Title: The UK’s Favourite Driving Songs

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Summary: From the radios that set the scenes of our morning commutes to the soothing songs we play at night, music has never strayed too far from the steering wheel. To see if we could pin down a soundtrack to the UK’s roads, we took a look at polls, "Top Driving Song" CD's and turned on the radio to see which songs cropped up the most. Join us to take a look at ten of the most iconic songs that continue to reverberate in our vehicles.

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From the radios that set the scenes of our morning commutes to the soothing songs we play at night, music has never strayed too far from the steering wheel. When it comes to music everyone has their favourites, and there are patterns to the songs we enjoy while driving; generally up tempo classic rock and pop, often with lyrics about the road.

To see if we could pin down a soundtrack to the UK’s roads, we took a look at polls, “Top Driving Song” CD’s and turned on the radio to see which songs cropped up the most. Join us to take a look at ten of the most iconic songs that continue to reverberate in our vehicles.

  1. Stronger – Kanye West

You either love him or hate him, but Kanye’s pleas of “I can’t wait much longer” are obviously striking a chord with UK drivers at rush hour, with the strong beat and catchy hooks keeping the brain ticking through the boredom. The Daft Punk tune that Kanye samples, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”, didn’t appear in our search, but is an equally good song, more suited for slightly lower tempo journeys.

  1. The Passenger – Iggy Pop

Coming in at number 9 is Iggy Pop’s 1977 hit The Passenger, one of those all-purpose songs that seems to fit any and every journey. It’s perfect early morning motivation to crack on with your day, while also a great companion for any late night cross-country haul.

  1. Dashboard – Modest Mouse

In their 2007 single “Dashboard”, Modest Mouse made one of the best songs about the experience of driving: with their refrain of “the dashboard melted but we still have the radio”, they symbolise how the music and rhythm of a car is often as important as the car itself.

  1. Hotel California – The Eagles

Forty years may have passed, but we’re all still driving to Hotel California. Be sure to check out Frank Ocean’s American Wedding, which uses the same music, but completely rewrites the lyrics.

  1. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson

“On the Road Again” is Willie Nelson’s famous love song to the open road and should be high on the playlist of any road trip. The song was given a new lease of life by Donkey in the original Shrek movie, perhaps explaining the reason it turns up on so many recent driving albums, although whether or not Donkey was able to replicate Nelson’s musicality is a different question.

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Journey’s reverb-rich ballad of the small-town girl and the city boy from South Detroit continues to keep us believing today. Reimagined afar from its power- pop roots in its performance on the American TV show Glee, “Don’t Stop Believin'” also enjoyed airtime in a slightly different television context, playing alongside the final scenes of HBO’s The Sopranos.

  1. Horse with No Name – America

Though the desert “plants and birds and rocks and things” of America’s “Horse with No Name” are quite the far-cry from the terrain we’re accustomed to driving through in the UK, the song’s love for the open road makes it a humble travelling companion in every part of the world that inspires our awe.

  1. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

For kicking off a long journey with some customary fire and brimstone, few do it better than AC/DC on “Highway to Hell”, something UK drivers seem to be unanimous on.

  1. Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

Rihanna’s right: sometimes, we do just need to shut up and drive.

  1. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

No list of favourites from the driver’s seat would be complete with Springsteen’s “Born to Run”. To be honest, we’re unsure that any list of favourite songs would be, in general. One of the most hard-hitting, inspirational and resonating lyricists of recent times, Springsteen’s pursuit of his American dream inspires us all to carry on – through thick and thin, traffic jam and detour – and keep running for our own.

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Summary: With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 here.

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With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 below.

Ford KA+                        ford-kaEnjoying excellent handling whilst balancing ample storage provisions with a compact build that renders it a perfect choice for city drives, the Ford Ka+ is a superb car for a range of settings. It’s also a notably quiet drive, with ample suppression of noise from the engine and the wind alike.

 

Skoda Octavia

With the Octavia, Skoda have produced an excellently priced car that’s equipped with furnishings and an interior belonging to cars from several tiers above. It’s almost unbeatable when it comes to storage, so if you’re looking for a car to take on long distance drives with passengers, the Skoda Octavia really is the car for you.

Vauxhall Astra

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Picked for the mantle of 2016 European Car of the Year, 2016 has been a great year for Vauxhall’s classic Astra range. Available as an estate or as a hatchback, the Vauxhall Astra enjoys roominess and comfort for driver and passengers while boasting excellent fuel economy and safety; it took home all five stars on the European NCAP test.

Volvo XC90

In the XC90, Volvo have delivered one of the most formidable SUVs the roads have ever seen. Though it’s equipped with both a diesel engine and petrol engine under the bonnet, the XC90 also has a T8 hybrid connection, meaning that fuel economy over short distances is great. With a stylish décor, high standard noise suppression and equally high calibre mechanical design, the XC90 brings to its driver the stellar all-round experience that Volvo are famous for.

Hyundai i10

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One of our favourite cars of the year, the Hyundai i10 is a perfect mode of transport for city living. It’s a small car that can expertly negotiate every tight space, with high-quality suspension that will stand tall against the most formidable pothole or damaged surface. The i10’s storage provisions are also incredibly generous, so it’s perfect for longer excursions or driving around with a lot of cargo.

Dacia Sandero

You’ll be hard pushed to find a car that enjoys anything like the quality that Dacia’s Sandero enjoys at the price range it’s in. The Sandero is a sturdy and well-built vehicle and what it lacks in infotainment and smart technology it makes up for with minimalist flair and stylish charm.

Fiat 500

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The timeless Fiat 500 combines a sleek retro aesthetic with sophisticated design in terms of décor and mechanics. For leisurely city living, it’s a stylish car that delivers the highest standard of travel.

Nissan Qashqai

Ranking supreme among all family SUVs, Nissan’s Qashqai is a package of exceptional comfort and engineering, supported by muted engines and wind defence. Nissan are renowned for producing sturdy and resilient builds; with the Qashqai, they continue to build on this reputation more and more.

Mazda 2

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With the Mazda 2, Mazda deliver an experience fully deserving of the super mini title. For a smartly built car boasting the latest advancements in car design that’s equally entertaining to drive, there are few cars that can be considered more of a must have.

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Title: Bristol Street Versa Gives to Charity

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Summary: Throughout 2016 at Bristol Street Versa we've been celebrating our anniversary, marking 25 years of helping our customers gain mobile independence. As a thank you to our customers, and to show our appreciation to all those who have helped Bristol Street Versa grow and expand, throughout this year with every wheelchair accessible delivered, Bristol Street Versa has donated £10 to specialist disability charities.

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Throughout 2016 at Bristol Street Versa we’ve been celebrating our anniversary, marking 25 years of helping our customers gain mobile independence.

We’ve come a long way since 1991, and over a quarter of a century the business has expanded from an initial tender of just 15 vehicles, to supplying around 450 WAVs to wheelchair users up and down the country. As of this year, we’ve also expanded our services beyond the UK and now export specialist transport solutions across the globe to New Zealand, where adapted vehicles can be hard to come by.

As a thank you to our customers, and to show our appreciation to all those who have helped Bristol Street Versa grow and expand, throughout 2016 we’ve been giving something back to the wider community.

Throughout this year with every wheelchair accessible delivered, Bristol Street Versa has donated £10 to specialist disability charities, to help them continue with their incredibly valuable work.

To shed some more light on the charities we’ve chosen to support – Leonard Cheshire Disability, Whizz Kidz, and the 3H Fund – we’ve put together a short biography of each below.

For over 65 years, Leonard Cheshire Disability has worked in the UK and around the world to help people living with disabilities lead the lives they want to live, without barriers. The charity was founded in 1948 by Leonard Cheshire, an RAF pilot who set up a home for people needing urgent care. Soon, one care home became many, and throughout the 50s, 60s the charity set up a network of homes in the UK and across the world. The 1970’s saw the trail of an innovative new home care service, which Leonard Cheshire Disability still offers today. Today, charity helps to support people with disabilities live and work independently, doing so through a wide network of support programmes, and by challenging ignorance, unfairness, and misconceptions in society.

Whizz Kidz are the leading provider of mobility equipment outside of the NHS, and make it their focus to help the thousands of disabled children living in the UK have a bright and happy future. Founded in 1990, the charity helps to provide children and young people with disabilities the means to lead a fulfilled life, whether that’s a wheelchair, vital mobility equipment, or life journey and skills training. Whizz Kidz makes it their mission to ensure that children with disabilities can access the same opportunities as any other kid, and have the same chances to fulfill their potential.

The 3H Fund – Helping Hands for Holidays – makes it possible for people living with disabilities to have affordable and enjoyable holidays. For carers and the physically disabled holidays are often off the cards, as finding the right transport, accommodation, and care can be incredibly difficult. Through arranging subsidies, specialist care, medical facilities and transport, the 3H Fund gives disabled people the chance to go on fulfilling holidays that meet their needs, whilst carers can relax and have a break of their own.

For the remainder of 2016, we’ll be donating £10 to the charities above with every delivery of a wheelchair accessible vehicle we make, with every purchase made by a customer helping them to continue their valuable work. Thanks to our customers for all their support over the years, here’s to a bright and eventful 2017!

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Title: The Most Popular Cars of the 2010s

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Summary: With the imminent arrival of 2017, we’ll very soon be entering the decade’s final quarter. Let’s take a look in the rear-view mirror and reflect on five of the cars we’ve loved to drive over the past seven years.

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With the imminent arrival of 2017, we’ll very soon be entering the decade’s final quarter. It’s been quite a year for plot-twists, with relegation-favourites Leicester City capturing the Premier League title and the national imagination. Let’s take a look in the rear-view mirror and reflect on five of the cars we’ve loved to drive over the past seven years and see whether the courses they’ve taken have been anything like as unpredictable!

5) The Nissan Qashqai

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With the Qashqai, Nissan continue to combine exceptional handling and a sturdy build. Balancing quiet engines with smooth movement and enjoying superb fuel economy, the Qashqai has consistently proven a dependable and durable companion on every long journey. It’s a favourite for families and great for holidaying: while you’ll be able to hear the plaintive cries of “Are we there yet?” in the highest definition, the generous storage provisions and spaciousness that Nissan provide will keep all other complaints to a minimum.

4) Volkswagen Polo

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As early as in the 1990s, the Volkswagen Polo enjoyed an iconic status in pop culture. Beginning the decade by winning the “World Car of the Year” award in 2010, the Polo continues to show no signs of slowing down. With the fifth generation debuting in 2009, the Polo’s most recent iterations enjoy a compact size and excellent handling. They’re a superb choice for any journey: their size makes them adept at manoeuvring through the city’s rushes, while their resilience means that you’ll still enjoy a leisurely drive on harsher surfaces. As the decade draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the Polo remains a fashionable choice today.

3) Ford Focus

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There are few words that relate more to high-quality car manufacturing than Ford, whose Focus range continues to be incredibly popular. Coupling the beautifully fluid handling for which Ford are world renowned with its robust frame, the Focus deftly handles the challenge of any awkward inner-city corner and equally excels on rougher countryside terrain. In 2012, the Focus pipped the Toyota Corolla to the plaudit of the world’s bestselling automobile. So, the Focus certainly takes the people’s vote!

2) Vauxhall Corsa

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Though Ford’s reign as the decade’s leading car manufacturer remains intact, one vehicle that continues to challenge their ascendancy is the Vauxhall Corsa. With few competitors being able to match the quality of its design, the Corsa is a reliable and relaxing vehicle to drive, with excellent movement and spaciousness for passengers and driver alike. Newer models feature a “City” mode that enhances the sensitivity of the car’s steering and brings its manoeuvrability in urban areas to an even higher level.

1) Ford Fiesta

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We did say that Ford retained the top spot, and nothing to date has crashed the party that the Ford Fiesta continues to enjoy. One of the nation’s most cherished cars since its 1970s debut, the Fiesta’s exceptional design and visual pallet make it one of the most responsive and comfortable vehicles the roads have seen, creating experiences in the spirit of its name everywhere it goes. Check out our timeline of the Ford Fiesta’s history to see when the party started, and how it grew into the vehicle we love to drive today!

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Title: Decade Defining Cars

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Summary: From humble beginnings in the late nineteenth century, the automobile had to make quite the journey to become the car we drive today.

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From humble beginnings in the late nineteenth century, the automobile had to make quite the journey to become the car we drive today. Below, we’ll check out the cars that defined the decades, looking at how they reflected or rejected the fashions of their era on the way!

1880s – The Benz Patent-Motorwagen

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In January 1886, the German mechanic Karl Benz patented the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, a three-wheeled car with a 954cc single cylinder engine. Though the rest is history, Benz’s car only achieved notoriety after Bertha Benz took the Patent-Motorwagen on a 194 kilometre round trip, driving to the city of Pforzheim to see her mother. Benz’s journey, the first ever long distance drive, is now commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route, and the Benz legacy endures in the form of Mercedes Benz today.

1890s – The Ford Quadricycle

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In a poorly lit garage behind his marital home in Detroit, 1896, the 32-year-old engineer Henry Ford completed work on his first prototype vehicle, the Ford Quadricycle. Unlike the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the Ford Quadricycle was a four-wheeled, two-seat roadster, and the first incarnation of the vehicles we drive today. Ford wasn’t actually the first Detroit local to build a prototype vehicle. That honour goes instead to Charles Brady King, who also invented the jackhammer!

1900s – The Ford 999

By the turn of the century, Henry Ford had massively increased the potential speeds his vehicles could reach. With the promise of speed came a desire for it and Ford began to design cars specifically for the purpose of racing. His first racer, The Arrow, ended in tragedy when its driver crashed during a race, but it was with Ford’s second design that he took platitudes. Named after the Empire State Express train that broke the land speed record, the Ford 999 could reach speeds of over 90 miles per hour. Though a far cry from the racing cars of today, with unchallengeable pace and painted a coat of bright red, the Ford 999 fully deserved its menacing moniker: “the Red Devil”.

1910s – The Ford Model T

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Cars had made sufficient tracks in public consciousness by the 1910s, but they remained too expensive for the public to buy. Ford’s solution to this problem took the form of one of the most iconic vehicles ever made: the Ford Model T. With a keen eye for modernisation, Ford continuously restructured the process of the production line, so that by 1915 a Model T could be assembled from scratch in just ninety minutes!

1920s – The Rolls-Royce Phantom

Not all car manufacturers shared Ford’s dream of empowering the everyman. To the glitz and revelry of the roaring 20s emerged the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the successor to Rolls-Royce’s earlier model the Silver Ghost. With haunting names that spoke to the quietness of their engines, the Rolls-Royce cars were luxury sedans that held efficiency and aesthetics in equal esteem.  For these cars, Rolls-Royce provided only the chassis and the engine. With the coach and seats left entirely to the buyer’s preferences, there was significant variation between every model, although no variation of the enormous price.

1930s – The Talbot Lagot 1937 T150 SS

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As the glamour and bustle of the 20s crumbled in the wake of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression, many car designers began to prioritise robustness over image. However, some designers refused this pragmatism and became more zealous than ever in their pursuit of the car as art. Ranking among the most gorgeous cars the road has ever seen, the Talbot Lagot 1937 T150 SS, built of smooth waves and flowing arcs, marked a defiant stance against the harsh angles and rigid builds of the time.

1940s – The Jeep

Across the globe, the outbreak of World War 2 brought civilian car development to a total standstill. When the USA entered the war in 1941, the US army requested the nation’s most prominent car manufacturers to develop a four-wheeled vehicle suitable for reconnaissance and command. The Jeep remains a feature of modern infantry. The most notable Jeeps in use were the Ford Model GPW and the Willys-Overland Model MB.

1950s – The Morris Minor

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Just as the USA prohibited civilian car development, so did the English government, requisitioning all car manufacturers to serve the Ministry of Supply instead. However, this wasn’t enough to stop a handful of engineers at the Morris Motors company who secretly continued their work on civilian vehicles throughout the war. What they went on to create became the life of every 1950s road and street.  Much like the Ford cars of the 1910s, the Morris Minor was designed for the everyman, to provide for the struggling working classes a car that was both pragmatic and comfortable. The designers gave their covert project the codename “Mosquito”, which was to be the car’s actual name until the Morris Motors executives decided that “Mosquito” might prove a little too sinister for the public’s tastes.

1960s – The Mini

From the swinging sixties’ flower power a range of subcultures bloomed, but there was only one car in which they all arrived. Being the car of choice of all four Beatles and enjoying the cameras, lights and action of Hollywood in The Italian Job, the Mini made an enormous impact across all walks of 60s life. Associated today with the era’s mobility and free spirit, the Mini was initially a response to the 1956 Suez Crisis, which led to the renewal of oil rationing!

1970s – Volkswagen Golf

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The 1970s saw the tumultuous politics of the time once again force the automobile industry’s hand, with the 1973 oil crisis creating further fuel shortages. Following the inlays the Mini had made, the 70s witnessed a range of hatchbacks enter into the marketplace; these were smaller cars that enjoyed superior fuel efficiency. One car to boldly ride the hatchback wave was the iconic Volkswagen Golf, whose successes have been such that the Golf remains incredibly popular today.

1980s – The Third Generation Ford Escort

Throughout automobile history, Ford has always pushed the frontiers of vehicle development. The 80s was another period where Ford enjoyed particular popularity, with the release of the third generation Ford Escort. Following the tracks of the Mini and the Golf, the third generation Escort was a highly efficient hatchback. Just as Volkswagen had developed a sports model of the Golf, so too did Ford produce a sports equivalent of the Escort. Ford painted all of the Escort sport models in a cool white finish, other than a single unit that they painted black for one of the era’s most beloved icons, Princess Diana. Her 1981 Ford Escort Ghia, an engagement gift from Prince Charles, was considered one of the most sought-after cars on the planet.

1990s – The Mazda RX-7

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There are several worthy winners for the title of the 90s’ most definitive car, and all of them come from Japan. The 90s marked the most significant foray of Japanese vehicles onto Western roads to date. Models like the Mazda RX-7, the Toyota Supra, the Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Honda NSX lived and breathed the decade’s pallet, sporting blocky and energetic colours with exceptional engineering that ensured these cars excelled at substance and style. To this day, franchises like Fast and Furious, Gran Turismo and Need for Speed ensure these vehicles’ immortality in popular culture.

2000s – The Toyota Prius

The noughties saw the emergence of a range of cars that remain incredibly popular today, such as the Škoda Fabia, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Fiat Punto. At the other end of the speedometer, super-charged cars were breaking records, with the Bugatti Veyron reaching a mind-blowing 267.7 mph. Yet, it’s for the advent of hybrid cars that the decade will be remembered. While they can’t fly or transport their cargo back to the future, vehicles like the Toyota Prius, using a combination of different power sources, enjoy great fuel economy and energy efficiency. Their production marked a decisive stage in the evolution of car design.

2010s – Ford Fiesta

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Powering our crystal ball with magic alone, it seems that hybrid and electric cars will continue to make an impact on the automotive landscape for years to come, with a whole host of brands investing in electric vehicles, from the Hyundai Ioniq to the newest Ford Mondeo. However, our car for this decade to date sees us return to vehicles’ roots with the iconic and ever-popular Ford Fiesta. Built in the spirit of the parties it takes for its namesake, the Fiesta is a triumph of an automobile engineering, balancing sophisticated mechanical design with comfort for passengers and driver alike. Just as Ford remain at the fore of car development, the Fiesta remains a national and worldwide favourite. And we can’t see Ford’s party ending any time soon!

Author: Fusion