The latest Grange news with updates on car launches and events for supercar and our prestige brands including Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and McLaren.
On the 22nd May 2019, Grange McLaren Hatfield officially opened with an excluisve launch evening replacing our temporary site with a new state-of-the-art facility.
We are absolutely delighted to announce the opening this brand new McLaren luxury sports car buying experience. Visit us today in our new surroundings or find out more here about Grange McLaren Hatfield.
On the 16th May 2019, we officially opened our stunning new Grange Aston Martin Hatfield dealership having moved from Welwyn Garden City in April.
We were absolutely delighted to showcase this brand new Aston Martin luxury sports car buying experience to our guests and we would like to thank everyone for making this such a hugely successful event. Visit us today in our new state-of-the-art surroundings or find out more about the event clicking the link below.
We were delighted to celebrate the opening of our new Grange Jaguar & Land Rover Hatfield dealership on the 8th May with an exclusive opening event for our Guests.
Grange Jaguar & Land Rover Hatfield is open now and replaces our Welwyn dealerships with a new world-class facility.
We are excited to announce the opening of a brand new luxury retail experience in Hertfordshire.
Grange Aston Martin Hatfield is open and replaces our Aston Martin Welwyn dealership with a new cutting-edge facility.
Grange Aston Martin Brentwood was delighted yesterday for @astonmartinracingofficial driver Alex Lynn to collect his new stunning Vantage from us.
We take a look at the best cars on display at the Geneva International Motor Show 2019 from all the prestigious marques that we proudly represent in our dealerships.
Friday 1st March saw the new McLaren 720S Spider showcased by Grange McLaren Hatfield at Tewin Bury. Take a look at the images of the event.
Our brand-new Grange Specialist Cars Swindon dealership is a must-visit if you are in the market for a prestige, pre-owned specialist car. We have the expertise and the enthusiasts at our new dealership, so if you are looking for a particular make and model of car, our specialist team will be able to help you source it. Take a look at our current stock of specialist used cars online, or visit us at Grange Specialist Cars in Swindon. Our stock will change daily.
We are excited to announce the opening of a brand new retail experience for you - Jaguar Hatfield and Land Rover Hatfield are open now and replace our Land Rover Welwyn and Jaguar Welwyn dealerships with a new state-of-the-art facility.
After a full and comprehensive refurbishment, Grange Lamborghini Tunbridge Wells celebrated its launch with an exclusive evening event on the 6th of November 2018.
Take a closer look at the stunning new McLaren 600LT with videos and images from our exclusive launch event celebrating the 600LT landing at our new McLaren Hatfield dealership.
Our new Lamborghini dealership in Chelmsford celebrated its opening with an exclusive opening event showcasing the latest new Lamborghini cars.
In November, Bentley Chelmsford and Bentley Tunbridge Wells had the pleasure of celebrating the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the prestigious Bentley marque with a selection of our invited guests. We looked back over 5 delicious courses on the life of W.O. Bentley, and the extraordinary team that shaped this era so far including the Bentley Boys and Bentley Girls. The events coincided fantastically with the launch of the stunning new Continental GT Convertible, launched the same week.
Our new Bentley Tunbridge Well dealership celebrated its opening with an exclusive opening event showcasing the latest new Bentley cars and some classic Bentley cars from years gone by.
We have video road tests of approximately 20 models. Use the dropdowns to choose the road test.
Special Vehicle Operations develops a more restrained road-oriented version to sit alongside the existing 200mph Project 8 derivatives
Jaguar today announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective 01 July
The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has won Best Electric Powertrain, Best New Engine, and the 350 to 450PS category at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards
Jaguar has revealed a new Chequered Flag special edition for the E-PACE. Unique, premium design touches and upgraded standard features build on the agility, precision and performance customers expect from Jaguar’s compact performance SUV
While SUVs dominate the sales charts, new research from What Car? has found MPVs are the superior choice for families with young children thanks to their capacity to accommodate a greater number of child seats. Of the seven SUVs tested, only two models were capable of taking all three child seats - the Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento. The use of a child seat in the second or third row was prohibited in four of the large SUVs tested, and the one that could take a third seat in the second row wasn't wide enough to do this. In contrast, of the four MPVs tested, all were able to accommodate three child seats with ISOFIX points. The latest Seat Alhambra and VW Touran models both feature ISOFIX points in all five of their rear passenger seats - a record matched by only one of the luxury SUVs; the Audi Q7.
An innovative 'Smart Wallet' technology which is being tested by Jaguar Land Rover will let drivers earn cryptocurrency on the go. Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using innovative connected car services being tested by Jaguar Land Rover. Using 'Smart Wallet' technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers can then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles.
According to new Motorparc data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders or SMMT, last year, the number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters. The UK's largest automotive analysis shows there is now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads. As drivers take advantage of the latest low emission vehicle technology - whether petrol, diesel or AFV - it means that the average CO2 emissions for the UK Motorparc have fallen to the lowest on record, down -17.8% compared with 2008. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "Thanks to massive investment from manufacturers in delivering a wide range of models across all fuel types, to suit all driving needs, environmental gains are now being delivered across the UK. Ever-more advanced in technology makes every new generation of vehicle more efficient than the last, and this is filtering rapidly from the new car market into the broader parc." Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30% last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use. It's thanks to manufacturer investment in advanced powertrains, transmission types, lightweight materials and aerodynamics, that cars are more efficient than ever before and drivers are seeing the benefits. The UK's record 34.9 million-strong car fleet has never been more diverse, with more than 1,600 model ranges and almost 68,000 different specifications on the roads last year. "Fleet renewal is proven to work," continues Hawes, "so we need a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure to give motorists the confidence to buy the latest, cleanest cars, whatever the fuel type, in the greater numbers we need to meet environmental challenges." While superminis continued to dominate, making up a third (33.2%) of all cars in the parc, dual purpose vehicles saw the biggest growth, up 10.6%. At the same time, family hatches and saloons (upper medium) saw the largest fall, down -4.7% to four million. Elsewhere, the data reveals that female car ownership remains at a record high, surpassing 2017's level by 1.4%, with more than 12 million cars now owned by women. Cars registered to men also rose moderately by 0.5% to almost 17.9 million.
For many people and businesses, when it comes to switching to a fully electric vehicle, there is a concern that charging stations will not be there when they are needed. However, Ford has now come up with a concept to help allay those concerns. The basis for this new approach is using big data to identify the most beneficial places to locate new rapid-charging points. Data scientists at the company have developed an algorithm, based on more than 1 million kilometres of driving data to pinpoint the places that could help drivers integrate charging within their operating patterns. This will alleviate having to make special journeys to out-of-the way locations. "Being able to harness, analyse and leverage the huge amounts of data that is available through existing vehicle use can make a real difference to how easy we find it to get about in the cities of the future," said John Scott, project lead, City Data Solutions, Ford Mobility. "We at Ford are committed to delivering smart vehicles for a smart world - including electric vehicles that will contribute to cleaner, quieter towns and cities." Following in-depth analysis in Greater London, the team concluded that it would be possible to significantly improve access to on-the-go charging through deploying a relatively small number of strategically positioned rapid-charging stations. Ford City Data Solutions Report As part of its far-reaching Ford City Data Solutions Report, published in December 2018, Ford fitted 160 connected vans with a simple plug-in device to record journey data. With the consent of participants, this generated more than 500 million data points, from more than 15,000 days of vehicle use, that was sent to the cloud for analysis. It was from this data, captured over an eight-month period, that Ford's Global Data Insight and Analytics team were able to identify where charging points would be most useful to a fleet. "Electrification changes the way we drive - and refuel - our vehicles," said Scott. "In locating these additional charging points, we've attempted to take into account regular driving and stopping patterns so that topping up slots into drivers' regular day-to-day activities." This announcement is ahead of the plug-in Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people carrier that go on sale later this year.
Motorists are less enthusiastic than ever about the idea of driverless cars - with more than half of drivers saying the idea "horrifies" them. This is according to newly released figures online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk that show motorists are now more fearful and sceptical about computer-controlled driving than they were just two years ago. They have tracked consumer attitudes to the concept of autonomous vehicles since April 2017. The latest findings will worry transport policy makers who are determined to see driverless cars introduced onto the UK's roads as soon as possible. In February the Department for Transport announced that it wanted to see driverless cars start to be introduced as early as 2021 - but it appears that scepticism, fear and mistrust of driverless cars has increased since April 2017. "There seems to be a gap emerging between the enthusiasm of transport policy planners toward autonomous vehicles and the willingness of today's motorists to accept them," says BuyaCar.co.uk Managing Director, Austin Collins. "Despite the constant flow of headlines about driverless cars arriving in just a few years, our analysis of the views of motorists shows enthusiasm waning and fears growing." In April 2017 almost one in five motorists thought they 'definitely' or 'probably' would own a driverless car one day. This month that figure has slumped to 13%, despite frequent publicity around government plans to encourage take-up of driverless cars in the next few years. And in a sign of hardening attitudes the number of people declaring that they 'definitely will not' own a driverless car at any point has risen from 38% to 42%. Over the past two years fear of not being in control of a vehicle has risen from 55% to 62%. Concerns over poor quality road markings leading to confusion for sophisticated visual recognition systems are also on the increase, with a rise from 24% to 29% of motorists mentioning it as a factor. But overall, a general sense of mistrust appears to be building, with 44% of drivers now saying they 'just don't trust the idea of a driverless car', compared with 34% in April 2017. "If driver concerns about their introduction continue to mount," concludes Collins, "it's possible to imagine it becoming a problem for transport policy makers or even a political issue."
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