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21 December 2012
The competition was fierce and the magazine’s test team pitted the Honda against several key rivals in the ‘Medium SUV’ segment. Sweeping them aside it took class honours, making it a contender for the overall ‘best of the best’ title… which it duly won. It’s an outstanding achievement for such a new vehicle, which is manufactured in the UK at Honda’s state-of-the-art production facility in Swindon, Wilts. Total 4x4 Magazine’s testing process is comprehensive, ranging from interior quality, comfort and practicality to repeated drives of a set road route by different judges. The publication’s editor, Alan Kidd, commented: “Never before have there been so many likely candidates for the overall title. However, from the moment we started crawling around inside the CR-V, it was clear Honda had hit the jackpot. The quality of its interior is on a par with the best, and its flexibility is exceptional – and that was before we actually drove it.” He continued: “Seldom has a new 4x4 put such a big tick in so many boxes. It takes an awful lot to impress us these days. The new CR-V didn’t just impress us – it made our jaws drop.”
Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK), was thrilled with the honour. “For the new CR-V to take its first award so soon after launch is a real festive treat for
everyone and a fantastic way to end the year. We hope it will be the first of many.”
21 December 2012
Total 4x4 have twice previously given the Sorento top honours in the “Full-Size” category, but this year it just lost out to the all-new Range Rover. Editor Alan Kidd said: “The Sorento has won its class in each of the last two years, beating a whole range of premium opposition in the process. This year's upgrades move it closer than ever to becoming a premium SUV itself; we didn't have many criticisms of the old model, but Kia has addressed every single one of them. “The Sorento was already one of the best 4x4s on the market; now it's better than ever, and by a long way. Nothing less than an all-new Range Rover could stop it from completing a hat-trick of class wins, and that says a lot about just how good Kia has become at making world-class 4x4s," he added.
Kia Motors (UK) Limited President and CEO Paul Philpott responded: “Sorento has won friends and plaudits throughout its history and we knew just how improved the
all-new version is. I am delighted that Total 4x4 continue to agree with us and I don’t even mind the fact that it takes something as remarkable as the highly-praised
new Range Rover to see us unseated from that top spot.
“Kia’s commitment to developing, designing and producing real cars for real people is unquestioned – so I know we shall be looking to win that crown back. And soon!” he
The Sorento range comes only with a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine and a host of emission-reducing and fuel-stretching features. Available with a choice of manual or
automatic transmissions and seven seats as standard the Sorento range starts at £26,495. Kia’s industry-leading, fully transferable seven year warranty is also a
standard fitment and owners can fix their running costs three years servicing and MOT for just £379.
19 December 2012
Nigel Fryatt, 4x4 Magazine Editor, said: "Ford's new Ranger has significantly raised the bar in the pick-up market. Our extensive test showed the variety of products that are now on the UK market, and the Ranger topped them all with better overall ability, superb ride quality and an interior that makes it hard to believe this is a commercial vehicle. Indeed, no other pick-up came close in terms of interior comfort and specification."
Ford UK managing director, Mark Ovenden, said: “The awards keep on coming for the Ford Ranger as it continues to assert its presence in the market. Our customers have really welcomed the introduction of the all-new model, boosting sales by nearly 20 per cent compared with last year.”
13 December 2012
The Black & White LE takes the specification of the existing S model and adds further features to raise the levels of comfort, convenience and contemporary good looks. On the outside the front grille, side vents and door handles have a distinctive gloss black finish - shared with the Dynamic model - plus split-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. True to its name, the exterior paint choices are Santorini Black metallic or solid Fuji White, with a metallic shade offered at no additional cost. Privacy glass is also fitted as standard and the headlamp units include daytime running lights with a signature arrangement of LEDs. The cabin displays the new console that debuted in the 2013 model, and is finished with a smart Ebony black cloth upholstery. Bluetooth connectivity and a cover for the rear loadspace are also part of the Black & White LE package.
Features carried forward from the S model include push button start, electric windows front and rear, air conditioning, 60:40 folding rear seats, front rear auxiliary power sockets, eight-speaker audio system with DAB digital radio, heated electrically adjustable door mirrors and a full complement of seven airbags. There is a choice of two powertrains for the new Black & White LE: Land Rover’s 150PS 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit in eD4 form with two-wheel drive, or the TD4 with all-wheel drive. The eD4 has established its fine credentials for economy and low CO2 emissions, with stop and start technology helping it post official figures of 47.1mpg and 158g/km (combined cycle). The eD4 comes with six-speed manual transmission, while the TD4 unit can be specified additionally with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Prices for the new Black & White LE start at £22,495 for the eD4 model. Prices for the Black & White TD4 are £23,495 for the manual and £24,995 for the automatic. Built at Land Rover’s Halewood factory, the new models are on sale now.
12 December 2012
The most innovative components of the new 4MATIC include the power take-off to the rear axle which is integrated in the 7G-DCT automated dual clutch transmission and the rear-axle gear with integrated, electrohydraulically controlled multi-disk clutch. This set-up enables fully variable distribution of the drive torque between front and rear axle. Additional benefits of this design are a lower system weight than is available from the competition and high efficiency. Similarly to the front-wheel-drive versions, all 4MATIC models also boast good energy efficiency. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive is a completely new development tailored to the requirements of the new models with front-wheel drive.
12 December 2012
For the new business-oriented Navara, Nissan engineers have worked to provide smart savings in specification. For example, the interior door handles are finished in black rather than chrome. Similarly the front bumper is specified in body colour rather than having a two-tone element, while the grille struts are painted rather than chromed and conventional wiper blades are used in place of the flat blades found on higher specification versions. None of the changes affect the vehicle's outstanding ability and functionality with the Navara Visia providing a generous 2.36m2 load bed and a practical internal bed length of 1,511mm. Hardworking businesses will also value the Navara's 2,600kg towing capacity and a maximum 1,250kg payload. The Navara Visia’s specification includes part-time four-wheel drive, air conditioning, central door locking, six airbags, a CD player and Bluetooth connectivity. The robust part-time four-wheel drive system provides drive to the rear wheels under normal conditions or a 50/50 torque split to all four wheels when 4WD mode is engaged. Owners and drivers will also welcome ESP as standard fit to help maximise the Navara Visia’s driver control in all conditions. Also featuring on the Navara are high and low ratio modes, the latter providing outstanding levels of traction and pulling power, especially on steep slopes and sticky situations.
Jon Pollock, Corporate Sales Director at Nissan said: "We’re working hard to develop our LCV offering as well as respond to customer needs and the introduction of the Navara Visia is a shining example of this. We’ve listened to our fleet and SME customers’ desire for an affordable pick-up and we look forward to seeing the Navara Visia working hard for SME fleets from January 2013.” Order books for the new Nissan Visia are open now priced from £17,995 CVOTR, with deliveries beginning January 2013.
11 December 2012
The Ford Ranger claimed victory in its category and was ranked overall number one by Fleet Van; praising its range of cab options, choice of efficient engines, payload and towing ability, equipment levels and vehicle appearance. Stephen Briers, Fleet Van editor, said: “The annual Fleet Van Awards have seen another strong year of entries from Ford’s commercial vehicle range. Ford Ranger winning Commercial Vehicle of the Year 2013 is testament to its excellent quality, running costs and ability, fending off stiff competition in this year's awards.”
Ford of Britain fleet director, Kevin Griffin, said: “The awards are coming thick and fast for Ford’s commercial vehicle range, with the Ranger leading the charge. As Ford’s vehicle portfolio continues to grow in size and quality, with more fuel-efficient engines and smart technology, we are looking forward to 2013.” The new Ford Ranger is offered in three versatile cab bodystyles – Double, Super and Regular – that are among the roomiest in its class; comes with a choice of two powerful and economical Duratorq TDCi engines, and with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. It delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability; along with innovative comfort and driver assistance features; and is the first such vehicle ever to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The new Ford Ranger has won six awards so far this year, including the sought-after “International Pick-Up Award 2013”. Other international awards that Ford has scooped include the “International Van of the Year 2013” for the all-new Transit Custom; and the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
7 December 2012
After a dizzying trip ascending the narrow, dimly lit Peruvian roads, the plaudits continued with, “I’m pretty sure it nails the ride-handling balance better than cars at many times its price”. Or, simply, “we have subjected this simple, brilliant little car to punishment beyond anything that even Britain’s most abused Defender has endured.” Acknowledging the tough economic times, FHM had a similar thought process. Awarding it ‘Best for when you’re short on cash’, the plaudits came thick and fast, “as the economic fog swirls down our deserted high streets, the Dacia Duster arrives as a car of its time”. Or, our particular favourite, “it’s big, robust and good-looking”.
Every model in the Dacia range offers impressive value-for-money. For the UK, Duster, priced from only £8,995 on-the-road will be joined in January 2013 by the Sandero supermini. The country’s most affordable new car, it kicks off at just £5,995. The adventurous Sandero Stepway supermini crossover is available to order from 1st January, again with a jaw-dropping price tag, prior to joining the fold in May. From a little under £8,000. Daciahas already taken 1,400 orders for Duster, even before any right-hand-drive versions have docked in the UK. More information on the full Dacia UK range is available on www.dacia.co.uk or by calling 0800 991199
7 December 2012
By customer demand, a temporary use 16 inch spare wheel with 225/70 tyre has now been included as standard, eliminating the need for a puncture repair system. As the spare wheel is mounted on the rear door the Grand Vitara grows in length by 200mm (five door models) and 170mm (three door models). Moving inside, SZ3 (3 door) and SZ4 (3 door and 5 door) models are finished with new design seat trims whilst SZ5 5 door models are now equipped with a 6.1 inch touchscreen Colour Navigation System. The navigation system is powered by Garmin and includes comprehensive European mapping with downloadable updates and content. The navigation system forms part of the infotainment centre – allowing a number of music options; CD, radio, SD card, media player (including iPod® and iPhone®) connected via the USB port, as well as via Bluetooth® music streaming and phone connectivity.
Under the bonnet, 1.9 DDiS models have had the emissions control system revised, resulting in a CO2 decrease from 179 g/km to 174 g/km – which means the VED band for the 1.9 DDiS engine has been reduced by one band to H. An additional benefit of this is an improvement in combined fuel economy to 42.8mpg from 41.5mpg. Suzuki launched the first Vitara 24 years ago, creating the world’s first compact SUV and tapping into a new market for vehicles that combine true off-road capability with responsive, fun-to-drive on-road ability. The 2013 model is aiming meet the demand for a SUV that is great looking, versatile and is rewarding both on and off-road.
6 December 2012
“It's good off-road. Sure, it might not have fancy locking diffs, but there's a clever electronic traction system, ample ground clearance and a low first gear,” says the Top Gear judging panel. “Traction on slopes is remarkable, partly because the tyres are suitable, and partly because the Panda is light enough that there isn't much gravitational pull to defy. But it's got other talents. Long motorway hauls aren't torture if you opt for the six-speed TwinAir version.” “This is the third edition of an outstanding car that has sold more than 6.5 million examples, and the 4x4 version has always been an important part of the mix,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. “Already we are receiving great reports from the media and plenty of interest from customers. “And to receive such an important award for Panda 4x4 is fantastic news – especially when the recognition comes from such an influential organisation. I hope this is the first of many more honours for Panda 4x4.”
Available with a 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 turbo diesel engine as well as the petrol TwinAir unit, the new Fiat Panda 4x4 features, as standard, Start&Stop and Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) for greater economy. The car returns 60.1mpg (MultiJet 2) and 57.6mpg (TwinAir) on the official Combined Cycle, while CO2 is just 125 g/km (MultiJet 2) and 114 g/km (TwinAir). Starting at under £14,000 the Panda 4x4 represents superb value for money, especially when a huge standard equipment list is taken into account. This includes climate control, ESP stability control, ELD locking differential, burnished 15-inch alloy wheels, driver, passenger and window airbags, height-adjustable driver’s seat, radio/CD/MP3 with six speakers, and protective side strips.
5 December 2012
The new model will be available in both two (front) and all-wheel drive across three new grades: Active, Icon and Invincible.
Entry point is the new 2.0 D-4D Active 2WD version, available at £22,595 on-the-road. Both this model and the more highly specified 2.0 D-4D Icon 2WD (£24,295) undercut the current XTR 2.2 D-4D 2WD on price. At the same time, both also maintain high equipment specifications: Active grade comes with 17-inch alloys, air conditioning, Bluetooth, electric windows front and rear, rear privacy glass and front fog lights; the Icon spec’ includes a powered tailgate (now top-hinged for easier loading), a folding function on the powered door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, part-leather instrument panel trim and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The Toyota Touch multimedia touchscreen system also features on Icon models, with a DAB digital tuner, rear-view camera and Bluetooth.
At the top of the range the new Invincible adds more premium equipment features such as roof rails, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and Smart Entry and Start. Further supporting new RAV4’s wider appeal, Invincible grade offers the choice of six-speed manual as well as automatic transmission. The new RAV4 delivers lasting ownership cost benefits, demonstrated by its new 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine, which takes the 2WD models’ CO2 emissions down to a new low of 127g/km, attracting a zero road tax charge in the first year of ownership. For company car drivers, there’s an added bonus in a lower benefit-in-kind rating, down to 16 per cent for vehicles registered from March next year. Lower emissions are also achieved by both the 2.2-litre D-4D diesel and 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engines that are carried forward from the current line-up.
3 December 2012
Subaru’s unique permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system remains at the heart of the vehicle; paired with Vehicle Dynamics Control, the Japanese brand’s electronic stability control system, this contributed to a high Safety Assist score from Euro NCAP. The fourth-generation Forester builds upon the outgoing model’s credentials as a user-friendly compact SUV, with improved performance, safety and efficiency and a larger, more practical cabin. A low centre of gravity and improved body rigidity – the result of Subaru’s hallmark Boxer engines and the use of high-tensile steels respectively – contribute to improved refinement and fun-to-drive characteristics. Haydn Davies, Marketing Director, Subaru UK, commented: “This is a strong result for a model that has consistently been one of our best-sellers, and the all-new Forester’s active, passive and hazard avoidance technologies will make it one of the safest cars on and off the road. That the new model will be more practical, more economical and more refined than its predecessor only adds further to its appeal.”
To find out more about Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive model range visit www.subaru.co.uk
28 November 2012
Toyota’s vision for a new kind of car proved a big success that other manufacturers were keen to follow. Today there are around 20 different models competing in the segment. The three generations of RAV4 have amassed more than 4.5 million sales in more than 150 countries worldwide. European markets have accounted for more than 1.2 million of that total, with sales in the UK surpassing 155,000 units by the end of last year. The fundamental design elements that have defined RAV4 down the years remain equally relevant for the new fourth generation model, but while it remains true to its heritage, it has evolved to meet changes in customer requirements and preferences, particularly the importance families place on space and versatility. To strengthen its appeal in these respects, the new RAV4 builds on the core values of its predecessors, while introducing distinctive new styling, a premium quality interior, stronger and more rewarding dynamic performance and more fuel-efficient powertrains.
28 November 2012
With temperatures predicted to drop over the next month, Tim Naylor from BCA suggests this sale could be very timely as prices for 4x4s are predicted to rise. “For many motorists – particularly those living in rural or remote areas – a 4x4 is becoming a necessity in winter, rather than a luxury” said Tim Naylor. “With weather watchers suggesting we are in for a colder than average winter, prices have already started rising and should the weather deteriorate we would expect to see significant demand for all-weather vehicles which will send values sky high.” He added “When it comes to choosing a 4x4, buyers should go for the best specification they can afford, as this will help the vehicle retain its value in the years ahead. Alloys, leather interior, air-con and sat-nav are all desirable, while more ‘rugged’ accessories such as mounted spotlights, running boards and winches can drive prices up too.”
The Lex Autolease and BCA ‘Red Carpet’ Sale takes place on Friday 7th December at BCA Bedford, Coronation Business Park, Kempston, Hardwick, Bedford, MK43 9PR. It starts at 10.30 am with viewing from 9am.
27 November 2012
Every car in the SsangYong range is available with four wheel drive
The Korando Sports pick-up, Rexton and Rodius EX are equipped with a switchable four wheel drive system to ensure excellent off road capability, and also feature a low ratio transfer box to deal with the most extreme loads, inclines and surfaces. Perfect for both towing and tackling wintry conditions, the 4x4 system utilises SsangYong’s years of experience to deliver ultimate traction whatever the conditions.
5 year limitless mileage warranty
26 November 2012
Confirming the UK launch of the Forester, Subaru has also announced outline details of the engine line-up, which will include 150ps 2.0-litre Boxer diesel and petrol units, as well as a new 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, producing 280ps. Both of the naturally-aspirated engines will feature a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while Subaru’s Lineartronic (CVT) transmission is available on both petrol engines. The Lineartronic transmission has been modified to manage the increased power while also providing improved fuel efficiency, and ensures that both CVT-equipped petrol engines achieve the 2015 Japanese fuel economy standard.
Haydn Davies, Marketing Director, Subaru UK, commented: “Since the Forester’s launch in 1997, it has gained a loyal following across the UK for its rugged, go anywhere abilities and these developments will ensure it remains a firm SUV favourite. The fourth-generation Forester will feature the latest All-Wheel Drive system and Boxer engines, while a lot of work has gone into improving refinement, ride quality and safety.”
Further details of the new Subaru Forester will be announced in the new year.
22 November 2012
Average 4x4 values rose to over £13,000 last month, a rise of £1,838 compared to September and well ahead of values recorded throughout the spring and summer months. Tim Naylor from BCA suggests now would be a good time to buy for anyone in the market for a 4x4, as prices may well rise further if the more severe conditions indicated by the Met Office take hold.* Naylor commented “There is a well charted trend between falling temperatures and rising values for 4x4s and we would expect to see that continue in the next few months. And the first hint of snow across the wider UK could create significant demand for 4x4s which will send values even higher. “When it comes to choosing a 4x4, buyers should go for the best specification they can afford, as this will help the vehicle retain its value in the years ahead”, Naylor added. Alloys, leather interior, air-con and sat-nav are all desirable, while more ‘rugged’ accessories such as mounted spotlights, running boards and winches can drive prices up too.”
“But absolutely essential is ensuring the vehicle has a comprehensive up to date service history” concluded Tim Naylor. “It may have been no further off-road than up a suburban kerb, but a full service history from the supplying dealer gives that extra peace of mind.”
16 November 2012
The judging panel, comprised of members of the magazine’s editorial team, praised the XV’s ‘enjoyable’ and ‘involving’ drive, fuel economy and off-road ability. Subaru’s industry-leading customer service package, Everything Taken Care of (ETCo), also helped tip the balance in the Subaru’s favour. Commenting on the XV’s victory, Nigel Fryatt, Editor, 4x4 Magazine, said: “The SUV class in 4x4 Magazine’s 4x4 of the Year test is one of the most competitive. The Subaru XV was an interesting new arrival in that class, which did much to impress judges. “For a vehicle which obviously spends most of its time on-road, it is such an enjoyable drive, involving the driver in a positive manner. It also boasts promising fuel economy potential. When we took it off-road, given the obvious limitations of ground clearance, the Subaru completed our test route with ease. But what clinched it for the XV was Subaru’s Everything Taken Care of customer service package, which has to be one of the best around.”
The Subaru XV range starts at £21,295 on the road and is available with 1.6 petrol manual or CVT, 2.0 petrol manual or CVT and 2.0D manual options.
To find out more about the Subaru XV, visit www.subaru.co.uk or read the full 4x4 Magazine report.
16 November 2012
“This year's 4x4 of the Year competition was as competitive as ever. In the Hardcore class, however, first place was a unanimous vote among the judges, with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited taking the class win,” says Nigel Fryatt, editor, 4x4 Magazine. “Head to head with the Land Rover Defender off-road there's little to choose, but if you had to live with either on a daily basis, in all-weathers, all traffic conditions, on and off-road, then there's only one choice. It has to be the Jeep.” “It’s known the world over, and is widely recognised as one of the greatest 4x4 vehicles ever made, but it’s great to see the Jeep Wrangler continuing to receive top awards such as this one,” says Nigel Land, brand director, Jeep Chrysler UK. “There is still more to come from Wrangler and we look forward to future accolades for this remarkable vehicle.” With its ‘go anywhere and do anything’ approach, Wrangler offers a unique combination of world-class off-road driving, fun, everyday convenience and versatility. The diesel-powered Wrangler returns 34.9 mpg (34.0 mpg 4-door) on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 213 g/km (217 g/km 4-door).
Prices start at £27,315 OTR for the 2-door Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sahara, rising to £31,065 OTR for the 4-door 2.8 CRD Overland.
16 November 2012
As an environmentally friendly SUV, the Ener-G-Force, which Mercedes-Benz is presenting in Los Angeles as a design study, meets these requirements and would be fully capable of supporting police and emergency services in every corner of the world. Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars: “The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow’s adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G model. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.” The small glass areas make the police vehicle a safe cocoon for law enforcement officers who are faced with many dangers. Emergency lights integrated into the roof ensure attention that is impossible to ignore; the striking front leaves no doubt as to the commanding presence of the police, and the gigantic wheels guarantee the right of way even where no way exists.
14 November 2012
And with a price from just £15,995 on the road ex VAT and a 5 year limitless mileage warranty, it is also a sound commercial business decision. (Korando CSX - 4 wheel drive, from £15,995; Korando Sports pick up - 4 wheel drive, from £15,291; Rexton CS - 4 wheel drive, from £16,665)
Arguably one of the best looking light commercials thanks to Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design who penned its lines, this latest addition to the Korando range is also a highly practical workhorse. The completely flat load area is accessed via a high lifting tailgate or two side doors, and packs a useful 1,312 cubic litre load volume. There’s a load deck length of 152.5 cm, and 96.5 cm between the wheel arches. The car also carries a very practical 433 kg payload, and willingly pulls a 2 tonne trailer. Under the bonnet, the Korando CSX is powered by a new lower CO2 version of the Korando power unit. Developing 149ps@4,000rpm, this advanced 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine produces 360Nm of torque with CO2 emissions reduced to 157g/km.
And for when the weather turns nasty and the going gets tough, the new CSX features an impressive Torque on Demand 4x4 system and is equipped with ESP with Hill Start Assist, and mud & snow tyres as standard. The low price doesn’t mean basic though, and drivers will enjoy the luxury touches of roof rails, tinted glass and rear parking sensors, while inside there is a leather covered steering wheel and gear shift, cruise control and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, remote audio controls and six speakers. “The new Korando CSX is the third light commercial vehicle (LCV) to join the SsangYong line-up, and offers a highly practical and affordable vehicle for those with a specific business need,” said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. “Highly competitively priced, extremely well equipped and backed by a 5 year limitless mileage warranty, SsangYong is the only manufacturer to have that much confidence in its commercial vehicles to give its customers this level of reassurance.
“SsangYong has a growing reputation for building extremely competent off-road vehicles, and the new Korando CSX builds on this pedigree. It’s an honest, reliable and highly capable LCV, and pound for pound will outclass many more expensive rivals.” The Korando CSX features a Torque on Demand four wheel drive system which constantly monitors the level of grip available and distributes power to the wheels that need it most. Under normal driving conditions the engine’s torque is directed to the front wheels so the car runs with the efficiency of a family hatchback. However, if the front tyres begin to lose traction, power is automatically fed to the rear wheels to ensure safe, stable and dependable progress is maintained with grip from all four wheels. An all wheel drive lock mode is also provided to ensure a 50/50 spread of torque between the front and rear wheels at speeds up to 25mph, essential for when low speed traction and control is needed such as when driving up a slippery track or off a muddy building site towing a work trailer.
13 November 2012
Design revisions include a new front bumper and grille design, new design bonnet shape incorporating central air intake as well as repositioning of the front fog lamps. The new front bumper design has resulted in a slight increase in overall length of 30mm to 3,675mm – although Jimny easily remains the most compact SUV on sale in the UK. For the interior, a new seat fabric trim has been adopted for the SZ3; both SZ3 and SZ4 models have new design front and rear headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mountings fitted as standard to the rear seats.
Breeze Blue has now been added to the optional metallic paint range of four colours available for the higher specification SZ4 model with three metallic and one solid colour available for SZ3. Metallic paint is a £399 option. Jimny has a neat and practical look and since sales began in 1998, it has accumulated a loyal following of repeat customers who enjoy a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV. The Jimny exceeds expectations off road whilst still being more than capable in any urban area, ideal for customers who want the best of both worlds. A genuine compact off-roader with push-button selectable four-wheel drive and high and low gear ratios
The all-alloy 16-valve 1.3-litre engine benefits from variable valve timing, ensuring lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Maximum output is 85PS, with 81lbft of torque delivered at 4,100 rpm; a flat torque curve means near maximum torque is delivered from as low as 2,500 rpm, giving Jimny the kind of flexible driving character and pulling power that are integral to a successful SUV. There are clear benefits in terms of fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions: with the manual transmission model returning an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving (38.7mpg for the automatic); respective CO2 outputs are 162 and 167g/km.
SZ3 model priced at £11,995 on the road
8 November 2012
Having covered just 1,892 miles from new, this unique feature, as well as double rear doors and rear retractable step, remain in place and in full working order, setting this Land Rover aside from the other 440,000 Series III models built between 1971 and 1985. Offered at auction with an estimate of £15,000 to £18,000*, Historics last sale of 2012 represents a unique opportunity to acquire a very rare and desirable piece of motoring heritage.
Commenting on the consignment, Historics’ Auction Director Edward Bridger-Stille noted: “We are excited and honoured to be entrusted with the task of finding a new home for such a unique vehicle. “We pride ourselves on bringing distinctive vehicles to auction, and despite prolific production of the Series III Land Rover, it’s highly unlikely one like this will ever come to auction again,” he concluded. For more information on Historics at Brooklands next auction on the afternoon of Saturday November 24th, call 0800 988 3838, Email, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk
7 November 2012
"The Ford Ranger is a great all-rounder, combining the perfect blend of on-road comfort and stability with off-road capability," said Jarlath Sweeney, the Irish judge on the panel of CV journalists that also serves on the “International Van of the Year” jury. The new Ford Ranger is offered in three versatile cab bodystyles – Double, Super and Regular – that are among the roomiest in its class; comes with a choice of two powerful and economical Duratorq TDCi engines, and with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. “The Ranger is great for work and great for leisure, and customers will appreciate the difference as soon as they get behind the wheel,” said Paul Randle, vehicle line director, Global Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This prestigious award is testament to the work of our global product teams and there is plenty more to look forward to with the launch of the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect in 2013.”
Totally new from the ground up; the new Ranger now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability; along with innovative new comfort and driver assistance features; and is the first such vehicle ever to achieve a Five Star Euro NCAP rating. This year, Ford has won other international awards including the “International Van of the Year 2013” for the all-new Transit Custom; and the company’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was named the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”.
5 November 2012
5 November 2012
BlueMotion Technology improves fuel economy and lowers emissions by using low rolling resistance tyres, Stop/Start and regenerative braking. This means that although the 180 PS BlueMotion Technology is over 10 per cent more powerful than the previous 163 PS model, it is 3.9 per cent more economical, with a combined fuel economy of 37.2 mpg compared to 35.8 mpg. Better still, emissions drop by 10 g/km to 199 g/km. Torque for the eight-speed automatic transmission increases from 400 to 420 Nm, delivered at 1,750 rpm. It is available exclusively as a Highline model with BlueMotion Technology and permanent 4MOTION for a retail price of £25,105 (plus VAT). It achieves combined fuel economy of 35.3 mpg with emissions of 211 g/km – the same as the standard manual model.
The new 180 PS BiTDI engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission in Startline, Trendline and Highline trim levels and selectable 4MOTION all-wheel drive with retail prices from £19,795 (plus VAT). The 2.0-litre TDI 122 PS engine is still available in the Startline range from £18,795 (plus VAT). ‘The new 180 PS engine and automatic transmission make the Amarok even more refined, plus with BlueMotion Technology also now available, it can offer more efficiency, too,’ said Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. ‘The Amaroks from Germany are now arriving in Van Centre showrooms, with demonstrators available for test drives,’ he continued. Full details of the Amarok range are available at www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk, or by calling 0800 717131
30 October 2012
The inspection, carried out by trained Subaru technicians, includes checking tyre pressures, and topping up engine and gearbox oil, the engine coolant and screen wash. A full visual health check will also ensure that cars are operating to the best of their abilities. Haydn Davies, Marketing Director of Subaru UK, commented: “Winter brings more hazardous driving conditions, with cold temperatures, damp or icy roads and poor visibility. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is already designed to keep our customers as safe as possible whatever the weather, while an enviable reliability record helps keep owners mobile, too. At the same time we like our dealers to have regular contact with our customers so we hope many of them will make use of this latest offer.”
Subaru UK’s latest offer for the season comes on top of the opportunity to store wheels and tyres at the dealer over winter, as part of the ground-breaking ETC aftersales package. To find out more about Subaru’s winter health check and to find your nearest Subaru dealership, visit www.subaru.co.uk
18 October 2012
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Limited comes with an assertive yet attractive sports appearance, taking many styling cues from the recent SRT version, while offering some of the more desirable product highlights from the rest of the popular Grand Cherokee range in terms of fuel economy, 4x4 capability, safety, technology and comfort. Real carbon fibre trim surrounds passengers with style and craftsmanship, demonstrating how the S-Limited is designed from the outset to offer greater style and equipment for a more attractive price than its competitors. The interior of the new S-Limited features a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and ventilated sports-styled Nappa leather seats. Bright, racing style pedal pads add to the sporty, performance-oriented look inside the cabin.
Further standard features include Quadra-Lift air suspension, Quadra-Trac II four wheel drive system, cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Uconnect navigation, black gloss 20-inch alloy wheels, 825-watt Harman-Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and three sub-woofers, power tailgate, and distinctive black grille and rear light bar. Powered by Jeep’s proven 237bhp, 2987cc V6 CRD diesel engine with new-generation, 1.8-bar injectors and MultiJet II technology developed by Fiat Powertrain, the new Grand Cherokee S-Limited will cost £44,595 (OTR) when it goes on sale this month. “Styled and targeted to the important sports-line SUV sub-segment and with a high level of equipment on offer, the S-Limited is very attractively priced and positioned,” says Nigel Land, brand director, Jeep Chrysler UK. “With its sporting look this new addition will complete the Grand Cherokee range while appealing to a whole new group of customers.”
17 October 2012
Across the board there was praise for the Land Rovers’ technical capabilities, with references to the excellent power and torque, high nose weight, self-levelling suspension and the smooth performance of the automatic transmissions. Ben Feltwell, Caravan Talk Marketing Manager, said: “Despite the excellent competition, the Land Rover Discovery 4 proved itself once again to be king of the towcars in the eyes of the public. “The Land Rover Discovery models have always been the most accomplished and complete towcars available and the Discovery 4 raises the bar to new heights. It somehow manages to blend supreme comfort with effortless towing capability. Whether you are visiting Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds or off-roading in the highlands, the Land Rover will carry you there in style."
The award coincides with the release of the 2013 model year Discovery 4, which adds new colours and options to the car’s specification. At heart the technical elements remain unchanged, with a 255HP 3.0-litre LR-SDV6. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission it provides ideal power, torque and smooth performance for towing, with towing capacities up to an impressive 3.5 tonnes. Freelander 2 may be more compact, but it, too, is equipped to perform strongly with both its 150HP 2.2-litre TD4 and 190HP SD4 diesel units, producing 420Nm of torque and advancing clean and fuel efficient operation. Recently updated for 13 model year the Freelander was updated with a new exterior design giving it a more sportier and purposeful look and a more luxurious interior with increased levels of comfort and convenience. As a towcar it can pull loads of up to two tonnes.
9 October 2012
The Land Rover Facebook page tells the stories behind the Brand in a series of dedicated pages with images and direct links to archive and contemporary video clips, hosted on YouTube. Visitors can learn more about how the Land Rover story began, the continuous development of its engineering and design capabilities, its global achievements and its status today as one of the world’s best respected premium car manufacturers. The sequence begins with Conceived on a Beach and an insight into how Maurice and Spencer Wilks’ post-war vision for a simple, rugged, go-anywhere vehicle was realised and how Land Rover’s early history developed. The second chapter is dedicated to global expeditions, showing how they have demonstrated the supreme toughness and reliability of Land Rover models. It features footage and reminiscences from the original 1955 Overland Expedition, and from this year’s Journey of Discovery, in which the one millionth Discovery recreated the spirit of that first adventure in a marathon fund-raising drive from Birmingham to Beijing – a feat that yielded £1 million for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The focus moves onto the essential qualities that can be found in all Land Rover models, from the earliest vehicles through to today’s highly advanced models. Not Driven by Vanity or Fashion provides insights into the design philosophy, extreme environment testing and product development that is involved in bringing a new Land Rover to market, with a special focus on the Range Rover Evoque. The fundamental strength and driving capabilities of Land Rover vehicles have been appreciated by teams working in the world’s most inhospitable regions. A Desire to Serve, shows how vehicles can access areas of natural disaster where others cannot pass. Ice and snow are as much of a challenge as jungles and desert terrain, and a film from this year’s Land Rover Experience Nordic Adventure shows just what a Land Rover is capable of in sub-zero conditions. Above and Beyond brings the Land Rover story right up-to-date with details of the all-new Range Rover and a film which reveals more about the vehicle’s development, from Design Director Gerry McGovern and the team which produced it.
8 October 2012
The All-New Range Rover, which went on sale in the UK on the 7th September, is the fourth generation of the iconic go-anywhere vehicle. Up to 420 kg lighter than the outgoing model, it is the world’s first all-aluminium monocoque SUV. Unrivalled in its capability, the new Range Rover features Terrain Response® 2 which uses sophisticated ‘intelligent’ systems to analyse the current driving conditions, and automatically select the most suitable terrain program. The new model’s wading depth has been increased to 900 mm, an increase of 200mm over the outgoing model. An acclaimed line-up of diesel and petrol engines delivers smooth and effortless performance, with CO2 emissions from just 196g/km thanks to the addition of the sophisticated 3.0-litre TDV6 engine to the model line. Customers have a choice of a petrol 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged and two diesel (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8) engines, all of which are now paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. The All-New Range Rover features new levels of luxury and convenience thanks to increased cabin space with rear occupants being treated to 118mm extra leg room and best in class knee room. On sale now with prices commencing at £71,295, first customer deliveries in the UK will start in January 2013. The Sunday Times Driving Top 100 cars is a celebration of Sunday Times Driving the new free site for researching and buying premium cars which launched on Tuesday this week.
4 October 2012
The new unit also features significantly increased audio capabilities, including CD/DVD playback; MP3 compatibility; micro SD; USB, iPod and Parrot Bluetooth hands-free connectivity; and Bluetooth media streaming. Full functionality of steering-wheel controls is maintained. The rear-view parking camera aids driver visibility when reversing. The camera is mounted to the rear bumper, and integrates with the new head unit to automatically display the camera image on the screen when reverse gear is selected. The touch-screen Pioneer unit comes complete with custom-built surround and replaces the factory-fit unit, fully integrating into the dashboard of the pick-up.
William Brown, General Manager at Isuzu UK commented: “The addition of the ‘Vision’ pack adds even greater refinement and luxury to the already highly-specified Yukon and Utah models, without compromising the brand’s legendary reputation as a manufacturer of tough, off-road pick-ups.” The new Isuzu D-Max range includes single, extended (with rear-hinged side access panels) and double cab body configurations. Double cab models are available in four specifications: Isuzu D-Max, Eiger, Yukon and Utah. Prices start at £14,499 (CVOTR) for the entry-level Isuzu D-Max 4x2 single cab and rise to £21,999 (CVOTR) for the top-of-the-range Isuzu D-Max Utah 4x4 double cab automatic. The Isuzu D-Max is fitted with a completely re-engineered, 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine and is available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The D-Max is covered by a five-year / 120,000-mile warranty.
3 October 2012
ŠKODA UK Brand Director, Alasdair Stewart, comments: “The Yeti is an astonishingly versatile vehicle, so it is no surprise that it continues to win awards across the board. “The caravanning community has always been extremely supportive of ŠKODA – the Superb Estate is already a double-winner at the Towcar of the Year Awards - so it’s fantastic that the Yeti’s exceptional offering for these customers has been recognised this year.” The 2013 competition attracted 23 entrants from a number of manufacturers, with the entrants put through their paces at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Special guest, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, attended the testing regime at Millbrook and then presented the Class awards to representatives from the winning manufacturers at an awards ceremony in London on 26th September.
In a bid to make the awards more relevant for members and more attuned to environmental motoring issues, the categorisation of entrants was decided by Vehicle Excise Duty tax bands rather than by price-class for the first time in the competition’s 30-year history. During track tests, the judges assessed each car’s towing ability more rigorously than ever before, with an acceleration test and a reversing test added to the usual evaluation. The tests included a mid-range 30-60mph acceleration assessment, high-speed towing circuits, emergency braking, ride and handling evaluations and hill-stop and restart tests.
3 October 2012
The n-tec+ also adds Nissan’s acclaimed Around View Monitor 360 degree parking system, which features colour front, rear and passenger side cameras, ensuring that owners will always have the safety of a bird’s-eye view when maneouvring. An electric tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, plus Intelligent key for keyless entry and start complete the equipment list. And that’s in addition, of course, to climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and rear privacy glass. Also standard is the X-Trail’s strong performance both on and off-road. Under the bonnet is a 173PS 2.0-litre dCi turbodiesel engine, which has 360Nm of torque and is capable of towing 2,200kg. Nissan’s All-Mode 4x4-i system with Uphill Start Support and Downhill Drive Support makes sure the X-Trail is surefooted whatever the weather.
The X-Trail n-tec+ is on sale now and costs £27,790. However, for a limited time only, Nissan is offering a complimentary upgrade to retail customers that will save them £2,000, dropping the price of an X-Trail n-tec+ to just £25,790 – the same as an Acenta model. The X-Trail n-tec+ is also available with three years zero percent finance and three years low cost servicing for £399 too.
1 October 2012
The pick-up market has seen phenomenal growth in the last decade and much of that can be attributed to the continued success of the L200, and its commercial models. Despite the current market conditions, the L200 has been selling in impressive numbers and still continues to be a top choice amongst pick-up customers. The Mitsubishi L200 provides the most versatile range in the marketplace offering three cab configurations - single, club, and double – with a wide spectrum of specifications, from the no-nonsense workmanlike 4Work models, presenting durability and functionality, through to the comfort and luxury of the range topping Barbarian and Walkinshaw models.
The first pick-up truck to receive a 4* NCAP safety rating, the L200 is the only pick-up truck which has a 4x4 system so advanced that it can be driven in 2WD or 4WD, even on dry roads! The Mitsubishi L200 remains just as rugged as ever, but with more equipment, more style, greater performance and more power. Being rugged doesn’t mean the L200 isn’t without an environmental conscience either, with detailed improvements being made to the truck allow it to be one of the lowest emitting and fuel-efficient pick-ups in the marketplace.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK Managing Director, Lance Bradley, said:
27 September 2012
The styling of New Sandero Stepway is more harmonious and “all-terrain” than ever with its redesigned front end and special body features, including front and rear skid plates, fog lamps, two-tone bumper, pronounced wheel arches, 16-inch Flexwheels rims, two-tone longitudinal roof bars, and exclusive Azurite blue paint. New Sandero Stepway gets specially-embroidered upholstery and grey overstitching for a bolder look. New Sandero Stepway will now be available in two versions: an entry-level model, for affordable access to the Stepway look, and a fully-equipped model featuring the MEDIA NAV multimedia system, air conditioning, cruise control, speed limiter and rear parking sensors.
New Sandero Stepway is still built on the B0 platform with its renowned comfort and roadholding. With its raised ground clearance, front and rear skid plates and mud flaps, New Sandero Stepway keeps all of its off-road qualities. New Dacia Sandero Stepway comes with a range of powerful engines. Equipped with the TCe 90, the latest example of the Group’s mechanical expertise, New Sandero Stepway consumes 52.3 mpg* for CO2 emissions of 125 g/km.* The dCi 90 version bears the Dacia eco² signature in recognition of its low consumption (68.9 mpg*) and emission (105 g/km*) levels over a combined cycle.
27 September 2012
The world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium body, the new Range Rover takes the capabilities of the marque’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains, and significant advances in sustainability. Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a state-of-the-art new low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK. Over £370 million has been invested in the Solihull plant to create the world’s largest aluminium body shop. Presenting the new Range Rover, John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: “This is a vehicle that will take us to the next level of success. Range Rover is our flagship and a true British success story, designed, engineered and built in Britain. Its distinctive design, breadth of capability and class-leading refinement and comfort have always made it unique. “When we asked our customers what they wanted us to change, they told us ‘don’t change it, just make it better’. We set out to create not just the world’s finest luxury SUV, but the world’s finest luxury vehicle.”
Pricing in the UK starts from £71,295 for the Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 rising to £98,395 for the Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged. Order books are now officially open with the first months of production expected to fill up immediately. Sales of the outgoing Range Rover remain extremely strong. In the last 12 months Land Rover has sold more vehicles across its range than in any other rolling 12 month period, retailing nearly 280,000 units world-wide.
18 September 2012
Based on the Trendline specification, the special ‘Canyon’ model looks instantly different to the standard Amarok due to its unusual colour: the four-door body glistening in ‘Copper Orange’ paintwork, available exclusively on this special edition. Also available as an option on the roof is a lamp bar with four extra headlights. Further visual features include the darkened rear light clusters, the designer undercarriage guards in body colour, the wheelarches in contrasting black and the wording ‘Canyon’ on doors and rear hatch. The redesigned styling bar, the sill sidebars and the rear bumper in gleaming black form a conscious contrast to the vehicle body. A new roll cover – a cargo space cover in the form of a robust awning – is also coloured gleaming black and protects valuable cargo. With these attributes alone the Amarok Canyon already signals its craving for freedom and adventure.
However, in terms of engine power, too, the ‘Canyon’ delivers what its appearance promises: in order to facilitate maximum off-road capability, the Amarok Canyon is available with both TDI engines, generally in combination with permanent or on-demand four-wheel drive (4MOTION) and optional differential lock on the rear axle. Designed for outdoor activities, the special edition also has redesigned 17-inch ‘Roca’ alloy wheels fitted with size 245/70 R 17 AT-tyres. If desired, 18-inch wheels with road tyres are also available. The individuality of the Amarok Canyon continues inside. Many details have been given a new accent through the use of a special colour scheme. The instrument panel’s sun visor is in contrasting matt chrome and the partially leather seats have two-tone colouring, with the seat bases in ‘Moon Rock’, while the headrests and side wings are elegantly offset in ‘Anthracite’. The decorative stitching on the seats, on the three-spoke leather steering wheel and on the leather-covered gear lever picks up the orangey-red colour of the vehicle body. In addition to being available in the new ‘Copper Orange’ colour, which is being kept exclusively for this special edition, the Amarok Canyon will also be available from early 2013 in ‘Reflex Silver’, ‘Natural Grey’ and ‘Sand Beige’. As an alternative to the styling bar and associated cargo space cover, the ‘Canyon’ will also be available with a practical hard top.
The world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium body, the new Range Rover takes the capabilities of the marque’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains, and significant advances in sustainability. “Launching the all-new Range Rover represents a major milestone for Land Rover, being the first exciting output from an unprecedented investment in premium vehicle technologies,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”
With order books now officially open and sales scheduled to start in late 2012, the all-new Range Rover will be introduced in 170 markets worldwide with prices starting from £71,295 in the UK. Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a state-of-the-art new low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK. Over £370million has been invested in the Solihull plant to create the world’s largest aluminium body shop.
WORLD PREMIERE OF MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ OUTLANDER PHEV WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART PLUG-IN HYBRID EV SYSTEM AT 2012 PMS
Targeting the mid-size category and above, which require extended cruising range, the Outlander PHEV’s Plug-in Hybrid EV System fuses together the EV technologies proven on MMC’s i-MiEV – the pioneering 100%-electric car brought to market in 2009 – with the very latest ICE environmental technologies, including MMC’s MIVEC variable valve timing system. Employing electrical power stored in the drive battery by charging either at home, a charging station or when the system recovers energy when decelerating, the Plug-in Hybrid EV System gives the Outlander PHEV fuel-sipping performance, with a target combined fuel efficiency in excess of 61 km/litre, greatly superior to that of vehicles powered by a conventional engine, and a cruising range in excess of 880 km, which is on a par with a conventional ICE-powered car.
Alongside the Outlander PHEV, MMC will be displaying a total of 11 vehicles (seven on press days) on its stand at the Paris Motor Show, including: the new European version of MMC’s global compact car (called Mirage in other countries) which makes its debut; the ASX compact crossover which has been refreshed for the 2013 model year; and a display model of the i-MiEV Evolution 100% electric racecar which took part in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held in the United States in August. MMC will introduce Outlander PHEV in the Japanese market in early 2013 then sequentially roll out the model in Europe, North America, and other markets around the world.
“The appeal of the Land Rover Defender has been strengthened with the opportunity for customers to enhance their driving comfort and also to personalise their vehicle with a range of contrast roof colours. Underpinned by the powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine and its go anywhere capability, the iconic Defender retains the rugged appeal that it’s always been famous for but now with even greater customer choice,” says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director
Customers can now further enhance their Defender’s looks, comfort and versatility with a choice of three more options as well as the choice of two new exterior body colours, Barolo Black and Havana.
The Electronic Stability Programme, and front seatbelt reminder system – both standard across the range – contributed to the pick-up’s joint-class-leading score of 71% in the ‘safety assist’ category. In the ‘child occupant’ category, the new pick-up scored 67%. William Brown, General Manager at Isuzu UK commented: “These positive results demonstrate the quality of the new Isuzu D-Max, and especially so given that it has been subjected to the new, tougher Euro NCAP testing criteria. Customers can now add an impressive independent safety score to the list of attributes that makes the Isuzu D-Max a highly appealing ownership proposition.”
The Isuzu D-Max is one of the most cost effective pick-ups on the market today, with ultra-low insurance groups (8A to 10A), class-leading residual values and fuel economy, industry-leading fleet packages (available from £185 per month), all backed-up by the company’s unique-in-sector, five-year, 120,000-mile warranty. The all-new Isuzu D-Max is available in three body styles – single, extended and double cab – with prices starting from £14,499 (CVOTR) for the entry-level single cab 4x2, rising to £21,499 (CVOTR) for the top-of-the-range Utah double cab 4x4 Automatic. The Isuzu D-Max is fitted with a completely re-engineered, 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine and is available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
Passive start replaces key dock and there’s a new ‘intelligent’ electric parking brake which adjusts brake force according to the slope the vehicle is parked on. ‘Say What You See’ - a voice activation system with visual prompts, and rear view camera capability are also both new to the Freelander 2. Exterior design details have been revamped for an integrated and co-ordinated appearance, including more contemporary lights front and rear using the latest LED technology and a new signature graphic in the front running lights. The XS model gains all-new 17-inch alloy wheels and an enhanced bodystyling pack. “The Freelander 2’s equipment levels bring a more premium look and feel to the overall driving experience. In addition, our customers continue to benefit from our refined and economical range of diesel engines,” says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. He adds: “It’s another step forward for the Freelander 2 where outstanding equipment levels, superb design, safety and all-terrain capability continue to set the standards in this class.”
All these great new features are underpinned by the fact that the Freelander scores 5 stars in the coveted Euro NCAP for occupant safety. As the most capable SUV in its class, the Freelander 2 offers the durability and sure-footed all-terrain breadth of capability both on and off road that only a Land Rover can provide.
This new Korando Sports will appeal to those who need a working vehicle, the practicality of 4 wheel drive, the towing capability to haul up to 2.3 tonnes yet also the appointments of a family car. Whether towing a work trailer or horsebox, ferrying the crew to site or the children to school, Korando Sports will meet a range of different demands. “This is more a passenger car with pick-up versatility,” said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. “Consequently, it offers refinements that few of our competitors can match. “SsangYong has a growing reputation for building extremely competent off-road vehicles, and the new Korando Sports draws on this pedigree. It’s an honest, reliable and highly capable vehicle yet extremely well equipped, and pound for pound will outclass many more expensive rivals.” Added Steve Gray, marketing and communications director: “To be able to launch an all-new model into the UK so soon after the Korando crossover is great news for us as the importer and our rapidly expanding dealer network, but more importantly for the growing number of motorists who increasingly appreciate the value of the SsangYong brand.
“The price of the new pick-up will be announced at its launch in October, and as you would expect from SsangYong, it will be extremely competitive.”
Beaulieu also partnered with the Land Rover Experience, West Country to offer Simply 4x4 entrants and attraction visitors the opportunity to try Beaulieu’s very own off-road Forest Drive either in their own 4x4s or as a passenger in a Land Rover Experience vehicle. For many, this was the highlight of the day and all who took part declared it an excellent course with just the right amount of mud! Throughout the day Beaulieu’s visitors had the opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicle on display in the People’s Choice Awards. The winner, who received a 60th anniversary edition Beaulieu Trophy from Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn, was Dave Wheeler with his 1967 Land Rover Series 2A. Dave has spent three years renovating the vehicle and is currently restoring a 1972 Series 3.
Runners-up were Vernon Hibberd in a 1988 MK2 Fiat Panda 4x4 purchased this year by Vernon after it had spent five years in a London lock-up, and Stuart Hill from Poole, with his VW Golf Country. Only 7,500 of these left-hand drive vehicles were built, for the German market, and there are currently only 26 known examples in the UK. Following the awards the winners took part in a cavalcade of the most popular vehicles, around the Beaulieu attraction. Simply 4x4 is part of a growing calendar of Simply rallies which has rapidly expanded to include a wide variety of themes covering many makes and models. All Simply rallies are run and organised by Beaulieu and take place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. For more information please visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk
In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.” The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language. “Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs.” With Land Rover strength at its heart, the new model has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever.
Amongst the industry-leading innovations is a ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain. To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces. Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest luxury car standards for refinement. Measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement. The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers. With over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury. To deliver the model’s characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of a refined supercharged V8 petrol engine, TDV6 and SDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions.
The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features such as exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates, to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies. Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK - employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies. Available to order from September 2012 with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, the all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide.
The 3.0 litre V6 engine fitted to the G 350 BlueTEC model delivers 211 hp (a 1 hp gain) and retains the same fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the model it replaces – 25.2 mpg and 295 g/km respectively. The new G 63 AMG is priced at £123,115 OTR. Its hand built, bi-turbo 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine delivers 544 hp and 760 Nm of torque – an improvement of 37 hp and 60 Nm over the outgoing G 55 AMG. Despite these gains, the new V8 sees combined CO2 emissions reduced by 13% to 322 g/km and combined fuel consumption improved by 15% to 20.5 mpg. Distinguishing the G 63 AMG from the rest of the G-Class range is a unique AMG radiator grille with twin chrome fins running through the black mesh grille. The changes extend to a set of AMG wheel-arch extensions finished in the vehicle colour, a bespoke AMG sports exhaust system with chromed twin tailpipes and a new 20” five-twin-spoke alloy wheel design in Titanium Grey high-sheen finish.
Inside, the G 63 AMG now features single-tone designo leather trim, an AMG selector lever with leather insets and an embossed AMG emblem, AMG stainless steel illuminated door sill panels complete with AMG lettering and an AMG instrument cluster with colour display. Finally, a powerful Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system and COMAND Online with Media Interface and DAB radio ensure the G 63 AMG is fitted with the latest in-car enhancements. In addition, the G 63 AMG comes with the Chrome Package and Exterior Styling Package as standard (optional on the G 350 BlueTEC - £765 and £1,515 respectively). Despite its focus on performance the G 63 AMG, in common with every new G-Class, is fitted with permanent all-wheel drive, fully engageable differential locks, four wheel Electronic Traction System (4ETS) and a low-range gear reduction to ensure it remains a viable and adept off-road vehicle.
Beaulieu has partnered with the Land Rover Experience, West Country, to give visitors to Simply 4x4 the opportunity to try Beaulieu’s very own off-road Forest Drive. Event participants can book a space at a cost of £25 per vehicle to take their own 4x4 on the 45 minute course, and can also enjoy a second drive after 3pm for a discounted rate of £15 per vehicle, when booked with the first drive. To book in advance visit www.beaulieushop.co.uk or telephone 01590 612888 and on the day visit the Information Caravan on arrival to reserve a time slot –given on a first come first serve basis. Visitors who do not have a 4x4 but would like to try the course can book a slot in a Land Rover Experience vehicle. Land Rover Experience’s trained instructors can take you on the course for £40 to drive, or £10 for a passenger ride. Please note that to drive you must be aged over 25 and have both parts of your full UK driving license with you on the day. These spaces are very limited and can only be booked in advance by telephone on 01590 612888 when you will be allocated a specific time slot.
Please note the Forest Drive is separately charged and prices do not include the entrance fee to the event or Beaulieu attraction. The first group will leave at 10am with the final rotation leaving at 4.30pm. Terms and conditions apply. There may be some slots available on the day, but to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book in advance. Throughout the day visitors will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicle on display in the People’s Choice Awards. In the afternoon a cavalcade of the most popular vehicles will parade around the Beaulieu attraction, and the winning vehicle and runner up will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony. The winning vehicle owner will receive a coveted special 60th anniversary edition Beaulieu Trophy, with the runner up presented with a bottle of Beaulieu Bubbly. For entrants arriving on the day in their 4x4 vehicle and participating in the event, individual ticket prices are £10 per adult and £5 per child. Book advance tickets online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk or by telephone on 01590 612888, which you can also call for information on group/club entry. For all enquiries regarding 4x4-related trade stands, telephone 01590 614614. Entry into the Beaulieu parkland with your 4x4 vehicle is from 9.30am with refreshments available in the Brabazon Restaurant. All other visitors who wish to see the event, but not participate in a 4x4 vehicle should enter Beaulieu via the Main Reception from 10am at normal attraction admission prices. Admission to the event includes entry to the whole Beaulieu attraction; the National Motor Museum and its exciting BOND IN MOTION exhibition showcasing 50 original James Bond vehicles, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and gardens. Simply 4x4 is part of a growing calendar of Simply rallies which has rapidly expanded to include a wide variety of themes covering many makes and models. All Simply rallies are run and organised by Beaulieu and take place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. For more information please visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk This event is sponsored by specialist motor insurance broker Adrian Flux.
Weeks of rain have triggered flash floods, forced people from their homes and washed out major public events. Having a clear view of the road ahead is important when roads may be awash and a raised, command driving position is a feature of all Land Rover models. It’s typical of summer storms that strike in a moment, which makes the automatic wipers and headlights fitted to almost all models a further benefit while at night, adaptive headlamps, which give directed illumination as the vehicle is steered through bends, help make for safer driving. A comprehensive array of active safety systems, including ABS, electronic brake assist, traction control and dynamic stability control are offered, and an intelligent all-wheel drive system automatically adjusts drive between the front and rear axles to achieve the best grip.
In more challenging conditions, Land Rover’s innovative all-wheel drive technology is both effective and easy for the driver to engage. Terrain Response® adapts vehicle systems to cope with different off-road environments at the push of a button, whether it’s a sodden field, or more extreme mud and ruts. According to model, camera systems can relay a 360-degree real-time image of the area immediately around the vehicle to help plot the safest course when the going gets really tough. Even when floods strike, Land Rovers are designed to keep going, with wading depths up to 700mm.
The generously equipped new Steed is attracting interest from buyers of both new and used pick-ups across the UK, thanks to its combination of robustness, practicality and unrivalled value. Not only is it the most affordable 4x4 double-cab pick-up to buy, but it is also the most economical to run. Powered by a newly-developed 2.0-litre, 16-valve turbocharged diesel engine, the Steed delivers class leading fuel economy of 34.0 mpg (combined). It also has best-in-class insurance ratings – 7A for the Steed S and 8A for the range-topping Steed SE. “In the current economic climate, paying out thousands for a deposit on a new vehicle sometimes just isn’t possible, particularly for small businesses,” comments Great Wall Managing Director, Paul Hegarty. “Our £1 deposit finance offer allows businesses who don’t want to make a large initial investment to still drive away in a brand new Steed.”
As well as being affordable, the Great Wall Steed is an extremely capable working tool. Carrying capacity compares very well with established rivals – the maximum payload is 1,050kg – and towing capability is an impressive 2,000kg with a ‘braked’ trailer and 750kg unbraked. Meanwhile, the vehicle’s high ground clearance and ‘on demand’ four wheel drive system make it a capable load-lugger off-road, as well as a comfortable on-road companion. So that the buying and ownership experience of a Steed is as rewarding and trouble-free as possible, all dealers for the new brand have committed to the ‘Great Wall Promise’ which includes inflation-proof servicing plans and free service pick-up and drop-off. All Steeds come with a comprehensive three-year / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty, a six-year anti-perforation warranty, three-year paint warranty and three-year roadside assistance. The Steed is on sale through a newly-appointed network of hand-picked Great Wall dealers. For showroom locations and full finance terms, visit www.greatwallmotor.co.uk
Curtis Hutchison, Motor Trader Editor, said: “Land Rover is a brand on the move. Sales have been rising in a tough market since 2010, thanks to a range of compelling vehicles and the addition of the hugely popular Evoque. “Significantly, communication with its dealer network and the profitability of its dealers have also improved, making it a worthy winner.” The judges took into account the effectiveness of Land Rover’s commercial re-organisation and the long-term investment it has made in its UK retail network to build for sustained performance. In making their decision they also noted the high ratings the company has achieved across key criteria in the National Franchised Dealer Association’s Dealer Attitude Surveys, a key barometer for manufacturer performance.
Land Rover’s UK Marketing Director Laura Schwab said: “We highly value this award as it reflects not only what we are achieving with our developing product range, but importantly the investment we have made in building a sound and profitable commercial platform, too. “Working with our national dealer network is vital in securing a leading position in a challenging market where customers expect – and deserve – the highest quality service.” Motor Trader’s Carmaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Mondial Assistance, is given to the manufacturer which, in the opinion of a panel of judges, has excelled in producing new models, successfully marketing them and building close relationships with its dealer network.
The new finance deal is designed to appeal to Subaru’s ‘heartland’ buyers, those living in rural and semi-rural areas who need practical and reliable motoring at an affordable price, as well as the assurance of permanent All-Wheel Drive and dealer service for which the Subaru network is renowned. Customers taking up the zero per cent offer must provide an initial 50% deposit and pay the remaining 50% at the end of the two-year term. Existing trade-in’s can also be used as part-payment of the deposit against a new model. Higher spec models qualify for interest-free credit over one year, while low-rate finance – at just 3.9% APR – is now available for Personal Contract Purchase buyers with smaller deposits.
The announcement of the new finance offer also coincides with the availability of 24-hour test drives for on all versions of the popular Legacy and Outback models, with the insurance covered by Subaru UK. Darren James, Subaru UK Managing Director explained: “Allowing prospects to take the car away for 24 hours is to allow them to really get under the skin of our cars, and to give them the opportunity of living with the vehicle throughout a typical day. With the 24-hour test drive combined with the new finance offers available, we hope to be able to encourage more people to give Subaru a long hard look.” All new Subaru models benefit from Subaru’s unique Everything Taken Care of (ETCo) aftercare package, the most comprehensive in the UK. At no additional cost, ETCo is worth over £700 and covers items such as minor dent and scratch repairs, alloy wheel repairs, monthly wash, annual valet, lost keys replacement, service collection and delivery, annual wheel alignment check, first MOT cover, and winter wheel and tyre storage. As part of the ETCo package, Subaru also provides an accident management service and a contribution to insurance cover excess. ETCo is offered in addition to Subaru’s three-year / 60,000-mile manufacturer warranty and new finance offers.
To find out more about the ultra-competitive finance offers on Subaru’s range of All-Wheel Drive models, visit www.subaru.co.uk
A special ‘DEFENDER’ decal sits above the rear LED lights whilst the front lights are enhanced with Santorini Black headlamp surrounds in contrast to the body colour. This distinctive front end design is complemented with a body colour grille and gloss black Land Rover lettering on the bonnet. A rear step bumper assembly aids entry, exit and loading. Gloss Black Saw Tooth 16-inch alloy wheels and MTR off-road tyres complete the look giving the Defender XTech a powerfully strong and purposeful stance. A pure Ebony part leather interior complements both the Orkney Grey and Nara Bronze with contrast Lunar stitching. The Land Rover logo is embossed on front headrests whilst carpet mats have the Defender logo woven in. To harmonise with the exterior of this special edition, the central switch panel matches the body colour of the vehicle with the same paint finish.
The XTech Special Edition comes with a high level of standard equipment, including Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Traction Control, central locking with remote control and heated seats and windscreen. With a choice of the 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon, a range of standard options and accessories are available to add even more capability and character to this iconic four-wheel drive vehicle. Powered by the 2.2-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, the Defender boasts 360Nm of torque for effortless towing and excellent driver refinement whether on or off-road.
The Defender XTech Special Edition goes on sale from July starting at £27,995.
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With more than 110 global awards under its belt, the Evoque has gained critical acclaim from customers and media alike. Crowned Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year, World Design Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year amongst others, the Evoque continues to receive plaudits for its concept car looks, dynamic driving performance, class leading off-road skills and excellent cost of ownership. This early success for Evoque has had a significant positive impact on the Halewood facility. In anticipation of the launch in 2011, the workforce was increased to more than 3,000 employees. In March this year, JLR announced it would recruit a further 1,000 employees to help deliver the increased volume of both Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2, which is also manufactured at Halewood.
In just three years the workforce has trebled and the plant now employs more than 4,000 people. Halewood Operations Director Richard Else, said: “The Evoque is an incredibly exciting vehicle that continues to turn heads. Sales of the Evoque remain strong across all markets and here at the plant we are working hard to meet this demand.” The Evoque is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK with more than 75 per cent of production exported to more than 170 global markets - generating an estimated £2 billion in annual export value for the UK.
It’s your turn to be part of that history as the Land Rover Experience experts show you how to navigate the mysteries of the woodland as well as pointing out landmarks relevant to the brand’s illustrious past. The off road track at Eastnor encompasses some of the most notable locations in Land Rover history, with areas that have been used in the development of some of Land Rover's most iconic models; such as the Spen King Hill, Camel Bridge and American Dips. Experienced guides will point out all these historic points of interest as well as offering advice on navigating the course and getting the most out of your vehicle. This exclusive opportunity is bound to be popular and slots are limited on both the beginner and intermediate convoys so book your session in now to avoid disappointment. Each session lasts two hours and costs just £45. To reserve your place, contact Land Rover Experience by calling 01531 638779 or emailing email@example.com
If you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the action then book yourself a pitch for the weekend and bring along your tent or caravan. From as little as £50you and your family can enjoy the evening entertainment provided complete in the backdrop of the majestic Malvern Hills. Eastnor Land Rover Show is open from 9am until 4.30pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2012. Adult ticket prices start from £10 when purchased in advance with children under 16 allowed in free with paying adults. For more information on Eastnor Land Rover Show visit www.eastnorlandrovershow.com
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