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    by Published on 01-03-2015 09:58 AM
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    World premiere - a new all-rounder for the family: The new Touran is a miracle of space in the world of compact MPVs


    • New engines in the Touran are up to 19 per cent* more economical
    • Five-seater and seven-seater Touran models have biggest luggage compartment in their class
    • Volkswagen brings MirroLink™, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on board
    • Touran's assistance and convenience systems go far beyond the norms for this class


    Ten key facts about the new Touran:

    1. The completely redeveloped Touran is the first MPV to be based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)
    2. Advantage of MQB: it was possible to pass on almost the full increase in overall vehicle length (+ 130 mm) to the wheelbase (+ 113 mm)
    3. Longer wheelbase increases the amount of room inside the Touran (including an extra 48 litres luggage space in 5-seater)
    4. Five-seater version of the Touran has the biggest luggage compartment (1,040 litres) in its class (when loaded roof-high up to 2nd seat row)
    5. Despite significant gain in overall length, weight has been reduced by 62 kg
    6. Newly developed fold-flat seat system in 5-seater or 7-seater MPV is highly versatile and extremely easy to configure
    7. Up to 47 storage compartments and new Pure Air Climatronic system make the 5-seater and 7-seater Touran perfect for everyday use
    The new Touran / World Premiere / Volkswagen / February 2015 3
    8. New spectrum of infotainment systems; MirrorLink™, CarPlay (Apple) and Android Auto (Google) featured for first time
    9. The new Touran boasts the biggest range of assistance and comfort systems in its class
    10. TSI and TDI engines up to 19 per cent* more economical; Touran 1.6 TDI with DSG consumes just 4.1 l/100 km*


    The Touran is Germany's most successful compact MPV. It's a highly versatile companion for all journeys, characterised by an impressive use of space and meticulous attention to detail throughout. Volkswagen is now launching a new generation; completely re-conceptualised version of this popular all-rounder, which has already hit sales of some 1.9 million units in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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    by Published on 01-03-2015 09:50 AM
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    Five-door prologue Avant concept builds on future brand design foundations laid by the prologue coupé concept


    • New interpretation of Audi Avant philosophy
    • Groundbreaking infotainment architecture and entertainment concept
    • High-performance hybrid drive with 455 PS and 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft) of torque

    A design with dynamic elegance and the latest high end technologies: Audi is presenting the new prologue Avant show car at the Geneva Motor Show, which gives another glimpse into the future of Audi design just four months after the premium manufacturer showed its visionary Audi prologue coupé concept at the LA Auto Show.

    The Audi prologue Avant combines dynamics, form and function in a perfect synthesis. It brings progressive technology, lightweight construction and permanent all-wheel drive quattro together. The large five-door car with its stretched roof and extremely flat D-pillars combines power and flowing elegance, and its design reflects these Audi quattro genes.


    At a glance, the new show car can be recognised to be an Audi – with its athletic build, taut surfaces and sharp edges. The Audi prologue Avant picks up on the tradition of the extraordinary design and space concepts, for example, of the proto Avant from 1982, and re-interprets this design. With a length of 5.11 metres, a wheelbase of 3.04 metres, a width of 1.97 metres and a height of 1.4 metres, the Audi prologue Avant is a little larger than the two-door coupé Audi prologue. Four individual seats, four doors and a large tailgate round off the concept.

    “With our show car for Geneva, we now translate the design language of the Audi prologue into a new, dynamic and stretched form. We are merging it with a concept of high variability,” says Board Member for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “The Audi prologue Avant is progressive, emotion-filled and versatile, it reflects Audi’s technological competence and quality claim perfectly.”

    Wide and flat: the front


    The Singleframe grille organically integrated into the
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    by Published on 01-03-2015 09:44 AM
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    V10 supercar is reborn with advanced new quattro all-wheel-drive and up to 610 PS propelling less weight to a top speed of 205mph


    • Second generation of the acclaimed supercar makes its debut in Geneva
    • Available to order in the UK in May 2015, first deliveries in quarter four – pricing expected to be confirmed soon after Geneva unveiling
    • First UK customer deposits are already being taken
    • 5.2 FSI engine with up to 610 PS, 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds
    • New multimaterial Audi Space Frame with high proportion of aluminium and CFRP
    • Up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor

    No model bearing the four rings is closer to motorsport, none is more striking and more dynamic: at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi will present the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The mid-mounted V10 and newly developed quattro all-wheel-drive system ensure breathtaking performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 610PS, which not only powers to 62mph from rest more rapidly than any series production Audi in history but is also the first to be capable of officially pushing beyond 200mph.

    The R8 has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more focused both on the race track and on the road. Key contributions to the marked improvements over its critically acclaimed predecessor are made by the high-revving mid-mounted engine with significantly enhanced performance, the architecture with its even greater emphasis on lightweight construction principles and the advanced chassis with quattro drive system and fully variable torque control.

    “Motorsport is in Audi’s genes, it has always been a permanent feature of our brand’s character,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi. “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion. The new R8 V10 plus is therefore the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi of all time.” Thanks to the close cooperation between racing engineers, racing drivers and developers, the Audi R8 has seen a clear performance increase – this benefits both the series production car and the R8 LMS developed on the basis of this.

    The engines: 10 cylinders in two versions


    The 5.2-litre FSI engine at
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    by Published on 20-02-2015 03:30 PM
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    • Even more technical highlights for the popular Volkswagen MPV
    • New TSI and TDI engines are up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient


    Volkswagen is presenting the technically updated Sharan at the Geneva International Motor Show. Numerous new convenience and assistance systems make the family-friendly MPV one of the most advanced models in its segment. A wide range of infotainment systems also guarantees full connectivity to many smartphones and tablets. At the same time, the fuel economy of the petrol and diesel engines was improved by up to 15 per cent. The updated Sharan will arrive on the German market this summer; advance sales begin in April.


    Along with the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically initiates braking after a collision if the driver is no longer able to intervene, numerous optional assistance systems are available in the updated Sharan as well. They include the ambient traffic monitoring system Front
    Assist with integrated City Emergency Braking, the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the third generation of Park Assist (for assisted parking and exiting from parking spaces) and the Blind Spot Monitor, which warns of vehicles in the blind spot when changing lanes.


    The petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines, which are as powerful as they are efficient, have been completely redesigned. The turbocharged direct-injection engines are now up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient, and they all conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. The
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    by Published on 20-02-2015 03:25 PM
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    • New crisply-styled ŠKODA flagship set to make its mark
    • New top model offers new dimensions in room, comfort and quality
    • Powerhouse: The new ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230; top speed 155 mph
    • Stylish new ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo makes its debut


    At this year’s Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March 2015), the third generation ŠKODA Superb will be celebrating its full public premiere – just two weeks after its debut in Prague. The brand’s new flagship is the best ŠKODA of all time and features an emotive design, the most room of any vehicle in its segment, and innovative MQB technology.


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    KODA will also be celebrating the premiere of the sporty ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo and the racy ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230. ŠKODA is highlighting the brand’s high dynamics through the strength of its appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In 2014 ŠKODA achieved a new sales record; selling 1.04 million vehicles, the carmaker delivered more than 1 million ŠKODA vehicles to customers for the first time in a single calendar year.

    “The new Superb heralds the dawn of a new era for ŠKODA,” said ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Over recent years, ŠKODA has established itself as an international volume manufacturer. Our new flagship is now the highlight of ŠKODA’s most comprehensive model campaign ever, and shows where ŠKODA stands today.” He continued, “The car’s outstanding design and engineering qualities, and the unbeatable space make our flagship the new benchmark in the automotive mid-class. The new ŠKODA Superb is a clear demonstration of our growth and points to the future of the brand.”


    With its new, expressive design
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    by Published on 20-02-2015 03:14 PM
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    • A suite of design upgrades and features for Continental GT family
    • Continental GT W12 increases to 590 PS and 720 Nm, improving performance and efficiency
    • Flying Spur offers even more bespoke four door luxury

    Bentley Motors is building on the global demand for the Continental GT family with a suite of contemporary design updates and new exquisite features for its most successful model. Bentley’s luxurious and powerful Flying Spur also receives a set of features for 2015, focusing on powertrain development, on-board technology and interior comfort.

    The new models will be unveiled and displayed at the Geneva Motor Show from Tuesday 3rd March, with deliveries starting this summer.

    Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, comments:

    “Bentley offers uncompromised luxury and performance with ultimate comfort for grand touring and our new 2015 features extend the appeal of our family. We listen carefully to our customers, and with these new evolutions we’re making our cars even more stylish, efficient, connected and useable every day.”


    Exterior Evolution for the Continental GT


    The Bentley Continental GT is refreshed with a complement of new exterior design features, aimed at sharpening the on-road presence of the iconic Grand Tourer. A new front bumper combines with a smaller radiator shell and new, more pronounced fenders to lend a more assertive and confident stance to the front of the car. The fenders now feature a new vent, complete with a graceful metallic “B” adornment, which serve to emphasise and enhance the renowned Bentley “power line” that flows rearwards from the front arches. New bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models now match those applied to the GT
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    by Published on 20-02-2015 03:08 PM
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    New three-cylinder petrol engine joins updated A1 range polished by styling revisions, equipment upgrades and efficiency gains


    • New three-cylinder addition to acclaimed A1 and A1 Sportback ranges takes entry price of Audi ownership to Ł14,315 OTR
    • Available to order now in conjunction with SE or Sport specification – first UK deliveries in summer 2015
    • A1 1.0 TFSI five-speed manual – 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds, top speed 116mph, combined MPG 67.3, CO2 97g/km
    • A1 and A1 Sportback ranges recently enhanced by styling revisions inside and out, new or improved engines, more equipment and improved option packs


    Weighing up the pros and cons of petrol and diesel power becomes a little harder for Audi A1 customers from today as a new super-frugal, 97g/km TFSI version of the three or five-door subcompact becomes available in the UK. Equipped with a characterful new three-cylinder engine – the first petrol unit with this configuration ever to be installed in an Audi model – the latest A1 variant promises to bring 67mpg-plus economy, peppy performance and the premium hallmarks that distinguish every Audi within even easier reach with an OTR price starting from Ł14,315.


    The 95PS turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine effectively replaces the 89PS 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine available in the A1 since launch. It can call on a healthy 160Nm of torque to propel the A1 1.0 TFSI with standard five-speed manual gearbox to 62mph from rest in 10.9 seconds, regardless of whether it is powering the three-door or five-door Sportback body style. A seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission
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    by Published on 20-02-2015 03:04 PM
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    Price and specification now fixed for UK versions of 367PS Audi RS 3 Sportback ahead of March on-sale date


    • All new second generation RS 3 Sportback available to order in the UK from March 2015 priced at Ł39,950 OTR - first customer deliveries in summer
    • Most powerful production five-cylinder engine in Audi RS history with 367PS and 465Nm from 1,625rpm to 5,550rpm
    • 0 – 62mph in 4.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the previous model – 155mph governed top speed can be raised to 174mph on request
    • Lower weight, faster-shifting S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, faster-reacting quattro drive


    The all new 367PS Audi RS 3 Sportback is now en route to the UK, and as the most powerful compact hatchback currently in series production will be even more adept at catering for sports car devotees who also need to take care of everyday necessities like the school run and the supermarket sweep.
    Capable of snapping at the heels of exotica with its 4.3-second 0-62mph sprint time and potential top speed of up to 174mph, the new five-door, five-seat Sportback will weigh in at Ł39,950 OTR. It will become available to order in March and reach its first UK customers in the summer.


    The new entry point to the formidable Audi RS range is born of impeccable breeding – it is based on the current World Car of the Year and features the latest evolution of the evocative 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI – winner of the International Engine of the Year Award in the 2.0 to 2.5-litre category on no less than five consecutive occasions since 2010. Equally reassuringly, it shores up the extraordinary performance and handling produced by bringing these two elements together with
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    by Published on 19-02-2015 09:31 PM
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    • New ŠKODA Superb revolutionises ŠKODA design
    • Best interior space in its class
    • MQB technology offering optimum safety, best environmental values, great connectivity
    • Market launch of the third-generation model in June; UK deliveries September


    The new ŠKODA Superb rolled into the spotlight today with a spectacular world premiere at the Forum Karlín in Prague. The new ŠKODA Superb revolutionises the brand’s design. Generous dimensions, innovative safety assistance systems, a focus on the environment and comfort, plus powerful EU6 engines and ŠKODA-typical ‘Simply Clever’ features have moved the brand’s flagship to the upper end of the automotive mid-class. The new Superb is the best ŠKODA ever and the highlight of the company’s largest-ever model campaign.


    ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland said: “This car marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA. In recent years, we have renewed and expanded our model range. The new ŠKODA Superb demonstrates our aspirations in the automotive mid-class. In terms of creativity and technology, it reaches a new level of performance, shows ŠKODA’s reclaimed position and leads the way into the future of the brand. This fantastic car will attract new private and business customers to ŠKODA.”


    The world premiere of the new ŠKODA Superb took place in Forum Karlín in Prague, in front of 800 guests – ŠKODA welcomed international media representatives as well as guests from the group, the company, politics, business and society. The new ŠKODA Superb was the star of the evening. Its first appearance was accompanied by the world premiere of the ‘Superb Symphony’ with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Other highlights included performances from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Aura Dione.


    ŠKODA intends to continue the success
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    by Published on 06-02-2015 01:17 PM
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    • First impression of the new ŠKODA Superb interior
    • Whole new dimension: spacious and elegant with great attention to detail
    • Comfortable throughout: extremely roomy, fine materials
    • New level of quality: high quality workmanship, pure precision


    ŠKODA is once again demonstrating the design and emotional power of the brand with the latest version of its flagship model, the Superb.


    The new ŠKODA Superb combines spaciousness, functionality and design in a truly unique way. ŠKODA already gave some hints as to the future of the brand’s design language last year, when it presented the ŠKODA VisionC show car at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Superb brings these innovations to series production. ŠKODA is now presenting the specific details of the third-generation Superb with a closer look at the vehicle’s interior.


    The aim of ŠKODA’s engineers and designers was to create a superior inner space, with a more modern, elegant and sophisticated look. With further improvements to the interior dimensions, ŠKODA has brought the qualities of higher-class vehicles into the automotive mid-class. With the vehicle’s unrivalled amount of room, new level of comfort, new technical solutions and high-quality, precise workmanship, the new ŠKODA Superb is truly setting standards in its segment.
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