Automotive News

SsangYong Tivoli SE Running Well
- 23 June 2017
SsangYong Tivoli SE Running Well
According to the automotive data experts Cap HPI, the SsangYong Tivoli 1.6 litre SE is the cheapest diesel SUV to run. The study looked at the overall total cost of ownership for the cars to discover the one with the lowest motoring costs over the first three years. Taking into account all servicing, fuel and other motoring costs, it was the Tivoli SE that came out top. "The SsangYong Tivoli is one of the best-value cars you can buy," said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. "And this endorsement of the SE diesel being the best performing diesel SUV from such a respected organisation as Cap HPI firmly underlines that." The annual cost to run the best performing diesel SUV was £11,583.50 or, £321.76 per month.
Introduction of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill Welcomed
- 23 June 2017
Introduction of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill Welcomed
Yesterday's Queen's Speech introduced the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which could see every petrol station and motorway services being required to install electric charging points. Alison Bell, Marketing Director of Venson Automotive Solutions welcomes the new move. "Research we conducted recently found that 85% of motorists would consider buying an electric vehicle, however 69% said that the lack of charging points across the UK would be the biggest deterrent. Whilst both Total and Shell earlier this year confirmed their intention to install charging points at their stations across the UK, the move to make every petrol station offer charging facilities is extremely reassuring." Uptake of electric vehicles has been slow, but it's beginning to emerge that access to charging points and limited mileage range of the vehicle could be the real issue, rather than cost. "Easy access to charging points is crucial to the successful take-up of electric vehicles in the future," adds Bell. "And the new Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill is set to ensure this is addressed."
Leaf That Drives Itself
- 23 June 2017
Leaf That Drives Itself
Nissan's ProPILOT technology that will enable autonomous drive functionality in single-lane highway driving has arrived with the new, 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF. This technology will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on the highway, assisting drivers during heavy traffic congestion or during long commutes. Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said: "Adding ground-breaking ProPILOT technology to the new Nissan LEAF will prove invaluable in unlocking many of the benefits of electric vehicles, creating less congested, cleaner cities for future generations." In the coming years, Nissan's ProPILOT technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections.
Specialising is Advised for Body Shops
- 21 June 2017
Specialising is Advised for Body Shops
Independent body shops need to specialise due to the wide range of equipment and skills investments that will be necessary for the repair of new vehicles. That's the advice from Dean Lander Head of Repair Sector Services, Thatcham Research. "Gone are the days of accepting every job that comes into the workshop," he said. "The investments required to cover all bases are just not feasible. Tough management decisions lie ahead for independent body shops, as they define what their business should focus on." The proliferation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and new materials used in the construction of cars has changed the landscape within the industry. Many independent repair outfits have concerns around investing in expensive and specialised equipment, with potentially short shelf lives. "Taking these business-critical investment decisions from the most informed position possible is now vital. Body shops should begin with a clear vision of the area in which they will specialise, and then reverse engineer an equipment and skills investment strategy that will get them there," said Lander.
Insignia Sports Tourer
- 21 June 2017
Insignia Sports Tourer
Vauxhall's all new Insignia Sports Tourer is on sale now priced from £18,685 on-the-road. "Vauxhall's best-ever product portfolio is further enhanced with the launch of the new Insignia Sports Tourer," said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall's Chairman and Managing Director. ""It has all of the elegance of its Insignia Grand Sport sibling but with even more practicality, including a boot that is more spacious than its predecessors." It is based on a completely new vehicle architecture, and its revised proportions result in more luggage capacity. The length of the boot has grown by 97mm to 2005mm versus the previous model and 40/20/40 foldable seats are standard across the range. For those pulling a caravan or a trailer, towing capacity for the Sports Tourer is up to 2200kg. There are high-tech features such as the ultra-modern all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and the new eight-speed automatic transmission to exploit their strengths to the full. It also has the next generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display and unique AGR-certified premium seats. The new Insignia is also the first Vauxhall with an active aluminium bonnet, improving pedestrian protection considerably.
RHA Chief Comments on Calais Death
- 21 June 2017
RHA Chief Comments on Calais Death
The Road Haulage Association's chief executive Richard Burnett has commented on the death earlier this week of a Polish van driver was killed as a result of migrant action. "Our worst fears have become a reality, we have been predicting this for two years," he said. "The lives of innocent people, who want no more than to be able to go about their daily business in safety are being put at risk by those whose only aim in life is to reach the UK. They don't care about anyone but themselves and as a result a life has been lost." The van collided with three trucks that had been forced to stop on one of the Port's main approach roads, the A16, as a result of migrants blocking the road with trees trunks. The van subsequently caught fire and the driver died. "The security forces currently in place just cannot cope. It's not just Calais itself that need protecting; it's the approach roads too. President Macron must get a grip of this situation and we urge him to deploy the French military to provide safe passage for the thousands of UK-bound hauliers that use this route every day."
Kia Stonic a - Compelling New Car
- 21 June 2017
Kia Stonic a - Compelling New Car
The all-new Kia Stonic that is set to be on sale in Europe during this year's third quarter, will prove to be an important model for Kia in one of Europe's newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year - around seven per cent of the market - and is forecast to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020. Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: "The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly-expanding class, backed by Kia's unique warranty, and the brand's reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars." This eye-catching and confident compact crossover, combines agile handling and a sporty ride with smart packaging and a spacious and versatile cabin. Its range of lightweight, downsized engines coupled with a strong, lightweight body and new driver-assist technologies gives a reassuring and exciting drive.
Goodwood Honours Bernie Ecclestone
- 19 June 2017
Goodwood Honours Bernie Ecclestone
For the first time ever, the Central Feature at Goodwood's Festival of Speed over the weekend of June 29th to July 2nd, will celebrate an individual. Known the world over simply as Bernie, Bernie Ecclestone is one of the most influential people in the history of motorsport. His life and influence will be honoured with a towering sculpture outside Goodwood House displaying cars from the five different chapters of his life, as driver, manager, team owner, impresario and ultimately, legend of the sport. "This is not so much a tribute, but rather a Goodwood celebration of a racer who has had such a huge influence on the sport we all love," said Lord March, the Festival's founder. Bernie will attend the Festival of Speed along with a host of World Champions, team owners, engineers, designers and mechanics from his life in motor racing. Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed Presented by Mastercard is the world's largest automotive garden party. Saturday and weekend tickets for the 2017 festival are already sold-out, with Thursday, Friday, and a limited number of Sunday tickets still available on a first-come, first- served basis. For more details visit www.goodwood.com or call the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.
VW's New Polo - Ahead of its Class
- 19 June 2017
VWs New Polo - Ahead of its Class
Volkswagen new Polo is set to take the sales market by storm with a host of new innovations for the popular model. This is the largest Polo ever being 4,053 mm long with a 94 mm longer wheelbase that vastly improves the car's excellent ride comfort. This Polo plays in a higher league technologically too with Front Assist, Blind Spot Detection, ACC and LED headlights like in the Golf class. It also is the first Polo with digital instruments - the second generation of the Active Info Display celebrates its world premiere in the new Polo. Dr Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development of the Volkswagen Brand said: "The new Polo brings the future to the compact class. A whole lot of space., the world premiere of a new generation of the Active Info Display, the latest infotainment systems and forward-thinking assistance systems - these qualities enable this Volkswagen to overcome traditional class boundaries." It seems that the sixth generation Polo is going to continue the model's success story. With over 14 million cars sold to date, the Polo is one of the most successful vehicles in its class.
No Fun in Driving Anymore
- 19 June 2017
No Fun in Driving Anymore
A third of UK drivers' time spent on the road is unenjoyable, according to new research from Direct Line car insurance. On average people spend two hours and 17 minutes a week driving, equating to roughly 20 minutes per day, and a fifth of drivers admit that driving is just a means to an end and they do not expect to enjoy it. The top three pet hates for driving are: having to face aggressive drivers, being stuck in traffic jams and road rage. The study also found regional differences between both time spent driving and the amount of time drivers spent enjoying driving. Wales and the East Midlands are hotspots for unhappy drivers with one in eight (13 per cent) drivers not enjoying their time behind the wheel. Finding a parking space and driving in busy town centres made the top ten list.
Seat's Digital Transformation Training Programme
- 16 June 2017
Seats Digital Transformation Training Programme
Seat has introduced an innovative training programme focused on the tools and technologies which will be widely used in the industry of the future, and more than 2,000 employees have already registered for the course. Aimed at all of its 14,000 employees, the programme is to make workers aware of the real meaning behind the Industry 4.0 concept. The participants interact with some of the tools and technology that will be widely used in all production processes a few years from now. "We have worked to design a programme that is aligned with Seat's training and development strategy," says Vice-President for Human Resources, Xavier Ros. "It is based on an innovative method used to explain the industrial transformation in a way that is easy, interactive and digital. Seat has evolved to make progress towards this new model of industry and respond to the challenges it presents to the automotive sector. People play an essential role in this process, as well as continuous training." With this project, SEAT once again highlights its leadership in the field of training, where the company invests four times more per employee than the national average. This initiative has already won an award from the Catalan Association of Industrial Engineers.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 On the Road Soon
- 16 June 2017
Audi R8 Spyder V10 On the Road Soon
The new Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus will become available for orders in the UK later this month. This is the fastest ever series-production Audi convertible and joins the R8 line-up alongside the popular V10 plus Coupe. It's exceptionally high levels of standard equipment include a performance driving mode, R8 bucket seats, ceramic brakes and carbon components inside and out. It will take you from 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds and has an ear splitting 203mph top speed. The powered hood opens or closes in just 20 seconds, and up to speeds of 31mph. "The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line," said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. "The Spyder is now also available as a 610PS top version in addition to the Coupe. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breath-taking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car." The R8 Spyder V10 plus will be priced from £147,470 OTR, and will feature a standard specification list that reflects the sporting credentials and premium positioning of this high-performance flagship.
Skoda Wins Award
- 16 June 2017
Skoda Wins Award
The annual Tow Car Awards has given recognition to Skoda's Superb and recently updated new Octavia as great choices to caravan owners and others. Confirming the panel's decision, David Motton, Tow Car Editor, Practical Caravan magazine said: "The Octavia is great to tow with and supremely practical. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel does its usual fine job - there's plenty of punch for overtaking or towing up to speed on the motorway. The Octavia estate also has a huge boot. No wonder it's a firm favourite with the practicality testers as well as drivers." The awards are organised and judged by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club. Shortlisted vehicles are put through a series of demanding tests at the HORIBA-MIRA test site in Warwickshire. "The Superb is roomy, great value and an excellent tow car," adds Motton. Full details of the Tow Car Awards 2017 are at www.thetowcarawards.com.
Sales Up for Seat
- 14 June 2017
Sales Up for Seat
Seat has announced that their sales for May has increased by an excellent 11.9%. In the first five months of the year, the carmaker has sold 201,300 vehicles worldwide, which is 13.9% more than in the same period last year. "SEAT is drawing the first half of 2017 to a close ahead of expectations," said Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Wayne Griffiths. "We are one of the brands that is growing the strongest in Europe this year." It was during May that the Barcelona-based brand delivered 42,600 vehicles, an 11.9% increase compared with the same month in 2016. Commenting on SEAT UK's progress, Head of Sales, Steve Catlin, said, "These are really exciting times for us in the UK. The quality and technology of our cars, wrapped up in such affordable and appealing packages, is really hitting the mark with British car buyers. We're significantly ahead of our own sales forecasts."
New Polo to be Revealed Friday 16th
- 14 June 2017
New Polo to be Revealed Friday 16th
Volkswagen will be revealing the new Polo this Friday in Berlin. This is the latest edition of the best-selling car which is going to be larger, more spacious and more comfortable. It's said to make a confident, sporty and emotional impression down to the last detail. "This Volkswagen can immediately be made out as the original of its class," says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand. "But it's also a completely new generation. A Polo with an expressive design which makes the compact sportier, cleaner and unique within the brand range. This is a car that fits in perfectly with our times - both visually and technologically." The new Polo will continue the success story of the compact model of which more than 14 million units have been sold. The world premiere of the new Polo will be broadcasted LIVE on Friday, June 16th 2017 from 10.00am - 10.45am British Summer Time. Go to: English: http://volkswagen.gomexlive.com/vw_live_pk/?lang=en
Aston Martin's AMR Model Begins Production
- 14 June 2017
Aston Martins AMR Model Begins Production
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Vantage AMR has been confirmed as being the first series production derivative of Aston Martin's new race-inspired performance range. The AMR brand has two distinct tiers: series production limited-edition models such as the new Vantage AMR sit at its entry point, while an extensively modified AMR Pro model will sit at the pinnacle of the range. The Vantage AMRs are offered both with 430bhp V8 or 595bhp1 - up from 565bhp - V12 powertrain options. Vantage AMR is available in four striking AMR exterior schemes: Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. And there are different interior schemes with a combination of leather and Alcantara for the Vantage AMR Coupes and all-leather for the Vantage AMR Roadsters. The Global Vantage AMR production is limited to just 300 cars: 100 V12 and 200 V8.
Formula E Powers DS Development
- 14 June 2017
Formula E Powers DS Development
Racing in Formula E is accelerating the development of DS road cars, this is according to Eric Apode, DS Product and Development Director. "DS is entering the electrified vehicles scene," he said. "By 2025, more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric. The performance models will be provided by the hybrid versions and the first in the series is DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense - the DS vision of hybrid power with 300hp and a 60km electric range". Starting with DS 7 CROSSBACK, there will be a new DS vehicle launched every year going forward - all with electrified versions (hybrid or all-electric) included in the range so that by 2025, it is anticipated that more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance director, added, "A competition series involving all-electric race cars obviously makes an ideal testing environment for our forthcoming technologies. With each successive race or test-session, we're accelerating this development and every new component to achieve a better understanding of how to optimise the electric motor drivetrain and the management of energy in particular with cooling in mind."
Brake Welcomes New Road Casualty Targets
- 12 June 2017
Brake Welcomes New Road Casualty Targets
The European Union transport ministers have formally set a target to halving the number of serious injuries on roads within the EU by 2030. "We warmly welcome the EU announcement," said Mary Williams, CEO for Brake, the road safety charity. "Targets are essential. They focus governments' minds on the crisis, and the need for urgent steps to be taken by them to save lives." She goes on to encourage all governments to focus on measures to bring casualties lower through a safe systems approach, particularly with measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists. "It's a disgrace that there are currently no GB targets for casualty reduction. Brake applauds Highways England for setting its own target of a 40% reduction in the numbers of people killed and serious injured on the Strategic Road Network. We are calling for a GB target to be set as an urgent priority for the incoming UK government." The target is based upon the level of road casualties from their 2020 level.
Ford's New Innovation Office
- 12 June 2017
Fords New Innovation Office
Ford is opening a dedicated Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London to give them a more focussed approach to mobility solutions for Europe. The new office will have connections with leading digital companies, academic institutions and existing partners across the world. "Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London," said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, "is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies." Ford feels that this new centre will ideally place them to build on existing partner projects as well as having access to London's world-class digital talent. The new office is located on the Here East Campus, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. "The location at Here East will allow us greater collaboration and the out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle the urban transport challenges of tomorrow," added Armstrong. The new London office joins Ford Smart Mobility's existing offices in Dearborn and Palo Alto and also complements Ford's global network of research and innovation centres, including RIC Aachen in Germany.
New Skoda Octavia vRS 245
- 12 June 2017
New Skoda Octavia vRS 245
Skoda has now launched its up-rated version of its Octavia, the Octavia vRS 245. Its 2.0 TSI engine produces 245 PS and gives the compact sports car enough push to take it from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds. There are numerous driver assistance systems to improve both the comfort and safety of the car. Some of the examples of Driver Assistance Systems include Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Driver Alert fatigue detection, Manoeuvre Assist, Park Assist and Hill-Hold Control. The Infotainment System has a special welcome screen with capacitive touch display that responds to the lightest of touches. Mobile online services come from Skoda Connect that perfectly complements the infotainment system. It takes navigation, information, entertainment and assistance to a whole new level. Occupants can be 'always online' using the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, and the system offers real-time online navigation with alternative route suggestions. Care Connect with an automatic Emergency Call is activated when a restraint system has been deployed. A Breakdown Call can be made at the press of a button and navigation destinations can be transferred to the vehicle online.
Ford Fiesta Selling Well
- 08 June 2017
Ford Fiesta Selling Well
Sales figures for May 2017 were issued today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and they put the Ford Fiesta at the top of the list, with the Focus in fourth and the Transit Custom in ninth. The Fiesta recorded 7,617 registrations, 2,168 sales and 1.2 percentage points of share ahead of its nearest rival. Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "It's an exciting time as we continue to build on our successes and prepare to launch the all-new Fiesta. A real testament to the strength of the Fiesta, now in its ninth year as the UK's favourite car, was its win at the 2017 Honest John Awards." The official figures show that overall industry car sales in May were down 8.5 per cent to 186,265 units, compared with May 2016. For the year to date (up to the end of May) total UK car sales were 1,158,357, down 0.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2016. Demand for pick-up vehicles grew 26.2 per cent and the Ford Ranger, with segment leadership, recorded sales of 1,169 and 29.9 per cent market share, 445 registrations and 11.4 per cent ahead of its nearest rival.
Barry Sheene Honored
- 08 June 2017
Barry Sheene Honored
Two-time world champion Barry Sheene was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame at the Royal Automobile Club's Woodcote Park Clubhouse yesterday, 7 June. He joins fellow inductees Giacomo Agostini, John McGuinness, Valentino Rossi and the late, great John Surtees. The legendary Englishman topped a 12-strong shortlist following a public vote, beating such names as Joey Dunlop, Mike Hailwood, Soichiro Honda, Wayne Rainey and Geoff Duke. The award was presented to Sheene's sister Margaret Smart and his former engineer Martyn Ogborne. "It's amazing to be awarded this," said Smart. "I'm thrilled to bits." 'Fast Freddie' Spencer demonstrated Sheene's 1976 500cc title-winning Suzuki on the Captain's Drive, and also presented the award.
Mercedes-Benz at Goodwood Festival
- 08 June 2017
Mercedes-Benz at Goodwood Festival
Mercedes-Benz Cars UK is this year, celebrating 50 years of AMG at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It will be marked with some of the most memorable cars in Mercedes-AMG's history being on display and accelerating up the famous Goodwood Hill Climb. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is now in its 24th year and continues to be one of the biggest events in the motoring calendar. The organisers are expecting to welcome over 150,000 guests from all over the world. Some of the Mercedes vehicles visitors will see include the new 612 hp E 63 S 4MATIC Saloon, the stunning GT C Roadster, the incredible GT R and the mighty SLS AMG Black Series. A replica of the iconic 300 SEL 6.8 - affectionately known as the Red Pig - will also be making its way up the hill. This year the festival runs from 29 June to 2 July.
Awards for Bentley Motors
- 08 June 2017
Awards for Bentley Motors
Bentley Motors, the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world, has an excellent apprenticeship programme. This has been recognised, by the company being voted as a top employer for young people at the School Leavers' Awards. And it's the apprentices themselves that have made the choice. Marlies Rogait, Bentley Member of the Board for Human Resources, comments, "Bentley is committed to attracting, inspiring and developing the next generation of talented employees, and the success at these awards is a fantastic acknowledgement of the commitment and expertise of the colleagues leading our training programmes." They collected four awards in total, for Job Satisfaction, Medium-Sized School-Leaver Intake, Best Advanced Apprenticeship and Top Employer - Automotive. It was also received commendations in the Higher Apprenticeship and Company Culture categories. The awards are centred on feedback given by apprentices, including those on programme at Bentley, from 100 UK organisations, completing surveys based on skills development, career progression and training, and company culture.
Fastest Selling Used Car in May?
- 06 June 2017
Fastest Selling Used Car in May?
It's the BMW 3 Series that was the UK's fastest selling used car in May, specifically the petrol, manual version. That's according to data from Auto Trader. The Skoda Fabia and Ford Mondeo were both joint finishers in the runners' up spot with the 2016 Ford Kuga SUV petrol, manual, taking third. Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director, said: "The BMW 3 Series becoming the fastest selling used car for retailers in May proves that premium models with higher price tags can leave the forecourt as quickly as average used cars by following the same retail practices." Turning your stock around quickly is important for dealerships and using data is the key to speeding it up. Users of i-Control, Auto Trader's data management solution, took an average of just 30 days to sell a car in May, compared to a market average of 63 days - a 52% improvement in stock turn. "Matching the 14 average days to sell of April's fastest selling car, the Toyota Prius," adds Karolina, "it's clear that practices such as the effective use of data, pricing to the live retail market and stocking the cars desirable to your region are paramount to turning stock quicker, regardless of the car brand or premium price."
Classic Car Auctions June Sale
- 06 June 2017
Classic Car Auctions June Sale
There is a special viewing afternoon this coming Friday 9th June for one of the biggest auctions of the year, the Classic Car Auctions June Sale. It will see over 160 classic cars going under the hammer in the hunt for new loving owners. The Classic Car Auctions prides itself as an auctioneer of 'Everyman' classics and there are plenty of affordable classics on offer over the weekend. All in all, 21 Jaguars, 16 BMWs and 11 Porsches, will be offered amongst many others. There will also be a number of Daimlers, Bentleys and Rolls Royce models on offer to add a gloss of luxury and some very attractive buys. The sale itself begins at 12.30pm on Saturday 10th June at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Leamington Spa. Bidders unable to attend the sale in person can bid online, by phone, or by leaving a commission bid in advance of the sale. To find out more about the CCA June Sale please visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-june-2017-classic-car-sale.
Goodwood Festival of Speed Welcomes Ford
- 06 June 2017
Goodwood Festival of Speed Welcomes Ford
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell will be at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed driving the road-going version of the Ford GT on the famous Goodwood Hill Climb. Alongside them will be team mate, Billy Johnson, taking the wheel of the fearsome Ford Mustang GT4. Drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr also returns to Goodwood this year in his Mustang RTR to compete in the Festival's first-ever Hill Climb Drift Championship. In addition to the track action, visitors to the Ford stand at Goodwood will discover models including the all-new Ford Fiesta making its UK debut. Also on show will be the Ford ST-Line range of Ford Performance-inspired models, including the Fiesta ST-Line. All the fun begins at Goodwood House, West Sussex, on Thursday, June 29 with the Moving Motor Show, which will be followed by the Festival of Speed from Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2.
Smartdriverclub App for Lower Premiums
- 02 June 2017
Smartdriverclub App for Lower Premiums
A survey of motorists by Smartdriverclub, the connected car service, has found that three quarters of drivers are now shopping around for their motor insurance. It is something that motoring expert Mike Brewer believes is a wise move. He also urges motorists to improve their chances of reducing premiums by making their old car clever, with a simple tech upgrade. "If you really want to save some cash, it's worth considering what you can do to seriously upgrade your current motor and possibly get cheaper insurance too," he says. "It starts with getting connected." Unlike the US where connected services for used cars are well established, in the UK, connected services aren't so well-known. But this is something that maybe changing soon through companies like Smartdriverclub. "Through a smart plug that takes less than two minutes to plug in, Smartdriverclub gives motorists a range of connected benefits including theft tracking, accident alerts, fault warnings, fuel tracking, business miles, plus the peace of mind of knowing where a family member's car is located at any given time. At just £7.99* per month it brings older cars bang up to date and easily pays for itself in cost-savings," says Mike. It is definitely something to consider to get lower insurance premiums.
The Silverstone Classic - 28-30 July
- 02 June 2017
The Silverstone Classic - 28-30 July
The Silverstone Classic is firmly established as the world's biggest classic motor racing festival, attracting more than 1,000 race entries and drawing crowds of more than 100,000. It is a three-day extravaganza that is a must for all petrol heads - young and old. The famous Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire is the birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The three-day festival features a free funfair, retail outlets, a host of interactive activities, a two-day classic car auction, air displays, plus huge showcases of classic cars to celebrate milestones in automotive history. All tickets for the Classic must be purchased in advance. For more information. visit the official event website: www.SilverstoneClassic.com.
Audi Looks to the Future
- 02 June 2017
Audi Looks to the Future
Following a year that was impacted by the diesel crisis, Audi is looking to continue with its strategic transformation plans. This includes expansion of their SUV family, extensive electrification of the manufacturer's vehicles and new technology for driverless city cars. "We are rejuvenating our model portfolio enormously and will renew five existing core model series by mid-2018," stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. "In addition, we will expand our successful Q family by 2019 with two new concepts - the Audi Q8 and the Audi Q4 - and we will launch our battery-electric e-tron models." The focus this year is on top-end models with the new generations of the Audi A8 and Audi A7. There are plans to launch three new electric models by 2020, after which the brand will gradually electrify models in each of its core series.
Top Award for UK Nissan Dealerships
- 02 June 2017
Top Award for UK Nissan Dealerships
Three UK based Nissan dealerships have been recognized by the company's highest worldwide award. Chorley Group from the North West, Crayford & Abbs in Norfolk, and Wellington Motors near Taunton have all received the Nissan Global Award. The awards are given by the carmaker's top directors and management based upon the sales and aftersales, as well as the customer satisfaction that the dealership has received. Pauline Turner, Managing Director of Chorley Group, Kevin Abbs, Director of Crayford & Abbs, and Mike Finn, Managing Director of Wellington Motors, received their awards from Nissan Motor GB's Managing Director, Alex Smith, last week. Alex said: "I was delighted to present the Nissan Global Award 2017 to Chorley Nissan, Crayford and Abbs and Wellington Motors. It's the highest honour Nissan gives to its dealer partners around the world and recognises them for delivering a great overall performance and excellent customer service."
'The Great Eight Phantoms' come to London
- 01 June 2017
The Great Eight Phantoms come to London
Over the years, Rolls-Royce Phantoms have been owned by the great and the good. To celebrate this unprecedented legacy, the company are bringing examples all seven generations of this iconic car to 'The Great Eight Phantoms' Exhibition in London. Rolls-Royce began producing the first Phantom in 1925. The car was developed in great secrecy, with the project code-named Eastern Armoured Car. The Phantom I was an instant success. Sir Henry Royce's restless desire to, in his own words, "take the best that exists and make it better" quickly led to the creation of the Phantom II in 1929. In 1950, the Phantom IV, that was originally intended to be a one-off for Prince Philip and the then Princess Elizabeth appeared. But, a further 17 were exclusively commissioned at the request of other royal families and heads of state around the world. The long-running Phantom VI (1968-90) carried on the royal connection. In 2003, the Phantom VII was produced at the start of Rolls-Royce's renaissance at its new home in Goodwood, West Sussex. It was sharply contemporary yet timeless with its Phantom characteristic aesthetic. Production of the Phantom VII ceased thirteen years later at the end of 2016. 'The Great Eight Phantoms', a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will be the first time that this exceptional group of luxury motoring pieces will be gathered under one roof, probably we might never see the like of it again. 'The Great Eight Phantoms' will take place in Mayfair, London, at the end of July.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- 01 June 2017
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Long-range battery capabilities and emission target compliance are now opening up growth opportunities for PHEV versions, with a potential 100 New Models being introduced by 2021 according to the Frost & Sullivan's Mobility team. "The stringent emission norms of 95 g CO2/km can only be met by PHEV technology, while EV battery technology evolves to overcome limitations," said Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility Research Analyst Pooja Bethi. The research finds that the global PHEV market is estimated to reach about 3.7 million units by 2025 with 4.8 million light vehicles in an optimistic scenario and 2.9 million light vehicles in a conservative scenario.
Car Write-off Every 90 Seconds
- 01 June 2017
Car Write-off Every 90 Seconds
According to Churchill Car Insurance, nearly one car every 90 seconds is written off in the UK. In total, over £1 billion worth of motor vehicles were claimed to be 'no more' in 2016. Last year, it is estimated that nearly 34,000 claims were made on vehicles less than five years old, with the average claim value standing at over £9,000. It is men aged under 25 that are most likely to be involved in an accident causing a write-off. Although, across all age groups, the data shows that men are more likely to be involved in an accident leaving their car beyond repair, with men accounting for 57 per cent of write-offs every year and women being involved in 42 per cent of incidents. Steve Barrett, head of Car Insurance at Churchill, said: "When a car is written off it is either the result of it being unsafe for the road, or because repairing it would be uneconomical in comparison to its value. Many people assume that this is the result of a major collision, but a car can be written off for any number of reasons." For Churchill Car Insurance customers whose car is written off, they are able to choose whether to have a cash settlement or for the company to source a replacement for them.
The Mustang is 'Liked' the World Over
- 30 May 2017
The Mustang is Liked the World Over
The Ford Mustang is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with more than 8.4 million likes. And, according to Ford, their Mustang is the most popular sports car in the world in sales. There were more than 150,000 Mustangs sold worldwide last year, giving a global sales increase of 6 per cent over 2015. They used analysis of IHS Markit new vehicle registration data in the sports car segment to crunch the numbers. In the U.K., over 4,500 Mustangs have been sold to date. "From the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean, the Ford Mustang has topped the sports car sales charts in markets across Europe," said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. "European customers continue to play a significant role in the global success of Mustang. The iconic sports car's popularity with drivers of all ages and backgrounds shows no sign of waning - we sold 3,600 Mustangs in the region during the first three months of 2017." Elsewhere, since launching in China in 2015, the Mustang has become the best-selling sports car in the world's biggest auto market. The Ford Mustang in Europe is available with Ford's 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 or 317 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engines, and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Subaru - Super Safe Motoring
- 30 May 2017
Subaru - Super Safe Motoring
Subaru have a great reputation for producing exceptionally safe vehicles. Which is why every model in their SUV range they have been awarded the highest 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Their pioneering safety features include the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Boxer Engine system that combines the two elements to give excellent balance, poise and unrivalled road holding to their cars. Also available on the Outback is Subaru's EyeSight technology. This utilises two stereo imaging cameras to capture 3D colour images in real time, and use them to warn you of potential collision risks. Other features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Pre-collision Throttle Management, and Pre-collision Braking. All there to keep you, and your passengers safe. The Subaru SUV range is now available from just £22,495 with a £1,000 deposit contribution on a 4-year PCP plan or with interest free credit for one year on their 50/50 finance plan.
First China-Built Volvo S90 Lets the Train Take the Strain
- 30 May 2017
First China-Built Volvo S90 Lets the Train Take the Strain
Volvo Cars has become the first car maker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by train. The first S90 premium saloons, built at its Daqing plant in China, will arrive in Zeebrugge tomorrow, 31 May 31. The cars have been transported to Belgium via the recently opened China-Europe railway link. It's part of China's 'One Belt, One Road' trade initiative. Each of the Volvo-dedicated trains will carry around 225 Volvo cars, each one kept in specially designed containers that holds three cars at different angles in order to maximise the use space. Initially, trains will depart from Daqing once a week though in time, this will increase.
Hollywood and Cars on the BBC
- 25 May 2017
Hollywood and Cars on the BBC
Paul Hollywood returns to the BBC at 9pm on Sunday May 28 presenting a brand-new show that celebrates his passion for cars and culture. Describing himself as a "full-time baker and part-time racing driver", Paul sets off on a Big Continental Road Trip to discover the best and worst of motoring in Italy, Germany and France. Viewers will see Paul behind the wheel of some of the most expensive, exotic, weirdest and worst cars from each nation he tours, learning about the people who drive them and the history that's made the cars what they are. "Cars have been a passion for me since I was a small boy and first saw the Aston Martin DB5 in a Bond film," says Paul. "It's a dream for me to be able to share my passion on television for the first time with this new series with BBC Two. While baking is my job and what I'm best known for, cars have always been my greatest love." Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip is a three-part series of one-hour episodes on the Sunday BBC Two 9pm slot.
Vauxhall Family Approach at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
- 25 May 2017
Vauxhall Family Approach at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
Vauxhall will provide a bumper line-up of family activities for visitors to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Vauxhall's family-friendly space, situated near Gate 1, is perfect for younger members of the family. It will have football challenges, a zipline, ball pools and a selfie booth as well as a creche where youngsters can be safely left to enjoy face painting, coconut tree climbing and a football version of crazy golf. In keeping with this year's Festival of Speed theme of "Peaks of performance - motorsport's game-changers", the Vauxhall Family Experience will also host a selection of the brand's own game-changing vehicles. The display will comprise a 1910 Vauxhall C-10 Prince Henry - acknowledged as the world's first sportscar, a 1926 Vauxhall 30-98, a 1937 Vauxhall H-Type, a 1993 Lotus Carlton - which when launched, was the fastest four-door production saloon in the world, with a top speed of 176mph, and a 2012 Vauxhall Ampera - Europe's first electric range-extender vehicle (E-REV). Elsewhere, Vauxhall owners will be able to relax in the marque's own Drivers' Lounge, gaining entry by showing their Vauxhall keys. Visitors will also be able to experience Vauxhall's in-car technology and connectivity in virtual reality. The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place over the weekend of 29 June to 2 July.
Mycarcheck.com's Car and Bike of the Month
- 25 May 2017
Mycarcheck.coms Car and Bike of the Month
Mycarcheck.com's valuation experts have announced that their used car of the month this month is the Volvo V60, and their used bike of the month is the Triumph 675 Daytona. Vehicle valuation manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: "A stylish alternative to its German rivals, the Volvo V60 boasts a premium cabin, sleek modern looks and a great engine line-up. Of all the Volvo V60 models we checked last year, 13.2% had been previously written-off and just 3.3% were on finance. Better than average on both counts." On the motorbike, scooter and moped sector, mycarcheck.com's Mark Field said: "With its slim frame, compact handling and glorious exhaust note, the Triumph 675 Daytona is a fantastic British alternative to the popular Japanese 600s." As to market trends, Wheeler said: "While the used car market remains consistent, the new car market saw a considerable downshift in April, with registrations down 19.8% on 2016. This is no real surprise as many buyers got in early to swerve the new VED tax rates. In general, thoughts are turning towards the big summer holiday and, unless it is a necessity, getting a new car can wait." With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads - things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.
Suzuki on Tour
- 25 May 2017
Suzuki on Tour
It's all the fun of the tour for Suzuki as they embark on a summer tour of some of the most popular biking haunts in the country. Included will be the opportunity to test ride the all-new GSX-R1000. Starting at the Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum, Scotland, on June 3, the tour takes in seven weekends, ending at Suzuki's local bike cafe, the Super Sausage in Towcester, on September 30. The new GSX-R1000 features a host of MotoGP-derived technology, and Suzuki's demo fleet will also feature the new V-Strom 650, as well as the bigger V-Strom 1000. Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper, who announced the tour, said: "This is the third year of our biker cafe tour, which has proven both immensely popular and successful. By visiting the cafes we're getting out there and bringing our bikes to a wider audience. We've cherry-picked some of the most popular destinations across the country, and will be running two-day events at all of the cafes on the calendar. We're now looking forward to the first event next month." For more information or to book a test rid got to the Suzuki website - www.bikes.suzuki.co.uk/cafe-tour.