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    by Published on 23-08-2019 03:41 PM
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    • ŠKODA KAMIQ rounds off the brand’s SUV family at the lower end
    • The youngest member of the ŠKODA model range offers an emotive design, compact dimensions, higher ground clearance and a great overall view
    • The city SUV is aimed at active, lifestyle-oriented customers


    ŠKODA has added a third model to its successful SUV portfolio for the European market – the ŠKODA KAMIQ – entering the rapidly growing city SUV segment for the first time. The KAMIQ blends the typical advantages of this segment such as increased ground clearance and a raised seat position with the agility of a compact car and ŠKODA’s characteristic emotive design.With state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new KAMIQ equally fulfils the needs of both family- and lifestyle-oriented customers in true ŠKODA style.


    ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “By launching the ŠKODA KAMIQ, we are consistently pressing ahead with our SUV campaign and are perfectly rounding off our offering on the European market.”

    The new KAMIQ continues the successful SUV design language of the KODIAQ and KAROQ SUVs, whilst the split headlights, which feature daytime running lights above the main headlights, create new, distinctive visual highlights. At 4,241 mm long, the ŠKODA KAMIQ is considerably more compact than both of its bigger SUV siblings. Combined with its raised seat position, this means it is perfectly equipped for the modern-day urban jungle. In typical ŠKODA style, the KAMIQ also sets benchmarks in the city SUV segment in terms of space.

    “The name KAMIQ comes from the language of the Inuit people living in northern Canada ...
    by Published on 23-08-2019 03:36 PM
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    All-new RS 6 Avant gains more power from a V8 twin-turbo TFSI and adds MHEV drive and fully digital cabin integrating MMI Touch Response


    • Fourth generation high-performance Avant available to order in the UK from November 2019 and due for first customer deliveries in January 2020
    • 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid: high power meets high efficiency
    • 600PS, 800 Nm, 0 to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds

    The concept of the super-fast Avant is more tightly woven into the Audi DNA than virtually any other hallmark of Vorsprung durch Technik, and that concept has been refined yet again in the creation of the new, fourth generation RS 6 Avant. Bristling with the technological accomplishments already delivered by the new A6 Avant, the latest addition to the Audi Sport fold combines formidable twin-turbo eight-cylinder TFSI power with state-of-the-art efficiency features including mild hybrid drive and cylinder-on-demand technology, helping to deliver epic performance as responsibly as possible.

    “Throughout our 25-year RS history, the Audi RS 6 Avant is one of our absolute icons with a large global fan base,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “We will also be offering the RS 6 Avant in North America for the very first time. As such, we will be tapping into a new market with huge potential and generating further growth.”

    Broad and powerful: the exterior design


    With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior of the RS 6 Avant comprises exclusively RS-specific parts, and to look at the car at rest on its sizeable 21-inch wheels shrouded by broad flared arches that expand its width by 40mm on each side, this is immediately evident.

    The new RS 6 Avant is one of the first Audi Sport models to feature the new RS design language. In addition to a new bonnet ...
    by Published on 17-08-2019 04:44 PM
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    • World Premiere at the IAA: Volkswagen presents open-top version of its successful crossover model
    • Enjoy the open air at the push of a button: soft top opens in nine seconds
    • “Always on”: integrated eSIM with the latest-generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB3)


    Volkswagen breathes fresh air into the SUV segment with the world premiere of the new T-Roc Cabriolet1. The open- top version expands the range of the popular crossover model, adding yet more lifestyle to the booming SUV market. The new T-Roc Cabriolet sees its official presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) from 12 to 22 September. The launch will take place in spring 2020.


    The T-Roc Cabriolet – the first crossover cabriolet in the compact class – offers just the right combination of strikingly extroverted design, raised seating characteristic of an SUV, a high degree of flexibility and the unique driving experience of a convertible.


    The soft top:
    Following the tradition of the Beetle and the Golf, the T-Roc Cabriolet likewise has a classic soft top. Its standard fully automatic roof opens in just nine seconds. It can open and close even while the car is in motion, at speeds of up to 30 km/h. The soft top unlocks and locks electromechanically.

    Safety down to the last detail:
    Guests in the T-Roc Cabriolet are well guarded by the roll-over protection, which can be extended behind the rear seats. The system springs upwards in the area of the rear headrests within a fraction of a second, in response to exceeding ...
    by Published on 10-08-2019 03:52 PM
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    • New ŠKODA Scala modified for emergency services
    • Conversion options includes police, fire and rescue and ambulance variants
    • Five-star NCAP rating gives blue light fleets the best safety standards
    • Reliability, practicality and value for money are the standout attributes for blue light forces in the UK


    The newly launched Scala has been called into service to join the ranks of ŠKODA’s celebrated blue-light fleet line-up.


    The ŠKODA Scala’s advanced driver assistance and safety features make it an ideal partner for the emergency services. The brand also offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for blue-light fleets that includes full vehicle conversion, which sees the generous interior – with a vast 467 litre boot (extendable to 1,410 litres with rear seats folded down) – able to fit both passengers and equipment, comfortably.


    The new Scala is one of the safest cars in its segment and has achieved the full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating giving added peace of mind for both driver and passengers on emergency high-speed call outs. Designed with a range of driver assistance systems
    the Scala includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Lane Assist.


    The compact car also features Side Assist that detects vehicles approaching from behind or that are in the car’s blind spot. While the existing Blind Spot Detect has a range of up to 20m, Side Assist can detect vehicles up to 70m away, which makes motorway and dual carriageway driving far safer. Rear Traffic Alert is also an integral
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    by Published on 10-08-2019 03:47 PM
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    • Bentley Corniche rises from the ashes thanks to complete re-creation by Mulliner
    • Traditional coachbuilding skills combine with original and newly manufactured parts
    • The return of a pivotal model in Bentley’s history
    • Original 1939 Corniche was lost in a wartime bombing raid in France
    • Re-created Corniche to debut at Salon Privé in September and then join Bentley heritage fleet for display at events and exhibitions around the world


    Bentley has re-created a long-lost car from its illustrious past that provides a crucial link in the history of its most important models. The ground-up rebuild of the only 1939 Corniche ever made highlights the marque’s pedigree of design and technological innovation, the breadth of skills within Mulliner’s bespoking division, and connects the fabled Embiricos 4Ľ Litre and R Type Continental.

    The only car of its type now in existence thanks to the skills of Mulliner, the Corniche was conceived to be a high performance version of the new MkV saloon, itself a technological advance that was due to be launched in October 1939.


    The styling of the Corniche was a radical step forward from the traditional Bentleys of the 1920s and ‘30s, introducing ‘Streamlining’ to help deliver greater speed and performance, and heavily influenced post-war models from the R Type Continental right through to the current Continental GT.


    The original Corniche was lost in France in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. It was extensively damaged in a traffic accident whilst undergoing road tests in France in August 1939. Sent for repairs, the chassis made it home to the Bentley plant in Derby, but the bodywork was destroyed in a bombing raid on Dieppe later in 1939 and was never seen again.

    Until now.

    The project was originally started several years ago by volunteers
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    by Published on 03-08-2019 08:04 PM
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    New citycarver specification gives the technologically advanced and city-friendly subcompact hatchback a more rugged stance


    • Exterior design with robust off-road look with octagonal Singleframe and around four centimetres more ground clearance
    • Cutting-edge infotainment components and extensive digital connectivity
    • Available to order in the UK from September in conjunction with 116PS 1.0 TFSI (30 TFSI) and 150PS 1.5 TFSI (35 TFSI) engines


    Prospective drivers of the already innately city-friendly Audi A1 will soon have the option to make their car look even more urban-ready by choosing a new citycarver specification that takes a tougher stance. New citycarver versions of the A1 will be available to order in the UK in conjunction with 30 TFSI and 35 TFSI petrol engines from September, and will begin arriving with customers in the autumn.

    The design of the 4.04-metre Audi A1 citycarver is based on the A1 Sportback, but it has a more muscular look achieved primarily through wheel arch enhancements and redesigned sills in a contrasting colour, underbody protection in a stainless steel finish and raised suspension giving around four centimetres of additional ground clearance for easier entry and better visibility. Its large, octagonal Singleframe is also reminiscent of the Audi Q models, and surrounds a strongly sculpted honeycomb insert painted in matt black. Two characteristic slots above the grille differentiate it from the A1 Sportback. At the rear, a new look bumper echoes the robust
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    by Published on 03-08-2019 07:58 PM
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    • SE trim is Arteon range’s new entry point at Ł33,085 RRP OTR
    • Three trim options now available on business-class fastback
    • MY20 changes add further value and tech to existing trims


    The Volkswagen Arteon is gaining a new entry-level SE specification, making this stylish model available to even more customers who are in the market for a smart business-class fastback. The Arteon SE opens for order this week, with prices starting at Ł33,085 RRP OTR.


    The Arteon SE adds a third level to the Arteon’s trim line-up. With the existing Elegance and R-Line specifications representing luxury and sportiness respectively, the SE now presents an even more value-focused offering to the range as the new entry point into Arteon ownership. Initially, the SE will be offered with a single engine option – a 2.0-litre TSI 190 PS petrol unit fitted with a 7-speed DSG, priced at Ł33,085 RRP OTR. A new diesel engine will be introduced later this year and is expected to make Arteon ownership even more accessible.

    The SE’s equipment roster is impressively generous, with 18” Almere alloy wheels, full LED lights, adaptive cruise control with Front Assist, a Discover Navigation system with 8.0” touch screen display and three-zone climate control all fitted as standard, as well as two USB ports and front and rear parking sensors. Volkswagen’s Wireless App Connect system also brings the convenience of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without needing to plug in a device.

    Three engine and gearbox configurations will come to make up the range on ...
    by Published on 03-08-2019 07:52 PM
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    • MONTE CARLO trim level pays homage to the successful ŠKODA motor racing history
    • Sporty accessories and black design elements have defined lifestyle versions since 2011
    • Trim level for SCALA and KAMIQ to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September


    Monte Carlo, the glamorous urban district of the Principality of Monaco, is synonymous with lifestyle, elegance and motor racing. ŠKODA has claimed some of the greatest victories in its motor racing history at the famous Monte Carlo Rally. As far back as 1936, the company released a limited edition of 70 vehicles bearing the MONTE CARLO name. Since 2011, select ŠKODA models with a particularly sporty design and numerous black elements have commemorated this tradition, which is now continued by the SCALA MONTE CARLO and the KAMIQ MONTE CARLO. Both vehicles will be premiered at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.


    The Monte Carlo Rally and ŠKODA have a long-standing association stretching back over a hundred years. As early as 1912, when the Monte Carlo Rally was only in its second year, vehicles from Mladá Boleslav were among the competitors. In 1936, ŠKODA POPULAR took second place in its category – marking the start of the MONTE CARLO models. Following this outstanding success, ŠKODA released a limited edition of 70 vehicles that were derived straight from the rally car; they were the first to be given the MONTE CARLO designation.




    Exactly 75 years later, ŠKODA revived the celebrated name when it introduced ...
    by Published on 03-08-2019 07:46 PM
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    New ‘entry level’ e-tron will offer characteristic high efficiency and strong performance at a new price point


    • Two electric motors with total power of 230 kW and 540 Nm of torque
    • Range of up to 186 miles according to WLTP, fast charging in 30 minutes
    • Scheduled to become available in the UK in early 2020


    A second version of the Audi e-tron charged with opening up the benefits of the first fully electric Audi to a wider audience has been confirmed for series production and will launch in the UK in 2020. The Audi e-tron 50 quattro will complement the existing e-tron 55 quattro model, its 71 kWh battery and two electric motors providing for a range of up to 186 miles according to the WLTP test cycle and its 120kW charging capability facilitating recharging to 80 per cent capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.

    A product of the carbon-neutral Audi Brussels plant, the e-tron 50 quattro combines a high level of efficiency with strong and instantly accessible performance. Like the versions which came before it, the entry-level model also features ‘e-quattro’ all-wheel-drive delivered by an electric motor mounted on each axle – in this application these generate a combined total of 230 kW and 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) of torque, and are capable of propelling the electric SUV from 0 to 62mph in 7.0 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 118mph. In order to achieve the highest efficiency, only the rear electric motor is active in most driving situations, while the front electric motor is activated
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    by Published on 26-07-2019 06:56 PM
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    Electrically boosted V8 TDI power returns to the updated Q7 range combined with the latest infotainment functionality


    • Superb performance thanks in part to the electric powered compressor
    • Updated design with S-specific details and extensive equipment
    • New fully digital cabin with touch operation
    • Available in the UK from August as SQ7 TDI and top specification SQ7 TDI Vorsprung


    Ingolstadt, July 22, 2019:
    The latest in Audi design, engineering and digitalisation know-how has brought the updated Audi SQ7 TDI right up to speed with Vorsprung durch Technik in 2019, but the high performance seven-seater has remained true to its roots in one area that will please devotees of maximum displacement – the 435PS biturbo V8 diesel engine remains the star attraction in the newcomer, which is due to become available in the UK from August ahead of first deliveries in the autumn.

    Pure diesel power: Biturbo V8 with electrically powered compressor


    The 4.0-litre biturbo TDI backs up its 435PS output with a 900 Nm wall of torque available between 1,250 and 3,250 rpm, enough to catapult the SQ7 TDI from rest to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and to take it to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph.

    The 48-volt electrical subsystem feeds an electrically powered compressor (EPC) that assists the two turbochargers whenever the load demand from the accelerator is high while the available energy in the exhaust gas is still low. In this case, it supplies the fresh air, which is important for combustion. As a result, the tremendous torque is available instantly at any time – when accelerating ...
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