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More Audi e-electric SUV details revealed

The new Audi e-tron will be revealed in September, boasting up to 402bhp and over 249 miles of range.

Audi has revealed some more facts and figures regarding its upcoming all-electric SUV which will be revealed in full on 17th September this year. The e-tron develops 403bhp , However, the maximum power output is only available for either seconds through a boost mode accessed through the ‘S’ drive mode on the drive selector. By default, the e-tron develops 355bhp, enabling a 0-62mph dash in less than six seconds. The prototype’s top speed is electronically limited to 124mph.

It has been said that up to 30 percent of the e-tron’s total range is accounted for by energy recuperation, and that the overwhelming majority of recuperation is handled by the electric motors and not by the breaks. 90 percent of the time, the car’s motors handle breaking rather than the individual wheel breaks. Where the driver will be able to select the level of recuperation using paddles that are mounted to the steering wheel. Ranging from no additional drag on the motor, to a high recuperation where the car can be driven on one pedal. With the recuperation technology, you will also be able to add one kilometre of range for every kilometre travelled downhill, if the most severe recuperation mode is selected.

It has been confirmed that a 95kWh battery pack, made up of 36 shoebox style battery modules is housed on the floor of the vehicle for a better weight distribution. Underpinning the Q5 and Q7, the e-tron will be capable of 249 miles on one single charge on a MBL platform. Not only this, the e-tron will also have an extensive thermal management system, which will enable the car to recharge at a Tesla-beating output of up to 150kW and DC charging stations. Stations capable of charging at such as the IONITY charging points currently being built by a wide group of European manufactures, will mean that the e-tron can recharge from flat to 80 percent in less than half an hour.

As well as this, Audi will also launch what is calls the e-tron Charging Service, which will grant buyers to access around 80 percent of Europe’s charging points, regardless of the operator. Buyers will only have to carry one –e-tron card’, rather than several different cards for multiple charging suppliers. As well as an 11kW home charger which will come included as standard, enabling a 8.5 hour recharge. Or you can opt for a 22kW system, which will cut recharging times to 4.5 hours.

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Mazda prepare to trial MyWay retail concept throughout the UK

After trialling the concept for 2 years in London, Mazda Motor are ready to embark rolling it out to 5 retailers across the UK.

MyWay, which was developed in 2015, currently employs 10 “Brand Champions” who work to bring a high level of customer service and product knowledge to sales – similar to product geniuses that are used by brands such as BMW and Kia. The team work remotely across London bringing test drives to customers in their homes on a completely commission-free basis.

Since their launch the program has been responsible for 375 new-vehicle sales by allowing potential customers to arrange online to have a Brand Champion deliver a model of their chose to their home for a test drive. All sales discussion, finance agreement or purchase would be made at the customer’s home.

Now the successful MyWay concept is to be trialled across retail groups in the UK to influence existing retailers to offer something to customers which is a bespoke, face-to-face service. With the hope to roll the concept to the rest of the retail network.

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Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept teased

Vauxhall’s new concept car has been teased ahead of full reveal – previewing what is said to be a ‘daring’ design for the Vauxhall brand.

It has been said that the vehicle embraces the brands core values – hinting towards a production model in the mid 2020’s. The first image comes one year after the PSA Peugeot and Citroen bought Vauxhall and Open outright. While the image can leave a lot to the imagination, it is still giving us the best look yet at the firm’s sharp front lightening design. A signature look that is likely to feature across the years in years’ to come.

The GT X Experimental doesn’t have a conventional grille like most others, giving an inkling towards a fully-electric drivetrain. Whilst there is no information on what form the concept will take, the cleverly draped sheet suggests a considerably conventional hatchback shape. Along with this, the two tone bodywork gives it a more modern look, while the darkened lower trim could signal a degree of cross-over inspired styling. The car will also be the first of its kind to wear Vauxhalls new ‘face’, this is said to be based upon the Vauxhall Compass, where two aces intersect the Griffin badge, along with wing-shaped LED daytime running lights. The interior or this is inspired by Apple, with a truly different angle, Vauxhall are aiming to make the specs sharper and more relevant to their core values.

The GT X is also said to influence other new Vauxhall models such as the Vauxhall Astra, which is due to come in show rooms later this decade.

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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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