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, 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 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 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."
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.
It's known for its quality parts and accessories, but one lucky winner will end up with a complete new car as Mopar celebrates its 80th anniversary. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aftersales brand MOPAR, is celebrating its 80th birthday with a free prize draw. One lucky customer who takes their Fiat to any authorised retailer for customer-paid service or repairs will win a new Fiat 500 1.2 Pop Star. "We are delighted to share the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of Mopar with our customers," says Lee Titchner, Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care Director . "I am already looking forward to handing over the keys to one lucky customer in September, and seeing them drive away in a new 67-plate Fiat 500." The Mopar brand (its name is a contraction of the words 'Motor' and 'Parts') began on 1 August, 1937. First introduced as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the company now encompasses total service, parts and customer care for FCA vehicle owners around the world. With Mopar you can be confident that your car or van has been serviced to the highest standards by factory trained technicians, using approved tools and fitting genuine original equipment replacement parts. To enter the prize draw customers simply need to provide their details and the invoice number for their recent service or repair, at: www.winacarwithmopar.co.uk . The competition is open from now until 31 August, and the winner will be announced in September.
Following on the recent announcement of an injection of US$1.8 billion in capital from a joint venture agreement, Detroit Electric's Chief Technical Officer and Company Director Richie Frost has started a recruitment drive to ensure that the best senior team is in place. Frost explains: "Although we secured the long-term funding only a few weeks ago, we were already poised to implement our strategy to become one of the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturers." Detroit Electric was introduced in 1907 by the Anderson Electric Car Company and is now an iconic brand in the global electric vehicle sector. The agreement will allow the completion of the final homologation phase of its all-electric SP:01 sports car and the start of production at Leamington Spa.
The new Volvo XC60 SUV, the first of Volvo's mid-sized 60 series models to be built on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, is now available to order in the UK. It is powered by Volvo's efficient Drive-E powertrains, and features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars - the S90 premium saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV. Every XC60 comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. As standard, every version of the XC60 is luxuriously equipped. The entry-level Momentum variants for example come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18" alloy wheels. Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We're incredibly excited about the brand-new XC60. Not only does it bring all the style and advanced technology from our larger cars to our best-selling SUV, it is the latest step in Volvo's transformation." The XC60 is available to order now, with on-the-road prices starting at £37,205 for the D4 AWD Momentum version. The first customer deliveries expected in late summer 2017.
Mitsubishi Motors are offering 0% APR Hire Purchase and 5.9% APR representative Personal Contract Plans finance packages across the majority of its range. There is now a £2,500 deposit contribution when customers purchase the recently revised Mitsubishi ASX via the 5.9% APR representative PCP offer. And soon, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - the UK's best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, will have a £2,500 deposit contribution. The diesel version of the Outlander is also included in the £2,500 deposit contribution deal. Mitsubishi has more than 130 dealers across the UK and they all provide excellent customer service for their respective areas. All the offers run until June 28, 2017 and are subject to availability and while stocks last. Offers are for retail customers only and finance is subject to status.
MG Motor UK is celebrating continued success in 2017, after achieving record registrations for March. Figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a 30% rise compared to the same month in 2016. Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, believes this continued success is down to MG's ongoing focus on dealer engagement and positive customer reception to its latest model range. "We believe good business is about selling good value cars, while doing everything to look after dealers and customers," he says. "Other manufacturers make unreasonable demands on their dealer network, we don't. We listen and react to what our dealer colleagues are telling us they need so we can give them the tools to sell MG cars and look after their customers. Overall, these sales figures show a good improvement on last year with a year-on-year increase of 173 additional registrations in March. It means that MG have now registered a total of 1,065 vehicles this year to date.