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  • AUGUST 2014 | SPECIAL EDITION | 9.95

    n Comprehensive whole-life cost tables. n Real-world miles per gallon results. n Chauffeur programmes described.

    63to Chauffeur cars & Private Hire Vehicles

  • *Business Users only. Advance Payment applies. Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the E-Class range: urban 20.3(13.9)68.9(4.1), extra urban 36.2(7.8)70.6(4.0), combined 28.3(10.0)68.9(4.1). CO2 emissions: 234109 g/km. Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Model featured is an E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon SE at 40,525 on-the-road including automatic transmission and optional metallic paint at 645. *All payments subject to VAT at 20%. Finance based on a E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon SE with automatic transmission and optional metallic paint on a 36 month Contract Hire agreement with an advance payment of 2,561.82 and a 38.03 Chauffeur Service Care payment payable in month 1 followed by 35 monthly payments of 426.97 finance rental and a 38.03 Chauffeur Service Care payment. Separate direct debits will be polled for the finance rental and Service Care payment. The 36 month Chauffeur Service Care plan includes a maximum of 4 scheduled Mercedes-Benz services and MOT test fees and is available on new Chauffeur PCO registered vehicles only. 20,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges may apply. Rental includes Road Fund Licence for the contract duration. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Orders/credit approvals between 1 July and 30 September 2014, registered by 31 December 2014. Subject to availability, offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Some combinations of features/options may not be available. Please contact your Mercedes-Benz Retailer for availability. Credit provided subject to status by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Limited, MK15 8BA. Price correct at time of going to print 07/14.

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    Car of the Year. Professional Driver MagazineThe E-Class Hybrid Saloon, from 465* a month with Chauffeur Service Care included.

    Just occasionally, a car comes laden with all the accolades. The E-Class Hybrid Saloon comes with an enviable chauffeur programme, designed with your business in mind and three Car of the Year awards. Now, what are you waiting for?

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    191 Old Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5DW | Telephone:+44 20 7863 9400

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  • *Business Users only. Advance Payment applies. Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the E-Class range: urban 20.3(13.9)68.9(4.1), extra urban 36.2(7.8)70.6(4.0), combined 28.3(10.0)68.9(4.1). CO2 emissions: 234109 g/km. Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Model featured is an E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon SE at 40,525 on-the-road including automatic transmission and optional metallic paint at 645. *All payments subject to VAT at 20%. Finance based on a E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon SE with automatic transmission and optional metallic paint on a 36 month Contract Hire agreement with an advance payment of 2,561.82 and a 38.03 Chauffeur Service Care payment payable in month 1 followed by 35 monthly payments of 426.97 finance rental and a 38.03 Chauffeur Service Care payment. Separate direct debits will be polled for the finance rental and Service Care payment. The 36 month Chauffeur Service Care plan includes a maximum of 4 scheduled Mercedes-Benz services and MOT test fees and is available on new Chauffeur PCO registered vehicles only. 20,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges may apply. Rental includes Road Fund Licence for the contract duration. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Orders/credit approvals between 1 July and 30 September 2014, registered by 31 December 2014. Subject to availability, offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Some combinations of features/options may not be available. Please contact your Mercedes-Benz Retailer for availability. Credit provided subject to status by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Limited, MK15 8BA. Price correct at time of going to print 07/14.

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    Car of the Year. Professional Driver MagazineThe E-Class Hybrid Saloon, from 465* a month with Chauffeur Service Care included.

    Just occasionally, a car comes laden with all the accolades. The E-Class Hybrid Saloon comes with an enviable chauffeur programme, designed with your business in mind and three Car of the Year awards. Now, what are you waiting for?

    Path:Production:Clients:Mercedes - MER:700747:Artworks and Linked files:Studio:700747-3_MER_ProfDriver_2207.inddTrim: 297x420mm Bleed: 3mm Image duplication: 2mm per page

    Date: 21.07.14 DI: Barry

    PRE PRESS 1

    191 Old Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5DW | Telephone:+44 20 7863 9400

    700747-3_MER_ProfDriver_2207.indd 1 21/07/2014 15:30

  • THE MOST ADVANCED BMW 5 SERIES EVER.For the driver that expects more from their car than just a stylish appearance, the BMW 5 Series has been designed to meet the highest requirements. Business Advanced Navigation System, Xenon headlights, Dakota leather upholstery and EU6 compliance is offered as standard throughout the range. With even stronger residual values and impressive fuel economy, the BMW 5 Series achieves up to 68.9mpg (combined), CO2 emissions from 109g/km for manual and automatic transmission, and only 17% BIK, making this the ultimate executive choice.To find out more or to arrange a demonstrator, contact your BMW Account Manager, call 08081 280037 or visit www.bmw.co.uk/5series

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  • AUGUST 2014 | PROFESSIONAL DRIVER6

    // Introduction //

    Welcome to the 2014 Professional Driver New car Buyers Guide

    choosing the right car for your business is one of the most crucial decisions youll make. Whether youre a one-man chauffeur or a large private hire fleet, its essential to make sure the cars you buy are right for your business.

    That means factoring in a lot of information. Does the vehicle do the job? Will it carry the typical passenger loads that you carry on a day-to-day basis? And what about luggage? Do you often find yourself squeezing the boot lid shut outside the airport terminal?

    Rather than taking a Summer break in August, Professional Driver is bringing you a comprehensive reference book to guide you through these decisionsour 2014 New Car Buyers Guide.

    There are other buyers guidesbut theres never been one dedicated to our industry. Operators are not looking for acceleration, top speed and handling under extreme cornering. And this guide doesnt do that.

    Instead, in this guide youll find all the vital information youll need about 65 of the most popular cars aimed at our industryeverything from full-sized chauffeur cars to seven-seater minivans, luxury Sports-Utilities and more humble saloons and estates suitable for minicab work. If a cars not included, its either because volumes to the licensed trade are very low, or a car is so new that we havent yet put it through its paces.

    Almost all the cars have been thoroughly

    tested by the Professional Driver editorial teamyoull find real-world fuel economy figures derived from the comprehensive road tests weve been bringing you every month for the past five years. We look at the cars from the perspective of the operator, the driverand the passenger. Weve even tested the cars, where possible, with standard luggage to help you compare.

    Then theres the question of running costs. Just because a car has a low sticker price at the dealership doesnt mean itll be the cheapest to run over the long term. And theres more to the running cost equation than good quoted fuel economy. Most chauffeur cars, minicabs and taxis take a lot of hammermileages tend to be higher than average.

    Thats why weve teamed up with highly respected analysts at Fleet Audits to include Whole-Life Cost Tables for all the cars on testand one or two others. These have been exclusively developed for Professional Driver and are based on three years and 50,000 miles per annumhigher than most other commonly-available running cost data. Per-annum, and pence-per-mile costs enable you to see at a glance which cars are the most economical to run.

    In addition, were taking a glance into the future, looking at some of the new models that youll be considering in the next couple of years. And finally, were including specific manufacturer information from those automakers that offer a dedicated Chauffeur Support Programmeanother way to help you find the best deal.

    We hope this guide will be useful to youmake sure you keep it in a safe place, as we believe it will be an invaluable tool in helping you make the right decision when its fleet replacement time.

    Mark Bursaeditor

    markbursa@aol.com

  • AUGUST 2014 | PROFESSIONAL DRIVER8

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