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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. Perhaps you are only staying in London for a short time and you need a car during your stay, or maybe you want to be able to drive in and out of London without tying your money up in a depreciating asset. 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.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Another Happy Customer! Read what Carl Starbuck has to say about his new Jaguar XF!

Another Happy Customer!

Carl is currently leasing a Black Jaguar XF 2.2D 200 Bhp R-Sport Auto. The Jaguar is well equipped with Privacy glass, Full Warm Charcoal leather interior with Contrasting stitching, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless Entry & Go, Push Button start, Colour Sat Nav, DVD Player with 7in screen, Bluetooth, Air-conditioning, Two Zone Climate control and Cruise control.


Electric windows, Power steering, ABS brakes, Front and side airbags, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Digital Radio, Cd/Mp3 player, USB Connector, Multi function steering wheel, Auto dimming rear view mirror and Centre armrests.

Gloss Black Bootlid Finisher, Rear Bootlid spoiler, a Black Grille with Black surround, Black Window surrounds, Park Distance Control front and rear, Rain Sensor, Daytime Running Lights, Bi-Xenon headlights, Headlamp wash and 19in Jaguar alloys.
Read what Carl Starbuck has to say about his new Jaguar XF!


Dear Concept,


Thought I'd drop you a quick line to say THANK YOU for my Jaaaaaaaaag!!! :-)
Absolutely gorgeous motor. MPG rising rapidly on my commute across Leeds as she gets run in - (week 1 = 30ish, now 46ish!), the car is now just 8 weeks old. My regular commute is a 12-mile trip into Leeds, then out the other side.

The journey consists of 6 miles of semi-rural and pleasant A-roads, then grinds into another 6 miles of city driving, right across the city. The silky-smooth 8-Speed Auto gearbox, coupled with an Intelligent Stop-Start system makes even the city elements a doddle.
I was initially disappointed with the 30 MPG return on this oh-so-typical ‘extra-urban’ trip, way short of the book figures but all that was needed was a little patience! 8 weeks on, and with barely 1,700 miles on the clock, this has risen nicely into the mid 40s on Shell FuelSave Diesel. 

On a recent 140 mile round trip to the Oliver's Mount motorbike circuit in Scarborough to see some old friends compete in the opening meeting of the season, an early morning trip on a deserted A64 she returned 54 MPG - whilst ‘making good time’.


The car was a dream to drive there and back, and my early morning trip, setting off at 6:30 from home on a deserted A64, was pure bliss. After Saturday spent taking photos of the lads in strong winds and pretty cold temperatures I was aching all over when I called it a day at 5pm - then I realised that I'd left the car facing into the sun, and my seats would be warm for the trip home. You can't believe how good my back felt when it hit the seat, and I didn't want the journey home to end!!!!

She's an absolute joy to drive, to be in, to wash and to look at. Lots of other details I could add but do I REALLY need to tell you how good a Jag XF is?!?!? It'll keep for a fuller write up at about the 10k miles stage. I've done a smidge under 1,700 at the mo - slightly over contract at the moment but 2 weeks in Mexico in 3 weeks time will sort that!

Anyway back to work - but once again, I'm really REALLY delighted with the Jaguar, it is such a gorgeous and luxurious sport Saloon! 

Nice photos of the Jag attached, not too shabby!

Cheers,

Carl



It is always great to hear such lovely feedback from our clients!

Contact Us Today on 0330 024 2050 to find out what Concept Vehicle Leasing can do for you!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Volkswagen Model Names Explained

Let's take a look at the meanings behind some of the most popular Volkswagen models.


Volkswagen Amarok - The name 'Amarok' was developed and researched by branding agency Interbrand on request from Volkswagen. Revealed to the public on 4 June 2009, ‘Amarok’ means ‘wolf’ in Inuit, and Interbrand also claims it is associated with "he loves stones" in Romance languages. It also resembles ‘tomorrow’ in Irish. It is also the title of a 1990 record album by musician Mike Oldfield, a 2000 album of the German black metal solo project Nargaroth, and the name of an open-source music player.

Volkswagen Bora - The US Navy defines the Bora as either of two winds blowing from the area of the Balkans into the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas.

Volkswagen CC - The suffix CC stands for Comfort Coupé.

Volkswagen Golf - (From German) Gulf stream. A warm ocean current running along the Gulf of Mexico and the North American eastern coastline.

Volkswagen Jetta - The Jetstream.


Volkswagen Polo – Named after the Northern Polar wind.

Volkswagen Passat - A significant trade wind (German). A constant, perennial wind in the sub-tropics on both sides of the equator.


Volkswagen Scirocco - This wind comes from a collision of cold and warm air streams over the desert, which blow to the north in the direction of Europe. The wind carries sand for some way across the Mediterranean resulting in reduced visibility. Arabs call this wind GhibliChili or Chamsin(Two of those names should be familiar to car buffs.) The wind picks up moisture on its way to Europe where the Italians call it Scirocco.

Volkswagen Sharan - Derived from a Persian word meaning 'Carrier of Kings' 


Volkswagen Tiguan - a blend of the German words for tiger (Tiger) and iguana (Leguan)

Volkswagen Touareg - Named after the Tuareg people, a Berber-speaking group in North Africa. Derived from the strength and adaptability of the tribe, we see the same qualities in the vehicle.



Volkswagen Touran - Derives from the combination of 'Tour' and 'Sharan', the bigger MPV by VW

Friday, 24 April 2015

Vauxhall Astra: The Details

The All-New Vauxhall Astra is poised to raise the bar for compact cars sold in the UK, with a combination of stylish design, class-leading dynamics, ultra-efficient powertrains and upscale quality.

The new Astra will uphold Vauxhall's tradition of offering buyers levels of innovation and technology normally found in a class above but at a price point embedded in the value sector.


Echoing the flowing forms of its bodywork, the new Vauxhall Astra's interior marks a major shift towards premium design and quality in the compact sector. 

It employs the recurring wing and blade motifs that were first introduced in the Insignia and are now used in a fresh and innovative way.

Ambient lighting enhances the feeling of quality in the cabin, with lighting points framing the gearshift surround, the area above the centre console and within the door handle recesses, depending on trim level.

Unparalleled in this sector is the Astra's raft of clever cabin storage solutions, some of which have even been patented. Rather than focusing on the compartment size alone, the Astra's cabin is full of bespoke storage areas designed specifically for the 20 most common items buyers have been found to carry in their car, from an Mp3 player to a 1.5-litre drinks bottle.

The next generation Vauxhall Astra brings a new look to the compact class, with its strong coupe-like lines, elegant surfaces and its unique interpretation of Vauxhall's design language.

Eagle eye-shaped headlamps, that encompass the prominent wing-shaped daytime running lights, blend with a graceful flowing silhouette that connects the new car's muscular shoulder lines with its distinctive rear hatch area.

The new Vauxhall Astra exterior hints at a sleek, almost coupé-like look, which contradicts the Astra's generous passenger accommodation, suitable for five adults.

Using feedback from a customer survey, the interior team first compiled a list of the 20 most common items stored in cars: pens, coins, a torch, a map, a parking permit, sunglasses, a purse, tissues, a mobile phone, CDs, sweets, cups, magazines, newspapers, fruit, a first aid kit, a jacket, a 1.5/1.0/0.5-litre drinks bottle. And, of course, gloves.

Next, they noted where owners wanted to keep the items and looked for practical solutions. They found that car companies tended to focus on storage size alone, and that led to irritating problems, such as CDs being stored in the centre console, preventing the armrest from being fully dropped down.

Max Kuncl, the team's Performance Integration Manager likened the challenge to a puzzle: ‘It was important for the team not only to find places for the items to fit but for the new Astra's interior to still look great, and maintain high quality standards throughout the cabin.’ This painstaking attention to detail has resulted in a variety of simple but effective storage solutions. 






A hard-shelled sunglass case has been inserted above the door opening on the driver's side; coin slots and pen holders are moulded into the inside edge of the glove box lid; and the glove box itself has two removable compartments, while a second mini-glove box has been added just below the light switch.

Further storage innovation appears in the centre console, which can accommodate nine CD cases, as well as having a small storage area and an insert for two cup holders. There's also the option of an under-seat drawer beneath the passenger seat which is big enough to hold a pair of shoes. Rear passengers also benefit, with a 12-volt connection available for Mp3 players, in addition to space for drinks bottles.

Here at Concept we have a fantastic lease deal on the Vauxhall Astra 1.6i 16v SRi 5-Door Hatchback with Metallic Paint Free of Charge

It can achieve over 43 miles per gallon and emits just 152 g/km of CO2, and it comes standard with Cruise control, Electric windows/heated mirrors, Chrome Exterior trim, Twin exhausts and Front fogs.

Split folding rear seats, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Switchable front passenger airbag, which enables a child seat to be used in the front, Cornering brake control, Hill start assist and 17in Alloys.


Contact Us today to Lease Your Brand New Vauxhall Astra!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Improving Road Safety Through Better Driving Behaviours

At Concept Vehicle Leasing, we’re strong believers in improving road safety through safe driving behaviours. Good driving habits on the road have a positive effect to the wider community and improve the overall safety of our roads.

The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, but more can be done to prevent accidents and serious injuries. Below are some of the driving habits which we don’t like to see.

Speeding

A scary stat, but more than 3,000 people are killed or injured on the road every year due to speeding in the UK. The risks of speeding are simply not worth it.

If you reduce your speed you are increasing road safety, which is hugely important.
When a pedestrian is hit at 40mph, their chances of survival are 4 times less than if they were hit at 30mph, so before you put your foot down to get where you’re going in a hurry, think about the damage you could cause.

Mobile Phones

When it comes to mobile phones, the rules are simple, don’t use them. Just using Google maps on your mobile while driving is illegal and will result in an £100 fine and 3 points on your licence, so don’t take the risk.

If you’re tempted, then switch your phone off before you start driving to avoid temptation.

Not Wearing Seatbelts

There is no excuse not to wear a seatbelt. It is shocking that people still choose not to wear a seatbelt, something that is designed to save your life and improve road safety!

Even if going on a short or familiar journey, make sure you put your seatbelt on before you even turn the engine on. Try to make a habit of it being the first thing you do when you get in the car and don’t start driving until everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelt.

Impatience

Finally, another factor decreasing road safety is impatience. Some drivers need to have a little more empathy on the roads and realise that other drivers may not be as confident with their driving.

The worst thing a driver can do is tail gate, beep their horn or try to overtake in a dangerous situation. Having patience with other driver’s results in a more pleasurable driving experience for everyone and increased road safety, which is good for everybody on the roads!

Conclusion

If every driver made a conscious effort to improve their driving behaviours, the roads would be a much safer place and driving would be a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Are you a fleet manager and have taken on responsibility to improve driving behaviours in your organisation? Get in touch, we’d love to hear about how you are tackling driving culture.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Mercedes G350: The Details

The new G-Class from Mercedes is the most powerful and quickest vehicle since it was launched in 1979, and a features a comprehensive upgrade of the interior and specification.There is a redesigned dashboard with a new instrument cluster and a completely new centre console. 
The G-Class now comes with Comand Sat Nav and Media Interface as standard, which includes a 7in Colour display, HDD Hard Disk Drive Navigation with 3D Map display and Speed Limit Assist, Linguatronic Voice control and In-car Internet Access.
Heated leather seats front and rear and the Mercedes-Benz Parktronic system of audible and visual parking alerts are also standard, as is a powerful Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround-sound System.
The ‘G’ in G-Class stands for Geländewagen, meaning Cross Country Vehicle. It is the longest-running model series in Mercedes history and for more than three decades has overcome any obstacle in its path. 
In that time it has both won the Paris-Dakar Rally outright and also been used to transport two Popes, testimony to its multi-faceted abilities.
Since 1979 it has delivered an unrivalled combination of all-road ability and exceptional luxury. 
The latest model retains the drive-it-anywhere capability while raising the bar for luxury and comfort. The external modifications include LED DRL Daytime Running Lights and new Exterior mirrors.
To ensure that the G-Class has lost none of its rugged character or functionality, especially for extreme off-road use, specific design elements have been preserved. These include the grab handle on the front-passenger side, the switches for the three differential locks - aligned within the driver's field of vision and highlighted with silver-coloured trim - and the redesigned gear shift lever in the lower section of the centre console.
The ESP Electronic Stability Control system has been completely revised and now includes Trailer Stability Assist on cars ordered with a tow bar, and a Hold function. New optional safety options include Distronic Plus and Blind Spot Assist.
Among the 21 colour options are three new shades - Magnetite Black, Tenorite Grey and Indium Grey. Of the 21 paint choices, 19 are metallic and eight are from the Designo range.
The Mercedes-Benz G350 BlueTEC runs on 18in five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. Here at Concept we have great rates across the whole Mercedes range including the Limited Stock Mercedes G350 CDi BlueTEC 211 Bhp Tiptronic Auto which can achieve over 25 MPG
The G350 comes with an extensive standard spec list including Privacy glass, Mercedes Bluetooth, Comand Satellite Navigation, Reversing Camera, Automatic Climate control and Electric windows/heated folding mirrors/twin memory seats/steering column.
As well as Heated seats front and rear, Harman Kardon Logic 7 stereo, Auto dimming rear view mirror, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Mercedes Parktronic front and rear, LED DRL Daytime Running Lights, Auto Bi-Xenon headlights, Headlamp wash, Rain sensors and Cornering Front fogs.

Contact us today to lease your brand new Mercedes G350!

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Guide To Selling Your Car

Selling your car is not always a simple process but it certainly shouldn’t be feared. Yes, you may need to jump through a few legal hoops to cover your back and protect yourself but we’ve put together the following guide to try and simplify the process for you.

This short guide will include all the information you may need. From meeting the buyer to legally signing the car over… it explains all.

Get Your Car Ready To Sell
Before you can find a buyer for your car, you will need to make sure that your car is in the best possible condition so that you can get the best possible price. There are a number of things that you can do to make sure your car has a more attractive offer to a potential buyer:

·   Thoroughly clean your car inside and out. It is very off-putting for a buyer to see crisp packets, crumbs, dog hairs and rubbish left inside your car. You will also want to clean the outside of any mud, dirt and grime so that it looks as new as possible.
·   Get rid of any nasty smells within the car and use air freshener to give any test drivers a pleasant experience.
·   Before you sell, it may be worth having any dents and scratches removed.
·   Gather relevant documentation together, including the V5C Registration certificate, Service history, MOT Certificates and any receipts you may have for work and maintenance.
Advertising Your Car
When selling your car, you have a lot of options available for advertising the car to potential buyers. It is important that you advertise your car as widely as possible because the more offers you get the stricter you can be with your pricing. Some of the places you can advertise are as follows:

·   The internet – sites like Auto Trader and Pistonheads are great places to advertise as you’ve got active searchers on the lookout. Sites like Gumtree and eBay should also be considered.
·   Notices in the window of your car. This is a great option for getting the attention of any passers-by, but make sure that your car is as presentable as possible and that it is parked appropriately.
·   Notices in shop windows. Some shop keepers will let you advertise in their windows, sometimes for a small fee. Talk to your local shop keeper to see if they can help you.
·   Local newspapers and free ads. Believe it or not, advertising within local newspapers still works, so don’t completely rule it out.
Wherever you display your ad you should make sure you include the make and model of the car, the year of registration, mileage, service history, any relevant features, price, a colour photograph and your contact details. Make sure you’re available to answer calls and meet buyers for test drives.

Meeting The Buyer and Receiving Payment
Most people are genuine and you will find selling your car a positive experience. However, just to be careful, you should not let the buyer take a test drive on their own or leave the buyer alone with the keys in the ignition. There is the potential that they will take the car and not return.

It’s also worth checking whether the buyer is insured to test drive the car as you may be the one who is penalised if they are not. Don’t meet a buyer on your own if you do not feel safe and remember you can always ask for proof of identity to make sure they are who they say they are.

When the buyer comes to see your vehicle, make sure that you have all the necessary documentation like MOT and V5C vehicle registration certificate ready. They may also want to check the vehicle identification and engine number.

Once you have agreed to sell the car to the buyer, you should not hand over the car or paperwork until you have received full payment. You can receive payment via a direct money transfer or CHAPs payment which is quick but means giving your bank details to the buyer. If the buyer is paying by cash, you may want to get them to meet you at the bank so it can be paid in then and there. The cashier can then check the amount and whether there are any forged notes present. If the buyer pays by cheque, wait for it to clear before handing the car over (make sure you agree this with the buyer first).

Selling Your Car to a Dealer or Trader
One option you may have is selling your car to a dealer or trader. This is the quickest and safest way of selling your car, however you will most likely get less money for the car than if you sell it privately yourself.

Car dealers and traders could be a motor vehicle auctioneer, a motor dealer, a car dealer, an insurer with whom you have settled a claim, a scrap yard motor vehicle dismantler or a finance company. You may want to check that the dealer/trader is a member of a trade association which follows a certain code of practice. You should approach the dealer with an idea in mind of what your car is worth and what you are willing to sell it for.


Selling Your Car Online

From the turn of the century, the concept of buying and selling cars online became more accessible. Sites like Autotrader, eBay Motors and Gumtree were the first platforms to allow people to come together to advertise, bid on and sell their cars.

Fast forward to 2006 and the wheel was reinvented again. A new generation of online car buying arrived, offering a different option of selling your car online. Rather than using a website like Autotrader as an online platform to sell your car privately, you could now sell your car online directly to a dealer’s forecourt.


The benefits to selling your car to one of these online car buying websites include no time wasted dealing with punters, the added security of dealing with a reputable company and same-day payments. In 2013, Trusted Car Buyers joined the revolution helping the public sell their cars online in a fairer way: with no admin fees or bank transfer charges.

Telling the DVLA That You Have Sold Your Car
An extremely important step when selling your car is to make sure you inform the DVLA of the sale. If you do not tell the DVLA, you will still be responsible for paying the car tax and any penalties for its non-payment or motoring offences committed by the new owner. If you have your V5C registration certificate, you can follow the process below:

·       Complete section 6 on the V5C
·       Sign section 8
·       Get the buyer to sign section 8
·       Give the completed V5C/2 section to the buyer
·       Send the V5C to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA
If you don’t have your V5C registration certificate, you can request one from the DVLA. You will need your vehicle registration mark, make and model, date of sale, name and address of new keeper and your signature. You must ensure the buyer sends the DVLA a completed V62 form as well.

If you have sold your car to a motor vehicle dealer or trader, you should not just rely on them to inform the DVLA of the sale for you. Here is what you should do:

·         Fill out the V5C section of your V5C registration certificate
·         Give the details and signature of the motor trader/dealer
·         Post this to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD
·         Give the dealer/trader the V5C and uncompleted V5C/2 section
Once you have informed the DVLA that you are selling your car, they will update their records and send you a letter within 4 weeks informing you that you are no longer responsible for that vehicle. You will then be refunded for the remaining months on your vehicle tax.
If you are selling and are considering leasing a new car, give us a call today and find out how we can help.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mercedes Citan: The Details

Powerful yet with Compact dimensions making it especially suitable for city use - for the first time, the Mercedes-Benz portfolio of vans features a dedicated delivery vehicle for the urban environment. With its impressive quality and driving dynamics, exemplary safety and economy, and high level of versatility and robustness, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is a truly professional urban delivery van.

There is a choice of three lengths and three model variants. Due to its versatility and adaptability, the new Mercedes Citan fulfils a broad range of commercial uses. Based on a Panel van, this urban delivery van is available in three different lengths: 3.94 m, 4.32 m and 4.71 m.

There is also a variable, 5-Seater Citan Mixto vehicle with a folding rear seat bench, wire mesh partition separating the load compartment, and two sliding doors. This mixed-use vehicle is based on the extra-long variant. The third basic design is the Citan Crewbus, which is also a five-seater vehicle with a folding rear seat bench and optional sliding doors on each side but this time with a long wheelbase.

As an alternative to the standard rear-end doors, Mercedes-Benz will be supplying the Citan with a wide-opening tailgate. Optional roof rails boost flexibility as does the optional ladder hatch for the panel van to facilitate the transportation of extra-long items.

As is the case with every Mercedes-Benz, safety plays a big role in the new Citan. The urban delivery van comes with the Electronic Stability Program Adaptive ESP as standard, which takes the vehicle load into consideration. This innovative dynamic handling control system in the new Citan combines the functions of the Anti-locking Braking System, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which counters over- and understeer, and TCS (Traction Control System). It also includes ASR (Acceleration Skid Control) and Drive and Braking Torque Control.


Start-off Assist, daytime running lamps, height-adjustable seat belts, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for the driver and front passenger, a seat belt reminder and driver airbag all come as standard.

In the panel van, a full partition wall protects the driver and front passenger from loads sliding or tipping over. There are rings in the rear for securing the load. A plastic floor covering and partial trim prevent items with sharp edges from damaging the body in the load compartment.

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz thanks to the vehicle's characteristic brand look. Providing the brand signature, the chromed star is self-assuredly set against the prominent, robust radiator grille with three sporty perforated louvres. The Mercedes-Benz Citan's bold headlamps and the pronounced V-shape to the bonnet with its clearly defined edges are equally striking.

The trapezoidal shape of the air intake in the bumper emphasises width and the powerful impression made by the Citan. Again, this feature is one of the brand's typical style elements at the present time, from the latest Mercedes-Benz cars in the compact class through to the new Actros.

Also emphasising width, the angular lower edge of the rear window mirrors the line of the vertically mounted tail lights, the detail of the new Citan reflecting the expert hand of Mercedes-Benz designers. On variants with rear-end doors, the numberplate is affixed on the wider, left-hand side of the asymmetric doors. When buyers order their Mercedes-Benz Citan with a tailgate, the numberplate is positioned centrally.

The new Citan is a compelling urban delivery van with a unique appearance and fits seamlessly into the portfolio alongside the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito vans.
Just as distinctive, the interior of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is equipped to a high standard. Both the driver and front passenger benefit from equally firm, comfortably padded seats. The form-fitting shape of the backrests in particular provides lateral support, thereby ensuring comfort and safety. Drawing on the brand's typical design idiom, the fabric cover on the seats is skin-friendly and breathable, as well as easy to care for and durable.
As powerful and striking as the exterior of the new Citan, the instrument panel is designed around the driver. The surface has a leather-like grain for an attractive look and feel.
Drivers of any other Mercedes-Benz will immediately feel at home in the cockpit of the new Citan and not just due to the familiar star on the steering wheel: the combination switches, gearknob, light switches and keys on the instrument panel all meet Mercedes-Benz's usual standards for the driver's area in terms of layout, look and function. Trim over the glove compartment enhances the interior further.

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is all about meeting the challenges faced in day-to-day operations. Functional features include a large glove compartment, a stowage compartment between the front seats and a useful overhead stowage compartment across the entire width of the windscreen to accommodate all those items that drivers keep on hand on a daily basis. The practical, standard equipment for the new Citan includes a height-adjustable steering wheel, central locking with remote control and exterior mirrors which can be adjusted from inside.

Here at Concept Vehicle Leasing we are delighted to offer a fantastic rate on the Mercedes-Benz Citan Long Diesel 1.5 109 CDi 5-Speed Van (Limited Stock)

The Citan comes with an extensive Standard Spec list including Privacy glass, Lima Cloth interior, Bluetooth phone preparation, Cruise control and Speed limiter, Electric windows/heated mirrors, Power steering, ABS, Cd/Mp3 player, USB Connector, Leather Steering wheel, Full Steel bulkhead, Twin Rear doors, Side loading doors, Daytime Running Lights and can achieve over 61 MPG


Monday, 13 April 2015

Car Badges: The History Behind 8 Familiar Motoring Logos




Established: 1948

The Porsche badge was first conceived in 1952, before appearing on the Porsche 356 in 1954. Stylised antlers and the state colours of red and black all echoed the crest of Württemberg-Baden, the area around Stuttgart in Germany where the company was based. Meanwhile, the black steed features on Stuttgart’s coat of arms and emphasised Porsche's bond with the city.

It also expressed the power of the cars Porsche would become famed for. The Porsche badge is one of the few to have barely changed over the years, with the exception of slightly trimmed lettering and a smoothing over of the horse’s contours.



Established: 1926

The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was trademarked in 1925, just in time for the 1926 union between DMG (Daimler) and Benz & Cie, which created the brand as we know it. The star symbolises the use of Daimler engines on land, at sea and in the air, and was combined with Benz’s laurel wreath on early logos.

In 1933, the first form of the modern logo was created – a black circlet with the silhouette of the Mercedes star inside. The star, laurel wreath and lettering were dropped in favour of the star alone in the nineties.


Established: 1898

When the Renault logo was first designed in 1900, it consisted of the intertwined initials of the Renault brothers Louis, Marcel and Fernand. The badge was initially a roundel on the front of the car, which was cut out as the horn was placed behind it and sound needed to escape.


It went through many transformations before evolving into a diamond in 1925. Since then it’s been developed into the 3D badge we now know. The yellow that is widely associated with the brand was first incorporated into the design in 1946, when the company was nationalised in France.



Established: 1899

Each of Audi’s four interlinked rings symbolise one of the four previously independent manufacturers – Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer – that merged to create the present-day Audi.

Established: 1903

The Vauxhall griffin was first used on the coat of arms of Fulks le Breant, a mercenary soldier who was granted the Manor of Luton by King John in the 13th century and was given a house in Lambeth, London. He named the building Fulks hall, and over time, the name was corrupted into ‘Vauxhall’.

Vauxhall Ironworks later adopted the griffin in 1857 as its logo, and in 1903 kept it when it became the motor company that we now know.


Established: 1887

The Peugeot lion has gone through several dramatic makeovers in its lifetime. Back in 1847, when Peugeot produced saw blades and other tools, the lion was chosen as the logo to reflect the strength and suppleness of its saws.


Various versions of a gilt lion were eventually replaced by a new generation of the logo – the lion in outline arrived with the Peugeot 604 in 1975. It has changed little since then, evolving into a more fluid design.



Established: 1919

On a trip to Poland in 1890, Andre Citroen discovered a gear-cutting process that was based on a chevron-shaped design. Citroen saw this as the means to start his career in manufacturing, so in 1919, when he began making vehicles, he adopted the double chevron as his logo.


Of course, over the intervening years, it has seen many changes, but it wasn’t until the eighties that the blue and yellow scheme was dropped in favour of white and red for a more dynamic appearance.



Established: 1895

The Skoda name didn’t appear until 1926 – around 30 years after the company was born (it was originally called Laurin and Klement after the founders). With it came the modern logo.

The origins of the winged arrow are unknown, although rumours suggest the circle represents the globe, the wing technical progress and the arrow advanced production methods. It wasn’t until 1999 that the badge was given its current colour scheme. Skoda unveiled its latest badge at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.


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