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Specialist Motor Insurer Covered The Mini Mission


Bespoke insurance cover provided by day-rate expert and automotive software developer, DCML, enabled BMW MINI to run its innovative, complex MINI Mission test drive programme.

Concluding last month, the three-month, social media-led campaign put more than 600 university students – each requiring specialist cover – in the driving seat to complete various challenges.

With the participants all aged between 21 and 24, DCML’s ability to provide practical logistical solutions to organise short-term cover was key in allowing BMW MINI to insure a high volume of drivers in the young, high-risk category, at short notice and for brief periods.

MINI recruited 14 ambassadors from 14 universities across the UK. Each ambassador was loaned a car for a nine-week period, during which they completed MINI road trip adventures, enlisting the help of hundreds of fellow students for the chance to win a car for a year.

The average annual premium for a young driver is more than £1,800 and current figures suggest that the single biggest cause of accidental death among 15-24-year olds is car crashes.*

Vince Powell, managing director of DCML, said: “Bespoke campaigns require bespoke solutions to make them happen. We are experts in tailoring our suite of services and products to suit the needs of potentially challenging schemes and MINI Mission was a good example of what we can deliver.

“Customised marketing programmes like MINI Mission are being used increasingly by manufacturers to target specific demographics, but insuring that target market to drive is one area where short-cuts are not an option. With our help, BMW MINI was able to outreach to its chosen sector of young drivers.”

Recognised for its market-leading courtesy car and fleet management tool, Dealer Car Manager, DCML has developed a breadth of automotive software expertise, allowing it to provide custom solutions to a wide range of challenges, including app development, fleet management and specialist insurance.

For more information, please visit www.dcml.co.uk or call 08444 152 400.

The New Nissan Invitation Brings Welcome Jobs Boost To the North East


Nissan’s new hatchback, the replacement for the Invitation is to be produced at its Sunderland plant in North East England, the Japanese car manufacturers has announced, news of which has been warmly greeted both in the area and Downing Street.

The new hatchback model, which has yet to be named, it is hoped will lead to the creation of 225 jobs at the Sunderland plant and a further 900 more in the supply chain services by 2014.

Nissan’s £127m investment is being supported by £8.2m from the UK Government’s regional growth fund for the North East.

It follows the announcement in March that the Sunderland factory will also build the new Invitation model from 2013.

new nissan invitation

The new Nissan Invitation is to be built in Sunderland next year

Once production of the two models begins, it is estimated the Sunderland workforce will stand at a record 6,225.

The additional 80,000 hatchback and 100,000 Invitation models will bring the annual output up to more than 550,000 vehicles.

‘Tremendous work’

An additional production shift will be implemented allowing both lines to non stop for 24 hours for the first time in the plant’s 26-year history.

Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga said: “In Europe, Nissan has achieved record growth in recent years by providing innovative, customer-focused models like Qashqai and Juke that are designed, developed and produced within the region.”

Vice president of Nissan manufacturing in the UK Kevin Fitzpatrick: “A vote of confidence in UK”

Speaking during a visit to Japan, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I’ve already seen first hand the tremendous work at the Nissan Sunderland plant and it’s great to be visiting the company’s headquarters in Yokohama today.

“Nissan’s investment in the UK is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and flexibility of the UK workforce.”

Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, described it as “fantastic news” for the area.

He added: “Coming just weeks after the decision to build the Invitation model here, the announcement of an additional £127m investment in the plant is a proud testament to the skills and dedication of the Sunderland workforce.”

North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Ramsbotham added that the performance levels of the Wearside workforce had convinced “Nissan’s senior management that Sunderland is the perfect place to oversee production of this new vehicle”.

“This is great news for the UK automotive sector, the region’s economy and Nissan’s North East supply chain,” said Mr Ramsbotham.

He also pointed to the importance of Nissan to the regional economy citing that for every person employed by the company, “another four are supported in Nissan’s supply chain and with employment at the plant reaching a record high this is another welcome achievement”.

Pick up a Jaguar E-Type at the Goodwood Classic Car Sale


If you’ve got a spare forty grand or so sitting around you might like to get yourself down to the Goodwood Revival Festival in Sussex UK this September, where you can pick up a 1969 series two coupe amongst other desirable classic cars at Bonhams Classic Car Auction.

Jaguar e-type series 2

Lot No: 281

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Coupé
Registration no. JVL 749G
Chassis no. P1R20223
Engine no. 7R4842-9

Estimate: £30,000 – 40,000, € 34,000 – 46,000

About the Jaguar E-Type

Manufactured in April 1969 and first registered ‘XKL 111′, this E-Type Series 2 Coupé was used as a demonstrator by Jaguar agents J R J Mansbridge of Lincoln before being supplied to one W P Miller of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire via Richard A Bellamy of Grismby. The car was originally finished in light blue with red interior.
The E-Type underwent a full ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration in the early 2000s but unfortunately was involved in an accident that damaged the front end, resulting in the need for a new bonnet and engine sub-frame (the bulkhead was undamaged).
In September 2005 Mr Roy Ellis purchased the car from a Universal Vehicle Salvage auction. Classed as a Category C write-off (‘an extensively damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road’) it was then restored by John Houghton Mechanical Services in Ilminster using components supplied by various specialists including SC Parts, David Manners, SNG Barrett and Martin Robey.
The current vendor purchased the E-Type in February 2009 and since then has carried out further restoration. There are receipts on file totalling circa £15,000 from Savernake Auto Services for a remanufactured front sub-frame, while a new bonnet was purchased from Racing Jaguar Panels at a cost of £3,218. The latter was then painted by Brookfield Classics of Hinckley, Leicestershire at a cost of £2,530. In addition, all the running gear, suspension and brakes have been restored and the electrics checked and re-wired wherever necessary. The interior is mostly new, with some areas refurbished.
On completion of the repairs the car was submitted for a DVLA Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) and passed successfully, enabling the VIC marker to be removed from the database and a V5C registration document issued. Then, in April 2011, the engine was overhauled (including hardened valve seats) tuned and serviced (photographs on file).
Finished in British Racing Green with cream leather interior, ‘JVL 749G’ currently displays a total of 66,354 miles on the odometer and is described as ‘nearly concours’ by the vendor, with relatively little work required to bring it to perfection. ‘On the button’ and ready to enjoy, this well prepared E-Type is offered with a most substantial file of invoices and restoration photographs, VIC pass, current road fund licence, MoT to 18th November 2011 and Swansea V5C registration document.

The author recommends that specialist Jaguar Classic Car insurance is provisionally obtained for this vehicle prior to removal after purchase.

Classic Cars – The Triumph TR4 Reaches Fifty!


The popular 1960s two seater roadster from Coventry has reached the age of Fifty!

Launched at the 1961 Motor Show in London the Triumph TR4 two-seater British roadster met all the design challenges of the 1960′s with an impressively stylish designed body from Michelotti that survived for fifteen years until its descendent the TR6 was discontinued in 1976.

truimph tr4

Two year earlier Triumph had launched the classic Herald saloon whose bodylines designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti led to great sales success that lasted in the 1970s.

With this in mind Triumph, which had just been bought by Leyland Motors, had asked Michelotti to come up with a new sports car to replace the aging TR3 whose shape dated back to 1953 and the earlier TR2.

Distinguished by its curvaceous bodywork and bonnet hooded headlights attached to the chrome grill, mechanically the new car was similar to the TR3, however the new technology of an all synchromesh four speed manual gearbox with optional overdrive was installed.

This meant that although the TR4 had essentially the same four cylinder overhead valve 2138cc engine as its predecessor, it was a foot longer and had a wider wheelbase. The TR4 produced 100 bhp at 4600 rpm and was capable of a top speed of 102 mph. There was an option to buy the car with the old 1991cc engine for racing in sports car classes under 2000cc.

The car had a good performance for its time and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 11 seconds and averaged around 25 miles per gallon.

In 1965 after selling 40,000 cars, the TR4 was upgraded to the TR4A.

Although outwardly similar in appearance with the exception of a walnut veneer dashboard, the TR4A was mechanically much different with the arrival of semi trailing arm independent rear suspension incorporating a new rear axle, which had been tested on the Triumph 2000 saloon since 1962. The aging pushrod engine was also upgraded with the addition of a new camshaft design which increased the car’s top speed to 110 mph.

The TR4A produced 104 bhp at 4700 rpm and was not as efficient on fuel consumption. The TR4A also included the famous Michelotti ‘Surrey top’, a semi-convertible roof with a rear roll bar window and was also the last Triumph model to carry the original Triumph Globe badge on the bonnet.

The Triumph TR4 and TR4A were manufactured at the firms Canley works in Coventry from 1961 until 1967. In all 68,718 units were produced mostly for the US and European markets. Not cheap in relation to its domestic competitors such as the MGB the car was priced at £1,106 on the road.

Fifty years on the sleek little sports car has survived the test of time. There are just under 2000 TR4s remaining in the UK today, the majority of them still on the road!

TR4 Insurance

Triumph Classic car insurance

If you own a Triumph TR4 you should cover it under specialist car insurance policy preferably from a broker that deals specifically with classic sports car insurance.

You can make further savings on covering your classic TR4 if you join a recognised triumph owners group or association.

The 2011 New Toyota Hilux Invincible


The 2012 Toyota Hilux Invincible goes on sale in the UK in October.

It has been given a restyle with a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper. It also has new wheel designs.

The New Toyota Hilux

The interior of the Toyota Hilux Invincible  has also been changed with a new upper dashboard design and horizontal instrument cluster.The revised layout  includes the new Toyota touch multimedia unit with a full colour 6.1 inch touchscreen. The Touch package is fitted as standard to the HL3 and Invincible models. It also includes a USB port and Bluetooth.

Engine wise the Toyota Hilux 2012 will still continue to use their current engines. The 142b D-4D  and 169bhp 3.0 D-4D units. These are now in compliance  with the Euro 5 light commercial vehicle emissions standards ahead of their introduction  at the beginning of next year ,due to the  diesel particulate filter.

These adjustments to the engines means that the CO2 emissions for the 2.5 D-4D(Double Cab) have been reduced by 10% to 194g/km . combined fuel consumption  has also improved by more than 10% to 38.7mpg  for all body styles.

Toyota Hilux Invincible

Also retained is the five speed manual transmission and the optional five speed automatice for the 3.0 D-4D engine exclusive to the Invincible.

More information about the new Toyota Hilux Invincible is available from Toyota UK. Prices start from £23,000 on the road. The Hilux is subject to commercial vehicle or van insurance and cannot be covered under a standard car insurance policy.

BMW Launch New Mini Coupe


BMW have announced the fifth unique model in the Mini range. The Mini Coupe has been launched.

The British built Mini Coupe is the first two seater sports car in the UK brands history.

The New Mini Coupe

The mission of the Mini Coupe is to maximise the thrill of being behind the wheel. Its about optimum dynamic performance from the choice of engines and chassis set up to weight distribution and aerodynamics.

The John Cooper Works Coupe Mini has the fastest acceleration and top speed of any volume produced Mini to date at around 149 mph.

The standard Cooper S is good for 181bhp and 192lb ft in overboost mode. It has a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec and an average of 48.7mpg.

The Cooper SD gets a 141bhp, 225lb ft 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which offers 7.9sec 0-62mph performance as well as 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

All Coupes come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic is optional on all but the John Cooper Works model.

Mini Coupe JCW

Equipment include DAB digital radio, air conditioning, park distance control, alloy wheels, three spoke sports leather steering wheel and sports stripes on the body work.

Selling alongside the Mini Hatch, Mini Convertible, Mini Clubman and Mini Countryman, the Mini Coupe will go on sale through Mini dealers in the UK from 1st October 2011.

Prices will range from £16,640 to £23,795 on the road. A wide range of personal accessories and personalisation choices are available. The Mini Coupe is likely to be in the mid insurance rating groups of 20 to 25 out of 50. Visit a Mini insurance specialist broker to get quotes and the best deals.

For more information of the purchasing the new Mini coupe visit Mini UK

The New Toyota Yaris


The latest Toyota Yaris is being launched later in 2011.

The Toyota Yaris consolidates the strengths of the current Toyota Yaris with its roomy interior, durability and versatility, the efficiency of its engines and it’s easy to drive character with a sharper contemporary styling, greater agility and an amazingly affordable multimedia connectivity with the Toyota Touch and Go.

The new Yaris will be offered in the UK in four grades the T2 from £11,170, the TR from £12,260, the SR from £13,335 and the T Spirit from £14,385.

The Toyota Yaris TR will be available with all engine and transmission combinations in three and five door body styles. The key features include 15 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, vehicle stability control, and Toyota Touch with touch screen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera.

The 2011 Toyota Yaris

All engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering and design technologies which combined with weight saving measures and aerodynamics improvements help cut fuel consumption and emissions without harming power and torque levels.

Cars are available to order now from Toyota UK, with first deliveries to customers expected from mid September 2011. The insurance groups have yet to be announced.

UK Motoring News: July 2011


Manufacturers Latest

Car Manufacturers and dealers are encouraging people to buy their cars by offering many free services.

Honda is introducing four years free servicing and roadside assistance on a range of models. The offer is available on CR-Z, Insight and Jazz (excluding Jazz Hybrid) Civic and CR-V orders until the end of September 2011.

Ford UK has launched a new accident management programme, helping customers to simplify communications between insurance companies and the Ford repair network Ford accident management is a free service for all new and used Ford vehicle drivers in the UK, regardless of their insurance company.

Fords accident management model follows the recommendations of the House of Commons transport committee in creating a transparent and efficient programme which will drive down the costs of claims.

Motoring News

A new website which is a multiple joint venture between specialist car insurance companies and classic car insurance brokers, opened for business this month in the UK.

The site allows users to compare classic car insurance quotes from over 130 different brokers and underwriters, offering a wider choice to customers, cheaper cover and making it the largest classic car insurance comparison website in the UK by far.

Following new research from Direct Line Breakdown which reveals the most reliable cars on the UK’s roads the research was based on Direct Line Breakdowns call out records.

According to the research Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan and Proton all topped the bill for reliability (The least likely to suffer mechanical breakdown)

Range Rover Sport – 3.0 litre SDV6 Diesel Reviewed


Range Rover has released the 3.0 litre SDV6 diesel engine, the Range Rover Sport.

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport offers improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide. It also has an increase in power. The output of the 245hp engine has been increased to 256hp while carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced from 243g/km to 230g/km.

The improvements are partly due to the introduction of the new highly efficient ZF 8HP70 eight speed automatic gearboxes, combining smooth shifting and improved economy.

The combined fuel economy has improved to 32.1 mpg.

In conjunction with the new gearbox, the Range Rover Sport SDV6 comes equipped with the drive select rotary gear shift and steering wheel mounted paddle shift.

The SDV6 models as well as the EU5 are equipped with a diesel particulate filter. This makes them among the cleanest diesel engines on the market.

There are colour changes to the exterior detailing and new interior colour ways for the Autobiography Sport. A new powered, single- piece tailgate has also been introduced across the range.

The Range Rover Sport also has a touch screen available with optional dual view technology. This allows the driver to view the navigation display while the passenger watches television or a DVD, listening on headphones,

There is also an enhanced with the availability of wireless technology in the rear seat entertainment.

The new say what you see voice command helps the driver learn commands with useful step by step screen. It prompts and it also allows the use of spoken short codes too.

There have also been significant specification and performance improvements to the Hi ICE and premium audio systems offering 825W of power through 17 speakers on the Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7.

The Range Rover Sport – 3.0 litre SDV6 Diesel is available on the road from around £50,000 from local dealers. The Insurance Group for the vehicle is 41 out of 50 putting the vehicle in the high rating range. You can reduce your costs by visiting a Range Rover Insurance specialist.

For more information visit the official Range Rover sport site and build your own!