Fuel Efficient Lifestyle!

Energy-conscious Horsham car dealer, Lifestyle Ford, is promoting cutting edge technology in a bid to help drivers save more fuel.  This innovative service, called Econo Check, uses a small electronic data-logger to record driving behaviour to assess improvements can be made to fuel efficiency.

Local motorist, Tanya Houston, trialled ‘Econo Check’ for seven days in her Ford Fiesta and results found that she could cut her fuel bill by at least 16% per year with some very simple changes, such as changing to a higher gear sooner and reducing overall speed.  Good news to Tanya, as she explains:

“I drive every day and the amount of fuel that I use is quite substantial. This has certainly made me aware of my driving patterns and now I know how to save a lot of money whilst being energy efficient!”

The report produced by Ford at the end of the seven days gives an overview of the distance you travel, the time each journey takes, gear changes made, anticipation, acceleration and braking. Monitoring how you drive, it then provides advice on which areas to improve on in order to save fuel.

Research conducted by Ford and YouGov, indicated 93 per cent of UK drivers were concerned about the rising cost of fuel prices, particularly with the VAT increase and fuel duty rise proposed for January 2011. By introducing ‘Econo Check’, Lifestyle Ford hopes to help people save as much money as possible.

Customers with most Ford vehicles registered after 1998 can sign up to have their driving monitored for one week. A technician will check air filter cleanliness, tyre pressure and condition before fitting the data-logger. After the seven days has passed, you will be provided with a personalised report of your performance.

Econo Check can be easily fitted during a routine service or, if you want to start saving right away, give Lifestyle Ford a call on 0845 844 6525 to arrange an appointment.  The ‘Econo Check’ costs just £29.99, with £15 refundable for the customer’s next scheduled service. An additional £15 BP Ultimate fuel voucher is also on offer, for a limited period so, effectively, it’s free!

For more information please visit Lifestyle Europe .

Expect More from Lifestyle Service!

Drivers in the South East face the prospect of more affordable, more reliable motoring, as Lifestyle Europe launches a complete servicing and loyalty deal across its Ford, Mazda, Renault and Subaru ranges.

Driving and owning a car is a pleasurable experience and modern vehicles are certainly ever more reliable.  However, to keep your car in top notch condition, servicing is something that can’t be ignored and when the time for a routine service or MOT comes along, you want to deal with an experienced and reputable garage – somewhere that has the expertise to work on your vehicle and with a workshop you can trust.

The problem is that keeping running costs as low as possible is always a priority and main dealer servicing is really expensive. Or is it? Think again! At Lifestyle we will price match any like for like quote and we’re here for our customers for the lifetime of their vehicle ownership – not just when they buy a car – and our new all-in-one service packages, with transparent menu pricing plans mean that service costs are fixed and can be budgeted for in advance, rather than leave you facing a nasty bill.

Peace of mind for less

With many 3-year pre-paid service plans coming in at under £20 per month across the Lifestyle range, planning ahead has never been easier with your new car.  Ford Ka drivers, for example, can enjoy peace for mind for £19.58 per month and our Renault customers pay just £19.38 for 3 years servicing on new Clios.

Plus, our deals don’t just apply to new cars – our value service package comes in at £99, whatever car you drive*.

Added value

However, it’s not just the cost at Lifestyle that often surprises.  As well as honest, good value pricing and the reassurance that your car has been worked on by a manufacturer trained technician and fitted with genuine parts, there are the extras that all add up to providing a stress free experience.

Free with any service is a customer drop-off service or vehicle collection or, if required, a free courtesy car loan.  Also, with written vehicle condition reports and a complimentary wash and vacuum, what seems like a reasonable deal suddenly becomes very attractive, especially with the added security of a 12 month or 12,000 mile warranty on labour and part

Loyalty card

Many of our loyal customers already enjoy these benefits and at Lifestyle we’ve rewarded this loyalty with a new loyalty scheme that gives motorists £50 for introducing a friend and a 10% discount on servicing (labour), with 5% off parts and accessories – making it that bit easier to maintain the peace of mind offered by main dealer expertise.

For more information, visit www.lifestyleeurope.co.uk where you can talk to one of our advisors with a live chat facility and book your service online.

Ford Focus Econetic voted car of the year by WhatGreenCar?

Environmental motoring website Whatgreencar? has awarded its first Green Car of the Year award to the Ford Focus ECOnetic.

Whatgreencar.com’s lifetime impact rating covering cars’ use and manufacture scored the 1.6-litre ECOnetic Focus better than the site’s benchmark hybrid.

The site’s independent panel of judges, representing leading UK transport organisations including the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Energy Saving Trust, unanimously declared the frugal Ford as the greenest family-size car available.

Judge and Whatgreencar.com editor Dr Ben Lane said: “With the fuel efficient Ford Focus ECOnetic , all new car buyers have the opportunity to purchase a more environmentally friendly car that meets the average motorist’s needs.”

Whatgreencar ratings range from 0 for the greenest vehicles to 100 for the most polluting, with the Ford Focus judged best in class. With a rating of 33, the 65.6mpg Ford Focus ECOnetic (110PS), emitting 115g CO2/km, sits between a 1.0-litre model and the lowest rated hybrid.

Roelant de Waard, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Drivers want to be green but without giving up comfort and performance or paying a high price. Ford ECOnetics answer that demand and I’m delighted that Whatgreencar? has recognised this.”

Ford Focus ECOnetic was the first of Ford’s low CO2 models to go on sale, followed by Mondeo ECOnetic, capable of 53.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 139g/km, in July this year. A sub-100g Fiesta ECOnetic will appear early next year.

ECOnetics boast improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and enhanced lubrication to achieve best possible CO2 and fuel consumption. For example Ford Focus ECOnetic is lowered by 10 millimetres at the front and 8mm at the back.

Its aerodynamics kit, comprising modified front bumper skirt, rocker claddings and rear spoiler, helps to deliver an aerodynamic drag coefficient (cd) of 0.31. Tyres are 195/65R15 spec and new low-viscosity transmission oil was developed with Ford’s fuel partner BP.

For more information on the Ford Range please visit: Lifestyle Ford

Your preferred Ford Dealer for New Car Sales, Used Car Sales, Van Sales, Servicing and Motability in Kent, Sussex and Surrey


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