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7 Reasons Why the Vauxhall Insignia is the Fastest Selling Car in London

7 Reasons Why the Vauxhall Insignia is the Fastest Selling Car in London

People have a love affair with their cars. They give them names, talk to them as if they are real people and spend more time with them than most of their family members.

But you may be surprised to learn that London’s fastest selling car is…the Vauxhall Insignia? That’s right. So why are people so attracted to this relatively new entry to the market?

Here are seven reasons:

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1. Vroom, Vroom.

You can select from any number of engines, such as the efficient 138bhp Ecoflex diesel and the 1.4-litre turbo. Environmentally conscious people pick the Ecoflex while the petrols go for the big engine and power. Ecoflex is a strong mid-range, so there’s no need to rev it hard to make decent progress, but it can feel a little flat at low revs compared with the best rivals. Besides these two engines, the Insignia offers a mighty 321bhp 2.8-litre V6 in the sporty VXR model. A happy medium between the two would be the 118bhp 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine that returns a combined economy of 76.3mpl and has CO2 emissions of 98g/km. If you need a fraction more power, a 138bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel is also available and will be the engine of choice for most buyers.

2. Stability Is Popular

Cars with large wheels catch the grooves in the road and make drivers nervous or uncomfortable while driving. The Insignia feels much more stable and composed on 16-inch wheels. The ride is generally comfortable, too, and the Insignia doesn’t feel overly sloppy on B-roads although it isn’t as agile as a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Octavia. The 2013 changes to the chassis and steering calibration give it a more direct feel. The re-designed rear suspension improves road comfort. These small changes have done a lot to convince people to buy it.

3. Environmentally Friendly Option Is Available

The Ecoflex diesel versions produces the lowest CO2 emissions in the class. This appeals to companies who have fleets and people who want to do their part for the environment. (However, it’s good to know that all models suffer from heavy depreciation and huge discounts are available to private buyers.)

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4. Interior Functions Well

You get a smart cabin that feels like it’s built to last, although the optional digital instruments are best avoided because they reflect in the windscreen at night. Customers love the feel of the car’s interior. Besides the interior, the Insignia offers a list of trim options starting with entry level design. The mid-range Insignia SRi is also popular while the range-topping Elite comes packed with a kit including such extras as 18-inch alloys, leather trim and dual-zone climate control.

5. Safety Rules

With the Vauxhall, you can expect six air bags and stability control. (Note: You don’t get driver’s knee airbag or rear side air bags.) Like most key rivals, the Insignia received five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Meanwhile, Thatcham awarded the Insignia five stars for resisting drive away theft and four of five for resisting forced entry.

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6. Touch and Continue

The cars come equipped with a large touch-screen, through which you control the stereo and your phone. It’s easy to move between this system’s various menus. Although dragging your finger while driving presents clear potential problems, Vauxhall realises this and also provides voice control, a scroll knob and a laptop-style touch pad.

7. Cost Matters

The cheapest version of the Insignia, labeled “Design”, is pretty well-equipped, getting Bluetooth, a digital radio, USB and aux-in sockets, cruise control and electric four-way lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat. (You have to spend extra if you want electric rear windows and parking sensors.)

What Will Next Generations Look Like?

When General Motors launches its next version (expected in a year and a half), it will be a global car and will be sold under the Vauxhall, Opel and Buick badges across Europe, the United States and China. The biggest differences in what will be the second-generation Insignia are expected to be: a small stretch in the car’s wheelbase, changes in the styling and a swooping roof line. This new design will increase rear space and make it easier to access the rear cabin, also providing a bigger boot.  A new tailgate design with redesigned taillight clusters should help to ensure that the car has a deeper, wider and taller boot than earlier versions.

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Under the skin, the Insignia is based on a moderately updated version of GM’s familiar Epsilon 2 architecture. In European markets, the most important engine upgrades will be the debut of the new 1.6-litre CDTi diesel in the Insignia, which will replace today’s 2.0-litre CDTi unit. With a newly engineered installation, GM will try for best-in-class refinement for the diesel Insignias. The new 1.6-litre CDTi engine will be offered in a range of outputs, starting at 136bhp and rising to around 170bhp. Today’s Insignia is already available with GM’s new 1.6-litre SIDI turbocharged petrol engine in 168bhp form. This engine will also be offered in two lower-powered versions.

Featured photo credit: Why Vauxhall Insignia is Fastest Selling Car in London via redpotato.co.uk

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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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