PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPAN

Singer partners with renowned Cornes Group to provide support for clients commissioning a PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPAN.

PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPAN

California-based luxury specialist, Singer, recognized worldwide for its restorations of air-cooled Porsche 911s in collaboration with their owners, today announced the appointment of Cornes Group as its new partner in Japan. The announcement was made today in Tokyo during a series of special events being held for customers and the media.

Singer’s focus on Japan is part of the company’s global strategy to form partnerships with world-class operations with deep experience in the luxury market. The company currently operates with valued partners in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPANClients commissioning restorations in Japan will now be able to learn about Singer’s restoration services and discuss their requirements with the experienced luxury automotive team from Cornes Group. The announcement also means that both Singer’s existing clients and future owners in Japan will have wider access to expert, in-country servicing, and maintenance.

At a series of events in Tokyo for owners, prospective owners, and media, Singer and Cornes showcased, for the first time in Japan, four cars representing each of Singer’s restoration services. Classic and DLS services enable owners to restore naturally aspirated cars, while Turbo Study and DLS Turbo services enable turbocharged restorations. Each Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer in Japan will be unique and represent a personalized restoration of the owner’s Type 964 Porsche 911. Founder and Executive Chairman of Singer, Rob Dickinson commented: “Since I founded Singer in 2009, our mission has been to celebrate the brilliance and the heritage of the Porsche 911. Our goal is to connect with owners and enthusiasts around the world who share our obsession with this iconic sports car. We’re thrilled to be in Japan, where the 911 enjoys such a dedicated following within an incredible car culture. As our mission continues, we’re expanding the support we can provide for our amazing clients. Cornes Group are luxury specialists with a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful in the Japanese market and it’s wonderful to have them by our side.”

President and CEO of Cornes Motors, Seigo Hayashi commented: “Since 1964, Cornes has been importing luxury brand cars as an exclusive distributor and has been an authorized dealer since 2012. Cornes is proud to celebrate our 60th anniversary by starting our partnership with Singer, a leader in the world of luxury restoration and automotive sustainability, amidst a rapidly changing car industry landscape. We are excited to bring the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer to Japan.”PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPANFor more information about Singer’s Relentless Pursuit of Excellence and PORSCHE 911 REIMAGINED BY SINGER IN JAPAN, Europe, Australia and North America, please visit https://singervehicledesign.com/

Volkswagen Tiguan review

Volkswagen Tiguan review

We road test the latest version of VW’s biggest selling car – the Tiguan family crossover…

The Tiguan is a hugely important model for Volkswagen. Since the family crossover was first launched back in 2007, nearly eight million have been sold and it’s the German giant’s best-selling car globally.

However, there’s no time to rest on your laurels in the automotive world, so it’s welcome to the third-generation Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan review

It’s got its work cut out too, because its many rivals in the mid-size family SUV sector include the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, MINI Countryman and Hyundai Tucson.

On the engine front, Volkswagen has covered most bases with a choice of petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI) and mild-hybrid petrol engines (eTSI) from launch.

Later in 2024 there will be two plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) models offering offer up to 62 miles of electric range thanks to a large 19.7kWh battery.

Volkswagen Tiguan review

All Tiguan models now feature automatic transmission, while 4Motion (four-wheel drive) is only available in the more powerful 2.0-litre petrol turbo (TSI) powered cars.

At 4539mm long, 1639mm tall (minus roof rails) and 1842mm wide, the new Tiguan is 30mm longer, 4mm taller and the same width as its popular predecessor.

Looks-wise, it’s fair to say that it’s more of an evolution of the outgoing model, rather than cutting-edge design.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Overall, the styling is smoother and more curvaceous (the drag coefficient has improved from 0.33 to 0.28) and its front end is not unlike its all-electric ID cousins.

At the back, there’s a full-width horizontal LED strip with classy ‘Tiguan’ lettering on the tailgate.

The biggest changes are inside, where the third-gen Tiguan has been treated to a new cabin sporting a cleaner look, improved technology, higher quality materials and more space than its predecessor.

Volkswagen Tiguan review

All versions come with a 10.3-inch driver’s digital instrument panel, plus a central 12.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. A huge 15.0-inch version is also available as part of an upgrade – as is a head-up display.

The touch sliders at the bottom of the infotainment screen work better than some of the original ID models and they are now illuminated so easier to use at night. Thankfully, there are physical buttons on the steering wheel, rather than touch-sensitive controls.

There’s plenty of space for all the family, with ample head and legroom for rear passengers, plus a large 648-litre boot.

Volkswagen Tiguan review

Overall, the cabin is comfortable and pleasant (if slightly business-like) place to be with good visibility and clear, intuitive instrumentation and solid build quality.

My test car was a 1.5-litre eTSI mild (48V) hybrid, pushing out 148bhp. As you’d expect, the driving position is suitably high, while the gear selector has been moved up to the right-hand side of the steering column, meaning the left stalk now controls the windscreen wipers and indicators.

Mercedes-Benz already does this, and once you get over the initial wiper/indicator activation mistakes, it kind of works, but my preference would always be for separate stalks. Additionally, there are gear-change paddles behind the steering wheel.

Volkswagen Tiguan

It’s also worth noting that Volkswagen has decided to fit a useful rotary controller down in the centre console which adjusts the radio volume and switches between drive modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport or Individual).

For the record, the Tiguan I drove is capable of 130mph with a respectable 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds. CO2 emissions and economy are a claimed 141g/km and 45.6mpg respectively, with the latter seemingly very achievable even after a few hours of mixed driving.

On the road, the four-cylinder engine is smooth with plenty of mid-range pulling power. It will become more vocal under heavy acceleration, but for the most part it’s impressively refined.

Gareth Herincx driving the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

The slick seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox works well, though it occasionally holds onto gears for a fraction too long.

It would be an exaggeration to say that the Tiguan’s ride and handling are class-leading, but they are well up to the job. The suspension is at the firmer end of the scale, but not uncomfortably so. The steering is easy and light, and the car is generally composed with good body control in faster corners, combined with ample grip.

Choose Sport mode and the throttle and gearbox are a tad more responsive, but then performance and dynamism aren’t the main priorities for the family favourite that is the Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan

At launch, the Volkswagen Tiguan range consists of five trim levels (Tiguan, Life, Match, Elegance and R-Line) with prices starting at £34,075.

Verdict: Volkswagen has played it safe with the much-improved third-generation Tiguan, sticking with a winning formula of understated style, comfort and quality. The good news for families is that it now also boasts more space, it’s equipped with the latest technology and safety kit, and it’s more economical.

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How to Start a Car Rental Business in The UK?

Starting a car rental business in the UK can be a lucrative venture, especially with the rise of tourism and an increase in demand for rental vehicles. However, like any other business, it requires proper planning, research and execution to be successful.

Here are the 6 key steps to follow when starting a car rental business in the UK:

Step 1: Conduct Market Research

Before starting a car rental business in the UK, it is important to conduct thorough market research.

This will help you understand the current market trends, demand for rental vehicles, and your target customers.

Some key questions to consider during this stage include:

  • What types of vehicles are in high demand?
  • Where do most tourists or visitors rent cars in the UK?
  • What are the current rates for car rentals in different regions of the UK?
  • Who are your potential competitors and what services do they offer?

Being able to answer these questions is essential to create your car rental business plan.

Step 2: Develop a Business Plan

A business plan is essential for any business, including a car rental business. It will serve as your roadmap to success, outlining your goals, target market, financial projections, marketing strategies and more.

Some key elements to include in your business plan are:

  • Executive summary
  • Market analysis and research findings
  • Business structure and organization
  • Services offered and pricing strategy
  • Marketing and sales strategies
  • Financial projections and budgeting

Dedicating sufficient time to this step is critical to assess whether your car rental project is viable and if it can succeed. This comprehensive planning and analysis are also essential when seeking to raise financing for your business.

Step 3: Register Your Business and Obtain Necessary Permits/Licenses

To legally operate a car rental business in the UK, you will need to register your business with the appropriate authorities and obtain necessary permits and licenses.

Some key steps to follow during this stage include:

  • Registering your business with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for tax purposes
  • Obtaining a Vehicle Operator’s License from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
  • Applying for a Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) License from your local council
  • Complying with health and safety regulations for operating a vehicle rental business

Consider partnering with a private company to establish your official car rental business, which typically incurs a cost of between £100 and £150.

Step 4: Obtain Necessary Licenses and Insurance

Getting the appropriate licenses and insurance is crucial for operating a car rental business legally and safely in the UK. This step is particularly important because it not only ensures compliance with local and national regulations but also serves to protect your business and your customers in case of accidents, theft, and other liabilities.

Key licenses and insurance policies to consider include:

  • Vehicle Hire License: Required to operate a car rental service.
  • Comprehensive Insurance: To cover the vehicles in your fleet against accidents, theft, and damage.
  • Liability Insurance: Protects your business against claims of property damage or personal injury caused by your vehicles.
  • Employers’ Liability Insurance: Mandatory if you’re hiring staff, to cover injuries or sickness to employees as a result of their work.

Obtaining the necessary licenses and securing the right insurance coverage not only legitimizes your operation but also builds trust with customers and investors, like banks, who see that you’re committed to maintaining high standards of safety and legality.

Step 5 : Secure Funding and Set Up Operational Processes

Starting a car rental business requires upfront investment in vehicles, office space, insurance, and more. Therefore, securing funding is crucial.

Some key considerations during this stage include:

  • Securing loans or financing options from banks or other financial institutions
  • Setting up administrative and operational processes, such as booking systems, rental agreements, vehicle maintenance procedures, etc.
  • Establishing a pricing strategy that covers expenses and generates profit
  • Hiring staff, if necessary, and providing proper training on company policies and procedures.

Once you have secured funding and set up your operational processes, it’s time to start promoting your business and attracting customers. This can be done through various marketing strategies such as creating a strong online presence, partnering with hotels.

What is the Initial Investment Required to Launch a Car Rental Business in the UK?

The initial investment to start a car rental business in the UK varies depending on several factors, such as location, size of the fleet, and operational costs. However, here are some general estimates for the key expenses:

  • Vehicle purchase or lease: This can range from £10,000 to £50,000 per vehicle.
  • Office space: Renting office space can cost anywhere from £500 to £2,000 per month.
  • Insurance: This will vary based on the type and number of vehicles, but can range from £200 to £1,000 per vehicle annually.
  • Marketing and advertising: You should allocate a budget for marketing and advertising activities, which can range from £500 to £5,000 or more depending on your strategy.
  • Staffing: This will depend on the size of your business, but you should budget for salaries and training costs for at least a few employees.

Overall, the initial investment to launch a car rental business in the UK can range from £50,000 to £200,000 or more. It’s important to carefully budget and plan for these expenses to ensure your business has a strong foundation for success.

Step 6: Market Your Business

Marketing is crucial for any business to attract customers and generate revenue.

Some key marketing strategies you can implement for your car rental business include:

  • Creating a website and optimizing it for search engines
  • Utilising social media platforms to showcase your services and engage with potential customers
  • Collaborating with hotels, travel agencies, and other businesses in the tourism industry to reach a wider audience
  • Offering promotions or discounts to attract new customers and retain existing ones
  • Building partnerships with local businesses or events to gain exposure and attract potential customers
  • Develop a distinctive brand identity, including the design of business posters, flyers, Logo and business cards.

By effectively marketing your car rental business, you can increase brand awareness and attract more customers, ultimately leading to increased revenue.

Step 7: Monitor and Improve

Running a successful car rental business requires constant monitoring and improvement.

Some key steps you can take to ensure your business stays on track include:

  • Tracking your financial performance regularly to identify areas for improvement
  • Gathering feedback from customers to understand their needs and make necessary changes in services or processes
  • Keeping up with industry trends and adjusting your business accordingly
  • Regularly updating and maintaining your fleet of vehicles to ensure customer satisfaction and safety. 

By continuously monitoring and improving your business, you can maintain a competitive edge in the market and provide exceptional services to your customers.

Conclusion

In conclusion, starting a car rental business can be a profitable venture if done right. By following these key steps, you can establish a successful and sustainable car rental business that meets the needs of your target market.

Remember to carefully research and plan before starting your business, build a strong brand, provide exceptional customer service, and continuously monitor and improve your operations. With dedication and hard work, you can achieve success in the car rental industry.

So why wait? Start planning for your car rental business today!  So don’t hesitate to follow these steps and start building your own successful car rental business today!

2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING

Umbrellas and spirits were up and the ‘Rain Gods’ failed to dampen the fun and excitement at the 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING.

Umbrellas and spirits were up and the ‘Rain Gods’ failed to dampen the fun and excitement at the 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING.

It’s not surprising that folks with a passion for motorcycles are a pretty rugged and optimistic breed. Sure, rain was predicted to start falling at around 10 AM on May 4th, the Saturday that the 14th annual 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING would kick-start in beautiful Carmel, CA – on the manicured lawns of The Quail Golf Club. And rain it did, throughout most of the day. (The Seeley Polished Bike, right.)

But those rugged bikers and ardent fans still came – with their prepped and polished collector bikes, race bikes, art bikes, prototypes, and unbridled enthusiasm! Those who had them, erected space-frame show tents and invited those without shelter to pull their show bikes alongside theirs. Most of the 1,000 attendees I saw were smiling while sharing stories, tech tips and hot beverages. I had arrived a day early to grab photos and insights during the early arrival’s setup hours – and early again on Saturday morning, show day. By the time the rain began to fall I already had about 6 hours exploring the show field.

Gordon McCall and his hard-working Peninsula Signature Events team had promoted a 14th Gathering that would showcase four featured classes, ten traditional classes, special anniversaries and marques in motorcycling – and ultimately have over 300 bikes on display. With the sketchy weather, that count dropped to around 200 and attendance no doubt took a hit as well. But the fun and enthusiasm were never dampened by the rain. People got wet, but they also got stoked about participating in “The Gathering.” I grabbed shots of some fantastic bikes – like the 500cc ’55 McSquid’s Red Special Velocette featured as our report opener. I also ran into old friends and motorcycling celebrities – and developed new friendships and many more reasons to look forward to the next Gathering. If you haven’t attended yet, make sure it’s on your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed!

David Mathison, Ph.D., M. Div. is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola Marymount University. He’s also a classic motorcycle enthusiast, dog lover, and a consummate gentleman. Our conversation about his beautifully restored ’49 Vincent-HRD Rapide was interrupted often by his faithful four-legged companion White Shadow – who after a few investigatory sniffs of my camera decided I should be lavished with kisses and a sentinel post by my feet!

It was early Saturday morning, as storm clouds began covering the few remaining patches of blue sky, when I spotted eccentric bike builder and assemblage artist Keith Young riding his impossibly long and low Rat Bike onto the show field. His brassy Steampunk creation sports an air suspension and is powered by a Honda 550 Four. Keith returned to The Quail where last year his audacious machine took the Arlen Ness Memorial Award.

 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING.In 1969 Honda brought 4 pre-production CB750s to America. That same year 7,414 “Sandcast” CB750s were produced. In 1970 Honda built 650,000 “Diecast” CB750s. But it was 1968 when this bike, the very first CB750 Prototype was shipped to America for three reasons: to excite the U.S. and world market, to conduct a two-day test in the no-speed-limit Nevada desert, and to allow just one motorcycle magazine, Cycle World, to do an in-depth road test feature. And in 2024, Vic World of World Motorcycles completed his authentic to every component and detail restoration of this historic bike… and it took Best of Show at The Quail!

The beating heart within this fabulous metal craft masterpiece is a ’73 Norton 750 with a custom monocoque chassis. This polished metal head-turner is the ’73 Vintage Seeley Racing Chassis Custom and it took The Spirit of The Quail Award at The Gathering. It was fabricated by Evan Wilcox Metal Crafts and is owned by director, bike lover and TV personality Barry Weiss. Some of you may remember Barry from his flamboyant appearances on the hit TV series, Storage Wars.

After studying the details of this low and stretched ’47 Harley Davidson Knucklehead Chopper I believe I have uncovered the design influence for the controversial Tesla Cybertruck’s pyramid profile design. Check out the gas tank! I photographed this Chopper Class Award winner on Friday, before the rains came and while the yellow polishing clothes were still stuffed into the velocity stacks. This wicked chopper is owned by Richard Best.

Jason Mamoa is one of Hollywood’s go-to blockbuster actors. Better-known for his long hair and ripped Superhero body, he is less-known to the general public as an avid motorcycle rider and collector. His patina-rich ‘29 Brough Superior SS680 looks like it may have been used as a submerged prop in Jason’s movie, Aquaman. It was prepared and displayed at The Quail by acclaimed bike builder Max Hazan of Hazan Motoworks who also brought two more of Jason’s ‘Hazan’ bikes to the 14th Gathering. Jason’s ‘38 Hazan Motorworks JAP 1000 (JTOS) took 2nd Place in the Custom/Modified Class.

As the rain continued to saturate the grass at The Quail Golf Club, I continued to explore the display tents. That’s where I met restoration artist Greg Saule from San Diego who was displaying his beautiful ‘26 Moto Guzzi C2V racer. He described how he had intentionally left the crankcase and petrol tank empty for this show, having just finished his restoration. He apparently didn’t account for the combustive power of WD40 and when the judges asked him to crank the motor it fired-up, albeit just for a few seconds. Seems this surprise was enough to fire-up the judges, who awarded the Moto Guzzi the Antique 2nd Place Award.

2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERINGThere’s no doubt that The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a big deal to bike enthusiasts, but the structure of its stature comes in all sizes. Take Josh Rogers’ ‘46 Vespa V98 for instance. This leaning scooter is The First Vespa! It is powered by a 98cc engine that delivers a whopping 3.2 horsepower at 4,500 rpm. It was produced for two years and yes, it did not have a kick or center stand. On the outer edges and underside of the floor pan a half-oval shaped bumper provided the separation of the scooter from the road. Apparently, the accepted parking technique of the time was to simply lean the scooter against a curb. Josh’s fabulous motor scooter won the Vespa – Decades of Scooter Fun! Award.

Malanca was an Italian moped and small motorcycle manufacturer that was founded in 1956 by Mario Malanca, who started his company building motorcycle parts. This sleek 1971 model is the Competizione that featured a small 50cc motor and the rear-positioned foot pegs that would later be found on the more successful Testa Rossa models. Malanca made its racing debut in 1968 winning six championships in the 50cc and 60cc classes. Mario’s son Marco took over the company in 1978, changed the company name to Malanca Motors SpA and focused production on the 125cc models. The company later struggled in the larger-engined bike market and eventually closed down in 1986.

Since we’re on the topic of small bikes, how about a really small, really cool Indian? I met big Robert Johnson early Saturday morning when a good portion of the show field was still empty. He had just finished placing his very small and very cool ‘69 Indian Mini Bambino in the center of a wide swath of manicured grass. Robert went on to tell me how his very first bike was exactly the same as this 49cc kid’s bike. When he found this one, he just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make it his.

For me, much of the joy I get from covering motorsports events like The Quail is the time I get to interact with the owners, drivers, mechanics, fabricators and custodians of these marvelous machines. Case in point is good-natured Tom Dressler, who trailered his beautiful ‘92 bimota DB2 all the way from Virginia. This effort was as much an homage to the bike’s previous owner, a close friend of Tom’s, as it is the DB2 itself. This iconic bike sports serial number 00100, a carbureted, 900cc, 4-stroke, 2-valves-per-cylinder 86 horsepower engine, and a full fairing.

Inevitably, transformation happens. If you love Triumph motorcycle engines but you’re seeking a change in your bike’s appearance and performance, you might set your sights and dreams to Tamarit Motorcycles in Spain. Boasting the best team of engine and bike ‘transformers’ on the planet, Tamarit promises to make what you’ve always dreamed of a reality. At the 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING, I grabbed this close-up of their ‘05 Tamarit Thruxton’s motor. Might this be the ultimate in motorcycle Eye Candy?

One of the sponsor displays at the 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING this year was Indian Motorcycle. I captured this shot of six shiny Indians lined-up alongside Indian’s merchandise and information tent. Perhaps like me, you’re drawn to the ‘Wall of Death’ Indian Scout. I’d absolutely love to ride this bike – along a scenic canyon road or coastal Highway 1. That ‘Wall of Death’ ride will have to wait!

If there’s a photo in this report that could convey the spirit of this year’s Gathering, it’s this candid shot of three happy participants checking in and getting ready to ride their vintage Bultaco TSS Racers on to the show field. I shot this fairly early on Saturday. The rain was still in the clouds and the enthusiasm was just revving up.

Not to be outdone by the guys, artist, bike fabricator and reluctant motorcycle model Lily Key didn’t just ride her art bike out of a trailer, but left Los Angeles in the wee hours and rode her two-wheeled draconic beast over 350 miles in the damp and dark cold to be a part of the 2024 QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING in Carmel. I encourage you to discover how much a true biker Lily is by checking out https://www.lkmotoart.com/

Lily Key video @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzoPVEoF9gNpDDqeGQePYzw

And I encourage everyone to get out to the shows and on the road as often as you can. Thanks for riding along with us on this special CarGuyChronicles report!

Words & Photos ©Jim Palamhttps://www.jimpalam.com/

For more information about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering and The Peninsula Signature Events, please visit https://www.peninsula.com/en/signature-events

Milestone: 1.5 millionth Kia sold in the UK

Gareth Herincx

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Kia sold its 1.5 millionth car in the UK this April, amid a record-breaking month for the South Korean brand.

The landmark sale was a Kia EV6 GT-Line S in Yacht Blue, sold at 9:35am on 16 April at Norton Way GWR Kia in Brentford, London.

The milestone comes 33 years after Kia made its UK debut with the little Pride. The EV6 couldn’t be more different, with its fully electric powertrain and cutting-edge rapid charging capabilities.

Kia reached its first 500,000th sale in June 2013, 22 years after launching in the UK, in 1991. The millionth Kia sold was announced in January 2019, just six years later.

A record April for Kia, sales amounted to 8,044 and a market share of 6%, making Kia the fifth best-selling brand in the month and fourth in the year.

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The Sportage was the sixth best-selling car in the April UK market overall, and is the UK’s third best-selling car year-to-date, with 2,192 sales in April and 15,824 this year respectively, while the Niro EV was the ninth best-selling electric car in the month and seventh year-to-date.

Kia’s popular Picanto city car was once again the best-selling vehicle in its class with 1,148 cars sold.

“This landmark achievement has been reached in record time and in yet another record-breaking month of sales, amplifying our continued success,” said Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK.

“This has in no small way been thanks to the continued efforts of our dealer partners and multi award-winning electrified product line-up.”

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