Warranty Direct are delighted to announce that they will reprise their role as the headline sponsor of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fifth year running. The event will be held at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in Park Lane on Wednesday 11 January, 2017 and we are already counting down the days until the event!
The What Car? Car of the Year Awards, in association with Warranty Direct, are the accolades every manufacturer wants to win. Only the cars setting the standards for their respective class are nominated, with various manufacturers competing for the top prize in motoring – the What Car? Car of the Year Award.
What Car? is the UK’s biggest car-buying brand and has been helping Britain’s car buyers make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years. Their tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. In addition to being one of the headline sponsors, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market.
Current long-list contenders for the Warranty Direct sponsored City Car Award are the Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio and Volkswagen Up.
When considering the nominations for what makes a great city car, the judges have strict criteria, considering a number of key factors such as:
- A keen list price with low running costs
- Ease of use. The best urban run-arounds should be effortless to drive and compact enough to fit into tight spaces and easy to see out of as well
- Low prices should not entail poorly finished interiors or mean skimping on vehicle equipment lists
- The best city cars should feel safe and composed on the motorway, so longer trips don’t become stressful or tiring
Speaking about the impending awards, our Chief Operating Officer, Philip Ward is full of enthusiasm in the build-up to the event:
“The What Car? Awards epitomise one of the most celebrated events in the motoring calendar. The Awards recognise the achievements of individual car manufacturers, creating results from which expert advice can be offered to consumers considering their next purchase. We are proud to be sponsoring the awards again, for the fifth year running and for continuing to work with such a strong partner.”
Other categories at the awards will include: Best small car, Family car, Convertible, Electric car, Sports car, to name but a few.
One thing’s for sure, we are all incredibly excited about the What Car? Awards, which not only honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, but also the industry’s ability to revive and improve their products every year. There’s always a real sense of team spirit and support at the awards, which you don’t always experience across other industries.
With the awards mere days away, Warranty Direct will make sure our customers are some of the first to know about the results! Keep visiting our blog page and social feeds where we will share news about the awards as soon as they’re presented.
Warranty Direct provides extended motor warranty cover and can supply GAP Cover Insurance for brand new or used cars as well. For more information, visit us at www.warrantydirect.co.uk.
Volkswagen’s Passat is proving to be hot property as it moves faster off the forecourt than any other model in February, selling in just 19 days. Not only was the Passat saloon the fastest selling car nationally, but the estate version was the eighth fastest selling car.
Both are 2013 versions when the well-equipped R Line derivative was added to the range. The combination of frugal engines, well-built, premium interiors and plenty of room for both passengers and luggage, especially the estate, prove particularly attractive to executives and families alike.
Volkswagen’s other models have a strong showing in some of the region’s fastest sellers too, with the Golf being the second fastest seller in the East of England. The Golf also takes fifth, sixth and ninth places in Northern Ireland’s fastest sellers, plus it was fourth quickest out of dealerships in the West Midlands.
Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director said: “Our Market Report noted that while there was a dip in market share for new VW models in January, average used car prices for Volkswagens remained relatively unchanged according to our Used Car Retail Price Index. Car buyers’ appetite for these cars hasn’t dropped off either as online classified ad views on Auto Trader showed stable results across the board for the last six months.”
February’s national best sellers also included five crossovers and 4x4s, with Toyota’s RAV4 whipping off the nation’s forecourts the second quickest. The Toyota RAV4 originally launched in the mid-90s with a car firmly aimed at smaller families and delivers a decent on-road driving experience. The latest generation first went on sale in 2013 and it’s this generation of RAV4 that is proving quick to be snapped up by buyers.
Also notable is the appearance of Volvo’s XC90 in the nation’s quickest selling cars. The 2015 model is proving in demand with car buyers as it ranks as the ninth fastest used car to shift from British showrooms, plus the Swedish company launched the all-new XC90 in early 2015 too.
Of the top 10 best-selling new cars in 2015 none make an appearance in February’s national top 10 fastest sellers, but the Ford Focus is the fastest selling car in the East of England and it’s joined by a number of other best new car sellers including the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Qashqai all showing a quick pair of heels off the East of England forecourts.
|Rank||Description||Average Days To Sell||Average Retail Price|
|1||2013 Volkswagen Passat Saloon Diesel Automatic||19||£11,732|
|2||2013 Toyota RAV4 SUV Diesel Manual||21||£16,964|
|3||2012 Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Petrol Manual||21||£7,094|
|4||2011 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Petrol Manual||21||£5,231|
|5||2013 Hyundai ix35 Estate Petrol Manual||21||£11,125|
|6||2013 Honda CR-V SUV Petrol Automatic||22||£17,372|
|7||2015 Ford Kuga SUV Petrol Manual||22||£18,151|
|8||2013 Volkswagen Passat Estate Diesel Manual||23||£11,580|
|9||2015 Volvo XC90 Estate Diesel Automatic||23||£48,950|
|10||2013 Toyota AYGO Hatchback Petrol Semi-Automatic||23||£6,033|
It’s also interesting how many times Volkswagen models rank not only in the nation’s fastest selling cars but in quite a few regional ones too. It’s clear buyers are not shying away from purchasing models from the German brand and ties in with one of the key findings in the Auto Trader Market Report that showed VW average used values have remained steady in the past six months
You might be very bored by the whole Volkswagen ‘cheat software situation’, but should we be worried? Will it make VWs worth less? Should we still buy a used VW? Warranty Direct can help answer those questions, especially as it also relates to companies that are part of the VW group, including SEAT, Skoda and Audi.
For the moment though it is probably best to keep on driving your VW group diesel. If you are happy and it does the job then don’t worry and certainly don’t panic sell.
Want to buy a diesel? A used one may well be a tad cheaper and you can play all sorts of games with sellers, especially dealers who can only see a depreciating asset in the corner of the forecourt. If you are spending say up to £5-6K you won’t lose that much over a few years.
Do you really need a diesel? I have been consistent on this matter, and clearly the environmental arguments don’t exactly stack up. Their economy is good and better than anything else even if that might be called into question as well. But essentially, for knocking around the locality, you could choose a less problematic petrol.
Don’t believe us? Well, Euro Car Parts spoke to one of their customers D&D Autos, in Ashford, Kent, is a recent winner of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF)Garage of the Year award.
Bosch Master Technician, Matthew Pestridge, workshop manager at D&D Autos, said: “It is surprising to see a brand like VW suffering an issue like this but, despite all the headlines, we have not had a single call about it. Owners who bought a VW because of their environmental performance will rightly be shocked, but most buy on comfort, reliability and badge.”
It’s Monday morning and another week has begun here at Warranty Direct. Time for a roundup of the latest motor news we’ve noticed over the last seven days.
Dominating the main news last week was the shock revelation that car manufacturer Volkswagen had cheated emissions tests in the US on purpose. The cheat occurring thanks to a device installed in diesel engines that could detect if they were being tested or not, changing the performance to improve results. Since the news broke, chief executive Martin Winterkorn had stepped down and Volkswagen have begun internal inquiries. For more details and up to date tracking of the scandal, take a look at the BBC news guide above.
Audiences in London were invited this past week to see The Bloodhound; a Super-Sonic Car that will attempt to break the world land speed record next year. The AutoCar news story provides more detail in the engine components that make up this beast and explains how the car will attempt the land speed record.
There was recently great news for Nissan as the Japanese car maker only took just 21 months to produce 500,000 models of the Nissan Qashqai. The production of the cross-over car smashed records for its Sunderland car factory.
Warranty Direct took part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event this past Friday. Staff either donated or baked their own cakes for a fundraising cake sale in our offices. We’re pleased to report that these delicious cakes helped us to raise £277.35 for Macmillan Cancer Research. Well done to all involved in organising this great event.
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Have a great week!