Top five things we learned this week…

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Author: | Updated: 06 Jun 2019 11:52

Notice anything? If you’re a regular reader of our newsfeed, we’re sure you’ll already be aware that it’s been a big week for us…

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But there’s been tonnes of new car news and motoring mishaps too, the latter mainly down to the return of the Beast from the East. So, here’s five things we learned about in the automotive world this week…

1. You can officially say goodbye to buying (and


You can officially say goodbye to, and hello to Yes, after months of tireless work, we’re launching a new brand. So, aside from our shiny new website, what’s new? Well we’ve made it easier for you to find your ideal lease for a start. We know how important costs are to our customers, so you now can sort by monthly price, total lease cost and our very own formulated value score. This’ll make it easier for you than ever to find the right car at the very best price.

Sort by price, total lease cost, value rating

So why have we made the changes?

Leasing remains the fastest-growing form of new car finance and, with the aim of helping drivers get behind the wheel of their new car as easy as possible, we want to make sure we are the driving force behind the UK’s switch from car ownership to usership. As well as new, user-friendly sorting options, you can expect to see much more of us across the media in the coming months. So, say goodbye to buying (and… is go!

2. Skoda likes the letter K…

Skoda revealed more pictures of its third crossover this week. The all-new Kamiq joins the larger Karoq and Kodiaq and will offer an alternative to the Seat Arona and Nissan Juke when it arrives later this year. It’s defined by a look not dissimilar to the Vision X concept, although its angular stance will likely be toned down when it comes to production models.

Skoda Kamiq 1

Also this week: Volkswagen T-Cross will be available from March

No details on the interior have been revealed but expect a layout similar to others in the range as well as Simply Clever additions such as an ice scraper and umbrella. We expect more details to be released between now and 5 March – the date we’re likely to see Skoda’s new model revealed in full. We’ll bring you more info as we receive it.

3. Mercedes and Renault should stick to sharing engines…

Are you in the possession of a 15-year-old Renault Megane Cabriolet? Want to boost its street cred? Well you could take a leaf out of this driver’s book and add a plethora of gaudy extras including Mercedes badging and some diamond-like headlight surrounds (but probably don’t). Let’s face it, a Menault Benzane just doesn’t work, does it?

A Renault Merc-Gane.

Also this week: Renault Clio gets a rework

The Merc-gane, which the original Facebook user dubbed as Frankenstein’s Monster, was found in a Tesco car park in Manchester, and that’s where it should probably stay. While certain Mercedes and Renault vehicles share engines these days, if you fancy a Renault Megane click here. If you’re after a Mercedes convertible, you can find some great offers here. Just don’t mix the two…

4. As a nation, we’re still useless in the snow

Something we learned this week is that the UK still grinds to a standstill at the first fluttering of snow. With the papers talking up ‘snowbombs’ and gritters readying themselves for the re-awakening of the Beast from the East, it’s been a treacherous week for drivers with the wintry weather set to continue over the weekend.


Happily, we’ve got our very own guide with some top tips to keep you safe out there. While we’d always advocate avoiding unnecessary journeys in those kinds of conditions, if needs must, here’s some top tips that’ll help keep you safe during the cold snap.

5. That stunning two-door Range Rover Coupe has been cancelled…

And now for some not-so-good news. Remember the stunning Range Rover SV Coupe revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last year? Well, Land Rover has confirmed it won’t actually be making it, even though it had confirmed 999 units were headed for production. Created by Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO division, it was set to be the fastest, most luxurious full-size Range Rover ever.

Range Rover SV rear 1

Also this week: the top five SUVs under £350 per month

Due to the small production numbers, however, if you were thinking of leasing one you’d probably be disappointed. Happily, we’ve thousands of deals on models that aren’t limited-run models. You can check our Range Rover lease deals right now by clicking here.

Want more automotive news? You can check out the rest of the week’s happenings on the newsfeed.

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