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    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:58 PM
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    • CUPRA celebrates its third anniversary with business update, new models and partnerships
    • Wayne Griffiths: “In 2021 we aim to double last year’s sales volume”
    • ‘Born’ confirmed as the name for CUPRA’s first all-electric model, due in 2021
    • World premiere of the Formentor VZ5 – the ultimate expression of performance thanks for a five-cylinder engine

    CUPRA is charging into a new era of transformation that perfectly combines electrification and performance, starting with plug-in hybrid variants of existing models and continues with its first ever all-electric model, the CUPRA Born.

    CUPRA President Wayne Griffiths kicked off the event by stating
    : “CUPRA has surprised everyone in these three years and has even continued to grow during the pandemic. These great results make us optimistic to push harder in 2021; this year we’re looking to double the sales volume of 2020 and reach a mix of 10 per cent of the company’s total volume.”
    Since its creation in 2018, CUPRA has exceeded all expectations by selling 65,000 units and growing at a double-digit rate. Following the launch of a new product range, CUPRA has accelerated its growth and in January 2021 became the fastest growing brand as well as achieved its second consecutive monthly sales record.

    This success was driven by the introduction the Formentor, the first vehicle designed by CUPRA, for CUPRA. Today the line-up was expanded with a new five-cylinder petrol engine, the CUPRA Formentor VZ5, a limited edition model with 390PS of which 7,000 units will be produced (all left hand drive).

    Following its ...
    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:53 PM
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    • Pricing for the potent new CUPRA Leon is announced, starting from Ł35,660 RRP
    • CUPRA Leon 300PS is an evolution of two decades of performance heritage
    • Powerful 2.0 TSI powertrain is coupled with a DSG-auto transmission
    • Orders open with generously-equipped VZ2 and VZ3 trim levels
    • Available to configure now at www.CUPRAofficial.co.uk and orderable at one of 58 retail spaces across the country

    CUPRA has opened the order books for the latest variant of its iconic Leon hatchback with the launch of the 300PS 2.0 TSI powertrain.

    The brand’s flagship performance hatch is now available to order with prices starting from Ł35,660 RRP for the CUPRA Leon Hatch VZ2 TSI DSG-auto 300 and rising to Ł37,390 for VZ3 trim.

    Available exclusively with the DSG-auto transmission, the latest iteration of the renowned 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine develops 300PS and 400Nm of torque.

    The turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine propels CUPRA Leon from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155mph.

    As well as an increase in power output over its predecessor, the new CUPRA Leon is also more efficient, returning up to 37.2mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and CO2 emissions from 171g/km.

    An exhilarating driving experience is guaranteed as standard, with CUPRA Leon featuring four driver selectable modes (with changes to throttle response and gear shifts), speed sensitive power steering and Dynamic Chassis Control.

    The range kicks off with the VZ2 trim, featuring a host of performance upgrades as standard, including ...
    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:49 PM
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    • Dynamic and agile Tiguan R is available now, from Ł45,915 RRP OTR
    • 320 PS performance SUV completes 0-62 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds
    • 7-spd DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive follow classic R formula


    2021 marks the first time in its 13-year history that the Tiguan, the best-selling SUV across the Volkswagen brand and Volkswagen Group globally, has been given a stand-alone performance model: the Tiguan R. This athletic SUV, which produces 320 PS and is bestowed with Volkswagen’s latest 4MOTION R-Performance Torque Vectoring system, is now available to order for UK customers, priced from Ł45,915 RRP OTR.


    The Tiguan R is powered by Volkswagen’s highly-regarded EA888 evo4 four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In this guise it produces 320 PS and 420 Nm of torque, enabling 0 to 62 mph acceleration of 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed (where permitted) of 155 mph. The Tiguan R matches its T-Roc R stablemate in these figures, and is just two-tenths of a second behind the Golf R on the 0 to 62 mph sprint, proving the versatility and flexibility of the R brand.

    The R’s winning formula of a sophisticated 7-speed DSG transmission, muscular petrol engine and 4MOTION four-wheel drive are bolstered by the new R-Performance Torque Vectoring system, which distributes power to all four wheels. The system not only manages this between the front and rear axles, but also between the two rear wheels. Up to 100% of available torque can be directed to the rear wheel on the outside of a bend, which leads to noticeably more agile handling and eliminates understeer. ...
    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:45 PM
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    • Seven-seat SUV receives upgrade with new range-topping model open for order
    • High-performance 2.0 TSI DSG-auto 4Drive 245PS engine added to Tarraco range
    • New drivetrain available with FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trims, priced from Ł39,400
    • SEAT Tarraco can be ordered from www.seat.co.uk/Tarraco

    The SEAT Tarraco is now available to order with the new high-performance 2.0 TSI DSG-auto 4Drive 245PS engine.

    The new drivetrain option is the most powerful in the seven-seater’s line-up, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 142mph*.

    Despite the added performance, the 2.0 TSI DSG delivers CO2 emissions from 195g/km and up to 30.7mpg of fuel efficiency based on the combined WLTP cycle.

    The new derivative is available on the FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trims, and is the most powerful Tarraco on offer.

    FR trim includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, sports bumpers, tiredness recognition software and keyless entry as standard, while FR Sport adds several features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles and heated front and rear seats.

    With a focus on luxury, XCELLENCE trim includes 19-inch alloy wheels, bright roof rails, sport seats in alcantara, park assist and adaptive cruise control with a speed limiter. Adding to this, XCELLENCE Lux introduces 20-inch alloy wheels, exit assist, roll over assist and ‘Top
    View’ 360-degree camera.

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    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:40 PM
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    • 22 years after the Fabia’s debut, ŠKODA presents the fourth generation of this popular small car
    • First Fabia based on the MQB-A0 platform boasts plenty of space and efficient engines
    • New Simply Clever features and advanced assistance systems from higher-tier vehicles make this all-new model particularly appealing


    The new ŠKODA Fabia in its fourth generation presents a striking design, bigger interior, increased comfort and, thanks to advanced safety and assistance systems, even greater levels of safety. 22 years after its debut, the popular small car combines classic ŠKODA qualities such as reliability, ease of use and outstanding practicality with enhanced safety, comfort and dynamism.

    Johannes Neft, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, emphasised: “Boasting an emotive design language, the new Fabia is a true ŠKODA at first glance. Compared to its predecessor, we have significantly improved the interior – offering a high level of comfort, advanced infotainment and innovative assistance systems. An even more spacious interior, engines that are as efficient as they are powerful, and excellent handling round off the car’s appeal. Our new entry‑level model has everything you could want from a modern small car

    Small car with cult status


    Since its premiere in 1999, the Fabia has been uniting ŠKODA’s brand values. It combines great levels of active and passive safety with a generously sized interior and excellent value for money. It also offers compact exterior dimensions, efficient powertrains and numerous Simply Clever features.

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    by Published on 27-02-2021 07:33 PM
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    • The Golf GTI has been on the market since 1976, making it 45 years old Volkswagen is marking the occasion with a special anniversary model, the Golf GTI Clubsport 451
    • This exclusive anniversary model is based on the 300 PS Clubsport2. Both models offer a front-axle locking differential integrated with the driving dynamics manager
    • Presales of the exceptional Golf GTI Clubsport 45 start next week. Base price in Germany: 47,790 euros


    In the summer of 1976, Volkswagen launched a distinctively sporty Golf onto the market: the GTI. At that time no one at Volkswagen had any idea that the Golf GTI would eventually become the world’s most successful compact sports car. But that is exactly what happened – from production of the 5,000 vehicles that were originally planned to well in excess of 2.3 million today. Now Volkswagen is marking the 45th birthday of this iconic car with an anniversary model: the Golf GTI Clubsport 451 – an exclusive edition of the 221 kW/300 PS Golf GTI Clubsport2. Extensive individualisation makes the Clubsport 45 a ready-made collector’s item, even as new. First presales will begin in selected European countries on 1 March.
    Price in Germany: from 47,790 euros3.


    Even the “standard” Golf GTI Clubsport is technically distinct from the standard Golf GTI4/5, with features including a 55 PS increase over the standard GTI's turbocharged engine (TSI) and the Special driving mode for race tracks. Visual highlights of the Clubsport include larger air intakes (delivering more oxygen to the TSI), a specially designed open roof spoiler to allow improved airflow (greater downforce), and ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:51 AM
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    • ŠKODA adds SportLine variant to its new all-electric Enyaq iV SUV range
    • Lowered sports chassis, striking 20 inch wheels and black detailing to exterior and interior
    • Choice of two powertrains with ranges of up to more than 323 miles (520 km)


    ŠKODA is giving its customers a sporting chance this year with the addition of a SportLine trim to its new all-electric SUV range, the Enyaq SportLine iV. Black exterior detailing, large alloy wheels and a lowered sports chassis provide a sporting edge to the line-up. Inside, the Enyaq SportLine iV boasts sports seats with integrated headrests, a three-spoke multifunction leather sports steering wheel and carbon-effect trims. There will be a choice of two powertrains; the Enyaq iV 80 (150 kW offering a range of more than 323 miles (520 km) in the WLTP cycle) and the Enyaq iV 80x (195 kW), featuring two electric motors and is all-wheel drive. Both will arrive in the UK later this year.


    The SportLine version of this new all-electric SUV has been created to appeal to drivers who like the dynamic look of ŠKODA’s performance models but with the added practicality of a full-size SUV. Customers will be able to choose from two powertrain options. The Enyaq SportLine iV 80 is equipped with a 82-kWh battery (77 kWh net) and can cover more than 323 miles (520 km) in the WLTP cycle. Its rear motor produces 150 kW. This battery is also fitted in the Enyaq SportLine iV 80x. Together with a second electric motor, this SUV features all-wheel drive, has a power output of 195 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 425 Nm. This version has a maximum range of 311 ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:47 AM
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    • Ducati Smart Jacket uses the latest evolution of Dainese's D-air® airbag technology and guarantees protection for the rider in the event of an accident or fall
    • The vest is smart, safe, versatile and can be worn over or under any motorcycle jacket
    • Extremely ventilated and practical, Ducati Smart Jacket is easily foldable and can be stored in a backpack or motorcycle bags

    Ducati is continuing its commitment to the safety of motorcyclists, which is reflected in the adoption of the best devices available on the market. In addition to the development of active safety systems on its motorcycles and the promotion of responsible riding courses, the
    Bologna-based company is also paying great attention to the clothing offered and, in collaboration with Dainese, now presents Ducati Smart Jacket: an innovative and revolutionary sleeveless vest which uses the well-known D-air® airbag technology of Dainese in a version with graphics made specifically for Ducati.

    Ducati Smart Jacket guarantees a high level of safety compared to the applicable standards, thanks to the research and technology used in the racing leathers of MotoGP riders. The result is a versatile vest, suitable for every motorcyclist and for all types of road use, available in both men's and women's versions and which can be worn over or under any motorcycle jacket, without requiring any type of connection with the motorcycle.

    The operation of the vest is regulated by the electronic control unit which analyses the data 1,000 times per second. In cases of intended engagement*, ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:44 AM
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    • First W12 engine destined for Bacalar completes production testing at Bentley’s centre of excellence for W12 engines
    • Bentley’s W12 is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in history
    • Producing 659 PS (650 bhp) and 900 Nm (667 lb.ft) of torque
    • W12 engine development has increased power by up to 27 per cent, torque by 38 per cent and reduced emissions by 28 per cent since 2003
    • Each engine passes through three specific test regimes before fitting to a vehicle
    • More than 100,000 W12 engines have been handbuilt at Crewe since 2002, producing more than six million horsepower

    Producing 659 PS (650 bhp) and 900 Nm (667 lb.ft) of torque, the engine for the first customer Bentley Mulliner Bacalar has now completed assembly and production testing at Bentley’s centre of excellence for W12 engines.

    The Bacalar spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner and features an enhanced version of Bentley’s peerless 6.0-litre, W12 TSI engine, the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world.

    Since the first introduction of the twin-turbocharger W12 in 2003, the refinement of the engine has seen an increase of up to 27 per cent in power, 38 per cent in torque and a reduction of 38 per cent in emissions.

    This has been realised through evolution and optimisation of the crankcase, improvements in the oil and cooling systems, twin-scroll turbocharging technology and more effective injection and combustion processes.

    Each W12 engine is hand-built over 6.5 hours by a team of 45 craftspeople before undertaking a highly sophisticated test regime of over an hour via three specialist diagnostic machines during the engines assemble.

    The testing not only provides feedback on the quality of each engine but also ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:40 AM
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    • Tiguan now benefits from 2.0-litre 190 PS and 245 PS TSI engines
    • Both power plants bring 4MOTION all-wheel drive to petrol Tiguans
    • 245 PS TSI is most powerful Tiguan before arrival of Tiguan R


    The Volkswagen Tiguan’s range of petrol engines has been bolstered by the addition of two powerful units – 190 PS and 245 PS units, both benefitting from 4MOTION four-wheel drive. Together, they bestow the Tiguan range with additional choice for customers searching for a capable, quick, petrol SUV.


    The Tiguan’s two new engines – both turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol units – are the most powerful petrol powertrains in the range yet, offering 190 PS and a range-topping 245 PS, with 320 and 370 Nm of torque respectively.

    The 190 PS engine’s power peak is available between 4,180 and 6,500 rpm, while the more powerful of the duo reaches its maximum output between 4,750 and 6,500 rpm. Both engines deliver their highest torque figures in a remarkably accessible fashion, between 1,500 and 4,300 rpm. This equates to brisk 0-62 mph acceleration of 7.4 seconds and a 133 mph top speed for the 190 PS model, and 6.0 seconds for the more powerful 245 PS unit, which tops out at 142 mph, where permitted .

    Suiting the high output of the powertrain, the Tiguan 190 PS 4MOTION is available in high-spec Elegance and R-Line trim levels, with WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption figures of 33.2 and 34.0 mpg respectively, and CO2 outputs of 194 and 189 g/km. The 190 PS-equipped Tiguan starts at Ł36,275 RRP OTR in Elegance trim. Befitting the sportier ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:34 AM
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    • The SEAT Smart Quality team uses eye-tracking glasses to track the driver’s gaze
    • Technology uses infrared sensors, cameras and algorithms
    • Knowing precisely where drivers look allows SEAT to create more intuitive and safer interactions with in-car technology

    SEAT is using the latest in eye-tracking technology to enable its engineers to make driving more intuitive and safer in the future.

    The Barcelona-based manufacturer can track a driver’s gaze using eye-tracking glasses which use infrared light sensors, high resolution images and a sophisticated algorithm to pinpoint exactly where the driver is looking when behind the wheel.

    With the road ahead being the primary focus for drivers, the technology helps engineers design cabins which allow drivers to safely locate and operate technology on the centre console – including the infotainment system – and steering wheel at a glance.

    The SEAT Smart Quality team is piloting the technology with the aim of improving the safety and the driver experience of future models by obtaining precise information about human interactions with its vehicles.

    Rubén Martínez, head of SEAT’s Smart Quality
    department, said: “We must guarantee the minimum interaction time with the screen, and to do this, anything the drivers needs must be where users intuitively and naturally expect it to be.

    “Now we can reliably know where users expect to find certain information, such as battery level or fuel level, or to adjust other in-car devices.”


    The Smart Quality department selects users with different ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:27 AM
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    • Three-year research project aims to deliver breakthrough in rare earth magnet recycling
    • New recycling process will provide a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for non-traction motor applications
    • Funded by Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK
    • The six-partner, UK based, collaborative R&D consortium is aiming for first application by 2026
    • Supports Bentley’s desire to lead sustainable luxury mobility

    Bentley Motors today announces a three-year research study that aims to revolutionise the sustainability of electric motors. Supporting Bentley’s commitment to offer only hybrid or electric vehicles by 2026, the result could see recycled rare-earth magnets used in selected ancillary motors for the very first time.

    The study, titled RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines), intends to build on work completed at the University of Birmingham in devising a method of extracting magnets from waste electronics. Furthermore, the project will scale up this process and repurpose the extracted magnetic material into new recyclable magnets for use within bespoke ancillary motors.

    Adding to the sustainability benefits that RaRE will provide, the bespoke motors created through this method promise to minimise complexity through manufacture while supporting the development of the UK supply chain for both mass production and low volume components.

    Commenting on Bentley’s research ambitions, Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering, Bentley Motors, said:

    “As we accelerate our journey to electrification, offering only hybrid ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:38 AM
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    • ŠKODA AUTO has produced 100,000 high-voltage batteries at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav just 15 months after the start of production
    • Investments in the manufacture of high-voltage batteries total 25.3 million euros
    • High-voltage traction batteries from Mladá Boleslav are used in models from the group brands AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen


    Today, ŠKODA AUTO manufactured its 100,000th high-voltage traction battery. In order to create the necessary production conditions at the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, the Czech carmaker invested approximately 25.3 million euros in 2019. An area covering roughly 2,000 m˛ is now used not only to produce high-voltage traction batteries for the company’s own plug-in hybrid models, but also batteries for plug-in hybrids from the group brands AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen. The site also boasts state-of-the-art facilities to comprehensively test the batteries and ensure the highest possible safety and quality standards.


    Christian Bleiel, Head of Component Production at ŠKODA AUTO, said: “We have now reached the mark of 100,000 high-voltage traction batteries produced. This success is a great testament to our team’s high level of engineering expertise as well as the importance of our component production within the group: our batteries are not just used in the ŠKODA Superb iV and the Octavia iV, they are also fitted in plug-in hybrids from the AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen brands. We currently manufacture almost 800 batteries per day.”

    Production of the high-voltage traction batteries ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:33 AM
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    New reinterpretations of the grand tourer theme offering up to 646PS are ready to further Audi ambitions to shape the future of premium sustainable mobility


    • e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT set for simultaneous introduction in spring 2021
    • Ultra-high specification e-tron GT quattro Vorsprung also available, RS e-tron GT also offered in Carbon Black and Carbon Vorsprung forms
    • e-tron GT quattro from Ł79,900 OTR, RS e-tron GT from Ł110,950 OTR
    • Peak power equivalent to 476PS (e-tron GT quattro) and 598PS (RS e-tron GT) – 530PS and 646PS respectively available in boost mode
    • 0-62mph in as little as 3.3 seconds aided by standard electric quattro all-wheel-drive
    • 800-volt, 93kWh battery, superfast DC charging capability at up to 270kW
    • Predicted WLTP driving range in excess of 295 miles (e-tron GT quattro) and 280 miles (RS e-tron GT)
    • Adaptive air suspension, all-wheel-steering and locking rear differential among dynamic highlights

    Emotionally charged design and lightning fast response, with 0-62mph acceleration in as little as 3.3 seconds – the new Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are about to conduct electricity in an exciting new direction for the Vorsprung durch Technik brand. Launching simultaneously this spring, the new GT sports cars combine breathtaking and instantly accessible accelerative force and zero local emissions with compellingly incisive handling, exceptional trans-continental cruising comfort and ultra-sophisticated infotainment and driver assistance technology.

    "Audi has signalled its intent to play a pivotal role in the evolution of sustainable mobility in the premium sector, and after opening our account with the e-tron SUV, which is notable as the best-selling German premium BEV globally, we are stepping up the pace again to further that aim," says Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK.

    "The new e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are products of the same assiduous Vorsprung durch Technik approach to electrified driving, but embody it in a highly emotive and exciting new Grand Tourer format that exploits the technology’s incredible performance potential even more fully and will be invaluable as a means of hastening its wider acceptance."

    Exterior design: dynamic sculpture with perfect proportions


    The exterior of the e-tron GT is a dynamic work of ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:26 AM
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    • Flying Spur’s luxury and sports capabilities recognized with Drivers’ Choice Award by long-running American automotive TV series
    • Technological tour de force of innovation, connectivity and comfort
    • Driver engagement sets the bar for modern luxury Grand Touring sedans
    • Driver-focused cabin blends the best of cutting-edge technology and modern craftsmanship
    • “World’s best luxury four-door grand tourer” now available with hugely popular Bentley V8 powertrain alongside iconic W12.

    The Flying Spur W12 has been recognized in MotorWeek’s 2021 Drivers’ Choice Awards as the Best Dream Machine. Since 1981, MotorWeek judges the best in the automotive industry, looking at the buyer’s point of view and considering industry trends while looking towards the most innovative cars in the industry.

    Now, with more than 40,000 examples sold since its launch in 2005, the Flying Spur continues to set the bar as the most successful luxury sports sedan in the world. Sporting details including industry-first three-dimensional leather, cutting edge Bentley Rotating Display, and a retractable, illuminated “Flying B”, each detail continues to be carefully created.

    The bold exterior design of the Flying Spur is based on a new and modern vision that is unmistakably Bentley, utilizing the latest technologies in aluminium extrusions and castings. Longtime Creator, Host and Senior Executive Producer of MotorWeek, John Davis, comments:

    “The Bentley Flying Spur is a car that fully lives up to our lofty automotive dreams when it comes to luxury, and then far exceeds them when it comes to performance. It effortlessly races to 60 ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:22 AM
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    • ID.3 Life Pro available from today, priced from Ł28,670 RRP OTR[1]
    • ‘Pro’ motor option now available on Life, Business and Family models
    • 145 PS motor makes ID.3 even more affordable


    The Volkswagen ID.3 Pro is available to order now, bringing the multi award-winning electric hatchback’s entry price to Ł28,670[1] – and, in turn, further answering the affordable and sustainable e-mobility brief set out by the I.D. concept of 2016.


    The Pro electric motor option is available across the ID.3’s Life, Business and Family specifications, and offers a second, 145 PS power output in addition to the introductory 204 PS Pro Performance version. Despite the different motor output to the Pro Performance models, the impressive range of the ID.3 remains the same, with up to 263 miles available on the ID.3 Life Pro from its 58 kWh (net) battery capacity.

    In Pro guise, the ID.3 produces 145 PS and 270 Nm of torque – a 15 Nm advantage over the 1.5-litre, 150 PS TSI unit found in many petrol Volkswagen models. This is delivered, as per the rest of the ID.3 range, via a one-speed gearbox, with the car’s full torque output available from a standstill – a virtue of electric vehicle powertrains. This translates to a 0-62 mph sprint in 9.6 seconds.

    In Life specification, the ID.3 Pro starts at Ł28,670[1] – with a Ł1,320 step-up to the ID.3 Life Pro Performance. The ID.3 Pro’s charging performance remains unchanged, which means that the same speedy 35-minute recharge to 80% capacity at a 100 kW CCS Direct Current charger is achievable.

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    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:18 AM
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    • First silhouette image of the fourth generation car
    • New ŠKODA Fabia takes advantage of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 for the first time
    • The latest generation of petrol engines are available for the drivetrain


    ŠKODA has released the first preview of the fourth-generation Fabia. The silhouette image teases the new proportions of the small car, which is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 for the first time. This platform enhances the interior space and supports the use of state-of-the-art assistance systems and connectivity features. The drivetrain is powered by the latest generation of petrol engines, making the new Fabia perfect for young families or as an ideal second car. The world premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia is planned for spring 2021.


    With the changeover to the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0, the ŠKODA Fabia is larger than its predecessor in all dimensions. For example, the boot volume, which was already one of the FABIA’s highlights, has grown by a further 50-litres. Thanks to an even more rigid body structure, the MQB-A0 also brings further improvements in passive safety as well as the option of installing numerous modern assistance systems, which were previously only available in higher vehicle classes.

    Modern petrol engines ensure high efficiency and long range


    ŠKODA has opted for state-of-the-art petrol engines for the fourth-generation Fabia. All the engines come from the ...
    by Published on 05-02-2021 08:28 PM
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    • CUPRA Formentor, the first vehicle uniquely developed for the brand, now beats with a five-cylinder heart
    • Formentor VZ5 world premiere on February 22nd, coinciding with CUPRA’s third anniversary

    The CUPRA Formentor is the perfect expression of performance, delivering a vehicle with the attributes of an SUV and the sports car credentials of a hatchback. This appeal is enhanced five-fold with the introduction of the top-of-the-range ‘VZ5’ model on the brand’s third anniversary.

    With decades of racing heritage engineered into the CUPRA badge, the CUPRA Formentor VZ5 will harness the power of the five-cylinder petrol engine enhancing an already-exhilaratingly ride and making it the ultimate expression of performance.

    “The CUPRA Formentor represents the essence of the brand, but the addition of an even more extreme five-cylinder engine to the family – along with seven other powertrains including performance PHEV - will mark it out as a true enthusiast’s vehicle – something the CUPRA community is dedicated to delivering and will allow us to reach new customers,”
    said Wayne Griffiths, President of CUPRA and SEAT.

    On the 22nd of February, CUPRA’s third anniversary as a standalone business, the brand will unveil this unique and limited-run addition to the CUPRA community, alongside other significant announcements. ...
    by Published on 05-02-2021 08:24 PM
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    • Prices for new CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID to start from Ł38,625 OTR
    • CUPRA’s new plug-in hybrid signals continuation of electrification for the premium performance brand
    • Powerful e-HYBRID achieves up to 188.3mpg combined and CO2 emissions from 33g/km WLTP
    • Choice of two trim levels: VZ1 and VZ2 with advanced technologies as standard
    • Available to configure now at A Lifestyle and Sports Car Brand with a Passion for Racing | CUPRA UK

    CUPRA is adding to its growing range of electrified performance vehicles, opening order books for the new CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID in the UK.

    Electrifying the flagship performance SUV coupe, customers can now purchase the CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID DSG-auto 245PS from Ł38,625 OTR RRP.

    Following the electrification of CUPRA Leon at the end of 2020, the introduction of the CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID, in either VZ1 or VZ2 trim, continues the brand’s charge into developing alternatively-fuelled vehicles with CUPRA’s trademark performance and contemporary design.

    Prices start at Ł38,625 OTR RRP for VZ1 trim and Ł40,260 OTR RRP for VZ2 trim, with order books opening on 16 February 2021.

    The CUPRA Formentor can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds, charging on to a top speed of 130mph. The new powertrain delivers a combined fuel consumption of up to 188.3mpg and produces CO2 emissions as low as 33g/km (WLTP).

    Powering the high-performance plug-in hybrid is a 150PS (110kW), 250Nm 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 116PS (85kW) electric motor with a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, these deliver an impressive 245PS (180kW) of power and peak torque ...
    by Published on 30-01-2021 12:05 PM
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    • ID.4 1ST Edition available initially, with series models to follow
    • 204 PS electric motor and 77 kWh battery with 310 mile range
    • Priced at Ł37,800 RRP OTR (after plug-in vehicle grant)


    For the first time ever Volkswagen is offering a fully electric SUV – the ID.4. As the second model from the brand to be launched on the dedicated MEB platform, it boasts class-leading digitalisation and connectivity, allied to a highly-efficient electric powertrain and battery layout – this time with the availability of four-wheel drive at a later date. Like the ID.3 the new model is being launched as a limited-run 1ST Edition with a range of pre-configured trim levels to follow later in the year. The ID.4 1ST Edition will cost Ł37,800 RRP OTR after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied, and is expected to arrive in dealerships during March.


    Unveiled during a digital world premiere last September, the ID.4 is the second model in the ID. family and the first to be sold globally. From today customers in the UK will be able to place their orders for the ID.4 1ST Edition. This highly-advanced, all-electric SUV is priced at Ł40,800 RRP OTR (before any Government grant is applied).

    Like the ID.3 1ST Edition that went before it there are several features to mark the ID.4 1ST Edition apart from future ID.4 models. These include internal and external ‘1ST’ badging, and a striking interior with Florence Brown highlights. Four metallic exterior paint colours will be available for the 1ST Edition: Glacier White, Blue Dusk, Manganese Grey and Honey Yellow. ...

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