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Auto Express Car of the Year 2015

01 Jul 2015: After just one month in the UK and 12 years after the original XC90 took the title, the all-new Volvo XC90 has been named Car of the Year 2015 and Large SUV of the Year category winner at this year's Auto Express New Car Awards 2015. The award ceremony was held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on Tuesday 30th June 2015. Volvo Cars' award-winning XC90 has already made its presence known by almost selling out its entire first year's planned production run of 50,000 cars. To date over 44,100 cars have been ordered, with over 4,000 in the UK alone.

Exclusivity Guaranteed With New Kia

01 Jul 2015: Exclusivity is guaranteed with the new Kia Sportage Axis Edition, a limited-run model of which only 1,200 will be made. The Sportage 'Axis Edition' has been styled and equipped to provide retail and fleet customers with many of the features of a high-grade Sportage for a mid-range price, starting from just £20,995 on the road - on sale from now. It will be available with a choice of two efficient powertrains and four paint colours. The engines on offer are the 1.6-litre GDi direct-injection petrol unit developing 133bhp and 165Nm of torque, or the advanced 1.7-litre common-rail turbodiesel which develops 114bhp and 260Nm. Both are front-wheel-drive models featuring a six-speed manual transmission linked to Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop-start system to save fuel and eliminate emissions when idling in traffic. The standard colour is solid Arctic White, but buyers are able to opt for one of three metallic finishes - Phantom Black, Fusion White or Dark Gun Metal - for a price of £525.

Celerio - New SZ2 Model Offers Even Better Value

01 Jul 2015: The Celerio, Suzuki's latest global compact city car went on sale in the UK in February and more than 3,000 have been delivered to date. To add further choice and value for customers, Suzuki has now introduced a new SZ2 derivative priced at just £6,999 that now completes a five model line up in the range consisting of SZ2, SZ3, SZ3 Dualjet, SZ4 and SZ4 with Auto Gear Shift (AGS). Although priced at £1,000 below the SZ3 model, standard specification highlights for the new SZ2 is comprehensive and includes six airbags (Driver, passenger, side and curtain), electric front windows, central locking, ESP (a registered trademark of Daimler AG) and DAB Radio with CD Tuner. Suzuki is well known as the small car experts and Celerio has retained its trademark compact car ease of drive while providing an elevated driving position, interior space that surpasses most conventional A-segment cars and also a class leading luggage capacity of 254L.

Nissan Diversifies LEAF Line-Up

01 Jul 2015: Nissan is celebrating the continued success of its 100% electric LEAF model with the introduction of a value-packed Acenta+ grade. Available from 1st July, the new Acenta+ model adds new features that make the British-built Nissan LEAF an even more complete package. The new Acenta+ sits between the Acenta and range-topping Tekna model and enjoys a significant specification boost over the standard model. On sale from July 1st, the Acenta+ is equipped with a 6.6kW on-board charger as standard, along with a Mode-3 32amp (EVSE) cable. Previously available only as an option, the 6.6kW charger allows owners to perform a 0-100% charge in just four hours. Once charged, owners can enjoy the LEAF's impressive 124 miles (NEDC) range and incredibly low running costs from just 2p per mile.

Sporty New Chilli Model Adds Spice

01 Jul 2015: Two sporty Chilli models have been added to the Kia Picanto range, which now features EU6-compliant engines. The Chilli variants are part of the Picanto Originals series, a rolling programme of high-specification, value-priced models changed at frequent intervals to offer buyers something out of the ordinary. Both of the new Chilli models are three-door cars powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 84bhp and 120Nm (89lb ft) of torque. They offer buyers the option of a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic which will be particularly attractive to those who do most of their driving in congested towns and cities. In line with all Picanto Originals, the Chilli models offer a high specification for a mid-range price, sitting above the SR7 grade in the line-up. The manual costs £11,495 on the road, while the automatic is £12,095, both are on sale from 1 July 2015.