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News: ŠKODA PROVIDES A SPECIFIC OUTLOOK ON THE BRAND’S ELECTRIC FUTURE WITH THE VISION iV CONCEPT STUDY

Get a load of this beauty from ŠKODA who have shared the following with MotorMartin. Enjoy:

The ŠKODA VISION iV combines an athletic body, 22-inch aerodynamically optimised wheels and powerfully flared mudguards with a pronounced coupé-like, flowing roofline. A characteristic tornado line connecting the front and rear emphasises the clean surfaces of the doors without handles. Cameras, whose housings are visually reminiscent of shark fins, take the place of traditional exterior mirrors.

The front characterises a reinterpretation of ŠKODA’s typically wide covered grille, featuring fine vertical ribs and crystalline structures. The horizontal light strip in the upper part of the grille and strikingly large air intakes in the front apron emphasise the sporty appearance. The powerful rear features aerodynamic spoiler edges and crystalline LED tail lights. They redefine the typical ŠKODA C-shape and emphasise the width of the vehicle in combination with a light strip above the rear diffuser. Another eye-catching element at the rear is the ŠKODA logo; the individual letters are lit up in red.

2019 marks ŠKODA’s entry into the era of electromobility. 124 years after the company was founded, the Czech automaker is launching the Superb PHEV with plug-in hybrid drive and fully battery-powered version of Citigo. In 2020, the first production vehicles will follow based on the MEB. Over the next four years, ŠKODA is investing around two billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services and will have introduced more than ten electrified models by the end of 2022.

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News: A MINI ITALIAN BIRTHDAY AT CCA’S PRACTICAL CLASSICS AND RESTORATION SHOW SALE

Friends of MotorMartin, the Classic Car Auction (CCA) have shared information with #MotorMartinClassics regarding their latest sale on the 23rd and 24th March at the Practical Classics Restoration Show. And that’s not all as the sale is set to feature four classic Minis marking special moments in the marques 60th anniversary year.

According to Classic Car Auction, the Mini is celebrating not only its 60th anniversary but also 50 years of its star role in the famous film, The Italian Job.

CCA have confirmed that they are offering for auction, four fabulous editions amongst a range of these super little cars from this wonderful British marque. A one owner 1963 Mini, a Mr Bean replica, a low mileage “Italian Job” Limited Edition and a Rover Mini Cooper Sport all looking for a new home.

The 1963 Austin Mini 850 in bright red with only 47,000 miles is being offered with extensive history. This is a wonderfully presented one owner car which is sure to provide lots of fun for its next owner. In the late 80s it had a full body restoration and glass out respray and has been stored in a heated garage. It comes with a Heritage certificate and the Buff log book.

For fans of the bumbling Mr Bean, a replica of the car made famous in the hit TV series is now being offered. This car was treated to a bare metal restoration project by Practical Classics magazine and assembled live at the 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. It is now looking for a new home, after being with the current owner for the last three years. A fabulous little car with some modern tweaks and upgrades. Will provide lots of fun.

The Italian Job, one of the finest movies of all time and made famous with the iconic car chase involving three Minis led to a limited edition version of the little car. Offered for sale is a 1992 low mileage limited edition, one of 250 produced in white with black stripes and is in immaculate condition, regularly serviced and maintained to a very high standard.

Production of the Mini was nearing its end in 2000 and one of the final versions to leave the plant was a Red Rover Mini Cooper Sport. CCA have for auction a similar model with just 30,700 miles on the clock. This Mini Cooper Sport has silver detailing to compliment the Solar Red bodywork.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented to MotorMartin that “With this iconic car’s birthday being celebrated this year, we have no doubt that these Minis, and some other very special ones that we expect to offer, will cause a real stir in the market. True Everyman Classics, most of us have enjoyed the thrill of driving one at some point in our lives, and they just bring a natural smile to most people’s faces.”

A full list of the lots being offered can be viewed here View Lot List.

Best get saving up then.

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News: THE BMW M850i xDRIVE COUPÉ FIRST EDITION

The M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition BMW say, is a rare breed, offering all the benefits and attributes of 8 Series Coupé but, with only a handful of units available in the UK, it possesses absolute exclusivity.

I’ll leave it to BMW themselves to take you through the details. Enjoy:

The First Edition is a spellbinding luxury sports car featuring an exclusive interior trim taken from the BMW Individual range as well as an exhaustive equipment list to go with its sporty, elegant design.

This exclusive special edition will be launched in June 2019. For the first time, the drive and suspension technology of the two-door model, which was developed incorporating motor racing know-how, can now be combined with exclusive BMW Individual exterior and interior equipment features. The BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition will be produced in a limited quantity of 400 at the BMW Dingolfing plant in May, and ten will be destined for the UK.

The exterior paint finish, light alloy wheels and interior trim will set the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition apart. The BMW Individual special paint finish, Frozen Barcelona Blue metallic, has been specifically developed for this model. This, combined with the upgraded BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, which in addition to the side window surrounds, also includes the BMW kidney grille frame and slats, the air breather applications and tailpipe trims finished in black. The dark accents featured on the special edition model are complemented by 20-inch M light alloy wheels with a Y-spoke design finished in Jet Black. Also included is the M Carbon roof and an M Carbon exterior package as standard.

The exclusive interior of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition is also enhanced by specific BMW Individual design features, a fine selection of colours and materials and particularly high-quality equipment. A special feature offered for the edition models is the BMW Individual full leather trim Merino in the novel colour combination Ivory White/Night Blue. The matching interior design features also comprise the M leather-covered steering wheel as well as the BMW Individual Alcantara roof liner, each finished in the colour Night Blue.

Inside the car, BMW Individual interior trim strips in a Black Piano finish located in the centre of the cockpit, bear the lettering “First Edition 1/400”. Moreover, the Bowers&Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the Crafted Clarity glass applications on the start/stop button, the iDrive Controller, the volume control and the illuminated gearshift lever complement the luxurious interior ambience. In addition, the First Edition includes the Visibility, Technology and Premium packages as standard.

The exterior and interior design of the First Edition model goes hand in hand with its outstanding performance characteristics. The special edition model is powered by a 530hp, eight-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The high-torque V8 is combined with an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission that transfers engine power effortlessly to the road thanks to intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel-drive technology and a suspension set-up perfectly tuned to the vehicle.

The BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition is on sale from June and priced at £121,995 OTR.

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News: MG WELCOMES HORSHAM CAR CENTRE TO ITS GROWING NETWORK

MG Motor UK’s expansion continues with the appointment of Horsham Car Centre as an MG dealer, the latest to join its growing national network. The dealership started trading from 1st February 2019 with the full MG range on display in a well-appointed showroom. The new opening is part of a very successful start to 2019 for the iconic British brand.

Horsham Car Centre was established in West Sussex 27 years ago and now operates from two sites in Horsham. The main showrooms are located at Roffey Corner with the aftersales facility located less than one mile away at Horsham Trade Park.

John Pudney, Dealer Principal at Horsham Car Centre, commented to MotorMartin that: “We are delighted to kick off 2019 by joining the MG family. MG had a very successful 2018 and we’re proud to be part of this amazing story. The whole team here at Horsham Car Centre is over the moon at the opportunity of joining the fastest-growing car brand in the UK, and we look forward to selling and servicing MG vehicles in West Sussex for many years to come.”

Mark Hallam, Network Development Manager at MG Motor UK, added: “We’re delighted to have John and his team on board. We’ve got big plans for 2019 and it’s great to have strong new dealerships like Horsham Car Centre on board for the journey. We have many more new appointments in the pipeline but we’re always keen to speak with ambitious dealerships who want to grow with MG.”

Horsham Car Centre is now open. For more information MotorMartin recommends you visit: https://horshamcarcentre.mg.co.uk/. For more information about MG Motor UK, visit: http://mg.co.uk/.

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News: MOUNTUNE POWER KITS UNLEASH NEW LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE FOR FOCUS RS

Big news for the inhabitants of Essex as Ford have confirmed to MotorMartin that the performance of the Ford Focus RS can now be let loose with two new upgrade packages from mountune, the m400R and m400X. Each brings the exhilarating RS to a new level of performance, delivering substantially more torque and power to create an exhilarating yet practical package. The m400R replaces and supersedes the m400 upgrade, adding additional maps and increased functionality. The m400X upgrade is for owners that wish to extract every last bit of performance from their 2.3-litre EcoBoost, while retaining the standard turbocharger.

“The Focus RS is a fantastic vehicle to drive and the platform responds extremely well to our performance upgrades,” explained David Moore, Director of mountune Performance to MotorMartin recently. “With these two kits the power and torque are now exceptional both in quantity and delivery. This is particularly true of m400X which turns the RS into something truly phenomenal. We are also proud to provide legacy m400 owners with a free upgrade to m400R. This will give them additional features and functionality and demonstrates the commitment we make to providing the best for our loyal customers.”

According to Ford, the m400R package takes the peak power and torque of the RS to 400PS and 560Nm, respectively. It also includes a number of alternative calibrations to provide drivers with increased usability and introduces two not previously seen in the m400. The maps included in the m400R are: the m400R Calibration, OEM Power, Fuel Economy Calibration, and Valet Mode. In addition, a number of AccessPort features have been made available including: adjustable RPM limit, full-time launch control, adjustable launch set-point, full-throttle gear change, tailored valet and anti-theft modes, dyno mode, and full access to all OBD channels for custom gauges and data-logging.

For those of you already fortunate enough to own and run a Focus RS, Both the m400R and m400X are available to purchase now for £595. For those who already own mTune handsets, the new firmware can be purchased online and updated in-field. It should be noted that both kits require hardware modifications to ensure the RS achieves the desired performance safely.

For more information, MotorMartin recommends you visit mountunestore.com.

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News: VOLVO XC40 SCOOPS PREMIUM CROSSOVER PRIZE AT COMPANY CAR TODAY CCT100 AWARDS

It’s been a good day or two for Volvo as they have recently announced that their Volvo XC40, the first ever premium compact SUV from the Swedish manufacturer, has been praised for its design and efficiency as it scoops yet another award win, at this year’s Company Car Today CCT100 Awards. 

For those that don’t know, the CCT100 is Company Car Today’s definitive list of the 100 cars that can fulfil any business car requirement. A shortlist containing the top five cars in each category is assessed across 12 key factors that make an excellent company car, including emissions, price, running costs, company car tax, practicality, desirability and the driving experience. 

“The XC40 has slotted straight in at the top of its class, thanks to a combination of space, eye-catching styling and excellent residual values, which make for running costs rivals can’t compete with,” explained Company Car Today Editor, Paul Barker to MotorMartin. “It’s the latest fine example of Volvo’s run of form that shows it can offer fleets classy and cost-effective premium cars across its range.” 

Every XC40, Volvo say, is equipped with advanced technology, and has striking styling and an interior that is both supremely practical and comfortable – perfect for company car drivers. Standard features include the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen, a sophisticated voice-control system, the Volvo On Call connected services platform, automatic LED headlights with active high beam, a 12.3-inch TFT driver’s information display, and the suite of City Safety functions that recognise and help avoid many common accident risks. Volvo’s pioneering Pilot Assist driver-assistance system is also available. 

The XC40 range provides customers with a full choice of distinctive Momentum, dynamic R-Design and luxurious Inscription models, each offered in even better equipped ‘Pro’ form. The XC40 also achieved the maximum five-star rating when it was subjected to the more rigorous 2018 assessment by the independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP. 

Steve Beattie, Head of Business Sales at Volvo Car UK, commented to MotorMartin recently that: “This win is the latest in an impressive list of accolades for the XC40 since it was introduced, including being named European Car of the Year, Car of the Year at the What Car? and the DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 Awards, ‘Game Changer’ by Autocar, and Small Premium SUV of the Year in the Auto Express New Car Awards. However, for the model to have won another prestigious company car award is a particular honour, because it clearly demonstrates that Volvo is fast becoming the company car manufacturer of choice.” 

For more information on the Volvo XC40, and to use the online configurator, MotorMartin recommends you go to www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/newmodels/xc40

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News: ABARTH 124 RALLY CAR TO COMPETE IN 2019 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

There was much excitement up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers this last week as it was revealed that the Abarth 124 rally will start the 2019 season at the Monte Carlo Rally, driven by Enrico Brazzoli and Manuel Fenoli (ITA) for Bernini Rally Team, in the first event of the 2019 World Rally Championship (WRC). Unbelievable.

Abarth have explained to MotorMartin the importance of the Monte Carlo Rally to the company and the racing history of the Abarth 124 rally as in 2017, at its world debut, the car demonstrated how competitive it was securing a resounding fourth amongst the official WRC four-wheel-drive cars in the toughest special stage race in bad weather, snow and ice.

Abarth has a long history of success in the sport with numerous memorable wins including Walter Rohrl’s 1980 victory in the 131 Rally, which paved the way to winning Constructors’ and Drivers’ championship titles that year.

For more information on the Abarth range, MotorMartin recommends you visit www.abarthcars.co.uk or to find your nearest retailer visit www.abarthcars.co.uk/find-a-retailer.

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News: PEUGEOT 508 AND E-LEGEND BOTH WIN BEAUTY AWARDS AT INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE FESTIVAL

Having already driven the all new 508 it’s no surprise to MotorMartin that the all-new PEUGEOT 508 and PEUGEOT e-LEGEND Concept Car were voted the best looking cars at the 34th International Automobile Festival held on 29 January 2019 in Paris, they are rather lovely after all.

According to PEUGEOT, the all-new 508 took home the coveted “Grand Prix” award for “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2018” with 34% of the votes. The award is one of the highlights of the International Automobile Festival, with the public voting to choose their favourite from a selection of shortlisted models. Rivals for the 2018 award included the Fiat 500X and Range Rover Evoque.

In addition, the PEUGEOT e-LEGEND was crowned “Most Beautiful Concept Car” at the Festival. Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the PEUGEOT e-LEGEND marked the brand’s vision for the future of mobility.

PEUGEOT have explained to MotorMartin how their all-new 508 was launched in 2018 and has become an instant success across Europe, with 10,000 vehicles already ordered. The all-new PEUGEOT 508 is inspired by the PEUGEOT Instinct Concept, including its opalescent vertical LED light signature. The back of the car also stands out with sharp, full LED 3D PEUGEOT signature ‘Claw Effect’ lights, complete with a gloss black rear cluster connecting strip.

The “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2018” award is the second design accolade the all-new PEUGEOT 508 has won, following carwow’s “Most Stylish Car 2018” award late last year.

David Peel, Managing Director of PEUGEOT UK commented to MotorMartin that: “For the all-new PEUGEOT 508 to be named “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2018” at The International Automobile Festival is a great honour, especially as this is an award coming from the car-buying public. The all-new PEUGEOT 508 is the latest addition to our range, and this recognition gives us great encouragement for the future.”

“Going forward, PEUGEOT is constantly working towards providing the latest tech and innovative designs in the industry, and our e-LEGEND Concept shows what we can achieve in the EV sector. We have a big few years coming up for EVs, and for our electric concept model to be recognised as the “Most Beautiful Concept Car” of the year is a great first step on this journey.”

For more information about the full PEUGEOT range, MotorMartin recommends you visit https://www.peugeot.co.uk/peugeot-model-range/

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News: RENAULT EXHIBITS LEGENDARY TURBO CARS AT RETROMOBILE 2019

Best get going if you want to catch up with the following class cars from Renault. What are you still doing here? The following is posted in full direct from Renault. Enjoy:

The transfer of technology from F1 to production cars is embodied by a selection of models exhibited by Renault Classic* at the 2019 Rétromobile show.

Renault is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first, revolutionary Formula 1 victory at the event by exhibiting a 1979 RS 10 together with a selection of emblematic production cars. These models show how Renault, starting in 1980, transferred the technical expertise in turbocharging acquired in motorsport to its production range.

The 600 m² stand is home to 11 Renault models equipped with a turbo engine. In addition, an Estafette – a model celebrating its 60th birthday in 2019 – adorned with the colours of the 1979 Formula 1 team is serving as a store.

Rétromobile 2019 takes place at the Porte de Versailles, Paris, on 6-10 February.

Cars on display:

RENAULT F1 RS 10 – 1979

RENAULT 18 TURBO – 1980

RENAULT 5 TURBO – 1980

RENAULT 5 ALPINE TURBO – 1981

RENAULT FUEGO TURBO – 1983

RENAULT 11 TURBO – 1984

RENAULT 9 TURBO – 1985

RENAULT 5 GT TURBO – 1985

RENAULT 21 2L. TURBO – 1987

RENAULT SAFRANE BITURBO – 1993

RENAULT MEGANE R.S. TROPHY – 2018

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News: HONDA CIVIC IS TRIUMPHANT AT THE CCT100 AWARDS

Honda UK have shared with MotorMartin recently the news that they are celebrating another successful year at the Company Car Today Top 100 (CCT100) Awards, with their Civic achieving first place in the ‘Lower Medium Car of the Year’ category, for the second year running.

For those that don’t know, the CCT100 is a definitive list of 100 cars which suit every fleet requirement.  Award winners are chosen from 20 categories with praise for competitive pricing models, running costs, emissions, practicality and driver appeal.

The Honda Civic was victorious against its competitors; Ford Focus, Hyundai Ioniq, Skoda Octavia and VW Golf, in the ‘Lower Medium Car of the Year’ category.

Paul Barker, Editor at Company Car Today, shared with MotorMartin: “Honda’s Civic has proven once more that it is the best company car option in the lower medium sector, despite enhanced competition from key rivals.”

“The Civic’s efficient engine range, practicality, good looks and great driving experience are a powerful combination in one of the key segments of the fleet sector. Retaining the CCT100 Lower Medium Car of the Year award is a great achievement.”

Marc Samuel, Fleet Sales Operations Manager, added: “We’re delighted to be recipients of the Lower Medium Car award for the second year running. The Honda Civic provides fleets with great running costs and purchase price, making this car an attractive package all round.”

For more information on Honda’s corporate services, MotorMartin recommends you visit www.honda.co.uk/cars/new/corporate-services.html

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