Thinking of leasing an ultra-low emission car? Order now to beat government grant cuts
In order to encourage new technology, the Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) has provided a discount to the price of over 160,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles over the last seven years.
Reductions to the grant announced at the end of last week will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles (full electric) will move from £4,500 to £3,500 and Category 2 and 3 vehicles (part electric) will no longer be eligible for the grant. This covers plug-ins.
New rates come into force on 9th November 2018 and therefore grant applications before this date will still benefit from the current level of grant. This means that to ensure that you are able to take advantage of this grant, you need to place your order with us by the end of this month.
To find out about cars that we currently have available for lease please contact the OVL team today by calling 01494 615514 or email email@example.com
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2018 Paris Motor Show
The Paris Motor show is happening this week and it is BIG news in the car industry.
The Paris Motor Show or Mondial de l'Automobile (Doesn't that sound cool?!) is a biennial show and it is one of the most important auto shows on the worldwide calendar as many new production and concept cars are unveiled.
At the last show in 2016 over 1.2 million visitors attended, making it the most visited auto show in the world! The show had 125 000 m2 of exhibition space, 8 pavilions, 260 brands from 18 countries, 65 world premieres, more than 10 000 test drives for electric and hybrid cars and more than 10 000 journalists from 103 countries!
See, it's big news!!
A great deal of buzz has been surrounding the 2018 show - here's just a few of the cars we've read about that are getting us excited.
AUDI will be debuting the new A1, A4 and Q3 at the show. It's always interesting to see how manufacturers update tried and tested models. From subtle tweeks to design and adding new features it's always interesting.
Two BMW launches have caught our eye. Firstly the long awaited Z4 update will be unveiled and we've heard it looks nothing like it's predecesor which ceased production in 2016. Then there's the new BMW X2 M35i. Described as "the brand's latest hot SUV, and the first M-badged car to come with four cylinders, instead of six" this unveiling will be sure to draw a crowd.
Mercedes will be unveilling it's A-class saloon in Paris. The A-Class saloon’s styling has already been revealed on the Chinese-spec long-wheelbase car, but a slightly different look will be applied to the European car.
Hyundai will be debuting it's i30 FastbackN and Peugeot will be launching plugin hybrid versions of the 3008 and 508.
Hands up, if like us, you wish you were going!
The best way to keep up with show if you're not lucky enough to be going is to follow @mondialauto on Twitter or Instagram! We will be!
In the news: Don’t leave your engine running when parked – you could get fined!
News has broken this month that an increasing number of councils across the UK are threatening to fine drivers who leave their engines running while parked.
Nottingham City Council is the latest local authority to announce plans to fine drivers £20 if they’re caught “idling”.
Spokespeople from The RAC support this plan, claiming, “it could play a big part in getting drivers to change their behaviour and help reduce vehicle emissions in our towns and cities.”
It is estimated that around 30 local authorities have rules in place to target idling drivers, with most handing out on-the-spot fines particularly around sensitive areas like schools and hospitals.
RAC head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, welcomed the move to target idling engines. “Measures like this can play a big part in changing driver behaviour, by encouraging them to really think about how they reduce their emissions footprint.
“If schemes like this can make enough of a difference in reducing emissions, there may be less of a temptation for local authorities to implement wider charging schemes for drivers.”
Mr Lyes advises drivers to switch off their engines whenever they are parked or stationary for long periods of time, such as when picking up children from school.
In addition, he also advised: “If a vehicle has stop-start technology, it should always be enabled.”
Car Leasing Review - the Renault Clio
The Renault Clio is one of Europe’s top-selling cars, and it a popular leasing option for new drivers and those looking for a nippy, economical car that's right at home around town. Read what the experts have to say about the Renault Clio here;
“The Renault Clio is reliable, cheap to run, and it comes with a great touchscreen system. Overall it’s not far off the class leaders!”.
“The Renault Clio is a stylish and relatively cheap to run supermini with good personalisation options and efficient engines”.
“The Renault Clio is great to drive, it looks sharp and the engines are efficient, however the interior quality is slightly behind some rivals”.
“The Renault Clio is a stylish, modern looking car which handles comfortably and comes with plenty of tech”.
“Distinctive styling, sophisticated ride and handling, as well as a well-sized, good-looking cabin”.
To view all of our Renault Clio leasing deals please click here.
Car leasing review - the BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series features everything that BMW stands for - solid build quality, beautiful interiors, and a drive that will make you want to take the long route home - all in a compact body. Read what the experts have to say about it here:
“The BMW 1 Series is one of the best small family cars available. It’s good to drive and surprisingly cheap to run, making it desirable”.
“Efficient engines, high interior quality and a great drive make the BMW 1 series a winner in spite of roomier rivals”.
"The BMW 1 Series has superb, powerful engines which are surprisingly fuel-efficient, it handles well too and the interior is classy”.
“In a segment where practicality and family-friendly flexibility dominate buyers’ choices, the BMW 1 Series hatchback is a much more individual proposition: it’s a driver’s car with a degree of functionality built-in”.
“The 1 Series remains an enigma for BMW – With enhanced standard equipment, improved styling and a good economical diesel engine, however it compromises on practicality”.
To view all of our BMW 1 Series leasing deals click here.
NEWS! Check your eyesight!!
A DVLA survey has suggested that 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum eyesight standards required to hold a driving licence.
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.
The survey found only half of drivers knew about this and the fact that they should regularly self-check and that this is in fact a legal requirement!
Five car lengths is roughly the 20m distance and anyone who cannot 'pass' this test is advised to visit their optician as soon as possible.
Drivers over the age of 70 must actively make a declaration every three years that they are fit to drive - but do not actually have to pass a test.
Hosepipe bans in North West England announced
United Utilities (UU) have announced that millions of people will be affected by the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England. Affecting people in the north-west of England from 5 August the ban is said to "safeguard essential supplies".
It said reservoir levels were already low and that hot weather was forecast for the rest of July - other water companies have not published any intent to impose bans.
So it's back to bucket and sponge for washing your car if you're in the North West! 🚗🚙
Don't drive dehydrated!
Drivers who have not had enough water "make as many mistakes on the road as those who are under the influence of alcohol" a study has found.
Scientists from Loughborough Uni tested drivers who had 25ml of water an hour, and found that they made double the number of errors compared to those who were properly hydrated. This was roughly the same number as someone who had consumed the legal limit of alcohol.
The study is published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour.
Guidelines suggest that men should drink two litres a day and women should have 1.6 litres a day.
Keeping a bottle of water on your desk, in your car.....essentially with you all day during hot weather is key to keeping hydrated!
Things to consider when leasing a supermini.
When you think of leasing a car do you think of a high mileage motorist who drives for business on motorways in an estate? Well.... things have changed!
Car leasing is no longer the sole domain of 50,000 miles a year high flyers. New drivers, those wanting a second more economical car and young families are all on our customer list here at Little Green Car Leasing and a hugely popular class of car are Superminis.
What is a Supermini?
Think the Mini, Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza. For those looking for budget car leasing, a supermini is a relatively small, inexpensive and economical option. Larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback, it's no wonder these small cars are becoming more popular as our busy world downsizes.
Superminis are also a good ‘greener’ option - designed to make your commute to the city more economical and environmentally sound!
What to look for when leasing a Supermini
Overall, Superminis are cheap to lease, cheap to run, easy to park and they’re often good fun to drive. It's motoring at its simplest so if you want a car that is free from ‘stress’ a Supermini might be for you. Here are our key things to consider...
Consider your space requirements
Most of the models come in three and five door options so think about what works best for you but do remember these cars aren’t always huge on space so if you have a pushchair to fit in the boot or growing teenagers, just do a bit of research with space.
Regularly driving long distances?
If you are going to be driving regular long distances in a Supermini just remember it’s not built as a comfortable tourer – we’re not saying you’ll be driving a bone shaker but not all Superminis may not cruise a motorway like a larger car would.
Some of the Superminis do offer performance models – the John Cooper Works Mini for example is an awesome little care – but remember you’ll pay a premium for these models. The entry level cars which offer fantastic value for money aren’t going to be packing huge power under the bonnet.
Study the features
Leasing a supermini doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be scaling back on features. Whilst superminis are going to be cheaper to run that their larger counterparts, they do share many of the same high tech features and technology. Check the features list when leasing to see what’s included.
How much will leasing a super mini cost?
We’ve used an example of a current leasing offer available from LittleGreenCarLeasing on the Mini Cooper convertible.
For a personal lease including maintenance contract (which ensures no nasty surprises with maintenance costs during your lease period) based on 8,000 miles a year and a 9 months up front and then a further 47 months the monthly cost is £242.04
Road fund licence (road tax) is included and you won’t need to worry about an MOT on your fully maintained new lease car.
Your up front costs will be £2,377.36 (this includes the industry standard £199.00 admin fee).
This car is pretty economical giving you 55.4mpg so your fuel costs won’t cost the earth – remember to shop around when refuelling, don’t just go to your local garage, does your nearest supermarket offer fuel? You might be surprised at the price difference!
You will have to insure yourself and of course prices vary based on age, location so we recommend you do your research before committing to any lease car.
Take a look here at all of our Mini deals.
Made in England!
To celebrate St Georges Day (23 April) we’ve put together a list of car manufacturers still producing cars in England!
The Mini cooper is one of the most iconic cars ever made in Britain. Now owned by the BMW group, Mini have three plants across the UK that play a part in MINI production – The body panels are made in Swindon, petrol engines are produced in Plant Hams Hall, Plan Oxford is the heart of Mini, where all the parts are put together and the finished car rolls off the production line.
Take a look at our Mini leasing deals here.
The Nissan Qashqai has been built at Nissan's Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) Sunderland, Tyne and Wear plant since December 2006. It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe in London, with engineering development led by Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Take a look at our Qashqai leasing deals here.
Another one of Britain’s best loved car brands! The F-Pace SUV and XE are made in Solihull, whereas the F-TYPE, XJ and XF are made in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.
Take a look at our Jaguar leasing deals here.
Twinned with Jaguar, Land Rover is based in Coventry and operates two production facilities, with the Range Rover Evoque, and Discovery Sport being produced in Merseyside, whereas the Range Rover, Ronge Rover Sport and Discovery are made in Solihull. Recently, however Land Rover have announced cuts to their production facilities within the UK, due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and tax changes.
Take a look at our Land Rover leasing deals here.
Since Lotus was founded, the three main divisions of the company, Cars, Engineering & Racing have all been based at the headquarters, in Norfolk.
Take a look at our Lotus leasing deals here.
Synonymous with James Bond, the DB9 is a widely recognised British symbol! Gaydon is the home of Aston Martin, as the centre of design and engineering for the British sports car.