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    by Published on 14-01-2017 10:03 AM
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    • An even more streamlined design, new headlights with LED technology
    • Reworked interior, optional colour-controllable LED ambient lighting
    • New infotainment systems in a glass design
    • ŠKODA Connect: mobile online services for improved assistance and infotainment
    • New driver assistance systems for even greater safety and comfort
    • Two TSI engines and three TDI engines ranging from 115 PS to 184 PS
    • All-wheel drive for the top-of-the-range models, optional Dynamic Chassis Control
    • Two vRS models: 2.0 TDI with 184 PS, 2.0 TSI with 230 PS
    • The best rally car within its class: ŠKODA presents the WRC2 World Champion FABIA R5


    An even more striking design, new equipment and state-of-the-art technology for assistance, infotainment and connectivity – the ŠKODA Octavia presents its new face for the first time. The comprehensive upgrade has been applied to the hatchback as well as the Estate.


    It is the heart and soul of ŠKODA, it embodies all of the Czech car manufacturer’s strengths and lays the foundations for its success – the ŠKODA Octavia. This compact car offers interior space that is among the most generous in its segment and brings equipment and technology of a mid-size car into the compact class. Its design is striking, its quality is on the highest level, and above all it represents exceptional value for money.


    The Octavia is ŠKODA’s top seller: since its market launch in 1996, the Czech car manufacturer has produced more than five million ŠKODA Octavias. In 2016, now in its third generation, the large compact car made up more than 40 per cent of ŠKODA’s total sales worldwide with 436,000 vehicles sold. 255,000 cars found buyers in Europe, 4.2 per cent more than in the previous year. In the UK the Octavia enjoyed its best ever year with 23,068 registrations, up 2% on the previous
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    by Published on 14-01-2017 09:55 AM
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    Latest SUV offering an exceptional specification including the new option of air suspension can now be ordered in readiness for deliveries from April


    • All-new version of the best-selling Audi SUV worldwide
    • Increased interior space, headroom and rear kneeroom with class-leading interior acoustics, plus a luggage capacity increase of 10 litres
    • 2.0 TFSI quattro 252PS and 2.0 TDI quattro 190PS available at launch
    • V6 TDI quattro with 286PS will follow at a later date
    • SE, Sport and S line specification
    • Newly developed five-link suspension and optional adaptive air suspension
    • Audi drive select fitted as standard, featuring lift/offroad and allroad modes
    • Quattro with ultra technology fitted as standard to four-cylinder engines
    • Key optional equipment includes Matrix LED lights, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Bang & Olufsen sound system, virtual cockpit, head-up display
    • Assistance systems range from adaptive cruise control with stop&go, predictive efficiency assistant, collision avoidance assistant and turn assist
    • Residual values set the benchmark in the premium mid-size SUV class
    • Pricing starts from Ł37,170 OTR, with first deliveries anticipated in April


    More comfortable, more agile, more efficient, more protective and better connected - the all-new Audi Q5 is about to build on the consistent sales success of its predecessor with an even stronger skill set, firmly securing it once more as a cornerstone of the Q range and a standard bearer for the brand’s uncompromising pursuit of progress.


    Orders can now be placed in the UK ahead of first deliveries during April for Q5 models in either SE, Sport or S line specification, and pricing starts from Ł37,170 OTR for the 2.0 TDI quattro 190PS, rising to Ł41,040 OTR for the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line.


    Standard equipment is now even more comprehensive than before, with features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, the Audi parking system plus and powered tailgate operation present right from the SE entry point. Other notable
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    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:33 AM
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    • New Polo Match Edition will be available at Volkswagen Retailers from 21 December
    • Significantly enriched technology and a choice of four engines
    • Volkswagen Polo Match Edition prices start at Ł13,315 (RRP OTR)


    The new Volkswagen Polo Match Edition is packed with technology that adds terrific extra value to one of Volkswagen’s best-selling models. The award-winning Polo is the leader in its class thanks to its build quality, smart styling and renowned practicality and these features have been enhanced in the new Polo Match Edition, which will be available to order at Volkswagen Retailers across the UK from 21 December.


    The new model includes Car-Net App-Connect which fully integrates the customer’s smartphone, where compatible, to their Volkswagen Polo via a USB connection. Depending on the phone, Car-Net App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto or MirrorLink to bring the device’s functionality to the
    car by displaying apps on the infotainment touchscreen.


    Car-Net’s App-Connect functionality enables practical services and information to be accessed, and builds on the features of the Composition Media infotainment system. Selected phone apps such as Spotify and Skype can be operated from the car’s touchscreen, and for smartphones that support Google Android Auto, Google Voice control is available.


    Volkswagen has also developed a variety of apps for those customers that use MirrorLink to connect their smartphone to the car. These include Call & Remind, in which the driver can make a to-do list while stationary in the car, and Cam Connect, where
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    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:27 AM
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    • 2.0 TSI petrol now with 169 kW (230 hp), 2.0 TDI diesel also with all-wheel drive
    • New front end, full-LED headlights, vRS-specific details
    • Top technologies for infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems set standards in compact class


    Just weeks after introducing the extensively modernised ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the Czech automobile manufacturer presents the top model in the series – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS. The new front section, modified rear and sporty interior highlight its dynamic character. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS is available as a hatchback and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel engine has the same 135 kW (184 hp) output as previously, the performance of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine has increased by 7 kW (10 hp) to 169 kW (230 hp), making it the most powerful and fastest series-production model in the history of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. New premium technologies supporting infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems emphasise the exceptional position of the compact sports car in its segment.

    Dynamic design

    The appearance of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS accentuates the extensively redeveloped design of the series in a particularly sporty and emotional way: The new front section with a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlamps featuring a crystalline look, and the even wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumpers are masculine and dynamic. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights integrated into the bumper shape the new front
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    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:20 AM
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    • Reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT with various innovations in technology and equipment
    • Two engines are available from 110 kW (150 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS)
    • Wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets benchmark within its segment


    The comprehensive revision of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family continues. Now, after the hatchback, Estate and the fastest model variant – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS, comes the most versatile member of the family with various innovations in technology and equipment. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT launches with two engine variants and state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch. With a ground clearance that has been increased by 30 mm in comparison to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate, the compact five-door also masters rough terrain. Beyond that, it impresses with good climbing capability, a high towing capacity and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features from ŠKODA.


    Versatile character


    The robust all-rounder impresses with a distinctive off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive, the best driving characteristics and increased versatility both on and off the road. The comprehensively reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT bears the same front as the newest generation of ŠKODA OCTAVIAs and thereby underlines the family resemblance: it features a more prominent bonnet, the new front end with wide radiator grille and additional headlights with a crystalline look, full-LED headlights with adaptive front headlights (AFS). Also the modified fog lights and tail lights are equipped with LED technology. Its independent character is recognisable by silver-coloured
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    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:13 AM
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    • Study unlocks new segment for the full-size category
    • Typical spaciousness of an SUV with elegance of a coupé
    • Imposing front, with design echoes of the Ur-quattro


    Audi will start the New Year with a sensation: At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2017, the premium manufacturer is to present the Audi Q8 concept. The near-production study represents a synthesis of the emotional styling of a coupé and the spaciousness that typifies an SUV, with all its variability. With this move, the brand is unlocking a new segment for the full-size category.


    “With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” declared Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte. “What’s more, we believe an important aspect of this showcar is that it offers a spacious interior with four equally comfortable seats, even with the flat roof line.”


    The study vehicle’s front end is imposing. The octagonal Singleframe is considerably wider than that in Audi’s current production models. It is positioned well forward, with three-dimensional sculpting. Many design elements of the Q8 concept are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro of the 1980s. They include the extremely flat but very wide C-post, and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels. These balanced proportions give equal emphasis to the front and rear wheels – typically quattro.

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    by Published on 10-12-2016 10:31 AM
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    • Latest version of SEAT’s iconic Leon CUPRA to boast 300PS and 380Nm; the most powerful SEAT road car in the brand’s history
    • 4Drive all-wheel-drive system and DSG-auto gearbox for ST version
    • In UK SEAT showrooms from March 2017


    The Leon CUPRA has always stood out for its scintillating performance, striking design and alluring price and quality. All of these have now been taken to the next level with the launch of the Leon CUPRA 300 range, which hits UK showrooms in March.


    It’s not just about power either. The new Leon flagship, available in three bodystyles; SC, five-door and ST, also offers a highly rewarding driving experience and the safest, most reliable, functional and advanced technology. Among its features are driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Protection, plus, Electric Parking Brake and KESSY (Keyless Entry and Start). The integrated Media System Plus infotainment system with its eight-inch screen is the highlight of the new-generation, and, is the very first time that the Leon CUPRA has a
    Connectivity Hub that comprises a smartphone wireless charger and a GSM antenna amplifier for areas with low signal coverage.


    With its newly uprated 2.0 TSI engine putting out 300PS, the new Leon CUPRA is its most powerful roadcar yet. The figures related to this achievement in engine power deserve a special mention. Not only is the engine 10PS more powerful than before (up from 290 to 300), but, more importantly, it’s maximum torque has increased
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    by Published on 10-12-2016 10:26 AM
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    • Traffic Light Information is the first true Vehicle-to-Infrastructure(V2I) service by an automobile brand
    • The service starts up with variations on the Audi A4 and Q7 in Las Vegas
    • Networking is essential for autonomous driving in cities

    If you know in advance when a traffic light will switch from red to green, your driving is more relaxed and efficient. Audi is the first car manufacturer to connect the car to the city infrastructure – an important step towards autonomous driving. In Las Vegas Audi A4 and Q7 models are now able to display traffic-light phases directly in the car. Further U.S. cities will follow, and introduction of the system is planned in Europe. Traffic Light Information optimises trafficflow, saves valuable time and reduces environmental impact.

    Audi of America is cooperating with several cities in North America to upgrade the infrastructure for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology. “For the first time, our cars are exchanging data with traffic infrastructure in real time. Drivers can adapt their behaviour to the situation and move through city traffic in a much more relaxed and controlled way,” says Andreas Reich, head of Electronics Pre-Development at AUDI AG. “We increase energy efficiency when we connect our Audi models to smart cities.Further V2I services will follow, making the car into an interactive mobile device. We see autonomous driving as the end of this development.”


    As a first step, all Audi A4 and Q7 models produced for the U.S. market since June 2016 and equipped with Audi connect have this function
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    by Published on 10-12-2016 10:20 AM
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    Stellar four million sales success for the premium compact model since 1996


    • Originator of the premium compact segment celebrates its A3 anniversary
    • More than four million units delivered worldwide since 1996
    • Over 500,000 deliveries in the UK alone over two decades
    • From three-door to Cabriolet to the flagship RS 3

    The brand with the four rings is celebrating the anniversary of its mainstay, the Audi A3. The successful Audi model debuted 20 years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Today the premium compact is available in a choice of four body styles, four drive systems and a broad selection of trim lines.

    Audi introduced the Audi A3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in 1996. The car was developed from the ground up on the basis of the Golf IV platform, which followed in 1997. From the very first generation, the Audi A3 has boasted innovations and quality features from higher model classes, making it the founder of the premium compact class. The A3 initially was available exclusively as a three-door hatchback in three trim lines and with four different petrol and diesel engines. In September 1998, Audi brought quattro permanent all-wheel drive to the compact segment for the first time in the A3. A five-door variant joined the model series in March 1999.


    And the brand reached a milestone with the first generation of the high-performance Audi S3 in the spring of that same year: the 1.8 litre, inline four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and five valves per cylinder produced 210PS.


    The split grille still used in the second-generation Audi A3 was replaced in 2005 by the Singleframe, which went on to become the brand’s defining design element. Audi also expanded
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    by Published on 10-12-2016 10:15 AM
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    All-wheel-drive makes for even stronger all-round appeal in TT TDI with appropriately sporting performance and uncommon economy


    • All-wheel drive in Audi TT 2.0TDI with 184PS extends the range
    • Strong performance and excellent traction combined with high efficiency
    • Opens for UK ordering in early 2017 - UK pricing TBC - first deliveries in spring

    Fun, frugal and now driving all four wheels for optimal all-weather performance – the ever- popular TT 2.0 TDI with its blend of compelling pace and level-headed economy is now also available with the reassurance of quattro drive. Coupe and Roadster versions of the new TT 2.0 TDI quattro will become available for UK ordering early in 2017 and will reach their first customers here next spring.
    The new quattro-equipped duo will complement the existing front-wheel-driven TT 2.0 TDI ultra models, which will continue alongside them. Where these are equipped exclusively with six-speed manual transmission, the new 2.0 TDI quattro variants use a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission without exception.

    The quattro drive uses an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch to distribute the torque to both axles. In many everyday driving situations, it will direct the engine’s power predominantly to the front wheels. Should traction decrease there, the clutch continuously redirects the torque to the rear within a few milliseconds.


    At the limit, the quattro system operates in tandem with wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent software feature of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). This makes
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