Driverlink Magazine - Issue 27

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THE NEW MINI CLUBMAN CITY. MADE FOR BUSINESS. The stylish and versatile MINI Clubman is now available in a new offering that’s tailor-made for fleets – the MINI Clubman City. With iconic split rear doors, spacious luggage capacity and plenty of room for four passengers, it offers an enhanced experience for business customers. It is full of innovative technology for business use, such as Satellite Navigation with Real-Time Traffic Information, and has been designed with safety and comfort in mind with cruise control, Intelligent Emergency Call and Rear Park Distance Control as standard. Hands-free Bluetooth allows for easier communication with drivers, while MINI Connected Technology displays fuel consumption, arrival estimations and live journey updates on the go. What’s more, Apple CarPlay® displays the iPhone interface on the 6.5” display and streams Spotify playlists – an alternative to the extensive DAB digital radio. It’s not just the purpose-built high specification that makes this car ideal for business use. Minimalism fuel-saving technology increases efficiency with an automatic stop/start function, Brake Energy Regeneration and Shift Point Display. The new MINI Clubman City also offers CO2 emissions from 109g/km*, with highly competitive running costs and benefit-in-kind tax rates. To find out more visit mini.co.uk/clubmancity THE NEW MINI CLUBMAN CITY. from CO2

109g/km*

up to

68.9mpg* (combined)

from BIK

26%

MINI Fleet & Business Sales Official fuel economy figures for the new MINI Clubman City range: Urban 39.2–61.4mpg (7.2–4.6 l/100km). Extra Urban 55.4–72.4mpg (5.1–3.9 l/100km). Combined 48.7–68.9mpg (5.8–4.1 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 131–109g/km.*Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions.


ISSUE 27: Driverlink Magazine

In this issue

Gary Grace, Managing Director, GMP Drivercare

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WELCOME to Issue 27 of Driverlink Magazine.

Last year, saw changes to the emissions testing procedures and now the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP), designed to provide more accurate, realworld data on emissions and fuel consumption has now been finalised and is in place for all new cars registered. In the recent October budget, the Chancellor Philip Hammond didn’t mention changes to company car tax in his speech. We will have to wait until the Spring statement now for any further news - we will update you in our April issue of Driverlink. We’re very conscious of the uncertainty that this has caused about future BIK liabilities, but now that the majority of manufacturers have published their WLTP compliant figures, in most cases, the impact will not be that great. Don’t forget we’re here to help and if you have any questions, just get in touch with us and we’ll explain anything that you’re unsure of. Our promise is that we will provide total peace of mind motoring from the initial quotation and all the way through: you just add the fuel! In this issue, you’ll see that GMP have been busy over the last few months visiting trusts with our ‘Ride and Drive’ events, taking part in the ‘Work For Us Day’ at the Derby Hospital site and welcoming new drivers from Northern Ireland Water Alpha, GMP Drivercare are also pleased to announce the launch of a Lease Car Scheme at two GP Federations who are new Clients - Allied Health South Lincolnshire Ltd and K2 Healthcare South West Lincolnshire, GMP would like to send a warm welcome to all their staff and look forward to assisting them with their transport needs, and supporting them in the Community they serve. Of course in each issue of Driverlink we also have the great mix of advice, news, offers, vehicle reviews and guidance through the GMP Drivercare schemes. Looking to the future, there are going to be many changes and challenges ahead, but GMP Drivercare has always adapted to the changing needs of our Public and Private Sector clients and we’re looking forward to supporting everyone along the way. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of JDM Web Publishing Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure the content of Driverlink is accurate. Information is published in good faith, but no responsibility can be accepted for loss or inconvenience arising from error or omission. Contributors must ensure that all material submitted is not in breach of copyright. While every care is taken with submitted material, no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage. © 2018 JDM Web Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior permission from the copyright owner.

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Industry News

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GMP News and Events

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Ordering your new vehicle

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Vehicle Offers

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Your feedback

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Driver Advice

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MG Reviews

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Vauxhall Reviews

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SUZUKI Reviews

40-41 Review

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MINI Reviews

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Contact Information

GMP Drivercare Ltd. Jupiter House, Drummond Road, Astonfields, Stafford, ST16 3HJ E: info@gmpdrivercare.co.uk www.gmpdrivercare.com Tel: 0330 100 4910

Driverlink Magazine is Designed and published by JDM Web Publishing Ltd Company Reg: 75141160 E: admin@jdmweb.co.uk

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INDUSTRY NEWS I THE BUDGET

THE BUDGET ROUND-UP IMPACT FOR THE MOTOR INDUSTRY

CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER Philip Hammond delivered his third Budget speech on Monday, October 29, 2018. It was the final Budget prior to the UK leaving the European Union on March 29 next year. However, the Chancellor said that in the event of the UK being unable to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, and therefore there being a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, he would hold an emergency Budget. Below we highlight the Chancellor’s key autumn 2018 Budget measures that will impact on the company car and van sector and the wider motor industry. COMPANY CAR BENEFIT-IN-KIND TAX The Chancellor has delayed announcing company car benefit-in-kind tax changes as a result of introduction of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). Furthermore, Budget papers published immediately after the Chancellor’s Statement did not reveal company car benefit-in-kind tax rates beyond those already published up to the end of 2020/21. However, the government has said that it will review the impact of WLTP on the company car benefit-in-kind tax regime and Vehicle Excise Duty and will report in spring 2019. Nevertheless, for cars registered prior to April 6, 2020, HM Revenue and Customs will continue to use the current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test procedure for the purposes of collecting company car tax. Similarly, cars first registered prior to April 1, 2020 will maintain their current Vehicle Excise Duty treatment. VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY Vehicle Excise Duty rates for cars, vans and motorcycles will increase in line with the Retail Price Index from April 1, 2019. To support the

haulage sector, the government will freeze the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Vehicle Excise for 2019/20. To incentivise van drivers to make the cleanest choices, the government published a consultation on reforming Vehicle Excise Duty for new vans in the 2018 Spring Statement. Van Vehicle Excise Duty is currently charged at a flat rate, no matter the vehicle’s emissions. The consultation explored creating a graduated first year rate for new vans, as is already in place for cars. With the Budget Statement, the Chancellor published a summary of responses from the consultation on Vehicle Excise Duty reform for vans. Based on those responses the government has decided to: •

Further develop its understanding of the impacts of WLTP on CO2 emissions for vans, ahead of announcing the new rates and bands, for introduction from April 2021 Ensure the new system takes into account the weight of the van by introducing a two-

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category approach Provide ongoing incentives, beyond the first-year, for new zero emission, ultralow emission and other alternatively fuelled vans from April 2021. The government will set out its Vehicle Excise Duty bands and rates for vans ahead of Finance Bill 2019/20. Finally, to align the tax treatment of the transportation of blood and medical supplies by the national charity Blood Bikes with other emergency vehicles, the government will introduce an exemption for the purpose-built vehicles operated by Blood Bikes from April 2020.

VAN BENEFIT CHARGE AND VAN AND CAR FUEL BENEFIT CHARGE 2019/20 The government will increase the van benefit charge by the Consumer Price Index and the van and car fuel benefit charges by the Retail Price Index from April 6, 2019. The flat-rate van benefit charge will increase to £3,430 (2018/19: £3,350), the multiplier for the car fuel benefit charge will increase to £24,100 (2018/19: £23,400), and the flat-rate van fuel benefit charge will increase to £655 (2018/19: £633). The charge for zero-emission vans increased to 40% of the main rate in 2018/19 and will continue to increase on a tapered basis to April 5, 2022 - 60% in 2019/20, 80% in 2020/21, 90% in 2021/22 and then equalising with the standard charge in 2022/23. The government had

THE BUDGET I INDUSTRY NEWS

previously said that it would review the impact of the zero-emission van incentive at Budget 2018 together with enhanced capital allowances for zero-emission vans. However, there was no mention of either measure in the papers published immediately after the Budget Statement. FUEL DUTY As previously announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in her speech at the Conservative Party Conference in early October 2018, the scheduled rise in fuel duty from April 2019 has been cancelled. It is the ninth consecutive year that there has been no increase. The government calculates that by April 2020 the fuel duty freeze since 2011 will have saved the average car driver more than £1,000, compared to the pre-2010 escalator, and the average van driver more than £2,500. Following review, the government will maintain the difference between alternative and main road fuel duty rates until 2032 to support the de-carbonisation of the UK transport sector, subject to review in 2024. INVESTMENT IN ROADS AND POTHOLE REPAIRS The Chancellor confirmed the government’s pre-Budget promise to hypothecate English Vehicle Excise Duty to roads spending, announcing that the National Roads Fund would be £28.8 billion 2020 to 2025. The Fund, said the Chancellor would provide long-term certainty for roads investment, including the new major roads

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network and large local major roads schemes, such as the North Devon Link Road. The Budget also announced the draft Roads Investment Strategy 2, which is claimed to be the largest ever investment in England’s strategic roads and would enable the government to build on the Roads Investment Strategy 1, such as the A1(M) link to Newcastle, and progress transformative projects like the A66 Trans-Pennine, the Oxford‑Cambridge Expressway, and the Lower Thames Crossing. The government said it expected to spend £25.3 billion on the Strategy, funded by the National Roads Fund, between 2020 and 2025. The government has allocated £420 million to local authorities in 2018/19 to tackle potholes, repair damaged roads, and invest in keeping bridges open and safe. To support projects across England that ease congestion on local routes, the government will also make £150 million of Northern Powerhouse Investment Funding available to local authorities for small improvement projects such as roundabouts. Additionally, to support the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, £90 million from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Funding will be allocated to the Transforming Cities Fund to create Future Mobility Zones. It will trial new transport modes, services, and digital payments and ticketing. £20 million of which will be allocated to the West Midlands. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 05


INDUSTRY NEWS I ROAD SAFETY

NEW NATIONAL STRATEGY CALLS FOR VULNERABLE ROAD USERS TO BE PUT FIRST The needs of vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists, children and older people must become a priority in local planning processes if the level of road deaths and serious injuries is to be addressed, according to a new strategy. RoSPA has published ‘Safe and active at all ages’ - a national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England. Among its recommendations on road safety, the document calls for particular attention to be paid to lower speeds in built-up areas, and the promotion of active travel as a positive option. It also calls for pedestrian training for children at Key Stages 1 and 2, the collection of workrelated road accident statistics and help for employers to manage occupational road risk, the promotion of self-assessment tools to enable older drivers to stay on the road safely for longer, and action on young driver safety. The strategy, which has been developed by a wide range of partners including Public Health England and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, seeks to address the rising number of accidental deaths in England and the heavy toll these place on the health and social care services, as well as the personal heartache that serious unintentional injury can cause. Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “Other areas of accident prevention have much to learn from road safety, which has had nationally-led strategic approaches to injury reduction. In recent years, however, the decline in road deaths and injuries that we saw over previous decades has stagnated, meaning we need to also take new and more effective approaches to accident prevention on the roads. “The strategy clearly sets out how government departments and other stakeholders, such as local authorities, developers, businesses and schools, can harness principles of good engineering and safety education to play their part in protecting life and

limb on the country’s roads, while promoting active travel.” The strategy aims to achieve a step-change in the delivery of evidence-based accident prevention programmes across England, promote safe and active lives and reduce the burden of serious accidental injury on society. Its 25 recommendations for action address the major dangers faced by people across their life course, from birth to older age, and wherever they may find themselves – in their own homes, at work, in education, on the road, or during leisure pursuits. Representatives of the following organisations participated in the National Accident Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, under the chairmanship of the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell: Public Health England; Association of Directors of Public Health; Blackburn with Darwen Council; Faculty of Public Health; Institute of Health Promotion and Education; Institute of Health Visiting; Royal College of Emergency Medicine; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Royal Society for Public Health; University of Nottingham; and University of the West of England. Contributions were also made by RoSPA’s national committees, including the National Road Safety Committee.

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GMP DRIVERCARE NEWS I EVENTS AND NEW CONTRACTS

NEW CONTRACT

WITH NORTHERN IRELAND WATER ALPHA FOLLOWING a Tendering Process, GMP are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a three year contract for the Provision of Fleet Management to Northern Ireland Water Alpha. We would like to send a warm welcome all their staff and look forward to working with them over the forth coming weeks, months and years. Northern Ireland is a new area of the UK for GMP to be involved and is a very exciting time for us.

GP FEDERATIONS

GMP Drivercare is pleased to announce the launch of a Lease Car Scheme at two GP Federations who are new Clients to have come onboard to our Fleet Management. Allied Health South Lincolnshire Ltd and K2 Healthcare South West Lincolnshire provide Medical Services, Doctors, Medical Centre and Medical Practitioners to the Community in South Lincolnshire. GMP would like to send a warm welcome to all their staff and look forward to assisting them with their transport needs, supporting them in the Community they serve.

RIDE AND DRIVE EVENT

WITH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF DERBY AND BURTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST GMP DRIVERCARE held another successful “Ride & Drive” Event at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in Derby on the 19th September 2018. This event was held in conjunction with the Trust’s promotion of Sustainability around transport which took place over the week. The Trust has taken the great decision to support the environment in Derby, providing their staff with either Electric or Hybrid Vehicles. GMP support this decision and showcased a number of these types of vehicles which staff were able to view, drive and obtain information on. We also held a stand inside the Hospital to answer queries on the Schemes open to their employees and provide information on Electric vehicles, Charging Points and available grants, we even had members of the Public making enquires!

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‘WORK FOR US DAY ’ EVENT AT DERBY HOSPITAL SITE

GMP were recently invited to exhibit at the “Work for Us day ” day event at the Derby Hospital site, held on the 24th October. The event welcomed over 400 staff and featured over 20 exhibition stands. Employees were able to gather information on the benefits available to them including: Wellbeing, Health and Fitness, Library Services, Staff Discounts, Accommodation, Childcare, Pensions, Development and Apprenticeship’s, Financial Advice and of course our GMP Car Schemes! In addition, there was also an opportunity to take part in a Yoga session, sit on a bike to

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust continues to work in partnership with GMP Drivercare to support their staff with business/personal travel. This builds upon the work the Trust has been engaged with over the last 2 years in promoting environmentally friendly and efficient low emission travel. We like their ability to offer personalised information to staff on the range of EV/Hybrid lease car options available, appealing to all tastes and travel needs. This is coupled by GMP having access to an exciting and growing range of leasing

produce a smoothie by pedal power and it was also an ideal opportunity for staff to have their winter flu jab! The day was very interactive and visitors to the event were keen to obtain information about our Car Schemes and how they can access GMP Drivercare online services. It was a great opportunity for us to speak to the employees to whom we provide many of our services and we had some lovely feedback.

options including BMW, Volvo, Nissan and Mitsubishi amongst others. This means that there is effectively something suitable for everyone who is maybe taking the decision to change their car. The second EV/Hybrid car event held in September was a further success, in raising awareness of environmentally friendly cars for staff travel, as well as the opportunity to test drive what could be their next car. The Trust also took the opportunity to work with GMP to showcase the range of leasing options at a highly successful staff ‘Working With Us’ event held on 24 October 2018.

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GMP DRIVERCARE I SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEME

SALARY SACRIFICE

At GMP Drivercare we are at the forefront of offering a complete peace-of-mind package that allows you to get the best possible prices, on the best vehicles available, achieved through close links with the leading manufacturers. OUR Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme is delivered by highly trained and skilled staff, who recognise your needs and those of your Employer. Once you have chosen your vehicle, absolutely all the usual worries and expense are completely removed and you will only need to put fuel in the tank. GMP and our industry-leading affiliates will look after all servicing, maintenance, repair, tyres and a host of other services. You can be sure that you can rely on your vehicle for work and that you can relax and enjoy it at times of leisure.

THE BENEFITS... 3 No Deposit 3 No Credit Check 3 Road Tax Included 3 No Additional Hidden Costs 3 Transparent,

Services Included

3 Emergency Roadside Assistance Included

3 Fully Comprehensive

Insurance Included

3 Annual Key Driver

You retain all the benefits of owning the vehicle, whilst all the concerns or difficulties are removed by the fully managed package provided by the experts at GMP Drivercare and GMP Autocare. Even the quickest overview demonstrates not only substantial savings through use of our Salary Sacrifice scheme, but also the complete removal of many hugely stressful situations.

All-Inclusive Quotes

3 European Breakdown

THE GMP DIFFERENCE

Licence Check Included

GMP GIVES YOU

THAT LITTLE BIT EXTRA With every new vehicle delivered we provide a Safety Pack that includes: A digital tyre tread depth and pressure gauge, hi-vis waistcoat, first aid kit, foil blanket, warning triangle, wind-up torch and accident form.

3 Mechanical Repairs And

Servicing Included

3 Mechanical Repairs And

Servicing Included

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SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEME I GMP DRIVERCARE

WHEN WILL MY CAR BE DELIVERED?

OPTING for a new car via GMP Drivercare’s Salary Sacrifice or Lease Car Scheme, means you can be assured that the vehicle you order is brand new. We want you to be 100% satisfied, that is why we also want to be able to offer to you, a great choice of vehicles that can be specified to meet your exact requirements. At GMP Drivercare we fully manage and maintain your vehicle, we remove all the headaches normally associated with owning or leasing a car and when we hand over the keys to you, all you have to worry about is adding fuel. Your vehicle will be delivered usually within 12 to 20 weeks, it can take longer depending on the make and model chosen. But you are kept informed of the lead-time through your Employer’s portal and you are notified by email when your vehicle is ready for delivery. Manufacturers work to a ‘just-in-time’ model, which means they make your car to order; this is a more efficient production method and can make vehicles more affordable. At GMP Drivercare we have implemented the just-intime inventory management model to allow us to serve our clients faster and more efficiently and to have a greater level of control over the entire order process. It also makes it easier for us to respond quickly when the needs of our clients change.

FAQs

HOW IS YOUR SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEME TAX EFFICIENT? Your tax and NI liability is reduced because it is based on the “sacrificed amount of salary”. You are still liable to BIK tax, but the most popular and highly efficient vehicles keep this to a minimum. The BIK figure is included in your quotation so there’s no need to worry that you will ‘sacrifice’ any more salary that is quoted.

CAN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY DRIVE MY LEASE CAR?

TOP TIP...

Yes, (Subject to your Trust’s Terms & Conditions) additional drivers can be added to your Salary Sacrifice vehicle’s insurance. Firstly they will need to complete a Driver Licence Mandate form. Please note that drivers under 25 or inexperienced drivers will be subject to an increased insurance excess in the event of accidental damage to the vehicle.

WHAT IF I NEED MY CAR

CAN I HAVE A CHOICE OF ANY VEHICLE WITHIN REASON?

Stick to standard specifications and colour choice for a faster delivery time.

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY?

If there is an immediate requirement for a standard specified model we may be able to source your vehicle more quickly, call our team who will be able to advise you.

Yes, within reason. However, your Employer sets the CO2 upper levels limit for the vehicles that you can choose.

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GMP DRIVERCARE I ORDERING YOUR NEW VEHICLE

OUR NEW CUSTOMER-FACING DRIVER PORTAL - MAKES ORDERING YOUR NEW VEHICLE SIMPLE

When you are ready to order your new Salary Sacrifice or Lease Car from GMP this handy guide to the new website and driver portal will help. Simply go to www.gmpdrivercare.com to get started.

The Driver Portal GMP Drivercare’s newly-launched, customer-facing website contains a brand new DRIVER PORTAL so that clients have easy access and can benefit from: • Dynamic content • Live pricing for Salary Sacrifice & Lease Car options • Driver-led operation and focus

The Step-by-Step process AUTHORISATION

OF ORDER

EMPLOYER APPROVED

s

s

CHOOSE FILTERS • manufacturer • model • fuel type

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ANSWER INITIAL QUESTIONS • tax band • mileage etc

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MEMBER HOME PAGE Choose employer scheme

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LOGIN to Driver Portal

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DRIVER REGISTRATION using unique Employer Reference

SAVE QUOTE/ ORDER VEHICLE with desired additional options

GMP PROCESSES ORDER

EMPLOYER REJECTED

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Step 1 - Car Builder • Customers can choose filters to select different car options (inc. CO2). • Live prices are displayed for Salary Sacrifice and Lease Cars. • Each page displays 16 cars – customer can click on to display 16 more. 12 • DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE

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ORDERING YOUR NEW VEHICLE I GMP DRIVERCARE

Step 1 - Select your options Once you have selected additional options, the system will automatically update the price. NB: Standard specifications are included and will not be shown for selection.

Step 3 - Order Process Once you have selected your vehicle, click to proceed. You will then see your agreement and cost breakdown displayed. Please read the agreements carefully before accepting order. NB: Prices shown (right) are from demo account, and for illustration purposes only.

Step 4 - Authorisation Once you have accepted the order, it will go to your employer for authorisation. You can always view the status of your order on the portal by clicking on MY ORDERS.

After acceptance, GMP Drivercare will process your order and you will receive regular updates via email.

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GMP DRIVERCARE I VEHICLE OFFERS

SALARY SACRIFICE OFFERS

NO DEPOSIT OR CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED With a Salary Sacrifice offer you get the WHOLE package including:

• Fully comprehensive business and personal insurance • Full service and maintenance package • No quibble tyre replacement • 3 years road tax • Full fleet management service • Accident management • Full manufacturers warranty • Homestart breakdown recovery

BMW 11D SPORT NAV/SERVOTRONIC 5DR Net Cost Monthly: £358.64 Gross Cost Monthly: £421.50 P11D £24,715 CO2 114g/km TAX Rate 27% CLICK HERE TO READ THE BMW REVIEWS

BMW 530E iPERFORMANCE SE 4DR AUTO NET Cost Monthly £470.39 GROSS Cost Monthly £632.45 P11D £45,755 CO2 49g/km TAX Rate 13% CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW

MINI CLUBMAN 1.5 ONE CITY CLASSIC 6DR NET Cost Monthly £303.95 GROSS Cost Monthly £366.52 P11D £19,735 CO2 131g/km TAX Rate 27% CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW *All quotes shown are estimated and based on the driver being a 20% tax payer. They are based on a 10,000 miles per annum lease and 9% Pension. All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified. All pictures are for illustration purposes only.

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GMP DRIVERCARE I VEHICLE OFFERS

SALARY SACRIFICE OFFERS

NO DEPOSIT OR CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED With a Salary Sacrifice offer you get the WHOLE package including:

• Fully comprehensive business and personal insurance • Full service and maintenance package • No quibble tyre replacement • 3 years road tax • Full fleet management service • Accident management • Full manufacturers warranty • Homestart breakdown recovery

VAUXHALL CORSA 1.4 (75) SRI NAV 5DR Net Cost Monthly: £258.28 Gross Cost Monthly: £312.01 P11D £16,695 CO2 130g/km TAX Rate 27%

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND 1.2T SE 5DR NET Cost Monthly £277.90 GROSS Cost Monthly £358.24 P11D £16,890 CO2 117g/km TAX Rate 24% CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW

*All quotes shown are estimated and based on the driver being a 20% tax payer. They are based on a 10,000 miles per annum lease and 9% Pension. All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified. All pictures are for illustration purposes only.

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Discover our whole range here or book your FREE 3 Day Test Drive here.

Official Government Test Environmental Data. Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km). Vauxhall Grandland X, Crossland X and Corsa Range: Urban: 34.9 (8.1) – 68.9 (4.1), Extra-urban: 50.4 (5.6) – 85.6 (3.3), Combined: 44.1 (6.4) – 78.5 (3.6). CO2 emissions: 149 – 93. Fuel consumption information is official government environmental data, tested in accordance with the relevant EU directive. 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. 3 Day Test Drive terms and conditions apply and vehicles are subject to availability. Please call 0330 587 8221 for full details. All figures quoted correct at time of going to press (May 2018).


GMP DRIVERCARE I VEHICLE OFFERS

SALARY SACRIFICE OFFERS

NO DEPOSIT OR CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED With a Salary Sacrifice offer you get the WHOLE package including:

• Fully comprehensive business and personal insurance • Full service and maintenance package • No quibble tyre replacement • 3 years road tax • Full fleet management service • Accident management • Full manufacturers warranty • Homestart breakdown recovery

SUZUKI SWIFT 1.2 DUALJET SZ3 5DR Net Cost Monthly: £213.02 Gross Cost Monthly: £289.20 P11D £11,799 CO2 106g/km TAX Rate 22%

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*All quotes shown are estimated and based on the driver being a 20% tax payer. They are based on a 10,000 miles per annum lease and 9% Pension. All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified. All pictures are for illustration purposes only.

NUMBER ONE IN RELIABILITY

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T H E S U Z U K I S W I F T AT

£129.99 PER MONTH

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ON SUZUKI BUSINESS CONTRACT HIRE P L U S I N I T I A L R E N TA L O F £ 7 7 9 . 9 4 + VAT

36-month agreement. 10,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges apply. VAT payable at 20%

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2 114-97 g/km (NEDC)

MPG

(combined) 65.7-56.5

BIK

20%-26%

P11D

£11,819-£17,779

Model shown: Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T petrol manual including metallic paint. Swift range official fuel consumption figures in mpg (L/100km): Urban from 44.1 (6.4) to 58.8 (4.8), Extra Urban from 65.7 (4.3) to 76.3 (3.7), Combined from 56.5 (5.0) to 65.7 (4.3). Official CO₂ emissions from 114g/ km to 97g/km . Figures based on NEDC test which is only comparable with other models tested by the same (NEDC) methodology. Important information – Business Users only. Offer

subject to 35 monthly rentals of £129.99 plus VAT with initial rental of £779.94 plus VAT based on Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T. Non-maintained. Suzuki Contract Hire is a trading style of Lex Autolease Ltd. Registered office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Ownership of the vehicle remains with the finance company and the vehicle must be handed back at the end of the term. UK residents aged 18+ only. Subject to status. The offer above is available from participating Authorised Suzuki Dealers only. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer unless otherwise stated. This offer is available from 1st October 2018 to 31st December 2018. Charges may be payable depending on the condition/mileage when the vehicle is returned. Excess mileage charges apply at 5.2p plus VAT per mile. All prices and specifications correct at time of going to print.


VEHICLE OFFERS I GMP DRIVERCARE

SALARY SACRIFICE OFFERS

NO DEPOSIT OR CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED With a Salary Sacrifice offer you get the WHOLE package including:

• Fully comprehensive business and personal insurance • Full service and maintenance package • No quibble tyre replacement • 3 years road tax • Full fleet management service • Accident management • Full manufacturers warranty • Homestart breakdown recovery

SUZUKI VITARA 1.0 BOOSTERJET SZ4 5DR NET Cost Monthly £238.47 GROSS Cost Monthly £287.14 P11D £16,779 CO2 121g/km TAX Rate 22% CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUZUKI REVIEWS *All quotes shown are estimated and based on the driver being a 20% tax payer. They are based on a 10,000 miles per annum lease and 9% Pension. All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified. All pictures are for illustration purposes only.

Reliability Survey Overall winner

*Suzuki has been named the number one most reliable car brand by What Car?

For even more reasons to choose Suzuki, visit your local Dealer today. cars.suzuki.co.uk/swiftbusiness

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GMP DRIVERCARE I VEHICLE OFFERS

SALARY SACRIFICE OFFERS

NO DEPOSIT OR CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED With a Salary Sacrifice offer you get the WHOLE package including:

• Fully comprehensive business and personal insurance • Full service and maintenance package • No quibble tyre replacement • 3 years road tax • Full fleet management service • Accident management • Full manufacturers warranty • Homestart breakdown recovery

MG 3 1.5 VTI-TECH EXPLORE 5DR Net Cost Monthly: £258.28 Gross Cost Monthly: £364.42 P11D £9235 CO2 140g/km TAX Rate 29%

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MG ZS 1.5 VTI-TECH EXPLORE 5DR NET Cost Monthly £283.43 GROSS Cost Monthly £392.23 P11D £12,275 CO2 129g/km TAX Rate 26% CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW

*All quotes shown are estimated and based on the driver being a 20% tax payer. They are based on a 10,000 miles per annum lease and 9% Pension. All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified. All pictures are for illustration purposes only.

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8” COLOUR TOUCH SCREEN*

REVERSING CAMERA WITH DYNAMIC GUIDE LINES**

APPLE CARPLAY™*

AIR CONDITIONING WITH DUST AND POLLEN FILTER*

BLUETOOTH TELEPHONE AND AUDIO STREAMING*

STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM*

REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS ON STEERING WHEEL*

DIRECT TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING (TPMS)

LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS

CRUISE CONTROL**

REVERSE PARKING SENSORS*

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^^COMPANY CAR TAX FROM £54 PER MONTH. MG3 fuel consumption: URBAN 38.9 mpg | 7.3 l/100km, EXTRA URBAN 53.8 mpg | 5.3 l/100km, COMBINED 47.1 mpg | 6.0 l/100km, CO2 Emissions: 140 g/km. All MPG and CO2 figures quoted are sourced from official EU regulated laboratory test results. These vehicles are WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) type approved vehicles. However, in-line with Government guidance, to facilitate direct comparison between different models from different manufacturers and to accommodate the full transition to this new testing regime, we have displayed the NEDC figures. These NEDC figures are the values for this vehicle used in all registration and taxation until further notice from the UK authorities. Fuel consumption and efficiency figures are provided for comparative purposes only and may not reflect “real world” driving results.. * Excite and Exclusive only. ** Exclusive only. ^^Applies to 20% tax band.


GMP DRIVERCARE I FAIR WEAR & TEAR GUIDE

GUIDE TO FAIR WEAR & TEAR

GMP DRIVERCARE APPLIES THE BVRLA’S GUIDE... • • • • •

On collection, the vehicle must be in a safe and roadworthy condition, with all of the appropriate keys, equipment and documentation available. Returned vehicles must have a current MOT certificate. A charge will be levied for vehicles returned without a current MOT certificate. Vehicles should also be serviced to manufacturer’s serviced schedules and have stamped service books to document this. A charge will be levied for spare keys and missing standard items e.g. satellite navigation discs that are not returned with the vehicle. The vehicle should be sufficiently clean to allow a detailed inspection upon hand-over, this inspection does not form the basis of a re-charge it merely describes the condition. The collection agent is not a qualified vehicle inspector and will not be able to tell you if damage falls outside the BVRLA ‘Fair Wear and Tear’ conditions. It is in the interests of the customer to point out damage to the collection agent and retain a copy of the collection appraisal for their records. Qualified assessors can only undertake a recharge inspection in good light after the vehicle has been cleaned.

LEASING companies will charge for vehicles affected with unsatisfactory in-life body repairs that require re-painting to meet manufacturer’s standards. The customer may also be charged for damage not recorded on collection notes, when damage is obviously not new but has been missed by the collection agent. When the leasing companies receive queries, the team reviews the evidence on both the inspection report and the collection note. If the evidence is shown on the inspection report, and supported by a digital image, whenever practical, the charge stands. (Poor previous repairs are often not clearly visible on digital images.)

EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE WEAR AND TEAR WINDSCREEN & LENSES: Small scratches outside of the driver’s line of sight. WHEELS & TYRES: Minor scuffing is acceptable up to 25mm in length. Tyres must meetminimum legal requirements. DOOR MIRRORS: Minor scuffing, providing paint is not broken. BUMPERS: Minor scuffing up to 25mm in length. BODYWORK: Small areas of chipping. Light scratches up to 25mm in length, relative to the vehicle’s age. Dents up to 10mm providing paint is not broken. DECALS: All decals need to be removed and all glue residue removed. UPHOLSTERY: Should be clean and tidy with only slight wear and soling through normal use.

EXAMPLES OF UNACCEPTABLE

WEAR AND TEAR

WINDSCREEN & LENSES: Any damage within the driver’s direct line of sight. WHEELS & TYRES: Scoring and other damage towheel surface. Damage to side walls or uneven tread wear. DOOR MIRRORS: Missing, cracked or damaged BUMPERS: Dented or cracked areas. Deep scuffs where paint surface has been broken. BODYWORK: Stone chips or scratches over 25mm in length which have exposed the bare metal or primer or have rusted. Any impact damage. Multiply dents on a single panel. DECALS: Any damage caused by the removal of such badges and advertising. UPHOLSTERY: Burns, tears or permanent staining. Any damage caused by fitting of equipment such as mobile phones.

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Accessories for All Makes and Models available online

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GMP DRIVERCARE I CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEED AT GMP SINCE GMP Drivercare was formed back in 1998 we have been appointed to manage in excess of 10,000 vehicles with a combined value of more than £158,000,000 on behalf of various NHS Trusts, Fire Services and Authorities throughout the UK. In recognising the changing needs of our Public and Private Sector clients and their Duty of Care responsibilities, GMP Drivercare offers, in addition to the traditional Lease Car Schemes, Salary Sacrifice Schemes, GMP Yourdrive, Green Motoring Plan and full Grey Fleet Compliance Management. Incorporated within all of the above is full Accident Management, Driving License Checks and additional Employee Benefit Schemes. GMP Drivercare prides itself on its professional, friendly and quality service that it provides to both its clients and its end users. We never underestimate the personal touch and pride ourselves on our attention to detail. These points are always high on the Customer Service Indices. “Looking After All Your Motoring Needs” describes our fully comprehensive range of services and we strive to make everyone feel a member of the GMP Drivercare “Friends and Family”. At GMP, listening, understanding and endeavouring to offer our best advice in everything we do is part of our ethos and all of our members of staff are happy to be contacted at any time. We are also constantly looking to the future so in response to the Government Directives regarding the targets for the reduction of their carbon footprints, we have developed our own Electric Hybrid Portfolio, which will enable Organisations to reduce emissions whilst making savings to their budgets. Our proactive approach and continued investment enables us to offer a truly holistic transport solution.

Our customers agree... Thank you for always being available when I have had a enquiry, its been lovely having someone I can contact whenever I have needed to ask questions. Cathy Brown

Thanks very much for all your help with this, which has always been prompt, courteous and very effective Steve Tingle

Many thanks for your exceptional efficiency. Natasha Berthollier

The service that I have received from your company so far (from ordering to delivery and so on) has been exemplary and I hope that this will continue to be the case during the lease contract period. Malcolm Walker The service in all areas was excellent. And thank you very much for all your help. Paul Bates I have never had such an easy and stress free experience when sorting out the purchase. Sam Frye

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YOUR FEEDBACK I GMP DRIVERCARE

GMP NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK

FOLLOWING receipt of a number of returned CSI Questionnaires, we are happy to confirm that our current customer satisfaction rate is 98.3% Our target for the next six months will be to keep up this excellent service and exceed a 95% customer satisfaction rate Following confirmation of the delivery of your new vehicle, GMP will send you a CSI Questionnaire to complete. We invite you to complete this and return to GMP so that we are able to continue to monitor our progress and improve our services where required. ** All questionnaires received back will be entered into a prize draw to receive £50 worth of high street shopping vouchers.** The winner of this quarter’s vouchers has been notified. (The draw is actioned via inputting all driver names of received questionnaires into the below web page where a winner is randomly generated: http://www.mauvecloud.net/ randomchooser.html)

We asked our customers to rate our service levels from ‘outstanding’ to ‘improvement required’. The average scores are represented below.

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90

85

80 The level of advice given by the fleet advisors

The ease/ smoothness of the ordering process

Updates given to you on your order

Information received of any significant changes to the status of your new vehicle

Process for booking delivery/ collection of your vehicles

The completeness of the information contained in the Driver’s Pack

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The courtesy with which you were treated by the fleet advisors

The promptness of response to any queries

How would you describe your overall experience?

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DRIVER ADVICE I IN-CAR SAFETY

USING A CHILD CAR SEAT OR BOOSTER SEAT

Keeping children safe in your car should be an absolute priority and for even the most conscientious parent, carer or grandparent it is easy to lose track of the rules and regulations. On the following page Driverlink provides you with a reminder of the rules surrounding travelling with children and how car and booster seats should be fitted, which are weight and height appropriate.

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IN-CAR SAFETY I DRIVER ADVICE CHILDREN must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old. You must also check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.

HEIGHT-BASED SEATS

Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old. Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.

WEIGHT-BASED SEATS

The seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight. Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’. You may be able to choose from more than one type of seat in the group for your child’s weight. CHILD’S WEIGHT

GROUP

SEATS

0kg-10kg 0

Lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear- facing baby seat using a harness

0kg -13kg

0+

Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness

9kg to 18kg

1

Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield

15kg to 25kg 2

Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield

22kg to 36kg 3

Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion)using a seat belt, harness or safety shiel

Manufacturers can now only make booster cushions approved as group 3. This won’t affect any existing booster cushions in group 2 and you’ll still be able to use them.

FITTING A CHILD CAR SEAT

You must only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap, unless the seat is either: • •

specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt fitted using ISOFIX anchor points

You must also: • deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat • not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats

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DRIVER ADVICE I TYRES

TYRE BLOWOUT...

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? OFTEN people say ‘there is nothing I could have done’ after having a tyre blowout, but in the majority of cases it is to do with not treating your tyres with the respect they deserve whilst driving and more importantly when parking your vehicle. Driverlink gives you a few top tips on how to handle a blowout at higher speed. It usually takes several months of neglect for a tyre to ‘burst’ and there is a very simple thing that you can do about it - look after your tyres! If you do take care of your tyres but are still unlucky enough to get a blowout or high speed puncture the guidelines below will help you to cope and perhaps avoid an accident. REAR TYRE BLOWOUTS Your car will start to weave about, especially at speeds over 50mph. The best action is to hold the steering wheel firmly, let the car slow down and come to a stop by itself. Your immediate instinct might be to brake, but if the car is starting to move sideways braking will make matters worse causing the car to spin. Sudden braking is the worst thing that you can do if a tyre blows out. Keep looking ahead and turn your steering wheel to keep in a straight line. Maintain momentum by accelerating and then by easing off to slow down - accelerating is not done to speed the car up, simply to maintain momentum and this minimising the risk of and effect of a side slide. Changing to a lower gear might help in a front wheel drive car if you can control the steering with one hand. FRONT TYRE BLOWOUTS Front type punctures will cause the car to pull heavily to one side. Steer firmly to correct the pull. Again don’t brake, if there is space ahead, concentrate on steering and allow the car to lose speed naturally. Once you have the vehicle under control apply very gentle pressure on the brake. As your spped is reduced dramtically you can use the parking brake in an on and off motion repeatedly to help you slow down but care must be taken not to lock the back wheels because this could cause the car to pivot around the damaged wheel and spin - your main aim is to keep the car on course and lose speed naturally. Changing down might help in a rear-wheel drive car as engine compression will lower the speed but do this smoothly. Remembering that extra effort will be required for steering, it may be safer to keep your hands on the wheel. 28 • DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE

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THE GMP AUTOCARE DIFFERENCE

Employee & Family Benefit Scheme Benefits of GMP’s Servicing and MOT Testing

Nationwide Servicing, Maintenance and Repair

“GMP Autocare appreciates the inconvenience of losing a vehicle through routine servicing, our service levels are aimed at providing minimum disruption.”

For full terms & conditions visit:

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All service centres are constantly appraised to ensure the highest possible standards and customer service. • Priority Booking • Complimentary collection from and delivery to home or work • Complimentary wash and vacuum after every service • National network of accredited independent service centres • Parts fitted to and above manufacturers’ specifications maintaining full manufacturer warranty cover • 12 months warranty in all work • Details provided of work carried out and placed in all vehicles (including tyre tread depth) • Customer satisfaction survey

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DRIVER ADVICE I WINTER DRIVING

WINTER DRIVING

GMP PROVIDES THEIR TOP FIVE TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE ON THE ROAD DURING BAD WEATHER

WE’RE still in autumn and the weather has so far been pretty mild for the time of year but as the clocks go back and the winter months approach, dark evenings and more severe weather conditions makes driving more hazardous. GMP Drivercare has put a series of top tips together to help you prepare for different weather conditions – when a single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions. In very bad conditions, its a good idea to avoid driving completely, unless you absolutely have to make the journey and driving is the only option. For many people who work in the NHS and emergency services, this simply isn’t an option when the general public relies on you to turn up to work. However, most drivers do experience difficulty when roads are affected by severe flooding or snow, so take some time to consider how it affects your driving and factor in additional time.

GIVING YOU EXTRA As a GMP driver your car comes with a safety pack/ accident management kit that contains essential emergency items. But there are a number of other helpful winter driving tips that you can take into consideration including planning your journey, time and risk and management.

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PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts and have the anti-freeze checked. You should ensure that: • The lights are clean and working • The battery is fully charged • Windows and wiper blades are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash • Tyre condition, tread depth and pressure are all correct • The brakes are working well • All fluids are kept topped up • Check your windscreen for chips/ cracks

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EMERGENCY KIT When extreme weather is likely it’s a good idea to keep some additional items in the car for emergencies in addition to your GMP accident management kit. This could include: • A shovel and a piece of old carpet/mat • Sturdy Boots • De-icing equipment • A working torch • A car blanket and warm coat • Emergency food and drink • Mobile Phone (fully charged)

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PREPARE YOUR JOURNEY Listen to local/national weather broadcasts and travel bulletins. Conditions can change quickly so check them regularly and be prepared to change your plans if conditions worsen. Avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary but if you decide you must travel: • Let someone know where you are going and what time you hope to arrive. • Plan alternative routes in case your main choice becomes impassable. • Keep your fuel tank near to full to ensure that you do not run out. • Make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone, so you can call for help • Clear your windows and mirrors completely of snow and ice before you set off

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SNOW & ICE Most of us have very little experience of driving in extreme conditions, such as snow, so take some time to consider how it

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affects your driving and adapt your driving style to suit the changing conditions: • Reduce your speed. • Only travel at a speed at which you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. • Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, or sharp steering. • Always reduce your speed smoothly and in plenty of time on slippery surfaces. • Slow down in plenty of time before bends and corners. • Braking on an icy or snow covered bend is extremely dangerous. The centrifugal force will continue to pull you outwards and the wheels will not grip very well. This could cause your vehicle to spin. • To brake on ice and snow get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use your brakes gently. • Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front. You may need up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking. • In snow, stop frequently to clean the windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates. • Use dipped headlights.

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FLOODS & STANDING WATER Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous. Standing water creates a potential aquaplaning hazard as well as reducing visibility, so if your steering does become unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually. Only attempt to drive through flood water if you know it’s not too deep. Do not drive through water that is moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep as it could cause substantial damage to your vehicle. The air intake on many cars is low down at the front and just an egg cupful of water in the combustion chamber is enough to damage an engine. Allow oncoming traffic to pass first and drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave. Test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water. N.B. Drivers who damage leased vehicles as a result of driving through floods will be liable for the repair costs. For further information visit our website www.gmpdrivercare.com

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DRIVER ADVICE I EV Charging

SHARING YOU CHARGE POINT AT HOME AND AT WORK

ZAP-MAP is delighted to announce the launch of Zap-Home and Zap-Work; two peer-to-peer EV charging networks designed to allow charge point owners to share their charging devices with other EV drivers. With almost 50% of electric vehicle drivers willing to share their home charge point with other users, around 60,000 EV charge points could potentially be added to the Zap-Home network, dramatically expanding the EV charging infrastructure available to other registered Zap-Map users. Zap-Home also provides the option for charge point owners to earn money by sharing their home point. Once registered, users can (if they so choose) set a cost per charge to cover costs, with users able to pay via PayPal.Me to improve convenience and security. While the new feature allows Zap-Home users to share their unit’s location on Zap-Map, contact details are only visible to other registered users. Using the contact details provided, EV drivers wishing to use a Zap-Home charge point make direct contact the owner to arrange an EV charge. With more than 30% of workplace charge point owners also willing to share, Zap-Work provides a similar service for businesses and organisations wishing to share a work-based charge point for public or customer use. Targeted at businesses whose chargers are not part of an established public network, Zap-Work sharing details are available for Zap-Map users, and contact, payment, and access requirements can be agreed peer-to-peer as with Zap-Home. Commenting on the launch Dr Ben Lane, CTO at Zap-Map said: “We are delighted to be bringing ZapHome and Zap-Work to the UK EV market in response to the growing demand for charger sharing services. Of our 60,000 monthly userbase, we know that around half are willing to share their home point with other Zap-Map users. Businesses are particularly proactive with 5% of workplace charging points already being shared, either for employee use or as part of improving customer service.” In addition to workplace charging, Zap-Work locations have the potential to provide regular charging options to EV owners that don’t have access to off-street parking or home point. In return, workplace charge point owners would see the costs of installation recovered faster, with the option to charge non-company users for the amount of electricity used. For more information about Zap-Home and Zap-Work, network charging guides are available at ZapMap - https://www.zap-map.com/charge-points/public-charging-point-networks/ 32 • DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE

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Looking after all your motoring needs With a fully comprehensive range of services from fleet management, salary sacrifice, traditional lease car scheme, driving licence checks, grey fleet management and everything in between.

Fleet Management Solutions

Our complete fleet management solutions provide total peace of mind, for both the organisation and the driver.

Vehicle Leasing

For ‘essential’ drivers, a leased car is often the most cost-efficient and manageable solution for both driver and employer.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes Employees can have a brand new, fully maintained and insured car when taking advantage of this tax efficient service.

Public Sector Fleets The mobility of certain key workers forms an intrinsic part of any essential services provision. GMP Drivercare can relieve your organisation of time-consuming and essential fleet management functions, leaving more human and financial resource available, to deal directly with providing your services. You will know that your ‘essential’ drivers will always be mobile, at the lowest possible cost and in the most legally compliant way.

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I MG ZS MG MOTOR UK continues to be the fastest growing car manufacturer in the UK, achieving its most successful year-to-date on the back of the high-profile launches of MG ZS Compact SUV late in 2017 and New MG3 this autumn. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: “Our cars offer tremendous valuefor-money, something which is important to today’s savvy car buyers. With the launch of New MG3 sitting alongside the MG ZS Compact SUV, we now have two cars in our range with a 7-year/ 80,000 mile warranty. Our dealers are really proud to say that MG is the new home of the 7-year warranty.”

MG ZS

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IF YOU’RE looking to embark on the ultimate adventure, but can’t decide what vehicle to choose, then look no further than MG ZS. The Compact SUV comes with a fully-transferable 7 year/80,000mile warranty – which is enough to circle the globe three times. The exciting warranty means all those long, fun-filled family road trips can be taken with peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that there won’t be a nasty repair bill should something go wrong. MG ZS demonstrates MG’s commitment to design excellence, engineering innovation and affordable style, and has been a key driver

of the brand’s exceptional growth, as consumers have recognised the exceptional value-for-money that the car represents. Attracted by its styling and specification, customers have also been impressed by its 7-year/80,000 mile manufacturer warranty, competitive pricing, strong finance offers and its premium economy feel. Available in both manual and automatic transmissions, the MG ZS comes packed with ‘extras’ as standard. An industry-leading 8” touch sensitive infotainment screen is supported by DAB radio (on the ‘Exclusive’ and ‘Excite’ models), while Bluetooth hands-free and remote central

locking is available across the range. Cruise control is also included, while air conditioning comes as standard on ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’ models, and Satellite Navigation and a rear camera are standard on the ‘Exclusive’ variant. With its stylish design, 448 litres of boot space and lots of extras including Apple CarPlay™, MG ZS has been making waves in the SUV sector as a premium car without the premium price tag. MG ZS packs a punch for its class and is available in three different trim levels; ‘Explore’, ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’. The UK’s best value-for-money SUV, MG ZS includes a 7-year / 80,000 mile manufacturer warranty.

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MG3 I VEHICLE OPTIONS

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REPLACING the brand’s former MG3 model, which sold over 10,000 units in its four years on the market, New MG3 is a natural evolution. Demonstrating its faith in the build quality and reliability of its products, New MG3, which comes with a 7-year/80,000 miles manufacturer’s warranty, has proven to be very popular since launch, with its high specification, striking looks and strong finance packages representing great value for money. There are three different versions offered in the New MG3 line-up; the entry grade

‘Explore’, mid-grade ‘Excite’, and the ‘Exclusive’ at the pinnacle of the range. The whole New MG3 range comes packed with a host of exciting technology. All versions come with Bluetooth as standard, while ‘Excite’ and ‘Exclusive’ versions boast an 8” colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™, DAB radio and steering wheel audio controls. The ‘Exclusive’ version adds a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, completing an exceptional value-for-money package. The design of the car has also undergone an extensive update, inside and out. One of the key design features

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of New MG3 is the dynamic new face of MG, featuring the eye-catching ‘star-rider’ grille which perfectly frames the brand’s famous octagonal logo. On the inside, the design team has worked wonders to create a practical, spacious and stylish interior. New MG3 has one of the roomiest cabins in the supermini segment, with class-leading head and leg room for five adults to ride in comfort. The boot space is also large for a car in this category, with designers managing to optimise the space so that it has a staggering 285 litres of capacity. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 35


VEHICLE OPTIONS I VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X

GRANDLAND X

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WITH a sporty design and rugged looks, Vauxhall’s new SUV, the Grandland X, has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies. At 4.48 metres long, it is the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s range, offering even more cabin space than the 20 centimetre-shorter Mokka X and Crossland X. The new model is a genuine contender in the booming SUV segment. Sitting at the top of Vauxhall’s X family of SUVs, the Grandland X competes with rivals including the Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage among others. Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, camera-based lane departure warning, road sign

recognition, intelligent cruise control, and air conditioning with particulate and odour filter. Now Vauxhall has introduced the top-of-the-line Ultimate trim to the Grandland X. This has been teamed with the new 2.0 litre diesel engine that is supported by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel (177PS) Blue Injection engine offers official CO2 emissions of 128g/km and a combined fuel efficiency of 57.6mpg. The Grandland X Ultimate has impressive features including adaptive cruise control and wireless mobile phone charging. For us however, its the 1.6 Tech Line Nav that provides both decent levels of equipment along with a lively,

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yet economical diesel engine capable of returning 72mpg and emitting just 104g/km CO2 – not bad for an SUV. The Grandland X also introduces Vauxhall’s innovative IntelliGrip traction control system to the range. The optional electronic system ensures optimum road grip in diverse driving situations, and adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels depending on which of the five driving modes has been selected.This ensures the best traction and stable handling on any surface. Vauxhall’s OnStar service is standard across the range, giving drivers exceptional connectivity when on the move, while also providing a personal assistant service, stolen vehicle assistance and automatic crash response. www.gmpdrivercare.com


VAUXHALL CORSA I VEHICLE OPTIONS

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CORSA GSI

IT’S BACK! AFTER A QUARTER-CENTURY in the British market, Vauxhall’s evergreen Corsa will return in GSi guise this year, reinforcing the ‘performance through dynamics’ theme adopted by the recently launched Insignia GSi. Available to order later this year, the Corsa GSi will take the key chassis and design elements from the current Corsa VXR model to create an agile and purposeful driver’s car, but with all the space and efficiency of the regular model. The Corsa GSi uses the sporty three-door body, with a raft of exterior design cues to set it apart from the regular car. Large air intakes and a honeycomb grille dominate the front of the car, while deep sill extensions and carbon-trimmed features adorn its flanks. At the rear, a deep rear spoiler not only defines the GSi aesthetically,

CORSA RANGE UPDATED VAUXHALL has updated its Corsa range, with highlights including new Euro 6.2 compliant engines, new trims and integrated sat nav as standard on up-level models. The new Corsa range is available in seven different trim levels. Customers can also choose from Design, Energy, Sport, SRi Nav, SE Nav and SRi VX Nav Black models. Available in three or five door variants, the range introduces the new 1.4-litre Euro 6.2 compliant petrol engines. Paired with either a five or six speed manual, or automatic transmission, the

but also provides downforce to hunker down the rear suspension at higher speeds. A chrome tailpipe completes the look. Inside, leather Recaro seats allow drivers to sit low in the car, and close to the action. A leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals continue the GSi theme. And as with most other Corsas, the GSi comes with Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Corsa GSi takes its suspension and brakes – with redpainted calipers - from the current 210PS Corsa VXR. The firmer springs and competition-tuned dampers offer tight control of the body at high speeds, and exceptional levels of grip in wet and dry conditions. new engines can achieve up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 128g/km. The range also now has more tech as standard on selected trims. The refreshed Corsa introduces air conditioning as standard starting from the Design trim, and Navi 4.0 IntelliLink touchscreen navigation and infotainment system on all models from the SRi Nav trim. Vauxhall has also introduced the new Lux pack, which is available for customers choosing the SE Nav trim, other options include a 17inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear view camera, tinted rear windows and single zone climate control.

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I NEW BMW 3 SERIES

NEW BMW 3 SERIES A BENCHMARK FOR REFINEMENT

The BMW 3 Series has long been the benchmark in its class for handling and refinement and the new seventh generation model promises to set that bar even higher. Making its World premiere this month at the in Paris Motor Show, and a market launch from 9 March 2019. Customers can expect new powertrain technology with higher output, greater pulling power and optimised efficiency. Six engine variants will be available from launch: Fourcylinder petrol models, four-cylinder diesels, plus six-cylinder diesel unit – with outputs ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 195 kW/265 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 4.2 l/100 km [48.7 – 67.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 112 g/km). Intelligent all-wheel drive will also be available in the BMW 320d xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.5 l/100 km [58.9 – 62.8 mpg

imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 125 – 118 g/km). Over the course of the year, an ultra-sporty BMW M Performance version and an extremely efficient model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range. The new 3 Series has noticeably sharper driving dynamics courtesy of extensively upgraded chassis technology, new damper technology, stiffer body structure and suspension mountings, wider tracks, minimised weight, a low vehicle centre of gravity and even 50 : 50 weight distribution. The range of chassis options has been expanded to give extra sporting ability: M Sport suspension with lowered ride height, Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, electronically controlled M Sport differential for fully-variable locking effect in the rear differential, up to 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Standard specification gains full-LED headlights

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COMING IN 2019 and stylishly darkened LED rear lights. LED headlights with extended features, Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight for non-dazzling high beam (with a range of around 530 metres) and LED front foglamps available as options. There is a greater emphasis on driver focus and refined premium interior ambience and clearly structured controls and more elbow room in the front seats and rearward visibility has also been significantly improved. With the rear compartment easier to get into and offering greater legroom and a boot capacity of 480 litres. Folding rear seat backrests split 40 : 20 : 40 as standard. Significant increase in comfort has been incorporated with premium ambience and individualisation thanks to extensive additions to standard specification and innovative options. A newly designed sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons has been

NEW BMW 3 SERIES I VEHICLE OPTIONS incorporated with a new panel of buttons for light functions. There is also a new design for the gear selector and the control panel around it on the centre console – which includes the iDrive Controller, start/stop button, the buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch, plus the now electrically operated parking brake. The new 3 Series has an extensively expanded range of driver assistance systems that pave the way to automated driving: Collision and Pedestrian Warning with Braking function, plus Lane Departure Warning system, now standard. Optional Driving Assistant Professional comprises systems including Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Steering and lane control assistant (which helps guide the car through narrow channels), Lane Change Warning system, side collision protection, evasion aid, Cross-Traffic Alert, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning systems. New generation of the BMW Head-Up Display also available. BMW have added systems designed to make parking and manoeuvring easier and unmatched by any rival: Parking Assistant with automated longitudinal and lateral guidance for moving into and out of parking spaces, Reversing Assistant, Park Distance Control, rear view camera and 360-degree cameras. This 7th generation 3 Series, has a thoroughly revised control and display system: Standard specification includes instrument cluster with screen size increased from 2.7 to 5.7 inches and Control Display with screen diagonal up from 6.5 to 8.8 inches. Optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes with a fully digital 12.3inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistently designed, situationlinked and customisable displays. New BMW Operating System 7.0 also optimises intuitive operation through multimodal operation (by touch with the Control Display, using the iDrive Controller or steering wheel buttons, and with gesture control or voice control). When this new model goes on sale next year it is sure to live up to the expectations of all existing BMW drivers wanting to upgrade and for new customers wanting to buy into this prestigious brand.

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I SUZUKI VITARA

SUZUKI VITARA

SUZUKI is pleased to announce the introduction of its 2019 model which incorporates numerous visual, technical and specification upgrades. Vitara has enjoyed strong UK sales success since launch in 2015 and it is currently the most popular model in the Suzuki range. Firstly, Vitara will be available with both 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo charged petrol engines as introduced in the S-Cross model range late last year and these will replace the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines provide more power and torque, greater efficiency and offer lower emissions too. SZ4 and SZ-T grades are equipped with the 1.0-litre 111PS Boosterjet engine and ALLGRIP four wheel drive is available optionally on the SZ-T with manual transmission. SZ5 models are equipped with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine which offers a power output of 140PS and 220Nm of torque is available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm. WLTP

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fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date in 2019. The latest Vitara will also offer various design updates, two new colours and the availability of new technology and advanced safety equipment. For the exterior, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design and distinctive LED combination lamps. For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display. The 2019 Vitara will be the most technically advanced Suzuki to date and new safety technology available as standard equipment on the SZ5 model will include Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear cross traffic alert.

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SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT I VEHICLE OPTIONS

SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT TIME FOR SOME FUN

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The new Swift Sport went on sale in the UK in June this year. Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year. Its low kerb weight and torque figure of 230Nm, places it firmly at the door of its ‘hothatch’ competitors. The standard equipment is surprisingly comprehensive, with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, climate control and the camera and radar systems required to provide the assorted driver assistance. Inside the Swift Sport features a unique sport interior trim with semi bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas. Other standard kit includes, Air Con, Sat Nav, a leather steering wheel, privacy glass, a DAB radio with Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and body coloured door mirrors. The normally aspirated 1.6-litre unit is replaced with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged engine as featured in the Vitara and S-Cross. Offering the same level of power and torque of a

much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre) it delivers an effortless drive. Its easily will take you from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds. Driving stability has been optimised with greater roll rigidity, improved dynamic steering, and an advanced forward pedestrian detection braking system. At speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, if detected, it will issue both an audio and visual warning to the driver. If there is a high risk of collision and the driver panic brakes, the system will deploy brake assist. Lane assist is also available on the Swift Sport. If the car feels like you have lost concentration and are starting to veer out of your lane, the system vibrates the steering wheel and displays warning indicator in the instrument cluster. As an additional feature, the driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time, to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel. Swift Sport’s light weight and driver-focused handling means its fun to drive, and equipped to meet the needs of everyday commuting.

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I FORD FOCUS

ALL-NEW FOCUS LITERALLY!

THE ALL-NEW Ford Focus delivers more style, space and advanced driving technologiesn with distinctive versions, each with their own personality – including the stylish Focus Titanium, sporty Focus ST-Line and upscale Focus Vignale. The all-new Focus Active crossover model features rugged sports utility vehicle-inspired styling that includes raised ride-height and roof bars. In addition a comprehensive range of advanced driving technologies that can help drivers make light work of stop-start traffic; see more clearly when driving in the dark; park simply by holding down a button; and avoid accidents. The sporty all-new Focus silhouette is the most aerodynamic in its class and, each model is differentiated with unique elements including satin aluminium details for the Vignale exterior; large spoiler and open front apertures for the STLine; and contrast silver front and rear skid plates for the Active. Inside, simple, clean lines, expressive materials and seamlessly integrated surfaces make travelling in the Focus a more calming experience. Unique features and materials include fine-grain wood-effect finishes and premium leather for Vignale, sporty carbon fibre-effect finishes and red stitching for the STLine, and more rugged, textured materials and surfaces for the Active. The all-new Focus also provides more space inside for passengers and luggage. More than 5 centimetres additional length between the front and rear wheels allows class-leading knee clearance for rear seat passengers, and all occupants benefit from the wider interior –

there’s 6 centimetres more shoulder room in the rear. The impression of spaciousness is enhanced with a rear door design featuring windows that stretch further back for a more open sensation, and an openable panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior. Boot space is easy to access, using a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper to open the Hands-free tailgate. Folding the rear seats is also simplified – they now drop simply by pulling a switch in the boot space. Advanced driver assistance technologies make driving a Ford Focus on motorways, in stopstart traffic and in town easier than ever before; and they are designed to make the driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and safer. Adaptive Cruise Control, which helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead, is enhanced with: • Stop & Go, which enables the Focus to come to a complete halt in stop-start traffic. The car will automatically pull away if the stopped for less than 3 seconds, or the driver can push a steering wheel button or the accelerator to pull away after more than 3 seconds • Speed Sign Recognition, can adjust the vehicle speed to within legal limits by monitoring speed signs and information from the onboard navigation system • Lane-Centring, which helps reduce stress during long road trips by helping keep the vehicle centred in its lane • Active Park Assist 2 makes parking even easier by controlling forward and reverse gear selection, throttle and braking, as

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well as steering – and automatically manoeuvring into perpendicular parking spaces and parallel spaces just 1.1 metres longer than the car. The driver can control vehicle motion by simply selecting neutral and holding down a single centre consolemounted button. Additional technologies designed to help Focus drivers avoid accidents and distraction include: • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection; Evasive Steering Assist • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert; Rear wide-view camera • Wrong Way Alert; and Post-Collision Braking. The sophisticated independent rear suspension system is offered for the first time with Continuously Controlled Damping, which every 2 milliseconds monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs, and adjusts suspension responses for the smoothest possible ride. The technology can also detect potholes to reduce the impact for passengers. All Focus models now also feature Drive Modes that adjust the car’s characteristics to match the driving situation. Customers can choose from Ford EcoBoost petrol engines with power from 85 PS to 182 PS and five-door CO2 emissions from an anticipated 107 g/km; and Ford EcoBlue diesel

FORD FOCUS I VEHICLE OPTIONS engines with power from 95 PS to 150 PS, and five-door CO2 emissions from an anticipated 91 g/km.* Customers can also choose from manual six-speed transmissions that are smooth and refined to operate, and a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that adapts to different driving styles to offer the smoothest gear changes at the best possible time. The all-new Focus introduces FordPass Connect onboard modem technology for customers in Europe, turning the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. FordPass Connect also enables Live Traffic updates for the navigation system, and using the FordPass mobile app drivers can easily locate their car in sprawling shopping mall car parks, check fuel levels, remotely lock and unlock their car, and even start it remotely.** A new Wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones means drivers can wave goodbye to storing a tangle of charging cables, devices remain connected via Bluetooth to Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system while charging. Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, SYNC 3 allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using pinch and swipe gestures on the 8-inch touchscreen, and simple voice commands.

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Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System with Predictive curve light and Sign-based light for the first time pre-adjusts headlamp patterns for maximum visibility before reaching a curve, junction or roundabout, using the forward-facing camera to monitor lane markings up to 65 metres ahead and detect roundabout, stop, give way and yield signs. The all-new Focus also offers Glare-free high beam that removes the guilt of accidentally dazzling other drivers and helps users see more of the road ahead at night. www.gmpdrivercare.com

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I MINI CLUBMAN CITY

MINI CLUBMAN READY FOR A CITY ADVENTURE

MINI is further enhancing its appeal among business customers with the arrival of the new MINI Clubman City, developed specifically for the corporate market. The launch of the new business focused model combines essential features, including Satellite Navigation and Park Distance Control, with highly competitive running costs and benefit-inkind tax rates, delivering an economical option for fleet customers that can satisfy both the head and the heart. Standard equipment packaged for business customers The MINI Clubman City comes with a host of technology as standard, designed for those who live their life on the go. Satellite Navigation, with 6.5” display, Apple Car Play, DAB, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and Intelligent Emergency Calling (E-call) and Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) are standard, as well as Bluetooth hands free function. Retaining standard specifications of interest to fleet customers, Air Conditioning, Sports Steering Wheel and Cruise Control are all carried over from the MINI Clubman standard equipment list. MINIMALISM Fuel Saving Technology is fitted to every MINI Clubman model, with features including Automatic Stop/ Start function, Brake Energy Regeneration and

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Shift Point Display. The MINI Clubman City comes with 16” Revolite Spoke Wheels as standard with 17” Silver Net Spoke or 17” Silver Vent Spoke available as a free upgrade or 17” Black Net Spoke as a paid for option. Additionally, all models can be specified with run flat tyres as an additional upgrade. WLTP compliant and low CO2 emissions Three models will be available from launch of the new MINI Clubman City - two petrolpowered, and one diesel variant, all of which meet the rigorous requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard. The engine in the MINI One D Clubman City allows the brand to achieve emissions of 109 g/km (combined)*, the lowest emissions of any Clubman model. All new MINI vehicles sold in the UK as of July 2018 are fully compliant with the new WLTP test. Despite the more stringent test requirements, the MINI range has increased on average by just 5g/km. Vehicle design: iconic features remain for latest addition Famous for its split rear doors, the MINI Clubman City retains its sophisticated body design and use of premium materials throughout. With spacious luggage capacity and enough room for five passengers, the MINI Clubman City enhances the experience for business customers.

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MINI RANGE UPDATES I VEHICLE OPTIONS

THE MINI RANGE NEW TRIM STRUCTURE

MINI has announced an allnew trim structure across its whole range of vehicles in the UK market. The brand is introducing three new stylesClassic, Sport and Exclusive.

enhanced with the introduction of Classic, which now also includes ambient lighting, exterior MINI logo projection and automatic headlights with rain sensor.

Each style offering customers increased standard specification and a shortcut to a distinctive interior and exterior character of their choice. The trio of styles 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 including ambient interior lighting, exterior MINI Logo projection and more as standard on every model.

SPORT- taking all of the standard specification from Classic models, but with added sporty flair. Sport models includes John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and Spoiler, John Cooper Works Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, John Cooper Works Bucket Seats, John Cooper Works Steering Wheel and anthracite interior headliner. Sport models are available in combination with Cooper and Cooper S engines.

Each of the three new styles brings a distinctive character, with unique exterior design features, alloy wheels and interior upholsteries. CLASSIC - 6.5” colour infotainment screen, intelligent emergency call, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all models. Standard specification across the range has been

EXCLUSIVE - builds on the Classic model specification with upgraded ‘Exclusive’ alloy wheels, chrome line exterior finish, MINI Yours Lounge leather upholstery, MINI Yours leather steering wheel, MINI Yours interior trim and interior chrome line finish. Exclusive models are available in combination with Cooper and Cooper S engines. Two all-new packs also make

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choosing the right options a breeze. Each pack combines the most popular upgrades, ensuring not only driver and passenger comfort, but also providing the customer with an additional residual value benefit.. COMFORT Rear park distance control (PDC), dual zone automatic air conditioning, front seat heating, floor mats, storage pack, central front armrest and passenger seat adjustment. COMFORT PLUS Building on the contents of the comfort pack, with the addition of rear view camera, folding and dimming exterior and interior mirrors and front park distance control (PDC) and park assist for semiautomatic parallel parking. NAVIGATION AND NAVIGATION PLUS PACK As standard, all vehicles have a 6.5-inch full colour display and standard rotary controller. MINI Navigation Pack, standard on Countryman and Clubman models, adds satellite navigation functionality, a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay functionality. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 45


VEHICLE OPTIONS I FORD FIESTA

FORD FIESTA ENGAGING DRIVE

THE FORD FIESTA is available in versions including the stylish Titanium, the performance-inspired ST-Line and the upscale Vignale and it is the most technologically advanced small car on sale in Europe. The Vignale’s bespoke satin grille pattern, grille surround, foglamp surrounds, side spear and rear diffuser deco elements add a luxurious appeal. Whilst the Titanium features a chrome bar execution for simplistic but upscale style. The ST-Line’s simple mesh grille is designed to be representative of the performance that sits behind. Owners can put their own mark on their car, with colourful personalisation options which include contrasting colours such as Bohai Bay Mint or Chrome Copper for the roof and door mirrors, and Race Red or Blue Wave for decorative elements inside the car for the dashboard and door interiors. The user-centric interior design is influenced by the use of smart devices and tablets, so at the centre of the dashboard is a floating, tabletinspired touchscreen. The 8‑inch colour screen can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures, with other screen options including a floating 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, and a 4.2-inch colour screen combined with the MyFord Dock that enables users to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems. Together, Fiesta’s sensors monitor 360 degrees around the vehicle and can see up to 130 metres ahead and can detect pedestrians who are in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path, and can automatically apply the brakes to avoid them if the driver does not respond to

warnings. The technology can even work at night, using the light from the Fiesta’s headlights. Parking the Fiesta has never been easier with ultrasonic sensors that can locate suitable parking spaces nose-to-tail and side-by-side with other cars, and the Fiesta can guide itself into them hands-free while the driver operates the accelerator and brake. Other technologies can monitor road signs to keep the driver up-to-date on speed limits and overtaking regulations; adjust cruising speed when using cruise control to maintain a set distance to traffic ahead; and warn of vehicles approaching from the side when reversing out of a parking space. Advanced communications and entertainment technology includes Ford’s SYNC 3 - compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™. Music fans will be captivated by the high-quality audio of the B&O PLAY sound system. The Fiesta’s range of engine and gearbox combinations includes the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with power up to 140 PS from an engine block small enough to fit into the overhead locker of an aeroplane; and the Fiesta’s first ever high-power diesel engine – Ford’s 1.5-litre TDCi offering 120 PS. Fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions start at a combined 3.2 l/100 km and 82 g/km, with efficiency supported by technology that automatically stops the engine when stationary in traffic and restarts quickly when moving off again, and an Eco button for manual gearboxes that adjusts engine and throttle settings to help drivers save even more fuel when desired.

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HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC I VEHICLE OPTIONS

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC NO COMPROMISE

KONA Electric is the latest electrified model from Hyundai, joining both the IONIQ family and the forthcoming NEXO. The brand is driving towards 18 new electrified models by 2025. It brings the very latest in battery electric powertrain and connected technology, with an impressive driving range of up to 300 miles, all packaged up in an evolution of the KONA’s striking exterior design. Front styling changes include a signature silver garnish connecting the high level daytime running lamps, a closed grille incorporating the charge point and a redesigned front bumper with active air flaps. At the rear of KONA Electric, the bumper has been redesigned for improved airflow. From the side, its dedicated 17” alloy wheels, lower side skirt and wheel arch side claddings are clear differentiators from the internal combustion engine versions of KONA. The KONA Electric models comes with a high level of standard safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tyre pressure display. Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are also available dependant on trim level. The equipment level in the KONA Electric SE 39kWh, includes a 7” display audio including DAB, Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, Bluetooth

connectivity with steering wheel controls and a leather steering wheel. Automatic lights, climate control, driver’s side electric lumbar support and keyless entry with start/stop button are amongst the key specification items. KONA Electric Premium 39kWh is the next model up in the range, builds on the SE trim level by offering customers additional equipment including, privacy glass, LED rear lamps, front parking sensors, auto dimming rear mirror and automatic windscreen wipers, 8” touchscreen display audio system with Navigation, DAB, Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, combined with the KRELL audio system with 8 speakers and wireless charging for compatible devices. KONA Electric Premium is available with two drivetrains; the 39kWh battery with 100kW motor providing 136PS, or the 64kWh battery with 150kW motor with 204PS. The range topping Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh adds additional equipment to the Premium including LED headlamps with High Beam Assist (HBA), static cornering lights and head up display. Additional enhancements over the Premium specification include leather seat facings, electrically adjustable and heated/ ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel. KONA Electric is available in a choice of 6 colours. Galactic Grey (metallic) with Chalk White (pearl), Tangerine Comet (metallic), Ceramic Blue (pearl), Pulse Red (pearl) and Acid Yellow (metallic. A two-tone roof is available to order as an option on the Premium & Premium SE models. KONA Electric will be available to order in 2019.

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VEHICLE OPTIONS I BMW 5 SERIES

BMW 530E THE COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR AS LONG as most people can remember, the BMW ‘5’ Series has reigned supreme as the Executive Saloon that simply has it all. Over the last couple of decades, the combination of style, performance, driveability, quality and prestige has meant that competitors have needed to chase BMW in this segment. It has never been the other way around. However, if you think that this has led to any complacency at BMW, resting on the many laurels of the ‘5’ Series, you would be completely wrong. This model has evolved to lead the way in meeting new challenges, as the demands of the market become ever more stringent. A great example of this is the 530E, representing everything we have come to love about the ‘5’ Series and with the benefit of an electrified power train. The ‘5’ Series has always had an exterior that says “poised for action”. This is emphasised in the latest model with dynamic lines and proportions that seem to place the cabin slightly further back on the overall length. It’s ironic that the addition of the eDrive logo on the rear door pillars adds to the aggressively sporting look, when in fact it is marking out this model as an environmentally responsible option.

As you would be entitled to expect, the interior is awash with the highest quality materials, assembled with meticulous attention to details. In the M Sport specification test vehicle, the finest quality leather seating is adjustable in every conceivable way, ensuring the perfect driving position. Similarly, the steering column is electronically altered for rake and reach. For convenience, any positions can be saved within your Driver Profile, accessed through the iDrive system. The iDrive infotainment system control sits as always on the centre console, alongside the gear selector. Rear space is ample and boot space on the 530E is slightly compromised by the addition of the batteries, but not overly so. Back when life was simpler, the second two numbers of a BMW model denoted the engine size. Therefore once upon a time, the 530 was a ‘5’ Series with a 3.0L engine. This remains the case in some parts of the range, but with some it is more about power output. The 530E for example combines a 2.0L Turbo petrol engine with an electric motor that when working together deliver 252 BHP. You can select from three dynamic modes, Sport, Comfort or ECO, with the latter disabling

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any unnecessary electronics and limiting performance. There are also, as with any other BMW Group plug-in, three power modes. On ignition the default mode is Auto eDRive where the car automatically shifts between the electric motor and the engine and will combine the two under certain conditions such as acceleration. MAX eDrive will use the battery only and fully charged you have a realistic range of around 25 miles, so perfect for commuting. Battery Save will use the petrol engine only and at the same time, charge the battery. The driving experience is everything that you would expect from a ‘5’ Series. Power deliver is instant and the country road experience is second to none with superb handling characteristics, communicative steering and sheer driveability. Motorway driving is quiet, refined and relaxing and around town, especially if you can run in MAX eDRIVE, stress levels even in congestion seem to diminish. To an extent, plug-in hybrids are trying to

provide the best of both worlds, so on the one hand good fuel economy and low emissions and on the other, a great driving experience and performance to a varying degree. In the 530E, there is a bias towards performance and driving, but this is as it should be. Fuel economy and emissions figures are impressive under the new WLTP regime, so BIK is kept to a minimum. However, to achieve the best economy in the real world, you must charge the battery as often as you possibly can and not rely on Battery Save mode too much. The 530E is very difficult to criticise in any meaningful way. It is so well thought out, so well put together and is such a complete package that so long as it is affordable for the end-user either as a leased car option or Salary Sacrifice, it will deliver constant satisfaction and a superb experience. With immensely strong residual value, rental costs are far lower than might be expected. It is an appealing option without question, but appealing and realistic for a wide range of end-users.

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LET US KNOW IF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES AT GMP Drivercare, we pride ourselves in the all-embracing, total peace-of-mind service provided to all our drivers. To ensure that this high level of service is maintained, it is absolutely vital that we have your up-to-date information. We must be informed of changes to personal circumstances, such as moving house or changing your role at work. We need to be able to contact you so you don’t miss out on vital reminders and so that important documents will not reach you efficiently.

HAVE YOU? Recently moved? We need your new address details... Changed your mobile? We need your new number...

CONTACT US I GMP DRIVERCARE

GET IN CONTACT If you are interested in what GMP Drivercare can offer, please get in touch. Office opening hours are below. Outside of these periods you can leave a message via email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

OUR OFFICES STAFFORD OFFICE

Jupiter House, Drummond Road Astonfields, Stafford Staffordshire ST16 3HJ

Tel: 0330 100 4910 Option 1 Office Open Hours Monday to Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm)

BURTON OFFICE

Repton House Bretby Business Park Bretby, Burton Upon Trent Staffordshire, DE15 0YZ

Tel: 0330 100 4910 Option 2

Recently got married? We need your new surname...

Office Open Hours Monday to Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Changed your role or transferred to a different Trust? We will need your new details...

Please feel free to email the relevant department

Received driving related penalty points/ convictions? We need to know... Been diagnosed with a medical condition that could effect your driving? Let us know any changes that might change your car Insurance premiums...

LEASE CARS

info@gmpdrivercare.co.uk SALARY SACRIFICE

salarysacrificeorders@gmpdrivercare.co.uk GREY FLEET

greyfleet@gmpdrivercare.co.uk GENERAL EQUIRIES

info@gmpdrivercare.co.uk

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