Automotive News

SUZUKI REDUCES RM-Z450 PRICE BY £750
- 10 October 2019
SUZUKI REDUCES RM-Z450 PRICE BY £750
Suzuki is helping buyers of its RM-Z450 prepare for the 2020 motocross season by reducing the price of its MX1 machine by £750 until the end of the year. It means the championship-winning bike now comes with an RRP of £6,249. The RM-Z450 - which won the British Motocross Championship in 2018 - benefitted from an all-new chassis last season; a new frame and swingarm reduced weight and improved cornering performance, thanks also to new suspension from Showa. A heavily-revised engine boosted peak power and gave it more midrange, while electronics come in the form of the latest generation holeshot assist and Suzuki's advanced traction management system.
SEAT UK YEAR-TO-DATE SALES RISE BY 8.9%
- 10 October 2019
SEAT UK YEAR-TO-DATE SALES RISE BY 8.9%
SEAT UK's growth continues with sales of 54,995 so far in 2019, an increase of 8.9% between January and September against the backdrop of a market which has declined by 2.5% during the same period. Record September sales of 8,216 cars helped the Barcelona-based brand to reach 2.95% market share in the year to September, up from 2.64% during the same period of 2018. The strong results continue following the successful launch of the all-new Tarraco seven-seater SUV, the CUPRA Ateca performance SUV, and with strong demand for the popular Arona compact SUV. Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK said: "It's encouraging to see our growth momentum continue despite the market headwinds; it shows just how desirable our latest range of award-winning products are, and reflects the passion and enthusiasm of our retailer partners."
SMMT Regional Forum South
- 10 October 2019
SMMT Regional Forum South
Registration is now open for what is a must attend event for those looking to network with key contacts within the UK automotive sector. The SMMT Regional Forum South will welcome over 150 delegates from OEMs, tier 1, medium and small suppliers are expected to attend. It is to be held at Warren Weir, Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton, LU1 3TQ on 12 November 2019 from 08:30-15:00. There will be a series of seminars, focused on opportunities in the South as well as insights and guidance on Brexit following 31 October. Content includes a range of expert presentations from speakers including Vauxhall Motors Ltd. and SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes, with the keynote address from Mike Wright, Plant Director, Vauxhall Motors Ltd. The event is Free to SMMT Members and there are exhibiting opportunities, though space is limited. For more information you can contact the SMMT on 0207 235 7000.
RAC Competition
- 10 October 2019
RAC Competition
The RAC have a competition where drivers can win £10,000 towards a pre-loved car from an RAC Approved Dealer! You can get a car worth £10,000 - or you can put £10,000 towards a more expensive car. It's up to you. Additionally, they'll throw in an extra bunch of goodies worth £400, courtesy of RAC Shop. An RAC Approved Dealer is a used car dealer with the RAC stamp of approval. You can relax knowing every car we sell comes with a certificate confirming the vehicle has passed the RAC 82-point Approved Vehicle Preparation Standard. This includes a Vehicle History Check, 3-months' RAC Warranty as minimum and free RAC Breakdown Cover for 12 months (Roadside, Recovery, At Home). For details, go to www.rac.co.uk/drive/features/win-a-car-from-an-rac-approved-dealer.
AUDI A3 SPORTBACK IS 2020 WHAT CAR? USED CAR OF THE YEAR
- 04 October 2019
AUDI A3 SPORTBACK IS 2020 WHAT CAR? USED CAR OF THE YEAR
The popular Audi compact hatchback has just landed the most prized What Car? Used Car of the Year Award as further proof that there is genuine substance beneath the sheen. According to the judges' citation, the A3 triumphed because "it's great to drive, for starters, and it comes with a classy interior that few rivals can match. It rides and handles superbly too, and it's wonderfully refined and comfortable to spend time in." The testers went on to praise the car's "great range of engines.whether you're after an economical diesel or a punchy petrol." They summed up by writing: "It's a fantastic car as well as a terrific used buy, and a thoroughly deserving winner." Commenting on the excellent result, Audi National Used Car Manager Maria Mawby said: "This award is a ringing endorsement of the enduring appeal of the A3 model line and we are incredibly proud and grateful to have received it."
VAUXHALL CORSA IS UK'S BEST-SELLING CAR IN SEPTEMBER
- 04 October 2019
VAUXHALL CORSA IS UKS BEST-SELLING CAR IN SEPTEMBER
Vauxhall's Corsa was the UK's best-selling car in September. Vauxhall sold 12,921 Corsas last month to achieve top spot. Through four generations, the Corsa has been a sales sensation, selling 2.1 million cars in the UK since 1993, whilst also proving popular in Europe with over 13.5 million sold. Later this year, the all-new Corsa arrives in a first-ever electric model, along with all-new, high-efficiency petrol and diesel versions. Additionally, in September, Vauxhall was the UK's second best-selling van manufacturer. Its market share for LCV sales increased to 12.94 per cent versus 9.12 per cent in September 2018. This was Vauxhall's highest monthly LCV share for three years. For year-to-date, Vauxhall's LCV market share also increased to 8.5 per cent, versus 7.4 per cent for the same period last year.
New 'Book & Pay' Digital Platform for UK Garages and Automotive Aftermarket
- 04 October 2019
New Book & Pay Digital Platform for UK Garages and Automotive Aftermarket
Retail Merchant Services (RMS), a technology-driven merchant payments provider serving small to medium-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland, and MotorK, a digital automation service provider for major automotive OEMs and dealers in Europe, have signed a partnership agreement to launch GarageK. This is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to meet the online needs of the aftersales and car service market in the UK. GarageK is a customisable website platform specifically designed for automotive maintenance and repair service providers to allow them to manage quotes, bookings, promotions and online payments on their own, ready-built transactional website. It enables garages to improve scheduling efficiency and increase customer satisfaction. "GarageK is a revolutionary, user-friendly platform, that offers our garage customers an affordable option to expand their online reach, boost their revenue and better serve their own customers," said Kevin O'Keefe, CEO for Retail Merchant Services. The goal is to allow automotive maintenance and repair service providers to have all the tools they need to upgrade their business with a single digital solution.
IAM ROADSMART CONCERNED THAT ROAD SAFETY IS LOSING OUT ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA
- 26 September 2019
IAM ROADSMART CONCERNED THAT ROAD SAFETY IS LOSING OUT ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA
IAM RoadSmart, the UK's biggest independent road safety charity, is increasingly concerned that disruption to government, in part caused by Brexit, has forced road deaths down the political agenda, as the latest road crash statistics issued today (26 September) show no real change in recent years. Although road deaths in 2018 were slightly down, 25,511 people were seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents in 2018, compared to 24,831 in 2017. Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said: "The uncertainty surrounding Brexit has swallowed up the attention of the decision makers for too long now, which means people are still dying on our roads at the same level as six years ago - as a developed nation, that is pretty disgraceful. "It is really time the government renews its commitment to this issue which is affecting all communities in society, young and old, and make sure we don't continue to kill and injure people in ways that could so easily be prevented."
Uber Awaits Long-Term Approval
- 26 September 2019
Uber Awaits Long-Term Approval
Transport for London (TfL) has decided to issue Uber with a short, two-month private hire operator license in London while it considers any potential further licensing application. This follows the organisation's decision in 2017 when it announced Uber's five-year licence would not be renewed, deeming the company not a "fit and proper person." The new two-month licence will have the same conditions that Uber has been used to following over the last 15 months, along with new conditions to ensure passenger safety. A TfL spokesperson said: "Uber London Limited has been granted a two-month private hire operator licence to allow for scrutiny of additional information that we are requesting ahead of consideration of any potential further licensing application.' TfL says that its decision not to license the company has led to the app-based firm improving its culture and governance.
All New Maserati Models to be Electrified
- 26 September 2019
All New Maserati Models to be Electrified
Maserati has announced that all of its new models will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems. It has also said that all new Maserati, including the updated current models, will offer a range of autonomous driving capabilities. This is earmarked to happen in 2020 and the Maserati Ghibli, produced in Turin, will be the first hybrid electric propulsion for the brand. They add: "The first of the totally new Maserati to appear will be the eagerly anticipated sports car - packed with technology and reminiscent of Maserati's traditional values. It will be produced in the Modena plant, where major production line upgrades are also underway to accommodate its electric powertrain." Maserati is part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group. FCA has previously announced a £5 billion investment program for Italy.