Volvo XC40 crowned New Car of the Year at Motor Trader 2019 Awards
The Volvo XC40 has claimed yet another significant honour, adding the New Car of the Year title in the Motor Trader 2019 Awards to its impressive collection. Its success confirms its status as a game-changing model in the fiercely competitive premium compact SUV market, more than a year on from its UK debut.
The XC40 was admired for its restrained styling in contrast to more "pumped-up" SUVs, projecting a look that is "more mannerly and less confrontational". The judges were also impressed by the car's ride, handling, performance and refinement, which help make it an accomplished companion over long distances.
Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "This latest award is a fantastic result, especially because it names the XC40 as the all-round best new car on sale. The XC40 has enjoyed an exceptional reception from the media and public alike, and we will continue to develop and improve its qualities to ensure it remains the car that sets the standard in its class."
Free Accessories from Suzuki
Suzuki has announced that buyers of its V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650 models - including the XT variants of both machines - will be able to enjoy £500 worth of free accessories.
With an accessory range that includes everything from heated grips and handguards to panniers and tank bags, Suzuki caters for all types of V-Strom rider, whether that's the all-year-round rider or those looking to get away for a long weekend or European tour. And all accessories - like Suzuki's entire model range - come with a three-year warranty if fitted at the point of sale.
Head of motorcycles for Suzuki GB, Jonathan Martin, commented, "We know there are different types of V-Strom customer. Our current offers mean not only are they incredibly affordable, customers can select a finance package that works with their personal circumstances and accessories that tailor the bike to their individual needs."
VOLVO CARS RELEASES ARMOURED CAR
The Volvo XC90 Armoured, is designed and built to provide safe and comfortable travel with a high level of personal protection for the occupants. Work to develop a car with a VPAM VR8 protection rating commenced just over two years ago.
"We are proud to be able to offer these armoured cars. With our armoured cars, we can provide vehicles with a high level of personal security for individuals who require heightened protection," says Stephan Green, Marketing Director at Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
There is a growing global market for armoured vehicles at present, and a large number are manufactured with various protection ratings. Volvo Cars has received numerous requests over the past few years to develop an armoured XC90. Volvo Cars has extensive experience of building police cars, fire engines and diverse special vehicles. A certified VPAM VR8 rating means the car has 360-degree ballistic resistance as well as explosive resistance.
The UK's Best Cars for Families with Young Children Revealed
While SUVs dominate the sales charts, new research from What Car? has found MPVs are the superior choice for families with young children thanks to their capacity to accommodate a greater number of child seats.
Of the seven SUVs tested, only two models were capable of taking all three child seats - the Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento. The use of a child seat in the second or third row was prohibited in four of the large SUVs tested, and the one that could take a third seat in the second row wasn't wide enough to do this.
In contrast, of the four MPVs tested, all were able to accommodate three child seats with ISOFIX points. The latest Seat Alhambra and VW Touran models both feature ISOFIX points in all five of their rear passenger seats - a record matched by only one of the luxury SUVs; the Audi Q7.
Vauxhall Progressing with Electric Vehicle Plans
As part of the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall's all-new Corsa-e and Grandland X PHEV will lead the British brand's electric charge this year. Two more all-electric models will follow in 2020, including the successor to the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van.
All models are vital to Vauxhall's ongoing reduction of CO2. Corsa has been Vauxhall's best-selling car for many years, with over 2.1 million Corsas sold in the UK since it launched in 1993. The British buying public are familiar with its name and looks, and have a fondness for its compact dimensions and interior packaging. Corsa is just as popular in Europe with over 13.5 million sold. By 2024, Vauxhall will have an electrified version of every model in its range.