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Best New Car Sales Figures For January In 11 Years!

UK new car sales kick 2016 off on a high with the best January since 2005.

Latest new car sales figures coming in from the SMMT have revealed 2016 starting on a very positive note for new car sales, which can only be good news for the used car market! I’ll come to that in my next post, but first new car sales.

After a slight slump in the later part of 2015, this January has witnessed the best January for new car sales since 2005 as registrations increased by 2.9% to 169,678 vehicles.

What’s more interesting is the demand for alternatively-fueled vehicles continues to grow in leaps and bounds with January seeing a 32.1% spike bringing the alternative-fueled vehicle market share to 3.6%. Petrol hybrids showed the largest growth – up 44.1%.In this editors eyes that can only be a good thing. Especially after recently sitting in my colleagues hybrid car and being amazed at the quietness and eco-friendliness of the battery powered “silent start” and initial pull off the lights. I’ll totally consider a hybrid for my next purchase! Anyway!Here’s the movers and the shakers on the new car sales front:

  1. Fiesta – 8,353
  2. Qashqai – 4,839
  3. Corsa – 4,803
  4. Focus – 4,285
  5. Golf – 3,813
  6. Juke – 3,446
  7. Polo – 3,298
  8. A3 – 3,227
  9. Astra – 3,185
  10. C-Class – 3,022

It’s worth noting just how well the UK export market is doing. It seems car exports to India have more than trebled in the past 5 years according to data released today ahead of Auto Expo 2016. In 2015, the UK exported 194.5% more cars to the region than in 2010, and 5.4% more than last year, putting India in the UK’s top 10 Asian export markets.

British manufacturers made more cars in 2015 than any year since 2005 when 1,595,697 vehicles were produced.

Thanks for reading this WAS Blog post on new cars sales in January 2016!

F1 – The 2015 Formula 1 Season So Far

Formula 1. The pinnacle of motor racing, and the showcase of the best drivers in the world, racing the best cars in the world. We decided to lightly delve into the world of F1 and begin delivering round by round reports of the action!

Some of us here in the office often talk about the racing events of the weekend, including the “goings on” in the world of F1! So we thought we’d start doing a little “round by round” summary of all the action, and maybe expand into the other racing spectacles in the near future including MotoGP, and the Isle Of Man TT which is presently underway as I type this!


  • F1 2015: Round 1 – Australia

Mercedes dominated the season opener by locking out the front row of the grid during qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took Pole position with Nico Rosberg over half a second down on his team mate in 2nd, and that’s pretty much how it stayed for the race.

Hamilton led all but one lap, which was when he completed his mandatory pit stop. The race finished with Hamilton in 1st place, and Rosberg in 2nd. Vettel, Massa, Nasr were 3rd, 4th, 5th respectively, and Riccardo passed the chequered flag a lap down in 6th place.

F1 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes


  • F1 2015: Round 2 – Malaysia

Tyres played a big part in round 2. In qualifying the top 2 places were held by Hamilton and Vettel respectively, however this would be reversed by the end of the race. Mercedes opted to use the harder, but ultimately slower of the 2 tyre compounds available for most of the race, only swapping to the softer compound for a short stint, Ferrari on the other hand opted to use the soft compound for the majority of the race which ultimately ensured that Vettel won comfortably from Hamilton in second, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Bottas and Massa rounded out the top 6.


  • F1 2015: Round 3 – China

Following an impressive performance in the previous round it was expected that Ferrari would bring to fight to Mercedes again in China, sadly the challenge did not materialise, as the practise sessions went by it transpired that Mercedes were getting on top of the tyre degradation issues that had dogged them in Malaysia.

Qualifying was a fairly predictable affair with Hamilton taking pole position from Rosberg, Vettel was 3rd almost a second slower than Hamilton.

Sadly the race was also a fairly predictable affair with Hamilton winning comfortably from Rosberg, the final gap was down to less than a second however Hamilton was easily in control, keeping Rosberg at arms length all race, only increasing his pace when necessary, Vettel came home in 3rd, Raikkonen, Massa and Bottas rounded out the top 6 once again.


  • F1 2015: Round 4 – Bahrain

Round 4 would once again see Hamilton in control, he took pole ahead of Vettel and Rosberg respectively during qualifying.

Sunday’s action was “as you were”. Hamilton took control winning the race comfortably. Raikkonen took second place after Rosberg ran wide after suffering a brake issue on the penultimate lap, Bottas, Vettel and Ricciardo rounded out the top 6.


  • F1 2015: Round 5 – Spain

Round 5 would see a slight change in qualifying with Rosberg taking the pole on this occasion from Hamilton,  sadly as is the case with F1 in the modern era the race would pan out in a predictable fashion, Rosberg taking the chequered flag from Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen and Massa respectively.


  • F1 2015: Round 6 – Monaco

Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid in qualifying under the glamorous sunshine of Monaco. Hamilton taking pole from

Rosberg by a reasonable margin, the race however would prove to be somewhat controversial when after being in control for much of the race, Mercedes decided to pit Hamilton after a late safety car. This ensured that instead of Hamilton taking an almost certain win it was gifted to Rosberg, with Vettel picking up 2nd, Hamilton would come home in 3rd followed by Kvyat, Ricciardo and Raikkonen.

F1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda


  • F1 2015: Round 7 – Canada

Race fans looking for excitement from round 7 of the championship were left disappointed. Canada did not deliver any real surprises. Qualifying followed the now familiar format of both Mercedes cars locking out the front row, Hamilton on pole with Rosberg second.

During the race, although I’m not sure “race” is an entirely accurate description but we’ll use it for now. During the race, Hamilton was in complete control as both leading cars were repeatedly told to ‘lift and coast’ to preserve fuel and brakes.

The race finished as predictably as it started with Hamilton taking a comfortable win, followed home by Rosberg, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel and Massa.

Excitement? Well a Groundhog  wandered onto the track midway through the action causing Felipe Massa to deviate ever so slightly offline to avoid a collision. Quite ironic really given the plot of the famous Groundhog related film and the predictability of the current F1 format.

Mr Groundhog

The next round of the F1 is the Austrian Grand Prix on June 21st, and we’ll include a race report in our next newsletter!

Thank you for reading this WAS Blog post on the latest Formula 1 2015 season! Header images credit thanks to First Stop, Mark Kent, and Micheal Elleray. Image credit Antonio Moles, and Todd Petit.


Furious 7: What Happened To The Cars?

The cameras have finished rolling. The movie stars have performed their lines. The lights have dropped, and it’s time to wrap up filming of the latest installment in the global hit movie franchise, ‘Furious 7’. But what happened to all the exotic classic cars that graced each scene and tore up the roads in death-defying chase sequences?

Not long after cameras have stopped rolling for ‘Furious 7’ and the crew have concluded months of filming the hit movie series, we ask, what happened to the other “star attractions” of the movie?

As the lead actors take to the red carpets to sign autographs for adoring fans and promote the blockbuster spectacle, what happened to the tons of shiny exoctic metal that graced most of the scenes? The thousands of dollars worth of motoring eye-candy that no doubt sent hearts racing as they in turn, raced through dramatic sequences set within stunning international vistas. So what happened to the cars featured in Furious 7 after the cameras stopped rolling?

Now remember that not all the vehicles make it out of the movie in the same pristine condition as when they rolled in!

Many of the cars were always destined to simply feature in sick explosions and crashes, eventually ending up on a pile of other brand new cars after their one shining moment on the big screen!


After shooting screaming car chases on a twisty mountain road west of Colorado Springs, a scrap dealer named Richard Jansen received a call.

Somebody from the movie had seen his “we buy junk cars” highway sign, and wondered if the owner of Bonnie’s Car Crushers could haul away 20 or 30 vehicles smashed beyond repair, including several black Mercedes-Benzes, a Ford Crown Victoria and a Mitsubishi Montero.

Then Mr. Jansen and his crew then spent several days hauling the cars away, and the filmmakers insisted he shred or crush them all, to prevent anyone from fixing one up and getting hurt in a damaged movie car.

Furious 7 Cars: Photo by Jeff Curry
Photo by Jeff Curry

As you read this, a large, black, scrap-metal cube featuring the hallmarks of a Mercedes Benz once driven in a “Furious 7” car chase scene, exists somewhere in the world. “It was kind of unusual, to see some late-model Mercedes-Benzes, all crunched up and good for nothing,” Mr. Jansen says.

The Wall Street Journal reports More than 230 cars were destroyed and crushed in the fallout of shooting Furious 7, but hey, it’s the movie business right!

Thank you for reading this post on Furious 7 on the WAS Blog!
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Most Popular Used Cars For May 2014

Motoring website motors.co.uk have published the latest figures for the best selling used cars on it’s online classifieds site for May 2014. Read on to discover the most popular used cars for may 2014!

Parking itself in first place is the Ford Fiesta for the third month running with 9,956 units sold. It’s sister car the Ford Focus pulled up alongside in second place with 8,733 units sold.

The Vauxhall Corsa completed the top three with 6,475 units sold.

In an interesting note, convertibles were highly sought after in May, with an increase of +35% for convertible BMW 1 series.

Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at Motors.co.uk, said: “Once again, the nation remains consistent with its choice of the top five most popular used cars, which is broadly reflective of the position for new car sales as well.”

“However, we have seen changes lower down the table, with the Fiat 500 entering for the first time and the BMW 3 Series increasing in popularity during May.”

“The rising stars outside the top 10 included city cars, the Skoda Citigo and VW Up! alongside the mid-size luxury SUV Lexus RX. In addition, the summer sunshine, which started to rear its head in May, has prompted an increase in searches and sales for a number of convertible models, most notably the BMW 1 Series, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes Benz SLK.”

Top 10 most popular used for May 2014, via Motors.co.uk

1. Ford Fiesta

9,956 units sold

2. Ford Focus

8,733 units sold

3. Vauxhall Corsa

6,475 units sold

4. Vauxhall Astra

6,315 units sold

5. Volkswagen Golf

3,997  units sold

6. BMW 3 Series

2,856 units sold

7. Nissan Qashqai

2,794 units sold

8. Fiat 500

2,769 units sold

9. Vauxhall Insignia

2,686 units sold

10. Vauxhall Zafira

2,463 units sold


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