News: FORD FOCUSED ON WEC TITLE RACE IN SHANGHAI

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team have let it be known to MotorMartin that they head east again this week for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. After a difficult weekend at Fuji, Japan, the team will have to pull out all of the stops to get back into contention for a championship win.

The team have previously shared with MotorMartin that the 6 Hours of Shanghai was the scene of a memorable 1-2 finish for the Ford GTs in 2016, but WEC team principal, George Howard-Chappell, knows that one good result doesn’t guarantee another.

“More than anything we would like to have a drama free race after the trials of Fuji,” Howard-Chappell Explained to MotorMartin recently. “It all unravelled for the #67 car after the pit lane penalty, but the guys in the #66 Ford GT did an outstanding job to race with very little visibility (due to an issue with the car’s wiper). Shanghai was a good event for us last year. We have two more races to go and we are prepared and ready to give it everything we’ve got.”

Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) took the win for Ford in Shanghai in 2016. Last year was their first visit to the Shanghai International Circuit, but practising on a simulator before heading to China paid dividends for the pair. After losing their lead in the driver’s world championship at Fuji they need to have a strong weekend in China.

“For Harry and me it’s all about having the perfect weekend and getting back in the fight for the championship,” Priaulx said. “Shanghai was a good track for us last year so hopefully we can produce the same result this time around. Fuji was a strange one for us with very unusual conditions, so now we need a strong race with no drama. There are two more races to go and we’re still in it and still feeling positive. Shanghai is a circuit that suits our car so we need to be going there to score maximum points. It’s win or bust!”

Incredibly, Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) had the unenviable task of driving in the rain with no wipers in Fuji, but despite this they finished a very creditable fourth. After securing second place at Shanghai in 2016 the drivers of the #66 Ford GT would love to go one better this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to this race as Shanghai should suit our car,” Mücke said. “The weather will hopefully be better than Fuji and the warmer temperatures are always better for us. We go there to fight for the podium or a win, and I really hope we can be competitive. It’s a good track with a good mix of corners, including a very long straight and a special 100 degree Turn One. It’s unique and I like it. Let’s hope we have a clear race and clear weather.”

The first free practice session gets underway in Shanghai on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:00 local time (03:00 GMT) with further sessions taking place on Friday at 15:30 (07:30 GMT) and Saturday, Nov. 4 at 09:00 (01:00 GMT). Qualifying is on Saturday at 14:00 (06:00 GMT) and the lights go green for the 6 Hours of Shanghai at 11:00 (03:00 GMT) on Sunday, Nov. 5. 

MotorMartin can’t wait.

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News: MG BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH 7 YEAR WARRANTY

MG Motor UK has today announced the introduction of a full 7 year warranty on its brand-new Compact-SUV, the MG ZS. Completely transferable to any new owner before the 7 year/80,000-mile limit is reached; the highly competitive package also guarantees any genuine replacement MG parts for the remainder of the agreement.

The 7 year/80,000-mile warranty, MG say, is an extension of the manufacturer warranty and gives customers complete peace of mind. Like the MG3 and MG GS, the MG ZS also comes with the option of a six-year anti-perforation warranty covering against corrosion.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that drivers can be confident that the increased warranty does not diminish the level of cover provided and is not an insurance-based product. MG Motor UK believes so strongly in the quality of the new MG ZS that it is backing the fantastic warranty itself. 

The brand cares about giving customers top-quality cars and top-quality aftercare; the 7 year/80,000-mile warranty will provide customers with the comfort that the manufacturer will look after them and their car should anything go wrong.

Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, confirmed to MotorMartin that: “This is MG putting its money where its mouth is. With the introduction of a 7 year warranty, we are making a clear statement of intent about the quality of our design, engineering and manufacturing. Our goal is to deliver hassle-free motoring in stylish cars that stand up to the toughest of challenges. Benefiting from global design expertise, but reengineered specifically for UK roads, we are confident that the MG ZS will prove exceptionally popular. The 7 year warranty makes it even more compelling.”

The MG 7 year warranty will be available on all three variants of the new MG ZS – Explore, Excite, Exclusive – as standard. 
Available in dealerships from 1st November 2017, the MG ZS will also come with 0% finance and a low monthly payment of just £199 for the top of the range Exclusive manual model. The MG ZS range starts from an impressively low £12,495, with both manual and automatic gearbox petrol options.

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News: TAKING THE COMPACT-SUV SEGMENT BY STORM – THE MG ZS

It is with great pleasure that MotorMartin is able to publish the following information regarding the all new MG ZS, a car with which MG Motor UK intend to strengthen there excellent sales figures with. And it would certainly appear to those of us base up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers, that this new SUV, with it’s excellent pricing and specification will do more than just increase sales but will be instrumental in gaining many new fans of that iconic octagonal badge and grille. 

Due to the importance of the MG ZS it has been decided to publish the following information from MG in full. Enjoy: 

With sales of Compact-SUV and small Crossovers continuing to grow across Europe, up 10% in the first half of 2017*, MG Motor UK has increased its offering in the market with its all-new MG ZS. A global car which has been reengineered specifically for the UK audience, the MG ZS demonstrates MG’s continued commitment to design excellence, engineering innovation and affordable style.

Available from UK dealers as of 1st November 2017, the MG ZS has already attracted significant attention since it was officially unveiled at the London Motor Show earlier this year. The intervening six months has seen thousands of people register their interest in the car, with dealers expecting this to translate to record sales figures in the latter part of the year.

With the entry-level model available on the road from just £12,495 – around £2,500 more affordable than the equivalent Nissan Juke, and other competitors; the MG ZS also launches with a host of competitive finance offers.

At just £199 per month for the top-of-the-range Exclusive manual, with £3,550 deposit, 0% finance, the MG ZS represents outstanding style and exceptional value.

Guaranteed for the future with an industry-beating 7 year warranty

Coming with one of the longest fully transferable warranties in its class, the MG ZS offers a 7 year/80,000-mile warranty as standard across all variants. Testament to MG’s confidence in the quality of its design, engineering and manufacturing operations, this industry-beating warranty sees MG back up its promise of quality with a full 7 year manufacturer warranty, with rivals such as SsangYong, Hyundai and Toyota only providing 5 years.

Driving excellence with three unique steering modes

The MG ZS is a global car with a distinct British feel. Completely reengineered by the UK engineering team, this MG ZS has been tested on UK roads and developed for UK drivers. As such, the Excite and Exclusive models come with three power-assisted steering modes – Urban, Normal and Dynamic – which are designed to give the driver complete control over their ride.
While Urban steering offers a lighter and quicker response at low speeds and when parking, the Dynamic mode is designed to increase the steering effort, deliver a higher damping effect and increase the centre definition at medium and high vehicle speeds. The Normal steering option delivers a great fit to MG’s tailored suspension set-up and vehicle dynamics response for drivers who want to maintain a consistent ride.

Top-spec tech – including Apple CarPlay

Firmly committed to ensuring customers get exceptional value for money, the MG ZS comes with most of the ‘extras’ as standard. An industry-leading 8″ touch sensitive infotainment screen is supported by DAB radio (on the Exclusive and Excite models), while Bluetooth hands-free and remote central locking is available across the range. Cruise control is also included, while air conditioning comes as standard on Excite and Exclusive models, and Satellite Navigation and a rear camera are standard on the Exclusive variant.

MG also stands out from the crowd with its offer of Apple CarPlay on the MG ZS Excite and Exclusive variants at no extra cost. 
The safer way to use your iPhone in the car, CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them on the car’s in-built display. With the massive 8″ touchscreen in the MG ZS Excite and Exclusive models, this means you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road.

Dynamic design and a new, tri coat paint

The MG ZS showcases the future design direction for MG, expressing an ‘Emotional Dynamism’ which is set to feature across all upcoming models. A distinctive grille, increased MG branding and delicate nose gives the car a refined look that is carried through to its sweeping corners and solid backend. A combination of quality and premium finish has been at the heart of MG’s design philosophy, with every surface, material and fitting selected for its visual impact, as well as durability and longevity.

The MG ZS, as standard in Arctic White, also comes with a range of colours and metallic options – Laser Blue, Black Pearl, Cosmic Silver and Spiced Orange, as well as a specially-developed tri coat Dynamic Red paint option. Headlights are also a key design feature, with a massive 23 LEDs creating a design statement in each one and day/dusk sensors, even on the entry-level Explore model. 

Class-leading space

With one of the most generous shoulder, leg and headroom capacities in its segment, the MG ZS offers a premium travelling experience for driver and passenger alike – providing around 55mm additional rear shoulder room and 80mm rear headroom than the segment average. An incredible 448 litres of boot capacity (some 60 litres larger than the typical Compact-SUV) – plus a split-level boot – provides plenty of room for prams, luggage, outdoor leisure equipment or the weekly shop, while keen cyclists and adventure sports fans will benefit from numerous compartments throughout the car which provide additional storage.

Cheaper than the equivalent Nissan Juke, the MG ZS offers similar internal space to the larger Qashqai. At 179mm longer, 44mm wider and 46mm taller than the Juke, this makes for a more generous cabin, that enables larger adults to sit comfortably, both front and rear. An additional 94 litres of boot space over the Juke makes it a more practical option too. The MG ZS also outperforms other rivals in the segment, with 98 litres of additional boot volume over the Mazda CX3, and 93 litres on top of the Ford EcoSport.

The MG ZS is also European Regulation R129 i-Size compatible in the rear of the car across all models – Explore, Excite and Exclusive, meaning it is suitable for all rear-facing car seats which rely on ISOFIX settings.

An engine for the future – 1.5 litre, five-speed manual and 1.0 litre automatic

Customers can choose from a 1.5 DOHC VTI-tech, four-cylinder engine with smooth and responsive five-speed manual gearbox, or a 1.0 GDI turbocharged, three-cylinder version of the engine which complements the six-speed automatic gearbox option to produce a fast-paced and dynamic ride for drivers looking to experience a little extra.

With a larger fuel tank than the equivalent Nissan Juke, the MG ZS offers increased range, less need to fill the tank, lower CO2 emissions and an improved performance – with the MG ZS delivering 1-100kph in 10.9 seconds, compared to 12.0 seconds for its rival.

From testing to driveway – MG ZS availability in the UK

Having been tested to extremes in Sweden at minus 35 degrees Celsius, Spain at 42 degrees Celsius, Austria at exceptionally high altitudes and Wales in the typical British drizzle, MG is confident its Compact-SUV can stand up to any challenge. Available at more than 80 MG dealerships across the UK – and with a network that is still growing, consumers can get their hands on the exciting new MG ZS from November 2017.

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News: HONDA JAZZ AWARDED MOST RELIABLE SMALL CAR IN WHAT CAR? 2017 RELIABILITY SURVEY 

Honda have shared with MotorMartin recently that their impressive Honda Jazz has been named Most Reliable Small Car in What Car? magazine’s 2017 Reliability Survey, with the owners of the popular supermini reporting no faults with their car.

What Car? have explained to MotorMartin that the survey – published in the December issue of Britain’s leading consumer automotive magazine – asked owners of 14,208 cars to ask if their cars had suffered any faults in the last 12 months.

These were classified into 14 groups: battery, bodywork, brakes, engine electrics, exhaust, exterior lights, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering, suspension and other. The cost and length of the repair were also used to weight the severity of the fault and create a reliability rating.

The magazine has confirmed to MotorMartin: “Not one Honda Jazz owner who completed the survey reported any faults with their car, giving the little Japanese hatchback a perfect reliability score.”

The Honda Civic hatchback and Tourer also scored highly in the family cars category, achieving a 94.5% reliability rating.
Older cars were also studied, with owners of older cars (4-10 years) also asked to complete the survey. The Honda Civic diesel scored 100% reliability with no owners reporting faults.

“This is a fantastic result for the Jazz and only goes to further demonstrate the build quality that Honda is famed for” said Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK. “To then also further score highly with the Civic hatchback and Tourer simply reaffirms Honda as one of the most trusted and reliable brands.”

“Honda also scored well across the rest of its range, with customers telling us they’re extremely happy with their cars,” added What Car? editor Steve Huntingford. “At What Car? we look forward to highlighting these results to our readers and monitoring ongoing progress of the brand in our annual survey.”

And you can’t say fairer than that.

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News: SUZUKI V-STROM RANGE GETS GT TREATMENT

Suzuki have shared with MotorMartin recently that they have given their V-Strom range the GT treatment, with new versions of the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 now available from authorised dealerships.

Available for £1,000 more than their comparative standard models, the GT variants of Suzuki’s popular adventure machines come with three piece luggage as standard; the top box and panniers boasting a combined capacity of 64L. For those looking at the more off-road orientated models in the V-Strom range, the GT kit is also available on the XT versions of the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000.

For 2017, Suzuki have explained to MotorMartin that the new V-Strom 650 gets a two-stage traction control system, which can also be switched off, low RPM assist, and Suzuki’s new easy-start system. An updated version of Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin produces more power and torque, helped by a new exhaust system.

Performance is also further improved thanks to a 1kg weight reduction, while practicality is also increased with a 12V DC outlet as standard; the whole package wrapped in new bodywork inspired by the firm’s iconic DR-Z and DR-Big machines. There’s also new luggage and new heated grips available as part of Suzuki’s genuine accessory range.

The newest V-Strom 1000 is also updated for 2017, and became the first Japanese adventure machine to feature corning ABS. The larger sibling of the V-Strom family also boasts a three-mode traction control system, as well as the same easy-start system and low RPM assist as the 650. A redesigned screen improves weather protection, as part of the the bike’s newly-fitted bodywork.

The V-Strom 650 GT will retail for £8,399, with V-Strom 650X GT available for £8,899. The V-Strom 1000 GT will come with an RRP of £10,499, with the range-topping V-Strom 1000X GT available for £10,999. All are now available in authorised Suzuki dealerships.

For more information MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit https://bikes.suzuki.co.uk/

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News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER TAKES THE LARGE SUV CROWN IN WHAT CAR? 2017 RELIABILITY SURVEY

After a superb week on the beautiful Island of Anglesey in the 2017 Outlander PHEV, a short film of the experiences can be viewed by clicking here, it’s come as no surprise to MotorMartin that the Mitsubishi Outlander has been voted the most reliable Large SUV, and the manufacturer voted the runner-up most reliable brand in What Car? magazine’s 2017 Reliability Survey.

The Mitsubishi Outlander, in both petrol PHEV and diesel guises, and Mitsubishi themselves scored highly in the annual survey after the leading automotive title polled over 14,200 owners on the reliability of their new cars. A total of 169 cars and 32 brands were included in the survey.

The results were determined after the magazine asked owners if they had experienced any faults in the past 12 months. Faults were classified into 14 groups: battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, exterior lights, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering, suspension and other. For each fault, owners were asked how long it took for the repair and how much it cost to rectify.

Eclipsing all other large SUVs, including those from premium brands, the Mitsubishi Outlander topped its category with under 10 per cent of examples suffering a fault. Of the few Mitsubishi Outlanders that were affected, all were fixed under warranty and almost 75 per cent repaired in under a day.

The result adds to the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Since its introduction in 2013, the diesel version has become renowned for being a great all-rounder with an impressive blend of space, comfort, dependability and driving dynamics, while the award-winning petrol PHEV is the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle – an accolade it has held for three years – with over 30,000 examples now on the UK’s roads.

Commenting on the strong reliability of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the brand, Claire Evans, Consumer Editor, What Car? magazine, explained to MotorMartin that: “Less than 10 per cent of Outlanders suffered a fault, and 75 per cent were fixed in less than a day. That’s an impressive performance when you consider that most of the Outlanders owners told us about were plug-in hybrid models, demonstrating the durability of this complex vehicle.”

“Mitsubishi also scored well across the rest of its range, with customers telling us they’re extremely happy with their cars. At What Car? we look forward to highlighting these results to our readers and monitoring ongoing progress of the brand in our annual survey.”

Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, shared with MotorMartin that: “The Mitsubishi brand is built on quality and reliability and we are delighted that this survey officially confirms the dependability of our brand and, in particular, the Mitsubishi Outlander. The large SUV sector has never been so competitive and it’s very pleasing to see how the Outlander outshines its rivals in both diesel and petrol PHEV guises, especially as the pioneering technology within our vehicles is more advanced than it’s ever been.”

The Mitsubishi Outlander diesel is available in four trim levels – 2, 3, Keiko and 4 – and is priced from £25,255 OTR. The game-changing petrol PHEV offers a choice of six versions – 3h, Juro, 4h, 4hs, 5h and 5hs – and costs from £32,305 OTR. Both powertrain options also offer dedicated commercial versions.

And in Motor opinion, it’s an excellent value SUV. Impressive indeed Mitsubishi.

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News: CHORLEY GROUP WELCOMES MG TO THE FAMILY

Mg Motor UK’s expansion plans continue at pace with news that North-West family business, Chorley Group, welcoming MG Motor UK to its growing portfolio of dealerships across Lancashire. A full range of new and used MG models is now available from the Group’s Chorley and Burnley sites, with expansion to its other locations in Blackpool, Wigan and Preston on the cards once the British brand has been established in the local area.

Chorley Group, founded as Bugle Inn Motor Co in 1989, has transformed its headquarters in Chorley into a dedicated MG showroom to mark the arrival of the stylish MG3 Supermini, family-friendly MG GS SUV, and soon-to-be-released Compact-SUV. Meanwhile, a brand new external MG display has taken pride of place at the Burnley dealership.  

Adam Turner, Sales Director at Chorley Group, shared with MotorMartin recently that: “We feel that the MG brand is a real opportunity for us. It has huge heritage in the North West and people remember the brand with fond memories. This, coupled with the exciting new product line-up, made the decision to add the marque to our sales portfolio an easy decision.”

Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor, added: “The Chorley Group has established dealerships across the North West and an excellent reputation locally for delivering excellent customer service. As a company that prides itself on taking a customer-first approach to business, we’re delighted to be working with partners that clearly share our core values.”

While Chorley Group is already retailing the MG3 and MG GS, it has exciting plans to run a series of official launch events during November to coincide with availability of the highly anticipated MG Compact-SUV.

For more information on Chorley Group and its new MG dealerships, MotorMartin certainly recommends you visit www.chorleygroup.co.uk.

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News: RENAULT KADJAR CROWNED USED CAR OF THE YEAR AND BEST USED MID-SIZE SUV BY AUTO EXPRESS

It’s always good celebrating success, especially with those companies that share the same kind of values as those of us up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers. And this must be true of those fine people over the channel working at Renault as their rather impressive Kadjar which has added to its many accolades by being voted the Best Used Car and Best Used Mid-Size SUV in the Auto Express Used Car of the Year 2018 awards.

The duo of awards add further strings to the bow of the already highly acclaimed Kadjar, officially recognising its unrivalled appeal and suitability as a pre-owned vehicle.

After trawling the classifieds and comparing the Renault Kadjar against its rivals and all other potential used cars across 17 categories, the Auto Express judging panel praised the popular crossover for its unbeatable package of value, style, driving dynamics and equipment.

Graham Hope, Editor, Auto Express, shared with MotorMartin that: “The Kadjar is one of the best family SUVs on the road. It looks great, has some interesting tech and is good to drive, too, with decent performance and strong fuel economy across the range. And with used prices now starting from around the £11,500 mark, it is exceptional value as a second-hand purchase. Few cars appeal so much as an excellent all-rounder, and it is a worthy winner of our Used Car of the Year award.”

Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, said of the awards: “The Renault Kadjar is already a highly attractive proposition as a new car and these awards, which see it eclipse some very fierce and more expensive competition, confirm that it is just as desirable when it enters the used car market. Buying a used vehicle can be quite a daunting prospect for some drivers, but with the Kadjar being voted the best used car by such a highly regarded industry voice, customers are safe in the knowledge that choosing it is a decision that satisfies both the head and the heart. We’re delighted that Auto Express has recognised that the Renault Kadjar continues to provide cost-conscious drivers with a fantastic, even more affordable package as it becomes a used car.”

The latest awards add to the Renault Kadjar’s ever-growing trophy cabinet. The crossover has won myriad awards, including first place in the Off-Road/SUV category and third place overall in the Auto Express Driver Power 2016 awards, which are determined entirely by owner feedback, and Best Crossover in the 2016 Fleet World Awards.

Renault confirmed to MotorMartin recently that since its introduction in the UK in September 2015, the Kadjar has strengthened their presence in the crossover market – building on the success of its compact crossover sibling, Captur. Signifying the completion of Renault’s crossover range, the All-New Renault Koleos D-segment crossover launched this summer. The Kadjar’s combination of striking design, efficient powertrains, spacious interior, high levels of standard specification, and five-star Euro NCAP rating have proved a hit with British car buyers with sales of over 45,000 since launching in the UK.

Renault Kadjar customers are able to choose from a total of four engines and three transmissions across five trim levels. The range starts from £19,785 OTR and comes with a four-year warranty and Renault Assistance package as standard.

For further details on the Renault Kadjar, including the latest offers, MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit www.renault.co.uk

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News: ALL-NEW VAUXHALL INSIGNIA GSI IS FASTEST-EVER VAUXHALL AT ‘RING

Returning from the cold, fans of Vauxhall have finally got something to shout about with the return of the GSi moniker, a badge not seen on anything since the 1999 Vectra 2.5 GSi. And now we have received news up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that Vauxhall’s all-new Insignia GSi has already demonstrated its exceptional performance levels at one of the world’s most challenging race circuits, Germany’s Nürburgring. Vauxhall having confirmed to MotorMartin that, sitting 10mm closer to the road than the rest of the Insignia range, and taking 160kg off the previous Insignia VXR, the GSi is the quickest Vauxhall production car to take on the iconic German track.

The superior performance of the new Insignia GSi is down to advances across the vehicle, which include all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, a new mechatronic FlexRide chassis, Brembo four-cylinder brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres on 20-inch rims. Power is delivered by a refined 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine supported by an eight-speed automatic gearbox, offering shift-paddles on the steering wheel to provide an active and responsive driving experience.

Vauxhall have shared with MotorMartin that having undergone extensive testing at the Nürburgring, nicknamed “The Green Hell” by legendary Formula 1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart, the Insignia GSi took 12 seconds off the time set by the outgoing VXR model. Vauxhall’s Director of Performance Cars and Motor Sport, Volker Strycek led the development team working on the new Insignia GSi, and used the unique challenges of the track to fine-tune the model to suit performance driving on any circuit.

“The lightweight architecture, excellent chassis configuration and unique all-wheel drive system, along with the performance tyres make the GSi as precise and sharp as we wanted it to be,” said Strycek after his test drives.

“The results speak for themselves, and the new Insignia GSi can lap the Nürburgring up to 12 seconds faster than its more powerful VXR predecessor. Where the course becomes more demanding and requires the car to react with more agility and precision, such as in the corners or stretches with low friction, the GSi is definitely faster and easy to control.”

Drivers can choose from three key driving modes, Standard, Tour and Sport, while Vauxhall has also developed a fourth setting exclusively for the Insignia GSi, ‘Competition’. With a double press of the ESP button, the GSi switches the traction control off and allows more yaw, giving skilled drivers the chance to excel when on the track. Elsewhere, the fine-tuned engine creates the most efficient Insignia ever, with refined dynamics when compared to the already agile Insignia Grand Sport, and generating 400Nm of torque.

The new Insignia GSi will be available in either Grand Sport or Sports Tourer bodystyles when it arrives in Vauxhall showrooms next year and could see Vauxhall rejoining the fast, family car dogfight. MotorMartin can’t wait.

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News: WATCH: WILLIAM MEDCALF TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN DUNHILL’S STUNNING FLYING SCOTSMAN RALLY VIDEO

When dunhill –leading British menswear luxury brand – first laid plans to enjoy the ultimate Flying Scotsman Rally experience, there was only one man they could turn to for the job.



Supported by dunhill, The Flying Scotsman Rally is Britain’s premier vintage car rally that comprises three days of open-road motoring against the most picturesque backdrops in the north of the UK. And William Medcalf has one of the greatest competitive histories at the event.

dunhill have shared with MotorMartin recently the following information: A back-to-back champion in 2015 and 2016 and one of the original drivers from the first running of the event, Medcalf knows how to navigate the spectacular Scottish roads better than anyone – making him the perfect candidate to star in dunhill’s stunning video.

The video sees Medcalf hop behind the wheel of his 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre in the company of Gentleman’s Journal journalist Hugh Francis Anderson and demonstrate his remarkable driving prowess on the most breath-taking roads.

When it comes to vintage Bentley maintenance, rally preparation and, indeed, driving, Medcalf is the very first name out of the hat, and his unrivalled ability behind the wheel of a near-90-year-old Bentley makes for fantastic viewing in dunhill’s video.

You can watch Medcalf in action on the home page of www.dunhill.com/gb or below:

dunhill London have Explained to Motor that they have had a long and prosperous relationship with the Bentley brand, providing a number of products for its cars and drivers over the years.

When Alfred Dunhill first took over his father’s saddlery business in 1893, he converted it into Dunhill’s Motories and vowed to provide “everything for the car but the motor.”

William Medcalf Vintage Bentley’s position as the world’s leading vintage Bentley specialist, then, means it’s had endless dealings with dunhill and maintained its products to uphold model’s authenticity.

William Medcalf confirmed with MotorMartin that: “The Flying Scotsman Rally is an event I love and know very, very well, and sharing it with both dunhill and Gentleman’s Journal was, indeed, a pleasure. Pushing a vintage Bentley to the limit is what the event is all about, so being chosen to demonstrate that for a brand of dunhill’s stature was an honour. The video dunhill has put together is superb; it captures the brilliance of the event and the car perfectly and I hope the world enjoys it.” 

A stunning effort by all involved.

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