Have you ever wanted to know how the Ford Fiesta has evolved over the years? Well a UK based Ford Dealer has launched an interactive history piece of content to show how this popular model has changed since it first launched.
The scrolling “infographic”starts with the Fiesta’s humble beginnings in 1976, and takes you on a journey through to the 7th version of the vehicle that you see on so many roads today.
As well as showing how the design of the car has changed, the scrolling content includes a number of interesting facts and figures that give more detail to each model such as MPG, top speeds and awards.
Every part of a vehicle is essential and tyres are among these parts. Basically, it’s the highest contributing aspect that enables a vehicle to move so of course it’s important that tyres are given the attention they deserve. When it comes to choosing, there are many various type of tyres for various kinds of cars in all sorts of sizes.
The road surface you will be driving on is one of the most important things to consider when choosing what tyre is best suited to your vehicle. Are you going to be doing a lot of motorway driving, off-road / dirt track driving or perhaps ice/snow conditions.
You can get advice on which tyre is best for you from your local dealer or tyre fitting business, but sometimes they may not be offering the best make for your requirements. Budget will of course come into it – and tyres are like many things in life – you get what you pay for! and it’s often wise to spend money to save money. Some of the more expensive tyre makes will last a great deal longer that cheaper tyres working out more economical in the long run.
The tyres you buy should need to match your vehicle’s performance as well as compatibility.
Get to know the new tyres labelling that is now compulsory on all tyres under a recent EU ruling. Tyre manufacturers now have to display performance grades on fuel efficiency, wet braking and external noise levels so that the consumer can compare different makes. But trying to interpret the string of numbers and symbols on the side wall of a tyre can present a confusing challenge for the average motorist.
The key information that you need is:
tyre size and dimension
maximum load bearing ability
the maximum speed that you should run the tyre at
winter markings – (if a tyre is specifically designed to operate in snow and mud).
There are useful guides to the range of symbols on most major manufacturer’s websites.
Here in the UK we get our fair share of rain so it’s a good idea to research wet weather tyre performance. Look at tyre tread patterns and grooves, and research what the manufacturers say about the ability of the tyre to operate safely in very wet conditions.
Tying not to aquaplane when driving in extreme weather is virtually impossible, but many tyres now have “anti-surf” tread design which do a more effective job in sluicing away the water than others.
Choose to the right tyre size and dimension for your car
Using a combination/mix of tyres can be dangerous at worst, and at best lead to quicker wear.
For those of you with a 4×4, most manufacturers will strongly recommend you to use the same tyres on all four wheels – both make and size (unless your front and rear wheel sizes are different of course)
Match your choice of tyres to your usage
If you drive a lot in an urban environment with lots of stop/starts, you will need to look for the tyres with the best braking distances and low rolling resistance to save fuel.
If your job takes you on long motorway journeys then you’ll need tyres that provide the best braking distances in both wet and dry conditions which are designed to be safe at higher speeds, and that offer comfort in noise levels and vibration. Interestingly, tyre noise over a long period can be a major cause of driver fatigue.
If you live on a farm or somewhere remote for example, or do a lot of off-roading then something like BF Goodrich tyres are an excellent performing winter & summer tyre for 4×4 cars and utility vehicles.
If you’ve wondered why there are a slew of brand-new vehicles on your morning commute despite the economic downturn, then you might be interested to know that more than 25% of all new vehicles on Britain’s roads last year were not actually owned by their drivers – they were leased.
Popularised in the US some decades ago, the phenomenon has spread to the UK and taken the new car market by storm. Recent statistics show that the percentage of leasing is up by about 30% on 2012 numbers, so it would appear leasing a vehicle is the new norm.
Taking this into account, it’s not just the amount of cheap deals on offer, but a cultural mind-set. Although, with 3 or 4 year leases costing less than the VAT on a new vehicle purchase, it’s no wonder that leases have increased in popularity.
It’s a cultural change too, not just economic. Consumer spending habits have evolved – ownership is seen as a burden, not an asset. Indeed, what good is an asset if it’s depreciating? With phone contracts, internet access, rent and holidays available on fixed term payment contracts, why wouldn’t you lease your vehicle?
The demand for the latest technology is also driving motorists towards the world of leasing. With today’s must-have gizmo tomorrow’s trash, it can be daunting to think of owning a vehicle that will technologically be out of date in 10 years, not to mention the added hassle of resale, initial costs and financial deadweight owning a depreciating vehicle can cause.
Typically, leases return their vehicle within 3 years and are able to upgrade their vehicle to the latest model on a similar rate to what they’ve paid with none of the problems associated with depreciate, maintenance or repairs as new vehicles are customized, factory fresh and come with manufacturer warranties.
But, the scene in the UK changes when it comes to the luxury car market. Luxury cars have always been a greater percentage of the lease market than regular cars. The company Vertu Lease Cars had a look at some of the top lease car searches in the UK to determine who’s on top, and where the hotspots are. Check out their findings below:
The most popular lease cars in the UK
As mentioned, the standard lease car market is incredible affordable, often with many models coming in at less than £100 a month over the course of the lease contract. Mercedes Benz is the daddy of the UK market with almost a quarter (22%) of all lease car searches. They’re followed by BMW at 21% and chased finally by Audi with 18% of the market. Overall, these are the winners, but there are certain hotspots where different models are popularized. We’ve looked at the capital cities of the UK to see who’s leasing what.
London – Range Rover Evoque
Overall fourth in the UK lease searches, Range Rover’s most popular model and London’s favourite is the Evoque. Proving incredibly popular, the Evoque was pre-ordered by more than 18,000 drivers before it went into production, and they’re still on waiting lists today.
Not surprisingly, the Evoque is one of the UKs most popular SUV’s too with its head-turning look, and customizability. Coming in both 3 and 5 door models, luxury inside is paramount. High quality materials and engineered components mean that it’s 2 L turbo engine lets the Evoque breakaway on the open road in comfort and style. As you might have seen, the “Chelsea tractor” is also capable off-road, but footballers and celebs joining in, you’re just likely to see the Evoque in a London borough as on a muddy back road.
Edinburgh – Mercedes A Class
The most popular searched for lease car in the UK, and Edinburgh is the Mercedes A Class. Now in its third generation, released in 2012, it’s a serious contender in the premium hatchback market. The new Mercedes A Class is better looking than any previous model but with surprising interior features to boot. It now includes a majorly improved plush interior, tons of the latest sound and entertainment technology with a competitive engine range for its category class.
A secret to the popularity of the A Class may be due to the range of engines and specs on offer, with the lowest-price A180 SE starting off the model line-up and the super-fast A45 AMG hot hatch being at the top end of the market.
Cardiff – BMW X5
Number two as the most searched for lease car in the UK is the BMW X5, and number one in Cardiff. The X5 is also in its third generation and is one of the more comfortable SUVs to drive. Coming with a great dynamic ability both in urban and rural environments, it can handle anything that’ thrown at it – be it the muddy wild, or just your shopping. This luxury BMW model also gives more comfort and practicality than all previous models.
Belfast – Toyota Yaris
Surprisingly, the Northern Irish have a popular lease model that’s not a luxury car with the Toyota Yaris winning as most searched for lease vehicle. The Yaris is nothing to be looked down at through, with a fantastic track record of reliability and a roomy interior, the funky city-car Yaris has all that Belfast could want.
With the top trim level, Icon coming with a surprisingly spacious passenger and driver experience, the 1.33 L petrol engine packs enough punch for city slickers and country goes alike. Its sleek styling has the right curves, and new available projector-beam headlights and an oversize blacked-out grille adds attitude, no wonder it’s the number one lease car in Belfast.
Following his recent third win of 2015, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson remains as humble as ever despite his success on the tracks of late. The 39-year-old had fewer than 10 laps to go when he drove through Turn 3 of the Kansas Speedway at the recent SpongeBob SquarePants event and it became apparent that victory was his. Describing how he was looking in rear-view mirror in the race’s final leg, he said: “Sometimes you can tell what the masses are going to do, if they’re looking at pit road or not.
“Usually [voice crew chief] Chad Knaus gives me some indication early in Turn 3 what he’s going to do, and he didn’t really say much, so I knew he was thinking hard, and I could see most guys were favoring down and trying to find their way onto the apron. It just dawned on me.”
Hence, a split-second decision led Johnson to the 73rd win of his career and more adoration from loyal fans. But that doesn’t stop him from being modest however, and now, he has advised NASCAR fans that Kevin Harvick may be the one to watch.
Johnson said: “I still think he’s the car to beat right now. I mean, he qualifies better than we do. We’re finding ways to win races, but I just think that they have a bit more control of their own destiny right now.”
Indeed, Harvick may in fact be the man to place a wager on, and with sites like Bettingsports offering so many bonuses, it is no wonder that NASCAR fans may be turning their attentions towards Harvick. He has two more top 10 wins that Johnson and a marked statistical edge in qualifying, with an average of 8.4 compared to Johnson’s 16.4.
However, what the two do have in common are their engines – they both drive the Chevrolet SS, with Johnson racing for Hendrick Motorsports and Harvick for Stewart-Hass Racing. Both have fared extremely well with this engine, and it could be thanks to the innovative new technologies as introduced by the model in January this year.
The Generation 6, it has been claimed, will “change the face of racing,” largely thanks to its improved safety considerations, reduced weight and a small block V-8 engine. The cars are now two years in the making and today’s models are largely considered to be the best for racing.
Whoever we have our eye on for NASCAR, it seems the real key to success is the innovative technology that continues to evolve in the world of motorsports.