Fuel economy and CO2 change on my Ford Kuga Estate

Everyone moans that things go up and up and up. Well, the CO2 on the Ford Kuga Estate 1.5 EcoBoost 2WD ST-Line (150bhp) Estate 5dr 1498cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual has just come down! What a result! This post is to let you know.

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At the manufacturer’s service intervals, the car will need a service, which you are responsible for. Of course, as it’s a brand-new car, tyres/brakes etc will probably last out the contract so you’ll only have a basic oil and filter service to pay for.

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I have researched this environmental subject widely. I have corresponded with the Department for Transport, have been in discussions with the VCA (the VCA is the designated UK approval authority which compiles the UK vehicle environmental data) and the SMMT (the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). Sir Nicholas Stern would not return my calls 🙂

Having got all the info for the Ford Kuga Estate Petrol Manual, 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.

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My Ford Kuga Estate 1.5 EcoBoost 2WD ST-Line (150bhp) Estate 5dr 1498cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £265.10 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!).

FordThis price on my Ford Kuga 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! £265.10 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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One of my best awards was the 2008 best non-franchise environmentalist, awarded by Automotive Management. The web is fickle, I have noticed LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! My website won “BEST non-franchised WEBSITE 2007” in the Automotive Management Awards.

Slow down – driving at high speeds significantly increases fuel consumption.

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A lot of people write comments. I get them all the time. This is one of the silliest:

Hey, what can I say? Fantastic site!
D M Smith, Wellingborough, NN8 2ND
nucabs_@yahoo.co.uk

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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.

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Nissan Qashqai Lease delivered to Derek Wibberley in Oldham

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

Derek says…
carHi Ling, just to say what a fantastic service you offer – simple, friendly, relaxed, punctual and polite. Got to admit, it put a smile on my face dealing with you. Keep up the good work! Excellent delivery, first class service

Derek Wibberley
Oldham
OL4 ***

Nissan QashqaiEditor Note: Having a smile on the faces of my customers is my simple goal, Derek. If you are happy, I am happy. Simple! Enjoy the Qashqai! – Ling

Ford Fiesta Lease delivered to Sandeep Kahlon in Coventry

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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 Sandeep Kahlon in Coventry. Bloody cat!

Sandeep says…
carI was very impressed by LingsCars…it was a friendly, informal service yet very professional and informative. Ling took my through the leasing system pain free and I got a very competitive deal. A colleague at work pays an extra £90 per month for the same car as me so I’m very grateful to have found this website! Thanks for all your help.

Sandeep Kahlon
Coventry
CV6 ***

Ford FiestaEditor Note: Wow, Sand, no problemo! I am amazed at that higher price, I often see this happening. Cars are “upsold” by some brokers making a ridiculous price. Thanks for comments. You are a clinical psychologist, so maybe you can diagnose me??? 🙂 hahaha! Enjoy the Fiesta! – Ling

My Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer Estate has been updated

Don’t spend so much on fuel! If you get a new Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer Estate Petrol 1.2 PureTech Feel 12v (130bhp) (7 seats) Estate 5dr 1199cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Manual, then you will spend less because the CO2 value has changed. That means more MPG.

You run this new car for 12, 18, 24 or 36 months depending on the term, and run it within an agreed mileage limit (usually 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 miles per year, but different mileages are possible). If you exceed the mileage limit, you pay for extra miles at (typically) 4p – 10p per extra mile. This is known as the excess mileage rate.

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My customers drive brand-new cars. These cars are far less polluting than cars built just a few years ago. As an extreme example, it would take 50 new cars to produce the same emissions per kilometre as a vehicle made in 1970. The new cars my customers are driving have been produced on the most modern production lines, using the latest technology with much lower environmental build costs than cars produced in the past. By their nature, these new cars will be emitting the lowest levels of pollutants than they will ever produce in their lifetimes, as they get older.

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Having got all the info for the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer Estate Petrol Manual, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 116g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

My Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer Estate 1.2 PureTech Feel 12v (130bhp) (7 seats) Estate 5dr 1199cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £187.36 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 11 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!).

CitroenThis price on my Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer 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! £187.36 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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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!

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Check your fuel consumption – it will help you get the most from the car, changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

Read this, I have this comment up, displayed on LINGsCARS.com:

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Your site made me laugh more than many of the other sites with mad chinese girls running car leasing companies. Am on a long march to replace my Lexus so this is serious.
Bill Lane, Nottingham, NG10 1QA
billzlane_@aol.com

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Hybrid vehicles combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and battery. There are various ways in which hybrid vehicles can operate. For example the electric motor can be used to provide additional power during acceleration and high load conditions. The battery can then be recharged by the internal combustion engine or from energy absorbed during braking, or, in some cases, from an external electrical supply. Hybrid vehicles offer reduced fuel consumption and CO2 with potentially some reduction in emissions of local pollutants.

Honda Civic Lease delivered to Gary Sinyor in London

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My letters webpage must be just about the longest on the internet! Currently, there are 1524 letters on my website. Letters are great, as they are like a window on my customers’ happiness. My good customer Gary Sinyor wrote this one:

Gary says…
carThe entertaining website is interesting – but more than anything else Ling CARES! She worked hard to get what I wanted, when I wanted it, and I wholeheartedly recommend her. The LINGO document upload system is genius. Excellent delivery of my new Civic.

Gary Sinyor
London
N3 ***

Honda CivicEditor Note: Well, for philistines out there (that is: smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values), Gary Sinyor is a film director with a number of best-selling films to his credit, like A Pig Farmer Called Leon and In My Dreams. He has worked with stars like Renee Zellewegger and Ling Valentine. Hahahahahah! Well, Gary, you did send me a DVD and complimented me on my web movies … if “Christ, that’s bad” is a compliment? 🙂 Gotta laugh. Anyway, I withhold your address from groupies and naked girls who just want cheap sex on director’s couch. Enjoy the Civic. Thanks for the comments on the LINGO system. – Ling

Making the Mercedes A Class greener

CO2 affects fuel consumption directly. Less CO2 means less fuel burnt. So, I’m reporting this change on the Mercedes A Class Petrol Manual. Have a look at the new figures.

Most extras fitted onto cars don’t seem to make difference to the resale price in 2-3 years. Metallic paint, leather and aircon actually do, but let’s face it most cars I sell come with aircon and met paint, anyway. So, if you ask for quote to include extras, you can bet life that it will mean you pay the whole cost of the extra thing, divided by the number of rentals.

My customers have obtained their cars by the lowest polluting method possible – by acquiring them electronically from the internet. No one has had to travel to a showroom (repeatedly) or contributed to car dealers’ massive environmental overheads (heating, lighting, water use, fuel, staffing costs). The cars I supply are often delivered direct from manufacturers’ depots, or where they have been “through” a dealer, they have not required the showroom overhead (these efficiencies have the added benefit of reducing costs!).

I am pleased to say that the CO2 for the Mercedes A Class Petrol Manual is now 129g/km. If you chose a different trim level, the CO2 would change, but not by much.

My Mercedes A Class 1.3 A180 AMG Line Executive 16v (136bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1325cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £291.05 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!).

MercedesThis price on my Mercedes A 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! £291.05 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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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.

Lose weight – don’t carry unnecessary weight, remove roof racks when not in use.

Read this website comment. I really try my best! (email address altered)

Hello Ling, I found your site one of the most interesting and funny on the web. What a great concept, if only there were more people like you! Why don’t you have a recipe of the month? Your quiz was too hard for me and your teeshirt is cool.
Mary Nowell, East Kilbride, G75 8EQ
marynowell1_@hotmail.com

The different fuels have different merits from an environmental perspective. Compared to petrol, diesel vehicles have significantly lower CO2 emissions per kilometre traveled because of the higher efficiency of diesel engines and hence have a lower impact on climate change. Diesel vehicles also emit lower levels of CO and HC than equivalent petrol vehicles. However diesel engines emit greater levels of NOx and Particles than new petrol vehicles. As mentioned earlier, emissions of such pollutants are an air quality issue, particularly in urban areas.

New VCA data on the Citroen C3

Look, another CO2 change! The Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech Flair 12v (110bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1199cc Petrol EAT6 (6 Speed) Petrol Automatic has moved slightly in the environment tales again. I post the new info, and publish on my website.

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Personal Contract Hire is exactly the same as contract hire for businesses. This is the beauty of getting a car like this, as you benefit from FLEET BONUSES! However, VAT makes a difference. Businesses get the rentals shown ex-VAT (they can often reclaim half of it), whereas private purchasers have it included in the rentals.

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Carbon dioxide is a colorless gas which, when inhaled at high concentrations (a dangerous activity because of the associated asphyxiation risk), produces a sour taste in the mouth and a stinging sensation in the nose and throat. These effects result from the gas dissolving in the mucous membranes and saliva, forming a weak solution of carbonic acid. You may notice this sensation if you attempt to stifle a burp after drinking a carbonated drink. Burp! Ooooops!

Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just 120g/km for the Citroen C3 Petrol Automatic. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

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My Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech Flair 12v (110bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1199cc Petrol EAT6 (6 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £180.37 inc VAT per month with 6 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!).

CitroenThis price on my Citroen C3 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! £180.37 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.

Check your fuel consumption – it will help you get the most from the car, changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

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

Love this place, found what I have been looking for all my life. Thank you for making me so happy.
Edel McKenna, Co Derry, BT46 5LE
edel_mckenna_@hotmail.com

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Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental threats facing the World today and it has long been appreciated by Governments, that reducing the impact of the motor vehicle has an important part to play in addressing this threat.

Honda Civic Lease delivered to David Poole in Kent

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Getting letters in the post is really nice. It makes a lovely change from getting email. This one was sent by David Poole from Kent. Amazingly, the postman didn’t steal it!

David says…
carLing is customer service exemplified. Nothing is too much trouble and she delivers. All of the most competitive prices, with stress relieving sense of humour too. Three “Yes’s” from me. Excellent delivery, all worked well.

David Poole
Kent
TN18 ***

Honda CivicEditor Note: Great. I like 3 yes’s, hahaha. You have a fantastic new Civic and we had a good laugh while you were waiting for your new car, David. Thanks for wonderful comments in your letter! As you are Managing Director of massive international bank in the UK, I withhold your address because there are some assholes who confuse YOU with what has happened in the banking sector. – Ling

Kia Picanto Lease delivered to Ahmed Omar in Billingham

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Customers often send me letters, I have 1524 in total! It keeps the postman busy. These letters are all hard copies, and none are invented. This one is from Ahmed Omar

Ahmed says…
CarHello Ling. What can I say?

I am a repeat customer, this time a lovely Kia Picanto for my wife (last time a Kia Sorento) Your website is very informative, everything is clearly explained the whole process was very plain sailing. The sweets were lovely (really??? – Ling), I also enjoyed the Chinese seaweed. Delivery excellent, very courteous and professional.

Ahmed Omar
Billingham
TS22 ***

Kia PicantoEditor Note: Ahmed, you are a superstar to take two cars. Kia should be very pleased they have such a loyal customer! You have proved what a super customer you are, the least I could do was to feed you! Seaweed is very good for the brain, but be careful on the beaches near Billingham, you have a nuclear power station near there! – Ling

Pollution levels on the Citroen C3 Aircross have changed

My system has alerted me that the Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 PureTech Flair 12v (110bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1199cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual has changed today so I update my website and post here for the benefit of customers. No one else bothers with this stuff. I treat you like adult, not idiot.

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Oh, I get very mad about this, but I cannot say this in my advertising or some big leasing companies complain to me that I slag them off… The industry standard for contract hire is a 1x rental-initial-payment or (more usually) a 3x rental-initial-payment. That’s it. If everyone advertised this, you could easily compare the rental figures as the football field we are playing on would be flat.

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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. So I have some idea what I am talking about, here. How many other people in the UK motor industry can say that?

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The CO2 for this Citroen C3 Aircross Petrol Manual is better than it was, at just 109g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

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My Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 PureTech Flair 12v (110bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1199cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £173.17 inc VAT per month with 6 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!).

CitroenThis price on my Citroen C3 Aircross 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! £173.17 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.

Check your fuel consumption – it will help you get the most from the car, changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

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

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Great site, very good offers and the legal stuff is very funny.
Mike Marsh, Redditch, B98 9HZ
mikemarshreddirec_@btinternet.com

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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