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DiMora Neoclassics Sells Two Vicci 6.2 Emperor Convertibles for $1 Million Each

The Neoclassics division of DiMora Motorcar® stunned the auto world with its unveiling of the DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor Convertible, at Art Revolution Taipei 2014 in Taiwan. As the first product of a collaboration between America’s automotive designer Sir Alfred J. DiMora and Taiwan’s Zen Master Lee Sun-Don, this original idea has inspired not only the automotive world, but the art world as well, making it the first ever true rolling art. Two Vicci 6.2 Emperors sold at the exhibit for US $1 million each.

A.R.T. Executive Director John Cheng praised the unconventional introduction of a new automobile at the art fair: “The DiMora Vicci 6.2 and Lee Sun-Don’s paintings are the highlight of the show, and already enthusiastic customers have placed orders for two cars.”

Cheng was delighted to note the success of the art fair: “The fourth edition of Art Revolution Taipei closes with record sales. A record high of more than 93 percent of the attending artists have sold their works and several of them sold out completely. 280 artists from 48 countries around the globe showcased 2,000 pieces of artwork at the fair, including the eye-catching neoclassic DiMora Vicci 6.2 supercar that combines DiMora’s handcrafted car-making art with Master Lee Sun-Don’s powerful and striking painting.”

DiMora’s production of the Vicci 6.2 Convertibles will have special editions of 25 Master Lee Sun-Don works on them. The original Great Treasure Gate paintings reflect Master Lee Sun-Don’s continuing fascination with the distinctive door knockers created during the Ming Dynasty that lasted from 1368 to 1644. They have chosen these door knockers as a unifying theme for DiMora’s limited run. The owner of each car receives the original painting used to create the image on the automobile. “Development Unbound” is the title of the artwork on DiMora’s first Vicci 6.2 shown at the A.R.T. fair.

DiMora created the Neoclassics division of DiMora Motorcar to blend 430-horsepower 21st Century technology with automotive design cues from the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s. It then occurred to DiMora that the automobiles he was manufacturing with smooth curvature lines could be embraced by exquisite art. But it had to be the right match of artistic style for the combination to succeed. This would be uncharted territory, as never before in world automotive history had such an idea been tried.

“DiMora Neoclassics is carving a path to an entirely different, untapped market,” said DiMora. “Because of our trendsetting and out-of-the-box thinking, it only made sense to me to combine art with automobiles, to produce true rolling art.”

After many months of studying and comparing the work of numerous international artists, DiMora determined that Zen Master Lee Sun-Don was the right artist for the collaborative effort. Overcoming the language barrier, the two men quickly became friends with a common understanding of how to proceed. The DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor series of 25 masterpieces is the result.

After Lee Sun-Don creates the original painting, meticulous care is taken to copy the image onto the Vicci. The core selection of 14 colors of paint are blended to produce the 50 colors that serve as the extended color palette of the car. Every detail of the painting is hand copied precisely into the outlines marked on the car. There is also a 51st color, but it is not paint. Some gold elements of the painting are actually gold leaf on the hood and side panels, along with the wheel hub caps on the Vicci 6.2 Emperor.

Within the first hour of the opening of Art Revolution Taipei 2014, the first of the Viccis sold. The overwhelmingly positive public reception at the show of this innovative concept has led many art and automobile collectors to believe that a great investment in a DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor limited edition series will provide both appreciation and driving enjoyment for many years down the road.

About DiMora Motorcar
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar excels in providing distinctive, limited-edition transportation solutions. The DiMora Neoclassics series of luxury automobiles includes the Vicci 6.2, now in production, and the Adina, now in the prototype phase. The magnificent Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan is scheduled for production in 2017. Sir Alfred J. DiMora co-founded the Sceptre Motorcar Company, whose Sceptre 6.6S received Best-of-Show honors at the 1978 Los Angeles Auto Show. DiMora also founded the new Clenet Coachworks, Inc. in the 1980’s to continue designing and building the Clenet series of automobiles. When President Reagan declared 1986 the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-Powered Automobile, DiMora’s Clenet was selected as the Official Centennial Car, resulting in honors for DiMora and the Clenet at the Automobile Hall of Fame in Michigan. Please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com or www.clenetclub.com. Complete specifications for the Vicci 6.2 Convertible may be found at www.dimoramotorcar.com/viccispecs.html.

About Master Lee Sun-Don
Inspired by his Buddhist practice, Zen Master Lee Sun-Don develops “totemic energy oil painting” to embody in Western oil art the profundity of Chinese culture and Zen sensibility. Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Sun-Don has achieved international recognition as a music composer, pianist, Zen martial arts novelist, and Zen Buddhist Master of Yuan-Dao Guanyin Temple in Taipei. He currently serves as Art Director of Art Revolution Taipei and as Deputy Director of the Gallery of China Profiles in Xiamen, China. Galleries of his artwork may be visited in Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan. Please visit arts.sundon.net.

About Art Revolution Taipei
The Art Revolution Taipei (A.R.T.) is an annual international art fair based in the Taipei World Trade Center. Detailed information is available at www.arts.org.tw.

To purchase a DiMora Motorcar® Vicci automobile or any other DiMora products, please call 760-832-9070.

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Motorists are Needlessly Wasting Fuel Through Ignorance

Whilst the usual focus of TorqueCars is on car tuning, they spend a lot of time educating drivers, making the roads a safer place and keeping the flow of traffic going.

The forums are full of tips and pointers from seasoned car tuners and enthusiasts from around the world making it a great destination for people looking for sound advice.

TorqueCars note that there are a few common mistakes drivers make that are costing them hundreds each year.

Poor maintenance of the car wastes money. Oil changes are vital and reduce wear and tear on the engine. Good quality oils can also save fuel by effectively reducing the friction in the engine. Low oil levels and using the wrong oil really accelerates engine wear and worn engines are less efficient and will use more fuel.

Additionally when filters get clogged up, air fuel and oil they add restrictions into the engine decreasing efficiency.

Tyre pressures make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Under inflated tyres can adversely affect your handling, in addition to wasting fuel. TorqueCars owner Waynne Smith says, “In the real world simple things like checking tyre pressures, adjusting your driving style and correctly servicing your car can make a massive difference to your motoring expenses and costs.”

Driving style and habits are certainly one of the biggest wastes of resources. Most inexperienced drivers are guilty of at least some of the following fuel wasting habits.

Driving too fast – this can waste around 15% of your fuel or more! Going at 50mph is a lot more fuel efficient than driving at 70mph. Every 5 mph over 70 uses exponentially more fuel.

Braking hard also wastes a lot of momentum. Just easing off the throttle earlier as you approach a stop or junction will also avoid wasting fuel.

There is also another top tip from TorqueCars. Choose the right gear! Contrary to popular belief being in too high OR too low a gear will waste fuel. Your aim should be to keep the car in it’s power band where it is most efficient. Going outside of this will not only waste fuel but will increase the wear and tear on your engine resulting in costly repairs.

In addition to these fuel saving tips there are some tuning modifications you can apply to your car to maximise your fuel. TorqueCars website goes into these in some detail and they range from remaps, internal engine work and modification to the wheels and tyres.

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SEAT Young Driver course has positive effect on accident rates

The pioneering SEAT Young Driver programme is proving to have a positive effect on accident rates among its participants. This is according to research into the subject by Young Driver Training Ltd, the company behind SEAT Young Driver.

A survey among teenagers that have taken the ground-breaking young driver course has revealed that their accident rate is markedly reduced when compared to the overall rate of newly qualified drivers in the UK.

Statistics from the Department for Transport show that two out of ten newly qualified drivers will crash within six months of passing the test*, and drivers aged 17-24 are involved in one in four incidents of serious injury or death on the road, despite accounting for one in eight full UK driving licences.**

By comparison, of those that responded to a Young Driver Survey and had held a full licence for six months or more, fewer than one in ten had been involved in an accident behind the wheel: 9%, which is less than half the national rate.***

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) chief examiner, Peter Rodger said: “It’s good to see early indications that pre-driver courses are producing safer drivers. The IAM has always felt that training drivers over a longer period of time and catching them when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver.

“Facilitating more time to develop skills of observation and anticipation, and to build a broad experience of different traffic conditions, will ultimately save lives.”

Kim Stanton, Marketing Director for Young Driver, added: “Our research, along with data from the Swedish Government, shows that training young people to drive at an early age when they’re much more receptive to road safety messages really could save hundreds of lives per year.”

SEAT Young Driver is the only driver training course of its type in the UK, offering anyone aged between 11- and 17 years old the chance to get behind the wheel with a qualified ADI instructor and learn how to drive.

Research undertaken for the Swedish Government found that establishing a minimum number of hours of pre-test driving experience slashed accidents among young drivers by 40%****. SEAT Young Driver was set up in 2009 based on this research, and remains the only course of its type in the UK.

By the end of 2012 over 60,000 young people will have taken the SEAT Young Driver course, each of them equipped to go into their driving lessons at 17 having learned the fundamentals of driving.

Lessons take place throughout the UK, from Southampton to Glasgow, at venues with facilities for driver training away from the public highway; locations have included The NEC in Birmingham, Brent Cross in London and Metro Centre, Gateshead.

The course includes the very basics of manoeuvring a car, to more complex, real-world skills like overtaking, using a roundabout and reverse parking.

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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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Avoiding the Perils of Dangerous Car Modifications

TorqueCars http://www.torquecars.com, one of the UK’s leading online car modding communities today launched an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of poor quality DIY car modifications by inexperienced owners.

We see many modified cars that are downright dangerous or at least going to be unreliable. It seems that lots of car owners with minimal knowledge are making changes to their cars without realising the implications. By highlighting these problems TorqueCars hope to minimise the negative impact created by these low budget, poor quality modified cars, and focus on a professional approach to car modification.

It only takes a few high profile incidents involving poorly modified cars before the clamour is raised for legislation outlawing all modifications or restricting the choice of modifications people can do.

Some young drivers seem to think that the more noise the car makes the faster it goes. Experience proves this to be incorrect and often these large exhausts and noisy induction kits have a negative effect on the cars performance and power.

One particular area of concern is with car electrics. Inexperienced DIYers will often overload circuits or hack into wires for power without making proper provisions for vibrations wear and adequate electrical insulation. These can often short out potentially causing a fire or at least creating a breakdown.

The most common electrical mistake is putting a wire straight through a bulk head without placing a rubber grommet around the wire to shield it from rubbing on the bulk head and wearing through.

A holistic approach to car modification is required where increased power is matched with up rated braking and handling. Dropping a 2.0 Turbo engine into a car which originally had a much smaller engine will offer a dramatic power hike but the brakes and suspension will be unable to handle this causing a potentially dangerous situation.

The main motivation for modifying a car is to maximise the drivers enjoyment of the vehicle. Most modifications merely release the full potential of a car where manufacturers have detuned or restricted the car in some way for economic or reputational reasons.

It is also fair to assume that each driver has their own personal preferences when it comes to a cars power band, handling characteristics and the aesthetic design of their car.

A well modified car should be safer than the standard unmodified one due to the stronger or uprated parts introduced. Braking distances can be dramatically shortened, the risk of skidding on a deceptive bend or corner or losing control should also be lower.

By increasing an engines efficiency there is often an additional saving in fuel consumption. This fact is particularly true when it comes to tuning modern turbo diesel engines.

It’s not just poorly modified cars that present a danger; poorly maintained cars are just as big a risk. According to TorqueCars senior partner Waynne Smith, “if you walk around any public car park you will find many cars will illegal tyres. The tread depth will be below the legal minimum or there will be damage to the sidewall of the tyre. We try hard to promote responsible car ownership to our members and readers of our articles.”

The forums at TorqueCars are a great place to go to discuss your car tuning project in details with experienced car modifiers and enthusiasts from around the world. By garnering as much information as you can you’ll be better placed to avoid the common pitfalls associated with modified cars.

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The Co-operative Motor Group Shows Strong Drive In £7.7k Charity Hike For Mencap

Staff from The Co-operative Motor Group have raised an impressive £7,700 for charity Mencap by hiking an exhausting 21 miles across the Lake District.

The Miles For Mencap team gained sponsorship to climb several ascents over 3,400 feet in the Fairfield fell and Kentmere Valley areas of the National Park, raising money for learning disabilities organisation Mencap and its sister charity ENABLE Scotland.

Participants from the car dealership company overcame immense fatigue to cross the finish line and were thrilled to raise more than their original target of £7,000. People were encouraged to contribute to their JustGiving fundraising page and responded in droves.

The funds raised will go towards the charities’ Inspire Me initiative, which aims to assist 20,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with learning difficulties in leading a more fulfilling life; challenging the barriers that lead to exclusion and lack of progression. Both organisations are also supported by The Co-operative Charity Of The Year partnership.

Katy Robinson, Digital Marketing Administrator at The Co-operative Motor Group, said: “We are proud to support such a worthwhile cause and are delighted that our fundraising was so successful. Both Mencap and ENABLE Scotland help those with learning difficulties and their friends and families to lead the lives they want to lead and encourage them to aim high, which is admirable.”

“The hike route took our team through some extremely difficult terrain, which they tackled with determination, inspired by the challenges that people with learning difficulties face on a daily basis.”

The Co-operative Motor Group is one of the UK’s top motor traders, with 23 sites across the UK and 11 major motor manufacturers involved in its high-quality car dealerships, including Renault, Nissan, Land Rover and Range Rover.

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Accelerating Car Retailer Makes Extra Room at the Top

Two new senior roles have been created by ACF Car Finance Limited to help manage the company’s continuing success story.

Divisional Sales Managers for both the north and the south of ACF Car Finance’s network of vehicle showrooms will now be responsible for driving forward further expansion.

The posts have been filled by managers previously in charge of regional showrooms.

Peter Lloyd (52) of the company’s Maidstone showroom now becomes Divisional Sales Manager of ACF Car Finance’s dealerships in southern England.

Meanwhile, John Parks (27) who was previously in charge of the West Midlands showroom becomes Divisional Sales Manager for the company’s northern dealerships.

Both men bring to their roles a wide experience within ACF Car Finance of developing and expanding their respective showroom operations.

The company says it is currently recording profits substantially higher than in any previous years – and is forecasting continued long-term growth.

ACF Car Finance is the UK’s largest company specialising in providing vehicles and arranging car loans for people with impaired credit records.

According to the company’s Sales and Marketing Director, Norman Beaumont, the current economic climate is well suited to fostering further growth:

“The number of people unable to obtain finance from mainstream lenders is growing all the time, and is increasingly affecting those in the upper salary brackets,” said Mr Beaumont.

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Tourists and travelers able to enjoy bargain deals galore from new USA and global-focus car hire comparison service

Travellers and tourists who require specialised USA car hire can now utilise a new, dedicated online website which offers bespoke comparison services at fantastic value prices. Car-Rentals.com has launched and has a USA focus but also offers value for money and cheap car hire deals in other destinations around the world.

The team behind the new website has been put together from companies with extensive experience of the car rental industry and also brings a wide range of e-commerce expertise to the table as well. The site has been designed to be simple to use allowing travellers to get bargain rental vehicles with the minimum fuss.

The booking process is simple and straightforward, and site visitors can compare car hire deals from up to 50 of the leading providers in the sector. The website continuously searches the market to find consumers the very best and latest deals available and then forwards the user through to the rental supplier’s site to complete the booking quickly and conveniently.

So no matter whether the traveller is thinking about a business trip to New York or a beach break in Florida, Car-Rentals.com is able to help them save money on their hire deal – as important as ever in the continuing economic climate.

Peter McGarry, spokesperson for Car-Rentals.com, commented, “With many travellers to and within the USA, and indeed around the world, wanting to make their travel budgets stretch as far as possible, we are delighted to introduce such a progressive new service to market. We look forward to helping people save money on top name car hire for a long time to come.”

For more information on cheap USA and global car hire deals, see Car-Rentals.com.

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The Co-Operative Motor Group And Nottingham Rugby Club Join Forces

The Haydn Road based site of The Co-operative Motor Group has today announced it has become the official car supplier to the Director of Rugby at Nottingham Rugby Club.

The Co-operative Motor Group has provided a vehicle for use by the Director of Rugby, Glen Delaney, and will be actively supporting the Club through a series of joint marketing and branding initiatives.

Glen Delaney said: “The Co-operative Motor Group have recognised the benefits we could bring to their business and have filled a need I had for a quality vehicle.”

Gary Dighton, General Manager at The Co-operative Motor Group, Nottingham, said:“We’re thrilled to be able to provide Glen with his new vehicle, and in-keeping with our own brand, Nottingham Rugby Club has a strong heritage and is committed to caring for the community, running education and social inclusion programmes.”

The Co-operative Motor Group’s Used Cars Nottingham branch can be found on Haydn Road in Nottingham and stocks many quality used cars from brands such as Nissan, Peugeot and Ford at their car Dealership.

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ACF Car Finance Drives Forward With Promotions

Market leading sub-prime car dealer, ACF Car Finance Limited, has announced four promotions at dealership and head office level to help support the company’s continued development.

ACF Car Finance Drives Forward With Promotions

At ACF Car Finance’s head office Jamie Fay, who began his career in the company’s customer call centre five years ago, has been promoted to the role of Business Support Manager. Andrew Gore is also celebrating a promotion at the ACF Car Finance East Midlands dealership, moving from a Sales Executive role to Sales Manager.

The firm’s flagship dealership, in Willenhall outside Birmingham, has seen a duo of promotions. Peter Walker has been promoted to Sales Manager from Sales Executive level and John Parks, who joined the company as an Apprentice at the age of 16, has worked his way through the ranks to achieve his latest promotion from Sales Manager to Dealer Principal.

To meet the growing demand for its car finance services, ACF Car Finance is currently expanding its team in various business areas. For more information on the roles available, visit the website at www.acfcarfinance.co.uk/careers/ or email the Human Resources Department on hr@acfcarfinance.co.uk.

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ACF Car Finance Springs Forward With New Website Launch!

The new customer-focused website launched by leading specialist sub-prime car dealer, ACF Car Finance Limited, has been created to support its enhanced brand proposition and has already received praise from two influential trade bodies.

ACF Car Finance Springs Forward With New Website Launch!

The Chester based company, with used car dealerships throughout the country specialising in arranging tailored car finance solutions to suit a variety of budgets and circumstances, has produced the website to meet changing customer needs and growing demand. The website has undergone a full re-design and a variety of technical features have been added. Visitors will find the website contains more information than before and is easier to navigate, making it more user-friendly and helpful to customers who need a car and have been unable to obtain car credit.

The new website has garnered support from both the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) and Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), for its customer-focused approach. Commenting on the new website, Chief Executive of the RMI, Robert Foulston, said:“The internet is often the first port of call for people looking to buy a new or used vehicle therefore new and existing ACF Car Finance customers will welcome the new website. Design and layout is very easy to understand, navigate and there is lots of other useful information. The RMI looks forward to a long association with ACF Car Finance and wishes them every success with the new website.”

Visitors will see the fully branded website is fresher and more contemporary than the old website and contains useful information and tools such as the ‘dealership finder’ facility where customers can type in their postcode to find their nearest ACF Car Finance Dealership and to get directions. There are also links to an independent credit checking service which allows customers, who aren’t sure of their credit status, to view what prospective lenders would check.

Paul Harrison, Head of Motor Finance at the FLA, also adds: “The new ACF Car Finance website is greatly improved. It’s easy to navigate and has a variety of user-friendly features for visitors to the website. The clear and simple language makes it easy for customers to understand the products that ACF Car Finance offers and the process of buying a car and applying for finance.” This latest news continues from the successes recently announced by the market leading company, which in January reported a record breaking highest ever daily volume of customer applications.

Jane Whittle, Marketing Manager at ACF Car Finance, commented: “We help thousands of customers to get approved for car finance every month and as the market leader our reputation is important to us. That’s why we remain totally committed to making the ACF Car Finance customer experience a pleasant one, ensuring that we continue to treat customers fairly through all of our promotional activity and most of all delivering accurate and helpful information to our customers when they need it, allowing them to make informed decisions.”

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Continued Success For ACF Car Finance

The UK’s leading specialist sub-prime car dealer, ACF Car Finance Limited, has reported an increase in demand for its services with the business demonstrating continued success during a difficult period.

ACF Car Finance specialises in helping customers to find the car they’re looking for and in helping to arrange finance at a monthly repayment to suit their budget and circumstances. The market leading company recently reported its highest monthly volume of customer applications, in the last 18 months of trading.

This continues from the success announced earlier this year in January where ACF Car Finance reported the highest number of customer applications ever processed in a single day, demonstrating its healthy trading position and emphasising its market leader status even further.

Norman Beaumont, Sales and Marketing Director for ACF Car Finance, commented: “No company has remained unscathed throughout 2009 as the market has been so unsettled, but there are encouraging signs which improve the outlook for 2010.“We believe that our success is due to a mixture of elements. Firstly the trading environment has changed and competition within the market has decreased, and there is a definite increase in the numbers of customers in the sub-prime and near-prime marketplace. This increase however also means that our customers are now more discerning than ever before and we have had to react to that changing customer profile. By using new channels to acquire vehicles we have been able to meet the new demands, giving customers exactly what they want, by stocking our branches with a wider choice of cars across all price ranges.

“Secondly, we have made a number of strategic business decisions in order to make the company more sustainable. By undergoing certain cost saving initiatives and streamlining the business, the company is leaner than it has ever been before, putting us in a much stronger position within the market.

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New Used car Website Has Wheels and is Screeching Out the Door

Vehicletext.com a UK based fast growing used car advertising service, for both new and used cars. They have simplified every detail of buying and selling a car.

Thousands of buyers are using this service to purchase or sell vehicles, ranging from Alfa Romeos to Used Volvos. If you have a car to sell, regardless of make and model, you could join the thousands that are already reaping the benefits for as little as 10 pounds. 10 pounds is all it takes to list your vehicle for a period of 2 weeks.

The creator of this site experienced great personal difficulty when trying to sell the car of a family member, and has used the advantages and disadvantages experienced, to create a site that makes selling a car as easy as possible.

“Not to long ago my mother wanted to sell her car so I decided to help her as I thought that this would be a simple task. How wrong I was! I decided to do some research as to where I could list it and how much it would cost. It turned out to be a very expensive and time consuming process. I placed a few adverts online and in the local paper. It ended up costing me a small fortune and placing an advert was a tricky process.”

Recent users of this site have claimed that it provided them with an effective solution, especially as a lot of them have also had bad experiences in the past. Vehicletext.com provided them with an easy and efficient solution without any stress or unnecessary worry.

Chief Executive of The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK stated in May, 2009, that, ‘buying a second hand car is a major and potentially difficult purchase, given the fact that many consumers lack the necessary experience or knowledge to make an informed buying decision’. Sites like Vehicletext.com recognise these difficulties faced by the consumer and provide as many details as possible to alleviate these concerns.

A Vehicle Text Spoke person said:

Queries are important and the dedicated customer service team at Vehicletext.com take your queries seriously. Any possible question you may have regarding a car sale or purchase will be answered thoroughly.

It has been said that the comprehensive customer support team can even handle the most difficult of queries.

You will find this competitive site packed with quality features such as ‘real’ images, descriptions, car buying advice, finance options and insurance. This website is not just for personal sales and purchases, as dealerships can also take advantage of the web presence to expand their businesses further.

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Chester Firm In Driving Seat For Children In Need

ACF Car Finance Limited, based in Chester, has shown its support for national charity Children in Need after donating a car to raise funds for the renowned BBC appeal.

ACF Car Finance, which specialises in providing quality used cars and helping to arrange tailored car finance to meet each customers’ individual needs, donated a part-exchanged Vauxhall Vectra for the auction held on the 19th November. The auction was organised by British Car Auctions (BCA) in Walsall as part of the national fundraising campaign taking place across the UK for Children in Need.

The car achieved a fantastic £170 sale price and, as the auction house did not take any fees from the sale, all proceeds will now go directly to the charity.

Leyton Cooper, Group Buying Manager of ACF Car Finance, commented: “We are delighted to show our support for this worthy cause. There was a good auction performance on the night and the car achieved over 140% of CAP average, so we’re pleased that despite the financial climate people are digging deep to give as much as possible to Children in Need.”

This donation is the latest event in the firm’s long line of charitable activities throughout 2009, for a variety of worthy causes including the automotive and partner industry’s own charity BEN.

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EuropcarClub Launches in the UK

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company, has launched EuropcarClub to offer the membership benefits of a car club with the flexibility of daily hire. The UK launch follows a successful roll out in France in 2008.

Bringing a fresh approach to car clubs, EuropcarClub is a subscription based service with two tiers – Easy and Premium. The new service is ideal for those who have decided to opt out of second car ownership but still want the flexibility of different cars to suit different demands or for those who just want to find ways to drive greener. EuropcarClub also offers a solution to businesses who don’t want the financial commitment of leasing or buying company cars.

The launch comes off the back of recent research conducted by Europcar* which found that across Europe, Britons are the most open to the idea of car sharing (34% vs. 28% for the rest of Europe), with the age group most open to giving up car ownership being 18 to 34 year olds.

The Europcar Club ‘Easy’ subscription promises members low rates on daily hire of any vehicle size or type – f r o m compacts to MPVs and vans – with no additional charges for excess cover, one way hires or additional drivers who are also members. Those who subscribe to EuropcarClub’s ‘Premium’ service will get discounted rates on all vehicles on Europcar’s fleet including Prestige f r o m Europcar which offers some of the most coveted vehicles on the road today.

All customers are guaranteed vehicles that are, on average, just 6 months old and can select a car group by its average CO2 emissions. In fact Europcar’s fuel-efficient and low emissions cars use 33% less petrol than the average car on the road.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar said: “EuropcarClub is all about flexibility and cost-savings. Members can change cars on demand, leave a vehicle at any Europcar location and benefit f  r o m fantastic rates all year long. With no worries over depreciation, tax, maintenance and roadside assistance, they can enjoy access to vehicles suited for the job, the occasion or their mood. We believe EuropcarClub takes the car club concept to the next level and we are committed to be at the forefront of delivering transport solutions to meet the needs of today’s cost conscious and environmentally focused travellers.”

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Introducing an Online Cheaper and Easier Way to Sell and Buy Vehicles

Buying and selling used cars just got easier. Gone are the days when people had to rely on the print medium to place their advertisements and wait endlessly for potential customers to turn up. Moreover, they were still not guaranteed about the genuineness of the customer and could end up wasting a lot of time with such casual visitors.

At Vehicle Text, they can place advertisements for buying or selling cars online for a period of two weeks at just £10. The car advertised for sale gets the benefit of exposure to many thousands of potential buyers. All that is required to be done is to post the make, model, mileage covered, color and other such essential details of the car on the site and wait for the potential buyer to make the contact. It makes the entire process transparent and seamless without any middlemen involvement and that is advantageous to both the parties.

Similarly it is very convenient to look for a car to purchase. The site has an easy to use search facility that will throw up results based on price, area and the model sought. The seller can then be contacted directly to negotiate prices. One great advantage of buying through Vehicle Text is the warranty that accompanies the purchase making it possible for a buyer to take the vehicle back to the dealer in case of any malfunction. That is a departure from purchases at auction sites where there is no warranty provided.

The registration process is a simple one where the member is just required to provide some basic information such as name, email and contact number. This is a necessary step to list the vehicle on sale with the site.

The other useful features of the site include links to facilitate insurance, financing and HPI check. It would indeed be very reassuring to have the vehicle checked for its history including any previous damage, CO2 rating, inspection report and other relevant details before purchasing the vehicle.

Car enthusiasts and aficionados can pick up lot of useful information about how to care for the vehicles and look up some interesting reviews about them on the site. News about the automobile industry and other relevant articles pertaining to cars feature quite prominently and that is also likely to go down well with visitors to the site.

People who wish to buy or sell cars will thus find this initiative very beneficial for them and that in turn augurs well for the automobile industry.

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The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

VehicleText provides ready access to a huge range of buyers and sellers of used cars, with luxury and economy models available for the discerning buyer to browse. The easy-to-use, simplistic interface ensures that any level of internet user can readily access the information in your advertisement, by making sure that your car is listed and available to a wide range of buyers from many locations.

The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

Listing your vehicle ensures that a huge range of people online can access the information and they may even want to buy the vehicle listed.

Based in Middlesex, England the business owners developed the site after having a difficult time selling their mother’s vehicle. By avoiding the classic pitfalls and offering a complete service the site is able to not only sell cars, but also arrange finance and insurance options for vehicle buyers.

Selling a vehicle is easy. All that needs to be done after registration is the uploading of information pertaining to the current vehicle for sale. Making sure to provide all the information that one needs to make the purchase process a simple one for a potential buyer can make the process of selling one’s car smooth as silk.

As with any service provider online, there is an extensive set of terms and conditions that a user of the service should be aware of and adhere to when utilising the site. These terms are designed to secure and simplify the operation of the site for all parties.

The use of SSL technology ensures that credit card information is kept safe and secure, and makes the use of the website a breeze. There are several other facilities offered on the vehicletext.com site also.

Being able to perform an HPI check directly on the site provides information as to the history and legal status of the vehicle. The environmental rating of the vehicle and the Vehicle Identity can be ascertained and with this valuable information the sureness of the vehicles saleability can be known.

The operators of the site work hard to provide information on the used cars available, and this dedication to top quality service means that anyone using the site can be sure that they are operating in a safe and well managed environment.

The growing media facility being offered by the site provides a wide range of other services to the customer. Information on a variety of used cars and other articles covering the successful launch of new car models complete the excellent offering available.

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Europcar Has Been Named The World’s Leading Car Rental Company At The 2008 World Travel Awards

Europcar has been named the World’s Leading Car Rental Company, at the 2008 World Travel Awards ceremony in London, following its title of Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company in Portugal on October 17.

The World Travel Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry, with 187,000 industry professionals voting for the best company in each category across seven regions of the world.

These two global awards not only reflect Europcar’s professionalism but also its commitment to customer satisfaction: a double victory for the group, which further strengthens its position as Europe’s number one car rental company.

As the European Leader in short-term light- and utility vehicle rental, Europcar is strongly customer-orientated and strives to listen carefully to its customers’ demands. For the last two years the company has taken a global look at its customers’ mobility habits with a pan-European survey: the Europcar Mobility Observatory. This has enabled Europcar to better understand and predict drivers’ habits across Europe, in order to deploy car rental deals and offers which meet customers’ needs.

Europcar has also worked to make progress in innovation and formed partnerships with other leading travel industry players, to offer customers an ever wider and more accessible range of services, as well as renewing agreements with some of the leading names in the European tourism industry. These agreements include easyJet and Swiss, and the launch of a new service of reservations tailored to the customer’s needs with ACCOR.

Additional developments include the development of a new B2B website ‘click4wheels’, known in France as ‘Click@ndDrive’, which facilitates vehicle reservations through the websites of Europcar’s travel agency and tour operator partners. The car rental company has also recently launched a new mobile phone service, which allows users to make or change a reservation, and find the nearest car rental location from compatible mobile phones.

Jehan de Thé, Global Marketing Director of Europcar International, who accepted the trophy in London, commented: “We are truly proud to have won these two awards. They represent our commitment to providing the highest quality of service – a value shared by our entire network, as demonstrated by the awards won by Europcar in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.”

About Europcar:
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and a fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic commercial alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world. Europcar is owned by the French investment company Eurazeo.

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The Co-Operative Accelerates Brand To Cover Motor Business

The Co-operative Group today unveiled the latest phase in the rebranding of its family of businesses – a positive change for almost 20 sites in its £250 million motor retailing operation.

The rebrand of 19 showrooms as The Co-operative Motor Group is part of The Co-operative’s £1.5 billion re-branding exercise – the largest in UK corporate history.

The dealerships, which until now, have traded under the Sunwin Motors brand, will be renamed in a move that marks their formal induction into the family of businesses, which includes food, funerals, travel, pharmacy, motors, financial services and legal services. More than two-thirds of the Group’s 5,000 outlets have been rebranded over the last two years.

Mike Austin, Managing Director of The Co-operative Motor Group said: “Sunwin has worked hard to establish a trusted reputation in the Midlands and North of England, and we intend to build on that by adopting The Co-operative’s strong brand.

“This is a name change only but it is the right time to make that change. The relaunch of The Co-operative brand has been a major success, and the financial performance of The Co-operative Group is stronger than ever, as is trust in our brand.”

The first of the Group’s dealerships to be rebranded will be the Renault dealership in Preston on October 27. The rebrand programme will be rolled out to the rest of the dealerships over the next (x) months.

The Co-operative Motor Group, formerly Sunwin, which represents nine major motor manufacturers (Renault, Nissan, Mazda, Peugeot, Fiat, Suzuki, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep), has reported sales of more than £250 million for the last financial year, and in the space of just over two years it has refitted more than two-thirds of its 4,300 used cars outlets with the new look.

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New Research: The Insurance Industry Foots A GBP1.9 Billion Fraud Bill

•As the insurance industry shoulders a GBP1.9 billion fraudulent claim bill and investigators report a 44% increase in fake motor insurance claims, car insurance stealth charges are also on the up

•Compulsory excess payments have been increased by 32% in the last year from GBP129
to GBP170 – 85% of drivers would pay this charge in the event of an accident

•Drivers with a compulsory excess above GBP500 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7% – 1.55% of these could pay between GBP1,000 to GBP3,000 to claim

•With over 4.4 million accidents resulting in a claim each year, this GBP41excess increase will make the insurance industry GBP154 million more in the next 12 months

•The number of drivers with a compulsory excess on their policy has jumped by 4% from 81% and currently impacts 21.5 million drivers

•On top of this, the average policy price has increased by 10% from GBP478.70 to GBP526.42 for fully comprehensive cover and almost 13% for third party

As the insurance industry foots a GBP1.9 billion fraud bill and recent reports reveal a 44% increase in false claims, new research from uSwitch.com shows that providers are strategically recouping this money from consumers by hiking compulsory excess charges by almost a third (32%) in the last year. In addition, the number of drivers being hit with a compulsory excess fee of between GBP1,000 and GBP3,000 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7%. Across the country, this means that in the event of an accident, drivers will now have have to pay their insurer an average of GBP170, a fee which has gone up by GBP41 from GBP129 since August 2008.

With over one in five drivers (4.4 million) claiming on their car insurance each year, insurance providers will now be making an additional GBP154 million more from compulsory excess hikes in the next 12 months. This GBP170 compulsory excess charge combined with the average voluntary excess payment of GBP197 can make claiming for an accident a costly business. In fact, any damage that costs less than GBP367 to repair really isn’t worth making a claim.

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