The All-New Kia Picanto X-Line
The latest addition to Kia's Picanto range, the All-New Picanto X-Line is now on sale, with CO2 emissions that are as low as 106g/km on the manual transmission, and a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg.
The 'X-Line' variant introduces a series of rugged new design cues and is longer, wider and taller than conventional city cars, and has increased ground clearance. It is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel body construction and six standard airbags. Torque Vectoring is also included as a further aid to handling stability.
The 'X-Line' comes equipped with a powerful and refined 83bhp 1,248cc four-cylinder, 16-valve engine developing 122Nm of torque and has the best warranty in the business - seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, which is fully transferable. Prices start at £12,595.
UK Motorsport Cross Sector Horizontal Innovation
Many assume that innovations born from motorsport's challenging and competitive environment only have value within the sport. But as Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) CEO Chris Aylett has outlined, this would be wrong.
"In recent years, UK motorsport businesses have substantially increased sales in 'cross sector horizontal innovation'", he says. "It's important for the future of motorsport to engage automotive, defence, marine, aerospace, medical sectors and others too.
"The capabilities demanded by engineering customers in motorsport are really quite unique, and are proving to be valuable, attractive assets to other sectors, he continues. "With many new solutions needed fast in automotive powertrains, for example, the time is right the capabilities of motorsport to come to the fore. Horizontal innovation taking technologies across to other sectors is great news for the financial success of motorsport. The sport is seasonal, so new work from other sectors spreads income throughout the year."
Dacia and Mumsnet Survey
No-nonsense car brand, Dacia, has conducted a survey, answered by over 1,000 Mumsnet users, to discover the most valued factors when it comes to buying a family car.
The survey has highlighted that while three-quarters are not fussed about fancy tech such as keyless entry, parents are mindful of more practical and simple areas. The results have shown that for 72 per cent of parents, price is the prominent factor when considering a new car with two-thirds focussing on fuel economy.
Louise O'Sullivan, Head of Dacia, UK, said: "With our range of cars, still the most affordable on sale in the UK, customers can buy a brand-new car with the reassurance of proven reliability and low running costs."
Award Winning Citroen C3 Aircross
Citroen's new C3 Aircross Compact SUV has been recognised once again - winning the 'Best Small Crossover' category in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018. The UK Car of the Year Awards are designed to highlight the best new cars on sale today, and are aimed specifically at the UK car buying public.
The judging panel is comprised of 27 professional motoring writers that come from all parts of the UK, and includes some of the most respected names in automotive journalism. Paul Barker Company Car Today said about the new C3 Aircross: "Characterful and very good value, New C3 Aircross manages to grab attention in the busiest area of the market." Debbie Wood of Business Car said; "For me New C3 Aircross wins for its keen pricing and very impressive comfort levels." The shortlist for the overall UK Car of the Year Award, which will be announced at the end of February.
Choice of Offers from Suzuki
Suzuki is bringing in the new year by launching a new finance offer, which allows customers to build their own bespoke deal that best suits their needs.
Available on a range of models in the 2018 line up, the offer allows customers to choose either a 2% APR and two-year agreement, 3% APR over three years, or 4% APR over four years. Customers can also choose between a PCP agreement or opt for a hire purchase deal, with a minimum deposit of £199.
Suzuki GB National Sales Manager, Jonathan Martin, who launched the new offer said: "Our latest offer really allows customers to tailor the deal to best suit their needs. It gives people the choice, while customers can still enjoy the benefit of selecting the term of their agreement and, as a result, the APR. It gives customers the control when buying a new Suzuki for the season ahead."
As part of the new offer, the GSX-R1000 can be had on a four-year PCP deal for £119 per month, with a £3,161.62 deposit or trade-in. For customers preferring a hire purchase deal, the V-Strom 650 can be ridden away for £169 per month over three years, with a £1,724.11 deposit.