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Oi!! Turn it Down!!      

The boffins at IAM Roadsmart are saying that motorists who listen to music while driving could be disrupting the harmony on Britain’s roads. Er…isn’t that all of us? A survey of 1,004 motorists, commissioned by the road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed that two-thirds (69 per cent) of motorists believe that having loud musicContinue reading “Oi!! Turn it Down!!      “

Ombudsman’s Star Award Winner: Roadside in N. Ireland      

Roadside (Garages) Kia Coleraine, located in Northern Ireland, has won the top prize in the 2022 Star Awards, run by The Motor Ombudsman. The dealership was awarded the National Garage Star trophy in the Awards, with the four-strong judging panel unanimously agreeing the County Londonderry dealer was also the worthy recipient for the regional trophy.Continue reading “Ombudsman’s Star Award Winner: Roadside in N. Ireland      “

Wiesmann’s ‘Project Thunderball’: World’s First Convertible Roadster EV?      

Wiesmann, the German luxury sports car marque, has revealed technical details of its all-electric vehicle codenamed Project Thunderball – which it claims is the world’s first electric convertible roadster.   The two-seater, rear-wheel drive Project Thunderball sees twin electric rear-mid mounted motors delivering up to 500kW (680hp) to the rear wheels and 1100 Nm ofContinue reading Wiesmann’s ‘Project Thunderball’: World’s First Convertible Roadster EV?      “

Abarth’s New EV      

Abarth is debuting the fully electric New Abarth 500e which it claims is the most responsive and exciting Abarth in urban driving and the fastest and most enjoyable in suburban driving, claiming that the electric architecture performs better than petrol thanks to an improved weight distribution, better torque, and a wider wheelbase. Olivier Francois, Fiat andContinue reading Abarth’s New EV      “

Automobili Pininfarina Breaks EV Acceleration Record      

Luxury Italian carmaker Automobili Pininfarina has confirmed the Battista hyper GT’s performance credentials by revealing its record-breaking official acceleration and braking figures for the first time. The pure-electric Battista’s unique launch control technology contributes to Formula 1 car-beating acceleration, with 0-60 mph achieved in 1.79s, 0-100 km/h completed in 1.86s, 0-120 mph executed in 4.49sContinue reading Automobili Pininfarina Breaks EV Acceleration Record      “

Market Update: Is Vertu Motors Buying Helston Garages?      

We’re seeing reports that Vertu Motors is in talks with Helston Garages.  If the deal goes through then Vertu adds both Ferrari and Porsche brands to the Vertu franchises. The report come via Vertu’s own announcement earlier this week: ‘Vertu Motors confirms that it is in advanced discussions regarding the potential acquisition of Helston GaragesContinue reading “Market Update: Is Vertu Motors Buying Helston Garages?      “

EV Charging: Where Can You Get It and Where Can’t You?      

The UK local authorities that have recorded the highest percentage growth in public charging provision per 100,000 people have been named. Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire has been identified as the best performing local authority, according to new research by Citroën UK. Analysing the number of public chargers per 100,000 residents across the UK, Citroën foundContinue reading EV Charging: Where Can You Get It and Where Can’t You?      “

Give Us a Smile, You’re on Camera!      

Abarth,has become the first manufacturer to trial facial recognition technology to understand the emotions people experience when driving (and being passenger) in an Arbath car. An interesting concept, but we don’t quite know why they’re doing it. Working in partnership with the world-renowned Loughborough University, Abarth carried out the experiment to discover the differing emotionsContinue reading Give Us a Smile, You’re on Camera!      “

Calm Down, the Ford Race-Ready Raptor Isn’t for You     

Ford’s Next-Generation Ranger Raptor will be its latest off-roading vehicle to tackle the SCORE International Baja 1000 – one of the toughest off-road races in the world – racing on a low-carbon biofuel, demonstrating the potential of these fuels in the most demanding environments. It looks fantastic. But you can’t have one as the race-preppedContinue reading Calm Down, the Ford Race-Ready Raptor Isn’t for You     “

Environmentally-focussed Car Comparison Website to Launch      

Karfu.com is being launched later this year as a new way to guide consumers to the best vehicle or access option based on their needs, location, budget, preferences and their concern for their vehicle’s environmental impact. A waiting list is now open, supported by mobility news and content, ahead of Karfu’s planned launch of the comparison service later this year. As an impartial comparison website,Continue reading Environmentally-focussed Car Comparison Website to Launch      “

At Last! The McLaren Christmas Gift Guide is Here!      

Thank goodness. Just when we were starting to panic over what to get the family for Christmas, luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive has unveiled its 2022 gift guide just in time. This year, McLaren offers up some footwear, a travel collection and a model car. Yes, footwear. The APL McLaren HySpeedTM footwear collaboration is apparently a performance-focused collaborationContinue reading At Last! The McLaren Christmas Gift Guide is Here!      “

Hyundai’s ‘Software Defined’ Vehicles     

Hyundai Motor Group has committed to transform customer experience and deliver an unprecedented era of mobility via constantly evolving software technology including Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates for all models by 2025.  Chung Kook Park, President and Head of R&D Division, Hyundai Motor Group, was speaking at Unlock, the ‘Software Age Global Forum’.  He said: “By transformingContinue reading Hyundai’s ‘Software Defined’ Vehicles     “

New 177 mph BMW M2      

BMW is launching its formidable new £61,000 M2 early next year, which it says builds on its predecessor’s strengths.  The six cylinder in-line engine, manual gearbox option, rear-wheel drive and advanced control/operating concept are going to get Beemer fans very excited. With a maximum output of 460hp – 90hp more than the original BMW M2Continue reading New 177 mph BMW M2      “

Bonjour DS!      

DS Automobiles has opened its order books for the New DS 7. With prices starting from £36,760 OTR, the refreshed New DS 7 is available in five trim levels, with deliveries commencing in November. DS reckon that French savoir-faire and craftmanship is tangible across the DS 7 range, coupled with the latest infotainment and safetyContinue reading Bonjour DS!      “

Sept Plate Change Sees New Car Market Up      

The SMMT is reporting that the UK new car market recorded its second successive month of growth in September, with registrations rising 4.6%.  After some motor trade experts questioned the ongoing relevance of the plate change, and during what is typically the second biggest month of the year for the sector, 225,269 cars joined Britain’s roads.  While this was a 9,957 unit increase on last year, when the industry recorded its weakest September sinceContinue reading Sept Plate Change Sees New Car Market Up      “

Interest Rates Up to 2.25%

The Bank of England this week raised interest rates by 0.5% to 2.25%.  this was despite the Monetary Policy Committee showing uncertainty over the best approach to stem inflation. Car retailers are, as we speak, scratching their heads to figure out exactly how this will affect their businesses. The increase was lower than many predicted. ButContinue reading Interest Rates Up to 2.25%

Farewell White Van Man – Ford E-Transit Rules      

Ford Pro today introduced the van small businesses across Europe have been waiting for. The all-new E-Transit Custom, the all-electric version of Europe’s best-selling van, 1 is designed from the ground up to deliver new levels of productivity to customers in the one-tonne van segment. Ford brought the global power of its research, engineering and software capabilitiesContinue reading Farewell White Van Man – Ford E-Transit Rules      “

Automotive Transformation Group’s New CEO      

Automotive Transformation Group, which helps simplify vehicle sales for retailers and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), has appointed Tim Smith as its new CEO. It’s a step up from his long-term role as chief revenue officer. The move follows the recent launch of ATG’s proprietary NetDirector® Digital Retailing Suite, designed to support Retailers, OEMs, Financiers and Fleet suppliers throughContinue reading Automotive Transformation Group’s New CEO      “

100-Year Old Southport Dealership Blames Cazoo etc For Closure      

Oldfields of Southport has been a well-respected, family-run dealership for over 100 years.  But it will soon close its doors for good. And all thanks to the growing dominance of the likes of Cazoo and Cinch. It’s a salutary tale and one that will become increasingly commonplace as the industry changes forever. But this closureContinue reading “100-Year Old Southport Dealership Blames Cazoo etc For Closure      “

IGA Seeks Government Help With Energy Bills      

The Independent Garage Association (IGA), the largest trade body representing UK independent garages, is urging the government to implement measures to protect small businesses from soaring energy costs. Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “As with small businesses in many other sectors across the UK, rising energy costs are a huge burden for independent garages. AsContinue reading IGA Seeks Government Help With Energy Bills      “