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    by Published on 15-11-2014 09:53 AM
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    • New third-generation Fabia Estate priced from £12,460
    • Three trim grades and four engine options available
    • Sector-best 530-litre boot
    • High equipment levels include DAB and Stop/Start on all models
    • Running costs reduced by up to 14% over outgoing model
    • First UK deliveries expected in March 2015

    ŠKODA has confirmed prices and specifications for the new Fabia Estate ahead of its debut in spring 2015. Available in three trim grades: S, SE and SE-L, the third-generation Fabia Estate is priced from just £12,460 and offers a significant specification boost over the outgoing model.
    Entry-level S models feature six airbags, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Stop/Start and electric front windows as standard, while SE models (from £13,905 OTR) add manual air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Front assist, Arkamys surround sound package and Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card connections. SE models also include a three-spoke leather steering wheel, height adjustable driver and passenger seat, Maxi-DOT trip computer and black roof rails. Range-topping Elegance models (from £14,755 OTR) add even more features including 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control air-conditioning, Light assistant, cruise control and KESSY – keyless entry system.
    In addition to its generous equipment levels, the new Fabia features a striking new look, sector-best practicality, greater efficiency and a host of Simply Clever innovations. Utilising advanced MQB platform architecture, the new Fabia Estate performs the impossible by being larger ...
    by Published on 15-11-2014 09:48 AM
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    New three-cylinder petrol engine joins updated A1 range polished by styling revisions, equipment upgrades and efficiency gains.

    • New A1 and A1 Sportback ranges priced from £15,390 OTR to £21,640 OTR available to order from late November – first deliveries in spring 2015
    • S1 and S1 Sportback with equipment enhancements also available priced from £25,380 OTR to £26,110 OTR
    • Styling revisions inside and out, more equipment, new or improved engines including 1.6 TDI now offering up to 80.7mpg with 92g/km output (manual) and new 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder emitting 99g/km
    • A1 1.0 TFSI available to order in spring 2015 priced from £14,315 – first deliveries in summer
    • 7-speed S tronic now for all variants, including 1.6 TDI
    • More equipment across SE, Sport and S line specification levels, improved option packs

    The new Audi A1 and A1 Sportback which open for UK ordering later this month have an impressive pedigree. In 2010 their predecessors were born of a refusal to compromise in the translation of everything that defines the largest Audi models into the premium brand’s smallest and most accessible car, helping to make them the choice of over 500,000 customers worldwide since that point. The latest range, the first examples of which will reach the UK next spring, features exterior and interior styling enhancements, specification upgrades and new or improved engines, including in the longer term the first ever three-cylinder petrol unit in the Audi range. These improve fuel economy by up to eight per cent and trim CO2 output to as little as 92g/km.
    With its sharp yet clean lines, balanced proportions and distinctive detailing the A1 already cuts an imposing figure on the road ...
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:50 AM
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    Especially dynamic version and new entry-level model added to Cayenne portfolio

    Today Porsche reveals the new Cayenne GTS, a model that announces its outstanding sporting character in its very name. The letters GTS go back to the famous 904 Carrera GTS of 1963. In 2007, the Cayenne GTS became the first Porsche of the modern era to revive the acronym.

    Since then, at Porsche ‘GTS’ has stood for notably enhanced levels of dynamics, performance and driver involvement. At the same time as the launch of the GTS, a new entry-level model with the familiar 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine rounds off the Cayenne portfolio at the start of the range.

    Porsche drivers like their car to be sporty – regardless of whether it has two doors or four. At 11 per cent, the GTS makes up a high proportion of the Cayenne model mix of what is currently the most successful range in the Porsche line-up, with the four-door sports cars for many years making a major contribution to the company's profitable growth. At the same time they ensure future investment in the broad spectrum of highly dynamic models offered across the entire portfolio.

    It is not only the name of the Cayenne GTS that is resonant. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine is the performance-oriented enhancement of the new power unit presented in the Cayenne S. Its consumption is lower and it delivers improved levels of performance. Compared with the previous model with a V8 naturally aspirated engine, power output increases by 20 hp to 440 hp and torque by 85 Nm to 600 Nm, while fuel consumption goes down by up to 0.9 l/100 km. The Cayenne GTS accelerates
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:45 AM
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    • Results underline top-level safety of the new ŠKODA Fabia
    • Small car provides outstanding occupant protection for adults and children
    • Innovative safety systems: ESC with Multi-Collision Brake, Front Assistant with City Emergency Braking Function, fatigue detection, Speedlimiter
    • Highest level of passive safety: six airbags as standard in EU countries

    The new ŠKODA Fabia has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The outstanding test results underline the high level safety of the new small car from ŠKODA, which is going to be launched in the first European markets in the next couple of days. The Euro NCAP rating is based on results for occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems.

    “One of the aims of the new ŠKODA Fabia development was to bring top-level safety performance to the small car segment,” said ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, Dr Frank Welsch. “The maximum five-star rating is confirmation by independent experts that we have achieved this goal and it shows that the new ŠKODA Fabia is one of the safest small cars in the market,” said Dr Welsch.

    The new ŠKODA Fabia received the maximum five-star rating in all four areas (occupant protection for adults, child safety, safety assistance systems and pedestrian protection). The testers particularly emphasised the stability of the passenger compartment. For the protection of 18-month-old children the new ŠKODA Fabia achieved maximum points, and the protection of three-year-old
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:38 AM
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    Latest incarnation of Audi compact SUV features an even sharper new look, more equipment and a more efficient EU6-compliant engine range

    • New Q3 range available to order this month priced from £25,340 OTR to £30,820 OTR – first UK deliveries in spring 2015
    • RS Q3 with 30PS power boost to 340PS available from January 2015, price TBC – first deliveries expected next spring
    • Styling enhancements inside and out, increased equipment levels – Xenon or all-weather LED headlamps as standard depending on version
    • New or updated engine range now including 1.4 TFSI CoD - fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent and power increases of up to 10PS

    Styling, safety, efficiency, equipment and power were all on the agenda for the team given the tough task of reworking the already highly successful Audi Q3, and the fruit of their labour is due to open for order in the UK later this month priced from £25,340 OTR. The further improved RS Q3 flagship, the output of which the team has boosted by an additional 30PS to give a total of 340PS, will become available in January 2015 and, like its ‘standard’ counterparts, is expected to reach its first UK customers next spring.

    Whether in SE, S line or top flight S line plus specification, the premium character of the redesigned Audi Q3 is apparent at first glance. The design with its coupe‑like lines and characteristic wrap-around tailgate has been lifted further by a striking new 3D effect Singleframe grille, revised bumpers and new look alloy wheels. The full body-colour paint finish which was previously standard for S line versions and above also now extends to SE models.

    The revised headlights now feature xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as standard in SE versions, and these are complemented at the rear by reworked
    by Published on 26-10-2014 09:51 AM
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    Even more miles per gallon for economy-focused ultra model as new A6 fleet featuring numerous improvements is now ready for UK ordering

    • New A6 and A6 Avant ranges now available to order – first customer deliveries in December 2014
    • S6 and S6 Avant available from November for March 2015 deliveries
    • RS 6 Avant availability for ordering TBC, expected in first quarter of 2015
    • OTR prices start at £31,955 OTR for the TDI ultra saloon, rising to £58,000 for the S6 Avant
    • Styling revisions, xenon headlamps as standard for SE versions, LED headlights as standard for S line, Matrix LED lights optional for A6 and S6 and standard for RS 6 Avant
    • Interior decor improvements and upgraded infotainment system
    • EU6-compliant engine range benefits from emissions reductions of up to 22 per cent
    • Line-up includes 2.0 TDI ultra offering up to 67mpg with CO2 of as little as 109g/km
    • New S tronic twin-clutch transmission replaces multitronic CVT in front-wheel-drive variants

    The relentless pursuit of efficiency gains by Audi engineers has led to the inclusion of an even more frugal version of the critically acclaimed A6 ultra executive saloon in the new range that is now available for UK ordering. Priced from £31,955 OTR in Saloon form or £33,955 as an Avant, the latest ultra model extracts even more mileage out of each gallon than its recently introduced predecessor, emits as little as 109g/km of CO2 and doesn’t ask drivers to forego attractions like the S line sports specification in return.

    The even more fuel-sparing models join a line-up which has been bolstered by styling revisions, upgraded lighting options, a new infotainment system and new transmissions. Like all other A6 and A6 allroad variants they are open for order now and will reach their first UK owners in December. High performance S6, S6 Avant and RS 6 Avant models will follow shortly ...
    by Published on 08-10-2014 08:04 PM
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    ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ models offer outstanding levels of Porsche performance

    Porsche today announces the second generation of the 911 Carrera GTS, ahead of its arrival in showrooms this November. It will join the acclaimed Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS and Panamera GTS in the range of sports cars from Stuttgart.

    Each of the four new 911 Carrera GTS models – a Coupé and a Cabriolet, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – build on the established core values of the iconic rear-engined 911 by adding further technical features to generate even higher levels of dynamic performance and driving enjoyment.

    Under the rear engine lid lies an evocative flat-six power unit, tuned to develop 430 hp, an increase of 30 hp over the Carrera S. This is combined with the Sport Chrono package offering dynamic engine mounts, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damper system which lowers the car's ride height by ten millimetres.

    Improved efficiency has also led to quicker acceleration and higher top speeds, and Combined fuel consumption figures remain unchanged from the favourable level of the S models. For example, when combined with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox, the 911 Carrera GTS can return 32.5 mpg and also sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.2 seconds). With the standard seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, a top speed of 198 mph is possible.

    The exteriors of the new 911 Carrera GTS – like other GTS models – differ significantly from the other Carrera models. All versions feature the 911 Carrera 4 body with wide-flared rear wheel arches
    by Published on 04-10-2014 09:17 AM
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    • Passat GTE is first plug-in hybrid by Volkswagen in saloon and estate body style
    • Combines TSI engine and electric motor for maximum power output of 218 PS
    • Driving range of over 600 miles; up to 31 miles in all-electric E-mode

    The new Passat is one of the most innovative cars in its class. Equipped with progressive drive, assistance and infotainment systems, it is high-tech encapsulated in a powerful design with sharp proportions. The eighth generation Passat is currently being launched in Europe, and already,
    Volkswagen has come up with something more: the German car maker is showing the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system.

    It is a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one and available as a saloon or estate. In GTE mode, the Volkswagen also has a sporty side. Plug-in hybrid, in this case, means the combination of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, which is supplied with energy from an externally (or in Charge mode) chargeable lithium-ion battery. Thanks to this battery, the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. At the press of a button next to the gear lever, the driver can also control the all-electric mode ("E-Mode") at will – for example, at the end of a drive when the destination is in a city.

    A contrast to the "E-Mode" is offered by the mode "GTE", which is also accessible at the press of a button – in this mode, the Passat delivers a maximum system output of 160 kW / 218 PS; a wide variety of parameters such as the accelerator pedal and steering are also configured in a sportier way in this mode. The 1.4-litre TSI engine
    by Published on 04-10-2014 09:12 AM
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    Volkswagen Retailers in the UK will begin taking orders for the eighth generation Passat saloon and Estate models on 7 October, ahead of first UK deliveries in January, with prices starting from £22,215 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level saloon (see below for full details).
    This all-new car brings a host of new technologies, comfort and convenience features and efficient engines to the Passat class, while its design, quality and style allow it to compete with premium rivals, at a competitive price.
    Although the new car has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and more interior space, it is up to 85 kg lighter, while EU6-compliant, more efficient engines mean fuel savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions of up to 14 per cent.
    Only diesel engines will be offered in the UK at launch, ranging in power from a 1.6-litre 120 PS, through two 2.0-litre units with 150 or 190 PS, to a range-topping 2.0-litre bi-turbo with 240 PS, DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid GTE version with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric motor will follow in October 2015.
    At launch, five trim levels will be offered: S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line. All will offer a high level of standard features with highlights including Post-Collision Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention on all; Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Driver Profile Selection, Ergo Comfort seats and front and rear parking sensors on SE and above; and Discover Navigation on the SE Business which is aimed at fleet drivers. ...
    by Published on 04-10-2014 09:07 AM
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    • Paris Motor Show is the backdrop for 30th anniversary of SEAT’s most iconic model
    • The first ever Ibiza was unveiled in 1984 at Paris Motor Show

    SEAT’s Martorell plant in Barcelona, Spain, is celebrating the production of the 5 millionth Ibiza. The Spanish Brand reached the milestone on the iconic model’s 30th anniversary.

    Employees on the production line of the best-selling car celebrated with SEAT Executive Committee Chairman Jürgen Stackmann, Vice-President for Production Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Martorell Production Plant Stefan Loth, Mercedes Álvarez, SEAT Ibiza Product Management and Works Committee Chairman Matías Carnero.

    This week SEAT will celebrate the 30 anniversary of its iconic Ibiza at the Paris Motor Show, which is where the first-ever Ibiza was unveiled to the world three decades ago. The Spanish Brand will also unveil the Leon X-PERIENCE, the brand’s most adventurous version of its compact car.

    Since its launch in 1984, the SEAT Ibiza has become the best-selling and most-exported Spanish passenger car. Seventy per cent of those 5 million cars (about 3.5 million) have been sold outside Spain in more than 75 countries where the company has a presence. Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Mexico have proved to be the most important markets for the best-selling car in SEAT’s history.

    Esther García Castellanos, a member of the SEAT Ibiza production team for more than a decade, said: “SEAT has always been a part of my life. My father was an employee at the SEAT plant
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