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Full Year 2014: Four markets updated with more data

September 5th, 2015 No comments

Lexus NX300h Italy 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frItaly has now been updated with a Top 285 ranking, revealing the Lexus NX at #183.

* See Full Year 2014 Reports for 133 markets worldwide here *

Four European markets have now been updated with a lot more detailed models data. The direct links to the articles are below:

Austria has now been updated with the Top 300 models (replacing the Top 20)

Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Italy has been updated with the Top 285 models (replacing the Top 150):

Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for the 2nd time in 15 years

Poland has been updated with the Top 305 model (replacing the Top 50):

Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Slovenia has been updated with the Top 265 models (replacing the Top 100):

Slovenia Full Year 2014: Renault Clio leads, Captur up to #5

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Media Post: Car Giant celebrates BMW infographic

September 4th, 2015 No comments

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BMW, the German can manufacturer that was founded all the way back in 1916, has grown into a monumental brand name that is recognisable almost anywhere in the world. BMW are most renowned for the creation of high performance cars and motorbikes, but most people might not realise that they also build jet engines as well as designing the interiors of airplanes!

Nowadays, BMW have created new hybrid cars that they see as a big part of the future of car manufacturing, this emphasis on electric cars is echoed in their achievement in becoming official vehicle partners of the FIA Formula E Championship. For the near future, BMW have taken aspects from their i3 and i8 brands and implanted them into their 2016 BMW 7 Series to even further prove their commitment to cleaner energy.

Take a look at this infographic below that Cargiant, the world’s largest used car supermarket, created on the history of BMW.

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Media post: Discover the 2016 Scion iA

August 31st, 2015 No comments
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ASEAN markets updated with BSCB exclusive data

August 20th, 2015 No comments
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Media post: UK’s best selling lease cars

August 19th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C-Class UK June 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukMercedes C-Class

When it comes to choosing your next car, the question of how to purchase is almost as crucial as what to purchase. After all, how you pay for the vehicle will affect both your short and long term budget, so it’s crucial to pick the method that suits your personal and business situation best. Car Leasing in an increasingly popular choice for car buyers and, when you consider the benefits on offer, it wouldn’t come as a surprise. Here we look at the main pros and cons of leasing, plus run down the UK’s most popular cars for lease deals.

Business lease cars

Businesses across the UK are waking up to the many advantages of leasing their company cars on agreed mileage contracts. The best cars on business lease are a very cost-effective when compared to taking out a car loan, but options such as contract hire acts almost like a rental issued as a monthly invoice allowing you to claim the amount back on expenses and taxes with the added bonus of upgrading your vehicle at the end of the term with far more regularity and flexibility.

More important from a business perspective, however, is that cars depreciate in value over time. By leasing instead of buying outright, you’re not tying your cash up in an asset that becomes less valuable by the year. Also, you can reclaim half the VAT you pay on your lease deal.

If you contract hire cars on business lease, you may expect to be asked for a number of payments in advance. Depending on what sort of vehicle you are looking for this could be as many as nine payments and as few as one, with the average deal requiring three payments. The contract will be limited to a certain number of miles, the highest range for which will usually be about the 40,000 mark. Should you break this limit, an agreed fee will be payable at the end of the term.

Of course, not all business car lease deals are the same and so there are certain benefits you should make sure are covered on your contract before you sign. For example, it’s common for the leaser to offer cover for the maintenance and servicing of the vehicle, ensuring your car stays in tip-top shape without any additional cost to your business.

Personal lease cars

Although, a more common option for businesses, leasing a car for personal use is of near equal benefit to the driver. For affordability, Convenience and flexibility, it’s a far better option than outright buying, hire purchase or taking out a car loan.

When comparing the best car deals on personal lease you’ll manage to find low monthly payments, all-inclusive servicing and the freedom to upgrade without the hassle of buying and selling. This sidesteps all the problems offered by the other potential purchasing methods. You don’t have to stump up the full price, you don’t have to worry about depreciation and you can drive a car that’s above your affordable price range.

Cosmetically, personal lease cars mirror their business equivalents. As with leasing a company car, you should expect to stump up at least three monthly payments before you receive the vehicle and the maximum mileage is likely to tap out at 40,000. One perk you won’t find in your personal contract, however, is the payback on your VAT, which is only available to VAT registered businesses.

Despite the advantages of leasing, many in the UK still feel there is more value in purchasing their cars outright.

Yet, thanks to the savings and freedom they offer, leasing a car continues to be increasingly popular with UK motorists who prefer a new car of their choice without breaking the bank.

Best selling lease cars in the UK

Ok, so you’re considering to lease a new car. But what model do you choose? To help you decide, we’ve put together the three best sellers in the UK for both personal and business use.

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Mercedes-Benz

Sturdy and powerful yet always sleek and stylish, it’s little wonder why Mercedes-Benz car leasing continues to lead the pack when it comes to popularity on these shores. Personal drivers love the Mercedes A Class, an elegant hatchback that’s big on performance. Company car buyers prefer the Mercedes C Class. With its supremely efficient low CO2 emissions, it’s sure to keep those running expenses in check, while the muscular chassis manages to stay stylish and business-like.

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Audi

Gaining an increasing market share within the UK, Audi’s A3 is a perfect family hatchback, which is why it’s managed to stay so popular for so long with personal buyers. The interior has been crafted for comfort, while the exterior has been crafted for style, making it the ideal transport for long or short family trips. For business driving, the Audi A4 hits all the right notes – a nicely priced, powerful and fuel-efficient saloon with sporty handling.

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Ford

Britain’s all-time favourite and most sold car, Ford is still the most popular personal car in the UK and if the reasonably priced entry level Fiesta gives you great value for money then who could argue with that? Truly, this eminently drivable hatchback is to everybody’s tastes – as powerful as it is fun, comfortable and affordable. Business buyers should check out the Ford Mondeo Vignale Saloon. With a 2.0 litre bi-turbo diesel engine, it has plenty in the way of power. A shedload of luxury features complete its impressive package.

Car leasing offers a huge number of benefits to both the personal or business driver. If you want to keep the money in the bank and protect yourself from depreciation without lowering the quality of your vehicle, this is the ideal option for you.

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Media post: 5 incredible ways to customise your car

August 15th, 2015 No comments

Car customisation. Picture courtesy youtube.com

Let’s face it. A car is one of the biggest purchases you can make in your adult life, and you’re likely to own your mechanical baby for a significant amount of time. So if you’d like to customise your car to make it suit your needs better, drive like a boss, and look amazing, there are plenty of options out there for you.

Tint your windows for a mysterious vibe

Tinting your windows is such a great idea. Your car looks awesome, you use less fuel as you don’t need to crank the air conditioner quite so much, and you are protecting your skin by cutting out some harmful UV rays that you’re sure to find on the Sunshine Coast (or anywhere else!). For window tinting work in your local area, you should check out companies like Energy Efficient Tinting to find out what tinting would best suit your car.

Personalise your seats for a touch of your own style

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter for you what your car looks like on the outside, as you’re going to be spending most of your time on the inside. So take some time to upgrade your seats. Perhaps you’d like furry grey seats that remind you of the ‘70s. Perhaps you’re all about hot pink leather. Whatever your deal, it’s your car, so put on the upholstery that you’re going to enjoy!

Speaking of indoors, fix your speakers!

Unless you like to drive in silence, your speakers will be one of the additions you use most in your car, so you may as well have the best ones you can get. While you’re at it, it might be worth checking out Bluetooth connectivity (if your car doesn’t already have it), so you aren’t taking your eyes off the road when you get a phone call. Safety first, kids.

Paint and personalise

Alright, you see the inside more than the outside of your car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the outside look amazing! If you’re stuck with a faded peach colour, unstick it and get your car repainted. Make sure the paint you use won’t fade or rust, and is designed for use on cars. Or save yourself the hassle and pay someone else to do it!

Distract your children so they don’t distract you

Hook up some mini screens for those in the back seat so they can watch a movie on a long drive. This will save hours of arguing, fighting and frustrations, and will help you concentrate on the road in front of you. Just remember to buy some headphones to go with those screens!

There are, of course, plenty of customisations you can make to your car. Items like new tyres, better brakes and improved suspension are all incredibly important, but hopefully the list above has given you some ideas for some other fun ways to make your car great. What is your must-have customisation? Share your comments below.

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Media post: The benefits of genuine Toyota parts

August 11th, 2015 No comments

Genuine Toyota parts. Picture courtesy toyota.lk

When it’s time to get your Toyota serviced or repaired, it is often tempting to consider putting in generic parts that are less expensive. Regardless of what inside the car, the logo still says Toyota, right? How much difference can a part here or there make to the performance of a car?

The answer is, quite a lot.

One of the reasons that generic parts might be less expensive is because they are engineered to a far lower quality. When you put it in perspective, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That is, if your car is filled with generic, low quality parts then you’re ultimately going to have to pay more in the long run with additional repairs. These generic parts tend wear out far faster and you’ll be back in the repair shop getting the same problems worked on over and over again.

Here are four reasons why genuine parts are essential to every Toyota car.

  • Precision Engineering = Flawless Fit

Each genuine Toyota part is manufactured to flawlessly fit into Toyota cars and work seamlessly with the rest of the machine. That level of specificity is impossible for generic parts, because their goal is to make their parts fit as many cars as possible rather than fit one car perfectly.

“Close enough” is what they aim for when they design their products. Toyota on the other hand has the luxury of custom fitting their products exactly to their. Consider a car like a puzzle and each piece of the part in the car represents a puzzle piece. They each work together to form a single whole. If one puzzle piece is ruined, then it affects the entire picture.

  • Genuine Parts = Great Quality

Toyota is known worldwide for their durability and longevity. Their commitment to quality is one of the company’s defining characteristics. Toyota cars last forever because every aspect of the car is precision engineered to exacting standards.

This same drive and dedication to perfection is not present in generic parts. Their brand does not ride on the reputation of quality, but rather on their low price. It’s what marketing experts call product differentiation.

  • Service Advantage for Toyota Drivers

When you use Toyota genuine parts, you’re most likely going to be using a certified Toyota service shop. They specialise in working with Toyota parts and Toyota vehicles.

Also, keep in mind that warranty on a Toyota product travels with the car not the owner. So if you’ve purchased a pre-owned Toyota, there is a strong chance that the original warranty will still be applicable.

  • Warranty

Speaking of warranties, certified Toyota repair shops are fully authorized to perform servicing and repair. If you take your Toyota to an independent provider, it might void your warranty –they are not authorized to perform warranty repairs. At a Toyota dealer or Toyota repair center, they have special training and tools supplied by the car manufacturer itself. This ensures that your vehicle will handled with the highest levels of quality.

Contact Your Local Dealer – Phil Gilbert Toyota

If you need genuine Toyota parts or are looking for a new Toyota vehicle, contact Phil Gilbert Toyota. They are a full service repair shop with a great selection of new and used Toyotas. Contact Phil Gilbert Toyota today for more information.

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Media post: Titanium Metal Supply (TMS) Sponsors the Future of Racing and More

August 6th, 2015 No comments

Hot Rod Heritage Series. Picture courtesy dragzine.com

TMS began serving many under-served industries that use titanium products. Before long the TMS staff fell in love with auto racing and started their own racing program. Besides this program, TMS sponsors other racing teams to help show the dedication they have to the sport and its further development.

They are sponsoring teams and drivers such as Wayne Taylor Racing and Eily Stafford by providing parts and expertise in order to increase the cars performance. The sponsorship of Wayne Taylor Racing is the personal endorsement of Jordan and Ricky Taylor. Both are young stars in the world of racing and are obviously excited to have such recognition from a company as important to racing as TMS is.

Eily Stafford is famous in drag racing and drives like a blast from the past. She drives blown alcohol dragsters for the American Nostalgia Racing Association and the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series. Teaming up with TMS Titanium was a huge thrill for a life-long racer like Eily. Being sponsored by names such as TMS is like being acknowledged for your own skill and dedication.

Titanium is very desirable for the racing industry. The parts made from titanium are as strong as steel but much lighter. They are also highly durable as they can outlast parts made from other materials and are resistant to both heat and corrosion.

The strength and heat resistant properties of the metal make it valuable for shielding drivers from explosions and also are used to encase parts that get extremely hot or have the possibility of exploding.

Believing in the future of racing, TMS is not only sponsoring the winners but also the young and upcoming drivers such as Alex Taylor. In 2013, Alex was the youngest driver to ever take part in Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week. Being sponsored by a company like TMS Titanium can be a real good experience for young drivers like Alex. The depth of knowledge that TMS has about cars, racing and titanium can teach them a lot and anybody would love having access to such high quality parts for their racecars. It is a win-win situation for TMS, Alex and hopefully racing.

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has named TMS Titanium as the official titanium company of the IHRA. TMS is happy because they feel that the IHRA is about the most innovative and progressive series they have found in racing. Together TMS and the IHRA can educate racing fans on the great qualities titanium offers.

By working together, TMS and the IHRA can develop and introduce new and cutting edge titanium products that will benefit racing. The light weight and strength of the metal make it so versatile that it is exciting to wonder what they are already dreaming up for the future of racing and the design of the cars.

TMS Titanium is a dedicated company interested in furthering our knowledge and use of titanium in the sport of racing and beyond with technical advances and applications applied now.

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Media post: Seat-Styler: How to uniquely configure your seat cover

July 28th, 2015 No comments

If the reason why you want to change your car is your tired car seat covers, no need to spend thousands of dollars on a new car. The old way of renewing you car seat covers wasn’t ever quite right, in other words the one-size-fits-all model didn’t really quite fit and that’s why you have come to think that it might be easier to just buy a new car. This has now changed. With Seat-Styler, you can benefit from tailored designs adapted to your very own car seats. You can either keep it simple and choose one of their basic designs, or put together your very own thanks to Seat-Styler’s configurator.

You start the process by choosing your car among thousands of vehicle types and variants on the Seat-Styler site. Then you can totally redesign the interior of your vehicle, and because Seat-Styler covers are made specifically for your car, each cover fits perfectly. It neither slips out of place not puckers. You don’t need to worry about knowing how to install the covers: a manual and installation DVD explain how your new leather upholstery should be pulled over your old seat covers, as you don’t need to remove the latter.

When it comes to choosing your seat cover, you can either decide for one of their templates or create your own customised design using Seat-Styler’s configuratorIn case your car seat cover should feature the original seam stitching of your carmaker, our covers with OEM seam stitching are the right choice for you. They correspond to an initial upholstery with leather look ex-factory, and huddle around your car seats as a second skin – seam upon seam. Under our basic designs, you can find examples that can be obtained at short notice due to the high demand. With the configurator, you can decide a number of parameters for your cover, from the type of material to the colour and additional options such as head rest design.

Suggestions, examples and recommendations can be found in Seat-Styler’s gallery. And to help you get started with your seat cover design, Seat-Styler is offering BestSellingCarsBlog readers an exclusive voucher to redeem on their website for 50% off on an optional extra and 10 euros discount. Please quote the words “Best Selling Cars Blog” during your enquiry to benefit from the reduction. See below for more details.

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Media Post: Necessary Tools: Customization Shops & Auto-Body Repair

July 22nd, 2015 No comments

car-body-repair. Picture courtesy complete-business-services-uk.over-blog.comThe tools needed for successfully operating a customisation shop and auto-body repair.

Operating a customization shop or auto-body repair is a hefty endeavor to embark on, but finding the tools you need is a necessary step in order for the business to function properly. Thankfully, we’ve provided plenty of information regarding what tools you’ll need so that your shop can function as if you’ve been a motor-head for decades. With this being said, here’s a look at the tools you’ll need to run a spray paint booth customization or auto-body repair shop effectively.

What You’ll Need

If you’re starting from the ground up, there’s a few core essentials you’ll need for your shop to qualify as a proper domain that’s open service. Here’s a look at some of the tools you’ll need to get your garage in full operation:

  • An Air Compressor – An air compressor is needed for general tasks that require compressed air for operation. However, the larger the air compressor, the more time you’ll have to use it – and less time you’ll spend waiting for it to recharge itself.
  • A Spray Gun – Preferably high volume low pressure (HVLP), but automotive paint booths may require a much more intricate system – as it will be used quite often. The power of the spray gun reflects the quality of the paint’s finish.
  • Basic Body or Air File – These are very important tools, as they’re used to smooth and cut excess filler.
  • Pneumatic Orbital Sander – As DA (dual action) work the best, they’re one of the most used tools for body shops and it’s more than likely you’ll be using it on almost every job.
  • “Cheese Grater” aka a coarse filler file – This device removes excess filler before a sand paper (disposable) is used to smooth out the surface and save money.
  • Dollie Sets – These are portable anvils used to shape metal.
  • Body Spoon sets – For hard to reach areas, body spoons are used in the same manner that dollies are used.
  • Vise caps and a vise – A vice is used to keep an object in a secure place as work is being performed on it. The vise caps allow the object to be sturdy in on place with no marks left from the vise.
  • Sanding blocks – Blocks used for sanding.
  • A suction cup – Used for removing dents.
  • Brass hammer – Used for heavy blows that do not ruin the metal.
  • Rubber hammer – Used for getting small dents out of metal.
  • Polyurethane hammer – Used for light or soft blows.
  • Dead Blow hammer – Contains a lead-like shot that causes the hammer to not bounce back after a blow.
  • Ball Peen hammer – Basically a general hammer.
  • Shrinking hammer – Used for the process of “shrinking metal”.
  • Pick hammer – Allows one to knock out dents from the inside, yet the flat side of the hammer allows smoothing.
  • Body hammer – Fall in the same category as a regular hammer.
  • Slide hammer – Used to pull large dents.
  • Finishing hammer – Used to finish a hammering job.

If you’re new to shopping for tools for your custom shop or auto-body repair, it’s safe to say that you have some shopping ahead of you. However, if you’re more advanced in the tool market, you should check out tools such as:

  • Welders – Welding is needed for serious metal forming practices.
  • Gas Torch – Used for annealing before forming.
  • Bead Roller – Used for shaping sheet metal.
  • “Bean Bag” aka Leather Forming Bag – Used as a solid for hammering, but has soft backing so it doesn’t alter the entire the entire object.

So now that you have your shopping list ready, it’s time to embark on your custom shop or auto-body repair endeavors!

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