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Vehicle Leasing from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

Lease with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts and we’ll deliver your new vehicle anywhere in the GB mainland for free (exclusions apply).

Whether you live in the city or the countryside, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts will deliver your new lease vehicle direct to your doorstep, provided your address is situated on the GB mainland.

Free delivery applies to customers based in England, Wales and Scotland. For some locations in the Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Islands such as Dundee (DD), Inverness (IV), Aberdeen (AB), Perth (PH), Oban (PA), Greenock (PA) Stranraer (DG) and Skye (IV) a delivery charge of up £450 may be applicable depending on distance and supplying vehicle manufacturer. Please speak to your sales consultant for further information.

For customers based in Northern Ireland, the customer would usually need to meet the delivery driver at the Cairnryan, Stranraer or Liverpool Birkenhead port to take delivery of the vehicle.

Where possible, we will aim to deliver at a time and date convenient for you and where possible, during daytime hours. We can also arrange for delivery to your workplace if required (subject to finance provider), helping to make the delivery process as smooth and as easy as possible.

On the day of delivery, our experienced and trusted delivery drivers will call you to confirm they are on their way (provided it is safe to do so) and will run through the key features of your new vehicle, providing a level of service that you usually only receive at a dealership.

If your current lease vehicle is with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, we can also arrange for your existing vehicle to be collected on the same day, subject to finance provider and availability.

Whether you are a first time leaser or a company looking for an upgrade, check out our Fast Lease page for a wide selection of stock cars available for quick delivery at great prices.

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U.S. light vehicle sales in March fall 27% on month as virus outbreak intensifies

FILE PHOTO: Automobiles are shown for sale at a car dealership in Carlsbad, California, U.S. May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) – Light vehicle sales in the United States fell nearly 27% in March compared with a month earlier, data released by an automotive research group showed on Wednesday, as the coronavirus outbreak intensified and shuttered dealerships across much of the country.

Last month, 992,392 light vehicles were sold, down from about 1.4 million in February, according to Wards Intelligence.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate for U.S. cars and light trucks sales was estimated at 11.4 million units, down from 16.8 million units in February, Wards Intelligence said.

Moody’s Investors Service said on Friday that U.S. light vehicle sales would fall at least 15% in 2020 as the ratings agency sharply cut its 2020 outlook for global auto sales, with Western Europe expected to take the biggest hit.

The development comes as the United States is looking at an increasing number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, with Reuters’ tally showing more than 4,500 deaths and over 200,000 infections.

President Donald Trump and his top healthcare advisers urged Americans to follow strict social distancing measures ahead of a “tough two weeks” that could see at least 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

James Walker Jr.

James Walker

James Walker, Jr. is currently a Principal Engineer specializing in motor vehicle crash reconstruction and chassis, brake, and electronic brake control systems at Carr Engineering, Inc. His prior professional experience includes vehicle dynamics and brake control system development, design, release, and application engineering at Kelsey-Hayes, Saturn Corporation, General Motors, Bosch, Ford Motor Company, and Delphi.
Mr. Walker created scR motorsports consulting in 1997, and subsequently competed in seven years of SCCA Club Racing in the Showroom Stock and Improved Touring categories. Through scR motorsports, he has been actively serving as an industry advisor to Kettering University in the fields of brake system design and brake control systems. Since 2001, he has served as a brake control system consultant for StopTech, a manufacturer of high-performance racing brake systems.

In addition to providing freelance material to multiple automotive publications focusing on chassis and brake technology, Mr. Walker is the author of High-Performance Brake Systems: Design, Selection, and Installation. In 2005, he was presented with the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development and education, and in 2010 was designated as an SAE Master Instructor. He obtained his B.S.M.E. in 1994 from GMI Engineering & Management Institute


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Ed Bedner is a senior principal engineer with 30 years of experience in the field of vehicle dynamics control systems.  His professional experiences include the design and application of active safety systems, including brake controls, steering controls, driver assistance and autonomous systems at General Motors, Delphi, Autoliv, and Zenuity.Mr. Bedner has been responsible for the development of algorithms related to the estimation and control of vehicle motion, such as electronic stability control, rollover prevention, adaptive cruise control, and lane-tracking functions.  He holds 14 patents and is the author of 3 technical publications. Ed has extensive experience in vehicle handling test methods and instrumentation.  In cooperative projects, he supported NHTSA’s development of tests for rollover propensity and for yaw stability, which led to the NCAP star ratings and FMVSS126.  More recently he has tested and verified systems for driver assistance for customer applications.  He is a certified driver at proving grounds and at winter test sites.Mr. Bedner holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering.  He has been a co-instructor for SAE’s Applied Vehicle Dynamics course for 13 years.

Patrick Caherty is a Technical Specialist with 25 years of experience in all aspects of on-road vehicle braking systems.  His professional experiences include application and vehicle-level performance development and verification of electronic brake controls, foundation brakes, and friction materials for a number of global suppliers and vehicle manufacturers. Mr. Caherty earned his BSME and competed in Formula SAE at the University of Maryland, College Park.   He has been a co-instructor for the SAE Applied Vehicle Dynamics and Applied Brake Controls seminars since 2006.

Deric Frisch
Deric Frisch has worked in the automotive industry for 30 years and holds degrees in Automotive Engineering and Engineering Technology from MCC and Lawrence Technological University. In 1996-1997 he led the Monroe Community College Formula SAE design


Vehicle Inspections | CARCHEX

In addition to a 2-5 mile road test, our ASE certified technician will travel to the vehicle to perform a 155 point pre-purchase inspection. The CARCHEX inspection report includes the condition of body and paint, dents, scratches, rust, tires and wheels, glass, interior, missing parts, oil leaks, electrical items, and drive train performance. Whether you’re a buyer or seller “A CARCHEX inspection is a critical part of buying a quality car.” — Pat Goss

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The Growing Internet of Vehicle Market

The Internet of Vehicle (IoV) market, valued at $66,075 million in 2017, is forecasted to reach $208,107 million by 2024. The reason for this growth can be attributed to rising demands, improvements, and vast upgrades in the automotive industry, the increase in connected devices, and the introduction of Logistics 4.0. Here is the growing internet of the vehicle market.

IoV is somewhat synonymous with the automation of vehicles or implementing IoT technologies in vehicles.

The IoV ultimately allows vehicles to communicate with drivers, other vehicles, management systems, pedestrians, and infrastructure, all in real-time. The improved safety factors related to both drivers and pedestrians that stem from this technology is another reason for its popularity.

The IoV technology can be broken down by the communication channels.

The vehicle can communicate with itself first (intra-vehicle), which results in an internal performance review. The vehicle can also communicate with other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle) through wireless communication, capturing information such as each vehicle’s speed and position.

The three structures are as follows:

  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure data supports communication between the vehicle and roadside units.
  • Vehicle-to-pedestrian systems gather and act on information such as people walking or cyclists near the vehicle.
  • Vehicle-to-cloud systems allow this information to be accessed through APIs. Combined, these systems are referred to as Vehicle-to-Everything.

The global IoV market, products, and key players are segmented by technology, region, software, and more. The market as a whole, however, is experiencing massive growth, partly because the driver can have much higher levels of safety, protection, communication, and information sharing.

The growth in demand for IoV

Vehicle-to-everything (also known as vehicle-to-X, V2X) technology has numerous benefits to the consumer, which has driven demand. This, coupled with increased investment and advancing technology, make the market positioned to skyrocket. Notably, consumers are honing in on key features of these vehicles.

Increased safety.

V2X technology aids in decreasing traffic accidents caused by human error. Warning sensors, road hazard detections, and vehicle-to-pedestrian communication all make for a safer driving experience. 

Environmental impact.

Technologies such as smart parking help drivers get off the road faster, reducing the amount of CO2 emissions. Mapping can also help get people to where they want to be faster, which reduces fuel usage. Traffic and congestion will also be reduced thanks to V2X technology.

Cost savings.

Reducing traffic saves cities money, as does lower incidents of accidents. Intra-vehicle technology can optimize routes and make transport faster, as well. While these are time savers for drivers, ultimately, it is a cost-saver for cities.

Growth restrictions in the IoV market

A somewhat exciting relationship has evolved in the IoV market, which is that between automakers and software providers. Each plays a vital role in the developing IoV market, but this balance of power may not always remain stable.

Who, for example, owns the customer data and who takes control of customer experience? The data ownership problem is particularly crucial as breaches and hacking come into play. Who is at fault, and who must deal with the consequences of


Electric vehicle batteries set to leap forward, but are the chargers ready for them?

When it comes to electric vehicles, the car can go only as far as the battery can take it, and the lithium-ion battery has made tremendous leaps forward in power, capacity and charge speed capabilities.

Thankfully, the chargers themselves have evolved in line with the capabilities of the battery, if not ahead of it.

We have now moved from the home plug charger which can often add only four kilometres of range every 10 minutes, to the common 7kW home charger which can add about seven kms range per 10 minutes, to publicly-available DC fast chargers which can add about 50kms of range.

However, the batteries are soon set to take another leap forward, and the development and subsequent deployment of publicly-available charging infrastructure needs to continue to keep pace.

And with the New South Wales Government’s recent announcement of a plan to fast-track electric car uptake by supporting the rollout of fast-charging infrastructure, it’s important to consider what infrastructure might be part of that rollout, and whether it caters to both today’s and tomorrow’s electric vehicle needs.

The new generation of EVs with batteries in the 100kWh range will require higher power chargers to deliver a positive user experience. Bringing a battery of this size from less than 25 percent full to 80 percent full during a 20-minute stop will require power delivery of around 175kW.

Further, consumers accustomed to petroleum are used to “filling up” at service stations and want to be back on the road in less time than that.

The fears around range anxiety, plug-in time and infrastructure availability are all factors which hinder the uptake of electric vehicles. People are more likely to shift their purchasing focus if their day-to-day routine is not adversely affected – and people are used to the “fill up in five minutes” gas pump experience of today.

Therefore, the deployment of chargers in the 175kW-350kW range will be critical to the rollout of charger networks in the future – while some drivers are content using the 50kW fast charger equivalent, others such as taxi drivers, truck drivers and fleet managers will look for a speedier serve, as will many typical drivers transitioning to an EV for the first time.

At the lowest setting (175kW) these chargers can add up to 175kms additional range to the 100kWh battery in just 10 minutes, while a charger in the 350kW setting will add the same amount of range in just five minutes – comparable to today’s petrol station experience.

When the chargers are set to 475kW, the charge rate will be faster than any current petrol station refueling experience.

It’s only the capability of current batteries that is holding back the deployment of high-power chargers at the 475kW setting.

This is why, for now at least, network operators around the world are beginning to look at the 350kW DC high-power charger as the new standard for publicly-available chargers on highways, where space is plentiful and they can replicate the service station experience.



Officers Discharge Weapons in Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is investigating an incident that took place on the morning of Thursday, March 19, during which two officers discharged their weapons.

The incident occurred on Daniel K. Inouye Highway after an officer observed a stolen, early-model, green Jeep traveling toward Hilo and transmitted his observations to fellow officers in the South Hilo District. The report alleges the driver of the vehicle reversed toward an officer, after which two on-duty officers discharged their weapons.

The Jeep was stolen from a Kailua-Kona property Wednesday, police said. Kona police initiated a pursuit earlier Thursday after observing it in the Kona area but terminated the pursuit after it left the district, an HPD report continued. Officers notified dispatchers that the Jeep was likely headed toward Hilo.

South Hilo patrol officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Jeep as it turned right onto Komohana Street, before turning right onto Ainaola Drive and traveling in the west direction. Officers continued to pursue the Jeep, which came to an abrupt stop in the upper Waiakea-Uka area and one officer discharged his service weapon as the Jeep reversed toward another officer approaching the rear of the vehicle, according to a report. The female passenger fled on foot into the pasture before being apprehended by other officers.

The Jeep continued driving up Ainaola Drive before another officer discharged a weapon toward the fleeing vehicle, which was subsequently stopped on the roadway. The driver fled on foot and ran into a nearby pasture before he was also arrested without incident, police said.

Clyde Takeshi Talosaga Loa, 26 of Hilo, is currently being held in the police cell-block while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section investigate the incident, which is classified as the unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

The female passenger, identified as 34-year-old Suiliana Tui of Hilo, was also arrested for suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. She was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for an examination unrelated to the incident and will be held in the police cell-block when she is discharged, police said.

Neither suspect was injured.

The two officers who discharged their firearms have been placed on administrative leave while detectives from the Office of Professional Standards conducts an independent administrative investigation into the incident.

Police are requesting any motorists or residents who witnessed the incident, or those who may have video footage, to contact the police department at 808-935-3311

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Obama slams rollback of vehicle emission standards in rare rebuke of Trump

“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall,” Obama wrote in a tweet.
The comment is notable as the former President seldom publicly criticizes his successor, who has focused on undoing his legacy — particularly his environmental and climate policies. Three years ago, Obama similarly lamented President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, saying the move adds the administration to “a small handful of nations that reject the future.”

The finalized rule, prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, calls for fuel economy and emission standards to increase by 1.5% annually, rather than the approximately 5% increases in the 2012 rule. According to the rule, the standards will increase to 40.4 miles per gallon by vehicle model year 2026, about six miles per gallon fewer than the 2012 rule.

In introducing the rule, the Trump administration said it was performing what it called “the largest deregulatory initiative of this administration.”

The change “reflects the realities of today’s markets,” the administration said, such as more interest in SUVs over smaller cars and automakers’ current use of credits to meet their targets.

According to The New York Times, which first reported on the details of the finalized rule, a recent draft plan showed that the rule would allow for nearly a billion more tons of carbon dioxide released, as well as 80 billion more gallons of gasoline consumed.

The administration said Tuesday that it believes the rule will cut the average cost of a new car by $1,000, resulting in more Americans replacing their older vehicles with newer ones that have more advanced safety features. That will result in fewer highway fatalities, it said.

The former President wasn’t alone in his criticism of the change on Tuesday.

Gina McCarthy, his former EPA administrator who now heads the Natural Resources Defense Council, argued that “gutting the clean car standards makes no sense.”

“It will harm the air we breathe, stall progress in fighting the climate crisis and increase the cost of driving. The only winner from this action is the oil industry, which wants us stuck driving dirty gas guzzlers as long as possible,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday.

The rule, expected to be implemented in late spring, is likely to draw legal challenges from several states, according to The New York Times.

CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Gregory Wallace and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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