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    by Published on 25-11-2015 08:26 PM
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    • Next step in solving the NOx exhaust emissions issue in Europe
    • Minor hardware measures for the 1.6TDI engines
    • 2.0 TDI engines only need a software update
    • Target: no adverse effects on fuel consumption and performance

    The clarification and solution of the diesel issue is progressing. The Volkswagen Group has presented specific technical measures for the EA 189 engines affected with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that correction measures have been fixed for the majority of the vehicles affected. In the development of the solutions, the focus was on maximum customer-friendliness. After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards. The final technical solution for the 1.2-litre diesel engine will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority at the end of the month and is expected to comprise a software update.

    The technical measures developed for the EA 189 diesel engines affected have been presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Following an intensive examination, these measures have been ratified by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that there is now clarity regarding the correction of the irregularities for the majority of vehicles affected.

    • A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6-litre EA 189 engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor
    by Published on 21-11-2015 10:37 AM
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    • Outstanding performance, thanks to power increase from 180 PS to 192 PS and significant 70Nm hike in torque
    • Exclusively available with six-speed manual gearbox on Ibiza SC
    • 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds
    • New premium interior – distinctive, powerful design
    • Optimum connectivity with Full Link
    • UK pricing and specification to be confirmed closer to launch in January 2016

    The new Ibiza CUPRA shows the essence of the SEAT brand in its purest form – emotional design, outstanding performance and state-of-the-art technology, combined to create one of the most dynamic cars in the hot supermini class. With its compact format and excellent functionality, the Ibiza CUPRA is the perfect sports car for everyday use. The performance generated by the 1.8-litre TSI engine is impressive – acceleration from nought to 62 mph in just 6.7 seconds, a top speed of 146 mph – paired with exceptional efficiency. The new interior creates an extraordinary feeling of quality, while SEAT Full Link, the SEAT DriveApp and the SEAT ConnectApp enable optimum connectivity. In one area, however, there was very little room for improvement – the Ibiza’s emotional and dynamic design, which is still cited as the main reason for purchasing the compact Spanish model.

    “The new generation of the Ibiza CUPRA displays the strong character of the SEAT brand. With its unique design and exceptional performance, the Ibiza CUPRA is the epitome of sheer driving fun,” says Luca de Meo, President of SEAT S.A. “SEAT is a brand in motion and the Ibiza CUPRA is one of its icons. Innovative connectivity, a significantly upgraded interior and further improved quality are just a few key areas that demonstrate how fast and consistently our brand is moving.”

    A success story starts a new chapter. The first generation of the Ibiza CUPRA hit the roads in 1996, with every generation since building on the
    by Published on 23-10-2015 03:39 PM
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    • New Citigo Black Edition on sale now from Ł9,990 OTR
    • Striking design pack includes 15-inch black alloy wheels and a choice of Deep Black or Candy White paint as standard
    • High specification includes Portable Infotainment Device (PID) and manual air-conditioning
    • Available with 0%APR representative; from Ł75 per month when purchased through ŠKODA Financial Services on Solutions PCP*. It’s a no brainer

    ŠKODA is set to add to its style credentials with the introduction of a new Citigo Black Edition. Featuring a striking exterior and interior design package, the latest addition to the award-winning Citigo range delivers incredible value for money, with prices starting at just Ł9,990.

    Available in three-or five-door form, the Citigo Black is powered by a 1.0 MPI 60PS engine and packs a strong visual punch thanks to its standard Deep Black or Candy White paint and 15-inch Black Auriga alloy wheels. Sunset glass for the rear windows and body-coloured door mirrors are also fitted as standard, giving the Citigo Black powerful road presence.

    The new Citigo Black Edition features SKODA’s innovative Portable Infotainment Device (PID) that provides drivers with an array of features including satellite navigation, a hands-free Bluetooth connection and multimedia player. The Black Edition also comes with manual air-conditioning as standard, along with the Citigo Entertainment pack that consists of four additional loudspeakers and a multimedia holder. Electric front windows and a height-adjustable
    by Published on 23-10-2015 03:34 PM
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    New versions of RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback bring power and performance even closer to supercar levels

    • New RS 6 and RS 7 performance variants to supplement existing models available from November priced at Ł86,000 OTR and Ł91,600 OTR
    • First deliveries in February 2016
    • 4.0 TFSI uprated by 45PS to 605PS, new overboost function offers on-demand torque increase of 50Nm to 750Nm
    • 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, top speed of up to 189mph
    • Best-in-class economy is undiminished by performance enhancements

    A new peak is about to be reached in the Audi RS range as RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback ‘performance’ models join their existing and already formidable counterparts and ramp power up to a colossal 605PS and torque to up to 750Nm. Despite doing even greater justice to the RS badge by translating their 45PS and 50Nm output advantages into a supercar-challenging sprint time of just 3.7 seconds, the new RS performance models retain the same best-in-class fuel economy and efficiency figures as their ‘standard’ equivalents.

    Available to order in the UK from November, and scheduled for first deliveries here next February, the RS 6 Avant performance will be priced at Ł86,000 OTR and the RS 7 Sportback performance at Ł91,600 OTR. The 4.0-litre TFSI engine at the heart of both bolsters its 605PS output with a 700Nm torque peak which can be temporarily increased by the driver to 750Nm by way of an overboost function.

    The two RS high-performance models sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the respective standard RS model, and need just 12.1 seconds to accelerate
    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
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