SLIP END GARAGES COVID-19 UPDATE (19th March 2020)

The government has advised on a number of measures to be followed in response to the evolving situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). I wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions that Slip End Garage is taking as a responsible retailer at this time.

The health and well-being of our customers and colleagues is our biggest priority. We are closely following the advice of Public Health England and the World Health Organisation and have introduced a variety of measures to protect everyone.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

When visiting our Dealership or Workshops, be reassured that cleaning has been intensified, with our teams regularly sanitising their hands, and to maintain a distance when working with customers, including avoiding shaking hands or other social contact.

We have supplied hand sanitisers on our reception counters so that customers are able to sanitise their hands on entering and upon leaving the dealership. And if you leave your vehicle with us for a service or for warranty work, your car will be cleaned before it is returned.

We are holding regular briefings, with smaller teams regarding new operating procedures aimed at protecting our colleagues, customers and the business.

BUSINESS AS USUAL

We understand these are unprecedented times and realise that looking after yourself, friends and loved ones is your number one priority and this may make you heavily reliant on your car.

For your convenience, we remain open for servicing, warranty, MOT, repairs and sales for anyone who requires our assistance.

We can also provide a delivery service for customers purchasing a car from us, test drives from home and virtual vehicle tours on request.

IN THIS TOGETHER

This is a worrying time for everyone, and I want to thank you for your ongoing support of Slip End Garage. We have been in business since 1939 and will endeavour to maintain our high levels of service during these challenging times. Finally, our thoughts are with all who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and it is important that we work through this as a community together.

Look After Yourself And Others,

Geoff Flitton & Dennis Flitton

16th March 2020

Citroën GS by Tristan Auer for Les Bains

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2nd March 2020

Diesel falls below £1.20 a litre for the first time in two years as Asda kicks off fuel price cuts.

Asda has announced a price cut of 2p per litre on petrol and diesel amid a drop in wholesale costs.

The supermarket highlighted that it’s the first time their diesel price has fallen below 120p in nearly two years.

The price cut announced today will mean customers pay no more than 116.7p per litre for petrol and 118.7p for diesel.

Dave Tyrer, Asda's senior fuel buyer, said: “Once again we’re pleased to be passing on wholesale cost reductions to customers.

“It will be a welcomed boost, especially to diesel drivers who are seeing some of the lowest fuel prices since 2018.

The new pricing will affect all 322 Asda petrol stations across the country.

Mr Tyrer said: “Anybody filling up at Asda will pay no more than 116.7ppl on unleaded and 118.7ppl on diesel regardless of where they live.”

Morrisons and Sainsbury's have since followed suit, announcing price cuts of up to 2p per litre for petrol and diesel, effective from Thursday and Friday respectively.

Many believe the savings are long overdue. RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said:

“The average price of fuel at the big four supermarkets has frustratingly been higher than it should be for the last two weeks.

“This has an adverse knock-on effect on drivers all over the country as smaller retailers have no incentive to compete, meaning everyone who drives loses out on getting a fair price for their fuel.

“It’s a shame drivers are made to wait for a 2p a litre cut rather than the supermarkets transparently passing on downward moves in wholesale prices.

“We strongly urge other retailers – big and small – to lower their pump prices so the average price of fuel comes down everywhere.

“The last Asda fuel cut earlier this month led to the average price of unleaded coming down by 2p a litre, so we expect to see an average price of 122p a litre in 10 days’ time. If diesel were to reduce by a similar amount that would yield an average price of 125p per litre, a price last seen nearly two years ago.

“A price of 116.7p for petrol is the lowest price Asda has charged for nearly a year. They last sold diesel for 118.7p in early April 2018.”

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020

ALL CITROËN DIESEL PASSENGER CARS NOW COMPLY WITH RDE2 EMISSIONS STANDARD

All Citroën passenger cars powered by the brand’s advanced BlueHDi diesel engines* are now compliant with the more stringent ‘Real Driving Emissions Step 2’ (RDE2) emissions standard, effective from Wednesday 19 February 2020.
Full compliance from Citroën comes well ahead of the January 2021 industry deadline for all new vehicle registrations.
Citroën’s early adoption of the RDE2 standard results in a 4% reduction in Benefit in Kind taxation (BIK) and lower Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), resulting in reduced costs for customers taking delivery from 19 February 2020.
Changes will result in reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) on a number of the brands most popular models, including C3, C3 Aircross Compact SUV, C4 Cactus Hatch, C5 Aircross SUV and Grand C4 SpaceTourer.

From Wednesday 19 February 2020, the whole of the Citroën passenger car range with BlueHDi diesel engines* will comply with the latest ‘Real Driving Emissions Step 2’ standard (officially referred to as Euro 6D). The Euro 6D standard means that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), in real world driving conditions, are permitted to be a maximum of 1.43 times the laboratory limit of 80mg/km.

This development, well in advance of the official January 2021 deadline for existing vehicles on sale, will result in customers taking delivery of new Citroën passenger cars from 19 February benefitting from reduced Total Cost of Ownership. Citroën BlueHDi diesel models now benefit from a 4% reduction to the Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation rate imposed on company car drivers, whilst private buyers will enjoy lowered Vehicle Excise Duty (and consequently a reduction to On The Road prices).

Models positively affected by the re-homologation are C3, C3 Aircross Compact SUV, C4 Cactus Hatch, C5 Aircross SUV and the Citroën MPV range, including Berlingo (5 and 7-seats), Grand C4 SpaceTourer (7-seats) and SpaceTourer (6, 7 and 8-seats).

NEW CITROËN C3: EVER MORE PERSONALITY AND COMFORT!

  • Today, Citroën unveils New C3, an evolution of the brand's worldwide best-seller, with over 750,000 sales achieved by the 3rd generation Citroën C3 since its launch at the end of 2016.
  • New C3:
    • Strengthens its character with a new front end signature and LED headlights.
    • Increases its customisation potential with 97 exterior combinations available, including four colour packs, four roof colours, two interior ambiences and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
    • Features new Airbump® designs – the brand’s well-known graphic signature.
    • Offers a new on-board comfort experience with new Advanced Comfort seats, 11 driving aids to make everyday life easier, including front parking sensors, and connected services: Connect Assist, Connect Nav and Connect Play.
  • A versatile hatch at the heart of the market, with efficient Euro 6 internal combustion engines.
  • New C3 will arrive in UK dealerships from June 2020.

The C3 is Citroën’s best-selling model, in the top five in the B segment in Europe, as of the end of December 2019. The charismatic and charming C3 is continuing its offensive in its highly competitive segment, by strengthening its unique design, its colourful personality and its unparalleled comfort. The model that gave new drive and energy to the brand in 2016 has since appealed to over 750,000 customers around the world. An "Inspired By You" formula for success, C3 intends to continue its expansion by targeting urban and suburban young people who are creative, optimistic and who are constantly on the go. The model also has strong appeal for fleet and business customers. Within this segment, C3 saw its registrations increase by 12.6% in 2019.

With this change, Citroën’s desire to stand out from the crowd is even more intense. New C3 is the most customisable and comfortable hatch in the segment. 

A UNIQUE PERSONALITY

–         New design to cultivate the difference. With its assertive style and unique shape within a busy segment, New Citroën C3 continues to shake up the market. The bold style of its new front end, which showcases the new brand signature, was inspired by the CXPERIENCE Concept. New C3 also gains new LED headlights, new 17-inch alloy wheels and new Airbump® designs providing an impressive new look.

–         Extended customisation potential: “Inspired By You”, Citroën allows everyone to tailor their car to their desired style. New C3's customisation range extends to 97 combinations, offering a choice of coordinated colour packs centred around four bi-tone roof colours, along with new body colours (Elixir Red & Spring Blue), new exterior trims and the brand-new ‘Techwood’ interior ambiance.

COMFORT AND MODERNITY ON-BOARD

New Citroën C3 has been designed to make every journey a relaxing and pleasant experience.

–         A feeling of well-being on-board enhanced by new Citroën Advanced Comfort seats, supplementing a smooth ride and outstanding driving manners (ride quality, steering).

–         An easy-going model, with modern technologies combining serenity and modernity. New C3 offers front parking sensors (new) and connected services aiming to improve the driver and passenger experience (Connect Assist, Connect Nav, Connect Play). Equipment that complements the already long list of 11 driving aids for added comfort – including hill start assist, active safety brake, road sign recognition and automatic switching of main beam headlights – providing key safety technologies and peace of mind for customers.

“Over 4,5 million vehicles sold under the ‘C3’ name sold since launch and 750,000 since the arrival of the 3rd generation in 2016! C3 has been a commercial success confirming its status as the Brand's best-seller. This performance places the car as the 5th in its market in Europe. Citroën intends to continue this success story by strengthening what makes it so different and engaging: a unique look, inaugurating the new Brand’s front-end identity, more customisation, a reference for comfort and modern equipment that adds value every day. Underlining what our customers expect from a Brand “Inspired By You". A signal of the importance of this model is that New C3 debuts the Citroën new front end identity, inspired by our latest concept cars”.

100 YEARS ON FROM ITS FIRST SAHARAN CRUISE, CITROËN TAKES ON A NEW CHALLENGE: Ë.PIC – ELECTRIC CRUISE OF THE SAHARA

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER ITS FIRST SAHARAN CRUISE, CITROËN WILL EMBARK ON A NEW CHALLENGE IN 2022: Ë.PIC – ELECTRIC CRUISE OF THE SAHARA

Citroën’s presentation of the Golden Scarab replica at Retromobile 2020 marks the start of a daring project, just like the ones André Citroën himself had a taste for years before. In 2022, one hundred years after the first Saharan cruise, Citroën will set out to repeat the achievement with Ë.PIC – a cruise of the Sahara in electric vehicles, alongside replicas of the Golden Scarab and Silver Crescent.

In 2022, Citroën will embark on a new challenge that will see the brand repeat its first Saharan cruise by automobile, exactly 100 years later, but this time with new vehicles in electric mode.

This project involves both human and technological dimensions, to promote innovative and sustainable forms of mobility. The dates coincide exactly with the original cruise anniversary: 19 December 2022 to 7 January 2023.

Ë.PIC was announced on 4 February at a press conference held on the Citroën stand at Retromobile 2020.

Same destination, same competitive spirit, same ambition. The objective of the challenge is not speed, but rather it is a human adventure on board three types of vehicle highlighting the past, the present and the future. At the start line:

  • Two replica half-tracks from the first crossing: Golden Scarab and Silver Crescent
  • Production electric vehicles from the 2022 Citroën range
  • And a 100% electric future concept car yet to be announced

The aim is to stick to the same historic route, so a total of 3,170km will be covered in just 21 days (with the necessary adjustments against the geopolitical background of some of the areas crossed). That means 200km from Touggourt to Ouargla, 770km from Ouargla to In-Salah via Inifel, 800km from In-Salah to Silet via Tamanrasset, 500km from Silet to Tin Zaouatine, 100km from Tin Zaouatine to Tin Toudaten, 100km from Tin Toudaten to Kidal, 350km from Kidal to Bourem, 100km from Bourem to Bamba, and 250km from Bamba to Timbuktu.

Visitors are invited to discover the replica of the Golden Scarab on the Citroën stand at Retromobile until Sunday 9 February. The reproduction of the Golden Scarab is identical to the original from 1922, and is fully operational and ready to take on the sands of the Sahara. The second replica, that of the Silver Crescent, will be unveiled later this year, to join the adventure in 2022. To be continued!

Citroën Berlingo Van has added to its impressive haul of awards, winning the ‘Compact High Cube Van of the Year’ title at the Great British Fleet Awards 2020. “Few competitors can compete with the vast array of safety and driver assistance systems on offer in Berlingo Van”, noted the judges of this year’s awards. This is the second time that Berlingo Van has been recognised at the Great British Fleet awards, following two wins at last year’s inaugural ceremony.

Citroën Berlingo Van has clinched the ‘Compact High Cube Van of the Year’ title in the Great British Fleet Awards 2020, with practicality, a strong focus on safety and low running costs all cited as key reasons for the very deserving win.

Last year, Berlingo Van had only been on sale for a matter of days in January 2019 when it was presented with two awards at the inaugural Great British Fleet awards – including overall ‘Van of the Year’.

On average, over 1,100 Berlingo Vans found UK buyers each month in its first year on sale, with more than 13,500 registered in 2019.

In this year’s awards, the judges noted that Berlingo Van: “…continues to impress, offering a broad range of bodies and carrying capacities in this critical sector of the LCV market. Few competitors can compete with the vast array of safety and driver assistance systems on offer in Berlingo Van.”

Van Fleet World Editor, Dan Gilkes, said: “This is a hotly contested sector of the van market, but for the second year running, Berlingo Van, with Partner and Combo, take the Great British Fleet Award from Van Fleet World, thanks to a winning combination of load carrying ability, driver safety and operating costs.”

The latest award adds to the impressive tally of prizes already won by Berlingo Van. The Great British Fleet Award is the second trophy that Berlingo Van has won in January 2020 alone.

Berlingo Van is available in four trim levels: ‘X’, ‘Worker’, ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Driver’. In its first year on sale, ‘Enterprise’ versions have proved most popular, with standard specification that includes: air conditioning, rear parking sensors, cruise control with variable speed limiter, an alarm, one touch electric windows, heated and electrically folding door mirrors, tyre pressure monitor, EXTENSO® modular folding passenger seat with pivoting writing table and load-through bulkhead, colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play™, Android Auto and front fog lights.

This latest accolade is the 5th award presented to Citroën UK so far in 2020. With Berlingo Van being honoured (twice), alongside C3 Aircross Compact SUV, Grand C4 SpaceTourer and Berlingo MPV in the first few weeks of the new year.