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    by Published on 13-05-2016 11:47 AM
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    World premiere of the new Golf GTI Clubsport S at Lake Wörthersee: most powerful GTI ever smashes the Nürburgring lap record

    The Golf GTI Clubsport S breaks the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21

    This exclusive GTI is a two-seater with a 310 PS engine and newly configured chassis


    Ten key facts – the Golf GTI Clubsport S in keywords


    1. The most powerful Golf GTI ever breaks the lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21.


    2. Only 400 of the limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport S, which delivers 228 kW/310 PS and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, will be made.


    3. Uniquely, the Golf GTI Clubsport S has a Nürburgring setting, which can be accessed using the driving profile selector.


    4. The Nürburgring setting finetunes the adaptive chassis control DCC, engine, steering and sound to suit the Nordschleife.


    5. The chassis of the Golf GTI Clubsport S was fine-tuned in extensive racetrack tests and completely reconfigured.


    6. With the EU unladen weight reduced to 1,285 kg, the 310 PS results in a sports car power-to-weight ratio of 4.15 kg/PS. (EU unladen weight incl. driver and luggage: 1,360 kg).


    7. New exhaust system sees tail pipes with an enlarged cross-section produce strong backfire when braking.


    8. The Golf GTI Clubsport S is a two-door, two-seat car, with the rear seats removed to save weight.


    9. The Golf GTI Clubsport S comes with 19-inch alloy wheels (“Pretoria”) and semi-slicks.


    10. The production number 001/400 to 400/400 in the interior reveals that the car is an exclusive special edition.


    In brief – the world premiere of the Golf GTI
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    by Published on 13-05-2016 11:37 AM
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    • Name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on a remote island near Alaska
    • ŠKODA's Kodiaq debuts in the second half of 2016, heralding the Czech brand's global SUV campaign


    ŠKODA’s new large SUV is to be called Kodiaq. The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on a remote island off the southern coast of Alaska. Its spelling is derived from the language of the indigenous people – the Alutiiq. ŠKODA will usher in a new SUV campaign with the introduction of the Kodiaq when it makes its public debut in the second half of 2016.

    Living alongside c.14,000 people on Kodiak Island – a harsh yet fascinating landscape located off the southern coast of Alaska (57°N 153°W) – are almost 3,500 Kodiak bears. The Alutiiq, the natives, call the bear Taq uka 'aq – the letter ‘q’ at the end is a characteristic of animal names. ŠKODA’s use of the letter ‘q’ creates a distinctive name for a very distinctive new ŠKODA.

    At 4.70 metres long, ŠKODA’s new SUV can comfortably seat seven people and offers remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track. The hidden power of the Kodiaq can also be seen in its design – distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, robust and strong appearence.

    ‘Discover new ground’ is the claim under which the Czech carmaker will be launching the ŠKODA Kodiaq. The model marks the beginning of the brand’s new SUV campaign, and will attract new consumer groups in the fast-growing SUV segment. The ŠKODA Kodiaq celebrates its public debut in the ...
    by Published on 13-05-2016 11:30 AM
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    • The Volkswagen Polo Beats special edition is on sale now
    • Enhanced styling combines with a powerful 300-watt sound system
    • Prices start from Ł13,910 (RRP OTR), with petrol and diesel engines available


    The Volkswagen Polo is one of the enduring mainstays of the German brand in the UK. Now Volkswagen is joining forces with world-renowned audio specialist Beats Electronics to launch a range of Polo special editions that feature a stunning sound system wrapped in fresh styling cues.


    The Volkswagen Polo Beats is available to order at Volkswagen Retailers now starting at Ł13,910 OTR RRP. The Polo Beats brings new vigour to the small car segment and blends the technology of two class leaders: German car manufacturer Volkswagen and Californian audio experts Beats Electronics.


    The Polo Beats features a state-of-the-art sound system comprising a 300-watt, eight-channel amplifier that is fitted with a digital signal processor (DSP). By comparison, in Match trim the Polo comes with an 80-watt system. The DSP in the Polo Beats delivers high-performance audio processing that gives clarity and definition to each of the seven high-end loudspeakers.


    The speaker set-up comprises two tweeters located in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband speakers located in the back with a subwoofer integrated into the spare wheel well to deliver powerful and punching bass tones.


    The sharp looks of the Polo Beats back up its class-leading sound system, with standard equipment including 16-inch ‘Knight’ alloy wheels. In addition, the Polo Beats features darkened rear light clusters
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    by Published on 23-04-2016 02:33 PM
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    Detail changes to the executive class Saloon, Avant and five-door Sportback ranges enhance styling, connectivity and comfort

    • New highlights for exterior, interior and equipment
    • Even more connectivity and entertainment features
    • A6 Saloon 2017 Model Year pricing from Ł32,995 OTR, Avant from Ł35,095
    • S6 from Ł57,215 OTR, RS 6 Avant from Ł79,505 OTR
    • A7 Sportback 2017 Model Year pricing from Ł46,865 OTR
    • S7 Sportback from Ł64,380 OTR, RS 7 Sportback from Ł85,485 OTR
    • UK ordering from May, first deliveries in the summer

    In the spirit of ‘never standing still’ which is a key tenet of Vorsprung durch Technik, Audi is making some detail changes to its executive class A6 and A7 Sportback ranges. Carefully considered styling refinements enhance the perennially popular A6 Saloon and Avant lines, while all models benefit from interior upgrades and new equipment. UK order banks for the latest A6 and A7 Sportback models and their S and RS counterparts will open in May and deliveries will start in the summer.

    The basis for the newly updated A6 and A6 Avant ranges is a new SE Executive specification level, which replaces the entry level SE option available up to this point. It ushers in a new, bolder look courtesy of a new front apron incorporating more pronounced air inlets with gloss black horizontal struts, more sculpted side sills and a restyled rear bumper now housing a new diffuser at its lower edge.


    The already more sporting stance struck by the S line and top flight Black Edition models has also been subtly enhanced by a new
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    by Published on 16-04-2016 03:54 PM
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    • Landmark day for Golf GTI as order books open for GTI Clubsport Edition 40
    • Most potent GTI to date with up to 290 PS; 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds
    • Special edition model priced from Ł30,875 (RRP OTR)

    ‘Iconic’ is, perhaps, a word bandied around all too freely but, when applied to the mould-breaking Golf GTI, it can be used with genuine justification. The car that popularised the ‘hot hatch’ phenomenon is 40 years old in 2016 and, to mark the occasion, Volkswagen has created the most potent iteration of the GTI to date.

    Available to order in Volkswagen UK Retailers now, the specially commissioned Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 celebrates four decades of a true automotive icon.


    Powering this addition to the GTI range is a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine that delivers 265 PS, making it the most powerful Golf GTI yet. But that’s not the whole story. Accelerate hard in third gear or higher and, for up to 10 seconds, an additional ‘overboost’ function increases the engine power to 290 PS.


    The engine – which delivers its 265 PS between 5,350 and 6,600 rpm – is technically based on the 1,984 cc TSI engine that appears in the award-winning Golf R. This is a third generation EA 888 unit boasting technical refinements such as a water-cooled exhaust channel to the turbocharger that is integrated in the cylinder head, and variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. Maximum torque, under boost, is 350 Nm.


    In the new Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40 this power is channelled entirely to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG. The lightweight front-wheel drive system that is typical of the Golf GTI offers tremendous agility, working as it does in conjunction
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    by Published on 16-04-2016 03:43 PM
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    One-off six-seater Audi limousine took almost a year to develop and finesse to the same exacting standards as a production-ready A8


    • Premium manufacturer develops and builds 6.36-metre luxury saloon to special customer order
    • Comfortable and spacious seating for six
    • Wheelbase extended by almost 1.1 metres over the A8 L, with a completely reworked outer skin starting from the A-pillar backwards
    • Additional use of aluminium to lengthen and strengthen the Audi Space Frame

    Audi has gone to even greater lengths to deliver all of the familiar trappings associated with its flagship A8 L model in an entirely unique format of considerable proportions. At the special request of a European customer, the premium brand has created the Audi A8 L extended, a built-to-order model measuring 6.36 metres (20.9 ft) in length and with a wheelbase of 4.22 metres (13.8 ft). The A8 L extended affords exquisite comfort for passengers occupying all of its six seats. Audi has further requests for the custom product already.

    Experts invested almost a year in developing and building the exceptionally long luxury saloon. The result was an exclusive one-off specimen that meets the high standards of the production model in every domain. The major challenges concerned the safety and rigidity of the extra-large body, as well as the styling of the silhouette.


    The Audi A8 L extended benefits from the low weight of the production model’s body, which uses an Audi Space Frame design and is made almost entirely from aluminium. For the built-to-order version the engineers
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    by Published on 03-04-2016 04:07 PM
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    • SEAT set to stir up compact SUV market with temptingly priced Ateca
    • SEAT’s first SUV to be keenly priced from Ł17,990 to Ł29,990 on-the-road
    • Four trim levels at launch, including limited ‘First Edition’ which will be confirmed in May
    • Choice of five engines: two petrol and three diesel, ranging in power from 115 PS to 190 PS. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG-auto transmissions available, plus four-wheel-drive with both 2.0 TDI diesel engines
    • Orders already flooding in for Ateca in several of SEAT’s key European markets, before first cars have even arrived in showrooms
    • Available to order from 3rd May 2016, ahead of UK showroom launch on 9th September


    Following its highly acclaimed world debut at the Geneva motor show just a few weeks ago, SEAT has confirmed full UK pricing and specification for its first SUV, Ateca. Temptingly priced from only Ł17,990, the Barcelona-based marque is looking to make quite an impact in the UK’s compact SUV market.


    Which, judging by the initial signs for SEAT’s latest creation, staking its claim in the fast-growing segment shouldn’t be too difficult. For starters, in several key European markets, including France and Germany, where ordering has already opened, Ateca is already proving quite a hit, even before customers have got behind the wheel.


    Another good omen, and a possible reason behind the eagerness to snap one up, lies with initial media reaction to the car. In the UK alone, media pundits have already begun showering it with praise, just on the basis of prototype drives. Auto Express magazine hailed Ateca as an “impressive piece of kit”,
    while the Daily Telegraph hyped it up further with “in September, SEAT dealers will be
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    by Published on 31-03-2016 07:01 PM
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    • The Volkswagen Beetle Dune is available to order from 5 April
    • Stylish new Dune combines classic Beetle style with off-road ruggedness
    • Prices start at Ł21,300 (RRP OTR), with petrol and diesel engines available


    The Volkswagen Beetle is renowned as an automotive style icon with, perhaps, the most well-known silhouette of any modern car. Original Beetles have been modified in small numbers over the years to suit specialist drivers’ requirements and among the most famous of these are the ‘Baja Bugs’ vividly associated with west coast America.


    Now the spirit of those original conversions is rekindled in the modern Beetle range with the UK showroom debut of the exciting new Beetle Dune. Engineered and styled to pay tribute to those off-road heroes, and with a ride height raised 10 mm compared with the standard car, the Beetle Dune is designed to offer a vibrant new dimension to the existing Beetle line-up.


    Available to order from 5 April through the Volkswagen UK Retailer network, the Beetle Dune’s rugged looks are enhanced via 18-inch ‘Mythos’ alloy wheels, front and rear wheelarch extensions and bold new bumper designs.


    Beetle Dune customers have a choice of Coupe or Cabriolet versions and deliveries of both will begin in June, while a selection of five body colours complement the car’s eye-catching styling. The Sandstorm Yellow metallic and Dark Bronze metallic, in particular, have been developed exclusively for the Beetle Dune. Other colour options include Deep Black pearlescent, Black (non-metallic) and Pure White (non-metallic). Parts of the dash and door panels
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    by Published on 31-03-2016 06:55 PM
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    • VisionS concept car takes ŠKODA into a larger SUV segment for first time
    • Director-level company car drivers fuel SUV growth
    • ŠKODA looks to build on fleet successes of Octavia and Superb


    ŠKODA will further strengthen its appeal among senior level company car drivers when its first A+ SUV is introduced, new research confirms.


    Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the VisionS concept car gave the world a strong steer on ŠKODA’s hotly-anticipated new large SUV and was met with rave reviews, particularly for its “sleek, chiselled and elegant”* styling.


    When the production version is revealed later in 2016, it will excite company bosses across the UK, afteran in-depth study of the fleet market** by ŠKODA revealed that director-level company car drivers (39%) are more than twice as likely to choose SUVs than their more junior counterparts (19%).


    With SUVs now the biggest-selling model of car in Europe, growing by around 25%*** last year in the UK, ŠKODA’s next major line-up addition looks set to draw in even more customers.


    Henry Williams, Head of Fleet for ŠKODA UK, commented:“We had a record year of fleet sales in 2015, with the all-new Superb proving a major hit for its outstanding design, technology, practicality and value for money. This complemented the existing popularity of our other models such as the Octavia.


    “However, the new A+ SUV – which will take cues from the VisionS concept car – sees ŠKODA enter an entirely different vehicle category. We
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    by Published on 29-03-2016 04:09 PM
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    Top honour is bestowed on all-new Audi super sports car at New York International Auto Show

    The Audi R8 Coupé has been crowned “2016 World Performance Car” in the World Car Awards, which were presented this week during the New York International Auto Show.

    With a total of four awards, the Audi R8 is the most successful model in the history of the World Car Awards. The predecessor to the R8 had already taken home two World Performance Car awards and a World Car Design of the Year award in the prestigious competition.


    Now the second generation of the high-performance sports car from Audi was able to win over the international jury of 73 leading automotive journalists. This makes the Audi R8 a winner – on the road as well as on the racetrack.

    “With its distinctive design, its driving dynamics and its closeness to racing, the R8 is one of the strongest calling cards for the four rings and is the flagship car from Audi Sport. The first generation of the R8 paved our way toward becoming a premium brand and raised the aura of Audi to a new level. The new R8 will continue this success story and further accelerate the growth strategy of Audi Sport,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.

    The Audi R8 Coupé offers more performance than any other Audi production model. The mid-mounted V10 and newly developed quattro drive offer extraordinary driving performance. The top version, with 610PS, sprints from 0 to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds and can continue to a 205mph maximum
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