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The all-new Astra Wins Again

26 Oct 2016: Vauxhall's all-new Astra has been recognised for its outstanding range of advanced technology features. After picking up awards this year from Autocar, Auto Express, WhatCar? and Fleet News, as well as being named European Car of Year, this latest victory goes to confirm the Astra's place as one of the top new models on offer. Rory Harvey, Vauxhall's Chairman and Managing Director, said: "The Astra has performed strongly this year, and now it has proven itself to be a top contender in terms of technology, safety and connectivity." The Car Tech Awards are organised by the leading car review and technology websites, Carbuyer and Alphr, where they want to celebrate the very best in-car technology on the market today. The Astra picked up three awards: the Tech Car of the Year, Best Self-Parking System and Best Safety Innovation, for Vauxhall's on board personal assistant - 'OnStar'. It was also highly commended in the Best Sat-Nav category. Stuart Milne, Editor of Carbuyer, said:"We were hugely impressed by the range of technology the Astra offers, its ease of operation and the depth of its ability. The Astra - and its tech - is priced so affordably, making it all the more impressive."

Rolls-Royce Are 'Inspired by Fashion'

26 Oct 2016: The House of Rolls-Royce has announced its Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection. Signature detailing in vibrant colour will complement palettes of classic white as Dawn is Inspired by Fashion. "Our clients are the very arbiters of fashion, taste makers who sit in the front row of the Couture shows, themselves influencing evolving trends," comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "To them, the commissioning of fine luxury objects represents a deeply-involving curatorial process - with different forms of luxury design, craft and execution serving as inspiration for the other. 'Dawn - Inspired by Fashion' beautifully expresses the notion that inspiration for truly personal objects is drawn from the passions, tastes and lifestyle of its patron." In creating 'Dawn - Inspired by Fashion', Taylor and his team, including textile specialist Cherica Haye from the Royal College of Art and leather technologist Michelle Lusby who previously worked at Mulberry have selected the neutral canvas of white upon which to base three vibrant colours: Mugello Red, Cobalto Blue and Mandarin. They have followed the philosophy of Haute Couture and taken the finest materials and crafted them as expressions of their clients' taste and lifestyle. Clients are invited to commission their personal style statement from this November to ensure they appear wrapped in the latest couture offering from the world's leading luxury goods house for the new season next year.

The Classic & Sports Car Show

26 Oct 2016: It's the Classic and Sports Car Show this weekend at London's Alexandra Palace. Here, you'll be able to see the rarest Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches and both pre- and post-war Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, some of which will be on the move his year, as for the first time, live parades of cars will be run in the picturesque grounds of the fabulous North London venue. The runs will take palce twice a day, enabling visitors to hear, smell and almost taste that appeal of vintage motoring. Highlighting the values of the organisers Classic & Sports Car magazine, the Classic & Sports Car Show will have something for all classic car enthusiasts with a huge range of attractions both inside and outside. Fine dinning, live interviews and motoring art will all be part of the specticle too. The Show will run from Friday October 28 through to Sunday October 30.

Nationwide Training Centre - Two-time Winners

24 Oct 2016: For the second year running, Nationwide's Technical Training Centre was named as Specialist Centre of the Year at The Institute of the Motor Industry Outstanding Achievers Awards this week. The Awards are for those who have shown an admirable commitment to and a passion for the motor industry, whether as an individual or at one of the IMI Approved Centres across the UK. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, an IMI Patron, presented the award to Dawn Swales, HR & Training Manager. She was extremely pleased with the award. "The Outstanding Achievement Award is in recognition of excellence within the motor industry and to have the Training Centre and the Training Team's hard work recognised amongst these outstanding companies and professionals for the second year in a row, is a fantastic achievement." The Technical Training Centre in Goole have a dedicated training team that work very closely with the IMI. The Training Centre has already undergone expansion in recent months and there are plans in place to expand the Nationwide Academy in the future to improve the range of learning opportunities available. "Thank you to the IMI for recognition of this and well done to all the finalists at the awards," said Swales. "It was a showcase of the excellence and talent that we have within the motor industry as a whole.'

'My Car Check'Car of the Month Is.

24 Oct 2016: My Car Check's valuation experts get to follow significant trends in the UK used vehicle market. They collate information from insurers and finance houses, the police and the DVLA, which means they hold comprehensive data on every vehicle in the UK. Their experts like to choose a car of the month and for October it is... the Toyota RAV4. Gavin Amos who is Head of Valuation Services at the company said: "Often overlooked by many seeking the German badges, RAV4 makes perfect sense as a used buy. Practical, well built and with all the reliability associated with the Toyota brand, the dealer network offers fabulous customer service and residual values are strong. Of all the RAV4 models we've checked so far this year, only 8.12% had been previously written-off, 4.55% were still on finance and none were listed as stolen." As to market trends, Amos continues: "Traders continue to report strong enquiry levels and with the right stock the market remains buoyant. With the festive season just around the corner, dealers are eager to keep business levels up. As such, there may be keen deals to be done."