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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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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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