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    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:29 PM
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    • The name has been decided – ID.41 starts this year
    • Up to 500 km – aerodynamics and efficiency allow long ranges
    • Global car – ID.4 to be produced and sold in Europe, China and the U.S.


    The ID. CROZZ2 showcar evolves into its series production version, the ID.4: Volkswagen is forging ahead with its electric mobility strategy by providing a detailed insight into the brand’s first all-electric SUV during a webcast following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show. The new ID.4 will be launched this year. Following in the tracks of the ID.3
    3, the countdown has already begun for the second model based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB). “Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle”, explains Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand. “We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the U.S..”

    The design of this zero-emission SUV is particularly aerodynamic. Ralf Brandstätter: “The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometres, depending on the drive package."

    The ID.4 will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, while an electric all-wheel drive version will be added to the portfolio at a later date. The high-voltage battery is positioned near the center of the underbody to create a low centre of gravity and an optimum in terms of driving dynamics, along with an extremely well-balanced axle load distribution. Just like all other MEB models, the ID.4 offers ...
    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:25 PM
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    • Most exclusive and bespoke Bentley of the modern era revealed at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, England
    • Two-seat Bacalar marks return to bespoke coachbuilding for Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilding company in the world
    • Bentley Mulliner announces new three-portfolio future: Classic, Collections and Coachbuilt
    • ‘Barchetta’ design delivers the ultimate expression of open-top, driver-focused grand touring
    • Enhanced 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine produces 659 PS (650 bhp)
    • Just 12 distinctive cars to be designed, engineered and handcrafted to individual customers’ tastes – all already allocated
    • Design DNA and sustainable materials inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept car, launched last summer to celebrate Bentley’s centenary
    • Sustainable craftsmanship and ethically-sourced materials includes rice husk ash paint and 5,000-year-old Riverwood
    • Bacalar to be produced in world’s first certified carbon neutral factory for luxury car production
    • Ultra-modern design includes extreme wrap-around cockpit and semi-enclosed rear compartment for bespoke Schedoni luggage

    Bentley Mulliner has revealed the all-new Bacalar at the home of Bentley in Crewe, England this morning. The rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era, and the ultimate expression of two-seat, open-air luxury, this definitive Grand Tourer spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world.

    Just 12 examples of this striking, limited edition model are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance. Bacalar looks to the future of bespoke luxury motoring - each model will be handcrafted in Bentley Mulliner’s workshop in Crewe, according to the individual customer’s personal tastes.

    This exceptionally rare car is appropriately named after Laguna Bacalar in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, a lake renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty, continuing Bentley’s strategy of naming cars after remarkable landmarks which started with Bentayga in 2015.
    Bacalar has been brought to life by Bentley Mulliner, reviving its specialism in providing rare coach-built cars to only a few discerning customers. A roofless Barchetta design with all-new and highly muscular coachwork, embracing a myriad of options and materials, each
    Bacalar ...
    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:19 PM
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    Premium compact class pioneer returns, revolutionised inside and out

    • More dynamic, expressive and individual than ever
    • Featuring a digital operating concept with new interactive functions
    • Top driving performance combined with great efficiency and increased comfort
    • Technik, Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung specifications available
    • Standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, an integrated 10.1-inch touch display with MMI Navigation Plus and Audi connect services plus
    • Priced from Ł24,900 OTR and ready to order from next week, with first deliveries in May
    • TV footage available via www.audimedia.tv and all other assets via www.audi-mediacenter.com

    The Audi A3 firmly established the premium compact class in 1996. Now, 24 years later, the fourth generation of this highly successful model is ready to make its mark. True to the brand’s Vorsprung durch Technik philosophy, the premium five-door compact once again sets new standards, incorporating an all-new digitalised interior and cutting-edge infotainment, unique new light signatures, powerful engines and a suite of innovative assistance systems enveloped in a completely redesigned, yet immediately recognisable body.

    “Each generation of A3 has represented a significant step-change not only for Audi but also for the premium compact class,” said Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK. “Our new model is no different and continues to be a torchbearer for Vorsprung durch Technik – it’s fully digital, completely connected and highly intuitive.”

    Revolutionised: the exterior and lighting


    The new A3 Sportback has an athletic stance and its concave flanks introduce a completely new motif into the Audi design lexicon. They emphasise the dynamic appearance of the compact five-door vehicle, as do the heavily slanting C-pillars above the rear wheels. The shoulder line tapers upward from the headlights to the rear lights.

    The surface below it falls inward, accentuating the quattro blisters and highlighting the body shoulder. This creates an intensive play of light and shadow, which is mainly due to the strong contour in the sill area. The lower body line is drawn upward again before it reaches the rear wheel arch. ...
    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:13 PM
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    • Drive concept with three electric motors as a worldwide first in the future mass production
    • New quattro generation with electric torque vectoring
    • 370kW of power and 973Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque for high level of dynamic handling and agility

    Audi is systematically moving forward with its e-offensive: The Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback are becoming more agile, sharper and more dynamic as S models. The three electric motors, two of which are located on the rear axle, together provide 370 kW of boost power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the two purely electrically driven models to accelerate to 62mph in 4.5 seconds. The intelligent drive control raises vehicle safety, and dynamic handling in particular, to a new level: In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, there is the electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.

    Dynamism 2.0: the driving experience


    The driving experience of the two prototypes for the Audi e-tron S-models cannot fail to impress with its level of dynamism, agility and traction increased once more. In the S gear, both cars go from a standstill to 62mph in 4.5 seconds – almost seamlessly and nearly no noise – propulsion does not end until 130mph, limited electronically. Thanks to a powerful cooling system, the drive gives the full boost power of 370 kW and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque in reproducible form for eight seconds in each case. The nominal values in the D gear without boost are 320 kW and 808 Nm (596.0 lb-ft).

    The drive layout: three electric motors in the future mass production


    The new Audi e-tron S models will be the first electric ...
    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:07 PM
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    • Electrification now available across the new Golf range with eTSI
    • R-Line provides a sporty alternative to luxury-focused Style trim
    • New range-topping trim starts at Ł26,140 RRP OTR


    Milton Keynes – The eighth-generation Golf is now available with Volkswagen’s new eTSI mild hybrid powertrain, boasting all the virtues of 48-volt hybridisation, as the brand continues the ramp-up in the electrification of its products. Meanwhile, the popular, well-equipped and sportily-styled R-Line specification returns to the Golf, offering a package of exterior and interior upgrades to distinguish it from the rest of the line-up.


    Marking the sporty R-Line trim out from its Life and Style counterparts is a bespoke R-Line styling package, bringing more assertive-looking bumpers to the front and rear, 17-inch ‘Valencia’ alloy wheels, and rear tinted glass.

    The R-Line is further enhanced with the addition of sports suspension, which lowers the car by 15 mm, while the Progressive Steering system ensures engaging handling at all speeds. Multiple driver-profiles allow tailoring of the steering and gearbox responses to personal preferences.

    On the inside, the Golf R-Line benefits from R-Line front sports seats, with the car’s upholstery finished in attractive ‘Sardegna’ cloth, and the inner sides of the bolsters in high-quality ‘Art Velours’, while the head resraints are embroidered with the R-Line logo. An R-Line multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel also features, and further badging can be found on the side trim panels. Brushed stainless steel pedals and metallic trim elements ...
    by Published on 06-03-2020 12:00 PM
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    • SEAT working with technology start-ups to drive better road safety
    • Computer Artificial Intelligence ensures driver is awake and not distracted
    • 36% of collisions are due to driver distraction or tiredness
    • Active glazing technology another route of development for future SEATs

    SEAT is researching and developing artificial intelligence technology to combat driver fatigue and improve road safety.

    SEAT’s Xplora team, in conjunction with Eyesight Technologies, is developing advanced technology that studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It uses an algorithm which analyses the eye openness, angle of vision, blink rate and head position of the driver, along with other visual attributes.

    In the event it detects that the driver is drowsy, asleep or perhaps distracted by their mobile phone, it will trigger an alert. The technology can also identify the driver from previous trips and adjust the seats, mirrors, heating settings and other cabin features according to their personal preferences.

    Eventually, the software will be able to detect pedestrians and analyse whether the driver has spotted them as well.

    Research has shown that driver distraction and tiredness are among the biggest dangers on the roads, contributing to 36% of road traffic collisions.*

    SEAT is also working alongside Gauzy, which is developing an active glazing technology that adapts to the weather conditions. It gives the driver the ability to darken windows, within legal limits, to avoid being dazzled by the sun while lighten the windows in darker environments and weather conditions. ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 10:43 AM
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    Touareg R – plug-in hybrid model from Volkswagen R combines maximum dynamic performance with electric efficiency


    Touareg R – Overview of key facts


    • Intelligent electric The new Touareg R is the perfect blend of high performance and electric efficiency
    • Temporary zero The 340 kW (462 PS) Touareg R covers typical commuter distances with zero emissions
    • New flagship model. The Touareg R is the Volkswagen brand’s flagship efficiency model and the first R-Line model to be available as a hybrid
    • Everyday The Touareg R copes masterfully with any scenario – thanks to a maximum trailer weight of 3.5 tonnes and all-wheel drive
    • Unparalleled A maximum torque of 700 newton metres gives appreciable power reserves under acceleration
    • Travel Assist up to 250 km/h. The Touareg is the first Volkswagen that makes assisted driving up to 250 km/h
    • Exclusive The new hybrid model comes with black leather upholstery and Crystal Grey decorative stitching as standard
    • Charismatic Touareg R with distinctive air intake grilles, black add-on parts and up to 22-inch wheels

    Volkswagen is set to add a range-topping new premium model to its flagship Touareg line – the Touareg R*. The ver- satile model’s 340 kW (462 PS) plug-in hybrid drive offers an innovative blend of superlative performance and electric efficiency. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the new SUV always starts in the all-electric E-MODE for zero emissions. The battery capacity is designed so that the Touareg R can cover the average daily commute under electric power. Like all Touareg models, the new R version comes with permanent all-wheel drive (4MO- TION) as standard. 4MOTION and the powerful drive system (700 Nm of torque) means the Touareg R has also been homologated for a maximum ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 10:36 AM
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    • Generous equipment levels as standard for all new SE Drive models
    • Amundsen infotainment systems and front and rear parking sensors as standard
    • Unique SE Drive interior trim on all models
    • Savings of up to Ł490 against standard option prices - increasing customer value


    ŠKODA is adding a new feature-packed SE Drive trim level to its award-winning Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges. Designed to showcase ŠKODA’s broad range of advanced technologies and design features, the new SE Drive models further enhance the brand’s reputation for delivering unbeatable value for money.


    FABIA


    Kicking off the new range of SE Drive models is the Fabia. Its specification is based on the already well-equipped SE model, but adds 16-inch Aronia alloy wheels, unique fabric upholstery and dashboard decor. Customers also benefit from an Amundsen satellite navigation system with Infotainment Online for one year and front and rear parking sensors as standard. Also included as standard are a surround sound package with six speakers, smartlink+ for connectivity with mobile devices, air conditioning and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel.

    SE Drive can be specified on both Fabia hatch and estate models, and is available with three engine options. Power outputs range from 60PS to 110PS (60PS hatch only); prices range from Ł14,865 (OTR) for the 1.0 TSI 60PS model to Ł18,290 (OTR) for the 1.0 TSI 110PS variant.

    KAROQ


    Customers looking for the added practicality of ŠKODA’s Karoq SUV also benefit from the introduction of the new SE Drive trim level. Standard equipment includes 17-inch Aero ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 10:26 AM
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    • CUPRA Formentor, the first model exclusively developed for CUPRA, will be unveiled next week as a World Premiere
    • Public debut of the CUPRA Leon, days after its unveil at the new CUPRA headquarters
    • The stand will feature the complete line-up of new SEAT Leon, including mild- and plug-in hybrid powertrains
    • The Show also the premiere of the Tarraco FR trim, bringing a sportier aesthethic to the large family SUV
    • SEAT and CUPRA press conference starts at 08:30 CET Tuesday 3rd March, Hall 2, Stand 2251

    SEAT and CUPRA will give debuts to three new vehicles as this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the CUPRA Formentor, the coupe crossover exclusively developed for CUPRA, as well as the SEAT Leon and CUPRA Leon.

    “The Geneva Motor Show will be the first opportunity customers have to see our 2020 product offensive: SEAT Leon, CUPRA Leon and CUPRA Formentor, which will all be available in plug-in hybrid versions. These products will shift both brands to the next level”, said SEAT Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing and CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths. “We’re meeting market demands by offering a range of efficient, connected and safe vehicles that can deliver everything that our customers need, while maintaining our aims to reduce our impact on the environment.”

    CUPRA Formentor


    The Geneva Motor Show will be the world premiere of the CUPRA Formentor, days after the brand took the significant step of opening its own headquarters in Martorell, Barcelona. The CUPRA Formentor is the first model exclusively developed for CUPRA.

    New SEAT Leon


    The new SEAT Leon will make its public debut at the Show, bringing efficient and electrified engines, ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 10:21 AM
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    • Bentley Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilder in the world, to unveil the Bacalar at Geneva 2020
    • New image reveals wraparound two-seat layout
    • Bespoke luggage matches hand-crafted interior
    • Sustainable materials and beautiful design inspired by EXP 100 GT
    • To be revealed at 08:30 GMT, March 3, 2020
    • Bentley press conference to be streamed live across Bentley Motors social media channels


    Bentley will be showing more than the future of coachbuilding when the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is revealed on 3 March.

    The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will be only the second two-seat Bentley since 1930. The two-seat layout and wraparound cockpit creates a luggage space behind the exquisitely stitched front seats, occupied by a bespoke pair of travel cases trimmed to match the interior materials, all of which are sustainably sourced.

    Meticulously hand-built by Bentley Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilding operation in the world, the Bacalar is Grand Touring at its most exhilarating, and will be revealed at 08:30 GMT on March 3, 2020. Joining it on the Bentley show stand at Geneva will be the new Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible announced last week, along with the foundation of both the Bacalar’s design DNA and its ethically-sourced materials – Bentley’s centenary concept car, the EXP 100 GT.

    The Bentley press conference will be streamed live across social media, available on the following channels:


    ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 10:15 AM
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    Premičre of the new Golf GTI, GTE and GTD –Volkswagen brings sports icons into the digital age

    Three new Golf models, three characters


    • Petrol, hybrid and diesel. Golf GTI* and partially electric Golf GTE* now with identical output; Golf GTD* is highly efficient over long distances
    • Innovision Cockpit. Golf GTI, GTE and GTD always feature the digital instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment system
    • Always on. We Connect services bring streaming, Internet Radio and other online features on board the GTI, GTE and GTD
    • Pulse of the digital world. New start-stop button pulses red before the engine starts
    • Charismatic design. New bumpers, new roof spoiler, new diffuser and new lettering
    • Light as chrome. The Golf GTI, GTE and GTD will be equipped with an illuminated radiator grille bar as standard for the first time
    • LEDs in an X-shape. Five strikingly arranged LEDs create the fog lights in the bumpers (optional)




    Golf GTI


    • Icon – the 8th generation. The new Golf GTI is a pure, efficient, high-tech, compact sports car for the digital age
    • Turbocharged petrol engine. The GTI engine generates 180 kW (245 PS). It powers the unmistakeable, original version of the compact sports car
    • Quicker gear shifts. DSG with new shift-by-wire gearbox features unique characteristics in the Golf GTI
    • Light output with style. LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, exterior and interior background lighting
    • GTI charisma. Open front bumper with GTI wings and honeycomb grille, GTI diffuser with tailpipes on the left and right
    • Motorsport features. Striking black side sills form a line with the front splitter and rear diffuser
    • GTI steering wheel. New multifunction leather sports steering wheel with touch controls, perforated leather and GTI clasp in chrome/red
    • GTI for a new age. Digital Cockpit and 30-colour background lighting including
    ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 09:59 AM
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    • Video teases sporty range topper for the fourth Octavia generation
    • Octavia vRS iV: combining vRS history with sustainable powertrain technology
    • Motor show debut in Geneva for other electrified Octavia versions


    ŠKODA is using a video to reveal first details of the all-new ŠKODA Octavia vRS iV. The sporty range topper for the fourth Octavia generation combines tradition and innovation. Signature black bodywork elements and a sporty interior design pay homage to the vRS history, while the first plug-in hybrid powertrain to feature in a ŠKODA vRS model points the way towards a sustainable future. In addition to the world premiere of the Octavia vRS iV on 3 March, ŠKODA will also be presenting one further Octavia iV model at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

    Its black ŠKODA grille, dynamic front apron with black Air Curtains and a rear apron featuring Aero Flaps and a matching rear diffuser in sporty black instantly identify the all-new Octavia vRS iV as a member of the vRS family. The black alloy wheel design reveals brake callipers finished in red; the hatch’s tailgate comes with a black vRS rear spoiler, while the estate features a roof spoiler in body colour. In the predominantly black interior, colourful highlights are provided by contrasting stitching on the sports seats with integrated headrests and on the leather-covered three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel.

    For the first time in a vRS model, dynamic performance is ensured by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 1.4 TSI petrol engine ...
    by Published on 29-02-2020 09:53 AM
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    • New flagship trim accentuates Arteon’s style, equipment and power
    • Limited-edition 370-unit model on sale now, from Ł36,850 RRP OTR
    • Four powerful engines are offered: two petrol and two diesel units


    Volkswagen has today commenced sales of its latest generously-appointed, limited model: the Arteon R-Line Edition. The comprehensively-equipped, high-powered Arteon R-Line Edition starts from Ł36,850 RRP OTR.


    The Arteon R-Line Edition builds upon the equipment arsenal of the already comprehensively-specified Arteon R-Line, adding convenience features including keyless entry and helpful top-down camera system Area View, and driver assistance systems such as Side Assist Plus with rear traffic alert and Park Assist for added ease of use and safety.

    Driver-focused extras also feature, including Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adding adaptive dampers with selectable and customisable driving modes. The model is instantly identifiable by its attractive, 20-inch ‘Rosario Black’ alloy wheels and is exclusively available in Moonstone Grey, with contrasting black roof and door mirror housings.

    This considerable additional equipment package would cost Ł4,755 if specified individually to an Arteon R-Line. However each R-Line Edition variant is priced at only Ł845 above the equivalent R-Line. This means that the Arteon R-Line Edition offers a value boost of Ł3,930, while maintaining the Arteon’s premium status and ambience.

    All of these features add to an already very long equipment list offered by the Arteon R-Line, which includes Volkswagen’s ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 02:17 PM
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    Limited-run special edition of recently updated 450PS super Avant blends light and shade to stunning effect


    • Special edition of latest generation RS 4 Avant limited to 25 UK examples
    • Available now, OTR price from Ł82,395, first deliveries in March
    • Joins RS 4 Avant, RS 4 Avant Carbon Black and RS 4 Vorsprung in UK range
    • Dark colours embellished by bronze accents inside and out
    • Enhanced equipment including RS sport exhaust and Bang & Olufsen audio
    • 2.9 TFSI with 450PS and 600Nm, quattro drive, 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds


    Built for stealth with its Vesuvius Grey paint and black detailing, yet also shot through with a bold as brass streak evident in its stunning 20-inch bronze milled wheels, the new RS 4 Avant Bronze Edition is a car of contrasts. Limited to just 25 examples in the UK, this short-run addition to the RS 4 range is available to order now priced at Ł82,395 OTR, and features an exceptional standard specification that in some respects plays down the super Avant’s flared and muscle-bound stance, but in others renders it even more eye-catching.

    Updated externally in late 2019 by the latest Audi design hallmarks, and internally by an advanced new touch-screen MMI Touch operating system, the RS 4 Avant is shown in a new light by the exclusive paint finish and distinctive wheels that set the Bronze Edition apart, and a number of key details help to complete the look. Starting upfront, they include a high gloss black finish for the Singleframe and front air intake surrounds, which are complemented by a matt carbon lip spoiler. In profile, black roof rails and window surrounds ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 02:12 PM
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    • Bentley Mulliner raises the bar for luxury open-top Grand Touring with the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible
    • Bespoke craftsmanship and unique options position new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible at the pinnacle of the Continental GT family
    • Designed and built by Bentley Mulliner – Bentley’s own bespoking division, and the oldest automotive coachbuilder in the world
    • Exclusive features include a unique Double Diamond front grille, a new Mulliner 22" wheel design, contemporary technical finishes and a bespoke Mulliner interior crafted entirely by hand
    • 400,000 stitches deliver a cabin of exceptional quality
    • New Continental GT Mulliner Convertible to make global debut at Geneva International Motor Show

    Bentley Mulliner - Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division - is today announcing the introduction of the new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible: the luxury pinnacle of the Continental GT family.

    Mulliner has gone above and beyond the industry-leading craftsmanship so synonymous with Bentley and the world’s definitive Grand Tourer to create the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible and redefine the pinnacle of roof-down automotive luxury.

    The new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible has been created to appeal to those customers wanting an even greater focus on beautiful details. Taking pride of position between the cut-crystal inspired, precision-made headlamps, Bentley Mulliner introduces a bold new Double Diamond front grille which is further complemented by bespoke Mulliner branded side vents that continue the unique silver on black diamond theme.

    The new Double Diamond design has been inspired by Bentley’s exclusive Diamond-in-Diamond interior ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 02:05 PM
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    • History of the iconic model dates back to 1959
    • Success of the Octavia in the 90s laid the foundations for ŠKODA’s subsequent rise
    • Fourth generation Octavia is more spacious, offers enhanced safety and connectivity features and a more emotive design than its predecessors


    The seven millionth
    ŠKODA Octavia has rolled off the production line at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The model’s beginnings date back to 1959. In the mid-90s the first generation of the modern-day Octavia was the first ŠKODA to be developed entirely under the umbrella of Volkswagen Group. Since then, the Octavia’s success has provided the foundation on which the Czech carmaker has continued to flourish. ŠKODA delivered 363,700 units of its bestseller to customers in 2019 and celebrated the world premiere of the latest, fourth, generation in Prague in November of the same year.

    Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, stressed, “The Octavia is the heart of our brand. Having enjoyed success since the mid-90s, it has contributed significantly to transforming ŠKODA from a regional market leader into an internationally thriving carmaker that has now firmly established itself as a high-volume manufacturer. This milestone is therefore a very special event for us and is a great testament to the fantastic work of our colleagues in the Production and Logistics department.”

    Featuring a generous amount of space and modern technology, the original Octavia has been wowing customers since back in 1959. At the time, it was the eighth ŠKODA to feature the modern independent suspension for all wheels ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 01:59 PM
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    The eighth generation of an icon: World premiere of the new Golf GTI1 in Geneva


    • GTI design: Open front bumper with GTI wings and honeycomb grille, optionally illuminated radiator grille crossbar, GTI diffuser with left and right tailpipes
    • The next generation GTI: Digital Cockpit, new multifunction sports leather steering wheel with touch control, 32-colour background lighting including GTI-specific mode
    • GTI timing: With the world premičre in Geneva, Volkswagen is starting the countdown to the launch of the new Golf GTI in the second half of the year


    World premičre with impact: When Volkswagen launched the first Golf GTI 45 years ago at the International Motor show (IAA) in Frankfurt, no one could have guessed that the three letters G, T and I would go on to identify an icon. But that is exactly what happened. Anyone referring to GTI today is talking about an icon: the Golf GTI. Now Volkswagen is presenting the eighth generation of this worldwide success at the Geneva International Motor Show from 5 to 15 March. This marks the launch of a pure, intelligent and superior high- tech sports car for the digital age.


    The GTI’s secret of success is that its DNA has never changed. It still has a clean design, front-wheel drive, the most agile running gear, a powerful petrol engine, insignias like the red stripe in the radiator grille, and chequered seat covers. But the Golf GTI also became an icon because Volkswagen continually reinvented it, all along combining tradition with innovation. And that’s also the ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 01:55 PM
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    • High-performance CUPRA Leon will be available for the very first time with a plug-in hybrid powertrain
    • Up to 60km (37mile) EV range on eHybrid model
    • A range of powerful engines, from 245PS to 310PS, all exclusively available with DSG shift-by-wire technology
    • CUPRA Leon will accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h (62mph) in under five seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph)
    • The first Leon to carry the CUPRA badge
    • CUPRA marque available in both hatchback and estate models
    • Two exclusive matte paints available for CUPRA Leon
    • The new CUPRA Leon is the ultimate expression of the CUPRA brand’s values: dynamic design, intuitive connectivity and sophisticated performance
    • Available to pre-order from New CUPRA Leon 5 Door - Sports Car | CUPRA UK

    From the design that sets it apart from the competition to its range of high-performance powertrains, the new CUPRA Leon has been developed to become a new reference point in the segment.

    The latest addition to the CUPRA range, joining the CUPRA Ateca, follows on from previous generations of Leon and will help grow the brand even further, taking it to new levels of success.

    “The Leon CUPRA has been a bestseller, with close to 44,000 units sold in the last generation”, said Wayne Griffiths, CUPRA CEO. “With the launch of the new CUPRA Leon, we will strengthen the CUPRA brand, by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car. The new CUPRA Leon is the KING OF LEONS.”

    CUPRA always aims to deliver the ultimate dynamic performance and maintain the brand’s spirit; the new CUPRA Leon brings new levels of desirability and technology to help it meet the needs of an increasingly demanding market.

    The new CUPRA Leon is designed, developed and will be produced in Barcelona at the brand’s Martorell facilities.

    With two body styles available – five-door and estate – the CUPRA Leon allows customers to choose the vehicle that best fits their lifestyle, without compromising performance, comfort or practicality.

    And with high levels of standard equipment including full LED front and rear lamps, rear coast-to-coast lighting, bucket seats, sports suspension, keyless entry and ambient lighting to name just a few, it’s a vehicle that offers great value in the highly competitive segment.

    This latest iteration of the high-performance icon will further strengthen the CUPRA brand, offering an outstanding driving experience thanks to ...
    by Published on 21-02-2020 01:49 PM
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    The new Caddy
    1 – more digital, connected, efficient and charismatic than ever before


    • New and innovative: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles now presents the fifth generation of the Caddy with over three million units built
    • Redesigned Caddy now based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)
    • Compact outside, spacious inside: the new Caddy Maxi offers room for up to two Euro pallets
    • Efficient and sustainable: TDI engines' nitrogen oxide emissions appreciably reduced via twin dosing
    • Digital and connected: new ‘Innovision Cockpit’ makes Caddy the smart phone of the segment
    • Safer and easier to drive: 19 new or improved driver assistance systems on the new Caddy


    It wins plaudits as a van, family MPV, shuttle and camper with limitless versatility: the Caddy. To date over three million have been built, and now, as a world premičre, VWCV is revealing the progressive, fifth generation of the Caddy. Every detail from the ground up is new, as for the first time the best seller is now based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to the MQB, new high-end technologies now find their way into the range. Innovative driver assistance systems enhance safety and make driving easier; networked infotainment and digitalised control systems turn the Caddy into a smartphone on wheels; a new twin dosing technique makes the TDI engines cleaner than ever before. The exterior has been given a completely new and strikingly sporty design. At the same time the space in the interior has also been significantly improved. The Caddy is an all-rounder, the Swiss Army knife of urban delivery vans and family MPVs.


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    • Premium new trim options complete the practical seven-seat SUV range
    • Available from February 11, with prices starting at Ł31,680 RRP
    • Dynamic styling plus enhancements to interior comfort and onboard technology
    • Seven seats or 1,775-litres of storage with second and third row seats folded flat
    • Find out more here: Meet our large SUV, the SEAT Tarraco | SEAT

    SEAT has unveiled two sporty new trim levels – FR and FR Sport – for the head of its SUV family, the Tarraco.

    Offering enhancements to the exterior, interior and technology package, these two options complete the full range line-up for Tarraco.

    The seven-seater Tarraco, the latest and largest of SEAT’s acclaimed SUV range, is available to order from February 11, with prices starting from Ł31,680 RRP.

    The FR exterior body styling DNA fuses performance, practicality and sporty-appeal that perfectly suits their needs. The Tarraco FR comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, the more aggressive FR body styling kit – featuring the dynamic twin exhaust, unique rear spoiler, front and rear sports bumper, as well as black mouldings, wing mirrors and roof rails. The cabin benefits from front sports seats as well as an electric driver’s seat.

    The FR Sport takes things another step forwards, with the car planted on arch-filling 20-inch ‘Cosmo’ grey alloy wheels and benefitting from black leather sports seats inside.

    The FR Sport also gets an extra technology boost, with rear and top-view cameras offering better all-round visibility and safety, while SEAT’s winter pack adds heated washer nozzles ...
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