Vauxhall's New Corsa Gsi
After releasing the first pictures of the new Corsa GSi in March, Vauxhall have now confirmed its powertrain and performance stats. This is ahead of order books opening in July, and the first cars arriving in UK showrooms later this autumn.
Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi is powered by a punchy 1.4-litre turbo engine with 150PS and 220Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 8.9 seconds, with strong performance right through to its maximum speed of 128mph.
An ample 220Nm of torque between 3,000 to 4,500rpm, allied to a short-ratio six-speed gearbox, also helps the GSi accelerate from 50-70mph in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds. In addition to delivering high performance, the Corsa GSi is also part of Vauxhall's latest Euro 6d-TEMP rollout with fuel economy figures of 47.1mpg combined, CO2 emissions from 139g/km.
And of course, that performance is matched by sharp design both inside and out. Large front air intakes, a sculptured bonnet and prominent rear spoiler set the GSi apart from other Corsa models.
Peugeot is 'Built for Business'
'Built for Business' is the new light commercial vehicle conversion programme from Peugeot that provides a range of popular conversions carrying a warranty that matches the base vehicle.
Models that will launch the 'Built for Business' range include Tipper, Dropside, Luton, Low-Floor Luton, Box Body and Curtainside. All conversions will be based on the Peugeot Boxer 335 chassis and will be powered by the 2.0 BlueHDi 160 S&S engine with six-speed manual transmission.
"With the launch of Built for Business light CV conversions, Peugeot is providing certainty for customers that they are buying a vehicle where all parts of the conversion are built to the same exacting standard as the base vehicle," says Richard Abbott, Head of National Specialist Fleets at PSA Group. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an uprated battery and revised dual-leaf rear suspension with anti-roll bar.
Marvellous Marwan is flying the Davanti flag in the UAE
The harsh heat in the United Arab Emirates has always posed a challenge for tyre manufacturers. But, Davanti tyres - working along with influential dealer Marwan Abbas, are overcoming it.
All Davanti tyres are designed in the UK by experienced industry experts and manufactured in a state-of- the-art plant to exacting E-mark standards. Marwan bought into the Davanti brand, which was launched in 2015, quickly and played a key role in the UK-based manufacturer's decision to seek GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) accreditation for its entire range.
The founder of the Marwan Abbas Auto and the Car Boutique, he supplies all sorts of cars to all sorts of clients, from Minis to Bentleys to Toyota pickup trucks. "The most important thing was that I felt an immediate connection with the people behind Davanti," said Marwan. He is confident that Davanti's reach will continue to spread throughout the Middle East.
New MOT Rules
The new rules for the MOT have now come into place. Here are the categories that the inspector will be using.
Firstly, is Dangerous - "a direct and immediate risk to road safety or that has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it's been repaired." This will be a Fail. Also a fail, is something deemed as Major as it "may affect the vehicle's safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately."
Those that will pass are Minor faults that have "no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible." And anything that is an Advisory, something that "could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary."
What we are all aiming for of course is a Pass. That means that the vehicle "meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard."
Westfield Technology Group Award
Westfield Technology Group have accepted the Innovation Award at the Autocar Awards 2018 at the Silverstone Race Circuit.
The Westfield POD is the UK's first fully electric, Autonomous Vehicle for first mile - last mile transportation. The POD has been developed in conjunction with Heathrow Airport and utilises the base technology platform from the work completed by ULTra PRT (Personal Rapid Transit).
The original system has now completed over 5 million kilometres in a live commercial environment serving Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 POD Parking.
Julian Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Westfield Technology Group said, "We're very proud of our team and what we've accomplished and feel honoured to be receiving such positive recognition from industry peers." The Group is also developing the UK's first Autonomous low Volume M1 Vehicle. The GTM, a two-seater sports car, which will be available in petrol, hybrid and pure electric.