Making the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe greener

Don’t spend so much on fuel! If you get a new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Petrol 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Automatic, then you will spend less because the CO2 value has changed. That means more MPG.

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.

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?

For this brand new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Petrol Automatic, the latest CO2 figure is just 134g/km. When I chose this trim, it was because I have a few of these available. Different trims will have different CO2.

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My BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £364.67 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!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 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! £364.67 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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Use higher gears, as soon as traffic conditions allow.

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I have so many comments about my website, this one says;

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Damn you Ling! Despite being drawn in by your website I turn up at Gosforth, Newcastle to test-drive a car and what do I see? Ling’s Nuclear Rocket Truck on the horizon! Your link has been emailed around friends/family/work colleagues – you funny but also make good sense!
Phil Hughes, Newcastle, NE6 5TD
phabr_@yahoo.co.uk

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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.

Ford Mondeo Lease delivered to Kevin in Weston Super Mare

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My letters webpage must be just about the longest on the internet! Currently, there are 1522 letters on my website. Letters are great, as they are like a window on my customers’ happiness. My good customer Kevin wrote this one:

Kevin says…
car“The best service we have ever had – excellent. Thank you for all your help.”

Kevin
Weston Super Mare
BS22 ***

Ford MondeoEditor Note: Blimey, this is very short but very lovely letter about your Ford Mondeo Estate, Kevin! Thanks – Ling

Nissan Qashqai Lease delivered to David in Blyth

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I have 1522 customer letters! This one was sent by David after they had been driving around a few weeks in their new Nissan Qashqai

David says…
CarWe got a great deal from Ling on our Qashqai. I trawled the Internet but could not beat Ling’s package. I thought long and hard about leasing and I believe it makes good financial sense. No slimy salesmen to deal with or dealerships pestering you to buy.

Ling is the opposite of this; she is honest, upfront, and fun to deal with, too. Delivery on time, car A1 condition, friendly service, excellent. Never mind garlic bread, contract hire is the future.

David
Blyth
NE24 ***

Nissan QashqaiEditor Note: You are a quality technician, David, so I am glad you appreciate my quality of the service. I do my best to make you happy :). You are quite local to me, from Blyth and you work just three miles away as the eagle flys. Enjoy the Qashqai, also built locally in Sunderland. – Ling

New VCA data on the Renault Kangoo Ze

CO2 affects fuel consumption directly. Less CO2 means less fuel burnt. So, I’m reporting this change on the Renault Kangoo Ze Electric Manual. Have a look at the new figures.

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.

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?”.

The CO2 for this Renault Kangoo Ze Electric Manual is better than it was, at just 180g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

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My Renault Kangoo Ze ZEV (60bhp) ZE ELECTRIC ML20 44kW 33kWh Business+ i-Van Van Manual 1cc Electric Manual gearbox is only £141.56 inc VAT per month with 9 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!).

RenaultThis price on my Renault Kangoo Ze 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! £141.56 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!

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

Website comments come in all the time – I have got one that says…

Totally off the wall but brilliant all the same. Wish there were more like it!
Bill Doodson, Huddersfield, HD1 4PP
bill.doodson_@ntlworld.com

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In 1993 exhaust emission limits, (generally referred to as the Euro 1 standards) were introduced for new cars which resulted in the adoption of advanced emission control techniques, e.g. catalysts. More stringent emission limits came into effect in 1997 (Euro 2) and 2001 (Euro 3) and 1st January 2005 (Euro 4). Euro 4 came fully into force on 1st January 2007 and now covers most new cars on sale.

Publishing new polluting info for the Renault Kangoo Ze

Everyone moans that things go up and up and up. Well, the CO2 on the Renault Kangoo Ze ZEV (60bhp) ZE ELECTRIC ML20 44kW 33kWh Business+ i-Van Van Manual 1cc Electric Manual has just come down! What a result! This post is to let you know.

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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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If showroom-based car dealers fail 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, it renders them liable on conviction to a fine of up to �5,000. This is why dealers miraculously acheive these “minimum standards” – under threat of a �5,000 fine!

Having got all the info for the Renault Kangoo Ze Electric Manual, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 180g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

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My Renault Kangoo Ze ZEV (60bhp) ZE ELECTRIC ML20 44kW 33kWh Business+ i-Van Van Manual 1cc Electric Manual gearbox is only £141.56 inc VAT per month with 9 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!).

RenaultThis price on my Renault Kangoo Ze 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! £141.56 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.

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.

Final word to Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary; “Worried about pollution? I’d say sell your car and walk.”

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

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I think this is a fab website.
Kate Howell, Swansea, SA1 6JN
katevhowell_@ecologyfund.net

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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.

Ford Fiesta Lease delivered to Richard in Christchurch

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Many customer letters contain really funny stuff. It’s unusual to receive a very dry one. However, I publish them all. Here is a letter from Richard. It was sent to me quite a while ago!

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
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

Audi TT Coupe Lease delivered to Andrew in London

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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, Andrew explains how they are getting on with their Audi TT Coupe

Andrew says…
CarWhilst I knew I had ordered an Audi TT with a long lead-in February until September, Ling kept me full informed along the way and delivery was totally hassle free and spot on the agreed date. An excellent service all round and a bit of fun as well. Perhaps a little sceptical at the start but a firm believer at the end. A big thank you.

Andrew
London
W4 ***

Audi TT CoupeEditor Note: Andrew, this must be a record lead-time for me. WoW! 8 months from ordering to delivery! Audi are really behind with TT production, glad you were patient enough to wait for the car 🙂 You were lovely… I know you didn’t believe me at first, but by the end you knew I was telling the exact truth with regard to the price and delivery time 🙂 As a business owner, I appreciate your comments. Thanks. – Ling

Green info has changed on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

I am Ling and my BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic 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?

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How to explain this without it seeming like the usual sales talk? … I don’t know, but I will try to make this clear… You know, you are not buying this car. Only renting it for (probably 1 or 2 or 3 years). So you are not stuck with it forever. So, you have no real risk. You are going to pay someone some money to run a car however you look at it.

When I asked Renault UK what they were doing to encourage franchised dealers to go beyond legal-minimum disclosure of environmental data, they simply said; “The majority of Renault dealers are autonomous businesses with a franchise to sell and repair Renault vehicles and as such, the internal running is outside of our jurisdiction. However, we train the dealer network, to ensure that they are aware of the different models and new technologies available. Some Renault dealerships may choose to advertise this information on their websites whereas some Renault dealerships would choose not to.”. Note that this statement is slightly misleading as Renault UK directly owns many of its larger dealerships, and in my extensive research no Renault dealer uses this information online. They could, if they wanted to. Their statement doesn’t seem to me to be very pro-active.

The CO2 for this BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Petrol Automatic is better than it was, at just 134g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

My BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £364.67 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!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 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! £364.67 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.

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.

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.

I think that your style and web design are very good.
Simon Austin, Chairman SNM Group Ltd, Mayfair, W1J 8EE
sasparx_@hotmail.com

In 1993 exhaust emission limits, (generally referred to as the Euro 1 standards) were introduced for new cars which resulted in the adoption of advanced emission control techniques, e.g. catalysts. More stringent emission limits came into effect in 1997 (Euro 2) and 2001 (Euro 3) and 1st January 2005 (Euro 4). Euro 4 came fully into force on 1st January 2007 and now covers most new cars on sale.

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Green info has changed on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Green output is important to me, so I tell you the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic has changed, here are the new figures. I work hard to keep everything up to date.

Physical stock is always limited, as cars cannot be made to appear by magic, there are only so many sat in corner of field. So be brave, grab a bargain and avoid me having to make phone calls to disappointed people who have left decision too late. Remember that you have to pass finance before I can reserve you a car, so allow time for that!

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I am determined that LINGsCARS.com will go further than anyone else in this industry to exceed the legal minimum information disclosure that 99% of UK franchised car dealers refuse to go beyond (and hide behind, IMHO). So, I make sure that at-a-glance CO2, fuel economy and the coloured “greeness indicator bars” are displayed clearly on my homepage car listings for easy comparison purposes.

I am pleased to say that the CO2 for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Petrol Automatic is now 134g/km. If you chose a different trim level, the CO2 would change, but not by much.

My BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2.0 420i M Sport (Professional Media) 16v (184bhp) Hatchback 5dr 1998cc Petrol Automatic (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £364.67 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!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 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! £364.67 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!

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

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Look at this comment. It is not just me who is a mentalist.

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It’s been listed on MSE.com. iExcellent!
Leyla Knight, Gosport, PO12 4ET
talkstoomuch_@hotmail.com

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

Nissan Qashqai Lease delivered to Stuart in Walsall

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Many customer letters contain really funny stuff. It’s unusual to receive a very dry one. However, I publish them all. Here is a letter from Stuart. It was sent to me quite a while ago!

Stuart says…
CarI have to say that the service provided by Ling was second to none. We were kept informed of the progress on our Nissan Qashqai. And now it has arrived, what a beautiful car to drive and the colour is fantastic. Excellent delivery, very good service.

Stuart
Walsall
WS3 ***

Nissan QashqaiEditor Note: Stuart, I keep telling people to try these Qashqais, they are always really well reviewed cars. And they are built near me by the Mackams. Hope you have a great time in it. Thanks for the kind words about my service. – Ling