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.
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
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.
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 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.
Automotive industry software specialist, SalesMaster has been recognised by the prestigious International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Awards, winning the Back Office Innovation award for its Fleetbase product. SalesMaster has been rewarded for its tailored group fleet solution that is designed to provide in-depth, real-time data and amalgamation of dealer group finances and improved sales along with administration and office management, by enabling real-time use of high volume industry and customer data. "We are delighted to receive industry recognition for our Fleetbase solution, which we believe represents a valuable opportunity for automotive retail," says SalesMaster Managing Director, Chris Stott. "Fleet is an area that is often overlooked in dealer systems. Our products empower retailers and dealer groups as they have the ability to utilise and keep control of a high volume of fleet data."
Manufacturer of high efficiency boilers, Baxi, has received its first delivery of 80 Transporter vans from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The VW Transporter vans chosen for their energy efficiency and practicality, that they comply with new city-wide height restrictions and the modern equipment that has multiple health and safety features. Louise Murton, National Service Operations Manager at Baxi, commented: "Not only are these new vans the perfect solution for our Baxi Customer Support engineers out on the road, but with a 33 per cent cut in emissions compared to our previous vehicles, they benefit the environment too." The team at Baxi pride themselves on providing industry-leading customer support. The fleet of highly advanced Volkswagen Transporter vans will be used by Baxi's team of Customer Support engineers attending call-outs to homeowners across the country.
The Peugeot 108 is Mycarcheck.com's car of the month. The valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and each month choose a car that highlights the current market trends. "The Peugeot 108 city car is efficient, stylish, fun to drive and affordable to insure and maintain," said vehicle valuation manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler. "The compact design enables you to get into tight parking spaces with ease, making it an ideal urban run-around. The 2014 onwards models had plenty of personalisation options as new, so take your time and seek out a used one which really suits you." In regard to market trends, Wheeler said: "The new car market fell yet again in September, down almost 10% on the same month last year. Dealers are citing two main factors: uncertainty surrounding Brexit and concern about the government's air quality plans. One of the few positives is the increased demand for alternative fuel vehicles. Manufacturers continue to offer competitive diesel scrappage schemes and, with Christmas around the corner, dealerships should be keen to do deals on both new and used cars."
Polestar, Volvo Car Group's performance brand, has revealed its future as a new standalone electric performance brand. Polestar also unveiled the 600hp Polestar 1, the company's first car, which is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019. The Polestar 1 will form a halo for the future Polestar brand. It is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupe with an 'Electric Performance Hybrid' drivetrain with a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone - the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is a beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand." Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.
Porsche fans will be gathering under the impressive Silverstone Wing this Saturday, 21st October to bid on 59 of the finest Porsches up for auction at the third annual Porsche Sale. It is the UK's only stand-alone auction of Porsches. Organised for the third year running by Silverstone Auctions in collaboration with the world's biggest car club, Porsche Club GB, the auction features a wide range of Porsches from an entry-level 2003 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 2 Tiptronic estimated at £18,000 - £22,000, right up to an exquisite 1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S estimated at £245,000 - £285,000. "I'm very impressed with the range and depth of cars on offer for the Porsche Sale. Our consignors have put together a fantastic catalogue," comments Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. "We are proud to be associated with Porsche Club GB." In addition to the auction, there will be a Porsche Experience Centre track day for members and many other attractions.