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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.