By Simple Car & Van Hire in General Articles, Blogging | 10th April 2018
As one of the most successful global brands, IKEA specialises in stylish, quality furniture at affordable prices. It has become synonymous with easy-to-assemble, flat-pack furniture. IKEA operates in 40 countries and has more than 300 locations worldwide.
IKEA has invested £80 million in the site and will be the retailers most sustainable store to date - aiming to achieve 100% renewable energy.
The store expects to receive a BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation and will incorporate a number of green technologies such as Solar PV panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting and ground source heating.
Electric vehicles (E.V.) will be used for home delivery, and IKEA will provide eight electric vehicle charging points on site.
IKEA will also create new cycle lanes around the store and will also provide six electric bike charging points. IKEA say they are working with local transport providers to improve existing transport links around the store.
The man behind IKEA
IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad, who was born in Sweden in 1926. The brand’s name comes from his initials, and the places where he grew up.
Ingvar showed entrepreneurial talent from an early age. At just five years old he began selling matches for a profit. At 17, Ingvar’s father gave him some money, which he used to start a business – and so IKEA was born in 1943.
Ingvar continued to run IKEA until 2013, at which point his son took the helm. However, Ingvar still plays an active role in the business, visiting stores around the world.
In the beginning, IKEA sold everyday items like pens, jewellery, wallets and picture frames, transporting products by milk vans.
As popularity grew, IKEA diversified to sell furniture which was advertised in its first catalogue, produced in 1951. A couple of years later, customers could see these products for real in the first IKEA showroom.
Birth of flat-pack furniture
It wasn’t a conscious decision for IKEA to start producing its ow...
By www.simplecarhire.co.uk in General Articles, Blogging | 08th April 2018
If it’s retro charm or some good old fashion fun, the chic Fiat 500 is one of your cheapest options. Its timeless looks, inspired by the 1957 classic of the same name, are arguably the biggest reason to Rent one.
First the Volkswagen Beetle, then the Mini and now the Fiat 500. With all, the script is the same: a small, cheap, utilitarian car that became iconic through its engineering purity and brilliance. Years later, the model is relaunched as a heavily styled object, with the emphasis on premium build and desirability.
The original Nova 500 was so basic that it was conceived partly as an alternative to a scooter. There was one engine option and it had just two seats (at launch), plus suicide doors. By comparison, pour over the options list of the latest 500 and you’ll find up to 549,396 different ways of specifying the car.
There's no shortage of space in the front, but the 500’s design gave engineers a bigger challenge in making room for rear passengers. The 1957 car's roof curved towards the rear to intentionally reduce space behind the front seats, to help differentiate it from the four-seat 600. Even later 500s had rear seats that were fit only for children.
Yet today's car, which is only 3.5 metres long, was designed as a full four-seater from the off, so you sit low in the 500's back pair of seats. That said, the rear legroom is surprisingly good, Beneath a very small parcel shelf there is a 185-litre boot.
The Uconnect system is a 5in colour touchscreen that consists of a colour screen and menu buttons with Bluetooth, DAB radio & CD . A multifunction steering wheel, USB socket and aux connection are also included.
This great fun car is available at any of our Devon stores, check www.simplecarhire.co.uk for pricing and availability.
By www.simplecarhire.co.uk in General Articles, Blogging | 07th April 2018
The original Honda HR-V was a car that was ahead of its time. Introduced in 1998, it was not only one of the first small SUVs, but one of the first SUVs of any kind to put on-road driving dynamics ahead of off-road ability, yet it never sold particularly well.
Fast forward to today, and the small SUV sector is the fastest growing in Europe, with no mainstream manufacturer's range complete without at least one. It's hardly surprising, then, that Honda now offers a new HR-V and what a beast of a car it is..!!!!
All our models have a 7.0in touchscreen which controls everything, CD player, Bluetooth, DAB radio and GPS.
You get an impressive amount of safety equipment. Six airbags and automatic city emergency braking are standard on all HR-Vs, also get lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, headlights that switch between dipped and full beam automatically, and road-sign recognition. An alarm and engine immobiliser are standard.
Euro NCAP has given the HR-V a full five-star crash test rating, a result helped by its impressive list of standard safety features.
The HR-V is available any any of our Devon stores, check www.simplecarhire.co.uk for pricing and availability.
By Simple Car & Van Hire Ltd in General Articles, Blogging | 23rd January 2018
The Department for Exiting the European Union has published a set of reports providing sectoral analysis on the impact of Brexit across a variety of key sectors including ‘automotive’.
A wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis was carried out following the referendum and the findings have been collated into a range of sector-specific reports, published by Brexit Secretary David Davis’ newly formed department just before Christmas.
The reports cover a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries and sector views.
The sectoral reports can be accessed here on Parliament.uk website.