28 Jul 2016: The SKODA KODIAQ became familiar with the Tour de France's home straight in Paris. In the concluding stage of the race around France the new SUV by SKODA took over the lead of the pack. Behind the steering wheel was former Tour winner Stephen Roche. The night before the KODIAQ's high-profile appearance, SKODA was getting familiar with the local conditions, as on the last day of this year's Tour the new SKODA KODIAQ was set to lead the racer field. With a start in Chantilly and finish in Paris, the stage stretches over 113 kilometres. For its Tour premiere the new SUV by aKODA got a brand new camouflage cover in red, grey and black. The special camouflage foil with facets made of crystal-like elements matches the look of the Red Car, the aKODA Superb in Corrida Red. The Red Car served as a mobile control centre of the Tour de France and is used by the race Director Christian Prudhomme.
28 Jul 2016: Citroen is extending its C1 city car range with the introduction of a new C1 Furio, offering young drivers an affordable, sporty looking car. Building on Citroen's sporting credentials, C1 Furio will be on sale in the UK from 1 August. Bringing a new sporty style and unique features to the Citroen C1 city car range, C1 Furio will go on sale in the UK from 1st August, with prices starting from just £10,855 on the road. Available as a three door hatchback, the new C1 Furio boasts striking exterior styling to appeal to younger drivers wanting a sporty look, but without them having to pay a premium for a more powerful engine. Two powertrain options are available: VTi 68 manual and PureTech 82 manual. Based on the existing 'Feel' trim level, C1 Furio benefits from the addition of black 15-inch 'Planet' alloy wheels, bold exterior graphics, plus Sunrise Red door mirrors and wheel centre caps to provide an eye-catching contrast to the Lipizzan White or Carlinite Grey metallic body colour paint options. A rear diffuser and centred exhaust outlet complete the sporty exterior. Inside, C1 Furio benefits from the addition of 'Wave' grey cloth upholstery and a rev counter. The new Citroen C1 Furio is available to order now and is officially on sale from 1st August 2016.
28 Jul 2016: smart has announced its latest updates to the range, including pricing for the new BRABUS sport line which is available from £13,810. The range now consists of the entry-level passion, followed by prime, prime sport and BRABUS sport. The fortwo coupe passion now comes with a fabric-covered roof, creating an even more striking look. At the other end of the range, the forfour night sky prime and prime sport models come with an electric fabric opening roof. Across the range, passion models come equipped with smart audio system; automatic climate control; a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel wrapped in leather; and silver 15-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels. Prime models offer heated front seats; black leather upholstery with grey topstitching; dashboard instruments with clock and rev counter; sunglasses holders; and 15-inch five-spoke alloys painted black with a high sheen finish. Prime sport adds a perforated leather sports steering wheel (with shift paddles on models equipped with the twinamic automatic transmission); sports suspension lowered by 10 mm; chrome exhaust finisher; and black 16-inch 8-Y-spoke alloy wheels. Forfour models can now also be specified with a no-cost option cadmium red metallic radiator grille. Customers can also choose from black, white, silver, grey, or yellow for no extra cost. The twinamic six-speed DCT gearbox is available across the range for £995.
28 Jul 2016: Volkswagen's Beetle is being refreshed, with changes that include a more sculptured body and a fresh interior design. The styling enhancements and new options further enrich the appeal and value that is inherent in Volkswagen's Beetle range, which is available in coupe and cabriolet forms and, with the new Beetle Dune, as a crossover. The styling changes comprise sharpened lines for the front bumpers, while larger openings around the indicator and fog light surrounds give extra depth to the car's appearance. Meanwhile, the new Beetle R-Line trim has a more sporty bumper design unique to that model. It features extra air intake openings along the upper edge of the bumper. On the inside, the Volkswagen Beetle's distinctive cabin has brighter instrument panel lighting and new dials and dash styling for the Design and R-Line models.
28 Jul 2016: Today, honoured guests of the Rolls-Royce Summer Studio in Sardinia witnessed the unveiling of two remarkable Bespoke motor cars, commissioned to reflect the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world's most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo. The essence of the marina, which resides on the Costa Smerelda, is embodied in two Bespoke Rolls-Royces; a Wraith, the marque's most powerful motor car ever created, and Dawn, the recently launched and most social of Drophead Coupes. Patrons of the marque relish in creative freedom by commissioning highly Bespoke personal legacies. To mark the opening of the Summer Studio and demonstrate this art form, the Bespoke Rolls-Royces will be themed from 'Dusk until Dawn'. The ambient hues of dusk are imbued on the Bespoke Wraith. A two-tone silver exterior reflects the dimming of the day's light, whilst a purple feature line hints at the interior mood of this unique motor car. In stark contrast, Dawn has been specified to capture the vibrancy and vivid colour of the Porto Cervo seascape. A unique emerald green exterior is offset against a distinct seashell and green leather interior.