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Volkswagen is in the process of updating its showrooms across the UK, ensuring they offer customers and staff up-to-date, modern and useable space. Included within these projects are a number of relocations to new, purpose-built sites which will greatly enhance customer experience.
Volkswagen currently has a network of 210 Retailers nationwide. Forty-nine of these have already completed their revisions and a further 70 are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
Business has carried on ‘as usual’ throughout the work at all sites. Feedback received to date from customers and staff suggests that any temporary disruption was well worthwhile. All new showrooms have space for at least 10 new Volkswagen cars, comfortable waiting and refreshment areas, merchandise and accessories plus WiFi. There are also ample parking spaces and modern state-of-the-art workshops to provide the best possible aftersales back-up for all Volkswagen cars.
Some Retailers will showcase initiatives such as cafés, children’s play areas, dedicated vehicle hand-over areas and consultation bays, all of which are designed to enhance the experience for customers when purchasing or maintaining their vehicle.
All Retailers are also part of Volkswagen’s ‘Digital Showroom’ revolution. This development, which went live at all Retailers in summer 2012 equipped showrooms and staff with iPads and a range of advanced web tools with the aim of closing the gap between the on- and off-line worlds. As well as making the assimilation of information easier for the customer it also enables him or her to view virtual examples of products and specifications that may not otherwise be available for immediate viewing in the showroom.
Spencer Clayton-Jones, Volkswagen’s Head of Customer Quality and Network Development, commented: ‘We’re making fantastic progress on the project. Where the changes are complete we’ve noticed a large uplift in customer visits, purchases and staff morale. Customers are clearly enthusiastic about coming to the new showrooms and this suggests when they do they’re happy, engaged and serious about buying a car. If they like the environment it follows they’ll want to come back for regular maintenance, which has definite benefits for them, and of course, for our Retailers.’
He added: ‘We’re looking forward to 2015 when all of our showrooms will have undergone the changes and we can guarantee all our customers across the UK the consistency and high quality environment they would expect from Volkswagen.’
To find your nearest Volkswagen Retailer, visit www.volkswagen.co.uk/find-a-retailer.
Those of who did not have a head for maths at school reasoned that our ineptitude was irrelevant because, frankly, there is no use for most of the stuff they teach once you get out into the real world. In a way that’s been proven to be true for many people; most of those who couldn’t sort out their algebra from their trigonometry have found some way to get on in life, putting one foot in front of the other, taking on sustenance and not hiding in a darkened room muttering about their times tables. But having a basic knowledge of maths can make a lot of things in life easier, and one of those things is driving.
Stop laughing at the back, because it’s true – you can be a safer, more efficient driver if you have a better grip on your maths. Take stopping distances, for example. You may be able remember the right stopping distances on paper (there is a cheat sheet here if you need one), but out on the road you might need to make adjustments all the time, due to changes in speed, road conditions, the weather – it helps to be able work these things out in your head.
Next on the syllabus: fuel economy. High fuel prices have us all thinking a little about how much we spend on petrol and diesel, and paying more attention to what fuel economy actually means. If you want to know how much a trip will cost you in fuel, you refer to your car’s fuel economy. But this is not a fixed value; drive more slowly, with gentle acceleration, and your fuel economy will improve, while if you are constantly on the accelerator for speedy overtakes, it will go down. If you want to know how far you can go between fill-ups, and want to make adjustments to this figure based on how you are driving, what do you need? Come on, one of you? Maths, correct.
Even parking – and it’s likely that half the drivers you know could do with a bit of help in this area – can be improved if you brush up on your maths skills. Why? Because parking is all about understanding angles and how they work and adjusting those angles based on the amount of space available – here’s a great guide which explains all this in detail.
So there you have it – maths is useful after all! So if you think boning up on your maths could help you be a safer, more efficient driver, maybe a distance learning maths course might be a wise use of your free time. That’s it, class dismissed!
Last month’s Budget announcement contained a bit of cheer for Britain’s motorists – the planned 1.89p per litre rise in fuel duty, which was due to take effect in September, has been scrapped. It’s the longest fuel duty freeze in over 20 years, and in spite of steep rises in both petrol and diesel prices at the pumps, they remain below the record highs seen in March 2012.
According to the latest AA fuel price report, the cost of both diesel and petrol has increased since January, although diesel prices have been coming down again recently: falling from a year high of 146.46p per litre on March 4th 143.57p on Easter Monday. The motoring organisation also blasted retailers for failing to pass on a dip in wholesale fuel costs.
President Edmund King said: “Unlike the US, drivers in the UK and Europe have been left high and dry by the lack of fuel price transparency. This has denied them the ability to spot short-term pump price spikes and prepare their budgets and planning for the hit. It has also allowed retailers to decide when and where savings for this essential part of family spending are passed on.”
This wasn’t the only point of interest for motorists in the Budget: from April 1st, vehicle excise duty (VED) rates were increased in line with RPI apart from for heavy goods vehicles, which will be frozen for 2013/14. Perhaps more significantly, the government announced that from April 6th 2015, two new company car tax bands will be introduced, with cars emitting 0-50g/km of CO2 costing considerably less in tax than those that emit 51-75g/km and above.
This change will likely get companies of all sizes thinking about their car buying policy, potentially leading more to switch to more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly diesel cars. Their focus may well fall on manufacturers whose cars have been ranking well in the efficiency stakes: for instance, Ford’s ECOnetic diesel-powered models, which are sold in Europe. The Fors Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 ECOnetic was recently named one of What Car? magazine’s top five “True MPG” performers, for which it tested cars in real-world motoring conditions rather than the laboratory conditions often employed by manufacturers and government tests.
These cars offers an alternative to hybrid vehicles, and the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic has been tipped to achieve up to 80 miles per gallon while emitting less than 95g/km of CO2, putting it in the lowest VED bands in the UK. The overall tax savings, combined with good mileage should make cars like this attractive to cost-conscious companies when the policy comes into force in 2013, prompting them to start browsing the likes of Evans Halshaw’s Ford range when replacing their fleet.
Phils latest project see’s him convert a MK1 VW Golf C 1.1 Ltre 4 speed engine into a MK1 GTD Golf. Well known for buying a new set of wheels for his cars every couple of weeks it seems Phil is changing his cars almost as often. The fabia VRS is now long gone (and as it seems, is on eBay at the moment) and the MK1 VW Golf is the latest car to be highly modified. His initial idea was to keep it petrol powered, however in true Phil fashion he changed his mind very quickly and opted to convert it to the dark side (Diesel).
The car features original S1 GTI seats, GTI Vented brakes, KW V1 Inox coilover suspension and many many sets of wheels.
The MK1 VW Golf diesel conversion is quite a popular idea amongst volkswagen enthusiasts, but very rarely seen through to completion. We look forward to hearing more from Phil about his MK1 Diesel VW Golf. The MK1 Diesel build thread will take you through from beginning to the current status.
The most distinguishable feature that makes the Mitsubishi Colt stand out is the Evo style nose. However, there are plenty more features, both inside the car and out, which make this car great for travel, particularly in busy towns.
The Mitsubishi Colt has so much variety in terms of the models available from Mitsubishi dealers. Customers can choose from a 3 door or 5 door, and pick from a variety of engine options such as the 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5 litre petrol engines. The only downside is that there are currently no diesel engine options available, however, eco-friendly start-stop technology is available on the 1.3 model which should ease concerns.
In terms of the drive itself, the entry level 1.1 feels most at home in an urban environment. This is where it can really show off the nippy and agile performance. The 1.5 variant offers harder sports suspension for an exhilarating ride. Speed naturally ranges between variants, but as a general overview the Colt ranges from 75bhp with the 1.1 model and reaching a maximum of 150bhp with the 1.5 3dr edition.
Arguably the biggest benefit of the Mitsubishi Colt in these current times is the running costs. The 1.3 Cleartec is the most economical model, emitting 119g/km of CO2, returning 56.5mpg fuel economy. This may well be due to the start-stop technology mentioned earlier.
You can find out more about the Mitsubishi Colt and even enquire to make a purchase from SMC Cars by following this link: The New Mitsubishi Colt