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Our fleet Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTi SRi Ecoflex New Astra helps cut UK unemployment figuresVauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTi SRi Ecoflex Cost P11D price £22,730BIK tax band 13%Class 1A NIC £408Annual VED £0 then £30RV £4,125Running cost 36.63ppmCurrent mileage 700Test mpg 46SpecificationEngine (cc) 1,686Power (bhp/rpm) 125/4,000Torque (lb/ft) 206/2,000CO2 119g/kmOfficial mpg 62.8Max speed (mph) 1200-62mph (sec) 11.0* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (4yr/80k)By Maurice GloverMarketing experts have long held opposing views about the value of domestic manufacture as an aid to clinching fleet supply deals.But Vauxhall has every reason to regard a Made in Britain sticker as a positive factor after having to introduce extra-shift working to cope with demand for one of its latest model ranges.Additional manpower has boosted hourly output to 47 Astra Sport Tourers, hatchbacks and vans from the lines at the company's bustling Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire.That adds up to 700 vehicles a day - mostly Sport Tourers, given that Ellesmere is the only Opel-Vauxhall manufacturing centre worldwide for the slinky new model that brings style to compact-class workhorse motoring.Instead of going to a dealer, Fleet News went to Ellesmere to collect a factory-fresh example of the car that is remarkably handsome from any angle.Low, wide and with a sporting appearance, the Astra looks worlds apart from its predecessor and is making a handsome contribution to Vauxhall's UK market share as well as winning vital new busi­ness for GM in Germany and Italy.Our version has the 123bhp version of the 1.7 diesel engine that offers 119g/km emissions with claimed economy of 62.8mpg. All Sport Tourers come with ESP, six airbags, air conditioning, daytime running lights and front elec­tric windows, but range-topping SRi trim means our car sits on uprated suspension with a lower ride height, and boasts sports front seats, a multi-function steering wheel, on-board computer, illu­minated vanity mirrors, iPod connectivity, power-heated mirrors and a centre armrest.After a few hundred miles, test economy is falling dramatically short of the claimed figure, but though closer manufacturing tolerances have generally put an end to 'running-in' regimes, our car's motor still has a tight feel. Time will tell.

SCOTLANDIRELANDWALESENGLANDCotswoldsChilternHillsSherwoodForestWicklowMountainsLoch NessCheviotHillsExmoorLakeDistrictPenninesSouthern UplandsNorthAtlanticOceanCelticSeaGalwayBayNorthSeaCardiganBayLiverpoolBayLONDONStratfordCoventryHadrian's WallSt. AndrewsJedburgh AbbeyPitlochryBlair AthollCullodenISLE OF SKYEFort WilliamGlencoeLoch LomondGretna GreenGrasmerePembrokeCARDIFFRosslareCorkBlarneyWATERFORDWatervilleKILLARNEYLIMERICKGalwayDUBLINAngleseyBodminSt. IvesSt. Michael's MountGlastonburyBathPLYMOUTHStonehengeSalisburyRing of KerryGLASGOWEDINBURGHSCOTTISH HIGHLANDSMANCHESTERYORK11111111122221 Overnight staysGREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND : REGIONALS20 Days from C$3799 Reference: BPANDuration: 20 DaysPace: Comfortable91T Starts Canada Ends CanadaLand Only Starts Canada Ends CanadaLand OnlyE Welcome Reception (WR) F Highlight Lunch/Dinner/Farewell Dinner (HL/HD/FD) B Be My Guest Dining (BG) N Local Wine with Dinner H Wine Tasting I Local SpecialtyFB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast L = Lunch D = DinnerTriple room reduction C$90 Single room supplementC$1190 Early payment discount12 months C$385 10 months C$285 6 months C$1902nd Trip Discount SAVE up toC$203 p.p.Young Traveler DiscountC$385Unused London Accommodation: Prices are per person per night C$129A Edinburgh Tattoo: Please note that on these departures tickets are included for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo. ? York Horse Races take place in York for these departures. Please be advised that trips may be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York for these departures. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same.D *Air Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 25 for full details.For Trafalgar's other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 24-25 and 240-241.picturesque landscapes of Loch Lomond continue south to Glasgow, where your orientation includes George Square, the Cathedral and the River Clyde. This evening, you might like to experience typical Scottish hospitality at a city restaurant. (FB) Hotel: Jurys SalesfiguresNewsinsightNews digestRemarketing analysisFuel pricesCar RecruitmentreviewsManufacturer newsDiary datesACFO Regional Meetings - September 26-October 7Most regional meetings involve two sessions: a "business" meeting where ACFO business and general developments are discussed; and an "educational" session, which might include presentations from a manufacturer or telematics supplier. n For more information click hereACFO Awards - November 2The ACFO Awards focus on the vehicles, services and companies that have most impressed ACFO's membership. This year the event will be held at the Hilton Birmingham. n For more information click hereSMMT Dinner - November 22The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' annual dinner is one of the most prestigious events in the automotive calendar and is attended by senior executives from all parts of the sector. Comedian and TV presenter, Dara O Briain, has been announced as guest speaker.n For more information click hereFleet News Congress - October 18Benefit from keynote presentations, Q&As, case studies and best practice guidelines. There will also be a manufacturer expo giving you the opportunity to view latest products from a range of brands, including Renault, Toyota and Honda.n For more information click hereFleet News FN50 - November 8The FN50 dinner is a perfect opportunity to network with the top 50 contract hire companies in luxurious surroundings. It is being held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.n For more information click hereRoad Safety Week - November 21-27Road Safety Week is an established week in the UK calendar. It was set up by Brake in 1997 and has been organised by the charity annually ever since. It aims to give everyone an opportunity to promote road safety in their community, school or company.n For more information click here