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    by Published on 05-02-2016 03:27 PM
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    • ŠKODA VisionS shows the future of ŠKODA’s SUV portfolio
    • Modern, powerful, expressive design language
    • Three rows of seats and a total length of 4.70 m

    ŠKODA communicates its new, modern design language in the SUV segment. The brand will be showcasing its new show car – the ŠKODA VisionS – at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, hinting at how ŠKODA’s future SUV could look.

    The design represents a perfect balance of aesthetics, power and function. Over recent years ŠKODA has completely renewed its model range and the next phase will involve broadening the range of models in the SUV segment.

    ŠKODA unveiled its new design language in 2014 with the VisionC design study. The brand is now transferring this to the SUV segment with the the VisionS (‘S’ stands for SUV) showing how ŠKODA’s future SUV, which is larger than the Yeti model, could look. With a length of 4,700mm and a width of 1,910mm the 1,680mm high show car creates an instant presence on the road.

    Inside traditional brand values are recreated with a large interior, here featuring three rows of seats, offering a generous space for six occupants.

    Externally the ŠKODA VisionS reflects the brand’s new emotional appeal. All the edges and lines are clear, precise and sharp, while crystalline design elements accentuate the exterior. The interplay of light and shadow creates powerful effects on the strikingly chiselled surfaces.

    At the front the bonnet relies on the creative use of plastics, with contours flowing towards the brand logo.
    by Published on 05-02-2016 03:21 PM
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    Power and equipment upgrades position new compact SUV range flagship on the rung above its RS Q3 countepart

    • New top model with 367PS and 465Nm slots in above 340PS RS Q3
    • Further revised version of award-winning five-cylinder engine good for 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and 167mph top speed
    • Expected to open for UK order later this month priced from Ł49,175 OTR

    The ranks of the new Audi ‘RS performance’ range offering RS enthusiasts even more power and pace have swelled again this week with the arrival of the new RS Q3 performance. Joining RS 6 and RS 7 performance variants in the new wave of models positioned above ‘standard’ RS equivalents, the RS Q3 performance uses an increased 367PS output to deliver even more exceptional acceleration on the ascent to an elevated 167mph top speed, and features equipment enhancements which also distance it visually from its namesake.

    Five-cylinder fury in the new RS Q3 performance is guaranteed by a revised version of the 2.5-litre TFSI unit which an international panel of automotive journalists has named the “International Engine of the Year” in its category six years in a row. Here, the cooling capacity of the main radiator has been increased and the fuel pump has been modified to liberate 27PS more power. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343.0 lb‑ft) is available between 1,625 and 5,550 rpm, helping the top-ranking compact SUV to break through the 62mph barrier from rest in just 4.4 seconds (RS Q3 4.8) and to reach a top speed of 167mph (RS Q3 electronically limited to 155mph), yet the result of the combined consumption test is a creditable 32.8mpg,
    by Published on 29-01-2016 02:55 PM
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    • New Octavia vRS 4x4 available in hatch and estate forms
    • Prices from Ł27,315 (hatch) and Ł28,515 (Estate)
    • Exceptional performance, traction and economy - perfect for the British winter
    • On sale and available at ŠKODA retailers across the country
    • High equipment levels with satellite navigation and bi-xenon headlights as standard

    Mother nature might be doing her best to make life as difficult as possible for British drivers, but ŠKODA is fighting back with the arrival of a new four-wheel drive version of the acclaimed Octavia vRS. Designed to conquer road conditions that blight UK roads through the dark winter months, the new Octavia vRS 4x4 has officially landed in retailers across the country.

    The Octavia vRS 4x4 marks a further expansion of the vRS range, and follows hot in the wheel-tracks of the vRS 230 model unveiled last year. Available in both hatch and estate form, the new vRS 4x4 is priced from Ł27,315 (Ł28,515 Estate) and brings all-wheel-drive capability to the vRS range for the first time.

    Powered by a 2.0 TDI 184PS diesel engine and equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox as standard, the vRS 4x4 combines a high torque output (380Nm between 1,750-3,250rpm) with surefooted traction delivered by its four-wheel-drive system. Designed to maximise grip in all conditions, the four-wheel-drive system constantly monitors traction at each wheel and directs power to whichever axle requires it.

    Like its vRS siblings, the new 4x4 model also features a host of engineering features that allow drivers to fully and
    by Published on 08-01-2016 05:58 PM
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    • Bentley pushes boundaries of cabin luxury with new and rare materials
    • Lightweight and contemporary feature developed by Mulliner
    • Four exclusive colours: Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper

    Bentley Motors’ bespoke coach-building division, Mulliner, is introducing the next level of modern British automotive luxury – stone veneers.

    This innovative interior finish utilises state-of-the-art stone veneer technology to make a luxurious, contemporary feature of a natural product formed over 200 million years.

    The slate and quartzite stone is sustainably sourced from hand-selected quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India – a nation with an ancient and rich culture of stone masonry. The sections of stone are split from larger pieces and cured using glass fibre and a bespoke resin. Finally, they are shaped and hand finished by Bentley’s world-renowned Mulliner coachbuilding team at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England.

    The stone surfaces of the veneers are just 0.1 mm thick, meaning that they are both extremely light and translucent, allowing the elegant grain and pattern in the stone to be visible to the interior occupants.

    Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner Operations, comments: “Bentley is the established expert in the handcrafting of wood and leather, and now we are exploring new, fine and rare materials to offer even more bespoke tailoring and choice to our customers. Stone veneers are another first for Bentley – but only the beginning of what we plan to do with this luxurious and
    by Published on 08-01-2016 05:53 PM
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    The Volkswagen zero-emission van opens the window to 2019

    BUDD-e gets the Internet of Things, and thus the whole world, on board

    BUDD-e is the first concept car based on the new MEB Modular Electric Drive Kit

    Interactive and networked world of infotainment opens a window to the year 2019

    Ten key facts - The BUDD-e in keywords

    1. The zero-emission van is the first Volkswagen concept car based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB).
    2. BUDD-e has electric four-wheel drive; the front electric motor produces 110 kW, while the rear motor produces 125 kW.
    3. The energy content of the battery (92.4 kWh) enables a range of up to 233 miles (EPA estimated real-world driving range) or 533 kilometers (NEFZ).
    4. With the BUDD-e Volkswagen creates a new human-machine interface (HMI) as a pioneering instrument and operating concept.
    5. The Active Info Display and head unit (infotainment system) merge into an interactive world.
    6. BUDD-e demonstrates the car in the Internet of Things. Smart Home allows you to access your home from the car.
    7. Using a tablet and the Volkswagen Travel App it is possible to program songs to start exactly at specific points on your route.
    8. Gesture control 2.0 allows the car to be operates intuitively. Even the doors can be opened with a gesture.
    9. The multifunction steering wheel's new touch system corresponds with the HMI and makes operation more intuitive than ever before.
    10. Clean design breathes the brand's history, while simultaneously setting its sights firmly on the immediate future.

    To the point - The world premiere of the BUDD-e

    Volkswagen is opening a gateway to the future at the CES in Las Vegas. The time machine: a zero-emission vehicle - the avant-garde BUDD-e minivan. The first model based on an equally new and progressive Volkswagen technology matrix for electric vehicles. The van's range: up to 233 miles (USA/FTP 72) or 533 kilometers (Europe/NEDC). And BUDD-e also has charisma with its iconic design. A Volkswagen that breathes the brand's history, while simultaneously setting its sights on the immediate future with precise clarity. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2016 05:45 PM
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    • Handcrafted by Bentley’s Mulliner Division and inspired by Monster
    • Spectacular limited production vehicle designed to appeal to young professional athletes and musicians

    Monster, high-performance audio manufacturer, has teamed up with Bentley Motors’ bespoke coach-building division, Mulliner, to create a stunning and uniquely Monster-inspired “Monster by Mulliner,” which makes its debut at CES 2016. The show-stopping Bentley Continental GT V8 S, which reflects Monster’s attitude of “Always Lead, Never Follow,” is designed to appeal to the target market of young professionals and movers and shakers in sports and music. The “Monster by Mulliner” Continental GT V8 S is a bespoke vehicle that will inspire those who want a ride with a bold look and incredible audio performance designed by Monster.

    Monster’s latest innovations in audio technology bring the power of today’s music into this Bentley’s luxurious cabin. All genres of music, including Hip Hop, rap, EDM and Rock, will be heard with new ears via this custom sound system not available in any production car in the world. A total of 16 hand selected Monster speakers, personally tuned by Head Monster Noel Lee, deliver 3,400-watt of awe-inspiring Pure Monster Sound—the company’s signature audio profile.

    Embodying the distinctive Monster colour scheme of red and black within the cabin, Mulliner’s capabilities and skills are showcased by the Hotspur Continental GT V8 S Beluga
    by Published on 02-01-2016 11:22 AM
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    • Generously-equipped Polo Match replaces SE trim and adds extra style and function
    • High-spec Golf GT Edition and R-Line Edition supersede GT and R-Line models
    • New Passat SE Business incorporates functional upgrades and Discover Navigation

    Volkswagen is gearing up for a busy start to 2016 with a raft of trim upgrades across the brand’s core models. New versions of the Polo, Golf, and Passat Saloon and Estate are available to order from Volkswagen UK Retailers now, with deliveries set to begin early in the New Year.

    Leading the charge is the generously-equipped Polo Match. Replacing the popular SE trim the new Polo Match – available in three- and five-door bodystyles and with a broad range of engine and transmission options – adds more than Ł900-worth of extra equipment to Volkswagen’s perennially popular supermini.

    Among the new standard-fit features on the Polo Match are cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights with static cornering function, tinted rear windows and smart new 15-inch Stratford alloy wheels. All this comes with a price rise of just Ł100 OTR, meaning the Polo Match is available to order now from Ł12,735 RRP OTR.

    The iconic Volkswagen Golf, now in its seventh generation, continues the 2016 momentum with the imminent showroom debuts of the Golf GT Edition and Golf R-Line Edition.

    The forthcoming Golf GT Edition replaces the GT trim level, and gains an additional Ł1,795 worth of equipment including 18-inch Durban alloy wheels, and panoramic sunroof. The new model is priced
    by Published on 06-12-2015 03:07 PM
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    Recently introduced Sport trim enriches the already broad appeal of the Audi A6 allroad quattro

    • Sport specification can now be ordered on all new A6 allroad quattro models
    • Standard specification additions include new 19-inch alloy wheels, all-LED headlights, dynamic rear LED turn signals, electrically adjustable front sport seats and privacy glass
    • Range of three V6 TDI powerplants available with outputs of 218 PS, 272 PS or 320PS
    • Sport pricing starts from Ł49,455 OTR – available to order now

    The sure-footed Audi A6 allroad, the quattro all-wheel-driven and air suspended Avant that is already notable as one of the most effective insulators against difficult winter driving conditions, is now available with an enhanced specification that makes it an even more protective and pampering means of weathering the storms.

    Recently introduced Sport versions of the A6 allroad can be ordered now in time for delivery during the fast-approaching winter months, when the adhesive qualities of the quattro system and the raised ride height afforded by the standard four-level air suspension come into their own. To these, and the many other equipment items included in the standard model, Sport specification adds full LED headlights that replace the bi-xenon units of ‘standard’ A6 allroad models to further enhance visibility in the darkest conditions. A high beam assist function is also added as standard to automatically dip the beam when oncoming traffic is approaching. At the rear in Sport models, dynamic LED turn signals that operate in a sweeping motion increase safety and awareness for other road users.

    by Published on 06-12-2015 03:01 PM
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    The first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way. The supervisory board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG today gave the green light for the Mission E project. In the words of Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche is thus "beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car." The vehicle is due to be launched at the end of the decade.

    With the Mission E project, Porsche is continuing to back sustainable growth. In Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen alone more than 1,000 new jobs are being created. The company will be investing around 700 million euros in its main site there. Over the next few years, a new paint shop and a new assembly plant will be built. The existing engine factory is also being expanded for the production of electric motors. In addition, the existing body shop is being enlarged. On top of that come other areas in which the company will be investing in this context, such as in the Weissach development centre.

    The Mission E concept car celebrated its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September. Visitors were gripped above all by its highly emotional design. Living up to the buzzword of 'E-Performance', the technological trailblazer combines outstanding driving performance with trendsetting day-to-day practicality. The four-door car with four individual seats has a system power output of over 600 hp (440 kW). The vehicle will thus achieve both acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and a range of more than 500 kilometres. Charged via an 800-volt
    by Published on 25-11-2015 08:26 PM
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    • Next step in solving the NOx exhaust emissions issue in Europe
    • Minor hardware measures for the 1.6TDI engines
    • 2.0 TDI engines only need a software update
    • Target: no adverse effects on fuel consumption and performance

    The clarification and solution of the diesel issue is progressing. The Volkswagen Group has presented specific technical measures for the EA 189 engines affected with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that correction measures have been fixed for the majority of the vehicles affected. In the development of the solutions, the focus was on maximum customer-friendliness. After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards. The final technical solution for the 1.2-litre diesel engine will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority at the end of the month and is expected to comprise a software update.

    The technical measures developed for the EA 189 diesel engines affected have been presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Following an intensive examination, these measures have been ratified by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that there is now clarity regarding the correction of the irregularities for the majority of vehicles affected.

    • A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6-litre EA 189 engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor

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