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    by Published on 23-09-2016 03:08 PM
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    • New speed record for specially prepared Beetle LSR with 550 PS
    • Top performance at the annual World of Speed event on the Great Salt Lake in Bonneville, Utah (USA)

    A specially-tuned Volkswagen Beetle has set a new speed record at the World of Speed event that has long been a tradition at Lake Bonneville in Utah (USA). The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) with a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine (TSI) drove the fastest speed ever documented for a Beetle, reaching 328.195 km/h (205.122 mph) over a distance of one mile.

    In order to reach top speeds of well over 300 km/h many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats. The output of the 2.0-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550 PS (by changes that included a new turbocharger, different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications). The record-setting vehicle also stands out with an impressive torque peak of 571 Newton metres.


    To perform well under extreme conditions, the Beetle was equipped with special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, and the body was lowered significantly. A limited-slip differential was also used to improve traction, while a safety package provided for the necessary protection; it consisted of a rollover protection cage, a race seat with five-point harness and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes that were used to slow down the Beetle.
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    by Published on 23-09-2016 03:03 PM
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    • The first diesel Bentley – power, refinement and range
    • New-generation, triple-charged 4.0-litre V8 engine develops
      class-leading 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) torque
    • World’s fastest diesel SUV: 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and top speed
      of 270 km/h (168 mph)
    • Bentayga’s go-anywhere grand touring capability further enhanced
      with a 1,000 km range potential
    • Lowest CO2 output of any Bentley – 210 g/km

    Bentley Motors today announces full details of the first diesel model in the iconic British brand’s history – the Bentayga Diesel.

    At the heart of the world's fastest and most powerful luxury diesel SUV is an all-new, technologically advanced, triple-charged, 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 engine. Developing 435 PS (429 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb. ft.) of torque, the Bentayga Diesel hits a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph) and can accelerate from 0-
    100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds).


    Bentley’s Crewe-based engineers have developed a V8 powertrain to deliver an authentic Bentley driving experience. Peak torque is available from very early in the rev range (just 1,000 rpm), which makes progress in the Bentayga Diesel truly effortless.


    New clean technology gives the Bentayga Diesel the lowest CO2 emissions of any Bentley, as well as a range of over 1,000 km (621 miles) – allowing owners to, for example, drive from London to Verbier, Bordeaux or the Scottish Highlands on a single tank.

    Inside, the Bentayga Diesel retains the innovative features, advanced technologies and handcrafted luxury for which the Bentley Bentayga is renowned.

    Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Bentayga Diesel represents a moment of immense significance in Bentley’s history, by giving the world its fastest luxury diesel SUV. Immense power, grand touring capabilities and superb refinement – this is a true Bentley. Only Bentley could produce a car so powerful, yet so refined.”


    Clean, Powerful Performance
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    by Published on 23-09-2016 02:57 PM
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    • SEAT demonstrates the enormous possibilities of the Ateca family with the Ateca X-Perience
    • SEAT Ateca X-Perience combines versatility, technology and design, with the ability to overcome any obstacle to reach a final destination

    SEAT is set to present the Ateca X-Perience, together with a unique stand concept, bringing innovation to this year’s Paris Motor Show. The Ateca X-Perience is a demonstration that SEAT can surpass any limit, with a different take on the conventional SUV. Normally, Ateca customers are urban, but this car has much more capacity to drive off-road than one might expect. With the Ateca X-Perience, emphasis is put on its most adventurous character, in order to create a type of all-terrain vehicle that is simply off-limits to other current SUVs.

    As soon as the driver pushes the start button, the Ateca X-Perience is ready for adventure, adapting itself to every driver situation, road condition and personal preference at any moment thanks to the Driving Experience drive selector located on the centre console. SEAT Drive Profile offers Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual modes, however, it’s also possible to go a step further, thanks to the 4Drive traction control settings, provided by the efficient Haldex system, which includes two additional profiles for snow and off-road, as well as Hill Descent Control function.


    “The X-Perience is an exercise to show the Ateca family’s possibilities and potential in the future. We know that with the Ateca, we can go much further and it will be on display at the Paris Motor Show,”
    said the SEAT Vice-president of R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe. “With the Ateca X-Perience we can go beyond that which
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 03:17 PM
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    Elegance and cutting edge intelligence of the coupé combine with five-door practicality and space in accommodating new Sportback variant


    • Sharp new look, greater efficiency and an even more spacious interior
    • Latest Audi technology including virtual cockpit, Audi Smartphone Interface and Audi connect
    • Advanced assistance systems including traffic jam assist and active lane assist available
    • Power increase of up to 17 per cent and fuel consumption down by as much as 22 per cent
    • Intelligent multi-material body is the lightest in its class
    • Forward-thinking quattro with ultra technology available for all four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines
    • Flagship Audi S5 Sportback features V6 TFSI with 354PS and 500Nm and is 85kg lighter than its predecessor
    • A5 Sportback range expected to open for UK order in mid-October

    Blending elegant and emotive coupé design with impressive family car functionality and comfort has long been the forté of the sleek Audi A5 Sportback. Seven years and more than 340,000 units later, the 2016 Paris Motor Show will play host to the world premiere of the all-new second generation model, which further refines the ‘best of both worlds’ concept with even more tightly wrought lines, a completely new platform, the very latest engine, transmission and quattro drive developments and a host of contemporary driver assistance and infotainment systems.

    Sharing the stage at Paris will be the flagship Audi S5 Sportback, which draws upon a new V6 turbocharged TFSI powerplant to deliver a hefty 354PS and 500Nm of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. From rest, it will blast past 62mph in only 4.7 seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 155mph.


    Audi designers have brought together dramatic shapes and taut surfaces to update the new A5 Sportback, creating a familiar yet completely contemporary silhouette for the five-door coupé design that retains the original’s unmistakable road presence.


    The stretched wheelbase, short overhangs and long, wraparound bonnet featuring a power dome emphasise
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 03:11 PM
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    • New e-up! is available to order at Volkswagen Retailers from today
    • All-electric, zero emission, city car supports Volkswagen’s e-mobility strategy
    • Stylish, practical new e-up! is priced at Ł20,780 (RRP OTR, incl. government grant)


    Volkswagen’s highly praised new up! city car is now available to order in all-electric form as the new e-up! four seater joins the refreshed up! range in the UK.


    Expanding on the extensive appeal of the new up!, which has already been roundly praised for its style, versatility and quality, the new e-up! builds on the standard car’s accomplished packaging with a zero emission solution.


    With its 82 PS electric motor the e-up! boasts a peak torque figure of 210 Nm, equating to a brisk 0-62 mph time of 12.4 seconds and it will keep on going, where the law permits, to 80 mph. The car boasts a maximum range of around 93 miles between charges.


    This e-up!’s power derives from a lithium-ion battery pack located within the car’s floor and consisting of 204 cells, together rated at 374 volts and 18.7 kWh. The motor is mated to a single-speed gearbox that is optimised for minimum friction. The driveline is particularly quiet and compact as a result of the electric motor and the gearbox being integrated with very high quality intermeshing inside a single housing.


    The battery weighs 230 kg but, despite this, the e-up! still weighs less than its internal combustion engined sibling, tipping the scales at 1,139 kg thanks to Volkswagen engineers’ extensive weight-saving measures. The necessary variety of charging cables includes a fast charge connection which allows for up
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 03:04 PM
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    Much loved five-cylinder configuration is retained in the latest Audi Sport flagship delivering supercar-style pace with quattro adhesion


    • Most powerful TT ever to enter series production set to open for UK order in late September – Coupé priced at Ł51,800 OTR, Roadster at Ł53,550 OTR
    • Five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI linked to a seven-speed S tronic transmission produces 400PS and 480Nm between 1,700 and 5,850rpm
    • Power-to-weight 277PS per ton, 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds (Roadster 3.9 seconds), potential top speed of 174mph (with optional package), up to 34.4mpg, CO2 from 187g/km
    • TT RS is the first series production Audi available with OLED rear lights


    Character-building five-cylinder power continues to be the lifeblood of the Audi TT RS, which can be ordered in the UK from late September in all-new, 400PS form priced from Ł51,800 OTR. Available as before in Coupé and Roadster form, the most powerful series production TT to date merits comparison with the supercar elite with its sub-four-second acceleration capability and potential 174mph top speed, and offers a similarly exclusive specification that fittingly also brings the option of new Audi Matrix OLED lighting technology on stream for the first time.


    Lighter than its predecessor by 26kg, thanks in large part to the integration of an aluminium crankcase, the newly developed five-cylinder, 2.5-litre TFSI engine with dual injection and Audi Valvelift technology brings to bear a 17 per cent increase in performance in the latest TT RS.


    The considerable uplift in power and torque - from 340PS in the outgoing ‘standard’ car to 400PS and from 450Nm to 480Nm - facilitates a searing 0-62mph sprint time of 3.7 seconds (Roadster 3.9
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 02:59 PM
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    • First ŠKODA OCTAVIA rolled off production line at newly constructed plant in Mladá Boleslav two decades ago
    • Modular vehicle design, advanced technology, high efficiency and ergonomics in OCTAVIA production
    • Production figures rose by more than a third within a year
    • ŠKODA OCTAVIA one of most successful model series in automotive world
    • With more than five million units sold, the OCTAVIA is the undisputed bestseller in brand’s 121-year history

    20 years ago, on 3 September 1996, former Czech President Vaclav Havel gave the starting signal for the production of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA in the newly opened part of the plant at the company's headquarters. This also marked the beginning of a unique success story: Over the following two decades, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA became a worldwide bestseller and is still the best selling model of the brand from Mladá Boleslav. The popular compact car paved the way for ŠKODA’s success.

    In February 1995 in Mladá Boleslav, the foundation stone for the new production line was laid, on which the first ŠKODA OCTAVIAs would be produced around 18 months later. For the new series ŠKODA built a modern production line in a 32,000-square-meter hall. In addition, a total of 2,500 square meters of office space and 3,000 square meters of social areas were created. In March 1996, the new paint shop was completed, where up to 1,800 bodies of model series ŠKODA FELICIA and ŠKODA OCTAVIA would be painted every day.


    On 3 September 1996, former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel inaugurated the new plant and also officially
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 02:51 PM
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    • ŠKODA increases capacity for Yeti production due to high demand
    • Since the start of production in 2009, over 580,000 Yetis sold worldwide
    • UK accounts for over 10 percent of global sales
    • 2015 was a best-ever year for Yeti with over 13,000 registered in the UK


    The recent world premiere of the new Kodiaq SUV may signal the start of ŠKODA’s broader SUV campaign, but the ŠKODA Yeti – the brand’s first SUV – is enjoying a rise in popularity. Now in its seventh production year, debuting in 2009, the ŠKODA Yeti has been one of the most successful compact SUVs ever.


    In total, ŠKODA has delivered more than 580,000 Yetis to customers worldwide, and due to continued high demand is expanding capacity for production. In the UK, ŠKODA has seen the Yeti’s popularity continue to rise, with nearly 60,000 registrations since its 2010 market introduction. In 2015 it had its best-ever year, with 13,306 examples being snapped up by UK customers.


    “We are delighted to be able to deliver as many ŠKODA Yetis to our customers in Europe as they wish,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “By using the production capacities of another European plant within our international production network, we can respond satisfactorily to the high demand.”


    The compact SUV is currently produced at four plants: In addition to Kvasiny in ŠKODA’s home country the Czech Republic, the model is manufactured at Solomonovo (Ukraine), Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia), Öskemen / Ust Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Anting
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    by Published on 16-09-2016 02:46 PM
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    • Latest member of the Mii city car family co-created by the hands of the SEAT designers and COSMOPOLITAN editors and readers
    • A car that understands the feminine side and lifestyle of the “fun and fearless” “COSMO girl”
    • Available in two colours – Violetto and Candy White, with the 1.0 75 PS engine in the UK
    • Pricing and specification will be released closer to UK launch in early 2017

    The cars we drive are a reflection of our personalities, a carefully chosen investment that not only gets us from place to place, but defines who we are. For consumers looking for performance and fun, last night at Cosmo’s glitzy #FashFest, SEAT and Cosmopolitan launched the SEAT Mii by COSMOPOLITAN.

    The culmination of an 18-month co-creation process between SEAT and Cosmopolitan’s global creative team, regional editors and readers across the UK and Europe, the latest member of the Mii city car family is the perfect car for confident, independent, active young women who are really going places.


    “This is a car that adapts to today’s lifestyle by providing amazing solutions that are both intuitive and easy to use. The SEAT Mii by COSMOPOLITAN is dynamic, stylish and versatile, with a daring, edgy appeal. Not only did we strive to create an elegant car, it is designed to be a bold, personal ally for the driver, with amazing solutions that are functional and intuitive,”
    SEAT’s global marketing director, Susanne Franz said.


    Designed with the tastes and preferences of Cosmopolitan’s audience in mind, the Mii by COSMOPOLITAN is agile, exciting to drive and easy to park; an aesthetically pleasing
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    by Published on 02-09-2016 11:37 AM
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    • ŠKODA Kodiaq marks the start of the brand’s extensive SUV campaign
    • Transfer of ŠKODA’s design language into the SUV segment
    • Largest boot in class with a volume of up to 2,065 l
    • 4.70 m long, available with up to seven seats
    • Towing capacity of up to 2.5 t, Trailer Assist available
    • Packed with new ‘Simply Clever’ features
    • Introduces new driver assistance systems to the ŠKODA brand
    • State-of-the-art infotainment systems and new connectivity solutions with ŠKODA Connect
    • Five engines, high performance with fuel efficiency
    • 6-speed manual transmission, 6- and 7-speed DSG transmission, front-wheel and all-wheeldrive
    • Optional Driving Mode Select and DCC shock absorbers

    At 4.70 m long and with up to seven seats and the largest boot in its class, the ŠKODA Kodiaq is the brand’s first large SUV. From early 2017,ŠKODA’s latest model will showcase all of the brand’s strengths: characterful design, extraordinary interior space and innovative technology.
    “With the ŠKODA Kodiaq, we are striking out in a new direction and opening up new markets,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand – and new customer groups. Our new addition to the ŠKODA model range is truly as strong as a bear: it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first ŠKODA that has the option of always being online and thereby offering more comfort, safety and real-time information.The ŠKODA Kodiaq is at the forefront of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign.”

    ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, Christian Strube, added, “The ŠKODA Kodiaq offers all of our brand’s strengths: well-thought-out functionality, superior interior space and excellent value for money. The largest boot compared to the competition and the optional third row of seats alone make our new SUV the ideal companion for day-to-day demands. And when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity, the ŠKODA Kodiaq proves ŠKODA’s innovative capabilities, offering the technology of higher classes and therefore putting itself at the top of its segment.”


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