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Honda and BVRLA Out to Dinner

15 Feb 2017: Honda has recently shown its commitment to the its UK dealerships with a relaunch of its 'Platinum Business Programme'. It is continuing its support by being named as manufacturer sponsor of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's Annual Dinner which is taking place on Thursday 2 March 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Honda will be showcasing a range of its vehicles on this key networking night, and Head of Cars Phil Webb will also be assisting with the presentation of the BVRLA's awards. He said: "2017 is not only a big year for the BVRLA, but it also sees Honda celebrate a major milestone as we launch the all-new Civic and our fleet team continues the expansion of our Platinum Business Programme. That's why it's a perfect time for us to support the fleet industry at the BVRLA Annual Dinner, and we're looking forward to socialising with representatives from the rental and leasing sector and rewarding their hard work." Last year's Annual Dinner brought together more than 950 senior representatives from across the vehicle rental and leasing industry. The awards celebrate the top performers in the BVRLA's training courses, as well as the deserving staff who are often the unsung heroes of the sector. Honda UK joins Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Lombard, MS Automotive (London) Ltd and VRS in supporting the BVRLA Annual Dinner.

Best Family Hatchbacks

15 Feb 2017: Exchange and Mart, the online classifieds motoring specialist, has revealed their best family hatchbacks for used car buyers. On the used car market, the family hatchback still delivers good mileage and practicality. According to their expert view, the most affordable family hatchback is the SEAT Leon, while the Honda Civic is noted for its comfort, safety and fuel economy. But it's the VW Golf that delivers a premium feel. It is more stylish, more efficient, more spacious and delivers a dynamic driving experience.

New, Improved Skoda Citigo

13 Feb 2017: From the spring of 2017, the Skoda Citigo will look and drive a little different. Its new design includes a new front look with a redesigned bonnet, radiator grille, bumpers and fog lights. It will also enjoy a modified instrument cluster design and a new multifunction leather steering wheel. There will be development under the bonnet too, with a choice of two modern three-cylinder petrol engines with 60 PS and 75 PS that have high torque values with low noise levels. And specially designed 15-inch alloy wheels complete the new look. Thanks to its generous wheelbase, the Citigo already has an interior which offers sufficient space for the rear passengers. But, this new Citigo has grown by 34mm to a length of 3,597mm. The 251-litre boot capacity, which becomes 951-litres when the rear seats are folded down, ranks amongst the best in this segment. There is an excellent range of active safety features including the automatic braking function City Safe Drive and the optional Emergency Brake that helps to prevent collisions in urban traffic. The system uses a laser sensor that scans a 10-metre area in front of the vehicle and automatically activates at speeds between 3 and 19 mph. It's all part of ensuring a high level of safety for both drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

VW Support for Commercial Fleets

13 Feb 2017: Volkswagen are looking to help business fleet managers with the running of their commercial vehicles. It's part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' "Working With You" commitment which involves each of its 72 Van Centres having a professional Business Development Manager (BDM) on hand to help those buying and managing vehicles. This allows them to concentrate on running their businesses. Introduced to provide assistance to local business owners, the BDMs advise on which vehicle is right for their business needs and help in processing the sale on behalf of the customer. They then go on to deliver help on choosing the most cost effective finance package as well as aftersales support. Business Development Managers spend a lot of their time visiting companies offering a one-to-one service that is specific to their individual business needs. Over the last year, Volkswagen has made a number of significant changes to the way the BDMs operate, as well as introducing new technology to help streamline the processes. Andrea Rigby Carnell, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Business Development Manager for Breeze Motor Group in Southampton, said: "Our aim is to help make the sales process as easy as possible for our clients. Working hand-in-hand with customers we guide them through the sale process and undertake all of the leg work so that they don't have to. We eliminate the need for them to take time away from work to visit a Van Centre, which allows them to concentrate on running their business." Each BDM will liaise with customers into the future too, ensuring that their ongoing needs and future requirements are fully met. To find your nearest Van Centre and contact your local Business Development Manager, please visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.

BMW M3 - Performance Par Excellence

13 Feb 2017: Few performance cars come to define their particular niche in quite the same fashion as the BMW M3. Rivals have come and gone, but the M3 has evolved to represent the benchmark for real world performance. Yes, you could buy a two-seat open-topped sports car that would lap a track quicker, but the M3 is built for everyday use. It's comfortable, reliable and accessible, and above all, rapid. The E30 M3 was first introduced in 1987, BMW needing to build 500 cars for homologation so that it could go toe to toe with the Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Mercedes 190 in the German DTM racing series. It was a markedly different car from a standard 3 Series coupe. In fact, it shared only the roof and its bonnet with its humbler sibling. The engine was rather special too, an overbored 2.3-litre four-cylinder unit with 16 valves. Closer inspection of many of the other parts, from the big 284mm vented front brake discs, to the quicker steering rack and twin-tube gas damper suspension, demonstrated that this was not a rushed job. A dog-leg five-speed Getrag gearbox, a limited slip differential and a bigger fuel tank were all fitted, as were beefier anti roll bars and heftier springs and bushings. By any measure, it was a serious piece of kit. It worked too, destroying all comers in the DTM and provoking pages of rapturous gushings from road testers of the time. A real performance car - par excellence.