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New Kia Ceed prices and specs: On sales now!

The new Kia Ceed has been revealed, alongside full details and specs for the new VW Golf Rival.

Prices and Specs for the all-new Kia Ceed will range across 11 variants across four trims, three engines and two transmissions. Prices for the Ceed will start from £18,295 for the basic CEED ‘2’ and will rise to a whopping £26,850 for a flagship Ceed First Edition model.

The Ceed was revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and has been designed for and developed in Europe and will rival big-selling cars like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra; All of which are available to buy now.

Compared to the previous Ceed, this model is wider and longer than before. However, the biggest news from this is that the name has changed from ‘Cee’d’ to ‘Ceed’.

Unlike the new Kia Sportage, there is no entry-level Ceed ‘1’ – With the range starting in ‘2’ trim. Kia claims that much of the basic car’s kit is optional on rival models, with the following coming as standard; cruise control, air-con, all round electric windows and automatic lights. Other kits will include, 16” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, and LED rear lights.

On the inside, all variants will come with leather-trimmed steering wheels and gear-levers, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As well as this, the safety kit will include; Lane assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Kill Start Assist, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Next up is the Kia Ceed Blue Edition, from £21,095. Available only with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, and will come exclusively with a Blue Flame paint and adds all the kit standard pm ‘2’ versions. As well as this, the Blue Edition variant will get 17” wheels, Privacy glass, rear parking sensors, and LED lights. Along with faux leather trim and an eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav and a seven-speed auto.

The Kia Ceed ‘3’ will come with a similar kit to the Blue Edition, along with extras such as dual-zone climate control and a 4.2” colour cluster display. Prices for this will be revealed at a later date.

At the top of the range, you will find a well-equipped Ceed First Edition, with; Smart Park, Smart Cruise Control, Stop and Go functionality, electric adjustable seats, heated steering wheel, keyless entry, ventilated seats, Blind Spot Collision Warnings, Speed Limit Warnings, and Forward Collision Avoidance Assistance, from £25,750.

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New Honda Civic saloon: UK prices and specs revealed

Hitting showrooms in August, the new Honda Civic is on the verge of spawning a four-door saloon variant.

Honda has bolstered its Civic line-up by adding a new four-door saloon to the range, and new full UK prices and specs have since been announced. Unlike the hatch, the saloon will be built in Turkey and shipped across to the UK. This will be based on the same platform as the five-door and will be available in the same range of engines. Including a 128bph 1.0 Litre i-VTEC three-cylinder turbo and 118bhp 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel. There is also the option for a six speed manual or nine speeds automatic gearbox.

Over the hatch, the saloon features a more conventional design, the rear end in particular is more restrained with a simpler rear and bumper design. Whilst there are no official reveal of the cabin, the interior will be adopted directly from the hatchback.

The starting price is the Civic saloon is tagged at £19,395 for the SE 1.5 litre VTEC turbo petrol, The SR and EX variant are tagged at £21240 and £24100, For diesel buyers, the 1.6 litre i-DTEC car will be tagged at £20745, and for the SR and EX variant, £22590. For the Automatic gearbox option, this will cost an additional £1670.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

On Thursday 12th July, 25 years after the first festival took place, the Goodwood Festival of Speed returned to the Duke of Richmond’s grounds in West Sussex.

Taking place over a span of 4 days, the festival celebrates the best of the motor industry all in one place. This year in particular they commemorated Porches 70th anniversary with an extraordinary 170 foot sculpture which stood tall in front of Goodwood house.

Leading the Goodwood Hill Climb, the Volkswagen I.D.R set records as an electric car with a winning time of 43.86s. Another electric car powered into second place, the NextEV NIO EP3, with a time of 44.32s. Followed closely by BMWs’ E36 M3 who made third place.

Leading manufacturers such as: Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan all showcased their new models and with an event as exciting as the Festival of Speed, it is evident that the motor industry is getting stronger year-on-year. There has not been a better time to cement your career in the automotive sector and at John Gibson Associates we are here to help you do that.

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Lamborghini unveils 910-horsepower electric supercar at Paris Auto Show

The supercar hybrid world is set to continue in its expansion with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 at the 2014 Paros Auto Show.

The supercar hybrid world is set to continue in its expansion with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 at the 2014 Paros Auto Show.
Featuring a total system output of 910 horsepower from a combination of a 610-hp 5.2 litre V-10 engine and 300 hp from three electric motors, the Asterion is unique in Lamborghini’s line-up for its unusual powertrain, as well as its unusual styling.

At present, the Asterioni is claimed as a “Technology Demonstrator”, but one using realistic present-day technologies and in-house expertise. In aims to significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment, with plug-in electrification which would appear to be the best option due to Lamborghini’s truly outstanding driving experience.

The LPI 910-4 is capable of up to 50km of all electric driving range. The result is claimed to ease CO2 emissions of 98 g/km, and a European gas mileage of 4.12 litters per 100km. Apart from the 5.2-litre V-10 engine and plug-in hybrid three-motor set up, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmit ion and a lithium-ion battery mounted in the central tunnel to complete the drivetrain equipment. The three motors will include one at each front wheel, then another sandwiched between the V-10 engine and dual-clutch transmission. As a result, the Asterion can drive in both standard hybrid modes and pure electric.

Now to the good stuff, Performance of the Asterion is suitably super for a Lambourghini: 0-62mph takes just 3.0 seconds from other current models, but will also fit the overall Lambourghini brand theme. Inside the cabin, the seating is higher and apparently more comfortable reflecting more of an everyday look.

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UK becomes biggest EU market for Korean car brands

The UK is now the largest new car market in the EY for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017.

Figures from Manufactures and Traders guide highlight that it’s trade mission to Korea – Kia, Hyundai and SsangYong models accounted for around 1 in 13 (7.5%) of new car registrations in 2017, up 2.5% from a decade ago.

Meanwhile, Korea is now Britain’s third largest Asian car export market after China and Japan. It has been said that the UK’s automotive relationship with Korea goes back years’ ago and today the motor trade between our two countries is still going from strength to strength. Britain being seen as one of the most important global markets for Korean manufacturers and vice-versa with consumers in both countries benefiting from a great choice of cutting edge models.

Imports of Korean-built cars have rocketed 93% over the past decade, to 103,078 models last year. As well as this, sales have also grown in the opposite direction, with a four-fold rise in UK car production for Korean buyers, to over 20,000 units.

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Ford Ranger Raptor coming to the UK priced from £40,000

Ford will bring the crazy-looking Ranger Raptor performance pick-to to the UK in February, Auto Express have exclusively revealed. The performance pick-up will be arriving here early in 2019, priced at around £40,000.

Within the UK, it has been said that the Ford Ranger is already one of the best-selling pick-ups, so seemingly a performance version would be a natural fit within the pick-up line. Built in Thailand, the Raptor has undergone a significant makeover by Ford Performance, the company that is responsible for the F-150 Raptor and GT Supercar and Focus RS.

But what’s new about the Ford Ranger:

  • New Grille
  • Extra ground clearance
  • LED fog lamps in the front bumper, which has been made out of composite materials to better withstand any dents and bumps
  • Flared wheel arches to accommodate for larger wheels
  • Long-travel suspension
  • Aluminium side steps, with puncture holes to release any sand, snow or mud
  • More supportive seats to support high speed off-roading
  • Tougher chassis frame
  • Upgraded breaks
  • ‘Bash plate’ underneath

I’m sure what you really would like to know is, how fast? What litre is the Raptor?

Well, the Raptor comes with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, with 210bhp and 500Nm torque. As well as this, the Raptor will drive through a ten-speed automatic gearbox, similar to the F-150 Raptor, to ensure optimum performance in any weather conditions. There are also six different driving modes to choose from. Two for on-road use, and four for off-roading.

Once more, even the standard sat-nav will come with an off-road feature, which will allow the driver to leave a ‘breadcrumb’ trail to retrace their steps in unfamiliar environments. This is all part of the Sync3 infotainment system, which also offers Electronic Stability Control, Driver-Assist technology, Trailer Sway Control and a Rear View Camera.

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New Car Awards 2018: The Winners!

What are the best new cars to buy in the UK today? Well, the 2018 New Car Awards have the answer.

It has been a great 12 months for the automotive industry, and yet again, the pace of progress has wowed us; with the world’s car manufacturers battling each other to keep pace with the expanding and shifting demands of us car buyers.

Whether you are shopping for a little city car or a fast super car, the options that are becoming and are available today have shown a clear advancement from where they lay 12 months ago. Technology, safety, performance, efficiency, comfort, space, design and value are just some of the improvements we have been seeing.

Here are the Auto Express New Car Awards, 2018:

  • Car of the Year 2018: Jaguar I-Pace
  • City Car of the Year 2018: Volkswagen Up!
  • Supermini of the Year 2018: Ford Fiesta
  • Compact Family Car of the Year: Volkswagen Golf
  • Family Car of the Year 2018: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
  • Estate Car of the Year 2018: Skoda Octavia Estate
  • MPV of the Year 2018: Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
  • Small SUV of the Year 2018: Citroen C3 Aircross
  • Small Premium SUV of the Year 2018: Volvo XC40
  • Mid-size SUV of the Year 2018: Skoda Karoq
  • Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year 2018: BMW X3
  • Large SUV of the Year 2018: Skoda Kodiaq
  • Large Premium SUV of the Year 2018: Land Rover Discovery
  • Pick-up of the Year 2018: Mitsubishi L200
  • Hot Hatch of the Year 2018: Honda Civic Type R
  • Convertible of the Year 2018: Mini Convertible
  • Coupe of the Year 2018: Lexus LC
  • Roadster of the Year 2018: Mazda MX-5
  • Performance Car of the Year 2018: Porsche 911 GT3
  • Compact Executive Car of the Year 2018: Hyundai Kona electric
  • Executive Car of the Year 2018: BMW 5 Series
  • Luxury Car of the Year 2018: Mercedes S-Class
  • Van of the Year 2018: Mercedes Sprinter

Along with many more!

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Volvo XC40 will be the first all-electric Volvo

Volvo has highlighted it will launch its first all-electric car in 2019, but mentioned that the model will be hard to come by. It has said that officials are going to produce an initial electric model which will be variant of XC40 crossover, and is said to arrive very soon after the Polestar 2.

Details on the Polestar 2 are sketchy, but it is expected to appear in 2019 as a less-expensive alternative to the Polestar 1, which Volvo had incorporated, a £117,740 plug-in hybrid coupe, that will launch as an independent brand. As well as this, it is said that the electric Volvo XC40 could be a rival to Tesla’s upcoming Model Y, the crossover companion to the Model 3.

Last year, it was announced that the electric Volvo would have a range of 250 miles and would cost between £26,584-£30,382. It has also been said that the larger XC90 crossover would also get an all-electric variant in 2021, in aims to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid or an all-electric version of each vehicle made beginning in 2019.

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