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    by Published on 12-06-2015 06:08 PM
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    Volkswagen is preparing to delight automotive fans at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-28 June by showcasing four new cars, all of which are making their UK debuts. These are the Sport Coupé GTE Concept, the XL Sport and the Golf R400, as well as the 2015 Polo R WRC rally car.

    The Sport Coupé GTE Concept made its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Combining an exclusive sports car design with a four-door body and a glass roof extending into the tailgate, it marks the beginning of a new design era for Volkswagen. Under the bonnet the Sport Coupé GTE utilises a plug-in hybrid drive, combining a TSI petrol engine with two electric motors.


    The XL Sport turned heads when it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014. Developed from the Volkswagen XL1, the world’s most energy efficient production car, the XL Sport is a super-efficient concept sports car powered by a Ducati Superleggera engine. The two-cylinder Ducati V2 engine produces 200 PS and the XL Sport has a top speed of 168 mph.


    The third concept on display on the Volkswagen stand will be the Golf R 400 which debuted at the Auto China show in Beijing in April 2014. Based on the standard Golf R hatchback, the R 400 concept ups the ante considerably, with 400 PS and 450 Nm of torque – plus looks to match the performance.


    The Polo R WRC is of course not a concept, but a very real car which has seen action across the globe in the World Rally Championship. This model won the WRC last year
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    by Published on 12-06-2015 06:03 PM
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    The ŠKODA Fabia showcased its strengths as an emergency response vehicle at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference (NAPFM) this week.

    The 2015 What Car? Car of the Year, ŠKODA Fabia, has found a new vocation in law enforcement. ŠKODA showcased the Fabia as a fully liveried police car at the event in Telford. Now in its 42nd year, NAPFM is one of the largest emergency service fleet events in Europe and caters for police, fire and rescue and ambulance vehicles.

    This was the first glimpse of Fabia in police livery since ŠKODA was reappointed as an approved Crown Commercial Services supplier. The new framework now includes ‘Lot 7’ emergency service vehicles.

    Sitting in the beat car category, the ŠKODA Fabia certainly lives up to its recent billing as 'Best Small Car' at the 2015 Fleet News Awards. With a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, six airbags and an autonomous braking system as standard from SE, the Fabia provides proper protection for those who serve and protect us.

    The model displayed, the Fabia Hatch 1.4 TDI 90PS SE, would perfectly suit the rigours of life on the street, with its 83.1mpg combined fuel consumption figure meaning it can theoretically remain on patrol for over 800 miles on a single tank.


    Some 10 Fabia 1.4 TDI 90PS SE models were taken away from NAPFM this week by emergency services customers for extended three-month road tests. Speaking at the NAPFM Conference, ŠKODA Emergency Services Technical Sales Manager, Steven Cowell,
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    by Published on 12-06-2015 05:58 PM
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    GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS confirms title after A6 TDI ultra is driven to 14 countries on a single tank of fuel


    • 14 countries and 1158.9 miles covered on one tank of diesel
    • Audi A6 TDI ultra averaged 75.9mpg overall
    • The #RecordRoadTrip began in Maastricht at 9.48am (GMT) on Tuesday 9 June and ended in Hungary at 12.44pm (GMT) on Wednesday 10 June
    • 28 hours of driving completed almost non-stop by Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson
    • World record galvanises the Audi ultra philosophy of pioneering efficiency


    Audi and the RAC have officially set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title by driving to 14 countries on a single tank of fuel. The unmodified Audi A6 TDI ultra chosen for the challenge comfortably exceeded its official 67mpg-plus potential by averaging a remarkable 75.9mpg and completing a total of 1158.9 miles without the need for a fuel-stop.


    Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and racing driver Rebecca Jackson drove the A6 TDI ultra almost non-stop for nearly 28 hours from the Netherlands to Hungary, passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.


    Commenting on the new record, Jon Zammett, Head of Audi UK Public Relations, said: “By covering so much of Europe on a single fill-up, we have proven that real-world economy of almost 76 mpg or more can be had from the latest engine technology. The Audi A6 TDI ultra has proven the range capability of one of the world’s most advanced executive cars."


    Both drivers faced numerous challenges in their
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    by Published on 12-06-2015 05:53 PM
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    Audi UK launched its all-new RS 3 Sportback at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb where 79 years ago Hans Stuck competed in the 16-cylinder Auto Union Type C and Hannu Mikkola took Best Time Of Day in the Sport quattro in June 1986.

    Audi's history with the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb made the venue the ideal place to launch their 367 PS RS 3 Sportback which focuses on pure sports positioning and dynamics.


    Held over two days, the RS 3 tackled the famous hill climb, the oldest motor sport venue in the world still on its original course, with journalists getting a rare opportunity to test the most powerful production 5-cylinder engine in Audi RS history.


    With over 20 cars available in different specs and colours, the hill climb allowed drivers to experience the car to its full potential including the faster shifting gearbox and faster reacting quattro drive.


    Drivers were also able to follow a road route from the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, giving further opportunity to test the car on the open road.


    Mark Constanduros, Commercial Manager for the Midland Automobile Club said: "This was a wonderful opportunity to welcome Audi back to the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb. With their history it made the venue a very fitting place to launch the RS 3.


    "It was great to see their heritage cars on display and other RS models available for test."


    Also available were other models from the RS range including the 560PS RS 7 Sportback and RS 6 Avant, the 450PS RS 4 Avant and the 340PS RS Q3.


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    by Published on 07-06-2015 08:40 AM
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    • British-built four-door saloon takes top honours in online poll
    • The world’s best luxury sedan praised for being ‘as enjoyable to drive as it is to be chauffeured in.’
    • Flying Spur enhanced for 2015 with suite of new features and colours


    Bentley’s Flying Spur has been named Best Luxury Car in the 2015 Telegraph Car Awards.


    The result, which was announced at an event in central London today, was decided by members of the public who voted for their favourite cars via the Telegraph’s Motoring website.


    Kevin Rose, Bentley Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, commented: “Bentley is the most successful luxury car brand in the world. Every Bentley is handcrafted by our skilled and dedicated team in Crewe, which makes each car a true luxury possession. On behalf of Bentley Motors and our 3,800 colleagues, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that voted for us.”


    Steve Huntingford, Cars Editor at The Telegraph, added: "The latest Flying Spur manages to feel both traditional and modern, plus it's as enjoyable to drive as it is to be chauffeured in. It's easy to see why Telegraph readers and our panel of judges rate it so highly."

    The Flying Spur W12 is the fastest road-going luxury sedan in the world, powered by Bentley’s mighty 6.0-litre, twin turbo engine. It develops 625 PS, sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, while a new variable displacement system allows the engine to run at part throttle on six of its 12 cylinders – reducing emissions and
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    by Published on 05-06-2015 01:56 PM
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    • Stylish new model offers even more room and even better value for money
    • Prices start from Ł19,840 with first deliveries expected in September 2015
    • Significant increase in standard equipment and technology across the range
    • Seven engines from launch with power outputs from 120PS to 280PS
    • DSG and 4x4 transmissions available on selected models


    ŠKODA has announced UK full pricing and specifications for the all-new Superb Estate. The new model is available to order later this month with the widest range of engine, transmission and trim level options ever offered to buyers of ŠKODA’s flagship model. First UK deliveries are expected in September.


    Just like its hatchback sibling, the new Superb Estate will be available with seven engine options and the option of DSG automatic and 4x4 transmissions on some models. The engine range consists of four TSI petrol and three TDI diesel units with outputs ranging from 120PS for the 1.6 TDI to 280PS for the range-topping new 2.0 TSI engine.


    The range consists of five trim levels: S, SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement, with each offering higher specification and equipment levels than comparable models in the current line-up. Despite this impressive increase in specification across the board, ŠKODA has managed to make the new Superb even more affordable with the new 1.4 TSI S model available for Ł19,840 – just Ł25 more than the outgoing S model.


    At 4856mm long and 1,864mm wide, the new Superb is 23mm longer and 47mm wider than its predecessor, while the 2,841mm wheelbase is 80mm longer, allowing for greater space within the passenger compartment. The boot is 27 litres larger than before, at 660 litres, expanding to a cavernous 1,950 litres with the rear seat backs folded. Despite the increased size, the new ŠKODA Superb Estate is up to 75kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks in part to weight-saving measures made available by the car’s advanced MQB construction.


    The new Superb is also brimming with new technology and the brand’s acclaimed Simply Clever features. Designed and engineered to make the new Superb safer and more comfortable, the new features include a Virtual Pedal system that opens the boot with just the wave of a foot under the rear bumper and full integration of Apple and Android smartphones via SmartLink. Safety and convenience
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    by Published on 05-06-2015 01:47 PM
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    Volkswagen Retailers will begin taking orders for the new Sharan MPV today, ahead of first UK deliveries in October. Prices for the new model start at Ł26,300 RRP OTR.

    The seven-seat people-carrier, the first generation of which was unveiled in 1995, has been refreshed and now features improved specification as well as a range of engines which all meet EU6 standards and are up to 15 per cent more efficient than those they replace.

    The current model went on sale in November 2010, and was the first Sharan to benefit from an all-new EasyFold seating concept and side sliding doors. Both of these key user-friendly features are carried over to the new model, along with a host of other changes.

    Inside, the new Sharan gets a boost in the form of new upholsteries, new steering wheels and the brand new second generation colour touchscreen MIB infotainment systems across the range of S, SE and SEL models. Also standard across the range are an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning.

    SE trim gains chrome roof rails and tinted rear glass, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control among other items, while the range-topping SEL trim now features Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery and Discover Navigation with CarNet Guide and Inform. A new SE Navigation model will also join the range: based on the mid-range SE trim it adds Discover Navigation with CarNet Guide and Inform for an additional Ł675.
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    by Published on 29-05-2015 04:53 PM
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    • New Superb Estate offers best-in-class interior space
    • More emotive, expressive and dynamic style
    • Simply Clever: More space, more comfort, more safety, more connectivity, more eco-friendly and better driving dynamics
    • Available to order in June with first deliveries in September 2015


    ŠKODA is once again making its mark with the new ŠKODA Superb. Just months after the debut of the hatchback, comes the new ŠKODA Superb Estate. Based on innovative MQB technology, this attractive newcomer sets new standards in its segment in terms of space, comfort, safety and connectivity. The new ŠKODA Superb Estate has the largest interior space and luggage compartment in its classz. The total boot volume is nearly 2,000 litres. At the same time, the new and expressive ŠKODA design transforms the new-generation model into a stylish estate with dynamic elegance.


    “With the new ŠKODA Superb Estate, we have further developed the existing strengths of the Superb and once again set a benchmark. With its expressive, dynamic design, we are emphasising and complimenting ŠKODA’s expertise in the estate segment,” said Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for
    Technical Development. “The combination of aesthetics, top-of-the range technology and the highest practical benefits makes the new Superb Estate an outstanding vehicle within its segment. With the new flagship, we will attract new customers to our brand,” said Welsch.


    ŠKODA has offered an estate version of its top model, the ŠKODA Superb, since 2009. To date, ŠKODA has delivered more than 200,000 ŠKODA Superb Estate models to customers
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    by Published on 29-05-2015 04:42 PM
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    • Improved Rapid Spaceback range delivers even better value for money
    • OTR price reductions of up to Ł1,905 across all models
    • Three value-packed trim levels with prices starting from just Ł13,500
    • Exceptional practicality, style and refinement across the new range


    The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback has been wowing buyers with its style, practicality and refinement since its launch in 2013, and now, thanks to ŠKODA’s commitment to maximising value, customers ordering a new Spaceback get even more for their money.

    In the revised line-up, all three trim levels (S, SE Tech and SE Sport) benefit from a significant price reduction – a move that further extends the Spaceback’s value advantage over its competitors. Customers opting for a Spaceback 1.4 TSI 125PS DSG SE Tech, for example, can get behind the wheel for just Ł16,390 – a Ł1,905 saving over the previous on the road price. What’s more, the new pricing structure has been achieved with no change to previous equipment levels, meaning customers really can secure an incredible deal. The new price structure applies to all new orders for 2016 model year cars.

    The new Rapid Spaceback range now starts from just Ł13,500 (Ł1,355 less than the previous model) with all three trim grades featuring exceptionally high equipment levels. The all-turbocharged engine line-up features some of the most advanced powerplants ever offered by ŠKODA, along with the option of DSG on selected models. CO2 outputs start from just 94g/km, meaning that buyers also enjoy
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    by Published on 22-05-2015 12:48 PM
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    The Volkswagen Golf and Passat models have been praised by vehicle safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre, who have seen a 45 per cent drop in third party personal injury insurance claims thanks to the fitment of auto-emergency braking systems.

    The latest generation Golf went on sale in the UK in January 2013. All except for the entry-level S models have Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as standard, with ACC including the radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system Front Assist, as well as city emergency braking and cruise control. Since launch, third party injury claims on the latest Golf are 45 per cent lower than for the equivalent ‘Small Family Car Control Group’.


    Matthew Avery, Director of Safety at Thatcham Research, said: ‘These findings are based on the equivalent of more than 7,000 Mk VII Golf models insured for a full 12 months on the road, and come from claims data from our insurance members. When we saw figures based on an initial small sample, we were surprised, as they exceeded our own performance testing. However the figures held up, even after almost doubling the sample group, and have therefore given us a glimpse of what safety on UK roads could look like in the future.’


    Although such systems are not new, it was the Golf that ’democratised safety’ and brought ACC to a wide audience. The system operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, it can intervene to such an extent that the car may be slowed to
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