Those customers looking for used Honda Dundee could soon be looking at more cars designed and produced in the UK as the company’s vehicle engineering centre has received the official thumbs up from the Japanese bosses.
When it was first introduced, the aim of the UK based centre was to give support to the main development centre in Frankfurt. However, as confidence in the skill and technique of the UK based engineers and their work continued and grew, as have their responsibilities.
A spokesman for Honda explained the process, saying “There was no particular date of setup for the centre,” a spokesman explained to us. Rather, it was a matter of Japanese management gradually gaining confidence in the site over the years.When management felt confident it could take on these lead roles, it handed over more responsibility.”
The first major project from the Swindon based centre was the Civic Tourerwhic was built and engineered in Frankfurt but had significant input from the UK base. The success of the Tourer, and the many awards it has won have only increased confidence in the UK base. As a result, the 2014 model Civic will feature more input from the Swindon engineers.
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Consumers looking for sports cars for sale Hertfordshire could soon be getting an additional choice thanks to the latest design from Nissan.
The sports car is not only stunning in design but is also expected to be the first completely electrical sports car from Nissan. The car will be known as the Bladeglider and many have compared the style and finish of the vehicle to something they might see in a Batman comic.
The most impressive element of the vehicle however remains the lithium-ion battery which has already been used to great effect in the Nissan LEAF
For their part, Nissan are very excited about their new vehicle, with Ben Bowlby the Director of Nissan Motorsport Innovation saying “I think the excitement of the racing car should be mirrored in the excitement of driving the road car.” He continued “I think there are elements we can bring from the race track to make these future road cars more exciting, more fulfilling and give greater driving pleasure.”
At the moment, the car is still very much in the prototype stage but with the amount of critical and commercial buzz being created, it’s unlikely that this will remain the case for too long.
Car and road safety is of course a vital factor for many of the motorists shopping for used cars for sale Stevenage, and therefore any new safety features are likely to be met with enthusiasm.
With that in mind, the prospect of autonomous Emergency Braking systems (known as AEB) is one which is gathering excitement.
The systems were recently trialled by Euro NCAP and based on their results, AEB could cut rear end crashes by up to a third.
Using a dummy car to assess the effectiveness of the braking systems, the aim of their tests was to assess just how useful the technology would be in real-life situations.
NCAP carried out two tests, one under normal circumstances and one using the AEB systems. Discussing their results, Michiel Van Ratingen the Euro NCAP Secretary General said “With the limited number of systems available and tested, we can already see real differences in their performance and expected real world benefit. However, we compliment the manufacturers of the systems in today’s launch, whether the system scored good, adequate or marginal, for already offering this technology onto their cars and hope that our results will help them to further develop their systems.”
With young drivers being blamed for high accident figures and many measures being discussed to raise age limits and to add to the difficulty of the driving licence, major manufacturer Ford have stepped in with a young driver training programme – which has already been heralded as a success.
Known as the Ford Driving Skills for Life programme, the one day event, held at Excel in London and the Trafford Centre in Manchester originally opened up 300 free places to participants aged between 17 and 24 who not only had the chance of gaining experience on a purpose built track but also received tips and guidance from the experts. However, the prospect of the event was so popular that some 500 would be students applied for the places.
Young drivers make up a large proportion of those looking for used cars Aberdeenshire and with the number of accidents involving younger drivers at an all-time high, a solution is very much needed. However, critics of the government plans have hailed the efforts of Ford in highlighting the dangers without punishing those drivers who do wish to drive safely.
Poplar and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, spoke at the London event, saying: “As an ex-fire-fighter of 23 years I’ve seen some very serious accidents, so Ford Driving Skills for Life has my wholehearted support. Educating young drivers about the potential dangers they face as new road users, and more importantly, how to prevent accidents happening can only be a good thing.”
Proving once and for all that they’ve shaken off their once humorous reputation, Skoda have picked up yet another prestigious award.
This time, the Skoda Superb Estate was given the top honour of being named the Caravan Club Towcar of the year with judges saying that the car truly lived up to its’ name.
Also in the running were the SsangYong Korando SE, the Skoda Octavia hatch 1.2 TSI SE 105PS, the Volkswagen Jetta Sport 2.0TDI DSG, the Skoda Superb Elegance Estate 2.0 TDI CR 170PS 4×4 DSG, the Jaguar XF 2.2D Luxury, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0D Portfolio and the Land Rover Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography. The various tests included a mid-range 20 – 60 mph acceleration, a high speed towing appraisal, reversal, emergency braking and hill starts among others.
Of all of the vehicles, the Superb emerged the eventual victor with the judges saying “this vehicle is as good as it gets”. In addition, the Superb was praised for fuel efficiency and low emissions.
When combined with various features, including addition storage in the car itself as well as the boot and a variety of gadgets for travellers, the news means that those people searching for used cars for sale in Bedfordshire could do much worse than a Skoda.
Car dealers have been warned to be on the alert after a plan to obtain the financial details of BMW customers was highlighted.
BMW dealers received requests from fraudsters who claimed to be from the BMW finance departments and requesting personal information from clients who had recently made finance applications.
In response, BMW then circulated a letter throughout their own network warning them of the scam, saying “We have become aware that there have been attempts made by third parties over the last couple of days to obtain both application data and copies of identity documentation from several dealerships.The third parties have been claiming to be from our underwriting department and asking for recent applications to be faxed to them, there have also been occasions when the dealer has been asked if they had made any changes to recent applications and for a copy of the driving licence to be sent.”
Whilst no details were passed on, the threat to customer safety was taken so seriously that the Finance and Leasing Association (the FLA) has taken affirmative action, emailing other finance companies and car dealerships to warn them of the possible risk to their customers’ details.
With dealerships on high alert, it’s hoped that those people looking for cars for sale in Stevenage and seeking finance to do so will have no cause for concern.
If your company is in need of a new commercial van then you may wish to consider a used vehicle. Used vans are much more affordable and, providing a quality van is purchased, perform just as well as their newer counterparts. Volkswagen used vans in particular, make for excellent commercial vehicles for companies who do not want to blow their budget on a vehicle. Below are some tips for buying one of the best commercial vans out there.
Before buying Volkswagen used vans, you need to think about who will be driving them and what qualifications they have. This will help you to determine the size and style of van you require.
It is also a good idea to consider the terrain upon which the van will regularly be driving. This will allow you to choose a van that is able to easily navigate its route whilst being as economic as possible.
If you are looking for a van to carry goods and merchandise, you will need to work out the typical load it will be expected to carry. This will enable you to find a load bearing van which will meet your needs.
If looking to buy used cars, Northamptonshire buyers will need to ensure that they conduct full and thorough checks into any vehicle they are considering, before they hand over and money. Even if they are buying from a recommended, reputable dealer, there is always a slight chance that the car they are interested in will not live up to expectations, so they really need to ensure that they do everything they can to determine the quality and reliability of the vehicle before they commit to buying it.
The DVLA has an excellent vehicle enquiry service which allows people who are looking to buy used cars in Northamptonshire to look up details of a vehicle. If they have the car’s registration number, model, make, MOT test number and tax details, they can look up the vehicle, to check that they match the details stored by the DVLA. This is a good way to ensure that the details they are being given about a particular car are accurate and correct.
Using the vehicle’s VIN number, buyers can also look up the car’s history to see if it has been involved in any major incidents, or if it still has finance outstanding. These checks should ideally be made before buying used cars in Northamptonshire.
Buyers should not neglect to also check out the car physically. They should even consider bringing a mechanic with them to look over the vehicle for them.
Inspections of used cars should be thorough. Buyers should look under the bonnet for signs of oil leaks, or engine problems. They should also check the brakes, seatbelts and inspect the interior. The exterior should be checked for dents, scrapes, rust and structural problems and then the car should be taken for a test drive.
By checking all of these things, buyers will have confidence in the car they are buying and are much less likely to make a mistake.
A car service is vital to keep your car in good shape and ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other road users, so you must not neglect to book your vehicle in for regular car servicing. Glasgow has a lot of places that offer car servicing so how do you choose?
When looking for car servicing, Glasgow drivers should check the company offers a comprehensive service package which includes all safety checks, tyres,, suspension, steering, oil , spark plugs and the manufacturer’s schedule, at the very least.
It is always a good idea, when paying for any service, to acquire recommendations. Friends and family are unlikely to send you off to a car servicing company who are no good, so ask them who they would recommend. If that is not an option, you may be able to find reviews of car servicing companies in Glasgow, which will point you in the right direction.
As a minimum, drivers should be scheduling car servicing in accordance with their manufacturer’s service schedule, but as a car gets older, having it checked out more often can be helpful. Once every 6-12 months should suffice in most cases.