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    by Published on 09-01-2021 10:54 AM
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    • New Bentayga Hybrid the next step towards Beyond100 strategy
    • First of two new Bentley PHEVs to be launched this year
    • Unrivalled serenity through electric drive and even greater refinement
    • E Motor partnered with a 3.0 litre twin turbocharged V6 petrol engine delivering 443 bhp (449 PS) and 516 lb.ft (700 Nm) of torque
    • Combined range of 536 miles with capability of 31 miles range in pure electric drive (NEDC)
    • Predictive data from Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation system provides haptic feedback via driver pedals
    • Usage profile data shows majority of journeys made with Bentayga Hybrid are in EV mode
    • Next generation infotainment system with 10.9-inch screen, super high-resolution graphics and dramatically increased connectivity
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay standard, together with Android Auto
    • Expanded suite of My Bentley connected services using embedded SIM with Hybrid specific content

    Bentley is taking the next step on its journey to a sustainable future with the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the only electrified true-luxury SUV in the world, and a model that Bentley predicts will become the best-selling member of the new Bentayga family.

    Following the recent launches of the new Bentayga V8 and Bentayga Speed, the new Bentayga Hybrid becomes the third model in the most successful luxury SUV portfolio the segment has ever seen.

    The new exterior and interior design emphasises Bentley design DNA across the entire model range, giving Bentley the freshest and most modern product family of any luxury car company.

    The new Bentayga Hybrid offers the ultimate in electric luxury, with smooth and silent progress through urban environments, whilst having the grand touring capability to escape the city and explore further. Customers of the Bentayga Hybrid can escape the noise of the city through the refined and acoustically-isolated serenity of the cabin without engine interference, using up to 31 miles of electric-only range (NEDC), before physically leaving the city behind with the comfort of a total combined range of 536 miles (NEDC).

    Delivering the same level of comfort and luxury, yet with a quieter and more refined driving experience, the Bentayga ...
    by Published on 09-01-2021 10:48 AM
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    • Bentley Motors delivers 11,206 extraordinary cars in 2020
    • Despite production shutdown and global lockdown, Bentley sells more than ever in 101-year history
    • Particularly strong performance in China, Americas and Asia Pacific
    • Introduction of all-new Flying Spur a significant contributor to results

    Bentley Motors today announced total sales of 11,206 in 2020, an increase of two per cent over 2019. Although the pre-COVID sales forecast was much greater, new model introductions fuelled this significant achievement which was the highest sales performance in any of the luxury British marque’s 101 years.

    Bentley’s production was shutdown for seven weeks beginning in March, and running at a 50 per cent output for a further nine weeks thereafter, as social distancing measures were introduced. A resulting comprehensive redesign of the production facility enabled Bentley to meet this global demand while in parallel maintaining these social distancing protocols to the current day and beyond.

    The Americas remained Bentley’s number one region although a strong performance in China, posting an increase of 48 per cent, ran it close.

    Commenting on the global sales results, Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said:

    “Even though we anticipated greater sales before the pandemic struck, when you consider the level of restrictions around the world for the majority of the year, to achieve a record sales performance is a strong measure of our potential.

    “As we look to the year ahead we remain cautiously optimistic as much remains uncertain. One thing that doesn’t is our commitment to progress, the ...
    by Published on 09-01-2021 10:43 AM
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    • New 200PS diesel engine added to fourth-generation Octavia vRS
    • Advanced diesel EVO engine delivers 200PS and 400Nm of torque
    • Seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard with option of all-wheel-drive
    • All-wheel-drive system features sixth-generation multi-plate clutch system
    • Prices range from £32,260 to £34,975 OTR

    ŠKODA has added a third powertrain option to its new Octavia vRS line-up with the introduction of a new 2.0 TDI model priced from £32,260 OTR. It joins the 2.0 TSI petrol and 1.4 TSI PHEV models already unveiled last month and introduces the option of four-wheel drive for the first time on the fourth-generation Octavia vRS. As a result, vRS buyers now have the biggest ever range of engine variants and drivetrains to choose from.

    The Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI features the most powerful diesel engine ever offered in a vRS model with a peak power output of 200PS – a 16PS increase over the outgoing model. The engine is one of the latest generation of ŠKODA EVO power units, and features an aluminium cylinder block with aluminium pistons with low-friction piston rings. The turbocharger is water-cooled for improved temperature regulation, and its compression ratio is higher than on other EVO diesel engines. Power is delivered to the wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

    The all-wheel-drive system – which is available on the vRS 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG 4x4 model distributes power via a new, electronically controlled sixth-generation multi-plate clutch. This clutch is nearly 0.8 kg lighter than its predecessor and is more efficient thanks to the use of low-friction oil, reduced bearing preload and refined ...
    by Published on 09-01-2021 09:36 AM
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    • Civilian series production starts just after Christmas 1945
    • British Major Ivan Hirst enables vehicle production in record time with considerable improvisation
    • The VW Beetle becomes the symbol of the German “Economic Miracle”

    On December 27, 1945 the serial production of the Volkswagen Limousine (Type 1) got started. This was the real beginning of the success story of the Volkswagen. The model had originally been planned as a prestige project of the National Socialists. But from 1939 onwards the Wolfsburg plant had produced armaments instead of vehicles. Up to the end of World War II, only 630 units of the model, which had been renamed “KdF-Wagen” in 1938, left the Volkswagen plant. It was only under British trusteeship that the unique success story of the VW Beetle began at Wolfsburg thanks to the strategic vision of Major Ivan Hirst.

    Series production of the civilian Volkswagen, referred to internally as “Type 1”, which later became world-famous as the “Beetle”, only started following the end of World War II on December 27, 1945 under the trusteeship over Volkswagenwerk GmbH which had been assumed by the British Military Government in June 1945. The British intended to use the Volkswagen Type 1 to perform urgently needed transport tasks within their occupation zone. It was this British pragmatism that finally protected the plant against impending demolition.
    Senior Resident Officer Major Ivan Hirst played a key role in this development. It was his farsightedness and talent for improvisation that made it possible ...
    by Published on 01-01-2021 12:46 PM
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    • In December 1895, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded the company that would become ŠKODA AUTO
    • After starting out in bicycle production, Laurin & Klement went on to manufacture motorbikes from 1899 and cars from 1905, which began featuring the ŠKODA badge in 1925
    • In September 2017, ŠKODA AUTO passed the 20 million vehicle production milestone

    This December, ŠKODA AUTO can look back on 125 years of history. This makes the Czech company one of the longest established car manufacturers in the world still in operation. The international success story began shortly before Christmas 1895 when Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a workshop for the repair and manufacture of bicycles in Mladá Boleslav. Later they also produced motorbikes and automobiles, released from 1925 under the ŠKODA brand.

    Exactly 125 years ago – shortly before Christmas 1895 – the mechanic Václav Laurin and the bookseller Václav Klement laid the foundation stone for the present-day ŠKODA AUTO. The two founders were united by their passion for cycling. They wanted to offer their customers bicycles built from the best materials available, while still being affordable. In their small workshop three people were employed to make bicycles driven by foot or hand. One year later, 21 employees were making five different models of bikes, which bore the name SLAVIA. The range was soon expanded to include bicycles for children, tandem bicycles, two-wheelers with chain or shaft drive, and tricycles for transporting goods or people.

    Successful models on two wheels

    The founding fathers, Laurin and Klement, seized ...
    by Published on 01-01-2021 12:42 PM
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    • Production of the e-Golf2 ends today: 50,401 units manufactured in Dresden since March 2017
    • After rebuilding the production: The first ID.3 roll off the assembly lines at the end of January
    • Danny Auerswald, head of plant: "With the production of the ID.3 in Dresden, Volkswagen is underlining the importance of the Saxon plants in the group- wide E-offensive."

    The Volkswagen e-Golf becomes a part of Volkswagen’s rich history: Today the last vehicle rolls off the production line at the Transparent Factory in Dresden. With the e-Golf in Urano Grey, a total of 50,401 vehicles have been manufactured in Dresden since March 2017. At the beginning of the new year 2021, the production area of the Transparent Factory will be reconstructed for three weeks before the first ID.3 series vehicles roll off the assembly lines in Dresden at the end of January.

    Danny Auerswald, head of plant of the Transparent Factory: "The end of the e-Golf is also the start of the final preparations for the ID.3. In just a few weeks, we will be opening the next chapter for the Transparent Factory. After Zwickau, we are the second location in Europe to manufacture vehicles based on the new modular e-drive system. Volkswagen is thus underlining the importance of the Saxon plants in the group-wide E-offensive."

    Thomas Aehlig, Chairman of the Works Council of the Transparent Factory: "The start of assembly of the ID.3 is very good news for the workforce and the reward for the many efforts made in the transformation of the site since 2016. We have thus achieved sustainable job security for the core workforce and a positive future perspective for the site."
    by Published on 21-12-2020 12:25 PM
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    A country and a city of superlatives, Dubai. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf stands for luxury and extravagance – and is also home to many Bugatti customers as well as fans of the French luxury brand. Bugatti presented the new , in Dubai for the first time.

    “We wanted to personally present the Chiron Pur Sport to our loyal customers in the United Arab Emirates despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We will of course comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the presentation,” says
    Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.

    “The most agile member of the Chiron family demands more than just a theoretical explanation via video stream or digital video conference. Customers must drive the Chiron Pur Sport and experience the incredible power and lateral dynamics for themselves.”

    Hungry for curves and designed for lateral dynamics

    Bugatti has calibrated the Chiron Pur Sport for agility, handling and driving performance. In addition to immense power and ultimate comfort, it also offers a high degree of everyday usability. It is powered by an 8.0
    litre W16 engine delivering 1,500 PS and 1,600 newton metres that is designed for an engine speed of up to 6,900 rpm in the agile Chiron Pur Sport.

    With the assistance of a 15 percent shorter transmission ratio, the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates even faster than the Chiron. The Chiron Pur Sport catapults from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds, to 200 km/h in a mere 5.5 seconds and to 300 km/h in no more than twelve seconds.

    Compared to the Chiron, the ...
    by Published on 21-12-2020 12:10 PM
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    • Unique open-top model with V12 engine by Lamborghini Squadra Corse
    • Carbon fiber body featuring racing aerodynamics
    • Innovative design by Lamborghini Centro Stile

    Lamborghini Squadra Corse presents the SC20, a unique specimen of an open-top track car type-approved for road use. The SC20 is the second one-off engineered by the motorsport department and designed by Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese: the car was created following the customer’s wishes, who was involved in the project from the very first drawings by Lamborghini’s designers.

    The common goal was to build a unique vehicle, extreme in its design and performance, and able to combine aerodynamic solutions taken from racing Lamborghinis incorporating unprecedented lines and exclusive details. “Two years after the SC18 Alston, the SC20 was a new, intriguing challenge. The chief sources of inspiration were the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S, and the result is a dramatic combination of creativity and racing attitude,” commented Mitja Borkert, Head of Design Lamborghini Centro Stile.

    The carbon fiber body was polished and slicked down by hand by the Lamborghini aerodynamic engineers to deliver optimal airflow for both performance and the cockpit’s occupants, ensuring comfortable open-air driving even at high speeds. The pronounced front splitter is framed by two fins and the air intakes on the front hood are inspired by those of the Huracán GT3 EVO, while the sculpted body sides reflect the solutions adopted on the Essenza SCV12. The ...
    by Published on 21-12-2020 12:05 PM
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    • “Completely knocked down”: since 1950, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has been exporting vehicles as kits of parts and assembling them in other countries
    • Objective: developing markets and linking Volkswagen’s global production network
    • About 25,000 overseas containers shipped to 10 countries and 27 locations every year
    • About 200 million vehicles exported to date
    • High-tech shipment with robotic systems and artificial intelligence

    Since 1950, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has been exporting vehicles dismantled into individual parts in order to assemble them in the destination country. This approach is referred to as “completely knocked down” (CKD). Initially, the approach was to open up new markets; nowadays, CKD also ensures supplies to Volkswagen’s global production network – and is a key factor in sales. To date, about 200 million vehicles have been exported to countries throughout the world.

    About 3 million further vehicles or parts are added every year. The first vehicle to be assembled from individual parts supplied in a box was the legendary Beetle.

    The CKD approach may be adopted for a number of reasons; it may not be viable to build a factory in the country concerned, volumes may be too low for local production, the cost of new tooling for a local plant may be too high or customs and import regulations may call for this approach.

    Wolfsburg is the nerve center

    This is how it works: all the orders received from overseas plants are collected centrally in Wolfsburg. The supply management team ensures that the vehicle parts are ...
    by Published on 21-12-2020 12:00 PM
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    • Complicated name, fascinating function: information is projected into the driver’s field of view
    • Turn arrows and markings are superimposed over actual surroundings to create a new driving experience
    • Volkswagen is the first volume manufacturer to introduce the new technology in the compact segment with the models ID.31 and ID.42
    • Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for Development: “We are introducing genuine innovations in the compact class – that is what sets Volkswagen.”

    With the new augmented reality head-up display, Volkswagen is merging the virtual and real worlds. The innovative system superimposes selected symbols onto the outside world and displays them dynamically. Volkswagen is the first car manufacturer in the world to introduce this technology in the compact segment, and is therefore making it affordable for many customers. The new convenience function will be introduced first in the all- electric ID.3 and ID.4 models.

    With the augmented reality head-up display, Volkswagen is opening a new chapter in driver information displays. Although the new technology is a genuine global innovation, Volkswagen has decided to launch it in a volume model. The brand is therefore continuing its strategy of offering high-tech features at affordable prices. “We have introduced a genuine innovation in series production,” says Frank Welsch, member of the Board of Management for Development. “And we have done this not in a premium vehicle, but in the compact models of the all- electric ID. family. Making pioneering technologies available to a large number of customers is ...
    by Published on 21-12-2020 11:56 AM
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    • World famous celebrity commissions festive edition of the new Flying Spur V8 from Bentley Mulliner
    • 542 bhp (550 PS) a significant upgrade for the customer, more used to 8 brp (Brake Reindeer Power)
    • Hand-crafted at the ho-ho-home of Bentley Motors in Crewe
    • Unique exterior badging and personalised 3D gold printed mascot complement golden 22” wheels and gold styling specification
    • Hand painted gold fine lines accentuate exterior styling lines against metallic Cricket Bauble paint
    • Grand Black veneer showcases a North Pole winter night scene with inlays to fascias and door waistrails
    • Naughty and Nice list safely stored in the Bentley Rotating Display
    • Customer plans 41 million mile extraordinary journey
    • Reindeer Eight handed to customer in Crewe following full COVID Santa-isation process.
    • Bentley Comms team confirms exhaustion of 2020 supply of puns

    A world famous customer has worked with Bentley’s bespoke and personal commissioning division, Mulliner, to upgrade his flying sleigh to something a little more luxurious and special: a unique, festive Flying Spur V8 called the ‘Reindeer Eight’.

    Bentley Mulliner has a rich history and expertise of fine craftsmanship and visionary design. Its mission is to respond to the requirements of the most discerning Bentley customers through unforgettable bespoke cars. And with the customer’s own global and extensive list of expectant fans, this commission was one of its most important yet.

    “What fun it is to ride in a 542 horsepower sleigh. Plus, there’s space in the back for all my subordinate Clauses. I’m looking forward to putting 41 million miles on the clock before the end of the year,” said ...
    by Published on 14-12-2020 08:10 PM
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    More powerful follow-up to the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e combines sporting specification with 245PS system output and 37-mile emission-free driving capability

    • 45 TFSI e S line Competition version of plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback available in UK from early 2021
    • UK OTR pricing to be confirmed nearer to launch
    • 245PS of system power, 400 Nm of system torque and electric range of up to 37 miles
    • Exclusive S line Competition specification including black styling package and graphite grey alloy wheels with red brake calipers

    Electricity gains a little more velocity in the Audi A3 range this week as a new, more powerful 45 TFSI e version of the Sportback lines up alongside the recently launched 40 TFSI e model, bringing prospective purchasers of the compact plug-in hybrid hatchback a choice of outputs for the first time at this level. With peak system power of 245PS and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of system torque, the newcomer has an even greater propensity for performance that will be reflected in its positioning as a top-tier S line Competition model when it becomes available in the UK early in 2021.

    Director of Audi UK, Andrew Doyle, welcomed the diversification in the A3 range, saying: "Audi established firm foundations for plug-in hybrid drive in the compact class with the A3 Sportback e-tron back in 2014. Now we have very effectively built on these by not only comprehensively updating the format for the A3 Sportback TFSI e, but also by introducing that format to the compact SUV segment for the first time in the new Q3 TFSI e.”

    “By branching out the A3 range with an additional TFSI e S line ...
    by Published on 14-12-2020 08:04 PM
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    • The brand’s most important diesel engine is now in new top form
    • Twin dosing: two SCR catalytic converters reduce nitrogen oxides
    • Widespread use in models such as the Golf 1/2, Tiguan, Passat and Arteon

    Clean and smooth-running – the 2.0 TDI, Volkswagen’s most important diesel engine is now in new top form. Thanks to sophisticated twin dosing technology in the exhaust gas system, it undercuts the Euro 6d emission standard limits while also running quietly and smoothly.

    “The two-litre TDI engine remains one of our most important engines,” says Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Technical Development at Volkswagen. “It can be found in most of the brand’s models and in many of the Group’s models. For this reason, we spare no effort in consistently updating our successful diesel engine. In the version for the Euro 6d emission standard, it is now ready for the coming years.”

    From EA 288 to EA 288 evo.
    The four-cylinder TDI engine with the internal designation EA 288 made its debut in 2012. Six years later, it took an enormous development step forwards, and was therefore given the suffix “evo”. Practically speaking, this meant reduced consumption, lower emissions, quieter acoustics, more spontaneous response and significantly more output and torque. The engine was also prepared for integration into a mild hybrid system.

    New technology status for the Golf 8.
    In summer 2019, the two-litre diesel engine’s technology was further updated for the new Golf. For this, a variant with lower output replaced the previous 1.6 ...
    by Published on 12-12-2020 12:10 PM
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    • Two base engines for many models from the up!1 to Passat2: with three or four cylinders, 66 kW (90 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS), optionally available with natural gas or mild hybrid system
    • High tractive power and outstanding efficiency: Golf 1.0 eTSI3 with 98 grams CO2 per km
    • Numerous high-tech features: efficient combustion process with high compression, VTG turbocharger, Active Cylinder Management, aluminium crankcase with plasma coating

    It is THE petrol engine at Volkswagen: the TSI evo with a capacity of 1.0 and 1.5 litres is available for almost all product lines from the up! GTI1 to Passat, from T-Cross to Tiguan. Whether with three or four cylinders – a package full of high-tech solutions makes the engine both efficient and powerful.

    “The acronym TSI stands for turbocharged stratified injection, denoting the combination of turbocharging and direct injection,” explains Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Technical Development at Volkswagen. “We already have 15 years of experience in building compact TSI engines, and we are consistently enhancing them with new technologies. The 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI are highly efficient, high-tech engines that have moved us well to the front in today’s competition.”

    Power meets efficiency.
    Whether the three or the four-cylinder variant, with 90 or 150 PS – the compact TSI evo engines combine powerful performance and high efficiency. In the Golf family3, for example, the 1.0 eTSI3 is available in conjunction with a mild hybrid system. It generates 81 kW (110 PS) and constantly delivers 200 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. The three-cylinder engine ...
    by Published on 12-12-2020 12:03 PM
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    • Benefit in Kind rating for new Leon e-HYBRID confirmed to start from six per cent
    • Electric-only range of 40 miles means FR and XCELLENCE trims qualify for ultra-low BiK
    • Leon e-HYBRID benefits from super competitive TCO of just 30.0 pence per mile
    • Low P11D price from £30,915 (FR spec) and £32,905 (XCELLENCE)

    The SEAT Leon e-HYBRID, a plug-in hybrid which recently opened for order, has been confirmed to benefit from a Benefit in Kind (BiK) rating of just six per cent and ultra-competitive total cost of ownership.

    The ultra-low BiK rating, applicable to plug-in hybrids with an electric-only range of at least 40 miles, is available with Leon e-HYBRID FR and XCELLENCE.

    It is anticipated that this low BiK rating will prove attractive for fleet and company car buyers alike, giving the Leon a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of just 30.0p per mile and a strong residual value of 40 per cent after 3 years and 60,000 miles.

    The P11D value for Leon e-HYBRID starts from £30,915 (P11D) for the FR trim which benefits from FR styling, digital cockpit, full-link smart phone integration, connected car technology, wireless phone charging, three zone climate control and Park Assist.

    Leon e-HYBRID XCELLENCE has a P11D value of £32,905 and adds a host of luxury features such as Microsuede upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, rear view camera, Advanced keyless entry and start, and Lane Assist.

    The e-HYBRID drivetrain combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an electric motor and six-speed DSG transmission, resulting ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:48 AM
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    • The purest concentration of Squadra Corse’s motorsports prowess, drawn from Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO racecars, in a street- homologated super sports car
    • Unique Lamborghini lightweight solution with superior aerodynamics and race car engineering, creates the most authentic driving feeling, every time
    • Power of 640 hp (470 kW), 565 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, weight to power ratio of 2.09 kg/hp, acceleration from 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds, braking 100 km/h-0 in 30.0 meters, 200 km/h-0 in 110.0 meters, with the dynamic pace and handling to deliver lap records

    Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracán STO - Super Trofeo Omologata: a road-homologated super sports car inspired by the racing heritage of Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s one-make race series with Huracán Super Trofeo EVO, as well as its three-time 24 Hours of Daytona-winning and two-time 12 Hours of Sebring- winning Huracán GT3 EVO.

    With its V10 naturally aspirated 640 hp (470 kW) power plant producing 565 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the rear-wheel drive Huracán STO delivers exhilarating acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h. However, its heart beats with the exhilaration and emotion of a racecar. Superior aerodynamic efficiency, extensive use of lightweight materials, unfettered steering and first-class braking performance, ensure the Huracán STO delivers the emotion of a track experience on every road drive.

    “The Huracán STO is the purest incarnation of Lamborghini Squadra Corse heritage, directly transferring technologies from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO and drawing on the Huracán GT3 EVO’s unique accomplishment of winning three consecutive times in the Daytona 24 hours,”
    said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali. Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer added: “The Huracán STO delivers all the excitement of a beautifully balanced, lightweight and aerodynamically superior super sports car, mirroring the driving feeling ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:42 AM
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    • SE Technology model added to acclaimed Scala hatch range
    • High equipment levels include Amundsen satellite navigation and 16-inch alloy wheels
    • Spec specifically created to meet needs of fleet and company drivers
    • ŠKODA continues award-winning service and support to fleet customers
    • Five engine and gearbox combinations: P11D starts from £18,625

    ŠKODA has added a value-packed new SE Technology model to its award-winning Scala hatchback. The practical five-door has been a big hit with British buyers since its introduction in 2019 and now comes with added appeal thanks to a raft of extra equipment for fleet and company car drivers.

    Available to order now with a P11D from £18,625, the Scala SE Technology can be specified with five different petrol engine and gearbox combinations. The 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit is available with outputs of 95PS and 110PS, with the higher-powered engine offered with the option a seven-speed DSG. For customers preferring more power, the 1.5 TSI engine develops 150PS and can also be specified with a seven-speed DSG.

    In keeping with ŠKODA’s other SE Technology models, the Scala variant features an equipment list developed specifically to meet the needs of business drivers. Building on the already generous specification of the standard SE model, the new SE Technology adds 16-inch Alaris alloy wheels, chrome window surrounds and rear LED lights with dynamic indicators. Inside, all SE Technology models include silver haptic decorative inserts along with a significant infotainment ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:32 AM
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    • New Estate version of latest Golf is available to order in UK from today
    • Prices start from £24,575 RRP OTR for entry-level Golf Estate Life
    • Rugged new Golf Alltrack equipped with 4MOTION also on sale now

    The latest generation of the Golf Estate joins its hatchback siblings in Volkswagen retailer showrooms across the UK from today, in a range comprising three stylish load-lugging models. Priced from £24,575 RRP OTR for the entry-level Golf Estate Life 1.0-litre TSI 110 PS 6-speed manual, the new model is not only the most comfortable and capacious to date but, like the hatchback range, offers the option of a digital cockpit, eTSI 48V mild-hybrid engine technology and cutting-edge safety and driver assistance systems such as Car2X. In tandem, the new Golf Alltrack also launches in the UK today – with a 2.0-litre TDI 200 PS engine combined with 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION, it is priced from £35,560 RRP OTR.

    The Golf Estate arrives in the UK available to order now in a diverse range of specification and drivetrain configurations split across three new trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line. The new Alltrack variant also makes its first appearance and is characterised by increased ground clearance, an all-terrain look and 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive.

    The initial wave of engine and gearbox options in the new Golf Estate opens with a 1.0-litre 110 PS engine, fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, but available also as an eTSI-designated 48V mild-hybrid powerplant with the brand’s 7-speed DSG transmission. Depending on the chosen Golf Estate trim level, the other engines available to order from today are a 1.5-litre 130 PS TSI, 1.5-litre 150 PS ...
    by Published on 05-12-2020 10:25 AM
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    • State-of-the-art EVO-generation petrol and diesel engines offering both an enjoyable driving experience and efficiency
    • Sixth-generation multi-plate clutch providing all-wheel-drive variants with perfect grip at all times
    • High levels of active and passive safety, even more comfort, plenty of space and brand‑typical functionality – the new Octavia family has it all
    • Wide range of different powertrain variants

    ŠKODA completes the introduction of its bestseller’s fourth generation with the launch of the Octavia vRS. The new range-topping Octavia boasts even higher levels of safety and new assistance systems, more comfort and modern connectivity features. Never before has ŠKODA offered as many powertrain variants as in the latest-generation models.

    The ŠKODA Octavia vRS iV – the brand’s first-ever vRS model to feature plug-in hybrid drive – is now followed by petrol and diesel. For the first time, the Octavia vRS is available with a choice of three powertrains. The 2.0 TDI from the new EVO generation now produces 147 kW (200 PS) and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. The new EVO variant of the 2.0 TSI, which has an output of 180 kW (245 PS), and the Octavia vRS iV, that delivers 180 kW (245 PS), are front-wheel drive.

    With a drag coefficient (cd) from 0.25, the Octavia vRS is extremely aerodynamic, which results in lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Many of its body parts have been aerodynamically optimised, including the air curtains in the front bumper, the aeroflaps, the diffuser on the rear apron and the hatchback’s vRS rear spoiler. Its light alloy wheels also contribute to better aerodynamics. ...
    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
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