Car & Tyre Insurance Claims Increase

Car & Tyre Insurance Claims Increase

Car damage claims have risen by 750% after the poor state of the roads in the United Kingdom following the winter floods. One council has reported that there has been an increase in claims from drivers whose vehicles have endured broken suspension and steering.

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The Kia Sportage 17 CRDI model goes on sale

In some of the latest vehicle release news today, we have our attention aimed at the Kia brand and the launch of their brand new model, the Sportage 1.7 CRDI model. Over the years Kia have become one of the rising companies in the car world and we have seen them have reasonable success with models such as the likes of the Rio and the Ceed. When we look at the Sportage though we see this model as a family friendly vehicle with much inteior space. So apart from these standout features of the car, what else is it about the new Sportage that should gain your interest ?.

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Record Year For Jaguar

Jaguar C-X17 details revealed

The latest details on the new Jaguar 4×4, the C-X17, have been revealed. The C-X17 was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and is now set to rival the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

Though Jaguar is owned by the same company as Land Rover, the company plan to focus on making their new model fun to drive on the road. They will also avoid stealing sales from Land Rover by making the C-X17 bigger than a Range Rover Evoque but cheaper than the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.So with that in mind this model could make for the ideal rival for the Qashqai from Nissan.

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The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan model is launched

In some exciting news today to make it’s way out of the German car manufacturing company known as Volkswagen, we are pleased to report on one of the companies latest launches which makes it’s way to you in the form of the all new Golf Sportsvan model which is on sale right now. Volkswagen are one of the world’s leading brand’s thanks to models such as the Golf and the Polo. Both vehicles have seen numerous transformations over the years and have gone on to be defining for the company. Now the company owners are hoping that this all new Golf Sportsvan model will very well go on to have a lot of success itself but, how does it shape up against it’s predecessor’s and even against stiff competition from the likes of Ford ?.

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The BMW M4 Coupe for 2014 is launched

In some of the latest vehicle release news today to make it’s way out of the German car manufaturing company known as BMW, we are pleased to report on the grand launch of the all new M4 Coupe model which has recently gone on sale here in the UK and across other parts of the world too. Over the years, BMW have become one of the leading brand’s around the world and we have seen them have much tremendous success with models such as the likes of the 220d and the X4. What is it though about this all new M4 Coupe model though that really stands out amongst it’s predecessors and even rival brands such as Audi ?.

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Toyota and the Hydrogen fuel cell car

Although people will have to hold on until 2015 to be able to drive one of the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles from Toyota that was previewed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, though that has not stopped the manufacturer from Japan putting the technology to work itself. At the Toyota Motor Sales LA headquarters a 1.11 megawatt fuel cell has been fitted, this is in order to generate cheaper electricity along with reducing the carbon footprint. This uses the same basic technology that is also going to feature in the upcoming production vehicle from Toyota, a Proton Exchange Membrane.

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Volkswagen release the all new Polo Diesel model

In some of the latest vehicle release news today to make it’s way out of the German car manufacturing company Volkswagen, we are pleased to report on one of the latest launches from the brand which has recently gone on sale here in the UK and across other parts of the world too and comes your way in the shape and form of the all new Polo Diesel model. Over the years there have been two specific models which have been released by Volkswagen and have certainly proven to be two of the finest car’s in the companies history and these are the Golf and of course the Polo. Both models have received many updates and changes over the years and are still as big today as they always were.

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F1 inspire Mercedes intelligent hybrid charging

Hybrid technology is still relatively new and now that it is becoming more mainstream with manufacturers and the government opting to focus on low emission vehicles, manufacturers are attempting to make their vehicles more appealing.

One of the main problems with these newer vehicles is the low battery power and high charge time. As such, Mercedes-Benz have been developing an energy management system for hybrid vehicles to efficiently recoup energy and optimise benefits of the electric motor.

 

The new hybrid charging system

 

The system, dubbed, the Intelligent HYBRID system, has featured in the S-Class since 2013 and shortly the C-Class will be equipped with the same technology. This system ensures that the battery has enough charge to capitalise on recuperation offered by route and terrain.

Essentially, the system monitors the terrain using the navigation system and calculates the potential of recouping energy during travel. The information is then processed by the Central Powertrain Controller (CPC) which initiates the steps to lower the battery charge to be in line with the situation before a downhill stretch is reached by expanding all electric boost periods.

According to Mercedes, many hybrid vehicles waste energy when driving downhill because frequently the high-voltage battery has too high a charge at the wrong time to be able to store the additional recuperation energy thereby generated.

 

More on the hybrid charging system

 

In case the navigation system if inactive, the Intelligent HYBRID system calculates based on the assumption the user will make a turn depending on the road category. For instance, if the hybrid vehicle is driven on a motorway, the system will assume that the vehicle will continue to be on the motorway for the next four to seven miles.

Further adaptive control algorithms additionally take the current vehicle weight, the driving behaviour including vehicle speed and braking behaviour into account for predicting the recuperation potential.

According to Mercedes, the increased usage of the electric motor leads the vehicle to use less fuel and emit less CO2. The extent of saving fuel depends on the topography the vehicle in question is on. In the case of mountain terrain, the fuel savings are expected to be higher.

In developing new hybrid models, Mercedes-Benz says it has benefited immensely from cooperating with its Formula 1 racing team, which also makes use of advanced hybrid engines to achieve fuel savings. This can result in synergistic effects for hybrid vehicles, both for series production vehicles and as racing cars.

Volkswagen Budget Brand 2016

Volkswagen Budget Brand

It is believed that Volkswagen officials have signed off the production of a new budget brand vehicle that would cost somewhere in the region of £5,000. The model will be built and sold in China along with a new brand name and logo.

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The Toyota Aygo automatic on sale this July

In some upcoming vehicle release news today to make it’s way out of the Japanese owned Toyota, we are pleased to report on the official launch of the brand new Aygo Automatic model which is all set for a grand debut here in the UK and across other parts of the world too from July of this year. Read more »

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