02 Dec 2016: The Volkswagen Transporter Van has continued its winning streak during 2016 by being named as both the Best Medium Van and the Commercial Vehicle of the Year at this year's Commercial Fleet Awards. The Transporter's and market leading residual values gave it the edge over its rivals in the hotly contested medium van sector of the LCV market. The sixth-generation Transporter versatility, smooth economical engines and comprehensive safety features were all highlighted as reasons why it topped the list. The impressive list of safety options includes Adaptive Cruise Control, City Emergency Braking System and High Beam Assist. Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Commercial Fleet commented: "The Transporter is packed with safety technology and improved engines with best-in-class build quality and the highest residual values in the sector. Combined with a strong dealer network and excellent running costs, it makes the Transporter a clear winner for the Medium Van award."
02 Dec 2016: Goodwood has announced that the provisional dates for their 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed have changed. It will now be held over the weekend of June 29th to July 2nd. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates. The annual hill climb extravaganza that features historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, regularly attracts crowds of 100,000 people on each of its three days to watch drivers negotiate the twisting 1.16 mile Hill climbing track. The new dates are a consequence of recently announced changes in the FIA's Formula 1 calendar, which moved the 2017 European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan back by one week. By changing the date, F1 teams and drivers will be able to attend the event as they do every year.
02 Dec 2016: Petrol prices in Britain are set to rise this weekend following the announcement of a cut in oil production by OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. This is the first time that the Saudi led consortium has agreed to a cut in eight years. This follows the sharp rise in petrol and diesel prices that occurred in October which according to the RAC was due to a combination of rising crude oil prices and the devaluation of the pound after June's Brexit vote. The announcement, made at a meeting in Vienna on Wednesday said that they would reduce production from 1 January 2017. The news immediately saw the price for a barrel of Brent crude oil rising to over £50. The AA estimates that a rise in crude oil prices to $60 a barrel would push petrol prices, with VAT up 9p a litre to about 123p a litre.
01 Dec 2016: The Volkswagen Golf has won the Used Car of the Year Award at the Car Dealer Used Car Awards 2016, sponsored by Black Horse. Collecting the award Ian Plummer, Volkswagen UK's Head of Sales Operations, said: "The Golf retains a timeless appeal and so it's perhaps no surprise that it continues to pick up awards as a used car. It's a strong seller in Volkswagen's Das WeltAuto used car programme, and it's a car that continues to put smiles on the faces of our customers." James Baggott, Managing Director of Blackball Media, publishers of Car Dealer magazine, added: "Mid-sized cars are the bread and butter of so many used car dealerships up and down the UK. Perfect for couples and young families, there is a wealth of choice for buyers in this busy part of the market. This model is a massive success and the fact that it has been around since 1974 in one guise or another tells its own story." With its longevity in the market and on-going development by Volkswagen, the Golf is still a favourite with the company and buyers. With recent updates and a planned eighth-generation model to come in 2018, it seems that the love affair with the iconic model will only continue.
01 Dec 2016: Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of its multi award-winning car, the i10. The High Wycombe based company has risen from 21st in the rankings in 2008 to be one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK. Last year it sold a record 88,257 vehicles, which was welcomed by its more than 3,000 employees in its UK operations and dealer network. There are external changes that drivers will become to recognise across their whole range in due course as well as developments in safety, technology and the infotainment package. Prices will start from £9,250 for the i10 S, which includes new 14" steel wheels and wheel covers. The i10 SE, which builds on the S specification, will start at £10,500. The i10 SE Blue is available from £10,900, with the range topping i10 Premium SE beginning at £12,800.