Car Hire Offers for October, 2012

1 in 6 speed cameras are digital

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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Follow The E Type Story

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

2011 is the 50th anniversary of the E Type. If you can’t spare

100 miles, 5 classic cars, 1 great day…

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Our driving tours let you sample 5 classic cars in one day. See what it’s all about with these reports and photos from our Dales Dash in Yorkshire….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=208

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SEAT Toledo from £12,495

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

SEAT has confirmed that the entry-level on-the-road price for the new Toledo range will be £12,495. Read more…

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Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/SEAT_news.html?id=12409

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Dealers claim factory-owned Tesla stores are illegal

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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Unlike typical dealers, Tesla has a network of “stores” and “retail stores.” While reservations can be made for a new Model S or Roadster at the retail store, Tesla says other versions of the store merely direct potential customers to make their reservation online. Most of these boutique-style stores are in shopping malls, and Tesla asserts that they are not sales facilities. It’s an assertion with which traditional auto dealers are taking issue.

Dealers associations and networks across the country are doubling down their efforts to make Tesla’s OEM showroom network illegal. Tesla has opened 17 stores in 10 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

Dealership associations contend Tesla’s notion that sales are not made at these stores, stating that the showroom experience is still part of the sales process. To that end, dealer groups across the country have embarked in legal battles with the electric carmaker. The Illinois Secretary of State has informed Tesla that it is illegal to list CEO Elon Musk as the owner of its Chicago store. The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association is looking into legal options against Telsa’s Westchester store, as well as two others in New York. In Massachusetts, the opening of a store in the suburban Natick Mall is having its legality challenged by the dealer association in that state. California has laws in place that allow for a manufacturer to run its own dealership, as long as it is not within 10 miles of an existing dealer. That practice caught the ire of Chrysler dealers when the American automaker opened its own multi-brand showroom near downtown Los Angeles.

Tesla says the way that its stores are run are unique to each location. According to George Blankenship, Tesla’s VP of sales, “If we can’t be a dealer in a mall, we won’t do reservations on-site. We tell people where to go on our website to make a reservation.” Blankenship is the former Apple retail guru and the mind behind the Apple Stores – an experience Tesla hopes to recreate in its own sales network. In the eyes of many dealers, that is a threat to their own dealership model. As Tesla seeks to open more stores in more states, this is unlikely to be the end of the pushback against the electric automaker.

Dealers claim factory-owned Tesla stores are illegal originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi SRi

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Astra GTC makes Vauxhall sexy again.

Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Vauxhall_Astra%20GTC_roadtest.html?id=1770

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Audi Cabriolet for

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Audi Cabriolet
  • Make: Audi
  • Model: Cabriolet E
  • Registered: February 1996 – N
  • Mileage: 134000 miles
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Body Type: Convertible – 2 doors
  • Finished in: Turquoise Met
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Engine Size: 2.6

Source: http://www.compucars.co.uk/used-cars/audi/cabriolet/for-sale/?2401357

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Drive the best driver’s car ever?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

We’ve added a brilliant Lotus Elan M10 to our fleet – consistently rated one of the top 10 drivers cars of all time. Drive the only sensible Lotus with the electric driving experience – from just

Get into stainless steel style

Monday, October 15th, 2012

At last, it’s here – the only DeLorean DMC-12 that you can drive yourself. Hire it from our Cotswolds base in 2012. Book dates or gift vouchers now and save 10% before Christmas….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=159

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70 people, 30 cars, 6 days, 3 events, 1 Goodwood

Monday, October 15th, 2012

We’re celebrating our best ever Goodwood Revival, successfully serving our private and corporate customers with a fleet of 30 100% reliable cars during the event in September….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=136

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Mazda MX-5 GT

Monday, October 15th, 2012

One-off Mazda MX-5 gets a power boost to unleash the roadster’s full potential

Source: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/285415/mazda_mx5_gt.html

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Kia Sorento revamped

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The Kia Sorento has been extensively revised after less than 3 years on the market. Read more…

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Grumbling/whirring noise – any ideas?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Last post by Ozzie Osmond

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36 4 24 = 12 FOC

Monday, October 15th, 2012

It means that we’re giving away 12 hours free with every 24 hour hire booked mid week Monday to Thursday. That’s 36 hours for the price of just 24 hours. Plus flexible collection and return times between 9am and 5pm…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=174

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Historic Ermini brand relaunching with Barchetta Sport

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Ermini Seiottosei sports car - front three-quarter rendering

It’s been fifty years since Italian automaker Ermini shuttered its doors, but it looks as if that hiatus has come to an end. The Florence-based sportscar manufacturer plans to launch a new creation, possibly called Seiottosei or 686, by the end of next year. The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive sportster will feature a space frame construction wherein the engine and the sequential transmission serve as structural members. The company isn’t saying what sort of powerplant the car will use, though the questionably translated press release seems to indicate Ermini will eschew large displacement options for something lighter and more sprightly. Even so, the company plans to give its creation a power-to-weight ratio on par with most supercars.

The carbon fiber body panels for the “Barchetta Sport” model were penned by Giulio Cappellini, a designer from outside of the automotive sphere, and Ermini promises the finished product will be easy to maintain, offer low emissions and responsible fuel consumption. Check the full press run below for more information.

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Watch how Audi ‘evolved’ the R8 for 2013

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Since the Audi R8 launched back in 2008, Audi has done a great job of keeping its mid-engine supercar fresh. Between the V10, the Spyder and the GT models, it seems like there has been something new added to the R8 every year. The 2013 model year is going to bring more of the same. More than just an updated look, though, Audi engineers made sure to fine tune the R8′s performance, and Audi has released a video showing exactly what goes into making improvements to a car like the R8.

We’ve already seen some of the making of Audi’s video from the opposite side of the lens, and now we finally get to see what the new R8 looks like from Audi’s point of view testing on the Nürburgring along with the Autobahn. There are some great shots of a camouflaged 2013 R8 blasting around the ‘Ring as well as some of the car’s build process including a look at the lightweight Audi Space Frame and watching builders drop the engine and transmission into the car’s rear.

One of the more interesting elements of the video is hearing just how important the Nürburgring is to Audi. In the video, Stephan Reil, Quattro GmbH head of development, says that every Audi RS and R8 model must run an 8,000-kilometer (almost 5,000 miles) durability test around the Nordschleife and that in testing, Audi engineers equate one km on the ‘Ring to 15 to 18 km on standard roads.

While we would love to hear more of the R8′s exhaust note in the video below, it’s still fun to watch and gives great insight about what went into updating this car.

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Great Escape Jaguar XJ6 stars in Sky crime documentary

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Great Escape Classic Car Hire 1974 Jaguar XJ6 saloon was chosen to provide the getaway wheels for a group of criminals in a new Sky TV crime documentary to be aired in autumn 2010.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=46

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New MGB convertible in Suffolk

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has added 5th MGB convertible to its fleet, this time based in Suffolk near Stowmarket. The new chrome bumper teal blue MGB roadster is available for immediate hire…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=140

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Now make your Great Escape in Shropshire too

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Shropshire and Wales offer some of the best scenery and driving roads in the UK – all within easy distance of Manchester, Birmingham, Chester and Liverpool. Now you can hire a classic car there too with the launch of Great Escape’s latest Shropshire fleet.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=55

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Find Great Escape on the high street

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

One of Great Escape’s most popular cars is star of the high street this Spring. One of our Jensen Interceptors features in posters prominently displated in Jack Wills stores across the UK….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=179

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Find Great Escape on the high street

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

One of Great Escape’s most popular cars is star of the high street this Spring. One of our Jensen Interceptors features in posters prominently displated in Jack Wills stores across the UK….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=179

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E Type cover star (again)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

For the second time this month a Great Escape E Type is a cover star. This time our white E Type convertible in Worcestershire which graces the cover of Classic Monthly’s excellent book celebrating 50 Years of the Jaguar E Type…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=116

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New Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line is ready to return to the range

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Source: http://feeds.volkswagen.co.uk/~r/volkswagen-uk-news/~3/OmoyCAR92Dw/436

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Great Escape Jaguar stars in Sky TV documentary

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Great Escape Classic Car Hire Jaguar XJ6 saloon based in Yorkshire was the star of a London crime documentary shot recently for Sky TV. The car appears in the film’s London locations and was used to carry the ‘body’ from the crime scene!

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=62

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Award Winning Sonax Clear View Now Back In Stock

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Back in 2010 Sonax Clear View concentrated screen wash scooped the top spot in the Auto Express Screenwash test ahead of products by Halfords and Autoglym. Having been out of stock for a short while we are pleased to

Jensen Interceptor comes to Dorset

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Great Escape has added a Jensen Interceptor to its hire fleet in Dorset. This is the first Jensen Interceptor for self drive hire in the South of England. Great Escape now has Jensen Interceptor hire cars available in Suffolk, Dorset and the Cotswolds, which makes hiring and driving one of these iconic 1970s grand tourers much easier and more convenient.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=30

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Goodwood a-go-go for Great Escape

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Great Escape Classic Car Hire is celebrating its most successful Goodwood Revival ever. The company hired over 20 cars to customers visiting the popular Goodwood Revival – and could have hired several cars many times over.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=58

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VW Golf prices announced

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

UK prices for the all-new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf have been released. Read more…

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2013 Jaguar F-Type configurator launched, priced from $69,000* [w/video]

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

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Jaguar has laid down a price tag on its sultry new aluminum-chassis’d convertible, the 2013 F-Type. Buyers looking to bring one of the sports cars home will face down an MSRP of $69,000 (*plus a $875 destination fee). That price tag includes a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine good for 340 horsepower mated to an eight-speed ZF paddleshift automatic. Step up to the $81,000* F-Type S, and the same engine serves up an additional 40 horsepower, active exhaust, a mechanical limited-slip differential, uprated brakes and launch control, among other niceties. The extra grunt shoots the convertible to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds (down from 5.1) and increases the roadster’s top speed by 10 mph to 171 mph.

If you’d rather have a V8, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S boasts the company’s delectable supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and can be had for $92,000 plus delivery. With 495 horses, the top-tier F can click off the 0-60 run in 4.2 seconds on its way to a 182 mph top end. Start saving your pennies. In the meantime, check out the machine’s debut video below as well as the full press blast. If you’re feeling a bit more masochistic (or a bit better about your finances than we are), you can head over to the Jaguar site to configure your own F-Type.

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012

We’ve invested

Sierra Cosworth on Wheeler Dealers – 400 bhp?

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

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Make this Father’s Day one to remember

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Give a gift this Father’s Day that will really be one to remember – 80 cars to choose from, lots of special packages, all from just

The E Type Shuffle

Friday, October 12th, 2012

We’ve had a shuffle around with our E Type fleet. It’s bye bye to our long servicing V12 coupe and hello to a new Series 1 coupe. The Series 1 car replaces the Series 3 car in Suffolk, which moves to Cotswolds to replace the V12 coupe. Follow that? If not read on…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=155

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New lower prices on summer convertibles

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has lowered the price on two of its most popular classic convertibles for hire in the Cotswolds. The Mazda MX5 and Mercedes 380SL are great cars for a low cost weekend away from Great Escape’s central base near Stratford Upon Avon.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=41

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Kia Sorento revamped

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Kia Sorento has been extensively revised after less than 3 years on the market. Read more…

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Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Kia_news.html?id=12407

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All-new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf breaks cover in Berlin

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Source: http://feeds.volkswagen.co.uk/~r/volkswagen-uk-news/~3/U3qevNk-HcE/425

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Our cars notch up another front cover

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Great Escape Peugeot 205 GTI based in the Cotswolds is the latest magazine star on our fleet. Discover it in the latest issue of Classics Monthly…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=190

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5 cars, one great day

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Join us on our first classic car rally of the year and experience 5 of our favourite classic cars on some of our favourite Cotswolds roads. Places are limited but we still have a few available…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=169

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Auto Finesse Detailing Products added to PMC range

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Performance Motorcare are delighted to announce the addition of the Auto Finesse brand to their extensive range of detailing products. Developed by experienced detailers with a focus on

Nissan Micra prices slashed

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Nissan Micra prices have been cut by up to