At the start of a brand new year, SBT is delighted to welcome Rivervale as the sponsors of our motoring section. Here in these pages, Chief Operating Officer at Rivervale, Vince Pemberton gives his verdict on some important motoring matters…

THE DIESEL DILEMMA IDLES ON INTO 2018, CAUSING CONFUSION FO DRIVERS WHEN SELECTING THEIR NEXT CAR. IS THE RECENT BAD IMAGE OF DIESEL FAIR?

Let me start by saying, absolutely everyone needs to be doing their best to reduce air pollution, whether that be manufacturers making products less polluting, or people walking 10 minutes to the local shop instead of driving. The effects of air pollution are wide, from a hole in the O-Zone layer, a contributory factor in global warming and many adverse health effects.

However, could it be possible that we have focused so much on marking out diesel vehicles as the worst offenders when it comes to air pollution, that we have become blinded to the facts that may indicate otherwise?

Diesel vehicles are attractive to drivers as you get low fuel consumption, without losing any performance. In fact, on average diesel engines are thought to use 20% less fuel than petrol equivalents. For years fuel economy was the main consideration before a car purchase. Now, this financial consideration is being overtaken by concerns about the negative image driving a diesel car might portray, and encouraging many to switch to petrol.

We should consider the effect on CO2 levels while we are all focusing on NOx. Diesel cars were originally favoured as they had lower CO2 emissions than petrol engines. Statistics show that since 2002 the use of diesel vehicles has saved 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. If we now demonise diesel and people start favouring petrol, won’t we replace the NOx problem with a return to a CO2 problem?

There is a divide between older diesel engines and new models. When we consider the very first Euro 1 legislation in 1992, the limit for NOx emissions was set at 0.97g/km. The recent Euro 6 legislation set this limit to 0.08g/km – this is a massive decrease of over 90%.
Diesel technology has become so advanced that almost 99% of soot particulates are now removed by filters. Particulate filters have been fitted on every diesel vehicle since 2011, now half of all diesel vehicles on our roads have this type of filtration system. Even the NOx is now being effectively dealt with by being turned into Nitrogen and Water which are harmless. Euro 6 diesels are the cleanest yet and this can be seen by these engines being classified as Ultra Low Emissions, and so charge free, when the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone replaces the London T-Charge in 2019.

Regardless of which Euro standard a diesel vehicle falls into, SMMT found around half of the NOx in London is caused by traffic, and of this only 11% by diesel vehicles. It is claimed the best way to reduce air pollution is to keep vehicles moving on the roads – should we be exploring ways of reducing congestion in the battle to breathe fresher air?

It seems to me we are doing a disservice to manufacturers who have made massive technological and engineering advances in their diesel engines to label all diesel engines in the same way. I do not believe new diesel engines deserve the reputation of the worst polluters, and drivers of such cars do not deserve to be seen as enemies of the environment.”

PAUL ROGERS SIGNS A NEW DEAL IN A NEW DIVISION

Paul ‘Dodge’ Rogers, a local footballing legend, put pen to paper recently and joined Rivervale – the one stop vehicle specialists in Portslade, Brighton.

The change in direction also sees Paul set up his own venture, Cube Consulting, that he runs alongside splitting his time at Rivervale. What does commercial management in professional sport and vehicles have in common you might ask? “Relationships and customer service,” says Paul, two things that have enabled him to seamlessly maintain longstanding connections built through years of football sponsorship and partnership agreements. “Trust and reassurance that you are dealing with professional people is key,” says Paul who is now introducing his contacts to options for leasing vehicles through Rivervale.

He said: “My role as Business Consultant is all about making connections, connections to people and businesses I know would benefit from the offerings Rivervale have in place. When it comes to cars, I’ve always been a real car fan which helps, but my background before professional football as a broker in the city helps me to explain to clients the different options available to buy or lease vehicles.”
Rivervale has three divisions, Contract Hire and Leasing, Used Vehicles and the Bosch Car service centre – by covering all aspects of the industry their aim is to be their customers life-long contact for any of their vehicle requirements. The Bosch car service centre is the newest in Sussex and sits discreetly under the brand-new purpose-built leasing showroom on Victoria Road, Portslade. Rivervale are independent which means they can provide options on any make or model of vehicle.

Coming into the industry Paul was surprised how many people are still unsure about the potential benefits vehicle leasing offers. “Leasing, PCP’s and other arrangements are still new to many drivers and businesses, my aim is to help them understand their options and provide them with an affordable solution.”

YOUR EXCLUSVE INVITE TO RIVERVALE HOUSE!

Rivervale and Paul Rogers are hosting a ‘get to know more’ style evening on the 27th February at Rivervale House where people can come along and find out about all the different leasing and purchasing schemes for both personal and business needs. Not only that but they can get their current vehicle, valued, health checked and even do a deal on the night if something takes their fancy!

Please RSVP by email to paulrogers@rivervale.co.uk or call 01273 433480

THE LAMBORGHINI URUS: THE SUV WITH SUPERPOWER

Since the Sports Utility Vehicle became the must have of the motoring world manufacturers have made SUVs small and compact, extra large, and ultra luxurious. So, it makes sense that the only niche left to address is a super powerful version, and that’s exactly what Lamborghini is providing with the new Urus…

This isn’t the first time Lamborghini has toyed with the idea of an SUV. All the way back in 1986 the LM002 was produced. Production ended in 1993 with only 328 built so probably not the SUV success Lamborghini were hoping for. Perhaps they were a few decades too early with the LM002. Now we are all gripped in SUV fever the Urus is likely to be a huge success, especially as it is the fastest SUV on sale.
Lamborghini’s SUV supercar will be powered by a V8 4 litre, bi-turbo engine with 650HP capable of 0-62mph in only 3.6 seconds and with a top speed of 190mph, making it officially the fastest SUV on sale. You may think it’s untimely for Lamborghini to bring out such a fuel guzzling car when fossil fuels are running out and we desperately need to clean up our air, but the engine does have a clever fuel saving trick. Four of the cylinders inside the engine can be cut when you don’t need them, for example, when you’re driving around town. This saves some fuel and some emissions when you really don’t need to be using all that power.

It is an admirable attempt at making a supercar super environmentally friendly, but efficiency is only 22mpg (combined) with 290g/km of Co2 released. Those who have the good of the planet on their minds will probably want to look elsewhere for their next SUV.
Lamborghini’s Adaptive Network Intelligent MAnagement selector (ANIMA) allows the driver to change the feel of their driving experience depending on their mood or their current driving conditions. There are 7 different driving modes to choose from, 3 are on road and 4 are for off road driving and provide optimal conditions for sandy surfaces, slippery surfaces, extra precision, comfort and even an ‘EGO’ mode which lets the driver select their own steering, suspension and traction preferences.

On the outside, several design features have been continued from the LM002. The hexagonal wheel arches are one such feature which make space for the 21” or 23” wheels, which are the largest found on any SUV currently on sale. The short overhang and tapered front are similarly inspired by the LM002.

Inside you will find all the Italian luxury you would expect with Alcantara leather and carbon or high quality wood finishes. The Lamborghini Infotainment system III provides two intuitive touchscreens with haptic feedback, three innovative high definition displays and an advanced 3D surround Bang and Olufsen sound system with 21 loudspeakers, so technology lovers will be happy.

As the world’s first super SUV it will come as no surprise that the Urus is super expensive, with prices starting at £157,800 and the first UK deliveries expected to take place in Spring this year.

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