My Chrysler Crossfire makes doing a lot of business miles that much more acceptable. As managing director of Vesta Packaging and Vesta Money I do more than 40,000 business miles a year.This means I spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a car and so I always try to make sure that the model I select is one I can look forward to driving. There is nothing worse than having to do thousands of miles a year behind the wheel of something that is less exciting than rice pudding. I can think of a lot of cars that must make their business users break into a cold sweat at the prospect of a long drive. Unfortunately, a lot of these cars tend to be the most popular models with fleet managers. However, one of the advantages of someone in my position is that I have a bit more flexibility with the models I chose than most. My current car is a Chrysler Crossfire 3.2 litre V6, which still manages to quicken my pulse even though I have had it for two years. Its performance has got a lot to with it. It has an 18-valve engine that produces 215bhp and gives me acceleration of zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. I don’t want to sound like Jeremy Clarkson, but it is a lovely car and is built in Germany in collaboration with Karmann. It combines a stunning American design with proven German engineering and is built around the Mercedes Benz SLK platform. I love the look of the car and its distinctive sports styling. It has a number of gadgets, including a rear spoiler powered by an electric motor that deploys automatically in less than five seconds as the car’s speed rises above 60mph (it can also be deployed manually at any speed at the touch of a button) and heated leather seats. On the downside, it is not that practical because it is definitely meant primarily as a two-seater, so it is not exactly child-friendly. Also its consumption is not that brilliant at around 28mpg.
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In a moment equal to when the lost John Lennon recordings were rediscovered, Mortgage Strategy has unearthed a copy of Cobalt Capital partner Andrew Montlake’s legendary lost album The Temple Sessions. One of the 10 CDs that Montlake made in 2000 arrived at Mortgage Strategy’s offices last week. The album is a series of romantic […]
Easier2move has appointed Gordon Bell as a lender focused business development manager. Bell will be responsible for building up lender work throughout the UK. In addition to overseeing tenders for banks and building societies, he is charged with the day-to-day account management amongst the packaging and estate agency communities.Bell ran the Halifax panel prior to […]
From Thomas Reeh Is it me or are others also getting tired of Isabelle Kassam’s rants on subjects she clearly has a poor grasp of? Her gem of August 21 was entitled ‘Interest-only trap could snare FTBs’. Kassam is selective in her use of Council of Mortgage Lenders facts and not surprisingly brokers are held […]
From David Finlay Having read the letter from Nigel Pamment (Mortgage Strategy August 21), I feel duty bound to point out that Woolwich was one of the first high street lenders to offer brokers proc fees for retained business. We wanted then – as we do now – to ensure brokers are rewarded for helping […]
We’re all familiar with one of the key barriers to people taking out protection – affordability. In our recent State of the Protection Nation research*, this was the top reason given by consumers for not owning life insurance (29%), critical illness (32%) or income protection (31%). But protection doesn’t have to cost as much as […]
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