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    by Published on 18-01-2015 10:26 AM
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    Volkswagen has unveiled a new five-seater midsize SUV concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Called the Cross Coupé GTE, it is a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive, and previews Volkswagen’s new US design language, combining German engineering with the American way of life.

    The new car’s debut at the show, which runs from 12-25 January, comes ahead of the start of production at the end of 2016 of a new seven-seater midsize SUV at Volkswagen of America’s Chattanooga factory in Tennessee.


    The Cross Coupé GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen in the run-up to the introduction of the production version. Together, all three concept cars – the CrossBlue presented in Detroit in January 2013, the CrossBlue Coupé most recently shown in Los Angeles in November 2013 and the Cross Coupé GTE that is now being presented at the NAIAS – represent just a part of the wide spectrum of SUV variants that can be realised through the modular transverse matrix (MQB), and were developed with the aim of offering an SUV in North America in the near future that is consistently tailored to the US market.


    Although the design of all three SUVs was based on the Volkswagen design DNA and they have common stylistic features, the latest model breaks in many ways with previous concepts, and thus increases the momentum towards series production. The Cross Coupé GTE measures 4,847 mm long, 1,736 mm high and 2,030 mm wide. Commenting on its appearance, Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at Volkswagen said: ‘The concept car has a commanding
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    by Published on 18-01-2015 10:20 AM
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    • New plug-in hybrid Golf GTE combines benefits of e-mobility with GTI dynamics
    • GTE available to order now with first deliveries expected in March
    • Golf becomes the only car to be available with five powertrain types (four in UK)
    • Combines petrol and electric motor to produce 204 PS and range of up to 580 miles


    The Volkswagen Golf GTE is available to order from today, costing Ł28,035* RRP. And unlike Volkswagen’s other electric vehicles (the e-up! and e-Golf) which are sold through a network of 25 e-Retailers, the GTE will be available through all of the company’s franchised sales outlets.


    The name of Golf GTE reflects its standing in the line-up alongside the petrol-powered GTI and diesel GTD, while its pricing also reinforces this position. The new car is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they produce a maximum power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of 580 miles, while maximum torque is 350 Nm (258 lbs ft). A six-speed DSG gearbox developed for hybrid vehicles is standard.


    The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing, while further hybrid components include power electronics and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor make for energy-efficient braking and air conditioning. There are five operating modes: ‘E-mode’, ‘GTE mode’, ‘Battery Hold’, ‘Battery charge’ and ‘Hybrid Auto’. In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles. Electric
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    by Published on 18-01-2015 10:15 AM
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    Volkswagen Retailers in the UK will begin taking orders for the Street up! and Club up! today, ahead of first deliveries in March, with prices starting from Ł11,995 (RRP OTR).

    Both models are based on the flagship High up! trim which includes front fog lights, heated front seats and a Maps & More portable infotainment device, however, the Street and Club up! are loaded with more styling features for only an extra Ł610.

    The stylish Street up! adds 16-inch Upsilon alloy wheels, standard Pure White, Black Pearl or Reflex Silver paint, 65 per cent tinted glass from the B-pillar back, “Street” badging, decals on side, bonnet, boot and roof, wing mirrors in silver (except for the Reflex Silver models on which they are black), body coloured bumpers with chrome moulding on the front fog lights, leather steering wheel with up! logo, up! scuff plates with yellow stripe, black roof lining, carpet mats and unique “Street” cloth upholstery.


    The sophisticated Club up! adds 16-inch Triangle alloy wheels, standard Blueberry metallic (unique to the Club up!) or Black Pearl paint, 65 per cent tinted glass from the B-pillar back, “Club” badging, decals on side panels in silver, wing mirrors in silver, up! scuff plates, black roof lining, carpet mats and unique “Club” Tartan Tonic cloth upholstery.


    Both new cars are powered by the up!’s most powerful 1.0-litre petrol engine. Delivering 75 PS at 6,200 rpm, the three-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It returns 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 108 g/km
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    by Published on 18-01-2015 10:10 AM
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    • SEAT’s first high-performance estate Leon ST (Sports Tourer) CUPRA 280 to cost Ł28,505 (manual) and Ł29,860 (DSG) OTR
    • Hottest estate in its class sports 2.0 turbocharged 280 PS engine, hitting 0-62 mph in six seconds (6.1 for manual) and limited top speed of 155 mph
    • Leon ST CUPRA 280 has no direct lower-medium class performance estate rival, offering more power and equipment for the money than anything else
    • UK debut at Daily Telegraph Outdoor & Adventure Show, 12-15 February 2015
    • Ordering for UK cars is now open, ahead of showroom launch in March 2015


    SEAT has confirmed pricing and specification for the third model in its fire-breathing Leon CUPRA range, the ST CUPRA 280. Priced from Ł28,505 on-the-road, the new “Q-car” offers quite simply performance and practicality without compromise.


    The sporty Spanish brand is now the only manufacturer to offer a flagship performance version in three bodystyles on one of its models. In the Leon’s case, the latest ST CUPRA 280 now joins the fold with its three-door SC and five-door Leon siblings.


    The hottest of the current crop of “hot estates”, the Leon ST CUPRA 280’s two-litre turbocharged 280 PS engine can propel it from 0-62 mph in six seconds (6.1 for manual), before going onto a limited top speed of 155 mph. At the same time, whether it’s a tradesman’s trusty workhorse, or school run load-carrier, it’s still an easy car to live with.


    With such an impressive amount of power, good looks, solid build quality and high equipment level, SEAT’s latest model can lay claim to having arguably no direct hot estate rival for the money. On paper, its closest
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    by Published on 10-01-2015 06:11 PM
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    Audi A7 piloted driving concept successfully completes long distance test drive to Consumer Electronics Show in LA


    • The Audi A7 piloted driving concept ‘Jack’ impresses through its reliability and natural ability to drive in traffic
    • Piloted driving system proves its real world functions and application
    • Audi will show additional automotive innovations during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES )
    • Audi CES Press Conference broadcast live tonight on Audi MediaTV from 7.00pm GMT (11.00am Pacific Standard Time) – Audi MediaTV


    Following an epic 560-mile journey - much of it driven ‘on autopilot’ – the Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept has arrived in Las Vegas to take its rightful place as one of the stars of the Consumer Electronics Show (January 6-9 2015).


    Starting very appropriately in California’s famous Silicon Valley, the Audi A7 3.0 TFSI quattro piloted driving concept’s long-haul test drive was witnessed – mostly hands-free – by members of the media. It proved itself capable of providing a comfortable drive in real world, everyday driving situations, particularlyin the kind of traffic that customers encounter on a daily basis.


    “The results of the test drive underscore our piloted driving competency”, said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “I’d like to thank the team of Audi engineers, VW Group R&D and the Electronics Research Laboratory for making it such a great success.”


    The test drive resulted in actionable data to help further development of Audi piloted driving. It involved the longest drive
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    by Published on 10-01-2015 06:04 PM
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    • New Leon ST CUPRA 280 combines effortless performance, style and versatility
    • In the UK, ST CUPRA to be offered with 280 PS and choice of six-speed DSG or manual transmission
    • A practical, yet fun, estate with SEAT Drive Profile (Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), Progressive steering) and mechanical differential lock
    • Exclusive equipment, with array of individualisation options, including ‘Sub8 Performance Pack’
    • UK pricing and specification to be announced shortly, ahead of launch in March 2015

    SEAT has begun a new chapter with its iconic CUPRA sub-brand through the unveiling of its first ever high performance estate, the Leon ST CUPRA. Combining effortless performance with style and spaciousness in spades, the latest addition to the Leon stable boasts a load space of up to 1,470 litres and can shift from nought to 62 mph in just 6.0 seconds – only a shade, 0.2 seconds, slower out of the blocks than its five-door sibling.
    The SEAT Leon CUPRA range already has hordes of admirers, from media all across Europe to those who sample their charms on a daily basis. The new Leon ST CUPRA adds a new dimension. For work and family, for sports and hobbies – with its added versatility, it’s the ideal everyday sports car.
    “The new Leon ST CUPRA is the perfect complement to our high-performance model line-up. The combination of refined performance and expressive dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and compelling utility make it utterly unique,” says Jürgen Stackmann, President of SEAT S.A. “The Leon ST CUPRA shows the SEAT brand values at their best. We are proud of the technical excellence and quality it conveys.”
    In the UK, the ST CUPRA’s 2.0 TSI engine with dual injection and variable camshaft ...
    by Published on 30-12-2014 11:11 AM
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    • New ŠKODA flagship revolutionises the brand’s design language
    • Strong appearance: expressive, elegant, dynamic, discrete and modern
    • Striking:design elements from the ‘Škoda VisionC’ coupé study


    The new ŠKODA Superb revolutionises the familiar ŠKODA design language. A new sketch shows an expressively designed saloon full of class and passion. The design is sophisticated, elegant, dynamic, discrete, modern and expressive.


    The new ŠKODA flagship has striking, expressive shapes from the ‘Škoda VisionC’ show car with new, dynamic proportions. From the front to the rear, from the large wheels to the gently rearward-sloping roof line, the new Superb features clear geometry, strikingly contoured surfaces, sculptural shapes, purist precision and elegant lines as if made from one piece.


    With its expressive exterior, the top ŠKODA model makes a visual impact in the automotive mid-class segment, offering a sharp and muscular look that is more poised and full of emotion than ever before. The expressive shapes of the exterior can also be found echoed inside the car.


    The new model takes the ŠKODA Superb to the higher level of the automotive mid-class segment. The third generation model is expected to get new customers interested in both the brand and model. The new ŠKODA Superb will make its world premiere in Prague in the middle of February 2015, followed by its introduction at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The market launch is planned for mid-2015 for Europe, and autumn for
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    by Published on 30-12-2014 11:06 AM
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    Volkswagen Retailers in the UK will begin taking orders for the first-ever petrol version of the Polo BlueMotion today, ahead of first UK deliveries in March, with prices starting from Ł14,730 (RRP OTR).

    The greenest petrol engine in the range is powered by a 1.0-litre BlueMotion TSI petrol unit. It emits 94 g/km of CO2 and returns 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle.


    Delivering 95 PS between 5,000 and 5,500 rpm the new three-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The Polo BlueMotion has a maximum torque of 118 Nm (160 lbs ft) produced between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm.


    Efficiency does not come at the expense of performance. The Polo BlueMotion will reach 62 mph from a standing start in 10.5 seconds and has a top speed of 119 mph.


    Based on the S trim, the BlueMotion models add even more equipment including a styling pack which includes uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, side skirts and rear roof spoiler, body coloured door handles, body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators, front fog lights and static cornering function and unique BlueMotion badging.


    Additional kit over that on the S trim includes 15-inch ‘Buenos Aires’ alloys with low rolling resistance tyres, aero body kit, multifunction leather steering wheel, alarm with remote central locking, air conditioning, a front centre armrest, Composition Media and infotainment system, cruise control and
    Volkswagen’s Driver Alert System. This version of the Polo comes with a Think Blue, Trainer, which gives hint and tips
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    by Published on 12-12-2014 08:57 PM
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    • Expressive design, innovative MQB technology for “best ŠKODA ever”
    • World premiere in Prague in mid-February
    • New Superb successfully completes final technical inspection drives

    The countdown has begun: The new ŠKODA Superb is in the starting blocks. The completely redeveloped ŠKODA flagship has recently completed the final test series in Southern Europe, among other regions. The new ŠKODA Superb is the top model in the ŠKODA model range. With its new design language, new proportions, space, innovative technology, driving dynamics and build quality, the car has shifted to the upper end of the automotive mid-class.
    The new third-generation ŠKODA Superb offers the highest functionality with an improved package. The amount of space and boot size typical of a ŠKODA have once again increased, and set a new benchmark in the segment. Incorporating the Volkswagen Group’s MQB technology, the ŠKODA Superb brings qualities from higher vehicle classes into the automotive mid-class. The car offers the best values in terms of comfort, infotainment and connectivity, safety, eco-friendliness, consumption and performance.
    “The new ŠKODA Superb is the best ŠKODA ever. This latest generation of our flagship will appeal to new groups of customers in the business and private sector. The qualities of the Superb emphasise the brand’s values and point to the future of ŠKODA,” said ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland.
    The new ŠKODA Superb will receive its world premiere in mid-February 2015 in Prague. ...
    by Published on 12-12-2014 08:49 PM
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    Latest generation Audi high performance hatchback continues to honour classic Eighties quattros with highly evolved five-cylinder turbo power

    • New flagship of the A3 model series available to order in the UK from March 2015 ahead of first customer deliveries next summer
    • Most powerful production five-cylinder engine in Audi RS history with 367PS and 465Nm from 1,625rpm to 5,550rpm
    • 0 – 62mph in 4.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the previous model – 155mph governed top speed can be raised to 174mph on request
    • Lower weight, faster-shifting S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, faster-reacting quattro drive

    When world-beating car meets class-conquering engine, the formidable result is the all new 367PS Audi RS 3 Sportback. The DNA for the world’s most powerful series production premium compact hatchback comes courtesy of the A3 hatchback – the 2014 World Car of the Year – and the latest evolution of the evocative 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI – the International Engine of the Year in the 2.0 to 2.5-litre category. Enhanced by latest generation quattro all-wheel-drive, these genes create a car with truly exceptional dynamic capabilities, but one which can also deftly handle everything that daily life throws at it.
    “There is a long tradition of five-cylinder engines at Audi,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “In the 80s, they turned Audi into a sporty brand, both in motor sports and in production. The new Audi RS 3 Sportback features the latest generation of our 2.5 litre, five-cylinder engine – the most powerful production engine in the modular transverse matrix.” ...
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