Europcar Making Driving To The Continent Easier

Europcar, the UK’s leading car hire company is going the extra mile to take the hassle out of its customers’ travel plans as the travel industry recovers from the effects of the volcanic ash cloud.

Europcar Making Driving To The Continent Easier

To help with the situation Europcar has made a huge effort to re-distribute its fleet to where its services are needed most by focusing on ferry ports, specifically along the Southern coast of the UK, and into Central London where a surge in demand is expected.

Additionally, Europcar is reminding customers needing to travel to Mainland Europe from the UK that it provides a straightforward and safe option with its rentals. With its EuropDrive package, customers are fully covered against breakdown overseas, provided with RAC driving abroad advice and breakdown contact numbers as well as a VE103 form. EuropDrive be booked online or at the station when picking up the car, however all cars will need to be returned to the UK.

Additional flexibility is also being offered for travellers whose plans remain unsure. Customers who have chosen to pay on collection and whose travel plans change are able to cancel their booking free of charge up to two hours before the rental is due to start.

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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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GQ Unveils The GQ Citroën Concept Car

GQ has created made to measure suits, personalised aftershaves, handmade shoes and limited-edition accessories, it has given its name to racehorses, bars and houses. So it was only a matter of time before GQ took its penchant for the bespoke to its logical conclusion: its very own concept car. Working with French automotive design legends Citroën, and with a smattering of Savile Row magic, GQ presents the GQ Citroën concept car.

GQ Unveils The GQ Citroën Concept Car

Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ, commented, “I wanted something practical, something cool and something idiosyncratic. The GQ car needed to have the “want” factor, but it also needed to look, feel and “drive” like the sort of car no sane man could ignore. We think it looks very, very special.”

Having taken a brief from Dylan Jones, Citroën’s team, lead by British designer Mark Lloyd, took a GT body style and blended it with classic Citroën detailing. Combining classically sophisticated features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear, strong body contours and sleek concave rear windscreen – a signature Citroën design.

The minimalist interior detailing and upholstery was provided by Patrick Grant, the Creative Director of Savile Row tailors, E. Tautz. The car’s cabin is accessed by rear coach doors, opening to reveal a spacious, comfortable and futuristic cabin.

Dynamic performance and environmental responsibility were also key requirements for this project. The car is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 1,598 cc, 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine offering a sporty 0-60mph in a time of just 4.5 seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Designer of Citroën’s International Projects added, “Where this car works so well with GQ is that it fits with the current attitudes of conspicuous consumption. It is understated rather than in-your-face, sleek rather than macho. With the skill of a Savile Row tailor on the car’s interior we have achieved that bespoke, fitted feel, both inside and out.”

Domagoj Stefan Dukec, Citroën’s Design Supervisor, commented; “For me, the car that has always represented the pinnacle of automotive excellence and refinement is the GT – the Grand Tourer. It is not the all-out sports car, rather it is something gentlemanly, it has performance and it is for travelling, not racing. We wanted to create something that, like GQ, was aspirational, but also retained the classic automotive ideals. We didn’t want a car for the mass market. We wanted a car for GQ.”

The GQ Citroen concept car is featured in the April issue of British GQ, and car was revealed in the “flesh” on the 4th March at a private event in central London.

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Hopping Mad Easter Giveaway At Car Dealer

This Easter could see one lucky customer drive away with a dream holiday following a prize draw organised by ACF Car Finance Limited.

Hopping Mad Easter Giveaway At Car Dealer

The UK’s leading sub-prime car dealer will be giving all of its customers over the four day weekend an egg-citing chance to walk away with £500 worth of holiday vouchers, to spend with over 200 different tour operators.

Each customer who purchases a car from one of the dealerships between Friday 2 and Monday 5 April 2010 will be entered into the competition, which is being held across all eight ACF Car Finance dealerships.

With Easter bringing the first thoughts of summer holidays for many and the booking frenzy already beginning, the vouchers are sure to come in very handy for the lucky winner, wherever they choose to take their summer holiday.

ACF Car Finance, who specialises in helping customers with poor or no credit history, is also giving away a free Easter egg for children of customers over the weekend, just to add to the annual festive chocolate overload.

Jane Whittle, Marketing Manager at ACF Car Finance commented: “We’re incredibly excited about being able to offer such a fantastic competition for our customers this Easter and we are sure that this will get the summer off to a great start for the lucky winner. We love to be able to treat our customers and can’t think of a finer treat than sand, sea and sun. Oh, and of course chocolate!”.

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