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Scooters Are The Answer To Congestion. Fact.

Scooter riders are reducing congestion times and making the world a better place. Ok that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration but the first part is true.

This is according to studies undertaken by researchers investigating the impact motorcycles and scooters have on congestion. Research Company Transport and Mobility, Leuven, wanted to measure the traffic flow as well as air quality on a stretch of busy road predominantly used by commuters and see how two wheels as opposed to four benefitted commuters and the environment alike.

The team placed sensors along the route and measured traffic flow every 5 minutes, mapping a typical rush hour pattern along the way and using the information as the benchmark for the study. Coupling analysis software with data obtained from the Federal Planning Bureau the team were able to simulate traffic flows whilst checking their simulation results against actual figures.

By adjusting the percentages of different types of vehicles i.e. cars vs. scooters during rush hour, some very interesting results were found.

A 10% shift from car to motorcycle resulted in a serious reduction in traffic queues that would see driving conditions return to ‘normal’ – proving that scooter riders were saving everyone time. The results showed that if just 1 in 10 drivers changed to two wheels the reduction in travel time would reach as much as 63%.

Perhaps more interesting is when the researchers found that a switch of 25% from cars to scooters/motorbikes would annihilate congestion completely.

Scooter riders rejoice! You’re doing everyone a favour by reducing congestion and that’s a fact!!

With regards to emissions, scooter and motorbike riders were doing their part for the environment by choosing two wheels as emissions costs were 21% lower than that of a car. Researchers also found that when 10% of the traffic was made up of scooters and motorbikes, emissions were reduced by 6% which came down to smoother traffic flow and greater average speeds.

In conclusion, when as little as 1 in 10 commuters switch to scooters or motorbikes from a car, everyone saves at least 60% in travel time and plays their part in helping the environment by reducing emissions by 6%. Couple that with the huge savings on fuel, insurance, parking and running costs, and people are set to save thousands of pounds per year.

In the UK alone over 80% of commuter traffic is single occupancy, which means millions of people travel alone to work. Of course car-pooling helps reduce emissions and traffic congestion, but facts are facts – travelling by scooter or motorbike is a sure-fire way to get to work quicker and save everyone else time.

So next time you’re watching a scooter cruise past you in a traffic jam, applaud that person for helping you reduce your travel time. Or why not take the plunge and make the switch to a moped or scooter yourself?

With a variety of fantastic scooters and motorbikes available from Kymco, with a range of finance and insurance options, commuting to work has never been more cost effective, or fun! With many scooters averaging over 100 miles per gallon, £6 can get you to work and back for a whole week.

You only need a CBT and most drivers can ride a scooter on a regular drivers licence, so making the switch couldn’t be easier.
So visit www.kymco.co.uk and take a look at the great range of scooters & motorbikes available today.

Contact Details: Kymco
Unit 43 Atcham Business Park,
Upton Magna,
Shrewsbury,
United Kingdom, SY4 4UG

General Enquiries 01743 761107

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In House Franchise Financing Available

Ultragloss is pleased to announce that they are now offering franchise financing. Their new franchise fee is 50% less than their original franchise fee and they’re financing it at a rate determined by the sales of the franchisee.

Ultragloss is a mobile automotive franchise that primarily services used vehicle dealerships. Their specialized products and technological advancements put them ahead of the competition. These products lower the amount of time their franchisees work on a vehicle, which may increase their profits with the added benefit of giving their clients great rates.

Ultragloss Automotive Appearance Specialists take pride in their work and their lot management. Their approach to the industry and the way in which they work with their clients to help them achieve their goal of selling more cars is what differentiates them from their leading competitors.

This company took a proven mobile franchise system and modernized it to meet the demands of the fast-paced automotive industry. Ultragloss has grown in times of economic recession due to the rising demand for used vehicles. It’s a great time to get into a franchise that refurbishes the very product we use everyday: our vehicles.

Now that Ultragloss is offering financing, the dream of mobile franchise ownership is possible for many who would have a hard time getting a traditional business loan.* So if you like cars, working with your hands, the outdoors, and the instant gratification that comes from improving something: Ultragloss is the franchise for you.

Key Benefits of The Ultragloss Franchise

Ultragloss is a growing brand that has been received well across North East Ohio and elsewhere in the state. Its fresh image leaves a lasting impression.

Given it’s a mobile franchise, there is less overhead when compared to a fixed location.

There’s stability because Ultragloss Automotive Appearance Specialists are trained to work with dealerships and become a part of the dealership’s team. This translates to regular, weekly business.

The security of knowing you are working with a dedicated franchise team who will not only train you from the moment you sign the franchise agreement, but they will also help you solicit accounts and get you started working on the lots. See Ultragloss training for more information by clicking here.

There is the added benefit of working in an in-demand industry that creates job security for franchisees. Dealerships grow to rely on Ultragloss services because they see the value of investing in an Ultragloss style repair that enables them to charge more for the vehicle than they would have prior to correcting the damage.

Is the Ultragloss Franchise Right for You?

Ask yourself these questions:

• Are you an independently hard worker, capable of self-starting and plugging into a proven system?

•Are you motivated to run your own business?

•Do you enjoy vehicles and working on them? Or are you planning to partner with someone who does?

•Do you like working outdoors?

•Do you enjoy working with your hands?

•Are you financially ready to take a leap into the realm of self-employment?

If you answered yes to those questions, what are you waiting for? With the new affordable franchise fee financing and proven mobile automotive system, apply today (http://ugafranchise.com).

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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Auto Windscreens wins major BGL contract

Auto Windscreens has won the exclusive glass supplier contract for BGL Group, which manages some of the UK’s most prestigious motor insurance brands including Post Office, M&S, RAC, Lloyds TSB and Halifax.

BGL Group is one of the largest personal lines insurance groups in the UK, providing insurance for 2.7 million customers nationwide. It employs more than 2,400 people at its head office and contact centre in Peterborough, and at additional contact centres in Coventry and Sunderland.

Commencing 7th January 2013, Auto Windscreens will handle glass repairs and replacements for all BGL Group customers. To meet demand, it has employed another 110 staff around the country and has opened four additional fitting centres in London, Surrey and the West Midlands, taking the number to 30.

Auto Windscreens’ Managing Director, Nigel Davies, said: “Winning BGL Group’s business is a fantastic way to end what has been a phenomenal year for Auto Windscreens. It’s also a great start to 2013 and we’re looking forward to showing even more people what Total Customer Satisfaction feels like!”

Davies continued: “With the ever expanding recognition of our high quality service and competitiveness the customer base at Auto Windscreens is going from strength to strength. This reinforces our strategy to be the preferred glass supplier to the insurance and fleet sectors.”

David Downie, Group Director from BGL Group, said: “Several million people buy a motor insurance policy from the BGL Group every year, so we need to be certain that they will receive excellent service from all our partners. Auto Windscreens have demonstrated that they can meet all our requirements for a high quality windscreen repair and replacement service, and we are pleased to have them on board”

For more information about Auto Windscreens, call 0800 999 5000 or visitwww.autowindscreens.co.uk. For more information about BGL Group, visit
www.bglgroup.co.uk.

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Auto Windscreens bags Morrisons

Automotive glazing supplier Auto Windscreens has bagged its first deal in the retail sector with supermarket Morrisons.

Auto Windscreens successfully completed a three month trial for Morrisons in Kent and Glasgow, to check out processes, procedures and service at both ends of the country. It has now been named the sole glazing provider for the fleet of commercial vehicles delivering products from nine distribution centres to 480 stores around the UK. Auto Windscreens expects to undertake around 450 jobs annually on Morrisons’ vehicles, which, depending on the time of year, number between 650-750.

Auto Windscreens’ Sales Director, Joy Cooper, said: “Winning the Morrisons account is a huge coup for us. Its vehicles operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and work to very tight deadlines, so it requires the highest standard of service from its suppliers. We’re proud to be working with Morrisons and look forward to helping it keep its commercial vehicles on the road.”

John Ward, Head of the Vehicle Maintenance Unit at Morrisons, said: “Auto Windscreens demonstrated a commitment to deliver the right solution in terms of service delivery and price competitiveness, and we’re pleased to have them on board.”

Auto Windscreens has grown significantly in the last year, opening new fitting centres in the South East, Wales and the East Midlands, and expanding its national and regional sales teams to meet increased customer demand. For more information about Auto Windscreens, call 0800 999 5000 or visit www.autowindscreens.co.uk. For more information about Morrisons, visit www.morrisons.co.uk.

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SEAT Offers 3 Years Of Worry-Free Motoring

SEAT Ireland has unveiled a quintet of special offers to take the stress out of buying a new car in 2013. The SEAT brand is enjoying a renaissance in Ireland, with two new models set to arrive in showrooms in the coming months: the generously-proportioned new Toledo, which goes on sale in November, and an all-new Leon, due to arrive in 2013.

However, SEAT customers won’t have to wait to avail of a host of new car offers. Buyers of all new SEAT cars from the newly revamped range can avail of 3% finance, one of the lowest rates available from any lender, as well as 3 years of free servicing which will take much of the worry out of both purchasing and owning a new car in 2013. Additionally, SEAT is offering 3 years roadside assistance, a 3 year car warranty and, for cars ordered before December 21st, there will be 3,000km of free fuel.

“In these challenging times customers will naturally look for a value proposition and we were able to realign all of our product range and add 10-15% of additional value either through price reductions or additional specification,” said Adam Chamberlain, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland. “Now, alongside a great product proposition, consumers have got very strong offers to allow them to have worry-free motoring for 3 years. Our cars are now more affordable and with these offers the SEAT range now offers truly great cars at great prices.”

More information can be found at www.seat.ie.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ New-look ASX

MMAL’s CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, said the new-look ASX reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ global styling direction of Solid-Safe-Simple.

“The ASX is a popular vehicle in the Australian market and we are confident the new-look model will appeal to customers who want a versatile and stylish compact SUV,” Oshikiri said.

The ASX’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a smoother, improved drive experience. Achieved through an adjusted relationship between throttle pedal opening and torque output, the new generation CVT delivers improved engine performance and acceleration.

As the best in class for fuel efficiency, using just 5.7-litres per 100 kilometres, the ASX 4WD Aspire six-speed manual is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo diesel engine. The CO2 emissions for this model are also low at 149 grams per kilometre. This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system, providing maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque.

The ASX 2WD and ASX 2WD Aspire are powered by the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or CVT and provides maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 197Nm. The 2WD ASX returns competitive fuel consumption figures of 7.9-litres per 100 kilometres in the CVT and 7.7-litres per 100 kilometres in the manual transmisson.

Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint with a five-star ANCAP rating, the ASX range utilises Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag as standard.

To complement the ASX’s refreshed exterior look, numerous interior and functionality upgrades have been made across the range including increased towing capacities of 1,300kg on petrol models and 1,400kg on diesel models.

Inside the cabin, chrome accents on the A/C dials and combination cluster meter give the interior a boost while the new sleeker steering wheel features easier to use controls.

A new audio system in the ASX 2WD features CD and iPod compatibility while the new generation audio display, available on 2WD and 4WD Aspire models, features a 6.1-inch full colour touch panel and rear-view camera with parking reference lines.

The ASX 2WD receives improved seat trim, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth hands-free system. The Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel and voice controls boosts convenience, making it easier and safer to make phone calls on the road.

The newly introduced ASX 2WD Aspire has extra features above the ASX 2WD including 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust, front fog lamps and exterior chrome accents.

The interior of the ASX 2WD Aspire includes leather seat trim with heated front seats and power driver’s seat along with leather-look door trim and privacy glass.

Rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlamps make journeys in adverse conditions a little easier while the Smart Key system with one-touch start enhances the daily drive. The 2WD Aspire comes standard with reverse sensors and reverse camera to assist driver awareness and visibility.

Top of the range ASX 4WD Aspire builds on the two-wheel drive model’s specifications with the addition of panoramic roof as standard and an easier to use 4×4 button selector to switch between drive modes.

The ASX line-up is available in a range of colours including Starlight, Ironbark, White, Cool Silver, Black, Red and Titanium.

Mitsubishi retail offers a five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, five year Roadside Assist and Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership on all new vehicles.*

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Mitsubishi Motors Refines the Legendary Pajero

Official Mitsubishi News – MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new-look Pajero line-up caters for four-wheel drive enthusiasts at all levels.

“From the entry-level GLX to the luxury Exceed, there is a Pajero to suit all budgets and to cater for all on and off-road needs,” Oshikiri said.

The Pajero is available with a powerful, fuel-efficient 3.2-litre Common Rail turbo diesel engine with the option of a 3.8-litre MIVEC petrol engine in the Exceed model. The Common Rail turbo diesel delivers a massive 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000rpm while providing a smooth and fuel-efficient ride of 9.0L/100kms.

The MIVEC petrol engine option provides up to 184kW of power at 6,000rpm and torque of 329Nm at 2,750 rpm while delivering minimal fuel consumption of 13.5L/100km and a comfortable drive.

With such impressive power and torque, the Pajero’s huge three-tonne towing capacity means everything from a boat or caravan to a trailer can be towed with confidence. With flexible seating for up to seven people, the Pajero is the ultimate family car and because the third row of seats can be completely removed or folded and stored under the rear floor, there’s even more room to fit everything in. The addition of rear differential lock as standard across the 13MY Pajero range boosts the versatility of Mitsubishi’s legendary four-wheel drive.

The Pajero range offers outstanding occupant and driver safety utilising the latest Mitsubishi safety technology. Standard safety equipment includes Mitsubishi’s RISE body protection along with front driver and passenger, side and curtain SRS airbags and reversing camera to enhance driver visibility and awareness.

All Pajeros are equipped with MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology) which delivers superior off-road control and outstanding on-road safety and handling. To bolster the MATT package, 13MY Pajeros now come with rear differential lock as standard across the range. MATT incorporates a number of systems including Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS braking system with EBD and Super Select 4WD II. Super Select 4WD II lets the driver alternate between 2WD and 4WD modes at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour on any surface, making the switch from on-road fuel efficiency to off-road traction simple.

Available colour choices across the 2013 Pajero range include Cool Silver, Graphite, Champagne, Ironbark, Warm White, White and pearlescent Pitch Black.

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SEAT unveils the new Ibiza CUPRA

SEAT officially raises the bar in the supermini class with the introduction of the sensational Ibiza CUPRA. First shown as a concept during April’s Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the Ibiza CUPRA is now unveiled in barely touched production form.

Performance is scintillating, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph, yet exceptionally efficient, with average fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg.

Due to arrive in the UK in January 2013, the new car follows more than 16 years of heritage. The CUPRA name was born in 1996 as a special, top-of-the-line Ibiza built to commemorate SEAT’s World Rally Championship victory in the 2.0-litre category. Since then a CUPRA has always featured in the SEAT model line-up, with the name adorning both the Ibiza and Leon ranges.

“The Ibiza CUPRA is one of the icons of the SEAT brand,” said James Muir, President of SEAT S.A. “Its stunning design and refined dynamics promise driving fun mile-for-mile. With its innovative technologies, upgraded interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza CUPRA clearly shows how quickly and consistently our brand is continuing to develop.”

Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 180 PS and 250 Nm, owing to a turbocharger and a supercharger as well as direct injection, the latest Ibiza CUPRAhatchback is truly worthy of the name, and begins the next chapter of the CUPRA success story.

The TSI power unit guarantees exceptionally refined performance during day-to-day driving, while a unique sound actuator in the exhaust system allows for an extra sporty sound when the driver desires it. The seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission with its extremely short shift times can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The chassis of the Ibiza CUPRA has been tuned for maximum agility and precision. The ride height has been lowered compared to the standard car. An XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to under steer and improves handling through fast corners, and an ESP electronic stability system incorporating hill start is part of the safety package that comes as standard on the Ibiza CUPRA. The car has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The new Ibiza CUPRA is a dynamic supermini with a solid and powerful stance. The new face gets a broad grille and very forceful air intakes to emphasise the breadth, solidity and power of the car. The sophisticated design of the front headlamps shows the attention to detail inherent with SEAT workmanship.

The entertainment system in the Ibiza CUPRA is completely new and the high-performance audio system is enhanced by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The highly functional unit is removable for mobile use yet perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system. Its extensive functions include a navigation system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a Micro SD card slot for music storage, hands-free phone system with voice control, and an on-board computer.

Additionally, a ‘photo frame’ facility allows users to personalise their system with images, while a useful ‘notepad’ function allows occupants to set handy reminders, and the screen can act as a torch for users when they leave the car at night.

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SEAT Invests £650m In New Leon Production

SEAT has started production of the new Leon hatchback at its factory in Martorell, Spain. The all-new model is the result of an overall investment of 800 million euros (c. £650m), primarily in vehicle research and development, and production facilities.

The stunning new SEAT Leon, which was unveiled at September’s Paris Motor Show, will drive the international expansion of SEAT and will increase production at the Martorell plant, where it will be built alongside the Ibiza, Altea, and Exeo – together with the Audi Q3.

The five-door hatchback is the first of the new Leon model family, which by 2014 will include a sleek three-door variant and a practical five-door estate. This approach mimics the blueprint of the hugely successful Ibiza range, and will help the Leon become a key competitor in the compact segment in Europe – which accounts for 38% of total car sales.

The production of the new Leon is not only great news for family car buyers, it’s also a big boost to the economy, ensuring 1,600 jobs on the Martorell production line plus more than 6,000 throughout the supply chain.

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, said: “With the new Leon we have increased productivity by 10% and become more flexible, thus guaranteeing optimisation of production costs.”

Together, the first two generations of the Leon achieved total global sales of 1.2 million units, beginning with 1999’s original model and continuing with 2005’s second generation car. SEAT expects a continuation of this success story when sales of the all-new car begin this year in Europe. UK sales begin early 2013 – a year that will also see the global motor show debuts of the three-door and estate versions.

The new SEAT Leon is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB modular transverse platform, providing a significant reduction in manufacturing time compared with the second generation Leon.

The platform also offers greater flexibility, enabling production of the three versions of the Leon as well as Altea variants all on the same line. SEAT has also adapted its manufacturing processes to ensure the highest levels of precision and quality, by the use of latest-generation technologies such as laser welding and measurement, as well as hot stamping.

The new Leon is the first all-new production vehicle to display SEAT’s latest design language, and signals an enormous step forward for the brand, equipped with a host of ground-breaking technology for improved safety and enhanced connectivity; it is the first in its class to offer full LED headlights as an option.

It is 90 kilograms lighter and 52 millimetres shorter than its predecessor, improving fuel consumption and handling, yet it has more interior passenger space and luggage capacity. Every new Leon from launch is equipped with Start/Stop technology for greater efficiency – on average it consumes 15% less fuel than the previous generation.

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SEAT reveals the all new Leon

James Muir, President of SEAT S.A, has unveiled the all-new SEAT Leon for the first time at the Volkswagen Group Media Evening. He declared that, “the New Leon requires no compromise from the customer.”

The SEAT President also used the Volkswagen Group Media Evening to unveil the company’s new logo, which has been introduced to coincide with the new Leon’s introduction. “The new Leon will be the first SEAT to wear our new company logo. The new SEAT logo reflects our commitment to clean, precise design and unparalleled engineering excellence,” he explained.

Competing in the fiercely competitive European medium hatchback car sector, the all-new Leon is the first production vehicle to feature SEAT’s new design language, previewed on the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars. The new Leon will feature a host of innovative technologies to help safety and connectivity, as well as being the first car in its segment to offer full LED lights. The interior features the highest level of craftsmanship, as well as the latest soft-touch materials.

The new Leon is built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform and is 90kg lighter and despite being 52mm shorter than its predecessor, has more interior space. A range of six petrol and four diesel engines are available, guaranteeing an engine choice to meet all customer preferences. The new Leon will feature engine Start/Stop technology and the most efficient engine option will emit just 99g of Co2.

The new model is the third iteration of Leon and previous generations have earned a reputation for delivering a rewarding and interactive driving experience and the new generation will continue that pattern, thanks to the lighter overall weight and longer wheelbase.

The new model will be manufactured at SEAT’s base in Martorell, near Barcelona in Spain. In total, 1.2 millions Leons have been sold to date since the first model was introduced in 1999.

The first markets to introduce the new Leon will be Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with sales beginning before the end of November.

James Muir also confirmed that the new Leon will become a family of cars. He said: “For the first time ever, the Leon range will expand to include a three-door and sports tourer versions. They will expand the Leon’s appeal as well as its reach within the segment.”

The new Leon arrives in SEAT’s range during the busiest period of new product activity in the company’s history. SEAT’s product offensive has seen the introduction of its new city car, the Mii, as well as an extensively refreshed Ibiza and the recent introduction of the Toledo five-door sedan.

James Muir underlined that the future success of SEAT would also be built on market expansion. He said: “Coupled with our strategy of market expansion, which saw SEAT launch in China earlier this year, SEAT’s future success will be built on new products, in more segments, in more markets.”

The company also points out that it’s the perfect time to buy a new car in Ireland, with the limited edition offer of 3,000KM of free fuel, 3% financing, 3 years warranty, 3 years roadside assistance, 3 year free servicing all available on orders before 21.12.12.

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Cadillac Sponsors 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac will be the primary sponsor of the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, taking place Nov. 11 in Old Winter Park, Fla.

Winter Park Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigiously-ranked and exotic classic car shows in the United States. During the one-day event, Winter Park’s downtown Park Avenue area will be closed, allowing up-close access to individual autos and automotive groupings. Accenting the event will be music and dining, all combining to make the Concours d’ Elegance a special day for visitors to Winter Park.

“Cadillac is pleased to support 2012 Concours d’Elegance,” said Dave Fitzwater, Cadillac Regional Director, Southeast Region. “Our brand is synonymous with luxury and design and we look forward to being a part of the beautiful display of classic cars that will be showcased.

A free event to the public, Concours d’Elegance is expected to draw more than 75,000 attendees, many of them from outside the Central Florida area.

“Between the classic car exhibitors and the people who travel to Central Florida to see the classic cars, we anticipate as many as 5,000 out-of-area attendees,” according to Tim Weber, who oversees the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.

The three day automotive celebration begins with a ticket-only event at Sanford International Airport on Friday, Nov. 9 and concludes with the Concours event on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

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President of Volkswagen AG reiterates the commitment of the group to Spain

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, president of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors, has participated in the Hispano-German Entrepreneurs Meeting, which took place in the executive headquarters of the government, and which counted on the presence of the President of Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“Volkswagen will continue its close link with Spain in the future,” assured Dr. Winterkorn during his address before the heads of the principal German and Spanish companies. According to the president of the Volkswagen Group, Spain has played an exemplary role in the last few weeks, having taken brave but successful decisions. “Of course, results are not achieved from one day to the next, but the direction is the correct one. I am sure that they will be achieved,” he added.

The President of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors highlighted the role of the Group within the automobile industry in Spain: “The activities of our Group represent 25% of the Spanish automotive industry and, with the SEAT brand, Volkswagen and Audi, we are among the companies with the highest volume of business in Spain. Besides, we are the major industrial investor in the area of research and development, and we employ more than 18,000 people between the factories of Pamplona and SEAT Martorell.”

Regarding the current situation of the automobile market Dr. Winterkorn pointed out:
“It is true that SEAT is especially suffering the steep drop of the domestic Spanish market, but it is also true that it has the product and the adequate team, so that when the market recuperates, the brand will grow exponentially. SEAT will continue to be a fundamental element in the global strategy of the Volkswagen Group,” he added.

Dr. Winterkorn also made reference to “the high rate of youth unemployment,” which poses “a complicated mortgage upon the future of Europe. Facing it should be the political as well as the economic objective.” He also confirmed the commitment of the company to future generations: “With the ‘Start Up Europe’ Program, we are creating professional opportunities for young engineers. And also here in Spain we are manifesting our commitment with the implementation of dual training,” he said.

“The Volkswagen Group is a perfect example for demonstrating that the ‘European Idea’ has future potential. We have 12 brands in 7 countries of the EU that work together successfully. At Volkswagen, we believe in Europe. And we are willing to give our support so that Spanish and European industries can be strong and solvent in the future,” he concluded.

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SEAT Leon to debut at Paris Motor Show

SEAT is set to unveil the most important new model in its recent history at the 2012 Mondial de l’Automobile – the all-new Leon.

Combining effortless beauty with greater practicality than its two preceding generations, the new Leon is the most advanced car that SEAT has ever produced and a landmark for the Spanish company. The introduction of the new Leon makes the 2012 Paris Motor Show an epoch-defining event for SEAT, during which the first of a new model family is introduced – a family that will extend the Leon’s reach further than ever before.

And with the official introduction of the new, production-ready Toledo hatchback, SEAT really does have compact family car segment covered. The new Toledo boasts an incredible amount of cabin space and a 550-litre boot, wrapped in a compact body shell and with a price that’s more supermini than family car.

Alongside the two new cars, SEAT will also display the exciting Mii FR Line Concept. First shown at the 2012 GTI Treffen event in Worthersee, Austria, the Mii FR Line Concept alludes to how the city car could look were it to become available in FR trim.

Finally, the Paris Motor Show represents the official market introduction of SEAT’s new corporate identity, which brings a more modern, streamlined look to the existing ‘S’ logo found on the grille and tailgate of every SEAT model. It will be used first on the new Leon, before being rolled out to the entire range from 2013.

Speaking about SEAT’s presence at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, UK Director Peter Wyhinny said: “We’re hugely excited about what we have in store for this year’s Paris show. The all-new Leon is a remarkable car, oozing Spanish flair but bursting with technology and offering genuine versatility. We can’t wait to show it in the metal so that its beauty and presence can really be appreciated, and beyond that we’re eagerly anticipating getting people behind the wheel so they can feel just how dynamic this car really is.

“In addition, the introduction of the new, fourth-generation Toledo is a big step for us, because it gives our customers the chance to own a car with unique visual appeal but that packs a practicality punch way above its compact size and price. Its five-door hatchback layout brings the model back to the spirit of the ground-breaking original, which was a huge success. We’re convinced that buyers will take this new Toledo to their hearts.

“And with the stunning Mii FR Line Concept sitting on our Paris show stand too, alluding to a sportier future for the sensational city car, there are good times ahead for SEAT. Adding the new Leon and Toledo to models like the Mii, the Exeo and the multi-award winning Alhambra, the SEAT line-up is bigger, better and more exciting than ever before and there’s much more to come.”

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Autoglass Celebrates Landmark Birthday and 30 Million Customers

Autoglass, the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement specialist, has announced it has served over 30 million customers and replaced 17 million windscreens as it celebrates 40 years of serving UK motorists.

The company is celebrating its 40th birthday with the launch of a stop-motion video highlighting 40 years of automotive innovation, featuring its staff from across the UK.

Matthew Mycock, Autoglass Managing Director commented: “The company and industry has undergone enormous change over the last 40 years. Our focus on innovation and customer service has seen us lead the industry to keep the windscreens of UK motorists in a safe and high quality condition for driving. We are incredibly proud to have served over 30 million British motorists over our history. It is a remarkable statistic that on average, over the last 40 years Autoglass has repaired or replaced a customer’s vehicle glass every 42 seconds.”

Launched in 1972, Autoglass was based in Salford, Manchester providing a vehicle glass replacement service across the North of England. Primarily a branch-based operation, the company also had mobile technicians, providing an emergency roadside windscreen replacement service to motorists whose windscreen shattered – a common problem in the 1970s when windscreens were made from toughened glass.

It was in 1983 that Autoglass was merged with Bedford-based Windscreens to become a national business, expanding across the UK over the next few years with an increasingly mobile operation.

As part of the global Belron group, Autoglass was able to benefit from the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement (VGRR) specialist’s expertise and recognised the importance of investing in research, training and quality tools to achieve the highest standards. This drove the ambition to be the UK’s best VGRR service provider and to set the industry standard.

This ambition led to an innovative approach to business and to the introduction of initiatives such windscreen chip repairs (in 1990). This meant the company was able to offer further value and convenience to UK motorists. Autoglass has also worked with the BSI to set the chip repair standard, the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) to develop the ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) for vehicle glass technicians and developed its own patented tools.

To celebrate 40 years of innovation and world-class service Autoglass staff from all over the UK helped to film a stop-motion video. The video showcases automotive innovation across the company’s 40-year history in a light-hearted and engaging infographic on an iPad, highlighting that throughout all the changes over the last four decades Autoglass staff have been always been on hand to help.

The video was produced from a total of 1,600 still photographs taken at the company’s Bedford branch and headquarters, involving staff from across the UK.

Autoglass fans can win a pair of tickets for a Ferrari Driving Thrill with Red Letter Days by watching the video and finding the answer to a question within the video. The video can be viewed here and to enter the competition please visit the brand’s Facebook App.

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Hengehold Trucks Using Social Media to Improve Customer Service

Hengehold Trucks, a provider of quality pre-owned commercial vehicles, has announced an alternative method to alerting their customers of new vehicles arrivals into their inventory. Hengehold Trucks will be using social media, Twitter, for instant updates on recent additions to their sales inventory. Customers can now see what vehicles are available without having to wait for Hengehold Trucks’ monthly newsletter for the information.

Within the last month, Hengehold Truck has added over 30 new vehicles to their inventory, bringing their current total to over 90 used commercial vehicles. The inventory includes a wide range of commercial vehicles from mini cargo vans, box vans, passenger vans, pickup trucksutility trucksflatbed trucks, stakes trucks, and dump trucks.

“I have bought several trucks from Hengehold over the years and there is a reason I keep going back. The quality of their used vehicles is unmatched. They have very clean vehicles and a pretty good selection of them at that. They go through an extensive inspection on each vehicle. I have purchased four vehicles and have never had the problem,” said Sally M., a Hengehold Trucks’ customer. (Source:http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3710515810/hengehold-motor-co-palo-alto-1)

Hengehold Trucks has served costumers in many places beside California such as Saipan, Marinia Island, Seattle, Washington, San Antonio, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Their primary customers come from a diverse collection representing many industries as well as customers from universities, government agencies, and individuals.

To get the latest updates of Hengehold Trucks’ new commercial vehicles, follow them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/htrucks.

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SEAT Brings in Dual Vocation Training System

SEAT has announced it will replace the current training system in its Apprentices School with a dual one, based on the German system. This will combine theory and practice, and provide students with solid professional experience. The new syllabus will increase the number of hours by 57% (from 2,950 to 4,625) in comparison to the current system, and gives equal importance to training and work in terms of hours.

The new dual training model at SEAT’s Apprentices School will be a three-year course of study. Students will sign a training and apprenticeship contract, and all will receive a monthly payment. First-year apprentices will receive 250 Euros, second-year students 420 Euros, and third-year students 530 Euros.

Josef Schelchshorn, SEAT’s Vice-president for Human Resources, expressed his great satisfaction at the introduction in Spain of a system similar to the German one. “The project means a quantum leap in quality for our School. We are broadening and improving the training of apprentices before they join SEAT, while at the same time forging closer links with the world of work”.

Schelchshorn added that, “it is a matter of great pride for SEAT to be able to contribute to Spanish society in the form of quality training and employment.”

To date SEAT has been offering two years of Middle Grade vocational training cycle, completed with an additional one-year training course to provide students with better qualifications before joining SEAT. The syllabus now becomes broader: 1,700 work-hours are included in one of the company’s production plants, whereas to date 600 hours had been devoted to practical work in workshops. Productive practical work is also introduced in the training centre itself in order to respond to the needs of some company technical departments, allowing students to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use.

Also, first-year students will be provided with 160 hours of hands-on in-factory training in July, to which a total number of 200 hours for English language training will be added in the second and third years, as well as the continuous specialised training offered to those workers already on the SEAT workforce. Each apprentice will also have a personal tutor for the duration of the apprenticeship.

For the current academic year 2012-2013, SEAT will have an intake of 61 new first-year student apprentices, chosen from a record number of 400 applicants for the centre. As has been the case to date, once the apprentices have successfully concluded their three-year course of study, they will be entitled to join SEAT on a long-term contract. Thanks to the new contractual relationship provided by dual training, the students’ links and identification with the company will be strengthened, while at the same time increasing the attractiveness of both the centre itself and of SEAT as an employer.

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SEAT Sets Its Sights on Russia

SEAT has announced the reinforcement of its presence in Russia while strengthening its international expansion plans. The Spanish company, participating in the Moscow Motor Show, has opened a new chapter hand-in-hand with the Volkswagen Group importer to profit from the experience of the company in this market.

So far this year SEAT has doubled the size of its network in Russia, and already has 22 dealerships there, located in Moscow and St. Petersburg, plus other major cities such as Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Rostov-on-Don. SEAT will open three new dealerships before the year’s end, bringing the total number to 25. The aim of opening further dealerships is to cover most of the regions of the European part of the country.

SEAT President and Executive Committee Chairman James Muir stated Russia is yet another example of company’s strategy to open up new markets. He said: “We see great potential for SEAT in markets like Russia. Great design, high quality, outstanding engineering and innovative technology bring something new and fresh to the dynamic Russian automotive market.”

“The Moscow Motor Show represents a key stepping stone in the ambitions of SEAT in Russia,” Muir concluded.

At the Moscow Motor Show – the country’s most important annual automotive industry event – SEAT has announced the growth of the product range in Russia with the start of sales of the Alhambra MPV this autumn. The Alhambra is in addition to the three models currently marketed in Russia: three versions of the Ibiza (3-door SC, 5-door, and ST estate), the Leon hatchback, and the crossover SEAT Altea Freetrack, all of which are built at the Martorell plant on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Besides these four models, SEAT is also displaying the IBX, a hybrid crossover concept car than won accolades from the press and public at last year’s Geneva Motor Show for its winning combination of design and outstanding versatility.

Since Russia is a priority market for SEAT in both the short- and long-term, it has its own infrastructure in Moscow in charge of rolling out the development plan. Russia is a country with strong growth potential, and which aspires to make itself the largest car market in Europe over the next few years. In 2011 more than 2.6 million cars were sold – a figure beaten only by Germany (almost 3.2 million units) – and sales have grown 14.3% during the first half of 2012, exceeding 1.4 million vehicles.

SEAT exports about four of every five cars it manufactures to 75 different countries. One of its aims is to increase this percentage by opening up new markets, including China, where marketing activities began last April. During the first half of 2012 SEAT has achieved strong growth in Mexico (10,214 cars sold, +20.5%), Algeria (5,191, +150.0%) and Israel (3,787, 85.7%). The company has also improved its deliveries over the same period in such competitive European markets as Germany (28,404, +8.0%), the United Kingdom (19,763, +6.8%) and Switzerland (4,159, +19.4%).

In parallel, this year the Spanish brand finds itself in the full flood of an unprecedented product offensive. Over the next few months the return of the Toledo and the new Leon will be added to the Mii and the new Ibiza, already on sale. Growth in the number of models will enable SEAT to broaden its market coverage and provide it with the optimal basis for continued growth in its export markets.

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SEAT Delivers Three Electric Cars to Barcelona

SEAT recently delivered three new electric cars to Barcelona where the vehicles will be tested by Barcelona City Hall in its municipal car fleet for an initial six-month trial period, during which SEAT will gather information and assess performance prior to mass production of electric vehicles. With the hybrid and electric vehicles, SEAT is developing two different technologies, placing the company in an optimal position to respond to market demand.

Ramón Paredes, Executive Vice-president for Governmental and Institutional Relations at SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain, declared that “once more SEAT is showing its links to emblematic projects such as development of the electric car for the future of the country”. He also underscored the fact that “we are the only brand with the capacity to think through, develop and produce an electric vehicle in Spain.”

Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-president for R&D commented: “Delivering these electric vehicles to institutional fleets covers a new stage in our electric motoring strategy.

“SEAT’s future is electric and we are opting for diversification of alternative technologies so as to cater to different motoring needs.”

Within the framework of this strategy, SEAT has loaned one e-Altea XL to Endesa, and another to the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN); a further two TwinDrive – one to each of the two organisations mentioned – will be made available over the forthcoming weeks. The company is immersed in the first stage of the introduction of an electric car and envisages the loan of further vehicles to different governmental departments, institutions, and private companies interested in eco-friendly fleets over the forthcoming months.

The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive are two vehicles with different but complementary technologies. The Altea XL Electric Ecomotive can be used in wide variety of different circumstances, and for that reason is SEAT’s first all-electric car. It has a range of 135 kilometres, a power output of 115 hp (85kW), an engine torque of 270 Nm and a top speed of 135 kph. Of the several new features found on it, two of the most striking are battery location under the rear seats and the boot, meaning no reduction in passenger compartment space, and the photovoltaic panels on the roof, cutting energy requirements for the vehicle’s air-conditioning.

The Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive couples the advantages of emission-free driving to the range of a conventional petrol-engine car. The TwinDrive allows for all-electric or hybrid driving, meaning no change whatsoever in driving habits or life style for customers. It has a range of 52 kilometres in electric mode, with a top speed of 120 kph. In mixed mode (electric and combustion) consumption is 1.7 litres, emissions are under 39 g/km, and top speed is 170 kph.

SEAT’s commitment to sustainable motoring and environmental protection extends to other brand vehicles already on the market. SEAT has a long track record of producing low-emission cars – for the record, 70% of cars marketed in Spain have emissions below 130 g/km of CO2.

Additionally SEAT is involved in other projects to promote electrical motoring in Spain. One of them – headed by SEAT – is CENIT VERDE, a public-private initiative comprising companies from different sectors, universities and research centres, and backed by the Spanish government. This project takes a global approach to research into the foundations for a successful introduction of the electric car in Spain.

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SEAT Announces Significant Expansion In China

SEAT has announced it is committed to expanding its activities in China, following its strong presence at the Beijing Motor Show and the unveiling of SEAT showrooms in eight major Chinese cities on 24 April 2012.

Sporty leisure vehicles with a high degree of functionality are currently experiencing a considerable increase in demand in China. Following the market launch of the Leon, SEAT continued its response to the rapidly growing Chinese car market by showcasing the new Ibiza CUPRA Concept at the Beijing Motor Show. Making its world premiere at the event, the Ibiza CUPRA Concept is a close-to-production taster of the new generation of this sporty brand icon.

SEAT also featured the award-winning Alhambra. Using the Beijing Motor Show as an opportunity to gauge initial public reaction, the Alhambra could join the SEAT line-up in China in 2013, also as an import model produced in Europe.

James Muir, Chairman of SEAT, said: “SEAT has arrived in China. We are launching our success story on this market with our state-of-the-art, attractive city showrooms and with the SEAT Leon as the entry model.

“Here in China, we are observing a groundswell of increasingly discerning customers that want to differentiate themselves with their cars. SEAT stands for emotional design and state-of-the-art engineering, for guaranteed driving fun mile-for-mile. Our unique combination of design and performance, of technology and precision secures for us an enormous potential within this key marketplace.”

At the Beijing Motor Show, SEAT’s show stand displayed the new SEAT corporate identity. Characterised by a bright, expansive design, with, warm and welcoming colours, it reflected the design philosophy and the core values of the Spanish brand – clear, precise and distinctive in a highly attractive way.

All the new showrooms in China were designed in line with this new brand identity, which is scheduled for implementation worldwide. The cities to receive showrooms were: Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Wuhan and Zhengzhou.

The SEAT dealer network in China has planned to expand further over the next few months, reaching 15 operations by the end of 2012. This summer will see showrooms open in Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanning, Xi’an und Xiamen, with Beijing and Shanghai following.

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