Automotive News

Volvo Polestar Performance Edition
- 06 December 2017
Volvo Polestar Performance Edition
Polestar has unveiled the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Edition to celebrate Polestar Cyan Racing being crowned FIA World Touring Car Champions. The team's Thed Bj?erk secured the Driver's Championship - the first Swede ever to win a motor racing world title. "The engineers from Polestar and Cyan Racing have worked collaboratively on engineering developments for existing Polestar road cars for many years," said Christian Samson, responsible for Product and Development at Polestar. "It's therefore fitting that we celebrate the remarkable achievement of securing our maiden World Championship by adding more performance to the cars that have been instrumental this season." The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions are available on all D4, D5, T5 and T6 models and include all available enhancements offered by the Polestar Performance Parts programme.
Vauxhall's All-New Insignia Gsi
- 06 December 2017
Vauxhalls All-New Insignia Gsi
Following its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Vauxhall has announced the prices for the all-new Insignia GSi, the performance variant of Vauxhall's flagship model. Available in both Grand Sport and Sports Tourer body styles, and powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel engine, the Insignia GSi will be available from £33,375 on-the-road. In Grand Sport body style the Insignia GSi achieves 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. Exterior design features include chrome air intakes, front and rear GSi bumpers, side sills and a large GSi rear spoiler (Grand Sport only), as well as incorporating Vauxhall's innovative IntelliLux LED matrix headlamps. On the inside, the GSi features full-leather front sports seats, aluminium pedals, eight-inch colour information display with navigation, plus a Bose sound system and head-up display.
Public Still Unconvinced to Buy New Evs
- 06 December 2017
Public Still Unconvinced to Buy New Evs
According to data released by What Car?, just one in 100 car buyers are actively looking at new electric vehicles. This is despite the Government announcing an investment of over £500m in incentives and infrastructure in the recent budget. Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, explained: "Interest in electric vehicles is at an all-time high, with some excellent new cars on the market this year. But the fact remains that the car-buying public is only at the start of the journey from switching from engine cars to electric ones." He goes on to say that until more people are convinced of the benefits of electric cars, the Government should be encouraging people to move into newer, cleaner cars rather than punishing them with added taxes. From April 2018, the Government intends to increase taxation on new diesel cars unless they meet a new standard called Real Driving Emissions, Step 2 - a certification that does not come into force until 2020.
Ford and Hertz Partnership
- 06 December 2017
Ford and Hertz Partnership
Ford has partnered with Hertz in the UK to offer Hertz 24/7 hourly van hire via the FordPass app. FordPass customers can now seamlessly enrol in Hertz 24/7 and enjoy quick access to van hire, making the movement of bulky home purchases convenient and affordable. Joerg Ullrich, Advanced Consumer Experience Marketing at Ford Motor Company, said: "Purchases made at homeware and garden stores are often large and difficult to transport. Arranging Hertz 24/7 van hire by the hour through the FordPass app gives our customers an alternative to traditional delivery services, saving them time and money." Fabrice Genty, Senior Director, Car Sharing Operations, Hertz Europe, said: "Our Hertz 24/7 hourly van rental service represents a hassle-free, self-delivery option for all our members shopping at the various superstore retailers we partner with." Prices start at just £13 per hour and to mark the introduction of the new feature, Ford and Hertz are offering £10 credit to FordPass customers for their first Hertz 24/7 rental.
MG Motor UK - Top Performing British Car Brand
- 06 December 2017
MG Motor UK - Top Performing British Car Brand
Latest figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that new car sales in Britain have fallen for the eighth consecutive month. But despite this, MG has outperformed every other marque in November with a staggering 80 per cent increase in new car sales. Overall, it has achieved 4.24 per cent market growth this year to date. Harvey France, spokesman at MG Motor UK, said: "MG Motor UK has had a superb November and a fantastic year, with more people realising that MG offers the best value cars on the market." November is the first month that the all-new Compact-SUV, the MG ZS, has been on sale in the UK with its 7-year warranty and fantastic range of features, that has brought customers to the MG showrooms.
Guide for Historic Vehicles Released
- 30 November 2017
Guide for Historic Vehicles Released
The Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens, or FIVA has produced a guide for all those who choose to purchase, preserve and use a historic vehicle. Entitled the 'Charter of Turin Handbook', the guide looks at historic vehicles as cultural artefacts that need to be appreciated as a part of the cultural heritage of our civilization. It also offers practical advice on the subject of the restoration and maintenance of historic machines. "It's important to point out that the Charter of Turin is intended only as a guideline, and as helpful advice on good practice," explains President of FIVA Patrick Rollet. "FIVA's intention is to protect and promote a correct and historically respectful way of looking at the past. as well as prompting further discussion and debate on the cultural role of historic vehicles." The Handbook was distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on 17 November 2017 but is also intended for a broader public audience.
BVRLA Positive for 2018
- 30 November 2017
BVRLA Positive for 2018
Despite an increasingly hostile tax regime, and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is feeling positive for 2018. The BVRLA feels ready to embrace the market opportunities it sees in the months ahead, according to their Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney. "Our industry sees an opportunity to place itself at the centre of an increasingly fast-moving world of new automotive technology and mobility services. Next year will bring a lot of change and as an increasing number of customers move from vehicle ownership to usership, our members will be ready to meet their needs; providing the expertise to guide customers and businesses to the right transport solution, considering affordability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness. The BVRLA is now collectively responsible for almost five million of this country's vehicles: that's 1-in-8 cars, 1-in-5 vans and 1-in-5 trucks licensed for the UK roads.
Aston Martin Racing's Brand-New Vantage GTE Film
- 29 November 2017
Aston Martin Racings Brand-New Vantage GTE Film
Aston Martin knows what it takes to build a new race car alongside a new road car and now fans can follow this process is a specially-commissioned film. The nine-minute film documents the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin Racing's brand-new challenger, from initial concept to launch. Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: "We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and - since it's really necessary to take race technology from the track to the road and from the road to the track - it's really important that we design both simultaneously. It's always important that you have a champion and Vantage is our champion." The film covers the 18 months it took to turn a concept into a thoroughbred race car, a car that will take on the might of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Corvette and BMW at Le Mans next summer. After completing a successful shakedown in August, the Vantage GTE has so far completed over 14,000kms of testing, in the UK, Spain and at Sebring in the U.S. For the Vantage GTE, the race to be champion has just begun.
Citroen C3 Aircross Compact SUV - Car of the Year?
- 29 November 2017
Citroen C3 Aircross Compact SUV - Car of the Year?
The jury for the European Car of the Year award has officially announced the seven finalists selected from the list of 37 eligible cars, and the new Citroen C3 Aircross Compact SUV is on the list. Sixty journalists from 23 European countries take part in the voting process. The winner is selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including quality-price ratio, design, comfort, safety, technologies and environmental performance. With unique styling and a strong, original character, the new C3 Aircross has already attracted more than 25,000 orders in Europe since its launch in October. It features 12 of the latest driving aid technologies and four connectivity technologies. It also earned five stars in the latest Euro NCAP tests that were recently published. The Car of the Year 2018 will be revealed on 5 March at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Award
- 29 November 2017
Rolls-Royce Phantom Award
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has earned the BBC Top Gear Magazine's coveted 'Luxury Car of the Year' award. Referred to by the cognoscenti as 'the best car in the world', the eighth generation Phantom continues to earn plaudits from the world's most prestigious and discerning media critics. Torsten M??ller-Otv?es, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, "Phantom points the way forward for the global luxury industry. It is a creation of great beauty and power, a dominant symbol of wealth and human achievement. That this is recognised by Top Gear Magazine and the rest of the world's media is deeply gratifying." Phantom is the oldest nameplate in automotive history, and represents Rolls-Royce's tireless pursuit of perfection. An all-new and proprietary aluminium spaceframe, 6mm two-layer glazing and more than 130kg of sound insulation combine to create the most silent motor car in the world.
INFINITI's New QX50
- 29 November 2017
INFINITIs New QX50
Ahead of the official opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, INFINITI has revealed and released full details of its all-new QX50. The QX50 features on an all-new front-engine, front-wheel drive platform and sets new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium SUV segment. It uses high quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship to make the cabin welcoming and comfortable, as well as offering excellent flexibility. And the power unit represents a world's first application of a variable compression ratio engine to enter production. Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President said that the "QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance."
Volkswagen up! GTI wins Top Gear Award
- 27 November 2017
Volkswagen up! GTI wins Top Gear Award
The prize-winning has already begun for the highly anticipated VW up! GTI, where it has been named as the 'Pocket Rocket of the Year' by BBC Top Gear Magazine. Describing the soon-to-be-launched smallest member of the GTI family, the BBC Top Gear Magazine experts said: "As unserious and playful a car as Volkswagen has made this decade". Created partly as a tribute to the iconic original Golf GTI, even 41 years on, the new up! GTI promises the same sense of driving fun as its famous forefather. The up! GTI has the compact dimensions, low weight and powerful engine of its predecessor along with greater downforce on the rear axle, sport suspension and, of course, the typical insignia of a GTI including red stripes in the radiator grille, red brake callipers, 'Clark' tartan seat covers and a unique wheel design. Its official UK debut is set for early 2018.
McLaren 'Winter Wheels' Set
- 27 November 2017
McLaren Winter Wheels Set
Two great manufacturers, McLaren and Pirelli have paired up to provide a new winter wheel and tyre package for McLaren Sports Series models, the McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set. It consists of four, 14-spoke Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth finish, fitted with Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres and incorporating the McLaren tyre pressure monitoring system, that were developed especially by McLaren and Pirelli engineers for the McLaren Sports Series family - the 540C, 570S, 570GT and new 570S Spider. The McLaren-approved Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres provide better grip and braking in adverse conditions when temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius. The set comes fully assembled and ready to fit, so owners can combat the worst of the salt and other winter road debris as well as protecting their 'summer wheels'.
Volkswagen Amarok Awarded Prize
- 24 November 2017
Volkswagen Amarok Awarded Prize
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Amarok has won the 'International Pick-up Award 2018'. Like its predecessor in 2010, the new Amarok, now with high-torque V6 engines, has also succeeded in winning over the jury of transport journalists. "We are very grateful to have received the IPUA 2018 and feel honoured by the decision of the international expert jury," said Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Brand Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The jury rated the Amarok as the epitome of 'work hard, play hard', a core element of the entire pick-up segment and described the Amarok as a "top pedigree workhorse". The jury members were particularly taken by the on- and off-road capabilities of the V6 Amarok, along with the clear design, the fantastic feel and the finish, in fact, the overall workmanship. All were cited by the jury as being key factors in their decision.
A Budget to Help Drivers?
- 24 November 2017
A Budget to Help Drivers?
There were a number of announcements impacting on the motor industry contained in Wednesday's Budget. Two of the main ones are: Air Quality - The government will provide £220 million for a new Clean Air Fund to allow local authorities in England with the most challenging pollution problems to improve air quality. The Fund will be paid for by a Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) supplement that will apply to new diesel cars first registered from April 1, 2018, and a rise in the existing company car tax diesel supplement from 3% to 4%, with effect from April 6, 2018. Company Car Tax and Vehicle Excise Duty - the government will legislate to confirm that carbon dioxide figures compatible with the current New European Driving Cycle test procedure will be used by HM Revenue and Customs for the purposes of collecting company car tax until April 2020. There was some news to help everyone paying at the pump. Fuel duty which was scheduled rise in April 2018 has been cancelled. It is the eighth consecutive year that there has been no increase.
Volvo's New Engine Offers Greater Choice for Drivers
- 24 November 2017
Volvos New Engine Offers Greater Choice for Drivers
Motorists who want an alternative to a Volvo diesel or petrol-electric hybrid engine, can now opt for a new petrol engine in its premium S90 and V90 model ranges. The T4 version of the S90 saloon and V90 estate will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and mated to an automatic gearbox as standard. Volvo Car UK's Head of Business Sales, Steve Beattie, commented: "Petrol is becoming an increasingly popular choice with motorists, including business users. It's imperative we offer the range of engines that our customers demand, and we expect strong interest in the S90 and V90 T4." The engine generates 190 hp and offers impressive fuel economy figures - 42.2 mpg in the S90 and 40.9 mpg in the V90, both on the combined cycle. The T4 versions are available from entry-level Momentum to luxurious Inscription Pro form, and share the high level of standard features as their existing diesel and hybrid siblings such as Volvo's ground-breaking Sensus nine-inch touch screen control system.
Virtual Tour of Porsche Museum
- 24 November 2017
Virtual Tour of Porsche Museum
Porsche is now offering car enthusiasts immersive online access to one of the most spectacular car museums in the world - the Porsche Museum. Visitors to the museum website can experience a live, host-guided virtual tour of Porsche's range of historic and modern vehicles at the site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. Technology from GoInStore enables online visitors to explore Porsche's unique history 'in person', without having to travel to the museum. "This solution helps us to make the Porsche brand and the unique history of the company tangible for a wider group of people around the world," explains Achim Stejskal, the Director of the Porsche Museum. Using GoInStore's technology, visitors simply click on the GoInStore 'Live video tour' button on the Porsche Museum's website to access an online virtual tour of the venue. The online video tours of the Porsche Museum are held every Tuesday to Sunday between 15:00 and 17:00 GMT at www.porsche.com/museum.
Offers on Stocking Fillers from Suzuki
- 22 November 2017
Offers on Stocking Fillers from Suzuki
Suzuki GB is helping customers make valuable savings in the run-up to Christmas this year, offering free postage and packaging on orders over £25 this Black Friday weekend and for those spending over £200 - a free Amazon Kindle Fire. The Japanese manufacturer has an extensive collection of leisure wear that include t-shirts, hoodies, chequered shirts, jumpers and not forgetting coats, hats, and scarves to keep you warm this winter. There are also die-cast car models available in Baleno, Ignis, Swift and Vitara and a range of pull back toy cars in various colours available, and much, much more. Ideal items for stocking fillers. "It's the time of year now where people are getting those Christmas gifts bought and are planning for the festive period," said Emma Gibbon, Suzuki GB e-Commerce and merchandise manager. "We want to offer a bit of extra incentive this coming weekend." The offer runs from 24 November until the end of Cyber Monday, on 27 November.
Next Green Car Awards
- 22 November 2017
Next Green Car Awards
Next Green Car has announced the shortlist for its 2017 Awards. Covering eight vehicle categories, these recognise the best green cars available in the UK in 2017 and early next year. The Next Green Car Awards 2017 shortlist is made up of 32 different models from 18 manufacturers that are commercially available to buy or order and is based on Next Green Car's unique NGC Rating. Not only are they looking for the greenest models on the market, but also other attributes such as capability, suitability for purpose, and impact on the market. Dr Ben Lane, Director of Next Green Car said: "With the UK and France signalling the end of the internal combustion engine, 2017 will go down in automotive history as the year when the power-train game changed. Electric vehicles have now arrived and are giving even the greenest petrol and diesel models a good run for their money." The eight category winners of the Next Green Car Awards will be announced on Monday 4th December. For more details on the Awards, visit their website: www.nextgreencar.com.
Ford's Safety Hat for Truck Drivers
- 22 November 2017
Fords Safety Hat for Truck Drivers
Ford Brazil's Heavy Truck division has developed a hat with innovative technology to help truck drivers ride more safely and avoid a common situation that happens during their trip routines: travel fatigue. The Safe Cap looks like a common peaked cap at first sight, but it comes equipped with sensors that are capable of interpreting the driver's head movements and detect and warn them if they show signs of being tired or sleepy behind the wheel. It is reads three kinds of signals: vibration, sound and light flashes. "Ford is the first automotive company to think about creating a wearable device for drivers to use," said Lyle Watters, president of Ford South America. "This way, we are able to reinforce our commitment on bringing embedded technology not only for vehicles, but also through accessories." The prototype still going through the test phase and, after that there is the patenting and certification processes.
Work Pack Offer from Isuzu
- 22 November 2017
Work Pack Offer from Isuzu
To help you 'Get to Work', Isuzu are offering a free work pack worth £675 (excluding VAT) when you buy one of their new generation D-Max Eigers. This is the vehicle with a new and efficient 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine that can haul and tow hefty loads through the wildest terrain you're likely to come across. It also has a range of new touchscreen entertainment systems available. It is smart, tough and affordable. The Eiger Work Pack includes a Tow Bar with Electrics and Universal Coupling, a Bed Liner, Front and Rear Floor Mats and Front Seat Covers. It is available from just £21,499.00 CVOTR for manual transmission and £22,499.00 CVOTR for automatic transmission.
Alfa Romeo Black Friday Offers
- 22 November 2017
Alfa Romeo Black Friday Offers
There's no time like now to buy an Alfa Romeo. In celebration of Black Friday, they have further enhanced their offers across the range so that you can choose the right car for you. Test drive and order an Alfa MiTo, Giulietta or Alfa Romeo 4C before the end of December and you'll receive an additional £1,250 towards your new car. So, the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 Turbo Diesel 180 hp Speciale for example with an initial rental of £2,970 can be yours for a monthly payment of £297 over 24 months. Terms and conditions apply. And if you order the Alfa Romeo Speciale on PCP before the end of December you'll also receive 3 years Complimentary Servicing for that peace of mind driving. You can use their online configurator to create the car of your choice and then book yourself in for a test drive.
Volvo Cars Sign Agreement with Uber
- 22 November 2017
Volvo Cars Sign Agreement with Uber
Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars' fully modular, in-house-developed Scalable Product Architecture which is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars' top-of-the-line 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 mid-size SUV. "The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology, and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today's agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction."
Strong Worldwide Sales from Volkswagen Group Continues
- 17 November 2017
Strong Worldwide Sales from Volkswagen Group Continues
The Volkswagen Group handed over 940,800 vehicles to customers in October, an increase of 8.2% compared with the previous year. "October showed that our customers all over the world trust our brands and products," said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales at Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. "Group deliveries grew significantly in all regions." In fact, the Group handed over 8.7 million vehicles to customers worldwide in the first ten months of 2017, an increase of 3.2%. Deliveries in Europe rose significantly in October with 350,500 new vehicles, of which 284,300 were delivered in Western Europe. Once again, the Group reported significant gains in the North America region, as well as showing an upward trend in the South American market. Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in October increased by 8.6% to 424,000 vehicles, where China strengthened the region's good performance. By the end of October, some 3.3 million customers in China had taken delivery of a new vehicle from the Group.
Crossland X Awarded Euro NCAP 5-Stars
- 17 November 2017
Crossland X Awarded Euro NCAP 5-Stars
Vauxhall's new family-focused SUV, the Crossland X has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. It performed well in each of the four safety areas tested, and scored maximum points for adult and child occupant protection in the side barrier tests. The Euro NCAP assessment considers a vehicle's performance in both adult and child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist features. The Crossland X scored highly due in part to the exceptional levels of safety equipment that are provided as standard. It underlines the model's position as one of the safest vehicles in its segment.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Wins at 2017 Octane Awards
- 17 November 2017
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Wins at 2017 Octane Awards
Jaguar Land Rover Classic enjoyed a double victory at the 2017 Octane Awards, held in London this week. The 'Legends Continued' Jaguar XKSS continuation was crowned 2017 Car of the Year and Jaguar Land Rover Classic also received the Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year accolade. "It is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award for the XKSS," said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards. "It's 12 months to the day since the continuation Car Zero made its global debut in Los Angeles, and since then we have launched Range Rover and Jaguar Reborn restoration programmes and shown the inventive fully-electric Jaguar E-type Zero too." The Jaguar Classic team's meticulous attention to detail, for a fiendishly complicated project, saw the XKSS secure the most votes from Octane's magazine readers and website visitors.
Used Car Market Figures
- 16 November 2017
Used Car Market Figures
According to figures released this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK's used car market declined for a second consecutive quarter in Q3. But, year-to-date, figures confirm that the market remained at record levels after a bumper first quarter. There were 2,102,078 second hand cars that changed hands from July to September, which represents a fall of -2.1%. This follows a bumper first part of the year, with more than 6.3 million buyers opting for a used car in the first nine months of 2017 - a 0.1% increase. In the latest quarter, superminis extended their reign as the most popular vehicle segment, taking a third of the market. However, SUVs and minis were the only segments to show growth - up 11.2% and 1.3% respectively, reflecting the trends in the new car market.
FTA States - "Road Freight Taxes Are Too High"
- 16 November 2017
FTA States - "Road Freight Taxes Are Too High"
New independent research conducted by the Freight Transport Association has shown that HGVs alone, pay enough tax to cover almost the whole of UK spending on road maintenance. In fact, lorries pay 94% of the UK's total spending on road maintenance. A report, prepared for the FTA by RepGraph has shown that heavy goods vehicles pay three times more in tax than the estimated cost of damage to infrastructure. Between 2015 and 2016, central and devolved governments and local authorities spent around £4.7 billion on road maintenance. HGV taxes (vehicle excise duty, road user levy and fuel duty) raised in the same period was £4.4 billion. "This report," says Christopher Snelling, FTA's Head of National and Regional Policy, "supports FTA's central points for next week's Budget - road freight taxes are too high and vital infrastructure spending is too low." He went on to say that the report "shows that Britain still does not support the quality of the roads well enough. Whether it is potholes, road closures or long running road works, we all suffer when the roads do not work as they should."
Special Honda ATV Offer
- 16 November 2017
Special Honda ATV Offer
The TRX90 is Honda's entry-level ATV - designed for children. It is a tough off-roader offering a great introduction to the world of ATVs. And if ordered between now and Friday 15th December 2017 you'll get a fantastic complimentary Rider Safety Pack that comprises a Nitro X512-V helmet and a pair of purpose-made riding gloves. Steve Morris, Head of Power Products for Honda (UK) says: "As the UK's leading manufacturer of ATVs, our commitment to safe and responsible usage is everything. The TRX90 is the perfect machine for new riders, and by following some simple rules and wearing the correct equipment it will give years of enjoyable and safe fun." Honda also offers free rider training which is available with any new Honda ATV or Pioneer bought from an authorised Honda (UK) dealer. Visit www.honda.co.uk or ask your local dealer for more details of either offer.
New Book Release - F1 Retro 1980
- 16 November 2017
New Book Release - F1 Retro 1980
For Formula 1, 1980 was a watershed moment in Grand Prix history. It's that year which Mark Hughes, the Grand Prix Editor of Motor Sport magazine turns the spotlight on, in the much-anticipated second book in his F1 Retro series. With his typically in-depth style, Hughes looks at this defining season from multiple perspectives. He chronicles Bernie Ecclestone's conflict with the traditional sporting authority of governing body FISA as well as the battle for technical supremacy on the track. This was a gloves-off fight between independent teams such as Brabham and Williams and manufacturers such as Renault and Ferrari. In the 280 pages of F1 Retro 1980, Hughes vividly evokes the era from sporting, political and historical viewpoints, including contributions from those who were there, to produce a book that is rich in anecdote and insight. There's a race-by-race analysis, plus fascinating technical details on all of the cars. Hughes even presents a 21st-century CFD breakdown of Alan Jones' championship-winning Williams FW07. It's a must for all motor sport enthusiasts. F1 RETRO 1980 by Mark Hughes is out now. Hardback, RRP: £60.00. ISBN: 978-1999748104. Published by Motor Sport Magazine.
INFINITI's QX80 Full-Size Luxury SUV
- 16 November 2017
INFINITIs QX80 Full-Size Luxury SUV
INFINITI has unveiled its all-new QX80 full-size luxury SUV at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show. The QX80 takes INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language in a bold new direction, creating a vigorous, contemporary and commanding aesthetic. Although the new top-of-the-line SUV is not sold in Western European countries, it fascinates enthusiasts across the continent as it is an iconic car for the brand globally. The new INFINITI QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in style and luxury and it strengthens the brand's position in the full-size SUV segment. It has a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish and advanced drive-assist technologies, with excellent performance from its 5.6-litre V8 engine.
Vintage and Classic Vehicle Tour
- 16 November 2017
Vintage and Classic Vehicle Tour
The Ben Windsor Great Park Vintage & Classic Vehicle Tour 2017 took place this week. The event runs annually and all funds raised go to Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents. This year's event saw entrants set off from Ascot golf club, through Windsor Great Park, finishing back in Ascot for a BBQ, live Jazz music, a raffle and celebrations. As part of the event, vehicles are judged and prizes awarded for those in the best or most original condition. Kelly Neal, Head of Events at Ben, said: "We've been running this special event for almost 50 years now and it's very popular with vintage motoring enthusiasts from across the country. The vehicles are always truly impressive and have been extremely well cared for over the years." If you have a Vintage or Classic vehicle pre-65 registration, you can register your interest for next year's Vintage & Classic Vehicle Tour taking place on 30th June 2018 by emailing eventsteam@ben.org.uk.
2,000 Digital Tread Depth Gauges from TyreSafe
- 14 November 2017
2,000 Digital Tread Depth Gauges from TyreSafe
TyreSafe, the UK's tyre safety charity, has announced substantial support for the National Roads Policing Initiative to increase awareness of tyre safety for motorists. It's the first time tyres will be included on the list of recommended visual vehicle checks carried out by police officers. The charity is giving 2,000 digital tread depth gauges for use by traffic officers across the country when they conduct stop checks at the roadside. With accurate digital gauges to precisely measure the tread depth, drivers can be reminded of the 1.6mm minimum legal limit for tread depth. National Police Chiefs' Council lead for road policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: "Nationally, police forces are working hard to reduce the number of casualties on our roads and changing drivers' attitude to road safety is an essential part of that. This initiative with TyreSafe has the potential to directly inform thousands of motorists every week on the essential checks they should be carrying out on a routine basis."
SEAT Sales Continue to Grow
- 14 November 2017
SEAT Sales Continue to Grow
SEAT's impressive growth continued in October as the brand notched up its highest monthly rise of 2017. The carmaker delivered 40,200 vehicles last month, which is 23.3% more than the same month in 2016. The UK continued to deliver strongly, with 4,098 registrations, up 16%. Commenting on SEAT UK's continued momentum, Richard Harrison, Director, said, "Our products are really hitting the mark, including all of our latest releases, such as Ateca, Leon and Ibiza. Not only are we on track to have another record year in the UK, we're attracting more and more customers to the SEAT brand. Now with Arona coming on stream in one of the fastest-growing market segments, we're in very good shape." In the last quarter of 2018, SEAT is going to extend its range still further, with the launch of an SUV which seats up to seven passengers.
New Kia Stinger
- 14 November 2017
New Kia Stinger
Six years in the making, the Kia Stinger is the most adventurous model in Kia's history. It is an elegant Gran Turismo based on the 2011 Kia GT Concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show with a range-topping twin-turbo V6 making it the fastest-accelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds. Five versions are now available in the UK, all with the turbocharged direct-injection engines mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and featuring state-of-the-art electronic driver aids and connectivity systems. It is now in full production and is on sale in the UK priced from £31,995.
Ford and Brake Act Against Mobile Phone Use
- 14 November 2017
Ford and Brake Act Against Mobile Phone Use
Despite new laws and tougher penalties, new research from Ford and Brake reveals that over half of British drivers still admit to using their phone while driving, with over a third choosing to keep their phone in view. This has lead Ford and Brake, the road safety charity to join forces to launch a new campaign to put your mobile out of sight when behind the wheel. Recently released data from the Department for Transport shows that since 2012 there has been a 79 per cent rise in mobile phone related collisions on UK roads, with fatalities increasing by 88 per cent. Putting your mobile phone in the glove box is a simple but effective measure to combat this. Brake ambassador and campaign spokesperson, Imogen Cauthery, who was just nine years old when she suffered devastating injuries from a car collision caused by the driver using a mobile phone said: "There is so much evidence around the dangers of mobile phone use and yet new penalties still aren't tough enough." To provide a visual aid prompting drivers to put their phone out of sight, Ford has created a #MyNewPhonebox sticker to be used on the glove box.