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NEWS ☀ Industry Update #35

Peugeot 2008 – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
Hard driving bargain – £2,300 off Subaru XV range
Suzuki’s Swift Sport – now with five door practicality
Limited Edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ on sale now
European premiere for Subaru WRX concept in Frankfurt
ŠKODA adds two new value-packed Fabia models
Honda’s NSX prototype breaks cover in the USA

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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Peugeot 2008 TamworthPeugeot 2008 – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The all-new Peugeot 2008 Crossover has demonstrated the capability of its pioneering Grip Control enhanced traction technology in the most dramatic way – by driving up and down an indoor snow slope. During the recent launch event for UK media, the driving route took journalists out of the Summer sun and into the rather cooler climate of the popular Snowdome in Tamworth, Staffs.

Once inside, guests discovered examples of the stylish new compact crossover parked at the base of the 170-metre ski slope. First they took the wheel of a 2008 without Grip Control and struggled to get more than a few metres on the hard-packed snow. Swapping to a car with Grip Control, which is standard on Allure and Feline trim levels with 1.6 petrol and diesel engines, the contrast in performance couldn’t have been more stark. Thanks to the enhanced traction control and all season tyres – a feature of every car with Grip Control – the Peugeot 2008 drove straight to the top of the slope.

The average gradient of 27 degrees coupled with a 90-degree corner posed no problems. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, drivers were even encouraged to perform an emergency stop on the descent. The car’s advanced traction system brought it quickly to a halt with the minimum of fuss. The launch of the Peugeot 2008 Crossover was the largest media driving event ever staged at Tamworth Snowdome, the UK’s first indoor show slope when it opened in 1994.

Grip Control is designed for customers with active lifestyles who drive on a wide range of surfaces and occasionally need extra traction. It is patented technology from the PSA Group, Peugeot’s parent company. Acting through components which are already fitted to the vehicle, Grip Control works on the car’s front wheels to boost driver confidence and safety. Standard mode is designed for normal road conditions and where there is a low level of skidding. However, the driver can switch away from Standard mode using the dial located in the centre console, opting instead for Snow, Off-Road, Sand or ESP Off. The result is a level of performance usually associated with 4×4 off-roaders.

The all-new Peugeot 2008 Crossover with Grip Control costs from £16,195 on the road. The Peugeot 2008 Crossover range starts from £12,995 on the road and is available in UK dealerships from the 18th July. Demand is anticipated to be as strong as it has been for the much acclaimed 208, which has already secured over 35,000 UK orders during its first full year.

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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Subaru XVHard driving bargain – £2,300 off Subaru XV range

Subaru UK has announced today a mouth-watering £2,300 price reduction on the Subaru XV, making one of the most robust and economical compact crossovers even more affordable. The price reduction, which has been possible due to a more favourable exchange rate between Pound Sterling and the Japanese Yen, applies to every model in the Subaru XV range, and allows motorists to drive away in a new XV from just £18,995.

With much more than just school-run appeal, the XV is noted for its robust practicality, performance and excellent fuel economy and was named ‘SUV of the Year’ by the judges on 4×4 Magazine and has won industry recognition for its design and safety in Japan and the USA. In Europe, it was Switzerland’s best-selling car in August last year, toppling the VW Golf from top spot. The Subaru XV is unusual in benefiting from permanent All-Wheel Drive as standard. Despite this, the 2.0D returns a very competitive 50.4mpg (combined cycle) and 146g/km CO2.  Its high ground clearance contributes to the car’s genuine off-road ability, while Subaru’s trademark low centre of gravity aids the car’s sporty handling on all roads.

Standard specification is generous across the range with all cars being fitted with front, side, curtain and knee airbags, front passenger airbag auto-disable, 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, heated front seats, wiper de-icers, CD player and a comprehensive  Multi-Function Display. The popular SE model also gets cruise control, folding door mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning, rear view safety camera, Bluetooth, and rear privacy glass.

The XV’s five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating combines with 90% rating for child occupant protection – the best in its segment –  as well as the highest possible rating in the USA’s demanding Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests.  A five-year, 100,000 mile warranty completes the package for buyers. Haydn Davies, Marketing Director, Subaru UK, said: “Compared to rivals, the XV is one of the most robust and most economical cars available. We have taken the first opportunity to re-price the model given the changes to exchange rates and believe the  price reduction now gives customers the greatest value for their money.”
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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Suzuki Swift SportSuzuki’s Swift Sport – now with five door practicality

Swift Sport – on sale since January 2012 as a three door and priced at £13,749.
Five door model now on sale for £14,249 – just £500 extra.

The Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift model range and offers higher levels of tuning, steering and braking performance than the standard Swift on which it’s based. The sporting experience combined with low cost of ownership has earned it many devoted fans  around the world.

For the 2013 model update, and in response to customer demand, Suzuki is introducing the five door model to provide further practicality and seating for five. Befitting its status as the performance flagship of the Swift model range, it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki’s sporting DNA.

Suzuki launched the Swift Sport in a growing number of Countries in 2012 and sales in the UK are 1,200 units per annum, of which around 450 units will be the five door model. Swift Sport volume accounts for 10 per cent of the total for the Swift range. The Swift Sport’s M16A engine offers power combined with low emissions. The engine has a variable intake system and an optimised intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) for increased valve lift, maximum output is an impressive 100kW (136PS) and maximum torque is 160Nm at an engine speed of 4,400 rpm enabling the driver to enjoy superb performance across the rev range.

The engine’s high output is combined with excellent fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the Combined EC Cycle with CO2 emissions of 147g/km. The Sport is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard and has a bespoke exhaust system with twin tailpipes, one on each side of the rear diffuser. At no additional charge, Swift Sport is available in these four metallic/pearlescent colours – Silky Silver metallic, Cool White Pearl metallic, Boost Blue Pearl metallic and Cosmic Black Pearl metallic.
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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Mazda MX-5 Sport Graphite LELimited Edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ on sale now

Delivering top-of-the-range specification, unique styling and sporty performance, the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ Roadster Coupe is on sale now ready for summer, offering Mazda customers a stunning new limited edition of the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. Inspired by urban design, the new model’s exterior features eye-catching paint finishes that are unique to this model – Aquatic Blue Mica, Zeal Red Mica or Aluminium Silver Metallic – with a contrasting ‘Meteor Grey’ retractable hard top roof to create a highly distinctive appearance.

The ‘Sport Graphite’ model is available with two engine options: the spirited 126ps, 1.8-litre or the sporty 160ps, 2.0-litre.  Both derivatives feature the generous equipment levels of the standard model enhanced with an array of extra items.  Every ‘Sport Graphite’ gains 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels, black leather heated seats with unique grey stitching, 5.8-inch TomTom navigation system with integrated Bluetooth® hands-free kit, glossy dark grey fashion bars, colour-coordinated retractable hard-top roof and door mirrors all in striking Meteor Grey, and limited edition badges on the exterior and interior.

The design cues flow through to the interior of the Sport Graphite, with the unique grey stitching extended to the leather steering wheel and handbrake; glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes and dashboard panel; an alloy pedal set; and MX-5 floor mats with unique grey piping (additional cost). The generous standard specification of the limited edition MX-5 models also include: stainless steel scuff plates, body-coloured door handles, side, driver and passenger airbags, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, electric windows, electric adjustable mirrors with heating function and climate control air-conditioning.

For optimum handling stability, all MX-5 models also feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS). While the 2-litre Roadster Coupe model is also equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and Bilstein suspension. Each Mazda dealer is offering the first buyer of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’, a signed limited copy graphite pencil drawing of the car.

Drawn exclusively for Mazda by hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden, the 47 year old artist from Scotland, recreates photos or stills in amazing detail just using a graphite pencil, drawings that are often mistaken for photographs. The new Sport Graphite models represent excellent value.  In the case of the 2.0-litre model there is an £800 saving against the equivalent Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech Nav.

“The introduction of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ this summer embraces everything our immensely popular sports car stands for, fun-to-drive with spirited performance and premium levels of specification, with the added benefit of distinct styling for those who dare to be different,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

“With just 500 models available in the UK, the ‘Sport Graphite’ is sure to be highly sought-after, offering exclusivity to owners of Mazda’s latest enhancement to the range of MX-5 sports cars and an excuse to escape the city.”  Until the end of September 2013, Mazda is making the new Limited Edition Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’ highly accessible to its customers through some fantastic offers. Customers can take advantage of Representative 0% APR* finance with zero deposit and low-cost monthly payments from just £300.

In addition, customers buying their new car with a Mazda PCP finance package will be offered a generous deposit contribution of £1,155, plus an additional ‘customer saving’ of £750 is available to all buyers of the Mazda MX-5 ‘Sport Graphite’. Current Mazda MX-5 owners will also qualify for a loyalty bonus of £500, with no requirement to part-exchange their existing vehicle. For full details of the latest promotions and finance offers visit http://www.mazda.co.uk/offers/offers-overview/.
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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Subaru WRX conceptEuropean premiere for Subaru WRX concept in Frankfurt

The Subaru WRX concept vehicle – first shown earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show – will make its European debut at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday 10 September. The WRX concept hints at the final look of the next-generation WRX, a bold and muscular design giving it a strong on-street presence.

Lower, wider and sleeker than previous models, the WRX Concept places an even greater focus on sharp handling, with a low centre of gravity and Subaru’s famous All-Wheel Drive system. Subaru trademark design cues including a pronounced bulge on the bonnet – accompanied by the classic WRX bonnet scoop – which provides clearance for a turbocharged engine and intercooler, while also aiding engine cooling. The old model is now sold out and the decision was taken earlier this year not to import further volumes.

The new-for-2014 Subaru WRX production car, while not confirmed for the UK market, is under consideration.  Changing market conditions has allowed Subaru UK to re-examine the feasibility of bringing the new car into Britain. The WRX concept will be joined on the stand at Frankfurt by the Subaru VIZIV concept, representing Subaru’s future design direction and vision for technological innovation.
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waynesworldautobloguk Skoda logo
ŠKODA adds two new value-packed Fabia models

ŠKODA is celebrating the great British summertime with the arrival of two new additions to the best-selling Fabia range. The Fabia Reaction and Fabia Monte Carlo TECH Estate hit showrooms this month, both delivering high equipment levels and incredible value for money.

waynesworldauto.co.uk - Skoda Fabia ReactionNew Fabia Reaction from £9,690

The new Fabia Reaction is equipped with all the essential features needed to look and stay cool this summer and joins the range with an introductory price of just £9,690 – a £3,715 less than the normal price of £13,405. Despite its highly affordable price-tag, the Fabia Reaction features an extensive equipment list. Air-conditioning and a three-spoke leather steering wheel are fitted as standard, while the exterior benefits from a unique combination of 16-inch black Comet alloys, rear spoiler, black detailing on the roof, mirrors and grille, and Sunset glass. Combined with the Meteor Grey paintwork, the Fabia Reaction has serious head-turning ability. The Fabia Reaction model is fitted with a 1.2 12V 69PS engine and is only available in hatch form.

waynesworldauto.co.uk - Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo TECH EstateNew Fabia Monte Carlo TECH Estate from £12,575

The new Fabia Monte Carlo TECH Estate follows on from the popular hatch version launched earlier this year. Available with a choice of two advanced engines: 1.2 TSI 105PS or 1.6 TDI CR 105PS, the TECH is based on the Monte Carlo model, but adds Amundsen sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Thanks to a striking design that includes gloss black wheel arches and grille, the Fabia Monte Carlo TECH Estate combines sporty looks with exceptional practicality. Available with three colour options: red, white and black, the 1.2 TSI 105PS petrol model is priced from £12,575, while the 1.6 TDI CR 105PS starts from £13,545.

Commenting on the arrival of the new models, Alasdair Stewart, ŠKODA  UK Brand Director of said: “We’re always looking at ways of delivering better value to our customers, and these two new additions to the Fabia range do just that. We’re confident that buyers will appreciate the high equipment levels and stylish design that both the Reaction and Monte Carlo TECH offer.”

The Fabia Reaction and Monte Carlo TECH Estate are available for customer order now. With limited stocks available at ŠKODA retailers across the UK, buyers will need fast reactions to secure one.
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waynesworldauto.co.uk - Honda NSX prototypeHonda’s NSX prototype breaks cover in the USA

Honda North America Inc. has released an image of a prototype NSX supercar that will take to the racetrack at the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, United States. The NSX prototype, complete with custom graphics, will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013.

Global development of the NSX, due to be launched in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. Additionally, it was announced in May that the next-generation NSX supercar will be produced at the newly established Performance Manufacturing Centre in nearby Marysville.

The prototype model maintains the styling and proportions of the NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while packaging the production vehicle’s mid-mounted V6 engine mated to Honda’s innovative new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.
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