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    by Published on 19-07-2019 02:01 PM
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    • SEAT is making enhancements to its range to improve attractiveness and usability
    • The updates add new convenience features, safety technologies, a wider choice of trims and fresh colour options

    SEAT is bolstering its vehicle line-up with a host of model year changes in order to improve the attractiveness and usability of its vehicles, while at the same time increasing safety and peace of mind for customers.

    The additions to each of the vehicles will provide greater choice for SEAT’s customers, allowing them to specify a vehicle that meets their needs exactly, no matter how varied their demands, and deliver even greater value.

    An expanding range of choices, for a growing range of needs


    The Alhambra will benefit from a standard 6.5-inch navigation system, traffic sign recognition and blind spot detection across all trim levels, helping make the versatile and popular MPV even safer. It will also gain a new colour option: Reflex Silver.

    The Ateca will now benefit from an upgraded 8-inch infotainment system as standard, replacing the old 6.5-inch system, with black interior panelling for all trims. Customers will also benefit from two additional USB ports in the rear on SE, FR and XCELLENCE trims.
    FR and XCELLENCE trims will also benefit from a frameless rear view mirror for ease of sight when reversing. Lastly a new colour will be added to the palette: Crystal Black.

    SEAT’s smallest SUV, the Arona, has a new colour option, Emoçion Red, a choice that is also available on the Ibiza hatchback. Arona gains DAB across the range and heated seats ...
    by Published on 19-07-2019 01:57 PM
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    • Updated Passat introduces a raft of extensive technical updates
    • New safety technology introduced as standard across the range
    • Every engine available will feature a particulate filter


    With over 30 million sold worldwide across its lifetime, the Passat is the best-selling mid-size model in the world. The enhanced eighth generation model benefits from latest connectivity, powertrain and engine technologies and opens for order today with a wide choice of engines and transmissions, with more choices to follow in the coming weeks.


    The Passat is the longest continuing name plate in the Volkswagen passenger car range, having been originally launched in 1973. The latest update of this premium and spacious vehicle is offered in SE, SEL, and R-Line trims from launch. A limited edition, Estate-only R-Line Edition will also be available.


    Entry-level SE trim cars are identifiable by their 17-inch ‘Istanbul’ alloy wheels and black roof rails on Estate models, while a Composition Media System, incorporating a 6.5” colour touch-screen, DAB and Bluetooth comes as standard. The entire Passat range benefits from boosted connectivity, with wireless App Connect now fitted as standard, allowing the driver to seamlessly connect their smartphone to the Passat’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink via Bluetooth, without the need to plug the device in via a USB cable.


    The Passat range now gains all-LED headlights from entry-level SE cars up, including LED running lights that perform the indicator function as standard. The rear lights also incorporate LED technology. In addition, all Passat models come with Wireless App Connect.
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    by Published on 19-07-2019 01:50 PM
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    • Bentley EXP 100 GT looks to the future of luxury mobility as most sought-after luxury marque celebrates its Centenary
    • A physical embodiment of the future Bentley brand, it sets the benchmark for sustainable luxury mobility that is autonomous and electric
    • An intelligent car which captures extraordinary human journeys thanks to emotionally intelligent AI and allows them to be relived
    • Zero emissions powertrain with up to predicted 700km range, exquisite materials and protection of British craftsmanship put sustainable innovation foremost
    • Fully-autonomous car that can be driven when one wishes to enjoy the thrill of driving
    • Future of luxury craftsmanship with seamless fusion of materials and intelligent curation of technology, and introducing light as a new luxury material
    • Sustainable future luxury created through use of 5,000 year old Copper Infused Riverwood; Compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks; 100% organic leather-like textile from wine making; Cumbrian crystal interfaces; British Farmed Wool carpets and embroidered cotton interior surfaces all create sustainable future luxury
    • On-board Bentley Personal Assistant maximises comfort by monitoring occupants’ well-being
    • Adaptable Biometric Seating and three different configurations
    • A perfect blend of performance, technology and craftsmanship
    • To watch the film on YouTube, visit: The Bentley EXP 100 GT: The Future of Grand Touring | Bentley - YouTube

    Bentley Motors celebrates its 100th birthday today by unveiling its vision of the future of luxury mobility at The Home of Bentley in Crewe. The Bentley EXP 100 GT is a physical embodiment of the future Bentley brand, reimagining Grand Touring for the future.

    Beyond mere mobility, the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car will enhance the owner’s Grand Touring experience, whether driving or being driven autonomously.

    Bentley EXP 100 GT is borne from pure Bentley DNA and inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its intelligent, forward-thinking customers. Beautifully styled, it embraces Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences ...
    by Published on 19-07-2019 01:41 PM
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    Performance, prestige and exclusivity with full everyday practicality


    • Since their launch back in 1994, 25 RS models have been added to the product range
    • Six Audi Sport models due, of which two are completely new, in 2019 alone
    • Anniversary exhibition of RS rarities in the Audi Forum at Neckarsulm


    A quarter of a century has passed since the first Audi RS model was launched on the market, marking the beginning of a success story. Ever since the introduction of the iconic RS 2 Avant, the Audi RS models have always been held in high esteem, with many examples now enjoying cult status. To date, Audi Sport GmbH, formerly quattro GmbH, has presented a total of 25 RS models. In 2019, a further six are being presented, of which two are completely new additions to the RS roster.

    At Audi, the designation “RS” stands for a philosophy that is driven by a quest for top performance and perfection. “Every RS model expresses the passion that we put into developing our high-performance cars,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “For 25 years, our customers have been experiencing the RS models as masterful companions for everyday life that convey pure emotion and maximum driving enjoyment.”

    The RS models are the spearheads of their respective product lines. They stand for performance, prestige and exclusivity at the limit of what is technically feasible without any loss of everyday usability. Many of them are pioneers in their market segments and trailblazers for technical innovations – that applied to the Audi RS 4 Avant with its barnstorming biturbo V6 19 years ago and it applies just as much to the TT RS and its multi-award-winning, forceful five cylinder in its latest evolutionary stage.

    RS 2 Avant
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    by Published on 19-07-2019 01:35 PM
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    • The SUVs now come with the option of Side Assist, featuring a range of 70 m and more easily noticeable light signals
    • ŠKODA lettering on the rear instead of the logo is a distinguishing feature of the new models
    • KAROQ and KODIAQ SUVs continue to drive growth for the Czech car manufacturer


    The successful ŠKODA KAROQ and ŠKODA KODIAQ SUVs are entering the 2020 model year with enhanced equipment for even more safety and comfort. Side Assist is now available for both models, for example, and warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot up to 70 m away. One distinguishing visual feature that the latest versions of both popular SUVs have in common is the ŠKODA lettering on the tailgate.


    In addition to a striking, emotive design language and a generous amount of space, the ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA KAROQ also boast new self-assured brand lettering on the tailgate. This hallmark adorns the new ŠKODA SCALA and KAMIQ compact models as well as the recently updated SUPERB, and will now gradually feature on the rear of all ŠKODA models.

    Side Assist with a range of 70 m


    The optional Side Assist has been added to the comprehensive selection of assistance systems for the ŠKODA KODIAQ and KAROQ, replacing the previous Blind Spot Detect in both SUVs. In the new system, the range increases from 20 to 70 m. It uses two radar sensors to detect vehicles approaching from behind or that are in the car’s blind spot. The warning signals have been made more noticeable for the driver too. Rather than being situated in the mirror’s glass as they were before, the light signals are now found on the insides of ...
    by Published on 19-07-2019 01:31 PM
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    • Limited edition four-door Grand Tourer being revealed for the first time at Foundation Gala
    • Example to be auctioned at the event; proceeds being given to the Elton John AIDS Foundation
    • Handcrafted in Crewe, lot winner to Co-Create their Flying Spur First Edition with Bentley’s styling team
    • Flying Spur First Edition limited to just 12 months’ production beginning at the end of 2019
    • First Edition special enhancements include Union Jack emblems


    Bentley announces the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala, where it will be auctioned in support of the fund-raising charity at the inaugural Midsummer Party, Picozzi’s Villa Dorane, on July 24th.

    With astounding attention to detail, sculpted surfaces and intelligent technology the Flying Spur First Edition, limited to just 12 months of production, is rare, collectable and incredibly luxurious. Taking the driver on a journey of constant discovery this collector’s car inspires the imagination with its elegant form and intuitive interaction.


    With an acceleration rate of 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds this world-leading sedan delivers extreme power and agility, through an Active All-Wheel Drive System and All Wheel steering that ensures maximum sure-footedness and an engaging driving experience on demand.


    Performance is a crucial part of what makes the Flying Spur First Edition one of the world’s most dramatic and captivating cars, delivered via a state-of-the-art W12 engine, with its relaxed yet seemingly endless power delivery. An 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission maximises smooth acceleration and quick
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    by Published on 04-07-2019 02:33 PM
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    Latest Audi performance flagship combines bi-turbo eight-cylinder TFSI with advanced wheel-specific active suspension


    • V8 high-performance engine with 571PS and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque
    • Unique combination of innovative standard fit suspension systems ensures outstanding vehicle dynamics
    • Available to order in the UK in the autumn exclusively in standard wheelbase form, first deliveries in late 2019


    Devotees of luxury travel who don’t always want to take a back seat will welcome the return of the Audi S8, which in its latest iteration combines the rarefied comfort and refinement of the flagship Audi A8 saloon with a bi-turbo V8 petrol engine channelling an impressive 571PS and 800Nm of torque to the road via predictive active suspension, dynamic-all-wheel steering and quattro drive supplemented by a rear sport differential. These advanced systems ensure the plentiful power is as gainfully employed as possible during more challenging driving, and the latest cylinder-on-demand and mild hybrid drivetrain technologies also manage it responsibly when the car is in relaxed, trans-continental cruising mode.

    Impressive performance: the engine

    As a V8 engine with mild hybrid technology, the high-performance unit in the Audi S8 offers not only maximum smoothness, but with an output of 571PS, 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque and two turbochargers also the certainty that ample power is available for any situation.


    Iron-lined cylinder barrels in the aluminium crankcase reduce friction for exceptionally smooth running, and for moments when power takes precedence automatically actuated flaps in the exhaust system accentuate the already impressive V8 sound. For
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    by Published on 04-07-2019 02:25 PM
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    Audi Tradition once again attends the Mecca of historic motorsport


    • Stig Blomqvist behind the wheel of the Audi Rallye quattro A2
    • Frank Biela will pilot the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO
    • Audi 200 quattro TransAm will be driven by Benoit Tréluyer


    At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed (taking place from 4th to 7th of July), Audi Tradition will be sending the Audi Rallye quattro A2, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO and the Audi 200 quattro TransAm to take on the world famous hill climb. The Audi Motorsport icons will be driven by outstanding names from Audi's history. World rally champion Stig Blomqvist will drive the car with which he became world champion in 1984. Five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela will be behind the wheel of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm, while three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Tréluyer will be giving it his all in the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO.

    Rally fans can expect to see the 1984 Audi Rallye quattro A2 at full throttle. The long wheelbase version was a further development of the previous year's car with which Hannu Mikkola became world champion. Audi opened the 1984 season with a bang when the team with the four rings landed a triple victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. Walter Röhrl, who had just joined Audi Sport, triumphed in his first appearance – but the season was to be shaped by someone else.

    The Swede Stig Blomqvist already won the next world championship race in Sweden and finished the season as the world champion driver. Audi also became the brand world champion. At Goodwood, Blomqvist will drive ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 07:08 PM
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    Range-topping Audi SUV achieves ‘S’ model status through a V8 TDI with 900Nm and advanced chassis technology including active roll stabilisation


    • Most-powerful diesel engine on the European market – biturbo V8 with 435 metric horsepower and 900Nm of torque
    • Touch response operation, extensive connection, many assist systems
    • Available in the UK from July in SQ8 TDI and SQ8 TDI Vorsprung forms
    • Active roll stabilisation, all-wheel steering and sport differential for Vorsprung versions


    The top tier Audi luxury SUV is about to show a harder-edged side to its character as a brawny V8 TDI with 435PS and 900Nm of torque thrusts its performance squarely into ‘S’ model territory – the new SQ8 TDI becomes available to order in the UK next month in ‘standard’ or exhaustively equipped Vorsprung forms, the latter marshalling the copious power with the help of all-wheel-steering, the quattro sport rear axle differential and active roll stabilisation made possible by the car’s advanced 48-volt circuitry.

    Power and efficiency: 4.0 TDI with electric powered compressor


    The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 in the Audi SQ8 TDI will be notable as the most powerful diesel engine available on the European market. It combines its potency with a high level of economy and integrates a whole package of high-tech solutions. The engine delivers 435PS and a mammoth 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) of torque between 1,250 and 3,250 rpm, credentials that enable it to propel the SQ8 like a sports car: acceleration from rest to 62mph requires just 4.8 seconds, soon after which the electronic propulsion limit kicks in at 155mph. The power of the V8 engine is emphasised by an engine cover specific to the S model series. Red applications flank the striking contours of the cylinder and visualise the air ducting.

    In the eight cylinder ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 07:03 PM
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    • Fresh design, updated interior and more technology for ŠKODA flagship
    • New LED headlights and Predictive Cruise Control available for the first time
    • Six engine options, plus DSG and 4x4 availability
    • Six trim grades; S, SE, SE Technology, SE L, SportLine Plus and Laurin & Klement
    • Prices from Ł24,655 OTR


    ŠKODA has announced prices and final specifications for its revised flagship Superb model – and is set to raise standards in the sector once more. Featuring an updated interior and a host of new technologies, the facelifted Superb is available to order now with prices ranging from just Ł24,655 to Ł40,695.


    As part of the new package, full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a ŠKODA production model. A number of new assistance systems are also making their debut, including Predictive Cruise Control. The Superb also features updated Blind Spot Detection, which now works at a distance of up to 70m.


    The Suberb’s dynamic and elegant design has been subtly refined with a remodelled radiator grille and a chrome trim between the LED tail lights. Thanks to a new front bumper, the Superb has grown in length by 8mm to 4,869mm (Estate by 6mm to 4,862mm.)

    The wheelbase, width and height remain the same.


    In terms of drivetrains, the revised Superb is available with two petrol and two diesel options from launch; power outputs range from 120PS for the 1.6 TDI to 272PS for the range-topping 2.0 TSI. Seven-speed DSG gearboxes and four-wheel-drive are available on selected models.


    Inside the updated Superb, chrome highlights,
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