Latest News: Motorvogue Norwich is Now Open with our multi-franchise showroom bringing five prestigious car marques to the city. The newest Hyundai, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Abarth models are gathered in one convenient showroom which opened on Friday 14th February. Hyundai owners have been without local support since the city’s previous dealer closed back in November. Our extensive new site offers a substantial Hyundai showroom, with all the latest models and manufacturer-approved used cars, plus full parts and service back-up for existing owners. “Hyundai approached us to see if we would take on the Norwich franchise, as we represent them at our Bedford location,” explains Jon Pochin, who has been running Motorvogue since 2008 with his business partner Peter Norman. “Our business model is to operate multi-franchise dealerships to offer customers greater choice – so when Hyundai agreed, the move to Norwich became possible.” Motorvogue began with a single site in Northamptonshire in 1993 and has supplied more than 20,000 cars to satisfied customers across the country. Under Pochin’s stewardship, the firm has expanded to Bedford, and a further location in King’s Lynn. A Norwich showroom makes perfect sense – especially as Pochin was born and raised in Norfolk, worked in the city for many years and still lives here. “As we were recruiting, it was astonishing how many people came forward that I’d worked with before,” he says. “One of the things that’s great about Norfolk is the people. They’re friendly and they’re loyal. We have a brilliant team ready to welcome customers to Cromer Road.” Massive range Motorvogue Norwich will offer the largest range of new cars in the area, as well as more than 600 used vehicles (across the group) in all shapes and sizes. With so much choice, it’s the perfect place to visit for anyone unsure what kind of car they should get next. It’s also ideal for those in receipt of benefits such as the Higher Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment, an Armed Forces Independence Payment or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement, with Motorvogue’s motability specialists ready to assist customers looking to drive a brand-new car every three years on the Motability scheme. The huge range at Motorvogue gives plenty of options, many available with no advance payment. Going electric? “We are seeing a real change in attitudes to electric vehicles,” Pochin says. “People who were putting off making the switch are starting to consider it. With the latest generations of hybrid and electric cars offering realistic ranges up to 300 miles, they’ve become practical for people in rural communities like those we have in Norfolk.” To help customers decide if an electric vehicle is for them, the new Cromer Road site will feature a dedicated Electric Centre, showing off the range of low and zero-emissions cars. “People need to come down and see the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona hybrid and electric models,” Pochin urges. With more than 30 demonstrators available across the five marques, Motorvogue offers an unrivalled chance to get behind the wheel of what could be the car of your dreams – whether it’s hybrid, electric or a conventional petrol or diesel model. Great offers To celebrate the opening of Motorvogue Norwich on Cromer Road, the showroom is opening with what Pochin describes as “genuine money-off deals" on models across all five marques. This includes savings of up to 50pc on servicing. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a first car for your daughter, a seven-seater, a pick-up or an electric vehicle,” says Pochin. “Whatever you need, we will have the right car for you – and at the best price in the market.” Visit us now on Cromer Road, Norwich, NR6 6NB
THE NEW VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY SYSTEM IS ON ITS WAY
Massive increase in road tax charges from the 1st of April
Drivers of the lowest-emission petrol and diesel cars could be hit with a hike of £140 a year and those buying a car costing more than £40,000 will be forced to pay a £1,550 levy over the first five years of ownership. Yet the overwhelming majority of motorists don't know the changes are coming. More than 4,000 people took part in our online poll, which asked readers how up to speed they were about the new regime. Just 6% were fully aware of it. The survey also revealed that a mere 8% knew changes are coming – but a massive 86% were totally in the dark.
Under the current scheme, scores of different cars are exempt from road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). That’s thanks to the fact they emit less than 100 grams per kilometre (g/km) of carbon dioxide (CO2). For cars registered after April, though, only those that produce no CO2 – fully electric and hydrogen cars – will be spared road tax. All other models registered from then will be liable for an annual road-tax bill of £140, regardless of CO2 emissions. While the first year of road tax will still be based on CO2 emissions and range from £10 to £2,000, this fee is almost always absorbed in a car’s on-the-road price – meaning it isn't usually seen as a running cost by consumers.
However, cars with a list price of more than £40,000 will also incur an additional £310 levy for the first five years of ownership, bringing their total annual VED bill to £450 during that time. The changes will affect many different models, from small city cars to large hybrid and electric SUVs.Because petrol engines generally emit more CO2 than their diesel counterparts, buyers have been incentivised to buy diesels for some time. In turn, carmakers have focused on driving down the amount of CO2 these cars emit.
The new system is also being brought in because while diesel engines emit relatively little CO2, recent research indicates other emissions – including mono nitrogen oxides and particulate matter – are more harmful than was once thought. Petrol engines, while emitting more CO2, tend to be cleaner in this regard.
It’s not all bad news, though: drivers who want to drive a petrol car but may have been put off by high tax rates are likely to find their engine of choice becomes more affordable under the new system, as the playing field between diesel and petrol becomes more level. And it'll provide another reason for buyers to consider an all-electric or hydrogen-powered car.
April's new scheme won't apply retrospectively, so whichever road-tax system was active when you registered your current car will continue to apply for as long as it's on the road.
CONSUMER CREDIT & GENERAL INSURANCE
Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.