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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8172233.stm

    BSM, the UK's biggest driving school, is to replace its basic vehicle for learners - the Vauxhall Corsa - after signing a deal with Fiat.

    The Italian firm will provide BSM with 14,000 cars over four years - mainly its Fiat 500.

    The move is a blow to Vauxhall because, according to BSM, about 70% of learners buy the same car model as they pass their test in.

    This marketing benefit means Fiat is providing the cars at a discount.

    Learner drivers wishing to purchase a Fiat after passing their test will be offered £500 off any model - on top of any dealer offer.

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    A report said that the Corsa was no longer appealing to BSM's core customer - women in their late teens and early 20s - who wanted to drive a more fashionable car.

    Fiat's cars had a "modern outlook and appeal" which would attract learner drivers said BSM managing director Abu Shafi.

    The company has about 3,000 driving instructors and teaches more than 130,000 learners to drive each year.

    Formerly known as British School of Motoring, it boasts the Queen among its former pupils.

    Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Fiat Group Automobiles UK, said the agreement put it "right where we want to be".
    This sucks, I learnt in a Vauxhall Corsa and they were pretty awesome. The funniest thing is they think this Fiat is more fashionable than the Corsa, what bullcrap. It looks like a car out of Noddy. :yep:
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    fiats are ugly =S
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    just been doing some research and it appears BSM are owned by Arques Industries AG since 2002 who specialise in turning businesses around and restructuring them. and they are based in Germany of all places.

    Wikipedia lists the key people of BSM as Abu-Haris Shafi, Nikolai Kesting, not exactly British names there.

    I wonder if they have done the deal with that amazing businessman in Italy who owns Fiat, Ferrari, and everything else they make with 4 wheels.

    Tbh though, i still much prefer the 500 over the Corsa, i learned in the older shaped Astra and it was pretty boring.
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    Fiats are icky

    That said, I want a Micra, which is what I learnt in, so they've got something going there!
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    I just bought a Corsa (on Saturday). My other choice was a Fiat, but I went with the Corsa BECAUSE I love the look. Fiat cars just don't appeal to me that much.
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    The 500 will undoubtedly attract more people to use BSM.
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    I just bought a Corsa (on Saturday). My other choice was a Fiat, but I went with the Corsa BECAUSE I love the look. Fiat cars just don't appeal to me that much.
    Agreed, the Corsa looks great! Congrats on your new car, hope you enjoy it The fiat looks weird and not in a good way so you made a good choice!
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    (Original post by Lara C.)
    just been doing some research and it appears BSM are owned by Arques Industries AG since 2002 who specialise in turning businesses around and restructuring them. and they are based in Germany of all places.

    Wikipedia lists the key people of BSM as Abu-Haris Shafi, Nikolai Kesting, not exactly British names there.

    I wonder if they have done the deal with that amazing businessman in Italy who owns Fiat, Ferrari, and everything else they make with 4 wheels.

    Tbh though, i still much prefer the 500 over the Corsa, i learned in the older shaped Astra and it was pretty boring.
    Interesting news. Btw is Vauxhall and Opel still part of GM or is it now sold? They will lose their charm if GM lets them go
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    I absolutely HATE Corsas. I won't go with a driving school if they use corsas, I just can't see a damn thing out of the back window.
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    Fiats are icky

    That said, I want a Micra, which is what I learnt in, so they've got something going there!
    Yeah new drivers who learnt in the fiat will definintely be more likely to buy it.

    I am hoping the looks put them off tho :p:
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I absolutely HATE Corsas. I won't go with a driving school if they use corsas, I just can't see a damn thing out of the back window.
    Actually I found it pretty good with doing any manoeuvres. It was easy to use and looked great for a first car.
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    The 500 is a really nice car, don't blame them really
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    (Original post by Neo Con)
    Actually I found it pretty good with doing any manoeuvres. It was easy to use and looked great for a first car.
    I'm 5'2" and for me, it's dreadful for maneuvres. I had to pump the seat up to it's highest AND sit on a cushion to see out the rear window.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I'm 5'2" and for me, it's dreadful for maneuvres. I had to pump the seat up to it's highest AND sit on a cushion to see out the rear window.
    Oh right, that makes sense. Do you still have that issue in other cars or is it alot better now?

    Corsa still looks better IMO




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    on a pictures day today so this is the comparison;

    the very average sky blue colour you ALWAYS see them in!


    because white is the only colour for the 500!


    its a white wash IMO (excuse the pun!).
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    (Original post by Neo Con)
    Oh right, that makes sense. Do you still have that issue in other cars or is it alot better now?
    I still have to sit on a cushion. I started learning in the new Mini, and that was better for maneuvres, but I always struggled in the corsa.

    I'm not driving atm, so I haven't driven in a while. Who knows what a Fiat 500 would be like. I'll have to try it!
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I'm 5'2" and for me, it's dreadful for maneuvres. I had to pump the seat up to it's highest AND sit on a cushion to see out the rear window.
    I'm 5ft 1.8 and my Corsa is fine for me.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I still have to sit on a cushion. I started learning in the new Mini, and that was better for maneuvres, but I always struggled in the corsa.

    I'm not driving atm, so I haven't driven in a while. Who knows what a Fiat 500 would be like. I'll have to try it!
    Glad something was good for you. :console:

    lol
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    (Original post by Lara C.)

    its a white wash IMO (excuse the pun!).
    I disagree.... the fiat looks like a cross etween a mini and a VW beetle all crushed into one car...

    Inside it does look very appealing, but at what extra cost because I think the inside of the corsa is top notch for a standard 3dr hatchback.
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    The Fiat is far nicer to be in than the Corsa I learnt to drive in, although the seats are too firm. The Fiat also looks far better. The 2 year old Corsa I learnt in needed a new clutch after 40,000 miles, the instructors previous shape Corsa needed the first one at nearer 80,000. Perhaps quality issues are partly to blame? I've not heard of many problems with the new 500s.

    I wouldn't buy either though. I don't think the move is surprising.
 
 
 
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