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    by Published on 09-03-2017 09:14 PM
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    Arteon - an avant-garde gran turismo

    Key facts - the Arteon in keywords


    1. Arteon is a five-door gran turismo from Volkswagen which is positioned above the globally successful Passat
    2. Five-seat Arteon combines the design elements of a sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback
    3. Standard LED headlights merge with the radiator grille and bonnet to form a completely new front end
    4. Very long wheelbase in relationship to the overall length offers excellent space in the Arteon
    5. Opening up behind the rear hatch is a flexible luggage compartment volume of 563 to 1,557 litres
    6. Six turbocharged engines (TSI und TDI) of the Arteon offer a power output range from *110 kW/150 PS to 1206 kW/280 PS
    7. Top TSI and TDI engines come with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as standard
    8. Optional digital instruments (Active Info Display) and 9.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control (Discover Pro)
    9. New assistance systems look forward and react to speed limits, bends and round-abouts
    10. "Elegance" and "R-Line" equipment lines offer extensive opportunities for personalisation


    Arteon extends Volkswagen line-up with new premium class model


    World premiere in Geneva.
    Volkswagen is expanding its model range with the debut of an avant-garde gran turismo: the new Arteon. Positioned above the Passat, the premium class Arteon is being revealed to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March). Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design: "The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. An avant-garde business-class gran turismo, it speaks to the heart and the head alike."


    Gran Turismo
    . Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon's exterior design, explains: "The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. In contrast to classic saloons, the gran turismo offers more space and flexibility thanks to its long wheelbase, coupé-like fastback design and large rear hatch."


    The five-seat Arteon is an ideal avant-garde alternative - a car for people who want a five-door fastback with an accomplished, elegant design and progressive technology.


    Perfect proportions.
    The new Arteon is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Transverse stands here for engines that are transversely mounted in the front. This configuration naturally creates space. A long wheelbase of
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    by Published on 09-03-2017 09:05 PM
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    BITURBO V6 TFSI POWERS NEW LIGHTER, FASTER AUDI PERFORMANCE BENCHMARK


    • All-new 2.9 TFSI with 450PS and 600Nm of torque from 1,900 – 5,000rpm
    • 0-62mph in just 3.9 secondsmore than half a second quicker than its predecessor
    • The first Audi Sport model to introduce the new design idiom
    • Virtual cockpit with RS-specific displays available
    • Standard 155mph top speed can be increased up to 174mph
    • Combined 32.5mpg - a 17 percent improvement - and 197g/km of CO2
    • quattro all-wheel drive, wheel selective torque control and Audi drive select as standard
    • Overall weight reduction of up to 60kg
    • Optional carbon fibre roof and fully milled wheels
    • RS sport exhaust system and sport differential also available
    • State-of-the-art driver assistance, safety and connectivity systems
    • Ordering anticipated to open in May with first deliveries due in summer


    Reaffirming its status as the indisputable head of the A5 pack and a cornerstone of the Audi Sport stable, the all-new RS 5 Coupé makes its world debut at the 87th annual Geneva Motor Show this week, delivering phenomenal pace from its brand new V6 biturbo TFSI, a lighter overall weight and a healthy hike in torque. The very latest in Vorsprung durch Technik is also comes to the fore, from the cutting-edge driver assistance and connectivity systems to the even more comprehensive specification as standard. Ordering for the 450PS, sub-four second gran turismo is expected to open from May this year, ahead of first examples reaching UK roads this summer.


    “The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport. The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday
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    by Published on 09-03-2017 09:00 PM
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    • 3.0 TFSI V6 engine with mild hybrid technology
    • Eight-cylinder performance with the consumption of a four-cylinder
    • Electric Stop&Go and parking

    At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show advanced Electrically Powered Compressor (EPC) technology first used by Audi in the SQ7 TDI will flex its muscle in a TFSI petrol engine for the first time in the Audi Q8 sport concept. Demonstrating the vision Audi’s developers and designers have for the dynamic yet efficient SUV of tomorrow, the latest Q8 study combines its EPC with a six-cylinder TFSI and a mild hybrid system – a world first that enables it to deliver an exceptional 476PS output with the efficiency of a four-cylinder equivalent.

    Augmented by the compressor and Mhev system the 3.0 TFSI engine powers the Q8 sport concept from 0 – 62mph in just 4.7 seconds and keeps going until it reaches its top speed of 170mph. Meanwhile, its range of more than 745 miles ensures it is also suitable for long journeys. Thanks to the superb recuperation performance of 20 kW, this imposing SUV holds a considerable fuel economy advantage over a model equipped with a regular TFSI six-cylinder engine without mHEV system, and its CO2 output also shows a 25 g/km improvement.


    “The drive system of the Audi Q8 sport concept is a major step towards optimising efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production. The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines. In the future, this combination will be used in many Audi models,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG.


    Highly efficient power package: the drive system


    The architecture of the drive system in the new Audi Q8 sport concept is revolutionary: for the firsttime ever, Audi is combining a 450PS 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with an electric powered compressor and an effective mild hybrid system
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    by Published on 09-03-2017 08:52 PM
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    • Effortless, exclusive and exhilarating, Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e concept brings luxury ownership experience to EV sector
    • Luxury customer demands met by Bentley levels of craftsmanship and refinement, with electric performance and grand touring capabilities
    • Bentley’s vision includes rapid inductive charging and connected on-board concierge services
    • EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gauge public and customer feedback to shape Bentley’s future luxury strategy
    • Concept showcases future Bentley exterior and interior design direction
    • EXP 12 Speed 6e is on display at the Geneva Motor Show until 19 March

    Bentley Motors is today sharing its ambition to define the electric luxury segment with the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.
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    olfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said:

    “The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach.


    “Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept,” Dürheimer concluded.


    The Luxury of Electric: Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating


    An all-electric Bentley will not compromise the quality, refinement and high performance levels expected of the luxury brand. These renowned Bentley characteristics such as immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range will be combined with new high performance technology such as rapid inductive
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    by Published on 03-03-2017 06:34 PM
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    • Unique Mulliner creation is the ultimate luxury statement
    • Exclusive features include a new Mulliner Bottle Cooler, unique 22" wheel design, new veneer concept and a bespoke Mulliner interior colour split with contrast embroidery
    • Bespoke craftsmanship positions Bentayga Mulliner as the pinnacle luxury SUV
    • Flagship Bentayga Mulliner model will be built in limited numbers
    • Special one-off Bentayga Mulliner on stand in Geneva next week, featuring unique marquetry depicting Monte Rosa mountain range


    Bentley Motors is today announcing the introduction of the Bentayga Mulliner: the ultimate luxury SUV.


    Bentley’s in-house personal commissioning division, Mulliner, has applied its exquisite craftsmanship to the multi-award-winning Bentayga, creating a new flagship model and setting new standards in automotive luxury.


    New interior and exterior features – including optional Duo Tone paintwork, unique 22” wheels, Mulliner Bottle Cooler and a new veneer concept – complement the Bentayga’s sculptural, modern design.


    Featuring Bentley’s class-leading 6.0-litre, W12 engine, the Bentayga Mulliner combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft.) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world’s fastest SUV.


    Produced in very limited numbers due to the highly complex, handcrafted nature of the Bentayga Mulliner’s luxurious interior features, this new flagship model will be available to order in Spring 2017.


    A special one-off example of the Bentayga Mulliner will be on the Bentley stand in Geneva next week, featuring a unique inlay
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    by Published on 03-03-2017 06:23 PM
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    Prices range from Ł25,130 to Ł29,450

    • Retailers open Octavia vRS and Scout order books on 1 March
    • Revised model features striking new front end design and new technologies
    • vRS available with 230PS 2.0-litre petrol or 184PS 2.0-litre diesel engine
    • Scout exclusively 4X4 with 2.0-litre diesel producing 150PS or 184PS
    ŠKODA has announced that ordering for the new Octavia vRS and Scout ranges will open on 1 March, with prices starting from Ł25,130 OTR.

    vRS


    The 2017 Octavia vRS features the same evolution of the brand’s celebrated design language as the standard Octavia, with a distinctive new quad light layout featuring full LED headlight technology and the crystalline detailing that defines the look of the new Kodiaq. vRS models are available in two body styles (hatch and Estate) with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, manual or DSG automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive.


    The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine now produces 230PS as standard (+10PS), and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds (6.8 seconds for DSG) before reaching a top speed of 155 mph. Combined fuel consumption for the petrol-powered Octavia vRS is 43.5 mpg for the manual version, and 42.8 mpg for the DSG-equipped model.


    Later in the year the petrol vRS range will be bolstered by a vRS 245 model with 245PS, extra equipment and an improved 0-62mph time of just 6.6 seconds.


    Diesel models are equipped with a 2.0-litre engine producing 184PS, and can be specified with either front or four-wheel drive, the latter exclusively equipped with a
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    by Published on 03-03-2017 06:18 PM
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    Premium Audi SUV secures five-star crash test score


    • Five-star Euro NCAP rating for the highly successful Audi SUV
    • Top marks for occupant and pedestrian protection
    • Extensive range of driver assistance systems available

    The new Q5 is the latest Audi to be awarded five stars by Euro NCAP, the organisation’s highest possible rating. The top score means the second generation of the bestselling SUV is among the safest cars in its class.

    The Audi Q5 showed off its strengths in every type of test, scoring points for occupant protection, child safety and pedestrian protection. Also contributing to the SUV’s rating were the driver assistance systems that are fitted as standard equipment – including pre sense city, the emergency braking system that reacts to vehicles up ahead of the car and to pedestrians.


    The Q5 achieved excellent values for crash safety, even though its overall weight has been reduced by up to 90 kg. The outstanding NCAP test results underscore the high standards the brand with the four rings upholds in the areas of active and passive safety, and in lightweight construction.


    Euro NCAP has been conducting comparative testing of new cars for crash safety since 1997. The testing organisation’s membership comprises a number of European transport ministries and automobile clubs, insurance companies and consumer protection groups. Its comprehensive range of test requirements are considerably more demanding than the specifications set by European legislators.
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    by Published on 03-03-2017 06:12 PM
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    Interior space well beyond the boundaries of the segment - new Tiguan Allspace offers up to seven seats


    1. New Tiguan Allspace closes the gap between compact Tiguan and premium class Touareg
    2. 215 mm longer exterior length and 109 mm longer wheelbase
    3. New Volkswagen SUV with the option of seven seats
    4. With 5 passengers on board, the luggage capacity increases by 145 litres to up to 760 litres*
    5. Maximum cargo volume is increased for the five-seater by 265 to 1,920 litres, thus reaching van format
    6. Extended standard equipment from Trendline upwards
    7. Striking design with custom front section and modified window line
    8. Discover Pro infotainment system offers gesture control for first time in the Tiguan
    9. Six engines from 110 kW / 150 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS
    10. DSG and 4MOTION from 132 kW / 180 PS as standard


    The Tiguan Allspace - the Volkswagen SUV with up to seven seats


    More space for life in motion.
    It is the most successful SUV "Made in Germany": the Tiguan. Half a million people opt for this all-round vehicle with front-wheel or all-wheel drive each year. The second generation of the SUV came onto the market in 2016. Now Volkswagen has come up with something even more: the new Tiguan Allspace - an independent variation of the best seller. A spacious family car with a 109 mm longer wheelbase and 215 mm additional exterior length. For more passengers, more luggage and even more versatility. The optional 5+2-seat Tiguan Allspace has its European premiere at the
    Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19March). The new Volkswagen SUV fills the space between the familiar "classic" Tiguan and the upper-range SUV Touareg. Therefore, the Tiguan Allspace, boasting up to 760 litres* of luggage capacity, also appeals as a charismatic alternative to all those motorists
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    by Published on 24-02-2017 12:29 PM
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    • ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK with new exterior design
    • Bi-xenon lights and LED technology available
    • Newly designed interior with modified instrument optics
    • Connectivity - with WLAN hotspot on board ‘always online’ available
    • Efficient and sporty 1.0-TSI engines with three cylinders
    • Premiere at the International Motor Show in Geneva 2017


    ŠKODA is enhancing the elegant and affordable family favourites ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK with numerous innovations. New lighting systems ensure even greater safety. Passengers are 'always online' thanks to an available WLAN hotspot. The new programme includes two efficient 1.0-TSI engines with three cylinders. The upgraded models will be presented to the public for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (7 – 19 March, 2017).


    Positioned between the ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK are in the class of compact cars and set the benchmark for space amongst the direct competition. Compact on the outside, they boast a tremendous amount of space on the inside.


    Newly designed front and rear


    The visual enhancement of the ŠKODA RAPID is particularly evident at the front. The modified fog lights shine in the newly designed lower part of the bumper. A narrow chrome strip (standard from SE L up) connects the lights and creates a wider-looking front end. Black-tinted covers on the taillights in the distinctive C-shape (ŠKODA RAPID LED technology as an option) give the rear an even sportier look. The ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK SE Sport also features an extended rear window.


    The wheels are available in new designs: COSTA wheel trims for the 15 inch wheels, EVORA (silver) and VIGO (silver / black metallic) for the 16 inch alloys, TRIUS (silver), and TORINO (black polished, for the Monte Carlo edition) 17 inch alloy wheels.


    New intelligent lights


    The main headlights
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    by Published on 24-02-2017 12:24 PM
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    Cut from the same cloth as the Coupé and Sportback, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet will usher in spring in a completely new form


    • Open for order now, with first deliveries starting in late April
    • SE, Sport and S line specification
    • Petrol engine line-up comprises 190PS 2.0 TFSI manual and S tronic, 252PS 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic and flagship 354PS S5 V6 TFSI quattro
    • 190PS 2.0 TDI S tronic with front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive and 218PS quattro S tronic also available
    • 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and 155mph top speed for S5 Cabriolet
    • Fully automatic acoustic hood opens and closes in 15 seconds, at up to 31mph
    • Standard specification includes heated front seats, Audi smartphone interface, pre-sense city, seatbelt microphones and the Audi parking system plus
    • Matrix LED lights, Audi Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Bang & Olufsen sound system, head-up display and Audi Phone Box optionally available
    • Assistance systems range from adaptive cruise control with stop&go, predictive efficiency assistant, collision avoidance assistant, active lane assist and turn assist


    As a symbolic reminder that spring is just around the corner Audi is reintroducing an open-air option to its comprehensively reworked A5 range this week. Bearing all the new, state-of-the-art design, engineering and technology hallmarks already associated with the elegant A5 Coupé and versatile Sportback, the all-new A5 Cabriolet has just become available to order priced from Ł35,235 OTR, meaning that there should be plenty of wind-in-hair opportunities remaining in 2017 for the first customers taking delivery in April. At the same time, the S5 Cabriolet also joins the range with a new 3.0 V6 TFSI producing 354PS and 500Nm of torque from
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