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    by Published on 11-02-2017 06:28 PM
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    Even more powerful and well connected five-door RS regains its place in the range alongside the recently launched RS 3 Saloon

    • 400 PS five-cylinder engine delivers a concentrated dose of driving pleasure
    • Wider track and pronounced sills are hallmarks of the RS design
    • World premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show
    • UK ordering possible from the summer, first deliveries later in 2017

    The RS 3 Sportback - the original entry point to Audi RS ownership - has taken a back seat recently to allow the new RS 3 Saloon its share of the limelight, but at next month’s Geneva Motor Show the muscle-bound five-door will make its comeback emboldened by the latest 400PS five-cylinder TFSI engine and a raft of design and connectivity upgrades. Following its world public debut in Switzerland on Tuesday March 7 the Audi compact segment spearhead will become available to order in the UK in the summer and will touch down here towards the end of the year.

    “The Audi RS 3 Sportback offers our customers an attractive introduction to the RS world,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Since 2011 the sporty compact model has proved itself extremely successful on the market. And with the new five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS 3 Sportback is at the head of its class and continuing that strong track record.”

    From 0 to 62mph in 4.1 seconds

    Behind the impressive performance of the Audi RS 3 Sportback is the world’s most powerful production five-cylinder engine – the 2.5 TFSI. It delivers 400PS – 33PS more than its predecessor – and is 26 kilograms (57.3 lb) lighter thanks to its aluminium crankcase, among other features. Its maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available
    by Published on 11-02-2017 06:23 PM
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    • New design: bonnet, radiator grille, bumpers and fog lights
    • Optional cornering function for fog lights
    • Modified instrument cluster design, new multifunction leather steering wheel
    • Additional ‘Simply Clever’ features such as an umbrella under the passenger seat
    • Two three-cylinder petrol engines with 60 PS and 75 PS
    • Premiere at Geneva International Motor Show

    From spring 2017, the ŠKODA CITIGO is being presented with comprehensive upgrades to the exterior design and some revisions in the interior. Bonnet, radiator grille, bumpers and fog lights with optional cornering function come in a new design. Specially designed 15-inch alloy wheels complete the new look. ŠKODA’s city car impresses with its generous amount of space, excellent layout, high level of safety, great handling, efficient drivetrain variants and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features. Value for money – typical of the brand – rounds off the city runabout’s offering. The ŠKODA CITIGO will celebrate its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (7-19 March 2017).

    With the revisions, the ŠKODA CITIGO has grown by 34 mm to a length of 3,597 mm. The width of the five-door version remains at 1,645 mm and the height at 1,478 mm. Thanks to its generous 2,420-mm wheelbase, ŠKODA engineers were able to create an interior which also offers sufficient space for the rear passengers. The ŠKODA CITIGO proves: even a city car can have a spacious interior. The 251 litre boot capacity, which increases to 951 litres when the rear seats are folded down, ranks amongst the best competitor values.

    The ŠKODA CITIGO is the perfect vehicle for urban mobility: compact yet spacious, economical and nimble at the same time, attractive, safe and equipped with many practical
    by Published on 03-02-2017 06:42 PM
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    • Updated Golf is available to order from UK Retailers
    • Prices average Ł650 less than corresponding outgoing model
    • Debut of new engines, new technologies and new features

    The updated Volkswagen Golf opens for order in the UK from tomorrow (2 February) with the option of all-new engines, more technology, improved connectivity and revised styling for an average of Ł650 less (RRP OTR) than the outgoing car.

    Retaining the former starting price of just Ł17,625 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level updated Golf S 1.0 TSI 85 PS three-door1 the new Golf is driving even more value, style and desirability into what is aptly named by many the ‘Golf class’.

    Emerging from Volkswagen factories around the globe at an average pace of one every 40 seconds for the last 43 years, the brand’s family favourite arrives in UK showrooms towards the end of March but order books are already opening for the eagerly awaited updated version of the most popular European car to date.

    With global sales now well in excess of 33 million since its launch more than four decades ago (1974), more than two million of which are to UK buyers, the updated version of the seventh generation Golf is once again redefining its market segment by bringing ‘big car’ technology to the compact family car class.

    Democratising quality and value is a longstanding Volkswagen tenet and it is enthusiastically employed in the updated Golf. Now standard across the range are LED rear lights, for instance, while the majority of models across the Golf hatchback and Estate line-up are also now offered with a new generation of larger and more sophisticated touchscreen infotainment systems.
    by Published on 03-02-2017 06:36 PM
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    • A major step forward in the company’s portfolio renewal
    • More compact outside and much more room inside
    • Features the latest connectivity, comfort and safety technology
    • The fifth generation of the Ibiza debuts with the latest innovative MQB A0 Platform

    The New SEAT Ibiza is already here loaded with the latest technology features, outstanding dynamics, and an impressive improvement in interior space and comfort. The Spanish brand’s most important model has all-new styling while preserving the same youthful, functional, sporty and comfortable spirit as always. And it does so with a fresh design that reflects the latest SEAT distinctive character by continuing with the brand’s DNA but with an edgier, sportier design, featuring more sculpted, accentuated, exciting and streamlined surfaces. The fifth generation of the SEAT Ibiza will make its public debut at the next Geneva Auto Show and go on sale in June 2017.

    The new SEAT Ibiza, then, is a completely new model that was created with very ambitious goals in mind: To go a major step ahead in safety, design, performance and comfort. This huge advance in quality was achieved thanks to the new MQB A0 modular platform. The new SEAT Ibiza is the Volkswagen Group first model to use this platform, highlighting SEAT’s importance within the Group and offering countless advantages.

    Launched in 1984 for the first time, the Ibiza has become an icon of SEAT. This car has been around the longest in the history of the brand and is its top-selling model, with over 5.4 million units sold. The Ibiza is one of the three pillars of the company, together with the Leon and Ateca, on which SEAT relies to continue building the success of the company in the future.

    More compact, roomier, more efficient

    The new SEAT Ibiza has impressively increased its interior
    by Published on 03-02-2017 06:30 PM
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    • Power output of new 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine increases to 245 PS
    • Top speed of 155 mph and acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds
    • The VAQ limited-slip differential provides the ultimate driving experience
    • With 7-speed DSG transmission for the first time
    • Sporty design details with distinct front section
    • Pioneering infotainment and driver assistance systems
    • ŠKODA Connect with mobile online services
    • World premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show

    The most powerful ŠKODA OCTAVIA in the company’s history is on its way. The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 delivers 245 PS – 15 PS more than the previous top-of-the-range vRS variant. The powerful engine and innovative chassis technology including the electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential offer the ultimate driving experience. The powerhouse is available as a hatchback or an estate and will be celebrating its world premiere at the 87th International Motor Show in Geneva.

    The compact sports car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds (Estate: 6.7 seconds); its top speed is limited to 155 mph. As is usual for a ŠKODA, the car features a spacious interior and luggage compartment. In addition, the latest driver assistance systems are also available for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245. The infotainment system means occupants have the opportunity to be online on the move, thanks to the optional Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE module. Numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features are further testimony to the compact car’s practical talents.

    Gloss-black features and an unmistakeable high-performance sound

    The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 features the new face of the brand and has particularly sporty design details. The completely new
    by Published on 14-01-2017 10:03 AM
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    • An even more streamlined design, new headlights with LED technology
    • Reworked interior, optional colour-controllable LED ambient lighting
    • New infotainment systems in a glass design
    • ŠKODA Connect: mobile online services for improved assistance and infotainment
    • New driver assistance systems for even greater safety and comfort
    • Two TSI engines and three TDI engines ranging from 115 PS to 184 PS
    • All-wheel drive for the top-of-the-range models, optional Dynamic Chassis Control
    • Two vRS models: 2.0 TDI with 184 PS, 2.0 TSI with 230 PS
    • The best rally car within its class: ŠKODA presents the WRC2 World Champion FABIA R5

    An even more striking design, new equipment and state-of-the-art technology for assistance, infotainment and connectivity – the ŠKODA Octavia presents its new face for the first time. The comprehensive upgrade has been applied to the hatchback as well as the Estate.

    It is the heart and soul of ŠKODA, it embodies all of the Czech car manufacturer’s strengths and lays the foundations for its success – the ŠKODA Octavia. This compact car offers interior space that is among the most generous in its segment and brings equipment and technology of a mid-size car into the compact class. Its design is striking, its quality is on the highest level, and above all it represents exceptional value for money.

    The Octavia is ŠKODA’s top seller: since its market launch in 1996, the Czech car manufacturer has produced more than five million ŠKODA Octavias. In 2016, now in its third generation, the large compact car made up more than 40 per cent of ŠKODA’s total sales worldwide with 436,000 vehicles sold. 255,000 cars found buyers in Europe, 4.2 per cent more than in the previous year. In the UK the Octavia enjoyed its best ever year with 23,068 registrations, up 2% on the previous
    by Published on 14-01-2017 09:55 AM
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    Latest SUV offering an exceptional specification including the new option of air suspension can now be ordered in readiness for deliveries from April

    • All-new version of the best-selling Audi SUV worldwide
    • Increased interior space, headroom and rear kneeroom with class-leading interior acoustics, plus a luggage capacity increase of 10 litres
    • 2.0 TFSI quattro 252PS and 2.0 TDI quattro 190PS available at launch
    • V6 TDI quattro with 286PS will follow at a later date
    • SE, Sport and S line specification
    • Newly developed five-link suspension and optional adaptive air suspension
    • Audi drive select fitted as standard, featuring lift/offroad and allroad modes
    • Quattro with ultra technology fitted as standard to four-cylinder engines
    • Key optional equipment includes Matrix LED lights, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Bang & Olufsen sound system, virtual cockpit, head-up display
    • Assistance systems range from adaptive cruise control with stop&go, predictive efficiency assistant, collision avoidance assistant and turn assist
    • Residual values set the benchmark in the premium mid-size SUV class
    • Pricing starts from Ł37,170 OTR, with first deliveries anticipated in April

    More comfortable, more agile, more efficient, more protective and better connected - the all-new Audi Q5 is about to build on the consistent sales success of its predecessor with an even stronger skill set, firmly securing it once more as a cornerstone of the Q range and a standard bearer for the brand’s uncompromising pursuit of progress.

    Orders can now be placed in the UK ahead of first deliveries during April for Q5 models in either SE, Sport or S line specification, and pricing starts from Ł37,170 OTR for the 2.0 TDI quattro 190PS, rising to Ł41,040 OTR for the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line.

    Standard equipment is now even more comprehensive than before, with features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, the Audi parking system plus and powered tailgate operation present right from the SE entry point. Other notable
    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:33 AM
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    • New Polo Match Edition will be available at Volkswagen Retailers from 21 December
    • Significantly enriched technology and a choice of four engines
    • Volkswagen Polo Match Edition prices start at Ł13,315 (RRP OTR)

    The new Volkswagen Polo Match Edition is packed with technology that adds terrific extra value to one of Volkswagen’s best-selling models. The award-winning Polo is the leader in its class thanks to its build quality, smart styling and renowned practicality and these features have been enhanced in the new Polo Match Edition, which will be available to order at Volkswagen Retailers across the UK from 21 December.

    The new model includes Car-Net App-Connect which fully integrates the customer’s smartphone, where compatible, to their Volkswagen Polo via a USB connection. Depending on the phone, Car-Net App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto or MirrorLink to bring the device’s functionality to the
    car by displaying apps on the infotainment touchscreen.

    Car-Net’s App-Connect functionality enables practical services and information to be accessed, and builds on the features of the Composition Media infotainment system. Selected phone apps such as Spotify and Skype can be operated from the car’s touchscreen, and for smartphones that support Google Android Auto, Google Voice control is available.

    Volkswagen has also developed a variety of apps for those customers that use MirrorLink to connect their smartphone to the car. These include Call & Remind, in which the driver can make a to-do list while stationary in the car, and Cam Connect, where
    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:27 AM
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    • 2.0 TSI petrol now with 169 kW (230 hp), 2.0 TDI diesel also with all-wheel drive
    • New front end, full-LED headlights, vRS-specific details
    • Top technologies for infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems set standards in compact class

    Just weeks after introducing the extensively modernised ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the Czech automobile manufacturer presents the top model in the series – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS. The new front section, modified rear and sporty interior highlight its dynamic character. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS is available as a hatchback and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel engine has the same 135 kW (184 hp) output as previously, the performance of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine has increased by 7 kW (10 hp) to 169 kW (230 hp), making it the most powerful and fastest series-production model in the history of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. New premium technologies supporting infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems emphasise the exceptional position of the compact sports car in its segment.

    Dynamic design

    The appearance of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS accentuates the extensively redeveloped design of the series in a particularly sporty and emotional way: The new front section with a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlamps featuring a crystalline look, and the even wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumpers are masculine and dynamic. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights integrated into the bumper shape the new front
    by Published on 31-12-2016 10:20 AM
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    • Reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT with various innovations in technology and equipment
    • Two engines are available from 110 kW (150 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS)
    • Wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets benchmark within its segment

    The comprehensive revision of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family continues. Now, after the hatchback, Estate and the fastest model variant – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS, comes the most versatile member of the family with various innovations in technology and equipment. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT launches with two engine variants and state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch. With a ground clearance that has been increased by 30 mm in comparison to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate, the compact five-door also masters rough terrain. Beyond that, it impresses with good climbing capability, a high towing capacity and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features from ŠKODA.

    Versatile character

    The robust all-rounder impresses with a distinctive off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive, the best driving characteristics and increased versatility both on and off the road. The comprehensively reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT bears the same front as the newest generation of ŠKODA OCTAVIAs and thereby underlines the family resemblance: it features a more prominent bonnet, the new front end with wide radiator grille and additional headlights with a crystalline look, full-LED headlights with adaptive front headlights (AFS). Also the modified fog lights and tail lights are equipped with LED technology. Its independent character is recognisable by silver-coloured

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