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Latest News: Fresh from wowing the crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show just a few weeks ago, the Leon CUPRA R, SEAT’s most powerful and exclusive car to date, is now available to order priced at £34,995 on-the-road. A limited production run has been confirmed for the eagerly-awaited Leon CUPRA R, a model that will combine power and performance with sophisticated styling and a premium finish. Just 799 models will be built for global sale in the first half of 2018, of which 24 are initially destined for the UK. Since its unveiling, SEAT has been overwhelmed by initial customer interest. It’s not hard to see why. The Leon CUPRA 300 is a great platform from which to start and the firm’s R&D team have taken full advantage by upgrading the standard car with a series of enhancements to create the finest Leon road car yet, the CUPRA R. Among the improvements on the technical side are a new steering system, modified camber angles on the front axle, four piston Brembo brake callipers and crucially, a retuned exhaust system with even racier note. In terms of performance, the Leon CUPRA R is limited to 155 mph and will despatch 0-62 mph in just 5.8 seconds. In the UK, the new front-wheel-drive SEAT Leon CUPRA R, boasting 310PS, will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. Two metallic paint options are available, Monsoon Grey and Midnight Black, both of which are included in the car’s price. The Leon CUPRA looks have also been given even greater impact in ‘R’ form, through carbon fibre details for the rear spoiler, lower lip spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser. The newly extended wheel arches and the front also benefit from a more powerful design around the air intakes. Copper colouring is also a key theme and comes into play on the door mirrors, CUPRA tailgate lettering, and copper and black 19-inch CUPRA R alloy wheels. Inevitably, as the flagship of the Leon CUPRA range, the R also ushers in an upgraded interior. The copper treatment continues on the inside, with the hue being carried through to the detailing on the dashboard, centre console, door panel stitching and steering wheel CUPRA logo. Rounding off the sport-oriented look and feel is Alcantara® for the gearstick, steering wheel and front bucket seats with copper stitching. Underlining their exclusivity, each car will also feature a numbered plaque. The equipment specification of the Leon CUPRA R is as impressive as its looks and performance. Over the Leon CUPRA 300, the new flagship receives KESSY (Keyless Enter & Go with Wireless Phone Charger), Winter Pack (heated front seats and headlight washers), rear view camera, Safety Pack (Tiredness recognition System and rear seatbelt reminder), BeatsAudio sound system with 10 speakers, adaptive cruise control and lastly, Navigation System High (eight-inch touchscreen, Full Link, dynamic route guidance with 3D map display and 3D emblematic buildings, 10GB hard disk drive). UK customer ordering is open now, although given initial customer enquiry levels, SEAT is not expecting them to hang around for long. More information on the new SEAT Leon CUPRA R is available at our SEAT Showrooms in Bedford and Northampton.

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6th December 2017

SEAT CONFIRMS PRICING, SPECIFICATION AND UK ALLOCATION OF EXCLUSIVE LEON CUPRA R

Fresh from wowing the crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show just a few weeks ago, the Leon CUPRA R, SEAT’s most powerful and exclusive car to date, is now available to order priced at £34,995 on-the-road. A limited production run has been confirmed for the eagerly-awaited Leon CUPRA R, a model that will combine power and performance with sophisticated styling and a premium finish. Just 799 models will be built for global sale in the first half of 2018, of which 24 are initially destined for the UK. Since its unveiling, SEAT has been overwhelmed by initial customer interest. It’s not hard to see why. The Leon CUPRA 300 is a great platform from which to start and the firm’s R&D team have taken full advantage by upgrading the standard car with a series of enhancements to create the finest Leon road car yet, the CUPRA R. Among the improvements on the technical side are a new steering system, modified camber angles on the front axle, four piston Brembo brake callipers and crucially, a retuned exhaust system with even racier note. In terms of performance, the Leon CUPRA R is limited to 155 mph and will despatch 0-62 mph in just 5.8 seconds. In the UK, the new front-wheel-drive SEAT Leon CUPRA R, boasting 310PS, will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. Two metallic paint options are available, Monsoon Grey and Midnight Black, both of which are included in the car’s price. The Leon CUPRA looks have also been given even greater impact in ‘R’ form, through carbon fibre details for the rear spoiler, lower lip spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser. The newly extended wheel arches and the front also benefit from a more powerful design around the air intakes. Copper colouring is also a key theme and comes into play on the door mirrors, CUPRA tailgate lettering, and copper and black 19-inch CUPRA R alloy wheels. Inevitably, as the flagship of the Leon CUPRA range, the R also ushers in an upgraded interior. The copper treatment continues on the inside, with the hue being carried through to the detailing on the dashboard, centre console, door panel stitching and steering wheel CUPRA logo. Rounding off the sport-oriented look and feel is Alcantara® for the gearstick, steering wheel and front bucket seats with copper stitching. Underlining their exclusivity, each car will also feature a numbered plaque. The equipment specification of the Leon CUPRA R is as impressive as its looks and performance. Over the Leon CUPRA 300, the new flagship receives KESSY (Keyless Enter & Go with Wireless Phone Charger), Winter Pack (heated front seats and headlight washers), rear view camera, Safety Pack (Tiredness recognition System and rear seatbelt reminder), BeatsAudio sound system with 10 speakers, adaptive cruise control and lastly, Navigation System High (eight-inch touchscreen, Full Link, dynamic route guidance with 3D map display and 3D emblematic buildings, 10GB hard disk drive). UK customer ordering is open now, although given initial customer enquiry levels, SEAT is not expecting them to hang around for long. More information on the new SEAT Leon CUPRA R is available at our SEAT Showrooms in Bedford and Northampton.

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6th December 2017

RENAULT ZOE NAMED BEST USED GREEN CAR AT WHAT CAR? USED CAR AWARDS 2018

The all-electric Renault ZOE has been recognised by What Car? judges for the second time this year having now picked up the title of ‘Best Used Green Car’ at the What Car? Used Car Awards 2018. This new accolade comes after the ZOE was named ‘Best Electric Car’ at the What Car? New Car Awards 2017 in January. The Renault ZOE was recognised by What Car?’s used car gurus for its hassle-free, user-friendly motoring as well as its practicality and spacious cabin. Since launch in the UK in 2013, Renault has almost doubled the ZOE’s range from 130 miles (NEDC) to 250 miles (NEDC) thanks to technological advancements such as an increased battery capacity and an uprated motor. Commenting on the decision to award the 100 per cent electric ZOE, Alex Robbins, Used Cars Editor, What Car?, said: “Electric cars are gaining in popularity, and the Renault ZOE is one of those we have to thank. What’s so impressive about the ZOE is just how hassle-free it is to drive. Conventional, easy-to-understand controls make it so user-friendly that it’s a doddle for anyone used to driving a normal, combustion-engined automatic to get to grips with. But it’s also practical and spacious inside, and thanks to its zippy electric drivetrain, it’s quick and easy to drive around town. Best of all, as a used buy, it’s now looking like terrific value. It truly is an electric car for the masses.” Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Renault UK, said of the result: “For the fully electric ZOE to be recognised by What Car? judges is truly fantastic. In January, What Car? confirmed that the 2017 model year ZOE was the Best New Electric Car, whilst now it has also been named as the Best Used Green Car. This means that no matter what their budget, owners can be a part of the electric motoring revolution, safe in the knowledge that the ZOE comes well recommended. We’re delighted that What Car? has recognised the ZOE’s talents for both new and used car buyers.” The Renault ZOE is an all-electric, five-door supermini available in a choice of three trim levels and with two battery options. Despite its affordability, the entry level Expression Nav comes with a high level of standard specification including items such as climate control and the 7-inch touch screen R-Link 2 infotainment system with sat nav. In Dynamique Nav, the features include hands free keycard, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. The new top-of-the-range Signature Nav trim provides buyers with features including supple leather upholstery, a seven speaker BOSE® audio system, heated front seats and a rear parking camera.  With the new R90 motor and Z.E.40 battery, ZOE’s range is 250 miles (NEDC) – Renault estimates that in real-world driving conditions that this equates to around 186 miles in summer and 124 miles in cold winter conditions. ZOE can charge from zero to 80 per cent full in as little as 60 minutes thanks to its patented Chameleon Charger™ that allows it to make the most of the widest range of power supplies and also keep charging times to a minimum. Renault’s Range OptimiZer technology ensures ZOE is highly efficient with its heat pump, a bi-modal braking system and Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres.  ZOE is available to purchase in two ways. Firstly, under a battery hire scheme, where ZOE pricing starts at £14,245 (OTR) after the Government Plug-in Car Grant with battery leasing from £49 per month. New for 2017 is the ‘Unlimited’ option with no mileage cap, priced at £110 per month. It is easy to purchase a used ZOE with a battery lease – the new owner simply chooses which leasing option suits their needs the best and starts monthly payments based on their lease plan. You can also buy the ZOE outright. ZOE i ‘full purchase’ models start from £18,995 (OTR) after the Government Plug-in Car Grant, giving the buyer full ownership of the car and battery and no monthly battery lease payment. ZOE is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe and more than 4,500 ZOE have been sold since launching in the UK in 2013. ZOE is one of three models in Renault’s diverse electric vehicle range which also includes the Twizy quadricycle, the Kangoo Van Z.E. and the forthcoming Master Z.E. large panel van. For further information and test drives, please contact our Renault Sales team in Bedford or King's Lynn. All information correct at time of published date. All information and/or offers are subject to amendment or withdrawal without notice.

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29th November 2017

ALFA ROMEO RETURNS TO FORMULA 1

The prestigious Italian brand Alfa Romeo, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) today signed a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Swiss Sauber F1 Team for participation in the Formula 1 world championship beginning with the 2018 season. The single-seaters will sport the distinctive colors and logo of Alfa Romeo, the team’s Title Sponsor, and will be equipped with 2018 Ferrari power units. The scope of the agreement includes strategic, commercial and technological cooperation in all applicable areas of development, including access to engineering know-how and the expertise of Alfa Romeo technical staff. This partnership will provide additional opportunities for the two organizations in both Formula 1 and the automotive sector in general. The official name will be Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, said: “This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula 1. The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience. The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team. At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.” Pascal Picci, Chairman of Sauber Holding AG, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team. Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in Grand Prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport. Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects. We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.” The return of Alfa Romeo, one of the major protagonists in Formula 1 history, is expected to contribute significantly to the appeal and future development of the sport. Alfa Romeo brings with it technological know-how and a large and passionate fan base, while participation in the championship also offers benefits for the brand in areas such as technology transfer and road safety. Alfa Romeo is known around the world for its racing heritage and technological excellence. The undisputed champion of the pre-war Grand Prix (in 1925, the GP Tipo 2 dominated the first World Championship), Alfa Romeo participated in Formula 1 from 1950 to 1988, both as a constructor and engine supplier. Immediately upon its debut, Alfa Romeo won the first two drivers’ world championships, in 1950 and 1951, with drivers Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. From 1961 to 1979, Alfa Romeo participated as engine supplier to several F1 teams. Following its return as a constructor in 1979, Alfa Romeo achieved its best result in 1983, taking sixth place in the constructors’ championship. More than 30 years after withdrawing as a competitor from Formula 1 (1985), the brand is returning with the clear intention to make its mark. About Alfa Romeo and FCA Alfa Romeo is a historic brand of FCA Group. Since its founding in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. In every Alfa Romeo, technology and passion converge to produce a true work of art. Fully reviving Alfa Romeo’s spirit and maximizing its global appeal has been one of FCA’s priorities. Following a clear and well-defined strategy, Alfa Romeo is writing a new chapter in its more than century-long history that represents an extraordinary opportunity to realize the brand’s full potential. Today, Alfa Romeo is a true showcase of the Group’s best resources, talent and technological know-how. Alfa Romeo is winning the hearts of a new generation and retaking its rightful position as one of the world’s most desired premium brands. It is, once again, one of the leading symbols of Italian engineering and style, an icon of Italy’s technological excellence and creative spirit. FCA designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts and services, components and production systems worldwide through 162 manufacturing facilities, 87 R&D centers, and dealers and distributors in more than 150 countries. In addition to Alfa Romeo, its stable of brands include Abarth, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati and Mopar, the parts and service brand. The Group’s businesses also include Comau (production systems), Magneti Marelli (components) and Teksid (iron and castings). FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA”. About Sauber Motorsport In 1970 Peter Sauber founded his company and designed his first racing car in the cellar of his parents’ house. The race team grew steadily and enjoyed its first major international successes in the late 1980s. As the Mercedes works team, Sauber celebrated a one-two victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1989 and back-to-back Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the World Sports Car Championship in 1989 and 1990. In 1993 Sauber entered Formula One. Among the team’s F1 highlights have been a fourth-place finish in the Constructors’ World Championship in 2001 as an independent team and – in partnership with BMW – a one-two finish in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix on the way to third place in the constructors’ standings that year. In 2010 Sauber became an independent outfit once again. 2012 was a very good year of the Sauber F1 Team, headlined by four podium finishes, 126 World Championship points and sixth place in the constructors’ standings. The 11th October 2012 marked a milestone in the history of the team – the day when Sauber stepped down as Team Principal and passed on the baton to Monisha Kaltenborn. Between 1993 and the end of 2016 the team contested 424 grand prix in Formula One. In 2017 the Sauber F1 Team celebrates another milestone: it is the 25th Formula One season in the teams’ history. The fourth oldest Formula 1 team starts together with its new owner, Longbow Finance S. A., into a new era. In 2017, Frédéric Vasseur was named as the new Managing Director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG, and Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team. Sauber has its headquarters in Hinwil, in the Swiss canton of Zurich. The team’s state of the art factory houses manufacturing facilities and offices spanning an area of 15,600 square meters and boasts one of the most advanced wind tunnels in F1.

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8th November 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES i30 N PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the i30 N, which will go on sale in the UK on 4th January. 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 Nürburgring, 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 features a host of standard equipment in line with the rest of the i30 range, including LED head and tail lights, Smart Adaptive Speed Control, Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button, 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. i30 N also offers an array of performance equipment, including 18” alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, Electronically Controlled Suspension, 17” ventilated front brake discs with 16” rear and manually operated hand brake. The performance equipment continues with the i30 N’s Torque Vectoring System and steering wheel mounted Drive Mode Buttons, where the driver can access and customise engine and suspension settings. Priced from £27,995 on the road, the i30 N Performance offers additional performance-specific equipment, including 19” alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres of a compound that’s specific to the i30 N, an additional 25PS of power, Electronical Limited Slip Differential and 18” ventilated front brake discs with 17” rear. The i30 N Performance also adds interior equipment, including leather and suede seats with electrical operation on the driver’s and passenger’s seats. i30 N Performance also includes an Active Variable Exhaust System which allows the vehicle to reveal its playful character with ‘crackle’ and ‘pop’ sounds from the exhaust when in N or Custom drive mode. Both i30 N models feature standard 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as found in other i30 models with the addition of N specific functions such as drive mode display, suspension, engine and transmission set up, lap timer, acceleration timer and performance gauges including engine torque, turbo boost and g force display. The i30 N models also feature a bespoke instrument cluster with a 4.2” LCD displaying a number of drive mode and vehicle control settings, shift timing lights and a variable LED tachometer, with a maximum engine rev light which adjusts according to engine temperature. The cluster also features soft blue lighting and the Hyundai N logo. Other shared equipment includes Launch Control to assist the driver with maximum acceleration from a standing start, Rev Match Function to eliminate the need for heel and toe gear changes, and Brake Control knock back pre-fill to maximise braking response after high g-load cornering. Body performance modifications over the standard i30 bring additions including re-inforced front suspension strut rings, strengthened front sub frame and a central tunnel support bracket. The body modifications continue inside with the addition of a rear stiffness bar across the rear wheel arch lowers. For the more focussed driver, the i30 N Performance also offers a no cost option of cloth seats in place of the standard leather and suede, providing a weight saving of 12.7 kgs. In outright performance terms, both i30 N and i30 N Performance are electronically limited to 155 miles per hour, with the 0-62 sprint reached in 6.4 and 6.1 seconds respectively. Both models share a “standard” torque figure of 353Nm between 1500 – 4700 rpm, however the 2.0 turbocharged inline 4 engine can also deliver an additional 25Nm of torque during its over boost function, which is available at all times dependant on exhaust temperature. The i30 N range is available in 6 colours - Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. Alongside these there is also a new N specific colour of Performance Blue, inspired by Hyundai Motorsports WRC and TCR programmes. 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.” All i30 N models come with Hyundai’s industry leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, 5 Year Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty.

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20th October 2017

WINTER OFFERS FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki Financial Services are pleased to announce their Winter PCP Finance offers across the range. A PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) agreement is an ideal route for customers who want to purchase a new Suzuki with a low deposit and a low monthly cost. Its popular Celerio SZ2 City car is available for just £89 per month payable over 48 months after a deposit of £1,945 is made and with an optional final payment of £2,206 required to keep the car. As an alternative, a deposit of just £131 can be made to drive away an SZ2 followed by 48 monthly payments of £131 and an optional final payment of £2,206. Launched in January, the Ignis SZ3 is priced at £10,999 and is available for £159 per month over 48 months with a deposit of £1,212 and optional final payment of £3,770. The Ignis range is very well equipped as standard with highly efficient 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, air conditioning, DAB radio, six airbags, rear privacy glass and body coloured door mirrors all included as standard specification. One year’s free insurance and three years free servicing is also included across the Ignis range when the PCP option is taken up. The all new Swift was launched in June and the 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T is available on PCP with Zero per cent APR plus Nil deposit at a cost of £199 per month. This is a 42 month agreement  with a final payment of £5,135. Swift SZ-T is highly equipped with DAB Radio, air conditioning, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front foglamps. For an additional £22 per month, customers can step up to an SZ5 manual transmission model which offers SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) for even greater fuel efficiency as well as keyless entry / start, Auto air conditioning, Dual Camera Brake Support and LED Headlights, all as standard equipment. Moving up to Baleno, a customer saving of £2,000 is available on the SZ3 model and £1,500 on the SZ-T and SZ5 models when linked to the 5.9 per cent PCP agreement. Taking an SZ3 as an example, a deposit of £813 is required followed by 48 monthly payments of £159 and an optional final payment of £3,643. For the Vitara models and highlighting the 1.6-litre petrol SZ-T 2WD, a £2,849 deposit is required followed by 36 monthly payments of £199 with an optional final payment of £7,486 to keep the car.  For customers considering an SZ-T Vitara with ALLGRIP or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, the monthly payments increase by £30 together with a small increase in initial deposit. Standard equipment specification for the Vitara SZ4 models upwards includes seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning, front and rear electric windows and projector headlamps. SZ-T adds Silver 17-inch alloy wheels, Smartphone Link Audio and Navigation system. For S-Cross models, a £2,500 Customer saving is included for Q4 when linked to a PCP agreement which reduces the list price of an SZ4 model down from £16,999 to £14,499. 48 monthly payments of £189 are required after a deposit of £2,621 and the optional final payment for this model S-Cross is £4,790. Continuation of Suzuki Scrappage Scheme. As part of Suzuki GB PLC’s ongoing commitment to promoting the benefits of ownership of new lower emission vehicles meeting Euro 6 legislation, the Suzuki Scrappage Scheme has recently been extended. This offers private retail new car buyers up to £2,000 off the price of selected new Suzuki models when they trade in a car registered before the end of 2009. Any make of petrol, diesel or hybrid car can be traded in although they must be pre-Euro 5 emissions standard. Furthermore, as part of the initiative, any model supplied by a customer needs to have been owned in their own name for at least 90 days and then in turn must be scrapped by the dealership via the industry recognised AutoGreen recycling channel. The scrappage savings cannot be combined with the latest Winter Suzuki new car offers which are available until 31st December 2017.  

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20th October 2017

MOTORVOGUE SUCCESS EXPANDS DEALERSHIP OFFERING IN BEDFORD

Motorvogue are delighted to announce the construction of a brand-new 8 car Renault and Dacia showroom, along with a substantial extension to our existing multi-brand dealership at Interchange Park, Bedford – currently home of Fiat, Abarth, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, SEAT and Hyundai. Its anticipated the new showroom will be open for business in Autumn, 2018. The new addition of Renault and Dacia to the retail park will support the relocation of the original Renault and Dacia franchise from Clapham, Bedfordshire, closer to the centre of Bedford. There will be a wider selection of 60 used cars available, with plenty of on-site customer parking, all in a much more accessible location. This will build on Motorvogue’s current premises which comprises 11,000 sq ft, plus an external display area for 120 cars and a vehicle preparation and servicing centre of 6,000 sq ft. Jon Pochin, managing director, said: “This exciting new development will bring further jobs and investment to the town. Building on the huge success we’ve enjoyed at Interchange Park, we’re excited to bring a new Renault and Dacia showroom to the area. Our expansion marks another key milestone and will support further growth of the business. I’m very proud to represent the Renault and Dacia brands, both of which have a fantastic range of vehicles, and I believe our customers will love the new showroom.”  The existing showroom in the village of Clapham, on the outskirts of Bedford, will remain as a used car and commercial vehicle showroom and will still offer full servicing facilities, meaning customers can choose the location that’s more convenient for them.   Motorvogue has gone from strength to strength. Managing Director Jon Pochin opened the first Motorvogue site in Northampton, with the brand-new, purpose-built Bedford Showroom opening in 2015. 2016 saw Motorvogue acquire the former Wests Garage business in Bedford and King’s Lynn, bringing the total number of brands represented to ten.

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5th October 2017

UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION CONFIRMED FOR NEW SEAT ARONA

SEAT’s eagerly awaited New Arona is now available to order in the UK, priced from £16,555. The fourth new model from the Barcelona-based brand in just 18 months is its first foray into the crucial compact crossover class, and it also ushers in an innovative new approach to simplifying customer choice for easier car buying. The New Arona, named after a town on the sun-kissed island of Tenerife, is the baby brother to the Ateca SUV and will be looking to replicate the huge success which its larger sibling has had in its own class in recent months. The SEAT Arona is the first compact crossover in the Volkswagen Group to use the state-of-the-art vehicle platform, MQB A0, the same as New Ibiza, majoring on stylish design, flexible practicality, top-draw quality and technology. One of the key aspects to the launch of the New Arona, is SEAT’s bold approach to making the car buying process as easy as possible. Whether it’s online or in showroom, potential buyers will be heartened to see that the forward-thinking brand has introduced a stress-free range line-up. In short, to find their ideal model, customers simply choose from three elements: trim level, engine and colour. It’s that easy. There are no myriad options or packs to weigh up, enabling new owners to get behind the wheel of the exciting new crossover with the minimum of fuss. To accommodate this thinking, the New Arona is being offered in six trims, each equipped with features today’s customers want and which will help the vehicle retain its value. The grades dovetail with other SEAT models, with SE, FR and XCELLENCE, but, with each level expanded into additional versions that add in more equipment: SE Technology, FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux. And for those who want to reap the rewards of being some of the first Arona owners, the SE and XCELLENCE First Edition models come even better equipped for a limited period. Model grades and equipment The SE grade may be “step one” in the new Arona range, but it’s several rungs up the specification ladder compared to many entry-level models, including metallic paint as standard, usually a £500-plus extra with its competition. The exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-colour roof, black roof rails, chrome front grille, power-adjustable door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front cornering fog lights and automatic headlights. Inside, there’s air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, split-folding rear seat, handy double boot floor, electric windows front and rear, chrome detailing and leather trim for the gear knob and handbrake. SEAT’s Media System Colour provides a five-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio with FM/AM/DAB radio, Bluetooth and aux-in/USB connections. SEAT’s comprehensive safety and driver assistance features include Front Assist, Multi-Collision Braking, Hill Hold Control and Tiredness Recognition System. That’s all in addition to cruise control, a full complement of front-side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and ISOFIX child seat mounts. For anyone wanting more sophisticated connectivity and navigation features, the SE Technology models upgrade with the Connectivity Pack Plus. This provides a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen and proximity sensor and a navigation package that provides 3D map display and voice control. SEAT Full Link provides seamless connection with compatible smartphones using MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. There’s also a wireless phone charger, an additional USB port, two SD card slots and rear parking sensors. This isn’t the limit of possibilities with SE models, as the SE Technology First Edition – exclusively with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS engine – goes even further. Extra kit includes a Storage Pack (front-centre arm rest, drawer beneath driver’s seat and load anchorage points in the boot), Winter Pack (heated front seats and heated washer nozzles), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, coming/leaving home headlight functions, heated/folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control. Moving up from SE Technology to FR grade, the Arona gains plenty of sporty style, in features such as the 17-inch Dynamic alloys, full LED headlights, chrome roof rails, dark-tinted rear windows, twin tailpipes and (heated/folding) door mirrors with casings that match the contrast roof colour. Inside, the FR is equipped with sports front seats and an exclusive flat-bottom steering wheel, multi-colour ambient lighting and FR-exclusive trim details also set the theme. SEAT Drive Profile lets the driver adjust vehicle performance and handling through four different modes (Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual) and the suspension is sports-tuned for sharper handling. Rear disc brakes are added, together with an alarm, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coming/leaving home headlight functions and dual-zone climate control. For hotter looks and even more agile performance, the FR Sport models gain larger, 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, Dynamic Chassis Control and black Alcantara upholstery. Nearing the pinnacle of the Arona line-up, XCELLENCE trim majors on convenience and sophistication, matching the FR specification minus the dedicated sports features. Additional elements include the Storage Pack, KESSY keyless-entry-and-go, front seatback storage pockets, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Arona XCELLENCE Lux raises the bar with 18-inch Performance alloys, black Alcantara upholstery, the SEAT Drive Profile, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Park Assist. But for the no-holds-barred Arona indulgence, the XCELLENCE First Edition packs a powerful Beats Sound System, the Winter Pack and all you need for safe and simple parking manoeuvres – front sensor, rear-view camera and Park Assist. Powertrains At launch, the new Arona will be available with a choice of five powertrains that represent the best of modern engine technology, all featuring direct injection, turbocharging and an automatic stop-start function. There are three petrol units, each with an aluminium block. In order of output, they start with the 1.0 TSI 95 PS, matched to a five-speed manual gearbox; this is also available in 115 PS, and with an extra gear duly added to the transmission. Combined fuel economy is up to 57.6 miles per gallon with 111 g/km of CO2 emissions. The more powerful version of this three-cylinder unit will also be offered with DSG automatic transmission. FR and FR Sport models will live up to their dynamic looks with exclusive use of the 1.5 TSI 150 EVO engine, which makes adept use of automatic cylinder de-activation. The new Arona will also feature a 1.6 TDI engine, with 95 or 115 PS – the former optionally available with DSG. Colours The new Arona offers a bright spectrum of colours (including Desire Red and Mystery Blue) and the chance for customers to make their car stand out with up to 30 different combinations, matching or contrasting the finish for the lower body and roof and pillars. Three roof colour choices are available – black, grey and orange. New Arona Pricing On-the-road prices for the new Arona start at £16,555 for the SE 1.0 TSI 95. Orders can be placed now, ahead of UK showroom launch on 17 November 2017.  

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5th October 2017

TYRE SAFETY MONTH KICKS OFF WITH A QUESTION ? ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD OR BAD AIR DAY?

As Tyre Safety Month kicks off, TyreSafe has a question for you – Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day? It’s likely you’re having a bad air day and don’t even realise it. That’s because more than half the tyres on Britain’s cars and vans are being driven underinflated. That increases their chances of being involved in a tyre-related incident on the roads. Not only does the vehicle become more difficult to control, the amount of tyre in contact with the road can be halved. If it isn’t touching the road properly, a tyre’s grip is compromised, meaning it takes longer to stop, especially in the wet. Driving with underinflated tyres also runs up unnecessary bills. A tyre can wear 10% more quickly if it’s 10% below the manufacturer’s recommended settings and the extra effort needed to turn the wheels means the vehicle burns use more fuel. In fact, research by TyreSafe shows an extra £600* million is potentially being spent on fuel bills by drivers because their tyres are underinflated. It’s also adding to the amount of CO2 the vehicle burns. To reduce the risks while driving and save themselves money, drivers are reminded to check their air pressures at least once a month and before long journeys. Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Keeping tyres properly inflated is easy to do, keeps drivers and other road users safe, and saves money. It’s a win-win situation so it’s remarkable how many motorists don’t ensure the pressures are correct for the vehicle and the load it is carrying. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to start the routine of ensuring every driving day is a good air day.” Vehicles typically have two tyre pressure settings. These will need to be adjusted depending on whether the vehicle is fully loaded or has a light load. Most vehicles have these displayed either in the fuel filler cap, door shut or even glovebox, but they will certainly be in the owner’s handbook. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre at the same time and be sure the tread depth is above the minimum limit of 1.6mm and it’s in roadworthy condition without cuts bumps or bulges. For more information on tyre checks, visit tyresafe.org

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29th September 2017

ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO SETS NEW RECORD FOR FASTEST PRODUCTION SUV AT NüRBURGRING

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has set the new benchmark for a production SUV at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit, lapping the epic 12.9 mile Nordschleife in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. This new time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record. Italian driver Fabio Francia set the blistering lap record, the same driver who previously set the fastest Nürburgring track record for four-door saloons in the Giulia Quadrifoglio with a lap time of just 7 minutes and 32 seconds. Alfa Romeo’s first ever production SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands out thanks to its distinctive Italian style, advanced technology, innovative engines and excellent power-to-weight ratio. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials, such as a carbon fibre driveshaft, to deliver segment-leading torsional rigidity, direct steering and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The range-topping high-performance SUV is powered by an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-litre 24-valve Twin-Turbo intercooled V6 engine, delivering 510hp and 600Nm of torque, which is coupled with the Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with specific settings for shifting in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. Designed to enhance the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminium 2.9-litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low centre of gravity within the chassis. Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension and cylinder deactivation to maximise fuel efficiency. A number of ultra-high performance options will be available on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, including Ultra-lightweight carbon fibre shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment while providing comfort for long road trips and ultra-high-performance, and a Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio range is now available in UK dealerships and the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio will join the line up in the UK in 2018.

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8th September 2017

SCRAPPAGE SCHEME AT MOTORVOGUE

We’re taking older less efficient cars off the road while making new cars even more affordable. If you own a Euro 1 to Euro 4 emissions rated car which was registered before 31st December 2009, you could trade it in and save up to £5,300 on a new car. Brands participating in the scheme are: Fiat Abarth Jeep Alfa Romeo Renault Citroën Suzuki Hyundai SEAT   Your car will be eligible if it was registered before 31st December 2009 and you have owned it for more than 90 days. On many schemes you can trade in petrol as well as diesel cars. The car you trade in can be any make too. The offers are on now, however, some manufacturers offers end on September 30th, whilst others will run until December 31st.  In addition to the scrappage scheme offers available, we have a range of finance offers available for eligible customers too. For more information on the scheme, and to view eligible cars, click here Once you’ve chosen your car, contact us and we will take you through the rest of the process, it’s that simple.  

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22nd August 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR’S NEXT-GEN FUEL CELL SUV PROMISES RANGE AND STYLE

Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUV’s official launch early next year. At a special preview event held in Seoul, the near-production-ready version exhibited its impressive capabilities while revealing its futuristic design. The yet-to-be-named model embodies Hyundai Motor’s commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development.  Fourth generation fuel cell systemThe new SUV shown at the special event previews Hyundai Motor’s second commercially produced hydrogen model and uses the company’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The vehicle, its capabilities and fuel cell technologies are an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s global research, development and real-world evaluation programs. The new vehicle reinforces the company’s leadership in fuel cell-based electric-powertrain systems, created with expertise honed through the world’s first commercial production of a fuel cell vehicle in 2013.  The new fuel cell model was developed on four key pillars that focus on fuel cell system efficiency, performance (maximum output), durability, and tank storage density.  Fuel cell system efficiency: By enhancing fuel cell performance, reducing hydrogen consumption, and optimizing key components, the vehicle’s efficiency is greatly improved compared to its predecessor, the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson Fuel Cell in some markets). The new SUV boasts an efficiency level of 60%, or a 9% increase from the ix35’s 55.3%. With enhanced system efficiency, the new model targets a driving range of 800km on a single charge (based on New European Driving Cycle standards). Performance (maximum output): The new model’s maximum output is enhanced by 20% compared to its predecessor, boasting an impressive 163PS of power. The fuel cell SUV also improves the car’s cold start capability, overcoming the challenges of starting fuel cell vehicles in temperatures below freezing point. The vehicle’s architecture is optimized to allow it to be started at -30 degrees Celsius (22 degrees Fahrenheit), by incorporating key components in the fuel stack developed by Hyundai Motor. In addition to boosting the new car’s capabilities, the enhanced components – such as MEA (membrane electrode assembly) and bipolar plates – also helped to reduce production costs.  Durability: By employing highly durable catalyst technology, the new hydrogen-powered SUV ensures even greater longevity than its predecessor.  Hydrogen storage: The next generation hydrogen vehicle makes significant improvements in tank storage density. The tank package now features three equally-sized tanks, as opposed to two of different sizes. World-class tank gravimetric capacity (hydrogen storage mass per tank weight) was achieved through innovations to the plastic liner configuration and efficient layering pattern, which resulted in a reduction of thickness.  The mass-produced new vehicle will also feature advanced driver assistance technologies, alongside its extensive hydrogen-powered range. The details of the new ADAS features will be disclosed in January at the 2018 CES, along with the official model name. “With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, Senior Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center. “Hyundai Motor will take lead in developing and producing green energy vehicles that would ultimately complement a near-zero emission society.”  Futuristic design inspired by natureThe new FCEV inherits striking design features from the FE Concept, which was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The new model builds on the earlier concept’s design, taking an organic and flowing form, inspired by nature – namely water, the car’s only emission – with the clean design emphasizing its non-polluting nature.  The new vehicle embodies pure and serene design, which reflects its calming presence on the road. It also exhibits a confident, charismatic SUV stance, that reflects its capabilities to travel long distances and explore remote places, all while being in harmony with nature.  A number of minimalist design elements highlight the model’s technical maturity and cutting-edge technology. The simple full width position lamps create a futuristic effect that again reflects nature, representing the edge of the horizon.  The high-tech look is augmented by low-drag elements that accentuate the clean and calm design. The door handles sit flush to the car, while the air curtain – in conjunction with the air tunnel inside the D-pillar – maximizes aerodynamic efficiency. The SUV’s wheel design aims to capture both captivating style and optimized low drag airflow with a specialized two-piece construction.  The clean and simple interior layout intuitively integrates high-tech elements, to avoid clutter and emphasize a calming presence. The wide dashboard with its high console reinforces the superior SUV-style driving position and incorporates the ergonomically-designed intuitive controls and AV display screen.  Reflecting the exterior design, the interior features subdued yet sophisticated colors inspired by nature. The understated tones help create an ultramodern environment, complemented by industry leading bio-materials with eco-friendly certification. Completing the futuristic finish is a unique blend of woven fabric and suede used for accents in the seat design. New eco-vehicle development roadmapThe new model will spearhead Hyundai Motor’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s renewed goal of introducing 31 eco-friendly models (Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors combined) to global markets by 2020. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor and its affiliate toward realizing the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles. Hyundai Motor plans to take a multi-pronged approach to its eco-vehicle program. The company is committed to a future vehicle line-up comprising a variety of powertrain options – electric, hybrid and fuel cell – to suit customers’ varied lifestyles.  Spurred on by greater global demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, the roadmap sets out the brand’s goal of leading the global popularization of hybrid vehicles, expanding its lineup to SUVs and large vehicles. Another part of the plan is the development of 4WD and FR (Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive) variants, building on its proprietary Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) system, which was developed in 2011.  While Hyundai Motor continues to develop its leadership of the electric vehicle market with its current IONIQ model, the company also aims to establish a lineup ranging from small EVs to large and luxurious Genesis-brand models. Hyundai Motor’s electric vehicle development will take place in multiple phases: Launch of EV version of the Kona compact SUV, with range of 390km in first half of 2018Launch of Genesis EV model in 2021Launch of long-range EV, with 500km range after 2021 Furthermore, Hyundai Motor will develop its first dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles, which will allow the company to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges.  Hyundai Motor will also strengthen its global leadership in hydrogen fuel cell technology. This will center on enhancing research and development efforts to boost FCEV performance and durability, while also making the technology smaller and cheaper so that it can be applied to smaller sedans. As part of these efforts, Hyundai Motor will unveil a new hydrogen-powered bus in the fourth quarter of this year. Hydrogen Society within everyone’s reachHyundai Motor will also take part in the Hydrogen House, projected by the Seoul city government, displaying prototypes of the new fuel cell vehicle starting today until November 17 that will promote emission-free fuel cell vehicles and a Hydrogen Society. It is through initiatives like this that Hyundai Motor will demonstrate how a Hydrogen Energy Society could be realized in the not-too-distant future.  Hyundai Motor, the world’s first automaker to have introduced a mass production line for hydrogen fuel cell cars, has supplied fuel cell vehicles since 2013, and now sells them in 18 countries around the world. The company began researching fuel cell technology in 1998 and developed its first fuel cell vehicle based on the Santa Fe SUV, as part of a collaboration with CaFCP (California Fuel Cell Partnership).  Through numerous years of development and production, Hyundai Motor has proved that fuel cell vehicles are as competitive as internal combustion engine cars in terms of safety and reliability. Hyundai Motor will reveal the new hydrogen SUV early next year in Korea, followed by the North American and European markets. The company will also consider expanding availability of its new fuel cell model to markets with high growth potential for eco-friendly vehicles such as China.

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22nd August 2017

DACIA OFFERS FIVE YEAR WARRANTY WITH ITS GREAT VALUE FINANCE DEALS THIS SUMMER

No-nonsense car brand Dacia is continuing its range of great value finance offers this summer. A free five year extended warranty is standard on all new Dacias (excluding Access versions) purchased through the RCI Dacia Dimensions Scheme, on a four year PCP or HP deal.The offer spans the full, recently updated range of award-winning Dacia models, ensuring drivers can own a brand new hatchback, estate, compact crossover or SUV for a lot less than they may have thought. The offers applies to orders placed before the 30th September 2017 for cars registered until the 31st December 2017. The free five year warranty, usually worth up to £395 as an upgrade, replaces the standard three year warranty. Attracting a deposit contribution of £1000 for diesel versions and £500 for petrol models, the rugged and award-winning Duster, refreshed for 2017, is a highly tempting proposition to savvy SUV buyers. Purchased though a four-year Dacia Dimensions PCP package, the Duster in Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 specification is available from only £149 per month once customers have put down a deposit of £1,780 and also comes with the free five year extended warranty. Recently announced as one of the UK’s most affordable cars to own and run, and What Car? magazine’s ‘Best Small Car for less than £12,000’ for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, the neatly-packaged Sandero is now even more accessible. Via the four-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deal on the Ambiance SCe 75 model, the practical five-door hatchback can be purchased for as little as £89 per month with a customer deposit of £1,485 with the free five year extended warranty. Drivers that want a small crossover will want to check out the latest Sandero Stepway offers. Available with a £600 deposit contribution for diesel versions when bought on a four-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deal and £400 on petrol versions, the popular crossover costs from only £99 per month with a deposit of £2,370 for the Ambiance TCe 90 version with a free five year extended warranty. Equally big on space as it is on value, the Logan MCV comes with a £400 deposit contribution when purchased on a four-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deal. With a £2,078 deposit, customers can experience the model’s versatility and spacious interior from only £99 per month with a free five year warranty. Dacia has sold more than 100,000 vehicles in the UK since it was launched here in 2013 with more than 4.5 million Dacias sold since the brand was relaunched by Groupe Renault in Europe in 2004. For more information about Dacia’s model range, current offers and full terms and conditions, please contact us. 

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22nd August 2017

2017 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP TITLE WITHIN BUSHELL’S GRASP AT ROCKINGHAM

Northamptonshire’s unique ‘NASCAR’ style Rockingham circuit hosts the Renault UK Clio Cup’s latest two rounds (Sat 26/Sun 27 August) with Mike Bushell (Tunbridge Wells) in with a chance of being crowned Champion there live on ITV4. The maths are simple: if Bushell stretches his current championship lead of 98 points to 137 at Rockingham he will be the 2017 Champion. A maximum of 68 is possible from Rockingham’s ‘double-header’ (32 per win; another two per fastest lap) with only 136 available from the season’s final four races, at nearby Silverstone and then Brands Hatch in Kent… Bushell can’t win it in Rockingham’s first race but he can in the second – being held on the Sunday along with the latest rounds of the British Touring Car Championship and being broadcast live across the UK on ITV4. The title would be his second after he won it in 2014 (then, as now, with Team Pyro). Championship records also within Bushell’s sightsWinning it this early, with four races still to go, would also be quite a feat. Only one driver, Dave Newsham in 2010, has won the title so speedily before. Significantly Newsham is one of a dozen or more ex-UK Clio Cup drivers now starring in the BTCC… Furthermore arriving at Rockingham Bushell is on a roll… He’s won the last four races to make it seven out of 12 and if he adds victories in both races at Rockingham he will also equal the most consecutive wins record of six set in 2005 by Jonathan Adam (the reigning British GT Champion). So who can stop him?However eight other drivers could in theory yet pip Bushell to the crown. WDE Motorsport team-mates Paul Rivett (Epsom Downs) and Lee Pattison (Halifax) and Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates (Scorton) are his closest challengers while DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom (Kidderminster) and PP/Westbourne’s James Colburn (Worthing) lay in wait… WDE’s Dan Zelos (Dereham), Westbourne’s James Dorlin (Barnsley) and Pyro’s Nathan Harrison (Oxford) are the big outsiders. Pattison (twice), Coates, Dorlin and Colburn are the other race winners so far; incredibly triple Champion Rivett has still to register a win in 2017. He holds the record for most wins around Rockingham – three, along with Bushell and 2016 Champion Ant Whorton-Eales (also now in the BTCC). Adding to Pyro’s ranks are Jack McCarthy (Bromley) and Lucas Orrock (Cambridge). McCarthy is embroiled in the Graduates Trophy tussle for young, first year drivers with Harrison and Dorlin. Pyro also narrowly heads WDE in a tight teams’ battle… In the thick of it!Northampton-based JamSport hopes to get its young signing Aaron Thompson (Romford) right up the sharp end on home ground. Expect Ciceley trio Luke Reade (Dartford), Jade Edwards (Aylesbury) and Sam Osborne (Worksop), Westbourne’s Sam Randon (Derby), WDE’s Nicolas Hamilton (Welwyn Garden City) and STR’s Shawn Taylor (Norwich) all to be in the thick of it. 16-year-olds to debut/lap records under threat…Meanwhile Rockingham marks the debuts of two of the youngest drivers in championship history, 16-year-old newcomers Bradley Burns (Farnham) and Zak Fulk (Guildford) who both line up with Pyro. Making Rockingham unique is the fact it is the only anti-clockwise circuit on the calendar, its configuration 50 per cent made up of the venue’s banked oval track, the other half a twisting infield section. Its track surface is also highly abrasive and the new Michelin tyre the UK Clio Cup has switched to for 2017 could come into its own – indeed there have been new qualifying and race lap records aplenty so far this season. Where and when to watchThe Renault UK Clio Cup’s drivers will first be on track at Rockingham on the Friday (25 August) for two timed test sessions, allowing them to fine-tune their cars to the circuit’s characteristics. At 11:20 on Saturday comes the crucial half-hour timed qualifying session which will determine their starting grid positions for the two races (rounds 11 and 12 of the championship). Round 11 is also on the Saturday, at 16:10, and round 12 on Sunday, at 13:00. Both races are 14 laps in duration. As ever the event will be broadcast live on the Sunday on ITV4, from 10:45-17.30.

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9th August 2017

JEEP ANNOUNCES NEW LIMITED EDITION WRANGLER RUBICON RECON

Jeep continues to expand its popular range of Wrangler 4x4 vehicles with the introduction of a stunning new limited edition, the Rubicon Recon. Revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon brings to the most capable production vehicle in the world even greater capability, including more protection from the most severe, rugged off-road terrain. The new special edition model will offer improved 4x4 capability thanks to specific off-road components including a stronger front axle and heavy-duty cast rear differential covers. Based on the existing Wrangler Rubicon model, the new Recon adds attractive adventure styling to the legendary 4x4 capability and open air freedom, thanks to equipment such as 18-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal painted aluminium wheels, a black dual top (including both soft and hardtop options), and a dual-vented Power Dome hood with a black-silhouette "Rubicon" decal featuring red accent lettering on both sides. A Trail Rated logo with red accents, a black fuel filler door, and a black hard spare tyre cover complete the package. A black-and-red theme characterises the inside of the new Wrangler Rubicon Recon. Red accent stitching adorns the standard black leather heated seats with a "Rubicon" embroidered logo. Black vinyl-wrapped front door armrest and console lid with black stitching, red accent netting on front door pockets and the centre console, unique leather-wrapped steering wheel and red accent coloured seatbelts help to distinguish the Recon from the rest of the Wrangler line-up. The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon special-edition model comes in two- and four-door specification and is powered by Jeep’s 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine delivering 284 horsepower, matched to the automatic five-speed gearbox. It comes in three exterior colours: Gobi, Bright White, and Granite Crystal. The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will cost £40,505 OTR (two-door) and £42,175 (four-door) and is available to order from our Bedford and King's Lynn branches.

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9th August 2017

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED ‘BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY’ IN TOP FLEET AWARDS

High Wycombe, 25 July 2017 – A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the ‘Best Green Technology’ for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards – the ‘Techies’ – said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize. The Hyundai IONIQ is unique in offering separate hybrid, full electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains within one body type. It enables business car decision-makers to specify the IONIQ that best meets the needs of their drivers, depending on driving style, travel frequency, and the distances typically covered. The capabilities of the zero-emission IONIQ Electric are perfect for fleets focused on their carbon footprint or the lowest BIK rates for users. Completing the line-up of powertrain choices in 2017 is the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid, offering ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 26g/km and a BIK rate of just 9% for 2017/18. Users can experience up to 39 miles of pure electric driving, with a total range of 680 miles. Hyundai Motor’s Fleet team worked hard to ensure the IONIQ is as competitive as possible for fleets. The IONIQ Electric is best-in-class for service, maintenance and repair costs, with the lowest prices at both the 3yr/30,000-mile and 5yr/50,000-mile points. Vehicle benefit tax for the pure-electric model is just 7%, which means the cost for company car users starts from £405 per year – just £33.75 per month. The innovative use of ecologically sensitive materials in IONIQ’s cabin adds to its green credentials for environmentally-conscious fleets. Recycled plastic is combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone for the interior door covers, providing the same quality appearance as conventional oil-based plastics. Debbie Wood, BusinessCar’s editor, said; “Environmental concerns around transport have never been so topical and fleets are constantly on the lookout for greener solutions to help reduce their overall carbon footprint. This years’ Green Techies award proved to be a fiercely competitive category - but the Hyundai Ioniq emerged as the clear favourite. It’s the first car to be available as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a pure EV in one body type. Add to that its generous equipment levels, an understated and mainstream design, and a roomy interior and we think the Ioniq has all the essential ingredients needed for an award-winning green fleet car.” Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said, “The choice of three electrified powertrains in IONIQ represents a world first for fleet decision-makers, so it’s great to see that endorsed by industry experts. IONIQ is enabling new opportunities for Hyundai with business car users in the UK, and we’ve already seen orders surpassing expectations in the first half of 2017.” Hyundai has made rapid advances in fleet in recent years, with significant business growth, product innovations, process improvements, and a high level of customer service central to its success. The company’s latest accolade follows other wins, as ‘Green Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Best Plug-in Car’ at the Fleet News Awards, the ‘Best SME Aftersales Programme’ award from Business Car Manager, and the i10 being named ‘Best City Car’ in the Fleet World Honours earlier this year.

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9th August 2017

DACIA RATES AS ONE OF THE TOP BRANDS FOR RELIABILITY

Dacia has been rated as one the most reliable car brands out of 36 manufacturers in the 2017 Which? Car Guide – outperforming many well-established and premium brands. Dacia was awarded a five star brand reliability rating for its cars aged between zero to three years as well as its cars aged three to eight years old. The annual Which? Car Guide in 2017, measuring reliability and customer satisfaction, is based on feedback from more than 44,000 UK car owners based on their experience in the last 12 months. As well as breakdowns and faults, it considers repair costs, the time a car is off the road for repair and the most common fault types for each model. Commenting on the results, Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, said: “We’re delighted that Dacia has been rated as one of the most reliable car brands in the Which? Car Guide 2017. The results are yet another eliability of our models. The simple Dacia range offers great value for money motoring and the most affordable cars in their respective segments.” The owner rating is the latest in a number of accolades that Dacia has received in the UK since launching just over four years ago including What Car?’s ‘Best Small Car under £12,000’ for five consecutive years for the Sandero. Over four million Dacias have been sold since Groupe Renault reintroduced the brand in Europe in 2004.  Dacia was launched in the UK in 2013 and has sold over 100,000 cars to date.  For more information on the full Dacia range please contact us.

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9th August 2017

NEW CITROËN C3 AIRCROSS COMPACT SUV PRICING ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF 1 NOVEMBER 2017 ‘ON SALE’ DATE

New Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV will be officially ‘on sale’ in the UK from 1 November 2017. Pricing starts from just £13,995 OTR and offers class-leading space, modular design, connectivity and innovative technology solutions. The new generation SUV has been influenced by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme and is designed for ease of use. Citroën’s new SUV has the latest in Grip Control® technology with Hill Descent Assist and delivers continuous connectivity with the range debut of Wireless Smartphone Charging. New Citroën C3 Aircross is available to order in the UK now, with pricing starting from just £13,995 OTR and officially goes ‘on sale’ on 1 November 2017. New C3 Aircross marks the beginning of Citroën’s SUV offensive in Europe and enters the increasingly popular B-SUV segment. Set to shake-up the market with its highly customisable character – 85 personalisation combinations – and distinctive SUV design, New C3 Aircross introduces a number of new technologies to the Citroën range including Wireless Smartphone Charging and Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist.  Technology continues as a core theme in New C3 Aircross with 12 different technologies that assist your journey including voice controlled 3D navigation, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. New C3 Aircross also offers best-in-class space for maximum passenger comfort, with generous legroom in the front and rear, as well as an exceptional modular boot space with a volume of up to 520-litres. Available in three highly specified trim levels Touch, Feel and Flair, New C3 Aircross is enhanced by efficient, high-performance PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, as well as the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox. EXTERIOR DESIGN New C3 Aircross dominates the road with its raised ground clearance, elevated driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wheel arch extensions. The body styling is underscored by strong graphic features such as touches of colour on the roof bars, and the ‘Venetian Blind’ rear quarter-lights. The striking SUV has an unrivalled number of personalisation options. The exterior bi-tone roof, standard on the Flair trim level and available in three colours can be complimented by one of the four exterior colour pack options, giving a total of 85 combinations. New C3 Aircross also features the instantly recognisable coloured light surrounds, door mirrors, wheel centre caps, rear quarter window and roof bars. ON-BOARD WELL-BEING The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme has influenced the creation of New C3 Aircross SUV with features designed to emphasise a feeling of reassurance, comfort and calm. The ergonomically designed comfortable seats are paired with ingenious storage spaces and an uncluttered dashboard for passenger comfort. The continuous 360o glazed area and opening panoramic sunroof fill the cabin with light meaning even greater visibility for both the driver and passengers. The new-generation SUV offers a choice of five different interior ambiences comprising of special seat upholstery, a range of dashboard textures, door panel designs, and touches of colour on the central console surround, steering wheel, air vents and seat backs. New C3 Aircross boasts a generous and practical interior with a split sliding and folding rear bench, 60/40 split-folding and adjustable seat backs, perfect for long journeys. The class-leading boot space of 410-litres can be further extended up to 520-litres with the sliding rear bench option available on the Flair trim level. INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGIES New Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV introduces new technologies to the range including Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist. The enhanced traction system provides control and safety even on steep inclines reducing the risk of slipping or acceleration as the vehicle descends in forward or reverse gear. Citroën’s new SUV has up to 12 driving aids to further improve the driving experience, equipped with intuitive technology for safety and peace of mind. Features include the Colour Head-up Display, Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation, Active Safety Brake, Intelligent Beam Headlights, Park Assist, Top Rear Vision Reversing Camera, Keyless Entry and Start as well as Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring Systems. STAYING CONNECTED New C3 Aircross promises continuous connectivity and infotainment via a 7-inch touchscreen which groups together the key vehicle functions such as air conditioning, radio, telephone and Sat Nav. New C3 Aircross is the first Citroën model to be equipped with a Wireless Smartphone Charging function where motorists can simply place a latest-generation smartphone on the charging area of the central console and the battery will continuously charge while the engine is on. Other features include voice controlled 3D navigation via Citroën Connect Nav, Citroën Connect Box and also mirror screen function which is now available in Android Auto as well as MirrorLink® and Apple CarPlay™. To benefit from personalised information and support, customers can download the MyCitroën app for up-to-date data and reminders. ENGINES The efficient, high-performance powertrain options continue the technological theme with PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines as well as the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox available as part of the range. Want to know more? Contact our Citroën Branch on 01234 354257.

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9th August 2017

ALFA ROMEO ANNOUNCES UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR ALL-NEW STELVIO

Following its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Alfa Romeo has revealed the UK pricing and specification for its first ever SUV, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with prices starting from £33,990 OTR.  The Alfa Romeo Stelvio launches with an exclusive version for 2017 – the Milano Edizione to offer customers even greater functionality and style, while providing exceptional value for money. Four trim levels will be available from September including Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Super, Speciale and the limited production Milano Edizione. At launch, drivers will be able to choose between two engine versions – 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD and 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD – combined with an ZF eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.  The 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD engine offers best in class acceleration, going from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 143mph, while returning 40.4mpg* on the combined cycle and emitting just 161g/km* CO2. The 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD meanwhile, gives out 127g/km* CO2 and returns 58.9mpg* on the combined cycle, while still registering a top speed of 134mph and accelerating from zero to 62mph in 6.6 seconds.  From September the  Alfa Romeo Stelvio will also be available to order with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, producing 180hp and available in both Q4 all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, and a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with 200hp and Q4 all-wheel-drive. Featuring perfect 50/50 weight distribution, Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive architecture, best in class power-to-weight ratios and innovative engine and driver technologies, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio embodies everything a true Alfa Romeo should. Not only that, but the Alfa Romeo Stelvio can boast at being the lightest mid-size SUV in the sector thanks to its lightweight body structure and carbon fibre driveshaft, coming in at just 1,604kg for the 2.2-litre diesel 180hp RWD and up to 1,660kg for the 2.0-litre petrol 280hp Q4 AWD, only adding an extra 56kg for the all-wheel-drive system (AWD). Finding the perfect balance between driving experience and safety, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was recently awarded a coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating with a score of 97 per cent for the protection of adult occupants; the highest score in its category. Credited for its host of innovative safety systems, which come as standard across the full range, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio boasts Alfa Romeo’s segment-first Integrated Brake System, Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio stands out from the crowd thanks to its distinctive Italian design, expressed through its proportions and technical architecture leaving the impression of sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces, both inside and out.  From launch customers will have a choice of three trim levels and a limited production Milano Edizione. Alfa Romeo Stelvio The entry trim level ‘Stelvio’ offers a comprehensive standard specification. Standard exterior features include 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, LED rear lights and a double lateral chrome exhaust pipe. Inside, the cabin focuses on driver satisfaction with dual-zone climate control, Alfa™ D.N.A. rotary driving mode selector, a 3.5-inch TFT colour cluster instrument panel, UConnect™ 8.8-inch display infotainment system with DAB plus Bluetooth/AUX multimedia connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system and two front and two rear USB ports. A multi-function leather steering wheel, houses all the main controls so the driver can focus on the task at hand. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super The standard specification on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio trim level is supplemented on the Super version with a host of exclusive interior and exterior features. Exterior wise, the Super trim level adds 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and front parking sensors. The interior of the Super features an 8.8-inch infotainment system with 3D navigation system featuring European maps and 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, as well as a two-tone leather dashboard and leather and cloth upholstery. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Speciale Building on the Super trim, the Speciale features 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with red brake calipers, chrome window surround, Bi-Xenon 35W headlights and power folding door mirrors. Inside the cabin, the Speciale benefits from heated front leather seats with six-way adjustment and dedicated four-way power lumbar controls.  Aluminium shift paddles on the steering column co-ordinate with the aluminium interior finishing’s and metal pedals to complete the look. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Milano Edizione The Alfa Romeo Stelvio launch edition, Milano Edizione, offers customers even more functionality and style, while providing exceptional value for money. From 1910 to 1960, the iconic Alfa Romeo Badge encompassed the word ‘Miliano’ in its design, the birthplace of the brand, the origins of which are echoed in the Milano Edizione. The standard specification, adding to the Speciale trim, includes sporty leather seats, a 10 speaker Sound Theatre, 20-inch V-Spoke alloy wheels, keyless entry and an Athermic windscreen.  Privacy glass with black gloss window surround, electrically adjustable and heated front seats and a rear-view camera with dynamic grid lines enhance the standard specification. The  Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be in showrooms from September, with prices starting from £33,990 OTR for an Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2 180hp Diesel RWD. To stay up to date on the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio contact us today.

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28th June 2017

ALL-NEW IBIZA LEADS SUCCESS FOR SEAT AT AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS

The All-new SEAT Ibiza has landed its first major UK award, weeks before it even arrives on our shores, after being named Best Supermini at the 2017 Auto Express New Car Awards, announced at a ceremony this evening.  It’s a tremendous accomplishment for the super-stylish new model, asserting its market-leading potential and huge customer appeal. Established as the standard-bearer for the Spanish brand for more than 30 years, Ibiza enters its fifth generation in better shape than ever, on a brand new platform with impressive levels of handling, quality, refinement and technology.  Commenting on Ibiza’s class-leading quality, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler said: "The new Ibiza is a stunning supermini with a maturity we haven't experienced in this class before. We love the space, comfort and refinement as well as the style. But best of all is the price - this is a really affordable car to buy and run.”  His words back up the results of Auto Express’ first review on UK roads, which declared “there’s a new top dog in Britain’s favourite segment”.  Richard Harrison, SEAT UK Director, said: “This award provides a great launch pad for our most important new model launch of the year. We have worked hard to make this not only the best Ibiza yet, but also the best model in its class. We’re confident that in terms of all-round performance, style, quality and owner-appeal, it has what it takes to be a winner – and we’re delighted that Auto Express shares this opinion.  “Of course our ambitions do not end with the All-new Ibiza, it’s part of an exciting and ambitious new product programme that has already yielded great results with the launch of the Ateca SUV and the significant upgrades to our Leon family. The All-new Ibiza is the third car in our largest ever product offensive of four model launches in just 18 months, followed soon by the very exciting New Arona compact crossover which was unveiled to the world just last night in Barcelona.”  UK customers don’t have long to wait to discover just what the All-new Ibiza offers – the official launch for the brand’s striking new five-door supermini takes place across the country on 21 July. Ordering is already open, with an on-the-road starting price of just £13,130. More information is available at http://www.seat.co.uk/new-cars/new-ibiza/overview.html  While Ibiza grabbed the limelight, SEAT was further honoured by Auto Express with award commendations for the Ateca in the Mid-Sized SUV category and for Alhambra among the contenders for the Best MPV title.  Motorvogue are holding weekend Launch Events to showcase the New SEAT Ibiza at our Bedford and Northampton branches from 21-23 July. For more information click here

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28th June 2017

RENAULT COMMENDED TWICE IN AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS 2017

Renault received commendations in two categories at last night’s Auto Express Awards with ZOE in the Electric Award category and All-New Grand Scénic in the Best MPV category. The Renault ZOE, fitted with the new 250-mile range (NEDC) Z.E.40 battery, was commended in the Electric Award category. The Renault ZOE’s new Z.E. 40 battery delivers almost double the range of the previous battery, providing motorists with an electric vehicle option that is better suited to many lifestyles with the average daily commuting distance being well within the ZOE’s capabilities.  The All-New Grand Scénic, recently launched in the UK, was commended in the Best MPV category. The seven seat All-New Grand Scénic features a fresh approach in term of its design, including 20-inch wheels as standard – a first in its segment. It provides a choice of 21 versions across four specifications, four engines and two transmissions. It provides utmost travelling comfort and modularity with its One Touch Folding Seat functionality that allows all, or some, of the rear seats to be folded automatically, from the driver’s seat or tailgate, to obtain a flat floor and facilitate easy loading. The All-New Grand Scénic comes with a comprehensive suite of driver aids too, including Active Emergency Braking (AEBS) with Pedestrian Detection as standard equipment for the first time in the segment. Commenting on the commendations, Graham Hope, Editor at Auto Express said: "The ZOE is doing a great job of making electric motoring a realistic option for more and more buyers. With its increased range, it makes running an EV viable for many, it doesn't cost the earth to own and it's an enjoyable car to drive, too. With the Grand Scénic, Renault has shown that practical cars can be stylish too. It's one of the best-looking MPVs on the market, with a particularly stylish interior that can comfortably accommodate seven, and an excellent infotainment package." Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said of the results: “Despite being very different, both the Renault ZOE and All-New Renault Grand Scénic have always excelled at providing motorists with stylish, comfortable and practical vehicles at an affordable price tag. Having invented the Compact MPV segment 21 years ago, it’s gratifying to see the Grand Scénic still delivers what it set out to do. The 2017 ZOE with the Z.E.40 battery, as well as interior and exterior upgrades, builds on its previous success and now delivers the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle. We’re delighted that Auto Express have commended these as vehicles in their respective segments.” Renault is Europe’s best-selling electric car and van manufacturer with a whole range of electric vehicles including the ZOE, Kangoo Van Z.E. and Twizy quadricycle. The Renault Master Z.E. large van was unveiled earlier this year. The ZOE is an all-electric, five-door supermini available in a choice of three trim levels and with two battery options. Despite its affordability, the entry level Expression Nav comes with a high level of standard specification including items such as climate control and the 7-inch touch screen R-Link infotainment system with sat-nav. Dynamique Nav features include hands free keycard, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. The all-new top-of-the-range Signature Nav trim provides buyers with features including supple leather upholstery, a seven speaker BOSE® audio system, heated front seats and a rear parking camera. All retail customers receive a free 7kW wall box charger fully-installed at their home when they purchase a ZOE. With the new Z.E.40 battery, ZOE’s range is 250 miles (NEDC) – Renault estimates that in real-world driving conditions this equates to around 186 miles in summer and 124 miles in extreme cold winter conditions. ZOE can charge from zero to 80 per cent full in as little as 60 minutes thanks to its patented Chameleon Charger™ that allows it to make the most of the widest range of power supplies and also keep charging times to a minimum. Renault’s Range OptimiZer technology ensures ZOE is highly efficient with its heat pump, a bi-modal braking system and Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres all as standard. The Auto Express Commendation builds on the ZOE’s other achievements in 2017 including ‘Best Electric Car’, and ‘Best Electric Car under £20,000’, for the fourth consecutive year at the What Car? Awards 2017 and ‘Best Ultra Low Emission Vehicle’ at the Fleet World Honours 2017. The ZOE has also been awarded as a Which? ‘Best Buy’ 2016, ‘Best Electric Car’ by CarBuyer and was named ‘Best Supermini’ as well as finishing second overall out of 183 vehicles in the Auto Express Driver Power Awards 2016. The All-New Renault Grand Scénic is a seven seat compact MPV – a segment that Renault created in 1996. This distinctive fourth generation version has a number of unique-in-class technologies such as AEBS with Pedestrian Detection as standard, 20-inch wheels as standard, One Touch Folding Seats and an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen in the centre dashboard. The All-New Grand Scénic provides a high level of specification as standard such as the Visio active safety system providing Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High/Low Beam headlamps. An electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights and automatic dual-zone climate control are all also standard items. The All-New Grand Scénic also has some ingenious storage solutions, including four underfloor compartments which extend total passenger storage capacity to 57-litres, placing it at the top of its class by offering up to twice as much space as its competitors. For more information on the Renault range please contact us today.

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28th June 2017

DACIA DUSTER COMMENDED AT AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS 2017

The New Dacia Duster received a commendation in the Best Small SUV category at last night’s Auto Express Awards. The New Dacia Duster was praised for its build quality, drive and simplicity, making it a top choice for drivers looking for a great value SUV.   Commenting on the commendation, Graham Hope, Editor at Auto Express said: "The Dacia Duster continues to impress as a no-nonsense, well-built car that's good to drive and exceptional value for money compared to many other cars in this sector of the market. It should definitely be on your shortlist if you are after an affordable small SUV." Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said of the result: “The Dacia brand is continuing to draw fans, not only in the industry, but also UK drivers with its range of simple, great value cars. It’s wonderful to see that Dacia cars are proving such a hit since launching in the UK just four years ago and we recently sold our 100,000th car. Having recently refreshed the range, we’re delighted that Auto Express have commended the New Duster in the Small SUV Category.” The New Dacia Duster line-up starts at a ‘shockingly affordable’ £9,495 and was recently updated with DAB radio as standard from Ambiance trim as well as new upholstery to the interior for Access and Laureate trim levels. To the exterior, the Duster receives new, square headlights, bringing the SUV up-to-date and complementing its robust chrome grille. There are also several new options available on the upgraded Duster, such as 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, adding further presence to the SUV. Rear parking sensors are also available for the first time as a factory-fit option, offering peace of mind to customers when reversing. In addition to this, a rear parking camera is also available as an option on Lauréate trim and above. To the interior, all new part-leather ‘Aspira’ upholstery is available, offering more refinement as well as practicality. There are also a number of other enhancements to the Duster line-up, including a new petrol TCe 125 engine, offering customers the option of a more powerful petrol engine. Available on Lauréate trim and above, the inclusion of the new engine in the line-up means that customers now have the choice of a petrol or diesel variant at every trim level. Finally, a new, top-of-the-range trim level, Prestige, has been introduced to the line-up. On top of the Lauréate trim, Prestige receives 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, MediaNav Evolution and rear-parking camera as standard, offering a price walk of £900 from Lauréate and representing a customer saving of £250. The Auto Express Commendation comes on the back of a range of other industry awards for the no-nonsense brand, including the Dacia Sandero being awarded the title of “Best Small Car under £12,000” by What Car? for the last five consecutive years. For more information on the Dacia range please contact us.

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28th June 2017

CITROËN CELEBRATES IMPRESSIVE DOUBLE WIN AT AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS 2017

For an incredible fourth consecutive year, the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso has been recognised as the ‘Best MPV’ at the Auto Express New Car Awards. Not to be outdone, C4 Cactus also scooped the ‘Best Small SUV’ title, marking this year’s ceremony with a successful double win for the French marque. Auto Express’ judging panel of automotive experts has once again selected the family favourite Grand C4 Picasso as their ‘Best MPV’ at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017, making this an impressive fourth consecutive win. The celebrations didn’t stop there either, as the Citroën C4 Cactus scooped the ‘Best Small SUV’ title at the awards ceremony last night at the Hilton Hotel, London Bankside. Grand C4 Picasso was praised once again for its contemporary design, practicality, comfort and safety, plus all the latest technological innovations. The C4 Cactus was honoured for its ultra-stylish good looks and unique character that fully embodies Citroën’s ‘Be different, Feel good’ spirit. Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said; “The Grand C4 Picasso’s fourth successive win is testament to the brilliance of the original design – it’s a cleverly thought-out MPV that does its job brilliantly. Citroën has also cleverly updated it to keep it ahead of the pack.” “In the C4 Cactus, Citroën has not only created one of the most characterful small SUV’s, but also the best. As well as its cheeky character, it drives brilliantly, has a family-friendly interior and won’t cost the earth to buy or run – we love it!” Bek Hassan, Citroën UK’s Managing Director, said; “It’s fantastic to see Grand C4 Picasso continue to lead the MPV sector, and for C4 Cactus to be recognised as the ‘Best Small SUV’ in a particularly hotly contested segment of the market. These latest Auto Express awards are a further endorsement of our product strategy, to create cars that are practical, comfortable, feature intelligent technologies, have distinctive looks, and ultimately exceed the expectations of our customers.” New Citroën C3 also performed exceptionally well with a ‘Commended’ mention in the ‘Supermini’ category. The brand’s latest five-door model is everything customers expect a modern Citroën to be. New C3 delivers sector-leading levels of advanced comfort and an extensive number of customisation options with 36 different colour combinations to suit all personalities. The large panoramic sunroof and comfortable seats also promote well-being and emphasise a feeling of reassurance, comfort and calm. For more information on Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, C4 Cactus, New C3 and the rest of the Citroën range, contact us today.

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21st June 2017

SEAT CONFIRMS UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR ALL-NEW IBIZA

The countdown has started for the most important event of the year so far for SEAT, with first orders being taken this week for the All-new SEAT Ibiza. The arrival of the hotly anticipated new model this summer promises to add even more impetus to the remarkable sales success the stylish Spanish brand is enjoying nationwide. “Ibiza is an iconic model for SEAT, a best-seller that’s been at the heart of our line-up for more than 30 years,” said Richard Harrison, Director, SEAT UK. “With that kind of heritage, you can be sure the new model will be a benchmark car, taking SEAT quality, design, engineering and technology to an even higher level. “The New Leon range and the Ateca, our first SUV, have set the scene perfectly, generating huge customer response and helping raise UK sales to record heights already this year. The All-new Ibiza will complete a powerful trio at the heart of our brand and we cannot wait to introduce it to British buyers.” Early reports from British media experts who were first to get behind the wheel signal just how good a car the latest Ibiza promises to be. Auto Express magazine declared it “sets the class standard” for superminis, while What Car? reports that it’s “great to look at and to drive – one of the best small cars you can buy”. In terms of street appeal, the All-new Ibiza – now exclusively a five-door – is every inch a modern SEAT, designed and developed in Barcelona. Sporty, edgy lines combine with sculpted bodywork to give the car striking, eye-catching appeal, with a clear bloodline link to the cool styling cues established with the new Leon and Ateca, and further distinguishing SEAT as a leader in contemporary car design. Hot new exterior colours and a class-leading eight-inch infotainment screen have been added too, to keep Ibiza firmly on-trend with current tastes. It’s what lies beneath the skin, however, that defines the All-new Ibiza’s quality as a car that is dynamically rewarding to drive and also remarkably spacious within its compact body. It has the distinction of being the first model to be built on a new modular Volkswagen Group vehicle platform, MQB A0. The new underpinnings are the key to making the latest Ibiza a lithe performer around urban streets and an engaging proposition when out on the open road. They also allow for an exceptionally spacious cabin in a car that’s actually shorter than the one it replaces:  with width increased by 87mm, 60mm added to the wheelbase and 35mm more rear legroom, comfortable accommodation is guaranteed. And there’s more room in the boot, too, with an extra 63 litres available. The All-new Ibiza arrives at launch with a choice of four petrol engines, majoring on a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, engineered to deliver a compelling mix of economy and spirited performance. In standard form it will produce a useful 75PS, while turbo versions will offer 95 and 115PS – the latter reserved for the sporty FR model with a six-speed manual or sophisticated dual-clutch automatic transmission. Official benchmark figures indicate combined cycle fuel consumption from 60.1 mpg and 106 g/km of CO2 (1.0 TSI 95PS). To add an extra performance dimension to the range, the FR will also be available with a potent 150PS 1.5 EVO engine, while diesels will be added to the line-up later in the year. The breadth of choice takes in four trim levels and top quality equipment specifications that keep the All-new Ibiza firmly in the frame when it comes to today’s customer preferences on technology, “always-on” connectivity, in-car entertainment, comfort and safety. At entry point, the S version keeps things simple and smart, with features including air conditioning, electric front windows, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and advanced safety features including Front Assist.  Moving up to SE grade delivers a wealth of extra features: 15-inch alloys, front fog lights with cornering function, rain-sensing wipers,  cruise control and multi-coloured ambient cabin lighting are all included, together with SEAT’s Media System Colour multimedia package. The FR focuses on sportier looks with 17-inch alloys, dark-tinted rear glass, brilliant black and chrome bodywork details and twin exhausts; likewise, the cabin is fitted with sports front seats and flat-bottom steering wheel and Full Link smartphone integration. Add in sports suspension, rear disc brakes and SEAT Drive Profile with four selectable drive modes and you have a car that adds authentic performance to its arresting looks. XCELLENCE, new to Ibiza, tops out the range, with distinguishing features such as 16-inch machined alloy wheels, Atom Grey door mirror housings, Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry-and-go, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. A wealth of options extend the possibilities even further, including a Beats audio system – reflecting Ibiza’s status as having the youngest customer age profile of any UK supermini. The new Ibiza range starts from £13,130 on the road. Orders can be placed now with the first cars in UK showrooms on 21 July.

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21st June 2017

The All-New Hyundai KONA

The All-New Hyundai KONA  “The All-New KONA is not just another car among Hyundai Motor’s established SUV range - it is an important milestone of our journey to become Asian automotive brand number one in Europe by 2021,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With its true SUV genes, a progressive design and premium features, KONA reflects the lifestyle of modern customers, enhancing the brand’s appeal and attracting new customers.” Hyundai Motor extends its SUV family with a progressive approach Since the launch of Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai Motor sold more than 1.4 Million SUVs in Europe becoming an established brand in the SUV segment. The Tucson is the fastest-selling SUV of Hyundai in Europe with more than 200,000 sales since launch in 2015. Now, Hyundai Motor is extending its SUV family to four members including the Grand Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Tucson by entering the B-SUV segment (Grand Santa Fe is not available in the UK). The All-New KONA is a real SUV with a bold and progressive design, premium features, accessible connectivity and latest safety technologies. It expresses the lifestyle of modern urban customers and is a confident statement of who you are.. The All-New Hyundai KONA is an important milestone for Hyundai Motor Europe on its way to becoming the leading Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021 with the launch of 30 new models and derivatives. Sleek, sharp exterior The All-New KONA’s front is expressive and powerful, adopting Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille. New twin headlamps enhance the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The separated lights at the front deliver a confident, progressive appearance with sleek, sharp shapes. A bold front and rear are emphasised by the car’s wide stance and its voluminous, aggressive body styling. The KONA’s two-tone roof and the choice of ten distinctive exterior colours offer many individual combinations for almost every individual style. Elegantly tailored interior The interior is characterised by smooth surfaces on top of the instrument panel that give it a sensuous and refined feel while dark painted parts represent the technological and rugged character. This is complemented by considerable roominess and visibility. A choice between different-accent colours and matching coloured stitching on the seats and steering wheel show the refinement and attention to detail that went into the development of the sophisticated interior. State-of-the-art powertrains and four-wheel drive Right from the start, the KONA offers the choice between two turbocharged, small-displacement petrol powertrains with high low-end torque and excellent fuel efficiency: a 1.0-litre T-GDI with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) and 120 PS (88 kW) (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 5.3 l/100 km; CO2 combined (preliminary target value): 119 g/km*) as standard and a high-power 1.6-litre T-GDI with 177 PS (130 kW) and Hyundai’s self-developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and four-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 7.3 l/100 km; CO2combined (preliminary target value): 169 g/km*). The optional four-wheel drive of the KONA supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations with up to 50% torque at the rear wheels e.g. on snow, gravel and of course on regular road surfaces. In the summer of 2018, Hyundai will be launching its next generation of efficient 1.6-litre diesel powertrains for the KONA, also available with 6-Speed MT or Hyundai’s efficient, direct-responding 7DCT with optional four wheel drive. Head-up display and the choice of connectivity For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new head-up display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. Its class-leading luminance and eight-inch image size enable not only effortless daylight visibility but also the faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead. A very high degree of connectivity for smart devices also adds to the All-New KONA’s appeal. The optional eight-inch infotainment system integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.. The system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest. Another Hyundai first in the KONA is Display Audio: passengers have the option of switching their smartphone’s content on to the system’s seven-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With this function they can use the phone's built-in navigation capabilities, make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. The system provides entry-level customers with more accessible connectivity. An optional wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones allows passengers to charge their smartphones conveniently on the move. Latest safety features and high-strength steel body The All-New KONA is designed for people with active, individual lifestylesand its list of safety features includes Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Static Bending Light and Smart High Beam. Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with great benefits for the All-New KONA, i.e. a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passenger safety through the use of high-strength steel, a broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 metres of structural adhesive. Design The All-New KONA continues Hyundai’s new design identity while adding its own progressive character to create a unique proposition in the sub-compact SUV segment. With its true SUV DNA, strong design and premium features, Hyundai Motor aims to attract new, modern customers. Exterior design The design of the all-new KONA is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the sensuous and muscular surfaces atop a stable and wide stance.  At the front the twin headlamp design created by the LED day time running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights that are integrated into the cladding create an unique, progressive appearance.  The All-New KONA also features Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille with a mesh pattern, at the front that enhances its expressive and dynamic appearance. Its compact and agile character is emphasised by the sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing type fenders that suggest forward direction. A roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and enhances active lifestyle capability for example by mounting a roof carrier.  The All-New KONA features silver matte accents to enhance the refined character, featuring framing of the fog lights and lower air intakes, an accent line on the side and the skid plate at the rear. Air curtains at the either side of the front bumper enhance aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area. At the rear, the design theme of the front is reflected featuring the unique wrap around cladding that house the indicator and reversing lights and distinctive graphical elements including the slim LED rear lights. The All-New KONA’s rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. With its wide (1,800 mm) and low stance (1,550 mm), the KONA has a bold appearance on the road, further underscored by the 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels (Tyre size: 235/45R18). The All-New KONA is also available with 17” alloy wheels (Tyre size: 215/55R17) as well as 16” (Tyre size: 205/60R16) alloy and steel wheel. This low and wide stance is further supported by its length of 4,165 mm and a wheelbase of 2,600 millimetres. The KONA’s two-tone roof offers many exterior colour combinations and an individual choice for almost every personal style. Ten exterior colours can be combined with two roof designs for a total of twenty colour combinations. The roof and exterior mirrors are available in Phantom Black or Dark Knight (dark grey). The exterior colours available for the Kona are Phantom Black, Chalk White, Lake Silver, Dark Knight, Pulse Red, Tangerine Comet, Acid Yellow, Blue Lagoon, Ceramic Blue and Velvet Dune (light grey). Interior design The KONA’s interior design reflects the exterior theme featuring smooth, contoured surfaces on top of the instrument panel contrasting with the dark painted parts representing the technological and rugged character. The colour theme offers customers the chance to tailor their own style with distinct colours: Orange, Lime and Red. The colour accents are featured on the air vent surrounds, around the gearshift, the engine start button ring, the stitching on the seats and steering wheel. All interior colour options come with a black ceiling. The Lime and Red options are moreover available with coloured seat belts as well as glossy black interior door handles and steering wheel spoke. The semi-perforated leather steering wheel adds to the KONA’s stylish, high-quality interior. Owners have the option of tailoring the KONA’s interior to suit their taste, expressing their unique temperament and independent lifestyle. The floating screen of the optional eight-inch navigation touchscreen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features and thanks to its ergonomic position allows drivers to stay tuned to the traffic ahead at all times. The climate and temperature control is positioned conveniently in the centre console and can easily be operated via the dials without distracting the driver. The All-New KONA offers several features for maximum passenger convenience. The optional heated steering wheel provides warmth and comfort even in the coldest weather, while a smart key and push-button ignition allows the driver to turn the vehicle on and off with the simple touch of a button. The KONA’s power seats dispose of an 8-way electric adjustment and 2-way lumbar support system, which provides optimised seating positions for passengers of diverse physiques. The front seats moreover feature a 3-step ventilation system for a convenient ride in hot weather conditions. The All-New KONA offers plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. Storage trays and 1.5 litre bottle holders in the doors have been integrated for maximum convenience. KONA offers generous front-seat legroom, with 1,054 mm and 880 mm for passengers in the rear. Luggage space totalling 361 litres (VDA 211) offers flexibility for everyday needs. Foldable rear seats (60:40 split) allow passengers to load extra-sized cargo that would normally not fit in the rear cargo space. With the seats folded flat, the KONA offers 1,143 litres (VDA 214) of space for weekend escapes and longer trips. Driving performance  The All-New KONA features a line-up of downsized turbocharged engines to increase efficiency while boasting driving dynamics. The All-New KONA is a real SUV by offering customer the choice to opt for four-wheel drive and a smooth and efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). New downsized 1.0 T-GDI and 1.6 T-GDI petrol engines The in-house developed, downsized 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a performance of 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm torque handles the urban driving environment with ease and is not afraid of ventures into the countryside: 100 km/h are reached in only 7.9 seconds. The KONA comes equipped with Hyundai Motor’s newly developed, compact four-wheel drive and the smooth-shifting 7DCT. Drivers seeking more economical mobility have the option of a downsized 1.0-liter T-GDI 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm. A turbocharger with an electronically-controlled waste-gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. The unit features a six-hole GDI injector, pressured to a higher-than-average 200 bar, securing a clean combustion and improving fuel economy and emissions. The engine is offered with front-wheel drive and 6MT. New U 1.6-litre diesel Within a year of the launch, the KONA’s powertrain line-up will be further expanded with the addition of a newly developed, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine available with two power outputs: A regular 115 PS (85 kW) (preliminary) version with a 6MT and front-wheel drive. The high-power diesel version provides 136 PS (100 kW – preliminary) and powerful 320 Nm in combination with a 7DCT and the choice between four-wheel and front-wheel drive. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission Hyundai Motor introduced its first 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in 2015, combining the benefits of automated and manual transmissions. The 7DCT provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared with a conventional six-gear automatic transmission, while acceleration performance was increased by up to 10%. The 7DCT consists of two dry clutches and an actuator for each clutch. Engine power is transferred independently to the odd and even gear train so that the driver is always ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption. For optimised responsiveness, the electric motor-driven actuator is applied, while external shock absorbers improve the noise, vibration and harshness levels during driving. In combination with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the All-New KONA offers two drive modes: normal and sport. In sport mode there is a different shift pattern, with gears being held longer before shifting. Ride and handling The development engineers have designed the All-New KONA with a good balance between power and comfortable ride and handling qualities in addition to agility and nimbleness. The KONA offers customers a true SUV experience thanks to a ground clearance of 170 mm. Its elevated seating position ensures better visibility for drivers and increases driving comfort. At the same time, the lowered interior floor and the optimised tunnel part of the SUV platform allow for a spacious interior which further adds to the Kona’s versatility. The optional four-wheel drive benefits from an adjusted transfer mounting angle, thus improving the turbo engine's performance. The low, wide stance of the KONA not only catches the eye and ensures a strong appearance on the road, it also improves ride and handling capabilities – form follows function. Great care has also gone into the development of the new suspension system. The McPherson strut in the front with its refined geometry delivers a refined body movement on rough roads for a comfortable ride that absorbs shocks before they reach the interior. The coupled torsion beam axle in the rear of the two-wheel drive KONA is characterised by its ride comfort and sporty handling feel thanks to its high-stiffness torsion beam. The All-New KONA with four-wheel drive feature a multi-link rear suspension which helps to optimise ride and handling, maximising stability during accelerated cornering with the dual lower arm-type multi-link. Advanced Traction Cornering Control for four-wheel drive directs understeering and improves the vehicle’s agility and stability by controlling both traction and damping while accelerating in curved sections. Strong, lightweight body Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with benefits for the All-New KONA, which features a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passive passenger safety. The ultra-high-strength steel ensures highest rigidity while the broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 m of structural adhesive improve stiffness while reducing weight. Despite the compact exterior, the safety zone of the KONA’s body structure has been maximised and further improved by a ring-shaped cabin structure that disperses crush energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact for passengers. The multi-load pass structure also disperses crush energy and works towards the goal of achieving optimal passive safety. Connected and caring  The All-New Kona offers customers advanced connectivity features to enhance seamless integration of your smartphone, making operation more intiuituve and safe while driving. Customers can choose between three systems. The Standard Audio system with a five-inch monochrome TFT screen featuring radio, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX-in and USB connection. The Display Audio system with seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen integrated rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Car Play and Android Auto or the third option, the eight-inch navigation system includiing rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-year subscription to LIVE services, 3D maps, and Lifetime MapcareTM**. Additionally, there is a central information screen located in the center of the instrument cluster between the two dials, available as a 3.5” Mono TFT LCD display (standard) or 4.2” TFT colour display (optional). Accessible connectivity through Display Audio The Display Audio is a Hyundai first and offers customers accessibile connectivity with a seven-inch high-resolution colour LCD touchscreen to connect smartphones via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This allows passengers to use the navigation capabilities of their smartphone without the need for built-in car navigation. Users can also make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. Additionally the Display Audio features an integrated rear view camera with dynamic guidelines. 8-inch Navigation system offers everything you need The optional eight-inch infotainment system in the All-New KONA integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, allowing drivers to always stay tuned to the traffic ahead. It also provides both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabling users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. Also included is a free seven-year subscription to LIVE services offering updated information in real time about weather, traffic and speed cameras, plus online searches for points of interest. The navigation system also features 3D maps and Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** with free annual map and software updates included. To enhance vehicle operation the system includes a rear view camera with dynamic guidelines. Wireless inductive charging To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the KONA also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster will show a reminder when switching off the car. For further connection of your devices the KONA comes standard with USB port and AUX jack. Head-up display with class-leading luminance For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new combiner head-up display (HUD) projects relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight . This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead. With a projected image size of eight-inch at two metre distance and class-leading luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new HUD guarantees best visibility in different light conditions. The HUD can be adjusted in angle and height to ensure optimum visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the combiner deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information such as speed, navigation commands and the fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems such as the Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Detector. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected. High-end sound system by Krell Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the KONA offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 Watt per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car. Highest level of active safety The All-New KONA features the latest active safety features, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (standard), High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Alert (standard), Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection The All-New KONA is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above. Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (standard) The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. It sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as Bott’s dots on the road, and warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position. High Beam Assist (HBA) When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beams, Driver Attention Alert (DAA) (standard) Driver Attention Alert (DAA) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analyzing driving patterns through data inputs such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAA gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) Also using radar, the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross Traffic Collision Alert (RCTA) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross-traffic, RCTA alerts the driver visually and audibly. Highest Passive Safety The All-New KONA benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision. Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in the event of a collision in various directions and reduces the impact. Around the interior of the Kona a total of six airbags are installed. - two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row protecting both driver and passengers. * Preliminary target fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, subject to homologation. **Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme with which annual map updates are assured for the eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production. Please note that UK vehicle trim specifications may differ. Full UK line-up and pricing will be announced in due course.

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21st June 2017

RENAULT ALL-NEW KOLEOS – In showrooms now

Having made its European debut at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, the All-New Koleos is now in showrooms, expanding Renault’s crossover line-up alongside Kadjar and Captur. Offering Renault’s warm and sleek design language, All-New Koleos offers the rugged capability of an SUV with the elegant refinement of a large executive saloon. Assured handling, excellent interior comfort and quality as well as a host of advanced technology and convenience items ensure an exceptional experience for driver and passengers alike. All-New Koleos is priced from £27,500 and UK deliveries commence later this summer. Boasting a powerful stance that sets it apart from its rivals, the All-New Koleos takes Renault design cues from other recently introduced C- and D-segment models such as the All-New Mégane and Talisman. Renault’s signature C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) at the front and always-illuminated horizontal DRLs to the rear make the All-New Koleos instantly recognisable. All-New Koleos provides a comfortable, spacious and clear cabin thanks to its opening panoramic sunroof and impressive rear passenger leg room which is amongst the very best-in-class thanks to its five-seat architecture. Available with Renault’s ALL MODE 4x4-i four-wheel drive technology, and ground clearance of 210mm, the All-New Koleos complements its exceptional refinement with all-terrain ability. The All-New Koleos is offered in a six version high-end line-up based on two trim levels that will be familiar to Renault owners – Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. Both trim levels provide a truly comprehensive standard specification. The dCi 130 engine is available on both trim levels with a six-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive. The dCi 175 engine is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed Auto X-Tronic transmission – both with ALL-MODE 4x4-i four-wheel drive. Exceptional interior space Built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) C/D platform – that is in use on Kadjar, Mégane, Scénic, Talisman and Espace from the Renault line-up – the five-seat D-segment SUV provides a wealth of space for both front and rear passengers. During the design process of All-New Koleos, exceptional interior space for five occupants was a main focus. With an overall length of 4672mm and wheelbase of 2705mm, passengers are provided with comfort and space throughout the cabin. Indeed, rear knee room is amongst the best in its class at 289mm with rear passengers also benefitting from dual air vents, dual USBs (with two more in the front), a central armrest with cupholders and extra tinted rear windows.  The spacious interior has not been detrimental to boot space – 458-litres (VDA) with all seats in place and 1,690-litres (VDA) with rear seats down. Achieving maximum boot capacity couldn’t be easier thanks to the All-New Koleos’ One-Touch easy folding rear seats whereby they can be folded (individually or all at once) via a button in the boot. The Signature Nav comes with a Powered Automatic Tailgate that can open or close the rear boot by a press on the keycard or, conveniently if carrying luggage, by waving a foot under the rear bumper. All-New Koleos has a kerb weight of 1,650kg and a towing capability of 2,000kg (braked) and 750kg (unbraked). Exceptional comfort and convenience as standard Renault’s advanced driver assistance systems, such as Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Over-speed Prevention with Traffic Sign Recognition and Hill Start Assist have been applied across the line-up. A rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors is also included on all versions as well as an electrochrome rear mirror. Standard safety features include ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats. Providing an airy feel to the cabin, Dynamique S features an opening panoramic sunroof. Part-black leather upholstery with extra tinted rear windows, ambient lighting, cup holders able to heat and cool drinks for front passengers and a central armrest with in-built cup holders in the rear, maintain a comfortable yet practical feel to the All-New Koleos. Automatic Dual-zone climate control, a Hands Free Keycard and automatic lights and wipers are also standard. Ensuring all passengers can keep fully charged throughout their journey, four USB and two AUX ports are provided. The Arkamys 3D Sound 4x35W DAB radio with seven-inch touchscreen R-LINK2 multimedia system includes satellite navigation with TomTom® LIVE traffic updates, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone replications, Western European mapping, Bluetooth audio streaming and Handsfree connectivity. Outside, the All-New Koleos Dynamique S sports 18-inch ‘Agapi’ two-tone alloy wheels and electrically- adjustable heated and folding door mirrors. Longitudinal roof bars provide a hint at the rugged off-road capabilities of the SUV. Signature Nav adds to this specification with 19-inch ‘Galiki’ two-tone alloy wheels and full LED ‘Pure Vision’ headlights to the exterior.  Occupants are cocooned inside with full black leather upholstery with heated front seats and the R-LINK2 multimedia system is increased to an 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen as seen on All-New Mégane and All-New Scénic. A Powered Automatic Tailgate ensures loading the boot is as convenient as possible.  Optional Equipment The optional Climate Pack offers ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and a heated front windscreen, and is available on Signature Nav. A 13-speaker BOSE sound system and Hands Free Parking are available on Signature Nav as well as the possibility of specifying either Sierra Brown or Silver Grey in lieu of the standard Carbon Black leather upholstery. Metallic paint is available as an option on both trim levels. Powertrains and Technical The All-New Koleos is manufactured at the Busan plant in South Korea alongside Renault-Samsung Motors models. There is a choice of two diesel engines – the dCi 130, a 1.6-litre/130hp engine with six-speed manual transmission available in two-wheel drive. This engine provides fuel economy of up to 57.6mpg (NEDC Combined Cycle) and CO2 emissions of 128g/km. The dCi 175, a 2-litre/175hp engine, is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed Auto X-Tronic transmission, in four-wheel drive. It is the most powerful diesel engine in the Renault range with 380Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The manual transmission provides fuel economy of up to 50.4 mpg (NEDC Combined Cycle), compared with 47.9mpg for the Auto X-Tronic. The manual’s CO2 emissions are 148g/km and the Auto X-Tronic has CO2 emissions of 156g/km. The new X-Tronic automatic continuously variable transmission offers fluid, responsive driving without any interruption of torque. X-Tronic adjusts continuously whilst maintaining optimal engine speed and can also simulate gear shifts, producing even more powerful acceleration. The four-wheel-drive versions of the All-New Renault Koleos come equipped with the new ALL MODE 4x4-i technology. This enables you to select your driving mode – AUTO, LOCK or 2WD – and keep complete control of the powertrain on any terrain. All versions provide the peace of mind of Renault’s 4+ warranty and assistance package. The car is protected by Renault for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years have no mileage limit). There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ cover against corrosion. Servicing is required once a year or every 18,000 miles.

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21st June 2017

NEW DACIA SANDERO TOPS CAP HPIS LOWEST COST OF OWNERSHIP LIST

The New Dacia Sandero 1.0 SCe Access has topped cap hpi’s list of new cars with the lowest motoring costs in the UK. The latest analysis from the automotive data experts looked at the total cost of ownership (TCO) to reveal the cars with the lowest cost over the first three years of ownership, including purchase, servicing, fuel and other motoring costs. The New Dacia Sandero 1.0 SCe Access came out first on the list, as well as topping the small car category at £7,419.64 for the first three years, or £206.10 per month. This was closely followed by the mid-range New Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi Ambiance at £8,059 or £223.87 per month. Other cars in the increasingly popular Dacia range also feature on the list. Coming second in the SUV category is the New Dacia Duster 1.6 Access SCe 115 4x2 with a total cost of ownership over the first three years of £10,405.31 or £289.04 per month. Commenting on the results, Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, said: “It’s great to see that our range of no-nonsense cars are proving to be fantastic value for drivers in the UK, not just in the initial purchase but offering low-cost motoring every day for our customers. By keeping things simple and offering customers only what they need, we’re able to provide the most affordable hatchback and one of the most affordable SUVs available to buy in the UK, combined with proven reliability and an award-winning track record.” Since launching in 2013, Dacia has won numerous motoring accolades and recently sold 100,000 vehicles in the UK, establishing a reputation for incredible value for money and robust reliability.

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21st June 2017

FIAT 500 WINS AUTO EXPRESS DRIVER POWER 2017 AWARD

The Fiat 500 - best known for its timeless design and head-turning style – has been honoured in the hugely influential Auto Express Driver Power Survey 2017. The iconic model, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, took silver in the Best Premium Supermini category after receiving positive feedback from thousands of real owners. The Fiat 500 not only took the silver award in the overall category, it was ranked highest in four of the judging categories for ‘Interior and Comfort’, ‘Practicality and Boot Space’, ‘Infotainment, Connectivity, and Electrics’ and ‘MPG and Running Costs’. Driver Power – the largest new car customer satisfaction survey in the UK – uses data from more than 50,000 car owners to rank models on everything from reliability to performance. Alejandro Noriega, Head of Brand at Fiat UK, said: “We are delighted that the Fiat 500 has been honoured in this way, especially in this landmark year for the model. This award means so much as it’s based on real feedback from our customers and shows we continue to produce a model which really appeals to them.” The Fiat 500 is available with a starting price of £11,490 OTR, for a 1.2-litre 69hp Pop. For more information on the new Fiat 500 please contact us today.

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21st June 2017

Abarth 695 Rivale: Abarth performance - Riva elegance

From the combination of two Italian greats in the fields of technology, innovation, care over detail and the quest for performance, the Abarth 695 Rivale is born, the special series conceived in partnership with Riva. This historical brand of the nautical world, which has always been synonymous with Italian elegance and style, contributed to creating the most sophisticated Abarth ever.  Available in a limited series of sedan and cabriolet versions, the Abarth 695 Rivale can be recognised by its exclusive livery: two-tone Riva Sera Blue and Shark Grey paintwork, embellished with an aquamarine double stripe that runs at waistline height, resembling the "beauty line" on yachts. The satin chrome finish on the door handles, the "695 Rivale" name on the tailgate and rear bumpers, the satin chrome moulding on the tailgate, which evokes the sophisticated shapes of a yacht, making this model even more unmistakable thanks to its aesthetic affinity with the side grilles on the new Riva yachts. So much charm comes from the usual quest for better performance through the constant technical upgrading that characterises every Abarth car: in fact, under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale, hides a 1368 cm3 engine, which guarantees a maximum power of 180 HP and a torque of 250 Nm. The power-to-weight ratio of the 695 Rivale is that of a real supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a mass of 1045 kg) and its performance is extraordinary: a maximum speed of 225 km/h and 6.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. It is, therefore, a car that can satisfy sophisticated customers looking for elegance, sophistication and performance. Together with the Abarth 695 Rivale, the 695 Rivale 175 Anniversary is also unveiled to celebrate 175 years of the Riva brand, which was founded in 1842. This "ultra-limited edition" accentuates the handcrafted finishes by adding customised elements, special wheel rims, celebratory logos and hand-finished blue and black leather front seats. 175 sedan and 175 cabriolet versions are available. A car for hot asphalt that comes from the water The aim of the 695 Rivale is to exceed Abarth's traditional values and embrace Riva's unmistakable charm to satisfy the need for exciting performance combined with a higher level of sophistication and elegance. Its style is inspired by the very new open Riva "56 Rivale", one of the most agile and efficient yachts ever built by the boatyard in Sarnico. Traits that it has in common with the 695 Rivale, which also borrows some of Riva's typical stylistic aspects to highlight the concept of elegance and character that sets it apart. In fact, the yacht and the car share some aesthetic elements, like Riva's characteristic grey livery and the satin chrome mouldings. Inside, the carbon fibre kick plates, blue leather seats and interior door panels, black mats with blue inserts and the carbon fibre or mahogany dashboard are variants available on request to give the car even more nautical look. Wood - the most natural of materials - is combined with most advanced technological solutions for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts: the perfect combination of ultimate technology and expert craftsmanship. The mahogany variant allows you to embrace the Riva philosophy in greater depth: in addition to the dashboard strip, the special steering wheel is covered in blue and black leather with a mahogany badge, blue leather instrument panel cover and mahogany gear lever knob and kick plate. The technological content is also excellent: as standard there is UconnectTM infotainment with a 7" HD touch screen, ready for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a hand-written numbered plate, which can be customised with the mane of your yacht on request: an original way of making the new Abarth 695 Rivale into a high performance land tender. Finally, the Abarth character is clearly visible in the Akrapovi? exhaust system with carbon tail pipes, in the Brembo brakes with black, 4-piston fixed callipers at the front, in the 17" Supersport alloy rims with special gloss grey finish and in the Abarth by Koni suspension with FSD (Frequency-Selective Damping) technology. Thanks to its unique features, the Abarth 695 Rivale is an Instant Classic, with everything needed to become part of the tight circle of the Abarth Register, which only includes the most exclusive cars with the technical or historical requirements to make them "collector's pieces". A tribute to Riva's 175 years Abarth and Riva share a rich history, and consistently work on their heritage to shape their future. The stories of Carlo Abarth and Carlo Riva are two great Italian stories, of two men who had a dream, and who made it into a legend. Both of them had the courage to push their thoughts beyond the usual mould, thereby giving the world cars and boats of absolute excellence that over time have become global icons. In 2017 Riva celebrates 175 years, a threshold that very few companies in the world can boast. To celebrate this special birthday, Abarth has come up with an ultra-limited production of the 695 Rivale, the 175 Anniversary: 175 sedans and 175 cabriolets. It is an edition to celebrate Italian know-how, with hand crafted details like the two-colour blue and black hand-stitched leather seats with a celebratory logo stitched onto the headrest, the carbon dashboard silk screen printed with the special logo, the special numbered plate inside and the celebratory badge on the outside of the pillar. The design of the 17" alloy rims is also special. To find out more, contact us today.

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21st June 2017

JEEP ANNOUNCES NEW LIMITED EDITION WRANGLER NIGHT EAGLE

Jeep is expanding its Wrangler range of 4x4 vehicles with the introduction of a stunning limited edition, the Night Eagle. Revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle comes in a choice of striking colours with exclusive decals, and provides a unique style, premium equipment levels and, of course, Jeep's legendary off-road capability. Just 66 examples of this special new arrival are bound for the UK - all fitted with Jeep's 2.8-litre CRD 200hp turbo diesel engine paired to a five speed automatic gearbox. The engine gives the car a 0-62mph time of 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 107mph. The Euro 6 unit can return a combined 31.4mpg and has a 235g/km CO2 figure. Legendary Wrangler capability is achieved through the standard Command-Trac part-time, two-speed transfer case with a low-range gear ratio. Finished in unique Xtreme Purple, Alpine White or Solid Black paint the Night Eagle receives distinctive decals on the bonnet and rear quarter panels, 18-inch mid-gloss black wheels, body-colour grille, mid-gloss black colour accents, headlamp rings and Jeep badge, body colour dual top, black fuel filler door, deep tint sunscreen glass and hard spare tyre cover. Inside, the new Night Eagle features standard black McKinley leather seats with black sport mesh fabric inserts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Diesel Gray accent stitching. A black vinyl-wrapped console lid and front door armrest with Diesel Gray accent stitching, Piano Black grab handle and vent ring bezels, and All-Weather slush mats complete the distinctive interior to this special edition model. The full standard equipment creates a comfortable, high-tech driving environment which includes the nine-speaker Alpine Premium Audio System with subwoofer and the Uconnect Navigation system with CD/DVD/MP3, 6.5-inches touchscreen, AUX and USB ports. The new Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle will cost £39,810 OTR and is available to order now.  

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21st June 2017

ALFA ROMEO GIULIA IS A ‘GAME CHANGER’

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been named a ‘Game Changer’ at the 2017 Autocar Awards as it has signalled ‘a complete transformation for one of the most loved names in motoring’. Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, commented: “This is not only the most competitive Alfa Romeo saloon since the last Giulia was launched more than half a century ago but, crucially for anyone with Alfisti blood lurking in their veins, it’s the most likeable, too. With its incredible performance and exciting handling, the Giulia is everything you’d want an Alfa Romeo to be.”  Developed by the best engineers, designers and stylists within FCA, the new Giulia embodies the core elements that have made Alfa Romeo one of the world's best-loved automotive brands: Distinctive Italian design; innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio.  Collecting the award at the event in the Silverstone Wing, Ashley Andrew, Managing Director FCA UK, remarked; “The Giulia has marked a turning point for Alfa Romeo, signalling a new era for the company where the driver is back at the heart of everything we do. Its engaging drive, five star NCAP rating, with highest ever recorded adult occupancy score, and impressive residual values has echoed across the brand, bolstering buyer confidence. The success of the Giulia has allowed us to expand the range with the introduction of the 280hp Veloce, bridging the gap between the standard Giulia and the Quadrifoglio. It also lays the ground for the introduction of Alfa Romeo’s first ever SUV- the Stelvio – due for launch later this year.”  Autocar says that its ‘Game Changers’ are cars that ‘bring new, higher standards to their classes, or because they defy conventions to benefit buyers.’ Of the Giulia, Autocar says: “The Giulia is a riveting, idiosyncratic and striking entrant into a class usually defined by an understated brand of superiority.”  The Alfa Romeo Giulia is available to order now priced from £29,550 OTR for a Giulia 2.0-litre petrol. For more information contact us today. 

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14th June 2017

NEW CITROËN C3 AIRCROSS COMPACT SUV REVEALED: CITROËN REINFORCES ITS INTERNATIONAL SUV OFFENSIVE

Following the premiere of New C5 Aircross in April, Citroën is stepping up its international SUV offensive with the reveal of New C3 Aircross, a compact SUV with a fresh and assertive personality. New C3 Aircross is a new-generation SUV with unrivalled space for a vehicle of its type, a modular design and a large opening panoramic glass sunroof. Representing an important milestone for the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C3 Aircross offers a sense of well-being on-board. Equally at ease in the city or out on the open road, this new Citroën SUV’s adventurous abilities have been enhanced with Grip Control®, Hill Descent Assist, 12 driver assistance systems (incl. Colour Head-up Display) and four connectivity technologies (incl. Wireless Smartphone Charging). New C3 Aircross will officially go ‘on sale’ in the UK on Wednesday 1 November 2017. Following the world premiere of New C5 Aircross – the brand’s new C-segment SUV – at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, Citroën is stepping up its international SUV offensive. Today the Citroën brand reveals the New C3 Aircross compact SUV, which will soon launch into the rapidly growing B SUV-segment in the UK, Europe and across markets worldwide. Both of Citroën's new-generation SUVs are people-minded and inspired by customers. With the protective character of their exterior styling, New C5 Aircross and New C3 Aircross are equally appealing to SUV buyers, each with their own unique and energetic personalities. Both models stand out in their respective segments and represent new benchmarks in terms of ease of use and on-board comfort. New C5 Aircross and New C3 Aircross illustrate the brand's expertise in design, the creation of space and well-being. Inspired by the C-Aircross Concept, which was presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, New C3 Aircross brings a breath of fresh air to the compact SUV segment. Outside, it stands out with its unique body styling and unprecedented personalisation choices. Inside, innovation is demonstrated through its levels of comfort as part of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. This means plenty of space on-board, a modular design, and a bright and airy passenger compartment. New C3 Aircross is a contemporary vehicle that is connected and equipped with a range of technologies that make life easier in the city and out on the open road. In short, Citroën's new SUV invites fans of style, well-being and adventure to live a whole new automotive experience. The New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV stands apart as:  AN SUV WITH AN ASSERTIVE & CUSTOMISABLE PERSONALITYNew Citroën C3 Aircross is a compact 4.15m long SUV distinguished by its powerful, original and fresh attitude. It boasts unique body styling that is fully representative of the current Citroën range, along with all the attributes of a robust and protective SUV – raised ground clearance, an elevated driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wheel arch extensions. The body styling is underscored by strong graphic features, such as the touches of colour on the roof bars and the ‘Venetian Blind’ rear quarter-lights. New C3 Aircross offers an unprecedented number of personalisation options with up to 90 exterior colour combinations, including four roof colours for two-tone models and four ‘Colour Packs’, plus five highly distinctive interior design schemes. The cabin, with its horizontal design approach, clearly conveys spaciousness and protection. New C3 Aircross is also very much an SUV in terms of driving pleasure and handling. Nimble in the city, owing to its compact body, and ready for adventure with its Grip Control® and Hill Descent Assist system, New C3 Aircross is available with a wide selection of economical and efficient petrol and diesel engines.  THE MOST SPACIOUS & MODULAR SUV IN THE COMPACT SEGMENTThe Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, which focuses on mental and physical well-being, is seen through the ingenious architecture of New C3 Aircross. This is a compact SUV that makes everyday life easier, with absolutely no compromises in terms of comfort or functionality. The cabin is home to broad and comfortable seats, and offers class-leading space (headroom and legroom), unrivalled modularity (split/sliding rear seats), a fold-flat front passenger seat (for a load length of up to 2.40m) and exceptional boot volume (410-litres, which can increase to 520-litres). Well-being is also assured by a cabin that is flooded with natural light, thanks to the large opening panoramic glass sunroof. New C3 Aircross features ingenious storage spaces, including a wireless smartphone charging area in the central console. It is also available with a complete range of driver assistance systems, such as the Colour Head-up Display, Active Safety Brake, Intelligent Beam Headlights and Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation, as well as useful technologies including Park Assist and Citroën Connect Nav. "After the New C5 Aircross, a C-segment SUV presented in Shanghai, Citroën is accelerating its international SUV offensive with a second model. Unveiled today in Paris, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV will be launched in Europe between now and the end of the year. Bringing together all of Citroën's expertise in cabin space, modular design and comfort, this people-minded SUV stands out in the B SUV-segment with its unique body styling. It has a different mind-set, a source of protection and adventure, consistent with the expectations of customers today." Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO NEW CITROËN C3 AIRCROSS IN DETAIL 01 – AN SUV WITH AN ASSERTIVE & CUSTOMISABLE PERSONALITY UNIQUE SUV BODY STYLING New Citroën C3 Aircross was created with the inspiration of the design teams, led by Alexandre Malval, Citroën’s Design Director. New C3 Aircross appeals with its unique body styling, and its fresh and protective appearance. Its compact and high-set dimensions (4.15m long, 1.76m wide and 1.64m tall) are well proportioned and showcase the car's flowing and dynamic lines. Citroën's attractive new compact SUV dominates the road. The design of New C3 Aircross is unique to the segment with a muscular bonnet that is both short and raised. The overall design is free from aggression although there is a sense of robustness, which is underscored by the front and rear light signatures. Standing firm on its large diameter wheels, New C3 Aircross has a ground clearance 20mm higher than New C3, whose platform it shares. The new model's wheel arch extensions and protective skid plates also contribute to the dynamic and protective SUV styling. These visual features reinforce the car's adventurous spirit and personality. At the front, New C3 Aircross features Citroën's two-tier light signature. The lights at the top are the LED daytime running lights, which link to the chevrons via a double chrome strip to enhance the perceived width of the car. The lower units are for the headlights and come complete with coloured surrounds. There is also space to house the fog lamps. A large air intake in the centre strikes a powerful note. Lower down, a protective skid plate underscores the SUV nature of New C3 Aircross. At the rear, the design emphasises the car’s width and muscular character. The 3D-effect rear lights spell out the family connection with New C3 and the C-Aircross Concept. The sophisticated light units are complemented by ‘Gloss Black’ inserts in the tailgate, featuring the two-tone C3 Aircross badge and Gloss Black chevrons. The imposing rear bumper and protective skid plate echo the front end, and once again affirms the car's robustness and SUV spirit.  A true SUV, New C3 Aircross features innovative components such as the stylish quarter-lights as a unique design signature. Previewed on the C-Aircross Concept, the rear quarter-lights – made from polycarbonate and layered with a coloured film – create a strong graphic contrast on the C-pillar. With their ‘Venetian Blind’ effect, they add a unique character trait and also serve to conceal the inside of the car, but without keeping the light out or reducing visibility.  A CUSTOMISABLE SUV: WITH UP TO 90 COLOUR COMBINATIONS* Another distinctive feature of New Citroën C3 Aircross is the way it can be adapted to match the personality of individual customers. As with New C3, Citroën’s designers have given New C3 Aircross a bold and modern spirit that is highly customisable. Each owner can express themselves – from the most conventional to the most striking finish. Customers can choose the colour of the roof and then combine it with a different body colour and a ‘Colour Pack’. Energising the styling of the compact SUV, the touches in the Colour Pack are applied to the roof bars, rear quarter-lights, door mirrors, front headlamp surrounds and wheel centre caps. New C3 Aircross is available with up to 90 colour combinations reflecting each buyer’s personality and tastes: Eight body colours (Natural White, Ink Black, Misty Grey, Cosmic Silver, Passion Red, Breathing Blue, Soft Sand, Spicy Orange)Four roof colours for a two-tone effect (Ink Black, Natural White, Spicy Orange or Soft Sand)*Four Colour Packs (Orange, Grey, White, Black) * Depending on the country Customers also get to choose between stylish 16-inch wheel trims and 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels. Personalisation applies equally inside New C3 Aircross, with five interior design choices.Each design is inspired by the worlds of furniture and fashion. The emphasis is on pure lines, protective forms, a meticulous finish and a variety of textures on the dashboard. The door panel designs, touches of colour on the steering wheel and air vents, and the seat upholsteries create a lounge-like atmosphere. Regardless of the chosen finish, be it neutral, warm, dynamic or high-end, New C3 Aircross brings an extensive range of items for personal expression: The standard design scheme is pure and uncluttered with a textured grey dashboard, combined with Mica Grey cloth seat upholstery and enhanced by white air vent surroundsThe Metropolitan Grey design scheme emphasises cabin space. The focus here is on clarity and well-being with bright colours and warm fabrics that also feature on the dashboard. The air vents have orange surroundsThe Urban Red design scheme expresses vitality and boosts the technological character of the SUV. It comprises a series of contrasting elements between dark colours and bright stitching on the Dark Grey Quartz cloth seats. The dashboard is covered in a leather-like material to complete the lookThe Hype Mistral design scheme conveys a premium feel. It combines black leather and patterned cloth, with a leather-look to the dashboard. The air vents feature satin chrome surroundsThe Hype Colorado design scheme also expresses a premium approach, enhanced by soft-touch materials and a special tan-coloured finish on the half-leather seats, two-tone leather steering wheel and dashboard.AN SUV DRIVING EXPERIENCE New C3 Aircross is also very much an SUV in terms of driving pleasure and handling. Dominating the road with its raised ground clearance and large wheels, New C3 Aircross is at ease on most surfaces thanks to the Grip Control® and Hill Descent Assist system. Able to venture out of the city and leave the beaten track by adjusting grip, New C3 Aircross is ideal both for fans of urban adventure and shopping excursions, and fans of sport, leisure and outdoor activities. Equipped with the Grip Control® system for improved traction and special 16-inch and 17-inch mud-and-snow tyres, New C3 Aircross can adapt to all types of terrain, whatever the conditions. Safety is enhanced in all circumstances through five driving modes. Drivers can leave the Grip Control® system on automatic via the Standard mode or select between Sand, All-Road, Snow or ESP OFF modes.  Combined with Grip Control®, the Hill Descent Assist function maintains the car at a reduced speed even on the steepest inclines. This technology keeps New C3 Aircross on the right trajectory while limiting the risk of slippage as the car descends slopes. The new function helps the driver to keep perfect control of New C3 Aircross in complete safety. The system can function at very low speeds – as low as 2mph (3km/h) – for added control and safety during what can otherwise be a very stressful manoeuvre. The technology and adventurous nature of the new model are underlined by a broad range of economical and efficient latest-generation engines. New C3 Aircross is available with International Engine of the Year award-winning PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines, equipped with the latest technologies for heightened responsiveness, controlled fuel consumption and emissions. The BlueHDi range of diesel engines also brings driving pleasure and enhanced economy. Petrol: The New C3 Aircross compact SUV is available in its highest performance form with the PureTech 130 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The PureTech 110 S&S engine is available with a manual gearbox, as well as an EAT6 automatic gearbox for maximum driving pleasure and comfort. In addition, there is the choice of the PureTech 82 engine with a manual gearbox.Diesel: The New C3 Aircross is also available with a choice of the BlueHDi 120 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the BlueHDi 100 manual.02 – THE MOST SPACIOUS & MODULAR SUV IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT Central to each design stage, the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme informed the generous character of this people-minded compact SUV. Designed as a true space for living, the interior of New C3 Aircross is warm and welcoming. With its ingenious architecture, it combines compact design outside with outstanding roominess inside. An easy car to live with, day in and day out, New C3 Aircross scores high on user-friendliness through its intuitive technologies. CLASS-LEADING SPACE New C3 Aircross is fully focused on comfort, with the perception of space and a sense of well-being playing a key role. These sensations – felt instantly on entering the vehicle – are created by the horizontal design of the dashboard, and by the welcoming and comfortable seats. Put simply, New Citroën C3 Aircross innovates through its design, providing exceptional cabin space, modularity and boot volume. Spaciousness: The architecture of New C3 Aircross delivers the most spacious interior in the segment and outstanding comfort, with five seats and both generous leg and headroom. Each passenger is fully at ease in the front and rear alike. Rear knee room is also remarkable, as a direct result of the 2.60m wheelbaseModulardesign: New C3 Aircross has the most advanced modular design in its category with a 60/40 split and folding rear bench, with independent sections that slide through 150mm. The ultra-modular front passenger seat can be folded down to transport long objects. In a single movement, the maximum load length can be extended to 2.40mBoot volume: New C3 Aircross has the largest boot in the segment. Access is aided by a large tailgate and a low loading sill. The boot's standard volume of 410-litres can be increased to 520-litres with the rear bench in the fully forward position. Total load volume with the rear seats folded down flat is an impressive 1,289-litres. Strong on everyday practicality, New C3 Aircross also features a removable luggage shelf that can be stored in a vertical position behind the rear bench when transporting taller objects. As a further ingenious touch, the dual height boot floor provides the option of a flat floor with the rear seatbacks folded down.OPENING PANORAMIC GLASS SUNROOF New C3 Aircross places a premium on the amount of light in the cabin. The new model features a large glazed surface area offering drivers 360° of visibility and impressive amounts of light inside the car. This sensation is enhanced by the relaxing effect of the rear quarter-lights with their ‘Venetian Blind’ design creating a mixture of light and shadow. New C3 Aircross also offers passengers an impressive view of the sky with its opening panoramic glass sunroof. Unique in the B SUV-segment, this feature comes complete with a sequential electric control, has an interior glazed area of nearly 1m long, and features a sun blind and LED lighting. The amount of light in the cabin can also be adjusted using the sun blinds in the rear doors.  INGENIOUS STORAGE SPACES Another essential component to promote comfort when travelling is storage space. The eminently functional New C3 Aircross benefits from a range of storage compartments. The central console has been designed to store a smartphone with a special dock and wireless charging.The ‘penholder’ space on the passenger side of the dashboard can accommodate slim objects such as keys, pens and coins. The front door pockets even have enough room for 1.5-litre bottles of water. Rear passengers benefit from extra storage spaces too. The central section of the rear seats can fold down to create an armrest with cup holders. This also features a ski flap for transporting long objects. CLASSIC CITROËN COMFORT Faithful to the brand's DNA and the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C3 Aircross benefits from Citroën's know-how and provides drivers and passengers with peerless travelling comfort. The aim is to make each journey in New C3 Aircross more pleasant and cocoon-like by filtering out external noise and vibrations. The standard-setting comfort on-board New C3 Aircross is demonstrated via: seat comfort, with broad and generous seat squabssuspension comfort, with classic Citroën settings for all driving conditionssound comfort, with meticulous soundproofing and acousticsTECHNOLOGIES THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER 12 USEFUL DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS* Inspired by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV was designed for ease of use. It is equipped with intuitive technologies for peace-of-mind and safety at the wheel: Keyless entry and start: a hands-free access and start-up system that allows the driver to open and start the vehicle without getting the key out of their pocket or bagColour Head-up Display: bringing the driver useful driving information in his or her line of sight. Projected in colour on a retractable see-through screen, the data (on speed and cruise control/speed limiter settings etc.) is visible continuously, without the driver having to take their eyes off the roadTop Rear Vision Reversing Camera: for enhanced vision and easier manoeuvres. When the driver shifts into reverse, the camera displays the view behind the vehicle on the 7-inch touchscreen. The image is supplemented by colour reference points indicating the proximity of any obstacles, as well as showing a secondary 180° view of the area behind the carPark Assist: making parking manoeuvres more relaxing, easier and safer. Park Assist is an active parking assistance system, for parallel and perpendicular parking. When prompted by the driver, it automatically detects a space then controls the steering for an entirely safe park. All the driver has to do is shift into reverse, accelerate and brakeActive Safety Brake: with a sound and visual alert to reduce the risk of frontal impact, plus the ability for the system to brake in place of the driverLane Departure Warning System: protects against driver fatigue at the wheel or a simple moment of inattention when travelling over 37mph (60km/h). The system detects the accidental crossing of road markings when the indicator has not been activated, and warns the driver with a sound alert and a message on the instrument clusterBlind Spot Monitoring System: alerts the driver to the presence of a vehicle in their blind spot via a warning light in the door mirrors on either side of the carSpeed Sign Recognition and Recommendation: the driver is informed of the speed limit via the instrument cluster and the system records the speed indicated as a setting for the cruise control/speed limiterIntelligent Beam Headlights: for safer driving at night, this system automatically switches between high beam and low beam settings when the system detects oncoming trafficDriver Assistance Alert: monitors driver behaviour using the multi-function camera on the upper part of the windscreen and alerts them of potential fatigue. This system assesses the driver's attention level by comparing the direction of travel relative to the road markings. It is particularly useful on motorways and at speeds of over 40mph (65km/h)Coffee Break Alert: the driver is alerted after driving for two hours at speeds over 43mph (70km/h)Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist: for a variety of surfaces and added control on steep inclines.* Depending on the country FOUR CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE CUSTOMER'S DIGITAL WORLD AND THEIR CAR For a more seamless driving experience, New Citroën C3 Aircross delivers continuous connectivity and infotainment via a 7-inch touchscreen. This screen acts as the control centre for the vehicle. For example, it incorporates the air conditioning, radio, telephone and Sat Nav controls. To help customers stay better connected and to improve their driving experience, New C3 Aircross features: Wireless Smartphone Charging: This all-new system can be used to induction charge a wide range of smartphones or devices compatible with the Qi standard. A charging mat is built into a dedicated storage space in the central console. Wireless electric energy transmission is based on the principle of magnetic inductionMirror Screen functionality: With Android Auto, Apple CarPlay™ and MirrorLink®, drivers enjoy the multimedia content and apps on their smartphones in complete safety by replicating and controlling them via the 7-inch touchscreenCitroën Connect Nav: Featuring connected 3D navigation with voice recognition, this new-generation navigation system comes with connected services such as TomTom Traffic, for real-time traffic information, service station and car park localisation and prices, weather information, and a local point-of-interest search function. There is even an accident blackspot warning functionCitroën Connect Box: Incorporating Citroën’s Emergency & Assistance system, this important piece of equipment links to a specialised assistance platform in the event of a breakdown or accident.Agile in the city, but also equipped with all-road attributes for far-flung adventures, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV meets the requirements of modern lifestyles. This advanced and people-minded SUV is customisable, comfortable and characterful. Produced at the Zaragoza plant in Spain, this new-generation compact SUV will officially go ‘on sale’ in the UK on Wednesday 1 November 2017. TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS  Length: 4.15mWidth: 1.76mHeight: 1.64mWheelbase: 2.60mBoot capacity: 410 to 520-litres

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23rd May 2017

SEAT Ateca is Honest John’s Car of the Year

The Ateca has been awarded Honest John’s Car of the Year award, adding yet another accolade to its haul since it was launched last summer. Our SUV was also named best crossover. The Honest John awards are based on the number of page views for each new car review during the year, with about two million unique page visits across the site every month. Dan Powell, Honest John’s Managing Editor, said: “We had to wait a long time for SEAT’s first crossover, but the good-looking and affordable Ateca is proof that good things do indeed come to those who wait. “Over the past 12 months, no other car has come close to matching the admiration of the Ateca, with our readers praising its style, comfort and running costs. As a result, the superb SEAT takes both the car of the year and most-popular crossover awards for 2017.” Richard Harrison, Director of SEAT UK, said: “This is a fantastic award to receive, not least because it’s based on real-world enthusiasm for the Ateca, expressed by the huge numbers of people who use Honest John’s website. “The Ateca is proving a huge hit for us in the UK and, in truth, we could hardly have scripted a better start for it, both in terms of its sales success and multi-award-winning first few months on sale.”  

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8th May 2017

Abarth Day 2017 at Rockingham, Saturday May 20th

The tickets for the spectacular "Abarth Day 2017" events, biggest of all Abarth meetings, which will be staged on seven race tracks across Europe from May to July, can be purchased on the www.abarthday.com website now. A range of ticket prices is available, starting from £10. What is more, "The Scorpionship" cardholders enjoy up to 50% discounts. You can apply for your free card at scorpionship.abarth.com.   After the extraordinary success of the past edition, Abarth has decided to expand the event which will now count no fewer than seven unmissable appointments for fans of the car with the scorpion badge. All events share the same programme with some local differences, and they will involve the ever growing "The Scorpionship" community. You can join the 70,000-fans-strong club active in 10 countries for free on the scorpionship.abarth.com website. From the prized classics, built starting from 1949 (the year when Abarth was established), to the brand-new Abarth 595 and Abarth 124 spider, Abarth cars will play a starring role. Visitors will have the chance to take the models of the range for a spin on each of the seven circuits, both on and off the track.   There will be areas dedicated to modern models, classic cars and affiliated Abarth Clubs, to offer all fans an action-packed, exciting programme Those who arrive driving of their own Abarth can park inside the paddock and drive their car on the tracks, after purchasing the specific ticket. Furthermore, an entertainment area will also be open. Designed for Abarth fans of all ages, visitors can use driving simulators, challenge each other with remote controlled Abarth cars and configure the new Abarth 124 spider using ground-braking virtual reality. Finally, they will be invited to experience the extreme Abarth performance by becoming the co-driver of an Abarth race car driven by a professional pilot.   Mopar®, official partner for FCA aftersales services, will be present at all events. Mopar® Express Care, the innovative authorised mobile service developed by Mopar®, will offer an array of services, such as check-ups and electronic diagnostic procedures, scheduled maintenance operations (filters, brakes, battery, lights, oil), climate control system maintenance, tyre service, window replacement and repair, passenger compartment sanitation and installation of genuine accessories in addition to special benefits and promotions especially for the event.Visitors to the Mopar® area will also see a wide range of accessories, such as the exciting Record Monza exhaust, the Esseesse rim kit, the Abarth Koni suspension kit, pedal sets and sporty gear knobs.   Calendar 13 May - Autodrome de Montlhéry (France)20 May - Autodromo di Varano de' Melegari (Italy)20 May - Rockingham Motor Speedway (UK)27 May - Circuito Vasco Sameiro (Portugal)3 June - Salzburgring (Austria)24 June - Parcmotor Castellolí (Spain)2 July - Hockenheim (Germany).

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21st April 2017

FIAT 500 MIRROR: REFLECTING THE NEED TO BE CONNECTED

Besides marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Fiat 500, 2017 also sees the debut of the Fiat 500 Mirror. This special edition marks the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the Fiat 500, with a car that’s always connected and packed with content. The Fiat 500 Mirror is available in a choice of five exterior colours, including Electronica Blue, and enhances its classic look with chrome finished door mirror covers, a brushed aluminium “Mirror” badge on the B pillar and 14-inch wheels with chrome finished wheel covers. 15-inch alloy wheels are also available as an option.Standard equipment is extended to include speed limiter, integrated controls on the leather steering wheel and Uconnect™ 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen with Bluetooth, USB-AUX IN ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  The introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means that users can access the main applications of their smartphones directly on the 7-inch screen of the Uconnect™ system. Apple CarPlay enables iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Apple Music, messages, phone and more with Siri or the Uconnect™ touchscreen, while Android Auto integration also allows drivers to manage the compatible content and features on their device directly from the integrated touch screen or by using the system’s vocal commands.  The new Fiat 500 Mirror is available as both a hatchback and a convertible, with the 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine. The 1.2-litre petrol registers a fuel consumption of 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 110g/km CO2. When combined with the Dualogic gearbox, the mpg increases to 62.8 on the combined cycle and the CO2 drops to 105g/km.  The Fiat 500 Mirror is now available to order with a starting price of £12,515 OTR. For more information on the new Fiat 500 Mirror please contact us today.

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11th April 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK HAS JOINED THE REBELLION AGAINST CANCER BY BECOMING AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF STAND UP TO CANCER 2017

Hyundai Motor UK is proud to announce that it has joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer, by becoming an Official Partner, and will be helping to raise vital funds for a disease that one in two people will be diagnosed with over the course of their lifetime.  Hyundai UK is calling for people from across the country - including its employees, customers and the general public - to unite, stand up and join the rebellion against cancer by helping to raise funds for life-saving research. With 980 cases of cancer diagnosed every day in the UK, which is one every two minutes, it’s a disease that affects a huge number of people. But through funding, scientists can continue to make breakthroughs and increase cancer survival rates. To raise some of this critical money, Stand Up To Cancer and Hyundai are working together on a world-first fundraising project which will involve a very unique IONIQ Electric. Using the latest technology, this one-of-a-kind car will give people a new and engaging way to donate to Stand Up To Cancer. The bespoke IONIQ will appear at a variety of high-profile events and at Hyundai dealerships between May and November 2017. Further details about this car will be revealed in the coming weeks. As well as the innovative IONIQ, Hyundai UK’s employees will take part in a series of fundraising challenges which will involve staff having to make best use of their entrepreneurial skills and creativity. Throughout the partnership, Hyundai UK will also help to raise awareness of Stand Up To Cancer by spreading the word and encouraging conversation through its social media and online channels, as well as through its customer communications. Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK said: “Playing a role in helping to beat cancer is incredibly important to everyone at Hyundai. We are extremely proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK through our partnership with Stand Up To Cancer, a charity with which we share the same spirit of innovation. “One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime but the crucial thing is that together we can actually do something about it. I hope that through our fundraising plans, we can inspire people to stand up, donate and save lives.” Rachel Carr, Head of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “Stand Up To Cancer unites the great British public, to raise both awareness and funds for pioneering life-saving research that turns breakthroughs from the labs into treatments and tests that help people with cancer.   “As a brand that shares our spirit of innovation, I’m delighted that we’re now working with Hyundai Motor UK. By joining forces and rebelling against this disease together, we’ll be one step closer to stopping cancer in its tracks once and for all.” Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, accelerating new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients to ultimately save more lives. More than £38 million has been raised in the UK to date, supporting over 40 clinical trials and projects that are currently involving over 9,000 patients. For more information visit: standuptocancer.org.uk

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31st March 2017

FIAT LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION 500-60TH TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORIGINAL FIAT 500

Fiat is launching a special edition 500 convertible, to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic global bestseller. This special edition comes with a grey fabric roof and Dolcevita bi-colour paintwork, combining tri-coat white for the body of the car and pastel ivory for the bonnet and pillars. Chrome mirror covers and special 16-inch alloy wheels, with white diamond finish, complete the look and pay homage to the styling cues of the original Fiat 500. It will be badged with vintage Fiat logos and a bespoke 500-60th icon, with the red ‘6’ and ‘0’ incorporated into the last two figures of the 500 logo. Inside, a bordeaux vinyl dashboard and vintage Fiat logo clad steering wheel complement the retro inspired ivory leather seats, with contrasting bordeaux piping, ivory leather gear knob, bespoke floor mats and 500-60thkickplates. While the styling pays tribute to the original 500, its standard technology remains up-to-date with a multi-function steering wheel, 7-inch HD Uconnect™ Radio Live touchscreen system with Bluetooth, satellite navigation and USB and AUX IN ports, rain and dusk sensors, cruise control, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. Bringing the 500-60th bang-up-to-date, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ are both now available as standard. They enable access to smartphone applications directly from the 7-inch screen of the Uconnect™ system, integrated in the central console. The 500-60th is available with a choice of three petrol engines; the 1.2-litre 69hp and the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85hp, both available with a manual or Dualogic gearbox, and the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 105hp. The 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85hp and Dualogic gearbox, emits just 88g/km CO2, while returning 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. Having set trends worldwide in lifestyle, fashion and art, more than six million Fiat 500s have been sold globally in the past six decades. Just 250 units of this model will make their way to the UK, and the first 60 units built will be completed with an individually numbered limited edition plate and certificate of authenticity. The launch of the 500-60th forms part of the Fiat 500’s 60th anniversary celebrations. “Forever Young” will celebrate Fiat 500 models from the past and present. The Fiat 500 has influenced fashion, society and behaviours and become a genuine trendsetter. Fans can get involved by taking an online tour of the era the 500 was born at www.500foreveryoung.fiatpress.com, looking back at the "500-mania", art, and advertising that helped to shape the icon. The Fiat 500-60th is now on sale with a starting price of £19,240 OTR, with first deliveries taking place from 4th July. For more information on the new Fiat 500-60th Click here

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8th March 2017

SUZUKI AT THE 87TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW - UNVEIL OF ALL-NEW SWIFT

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI All-new Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland from June 2017. Up to 10 per cent lighter, 19 per cent more powerful and 8 per cent more fuel efficient than outgoing model. Available as a Five-door model only in SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 grades; pricing to be announced in May 2017. 90hp 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine offers CO2 emissions of 98g/km and 65.7mpg for manual transmission model. 111PS 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine offers CO2 emissions of 104g/km and 61.4mpg for manual transmission model. Boosterjet engine now available with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering CO2 emissions of 97g/km. Third all-new model utilising Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 890kg for SZ3 model. Available with ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ 4WD system. Global Swift sales of 5.4 million units since 2005 1 million sales in Europe since 2005, 127,000 in the UK. Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan. Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now unveils the new European Swift at the Geneva Motor Show as its all-new global supermini. It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind. In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the new Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki. Swift is a very popular and important car in the range and has reached 5.4 million sales globally in less than 12 years, faster than any other Suzuki model. New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is now the third model (following Baleno and IGNIS) to adopt this new generation platform and be introduced in Europe. The new Swift rests on a new-generation platform “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety. This new platform or underbody of new Swift is now 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model) - 120kg lighter overall for the whole car. The new Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 25 per cent more luggage capacity at 254L, or 54 litres more than the outgoing model. It is also 15mm lower and 40mm wider, further accentuating its low and wide stance. Additionally, the European Swift has a wider front and rear track than the Japanese Domestic model. Key dimensions Length: 3,840mm Width: 1,735mm; Height: 1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD) Wheelbase: 2,450mm; Track: front/rear: 1,520 – 1,530mm/1,520 – 1,525mm (Dependent on Grade / Tyre Size) Behind the New Swift: Aspects of Styling InnovationDevelopment of the new Swift’s exterior design was based on the concept of a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”. While resolute efforts were made so that the new Swift would inherit the model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car. Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. The body is shorter, lower and wider, while a wide and aggressive front grille, supporting bumper grille character lines all express strength. The look of a low centre of gravity is further established by blacked-out pillars that create the appearance of a floating roof. Pillar-mounted door handles add both style and a sporty flair while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination usedin the headlamps and rear-combination lamps (SZ5 model). Smarter packagingDuring interior design, lowering the seating positions has ensured sufficient head clearance (the same as for outgoing Swift for the front seats) and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The front seats have been moved outwards by 10mm which has increased the centre-on-centre distance between them by 20mm. Other interior features include a centre console turned five degrees towards the driver, front seats with optimised shape and spring position with heightened side bolsters. The steering wheel is of new design ‘D’-shape section and an LED auto air conditioning panel is also fitted (SZ5 models): Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Development of New Swift - Put Through Its Paces in EuropeIn order to suit the needs of European customers, Suzuki knew that simply designing and developing the new Swift in Japan would not be sufficient. So it turned to the roads of Europe, where teams of local evaluation drivers helped to hone the new car. Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the new Swift’s evolution, commenced in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads. Specification HighlightsStandard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model with 1.2-litre Dualjet engine and manual transmission will include six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.    The SZ-T model available with 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine and manual transmission adds rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps glass. SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, keyless entry and start and rear electric windows, Boosterjet technology.After the debut of the 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet in Baleno in June 2016 and S-Cross in October 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.7-1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. This unit has an output of 111PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). It is a very compact engine and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm for manual transmission. 1.2-litre DualjetSuzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift and then in Baleno in June 2016. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s renowned engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation. The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 11.9 seconds for the SZ3 2WD and 12.6 seconds for the SHVS ALLGRIP equipped model.  SHVS.The SHVS mild hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor,  the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. In new Swift, SHVS is available together with Boosterjet for the first time and results in CO2 emissions as low as 97gkm. The energy assistance provided during acceleration enables the SHVS to be known as a mild hybrid system which is ideally suited to a compact car and adds just 6.2 kg to the overall weight. 4WD (ALLGRIP AUTO)The new Swift adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system and is available as an option on the SZ5 model with 1.2-litre engine. First introduced in the previous generation Swift in 2014 this is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.     Advanced Forward Detection SystemThe new Swift SZ5 features Suzuki’s first use of an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control. The advanced forward detection system monocular camera excels at mid to long distance detection and also recognition of traffic elements including pedestrians and lane markers. The laser sensor excels at monitoring shorter distance hazards and also night vision detection. Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) – SZ5 Grade.The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph and if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage. Advanced Multi-information display.The SZ5 model is equipped with a 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking. For the SHVS model an energy flow diagram is also included. Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivityThe audio system for both SZ-T and SZ5 models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio  (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation and can also be used when wearing gloves. A three dimensional navigation map makes landmarks easy to distinguish and the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection. The all new Swift goes on sale in the UK on June 1st 2017.

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8th March 2017

NEW CAPTUR – EVEN MORE DISTINCTIVE

The New Renault Captur has been unveiled at Geneva International Motor Show. Europe’s best-selling urban crossover in 2016 with sales of 215,670 vehicles, has reinvented itself to feature more distinctive styling and new advanced technologies, without sacrificing any of its user-friendliness.  For the first time, a range-topping Captur Signature S Nav version will be available.   Bolder looks, more colour choice inside and out The New Captur builds on the model’s original success, including its striking two-tone colour scheme, with three new body colours: Desert Orange, Ocean Blue and Amethyst as well as a new Mercury Silver option for the roof. There will be 36 potential combinations enable customers to tailor the appearance of their New Captur to match their personal taste. The New Captur also offers seven different interior touch packs in the following colours: Ivory, Blue, Caramel, Red, Bronze-tinted Chrome, Satin Chrome and Smoked Chrome. These are complemented by exterior customisation packs in a choice of six colours: Ivory, Blue, Cappuccino, Red, Satin Chrome and Orange (hub caps and side sill protector). Full-LED ‘Pure Vision’ front lights (depending on version) enhance both the vehicle’s look and safety, while reducing glare. At the bottom of the bumper, New Captur incorporates the C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights that have become recognised as the brand’s lighting signature. The rear lights similarly include this hallmark, which is visible both night and day. Captur has evolved by taking a step closer in style to its bigger sibling, the Kadjar. The radiator grille has been modified to bring it more into line with the Renault brand’s other crossovers, with the addition of a chrome strip. At both the front and rear, the bumper incorporates new skid plates in evidence of the Captur’s adventurous credentials. Three types of wheel are available across the range: one 16-inch rim (Adventure) and two 17-inch wheels (Emotion and Explore). New Captur can be specified with a fixed glass roof (depending on version). Available exclusively in the vehicle’s two-tone configuration, this new feature provides an even brighter cabin. The cabin is more refined, benefitting from high-quality plastics, sleek chrome and elegantly subdued colours. The steering wheel is made from more upmarket materials and, on certain versions, comes trimmed with full-grain leather. The gear lever boasts a more modern appearance, while the door panels have been revised to seamlessly incorporate buttons and controls. The LED ceiling light provides individual reading lights. Available on some versions, new seats have been designed to be more cosseting, offering additional lateral support and greater comfort. At the same time, the New Captur retains its most practical features, including the availability of removable upholstery and Grip Xtend, depending on trim level. “The Captur was the first model in Renault’s new crossover line-up. It was important for us to refresh its external appearance in line with the newer models in the range, the Kadjar and the forthcoming Koleos. We also enhanced the quality inside the cabin by replacing injection-moulded plastic with trimmed materials, and the choice of colours and fabrics is now more sophisticated too. We have paid great attention to every detail overall and the strength of the car. We have upgraded the fit and finish of the car.” Mario Polla Captur Design Project Manager All-New Signature S Nav trim level A chrome-detailed grille immediately sets the New Captur Signature S apart. Careful attention has also been paid to the front and rear skid plates, which feature a more metallic grey finish. The same effect is visible around the windows and drip seals, which are picked out in gloss black. Signature S versions enjoy a specific range of colours, including the new Amethyst launch option. The interior ambience of the New Captur Signature S is just as exclusive, with heated Nappa leather seats, full-grain Nappa leather trimming for the steering wheel, chrome embellishments, leather-trimmed doorpanels, aluminium pedals and aluminium door sills. Finally, all of the in-car technologies available as options for the New Captur, including Blind Spot Warning, Easy Park Assist, hands-free entry and keyless ignition, are standard in the Signature S. These features are complemented by a premium BOSE® audio system and the very latest version of Renault’s R-LINK multimedia system, which grants access to all of the car’s multimedia functions with a single click, as well as all relevant smartphone applications courtesy of Android Auto™. Advanced multimedia systems The BOSE® Premium Sound System transforms the Captur’s cabin into a veritable concert hall, producing authentic, clear and realistic music, worthy of a live performance. This audio experience is achieved via a system based on seven high-definition BOSE® loudspeakers including a subwoofer in the boot. Three multimedia systems are fitted according to equipment level: R&GO, Media Nav and R-LINK Even from its entry equipment level, the New Captur is completely connected courtesy of the new version of R&GO, Renault’s simple, smart system that transforms the user’s smartphone into a connected tablet installed in its universal cradle. This practical system enables the user to intuitively access the car’s most useful functions, including navigation via an in-app purchase, telephone, multimedia and vehicle data. Certain versions are equipped with Media Nav – a comprehensive multimedia system that offers excellent value for money, considering the wealth of features it incorporates: navigation with traffic information, Bluetooth handsfree calling, audio streaming via the user’s smartphone, plus a Driving Eco2 function to optimise driving performance and fuel consumption. Renault R-LINK provides the New Captur with an advanced multimedia system. More customisable than ever, it comes with a 7-inch screen. It incorporates navigation with real-time traffic updates, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, media playback (photos, videos) and a wide variety of applications via Renault’s R-LINK Store, as well as management of the vehicle’s driving aids (depending on version). For the first time R-LINK is compatible with Android Auto™. Available as standard with the R-LINK system, Android Auto grants users easy and direct access – via the 7-inch R-LINK display – to smartphone applications: telephone functions, navigation, music and messages. Blind Spot Warning and easier parking For the first time, the Captur incorporates Blind Spot Warning, available on certain versions. Four sensors work together to detect the presence of moving vehicles in the door mirror blind spots, including motorbikes and bicycles. When a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind spot for longer than a second, a warning indicator immediately lights up in the door mirror. Active at speeds between 19mph and 87mph, this technology makes motoring safer for everybody. In addition to its rear parking sensors, and depending on version, the New Captur is also available with front parking sensors and a reverse parking camera to simplify manoeuvring and help to avoid the bumps and scrapes that are an everyday risk in built-up areas. Another new addition – available for higher-end versions – is the Hands Free Parking function, which significantly facilitates parking manoeuvres. The driver begins by indicating what type of parking space they are looking for, be it parallel, perpendicular or at an angle. When the vehicle is travelling at speeds below 19mph, this system detects all available spaces. Once a suitable space has been identified, the system calculates and co-ordinates the vehicle’s steering, meaning the driver does not need to touch the wheel and can focus solely on acceleration and braking. Renault continues to refresh its product range and reassert its commitment to customer choice in crossovers, and will soon offer three different models: The New Captur: a customisable, B-segment urban crossover, available in the UK from summer 2017.The Kadjar: unveiled in Europe in 2015, the Kadjar is an attractive C-segment crossover designed for getting off the beaten track.The New Koleos: unveiled in 2016 and set to arrive in the UK in summer 2017. This D-segment vehicle artfully blends all the qualities expected of a crossover with the equipment and performance of a saloon car.These three vehicles share Renault’s hallmark French design, underscoring their dynamism and strength, as well as increasingly refined and comfortable cabins.

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8th March 2017

COMBINING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: IONIQ PLUG-IN AT THE 2017 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Hyundai Motor is showcasing the IONIQ line-up with focus on the IONIQ Plug-in, due to arrive in showrooms in the UK in July. The IONIQ is the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains. The IONIQ Plug-in is the last model to be launched after the successful market introduction of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in the second half of 2016. The IOINQ line-up democratises technology making e-mobility more accessible to a wider audience. The IONIQ is part of Hyundai Motor’s global sustainability strategy to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 including five hybrid vehicles, four plug-in hybrid vehicles, four electric vehicles and one fuel-cell electric vehicle. “With the launch of the IONIQ Plug-in we are completing the IONIQ family and making e-mobility more accessible for everyone.” says Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With the choice of three electrified powertrains, the IONIQ is an unique offer – with no compromise as regards to great design, driving pleasure and new connectivity features at a competitive price. It’s a car that is truly driven by e-motion.” Since launch of the IONIQ Hybrid in the second half of 2016, the IONIQ has received thirteen European awards, with several ‘Car of the Year’ titles across Europe for its overall performance, a 2016 Red Dot design award and a five-star Euro NCAP rating in recognition of its outstanding safety. IONIQ Plug-in combining the best of both worlds The IONIQ Plug in combines Hyundai Motor’s new 1.6 GDI direct-injection petrol, four-cylinder engine with class-leading thermal efficiency of 40 percent delivering maximum power of 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque with a 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor that is powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to enable electric driving range up to 63 km while reducing CO2 emission to 26 g/km* and fuel consumption to 1.1 l/100 km* (NEDC combined cycle). Direct driver engagement and great standard safety The IONIQ Plug-in has been engineered for optimum driving dynamics and ride comfort. Hyundai Motor’s in-house developed six-speed dual-clutch transmission enhances driver engagement while increasing efficiency. The different drive modes enhance the driving experience. The Sport Mode applies a sportier steering feel, different transmission logic and a sporty design for the 7-inch TFT digital instrument cluster. The lightweight structure, multilink rear suspension and intelligent powertrain layout also contribute to the driving experience of the IONIQ Plug-in. Advanced active safety technologies are made accessible with Autonomous Emergency Braking including pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist System and Smart Cruise Control as standard features. Additionally customers can choose Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The light and rigid body features 53% Advanced High Strength Steel for better ride and handling characteristics while enhancing passive safety through high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in the event of a collision. Appealing design with class-leading aerodynamics The IONIQ Plug-in’s exterior features LED headlamps and specially designed 16-inch wheels, while sharing most general details with the Hybrid, such as the front grille, the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights and an elegant blue or silver character line below the front and rear bumpers. The sleek aerodynamic shape of the IONIQ helps to achieve a class-leading drag coefficient of just 0.24 Cd and creates an appealing silhouette. Connectivity and driving experience for the mobile generation The IONIQ delivers intuitive smart connectivity and infotainment features via its eight-inch high resolution touchscreen including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless inductive charging, LIVE services for real-time traffic information as well as Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** offering free annual map and software updates. The IONIQ Plug-in enhanced the digital driving experience through its seven-inch digital information cluster. With a high resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, the TFT screen displays all cluster information like the vehicle speed, drive range, navigation information, drive modes, battery status etc. Depending on the selected drive mode, the layout of instrument cluster is changing. In Sport Mode the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer surrounded by an analogue-style tachometer, indicating the engine’s rpm on red coloured background. IONIQ Hybrid The IONIQ Hybrid’s electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) rpm and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185 km/h with CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km (combined). IONIQ Electric The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for a maximum range of over 280 km (based on NEDC). The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with a maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h. 200,000-kilometre warranty on the batteryIn addition to the industry-leading Five Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Hyundai Motor includes an enhanced package for customers who opt for the IONIQ, adding an eight-year, 200,000-kilometre warranty on the high-voltage battery. Together with a comprehensive list of standard features and a competitive price, the IONIQ Plug-in provides unique value among alternative-powertrain cars. Thomas Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, says: “Since the successful European launch of the IONIQ Hybrid and Electric in autumn of 2016, we are continuing to electrify Europe with the introduction of the IONIQ Plug-in. It is another step towards our goal to launch 14 eco cars until 2020 worldwide to reduce emissions and to make future mobility more appealing to a wider audience.” * Fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions and driving range data is provisional, subject to homologation. **Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term of Hyundai’s subscription to MapCare™ programme by which annual map updates will be provided for the eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.

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8th March 2017

NEW GENERATION HYUNDAI i30 TOURER: ELEGANCE MEETS VERSATILITY

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show is the stage for the unveiling of the New Generation Hyundai i30 Tourer. The new member of the i30 family maintains the timeless design of its five-door sibling, adding elegance and versatility in its body style. “Designed, developed, tested and manufactured in Europe, the New Generation Hyundai i30 is Hyundai Motor’s DNA car in Europe,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The i30 is more than just a model – it is a family of cars, consisting of four body types with unique characters united by a coherent, timeless design. With the new i30 Tourer we are now introducing the next body type, offering elegance and versatility for everyone.” “The New Generation i30 Tourer speaks the language of the i30 family in terms of design, and it carries the new Hyundai family identity – the Cascading Grille,” explains Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe. “The tapering roofline and the dynamic proportions give the Tourer an almost coupé-like silhouette. The sleek and dynamic profile is further emphasised by a rich chrome frame surrounding the side windows.” In combination with the full-LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights, the New Generation i30 Tourer has a strong visual presence. High versatility with one of the biggest boots in the segment The i30 Tourer’s sleek design does not compromise boot space: with 602 litres of space (VDA 211) and 1,650 litres (VDA 214) with the seats folded, it has one of the biggest boots in the segment. Versatility is further enhanced by the additional storage space beneath the boot floor with several compartments. The overall length of the Tourer is 4,585 mm (5-door version: 4,340 mm), the height is 1,465 mm (1,475 mm with roof rack). The overall width of 1,795 mm and wheelbase of 2,650 mm are the same as the five-door version. Best-in-class standard safety package Hyundai Motor democratises technology by offering latest active safety and connectivity features for the New Generation i30 Tourer. The i30 offers best-in-class standard active safety with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System always on board. Using camera sensors, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted in the i30 operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The optional pedestrian recognition uses a front radar and avoids or mitigates the consequence of an impact with a pedestrian. Driver Attention Alert (DAA) is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents. Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking up to 180 km/h. If the traffic comes to a halt, the system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. The Blind Spot Detector (BSD) with Lane Change Assist monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. The Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility by alerting the driver visually and acoustically. The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver of unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. It warns the driver before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position. The Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) identifies road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is shown both in the navigation system display as well as in the TFT cluster. A High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected HBA automatically re-activates the high beams, maximising the driver’s range of vision. Smart and connected The i30 Tourer offers customers a spacious and elegant interior with a horizontal layout and free floating screen for the infotainment system. The eight-inch touch screen of the new generation navigation system offers state-of-the-art connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LIVE Services. A wireless charging system for smartphones with the Qi standard is available as well. As an alternative, customers can choose between different audio options, including the audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen with integrated dynamic rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity and My Music functionality. Dynamic and efficient powertrains The powertrain line-up of the i30 Tourer consists of downsized turbocharged engines to enhance efficiency and responsiveness (preliminary fuel consumption in l/100 km for the Hyundai i30 Tourer range: combined 5.8 – 3.6 l/100km, CO2 Emissions 135– 95 g/km*). Customers can choose from two petrol engines and one 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine with 110PS. The Tourer is available with Hyundai’s all-new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the 1.4 T-GDI delivers maximum power of 140 PS and the new three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDI that delivers maximum power of 120 PS. Driving dynamics The engineers of Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Germany enhanced the driving dynamics of the New Generation i30 in a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The highly rigid and light body with 53 % Advanced High Strength Steel provides the basis for good ride and handling characteristics, and the fact that it is combined with 10 % more direct steering and a newly developed chassis means the driver can enjoy dynamic driving together with high levels of comfort. Made in Europe Designed in Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, produced in Nošovice, Czech Republic, and tested on the Nürburgring, the third generation i30 family is built on the infrastructure that Hyundai Motor has developed over the last 25 years in Europe. It aims to continue the success of the two previous generations of i30, which have sold more than 800,000 cars in Europe since 2008. *Official combined cycle test –All values are tentative and not homologated yet, hence subject to changes.

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2nd March 2017

NEW CAPTUR: MORE ADVENTUROUS THAN EVER

The New Renault Captur will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on 7th March. With an upgraded design, inside and out, and the arrival of new equipment, the top-selling B-segment crossover in Europe (215,670 units in 2016) fully intends to retain its leadership. Even more personalisation possibilities New Captur keeps the essentials responsible for its success, including its two-tone body colour option. Personalisation possibilities have been extended with two new body colours: Desert Orange and Ocean Blue, and a new roof colour, Mercury Silver. Motorists can choose from 36 different combinations to create their very own Captur. New Captur steps up the differentiation game with seven interior personalisation packs including a variety of colours – Ivory, Blue, Caramel, Red, Satin Chrome and Smoked Chrome – and five exterior packs: Ivory, Blue, Cappuccino, Red, and Orange (for the hub caps and side sill protector). Brand-identity lighting signature As with the Brand’s latest models, New Captur is equipped with full LED “Pure Vision” headlights (depending on version). This technology sharpens the car’s looks and improves safety while providing greater efficiency. LED daytime running lights are built into the lower bumper in a C shape, forming the brand’s light signature. The rear lights feature the same signature, visible day and night. More emphatic crossover design New Captur has been redesigned to strengthen kinship with its big brother, Kadjar. The grille has been upgraded to more closely resemble that of Renault’s other crossovers, notably with a chrome strip. Front and rear, the bumper includes new skid plates underscoring New Captur’s adventurous personality. Three types of wheel are available across the range: one 16-inch rim (Adventure) and two 17-inch wheels (Emotion and Explore). Fixed glass roof From the third trim level up, Captur can be fitted with a fixed glass roof. Available only in two-tone configuration, the new feature improves ambient light in the cabin. Join Renault on its stand at the Geneva Motor Show at 12:15pm (CET) on 7th March to find out about all the new features on New Captur.

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1st March 2017

ALL-NEW SEAT IBIZA TO MAKE ITS WORLD DEBUT AT 2017 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

The Geneva Motor Show is always a great occasion for the car industry, and this year’s will be a very special one for SEAT. Because above all, the fifth-generation of the All-New SEAT Ibiza, the Spanish brand’s historic best-seller,with more than 5.4 million units sold, will be making its world debut.“SEAT is in a phase of consolidation and growth and we are working to become one of the most dynamic organisations in our industry” says Luca de Meo, Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT S.A.,“The new SEAT Ibiza will make a great leap forward for the brand and it is set to be a turning point in the segment”. SEAT is now midway through its largest ever product offensive.  At the beginning, came the launch of the brand’s first SUV, Ateca, followed recently by the New Leon. Now it’s the eye-catching Ibiza’s turn, completing the reinforcement of the three main SEAT brand pillars. New models are still yet to come, including the compact crossover,Arona. The launch of the All-New Ibiza opens a very special year for SEAT, in commercial terms as well. The company has entered its fifth consecutive year of increased sales after posting 16.5% growth in January. The fifth generation of the SEAT Ibiza has been developed in Barcelona and is a decisive step forward in the future of SEAT. Firstly, because it demonstrates the Volkswagen Group’s latest technology, the MQB-A0 platform (Modular Quer Baukasten) which shows the importance of the SEAT brand within the Volkswagen Group, as this platform application is the first in the supermini segment. And secondly, because it benefits from the most advanced technology, a notable increase in interior space, plus, a rewarding driving experience. This has led to the creation of a completely new model while, retaining Ibiza’s young spirit, dynamism, functionality and comfort. To achieve this, it gets a new, fresh, sporty and striking design, reflecting the unmistakable SEAT DNA. The surfaces have been accentuated even more in a way that gives a more sculptured, exciting and aerodynamic look.

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28th February 2017

DS 7 CROSSBACK: THE NEW SUV BY DS, INNOVATIVE SAVOIR-FAIRE FROM PARIS

DS 7 CROSSBACK is the latest model to be unveiled by DS Automobiles. Heralding a new era for DS, the new SUV combines the latest technological innovations with the brand’s Parisian savoir-faire, introducing new levels of driving comfort and performance. Aimed at customers who are in tune with the latest trends, appreciate the world of luxury and prefer to express their unique personality. DS 7 CROSSBACK has its public debut at Geneva. 2017 sees the launch of a sophisticated vehicle with a world premiere for DS Automobiles. DS 7 CROSSBACK is an SUV with a strong personality, and ideally proportioned to embody the perfect balance between comfort and style, and leads with many desirable features;   CHARISMATIC IN DESIGN Elegant and comfortable proportions DS ACTIVE LED VISION Hypnotic 3D rear lights Two 12” instrumentation screens with innovative interface FRENCH LUXURY KNOW-HOW Choice of DS Inspiration interiors with the elegance of premium materials Guided by an obsession for detail Magnified interior roominess ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY High levels of driving comfort PHEV & EAT8 DS PILOT – Autonomous driving 2.0 DS SAFETY: DS NIGHT VISION DS LOUNGE: DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION DS 7 CROSSBACK is a stylish vehicle that features a wide range of attributes. Taking the first step towards autonomous driving, innovative technologies such as DS ACTIVE LED VISION, DS CONNECTED PILOT and DS DRIVER ATTENTION ASSIST increase safety, comfort and peace of mind for both the driver and the passengers. For the exterior, a new diamond-effect grille, horizontal chrome DS Wings and LED rotating headlamps create dynamic lines on the body front, while the interior is available with a choice of four DS Inspiration ambiences reflecting the DS concept of even more personalisation options. With its LED light signatures, unique interior stitching techniques, and the motorised watch by B.R.M placed on the dashboard, as featured on DS E-TENSE concept, DS 7 CROSSBACK represents the brand’s vision for the future. The SUV will be available with a plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain with 300hp and 4WD, a new latest-generation Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds, a THP S&S 225hp engine and two electric motors.

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27th February 2017

NEW CITROËN C4 CACTUS ONETONE: GO BE DIFFERENT

Citroën is further enhancing the C4 Cactus range with the introduction a C4 Cactus OneTone version. The eye-catching OneTone model features Obsidian Black metallic paint, black Airbump®, 17-inch black alloy wheels and special OneTone graphics. To mark the launch of this latest addition to the range, C4 Cactus OneTone features in a new advertising campaign alongside a surprising young talent [video link). The new C4 Cactus OneTone will go ‘on sale’ in the UK from 1 April 2017, priced from £19,020 OTR. For those seeking a new take on the standout charms of the multi-award winning C4 Cactus, yet more choice is on the way. The new Citroën C4 Cactus OneTone will go ‘on sale’ in the UK from 1 April. Offering an elegantly styled exterior that plays on the harmony between the tone-on-tone black body paint, black Airbumps® and black alloy wheels, the C4 Cactus OneTone retains all the original personality of the iconic Citroën model, while adding a fresh new look and dynamic presence. The new version features Obsidian Black metallic paint, 17-inch black ‘Cross’ alloy wheels and OneTone graphics on the rear quarter panels. The C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S manual OneTone is based on the range-topping Flair trim level. The new model offers distinctive style with all the latest technologies designed for well-being. Additional equipment includes the City Park Pack with front parking sensors, gap measurement and Park Assist self-parking. Other features include a two-tone leather steering wheel and dark tinted rear windows, plus a Navigation and Hi-Fi Pack with 6 speakers and an ARKAMYS digital amplifier. There is also Bluetooth® hands free functionality and media streaming. The C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S manual OneTone is priced from just £19,020 MRRP OTR.

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24th February 2017

LIMITED EDITION NEW JEEP RENEGADE DESERT HAWK ANNOUNCED

Plans to continue the success of the remarkable Jeep Renegade are announced today with details of a new limited edition Renegade ‘Desert Hawk’ version. Following in the tyre tracks of the popular Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice versions, the new Desert Hawk will carry on the Jeep Renegade tradition of introducing new and exciting variations as it builds on its reputation in the UK. More than 11,000 Jeep Renegades were sold in this country last year. Designed to enhance Jeep Renegade's popular and striking design, the new Desert Hawk version takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert. It will be limited to just 100 examples for the UK when it goes on sale today (23 February). Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or – exclusive to Desert Hawk – Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk features 17-inch Low Gloss Black wheels, exclusive bonnet and rear body panel decals. Inside, the Renegade Desert Hawk is enhanced with exclusive seats in black leather and fabric – the seat base features a Moab desert map logo – with electric lumbar support for the driver. There is also a leather wrapped steering wheel, dual zone climate control, DAB UConnect radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Live services, Bluetooth and satnav, 7-inch full-colour thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display and cruise control. The Renegade Desert Hawk, like the Trailhawk, delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain system which includes a Sand mode and an exclusive Rock mode, 8.7-inch ground clearance, skid plates, 8.1-inch wheel articulation, Hill-descent Control and 19-inch water fording. The Renegade Desert Hawk comes as standard with a 170 hp 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.  It costs from £28,995 OTR for the 2.0 MultiJet II 170hp 4WD. "Designed to enhance Renegade's already very strong appeal in the UK, and capable of delivering Jeep’s legendary off-road capability, the new Renegade Desert Hawk version is an attractive proposition for buyers," says Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK. "Sporting and agile on-road and rugged and capable off it, this limited edition newcomer fits perfectly into Renegade's highly successful family." Jeep unveiled the new Renegade Desert Hawk by towing one of the UK’s top sandboarders through a series of stunts and tricks on Braunton Burrows sand dune, North Devon. British board-rider and instructor Alex Bird helped mark today’s launch of the Renegade Desert Hawk by becoming the first participant in his sport to be towed by a car in the UK.  In extreme conditions, the Jeep Renegade again displayed its famous off-road capabilities helping Alex to reach speeds of 40mph and negotiate several grind rail stunts, jumps and 90-feet sand banks.  “I’ve never done anything like that before,” says Alex, 34. “It took time to get used to being towed at such speeds but I do a lot of wakeboarding and it was principally very similar. The car performed incredibly well on such deep sand; if it wasn’t so good off-road there is no way I could have got up to 40mph and nailed the jumps and stunts.”

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23rd February 2017

ALFA ROMEO UNVEILS STELVIO FOR FIRST TIME IN EUROPE

Alfa Romeo has launched its first SUV in more than 100 years: the All-New Stelvio. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes hot on the heels of the exclusive ‘first edition’ and the range-topping Quadrifoglio, seen for the first time at LA Auto Show. Available in three trim levels - Stelvio, Stelvio Super and Stelvio Tecnica – it will initially be available with a choice of a 280hp 2.0-litre Turbocharged petrol or a 210hp 2.2-litre Diesel engine, both combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive.    Trim levels The Alfa Romeo Stelvio version is lavishly equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, 8.8-inch Alfa Connect, Alfa D.N.A Rotary selector, 8-speaker audio system, black fabric seats (front with sliding, reclining and height adjustments), Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian detection. This version also includes parking sensors, cruise control, electric tailgate and dusk and rain sensors. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super version builds on this with additional interior and exterior features: 18-inch alloy wheels, techno-leather and fabric seats in a choice of three colours (black, black/brown and black/red), and three options for the dashboard and door panels (black, black/brown or black/red) and door sills with steel inserts. An additional Luxury Pack and Sports Pack are also available to customers looking to go the extra mile. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super’s Luxury Pack includes full grain leather seats (in black, brown, red or beige) with electrical adjustment and heating system, as well as real wood inserts. The Sport Pack comes with heated sports steering wheel, specific grip and leather wrapping, racing-style leather seats in black, red or brown, with electric adjustment and heating system, aluminium inserts and steel pedals. The introduction of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Tecnica offers a strong proposition to fleet, corporate and professional customers. Exclusively available with the Diesel engine, it features the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect 3D Nav, Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS and electric folding mirrors. Outstanding performance Built in Italy at the Termoli (petrol) and Pratola Serra (Diesel) plants, in areas assigned only to Alfa Romeo engines, with state-of-the-art processes and methods that put them at the top of their class in terms of performance and fuel economy, are the engines housed under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The 280hp 2.0-litre Turbocharged petrol and the 210hp 2.2-litre Diesel engines are combined with an automatic 8-speed transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. The new 2.0-litre Turbocharged petrol engine, offering 280hp, is a 4-cylinder unit built entirely of aluminium with carbon drive shaft, combined with the automatic 8-speed transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. In addition to electro-hydraulic valve actuation, the distinctive features of this engine include "2-in-1" turbo and 200-bar high-pressure direct injection which pair up to deliver a full-throttle response across the rev range in addition to first-class fuel-efficiency. This results in a peak torque of 400Nm at 2,250 rpm and offers best in class acceleration, going from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 143mph. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will also be available with a 2.2-litre Diesel engine – available with two power outputs: 210hp at launch and 180hp following shortly after. It is the first Diesel engine in Alfa Romeo's history to be constructed entirely in aluminium. This in-line four cylinders engine features the latest-generation injection system with Injection Rate Shaping (IRS) and operating pressures of 2,000-bar. The electrically-operated variable geometry turbocharger offers state-of-the-art mechanics and a turbocharger speed sensor to minimises response times and improves efficiency. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio 210hp 2.2-litre Diesel reaches a top speed of 133mph and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6.6 seconds. Both Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV engines are teamed with the ZF automatic 8-speed transmission, specifically calibrated for fast, smooth gear shifts.  The automatic transmission work with the Alfa D.N.A selector to optimise fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments and helps to further improve fuel economy and CO2emissions. Steering-column-mounted, aluminium paddle shifters are also available. Exciting handling Inspired by Italy’s highest mountain pass – an epic 20 kilometre driving route with more than 75 hairpins – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been built to offer an engaging driving experience while still maintaining the driver’s comfort. The new SUV boasts handling worthy of a sports car with exclusive AlfalinkTM technology – the most direct steering ratio in the segment and state-of-the-art suspension. Combined with ultra-lightweight, hi-tech materials, such as carbon fibre for the drive shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension systems, hood, wings, doors and the tailgate, the car can boast sector leading handling and the Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive system. Driving comfort has been optimised though the perfect weight distribution between the two axles – a distinctive feature of Alfa Romeo’s. Managing the weights and materials, including adjusting the car's layout by placing the heaviest units in the most central positions, have helped achieve this 50/50 weight distribution. Light-weight materials reduce the SUV's total weight and provide excellent torsional rigidity, a quiet ride and exceptional handling even in extreme conditions. A new double wishbone suspension with a semi-virtual steering axis, optimising the filtering effect and guaranteeing rapid, accurate steering, was developed for the front suspension. The rear suspension uses a four-and-a-half link system – patented by Alfa Romeo – to deliver extremely precise control of the wheel's characteristic angles.  The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV has the most direct steering ratio in its segment delivering a natural, instinctive feel. Thanks to the Q4 all-wheel drive system, with rear-wheel-drive bias, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is capable of conquering a mountain hairpin, gravel track or snow-covered roads.  Its architecture includes an active transfer case and front differential designed to give rapid-response management of high torque levels and a compact, lightweight set-up. The Q4 system continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution between the two axles according to what the car is doing and how much grip the road surface offers. In normal grip conditions the Alfa Romeo Stelvio acts like a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with 100% of the torque sent to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit the system transfers up to 50 per cent of the torque to the front axle. This translates into best-in-class control in terms of traction and directional stability on corners. An optional mechanical self-locking rear differential transfers more torque to the wheel with most grip to optimise the car’s traction in any driving conditions. Alfa Romeo sporty design The history of Alfa Romeo is evident in the striking, yet simple, design of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Three key Ingredients of Alfa Romeo design are visible in the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s exterior: proportion, simplicity and top-quality surfacing. From the legendary cloverleaf at the front end, its compact proportions develop towards the rear and end on a steeply raked rear hatch. Finished with a spoiler, for maximum aerodynamic performance, and two exhaust tips that bring this sporty rear to life. Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the same sporty elegant imprint is apparent: simple, stylish and tailored like a bespoke suit. Hours of painstaking craftsmanship means the car is jam-packed full of premium materials including full-grain leather, real wood and fabrics carefully chosen for their look and feel. On-board comfort and wellbeing for driver and passenger Despite a real focus on styling – both inside and out – the practical layout of the car means the driver is central to everything. This is underlined by the diagonal tunnel, the slightly undulating dashboard and the small leather-wrapped steering wheel that adapts effectively to all driving styles. The driving position and high seat gives complete command of the road, without compromising on the driving pleasure expected of a genuine Alfa Romeo sports car. The feeling of total control is reinforced by the large windows and the wraparound seats give an even sportier, cossetted driving experience. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio guarantees the very best in terms of comfort and versatility in this sector. The 525-litre boot features a convenient electric tailgate that can be configured with eight different setup levels for optimal boot access. Alfa Connect Infotainment system. Alfa Romeo Stelvio is equipped with the Alfa Connect system – developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli – with the latest-generation HMI interface, which is controlled from the Rotary Pad and the display incorporated in the dashboard. The latest-generation infotainment system not only controls the DAB digital radio but also provides a Bluetooth system for hands-free communication and playing audio from USB and smartphones devices. The entire range is supplied as standard with an 8.8" display with optional Connect 3D Nav 8.8” which supplies navigation with high-resolution 3D maps and high-speed route calculation. The system is also available without a GPS signal thanks to the Dead Reckoning technology, TomTom map updating from the USB port, driving style information and Alfa D.N.A. mode. A sophisticated audio system featuring eight speakers (four woofers and four tweeters) is standard across the range. 10 speakers (four woofers, four tweeters, a mid-range and a subwoofer in the boot), and a 14 speaker Harman Kardon system (four woofers, four tweeters, five mid-ranges and a subwoofer) are also optionally available. Alfa D.N.A Alfa Romeo Stelvio features the new Alfa D.N.A selector, which allows the driver to modify the car's dynamic behaviour with three modes: Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency (new energy-saving mode). Dynamic mode accentuates performance and reactive handling. The steering response becomes more precise, braking is more immediate and the electronic control systems do not interfere with the pleasure of sports-style driving. Natural mode is ideal for urban and motorway driving; handling is tailored for comfort and fuel economy. And finally, the new Advanced Efficiency maximises energy saving and minimises emissions levels. Unbeatable safety and innovative engineering The new Alfa Romeo SUV is the world's first car in its segment to offer the new electromechanical system that combines stability control with a traditional servo brake. With its combination of electronics and mechanics, this system not only cuts weights, gives an excellent driving "feel" and eliminates pedal vibration but also guarantees instant brake response, meaning a much shorter braking distance. A whole host of safety systems are standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio including Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross-Path Detection and Active Cruise Control. UK pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to sale start. To find out more about on the Alfa Romeo range, contact us today.

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6th February 2017

MEMORABLE EVENING FOR THE SEAT ATECA

The SEAT Ateca received its first international accolade in Lisbon recently with the AUTOBEST recognition of the car as “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2017”. The prize-giving hosted by the Portuguese capital gathered representatives of the main European manufacturers, industry referents and the AUTOBEST’s awards panel, led by their Chairman and Founder, Dan Vardie. SEAT President, Luca de Meo, was accompanied by executives of the company and part of the team involved in the awards. De Meo expressed his pleasure at the prestigious award. “The Ateca was our main player in 2016, achieving important awards and doubling the sales forecast. The AUTOBEST panel’s recognition is a source of pride for SEAT because it shows that our range, which in 2017 will be strengthened with the launch of the new Ibiza and the SEAT Arona, is widening in the right direction”. Dan Vardie, AUTOBEST Founder & Chairman, said that “The victory of SEAT Ateca is representing premieres for both SEAT and AUTOBEST. With a clear victory coming from the 31 Jury members from as many European countries, SEAT is taking the first AUTOBEST award in the history of the competition. The Ateca is a very convincing expression of SEAT's ‘Created in Barcelona’ concept, a new brand philosophy pioneered by the Spanish producer. Having the ‘BEST Buy Car of Europe’ a SUV, is a clear sign that these segments are representing the future of mobility, with a remarkable increase in the years to come. With Ateca and the other models coming on, SEAT is placing itself in the core of new trends of motoring. On behalf of the Jury members and myself, It is a great pleasure to congratulate all the people involved in the project”. The Ateca, boosting SEAT salesWith its best sales since 2007, in 2016 SEAT delivered 410,200 vehicles, 2.6% more than in 2015. A considerable boost comes from the Ateca, with 24,200 cars delivered in its first six months on the market. The Ateca’s success comes in addition to the growth of the Alhambra and the Leon, which is the brand’s best-seller model.

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3rd February 2017

IGNIS – WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR 2017 FINALIST

Suzuki is well known as the ‘Small Car Experts’ and is pleased to announce that the recently launched IGNIS has made it as a finalist in the new Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of The Year. To qualify for the initial judging process, vehicles had to be less than four metres long, suitable in design for everyday use in an urban environment and also on sale in two Continents by the deadline of Spring 2017. At 3.70 metres in length, the IGNIS Mini Crossover qualifed for judging and is now shortlisted with just four other new cars. The World Car of the Year judging panel comprises of 73 Automotive Industry journalists with eight of these representing the UK and Republic of Ireland. World Car of The Year (UK Vice-Chair) Mike Rutherford comments: "Suzuki has seen off many rival manufacturers from all corners of the globe to become a 2017 World Car finalist.  "As our 70-plus jurors have decided and as I have long suspected, Suzuki builds some of the finest small cars on the market - thus its official position as a finalist. The company may yet go on to lift the World Urban Car trophy at the New York International Motor Show in April." The new IGNIS was first launched in the Japanese domestic market, unveiled for Europe at the Paris Motor Show last Autumn and went on sale in January 2017. In addition to its stylish exterior design it features excellent visibility, compact dimensions and a spacious cabin with ample luggage space. The development goal was to create purely iconic crossover styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki. IGNIS is powered by a 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine and is available with optional ALLGRIP four wheel drive. It also offers optional SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology that lowers CO2 emissions to 97g/km. The IGNIS SZ5 model offers the latest in safety technology with stereo cameras monitoring the distance between the vehicle and other objects, as well as the shape of those objects. This new technology is the basis for three advanced safety functions: Dual Camera Brake Support (DCBS), Lane Departure Warning, and Weaving Alert. In the UK, IGNIS is already proving popular with sales of 560 in its first month.   

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2nd February 2017

JEEP RISE CONTINUES WITH 2016 BEST YEAR EVER IN THE UK

Jeep's continued and growing popularity in the UK is illustrated in yesterday's new car registrations figures, which show the best year in the UK for the legendary 4x4 manufacturer since it started trading here. Jeep capped a hugely successful 2016, with strong December sales taking the total number for the year to a record-breaking 14,090 – up 30.5 per cent on last year’s 10,794. Jeep market share for the year increased to 0.52 per cent compared with 0.41 per cent in 2015, according to figures supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Jeep's 813 cars registered in December compared favourably with the 759 for the same month in 2015. Market share was 0.46 per cent for the month, compared with 0.42 per cent in December last year. Leading the way in terms of 2016 sales was the popular Jeep Renegade B-segment SUV, which accounted for 11,099 sales alone, and there were strong performances from Cherokee (1565), Grand Cherokee (1104), and Wrangler (322). "The year 2016 was a great one for Jeep in the UK, in terms of brand recognition and sales. It was Jeep’s 75thAnniversary – a fantastic milestone to reach – and that helped us to end the year on a high point," says Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK. "People continue to look to Jeep for their next car and, with exciting new products such as Jeep Compass on the way, I am confident we can continue to build on Jeep’s success for many years to come.”

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2nd February 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCE NEW GENERATION i30 PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the New Generation i30, which will go on sale in the UK on 1st March. New Generation i30 offers a high level of standard safety equipment, with Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Hill Start Assist Control featuring on all models. Standard technology and connectivity equipment also feature with all New Generation i30’s benefitting from DAB and Bluetooth regardless of trim level. Prices will start from £16,995 for the i30 S 1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual, which offers 15” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, DAB radio with USB and aux connections, Bluetooth with steering wheel controls, electric front and rear windows and driver seat height adjustment. From £18,695, the i30 SE 1.0 T-GDi 120PS Manual builds on S trim level by offering customers additional equipment including 16” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, DAB radio with 5” LCD touchscreen, rear parking assist system, rear view camera and leather steering wheel. SE specification is also available with a 1.6 CRDi 110PS, with 6 speed manual transmission. Moving further up the range, the i30 SE Nav 1.0 T-GDi 120PS Manual at £19,645 continues with SE specification and adds additional enhancements to technology and connectivity, with integrated satellite navigation with 8” LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth with voice recognition and wireless phone charging*. As a £1000 customer option, SE Nav specification is available with the Visibility Pack, which comprises dual LED headlights, 17” alloy wheels and dual zone climate control. SE Nav specification is also the first trim level to introduce the new 1.4 T-GDi 140PS engine, available with a 6 speed manual, or 7 speed DCT transmission, whilst the 1.6 CRDi 110PS engine, available with either a 6 speed manual or 7 speed DCT transmission, is an additional customer option. Raising the specification further, Premium starts at £22,195 for the 1.4 T-GDi 140PS Manual. Premium trim includes 17” alloy wheels with uprated Michelin tyres, dual zone climate control, electronic parking brake with auto hold function, privacy glass and heated front seats with artificial leather/cloth seat facings. Drivers also benefit from an electrically adjustable seat, a supervision instrument cluster with 4.2” display and driver assistance systems including front and rear parking assist system and blind spot detection system with rear cross traffic alert and LED front headlights and rear combination lights. At Premium trim level, the 1.4 T-GDi with a 7 speed DCT transmission and a 1.6 CRDi 110PS engine with either a 6 speed manual or 7 speed DCT transmission are also available. The top of the range Premium SE enters the range at £23,495 for the 1.4 T-GDi 140PS Manual, adding panoramic sunroof, leather seat facings and a heated steering wheel to the Premium specification. Premium SE is also available with the 6 speed manual, 7 speed DCT transmission, with either the 1.4 T-GDi 140PS or 1.6 CRDi 110PS. New Generation i30 is available in a choice of 11 colours, with a new colour Engine Red joining Polar White as solid finish, no cost options. Stargazing Blue, Demitasse Brown, Intense Copper, Fiery Red, Platinum Silver, Micron Gray, Phantom Black, Ara Blue and White Sand are all metallic or pearl paint finishes, a £585 option. Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said “The i30 has played a significant part in Hyundai’s transformation over the past decade; with over 117,000 i30’s sold in the UK since the first generation was launched in 2007. The second generation i30 achieved nearly 70,000 sales and we have solid expectations for the New Generation i30. The original i30 was the model that sowed the seeds of our growth and we are confident that the New Generation i30 will again bring new customers into the brand with its great looks, technology and confident dynamic abilities.” All New Generation i30 models come with Hyundai’s industry leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, 5 Year Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty.

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2nd February 2017

DACIA SANDERO RETAINS CROWN AT WHAT CAR? AWARDS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Dacia Sandero has been awarded ‘Best Small Car for less than £12,000’ for the fifth consecutive year by What Car? at an awards ceremony in London. The Sandero first picked up the award in 2013, following Dacia’s entrance into the UK car market, and again in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Having undergone a series of recent updates for the 2017 Model Year, the supermini has taken the honours once more, underlining its ability to provide a class leading mix of practicality, comfort and low running costs. Its shockingly affordable £5,995 price tag is just half the amount of the category it competes in. Commenting on the decision to give the award to the Sandero for the fifth time, Steve Huntingford, Editor, What Car?, said: “You won’t find this much space for so little in any other new car. A recent facelift brought an updated, higher quality interior. The Sandero also feels better to drive: the handling is tidy enough and the ride is surprisingly comfy for such a cheap car. You can buy a Sandero for less than £6,000, but we recommend spending a little more to get mid-range Ambiance trim. This adds niceties such as air-conditioning, central locking, electric front windows, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. It also replaces the standard black plastic bumpers with body-coloured ones that look a lot smarter. At this price point, only the Ford Ka+ comes close, and although that’s better to drive, the Sandero is more practical and a fair bit cheaper.” Commenting on the result, Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK said: “We’re delighted that the Sandero has been recognised by the judges at What Car? for a fifth consecutive year. The New Sandero offers customers even more value for money with upgrades to the interior and exterior as well as enhanced level of equipment while remaining the most affordable new car in the UK.” The Dacia Sandero is a five-door hatchback, available in three trim levels with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel engine. Pricing starts from £5,995, making it the lowest priced new car on sale in the UK today. The new interior and exterior upgrades for 2017 provide a more elegant and contemporary finish whilst providing the customer additional value and practicality. The specific Ambiance version chosen by What Car? now comes with more features as standard such as air conditioning and DAB radio – it is the most affordable car on sale in the UK with air conditioning as standard. This is in addition to Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows and remote central locking. The new SCe 75 1.0-litre engine produces the same power as the outgoing 1.2-litre but delivers up to 10 per cent more efficiency. The Dacia brand continues to go from strength to strength with 26,499 new Dacia vehicles sold during 2016, it’s best-ever year of sales in the UK. For more information on the New Sandero, as well as the rest of Dacia’s award-winning range, please call King's Lynn (01553) 772644 or Bedford (01234) 354257.

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2nd February 2017

ALFA ROMEO GIULIA NAMED ‘SAFEST NEW CAR’ AT CARBUYER ‘BEST CARS’ AWARDS

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia has been named ‘Safest New Car’ in the Carbuyer ‘Best Cars’ Awards, adding to the large collection of international prizes already won by the new sports car. Presented by Carbuyer editor Stuart Milne at an awards event in London, the ‘Safest New Car’ title came following deliberation from Carbuyer’s team of motoring experts, after safety was found to be one of the website’s readers’ most popular searches. “The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the long-awaited replacement for the 159 saloon, and with good looks, impressive engines and plenty of interior space, it’s certainly been worth the wait,” says Stuart Milne. “It also scored top marks this year in the Euro NCAP crash tests. It achieved a remarkable 98 per cent score for adult occupant protection, beating cars like the Mercedes E-Class and Volkswagen Tiguan. “Testers praised the Giulia’s structural integrity and the ability of the Autonomous Emergency Braking system to work at higher speeds. With that hugely impressive adult occupant protection score, we've named it our Safest New Car.” Created by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the exciting Giulia is a new expression of the best Italian tradition that combines harmonic proportions, linearity of style, high quality materials and sophisticated aluminium, wood and leather accents. All these are embellished with iconic elements originating in the brand's over 100-year history, the most significant of which is the trefoil, arguably the most famous emblem of Alfa Romeo design. “Safety is of paramount importance to us at Alfa Romeo, just as it is to our customers, so I am particularly delighted that the experts at Carbuyer have voted the Giulia as their safest car,” says Damien Dally, head of brand, Alfa Romeo UK. “It’s just one more excellent feature of a car that people already love for its looks, style and awesome performance.”

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2nd February 2017

THE RENAULT TREZOR VOTED MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT CAR OF 2016

The 32nd Festival Automobile International at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, France, has singled out the Renault TreZor as the Most Beautiful Concept Car of 2016. “I would like to thank the jury for this award which inspires us to continue to pursue our design strategy,” says Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design, Renault. “The TreZor’s powerful, sensuous lines pave the way for the styling and technologies that will be features of our upcoming models. It also marks the beginning of a new cycle of Renault concept cars.” “The jury decided this award should go to the TreZor because of the extreme beauty, sensuality and elegance it exudes,” observes Rémi Depoix, President of the Festival Automobile International. “It is the epitome of a concept car and we were notably won over by the cohesion of its overall design and the attention that has been paid to the details. It is a fine creative work which, we hope, will inspire Renault’s future roadgoing models.” A POINTER TO THE STYLING PHILOSOPHY OF UPCOMING RENAULTS The lines of the Renault TreZor are warm, sensuous and refined, while its assertive front end incorporates signature C-shaped lights. In terms of their styling, Renault’s upcoming models will draw their inspiration from the TreZor’s DNA as their forms become even more fluid and mature. The TreZor’s interior design, meanwhile, places the emphasis on driving enjoyment and features a large enveloping touchscreen display that reinforces the cockpit feel. This customisable, connected interface juxtaposes warming, prestige materials like wood and leather. The interiors of upcoming Renault models will take their inspiration from these increasingly refined styling trends and connected technologies. For the duration of this year’s Festival International de l’Automobile, the Renault TreZor will be on display at the Hôtel des Invalides alongside other concept cars selected by the jury. This display will be open to the public from 1-5 February 2017. For further information, go to www.festivalautomobile.com

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2nd February 2017

NEW CITROËN C3 & GRAND C4 PICASSO TAKE DOUBLE WIN IN CONTRACT HIRE AND LEASING.COM AWARDS 2016/2017

New Citroën C3 has scooped the award for Supermini of the Year, and Grand C4 Picasso has eclipsed its rivals to take the MPV of the Year prize in the Contract Hire and Leasing.com Awards 2016/17. The awards judges highlighted New C3’s “reassuring” running costs and “engaging handling” and described Grand C4 Picasso as simply “one of best MPVs available today”. New Citroën C3 has fought off some exceptionally strong B-segment competition to win Best Supermini in the Contract Hire and Leasing.com Car of the Year Awards 2016/2017, with New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso also sweeping the competition aside to take the Best MPV title.  The Contract Hire and Leasing.com judges said; “Reassuring running costs, engaging handling, distinctive looks, and a wide variety of personalisation options make the C3 a fun lease.” The judges continued; “With the same styling cues of the C4 Cactus, it gets a much more inspired look than its forebear. But those individualistic air bumps aren’t the only reason it wins our supermini of the year award. The C3’s update extends well beyond the bodywork, thanks to an interior that features possibly the comfiest seats ever to grace a small car. Its four doors and 300-litre boot means practicality is just as high on the priority list as comfort. too.” Citroën’s fun New C3 includes the world’s first fully integrated dashcam, ConnectedCAM Citroën™. The forward facing camera, positioned just behind the rear-view mirror, adds both fun and function to the car. The driver can take pictures in complete safety, and record or share video via their social media channels. The camera can also record vital “before and after” footage in the event of an accident. In addition, New C3’s range of efficient PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines all feature low emissions and low fuel consumption, contributing to low overall running costs. The Grand C4 Picasso is no stranger to awards ceremonies, its strengths as a stylish and spacious MPV having earned it a long list of awards since it was originally launched in 2014. The Contract Hire and Leasing.com judges praised New Grand C4 Picasso, describing Citroën’s family seven-seater as; “One of the best MPVs available today, the Grand C4 Picasso majors on style.” They went on to say; “In the British lexicon, the name Picasso is now probably more associated with MPVs than it is with surrealist paintings, and the updated Grand C4 Picasso ensures this trend continues. This behemoth seven-seater gets a flexibility that makes it the perfect family load-lugger. Huge infotainment and driver info screens now dominate the dashboard, which along with the spaceship looks give the Grand Picasso a futuristic flavour. Some people carriers can be rather drab, but not this one. The Grand Picasso doesn’t try and apologise for what it is, and that’s why it’s a winner.” Available since 3 January 2017, New Citroën C3 has already started racking up awards, having been honoured with the “Best Urbanite” title in BBC TopGear Magazine’s ‘Best Cars in the World’ issue. The Best MPV award from Contract Hire and Leasing.com is the second award that New Grand C4 Picasso has earned already for 2017, following the Best Seven-Seater prize in the Carbuyer Best Car Awards. For more information about New Citroën C3 and Grand C4 Picasso, please call us on 01234 354257 or visit us at High Street, Clapham, Bedford.

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2nd February 2017

FIAT 124 SPIDER NAMED BEST CONVERTIBLE

The Fiat 124 Spider has been named Best Convertible by contracthireandleasing.com in their annual Car of the Year Awards. A panel of judges, comprising of road testers and writers, honoured the roadster for its combination of good looks, engaging driving dynamics and comfort. Announcing the award, Mike Best, head of sales at contracthireandleasing.com, said: “The Fiat 124 Spider is easy on the eye, effortless to drive and perfect for cruising in comfort – bringing classic looks and the laid-back sensibilities of the Mediterranean to UK shores. “The Fiat 124 Spider has a unique character of its own and is a worthy winner.” Sebastiano Fedrigo, country manager at Fiat and Abarth, said: “The new Fiat 124 Spider brings iconic Italian design, heritage and performance to a new generation. This award is testament that its combination of driving dynamics, technology and safety delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience.” The Fiat 124 Spider is available from £20,995 OTR, for a CLASSICA 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 140hp.  For more information please call or visit us.

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1st February 2017

CITROËN C4 CACTUS NOW AVAILABLE WITH A 6-SPEED AUTO 'BOX

Citroën has added its 6-speed fully automatic gearbox to the multi-award winning C4 Cactus range. Officially ‘on sale’ in the UK from Wednesday 1 February 2017, the latest-generation EAT6 auto transmission offers a smooth drive and even greater levels of comfort. Citroën customers can now enjoy an even more relaxing drive and greater comfort with the introduction of the brand’s 6-speed automatic transmission to the multi-award winning C4 Cactus line-up. Paired with the PureTech 110 S&S petrol engine – an International Engine of the Year winner in 2015 and 2016 – the EAT6 automatic transmission will be available in C4 Cactus from February production. The 6-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission (EAT6) delivers a compelling blend of smooth power delivery, ultra-fast gear changes and dynamic efficiency. In addition, the new-generation transmission ensures excellent  low-speed driveability thanks to a ‘creep’ function that is particularly convenient in congested traffic. This latest addition to the C4 Cactus range is exclusively available with the PureTech 110 S&S 3-cylinder petrol engine in Flair trim. The model also features a 7-inch touchscreen, eMyWay satellite navigation, a colour reversing camera, rear parking sensors, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity and media streaming. The Citroën C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 auto Flair also boasts competitive fuel economy, returning 55.4 mpg (combined), with CO2 emissions of just 118g/km. The award-winning C4 Cactus has proved a winner since its launch in 2014. With visually striking looks, crossover styling cues, revolutionary Airbump® technology, and a broad range of personalisation options, C4 Cactus is instantly recognisable. C4 Cactus now offers even more comfort, innovation and technology for new car buyers. Pricing for the C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 auto Flair starts at just £19,560 OTR.

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1st February 2017

THE BEST IBIZA EVER

The New SEAT Ibiza is already here loaded with the latest technology features, outstanding dynamics, and an impressive improvement in interior space and comfort. The Spanish brand’s most important model has all-new styling while preserving the same youthful, functional, sporty and comfortable spirit as always. And it does so with a fresh design that reflects the latest SEAT distinctive character by continuing with the brand’s DNA but with an edgier, sportier design, featuring more sculpted, accentuated, exciting and streamlined surfaces. The fifth generation of the SEAT Ibiza will make its public debut at the next Geneva Auto Show and go on sale in June 2017. The new SEAT Ibiza, then, is a completely new model that was created with very ambitious goals in mind: To go a major step ahead in safety, design, performance and comfort. This huge advance in quality was achieved thanks to the new MQB A0 modular platform. The new SEAT Ibiza is the Volkswagen Group first model to use this platform, highlighting SEAT’s importance within the Group and offering countless advantages.    Launched in 1984 for the first time, the Ibiza has become an icon of SEAT. This car has been around the longest in the history of the brand and is its top-selling model, with over 5.4 million units sold. The Ibiza is one of the three pillars of the company, together with the Leon and Ateca, on which SEAT relies to continue building the success of the company in the future. More compact, roomier, more efficientThe new SEAT Ibiza has impressively increased its interior roominess, it is a lot more robust, and also, a lot safer. It is much wider by a stunning 87 mm, it is two mm shorter  and one lower than the previous model, but more than anything, the change in its dimensions conveys a powerful image of a car that hugs the ground. And the key is in the new MQB A0 platform. The wheeltrack is 60 mm wider at the front axle and 48 at the rear axle, while the distance between the axles is 2,564 millimetres, a 95-mm increase. The result is a much more comfortable car, with the new SEAT Ibiza being both roomier on the inside and larger on the outside. For example, leg room in the back seats has increased by 35 mm, while the head room has gone up by 24 mm in the front seats and 17 mm in the back. The seats are an astonishing 42 mm wider, making the new SEAT Ibiza one of the best in its class in this area. The boot has also been enlarged by 63 litres, bringing its total capacity to 355 litres, making it best in class. The loading height has also been lowered, proof that SEAT knows how to combine design and functionality. All of the engines available on the new SEAT Ibiza comply with the Euro6 emissions regulation and lead the way in performance, with outstanding features, high mileage and low emissions. There are three aluminium block and cylinder petrol engines to choose from. The first option is the 3 cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115 PS, along with a turbocompressor, intercooler and direct injection. A new 1.5 TSI will be available in late 2017 with four cylinders and 150 PS. Efficient 1.6 TDI diesel engines will come in 80, 95 and 115 PS varieties. Finally, the new MQB A0 platform allows the New Ibiza to offer a compressed-natural gas (CNG) powered 90-PS 1.0 TSI engine. SEAT is the first maker to offer an engine of this type in this class. The gearboxes available are a manual 5-speed transmission for the 95-PS and lower engines and a 6-speed transmission for the more powerful engines. The dual-clutch DSG 7-speed gearbox is another of the options available on the new SEAT Ibiza. The car’s dynamic behaviour, ride quality and driving comfort are exceptional thanks to the new MQB A0 platform, as well as to the 30% higher torsional stiffness. The new SEAT Ibiza is only available in a 5-door option, which is now more functional and the new design offers the sportier look of a 3-door model. There have also been qualitative leaps forward in terms of noise control, vibrations and ride harshness. The new SEAT Ibiza offers the quality of a more luxurious automobile. It’s also agile in the city, efficient on curved roads and offers excellent comfort on long trips. Four trim packages and the most advanced technologyThe new SEAT Ibiza will offer four equipment lines, starting with the Reference followed by the Style trim. The top-of-the-range will be the FR and XCellence trims. The FR trim comes with the most dynamic and technological equipment to enjoy the best performance. Exclusive dynamic design elements have been specifically created for it like, rear diffuser, exclusive front bumper, sport suspension and exclusive exterior black pack. The XCellence trim aims at reaching new customers looking for a more sophisticated and distinctive design combined with more convenient and smart functional equipment. Both trims will have the same price and are intended to offer the best possible options to different types of drivers: FR is for those looking for a sportier car, while XCellence focuses on comfort, elegance and technology. The interior ambient LED lighting for the FR and XCellence versions is offered in two colours, red and white. The use of LED technology for the interior and exterior lights is not an aesthetic whim. LEDs offer much higher quality lighting while saving energy, thus yielding improved fuel economy. The full LED lights on the Ibiza (headlights, dashboard, indicators and rear fog lights) are new in this class. The FR trim includes a stiffer suspension and offers two mode settings, Normal and Sport, to adapt to the driver’s preferences or to the conditions on the road. The XCellence trim will also offer this possibility later on, with a softer setting. The driving assistance systems built into the new Ibiza include elements that, while already present in Leon and Ateca, are quite unusual in this class. The new SEAT Ibiza features Front Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Entry System with heartbeat engine start button, a new generation of front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera with a higher quality and precision reflected in a premium 8’’ touchscreen with glass panel. Is the very first time that the SEAT Ibiza has a huge and functional integrated 8’’ touchscreen that offers the best technology without compromising  the interior harmony. In the interior, one of the most outstanding features of the new model is the wireless charger with GSM amplifier. In terms of connectivity, the New SEAT Ibiza is the only car 100% connected thanks to three options:  Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link.  SEAT is committed to becoming a front runner in connected cars and developing new mobility solutions where the connected car enhances user experience, making it easier and more flexible. In an environment of disruptive changes, SEAT is eager to deal with the challenges posed by urban infrastructures, traffic systems and vehicles in cities, offering these technologies in most of its vehicles. The New SEAT Ibiza presents a partnership with Beatsaudio soundsystem, a brand bringing energy, emotion and excitement that has changed the way people listen to music. It uses a digital signal processor (DSP), 7 premium speakers and an 8-channel with 300W amplifier.    MQB A0 PlatformThe latest technology from the Volkswagen Group, the MQB platform - Modular Quer Baukasten -, allows higher manufacturing flexibility and robust implementation, as it supports different models and allows for different body types within the same segment and different wheelbase configurations can be achieved within the same base platform. SEAT’s investments and R&D expenditure in recent years were partially allocated to adapt Line 1 at the Martorell factory to the new MQB A0 platform, allowing SEAT to be the first company of the Volkswagen group to use this technology. The number of parts using Hot-Forming technology has been increased, and that contributes to reduce weight and to increase rigidity, therefore improving performance and accounting for lower consumption. In particular for the new Ibiza, 900 robots and more than 4000 welding points guarantee the robustness of the vehicle. Spot welding combined with laser technology bring components together with a great result: A lightweight body with extreme structural stiffness.Design: the next step in SEAT’s DNAThanks to more than three decades of history and its importance as the main pillar in the SEAT brand, the 5th generation of the Ibiza has been a total challenge in terms of design. It had to be fresh and young, and yet mature and balanced too.  And this is how the new SEAT Ibiza stands out straight away; its perfect proportions, strong character and agile look. Its characteristic SEAT brushstrokes have not just been maintained, but taken to the next level, pushing the evolution of SEAT’s design DNA. You only need a glance to feel what the designer sketched when creating the new car and see that this is the best design SEAT has ever come up with in the A0 category. At the front of the car, the triangular Full LED headlights and the iconic daylight graphics make the new SEAT instantly recognisable. The badge is not only displayed proudly on the grille, but is also enhanced by the two characteristic lines on the bonnet, with a slight gap in the chrome frame. The x-shaped design gives great dynamism and incredible visual stability. The front and rear overhangs are very short, with the four wheels situated on the four corners of the car, making the car stable, dynamic and sporty.  The longer wheelbase and window graphics accentuate the size of the new Ibiza, while the double blisters down the length of the car are typically SEAT, giving the car a more expressive, three-dimensional look. The bodywork has been beautifully sculpted, combining sharp lines and smooth surfaces. Its new wheels, up to 18 inches and with two tones to choose from, give an elegant touch. The rear of the car is also typical of the Ibiza. Its rear lights wrap around the car, interacting with the blisters at the rear, properly proportioned within a unique design and offering fantastic aerodynamic performance. The boot’s strong lines and bumpers make the car appear wide and give the car an almost monolithic look, while the rear reflectors appear to bring the car closer to the ground. The FR trim comes with details that bring out its sporty character, such as the exhaust tips either side of the rear bumper. The XCellence trims receive chrome details that emphasise their sophistication and refinement. In terms of the interior, the same design steps have been followed that are now in the SEAT Leon and Ateca, but this time with a new vision for its design language. More tension, more technical and precise lines and lighter proportions have all been added in order to achieve a more elegant look and a greater level of perceived quality, while new materials have managed to safeguard its youthful and dynamic character. Structurally, a special emphasis has been put on its horizontal proportions in the assembly of its different  functional areas, including the elevated console in the interior to improve ergonomic performance and safety. The aim was to achieve perfect proportions and a greater sense of space and comfort. All of the controls and instruments are situated around the driver in the highest position possible to avoid the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. Just as with the new Leon and Ateca, the start button is in the same place, to the left of the gearbox. This is also in the highest position possible for ease-of-use. Upon analysing the top quality of each and every detail of the new SEAT Ibiza, one cannot help but think of models in higher categories, from the innumerable personalisation possibilities to the possibility of choosing the colour of the interior LED lighting, without forgetting of course the onboard technology, such as the 8-inch touchscreen and the Full Link connectivity system. The cockpit is protected by an Air Care filter that isolates the occupants from any type of allergens, creating a completely contaminant-free space. Its exciting design, its dynamic behaviour and driving quality, the feeling of incredible stability and reliability on the road, vastly improved interior quality, incredibly safe and easy-to-use technology, roomier interior, all combine to make the new SEAT Ibiza, a really attractive option and of course  at the best price. SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 75 countries. In 2016, SEAT’s achieved worldwide sales of 410,200 units, the highest result since 2007. SEAT Group employs more than 14,000 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.  The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

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30th January 2017

90% OF CAR BUYERS UNAWARE OF NEW ROAD-TAX SYSTEM

Drivers of the lowest-emission petrol and diesel cars could be hit with a hike of £140 a year and those buying a car costing more than £40,000 will be forced to pay a £1,550 levy over the first five years of ownership. Yet the overwhelming majority of motorists don't know the changes are coming. More than 4,000 people took part in our online poll, which asked readers how up to speed they were about the new regime. Just 6% were fully aware of it. The survey also revealed that a mere 8% knew changes are coming – but a massive 86% were totally in the dark. Under the current scheme, scores of different cars are exempt from road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). That’s thanks to the fact they emit less than 100 grams per kilometre (g/km) of carbon dioxide (CO2). For cars registered after April, though, only those that produce no CO2 – fully electric and hydrogen cars – will be spared road tax. All other models registered from then will be liable for an annual road-tax bill of £140, regardless of CO2 emissions. While the first year of road tax will still be based on CO2 emissions and range from £10 to £2,000, this fee is almost always absorbed in a car’s on-the-road price – meaning it isn't usually seen as a running cost by consumers. However, cars with a list price of more than £40,000 will also incur an additional £310 levy for the first five years of ownership, bringing their total annual VED bill to £450 during that time. Carbuyer editor Stuart Milne said: "While the changes should provide more reasons for cost-conscious buyers to choose a fully electric vehicle, they remove much of the incentive for buyers to choose low-emission models with a petrol or diesel engine. Remarkably, a 1.0-litre Vauxhall Corsa will attract the same tax bill as a 5.0-litre Ford Mustang once the first year of tax has been paid. "Buyers should also be aware that the list price includes the cost of any options. Choose too many extras and you could unwittingly push your car’s price above £40,000 – that’ll cost you an additional £1,550 over five years." The changes will affect many different models, from small city cars to large hybrid and electric SUVs. Because petrol engines generally emit more CO2 than their diesel counterparts, buyers have been incentivised to buy diesels for some time. In turn, carmakers have focused on driving down the amount of CO2 these cars emit. The new system is also being brought in because while diesel engines emit relatively little CO2, recent research indicates other emissions – including mono nitrogen oxides and particulate matter – are more harmful than was once thought. Petrol engines, while emitting more CO2, tend to be cleaner in this regard. It’s not all bad news, though: drivers who want to drive a petrol car but may have been put off by high tax rates are likely to find their engine of choice becomes more affordable under the new system, as the playing field between diesel and petrol becomes more level. And it'll provide another reason for buyers to consider an all-electric or hydrogen-powered car. April's new scheme won't apply retrospectively, so whichever road-tax system was active when you registered your current car will continue to apply for as long as it's on the road.

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24th January 2017

THE BEST THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES - NEW HYUNDAI i10 WINS BEST CITY CAR AT 2017 WHAT CAR? AWARDS

The New i10 has been awarded What Car?’s Best City Car award for the 4th consecutive year, holding off both a new challenge from the Suzuki Celerio and the established competition from the Skoda Citigo. Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor said: “We have no hesitation in singling out the i10 as our winner: it’s cheap to buy and to run, comfy, and easy to drive in town. But it also has luxuries that you rarely get in this class, plus a five-year warranty. The i10 feels like a class above the rest, with the most room, the smartest interior and the smoothest engine. The i10 is a proper, grown-up car, not just a mere runaround, and that’s why it’s our favouritecity car.” The New i10 1.2 Premium SE also won “Best buy for more than £10,000”. Huntingford commented: “we recommend top-spec Premium SE trim, which now gets class-leading infotainment on a 7.0 inch touchscreen, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. You also get climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel – all on a city car. The rest of the i10 remains as appealing as ever.” Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said “Since its launch in 2014, i10 has continually received praise from both industry and buyers alike and has become one of the stalwarts of our range. For 2017, we have introduced New i10 which not only introduces a fresh new look but also brings technology to the segment that is usually only found in the classes above.” New i10 is available from £8,495* on the road. For more information, please contact us today.   * i10 S 1.0-litre on-the-road price of £8,495 includes a customer saving of £755 against a full on the road price of £9,250. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied at any time.

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13th January 2017

CELERIO – ‘BEST BUY’ CITY CAR AT WHAT CAR? AWARDS

First launched in the UK two years ago, the Suzuki Celerio has been awarded a ‘Best Buy’ accolade at the 2017 What Car? Awards held in London. At £6,999, the SZ2 model was comprehensively judged by the editorial team and announced as the best overall model in its price bracket of less than £8,000. Readers of What Car? regularly ask the team to assist with advice on their next new car and in the case of needing something small, cheap to buy and run and also easy to drive, Celerio is very high on the list. Commenting at the awards, Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said “Nothing else in this class offers so much for so little, just £7000 is enough to land you our lowest price point winner. At that price you’d expect an empty box on wheels, right? Wrong. This entry level SZ2 trim isn’t the plushest, but how about this lot: a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, electric front windows, a DAB radio and six airbags? Best of all, you get a sprightly three-cylinder petrol engine that’ll easily whizz you around town, with enough in reserve for 70mph cruising on the motorway.  And it emits just 99g/km of CO2, so is exempt from road tax. Drivers can easily get comfy thanks to lots of seat adjustment, and it’s dead easy to see all the car’s corners when parking. There’s a surprising amount of space for all four passengers, and the boot is bigger than most city cars”. Celerio is proving to be very popular in the UK with more than 16,500 sold since launch and the SZ2 is available from just £79 per month with a PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) agreement from Suzuki Financial Services. The term is 48 months at 5.9 per cent APR and requires a deposit of £1,855 with an optional final payment of £2,228 to keep the car.

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