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    by Published on 13-10-2019 06:44 PM
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    • Striking enhancements to third generation of Bentley’s luxury four-door Grand Tourer
    • All-new Flying Spur given option of distinctive Blackline specification
    • Exterior brightware replaced with bold black on model that combines sports sedan agility with modern limousine refinement
    • Even the iconic Flying B mascot receives the Blackline treatment
    • Cutting-edge technology and exquisite modern craftsmanship
    • Driver-focussed Flying Spur designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain

    Bentley Motors is introducing a striking Blackline specification for the all-new Flying Spur – the British marque’s driver-focussed, four-door model that combines sports sedan agility with modern limousine refinement.

    The third generation of the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Tourer can now be specified with a range of subtle but distinctive features. Much of the brightwork on the exterior of the car is replaced with Blackline trim, helping to create an even more powerful road presence for the peerless Flying Spur.

    The exterior brightware incorporated in the Blackline specification includes the iconic Flying B mascot, radiator vanes, matrix grilles, side window surrounds, and lower door and rear bumper blades. The front and rear light bezels, door handles, wing vents and the exhaust outlets also receive the same distinguished, darkened treatment.

    Standard fit on the Blackline specification are 21” five tri-spoke alloy wheels, with 22” Mulliner Driving Specification wheels optional. Customers can choose from among 17 standard exterior colours, as well as a further 13 extended range colours at launch. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2019 09:52 AM
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    • ŠKODA’s first plug-in hybrid will be priced from Ł31,970 OTR
    • Superb iV features an electric range of up to 35 miles (56km) in WLTP cycle
    • 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor will deliver a combined power output of 218PS (160kW)
    • Virtual cockpit standard on SportLine Plus trim and above

    The ŠKODA Superb iV plug-in hybrid will become the brand’s first electrified car when it goes on sale in the UK in January 2020. As the flagship model of the ŠKODA range, the Superb has always showcased the brand’s most advanced technologies – delivering a luxurious drive and levels of cabin space that no other car in the sector can get near to matching. The highly anticipated plug-in hybrid version will be priced from Ł31,970 OTR.

    Ushering in a new electric chapter in the brand’s history, the Superb iV combines a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and 85kW electric motor, delivering a total performance of 218PS (160kW) and CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km. The Superb iV also offers a zero-emission drive up to 35 miles (56km) and can travel up to 578 miles (930km) on a single full tank and a fully charged battery when in hybrid mode.

    Owners can choose between four trim levels with the plug-in hybrid powertrain: SE Technology for fleet customers, SE L, SportLine Plus, as well as the top of the range L&K. Charging takes three hours and 30 minutes from a wall box (using a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW) and comes ready with a three-pin charger and wall box charging cables neatly stowed under the boot floor.
    by Published on 06-10-2019 09:48 AM
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    • Specification upgrades increase both value and appeal
    • Additions range from sports exhausts to new wheel designs
    • Enhanced models available now; much of the range is updated

    Several models in the Volkswagen range have been updated for the Model Year 2020, with additional equipment, new design features and better value at the top of the agenda.

    The majority of the Volkswagen range has been updated, representing added value, style and ease of use.

    At the smallest end of the Volkswagen range, the perennially-appealing up! is now offered with the ultra-frugal 1.0 60 PS MPI engine in combination with the generously-equipped High up! specification. Its larger sibling, the Polo – the multi award-winning supermini and second-best-selling Volkswagen in the UK – receives lumbar adjustment as standard on popular SE and sporty R-Line trims. Music-loving Polo beats customers can now opt out of exterior decals if they prefer.

    The recently introduced T-Cross is unchanged, given its fresh introduction, while the larger T-Roc gets a VW Connect Dongle as standard on S, SE and Design trims. Meanwhile, on the R-Line the standard fit Caribou Grey dash pad is replaced by a Shadow Steel item.

    Volkswagen’s best-seller, the Golf, also enjoys updates for the new model year, with a VW Connect Dongle now standard on S and Match Edition trims, and the 290 PS Golf GTI TCR now getting an Akrapovic sports exhaust system as standard equipment.

    The Tiguan features a new engine – a 1.6-litre, 115 PS TDI unit, replacing the 2.0-litre TDI with the same power in the entry-level S trim. This ...
    by Published on 06-10-2019 09:44 AM
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    • Leader in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility accelerates its journey towards electrification
    • Bentley to offer electrified variants of all models by 2023
    • Technologically advanced Bentayga has WLTP All Electric range of 39 km/24.23 miles (NEDC - 51km/31.7 miles)
    • Most efficient Bentley ever returns CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km
    • Pioneering model offers serene and unrestricted driving experience
    • Exquisite, handcrafted SUV from Ł133,100, €141,100 or $160,000

    Bentley has confirmed that first deliveries of the Bentayga Hybrid SUV have now taken place, marking a significant milestone for the company as it leads the push towards the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility.

    As Bentley celebrates its centenary year, the pioneering Bentayga Hybrid is blazing the trail for the British brand’s journey into the next 100 years. The Bentayga Hybrid is not only the world’s first true luxury plug-in hybrid, but also the company’s most efficient model ever.
    Bentley’s focus on providing sustainable luxury mobility has seen it reprioritize its model plan to accelerate its journey towards electrification with the aim of offering a hybrid or electric variant of all models by 2023. The marque is targeting the introduction of the first ever fully electric Bentley by 2025.

    Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model offers a best-of-both-worlds experience, combining a powerful new, 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor that delivers an instantaneous response.

    The Bentayga Hybrid utilises future-focussed technology to provide a unique, serenely quiet and luxurious driving experience. It is also the only plug-in ...
    by Published on 06-10-2019 09:38 AM
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    • Special edition Black Edition released for Amarok and flagship Amarok Aventura
    • New models add unique styling features and technology to award-winning pick-up
    • Offered with 3.0 TDI V6 engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox
    • Priced from Ł34,835 excl. VAT and available to order from today

    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a pair of new Amarok special editions. Available to order now, the Amarok Black Edition and Amarok Aventura Black Edition are among the most powerful and luxurious variants of the award-winning pick-up ever created.

    Black Edition models, which start from Ł34,835 (excl. VAT), are powered by the Amarok’s standard 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine with either 204 or 258 PS and with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Aventura Black Edition models, priced at Ł40,995 (excl. VAT), will be available with only the 3.0 TDI V6 258PS engine.

    Both special editions are based on the range-topping Highline specification but add a host of extra premium features. Black Edition models add 20-inch black Talca alloys, a Lights & Vision pack which includes a windscreen wiper rain sensor and Discover Media Navigation which features European map data and Off-road information display.

    Further styling add-ons include a black styling bar, black rear bumpers, black sidebars, black fog light frames, a black polish trim strip on the grille, black headliner and a gloss black decorative insert on the dashboard.

    In addition, Aventura Black Edition models feature exclusive Nappa leather interior, Ergo Comfort front seats with electric ...
    by Published on 06-10-2019 09:32 AM
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    • British marque aims to become the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer
    • 100% of electricity sourced for its site in Crewe, England, is from renewable generation
    • Factory headquarters certified by the Carbon Trust to PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral standard
    • Brand is accelerating its journey towards electrification
    • Bentley to offer hybrid variant of all models by 2023 and a BEV by 2025

    Bentley Motors this week achieved carbon neutral certification for its factory headquarters in Crewe, England, taking another important step on its journey to become the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer.

    The certification from the Carbon Trust, which confirms that the company meets the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, reflects measures taken by the company to reduce the carbon emitted in its operations, including the use of renewable electricity. 100% of Bentley’s electricity is generated by either on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity. All emissions that cannot be eliminated are compensated with high quality offsets.

    Earlier this year, the UK’s largest solar car port, comprising 10,000 solar panels, was installed at Bentley’s factory site in Crewe. The installation has a capacity of 2.7MW and covers 1,378 car parking spaces - an area of 16,426m˛. Adding to the 20,815 roof top panels already fitted, it took the total on-site solar panel energy capacity to 7.7MW, enough to cover over 1,750 homes.

    The achievement reflects almost two decades’ work to make the historic Crewe site as energy and carbon efficient ...
    by Published on 29-09-2019 04:32 PM
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    Acclaimed five-cylinder TFSI returns with even more power to two new high performance Q3 models engineered by Audi Sport

    • SUV and SUV coupé from Audi Sport available to order in the UK in late autumn 2019
    • Standard, Audi Sport Edition and Vorsprung specification levels
    • Award-winning five-cylinder unit: the 2.5 TFSI now with 400PS

    The successor to the first, and currently only, series production Audi SUV to have sported the emotive RS badge is waiting in the wings not only with a significantly more powerful version of the first generation car’s hallowed five-cylinder TFSI engine on board, but also with a new and highly appropriate Sportback body style option. The new 400PS RS Q3 and its even more curvaceous RS Q3 Sportback counterpart are set to become available in the UK in late autumn 2019 with a choice of ‘standard’, Audi Sport Edition and Vorsprung trim levels, and will be delivered to their first customers here towards the end of the year.

    “The first Audi RS Q3 established its own segment. We aim to continue this success story with the new generation of the compact high-performance SUV,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With the offering of the all-new Audi RS Q3 Sportback, a progressive SUV coupe crossover, we are the trendsetter and are leveraging to the full the phenomenal growth potential for Audi Sport.”

    Athletic: the exterior

    The Audi RS Q3 and the Audi RS Q3 Sportback are synonymous with strength and outstanding performance - virtues that are also reflected in their design. The borderless Singleframe grille with its three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black is inset deeper and directly into the RS bumper with its large side air inlets, and the striking ...
    by Published on 22-09-2019 06:04 PM
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    • ŠKODA’s new SUV will be priced from Ł17,700 OTR
    • Four trim grades available; S, SE, SE L and Monte Carlo
    • Four engine options; three petrol and one diesel with outputs from 95PS to 150PS
    • High equipment levels across the range
    • LED headlights and touchscreen infotainment systems on all models

    ŠKODA has announced final prices and specifications for the all-new Kamiq – the brand’s latest addition to its award-winning SUV line-up. Packed with advanced technology and delivering a host of ingenious ŠKODA design features, the new Kamiq costs from just Ł17,700 OTR.

    Positioned below the Kodiaq and Karoq in ŠKODA’s three-model SUV line-up, the new Kamiq perfectly combines practicality with agility and brings ŠKODA’s traditional attention to detail and intelligent packaging to a whole new audience.

    The Kamiq is the second all-new ŠKODA to hit retailers in 2019, and like the Scala it follows, it features the latest evolution of the brand’s dynamic design language. The compact SUV features a host of striking styling details such as split LED headlights with daytime running lights and an interior designed around the very latest generation infotainment systems.

    The Kamiq range comprises four trim levels; S, SE, SE L and Monte Carlo - which is set to open for order later in the year - with each grade offering high levels of standard equipment and a broad range of options to allow owners to perfectly tailor the Kamiq to their tastes.
    Despite its entry-level position, the Kamiq S comes complete with 16-inch alloy wheels, ...
    by Published on 22-09-2019 05:55 PM
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    • Volkswagen’s most popular car has gained three trim levels
    • Match Edition, GT Edition and R-Line Edition all bring added value
    • Two-zone climate control, Winter Pack and LED headlights included

    The Volkswagen Golf is now available with three new trim levels: Match Edition, GT Edition and R-Line Edition, all benefiting from a suite of extra equipment over the outgoing trims on which they are based. These extra features represent a healthy dose of added value for the seventh-generation Golf, the UK’s second best-selling car.

    The three new trim levels replace the existing Match, GT and R-Line specs, and cost Ł400 more than the trims they replace. They build upon their predecessors’ already generous standard equipment, adding two-zone climate control, LED headlights and Winter Pack (including heated front seats) – optional extras worth Ł1,910 when equipped individually.

    These options enhance the comfort and visible qualities of the three Golf specs, with the added luxury of the two-zone climate control over manual air conditioning, while the heated front seats included in the winter pack provide further comfort. The winter pack also adds headlight washers, heated windscreen washer jets and a low washer-fluid warning light which, combined with LED headlights, optimise visibility at all times – especially during winter months when road grime can obscure a driver’s view.

    As per Volkswagen UK tradition, Edition trim levels are introduced as a product nears the end of its current generation. With the ground-breaking eighth-generation ...
    by Published on 13-09-2019 04:54 PM
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    • New top trim level for the latest ŠKODA model references the brand’s rally history
    • Sporty lifestyle version with black MONTE CARLO features and even more comprehensive equipment
    • Presentation in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), market launch in the fourth quarter of 2019

    The ŠKODA tradition of offering a sporty, lifestyle-oriented MONTE CARLO trim level will also be extended to the new KAMIQ city SUV.
    The latest ŠKODA SUV model uses dynamic, black MONTE CARLO features to evoke the brand’s successful rally history and also features an upgraded level of equipment. The ŠKODA KAMIQ is the Czech brand’s second SUV to come in a sporty MONTE CARLO version, the first having been the ŠKODA YETI. The ŠKODA KAMIQ MONTE CARLO will make its debut together with the ŠKODA SCALA MONTE CARLO from 10 to 22 September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new top trim level for the KAMIQ can be combined with all the engines available for the model series. Deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2019.

    Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, says: “The new ŠKODA KAMIQ is a typical ŠKODA SUV that develops its own distinctive personality through design elements like the split headlights. The black MONTE CARLO features emphasise this independent character and make it an even more attractive proposition for a younger target group. What you have here is a perfect combination of a sporty design referencing our successful rally vehicles and the everyday usability of a smart city SUV.”

    The new ŠKODA KAMIQ is the second SUV in the brand’s history ...
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