Is petrol making a comeback against diesel ?

With the advent of quieter, more drivable and quicker diesels, petrol is now the second choice. With the obvious exception of petrol hybrid cars, fleets have shunned petrol powered cars completely. This may be changing, with smaller turbo petrol engines that are nearly efficient as a diesel. Now then, nearly as efficient? Well the new Ford three cylinder is just that in the case of the Focus and Fiesta, and with petrol being cheaper than diesel, the running costs are almost identical

Ford Fiesta

If you include P11D and Co2 emissions in the calculations, petrol begins to pull ahead. With car tax being lower for the efficient petrol, small petrol engines really are going to eat into the diesel market. But its more complex than simple numbers, petrol servicing intervals are longer, they warm up faster and are generally a little quieter

So, what cars are include?

VW have for a long time produced their FSi engines, smaller, very efficient petrols that will this time next year have technology that shuts off cylinders in certain circumstances

The 1.2 litre version is used in the Skoda Yeti and our customers tell us that it is cheap to run

Ford have the 1.0 Ecoboost engine, the engine of the year for two years running. In 100bhp and 125bhp form, it’s a gem of an engine and we have one on our fleet. Ford have already started to run 1.2 versions of the engine in the 4×4 Kuga, with great results

What about vans?

Ford are already using the Ecoboost engine in the Fiesta van and with the gap between diesel and   petrol costs widening, the Fiesta van will undoubtedly get market share. What is really exciting is the larger version of this engine being used in the Transit Custom

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Telematics will completely change insurance and monitoring of business lease vehicles

Looking much like an APP that we are all used to,app store DrivePlus is the first to the market with a multi-function phone based piece of software that will be useful to companies operating vans or cars and also private drivers who are willing to be monitored to reduce insurance costs
 
Starting with vehicle trackers for theft recovery the motor industry has scratched its head for ever more functionality of the location systems available with a phone chip. As phones have acquired gps and added this to the already set up location systems that use phone aerial masts, the options available to a fleet manager have increased by the week
 
Hot on the heels of trackers were black box recorders that enable young drivers to prove their driving is limited and sensible 
Now, simply installed on an iphone, tracking and recording are being used as a basis for a massive increase in telematics.  Insurance savings are now being offered to adults as well as young drivers, using a simple Bluetooth sender from the OBD2 (On Board Diagnostics) unit of all cars and vans, the phone also monitors the fuel consumption and emissions of a vehicle. From a fleet management point of view, this will simplify the servicing of business cars, with the ability to forward plan maintenance and tyre replacement. Company cars covering large annual mileage of course have a more complex maintenance and tyre replacement schedule than those with more normal mileage.  In a high mileage leasing environment, anything that helps organise the schedules will be welcome. 
Private mileage and business mileage disputes will be a thing of the past with the PC based software having the ability to calculate mileage payments due to staff automatically 
Van insurers are offering discounts for use of their own apps to allow monitoring of driving styles. This will add the ability of the company to locate a van for delivery, security and logistics 
If systems like this become the norm, then insurance claims arguments will almost be a thing of the past. There will be no argument about who was doing what speed and  Whose fault was it accelerometers built into phones will record sudden acceleration or deceleration and its direction. Whiplash fraud will all but disappear.  At a Summer conference, an underwriter from one of the biggest insurance companies pointed out that if 80% of drivers with smartphones had a similar APP, premiums would reduce by 40% with no change to cover
One last proposal around the corner is a reverse telematics. With the involvement of the manufacturer of the engine management system, cars and vans can be optimised for their use by mapping via the OBD2 based on the use profile of that vehicle. From an emissions point of view, this is a big step forward

If your company cars cover a lot of miles each year, consider high mileage leasing

Anetic Aid  have for 26 years supplied hospitals with operating theatre equipment to the highest standards. When they needed a new car, they chose to lease a new BMW 520d SE from Carlease UK.

The car is going to work hard and will cover 35,000 each year, a mileage that many lease vehicles will cover in a three-year period.

So, when a company needing a new car that will cover a higher mileage than average  is considering funding methods, why would we recommend high mileage leasing 

BMW 520d SE from Carlease UK Anetic Aid needed to know how much their car would cost each month. If you buy your car, then your depreciation is completely unknown until you sell it at the end of its three or four years, lease it and your cost is fixed, including maintenance and tyres if you include them.  One number is all you need to arrange your servicing and any tyres that you need and in most cases the car will be picked up and dropped off again.

 You choose the car, the annual mileage and the term that you keep the car for. All of these can be varied to arrive at your ideal budget. If you are VAT registered, then you can claim back some of the VAT on the payments.

During the life of your lease car, you have as a company a responsibility to ensure that it is serviced and maintained so that it is safe to use. With optional maintenance included, your servicing schedule will mostly achieve the standards that are expected to adhere to, with a few safety checks added in, your staffs cars will be safe.White 5 Series Anetic Aid 2

At the end of a high mileage lease, your car is picked up and you have to deal with one person, who inspects it prior to going. No haggling  no tyre kickers, no arguments, no dodgy payments.

For us to achieve your ideal deal, this is what we need to know:How long do you want it for?, between two and four years. How many miles per year do you need to cover?. What is your ideal initial payment?. Do you want us to include maintenance in your price.

FORD Transit Custom Sportvan, Ford roll out a bling van once again

The Transit Custom is a great drive, Ford really have done a superb job. But, van leasing options are not always as sexy as the new Sportvan.  It has been launched at a lower price than its competitors and with superb future values and great supply prices, the Sport is going to be a run away success.

Vanlease UK Ford Transit Custom Sport

Transit Custom Sport

Many van manufacturers have brought new, sporty vans to the market and they have been a success. There seems to be a standard set up and that includes alloys, stripes and sporty exhaust. The Transit Custom is no different.

If you are going to spend all day in a van, lets say in a high mileage lease, then this is the way to go.

Interior of the Custom

 

Ford have sat the Sportvan on 18 inch alloys, running on low profile tyres. They have included colour coded bumpers and a body kit.  Over and above many rivals, Ford have included a camera, a trailer hitching system, a lane-keep system, foglights, cruise control, air-conditioning, heated screen , ESC and ABS.

New alloy wheels for the Ford Transit Custom

What Ford have not done is changed the engine and in truth I would rather they didn’t. The Mercedes-Benz Vito with 225bhp and the VW Transporter with 180bhp don’t benefit from the extra power, the Sportvan still drives really well and it is 155bhp after all.

The Sportvan of course maintains all the sensible and well thought out touches that the standard van has, such as a 12 output on top of the dashboard for your sat nav and carriers for multiple bottles. This van also has the best mirrors of any van that I have driven. They are rock steady and really big.

What helps swing the Ford in my eyes is this, it is 10% more economical than the VW Sportline and 20% more economical than the Mercedes-Benz SportX, the VW is £3995 more than the Ford and the Mercedes is nearly £8000 more.  Ford wins hands down.

 

VW Golf Mark 7 Bluemotion, sounds like a Golf, drives like a Golf, it’s a perfect high mileage lease car

VW have a well-developed  range of  Bluemotion products. Its their  economy department and over the last five years has rolled out some fantastic car, much-loved by the high mileage leasing drivers. The new  Mark 7 Golf  Blue Motion, the latest from the fold,  is most economical Golf that they have ever produced.  Not only have they improved build quality but they now have a diesel, not a hybrid, that has an emission figure of 85 g/km  and an average economy of over 88 mpg. Even as a person lease car, this car has got to make sense. 

Broadly speaking it is capable of  close on 1000 miles on one tank of fuel and  for business use, time spent at the pumps is down time.

Just a 1.6 litre? 

The latest derivative of the 1.6 diesel is now 110 bhp and even though so economical, goes well and will do over 120 mph.  The car is quiet to drive and  taught as a result of being lowered slightly. It is over 60 kg lighter than its predecessor but more powerful and aerodynamically better, wind noise is negligible, a result of the aerodynamics. VW have added start-stop and battery regeneration charging. It sits on low rolling resistance tyres, which although noisier, save fuel.

Unbelievable tax rates. 

As a 40% tax payer this car will only cost you £87.92 a month. The road fund licence is zero, the same as most hybrids but you get to drive a Golf.

Ford enters the hybrid market with the new Mondeo and aims to retake the fleet market

The 2014 Mondeo

Two new hybrid versions of the soon to be announced Mondeo will make up part of the line up. A regular hybrid and a plug in that will be called Energi. The Energi version is hoped to have emissions of less than 50g/km CO2 which undercuts emission requirements in Europe for several years to come. As a company car, the benefit in kind advantages of such emissions and its economy of over 80mpg are going to make the new Mondeo a strong contender. As a high mileage lease vehicle, figures like these will put it head and shoulders above the alternatives.

First tests of the standard Hybrid have reported real life use consumption of better than 65mpg and emissions of less than 98g/km CO2.  Yet, the combination of a strong 2.0 petrol motor and the electric drive give the Mondeo a sporty feel in a well sorted chassis. The Energi is a heavier car as it has a larger battery to allow for a 20 mile range on battery only following a plug in charge.  As emissions are an average of mixed basket use, the 50g figure is a fair representation.

 

Expect the new Mondeo at the end of 2014 with launches during the year. This is as much as a year behind schedule, due to factory disputes and production being moved.

 

Other additions to the engine range will be a 1.5 litre ecoboost petrol with two litre performance.  We expect the 1.5 to have better economy and lower CO2 figures than the engines it will replace. Ford have not committed to whether the 1.0 Ecoboost engines will be used. In a Focus of similar mass, the engine is strong but marketing remains an issue.

 

One confirmed diesel has caught the eye already, a four-wheel drive with a dual clutch six speed auto. To commit to a model of this spec so early in a launch is unusual.

 

 

The New BMW 5 Series and Your Fleet – The House Network Case Study

Perhaps I am little biased here; the BMW 5 Series Car Leasing deal is my favourite, even above the Mercedes E Class or Audi A6. I have always been a BMW fan and would easily choose a 3 Series or 5 Series against industry competitors. BMW are a strong, clear and refined brand, appealing to all generations. I don’t think the same can be said of the competitors which tend to polarise more.

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The BMW 520d SE supplied to House Network – the UK’s biggest and best online estate agents

The new facelift 5 Series really is one to consider for the company car driver, or even someone  looking for a prestige car leasing deal. Take for instance the 520d SE, which offers fuel consumption of 62.8mpg (combined) together with CO2 emissions of 119g/km yet still delivers adequate performance through a punchy 2.0 litre diesel engine. Additionally, the 5 Series now includes a healthy number of standard features including satellite navigation, Bluetooth and front/rear parking sensors. You will simply not go wanting with this car.

Now enter one of our leading fleet customers, House Network, the UK’s biggest and best online estate agent. Although based in Essex, this Nationwide fixed fee estate agent promises to act in your best interests, delivering you the best results for your home. Interested? Fine out yourself by watching the video from House Network at their choosing to instruct page.

BMW 5 Series Car Leasing

The interior of the BMW 5 Series supplied to House Network – the leasing online estate agents

House Network’s national field and fleet manager needed a car which complemented their existing eco-friendly fleet. However, CarLease UK’s mandate was that a prestige car was required which met Whole Life Cost expectations but which still had the desired quality and presence. Taking just a small peek at the photos included, I think you will agree that the car is more than pleasing to the eye!

Due to our commitment for strong car leasing rentals, the customer was able to add a number of additional features above and beyond the standard vehicle, all of which were necessary for an annual mileage of 40,000. Part of our strengths here at CarLease UK, are placing customers into the right high mileage car leasing deals, where quality cannot be compromised for price. Sometimes you need a car which is more than just an A to B machine.

We are of course extremely happy that House Network are extremely happy with their new addition to the fleet. In fact, so happy that anyone wishing to use their services can obtain a 5% discount just by quoting “Carlease” with their enquiry!

BMW 5 Series Car Leasing

A rear view of the BMW 5 Series supplied to House Network – the leading online estate agent

 

Car Choice is being driven by miles per gallon and whole of life costs

A recent article on the BBC website,  reported an article published by the AA. It highlighted how people are struggling to keep up with fuel price rises. The same trend is being reflected in the car leasing market where private leasing and business leasing choice is driven by miles per gallon and whole of life costs

In Spring this year the OFT raided several large oil companies after suspicions were raised that price fixing was rife in the industry. After four months, the investigation was stopped after no evidence was found.  Many have questioned whether this was too soon.  At the time, demand for fuel was reduced by 10-20% due to extreme Winter weather, petrol costs at the pumps rose by 10p per litre, this sparked the investigation

 

Under the Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme, a driver can claim up to 45 pence per mile for the first 10,000 miles of business use of a car. Clearly then, the more economical a car, the better this scheme is for the driver whilst not impacting on the employer

 

Factors such as this are further pushing demand for so-called eco cars. Hybrids from Toyota and Honda, with rivals to come from Mercedes-Benz and several others are also a reflections of European 2014 regulations for emissions, which go hand in hand with economy

 

There is no doubt that fuel is not going to get cheaper and eco-cars are going to continue to be the growing  market.  Where a company has high-mileage lease cars, the savings will prove too tempting to refuse, especially as fuel consumptions are getting lower and lower