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ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR MERCEDES-BENZ VANS UK LTD

16 Jan 2020 15:07:12

Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 44,130 vehicles in 2019 - a 14.4% increase on the previous year, representing another record broken for the manufacturer. In fact, in 2019, the Brand secured record monthly sales performances in January through to August consecutively, and achieved record Vito, Sprinter chassis, and X-Class sales. Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, added: "We are so proud to keep Britain's businesses moving and record figures like this confirm that we have got it right; not just the right product, but the right services, processes and of course, people." This result positioned Mercedes-Benz in position three in the overall van market (which itself was up just 4.2% overall on 2018), with the Sprinter in the top position for the large van market in the UK. The Brand also lent more money than ever before to businesses requiring a van to keep them moving, and succeeded in lending over £400m, which is +£44m on the previous best ever year.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S NEW SHAPE-SHIFTING SEAT KEEPS YOU WALKING

16 Jan 2020 15:05:59

Jaguar Land Rover is developing the seat of the future. The 'morphable' seat uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you're walking. The pioneering shape-shifting system being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover's Body Interiors Research division, is designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long. By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with UK drivers covering an average of 146 miles every week. Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: "The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe."

National Pothole Day Highlights Driving Problem

16 Jan 2020 15:04:49

This week was the 5th Annual 'National Pothole Day', focusing attention on the poor state of our local road network. The public opinions outlined through YouGov research conducted on behalf of the Highways job management solution, Re-flow, reinforce the critical need to address our decaying road network. In the shock poll of the UK population conducted for Re-flow by YouGov last week, 42% agree 'I think we have a crisis in the state of repair of roads in the UK', which goes up to 50 % in the East of England and a low of 32% in London. Mike Saunders, Managing Director of Re-flow commented: "With such stinging criticism of the road network from the taxpayer, events like National Pothole Day are a vital date in the calendar to generate support and give visibility to the consensus of disapproval in the state of our roads." He pointed out that the current system of trying to keep on top of patching up the potholes instead of "investing in proper resurfacing" is making roadworkers more like firefighters. It seems drivers agree.

MG LAUNCHES FIRST EVER WINTER CHECK SERVICE

19 Dec 2019 16:56:24

As the cold weather, dark mornings and early evenings descend upon the UK, MG has introduced its first-ever winter check. Available to customers at MG dealerships across the country, the new check helps to prepare drivers for harsh winter conditions, improving comfort, safety and visibility. Carried out by expert technicians in workshops to the highest MG standards, the comprehensive visual check covers 20 vital points across the driver's car. These include the battery, heating system and all exterior lights. Technicians test the clutch and brakes for smooth operation, while all fluids, including engine oil and screen wash, are checked and topped up if necessary. For optimum safety and customer peace of mind, the seat belts, steering, suspension and tyre tread depth are all inspected. The MG winter check is priced at £24.99 and includes a complimentary wash and vacuum. In addition, customers will receive an MG gift bag with plenty of handy gear to see them through the winter season. This includes a de-icer spray, rain poncho, foil heat blanket, demister microfibre cloth, concentrated screen wash tablets and a bug shifter sponge.

LUXURY LENDER REVEALS CAR FINANCING TRENDS OF 2019

19 Dec 2019 16:55:35

As the year draws to a close, JBR Capital - a direct lender specialising in high-end vehicle finance - reveals the main trends in prestige car financing from 2019. Porsche has been the top financed marque overall this year, with Ferrari accounting for 34% of all pay-outs on supercars valued at over £250,000. Meanwhile, the average value of car from all the vehicles financed by JBR Capital has been £96,000. German, British and Italian manufacturers have proved the most popular in 2019 - and interestingly, 13 years old is the average age of car being financed. In terms of where in the UK the most high-end vehicles have been purchased with bespoke finance solutions, circa 39% of customers are based in London and the South East. The most frequently financed supercar this year has been the Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 SVJ. And, there has been a rise in requests for electric powered vehicles.

NATION'S DRIVERS WILL COVER 3.5 BILLION LEISURE MILES OVER THE HOLIDAYS

19 Dec 2019 16:54:08

New figures reveal that Britain's drivers are set to travel a total of 3.5billion miles over the holiday period visiting family, friends or going on holiday. But, research carried out by Kwik Fit show that almost one in five drivers who set out on a long journey, admit that they won't be carrying out any checks at all on their vehicle beforehand. And, 40% of drivers neglect even the most basic check of looking at their screen wash level. Motorists would be wise to be prepared when venturing on lengthy trips. So, here are Kwik Fit's top tips for winter motoring: Pay attention to your battery especially if you've noticed that it's beginning to struggle to start your car. Check your tyres for sufficient tread and that they are inflated to the correct pressures. Check your wiper blades - are they leaving marks or do they have any cracks or splits? They are a cheap component but invaluable for clear visibility Check the levels. Screen wash, coolant, oil (and fuel!) should all be monitored And follow the scout ethos - be prepared. So have a few supplies in the boot, just in case the worst happens and you are stranded for a lengthy period.

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