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Saturday, 2 April 2016

New Kia Soul ‘Urban’ joins the United Kingdom line-up from only £15,500

  • New Kia Soul ‘Urban’  joins the line-up from only £15,500
  • New model on sale from 1 April 2016 in three variants
  • New trim level combines desirable equipment levels, attractive styling and excellent value
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of the new Soul ‘Urban’, a special edition model joining the funky and stylish Soul line-up. The new addition joins the range to offer desirable equipment levels, attractive styling and excellent value.
Launched to UK customers today, the new Soul ‘Urban’ is offered with one trim level and three engine and gearbox options. Starting with two 6-speed manual gearbox versions, one with the 1.6 GDi petrol and the other Kia’s popular 1.6 CRDi diesel engine. An automatic version of the diesel version is also available when twinned with Kia’s new 7-speed auto DCT gearbox.

The Soul ‘Urban’ fits in the range between the ‘Connect’ and ‘Connect Plus’ models, offering desirable features which aligns it closer to more premium trim levels such as the Mixx and range topping Maxx.
The exterior styling of the ‘Urban’ features a striking ‘SUV pack’ alongside black high gloss bumpers and rear and side sills, teamed with chrome inserts which adds to the vehicle’s dynamic and premium character. Also added to this trim are electric folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicators, LED rear combination and high level brake lights alongside front daytime running lights and privacy glass. Adding to the convenience of the vehicle, rear parking sensors come as standard on the ‘Urban’ range.
The Soul ‘Urban’ is available in a choice of one solid and three metallic paint exterior colours. Clear White (solid), Caribbean Blue, Inferno Red and Quartz Black. All models ride on the 17” alloy wheels seen on the Connect and Connect Plus models. In addition the Soul ‘Urban’ can be noticed by its unique ‘Urban’ badging neatly positioned on the usual boot literature, in chromed letters.
On the inside the Soul ‘Urban’ features attractive black woven seats with yellow trim alongside generous use of soft touch materials and black high gloss trim giving a contemporary feel. Also included is an AM/FM radio with DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB port and auxiliary socket.
Soul ‘Urban’ customers will receive the same great service as other Kia customers, including a 7 year, 100,000 mile warranty and low running costs with CO2 levels starting at 128 g/km and an insurance group of only 9.
Technical Specifications:
EnginesGearsDrive‘Start’‘Connect’‘Urban’‘Connect Plus’‘Mixx’‘Maxx’
1.6 GDi6-speed man2WD
1.6 CRDi6-speed man2WD
1.6 CRDi7-speed DCT2WD
VariantsCO2OTR Price
1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual153£15,500
1.6 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed manual128£17,095
1.6 CRDi 134bhp 7-speed DCT135£18,595

H.R Owen Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London to showcase the all-new Rolls-Royce Black Badge range.

  • H.R Owen Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London to showcase the all-new Rolls-Royce Black Badge range
  • Black Badge Wraith and Black Badge Ghost usher in a bold new era for Rolls-Royce
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London will be the first dealer to host the Black Badge series, cementing H.R Owen’s position as the country’s leading luxury motor dealer group
  • H.R Owen’s experienced team able to partner with discerning customers to complete tailored commissions
H.R Owen, the UK’s leading luxury motor dealer group, will be perfectly placed to showcase the all-new Rolls-Royce Black Badge series when it arrives at its London showroom in July.
The Black Badge range is designed to appeal to self-made and highly driven customers and is a permanent bespoke addition to Rolls-Royce’s range of cars that ushers in a new and exciting era. Black Badge is darker, more assertive, and a more focused take on the Rolls-Royce brand. 

The iconic ‘Flying Lady’ embodies this – her timeless design remains unchanged, but she has mutated into a high-gloss black vamp for the new models.
Customers will also be able to talk to the experienced team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London about the more powerful, more assertive and more confident Black Badge series. While the Black Badge can be specified in any colour a customer desires, should they opt for black, it will be the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a car surface.
The London dealership is the largest in Europe, and the showroom, on Berkeley Square in Mayfair, is ideally placed to see the new Black Badge in its natural environment. It will be the first dealer in the UK to host the new range.
Claus Andersen, Brand Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London: “London is a young, modern and at times edgy city, which makes it the perfect place to come and see the new Rolls-Royce Black Badge series, which takes a completely different approach to any of its forebears.
“The team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London are perfectly placed to talk the public through everything that is new on the Black Badge range, and to discuss any more bespoke requirements that customers might be looking for.”
The Ghost Black Badge is powered by an uprated version of the 6.6-litre V12, with its power raised from 563hp to 603hp and torque up from 780Nm (575lb ft) to 840Nm (620lb ft).
The first example of the Black Badge will be on display in H.R. Owen’s Mayfair dealership in July.

Kia announces the Second quarter offers, with significant savings, contributions & 0%APR, it's time to get a Kia

  • Competitive 4.9 per cent finance deal, with no deposit required across entire Kia range
  • Exclusive deals on all-new Optima, cee’d and SR7 range
  • Excellent deposit contributions and customer savings now available
Kia Motors UK Ltd is continuing to offer a strong range of customer offers across the entire line-up, available from 188 dealers across the network.
Customers can save up to £1,400 on selected models and enjoy 4.9 per cent interest across the entire Kia range, with no minimum deposit required and a generous selection of deposit contributions on most models. Zero per cent is also available on ‘SR7’ derivatives’ two-year Personal Contract Purchase agreements. Offers are available on Kia’s new models: the all-new Optima, all-new Sportage and the newly introduced ‘Soul Urban.’
The whole Kia range is available with 4.9 per cent finance, with no customer deposit required, and attractive customer savings on selected models. Kia’s superminis in particular continue to offer amazing value. The Picanto ‘1’ can still be purchased at an unbeatable price, thanks to a £450 customer saving and a £1,000 deposit contribution when purchased on PCP. The Rio offers a customer saving of £1,000 across the board and a deposit contribution of £600 available with 4.9 per cent PCP.
Offers are also available on mid-sized vehicles like the new cee’d, which includes customer savings of up to £900 in addition to a £1,500 deposit contribution on every new cee’d financed on a 4.9 per cent PCP agreement.
Kia’s popular ‘SR7’ range of vehicles, which includes the Picanto, Rio, Venga, cee’d and Carens, is available with zero per cent PCP and zero per cent deposit on PCP, lowering the entry to ownership level significantly. The zero per cent PCP offer on Picanto also includes £500 deposit contribution, whilst Rio’s offer comes with a £250 deposit contribution.
Kia’s new models also lure customers with strong offers. The all-new Optima is available with £1,500 deposit contribution on 4.9 per cent PCP whilst the all-new Sportage boasts 4.9 per cent finance, with £500 deposit contribution on PCP agreements.
The funky new ‘Soul Urban’ will make its debut to the line-up from 1 April. This model includes the ‘Urban’ SUV styling pack seen on higher grade models, but for a more accessible price starting from just £15,500. The ‘Urban’ comes with attractive offers too in the guise of a zero-per-cent APR on two-year PCP contracts as well as a Care-3 that covers the vehicle’s first three services for only £99.   
Kia’s popular Care-3 servicing plan will continue to be on offer for customers. This highly competitive service package deal means your first three services, normally due over the course of three years, costs only £99 for all ‘SR7’ grade customers – similar rates are available for other model specifications.

Limited edition i10 & i20 GO! offer unique styling & extra specification to celebrate EURO 2016 tournament

  • Limited edition i10 and i20 GO! offer unique styling enhancements and extra specification to celebrate EURO 2016 tournament
  • Tricolore–inspired red, white and blue colour range in support of the France-based championship
  • Limited to 2,000 units; appeal enhanced by attractive finance offers and £500 Hyundai Finance deposit contribution
Hyundai Motor UK has revealed pricing and specification details of its i10 and i20 GO! Special Edition models that were launched at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. Celebrating Hyundai’s ongoing sponsorship of the UEFA EURO 2016 championship, the French flag-inspired models boast enhanced specification and styling enhancements.

The 2,000 limited-edition models are based on the popular and generously specified i10 1.0 SE and i20 1.2 SE. Priced from £9,545 (on the road) for the i10 GO! and £11,545 (on the road) for the i20 GO!, the stylish models are offered exclusively in Passion Red (pearlescent), Polar White (solid) or Aqua Sparkling (metallic).
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said: “We’ve supported the UEFA EURO football championships since 2000 and as the Official Automotive Partner, Hyundai Motor has supplied official vehicles for every championship since then.
"Our latest special editions are a salute to the forthcoming Championship and will bring our customers an extra-special package at an attractive price.”
Enhancing the already generous specification of the i10 1.0 SE, the i10 1.0 GO! offers a sleek black interior with contrast blue and white stitching, Bluetooth voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Further setting the new model apart, the exterior of the GO! boasts Go! Badging and exclusive to the i10 Go! Red Passion Pearl Exterior colour, LED daytime running lights, side body mouldings, privacy glass and front fog lights.
Customers opting for the i20 1.2 GO! will enjoy a unique interior styling around the air vents and the gearstick to complement the grey/black interior, with convenience boosted by auto lights and wipers. Outside, projection headlights increase visibility, while GO! badging, side body mouldings and privacy glass complete the Special Edition’s unique appeal.
Just 1,250 versions of the i10 GO! and 750 i20 GO! models are being made available, with dealers making a £500 contribution when customers take the 6.9% APR Personal Contract Purchase through Hyundai Finance.*
The UEFA EURO 2016 championships take place in France from 10 June until 10 July.

Škoda targets executive expansion with new A+ Sports Utility Vehicle.

  • VisionS concept car takes ŠKODA into a larger SUV segment for first time
  • Director-level company car drivers fuel SUV growth
  • ŠKODA looks to build on fleet successes of Octavia and Superb
ŠKODA will further strengthen its appeal among senior level company car drivers when its first A+ SUV is introduced, new research confirms.
Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the VisionS concept car gave the world a strong steer on ŠKODA’s hotly-anticipated new large SUV and was met with rave reviews, particularly for its “sleek, chiselled and elegant”* styling.

When the production version is revealed later in 2016, it will excite company bosses across the UK, afteran in-depth study of the fleet market** by ŠKODA revealed that director-level company car drivers (39%) are more than twice as likely to choose SUVs than their more junior counterparts (19%).
With SUVs now the biggest-selling model of car in Europe, growing by around 25%*** last year in the UK, ŠKODA’s next major line-up addition looks set to draw in even more customers.
Henry Williams, Head of Fleet for ŠKODA UK, commented:“We had a record year of fleet sales in 2015, with the all-new Superb proving a major hit for its outstanding design, technology, practicality and value for money. This complemented the existing popularity of our other models such as the Octavia.
“However, the new A+ SUV – which will take cues from the VisionS concept car – sees ŠKODA enter an entirely different vehicle category. We can’t say much more about its pricing or specification, but I can promise that it will give fleet decision makers and company car drivers a great product with 1st class whole life costs.”

New Aston Martin dealership opens in Newcastle, the brand expansion continues with full force.

  • New Aston Martin dealership open in Newcastle
  • Prime site offers new and ‘Timeless’ Pre-owned sales, aftersales and Parts
  • State-of-the-art 1,950m2 facility
Aston Martin has opened its latest new dealership in the UK in Newcastle, with the first Aston Martin dealership for partner Stoneacre.
The purpose-built state-of-the-art facility features a 14-car luxurious showroom for new and pre-owned Aston Martin sports cars, a separate “Q by Aston Martin” lounge where customers can tailor their new car to the exact specification of their choosing, a dedicated aftersales team and a workshop staffed by world-class Gaydon-trained technicians. 

Speaking at the VIP customer reception last week, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “I am delighted to open this outstanding new facility here in Newcastle, which sets the benchmark for all dealership showrooms worldwide.  We have found the right partner in Stoneacre who share our passion for Aston Martin.   
“We are confident the passionate and dedicated Aston Martin Newcastle team will draw upon their extensive experience and knowledge of the Aston Martin brand to provide our valued customers in Newcastle an exceptional service.”
Shaun Foweather, Managing Director of Stoneacre commented: “It was great to see over 200 Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts this evening, which shows the extensive level of interest in this fantastic iconic 103 year old marque. It was an honor to also be able to unveil the new DB11 for the first time in the UK on such a special night.”
Located in a prime position at Silverlink, which is easily accessible from the A19 and A1, the showroom opening was attended by invited guests and key members of the Aston Martin senior executive team.
Attendees were treated to the first public unveiling in the UK of the new DB11. The first product launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition. 
Also included in the display was Aston Martin Racing endurance veteran, the #99 V8 Vantage GTE, an Aston Martin Vulcan, a Lagonda Taraf alongside examples from the company’s current line-up, and a selection of heritage models.