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Friday, 22 May 2015

The Cars Of Monte Carlo

This spring I was lucky enough to visit Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbour and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year. 

Monte Carlo, its major district, has an elegant belle epoque casino complex, ornate opera house and luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and French and Italian restaurants.

The main attraction of my visit to Monaco was the Palais Princier de Monaco which showcases Prince Rainier III's private collection of Antique cars. 

There are approximately 100 vehicles on show, categorised by class or period : Military, Horse-drawn carriages, Popular, Veteran, Vintage, Sports cars, Classic and Prestige...

The vehicles on show include De Dion Bouton 1903, Renault 12cv 4 cylinder, Torpedo 1911, Panhard Levassor 1913, Ford T 1924, Peugeot Quadrilette 1921, Lincoln 1928, Citroën Kégresse, Ford A 1930, Hispano Suiza 1928, Delage 1934, Packard 1935, Cadillac 1653, Chrysler Imperial 1956, and some of the most prestigious models from Maserati, Jaguar, Mercedes and Rolls Royce.

Home of the richest of the rich, and as can be expected the streets are littered with supercars of the past and present. 

Here is a selection of photographs I took during my short stay.

Some may recognise the Prestigious Mercedes 300SL and the BMW Isetta in the photographs below

The Lamborghini Miura (below, right) is one of my most favourite cars, 
what do you think?

The people of Monaco are big fans of Rolls Royces

What do you think of this original little Fiat 500?

I highly recommend Monte Carlo as the perfect holiday destination for Super and Classic Car spotting! Just make sure your camera is fully charged!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Maserati Ghibli: The Details

The all-new Maserati Ghibli marks a turning point in Maserati's history. Unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show and arriving just months after the new Quattroporte, the Ghibli gives Maserati two four-door saloon models for the first time in its history.

The Maserati Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and provides a cornerstone in Maserati's plans to build 50,000 cars a year.

Its Petrol range provides High Performance from both of the power outputs from the Twin Turbo-charged, 3.0-litre V6 Petrol engines.

The Maserati Ghibli has a more-focused, sportier feel than the larger Quattroporte and its most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 410 bhp, goes from 0-62mph in 5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 177 mph.

The Maserati Ghibli is also the first Maserati in history to be powered by a Diesel engine, with a Turbo Diesel V6 producing all the sound, refinement and driving pleasure typical of Maserati while delivering fuel consumption over 47mpg. 

The Ghibli Diesel will also become the first Maserati with Start-Stop technology.

It shares much of its core architecture, including its crash safety, chassis, suspension, engines and LED headlight technology, with the larger Quattroporte, though it is 50kg lighter, 173mm shorter in the wheel base and 291mm shorter overall.

The Maserati Ghibli's design team was challenged to produce a saloon that emphasised its more dynamic driving characteristics through a more aggressive visual personality, yet still maintained discernible visual links with the Quattroporte.

The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like attitude for the four-door saloon, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli's grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo.

Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with a unique dashboard design that perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury expected from Maserati. 

The Ghibli also delivers a sporty design combined with all the spaciousness expected in an executive saloon from Maserati.

The Maserati Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli Diesel all utilise an 8-Speed Automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration.

The Maserati Ghibli has entered the Sports Premium market with a marked advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing, offering luxury features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, Reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phones.

This new generation of Maserati engines is more powerful, more exciting to drive and more eco-friendly than ever.

The Maserati Ghibli will be available with two versions of its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we have an amazing offer on the Maserati Ghibli 3.0 V6d Sat Nav Bluetooth 4Dr Auto. It can achieve over 47 miles per gallon and emits just 158 g/km of CO2. 
It has an extensive Standard spec list including Leather interior, Colour Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Air-conditioning, Dual Zone Climate control and Active Cruise control.

Electric windows/folding mirrors/twin seats, Power steering, ABS brakes, EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control, Maserati Stability Programme and Sports button.

Dab Radio, Cd player, USB Connector, Multi function Steering wheel, Auto dimming rear view mirror, Radica Wood trim and Split folding rear seats.

Parking Sensors front and rear, Chrome line exterior, Chrome Twin exhausts, Rain Sensor, LED Daytime Running Lights, Auto Bi-Xenon headlights, Front fogs, 18in Alfieri alloys and Navtrak Vehicle Tracking system.

It can go from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Finding a Trusted Leasing Company

Using Sites like Trustpilot for Leasing Companies can 

Help You Make a Well-Rounded Decision

BUILDING trust with any supplier is something that can take time, so when you are sourcing your company cars or vans, it is always good to research your chosen supplier prior to dealing with them.
Many SMEs are unsure about dealing online, so a number of small fleet leasing providers who are confident with their customer service are turning to online rating services, so that potential clients can find out how they rate in terms of service.
This may sound like a great idea for the small fleet leasing community but it is one that could easily backfire if their customer service is not up-to-scratch.
Using Trustpilot for leasing companies
Trustpilot is arguably the most recognised of business rating websites – it invites users to rate a company with up to five stars and tell people, in their own words, what their experiences with the company has been like.
Paul Bulloch, managing director of Concept Vehicle Leasing, said;
“We felt that it was important to let potential clients know that we are confident with our service – in fact, we are very proud. Our customer retention levels are high and the business is going from strength to strength due to our dedicated team and competitive leasing options.
“When you are searching for a holiday, you would visit a holiday rating website, so when you are looking to lease a car, it makes sense that customers will want to research potential suppliers for themselves.
Concept Vehicle Leasing has achieved a maximum five star rating on Trustpilot, with comments from satisfied customers who have taken delivery of a variety of vehicles, ranging from one order to small fleets.
Personal service, attention to detail and efficiency are praised, as well as the competitive nature of the contracts on offer and the ability to source difficult to find vehicles.
Paul continued;
“We strive for excellence in everything we do and I am delighted that people have taken time out to go to the trouble of recommending our company to others.”
If you have experienced our excellent customer service, we would love to hear your feedback. Please leave us a review on Trustpilot.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Ford Focus: The Details

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we have a fantastic offer on the Business Exclusive Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5-Door Hatchback with Road Tax included for the full term of your contract!

This great little hatchback can achieve over 67 MPG and emits just 109 g/km of CO2!
It comes with an extensive standard spec including Ford’s MyKey System which enables owners to programme the key - usually for younger drivers - that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable it altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. 

The system can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and Active City Stop, which can help mitigate or prevent low-speed collisions.

It also comes with Air-conditioning, Electric heated mirrors, Power steering, Hill Start Assist, ECO Mode, USB Connector, Stereo controls on Steering wheel, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Split folding rear seats, Rear spoiler, Quickclear Heated windscreen, Headlamp wash, Front fogs and 16in alloys.

The new Ford Focus elevates the already popular model with a bolder, more emotive exterior design, a finely crafted, intuitive new interior, a suite of life-enhancing new technologies and major fuel economy improvements.

The new Focus's sporty character and driving appeal is burnished by a striking horizontal grille, a cockpit-inspired interior and available paddle shift gears. 

The new Focus also marks the European debut of SYNC 2, Ford's advanced in-car connectivity system, as well as the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost Petrol and TDCi Diesel engines.

Ford first launched the Focus in 1998 and since then more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 million in Europe.

Ford has crafted a more sophisticated and advanced Focus. Available in additional new exterior colours Deep Impact Blue and Glace Blue, the new Focus has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille.

Slimmer, more chiselled front headlamps and more rectangular, elongated foglights add to the bolder front end. 

Subtle chrome details add to the feeling of elegance while the rear of the car also is sleeker with a new fascia and tailgate arrangement, as well as thinner taillights.

When redesigning the interior of the new Focus, Ford listened to consumer feedback and responded with a more intuitive layout, complemented by a steering wheel with fewer controls and switches. 

The new black satin trim and chrome detailing contribute to a cleaner, more modern look, and more logical and intuitive functions. 

The new centre storage console offers more space as well as a new sliding, integrated armrest. 

The new adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups.

The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer SYNC 2. Ford's advanced in-car connectivity system features a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones.

SYNC 2's navigation system also offers for the first time in Europe a split-screen display with detailed maps and spoken road names.

The new Focus is the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars.

The previous Focus introduced parallel parking aid Active Park Assist that, at the push of a button, uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. The addition of two new sensors to the rear of the new Focus enables Perpendicular Parking to operate in the same way.

The improved Adaptive Front Lighting System now adjusts the beams of the new Bi-Xenon HID headlamps to best suit the road layout. The system assesses the ambient light surrounding a vehicle, as well as objects in the road ahead and then adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to one of seven settings depending on the vehicle's speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front. 

At high speeds, such as on a motorway, the headlights will be raised to project a longer, straighter beam for visibility further ahead; in towns where speeds are lower and street lighting more intense, the beam will spread out downwards to more intensely illuminate the road immediately ahead. When cornering at lower speeds, the system will project a beam towards the side of the road to make cyclists and pedestrians more visible. The system will support drivers cornering at higher speeds by directing light further into the bend.

The new Focus will continue to offer previously introduced innovative features that drivers have come to appreciate and rely on, such as Door Edge Protector, which provides a buffer against accidental damage by extending a protective flap that covers the door edges a split-second after the door is opened.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Coolest Celebrity Cars

Some of these stars have more money than sense!


The ever-unique Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, wrapped his Ferrari 458 Spyder with a Nyan Cat theme. The striking vehicle could be seen whizzing around Toronto, California, often being used to bring other celebrities with Deadmau5 on his famous ‘coffee runs’ as seen on YouTube. Unfortunately Ferrari forced Deadmau5 to remove the wrap, and all purrari logos from the car! 

Maybach Exelero

This car costs an astounding £6 million and only one was made for Jay-Z, showcasing his immense wealth. The car weighs over two and a half tons but can still reach speeds of 218 mph.

Fisker Karma

Fisker Automotive produced the Karma, an electric powered luxury saloon, from 2011 to 2013. In that time they were able to get an impressive number of celebrities to purchase one, most notably Justin Bieber's chrome version. Other celebrities include Ice T, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Tommy Lee and Cee Lo Green. 

Bentley GT Continental

Paris Hilton is basically a real-life Barbie doll driving around in her bright pink Bentley GT Continental. The colourful car matches perfectly with the star's outgoing personality.

Lamborghini Aventador

Chris Brown is not as well known for his collection of Lamborghini's as he is for his music and his infamous relationship with Rihanna. However, he has a good eye for cars. He had his Lamborghini Aventador painted to match his Nike Air trainers. 

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead

David Beckham owns many cars but one of his most famous was his Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead. He blacked it out and customised many of its features but eventually sold it in 2012. He now owns another Rolls Royce, the Ghost.

Audi R8

Justin Bieber also owns an Audi R8 that is covered in Leopard print. 

Ferrari F430

Kim Kardashian owns 2 Rolls Royce Ghosts but her coolest car is her Ferrari 458 Italia which she got as a wedding gift.

Ferrari SP12 EC

The Ferrari SP12 EC was a one of a kind car specifically built for Eric Clapton. 

Which one is your favourite?

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Most Requested Car Features

Every year, car buyers spend millions of pounds on extra car features for their new vehicles. Additional features can range from an optional Air-conditioning System, all the way up to assisted driving technology. Listed below are the top requested car features consumers want installed on their new vehicles.

Blind Spot Monitors

A blind spot is an area outside of the car that the driver cannot see and may be caused by a window pillar, headrests, or even a passenger. Some vehicles may have a blind spot so bad it can block out an entire vehicle driving next to them, making changing lanes difficult and dangerous. Blind spot monitors can alert drivers to cars or other objects outside their visibility lines by using sensors and cameras.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control settings allow drivers to set their speed, and the system will take over their accelerator control and maintain the vehicle at a steady speed as set by the driver. This feature is typically included on most vehicles without extra costs but that is not always the case. Most drivers use Cruise Control when travelling on motorways where traffic is minimal.

Four Wheel Drive

4 Wheel Drive is typically installed on trucks, Jeeps, and larger vehicles that go off-road or drive in muddy terrains where getting stuck is a possibility. When the 4 wheel drive system is activated, it allows all 4 tires to get torque from the engine and spin and the same time, which allows the vehicle to have a better grip when driving on uneven terrain and muddy surfaces.

Heated Seats

Heated seats are typically extra and have to be requested, although in some luxury vehicles they come as standard. Heated seats are great for winter travelling and cold mornings, leaving for work or school.

DVD Players and Screens

DVD players typically have to be ordered extra when buying vehicle, or purchased after market and installed. They allow a driver to play films in their car that will be shown on screens typically located on the back of the front seats. This feature is great for keeping kids entertained on road trips.


Sunroofs have been a popular car feature for quite some time and were first offered by the Nash Motor Company in 1937. Sunroofs are installed on top of the car and allow fresh air and light in when opened. Sunroofs can open automatically or manually depending on the driver's preference.

Satellite Navigation System

Sat Nav systems allow drivers to get directions to a destination without having to deal with a wrinkly map that keeps folding up on them. The system works by simply typing in a desired destination or telling the system where to go. In return, it will tell the driver precisely how to get somewhere.

What other extras would you like in your desired car?

Please let us know in the comments.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Top Tips To Stop Cars Thieves

Car thieves are getting cleverer and cleverer, in order to keep up with sophisticated modern cars. Here are a small simple things you could do to stop your vehicle becoming next on the hit list.

Let There Be Light

If you must leave your car on the street or in a public car park at night, make sure you park it under a street lamp or in an area that’s as brightly lit as it can be. It's not as easy to steal something if everyone can see you doing it.

Park In The Middle

Try to avoid parking near exits of car parks to ensure that it's not as quick of a getaway should someone try to steal your car. If you park in the middle, thieves will have a lot of other cars to pick from before getting to yours, and will have to drive further to get away. Your car will also be surrounded by other cars. Safety in numbers isn’t just a good saying for human beings. 

Extra Security Doesn't Hurt

When deciding on different parking options, consider spending an extra couple of pounds for a car park with an attendant instead of parking down the street somewhere nearby. Security guards can provide that extra bit of protection that deters thieves from stealing your car in favour of other, less guarded cars.

Lock It Up

Lock your doors and make sure your windows are shut. This is especially important if you like to store anything in your car, since thieves could just walk up and steal those if you don't provide any barrier.

Keep Things Out Of Sight 

Don't leave valuables in your car! Even if thieves aren't looking to take your whole car, leaving valuables like laptops, mobile phones, Sat Nav Systems, and other nice things will certainly attract attention, and might get your car broken into anyways.

Don't Leave It Running

If you need to leave your car unattended for any period of time, don't leave the car on with the keys in the ignition. Don't even leave it unlocked for this time; it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk up and take it, or help themselves to the contents of your vehicle.

If you have any other tips please let us know in the comments

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Best Of The Worst Car Names

Sometimes you do have to wonder, what were the Car Manufacturers thinking!?

Luckily, most of the cars on this list are now extinct.

Daihatsu Naked

This one really doesn’t need explaining, it was built between 2000 and 2004. It was available with a 659cc petrol engine and either two or four wheel drive. 

The styling included features such as ridges in the doors and exposed hinges and bolts, designed to make the car appear rugged.

Dodge Swinger

Less said about that the better. What kind of a wink-wink, nudge-nudge gesture was Chrysler attempting in 1969, two years after the Summer of Love, when the company added the Swinger moniker to the 2-door hardtop version? 

Even more puzzling, two years later it toyed with naming a fastback version of the car ‘Beaver’ before learning what the slang term meant.

Ford Probe

Why Ford chose "probe" to name this sporty compact car, we may never know. Who wants a Probe? Let's leave the probing to the medical professionals; it is not an option I want when buying a car. Probes are what aliens use to torment unlucky humans aboard their space ships. Allegedly. 

Were Ford marketers kidnapped by space aliens before they released this front-wheel-drive sport compact in 1989? What else can explain the oddly intrusive-sounding name? No Probe was complete, however, without the optional endoscopic seats.

Ford Fiesta 

Party car? If you say so.

Ford Ka

Pronounced like "ca" as in 'ca-tastrophic.'

Ford Kuga 

The Ford Kuga is an older car who picks up hot, younger sports cars. Joking aside, please tell me who thought this name was an improvement on 'cougar.'

Honda That’s 

As in, that's it folks. Honda said they wanted people to see the car and say "That's it!" instead of "That's it?" Not a great marketing ploy.

Mitsubishi Lettuce 

One for the Vegetarians amongst us. Notice how LaFerrari has taken style tips from this little hatchback (!)

Subaru Brat 

An acronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter but it suggested a petulant, stubborn child. This popular 4-wheel-drive mini pickup was sold from 1978 to 1993. The Subaru Brat had seating for two in the cabin and two plastic, rear-facing jump seats in the bed that were often death traps during accidents.

Suzuki Esteem 

This little subcompact, was known by many names around the world, but in North America it seemed to be begging for respect with its name. Read one way, the name is aspirational and deserving of respect. Read another way, the Suzuki Esteem sounds like a Japanese self-help program for drivers with low self-worth.

Toyota Estima Lucida G Luxury Joyful Canopy 

This sounds like some team that couldn't make a decision on their name so everyone put their vote in. Definitely way too many words, and way too random as well. How could a canopy be joyful?

Tang Hua Detroit Fish 

A case of translation gone wrong. It was partially named after being debuted in Detroit. The car itself resembles a cartoonish fish that has merged with Miss Frizzle's ‘Magic School Bus.’ Here's a car that's so bonkers, anything other than a ridiculous name would have sounded strange.

Toyota MR2 

Say each letter of the model name in French and it sounds like a very rude word. In French.

Renault LeCar 

If you have to be told what it is, you probably shouldn’t own one.

Volkswagen Thing 

Personally, I really don’t know what happened with this vehicle. With looks that only a mother could love, and a name which suggests, well, Volkswagen had just given up. This angular militaristic off-road-inspired convertible atrocity was manufactured from 1968 to 1983. We were conflicted here, since we actually like this super lightweight German military vehicle. It was known in its homeland as the Type 181, but it sold in the U.S. in the early 1970s as the Thing, a curiously nondescript name that still manages to nail this vehicle's innate weirdness. I guess it was just one of those days in the Volkswagen marketing department.

Would the name of a car deter you from driving it?

Or do you have any others to add to the list?

Please let us know in the comments.

Friday, 1 May 2015

London Lease Deals: Hottest New Lease Deals To Drive Around In London

If you’re sick of being crammed into London Underground Tubes like a sardine, getting stuck on a cramped bus or paying ridiculous taxi prices, one of our London Lease deals might be the answer for you. Driving through London can be a very enjoyable experience as you take in the sights and sounds of our Capital City at your own pace.

Our London car lease deals provide you with flexibility, control and convenience. Whatever the reason may be, we have a lease deal for you.

Driving in London is made so much easier with our London lease deals. We can organise everything from rental to insurance, making the whole process highly convenient. With some of our models, you will benefit from avoiding congestion charge payments. There are also many NCP Carparks which you can book in advance, securing your parking space.

From £134.99 + VAT per month

For a high quality, reliable option, the Citroen Ds3 Diesel Hatchback is a great choice for any London drivers. Its compact size makes it more convenient when finding a parking space on the busy roads of London and its smooth performance will ensure a comfortable drive. 

With its power steering, cruise control and electric mirrors, this car is designed with your convenience in mind.

From £199.99 + VAT per month

For a more prestigious, luxurious option from our selection of London lease deals, why not go for a Mercedes-Benz A-Class? 

This vehicle is a real head turner on the roads of London and has a highly comfortable interior too. This vehicle is also very secure, with features ranging from an alarm, mobiliser and deadlocks to a unique fit stereo and marked parts, you can rest assured that this car will be safe on the streets of London.

From £249.99 + VAT per month

For those who are driving in and out of London quite often, the Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 is an excellent choice. This vehicle boasts 148MPG and is currently free of the London Congestion Charge. 

It is a very spacious vehicle which provides a comfortable ride and the flexibility needed for city drivers. The CD player and MP3/iPod connection will keep you entertained during your journey and the fantastic looking exterior will get you to your destination in style.

All of these fantastic London lease deals are based on a Business or Personal Contract Hire agreement, with 6 rentals required in advance. An administration fee of £165 + VAT is payable within 14 days of your order and you have an annual mileage allowance of 10,000. For more information on any of these deals or to discuss other options available to you, please do get in touch with us.

Find out more about our best London Vehicle Leasing on our website. Alternatively, you can contact us for more information.

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