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CITROEN HELPS SMOOTH OVER UK POTHOLES AMIDST RECORD FIGURES

CITROEN HELPS SMOOTH OVER UK POTHOLES AMIDST RECORD FIGURES

08/05/2019 17:08:13

With UK temperatures having hit a seven-year low last year, it is no surprise that drivers are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown or damage, than they were in the past. Citroen UK enlisted the help of its New C5 Aircross SUV Brand Ambassador, Austin Healey, to repair some of those potholes caused by heavy traffic or severe weather. As the automotive brand dedicated to providing class-leading Advanced Comfort, Citroen decided to team up with its New C5 Aircross SUV Brand Ambassador, Austin Healey, and Surrey County Council to smooth over 200 potholes in the county. Citroen has been working with Nu-Phalt(r) Contracting using its Jetpatcher process to provide the drivers and residents of Surrey with a glimpse into the level of comfort that you can experience every day in Citroen's latest models. Austin Healey commented: "Since getting behind the wheel of New C5 Aircross SUV, I totally get the benefits of a car with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions(r) suspension. The way it filters out any imperfections in the road is incredible. So nothing gives me greater pleasure than getting stuck in and sharing this experience with the residents of Surrey."


Life-size LEGO(r) Honda Civic Type R Makes Its Debut

Life-size LEGO(r) Honda Civic Type R Makes Its Debut

08/05/2019 15:43:50

One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size LEGO(r) model ahead of the much anticipated 'LEGO(r) MASTERS' show airing on Channel Nine from 28th April. The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert Ryan McNaught - LEGO(r) Certified Professional - used more than 320,000 LEGO(r) bricks in the build and took over 1,300 hours with a team of nine assembling each brick by hand. A steel frame supports the structure of LEGO(r) bricks, all glued together and is built completely by stock standard pieces. The car 'comes to life' with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights. The LEGO(r) car was built from the ground up, layer by layer. The most challenging elements of the build were the window wipers due to their fragility, and the back spoiler which needed structure to allow it to float. One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size LEGO(r) model ahead of the much anticipated 'LEGO(r) MASTERS' show airing on Channel Nine from 28th April. The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert Ryan McNaught - LEGO(r) Certified Professional - used more than 320,000 LEGO(r) bricks in the build and took over 1,300 hours with a team of nine assembling each brick by hand. A steel frame supports the structure of LEGO(r) bricks, all glued together and is built completely by stock standard pieces. The car 'comes to life' with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights.


Earn as You Drive with Jaguar Land Rover

Earn as You Drive with Jaguar Land Rover

29/04/2019 16:17:14

An innovative 'Smart Wallet' technology which is being tested by Jaguar Land Rover will let drivers earn cryptocurrency on the go. Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using innovative connected car services being tested by Jaguar Land Rover. Using 'Smart Wallet' technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers can then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles.


Increased LCV Sales at Vauxhall

Increased LCV Sales at Vauxhall

23/04/2019 11:40:47

Vauxhall/Opel's light commercial vehicle (LCV) offensive is gaining traction, with the carmaker registered global LCV sales of almost 33,000 units in the first quarter of 2019. This is an increase of 35 per cent compared to the same period last year. Additionally, the new British-built Vivaro will give Vauxhall/Opel even more momentum when it is launched later this year, with an electric version being available from 2020. The all-new Combo Cargo was the main driver of the growth. The International Van of the Year 2019 was sold around 6,900 times in the first three months of the year - an impressive increase of 68 per cent compared to sales of its predecessor in the first quarter of 2018. Customer demand for both the Movano (up 18 per cent) as well as the Vivaro (up 33 per cent) was significantly stronger than last year. "Our LCV business is growing on a broad front. All of our LCVs are more popular than last year and we have managed to increase our market share in almost every European market. This shows that our measures are effective," said Xavier Duchemin, Managing Director Sales, Aftersales and Marketing. The UK was the largest LCV market for Vauxhall/Opel with over 8,000 sold in the first quarter. Vauxhall LCV sales have increased by 28.5 per cent, with market share up 1.27 percentage points versus first quarter 2018. Order intake - the foundation for future sales - has also shown considerable increases in recent months. "The pleasing volume of orders means that 2019 is promising to be a good year," said Duchemin.


Plug-In Cars At Record Numbers

Plug-In Cars At Record Numbers

15/04/2019 11:33:13

According to new Motorparc data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders or SMMT, last year, the number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters. The UK's largest automotive analysis shows there is now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads. As drivers take advantage of the latest low emission vehicle technology - whether petrol, diesel or AFV - it means that the average CO2 emissions for the UK Motorparc have fallen to the lowest on record, down -17.8% compared with 2008. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "Thanks to massive investment from manufacturers in delivering a wide range of models across all fuel types, to suit all driving needs, environmental gains are now being delivered across the UK. Ever-more advanced in technology makes every new generation of vehicle more efficient than the last, and this is filtering rapidly from the new car market into the broader parc." Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30% last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use. It's thanks to manufacturer investment in advanced powertrains, transmission types, lightweight materials and aerodynamics, that cars are more efficient than ever before and drivers are seeing the benefits. The UK's record 34.9 million-strong car fleet has never been more diverse, with more than 1,600 model ranges and almost 68,000 different specifications on the roads last year. "Fleet renewal is proven to work," continues Hawes, "so we need a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure to give motorists the confidence to buy the latest, cleanest cars, whatever the fuel type, in the greater numbers we need to meet environmental challenges." While superminis continued to dominate, making up a third (33.2%) of all cars in the parc, dual purpose vehicles saw the biggest growth, up 10.6%. At the same time, family hatches and saloons (upper medium) saw the largest fall, down -4.7% to four million. Elsewhere, the data reveals that female car ownership remains at a record high, surpassing 2017's level by 1.4%, with more than 12 million cars now owned by women. Cars registered to men also rose moderately by 0.5% to almost 17.9 million.



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