Automotive News

Aston Martin Lagonda Investing for Growth
- 22 June 2018
Aston Martin Lagonda Investing for Growth
Aston Martin Lagonda have announced two important new additions to its UK site operations. The Aston Martin Test and Development Centre at Silverstone and the creation of a central London office. It means that Silverstone will become a new hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling. "The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands," said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. "I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development." Since the announcement of the company's seven-year Second Century Business Plan in early 2015, there has been a progressive retooling of every area of the business. With the addition of Silverstone and London, Aston Martin Lagonda will operate out of 10 locations across the UK and by the end of 2022 is set to employ 5,000 people. "Aston Martin will soon become one of the leading automotive employers in the UK", said Dr Palmer.
BMW Voted 'Overall Winner' in the Tow Car Awards 2018
- 22 June 2018
BMW Voted Overall Winner in the Tow Car Awards 2018
After facing a gruelling set of tests, the BMW 520d xDrive Touring was voted as the best 'overall winner' in the Tow Car Awards 2018, the first time that BMW has won that award. The model beat some tough competition in the 1700-1899kg weight class as voted on by experts from What Car? and Practical Caravan magazines and The Camping and Caravanning Club. It was also assessed for value for money, ride comfort, running costs, refinement and passenger space along with practicality for carrying camping or holiday luggage. Chris Brownridge, BMW Group UK Sales Director, said: "To be awarded as overall winner of Britain's biggest and best tow car test programme is a real honour. We are delighted that it is now recognised as the perfect car for towing a caravan or trailer and for the driver who wants it all." And, David Motton, tow car editor for Practical Caravan Magazine, added: "When it comes to pulling a caravan confidently and securely, the BMW 5 Series has few peers."
Volkswagen's Third Generation Touareg
- 22 June 2018
Volkswagens Third Generation Touareg
Volkswagen has opened the order books for their new flagship SUV - the third generation Touareg. It boasts the latest assistance systems, some of them appearing for the first time in a Volkswagen. The Touareg also offers the option of the new Innovision Cockpit which comprises an intuitive digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that can be fully personalised. Participating Volkswagen Retailers across the UK will offer the New Touareg with a compelling finance offer from launch. Customers that opt for the Touareg R-Line with a 3.0-litre 286 PS TDI V6 through Volkswagen Financial Services' Solutions Personal Contract Plan will receive a deposit contribution of £3,000 at 3.3 per cent APR representative. That results in a monthly payment of £499.00.
Mazda RX-7 Anniversary
- 20 June 2018
Mazda RX-7 Anniversary
The year was 1978, UK inflation hit a six-year low, the Bee Gees dominated the charts, while flared trousers and bouffant hair were the height of fashion. It was also the year that Mazda unveiled the RX-7. The RX-7 played a vital role in establishing Mazda's reputation for building celebrated driver's cars. Responding to the challenging environment, Mazda's brightest brains set about creating a new kind of sports car - one that would be smaller, lighter, more efficient and - most important of all - fun to drive. The original RX-7 'FB' proved a huge success. More than 470,000 driving enthusiasts bought one, before the second generation 'FC' model was introduced with turbo power in 1985. The third generation 'FD' followed in 1992 until production of the iconic RX-7 ended in 2002. To mark the iconic vehicle's 40th anniversary, Mazda brought together all three generations of the sports car in a film that documents the evolution of the most successful model to be powered by a rotary engine. You can view it at: https://youtu.be/jaOtLK4hDF8.
Mitsubishi Motors First UK Retail Store
- 20 June 2018
Mitsubishi Motors First UK Retail Store
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK officially opened the doors on its first retail store on 14th June 2018 at intu, Lakeside in the south east of England. The new store offers people a new way to discover the Mitsubishi brand, learn about its vehicles, take a test drive and even purchase a vehicle. Rob Lindley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: "With the opening of our first Mitsubishi store in such a prominent and well-established retail location, we are putting the customer at the very centre of what we do by offering them more choice than ever before in how and where to purchase their new Mitsubishi." Enjoying a prominent position in Lakeside, the store has been designed by leading retail design agency, Dalziel & Pow. Along with multiple vehicles on display, it features interactive digital displays and inviting analogue content that encourages customers to discover more about Mitsubishi Motors and the advanced features of its vehicles.
Local Places to Visit for National Picnic Week
- 20 June 2018
Local Places to Visit for National Picnic Week
National Picnic Week aims to cultivate pride in the local area, and it continues to run until the 24th. To encourage visitors, winning areas from around the country are announced. Here are this year's winners. The Scottish winner is Glenkiln Sculpture Park and in Wales, Colby Woodland Garden. In the North West it's Saint Herbert's Island and for the North East, Gibside in County Durham. In the West Midlands you can visit the 100 acres of Ryton Pools whilst in the East Midlands the winner was Sherwood Pines. For Yorkshire folk, Roseberry Topping is the place to go and in the South West the winner is Dancing Ledge, part of the Jurassic Coast. In the South East its Lilly Hill Park, in East Anglia Sheringham Park and in London, Hampstead Heath. Adam Cox, founder of National Picnic Week says: "I'd like to congratulate the winners and runner's up and all the nominees that made it on to the shortlist. The UK has some fantastic picnic spots and a picnic can turn a day out into memories that last forever."
Rolls Royce Motor Cars "In Great Shape"
- 14 June 2018
Rolls Royce Motor Cars "In Great Shape"
In light of the news emanating from Rolls-Royce plc today, and to avoid any potential confusion in the media, Rolls Royce Motor Cars wishes to clarify that it is in excellent health and enjoying sustained global success across its model range. There are no plans for job reductions, whilst customer deliveries of the eighth generation of Phantom commenced in January and the marque's pinnacle product has a strong order book. Sustained global demand for Wraith, Ghost and Dawn families has been further enhanced with the introduction of Black Badge variants of each model. Rolls-Royce continues to invest heavily in its business in preparation for the future, with development of the Architecture of Luxury - Rolls-Royce's proprietary all-aluminium architecture that will underpin all future models. Torsten M??ller-Otv?es, CEO, said, "Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is the world's leading luxury manufacturer. The company is in great shape and I applaud the skilled men and women in the Rolls Royce family that design, develop, hand-build and support the 'best car in the world'."
Football Fans Long Distance Journeys
- 14 June 2018
Football Fans Long Distance Journeys
New research by specialist car insurer ClassicLine Insurance reveals which Premier League fans face the longest, and shortest, away match car journeys for the 2018-19 season. In general, it is followers of teams in and around London that face the less mileage with seven top flight clubs in close proximity. But, it's the Newcastle United supporters with a mammoth 9,184 miles when driving from their home city to the away club's city and back, that face the worse. Watford supporters face fewer motorway service stops than any other Premier League fans with a mere 4,430 miles on the road, whilst it's the south coast teams AFC Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion and teams from Wales that also score high.
'Best Performer' for the Suzuki Celerio
- 14 June 2018
Best Performer for the Suzuki Celerio
With low fuel consumption becoming even more important these days, Suzuki is pleased to report that their Celerio has been voted the Best Real MPG Performer by Honestjohn.co.uk. Factor in the Celerio's affordable price and generous equipment levels and it becomes a very attractive buy. "Suzuki has one of the best Real MPG scores of any car manufacturer," said Daniel Powell, Managing Editor of honestjohn.co.uk. "The Celerio will return 93 per cent of its claimed economy at over 60mpg in everyday driving and the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) version is even more efficient with a score of 63.7 mpg." Until the end of June 2018, the Celerio range has a £500 customer saving and the SZ2 model at the offer price of £7,499 is available for an initial deposit of just £126, followed by 48 monthly payments of £126.72.
New Car Pooling App
- 14 June 2018
New Car Pooling App
Toyota Financial Services is stepping up new Mobility solutions in partnership with Faxi. London-based Faxi, is pioneering the concept of using app technology to incentivised carpooling. Cities across Germany are looking for similar solutions and Toyota decided to pilot the application in Hamburg. Tony Lynch, Chief Executive and co-founder of Faxi, said: "Large organisations across the globe have workplace parking issues. While the Faxi technology is complex, the policy is very simple. Germany is aggressively looking to tackle the car emissions problem and we're looking to be a big part of that solution with Toyota." With patent pending, the Faxi technology brings people together safely to share common journeys. It helps groups to share the costs of their carpool simply and fairly, by reimbursing the driver for fuel and wear and tear. There's more information on Faxi's website: https://faxi.co.uk/ - or follow them on Twitter @Faxijourneys.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Up for Hire
- 14 June 2018
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Up for Hire
Popular UK rental company Supercar Hire has recently added a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder to its car selection. It will be joining an already impressive fleet featuring esteemed brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche. 'Since the start of our journey, the Supercar Hire mission was to make the absolute best supercars in the market easily accessible to a greater number of people," said company spokesperson Aaron Girling. "The Huracan Spyder is the epitome of thrilling, cutting-edge supercar design, a modern motoring masterpiece." While this recent acquisition marks yet another milestone for the East Midlands based company, Girling also hinted that clients can look forward to more exciting additions in the coming months.
Caravanning Staycations on the Rise
- 14 June 2018
Caravanning Staycations on the Rise
With the rise of 'staycations' showing no sign of abating, UK holidaying in a caravan or motor home is where it's at in 2018. Attaching a caravan to the back of your car - or jumping into your motor home - gives the intrepid Brits a sense of freedom, destiny and control that other holidays just don't provide. And, the latest set of figures from the National Caravan Council (NCC) show that in the year to June 2017, sales of touring caravans, motor homes and caravan holiday homes increased by an impressive 9%. Caravans are embedded in the national psyche, but where once they may have been a figure of slight ridicule, today, they have become trendy.
Vauxhall's Versatile Combo Life
- 07 June 2018
Vauxhalls Versatile Combo Life
Vauxhall's all-new Combo Life, aimed at active families and empty nesters, will arrive in showrooms in September. It comes in two trims, Design and Energy, with Energy models available as either a five- or seven-seater. Priced at £20,530 on-the-road, the entry-level Design 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model features standard specification including air conditioning, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth audio streaming and 16-inch steel wheels with styled wheel covers. Moving up the range, the Energy trim starts from £21,970 on-the-road for the five-seater 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model. The standard specification includes eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors. If you need space for more passengers, the Energy seven-seater starts from £22,530 on-the-road for the 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop 6-manual model. The spec here includes 35/30/35 split-folding second-row seats with fold-flat facility, two removable third-row seats and two foldable tables with cup-holders.
SEAT Setting Records
- 07 June 2018
SEAT Setting Records
SEAT set a new sales record in May, with their global deliveries going up by 15.5%, with a total of 49,200 cars sold. This figure surpasses the prior record established in 2000 (48,400 units). In the first five months of 2018, SEAT achieved a record volume as well. In this period, the carmaker delivered 238,500 vehicles worldwide, which is 18.5% more than from January to May of 2017 (201,300). In the UK, new car demand for SEAT models grew by an impressive 46.16% in May reaching 5,674 units, with year-to-date sales up 19.48% to 29,379. "Our May sales enable us to maintain our position as one of the fastest growing brands in Europe," said SEAT Vice-president for Sales and Marketing Wayne Griffiths. "We continue to grow at a faster rate than expected, especially thanks to the momentum provided by the new Arona, which has joined the sales success of the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca."
Automotive Analytics
- 07 June 2018
Automotive Analytics
Aistemos, the market leader in AI-powered patent analytics, has published Automotive Patent Trends 2018, the definitive guide to who's protecting what across electrification, autonomy and connectivity. This new source of competitive intelligence is made possible by Cipher Automotive, the first analytics platform to focus on the automotive sector. Cipher Automotive, enables research and development (R&D) and strategy teams to comprehensively assess developments across the industry and the world in a matter of seconds. "Technology disrupts many sectors, perhaps none more so than automotive," said Nigel Swycher, CEO, Aistemos. "The future of mobility depends on collaboration and time to react. Cipher Automotive will pave the road ahead with essential information. Better data means a greater understanding of global technology trends and better decisions by the automotive industry." To find out more visit www.cipher.ai, or join the Cipher Automotive Webinar on Wednesday 13th June between 11:00 - 11:30 BST.
Glamping in Dorset
- 07 June 2018
Glamping in Dorset
If original Mongolian Yurts in the beautiful North Dorset countryside seem a great travelling choice to you, then Caalm Camp is something to investigate. Situated just south of Shaftesbury in Dorset, the former dairy farm enjoys stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, to Duncliffe Woods, Bulbarrow and Hambledon Hill. Caalm Camp has been voted the best Glamping Site in the South West by campsites.co.uk There are 6 yurts available all with a luxurious twist of comfortable wrought iron beds, white cotton linen, fur blankets, cushions, electric lighting and sockets, and even a private bathroom. And each yurt has its own cheerful wood-burning stove. The surrounding area to Caalm Camp offers some amazing family days out to make lifelong memories. For more information, go to their website: www.dorsetyurtcampsite.co.uk.
Volvo Cars Expanding Production
- 07 June 2018
Volvo Cars Expanding Production
Having received almost 80,000 orders for its new award-winning XC40, Volvo Cars is expanding production in Europe and China in order to meet demand. In addition, the company will capitalise on the popularity of its new smaller models with the introduction of new models on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), replacing the current V40. "The XC40's success has surpassed even our highest expectations," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The small SUV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the industry now, and with these additional CMA-based models we expect to benefit further from that growth." The coming new models based on CMA will include fully electric vehicles and will be sold globally in all major regions. More product details will be disclosed at a later stage.
All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE at Silverstone This Weekend
- 07 June 2018
All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE at Silverstone This Weekend
The revolutionary all-electric Jaguar I-PACE will be making one of its first UK public appearances at the Fully Charged Live event, taking place at Silverstone from 9th-10th June. The C-X75 supercar inspired performance SUV has already received critical acclaim, being named a 'Game Changer' at the 2018 Autocar Awards and collecting the What Car? 2018 Reader Award, securing it the title of the most anticipated new car of 2018. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: "The reaction to the Jaguar I-PACE has been absolutely staggering, from both the public and media. Everyone at Jaguar Land Rover UK is extremely proud of what we've achieved with the I-PACE, so we're delighted to be able to show it off at Silverstone for the inaugural Fully Charged Live show this weekend." Fully Charged Live is the electric vehicle and renewable energy event of the year, with dozens of visitor attractions, sixteen live sessions and lots of exciting exhibitors. Full information on the event can be found at www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/fully-charged-live-more-info.
Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres Team Up
- 29 May 2018
Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres Team Up
Driving charity Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres have launched a new partnership for 2018. The Manchester-based organisation uses specially adapted high-performance cars to offer track day experiences for individuals with disabilities, including the blind and partially sighted. Landsail will support SOS in fundraising efforts and at awareness events and also provide tyres for its vehicles. Trusted by millions, Landsail offers one of the widest ranges of tyre sizes and types in the UK and will also run special limited discount offers in conjunction with Speed Of Sight during the partnership. "I have always loved speed - and in particular being in control of speed," said Speed Of Sight Charity CEO Mike Newman. "But as a blind person feeding that passion is challenging. What Speed Of Sight does is make it much easier for individuals who may not be able to independently experience high-speed driving to enjoy the thrill of a track day." To find out more about Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres visit landsailtyres.co.uk
The Peugeot 3008 SUV 'Crossover of the Year'
- 29 May 2018
The Peugeot 3008 SUV Crossover of the Year
The Peugeot 3008 SUV has been named 'Crossover of the Year' at the Honest John Awards 2018. This accolade is the latest victory for the 3008 SUV, which was voted the overall 'Car of the Year' in Auto Express' Driver Power Survey last month. It was praised for its impressive high-tech interior, which offers the i-Cockpit. It comes with a compact multi-function steering wheel, 12.3" head-up digital instrument display and 8.0" capacitive touchscreen with Mirror Screen functionality comprising, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link. Dan Powell, Managing Editor of Honest John, said: "The Peugeot 3008 is one of the very best Crossovers on sale, with its high-tech cabin, efficient engines and outstanding value striking a winning chord with the readers of HonestJohn.co.uk." A success since it launched in 2016, the 3008 SUV has sold 350,000 vehicles worldwide and 28,000 in the UK.
Volvo Cars to Expand Production
- 29 May 2018
Volvo Cars to Expand Production
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has received almost 80,000 orders for the new award-winning XC40 small SUV and is therefore expanding production in Europe and China in order to meet demand. In the first half of next year, production will grow at its Ghent manufacturing plant and Volvo Cars will add XC40 production capacity at its Luqiao plant in China. In addition, the company will capitalise on the popularity of its new smaller models with the introduction of new models on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), replacing the current V40. These new models will include fully electric vehicles and will be sold globally in all major regions. "The XC40's success has surpassed even our highest expectations," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The small SUV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the industry now, and with these additional CMA-based models we expect to benefit further from that growth."
Unlucky Drivers
- 29 May 2018
Unlucky Drivers
Motorists from Oxford are the unluckiest drivers in the country - picking up the most punctures, dents, scrapes and parking tickets than anyone else, according to a new study by Holts Tyreweld. Researchers polled British drivers and discovered that people from the university city, home to Jaguar driving Inspector Morse, consider themselves to have the least luck when it comes to motoring. The people of Leicester came second, followed by drivers from Cambridge. According to the study, over the course of a typical year, the average British motorist will hit 48 potholes, bump another vehicle in a car park six times, scratch their vehicle nine times and clip their wing mirror as many as 10 times.
Ride Sunday 2018
- 29 May 2018
Ride Sunday 2018
This Sunday, June 3 is the Ride Sunday 2018 event, the international day of riding for a cause. It is open to all motorcyclists and scooter riders regardless of bike style or riding preference either on-road or off-road. Supported by Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, REV'IT!, Triumph Motorcycles, and Royal Enfield, Ride Sunday is the first event of its kind to attempt to unite the global motorcycling community. Founder Mark Hawwa said the event taps into the global passion for riding and is aimed to motivate those who own a bike to ride for change. "Motorcycling is in our DNA. There is nothing else like it. No matter what riding niche you fall into, Ride Sunday is a day for you," he said. You can find out how to join in by visiting www.ridesunday.com.
Award-Winning Isuzu D-Max
- 29 May 2018
Award-Winning Isuzu D-Max
The Isuzu D-Max has picked up many awards this year already. It has been voted WhatVan? 'Pick-up of the Year', 'Best Workhorse Pick-up' by Trade Van Driver and 'Most Reliable Pickup' by Professional Pickup & 4x4. It has been designed to be up for the challenge. The engine delivers 164PS, 360Nm of torque whilst meeting Euro 6 emission standards without the need for AdBlue, plus delivering over 40mpg combined on all manual models. This is coupled with the superior capacity to tow 3.5 tonnes and a 1.1 tonne payload on all Double Cabs. For many, it is the ultimate all-rounder.