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fleetnews.co.uk/SME September 2011 23Most fuel-efficient petrol cars: Combined cycle mpg64.2 n Toyota IQ 1.0n Honda Insightn Nissan Pixo 1.0n Suzuki Alto 1.074.3 n Toyota Auris Hybrid72.4 n Toyota Prius T370.6 n Fiat 500 TwinAir68.9 n Lexus CT200h67.3 n Kia Picanto 1.2 EcoDynamicsn Hyundai i10 Blue65.7 n Smart FortwoThe Fleet News website has a whole host of tools to help manage fleetswww.fleetnews.co.ukFuel Cost CalculatorBy using the fuel cost calculator, you can work out how much you are spending on petrol or diesel to show the cost implications if you were to pay as little as one pence per gallon less.Car Tax CalculatorThe Fleet News car tax calculator enables you to calculate your company car tax online quickly and easily, as well as producing a breakdown of the employee's and the employer's costs.Running CostsNeed to know how much a car will cost to run over its lifecycle? With our car running cost calculator you can compare manufacturers and models as well as calculate your fleet's overall running costs.Compare Fuel PricesYour business could make substantial savings on fuel by finding a cheaper filling station to refuel your fleet cars or vans. Compare fuel prices in your area with Fleet News.Van Running CostsNeed to know how much a van will cost to run over its lifecycle? With the van running cost calculator you can compare models and manufacturers and calculate your current fleet's overall running costs.CO2 Emissions CalculatorHere at Fleet News we have a guide to CO2 emissions and a calculator to help businesses calculate their fleet emissions as well as a guide to eco driving.

24 September 2011 fleetnews.co.uk/SME Are cold weather tyres worth it?Businesses keen to avoid disruption of last winter should consider investing in the specialist rubber By Debbie Woodith summer still here and the threat of snow and ice still months away, many small busi-nesses may have put the severe disruption caused by the bad weather last winter to the back of their minds.But the treacherous conditions forced thousands of busi-nesses to shut as employees were unable to get to work.A poll of 1,300 of the Federation of Small Businesses' members in January found that a third said up to 50% of their staff were absent for at least one day. The snow cost six in 10 (58%) £5,000, and 13% more than this. A quarter had to close during the severe weather, many for at least five days.However, it was business as usual for those organisations who had fitted their vehicles with cold weather tyres.These tyres, which are already adopted widely throughout many parts of mainland Europe, offer vastly-improved grip and braking whenever the temperature drops below 7ºC and not just during snowy and icy spells.Interest in the technology has increased substantially in recent years, and demand is expected to rocket ahead of this winter."The UK is a conversion market," says Eddy Geerdink, marketing director for Goodyear-Dunlop. The tyre manufacturer says UK market volume tripled from 2009-2010 to the 2010-2011 winter and it expects the market will double again to 600,000 units this year."Some countries have started storing winter tyres, and if people wait until the autumn before ordering it will be too late," adds Geerdink.Improved grip and brakingCold weather tyres feature specially-developed rubber compounds which allow them to remain softer in cooler temperatures to provide improved contact with the road. Their tread patterns also feature many small grooves called sipes which help disperse water and provide additional grip on snow and ice.One of the newest cold weather tyres on the market is Good-year's UltraGrip 8. W