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 at city and motorway speeds and can detect pedestrians. In addition, judges will give extra merit to vehicles with AEB systems that can identify cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

“The top ten safest cars of the year all have standard-fit Lane Keep Assist systems. These systems actively steer away from road edges and lane markings to prevent dangerous ‘run-off road’ and head-on accidents. With six per cent of A-Road crashes involving head-on collisions, this should be the next life-saving technology fitted by carmakers who want to signal their intent to prioritise driver safety,” commented Matthew Avery, What Car? Safety Award panellist and director of research at Thatcham Research to MotorMartin.

“Drivers buying a new car should expect AEB on their vehicle. It’s now an essential standard-fit safety system, just like the seatbelt,” says Avery. “And if the car doesn’t have AEB? Walk away and find one which does.”

The car safety tech to watch out for:

The What Car? Safety Award judges will also examine the relative performance of differing AEB systems, and other car safety technologies such as:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): As with AEB, ACC can use cameras, radar or lidar to determine the gap to the vehicle in front. Unlike normal cruise control, adaptive systems use the radar (or sometimes camera) to maintain a safe following distance, regardless of the speed set. Drivers that use ACC have been shown to have fewer collisions since it helps to condition the driver to maintain a safe distance to the car in front.

Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS): Stops drivers moving into the path of an overtaking vehicle that is hidden in the blind spot. It commonly uses radar, to sense the presence of another vehicle including motorcycles and will give a visual or audible warning – usually a light in the wing mirror or door pillar – to alert the driver. Some intervene by braking or steering back into lane. While only 3 per cent[3] of motorway accidents involve one car pulling in front of another, at the high speeds of those roads the consequences can be disastrous.

Cyclist AEB: Vulnerable road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, account for 30 per cent[4] of all fatalities or serious injuries across the EU each year. The smaller size and more erratic movement of cyclists compared with cars makes them harder for standard AEB systems to track. As with pedestrian AEB, cyclist detection systems use better sensors and algorithms to detect the presence of cyclists and respond to their movements. The performance of AEB systems in detecting cyclists is coming into Euro NCAP test protocols from 2018.

Driver Monitoring: Some systems can monitor and in turn warn the driver if they are distracted or have been inattentive for a prolonged period – and some which will pull the car over to the side of the road if the driver has not responded.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert: monitors an approaching vehicle from the side and warns the driver or applies the brakes to prevent them from reversing from a parking space into the path of another vehicle. 92[5] injuries occurred in 2016 as a direct result of reversing cars.

Avery continues: “The future of car safety is in the technology. A five-star Euro NCAP rating guarantees drivers a safe car. But some are still safer than others and this award is about celebrating those carmakers who continue to push the boundaries of safety, going above and beyond even the exacting levels that a five-star Euro NCAP rating demands.”

The Top 10 Safest Cars of the Year

The 10 cars the judges will consider for the What Car? Safety Award 2018 in alphabetical order:

The 10 safest cars of 2017

Honda Civic

Mercedes X-Class

Subaru Impreza

Subaru XV

Toyota C-HR

Vauxhall Insignia

Volvo S90 / V90

Volvo XC60

VW Arteon

VW T-Roc

Steve Huntingford, What Car? editor shared with MotorMartin that, “It’s great to see that big advances have been made in safety technology in 2017, with driver assistance systems becoming more sophisticated and even better at helping drivers to avoid a wider range of accidents. Consumers can be confident that they’re buying the safest possible new car if they pick one from the top 10.”

For more information about the cars under consideration for the award, and to learn more about buying safe cars and car safety technology, MotorMartin recommends you visit:

https://www.thatcham.org/car-safety/what-car-safety-award/

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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 hp and 600 Nm in the 350 d and 340 hp and 700 Nm in the 400 d. The 350 d can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the 400 d takes five seconds. Both have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The 350 d can achieve 48.7 mpg (combined) and emits 156 g/km of CO2. The 400 d delivers 47.9 mpg and emits 156 g/km of CO2.

The 450 uses a new 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder biturbo petrol engine, featuring Mercedes-Benz’s innovative new EQ boost technology, consisting of a 48 volt inline starter generator. It has an output of 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque from the petrol engine, with an extra 250 Nm and 22 hp available thanks to the EQ boost system. It can travel from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. It has a combined mpg of 36.2 and emits 184 g/km of CO2.

AMG Line is the only trim level available, and comes with comprehensive standard equipment including 19-inch alloy wheels; parking package, including reversing camera; leather upholstery; split folding rear seats (40:20:40); 12.3-inch infotainment screen with Audio 20 multimedia screen; 12.3-inch cockpit display; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; Agility Control suspension; and DAB radio.

The Premium Plus equipment line is available for an additional £3,895, and includes Keyless Go Comfort package; Memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel; Burmester surround system; 360° camera; Comand Online infotainment system; and electric sliding sunroof.

The Comfort package can be specified in conjunction with Premium Plus and adds Air Balance; Air Body Control air suspension; Energizing comfort control package; and black nappa leather upholstery. The Comfort package costs £2,495.

Driving Assistance Plus package is optionally available for £1,695. The package contains the latest in driving assistance technology, as recently launched in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The innovative system now features route-based speed adaptation – meaning the vehicle can detect upcoming juntions and roundabouts and adjust its speed accordingly.

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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 Renault and the Alliance. Investment totalled more than €35 million, 151 people have been recruited and the factory has been refurbished. The excellence and French-style elegance that the brand stands for are more than just claims; today, in Dieppe they are an industrial reality,” declared Carlos Ghosn to MotorMartin last week.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that following two years’ work and an outlay of more than €35 million, the Dieppe plant is one of a kind in Europe. It is capable of assembling the new Alpine A110’s all-aluminium body and chassis, while the paint shop’s new sanding and cleaning robots guarantee a premium quality finish. The assembly line itself has been modernised in accordance with the Alliance’s best practices.

In parallel to this transformation, the Dieppe plant has raised workforce levels by 60 percent with the recruitment of 151 new staff over the past two years, and all 392 employees have been given four weeks’ (140 hours) training specific to production of the Alpine A110.

As Alpine’s historic home, the factory built by Jean Rédélé in 1969 has long specialised in the production of small sporty models. Following its conversion to Alliance manufacturing standards and, more specifically, for production of the new Alpine A110, the Dieppe plant is today perfectly qualified to produce premium vehicles.

MotorMartin can not wait for this one.

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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 a long-term affiliation with Ford.

Regular readers of MotorMartin will know that Mountune has been at the cutting edge of class-leading motorsport engine technology and components production since 1980. The outfit quickly gained a reputation preparing championship-winning Cosworth YB engines in the infamous Ford RS500 cars and later in the World Rally Championship. Mountune powered some of the world’s most-revered racing names, such as Francois Delecour and Carlos Sainz to victories in rally events across the globe.

British Touring Car Championship successes in the early ‘90s began a long and fruitful affiliation with the series, continuing to this day. 2017 BTCC champion Ash Sutton’s Mountune-prepared engine will be on display on the stand across the two-day dedicated engineering event at Autosport International.

The Mountune team have also confirmed that they are to also exhibit their Global Rallycross (GRC) power unit on its stand.

The competitive Mountune-developed Ford Duratec engined cars have dominated the series since its inception. Unique in that it is longitudinally mounted, Mountune has made mechanical revisions to almost every area of the power plant, including the ECU, turbo, block, crankshaft, pistons and intake system. The changes to the Ford Duratec have yielded significant performance gains, all of which can be explained by the dedicated and expert team on hand across the two day event.

The team at Mountune Racing – a global subsidiary providing manufactured racing parts across the world, will also be on the stand exhibiting a host an array of leading engine components. Show visitors and business leaders are welcomed to come and talk to Mountune’s dedicated team at the show from 11-12 January 2018.

Mountune founder David Mountain shared with MotorMartin recently: “We are delighted to unveil the 2018 Motorbase BTCC racer and showcase Mountune’s prestigious engines and components at Autosport International in January. Mountune has been engineering leading engines for over 35 years, which has seen our company expand into a truly global enterprise.

“The dedicated trade event is a truly global engineering show and the perfect place for us to meet industry specialists who are keen to learn more about our expertise in the automotive and motorsport world.”

Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers.

Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including Autosport International and the annual Autosport Awards.

MotorMartin can certainly recommend you head over to www.autosportinternational.com to get your tickets.

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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 of the marque’s unrivaled heritage sales, service, spares and restoration operation. Production of the Mk1 Vanquish ceased in 2007, but since that time countless classic Aston Martins have been restored to their former glory by the passionate and highly-skilled Works team.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that with such a depth of knowledge and experience, and with Aston Martin Works being the spiritual home for many of the marques most celebrated models, from DB2/4 to Vanquish S Ultimate, Newport Pagnell was the perfect facility at which to build the DB4 G.T. Continuation cars. Each car is an exquisite demonstration of Works’ unique ability to blend absolute authenticity and old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques and performance enhancements.

Rather incredibly, it’s barely 12-months since Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer first announced the DB4 G.T. Continuation project, yet the first of these track-only lightweight specification cars have already been delivered to their proud owners. With each car taking approximately 4,500 man hours to build, the remaining cars will be completed and delivered during the course of 2018.

Paul Spires, Managing Director, Aston Martin Works shared with MotorMartin regarding Newport Pagnell’s official return as a production facility: “It’s a source of enormous pride that our Tickford Street premises are once again building new cars for Aston Martin. The DB4 G.T. Continuation is the perfect demonstration of the capabilities we have here at Works and testament to the timeless appeal of Aston Martin’s illustrious classics.”

Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin, added: “For more than half a century Newport Pagnell was the heart of Aston Martin. Thanks to the efforts of those at Aston Martin Works it has since become the torchbearer for our Heritage division. It’s immensely satisfying and wholly appropriate that this historic, yet state-of-the-art facility should now form a key part of our expansion. Together with Gaydon and our all-new production facility at St Athan – which is progressing towards completion – it’s my pleasure to see production officially return to Newport Pagnell”.

Two words, simply stunning.

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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 engine embodies all the expertise of Groupe Renault’s engineers, the Alliance and our partner Daimler. It meets the quality standards of both the Alliance and Daimler, with more than 40,000 hours of testing. Compared with the Energy TCe 130, the new Energy TCe 140 delivers 35Nm additional peak torque which is available across a broader rev band, from 1,500rpm to 3,500rpm.”

The Energy TCe 160 engine offers a maximum torque of 260 Nm in manual gearbox and 270 Nm in EDC gearbox when reaching maximum power. This maximum torque is reached from 1750 rpm and up to 3700 rpm. The Energy TCe 140 engine has CO2 output of 122g/km (125g/km for Grand Scénic) and achieves 52.2mpg (NEDC) (50.4mpg for Grand Scénic). Meanwhile, the Energy TCe 115 – available in manual transmission only – has 220Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. It outputs 122g/km of CO2 (125g/km for Grand Scénic) and achieves 52.2mpg (NEDC) (50.4mpg for Grand Scénic). These figures result in a reduction in CO2 by 7 grams on Scénic and 11 grams on Grand Scénic compared to the previous petrol units.

Rather impressively, this new petrol engine block, coupled with manual and EDC dual-clutch automatic transmissions, is available in a variety of power ratings from 115hp to 160hp. It incorporates several recent Alliance-developed innovations, including Bore Spray Coating, a cylinder coating technology from the Nissan GT-R engine, which improves efficiency by reducing friction and optimising heat transfer. Other technologies enhance driving enjoyment and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the pressure of the direct fuel injection has been raised by 250 bar and a specific combustion chamber design optimises the fuel/air mix. In addition, ‘Dual Variable Timing Camshaft’ technology controls the intake and exhaust valves according to engine loads. The result is more torque at low revs and more torque available linearly at high revs, for a significant benefit in driving comfort with better mid-range response.

Renault have confirmed to MotorMartin that the Scénic and Grand Scénic are the first models to benefit from this new petrol engine produced at the Renault factory in Valladolid, Spain. Orders in France and Europe are now open and deliveries to customers are scheduled for mid-January 2018. UK ordering dates are to be confirmed. Excellent.

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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 to further highlight its uniqueness, each car comes with an individually numbered Z-Sport plaque on the dash. Exclusive to the UK and limited to just 300 cars, thanks to being based on the 2.0-litre 160ps Sport Nav, the £25,595 Z-Sport features a limited slip differential, Bilstein dampers and a strut brace to ensure it has the dynamic excellence to match its sporty exterior looks.

With the distinctive look you’d expect of an MX-5 special model, the Z-Sport continues the trend of offering sports car customers a striking and exclusive car at an affordable price. The second MX-5 to wear the Z-Sport badge, the latest car revisits a name last used on the third-generation MX-5 in 2007. A 2.0-litre model with 17-inch BBS wheels, Stone Leather seats and Radiant Ebony Mica paint, the last Z-Sport’s cabin featured brushed aluminium dash inserts, alloy pedals and coordinated stitching on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. With just 400 examples sold, the 2007 Z-Sport shared the exclusivity of next year’s new Z-Sport MX-5.

Representing the first chance to buy a current-generation MX-5 convertible with an alternatively coloured fabric roof, the Z-Sport provides customers with exterior differentiation through its unique colour hood. Commenting on the launch of the new MX-5 Z-Sport, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director Mazda Motors UK shared with MotorMartin that, “the MX-5’s new cherry coloured roof was shown for the first time in public at the recent Tokyo Motor Show where it received a very positive reception. I’m delighted that we can bring it to UK MX-5 buyers as part of the exciting Z-Sport limited edition model.”

Adding, “We’ve had a long tradition of producing distinctive limited edition MX-5s that allow customers to drive a sports car with stand-out looks and enhanced equipment, and the new Z-Sport is one of the best yet. The stunning combination of the cherry red roof and Machine Grey Metallic paint make this one of the most exclusive looking MX-5s we’ve ever offered and I’m sure it will be a very popular choice when it arrives in dealerships next March.”

And in MotorMartin’s opinion, they’re absolutely right.

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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.

Delegates from across its 80-strong dealer network heard that MG parts sales were up 62% year-on-year in the year-to-date, while accessories sales were also maintaining momentum.

As well as celebrating top performing dealers, including Summit Garage in Dudley, friends of MotorMartin Nathaniel MG in Bridgend and Cardiff, Browns & Gammons in Baldock, Apple MG in Gravesend, and Maple Garage in Hull, the conference focused on ongoing training for dealers, including soft skills courses for non-technical staff.

MG have revealed to MotorMartin that it is to launch a series of How-To guides for dealers and technicians to manage any MG vehicle issues, as well as introduce a range of new comprehensive training programmes.

It also announced that it will continue with the quarterly campaigns in 2018 to help dealers to upsell accessories. The packs will be grouped into themes, such as Vehicle Protection and Styling Personalisation.

Harvey France, spokesperson at MG Motor UK, explained to MotorMartin that: “Aftersales is a crucial aspect of our business because keeping our customers happy is key to our success. We’re very pleased with our 2017 performance and will be working hard to maintain this strong growth next year and beyond. We’re proud of our professional aftersales teams and we’ll be working closely with every individual to ensure they can access the very best training programmes that will help them to drive the MG brand forward.”

To find out more about MG, MotorMartin recommends you visit: http://mg.co.uk/

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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 82 per cent in the ‘Safety Assist’ category. Fitted with Kia’s Advanced Driving Assistance Pack, the Stonic was awarded 93 per cent for adult protection, 84 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 59 per cent in the ‘Safety Assist’ category.

The scores are underpinned, Kia say, by the vehicles’ Advanced High Strength Steel bodyshells, paired with standard-fit airbags (six in the Stonic and seven in the Stinger) and a wide array of passive and high-tech active safety features.

Euro NCAP praised both cars for their passenger compartments remaining stable in the event of a collision, with high levels of protection for passengers of different statures in every seat. For the Stinger in particular, passengers were well protected from whiplash, while the effects of pedestrian impact were reduced by an active deployable bonnet. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) helped both the Stinger and Stonic to avoid all impacts during testing for the ‘Safety Assist’ category.**

High-tech active safety features

The Stinger is available with Kia’s latest advanced driver assistance systems, while every car is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Other standard safety features available include: Autonomous Emergency Braking; Lane Keep Assist System; Speed Limit Information Function; Hill-start Assist Control; Active Bonnet System; Emergency Stop Signalling and High Beam Assist. The ‘GT-Line S’ and ’GT S’ variants are additionally equipped with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Stinger is also fitted as standard with an innovative Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system to combat distracted or drowsy driving. The system monitors several inputs from the vehicle and the driver, and sounds a warning chime and displays a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in concentration from the driver.

Advanced Driver Assistance technologies available in the Stonic include: Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition; Lane Departure Warning System with Driver Attention Warning & High Beam Assist. Lane Keeping Assist System will also be available to Stonic buyers from the middle of 2018. The Stonic is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

On-sale now with Kia’s 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty

The Kia Stinger and Stonic are now on-sale in the UK. The Stinger is available in rear-wheel drive with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Its high-performance 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine makes it the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production Kia ever. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Stonic is powered by a range of Kia’s most advanced petrol and diesel engines, designed to maximise mechanical efficiency, performance, and handling enjoyment. Every engine in the Stonic range is paired as standard with a manual transmission.

Like every Kia model, the Stinger and Stonic are both backed by the brand’s unique seven-year/100,000 mile warranty.

And MotorMartin is thoroughly looking forward to driving both in the new year.

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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 own car, for 37 years.

Aston Martin registered this car as their London demonstration model before production continued for the model until 1963. The car boasts a retrimmed leather interior with the car converted to run on a Vantage triple Weber set-up. It was upgraded with a 5-speed gearbox and modifications have been made to the front and rear wheel arches to accommodate its larger offset wire wheels.

Hexagon’s Aston Martin DB4, they say, has undergone an extensive restoration, a necessity after successfully mastering legendary hill climb events throughout its life. The recommissioning process was carried out by the best specialists and the engine was rebuilt to a 4.2 litre specification, whilst the entire interior and exterior of the car has been upgrading to a near concours condition, at a cost of £222,000. It is now arguably one of the finest DB4’s in the world.

It’s been confirmed to MotorMartin that this highly desirable DB4 comes with its original registration number of WLC 433, ensuring provenance is retained and is now available for inspection at Hexagon today.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, confirmed to MotorMartin recently: “This is an unmissable opportunity for someone to own a truly unique classic car. The DB4 is unmistakably iconic, made more so thanks to this particular pre-production model claiming the legendary Richard Williams amongst it previous owners. It has been lovingly restored to immaculate condition and it ready for inspection from our North London showroom now.”

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