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Ami 100% ëlectric available from Just £19.99 per month

After announcing UK pricing and specifications for Ami 100% ëlectric and My Ami Cargo just a few short weeks ago, Citroën UK has now revealed the first retail consumer offer available on the exciting new Ami 100% ëlectric quadricycle.

Thanks to Citroën UK’s ‘Fair Pricing’ policy and vastly improved reputation for strong residual values, buyers will be able to pick up an Ami 100% ëlectric for just £19.99 per month on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), over 24 months, with a customer deposit of just £2,369, plus an optional final payment to purchase the vehicle at the end of the contract.

Progressively from today (Tuesday 14 June) – and continuing throughout the rest of June and July – customers who have already reserved an Ami 100% ëlectric or My Ami Cargo with a £250 refundable reservation fee, will be able to convert their reservations into firm customer orders, for delivery beginning later this summer. A limited number of customers will be contacted per day – in date order – to ensure there is appropriate ‘Ami Expert’ support available, if needed.

As Ami 100% ëlectric and My Ami Cargo are sold exclusively online, reservers will be given early access to Citroën’s online platform, using unique log-in details provided by the ‘Ami Expert’ team. Once on the Citroën platform, customers will be able to configure their Ami from one of the four versions available – ‘Ami’, ‘Ami Pop’, ‘Ami Vibe’ and ‘My Ami Cargo’. Adding a splash of colour to the Ami 100% ëlectric’s quirky styling, customers will be able to enhance their ‘Ami’ by adding one of three Colour Packs: Orange, Blue or Grey.

Once a customer has chosen the version of Ami that’s right for them, they will be able to finalise their order by selecting either the PCP or Cash purchase option, and by choosing whether to collect their Ami from their nearest approved Ami delivery point or to make use of Citroën’s home delivery service for a small fee (geographical restrictions apply).

Upon receipt of the final order via the Ami online platform, Citroën UK will process the customer’s order and trigger the refund of their £250 reservation fee.


DRE Travel Adventures: travelling the Ducati way

Ducati reinvents the format of the organized motorcycle trip by presenting the DRE Travel Advent-ures programme, a series of pro-posals studied in detail to intrigue, enter-tain and excite motorcyclists. This project is further confirmation of the Bologna-based manufacturer’s goal of continuing to enrich the lives of enthusiasts through memorable experiences on their bikes.

The first appointment on the calendar is with the “DesertX Expedition” from 7 to 11 September. Five days of adventure on the new DesertX on the beautiful roads of Sardinia in the company of a team of expert guides with whom you can discover all the details of the most highly-awaited Ducati bike of the year and refine your riding technique to enjoy the tour in safety.

The “Multistrada Expedition“, the format dedicated to the family of travel bikes par excellence within the Ducati range, is scheduled from 29 September to 4 October. The itinerary includes departure from Turin with arrival in France at the Verdon gorges for a route of over 1200 km along which the participants will visit various places of interest also from a cultural point of view, such as the city of Grenoble, Sénanque Abbey, Mont Ventoux and the Col du Galibier. Enthusiasts can choose to enjoy this journey and its breath-taking views riding the Multistrada V4 or the Multistrada V2.

As part of the DRE Travel Adventures program, Ducati is once again offering the successful “Dream Tour” format. For 2022 the tour starts from Borgo Panigale with a visit to the Ducati Museum and the production plant. After this visit to the company, the participants will leave for a 3-day trip organized among the landscapes of the Tuscan-Emilian hills (Italy), combining the pleasure of travelling by motorbike with great food and discovering the land. The appointments already scheduled with the Dream Tour are set from 14 to 16 October and from 18 to 20 October.
Registrations to participate in the appointments with DRE Travel Adventures are already open and the calendar is constantly being updated with new adventures around the world.

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Keep your distance! Tailgating ranked as the biggest cause of driver distraction

Being followed too closely by other drivers is the behaviour that distracts motorists most on Britain’s roads, latest research reveals.

A survey commissioned by the UK’s leading independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, asked 1,000 motorists to rank a series of occurrences on how distracting they are, with one in three (30 per cent) of the drivers surveyed deeming tailgating to be the most distracting factor.

The research comes in the wake of figures from National Highways revealing that tailgating is a factor in 1 in 8 crashes on their road network.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: “The sight of a fellow driver in your rear-view mirror following too closely can be very disconcerting, and our survey shows it is the leading cause of driver distraction on Britain’s roads.

However, it is clear that tailgating is not just a minor inconvenience, with figures from Highways England revealing that far too many people are being left scared, angry and frustrated by the aggressive and reckless behaviour of tailgaters.

“It is worth remembering that you will cover 62 metres every two seconds when travelling at 70 miles per hour, meaning you need around 96 metres to stop, making adequate stopping distances absolutely critical to curtail the tailgating problem.”

Tailgating was closely followed by children or other passengers as the second most distracting occurrence, with one in four (26 per cent) agreeing that having others in the car can affect their ability to focus on their driving.

The survey also revealed that traffic is a significant source of distraction for motorists, with one in five (21 per cent) rating this as a factor that disconcerts them.

Neil concluded: “Whether it be from reckless behaviour from another road user, or even a screaming child, distractions while driving can come in many different forms. Drivers should always take control and do all they can to mitigate for them. This way, together we can all ensure Britain’s roads are as safe as they can possibly be.”


What’s the biggest distraction while driving?
Occurrence Respondents who ranked as biggest distraction
Tailgating 30%
Children / other passengers 26%
Traffic 21%
Road works 10%
Infotainment 7%
Music 6%

* Percentages are rounded to the nearest decimal


Autocar Overall Winner Great Women 2022 given to Alison Jones

Alison Jones was today announced as the overall winner in the prestigious Autocar Great Women Awards 2022, in addition to winning the Executive category. Jones was acknowledged as the woman who has been the most influential and had the biggest impact in the British automotive industry.  It is the second time that she has won the award for her achievements following the last award in 2020.

Six other UK employees were recognised in their respective categories: Julie David, Managing Director of Peugeot UK in the Executive category, Diane Miller, Plant Director at Ellesmere Port Plant in Manufacturing, Stephanie Howson, Vauxhall Retail Sales Director in the Sales category, Victoria Hatfield, Head of Digital Performance was featured in Mobility & Digital, Kerry Livesey, Head of PR for Peugeot included in the PR and Communications category and Beth Pottle in the Apprentice category.

Autocar’s editor, Mark Tisshaw, said: “Alison Jones continues to build on her impressive track record in the industry and stellar career to date, and is a worthy two-time winner of our initiative. Her recent promotion to a global role within Stellantis demonstrates precisely why she is so highly valued within this most influential of organisations, and her success, influence and profile show no signs of slowing down.”

Alison Jones said: “I’m very honoured to receive this award, as the team at Autocar and these awards demonstrate the breadth of talent and amazing jobs we have in our industry. We all continue to collectively work to improve the diversity and inclusion of our teams in all its forms. Our workforce should be a reflection of our communities and customers, and our industry is such an exciting and changing one it should and can be attractive to everyone”.

Alison Jones was recently appointed as Senior Vice President, Global Circular Economy. Previously, she was appointed Stellantis Country Manager UK and Senior Vice-President in March last year responsible for Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo Group, prior to that she was Managing Director of Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles in the UK and Senior Vice-President for Groupe PSA from February 2019.  Jones previously held senior roles in the VW Group, including Managing Director for Volkswagen.  She is a Vice-President for the Institute of Customer Service and is President of the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders).


Hispano Suiza at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the very first time

Hispano Suiza participated in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most important automotive events in the world, which took place between June 23 and 26. The Spanish brand was in Goodwood (West Sussex, England) with the Carmen, the 750kW electric hypercar which heralded Hispano Suiza´s return to the automotive world in 2019.

The Carmen was displayed in the exclusive Michelin Supercar Paddock, where the most advanced and powerful vehicles in the world were showcased. In addition, it participated in the legendary Goodwood Hillclimb. Luis Pérez-Sala, Hispano Suiza Brand Ambassador and former Formula 1 driver, was at the wheel and drove along the 1.86 kilometers to the finish line in front of some 100,000 attendees. For Pérez-Sala “it was an honor to drive the Hispano Suiza Carmen in its debut at Goodwood. I am sure that the public appreciated the original design of the Carmen and, of course, I will enjoyed the performance of the car on the hill climb.”

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most important events in the automobile industry and a place of pilgrimage for automotive enthusiasts. This year’s edition put the focus on technology under the slogan ‘The pioneers: master minds of motorsport’. Sergio Martínez Campos, CEO of Hispano Suiza, explains that “we had planned to participate in the 2020 edition, but the pandemic cut short our plans. This year the theme fits perfectly with our DNA. Both the Carmen and the Carmen Boulogne have been developed by engineers with decades of experience in the world of motorsport, and incorporate technologies that derive directly from Formula E”.

About Hispano Suiza
Hispano Suiza is a historic Spanish automotive brand owned by the Suqué Mateu family, now in its fourth generation. Hispano Suiza Automobile Factory S.A. was founded in Barcelona in 1904 by Damián Mateu, together with technical director and engineer Marc Birkigt, also a partner in the company.

Between 1904 and 1946, Hispano Suiza manufactured more than 12,000 high-performance luxury vehicles and 50,000 aircraft engines. Currently, with its headquarters, technical center and manufacturing plant located in Barcelona (Spain), it embodies a spirit that combines the pride of being a Spanish brand with a solid family legacy.

In 2019, the brand presented the Hispano Suiza Carmen, its new 100% electric hypercar, and a year later, it upped the ante with the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne. In total 24 exclusive units will be produced.


RM Sotheby’s Launches New Podcast: The RM Sotheby’s Car Show!

RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that it has launched its first in-house podcast for car lovers: The RM Sotheby’s Car Show. Hosted by Peter Haynes, RM Sotheby’s Marketing Director in Europe, and featuring many of RM Sotheby’s highly knowledgeable car specialists, the weekly show will also boast a range of fascinating and entertaining guests from across the car collecting landscape. Each new episode goes live on Monday mornings and can be downloaded or streamed on the usual platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts, while the filmed version of the show—recorded in a variety of locations including live auctions and events—can be viewed on RM Sotheby’s YouTube channel.

Episode one was recorded at RM Sotheby’s recent Monaco sale and is tantalizingly called ‘Speed, Fear, Glamour and Moustaches. Oh, and F1 Champ, Nigel Mansell!’. As the title suggests, Peter Haynes and car specialist Felix Archer were joined by none other than 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell. The show promises to bring you a taste of Monaco glamour and covers all the hot topics of the day, such as the pitfalls of growing a moustache and why driving a Formula One car should be a carefully considered activity!

Peter Haynes says: “We are so excited to have launched this new podcast. The car collecting hobby is full of fascinating people, cars, and history, and there are so many topics that car lovers of all types can enjoy. Our aim is to make it fun, entertaining, and occasionally irreverent. I’d like to think listeners will learn a few things and can chuckle along the way! The fact that we spend so much time on the road at events and auctions all over Europe provides us a great opportunity to meet and interview some amazing guests and give listeners and viewers a glimpse of a fascinating world.”




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