SUZUKI REDUCES RM-Z450 PRICE BY £750
Suzuki is helping buyers of its RM-Z450 prepare for the 2020 motocross season by reducing the price of its MX1 machine by £750 until the end of the year. It means the championship-winning bike now comes with an RRP of £6,249.
The RM-Z450 - which won the British Motocross Championship in 2018 - benefitted from an all-new chassis last season; a new frame and swingarm reduced weight and improved cornering performance, thanks also to new suspension from Showa. A heavily-revised engine boosted peak power and gave it more midrange, while electronics come in the form of the latest generation holeshot assist and Suzuki's advanced traction management system.
AUDI A3 SPORTBACK IS 2020 WHAT CAR? USED CAR OF THE YEAR
The popular Audi compact hatchback has just landed the most prized What Car? Used Car of the Year Award as further proof that there is genuine substance beneath the sheen.
According to the judges' citation, the A3 triumphed because "it's great to drive, for starters, and it comes with a classy interior that few rivals can match. It rides and handles superbly too, and it's wonderfully refined and comfortable to spend time in."
The testers went on to praise the car's "great range of engines.whether you're after an economical diesel or a punchy petrol." They summed up by writing: "It's a fantastic car as well as a terrific used buy, and a thoroughly deserving winner."
Commenting on the excellent result, Audi National Used Car Manager Maria Mawby said: "This award is a ringing endorsement of the enduring appeal of the A3 model line and we are incredibly proud and grateful to have received it."
VAUXHALL CORSA IS UK'S BEST-SELLING CAR IN SEPTEMBER
Vauxhall's Corsa was the UK's best-selling car in September. Vauxhall sold 12,921 Corsas last month to achieve top spot.
Through four generations, the Corsa has been a sales sensation, selling 2.1 million cars in the UK since 1993, whilst also proving popular in Europe with over 13.5 million sold. Later this year, the all-new Corsa arrives in a first-ever electric model, along with all-new, high-efficiency petrol and diesel versions.
Additionally, in September, Vauxhall was the UK's second best-selling van manufacturer. Its market share for LCV sales increased to 12.94 per cent versus 9.12 per cent in September 2018. This was Vauxhall's highest monthly LCV share for three years. For year-to-date, Vauxhall's LCV market share also increased to 8.5 per cent, versus 7.4 per cent for the same period last year.
Classic Concept Cars From the '70s
Concept cars are some of the most important debuts at auto shows because their shape or technology gives you a sneak peek into what you can expect from car companies in the future; but what happens to the beautiful creations when they don't make it to the showroom?
Using their car care know-how car solutions company Chipex is giving us a glimpse into how classic cars from the '70s might look if they were revisited and revived as concept cars in 2019. "At Chipex," says Johnny Graham of Chipex, "our aim is to help you take care of your car, showing you how a few tweaks here and there can make a difference. Taking this twist on concept cars shows that not everything is lost forever and with some handy upgrades, you can see how cars of yesteryear can become cars of tomorrow."
Chipex was launched in 2009 to provide a fast, very effective and safe solution for the home user to repair paint damage to vehicles. To see the cars, go to www.chipex.co.uk/blog.
New Vauxhall Astra's Dynamics are the Best in Class
With an impressive drag coefficient of 0.26, the new Vauxhall Astra hatchback and sports tourer are among the most aerodynamic cars in their class.
The aerodynamic design of the Astra plays a vital role in the challenge to reduce CO2 emissions. By reducing drag, and therefore also fuel consumption and emissions, Vauxhall is helping customers and fleet managers to achieve significant cost savings while promoting efficient driving. In total, the aerodynamic developments of the new Astra save 4.5g of CO2 per kilometre (in accordance with the WLTP cycle).
Key to the aerodynamic design of the new Astra is the active full-face shutter. The upper and lower portions of the grille can be opened and closed, even independently from each other, resulting in highly efficient driving under a variety of real-life conditions. The full-face shutter also delivers thermal advantages by delaying cooling down after switching off the engine, or by accelerating the engine warm-up after a cold start.