Archive for October, 2010

Mon Motors Group on track in Sunday Times Top 250

The Mon Motors Group has this week been named in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250. Now in its sixth year, the league table ranks Britain’s 250 leading mid-market private companies. They represent the next tier down from the 100 private companies with the biggest sales, provided they have either increased sales or operating profit in their latest available accounts.

1 of only 7 Welsh based companies to feature in the top 250 and charting at position 134 with sales reaching £219.5m in 2009.  The Mon Motors Group was established in 1976 when Managing Director Jeff Cleverly, took ownership of Cwmbran Ford, which is still the group’s head office today. A family run company, the group has 10 dealerships throughout South Wales and the West of England selling new and used Audi, Ford, Skoda and Volkswagen vehicles.   

Also featured in the Top 250 were some more familiar brand names like Harrods, Weetabix, Selfridges, Virgin Active, Arsenal Holdings, Nando’s, Dreams, Paul Smith and Schuh. The 250 companies generated combined sales of £65 billion and employed more than 500,000 staff – equivalent to roughly 5% of GDP and 1.6% of the UK workforce.

Passat BlueMotion has record breaking efficiency

The Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled by a production car on a single tank of fuel was broken this week by the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion. The car was driven by the Sunday Times journalist, Gavin Conway on a journey that began at Maidstone in Kent and then on to the South of France and back. The car finally ran out of fuel close to Calais, after completing a distance of 1,526.63 miles – the equivalent of driving from London to Moscow or New York to Los Angeles, without having to refuel.

The route mainly followed French autoroutes, but included some town driving, resulting in an average speed of just over 45 mph. The amount of fuel used was 77.25 litres, giving an overall fuel consumption of 90.0 mpg –substantially higher than the Passat’s claimed combined figure of 64.2 mpg. The resulting fuel cost for the journey works out at just 6.17p per mile travelled.

The Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion used for the record attempt was a standard production car with a 1.6 TDI (105PS) engine. Much like the Polo and Golf BlueMotion models, the Passat is equipped with aerodynamic modifications to the body, a lower ride height, Start-Stop, programmed battery charging, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tyres.