Automotive News

WOMAC DONATES £15,000 TO DIMBLEBY CANCER CARE
- 20 March 2020
WOMAC DONATES £15,000 TO DIMBLEBY CANCER CARE
Women on the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC) is delighted to announce the donation of its £15,000 pledge towards this year's chosen charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care. This also marks over £1 million donated to more than 50 worthwhile causes since WOMAC was established in 1979. It's thanks to the many kind and generous donations from guests and corporate sponsors, including Kia Motors (UK), SMMT, Volkswagen Group UK, Bentley Motors, BMW Group UK, Vauxhall Motors and Jaguar Land Rover, that WOMAC has been able to donate these vital funds towards Dimbleby Cancer Care's mission to help make life better for people facing cancer in the UK today. WOMAC Chair Georgia Fox commented: "In WOMAC's 41st anniversary, we are proud to have donated over £1 million to more than 50 cancer related projects. We couldn't have achieved this without our supporters' generosity and willingness to make a difference to people's lives during a time when they need support the most." WOMAC is also grateful for practical support from Imprimatur, Mark Oliver Design, Newspress, Alister Thorpe, Beyond Content and Sims Images.
ONLINE SALES HELP CAR BUYERS AND DEALERS DEFY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
- 20 March 2020
ONLINE SALES HELP CAR BUYERS AND DEALERS DEFY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Car buyers are defying the coronavirus crisis by turning to online car marketplaces. It's evidence that demand for cars remains strong. Analysis by the online car marketplace BuyaCar.co.uk this week revealed an increase in conversions - the number of cars sold on the site compared with the number of website visitors - and that website traffic is higher than it was a year ago. Andy Oldham, Chief Executive of BuyaCar.co.uk, said: "The ability to buy cars from the comfort of your home and have them delivered has never been as valuable as it is today. We have already arranged contactless handovers to vulnerable customers who don't want to risk meeting a delivery driver, in response to enquiries from people with pre-existing medical conditions." It comes as emergency health measures, such as social isolation and reducing non-essential outside movement, kick in across the UK, inevitably reducing the number of visits to dealerships.
Budget Pothole Investment Reaction from Gem Motoring Assist
- 12 March 2020
Budget Pothole Investment Reaction from Gem Motoring Assist
Neil Worth, the Road Safety Officer at GEM Motoring Assist is delighted that the Chancellor is willing to pour £2.5 billion into potholes over the next five years. "Potholes are a national disgrace," he says, "and they have been allowed to proliferate all over the country, leaving so many stretches of road in a truly dangerous state." He says that road maintenance programmes have rolled out "too slowly" which means that potholes have become a real danger to all road users. They also cause damage. "Car suspensions are jarred, motorbike and bicycle wheels buckle, riders can be thrown to the ground, while pedestrians risk injury from tripping over. No wonder potholes have become such a scourge." He adds that they would like to see action taken immediately so that national highways agencies and local authorities will have the means to ramp up their programme of pothole repairs. "We also want to ensure contractors work swiftly and smartly to make good the damage caused by potholes. This means fixing all the potholes in a specified area all at once, not selecting a few then coming back again and again to fix others." Overall, he was encouraged to see the UK government making this significant investment.
BENTLEY'S CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE EQUESTRIAN EDITION
- 12 March 2020
BENTLEYS CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE EQUESTRIAN EDITION
Bentley Mulliner has opened its new Collections portfolio with the creation of a truly bespoke Continental GT Convertible - the Equestrian Edition. This one of a kind Continental GT Convertible embodies a myriad of distinctive features, building on the strengths of Bentley's iconic open top Grand Tourer. Sumptuous embroidery and artisanal marquetry rarefies the Equestrian Edition. Horse and rider silhouettes adorn all four seats, that are finished in the aptly named sustainable Saddle hide. The same horse and rider silhouette accompany Bentley Mulliner branding in the front fascia, where lavish gold detailing stylishly accentuates the straight grain Walnut single veneer and box wood inlays. To the exterior, a specially commissioned and distinctive shade of green called Spruce is paired with Blackline Specification, which replace bright chrome with gloss black versions to all exterior brightware, bezels, radiator grill and exhaust outlets. Bold 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels in gloss black complete the specification. The car also comes equipped with both suites of Bentley's state of the art driver assistance technologies.
AUDI EV&ME - A PERSONALISED GUIDE TO GOING ELECTRIC
- 12 March 2020
AUDI EV&ME - A PERSONALISED GUIDE TO GOING ELECTRIC
A new app dedicated to helping customers make informed decisions about moving to an Audi electric vehicle is now available on the Apple and Android app stores. Free to download, EV&me presents users with a host of helpful information that can be used to decide if the move suits their individual needs and reveals how much they could potentially save by making the switch. It can track any journey to find out how their current vehicle running costs would compare if the user had been driving an e-tron 50 instead. Other all-electric models will be included soon. "As a quick cost comparison tool, the EV&me app is extremely useful for any motorist - not just Audi customers," said Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. "But the app also offers users far more as an overall EV hub, and can be a valuable reference point for every aspect of the Audi e-tron ownership experience."