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The new BMW 330e is ready to order. With a pure electric range of up to 41 miles, iconic BMW handling and BIK from 16%. This is a next-generation model, for a next-generation fleet.

Fuel economy and CO2 results for the new BMW 330e range mpg (l/100 km): Combined 176.6 (1.6) to 201.8 (1.4). CO2 emissions:

battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained using a combination of battery power and fuel. The back to the outgoing test (NEDC) and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with

The Ultimate Driving Machine

BMW Fleet & Business Sales 37 g/km.

Figures are for comparison purposes and may not reflect real life driving results which depend on a number of factors including the starting charge of the BMW 330e is a plug-in hybrid vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. All figures were determined according to a new test (WLTP). The CO2 figures were translated other cars tested to the same technical procedure.


Issue 30: Driverlink Magazine Gary Grace, Managing Director, GMP Drivercare Ltd.

WELCOME to Issue 30 of Driverlink Magazine. Driverlink as always provides the very best advice on safe, efficient driving, explanations of the fantastic schemes available through GMP Drivercare and of course, reviews and offers on the best vehicles from leading manufacturers. As a company we are continuing to meet the needs of our cleints by helping them reduce the environmental impact of their Essential Car User fleet. The growing choice of highly efficient vehicles for Lease Car drivers are also available through our Salary Sacrifice Scheme which is not only great for the driver, but also for the organisation when the vehicle is being used for work. For example, it is essential that we are part of the momentum towards low emission and electric vehicles. Our ULEV solutions have already helped many organisations to achieve significant reductions in their carbon emissions. and at the same time fantastic cost savings across their operational fleet. Driverlink has always promoted safe driving techniques for work and it’s important that these are carried over into leisure time. GMP Drivercare has always stressed that we look after “all of your motoring needs”. This has never been more true with schemes ranging from Essential Car User Leased Cars, through Salary Sacrifice vehicles and now including our Optimum Solution Scheme for occasional drivers and simple to use Pool Car Booking System. Whatever your driving needs, GMP Drivercare will provide the most cost effective, straight forward option. As well as the helpful advice, news and guides, as always there is a great range of vehicle offers and reviews to help you make your choice of vehicle in this issue. If you would like to find out more about any of the schemes we offer don't forget to visit our website www.gmpdrivercare.com or alternatively speak to one of our friendly team, full contact details for each department can be found at the end of this issue of Driverlink. We hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Regards, Gary.





GMP News

Latest awards, sponsorships and events

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Salary Sacrifice Scheme About the Salary Sacrifice Scheme 10 - 11 Ordering your new vehicle 12 -13 Salary Sacrifice quotations 14 - 21

GMP Drivercare Business Services

GMP Autocare 31 Electric Vehicle Solutions 32 - 33 Optimum Scheme 34 - 35 Grey Fleet Management 36 - 37 Pool Car Booking System 38

Driver advice

Speeding - don't risk it Keeping your charge Driving in floods

Vehicle Options

Read the latest vehicle reviews, from BMW, Vauxhall, Citroen, Jaguar Land Rover, plus more...

Contact details

Updating your details / contacts Senior Management Team

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DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE ISSUE (30) - 2019 Published bi-monthly in digital format by: JDM Web Publishing Ltd www.jdmpublishing.co.uk Company Reg: 07514160 In partnership with GMP Drivercare Ltd. www.gmpdrivercare.com MAILING LIST & CIRCULATION If you would like to receive a digital copy of the magazine or join our digital mailing list please visit www.driverlinkmagazine.co.uk for further details. FEATURES & EDITORIAL To submit editorial or news for consideration to appear in Driverlink Magazine, please send to: production@jdmpub.co.uk ADVERTISING If you would like a copy of the media pack for Driverlink Magazine please contact: Mark Cheadle E: markc@jdmweb.co.uk The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of JDM Web Publishing Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure the content of Driverlink Magazine 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. Š JDM Web Publishing Ltd 2019


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Scott Felton delivering a presentation at the Fleet Workshop

About the event

ON THE 14th May, GMP Drivercare's Employee Benefits Executive, Scott Felton was invited to present a module at the Public Sector and Housing Fleetevent Workshop heldprofessionals. at The Victoria A new style of conference for Publicevent Sector fleet and Albert Marriott hotel in Manchester. During our new educational workshop, mixed groups of delegates will be formed in terms of experience organisational type. The modules will be led by technical specialists from selected organisations who Scott's presentation highlighted, howand managing andtoreducing Fleet'organisation within an organisation, willby focus on discussing topics find solutions -'Grey using a fictitious known as Manford Facilities Ltd as a working example of an orgainsation ‘in need of fleet operational advice’ . the event the exposure to the associated risks can be lowered. GMP Drivercare was also represented at The overall aim of the day will be for attendees to share best practice ideas or problems experienced. by Salman Hamid, Development Director. The Workshop day is an ideal way to meet with industry peers and suppliers and will provide an excellent networkingby opportunity, as theprofessionals delegates attending will be from acrossall the of whole of the Public Sector Scott's presentation was very well received the fleet attending, whom now have and Social Housing. a greater understanding of the importance of tackling this area within their own fleets. Scott also The event is free to attend for Public Sector fleet professionals and will take place on the 14th May 2019 in Manchester. stressed the importance of working with a trusted partner such as GMP Drivercare, who, have a wide range of solutions specifically designed to help. Some of the topics that will be discussed will be:


Managing Grey Fleet • Car Schemes • Low Emission Fleet Future Manging Driver Risk • Compliance • Vehicle Specification • Vehicle Procurement...

A WINNING FORMULA Following our announcement of sponsorship of Staffordshire Victoria Football Club Ladies Team for the forthcoming 20192020 season, GMP Drivercare have been presented with a framed copy of one of their shirts which will be hung in the Indutsry organisations office foyer for all visitors to see! presenting at the event include:


Tiffany Leadbetter with Gary Grace

Event owner: JDM Web Publishing Ltd www.jdmpublishing.co.uk Company Reg: 07514160

Book your FREE* place online

*t&cs apply

www.gmpdrivercare.com In association with:


Salman Hamid and Emma Forster from GMP, enjoying the Awards evening

Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island

Emma Forster

GMP DRIVERCARE were finalists at the NHS in the Midlands Excellence in Supply Awards hosted by the Midlands Customer Board on the 16th May held at the Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island, Hinckley. The event was held to celebrate the relationships and achievements from both the NHS Procurement departments and NHS Suppliers. In the 'Sustainable Development' category, GMP were showcasing their work with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation and the implementation of their Travel Plan 2018/19. GMP provided low emission vehicles to their employees via a Lease Scheme, Salary Sacrifice Scheme and Pool Car facility. As a result of the implementation of the initiative, the Trust now makes savings of circa £54,260 per annum, an average of £904.34 per vehicle. In 2016 prior to the ULEV car only stipulation being put into place the average vehicle emission level was 103g/km (only 2 vehicles were ULEV’s) whereas currently it stands at 46g/km. Using this information the reduction in CO2 emissions across the fleet equates to 51.494 metric tons per annum to date. GMP is continuing to work in partnership with Derby Teaching Hospital Trust in supporting their staff with business/personal travel. This is helping the Trust commit to being a key partner in the delivery of the City of Derby’s Clean Air Zone targets.





Like you, the New Range Rover Evoque is never afraid to face a challenge full on. The easy-to-use InControl Touch Pro infotainment system* offers a suite of technologies, including Wi-Fi connectivity** to keep you informed, entertained and connected. While the world’s first ClearSight Ground View system*** uses cameras to give you a virtual view of the road that’s usually obscured, helping you to safely navigate extreme terrain and manoeuvre tight parking spaces. Plus, with its D150 manual powertrains which are RDE2 compliant, reducing VED and offering up to 4% BIK tax saving, the New Range Rover Evoque is a cost-effective choice too. Search Range Rover Evoque Offers

Official WLTP Fuel Consumption for the New Range Rover Evoque range in mpg (l/100km): Combined 28.9-44.9 accordance with EU legislation. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. CO2 and fuel economy *All in-car features should be used by drivers only when safe for them to do so. Drivers must ensure they are in full control of the vehicle at all times. **Optional Feature. Features require an appropriate sim with a

(9.8-6.3). NEDCeq CO2 Emissions 191-142 g/km. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in figures may vary according to wheel fitment and post-registration Retailer fit options and accessories. suitable data contract which will require further subscription after the initial term advised by your Retailer. Mobile connectivity cannot be guaranteed in all locations. ***Optional Feature.


The Benefits... aNo Deposit aNo Credit Check aNo Additional Hidden Costs aTransparent, All-Inclusive Quotes Included in all quotations: • Road Tax • European Breakdown Services • Emergency Roadside Assistance • Fully Comprehensive Insurance • Annual Key Driver Licence Check • Mechanical Repairs And Servicing

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.

Looking after all your motoring needs... 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.

The GMP difference 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.

GMP Giving 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.



Helpful advice

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-in-time 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.


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

What if I need my car 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.

FAQs How is your Salary Sacrifice 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? 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.

Can I have a choice of vehicle within reason? Yes, within reason. However, your Employer sets the CO2 upper levels limit for the vehicles that you can choose.



DRIVER PORTAL Ready to order your new vehicle?

www.gmpdrivercare.com Our Driver-facing 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. Clients have easy access and can benefit from: • Dynamic content

• Live pricing for Salary Sacrifice and Lease Car options

• Driver-led operation and focus

The Step-by-Step process...




DRIVER REGISTRATION using unique Employer Reference

to Driver Portal

MEMBER HOME PAGE Choose employer scheme




INITIAL QUESTIONS tax band, mileage etc

FILTERS • manufacturer • model • fuel type

ORDER VEHICLE with desired additional options








Ordering your new vehicle

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.

Step 2 - 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.




SALARY SACRIFICE QUOTES 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



£472.90 £527.80 £33740 129G/KM 29%


MINI COUNTRYMAN - 1.5 COOPER S E CLASSIC ALL4 PHEV 5 DOOR NET COST MONTHLY £370.19 GROSS COST MONTHLY £458.97 P11D £31825 CO2 55G/KM TAX RATE 19% *All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: 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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SALARY SACRIFICE QUOTES 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


Citroën C3



*All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified.

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SALARY SACRIFICE QUOTES 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



CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW *All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified.


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• Fully integrated 8-inch touchscreen Sat Nav • 18-inch alloy wheels • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection • Lane assist • Front and rear parking distance sensors



• Fully integrated 8-inch touchscreen Sat Nav

• Fully integrated 7-inch touchscreen Sat Nav

• Front camera system

• Smartphone projection, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

• Smartphone projection, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

• Heated windscreen

• Dual-zone electronic climate control

• Sports-style front seats

• Rear parking distance sensors

• Air conditioning • 16-inch alloy wheels

Discover our whole range here or book your FREE 3 Day Test Drive here. Or to get a quote, please email: sales@gmpdrivercare.co.uk

Fuel economy# and CO2* results for the Grandland X Range. Combined mpg (l/100km): 37.2 (7.6) – 54.3 (5.2). CO2 emissions: 128 – 111g/km. Fuel economy# and CO2* results for the Crossland X Range. Combined mpg (l/100km): 39.8 (7.1) – 60.1 (4.7). CO2 emissions: 128 – 105g/km. Fuel economy# and CO2* results for the Corsa Range. Combined mpg (l/100km): 37.7 (7.5) – 44.1 (6.4). CO2 emissions: 150 – 128g/km. #Fuel

consumption figures are determined according to the WLTP test cycle. *CO2 emissions figures are determined according to the WLTP test cycle however, a Government formula is then applied to translate these figures back to what they would have been under the outgoing NEDC test cycle, which WLTP replaces. The correct tax treatment is then applied. Figures are intended for comparability purposes only. The fuel consumption you achieve under real life driving conditions and CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including the accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load. Only compare fuel consumption and CO2 with other vehicles tested using the same technical procedures. For more information contact your local Vauxhall Retailer. 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 (June 2019).


SALARY SACRIFICE QUOTES 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



CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW *All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified.

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SALARY SACRIFICE QUOTES 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

LEXUS UX 250H 2.0 5DR CVT NET COST MONTHLY £368.13 GROSS COST MONTHLY £441.44 P11D £29730 CO2 94G/KM TAX RATE 22% CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW *All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified.

DRIVER PORTAL Ready to order your new vehicle?

Visit the new website and driver portal at:

www.gmpdrivercare.com Salary Sacrifice or Lease Cars live quotes.





IF WHILST driving your speed tips just a fraction above the limit you still risk being prosecuted or fined, so the best advice is to be aware at all times and lower your speed in time to meet the requirements of the road ahead. Fixed speed cameras have a set trigger for catching people speeding, however, it is unconfirmed what most are set at so it's not worth gambling and assuming if you are just over that you won't get caught. The Gatso was the first speed camera to be installed in the UK and has become the most commonly used. The rearfacing Gatso is accompanied by the Truvelo, which uses a forward-facing camera to catch speeding motorists. Unlike the Gatso, it photographs the driver

at the wheel, meaning there’s no disputing who was driving at the time of the offence. Mobile speeding cameras are operated by individuals, so it is up to their discretion to issue you a speeding fine - or worse - if you are over the legal speed limit. It is well worth remembering this is totally dependent on the officer who catches the speeder, and it is up to that officer whether to fine the offender or not. The majority of these are run by local police forces and reside on accident blackspots where there is a history of road traffic incidents over a three year or more period. There are also mobile speed cameras used as part of safety camera partnership teams and speed safety campaigns. These cameras can take on

a number of forms, working from marked or unmarked cars, as well as being manually operated by police officers using radar guns and laser guns. The law states that you are liable for a speeding fine as soon as you exceed the limit, so if you’re doing 31mph in a 30 limit or 71mph on a motorway, you’re breaking the law and could receive a fine. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) recommends giving drivers a so-called ‘10% plus 2’ leeway, to aid police officers in using 'discretion', however, this is just a recommendation, not the law. If the speed limit changes ahead you have to be travelling at that speed the moment you pass the sign. This means if a speed limit changes from 40 to



30 you will have to bring your speed down to 30 in advance of entering the zone, not begin slowing down as you enter it. On some motorways and through roadworks, you will see signs for average speed checks being in force. Average speed cameras knows as SPECS use Automatic Number Plate Reading (ANPR) digital technology to record a date and time stamp as you pass between two cameras, enabling the computer to calculate your average speed. So it is not advisable to speed up mid-way through this type of restriction. Variable speed cameras work in a similar way to average speed cameras, but they’re unlikely to be in operation 24/7. They tend to be used on smart motorways when the speed limit is lowered to ease congestion or in the event of poor weather or some other hazard. The speed cameras are situated on the overhead gantries and the limit will be displayed on a series of signs. Wherever you are travelling it is so important that you realise that speed limits reflect the conditions of the road and that you are putting yourself and other road users at risk by exceeding them, not to mention the fines and possible prosection you will face for very serious infringements. We all need our cars not just to get to work, but to travel and to live our lives in the way we are used to. Our roads get busier each year, and it's not about avoiding detection it's about staying safe.


What happens when you are caught speeding.. WITHIN 14 DAYS of your car being caught speeding you’ll be sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)Section 172 notice. You must return the Section 172 notice within 28 days, telling the police who was driving the car. You may have to go to court if you ignore the notice. After you’ve sent the Section 172 notice back, you’ll be sent a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). If you’re stopped by the police, they can: • give you a verbal warning • give or send you an FPN • order you to go to court you’ll be sent a letter telling you what to do Getting a Fixed Penalty Notice If you get an FPN you can choose to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty You’ll have to pay a £100 fine and have 3 points added to your licence, unless you’re given the option to attend a speed awareness course. If you pay the fine, how you pay depends on where you were caught speeding. You can: • pay the fine online in England and Wales or check the ticket for other


ways to pay • find out how to pay the fine in Scotland • contact the Laganside Courts Complex to pay the fine in Northern Ireland • Your driving licence will have a code on it for 4 years. You may be given the option of attending a speed awareness course if: • the police decide it’s appropriate for your offence • you have not been on a speed awareness course in the past 3 years If you plead not guilty • You’ll have to go to court if you plead not guilty. • You can be fined more and get more penalty points if the court decides you’re guilty of speeding. The amount you’re fined depends on what the speed limit was and how much over it you were driving. It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you were driving on a motorway). You could also be disqualified from driving or have your licence suspended. New drivers If you’re still within 2 years of passing your driving test, your driving licence will be revoked (withdrawn) if you build up 6 or more penalty points. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 23



Acoustic Vehicle Alert System FROM 1ST JULY, all new private and commercial electric and hybrid vehicles with four or more wheels must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) fitted. The EU ‘Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle’ (EU 540/2014) in combination with EU Requirement ECE R138, will ensure such vehicles are more easily heard by pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable groups and follows more than a decade’s worth of campaigning by groups such as the European Blind Union. The regulations state AVAS shall be activated for vehicle speeds up to 20km/h, with a minimum sound level of 56dB; equivalent to the sound level of an electric toothbrush or paper shredder. The legislation also dictates the AVAS sound ‘should be a continuous one providing the vehicle driving behaviour to other road users and pedestrians.' For example, generating changes in sound level and pitch to signify acceleration. 24 • DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE



FLASH FLOODS AHEAD! WE SHOULD be enjoying great weather soon, but the UK is notorious for its changeable conditions and flash flooding can catch out the most experienced driver. Here are some top driving tips from the RAC to make sure you stay safe. Before attempting to enter any flooded road make sure you know what you are dealing with. Even if it means you have to stop your car and get out to take a closer look - getting a wet feet is better than being stranded. If the water is muddy you might not be able to see the bottom and gauge its depth. Try and find a stick or an object to find the lowest point. If it’s clearly too deep for your car, find another way to your destination. Modern vehicles’ door seals are good and keep water out, but this can make a car buoyant, meaning it could begin to float if the water gets to deep leaving you stranded. Even in this instance the water will eventually find its way in. If the puddle is shallow enough to drive through, try and spot any objects that may

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cause damage to your car’s wheels, tyres or suspension, potentially leaving you mid-puddle with a problem. This way you can pick a safe path across. Once you’ve confirmed you can drive through the puddle and determined your route, keep your vehicle in a low gear (second is generally adequate) and engine revs up. This will help you maintain momentum when you travel through the puddle, creating a bow wave so you don’t get bogged down. Once you exit the other side – and especially if the puddle is on the deep side – pause for a moment if you can to let any excess water drain away and flow back to where it came from. If you can’t, be aware that grip levels on the road ahead will be diminished, as fluid from the puddle is dropped along the Tarmac by other cars. It’s always worthwhile to gently apply your brake pedal on exit, creating some friction and therefore heat to evaporate off any excess moisture.

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TOP TIPS TO MAXIMISE RANGE THE GOVERNMENT has said that the transition to electric vehicles will need to be led by industry and consumers, and that a shift away from internal combustion engines to zero emission vehicles is essential if the Government is to achieve UK carbon targets. With more Ultra-Low Emissions Zones planned throughout the UK over the coming years, many drivers are now considering choosing an Electric Vehicle (EV). Choice has been very much improved, but it is important to understand that each vehicle is different in terms of battery capacity and the maximum range offered. So in this issue of Driverlink we thought we would have a look at some useful tips to help you preserve your charge.


Get to know your drive mode settings All modern electric vehicles allow you to alter their performance to meet your driving needs, so make sure you spend time understanding which mode to use and when. If you opt to preserve battery range, this will decrease the performance of the vehicle e.g acceleration is reduced, and regenerative braking resistance is increased to save energy. Look after your battery With time and use, electric vehicle batteries degrade, losing capacity and cutting maximum driving range for each charge. How quickly a battery’s capacity deteriorates is very dependent on how it’s used. As a general rule, the more time a vehicle spends at or near full charge, the worse it is for the battery. So its better to use up the charge and recharge fully.



Easy on the Accelerator It should come as no surprise that gradual acceleration from a stop is far more efficient for an electric vehicle’s powertrain than “flooring it.” So although you know in an EV you can beat most vehicles off the blocks from a standing start, if you do this at every set of traffic lights you will loose so much more power. Maintaining a constant speed is the best way to preserve range. Another advantage to reducing unnecessary acceleration is reducing your reliance on the brakes. All electric vehicles have regenerative braking which helps to preserve energy, but those systems are only capable of recapturing a fraction of the energy lost to harsh braking. Particularly in heavy traffic, try coasting to a stop as much as possible. It could add up to several miles worth of added range for each charge. Because the




accelerator is very reactive, in an EV, when you lift off you will slow down significantly, so this again helps avoid the over use of the brakes. Controlling the climate Lithium ion battery efficiency changes depending on the temperature under which its operated. But an even bigger contributor to the loss of EV efficiency comes from the vehicle's heating and air conditioning systems they can quite readily suck up energy therefore depleting range and increasing charge cost. So you may want to think about parking in the shade, to ensure you reduce the amount of cooling needed. Keep your vehicle maintained One of the best things about all-electric vehicles is their relative lack of maintenance demands. However, simple things like tyre inflation, checking fluid levels and replacing air filters can extend a battery’s range by several miles per charge. Choose your route We have apps on our phones to tell us the fastest way to get between Point A and Point B, but that isn’t always the most efficient. Electric vehicles preserve the most range when travelling at steady, lower speeds.


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If you are taking the motorway you will save time but you will be travelling at higher speeds putting more demands on the battery, therefore decreasing the range. Some vehicles now even come with batterysaving routes pre-loaded into their navigation systems, which certainly helps to plan the most efficient routes. But with vehicle ranges improving all the time, drivers don't have to over-think every route . Loose the weight All vehicles lose efficiency the more weight they’re carrying. For modest range improvements keep any non-essential weight out of the vehicle when it’s in use. Be confident Studies have found that electric vehicle drivers tend to be overly cautious about running out of range. If you use your vehicle regularly you will get familiar with how the car performs and in the different driving conditions you encounter. Adopting an EV as your main car does take time to get used to, but as more charge points are made available and vehicle ranges continue to improve, hopefully many more people will consider the switch to all-electric.

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WLTP UPDATE WLTP The ‘Second Act’ of Re-certification. The European Parliament and Council has announced further changes to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the new testing procedure which measures and calculates fuel efficiency and emissions for cars and vans. What’s changed and why? A number of new tests have now been included by the European Parliament and Council, this means that vehicles affected by WLTP are also now affected by these new tests. The purpose of the second act is to improve the type of emission approval tests and includes a number of changes to the pollution ‘norms’ for each type of powertrain. It also introduces the use of devices for monitoring the consumption of fuel and electric energy. These changes are designed to provide further rigour in the test procedure to ensure that vehicle emissions genuinely meet the WLTP requirements as environmental concerns continue to grow. All manufacturers must ensure their new models must now be ‘certified’ to prove they have passed the more stringent WLTP tests before they can be placed on the market. Every manufacturer needs to ensure that every new car is re-tested and re-certified before it can be allowed on sale. This has been dubbed the ‘Second Act.’ WLTP introduced much more realistic testing conditions. These include: • More realistic driving behaviour • A greater range of driving situations (urban, suburban, main road, motorway) • Longer test distances • More realistic ambient temperatures, closer to the European average • Higher average and maximum speeds • Higher average and maximum drive power • More dynamic and representative

accelerations and decelerations • Shorter stops • Optional equipment: CO2 values and fuel consumption are provided for individual vehicles as built • Stricter car set-up and measurement conditions Because of all these improvements, WLTP provides a much more accurate basis for calculating a car’s fuel consumption and emissions. This will ensure that lab measurements better reflect the on-road performance of a car. The WLTP ‘Second Act’ certification is a revision of the existing WLTP testing regime and is coming into force through 2019 All vehicles must be re-certified by 31st August 2019 to be able to be sold from 1st September 2019.





Help and Advice..

An Ultra Low Emission Zone( ULEZ) is a defined area within which all vehicles will have to meet strict emission requirements or face a daily charge to travel. London introduced the UK’s first ULEZ to combat air pollution in April and it is hoped that it will discourage drivers from entering the most polluted areas in unsuitable vehicles. The Mayor of London also has plans to extend the ULEZ boundary in October 2021 to the North and South Circular roads. To help drivers that might have to travel within the ULEV we have listed some FAQS below. At what times / days does the London UltraLow Emission Zone apply? 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will include bank holidays. Which vehicles will be affected by the London ULEZ? The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, • Cars: Any diesel not conforming to Euro 6 emission standards and any petrol not conforming to Euro 4 emission standards. • Vans: Minimum standards - Petrol: Euro 4; Diesel: Euro 6. • HGVs: All vehicles in this category will need to meet Euro VI standards • Motorcycles and mopeds: All vehicles will need to meet Euro 3 emissions standards. How much will the ULEZ it cost? £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes). £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes). Is my vehicle exempt from the ULEZ charge? TfL’s full list of discounts, exemptions and sunset periods can be accessed here. Black cabs are exempt. Others eligible for exemptions include

residents, vehicles for those with disabilities and historic vehicles. Do I still have to pay the Congestion Charge? Yes, the charge is in addition to the C-Charge if your vehicle is not compliant with ULEZ standards. If I don’t pay the ULEZ charge, will I receive a penalty? Yes, TfL will use automatic number plate recognition cameras which will detect entry to the zone. Failure to pay will result in a hefty penalty charge notice (PCN) of £160, or £80 if paid within 14 days. How do I pay the ULEZ? • TfL offers a variety of payment methods which will suit different drivers depending on how frequently they drive into Central London: • TfL website – payment for the ULEZ available from 8th April 2019 • Autopay – to be expanded to include ULEZ payments. Already have Auto Pay? Then you don't need to do anything. There is a £10 admin fee per vehicle • TfL Smartphone App with ULEZ payment available from the 8th April 2019 • Pay by phone: UK: 0343 222 2222 (TfL call charges) ULEZ advice Before driving into the Central London Congestion Charge and ULEZ zone, ensure you have checked whether your vehicle is subject to the ULEZ charge. Remember the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will also operate on days when the Congestion Charge may not be. When the Congestion Charge is in operation, you will be charged for both. Plan your route – if you are crossing London from north to south, east to west or vice versa, you should set your sat-nav to avoid local charge/toll areas.



Business Services

What GMP Drivercare can offer your business In recognising the changing needs of our Public Sector clients and their Duty Of Care responsibilities, GMP Drivercare, offer in addition to the traditional Lease Car and Salary Sacrifice Schemes, a Green Motoring Plan, the Optimum Solution Scheme, and full Grey Fleet Compliance Management. GMP Drivercare has developed its own Electric Hybrid Portfolio. This will enable Public Sector clients to reduce emissions whilst making savings to their budgets. Our proactive approach and continued investment enables us to offer a truly holistic transport solution. Another of our integrated services is GMP Autocare which has 450 affiliated vehicle service and MOT franchised dealers/centres across the UK. Thus enabling us to fully manage the service requirements of your complete fleet. On the following pages you will find further details of these business services.



GMP AUTOCARE Employee & Family Benefit Scheme

Benefits of GMP’s Servicing and MOT Testing


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

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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

Electric Vehicle and ULEV Solution

Why choose Electric Vehicles for your fleet?

Key benefits •

Businesses and Company Car drivers save thousands of pounds switching to plug-in vehicles.

The UK is legally committed to reducing emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050 and the Government is clearly taking the impact of the technology seriously, having pledged to invest over £600M by 2020 to support the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV).

Benefit-In-Kind (BIK), Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), capital allowances, and salary sacrifice regimes all incentivise electric vehicles.

Planned changes to company car tax rules will strengthen the case for going electric.

The advantages of moving to this technology are not only environmental, but the financial benefits to businesses adopting electric vehicles into their fleet are numerous. They are also cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain and safer to drive.

Eligible plug-in vehicles benefit from Government grants and tax incentives.

Reduced fuel expenditure and helps the Government achieve Clean Air Zones (CAZ).

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) reveal that over 63,000 new electric or hybrid electric vehicles were registered in 2017 - an astonishing increase on the 2013 figures of around 3,500.



Electric Vehicle and ULEV Solution

Benefit-in-Kind & Class 1A National Insurance

Company car Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax rates are set in advance to enable businesses to plan their vehicle choice lists and calculate the financial cost to themselves and employees. Like BIK tax, employers' Class 1A National Insurance contributions, are linked to a car's CO2 emissions and P11D value.

Based on this P11D, At £30k P11D Value 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Total (4 years) you would save your business a total of Zero Emission 373 538 662 83 1656 £2,028 in Class 1A NIC over a four year 869 993 1035 3684 Petrol 104 g/km CO2 787 period by choosing Saving 414 331 331 952 2028 the electric vehicle. On a fleet of just 10 models, that equates to a saving of more than £20,000. Employees will also benefit from tax savings, incentives and grants. The plug-in car grant provides a discount of up to £3,500 for eligible cars and generous grants available help towards the cost of home, workplace and on-street charge-points. There are significant tax incentives for making the switch to electric.

Fleet Consultancy GMP Drivercare can provide a Fleet Review for organisations considering or looking to expand the use of ULEVs within their fleet. The review includes: •

Looking for opportunities to successfully implement ULEVs - includes whole-life costing, and charging considerations.

Implementation Support - fleet support, to implement change.

Identify the vehicle opportunity - vehicle profiles and appropriate alternatives.

Fleet cost analysis - carry out whole-life cost v ICE, factoring in grants and tax benefits.

Driver acceptance - ensuring drivers are educated and fully informed.

Tailor Made Insurance GMP Drivercare in conjunction with GMG Risk Strategies has put together an Insurance Policy to cover all electric and hybrid vehicles. As the motoring experts, we searched a panel of approved insurers to give provide our best possible price. The cover is fully comprehensive to include Third Party, Fire and Theft. Included in this package are Accident Management, and management of the Motor Insurance Database- ensuring cover at all times. www.gmpdrivercare.com


Optimum Solution Scheme


“Guaranteed Reduced Grey Fleet Cost and Reduced Carbon”

Introduction to our Optimum Scheme GMP Drivercare’s Optimum Solution Scheme is for those employees who travel little or no business miles. The employer makes no contribution towards the cost of the lease and payment is taken from the employee’s net monthly salary and therefore has no impact on the employee’s pension. The scheme attracts little or no Benefit-In-Kind Tax, as the employee is covering the full cost of the vehicle. GMP Drivercare is an independent fleet management company offering a variety of Lease Car Schemes, all of which compare the market and offers best value to our drivers. Our user friendly online Portal makes it easy for employees to access thousands of vehicles and compare the cost, technical data and specification to ensure they choose the right car for them.

Key Benefits •

No Cost to the employer

Saves employers and employees time in selecting the right vehicle, our online Portal compares the market, and offers the best value to users.

No business mileage required to be eligible.

Reduce, Grey Fleet and Carbon Emissions.

Both vehicle and driver are fully compliant.

3 year contract on a fully maintained basis.

Comprehensive business insurance is included.

Includes breakdown cover to minimise downtime.



Optimum Solution Scheme

Optimum Solution Scheme

Why GMP Drivercare? Did we mention how simple the scheme is? There’s no deposit, no employee credit check. Cars are brand new and include absolutely everything but fuel! Once in place, our complete fleet management solution ensures that the vehicle and driver are fully managed. It includes licence checks, servicing, accident management, maintenance and reporting. GMP Drivercare provides complete peace of mind, for both the organisation and the driver, through our comprehensive and total fleet management solution. We take total responsibility.

Why GMP Drivercare? Thanks to over 20 years of experience in providing solutions and services to Local Authorities, the NHS, charities and the Private Sector across the UK, we can provide a scheme(s) to suit your needs. We are able to make the process of driving a new vehicle as simple and hassle-free as possible. Over time, we have forged strong, lasting relationships with large dealer groups, manufacturers and vehicle finance companies, enabling us to secure the best discount terms. We focus on building long-term customer relationships, ensuring that repeat customers and recommendations form a substantial part of our business.

I’ve always bought my car, why should I Lease one? Leasing or contract hire has always been a popular way of running a car for businesses, however, due to heavy depreciation and unexpected repair costs associated with car ownership, more and more private individuals are looking at the option of leasing as a more cost effective way of running a car. Vehicle Leasing means you can drive a new car or van every 2 or 3 years, avoiding MOT’s and unforeseen bills. You just hand the car back at the end of the contract and take out a new one, avoiding the hassle of having to sell your old car privately or the disappointment of low part exchange value. The inclusion of manufactures warranty, road fund licence and breakdown cover give you complete piece of mind.



Grey Fleet Management

“Employers pay more than £5.5 billion a year in mileage claims and car allowances”

What is Grey Fleet?

GMP Drivercare Solution

The 'Grey Fleet' is an important, but often neglected, aspect of fleet management. It consists of vehicles owned by employees in which business travel is carried out.

GMP Drivercare Grey Fleet Management Service will assist you in managing the financial, legal and environmental issues that surround an employee’s use of their privatelyowned vehicle for business use. We offer an ongoing service for the checking and upkeep of Drivers which includes:

Effective Management of the Grey Fleet is crucial with respect to three key policy areas; Duty of Care and Health and Safety, Financial Efficiency, and Corporate Environmental Responsibility. 14 million private cars are used for business journeys - 40% of all vehicles on the road. The average vehicle age is 8.2 years (older than the average UK car) - contributing to poor air quality.

aDVLA Licence Check with online access to 3 year driver mandate.

aMOT Check. aRoad Fund Licence Check. aBusiness Use Insurance Check,

through a database of recognised Insurance Certificate formats.

aGrey Fleet Policy Documents.



Grey Fleet Management

The Warnings

What Our Experts Say

Continuing the use of a 'Grey Fleet', can be an expensive option when compared to having company cars and there are two main reasons for this.

the latest round of checks for one a InGMP client, only 76% of their 'Grey

Drivers may round up their mileages if organisations don’t audit 'Grey Fleet' mileage claims.

'Grey Fleet' mileage is typically reimbursed using AMAP or greater than AMAP rates. Therefore it is more expensive for longer journeys.

The HSE estimate that more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is 'driving for work'. In 2016, 529 people were killed, 5,269 seriously injured and almost 40,000 slightly injured in collisions involving a driver or rider, 'driving for work'. Between 2006 and 2014, over 62,000 people have been killed or seriously injured in accidents involving a driver on a work-time journey, and over half a million slightly injured in work-related road crashes.

Fleet' drivers could evidence compliance.

a 7% drivers did not have business use insurance cover.

a 1% did not have a valid MOT certificate. a Based on a 'Grey Fleet' of 3000 vehicles,

700+ could potentially be non-compliant.

Case Study

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) serves nearly 90,000 people and provides care to patients in their homes, places of care, community hospitals, outpatient units and health centres. With the assistance of GMP Drivercare, the Trust implemented a Travel Policy and saved £500,000 in its first two years, reduced carbon emissions and improved risk management. Our Latest analysis shows: Fleet' mileage fell by 19% a 'Grey (752,000 fewer miles driven)

What to consider? •

How large is your 'Grey Fleet'?

What existing compliance checks are in place?

Are you able to evidence the results of the existing compliance checks - is the data readily available?

Are you confident that your organisation has a defendable position should a 'Grey Fleet' driver be involved in an accident?

a Miles driven in company cars have increased by 42% (202,000 more miles)

a Miles driven in pool cars and daily hire has decreased by 19% (73,000 fewer)

a Total mileage decreased by 13% (623,000 fewer miles)

a Total spend on travel fell by 13% a At the 2017 Fleet Hero Awards, the

Trust won the Smarter Travel award in recognition of its excellent progress.



Pool Car Booking System 24/7 Online Reservations No more waiting, saving you time

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Automated Reminders Automated Notifications

The cost of sharing paper records in the NHS is estimated at between £500,000 to £1m per Trust ( Computer Weekly) According to a leading accountancy firm's research, adopting paperless systems could save the NHS £4.4bn (BBC News) 71% of hospital workers are in favour of going paperless (Information Age)


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Packed with personality THE Citroën C5 Aircross SUV certainly looks like a vehicle with a strong personality. Its robust, muscular stance is punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump® panels, large wheels, and distinctive roof bars. Inside the cabin you get a neat, minimalist layout that you can personalise by choosing from a range of design and colour schemes. You will also find extremely comfy seats, a wide central console and soft, warm materials which enhance the feeling of refinement. For those drivers who enjoy an occasional off-road jaunt, you will

need to bear in mind that the Citroen C5 Aircross doesn’t come with the option of four-wheel drive. You can, however, add the optional Grip Control. Available in three highly specified trim levels Feel, Flair and Flair Plus, the C5 Aircross is powered by a range of efficient, high-performance PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, and offers the latest generation EAT8 fully automatic gearbox. The Flair Plus trim adds Highway Driver Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Speed Recommendation and Intelligent Beam Headlights together with keyless entry, a panoramic roof,

wireless phone charging and an automatic boot lid. In terms of connectivity, standard kit across the range includes Mirror Screen® function, compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay™ and MirrorLink® The comfort levels are replicated in the rear where you’ll find three individual seats. This lets you move the seats forwards or backwards or recline them independently from one another so that passengers of all sizes can fit comfortably. The boot volume ranges from 580-litres to 720-litres, and up to 1,630-litres with the second row seats folded down.


The Citroen C5 Aircross is very easy SUV to drive. The higher sitting position and large windows gives the driver good allround vision. The rear windscreen is though, quite narrow, but opt for the Flair and Flair Plus models and you will get a reversing camera to help with manoeuvring into tight spots. If you spend more time on the motorway than country lanes, however, you’ll appreciate how quiet the Citroen C5 Aircross is at speed. There is almost no wind or engine noise that makes its way into the cabin whilst you are cruising along. www.gmpdrivercare.com





The Citroën C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën model with PHEV Plug-In Hybrid technology, arriving in early 2020. www.gmpdrivercare.com



VAUXHALL CROSSLAND X Compact and stylish






Replacing the Meriva in 2017, the more stylish and desirable Crossland X is a spacious, practical and economical small SUV. It’s based on the Peugeot 2008, and comes with a range of shared engines and gearboxes. In the Crossland X, Vauxhall has laid on the style. It comes well-equipped and with a good range of trim levels, including the SE, through Tech Line Nav, Elite and Ultimate. Drivers can choose from the entry-level 1.2 litre (83PS) petrol engine, as well as two turbocharged units and one diesel. Entry-level cars use a fivespeed manual gearbox, the turbo petrols and diesel are available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. All cars apart from the entry level 1.2 come with ecoTEC stop-start technology, a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge services are included, as are cruise control, climate control and auto lights. The Vauxhall Crossland X provides a comfortable ride for longer journeys due to its soft-ride setup and its light steering aids easy maneveuring around town. There is no four-wheel drive options despite its raised body and SUV appearance, so it is not going to be that practical off-road. The best petrol engine option is the turbocharged 1.2 with 108bhp it will do 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds. If you are still looking

at a diesel option you will get 57.6 - 58.9 mpg with emissions of just 107.0 g / km from the 1.5 (102PS) Turbo D Start/Stop ecoTEC BlueInjection option. The Crossland X feels very spacious and airy inside. You can make the cabin even brighter with an optional fixed panoramic glass roof. Driver and passenger headroom is ample, legroom in the rear also feels very comfortable. The Crossland X’s cabin is very functional. It’s been designed to maximise space and comes well equipped, too. You get a leather steering wheel as standard, together with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and on the Tech Line Nav and Elite trim levels you get ambient lighting and a digital speedometer. All Vauxhall Crossland X models boast a 410-litre boot with the rear seats in place, which is considerably larger than you’ll find in the Mokka X. However, many drivers will be advised to opt for the Versatility Pack, with its sliding rear bench adding an extra 110 litres of load space. That Versatility Pack also adds 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, which could come in handy if you regularly carry longer items. All cars come with various safety systems such as lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. Cruise control, ABS and tyre pressure monitoring are also included, while further up the range you’ll find front and rear parking sensors.





Purposefully practical

In an age of countless crossovers and SUVs, it is easy to forget the virtues of the Estate Car. However, there is a wide range available, especially in the mid-sized sector, and up there with the best is Vauxhalls Astra Sports Tourer. There’s a range of great petrol and diesel engines available to power this practical and good looking car and it’s built in Britain. Driverlink had a look through the range to see which might be the best all-round option. The entry level 1.4L petrol is the only one without turbo assistance, but still delivers 100 BHP which will be enough for many, but the

extra performance and great economy from the rest of the range will be tempting. For instance, the smaller but turbo charged 1.0L petrol is more powerful (slightly) and certainly more economical. Mid-way along, the two 1.4L turbo engines give 125BHP and 150 BHP and at the top of the range the bi-turbo 1.6L will get you to 60 MPH from the standing start in just 7 seconds. Diesel is available with Vauxhall’s 1.6L CDTi unit in three varieties, 110 BHP, 136 BHP and add an extra turbo and you have a barnstorming 160BHP. The most economical of the whole range is the 110 BHP CDTi and not surprisingly, the least economical is the 1.6L bi-turbo petrol.






There are 4 trim levels for the Astra Sports Tourer, all of which have a wide range of standard features that help to compete with other brands. Entry level is “Design” with a range of creature comforts including alloy wheels and Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Tech Line adds sat nav, a larger touchscreen, leather steering wheel and adjustable front arm rest and Sri/Sri Nav is where to go for great exterior and interior sports styling, “Sport” button for more urgent driving dynamics and a front camera system and Vauxhall’s online concierge service, OnStar. “Elite” adds comfort and luxury with leather trimmed and heated seats with a sophisticated climate control system. It should be remembered that at the top of the range, you haven’t reached the entry level price of some of its competitors! It’s worth saying in support of the Astra Sports Tourer that it was developed on British roads, so in some ways it’s going to have the edge over competitors. Part of the brief was to save significant amounts of weight compared with its predecessor, so it’s agile and fun. Regardless of trim, it’s set up with a bias towards firmness, for a sporting experience, but that doesn’t become noticeable until you’re on the worst of roads. It’s a great drive, comparing well with the renowned Focus and Golf and will grip impressively through the corners. The steering can feel a little over assisted in these circumstances but this can be adjusted in Sri trim or above with a touch of the “Sport”button. Of course the full driving experience will depend on the engine choice. Suffice to say that with

seven out of eight of those engines being turbo assisted, most will enjoy a performance led experience. We suggest that for the NHS driver, mid-range petrol or diesel to give great economy and a superb driving experience. There’s a lot of plastic used which is only to be expected in this price range, but in the Astra Sports Tourer, it’s high quality, soft touch on the upper parts of the dash and very well put together. This is how to get an up market feel without the up market price tag! Controls are sensibly set out in zones according to function, so the driver can get to everything easily, with the minimum of effort and therefore distraction. Again, with distraction in mind, the 7 or 8 inch touchscreen is highly responsive and easy to use, much better than many competitors. The interior is airy, with front seats adjustable in multiple planes and overall, realistic room for four tall adults. Interestingly, the rear bench seat will accommodate three child seats, so if you have a growing family, look here before you automatically move towards an MPV! The Astra Sports Tourer reminds us that there will be a place for the mid-sized family estate car for some time to come. It puts practicality, quality, comfort and a great driving experience within reach of the many. Average income essential workers in for example the NHS will need a practical, economical load carrier that doesn’t break the bank, but who’s to say that they don’t deserve something that is also a fun drive, with a great degree of comfort. For this, the Astra Sports Tourer is an excellent choice.





Highly anticipated

VAUXHALL'S all-new Corsa-e, one of the most hotly-anticipated new cars to go on sale in 2019. As part of the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall’s Corsa-e and Grandland X PHEV will lead the British brand’s electric charge this year. Two more all-electric models will follow in 2020, including the successor to the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van. All models are vital to Vauxhall’s ongoing reduction of CO2. By 2024, Vauxhall will have an electrified version of every model in its range. A key role is played by the shared multi-energy platforms. They make it possible to offer various propulsion systems on a common platform. Corsa has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for many years, and most drivers are familiar with its name and looks. The Corsa-e has 205 mile range that can be extended by up to 40 per cent in Eco mode. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent

capacity in 30 minutes at a rapid-charge station. With 136hp and 260Nm of torque from the electric propulsion system, the Corsa-e sprints from 0-31mph in just 2.8 seconds. The Corsa-e reaches 62mph in just 8.1 seconds. Corsa-e drivers can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. In Normal mode, the 50kWh battery allows a driving range of 211 miles according to WLTP. Sport alters responsiveness and delivers more performance, which result in a moderate loss in driving range of around 10 per cent. In “Eco”, the Corsa-e becomes a long-distance runner. All the car’s systems and the electric drive are adjusted for maximum energy efficiency, without significant detrimental effect on comfort. Compared with “Sport”, range is increased by up to 40 per cent. In order to further improve efficiency, the Corsa-e features a regenerative braking system






to recover the energy produced under braking or deceleration. This excess kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy and either used immediately or stored in the battery. The driver can choose between two levels. At the lower level, the Corsa-e’s deceleration is similar to the enginebraking of a conventional car. At the highest level of energy recuperation, the drag torque of the electric motor is much higher. The Corsa-e is as easy to charge as it is to drive. It charges via a cable that can connect to a wallbox or fast charger (and the battery is guaranteed for eight years). The Corsa-e is equipped as standard with an 11kW on-board charger. The Corsa-e is a pioneer in every way thanks to its advanced technologies, driver assistance systems and connectivity, which are more familiar to premium car drivers. Numerous camera and radar-based assistance systems enable safer, more relaxed driving. The new Corsa’s infotainment systems up to and including the Multimedia Navi Pro are available with a 10-inch colour touchscreen. They are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car has numerous advanced driver assistance systems, which enable safer, more relaxed driving, that are based on camera and optional

radar technology. For example, camera-based automatic emergency braking is activated if a collision threatens at speeds between 3mph and 25mph. Up to 18mph the car can be brought to a standstill. Between 30 and 52mph the car’s speed decreases by up to 13mph. The front camera can identify vehicles and pedestrians. With Navi as standard, the new Corsa’s infotainment ranges from the Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi with 7-inch colour touchscreen, to the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro with 10-inch colour touchscreen. Angled slightly toward the driver, each system is positioned for optimum ergonomics in the clearly arranged instrument panel. The Corsa-e also has an “Open & Start” keyless locking and start system (with anti-theft protection) which recognises the driver via a smart device. The engine is switched on a via the start button in the instrument panel. So the Corsa-e, is packed full of tech and offers a substantial daily mileague range. Assuming a charge overnight, the Corsa-e will help drivers to have greater confidence to embrace a fully electric drive and one that will fit their daily commute and business activities.






Refined engineering

The 3 Series, is the definitive BMW. It revolutionised the company car market 30 years ago and decades later, although it is now a fairly common sight on our roads, it has retained all that aspirational kudos. At the same time, fantastic residual values mean that it represents a sound financial choice and huge technical developments mean it leads the way in lowering environmental impact and increasing safety. Coming completely up-to-date, if the latest 7th generation version ticks so many boxes, does it lose anything along the way? After all, there are a great many cars out there that are virtuous is so many ways but fail to deliver on excitement and desirability. Changes to the exterior design, in particular the reshaped grill, distinguish the new model. Otherwise, the lines further emphasise the expectation of performance. It is always difficult to describe exactly how this is achieved without falling into a copious use of clichés, so suffice it to say “pictures in this case paint a thousand words”. On the interior, perhaps stating the obvious, the high quality of build and materials is palpable. There’s a marriage of leather with metallic sporting cues and high-tech dash, forming a package that is both tasteful and in keeping with the demands of technical excellence, ergonomics and luxury. I-Drive and console buttons control


the huge amount of technology, with the information viewed on the large 8.8 inch screen. As each generation of BMW is released, control of functions through what is now termed “Live Cockpit Plus” becomes simpler. This is important because as expected this system includes satnav, entertainment and vehicle settings but much more besides, especially in this M-Sport derivative. It is no longer unusual for vehicles in this category to have a number of driving modes and this is no exception. Briefly; Sport sharpens throttle response and stiffens the suspension, Comfort for everyday driving and Eco Pro that shuts down certain functions, adjusts throttle response and gear changes to allow the most frugal fuel use. However, on models with an Adaptive setting, the driving mode can be tailored to individual requirements. For example, if you find the steering is too heavy in Sport, you can retain all the other aspects of the mode whilst lightening the steering. The combinations are vast and ultimately, the 3 Series is capable of delivering a truly “bespoke” experience. In many ways, the technical developments in any new model at this level are to be expected. To be successful, they must both offer real benefits, but at the same time increase simplicity. Without simplicity, technology can be a frustrating distraction from what the car is really about



which, regardless of whether this is 2019 or 1999, is a great driving experience. Throughout its history, the 3 Series has traded successfully on this: it is the whole point! Otherwise, there is a vast choice of perfectly capable compact saloons, but for me the 3 Series continues to lead the way. Around town, it is quiet and refined, keeping stress levels to a minimum. On the open road, fantastic agility, sharp responsive steering and a fantastically eager engine combine for a fabulous experience and without any of the discomfort associated with vehicles with the emphasis on handling. In reality, the natural habitat for a 3 Series in the UK will be the motorway. Comfort and refinement, combined with the quietness derived from the acoustic windscreen and foam filled cladding around the windows, in addition to the usual sound-proofing. Powerful engines and effortless performance ensure safe overtaking. The ergonomics, easy controls and adaptive systems also mean that driver fatigue is kept to a minimum, even on the longest journeys. Across the range there is new powertrain technology with higher output, greater pulling power and optimised efficiency. Six engine variants were available at launch: four-cylinder petrol models, four-cylinder diesels, plus sixcylinder 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 and up to 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Standard specification gains full-LED headlights 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. Continued to page 50...




Continued from page 49... A newly designed sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons has been 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, including the iDrive Controller, start/stop button, the buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch and the 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 and Lane Departure Warning system are 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 Wrongway warning systems. The new generation of the BMW Head-Up Display is 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 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistently designed, situation-linked 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). In summary, the new 3 Series reinforces BMW’s position at the top of the compact executive market. It retains and class leading driving dynamics, prestige and quality that we have come to expect over decades and combined with state-of-the-art technology and engineering, delivers the most complete package in the segment. Predictions are that the 320D will remain near the top or at the top of the list for higher mileage drivers. However with concerns over diesel, the petrol 320i is a very sound choice and the 330E will continue the rise of the plug-in hybrid.








FORD has found a clever way of reusing millions of plastic bottles. Each EcoSport SUV that the company produces is fitted with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles. And since Ford launched the EcoSport globally in 2012, it has provided a new lease of life for more than 650 million 500-millilitre bottles, weighing an estimated 8,262 metric tons * and that – if laid end to end – would stretch more than twice around the world. Since first using recycled plastic in Mondeo more than 20 years ago, Ford now recycles 1.2 billion bottles globally per year. Turning plastic into car carpets first involves shredding both the bottles and their caps into tiny flakes. These are then heated to 260°C and melted down before being formed in to fibres the width of a single human hair. Those fibres are spun into a yarn by twisting multiple fibres together – and it is this material that is woven into carpets.

The all-new Peugeot 2008 SUV will be the second vehicle to follow the ‘choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain’ philosophy when it arrives later this year. It will be available with a choice of 100% electric, petrol or diesel powertrains. Combining class-leading levels of technology, an instinctive driving experience and sharp design, the all-new Peugeot 2008 SUV will offer a unique proposition in the compact SUV segment. It features Peugeot's latest 3D i-Cockpit® with hologram technology and a state-of-the art headup display, increasing driver reaction times. The all-new e-2008 SUV is powered by a 100kW (136bhp) electric motor and 50kWh battery. Under WLTP testing, the 100% electric zero-emission SUV will achieve 193 miles of range. Capable of supporting 100kW rapid charging technology, an 80% charge will take just 30 minutes, while a full charge using conventional 7.4kW and 11kW fast chargers will take between eight hours and five hours. With the MyPeugeot® app, owners will be able to pre-set the charging times, heating and air conditioning on their all-new e-2008 SUV, as well as check its current charge level remotely. The all-new e-2008 SUV will feature two forms of energy recovery. Selecting Drive “D” recovery from the drive selector will feel similar to driving a standard diesel or petrol model, while Brake “B” provides more regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator.








AT HOME both in the city and the country, the new Evoque joins the Range Rover family with a choice of hybrid-electric engines. The Range Rover Evoque has been a phenomenal UK success over the past seven years and its distinctive coupé-like silhouette is instantly recognisable. Inside the new Evoque, you will find finely crafted design, and an integrated digital cabin. The twin touchscreen features new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation. When Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs and the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey. The footprint is almost identical, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby

can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is (591 litres) increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 secondrow seats are folded. The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 11mph (17km/h), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings. Available across the range (when specified with



automatic gearbox) of fourcylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (based on the new NEDC Equivalent WLTP test procedure). If the customer chooses the 150PS diesel engine with front wheel drive, Evoque only emits 143g/km. An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range next year. Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm). The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light. The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology,


which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014. Underneath the skin is an engineering and technical revolution. The architecture is all-new to accommodate both plug-in and mild hybrid systems, with only the door hinges remaining unchanged on the body. The chassis has been significantly reworked to make the most of the stiffer body, ensuring the characteristic ride comfort and refinement of a Range Rover. “Evoque is now smarter than ever. The software that sits behind the infotainment system has been refined to provide a more intuitive customer experience. On top of that we’ve added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration. Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort and convenience. Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the UK car industry continues following a £1 billion investment to support its creation and delivery. This includes £110 million into the company’s UK manufacturing plant in Halewood, Merseyside, to develop the state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing facility.




VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS New frugal engine options

THE newest member of Volkswagen’s extensive SUV family is gaining a frugal new engine option as the T-Cross is now available with a Euro 6 compliant 95 PS, 1.6-litre TDI powerplant. This extends the T-Cross engine options to three: two turbocharged petrol units and now one turbodiesel. The already fuel efficient T-Cross achieves 48.9 mpg1 in its most economical petrol form, but this rises to 52.9 mpg(1)across both transmissions and all specs when fitted with the 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine – making it the most fuel-efficient SUV available in the Volkswagen line-up. The 95 PS four cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel also has the highest torque peak yet seen in T-Cross, developing 250 Nm versus the 115 PS 1.0-litre TSI’s 200 Nm, across the same 1500-2500 rpm rev range. Reflecting the flexibility of the engine, all trim levels bar entry-level S will benefit from the option of the 1.6-litre turbodiesel – from valuefocused and equipment-packed SE to the sportier and more luxurious R-Line specification. Customers can also choose between a five-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed DSG unit, although the majority are expected to take the manual option in the UK. The 0-62 mph time for

the manual car is 11.9 seconds while the DSGequipped car takes 12.5 seconds to cover the same sprint. In turbodiesel form, the T-Cross with the SE specification model, produces 140g /km CO2. As with the rest of the T-Cross range, the dieseldriven T-Cross is fitted with a raft of practicalityboosting features as standard, including a sliding rear bench – movable up to 14 cm forward or backward, giving the choice between superior rear leg room or 70 litres of additional boot space. Safety equipment normally associated with larger and more expensive models has also been fitted, thanks to the T-Cross’s use of the Volkswagen MQB (Modular Transverse Toolkit – Modularer Querbaukasten) platform, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist. Claire Haynes, T-Cross Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The T-Cross is a car designed for the challenges and trials of family life, so it needs to be flexible, practical and offer an abundance of choices to tackle almost any combination of requirements. “Adding a diesel engine option into the UK’s new T-Cross line-up is yet another way that our new compact SUV can offer more of that flexibility, choice and convenience.” 1) WLTP, combined cycle





New digital driver display

THE ALL-NEW Kia XCeed urban crossover will be available with Kia’s first fully-digital 12.3inch Supervision driver instrument cluster when it is launched across Europe later this year. The high-tech Kia XCeed will be one of the most technologically advanced compact cars when it goes on-sale. The new instrument cluster is designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a highresolution 1920x720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Between the two digital dials is a multifunction display, controlled via the multifunction steering wheel. In this portion of the cluster drivers can see turn-by-turn navigation instructions clearly in their line of sight, as well as audio information, phone calls and contacts, and in-depth trip information. This includes live and average fuel efficiency levels. The system also displays vehicle diagnostics alerts, and enables pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies and live traffic and navigation system. The multifunction central display also shows cues from the car’s Driver Attention Warning system, advising drivers to take a break if it detects signs of fatigue. When the driver parks and switches off the car, the new cluster also plays a short graphic of the car in motion, and displays a summary of the

drive. This shows the time and distance driven, the average fuel efficiency achieved, and the estimated distance remaining based on current fuel levels. The new Supervision instrument cluster is available as an option in the Kia XCeed, depending on market and vehicle specification. It replaces the physical dials and 3.8-inch monoLCD or 4.2-inch colour TFT LCD screens available with different specifications of vehicle. Like other models in the Ceed range, certain variants of the Kia XCeed line-up will be offered with a Drive Mode Select system. Drivers can tailor the vehicle’s handling and performance characteristics for different driving conditions, with Normal and Sport modes each adapting the car’s steering, transmission and throttle responses. The new Supervision digital instrument cluster adapts to each mode accordingly with a range of differentiated graphics. By switching to a different drive mode, the instrument cluster displays more detailed information relating to each mode. In Normal, the display provides live fuel-efficiency gauges and traditional dials for vehicle and engine speeds, as well as additional trip information. Putting the car in Sport mode, the system offers a more prominent display of vehicle and engine speeds, with a larger, clearer read-out of the car’s current speed and engine RPM. Non-essential information is hidden away in Sport mode, minimising visual distractions.





Stylish comfort

Citroën C3






THE Citroën C3’s highly customisable character combined with a raft of the latest automotive technologies, ensures that each owner can create a bespoke look that suits their individual style. Options on this supermini even include an on-board HD camera. The ConnectedCAM Citroën™ is located behind the rear view mirror, and captures images and video that can instantly be shared, or saved as evidence in the event of an accident. At the front, the two-tier light signature reinforces the impression of bonnet height. Double chrome strips extend from the chevrons and go all the way across to the LED daytime running lights. The protective front bumper also blends into the rest of the bodywork to give the C3 a ‘goanywhere’ look and feel. The design elements continue at the back with 3D rear lights. The exterior has a twotone paint option, with a choice of roof colours and complimentary touches of colour around the car (fog lights, door mirrors, rear quarter panels and on

the Airbump® panels). This customisation also extends to the interior with a choice of ‘Ambiences' including - Urban Red Ambience which features red over-stitching and a red dashboard surround. C3’s seats provide generous width, lumbar support and comfort to help cushion the impact of uneven road surfaces. The designers at Citroën have also paid special attention to the car’s storage and stowage spaces, including large storage bins in the front doors. Citroën Connect Nav (via the 7-inch touchscreen) is a newgeneration connected satnav system that can be controlled by voice or touch. It ties in with connected services such as TomTom Traffic for real-time traffic information, geolocation and price details for service stations and carparks, weather forecasts, and information on local points of interest. There is also an optional ‘danger zones’ function that provides visual and audible warnings of accident black spots in real time. Mirror Screen technology duplicates smartphone content directly onto the 7-inch


touchscreen. Here, the driver can access their multimedia content by touch or voice recognition. Available with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto and MirrorLink®. The Citroën C3 now offers even more options that improve the driving experience, with an advanced driver assistance system including voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. The efficient, high-performance powertrain options continue the technological theme with PureTech petrol and BlueHDi Diesel engines, and the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox is available as part of the range. The Airbump® panels (air-filled bumps with a scratch-proof surface, as seen on C4 Cactus) are a Citroën signature feature, offering personality and style, as well as protecting the vehicle. Each panel positions a line of air-filled bumps at the bottom of the doors to protect the most vulnerable areas of the car in the urban environment. Optionally available - but standard on the Flair trim. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 57


BMW i3 AND i3S The future engineered





INTRODUCED in 2013, the premium compact BMW i3 has powered commuters, families and switched-on drivers looking to reduce emissions without having to compromise on driving pleasure. Staying true to the BMW i ethos of combining emissions-free travel with dynamic handling and performance, the new, allelectric BMW i3 and i3s are once again leading the charge with a larger battery cell capacity and an increased range. Doubling in size, the new battery on the all-electric BMW i3 and i3s now has a capacity of 120Ah and a gross energy content of 42.2kWh. The introduction of the new battery also brings a new exterior colour and a new colour for the optional interior world ‘Loft’ as well as optional Adaptive LED headlights featuring anti-dazzle functionality. Optional telephony with wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot is also be available. The batteries within are installed deep in the floor and in real terms, the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s can achieve a significantly further enhanced all-electric range. The official range of the BMW i3 is 223 miles (previously 180 to 186 miles) according to NEDC. For the BMW i3s, a range of 214 miles (previously 174 miles) according to NEDC. This means 192 miles of driving range according to WLTP. During everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance of 160 miles – an increase of almost 30 per


cent from the previous 94Ah models. The combined power consumption of the BMW i3 is 13.1kWh per 62 miles, while the BMW i3s has a power consumption of 14.6kWh per 62 miles. Maintaining reserves and charging the BMW i3 and i3s is fed through high-quality electronics to allow fast and flexible charging of the lithiumion cells compatible with rapid-charging stations, public charging as well as charging at home. Using rapid-charging stations that run on DC power, the charging capacity is 50kW and this way the high voltage battery will reach 80 per cent of its total power in just 42 minutes. Charging via the BMW i Wallbox enables fast charging with a capacity of 7.4 kW. Here the time required to achieve an 80 per cent charge of the large-capacity high-voltage battery is 4.9 hours. The BMW i Wallbox Connect also extends the functionality of the globally unique BMW Digital Charging Service to provide intelligent charging for optimal cost efficiency and allows customers to make best use of self-generated solar energy.Meanwhile, the standard charging cable, which is designed to be plugged into a conventional household socket, can be used to charge a BMW i3 to up to 80 per cent of its full power in approximately 15 hours with a charging capacity of 2.3 kW The BMW i3, powered by a 170hp electric motor, completes zero to 62mph benchmark in 7.3


seconds, while the BMW i3s with its 184hp power completes the standard sprint in 6.9 seconds. Both the i3 and i3s continue with the strong performance as they approach motorway speeds, accelerating from 50mph to 75mph in 5.1 and 4.3 seconds respectively. BMW eDrive, the electrical drive component of BMW iPerformance models, delivers maximum driving pleasure almost silently and without local emissions. Three parts form the core of eDrive: the electric motor, the lithium-ion high performance battery and intelligent energy management. The unmistakable exterior of the BMW i3 styling has already picked up several design awards. The range of paint finishes has been extended to include Jucaro metallic with accentuations in Frozen Grey. Mineral Grey metallic, Imperial Blue metallic, Melbourne Red metallic, Capparis White and Fluid Black paint finishes are still available. LED headlights are standard, while Adaptive LED headlights are now optionally available with an automatic selective dip function for the high beam. Adaptive LED headlight functions also include the cornering light assistant. Optional equipment now also includes telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible smartphones to be recharged without use of a cable. The wireless LAN hotspot, also newly available for the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s, provides a fast online connection for up to ten devices inside the vehicle. DRIVERLINK MAGAZINE • 59


JAGUAR XE Luxury performance

JAGUAR remains one of the most evocative brands in automotive history with a gallery of iconic models adorning its 90 year history. In common with other prestige and sporting manufacturers, Jaguar faced the reality of business in the 21st century and the need to develop models that appealed to the business market which led eventually to the launch of the XF and then the XE, competing with for example, BMW 5 Series and 3 Series respectively. The recent facelift adds even more to what was already a great package. The exterior has been thoroughly redesigned and looks wider, lower and overall more aggressive. This is possibly what Jeremy Clarkson was referring to many years ago when he coined the term “Jaguariness”. Combined with sportier bumpers and new LED lights, the appearance promises more of what is expected from the brand and it actually looks more expensive that its predecessor, despite a very competitive price reduction. There’s around a £1,700 saving against a like for like model from the outgoing range!

The interior has been significantly upgraded not just cosmetically, but in terms of the much higher quality of the wood and plastics in the centre console and more luxurious leather for the seats. Again, it looks and feels more expensive and more in tune with brand credentials; testament that Jaguar has listened to some criticism of the old XE levelled at the interior materials. It’s now back to being that magical Jaguar combination of luxury, sportiness and with a little touch of the boardroom. There are three trim levels defined as ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘HSE’, each in turn upgrading the standard package and you can add R-Dynamic to any trim for an extra level of cosmetic extras. The focal point of the interior is the Touch Pro infotainment system, lifted directly – for very good reasons – from the I-Pace. This becomes Touch Pro Duo in HSE versions, referring to the fact that communication, audio and satellite navigation are hosted by a large 10.2 inch screen with a second, smaller screen for minor functions such as climate control. Below and in front of the






gear lever is an extremely neat wireless charging pad and the gear lever itself contributes to the overall sporting look with design cues from the F-Type. It would be an enormous let-down if the engines did not meet the promise of the sporting good looks of the XE and they most certainly don’t. The new model comes with a simplified choice of one diesel and two petrol. The diesel unit delivers 180PS in both the RWD and AWD versions and the petrol has 250PS in RWD versions and a thumping 300PS for the AWD. The power reaches the wheels through an 8 speed automatic transmission and all engines are 2.0L, 4 cylinder turbos. Although this means that they don’t sound great, they perform brilliantly and with enormous pressure on manufacturers to reduce emissions, combining a turbo with a 4 cylinder engine is simply the best solution offering similar power capabilities to

thirstier 6 cylinder units. Whereas the interior and exterior design and quality did need improving, the dynamics and mechanics of the new XE are similar to the outgoing model because they were already excellent. Steering is extremely responsive along with superbly agile handling, as good as the best German counterparts and when not being pushed through the bends, it glides effortlessly with a degree of refinement that is rare elsewhere. Acceleration from all engines is potent, with no detectable turbo-lag and could be described as exhilarating in the 300PS petrol. Altogether the new XE is the complete package offering style, substance, performance and quality, whilst at the same time being more competitively priced than previously. It meets German competitors head on and builds in a real difference: “Jaguariness”.






Agility built in

THE NEW Tarraco is designed for drivers who need the usefulness of a seven-seater and the practicality of a large SUV. At the front a more prominent grille design gives a more characterful look. The sharp full LED headlights retain the company’s triangular signature, and the SUV also uses 100% LED technology throughout the exterior and interior as standard on both the XCELLENCE and SE-based trims. Aesthetics may be of huge importance, but an SUV also has to be a practical, functional vehicle, which is why the emphasis at the rear of the Tarraco has been placed on a low loading area, with a design to express the width and practicality of the vehicle. The LED lighting also allows for dynamic rear indicators, another technology that highlights the continual mix of form and function in the Tarraco. No matter which colour you choose from the abundance of options – Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black – the shape, stature and presence of the SEAT Tarraco


remains evident. The SUV’s interior design has a level of quality normally found in the premium sector. The cabin balances the differing needs of the driver and passengers, providing a driver-focused, ergonomically designed seating position and a comfortable environment for passengers with plenty of head and leg room. The precision applied is tangible, most notably in the design and positioning of the infotainment system and SEAT’s Digital Cockpit with a 10.2 inch screen. The central 8-inch infotainment display floats, rather than being integrated into the dashboard, making reading information from it or the cluster simpler and safer. We live in a world that is highly connected whether it’s through our smartphones or computers, and the new SEAT Tarraco extends that connection into the brand’s latest and largest SUV. The Tarraco large 8-inch floating central display integrates SEAT’s Full Link technology to bring the most important information into the SUV and put it at the occupant’s fingertips. The full connectivity solution allows users to benefit from maximum connectivity between




their smartphones and the vehicle, incorporating Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®. The large SUV also integrates SEAT’s versatile and customisable Digital Cockpit, providing clearer information to the driver, and helping them keep their eyes on the road. The 10.2 inch digital display is an interactive, display where drivers can view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full colour maps and navigation. Performance, efficiency and reliability are key to the Tarraco’s powertrain line-up with all the engines powering the large SUV benefitting from direct-injection, turbocharging and startstop technology with outputs of between 150PS and 190PS. There are two petrol variants: a 1.5-litre TSI unit producing 150PS linked to a six-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-litre, 190PS offering a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive total traction system. There are two diesel options, both 2.0-litre TDIs, with power outputs of 150PS and 190PS respectively. Overall performance in the twowheel drive version is a top speed of 126mph and a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds. With 190PS/400Nm you get a top speed of 130mph and the ability to reach 62mph in only 8 seconds. As new technologies come online the SEAT Tarraco is engineered to benefit from alternative powertrain technologies, improving efficiency even further in the future. In this regard, by

2020, the Tarraco will benefit from a Plug-in Hybrid version. With the SEAT drive profile, the driver can select which setting they prefer – Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual and 4Drive versions include offroad and snow modes. Whether the Tarraco is specified with 17-inch alloy wheels, or the largest 20-inch matte machined-alloy wheel options, the chassis offers the maximum amount of quality, and nowhere is this more evident than in the steering. The driver is able to feel the road thanks to the perfectly weighted steering which uses a rack electric power system to provide assistance, but without numbing the experience, instead maximising feedback and driver enjoyment. The result is a nimbleness and lightfootedness that few would expect from a large SUV, but the Tarraco, with a wheelbase of 2,790mm and a weight as low as 1,634kg, manages to perfection, making it not only a practical, every day vehicle but also an SUV that can bring enjoyment to the driver. The Tarraco brings high levels of safety across its trim line-up as standard to ensure that the vehicle can adapt to any incident that may occur. Front Assist with Bicycle Detection, Lane Assist, Tiredness Recognition and Emergency Call are all standard throughout the range. Add to these systems the convenience features also included – Park Assist, Electric Tailgate with Virtual Pedal and Top View camera system – and the SEAT Tarraco stands high amongst its competitors in the large SUV market.




BMW 330E

THE NEW BMW 330e plug-in hybrid saloon represents something of a revolution, offering more efficiency, an increased electric-only range and the opportunity to take advantage of more power with standard-fit performanceboosting technology. Due to be launched in summer 2019, the BMW 330e Saloon is 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, delivering a 50 per cent increase in electric-only range to go with a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 10 per cent. A major new addition to the new 330e is the standard-fit XtraBoost – an on-demand performance system that increases power output of the plug-in hybrid drive from 252hp by 41hp at the touch of a button. As well as the extra power, the updated plug-in hybrid can cover a distance of up to 37 miles using electric power alone while average combined fuel consumption is now 138mpg and CO2 emissions are 39g/km. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprises a 184hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology aligned to an electric motor that generates a continuous output of 68hp and a peak output of 113hp. Together, the two drive units develop a total output of 252hp along with a peak torque of 420Nm, but extra power can be sourced when selecting the SPORT driving mode. This activates the XtraBoost system that draws on power stored in the high voltage battery. This offers the kind of performance and driving dynamics that are typical of the BMW 3 Series Saloon. For the first time in a BMW hybrid model, this includes an accelerator pedal curve that offers exceptional response and precision, along with a specific shifting programme for the eight-speed Steptronic transmission complete with brake downshifts. The XtraBoost can be used up to the minimum charge status of the high voltage battery and is also available for kickdown manoeuvres and in the M/S position of the gear selector lever.

P lug-in Hybrid

Thanks to all this state-of-the-art technology, the new BMW 330e Saloon can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds and can go on to a top speed of 143mph. It can travel up to 68mph when running on electric power alone – 18mph faster than the predecessor model. In order to save space, the BMW 330e’s electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. This means the hybridspecific transmission is only 15mm longer than the corresponding versions for conventionally powered BMW 3 Series saloons. The BMW 330e also offers a model-specific sound design to deliver a suitably throaty engine noise when the car is put through its paces. The aim is to offer the emotional impact of sports car performance to go with the proven qualities of a plug-in hybrid model. The hybrid-specific optional equipment features also include an acoustic pedestrian protection function, so that those about to cross the road can hear the car approaching when it is in electric-only mode. The new BMW 330e also features regenerative braking in order to optimise efficiency. The system stores the energy captured during braking with the electric motor taking on the function of a generator. The electrical energy fed into the high-voltage battery in this way or via connection to the power grid also serves to




supply the vehicle electrical system. This means that a generator powered by the combustion engine is no longer necessary, increasing overall efficiency.. The 12.0kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery in the new BMW 330e Saloon is positioned underneath the rear seats, while the fuel tank is located above the rear axle to ensure optimal luggage capacity. The total storage volume is 375 litres but can be increased by folding down the rear-seat backrests which are configured in a 40:20:40 split. Virtually the entire range of optional equipment features for the new BMW 3 Series Saloon is available for the plug-in hybrid. As alternatives to the basic model, the new BMW 330e offers SE, Sport Line and M Sport versions. It can also be fitted with the Adaptive M suspension including Variable Sports Steering and the M sports brake system. The full range of driver assistance systems to optimise comfort and safety are also available – ranging from the Park Assistant including reverse assistant, which is standard on all 330e models, to the optional Driving Assistant Professional with steering and lane guidance system. Preheating and pre-conditioning of the interior is standard on all models. Here the energy of the high-voltage battery is also used to power the auxiliary heating.

At low outdoor temperatures, the interior can be heated prior to setting off even if the battery charge status is low. From launch, new digital services will be on offer to make it more attractive and convenient to charge the battery while out and about. When selecting a public charging station, the navigation system also provides the driver with a list of recommended nearby hotels, restaurants, cafés, tourist attractions and cultural institutions, the driver receives the information along with a forecast of the occupancy status of the public charging station at the time of arrival.

SALARY SACRIFICE INDICATIVE QUOTATION BMW 330E SE PRO 4 DR AUTO NET COST MONTHLY £383.44 GROSS COST MONTHLY £481.41 P11D £37820 CO2 37G/KM TAX RATE 16% *All quotes shown are estimated and based on based on a 3yr Lease, 10000 miles per annum, the driver contributing 9.3% of their salary to the pension scheme and paying 20% PAYE: All example quotes are subject to change without notice. We recommend that all calculations regarding taxation be independently verified.




BMW NEW 1 SERIES Agile handling

THE ARRIVAL of the all-new BMW 1 Series heralds the dawn of a new era for this successful model that has consistently combined handling excellence, practicality, technology and quality. Now in its third generation, the BMW 1 Series features a dynamic design, roomier interior, and a raft of cutting-edge technologies. It features a shorter bonnet and significantly more space within a footprint almost identical to that of its predecessor. There have been a number of design changes including a new headlight arrangement, a more wedged shaped silhouette and a pronounced ‘shark nose’. At the front, the BMW kidney grille is larger. The range-topping BMW M135i xDrive features a distinctive grille with a mesh design instead of the classical bars. The front-wheel-drive architecture with transverse engines and a lower centre tunnel offers the occupants more space than in the predecessor. This applies especially to those in the rear seats. Access is easier and there also extra of head and legroom available. The luggage compartment capacity rises by 20 litres to 380 litres (1,200 litres with the rear seat bench folded down). An electrically operated tailgate is now optionally available for the BMW 1 Series for the first time.

Situated immediately in front of the driver is the instrument cluster along with the accompanying central Control Display. Designed for touch operation, it is oriented towards the driver and positioned optimally in their field of view. The controls for the heating, air conditioning and new hexagonal air vents are below the Control Display and grouped together with the Start/ Stop button, gear selector lever and the iDrive Touch Controller used to control the infotainment system. There is also a storage area which can be specified with the Wireless Charging option for smartphones. The new BMW 1 Series is available with a wide range of new light-alloy wheels. The SE model has 16-inch as standard. The Sport models feature 17inch, whilst the M Sport moves up to 18-inch as standard with a 19 inch option available. For the first time a panoramic roof is also available as an option. With a 0.7m glass area, the roof also features an electrically operated roller blind and wind deflector. The all-new 1 Series offers SE, Sport and M Sport trims as well as the rangetopping M135i xDrive, all of which differ from one another in both exterior and interior details. Handling has been improved thanks to ARB technology used in the BMW i3s. This technology improves traction when pulling away, cornering or when driving in the wet. The system works



in close tandem with the DSC system to significantly reduce power understeer. The all-new BMW 1 Series is powered by threecylinder and four-cylinder engines with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines at launch. Improvement in the power units’ efficiency have resulted in higher real-world fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions. In the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine powering the entry level BMW 118i, modifications have cut CO2 emissions by 29g/km at the same time as boosting maximum power output by 4hp to 140hp. The BMW 118i accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.5 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 132mph. It posts combined fuel consumption of 47.1-40.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 123-114g/kg. The newly developed 2.0-litre unit under the bonnet of the M135i xDrive model it delivers 306hp and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155mph. It returns 35.3-34.4mpg and emits 157-155g/km of CO2. Three diesel units will be available from launch, the 116d powered by a 1.5-litre 116hp threecylinder engine emitting CO2 of 103-100g/km, the BMW 118d and 120d xDrive, which feature two-stage turbocharging, are powered by 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines. The 118d returns 60.1-51.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 111-108 g/km. The output of the BMW 118d peaks at 150hp. The zero to 62mph sprint takes 8.5 seconds (8.4 seconds with eight-speed Steptronic transmission) and top speed is 135mph (134mph with Steptronic). The BMW 120d xDrive features BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as standard. Its four-cylinder power unit produces 190hp.The 120d xDrive accelerates from zero to 62mph in 7.0 seconds reaching a top speed of 143mph. Combined fuel consumption is at 51.4-48.7mpg while emitting 119-117g/km CO2. The new, third-generation BMW 1 Series benefits from an array of new, innovative driver assistance systems that combine camera images and data gathered by radar and ultrasonic sensors to either alert the driver to hazards or minimise the risk of




an accident by means of corrective braking and steering. Standard equipment includes collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function and Lane Departure warning with steering impulse. The optional Driving Assistant additionally comprises of the Lane Change Warning with blind spot detection system, which prompts the driver to guide the car back onto the correct path by means of a visual warning and, if necessary, a steering input. The Driving Assistant’s remaining functions include rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning, which reduces the risk of a collision when reversing into roads obstructed from the driver’s view. The BMW 1 Series is now offered with the option of the BMW Head-Up Display and Park Distance Control (PDC), which uses sensors at both the front and rear to provide visual and acoustic signals to prevent collisions with obstacles located to the side or rear of the vehicle. The optional Parking Assistant goes further still by offering automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road. Making its debut in the premium compact class is the innovative reversing assistant, which offers continued on page 66...




Available with the new BMW 'Digital Key'

...Continued from page 65 the highly convenient option of automated reversing in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view, such as multi-storey car parks or entrances to courtyards. To do this, it stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 22mph. The system is then able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 metres by steering it along exactly the same line it took when moving forward. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. If the driver specifies the Comfort Access option, a Digital Key allows access to the vehicle using a smartphone. This technology uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Holding the smartphone up to the door handle opens the car even if the phone battery is dead. The engine can be started as soon as the phone has been placed in the smartphone or wireless charging tray. Accessible via BMW Connected once the owner’s identity has been checked, the Digital Key offers unrivalled flexibility, as the driver can share it with up to five other people. The BMW Digital

Key is available for top-of-the-range NFC-capable Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 8.0 and above. Alternatively, the BMW Key Card can be used. Connected Navigation services allow internal and external information to be factored into route planning. Drivers will be able to send destinations from various apps straight to their car’s navigation system. The most important destinations will be stored in BMW Connected and synchronised with the car, so that key addresses can be accessed from any device at any time. BMW Live Cockpit Plus is standard and includes features such as a Touch Controller, navigation system, two USB ports for data transfer and a WiFi interface. The control display is 8.8-inch and features a touchscreen, whilst the instrument cluster has a 5.7-inch colour display. Apple CarPlay Preparation will now be standard on all new BMW 1 Series models. This service will be included for one year from build, but then renewable via the BMW ConnectedDrive portal. On sale from September 2019.







THE NEW Lexus UX compact SUV has achieved the top five-star rating in the latest round of independent testing by Euro NCAP. The results place it firmly among the safest cars of its kind for driver and passenger protection, with a 96 per cent score for its effectiveness in safeguarding adults and 85 per cent for children. The UX also gained the highest ratings for pedestrian and cyclist protection of any car yet tested under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 criteria, with its automated emergency braking helping it secure an 82 per cent rating for vulnerable road user protection. The new UX is equipped as standard with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, incorporating a number of new and improved active safety features that can warn of and help the driver avoid many common collision risks. If an accident is unavoidable, the severity of the impact can be reduced. The advanced technologies include a Pre-Collision System that can detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist provide a degree of automated driving support (SAE Level 2). Adaptive Cruise Control is radarcontrolled and maintains a safe distance between the UX and the vehicle ahead; it will also safely slow the car to a standstill in congested traffic,

before returning to the pre-set cruising speed once prompted by the driver and the way is clear. Lane Trace Assist monitors road markings to keep the UX within its traffic lane. These systems reduce the burden on the driver, while keeping them in ultimate control of the vehicle. Lexus Safety System+ also provides Road Sign Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High Beam functions. On the UX Takumi model with LED headlights, the Automatic High Beam is replaced by a more sophisticated Adaptive High-beam System. Passive safety provisions include eight airbags and seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. Fundamental impact protection is provided by the UX’s highly rigid Global Architecture-C (GA-C) platform, designed to absorb and channel impact forces away from the cabin. The UX comes with a full suite of vehicle braking and stability controls, co-ordinated with precision by Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Elements include ABS, traction control vehicle stability control and hill assist control, plus a secondary collision brake. A blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert – provided as standard on the UX Takumi – alert the driver to vehicles or hazards out of their line of sight, helping guard against collisions when changing lanes or reversing out of parking spaces.






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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 re-charge 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.



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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GMP welcomes your feedback 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 Local Authorities throughout the UK. 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. That said, we welcome your feedback on our services, and therefore provide Questionaires for all our customers to submit.



GMP needs your feedback Customer Satisfaction scores Following receipt of a number of returned CSI Questionnaires, we are happy to confirm that our current customer satisfaction rate is 98.4% 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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HAS YOUR INFORMATION RECENTLY CHANGED? 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... Recently got married? We need your new surname... Changed your role or transferred to a different Trust? We will need your new details... 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...

NEW .NET EMAILS Emails in the NHS are changing to .Net so make sure you update your email preferences stored on our system. You can then continue to receive regular updates, access the services in our online portal i.e for Accident reporting etc. If you have any questions contact a member of our team.


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Tel: 0330 100 4910 Option 2 Office Open Hours Monday to Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm) Please feel free to email the relevant department directly. 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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