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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The new Skoda Fabia utalises Volkswagen technology!

The New 2014 Skoda Fabia gets technology and engine variants from the latest Volkswagen Polo.  

Skoda gave us an insight into their design thought process, when they unveiled the Vision C concept this year at the March Geneva Motor Show. As you would expect the Fabia has embraced a lot of the design cues, such as the contoured bonnet, wide-set foglights and chrome-framed grille. The overall design gives a look and feel which will help portray a more upmarket look, appealing to a whole new market.

The new Fabia boasts a larger frame, with the width increasing by 90mm and now is 30mm lower than the current Skoda Fabia model. These measurements should make the car more stable and practical overall. The length has not changed at all but a longer wheelbase will increase interior passenger space. 
Boot capacity will grow to 330 litres from the previous 315 litres, and folding rear seats flat will free up a maximum luggage space of 1,195 litres (or 15 litres more than the current model).
The car is set to debut officially in October’s at the Paris Motor Show, with a strong focus on style, efficiency and practicality. Skoda's goal is to outgun the class-leading Ford Fiesta next year. 
Skoda have turned to owner Volkswagen for some engine help, with the 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol three-cylinders from the VW Polo being offered in the new Fabia for the first time ever. The Polo will also lend its higher-powered 89bhp and 109bhp 1.2-litre TSI engines to the Fabia too. 
On the inside all cars will now get a revised dash with a touchscreen, while the higher-spec models will also feature a 6.5-inch display with smartphone MirrorLink function and a reversing camera.
Contact us today for all your Skoda Fabia requirements. Call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The new Tax Disc system - What you NEED to know!

Did you know the tax disc was first introduced in 1921? Well they were! Did you also know that on the 1st of October 2014 the tax disc will cease to exist in its current paper form, with a new styled electronic system replacing it. 
Under the new rules, which were announced in the Autumn of last year, vehicle owners will now have to register their car online in order to pay their road tax. The process is simple and involves using your Direct Debit on the DVLA website or by physically visiting a Post Office branch.
As the process of the tax disc changes so do the ways in which drivers can be caught out for not having paid tax. Now drivers can be caught out through number recognition cameras, which will track all vehicles on the road. This makes for a much more effective and efficient way of checking which vehicles are taxed (or not) and will ensure all drivers conform to the law. 
Those who don't register for the tax, will be caught out by number plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road.
As you can imagine, the change will largely affect those buying or selling a used vehicle, as anyone who gets a used vehicle will no longer benefit if there are any months left on the tax disc as it will no longer be transferred with the car. Buyers will now need to renew their tax disc right away. 
The responsibility is not just with the buyer but the seller also. The seller of the old car will now need to inform the DVLA of the change of ownership, or face the possibility of a £1,000 fine. Vehicle sellers will get an automatic refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
Make sure you are aware of the changes and inform other drivers you are associated with to ensure all drivers are informed of the new changes which lie ahead. 
Of course if you lease a vehicle with Concept Vehicle Leasing on Contract Hire, road tax will be included for the full duration of your contract - so you won't need to worry about the new regime.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of Contract Hire, then call our experienced team today on 03331 50 2050 today.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Business Daily Rental - What you NEED to know!


Flexibility is crucial when running a business.  You need to know that in a situation where a vehicle is required quickly, you have people on hand ready to help. It could be that you have a list of deliveries scheduled and one of your company vans has broken down.  You need a replacement vehicle as quickly as possible. Or you need to get a staff member from A to B and they don't have a regular company car.  In any situation, our Daily Rental service is your plan B.  We have everything you need to keep you and your team mobile.

The process for using our Daily Rental service is simple. First you'll need to have a Business Account open with us.  Don't worry though, we can do this quickly and by fax and e-mail. Once the formalities are out of the way, we're ready to take your bookings.  Simply call our Helpline number and we can usually have a car with you within just 2 hours (vans within 4 hours).
Key Features

·         No Turndown - 100% Order Guarantee
·         Nationwide - Delivery/Collection provided across the UK from 1,200 locations
·         Flexible- suits requirements from 1 day upwards
·         Airport Coverage - availability at all UK Regional and National Airports
·         One-Way - available with most standard bookings
·         Flexible Insurance - use your own fleet policy, or rental cover
·         Carbon Offset - with our rentals you can offset your CO2 emissions on every rental
·         Business Account - facility with single monthly invoice and Direct Debit (Subject to Status)
·         Fast Delivery - within just 2 hours for cars and 4 hours for vans!

Why Concept Vehicle Leasing

·         Established, Experienced Leasing Provider with a reputation for impartial advice and Service Excellence
·         All Makes & Models (Cars and Commercials)
·         Direct funding from major Banks and Leasing Companies, assuring you of the Best rates
·         Dedicated Account Management
·         UK Nationwide Service Provision

·         BVRLA Accredited Member

Mazda MX-5 new body - new photos!

Below are two photos of the new 2015 Mazda MX-5, which was photographed during testing sporting its new bodywork for the first time. The images now give us a clearer idea into the final design stages on the new MX-5.

The rear is dominated by a curving bootlid, which arcs up across the rear deck. It is also possible to see a rear diffuser-esque bumper lower down the car. The single exhaust pipe could indicate that this particular model is an entry-level version, with a higher-powered turbo variant also in the pipeline.
At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Mazda’s design boss Peter Birtwhistle quoted: “We need to take on some of the flavour of Kodo but we have to ensure it is identifiable as an MX-5.“
Birtwhistle also suggested that we can expect a more controversial and assertive design compared to the older MX-5's: “If I had to describe it in one word, it’d be ‘edgy’. I think it will be a surprise. It’s a tight, edgy little car that is going to appeal to a broader range of people. We know the clich├ęs about the MX-5, but this will position it differently. I think it’ll attract a lot of young guys.” This is very exciting news for droptop/ convertible drivers the country over and I would imagine this could be a clever move by Mazda, making the car more appealing to both genders and across all age groups. 
We will have to wait until the Paris Motor Show in October 2014 for the official unveiling but the wait will be worth it! 
Contact us for all your Mazda requirements on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website today and order your contract hire vehicle today!    

Monday, 11 August 2014

New Hyundai i20 2014 revealed

The fabulous Hyundai i20 gets a bigger cabin, technology update, and an overall more mature external look and feel. 
The new 2014 Hyundai i20 looks fantastic! The current version of the Hyundai i20 is a brilliant hatchback but the new version seems that much better and rammed to the gills with extras. 
Hyundai has made a few changes to their i20 range, firstly is a more intricate design, which now has width-accentuating grilles, LED running lights and blackened C-pillars, which give the rear a bit of a Citroen Picasso resemblance.
Second we have the larger overall size. There now is more cabin space than any of its competitors, with a 45mm wheelbase extension and overall length which is 66mm longer than a Ford Fiesta, (total of 4035mm in length). The boot capacity has grown by 25 litres to 326 litres! Impressive.
The final area that Hyundai has worked on is technology and comfort features. So far the i20 will be the first supermini to have the option to come with a panoramic opening sunroof. The cabin will have a more expensive look and feel and there’ll be other technology leaps in the form of an integrated reversing camera and power-saving LED technology for the slim rear lights.
Engine-wise, the existing i20 has a 1.2-litre petrol four-pot with both 83bhp and 98bhp, or a sole 1.4-litre diesel, with 89bhp achieving a claimed 76.3mpg. It’s highly likely that Hyundai will drop one of the 1.2-litre engines and change it for a 1.0-litre, 66bhp three-cylinder motor but only time will tell.
The engine variants are not that exciting; however there is one engine likely to get some pulses racing, in the form of the Rally-inspired hot hatch i20 range-topper, the ‘i20N’. The engine could possibly be one of Hyundai-Kia’s 1.6-litre turbocharged ‘GDi’ engines, which would give 189bhp in the Veloster Turbo and a whopping 201bhp in the Kia Proceed GT.
For all your Hyundai needs, come to Concept Vehicle Leasing. Call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website

Friday, 8 August 2014

Subaru's Eyesight Safety System

According to Subaru, they have managed to halve the number of accidents, overnight in Japan, thanks to their 'Eyesight driving aid'. AutoExpress managed to get a tester of it ahead of its mid-2015 launch. Below are their findings and experience. 
When it comes to automatic safety systems we usually think of brands like Mercedes and Volvo; however Subaru have now entered the marketplace and are trying to revolutionise vehicle safety with their innovative driving system, called Eyesight. Subaru have already been experiencing success in Japan and the USA, with Europe set to receive the system in 2015.
Subaru's goal is to get Eyesight to catapult itself to the forefront of the marketplace and become the undisputed market leader for passenger and pedestrian safety within the next 6 years.
Subaru’s Eyesight is essentially a second pair of eyes for drivers. Essentially it uses two cameras, which are mounted next to the rear-view mirror (making them harder to get grimy or damaged, unlike on the front of the car). The cameras have four functions:
  1. Automatic emergency braking
  2. Automatic cruise control 
  3. Lane-departure warning
  4. A feature that knows if you've accidentally selected Drive rather than Reverse when parked nose-on to an obstacle.

All four functions work with a variety of audible alarms and then automatic evasive action to reduce or completely avoid collisions, making for a bright, safer future.  
The emergency braking system is a fantastic system, which instead of slamming on the brakes at the last minute it already slows the car down from the moment an obstacle is detected. What’s more, according to Subaru, the latest version will be a standard-fit on all of its automatic CVT-equipped models.
A whopping 50% of buyers have admitted that Eyesight has prevented them from having a collision. Essentially, Subaru's accident rate for new registrations has now halved. Those are stats that can’t be argued with! 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The all NEW BMW X4 M Performance has been spotted

BMW appear to be set to introduce a brand new, range-topping X4 to its expanding line-up, as evident through Automedia's images below. 

The spies spotted a heavily camouflaged prototype being tested somewhere in Spain and we can see that a few design tweaks have been made, as well as a new exhaust system, which could be indicating that this vehicle is in fact an M Performance model (possibly badged as the M40i). Very exciting times ahead. 

The front of the vehicle has some noticeable changes in the form of a darkened kidney grille and the swathes of body cladding throughout the lower sections of the body. This indicates a new brand new body kit could be fitted to stand out from the other vehicles in the range. 
The back of the vehicle shows off proudly the new exhaust system, which BMW has failed to hid from view. Rather than the normal pair of tailpipes positioned to the left side of the bumper, this prototype has two oval pipes at either side of the bumper, creating a very nice, sleek finish. 
When it comes to engines we are likely to see a more potent version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, with around 296bhp - 340bhp. 
Come to Concept vehicle leasing for all your BMW leasing needs. Call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our car leasing website


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Virgin Galactic and The New Land Rover Discovery Sport share common ground

As the new Land Rover Discovery Sport undergoes its final testing stages, Land Rover and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic have revealed their shared development approach.

LandRover’s comprehensive testing programme for their new Discovery Sport shares some similarities with Virgin Galactic’s very own prototype development. The baby Discovery has already been subjected to over 9,760 tests, which also includes hot and cold endurance runs (where temperatures range from -36 degrees to an astonishing 42 degrees Celsius).

This passion for success and hard work is a common theme it shares with Virgin, and their soon-to-launch commercial spaceline. The two companies share values and experience, which they are using to help each other create cutting edge technologies. Murray Dietsch, Land Rover’s Programme Director quoted: “There is a common philosophy towards engineering between Land Rover and our partners Virgin Galactic. We start with an idea and build from there, spending years refining a design and competing virtual testing before the first prototypes see the tarmac.”

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides was in agreement with Murray’s comments and added: “In engineering and design, like Land Rover, our focus is on precision, ingenuity, and unparalleled design.”

Land Rover prepares for the Discovery Sport to reach showrooms by early 2015 and Virgin Galactic is scaling up its plans, with plans of a first full spaceflight later this year. Exciting times ahead. 

Fleet management - What it is and why you need it!

What Is Fleet Management?
Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to provide fleet and business users with a fully outsourced fleet management service, designed to work around your business, so that you can get on with what’s most important; running your own business.  

At Concept, we understand that running a vehicle fleet for business can be a real headache. There’s so much to think about and do. You have to arrange a new car or van for a new starter, booking in a service, dealing with a breakdown or accident. There are so many people to call - things can get a little hectic! Sound familiar? 

Well, help is on the way with Concept Vehicle Leasing Fleet Management you can ensure that your company runs and effective and efficient fleet of vehicles.
 Key Features
·         Vehicle Procurement - with High Level Discounts across all Makes/Model of Car and Commercial Vehicle
·         Leasing and Finance - competitive rates for Contract Hire,Contract Purchase and Finance Lease with funding through a wide panel of lenders.
·         Fixed Cost Vehicle Maintenance - Spread the cost of Essential Service, Maintenance, Repairs and Tyres with Serviceplan forBusiness
·         Pay on Use Vehicle Maintenance - Take advantage of our discounted Labour Rates, Parts Discounts and Tyre facilities and let Concept manage your fleet with zero management or "card fees" with Serviceplan on Demand
·         UK and European Breakdown - Comprehensive cover provided in association with the RAC
·         Accident Assistance - Our Complete Accident Assist service is available to our Fleet Customers free of charge providing you have 5 vehicles or more
·         Glass & Tyre Management - Take advantage of our discounted Glass Pricing and unique billing facility, in partnership with Autoglass
·         Business Daily Rental - Cars available for delivery to almost any UK location within just 2 working hours!
·         Short Term Leasing - Ideal for new employee probationary periods and temporary contracts with very competitive rates!
·         Risk Management - with Electronic Licence Checking, Risk Assessments and Driver Training options

Why Concept Vehicle Leasing
·         Established, Experienced Leasing Provider with a reputation for impartial advice and Service Excellence
·         All Makes & Models (Cars and Commercials)
·         Direct funding from major Banks and Leasing Companies, assuring you of the Best rates
·         Dedicated Account Management
·         UK Nationwide Service Provision
·         BVRLA Accredited Member



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Volkswagen Touareg and Infinity QX70

The luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee battles for the top spot against rivals Volkswagen Touareg and Infiniti QX70
As far as the US is concerned, when it comes to 4*4 capabilities you need to go far to beat the Jeep Brand, however there are certainly other contenders in the mix. Jeep has a very extensive background in producing tough 4x4s, which dates back to World War II. Now, in 2014, Jeep has created some fantastic vehicles which are more than capable on and off-road. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the flagship of the Jeep range, which has now received an update. The top-spec Summit model is packed with gear, while still focusing on its off-road roots. The big question is - how does the new revised Grand Cherokee measure up against the Volkswagen Tourareg and the Infiniti QX70? 

Concept's Head-to-head 
Interior space
When it comes to overall size the Jeep is the biggest vehicle here, however this does not mean it has the biggest interior. Volkswagen have clearly given more thought to interior space and offers more back seat room, and more space under the retractable load cover as well. 
Thanks to air-suspension on the Touareg, you can now lower the rear of the car by up to 6cm, which will aid loading items into the boot. The Jeep also lowers on all four corners by 4cm, while the infiniti has the smallest boot and a more cramped interior than either rival.
Volkswagen: 1-0-0. 

Off-road ability 
Internal control panels on both the Jeep and the Volkswagen allow the driver to select a drive mode to suit the outside climate, such as snow, mud and rocks. These allow the cars electronics, differentials, ride height and auto gear box to be tailored. Again the Infiniti comes up short, with no such controls available, with just a Sport mode for the dampers available. 
Running costs 
As with a few of the sections above, the Touareg has a slight edge over both rivals when it comes to overall running costs, in the form of its purchase (or vehicle lease) price. It is simply less expensive to get the VW Tourareg than the other two vehicles. Volkswagen also offers a fixed-price servicing to help keep costs down, just like our ServicePlan for leased vehicles. While both the Jeep and Volkswagen both have identical economy, however if most of your driving is more urban style driving you would be better off in the Touareg BlueMotion.

Overall Verdict  
3RD PLACE - Infinity QX70

If your main desire in a vehicle is for off-road ability the infiniti QX70 certainly is not the car for you. However, as a sporty crossover, it is pretty good really. Generous standard kit is a bonus.

2ND PLACE - Jeep Grand Cherokee 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a grand vehicle! There really is a lot to like about the Grand Cherokee. The overall look and feel is great and if you like your boxy 4*4's this is a great choice. The Summit model is absolutely jammed with kit and the cabin and boot space are above average too.

1ST PLACE - Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg takes the number one spot! And rightfully so! The R Line model isn’t as well equipped as the top-spec Grand Cherokee but it does have a decent level of spec. This plus savings made from purchase price and cost to run makes this a great choice for any driver. 

Call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicleleasing website for these vehicles and many more! 

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