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    by Published on 12-08-2016 07:23 PM
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    • New SE Sport and SE Technology models added to the Octavia line-up
    • SE Sport adds technology and design features, including Amundsen navigation with Wi-Fi
    • SE Sport offers customer value of over Ł3,150 compared to standard SE
    • SE Technology replaces SE Business grade and adds more kit and improved value
    • Significant customer value for both retail buyers and company car drivers
    • Wide range of engine and transmission options - hatch and Estate available


    ŠKODA is adding two new trim levels to its best-selling Octavia range – SE Sport and SE Technology. Both new models offer significant equipment boosts over the standard SE models and have been created to satisfy buyer demands for the latest in-car technology and sporty design.


    Priced from Ł19,990 OTR, the Octavia SE Sport is available in hatch and estate form and is offered with two engine options: 1.4 TSI 150PS and 1.6 TDI 110PS, with the option of a DSG gearbox on both. As part of the standard specification, SE Sport models stand out from the crowd thanks to 17-inch Denom alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED Daytime running lights with automatic activation and LED rear lights. Inside, SE Sport models feature sport seats, a Super Sport Multi-Function Steering Wheel and an automatic dimming rear view mirror, while standard technology includes Amundsen satellite navigation system with Wi-Fi and cruise control.


    Despite its raft of additional equipment offered on the SE Sport, it costs just Ł950 more than the standard SE. That means buyers choosing the SE Sport over
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    by Published on 12-08-2016 07:17 PM
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    • ŠKODA KODIAQ transfers the brand’s new design language into the SUV segment
    • The new SUV model offers a generous amount of space, great functionality, state-of-the art assistance systems and innovative connectivity solutions
    • World premiere of the ŠKODA KODIAQ set for 1 September 2016, in Berlin


    Ahead of its world premiere on 1 September in Berlin, ŠKODA has revealed images of the KODIAQ, its new, large SUV model. They give an impression of how ŠKODA will transfer the brand’s new expressive design language into the SUV segment.


    The ŠKODA KODIAQ aims to impress: the wide, three-dimensional radiator grille gives the KODIAQ a striking presence. In combination with the narrow, raked headlights, which are available with full-LED technology for the first time, the brand’s first large SUV will be instantly recognisable on the road. The side and rear views are also sharp: the doors are athletically shaped and the tailgate is expressively sculptured. The rear lights, with LED technology as standard, shine in the typical ŠKODA C-shape.


    As one would expect from a ŠKODA, the KODIAQ offers an exceptional amount of space, with a capacity of 720 to 2,065 litres (with the rear seats folded down), offering the largest boot within its class. For first time ever, ŠKODA will offer a seven seat option. Using the position of the seats and angle adjustment, KODIAQ can be adapted to offer a wide range of seating and loading solutions. With the front passenger seat down, the car can transport items up to 2.9 metres long.


    The latest driver assistance
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    by Published on 06-08-2016 05:17 PM
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    • State-of-the-art plug-in hybrid model joins award-winning Passat range
    • Sports performance and exceptional economy come together in family-friendly model
    • Available to order tomorrow, with prices starting from Ł36,525 (RRP OTR) excluding grant


    Space, pace, and environmental credentials that even before its official UK showroom debut have already secured it a prestigious ‘green’ award: the new Volkswagen Passat GTE is calculated to offer drivers the very best of all worlds.


    A winner in the Large Family Car class in the recent Next Green Car Awards even before its showroom debut here, the new Passat GTE is available to order tomorrow through the Volkswagen UK retailer network with prices starting at Ł36,525 (RRP OTR), excluding Government Plug-In Car Grant of Ł2,500.


    The first Passat with a state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid drive system, the innovative new car offers spirited performance alongside the possibility of zero emissions when driving in all-electric mode.


    Available in saloon or estate body styles, the most environmentally responsible Passat to date emits just 39g of CO2 on the EU Combined Cycle, equating to fuel economy of 166 mpg. Yet with 400 Nm of torque and combined system power of 218 PS, the new car can sprint from rest to 62 mph in a lively 7.6 seconds before heading to a top speed of 140 mph, where legal. The potential range between refuelling stops is more than 660 miles.


    The Passat GTE is a plug-in hybrid that can be driven up to 31 miles on electric power alone in E-Mode. A 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine delivers 156 PS, while the electric motor adds a further 115 PS. Underlining its engaging performance
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    by Published on 06-08-2016 05:05 PM
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    • All 150 examples of Golf GTI Clubsport S allocated to the UK have been sold on release
    • Golf GTI Clubsport S is the most powerful production Golf GTI yet, with 310 PS
    • GTI technology is proven with Nürburgring lap record
    • Special model is part of the celebrations marking 40 years of the iconic Golf GTI
    • Priced at Ł33,995 RRP on-the-road


    Every single Golf GTI Clubsport S model allocated to the UK market has been sold on release of the new car.


    Only 400 examples of the Golf GTI Clubsport S will be built, of which the lion’s share (150) will come to the UK – a country where the enduring popularity of the hot hatchback is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Deliveries of these limited edition cars are expected to begin in early October.


    The Clubsport S is the ultimate expression of the legendary Golf GTI. The front-wheel-drive car’s 2.0-litre TSI engine packs 310 PS, enabling a blistering 7m 49.21 s record lap time around the gruelling Nürburgring Nordschleife back in May.


    The Golf GTI Clubsport S is focused on outright performance. It weighs 1,285 kg, resulting in a strong power-to-weight ratio of 4.15 kg/PS. A revised fuel pump is only one example of how comprehensively this car has been evolved but of greater significance is the weight reduction compared with the Golf GTI on which this car is based. Features such as an aluminium subframe on the front axle and aluminium brake covers illustrate the Wolfsburg engineers’ commitment to shedding the kilograms.


    Continuing that theme, a smaller battery, along with the removal of components
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    by Published on 06-08-2016 05:01 PM
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    • Emissions of soot particles from direct injection petrol engines can be reduced by up to 90 per cent
    • Planned roll-out in Group models as of 2017


    The Volkswagen Group is continuing to work assiduously on the environmental compatibility of conventional drive systems. The company has now decided upon wide-scale use of particulate filters for petrol engines, so-called 'gasoline particulate filters (GPF)'. From 2017, all Group direct injection TSI and TFSI engines will be fitted step-by-step with petrol particulate filters. Emissions of fine soot particles will be reduced in this way by up to 90 per cent.


    By 2022, the number of Volkswagen Group vehicles being equipped with this technology annually could reach seven million. The process is starting in June 2017 with the 1.4-litre TSI engine in the new Volkswagen Tiguaną and the 2.0 TFSI in the Audi A5˛. Implementation will then follow in further models and engine generations.


    Particulate filters for diesel engines are already proven and established. The gasoline particulate filter will now reduce the particulate emissions of direct injection petrol engines by up to 90 per cent. Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Group Research and Development: "Following increases in efficiency and lower CO₂ output, we are now bringing about a sustained reduction in the emission levels of our modern petrol engines by fitting particulate filters as standard."


    Despite the outlay for complex exhaust gas treatment systems for new models, Volkswagen is determined to reduce its diesel
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    by Published on 29-07-2016 05:02 PM
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    • Volkswagen’s sporty R-Line trim joins the big value Beetle line-up
    • Additional enhancements and options throughout the Beetle range
    • Entry-level Volkswagen Beetle costs Ł16,820 (RRP OTR)


    The Volkswagen Beetle is a genuine motoring icon. It’s one of a handful of cars that, in the 20th Century, brought motoring to the masses as more than 20 million examples of the original Beetle were sold around the world. And when it was reborn in 1998 as the New Beetle, a further million sales brought the Beetle’s distinctive character to a new generation.


    In 2011 the ‘New’ moniker was dropped and the Beetle comprehensively redesigned. Its new shape was lower and wider, with a longer bonnet, and the Beetle’s more sporting and masculine stance captured the world’s imagination all over again.


    Now, this latest iteration of perhaps the best loved Volkswagen is being refreshed, with changes that include a more sculptured body and a fresh interior design. The styling enhancements and new options further enrich the appeal and value that is inherent in Volkswagen’s Beetle range, which is available in coupe and cabriolet forms and, with the new Beetle Dune, as a crossover.


    The styling changes comprise sharpened lines for the front bumpers, while larger openings around the indicator and fog light surrounds give extra depth to the car’s appearance. Meanwhile, the new Beetle R-Line trim has a more sporty bumper design unique to that model. It features extra air intake openings along the upper edge of the bumper.


    On the inside, the Volkswagen Beetle’s distinctive cabin has brighter instrument panel lighting and new dials
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    by Published on 29-07-2016 04:54 PM
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    Order bank opens for faster, tauter, technology-packed Audi convertible super sports car


    • All-new convertible R8 now available to order priced from Ł129,990 OTR - first UK deliveries in late 2016
    • V10 engine developing 540PS, 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds, 197mph top speed
    • Audi Space Frame with 50 percent improvement in rigidity
    • R8 debut for Audi smartphone interface and Bang & Olufsen audio with headrest-mounted speakers


    From today devotees of the gloriously vocal ten-cylinder engine at the heart of the all-new Audi R8 will be able to revel in the roar even more completely by opting for the latest open-air R8 Spyder. Priced from Ł129,990 OTR, the new addition to the second generation R8 range can convert to sun-seeking mode in just 20 seconds, leaving occupants to enjoy the elements to the increasingly rare tune of a naturally aspirated V10 soundtrack. The basic format may be familiar, but the ground-up rework of the R8 Spyder brings it very much up to date not only by adding more power and a 50 per cent uplift in torsional rigidity, but also sophisticated new features including the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit, the Audi smartphone interface and internet-based Audi Connect services.


    The key point of differentiation between Coupe and Spyder R8 models is of course the lightweight, fully automated cloth hood, which can be activated at speeds of up to 31mph and is slickly concealed beneath the sculpted integral cover, or reattached to shield occupants from a sharp shower, in just 20 seconds. The rear window, sunk into the bulkhead, can also be retracted and extended at the touch of a button.
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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:29 AM
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    Technological trendsetter can now be configured on audi.co.uk and ordered in UK Audi Centres nationwide


    • New 435PS and 900Nm Q7 flagship priced from Ł70,970 OTR, available to order now with first deliveries starting in August
    • Standard specification includes S-specific interior and exterior details, virtual cockpit, adaptive S air suspension, active sound exhaust system, rear view camera and Valcona leather upholstery with S embossing
    • New driving dynamics sports pack featuring quattro with sports differential, all-wheel steering and electromechanical active roll stabilization exclusive to the SQ7 TDI
    • Key optional equipment also includes 22-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, Audi Matrix LED headlights, Tour pack featuring Traffic Jam Assist and night vision


    Another pioneer joins the UK Audi range this week – the new SQ7 TDI, priced from Ł70,970 OTR, is notable not only as the first ever ‘S’ version of the Q7 luxury SUV, but also as the first series production car to incorporate new electric powered compressor (EPC) technology that consigns ‘turbo lag’ to history. Supporting two sequentially activated turbochargers, the EPC helps to generate pulling power that is unparalleled in this class, and the V8 TDI-powered Q7 flagship is able to deftly deploy it thanks to a chassis bolstered by state-of-the art electromechanical active roll stabilisation. The integration of both systems is made possible by a powerful new 48-volt electrical subsystem which makes its Audi debut in the Q7 and will be the springboard for numerous revolutionary new technologies in the Audi models of the near future.


    As it is electrically driven and therefore not dependent upon exhaust flow
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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:22 AM
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    • Sharp new looks and more technology for Volkswagen’s popular up! city car
    • Powerful new turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engine joins the up! range
    • Entry-level new up! costs from Ł8,995 (RRP OTR)


    The exciting Volkswagen up! has been an acknowledged leader in the city car class since its launch in 2011. Setting the pace in its segment, strong sales around the world have underlined its credentials as a lively little car that’s practical, accessible, and fun. A punchy yet frugal three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine offered in one of two states of tune, allied to impressive packaging and smart styling, define the up! and these strengths have all been significantly enhanced in the new-look model.


    Opening for order at Volkswagen Retailers nationwide today (21 July), the revised up! boasts a subtly enhanced exterior design, the option of a new 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine offering up to 90 PS (available to order from August), and extra equipment as standard. A significantly broader range of exterior colours, decals and roof colours, allied to a large number of interior personalisation options, mean today’s up! can be carefully tailored to a buyer’s precise requirements, too, for the ultimate in city car individualisation.


    up!-graded styling


    The four-seat Volkswagen’s exterior changes focus on the front and rear of the car, which is offered in either three- or five-door configuration. The front has a new bumper, which gives the up! a mature look and works with the revised radiator grille and bonnet to give the car a purposeful stance. The Volkswagen roundel is now chrome-on-black, the new LED running lights are an additional styling cue – enhancing safety, too – while the up!’s angular door mirrors
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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:16 AM
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    • ŠKODA SUV to make guest appearance at final stage in Paris
    • New red, grey and black camouflage
    • Thirteenth time ŠKODA is the official sponsor of Tour de France
    • A ŠKODA SUPERB is leading the racing field as the official Red Car; ŠKODA provided 250 organisational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars


    ŠKODA KODIAQ is getting ready for a guest appearance at this year‘s Tour de France grand finale. The new ŠKODA SUV is set to lead the racers through the legendary Paris boulevard of Champs-Elysées to the finishing line at the race‘s concluding stage next Sunday.


    The ŠKODA KODIAQ is currently in intense preparations for its appearance in the last stage of the Tour de France from Chantilly to Paris. Sporting a new image, the car is going to lead the pack along the legendary Champs-Elysées boulevard to the finish. And it will be carrying a truly prominent driver: the Irish former professional road racing cyclist Stephen Roche, winner of the Tour from 1987 and ŠKODA brand ambassador.


    The first photos of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ published by the Mladá Boleslav car manufacturer present the new SUV covered in white, grey and black camouflage. The red, grey and black edges of the new camouflage style are inspired by ŠKODA‘s new design language has been designed and manufactured exclusively for the special appearance. Around 14.000 facets featured on the vehicle hint at the contours and character of the ŠKODA SUV.


    It took four specialists 120 hours to apply close to 21 m2 of foil on the new ŠKODA KODIAQ, adjusting it visually to the Tour‘s
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