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    by Published on 12-04-2014 09:07 AM
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    • New SEAT Ibiza FR Edition spearheads SEAT’s introduction of Active Cylinder Technology
    • Cutting-edge ACT technology reduces fuel consumption with no performance compromise
    • New 140 PS 1.4 TSI ACT petrol engine capable of 60.1 mpg and 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds
    • Ibiza FR Edition on sale now, priced from Ł15,920

    It’s not always a bad thing not to be firing on all cylinders. Take the new 1.4 TSI ACT engine in the SEAT Ibiza FR Edition, for example. It’s got four cylinders, but if it only needs to use a couple of them to get along, it’ll do just that, significantly cutting down the amount of fuel it uses in the process.
    The result is a car that will hit the 62 mph benchmark in under eight seconds, but is rated at 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
    The new 140 PS ACT petrol engine replaces the 150 PS 1.4 TSI non-ACT engine in the Ibiza range, offering performance as close as makes no difference (it takes 0.2 seconds longer to hit 62 mph) but delivering a whopping 12.2 mpg average efficiency improvement, and 30 g/km less CO2 – down to 109 g/km.
    Available with a manual transmission only, the standard 1.4 TSI ACT FR 140 PS is also Ł1,015 cheaper than the 150 PS car it replaces, which came with a DSG automatic gearbox as standard.
    SEAT is today unveiling the FR Edition, which uses the ACT engine but sits above the standard FR in the Ibiza range, to celebrate the introduction of this ground-breaking technology – a first for SEAT.
    The FR Edition, in addition to the usual FR specification, adds red seatbelts, red brake callipers, titanium-coloured ...
    by Published on 12-04-2014 09:02 AM
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    • New SE Business range for Octavia, Superb and Yeti Outdoor models
    • Comprehensive specification with Bluetooth, touchscreen satellite-navigation and cruise control as standard
    • Highly efficient engines delivering CO2 emissions as low as 85g/km and up to 88.3 combined mpg
    • Low Benefit in Kind (BiK) taxation rates from 14%

    ŠKODA UK has launched its new SE Business range for company car drivers. The new suite of vehicles offers corporate customers a low taxation liability and whole life cost combined with a comprehensive specification, class-leading space and versatility.
    Tailored to suit a wide range of business applications, company car drivers now have a choice of 19 stylish variants from the multi award-winning ŠKODA Octavia and Superb hatch and Estate, and Yeti Outdoor off-road crossover model ranges. The SE Business line-up comprises a comprehensive package of state-of-the-art technology and safety equipment for added driver practicality and comfort. An ‘Amundsen’ touchscreen satellite navigation system with DAB radio, Bluetooth®, dual zone air conditioning and cruise control all feature as standard, as do ESP, driver and passenger airbags and ABS.
    Fleet drivers also benefit from reduced running costs thanks to an innovative stop/start system and low rolling resistance tyres married with ŠKODA’s highly-efficient 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI CR DPF diesel engines. These include the frugal GreenLine II and III powerplants which deliver CO2 emissions as low as 85g/km with an impressive combined ...
    by Published on 12-04-2014 08:56 AM
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    • Bentley to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the luxury market
    • Additional performance and efficiency without compromise to luxury
    • Bentley Hybrid Concept showcases the technology in flagship Mulsanne
    • First application of hybrid power available in 2017 in the Bentley SUV

    Bentley is envisioning a powerful and even more efficient future with the Bentley Hybrid Concept – a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017. The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 20thApril.

    As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:

    “There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”

    The Bentley Plug-in Hybrid System

    Through Bentley’s hybrid system, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up ...
    by Published on 23-03-2014 08:56 AM
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    • The benchmark roadster gains a more powerful 330 hp engine and uprated chassis
    • Chassis tuned with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) fitted as standard
    • More purposeful styling further emphasises mid-engine design
    • On sale now priced from Ł52,879 – arriving in Porsche Centres in UK and Ireland from May 2014

    Since the Porsche Boxster first appeared in showrooms nearly 20 years ago, the mid-engined two-seater has established itself as the benchmark roadster. The new Boxster GTS, which is announced today, enhances the driving experience further with an uprated engine and specific chassis tuning, and in the process sets a new standard for open-top driving enthusiasts.
    Building on the proven Boxster virtues of light weight, responsive handling and a charismatic flat-six engine, the GTS features an optimised version of the proven 3.4-litre engine which has been tuned to produce an additional 15 hp (11 kW). The Boxster GTS thus develops 330 hp (243 kW), and pulling power has also increased by ten newton metres to 370 Nm.
    Further emphasising the distinctive character of the GTS is the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. These offer the driver the opportunity to not only modify the damper stiffness, but also subtly change the throttle characteristics of the engine. In conjunction with the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the Launch Control function – engaged via the Sport Plus button - enables the Boxster GTS to accelerate from 0 - 62 mph ...
    by Published on 23-03-2014 08:52 AM
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    • Definitive mid-engine coupe with more power and greater dynamic virtuosity
    • 340 hp 3.4-litre flat six engine – 0-62 mph in 4.6 secs, 177 mph top speed
    • Porsche Active Suspension Management and Sport Chrono pack fitted as standard
    • Optional 20 mm lower sports chassis available for more focused on-track performance
    • Priced from Ł55,397 – available to order now, in Porsche Centres from May

    The new Porsche Cayman GTS is the most powerful and fastest edition of the mid-engined coupe from the German sports car manufacturer to date. With an uprated engine and sharpened chassis responses, the Cayman GTS sets a new benchmark for sporting performance in its market.
    Since its debut in 2005, the Cayman has earned a particular reputation as a driver’s car. At the heart of the two-seater beats a charismatic flat-six engine, positioned deep in the middle of the chassis to offer a low centre of gravity for a balanced and precise driving experience. Furthermore, the distinctive coupe styling confers a high level of torsional rigidity which further enhances the dynamic virtuosity.
    The six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine in the Cayman GTS is based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Cayman S. Specific fine tuning has delivered an additional 15 hp (11 kW), with the result that the Cayman GTS offers 340 hp (250 kW). The torque has also increased by ten newton metres to 380 Nm.
    Further emphasising the distinctive character of the GTS is the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. These offer the driver the opportunity to not only modify ...
    by Published on 23-03-2014 08:46 AM
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    • The first Czech mass-produced car made its debut in spring 1964
    • More than 443,000 built, more than half of which were exported
    • Progressive technology: engine block produced using aluminium die-casting process
    • ŠKODA 1000 MB now a popular classic, especially the two-door MBX

    The ŠKODA 1000 MB is now 50 years old. The compact car made its debut on 21 March as the successor to the former ŠKODA Octavia. As the first ŠKODA with rear wheel drive, a rear engine and unibody construction, the ŠKODA 1000 MB is a milestone in the nearly 119-year history of ŠKODA. In its heyday, the four-door model was one of the best vehicles in the one-litre class and set new standards in terms of comfort, performance and technology.

    A completely new plant, a radically new vehicle design, the most advanced engine in its class at that time – the ŠKODA 1000 MB was a revolution for ŠKODA in the spring of 1964. “ŠKODA is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world,” says ŠKODA CEO, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The basis for the company’s success is outstanding vehicles. The ŠKODA 1000 MB was a key milestone for the company in the 1960s and an impressive testament to the great engineering skills of Czech automotive engineering.”
    Having the courage for this fundamentally new course paid off: The ŠKODA 1000 MB was a bestseller in Czechoslovakia and abroad – sustainably strengthening ŠKODA’s position in the European automotive industry and shaping the Czech manufacturer’s model strategy until the late 1980s. Around 443,000 ŠKODA 1000 MBs were ...
    by Published on 22-02-2014 09:04 AM
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    • Restyled Scirocco makes debut at Geneva 40 years after the original
    • New range of engines with more power and up to 19 per cent better fuel economy
    • Revised front and rear exterior look, refined interior with auxiliary instruments
    • Opens for order in UK on 20 May, with deliveries expected in September

    At the 1974 Geneva Motor Show, a sleek new Volkswagen hatchback coupe made its debut. Forty years and over a million sales later, the Volkswagen Scirocco is preparing to return to Geneva, with a new range of advanced engines that offer up to 280 PS yet also promise fuel efficiency improvements of up to 19 per cent, without compromising the Scirocco’s dynamic performance.
    Externally, the Scirocco’s stylish shape has been refined and modernised with new headlights and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling.
    The revised front bumper features aerodynamic ‘blades’ in the outer section, like those of the latest-generation Golf GTI, with integrated indicator lights, daytime running lights and fog lights. On models fitted with the optional bi-xenon headlights, the daytime running lights are LEDs within the main headlights. At the rear, all Sciroccos now have LED tail lights, while the bumper has been reshaped to appear lower and more purposeful. As on a Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning as the tailgate release handle.
    As before, the range-topping Scirocco R has a distinct look, with bespoke bumpers and alloy wheels. The Scirocco R now comes as standard with 18-inch ...
    by Published on 22-02-2014 08:58 AM
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    First production Audi A3 models capable of running on compressed natural gas are now ready, but only for German highways

    • Audi A3 Sportback g-tron now available to order in Germany, priced from €25,900
    • CO2-neutral mobility with the Audi e-gas fuel card
    • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Audi e-gas is an important pillar of our sustainability strategy”

    An Audi A3 equipped to provide the most environmentally friendly form of long-distance mobility will soon be taking to the roads. The A3 Sportback g-tron can be powered by ultra-clean Audi e-gas produced using green electricity, or by compressed natural gas, both of which are available to drivers in Germany, where advance sales of the car have just begun.
    The Audi A3 g-tron forms part of a new, integrated and sustainable mobility concept from the Vorsprung durch Technik brand. Its 1.4-litre TFSI engine develops 110 PS and can be operated using either natural gas, e-gas generated by Audi or petrol. In pure e-gas mode the g-tron is entirely CO2-neutral, meaning that customers who use the Audi e-gas fuel card can opt to power their A3 g-tron without impacting on the environment if they wish.
    The A3 Sportback g-tron will be priced from 25,900 euros in Germany. Due to the lack of infrastructure required to fully implement natural gas filling stations, there are no plans for Audi to introduce this model in the UK.
    Audi e-gas is a synthetic methane that is produced at the Audi e-gas facility located in Werlte in Lower Saxony, Germany – the world’s ...
    by Published on 22-02-2014 08:51 AM
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    Thrilling new 300PS Cabriolet joins the Audi A3 range for an even more rewarding roof-down drive

    • World debut at 2014 Geneva Motor Show (March 4 -5), UK ordering from April, first UK deliveries expected in July
    • Powerful 2.0 TFSI produces 300PS and 380Nm
    • 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, electronically limited 155mph top speed, combined 39.8 MPG, CO2 165g/km
    • quattro permanent all-wheel drive and S tronic transmission as standard
    • Spearhead ‘S’ version now complements entire A3 lineup

    An exhilaratingly fresh approach to open-air motoring comes courtesy of Audi next month with the first ever convertible Audi ‘S’ model in the premium compact class. The all-new, 300 PS S3 Cabriolet will star at the Geneva Motor Show, and UK orders are set to start in April. First customer deliveries are expected to commence from July.
    From a visual standpoint alone, the Audi S3 Cabriolet cuts an athletic figure. It is 4.43 metres long, has a wheelbase of 2.60 metres, and is 1.79 metres wide and 1.39 metres tall. The proportions are extended and balanced elegantly; precise lines and muscularly arched surfaces define the flanks.
    The open-top four-seater has a soft top with an electrohydraulic drive. Magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel keep its weight low. A highly insulating foam layer in the roof reduces the noise level in the interior. The top is available in three colours. It opens or closes in 18 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 31 mph. An active rollover system protects passengers in the event of an accident.
    Many design details hint at the engaging driving potential of the open-top four-seater. The Singleframe grille, surrounded by a chrome ...
    by Published on 22-02-2014 08:44 AM
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    A new take on one of the most iconic Audi models in recent years will be unveiled next month.

    • Debut at Salon de L’Automobile Geneva, March 6-16 2014
    • Audi Press Conference on Press Day, March 4 at 9am CET
    • Design line reminiscent of the first model generation
    • Audi virtual cockpit and Matrix LED headlights are the technical highlights
    • Interior design with focused, minimalist styling

    Ingolstadt, February 20, 2014 – At next month’s Geneva Motor Show Audi will pull the wraps from a completely new iteration of the compact sports car that tore up the rulebook and changed the course of design in its class at its 1998 launch. For the third generation of the iconic TT, the designers have reinterpreted a host of ideas from that first, game-changing template.
    The front end of the new Audi TT has dominant horizontals. The Singleframe grille is broad and flat. Two contours form a V-pattern over the bonnet. The position of the four rings is also new - they now sit centrally on the hood, echoing the R8.
    Struts divide up the large air inlets. The headlights repeat this motif – they are structured with divider struts acting as reflectors for the daytime running light. Audi can supply the headlights as an option with LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual light-emitting diodes generate the main beam.
    Many details of the new Coupé’s profile are reminiscent of the first generation’s classic design. The sill contour forms a powerful light edge and the wide ...
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