Seat UK Fleet Sales Growth
Seat UK Fleet has announced its best quarter one results to date. This follows four consecutive years of true fleet sales growth in which the brand has expanded its model range and enhanced its business sales services.
"Following record quarter one registrations, and an even better order take the future looks bright," said Head of Fleet and Business Sales at Seat UK, Peter McDonald. "It will strengthen further as the brand continues its product offensive, having recently introduced the updated Leon before launching the New Ibiza and Arona before the year ends."
There was a 32 per cent rise in overall fleet sales in quarter one, true fleet sales and Motability volume up by an impressive 86 and 440 per cent respectively compared to quarter one last year. It confirms the Spanish brand as the fastest growing manufacturer in fleet, true fleet and Motability channels.
As well as investing in the product portfolio, Seat has invested in the fleet channel with the introduction of initiatives like the four-day-test-drive programme, to improve the accessibility of demonstrator vehicles for businesses, and its Fleet Excellence scheme, which strengthens investment at the dealer level.
Hagerty and RAC Partnership
Hagerty, the classic car insurer and valuation experts, has announced a new benefit for all their policyholders - RAC Breakdown cover.
Angus Forsyth, Managing Director at Hagerty, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the team at the RAC and working with them to the benefit of all our clients. Since we have been working with the RAC team in the past months, we have been impressed with their positive approach and we look forward to the return of their blue rhombus logo that will resonate with the classic car community enormously."
To celebrate this new partnership, the RAC will be joining Hagerty and 100 cars at the 'Drive It Day' celebration event on 23rd April along on a scenic tour throughout the Northants, Bucks and Oxfordshire countryside. The tour will arrive at Bicester Heritage, where Hagerty will be hosting its Valuation Arena, a live stage for valuing classic cars.
Richard Fuller, head of RAC Commercial Sales, said: "Drive It Day 2017 is a fantastic way to celebrate this new partnership. The RAC has been at the heart of all things motoring since the very early days of the motor car and we're looking forward to being able to celebrate that heritage with Hagerty during the event on 23rd April, and on an ongoing basis providing breakdown services for its customers."
All Hagerty policies include RAC Breakdown and Recovery throughout the UK and Europe as an automatic benefit. Other benefits include agreed value at no extra cost, choice of repairer, cover for driving in Europe and discounts for club members.
Citroen's New SUV
Citroen is premiering a new-generation SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the C5 Aircross. Described as a 'people-minded' SUV, this new model benefits from the latest technologies that ensure easier driving and a modern approach to comfort.
Representing a significant step in the development of the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme, New C5 Aircross is the first vehicle to be equipped with a new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. This system delivers improved damping for the exceptional ride comfort that is synonymous with Citroen.
"The New C5 Aircross is the symbol of a brand with strong momentum, in touch with the expectations of customers in regions all over the world," said Linda Jackson, Citroen CEO. "It is the first practical illustration of our offensive on the SUV market, illustrating our ability to approach it in our own way, with greater emphasis on character, comfort and on-board well-being. New C5 Aircross will clearly be a major growth driver for Citroen." The New C5 Aircross is scheduled to launch in China in the second half of this year and in Europe in 2018.
Audi Announce Two New Q Models
Audi is to expand its portfolio with two new Q models. The Audi Q8 is to give the brand a premium SUV in a coupe style that combines great spaciousness with emotive design. It will incorporate the latest technologies in assistance and infotainment systems. It will be built in Bratislava from 2018, where the Audi Q7 is already produced.
In 2019, the production of the Audi's first compact utility vehicle, or CUV, the Q4 will begin in Gyor, Hungary. It will be positioned between the Audi Q3 and Q5 and feature the typical Audi, coupe-style silhouette. States Professor Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi's Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, "We will integrate two completely new Q-models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment."
BMW at Auto Shanghai 2017 Show
The Auto Shanghai is one of the most important motor shows of the year. During the week of 21 - 28 April 2017 there will be more than 1,100 exhibitors showing their new models and technological innovations to both trade and public visitors.
BMW will have a high presence with launches of the latest special-edition version of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase, the BMW Concept X2 and revised BMW 4 Series models. And BMW Motorrad is kicking off its 2017 product offensive with the presentation of the revised BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR, plus an ultra-exclusive new model.