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    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:50 AM
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    • Networked Vehicle Dynamics Manager guarantees a new level of added performance
    • Design of new Golf GTI1 is characterised by a superior, sporty character
    • New Engine Start/Stop button pulses in red before the engine starts


    Agile drive, the running gear of dreams, unmistakable design, perfect ergonomics, unadulterated driving pleasure – that’s the DNA of a true sports car. At Volkswagen, this is represented by three letters: GTI. The eighth generation of the sporty Golf derivate is now on the way. The new Golf GTI is more digital, networked, more sharply designed and more active in motion than ever before. Its turbocharged engine generates 180 kW (245 PS). The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager intelligently manages the electromechanical running gear systems. Maximum dynamism, maximum comfort – Golf GTI combines both.

    Perfect front-wheel drive

    The eighth Golf GTI generation reflects front-wheel drive’s new status quo. The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager plays a decisive part here. “This higher-level control system centrally coordinates all electromechanical running gear functions,” explains Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Driving Dynamics, Steering and Control Systems. “Thanks to the combination of new running gear setup plus front-axle locking differential and Vehicle Dynamics Manager we were able to elevate the Golf GTI’s outstanding overall performance to an even higher level. This applies all the more if the DCC running gear featuring a new software application and adjustable dampers is also on board.”

    GTI drivers can select their very own setup using the standard ...
    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:46 AM
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    • Fourth-generation Octavia features range of brand-new advanced safety technologies
    • Turn Assist, Exit Warning and Collision Avoidance Assist all make debut
    • New Octavia is first in class to launch innovative Turn Assist technology
    • Safety features designed to protect drivers, fellow motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
    • SE First Edition trim starts from Ł22,390 OTR


    ŠKODA has revealed a raft of safety features which are all set to make their debut for the brand in the fourth-generation Octavia, when it is released in UK showrooms this summer.


    The new technologies won’t just ensure safety for the driver of the vehicle but also other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

    Turn Assist will be introduced for the first time in any ŠKODA and the Octavia is the first vehicle in its class to launch the innovative safety technology. Using the Octavia’s on-board cameras, the system will be able to monitor oncoming traffic when turning right at a junction as well as identify cyclists and pedestrians. If immediate danger is detected when executing a manoeuvre, the vehicle will be brought to a complete standstill, triggering the warning signal and preventing a possible collision.

    This advanced safety feature will be in standby mode every time the engine is switched on and is activated when the right indicator is on. While the indicator would demonstrate to other road users the intention of the driver, Turn Assist is able to ensure additional assistance so that any potential accident is avoided.

    Another first to feature on a ŠKODA is the ...
    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:41 AM
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    • Harald Demuth – Developing the new secret Audi rally weapon
    • David Ingram – Hoisting the quattro high above the capital
    • Phil Short – Winning in a rally quattro first time out
    • Graham Rood – Plotting the route to victory
    • Norman Gault – Amping the power up to 700PS
    • The cars – Rallying with many types of quattro


    The game-changing Audi quattro made its UK debut in London in 1980. Here, five former members of the Audi UK Rally Team recall how it changed the world, and we take a look back at the numerous iterations of the quattro rally car.
    Harald Demuth – Rally driver

    Two-time German Rally Champion Harald Demuth helped develop the quattro, campaigned Group B and 80 versions in the UK and drove an Audi 100 quattro up a snow-covered Finnish ski jump in the famous 1986 Audi television advert.


    ‘I was driving for Toyota in the German Rally Championship when I had the choice to sign for Audi or Volkswagen for the 1979 season. Volkswagen had an excellent record with the Golf, but Audi had no presence in rallying. However, there was a lot of whispering behind hands that Audi had something special waiting in the bush, as we say.

    To gain experience of the sport, Audi began rallying a front-wheel-drive 80. We were telling everyone how good that car was, but what we couldn’t say was that we were developing the quattro, which was just light years ahead of the 80. We tested an early quattro all-wheel-drive system in an 80 bodyshell.

    On the 1982 RAC Rally, I was lying behind Hannu Mikkola in a quattro. OK, the gap was quite big, but I was on course to finish second.

    Then I had an off on the last day and ended up fifth. David Sutton, who was running the Audi UK rally team, came over and asked me if I would drive for him.

    Over the years I drove the Group B quattro and the 80 quattro in the UK. There was a massive difference in the performance, of course. But the handling and the feeling in the corners was very similar thanks to the all-wheel-drive system. ...
    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:36 AM
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    • From the extensive Ducati Performance catalogue a selection of accessories to customize the bike and enhance its racing look and performance
    • A configurator is available on the Ducati.com website that allows Ducatisti to make their bikes unique, enhancing them with the accessories that best suit their needs

    Ducati recommends to its enthusiastic fans the Racing accessory package for the Panigale V4, a must-have for all those who want to transform the Italian manufacturer’s super sports bike and make it even more unique and performing for use on the track.

    Contained within the extensive Ducati Performance catalogue, the accessory package was designed by the Ducati Design Centre and created in collaboration with important companies in the sector. Inside there are accessories designed to ensure maximum performance, lighten the weight and enhance the typically racing look of the Panigale V4.

    On the Ducati.com website there is also the "Configurator" section, a tool that offers all Ducatisti the opportunity to customize their motorbike, selecting accessories and special parts.

    The Racing accessories package for the Panigale V4 offers: complete exhaust system, lower and upper racing fairings, oversized headlight fairing, swingarm cover, carbon protection for generator cover, mirror hole covers, license plate holder removal set, frame cover set, carbon chain guard, brake lever protection, brake lever protection adapter, side stickers for tank.

    Complete titanium exhaust system
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    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:31 AM
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    • Seven vibrant shades define a Bentley rainbow
    • Bentley’s unmatched paint palette traverses the entire spectrum
    • Rainbow-themed winner of Bentley Mulliner Bacalar design contest
    • Support of local community continues during Covid-19 crisis

    Bentley has defined two versions of the symbol of hope during the Covid-19 crisis – the rainbow – through seven of its own vibrant paint colours available as part of Bentley spectrum, and a unique Bentley Mulliner Bacalar.

    A recent online competition for Bentley colleagues and their families to design their own Bentley Mulliner Bacalar resulted in a beautiful rainbow-themed winner. The extremely rare and exclusive Barchetta-style Bacalar relaunches true coachbuilding at Bentley Mulliner, and while real-world production is limited to just 12 cars, anyone is able to imagine their dream specification from Bentley’s unrivalled spectrum of interior and exterior colours. Judged by Bentley’s Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff, a winner was selected for both the exterior and interior. The exterior winner was Eleanor, whose vibrant rainbow-themed concept reflected the current situation with a symbol of gratefulness and hope.

    As Bentley starts its recovery and continues to support the community, its own version of the rainbow can be created from a paint range as diverse as it is extensive. From rich reds through vibrant mid-tones through to energetic blues and purples, these are the seven colours that make up the Bentley rainbow:

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    An arresting and distinguished metallic red, evoking a sense of speed and presence. The ...
    by Published on 22-05-2020 10:26 AM
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    • T-Roc Black Edition adds style and equipment to successful SE model
    • Trim adds more than Ł2,000 of equipment for small step up in price
    • Striking specification priced at Ł23,750 RRP OTR for 115 PS 1.0 TSI


    The Volkswagen T-Roc has been given an added dose of style with the introduction of a new Black Edition trim level, adding black-coloured trim and features to the interior and exterior of the model, as well as value-boosting additional equipment.


    Following on from the Touareg in receiving a stylish Black Edition trim in its line-up, the T-Roc Black Edition brings a sleek black-finish to its grille trim, door mirror caps, roof rails and exhaust pipes, as well as adding rear privacy glass, an eye-catching geometric decal on the car’s C-pillar, 18-inch ‘Arlo Black’ alloy wheels and LED headlights.

    On the inside, the black theme continues, with ‘Piano Black’ dashpads, black roof lining, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and multifunction sports steering wheel with contrasting grey stitching, white ambient lighting and footwell illumination.

    When specified individually the additional equipment would cost in excess of Ł2,000, and so the new model represents a considerable value boost, especially when combined with the extra style delivered by the Black Edition-exclusive accessories. As per the rest of the T-Roc range, the Black Edition is available with a host of options to further personalise and add to the equipment list of each car, with Vienna leather upholstery, a ‘beats’ audio sound pack and sports suspension among ...
    by Published on 15-05-2020 10:11 AM
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    • Founded on 9 May 1950, SEAT is celebrating 70 years of mobility
    • Production began in 1953 with 925 employees and a rate of 5 cars per day
    • SEAT’s first overseas export was to Columbia in 1965, now Spain’s number one exporter
    • More than 19 million vehicles built and sold to date across 67 models
    • SEAT’s first export to the UK in September 1985 – a two vehicle line-up, Ibiza Mk1 and Malaga
    • First year sales of 405 units to 68,800 vehicles in 2019
    • The brand is ready for a future shaped by electrification, digitalisation and new urban mobility

    It’s been 70 years since SEAT was founded on 9 May 1950, the company that helped democratise mobility in Spain and beyond.

    Over the past seven decades, SEAT has undergone a profound transformation and demonstrated a constant capacity for reinvention, which has enabled it to remain a benchmark throughout its history.

    Formally established on 9 May 1950 after an agreement was signed between the National Institute of Industry, with 51% of the share capital (600 million pesetas, which today would be €3.6 million); seven large Spanish banks (42%) and the Italian manufacturer Fiat (7%), which provided technical advice and the production licence for its models.

    When originally created, the company’s name was Sociedad Espańola de Automóviles de Turismo, S.A., but was officially changed to SEAT in the 1990s.

    When production began in 1953, just 925 people worked on the line. Today, SEAT employs more than 15,000 people as well as generating more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs within the supply chain.

    To date, a total of more than 19 million SEAT vehicles have been built and sold, and more than 72,000 people have been employed by SEAT. The Ibiza (5.8 million sold) is the most popular SEAT of all time, followed by the Leon (2.3 million), 127 (1.2 million), Cordoba (1.03 million) and the Toledo (1.01 million).

    Since the company made its first export sale in 1965, SEAT has established itself as Spain’s leading industrial exporter, accounting for almost three per cent of the country’s economic exports. Today, SEAT vehicles reach countries as far as New Zealand, Mexico and French Guiana.

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    by Published on 15-05-2020 10:06 AM
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    • First ŠKODA production model based on the MEB electric car platform
    • Rear- or four-wheel drive, a range of up to 500* km and excellent driving performance
    • Three battery sizes, five power variants and fast-charging option for even shorter charging times
    • Emotive design, plenty of space, 13-inch display and state-of-the-art connectivity


    Emotive, efficient, electrifying: the new ŠKODA Enyaq iV marks a pioneering step forward in the Czech carmaker’s electromobility strategy. The first ŠKODA production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving. There is a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany.


    ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “The Enyaq iV marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA, it is the figurehead of our E-Mobility campaign. With it, we’re making E-Mobility Simply Clever thanks to long ranges and short charging times. At the same time, the Enyaq iV takes ŠKODA-typical virtues such as superior interior space, a trendsetting design and maximum functionality to a new level. Our first all-electric e-model based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric car platform will be built at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav, at the heart of ŠKODA. This is an important step towards securing the future of the location and safeguarding jobs in the region.”

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    MEB-based ŠKODA: perfect for everyday use and sustainable, fun driving ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 11:19 AM
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    • Carbon fibre styling specification further enhances the visual sporting appeal of the Continental GT family and Bentayga
    • Meticulous attention to detail in materials and engineering precision
    • Front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler all crafted in high-gloss 2x2 twill carbon fibre
    • 3D electroformed Bentley badges developed specially
    • Extensive test and development process showcases the lengths that Bentley goes to in delivering quality

    Bentley customers can add an extra sporting edge to their Continental GT, Continental GT Convertible or Bentayga with the addition of the Styling Specification. Crafted by hand to exact tolerances following an extensive development programme, the Styling Specification includes a front bumper splitter, side skirts with metallic Bentley badges, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler in high gloss carbon fibre. The Bentayga package also includes a bi-plane tailgate spoiler and rear screen strakes, again all in high gloss carbon fibre, with the additional options of front air blades, wing vents and mirror caps in a matching finish.

    The progression of design, development, testing and sign-off of these components is a smaller-scale facsimile of the process that Bentley goes to across every aspect of a new model, and showcases the attention to detail for which Bentley is renowned.

    Like the veneer that adorns the cabin space, the carbon fibre exterior components are mirror-matched across the centreline of the car for precise visual appeal. The carbon fibre weave is a 2x2 twill pattern, woven in the same ...
    by Published on 06-05-2020 11:13 AM
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    • Fourth-generation Octavia launches with two feature-laden First Edition models
    • SE Tech trim created to appeal to business users
    • Striking new design, plus a raft of new safety and assistance systems
    • Hatch and estate versions available
    • Three engine options from launch
    • SE First Edition trim starts from Ł22,390 OTR
    • Additional derivatives and powertrains join later this year, including entry level S trim


    The Octavia has been at the heart of the ŠKODA brand for more than six decades and has established itself as a key pillar of the brand’s ongoing success in the UK. 2020 marks the arrival of an all-new fourth-generation model that is set to redefine sector standards for equipment, value and technology.

    The all-new Octavia range launches with two body styles, two special First Edition trim levels and three engine options. Prices range from Ł22,390 OTR for the 1.5 TSI 150PS SE First Edition hatch model to Ł29,515 OTR for the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG Estate SE L First Edition.

    Additional derivatives and powertrain options will join the range later this year, including an entry level S trim, a 1.0 TSI engine available with a manual transmission, the introduction of mHEV (mild hybrid) DSG on both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI, and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models. A sporty vRS model, available in diesel, petrol and PHEV, will also be added to the range. The Octavia vRS iV will be the first ever electrified vRS model.

    Bigger, safer, and packed with more technology than ever - the fourth-generation Octavia delivers better value and raises the bar for practicality and space. A best-seller throughout its various production runs, the new version is set to continue the UK’s ongoing love affair with the ŠKODA Octavia.

    UK TRIMLINES

    The launch range consists of three value-packed trim grades: SE First Edition, SE Technology, and SE L First Edition. To celebrate the launch of the most advanced Octavia ever, all First Edition models incorporate exceptionally high equipment levels with a host of technologies and safety systems.

    The all-new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and showcases the ...

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