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Ford Raptur Arrives in UK
- 21 March 2017
Ford Raptur Arrives in UK
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has arrived in the UK, with delivery-mileage examples of the 444bhp 'super truck' available from Clive Sutton, one of London's leading supercar and luxury car dealers. The car sourcing specialist has initially acquired five left-hand drive examples of the latest F-150 Raptor, with three already snapped up by long-standing clients. The vehicle can be viewed now by appointment at Clive Sutton's premises in St John's Wood, with on-the-road prices starting from £78,000. Ford's latest F-150 Raptor has been widely anticipated in the UK since the end of production of the previous truck in 2014. Significant features include a lightweight aluminium body, an efficient and powerful twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 444bhp and 510lb ft. of torque, and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. High-performance Fox Racing shock absorbers are fitted as standard, giving the Raptor incredible off-road agility. Customers interested in right-hand-drive vehicles can commission a conversion of the new F-150 Raptor through Sutton Bespoke's specialist programme, at a cost of £36,000.
Mercedes-Benz is Simply the Best
- 21 March 2017
Mercedes-Benz is Simply the Best
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been named 'Best Executive Car' and 'New Company Car of the Year', voted for by the Fleet News readers, at this year's Fleet News awards. The judges commented: "Innovative technology ensures the E-Class offers low real-world emissions, while highly comfortable seats and a smooth ride make this the perfect car for long distances. With refined drivetrains, low running costs and high residuals, the cavernous estate model further tips the balance in the favour of the E-Class." The E-Class also won praise from the jury thanks to its low running costs, stylish design, and impressive refinement. The E-Class is widely recognised as one of the most advanced cars in its segment, thanks to its driving assistance systems. Rob East, Head of Fleet, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, added: "Our objective is to be number one in every segment - E-Class delivers that objective through class-leading technology and a truly outstanding sales performance since launch. We've now added the E-Class Estate, E-Class All-Terrain, E-Class Coupe and 4MATIC to the range, making it more appealing than ever before to both fleet and private buyers."
The London Motor Show Includes Porsche
- 21 March 2017
The London Motor Show Includes Porsche
The London Motor Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the automotive calendar and is becoming an iconic event in the heart of London. And, Porsche is the latest manufacturer to be confirmed for the show. This means that the latest Porsche models, including the 2017 Panamera, Cayenne, Macan and the much-revered 911, will be showcased by Porsche Centre West London in Battersea Park this spring. A host of Porsche clothing and merchandise will also be available for show visitors across the weekend. "We are looking forward to showcasing the very latest Porsche cars and merchandise to visitors at The London Motor Show," said Porsche Retail Group Marketing Manager Simon Gardiner. "The event is ideally situated to all of our Porsche Retail Group Centres and we are excited to use this show to meet all of the loyal customers and Porsche fans across the weekend." The London Motor Show are delighted to have Porsche Centre West London on display along with their other big-name manufacturers. "The latest Porsche cars and merchandise on display at the show will be a massive crowd-pleaser to visitors to the show across the weekend," said Alec Mumford, The London Motor Show chairman. Staged at Battersea Park, The London Motor Show was first held in May last year. With a progressive and exciting format, the event is designed to appeal across the board to a wide range of motoring visitors and enthusiasts. The second show will take place from 4th to 7th May.
Renault Backing CarKraft Safety Scheme
- 17 March 2017
Renault Backing CarKraft Safety Scheme
The award winning CarKraft driver improvement scheme is now in its 15th successful year. It was originally aimed at young drivers aged 15 to 24 years old but now includes licence holders of all ages from anywhere in the UK. It has helped to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire to an all-time low Tutors running the events are all highly qualified motoring professionals. Each course is free of charge and offers drivers the opportunity to drive in simulated, challenging conditions in a range of Renault cars. The free events run through the spring and summer at the Rockingham Motor Speedway and the Porsche Experience Centre in Silverstone. "We are very pleased to be able to work with Renault UK," said Keith Millard, a Road Safety Officer with Northamptonshire Highways, "and their continued support with our award winning event has helped in a continuing fall in young driver casualty numbers in Northamptonshire in 2016. There are a few driver places left for this Saturday's event and we would encourage anyone interested in improving their driving skills to book a place". CarKraft event calendar begins this Saturday at Rockingham and then Sunday 23rd April at Silverstone, returning to Rockingham on Saturday 10th June, Sunday 24th September in Silverstone and finishing on Saturday 21st October back at Rockingham. To book, or for more information, visit www.carkraft.info or call 07583 078058.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Soon With Us
- 17 March 2017
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Soon With Us
This year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will again comprise 30 races across ten events at nine venues around the UK. And it will have its most successful grid in history. For the second year in succession, a capacity 32-strong grid has been unveiled. Half of the drivers on the entry list are previous winners with an amazing 329 victories between them. There are two new manufacturer entries on the list too for this exciting season, Vauxhall and BMW. These will be joining the fray alongside Honda, Subaru and MG as well as 11 independent teams. All of the high-octane entertainment will continue to be broadcast live, free-to-air and in high-definition on ITV4, with the championship's loyal long-term partner additionally producing extensive highlights programmes. But, for the full impact of the sights, sounds and smells of the paddock there's nothing like attending in person. It all kicks off at Brands Hatch on the first weekend of April and runs through until 1st October
Superb and C3 - Fleet Award Winners
- 17 March 2017
Superb and C3 - Fleet Award Winners
The Skoda Superb has been named the "Best Upper Medium Car" at the 2017 Fleet News Awards. It what is one of the most competitive segments, the Superb SE Technology was noted for its excellent value-for-money - including a strong P11D value, it's class leading technology, comfort and desirability. The judges commented that pound-for-pound, the Superb is one of the best cars on the road today. "Unbelievable running costs, strong residuals, the most space in class, attractive looks, good build quality and very reliable, the Superb is the stand-out car in this category," they said. Another winner was the latest addition to the Citroen range - the new C3 which was named Best Small Car 2017. Martin Gurney, the PSA Group's Director of Fleet & Used Vehicles in the UK, said; "The New Citroen C3 is already making gains in the fleet sector and to win the Fleet News Best Small Car of the Year Award, in the face of intense competition, shows how well Citroen understands the needs of fleet users." This award follows the C3 winning "Supermini of the Year" in the Contract Hire and Leasing.com Awards and being named the "Best Urbanite" title in BBC Top Gear Magazine's 'Best Cars in the World' issue in November 2016.
Electrifying Jaguar Unveiled
- 15 March 2017
Electrifying Jaguar Unveiled
The Jaguar I-PACE concept electric vehicle has made its first public display on the roads around London's Olympic Park. "The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic," said Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. "With the I-PACE Concept we've torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package." The I-PACE will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in around 4 seconds and its 90kWh lithium-ion battery will have a range of more than 500km. These will have an 80 per cent charge achievement in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging. Both front and rear axles have compact, lightweight electric motors that give a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the benefits of all-wheel drive. It will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers' car. As Callum says: "The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived." Full information on the I-PACE Concept can be found on the Jaguar UK media site. To be one of the first owners, go to jaguar.co.uk and click the 'I want one' button.
"The 999 Show" at Beaulieu
- 15 March 2017
"The 999 Show" at Beaulieu
You are warned to expect the unexpected at "The 999 Show" on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 29th in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. The day of events and activities will celebrate the work of the emergency services. The police, fire and rescue, ambulance, judiciary, coastguard, National Health Service (NHS) and the prison and probation services have all been invited to join the event. Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox said: "We are pleased to offer this exciting new event for 2017. "The 999 Show" promises to be a special fun day out for all the family." There is a whole host of things to see and do on the day including a CSI Beaulieu murder mystery, the rescue of a celebrity casualty from the scene of a crash, a VIP kidnap, horses, dog skill demonstrations, Police puppies and retired German Shepherds. You can even see how it feels to be locked inside a prison cell! For motoring enthusiasts, the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group will also display some of its amazing collection of historic emergency services vehicles. All of "The 999 Show" events are included in the general admission ticket to Beaulieu which includes the opportunity to visit the rest of the collection. To book tickets in advance online or for more event details, see the Beaulieu website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or call the events team on 01590 612888.
A Renault-Nissan Marriage Made in Heaven
- 15 March 2017
A Renault-Nissan Marriage Made in Heaven
The marriage of Renault's van expertise and Nissan's truck know-how is to continue with them creating a light commercial vehicle business unit. Renault and Nissan have worked together in producing both vans and trucks over the last several years. The Unit will continue this and look to maximize the cross-development and cross-manufacturing between the two well respected manufacturers. One example of the work done so far is the Nissan NV300 van which is built on the Renault Trafic platform. And the marriage of the Renault Alaskan pickup which is constructed on the platform of the Nissan Navara. "The combination of Renault, Nissan and the early collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors in a single Alliance LCV Business Unit will boost sales and deliver greater synergies," Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said. He hopes to expand their market leadership in both current and new, high-growth markets. With each company's core products and market knowledge being utilized, they will be more adept at meeting customer needs. The new Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit will also handle Nissan's body-on-frame SUVs, including the Nissan Armada and Nissan Patrol.
London Morgan at the London Motor Show
- 13 March 2017
London Morgan at the London Motor Show
The London Motor Show is pleased to announce that London Morgan has joined the list of high-profile exhibitors at this year's event. Morgan enjoyed fantastic sales success at the inaugural event last time around. For the 2017 show, you can see three fantastic models: the Aero 8, a Classic Morgan Roadster and a Morgan 3Wheeler. The Morgan team will be there to discuss their creations and open up the one-of-a-kind eccentricity that marks the manufacturer as one of the most admired in the automotive industry. The London Motor Show is an eagerly anticipated event on the automotive calendar and this year runs from 4-7 May in Battersea Park. It will have over 150 brand new cars on display from a massive list of manufacturers. "We're absolutely delighted to welcome London Morgan to the London Motor Show," said Alec Mumford, Chairman of The London Motor Show. Morgan's attendance and subsequent success at last year's event demonstrated just how great the show is for the public and businesses, and we hope Morgan enjoys similar success this time around." There's more information on The London Motor Show displays and attractions, as well as the opportunity to purchase tickets at their website: www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk.
Peugeot Expert Wins Again
- 13 March 2017
Peugeot Expert Wins Again
Following winning the What Van? 2017 'Light Commercial of the Year' and then the 'Medium Van of the Year' awards presented in December, the new Peugeot Expert has won again - this time the 'Small Panel Van of the Year' in the 2017 Vans A2Z, Van of the Year Awards. VansA2Z Editor, Neil McIntee, said: "Being based on a modular platform means that the Peugeot Expert can offer a varied choice of load lengths and volumes, and it benefits from a state-of-the art range of diesel power units." It's "enviable payload potential" was a particular feature that was highlighted at the awards ceremony held at Twickenham Rugby Stadium in West London. It's "car-like driving characteristics," was also commented on. "It's a real pleasure to receive a second award for the New Expert inside two weeks," said Head of Business Sales at Peugeot, Louise Neilson. "We're really proud of this vehicle and it's great to see the Peugeot Expert being recognised for all it has to offer." The longest variant of the Expert, the Expert Long, will be showcased at the CV Show next month and the Expert Crew Van will be launched.
New Insignia on the Road
- 01 March 2017
New Insignia on the Road
Vauxhall's all-new Insignia is now on sale, priced from £17,115 on-the-road. It comes as a five-door Grand Sport hatch or a Sports Tourer estate. Some of the standard features include 17-inch bi-colour structure wheels, automatic lighting control, electrically operated front and rear windows, keyless entry and start and electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors. Inside there is cruise control with speed limiter, leather-covered steering wheel with audio, phone, and cruise controls as part of the design. The Infotainment system has an IntelliLink audio system that includes a seven-inch colour touchscreen, plus Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile phone portal. In the safety stakes, it will have the Vauxhall OnStar system that incorporates their Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Front camera system along with six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting points on all three rear seats, tyre pressure monitoring system and security alarm system. There's information on the Vauxhall website and your local Vauxhall dealer will be happy to organise a test drive.
Don't "Mobile" and Drive
- 01 March 2017
Dont "Mobile" and Drive
Tough new penalties for drivers using mobile phones whilst driving come into force today, March 1st. The fixed penalty notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving doubles from £100 to £200 and the penalty points that will go on your licence has risen from 3 points to 6. For many, using a mobile when behind the wheel is seen as more socially acceptable than drink driving. This has led to AA making a YouTube video. It is part on their on-going campaign to change people's attitudes to this modern scourge and lower fatalities. According to the AA, if you are texting while driving, you are twice as likely to crash than if you were drink driving. But, although the use of mobiles by drivers is well known, it still continues at a high rate. This is in spite of high profile court cases of drivers causing death and serious injuries due to texting, calling or searching for music while driving. The Government is backing the AA's campaign and want to make driving while using a mobile phone as socially unacceptable as drink driving now is. The video can be found at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPy-QSz8Nkk
Jaguar Land Rover New Model
- 01 March 2017
Jaguar Land Rover New Model
The Jaguar Range Rover family of easily recognised vehicles include the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Between them, they have transformed the fortunes of the UK's largest vehicle manufacturer. Now, a new model as joined the impressive line-up, the Velar. And in a real boost for the under pressure British car industry, the company confirmed that the Velar will be built exclusively at its flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: "The expansion of our product range and building this British designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. We are leading the global premium car industry with our commitment to our home market and our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK." Jaguar Land Rover accounts for 85 per cent of all premium cars produced in Britain and contributes £10bn to the UK economy every year. Last year, they sold 583,313 cars - more than one every minute, 44 per cent of which were Range Rovers. Production of the Jaguar Land Rover models in the UK supports more than 40,000 British jobs and there are a further 250,000 jobs working within the supply chain.
Honda NSX Up for Autocar Award
- 23 February 2017
Honda NSX Up for Autocar Award
The legendary Honda NSX, the brand's affordable supercar, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Autocar Readers' Champion award. First launched in 1990, it is one of 39 game-changing models that are being highlighted for this public decided poll. Philip Webb, head of cars at Honda (UK), said: "The launch of the Honda NSX was not only a major landmark in the history of our brand but also in the evolution of the modern sports car. It was truly ground-breaking at the time and carved itself a special place in both automotive history and the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere. We're delighted Autocar has recognised the impact the original NSX had on the motoring landscape by shortlisting it for this award." To register your vote for the Honda NSX visit www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/autocar-readers-champion. The winner, which will be announced at the Autocar Awards in May, will be decided in a public poll.
SsangYong Dealerships Growing
- 23 February 2017
SsangYong Dealerships Growing
Three new SsangYong dealerships will be joining the network in Kings Lynn, Reading and Worthing. The new appointments are: Marriott Motor Group in Kings Lynn, Charters Group in Reading and Clarion Cars in Worthing. "The arrival of Tivoli and Tivoli XLV has driven significant interest in securing our franchise," said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. "With sales, up 34% in 2016 vs 2015 and four all-new models in the pipeline, we appeal to all dealer profiles, from the regional dealer group to the independent used car business." SsangYong is actively looking for dealers to represent the brand in a number of locations, and current opportunities include: Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridge, Dundee, Hull, Inverness, Liverpool, North Birmingham, Nottingham and Taunton. "Confidence in SsangYong has grown steadily as our sales performance indicates," continues Williams, "and we are delighted to be engaging with new partners, all of whom recognise the straightforward business model and focus on dealer profitability." Anyone interested in becoming a SsangYong dealer or who wants to receive a detailed franchise information pack and discuss potential opportunities, can contact Steve Prew on 07484 609412 or steve.prew@smotor.co.uk. "There are huge opportunities to go after," concludes Williams. "And as our volumes grow, so too does brand awareness."





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