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Ashley's Winter Tyre Blog pt1

Posted on by Matt Topham

As another year draws to a close the temperature is falling fast and concerns of another snowy winter are not too far away. Last year saw temperatures the coldest in 30 years and many parts of the UK saw snowfall of 30cm or more.

Due to the nature of my role I have a responsibility to be in several locations throughout the country each week so mobility is essential. Last years bad weather meant I spent 12 working days stranded at home due to the poor performance of my company car in the winter conditions. This year I intend to be well prepared and therefore I’m fitting winter tyres. Follow this blog to hear my real-life experience of driving with winter tyres and see if the £1000 was money well spent.

Vauxhall's All-New 280ps Astra VXR Revealed

Posted on by Matt Topham

 • Trailblazing 280PS and 400Nm outputs trounce those of key rivals

• Bespoke chassis with limited slip diff and Brembo brakes

• On sale in 2012

Vauxhall have realsed the pictures of the 2012 Astra VXR which goes on sale next year and is set to become one of the most powerful cars in its class and the fastest production Astra in Vauxhall’s history. Based on the new GTC platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280hp of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.

Blackberry Disruption Made Roads Safer

Posted on by Matt Topham

A dramatic fall in traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi last week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services claims Dubai Police.

In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents.

On average there is a traffic accident every three minutes in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there is a fatal accident every two days. Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of Dubai Police, and Brig Gen Hussein Al Harethi, the director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, linked the drop in accidents to the disruption of BlackBerry services between Tuesday and Thursday.

Email, Messenger and internet functions were unavailable to users in the Middle East, Africa and Europe after a crucial link in the BlackBerry network failed. Full Article

Judge attacks car insurer's repair costs

Posted on by Matt Topham

A judge has strongly criticised the way a major motor insurer recovers the costs of repairing vehicles.

Judge Platt says Royal and Sun Alliance has used a subsidiary which inflates charges simply to boost profits. He found the subsidiary increased labour costs without carrying out any work itself and made other charges it could not account for. RSA Insurance said it strongly refutes any suggestion that it has acted inappropriately.

Judge Platt says the hourly rate for the repairs was increased from £36 to £39.50 an hour without explanation. £118 was added for a road test, cleaning and an environmental charge which was not on the original bill. £110 added for taking the car to the garage and back when it was drivable and the owner lived nearby.

BMW 3 Series saloon production to end in October

Posted on by Matt Topham

Production of the current 3 Series Saloon will be ending in week 43 (17th-21st October). There is still some stock available but this will be handled by BMW on a first come first served basis. If you have any requirements for the 3 Series please contact your Area Manager as soon as possible as the replacement model isn't expected until the New Year. Details of the replacement model are yet to be officially announced but rumours suggest that the S, SE and M Sport names will be replaced by Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line.

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