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Neal Hewitt | 24th July 2020 | General Articles
Fuel sales at filling stations across the UK are still 23% below pre-lockdown levels, despite restrictions being eased, according to latest government figures https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/car-industry-news/2020/07/13/home-office-could-be-here-to-stay-fuel-sales-suggest...

Neal Hewitt | 24th July 2020 | General Articles
Fuel sales at filling stations across the UK are still 23% below pre-lockdown levels, despite restrictions being eased, according to latest government figures https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/car-industry-news/2020/07/13/home-office-could-be-here-to-stay-fuel-sales-suggest...

Simple Car Hire | 20th May 2020 | General Articles
Simple Worry-Free Promise The assurance that we’ve taken countless safety measures to make the experience safe for everyone.  WATCH THE VIDEO Picking up your vehicle with minimal contact We're here to fulfil your vehicle rental needs and want you to know that every one of our employees is working diligently to provide the highest levels of safety at our facilities and in our vehicles. We use counter-screens to observe social distancing protocols where possible Clear social distancing floor markings at rental desks Hand sanitisers are available Staff are provided with masks and gloves Paperless rental agreements are available at most locations We are limiting the amount of passengers on each bus View Safety Protocols Keeping our vehicles clean and safe Every vehicle is carefully cleaned before every rental We are using specific approved disinfectant Special attention is paid to: steering wheels, indicators, dashboards, hand grips, in-car entertainment controls, cup holders, centre consoles, and all door handles both inside and out View Vehicle Protocols Returning your vehicle safely and preparing it for the next renter When you leave the vehicle, please check that you have removed all your belongings, personal effects and rubbish A paper receipt will be available if required Vehicle cleaned again ready for the next rental We will send your receipt to the email address on file / provided to us when you return the car.  Staff are provided with masks and gloves View Safety Protocols Keeping our employees safe Staff are provided with masks and gloves Employees are required to stay at home if they don’t feel well Employees are required to wash their hands frequently and have been trained on Health & Safety standards and on regulation guidelines, including products and processes available to ensure your safety. If you must travel during this time, or if you are planning future travel, we ar...

Hewitt Group | 20th March 2020 | General Articles
Last updated: 12/03/2020 Customer advice regarding the Coronavirus At this time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus, we wanted to let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety, as well as flexibility of your rental bookings. The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance to us and we are closely monitoring the news, information, advice and guidance from the World Health Organisation and local authorities regarding the spread of the Coronavirus. Our focus is to ensure we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you and our employees safe. What should I do if I have already made a booking, but it’s impacted by the Coronavirus?    If you have already made a booking, but it is impacted by a quarantine measure or other travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus, this booking can be cancelled as outlined below: Cancellation fees for any Pay Later customers impacted by Coronavirus-related travel bans, will be waivered Cancellation fees for any Pre-Pay rental customers impacted by Coronavirus-related travel bans, will be waivered For any customers who have booked through a third-party broker or website, please contact them directly for further guidance should your travel be disrupted. What about bookings not directly impacted by Coronavirus restrictions? For increased flexibility on all bookings, you can change or cancel, without fees, any reservations in Europe for rentals due to start before 1st May. For bookings which start after this time, there will not be any penalties for changes made up to 72 hours before the start of your rental. To make any changes, please contact our reservations team or call 01752-227460. Is Simple taking any additional precautions to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus? We are closely monitoring the information shared by the World Health Organization concerning advice on how to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To help protect our sta...

Hewitt Group | 20th March 2020 | General Articles
Since I wrote to you last Friday morning, government advice on the precautions we should take around COVID-19 has developed, and our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our friends across the network and all our colleagues and teammates.   I mentioned in my note that we had contingencies in place for our operations to work remotely and we have today put these into action. Later this morning Key workers within the business will be working from home, all connected to our systems, with telephones diverted and ready for business – our Rental locations remain open and ‘ready for business’ There are significant challenges ahead, I've no doubt, but my colleagues and I remain at your service as always. We're running a full team, we are talking to manufacturers, to dealers and to our supply partners, we will keep you up to date with everything that's happening, We will make sure that once we get through the current situation, that we are ready for, what I am sure will be, a very busy time. Please checkout www.simplecarhire.co.uk or social media for further info Facebook: @simplecarhireuk Let's keep talking, stay healthy and I'll update you again soon.  Warmest Regards Neal Hewitt Group MD...

Hewitt Group | 13th March 2020 | General Articles
    With the news dominated by Coronavirus, I wanted to get in touch and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety. We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization regarding the spread of the virus and our focus is to ensure we meet customer needs whilst doing our part to keep you and our employees safe. Here’s what we’re doing.   • We’ve enhanced our already robust cleaning techniques of our vehicles after each rental. In particular, we are paying special attention to the places people touch such as steering wheels, door handles and other hard surfaces.   • We are also cleaning our facilities frequently with recommended sanitizing products and encouraging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.   • In addition, we are taking steps to ensure the welfare of our employees. This includes instructing employees who feel ill to stay home and consult our healthcare provider.   • We will be waiving cancellation fees for any reservations at any time that need to be cancelled as a result of a government Coronavirus-related travel ban. If you have an existing booking, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure rental experience. Book with confidence For increased flexibility on all bookings, you can change or cancel, without fees, any reservations for rentals due to start before 1st May. For bookings which start after this time, there will not be any penalties for changes made up to 72 hours before the start of your rental. To make any changes, please contact our reservations team or call 0843 886 2010 During this challenging time, many people are choosing different ways to travel. If you need a rental vehicle, we are here for you. Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company. Best regards, ...

Hewitt Group | 25th January 2020 | General Articles
    What is self storage & how it works   Across all our Devon locations we work very closely with Armadillo Self Storage, it is like having a spare room away from home – or even your very own warehouse. You can pop in and out of your storage unit as often as you like during opening hours to add things or take stuff away. It’s a totally secure storage space and you can stay as long as you like or for as little as one week.   Find out how self storage works in 6 simple steps.   Step 1: Choose a storage facility We have 3 locally in Torbay, Plymouth & Exeter but they have 0ver 99 UK storage facilities across the country so there’ll be one not too far from you. They all offer safe and secure storage units in easily accessible areas via main roads. Step 2: Choose your storage space They don’t expect you to know exactly how much storage room you’ll need – after all who really knows what 50 sqft looks like – which is why they have space estimator tools so you can get a better idea of the storage unit size you’ll need. Getting the right size room also helps keep storage costs down. Plus, if you’re still stuck, they’re on hand in store, or over the phone. Step 3: Reserve your self storage unit They’ll give you a quote online for storage units, over the phone or in the storage facility, then once you’re happy you can reserve your space. Don’t worry if you need to change your storage room move in date – just let them know and they’ll make sure we’re ready when you are. Step 4: Reserve your Removal Van! This is a small job, get in touch with Simple Car & Van Rental – make sure you mention Armadillo for your 20% discount. Step 5: Pack up This bit’s on you. But they can still help make life easier – with their large range of storage packing boxes, which you can order straight to your door. Step 6: Check in When you arrive to move into your storage unit, the guys will need a few details for security an...

Simple Car & Van Rental | 03rd October 2019 | General Articles
****NEW ARRIVAL****   The Titanium trim on our van also meant leather seats for everyone and separate air con front and rear, giving it the more upmarket “executive shuttle” feel Ford is aiming for. The latest version of the Tourneo commits to its high-end features an eight-inch touchscreen with Sync3, DAB and smarthphone integration. It also packs in driver assistance features including traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning, pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist and is the first in its segment to offer intelligent speed limiting. Powering this beast is a 2.0-litre diesel with 168bhp and 299b/ft, which makes a good fist of hauling the Tourneo and a tonne of passengers/luggage up the road. Ford quotes figures of 43.5mpg and 168g/km. Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, diesel Power: 168bhp Torque: 299lb/ft Transmission: Six-speed manual Top speed: 105mph Economy: 43.5mpg CO2 emissions: 168g/km    ...

Simple Car HIre | 13th August 2019 | General Articles
The new Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has announced that government is committing an extra £2.5 million for electric vehicle charge points on residential streets, doubling the funding for on-street charging. The funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructure near their homes when they don’t have off-street parking. The allocation of funding for on-street residential charge points is part of the £1.5 billion investment underpinned by the Road to Zero Strategy. As part of this, the government is also investing £37 million into British engineering to develop electric charge point infrastructure that could rapidly expand the UK charge point network for people without off-street parking One of the BVRLA’s recommendations in the Road to Zero Report Card published in June, was that government needed to address the public charging ‘blackspots’ across the country. Read the 16-page summary or the full 64-page report on the BVRLA website....

Neal Hewitt | 16th July 2019 | General Articles
Jeep COMPASS 2.0 MULTIJET 140 LONGITUDE 5DR What Is the 2019 Jeep Compass? The Jeep Compass compact SUV was redesigned for the 2017 model year. It seats five and is powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a standard six-speed manual or a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. Front- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered, and those craving off-road capability. The Compass competes with the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and other small SUVs. What’s New on the 2019 Jeep Compass? The Compass gets a standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and the Advanced Safety Group Package adds adaptive cruise control. A Trailhawk-inspired Upland Edition is available for the Sport trim, and a High Altitude Package is available for Limited models. What Features in the 2019 Jeep Compass Are Most Important? Advanced safety features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist are bundled together in an option package. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system are also available. Trailhawk models feature a lifted suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, tow hooks, hill descent control and Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system with a low range. Consumer Reviews What drivers are saying 3.9 75 reviews — Read All reviews Exterior Styling (4.6) Performance (3.8) Interior Design (4.1) Comfort (4.4) Reliability (3.8) Value For The Money (3.9) ...

Simple Car & Van Rental | 01st February 2019 | General Articles
UPDATE Friday 01 February- 2pm The Met Office has issued the UK with Amber and Yellow weather warnings with further snowfall expected on Friday. Delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely, as well as travel delays on the roads, so please check with your travel provider for further information. We would like to remind all our customers to be cautious on the roads as snowy or ice conditions can make driving challenging. Please take a cautious judgement before travelling and make sure it is safe to do so if you are heading to one of our rental stations. Due to travel delays our stores may be busier than usual but we appreciate your patience at this time. We are monitoring the ongoing situation. Terms and Conditions Standard rental Terms and Conditions will apply. Please follow the cancellation process stated in the Terms and Conditions. Cancellation fees on bookings cancelled during this time will be waivered. We will review the ongoing situation and extend beyond the dates specified if necessary. An alternative vehicle may be offered due to the current locations of our vehicles across the UK. ...

https://fleetworld.co.uk | 31st October 2018 | General Articles
The chancellor has unveiled an anticipated £30bn to improve roads in England, helped by the first-ever ring-fenced funding from Vehicle Excise Duty. This includes a £28.8bn National Roads Fund, including £25.3bn for the Strategic Road Network (motorways, trunk and A roads) said to be the largest ever investment of this kind, and backed up by VED funding; as announced in 2015 by former chancellor George Osborne and back in the headlines more recently with the news that councils could also get a share of the funding. The Government said the fund would “provide long-term certainty for roads investment, including the new major roads network and large local major roads schemes, such as the North Devon Link Road”.  The fund will also be used to support the new network of local roads (known as the Major Road Network), and larger local road projects. Local authorities will receive £420m to fix potholes on roads and renew bridges and tunnels, and there will be a £150m to improve local traffic hotspots such as roundabouts. The news was welcomed by organisations including LeasePlan UK. Managing director Matt Dyer said: “Back in the July Budget of 2015, George Osborne reformed Vehicle Excise Duty so that all the monies raised would go towards improving the country’s road network. With the £28.8bn confirmed in today’s Budget, Philip Hammond is simply delivering on that policy – but we’re grateful to him for that, as well as for the additional £420 million he’s found for filling in potholes. The UK’s road infrastructure is ranked just 26th in the world, well behind comparable economies, so this extra spending is a necessity not a luxury.”        However, the Freight Transport Association highlighted research that indicates a much bigger sum would be needed to get England’s roads fully functioning; the Asphalt Industry Alliance has calculated that more than £8bn would be needed to carry out a one-time catch-up to bring local roads in En...

Neal Hewitt | 28th September 2018 | General Articles
An action packed Torbay Business Festival is set to draw over 500 business people through the doors at the Riviera Centre on Thursday 11th October – with upto 70 exhibitors, an impressive line-up of speakers, speednetworking plus the opportunity to win a BMW for the weekend. With the aim of bringing businesses together, the event has been organised by Torbay Business Forum and is sponsored by the Torbay Development Agency and Bays Brewery. Said TBF Chair Steve Reynolds; “This is the third year we are holding this major business event and the excitement is growing for what should be a great day. The Festival is a great way to celebrate the diverse companies that flourish in Torbay. “There will be up to 70 exhibitors in the main Forum from many different sectors including recruitment, construction, media, tourism, solicitors, accountants, taxi firms and flower shops”, continued Steve, “and top of this, we have some fantastic speakers who will be talking on the hour for half an hour. It is free entry for anyone interested in business”. The morning speakers include Jim Parker from the Herald Express who will talk about ‘Torbay Together’ before Carolyn Custerson from the English Riviera BID Company gives a Tourism update. Award winning, Brixham based Flossy and Jim will present their engaging talk and top business tips at 11am. From noon there will be a Speednetworking event, run by Barry Cole from The Resultant – a great way to meet many new people in a short space of time. The afternoon’s line-up includes Russell Beck from Impellam Group Plc, giving a thought-provoking talk on the Future of Work before Julie Hawker from Cosmic shares Digital Media tips to boost your business. In between the presentations, people can visit the exhibitor stands and enjoy networking with other local businesses. There will also be a Bays Brewery sponsored reception as the exhibition officially ends at 4pm. Festival Team Leader, Alison Benney, said; “The TBF te...

Neal Hewitt | 20th June 2018 | General Articles
Cheap Campervan Hire Unbeatable price on our campervan rental options and total freedom to go anywhere you want. Unbeatable experience with all our roadtrip options. It is the best Budget & SIMPLE accommodation can find for your roadtrips. Eat, sleep and chill...the SIMPLE way! Simply open the door for an instant fully equipped kitchen. Pop up the table for easy meals and cosy van talk. Store your stuff away in large cupboards. Relax and enjoy a huge bed for a perfectly Wicked night. SimpleCamperhire offers the ultimate roadtrip experience. We provide the perfect accommodation you need for your travel in Europe. Getting around is easy in a SIMPLE campervan. More freedom than an organised tour for less than half the price. Our campervan is the most flexible way to get around UK, Scotland, and all over Europe. Cheaper than a package tour or bus and hostels! SIMPLE camper van rental is based in the Westcountry but we do have a nationwide reach, We are just a phone call away. Take advantage of special rates we offer as well.   Checkout all the details here!! ...

Simple Car Hire | 29th April 2018 | General Articles
 The 5008 is stylish, practical and good to drive. It's one of the best seven-seat SUVs you can Rent. Whether you like it or not, the popularity of SUVs has gone through the roof in the past decade. No longer do Renters want frumpy-looking MPVs; luxury, refinement and stylish looks are now the order of the day. Peugeot is well aware of this and, instead of ignoring market demands like some French brands (see the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and Renault Grand Scenic), has embraced it. The original 5008 was a traditional, boxy MPV but this current-generation model is quite firmly in the SUV camp and is a rival to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail . Like its smaller sibling, the 3008, the 5008 has a rather swish interior that, next to the functional dashboards of its rivals, makes it look like a motor show concept. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard design works well in the 5008. Instead of looking at the instruments through the steering wheel, as you do in most cars, the dials are high up on the dashboard, with a small steering wheel below. Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in modern SUVs. You sit high and, even though the front pillars are quite thick, you still get a great view forward. Looking behind, your over-the-shoulder view is great because of the large rear quarter windows. You get lots of features with the 5008’s infotainment system. All versions come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, inbuilt sat-nav with live TomTom traffic updates and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. That last feature means you can display and use selected apps from your phone on the 8.0in screen, including sat-nav. Focal premium sound system adds more speakers that are also better-quality, including a subwoofer, plus a 515W amplifier. It sounds punchy and really rather good.   At night, the interior is bathed in a cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a fantastic place in which...

Simple Car HIre | 28th April 2018 | General Articles
  What is it? The old Honda Civic - that is to say, the current one - was classic Honda. Conceived the other side of the 2008 global crash and then torn up in the aftermath, the five-door model arrived in Europe virtually pre-wrapped in also-ran status thanks to, in no particular order, its oddball looks, mediocre interior and an engine line-up which relegated petrol buyers to a naturally aspirated motor that dated like cottage cheese. A big state-of-play fix was required, so Honda returned to the drawing board with the kind of relish that has resulted in something wholly new and enhanced. Thus the old regimen of gently reshaping the Civic for the peculiarities of a different region has been wisely swept aside, and instead Honda has pooled its global resources and enacted what it calls the single largest development programme in the firm’s 70-year history. Many things have happened, then, but at the crux of them lie some takeaway facts. Firstly, that the Civic has a more sophisticated multi-link rear axle where a humble twist beam previously lived. Second, there’s a new range of petrol engines, which are turbocharged for your pleasure and include the kind of cutting-edge, tiny-capacity three-pot that’s about to take the diesel-unfriendly world by storm, and third, there’s a new look and an overhauled cabin. The reason for the fresh look is because there’s an all-new platform, which is not only wider and significantly longer than that of the last model but also lower. Lower, naturally, is better, for centre of gravity, for your butt cheek-to-road measurement and to look at from afar. There has also been a commensurate toughening of the new-fangled unibody – by 52% in torsional rigidity and, partly thanks also to the new rear axle, a whopping 88% in lateral stiffness. Those are wantonly large, dynamic-altering numbers, and that’s rather obviously Honda’s plan: to drive better, more comfortably and more engagingly than the immediate opposition....

Simple Car & Van Hire | 10th April 2018 | General Articles
IKEA As one of the most successful global brands, IKEA specialises in stylish, quality furniture at affordable prices. It has become synonymous with easy-to-assemble, flat-pack furniture. IKEA operates in 40 countries and has more than 300 locations worldwide. IKEA has invested £80 million in the site and will be the retailers most sustainable store to date - aiming to achieve 100% renewable energy. The store expects to receive a BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation and will incorporate a number of green technologies such as Solar PV panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting and ground source heating. Electric vehicles (E.V.) will be used for home delivery, and IKEA will provide eight electric vehicle charging points on site. IKEA will also create new cycle lanes around the store and will also provide six electric bike charging points. IKEA say they are working with local transport providers to improve existing transport links around the store.   The man behind IKEA IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad, who was born in Sweden in 1926. The brand’s name comes from his initials, and the places where he grew up. Ingvar showed entrepreneurial talent from an early age. At just five years old he began selling matches for a profit. At 17, Ingvar’s father gave him some money, which he used to start a business – and so IKEA was born in 1943. Ingvar continued to run IKEA until 2013, at which point his son took the helm. However, Ingvar still plays an active role in the business, visiting stores around the world. Early days In the beginning, IKEA sold everyday items like pens, jewellery, wallets and picture frames, transporting products by milk vans. As popularity grew, IKEA diversified to sell furniture which was advertised in its first catalogue, produced in 1951. A couple of years later, customers could see these products for real in the first IKEA showroom. Birth of flat-pack furniture It wasn’t a conscious decision for IKEA to start producing its ow...

www.simplecarhire.co.uk | 08th April 2018 | General Articles
If it’s retro charm or some good old fashion fun, the chic Fiat 500 is one of your cheapest options. Its timeless looks, inspired by the 1957 classic of the same name, are arguably the biggest reason to Rent one. First the Volkswagen Beetle, then the Mini and now the Fiat 500. With all, the script is the same: a small, cheap, utilitarian car that became iconic through its engineering purity and brilliance. Years later, the model is relaunched as a heavily styled object, with the emphasis on premium build and desirability. The original Nova 500 was so basic that it was conceived partly as an alternative to a scooter. There was one engine option and it had just two seats (at launch), plus suicide doors. By comparison, pour over the options list of the latest 500 and you’ll find up to 549,396 different ways of specifying the car. There's no shortage of space in the front, but the 500’s design gave engineers a bigger challenge in making room for rear passengers. The 1957 car's roof curved towards the rear to intentionally reduce space behind the front seats, to help differentiate it from the four-seat 600. Even later 500s had rear seats that were fit only for children. Yet today's car, which is only 3.5 metres long, was designed as a full four-seater from the off, so you sit low in the 500's back pair of seats. That said, the rear legroom is surprisingly good, Beneath a very small parcel shelf there is a 185-litre boot. The Uconnect system is a 5in colour touchscreen that consists of a colour screen and menu buttons with Bluetooth, DAB radio & CD . A multifunction steering wheel, USB socket and aux connection are also included.   This great fun car is available at any of our Devon stores, check www.simplecarhire.co.uk for pricing and availability. ...

www.simplecarhire.co.uk | 07th April 2018 | General Articles
The original Honda HR-V was a car that was ahead of its time. Introduced in 1998, it was not only one of the first small SUVs, but one of the first SUVs of any kind to put on-road driving dynamics ahead of off-road ability, yet it never sold particularly well. Fast forward to today, and the small SUV sector is the fastest growing in Europe, with no mainstream manufacturer's range complete without at least one. It's hardly surprising, then, that Honda now offers a new HR-V and what a beast of a car it is..!!!! All our models have a 7.0in touchscreen which controls everything, CD player, Bluetooth, DAB radio and GPS.   You get an impressive amount of safety equipment. Six airbags and automatic city emergency braking are standard on all HR-Vs, also get lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, headlights that switch between dipped and full beam automatically, and road-sign recognition. An alarm and engine immobiliser are standard. Euro NCAP has given the HR-V a full five-star crash test rating, a result helped by its impressive list of standard safety features.   The HR-V is available any any of our Devon stores, check www.simplecarhire.co.uk for pricing and availability.  ...

Simple Car & Van Hire Ltd | 23rd January 2018 | General Articles
Release Date:  08/01/2018 The Department for Exiting the European Union has published a set of reports providing sectoral analysis on the impact of Brexit across a variety of key sectors including ‘automotive’. A wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis was carried out following the referendum and the findings have been collated into a range of sector-specific reports, published by Brexit Secretary David Davis’ newly formed department just before Christmas. The reports cover a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries and sector views. The sectoral reports can be accessed here on Parliament.uk website. ...

Neal Hewitt | 23rd January 2018 | General Articles
Who will be riding shotgun on your next RoadTrip? Make sure you know the rules!! ...

Neal Hewitt | 24th December 2017 | General Articles
Exclusive images from www.autoexpress.co.uk preview the all-new hi-tech hatchback, which will feature electric drivetrain options Volvo will follow up its successful XC SUV range with an all-new V40 to rival the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series – and it’ll challenge its German rivals by offering not only a plug-in hybrid version but also a pure-electric edition. The XC40 is the first of the Swedish brand’s cars to be launched on its all-new platform architecture, called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). But Volvo plans to quickly expand its line-up on the new chassis, with the next model expected to be a replacement for the ageing V40 hatchback. • Best hatchbacks 2017 The new V40 will look a little wider than the XC40 because, while the two cars are actually likely to feature the same width at the front axle, the newcomer’s lower roofline will give the car a more aggressive stance. As previewed by our images, the V40 will incorporate elements from the 40.2 concept, which was shown alongside the 40.1 that ultimately became the XC40. The next V40 is also likely to adopt the XC40’s wheelbase, which is usefully longer than that of the existing hatchback. That should help the new car to deliver more room in the rear, potentially making it more spacious than the rival A3 and 1 Series. The V40 is likely to have a more dynamic feel than the comfort-oriented XC40. Volvo’s head of research and development, Henrik Green, told Auto Express that CMA gives his team the flexibility to produce very different types of vehicles. “CMA is a good platform to build the SUV – the XC40 – but we can also build low, dynamic cars with it,” he said. “XC40 aims for an urban environment, giving you comfort and also the commanding view in the traffic and at junctions. But we don’t have to follow this approach with other 40-series models that are coming.” The V40’s engine line-up will include the four-cylinder D3 and D4 diesels, plus three-cylinde...

Neal Hewitt | 23rd December 2017 | General Articles
FUEL economy is incredibly important and now modern cars tell you how much range you have left, but what if you get stuck miles away from a petrol station when your tanks ticks over to empty?By LUKE JOHN SMITHPUBLISHED: 08:01, Sat, Dec 23, 2017 Every driver has felt the dread when the fuel needle hits empty and the warning light glows on the dashboard. Ideally, you should never let your car hit empty before getting it refuelled, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Cars don’t immediately shut down as soon as you hit zero as there is usually some fuel left in in the tank as a reserve, for this very eventuality. But, how much further can your car travel when it hits empty? Of course, there is no way to give a definitive answer on how many miles you can continue on for This is because of the amount of variables that affect the fuel economy. Your driving style, average speed, road surface, temperature, make and model of your car, engine size among others drastically impact how thirsty or frugal the car is. However, WKYC 3 consumer investigator Danielle Serino put a 2017 Toyota to the test to see how far it could go when the car hit empty and managed 43 miles after the warning light came on. The reporter also had some advice for drivers wanting to try and find out how far their car could go after it hits empty. She said: “If you want to find out how far your car can run on empty, check your owners manual to for the exact volume of your fuel tank. “Then the next time the needle show empty, fill it up. “Subtract the number of gallons it took to fill up your tank from the volume in the manual and you’ll known how much further you can go when the needle hits empty.” Similarly, research conducted in 2016 by Your Mechanic revealed data about a number of USA 2015 cars and how they performed when the needle hit zero. While this may not be transferable to your car, it does reveal a certain pattern and can be a good gauge. For example, economy sedans, hatc...

Neal Hewitt | 19th December 2017 | General Articles
Renault has announced pricing and CO2 emissions for its new TCe petrol engine that will first launch in the Scénic and Grand Scénic The direct injection turbocharged unit will be progressively offered in other Renault models from 2018. Renault says the new engine offers a significant improvement in driving pleasure, with increased torque at low revs and greater and constant availability at high revs, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It has a 1.3-litre capacity and outputs of 115PS and 140PS. Manual and EDC dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available. The TCe 115 emits 122g/km of CO2 and achieves a combined 52.3mpg in the Scénic, while 0-60MPH takes 11.3 seconds. Despite being more powerful the TCe 140 returns the same emissions and economy figures, with a faster acceleration time of 10.1 seconds. In the Grand Scénic CO2 is slightly higher at 125g/km with combined fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg. These figures result in a reduction in CO2 by 7-grams on Scénic and 11-grams on Grand Scénic compared to the previous petrol units. Order books open on January 1, with first deliveries due in February 2018. Author:  Fleet News Related content by tag : Renault Renault Scenic Renault Grand Scenic petrol   ...

Neal Hewitt | 19th December 2017 | General Articles
Release Date:  18/12/2017 Fleets will be able to run alternatively-fuelled vans up to 4.25 tonnes GVW without needing an operator licence, following a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation. Currently organisations can run vans up to 3.5 tonnes GVW without needing an O-licence. More than 90% of respondents, including the BVRLA, backed the change to 4.25 tonnes GVW, and the Government last week (14 December) announced this exemption will become law. BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We believe that regulatory changes were necessary to encourage the use of alternatively-fuelled LCV’s and we welcome this announcement. “An operator who is currently only operating vehicles that are below 3.5 tonnes would never consider an alternatively-fuelled van if it meant he needed an O-licence as well, so this is a good step to help increase the take up of alternatively-fuelled vans. You can read the BVRLA submission to the consultation here. ...

Neal Hewitt | 27th November 2017 | General Articles
Release Date:  20/11/2017 London’s Islington Council claims it will be the first local authority to introduce a borough-wide surcharge for diesel vehicles using short stay parking. The £2 surcharge will be introduced early in 2018 and comes in addition to the existing diesel surcharge for resident parking permits, which has existed since 2015. As an inner-city borough containing several major transport routes, Islington suffers from some of the highest pollution levels in London. It estimates that between 25-30% of the 1.59 million short-stay visitor parking sessions are made by diesel and heavy oil vehicles. The council believes the surcharge will help to discourage the use of diesel vehicles and reduce harmful emissions. It said that all funds raised will go into a ring-fenced account to be used for transport and parking related activities. Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council's executive member for environment and transport, said: “We hope that this measure will encourage owners of diesel vehicles to switch to cleaner, more sustainable modes of transport and lead to improved air quality in the borough." “We should not forget though that air quality is a problem for all London residents and we would encourage other local authorities to consider implementing a borough-wide diesel surcharge."       ...

Neal Hewitt | 25th November 2017 | General Articles
Torbay Airshow will return for a third year in 2018, following record breaking crowds earlier this summer. The free family event which is run by Torbay Council is set to return on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018. Council Leaders have now also committed to running the event for a minimum of five years, following the success of 2017. The 2017 Airshow was a resounding success and has now claimed the Tourism Event of the Year Award at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2017, South Devon’s largest tourism awards. Torbay Airshow 2017 offered an action packed programme of world class air displays, which included the RAF Red Arrows first display of the season, revealing the world’s premier aerobatic team’s 2017 routine. It is estimated that over 150,000 visitors filled the bay over the two days during the first weekend in June this year bringing a much needed boost to Torbay’s economy and placing the area on the national map as a destination of choice and a great place to bring all the family. To stay up to date with the latest news and updates follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.torbayairshow.com   {"type": "Feature","geometry":{"type": "Point","coordinates": [ 50.438688460084656,-3.5587272224731805 ]},"properties":{"title": "Eastern Esplanade, Paignton, UK","radius": 5000,"pivot": true,"style": "roadmap",}} Eastern Esplanade, Paignton, UK  ...

Simple Car Hire | 21st March 2017 | General Articles
Child and Baby Seats There’s no substitute for safety, especially when you’re transporting children. Each time you reserve a Budget rental car, be sure to request a safety seat for each child travelling with you. Child and Baby Seats. To reserve a child safety seat, simply select the appropriate size during the online reservation process, or speak to our Rental agents. It is required by UK law that any child under 12 years old or under 135cm in height (approx 4ft 5ins) must use an appropriate child restraint – Please ask your Budget representative to help make sure the correct child seat is fitted. Visit the GOV.UK website for more details on child seat laws in the UK. We have selected 4 key questions to keep the information simple and succinct. We understand car rental can be difficult and it’s our goal to change this by making all our products and services transparent for our customers.   What Child Safety Seats are available? Baby Seat   Infant Seat   Child Seat           * Suitable for use with most Britax pushchairs that include the CLICK & GO™   * Unique Pitch Control System reduces the child’s forward movement within the seat   * Seat belt guides correctly position the 3-point seat belt over the child’s shoulder and pelvis           * Padded head support and integral cushion for a natural sleeping position   * Multi-recline positions – the seat adjusts without disturbing your child   * Adjustable backrest enabling installation in a wide range of cars           * Feature sun / wind canopy included   * Spring loaded belt locking mechanism allows easy installation   * Height adjustable headrest to 11 positions           * Extra padding to protect the fragile backs of newborn babies   * Harness retainers make it easy to get your child in and out of the seat   * Easily accessible seat belt path           *...

Simple Car Hire | 21st March 2017 | General Articles
Brixfest 2017 – Dragon Boat Sponsors We are very excited to announce that we are Sponsors of the Dragon Boat Race in this years Brixfest taking place in Brixham on the Spring Bank Holiday! BrixFest 2017 begins on Saturday 27th May and events will fill the town and harbourside until Wednesday 31st. We can only dream of the same weather as last year! 2017: Race to win! After the enormously successful inaugural Dragonboat Challenge at BrixFest 2016, The organisers have made it an annual thing. BrixFest is bringing a DragonBoat challenge to shores of Breakwater Beach, encouraging local people to take up the opportunity to raise money for their charity of choice, and row for victory! Team can be made up of up to 11 people and will be rowing within a 30′ classic Dragon Boat – as part of an ancient Chinese tradition. No experience is needed…just plenty of team spirit! Teams will compete along a 200m course in view of the spectators on the beach and breakwater itself. The Challenge officially returns for the 2017 festival, hitting the shores of Breakwater Beach in Brixham on Sunday 28th May.​ A lot will be made of the course record (200m in 54.53 seconds) which was set last year early in the day by ‘Buoys ‘n’ Belles’, a team made up of local B&B owners. Rumour has it they practised with buckets and spades the week before the race. Unfair? Nope – just clever! Think you can beat them? Apply now – https://www.brixfest.com/dragonboats...

Simple Car Hire | 21st March 2017 | General Articles
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