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    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:51 AM
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    • ŠKODA adds SportLine variant to its new all-electric Enyaq iV SUV range
    • Lowered sports chassis, striking 20 inch wheels and black detailing to exterior and interior
    • Choice of two powertrains with ranges of up to more than 323 miles (520 km)

    ŠKODA is giving its customers a sporting chance this year with the addition of a SportLine trim to its new all-electric SUV range, the Enyaq SportLine iV. Black exterior detailing, large alloy wheels and a lowered sports chassis provide a sporting edge to the line-up. Inside, the Enyaq SportLine iV boasts sports seats with integrated headrests, a three-spoke multifunction leather sports steering wheel and carbon-effect trims. There will be a choice of two powertrains; the Enyaq iV 80 (150 kW offering a range of more than 323 miles (520 km) in the WLTP cycle) and the Enyaq iV 80x (195 kW), featuring two electric motors and is all-wheel drive. Both will arrive in the UK later this year.

    The SportLine version of this new all-electric SUV has been created to appeal to drivers who like the dynamic look of ŠKODA’s performance models but with the added practicality of a full-size SUV. Customers will be able to choose from two powertrain options. The Enyaq SportLine iV 80 is equipped with a 82-kWh battery (77 kWh net) and can cover more than 323 miles (520 km) in the WLTP cycle. Its rear motor produces 150 kW. This battery is also fitted in the Enyaq SportLine iV 80x. Together with a second electric motor, this SUV features all-wheel drive, has a power output of 195 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 425 Nm. This version has a maximum range of 311 ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:47 AM
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    • Ducati Smart Jacket uses the latest evolution of Dainese's D-air® airbag technology and guarantees protection for the rider in the event of an accident or fall
    • The vest is smart, safe, versatile and can be worn over or under any motorcycle jacket
    • Extremely ventilated and practical, Ducati Smart Jacket is easily foldable and can be stored in a backpack or motorcycle bags

    Ducati is continuing its commitment to the safety of motorcyclists, which is reflected in the adoption of the best devices available on the market. In addition to the development of active safety systems on its motorcycles and the promotion of responsible riding courses, the
    Bologna-based company is also paying great attention to the clothing offered and, in collaboration with Dainese, now presents Ducati Smart Jacket: an innovative and revolutionary sleeveless vest which uses the well-known D-air® airbag technology of Dainese in a version with graphics made specifically for Ducati.

    Ducati Smart Jacket guarantees a high level of safety compared to the applicable standards, thanks to the research and technology used in the racing leathers of MotoGP riders. The result is a versatile vest, suitable for every motorcyclist and for all types of road use, available in both men's and women's versions and which can be worn over or under any motorcycle jacket, without requiring any type of connection with the motorcycle.

    The operation of the vest is regulated by the electronic control unit which analyses the data 1,000 times per second. In cases of intended engagement*, ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:44 AM
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    • First W12 engine destined for Bacalar completes production testing at Bentley’s centre of excellence for W12 engines
    • Bentley’s W12 is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in history
    • Producing 659 PS (650 bhp) and 900 Nm (667 lb.ft) of torque
    • W12 engine development has increased power by up to 27 per cent, torque by 38 per cent and reduced emissions by 28 per cent since 2003
    • Each engine passes through three specific test regimes before fitting to a vehicle
    • More than 100,000 W12 engines have been handbuilt at Crewe since 2002, producing more than six million horsepower

    Producing 659 PS (650 bhp) and 900 Nm (667 lb.ft) of torque, the engine for the first customer Bentley Mulliner Bacalar has now completed assembly and production testing at Bentley’s centre of excellence for W12 engines.

    The Bacalar spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner and features an enhanced version of Bentley’s peerless 6.0-litre, W12 TSI engine, the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world.

    Since the first introduction of the twin-turbocharger W12 in 2003, the refinement of the engine has seen an increase of up to 27 per cent in power, 38 per cent in torque and a reduction of 38 per cent in emissions.

    This has been realised through evolution and optimisation of the crankcase, improvements in the oil and cooling systems, twin-scroll turbocharging technology and more effective injection and combustion processes.

    Each W12 engine is hand-built over 6.5 hours by a team of 45 craftspeople before undertaking a highly sophisticated test regime of over an hour via three specialist diagnostic machines during the engines assemble.

    The testing not only provides feedback on the quality of each engine but also ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:40 AM
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    • Tiguan now benefits from 2.0-litre 190 PS and 245 PS TSI engines
    • Both power plants bring 4MOTION all-wheel drive to petrol Tiguans
    • 245 PS TSI is most powerful Tiguan before arrival of Tiguan R

    The Volkswagen Tiguan’s range of petrol engines has been bolstered by the addition of two powerful units – 190 PS and 245 PS units, both benefitting from 4MOTION four-wheel drive. Together, they bestow the Tiguan range with additional choice for customers searching for a capable, quick, petrol SUV.

    The Tiguan’s two new engines – both turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol units – are the most powerful petrol powertrains in the range yet, offering 190 PS and a range-topping 245 PS, with 320 and 370 Nm of torque respectively.

    The 190 PS engine’s power peak is available between 4,180 and 6,500 rpm, while the more powerful of the duo reaches its maximum output between 4,750 and 6,500 rpm. Both engines deliver their highest torque figures in a remarkably accessible fashion, between 1,500 and 4,300 rpm. This equates to brisk 0-62 mph acceleration of 7.4 seconds and a 133 mph top speed for the 190 PS model, and 6.0 seconds for the more powerful 245 PS unit, which tops out at 142 mph, where permitted .

    Suiting the high output of the powertrain, the Tiguan 190 PS 4MOTION is available in high-spec Elegance and R-Line trim levels, with WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption figures of 33.2 and 34.0 mpg respectively, and CO2 outputs of 194 and 189 g/km. The 190 PS-equipped Tiguan starts at Ł36,275 RRP OTR in Elegance trim. Befitting the sportier ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:34 AM
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    • The SEAT Smart Quality team uses eye-tracking glasses to track the driver’s gaze
    • Technology uses infrared sensors, cameras and algorithms
    • Knowing precisely where drivers look allows SEAT to create more intuitive and safer interactions with in-car technology

    SEAT is using the latest in eye-tracking technology to enable its engineers to make driving more intuitive and safer in the future.

    The Barcelona-based manufacturer can track a driver’s gaze using eye-tracking glasses which use infrared light sensors, high resolution images and a sophisticated algorithm to pinpoint exactly where the driver is looking when behind the wheel.

    With the road ahead being the primary focus for drivers, the technology helps engineers design cabins which allow drivers to safely locate and operate technology on the centre console – including the infotainment system – and steering wheel at a glance.

    The SEAT Smart Quality team is piloting the technology with the aim of improving the safety and the driver experience of future models by obtaining precise information about human interactions with its vehicles.

    Rubén Martínez, head of SEAT’s Smart Quality
    department, said: “We must guarantee the minimum interaction time with the screen, and to do this, anything the drivers needs must be where users intuitively and naturally expect it to be.

    “Now we can reliably know where users expect to find certain information, such as battery level or fuel level, or to adjust other in-car devices.”

    The Smart Quality department selects users with different ...
    by Published on 19-02-2021 11:27 AM
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    • Three-year research project aims to deliver breakthrough in rare earth magnet recycling
    • New recycling process will provide a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for non-traction motor applications
    • Funded by Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK
    • The six-partner, UK based, collaborative R&D consortium is aiming for first application by 2026
    • Supports Bentley’s desire to lead sustainable luxury mobility

    Bentley Motors today announces a three-year research study that aims to revolutionise the sustainability of electric motors. Supporting Bentley’s commitment to offer only hybrid or electric vehicles by 2026, the result could see recycled rare-earth magnets used in selected ancillary motors for the very first time.

    The study, titled RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines), intends to build on work completed at the University of Birmingham in devising a method of extracting magnets from waste electronics. Furthermore, the project will scale up this process and repurpose the extracted magnetic material into new recyclable magnets for use within bespoke ancillary motors.

    Adding to the sustainability benefits that RaRE will provide, the bespoke motors created through this method promise to minimise complexity through manufacture while supporting the development of the UK supply chain for both mass production and low volume components.

    Commenting on Bentley’s research ambitions, Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering, Bentley Motors, said:

    “As we accelerate our journey to electrification, offering only hybrid ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:38 AM
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    • ŠKODA AUTO has produced 100,000 high-voltage batteries at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav just 15 months after the start of production
    • Investments in the manufacture of high-voltage batteries total 25.3 million euros
    • High-voltage traction batteries from Mladá Boleslav are used in models from the group brands AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen

    Today, ŠKODA AUTO manufactured its 100,000th high-voltage traction battery. In order to create the necessary production conditions at the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, the Czech carmaker invested approximately 25.3 million euros in 2019. An area covering roughly 2,000 m˛ is now used not only to produce high-voltage traction batteries for the company’s own plug-in hybrid models, but also batteries for plug-in hybrids from the group brands AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen. The site also boasts state-of-the-art facilities to comprehensively test the batteries and ensure the highest possible safety and quality standards.

    Christian Bleiel, Head of Component Production at ŠKODA AUTO, said: “We have now reached the mark of 100,000 high-voltage traction batteries produced. This success is a great testament to our team’s high level of engineering expertise as well as the importance of our component production within the group: our batteries are not just used in the ŠKODA Superb iV and the Octavia iV, they are also fitted in plug-in hybrids from the AUDI, SEAT and Volkswagen brands. We currently manufacture almost 800 batteries per day.”

    Production of the high-voltage traction batteries ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:33 AM
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    New reinterpretations of the grand tourer theme offering up to 646PS are ready to further Audi ambitions to shape the future of premium sustainable mobility

    • e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT set for simultaneous introduction in spring 2021
    • Ultra-high specification e-tron GT quattro Vorsprung also available, RS e-tron GT also offered in Carbon Black and Carbon Vorsprung forms
    • e-tron GT quattro from Ł79,900 OTR, RS e-tron GT from Ł110,950 OTR
    • Peak power equivalent to 476PS (e-tron GT quattro) and 598PS (RS e-tron GT) – 530PS and 646PS respectively available in boost mode
    • 0-62mph in as little as 3.3 seconds aided by standard electric quattro all-wheel-drive
    • 800-volt, 93kWh battery, superfast DC charging capability at up to 270kW
    • Predicted WLTP driving range in excess of 295 miles (e-tron GT quattro) and 280 miles (RS e-tron GT)
    • Adaptive air suspension, all-wheel-steering and locking rear differential among dynamic highlights

    Emotionally charged design and lightning fast response, with 0-62mph acceleration in as little as 3.3 seconds – the new Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are about to conduct electricity in an exciting new direction for the Vorsprung durch Technik brand. Launching simultaneously this spring, the new GT sports cars combine breathtaking and instantly accessible accelerative force and zero local emissions with compellingly incisive handling, exceptional trans-continental cruising comfort and ultra-sophisticated infotainment and driver assistance technology.

    "Audi has signalled its intent to play a pivotal role in the evolution of sustainable mobility in the premium sector, and after opening our account with the e-tron SUV, which is notable as the best-selling German premium BEV globally, we are stepping up the pace again to further that aim," says Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK.

    "The new e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are products of the same assiduous Vorsprung durch Technik approach to electrified driving, but embody it in a highly emotive and exciting new Grand Tourer format that exploits the technology’s incredible performance potential even more fully and will be invaluable as a means of hastening its wider acceptance."

    Exterior design: dynamic sculpture with perfect proportions

    The exterior of the e-tron GT is a dynamic work of ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:26 AM
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    • Flying Spur’s luxury and sports capabilities recognized with Drivers’ Choice Award by long-running American automotive TV series
    • Technological tour de force of innovation, connectivity and comfort
    • Driver engagement sets the bar for modern luxury Grand Touring sedans
    • Driver-focused cabin blends the best of cutting-edge technology and modern craftsmanship
    • “World’s best luxury four-door grand tourer” now available with hugely popular Bentley V8 powertrain alongside iconic W12.

    The Flying Spur W12 has been recognized in MotorWeek’s 2021 Drivers’ Choice Awards as the Best Dream Machine. Since 1981, MotorWeek judges the best in the automotive industry, looking at the buyer’s point of view and considering industry trends while looking towards the most innovative cars in the industry.

    Now, with more than 40,000 examples sold since its launch in 2005, the Flying Spur continues to set the bar as the most successful luxury sports sedan in the world. Sporting details including industry-first three-dimensional leather, cutting edge Bentley Rotating Display, and a retractable, illuminated “Flying B”, each detail continues to be carefully created.

    The bold exterior design of the Flying Spur is based on a new and modern vision that is unmistakably Bentley, utilizing the latest technologies in aluminium extrusions and castings. Longtime Creator, Host and Senior Executive Producer of MotorWeek, John Davis, comments:

    “The Bentley Flying Spur is a car that fully lives up to our lofty automotive dreams when it comes to luxury, and then far exceeds them when it comes to performance. It effortlessly races to 60 ...
    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:22 AM
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    • ID.3 Life Pro available from today, priced from Ł28,670 RRP OTR[1]
    • ‘Pro’ motor option now available on Life, Business and Family models
    • 145 PS motor makes ID.3 even more affordable

    The Volkswagen ID.3 Pro is available to order now, bringing the multi award-winning electric hatchback’s entry price to Ł28,670[1] – and, in turn, further answering the affordable and sustainable e-mobility brief set out by the I.D. concept of 2016.

    The Pro electric motor option is available across the ID.3’s Life, Business and Family specifications, and offers a second, 145 PS power output in addition to the introductory 204 PS Pro Performance version. Despite the different motor output to the Pro Performance models, the impressive range of the ID.3 remains the same, with up to 263 miles available on the ID.3 Life Pro from its 58 kWh (net) battery capacity.

    In Pro guise, the ID.3 produces 145 PS and 270 Nm of torque – a 15 Nm advantage over the 1.5-litre, 150 PS TSI unit found in many petrol Volkswagen models. This is delivered, as per the rest of the ID.3 range, via a one-speed gearbox, with the car’s full torque output available from a standstill – a virtue of electric vehicle powertrains. This translates to a 0-62 mph sprint in 9.6 seconds.

    In Life specification, the ID.3 Pro starts at Ł28,670[1] – with a Ł1,320 step-up to the ID.3 Life Pro Performance. The ID.3 Pro’s charging performance remains unchanged, which means that the same speedy 35-minute recharge to 80% capacity at a 100 kW CCS Direct Current charger is achievable.

    by Published on 12-02-2021 10:18 AM
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    • First silhouette image of the fourth generation car
    • New ŠKODA Fabia takes advantage of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 for the first time
    • The latest generation of petrol engines are available for the drivetrain

    ŠKODA has released the first preview of the fourth-generation Fabia. The silhouette image teases the new proportions of the small car, which is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 for the first time. This platform enhances the interior space and supports the use of state-of-the-art assistance systems and connectivity features. The drivetrain is powered by the latest generation of petrol engines, making the new Fabia perfect for young families or as an ideal second car. The world premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia is planned for spring 2021.

    With the changeover to the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0, the ŠKODA Fabia is larger than its predecessor in all dimensions. For example, the boot volume, which was already one of the FABIA’s highlights, has grown by a further 50-litres. Thanks to an even more rigid body structure, the MQB-A0 also brings further improvements in passive safety as well as the option of installing numerous modern assistance systems, which were previously only available in higher vehicle classes.

    Modern petrol engines ensure high efficiency and long range

    ŠKODA has opted for state-of-the-art petrol engines for the fourth-generation Fabia. All the engines come from the ...
    by Published on 05-02-2021 08:28 PM
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    • CUPRA Formentor, the first vehicle uniquely developed for the brand, now beats with a five-cylinder heart
    • Formentor VZ5 world premiere on February 22nd, coinciding with CUPRA’s third anniversary

    The CUPRA Formentor is the perfect expression of performance, delivering a vehicle with the attributes of an SUV and the sports car credentials of a hatchback. This appeal is enhanced five-fold with the introduction of the top-of-the-range ‘VZ5’ model on the brand’s third anniversary.

    With decades of racing heritage engineered into the CUPRA badge, the CUPRA Formentor VZ5 will harness the power of the five-cylinder petrol engine enhancing an already-exhilaratingly ride and making it the ultimate expression of performance.

    “The CUPRA Formentor represents the essence of the brand, but the addition of an even more extreme five-cylinder engine to the family – along with seven other powertrains including performance PHEV - will mark it out as a true enthusiast’s vehicle – something the CUPRA community is dedicated to delivering and will allow us to reach new customers,”
    said Wayne Griffiths, President of CUPRA and SEAT.

    On the 22nd of February, CUPRA’s third anniversary as a standalone business, the brand will unveil this unique and limited-run addition to the CUPRA community, alongside other significant announcements. ...
    by Published on 05-02-2021 08:24 PM
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    • Prices for new CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID to start from Ł38,625 OTR
    • CUPRA’s new plug-in hybrid signals continuation of electrification for the premium performance brand
    • Powerful e-HYBRID achieves up to 188.3mpg combined and CO2 emissions from 33g/km WLTP
    • Choice of two trim levels: VZ1 and VZ2 with advanced technologies as standard
    • Available to configure now at A Lifestyle and Sports Car Brand with a Passion for Racing | CUPRA UK

    CUPRA is adding to its growing range of electrified performance vehicles, opening order books for the new CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID in the UK.

    Electrifying the flagship performance SUV coupe, customers can now purchase the CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID DSG-auto 245PS from Ł38,625 OTR RRP.

    Following the electrification of CUPRA Leon at the end of 2020, the introduction of the CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID, in either VZ1 or VZ2 trim, continues the brand’s charge into developing alternatively-fuelled vehicles with CUPRA’s trademark performance and contemporary design.

    Prices start at Ł38,625 OTR RRP for VZ1 trim and Ł40,260 OTR RRP for VZ2 trim, with order books opening on 16 February 2021.

    The CUPRA Formentor can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds, charging on to a top speed of 130mph. The new powertrain delivers a combined fuel consumption of up to 188.3mpg and produces CO2 emissions as low as 33g/km (WLTP).

    Powering the high-performance plug-in hybrid is a 150PS (110kW), 250Nm 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 116PS (85kW) electric motor with a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, these deliver an impressive 245PS (180kW) of power and peak torque ...
    by Published on 30-01-2021 12:05 PM
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    • ID.4 1ST Edition available initially, with series models to follow
    • 204 PS electric motor and 77 kWh battery with 310 mile range
    • Priced at Ł37,800 RRP OTR (after plug-in vehicle grant)

    For the first time ever Volkswagen is offering a fully electric SUV – the ID.4. As the second model from the brand to be launched on the dedicated MEB platform, it boasts class-leading digitalisation and connectivity, allied to a highly-efficient electric powertrain and battery layout – this time with the availability of four-wheel drive at a later date. Like the ID.3 the new model is being launched as a limited-run 1ST Edition with a range of pre-configured trim levels to follow later in the year. The ID.4 1ST Edition will cost Ł37,800 RRP OTR after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied, and is expected to arrive in dealerships during March.

    Unveiled during a digital world premiere last September, the ID.4 is the second model in the ID. family and the first to be sold globally. From today customers in the UK will be able to place their orders for the ID.4 1ST Edition. This highly-advanced, all-electric SUV is priced at Ł40,800 RRP OTR (before any Government grant is applied).

    Like the ID.3 1ST Edition that went before it there are several features to mark the ID.4 1ST Edition apart from future ID.4 models. These include internal and external ‘1ST’ badging, and a striking interior with Florence Brown highlights. Four metallic exterior paint colours will be available for the 1ST Edition: Glacier White, Blue Dusk, Manganese Grey and Honey Yellow. ...
    by Published on 23-01-2021 10:11 AM
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    • The Ducati road sports bike Ducati renews its aesthetics, electronics and richness of equipment
    • The new SuperSport 950 is the perfect choice for young riders looking for their first sports bike
    • Available in dealerships from February 2021 also in a depowered version for A2 license holders

    Series production of the SuperSport 950 has begun at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale. The bike will be in all dealerships starting in February.

    Presented during the 2021 Ducati World Premičre, the SuperSport 950 is a motorcycle capable of combining sportiness with everyday road use and is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to approach the world of Borgo Panigale sports bikes. The new model has been revised
    in design and features better electronics and equipment, as well as becoming compliant with Euro 5 anti-pollution legislation.

    The aesthetic link between the SuperSport 950 and the Panigale V4 is even more accentuated in this new version. The full-LED headlamp equipped with DRL immediately recalls the sharp light signature of the Panigale V4, while the fairings have been specially redesigned to highlight the sportiness of the bike and the fluidity of its forms.

    The SuperSport 950 features a true sports bike equipment package with single-sided swingarm, trellis frame fixed to the engine that acts as a stressed/load-bearing element to reduce weight and bulk and a dry weight of 184 kg. The electronic package consists of ABS Cornering, traction control, wheelie control, electronic gearbox and Riding Modes functionality (Sport, Touring, ...
    by Published on 16-01-2021 10:48 AM
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    • Petrol, diesel and hybrid options now available to Arteon buyers
    • 218 PS eHybrid becomes most powerful engine in the range
    • Available across two trim levels and both body styles

    For the first time, the Volkswagen Arteon is now available with an electrified drivetrain in the form of a plug-in hybrid. The system comprises a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine supported by an electric motor, together providing a peak power output of 218 PS and torque of 400 Nm. Prices start at Ł39,905 OTR RRP for the fastback in Elegance trim.

    The new plug-in hybrid drivetrain is supported by a 13 kWh battery which can provide an electric-only range of up to 39 miles, while the 115 PS electric motor can power the Arteon along at speeds up to 80 mph, where permitted. With the high-torque characteristics of the electric motor, both Arteon models can sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in just 7.8 seconds and, where allowed, onto a top speed of 138 mph.

    The enhanced Arteon range is now available to order in over 20 configurations, split equally between the fastback and Shooting Brake models, with the new hybrid option now available across both body styles. Two equipment lines remain available – Elegance and R-Line – with the latest hybrid drivetrain available on both. The Arteon R with 320 PS and 4MOTION will arrive in due course for both body types.

    Across the entire range, the revised Arteon and new Arteon Shooting Brake feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), 3Zone climate control, Digital Cockpit, LED headlights and Wireless App Connect, with We Connect ...
    by Published on 16-01-2021 10:43 AM
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    • Five awards in total were presented to Volkswagen products
    • ID.3 named ‘Small Electric Car of the Year’ and also given ‘Safety Award’
    • Arteon, T-Roc and Touran also took home silverware

    The Volkswagen ID.3 has taken a further two trophies home after success this week at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021. This brings the tally of trophies the model has received so far in the UK to nine. What Car? named the ID.3 its ‘Small Electric Car of the Year’ and also presented it with the publication’s ‘Safety Award’. The Touran has been named ‘MPV of the Year’ while the Arteon and T-Roc were given best-buy accolades.

    As the ID. family prepares to grow with the imminent arrival of the ID.4, the ID.3 continues to enjoy high-praise among the UK’s media. The ID.3 Pro Performance Life was chosen by What Car? as its 2021 ‘Small Electric Car of the Year’. Commenting on the win, Steve Huntingford, Editor, said: “Thanks to rear-wheel drive, accurate steering and fine body control, the ID.3 is an electric car that's genuinely fun to drive. What's more, its practicality is up with the roomiest family hatchbacks, predicted resale values are superb and it’ll be cheap to run for both company car drivers and private buyers. Throw in strong performance and a long range, and it's a brilliant choice.”

    The ID.3 was also given the ‘Safety Award’. Speaking about this achievement Huntingford added: “Given that the ID.3 is the first of a whole range of pure electric vehicles being introduced by Volkswagen, the fact that the experts at Euro NCAP were so impressed with it bodes very ...
    by Published on 16-01-2021 10:39 AM
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    • 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 develops 135+ bhp per litre
    • Twin-scroll turbochargers mounted centrally in the V provide rapid response and maximum torque of 770 Nm, available from 2000 rpm
    • Turbines operate at a peak temperature of 950°C – as hot as lava
    • Proximity of catalytic convertors to turbos reduces cold start emissions
    • Centrally mounted fuel injectors in combustion chambers work at a pressure of 250 bar
    • Lightweight alloy pistons move at up to 20 metres per second
    • Iron alloy bore coating just 150 microns thick reduces cylinder wear to negligible level
    • Cylinder deactivation in 20 milliseconds - one tenth of a blink of an eye
    • Camshafts adjust valve timing by up to 50 degrees and can deactivate half of the cylinders
    • Grand touring range of more than 441 miles, CO2 emissions of 288g/km, and yet 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds)

    The new Flying Spur V8 builds on Bentley’s more than 60-year tradition of using cross-plane V8 engines. The V8-powered Flying Spur offers a characterful engine note, greater range between fuel stops and a reduction in CO2 emissions – while still offering breath-taking performance. This unlikely combination has been achieved by using the latest engineering knowledge and technology.

    The Bentley 4.0-litre V8 engine is a thoroughly modern engine, with a block cast from high strength aluminium and with twin-scroll turbochargers and primary catalytic convertors positioned in the V of the engine. Fuel injectors and spark plugs have been centralised within each combustion chamber to ensure optimal spray patterns and combustion paths, and the camshafts are variable by up to 50 degrees, with the ability to deactivate half of the cylinders ...
    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).

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