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Friday, 9 October 2015

Why do cars depreciate in value?

Vehicle depreciation and what you can do combat it...

We’ve all heard that cars depreciate in value as soon as they are driven off the forecourt, but what does that actually mean? Well, the depreciation of a vehicle is quite simply the difference between the value of the car when you first buy it and the value of the car when you decide to sell it. All cars depreciate over time and on average a car will lose 40% of its value in year one.

By the end of year three, most cars will have lost 60% of their value. But what causes this depreciation?

We have highlighted some of the main reasons below.

Dealership costs

One of the main reasons a car depreciates as soon as it leave the forecourt is because the buyer has paid extra costs to the dealership above the value of the car. The dealership obviously needs to make a profit on the car, but they also need to pay their staff and other overheads, therefore an additional cost is added to the car. Once you have purchased the car, these costs are no longer relevant to its value so it decreases instantly.

Age of the car

As your car gets older, the value decreases, just as it does with anything you buy. The best way to avoid depreciation by age is to buy an older car. A 5 year old car will depreciate much slower than new one and most cars will have finished depreciating by the time they are 8 years old.

Usage of the car

The higher the mileage of your car, the faster the depreciation. If you drive your car for over 10,000 miles a year, it is likely to depreciate more rapidly than a car which gets less use.

Condition of the car

If your car has scratches, dents or damage when you go to sell it, it will be worth less than an undamaged car. Also, if you have internal damage this will lessen the value, so try to drive sensibly! Getting your car serviced regularly will help to maintain the value of the car.

High fuel efficiency

There is a higher interest in cars which have a better fuel efficiency, therefore a car that uses a lot of fuel is less desirable and will therefore depreciate quicker.

Model updates

Cars are constantly being upgraded with innovative new designs and technologies to make the driving experience a better one. If your car model has been out for a while and a new model is going to be released soon, you can be sure that your car will depreciate faster.

So what can you do?

There are plenty of ways to slow down the depreciation of your car. Keeping your vehicle in a good, clean condition, keeping mileage at a minimum, getting servicing done when appropriate and keeping your service record as well as swiftly attending to any repairs necessary will all help to slow down the depreciation process.

If you’re wondering what your cars level of depreciation is, you can find a car depreciation calculator here.

If you want to avoid depreciation costs altogether, contact one of our team members today about leasing a car.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BMW i3, the future of urban mobility

BMW i3, the future of urban mobility – or so it calls itself.

The big fancy booklet that comes with it talks about change and innovation, the general theory is that sustainability is here to stay and it’s time to get on board via the BMW i3.

We are weary of mentioning the giant VW shaped elephant in the room but the fact is since the recent emissions debacle the green movement is only going to gain more traction. We aren’t biased here at Concept on our choice of engine but electric was one area we weren’t entirely clued up on. So what better way to learn more about electric cars than to drive one for a week, and here are our thoughts:-

Do I look fat in this?

The first thing anyone ever notices about a car is the look and size. Our office all had mixed opinions, some good, some bad, this all comes down to personal preference but it is defiantly small and modern. The interior is taken up largely by the front two seats which very nearly touch the roof, they can be adjusted up and down but the height of them is similar to a sports car. This being said, they are extremely comfortable. Not too soft, not too hard, fantastic height for resting the head, if goldilocks could get her hands on one she’d never leave.

Once seated the interior of the car is quite spacious. The twin sun roofs for the driver and passenger give the illusion of more space and for a person of 6ft there was ample leg room when the seat was fully back. The back seats would fit a few small things, be it boxes, children or luggage, but other fully grown members will find it a bit tight on drives longer than 15 minutes.

The boot however is limited, you can get in all your groceries and the back seats can be folded down but we expected to find more space back there. The ‘suicide doors’ were also a matter of contention in the office so this feature comes down to personal preference. The way they function mean the back doors are hinged at the rear of the car as there is no central column, which means that the front doors have to be opened before you can open the back doors. This does provide for very easy access into the car, however you do need to open the front doors before you can open the back.

What do all these buttons do?

The Sat Nav is HUGE! This is fantastic we can actually see where it is sending us and because of the fantastic position it doesn’t obstruct our vision. The entire dashboard was actually very different but easy to use. The radio was easy to tune and well placed for easy access. The dip in the middle of the dashboard also provides ample room for your cell phone, sandwich or any other distracting things we’re not meant to use.

The interior design we had was the Suite Interior World, at first we weren’t a huge fan of this as the finish of the eco friendly material looked a bit rough and the white flecks reflected slightly in the windscreen but over time it did actually win us over. The cost of this earth friendly addition however is something we probably wouldn’t splurge on as it is heavy on the pocket.
There are a lot of gadgets you can ramp up the i3 with, however the two things there wasn’t an option of having were a bike rack or tow bar.

Does it drive like it runs AA batteries? 

If you aren’t used to electric you may expect it to drive like your sons remote control car on a shaggy carpet and this is the most surprising thing, it doesn’t - it’s zippy, really zippy. The i3 is responsive when accelerating in ways that normal automatics are not, it goes at the tap of a foot. The way it decelerates is like a manual, once you take your foot off it slows down drastically. This takes a bit of getting used to but if you adjust the way you drive and anticipate the traffic ahead you can do all your driving with only one foot.

The turning circle, as expected, was great – U-turns are a breeze and the steering is very responsive. The drive however was quite bumpy, you can feel a lot of lumps in the road so this could really be improved.

One of the best and worst features is the sound. It is so quiet, so much so you are surprised when the car actually takes off without the roaring splutter of an engine. This creates a sense of real tranquillity that unfortunately can turn into a sense of - I am actually falling asleep. Lucky the sound system is fantastic.

How much does it REALY cost to charge?

Each night it was simply plugged into the wall socket in the garage and taken off again each morning, we didn’t have access to the rapid charger which apparently takes 3 hours. There is the option of getting the range extender model but it is significantly more expensive and the i3 isn’t really aimed at the long distance driver.

When running about the city there are only 1,400 electric ‘fill up’ stations, however 40% of these are out of action at any given time (according to the Evening Standard). Old Boris does have ambitions to have 6,000 charging stations set up by 2016 but if they go via the current rate of in-active machines that will mean 2,400 non-working machines, and no doubt we will be lucky enough to only find a park at these stations.

As we used the i3 as a home to work vehicle we never actually had to charge it during the day.  During a morning route to and from work, including a school run and a few run arounds in the afternoon, we never ran out of charge and generally had about 20 miles left at the end of the day. This cost on average £2 a night to charge, so roughly £14 a week, compared to the £50 that was usually spent on petrol. So we are looking at a savings of around £1,872 a year. With the lease on a BMW i3 with concept currently costing £239.49 + VAT (based on a 2 year lease) it’s definitely worth considering.

So what’s the verdict?

A garage makes this whole process a lot easier. If you park on the street you’re going to need a heavy duty extension cord or you will be playing active charging station roulette throughout the city. There is the 75% grant from the government ‘for the provision of domestic charging points’ but there isn’t any provision for installing a company charging point at the office. So for the corporate client, electric may be determined on whether your employees have access to charging points, can have one installed at home or you may have to put some in yourself - at roughly £1,000 to £1,200 for installation, there goes the petrol savings for the year.

If you have a garage, then electric is definitely for you, it really is bliss not having to worry about finding the nearest petrol station and just think of what you can do with those savings. If you don’t have a garage then electric is going to take some logistical thinking.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

VW Emissions Crisis

VW Emissions Crisis

With response to the recent VW emissions crisis we have the following announcement from the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), they are the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector. The association regulates the industry through a regular series of quality assurance inspections and a mandatory code of conduct.

BVRLA comment on VW emissions crisis

In response to the US emissions scandal that emerged last week, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney has made the following statement:

“The rental and leasing industry plays a vital role in promoting the uptake of clean vehicles, so it will be affected as this crisis unfolds. Our members and their customers are concerned as to the potential ramifications it will have for the UK fleet sector.

“Numerous investigations are now underway, so we will be watching closely to see if the scope widens further to include other manufacturers and vehicles. It is difficult to comment any further about potential impacts until we have a better understanding of how governments, manufacturers and customers react.

“In the meantime, we should remember that diesel engines are the most energy-efficient internal combustion engines, and diesel vehicles remain a vital part of the fleet mix. It is often the most appropriate powertrain for long distance journeys and non-urban freight transportation, and the latest Euro 6 diesel engines have made some major gains in reducing harmful NOx emissions.

"For some time now, the BVRLA has been calling for the introduction of more accurate, real-world testing regimes for both CO2 and NOx. We hope that these will now be introduced swiftly and successfully, helping to restore much of the trust that has been lost.”

- We will provide regular updates on this situation as they arise.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Big 5: Things to Consider for your Vehicle Lease

The Big 5 -things to consider for your vehicle lease

Vehicle Leasing can be complicated, but at Concept we will provide you with the first day of school hand hold grade of step by step advice. We want to understand your needs and make sure you understand all the benefits and disadvantages for the different leases we have to offer, so you can find the perfect fit, both for the vehicle you want and financially.

Lease Term

The lease term is simply the length of time that your car will be leased. Typically, this will be anything from 24 – 48 months. Generally, the longer the term the lower the monthly repayments. The choice you make is largely based on the commitment that you want to make, but your decision should also factor in things like warranties, maintenance and termination costs.

Maintenance Contracts

Like any car, whether you’re leasing or owning the vehicle, there is likely to be a few bumps and scrapes. It is important that you understand what maintenance is covered in your lease agreement so that there are no unexpected additional costs. You can also find out things like will you receive a courtesy car free of charge if any work is needed on your vehicle.

Mileage Restrictions

The more miles a car drives, the more its value drops. This is no exception when it comes to leasing.
When you agree on a leasing contract, an annual mileage for the contract will be agreed, every mile that exceeds this mileage limit will be subject to a set fee. While agreeing to a lower mileage may save you some pennies on your lease, under-estimating your mileage could really cost you with excess charges, so make sure you know how much driving you’ll be doing during the lease.


Leases generally do not include insurance as the car does not belong to you, so having fully comprehensive insurance is a necessity.

Although this is easy to obtain, the premiums on insurance can often be higher if you choose to lease rather than if you owned the vehicle – that’s why at Concept we are delighted to work with the SIA Group in order to provide our clients with access to a comprehensive range of insurance related services.

Owning the Vehicle

Consider whether leasing a car is better for your situation rather than owning the vehicle. Some leases allow the opportunity for drivers to own the car at the conclusion of the agreement, this is generally only an option for business lease holders however there are a few exceptions for personal leases. What you want to happen at the end of the agreement will have a heavy impact on the type of lease agreement you take up going forward.

If this is all making as much sense as a fish in gumboots then do not fret, we are here to help. We have a number of lease agreements for both Personal & Business users to suit any need and a wide range of vehicles on offer. We can walk you through all your options and explain all the little bits a pieces you need to know.

Got a question? Find out more, take a look at our website, or contact us today to find a deal that suits your needs.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Top Tips for more efficient Driving

WARNING TO ALL DRIVERS, New research shows that when it comes to petrol you’re basically throwing money down the drain!

What’s that you say? - You already knew this, nothing new, but your rear end just can’t hack the small triangle of a bicycle seat. So down the drain it goes, litre by litre, as you sit in traffic waiting for the grace of a small round light.

Petrol prices are what they are, and whilst they continue to increase there really isn’t anything we can do about it, but there is however a few things we can do about the way we drive, resulting in less petrol used and more money in the pocket.

A recent survey, conducted by Barclaycard Fuel+ found that on average British drivers waste over 636 million litres of petrol each year equating to an astonishing £700 million spent on fuel bills per year in the UK, let’s not even get into how many vintage Merc’s that is.

While most motorists could benefit from shopping around for the cheapest fuel, the Barclaycard Fuel+ survey recommended that choosing to drive more efficiently could save you up to £84 per year. Some of you may believe you’re the next Lewis Hamilton and not be inclined to change your ways, but for those who are willing, fuel economy could be increased by 10% per year for the small price of changing a few habits.

It will take some time to see a big difference in your fuel bill, but at least in the long term, many drivers could soon be saving hundreds on their fuel, their MOT and their insurance.

Top Tips for more efficient Driving:

1) Turn off your engine when stationary
We’re all familiar with traffic jams and long waits at temporary traffic lights. While you’re idle with your foot firmly rooted on the brake pedal, more and more fuel is being dumped down the drain, essentially for doing absolutely nothing. But don’t turn the engine on and off to frequently as this can wear out the starter in your engine.

2) Drive in the right gear
According to the Energy Saving Trust, skipping gears is recommended, so long as you’re driving in the highest possible gear for the condition of the road. This reduces fuel consumption as well as prevents wear and tear on the car’s transmission. If you have a newer car, look out for the handy ‘Shift’ light on your car dashboard to signal when you need to change gear.

3) Use the handbrake whilst waiting in traffic lights
While we wouldn’t recommend turning your engine off every time the car is stationary, an easy way to be more efficient is to simply use the handbrake while waiting at traffic lights. In the long term, this will stop excessive wearing on your pedals.

4) Give your tyres some TLC
It is your responsibility to regularly check tyre pressure, particularly before long journeys, in accordance to the correct pressure stated in the car’s handbook. Underinflated tyres can increase your fuel intake by 15%, meaning the petrol pump will be absorbing more money than necessary. Want to save even more money? Get eco tyres to save up to a litre per tank.

5) Drive along at one continuous speed.
The accelerator and brakes are money burners, so be conscious of not revving to speed up and braking too hard. Speed up smoothly and where safe, allow yourself to slow naturally. Try to always remember that your car is at its most efficient when travelling at one continuous speed.

Let’s be honest, we love our cars and we love driving them, we’re not going to give them up until teleportation devices go public and we can arrive at our destination in a matter of seconds.

If you were to take away one thing it should be that every time you have to put your foot on the accelerator – the harder you press the more fuel you’ll be using, and the less beers you’ll be buying.
Keep this thought front of mind when you’re driving and you’ll be saving petrol whenever you get in the car.

Let us know of any top tips for saving you may have, or anywhere we can top up cheap the next time around.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The abolition of the paper counterpart driving licence

The paper counterpart driving licence - do you know the laws?

You may or may not already know this, but as of June 8th 2015, the paper counterpart driving licence was no longer valid or even issued by the DVLA.

The paper counterpart was traditionally used to display any details that could not be displayed on your photo card; for example, the vehicle categories you are entitled to drive or the penalty points against you for driving infringements. This information will now all be stored electronically instead.
It has been advised by the DVLA that you should now destroy your paper counterpart as it holds no legal status anyway, unless you have a paper driving licence which was produced before the photo card came into existence in 1998. These paper driving licences are still valid and should not be destroyed.

Penalty points, or endorsements, will still be recorded and you will still have to pay any fines applicable and submit your licence to the court. The only thing that has changed is the way in which the courts deal with the paperwork. If you have a photo card licence, the courts will keep the paper counterpart and give you back the photo card. If you still have a paper licence, the court will return this to you but will not print any offences on it. You will now only be able to view your driving licence endorsements online or by telephone/post request.

For new drivers this means you will not need to take your paper counterpart to your driving test but you will still need to take your photo card or paper licence. For existing drivers, if you need to confirm your driving status to an employer you can generate a ‘check code’ to give to your employer so they can check your details online. They will now be able to see any endorsements you may have and which vehicle categories you are eligible to drive.

There has been some confusion regarding car hire and the relevance of the paper counterpart in that situation. The best advice going forward is to check with the hire company whether or not they need to see details of your driving licence beyond the photo card.

You can use the ‘request a code’ online service mentioned earlier in this article to share your details with a hire company. This code will only be valid for 72 hours. You can also request that the DVLA provide verbal confirmation of your licence details to a car hire company. You may not even be asked to provide this information but it is best to ask the hire company involved. The same should apply for overseas hires, but again it is important to check with the hire company first.

The reason these changes have been made is to abide by the DVLA’s strategic plan, part of which states that the DVLA are committed to simplifying their service. Although it may seem confusing at first, these changes will provide easy access to your most up to date driving licence details in the future.

Got a question about the abortion of the&nbsp paper counterpart driving licence, we may be able to help. Contact the Concept Vehicle Leasing team today.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Great Lease Deals: Sit back and enjoy your motoring

Have you enjoyed your driving this summer? In order to make your driving more fun and enjoyable, we've put together a list of some of our favourite cars to make your driving experience better, as after all, when looking for a lease car, you want to find something that is comfortable, cool and stylish, all at an affordable price.

This time of year is usually a very busy time for businesses as they host events and everyone is out and about. This can mean that you are out on the road and driving more than usual. For that reason, you want to ensure you are in a car that provides everything you need, from air conditioning to keep cool to a great sound system for your entertainment.

To help, we have put together a list of some of the best lease deals available at Concept Vehicle Leasing this year to help you with your choice.

BMW 1-Series 116D
£229.99 + VAT per month (£275.99 per month)

The BMW 1 Series - high levels of performance and efficiency that, even on paper, leave its competitors behind.

Mercedes E-Class Saloon E220 CDi SE 4dr Auto
£284.99 + VAT per month (£341.39 per month)

Dramatic styling and unprecedented levels of technology providing both power and efficiency in abundance.

Smart Forfour 1.0 Passion 5dr
£152.49 + VAT per month (£182.99 per month)

The Smart Forfour - innovative and practical and full of possibilities - perfect for the city.

Ford Ecosport 1.5 Zetec 5dr
£139.49 + VAT per month (£167.39 per month)

The Ford Ecosport - the new Urban SUV delivering an exciting drive. Ready to take you anywhere.

Seat Leon 2.0 TDi FR 184ps 5dr
£199.99 + VAT per month (£239.99 per month)

Incredible driving wherever the road takes you. Everything you'll want in a car.

As you can see we have a wide range of reliable and comfortable vehicles to not only get you to where you need to be, but to get you there in style. We would recommend these lease deals to anyone looking for a vehicle that will be an enjoyable drive and very attractive and eye catching.

We have plenty of other great lease offers available to on our website, or you can contact us today to find a deal that suits your needs.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Is a short term car lease right for your business?

You could soon be hitting the road with a Short Term Business Lease

Deciding which lease type is right for your business can be a difficult task. With so many options available to you, how can you possibly know which would be the most effective? At Concept Vehicle Leasing, we can discuss your businesses specific needs and find the right lease for you and for many businesses, a short term car lease is ideal.

Our short term car leases allow you to commit to as little as a 30 day contractual agreement which really takes the pressure off. We have a wide range of vehicles available for you to choose from; all you need to do is open an account with us, wait for it to be approved and you’ll be on your way to your first lease! If you’re still undecided on whether a short term car lease is right for your business, here are a few questions you may want to answer first.

Does your business require flexibility?

In business, change is common and usually necessary for the businesses own development. This can mean that your requirements change too. A short term lease enables you to make regular changes, whether that be leasing more cars in a short space of time or removing vehicles from your fleet. We are able to get a vehicle to most locations within 7 days which can be extremely helpful for flexible businesses.

Do you need a reliable service to save you time?

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate and will need a reliable lease that saves you time and hassle. At Concept Vehicle Leasing, we provide you with an account manager who handles everything for you. You will also have breakdown assistance and recovery if any unforeseen complications were to arise.

Does your business require several vehicles for different employees?

If several of your employees require a vehicle, you may want to consider a short term car lease for new employees who are still on their probation period. That way, if things weren’t to work out with the employee, you wouldn’t be tied in to a long term contract for a car that isn’t needed.

Do you want to be able to choose from a wide range of vehicles?

Depending on your business, you may have a specific type/brand of vehicle in mind. Perhaps you need a vehicle for frequent, short journeys. Maybe you need a vehicle for longer journeys or you might even want eye catching vehicles that will get you noticed.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing, we have a range of over 600 vehicles for you to choose from, so you are guaranteed to find what you need. Choosing a short term lease will allow you to switch vehicles regularly, depending on your requirements.

We have access to a range of over 600 vehicles throughout the UK, which include small and medium hatchbacks, Hybrid / Electric vehicles, small commercials and executive / luxury vehicles with options starting at just £225 + VAT per 28 days.

Take a look at some short term leasing examples below:

Typical P11D
Periods (x 28 Days) (All Rates are Excluding VAT)
Nissan Note
Mini Cooper
Peugeot 308
BMW 1-Series
BMW 3-Series M Sport GT (Auto)
VW Tiguan
BMW i3

Do you need a specialist vehicle?

At some point, your business may require a specialist vehicle to get the job done. Perhaps you are hosting an event and you need a refrigerated van? Whatever the reason, Concept Vehicle Leasing have a solution. You can hire our specialist vehicles for as little at 1 day, making it an extremely convenient and attractive offer.

Take a look at some short term leasing examples below:

Typical P11D
Periods (x 28 Days) (All Rates are Excluding VAT)
Peugeot Partner

A short term car lease offers many benefits for your business. It provides a flexible option and means that your money is not tied up in what may be a depreciating asset.

If you still feel unsure of whether it is right for you or not, feel free to get in touch with our team who are always happy to help guide you through the process and help you make a decision that will benefit you.

Monday, 22 June 2015

The All New BMW 7-Series - The Savoy Of Cars!

With the new 2016 BMW 7-Series, BMW has redefined what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form.

Ground breaking technologies in the areas of lightweight design, powertrains, chassis, operating systems, intelligent connectivity and interior ambience underline its mission to bring together unbeatable driving pleasure and long distance comfort in a luxury Saloon.

Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group's new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro-active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with Adaptive mode and BMW Laserlight.

Maximising well-being in the rear of the vehicle are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function and Vitality Programme, the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, the Welcome Light Carpet, the Ambient highlight and a Smartphone holder with wireless charging station.

Standout innovations in operating system and driver assistance technology include the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW Gesture control, ensuring those nights spent playing on your Nintendo Wii didn’t go to waste, as well as Touch Command for those not wanting to flail their arms around whilst in traffic.

The new BMW Head-Up Display (HUD) which is 75% bigger than its predecessor’s HUD and features amazing new graphics. Real-time navigation and speed limit information will now be displayed on the HUD.

Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and Lane control assistant, Active side collision protection, Surround View with 3D View and the Remote Control Parking system.

The design of the new BMW 7-Series showcases the car’s character. Harmonious proportions, a strongly controlled surface design and precise lines point to the stylistic confidence, assured dynamics and exclusive elegance at work here.

The optimised balance of driving pleasure and long-distance comfort finds clear expression in the unmistakable aura of the luxury saloon, which is available in both standard and long wheelbase variants.

Characteristic features of the interior include generous levels of space, the driver-focused cockpit design, the fusion of exquisite materials and precision craftsmanship and the sophisticated functionality of the control and display elements.

The M Sport package, the design Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition will be available for the new BMW 7-Series from launch.

They underline the car’s dynamic ability, exclusive elegance and luxurious ambience to great effect, and satisfy the diverse expectations of customers around the world.

BMW EfficientLightweight helps to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7-Series models by up to 130 kg compared to their previous generation counterparts. At the centre of it all is the body structure with Carbon Core, which was developed for the BMW i8 and i3.

The new BMW 7-Series is the first car in its sector in which industrially manufactured CFRP combines with steel and aluminium. The intelligent body concept uses this mixed-materials approach to increase the strength and rigidity of the car while at the same time significantly reducing vehicle weight.

The new BMW 7-Series is available with an extensively updated V8 engine and 6-cylinder variants from BMW's latest generation of power units. All the engines link up as standard with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which can be specified as an option, also operates more effectively than ever.

Additionally, the new 7-Series will be launched with the choice of two engines, the 730d and the 740i.

The first 3.0L diesel engine can achieve 0-62 mph in only 5.28 seconds. While the 740i petrol engine produces 321 Bhp and beats the previous engine in acceleration by 0.3 seconds.

A plug-in Hybrid version will be available shortly after the 7-Series’ launch and will be powered by a 2.0L Turbo Charged 4 Cylinder engine via an Electric motor.

In the new BMW 7-Series the iDrive operating system's monitor comes in touch display form for the first time. This means customers will also be able to operate the system in the same way as modern electronic devices.

In addition to using the Controller to control the system in familiar style, its functions can also be selected and activated by touching the screen's surface.

Another new addition to the iDrive system's functionality is BMW gesture control, which is being introduced for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion.

The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming phone calls. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function.

Also joining the fray is a new smartphone holder integrated into the centre console, which allows wireless, inductive charging for mobile phones for the first time in a car.

The BMW 750Li xDrive, BMW 740Li, BMW 730Ld and BMW 730Ld xDrive models specified with the optional Executive Lounge, which redefines personal well-being in a luxury car, offer levels of comfort a class apart.

This equipment package includes Automatic Air-conditioning with 4-Zone Control, Electrically adjustable Comfort seats with Massage function in the rear and Active seat Ventilation for all seats, plus the optional Executive Lounge Seating, Executive Lounge Rear console and Rear-seat Entertainment Experience with BMW Touch Command.

The massage function now also includes the Vitality Programme, which allows rear passengers to engage in active physical exercise for recuperation purposes.

The Executive Lounge Seating option increases comfort in the rear seat behind the front passenger seat, which can slide forward by an additional 90mm and has an electrically extendable footrest integrated into its backrest.

The rear passenger can unwind into an extremely relaxing position thanks to a backrest which can recline impressively close to the horizontal position.

The Executive Lounge Rear console houses a fold-out table, additional cupholders and the Touch Command system. 

This removable 7in Tablet allows the user to control the infotainment and comfort functions available in the rear of the new BMW 7-Series and can also be used to play back external audio and video files, as a games console or to surf the internet. 

In total there are 24 features you can control with the BMW Touch Command tablet. Passengers in the back can also enjoy video streaming over the car’s Wi-Fi hot spot on two 10in screens in the headrests. You will never want to leave the car again.

The exclusive ambience inside the new BMW 7-Series is also enhanced by a precisely arranged lighting design.

The Ambient light option now includes the Welcome Light Carpet, which provides eye-catching illumination of the area around the car doors.

Another unique feature is the Ambient highlight for the long-wheelbase versions of the new BMW 7-Series, which bathes the rear compartment in an atmospheric light from light sources positioned vertically on the B-pillars.

Long-wheelbase versions of the new BMW 7-Series will also be available with the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, which is likewise one of a kind in the luxury saloon segment.

When it gets dark, the light emitted from side-mounted LED modules is directed evenly on to the glass surface, where it hits an imprinted graphic. This creates an atmospheric motif mimicking a starry sky.

Another option customers can select is the Ambient Air package, which ionises the air and generates a selection of eight aromas.

Outstanding sound quality, meanwhile, is the speciality of the likewise newly developed Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, which has been specifically tuned to the interior of the new BMW 7-Series.

The new BMW 7-Series is the world's first series-produced car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. 

As such, the Remote Control Parking option allows drivers to access tight parking spaces with ease. The driver initiates the car's progress forwards into or in reverse out of a space using the newly developed BMW Display Key. While the car is carrying out the semi-automated manoeuvre, the driver watches out for obstacles.

Another new feature is BMW Laserlight, taken from the BMW i8. Thanks to BMW Selective Beam, this is dazzle-free and can be specified for the new BMW 7-Series as an alternative to the standard full-LED headlights.

The laser headlights generate a particularly bright, pure white light as well as providing a high-beam range of 600 metres, double that of the LED headlights. 

Even if you are on winding roads Laserlight has can adapt, ‘Curve light’ adjusts the headlights to position in the way the road bends, improving visibility throughout.

The Steering and lane control assistant, Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Rear collision prevention and Crossing traffic warning functions have been added to the Driving Assistant Plus system.

Meanwhile, the Traffic jam assistant - which involves semi-automated driving - can be used on any type of road and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function now only requires drivers to press a button to incorporate speed restrictions detected by the Speed Limit Info function.

The new generation of the Surround View system now also includes a 3D View and Panorama Side View option in the Control Display.

The controls on the centre console are - like the interior trim strip - framed by fine wood or aluminium surfaces. Both the trim strips and the instrument panel's chrome surrounds which border them are made individually for each car.

The standard and optional equipment items designed to create a luxurious sense of well-being in the rear of the new BMW 7-Series are marked out by carefully selected materials and build quality defined by precision craftsmanship. 

Customers can choose from five colour variants for the standard Dakota leather upholstery, while the optional Exclusive Nappa leather is available in a selection of six colours.

Design and equipment packages available from the launch of the new BMW 7-Series underline the car's extra sportiness and luxurious comfort to particularly striking effect.

The eye-catching and exclusive appearance of the new BMW 7-Series is further enhanced by the Pure Excellence pack, which is available separately for both the exterior and the interior. The exterior appearance is lifted another notch by an additional chrome strip above the front foglights.

This feature is joined by matte black painted brake callipers and a chrome strip for the rear apron, which frames the exhaust tailpipe surrounds and connects them together.

An Alcantara headliner, door sill plates in Fine Brushed Aluminium, precise decorative stitching in the lower section of the instrument panel, and fine wood inlays for the seat belt outlet covers, armrest and roof grab handles in the rear, bring an inviting and sophisticated aura to the interior.

The M Sport pack enables customers to experience the dynamic driving properties of the new BMW 7-Series in even greater depth and also ensures these attributes enjoy clear visual expression.

This option includes an M aerodynamic pack comprising model-specific front/rear aprons and side skirts, plus 19in M Twin Spoke light-alloy wheels, matt black painted brake callipers, illuminated door sill plates bearing the M logo and accents in either light or dark chrome.

M-specific details also underline the sporting character of the new BMW 7-Series in the interior. These include the BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite and the M driver's footrest, as well as comfort seats in Dakota leather with M-specific piping, the optional Ambient light and Fineline black fine wood interior trim strips with high-gloss metal effect.

The active air flap control system, with adjustable bars in the BMW kidney grille that is being fitted for the first time, aids engine cooling in line with requirements in innovative fashion.

Whenever more cooling air is required, the additional bars automatically swing open. This combines with the flaps in the lower air intake to allow the supply of air for cooling the engine and brakes to be adjusted in a total of five stages as demands dictate.

During the warming up phase and when operating at low loads, the BMW kidney grille is closed completely to reduce air drag at the front of the vehicle.

All in all, this is a very impressive car! We can’t wait for the launch!

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