Chat about car leasing at Wycombe Business Expo 2012

Fleetdrive will once again be exhibiting at the Wycombe Business Expo. Taking place at Cressex Community School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on Friday 2nd November, the event offers a great venue to chat face to face with our friendly team and pick up details of the latest fleet offers. Contact us if you’d like a free priority pass for the event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Just had new contract hire offer in – Fo

Just had new contract hire offer in – Ford Kuga 2.0tdci Zetec 3+23 10k – £275 + VAT

Fleets feel the fuel cost pressure

One-in-four UK businesses employing more than 1,000 staff have identified cutting fuel costs as their number one fleet priority, research suggests. Meanwhile, a separate survey has revealed that business drivers are also taking steps to reduce their fuel consumption and associated costs. Of the 1,000 business drivers interviewed: 50% are shopping around for the cheapest fuel; 65% are reducing their speed and driving more smoothly to save fuel; and 20% are cutting back on mileage driven. The news comes in the wake fleets facing rising pump prices and whether they are being treated unfairly because of the relatively high cost of diesel. Of course another cost-saving option to look at is to go electric. With the Government’s £5,000 grant towards the cost of a new vehicle, and the ongoing developments in electric vehicle technology, electric vehicles are fast becoming a feasible option for many…

New Golf Bluemotion reduces CO2 to 85g/km

In late summer 2013, Volkswagen will launch the 1.6-litre TDI Bluemotion Golf. This all-new engine offers 110bhp, 5bhp more than the standard 1.6 TDI, and reduces emissions from 99g/km to just 85g/km, with fuel efficiency of 88.3mpg. It will be priced slightly higher – expect an £800 premium – and while Volkswagen will run both models side-by-side for a time, it has not ruled out dropping the lower powered engine at some point. That decision rests on whether it decides to bring the Bluemotion in both S and SE trim – the current car is available only in one trim. Volkswagen predicts sales to be largely unchanged from the existing model’s 60,000, which account for almost three-quarters of total Golf registrations. For now, the 1.6-litre TDI SE 105bhp five-speed manual will be the key model. Fleets can order from October 18; deliveries begin in…

I love the fact that we still have great

I love the fact that we still have great engineering talent in the UK.

Ashwoods hybrid LCV available for contract hire

A new website to help public sector fleets realise the benefits of a Government hybrid vehicle programme is now live. The Department for Transport (DfT) is offering grant funding towards a new Ashwoods Hybrid Transit light commercial vehicle (LCV) through its Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP). The programme was established to help public sector organisations such as central and local government bodies to become early adopters of low carbon vehicles. It has now been extended to cover housing associations, universities and further education establishments. The Ashwoods Hybrid Transit, produced by Ashwoods Automotive Ltd and based on the popular RWD Ford Transit, is the only DfT-approved vehicle in the programme. It is available as a chassis cab, minibus or panel van. Under the LCVPP scheme, DfT provides a subsidy of more than £3,400 per vehicle. DfT is only providing subsidies for the first 500…

Prices announced for new VW Golf

Prices for the all-new Volkswagen Golf have been revealed. Not only is the new car lighter, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 29 million have been sold, but it also offers better value, with UK prices starting at £16,330 – lower than its predecessor. From launch, the Golf will be available in the UK in three trim levels: S, SE and GT (the GTI and BlueMotion models will join the line-up in 2013). Four petrol engines and two diesel engines will be available to order. The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 PS, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS motor to the all-new 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS engine with Active Cylinder Technology. This helps to create an engine capable…

The damaging facts about parking your leased car

New figures from British Car Auctions (BCA), reveal that only 3% of motorists whose vehicles were damaged while parked had been left any contact details from the other party. Car door dents were the most common damage to parked cars with nearly two-thirds of motorists reporting this type of damage. Paintwork scratches or key lines accounted for 61% of damage, while 32% of motorists surveyed by BCA returned to their vehicle to find wing mirror damage. Damage on unattended vehicles: Car door dents – 64% Paintwork scratches or key damage – 61% Wing mirror damage – 32% Deflated tyres – 3.6% Graffiti – 1.4% According to BCA’s poll of nearly 1,000 motorists, the state of UK roads and the effect on vehicle condition is also a cause for concern. Over two thirds blame potholes for noticeable or significant damage to their car. And more…