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Kia leads the charge in 2022

Kia UK has ended January as the best-selling brand in the UK car market, the first month the brand has achieved this in its 30-year history. Kia sold 10,504 units in January and achieved its highest-ever market share of 9.1 per cent.

 This success for the Korean brand was led by the ever-popular Kia Sportage, which was the best-selling vehicle in the UK for the month, with 3,458 units sold. The top 10 chart also featured the Niro, which finished in third place overall 2,372 units sold.

The fully electric e-Niro continued its sales success, finishing the month as the best-selling EV in the market. Bolstered by the EV6, which was recently crowned What Car? Car of the Year, and the award-winning Soul EV, Kia’s all-electric range contributed 19 per cent of the brand’s total sales for the month. The brand’s electrified range now comprises 10 models featuring either EV, Plug-in Hybrid or Hybrid. Between them, these accounted for one third of the brand’s sales in January, further cementing Kia as a leader in electrification.

Kia UK ended 2021 on a high, with 90,817 new car sales and a record market share of 5.5 per cent. These record January sales continue the brand’s exciting and ambitious momentum that will be enhanced by the EV6’s first full year of sales, the all-new Sportage, and the all-new Niro family due to be launched later this year. Combined, these three models are expected to account for 60 per cent of Kia UK’s 2022 sales.

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First Ford Broncos arrive on UK roads

One of the most eagerly-anticipated vehicles of the past year, the Ford Bronco 4×4 SUV, has arrived on UK roads courtesy of high-performance and luxury car specialist Clive Sutton.

The iconic design of the all-new model calls on Ford’s heritage Bronco from the 1960s and ’70s. The stylish yet rugged appearance hints at the off-road capability of the Bronco, while the modern-day comfort and convenience features make the new SUV as much a daily driver as an adventurer’s toy.

With global order books full until 2023, the pipeline of models secured by Clive Sutton is sure to prove popular with UK buyers looking for a unique, distinctive and capable SUV. With all import requirements, shipping, taxes and registration handled by the Clive Sutton team, UK buyers can secure a Bronco, hassle-free, for £45,000-85,000 dependent on specification. While private imports cease to benefit from Ford’s US warranty, Sutton Bronco buyers receive a comprehensive two-year / 30,000-mile cover.

Fitted with a 2.3-litre or 2.7-litre engine and paired with a seven-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission, the four-door Bronco has the grunt to tackle any on or off-road challenge. Its 270-310bhp engine boasts 310-400lb-ft (420-542Nm) torque which, when applied through the G.O.A.T (Goes Over Any Terrain) drive modes, makes dealing with any obstacle a breeze.

Clive Sutton, Founder and CEO commented: “As soon as Ford announced the new Bronco 4×4 SUV, we had enquiries from customers far and wide. Alongside our core luxury and supercar services, we pride ourselves on being the first to bring the most desirable models to the UK from the US. The Bronco offers British buyers a way to stand out from the crowd in a vehicle that is as capable as it is distinctive.”

Buyers can browse Sutton’s luxury and supercar stock or build a bespoke luxury vehicle by visiting CliveSutton.co.uk

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Volvo Car UK launches free puncture and windscreen chip repair service for every Volvo driver

Volvo Car UK launches FREE puncture and windscreen chip repair service for every Volvo driver

Rough and worn-out road surfaces are making punctured tyres and stone-chipped windscreens all too common hazards for UK motorists. Volvo Car UK is helping cut the inconvenience caused with an industry-first FREE repair service covering both windscreen and tyre damage.

Where viable, Volvo retailers will provide a free puncture or windscreen chip repair on Volvo cars of any age, helping to get owners safely back on the road again as soon as possible.

The process is simple, convenient and comes with the peace of mind of work carried out by qualified Volvo technicians. Owners can take their car to any UK Volvo retailer, where the damage will be checked to determine whether a repair is safe and possible. In most instances, a repair can be made on the spot, while the customer waits, with no charge.

If the damage is not repairable, the retailer will advise the customer and, if they wish, arrange for a new tyre or windscreen to be fitted.

More information on the new Volvo free repair service is available at:

www.volvocars.com/uk/own/maintenance/service-and-maintenance/free-repairs

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2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard to celebrate ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’

Goodwood is pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard will be ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’, celebrating the technical landmarks that have seen the racing automobile develop from crude behemoth to space-age projectile. It will focus on the human stories of engineering ingenuity that have been ever-present throughout the sport’s history, and shine a light on the future, as motorsport’s visionaries play an essential role in pioneering new technologies that will impact the next generation of motion and mobility.

The theme will be reflected throughout the event, from the cars and drivers taking on the iconic Goodwood Hill, to special guests and interactive displays on the ground, including stories from the Festival’s partners and immersive exhibitions such as Future Lab and Electric Avenue.

Long established as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, the Festival of Speed is increasingly geared towards the future – providing a glimpse at the technology of tomorrow, set against the context of history. We are at a pivotal moment in the evolution of mobility, with electrification, autonomy, personal flight and many other developments set to have a profound impact on the way we lead our lives.

New for 2022, will be a special experience for event-goers to get behind the wheel of a variety of exciting EV manufacturers – more details of which will be released in the coming weeks.

The Duke of Richmond said: “This year’s Festival theme – ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’ – allows us to celebrate some of the greatest achievements in history, while also highlighting the event’s evolving focus on future technology. Just as race-inspired innovations such as four-valve engines, monocoque chassis and turbocharging have shaped the past and present of the cars we drive in the real world, so electrification, autonomy and other new technologies – the development of which is accelerated by the white heat of competition – will have a profound effect on the future of personal mobility. The Festival of Speed is the only place in the world to bring all these stories together in one place, celebrating the past, present and future in a uniquely immersive, dynamic way.”

Savings to be made on tickets bought before 1 April 2022
Those planning to attend the Festival of Speed this summer have the opportunity to save on tickets when purchasing before 31 March 2022. The 2022 Festival of Speed qualifies for the UK Government’s ‘creative industry tax relief’, with a reduced VAT rate of 12.5% until 31 March 2022. We are pleased to be able to pass this saving on to our customers, which will apply to a number of entry products. Ticket prices will remain at the reduced VAT rate until the end of March, when it will return to the full rate of 20% from 1 April 2022.

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Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 Coupe sold out from launch

Gordon Murray Automotive has announced that it has sold all of its T.33 coupe supercars, each costing £1.37m before local taxes. Customers from around the globe have secured their allocation of the exclusive 100-unit production run. With a target weight of just 1100kg, the beautifully proportioned, aerodynamically efficient, timeless design of the T.33 supercar will offer the ultimate blend of performance, comfort, on-road driving experience and everyday usability.

Professor Gordon Murray:“The entire GMA team is thrilled that all 100 T.33’s have found a home so quicky after the global launch, just over a week ago, and we look forward to welcoming new owners to the GMA family.
“I am extremely proud of our team who have relentlessly applied our core principles to deliver this amazing motor car.”

Each T.33 owner will receive a bespoke and personalised service throughout their GMA journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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