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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:37 PM
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    • New TDI and TSI engines consume up to 15 per cent less fuel
    • New-generation infotainment systems
    • New comfort and assistance systems


    SEAT is continuing its product offensive with the new generation of its Alhambra. The intelligent and versatile MPV is up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient thanks to its new engines and even more dynamic thanks to increased power output. The Alhambra remains at the very forefront of its class with new comfort and assistance systems, as well as innovative connectivity and infotainment offerings. The New Alhambra will arrive at dealerships this summer, with UK pre-ordering starting at the end of May.


    “Alhambra has seen a year of record sales in 2014. Innovation, driving fun, utility and safety are the keywords for the new-generation Alhambra, making it the perfect partner for an active lifestyle,” says Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman of the Executive Committee SEAT, S.A. “Its compelling concept combines the very best functionality and state-of-the-art technology with an excellent standard of quality and workmanship. Plus, in true SEAT fashion, it offers incredible value for money.”


    The line-up of petrol and diesel engines has been completely redeveloped. Each powertrain fulfils the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard. The turbocharged direct-injection units are also up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient. Powered by the 2.0 TDI 150 PS for instance, the New Alhambra’s fuel consumption is an impressive 57.6 mpg, with 130 grams of CO2 per km.


    In the UK, the 2.0 TDI engines will be offered with 150 PS
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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:32 PM
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    UK order books have opened for Volkswagen’s trio of hot Golf Estates – the Golf R and GTD Estates and the Golf Alltrack – ahead of first deliveries in August. The R and GTD Estates boast all the attributes of their popular hatchback counterparts, with like for like trims, but bootspace is increased from 380 litres to 605 litres – and up to 1,620 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. Power outputs range from 110 PS in Alltrack which is available with three engines, through 184 PS in the GTD to 300 PS in the range-topping R model. The Alltrack and the R Estate also gain 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

    Like the Golf R hatch, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,984 cc) four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine. Maximum power is 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm while maximum torque of 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) is available from 1,800 up to 5,500 rpm. In this new car, standstill to 50 mph takes just 3.8 seconds, and to 62 mph 5.1 seconds; top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Style and spec-wise, the Golf R Estate follows all the cues of its hatchback sibling, though the Estate is only available with a six-speed DSG gearbox.


    The Golf GTD Estate is, quite simply, a booted version of Volkswagen’s iconic long-distance sports cruiser. The new estate model has at its heart a 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine which produces 184 PS from 3,500 to 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque is 280 Nm (380 lbs ft) from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The benchmark 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph. Yet the Golf
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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:26 PM
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    • Historic ‘Blue Train’ race commemorated with 85th anniversary Mulliner Limited Edition
    • Mulliner artisans pay homage to famous 1930 Speed Six with bespoke features and intricate historical references
    • Total of four examples to be hand-crafted in Crewe for continental European customers
    • Mulsanne Speed is world’s fastest ultra-luxury driving experience


    Bentley Motors is commemorating the historic ‘Blue Train’ race won by the Bentley Speed Six in 1930 with a Mulliner Limited Edition – the Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’.


    Debuting this week at the Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany, just four examples will be hand-crafted in Crewe for customers in continental Europe.

    85 years ago, Captain Woolf Barnato, Chairman of Bentley Motors and pioneering ‘Bentley Boy’, was staying in Cannes at the Carlton Hotel. He accepted a wager that not only could he beat the Calais-Mediterranée Express or ‘Blue Train’ back to Calais, but that he could be at his club in London before the train even reached the English Channel. He was, and the remarkable victory has been talked about ever since.

    The ‘Blue Train’ Limited Edition is produced by the skilled craftsmen and women of Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division, Mulliner. Each features a number of delightful historical references and modern interpretations of design details from the original Speed Six.


    For example, the fluting pattern in the door panels and the rear quarter inserts echo the interior of Barnato’s original car. The dashboard facia features an expertly crafted veneer image of the original Bentley ‘Blue Train’ Speed Six. Meanwhile, the treadplate plaques
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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:21 PM
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    • Better fuel economy – new engines with stop/start function as standard
    • Better safety – latest driver assistance systems
    • More comfort and convenience – adaptive chassis, electrically adjustable seats and electric tailgate
    • New entertainment and satellite navigation system
    • Design incorporates sharper and more distinctive lines


    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented the sixth-generation of its highly successful Transporter model. Updated key technical features offer better safety, improved comfort and convenience and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy.


    Volkswagen’s T-series has been the number one light commercial vehicle in Germany for decades. Its predecessor sold some two million units around the world during its 11 years in production. Since the launch of Transporter in 1950, around 12 million vehicles have been produced. Although the Transporter went on sale in Germany and the rest of Europe 65 years ago, right-hand drive versions were only available to special order until 1954 when they became standard production line models. Since then, more than 300,000 Transporters have been sold in the UK.


    Design
    : the T-series is a design icon which has evolved for more than six decades. The sixth-generation Transporter has been carefully updated, offering a sharper appearance that exudes quality. The lines and edges run continuously from the front to the rear of the vehicle and the entire body now has the appearance of being milled from a solid block of metal. Like its predecessors, the new Transporter remains immediately recognisable. As with the
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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:16 PM
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    Exclusive GTS trim with new 18-inch alloy wheels


    Scirocco GTS has a new generation of infotainment equipment on board as standard


    Ten key facts about the Scirocco GTS:


    1. The new Scirocco GTS makes its debut as a separate and especially sporty GT version
    2. 220 PS Scirocco GTS has a top speed of 246 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds
    3. Individualised exterior with new 18-inch alloy wheels and optional GTS décor (décor standard in China)
    4. Red brake callipers as an identifying feature
    5. Exclusive GTS interior with black trim features, red stitching and the legendary golf ball gear knob
    6. Included as standard: the "Composition Colour", from the latest generation of infotainment systems
    7. Modular infotainment matrix (MIB II) available for all Scirocco models from the end of May
    8. The Scirocco GTS can also be ordered with an extremely quick-shifting 6-speed DSG gearbox as an option
    9. The spirit of the first Scirocco GTS (which made its debut in 1982) was carried forward into the year 2015 in the new GTS
    10. With over a million sold, the Scirocco is one of the most successful sports cars in the world


    The Scirocco is a pure bred European sports coupe which has been reinvented through the years to give it a timeless appeal. Presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 41 years ago, it became an icon of compact German coupés. The car caught the spirit of the age: over a million units of the Scirocco have been produced since then. Last summer a comprehensively refined generation of the sports car was launched, featuring, among other things, a completely new range of engines. Building on this, Volkswagen
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    by Published on 17-04-2015 02:11 PM
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    Third iteration of the acclaimed Audi Prologue design concept with rugged allroad theme and hybrid drive is unveiled in China


    • Third member of the Audi prologue family for all types of roads
    • Innovative display and operating concept for digital interaction
    • Powerful and efficient with plug-in hybrid technology
    • 734 PS of system power with 33-mile electric range

    High-end technology and unrestricted everyday practicality, plus alluring elegance: The Audi prologue allroad is making its world premiere at Auto Shanghai. The five-door show car with its raised body and tougher stance provides a new emphasis in the conceptual Audi prologue family. Its operating concept enables digital interaction between driver and passengers; the plug-in hybrid drive impresses with 734 PS, yet low consumption.

    Like all allroad models from Audi, the Audi prologue allroad makes no compromises. 15 years ago, a new class of automobile debuted with the Audi allroad quattro: a car combining the comfort and dynamics of the luxury class with maximum variability and masterful off-road capability. Audi is now presenting a study in China that reflects a fresh interpretation of the typical allroad themes, providing a clear glimpse into the brand’s design future. The design of the Audi allroad prologue accentuates the elegance and uniqueness of the allroad concept.


    Powerful and elegant: the side view


    Viewed from the side, the 5.13 metre Audi prologue allroad displays the new, dynamic interpretation of the Audi allroad philosophy. A long front-end, a roofline that quickly begins to drop again and extremely flat D-pillars give it an athletic profile and emphasise the elegance and dynamics of the allroad concept in a fresh way.


    The prominent bumpers and the widely
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    by Published on 11-04-2015 05:40 PM
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    Volkswagen’s award-winning online configurator, which allows customers to design their perfect car from the comfort of their own home or on the move via a tablet or smartphone, is designed to make choosing a new car as easy as possible. But even once the right car is configured there’s the question of optional extras – those finishing touches which make the perfect car perfect.

    To aid the selection of the right personalisation, Volkswagen has bundled frequently ‘bought together’ factory-fitted options into packs which are then offered at a competitive prices, saving customers at least 20 per cent on the price of buying the options individually.


    A new brochure, which is available at Volkswagen Retailers, details options packs for four of Volkswagen’s best-selling models: the up!, Polo, Golf and Tiguan. When configuring a car online, these packs are automatically suggested to ensure the customer gets the best value option. A range of packs are available, including:


    • up! – Park and Convenience Pack – which combines City Emergency Braking, parking sensors and Maps & More for Ł695 (Ł870 when bought separately)
    • Polo – Convenience Pack – combines Light & Sight Pack (auto dimming rear view mirror, automatic headlights, coming/leaving home function and rain sensor) plus electrically foldable door mirrors) for Ł225 (Ł310 separately)
    • Golf – Parking Pack with Park Assist, rear-view camera and multifunction colour display; Tech Pack with ‘Dynaudio Excite’ sound pack and Discover Navigation Pro (prices
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    by Published on 11-04-2015 05:37 PM
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    • International Automobile Federation FIA homologates ŠKODA’s new rally car
    • Welsch: “Now we can prove just how good our new rally car is”
    • Successful Fabia production model forms basis for new rally car


    Milestone for ŠKODA: the highest authority in motorsport, the International Automobile Federation FIA, has given the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 the green light. Following its successful homologation, the new rally car can now continue the Czech automobile manufacturer’s 114-year motorsport success story on the rally routes of this world. The Fabia R 5 is based on ŠKODA’s new production Fabia and is the successor to the Fabia Super 2000, which went down in history as the most successful rally car in the history of ŠKODA Motorsport.


    “We are delighted that the International Automobile Federation FIA has given us the green light. Now we can prove just how good our new rally car is in the race series,” said ŠKODA Board Member for Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “When working on the third-generation production Fabia, which enjoyed an extremely successful start, we incorporated some of the genes from our rally cars and developed the most emotive Fabia ever. Conversely, the production model now formed the basis for the new Fabia R 5.”


    ŠKODA’s new rally car is pure high-tech. In compliance with FIA regulations, the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 is equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine. That is a considerable change from the two-litre induction engine in the Fabia Super 2000. Furthermore, the new four-wheel drive car also features a five-speed sequential gearbox
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    by Published on 11-04-2015 05:24 PM
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    Compact central driving controller unit makes automated driving possible


    • Central controller manages all systems for piloted driving
    • High-end computing power on a surface the size of a tablet PC
    • Technology ready for series production within the next two years

    The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future systems for automated driving currently under development by Audi AG. This mastermind unit uses cutting edge, high performance processors and will work its way into the Audi model range step by step in the foreseeable future. It is a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and a demonstration of the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving. The technologies specialist Delphi has been awarded the contract for series production of the units.

    Audi developed this elemental control centre unit in collaboration with internationally leading technology partners. Under the direction of Audi AG, a team of specialists from TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi jointly developed the various hardware and software components. Audi has chosen Delphi as the future system supplier for the zFAS electronics board.


    A wide range of sensor information comes together in the zFAS unit. The controller uses this to quickly compute a complete model of the vehicle surroundings and makes this information available to the various on-board assistance systems. It is thus the central interface for all piloted driving functions.


    At the moment, most driver assistance
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    by Published on 03-04-2015 03:55 PM
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    The new purist Porsche roadster

    Porsche is celebrating the start of the 2015 convertible season with the World premiere of the new Boxster Spyder, a purist sports car making its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

    The new range-topping Boxster retains the independent character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic fabric roof is still opened and closed by hand, and the sports car is available with only a manual transmission.


    As a true original roadster, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience but with contemporary performance. This means firm sports suspension with a 20 mm lower ride height, powerful brakes taken from the 911 Carrera, even more direct steering, and a 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp (276 kW).


    Drivers and passengers can thus look forward to a genuine sports-car experience with outstanding driving dynamics in the lightest yet most powerful Boxster. It takes only around 4.5 seconds for the Boxster Spyder to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, while the model’s top speed is 180 mph. NEDC overall fuel consumption amounts to 28.5 mpg (9.9 l/100 km).


    The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes visual elements that recall the legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. For example, as a tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s, the new Boxster Spyder has two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the long rear lid behind the head restraints. The partially manually
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