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    by Published on 04-08-2020 04:06 PM
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    • Assembly underway of engineering prototype for world’s first pre-war Continuation Series
    • Bentley Blower ‘Car Zero’ components come together for the first time
    • First ‘new’ Bentley Blower in 90 years
    • Multitude of skilled artisans across the country deliver exquisite handcrafted components made to original drawings

    Assembly of the first new Bentley Blower in more than nine decades has officially started in a bespoke Bentley Mulliner workshop. ‘Car Zero’ is the engineering prototype for the Blower Continuation Series, a run of 12 meticulously engineered, hand-crafted, supercharged 4˝–litre Bentleys built to the unique design of Bentley’s own 1929 Team Car developed and raced by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin. The 12 cars together form the world’s first continuation series for a pre-war car, and all have been pre-sold.

    The first parts in the workshop are some of the most important. First to arrive was the chassis for the car – the backbone of the entire project, to which almost everything will be attached. The fuel tank and radiator were next, as work was completed on the ash frame for the body. The first pair of headlights was delivered, while the mechanical aspects of the first car started to come together – the very first engine (complete with remade Amherst Villiers supercharger), the front axle assembly and the leaf springs.

    As the 12 lucky customers choose the colour and trim specifications for their cars, the engineering team is working hard on assembling the running prototype in time for its unveiling ahead of a development programme later this year. Following a piece-by-piece disassembly of the #2 Team Car owned by Bentley ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 03:17 PM
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    • Ground-breaking Three-Dimensional Wood rear door inserts available for first time in all-new Flying Spur
    • Each panel handcrafted from a single block of sustainable American Walnut or American Cherry timber
    • Striking open pore veneer enhanced with a three-dimensional surface finish consisting of 150 unique veneered diamonds
    • Unique design first seen in EXP 10 Speed 6 concept in 2015
    • Showcases Bentley’s combination of traditional materials with modern manufacturing techniques

    Bentley is offering a ground-breaking new Three-Dimensional Wood rear door trim for the first time, launched today for the all-new Flying Spur. Three-Dimensional Wood is a world-first for the automotive sector – a striking, diamond-shaped pattern enhanced with a three-dimensional surface finish machined directly into the wood.

    The new option is one of the unique veneer choices from the Bentley Mulliner ‘Collections’ and forms a contemporary luxury design statement, bringing tactility to the natural beauty of wood. Each rear door and quarter panel is handcrafted from a single block of sustainable American Walnut or American Cherry timber, in a harmonious marriage of traditional skills and modern technology.

    The concept for 3D-machined wood was first shown in Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, and received wide acclaim. The distinctive feature was inspired by the form of leather used for the diamond-quilted areas in Bentley’s Mulliner
    Driving Specification interior suite. Three-Dimensional Wood required 18 months of production development by expert technical craftsmen before Bentley Mulliner could ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 03:13 PM
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    • Three different models get UNITED editions with extra equipment
    • Exclusive items distinguish interior and exterior of the trio
    • Equipment and price point equate to up to Ł1,760 of added value


    The Polo, T-Cross and T-Roc models have been bolstered with new, equipment-rich, UNITED edition trims. The UNITED models are distinguished by subtle badging, and bring bespoke styling, extra equipment and significantly increased value.


    The UNITED editions are based on SE trims for the T-Cross and T-Roc, and Match trim for the Polo – three already well-appointed specifications, which all feature App-Connect smartphone mirroring, alloy wheels and leather-trimmed, three-spoke multifunctional steering wheels and gear knobs. The on-the-road recommended retail prices for the UNITED edition models start at Ł17,350 for the Polo, Ł20,410 for the T-Cross, and Ł23,550 for the T-Roc. Prices for UNITED editions are below those of the Match and SE cars on which they are based, and with equipment factored in these new editions represent a value boost of up to Ł1,760, depending on model and engine.

    UNITED cars – across all three models – receive bespoke UNITED badging and door sill protectors, ‘Dublin’ alloy wheels in 15-inch, 16-inch or 17-inch sizes, depending on the vehicle, voice control function and a Winter Pack – comprising heated front seats and a low washer fluid warning light. Additionally, the T-Cross and T-Roc benefit from a set of heated windscreen washer jets, while the Polo receives the bonus of an 8.0-inch Discover Navigation touch ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 03:08 PM
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    • New fleet-focused model added to acclaimed Scala range
    • High equipment levels include Amundsen infotainment system and parking sensors
    • 1.5 TSI 150PS engine with optional DSG – further engines released later this year
    • P11D prices from Ł20,825
    • SE Technology trim features Ł2,100 worth of equipment upgrades for only Ł400 RRP above SE trim
    • Ordering open from 24 August 2020


    ŠKODA is responding to increased fleet demand for its acclaimed Scala model with the introduction of a new, highly-specified SE Technology variant. The latest model to join ŠKODA’s popular SE Technology range, the new Scala version has a unique equipment list that has been fine-tuned by the brand to appeal specifically to fleet customers and business drivers, many of whom cover higher than average annual mileages.


    As customers have come to expect from ŠKODA SE Technology models, the new Scala SE Technology is equipped with a host of features designed to make life on the road as relaxing, enjoyable and as safe as possible. Standard specification includes an Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch touchscreen control and Care and Connect, SmartLink+ and Infotainment online (1 year). Front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are also fitted as standard, along with rear LED lights with dynamic indicators. In terms of design, the Scala SE Technology comes equipped with striking 16-inch Alaris alloy wheels, chrome window surround and Silver haptic decorative insert on the dashboard.

    In keeping with other SE Technology models, the Scala delivers exceptional ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 03:04 PM
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    • ŠKODA Citigoe iV and Superb iV owners can use Amazon Alexa to start or stop charging remotely and check electrical range
    • Customers can do this from anywhere, including the comfort of their sofa
    • Drivers can control air-conditioning and check windows are closed using their voice
    • Amazon Alexa can interact in four different languages
    • Updates to be added to Google Home ŠKODA Connect Action by Autumn


    Drivers of ŠKODA’s all-electric Citigoe iV and Superb iV plug-in hybrid can now use Amazon Alexa voice assistants to start or stop charging remotely and check on the remaining range of their cars, all from the comfort of their home.


    The new features are part of a raft of upgrades added to the ŠKODA Connect service, with iV owners now able to perform a range of actions to simplify the charging and management of their electric vehicle.

    One of the highlights is motorists can now check the charge level of their vehicles’ lithium-ion battery before embarking on a journey, and if needed, can give it an extra bit of charge using solely the power of their voice without having to physically intervene.

    For the function to work, customers simply need to ensure their charging cable is connected and use the command “Alexa, ask ŠKODA, I want to start charging my car.” Similarly, the “Alexa, ask ŠKODA…” command can be used to control all of the new features added to the Alexa skill.

    Other notable upgrades see the ŠKODA Connect Alexa Skill now able to communicate in four languages - English, French, German and Italian - across all ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 02:59 PM
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    • Digital OLEDs debut in Audi Q5
    • New taillight designs due to extended segmentation
    • Benefits: greater homogeneity, efficiency, compactness, safety and personalisation

    In June 2020, the next generation of a lighting technology premiered in the Audi Q5: digital OLED technology. With organic light-emitting diodes (so-called OLEDs), Audi was a pioneer as far back as in 2016. Now digitalisation is ringing in a new age. This technology promises to improve road safety and is the first to allow for personalisation of the taillight signature.

    Dr. Werner Thomas, OLED technology project manager at Audi, explains: “Headlight technology has seen a rapid evolution at Audi in recent decades. In addition, we have been decisively driving the development of rear-lighting systems.” The latest milestone achievement: now the brand is the first automobile manufacturer to digitise the taillights.

    Why does Audi focus on OLED technology?


    OLED light sources are panel radiators – unlike point light sources such as LEDs using semiconductor crystals. The benefits of OLEDs: Their light is extremely homogeneous. It is infinitely dimmable and achieves very high contrast. It can be split into segments. These segments are individually controllable and can develop diverse levels of brightness, with minimal gaps between the segments. The lighting unit does not require any reflectors, optical fibres or similar optics. This makes OLED units very efficient, lightweight and flat, which considerably increases design freedom.

    An OLED lighting element is just one millimetre thin, while conventional LED solutions require ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 02:54 PM
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    • Debut of Continental GT Mulliner Convertible to be in St Tropez
    • Bentley Mulliner raises the bar for luxury open-top Grand Touring with the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible
    • Bespoke craftsmanship and unique options position new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible at the pinnacle of the Continental GT family
    • Introduction of a range of 88 Mulliner piano veneers
    • Designed and built by Bentley Mulliner – Bentley’s own bespoke division, and the oldest automotive coachbuilder in the world
    • Exclusive features include a unique Double Diamond front grille, a new Mulliner 22" wheel design, contemporary technical finishes and a bespoke Mulliner interior crafted entirely by hand
    • 400,000 stitches deliver a cabin of exceptional quality

    The luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family, the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, will make its global debut at Cheval Blanc in St Tropez, as part of a European Summer Tour hosted by Bentley. The Continental GT Mulliner is the first member of the new Collections portfolio introduced by Bentley Mulliner.

    Surpassing the industry-leading craftsmanship so synonymous with Bentley, Mulliner has raised the bar further to create the the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible; the pinnacle of roof-down automotive luxury.

    Grand Black walnut veneer is standard, while a new extensive range of 88 different piano-finished wood veneers is available through Bentley Mulliner Personal Commissioning. Customers can therefore specify a contemporary, colourised veneer finish that can be matched to the interior or exterior of the car. Burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a perfectly smooth finish before painting to match the colour ...
    by Published on 31-07-2020 02:49 PM
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    • Akrapovič sports exhaust gives Bentayga’s 4.0-litre V8 an even more characterful voice*
    • Four different accessory ranges now available for new Bentayga
    • Customers able to enhance luxury, performance or utility to suit their individual needs
    • Touring in luxury with Relaxation Pack
    • Bespoke luggage and sporting equipment, including golf bags and skis
    • Increased grand touring capability with Bentley roof accessories, bike carriers and boot stowage options
    • Protection range including heavy duty floor mats, and mudflaps.
    • Vehicle covers available for indoor and outdoor storage

    Four new collections of Bentley accessories are now available for customers of the new Bentley Bentayga to enhance the specification and capability of their extraordinary luxury SUV even further. The four-strong portfolio - Exterior, Interior, Touring and Protection - allow customers to increase the individualism, luxury and utility of their Bentayga. The Bentley accessories range is developed by the same engineers at Crewe as the cars themselves and are tested with the same level of scrutiny, guaranteeing immaculate quality.

    A highlight of the accessories range is the sports exhaust, created in conjunction with renowned manufacturer Akrapovič, and which creates a more exciting exhaust note. The lightweight system is made from high-grade titanium, and consists of a set of link pipes, a muffler, and two sets of oval tailpipes, which are engraved with the Bentley and Akrapovič logos and specially coated for increased durability and protection. The central silencer is replaced with straight pipes, which channel the exhaust gases into the customer rear muffler where they are swirled through internal baffles to create a more characterful ...
    by Published on 22-07-2020 04:30 PM
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    • Definitive luxury SUV starts production with customer deliveries imminent
    • Unprecedented levels of quality, craftsmanship and performance
    • Production output increases to 100 per cent following social distancing review
    • All from the first carbon neutral luxury automotive factory in the world

    Bentley Motors today announces that production of the recently unveiled new Bentayga has started at Bentley’s carbon neutral factory in Crewe, UK. Deliveries will be commencing soon with customers in Europe being the first to experience the pinnacle luxury SUV.

    This follows a comprehensive review of the social distancing measures in place that now allows Bentley production output to increase from 50 per cent to 100 per cent.

    Consequently, a small number of assembly areas have been redesigned implementing a revised takt time whilst enabling a controlled, safe working environment at a social distance of more than one-metre. All other areas will maintain a strict social distance of two-metres and mandatory facemasks will remain throughout the factory.

    As ramp up begins, the new Bentayga is reaching unprecedented levels of production quality meeting Bentley’s own exacting standards that customers have come to expect. Over 100 colleagues work on the socially -distanced Bentayga production line as the car progresses through 43 stages of manufacture.

    Commenting on the production launch, Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing at Bentley Motors, said:

    “The new Bentayga is a celebration of all that we can do in Crewe and is a testament to the skill, passion and dedication of all of our colleagues who produce ...
    by Published on 22-07-2020 04:24 PM
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    • 31 students from the ŠKODA vocational school create an exciting spider version of the ŠKODA Scala
    • Slavia spider inspired by ŠKODA 1100 OHC sports prototype
    • The Slavia name commemorates the anniversary of the company’s founding in 1895


    The seventh ŠKODA Student Concept Car, designed by 31 trainees attending the renowned ŠKODA vocational school, links the past with the present: the open-top ŠKODA Slavia pays homage to this year’s ŠKODA AUTO anniversary by commemorating the name of the first bicycles produced by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement after they founded the company in 1895. The spider variant of the ŠKODA Scala combines the contemporary compact model’s bold and exciting lines with a common design standard from the earliest days of motoring, when most automobiles were open-top vehicles. From first draft to building this one-off car, the students completed every step themselves, with support from their instructors as well as ŠKODA experts in the Design, Production and Technical Development departments. This, the seventh ŠKODA Student Car since 2014, once again showcases the high standard of training at the ŠKODA vocational school in Mladá Boleslav.


    Alois Kauer, who took over as Head of the ŠKODA Academy in February 2020, says, “The Student Car is the ŠKODA vocational school’s annual flagship project. For the seventh year running, our students are demonstrating the high standard of our in-house training by planning, designing and building an impressive one-off car. We enable them to design their dream car, working with professionals from our various departments. As a result, their training already familiarises them with processes that will become part of their working lives later on, when they graduate from our vocational school and embark on a career in our company.”

    The seventh iteration of the ŠKODA Student Car marks the first time the project participants – comprising 31 trainees, among them five women ...

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