Peugeot Reveals HX1 Concept Car

By Creditplus | Thursday, September 01, 2016

If you are a Peugeot fan and your current car is nearing its end, you will be glad to hear that the company has announced its HX1 Concept car - a striking six-seater that offers a brand new take on the MPV.  The car will make its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.   The new model is wider and longer than a BMW X5, but slightly lower than the 1-series.  It builds on the DS5's example by offering the same people carrying abilities as a SUV in a much sportier design.   With its stubby bonnet and short overhangs the car aims to b...

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A Car Without Service History Could Lose 26% of its Value

By Creditplus | Friday, August 12, 2016

A car is a major investmentl,  all of us want to minimise our motoring costs in the long run.  A new study, however, shows that car owners who try to save cash by not having their vehicles serviced regularly could well cost themselves a lot of money in the long run.   According to research carried out by ICM, a car with a complete service history could sell for up to 26% more than one without.   With the value of the average used car being £5,500, this means your car could sell for about £1,500 more if it has a full service history.  ...

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BMW 320d Driving Impressions

By Creditplus | Thursday, August 11, 2016

Over the past ten years BMW has often been in the top 10 best selling cars list with their 3-series, despite - or perhaps because of - the fact that these cars are perceived as being quite upmarket.  BMW used to describe the car as "the ultimate driving machine."   The most recent 3-series was launched in 2005 - and there was little wrong with it, except that it was, in the end, a disappointingly ordinary car.  We were, therefore, looking forward to seeing what BMW had done to make the car more interesting.   The new 320d (more engine...

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The Most Pothole Resistant Cars on UK Roads

By Creditplus | Monday, August 08, 2016

With freezing winter weather cracking open UK roads becoming a yearly phenomenon, it might be useful to know which cars are best able to deal with potholes next time you sign up for an auto finance deal.   Thanks to Warranty Direct we now have access to that information.  The company has scoured its repairs database and come up with a list of the worst - and best -cars when it comes to dealing with potholes.   By studying the number of suspension-related claims resulting from potholed roads, the company was able to determine that Hond...

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How Cycling can Help us Achieve Emission Targets

By Creditplus | Sunday, December 15, 2013

By now most of our readers should be convinced of the benefits of buying a low-emission vehicle.  The question remains: exactly how low-emission should one go?   A new study suggests that if all Europeans (and Britons, we might add) cycled as often as the Danes, this would enable the European Union to slash emissions by 25%.  The study was conducted by the European Cyclist Federation.   The study found that the average motorist only had to cycle instead of drive his or her car for 2.6km a day to help the continent reach 25% of its emi...

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The Aston Martin DB5 - THE James Bond Car of all Time

By Creditplus | Saturday, December 31, 2011

Those of us old enough to consider Sean Connery as "our" James Bond retain an admiration for the many fabulous vehicles to have fallen (in all senses of the word) to 007's stewardship.  However, those of us from the original Bond film generation can really only picture one car that we would be willing to put the house against to get the right car loan: that fabulous, sleek, gun-metal-silver DB5 from Goldfinger. Okay, that was back in 1964, but for many a true Bond aficionado that DB5 remains the guv'nor of all cars.  After all, you ne...

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Subaru Ugly Duckling Gets 4x4 of the Year Award

By Creditplus | Saturday, December 31, 2011

To some, it has about as much charm and stylishness as a house-brick on wheels, hardly a description to incite many to start looking for cheap car loans.  However, that has not stopped the 2011 Subaru Forester from picking up a prestigious accolade. Total magazine's panel of experts have dubbed the cuboid slab "4x4 of the year," despite its slightly clunky, Elvis-past-his-prime design lines.  That is no mean feat, given that Total is one of the world's bestselling automotive publications. According to the judges, "Forester does very g...

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Mazda's Internet Gamble

By Creditplus | Saturday, December 31, 2011

UK Mazda dealers are poised to launch a range of interactive online tools on the back of survey findings (such as Mindshare's Interactive Media Survey), which suggest that more customers are considering researching new car purchases online. However, there is a downside to this research: while Mindshare's data shows that 51.1% of shoppers made internet purchases during 2010, other data suggests that most people find online car research a bit of a nightmare.  While 52% say they "would consider" purchasing a car through the internet (acc...

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Jay-Z Wants a new car - an Armoured SUV!

By Creditplus | Friday, December 30, 2011

What do you think a world-renowned rap artist would drive?  An Aston Martin V12 Zagato, perhaps, or a Koenigsegg Agera?  Well, if that is where your mind was going, you are wrong on both counts.  At least as far as top rap star Jay-Z is concerned. Jay-Z has never made any secret of the fact that he is addicted to cars and has even managed to trash a few luxury vehicles in his time.  However, he's after something this time that might be more suited to a war-torn combat zone than New York City, where the rapper and his delectable wife, ...

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Alfa Romeo 4C to hit the Showrooms in 2013

By Creditplus | Friday, December 30, 2011

The much-anticipated Alfa Romeo 4C sports car will have many scrambling for it when it goes on sale in America by 2013. UK dates are yet to be confirmed. Enthusiasts will be able to take a closer look before then, however, as the stunning-looking beauty will appear in prototype form in mid-2012, according to Fiat's engineering chief, Mauro Pierallini.   For those of you preparing to snap one up, you will need to factor in the price tag of £38,000 (‚¬45,000).  If you do, you'll be in for a treat.  The vehicle comes powered with Alfa's ...

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Get Ready for the Fourth Generation Renault Clio in 2012

By Creditplus | Thursday, December 29, 2011

As 2012 approaches, the petrol heads amongst us will already be anticipating the best cheap deals the New Year may bring in its wake.  Which, of course, raises the question of the best cheap car to go for.  Maybe one manufacturer to watch out for in 2012 is Renault, and especially the revamped Renault Clio, which is rumoured to be unveiled at the Paris Road Show in September.   Tekkies will be tickled by the innovative inclusion of a fully-functional, embedded tablet in the cabin.  Renault has recently drawn the veils away from its ne...

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Toyota Reveals Production Version of GT86

By Creditplus | Thursday, December 29, 2011

Toyota has revealed the production version of its brand new FT-86.  The impressive new coupe will make its debut at this week's Tokyo Motor Show.   Two years ago the motoring public got the first glimpses of the Toyota FT-86 concept car.  That was in 2009 in Tokyo.  Many spy shots and two concept cars later and the production car will at last make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show - complete with a name change a couple of minor visual tweaks.   The GT-86 has been a joint effort by Toyota and Subaru, which will release a production ver...

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Despite the Squeeze Car Finance Schemes are Growing

By Creditplus | Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Prospective new car buyers may be heartened by figures recently released by the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) that reveal that sales of private new cars on finance grew 6% more this October than they did in the same month last year.   Figures for the last quarter of 2011 also show a healthy rise in UK car finance compared to the same period in 2010: 10% more new vehicles were bought with car finance over the last three months than between October and December 2010.   Car buyers, like everyone else, have been tightening their p...

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Toyota Announces new Lexus LF-LC

By Creditplus | Wednesday, December 28, 2011

If you are going to buy a Lexus, you should perhaps postpone your purchase just a little bit: there's a stunning new Lexus LF-LC sports model on the way.‚  It will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show next month.   The amazingly beautiful car is described as "a design exercise to explore the future of Lexus design," but it could be the forerunner to a large coupe that will take on the BMW6 Series and the Mercedes SL.   The concept model was produced by Calty, the Lexus design studio, with its base in Newport Beach, California.   The ...

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Japanese Car Manufacturers to Offer Quick Charging Service

By Creditplus | Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Study after study has found that one of the main concerns electric vehicle customers have to face is that these cars take too long to charge and that their range might not be sufficient for general use.   Various government and private initiatives have been undertaken in the UK to address these concerns, but so far sales of electric vehicles are lagging far behind expectations.   The situation in Japan is not much different, which is probably why some of the top names in the Japanese auto industry have decided to team up and create an...

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Technician Sues Boss After Ferrari Accident

By Creditplus | Friday, December 23, 2011

If you buy a Ferrari and subsequently you are involved in an accident, can you sue the company for making their cars too fast?  That seems rather unlikely.  However, when you drive the car while on an official assignment for your boss the situation could well be different.   A technician who ended up being paralysed after an accident while road-testing a Ferrari for his boss is now suing the company for compensation.   Stephen Harris was in the employment of Kent High Performance Cars at the time of the accident.  The Maidstone-based ...

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Car Manufacturers Pushed to Meet 2015 Emission Targets

By Creditplus | Friday, December 23, 2011

The race to meet carbon emissions before 2015 is on - and research shows that several car manufacturers will have to hurry if they want to meet these targets.   The European Environment Agency (EEA) says that the majority of carmakers were able to meet the 2012 targets, but more than one of them needs to improve the efficiency of their fleets and nearly all of them have to further reduce emissions in order to meet 2015 emission targets.   Last year the average new car registered in the EU had CO2 emission levels of 140.3g/km.  Lawmake...

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First Impressions of Volvo XC60

By Creditplus | Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Volvo has built a lot of its reputation on station wagons, but the company has decided to move away from this traditional image in favour of bigger and more rugged XC crossover models such as the 2012 XC60.   On the outside the car's design is rakish and organic and the inside is more fashionable than what we came to expect from previous models.  The design team was the same one that worked on the more aggressively styled S60, yet the XC60 is a little more formal and reined-in.   The XC60 looks decidedly better than many other crossov...

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Biofuel Production Resulting in Land Grabs

By Creditplus | Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One more aspect to keep in mind next time you purchase a vehicle: a new report suggests that biofuel production is a bigger cause of land grabs than most people realised until now.   The International Land Coalition carried out intensive research that revealed that more than 50% of all land grabs in developing countries during the past 20 years could be attributed to biofuel production.   Their research covered ten years of land deals between 2000 and 2010 in the southern hemisphere and considered the acquisition of more than 200 mill...

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Renault to Axe Several Models

By Creditplus | Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Renault is about to drop several models from its line-up.  Poor sales have hit the company hard - annual sales have dropped by more than 50% over the last five years.   This has forced Renault to trim the fat from its British line-up.  From February the company will significantly reduce the number of models on offer.   At the top of the list are the Renault Sport Tourer and Coupe and the Laguna hatch.  The Grand Espace, Espace, Grand Modus, Modus, Kangoo and Wind roadster will also no longer be available after February 2012.   Accordi...

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