Motion sickness affects over 70% of people. But nausea whilst on a car journey could soon be radically reduced. That's according to Jaguar Land Rover which has created an algorithm that generates a 'wellness score' for each passenger. JLR says this can be used to automatically personalise a vehicle's driving to reduce car sickness by up to 60%. "As we move towards an autonomous future where occupants will have more time to either work, read or relax on longer journeys, it's important we develop vehicles that can adapt to reduce the effects of motion sickness in a way that's tailored to each passenger," said Spencer Salter, Wellness Technology Researcher at Jaguar Land Rover. JLR says it has already collected 15,000 miles of motion sickness data. This will help it work towards minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax in an autonomous vehicle. JLR says the findings of the research are already being implemented into further and will help it create personalised cabin experiences for its customers in future vehicles.
DS Automobiles in the UK is now represented solely by a DS dedicated network. As part of the new offering, is the DS CERTIFIED programme for pre-owned DS cars. In the programme, DS Cars come with a number of customer benefits, including history and mileage checks and a 120-point DS Certified Pre-delivery Inspection. Buyers will also get benefits like the DS Assistance, MOT Test Cover, 30 day/1,000-mile exchange programme and the additional DS ONLY YOU customer experience services for assistance on Finance and Part Exchange. DS cars registered after 1 Sept 2015 with up to 50,000 miles on the clock will get a minimum 2-year period of warranty and for DS cars over 4-years and up to 7-years with up to100,000 miles on the clock a 1-year period for warranty DS Assistance. The warranty is equivalent to the new car dealer warranty giving the customer as close to a new car experience as possible.
Aston Martin Lagonda have announced two important new additions to its UK site operations. The Aston Martin Test and Development Centre at Silverstone and the creation of a central London office. It means that Silverstone will become a new hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling. "The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands," said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. "I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development." Since the announcement of the company's seven-year Second Century Business Plan in early 2015, there has been a progressive retooling of every area of the business. With the addition of Silverstone and London, Aston Martin Lagonda will operate out of 10 locations across the UK and by the end of 2022 is set to employ 5,000 people. "Aston Martin will soon become one of the leading automotive employers in the UK", said Dr Palmer.
Popular UK rental company Supercar Hire has recently added a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder to its car selection. It will be joining an already impressive fleet featuring esteemed brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche. 'Since the start of our journey, the Supercar Hire mission was to make the absolute best supercars in the market easily accessible to a greater number of people," said company spokesperson Aaron Girling. "The Huracan Spyder is the epitome of thrilling, cutting-edge supercar design, a modern motoring masterpiece." While this recent acquisition marks yet another milestone for the East Midlands based company, Girling also hinted that clients can look forward to more exciting additions in the coming months.
Having received almost 80,000 orders for its new award-winning XC40, Volvo Cars is expanding production in Europe and China in order to meet demand. In addition, the company will capitalise on the popularity of its new smaller models with the introduction of new models on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), replacing the current V40. "The XC40's success has surpassed even our highest expectations," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The small SUV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the industry now, and with these additional CMA-based models we expect to benefit further from that growth." The coming new models based on CMA will include fully electric vehicles and will be sold globally in all major regions. More product details will be disclosed at a later stage.
The revolutionary all-electric Jaguar I-PACE will be making one of its first UK public appearances at the Fully Charged Live event, taking place at Silverstone from 9th-10th June. The C-X75 supercar inspired performance SUV has already received critical acclaim, being named a 'Game Changer' at the 2018 Autocar Awards and collecting the What Car? 2018 Reader Award, securing it the title of the most anticipated new car of 2018. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: "The reaction to the Jaguar I-PACE has been absolutely staggering, from both the public and media. Everyone at Jaguar Land Rover UK is extremely proud of what we've achieved with the I-PACE, so we're delighted to be able to show it off at Silverstone for the inaugural Fully Charged Live show this weekend." Fully Charged Live is the electric vehicle and renewable energy event of the year, with dozens of visitor attractions, sixteen live sessions and lots of exciting exhibitors. Full information on the event can be found at www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/fully-charged-live-more-info.
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has received almost 80,000 orders for the new award-winning XC40 small SUV and is therefore expanding production in Europe and China in order to meet demand. In the first half of next year, production will grow at its Ghent manufacturing plant and Volvo Cars will add XC40 production capacity at its Luqiao plant in China. In addition, the company will capitalise on the popularity of its new smaller models with the introduction of new models on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), replacing the current V40. These new models will include fully electric vehicles and will be sold globally in all major regions. "The XC40's success has surpassed even our highest expectations," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The small SUV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the industry now, and with these additional CMA-based models we expect to benefit further from that growth."
Volvo recently launched its S90 Ambience Concept. It is based on Volvo's top-of-the-line S90 Excellence three-seater executive sedan and focuses on chauffeured passengers in the rear seat. Passengers can personalise the car's atmosphere by using the intuitive smartphone app to choose one of seven visual themes synchronised with audio and scent. "The Ambience Concept was created primarily for the China market and provides a contrast to China's sometimes hectic city environments," said Martin Andersson, Senior Commercial Product Manager at Volvo Cars' Special Vehicles Department. While the S90 Ambience is launching as a concept, Volvo Cars has the ambition to make it available in S90 Excellence production cars, especially in China.
Volvo Cars have reported a global year-on-year sales increase of 14.1 per cent for the first quarter of 2018. Total sales in the quarter, which saw the XC40 and XC60 SUVs be crowned European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year respectively, reached 147,407 cars, up from 129,148 cars a year earlier as Volvo's SUV line-up and the 90 range as a whole proved popular with customers. China is Volvo Cars' largest market, where sales increased by 23.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2018. Volvo reported a solid 5.7 per cent sales increase in Europe for the first quarter, compared with last year, selling 79,512 cars on strong demand for the new XC60, the 90 Series cars and the new XC40 small SUV, for which deliveries started in February. Total sales for the month of March grew by 10.3 per cent to 63,038 cars compared to a year earlier.
There have been some changes in Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, with Rachael Thompson joining the business as Sales Director, and Krishan Bodhani, currently Head of smart and Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars, moving into the role of Used Cars and Remarketing Director. Rachael joins Mercedes-Benz Cars UK from Jaguar Land Rover, where she has been the UK Sales Director. Having previously worked in a number of roles across Audi, Volkswagen and Ford, Rachael brings with her considerable experience of new car sales operations. Since joining the company in 2015 as Head of smart, Krishan has been instrumental in delivering record-breaking sales results. An announcement regarding Krishan's successor will be made in due course. Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said: "I am looking forward to working with Rachael and Krishan to further develop and strengthen our business success."
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