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Small Business

Fleet Management

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November / December 2018

Vertu Group Fleet can drive your business forward Also in this edition • Mercedes-Benz A-Class and S-Class win at 2019 Carbuyer Awards • MINI UK introduces three distinctive new styles • smart forease: Uncompromising and fresh • All I want for Christmas... Service your VW van for free! • Los Angeles debut for 2019 Toyota Prius


Personal Contract Hire

Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC 5dr Solid Paint

£125.00 PER MONTH

Initial Payment of £1,125 followed by 48 monthly payments of £125 Based on 8,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges apply. Finance subject to status. A guarantee may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Unless otherwise stated, metallic paint at extra cost. Library image for illustration purposes only.

For more information, quotations, availability, proposals and orders please contact

Joanne Atkinson at Vertu Group Fleet: e: jatkinson@vertumotors.com Tel: 0330 108 9002

Vertu Group Fleet Registered office for all group companies; Vertu House, Fifth Avenue Business Park, Team Valley, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE110XA

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Vertu Group Fleet can drive your business forward

14 MINI UK introduces three new distinctive styles across the range

Published by: Smart Fleet Media Limited Suite F6.1B Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, Cheshire SK10 5JB Tel: 01625 800625 Company Registration No 09843386

Mercedes-Benz A-Class and S-Class win at 2019 Carbuyer Awards

22 smart forease: Uncompromising and fresh

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All I want for Christmas, is you... to service my Volkswagen van for free!

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FEATURE

Vertu Group Fleet can drive your business forward From humble beginnings, with three colleagues distributing 500 cars in its first week, Vertu Group Fleet, now sell more than 10,000 commercial vehicles to small and medium businesses, requiring 5-50+ vehicles, across the UK. The experienced team has dedicated account managers giving customers an end to end service, from initial enquiry to aftersales care.

Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Peugeot, Vauxhall, SEAT, Jaguar, Land Rover and many more, meaning customers need look no further for their favourite franchise, with the added benefit of a team that can meet multifranchise fleet requirements. The experienced Fleet Supply Team is able to organise deliveries anywhere in the mainland United Kingdom, with

Front to back, left to right: Paul Lowdon - General Manager, Joanne Atkinson - Key Account Manager, Shaun Colligan - Fleet Supply Coordinator, Sarah Gray - Fleet Supply Coordinator.

Vertu Group Fleet dedicated account managers can source vehicles for both small and medium businesses, locally and nationally, regardless of location. Being part of the 6th largest motor retailer group in the UK enables the team to access vehicles from its portfolio of 125 dealerships, which represent 22 manufacturers including Citroen,

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access to a network of suppliers to assist in national deliveries and accessory fitments. Going the extra mile in quality control, Vertu Group Fleet has a strong relationship with independent Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) partners across the UK, to manage volume orders to support the dealer network, with

Vertu Group Fleet’s customer service manager, Caroline Imrie, monitoring the Group’s PDI partners and delivery agents, ensuring customers’ expectations are met. Customers have the added benefit of expert advice on a variety of finance packages to fund fleet agreements, including Contract Hire (Business & Personal), Hire Purchase, Finance Lease, Affinity & Lease Purchase Offered, and the team can find the most appropriate package to suit a customer’s business. The Vertu Group Fleet team can also help manage customer Service-Level Agreements by having a car hire facility in place which can achieve national delivery within two hours. General manager, Paul Lowdon, oversees the specialist team at Vertu Group Fleet, which includes dedicated account managers to ensure that daily operations run smoothly. In addition to finding the perfect fit for a company’s fleet requirements, the team can help with any enquiries, orders and deliveries, and has a fantastic aftercare offering to ensure fleet vehicles continue to perform to a first-class standard. www.vertumotors.com/ourlocations/vertu-group-fleet/


BMW Business Partnership

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The Ultimate Driving Machine

SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESS. AT SPECIALIST CARS.

With a dedicated team comprising local Business and Corporate Managers, Specialist Cars is the premier choice for your business to source BMW or BMWi vehicles. For more information, contact our Corporate Sales Team.

BMW 118i M SPORT 5-DOOR SPORTS HATCH MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £219

BMW 225xe M SPORT PREMIUM ACTIVE TOURER MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £279

(Plus £1,314 initial rental1)

(Plus £1,674 initial rental2)

BMW BMW 320i M SPORT SALOON MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £275

BMW 520d M SPORT SALOON MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £359

(Plus £1,650 initial rental3)

(Plus £2,154 initial rental4)

Specialist Cars Corporate Sales 501 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU4 8QN

Specialistcarsbmwluton.co.uk Specialistcarsbmwstevenage.co.uk Specialistcarsbmwtring.co.uk

01582 590 705 localbusiness@specialistcars.co.uk

Official Fuel Economy Figures for the entire BMW range, inclusive of PHEV, M models excl i models: Urban 19.2–61.4mpg (14.7–4.6 l/100km). Extra Urban 31.4–72.4mpg (9.0–3.9 l/100km). Combined 25.4–148.7mpg (12.7–1.9 l/100km) incl PHEVs. CO2 Emissions 258–44 g/km incl PHEVs.

Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. During the test plug-in hybrid vehicles use a combination of battery power and petrol fuel after the battery had been fully charged. All figures are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions. Plug-in hybrid vehicles require mains electricity for charging.

Specialist Cars is a credit broker.

Business users only. Initial rental equivalent to 6 months upfront. Price shown excludes VAT at 20% and is for a 36 month Business Contract Hire agreement for a 1BMW 118i M Sport 5-door Sports Hatch with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 5.96p per mile, 2BMW 225xe M Sport Premium Active Tourer, with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 9.93p per mile, 3 BMW 320i M Sport Saloon, with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 8.64p per mile, 4BMW 520d M Sport Saloon, with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 10.60p per mile. Applies to new stock vehicles ordered between 1 October 2018 and 30 December 2018 and registered by 30 December 2018 (subject to availability). At the end of your agreement you must return the vehicle and vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges may be payable. Available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. The amount of VAT you can reclaim depends on your business VAT status. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. Hire provided by Specialist Cars Ltd. Specialist Cars Ltd is a trading style of Alphabet (GB) Limited, Alphabet House, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. BMW (UK) Ltd, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. Registered in England and Wales 1378137. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for credit broking activities.

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Mitsubishi L200 voted ‘Best Pickup’ in Carbuyer Awards for the third consecutive year The Mitsubishi L200 has once again successfully defended its title of 'Best Pickup' at the Carbuyer Awards 2019, winning the award for the third consecutive year at a presentation ceremony at the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema in London. The Carbuyer Awards consist of 19 categories with only the best in class vehicles making the shortlist for each award. The vehicles have been judged by Carbuyer’s dedicated roadtest team, who collectively have dozens of years of experience and have tested thousands of vehicles. 6 Small Business Fleet Management

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, Carbuyer said: “The L200 has held on to its position as the pick of the UK’s pickups in 2019. There’s a facelift on the way but the current model continues to shine with its value pricing and engine that’s strong on performance and fuel economy.” Rob Lindley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK said: “The Mitsubishi L200 has played a very significant role in establishing the brand’s reputation for rugged 4WD vehicles with high quality and dependability in the UK. We are delighted that Carbuyer has once again recognised its

many attributes and voted the Mitsubishi L200 to be the best pickup around, especially as the sector is the most competitive it has ever been.” Priced from £19,505 (CV OTR)*, the Mitsubishi L200 is powered by a 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine and benefits from the manufacturer’s advanced fourwheel drive technology. The pickup offers a payload of up to 1,060kg and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes (braked). *The Commercial Vehicle On The Road Price (CV OTR Price) excludes VAT (at 20%), but includes VED and First Registration Fee.


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All hail the Caravelle! Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles rounds off the year with tempting offers Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has responded to a surge in demand for private hire vehicles with a £3,000 initial rental contribution and free servicing offer on the Caravelle when financed with Contract Hire. The total number of licensed vehicles in England has soared by 16 per cent since 2015 to the highest on record*. The Caravelle, as seen on BBC’s The Apprentice, is offered from just £429 per month with a £3,000 initial rental contribution on Contract Hire. The model features a comfortable interior and state-of-the-art infotainment system, combined with a versatile driver workplace and low fuel consumption. Whether you’re transporting VIPs, shuttling airport arrivals or ferrying families for Christmas, there is a wide range of seat configurations, storage areas and electronic features to make the Caravelle your perfect partner. And it’s one of just a few vehicles which can accommodate up to seven people plus their luggage. Deals and competitive finance offers are also available from now until 2 January 2019 on the new Crafter, Transporter, the Caddy range, Amarok and California campervan. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is also continuing its free servicing package for vans bought from now until 2 January 8 Small Business Fleet Management

2019**. The offer, launched earlier this year, includes one interim and one full service, which can cover customers across two years and 20,000 miles of routine servicing. As part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Working With You promise, the offer helps make servicing and maintenance as easy and simple as possible with vehicle downtime often cited as one of the most challenging jobs for fleet managers. It allows fleets to plan and schedule services in advance, visit Van Centres with extended opening hours and receive automatic reminders when services are due. By keeping up to date on routine maintenance and servicing, vans can be kept on the road and running reliably for longer. Full details of all Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ finance

plans and the free servicing offer, are available online at www. volkswagen-vans.co.uk or from any of Volkswagen’s 71 Van Centres nationwide. Here, advice is also available on the best finance solution for any particular fleet, whether that’s contract hire, finance lease, hire purchase or Solutions PCP (available on certain models only). Another benefit provided free of charge with every contract hire or finance lease contract is access to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Financial Services’ Driverline programme. This is a dedicated 24-hour phone line, available 365 days a year, which provides instant help when customers need it, and assistance in, for example, booking services, ordering new tyres, arranging glass repairs or providing breakdown and recovery services.

*Department for Transport, Taxi and Private Hire Statistics 2017. **No ownership option


Lancaster Loughton Van Centre. With you every step of the way. Here at Lancaster Volkswagen in Loughton, we pride ourselves on giving our customers the highest quality in every area. As part of the authorised Volkswagen Van Centre network, our friendly staff are trained to Volkswagen’s stringent standards and are always on hand to advise you. Our new larger commercial showroom let’s us showcase the latest Volkswagen van products with increased space for our DasWeltAuto Approved Used Vans too. We offer: • Experienced Van specialists • New management team • Specialist Vehicle suppliers • A comprehensive range of vehicle demonstrators • Up to 40 used commercial vehicles in stock • Motability accreditation • 7 Bay Commercial Workshop with extended opening hours • Manufacturer trained Master Technicians • Service Collection and Delivery (on request) • MOT Commercial Centre • Full range of parts and accessories Come and visit us. Lancaster Loughton Van Centre Langston Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3TQ www.jardinemotors.co.uk/volkswagen-commercials 020 3742 5720

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The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Petrol Plug-in Hybrid

The new E 300 e is available to order, with prices starting at £47,450 for the entry-level SE. Following on from the E 300 de, the E 300 e (Saloon only) now completes the E-Class hybrid range. The E 300 e is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine which produces 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque and a hybrid module with 122 hp of electric power and 440 Nm of torque (combined system output is 700 Nm). It can achieve 134.5 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 46 g/km of CO2. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. The E 300 e has a fully electric range of 31 miles from its 13.5 kWh battery. It can be charged from 10 to 100 per cent in under two hours with a 7.4 kW charger, or in under four hours from a standard three-pin UK socket. Every model comes with a high specification as standard. 10 Small Business Fleet Management

The entry-level SE features blind spot assist; widescreen cockpit; four USB ports; touchpad with controller; illuminated door sills; spilt-folding rear seats; Parking package including Active Parking Assist with front and rear parking sensors; Seat Comfort package including Electro-pneumatic four-way lumbar support; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; 18-inch fivespoke alloy wheels; Keyless-Go starting function; light carbongrain aluminium trim with centre console in black open-pored ash wood; and heated front seats with electric adjustment. The AMG Line trim adds AMG exterior bodystyling; 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels; black open-pore ash wood trim with Artico Dinamica leather upholstery; AMG steering wheel with touch control buttons; and privacy glass. The Premium package is available for £2,395 and includes COMAND Online; memory

package; wireless charging; Multibeam LED; and Parking package including 360 camera. The £4,395 Premium Plus package adds to this with Burmester surround sound system; Keyless-Go package including hands-free access, automatic powered boot closing and keyless entry; and a panoramic sunroof. For £595 the Night package (only available with AMG Line trim) can be added and includes 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in high-gloss black; diamond radiator grille and a single louvre in high-gloss black; front apron in high-gloss black; and rear bumper in high-gloss black with chrome trim. The Comfort package – only available in conjunction with the Premium or Premium Plus package – costs £1,895 for SE trim (£3,295 for AMG Line) and includes Air Balance; Energizing comfort control; Air Body Control air suspension; and Nappa leather upholstery (AMG Line only). Driver assistance systems include a Lane Tracking package (£595) that includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, and the more comprehensive Driving Assistance package (£1,695) which adds Active Brake Assist; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Lane-change Assist; Evasive Steering Assist; Pre-Safe Impulse Side and Pre-Safe Plus.


Meet the Sandown Fleet Team

At Sandown Fleet, we have both a Mercedes-Benz and smart business leasing service tailored around providing our esteemed customers with the very highest level of care. We will take the time to understand the needs of you and your business, whether it’s a single company vehicle you are looking for, or an entire business fleet. We will then help to match you with the perfect business vehicles that fit your requirements, allowing you to represent your business on the roads in comfort, safety and complete sophistication.

Stuart Head Head of Fleet

Mark Francis

Group Business Development Manager

1. Where did your career begin in the motor trade? Alphabet GB. 2. How long have you worked for Mercedes-Benz? 5 years. 3. Why did you choose Fleet Mercedes-Benz? The Sandown Mercedes-Benz Fleet team offer a service like no other, helping any and every business find executive vehicles that complement their brand and represent their profession. With such a fantastic array of vehicles we can find a fit for anyone. 4. Tell us an interesting fact about you? I’ve run the London Marathon in under 3hours 30 minutes. 5. What is your favourite model and why? The AMG GT. The sound of the engine makes me smile.

1. Where did your career begin in the motor trade? U-Drive Car and Van Rental in 2002. 2. How long have you worked for Mercedes-Benz? Just over 4 years. 3. Why did you choose Fleet Mercedes-Benz? I was working for a Fleet Management Company and used to get given different demonstrator cars from every manufacturer and I felt that nothing compared to the quality/standard specification of Mercedes-Benz. 4. Tell us an interesting fact about you? I used to play Ice-Hockey and Roller Hockey for Great Britain. 5. What is your favourite model and why? I love the C-Class Estate because I think it is the best looking estate on the road and I love the way it feels to drive however if I could I would love an S65 Saloon.

Contact us today on 01202 641809 or email mark.francis@sandown-mercedes.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz of Basingstoke

Mercedes-Benz of Poole

Mercedes-Benz of Dorchester

Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury

Mercedes-Benz of Guildford

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class and S-Class win at 2019 Carbuyer Awards

Mercedes-Benz has won two awards at the 2019 Carbuyer awards. The new A-Class was named the ‘Best Small Luxury Car’, while the S-Class was named the ‘Best Luxury Car’. The A-Class – which is the best-selling model for MercedesBenz in the UK –was praised for its interior comfort, innovative technology and low running costs, while the S-Class was praised for its generous amount of interior space and cutting-edge technology. Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief, Carbuyer, said: “MercedesBenz has reinvented its A-Class and redefined what we can expect from a small luxury car in today’s marketplace. Stunning interior design and infotainment technology set the class standard while the advanced engine range blends performance and efficiency to great effect. The S-Class remains the kingpin of the luxury car segment 12 Small Business Fleet Management

thanks to its imperious refinement, opulent cabin and groundbreaking technology. It’s the car that other luxury vehicles strive to beat, but none have yet proven up to the challenge.” The A-Class hatch is available with a choice of eight engines: A 180 d; A 180; A 200 d; A 200; A 220 d; A 220 (also available with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive), A 250 and A 35. Prices start at £23,075

for the A 180 SE. All A-Class models come as standard with twin seven-inch digital displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system featuring ‘Hey Mercedes’ intelligent voice control. The S-Class is available with a choice of five engines: S 350 d; S 400 d; S 450; S 500; and S 560 e L EQ Boost. Prices start at £75,285 for the S 350 d.


JCT600 Mercedes-Benz Business Solutions.

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Built around your business

The New Mercedes-Benz A 180 d AMG Line available from £281+VAT Per Month*. With £2,529+VAT Initial Rental for 48 Months on Business Contract Hire. Drive away today in a dynamic compact car that has front wheel drive, exemplary performance and low CO2, packed with technology to keep you connected and peace of mind knowing you are driving a car with world class safety.

JCT600

The New Mercedes-Benz C 220 d AMG Line Coupé available from £334+VAT Per Month*. With £3,009+VAT Initial Rental for 48 Months on Business Contract Hire. Make no mistake, the athletic exterior means business as underneath all this eye-catching metal, it’s brimming with innovative technology and a highly comprehensive range of equipment, meaning the new C-Class is not only incredibly CO2 efficient, but more dynamic and vigorous than ever.

JCT600

The Mercedes-Benz E 220 d AMG Line Cabriolet Auto available from £406+VAT Per Month*. With £3,657+VAT Initial Rental for 48 Months on Business Contract Hire. JCT600

Mercedes-Benz has designed the E-Class range with the express purpose of making life easier for its drivers. Each model features the unmistakable level of production expected from Mercedes- Benz, as well as a raft of safety systems and multimedia suites to make every journey safe, comfortable, and entertaining.

Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the Mercedes-Benz range: urban 16.2(17.4)-72.4(3.9), extra urban 23.9(11.8)-88.3(3.2), combined 20.5(13.8)-134.5(2.1). CO2 emissions 322-48 g/km. Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Terms and Conditions Models features are Mercedes-Benz A-Class A180d AMG Line from £281.04 per month with an initial rental of £2,529.36. Excess mileage charge of 8.0p per mile. C-Class Coupe 220d AMG Line from £334.39 per month with an initial rental of £3,009.51. Excess mileage charge of 11.0p per mile. E-Class Cabriolet 220d AMG Line from £406.34 per month with an initial rental of £3,657.15. Finance excludes VAT and is subject to terms and conditions. Exclusions apply. Duration of agreement 48 months. Payment profile 9+47 months. Annual mileage 10,000. Finance from Mercedes-Benz Finance MK15 8BA. Applicants must be 18 and over. Offer ends 30.06.2018. JCT600 (Yorkshire) are a licensed credit broker and may introduce you to a limited number of lenders who may be able to help finance your purchase. These lenders may pay us a commission for the introduction. Models shown for illustration purposes only and may show optional extras.

Mercedes-Benz of Chesterfield, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB Tel: 01246 571 131 www.mercedes-benzofchesterfield.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield, Sheffield Road, Meadowhall S9 2FZ Tel: 0114 282 5679 www.mercedes-benzofsheffield.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz of Doncaster, Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster DN2 4NF Tel: 01302 629 218 www.mercedes-benzofdoncaster.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz of York, Centurion Park, Clifton Moorgate Y030 4WW Tel: 01904 829 841 www.mercedes-benzofyork.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz of Harrogate, Leeds Road, Harrogate HG3 1EP Tel: 01423 895 378 www.mercedes-benzofharrogate.co.uk

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MINI UK introduces three new distinctive styles across the range MINI is today announcing an all-new trim structure across its whole range of vehicles in the UK market. Carefully designed to make it easier than ever to choose the perfect MINI, the brand is introducing three new styles which will enable a complete vehicle to be created in five simple steps. Classic, Sport and Exclusive – three new styles, each offering customers increased standard specification and a shortcut to a distinctive interior and exterior character of their choice. The trio of styles not only simplifies the ordering process, but also aligns the equipment offering across the MINI range for the first time. Standard specification has been enhanced, with the introduction of automatic headlights with rain sensors, MINI Excitement Pack

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including ambient interior lighting, exterior MINI Logo projection and more as standard on every model. Personalisation remains at the core, with each of the three styles further customisable from the brand’s extensive range of exterior, interior, safety and technology options, allowing customers to create their own truly unique MINI. In order to further simplify the ordering journey for its customers, MINI has launched fully end-toend online buying on its website. Choosing and customising a model, booking a test drive, arranging a trade-in, finance, payment and handover can all be completed online – day or night – on https://www.mini.co.uk. David George, Director, MINI UK, said: “We know that customers today want a simple

purchase experience, and this thinking has been central to the development of our new line up. We have reduced complexity in our product offering, and harmonised options across the whole range, ensuring an easy customer journey whether in one of our retailers or on mini.co.uk.” Each of the three new styles brings a distinctive character, with unique exterior design features, alloy wheels and interior upholsteries. The range starts with Classic, which is offered on all models. Sport and Exclusive styles represent strong customer value, providing tangible savings on the brand’s most sought-after styles. Each style has its own distinctive range of personalisation options and upgrades, allowing MINI customers to specify their vehicle just the way they like it.


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SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESS. AT SPECIALIST CARS. With a dedicated team comprising local Business and Corporate Managers, Specialist Cars is the premier choice for your business to source the full range of MINI vehicles. For more information, contact our Corporate Sales Team.

THE MINI COOPER 5-DOOR HATCH.

THE MINI COOPER D COUNTRYMAN ALL4.

MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £179.

MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £219.

(PLUS £ 1,074 INITIAL RENTAL1).

(PLUS £ 1,314 INITIAL RENTAL2).

THE MINI COOPER S E ALL4 COUNTRYMAN.

THE MINI ONE CLUBMAN.

MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £259.

MONTHLY RENTALS FROM £209.

(PLUS £ 1,554 INITIAL RENTAL3).

(PLUS £ 1,254 INITIAL RENTAL4).

Specialist Cars Corporate Sales 501 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU4 8QN

Specialistcarsminiluton.co.uk Specialistcarsministevenage.co.uk Specialistcarsminitring.co.uk

01582 590 705 localbusiness@specialistcars.co.uk

MINI Business Partnership Official Fuel Economy Figures for the new MINI range: Urban 30.7–61.4mpg (9.2–4.7 l/100km). Extra Urban 49.6–72.4mpg (5.7–3.9 l/100km). Combined 40.9–117.7mpg (6.9–2.4 l/100km). CO2 emissions 55–157g/km. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. During the test plug-in hybrid vehicles use a combination of battery power and petrol fuel after the battery had been fully charged. All figures are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions. Plug-in hybrid vehicles require mains electricity for charging. Specialist Cars is a credit broker. Business users only. Initial rental equivalent to 6 months upfront. Price shown excludes VAT at 20% and is for a 36 month Business Contract Hire agreement for a 1MINI Cooper 5-Door Hatch with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 4.78p per mile, 2MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4, with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 7.35p per mile, 3MINI Countryman PHEV Cooper S E ALL4 with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 8.86p per mile, 4 MINI One Clubman, with a contract mileage of 24,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 8.55 per mile. Applies to new stock vehicles ordered between 1 October 2018 and 30 December 2018 and registered by 30 December 2018 (subject to availability). At the end of your agreement you must return the vehicle and vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges may be payable. Available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. The amount of VAT you can reclaim depends on your business VAT status. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. Hire provided by Specialist Cars Ltd. Specialist Cars Ltd is a trading style of Alphabet (GB) Limited, Alphabet House, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. BMW (UK) Ltd, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. Registered in England and Wales 1378137. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for credit broking activities.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 409,300 vehicles globally Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 409,300 vehicles to customers worldwide from January until the end of October, a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. This is primarily due to temporary delivery delays caused by the WLTP certifications in Europe, but also to the persistently volatile market situations in Turkey and Mexico. Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing: ”The adaptation to the WLTP test methods is currently influencing our delivery figures. However, we took this temporal shift into account right from the start. Bit by bit, our passenger car models now 16 Small Business Fleet Management

receive their certifications and can be handed over to the customers." In Western Europe 277,600 vehicles were handed over to customers in the first ten months of the year (+0.1 per cent). This puts the brand at the previous year’s level. The domestic German market accounted for 103,400 vehicles (+1.7 per cent), the core markets Spain for 13,400 vehicles (+8.1 per cent) and Great Britain for 39,700 vehicles (+1.7 per cent). In Italy (-1.7 per cent to 10,300 vehicles) and France (-9.0 per cent to 16,700 vehicles) fewer vehicles were handed over to customers. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 34,300

vehicles in Eastern Europe, 4.2 per cent more than a year ago. The brand from Hannover also recorded growth in deliveries in Africa (+25.7 per cent to 15,200 vehicles), South America (+10.3 per cent to 38,000 vehicles) and the Asia-Pacific region (+3.1 per cent to 22,100 vehicles). Deliveries in North America (Mexico; -18.5 per cent to 7,000 vehicles) and the Middle East (-37.1 per cent to 15,300 vehicles; from which Turkey: -39.1 per cent to 13.300 vehicles) were markedly below the previous year’s volume. In these two regions over 10,000 fewer vehicles were handed over to customers in the course of the year.


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The new Business Pack. A lot of extras. For just a little extra. We understand how important your van is to the running of your business. That’s why we have created a range of new business packs at a reduced cost. Upgrade your van with the top-of-the-range features at a fraction of the price. With air-con, alarm and parking sensors available across the panel van range. So you can fit into tight spaces, keep the internal temperature just right and help to protect your vehicle from theft. For more information, why not contact us today or drop by our showroom?

(Bilston) Snows Volkswagen Van Centre (Plymouth) Greenhous Volkswagen Van Centre Langage Business Park,Wolverhampton. Plympton, Plymouth, Devon. 01902 Telephone 01752 967297 Trinity Road, Bilston, Telephone: 219303. Find us us on onyour yoursat sat-nav usingWV14 PL7 5JY 7EF. -nav using www.snows.co.uk/vw www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/bilston

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Welcome to

GRENSON MOTOR COMPANY Grenson Motors is a family run business, which has been in business for over 40 years and we are now located at our purpose built site near Crewe, close to the towns of Nantwich and Middlewich.

Having grown from small beginnings the Company now has four franchises: Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Citroen and the latest addition to our fold, Kia, at our purpose built site at Middlewich Road. As well as offering our key brands we also stock over 150 used cars of all makes and models. Whatever you expect or think you know about these manufacturers, we go one step further. It proves our fixation with quality – it explains why so many people choose our cars, and why we keep growing, the future is brighter than ever for Grenson Motor. When it comes to buying a new or used car, our

dealership is here to provide you with excellent service, making sure you are completely satisfied. Once you own a new or used car, we can look after all your maintenance needs as nobody knows your vehicle better than an authorised dealer, with our own highly trained technicians using high quality genuine parts. We have a wide range of vehicles available, whether you are looking for a 4Ă—4, small city car or family car we have something to offer you. Whatever your needs, from a single vehicle to a fleet for your business, our specialist staff are trained to help you.

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JOHNSONS VOLVO GLOUCESTER Welcome to Johnsons Volvo, we are part of one of the largest privately owned dealer groups in the UK and have Volvo dealerships, in Gloucester, Oxford, Swindon and our new state of the art facility in Solihull. Our teams are committed to providing you and your Volvo with outstanding service. www.volvocars.com/uk/find-a-dealer/retailers/gloucester

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WHERE TO FIND US Our prestigious building features luxury facilities and has a spacious showroom, with the full range of new Volvo models along with an extensive selection of approved used Volvo Selekt cars. We also offer a comprehensive aftersales programme. Johnsons of Gloucester Cole Avenue Gloucester GL2 5ER 0845 164 9508

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smart forease: Uncompromising and fresh Everyone knows that smart is practical. That smart is cool will be made clear to visitors at the Paris Motor Show by the smart forease show car. Reduced to the essential, it is uncompromisingly open, pays no heed to convention and is, of course, powered by an electric powertrain. It takes up the original motto of smart, reduce to the max, with a twinkle in its eye, standing for the authentic urban mobility that continues to be the underlying concept behind the brand. Both the smart brand and the smart forease stand for emotionality, lifestyle and attitude. The vehicle owes its unconventional beauty to the opening of the interior to its environment, the absence of a roof and the shorter windscreen. With its radiant, dramatic metallicwhite and colour accents in "stream green", the smart forease promises a carefree driving experience, freed from convention, yet in harmony with its surroundings. 22 Small Business Fleet Management

"The smart forease embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise – because, if in

doubt, smart always opts for a consistent approach. The result is a sustainable driving experience built on freedom," says Katrin Adt, new Head of smart from October. "The smart forease is proof that smart thinks unconventionally. Its design is reduced and pure," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler AG. "The smart forease is a statement of urbanity and individual style. It has the coolness of the metropolis and demonstrates a truly free spirit."


Sandown smart Fleet The Sandown Group are proud to be the first-choice retailer for smart across Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset and Wiltshire. As such, our range of smart Fleet offers is second to none, and each is tailored to make driving away your next smart as convenient and cost-effective as possible for your business needs.

Branding your smart The smart brand has always been regarded as unique with designs to suit every owner. The smart range offers economical solutions for any business, along with new technology and the practicalities of comfort, compact design and safety. The variety of distinguishing looks allow businesses to brand their own smart vehicles, from extravagant to elegant. Whether you want to wrap your smart with an eye-catching print or add subtle branded livery. The smart car is the ideal vehicle to help your business and brand stand out.

To take advantage of our offers, please contact us today. smart of Basingstoke

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles marks Motability milestone with new offers Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released a new suite of offers on mobility models to celebrate 40 years since the very-first Motability vehicles were delivered to customers. Over the last four decades, the pioneering mobility provider, which serves disabled people, their families and their carers, has helped 4.5 million people. To enable even more people living with disabilities to access affordable, worry-free leasing, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is offering competitive APs on the Caddy Life, Caddy Maxi Life and Transporter Shuttle. The Volkswagen Caddy Life is available from £365 Advanced Payment, raising to £642 for the Maxi Life. The Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle is available with an Advanced Payment of as

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little as £740. The Caddy Life and Maxi Life can both be converted into a wheelchair accessible vehicle while the Transporter Shuttle can seat up to eight passengers. Recipients of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment are eligible for a Motability vehicle along with those receiving the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement and the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities and their families to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. Motability, which delivered its first vehicles in

1978, arranges the insurance, breakdown assistance, servicing and maintenance, with everything included in the price of the weekly allowance. Katie Benson, Network Fleet Development Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The Motability Scheme is such a fantastic offering and helps keep those in receipt of the allowance on the move while giving them the chance to experience our products. Our Working With You promise is not just about supporting businesses but all our customers whether that’s ex-service personnel or disabled drivers. We hope more and more people continue to use Motability, especially with our great, new offers available on Caddy Life, Maxi Life and Transporter Shuttle.”


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A fleet of great offers from Lookers Newcastle.

Whatever your business need, we have a comprehensive range of commercial vehicles designed for you with great service and finance options to get you on the road and to keep you there. For more information, contact our dedicated fleet team today.

Lookers Van Centre Newcastle The Fossway, Brough Park, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. Telephone: 0191 650 0967. Find us on your sat-nav using NE6 2XJ. www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/lookers

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New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV shortlisted for 2019 Car of the Year Award The European Car of the Year jury has named New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV as one of the seven shortlisted models – out of 38 cars in the running. The 2019 Car of the Year will be announced on Monday 4 March, immediately prior to the Geneva Motor Show. The Car of the Year jury has selected the best new model every year since 1964, with some 60 journalists from 23 European countries taking part in the voting process. The winning cars are rated on criteria including valuefor-money, design, comfort, safety, technology and environmental performance. New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV is among the seven finalists competing for the 2019 Car of the Year title. New C5 Aircross SUV stands out from the crowd through its unique, energetic and assertive personality. Making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show 2018, Citroën’s new flagship has already attracted 26 Small Business Fleet Management

more than 1,500 orders across Europe. The official UK ‘on sale’ date for New C5 Aircross SUV is Monday 4 February, with order books opening across the Citroën dealer network on Monday 3 December. New C5 Aircross SUV has a robust, muscular and powerful design. Its flowing shape is punctuated with strong graphic features, including the Airbump® panels at the bottom of the doors. Thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C5 Aircross SUV excels through its overall comfort and spacious interior. New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV offers a level of modularity that is unique in its segment, with three individual, sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and bestin-class boot volume ranging from 580-litres to 720-litres, and up to 1,630-litres with the second row seats folded down. New C5 Aircross SUV is also equipped with 20 latest-

generation driver assistance systems and six advanced connectivity technologies. With a total of 590,000 sales in Europe, 2018 is the fifth consecutive year of growth for the Citroën brand. Sales are at a seven-year high, up 6% in Europe year-on-year. Following the resounding success of Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV – the first model in Citroën’s SUV offensive with orders totalling nearly 120,000 units – New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV is an integral part of Citroën’s renewal, and will serve to continue the brand’s strong performance in 2019 and into the next decade. Following comparative tests between the seven shortlisted cars in February 2019, the model with the most votes from the Car of the Year judges will be awarded the prestigious title on Monday 4 March 2019, just prior to the opening of the Geneva Motor Show.


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MARSHALL VAN CENTRE READING WE HAVE MOVED We have relocated to

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Here at Marshall Van Centre Reading, everything has been designed with you in mind. Better parking, bigger range of vans, better customer facilities – with sales, service and parts under one, van dedicated roof. A timeless, modern and contemporary environment, our new showroom features state-of-the-art facilities to give you an enhanced experience and the perfect space to discover our range. But backing up all this will be the same familiar faces providing the same level of customer service that has made our reputation. Our new spacious location showcases a fleet of demonstrators, including the iconic California camper van. For more details, why not drop by our new showroom or call

0118 207 5500

NEW VAN OFFERS • UPGRADE WITH THE BUSINESS PACK For more details please visit us at our new showroom or visit us online www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/en/van-centres/Marshall-Van-Centre-Reading

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Ford Fiesta takes top honours in first full year on sale The Ford Fiesta has won three car of the year titles, two of them for the hot new Fiesta ST. Top Gear Magazine this week awarded the Fiesta ST its car of the year honour, as well as hot hatch of the year, continuing the success of the previous Fiesta ST which won the same awards in 2013. Parkers also named Fiesta ST its car of the year at the 2019 Parkers New Car Awards – one of three trophies awarded by the buyers’ guide to Fiesta, out of a total of four for the Blue Oval.

In its end-of-year awards issue, Top Gear Magazine seized on the completeness of Ford’s £19,495 pocket rocket, produced by the same performance team that delivered Ford’s acclaimed GT supercar. Charlie Turner, BBC Top Gear Magazine editor-in-chief, said: “The Fiesta ST is the best small hatch on sale; quite possibly the 30 Small Business Fleet Management

best one ever built. I love that Ford spends as much time ensuring its baby Fiesta drives slickly as it does the half-million-pound GT.” Parkers.co.uk judged Fiesta ST best car for thrill seekers and went on to crown the 200PS hatch its overall car of the year. “The Ford Fiesta ST is a clear and obvious winner because of its brilliant performance, fabulous dynamics, and killer good looks”, said Parkers editor Keith Adams. “Ford proved the most successful carmaker in the 2019 Parkers New Car Awards, with

threw its weight of commendation behind the top-selling Fiesta, honouring both the sporty ST and the rest of the Fiesta line-up. Carbuyer editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said the Fiesta ST as best hot hatch is easy to live with day-to-day, yet comes alive on the right roads, putting far more powerful alternatives in the shade. Carbuyer commended the entire new Fiesta range for its design, technology, cabin space, value for money and fun to drive. “The Ford Fiesta is the standout new car on the market today. Ford manages to cram so much into its superminisized package while retaining the trademark handling verve that really sets the Fiesta apart. Quite simply, we love it and it is Carbuyer’s car of the year once again,” said Steve Fowler. Ford has sold more than 2,500 new Fiesta ST models since June 2018, of 120,000 new Fiestas delivered altogether in the last 18 months. Performance Blue is the most popular Fiesta ST colour choice, accounting for more an impressive and well deserved than a quarter of orders. More haul.” than 65 per cent of customers Ford’s third gong from Parkers have added the optional £850 was for the previous generation Performance Pack, which Fiesta – the UK’s best-selling car includes a Quaife limited slip for eight consecutive years – as its differential, launch control and used car of the year. And all-new performance shift lights. Almost Ford Focus, also on sale this year, three quarters of ST orders are is Parkers’ recommended small for the three-door bodystyle, and family car. over half of customers have opted The Carbuyer advice site today for the top ST-3 series.


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SsangYong launches 0% finance offers for Tivoli, Tivoli XLV and Kornado SsangYong has announced a 0% finance offer over five years and with nil deposit on its diesel Tivoli, Tivoli XLV and Korando SE and SE 4x4. The popular petrol powered Tivoli, Tivoli XLV and Korando SE are also being offered with 0% finance but over two years. “We are always looking for ways to help reduce the cost of motoring for SsangYong owners,” commented Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, “and these are some great new offers in addition to our already competitive pricing. “These offers will help those looking for a new car to plan their finances over five years, and with our recently announced 7-year and 150,000 mile warranty - the best in the industry! - complete peace of mind. Add Korean quality and comprehensive levels of equipment, and we are confident that SsangYong motorists are getting the best value new car deal in the UK.”

Tivoli compact SUV Available with either a 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engine, the new Tivoli is extremely well equipped and comes with air conditioning, 32 Small Business Fleet Management

alloy wheels, cruise control, seven airbags, Bluetooth connectivity and remote keyless entry. Prices for a Tivoli ELX diesel from £18,945 OTR or £235 per month. Tivoli XLV Sharing the same platform and wheelbase as the Tivoli, the XLV features a lengthened body and an expanded load capacity of 720 cubic litres of space. Comprehensively equipped, it also comes with a choice of either a 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engine, and with the option of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission, twowheel drive or 4x4. Prices start from just £17,495 for the Tivoli XLV EX diesel, or £219 a month. Korando crossover Italian designed and Korean built, the Korando crossover is powered by a 2.0 litre petrol or 2.2 diesel engine, and comes with a 6-speed manual or Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Comprehensive equipment includes automatic

air conditioning, cruise control, heated front seats, privacy glass, alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. The diesel Korando with two-wheel drive costs from just £18,495 or £229 per month, and as a 4x4 diesel from £19,995 or £249 per month. With a 2-tonne towing capacity, the SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 won the class award for vehicles under £24,000 in The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018.

The 0% finance programme, which is being administered by SsangYong’s finance provider GMAC, offers purchasers realistic deposits and highly competitive monthly payments which can be tailored to a customers requirements.


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*5 year/125,000 miles (whichever comes first) warranty applies to all new Isuzu D-Max models. **3.5 tonne towing capacity applies to all 4x4 models. Special paint finishes extra at £400 excluding VAT. Finance options available at participating dealers, subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. www.isuzu.co.uk


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All I want for Christmas, is you… to service my Volkswagen van for free! Christmas is coming early for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles drivers with a huge festive giveaway across Van Centres this December. The brand is getting into the festive spirit with a ‘12 Days of Christmas’ campaign that will see one customer a day for 12 days in December get their van serviced for free. Any qualifying driver (see https://www.volkswagen-vans. co.uk/en/offers-finance/offers/ christmas-servicing-offer.html for full terms and conditions) who books their Volkswagen Caddy, Transporter, Crafter or Amarok in for service on selected days in December will be entered into a national free prize draw. Then on each day between 3 and 15 December (excluding Sunday 9 December), any full service up to the value of £500 will be covered free of charge for the prize winner**. Whether it’s four new brake discs, three filter checks or two new tyres, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is the one thing that will keep you and your business on the road this

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Christmas. As part of its Working With You promise, Volkswagen Van Centres offer extended hours, mobile servicing and price-matching to help their customers stay top of the tree. With a team of trained experts on site to handle all your problems, even Santa is welcome should his sleigh need oiling before he hitches up Rudolf and the reindeer on Christmas Eve. Trevor Hodgson-Phillips, Head of Service and Parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Christmas can be extremely busy, not to mention

a vast expense for businesses and families. That’s why we’re spreading the festive cheer with our free servicing giveaway in the lead up to Christmas again this year. We’re encouraging drivers to book a service during December to be in with a shot of getting it paid for, and freeing up some extra money for a little treat under the tree on Christmas Day.” To book your service, find your local Van Centre and for full terms and conditions, please visit https://www.volkswagen-vans. co.uk/en/offers-finance/offers/ christmas-servicing-offer.html.


The Transporter from £239 a month on Contract Hire.* With 2 free services.

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The Transporter comes with intelligent safety and driver assistance systems including Driver Alert, Brake Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking all as standard. And with £1,000 towards your initial rental too, this package is an incredible offer to help your business thrive. For more information, contact us or drop by our showroom.

Working With You. Volkswagen Van Centre (Norwich)

Volkswagen Van Centre (Peterborough)

Heigham Street, Norwich, NR2 4LX Telephone: 01603 604210

Storeys Bar Road, Peterborough, PE1 5YS Telephone: 01733 942697

* No ownership option. Robinsons Van Centre is a broker and not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Business users only. Based on Transporter Panel Van T26S 2.0TDI BMT 84 ST-LN at 36 month, 10,000 mile per annum Contract Hire agreement with an initial rental of £717. 6p per mile excess mileage charges apply and fair wear and tear charges may apply. All prices exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to status and availability. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 31.12.2018 from participating Van Centres. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 10.2018. Freepost Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services.

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Citroën secures double win at Carbuyer Awards 2019

For the second year in a row, Citroën has won two headline accolades at the Carbuyer Best Cars Awards. Citroën C3 Aircross claimed the ‘Best Small SUV’ prize for a second time, whilst Grand C4 SpaceTourer picked up the ‘Best MPV’ title. Citroën has had another successful year at the annual Carbuyer Best Cars Awards 2019, winning two prestigious trophies. Citroën C3 Aircross scooped the coveted ‘Best Small SUV’ accolade once again, illustrating the increasing popularity of the brand’s compact SUV. Grand C4 SpaceTourer was also a category winner, taking the ‘Best MPV’ title. Carbuyer praised the model for its character, practicality and exceptional comfort. Grand C4 Picasso was previously the winner of the Carbuyer ‘Best Seven-Seater’ award – for three years in a row. Carbuyer named the ‘Best 36 Small Business Fleet Management

Cars’ for 2019 at the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema in London earlier today. Trophies were presented to the winning models in each of the 17 most searchedfor car categories on Carbuyer. co.uk, recognising the types of cars that are most important to in-market car buyers. The road-test team chose the winner in each category by analysing and judging the vehicles across a range of criteria, including safety, efficiency, reliability and performance. Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief at Carbuyer, said; “The market for small SUVs is growing at an incredible rate, so it takes something very talented to top

our list. The Citroën C3 Aircross takes the basic format, and gives it a funky twist. It’s superbly practical, stylish and efficient, and takes the firm’s Advanced Comfort programme onto the next level.” Steve continued; “Citroën has a proud history of comfortable and innovative family cars, and the Grand C4 SpaceTourer is certainly in that vein. It has everything you need from an MPV yet still manages to fill the utility vehicle roll with a touch of style thanks to that curvy body and a high quality cabin. It’s a worthy winner of our 2019 Best MPV crown.” Souad Wrixen, Citroën UK’s Marketing Director, said; “Last year, C3 Aircross won its first UK award at the Carbuyer Best Cars Awards, so it is extra special to be recognised for the same award again this year. Winning in the hotly contested small SUV category just reinforces the success of Citroën’s brand positioning and product strategy. We look forward to adding many more accolades to the model’s growing list of achievements.” Souad added; “We are also delighted that Grand C4 SpaceTourer has been honoured for being the brilliant family car that it is. Being praised for its practicality, space and comfort is true testament to the excellent design of the car, firmly marking its place at the top of the MPV class.”


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Double awards success for Toyota's self-charging hybrids Toyota’s self-charging hybrid technology has helped seal two top fleet and business motoring awards. The company’s range of selfcharging hybrids has earned it the Manufacturer of the Year title in this year’s awards from website and magazine publisher GreenFleet, while Prius has been named Private Hire Car of the Year in the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards. Angela Pisanu, GreenFleet Editor, said: “Toyota has a truly green policy that runs through the entire DNA of the company, and it continues to push the ULEV (ultra-low emission vehicle) agenda forward, with almost every model now having a hybrid derivative. “Toyota’s fleet customers 38 Small Business Fleet Management

enjoy low cost of ownership, low emissions and tax, as well as support from its dedicated Business Centre network. For these reasons, Toyota is the worthy winner of our Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year Award.” The Professional Driver Awards, now in their 10th year, are the most rigorous reader-judged awards in the UK automotive industry. There are seven categories and the Toyota Prius was among more than 60 cars evaluated by 120 Professional Driver readers in a two-day test event held in the summer. Stuart Ferma, Toyota GB National Fleet Sales Manager, said: “The strength-in-depth of our unrivalled range of self-

charging hybrids is offering business and fleet customers the ideal solution when it comes to making the right choice of environmentally efficient transport that’s budget-friendly and has an impressive track record for quality and hardwearing reliability. From the Yaris supermini to the new Corolla and RAV4 Hybrids due for launch next year, we cover almost every business car requirement. “Prius is the world’s original hybrid and continues to be a pathfinder for the best in new Toyota technology. It’s a clear sign of the model’s enduring reputation for all-round excellence that it meets the high demands placed on it by Britain’s private hire operators.”


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FRF Toyota Bridgend Vantage Toyota Leeds Tondu Road, Bridgend, Domestic Road CF31 4LH Holbeck Tel: 01656 646646 Leeds West Yorkshire LS12 6HG

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Toyota Range Official Fuel Consumption Figures in mpg (l/100km) Urban 25.9 (10.9) – 97.4 (2.9), Extra Urban 42.8 (6.6) – 91.1 (3.1), Combined 34.9 (8.1) – 282.5 (1). CO2 Emissions 22-194g/km. 5 year/100,000 mile manufacturer warranty subject to terms & conditions. Models shown for illustration purposes only.

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Toyota Prius tops the poll in the Honest John Satisfaction Index 2018 It’s easy to claim that a car “ticks all the boxes,” but that’s exactly what the Toyota Prius has achieved in the Honest John Satisfaction Index 2018. Analysing feedback from more than 10,000 UK motorists, the consumer advice and reviews website has declared the latest generation of Toyota’s selfcharging hybrid hatchback to be the nation’s best all-rounder. Owners were asked to rate the cars in key areas such as reliability, fuel economy, practicality, performance and ride comfort. They also judged qualities including build quality, ease of use, safety and repair costs.

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Prius duly delivered the highest rating overall, at 95 per cent. Its impressive tally included a 10-out-of-10 result for reliability, reinforcing the reputation of Toyota’s hybrid electric technology for long-lasting, hardwearing quality. Prius’s popularity is reflected in the owners’ reviews section of the honestjohn.co.uk website, where in every category the Toyota scores no lower than fourout-of-five, with top ratings in fuel economy and the how the car drives – the latter reflecting the strong dynamic quality delivered by Prius’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. RAV4 was another top

performer for Toyota, being the highest ranked SUV in the new index. Daniel Powell, honestjohn. co.uk Managing Editor, said: “Toyota enjoys its best ever result in the annual Honest John Satisfaction Index, with Prius and RAV4 both rated number one for reliability in their respective classes. “Prius is also the UK’s best-performing car for owner satisfaction, with an unbeatable score of 95 per cent. Drivers give it consistently high scores for build quality, ride comfort, safety and fuel economy, and praise for its practical and driver friendly cabin.”


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Toyota Hilux Invincible 3.5T Stop/Start 2.4 D-4D 150 DIN HP Auto 36 monthly rentals Initial rental + VAT Mileage per annum

£266 + VAT * (Business users only)

£1,596.00 8,000 Excess mileage charges apply.

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Johnsons Toyota Southport

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60-70 Rimrose Road, Bootle, Merseyside L20 4TX

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Tel: 0151 515 9733 www.johnsonstoyota.co.uk

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Tel: 0151 515 9747 www.johnsonstoyota.co.uk

Images for illustration purposes only. *Business users only. Initial rental and VAT applies. Available on new leases of model shown when ordered and proposed for finance between 2nd July 2018 and 30th September 2018, registered and financed by 31st December 2018 through Toyota Financial Services on Toyota Contract Hire. Advertised rental is based on a 36-month customer maintained contract at 8,000 miles per annum with an initial rental of £1,596 +VAT. Excess mileage charges apply. Metallic or pearlescent paint are not included. You will not own the vehicle. Other finance offers are available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. Offer may be varied or withdrawn at any time. At participating Toyota Centres. Toyota Centres are independent of Toyota Financial Services. Indemnities may be required. Finance subject to status to over 18s only. Toyota Financial Services (UK) PLC. Registered Office: Great Burgh, Burgh Heath, Epsom, KT18 5UZ. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Terms and conditions apply. Johnsons Cars Ltd (Firm Reference Number: 512460) are an Appointed Representative of ITC Compliance Ltd, and are authorised & regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their registration number is 313486) and are permitted to advise on and arrange General Insurance contracts. Registered Name: Johnsons Cars Ltd, Registered Office: Johnsons Cars Ltd, Empire Court, Albert Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 4DA. Registration No. 3716766. VAT Registration No. GB927551606.

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Turning on the style: Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Special Edition The Volkswagen Amarok has always been a cut above the rest when it comes to premium features, comfort and refinement. And now, thanks to the introduction of a new special edition Aventura model, customers have the opportunity to secure the keys to the most distinctive and luxurious Amarok ever. Available to order from today, the Amarok Aventura features the ultimate specification list that combines striking design features with a host of creature comforts and safety systems. Building on the handsome and rugged looks of the standard Amarok, the Aventura features 20-inch Talca alloy wheels, body coloured sports bar with Aventura badging and chromeplated side bars with step and LED spot lighting. Like all Amarok models, the Aventura is built to work and also features styling for under-body cladding, power folding mirrors and a 42 Small Business Fleet Management

protective coating for the load compartment. Customers can specify their Aventura in a range of colours and can also take advantage of a reduced price for special matt finishes. Available in either Ravenna Blue or Indium Grey, the matt paint can be specified as a £2,335 (ex VAT) option - a saving of 24 per cent over the usual price. Also available are Mountain top roll covers made specifically for the Aventura model. Available in black or silver, they can be specified as an option for £1387.50 (ex VAT). Inside, the Aventura is positively bristling with equipment. ErgoComfort seats with 14-way adjustment are fitted as standard, and ensure that even the longest of journeys can be completed in total comfort. The seats are faced in soft Nappa leather, while the multi-function steering wheel is also leather-wrapped and is fitted with paddle shifts as standard.

Volkswagen’s acclaimed Discover Media Navigation system dominates the dashboard layout while special Aventura mats further enhance the feeling of exclusivity. To help keep drivers safe and secure in all conditions, the Aventura features a Lights and Vision package (automatic headlights with separate daytime running lights, Coming Home feature and windscreen wiper intermittent control with rain sensor) along with front fog lights with cornering function as standard. Powering the new Amarok Aventura is the Amarok’s most powerful 3.0-litre TDI V6 with 258 PS in normal driving and 272 PS when using the overboost function. The engine generates a thumping 580 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 3,000 rpm, while permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox ensure that the Amarok can go where others fear to tread.


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Volvo XC40 crowned BBC TopGear Magazine's SUV of the Year The Volvo XC40 compact premium SUV has continued its exceptional run of awards success, being crowned SUV of the Year in the 2018 BBC TopGear Magazine Awards. As part of the judging process, TopGear Magazine described the XC40 as "excellent" and a "considered, thoughtful, effective machine". In its earlier review of the XC40, the magazine declared that "Volvo has made something distinctive", making the point that "the values of an SUV correspond with many of the values of Volvo". TopGear praised the XC40's "comfy drive", its "sense of all-weather security" and the "extremely well-organised and practical

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cabin". Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "Our entry into the fiercely competitive compact premium SUV market has proved an exceptional success, with the XC40 earning widespread praise from critics and customers alike. It might be the smallest SUV in our line-up, but it encapsulates everything we're aiming to deliver as a brand in terms of striking, modern design, effective, intelligent use of new technologies, along with innovative engineering and unparalleled safety." The XC40's impressive honours list already includes the 2018 European Car of the Year title, and the model achieved the

maximum five-star rating when it was subjected to the more rigorous 2018 assessment by the independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP. Launched in September 2017, the XC40 is designed primarily for urban life, but is equally capable out on the open road in all weathers, especially those versions with all-wheel drive. Public response to the car has been unprecedented, with the model achieving the highest rate of launch sales yet for a new Volvo in the UK. Its appeal has been increased with the addition of Volvo's new and highly efficient 156hp T3 threecylinder petrol engine and the 190hp T4 petrol and 150hp D3 diesel units to the range. The grade line-up has also been extended to provide customers with a full choice of distinctive Momentum, dynamic R-Design and luxurious Inscription models, each available in even better equipped 'Pro' form. Across the board, the specification includes features such as Sensus Navigation with nine-inch touchscreen and voice control, the Volvo On Call connected services platform, automatic LED headlights with active high beam, a 12.3-inch TFT driver's information display, selectable Drive Mode settings and City Safety functions that recognise and help avoid many common accident risks.


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All-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV wins ‘Crossover of the Year’ at Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2018 The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV fought off stiff competition to be crowned ‘Crossover of the Year’ at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2018. The seven-seater SUV won over members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) thanks to its comfortable interior, refined drive experience, innovative i-Cockpit® technology and practicality. The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV i-Cockpit® is situated in the drivers eye line to help ensure motorists keep their eyes on the road, as well as featuring advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS,) including Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Distance Alert and Active Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA), all designed to improve safety. The all-new 5008 SUV also includes a raft of practical features, such as sockets, hooks, blinds and intelligent storage spaces, which offer functionality and versatility. Additionally, its outstanding modularity and adaptable interior provides three individually folding seats in the second row, all ISOFIX compatible, adjustable longitudinally and in backrest inclination, along with two removable folding seats in the third row, resulting in the maximisation of leg room and an impressive load space of 46 Small Business Fleet Management

952 litres. John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: “The 5008 SUV won its category by impressing judges with its versatile cabin, clarity of the i-Cockpit® design and the comfort of the model’s interior. It's a great vehicle to drive; refined, smooth and offers all of the practicality demanded by crossover buyers.” David Peel, Managing Director at PEUGEOT UK, said: “The ASMW is one of the most respected and established bodies in the automotive industry and to be recognised for any award by them is always a great honour. We’re delighted to scoop the ‘Crossover of the Year’ award in such a competitive and valued sector. “The all-new 5008 offers

drivers a compact yet spacious option for the SUV market, and it is great that the features which we have worked hard to bring to this sector have been met with such high praise.” Winning ‘Crossover of the Year’ at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2018 is just the latest in a range of accolades the all-new 5008 SUV has achieved this year, having won ‘Best Large SUV’ at the What Car? Car of the Year awards, ‘Towcar of the Year’ at the Caravan and Motorhome Club awards and ‘SUV of the Year’ in the CCT100 awards earlier in the year. The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV overcame tough competition from rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Grandland X, Dacia Duster and Skoda Karoq to take home the ‘Crossover of the Year’ award.


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Los Angeles debut for 2019 Toyota Prius with new Hybrid AWD-I system The new 2019 Toyota Prius makes its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today (November 28), marking further advances in the driving capability and appeal of the world’s most popular self-charging hybrid car. Ever since the launch of the original model in 1997, Prius has been a leader in technical innovation, making ever-greater progress in efficiency, refinement and driving pleasure through four generations. It has also been a consistent pathfinder for advanced, useful new technologies. Maintaining this distinguished record, the new Prius is the first Toyota to benefit from Hybrid AWD-i, a new, intelligent, electric all-wheel drive system that provides more sure-footed handling and peace-of-mind driving. The smart system uses an additional high-torque electric motor to provide extra drive through the rear axle when required. It is engineered to engage automatically when pulling away, at speeds up to 7mph, and when sensors detect lowgrip conditions, such is in snow or on wet and slippery road surfaces, at speeds between 7 and 44mph. The unit is

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compact and lightweight, with no centre differential or front-to-rear driveshaft, so there is minimal intrusion in boot space and little compromise in Prius’s exceptional fuel economy and low emissions. The Hybrid AWD-i model features a new, compact nickelmetal hydride hybrid battery designed for excellent cold weather performance. The current Prius has already taken the driving experience to a higher level with its first use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, securing unprecedented dynamic performance and ride comfort with a lower centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity. The latest evolution of Prius’s styling gives the car a cleaner look that engages the senses more strongly than ever. Sharp, slim new headlight units emphasise a sweeping horizontal line that evokes a wide and planted stance and feature new bi-beam LEDs that give a wider field of illumination. The peak point of the bumper has been raised to generate a coherent, flowing line

down the sides of the car, producing a more dynamic, flowing silhouette. At the rear, new combination lamps again focus the eye on a strong horizontal line to emphasise the car’s low centre of gravity and are fitted with new-design light guides. The powerful effect is heightened by a new inverted trapezoid shape integrated in the tailgate around the licence plate. The 2019 changes include the addition of two strong new colours – Emotional Red and Aqua Breeze – a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and a new contrast dark grey finish for the 15-inch wheelcaps. In the cabin the sensory quality has been enhanced with small but telling changes to the centre console arrangement and some of the controls on the instrument panel. New cloth upholstery finishes have been introduced, adding to the overall smarter and more refined interior. Changes to the equipment specifications include an increase in size for the wireless charging tray to accommodate larger smartphones; turn-by-turn navigation directions added to the head-up display functionality; and a multimedia Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen that offers faster response and can be operated using “pinch and flick” gestures familiar from smartphone use.


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Ford Transit Custom is Britain's No.2 best-selling vehicle in October The Ford Transit Custom commercial vehicle was Britain’s No.2 top-selling vehicle among all vehicles sold in October, only outsold by the country’s favourite car, the Ford Fiesta. The Transit Custom range powered Ford’s share of the commercial vehicle market to 33.2 percent, up nearly two percentage points from October last year, and more than double the market share of the nearest rival. Transit Custom (including the Tourneo Custom people carrier) is now the No.3 topselling vehicle range in Britain for 50 Small Business Fleet Management

the year to date. With nearly 52,000 sold so far this year, the Transit Custom range is on-track to deliver the strongest sales result since the launch of the Custom range in 2013. Sales of the Tourneo Custom are at an all-time high, up 30 percent from last year and accounting for eight percent of Transit Custom range sales. The Transit Custom range also is changing customers’ perceptions in the van and people carrier segments, with white now being the colour of choice for less than 45 percent

of sales, and with variations of silver and grey – and fun colours like Orange Glow which was introduced this year – growing significantly in popularity. Overall, Ford was No.1 for total vehicle sales, passenger and commercial vehicle sales, and higher margin retail sales in October. Fiesta was Britain’s No.1 top-selling car yet again for the month and year to date, and C-MAX, Galaxy, Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Transit Custom, Tourneo Custom and Ranger pickup all leading their respective market segments in October.


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Almost 14 million drivers would ‘brake test’ a tailgater New research reveals that tailgating is not only one of the most annoying habits drivers experience on the road, it causes many motorists to make dangerous decisions of their own. A study for Kwik Fit, the UK’s leading automotive servicing and repair company, shows that 89% of drivers say they find tailgating by other drivers either very or moderately annoying, second only to dangerous overtaking (92%), and three quarters (75%) would take action in response to a car following too closely.1 The most popular course of action for drivers being tailgated is to slow down to leave a wider gap between them and the car in front, with the aim of encouraging the tailgater to do the same. This move would be adopted by 37% of tailgated motorists, however many drivers take riskier measures. Over a third (34%) of drivers, some 13.9 million licence holders, say that if being followed too closely by the car behind they would lightly dab their brakes to make their brake lights come on without slowing down. 8% of drivers would use their fog lights, flicking them on to make the driver behind think that they are braking. One in ten drivers (10%) go even further, saying they would brake sharply to get the car behind to back off. All these moves carry significant risks of causing a collision – the driver following too closely may overreact with their 52 Small Business Fleet Management

own braking and cause a ripple effect leading to an impact in the traffic flow behind as the cars ‘concertina’. Kwik Fit found that 11% of drivers say they would increase their speed when being tailgated, but that can clearly be dangerous if the driver ends up going too fast for the conditions or their own comfort. Accelerating can also be counter-productive as the driver behind is likely to speed up, resulting in the cars remaining too close together but at a greater speed. Almost one in ten drivers (9%) admit to making a ‘revenge attack’, pulling over to let the tailgating car pass, and then pulling back out to follow as closely as the first tailgater had been doing. 7% of drivers would make some sort of hand gesture at the driver behind them in an effort to get them to back off. Despite almost every driver stating that tailgating is one of the most annoying habits displayed by other drivers, a third of motorists (33%) in Kwik Fit’s study admitted that a car they have been following has reacted to their presence in some way. This includes the one in ten drivers who have had a car let them pass, only for it to then pull back out and tailgate them in turn and 8% who have experienced the driver in front brake sharply, purely to get them to back off. Male drivers are more likely than women to have caused a reaction from motorists they

are following (38% and 26% respectively). Younger drivers (50% of those aged 18-34) are also more likely than older drivers (21% of those aged 55 and over) to have had an impact on the behaviour of a driver in front of them. Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “The accident statistics show very clearly that many road casualties are caused by cars following too closely. This research highlights that the danger doesn’t just come from tailgaters not being able to stop in time, but from the negative reactions they cause in other drivers. “Brake testing a car which is far too close can be very tempting for drivers, either by dabbing the brakes to flash the brake lights, or by actually braking hard, but this can be very dangerous. The safest approach when encountering tailgaters is to drive normally, signal clearly and pull over when it’s safe to do so to allow them to overtake. Getting drawn into tit for tat behaviour is a no-win situation and only makes driving much more stressful than it needs to be.” The only brake tests drivers should consider are those carried out in a garage environment. For more information about brake care, including some of the tell-tale signs of worn brakes including squeaking, pulsating or sponginess, drivers can visit kwik-fit.com/brakes


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Honda announces new HR-V Sport with 1.5 VTEC Turbo engine Honda has revealed details of the new HR-V Sport, a specific grade for the revised 2019 model equipped with the 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine as well as upgrades to the chassis and suspension. The HR-V Sport benefits from the refreshed exterior styling and interior upgrades of the standard 2019 HR-V, with additional bespoke design features. The 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine in the new HR-V Sport

was first seen in the latest generation Honda Civic. The muscular four-cylinder engine gives the 2019 HR-V enhanced performance, with peak power of 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500rpm for 6MT and 6,000 rpm for CVT. Equipped with a six-speed manual (6MT) as standard, maximum torque of 240 Nm is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. With the optional CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between

1,700rpm and 5,500 rpm. Honda developed the HR-V Sport to cater to buyers who want a sportier driving experience from a subcompact SUV. As part of a package that aims to deliver an optimised balance of body rigidity, suspension control and steering feel, the HR-V Sport is equipped with bespoke 'Performance Damper' technology. The damper system is integrated at the front and rear of the car and works by counteracting the relative lateral

centre and near-centre steering angles, and a smoother response at off-centre steering angles. Upgrades to the elegant exterior design include a new interpretation of Honda’s 'Solid Wing Face’ graphic, with a highgloss black chrome panel that replaces the darkened chrome of the standard 2019 HR-V. An exclusive black honeycomb finish is applied to the front grille garnish, which also carries over into the fog light surrounds. The HR-V Sport comprises dynamic styling elements, including a slim front splitter, side skirts, plus wheel arch mouldings and a more aggressive rear bumper – all finished in black. Sport trim also includes black door mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels in a unique design. LED headlights come as standard and incorporate high and low beams, LED indicators and LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a black chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the trim at the front, while and torsional movement through the tail lights are enhanced with the chassis. It keeps the car a dark ‘smoked’ effect and black flatter through corners, enhances inner bars as the standard 2019 stability during sudden lane HR-V. changes, and reduces vibration Inside, new seats for the driver over uneven roads. and front passenger provide The steering set-up is unique enhanced support in the seat to the model, employing a variable cushion and back rest. The ratio electric power-assisted dynamic styling continues in the rack-and-pinion system, which is interior with exclusive combi seats complemented by Honda's Agile in black and dark red combined Handling Assist technology. It with black roof lining to enhance delivers a steady response at on- the sporty appeal. Small Business Fleet Management 53


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All-new Ford Focus Active Crossover blends SUV versatility and class-leading focus driving The all-new Ford Focus Active crossover introduces SUV-inspired versatility to the confidence-inspiring, intuitive, and rewarding all-new Focus driving experience. Available in spacious five-door hatchback and estate body styles with rugged exterior styling, the Focus Active features raised rideheight and a bespoke chassis configuration to retain classleading Focus driving dynamics while delivering enhanced roughroad ability and a higher driving position for more confident urban and highway driving. The active lifestyles of Europe’s growing numbers of SUV and crossover customers are further supported by the addition of bespoke Slippery and Trail modes to the Focus Active’s Selectable

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Drive Modes, and standard roof rails to help carry bicycles or sports equipment. Sophisticated powertrain options* include Ford’s powerful and fuel efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines delivering up to 182PS, and Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines delivering up to 150PS – combined with sixspeed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. Advanced driver assistance features first introduced with the all-new Focus earlier this year include more advanced versions of Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Front Lighting System and Active Park Assist technologies. “Ford SUV sales grew more

than 19 per cent in October year over year, and SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe. Our Active family of crossover models offers a further compelling SUVstyle option for customers,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service. Ford of Europe. “The all-new Focus Active does more than just look the part – its bespoke chassis and new Selectable Drive Mode options deliver genuine roughroad capability for families who want to explore off the beaten track.” The all-new Focus Active is the third in Ford’s new family of Active crossover models, following the introduction of the all-new Fiesta Active and new KA+ Active models earlier this year.


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