13 Jan 2017: SEAT has just launched a new, reworked version of its popular Leon. "You might even say that we've tucked the Ateca inside the Leon", said SEAT Vice-president for R&D Matthias Rabe. Designed, developed and produced in their Martorell facility in Barcelona, nearly two million Leon vehicles have been sold since its launch in 1999. And 2016 was the model's best year with the highest sales figure in its history. This new version of the third-generation SEAT Leon has a developed exterior design and an advance in the technology featured on the previous version. Sales of the SEAT Leon exceeded the figures for the Ibiza for the first time in 2014, pointing to the fact that the Leon is the company's second pillar and has enabled it to explore new segments. A case in point is that the brand's first SUV, the SEAT Ateca, made its appearance in 2016.
13 Jan 2017: Renault have a new two-year 0% finance offer with their Selections PCP finance packages across selected models in the Renault range. The offers are available on New Clio, Captur, All-New Megane and All-New Megane Sport Tourer, Kadjar, All-New Scenic and All-New Grand Scenic. Additionally, Renault UK's popular three-year 3.99% APR Selections PCP packages are now more affordable, as the deposit contribution, which lower the total amount payable and interest costs are the same as for those over four years. One example: The New Clio with its distinctive styling and enhanced equipment can be yours from only £129 per month. This is with a two-year 0% APR PCP Selections deal. On the Play 1.2 16V 75 version this includes a manufacturer deposit contribution of £850 and a customer deposit of £3,588. These new and revised Selections PCP packages which add to the available 0% APR HP offers, ensure that drivers enjoy even greater choice when it comes to financing their new Renault.
11 Jan 2017: For many drivers, the annual mileage is all guesswork when it comes to applying for car insurance, this is according to research from the price comparison website uSwitch.com. According to their figures, drivers, on average, overestimate the distance between cities by 15%, equating to an additional 1,185 miles more than the 7,900 miles typically covered by motorists every year. And while overestimating your annual mileage could drive up your insurance premium, underestimating it could invalidate your cover. Annual mileage is one of the key factors insurers use when calculating drivers' premiums, but just under a fifth of drivers refer to their MOT certificates, which provides the previous year's mileage when applying for a car insurance policy. Rod Jones, insurance expert at uSwitch.com says: "While many of us are guilty of relying on gut feeling when providing our mileage information when applying for a car insurance policy, misjudging the number of miles you drive in a year can have a real impact on your wallet. "If you drive fewer miles than you predict you could easily cut the cost of your next policy. That's why it pays to dig out your MOT certificates to pinpoint the number of miles you drove last year to help you to provide a more accurate estimate for the one coming up."
11 Jan 2017: SsangYong, the South Korean manufacturer is continuing its value-added approach to car ownership by introducing three years free servicing on its Tivoli, Korando, Rexton and Turismo models. "In addition to offering extremely well equipped cars at superb value prices, we are always looking for ways to help reduce the cost of motoring for SsangYong owners," commented Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 60 dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time. "With this new offer, we are helping our customers minimise the running cost of their new car over three years," continues Williams. "Korean built and comprehensively equipped, with affordable prices and a 5-year limitless mileage warranty no other brand can match, we are confident that with SsangYong, motorists are getting one of the best value and fairest motoring solutions available in Britain." The offer is for 3 years or 37,500 miles, whichever comes sooner, and is transferrable. It's available through participating SsangYong dealers whilst 16 model year cars are available and excluding any other offers.
09 Jan 2017: The next Junior British Rally Champion will have a memorable 2017, when they take home a cash prize of £30,000 to put towards their 2018 career development. Open to any driver under the age of 26 on January 1 2017, the Junior BRC will once again be a competitive proving ground for crews as they tackle some of the best forest stages and Tarmac tests across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in FIA-homologated R2 cars. BRC Championship Manager Iain Campbell is excited about the new format and is looking forward to another exciting chapter in the Junior BRC story. "The enquiries we have already had confirm that this is going to be another great year of competition in the Juniors. The winner will now have a pot of cash to take with them to their next challenge, while all the drivers and co-drivers in the Junior BRC will once again be supported in their development by having access to the coaches and tutors of the MSA Academy." The organisers of the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) have also announced that the Junior BRC will adopt an open tyre format for this year. Also new for 2017, is the addition to the calendar of the legendary Ypres Rally in Belgium; the first overseas round for Britain's premier rallying series. The finale will be in the Isle of Man. Last year the junior series attracted drivers from Australia, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the UK who fought over seven events. They drove differing model cars including Ford, Renault and Vauxhall. Round one of the MSA British Rally Championship gets underway in Jedburgh with the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally on 17/18 March.