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Latest company car and van tax book released

By |2021-07-21T11:52:13+01:00May 24th, 2016|Car news and reviews, Company car tax, News|

THE definitive book on company car and van tax has just been updated by that supremo of the spreadsheet, calculator and keyboard - Colin Tourick. Called Company Car and Van Tax 2016-17, this is the sixth edition written by company car tax expert Colin Tourick, and takes into account the tax changes from April 2016. So if you manage company cars for your SME [...]

What tax relief do I get on contract hire?

By |2017-11-20T12:28:35+00:00February 19th, 2015|Car leasing allowances, Car leasing plans and prices|

Contract hire - what can you claim? SO, you’re 99.9 per cent sure you want to lease your next SME company car through contract hire. But, you’re unsure what tax relief you will receive. Well, we’ve had a look with our friends at Network and can bring you all the answers to make that important final decision. Read [...]

Six business benefits of business car leasing

By |2017-11-20T12:28:31+00:00February 17th, 2015|Business contract hire, Car leasing plans and prices|

BUSINESS car leasing, if you’ve not heard of it before, is a way for SMEs to run company cars with low monthly payments and agreed mileage over a contract period, which is usually two, three or four years. You pay a monthly rental for the lease of the car and at the end of the lease period you hand it [...]

New Ford Mustang in the UK priced from £28,995

By |2017-11-20T12:28:00+00:00January 27th, 2015|Car news and reviews, News|

The arrival of a Ford Mustang with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine might just mean that with a little 'man maths' it could be on the company car list one day AFTER more than 50 years, Ford's iconic Mustang is finally available to order officially in the UK, with prices starting at £28,995 for the 2.3 EcoBoost. On top [...]

Porsche Macan – the depreciation-defying car

By |2017-11-20T12:28:00+00:00January 27th, 2015|Car news and reviews, News|

The Porsche Macan, starting at £44,000 costs much less than any car with investment potential WE already know that the Porsche’s baby SUV, the Macan, is a great car and buyers seem to agree as it’s already sold out till the middle of next year. In fact, according to research by car information and running cost experts, CAP [...]

The SME Company Car of the Year 2015 is the BMW 5-Series

By |2017-11-20T12:27:54+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Best company cars, BMW Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2015|

The BMW 520d SE auto - SME Company Car of the Year 2015 COULD the BMW 5-Series be the finest company car on sale? Well we think so and considering that you see so many wearing a groove into the tarmac of our roads, we think you’ll probably agree with our choice for 2015 SME Company Car of [...]

Women most likely to send their tax returns in on time

By |2017-11-20T12:27:38+00:00January 12th, 2015|Company car tax|

394 per 10,000 men submitted their tax return late NOT filled in your tax return yet? Well, you're not alone, as for every 10,000 tax returns returned to the HMRC from men, 394 were filed after the relevant deadline (31 October on paper and 31 January for online returns). This compares to 358 late returns for every 10,000 received [...]

Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Mixx: High value package spoiled by unfit engine

By |2017-11-20T12:27:38+00:00January 12th, 2015|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Kia Reviews|

The latest Soul might look similar to the last, but is based on the bigger Cee'd floorpan Company car review of the Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Mixx What is it? The second-generation version of Kia's funky, chunky crossover aimed at rivals such as the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. It may look similar to the first-generation Soul [...]

Editor’s view: Nissan Pulsar

By |2017-11-20T12:27:37+00:00January 9th, 2015|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

Pulsar - a throwback to Nissan's dull past? WHY? I thought Nissan had stopped doing dull. But clearly I was wrong. I remember going to a business and fleet briefing explaining the company’s new product strategy. Out were going dull, dreary models and in would come exciting, bold new designs. And how Nissan delivered. The Nissan Qashqai and [...]

Audi A4 Ultra SE Technik review: One of the best A4s to drive is also the cleanest

By |2017-11-20T12:27:33+00:00January 6th, 2015|Audi Reviews, Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews|

The A4 is the latest member of Audi's frugal Ultra family Company car review of the Audi A4 Ultra SE Technik What is it? The latest member of Audi's frugal Ultra family, the A4 is fitted with a reworked version of the 2.0-litre TDi diesel. This A4 is proof that Audi still has faith in diesel engines, meeting [...]

Lexus NX 300h F Sport review: sharp-suited SUV

By |2017-11-20T12:27:32+00:00January 5th, 2015|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Lexus Reviews|

Lexus goes Range Rover Evoque chasing with the hybrid NX Company Car Review of the Lexus NX 300h F Sport What is it? SMALL yet premium SUVs are all the rage, with Land Rover, Audi, BMW and Volvo all fighting for sales in an increasingly competitive environment. Now there’s another option to add to the list as Lexus [...]

Editor’s view: Lexus NX

By |2017-11-20T12:27:32+00:00January 5th, 2015|Car news and reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

Lexus NX looks likely to continue to play well to a small business audience LEXUS SUVs with their hybrid powertrains have always played well to the small business audience. Different, quiet, outstanding build, exceptional service – you can see why they have been a big hit with SMEs. And this new, more striking SUV should do more of [...]

MINI on a Dakar adventure – again!

By |2017-11-20T12:27:32+00:00December 31st, 2014|Car news and reviews|

One of the MINI All4 Racing Countrymans that will compete in the 2015 Dakar rally IN three days time, on the 4 January 2015, MINI ALL4 Racing (already two-time winners with the X-raid team) will start campaigning three highly-modified Countrymans in one of the toughest-ever long distance races – the world-famous Dakar Rally. The route of this mammoth 9,000km [...]

Citroen C1 Flair PureTech 82 5dr review: classy C1 city car

By |2017-11-20T12:27:30+00:00December 30th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Citroen Reviews, Company car and business car reviews|

The distinctive front design of the Citroen C1 sets it apart from the Peugeot and Toyota sister cars Company Car Review of the Citroen C1 Flair PureTech 82 What is it? The second in the trio of PSA/Toyota’s joint venture, the new C1 replaces the existing C1 with an all-new city car that shares its underpinnings with Toyota’s Aygo [...]

Editor’s view: Citroen C1

By |2017-11-20T12:27:31+00:00December 30th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Citroen Reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Editor's blog, Industry articles, News|

The Citroen C1's split headlights and wide lower grille give it a distinctive, cheeky grin IT is amazing how, from what is effectively the same car, Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota have come up with three very different looking city models. Out has gone the safe look of the old C1, replaced with what I believe is the most [...]

Nissan Pulsar 1.5 dCi 110 Tekna review: Nissan does standard family hatch

By |2017-11-20T12:27:31+00:00December 30th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Nissan Reviews|

Inoffensive to look at, the Pulsar has sharp looks that are unmistakably Nissan Company Car Review of the Nissan Pulsar 1.5 dCi 110 Tekna What is it? THE Nissan Pulsar represents Nissan's return to the traditional five-door small-family hatchback sector, the brutally competitive part of the market ruled by the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. At first glance [...]

Peugeot 108 Top! Allure PureTech 1.2 VTi review: a city car for grown ups

By |2017-11-20T12:27:28+00:00December 29th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Peugeot Reviews|

The latest 108 get's the Peugeot's stylish new family look Company Car Review of the Peugeot 108 Top! Allure PureTech 1.2 VTi THERE are three ‘tiny tots’ from each of the manufacturers involved in the joint venture between PSA Group (Peugeot/Citroen) and Toyota. This review is for the Peugeot version - the 108. As with the previously reviewed Toyota [...]

Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium: pumped up Fiesta-sized SUV

By |2017-11-20T12:27:19+00:00December 12th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Ford Reviews|

The Ecosport was originally developed for the South African market, but the boom in European sales has seen it launched in Europe Company Car Review of the Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium What is it? THE Ford EcoSport (pronounced ‘echo-sport’) is Ford’s smallest SUV, taking the Fiesta as its base where the Kuga takes a Focus. The car was [...]

Editor’s view: Ford EcoSport

By |2017-11-20T12:27:22+00:00December 12th, 2014|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Editor's blog, Ford Reviews, Industry articles, News|

Ford EcoSport: a great, distinctive and highly likeable car THE Ford EcoSport is Ford’s car to widen the choice of vehicles to company car drivers in the compact SUV segment – think Nissan Juke, MINI Countryman, Vauxhall Mokka. And this is a great, distinctive and highly likeable car. Although hanging the spare wheel from the rear door might [...]

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