Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Cars We’re Talking About: Rep Cars

wf-014At Windsor Fleet, the topic of conversation on a daily basis more often than not revolves around cars, surprise surprise: cars and vans currently on the market, cars due back and new models coming in the future are discussed throughout the working day. We like to keep ourselves up to date with market trends, new models coming soon, what people are buying and the best value for money.


For the junior rep, one of the best options out today comes from the joint venture between Volkswagen/Seat and Skoda producing the Seat Toledo and Skoda Rapid. This is a well-built, roomy and highly economical option for the same price as a basic Mini One Diesel 3dr. The Toledo/Rapid 5dr hatchback body, along with a frugal 1.6tdi 105bhp engine will swallow up plenty of luggage and produce more than enough grunt to keep the car at pace with its more expensive rivals.


For the more experienced/senior reps a current favourite within the office is the Skoda Superb. Anyone from customers to staff who has driven one can see the appeal. The car is very well built and engineered (as should be expected coming from the Skoda arm of parent company Volkswagen) with more than enough spec on offer for the most discerning driver. From Bluetooth and cruise control in the Ambition models to full leather, sat nav, xenon lights and a very nifty self parking function in the Elegance model make it very hard to look past this car.


In terms of room there is no rival in the same category. Taking the cavernous rear passenger area into account along with a boot large enough to fit two sets of golf clubs and a buggy and more it is a match for estate cars in more expensive classes. Add to that the twin-door boot opening which allows plenty of access for larger items that are not easily placed into a standard 4dr saloon’s narrow boot opening and you have yourself a lot of car for your money.


If space and spec is your thing, then it is well worth adding the Skoda Superb to your shortlist.


Article by Peter McAviney.


Click here to talk to Peter, or any of our sales team, about your next company car. 



New Honda CR-V Arrives Into Ireland


Available from the end of October, Honda says the CR-V will offer class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions from €31,995.


The CR-V is the latest model to benefit from Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology’, as it is powered by Honda’s dynamic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine. The lightest engine of its type in the world, it offers emissions of 119g/km for annual road tax from just €200.


Fuel economy also benefits from the Earth Dreams Technology with Honda’s Idle Stop and Eco Assist systems working alongside the new 1.6 i-DTEC engine to produce fuel economy figures of 4.5 litres per 100km – the equivalent of 62.8mpg – and delivering a range in excess of 1280 kilometres from a full tank of diesel.


Honda goes on to say that the class-leading features of the 1.6 i-DTEC engine come in addition to the existing strengths of the Honda CR-V.A full-size family SUV, it offers ample room inside with up to 1,669 litres of luggage capacity available.Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, 17″ alloy wheels, cruise control, one-motion folding rear seats, electric front and rear windows, alarm, USB connectivity and daytime running lights.


Frank Kennedy, Sales Director of Universal Honda Ltd, said: “The New CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC takes us into the core of the Irish family car market.”We have a full-size SUV offering class-leading interior space, class-leading fuel economy and low emission tax rates so important to Irish buyers.


“With prices starting from €31,995, we expect the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC to not only appeal to existing owners, but also many conquest buyers”.





Budget 2014


After the various changes relating to motor vehicles in the last few budgets, things were left pretty much unchanged in Budget 2014. There will be no change to motor tax rates, no change to tax on fuel and no change to the recoverable VAT element of contract hire. 


However, there are still a number of ways in which your company can make cost savings on the basis of the previous budget changes. This includes opting for the most fuel efficient vehicles to ensure that you are entitled to the full available amount of recoverable VAT, as well as reducing fuel and motor tax costs. You can talk to us about the best vehicles for your fleet by clicking here to contact us


Another option is in the form of fuel cards and fuel card management. The last few years has seen fuel costs spiral and this is one of the most significant costs for any vehicle fleet. The use of fuel cards and a well managed system can reduce fuel usage and keep much tighter control on expenditure. You can find out more about our fuel card management service by clicking here.


Ultimately, Budget 2014 did not make any radical changes to the fleet or motor industry and it is now up to motorists, businesses and fleet management companies to ensure that control of both costs and emission levels are kept as tight as possible into the new year.  



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