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EZ-Ultimo: The Limo that’s a 5-star Hotel Inside

As you well know, here at Limo Broker, we love nothing more than an experimental limousine concept, enjoying looking at designs that give us an insight into future travel. This is why this week we were thrilled to learn more about the Renault limo concept; a vehicle that is basically a 5-star hotel built inside a car cabin!

Being the talk of the car manufacturing industry, the limousine is being called the EZ-Ultimo. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the limo quickly became known as “Batman’s limo”. Impressive on every level, from the exterior to the interior, the concept is a great example of how creative manufacturers are getting in the race to autonomous travel.

Forbes explained:

“EZ-Ultimo lives up to its name. It is a grand vision of the future, in which the ultra-rich are chauffeured in opulence befitting royalty.”

A futuristic design

Fit for royalty, the cabin is grand to say the least, created solely to impress important travellers. Set to provide an unparalleled transport experience, the cabin boasts natural materials such as marble, woods and fine leathers, making for a calming atmosphere for passengers. But ‘why is it being compared to a hotel?’ we hear you ask. Well, passengers sit adjacent to one another, with glass panels and plush leather making it not dissimilar to a high-end hotel lobby.

What’s more is that the exterior is nothing but extravagant, with the concept limousine being 19 feet long. Though colossal in size, the car only seats four people, giving four lucky passengers a roomy, relaxed way to travel. The limo is also completely autonomous, meaning there will be no driver, just the wonders of new technology to navigate you around the city.

Let us know what you think. Has Renault given us a hint of what future road travel will be like? Leave your comments with us.

Limo Broker Launches New and Improved Website

Here at Limo Broker, we work hard to remain the home of luxury vehicle hire, catering to our customers’ needs and wants when it comes to planning transport. Understanding how important it is for brands to move with the times, we have this week unveiled our new website, launching a redesign of our popular site; LimobBroker.Co.Uk. Fed from a great deal of research, this new website is something we are thrilled to finally be sharing with you.  

Conducted by award-winning creative agency, MOBO Media, the project’s aim was to give our much-valued customers a performant, reliable, efficient and smooth method to book limos online; an ambition that MOBO has well and truly achieved.  

Fast and simple 

Digging deep into the analytics of our site, we found that users were shopping for limos, chauffeur cars and supercars using all types of devices. Wanting to accommodate all visitors, MOBO ensured the website was coded and designed using the latest tech and coding standards, presenting itself beautifully on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.  

The lead designer on the project explains:

“At the forefront of this new design was focus on accessibility, accessibility in this sense means users of all abilities having access to the site and the ability to control it. Accessibility on the web typically refers to users with handicaps, such as vision impairment, limited mobility of limbs and other physical or mental factors that affect their use of websites and technology.” 

Navigation  

Utilising the wonders of HTML, the website now boasts a clean, simplified structure, making it incredibly user-friendly. Starting from scratch and hand-coded, this website has been built specifically with Limo Broker’s customers in mind.  

Placing a huge focus on navigation, the new site sees all the information users want within reach, putting just seconds between logging on and receiving vehicle hire confirmation. With an all-new simple, 3-colour design, users with limited vision can differentiate between elements, with the design team ensuring adequate spacing between clickable elements. All these features combine to make for the best-possible browsing experience.

“For design performance we opted to use techniques that help us write highly optimised website styles that gives us longevity, for this we used SCSS a library that helps our developers write CSS (The code that changes how the site looks and feels” MOBO continues.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank MOBO for their work on this project and look forward to working with the team in the very near future.

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14 of the World’s Best Limos

Limousines come in all shapes, colours and sizes, being an incredible car category that we at Limo Broker hugely admire. From the Lincoln Towncar Limousine to the Hummer Limousine, the long wheelbase vehicles are fun and incredibly easy on the eye. Built with a huge focus on passenger comfort, limousines are best when chauffeur-driven, giving those lucky enough to travel inside a truly great transport experience.

Just this week, popular car magazine, AutoCar, shared what they believed to be the best limousines ever made. Below we have shone the spotlight on our top 14 from the list.

Cadillac 75 (1936)

The brand Cadillac is incredibly well-known, renowned for creating vehicles that are real show-stoppers. For this reason, it is easy to see why the Cadillac 75 made the top limo list, with the 75 being the brand’s flagship vehicle.

Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959)

Next up we have the Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959); a simply beautiful creation. Brought to us by the world-renowned British carmakers, the Rolls Royce V is a limo we all know and love. While no two versions are the same visually, each is powered by an impressive 6.23-litre V8 engine.

Checker Aerobus (1962)

Created in the 1960’s, the Checker Aerobus was built to occupy as many passengers as possible, initially made to ferry people to airports and cities centres. As a stretched version of the famous yellow cab, the limo had eight doors and 15 seats.

Mercedes Pullman Limo (1963)

The Mercedes Pullman is said to be the only limo that came close to rivalling the Rolls Royce collection, shocking the world when it launched the S600. Nicknamed ‘Grosser’ meaning ‘grand’, the limo was an extended Pullman, adding 246 inches to the original model.

Daimler DS420 (1968)

As the longest-running factory limo ever offered, the Daimler DS420 understandably made the list of best limos. Loved by Mayors and high-profile individuals, the Daimler DS420 was used commonly by the Queen Mother.

ZIL-4104 (1973)

If you have seen any Cold War films, you will no doubt have seen the ZIL-4104 (1973); an 80’s limo that was built specifically for the leaders of the Soviet Union.

Mercedes-Benz V123 (1976)

Another great limo from Mercedes is the V123, a stunning limousine that stole the show in the late 70s. Referred to as the ‘Munich taxi’, this limo can now be purchased for as little as £2500.

Zimmer (1978)

The limo mapped the way when it came to extravagance, being outlandish with its exterior design. Built in New Jersey, the Zimmer came in both 2 and 4-door options.

Lincoln Town Car (1980)

Now, the Lincoln Town Car is a limo that has changed over time, still one of the most popular limos hired for birthdays, weddings and other popular events. While a version of the car has been around since the 50s, the 1980s model was created with those that wanted to travel in the back in mind.

Maybach 62 (2002)

After the Millennium, limousines started to become sleeker and sophisticated, as proven by the Maybach 62. Launched on the Queen Elizabeth 2 ship, the Maybach 62 was and still is fabulous.

Hummer H2 (2002)

Launched in the same year as the Maybach 62 was the Hummer H2; one of the first tank-looking limos to grace our roads. With some models being 12.3-metres in length, the car was adopted fully by partygoers that wanted to stand out on the road.

Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005)

Known for creating aesthetically stunning vehicles, Rolls Royce obviously impressed with the launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005); a car that stamped the British carmaker’s name in the limo space indefinitely.

Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine (2016)

Fast forward a few years and Bentley gave us the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine. Revealed to the public in 2016, the limo had two pairs of rear seats that faced each other, making for a comfortable, sociable cabin.

Presidential state car (2018)

Topping the list of the world’s best limos is understandably the 2018 Presidential Limo. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the car certainly suits Donald Trump’s style, being loud and proud. Weighing 9072kg and costing $16 million, it is easy to see why this vehicle came up trumps!

Let us know what you think, are there any other limos you think should have made the list?

Ford New car Smell

Ford finds way to get rid of ‘new car smell’

There really is no better smell than climbing inside a new car, sniffing that plush leather and basking in the greatness of the cabin’s design. Here at Limo Broker, this is a common consensus, with everyone appreciating the impact a new car can have on the smell sense. This is why we find it rather odd that British carmakers, Ford, are doing all they can to dispel of that iconic smell.  

That’s right, Ford are developing a way to eliminate that new car smell!  

While a smell that us Brits enjoy, it appears in China, they do not agree. Responding to feedback from Chinese motorists, Ford have filed a patent to work on an odour-removing process. With 10% of Chinese consumers claiming to dislike the smell, Ford felt that they had no choice but to address this.  

Brent Gruber, senior director of global automotive at J.D. Power, said: “Unpleasant interior smell/odour remains the top industry problem in that market. To put that in context, it is nearly double the problem rate of the second most prevalent problem, excessive fuel consumption.” 

The patent has now been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, signalling just how seriously Ford are taking this customer feedback.  

Debbie Mielewski, senior technical leader in materials sustainability at Ford, said:  

“While ‘new car smell’ is ingrained in American culture, we know Chinese customers dislike that scent. This patent is the result of years of research and is just one idea we are considering for future use.” 

While making the announcement, Ford left many details out, not wanting to divulge too much about the patent and what the process will actually entail.  

However, many have suggested that the odour-removal process will ‘bake the smell away, using heat to me new cars smell neutral.  

Let us know what you think about this story. Should Ford be spending their time on this? 

Lego Bugatti Chiron

Lego Bugatti Chiron Hits London’s Roads

Two things we at Limo Broker love is high-powered supercars and Lego. Geeks; right?

Well, geeks or not, we were thrilled to learn that a Bugatti Chiron made out of actual Lego was making its way around London last week, giving the city’s community of car-lovers something to talk about!

Visiting the Bugatti showroom in Mayfair, this Lego creation was part of a promotional push from the brand. Grabbing the attention of car and Lego fans alike, Bugatti and Lego have put on a real show here, with thousands of snaps being shared on social media of this innovative car.

Nicola Morgan Hulme, senior brand relations manager for UK & Ireland at the Lego Group, said:

‘We wanted to give Lego Technic fans the chance to see this incredible model for themselves – so we’ve taken the Bugatti on a European Tour,’ said
‘The model looks fantastic in images, but it is truly breath-taking in real life – you can see the intricate detail up close.’

Leaving Mayfair, the Lego car then made its way to Westfield Shopping Centre in London, giving shoppers and passers-by a glimpse of the Lego vehicle. Following that, the car ventured to Westfield Stratford and finally, Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford.

The car

Weighing a huge 1.5 tonnes, the car boasted a real engine capable of 5.3 horsepower and a torque of 92 Nm. While small numbers when compared to the real-life thing, when considering no glue or parts aside from Lego were used, this is a pretty incredible car.

Lego also stayed true to the Chiron’s design with the interior, with the dashboard, seats and everything inside looking exactly as it should; just made out of toy bricks!

Let us know what you think. Is this an impressive, credible creation or a waste of time? We would love to know your thoughts.