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Showcasing pictures of crazy car crash accidents from around the world which many defy explanation. It’s often hard to tell whether Photoshop has been involved in any of these pictures as some are so unbelievable you think they must be ‘shopped’. But people really do get into some crazy predicaments in their car, for instance, accidents where cars are found in swimming pools. The most famous instance of this (wasn’t an accident as such!) was back in 1967 when Keith Moon (drummer in The Who) on his 21st Birthday drove his Lincoln Continental into a Holiday Inn swimming pool in Flint, Michigan. According to the book Local DJ: A Rock ‘n Roll History, Moon allegedly drove a Cadillac (Moon said a Lincoln Continental) into the hotel swimming pool. Author Peter C. Cavanaugh, who witnessed the event, recalled the events for a documentary on the 1960s rock scene. According to the book, The Who in Their Own Words, Moon said he broke his tooth driving the car into the pool. However, according to VH1’s Behind the Music, Moon broke his tooth diving into the pool, which was empty of water at the time.

Other people who attended Keith Moons 21st birthday cast doubt on the car in the swimming pool story, but confirm some other parts of the tale. Suspicion might be aroused by this note in one detailed account: “In some versions of this story the car is a Cadillac, and even in a couple stories I read during research the car was a Rolls Royce.” This is where Oasis got their inspiration for there front cover of the album ‘Be Here Now’ pictured above.

But lead singer Roger Daltrey confirms: “It flaming well did happen. We got the $50,000 bill for it.”

Nobody was seriously injured in any of these following bizarre car accidents and the car insurance claims and damaged windscreen claims got sorted out one way or another leaving us to simply admire some people’s ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…or just shocking driving skills!

If you speak to anyone about company cars, one of the first things they’ll say is how they are stung by the taxman every year.  For this reason, having a company car with low car leasing and tax bills is really important but cost isn’t everything – if you’re a salesman who drives up and down the country each week clocking up thousands of miles, you’ll need a company car that’s practical, comfortable, good to drive and stylish.

This surge of new car models and brands, options and prices state of flux has transformed UK fleet hire in recent
years for businesses looking to make savings. The UK was once home to
‘Mondeo Man’ but now the sector is being squeezed by premium brands with cars such as
the BMW 3-series being a popular option.

Our top 10 best UK company cars look at affordability, practicality, comfort and driveability:

BMW 
BMW’s have dramatically reduced fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions of their cars over the last few years, so
much so that we have put 3 of their cars in this top 10 list: 

BMW 116d Efficient Dynamics 5dr
BMW’s
most efficient model yet, still classy, and still great to drive.
What’s more, financially they are now one of the best company cars –
long-term ownership costs are so low that it makes more sense than many
mainstream models that have a cheaper list price. This model boasts CO2
emissions of just 99g/km and amazingly low leasing costs for a premium.



BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics
Still
one of the best, if not the compact executive cars around. A range of
efficient engines is available, with fuel economy and CO2 emissions that
beat most of its rivals.


BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics
For
the full-size executive car the BMW 5 Series strikes just the right
balance between comfort and style. This model has brilliant fuel economy
and CO2 emissions that again, beat most of its rivals.

Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv D 150 SE-L
The
CX-5 is as good to drive as it is to look, this SUV is a superb
all-rounder and running costs are comparatively low. Just don’t go for
the 7 seater!

Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 128 1
Nice spacious interior and an impressive mix of economy, performance and affordability.

Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 Greentech SE 5dr
Amazingly practical and sophisticated for a car this small and affordable. As a company car, the Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 Greentech SE five door makes most sense, because it’s incredibly fuel efficient and car leasing costs are cheap.

Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec Econetic 3dr
A popular company car choice, the Fiesta is fun to drive, low emissions and cheap to run. This particular model balances equipment and cost better than any other model in the Fiesta range, and the 1.6 diesel engine provides excellent economy.

Downsizing has meant drivers have jumped from the Mondeo-sized car into
the Fiesta sized hatchback in vast numbers and at the same time, the
launch of a carbon dioxide-based company car tax system has meant a
wholesale switch to low-emission diesels among most companies.

Employees pay tax on a percentage of the value of their car.

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta 2WD
The sporty 4×4 styling combines fun comfortable driving with competitive price and strong resale values.

Toyota Prius+ 1.8 VVTi T4
With
a fuel economy of over 50mpg, Sub-100g/km CO2 means low tax bills, and
although it’s not the coolest MPV to drive or look at, the Prius+ is
impressively practical.

Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115 Eco Zetec
Sorry! We couldn’t have a company car list with a Mondeo, that’s like a roast dinner without gravy. This latest Mondeo remains one of the best – great to drive, smooth and comfortable to travel in. The Eco Zetec model is great for company car drivers because of its excellent fuel economy, low emissions and decent performance.

The company car industry is constantly changing, with growing choices of car models
and brands, options and prices to attract new buyers, while the whole
lease market is swathed in a maze of complicated taxation. For most
company car users, the biggest downside is the tax you’ll have to pay on
the ‘benefit’ of having a car. To work out your company car tax charge
based on a car’s taxable value and C02 rating, visit What Car Company Car Tax Calculator

 

The arrival of the Leon SC (Sports Coupé) is adding to an already impressive choice of hatchback cars including the VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia all releasing new model cars around the same time.

Prices
for the Seat Leon SC haven’t been announced yet but the Leon SC is expected to cost from around
£15,000 and available from car showrooms such as vans Halshaw Seat with deliveries expected in July.

VW showcased the new Golf in Geneva this year but the new Seat Leon SC caught the attention and here we look at why.


This is the first time that Seat has offered a three-door version of the Leon (the older Leon did look  like a 3 door with the rear hidden door handles), and while the Leon SC is the same length as the five-door, the wheelbase has been shortened by 35mm to give a sportier look.

The Leon SC (Sports Coupé) is packed with technology including:

  • state-of-the-art infotainment
  • intelligent driver assistance systems
  • systematic weight reduction measures
  • the latest generation of engines
  • and a chassis tuned to strike the perfect balance between comfortable day-to-day use and engaging driving dynamics.

Seat claims that rear headroom and boot space remain unchanged in this Sports Coupé model. The load space is 380 litres which is exactly the same as the VW Golf’s and
15 litres more than the three-door Audi A3’s. But those who want boot space (young families for example) will be looking favorably at the five-door Skoda Octavia with 580 litres of space.

Lets talk engines – all seat Leon engines feature direct injection with turbocharging and combine efficiency with power and cost effectiveness. The cleanest 1.6-litre TDI model emitts less than 100 g/km CO2.

The Leon Sports Coupé will be offered in S, SE and FR specifications in the UK just like the five-door Leon and all cars will get Bluetooth and air-conditioning as standard.

Entry-level cars miss out on alloys, but alloys are standard on SE and FR versions.

Petrol options include a 1.2 TSI that produces either 85bhp or 104bhp, along with a 138bhp 1.4 TSI and 178bhp 1.8 TSI. There are three diesel options: a 1.6 TDI with either 89bhp or 104bhp, and a 148bhp 2.0 TDI.

Four gearboxes will be available – two manuals and two dual-clutch DSG semi-autos. The manuals will be five or six-speeders depending on the engine, while the DSG will be offered in six- or seven-speed form. They will also feature a free-wheeling function that helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Seat is also expected to add an estate version to join the SC and the five-door hatchback. It is likely to be called the Leon ST and will be launched later this year.