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    by Published on 11-06-2021 05:27 PM
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    • Bentley Design Services help create luxurious yacht interior
    • Sumptuous cabin complements owner’s Continental GT V8 coupe
    • One-off project between Bentley Motors and Contest Yachts
    • Matching Linen and Hotspur hides feature throughout the interior of the car and the bespoke yacht, with signature Bentley diamond-in-diamond stitching
    • 18-metre Contest 59 CS built by Contest Yachts in The Netherlands for a customer
    • Bentley Continental GT designed, engineered and built in Great Britain

    Bentley Motors has collaborated on the creation of a truly unique yacht interior to match the exquisite cabin design of a customer’s Continental GT V8 coupe.

    The bespoke nautical trim was created by craftspeople at Bentley Design Services, which specialises in creating customised solutions for the brand’s clients, working side-by-side with premium Dutch yacht builder, Contest Yachts.

    The luxurious cabin of the yacht owner’s Continental GT V8 coupe already incorporated Hotspur red leather, combined with contrasting Linen beige hide – styling which Bentley was then able to help recreate inside the new 18-metre, Contest 59 CS yacht.

    The interior panelling in the ocean-going yacht also showcases Bentley’s signature diamond-in-diamond stitching. This unique quilting requires exactly 712 stitches per diamond and a high level of skill to produce on a specially-commissioned machine, exclusive to Bentley Motors. Outside, the deep blue hull of the Contest yacht perfectly complements the Light Sapphire finish of the owner’s Continental GT V8 Coupe.
    by Published on 11-06-2021 05:21 PM
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    • Package of Model Year updates includes Amazon Alexa integration for many models and new Sonos audio for A1 Sportback, Q2 and Q3
    • New colours, visual enhancements for Black Edition and Vorsprung versions
    • New Sport Edition trim level for A7 Sportback, e-tron Sportback range gains Technik, Sport and Black Edition options in line with e-tron SUV
    • Updates apply to all orders placed from today

    Desirable, technologically formidable and environmentally responsible – the latest Audi range is designed to be all these things and more, but as the continual pursuit of progress is a cornerstone of Vorsprung durch Technik an update programme for the 2022 Model Year is about to further accentuate all these attributes in many model lines. Attractive new trim levels, detail enhancements and wheel designs, fresh colours and advanced new entertainment features from Amazon and Sonos are among the changes, which now take effect for orders placed with UK Audi Centres.

    "From the high-tech A1 Sportback to the high octane R8 sports car, and from the punchy A3 Sportback TFSI e plug-in hybrid to the redoubtable all-electric RS e-tron GT, the Audi range already excels at every level,“ commented Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. "This enhancement programme will ensure that our model lines maintain their edge aesthetically and technologically, and are perfectly placed to capitalise on a new model year notable, hopefully, as a period of greater stability and renewed consumer confidence.“

    Highlights of the 2022 Model Year Audi Update Programme

    Giving voice to technology - the MIB3 infotainment platform and Amazon Alexa

    Media and navigation in the majority of Audi models are now delivered by an updated, third-generation modular infotainment platform known as MIB 3, and one of its many additional benefits is the ability to integrate the Amazon Alexa voice assistant using the Audi connect internet link. As a result, all Audi models except for the Q2, TT and R8 will offer Alexa access using the same ...
    by Published on 04-06-2021 05:21 PM
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    • Elegant fastback and Shooting Brake get powerful R variants with 320 PS, 420 Nm for 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds
    • Luxury meets dynamism, as avant-garde models benefit from 4MOTION with R-Performance torque vectoring on a new rear axle
    • Latest models to receive the dynamic R treatment priced from £51,615 (fastback) and £52,435 (Shooting Brake) RRP OTR

    The Volkswagen Arteon R and Arteon Shooting Brake R are available to order for UK customers today, with the striking high-performance fastback and Shooting Brake models priced from £51,615 and £52,435 OTR respectively. Both are powered by Volkswagen’s acclaimed 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, providing 320 PS and 420 Nm of torque, and feature the latest 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, with R-Performance torque vectoring providing next-level handling and dynamics.

    The Arteon R joins the growing stable of potent R models, with performance befitting the badge – for both bodystyles the 0-62 mph sprint passes in just 4.9 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 155 mph (where permitted). The handling of the Arteon R is as impressive as the numbers too, with 4MOTION all-wheel drive augmented for optimum handling and dynamism by the R-Performance torque vectoring system.

    The torque vectoring system, first seen on the new Golf R, works by its ability to share power not only between the front and rear axles, but between each rear wheel too. Up to 50% of the Arteon R’s drive force can be sent to the rear axle, and this rear-axle power can be directed entirely to the outside rear wheel when cornering, virtually ...
    by Published on 04-06-2021 05:11 PM
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    • New Bentayga Hybrid now available to order in the United Kingdom and Europe, bringing electrified motoring to the luxury SUV market
    • Unrivalled serenity through electric drive and even greater refinement
    • Increased connected car services with access to charging data, statistics and cabin comfort controls
    • E-Motor partnered with a 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged V6 petrol engine delivering 443 bhp (449 PS) and 516 lb.ft (700 Nm) of torque
    • Combined range of 430 miles (693 km) with capability of 25 miles (40 km) range in pure electric drive (WLTP)
    • Usage profile data shows majority of journeys made with Bentayga Hybrid are in EV mode, and 90 per cent of customers consistently travel less than 30 miles per journey

    The Bentayga Hybrid is now available to order for customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Following introduction in the launch markets of the USA and China, the Bentayga Hybrid continues to bring unrivalled, electrified serenity to the luxury SUV sector around the world.

    Following the launch of the Bentayga V8 and Bentayga Speed last summer, the Bentayga Hybrid is the third model in the most successful luxury SUV portfolio the segment has ever seen. The first generation Bentayga Hybrid accounted for one in every five of Bentaygas manufactured, and the introduction of the second generation is likely to increase that ratio – 45 per cent of Bentayga orders in China since launch have been for the hybrid version.
    Providing a simplified offer for customers, the latest generation Bentayga Hybrid is available at the same base ...
    by Published on 30-05-2021 08:18 PM
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    • New Bentayga S model delivers heightened agility and presence
    • Unique Sport suspension calibration for greater dynamic ability
    • Muscular design cues reflect truly sporting driving experience
    • Dark tint headlamps, Bentayga ‘S’ badging, 22-inch wheels and new V8 split sports exhaust reveal performance potential
    • Luxurious interior includes new colour split with Alcantara® elements
    • Black brightware, black-painted body kit and black door mirrors
    • 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 develops 542 bhp (550 PS), 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm)
    • 0-60 mph (0–100 km/h) in 4.4 (4.5) secs, top speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
    • Go-anywhere Bentayga S available with four, five or seven seat cabin
    • New model joins existing Hybrid, V8 and Speed versions

    Bentley has today announced details of the new Bentayga S, bringing extra sporting agility to the Bentayga family. With striking design cues and unique detailing, the Bentayga S is the latest version of Bentley’s benchmark, go-anywhere luxury SUV, designed and engineered in the UK and manufactured in Bentley’s carbon-neutral factory in Crewe.

    For the first time since the launch of Bentayga in 2015, an S version is now available – reflecting feedback from the huge number of customers that enjoy the dynamic performance of their Bentayga on-road. Building on Bentley’s established ‘S’ brand, the new enhanced sports Bentayga provides an even more engaging drive, with Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll control fitted as standard and an enhanced Sports chassis mode. A 15 per cent increase in damping stiffens the chassis and provides a platform for a more dynamic SPORT mode ESC tune.

    Bentayga S also features a revised visual presence through the distinctive addition of black details, and a more sporting soundtrack ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:30 AM
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    • CUPRA Design Director, Jorge Diez previews the distinctive design of CUPRA Born
    • New images of vehicle show more of the vehicle, including rear, ahead of reveal on 25 May
    • The city of Barcelona inspired the design of CUPRA’s first all-electric car

    Ahead of the global unveiling of the CUPRA Born, head of design, Jorge Diez, explains the inspiration behind the design and the key features that make Born so unique.
    “Designing CUPRA’s first 100 per cent electric car has been a dream come true for the team,” said Diez, as he explained the key to its design.

    Balance of its proportions

    CUPRA Born is defined by two key pillars. First, the wheels are pushed to the corners of the vehicle to accommodate the batteries. “This enabled us to create a totally occupant-centric design with a very spacious interior” he says. Meanwhile, the proportions have also been worked on to give it a highly sporty look. “This is reflected in an extremely fast A-pillar combined with a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhang, which will make driving the first 100 per cent electric CUPRA truly fun” adds Diez.

    CUPRA character

    Born’s front end is a perfect reflection of its attitude, explained Diez: “The headlights identify with a person’s face, so we’ve angled them a little more than usual to express the character and determination of knowing what you want and going for it. The character is further accentuated by the prominent air intake at the bottom of the car to keep the car close to the road.”

    New lines

    Previewing the never-before-seen rear of ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:26 AM
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    A landmark transformation plan for Lamborghini’s sustainability path: from product electrification to the Sant’Agata Bolognese site

    • Top product performance: the absolute priority throughout the entire electrification program
    • Roadmap incorporates celebration of the combustion engine and the range’s hybrid transition by 2024
    • Internal target defined: 50% less product CO2 emissions by the beginning of 2025
    • The largest investment in Lamborghini’s history: more than 1.5 billion euros over four years
    • Vision of a fourth fully-electric model in the second part of the decade

    Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, today presents “Direzione Cor Tauri” (Towards Cor Tauri): a roadmap to decarbonization of future Lamborghini models and of the Sant’Agata Bolognese site based on a holistic approach to its environmental sustainability strategy. Throughout the product electrification process, Lamborghini will focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics in keeping with the marque’s tradition. In reference to the logo chosen by company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963, Cor Tauri is the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, and represents Lamborghini’s move towards a future that is electrified but always faithful to the heart and soul of the ‘bull’ brand.

    Winkelmann commented: “Lamborghini’s electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:21 AM
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    • The new livery of the Hypermotard 950 SP recalls the world of racing in its colours and that of freestyle sports in its graphic lines, underlining the dynamic character of the bike
    • All models in the Ducati Hypermotard 950 range become compliant with the Euro 5 anti-pollution standard
    • The production of the motorcycles, which will be available in dealerships starting from June 2021, has already begun in Borgo Panigale

    Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 19 May 2021 - The Ducati Hypermotard 950 family is updated for the Model Year 2022 and sees the entry into the range of a new livery for the SP version. All models become compliant with Euro 5 anti-pollution regulations* and will be available in Ducati network dealers starting from June 2021.

    The Borgo Panigale fun-bike family consists of three models: Hypermotard 950, Hypermotard 950 RVE and Hypermotard 950 SP. Three different choices, which allow the rider both to have fun in curves and to easily tackle city traffic with all the safety offered by Ducati’s sophisticated electronic equipment.

    The design of the Hypermotard 950 is inspired by the look of motards and revolves around the twin under-seat exhaust and the reduced superstructures that leave the mechanical components visible, including the trellis rear frame that communicates lightness and essentiality. The ergonomics of the bike, also derived from the motard world, ensure a riding position with an upright torso and wide elbows which translates into a great vehicle control, while the flat seat guarantees the possibility of wide longitudinal movements. ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:17 AM
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    • UK prices and trim specifications confirmed for facelifted Kodiaq
    • Updated range starts from £27,650 OTR
    • New front and rear design, interior updated with new trims
    • Available in five familiar trim levels; SE, SE L, SportLine, L&K and vRS
    • Order books open early June with UK deliveries scheduled for July

    Milton Keynes, 19 May 2021: ŠKODA has announced final pricing and specifications for the fully updated new Kodiaq. The revised range, which arrives in the UK in July, introduces a host of design and specification improvements along with new engine options and upgraded assistance systems. Prices for the facelifted Kodiaq range start from £27,650 OTR for the entry-level SE five-seat model.

    Bold new look

    The facelifted Kodiaq features a striking new front end that incorporates a more upright six-sided radiator grille and new, higher bonnet. The bumpers have been redesigned to give a sharper appearance while the central air intake has been widened. SE and SE L trims add aluminium-effect trim on the front and rear apron that give the Kodiaq an even more rugged, adventurous feel.

    The front lights are also new. The headlight units are shallower and use LED technology as standard for the first time, with state-of-the-art Full LED Matrix lights standard from SE L trim upwards.

    The rear bumper has been updated with distinctive diffuser while the tailgate features a new spoiler that extends further towards the back of the car. The rear light units use LED technology and have a narrower and more chiselled shape than previously.

    Inside, the Kodiaq is as spacious and practical as ever. A new two-spoke steering wheel is standard on all new Kodiaq models, with the SportLine and vRS variants featuring a sportier three-spoke wheel.

    New engines

    The revised Kodiaq ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:11 AM
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    • CUPRA Born bucket seats use upcycled materials removed from the Mediterranean Sea
    • SEAQUAL® YARN polymer created from material found by fishermen and volunteers in seas, oceans, rivers and estuaries
    • Collaboration reaffirms CUPRA’s commitment to innovation and a more circular economy
    • The CUPRA Born’s world premiere will take place on May 25th

    CUPRA has worked with SEAQUAL INITIATIVE to manufacture the bucket seats for the CUPRA Born from upcycled materials found in the Mediterranean Sea.

    The CUPRA Born’s new bucket seats will be created from a recycled polymer fibre fabric, called SEAQUAL® YARN. Marine litter from beaches, the ocean floor and surface, or entering oceans from rivers and estuaries, is collected by a clean-up programme and sorted into different material types. The plastic is cleaned, treated and recycled into yarn that has almost identical in physical properties to virgin polyester.

    The material is produced thanks to the collaboration of fishermen, NGOs and local communities, who collect the material and helps to preserve the Mediterranean’s natural resources

    The joint project with SEAQUAL INITIATIVE contributes to a more circular economy and the continuous cleaning of the planet’s seas, rivers and oceans.

    CUPRA Director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations Antonino Labate
    commented: “With the CUPRA Born, our first 100% electric vehicle, we’re entering a new electric era. The partnership with SEAQUAL INITIATIVE to create the seats for this new model demonstrates that sustainability, ...
    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:06 AM
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    • 100 years since Bentley’s first ever race win
    • 24x 3-Litre Bentleys gather at Brooklands to celebrate, 100 years after 16 May 1921
    • Victorious car - EXP2, the second Bentley built by W.O. Bentley himself and oldest Bentley in the world – makes headline appearance

    100 years to the day since the first race win for a Bentley, the winning car itself – known as EXP2 – returned to the famous Brooklands Racetrack in Surrey yesterday to lead a cavalcade of 3-Litre Bentleys to celebrate the centenary of its victory.

    EXP2 is the oldest Bentley in the world, and only the second car ever built by W.O. Bentley’s fledgling company in 1921. EXP2 led a field of 24 3-Litres from across the country, which formed up on the remaining section of the banked Brooklands circuit where Bentley took its first win on 16 May 1921. On that day, the car took victory in the Whitsun Junior Sprint Handicap at the hands of ‘works’ driver Frank Clement, starting a series of race wins for the 3-Litre model that culminated in two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Bentley’s first in
    1924, driven by Clement and John Duff, and again in 1927. Between those successes, in 1925 Duff also used a 3-Litre to secure a total of 21 world records over the course of 24 hours.

    These early victories for the 3-Litre engrained motorsport in the foundations of Bentley, and paved for the way for more than 1,600 3-Litre models to be produced and sold.

    The collection of 3-Litres and the event itself was organised by the Bentley Drivers’ Club, whose chairman Richard Parkinson comments:

    by Published on 22-05-2021 11:02 AM
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    • Bentley marks 75 year anniversary since the Bentley Mk VI was the first model to roll off the Crewe production line in 1946
    • 206 unique models and 197,086 cars handcrafted since - 97 per cent of Bentley’s entire production
    • To mark the occasion the Mk VI’s predecessor, the Mk V, the last pre-Crewe model, stands proudly on display at Bentley’s famous Pyms Lane factory
    • Current daily production at record levels, 85 cars per day, equalling monthly run rate of two decades ago – all from the world’s only carbon neutral luxury car factory
    • Ambitious plan, targeting sustainable luxury mobility leadership, extends to end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030 with entire model range switched to battery electric vehicles

    Bentley Motors today marks 75 years of car production from the luxury marque’s iconic factory in Crewe, England. The revered Mk V, the very last car to be built in Derby before the dawn of the Crewe era in May 1946, today stood proudly on display along Pyms Lane as the current generation Bentley models rolled off the production line at record levels.

    During this 75 year period, 197,086 luxury cars - 97 per cent of Bentley’s entire production - have been handcrafted, an extraordinary milestone when considered that just 38,933 were built before modern day models such as the Continental GT and Bentayga were introduced from the turn of the century.

    Remarkably, records show that 84 per cent of all cars built in Crewe for the UK market are still on the road today, with that number growing at unmatched levels. Bentley is currently building 85 cars per day; one month’s output, two decades ago.
    Commenting on the significant achievement, Peter Bosch, ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:53 AM
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    • New features and options for the Flying Spur, building on the best
    • Exterior paint palette increases to 63, with the addition of Cambrian Grey
    • City Specification, Welcome Lighting and Air Ioniser now standard
    • New open pore woods and a new exterior colour expand customer choice
    • Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) eliminated via advanced computer-aided technology
    • Sustainable design process used to create the Flying Spur’s ultimate in-cabin experience
    • Zero-waste Virtual Prototyping reduces physical parts in test phase
    • Unrivalled refinement pays homage to founder W.O. Bentley’s mantra of building a ‘dead silent 100 mph car’

    The world’s finest four door sedan has been made even better with increased technology and comfort now as standard, along with new and contemporary interior veneer choices and a new exterior paint - Cambrian Grey, that expands the standard paint palette to 63 colours.

    City Specification consolidates an array of optional content and becomes part of the standard vehicle specification at 22 Model Year. These features include; Traffic sign recognition, hands free boot opening, extended safeguard features, top view camera, welcome lighting and automatic dimming mirrors, as well as the Air Ioniser. This adds a greater depth of features to one of the most luxurious cabins of any grand tourer.

    The serenely quiet Flying Spur benefits from the application of state-of-the-art technology to deliver the ultimate, in-cabin experience. Noise, vibration and harshness - known in the automotive industry as NVH - have been painstakingly eliminated, helping to ensure the Flying Spur is not only the world’s finest, luxury four-door Grand Tourer, but also offers phenomenal acoustic ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:48 AM
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    • Design sketch reveals first impression of the new Polo GTI1
    • Successful compact sports car is sharper, full of power and dynamism
    • World premiere scheduled for end of June 2021

    Just in time for the traditional GTI weekend meet on Lake Wörthersee, which is again unable to take place due to COVID-19, Volkswagen is offering a first peek at the new Polo GTI. The compact sports car is based on the new Polo that was recently presented, and will become the premium version of the product line. This GTI model also represents pure dynamism and expressive design – the success factors of the GTI concept. The official world premiere of the new Polo GTI will take place at the end of June 2021.

    “Once a GTI, always a GTI” – that’s how fans of the sporty Volkswagen models with the “magic three letters” continually express their loyalty. GTI – pure fascination and excitement. The success story continues, with the new Polo GTI in the starting blocks. Traditionally, it is the sportiest model in the Polo series. With its high-torque front-wheel drive, dynamically tuned sports chassis and expressive design, it really stands out from the crowd. Moreover, it fulfils the promise of exceptional driving dynamics in combination with exceptional everyday usability.

    The legendary GTI meet at Wörthersee Lake

    The GTI meet can look back on a long history. GTI fans met for the first time in 1982 in the Austrian municipality of Reifnitz/Maria Wörth. Over the years, the event not only attracted car enthusiasts, ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:44 AM
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    • The core components of the latest e-vehicle generation are manufactured at Volkswagen Group Components in Braunschweig, Germany
    • Performance variants from 45 kWh1 to 77 kWh2/3; range of up to 549 km in the WLTP
    • Rapid charging with a capacity of up to 125 kW, power for 320 km in 30 minutes

    What do the fully electric compact Volkswagen ID.3, the ID.4, which was recently singled out for the “2021 World Car of the Year” award, and the recently presented high-performance model ID.4 GTX have in common? They all have cutting-edge technology on board in the shape of the high-voltage battery system from Volkswagen Group Components in Braunschweig. This makes for strong performance, long range, excellent safety and rapid charging. The demand for attractive and affordable electric vehicles based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) is so high that the site recently expanded production to up to 500,000 batteries a year.

    Thomas Schmall, member of the Group Board of Management for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components: “The battery is the technical heart of the electric vehicle as it determines driving pleasure, costs, range and charging experience. For this reason, it plays a key role for ensuring sustained customer satisfaction in our Group brands.”

    Battery systems are therefore an integral part of making the ACCELERATE brand strategy a reality. The Volkswagen brand has announced that it will significantly increase its sales figures for electric vehicles by 2030: it intends to increase unit sales of all-electric models (BEV) in Europe to 70 percent, and to 50 percent in the US and China. The long-term aim is complete decarbonisation of the brand in terms ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:38 AM
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    • Comprehensive technology update for the long version of the Tiguan.
    • Travel Assist supports the driver when steering, braking and accelerating.
    • New equipment matrix, new touch controls and optional Harman Kardon premium sound system.
    • Variable interior with a third row of seats (optional) and space for up to seven passengers.
    • Successful long-wheelbase version: 1.5 million vehicles sold globally since launch in 2017.

    The Tiguan was given an update back in autumn 2020 and now it is the turn of the long-wheelbase version: revised design, new control and assist systems, new premium features such as interactive IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and touch panels to control the standard automatic air conditioner take the Tiguan Allspace to the next level. Currently, more than every second Tiguan (55 percent) that rolls off the production line worldwide has a long wheelbase. The XL version of the Tiguan Allspace can, upon request, be fitted to become an SUV with seven seats or boast 1,920 litres of storage space. Pre-sales start in the next few weeks. In Germany, it is available in the new specification packages Life, Elegance and R-Line.

    Since the start of production of the long version in 2017, around 1.5 million units of the long-wheelbase version (LWB) have been sold worldwide. The long version offered in Europe as the Tiguan Allspace is optionally available with a third row of seats – a rare specification option in this segment. This feature makes it a perfect partner for families and people with an active lifestyle.

    After the major visual and technological update of the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace is now next ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:34 AM
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    • ‘Pure’ and ‘Pure Performance’ battery and motor options now available
    • New powertrains available in City or Style trim levels
    • Entry-level ID.4 City Pure is eligible for PIVG, starting from £32,150 OTR

    The Volkswagen ID.4 range has grown further, with City and Style variants of the 2021 World Car of the Year rolling out to UK customers. Both models bring the option of ‘Pure’ and ‘Pure Performance’ battery and motor specifications, with the former delivering 52 kWh and 148 PS, and the latter having 170 PS on tap, with the same 52 kWh net battery capacity setup. The new City also represents the new entry-point into the ID.4 range, and qualifies for the PIVG, which brings the car’s OTR price down to £32,150 (RRP).

    In addition to the four ‘Pro Performance’ specifications already offered on the ID.4 (1ST Edition, Life, Family and Max), the ID.4 is now offered with ‘Pure’ and ‘Pure Performance’ battery and powertrain options, with ‘Pure’ versions providing 148 PS and 220 Nm of torque, while the ‘Pure Performance’ delivers 170 PS and 310 Nm of torque. Both of these feature a battery pack with 52 kWh (net capacity), which enables up to 213 miles of range across both City specifications, and up to 211 miles in Style variants (all WLTP, combined).

    These latest trims fit below the existing ones in the ID.4 line-up, with the City Pure having the additional bonus of being eligible for the Government’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant, thus starting at an eye-catching £32,150 OTR (with PIVG deducted). The City Pure Performance is priced at £36,030, the Style ...
    by Published on 14-05-2021 11:30 AM
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    • Enyaq iV named Best Family Car 2021 by
    • Judges praise the Enyaq iV’s practicality, cost and comfort
    • ŠKODA’s first purpose-built electric car is on sale now with prices from £31,995 (inc PICG)

    The new ŠKODA Enyaq iV – the brand’s first ever purpose-built pure electric car – has started its trophy collection by scoring a major category victory at the 2021 awards.

    The electric car review and advice site named the new Enyaq iV as the Best Family Car 2021, with the judges praising the newcomer’s practicality and design. Commenting on the award, founder Ginny Buckley said: “We’ve had more questions from readers about this car than any other over the past year. Real people are thinking it could be the right car for them. Having driven the car on UK roads, we don’t think they’ll be disappointed.”

    Fellow judge Tom Ford added: “With a range of battery and options to suit, the Enyaq iV is one of the biggest surprises of the year, distilling ŠKODA’s best attributes into a vehicle that’s as comprehensive for a family car as you’re likely to find. If this is what the future of family motoring looks like, we’re all for it.”

    The Enyaq iV marks the start of a new era for ŠKODA, and will spearhead a new range of all-electric models over coming years. Available from launch with two battery pack options (62kWh and 82kWh*) and a completely new range structure that allows customers to choose between five striking interior Design Selections, the Enyaq ...
    by Published on 08-05-2021 10:50 AM
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    • Fourth generation of the popular small car is based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform for the first time
    • Most spacious car within its segment, boot increased by 50 l
    • Emotive design, state-of-the-art infotainment and new Simply Clever solutions

    Twenty-two years after the ŠKODA Fabia made its debut, the Czech car manufacturer is lining up the fourth generation of its popular small car. It is now based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform and is the most spacious car within its segment, boasting further improved comfort features and numerous advanced safety and assistance systems. Classic and appealing brand qualities, such as value for money, high levels of functionality, and a plethora of Simply Clever features, make the new Fabia a true ŠKODA.

    Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said: “The Fabia has been an integral part of our portfolio for over 20 years and embodies the core values of our brand like no other model. The latest generation has everything it takes to seamlessly build on the success of its predecessors. It offers more space than its competitors, perfect connectivity, advanced assistance systems and an emotive design – in other words, all you need, and a little more.”

    For the first time, the ŠKODA Fabia is based on the modular MQB-A0 platform from Volkswagen Group, which made it possible to make the interior even bigger. Now exceeding the four-metre mark, at 4,108 mm, the new Fabia is considerably longer than its predecessor. The boot – which at 330 l was already the largest in the segment – has gained an additional 50 l to a capacious 380 l. Now based on the MQB-A0, the new Fabia also boasts many assistance systems that were previously reserved for higher-tier vehicles. In conjunction with the even stiffer body, the small car offers excellent active and passive safety.

    Emotive design, best-in-class aerodynamics and a range of more than 900 km

    Its emotive design and self-assured proportions make the new Fabia very appealing. Razor-sharp headlights, as well as tail lights with modern LED technology and crystalline structures, emphasise its dynamic appearance. The redesigned interior features a symmetrical dashboard with a free‑standing central display, an optional digital instrument cluster and horizontal decorative strips. From ...
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    • Selectable electronic stability control enabling driver freedom
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