With each new generation of car comes a raft of new technology. Modern motors, even smaller or entry level models, are full of many gadgets, which is amazing when you consider that most of us didn't even have power steering or electric windows on our first car! So here is a round-up of some of the new equipment found hiding inside some of today's modern models, and some details of cars available at Thame Cars today.
MINI Chilli Pack
You'd be forgiven for feeling a little hungry if you're looking for a MINI, with all their talk of Pepper Packs and Chilli Packs. Since the Mini was relaunched by BMW and became the MINI in 2001, they have offered a selection of funky sounding option packs, packing these cars with equipment. The even better news is that while these option packs are quite expensive when buying a new MINI, they make the MINI great value as a used or nearly new purchase.
This MINI Cooper D comes with a powerful yet economical 1.5 Diesel engine, and the highest option pack of the Chilli Pack, which includes 17" alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Automatic Air Conditioning (otherwise known as Climate Control) and half leather upholstery. This particular car also comes with Sat Nav, Bluetooth and parking sensors, giving you everything you could ever need in a compact yet roomy package.
Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta
Many of us have heard that familiar and hair-raising crunch when we've reversed into a post or another vehicle that we hadn't noticed until it was too late. With this comes trips to the body shop, conversations with car insurance companies and all the stress this brings. So how about a reversing camera coupled with parking sensors to make sure you see what's behind you every time? This Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta comes complete with a wide angle reversing camera, projecting a full colour image of what's behind you to a screen on the dashboard.
This feature is especially useful if reversing out of parking spaces, or if your view is restricted. Doubled with parking sensors, there's a very good chance of avoiding that expensive crunching sound. However, manufacturers will always recommend that you still look behind you, rather than depending solely on the camera and sensors. With a punchy 1.2 Turbo petrol engine delivering 110PS, this feature-packed Qashqai also has a glass roof, Sat Nav, Bluetooth and Climate Control in gadgety N-Connecta spec.
If the worst should happen and you're involved in a car accident, you need to know that you can trust your car to protect you and your loved ones. This is where Vauxhall becomes one of the safety front runners, with its OnStar Emergency Assistance function. If the vehicle detects that it has been involved in a crash, it automatically places a call to the OnStar emergency assistance centre.
They will be able to see exactly where the car is using GPS satellite tracking, and how fast it was going at the time of impact to help them assess how serious it might be. The OnStar operator will then come through to the car to speak to you, to ensure you are safe and assess if you need the emergency services. They can then call Police, Ambulance or Fire as required. This feature ensures that you don't need to fumble around for your phone, and you know that OnStar will have help on the way quickly if you need it. At Thame Cars we now have stock of the New Model Vauxhall Insignia for the first time, which comes complete with OnStar Emergency Assistance. If you're looking for a safe, large family car, the sleek and elegant Insignia is packed with safety equipment including driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, an emergency tyre inflation kit, tyre pressure sensors and ISOFIX child seat anchor points on the front passenger seat and rear seats. Coupled with all the luxury features you would expect from the latest Insignia such as Sat Nav, Bluetooth and 18" alloys, this is a car that will look good on the road, but that you can trust to carry your family safely.
These are just a few of the options now available on modern cars, to make journeys safer, more convenient and more enjoyable, much like our motto of making your Thame Cars experience simple, convenient, safe and happy. All of these cars and many more are available to view and test drive here at Thame Cars, and our expert team are happy to demonstrate any of these features to you. We carry a range of nearly new, popular models with good specifications and packed with the latest technology, meaning that you're sure to find something that ticks all the boxes. So, if you'd like to learn more, do give us a call or pop in and see us, and we'll be very happy to help you choose the right car for your needs.