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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Getting to know your new Diesel Vehicle
In the 90’s, diesel engines were considered noisy, slow, brute strength vehicles that were bad for the environment and generally driven by tradesman. Fast forward to today and for the average person it would be hard to tell the difference between a diesel and petrol engine.
Since then, technology has been a blessing, it has provided us with the latest Android phone, the flying drone and many other gadgets that are thrown in our face each and every day. But if I was to ask you what the latest in diesel engine technology was, most people wouldn’t have a clue.
Modern diesel engines have progressed immensely. They have all sorts of new gadgets you probably haven’t heard of, for example; DPF, Common Rail, Start+Stop. But what does it all mean, what is the purpose? Well we are here to fill you in so you can better understand your diesel vehicle.
START+STOPIn vehicles, a start-stop system (may also be referred to a S/S) automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of time it spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This is most advantageous for vehicles which spend significant amounts of time waiting at traffic lights or frequently come to a stop in traffic jams.
Many people believe that this is a modern technology and many sales reps will be stating their vehicles have the ‘latest Start-Stop technology’ well… they are wrong. The Start+Stop system has been developed since the 60’s and tested in vehicles since the 1970’s by Toyota.
Common RailOlder diesel engines relied on a low-pressure fuel pump to feed injector units but modern engines have removed this technology and replaced it with the common rail system. This works by having a high pressure fuel rail connected to the electronic injectors. The injectors are controlled by the ECU (Electronic Control Unit, aka the cars computer) to release fuel at a specified time. The high pressure and electronic injectors allow the engine to run cleaner and become quieter. This is the reason that modern diesel vehicles can be hard to distinguish from petrol engines, it has also removed the infamous diesel knock. To give you an example of how pressure is used, the system is run on pressures around 18,000 psi+, enough to cut a finger clean off!
DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)This is one that can confuse many people but the system is actually quite simple. A diesel particulate filter (or DPF) is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine.
When the filter has collected a certain amount of soot, the vehicle will carry out a burn off (or regeneration) which removes the captured particles. The burn off process occurs at road speeds higher than can generally be attained on city streets; vehicles driven exclusively at low speeds in city traffic can require periodic trips at higher speeds to clean out the DPF. If you were to ignore the warning light and wait too long to operate the vehicle above 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), the DPF may not operate properly, and continued operation may damage the DPF to a point that it must be replaced.
This is extremely important with any lease vehicle as damage occurred to the DPF from ignoring burn off warnings will not be covered by warranty or any maintenance agreement. Meaning that the driver could be up for a bill of around £1500! And that is just for the DPF unit itself!
With reading this you may be thinking, why am I getting a diesel then?Well we could talk about the many benefits of diesel engines, from lower Co2 to greater mpg (miles per gallon) and if you are running a business diesels are often better tax wise. At the end of the day, the decision comes down to you. If you are more inclined to do start stop city driving and have no intention of a weekly long trip, then a petrol or electric vehicle may be for you, however if you are more inclined to do the odd long drive and get out and about in the weekends with your vehicle, then a diesel engine may be just what you need.
In any case feel free to call the team at Concept Vehicle Leasing and they will be happy to answer any question you have regarding vehicle leasing.
Monday, 20 June 2016
Calling all Petrol Heads!
Q: What will #PaulsNewCar be?
See more about the festival on their website here:Goodwood Festival of Speed
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Concept find the missing piece of the jigsaw for Contract Hire
With over 2.5 million cars and commercial vehicles currently on lease in the UK, businesses are well versed with the benefits of funding their new vehicles on Contract Hire. Providing an employee with a brand new vehicle not only enhances the companies brand image, but it also ensures drivers are using safe and reliable vehicles, which reduces the risk of accidents, damage or downtime.
See more on our Short Term Leasing Here
Thursday, 19 May 2016
The best of the 2016 Fleet World Show
The Infiniti Q30
The Mini Cooper S
Friday, 13 May 2016
Fleet World Show 2016
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Join Pauls New Car Adventure and you could Win an Apple WatchThe decision has been made and there is no backing out - Paul Bulloch, Managing Director of Concept Vehicle Leasing will spend the next two years driving a BMW i3!
Thank you to everyone who voted and helped Paul choose his next car. The journey doesn’t end here however, this is just the beginning. We will be following Paul over the next two years to see what it really is like living with an electric car. We will track the power bill, the driving range and other aspects of living in the green lane - we suggested a holistic green lifestyle trial as well, but for some reason Paul wasn’t interested.
Paul has been in the automotive industry for a long time so naturally he has ‘spec’d’ out his i3 as much as he can. Usually used to the larger and faster Audi A6 type of vehicle it is safe to say he is trying to make it as fierce as he can and we have to say, it looks pretty slick, see below.
Pauls New Car i3 Spec’s
BMW i3 eDrive Auto with Range Extender
Interested in Joining Pauls New Car?
Win an Apple Watch when you order an i3!
Thursday, 17 March 2016
BMW, the ultimate driving machine, or the ultimate automobile design?To understand the modern day BMW in its current form you need to understand the man named Chris Bangle. Yes BMW has a rich history in airplanes and motorbikes but the modern day BMW owes its shape to the corruption of its traditional boxy and functional BMW shape by Bangle with his flame surfacing design.
Bangle has been ridiculed in the past for this radical change in BMW’s shape in the 90’s but over the past few years the box and the flame have merged into what in our opinion is some of BMW’s best looking vehicles.
Bangle of course was't the only great BMW designer but his philosophy on automobile design really resonates with us.
‘Cars are an avatar, they are an extension of yourself, if you feel sexy, the car is sexy.’
Bangle saw himself as a sculptor, only his medium was different to the typical artist. In this day and age the automobile is a sculpture, the effect that a new radical design has on the world is increasingly dominant as vehicles are widely available and used as a statement of class, style and culture.
– Chris Bangle TED Talk.
The statement you make with a vehicle is often a subconscious decision, when you think of the car you want, the brand, the size and the engine are all based on the image you want to project, the extension of your style and culture.
The BMW i3 for instance is the ultimate electric vehicle for projecting the chic, sustainable and technologically advanced image of inner city prosperity. With a computer savvy and technology dependant generation on the rise, just the look of the BMWi range extends the impression of future progression and contemporary style.
The BMW X4 however cuts a completely different form of a dominant and striking figure with an undercurrent of impulsive performance. The sleek lines of this luxury SUV attract the eye with its unique aesthetics poured over a powerful engine that slips through the urban jungle with efficiency and boundless energy.
You have the ability to customise your BMW’s appearance, technology and multitude of comforts to enhance your avatar to just the right degree. As Bangles philosophy above states, the car you choose to drive is an extension of you, or your companies, persona.
In an era of fast moving culture and technology it’s no wonder that vehicle leasing is on the rise. Keeping ahead of the game means keeping up with the current trend, being flexible and moving with the times. The typical vehicle life span of 10 years simply doesn't fit into this formula.
BMW are a prestige automobile who are always forerunners in the latest style trend and technology, call us today and we will can help you achieve whichever persona you desire, 0800 043 2050.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
The Boss needs a New Car.Actually he needed to order a new car several months ago, but he’s been dragging his heels and hasn’t made a decision yet.
So we decided to make the decision for him, with your help!
We have chosen 3 cars, for very different reasons. Now you all get the chance to vote on which car you think Paul Bulloch, Managing Director of Concept Vehicle Leasing should drive for the next 2 years!
We need to get the order in by Monday 14th March 2016 so you have until then to get your vote in. Vote via one of our social media pages, Facebook or Twitter using the tag #PaulsNewCar followed by your car of choice; Yeti, X4 or i3.
Or simply send us an email with your vote to: PaulsNewCar@conceptvehicleleasing.co.uk
The Three Choices:
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Thursday, 25 February 2016
Why does no one want a Skoda? Last year Concept had on offer a Skoda Octavia 2.0 Diesel Hatch 5 door for £169.49 a month. The perfect company car for a business and a great sized car for a family. The price of this cars was a steal, there’s no other way to put it, a 2.0 diesel for under £170 a month! You would expect them to fly out the door, but they didn't. A few of our veteran fleet runners jumped at the opportunity seeing a good thing for what it was, but unfortunately they were the minority. So we asked our expert sales team, why aren't these selling?
The answer came with a slight smile and the simple answer, well it’s a Skoda.
It so happens that in the past Skoda had a pretty bad reputation as a car. It was unreliable and not very nice to look at. This old reputation seems to have clung to the brand like a bad smell, even though it was bought out by the VW group in 1991. The Skoda Octavia we see today was actually reinvented by VW in 1996 and built on a VW Golf chassis. The Octavia has gone from strength to strength under the VW brand but as a condition of the original contract the ‘Skoda’ name could not be changed and thus the smell still lingers to those who remember the sloppy image of the original brand.
The standard of the modern day Skoda Octavia is of a much higher quality than its predecessors, or so say the brochures and adverts. They are more reliable, made to the high VW/Audi group standard and they have a more pleasing visual appearance. But here at Concept we don’t take anything at face value, especially the shiny brochures, so over the holiday season we took one for a spin. We even tested it on some of the harshest conditions possible so we could be sure it really stood up to the test, we trialled it in Iceland.