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    by Published on 13-08-2020 10:12 AM
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    • T1 Bulli from 1950 - the world’s oldest street-legal VW Bus
    • Since 2014 in VWCV’s Classic Vehicles collection


    Exactly 70 years ago a first generation (T1) dove blue panel van with chassis number 20-1880 rolled off the production line in the Wolfsburg plant. It was delivered to Hildesheim to start a life of service, transporting goods from A to B. At the end of its working life, the VW Transporter vanished from sight for nearly 20 years in private collections and it was not until the early 1990s that an ardent Bulli fan brought it back into circulation. Following complete restoration the vehicle is now in
    VWCV’s Classic Vehicles collection, where it has been since 2014. On her 70th birthday, Sofie, as she became known, tells the story of her life.


    Slaving away for the Economic Miracle


    On 8 March 1950 the Volkswagen plant begins full production of the Type 2, the ‘VW Transporter’ (Type 1 was the VW Beetle). This Type 2 (also known as the Bulli) is the universal genius of the Economic Miracle period and quickly becomes the darling of the commercial trades. As does the dove blue panel van with chassis number 20-1880, which rolls off the production line on 5 August 1950. For Hildesheim and its new owner it is at that time without doubt something very significant, as it is the first Bulli in this part of Lower Saxony. For 23 years it dashes around the roads and narrow lanes of Hildesheim before going into (early) retirement when the company sells the vehicle to a collector.

    The quiet times


    From 1973 to1992 the Bulli spends its time in the collections of various VW enthusiasts. The last owner tries to the sell the vehicle ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 10:03 AM
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    • The design of the New Continental GT is celebrated the world over and scale models are now available in a variety of sizes through the Bentley Collection
    • Bentley’s perfect replica coupe can be personalised for collectors and fans of the brand
    • The intricately detailed 1:8 scale model offers bespoke options with a variety of aspects available to customise including paint, mock veneers and seat details
    • The 1:8 scale model is made up of over 1,000 individual pieces, assembled by hand and taking over around 300 hours in total to build
    • The creation of each 1:8 scale model is overseen by the Bentley Design Studio, ensuring every detail selected is executed to the same pinnacle quality seen in each full-size Bentley
    • Product links: 1:8 model, 1:43 model and 1:64 model

    The Continental GT is the crowning achievement of Bentley’s modern design portfolio. Now reimagined as an intricately detailed model replica, exquisite customisable features range from mock veneers and carpets to seat quilting and fluting.

    Meticulous attention to detail and thousands of hours of work go into crafting the exquisite models, available in a number of scales from the remarkable 1:8 collectors piece to the detailed 1:43 and miniature 1:64 models. The 1:8 scale model is offered as a bespoke product, allowing customers to commission their own unique replica car in the perfect size to proudly display in an office or home. This could match the car in their driveway, an iconic Continental GT racecar or the future car of their dreams, thanks to a suite of customisable options.

    1:8 Continental GT Bespoke Model


    An immaculately faithful replica, the scale model of the new Continental GT has a full suite of bespoke options allowing customers to personalise ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:58 AM
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    • 0% APR allows customers to spread the cost on an interest-free basis
    • New offer covers maintenance work as well as accessories
    • Tow bars included in the offer for those seeking a staycation


    Volkswagen UK offers another measure to make Volkswagen ownership even more affordable – the introduction of 0% APR finance payment option on aftersales work and accessories across the majority of the brand’s Retailer Network.


    The offer allows customers to spread the cost of servicing, MOTs, tyres and general maintenance and repairs, as well as accessories, with 0% interest and no fees. It is available at participating Volkswagen Retailers across the UK.

    Customers can choose between two options to help spread the cost: the first is to pay nothing on the day, and spread the cost over as many as three monthly instalments, while the second option requires a 25% initial payment up front, but allows up to six monthly instalments to complete payment. Both offers have minimum spend requirements of Ł60 and a maximum of Ł5,000.

    This new initiative makes it easier than ever for customers to accessorise their vehicle and spread the cost over a number of months. With more people staying in the UK for their holidays rather than going abroad, roof bars or a tow bar boost practicality and keep boot space free for luggage. Accessories like the Compact III Bicycle Carrier (Ł577.00 RRP including fitting) can be installed on any model with a tow bar.

    Volkswagen currently offers retrofit tow bars – fixed, detachable or swivelling depending on the model, with prices ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:52 AM
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    • Annual product update brings new equipment to range
    • MIB3 infotainment adds wireless Apple CarPlay to compatible models
    • RDE2-compliant power plants introduced


    Volkswagen UK has almost completed implementing a raft of changes across its vehicle line-up, as the brand switches to its 2021 Model Year. Many models receive the new Volkswagen and R-Line logos, while all compatible models are updated to include the brand’s latest MIB3 infotainment system. In addition, RDE2-compliant engines are being introduced on all models throughout the coming months.


    Across the Volkswagen range, the MIB3 infotainment system has been introduced to all compatible models, which brings the benefit of wireless Apple CarPlay – alongside streaming and internet – thanks to an integrated eSIM. And the engine line-up is being enhanced to meet RDE2 regulations with some units already compliant, and the majority switching over before the end of the year.

    At the smallest end of the Volkswagen family, the up! will receive minor upgrades, since it was refreshed only recently when it became the first Volkswagen in the UK to display the new brand emblem. Cars fitted with climate control will benefit from the standard fitment of an allergen filter. The model will also be fitted with a more powerful, RDE2-compliant, three-cylinder, 1.0-litre 65 PS engine.

    The Polo has been given an update to its branding, with its model designation now centrally placed on the tailgate, underneath the new Volkswagen roundel. The three-cylinder, 1.0-litre TSI 95 PS engine is now available on SEL trim, providing more customer choice for this particular variant, while the range now starts ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:47 AM
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    Audi S Series newcomers ramp up performance and handling without relinquishing comfort and efficiency for the long haul


    • New S3 Sportback available for UK order from this week priced from Ł37,900 OTR, S3 Saloon from Ł38,465 OTR – first deliveries in autumn
    • Even more comprehensively equipped Vorsprung versions due later in 2020
    • 2.0 TFSI engine with 310PS and torque boost to 400Nm linked to seven-speed S tronic
    • 0-62mph time reduced to 4.8 seconds in both variants yet up to 39mpg remains achievable
    • New modular dynamic handling control for more intelligent management of quattro drive

    The next milestone model in the Audi A3 launch programme is fast approaching – the all-new S3 very compellingly lives up to its evocative name with sub-five-second 0-62mph acceleration potential and the capability to deploy its 310PS output even more effectively on challenging roads thanks to updated S-specific sport suspension and quattro drive with even more intelligent control. Its powerfully built new Sportback and Saloon bodies also encase a totally redesigned cabin integrating an array of digitalisation, connectivity and driver assistance advances. The new S3 models can be ordered in the UK from this week, and later this year will also be joined by even more luxuriously equipped Vorsprung versions.

    Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle welcomed the new arrivals, saying: Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle welcomed the new arrivals, saying: “The S3 has always presented a very strong case for customers keen to make the transition to a higher-performance Audi since it first debuted over 20 years ago, and I firmly believe that these latest incarnations couldn’t communicate the advantages much more powerfully.

    ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:42 AM
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    • Effortless performance meets unrivalled craftsmanship
    • 6.0-liter W12 develops 635 PS (626 bhp), 900 Nm (664 lb.ft)
    • Top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h); 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 secs
    • Bold exterior styling details reinforce performance credentials
    • Unique Speed interior with Alcantara trim and exclusive details
    • Powerful W12 engine hand-built and tested at Crewe
    • Efficiency through cylinder deactivation and ‘sail’ technology
    • Expanded suite of My Bentley connected services using embedded SIM

    Bentley Motors is announcing today full details of the new Bentayga Speed – the pinnacle of the Bentayga family – effortless performance, yet no compromise on luxury. Hand-built at Crewe, the Bentayga Speed combines the W12 powertrain and many of the models luxurious features as standard, including the Mulliner Driving Specification.

    Building on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007, the new Bentayga Speed maintains the performance credentials proved by its predecessor, which claimed the production SUV record at the grueling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018.

    The new Bentayga Speed builds on the completely refreshed design of the new Bentayga, adopting the same Bentley design DNA now prevalent across the entire model range. Introducing the very latest onboard technology and an even more cosseting cabin, the new model is significantly revised both inside and out.

    Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, commented:

    “The new Bentayga has already raised the benchmark for luxury SUVs, against which all others are measured. Ahead of the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the world’s only definitive luxury hybrid - in the coming months, it’s important that we still recognize the customer desire for absolute performance. The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more that, ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:16 AM
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    • The design of the first ŠKODA model based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) is progressive, expressive and dynamic
    • With the Enyaq iV, ŠKODA is consistently developing its emotive design language and redefining the aesthetics of electric SUVs
    • Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at ŠKODA, discusses the design highlights of the new SUV model
    • World premiere of the ŠKODA Enyaq iV takes place in Prague on 1 September


    ŠKODA will be presenting its first all-electric SUV in Prague on 1 September 2020. The model marks the beginning of a new era for the Czech car manufacturer, which is why the brand is also taking another step forward in design with the Enyaq iV. Emotive lines and balanced, dynamic proportions are combined in the first ŠKODA based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB), which offers a generous interior and a sustainable yet fun driving experience. Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at ŠKODA, explains the unique design features of the Enyaq iV in a video interview.

    The Enyaq iV is the first ŠKODA based on the modular electrification toolkit. How has ŠKODA’s design language evolved with this vehicle?

    Karl Neuhold: With the Enyaq iV, we are again building on the emotive ŠKODA design language that characterises the Scala, the Kamiq and the new, fourth-generation Octavia. The Enyaq iV also features sculptural lines, clear surfaces and crystalline elements that draw
    inspiration from Bohemian crystal art. Its proportions, however, differ from those of our previous SUV models: the Enyaq iV has a shorter front end and an elongated ...
    by Published on 05-08-2020 04:33 PM
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    Each generation of Porsche 911 Turbo has held up the claim of being a global benchmark for high-performance sports cars. It has maintained this reputation since 1975 by continually honing a combination of exhilarating performance and everyday usability, delivering relentless power coupled with conscientious efficiency. The latest generation of the two-plus-two seater is more than twice as powerful as the original 911 Turbo, which was powered by a three-litre, single-turbocharged, 260 PS flat-six engine. As the 911 Turbo has become faster and more comfortable over the past 45 years, it has always stayed true to its original defining character – a compelling mix of pioneering spirit and tradition.

    The new generation 911 Turbo Coupé and Cabriolet that are announced today sit beneath the flagship 911 Turbo S, unveiled earlier this year. With a 580 PS version of the characteristic flat-six, twin-turbo engines, the 911 Turbo offers 40 PS more than the prior generation model and consequently is able to dip under the three second 0-62 mph yardstick; specifically in 2.8 seconds (- 0.2 seconds quicker than before). This is aided by 750 Nm of low rev pull (+ 40 Nm), now without an overboost time limit, that makes quick sprints more spontaneous and effortless. In this way, the metrics for power output, acceleration and torque of the new 911 Turbo match those of the previous model 911 Turbo S.

    The 3,745 cc six-cylinder flat ‘boxer’ engine in the 911 Turbo now features symmetrical VTG turbochargers with electrically controlled wastegate bypass valves. The VTG system adjusts the intake boost according to engine speed ...
    by Published on 05-08-2020 04:29 PM
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    An unrivalled combination of sporting driving dynamics and powerful and efficient powertrains has seen the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Porsche Taycan 4S rewarded in the What Car? Electric Car Awards 2020 announced today.

    The monthly consumer motoring magazine reviewed the hybrid and electric car market, and the expert jurors assessed all vehicle aspects with a view to helping buyers understand more about this developing segment. And in key areas such as electric performance and everyday use, as well as the traditional sports car heartland of driving enjoyment, the two Porsche models stood out.

    In presenting the Panamera with its Performance Hybrid award, the dynamic qualities of the Porsche clearly resonated with the judges at What Car?, and commented: “With lots of driver appeal, sensible running costs and a beautiful interior, this Panamera is a prime example of how plug-in hybrids can be exciting and yet eminently liveable.“

    The Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric ‘E-Power‘ mode and operates as a zero-emission vehicle for a range of up to 31 miles (WLTP) and a maximum speed of 87 mph. The 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 330 PS and is combined with a 136 PS electric motor. The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion 14.1 kWh battery.

    A total system power of 462 PS drives all four wheels, and the standard three-chamber air suspension balances comfort and agility. The Panamera E-Hybrid can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and where permitted can achieve a top speed ...
    by Published on 05-08-2020 04:22 PM
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    • Three-year OCTOPUS research project aims to deliver breakthrough in e-axle electric powertrains
    • Recyclable system will remove the need for rare-earth magnets
    • OLEV funded, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, nine-partner UK study aims for real-world application by 2026
    • Supports Bentley’s desire to lead sustainable luxury mobility

    Bentley Motors today announces a three-year research study that promises to transform electric vehicle powertrains, utilising a fully integrated, free from rare-earth magnet e-axle that supports electric vehicle architectures. This reinforces Bentley’s ambition to lead sustainable luxury mobility and introduce the first fully electric Bentley by 2026.

    The study, titled OCTOPUS (Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions) follows an initial 18-month investigation that delivered a technological breakthrough in electric drive systems for high-performance vehicles.

    Building on the UK’s leading electronics research, the resulting electric drive system exceeded the latest permanent magnet motor performance while simultaneously removing the need for both rare-earth magnets and copper windings, delivering a package both cost effective and recyclable at its end of life.

    OCTOPUS will take this leading-edge motor, power electronics and packaging transmission design, adding next generation materials, manufacturing processes, simulation and test cycles to deliver a full e-axle powertrain with unique levels of integration and revolutionary performance characteristics suitable for real world application ...

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