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How can I configure my leased minibus?

04/09/2019

How can I configure my leased minibus?

You’ve made the decision to lease a minibus and now our expert team are on hand to help you to configure your minibus to meet your requirements. 

Here are some of the choices you can make when it comes to configuring your minibus.

Sat Nav

Considered a must have by many people, built in sat nav is an addition that can be arranged in all of our minibuses.

Signwriting

If you’ve decided to lease a minibus for your school or business you may be considering adding your branding. Our team can advise you of any terms and conditions attached to your minibus being sign written, some companies for example prefer you to remove any signage before handing the vehicle back at the end of the lease term whilst others will remove for you.  Read more here.

Air conditioning

Whilst most minibuses will have air con in the driver’s area of the minibus, there is an option to add air conditioning to the passenger area which is a popular addition. 

 

Parking sensors

These are a standard on most minibuses and an extremely helpful addition but some customers like to upgrade to a rear parking camera. 

 

Seating plans

Many people don’t realise how flexible the seating area of a minibus can be. For example, the Ford Torneo is an example of a minibus that can be configured to have its passengers sitting in rows or facing each other. On some models, one or two seats can be removed to make way for wheelchairs and ramps and lifts can be added. 

With all of the above, our team will be happy to help to ensure your exact needs are met. Contact us today.

 

 


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WLTP

27/08/2019

WLTP

The Minibus range we now offer are all the new generation engines tested to the new WLTP standards.

What is WLTP?

The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, as initiated from September 2017, is a test used to measure fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions to produce an up to date EU fuel efficiency rating for all petrol & diesel cars. The WLTP test also accurately aims to measure the energy consumption values & ranges of all electric cars. 

How does it differ from the old, NEDC test?

The WLTP supersedes the old test, “The New European Driving Cycle” or NEDC, which was a test designed in the 1980s. Due to changes in driving conditions, as well as evolutions in technology, the NEDC test became outdated, which led to criticism for producing economy-figures which are unachievable in present-day reality. 

The WLTP test aims to deliver real-driving date based on real-world conditions, which is achieved by testing consumption measurements based on what drivers are likely to experience on the road. These more realistic testing conditions include; 

  • Higher average maximum speeds
  • Longer test distances 
  • More realistic driving behaviour 
  • Dynamic testing equipment, provided for individual vehicles. 
  • Stricter measurement conditions

Also unlike the previous, NEDC test, the WLTP will take into consideration the following factors; 

  • Road type
  • Weather conditions
  • Traffic conditions
  • Road Gradient

Will these factors make a difference to the fuel economy ratings of each vehicle though, and if so, how much so?

How will the new test effect fuel economy figures?

It is predicted that most of the cars on sale in the UK, do not accurately achieve their reported fuel economy figures tested under the old NEDC regulations. So therefore, when considering the changes that the new WLTP test is introducing, it is significantly likely that fuel economy figures will change notably. 

Automotive industry data supplier Jato, compared NEDC and WLTP figures for 18 models tested under both systems, and they reported an 5% change in claimed economy between the two tests. 

Overall by focusing on more dynamic real-world driving data the WLTP will represent a more complete driving profile, which will as a result be more accurately reflected in the fuel economy figures.

Interested in leasing a minibus? Contact our team today.

 


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