Car Roof Rescue

Car Roof Rescue

Three people had to be saved from the roof of their car, while trying to cross a ford , the Fire Service had to deploy an inflatable raft to bring them back and they warned against crossing fords or any body of water.

Pig

pig

Eddie was driving down the road and met a car coming the other way.

Although there was room to pass , Eddie forced the oncoming car to slow down and he wound down his window and shouted “pig”.

Outraged , the other driver looked in his rear view mirror and swore at Eddie.

Then he hit the pig.

Not everyone has your worst interests at heart, sometimes they just want to help.

Electric ?

2019 sees more new electric models being launched , but sales are still low , in a recent poll buyers were asked to rate their understanding of the technology , they rated their initial knowledge as 2.7 out of 5 rising to 3.4 after a 10 day period but this fell back by a point after 3 weeks, which give rise to concern about conflicting information.

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Further research found cost was a huge factor in the lack of sales followed by concerns over the lack of flexibility afforded by petrol or diesel options.

Aston Martin Increases Female Drivers

Aston Martin

Thanks in a large part to China where Aston Martin’s client base is 50% female together with the emerging Saudi market who have now lifted restrictions on women drivers , the company is seeing an up turn in its sales to women.

The company is keen to expand this market but are keen to state “There will be no pinking and shrinking”  and have set up a female advisory board on how to approach this client base from design to advertising , whist not disturbing their current client base being mainly male.

 

Toyota Mirai Arrives at The Natural History Museum

Toyota Mirai and The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum , has taken delivery of a new Toyota Mirai  hydrogen fuel cell saloon and has been purchased with support from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles .

The car will be used for business journeys where public transport is not possible , such as moving expensive or fragile exhibitions.

With the vehicle only emission being water , the environmental impact being low , the museum are looking to move their fleet to being all hydrogen-powered cars.

Pay the Right Tax

pay the right tax

There is a warning from the DVLA , make sure you pay your road tax  and they are targeting areas such as London Northern Ireland, Manchester and Glasgow with the warning of fines or losing their car.

Driving without the correct tax can be punished by a maximum fine in the sum of £1000 they can also clamp and impounded , the release fee from a clamp is in the sum of £100.00 and either prove the car is then taxed or pay a surety fee in the sum of £160.00, you have 24 hours after which the car will be impounded and the fee rises to £200 with a daily charge in the sum of £21.00

Biofuel

Petrol Pumps

From September all pumps will have to state the biofuel and ethanol content of the fuel being sold, this is an EU directive but also being adopted here in the UK.

Last year the Department of Transport requested a study on if E10 petrol should be available in the UK , E10 petrol has been shown to reduce CO2 emissions by 2% compared to the E5 currently available , however not all cars will be compatible with the higher ethanol fuel.

In addition to this  it will be mandatory to show the biofuel content of diesel , diesel is made of 7% thus will be labelled as B7 .

Biofuels are generally made up of a mix of plant , oil or animal fat , with biodiesel being made up of oilseed rape , sugar been and wheat.

VW Carvell

VW Carvelle

Since 1954 VW have sold 12 million Carvells and now they have a new one , still very much like its ancestors it now comes with a bigger grille , new paint and wheel choices and upgraded LED lighting .

The new dashboard with the touchscreen now available in 9.2 inch and introducing speech control , which is becoming more of a box that needs to be ticked by drivers.

Power wise , mostly 2.0 turbo diesel , and there is a DSG model in the mix other features include crosswind assistance as standard , quite useful as this is essential a van , lane and parking assist as well as trailer assist , which allows the driver to steer backwards with a trailer using the control knob for the electric mirrors which has had great review.

Due for release late 2019

Citroen Ami

Citroen Ami

The concept Ami , is to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year , this two-seater aimed at younger market and would allow in some countries allow younger drivers to use without a licence with a top speed of 28 miles per hour, so firmly aimed at city driving.

The car could be either be owned or part of a share scheme with locking mechanism working off smart phones and would have a scope of 60 miles on one charge.

The Ami is small at 2.5 m long but with a light airy feel thanks to the large windows and comes completed with the iconic canvas roof which provides to open top driving experience.