-door hatchback is spacious and comfortable, and has a reputation as being one of the safest vehicles on the road. It complies with the strict European Union road safety regulations and is fitted with a total of six airbags in the front, back and side. The airbags deploy depending on where the impact on the vehicle takes place. The paintwork is also specially galvanised so it does not corrode, which is great news in Bermuda when the salty sea air can take its toll

Available at Eurocar 4 Woodland Road, Pembroke Telephone: 292-3240 eurocarsales@cwbda.bm Vehicle Class: E Price: From $28,450

‘It complies with the strict European Union road safety regulations and is fitted with a total of six airbags in the front, back and side.’

on vehicles and cause premature rusting. The way this 2012 Clio is made means it is durable and you will not have to worry about your new purchase rusting any time soon. Inside, the Clio III is fitted with modern accessories that belie its $28,450 price tag. And Eurocar are currently offering a two-year warranty. It comes with central remote locking, flick-open keys, air-conditioning and front electric windows. The interior is comfortable and fresh looking,

while the central dashboard display gives you information ranging from date to time to temperature. There is plenty of headroom, and all seats come with adjustable headrests. And as for the back — not only do the seats fold down to give you more trunk space — but even when they are up you have a surprising amount of legroom. The CD stereo system is bolstered by four front speakers and two in the back which makes for great listening while your on the road.

The steering wheel is simple and straightforward and gives you access to cruise control. It is bordered by two short stubby paddles that control your lights, wipers and indicators. The new Clio is a class E vehicle and packs a decent punch with its 1.6-litre engine. The drive is smooth and comfortable. The shape of the vehicle is robust and all the bodywork seams of the Clio have been sealed so water cannot get in. There is plenty of power


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‘In a nutshell the Clio has enough space for a family of four, it is economical to run and maintain and it is fun to drive too.’ at your foot to take on hills while the Anti-Lock Braking System gives you more than enough control. In a nutshell the Clio has enough space for a family of four, it is economical to run and maintain and it is fun to drive too. It also looks good too. There are little features like the silver internal door handles and the alloy wheels that will appeal to owners who like a car with a bit of style. But most importantly if you are looking after a family it is safe and durable. It comes in a range of snazzy colours from red to blue to grey and it is available from Eurocar on Woodlands Road in Hamilton at the moment. ■

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YAMAHAJUPITER MX135: The new model will be available in red, blue and black and it is designed with latest safety and comfort features.

Two new models at World Distributors BY JOE PONTE Sales Associate, World Distributors

Just in time for spring, we are expecting two new models in at World Distributors. As the only authorised Yamaha dealer on the island, we are excited to offer our customers the Jupiter MX135 and the YZFR125. Both of these bikes put the “cool” in “cool rider”. The Jupiter MX135 is smart-looking, easy to control, comfortable and fuelefficient. It has modern liquid cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve 134 cc engine for smooth acceleration and pickup. The Yamaha Jupiter MX also has an efficient 5-gear transmission system that allows for easy changing of gears when necessary.

Yamaha Jupiter MX135 and Yamaha YZF-R125 Available at World Distributors 32 North Street Hamilton 295-2329 saleswdl@logic.bm

The bike will be available in red, blue and black and it is designed with latest safety and comfort features. As the new version of the Yamaha Sniper, the Jupiter MX maintains an overall modern and elegant look including stylish graphics and sleek halogen headlamps. The body of the bike features a long and wide seat

for comfortable riding alone or with a passenger. The suspension system of the MX135 is designed to absorb maximum shock. The bike is incorporated with latest and advanced quality of suspension components that offer greater stability and control with the vehicle. While the bike is lightweight, it has a huge load carrying capacity. Next, we have the ultimate race bike with Yamaha YZF-R125. With its aggressive styling, sporty performance and handling, the YZF-R125 is the perfect introduction to supersport riding. Its liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, SOHC engine is tuned to deliver free-revving performance and exhaust efficiency for ultra-responsive

performance. The engine is crisp and responsive, the fuel injection is spot on and the bike has great pickup. With front cowling and twin fox-eye headlights, the YZF-R125 has aggressive supersport styling and unlike many 125cc bikes, the R125 is built on a fullsized chassis providing a more comfortable riding position — especially for taller riders. The R125 also features a lightweight Deltabox frame, which delivers an optimum balance of strength and rigidity for class-leading handling performance. Complementing the frame is a lightweight cast aluminum swinging arm that allows the link-type rear suspension system to operate more efficiently and See YAMAMAS, page 25


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YAMAHA YZF-R125: This model is noted for its aggressive styling, sporty performance and handling, the YZF-R125 is the perfect introduction to super-sport riding.


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YAMAHAS Continued from page 22 deliver more responsive handling qualities. This bike will be extremely agile around the winding roads in Bermuda. Yamaha has always been committed to using highspecification components like the large diameter 292mm front disc brake units on the YZF-R125. The compact twin-pot caliper design on the frontbrake combined with the 230mm rear disc ensures smooth, controlled braking at a range of speeds and assured stopping power when you need it, which offers great peace of mind. The mid-ship exhaust muffler contributes to centralise the bike’s mass for balanced handling and houses dual catalysers for cleaner emissions. In addition, an air induction system introduces air into the exhaust for more complete combustion of exhaust gases, lowering

COOL WHEELS: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT emissions even further. With a 13.8-litre fuel tank, the R125 has a range of almost 400 kilometres. The combined digital and analogue panel speedometer provides a clear view of all the bike’s vital functions at a glance and it looks cool. I suspect that both the Jupiter MX and the YZF-

R125 will appeal to young people in Bermuda, especially men, who like a flashy ride with speed and control. We can’t wait to get these models into our showroom in May and we invite you to stop by and check them out. ■

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JOE PONTE is a member of the sales team at World Distributors Ltd, Joe has over 20 years experience in the motorcycle trade. World Distributors is the only authorized Yamaha Dealer on the island. For more information call 295-2329.

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FAMILY RUN: Wilfred Parker opened the garage six years ago after devoting more than 30 years of his working life to Bermuda Motors.

All in the family at Parker’s Auto World BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

It is very much a family affair at Parker’s Auto World. The Pembroke garage is run by father and daughter team Wilfred Parker and Felica DeRoza and they pride themselves on the their customer care and attention to detail. Mr Parker opened the garage six years ago, after devoting more than 30 years of his working life to Bermuda Motors. He started off as the ‘body man’ concentrating on bodywork repairs and maintenance but this soon expanded to general mechanical work, servicing and also paintwork to meet customers’ demands. In 2009 Ms DeRoza joined her father in the business to help run the administrative-

Parker’s Auto World 3 Bakery Lane Pembroke Tel: 292-3236 E-mail: frderoze@parkersautoworld. bm side. She said: “The business was doing well but my dad needed someone to help organize and keep everything going. “I have my own business too, but I thought that if you cannot rely on your family for help then who can you rely on. “I grew up around cars and engines as a child and I just saw there were certain areas my father needed help in. “I am an only child so naturally I wanted to help. “He is still very much the

man on the floor and deals with the day-to-day running of the body shop and the garage. “I have made advancements to the business in other areas. “I am also certified in Estimation and Collision Requirements so I can help customers in that way too. “Now I have embarked on a mechanics course so I can better understand the processes I am seeing on a daily basis.” Parker’s Auto World is tucked behind the old HWP warehouse that burned down last year. The best way of getting to it is either travelling through the Bakery Lane industrial estate from town or taking a left after you pass the Western Stars Club on St John’s Road. The garage is open 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday,

and now offers everything from bodywork repairs to welding. Its service department deals with everything from tyres to collision work and it will also do your TCD test for you. The garage has one fulltime mechanic, an apprentice mechanic, two ‘body’ men and a painter. Ms DeRoza said: “We try and go out of our way to help our customers. “If we can we will pick up their cars for TCD tests and if we can we will do callouts for damage estimates. “Customer service is very much our focus and being able to accommodate our customers who are not able to get their vehicles down to us. “We always try to explain to our customers why work has to be done, even if it’s just a case of showing them


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HELPING DAD: Felica DeRoza joined her father in 2009 to help run the administrative side of the Pembroke garage. their old brake pads and pointing out the wear and tear. It helps the customer to understand why we have done what we have done. “We offer twice-yearly services to most of our customers, but prices vary obviously depending on the vehicle and the type of work that needs to be carried out. “We rely on word of mouth and so it is important we treat every customer with the same respect. “We are a small family company, but we have the expertise to do a lot of different processes.” Parker’s Auto World also provides help to people considering the purchase of a secondhand car. Ms DeRoza says that secondhand car purchases have become very popular in recent times due to the economic recession. She added: “We have found this has become a popular service in the cur-

rent economic setting. “We are happy to look at cars for people who are considering buying a secondhand vehicle. “That way they can be confident about what they buy and we can tell them

what work will be needed on the car. “We effectively provide the people who come to us with a report at the end, setting out recommendations on how the car will perform.” ■

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Prepare your vehicle for the annual test BY SIMON JONES sjones@bermudasun.bm

More than 50,000 vehicles go through the vehicle safety and emissions inspection Bermuda every year. So here is a brief breakdown to ensure that your vehicle or bike passes first time as Cool Wheels explains what you have to do and what the inspectors are looking for. The tests have been conducted by Bermuda Emissions Control Limited since 2009 and take place at the three satellite centres in Hamilton, Rockaway and Southside. The inspection applies to all road going vehicles, bikes, buses, trucks, trailers and construction equipment. Brand new cars are exempt from the inspection on their second and fourth years. Bikes however need to be inspected every year. To license your car or bike, it must first be insured and have passed the safety and emissions inspection. Cool Wheels spoke to BECL boss Ian Hind and asked him to provide some simple steps to help get your car through the inspection. He said: “Check the vehicle to ensure that all headlights, sidelights, brake lights, hazard lights, indicators, horn, front and rear wipers, and door window mechanisms are working. “Check the instrument panel to ensure there are no warning lights on and that the speedometer is working. “In the interior, the upholstery should be in good condition, in other words no major tears, the seats should be properly secure and the seat belts should be working. “Check the tyres for damage, correct inflation and wear. Emergency ‘skinny’ or ‘doughnut’ tyres must not be fitted. “When braking and steering there should be no juddering, shimmying, excessive noise or wobbling. The parking brake should hold

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LET’S HAVE A LOOK: The tests have been conducted by Bermuda Emissions Control Limited since 2009 and take place at the three satellite centres in Hamilton, Rockaway and Southside. your vehicle on a slope. “Ensure there are no major leaks of fluid like oil or engine coolant from the vehicle. “Check the exhaust for leaks. You can do this by briefly blocking the end of the exhaust pipe with a rag or heavy glove and listen for a leak. “Check the body work for damage. There should be no major scratches or dents or visible rust, especially around structurally important areas like door pillars, suspension components and window frames.” If you have tinted windows you have to make sure that it meets the legal minimum light levels. Mr Hind added: “The

strip across the front of the windscreen must be no more than 6-inch wide at any point. “Window tint, if fitted, must permit at least 35 per cent light on the driver and front passenger windows and at least 30 per cent light on all other windows behind this point. “All the window tint installers, including car dealers, bodyshops and retailers know this. “And BECL have electronic tint level meters that measure the light levels accurately.” If you are trying to get your bike through the inspection then here are a few more key inspection points from Mr Hind.

He told Cool Wheels: “The noise level must be under 93 decibels at 20 miles per hour in top gear. “Check all headlights, rear and stop lights, indicators, horn and the brakes. “The bodywork and paintwork should have no major dents or corrosion and seats, fenders and baskets should be in good condition and secure. “The frame, front and rear wheels should be aligned, while spokes and forks in good condition. “The handle bars should be no wider than 30 inches, have no excessive free play in the headstock and have a grip on each end of the handle.” If your car or bike is com-


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ing up for its test then you should make an appointment to have the vehicle inspected. You can easily do this online at www.etcd.gov.bm or by phoning the BECL office at 296 4232, or in person at the BECL offices which are on the east side of the TCD building on North St, Hamilton. ■

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LOCAL LINE: When importing with Bermuda Container Lines (BCL) you are still supporting and buying Bermuda.

What to consider when shipping in a vehicle COPY SUPPLIED BY BCL The process of acquiring a new vehicle in Bermuda involves a few difficult steps that we all must face. It seems that this acquisition process is ingrained in our culture; starting with a bike at the age of 16, at 18 you sell this and get a bigger bike, and the next step is a car. Even if you own a business that requires a company car or some kind of specialised vehicle you will still have to make many of the same choices. The first important decision that needs to be made is whether to buy from local dealerships, or to import something specific which is not available on island. Whilst all vehicles that arrive on island would be subject to approval by Transport Control

Department (TCD). Even if you are considering importing a vehicle not available from a local dealership, you can still support the Bermuda economy. It is important for potential motorists to understand that there are options.

Bermuda owned Bermuda Container Line (BCL) is predominantly owned by Bermudians and has 530 shareholders. Office and dockworkers alike own stakes in the company, which means that the dividends paid out will remain in the Bermuda economy and your hardearned money, is helping to support the country. When importing with Bermuda Container Lines (BCL) you are still supporting and buying Bermuda. Over the years, BCL has made a huge effort to

invest its resources back into Bermuda’s community, by training aspiring young Bermudians and help provide work experience on board their ship the Oleander. Given these reasons and considering current duty rates, shipping certain vehicles and goods into Bermuda is a viable option. When consumers and local businesses decide to purchase a new car or work vehicle you need to make sure you get the best shipping price available. If you are importing, your shipping agent needs to be reliable and demonstrate the capability to keep on schedule. Even with extra expenses people are willing to spend a little more in order to get what they want. They will not compromise on the safety of their vehicle

especially when the costs are high. Bermuda Container Line (BCL) provides cost-effective rates as well as being extremely reliable when it comes to keeping jobs on time. With the safety of Bermuda’s only roll on roll off ramp, BCL lives by the words “shipping done right”, so business owners can rest assure that their cargo will arrive safely and in good time. We encourage consumers to look into shipping both containerised and noncontainerised goods next time your looking to buy. When you ship with BCL you will be supporting a majority owned Bermudian company, which continues to support and develop tomorrow’s leaders in the field. ■


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Cool Wheels March 2012  

Read about all the latest bikes, cars and automotive advice in the Bermuda Sun's Cool Wheels 2012 supplement.