The Audi A7 Sportback
Audi has a completely new slant on the concept of the five-door coupe for the executive class - the first A7 Sportback. The brand has successfully combined the svelte lines of a classic grand tourer with the reality-ready attributes of the Saloon and Avant models.
The exterior design is dynamics at their most beautiful, and is an expression of the new design language that Audi introduced with the new Audi A8. It has large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines to convey dynamism and progressiveness from every perspective. Produced at the Neckarsulm site in Germany, the new Audi A7 Sportback will be available to order in the UK from early 2018, with pricing for the first phase of models starting from approximately £56,000 OTR.
Warning on Buying Used Tyres
October is Tyre Safety month and amongst other advice, TyreSafe has revealed that buying used tyres could be a false economy. While the biggest concern with buying used, or part worn, tyres is uncertainty of their safety, they also cost more in the long term. Part worns can legally be sold with a minimum tread depth of 2mm, leaving just 0.4mm before reaching the legal limit but even those sold with deeper tread will not have the same amount of life left as with a new tyre. TyreSafe research has shown it can cost over £1 more per mm of tread for a part worn than a new tyres.
Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: "Safety on the roads is always of paramount importance but drivers should also be aware that ignoring tyre safety is a false economy. In any other instance, if someone was asked to do something which not only makes them safer but also saves them money, they'd consider it a 'no-brainer' - so why not with their tyres? Tyre checks are a win-win, and TyreSafe encourages all Britain's motorists to make this maintenance routine, at least once a month every month." For more information visit tyresafe.org
Volkswagen's "Working With You" Offer Continues
With vehicle downtime remaining one of the most frustrating elements of fleet management, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is continuing its free service offer until end of 2017. It is part of their "Working With You" promise to help van operators with what they need to maximise their uptime.
The offer gives two free services, one interim and one full service, with all Caddy, Transporter, Crafter and Amarok models, including Transporter-based derivatives such as the Caravelle people carrier and California campervan. The vehicles must be purchased with finance from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services.
For full details of the free servicing offer, which brings extra value and peace of mind for vehicle operators, along with terms and conditions, plus other available finance deals, go to the www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk website or visit any of Volkswagen's 72 Van Centres nationwide.
New Senior Appointment at Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is continuing to invest in the welfare and development of its people with the appointment of a human resources professional at a senior level. They are pleased to welcome Gill Crowther as General Manager, HR and Administration.
"I'm delighted to join Mitsubishi Motors in the UK at such an exciting time," said Gill. "As well as getting ready to launch the first of a dynamic new model range, the company is also striving to make its working culture better than ever. There's a real passion for the brand amongst the team and I'm looking forward to building on this."
Gill's experience of top-flight HR includes previous senior positions with leading Internet company Nominet, Microsoft, GlaxoWelcome and Ford Motor Company. As an independent consultant, Gill has worked with many organisations including the NHS, the World Energy Council and Lightful. She is a chartered member of the CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and an Engineering and Business Studies graduate of Warwick University.
Suzuki's Burgman 400 Now Available
Suzuki's new luxury maxi scooter, the Burgman 400, is now available in dealerships and promises to improve journeys into towns and cities. Suzuki invented the maxi scooter when it launched the original Burgman 400 in 1998, and ever since it has been the choice of scooter riders, from the fashion conscious to the frugal.
The newest version of the Burgman 400 has sharp styling, sporty handling, and increased practicality thanks to its storage capacity and added security features. It also boasts high levels of fuel economy with 71mpg. With under seat storage of 42 litres, the Burgman 400 is the ideal tool for carving through city traffic and commuting into the city centre, where an added benefit is the amount of free parking available to scooters and motorcycles in town.