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.
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'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.
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.
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.