Top Sellers in Europe 2018

So what is selling best in 2018 top of the pack is the VW Golf being the top seller in Austria, Belgium, Germany , Latvia , Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Next up we have the Skoda Octavia in Croatia Czechia, Poland Switzerland and the Fabia in Slovakia.

Renault Clio top sales in France, Portugal and Slovenia , whilst Italy goes for the Fiat Panda and Lithuania the Fiat 500 .

Best Selling Cars

Then we go solo makes in  models with Denmark voting for the Peugeot 208, Estonia Toyota Avensis , Finland Nissan’s Qashqai Range , Greece Toyota Yaris , Hungary Suzuki Vitoria , Norway the Nissan Leaf , Romania Dacia Logan , Spain Seat Leo and Sweden of course the Volvo and preferring S90/V90.

Closer to home in Ireland it is the Hyundai Tucson and here in the UK  the Ford Fiesta.

 

Extra large at McDonalds

Extra large at McDonalds and that is not upgrading your fries and drink but rather paying for the large extra bill of hitting your car off a bollard , while going through the drive through and that could add up to over £500.00

The golden arches  is not the only place where this happens figures have been gathered from Starbucks , Costa, KFL , and Greggs but the common denominator is the drive through. , with drivers misjudging tight corners to the gap between the car and the service windows.

Young drivers most likely to have a drive through accident , not a surprise  with over a third at the 30-40 age group.  Another surprise was that a large number of people were unaware that it actually illegal to use your phone through a drive through and could result in a fine of £1000 ,but only if your engine is running.

 

McDonalds Extra Large

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover VelarThe Range Rover Velar , is the mid sized SUV snuggly fitting in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.

This is a stylish car  and not too eye watering price at £45000 , with its sloping roof and slight point gives it a real head turning look.

The entry level 2.0 litre diesel in 180bhp and 240bhp and there are also two petrol versions at 250 bhp and 300 bhp. The car will do 60 mph from standing between 5.7 and 9 seconds,  offering the same power as the diesel V6 or there is the large petrol supercharged engine , which provides 380bhp , run through an eight speed gear box.

All models come with the very natty door handles that retract when the car reaches 5 miles per hour, while inside all models above the S level get three screens a standard with a 12.3 inch display in front of the driver, together with the touch pro duo infotainment system housed in two high definition 10 inch touch screen sitting one on top of the other gives it a wow factor to the consul, added to this is the secret until lit surfaces which spring into life once to engine is turned on and controls on the steering wheel appear under glass to scroll through the various functions

Advertising is pitching this car to both town and country as well as promoting the green aspect of the interior being made from recycled plastic bottles and promoted as a premium alternative to leather.

Passenger comfort is very well taken car of which large front seats not forgetting the 20 way massaging heating and cooling options to ultimate tender loving care. The rear does not disappoint either comfortably seating 3 adults.

Overall the velar ticks all the boxes for the luxury SUV market .

 

Solving Pot Holes

This winter I got caught by a pot hole for the first time with a busted tyre , living in countryside they are everywhere and this pesky one was large and full of water disguising  itself and puddle.

What is the cause of that cause so many motorist so much misery and expenses , they start as microscopic cracks in the surface thePot Holesn weather , drainage , traffic all cause the loosening of the surface and  there it is the hole.

The bill to us all is huge with one estimate stating that the road repair bill in England and Wales could soon reach £14b , rather outstripping the £4.4b budget so are there any solution.

One idea from Brunel University , is using infrared heat to make repairs, it would be cheaper and they claim could last longer. So how does it work , traditionally potholes are repaired with boiling asphalt , but if the road is cold the lower temperature can create a weakened bond thus not very long-lasting .  The new system would use an infrared heating machine, basically warming the road up before the repair , thus making the bond much better and the repair lasting longer.

Meanwhile Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre they are developing self-healing road , asphalt roads are made up on mineral aggregates that provides the structural stability and bitumen , a viscous liquid which is the binder, so when the cracks appear the bitumen drains into and fills them up , trouble is because of it is very viscous at normal temperatures the process can take weeks so to speed this process up they are developing tiny capsules that contain asphalt rejuvenator  such as sunflower oil , so when the cracks start the capsules breaks and the oils acts to soften the asphalt , thus aiding it to stick back together quicker again this should reduce the number of pot holes .

Any solution is going to be most welcome to reduce the cost and the inconvenience.

 

 

Happy Birthday Yaris – Y20

To celebrate their 20th birthday of the Yaris, Toyota has revealed a limited-run version of the Yaris supermini all to be revealed next month.

This anniversary model Y20, has just 1998 commissioned to commemorate the launch date, it comes with dual tone body , 16 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels , grey front grille, a contrasting roof and side mouldings.

Yaris Y20The Y20 will go into full production in 2019 and will be fitted with tinted rear windows, a dark grey interior theme with chequered upholstery and contrasting exterior paint choices.

 

Facts

1. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902
How fast was the offending motorist travelling? A whole 45 miles per hour

2. 1 in 4 cars on the UK’s road were made in China
Which is a lot, given that there are around 35 million cars in the UK.

Car Facts3. 1 billion cars are currently in use around the world
Compared to the world’s population, that’s around one car for every seven people on Earth.

10 Weeks On

Learner Driver Bad Habits

It takes just 10 weeks for bad habits to take up their place after a new driver passes their test , from not checking mirrors , to forgetting the 10 to 2 position on the steering wheel.

A recent survey have found that just after four months of driving , some drivers admitted to bad habits such as hogging the middle lane to not wearing a seat belt , but worse still rooting around in handbag whilst driving and even going through a red light.

It is no wonder that car insurance premium are high for new inexperienced drivers , but even so none of us should be practicing these bad habits.

 

Auf Wiedersehen to the Beetle

Goodbye to the Beetle

Volkswagen have announced , it is calling an end to the production on the Beetle , bringing to a close an 80 year reign, the car began it journey in the 1940s under the Third Reich designed by Ferdinand Porsche instructed by Adolf Hitler it became the peoples car it continued its popularity through the 60s and 70s, this original design ended in 2003.

The updated version that arrived in 1997 added many updated comforts for the driver as well as the iconic vase on the dashboard for that fresh flower, no doubt it will be missed by its many fans.

Personal Contract Pros and Cons

SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PERSONAL CONTRACT HIRE?
Drive a new vehicle on low monthly repayments
Flexible terms from 24 to 60 months
Return vehicle at end of contract
Monthly repayments are fixed and will never change making it easier to budget (changed to VAT are out with our control and may affect your rental)
No hassles with selling the car or losing money on the car’s value

AND WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL RISKS YOU FACE?​
If the vehicle is returned with damage that goes beyond established industry guidelines – known as BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear you may incur charges to repair that damage.
If you terminate the lease early, you may be liable to pay an early termination fee.
If you have driven the vehicle beyond the agreed mileage limit, you will be charged an excess mileage rate which is outlined in your agreement. Mileage limits cannot be amended at any stage during the contract.Personal Contract Hire

 

 

Motorway Troubles

 

A recent poll by Nissan Motor Ltd , has found that nearly a quarter of drivers express a feeling of being uneasy on a Motorway .

The survey found that around 40 per cent of drivers were not keen on overtaking large vehicles and nearly a half felt uncomfortable when boxed in between large lorries. Motorway driving showed up as being second only to parking that drivers felt a lack of confidence and nearly half admitted to taking less busier routes to avoid busy motorways.