Author Archive: Debbie Kirkley

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About Debbie Kirkley

Debbie enjoys: Spending time with her family and dogs, travelling and her work.

Debbie has had exposure to every aspect of the business, ensuring a tight ship at every stage of the process. She thrives on achieving great results, all the while being a great person to laugh and joke about with.

woman in the car pinching the bridge of her nose in frustration
Several years ago we reported that men got more stressed than women when stuck in a traffic jam. A study found that women’s stress levels increased by 8.7% whereas men’s stress levels increased by 60% when faced with a traffic jam. Regardless of who gets more stressed, getting stuck in traffic is tedious, stressful and can ruin a perfectly good journey. It can put you in a bad mood before or after work and can ruin your day if you let it. However, getting stressed isn’t the way forward when getting stuck in traffic. Stress can put pressure on your heart and cause dizziness and breathing problems and can make you do reckless or irresponsible things...

Top tips for safe motoring

We give you some of our top tips for safe motoring...
deployed airbag in a car
Safety is the most important thing when you are out on the road. Whether you are a driver or a passenger, you should ensure that you are as safe as you can possibly be when in a vehicle on the road. While we know that you do everything you can to ensure that you are safe out on the road, there are always extra tips and tricks that you can make note of to make your journey safer. We obviously want you to be as safe as possible on the road, so in this article, we are going to be giving you some top tips for safe motoring including when you are driving and how to take care of your car to ensure that it is in tip-top shape to keep you safe...

Should I get a short term lease?

We look at whether a short term lease is right for you...
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When we talk about leasing or finance we often talk about it in the long term. Contract Hire contracts are often between 2-3 years and finance options such as Hire Purchase can be up to 5 years so short term isn’t something we really talk about. However, it is an option. And it’s a great option for those in a certain situation. Not many people know that we offer short-term leasing as it is not one of our most popular forms of leasing or finance, but we do offer it. So in this article, we are going to talk about how short-term lease works, the pros and cons, and the reasons why it might be good for the situation you are in...
Our F1 Reporter, Carly Street gives her version of today’s exciting race – the Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2013

We’ve seen tears of joy and disappointment in equal measure over the course of this record breaking season. The Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2013, 71 laps of intricate circuit and home to the final race of 2013 was no different.

Following a delicate qualifying session under heavy rain, recently crowned Champion Sebastian Vettel chalked another pole into his record breaking tally and took his ninth pole of the season, his 45th pole of his career. Alonso stole third behind Nico Rosberg. Mark Webber’s woes continued in his final race in the sport only managing fourth.

After an exciting start which saw Rosberg, Hamilton and Alonso improve on their start positions, Vettel regained his lead and made a dash for it. Lotus said goodbye to the V8 engine in spectacular style when Grosjean was forced to retire due [...]

1988 Jaguar XJR 9 Le Mans

Autosport is reporting that Jaguar bosses have signed off a return to the Le Mans 24 Hour, a race that the British marque has won seven times.

Although the official line is that the Tata Motors owned company is “currently monitoring developments in world motorsport”, rumours are suggesting Tata chairman Ratan Tata and Jaguar’s top brass have already decided on a return to the fastest LMP1 class, although precisely when is still to be agreed.  The class has been dominated by Audi and Peugeot in recent years.

Jaguar has won Le Mans seven times, in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1988 and 1990.  This last win came the year before Jaguar quit the sport in favour of an ill fated foray into Formula 1, although the company has since worked with independent teams with entries in the lower classes, including [...]

2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series

We revealed spy shots recently, but now Mercedes-Benz has officially released details of the most powerful C-Class ever — the C63 AMG Black Series.

The spec:

– 6,208cc V8 (this is what AMG refers to as the ’6.3′)
– 517bhp at 6,800rpm
– 457lb/ft at 500rpm (!!)
– 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds
– 155mph top speed (restricted)
– CO2 emission of 286g/km
– 23.3mpg combined cycle

Running through what makes the Black Series stand out, we find vents in the front apron improve cooling; and twin vents in the bonnet to help expel heat from the engine bay.  A black front splitter helps improve air flow to balance the car better at speed.

A new front axle sports an increased track, requiring the front wings be stretched outwards by 28mm (an inch) on [...]

2012 Infiniti JX

Nissan’s luxury division Infiniti continues to tease us with a slow reveal of its forthcoming large JX crossover SUV.

The new car will apparently slot in above the current range topping FX SUV, pitching against the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport.

No word on engines but the five seat FX comes with a 3.7 litre V6 petrol — a version of the engine that can be found in the Nissan 370Z — and a 3.0 litre diesel, pushing out 316bhp and 235bhp respectively.  It’s safe to assume these will feature.  Expect also to see the V8 5.0 litre from the top FX, coming in with 385bhp.

The JX will debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US on 18 August and should reach these shores in 2012.  Price?  More than £50,000.

For further information on this Infiniti contact [...]

2013 MG5

With the MG6 GT and Magnette launches out of the way, SAIC owned MG is now working on its next two models — the MG3 supermini and this, the MG5 compact hatch.

Sharing its underpinnings with the Roewe 350 — both Roewe and MG are owned by Shanghai based SAIC, now the world’s eighth largest car maker — this is an all new platform and places the MG5 in the same sector as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf.  Engines will be a four cylinder 1.5 petrol with about 105bhp, which may also come with a light pressure turbo for around 150bhp.  It’s likely the forthcoming in-house four cylinder 1.9 diesel, being developed by MG at Longbridge, will also find its way under the bonnet, as may the 92bhp 1.3 from the MG3.  Six speed manuals and automatics will shift the gears, although a [...]

VW Concept Bluesport Porsche 550

Porsche is contemplating putting the famous 550 badge on an entry level roadster development of the Volkswagen Bluesport concept, their CEO has revealed.

Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Matthias Mueller said: “I can imagine that such a modern version of the famous ‘James Dean’ Porsche would be well received by our customers.”

In the interview he went on to say that the new entry level Porsche would not be a retro model, but a modern small open topped two seater tasked with making the brand more accessible.  This is because Stuttgart has set itself the task of selling more than 200,000 units by 2018, over double the 97,000 sales it achieved in 2010.  It isn’t going to do that purely from marketing the existing range better; a new, more affordable Porsche is needed.

There is an outside chance Porsche will develop [...]

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