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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Reduction in Driving Licence fees

Concept Vehicle Leasing offers a Electronic Driver Licence checking service, to ensure you and your drivers are all legal and protected. Find out more about it here.  

If you don't yet have your driving licence, are in the process of getting your driving license or it needs renewing, there is now one less thing for you to worry about and that is the cost! The Government have decided to reduce the cost of applying for a UK driving licence, with a first driving licence reduction of £16 and a renewed driving licence cost of £6 less than before. 

The DVLA are currently reviewing their whole fee structure and this consultation is the first phase of the new plan. As new and improved digital technology is introduced, DVLA services can become cheaper to run, therefore it is not beyond the realms of possibility that there could indeed be further savings on fees in the future. 

As noted above, the cost of applying for your first UK driving licence, and renewing it at the 10-year interval period is set to fall by around 32% under the Governments new plans, set to take effect around October 31st this year. 

The plans set out proposes to make reductions between 15-32% (paper applications vs online) off the driving licence fees. This would see online applicants getting a reduction from £50 to just £34. 

When it comes to renewals there are also great savings to be had. Online applicants would pay just £14 instead of the current £20, giving them a £6 saving. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Fleet Management Services for you and your Fleet

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 for Business.

* 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.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The new Smart ForTwo Brabus spotted

Great news for lovers of the Smart ForTwo, a faster version could be within our grasp. 

Now that the regular Smart ForTwo has been revealed, tuning firm Brabus can get busy creating their official faster hot hatch version. 
The spy shots of the Smart ForTwo Brabus will receive a bespoke bodykit and front grille, dual-exit exhaust, even lower profile tyres and the 2015 model will get a turbocharged rear-mounted three-cylinder engine, boosting the 898cc motors power from the standard Smart ForTwo turbo of 89bhp to over 110bhp! 
Now that the new Smart ForFour will be sharing its drivetrain components with the two-seater Smart ForTwo, it is highly possible that Brabus will turn their attention to the Smart supermini. 
Contact Concept vehicle leasing for all your Smart vehicle requirements. Call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website today. 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Mercedes C-Class receives top safety marks

Road safety is as important (if not more important) now more than ever before, so when Thatcham automotive reward a vehicle top marks for safety we pay attention. 
Thatcham automotive research centre has offered top marks to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'self-braking' system, which will also have major benefits on not just road safety in general but also to motorists’ insurance premiums.
During testing the Mercedes braking system avoided a lethal collision by ‘sensing’ another vehicle in its path, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop all without any driver interaction at speeds of up to 25mph! This is a massive breakthrough in vehicle safety and rightly awarded. 
The Mercedes C-Class is currently the best performing, standard-fit automatic braking system  vehicle on the roads, largely thanks to its advanced sensors and highly sophisticated under-bonnet software.  
Where the Mercedes C-Class safety system differs from other ‘Autonomous Emergency Braking’ (AEB) systems, is the fact that Mercedes have managed to avoid collisions at double the speed of its rivals and their systems. 
As you can imagine, the implications this safety system has on road safety are huge!
Peter Shaw, Chief Executive of Thatcham Research quoted: 
“AEB is being hailed as the new seatbelt and is already saving lives,” said Peter Shaw, chief executive of Thatcham Research. And this system is amongst the most advanced to have been tested. AEB cuts in when it detects a potential collision and the driver has for some reason failed to apply the brakes. In the real world AEB is already avoiding countless accidents and these latest tests show that the Mercedes system has moved the technology forward significantly for those standard fit systems.”
According to Thatcham, due to the extra level of safety that Mercedes’ now offers through their new technology, the new C-Class will ensure customers see their vehicle’s insurance drop by five whole ‘groups’, which will be a saving of up to 15 per cent.
Order your Mercedes C-Class with us today from £275.49+VAT p/m over 48m on a Business Lease, that's just £330.59 Inc VAT p/m over 48m on a Personal Lease. 
Contact us today via our vehicle leasing website and on 0800 043 2050. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jaguar's Concept Tour de France F-Type Coupe

With Josie Bulloch's work with the Tour de France still in our memory, some interesting information and images have come to light with one of the big sponsors of the event - Jaguar.  

Jaguar’s bespoke division - the Special Vehicle Operations has followed up the D-type-inspired Project 7 limited edition with a one-off F-Type R Coupe, which would act as a support vehicle for the Team Sky Tour de France riders.

The Jaguar F-Type will be powered by the normal supercharged 5.0-litre V8 developing 542bhp, however it will be limited to just this one-off concept, meaning that it will not make it to production. 
The Special Vehicle Operations tweaked version of the F-Type features a carbon fibre bike rack instead of a back window, which allows for two race bikes to be stored and transported during the race. 
As you can see from the outside photos, Team Sky logos are stuck on and the team’s light blue colours are present, in the form of a blue racing stripe. This colour theme continues inside the F-TypeCoupe with bright blue seats and centre console trim. 
Order your Jaguar F-Type today on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A glimpse of the 2016 BMW 7-Series (Spy shots)


Although 2016 sounds a long way away (and in fairness it kind of is), we are excited to have photos now of the sixth generation BMW 7-Series, which was spotted recently in the South of France, albeit heavily camouflaged.

Dr. Norbert Reithofer, BMW's CEO, has recently confirmed that the BMW 7 Series will utilise modern materials in the build alongside a lot of carbon fiber, meaning a new, higher luxury-class standards in both lightweight construction and in driving dynamics.

The kerb weight of the base 740i model is rumoured to have been dramatically reduced to below 1900kg, thanks the mix of materials, which has allowed for considerable weight savings, most noticeably carbon fiber.

Design wise, BMW have taken an evolutionary approach in regards to styling of the next 7 Series. The boot lid appears to be different and the bonnet and grille seem to sit lower than the current BMW 7-Series. The headlights feature a slicker design and the rear lights appear smaller in size. 

Keep an eye on our vehicle leasing website for all our latest BMW special offers and more for details on the fantastic 7-series when we get it. 

For all your vehicle requirements, come to Concept vehicle leasing.  

Mazda unveils their new Mazda2 Supermini

Mazda have finally unveiled their new Mazda2 supermini, featuring a sharp design with a modern interior and cutting-edge engines. According to Mazda's European Chief Operating Officer Phil Waring quotes: “We currently sell around 24,000 in the B [supermini] segment and we expect the new car to double that.” Great things lie ahead for Mazda and also for the consumer. 

The photo is of a production car, (which is a Japanese specification) which resembles the Hazumi concept car revealed at the Geneva show earlier this year. It also uses the same ‘Kodo’ design language which is on the larger Mazda3 hatchback. Other attributes which have been carried over  is the shield-shaped grille, which flows into sharp headlights, bulging wheel arches as well as horizontal taillights.

New Interior technology 

Mazda’s latest 'MZD Connect' infotainment system will be present in the Mazda2, which unites navigation, telephone and entertainment controls together on one central screen. Mazda’s latest safety technology 'i-ACTIVSENSE' will be offered too, which will include a lane departure warning system, radar cruise control and fully automatic adaptive headlights.

The new Mazda2 supermini has been officially revealed to coincide with the start of production at the plant south-east of Hiroshima. 
 
A tablet-style screen can be seen at the top of the dash, while a trio of air-con dials and a rotary controller (like those on BMW's) grace the interior, creating a clean and uncluttered upmarket design.

The technical details are a little thin on the ground to say the least but a new 1.5-litre SKYACTIV diesel engine will make its debut (which Mazda has previously claimed will have sub-90g/km emissions). A 1.5-litre SKYACTIV petrol will be offered in a variety of outputs, along with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. 

Finally the overall dimensions are expected to be the same as those on the Hazumi concept, which were 4,070mm long, 1,730mm wide and 1,450mm tall. 

View our whole Mazda range on our car leasing website now. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mercedes ML Coupe spotted being tested

It was only a matter of time before the new Mercedes ML Coupe was spotted being tested out in the good old US of A! 
With a Michigan number plate, it is safe to say this vehicle is a long way from home, which to our mind suggests a long-distance/ durability and comfort test going on. 
Thanks to extremely heavy camouflage not too much is being given away just yet, however it clearly bears resemblance to the Concept Coupe SUV which was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show this year.
Mercedes are hopeful that this Coupe will rival that of the BMW X6. It looks set to carry over that design study’s gaping grille and full width lower air intake too. The sloping roofline plunges quite dramatically towards the rear of the car and the sculpted flanks resemble those on the Mercedes GLA.
Right now all the technical details are firmly under wraps and there’s no word on the engine line-up possibilities, however we are expecting them to mirror the ML range.
It is suspected that Mercedes will be offering an AMG variant, which will target the BMW X6 M and is likely to feature Mercedes 5.5-litre V8 engine, possibly tuned to match the SL63 AMG’s 577bhp.
Only time will tell so keep an eye on our Blog, Facebook page, Twitter and our vehicle leasing website for up-to-date news. 
**Contact Concept vehicle leasing for all your car leasing needs**

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Secrets revealed for the New Jaguar XE Technology

As you may know by now the new, lightweight Jaguar XE (rival to the BMW 3 Series) is penned to be a class leader, largely due to its very clever chassis, which has just been revealed today! 

Jaguar have confirmed that they are unveiling the XE on the 8th of September in London and Mike Cross (Jaguar chief engineer of vehicle integrity) claims that the Jaguar XE “dynamically outperforms its rivals”. Jaguar claims that this is partly down to the XE’s lightweight aluminium construction, but more importantly down to the car’s advanced chassis. 
"Dynamically outperforms it's rivals" is a large claim indeed but one we will take Mike's word on because, as we all know, Jaguar are always innovating and creating new ways to improve driving experience - which is evident in their new chassis technology. 
The chassis uses Integral Link rear suspension (a unique touch in the premium compact executive class), which helps to limit the severity of big bumps and holes which plague a lot of our roads currently,  while reducing vibration from hitting bumps and still manages to cut down road noise.
If that was not enough to make the Jaguar XE a fantastic car for your fleet on a contract hire agreement, Jaguar claims it will still deliver fantastic sharp responses. Lightweight is the key here and thanks to parts being hollow-cast in aluminium, the suspension is no exception to the lightweight rule. 
The front suspension is based on the one used in the F-Type, which Jaguar says delivers “XFR levels of stiffness”. Now supplied with the latest electric power-steering, the Jaguar XE promises “class-leading steering feel”. If it will be anything like the Jaguar F-Type we are in for a pleasant driving experience. 
Jaguar has also developed what it has dubbed "All Surface Progress Control", which means now at the touch of a button, drivers can let the car take over and pull away on low-grip surfaces, like ice without having to touch the pedals. Think of it as "low speed cruise control”. Jaguar hope this feature will solve the problem of a rear-drive car getting stuck in snow. 
The image below is of the new chassis and each number correlates with a section below. Read to find out in more detail the specifics of this chassis set-up.
1. Front suspension

Front suspension is based on the same set-up in the F-Type and Jaguar says it will help the XE deliver a similar level of agility to the XFR. A lot of parts used are made from lightweight aluminium.
2. Electric power assisted steering
Jaguar’s new electric power-steering system will be used and it aims to improve steering overall. 
3. Integral rear link suspension
This type of rear link suspension aims to not only improve handling but to also boosts ride quality and reduce road noise.
4. All Surface Progress Control
In less than ideal driving conditions such as on snow, rear-wheel-drive cars struggle to get moving, however 'All Surface Progress Control solves this problem wonderfully. The driver pushes a button and the car will do all the hard work for you, without the need for you to touch the pedals at all. Brilliant! 
The engine used in the Jaguar XE will be from the new Ingenium four-cylinder engines, which will launch exclusively as a 2.0-litre diesel engine early next year in the Jaguar XE saloon. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Luxurious Mercedes-Benz 'Marco Polo' set to rival Volkswagen Campervan's

When you think of camper vans the first thing that usually comes to mind is the Volkswagen Camper Van or the Volkswagen California. Well now that could all change thanks to one unlikely manufacture.

These are images of the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo, which is a brand new compact camper van set to rival the Volkswagen California, which debuted at the Caravan Salon exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Mercedes Marco Polo (named after the famed merchant traveler) has been based on the standard Mercedes V-Class, developed with help from Westfalia and seats or sleeps up to four people. The vehicle comes complete with a kichenette, retractable table and wardrobe, making for a comfortable stay for you and your family or friends. 
The use of porcelain colours throughout the cabin creates a luxurious feel while a choice of light or dark decking for the floor really sets off the interior. A range of satin beige and black seat trims are available, including Lugano leather upholstery and the final design touch is the exclusive use of LED lighting throughout the whole interior.  
In a camper van such as this food will always be a necessity and thanks to large and small self-closing draws, two hobs, a refrigerator, extending worktop and a kitchen sink, mealtimes will be well taken care of. Just because you are travelling in your vehicle does not mean you will need to sacrifice the pleasures of eating in comfort thanks to the scratch-resistant folding table, which can also rotate 180 degrees. 
The split backrest means the rear seats can be independently flattened in no time at all - seconds really, at the touch of a button, which also forms a comfortable double bed as well. A larger foam mattress is located under the pop-up roof, making space for a total of four sleepers in the camper van.  
The tinted glass helps to give you some privacy, ensuring wondering eyes, heat and light are kept out and the windscreen curtain also helps keep the front and side windows private during the evening hours. 
A camper van would not be complete without a set of portable chairs and table set for use outside. When not in use this set is stored in a bag within the luggage compartment.
While driving there is comfort suspension as standard and a 1.98m high roofline, which should provide enough space to get into garages, car parks and under low-level bridges. As expected there are a whole host of safety features, including Mercedes’ Active Parking technology, Attention Assist -which helps to warn against drowsiness as well as optional 360-degree cameras.
There are three variants of the four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, starting at 134bhp and peaking at 188bhp. The middle variant, the 161bhp 220 CDI is capable of achieving 47mpg while emitting just 158g/km of C02. The flagship 188bhp CDI, an ‘over-torque’ function briefly boosts output by 13bhp, offering 201bhp under heavy acceleration.
There are currently no plans to bring the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo to the UK but it is expected to reach Germany this month. Hopefully it is such a huge success that we are offered it here in the UK. That does mean if you are looking for a camper van you are restricted to the Volkswagen brand really. For now anyway. 
For all your vehicle requirements call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website.

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