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Petrol VW Polo BlueMotion 68.9 mpg

"Polo BlueMotion vw"

Polo BlueMotion vw

Volkswagen 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 £14,730 (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.

This 1.0-litre BlueMotion TSI petrol 95 PS engine joins the three-cylinder diesel 1.4-litre TDI BlueMotion engine that produces 75 PS, returns 91.1 mpg and emits just 82 g/km of CO2.

The BlueMotion models are available to order now with first deliveries expected in March.

Engine derivative Gearbox Body Combined
1.0-litre TSI 95 PS 5-speed man 3-door 68.9 94 14,730.00
1.0-litre TSI 95 PS 5-speed man 5-door 68.9 94 15,360.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-speed man 3-door 91.1 82 15,795.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-speed man 5-door 91.1 82 16,425.00




New Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint from £20,490 OTR

"Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint"

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint celebrates a key moment in Alfa Romeo’s heritage: the 60th anniversary of the launch of the original Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, a car that struck a chord with the public thanks to its stunning looks and relative affordability, resulting in Alfa Romeo’s transition from a low-volume specialist manufacturer to that of a successful “premium” car brand, long before the term had entered the automotive lexicon.

Like the original Giulietta Sprint, the new version is also powered by an engine of less than 1,400cc in capacity, but for 2014 it is equipped with MultiAir valve management and an intercooled turbocharger to boost its power output to more than twice that of the original Sprint’s 1.3-litre twin-cam engine. The new 1.4-litre TB MultiAir petrol engine produces 150hp and 250Nm of torque and can propel the new Giulietta Sprint from 0-62mph in just 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph, while its combined-cycle fuel efficiency figure is 49.6mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 131g/km.

The new Alfa Romeo Sprint goes on sale in early 2015, priced from £20,490 OTR.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TP 150 HP S&S
ENGINE Layout, cylinders, capacity In-line transverse 4-cyl  1,368cc
Bore × stroke 72×84mm
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Max power 150hp @ 5,500 rpm
Peak torque 250Nm at 2,500 rpm
Timing system (control) Toothed belt, hydraulic tappets, MultiAir intake system
Supply MPFI turbo-charging, MultiAir direct valve control system, intercooler
Stop&Start Standard
Fuel tank 60 litres
TRANSMISSION Drive, Gearbox Front, Manual six-speed
WEIGHTS Kerb weight 1,290 kg
Max. towable braked/unbraked 500 / 1,300 kg
PERFORMANCE Top speed 130 mph
0-62 mph (1 person + 30 kg) 8.2 seconds
Urban cycle MPG 37.2 MPG (7.6 L/100km)
Extra-urban cycle 61.4 MPG (4.6 L/100km)
Combined cycle 49.6 MPG (5.7 L/100km)
EMISSIONS CO2 (Certification) 131 g/km (Euro 6)




Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

"Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive"

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The first volume production electric car by Mercedes,– the B-Class Electric Drive is now available to order.

Split into two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the B-Class Electric Drive is capable of travelling up to 142 miles on a single charge and can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds thanks to its 180 hp and 340 NM of torque generated by an electric motor. Yet it retains all the versatility of the B-Class on which it’s based, including the ability to carry five adults and a 501-litre boot – rising to 1,456-litres if you fold the seats down.

Prices for the B-Class Electric Drive start at £31,950 for the Sport model. Subject to approval, an OLEV grant (£5,000) can be applied, bringing the on-the-road price to £26,950. The Electric Art is priced at £32,245 – reduced to £27,245 should the OLEV grant be applied.

The Sport model features a substantial list of standard equipment, including a unique design for the front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch central display, Artico trim, automatic climate control, a reversing camera and cruise control. The Sport model is available in a choice of eight paint colours.

The Electric Art model – available in either Cirrus White or South Seas Blue – features contrasting mirrors and radiator grille elements, 18-inch dual colour alloy wheels, automatic climate control, contrast blue stitching for the seats and aluminium trim.

The lithium-ion batteries that power the B-Class Electric Drive are tightly packaged under the floor of the car, meaning the car retains its benchmark cabin room and boot space. Charging via a wall box or public charging station is made easier through a fast charging cable supplied with the car, which takes between three and four hours and brings the battery from a completely empty state to fully charged. A conventional home supply raises the charge time to around nine hours.


100mpg Ford Mondeo Hybrid

"Ford Mondeo Hybrid"

Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Ford has started production of its all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid – the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe.

The Mondeo Hybrid combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery for 67.3 mpg (combined), reaching 100.9 mpg for urban driving and 99 g/km CO2 emissions.

“The Ford Mondeo Hybrid offers consumers the best of both worlds: the enhanced efficiency and reduced emissions of electric power, and the range and performance of a traditional powertrain,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe.

“With a range of Ford vehicles that also includes the Focus Electric, as well as fuel-efficient ECOnetic diesel and EcoBoost models, our customers will soon have more options than ever to optimise running costs.”

The widest-ever range of powertrains for Mondeo includes Ford’s new 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol and enhanced 2.0-litre TDCi diesel. The Mondeo Hybrid offers pricing competitive with Mondeo diesel powertrain variants, delivering on Ford’s promise to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power of choice.

In the U.S., Ford is the second largest manufacturer of hybrids, having already produced a total of 400,000 vehicles since their introduction.

The all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid is available in the UK from December a four-door saloon from only £24,995 – the same as its 2.0-litre diesel Mondeo Titanium Powershift five-door equivalent.


VW Golf SportWagen HyMotion

"Golf SportWagen HyMotion"

Golf SportWagen HyMotion

Volkswagen has presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion – a progressive research vehicle with a fuel cell drive.

As the power source of the future, hydrogen andoxygen are combined in the fuel cell to form pure water. Energy is released in this “cold combustion” process – drive energy for an electric motor that turns with zero emissions. The front wheel drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion accelerates to 62 mph in 10.0 seconds. The hydrogen is stored safely in four high-tech carbon-fibre tanks, which are located in a space-saving way in the underbody. Their fuel capacity enables a driving range of 310 miles. Refilling ofthe fuel tank of the concept car takes just three minutes.

The key drive components of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion were developed by Volkswagen Group Research in Germany. The fuel cell system, which hasa driving power of 100 kW, was conceptualised at the Volkswagen Technology Centre for Electric Traction. In addition, the concept car has a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which stores the kinetic energy recovered from regenerative braking, assists in the starting phase of the fuel cell and adds a dynamic boost to the maximum acceleration of the Golf SportWagen. The fuel cell andbattery drive an electric motor adapted from the e-Golf.

Unlike many of its competitors, Volkswagen is following the strategy of implementing its alternative drives in high-volume production vehicles. Just as the all-electric e-Golf and the Golf GTE that is equipped with a plug-in hybrid drive are integrated in a production model that has everyday practicality, so future fuel cell drives would also be integrated into production models that have been optimally engineered and are offered at an attractive price. It was with this objective in mind that several research vehicles were built based on the American Passat, in which the same drive components from the Golf SportWagen HyMotion are used. The fleet of Passat HyMotion vehicles is currently being tested on the streets of California.


New 7-speed Audi A1 – CO2 output form 92g/km

"new Audi A1 Sportback"

new Audi A1 Sportback

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 which belies its size. The latest versions of the three-door and five-door Sportback build on this with the help of a new flatter and wider singleframe grille, new bumpers, new standard alloy wheel designs and a choice of new colours.

Powering the first UK-bound versions of these new models will be a choice of two TFSI petrol engines or a TDI diesel which are now compliant with the latest EU6 emissions regulations and which offer more power, improved economy and in the majority of cases lower emissions than their predecessors. The petrol duo comprises two versions of the turbocharged 1.4-litre TFSI – the ‘standard’ unit with power up from 122PS to 125PS and CO2 down from 124g/km to 115g and the ‘Cylinder-on-Demand’ alternative now offering 150PS with CO2 output of 112g/km.

The 1.6 TDI retains its place as the efficiency trailblazer in the range, with CO2 output in this latest version reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles and economy potential increased from 74.3mpg to up to 80.7mpg according to the combined cycle test.

99g/km from new 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI

In the spring of 2015 a new turbocharged and directly injected petrol engine – the first with a three-cylinder configuration ever to feature in the Audi range – will become available in the UK, and will come closer than ever to achieving TDI-style frugality. Provisional data for the A1 1.0 TFSI indicates that it will be capable of returning at least 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, yet with 95PS – a 6PS increase over the 1.2 TFSI that it replaces – will also deliver suitably peppy performance.

Depending on version, all engines will be linked to either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission as standard, and for the first time all, including the 1.6 TDI, will also be available with the option of a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission.

As before, the SE, Sport and S line specification levels that make up the latest UK range feature specific suspension set-ups – SE versions run on more comfort-oriented dynamic suspension, Sport models have a firmer sports configuration which has been revised to increase its absorbency and S line versions ride even lower on S line sports suspension. Customers choosing the Sport option can dial back to the even more supple dynamic suspension at no cost if preferred, and the set-up in S line versions can also be taken back one or two steps to either the ‘standard’ sports suspension or the dynamic suspension, also at no cost.


The all-new Fiat 500X crossover


Fiat 500X

The all-new Fiat 500X is a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two distinct flavours on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: One is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook available in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge trim levels, and another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind available in Cross and Cross Plus specifications. A choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, will help every owner personalise the look of their FIAT 500X even further.

In keeping with its philosophy of appealing to every spectrum of customer, the FIAT 500X will be available with a broad range of powertrain options in the UK. Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a new-generation six-speed manual gearbox or FIAT Powertrain’s renowned six-speed twin-clutch transmission. The all-wheel drive petrol model, which is equipped with a first-in-class, nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, is powered by a 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine.

The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95hp, 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 120hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140hp 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.

Vehicles available to test drive at the media launch are as follows:

  • 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II: 140hp, 230Nm, FWD, 6-sp manual, 0-62mph 9.8s, 118MPH, 41.7MPG, 139g/km CO2
  • 1.6 MultiJet II: 120hp, 320Nm, FWD, 6-sp manual, 0-62mph 10.5s, 116MPH, 68.9MPG, 109g/km CO2
  • 2.0 MultiJet II 4X4: 140hp, 350Nm, 9-sp auto, 0-62mph 9.8s, 118MPH, 51.4MPG, 144g/km CO2

The new nine-speed automatic transmission is a first not only for FIAT but also for the crossover segment in which the 500X competes. This new, electronically-controlled, nine-speed automatic transmission features advanced shift management to combine optimum driving pleasure with efficiency, while also offering the possibility of switching to manual-sequential mode. The FIAT 500X’s four-wheel drive system it drives adopts a fuel-saving rear axle disconnection system that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver. The result is a highly efficient drivetrain that offers excellent pick-up and smooth delivery of power, with sure-footed and dependable handling in all conditions.

The first version of the FIAT 500X available to order in the UK will be the “Opening Edition”, offered with a choice of three powertrain options: 140hp 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II 4X2 manual, 120hp 1.6 MultiJet II 4X2 manual and 140hp 2.0 MultiJet II AWD nine-speed automatic.

The 4X2 models are based on the urban versions of the FIAT 500X and only will be available with an “Art Grey” pastel paint finish. Standard equipment will include a range of normally optional features at no extra cost to the customer, including 18-inch alloy wheels; automatic climate control; Safety Pack (Lane Assist; Blind Spot Assist; ParkView reversing camera and “Brake Control” anti-collision system; Comfort Pack (Keyless Entry & Keyless Go; front armrest and electric lumbar adjustment on the front seats); tinted rear windows and exclusive “Opening Edition” badge.

The AWD version is offered only in tri-coat “Amore Red” and, like the 4X2 version, includes a range of additional equipment at no additional cost, including the Uconnect™ 6.5-inch satellite navigation system; two-tone red-and-black leather interiors; Visibility Pack (rain and light sensors, power folding door mirrors, electro-chromic rear view mirror), steering wheel paddle shifters and exclusive Opening Edition badge. Depending on the version, this can be worth up to £2,850 of additional content at no extra charge for the first FIAT 500X customers. Pricing for the FIAT 500X Opening Edition starts at £17,595 for the 1.4 MultiAir II 4X2 with order books due to open in December.


New Ford Focus ST with 110g/km 185PS TDCi engine

"Ford Focus ST"

Ford Focus ST

Showcasing a new sports exterior design and enhanced and improved interior for Ford’s latest global performance car, two engines, three series and two bodystyles make up the hot new Focus ST range in the UK.

Both the 250PS EcoBoost petrol and 185PS TDCi diesel 2.0-litre engines are offered in the ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 series.  The latest Ford Focus ST line-up continues the acclaimed estate bodystyle for both roomy loadspace and sporty handling, alongside the five-door hatch alternative.

The Ford Focus ST’s powerful new 2.0-litre diesel develops 185PS/400Nm and emits only 110g CO2/km.  The CO2 output of the 2.0-litre 250PS petrol engine is reduced by 10g to 159g.

In addition to the full ST body styling kit, sport tuned suspension and 18-inch unique ST alloy wheel standard features on the new Ford Focus ST-1, ST-2 has LED daytime running lights as standard and the top ST-3 series is enhanced by a series of upgrades, including ‘Rock Metallic’ alloys with red brake callipers, illuminated scuff plates, privacy glass, SYNC 2 with 8-inch touchscreen and cruise control with speed limiter.

Both petrol and diesel models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time, improving the EcoBoost engine version’s fuel efficiency by six per cent and making it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever.

Power of choice

The new 185PS 2.0-litre diesel engine that debuts in the new Focus ST has been optimised to deliver ST performance and character alongside fuel efficiency and everyday practicality.

The increased power output of the Focus ST 2.0-litre TDCi – a 23 per cent gain over the 150PS 2.0-litre engine in the new Focus range – is achieved by electronic calibration, a revised air intake system and a new sports-tuned exhaust.

Peak power is developed at 3,500 rpm and there is 400Nm of torque available from 2,000-2,750rpm, enabling the new Focus ST diesel to achieve a maximum speed of 135mph. The torque output enables impressive in-gear acceleration and strong performance at low rpm. In 4th gear, acceleration from 31-62mph takes just 5.5 seconds, the combination of a shorter ratio and the increased power enabling the Focus ST to outpace the 150PS 1.5L EcoBoost Focus by 2.7 seconds.

Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing technology, and high-pressure direct-injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak power is available at 5,500rpm, 360Nm of torque is available from 2,000-4,500rpm, and maximum speed is 154mph.

The new Focus ST 12-model range has gone on sale priced from £22,195 ahead of first deliveries from February 2015.


Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car



The lightweight, limited-edition Detroit Electric SP:01 will be the world’s fastest production electric sports car when it goes on sale in 2015. Revealed as a prototype at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the design of SP:01 has been subtly updated to further improve the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance, ahead of the start of production at a new facility in the UK later this year.

The most striking element of the design is the bold new fastback configuration, which replaces the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window. The exterior design has been optimised using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to provide enhanced airflow and reduce turbulence, for maximum performance and stability.

A large sculptural rear wing and an under-body diffuser have been incorporated to reduce lift and improve downforce at higher speeds. The changes to the production vehicle’s aerodynamics are intended to deliver improved on-the-limit road-holding and ensure rewarding and accessible dynamics.

The changes to SP:01’s design ensure that it  will deliver on its promise to set new standards for performance and handling in the EV segment. Its high-power electric motor will propel the car to an impressive 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and a 0-60mph time of just 3.7 seconds.

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Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra offering up to 67mpg



The relentless pursuit of efficiency gains by Audi engineers has led to the inclusion of an even more frugal version of the critically acclaimed Audi 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 afterwards.

Already an efficiency champion with the potential for up to 64.2mpg and low emissions of just 114g/km, the A6 2.0 TDI ultra Saloon with S tronic twin-clutch transmission has now increased its range to 67.3mpg and cut its emissions to 109g/km in SE form with 17-inch alloy wheels. With the S line specification, including 18-inch alloy wheels, its economy capability remains unchanged and its emissions increase only very slightly to 110g/km.

This is good news for business users, particularly those in the market for the TDI ultra in SE form with S tronic transmission, which benefits from a BIK rate change from 18 per cent to 17 per cent, equating to a liability for a 40% tax payer of £2,273 in the first year. Manual transmission models with their reduced 113g/km output and 65.7mpg economy are only just above at 18 per cent.

This step forward from an already impressive starting point also moves both ultra versions of the new A6 Saloon from VED band C to band B, allowing owners to benefit from free road fund licencing in the first year of ownership and a £10 annual saving thereafter over the outgoing model at just £20 per year.

In the Avant versions of the TDI ultra SE, the uplift in efficiency has resulted in an improved CO2 figure of 114g/km for S tronic versions, equating to a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg, or 118g/km and 60.1mpg for versions equipped with manual transmission.

The ultra models are joined in the new A6 Saloon and Avant ranges by four other versions powered by three V6 TDI engines with varying power outputs and either single or twin turbo charging. All comply with the Euro 6 emission standard.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI ‘clean diesel’ units kick off with a single-turbo V6 with 218PS which replaces the existing 204PS version, and is available in conjunction with either front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive. This is followed by a 272PS variant, also with a single charger, which takes over from the outgoing 245PS unit and is linked exclusively to quattro drive.

At the top of the range, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 320PS, an increase of 7PS over its existing equivalent, and again is allied exclusively to the quattro drivetrain. The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic automatic transmission. All other V6 options are linked to a seven‑speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

Model Model Power Pricing (OTR) S line premium Black Edition premium
A6 Saloon 2.0 TDI ultra manual 190 PS £31,955 £2,450 £2,175
2.0 TDI ultra S tronic 190 PS £33,485
3.0 TDI 218 PS £38,095
3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 218 PS £39,855
3.0 TDI quattro 272 PS £41,415
3.0 BiTDI quattro 320 PS £46,125
A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra manual 190 PS £33,955 £2,450 £2,175
2.0 TDI ultra S tronic 190 PS £35,485
3.0 TDI S tronic 218 PS £40,095
3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 218 PS £41,855
3.0 TDI quattro 272 PS £43,415
3.0 BiTDI quattro 320 PS £48,125
A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI quattro 218 PS £45,255
3.0 TDI quattro 272 PS £46,815
3.0 BiTDI quattro 320 PS £51,620
S6 Saloon 4.0 TFSI quattro 450 PS £56,000
S6 Avant 4.0 TFSI quattro 450 PS £58,000
RS 6 Avant 4.0 TFSI quattro 560 PS TBC




Hybrids account for 22.5% of all Toyota sales

"Toyota Auris Hybrid"

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Britain’s drivers are switching on to hybrid in increasing numbers, with sales results for September and the first three quarters of 2014 showing Toyota’s technology attracting an ever greater proportion of customers. Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirm that retail and business/fleet customers are recognising the real-world cost, performance and reliability benefits of hybrid and responding to Toyota’s unmatched choice of models.

The British-built Auris Hybrid – hatchback and Touring Sports wagon – remain the cornerstone of this success. Auris sales so far this year have leapt forward by more than 20 per cent, with hybrids accounting for almost half the total. In the supermini market, one in four of all UK Yaris sales is a hybrid. As a result, hybrid has accounted for 22.5 per cent of all Toyota sales to date in 2014.

The impact of hybrid is most marked in Toyota’s fleet sales performance, where volumes up to the end of September are almost 20 per cent up on the same period last year. Overall, Toyota sales have risen by 4.5 per cent.

New Aygo has arrived with bang, helping hike sales for the city car by almost 20 per cent in September compared to the same month in 2013, and by more than 15 per cent across the

RAV4 sales have also accelerated – up 80 per cent in fleet, 15 per cent overall – thanks in great part to the introduction of the new low CO2 2.0 D-4D two-wheel drive model.


Tesla Model S private customer finance

"Tesla Model S"

Tesla Model S

Today, Tesla is announcing a Model S financing programme for our private customers in the United Kingdom. As with everything Tesla does, the programme has been created from the ground up rather than duplicating existing products in the industry.

Financing through Tesla’s partner, Alphera Financial Services now comes with a guarantee that the Model S resale value will be among the highest of any premium saloon that is made in volume. Tesla is standing behind that Resale Value Guarantee to give customers absolute peace of mind about the value of the car they are purchasing.  Tesla promises to buy Model S back from private customers during the 37th month of the hire purchase term for 50 percent of the base purchase price of the 60 kWh Model S plus 43 percent of all options, including the upgrade to the 85 kWh battery pack.

“We understand that many customers enjoy the simplicity of a Hire Purchase but also may seek some assurance of the future value of Model S,” said Georg Ell, Tesla’s UK Country Director. “We want to do the right thing for customers, so we’re delighted to be able to offer this transparent and fair financing programme.”

Model S drivers can expect to save about £156 a month on petrol and enjoy additional savings of exemptions from road tax (£19 a month) and London’s congestion charge (£210 a month if commuting daily), and Benefit in Kind savings when using Model S as a company car (£331).

When choosing the 85 KWh version, fuel saving will add up even more as customers are able to use the Supercharger network in Europe for free.



New Skoda Fabia with ultra-efficient engines

"New SKODA Fabia"

New SKODA Fabia

Skoda has announced prices and equipment specifications for the all-new, third-generation Fabia. And, just as the original Fabia did 14 years ago, the new model is set to redefine sector expectations for quality, efficiency and equipment. The 18-model Fabia range arrives in the UK in January and is offered in three trim levels: S, SE and Elegance, with prices starting from just £10,600 OTR.

Entry-level S models include six airbags, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Stop/Start and electric front windows as standard, while SE models (from £12,760 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 and a Maxi-DOT trip computer. Range-topping Elegance models (from £13,610 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 performs the impossible by being larger and stronger than its best-selling predecessor, yet tipping the scales at up to 65kg less. This significant reduction, along with the introduction of cleaner EU6-compliant engines makes the new Fabia up to 17 per cent more efficient.

New Fabia pricing in full:

S CO2 VED Band Recommended OTR BiK 2014/15
1.0 MPI 60PS 106 B £10,600.00 14%
1.0 MPI 75PS 108 B £11,460.00 14%
1.2 TSI 110PS DSG 109 B £13,740.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS 88 A £14,090.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS DSG 94 A £15,090.00 14%
SE CO2 VED Band Recommended OTR BiK 2014/15
1.0 MPI 75PS 108 B £12,760.00 14%
1.2 TSI 90PS 107 B £13,390.00 14%
1.2 TSI 110PS 110 B £14,040.00 15%
1.2 TSI 110PS DSG 109 B £15,040.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS 88 A £15,390.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS DSG 94 A £16,390.00 14%
Elegance CO2 VED Band Recommended OTR BiK 2014/15
1.0 MPI 75PS 108 B £13,610.00 14%
1.2 TSI 90PS 107 B £14,240.00 14%
1.2 TSI 110PS 110 B £14,890.00 15%
1.2 TSI 110PS DSG 109 B £15,890.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS 88 A £16,240.00 14%
1.4 TDI 90PS DSG 94 A £17,240.00 14%
1.4 TDI 105PS 90 A £16,840.00 14%



All-new FIAT 500X

"All-new FIAT 500X"

All-new FIAT 500X

Introducing the new FIAT 500X, the latest addition to the FIAT 500 family! Making its world début at the Paris Motor Show, the new FIAT 500X is a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two versions on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: one is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook while another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind. A choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, will help every owner personalise the look of their FIAT 500X.

In keeping with its philosophy of appealing to every spectrum of customer, the FIAT 500X is available with a broad range of engines and transmissions, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission – a first for a FIAT vehicle! This new, electronically-controlled, nine-speed automatic transmission features “shift-on-the-fly” mapping with the possibility of switching to manual-sequential mode, while the four-wheel drive system it drives adopts a fuel-saving rear axle disconnection system that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver. The result is a highly efficient drivetrain that offers excellent pick-up and smooth delivery of power, with sure-footed and dependable handling in all conditions.

The engine range of the new FIAT 500X in EMEA countries comprises four petrol engines and three diesels: Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive petrol models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, are powered either by a 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine or the 184hp, 2.4-litre Tigershark engine.


Volkswagen XL Sport

"Volkswagen XL Sport"

Volkswagen XL Sport

There has never been a sports car like the XL Sport concept being showcased by Volkswagen in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. A car that uncompromisingly furthers the development of the lightweight sports car in its very essence. A 270 km/h driving machine based on the XL1, the most efficient car of all time. Efficiency and emotion compellingly recombined. At the rear of the XL Sport sits one of the finest achievements in engine technology – the V2 adapted from the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera, the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.

Like the XL1, of which only 250 units will be built, the Superleggera is also being manufactured in a limitededition (500 units), in a process that embraces hand fabrication and high-precision industrial manufacturing technologies alike. The XL1 and the Superleggera, two icons of lightweight carbon and magnesium design technology, thus unite to create a unique sports car. With the XL Sport, the group brands Volkswagen and Ducati impressively demonstrate how high-tech developments can lead to synergies between brands and be used by both parties as modules for new concepts.


Lexus NX 300h E-Four

"Lexus NX 300h"

Lexus NX 300h

The new Lexus NX 300h isn’t simply a crossover with SUV looks, it comes equipped with an intelligent electric all-wheel drive system that provides extra grip just when the driver needs it. Light and compact, the clever technology also avoids the weight, packaging, emissions and fuel consumption penalties associated with larger, mechanical AWD systems.

Called E-Four, the system uses an additional electric motor to drive the rear axle, providing more grip and better vehicle control on slippery surfaces. The front axle is propelled by power from the hybrid petrol engine or electric motor, or both in combination.

E-Four works intelligently, varying the amount of drive torque to the rear wheels in line with  driving dynamics and road conditions, to secure just the right level of stability when pulling away or accelerating in low-grip conditions. As operation is automatic, the driver doesn’t have to think about engaging AWD.

It saves energy and fuel, too, as all-wheel drive is only engaged when it’s needed. When the system detects a loss of traction to the front wheels, it reduces the electricity supply to the traction motor in the transaxle and increases the supply to the rear axle motor. The rear motor also acts as a generator for the NX 300h’s regenerative braking system, increasing the amount of kinetic energy that can be harvested and stored as electric power.

E-Four is fitted as standard on all UK versions of the new NX 300h, apart from the entry-level S model, which has front-wheel drive only. Its efficient performance helps the crossover  achieve combined cycle fuel economy of 54.3mpg with 121g/km CO2 emissions.



Peugeot 208 Hybrid 2L Demonstrator capable of 141mpg

"PEUGEOT 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator"

PEUGEOT 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator

Continuing its proactive approach to lowering fuel consumption and emissions, Peugeot is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show.  The 2L stands for two litres per 100km, equivalent to 141 mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-litre PureTech 82hp 5-seater Hatchback.

To achieve such high fuel economy, Peugeot and its project partners used technologies previously reserved for competition and luxury models. Weighing just 860kg – 100kg less than the production car – the concept is a mix of steel, aluminium and composites. Engineers embarked on a meticulous selection process to choose only those materials compatible with existing production facilities and a high manufacturing output. In addition, the process involves reducing consumption without altering the car’s characteristics, retaining a style synonymous with high-end products and services.

Carbon composites are used for the body panels, sides, doors and roof, along with the coil springs providing suspension. In the latter case, the use of composites has a positive impact on dynamic handling by reducing unsprung weight. The car has also been fine-tuned aerodynamically, with a number of improvements to reduce drag, including a lower stance on the road.

The campaign to reduce weight has not focused solely on the use of new materials; it has also sought to redesign existing parts. This has led to changes in the thickness of the stainless steel exhaust system, enabling a 20% improvement on this part alone.

The standard powertrain has been replaced by a hybrid drive system featuring a mix of petrol and compressed air. HYbrid Air technology combines two types of energy to achieve greater efficiency depending on the driving conditions. The compressed air is used to assist and even replace the petrol engine to enable maximum efficiency during transition phases, such as acceleration and starts.

The system comprises:

  • a compressed-air tank located below the boot
  • a low-pressure tank near the rear axle acting as an expansion chamber
  • a hydraulic system consisting of a motor and a pump in the engine bay

New Audi A6 emissions reduced up to 22 per cent

"new Audi A6"

new Audi A6

Already notable as the first conventionally powered premium executive class car to combine groundbreaking efficiency with a full, unfettered sports specification, the Audi A6 is about to shift up another gear as a new model waits in the wings. Polished by styling revisions, upgraded lighting options, a new infotainment system and new transmissions, the latest A6 Saloon and Avant ranges, which each retain  ultra versions offering up to 64mpg, will open for UK ordering during September ahead of first deliveries in late 2014. Their many gains will also be shared by new A6 allroad, S6, S6 Avant and RS 6 Avant models.

Extensively updated EU6 engines

In the UK the engine line-up for the new A6 and A6 Avant will comprise four TDI engines with either four or six cylinders and either single or twin turbo charging. All engines comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard, and their CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 22 percent. As before, the most efficient engine – the 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder with 190PS – is reserved for ultra versions of the Saloon and Avant which combine strong performance, hushed refinement and the potential to return up to 64mpg with CO2 output from as little as 114g/km. Despite its sports styling, 18-inch alloy wheels and extensive specification, even the A6 2.0 TDI ultra S line Saloon with S tronic transmission achieves these exceptional economy and emissions figures.

The trio of 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI ‘clean diesel’ units kicks off with a single-turbo V6 with 218PS which replaces the existing 204PS version, and is followed by a 272PS variant, also with a single charger, which takes over from the outgoing 245PS unit. At the top of the range, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 320PS, an increase of 7PS over its existing equivalent.

The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic automatic transmission. All other engine variants are linked to either a newly designed six‑speed manual gearbox that is particularly lightweight and low-friction, or a seven‑speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. In the versions with front-wheel drive, a fully redeveloped dual-clutch transmission replaces the familiar eight-speed multitronic continuously variable transmission.

The reassurance of quattro all-wheel-drive is available in conjunction with all engines bar the 2.0-litre TDI, and in versions with 272PS and above, the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive system can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

The chassis with its sophisticated, fully independent five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension also combines supreme comfort with crisp handling. In the A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra, the springs are made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) – an Audi innovation that shaves off approximately 4.4 kilograms in weight, boosts fuel economy and improves both driving precision and comfort.

Sports suspension lowered by 20mm is standard for the A6 S line and optional for the SE model, and the former can be rooted to the tarmac even more firmly by S line sports suspension which lowers the body by a further 10mm. Alternatively, the cushioned comfort of electronically controlled adaptive air suspension is available in conjunction with both specification options. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard.


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is UK’s favourite plug-in hybrid

"Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid"

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid

Figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now the country’s best selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:

“The new Outlander PHEV has quickly established its credentials. We have reached a defining moment in vehicle drivetrain technology which challenges conventional wisdom. Few would have predicted that a family-sized 4 x 4 sports utility vehicle could become the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid based on economy, on and off road performance and practicality”.

The Outlander PHEV uses both electric and petrol power. Unlike non plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Outlander PHEV can travel substantially further on battery power – 32.5 miles – more than enough to accommodate most daily average journey distances. As such it rarely needs to visit a petrol pump. The impressive electric range gives the vehicle significant environmental credentials. It emits just 44g/km of CO2 and the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg. The vehicle is exempt from road tax, London Congestion Charge and qualifies for the Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant. For company car drivers Outlander PHEV attracts just 5% taxable benefit in kind, saving £8,216 over three years compared to a similar size 4×4 SUV.

The sales success of The Outlander PHEV is having a positive effect on other Mitsubishi models. The company’s passenger car sales are up 164% in August and 36% year to date. The award winning Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling pick-up range in August. The Mitsubishi ASX (active sports cross-over) and Mitsubishi Shogun are both out performing YTD.



All-new Pulsar five-door Nissan Pulsar from £15,995

"Nissan Pulsar"

Nissan Pulsar

The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s ambition and desire to deliver intelligent design and technical innovation to the widest possible audience.   Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille, boomerang signature headlamp characteristics and bold, muscular curves, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.

The Pulsar combines strong lines with outstanding detailing to create an elegant, athletic form.  As drivers have come to expect from Nissan, the new Pulsar is fitted with a range of accessible and technologies designed to make the ride feel more confident and comfortable.

In keeping with Nissan’s approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar’s all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015, expanding the Pulsar’s appeal to wider audiences still. Both launch engines are fitted with Idle Stop-Start as standard, helping to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency.

1.2 DIG-T 115PS (85kW)

Proving that you don’t need a large capacity to deliver strong performance, the 1.2-litre DIG-T engine is one of the most advanced in the C-segment. The Alliance-developed unit has been specifically tuned for Pulsar and delivers 115PS at 4,500rpm.

Combined with a high torque output of 190Nm at just 2,000rpm, the petrol-powered Pulsar delivers sharp acceleration and strong in-gear flexibility. Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.2-litre DIG-T is capable of accelerating the Pulsar from 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds.

Equally impressive are the 1.2-litre DIG-T’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions. With fuel consumption of 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 117g/km.

Driving through a six-speed manual transmission, this advanced turbocharged engine delivers 115PS (85kW) and generates 190Nm of torque. Despite its modest size, the 1.2-litre engine packs a real punch, offering sharper acceleration and greater flexibility than the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine.

The 1.2-litre DIG-T is equipped with Idle Start/Stop as standard, and benefits from a raft of fuel-saving technologies, including a regenerative alternator, optimised gear ratios and special low-viscosity oils.

1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW)

The Pulsar’s diesel option takes the form a four-cylinder 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. This 110PS Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed unit emits just 94g/km of CO₂ and offers a combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg.

The sixth-generation 1.5-litre dCi unit is smoother, more efficient and more refined than previous versions. Major changes to the engine’s internals have resulted in quieter operation and a reduction in vibration, while the overall weight of the unit has been reduced with new lightweight components.

Tuned specifically for the Pulsar, it features a number of advanced fuel-saving features, including the Idle Stop-Start system as standard. Considerable work has gone into reducing noise and vibration during the process, with the result being a smooth and unobtrusive start-up.

Nissan has also worked hard on the usability of the Pulsar’s Stop-Start system, significantly refining the logic that controls the restart process. For example, if the driver applies a significant amount of steering lock while at standstill, the Stop-Start anticipates the application of throttle and restarts the engine.

From launch, Pulsar will be available in four familiar grades – Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna – giving buyers the ability to easily choose a model that best suits their lifestyle and their budget.

The entry level Visia, priced from £15,995.