Thursday December 6th, 2012 11:31 How great it is to lease a new car

Buying a new car can be one of the most exciting things, It’s equivalent to buying a house but with even more options. One of the more abundant options is car leasing. The Leden Group believes that Americans are becoming much more interested in car leasing due to it’s flexibility. Shoppers are becoming even more interested in Ford Focus Car leasing and Mercedes A Class Car leasing due to the different benefits that come along with leasing.

If you are thinking about buying a new car, consider weighing the options. Buying isn’t the only consideration, leasing can be just as fun. It’s important that you look into your personal needs before actually deciding to lease. The financial differences between buying and leasing are pretty wide, which means that the decision should be made based on what you are looking for.

When thinking about car leasing, you have to consider if you are more interested in ownership, or having a different car at least every two to three years. If you are more interested in staying out of debt, wanting to actually enhance your credit, then car leasing might not be the greatest decision. Ford Focus car leasing means that you will be upgrading yourself every few years, never staying with the same car.

The fun part about Mercedes A Class car leasing is that you are only paying a portion of the car’s price tag. Leasing a car is totally different from actually renting a car. You have a time frame in which you will be leasing you car, and during that lease option you will have the option to not do a down payment. Your sales tax will be included in your monthly payments and the money factor will be another responsibility that must be handled. Once you reach the end of your lease deal, you will have the option to buy the car at it’s depreciated value and or return the vehicle. Depending on if you are getting a Ford Focus or a Mercedes A Class, a lease end disposition fee will be charged.

When it comes to comparing lease payments and buying payments, they are both setup differently. When it comes to lease payments, leasers will be expected to pay two different parts. The finance charge and the depreciation charge make up the entire lease payment. The depreciation part will be the monies paid to the motor company for the value lost during the your ownership.The finance part is the interest that is added to the money the car company has invested in your car during your ownership.

There is an area in which many people tend to save more money when it comes to leasing. Even though the monthly payments come off to be a bit higher, in the end the only thing that is being paid for is what the consumer is actually using. Unlike buying, there is no loss of money due to deprecation or finance charges. Even though to some, leasing comes off as being a waste of money, it’s pretty much similar to buying a car. You may not own anything in the end but a buyer also ends up not owning the depreciated part at the end of their loan.

Since car leasing is a bit more complicated than actually buying a car, it’s important that a potential buyer have all of the knowledge needed to make the right decisions. When it comes to car leasing there are money factors,residuals and acquisition fees involved. These different aspects can leave room for error, which means doing your homework is extremely important.

It’s also important to understand that even though the process sounds much more simpler, potential leasers will need to have a higher credit score.And since many people tend to get confused when it comes to leasing, the Leden Group offers a leasing information so that car shoppers can get a better understanding of what they will be facing.

Car leasing is in a different realm when it comes to purchasing a car. Regardless to what type of car you wish to lease, it’s all about making sure all of your ducks are in order today so disappointments aren’t faced tomorrow.

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Tuesday June 12th, 2012 15:39 New models – new prices

The long running attempt by the car industry to keep its self-relevant continues (not that it really needs any help there; we will always love cars!). Since the beginning of this year, 2012, car companies have raised the bar in competitive terms, with many of them have announcing the release of their new models and their prices. On Thursday 24th May 2012, Mercedes-Benz confirmed its prices for the new SL- Class Roadster and following closely on this announcement, like an anxious bridesmaid (though some folks will take offence at that!), four days later, BMW announced the arrival of an updated version of the 7 Series luxury saloon.

But that is not all. Just this month, over six car companies have also announced the confirmed prices of their new models. Examples of these are the Skoda Citigo, now on sale and first priced at £7,630 on 1st June. Audi was not to be left out of the party, with the new Audi A3 range priced starting from £19,205 on Thursday, 7th June 2012.

These new car models have excessive advantages ranging from speed, technology, fuel intake, luxury and they are slowly taking over the car market from the original car companies that we are used to dominate these traits. Indeed, the market is welcoming them with more vigor than expected, with some of these traits that were once considered exceptions now becoming the norm.

It means that when you say your car model comes with ‘extras’, you really have to mean it, and then some!Of course, these little benefits come with a price and from an economic standpoint, cannot be referred to as mild. In fact, both in terms of the car prices as well as the consumption of fuel and maintenance, these cars are not for the faint of heart. We are hoping, however, that when you look for a car within this market, being faint of hear (or wallet) is not your biggest problem.

At www.crazy4cars.co.uk, we try hard not to give the ‘crazy’ in our web heading validity. Instead, we offer you an ‘anything goes’ kind of deal but with reliable brands that have earned their name in the automobile industry.

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Tuesday November 22nd, 2011 11:37 Audi A1 Sportback: Vor-Spring durch Technik

Audi A1 Sportrack

Audi are set to augment their renowned subcompact range in spring 2012 with the release of the hotly-anticipated A1 Sportback.
Hitting showrooms in February, the über-sleek supermini is an upgrade on the three-door A1, already a huge seller for the German firm.
The Sportback features a comparable design to its sister model, though it is larger, more spacious and comes with an extra set of doors. As a result of this latter modification, the Sportback has added 25kg to its kerb-weight, though the improved space for rear passengers is a welcome enhancement.

Wider and taller than its A1 counterpart, the Sportback is aimed at young, trendy drivers, though don’t expect to have to flash photo ID and enter the showroom in skinny jeans and a Tweed jacket in order to purchase one. After all, you don’t have to fit any specific demographic to appreciate the choice of four turbo engines, including the fuel-efficient 1.5ltr TDI, whose emission levels are rated at just 99g/km. For some engines, Audi are even supplying a 7-gear S-tronic force transmission, letting you switch swiftly between gears.

Fitted with a five-seat layout as standard, with the four-seat configuration available as a no-cost option, Audi’s versatile newcomer refrains from upgrading the A1’s 270-litre boot, and looks sure to be a rival to MINI’s Cooper SD hatch. After all, who can quibble with the Audi Connect’s internet capabilities?

The campaign trail is already underway for Audi, and their latest promotional video (attests to the model’s sharp, city-friendly dimensions and gorgeous 16-inch alloy wheels.

An altogether smarter, cooler option than the A1, the Sportback comes with remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front and rear windows and mirrors, and a 6.5-inch retractable display with six-speaker single CD Concert audio system.
If the Sportback itself doesn’t satisfy you, there’ll be a 2.0-litre diesel option joining the top range later in 2012, boasting 141bhp and 0.62mph in 8.5 seconds sprint time. Sport model additions, meanwhile, include sports suspension, sports seats and a Driver’s Information System.
What’s to love about this car?  An awful lot, but let’s focus on its evolutionary styling: its coupe-like roof line, its integration of sporty looks with commendable economy of space, and its low CO2 emissions. If you’re after a car that you can truly feel good about driving – both from the point of view of fuel-efficiency and style – the Sportback can’t be faulted.

With prices starting from £14,527 and topping out at £21,270 (for the 1.4 TFSI with S-line trim), you can get your hands on one in February. In an Olympic year, there’s surely no better time to get back into sports than with the new Audi A1 Sportback.

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Sunday November 13th, 2011 13:57 Subaru Set to Unveil Advanced Tourer Concept Hybrid

Subaru has revealed that it will showcase the Advanced Tourer Concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

The Advanced Tourer Concept is a hybrid car, and is seen as a potential replacement for the Subaru Legacy.

Through the use of a single electric motor, the ATC will have a silent electric mode when travelling at low speeds. The lithium-ion batteries are recharged by a regenerative braking system which kicks in under deceleration.

The Tourer Concept is fitted with a horizontally opposed 1.6-litre turbo boxer engine mated to an electric motor. It may not be as big as the 2.0 and 2.5-litre boxer turbos of the past, but Subaru believe that the 1.6-litre turbo engine is both cleaner and more efficient. Although there are no official statistics for this yet, the word is that the Tourer Concept’s power output will match the 262bhp of the 2.5-litre boxer unit, while both emitting less CO2 and using less fuel at the same time.

Performance figures for the Tourer Concept should be an improvement on those of the current Legacy model, as the engine drives through a Lineartronic CVT transmission. This sends power to all four wheels.

The styling of the car uses Subaru’s “confidence in motion” design language. Visually, the Tourer Concept resembles a cross between a Jaguar XF and an Audi A6. The signature Subaru grille and angular headlights have been restyled to give the car a more aggressive appearance at the front.

The car’s interior features Art Deco style wood and polished aluminium surfaces with leather surfaces. In a fairly strange move, the steering wheel features a built-in digital monitor that displays maps, TV and internet. This is not exactly the safest feature in the world, but it is a concept car after all.

Perhaps with that digital monitor in mind, Subaru’s EyeSight crash avoidance system is incorporated into the design of the Tourer Concept. This system uses two mounted cameras above the rear-view mirror to monitor pedestrians and cyclists.

The Tokyo Motor Show – which runs from the 30th of November to the 11th of December – is a big event for Subaru, as the new BRZ sports car will also allow be on display.

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Saturday November 12th, 2011 20:19 All-Electric Car In the Works for SEAT

 

SEAT has revealed that it is currently working on prototypes of a fully electric and a plug-in hybrid car. The Spanish car manufacturer anticipates that the plug-in hybrid car will be launched in 2015, followed by the all-electric car in 2016.

In the mean time, units of the all-electric Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive will both be made available to Spanish government institutions in Catalonia and Madrid. This should enable SEAT to assess the usage of these cars, giving the car manufacturer an idea about the potential for mass production in the future.

Talking about the reasoning behind SEAT’s strategy, SEAT President James Muir said: “Customers demand a more sustainable form of mobility, but their needs are diverse. Therefore, we believe that a parallel strategy of developing two different technologies will put SEAT in the best position to meet their needs.”

So what about some actual information about the two forthcoming green models? Well, the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive plug-in hybrid has a range of 52 kilometres when full electric mode is engaged. Its top speed in this mode is 120 kph. When it is in its combined mode, it should have a top speed of 170 kph, and an impressive emissions rate of 39g/km of CO2.

In comparison, the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive will have a top speed of 135 kph. The electric engine will produce 115 hp as well as 270 Nm of torque. A climate control system whereby rooftop photovoltaic cells recirculate fresh air inside the passenger compartment will reduce energy needs. Impressive stuff.

It is not just these two new green cars that the Spanish firm has in the pipeline, as in the next year, four new models will be launched next year. The first of these models is the SEAT Mii, set for a European release in spring.

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Thursday November 10th, 2011 01:53 Nissan Announce Details of 2012 GT-R

Nissan has finally released official details of its 2012 edition of the GT-R. The car, set for release in the UK next month, looks to be an improvement on its predecessor.

Fitted with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, the GT-R has improved horsepower and torque. Horsepower is up by 20bhp to 542bhp, while the engine’s torque now stands an improved 632Nm. Nissan put these improvements down to better airflow in the engine. This increase in power has resulted in the GT-R being capable of going from 0-62mph in an impressive 2.7 seconds.

It is not just the engine’s power that has been improved either, as it also has more favourable fuel economy now. This has risen from 23.5mpg to 24mpg.

Apparently, the Nissan GT-R is still in the later stages of testing right now, so there are no numbers in terms of the car’s CO2 emissions.

The car’s suspension system has also received an upgrade. Its asymmetric suspension system works by balancing out the weight of the driver by firming up the front left spring rate, and lowering the right hand rear suspension arms.

The interior of the new Nissan GT-R has also been souped up. It features an upgraded Bose sound system, as well as a rear view camera. The car’s instrument panel now can boast blue lighting on the tachometer.

Although Nissan has not revealed an official price for the GT-R MY12, expect it to be in the region of £76,000 when it goes on sale in the UK next month. It might be a bit much to expect that for a Christmas present, but what’s the harm in asking?

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Sunday November 6th, 2011 21:49 SEAT Look to the Future with the IBX Concept Car

Earlier this year, at the Geneva Motor Show, SEAT unveiled its latest concept car – the IBX hybrid car. The concept car has been described by SEAT as a cross between a sports utility vehicle and a sports coupe, and represents the company’s vision for an urban SUV.

In terms of its appearance, the two-door concept car has an understated, minimalist feel to it. A crisp and clean exterior, devoid of any flashy design features, gives the SEAT IBX a confident and sporty look. The IBX bears no ornamentation, and SEAT representatives say this is because “perfect design requires no decoration.”

SEAT’s Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke said of the IBX: “We are proving that with our design, our sporty pedigree and our youthful character, we can also create a vehicle concept that is unique among SUVs.”

This uniqueness among SUVs may come from the fact that the IBX is both agile and compact enough to meet the demands of urban streets and parking spaces.

SEAT say that the IBX has an electric range of 50 kilometres, something that will no doubt appeal to those living in city areas. This electric range should be more than enough to cover local everyday journeys, while having an emission rate of zero. The car can be charged from a domestic power point, but the IBX’s internal combustion engine means that the concept car will be able to handle longer journeys just as easily.

Although there has been no official confirmation, there have been reports that the IBX concept car will go into production in the near future. If it does, then SEAT’s hybrid car is sure to create a stir with in the SUV market with its sports coupe sensibilities.

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Tuesday November 1st, 2011 20:15 Car Leasing – It really is simple!

Now, more than ever, the process of leasing a car is increasingly becoming the most common way of acquiring a vehicle. It’s simple, cheap and comes with a tonne of benefits that make it stand out from simply purchasing a car outright.

One of the most obvious reasons people are drawn to car leasing now is the fact that vehicles you once desired, but didn’t have the necessary funds to purchase, can now be easily acquired. The leasing company retains ownership of the vehicle but it’s yours to drive so long as you make the monthly payments.

If you really grow attached to the car you can opt to make a final payment and take ownership. A lot of people prefer to let the leasing company take it back though, meaning they can move on to a new car. Another advantage to leasing is the fact that you can get a brand new vehicle often.

Car leasing really is an amazing opportunity and that’s why more people are opting to go for it when they need a new vehicle. It’s not hard to see why it’s surpassing outright purchases when you take a look at all the benefits associated with it.

There’s a lot more to car leasing than is outlined here however, it pays to do some extra research and take a look at the large amount of options and research car leasing deals available. Making sure that you get the right contract for you is important, knowing everything about it before making your final decision is vital. Good luck, and ensure you find your dream car!

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Sunday October 30th, 2011 18:00 Audi Release First Official Details of New A4

Audi has released the first official details of the latest version of the A4 saloon car. Set for release in February of next year, the new A4 has not been given a radical redesign, but it has been given a few stylistic and mechanical tweaks which should keep it competitive.

At the front of the car, changes include a tapered grille, sharper air-intakes and reshaped LED headlights. The new A4 model will feature twin-exhaust as standard across the range. The fact that the car is wider and lower than previous versions would suggest that their will be increased space inside the car.

All cars in the A4 range will have new engines, and these engines will come with stop-start, brake energy regeneration and electronic power steering as standard. Audi expects these features to reduce fuel consumption by around 10%, something that should entice buyers worried about the amount of money they are spending on fuel.

One of the versions of the A4 which should appeal to company car buyers is the 134bhp, 2.0-litre TDI. The saloon version is expected to have an emissions rate of just 112g/km of CO2.

Inside, the new version of the A4 will feature chrome and gloss inlays on the steering wheel and door panels, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel and a starter button that is brushed aluminium. It will also have a new MMI infotainment system.

Perhaps more importantly for families, the A4′s boot space remains at 480 litres – a level that is similar to the rival BMW 3 Series.

Although there is no official price for the new Audi A4 yet, expect it to be only marginally more expensive than the current A4. A February 2012 release for the car means that it will be going up against BMW’s new 3 Series, also released that month.

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Friday October 28th, 2011 11:41 Trident Iceni: A Supercar running on Biodiesel

Trident Iceni Supercar

 

Trident Iceni, the latest name in the segment of supercars is making waves for a lot of reasons. The car comes with a V-8 diesel engine and runs on the eco friendly bio – diesel. Being run on bio – diesel does not mean that the car’s efficiency is lesser than any other super car. The car gets to 60 mph in 4 seconds and can push up to 200 mph, which is a good enough speed for any bio – diesel run car. The question that arises is, is Trident Iceni a next generation car? Well, the answer is, yes, it could be since there are many sources of bio- diesel that come from non food category and hence do not inflict any damage on food sources and their consumption and hence can be grown for the specific purpose of fuel, creating a sustainable alternative.

The car can safely be said a good competition for other supercars as it claims a top speed of 220 mph and very rapid acceleration. The maximum torque of the car is a massive 950 lb ft (1,288 Nm) at 1,800 rpm. Though the engine is pretty heavy due to the use of iron cylinder block, it also contains a common rail injection along with four valves in each cylinder.

Trident Iceni comes with new eight speed automatic gear box. In order to get good weight distribution in the car; the gear box is mounted at the rear side, just ahead of the axle gears and is controlled by a pair of paddles on the steering.

The car comes with wheels of 20 inch diameter wherein the front side tires are 255/35 ZR tires and the rear tires are 335/30 ZR. The rear side wheels look like rather wide for a front engine car, but may be that was the requirement for handling the huge torque.
Another striking feature of the car is that its frame is made up of stainless steel sheet. The frame is made up of folded and welded sheet. Trident claims that this frame is very rigid and is good enough for a supercar.

There is no doubt that the car’s performance is good but the question is how far it goes on the fuel consumption parameter? The company is making big claims that the car will give 68 mpg (Imperial) or 55 mpg (US) (4 liters/100 km) at a steady 70 mph. Though the car has a large engine, but still it is compact with an overall length of 165 inches and weighs 3,260 lb and this balance goes well for a supercar.

Undoubtedly, Trident Iceni is an excellent car and it is hoped that it will be good enough for driving across cities and for general day to day use.

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About the author: Amanda Kidd is a blogger who is also a technology freak. She loves blogging on automobiles and tech innovations. She also happens to be a nature lover and hence, is a big fan of the cars based on the concept of green design.

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