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Why are petrol hatchbacks becoming more popular?

Over the last few years there has been a large shift in the car market with people now buying what they need, not so much what they want. This in turn has lead to a significant rise in the amount of hatchbacks bought by the public, with people choosing practicality over a car that will run up unnecessary expenses or be hard to drive. In this modern day world, with everything so constant and on-the-move people just need that comfy reliable run around to get them from A to B in a bit of style. 

Firstly, hatchbacks are often very fuel efficient, economic cars, that also have great longevity being very dependable and versatile. It is an ideal type of car for the majority of the population too, with it being a perfect commute car that also has enough room for 4 people, and most having sizeable leg room too and a considerable boot space, where you can comfortably fit your weekly shop. Modern day hatchbacks are made for every aspect of life, as in the last decade especially, they have became a lifestyle.

Furthermore a hatchback is a perfect first car for new drivers, as insurance is low and so are the running costs, with them being relatively easy to drive as they don’t take up too much road space, meaning they are easy to parallel park too! The simplistic, clean layout many of them have make them an ideal first car as they have all the fundamental things you need, without the over complicated technology of many cars in 2019.

On the whole a hatchback is probably the safest and most financially sound car to buy. As statistics show that around 75% of hatchbacks maintain 58% of their value after three years, which on average is 23% better than any other type of car. Presenting all these reasons about the advantages of owning a hatchback makes it very apparent why so many people are flocking towards buying them. They are reliable, relatively inexpensive and practically stylish with there being so many to choose from to pick your style.

Land Rover

A brief history of Land Rover

In 1948, the first ever Land Rover was produced, the Series 1,  which ran for an impressive 10 years on the production line. Since its birth, Land Rover was determined to make the ultimate off-road 4×4 and SUV to be used across all farms, mountains and any demanding terrain all across the world, being inspired by the hills and greenery of Britain. The Series 1 was an instant success and by the end of 1949 it quickly out sold all other Rover vehicles and was exported to nearly 70 countries. 

Just 10 years later the 250,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line, and just 7 years after that, in 1966 the 500,000th was built. Two historic milestones hit so quickly showing a clear sign of success early on. But Land Rover didn’t stop expanding from there, in 1968 Leyland, which included Rover and Triumph merged with the British Motor Corporation, who owned Morris, Austin and Jaguar. This merge united all manufacturers in the new company called ‘British Leyland.’

Throughout the next decade, business at Rover was thriving and in 1970 Range Rover was born. The new Rover would be set to be the nucleus of the Rover brand, with the Land Rover focusing on its niche of incomparable off-roading excellence, the two new lines would take on different markets and consumer groups going forward, as the Land Rover would now shift to becoming a cultural icon in British automobile history with its off roading excellence. 

But before Land Rover could achieve this in 1975, their newly merged manufacturing company which wasn’t even a decade old yet, British Leyland, had to go under state control to narrowly avoid bankruptcy, due to industry complications and financial problems. Cuts were made all across the company and Land Rover suffered a holt in their growth but after recovering around the back end of the 1970’s, the 80’s are when Land Rover started to pick up the pace again, with the release of new models, such as the ‘One Ten’ and ’Ninety.’ The success of these cars paved the way for what was coming in the turn of the next decade. 

In 1990 Land Rover changed the automobile industry forever with the first Defender coming off the production line. It was an instant cult classic, with its distinct body kit, illustrious appearance and its unparalleled ability to conquer any treacherous terrain that lay in its way. To this day the Defender is regarded as one of the most iconic off road vehicles off all time, built for a purpose and often exceeding expectations,it is a versatile machine fit for any challenge.

Since the triumphant success of the Defender, Land Rover have continued that same success with their future endeavours since, especially with the release of the Freelander in 1997. Land Rover continued to stick to its roots of off-road excellence with the new model being built with that in mind, it even came with a hill descent control system. A decade later in 2007 Land Rover made its 4,000,000th car as the brand continues to push boundaries in what is possible in a car on off-road terrain, and how possible it is to blur the lines between a car used for the daily commute and a car used to battle any perilous terrain.

In the current day Land Rover continues to excite with the up and coming release of the 2020 defender, after officially ending production of the vehicle in January of 2016. The new vehicle comes with an abstract paint job, and a brand new, reworked body kit that has got people aching for any leaks or new information. But Land Rover have kept pretty secretive about the new model, which in turn has only lead to more speculation and hype. As Land Rover continue to thrive in the off-road and SUV side of the automobile industry, there really is only few competitors, in the market that they dominate. As 2020 nears and the new defender is getting closer to release every day, Land Rover is not going anywhere anytime soon.


Why is the Jaguar E-Type so iconic?

Elegant, beautiful, iconic and inspired by Jaguar’s Le Mans three peat of victories in the 1950’s . A car that defined an era of style and continues its legacy as an untouchable classic in the modern day, is there really a more iconic British car than the E-Type?

At the time of release in the 1960’s Jaguar had two main competitors, Aston Martin and Ferrari but what set them apart from their rivals was the price of the car when released. The E-Type upon release (converted to todays price equivalent) was £40,000, which was half the price of the latest Aston and a third of the price of the latest Ferrari. But this didn’t mean the E-Type was produced like a budget sports car, it took only 6.9 seconds to reach 60 mph which at the time was up there with one of the fastest luxury sports cars in the world, furthermore reaching a top speed of 150mph.

Legendary designer Enzo Ferrari, who was one of Jaguars fiercest competitors, even said the famed quote claiming the E-Type to be “the most beautiful car ever made,” upon its release in March of 1961. With such high praise from one of the most accomplished figures in the automobile industry, there was really no ceiling for what the E-Type was capable of, and for how big of an impact the mark it was going to make on the culture.  

The E-Type was (and still is) a symbol of ultimate style and British racing excellence. In 2004 Sports Car International magazine put the E-Type at #1 on their list of “ Top Sports Cars of the 1960’s.” Showing a clear distinction to its rivals, as arguably, to this day the E-Type is the most prominent car left from the era of 1960’s sports cars. It was also used in the film Austin Powers, being a very memorable part in its Union Jack flag wrap, capturing the minds of moviegoers and car enthusiasts alike. 

In the current day the E-Type continues to excite and amaze no matter what generation you are from. The beauty of the extraordinary body design can draw instant attachment from anybody, from the mark it made on the history of automobiles to the stunning appearance, and cemented status as a British cultural centre-point, the E-Type is really one of a kind and a true icon.

Electric Cars

Electric charge points

With the rise of Tesla over recent years, government policies and an eco-friendly trend of cars, electric vehicles have been all the rage over the last 5 years. When walking down the street it is very uncommon nowadays that you won’t encounter a hybrid or fully electric car, as manufacturers are pushing electric vehicles to the front of showrooms and all over advertisement campaigns to appeal to this modern, eco-friendly car market. But one of the biggest problems with owning an electrical car is that charge points are few and far between in some areas, as if you own an electric car and you live deep into the British countryside you will considerably struggle to find places to charge your car compared to someone living in a metropolitan area of the country.

In November of 2018 Tesco and VW announced plans to place more electric charging points around Tesco stores and petrol stations, as every year for the past 5 years there has been at least a 40% increase from the year before in electric car sales, as from in 2015 68% more people bought an electric vehicle than they did in 2014. This is statistical proof that the electric car market will be firmly on the rise for at least the next decade and beyond due to its pattern of exponential growth.

Electric charging points for cars are starting to increase though as the market is ballooning with there being a growing demand for them, as day by day specific electrical charge points are being added around the country and can now be seen at local service stations, which is perfect as you can grab a bite to eat and take a break from the road to regain concentration and energy all while your car if recharging and refuelling outside.

Many businesses and conglomerates are starting to invest in electric charging points as it is very convenient for customers to shop while their car is charging, and this is starting to become a trend of this busy modern on-the-go world. As the market for electric cars continues to grow by the day, more convenient charging locations based around city centres are building built to keep up with the rise of electric cars.

Forecourt shop

Food to go & the growth on the market

In today’s modern society people are a lot busier than they were generations ago, people have less time to take part in their hobbies, spend time with their family and even eat. In many households it is rare that a family will come together every night for a family meal, where food has been long prepared and everybody indulges in conversation of how their day was. Furthermore, while at work it is also becoming less common for people to bring a pre-packed meal, as getting food from a shop near their place of work is what many people opt to do now, as it is easier and many people also believe it is quicker.

The food to go market has continued to be on an exponential rise, with financial experts estimating the sector will be worth £23.5 billion in 2022, with its current worth being £17.4 billion, which clearly shows no signs of people eating habits slowing down anytime soon. This is currently one of the most lucrative markets in the UK, and also all around the world. From a consumer standpoint it is far easier to get food on the go rather than prepare food at home, although more expensive to eat out, with the vast array of options and nicer foods so easily accessible it is clear why many people choose to get food on the go, as time is precious in today’s fast-moving society.

This modern ‘food to go society’ has made even the biggest retailers such as Tesco have to adapt to keep its market share and steady stream of income. Tesco are now prioritising the expansion of their ‘Tesco Express’ stores to suit modern day eating habits. This shows a trend of how a lot of similar retailers will look toward the future, with a priority of food made available quick, substantial, hot and easy.

Even the director of foodservice at Waitrose, Simon Burdess, openly said times are currently tough for many big franchises of food retailers as people are becoming very unconventional in the way they eat. With this trend showing no chance of slowing down companies investing in food to go will seem to prosper in 2019 and onwards, as people’s eating habits will continue to change and follow how society is also changing.