Different NOx levels on the Mercedes GLA Class

Checking against the values I publish for the Mercedes GLA Class 1.6 GLA 180 Urban Edition 16v (122bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1595cc Petrol Automatic (7 Speed) Petrol Automatic, I have noticed a small error, so I’m publishing these new figures today. Please read.

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Have you ever rented a self-drive car for a day or a week? Well, Contract Hire is exactly the same, just for a longer period. Easy, isn’t it? It’s available for businesses or for private individuals. You may have seen me turning down investment on Dragon’s Den! Read on to understand how it works. Occasionally, I can supply PCP, leasing and lease hire (but not often). If you’re reading this because you are unsure if you should use LINGsCARS.com, have a look at my 900+ customer letters.

On new cars for example, average CO2 has been cut by more than 10 per cent in six years. Improvements at manufacturing sites have been more significant. Published in September, the SMMT’s seventh annual sustainability report showed that average energy used � and CO2 emitted – to produce each vehicle in the UK has been halved in just four years.

The CO2 for this Mercedes GLA Class Petrol Automatic is better than it was, at just g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

My Mercedes GLA Class 1.6 GLA 180 Urban Edition 16v (122bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1595cc Petrol Automatic (7 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £294.07 inc VAT per month with 3 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

MercedesThis price on my Mercedes GLA Class includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £294.07 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economics Service, produced the UK Government Environmental Report on the Economics of Climate Change. I was so pleased to win an Environmental Award in 2008, myself. I am determined that LINGsCARS.com will go further than anyone else in this industry to exceed the legal minimum information disclosure. It is probably the case that my customers have the smallest environmental footprints of any new car customers in the UK!

Do not compromise safety but be aware that the use of onboard electrical devices increases fuel consumption.

My website comment page is overflowing. This is one of my favourites.

Ling, help me pick a car for my missus… she wants a car big enough to carry 3 kids and a rottweiller, that looks like a 911, with the economy of a 1.6 diesel and the luxury of a Range Rover. Any ideas? No, me neither…
Leighton Williams, Neath, SA11 3ER
lavamyz_@btclick.com

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Failure to show fuel consumption labels on new cars on display, or to make available to potential buyers the results of the fuel consumption tests as listed in this booklet, render dealers liable on conviction to a fine of up to �5,000. The same penalty exists for anyone who does not include all the appropriate test results in promotional literature. Trading Standards enforce point of sale information and should be contacted if you have concerns in this area. The Vehicle Certification Agency enforce the provision of information in advertising and promotional literature.

Toyota Prius Lease delivered to Andrea in Derby

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I am amazed the Post Office needs to be privatised, the amount that my customers spend sending me letters about their new cars. Here, Andrea explains how they are getting on with their Toyota Prius

Andrea says…
CarLing – what more does anyone want?

Friendly service, prompt quotes, great emails, free car tax, as much down to earth advice as you can get, free lunch, excellent follow-up, and above all a FABULOUS Toyota Prius car. I have already recommended LINGsCARS to others – be good boys and girls and use Ling.

It was never dull, AA/RAC was included, there was free delivery, fast credit checks and it was jolly good fun. Excellent delivery from the dealer who was prompt, pleasant and a good choice! I love my new Toyota Prius.

Andrea
Derby
DE72 ***

Toyota PriusEditor Note: Another green customer 🙂 I really applaud your car choice, now these Priuses are the same price as “normal” cars. Hope you enjoy it, enjoy the fuel savings, and thanks for the very kind letter, Andrea. – Ling

Honda Civic Lease delivered to Huw Thomas in Worth, Crawley

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Inbetween all my bills and bank statements, I receive customer letters. Here one I pulled out to read from Huw Thomas, but I actually got it a while ago. It is about the delivery of their Honda Civic.

Huw says…
carJust like the compare the meercat advert- Simples!! No complaints what so ever. Ling emailed when she said she would, Lingo’d when said, and replied when she said and always in a timely manner. Honda Civic delivered with no problems and exactly as advertised. If only life was this simple and neat and delivered what was promised, then the world would be a far nicer place. Excellent delivery. Thank you.

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Huw Thomas
Worth, Crawley
RH10 ***

Honda CivicEditor Note: Hahahaha, no doubt I will get a complaining from Compare the Meercat about that pic, but hey! – customer mentioned it, not me!!! 🙂 Meercat is a delicious animal and when it comes to car leasing I eat it for breakfast. As you work for an aerospace company, Honda Civic is suitable because it looks like Dan-Dare with that grille and headlamps. So happy about providing a good service, always a pleasure to deal with professional experts like you, Huw 🙂 – Ling

Possible enviro banding change on the VW T-Roc

I am Ling and my VW T-Roc 1.0 TSI SE 12v (115bhp) Hatchback 5dr 999cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual has a new CO2 value today. So I post it here in my blog. I always update very fast. Can anyone name another website that can do this stuff as fast as me?

I get my car deals from many sources, main dealers, finance companies, or I work them out myself using different finance companies. Main dealers I use include; Audi, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Mazda (boo), Mercedes-Benz, MG (new improved Chinese joke version!), Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Proton, Renault, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Ssangyoung (North Korean??) Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen (or VW), and Volvo. Amazing, huh???

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A very important feature is to be able to compare many different cars – on my main car listing pages. No franchised dealer will allow this, as they are mainly representing just one brand, so how is the average customer expected to make comparative judgements?

Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just g/km for the VW T-Roc Petrol Manual. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

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My VW T-Roc 1.0 TSI SE 12v (115bhp) Hatchback 5dr 999cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £246.00 inc VAT per month with 3 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

VWThis price on my VW T-Roc includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £246.00 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Remember I won the best non-franchise environmentalist 2008 in the Automotive Industry Awards. Don’t let these manufacturers fool you; LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Quality from Bournemouth Univeristy in 2000, plus a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Jinan University, Guanzhou in 1997.

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Drive smoothly and efficiently – harsh acceleration and heavy braking have a very significant effect on fuel consumption, driving more smoothly saves fuel.

LINGsCARS.com gets loads of comments. Here’s one (email address changed):

What a wonderful way to get people to look at your site, it certainly gets people talking. Fab PR. Very informative site and also very funny. I will certainly recommend others to look at this site.
Gabby Shore, Telford, TF5 0BQ

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EU Directive 1999/94/EC requires new car fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data to be made freely available to consumers. Car dealers are required to have a label showing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of each different model on display, either on or near the vehicle. Fuel consumption figures will be expressed both in litres per 100 kilometres (l/100 km) and in miles per gallon (mpg). The label will list the figures achieved in urban, extra-urban and combined conditions separately. From September of 2005, dealers had the option to produce a new “comparative” label. The new label shows the mandatory Fuel Consumption and CO2 figures mentioned previously, alongside information about the appropriate VED band for the vehicle. The new label is similar in design to the energy efficiency labels that appear on many ‘white goods’, such as fridge freezers

Audi A6 Saloon Lease delivered to Mark Bulmer in Washington

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I have 1524 customer letters! This one was sent by Mark Bulmer after they had been driving around a few weeks in their new Audi A6 Saloon

Mark says…
CarDear Ling,

This Audi A6 Saloon 2.7 Tdi V6 177bhp Le Mans Saloon is the second car I have leased through LINGsCARS, and I can safely say that I would not consider using another leasing firm. Your no-nonsense approach is very refreshing and it is clear that your excellent support and customer service is based on a genuine interest in your customers’ satisfaction.

Thank you for making the process pain free and pleasurable, without any of the usual lease company flannel. Simple things like returning calls and giving unprompted regular updates on my order are greatly appreciated. I look forward to ordering my next lease vehicle from Lings in 2010 when my existing lease completes.

Mark Bulmer
Washington
NE37 ***

Audi A6 SaloonEditor Note: Mark, from a recruitment firm Director, this is a massive compliment, thanks. CDM Recruitment Ltd is a rapidly expanding, forward thinking recruitment company supplying staff to the construction industry and built environment. You now have a great posh car at a fantastic price. Also, you are quite local company. Maybe I will spot you driving around! See you in two years! – Ling

Car CO2 change for the Peugeot 3008 Estate

CO2 affects fuel consumption directly. Less CO2 means less fuel burnt. So, I’m reporting this change on the Peugeot 3008 Estate Diesel Manual. Have a look at the new figures.

Sometimes new car will be delivered on a car transporter, other times it will be driven to you. Either way, I always ask you check mileage on delivery. Write mileage on delivery sheet (before signing!!!) and keep a copy. At the end of contract, you can then subtract these miles from any “excess mileage” you may have incurred (extra miles over contract amount). This is easy if you have kept a copy of the delivery note. This is hard if you have lost it.

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I am determined to create momentum in this dinosaur industry to make it aware of environmental responsibilities. Please ask your local dealer what additional steps they are taking. Please be aware of their advertising, their business methods and their environmental impact and question them; “What are you doing to exceed the legal minimum requirements?”.

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Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just 106g/km for the Peugeot 3008 Estate Diesel Manual. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

My Peugeot 3008 Estate 1.5 BlueHDi GT Line Premium (130bhp) Estate 5dr 1499cc Diesel Manual (6 Speed) Diesel Manual gearbox is only £252.37 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 17 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

PeugeotThis price on my Peugeot 3008 Estate includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £252.37 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Winning the environmental award (2008 Best Environmentalist in the car industry) was very pleasing for me as it meant I was being recognised for my hard work. I’m the the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! Please note I have pioneered availability of environmental information on the internet. Using the internet to research and buy new cars is the most environmentally friendly method, by miles.

Do not compromise safety but be aware that the use of onboard electrical devices increases fuel consumption.

I get tired of typing out these comments, but… here’s one.

Your site made me laugh out loud – a rare treat! Not many do that. Cheers.
Dave Harries, North Weald, CM16 6DB
harriesmob_@ntlworld.com

Dealers are also required to display a poster � in paper or as an electronic display, in a prominent position, showing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for all new passenger car models displayed, or offered for sale through that particular showroom. In addition to the above, the directive also requires manufacturers to include fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data in all brochures and printed advertisements, provided that the literature relates to a specific model of car. These requirements were implemented into UK law by The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 emissions Information) Regulations 2001, which came into force on the 21st of November 2001.

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Ford Fiesta Lease delivered to Martin Cadman in Flitwick

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Does your cat eat letters when they come through your letter box? Mine does. Here’s a letter it missed, from Martin Cadman in Flitwick. Bloody cat!

Martin says…
carThe speed and efficiency of the service provided by Ling and her team was amazing. My car was delivered within three weeks of making my initial enquiry! All queries/issues were resolved immediately via the Lingo system. My one major problem (getting insurance for a contract hire car) led to a call from an insurance broker within 1 hour of my call to Ling. Good delivery, the Fiesta was delivered clean, on time, on the day agreed.

Martin Cadman
Flitwick
MK45 ***

Ford FiestaEditor Note: Great to hear from another Fiesta customer. You are a commercial manager in a major bank, so I protect your address from idiots, Martin. Thanks for making the communication a pleasure and so happy to help sorting your insurance. My contacts are very good 🙂 – Ling

New VCA data on the Volvo XC60 Estate

Everyone moans that things go up and up and up. Well, the CO2 on the Volvo XC60 Estate 2.0 T5 Momentum 16v (250bhp) Estate 5dr 1969cc Petrol AWD Geartronic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic has just come down! What a result! This post is to let you know.

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Many large organisations such as CD Bramall, Perrys, Lombard, Lex, Pendragon, Network, BMW Finance, Citroen Finance, and Renault UK and many other suppliers queue up to make their cars available to me at LINGsCARS.com because they know they will benefit from a supply of ready and waiting quality customers, fast sales and efficient communications.

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Carbon Dioxide is the most important of the greenhouse gases which are contributing to Climate Change. Unless action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as Carbon Dioxide, the whole pattern of the World’s weather could change, increasing the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, floods, droughts and storms.

The CO2 for this Volvo XC60 Estate Petrol Automatic is better than it was, at just 169g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

My Volvo XC60 Estate 2.0 T5 Momentum 16v (250bhp) Estate 5dr 1969cc Petrol AWD Geartronic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £378.70 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

VolvoThis price on my Volvo XC60 Estate includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £378.70 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

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The comparative or “fridge” label, is compulsory in car showrooms – except you’ve got to DRIVE there to see it! I won an industry award for displaying it electronically for all website visitors. I am the proud winner of the 2008 Best Environmentalist 2008 Automotive Management Award. Like me, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair talks straight about cars versus planes. “The usual horseshit”, he says. One day, every car will be as Green as my Jolly Green Nuclear Missile Truck “Calm down dear!” – it’s only done 1,000 miles since 1970.

Plan ahead – choose uncongested routes, combine trips, car share.

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Every day, I get more of these little comments emailed to me –

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Hi Ling! This is the best website I have come across so far… very funny and original. I will email to all my “kaki” in UK!!
Francis Lee, London, WC1H 9PL
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Because of the need to maintain strict comparability of results achieved by the standard tests they cannot be fully representative of real life driving conditions. Firstly, it is obviously not practicable to test each individual new car; thus only one production car is tested as being representative of the model and may therefore produce a better or worse result than another similar vehicle. Secondly, there are infinite variations in driving styles and in road, car and weather conditions, all of which can have a bearing on the results achieved. For these reasons the fuel consumption achieved on the road will not necessarily be the same as the official test results.

Ford Fiesta Lease delivered to Richard Day in Christchurch

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Does your cat eat letters when they come through your letter box? Mine does. Here’s a letter it missed, from Richard Day in Christchurch. Bloody cat!

Richard says…
carHi Ling, I’m really enjoying my new Ford Fiesta and I can’t stop telling people about your crazy website and just how fantastic your service is and how well you have treated me throughout. The experience I have had has been totally refreshing, completely professional, hilariously funny and extremely helpful. It’s great to keep in touch and I definitely want my next car from you.

Richard Day
Christchurch
BH23 ***

Ford FiestaEditor Note: Rich, this is the second letter you have sent me, and I am so grateful. You were brilliant to chat to. You have also referred some customers to me from NATS. Thanks! – Ling

Pollutant levels on my Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara Double Cab Pick Up Tekna 2.3dCi 190 4WD Auto Diesel Automatic has new environmental information today. I have updated! Pay attention, you are too slow 🙂

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Most Ling cars are on 2 year deals or less, so you should only need an oil and filter service (you won’t need brake pads etc unless you drive like German idiot Schumacker). You just pay this service yourself, OK? Some service intervals (eg. Renault) now at 18,000 miles! You can have this small service done at any cheap VAT registered garage, just use quality parts. Your car is fully covered by the manufacturer warranty (use franchise dealer for this, free), and you get manufacturer’s AA/RAC type cover.

In 2008, I won the “BEST non-franchised ENVIRONMENTALIST” in the Automotive Management Awards, sponsored by the RAC. My website won “BEST non-franchised WEBSITE 2007” in the Automotive Management Awards. My website has been voted in the “TOP 100” in the world, by FHM magazine. I was voted “NORTH-EAST ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2006” in the One North East-sponsored WIN business awards. CAR Magazine listed me in their TOP 7 pick of UK car websites. I have around 50,000 unique visitors a month. I have well over 3000 happy, existing customers, and over 900 letters published on this website.

Having got all the info for the Nissan Navara Diesel Automatic, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 145g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

My Nissan Navara Double Cab Pick Up Tekna 2.3dCi 190 4WD Auto Diesel Automatic gearbox is only £403.36 inc VAT per month with 3 months initial payment, followed by 23 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

NissanThis price on my Nissan Navara includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £403.36 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

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Remember I won the best non-franchise environmentalist 2008 in the Automotive Industry Awards. Don’t let these manufacturers fool you; LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Quality from Bournemouth Univeristy in 2000, plus a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Jinan University, Guanzhou in 1997.

Regular servicing helps keep the engine at best efficiency.

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This comment is great:

Great site, easy to navigate.
Jammer Hearne, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7FY
greenday_chic_xx_@hotmail.co.uk

Biofuels also offer a way to reduce vehicles’ impacts on climate change. The fuels are not entirely CO2 neutral because of the energy used to grow and process crops, but they can offer substantial CO2 savings over fossil petrol and diesel. Today most biofuels are sold in a blends of up to 5% with fossil petrol and diesel . These are suitable for use in all vehicles. Fuel standards may be extended in the future to allow more than 5% if it is concluded that this is compatible with existing vehicles. Some manufacturers offer ‘flexi-fuel’ vehicles that can run on bioethanol blends up to E85 – a blend of 85% bioethanol and 15% petrol, as well as fossil petrol.

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