News: REVEALED: THE TEN SAFEST CARS OF THE YEAR

Thatcham Research has recently released their ten-car longlist for the hotly contested What Car? Safety Award 2018 to the good folk on the newsdesk of MotorMartin Towers. As the panel of expert judges gather to decide on the year’s safest car, their focus will be on emerging car safety technologies designed to prevent accidents. It’s been explained to MotorMartin that this year, vehicles must have standard-fit Lane Keep Assist systems, to help avoid some of the most dangerous collision types seen on UK roads and all the top ten cars must also have standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking systems, which operate … Continue reading News: REVEALED: THE TEN SAFEST CARS OF THE YEAR

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News: UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLS

It’s been confirmed to MotorMartin that the Mercedes-Benz CLS – which was unveiled recently at the LA Auto Show – is now available to buy with prices starting from £57,510 for the CLS 350 d 4MATIC AMG Line. The CLS 400 d 4MATIC AMG Line is priced from £60,410, while the petrol-powered CLS 450 4MATIC AMG Line is available from £57,610. Best start saving. The following information has been shared by Mercedes for MotorMartin’s readership and can be read in full below: The 350 d and 400 d both come with a new in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. It produces 286 … Continue reading News: UK PRICING AND SPECIFICATION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLS

News: GROUPE RENAULT INAUGURATES NEW ALPINE A110 PRODUCTION LINE IN DIEPPE, FRANCE

Carlos Ghosn, Renault Chairman and CEO and France’s Minister for Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, has shared with MotorMartin that he has recently inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at Groupe Renault’s Alpine facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home. Together, Mr Ghosn and Mr Le Maire inspected the production line dedicated to Alpine’s new sports car. “The revival of Alpine production in Dieppe, where the original Berlinette was made almost 50 years ago, presented us with a challenge, but we rose to it together, with backing from the state, the region, the local urban district, Groupe … Continue reading News: GROUPE RENAULT INAUGURATES NEW ALPINE A110 PRODUCTION LINE IN DIEPPE, FRANCE

News: MOUNTUNE RACING TO AUTOSPORT ENGINEERING

Mountune Racing, the UK’s leading engine tuning and parts service provider have confirmed to MotorMartin that they are set to unveil the all-new 2018 Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship car on its stand at Autosport Engineering. The 2018 Motorbase Performance BTCC Ford Focus car will have a Mountune 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine. The specialist automotive and power unit engineering company is world-renowned for its development of road-going engines and its prestigious motorsport pedigree. Its engines have claimed championship successes across numerous world and national motor racing series’ including the World Rally Championship, World Rallycross and BTCC, which helped forge … Continue reading News: MOUNTUNE RACING TO AUTOSPORT ENGINEERING

News: PRODUCTION OFFICIALLY RETURNS TO ASTON MARTIN’S HISTORIC NEWPORT PAGNELL SITE

It gives MotorMartin great pleasure to be able to announce that another landmark in Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century Plan’ was achieved recently with production officially returning to the company’s historic Newport Pagnell site. It marks a uniquely significant moment in which history has come full-circle, with a special run of 25 DB4 G.T. Continuation cars being built at same site as the original DB4 G.T.s were made almost sixty years ago. Since moving to its purpose-built headquarters and state-of-the-art production facility at Gaydon in 2003, Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell premises has exclusively been home to Aston Martin Works – heart … Continue reading News: PRODUCTION OFFICIALLY RETURNS TO ASTON MARTIN’S HISTORIC NEWPORT PAGNELL SITE

News: RENAULT UNVEILS A NEW GENERATION PETROL ENGINE – TO LAUNCH FIRST ON SCÉNIC AND GRAND SCÉNIC

Renault have shared with the news desk up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that they have introduced a new direct injection turbocharged petrol engine co-developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler. Inaugurated on the Scénic and Grand Scénic line-up it will be progressively offered in the Renault range from 2018. This new engine offers significant improvement in driving pleasure, with better torque at low rpm and greater and constant availability at high rpm, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Philippe Brunet, Alliance Global VP – Powertrain & Electric Vehicles, Explained to MotorMartin that: “Our new petrol … Continue reading News: RENAULT UNVEILS A NEW GENERATION PETROL ENGINE – TO LAUNCH FIRST ON SCÉNIC AND GRAND SCÉNIC

News: NEW LIMITED EDITION MAZDA MX-5 Z-SPORT ON SALE FROM 1ST MARCH 2018

We do like a two seater sports car up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers and the MX-5 is one of our favourites, the following news was therefore well received: Mazda will bring a burst of colour to the MX-5 range next spring with the launch of the new Z-Sport special edition. On sale from the 1st March, this exclusive model will stand-out thanks to its deep cherry red fabric hood, 17-inch black BBS wheels, and free-of-charge Machine Grey Metallic paint. Inside, the stand-out feel continues with Sand Leather seats, plus Z-Sport floor mats and scuff plates. While … Continue reading News: NEW LIMITED EDITION MAZDA MX-5 Z-SPORT ON SALE FROM 1ST MARCH 2018

News: MG PLEDGES FURTHER GROWTH FOLLOWING AFTERSALES SUCCESS

It’s been quite a year for those hard working folk over at MG Motor UK, with an ever expanding dealer network, the recently launched all new MG ZS SUV and year on year increased sales, MG are certainly on a role at the moment. It was no surprise therefore to see that MG Motor UK has pledged to further grow and invest in aftersales care, following such success. At its annual aftersales conference held at the iconic Coventry Transport Museum, the company celebrated 12 months of country-wide success, and shared with MotorMartin plans to build further in 2018 and beyond. … Continue reading News: MG PLEDGES FURTHER GROWTH FOLLOWING AFTERSALES SUCCESS

News: FIVE-STAR SAFETY FOR NEW KIA STINGER AND STONIC

It what can only be more good news for the ever impressive Kia, their new Kia Stinger gran turismo and Kia Stonic compact crossover have been awarded the highest-possible collision safety ratings by Euro NCAP. Both vehicles, Kia say, achieved the full five-star rating from Euro NCAP, with every Stinger model qualifying for the rating, and all Stonic models fitted with Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Pack.* Kia have explained to MotorMartin the independent safety testing organisation awarded the Stinger 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection, 78 per cent for pedestrian protection, and … Continue reading News: FIVE-STAR SAFETY FOR NEW KIA STINGER AND STONIC

News: RARE AND UNIQUE PRE-PRODUCTION 1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GOES ON SALE AT HEXAGON

News has recently arrived up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that leading London classic car experts Hexagon Classics is proud to offer one of the rarest Aston Martin’s available today – a pre-production 1959 DB4. Crikey. Clearly, the Aston Martin DB4 has long been revered by the marques enthusiasts as the purists’ choice, thanks to its nimble handling and tasteful appearance. Hexagon have Explained to MotorMartin that the unique Blu Scozia now offered, was the third Right Hand Drive DB4 to come from Newport Pagnell and was prepared and upgraded by Aston Martin aficionado Richard Williams, as his … Continue reading News: RARE AND UNIQUE PRE-PRODUCTION 1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GOES ON SALE AT HEXAGON