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Taxi News Roundup - Februrary 2017

The Taxi Centre Goes Electric

During February, The Taxi Centre took delivery of its first batch of 100% electric Nissan Leaf’s, one of the most popular EV’s in the taxi industry. Although initially taking a batch of 15 Leaf’s, it’s forecasted that over 100 sales of the EV will take place during 2017, with that number predicted to more than triple in 2018.

Allan McGinness, General Manager at The Taxi Centre, said: “The LEAF has a proven track record in service with taxi operators large and small across the UK and can really help them achieve massive savings. We’ve been waiting for the right electric vehicle for the taxi industry and we’re convinced the LEAF is that vehicle.”

The buzz of electric vehicles is being felt across the world, with many leading automobile companies investing more in hybrid and electric technology to create environmentally friendly vehicles. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the taxi industry, where the combination of low running costs and emissions makes them ideal for drivers and firms looking to save money.

Drivers Take Things Slow in Protest

Taxi drivers around the world are adopting new tactics to protest against legislation that supposedly hinders the services of local taxi companies. More and more drivers are taking part in organised “slow drives”, designed to disrupt traffic and draw attention to their concerns.

The past month has seen drivers from Melbourne to Hull taking part in slow drives, with further protests set to take place during March. Although the exact reasons for the protests differ from location to location, many have been organised to draw attention to new licensing legislation that favours rideshare companies like Uber over local firms.

In Melbourne, drivers are protesting the mooted deregulation of the city’s taxi industry, which allegedly favours rideshare services and could mean drivers shelling out up to $500,000 to obtain a new license. Meanwhile in Sheffield, drivers are opposing a Government act which locals claim has resulted in a “wild west” working environment, with drivers from as far away as London operating in the city.

Manchester United Partner with Uber

Football club Manchester United has announced a partnership with rideshare app Uber. The deal will place a dedicated Uber drop off and pick-up zone at the club’s Old Trafford stadium, and will also allow fans and users of the app to access exclusive behind-the-scenes club content.

In a press release, a representative of the club commented that the partnership will provide a “convenient and safe way for all fans to travel to and from games, with just a few taps of their smartphone.” In addition, United’s group managing director stated that “Manchester United is always looking at ways in which we can improve our fans’ experience and our relationship with Uber will allow us to do this in new and exciting ways.”

The partnership has received a mixed response among drivers and fans alike, with some fans speaking out against Uber based on past negative press the company has received. Meanwhile, some drivers in the city are sceptical about the success of the scheme. One driver stated that “With all the congestion around the ground on match days, it could be difficult for drivers. They might have to wait for a while before the end of the game if they had a booking. I think the fans will just carry on with how they get home.”

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Citroen C3

Every year a fleet of new vehicles arrives, from old favourites receiving refreshed leases of life to brand-new models being rolled out of the factory doors for the very first time. Join us as we take a look at the ones we can’t wait to drive in2017, and take a look at our new car deals.

Citroën C3 2017

The new Citroen C3 complements a playful aesthetic with seriously high-end mechanics. Citroën are well-known for the technology with which their vehicles are kitted out and the C3 looks set to continue the trend. There’ll also be improved shock absorption and sound suppression over the current model, leading to a more serene experience all-round.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

The new Ford Fiesta ranks as one of the most iconic and well-loved vehicles on the road. In the 2017 model, Ford look set to keep their already successful formula fairly intact, but there’ll no doubt be an array of enhancements. Expect a spread of customisation options, from Ford Active Stop and drive assists to heated seats and an expanded range of trims. The Fiesta has never been more personal!

Honda Civic Type R

Unlike the Fiesta, Honda’s 2017 Civic – the vehicle’s tenth generation – sees the range radically redesigned. Taking home a range of plaudits at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the new Civic expresses a daring aesthetic that sees the model revitalised, boasting bold and vibrant colours with spoilers and bodywork to match. Look out for this one on the roads this year, and check out our range of used Honda models here.

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra

The 2017 new Nissan Micra promises a similar extent of revision to the Civic, with a range of alterations increasing the driving experience’s comfort. Nissan are overhauling the interior, providing a combination of dashboard technology and trim to bring the Micra in line with the best of its class.

SEAT Leon

SEAT Leon

Spanish designers SEAT are making several changes to the new SEAT Leon, which already ranks in our books as one of the nicest hatchbacks going. Adding new safety features and drive assists, fitting a new and more powerful engine and widening the available colour options, the Leon experience will become even more complete.

Renault Captur

Renault Captur

In the Captur, Renault promise a vehicle that embodies the exceptional standards of style for which they’re historically well-known. With loads of great colourways, few cars will prove a more fashionable mode of transport for navigating city life than the new Renault Captur!

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