Volkswagen Begins the New Year Strongly
Volkswagen all but made half a million worldwide sales in the first month of 2017. In all, 495,900 vehicles to handed over to customers throughout the world. However, this is a 4.9% fall compared with the previous year.
J??rgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, said that the "Volkswagen brand started 2017 successfully. Worldwide deliveries may be slightly below the value for the previous year, but this is solely due to special effects in the major market of China. All the other reported gratifying increases compared with the previous year."
In Europe, deliveries rose by 4.7 per cent to 126,700 vehicles. This markets in Spain and Italy were notable for their positive sales. It was sales of the new Tiguan that was the bedrock for this improvement. In VW's home market of Germany, 38,600 vehicles were handed over to customers, corresponding to a slight fall of 5.1 per cent.
Volkswagen's cars are present in more than 150 markets throughout the world and the company produces vehicles at over 50 locations in 14 countries. Currently, 218,000 people work for Volkswagen and they have 7,700 dealerships with 74,000 employees around the world. In 2015, Volkswagen produced about 5.8 million vehicles.
Classic Car Auction
Silverstone Auctions returns to Race Retro to host a two-day Classic Car Sale on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, in addition to its Competition Car Sale on 24th February, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Headlining the sale of 95 classics is a UK, right-hand drive 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT featuring the incredibly rare factory fitted flared wheel arches and Campagnolo wheels. Other highlights are a 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S, a right-hand drive 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV finished in the striking combination of Arancio Leonis with an Alcantara interior and a 1956 BMW 502 V8 saloon.
"This is our sixth auction at Race Retro and we have another exceptional line-up of cars this year, perhaps our best ever at the event," comments Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. "We're delighted to be part of the show again and, as always, we have some really unique opportunities for buyers and collectors and some really special cars on offer that rarely come to market."
For collectors looking for something a little more unusual, a 1939 4 1/4 Ltr Blown Derby Bentley "Rusty Turner" Special, one of only three that were built will be offered.
"We look forward to welcoming visitors at Race Retro to our special sale and we hope to help show-goers leave with their dream classic," concludes Nick Whale. To find out more about Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale and view the full lot list please visit www.silverstoneauctions.com/race-retro-classic-car-sale-2017.
Honda and BVRLA Out to Dinner
Honda has recently shown its commitment to the its UK dealerships with a relaunch of its 'Platinum Business Programme'. It is continuing its support by being named as manufacturer sponsor of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's Annual Dinner which is taking place on Thursday 2 March 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Honda will be showcasing a range of its vehicles on this key networking night, and Head of Cars Phil Webb will also be assisting with the presentation of the BVRLA's awards. He said: "2017 is not only a big year for the BVRLA, but it also sees Honda celebrate a major milestone as we launch the all-new Civic and our fleet team continues the expansion of our Platinum Business Programme. That's why it's a perfect time for us to support the fleet industry at the BVRLA Annual Dinner, and we're looking forward to socialising with representatives from the rental and leasing sector and rewarding their hard work."
Last year's Annual Dinner brought together more than 950 senior representatives from across the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The awards celebrate the top performers in the BVRLA's training courses, as well as the deserving staff who are often the unsung heroes of the sector.
Honda UK joins Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lombard, MS Automotive (London) Ltd and VRS in supporting the BVRLA Annual Dinner.
Best Family Hatchbacks
Exchange and Mart, the online classifieds motoring specialist, has revealed their best family hatchbacks for used car buyers.
On the used car market, the family hatchback still delivers good mileage and practicality. According to their expert view, the most affordable family hatchback is the SEAT Leon, while the Honda Civic is noted for its comfort, safety and fuel economy. But it's the VW Golf that delivers a premium feel. It is more stylish, more efficient, more spacious and delivers a dynamic driving experience.
New, Improved Skoda Citigo
From the spring of 2017, the Skoda Citigo will look and drive a little different. Its new design includes a new front look with a redesigned bonnet, radiator grille, bumpers and fog lights.
It will also enjoy a modified instrument cluster design and a new multifunction leather steering wheel. There will be development under the bonnet too, with a choice of two modern three-cylinder petrol engines with 60 PS and 75 PS that have high torque values with low noise levels. And specially designed 15-inch alloy wheels complete the new look.
Thanks to its generous wheelbase, the Citigo already has an interior which offers sufficient space for the rear passengers. But, this new Citigo has grown by 34mm to a length of 3,597mm. The 251-litre boot capacity, which becomes 951-litres when the rear seats are folded down, ranks amongst the best in this segment.
There is an excellent range of active safety features including the automatic braking function City Safe Drive and the optional Emergency Brake that helps to prevent collisions in urban traffic. The system uses a laser sensor that scans a 10-metre area in front of the vehicle and automatically activates at speeds between 3 and 19 mph. It's all part of ensuring a high level of safety for both drivers, passengers and pedestrians.