Aston Martin's new Vanquish S has been launched and continues the progress of this illustrious model to keep it one to watch on the nation's roads. Both inside and out the looks and performance have been enhanced to make this driver's car a car to carry on driving. Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO said: "From the moment the original Vanquish was launched it became a modern icon. It propelled Aston Martin from an era of hand-built cars to one where craftsmanship and technology combined to create a new kind of great British GT. "In its second generation the Vanquish maintained that momentum with huge engineering advances such as its all-carbon fibre bodywork and compelling, contemporary styling. Now, the Vanquish S takes things a step further, confidently asserting itself within the Aston Martin range and distinguishing itself from the new DB11. A spectacular machine in every sense, the Vanquish S is a magnificent addition to our range." Vanquish S is available in both Coupe and Volante and recommended retail price starts from £199,950 in the UK.
It was building for the future last month when the new Land Rover Discovery was launched at Packington Hall next to the largest Lego construction ever-created, all 5.8 million bricks worth! And now the independent industry body CAP is bringing good news to the fleet and leasing business as it is estimating that the new Land Rover Discovery will retain 59% of its residual value over three years or 36,000 miles. This is partly due to its 2.0 litre Ingenium engine which is of aluminium construction and therefore lighter and more efficient and gives a servicing interval of 21,000 miles or two years. According to Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar's Land Rover UK Managing Director: "The new Discovery is already proving to be immensely competitive against the established competition. High residuals and reduced running costs mean that Discovery customers can enjoy all the improved benefits over the outgoing Discovery and its peers for less." The new Land Rover Discovery can be ordered now, with UK deliveries to start in the spring. It's priced from £43,495 or £399 per month on the road.
It was a second weekend of success for Aston Martin Racing, as drivers Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda took the V8 Vantage GTE number 98 car to victory. After converting a pole position start into victory last week in Austin, they repeated that success in the latest 6-hour FIA World Endurance Championship round in Fuji, Japan. It means they are in a very strong position with just two rounds to go. It was a great start from opening driver Pedro Lamy which was built on by both Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda. So much so that at the three hour mark, when all the trio had driven their first stint, they had a lead of over one lap on the rest of the field. Lauda said: "It's great to win two in a row, following the one in Austin. We had a really clean race, great pitstops and the car setup was fantastic making it really easy to drive over the stint." Pedro Lamy added: "I just kept pushing towards the end and the car was in a nice condition throughout the whole of my final stint. I really worked hard to maintain my focus with the lead I had." It was solid consistent driving by all three divers that made sure of the victory. Team Principle Paul Howarth commented how the team are now hungry for the next round in three weeks time in China. "We'll continue to push and aim to place ourselves in the strongest position in the championship table for the finale in Bahrain." This weekend's result means that Aston Martin have reduced the gap to the Italian AF Corse team in the GTE Am championship to just 33 points, with a maximum of 52 still up for grabs in the final two rounds.
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's largest car manufacturer, today announced its best-ever September UK sales retailing 20,977 vehicles, up 31% on the same period in 2015. Both brands contributed to the strong performance, delivering their best September sales figures on record. Land Rover, spearheaded by the Range Rover Evoque, sold 14,556 vehicles, up 30%, while Jaguar sold 6,421 vehicles, surpassing the brand's previous best September in 2004. Jaguar has retailed 26,366 vehicles in the first nine months of 2016, up 47% on the same period last year while Land Rover has sold 66,978 vehicles, up 16%.
The New Discovery embodies Land Rover's drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It's an authentic, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility. Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery attracting more than 1.2 million customers over the last 27 years. New Discovery is powered by Jaguar Land Rover's efficient range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover's strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other. The New Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps families safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure every destination is reached. New Discovery was previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept, which showcased the future direction of the entire Discovery family when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014, and represents a radical departure for Land Rover's most versatile SUV. The revolutionary design gives Discovery a dynamic appearance with sophisticated surfaces and precisely engineered details designed to resonate with customers on an emotional level. The Discovery family has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of Discovery's 27 years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them.
Jaguar Land Rover stole the limelight at the Paris Motor Show with a world premiere, a world record, a surprise announcement and a motorsport debut. The new Land Rover Discovery was the headline act on the show stand in Paris, fresh from its dramatic unveiling alongside a world record-breaking LEGO model of London's Tower Bridge. The new Discovery redefines the premium SUV sector, delivering class-leading all-terrain capability and a versatile full-size seven-seat interior in a revolutionary design. The Jaguar success story continued with confirmation the XF Sportbrake will join the family in 2017 and the brand underlined its commitment to investing in technology for the next generation by showcasing its advanced I-TYPE 1 on the stand. New Discovery arrived in Paris after a spectacular unveiling on a 13-metre high LEGO version of London's Tower Bridge. The magnificent model set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever LEGO structure, using 5.8million bricks. The globally renowned family toy created the perfect playground for the new SUV at Packington Hall in Warwickshire, close to the brand's Solihull home. Land Rover customers Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie, and Zara Phillips OBE were also part of the event.
Jaguar Land Rover has started construction of its new manufacturing facility in Slovakia. The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Robert Fico and Andy Garth, UK Ambassador to Slovakia. Jaguar Land Rover continues to lead the automotive industry in the development of advanced lightweight technologies. The new 300,000m?? factory will be at the forefront of aluminium manufacturing and engineering expertise in Slovakia. It will manufacture a range of all-new aluminium Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, supporting the company's on-going commitment to deliver high-tech lightweight cars to its customers. The £1 billion plant will have an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and the first cars are expected to come off the production line in late 2018. It incorporates cutting-edge current manufacturing technologies and it is the first in Europe to use Kuka's Pulse carrier system which is 30% faster than conventional conveyance systems. It will also feature a highly automated paint shop process to ensure the highest quality and to minimise the environmental impact. Looking to the future, the factory has been designed with the flexibility to enable smart, connected manufacturing technologies which will support improved process efficiency, delivery and quality.
A 2004 MG ZT 1.8 Turbo, with an unbelievable three miles on the clock, will go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions' (CCA) September Sale on 24th September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. A remarkable find, the current and only owner purchased the car from a Derby based dealer in 2005 who was selling off the cars at half price following the collapse of MG Rover. It was then delivered to his farm just outside Silverstone race circuit with only one mile on the clock. The owner wanted to have the 'best in the world' and so the car was immediately placed into storage, initially in a heated garage, subsequently in a Carcoon and latterly in a Car Bag, which has beautifully preserved the car. Amazingly, the owner has driven the car just two miles along the driveway, meaning the mileage now reads only three miles. Now for sale again 11 years later, estimated at between £8,500 and £10,500, the owner believes this is the best condition and lowest mileage MG ZT in the world. Presented in British Racing Green, it is in immaculate condition and exactly as it left the Longbridge factory. It still has the original ContiSport tyres and even the same fuel that was put in the tank all those years ago. The 1.8 litre turbocharged iconic Rover K-Series engine is gleaming.
We've now caught sight of Land Rover's new full-sized, seven-seat SUV as the manufacturer has just released the first official teaser pictures. The New Discovery will make its world premiere on 28th September 2016 ahead of the Paris Motor Show. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's Chief Design Officer, said: "New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover's design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV."
The Ford Mustang is UK's most popular high-performance sports coupe, ahead of competitors from Porsche, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes. Figures for sports cars with 250PS or more put the Mustang at the front of the pack from January to July 2016. Since Ford started taking orders in January 2015, the Ford Mustang has topped 4,000 sales to date, with total 2016 registrations at 2,317, so far. This puts the Mustang comfortably at the top of the table against rivals, the closest being the Jaguar F-Type with 1,446.
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