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    by Published on 09-10-2015 02:31 PM
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    Special edition of mid-engined, two-seat sports coupé

    The new Porsche Cayman Black Edition emphasises the timeless and sporting elegance of the mid-engined, two-seat sports coupé. As the name suggests, the model is distinguished by a combination of a black paint finish and black partial leather interior, with further special equipment fitted as standard.

    At the heart of the Cayman Black Edition beats an evocative 2.7-litre flat-six engine developing 275 hp (202 kW). The 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels with wider tyres increase style and also further boost the dynamic chassis responses for which the Cayman is renowned. Further eye-catching highlights are Bi-Xenon headlights with PDLS (Porsche Dynamic Light System) and optional side window trims in aluminium.

    Special standard equipment of the Black Edition Cayman includes the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with satellite navigation (with Online services featuring real-time traffic information), automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirrors, rain sensor, cruise control, front and rear ParkAssist and a Sport
    Design steering wheel.

    For enhanced personal comfort, the driver and passenger enjoy a two-zone climate control system, heated seats and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The Cayman Black Edition also comes with the high-quality audio system Sound Package Plus.

    The Porsche Cayman Black Edition goes on sale today in Porsche Centres, and is priced from Ł45,989 RRP in the UK and €82,767 RRP in Ireland.

    In addition to the Black Edition features, standard
    by Published on 09-10-2015 02:26 PM
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    Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 with turbocharged engines and new all-wheel drive

    A sports car with all-wheel drive is the first choice for more than one in three Porsche 911 buyers. With the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4, the innovative turbocharged engines are more powerful and consume less, with the improved all-wheel drive increasing dynamics and driving safety. In addition, the adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with its 10-millimetre lower ride height included as standard enables an even greater spread between sporty circuit and relaxed long-distance driving. Rear-axle steering that is available as an option for the Carrera 4Smodels further increases the dynamic spectrum considerably. Interior functionality is enhanced by the standard-feature Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system with simplified operation and multi-touch display.

    The all-wheel drive models not only include the numerous visual refinements of the new 911 Carrera generation but also have their own individual distinguishing characteristics. For instance, the light strip between the rear lights now produces an especially distinctive effect thanks to its new three-dimensional design. The light strip also underlines the signature look of the all-wheel drive 911, with rear wings that arch further outwards by 44-millimetres, as in previous models. Additional distinguishing features of the new 911 generation range from the headlights with four-point daytime running lights, via door handles without recess covers, to the redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres and new rear lights – including the characteristic four-point brake lights.

    New developments in the visual appearance also underline the sophisticated elegance
    by Published on 02-10-2015 01:54 PM
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    • New 4x4 option added to Octavia vRS range - fitted with six-speed DSG as standard
    • Perfect combination of power, performance and practicality
    • Octavia vRS 4x4 models start from Ł27,315 OTR. Available to order now.
    • Amundsen sat-nav added to standard specification on all Octavia vRS models
    • 30,000 examples of the Octavia vRS sold in the UK since 2001

    ŠKODA is continuing the expansion of its sporting flagship Octavia vRS line-up with a specification boost and the introduction of a new 4x4 transmission option. Following hot in the tracks of the new vRS 230, the fastest production ŠKODA Octavia ever, the updated range hits showrooms later this year.

    Prices for the Octavia vRS 4x4 start from Ł27,315 OTR (Ł28,515 OTR for the Estate).

    Offered with the 2.0 TDI 184PS diesel engine, the vRS’ four-wheel drive system is coupled to a six-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) as standard, which delivers a smooth and strong acceleration in all road conditions. The Octavia’s 4x4 system constantly monitors traction at each wheel and can direct power to whichever axle requires it.

    The Octavia vRS 4x4 models can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 7.6 seconds and have a broad and flexible mid-range – made possible by the engine’s high torque output of 380Nm, available between 1,750-3,250 rpm.

    From 1 November, prices for the Octavia vRS range start from Ł24,230 OTR for the Hatch and Ł25,430 OTR for the Estate, an increase of Ł400, however, buyers will get the Amundsen satellite navigation system as standard (previously Ł755),
    by Published on 23-09-2015 03:04 PM
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    • ŠKODA corporate and SME sales rise by 22 per cent year-on-year
    • Superb sales and test drive enquiries jump 80 per cent
    • Fleet of Superb models assigned exclusively for corporate and SME customer demonstrations
    • New Superb developed to have fleet appeal with special SE Business trim level

    ŠKODA is preparing itself for a busy end to 2015 with soaring fleet sales and the launch of the new Superb. The brand’s fleet team is experiencing unprecedented demand for its award-winning range of models with corporate and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) sales up 22 per cent compared to 2014.

    The arrival this month of the all-new Superb is certain to give these impressive figures an even bigger boost before the year is out.

    Since its UK launch this summer, ŠKODA has seen requests for fleet test drives of the new Superb rise to an unprecedented level, prompting a fleet of vehicles to be assigned exclusively for corporate and SME customer demonstrations.

    ŠKODA has developed the Superb to have strong appeal with fleet buyers, with running costs among the lowest in the sector. Factor in the Superb’s spacious and incredibly practical cabin and generous equipment levels and the case for the Superb is exceptionally strong.

    Designed to meet the specific needs of the fleet market, an SE Business trim level adds a raft of additional equipment over the already well-equipped SE model. The specification, which delivers even greater comfort and technology, includes upmarket Alcantara upholstery, front and rear parking sensors and stylish sunset glass from
    by Published on 15-09-2015 08:33 PM
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    Frankfurt Show marks return of performance-focused A4 range flagships with new V6 TFSI engine promising sub-five-second acceleration

    • All-new versions of top flight A4 and A4 Avant debut at IAA Frankfurt ahead of UK order bank opening in spring 2016 and deliveries from next summer
    • 354 PS and 500 Nm of torque available from the 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine
    • Eight-speed tiptronic transmission, latest generation quattro drive
    • 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, up to 38.2mpg with 170g/km
    • Sport differential, sports suspension with adaptive damping, Audi virtual cockpit and numerous assistance systems optionally available

    354PS, 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds – figures which could just as easily be associated with an RS model are now being delivered by the all-new Audi S4 and S4 Avant. The new performance flagships combine the intelligent lightweight design, completely re-engineered platform and unparalleled technological sophistication of the latest A4 with a completely new turbocharged V6 TFSI engine which replaces their predecessors’ supercharged unit. They will be available to order in the UK in the spring of 2016 ahead of first deliveries next summer.

    “At Audi, we have more than 20 years of expertise in developing our sporty S models,” says Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development. “From day one, our formula for success has been a combination of outstanding quattro performance, restrained design, and state of the art drive train, suspension, and infotainment technology. The new Audi S4 and S4 Avant impressively continue this sporty tradition.”

    Lightweight and powerful: the 3.0 TFSI

    The heart of the S models is a newly developed V6 engine with petrol direct injection and turbocharging. The 3.0 TFSI has an output of 354PS; its
    by Published on 15-09-2015 08:28 PM
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    Perfect style and sporty dynamics

    • SEAT presents the Mii FR Line: sporty driving fun in a compact package
    • Mii by MANGO offered as a Limited Edition: the perfect combination of design and innovative technology, with unique accessories for a special touch of style
    • Safety Assist and SEAT Portable System available as options

    Every SEAT Mii is a fashion statement. However, the new Mii by MANGO Limited Edition shows particularly individual style with its unique accessories – and just 750 of them will go on sale across Europe. They are recognisable at first sight from the exclusive three-coat paintwork in “Oryx white”, with the door mirrors and wheels finished in a powerful, deep shade of red called “Velvet”. Exterior details will be matching in some interior details, like the steering wheel, air vents and instrument panel.

    The sporty character of the Mii is especially enhanced in the likewise new SEAT Mii FR Line. This new version is recognisable on the outside through its exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels, Atom Grey door mirrors, exclusive trim strips and, naturally, the FR logo in the grille. Setting the FR Line apart are its sporty suspension tuning, plus a sporty black interior, featuring high-gloss and red accents as well as unique sports seats with piping and FR logo and leather steering wheel with red contrasting stitching.

    The SEAT Mii is the perfect car for today’s urban lifestyle. This youthful and sporty city car makes life easier – with a high level of utility, exceptional driving fun, excellent efficiency and innovative technology. As a true
    by Published on 15-09-2015 08:23 PM
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    Frankfurt Show debut for electric concept which gives a foretaste of a new Audi production model

    • Frankfurt concept is conceptual basis for the brand’s first large-scale production electric car due in 2018
    • Range of more than 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a charge
    • All-wheel steer and e-quattro drive thanks to front and rear-mounted motors
    • Innovative aerodynamic and creative design solutions

    Flow-enhanced design with a drag coefficient of 0.25; powerful, all-electric e-tron quattro drive with up to 370 kW – Audi is presenting the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The car is the company’s statement about the future of electric mobility: It is responsive, efficient and suitable for everyday use.

    “Audi will present an all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018. The Audi e-tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development. “It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort.”

    Electric power

    The Audi e-tron quattro concept uses the power of three electric motors: One electric motor drives the front axle, the two others act on the rear. Total output is 320 kW. The driver can even mobilise 370 kW and over 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque temporarily while boosting. The concept study thus performs like a sports car. When the driver floors the throttle pedal, the Audi e-tronquattro concept sprints from a standstill to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and quickly reaches the electronically governed top speed of 130mph.

    The concept with three electric motors which Audi
    by Published on 15-09-2015 08:18 PM
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    • New crossover concept based on the Leon CUPRA
    • Top performance with 300 PS and all-wheel-drive
    • Powerful design conveys dynamism and robustness
    • Optimum connectivity thanks to SEAT Full Link infotainment

    SEAT is presenting a new definition of sporty performance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA): The SEAT Leon Cross Sport Show Car offers the performance of a compact sports car and the coupé-like silhouette of a two-door. And it combines this with the versatility of all-wheel-drive and increased ground clearance, as well as a design that unites both worlds with powerful dynamics and robustness. The SEAT Leon Cross Sport is a performance athlete in high-tech trekking shoes.

    “The SEAT Leon family is not only incredibly successful, but also exceptionally multi-faceted. With the Leon Cross Sport, we are testing out a new idea – the performance of the Leon CUPRA with the many possibilities offered by an all-road vehicle, says Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman of the Executive Committee, SEAT, S.A. “The Leon Cross Sport is therefore a perfect match for the brand and for a young, multi-faceted lifestyle. And, as a compact two-door, this crossover fits well into the urban jungle.”

    The SEAT Leon Cross Sport takes its performance from the recently uprated Leon CUPRA 290, widely recognised as one of the best hot hatches, as well as multiple winner of automotive media comparison tests. The two-litre engine generates 300 PS, as well as being capable of propelling it from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive with electronic differential lock and ground clearance 41 millimetres higher than on the Leon CUPRA guarantee driving fun, even when
    by Published on 15-09-2015 08:14 PM
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    • Presentation of the new SUV at the Volkswagen Group Night and the International Motor Show (IAA)
    • New design and new technology for the Tiguan

    The International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt will be the stage for the presentation of the new Tiguan. After selling over 2.64 million units of the first generation, Volkswagen is revealing the latest generation of the SUV at today's Group Night and at the IAA which begins tomorrow.

    Volkswagen is showing four versions* of the new Tiguan at the IAA (open to the public: 17 to 27 September). The production versions being presented are the exceptionally sporty Tiguan R-Line, the classic on-road model and an off-road version tuned specifically for off-road use. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE – a concept vehicle with a plug-in hybrid drive (160 kW / 218 PS ofsystem power) – offers an outlook on the future development of the best-selling SUV.

    The second generation of the best-seller is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the path-breaking MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform. It improves all of the properties of the Tiguan. The body proportions of the latest Volkswagen SUV are perceptibly sporty, and the design shows charisma from all perspectives. Its weight was also reduced by over 50 kg compared to the previous model. Meanwhile, the amount of space offered in the interior and luggage compartment has taken a gigantic leap forward. The boot volume of the new Tiguan can take on up to 615 litres of cargo (loaded to the back of the rear bench); when the
    by Published on 11-09-2015 04:21 PM
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    • Flagship Leon gains additional 10PS to become 290 PS
    • Maximum performance with compelling efficiency
    • Precision driving with differential lock, progressive steering, DCC
    • Exclusive equipment, extensive array of individualisation options

    SEAT’s performance flagship, the Leon CUPRA, has received a power upgrade, taking it to the heady heights of 290 PS. Offering outstanding performance paired with excellent efficiency, the stunning design, individual equipment options and excellent quality are further points that make the Leon CUPRA a very special proposition indeed.

    Among journalists and customers alike, the SEAT Leon CUPRA has attracted hordes of admirers, whether as a Sport Coupé, five-door, or the recently launched Sports Tourer version. In the trade media across Europe, the CUPRA immediately became a consistent winner in comparison tests; while its owners love its design and handling.

    A concentrated hi-tech package guarantees the enormous performance of the new Leon CUPRA, with the 2.0 TSI engine, featuring dual injection and variable camshaft timing, delivering an output of 290 PS. The DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control), front differential lock, progressive steering, CUPRA Drive
    Profile and standard-fit full-LED headlamps are further examples of its state-of-the-art technologies.

    The Drive – top performance included

    CUPRA stands for power, performance, dynamics – and the Leon CUPRA fulfils all these promises perfectly. The CUPRA 290 with optional DSG transmission catapults from 0-62 mph in just 5.7 seconds, and in 5.8 seconds with the manual gearbox. The regulated top speed of 155 mph is a matter of course. Its maximum torque of 350Nm is now available across an even broader rev range from 1,700 to 5,800 rpm,
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