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    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:18 AM
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    • Four tweed options available on four-door and two-door Grand Tourers
    • Traditional, sustainable material produced in Scotland using ethical, environmentally-friendly processes
    • Tweed options to debut in Bentley Mulliner’s Personal Commissioning Guide to feature over 70 bespoke options
    • Introduction of tweed comes as Bentley outlines Beyond100 strategy, with the aim of becoming a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility

    Bentley Mulliner - Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division - is now offering an elegant and sophisticated door trim option in tweed for the Flying Spur, Continental GT and Bentayga, providing customers with even greater choice when specifying their new vehicle.

    For admirers of authentic British heritage and those passionate about the use of sustainable materials, the four contemporary tweed patterns add a new, high quality texture to the near-limitless range of customisation options showcased in the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide.

    The introduction of tweed as an option for the complete product range gives customers the opportunity to specify an even more unique finish for their vehicle’s interior. The tactile woven wool finish to the doors transforms the energy of the cabin into a robust yet tranquil environment.

    Selected to compliment the interior design, and natural colour harmony with many of the leather hides already throughout the cabin, four different tweeds are initially available.

    Cheltenham, with its countryside greens, offers a more traditional choice for customers whereas Glen Plaid–Tolsta Beach, named after the shores of the rugged Outer Hebrides, makes a confident statement with its bold check pattern. Providing a more subtle, ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:11 AM
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    • New Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) specially composed for new Enyaq iV
    • Every new ŠKODA electric car will have its own acoustic signature
    • New Enyaq iV arrives in the UK next spring

    ŠKODA’s future has a new soundtrack. The brand has revealed details of the new Enyaq iV’s acoustic signature – a specially composed harmonic sound that forms the car’s Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) system. Developed in-house at
    ŠKODA, the sound motif was created in collaboration with a team of composers and will be unique to the Enyaq iV.

    Listen and download the sound here:
    Enyaq AVAS on Vimeo

    Under current European legislation, all new electric vehicles must be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) system that emits an artificial sound. As customers have come to expect from a detail-focused brand like ŠKODA, the Enyaq iV launches with one of the most sophisticated, and harmonious, AVAS systems in the industry.

    The sound was created under the direction of Pavel Orendáš and his team from the ŠKODA development centre. Commenting on the development of the Enyaq iV’s acoustic signature, he said: “The Enyaq iV is an all-electric car, so it was quite a challenge to design a sound to match its identity. The sound was fine-tuned in the Volkswagen Group’s acoustic laboratory. One thing was clear from the start: it must be noticeably different from the sound emitted by plug-in hybrids.”

    The sound was designed with the help of professional music composers and will be unique to the Enyaq iV. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:04 AM
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    • Formentor coupé SUV the first vehicle designed solely for CUPRA brand
    • CUPRA Formentor V1 150PS TSI manual now available to order, from Ł27,395
    • High-performance Plug-in Hybrid and further petrol engines join line-up in 2021
    • Available to purchase from the growing CUPRA retail network throughout the UK or at A Lifestyle and Sports Car Brand with a Passion for Racing | CUPRA

    CUPRA has opened the order books to further engines and trims for the CUPRA Formentor coupé SUV. The most competitively-priced version, the V1 150PS TSI manual, costs from Ł27,395 on-the-road.

    The first customer deliveries of the CUPRA Formentor VZ Edition 310PS DSG 4Drive begin in December. The entry point into the CUPRA brand (Formentor V1 150PS TSI) is now available to order, with deliveries for this vehicle due in early 2021. The order books for the plug-in hybrid model will open in quarter one 2021.

    Formentor has been curated to include a long equipment list as standard across six highly-specified trims, named V1, V2, VZ1, VZ2, VZ3 and VZ Edition.

    As standard on V1 trim, customers get 18-inch alloy wheels, 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with connected navigation, 10-inch digital driver binnacle, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Adaptive Cruise Control, wireless smartphone charger, a leather steering wheel and rear parking sensors

    As well as a long equipment list, all customers benefit from a high standard of technology under the skin. Formentor has been designed and engineered to deliver a performance-orientated drive, delivered, in part, by the front MacPherson struts and multi-link rear suspension set-up, standard across the range, to enable the intuitive ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:58 AM
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    • SEAT grows range of electrified vehicles with new Tarraco e-HYBRID
    • Electrified large SUV joins the line-up alongside Leon e-HYBRID and Mii electric
    • Tarraco e-HYBRID mates a petrol engine and an electric motor to offer 245PS of power and 400Nm of torque combined
    • Deliveries to the UK will commence in second half of 2021

    SEAT’s range of electrified vehicles continues to expand as the SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID enters production this week.

    The introduction of the SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID brings the benefits of electrification, performance and efficiency to the SUV market, while adding a third pillar to the brand’s electrified range following the introduction of the Mii electric and Leon e-HYBRID in 2020.

    The plug-in hybrid version of the brand’s flagship SUV will deliver a maximum power of 245PS.

    Thanks to the13kWh lithium-ion battery back, the Tarraco e-HYBRID can travel for up to 30.5 miles (WLTP) in all-electric mode, and when using both electric and petrol engines, the SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID can reach up to 454 miles.

    “SEAT continues its electrified offensive as it transforms its offering to a more sustainable future, with the introduction of its third electrified model: the SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID,”
    said Wayne Griffiths, President of SEAT. “The electrification of our large SUV takes plug-in hybrids to a new segment, shows our commitment to the technology while taking us a step closer to our aim of making electric mobility available to all.”

    Balancing power and efficiency

    The SEAT Tarraco e-HYBRID’s plug-in hybrid system mates ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:54 AM
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    • Two performance flagships available in the UK from today
    • Front and all-wheel drive models to suit all fast-Golf fans
    • Quickest GTI and flagship R join new performance Golf family

    The two most eagerly anticipated models in the Volkswagen Golf range have arrived, each representing a different facet of high-performance hatchback character. The front-wheel drive Golf GTI Clubsport arrives with increased downforce, an improved chassis and a driving profile labelled ‘Special’ that is adapted for the Nürburgring. The Golf R offers more all-round appeal than ever before, with renewed 4MOTION all-wheel drive incorporating the new R-Performance Torque Vectoring system and the optional R-Performance Package adding a de-restricted top speed and Drift mode among other features.

    With three performance Golfs already on sale in the form of the GTI, GTD and GTE, the arrival of these two flagship models gives fans of performance Golfs more choice than ever before. Both newcomers offer greater levels of focus and driver involvement. In addition, each model features a raft of equipment and driver assistance systems, including IQ.Light matrix LED headlights, keyless entry, Lane Assist and Travel Assist, which facilitates Level 2 assisted driving up to speeds of 130 mph (where legal). Car2X is also fitted, as per the rest of the Golf range, allowing communication between Car2X-equipped cars and infrastructure, to warn road users of hazards ahead.

    The new Golf GTI Clubsport

    The first of these new cars is the Golf GTI Clubsport. This model builds upon the already award-winning formula offered by the 245 PS/370 Nm Golf GTI, but dials the power output of ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:47 AM
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    • All the essence of the Monster in the lightest, most compact and essential form possible
    • The mission of the Monster: to have fun thanks to the 111 hp of the Testastretta 11° engine and 166 kg of dry weight
    • The sports naked suitable for all those who want a technological and easy to ride bike

    Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 2 December 2020 - The Ducati World Premičre web series has come to an end with the fifth and final episode in which the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer unveiled the new Monster. A motorcycle that marked the history of Ducati like few others. It is the best-selling model ever: more than 350,000 have been produced since its presentation.

    The new Monster represents all the essence of Ducati in the lightest, most compact and essential form possible. You can already guess it from the name: Monster, nothing else.
    The recipe is the original 1993 one: a sporty engine, but perfect for road use, combined with a Superbike-derived frame. All that you need to have fun, every day.

    The new Monster is based on the same concepts that bind it to the unforgettable Monster 900, the first, true sports naked, but reinterpreted and updated. The result is a bike with an advanced, easy and efficient chassis, capable of immediately establishing the perfect feeling with the rider. The riding position is less loaded on the wrists and the engine offers an excellent balance between power, torque and ease of handling.

    To create the new Monster, the engineers and designers started from scratch, but with a clear idea of the key points around which the new bike was to be built. Lean and agile, the bike incorporates the guidelines ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:44 AM
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    First ever plug-in hybrid Audi model in the compact SUV class combines 245PS system output with scope for emission-free travel for up to 31 miles

    • New Q3 45 TFSI e and Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e models available to order from spring 2021
    • UK OTR pricing to be confirmed closer to launch
    • Q3 45 TFSI e available with Technik, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options, Q3 Sportback range will start from S line level
    • Lithium-ion battery with 13.0 kWh for an electric-only range of up to 31 miles (WLTP)*
    • 1.4 TFSI with 150PS joins forces to deliver 245PS system output

    Another convert to the zero local emissions movement is confirmed today as the new Q3 45 TFSI e stakes its claim as the first ever plug-in hybrid Audi model in the compact SUV class. The eighth member of the flourishing electrified TFSI e family will be available to order in the UK next spring in Q3 and coupé-inspired Q3 Sportback forms, the former featuring Technik, S line, Black Edition and particularly sumptuous Vorsprung specification options and the latter starting at S line level. In both a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and an 85 kW electric motor generate a system output of 245PS to enable travel without tailpipe emisions for up to 31 miles* between charges.

    "TFSI e models are a perfect stepping stone on the path to electrification for Audi customers who are keen to play their part in the decarbonisation of our environment, but who are perhaps delaying making the leap of faith to a full EV due to lingering concerns about charging and range,“ says Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. "Like our other PHEV models, the new Q3 TFSI e can help to allay those concerns by proving how easily an EV can be assimilated into life, while also offering the safety net ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:39 AM
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    • Customers from around the world start to receive their limited edition Pikes Peak Continental GT by Mulliner
    • Five vehicles delivered into the USA, home to the world-renowned course in Colorado where the record was set
    • Cars travel to all sides of world – the UK, USA, Europe, Qatar, UAE, Japan and New Zealand
    • Just 15 examples hand-built at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England
    • W12-powered Continental GT race car smashed International Hill Climb record by over 8 seconds in June 2019
    • Third of owners choose striking Mountain Decal Event Livery

    The 15 striking Pikes Peak Continental GT by Mulliner limited edition cars have made their way around the world to their new owners. Celebrating Bentley’s record-breaking run up the world-renowned Pikes Peak course in Colorado, USA, this unique and exclusive run has already sold out, with buyers across four different continents testament to its truly global appeal.

    The Pikes Peak Continental GT Limited Edition is part of Bentley Mulliner’s new ‘Collections’ portfolio and is restricted to just 15 vehicles, hand-built at Bentley’s carbon-neutral factory in Crewe, England.

    Owners are spread around the world, in locations as far apart as Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, New Zealand, Latvia and the United Kingdom. Five of the new owners come from the USA, home to the world-renowned course in Colorado, with cars arriving across the country – from New York (Manhattan), to Florida (Fort Lauderdale), to Michigan (Troy), California (Rancho Mirage) and Nebraska (Omaha).

    Eighteen months ago, a race-prepared version of a standard W12-powered ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 09:31 AM
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    • In December 1905, the Laurin & Klement Voiturette A laid the foundation stone for 115 years of automotive engineering at the Mladá Boleslav site
    • In 2020 ŠKODA AUTO celebrates the 125th anniversary of its foundation in 1895

    In December 1905 Václav Klement and Václav Laurin presented their first automobile to the public, the Laurin & Klement Voiturette A. With this car, the two founders continued on from their successful production of bicycles and motorbikes 115 years ago and at the same time laid the foundation for future automobile production at the Mladá Boleslav site. Since that time, the Czech car manufacturer’s portfolio has been characterised by innovative vehicles and technologies. ŠKODA currently produces ten model series and is pursuing its transition from a traditional car manufacturer to a ‘Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions’.

    When the first automobile rolled out of the Laurin & Klement factory halls in Mladá Boleslav, the company could already look back on ten years of business success: the production of its own bicycles under the SLAVIA brand had begun in 1895 under the leadership of Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. On 18 November 1899, the two entrepreneurs expanded their comprehensive model range to include innovatively designed motorbikes with single-cylinder petrol engines in the lower part of the frame. Shortly afterwards, L&K would become one of the first manufacturers in the world to build two-cylinder V-engines and in-line four-cylinder engines. Laurin & Klement motorbikes proved very popular with customers and soon achieved their first motorsport successes.

    Laurin & Klement invested more than five years’ development time in their first automobile
    by Published on 21-11-2020 02:29 PM
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    Sharpened styling, equipment gains and technology upgrades ensure the latest version of the 300PS compact performance SUV remains very much up to speed in every area

    • Updated 300PS compact performance SUV available to order in the UK from 19 November
    • Offered in SQ2, SQ2 Black Edition and new SQ2 Vorsprung forms, priced from Ł38,900 OTR
    • Sharper exterior styling, more equipment, upgraded infotainment
    • 2.0 TFSI with 300PS and 400Nm, 0-62mph in 4.9 secs, 155mph top speed, up to 34.0 MPG and CO2 from 188 g/km

    It is already adept at quickening the pulse, and now the 300PS Audi SQ2 is even more capable of catching the eye as it adopts the sharper new look and upgraded lighting technology already favouring the other members of the compact SUV range. Enhancement of the S model that first brought sub-five-second acceleration potential to the Audi Q family’s singularly stylish lead-in SUV two years ago has also taken place beneath the skin. The cabin now benefits from additional equipment, improved infotainment and web-based Audi connect functionality and an expanded portfolio of driver assistance systems. When they become available in the UK from November 19, 2020 the latest generation SQ2 and even more striking SQ2 Black Edition models will also be joined by a newly inroduced SQ2 Vorsprung with a particularly exhaustive equipment list. Deliveries of all variants will begin here early in 2021.

    "For the SQ2 we took the basic template set so successfully by high performance hatchbacks like our S3 Sportback and used it to create a version of our already capable compact SUV that has a great deal to offer fans of both formats,“ commented Director of Audi UK,
    Andrew Doyle. "The carefully considered design and technology updates it receives here as part of the improvement programme ...

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