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    by Published on 31-01-2020 02:13 PM
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    • New SUV-convertible picks up baton for Volkswagen Cabriolets
    • Ł26,750 RRP OTR starting price for the brand’s latest drop-top
    • Two stylish trim levels offered, and three drivetrain configurations

    The first glimmer of summer has arrived early at Volkswagen UK, with the T-Roc Cabriolet opening for order today. Fashion-focused Design trim cars start at Ł26,750 RRP OTR, while sportier-styled R-Line examples begin at Ł31,920 RRP OTR.

    The latest in a dynasty of Volkswagen Cabriolets spanning 71 years and numerous successful models, the T-Roc Cabriolet reaches the UK in two specification levels: Design and R-Line. Two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS and a 1.5-litre TSI 150 PS – are offered, the latter available with a 7-speed DSG transmission, in addition to 6-speed manual versions of both.

    Aside from the fabric folding roof – which can be lowered in nine seconds and raised in 11 seconds – the T-Roc Cabriolet is distinct from the standard T-Roc in its two-door body style and its wheelbase, which has been extended by 40 mm compared with its five-door, solid-roof sibling. This allows maximum room for passengers in the cabin, as well as a useful 284-litre boot capacity.

    Design trim features 17-inch ‘Mayfield’ alloy wheels as standard, with 18-inch ‘Montego Bay’ and ‘Sebring’ wheels available as options. Inside, an 8.0-inch Discover Navigation infotainment system is fitted, with wireless App-Connect smartphone connectivity, along with 2Zone climate control and a six-speaker sound system. Among the arsenal of driver assistance systems included on the Design trim Cabriolet are Front ...
    by Published on 31-01-2020 02:02 PM
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    • STRONG DESIGN EVOLUTION: A new exterior and interior design language gives it greater presence, which enhances its overall proportions
    • LIGHTING THE WAY: Full LED headlamps, coast-to-coast rear lamps and wraparound ambient lights emphasise the evolution and technology within
    • FUTURE-PROOF: Based on the MQB (Modular Quer Baukasten) Evo platform, the next-generation Leon is the most forward-thinking product ever made by SEAT: it’s fully connected to the cloud, with state-of-the-art driving assistance systems and hybrid technology from launch
    • THE SAFEST SEAT: New active and passive technologies include Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control and Emergency Assist 3.0, while the inherently-strong safety cell provides optimum protection in the event of a collision
    • ADVANCED POWERTRAINS: A range of efficient powertrains available from launch: gasoline (TSI); diesel (TDI); mild-hybrid (eTSI); and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid)
    • ALWAYS CONNECTED: In-car connectivity with Full Link including wireless Apple CarPlay and cloud-based functions and services enables drivers to access their digital lives on the move
    • SEAT CONNECT: New smartphone app keeps you in touch with your vehicle when you’re on the move
    • MORE PRACTICAL: Increased wheelbase (+50mm) and overall length of the five-door (+86mm) and Estate (+93mm) add extra occupant and luggage capacity
    • PACKAGING MASTERCLASS: More headroom for passengers despite lower roofline
    • SUCCESS STORY: SEAT Leon has sold more than 2.2 million units globally (252,416 in the UK) since 1999 across three generations, each proving more popular than the last
    • SEAT easymove: Six trim levels – SE, SE Dynamic, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence, Xcellence Lux – each with its own unique equipment,
    by Published on 31-01-2020 01:48 PM
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    • New sporty Kamiq and Scala Monte Carlo trims announced
    • Unique design and equipment packages for new range-toppers
    • Amundsen infotainment and Virtual Cockpit fitted as standard
    • Monte Carlo interior features sports seats, black roof lining and red LED ambient lighting

    ŠKODA is set to give its acclaimed Scala and Kamiq ranges a sporting edge with the introduction of a new Monte Carlo trim level. Named in celebration of ŠKODA’s successes at the legendary Monte Carlo rally, this feature-packed trim combines luxury with a dynamic look and a host of advanced technology.

    Both models are equipped with motorsport-inspired design touches that give them a dynamic appearance. The Kamiq Monte Carlo features a host of gloss black detailing, along with 18-inch black Vega alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, full LED headlights and tail lights, and a special sports front bumper. At the rear, there is a black diffuser and black boot lettering.

    Inside, the Kamiq Monte Carlo is equipped with sports seats, sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals as standard. Passengers also benefit from ambient lighting in red, a black roof lining and door sills with Kamiq lettering. In terms of technology, all Kamiq Monte Carlo models feature ŠKODA’s innovative Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch display, gesture control and Care Connect for one year.

    The Kamiq Monte Carlo is available with two engine options; a 1.0 TSI 115PS unit and a 1.5 TSI 150PS engine. Both can be specified with either a six speed manual or a seven-speed ...
    by Published on 31-01-2020 01:42 PM
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    • Establishing the even greater collaboration between the two excellence of innovation and performance, Aruba keeps investing in two wheels

    Aruba S.p.A. (, a leader in data center services, cloud, web hosting, e-mail, PEC and domain registrations, is confirmed – for the second consecutive – as Official Partner of the Ducati Team in the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.

    Innovation, speed, safety and reliability are all values that Aruba shares with Ducati Corse, and have been the common ground for a partnership that has been growing year by year. Aruba is proud to be able to put its brand alongside that of the Ducati Corse team, that each year sees hundreds of technicians and professionals involved with passion in sports activities around the world.

    Aruba and Ducati Corse is a duo that keeps consolidating with the MotoGP World Championship and in the Superbike World Championship with the Racing – Ducati team. that on the 12th February 2020 will renew a synergy that it is now in its sixth consecutive year.

    The 2020 MotoGP season for the Ducati Team has officially begun with their team presentation at Palazzo Re Enzo last week in Bologna, on the 23rd January. Now we are all waiting to see Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci hitting the track again for what promises to be a new exciting MotoGP season full of adrenaline.

    “The bond between Ducati and Aruba continues and strengthens in 2020”
    declared Luigi Dall’Igna Ducati Corse General Manager. “Our collaboration with Aruba, an Italian company leader in its ...
    by Published on 31-01-2020 01:37 PM
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    • Bentley EXP 100 GT has been awarded ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the Festival Automobile International by a unanimous jury.
    • The leaders of the design world converge on Paris where the Bentley EXP 100 GT is on display.

    Bentley Motors is starting the year with special recognition for its futuristic centenary concept car: the EXP 100 GT. Exploring how grand touring could look in 2035, the concept claimed the prestigious ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the iconic French Festival Automobile International during its 35th annual event.

    Festival Automobile International is known as the world’s ‘Automotive Fashion Week‘ and takes place on an annual basis in the heart of Paris. Members of the public will be able to see the radical EXP 100 GT in the metal, as the concept car will be on display under the UNESCO world heritage site, Hotel des Invalides.

    Commenting on the recognition, Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design at Bentley Motors, said:

    “The EXP 100 GT is more than a concept car, it is a vision for the future of sustainable luxury mobility. It offers an inspiring blend of performance, technology and craftsmanship, while at the same time presenting a beautiful, immersive and emotionally intelligent experience. We are delighted to receive such special recognition at what is a very prestigious and admired festival.”

    Amongst the guests for the award ceremony will be the leading figures within the automotive industry, design and fashion. The jury, consisting of the most prominent ambassadors of ...
    by Published on 31-01-2020 01:32 PM
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    • Improved electric city car gets a vastly increased range of 159 miles
    • Safety and connectivity tech additions follow the wider up! range
    • Entry into Volkswagen EV ownership starts at Ł19,695 RRP OTR1

    Customers can now visit Volkswagen retailers and place a stock order for the refreshed e-up! – the brand’s smallest electric vehicle, with a real-world range that has doubled over its predecessor. The electric city car starts at Ł19,695 RRP OTR1, and is a key member of Volkswagen’s electric family, which welcomes the ID.3 later this year.

    Volkswagen first unveiled the e-up! in 2013 as the brand’s first fully-electric production car, and it went on sale in the UK early in 2014. Since then the range of the e-up! has been boosted to 159 miles (WLTP), up from the original’s 83-mile potential, thanks to the addition of a larger lithium-ion battery pack with a net capacity of 32.3 kWh, up from 18.7 kWh in the previous-generation car.

    In addition to this, the e-up! runs parallel to the rest of the up! range, so in turn benefits from the same package of driver’s assistance, safety and connectivity technologies that others like the up! Beats, new up! R-Line and up! GTI receive, including a multifunction camera with Lane Assist, curtain airbags and smartphone integration cradle.

    Also standard on the range-topping e-up! are comfort and convenience features including heated front seats and a heated windscreen, climate control, rain sensing wipers and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors. Cruise control ...
    by Published on 24-01-2020 03:23 PM
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    MAN Engines is expanding its range of engines for light-duty workboats in North America by introducing an 800 hp (588 kW) inline-six engine.

    The D2676 LE426 will be available from the second quarter of 2020. It satisfies the EPA Commercial emissions standards and offers 70 hp greater output than the well-established, 730 hp D2676 model. For the first time, the 800 hp version of the D2676 will also offer keel cooling capability for the engine as a factory-fitted feature.

    “This means we can offer our customers the added value of keel cooling without compromising the 800 hp of power and performance,” says Ricardo Barbosa, president of MAN Engines & Components Inc., in Pompano Beach, FL.

    A further advantage of keel cooling is a weight reduction of up to 5% compared to heat exchanger cooled engines.

    With increased power, the MAN D2676 LE426 achieves an impressive power density.

    By making use of new injectors and a new cylinder head, the MAN engineers have increased the engine’s power by almost 10% compared to the previous 730 hp (537 kW) model.

    Consequently, the D2676 LE426 achieves a maximum torque of 2,674 Nm between 1,400 and 2,000 rpm from a bore of 126 mm and a stroke of 166 mm, allowing the inline-six engine to provide sufficient thrust for pilot boats, lifeboats, and fishing vessels.

    It also shows the broad torque plateau typical for MAN marine engines.

    This ensures maximum torque over a broad engine speed range at the lowest specific fuel consumption.

    This is supported by the modified common rail injection system, which ensures improved combustion while ...
    by Published on 24-01-2020 03:17 PM
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    ASKO and Scania celebrate the start of operations of four hydrogen gas trucks with electric driveline and of ASKO’s hydrogen gas station in Trondheim, Norway.

    There is no one-size-fits-all-universal solution within electrification of heavy commercial vehicles. One of the technology tracks that Scania has explored with its customer ASKO is fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen gas. This venture now goes into the next phase with four trucks being put into real operation in a pilot that is one of the first of its kind. The pilot will be the basis for further learning and development for both companies.

    “Scania continues to work with cutting edge technology that supports the shift to fossil free transport. An important part of this is done together with some of our most progressive partners, such as ASKO, in customer-near development”, says Karin Rĺdström, Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania.

    Scania is working with its electrification roadmap in the same way as with the combustion engine-technology; a multi-facetted approach with a broad range of solutions. The company has researched and developed different kinds of bio-fuelled hybrid-electric technologies, as well as fully-electric vehicles. Scania’s battery electric bus was launched in 2019 and we also work with electric vehicles that can be charged via electrified roads or through hydrogen-powered fuel cells as is the case with ASKO.

    “Hydrogen gas is an interesting option for long haulage electrified transport and early tests show that the technology also works well in colder ...
    by Published on 24-01-2020 02:57 PM
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    • ŠKODA AUTO was founded in 1895, making it one of the world’s oldest automobile manufacturers still active today
    • ŠKODA AUTO is celebrating its 125th anniversary with numerous activities, promotions and events around the world
    • The company is also celebrating 115 years since the launch of car manufacturing
    • ŠKODA AUTO enters a new era of individual mobility from a position of strength

    Anniversary year for ŠKODA AUTO: The car manufacturer celebrates 125 years since its founding and 115 years since the company launched automobile production. Several of the brand’s historically important models are also celebrating jubilees this year.

    ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier emphasises: “ŠKODA AUTO is one of the world’s five oldest automobile manufacturers still active today. The courage and ingenuity of the two founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, are the cornerstone of this unique success story and at the same time an obligation and incentive to lead the company towards a prosperous future. This is precisely what we are doing through our Strategy 2025, transforming ŠKODA AUTO from a car manufacturer into a ‘Simply Clever Company for the best mobility solutions’.”

    In pursuing this goal, ŠKODA AUTO is continuing along its path towards electromobility in 2020, presenting the series-production version of the Vision iV in the first half of the year. The 125th anniversary of the company’s founding thus also marks the beginning of a new era for the manufacturer: the all-electric SUV is the brand’s first vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s ...
    by Published on 24-01-2020 02:53 PM
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    • Further improved, easier, more intuitive, less tiring and even faster, the new Panigale V4 is ready to take to the track
    • After being confirmed for the second consecutive year, the best-selling super sports bike in the world is now available from Ducati dealers
    • Over 450 motorcycles delivered in Europe and the United States

    Since 2018, the date of its arrival on the market, the Panigale V4 has established new benchmarks in the super sports bike segment where, for the second consecutive year, it is the best-selling motorcycle in the world.

    The production of the Panigale V4 MY2020 is in full swing. Around 450 motorcycles have been delivered to European and US dealers, and in the coming weeks the new super sports bike will also reach the other markets in the world in which Ducati is present.

    To confirm the success already achieved by this jewel of style and technology, feedback and data from customers and the specialized press were collected and analysed in Borgo Panigale. This allowed Ducati to make a Panigale V4 that is easier, less fatiguing and more intuitive to ride, resulting in an even faster bike on the stopwatch, with an improvement that is all the more evident the lesser the rider's experience. In short, it is an even more powerful and enjoyable bike for an amateur who, on the track, can bring his performance closer
    to that of a professional rider.

    The Panigale V4 is now equipped with content taken from the V4 R. For example, the aerodynamic package through-air (aerofoils, plexiglas screen, nose ...
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