After releasing the first pictures of the new Corsa GSi in March, Vauxhall have now confirmed its powertrain and performance stats. This is ahead of order books opening in July, and the first cars arriving in UK showrooms later this autumn. Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi is powered by a punchy 1.4-litre turbo engine with 150PS and 220Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 8.9 seconds, with strong performance right through to its maximum speed of 128mph. An ample 220Nm of torque between 3,000 to 4,500rpm, allied to a short-ratio six-speed gearbox, also helps the GSi accelerate from 50-70mph in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds. In addition to delivering high performance, the Corsa GSi is also part of Vauxhall's latest Euro 6d-TEMP rollout with fuel economy figures of 47.1mpg combined, CO2 emissions from 139g/km. And of course, that performance is matched by sharp design both inside and out. Large front air intakes, a sculptured bonnet and prominent rear spoiler set the GSi apart from other Corsa models.
'Built for Business' is the new light commercial vehicle conversion programme from Peugeot that provides a range of popular conversions carrying a warranty that matches the base vehicle. Models that will launch the 'Built for Business' range include Tipper, Dropside, Luton, Low-Floor Luton, Box Body and Curtainside. All conversions will be based on the Peugeot Boxer 335 chassis and will be powered by the 2.0 BlueHDi 160 S&S engine with six-speed manual transmission. "With the launch of Built for Business light CV conversions, Peugeot is providing certainty for customers that they are buying a vehicle where all parts of the conversion are built to the same exacting standard as the base vehicle," says Richard Abbott, Head of National Specialist Fleets at PSA Group. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an uprated battery and revised dual-leaf rear suspension with anti-roll bar.
The harsh heat in the United Arab Emirates has always posed a challenge for tyre manufacturers. But, Davanti tyres - working along with influential dealer Marwan Abbas, are overcoming it. All Davanti tyres are designed in the UK by experienced industry experts and manufactured in a state-of- the-art plant to exacting E-mark standards. Marwan bought into the Davanti brand, which was launched in 2015, quickly and played a key role in the UK-based manufacturer's decision to seek GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) accreditation for its entire range. The founder of the Marwan Abbas Auto and the Car Boutique, he supplies all sorts of cars to all sorts of clients, from Minis to Bentleys to Toyota pickup trucks. "The most important thing was that I felt an immediate connection with the people behind Davanti," said Marwan. He is confident that Davanti's reach will continue to spread throughout the Middle East.
The new rules for the MOT have now come into place. Here are the categories that the inspector will be using. Firstly, is Dangerous - "a direct and immediate risk to road safety or that has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it's been repaired." This will be a Fail. Also a fail, is something deemed as Major as it "may affect the vehicle's safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately." Those that will pass are Minor faults that have "no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible." And anything that is an Advisory, something that "could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary." What we are all aiming for of course is a Pass. That means that the vehicle "meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard."
Westfield Technology Group have accepted the Innovation Award at the Autocar Awards 2018 at the Silverstone Race Circuit. The Westfield POD is the UK's first fully electric, Autonomous Vehicle for first mile - last mile transportation. The POD has been developed in conjunction with Heathrow Airport and utilises the base technology platform from the work completed by ULTra PRT (Personal Rapid Transit). The original system has now completed over 5 million kilometres in a live commercial environment serving Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 POD Parking. Julian Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Westfield Technology Group said, "We're very proud of our team and what we've accomplished and feel honoured to be receiving such positive recognition from industry peers." The Group is also developing the UK's first Autonomous low Volume M1 Vehicle. The GTM, a two-seater sports car, which will be available in petrol, hybrid and pure electric.
Ford is the clear leader in retail car sales, which most accurately reflect the preferences of private buyers. For April, Ford achieved 14.2 per cent of this market, which was 3.8 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival and, for the year to date, the lead is 6.0 percentage points. Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director, said: "We are continuing to build on our core strengths in the UK market; the successful all-new Fiesta is being joined by newest Active and ST versions. Kuga, and the much improved EcoSport, have both seen significant sales growth as customers continue to choose vehicles with higher ride height, more space and greater versatility. The official figures released by the SMMT show that total car sales in April were up 10.4 per cent to 167,911 units, compared with April 2017. Ford car sales were 20,114, up 24.3 per cent and 5,507 registrations ahead of its nearest rival.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is now available to order. It completes the flagship GT range, and perfectly combines top-down motoring with ultimate driving performance. It features AMG's hand built 4.0-litre 'hot V' V8 biturbo petrol engine with an output of 522 hp and maximum torque of 670 Nm, so it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 192 mph. It delivers up to 24.6 mpg and emits 262 g/km of CO2. Standard equipment includes an AMG performance exhaust system; Airscarf; 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch at the rear); Nappa leather upholstery; Active Air Control system; AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping; LED high performance headlights; Comand Online; and an electrically extending rear spoiler. For more information on the Mercedes-AMG GT range, visit www.mercedes-benz.co.uk.
Founded in 1960 the Kumho Tire Company based in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the world's leading tyre manufacturers, with revenues in excess of two billion Euro. Each year it sells over 60 million tyres worldwide. Their new ECOWING ES31 tyre has been designed specifically to keep its level of rolling resistance to a minimum. It is so effective that almost 70 percent of the 38 sizes currently offered carry a related B label grade - an impressively high margin by any standard. Other bonuses of the newcomer's innovative asymmetric design include four wide drainage channels for optimum wet weather performance and aerodynamically designed shoulders for improved wind resistance that feature novel heat dissipation dimples on the inner flank. There is a wide range of sizes to fit the vast majority of small and medium hatchbacks, saloons and estates.
A survey of almost 2,000 adults by Epson ReadyInk, found that 15 percent of adults have upset their partners by forgetting their wedding anniversary and 40 percent have angered a friend after an arrangement slipped their mind. One in ten stressed out parents have even forgotten to collect their own child from school! The extent to which Brits are losing their collective marbles was revealed in the poll, which shows 10 percent admit they regularly forget to pay household bills and 15 percent often leave the house without their purse or wallet. One in five say they rely on their gadgets like smartphones and tablets to remember appointments, birthdays and meetings, but three percent said that they then forget to put reminders in their phone.
GDPR based changes announced by the DVLA this month, mean that over 2 million drivers will be required to grant new driving licence data permission to their fleet operator. Only by complying with the new rules, which come into effect 25th August 2018, will fleet drivers be properly checked. Kevin Curtis, Technical Director of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) commented, "This is a huge shift for the DVLA and indeed the driving licence checking industry as a whole. From a technical and compliance perspective, all employers and third parties who are responsible for licence checking will need to be able to demonstrate that the new fair processing declaration has been signed by the driver." Employers and fleet managers, who are legally obliged to check a drivers' entitlement to drive, will be under enormous pressure to hit the August deadline. But, this is good news for ADLV members as they are all ISO27001 accredited.