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Citroen Dispatch 2016 Review

 

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Compared to the previous model, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch comes with significant improvements that will guarantee smooth cruise and strength not forgetting they have modified the van for comfort. The carrying capacity has been increased and the refinement is improved compared to the outgoing model. This has resulted in better performance at a lower running cost.

The new Citroen Dispatch will be one of the biggest rivals of Volkswagen Transporter, and will come with convincing features that can allow one to use the van even on snowy weather. It is designed to work as a town vehicle that is able to transport supplies for long hours.

Developed after a partnership was sealed between Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch is made to carry a maximum of 1400kg, which is 200 kg more than what the previous release could do. It can also carry at as much as three Euro pallets and will be in a position to tow 2.5 tonnes (500 Kg more than the previous release).

Basically, the 2016 version of the Citroen Dispatch is an upgrade of the earlier release and is a promising competitor in the market. The Dispatch will come in three distinct sizes; the M, XL and XS. Its wheelbase is small and the average length will be 3.3 metres. This can increase to 4.0 metres for the XS version of the same vehicle.

When it comes to the engine, brilliant technology was applied to ensure fuel economy and power are all achieved all at once. The engineers chose to make more diesel engine versions due to the power needed when the vehicle is loaded. The engine line-up consists of seven powertrains, which are separate on 1.6 and 2.0 litre units.

With the 1.6 litre headliner, you are promised 55.3 mpg and 133g/km of carbon dioxide, which is an improvement if compared to the previous version. What is good is that most of these engines are installed with 6-speed manual transmission, with the 2.0 litre 180PS packing six-speed auto.

Among features upgraded on this version are the hands-free sliding doors that are easily accessible on a foot motion. The loadspace bulkhead has also been given a handy flap at its base, making it possible to use the full length of the vehicle after sliding pipes or a ladder beneath the passenger seats. All models of the Citroen Dispatch have been rated 5 stars by the NCAP and have autonomous braking system.

Tips for Saving Fuel When Driving a Van

 

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Tips for Saving Fuel When Driving a Van

Everyone who owns a car will have something to smile about when he/she finds a way to reduce fuel consumption. However, this seems like an impossible dream to many people. Surprisingly, any car can be tuned to save fuel yet offer the required power. There are different tricks one can apply to save on fuel that you may also want to learn. Below are few that will make your driving experience better.

Plan ahead
Before travelling to a destination, you need to review all possible routes that you can take. One of the things you should never ignore is the nature of the terrain and distractions along the way that can delay you. Even if shorter, a road that has potholes and rugged terrain will demand you step on the accelerator harder to give the car the required force to overcome the resistance. This will definitely cost more to fuel for the same route. Before travelling, choose a route that is not congested and ideal for smooth acceleration.

Use air conditioning sparingly
It may sound weird, but the minute you switch on the air conditioning you also activate fuel consumption to some extent. The air conditioning system will consume fuel; so if possible, you can keep it off especially when the conditions do not demand you use it. You can turn to alternatives like lowering your windows if there is a lot of heat.

Service the vehicle regularly
Servicing your vehicle in time will help to keep it efficient and reliable. If the car is kept in the right condition like changing ATF and engine oil in time, there will be no strain in performing different functions that help the car to move. Lack of servicing means the car will be struggling so as to attain its optimal performance, something that could mean going hard on the accelerator. The results are obvious: more fuel will be needed to give the power demanded.

Avoid unnecessary weight
Most people like adding modifications to their cars, maybe to make it look different, but all this is done without an ounce of knowledge that it would affect the performance of the vehicle. Adding weight to the car means the engine will be forced to push harder because it will now be working with weight that is more than it was made to carry. To compensate this power demand, you will be forced to press on the accelerator harder.

Clean Your Car Like a Pro

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How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro

Having your vehicle professionally detailed can make your car feel like new again. With the right materials, you can clean your car like a pro and make your car feel like new whenever you like.

It’s important to begin with the interior. The first task is to dislodge any dirt and debris from the cracks and crevices with an air compressor. Then, use a stiff-bristled brush to loosen any stubborn dirt from the carpet and upholstery. If your car has leather seats, apply a leather cleaner and conditioner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions accordingly.

Using your air compressor once again, blow any build up out of the car’s air conditioning and heating duct work. Doing this will rid the vehicle of dirt and dust that can cause musty smells, helping to give your car that new car smell. Follow this with a thorough vacuuming of the interior.

Wipe down the dashboard and use a protectant to guard against harmful UV rays and keep it looking fresh and new. Clean pedals with detergent, and use a non-acidic cleaner on tyres. After applying a degreaser to the wheels, you’re ready to clean your car’s exterior.

Begin by hosing down the entire vehicle to rinse away any surface dirt. Follow this by scrubbing down the exterior with a soft sponge or washing mitt and a liquid detergent. As always, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines with your cleaning products. With a toothbrush, or a small detailing brush, remove any dirt from the cracks of the car’s bodywork.

Once your vehicle is clean, it’s ready for a polish. Use an appropriate polish for all surfaces. Apply a metal polish where needed and a plastic polish to brake lights, indicator lights, and headlights. This will not only keep all of your car’s lights looking their best, but will make your vehicle safer on the road, as well.

Now that the polish has been done, protect your newly detailed automobile with a fresh coat of wax.

Lastly, clean all the windows. A household glass cleaner will do, though it is advised that you choose a cleaner that is ammonia-free. For the best results on windows, use a micro fibre cloth to remove residue and eliminate those unsightly streaks.

Now that you know how to clean your car like a pro, you’re ready to take it for a drive.

Safe Van Driving – Your Top Tips

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Safe Van Driving – Your Top Tips

Preparing to drive your van.

1. Get to know your vehicle, its length and height, so that you can perform reversing and turning manoeuvres and navigate bridges or height-restricted entries to garages, car parks etc safely.

2. Keep to your van’s weight limit. When loading, lift safely and make sure that the weight is distributed evenly, and before setting off close the doors firmly and lock them.

3. Check the van is a vehicle covered by your driving license. It should have a current MOT certificate, in-date road tax and you should be insured to drive it. Comprehensive breakdown cover is also a good idea.

4. Before each journey check oil, tyres, lights, fuel, and wing mirror position, and don’t forget to test your windscreen wipers and top-up the fluid reservoir.

5. Prepare for an emergency; carry a high-visibility jacket, torch, first-aid kit and blanket. Your spare wheel should always have sufficient tread and be ready to fit on the van should the need arise.

The drive.

6. Plan you route, motorways are the quickest and safest way to get from A to B. If possible avoid rush hour traffic and school run time. Give yourself plenty of time for your journey plus extra to compensate for any contingencies you experience. Never rush, rushing is stressful and stress erodes good judgement. Always keep to the speed limit and if you are not good at navigating invest in a reliable Sat Nav. Never use a mobile phone whilst on the road, its illegal.

7. Sit properly, don’t slouch or sit in a contorted position. Make sure head restraints are comfortable for you, your back is supported and feet can reach the pedals; and don’t forget to fasten your seat belt. Check you have a good view of the road from both the rear view mirror and the wing mirrors and be aware of any blind spots.

8. If you start to feel drowsy during your journey pull over and take a rest as soon as possible. Until you are able to do so, get cold air circulating in your cabin by opening a window or putting the cold blower on.

Finally.

9. If an accident should occur, switch your engine off, immobilize your van, check on the welfare of others involved and when necessary call the emergency services. Never flee the scene of an accident, always be ready to exchange your insurance details or present your documents to the police.

Car Maintenance Tips

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Tips for Simple Car Maintenance That Anyone Can Do

Taking good care of your car can have three major benefits: it’ll make it run more smoothly and economically, it’ll help extend its life, and it’ll avoid many safety issues that arise from a poorly maintained vehicle. While a regular service carried out by a competent mechanic is essential, there is much that you can do yourself quickly, easily, and cheaply.

Tyres

Firstly, regularly check that the pressure of each tyre is within its recommended range – you should do this at least once a month if not more often. Low tyre pressure not only causes handling issues, but will also increase fuel consumption. Also keep an eye on the tread depth, as badly worn tyres are dangerous as well as illegal. Your annual MOT check will pick up tyres that are reaching the end of their life, but it does no harm to check yourself every few months or so, especially if you’re clocking up the miles between MOTs.

Engine and Cooling

An overheating engine can place substantial strains on your whole vehicle, and if left unchecked the damage can be costly to fix. Visually check that all visible belts and hoses within the engine compartment are clean and free from wear, and if there are any signs of fraying then have them replaced as soon as possible. Also ensure that your coolant level is high enough – your car’s handbook will show you how to do this safely: follow the instructions carefully, you should be able to check levels without removing the coolant cap and risking releasing hot fluid under pressure.

While you’re under the bonnet, check your oil levels and top up if necessary. Do this every fortnight or so, and particularly before starting a long journey. If you notice that the oil needs frequent topping up then this could be an early sign of an engine problem, so get it checked before it progresses further.

Lights and Electrics

Checking all your vehicle’s lights, inside and out, is a simple job but one that can be essential for safety – not to mention the risk of a ticket if you’re pulled over with defective lights. Replacing any that aren’t working is also a simple job you can do yourself, or a high street spares retailer will often do this for a nominal charge. Also check that all other electrical parts such as windscreen wipers are operating properly, and replace minor items such as wiper blades if they’re worn.

However minor your level of car mechanics skill and knowledge, taking the time to check and maintain as many parts of your car as you can will pay off in avoiding possible major repair bills further down the line.

What Vans Citroen Has To Offer

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If you’re looking for a new van this spring, then look no further than the superb range of Citroen vehicles. With so much choice on offer, though, how do you select the right van for your need? Here’s a guide to what Citroen can offer.

Citroen Nemo

The Nemo may be the smallest van in Citroen’s range, but it’s no weakling, featuring a reliable, dependable 1.4-litre engine that allows it to carry a 660 kg, 2.5 cubic metre payload without fuss. With more than 1.5 metres of interior space, the Nemo is capable of handling some surprisingly bulky loads, but it also offers an excellent level of comfort for drivers and passengers thanks to features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth and parking sensors.

Citroen Berlingo

Slightly larger all round than the Nemo, but still very much a compact van, the Berlingo offers immense flexibility thanks to its variety of lengths and trim levels. Engines range from an economical, 95PS, 1.6i unit to a powerful, 90PS, HDi option, with 180 degree opening rear doors allowing payloads of up to 896 kg and 4.1 cubic metres to be accommodated with ease. Some Berlingos boast a modular folding passenger seat for even greater flexibility, while Enterprise models feature hands-free Bluetooth and air conditioning.

Citroen Dispatch

With engine power from 90PS all the way up to the Combi model’s 160 PS, the Dispatch makes light work of heavy loads. Available in a wide range of styles ranging from Panel Van to Platform Cab, it’s capable of dealing with loads of 1,200 kg. Combine that with a cavernous 7 cubic metres of load space and twin sliding rear doors and the Dispatch’s attractions are clear. Enterprise models of this van come with rear parking sensors and steel bulkhead, while all models benefit from low fuel consumption.

Citroen Relay

The Relay panel van really is the ultimate in Citroen load-luggers: with no fewer than four length and three height options available, there’s a Relay to suit every need. Every Relay has interior space for three Euro-pallets, while the largest can deal with payloads of up to 17 cubic metres. Citroen offers a range of three excellent HDi diesel units with power ranging from 110 to 150 PS. With premium features such as Hill Start Assist fitted as standard, the Relay can take whatever you throw at it.

5 Secret Cheats To Cheaper Car Insurance

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Car insurance is a legal requirement if you plan on driving your vehicle on public roads. After all, it protects you and other drivers if you happen to be involved in an accident, plus some car insurance comes with a host of additional perks. However, you may be paying over the odds for your car insurance. Read on for five simple yet effective ways that you can slash the costs on your car insurance policy.

1. Avoid Mods

While it may be tempting to add that spoiler or modify your engine, it’s best to avoid any car modifications unless you’re okay with forking out some extra hard earned cash on your insurance policy. When you modify your car you are legally obliged to notify your insurance provider, who will then often raise your premiums to reflect the work that’s been done.

2. Pay Annually

While monthly payments may be tempting, you can cut costs on your insurance premium by paying on a yearly basis, as a lump payment will avoid those pesky interest charges.

3. Increase Your Excess

A clever way to lower your insurance costs is to raise your voluntary excess levels. By increasing the amount that you are required to pay if you do have an accidents, your annual policy will be reduced. Just be prepared to shell out the excess if it comes down to it.

4. Add a Named Driver

A little known cheat is to add a more experienced, or older, named driver on to your insurance policy to lower costs. Avoid adding anyone who has points on their license, and don’t try and be a named driver under your parents name when you are planning on being the main driver, as this is called ‘fronting’ and can void your claims.

5. Increase Security

Just a few small adjustments to the security of your car can dramatically lower your insurance premiums. Why not invest in an immobilizer or a car alarm? If you have access to a secure covered garage or driveway then notify your policy provider, as this may also save you money on your premium.

Try out one or more of the above cheats, and you will be sure to reduce your car insurance costs. Good luck!

Guy Martin’s Volvo – The Fastest Car In Britain?

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Move over Bugatti and step aside Ferrari. There is a new machine vying for the fastest car distinction, and its a forty year old Volvo.

TV presenter and racer Guy Martin has made the claim that his estate car could be considered the fastest vehicle on the roads in Britain. Martin had the car, which he bought in 2012, specially adapted by Swedish super car engineers to include a 2.8 litre turbo charged engine and a six-speed gear box to create 788 brake horsepower. The Volvo also had its interior completely redesigned to Guy’s specifications to create a car he describes as ‘perfect’ in a column for the Sunday Times.

‘I reckon it is about the fastest car in Britain – quicker than any Ferrari, Porsche or even Bugatti.’ he said

‘My GSXR Suzuki superbike is about 220bhp and probably a bit quicker to 100mph, but if you put them on the road together the Volvo would leave it for dust between 100mph and 200mph. The truth is, this is the quickest machine I have ever driven or ridden’ he added.

While the claim may not be completely accurate worldwide, Martin’s suped-up family car may well hold the crown, at least in England. Some super cars have a higher top speed than the 205 mph which the Volvo can reach, but it is uncertain if they are currently in the UK. Bugatti’s Veyron has an official maximum speed of 268mph and although one was sold in London recently, it is unknown if the super car is within Britain. The world’s fastest car is currently the Hennessy Venom GT with a record 270mph in America, leaving the possibility that the Swedish car, picked up by Guy for £70,000, may well be the king of UK roads.

Martin has claimed that he has only one other car, a Ford Transit van which he uses for everyday use, reserving the Volvo for special occasions. It is easy to see why, with an engine that would leave super cars trailing.

‘My God, it is frightening. You have to keep it pointing in a straight line’ he said

How To Fix Up Your Cars Interior On The Cheap

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A Guide To; How To Fix Up Car Interiors On The Cheap

You may have the most shiny car on the outside, but if the interior isn’t up to scratch it could let the whole vehicle down. Whilst buying a brand new interior from the car dealer is an option, it can also be very costly. If you only spent a few pennies on the car, then you don’t want to pay the earth to fix it up. Here are some tips for fixing up your car interior without it costing the earth.

2nd Hand Parts

Breakers yards and local newspapers can be a wealth of bargains if you know what you want. Also, people will also often list a car on online auction websites that are past having an MOT, but have good parts still attached. Before you approach a scrap yard or private seller, always research the price of the interior components if you were to buy them brand new; this will ensure that you aren’t ripped off for more than the retail price.

Give It A Go

Yes, you could always source the interior parts and then ask a professional to remove the old and fit the new pieces, but this isn’t cheap. If you have a little willpower, muscle and time, then you really can do the swap yourself even with no experience. There are a wealth of ‘How To’ videos on the internet, and a quick search engine check can take you straight to the one you need. Give it a go, you can always ask a friend or professional for help later if it doesn’t work out.

Cloth or leather Interiors

A gaping hole in a seat or unsightly fraying due to wear can look like a daunting task, but it’s actually very much the opposite. With a curved upholstery needle you can sew the edges of a rip neatly back together for immediate gratification. If material is missing, then find a swatch of similar material or even go crazy with some funky patches to make a statement. You can use the same techniques with a leather interior, but if there are no rips and the leather simply looks tired and cracked, then treat it. You can buy leather treatment from most online or high street car shops and a little bit of elbow grease will leave it looking refreshed.

It’s all too easy to deliver your car to a professional, but if you lack the pennies then give some of these tips a go; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

The 10 Best Small Vans of 2015

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People who are looking for a new or used small van in good condition will find that a wide range of excellent models were released in 2015 that are just waiting to be enjoyed. These small vans are ideal for people who are looking for an all-rounder that can carry heavy loads but is still compact enough to fit into a small garage. Here are some of the best small vans from 2015 to choose from.

Ford Transit Connect
People who prize economy and utility will love the Ford Transit Connect. With 100 cubic feet of cargo room and a 169-bhp 2.5 litre engine, there is plenty of power and space for all types of tasks.

Volkswagen Caddy
Quality and comfort are the watch words of this high end model, which boasts good properties and well appointed controls.

Fiat Doblo Cargo
This mean machine comes in a whole host of different styles and sizes and is a real dream to drive. With up to 64mpg fuel economy and secure and smooth handling, owners will love putting the Fiat Doblo Cargo through its paces.

MINI Clubvan
The upmarket of this small van makes it one of the most stylish offerings around and it is both very comfortable and fun to drive,

Vauxhall Combo
This impressive small van is known for its top of the range stability control and also comes with a class leading payload and excellent economy.

Fiat Fiorino
This slick urbanite is not just a pretty face as it boasts 2.8 cubic metres of load space and is very practical.

Renault Kangoo
This city delivery van is very versatile and offers impressive fuel efficiency combined with excellent value for money and a great driving experience.

Citroen Berlingo
This is one of the most economical small vans around and boasts a long load bay and unique twin front passenger seats.

Mercedes Citan
This compact and very stylish minivan offers one of the nest mileages around and comes with excellent handling and plenty of gadgets.

Peugeot Bipper
The compact footprint and generous interior space of this small van make it a great choice and the folding passenger seat provide extra space.

Of course, when choosing a small van it is important to take your specific needs into consideration. While all of these offerings are able to go the distance, some are more aesthetically pleasing than others, while people who enjoy plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep them company on long journeys will want to make sure that their small van is fully kitted out and ready to go.