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    by Published on 19-09-2018 08:09 PM
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    SEAT’s new flagship model


    • Tarraco is SEAT’s third SUV and represents the company’s entry into the large SUV market, completing the family line-up alongside Arona and Ateca
    • The Tarraco is the first model to show the new SEAT design direction for the coming years
    • The large SUV offers greater flexibility for customers with both five and seven-seater options
    • The new model will enter the market at the very beginning of 2019


    The future design direction of new SEAT models has been unveiled tonight as the wraps have come off the all-new Tarraco. The large SUV – named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, a historic cultural centre with a spirit that is young and adventurous – completes the Barcelona-based manufacturer’s SUV range.

    The latest vehicle designed and developed at the facilities of SEAT in Martorell (Barcelona) and produced in Wolfsburg (Germany), marks the third instalment in the company’s SUV product offensive and shows a glimpse of the future design language of new SEAT models. Tarraco is the new flagship model of the brand and will bring the company new customers, boost brand image and have an important effect on profits, as this is a model with high contribution margins.

    Tarraco sits at the top of SEAT’s SUV family, as the bigger brother to both the Ateca and Arona, and mixes state-of-the-art technology, dynamic and agile handling, practicality and functionality with elegant, progressive design. The Tarraco combines the many advantages of its larger dimensions to offer a vehicle that can take on all elements of modern life.

    The new SUV blends the key attributes of every vehicle in the SEAT range – design and functionality, sportiness and comfort, accessibility and quality, technology and emotion –but in a form that suits a wider variety ...
    by Published on 01-09-2018 03:09 PM
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    • Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for corners.”


    • Sophisticated aerodynamics programme, modifications to chassis and suspension as well as weight reduction make the Divo a star performer on corners


    • 35 kg (77 lbs) lighter than the Chiron


    • Higher lateral acceleration of 1.6 g


    • 90 kg (198 lbs) more downforce than the Chiron


    • Maximum speed limited to 380 km/h (236 mph)


    • 8 seconds faster lap time on the Nardň handling circuit


    • New progressive design language underlines the inner values of the Divo


    • Divo is the modern interpretation of Bugatti’s coachbuilding tradition


    • Divo to be homologated as a road vehicle


    • Strictly limited small series of 40 vehicles already sold out
    • Net unit price: €5 million

    Curtains up for the Divo1. Today, at the exclusive automotive event “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering“ in Monterey, California, Bugatti has presented its latest model as a world premiere. With the Divo, the French luxury brand has developed a super sports car tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads. It is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms (77 lbs) lighter and has 90 kilograms (198 lbs) more downforce than the standard Chiron2. The lateral acceleration of the Divo has been boosted to 1.6 g. Its maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h (236 mph). The Divo can lap the Nardň handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron. The series will only consist of 40 vehicles. Upon the start of presentations to selected customers, the strictly limited small series, with a net unit price of €5 million, sold out immediately.

    “When I took up my position at Bugatti at the ...
    by Published on 01-09-2018 03:03 PM
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    Testament that with LEGO Technic you can build for real, this non-glued, fully-functional and self-propelled LEGO Technic model can fit two passengers inside and accelerate to over 20km/h

    Perfectly recreating the organic design lines of the world’s fastest production car – the iconic Bugatti Chiron1 – the LEGO Technic life-size model pushes the boundaries of what LEGO builders imagined was possible to build in LEGO elements.

    The model is the first large scale movable construction developed using over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements and powered exclusively using motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. Packed with 2,304 motors and 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels, the engine of this 1.5 tonnes car is generating 5.3 horse power and an estimated torque of 92 Nm.

    Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said:

    “This life-size model is a first of its kind in so many ways and with it, we wanted to push the boundaries of our own imagination. For over 40 years, LEGO Technic has allowed fans of all ages to test their creativity with a building system that challenges them to go beyond just creating new designs, to also engineering new functions. Our Technic designers and the engineers from the Kladno factory in the Czech Republic, the place which also builds the impressive models for LEGO Stores and LEGOLAND parks, have done an amazing job both at recreating the Chiron’s iconic shapes and making it possible to drive this model. It’s a fascinating example of the LEGO Technic building system in action and its potential for creative reinvention.” ...
    by Published on 17-08-2018 12:12 PM
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    Porsche has unveiled the new Macan in Shanghai. The compact SUV has been a great success since its launch in 2014, and the latest model brings further enhancements in terms of its design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics, allowing the Macan to remain the sporty flagship in its segment.

    The new Macan stays true to the Porsche design DNA with a distinctive three-dimensional LED light strip across its tail. LED technology also features in the headlights as standard. The most striking innovations inside the vehicle include the 11-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), re-designed and re-positioned air vents and the GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The PCM enables access to new digital functions, such as intelligent voice control and the online navigation system. The vehicle’s range of comfort equipment has also been expanded to include traffic jam assist, an ioniser to control interior air quality and a heated windscreen.

    LED headlights and new rear light strip as standard
    The introduction of a number of exterior styling features are intended to bring a more purposeful appearance look to the Macan, as well as incorporating more contemporary design elements. For instance, numerous details reflect the DNA of the iconic 911 sports car as well as the 918 Spyder. In particular, the lighting plays a key role, with the new Macan equipped with LED headlight technology as standard. The light units have a distinctive, three-dimensional design and can be further optimised if desired, such as with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) that can adaptively ...
    by Published on 17-08-2018 11:59 AM
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    • Fully updated Fabia range starts from Ł12,840 OTR
    • Fresh front end design, plus significant specification boost across the range
    • LED daytime running lights, Front Assist and Multifunction Trip Computer now standard
    • Revised three-cylinder all-petrol engine line-up with outputs of 75PS - 110PS from launch


    ŠKODA’s multi-award-winning Fabia range is set to confirm its status as the best value supermini on the market with the announcement that OTR prices for the fully updated model will start from just Ł12,840. The revised Fabia is set to hit the UK next month with a new all-petrol line-up, hatch and estate body styles and five trim level options – including Monte Carlo and Colour Edition.


    The new, facelifted Fabia is the most advanced and well equipped ever, with a host of new safety systems, boosted specifications and a sharp new look. To meet increased demand for petrol power, ŠKODA has refreshed the Fabia’s engine line-up with three power outputs of 75PS, 95PS and 110PS, the latter of which comes with the option of a seven-speed DSG transmission.

    All models in the new range now feature LED daytime running lights as standard along with Front Assist and a Multifunction Trip Computer. Entry-level Fabia S models are priced from Ł12,840 OTR.

    Customers stepping up to the SE model (from Ł14,115 OTR) can choose from all drivetrain options and gain front fog lights and 15-inch Cygnus alloy wheels over the outgoing model, along with Radio Swing Plus and auto up/down function for the electric windows. Colour Edition models, priced from ...
    by Published on 17-08-2018 11:52 AM
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    Executive class four-cylinder sharpens economy focus without diluting luxury car appeal


    • First ever four-cylinder A7 Sportback 40 TDI now available to order priced from Ł47,140 OTR – first deliveries begin in November
    • A6 Saloon and A6 Avant also become available to order priced from Ł38,640 OTR and Ł40,740 OTR respectively, with first deliveries from September
    • First deliveries for all three variants begin in November
    • A6 Saloon 40 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, top speed 152mph, combined MPG 62.8, CO2 117g/km (18-inch wheel)
    • A6 Avant 40 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, top speed 149, combined MPG 60.1, CO2 124g/km (18-inch wheel)
    • A7 Sportback 40 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, top speed 152mph, combined MPG 60.1 (19 inch wheel), CO2 122g/km (19-inch wheel)
    • All-digital control system, comprehensive connectivity, mild hybrid technology
    • Comprehensively equipped Sport and S line specification options


    The latest Audi four-cylinder TDI engines with their robust yet entirely unruffled performance are more ready than ever before to complement the refined elegance of the latest business class luminaries to wear the four rings, and they are set to do exactly that. The 2.0-litre, 204PS 40 TDI is now available to order in the A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback - the first time a four-cylinder has been fitted in the elegant five-door coupe - offering a level of pace and polish that befits each executive model range with a degree of efficiency that will be reflected in favourable calculations for business users.

    All versions are initially front-wheel-drive, with a four-wheel-drive version of each model following later in 2018 that will employ the latest, ultra-efficient ...
    by Published on 03-08-2018 12:43 PM
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    • 2.0 TSI with 140 kW (190 PS): The most powerful petrol engine in the series
    • Sports bumpers and sports seats as standard
    • World premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2018


    With the new ŠKODA KAROQ SportLine, ŠKODA will be presenting a second new variant of the compact SUV KAROQ– an even sportier version in terms of design and driving dynamics – at the Paris Motor Show 2018 in October. And to live up to its name, the ŠKODA KAROQ SportLine is offered exclusively with the most powerful 140 kW (190 PS) petrol engine in the series.


    The ŠKODA KAROQ, introduced in 2017, is the second addition to ŠKODA's SUV range and carries over the brand’s design language into the compact SUV segment. The compact SUV features innovative technologies including a Virtual Cockpit and wireless charging for mobile devices. In terms of connectivity, the ŠKODA KAROQ sets the benchmark in its class. The infotainment system features ŠKODA Connect online services with online infotainment as well as proactive services such as automatic emergency call. A true ŠKODA, the KAROQ offers a compact interior space with plenty of room for up to five passengers and luggage.

    Four engines and optional four-wheel drive


    There are four efficient and environmentally friendly engines to choose from, while the 2.0 TSI petrol engine with 140 kW (190 PS) is offered exclusively by ŠKODA for the KAROQ SportLine. The more powerful of the two 2.0 TDI diesel engines also produces 140 kW (190 PS).

    In combination with this drivetrain, the compact SUV brings power to the road with a 7-speed DSG and ...
    by Published on 03-08-2018 12:39 PM
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    • The latest member of the SCOUT family comes with all-wheel drive as standard
    • Three efficient and environmentally friendly engines, 7-speed DSG or manual 6-speed transmission
    • World premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2018 in October


    ŠKODA is expanding the ŠKODA KAROQ series: With the new ŠKODA KAROQ SCOUT, the Czech car manufacturer will be presenting an even more rugged variant of the popular compact SUV series in October at the Paris Motor Show 2018. As with all ŠKODA SCOUT models, the KAROQ SCOUT comes with four-wheel drive as standard in addition to sporting a powerful off-road look.


    The ŠKODA KAROQ feels just as much at home in the big city as it does off the beaten track. In numerous variants, the Karoq can meet the needs of every customer – from the young family to lovers of the great outdoors. Just as the OCTAVIA SCOUT and the KODIAQ SCOUT, the latest addition to the SCOUT family offers four-wheel drive as standard. In addition, the powerful off-road design emphasises the model’s optimised off-road potential. With its rough terrain package, the ŠKODA KAROQ SCOUT is fully prepared for demanding trips where tarmac roads end.

    Efficient, high-performance engines and all-wheel drive


    As the only variant of the compact SUV available exclusively with all-wheel drive, ŠKODA offers three efficient and environmentally friendly engines for the KAROQ SCOUT. In addition to a 1.5 TSI petrol engine with 110 kW (150 PS) in combination with a 7-speed DSG, two diesel engines are also available: The 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 Ps) comes with ...
    by Published on 03-08-2018 12:34 PM
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    • The Digital Cockpit streamlines the delivery of important information to the driver
    • The Arona is the first crossover on the segment to integrate the Digital Cockpit
    • The Digital Cockpit’s 10.25” display is customisable to maximise its benefit and aid drivers, helping them focus on the most important information

    SEAT is bringing its versatile and customisable Digital Cockpit to the Arona and Ibiza, providing clearer information that is better suited to individual drivers.

    The SEAT Arona is the first crossover on the market to benefit from the 10.25” interactive, customisable display, which has already aided drivers in the SEAT Leon and Ateca since January 2018. In the UK, the Digital Cockpit comes as standard in XCELLENCE Lux and FR Sport trim for Arona, Ibiza, Leon and Ateca.

    The pixel-dense digital instrumentation not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation (as optional equipment).

    “We are fully committed to offering our customers the best quality design, bringing in the precision of a classic gauge into the digital world, where each pixel is designed with the same accuracy”
    , said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT. “Taking advantage of this disruptive digital environment, our interior car design upgrades to the next level.”

    Controlling the information provided is simple and requires the driver to merely press the steering wheel-mounted ‘View’ control button to scroll through the three ...
    by Published on 03-08-2018 12:30 PM
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    Race to snap up special edition CUPRA


    • Exclusive 300PS CUPRA Carbon Edition now available
    • Fewer than 50 of the limited-run models are being released in the UK
    • Upgraded spec includes carbon fibre side blades and rear and front diffusers
    • Latest limited edition follows on from the success of the Leon CUPRA R

    SEAT fans can now get their hands on an exclusive Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition – but they will have to be quick, as fewer than 50 are being released in the UK.

    The limited edition features a 2.0 TSI 300PS DSG-auto 4Drive and is packed with a range of additional sports, styling and performance features. In addition to carbon fibre side blades and front and rear diffusers, the Monsoon Grey-only model will be fitted with high-performance Brembo brakes, 19-inch black alloy wheels and CUPRA bucket seats. The quad rear exhausts will also feature the CUPRA logo.

    Priced at Ł35,575 this exclusive edition will appeal to customers looking for super-charged styling and performance. Available to order and now in the UK, it is expected to follow the success earlier in the year of the limited-run CUPRA R, which quickly sold out.

    Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK, said: “Following the success of the special edition CUPRA R, we know that there is demand for limited-run models from customers looking for something truly special. The Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition doesn’t only deliver stunning and unique looks, but we believe the enhanced performance and competitive price ...

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