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2020 Impact of new emissions tests. Benefit in Kind for Electric Vehicles

After 2 hellish years trying to get our heads around the repercussions of the emissions scandal, combined with waiting for the Government stance on electric and hybrid vehicles we have some clarity. 

It’s a mixture of good and a bit of bad but overall reinforcing the message to companies and their drivers to clean up their fleets  Consumers will also see increases mainly as Road Tax increases have slipped under the radar as well as co2 adjustments. 

co2 Changes from April 1st
From this date, all new registrations will reflect their new, long-awaited official emissions figure.  Many cars will see an increase which will affect a) Road Fund Licence and b) Benefit in Kind calculations

For Contract Hire vehicles the leasing company includes Road Fund Licence in the price you pay, so if the co2 goes up your road tax may increase too. It is well worth considering taking a pre-registered or stock vehicle in the next few weeks. This applies as much for personal contracts as it does for business. 

We are expecting to see even more special offers, stock deals and pre-regs to get you a bargain.

Electric Vehicles 

From April 6th Benefit in Kind on most electric vehicles drops from 16% to  0% for 2020/21 financial year, rising to 1% and 2% over the next two years. After that we are uncertain but this is clearly a huge incentive to get your drivers, where possible considering the electric option.  Some customers are taking stock now taking a few weeks at 16% then falling to 0, however with lead times typically quite lengthy it might be best to get them ordered and to arrive after this date. 

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Anthony K Support ‘Rochdale Ambassadors’ Programme

After seeing the badges on local business owners, noticing our MD Tony had been to some meetings I had to ask “What is Rochdale Ambassadors”. Is it networking? Is it a business club? how do you join? Well, the answer was amazing and paraphrased below.

This is Rochdale” is a private sector initiative for business leaders across the borough to promote Rochdale as a destination for business.

It is also supported by the Council and Rochdale Development Agency to encourage other businesses to be involved in the borough.

Anthony K Vehicle Leasing have made a lot of local contacts. We want to encourage more strategic alliances to work together from every background.

Creating opportunities for more business in the town will naturally create more. Because more business means more skills and knowledge. More business means more jobs, more training and more people having a better standard of living.

Events and get-togethers are held on a regular basis to find those “hidden gems” within the area. Businesses large and small are invited to connect, share ideas and get known.

It encourages people in businesses to work together and act as Ambassadors to promote the name of Rochdale in a positive way.

Mileage Anxiety and What To do about it

Having a quick scan through the settings on my Volvo V40 the other day the odometer confirmed what I’d been thinking for a while – I was going over my contracted mileage. 

So before arranging to use my mother in laws Dacia Duster, nipped to Halfords for a pedal bike or decided to use Facetime for my meetings it’s always worth exploring amending the original contract. 

 Did you know most Contract Hire companies will allow you to alter the deal if the use of the vehicle changes? Just ask your broker for some advice of how best to go about this. 

Excess mileage isn’t there to ‘sting’ you, we’d all rather you got the contract right and the car went back with the approximate agreed mileage.

At an average of say 10p/mile you’re at £100 for 1000 miles so if that family trip to France comes in adding 2000 miles to your budgeted mileage it’s £200 to account for.  The same if your job role evolves to more travelling or if its a company car you assign the vehicle to another driver.  

Remember if you are running your cars for business then generally a few more miles should result in more business….. and if you took the contract out to hit a ‘budget’ lets have a reality check and pay a little more to avoid the inevitable bill that’s coming down the line.

Our customers get at least a 12-month customer service call to ensure they are running to the correct mileage. If you would like to deal with a firm that does more than just take your order then forget about you give our team a call. 01706 577040 during office hours. or Whatsapp me on 07968 970704 anytime.  

CRIT Air – Driving your leased car in France

Initially, a way of reducing the numbers of older/dirtier vehicles in Paris this system means all vehicles MUST display their Air Quality Certificate in their windscreen in certain areas. However for the sake of 4eu its probably worth just getting yours ordered just in case!

With more French cities coming onboard soon it’s vital you get the correct badge for your vehicle. There is loads of information available but we recommend if you intend to drive in France you play safe and get yours ordered to avoid any unnecessary hassle or expense across the channel.

There are loads of websites overcharging you for your sticker please go direct to the official site. It is around 4eu for your display badge.

This low emission zone is focused on cleaning the air in inner citys, protecting the citizens and therefore reducing the most emitting of vehicles when required. All you need to do is display your badge and keep an eye out for zones that you may not be allowed to travel through at certain times in certain vehicles. Like UK zones most newer vehicles should be ok most of the time, but STILL need to display the correct badge!

Mercedes Production 2019

Mercedes have announced some factory closures for summer 2019. These will affect lead times significantly.

As usual our advice is – if you see the right deal, take it! Leasing companies are buying up lots of excess stock to present you with some fantastic offers.

What we know so far:

A-Saloon – No production in April

GLA – No production in May

C-Coupe – No production in May

C-Estate – No production in June

GLC-Coupe – No production in April

E-Saloon – No production in May & June

E-Estate – No production in May & June

CLS – No production in June

S-Class Saloon – No production in April, May & June

S-Class Coupe – No production in April, May & June

S-Class Cabriolet – No production in May & June

SLC – No production in April & May

SL – No production in April & May

New Model Mitsubishi PHEV Ready For Quoting


Mitsubishi have released details of the Outlander PHEV 2019 MY as below. 

19MY Outlander PHEV benefits from a range of exterior and interior improvements, but the real focus has been on powertrain and mechanical improvements, including an ultra-efficient new 2.4-litre petrol engine. Other improvements include, but are not limited to, increased power and torque (up 11%) enhanced driving dynamics, and more driving modes including a Sport Mode.

Mitsubishi are also pleased to advise that under the new and stringent WLTP tests, 19MY PHEV still manages to achieve excellent fuel economy and emissions. CO2 levels, at 40 g/km (NEDC Correlated)/46 g/km (WLTP), remain comfortably below the 50 g/km level. 

Model Range

The 19MY Outlander PHEV range at launch will consist of 3 trim levels; Juro, 4h and 4hs.


19MY Outlander PHEV features high levels of equipment across the range, the highlights of which are:

Outlander PHEV Juro:

  • 18” Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Windscreen
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Electric Pre-Heater (and Air-Con function)
  • Remote Smartphone App (Android and iOS)
  • Smartphone Link Display Audio with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto capability
  • DAB
  • Electronic parking brake with brake auto hold
  • EV priority mode
  • Sports mode
  • Reverse camera
  • Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Front & Rear Fog Lamps
  • Keyless Operation System with Start/Stop Button

Outlander PHEV 4h: As Juro plus:

  • 360° Camera with Steering Wheel Camera Switch
  • Leather Front & Rear Seats with 8-Way Power Drivers Seat
  • Black headlining
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Power Tailgate
  • Heated steering wheel
  • LED Headlamps with Auto Levelling & LED High Beam

Outlander PHEV 4hs – As 4h plus:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System (UMS)
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Auto high-beam


All colours for 19MY are carry over from 18MY with Metallic/Pearlescent remains a £550 list price option.

Performance and selected other technical figures:

Engine2.4L Petrol
Max. Engine Power135 PS @ 4,500rpm
Max Engine Torque211 Nm @ 4,500rpm
Front Motor Power / Torque82 PS / 137 Nm
Rear Motor Power / Torque95 PS / 195 Nm
Traction Battery Lithium-ion13.8kWh
EV Driving Range



NEDC Correlated: 33 miles


WLTP: 28 miles

WLTP City Driving: 35 miles

NEDC Correlated Fuel Economy – Combined159.59mpg
WLTP Fuel Economy – Combined139.77mpg
NEDC Correlated CO240g/km
WLTP CO246g/km
First Year VED£0
Braked Towing Capacity1,500kg

Service Intervals

19MY Outlander PHEV service intervals remain at 12,500 miles/12 months 


Despite this comprehensive list of enhanced exterior/interior styling improvements, new specification across the range, significant technical improvements and outstanding WLTP related emissions – Mitsubishi are pleased to confirm that 19MY has carryover pricing, as follows:




List Price
Juro Petrol Hybrid Auto£36,700 
4h Petrol Hybrid Auto£39,445 
4hs Petrol Hybrid Auto£41,545 

5h/5hs & Commercial variants

Mitsubishi advise that they are currently developing a 5h, 5hs and commercial variant, further details and

pricing information will follow.

If you require any further help or assistance regarding the above, or any of the Mitsubishi range please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additional Information WLTP

So as the summer cools off the motor industry is hotting up for the changes with new emissions tests.

Of course there are going to be winners and losers in the changes!  Winners are looking like those that can take a stock deal in July and August as there are some cracking offers.

1 Page Explanation of WLTP

The best thing to do is contact a trusty leasing broker to get the best advice for your situation.

Finance Lease

Finance Lease is a popular funding option for commercial vehicles or vans where Contract Hire is not always suitable or the best option.

Your business uses the vehicle while paying a rental rather than a repayment. The monthly rental is determined by the initial cost of the vehicle (excluding VAT), the period of the finance lease and the residual value (the estimated future value of the vehicle at the end of the finance lease period once depreciation is taken into account), plus int


  • Minimum capital expenditure
  • Accurate monthly budgeting
  • A fixed interest rate is available on some contracts
  • No damage recharge as you are responsible for disposal of the vehicle
  • Finance lease is a very popular choice for VAT registered companies and businesses as they can claim back 50% of the VAT on the finance element for cars and generally 100% for commercials (subject to no private use). On contracts with maintenance the service element VAT is 100% recoverable
  • Rentals can be offset against the businesses profits.
  • Reduced administration
  • On-going advice and support
  • Optional full maintenance package with breakdown rescue cover
  • Optional GAP insurance which provides cover for the shortfall between the outstanding finance and the insurance value if the vehicle is declared a write-off by your insurance company


  • You will never own the vehicle as the vehicle must be sold to a third party as the end of the agreement
  • Operating risk associated with the vehicle
  • Interest rates can vary on some contract
  • You must have fully comprehensive vehicle insurance

More Information on Finance Lease:

Although you never take ownership, at the end of the finance lease contract a payment equivalent to the residual value is payable. Usually this means that the vehicle is sold and a proportion of the proceeds of the sale are returned to the lessee.

Most finance lease companies will offer a number of payment options to suit your cash flow. You can lower the monthly rental with a balloon payment at the end of the contract, or you can pay the entire cost in monthly rentals (normally referred to as a fully amortised Finance Lease), in which case you may be able to extend the finance lease with a secondary rental (sometimes called a peppercorn rental).

Rochdale Business Club

What started out as a few business friends in a local pub evolved to having a logo and now I have a problem……. a fantastic problem but problem nevertheless…………people keep asking for a comeback!


Have you heard of Rochdale Business Club ? 

For over 2  years we met monthly at my cousins fantastic traditional pub the Hare & Hounds, on Bury Road, Bamford for a few drinks and bite to eat.  We had some fantastic nights and I believe incredible business relationships were formed in a laid back and informal environment.  Now a completely social get together isn’t everyones cup of tea but there are plenty of more formal organisations putting on networking events all over the area and there is a plenty of demand for this type of event.

Now I already run two businesses, have a young family and like to exercise 4 or 5 times per week so the simpler the better for me.  I appreciate that most small business owners rarely get to socialise and hopefully we can provide some fun and activities, combined with the possibility of some good contacts and let your hair down for a few hours on the doorstep of your office or home.   If you want to get involved with helping me organise the odd social event in and around Rochdale to bring people together just drop me a line