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As the price of petrol climbs to another record high, the government is coming under renewed pressure from consumer groups to look at cutting the current fuel duty.

 

While prices at the pumps vary greatly up and down the country, the average price per litre is the widely accepted benchmark for comparison purposes.  Drivers in Britain are probably the worst hit in Europe perhaps even the world, when it comes to levels of tax and duty they have to pay on each litre of petrol.

 

The coalition government have said that they are studying the possibility and feasibility of introducing a scheme by which fuel duty would fall as the price of oil rose.  However, such a scheme is likely to take a very long time to research and implement, and this has led to calls from people for the government to simply cut fuel duty (even if only temporarily).

 

This is not the first time such a scheme has been discussed as a possibility.  Indeed one of the Conservative party’s main election pledges was to introduce what they called “fair fuel stabiliser”.

Businesses, especially those who are directly affected by the price of fuel such as the transport and logistics sector, have criticised the government for what they view as stalling.

 

The way the current fuel prices are setup, it is a significant revenue stream for the government, with so much going straight into the treasury.  At a time when the country has an incredibly large deficit from which they are trying to recover from, they may be reluctant to make any changes which will reduce their income.

 

Over the last month, the price of fuel has steadily continued to rise, with more rise to come in April.  This has not been helped by the increase in VAT to 20% which took place this month and increased the price of fuel even further still.

 

If you are a diesel user you may be pleased, or maybe not, to know that while unleaded petrol prices are at their all time highest, the price per litre of diesel fuel has not yet to break its previous record high price.

 

To see how we rank in the fuel prices European league table check out the chart below.

 

The charts illustrate how much drivers in Europe pay for their fuel per litre at the pumps.

For ease of comparison all prices are quoted in Euros.

 

At the time of publishing the Euro was valued at approximately 84 Pence.

 


Unleaded

 

Average amount in euros per one litre of Unleaded EURO 95.

 

 

Austria

€ 1.24

Belgium

€ 1.50

Bulgaria

€ 1.15

Cyprus

€ 1.13

Czech Republic

€ 1.31

Denmark

€ 1.50

Estonia

€ 1.19

Finland

€ 1.48

France

€ 1.36

Germany

€ 1.47

Greece

€ 1.58

Hungary

€ 1.31

Ireland

€ 1.32

Italy

€ 1.42

Latvia

€ 1.13

Lithuania

€ 1.25

Luxembourg

€ 1.23

Malta

€ 1.27

Netherlands

€ 1.58

Poland

€ 1.20

Portugal

€ 1.44

Romania

€ 1.14

Slovakia

€ 1.31

Slovenia

€ 1.26

Spain

€ 1.24

Sweden

€ 1.47

United Kingdom

€ 1.45

 


Diesel

 

Average amount in euros per one litre of Diesel

 

 

 

Austria

€1.18

Belgium

€1.30

Bulgaria

€1.18

Cyprus

€1.13

Czech Republic

€1.27

Denmark

€1.30

Estonia

€1.20

Finland

€1.22

France

€1.18

Germany

€1.31

Greece

€1.37

Hungary

€1.26

Ireland

€1.28

Italy

€1.29

Latvia

€1.13

Lithuania

€1.12

Luxembourg

€1.06

Malta

€1.15

Netherlands

€1.30

Poland

1.15

Portugal

€1.23

Romania

€1.12

Slovakia

€1.19

Slovenia

€1.22

Spain

€1.17

Sweden

€1.39

United Kingdom

€1.50

 

 


LPG

 

Average amount in euros per one litre of LPG

 

 

 

Belgium

€ 0.73

Bulgaria

€ 0.65

Czech Republic

€ 0.66

Estonia

€ 0.63

France

€ 0.80

Germany

€ 0.69

Hungary

€ 0.74

Italy

€ 0.74

Latvia

€ 0.57

Lithuania

€ 0.67

Luxembourg

€ 0.67

Netherlands

€ 0.84

Poland

€ 0.65

Portugal

€ 0.72

Romania

€ 0.58

Slovakia

€ 0.52

Slovenia

€ 0.78

Spain

€ 0.65

United Kingdom

€ 0.83

 

 
New Pilote Dealership PDF Print E-mail

 

Johns Cross Motorcaravan and Camping Centre, a long established motorhome dealership which is based in Robertsbridge, East Sussex has been appointed as a dealer for the French motorhome manufacturer Pilote.
The French motorhome manufacturer has confirmed that this appointment is part of its strategy to raise its profile in the United Kingdom.  Pilote states that .."it is continuing to seek more dealers to represent its range in the UK."
Glenn Harris, Johns Cross's workshop manager recently visited the Pilote Factory in France and met with Pilot's sales manager Lawrence Boyle.  Glenn has been quoted as saying “I have been to various manufacturers throughout the years, the majority of them have the same or similar work ethics".  however he went on to say "What I saw at Pilote was something different. Simple tasks like laying down a protective covering on the floor so not to cause any damage (something simple but it impressed), the continual cleaning after each stage of construction and the testing of all the appliances; cupboard door hinges and catches whilst still in the process of the build, shows that Pilote really care about the quality of motorhomes they’re building. This is good for us as dealers, but also very important for our customers.”
Johns Cross Motorcaravan and Camping Centre, a long established motorhome dealership which is based in Robertsbridge, East Sussex has been appointed as a dealer for the French motorhome manufacturer Pilote.
The French motorhome manufacturer has confirmed that this appointment is part of its strategy to raise its profile in the United Kingdom.  Pilote states that .."it is continuing to seek more dealers to represent its range in the UK."

Glenn Harris, Johns Cross's workshop manager recently visited the Pilote Factory in France and met with Pilot's sales manager Lawrence Boyle.  Glenn has been quoted as saying “I have been to various manufacturers throughout the years, the majority of them have the same or similar work ethics".  however he went on to say "What I saw at Pilote was something different. Simple tasks like laying down a protective covering on the floor so not to cause any damage (something simple but it impressed), the continual cleaning after each stage of construction and the testing of all the appliances; cupboard door hinges and catches whilst still in the process of the build, shows that Pilote really care about the quality of motorhomes they’re building. This is good for us as dealers, but also very important for our customers.” Pilote_Explorateur

Pilote of France built their first caravan way back in 1962 and later, in 1978 built its first motorhome.
Pilote currently build around 4,500 A-class and coachbuilts a year in their combined French and German factories.
The first Pilote motorhomes were shown in the UK at Earls Court in 1985 by Hayes Leisure, which then led to the formation of the Pilote Owners Association in 1987.

( http://www.piloteowners.co.uk )

According to the  Pilote Owners Association they welcome applications for Membership from the owners of Pilote motorhomes marketed under the Pilote, CityVan, Le Voyageur, and Mooveo marques.

There is also a Pilote club in Sweden.

 

 
Ducato X250 Recall PDF Print E-mail

Fiat is carrying out a recall on some of its X250 Ducato vans and chassis cabs.  This chassis cab is one of the most common base vehicle for European motorhomes.

The problem is caused by some of the bolts that connect the vehicle's engine to its transmission which can come loose.  Fiat_Ducato_x250_chassis_cab

 

The issue was first brought to attention in the middle of December 2010 when Europe's largest automobile association, the German ADAC, published the reports  of tests it had carried out on Fiat Ducato X250 based motorhomes. The tests revealed that some of the bolts coupling the engine to the transmission could come loose, resulting in difficulties changing gears.

 

According to German motorhome magazine "Promobil", a repair which only takes about half an hour to carry out is recommended and this is being offered free of charge to German Ducato X250 model owners.

 

Fiat UK says that it is also offering the repair free of charge to UK owners and that it has been contacting owners of models which are affected   They started doing this in late December 2010.

 

As this is not classified as a safety recall, it will not be listed on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) recall database.

 

Fiat is recommending that any owners of X250 Ducatos with 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre engines, within the chassis number range 1614651 - 1907289 should contact their local dealer to fnid out  if their vehicle is one of those which are affected.

It is also possible for owners to check themselves if their vehicle is affected by logging online at http://www.fiatcamper.com/check.php

 

As the Ducato is the product of a partnership between Fiat and PSA Peugeot-Citroën, and is sold by all three makers , current models of the Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Relay may be affected by this recall as well.

 

 

 

 

 
Abacus Increases its Hire Fleet PDF Print E-mail

Abacus Motorhome Hire, based in Dorset on the south coast of England has expanded its fleet, and revealed that its weekday and weekend hires have risen by 35%  this year compared to the same period last year.

Swift_Kon-Tiki_679The firm is spending around £700,000 updating its hire fleet for the fourth year running.  It is replacing ten of its 2008 registered motorhomes which will increase their hire fleet size from 30 to 36 vehicles. The 17 new motorhomes have been ordered from the tried and tested range of the Swift Group, and are expected to be delivered before Easter 2011 ready in time for the busy summer season.

Earlier this year, Abacus also expanded its capabilities by launching a dedicated motorhome centre to facilitate hire, sales, repairs, servicing and valeting of their motorhomes. The company which was launched in 1985 not only hires but also sells motorhomes, and offers try-before-you-buy rebates to customers who hire with a view to purchasing.

Managing Director Dave Wolfenden said that 'the company’s location on the south coast close to the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth and also the New Forest gives it a competitive edge, and that it is already seeing promising business for 2011 and expects good utilisation of the new fleet'.

 
New Manufacturer - Bentley Motorhomes PDF Print E-mail

It’s not every year a new coachbuilt motorhome company is born but this year sees the creation of Bentley Motorhomes, a brand new company yet with many years of experience and a name that’s known throughout  the industry for excellence in motorhome design, manufacture and after sales.

Bentley Motorhomes has been created by three familiar and trusted faces from the motorhome industry, with decades of experience in the production of high quality coachbuilt motorhomes - Autocruise founder and former managing design director Gordon Bentley and son Richard along with former Autocruise chairman John Cockburn.  Their team have all won awards for design innovation, quality and aftercare throughout their careers - creating motorhomes and brands that have been lauded in the press and coveted by customers. They all have a lifetime of experience, and they are committed to creating a motorhome experience that is second to none.

They say that they want to put the personal touch back into motorhomes, something their name has been known for in the past, and their customer service aim is to continue this, to make sure that owning a Bentley Motorhome is as positive an experience as it can be.

Through the years they have used many motorhomes themselves, and they know how much the word ‘quality’ really means. Each Bentley Motorhome has been developed with this forefront in their minds. The personal touch and the quality is apparent from the moment you walk into the vehicle, to the hundredth time you shut that cupboard door. It’s this dedication to service; quality and the friendly touch that they think will give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Richard and Gordon Bentley

 
Rapido buys Westfalia PDF Print E-mail

Rapido

The Rapido Group of France has acquired renowned German campervan maker Westfalia. This puts Westfalia on a firm footing, after it was forced to file for insolvency last January to undergo restructuring.

Rapido produces luxury low-profiles and A-classes out of its factory near Le Mans, and only this year debuted its first van conversion. Westfalia, on the other hand, is regarded as the inventor of the campervan, with the Volkswagen Type-2 based camper that first appeared in the early 1950s. Westfalia remained the official Volkswagen camper manufacturer until 2001, when Daimler-Chrysler took a majority stake in the company, motivating VW to move its camper operations in-house.

 

According to a statement issued by Rapido, Westfalia’s factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and all of its 100 employees will be retained. The statement seems to hint that expansion is on the cards, as well. “Rapido has the necessary industry and market know-how at its disposal and is ready and in a position to make the necessary investments,” said Westfalia’s insolvency administrator, Rainer Eckart. And according to Rapido Group chairman, Pierre Rousseau: “Rapido Group has a thorough knowledge of distribution networks in Europe, which represents a development potential for Westfalia.”

 
A Moving Time for Meridian PDF Print E-mail
West Sussex based dealer Meridian Motorhomes has moved its sales dealership to new, larger premises next to its NCC approved service workshop site in Bosham, near Chichester.  At the new site they can offer large undercover as well as outside sales areas, with reception and waiting area, accessory shop, customer toilets, in addition to the NCC approved service department offering full servicing facilities, repairs and accessory fitting.  They offer ample free parking and the option of courtesy cars for customers whose vehicles are in for repair.  Check out the Meridian website at http://www.meridianmotorhomes.com/ for more information.
 
New Investment by Dolphin PDF Print E-mail

Dolphin Motorhomes, located in Bursledon, near Southampton has recently spent over £150,000.00 in the sales and servicing facilities at its site.  They have increased the size of their sales display area and also added more customer parking spaces.  They have improved the handover bay and customer waiting area too as well as giving their showroom a makeover.  Want to know more then visit their web site at http://www.dolphinmotorhomes.co.uk/

 
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