Automotive News

Seven Days Left To Win The Unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora
- 23 August 2019
Seven Days Left To Win The Unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora
For just £20 racing fans, car enthusiast and F1 aficionados can win the unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora, the prize in a year-long competition that is raising funds to help The Jim Clark Trust, the charity dedicated to the Scottish racing legend and the exciting new museum in Duns, the Scottish Borders. But note, there's just one week to go. Signed by all 20 drivers from the Monaco Grand Prix 2019, the Jim Clark Lotus Evora is a real piece of motorsport history in itself. Commissioned last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Clark's tragic death in 1968, it was unveiled at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The competition's close coincides with the official opening of the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in the picturesque market town of Duns in the Scottish Borders on August 29th. The charity competition, which closes on August 29th, can be entered at www.jimclarklotus.com.
Classic Concept Cars From the '70s
- 23 August 2019
Classic Concept Cars From the 70s
Concept cars are some of the most important debuts at auto shows because their shape or technology gives you a sneak peek into what you can expect from car companies in the future; but what happens to the beautiful creations when they don't make it to the showroom? Using their car care know-how car solutions company Chipex is giving us a glimpse into how classic cars from the '70s might look if they were revisited and revived as concept cars in 2019. "At Chipex," says Johnny Graham of Chipex, "our aim is to help you take care of your car, showing you how a few tweaks here and there can make a difference. Taking this twist on concept cars shows that not everything is lost forever and with some handy upgrades, you can see how cars of yesteryear can become cars of tomorrow." Chipex was launched in 2009 to provide a fast, very effective and safe solution for the home user to repair paint damage to vehicles. To see the cars, go to www.chipex.co.uk/blog.
Biggest and Smallest New Car Discounts Brands Revealed
- 23 August 2019
Biggest and Smallest New Car Discounts Brands Revealed
The brands offering the biggest and smallest new car discounts have been revealed in market intelligence from What Car?'s New Car Buying platform. Citroen topped the table, while Dacia offered buyers the lowest price reductions in the first six months of 2019. The Target Price mystery shopper data found premium brands including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo offer some of the biggest discounts. Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: "In this turbulent market we cannot stress enough the importance of doing your research when buying your next car. Some brands are offering buyers large savings, while others are using different tactics." Volkswagen offered the second biggest discounts across the first half of the year with Vauxhall dealers offered the third-biggest savings. "Interestingly," added Huntingford, "there is a split between premium brands. BMW and Mercedes-Benz, for example, tend to offer big discounts, while Land Rover and Lexus are pursuing a policy of smaller price reductions."
New Vauxhall Astra's Dynamics are the Best in Class
- 20 August 2019
New Vauxhall Astras Dynamics are the Best in Class
With an impressive drag coefficient of 0.26, the new Vauxhall Astra hatchback and sports tourer are among the most aerodynamic cars in their class. The aerodynamic design of the Astra plays a vital role in the challenge to reduce CO2 emissions. By reducing drag, and therefore also fuel consumption and emissions, Vauxhall is helping customers and fleet managers to achieve significant cost savings while promoting efficient driving. In total, the aerodynamic developments of the new Astra save 4.5g of CO2 per kilometre (in accordance with the WLTP cycle). Key to the aerodynamic design of the new Astra is the active full-face shutter. The upper and lower portions of the grille can be opened and closed, even independently from each other, resulting in highly efficient driving under a variety of real-life conditions. The full-face shutter also delivers thermal advantages by delaying cooling down after switching off the engine, or by accelerating the engine warm-up after a cold start.
Beaulieu's First Simply Mercedes Exceeds All Expectations
- 20 August 2019
Beaulieus First Simply Mercedes Exceeds All Expectations
Beaulieu's first 'Simply Mercedes' exceeded all expectations with as many as 424 luxury cars making a magnificent line-up in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. A total of 845 rally participants enjoyed the luxury saloons, limousines, glamorous sports cars and rugged utility vehicles from the classy 1950s up to the latest models, in a rally on Sunday August 18th. Beaulieu Events Co-ordinator Sophie Boyes said: "For Simply Mercedes' first year, we had expected around 300 cars to join the show, so to have over 400 Mercedes' drive in to take part in the rally was astonishing. It was brilliant to see the event come together on the day and it far exceeded our expectations." Classic Mercedes enthusiasts were treated to the rare sight of a W136 saloon with its pre-war styling, as well as the late 1950s W121, early 1960s W110 with its dramatic tail fins, glamorous 1960 190 SL Roadster and 1964 W113 'Pagoda' drop-top. The modern Mercedes on show included the jaw-dropping Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door super saloon, impressive Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster and CL500 grand tourer.
Nissan LEAF Leads the Way
- 20 August 2019
Nissan LEAF Leads the Way
Since Nissan launched the first mass-market electric vehicle - the LEAF - in 2010, EV technology has continually improved, with the latest models both affordable and practical for the majority of new car buyers. As a result, the UK is experiencing unprecedented growth in the demand for battery-powered transport. In August 2019, compared to the previous year, demand for battery electric vehicles increased 158.1%, resulting in a 1.4% market share, the highest monthly market share on record. The new range-topping Nissan LEAF e+ costs from £35,895, including the £3,500 Government Grant and current offers include a £359 contribution towards a Home Charging Unit. More than 400,000 LEAFs have been sold globally since 2010 making Nissan the world's best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer.
Another New Dealer For SsangYong Motors UK
- 06 August 2019
Another New Dealer For SsangYong Motors UK
SsangYong Motors UK gives a warm welcome to Rogate Ssangyong which will offer its range of 4x4s and SUVs from their premises in Petersfield, Hampshire. Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK said: "The focus on the expansion of our dealer network is of paramount importance to our customers, so we are delighted that Rogate SsangYong has decided to add our brand to its portfolio in Petersfield." Rogate SsangYong is located on the A272 between Petersfield and Midhurst. It has been established as a Renault franchised dealer since 1979 during which time it has won various awards for its customer service and, more recently, for an industry leading apprenticeship programme.
The Kia Scrappage Scheme
- 06 August 2019
The Kia Scrappage Scheme
There are still many car scrappage schemes in the market at the moment, including the popular Kia scrappage scheme. This offers savings in exchange for scrapping a vehicle that is more than seven years old. The savings are £2,000 on a brand-new Picanto, with the Stonic, Sportage and Venga models all receiving £2,500 in savings. Kia staff will complete all the paperwork and arrange for the old vehicle to be destroyed through regulated and established channels. Just remember that to qualify your current vehicle must have been registered before 30th September 2012 and owned by you, the customer for more than three months prior to the new car's order date. These offers are available from now, through to 30th September 2019.
The Perils of Part Worn Tyres
- 06 August 2019
The Perils of Part Worn Tyres
More than five million part worn tyres are legally sold each year to motorists in the UK. Even though there are clear regulations surrounding the sale of part worn tyres, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations consistently uncover an alarming number with poor puncture repairs, internal damage and even nails in them. Past investigations have found as many as 94 per cent of the tyres tested do not comply with current regulations and 58 per cent have safety-related defects. Some 'lowlights' have been one tyre with an embedded socket in the tread, another with a six-inch nail and many others with severe internal damage. For more information on all aspects of tyre safety, visit tyresafe.org.
Graduated Licence Scheme
- 06 August 2019
Graduated Licence Scheme
The Department for Transport is considering plans to introduce a graduated licence scheme for new drivers. Similar schemes are already in place in some areas of Australia and Canada and many EU countries. The graduated driving licences could see new drivers unable to take passengers under a certain age and a night-time ban. The move comes after recent DfT figures revealed one in five newly-qualified motorists are involved in a collision in their first 12 months. But the focus, which is to improve the road safety of young drivers, could put youngsters off driving entirely.