Automotive News

Aston Martin Goes Back to the Future
- 18 April 2018
Aston Martin Goes Back to the Future
Aston Martin has announced the re-birth of an iconic name, a distinctive moniker, set to be proudly worn once again by the British marque's flagship Super GT - the DBS Superleggera. First coined for the iconic 1967 William Towns' designed-model, the DBS nameplate has been a key part of the brand's heritage for over 50 years. It completes the brand's ambitions to replace each of its existing two-door sportscar models as part of its Second Century Plan. Sitting at the pinnacle of the sportscar line-up, DBS Superleggera will feature the highest levels of performance, craftmanship and design. Marek Reichman said, "When you hear the name DBS Superleggera, you know what it is. It's the definitive Aston Martin Super GT. We've pushed the boundaries of performance and design to give this car a distinct character and ensure it's worthy of the heritage of the name." Further details on Aston Martin's highly-anticipated super GT will be revealed in the second quarter of 2018.
Navmii iphone Dashcam
- 18 April 2018
Navmii iphone Dashcam
Navmii is a world leading provider of maps and navigation solutions that are designed for smart devices and connected vehicles. They have announced the release of the Navmii AI Dashcam app on iOS. This is a free app that turns any iphone into a fully featured Dashcam recorder to protect drivers from crash-for-cash scams and provide peace of mind on the road. With the ability to record journeys, the Navmii AI Dashcam can capture crucial footage of accidents and roadside incidents. Crash-for-cash crimes are costing UK drivers an estimated £340m every year and leading to increased insurance premiums. But, Dashcam footage is admissible as evidence. "The Navmii AI Dashcam is a free app that offers functionality similar to a high end dashcam that can cost several hundred pounds," said John Boardman, CEO of Navmii. "The Dashcam app provides a completely free experience without advertisements."
The New Updated Subaru Outback
- 16 April 2018
The New Updated Subaru Outback
Subaru have launched the latest version of their Outback SUV model, with two trims, the 2.5i SE and SE Premium. This latest version has a number of updates designed to make the Outback even better where it matters. Faithful to its predecessor, the new Outback is as safer than ever, with the addition of front and side view monitors to minimise the driver's blind spots. Also introduced is Steering Responsive Headlights that track the movement of the steering wheel to ensure maximum visibility at all times. The new Outback also features an upgraded interior and Subaru infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus DAB radio as standard. All this added functionality is available as standard and at no added cost. Stylish, spacious and refined, the new Outback is a car that takes you further - and with Subaru's reliability record, for a good while longer too.
KONI Announces a New Special Active Damper Line
- 16 April 2018
KONI Announces a New Special Active Damper Line
KONI Shock Absorbers, a global leader in adjustable suspension technology have introduced a new Special Active damper product line. The Special Active line will be on the market starting this month, April 2018. KONI is part of ITT Motion Technologies, and has developed, manufactured and marketed high performance shock absorbers for more than 80 years. It took the latest generation of KONI's proven, patented Frequency Selective Damping Technology (Active Technology) and integrated it into already high-performing KONI Special dampers. The result? A new product line that provides an unparalleled ride and handling experience. "The KONI front and rear dampers, with Frequency Selective Damping technology, optimize the driving experience by offering greater road holding, handling, stability and comfort, guaranteeing maximum safety in all conditions", said Concetto Maletta, Design Responsible Engineer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It means that KONI's Active technology rivals the expensive electronic ride control systems built into many new cars, but at a fraction of the price.
Volvo Cars Global Sales Up
- 16 April 2018
Volvo Cars Global Sales Up
Volvo Cars have reported a global year-on-year sales increase of 14.1 per cent for the first quarter of 2018. Total sales in the quarter, which saw the XC40 and XC60 SUVs be crowned European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year respectively, reached 147,407 cars, up from 129,148 cars a year earlier as Volvo's SUV line-up and the 90 range as a whole proved popular with customers. China is Volvo Cars' largest market, where sales increased by 23.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2018. Volvo reported a solid 5.7 per cent sales increase in Europe for the first quarter, compared with last year, selling 79,512 cars on strong demand for the new XC60, the 90 Series cars and the new XC40 small SUV, for which deliveries started in February. Total sales for the month of March grew by 10.3 per cent to 63,038 cars compared to a year earlier.
National Mental Awareness Day from Ford
- 12 April 2018
National Mental Awareness Day from Ford
With around one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health problems, Ford is launching a national awareness campaign to encourage people to speak more openly about issues around mental health. Ford has partnered with "Time to Change", an established mental health campaign run by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to help reduce the stigma surrounding discussions on mental health. Following research, conducted by Ford, that found over two-thirds of people said they were more comfortable talking about such issues when in a vehicle, a public awareness film promoting the front seat of a vehicle as a safe space to talk is the lead point of the campaign. Ford and Time to Change have created five 'top tips' for people to remember: 1. Text/Call Reach out - start small; 2. Find a good time and place; 3. Go for a coffee; 4. Ask how they are - listen without judging; 5. Treat them the same. For more information, visit www.ford.co.uk and www.time-to-change.org.uk
MOT Changes Heading Our Way
- 12 April 2018
MOT Changes Heading Our Way
The MOT test will change as from Sunday 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt. The changes will affect all cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. In future, defects found during the MOT will be categorised as either dangerous, major - which will mean a fail, or minor. MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor, known as 'advisories'. There are stricter rules for diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and there a number of new things to be tested such as daytime running lights and fluid leaks posing an environmental risk. For more information, check out the Gov.uk website.
Citroen C1 Boosting its Appeal
- 12 April 2018
Citroen C1 Boosting its Appeal
To strengthen the Citroen C1 range, two new special editions are being introduced. Citroen's partnership with the brand ELLE sees the addition of the elegant, trendy and connected C1 ELLE. And, the more adventurous C1 Urban Ride evokes a sense of escape via dynamic lines reinforced with wing protectors. Available in the 5-door hatchback version, Citroen C1 ELLE uses the efficient and high-performing VTi 72 petrol unit combined with a manual gearbox. Based on the top level trim level (Flair), C1 Urban Ride is equipped with a wide range of features that offer a high level of everyday comfort and enjoyment. These two special editions will be available to order in the UK from May 2018.
New Roles at Mercedes-Benz Cars
- 09 April 2018
New Roles at Mercedes-Benz Cars
There have been some changes in Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, with Rachael Thompson joining the business as Sales Director, and Krishan Bodhani, currently Head of smart and Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars, moving into the role of Used Cars and Remarketing Director. Rachael joins Mercedes-Benz Cars UK from Jaguar Land Rover, where she has been the UK Sales Director. Having previously worked in a number of roles across Audi, Volkswagen and Ford, Rachael brings with her considerable experience of new car sales operations. Since joining the company in 2015 as Head of smart, Krishan has been instrumental in delivering record-breaking sales results. An announcement regarding Krishan's successor will be made in due course. Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said: "I am looking forward to working with Rachael and Krishan to further develop and strengthen our business success."
SEAT's 4-Day Test Drive Option
- 09 April 2018
SEATs 4-Day Test Drive Option
SEAT has arranged a special 4-Day Test Drive Programme for company car drivers, to give them the chance to enjoy the drive, comfort and technology of their latest cars. Having an extended time period to be using the car means that you can go about your usual work, as well as leisure and family activities for a meaningful length of time. Booking your 4-day test drive is easy. You simply fill out your details on the online form that is found on the SEAT website and a SEAT Fleet representative will contact you. You can also call 0800 464 0405 for more details. You'll need to confirm your company and your role and any other special requirements. Then you'll simply agree a suitable time slot for your vehicle to be delivered.
SMMT's Reaction to March New Car Sales
- 09 April 2018
SMMTs Reaction to March New Car Sales
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive has given his response to the latest SMMT car sales figures. "March's decline is not unexpected given the huge surge in registrations in the same month last year. Despite this, the market itself is relatively high with the underlying factors in terms of consumer choice, finance availability and cost of ownership all highly competitive. "Consumer and business confidence, however, has taken a knock in recent months and a thriving new car market is essential to the overall health of our economy. This means creating the right economic conditions for all types of consumers to have the confidence to buy new vehicles. All technologies, regardless of fuel type, have a role to play in helping improve air quality whilst meeting our climate change targets, so government must do more to encourage consumers to buy new vehicles rather than hang onto their older, more polluting vehicles."
Ducati Dealer Launch
- 09 April 2018
Ducati Dealer Launch
The Ducati season began last weekend with the official dealer launch of the 2018 Ducati and Scrambler ranges. The Scrambler range has become an important companion to Ducati models and 2018 greets the inception of the Scrambler 1100. This new model fields three versions, a standard model, a custom inspired special and the Sport version. This benefits from a sportier suspension and sportier looks. A core element of the Ducati range is the Monster and visitors to Ducati stores can cast admiring eyes over the new Monster 821, resplendent in yellow. Ducati dealers will have a representative display of new and current models from the 2018 range, visitors should check with their local dealer to see which bikes will be on display. Test rides on the day will be at the dealer discretion, although bookings can be taken for future test rides. There will also be the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win a chance to ride 959 Panigale on track at the Ducati track day at Silverstone circuit, the home of the British MotoGP.
Skoda's Superb Gets a SportLine Plus Version
- 04 April 2018
Skodas Superb Gets a SportLine Plus Version
SKODA is making the Superb an even more tempting proposition for buyers thanks to the introduction of a new SportLine Plus model. SportLine Plus models are equipped with Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2-inch touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi, heated front seats, blind spot detection, electronically operated boot and progressive dynamic steering. There is a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines with the option of four-wheel drive and six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. 19-inch Anthracite Vega alloy wheels, sports design bumpers, sunset glass, and black gloss trim treatment on the grille, wing mirrors and window surrounds also features. The standard kit list includes Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, Drive Mode Select, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and cruise control. The new SportLine Plus model is priced from £29,330 OTR and has been added to the range to meet significant customer demand.
Subaru's 60th Year of Car Manufacturing
- 04 April 2018
Subarus 60th Year of Car Manufacturing
March 2018 is a landmark month for Subaru as they celebrate 60 years in the motor industry. The origins of the company can be traced back to post war Japan, when the Nakajima Aircraft Company expanded its interests to the production of prototype cars. It was in March 1958 that Subaru's first brand passenger car, the Subaru 360, was released and a marque was born. In 1965 Subaru began crash-testing its vehicles, long before it became an industry standard - setting the course for their unwavering commitment to building the safest cars on the road. The production of the first ever Boxer engine in the Subaru 1000 was in 1966, closely followed by the debut of Subaru's permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in the Leone Wagon. The combination of Boxer engine and always-on SAWD firmly established Subaru's trademark handling, control and capability across all terrain and in any conditions, something that they're still famous for today.
Peugeot Recreates Advert to Celebrate the 206
- 04 April 2018
Peugeot Recreates Advert to Celebrate the 206
Peugeot celebrates the 20th anniversary of its acclaimed 206 model this year. To mark this and its recent acquisition of the Ambassador brand, Peugeot modified a Hindustan Ambassador, just as shown in the famous 206 advert 'The Sculptor', to look like a Peugeot 208 GTi. The original 206 was launched in the form of a hatchback in 1998 and had seen over 5.4 million global sales by December 2005. The car remains Peugeot's best-selling vehicle to date with 5.1 million sold in Europe and 8.3 million globally. The Hindustan Ambassador modification was based on the famous 206 advert that was filmed in Jaipur, India, and released in 2003. It depicted a young man converting his Ambassador into a 206 after seeing the car in a newspaper advert. He makes the modifications by repeatedly crashing his Ambassador into a wall and encouraging an elephant to sit on it to make it resemble the Peugeot 206. You can see the original 206 advert by visiting: Peugeot 206 'The Sculptor'.
Good Advice for Your Back
- 04 April 2018
Good Advice for Your Back
Citroen UK and the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have released a list of essential tips to help prevent neck and back pain whilst driving. Recent research by the BCA estimates that more than 5.5 million drivers suffer from such pain though driving. 1. Adjust the driver's seat and mirrors before each journey so that the back of the seat is slightly reclined and it feels natural to sit comfortably. Mirrors should be set so you can see all the way around the car without needing to move excessively. 2. Sit comfortably. It is important to sit back in the seat and up against the backrest, so that your spine rests comfortably against the lumbar support and the seat back. 3. Adjust the position of the steering wheel so that your hands rest naturally on the steering wheel with a slight bend in your arms. 4. Check the seat is in the right position with your feet resting naturally on the pedals. Wearing soft-soled shoes is recommended when driving, as high heels or thick soles limit the movement of the legs and feet. 5. Take regular breaks - the body isn't designed to sit in one position for long periods of time. Tim Button, BCA Chiropractor and Ergonomic Consultant, comments; "Many of my patients have complained of neck or back pain when driving, particularly on long journeys, so it's important that people are aware of the best ways to protect their back health while in their car."
Peugeot All-New Rifter
- 27 March 2018
Peugeot All-New Rifter
The all-new Peugeot Rifter is set to introduce versatility and dynamism to that particular automotive segment. It builds on the most successful elements of the Peugeot Partner Tepee whilst adding a unique, sleek design and a premium driving experience to revolutionise the market. Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot Chief Executive, said: "With the all-new Peugeot Rifter, the brand fully reinvents its presence in this category, and achieves the perfect combination of versatility and driving pleasure by Peugeot. Gifted with a strong personality and a 'chic wanderer' look, the all-new Peugeot Rifter expresses freedom of action." Featuring characteristics of the award-winning SUV range, a dynamic profile with a short, horizontal bonnet, and seamlessly integrated roof bars, the Peugeot Rifter is changing the face of the segment.
Biofuel Guide
- 27 March 2018
Biofuel Guide
Oponeo.co.uk - the tyre supplier based in North Harrow, London have prepared a comprehensive guide on biofuels and their use in the automotive industry. With fossil fuels bound to run out at some point, they want to encourage the industry to take alternatives more seriously. The article and infographics give an overview of types of biofuels, provides information on what biomass or bio waste can end up in a fuel tank and eventually compares fossil fuels and biofuels. The publication can be a valuable source of information for anyone interested in finding out more on biofuels as potential alternative energy sources. It can be used in full or in parts with relevant, clickable reference. For more information about the guide, visit their website www.oponeo.co.uk.
BMW is an Instagram Hit
- 27 March 2018
BMW is an Instagram Hit
BMW is the most-hashtagged car brand on Instagram, with a staggering 27.5 million hashtags. And, in 2017 the BMW 3 Series was the most searched for car on Auto Trader's marketplace. The 27.5 million BMW hashtags on Instagram are six million more than the second most Instagrammed brand which is Honda. Six car brands feature in both the top ten most searched for cars on Auto Trader and the top ten most Instagrammed car brands. Interestingly, Honda and Ford come way ahead of brands like Ferrari, Audi and Mercedes. Audi and Mercedes are the second and third most-searched car brands on Auto Trader and are the fifth and sixth most Instagrammed with 13 million and 12.8 million hashtags respectively.
Novares Unveils New 2018 Demo Car
- 27 March 2018
Novares Unveils New 2018 Demo Car
Novares is a global plastic solutions provider that designs and manufactures components and systems that takes the automotive industry into the future. And they have just unveiled their third-generation Nova Car #1. The reworked BMW X1 model incorporates 16 new innovations in seven product lines that will help make cars cleaner, lighter, more cost effective. They are also more user-friendly with new features to enhance car automation and connectedness. "I am very proud to reveal today our Nova Car #1. It showcases our contribution to the future of the automotive industry, alongside our many customers," said Pierre Boulet, Novares CEO. Nova Car #1 allows global car manufacturers to visualize the innovations they will later incorporate into their cars.
SMMT Commercial Vehicle Show
- 26 March 2018
SMMT Commercial Vehicle Show
The SMMT is proud to be in partnership with RHA and IRTE in bringing the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event in Britain - the Commercial Vehicle Show. The show brings together 21,000 industry business visitors from across the country to the NEC Birmingham on 24-26 April 2018 for an annual showcase for their products and services. Alongside the exhibition, there is a Workshop Zone which showcases everything from OE components and replacement parts to maintenance management systems, garage, workshop and body shop equipment. And for those moving goods to be kept at a constantly controlled temperature the Cool Zone is a must visit. For CV Show enquiries, including exhibition, call 020 7630 2102 or email enquiries@cvshow.com.
Euro Car Sales on the Up
- 26 March 2018
Euro Car Sales on the Up
The European automotive industry continued its strong start to 2018, with volume up by 4.2% in February. There were 1.16 million cars registered, which is 50,000 more than in February 2017. This growth can be attributed to key markets such as Germany, Spain and France, as well as five other markets (Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Luxembourg), which posted double digit growth. SUVs were a key driver of growth in February, with the volume of vehicles registered up by 24.7% compared to the same month last year, meaning SUVs accounted for 33% of the total market in February. In contrast, the rest of the segments combined recorded a significant decline in volume of 3.6%.
The Jeep and Mopar Create Seven New Concept Vehicles
- 26 March 2018
The Jeep and Mopar Create Seven New Concept Vehicles
The Jeep and Mopar brands have once again joined forces to create seven new, custom-built concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, 24 March - 1 April. For the 52nd year, thousands of off-road enthusiasts will head to Moab for the annual Jeep event to participate in a week of technical off-roading on some of the most picturesque trails that the country has to offer. The magnificent seven are: the Jeep 4SPEED, the Jeep Sandstorm, the Jeep B-Ute, the Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip, the Nacho Jeep, the Jeep Jeepster and the Jeep J-Wagon. Between them, the vehicles showcase a variety of Jeep performance parts that are available to enthusiasts for a broad variety of situations. "Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to and these seven new, exciting and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that," said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA. "Every year, we look forward to introducing new concept vehicles and ideas to our enthusiasts. The Moab Easter Jeep Safari presents a unique and perfect opportunity to collect valuable insight from our most loyal customers."
PSA Group Gearbox Change
- 26 March 2018
PSA Group Gearbox Change
To meet the increasing demand of automatic gearboxes, PSA Group has entered into a license agreement with Aisin AW in order to produce the EAT6 gearbox in France. Until now this gearbox was manufactured by Aisin and imported from Japan. The competitiveness of the France based production plant, combined with its recognized know-how in the industrialization and production of gearboxes, have enabled PSA Group to invest in a new machining and assembly plant to produce these 6-speed automatic gearboxes. They will be used in the Peugeot, Citroen, and DS flagship models, as well as the Opel and Vauxhall models produced on the Group's platforms.