Automotive News

The Audi A7 Sportback
- 20 October 2017
The Audi A7 Sportback
Audi has a completely new slant on the concept of the five-door coupe for the executive class - the first A7 Sportback. The brand has successfully combined the svelte lines of a classic grand tourer with the reality-ready attributes of the Saloon and Avant models. The exterior design is dynamics at their most beautiful, and is an expression of the new design language that Audi introduced with the new Audi A8. It has large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines to convey dynamism and progressiveness from every perspective. Produced at the Neckarsulm site in Germany, the new Audi A7 Sportback will be available to order in the UK from early 2018, with pricing for the first phase of models starting from approximately £56,000 OTR.
Warning on Buying Used Tyres
- 20 October 2017
Warning on Buying Used Tyres
October is Tyre Safety month and amongst other advice, TyreSafe has revealed that buying used tyres could be a false economy. While the biggest concern with buying used, or part worn, tyres is uncertainty of their safety, they also cost more in the long term. Part worns can legally be sold with a minimum tread depth of 2mm, leaving just 0.4mm before reaching the legal limit but even those sold with deeper tread will not have the same amount of life left as with a new tyre. TyreSafe research has shown it can cost over £1 more per mm of tread for a part worn than a new tyres. Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: "Safety on the roads is always of paramount importance but drivers should also be aware that ignoring tyre safety is a false economy. In any other instance, if someone was asked to do something which not only makes them safer but also saves them money, they'd consider it a 'no-brainer' - so why not with their tyres? Tyre checks are a win-win, and TyreSafe encourages all Britain's motorists to make this maintenance routine, at least once a month every month." For more information visit tyresafe.org
Volkswagen's "Working With You" Offer Continues
- 20 October 2017
Volkswagens "Working With You" Offer Continues
With vehicle downtime remaining one of the most frustrating elements of fleet management, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is continuing its free service offer until end of 2017. It is part of their "Working With You" promise to help van operators with what they need to maximise their uptime. The offer gives two free services, one interim and one full service, with all Caddy, Transporter, Crafter and Amarok models, including Transporter-based derivatives such as the Caravelle people carrier and California campervan. The vehicles must be purchased with finance from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services. For full details of the free servicing offer, which brings extra value and peace of mind for vehicle operators, along with terms and conditions, plus other available finance deals, go to the www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk website or visit any of Volkswagen's 72 Van Centres nationwide.
New Senior Appointment at Mitsubishi
- 20 October 2017
New Senior Appointment at Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is continuing to invest in the welfare and development of its people with the appointment of a human resources professional at a senior level. They are pleased to welcome Gill Crowther as General Manager, HR and Administration. "I'm delighted to join Mitsubishi Motors in the UK at such an exciting time," said Gill. "As well as getting ready to launch the first of a dynamic new model range, the company is also striving to make its working culture better than ever. There's a real passion for the brand amongst the team and I'm looking forward to building on this." Gill's experience of top-flight HR includes previous senior positions with leading Internet company Nominet, Microsoft, GlaxoWelcome and Ford Motor Company. As an independent consultant, Gill has worked with many organisations including the NHS, the World Energy Council and Lightful. She is a chartered member of the CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and an Engineering and Business Studies graduate of Warwick University.
Suzuki's Burgman 400 Now Available
- 18 October 2017
Suzukis Burgman 400 Now Available
Suzuki's new luxury maxi scooter, the Burgman 400, is now available in dealerships and promises to improve journeys into towns and cities. Suzuki invented the maxi scooter when it launched the original Burgman 400 in 1998, and ever since it has been the choice of scooter riders, from the fashion conscious to the frugal. The newest version of the Burgman 400 has sharp styling, sporty handling, and increased practicality thanks to its storage capacity and added security features. It also boasts high levels of fuel economy with 71mpg. With under seat storage of 42 litres, the Burgman 400 is the ideal tool for carving through city traffic and commuting into the city centre, where an added benefit is the amount of free parking available to scooters and motorcycles in town.
SalesMaster's Fleetbase Wins Award
- 18 October 2017
SalesMasters Fleetbase Wins Award
Automotive industry software specialist, SalesMaster has been recognised by the prestigious International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Awards, winning the Back Office Innovation award for its Fleetbase product. SalesMaster has been rewarded for its tailored group fleet solution that is designed to provide in-depth, real-time data and amalgamation of dealer group finances and improved sales along with administration and office management, by enabling real-time use of high volume industry and customer data. "We are delighted to receive industry recognition for our Fleetbase solution, which we believe represents a valuable opportunity for automotive retail," says SalesMaster Managing Director, Chris Stott. "Fleet is an area that is often overlooked in dealer systems. Our products empower retailers and dealer groups as they have the ability to utilise and keep control of a high volume of fleet data."
Volkswagen Transporter and Baxi
- 18 October 2017
Volkswagen Transporter and Baxi
Manufacturer of high efficiency boilers, Baxi, has received its first delivery of 80 Transporter vans from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The VW Transporter vans chosen for their energy efficiency and practicality, that they comply with new city-wide height restrictions and the modern equipment that has multiple health and safety features. Louise Murton, National Service Operations Manager at Baxi, commented: "Not only are these new vans the perfect solution for our Baxi Customer Support engineers out on the road, but with a 33 per cent cut in emissions compared to our previous vehicles, they benefit the environment too." The team at Baxi pride themselves on providing industry-leading customer support. The fleet of highly advanced Volkswagen Transporter vans will be used by Baxi's team of Customer Support engineers attending call-outs to homeowners across the country.
Mycarcheck.com's Car of the Month
- 18 October 2017
Mycarcheck.coms Car of the Month
The Peugeot 108 is Mycarcheck.com's car of the month. The valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and each month choose a car that highlights the current market trends. "The Peugeot 108 city car is efficient, stylish, fun to drive and affordable to insure and maintain," said vehicle valuation manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler. "The compact design enables you to get into tight parking spaces with ease, making it an ideal urban run-around. The 2014 onwards models had plenty of personalisation options as new, so take your time and seek out a used one which really suits you." In regard to market trends, Wheeler said: "The new car market fell yet again in September, down almost 10% on the same month last year. Dealers are citing two main factors: uncertainty surrounding Brexit and concern about the government's air quality plans. One of the few positives is the increased demand for alternative fuel vehicles. Manufacturers continue to offer competitive diesel scrappage schemes and, with Christmas around the corner, dealerships should be keen to do deals on both new and used cars."
Volvo Car Group's Polestar 1
- 18 October 2017
Volvo Car Groups Polestar 1
Polestar, Volvo Car Group's performance brand, has revealed its future as a new standalone electric performance brand. Polestar also unveiled the 600hp Polestar 1, the company's first car, which is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019. The Polestar 1 will form a halo for the future Polestar brand. It is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupe with an 'Electric Performance Hybrid' drivetrain with a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone - the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is a beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand." Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.
Porsche Auction at Silverstone
- 16 October 2017
Porsche Auction at Silverstone
Porsche fans will be gathering under the impressive Silverstone Wing this Saturday, 21st October to bid on 59 of the finest Porsches up for auction at the third annual Porsche Sale. It is the UK's only stand-alone auction of Porsches. Organised for the third year running by Silverstone Auctions in collaboration with the world's biggest car club, Porsche Club GB, the auction features a wide range of Porsches from an entry-level 2003 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 2 Tiptronic estimated at £18,000 - £22,000, right up to an exquisite 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S estimated at £245,000 - £285,000. "I'm very impressed with the range and depth of cars on offer for the Porsche Sale. Our consignors have put together a fantastic catalogue," comments Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. "We are proud to be associated with Porsche Club GB." In addition to the auction, there will be a Porsche Experience Centre track day for members and many other attractions.
MG Motor UK Satisfying Customers
- 16 October 2017
MG Motor UK Satisfying Customers
MG Motor UK achieved an impressive second place in What Car? magazine's inaugural Servicing Satisfaction Survey, with the brand receiving praise for its outstanding customer service. Speaking about the results of the survey, Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: "We are committed to offering excellent customer service to every single customer that comes into an MG dealership. The result of the What Car? survey is a testament to our network's hard work and it is great to have been recognised by such a well-regarded publication." The survey asked 8,300 UK motorists to rate their most recent dealer experience based on politeness of staff, quality of work and value for money. MG Motor UK were praised for its attention to detail, honesty and value. To find your nearest MG Motor UK dealer, visit: www.mg.co.uk
Kia's New Stonic
- 16 October 2017
Kias New Stonic
The Stonic is Kia's first small SUV, and it brings the brand's unique, multi-award-winning styling to the B-SUV class. Buyers are moving into B-SUVs from superminis, small MPVs and three-door compact hatchbacks, with the B-SUV market in Europe is expected to double to more than two million a year by 2020. Priced from £16,295 to £20,495, there are five versions based on two trim lines and three powertrains. It features a suite of connectivity and electronic driver assistance systems and a fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km. Stonic is based on the latest Rio supermini and is powered by high-efficiency, high-technology petrol and diesel powertrains from Rio and the cee'd family.
The All-New Ssangyong Rexton Arrives
- 13 October 2017
The All-New Ssangyong Rexton Arrives
Impressing with its sheer presence and beautifully balanced exterior, the new Rexton is a large D/E-segment four-wheel drive that offers a prestige cabin for passengers to travel in supreme comfort, while disguising its tough and rugged off-road capability. Commenting on the new car's launch, Steve Gray, Marketing and Communications Director of SsangYong Motor UK says: "Following hard on the heels of Tivoli when SsangYong set new standards for value-priced compact SUVs, new Rexton is further evidence of the brand's re-generation after Mahindra made significant investments in the company. It demonstrates the rapid progress being made as a specialist producer of 4x4s and SUVs." Representing a huge step forward in every area - looks and style, interior ambience, structure and safety, performance and technology, this new car stays true to SsangYong's core brand values with extremely competitive pricing from £27,500 on the road.
TPMS Advice from TyreSafe
- 13 October 2017
TPMS Advice from TyreSafe
Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems or TPMS are a valued technology that has a proven track record to improve road safety. But TyreSafe, the road safety charity, is reminding drivers not to rely solely on it. Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: "The introduction of TPMS was a valuable step forward in tyre safety but drivers should be more aware of it and the warnings it is capable of producing. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to learn exactly what it does so you don't rely on it to warn you of defects it simply cannot detect. Don't have a Bad Air Day double-check your TPMS system is working as it should." Vehicles first used after 1 January 2012 and equipped with a TPMS fitted by the vehicle manufacturer must have a functioning system to pass the MoT test. While typically reliable, drivers do need to check their car's TPMS to ensure it's working on a regular basis. Any alerts displayed by the system should not be ignored and, if in doubt, the advice of a tyre professional should be sought.
Honda's New CR-V S Plus Special Edition
- 13 October 2017
Hondas New CR-V S Plus Special Edition
Honda UK has announced the addition of a new variant to the popular CR-V line up that is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms from the start of November. The S Plus special edition will offer customers additional features and styling for less. The exterior features body coloured front and rear aero bumpers, tailgate spoiler and stylish running boards; and inside climate control dual auto A/C, cruise control, Bluetooth, reversing camera, city brake active system and HONDA Connect(r) in-car audio and information system. Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK commented; "This special edition CR-V is a fantastic addition to the world's bestselling SUV line up, and will make for a great ending to 2017 for Honda in the UK. The S Plus provides customers with approximately £1,500 of features for free, aligning with Honda's objective of supplying products of the highest quality, at a reasonable price for utmost customer satisfaction."
Dacia Working with Wallace and Gromit Creators
- 13 October 2017
Dacia Working with Wallace and Gromit Creators
Dacia has teamed up with Oscar winning studio Aardman for its latest video Simple is Smart, which features an animated drive through a paper pop-up city. It's designed to demonstrate the simplicity of the Dacia line-up. Danny Capozzi, Director, Aardman, explains: "We wanted to create a really smooth journey with the Dacia vehicle in a subtly textured landscape with very realistic stop motion lighting that picked out paper creases and edges to make the models and props within the environment very tactile." Shot in a single camera movement through CGI, it follows a car driving around buildings and trees, up above pop-up skyscrapers, in and around a test bay, through a police car chase before finally dashing off into the sunset. Dacia has previously worked with the Bristol based studio for its range of primetime sponsorship idents on TV channel Dave.
2018 Silverstone Classic Early Bird Ticket Offer
- 11 October 2017
2018 Silverstone Classic Early Bird Ticket Offer
For 2018 Silverstone Classic festival-goers, there is a fabulous "Early Bird" opportunity to purchase their 2018 tickets at 2017 prices, providing up to a 20 per cent discount on Standard tickets. Once again, all advance tickets will give access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, the live music concerts, air shows, fun fair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. By popular demand, the 2018 on-track programme will embrace all of Europe's leading historic categories, including an incredible array of iconic Formula 1 cars marking 70 years since Silverstone's first British Grand Prix held in 1948. Next year's event will also put a special spotlight on more than 60 years of epic Le Mans history with three spectacular showdowns run back-to-back. The Super Early Bird offer is open until the end of the year. The tickets go on sale from Monday 16 October.
Jeep and the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2017
- 11 October 2017
Jeep and the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2017
It has been announced that Jeep is to be the official tow car partner for next week's Motorhome & Caravan Show 2017. And, Jeep will mark the official support of the popular show with free one-to-one towing experiences, brought in conjunction with The Camping and Caravanning Club. There will be a fleet of Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles available for show-goers to learn how to hitch up a caravan and tow it safely. The brand will also have a stand at the show, displaying its current range of award-winning vehicles: Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. "We are delighted to be official tow car supplier for the Motorhome & Caravan Show, for the third time," says Andrew Tracey, Country Brand Manager, Jeep UK. "We have supported the show previously and it has been a highly successful partnership for us." Jeep is well known for its award winning off-road vehicles, but the manufacturer also makes outstanding towing vehicles, as will be demonstrate at the Motorhome & Caravan Show which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham and runs from 17-22 October 2017.
"fitC" Early Warning System
- 11 October 2017
"fitC" Early Warning System
For those interested in the 'connected car' market, there is a new product from MotorEasy. It's a world-first warranty product that includes a plugin car diagnostics tool that offers drivers an ongoing 'health monitor' for their cars. Duncan McClure Fisher, MotorEasy founder, said: "Lots of people have warranties, which are great for offering protection against unwanted repair bills. But now we're able to help motorists avoid even getting to the stage where they need repairs because we can help them predict faults before they happen, using our on-board telematics technology. The "fitC" plugin device connects directly to the engine's ECU via the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port to provide instant diagnostic data. In the past, such data would have been inaccessible to drivers without paying for a diagnostic service at a garage. The product's early warning system means that potential faults can be identified before the vehicle breaks down, potentially saving motorists' time and money. The "fitC" component is included under a new MotorEasy warranty scheme, available as a 24-month or 36-month contract.
Group Renault Buys into Jedlix
- 11 October 2017
Group Renault Buys into Jedlix
Groupe Renault, the electric-vehicle leader in Europe, is acquiring a 25 per cent share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group. It specialises in the smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles. Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicle, Renault explained: "A pioneer in the electric vehicle market, Renault has confirmed its leadership position by developing innovative partnerships. With Jedlix, we will provide new services to make charging - and thus the use of electric vehicles - even more easy and affordable." Jedlix launched its smart charging app for iOS and Android early 2016, connecting over 1,000 public charging stations for all full electric and plugin-hybrid cars. Its partners include Groupe Renault, BMW and Tesla. Jedlix won the Dutch ICT Environmental Award 2016 and the E-World Energy App Award 2017 and is currently nominated for an Accenture Innovation Award 2017.
MG Motor UK Sales Continue to Increase
- 10 October 2017
MG Motor UK Sales Continue to Increase
In an environment of continued downward pressure, MG Motor UK is celebrating steady growth, with a 0.48% increase. What's more, the ambitious brand has now smashed through the 10,000-car milestone for its iconic MG3 model. Speaking about the success of the MG3, Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: "Since launching the MG3 in 2013, our versatile Supermini has gone from strength-to-strength. We have a wealth of personalisation options, some compelling finance offers and a programme of continued development to keep the MG3 ahead of the curve. With so much to offer, this car stacks up well against the competition, and we're thrilled to have surpassed 10,000 sales." Known for its bright colour palette, sporty good looks and ultra-low insurance rating (4E), the MG3 is proving incredibly popular with city dwellers, first-time drivers and driving schools. The MG3 Form Sport is available for just £99 per month.
Wider Range of Volkswagen Crafter Available
- 10 October 2017
Wider Range of Volkswagen Crafter Available
There is a raft of new VW Crafter derivatives now available to order in Van Centres across the UK. Panel vans with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are now available, along with open body models in single and double cab variants. The all-new Crafter was designed from the bottom up to meet the needs of van operators, and now offers maximum flexibility as well as a comprehensive suite of innovative technologies. The addition of open body models to the range opens the door to conversions via Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Recognised Converter scheme, meaning customers in the market for a Luton, dropside, tipper or other more unusual adaptation have the perfect base vehicle. Further derivatives will continue to join the line-up in 2018, including a 122 PS engine which will join the current 102, 140 and 177 PS powertrain options.
Nissan Navara at the Rebelle Rally
- 10 October 2017
Nissan Navara at the Rebelle Rally
The Rebelle Rally is a gruelling off-road week-long event, with two-person women-only teams covering 2,000 km through the stunning deserts of California and Nevada, USA. Nissan's award-winning Navara is taking a trans-Atlantic trip to the spiritual home of the pickup truck later this month to do battle in it. Designed for production vehicles rather than rally-prepared racers, the event is open to women-only teams of two and attracts competitors from across the globe. It incorporates long-distance off-road driving and traditional navigation, using only topographic maps and a compass, to find hidden checkpoints. GPS devices including smartphones are strictly forbidden, and time limits force competitors to make swift decisions. Taking part in the Navara are two employees from Nissan France; Karen Rayrolles and Florence Pham work in the Communications and Marketing teams respectively. The Rebelle Rally runs from October 12-21. Now in its second year, 40 teams representing 12 countries are taking part using vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.
OpenLV Project
- 10 October 2017
OpenLV Project
The OpenLV project - led by project partners Western Power Distribution and EA Technology, is inviting the submission of ideas for how data from local electricity networks could be used to develop new apps. For electric vehicles to continue with their increasing rates of predicted uptake, the challenge of local electricity network capacity at peak times needs to be overcome. Mark Dale, Innovation Manager, Western Power Distribution, comments: "The OpenLV project is making local electricity network data 'open access' for the first ever time. This presents a great opportunity for smart thinking and innovation. We're inviting people, ranging from community groups to industry stakeholders, to come up with novel ideas for apps that can make use of this data." Currently, electricity network operators don't have enough information about how much spare capacity there is on local electricity networks. This makes it difficult to know whether a cluster of EVs charging at peak times will push the demand over the limit.
Top Class Ford Sales
- 06 October 2017
Top Class Ford Sales
Highlights of the industry September sales figures shows Ford to be in an extremely strong position. During September Ford's total vehicle sales were 59,507, giving them a total vehicle sales share of 12.3% ahead of its nearest rival. The Fiesta led the retail sales, with the Fiesta and the Focus 3rd and 4th in total sales respectfully. The Transit Custom is the UK's fifth best-selling vehicle, with sales more than double those of nearest rival. Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "Ford sales benefited from our comprehensive scrappage scheme, with over 5,000 vehicles scrapped since launch last month. We're seeing around 50 per cent of customers coming to us from other brands, with the new Fiesta being their most popular purchase." Launched earlier this year with Zetec and Titanium derivatives only, the new Fiesta will be joined this autumn by the sporty ST-Line and range-topping Vignale variants the keenly anticipated ST and the all-new Active crossover following next year.
Volkswagen Sales Hold Strong
- 06 October 2017
Volkswagen Sales Hold Strong
Demand for new Volkswagen cars continues to grow with the brand taking the number two sales spot in the UK not only in the all-important month of September but, now, also for the year-to-date. Figures from the SMMT or Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that registrations of new Volkswagen models were up by 7.74% in September. And with a market share of 8.00% so far this year, Volkswagen is now the UK's second biggest car brand. Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: "Despite the slowing market, Volkswagen continues to perform strongly in the UK. The brand is undergoing the biggest product offensive in its history to date, with highly appealing, class-leading models debuting in our Retailer showrooms." But it doesn't end there. Over the next few months Volkswagen is looking to tempt customers further with the advent of the exciting new up! GTI and Polo GTI hot hatches, the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace and the revised Golf SV.
SEAT's Sales Growth Continues
- 06 October 2017
SEATs Sales Growth Continues
With sales of 8,343 cars last month, SEAT easily eclipsed its performance for the same peak month in 2016 by a considerable 14% or 1,035 units. Its success was fuelled by two of its core pillars, Leon and Ateca. The former is already up 11% compared to 2016, while Ateca continues to sell strongly. Commenting on the brand's relentless growth, Steve Catlin, SEAT UK's Head of Sales, said, "SEAT is a brand on the move. By next month, we'll have launched four new models in the space of just 18 months. It's a really exciting chapter in our history." Another reason behind SEAT's UK growth in recent times has been its drive on generating high quality new customer leads for its dealer network and ensuring that they are managed seamlessly and successfully. Customer experience has become a key priority for the Spanish brand its focus on this area has paid big dividends.
Volvo Cars Reports Global Sales Growth
- 06 October 2017
Volvo Cars Reports Global Sales Growth
Volvo Cars has continued its sales momentum in September with growth in all main regions, compared with the same month last year. It remains on track for a fourth consecutive year of record sales. Sales in September reached 53,674 cars sold, up 11.2 per cent compared with the same month last year. In the first nine months of 2017 sales amounted to 413,472 cars, up 9.0 per cent compared to the year ago period. In China, Volvo's largest market, sales grew by a solid 29.8 per cent in September, compared with the same month last year, as the company sold to a total of 11,544 cars. The locally produced XC60, S60L and S90 models continued to be the main growth drivers. The Asia Pacific region recorded the strongest growth of all regions during the first nine months of 2017, up 23.7 per cent, compared with the same period last year.
Push the Button on the Hybrid Golf
- 05 October 2017
Push the Button on the Hybrid Golf
It seems that many new VW Golf owners are choosing to 'Push the Button'. This refers to the power boost that the 102 PS electric motor gives when it works in unison with the 1.4-litre turbocharged 150 PS petrol (TSI) engine on the new Golf Hybrid. Together they provide a peak torque figure of 350 Nm and a 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds. Top speed, where legal, is 138 mph. That level of performance is impressive, but perhaps the key to the Golf GTE's burgeoning appeal is its range. With a full tank of petrol and a fully charged battery, it can travel a realistic 515 miles (548 miles NEDC). As one would expect in a hybrid car, the Golf GTE features a broad range of equipment including Volkswagen's advanced Composition Media System which includes an eight-inch colour touchscreen, CD player, DAB radio, Bluetooth telephone connection and many other features. In addition, the Volkswagen Golf GTE features 2Zone Climate Control, unique styling features and Active Info Display: a 12.3-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster with customisable menus and display. In all-electric mode, the range is 31 miles, which is enough for a short commute and the lithium-ion battery can be recharged in just three hours 45 minutes from a domestic socket. The starting price for this model is now £28,135 (RRP OTR) which includes the Government Plug-in Car Grant.
Suzuki at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Staffordshire
- 05 October 2017
Suzuki at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Staffordshire
The annual Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show at the Staffordshire County Showground, will be welcoming Suzuki GB during the weekend of 14-15 October. Showcasing Suzuki's racing heritage will be both of Barry Sheene's world championship-winning RG500s, the 1976 and 1977 machines recently restored to their former glory by former Grand Prix technicians Martyn Ogborne and Nigel Everett. Suzuki GB's aftersales marketing coordinator, Tim Davies, said: "We're incredibly excited to get back to this year's Staffordshire show, and this year we will be bringing as many classic bikes and iconic race bikes as we can fit in the lorry! Both the GSX-R750F and GSX-R1100 projects really serve to highlight our Vintage Parts programme, while the refurbishment of Barry Sheene's 1976 and 1977, world championship-winning RG500s was not only a fantastic thing to do, it again promoted the programme, as some parts carried over to the road bikes." The 1985 GSX-R750F, is part of the Suzuki's Vintage Parts Programme and was restored to celebrate the firm's GSX-R 30th anniversary. The GSX-R1100, was recently restored by Suzuki's young apprentices.
New Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH
- 05 October 2017
New Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH
Oliver Hoffmann took over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH on October 1. He succeeds Stephan Reil in this role, and is now responsible for the upcoming product campaign from the Audi subsidiary brand. Most recently, 40-year-old liver Hoffmann worked on powertrain development at AUDI AG. Previously, his roles included quality management at Automobili Lamborghini and at the Audi factory in Gy?er, Hungary. "With the appointment of Oliver Hoffmann, we have gained a highly qualified manager for the Technical Development division," says Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. "With his experience and skills, Hoffmann will help to realise the expansion of the Audi Sport brand."
Ford and Primary Engineer Partnership for Essex Schools
- 05 October 2017
Ford and Primary Engineer Partnership for Essex Schools
Primary Engineer, a non-profit organisation, runs a variety of engineering-based courses for children of primary school age. Along with Ford, they are launching an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, or STEM initiative for primary school children in 20 schools across Essex. The objective of the courses is to make engineering fun and exciting, to help inspire the next generation of engineers. Ford invited 40 teachers from 20 schools to the Ford Dunton Technical Centre to take part in a one-day practical course. The training day enables teachers to deliver a classroom engineering project linked to the students' curriculum. "There is a recognised shortage of engineers across Europe. EngineeringUK have recently stated that the country needs 1.8 million new engineers and technicians by 2025," said Linda Carpenter, director, Product Planning and Strategy, based at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre. "Children form ideas about "suitable" careers from a very young age, and so we need to work with schools to ensure that children of a primary age are given the opportunity to learn more about STEM - and are encouraged to consider a future in the area."
Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in Birmingham
- 05 October 2017
Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in Birmingham
The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in motoring history and the Owners' Club is delighted to be showcasing five of its key models at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show - with Discovery at Birmingham's NEC from 10-12 November. The undoubted main attraction of the VPOC stand in Hall 4 will be the famous one-off 'Landcrab' prototype. In 1971 a Wolseley 18/85 was transformed into an elegant four-window saloon but the project was sadly cancelled by the management of British Leyland. The club's oldest car on show is a Richmond Red Austin A105, one of just 500 Westminster saloons that in 1958 and 1959 were sent to the Kingsbury Works to receive a decadently luxurious new interior. The youngest vehicle is a wonderful legacy of the junior-yuppie era in the form of a 1989 Rover 216 that has less than 10,000 miles on the clock. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show - with Discovery, returns to Birmingham's NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.
The new MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT
- 05 October 2017
The new MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT
The new MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT will make its world debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show on October 25, 2017. This sensationally futuristic vehicle will give the public a glimpse of the future of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). It takes the brand's EV knowhow and all-wheel drive SUV expertise to a new level with the addition of Artificial Intelligence or AI. Mitsubishi combine these elements seamlessly to deliver safe and enjoyable performance that mirrors driver intent under all weather conditions and on all surfaces. The brain of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is an Artificial Intelligence system that augments the driver's capabilities. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver's intent. Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities and by making it easier and safer to control the vehicle, thereby bringing the motoring experience to a new level.
Figures show that Diesels Still Popular
- 02 October 2017
Figures show that Diesels Still Popular
Vehicle data expert Cap HPI has cited a better than average performance from diesel vehicles for the past three months in a row - July through September 2017. It shows that at just over 50%, motorists are favouring diesel vehicles over petrol during September 2017, based on sales volumes. Cap HPI provide vehicle valuation and provenance data to car and van manufacturers, finance companies and motor retailers. Commenting on the data, James Dower, senior editor of Black Book, the biggest valuation guide in the UK said: "Our insight is painting a more positive image than some reports would have you believe. September's used sales volumes clearly show that motorists favoured diesel over petrol fuel type vehicles."
New Renault Captur Line-Up
- 02 October 2017
New Renault Captur Line-Up
A new engine and transmission combination has been added to the New Renault Captur line-up. The Captur is now available with the dCi 90 engine combined with a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre dCi 90 EDC is compact, light, smooth and flexible, and has been optimised for the day-to-day conditions experienced by compact crossover owners, thanks to the use of a dual dry clutch combined with electric actuators. The transmission provides reassuringly smooth, yet fast gear changes, responding instantly to driver demands. The New Captur dCi 90 EDC has fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg (NEDC combined) and CO2 emissions as low as 101g/km, in Dynamique Nav specification. The EDC transmission is also available with the TCe 120 engine in the Captur range. The New Captur dCi 90 EDC Automatic is available to order now, priced from £20,125 on-the-road.
Mazda, Denso and Toyota EV Development
- 29 September 2017
Mazda, Denso and Toyota EV Development
Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda), Denso Corporation (Denso), and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) signed a contract today to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles. With EVs yet to find widespread market acceptance, the huge investments and time required to cover all markets and vehicle segments is a pressing issue for individual automakers. Mazda, Denso, and Toyota have decided to jointly develop basic structural technologies for EVs capable of covering a wide variety of vehicle segments and types to ensure flexible and rapid response to market trends. Through this joint technological development project, by dedicating an equal amount of development resources, ensuring efficient development processes, and taking advantage of existing production facilities, Mazda and Toyota intend to focus their resources on fundamental vehicle values to enable the creation of appealing EVs that embody the unique identities of each brand and avoid the commoditization of EVs.
Honda a Top Brand
- 29 September 2017
Honda a Top Brand
Honda is now one of the world's top 20 brands, according to research by Interbrand in its latest 'Best Global Brands' study. Honda has moved up by 3% to be ranked as the 20th most valuable brand in the world. Interbrand puts its value at $22.696 billion. "The power of the Honda brand highlights our influential position in the market," said Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe. "A diverse range of new products, from the zero-emissions Clarity Fuel Cell to the award-winning Honda Civic Type R, showcase the significance of advanced technology to the Honda brand." Interbrand's 'Best Global Brands' study is now in its 18th year. The report analyses how brand power determines the success of a company, focusing on the financial performance of its products and services, the role of the brand in customer purchase decisions, and the overall strength of the brand. Honda's recognition by Interbrand follows several landmark achievements for the company in 2016 as well as major news announcements this year.
"Insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking" says IAM RoadSmart
- 29 September 2017
"Insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking" says IAM RoadSmart
IAM RoadSmart, the RAC and a coalition of road safety and motor industry bodies are encouraging private and fleet car buyers to insist on Autonomous Emergency Braking when they buy their next new car - a measure which could save hundreds of lives on our roads. Autonomous Emergency Braking or AEB systems apply the brakes to avoid an impending crash with another vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. It is estimated that pedestrian and cyclist sensing AEB systems could potentially save 1,100 lives and 122,860 casualties in the UK over the next ten years. If more car buyers insist on these systems they could deliver an extra saving of 308 fewer deaths and serious injuries by 2025 and save society £138million. Sarah Sillars, chief executive officer of IAM RoadSmart, said: "Road safety is a shared responsibility and if individuals and fleets ensure their new cars are fitted with AEB we can all make a contribution to safer roads for vulnerable users now." David Bizley, Chief Engineer. RAC Motoring services added: "AEB has been demonstrated to reduce the number and severity of accidents, and can therefore contribute to a further reduction in casualties on UK roads. By choosing vehicles fitted with pedestrian and cyclist sensing AEB and rated as 5* for safety by EuroNCAP, drivers can be confident that they are doing their bit to keep our roads among the safest in the world."
Mercedes Vans and Fleet Safe Software
- 29 September 2017
Mercedes Vans and Fleet Safe Software
Designed to help keep customer fleets compliant, Mercedes-Benz Vans has teamed up with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and FleetCheck to provide Fleet Safe compliance software for small to medium fleets. Fleet Safe is an online software platform and mobile app designed to enable efficient recording of pre-use vehicle checks, vehicle status including MOT, insurance, and RFL dates, access to company policies, and can even include fuel purchase and mileage capture. It has been designed to show a clear 'traffic light' system against each vehicle uploaded to the software. Users of Fleet Safe will also be able to activate a remote FTA Van Excellence audit for fleets of up to 30 vans after three months. Andy Eccles, Head of Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: "Compliance is vital when it comes to health and safety - not to mention to the reputation of a business - and maintaining road-worthy and legal vehicles is key to keeping businesses moving". Fleet Safe is free for the first year to customers operating between 25 and 250 vans who have purchased a new Mercedes-Benz van. If the vehicle is funded via Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Fleet Safe is free for three years.
KODA Milestone
- 28 September 2017
 KODA Milestone
KODA AUTO is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world, starting production in 1905. And it has now produced 20 million vehicles at both its Czech and international plants. "Producing 20 million cars is a tremendous milestone in our company's history," says KODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. "We are aiming for another production and sales record this year. The basis for this is our Strategy 2025, which will sustainably prepare KODA AUTO for the processes of change in society and the automotive industry." The achievement highlights the performance of their Czech and international manufacturing sites and the expertise of their team.
Mercedes PRO Adapter App
- 28 September 2017
Mercedes PRO Adapter App
The Mercedes PRO Adapter enables customers to use initial services from Mercedes PRO connect for their fleets. When inserted into the service port in the vehicle, the adapter establishes a connection between the vehicle, driver's smartphone and fleet manager. "The Mercedes PRO Adapter gives our customers access to advanced connectivity and fleet solutions," explains Bj?ern Sack, Head of Project Connectivity Mercedes-Benz Vans. "These services make the fleet manager's life noticeably easier, can reduce costs and enable resources to be optimised when scheduling drivers and vehicles." Users are able to communicate with their fleet manager via the app on their smartphone. The Adapter app makes it possible to manage vehicles online as well as to check vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals almost in real time. Additional services from Mercedes PRO connect are already being planned, along with an integrated ex-factory solution in new vehicles.
Restyled MY18 GranTurismo and GranCabrio Now Available in the UK
- 28 September 2017
Restyled MY18 GranTurismo and GranCabrio Now Available in the UK
GranTurismo is at the heart of every single Maserati. The original concept was enticingly simple; It involved fitting a sophisticated race car engine into a luxurious, handcrafted saloon. It began in 1947 with the A6 1500. Styled by Pininfarina, such power had never been so beautifully packaged and delivered - opening up all kinds of new, long-distance possibilities. Today's GranTurismo models are direct descendants of this breakthrough innovation. They embody the irresistible allure of exotic Italian style thanks to the Maserati Design Centre team restyling the MY18 models with the timeless Pininfarina design in mind, combined with hard-edged, race-bred performance. Peter Denton, Region Manager, Maserati North Europe commented: "As Grand Tourer pioneers, Maserati has produced some of the most iconic GTs over the past 70 years as these seven iconic classics demonstrate. The latest GranTurismo and GranCabrio are no exception, offering an empowering combination of race-bred power and grand touring luxury." Available in two highly specified Sport and MC trim levels, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio both feature a 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. The GranTurismo starts at £94,285 OTR and the GranCabrio is priced from £108,340 OTR.
Leasys UK Passes 10,000 Vehicles
- 26 September 2017
Leasys UK Passes 10,000 Vehicles
Leasys UK, the contract hire company of FCA Bank (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Bank), has seen rapid growth in the last two years with a year on year increase of more than 35 per cent in September 2017. It now has more than 10,000 vehicles currently on its fleet. "I am delighted that Leasys has passed the important milestone of 10,000 vehicles," says Roberto Bellavia, Head of Leasys UK. "All FCA brands are represented in this success. We want to be a leading contract hire company offering competitive and comprehensive mobility solutions through our dealer network." The recent achievement is down to the success of its PCH (personal contract hire) and BCH (business contract hire) offers and the rising popularity of FCA products including Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jeep Renegade, Fiat Tipo and Fiat Fullback.
Mercedes-Benz Vans Unveils New Sprinter
- 26 September 2017
Mercedes-Benz Vans Unveils New Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Vans is unveiling the first details of the new Sprinter as part of North America's largest commercial vehicle show in Atlanta. The design sketch indicates that the most important market launch in the van sector in 2018 will also set new standards in terms of appearance. The vehicle presents itself consistently in the acclaimed design language of Mercedes-Benz and embodies the opposites of this philosophy: emotion and intelligence. The front of the Sprinter presents itself with horizontal and clearly drawn headlights in a distinctive and athletic manner. The outstanding new features include the comprehensive introduction of driving assistance systems and connectivity services in combination with new telematics. "We want to do more than just build the best vehicles," said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. "We want to offer the most suitable mobility solution for every sector and for every transport assignment. And that is precisely our focus with the upcoming Sprinter generation as an overall system solution." The market launch will commence in Europe in the first half of 2018, with the other markets to follow. Further details of the vehicle will be announced in the coming months.
Pricing and Specification of the i30 N Announced
- 26 September 2017
Pricing and Specification of the i30 N Announced
The i30 N is Hyundai's first performance model under the Hyundai N sub brand, engineered by Hyundai's dedicated High-Performance Vehicle Division, led by Albert Biermann. The N moniker stands for both Namyang - Hyundai Motor's global R&D Centre in Korea where i30 N was born - and for the N??rburgring, home to Hyundai Motor's European Test Centre where the i30 N was further developed and tested. The i30 N is available in two specifications, i30 N and i30 N Performance. Both models continue with the i30's already extensive list of standard equipment, whilst adding N specific interior and exterior equipment as well performance modifications. The i30 N is priced from £24,995 on the road, and the i30 N Performance from £27,995. Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said, "We are incredibly excited about the arrival of Hyundai's first high-performance model under the N line-up. As well as the great value that our customers expect, the i30 N offers advanced technology and a high level of driver customisation - meaning it can play the role of comfort-oriented commuter as well as race track-ready performance car."
Nissan Navara Named Best Pick-Up
- 26 September 2017
Nissan Navara Named Best Pick-Up
The market-leading Nissan Navara has been named Best Pick-Up at the Parkers New Car Awards 2018. Judges put every pick-up through its paces and took the reviews of real-world owners into account before reaching their decision. And, after assessing the field, the judges' verdict was the Navara stood head and shoulders above the competition. Alex Smith, Managing Director at Nissan Motor (GB), said: "We are delighted to accept this award as further evidence of the Navara's class-leading appeal. Combining practicality with outstanding performance, comfort and technology, it's great to see Navara setting the benchmark that all other pick-ups are measured by."
Mitsubishi Scrappage Scheme
- 26 September 2017
Mitsubishi Scrappage Scheme
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is encouraging customers to scrap their older, higher-emission vehicle and purchase a new, low-emission Mitsubishi by launching a new scrappage scheme with immediate effect. Customers trading in a vehicle with EU1 to EU4 emissions specifications, registered before January 2010, are eligible to participate and to reinforce Mitsubishi's commitment to a more sustainable future, the largest allowance of £4,000 is given to customers wishing to buy the ultra-low emission Outlander PHEV. By choosing this advanced 4x4 SUV customers will not only benefit from CO2 emissions of 41g/km and up to 166 mpg (official combined cycle) but also a £4,000 scrappage allowance as well the £2,500 plug-in car grant (PiCG) for a total saving of £6,500. The scheme also offers £3,000 scrappage allowance against the ASX SUV and £3,500 on the practical seven-seat Outlander diesel, and is available from September 23rd until December 28th 2017.
Volkswagen Information Technology Center
- 22 September 2017
Volkswagen Information Technology Center
An international expert team at the Volkswagen Information Technology Center in Munich are looking at how artificial intelligence may help motor manufacturers and drivers in the future. The team includes IT experts, robotics specialists, data scientists, programmers, physicists and mathematicians, all working hand in hand. On dozens of monitors, code lines, graphs and 3-D diagrams flash across the screen. What you can see here in machine language could help accelerate corporate processes, optimize traffic flows and guide autonomous vehicles safely through the traffic in the future. "We are developing learning systems," says Prof. Dr. Patrick van der Smagt, who is responsible for AI research at the Data Lab. "We are exploring and creating algorithms that can identify and predict patterns and laws more and more reliably." Some of the projects currently being undertaken include focusing on applications and processes within the company, such as AI systems for intelligent robots which can work hand-in-hand with human beings. Another deals with the next generation of traffic flow optimization. The team is also working on possibilities of protecting sensitive data from attack by hackers using advanced AI systems. "We are carrying out fundamental research in this field," says van der Smagt. "Volkswagen is at the leading edge."
Bugatti London Appointment
- 22 September 2017
Bugatti London Appointment
Bugatti London has appointed Paul Stevens as its new Brand Director as part of exciting future plans for the H.R. Owen dealership. The showroom in the heart of London is the UK's sole Bugatti dealership and the only place in the country where you can order the all-new Chiron hypercar. Stevens' career in the motor trade started over 25 years ago at Mercedes-Benz in Chelsea, where he worked his way up the sales hierarchy. He then moved to Jack Barclay Bentley in Berkeley Square before now being at the heart of Bugatti as Brand Director. "It's a true honour to be appointed Brand Director at Bugatti London," he said. "I am incredibly excited for what promises to be a very successful future. As the only UK dealership in which to order the Chiron, H.R. Owen is at the forefront of Bugatti operations." Along with his talented team, he has "eyes only for the top of the Bugatti dealership tree and (we) are aiming for the number one spot".
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
- 22 September 2017
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available to UK customers from January 2018. Developed with a focus on three core areas - inspiring design, driving dynamics and advanced technology - Mitsubishi's new mid-sized SUV will be available in three trim levels - Eclipse Cross 2, Eclipse Cross 3 and Eclipse Cross 4. At launch, all versions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 163hp and 250Nm of torque which will be available with a six-speed manual or advanced new automatic transmission with Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters, depending on the model. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will also be available with two- or four-wheel drive, the latter incorporating the latest generation of Mitsubishi's Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) system. All versions will have Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) that uses radar technology to detect a risk of collision, ABS, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Brake Assist. All these features are standard in the entry-level Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2 which is priced from £21,275 OTR.