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Best Used Bikes for Summer Riding

Bike Experts top tips: Best Used Motorbikes To Buy This Summer 
 
Do you plan to explore new exotic places with all types of terrain this summer? Then you need a summer bike. You, however, don’t have to break the bank to acquire one. The summer bikes marketplace usually brims with low maintenance, low mileage, and quite affordable bikes that you don’t have to travel half-way around the world to find replacement parts. 
 
 Remember every bike is differently suited to endure different adventures. It will, therefore, take quality research time matching your summer adventures with the right bike from the pre-owned plunge available in the market today. To make this easier, here is a brief comprehensive review of three of the all-time best motorbikes. 

 1. Honda Superhawk, 1997 to 2005  During this period, the Super Hawk was doing better than the Ducati and has since then been nicknamed the “poor man’s Ducati.” Though initially meant to be used on the tracks as a sports bike, the super hawk proved even more resourceful in the streets. To date, this 90 degree and V-twin bike remains an all-time favourite for most cruisers and road trip fanatics. 
 The Super Hawk rates highly compared to the rest of the sports bikes of its time. And you also have to act fast once you spot one on sale, considering most owners find it hard to part with them thus ensuring they don’t last much on the sales boards. Savings
on Super Hawk purchase can be used to tweak further its performance such as improving its gas mileage. 
 
 2. Suzuki SV650, 2003 TO 2008  In 2003, the Suzuki SV 650 was redesigned and with this came a long list of upgrades. Atop the list was a more appealing and modified frame as well as an improved fuel injection system. The 650 model, therefore, fares well compared to leading brands of the time. Plus the 650 is regarded as one of the most adaptable cycles, and a perfect all-around motorcycle. 
 This summer, use the Suzuki SV to cruise the streets in your neighbourhood shopping or even biking around backroads you haven’t visited in a while. The bike is also quite safe and has on several occasions been used as track-day bike by many amateur racers. 
 
 3. Kawasaki KLR 650, 1987 to 2008  Almost every adventurous rider looking to get dirty on the tracks has owned the good old Kawi at some point in time. The KLR 650 has remained virtually unchanged performance with regards to both physical appeal and performance since 1987. But it still made it to the list of the best used bikes because of its availability and relative affordability. You will also find its parts in any part of the world and able help from fellow present and past KLR 650 owners. 
  When it comes to used motorcycles, performance and part availability, as well as appeal, take centre stage in determining the type of summer bikes to buy. But you also have to match this with your favourite summer adventures whether its track racing or road trip cruises. Nonetheless, the Kawasaki KLR, Suzuki SV, and Honda Super Hawk bikes make some of the best summer bikes of all-time regardless of the type of your adventure. Bikes to buy URL: http://www.sellmotorbike.co.uk/webuyanymotorcycle/

Volvo starts!

Wvolvo dealerith 2015 marking Volvo Car UK’s most successful sales year for more than 20 years, and with the Swedish brand registering more than half a million cars globally for the first time in its history, Volvo Car UK (VCUK) is planning to further invest in the brand and its network of dealers with the launch of its Sponsored Dealer Programme.

While not a unique concept by the Swedish manufacturer, the Volvo Sponsored Dealer Programme is a first for Volvo in the UK and will play a pivotal part in meeting its target of 60,000 UK car sales by 2020.

Volvo will give talented motor trade professionals with a proven track record of running successful individual or small group dealerships the opportunity to set up their own Volvo dealership, with the support of Volvo Car UK. This support includes securing the site and providing backing that will enable the individual to access credit facilities that may otherwise be out of reach.

Volvo plans for six sponsored dealers to go live over the coming years, with work on the first dealership, located in the Midlands, already underway at a new-build site which incorporates the brand’s latest Scandinavian-inspired showroom design cues. Volvo will take on the leases for the properties and each site will be set up as a Volvo Retail Experience (VRE) dealer from day one.

As part of Volvo’s human-centric approach, the dealers will be hand-picked and will gain ownership of a Volvo franchise. Volvo will support the dealership to nurture the business in line with brand strategy requirements and to support individuals in getting up to speed with operating a multi-million-pound business.

Following the hugely successful launch of Volvo’s all-new XC90, a positive reception for the S90 and V90, and the ongoing transformation of the brand, the Sponsored Dealer Programme provides a great opportunity to join the premium brand as it goes from strength to strength.

“The Sponsored Dealer Programme has been introduced to find talented motor trade business people who will become advocates of the Volvo brand at a truly exciting time for the company,” comments Phil Hand, Volvo Car UK’s Head of Network Development.

“Following the ongoing success of our Volvo Retail Experience initiative, with 12 dealers now operational, the Sponsored Dealer Programme is part of our move to continually improve the quality of our dealer network’s customer experience,” Phil Hand continues.

Volvo reported a six per cent year-on-year sales increase in 2015, and with a completely new Volvo range to be implemented within three years, the sponsored dealer sites will occupy territories that have the potential for growth to support the brand’s anticipated volume increases.

Motorists could find VED tax damages vehicle values

Buyers of lower-emission cars are expected to bear the brunt of changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) car tax from 1 April 2017, with those in the 91-100g/km of CO2 band hardest hit, seeing costs over six years rise from nothing to £820. That’s the stark reality of a Parkers investigation into the fairness of the new VED system.

Parkers’ findings suggest that of the estimated £5.15 billion of additional revenue the new VED rules will generate by 2023, £4.69 billion will be from buyers of cars emitting 1-130g/km of CO2, all of which are currently tax-free for the first year.

How the new VED system works

Initially, the 2017 VED system appears to be an update of the existing scheme, albeit with new bands created and others combined. Notably, only buyers of cars with zero CO2 emissions will have the ability to remain car tax-free under the First Year Rate, as any model producing even 1g/km of CO2 will be subject to a charge from next year.

Replacing the Standard Rate sliding scale for year two onwards is a streamlined system which penalises buyers of cleaner cars and effectively provides a financial incentive to purchase models which pollute most. Zero-emission cars again remain free, but all others face a yearly bill of £140.

There’s a further surcharge for cars with a list price of £40,000 or higher – regardless of emissions, an annual charge of £310 from year two through to six will be imposed.

Greener cars hit hardest

Buy a new car emitting just 99g/km of CO2 from April 2017 and instead of enjoying VED tax-free motoring, you’ll instead be lumbered with an £820 levy over the first six years of ownership.

Premium plug-in hybrids also take a whack despite their greener credentials. Select one with emissions quoted at 50g/km that also costs over £40,000 and by the time it’s six years old its owner will have contributed £2,260 to the Treasury instead of nothing under the present rules.

Meanwhile, those who opt for a high-polluting car priced below that £40,000 cap will actually be up to £925 better off under the new scheme after six years.

Inherent unfairness about the 2017 VED system

While Parkers broadly supports the notion of raising taxation to pay for road network improvements, penalising buyers of cleaner cars, while simultaneously reducing the tax bill for the heaviest polluters, sends out the wrong message.

Our research also shines a spotlight on the Government’s environmental credentials, particularly as forthcoming EU emissions regulations require manufacturers’ average CO2 output to dip to 95g/km by 2020.

Zero-emissions cars costing under £40,000 still give consumers a VED-free option but they don’t represent a realistic proposition for most buyers.

Parkers’ Digital Editor-in-Chief Tim Pollard commented: “We recognise that the Government has to act to keep VED car tax up to date with cleaner engine technology, but some of the quirks of the new system uncovered by Parkers’ investigation are distinctly unfair to Britain’s motorists. We predict widespread confusion among car buyers; this time next year, the goalposts are moving dramatically and many people’s tax bills will rise significantly.”ved

Peaking through the screen to Peking in a Vintage Bentley

Preparation for the gruelWilliam Medcalf Benjafields 1 bentleyling Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is entering its final stages at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley.

The Bentley specialist is preparing all four Vintage Bentleys entering the event, which covers more than 8500 miles over 33 days and over all terrains, including long gravel tracks, dirt roads, the Gobi desert and across Alpine roads making it a real endurance test of both driver and machine.

William Medcalf is a restoration and rally preparation specialist, and a world-leading expert on vintage Bentleys. The cars he is preparing for this year’s event have been meticulously prepared by his dedicated team. The team is a world authority on vintage Bentleys, and will do whatever it takes to make sure a car is ready; working through the night is not uncommon.

The cars will not only have all necessary parts checked, replaced and tested ahead of the first day of the rally on Sunday 12 June, but William will personally drive each of them for some considerable miles to make sure that everything is perfect before they are handed over to their owners.  Cars prepared by William have won countless rallies in the past, and this looks set to continue – cars prepared by William Medcalf Vintage Bentley have finished every rally they have entered for the past decade.

The cars that will be looking to continue this impressive record by heading to the Peking Paris start line include two Bentley Super Sports continuations and two Bentley 4 ½ litres.  All of the entrants will get the same levels of support that all of William Medcalf’s customers enjoy all year around, with William able to supply any part needed at short notice. His Flying Doctor service means he can get anywhere in the world, normally within 24 hours, to deliver a part, meaning that no rally need finish prematurely.

William Medcalf Vintage Bentley has 1100 model lines in stock in its Benchmark Precision Engineering arm, which matches or perhaps betters many modern manufacturer supply lines. The company has everything in stock from a front axle beam to the smallest gasket – all eventualities are covered.

As well as sourcing original parts, William Medcalf Vintage Bentley’s team is capable of making any necessary component thanks to its sophisticated computer-aided design and equipment. It blends traditional heritage with cutting edge technology of the sort more normally seen in the world of F1.

William Medcalf has a long history of preparing cars for endurance racing, and has taken part in events such as the Endurance Rally Association’s Flying Scotsman, which he won in 2014 and 2015, Peking to Paris in 2007 and 2010 (in which he took the class win), and the Benjafield’s 24.

If you want to enter a rally in a vintage Bentley then William Medcalf Vintage Bentley can source and prepare a car to the highest standards.

The Benjafield’s 24 celebrated the 90th anniversary of Bentley’s first victory at Le Mans, and a film has been made to document the event, which can be found here.

Notes to Editors

William Medcalf is an authority in all aspects of vintage Bentley ownership and his name is synonymous with the marque. William Medcalf started working professionally with Vintage Bentleys 22 years ago, and is situated on the road between Brooklands and Goodwood in West Sussex, England, and is the only place you need go to buy, sell, service or prepare a vintage Bentley from the iconic 1922 to 1932 era.

The state of the art workshop at the company’s headquarters is world-renowned for its rally preparation and car preservation. William Medcalf Vintage Bentley also offers the world’s best parts department for vintage Bentleys, and a full calendar of social events, races and rallying.

William’s passion for vintage Bentleys began at a young age, he first drove one at the age of just 12. Since then he has driven hundreds of thousands of miles in these cars, all over the world and is personally involved with everything related to vintage Bentleys, and is a highly regarded stalwart of the vintage Bentley community. He can often be found with his sleeves rolled up working on an engine, organising events and taking part in numerous races all year round;  preserving the cars, at all hours of the day and night if needs be

On a Rolls as sales boom

  • Second highest sales in the marque’s 112-year history.
  • 3,785 cars delivered to customers in 2015.
  • Rolls-Royce dominates super-luxury segment (+€200,000 net)
  • Strong performances in all global regions, with exception of China.
  • Bespoke personalisation at highest-ever levels.
  • Results reaffirm Rolls-Royce as the world’s leading super-luxury goods manufacturer.
  • North America top region, ahead of Middle East, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
  • United States is biggest individual market.
  • Rolls-Royce cars sold through network of 130 dealers across almost 50 countries.
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Abu Dhabi best-selling dealership for third consecutive year.
  • 100 new jobs created in 2015.
  • Record intake for company’s Apprenticeship Programme.
  • New Technology and Logistics Centre opens in Bognor Regis.
  • Significant investment in manufacturing plant in readiness for new models.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is pleased to announce that its 2015 sales were the second-highest ever recorded in its 112-year history. A total of 3,785 hand-built motor cars were commissioned by customers worldwide last year.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, said, “2015 was a year of tremendous challenge for the entire luxury industry. I am very proud of our success which was achieved against a backdrop of considerable global uncertainty. We have proven that our long-term strategy of globally balanced, sustainable and profitable growth is delivering and we have maintained our position as the world’s leading luxury manufacturer. I am quietly confident of a strong year in 2016.”

Record sales were reported in Asia Pacific (up 13%), the Middle East (up 4%) and North America (up 6%). Individual markets that recorded record results included Korea (up 73%), Japan (up 7%), Qatar (up 21%), Russia (up 1%), UK (up 2%) and USA (up 7%). Emerging markets such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Kazakhstan all showed promising growth. In China, significant headwinds impacted negatively on the entire luxury sector and Rolls‑Royce was not immune to these developments. The region reported sales down 54% compared to 2014.

Sales were driven by the enduring success of Wraith and Ghost family motor cars, whilst Phantom remains the company’s pinnacle product globally, reaffirming its status as the world’s most desirable super-luxury good. In 2015, Rolls-Royce once again sold more cars in the +€200,000 net segment than any other manufacturer, maintaining a position it has held unchallenged over the last decade.

As part of the marque’s commitment to long-term sustainable growth, Rolls-Royce announced five new dealerships during 2015. This brings the global dealership network to 130, with further expansion planned for 2016. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Abu Dhabi was the best-selling Rolls-Royce dealership for the third consecutive year.

In the face of a highly challenging global business climate Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continued undeterred with its long-term sustainable growth strategy. In September, the unveil of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn drophead coupé stunned the market, breaking all previous records for pre-orders whilst attracting a more social, younger generation of successful people to the marque. First customer deliveries will take place in the second quarter of 2016.

In the same month, the company completed the first phase of a major investment in the future of the brand with the completion of its new Technology and Logistics Centre (TLC) at Bognor Regis. The purpose-built 30,000m2 facility formally opened for business, on schedule, on 4 January 2016.

Throughout 2015, significant building and expansion work also continued at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, where the company is investing heavily in a new single-line manufacturing system that will drive the marque’s highly innovative long-term product strategy.

Record numbers of customers tasked the marque’s designers and craftspeople with creating highly Bespoke expressions of their tastes and lifestyles. Nearly every Phantom, Ghost and Wraith that left the Home of Rolls-Royce in 2015 contained specially commissioned Bespoke design elements. This reaffirmed the marque’s status as the only authentic purveyor of hand-crafted super-luxury motor cars. Rolls‑Royce further cemented its position as the world’s pre-eminent creator of truly individual motor cars through its Bespoke Collections – including Wraith Inspired by Film, Fashion & Music, and Phantom Nighthawk and Limelight – and unique creations such as Phantom Serenity.

Sustained demand across the globe and a commitment to investing in future British manufacturing talent led to the creation of 100 highly-skilled permanent jobs in 2015. The company now employs 1,600 people at the Home of Rolls-Royce, a remarkable increase on the 350 that worked to create the first Phantom in 2003.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, during a visit to the Home of Rolls-Royce in February 2015 declared Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to be “a great British manufacturing success story”. The marque’s globally renowned Apprenticeship Programme was also praised by the Prime Minister who congratulated Rolls-Royce on its sustained commitment to developing young people. 2015 saw a record intake of Apprentices with recruitment levels set to remain at record levels in 2016, the 10th Anniversary of the Apprenticeship Programme.

The company’s success in the face of global commercial pressures is testament to its long-term strategy based on sustainable growth. The success of this approach was also reflected in substantial growth in the Provenance (pre-owned) and Financial Services programmes during 2015. These offerings are bringing the brand to a wider audience, and extending new opportunities to aspiring Rolls-Royce owners.

Business Minister Anna Soubry said, “Today’s results from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars show that British-built luxury cars remain the envy of the world and are yet another sign of the strength of our excellent automotive industry.” She added, “By continuing to support and invest in our auto industry, we can make sure we continue to create high-skilled jobs and drive our exports forward. I’m especially pleased at the success of the company’s apprenticeship programme – our car manufacturers are already the most productive in Europe and this can only be sustained by prioritising the skills of the workforce.”

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Notes to Editors:

 Historical sales:        

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
300 792 796 805 1010 1212 1002 2711 3538 3575 3630 4063

Largest Rolls-Royce regions by sales in 2015:

1.     North America
2.     Middle East
3.     Europe
4.     Asia Pacific
5.     China

Largest markets in the world for Rolls-Royce in 2015:

1.     USA
2.     UAE
3.     China mainland
4.     UK
5.     Saudi Arabia

Super-luxury segment definition. Above Euros 200,000 net.

Further information:

You can find all our press releases and press kits, as well as a wide selection of high resolution, downloadable photographs and video footage at our media website, PressClub. You can also find the communications team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on Twitter.

Press contacts:

Goodwood

  •  Director of Global Communications

Richard Carter  +44 (0) 1243 384060   richard.carter@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Global Corporate Communications

Andrew Ball   +44 (0) 1243 384064   andrew.ball@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Global Product Communications

Andrew Boyle   +44 (0) 1243 384062    andrew.boyle@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Global Lifestyle Communications

Emma Rickett   +44 (0) 1243 384061  emma.rickett@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Regional

  • Asia Pacific – North

Rosemary Mitchell   +81 (0) 3 6259 8888    rosemary.mitchell@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Asia Pacific – South

Hal Serudin  +65 6838 9675   hal.serudin@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • China

Anna Xu  + 86 1084558037  anna.xu@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Europe – East

Frank Tiemann  +49 (0) 89 382 29581  frank.tiemann@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • Europe – West

Ruth Hucklenbroich +49 (0) 89 382 60064  ruth.hucklenbroich@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Middle East, Africa,

  • Central Asia and South America

Jamal Al Mawed  +971 561717883    jamal.almawed@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

  • North America

Gerry Spahn  +1 201 930 8308   gerry.spahn@rolls-roycemotorcarsna.com

  • UK and Scandinavia

James Warren  +44 (0)1243 384578  james.i.warren@rolls-roycemotorcars.com93778rr-2 rolls royce

Capex realignment; VW have a plan

The Volkswagen Group is aligning investment activity in its Automotive Division with the current situation. The aim is for planned investments in property, plant and equipment, investment property and intangible assets, excluding capitalized development costs (capex), to be capped at approximately EUR 12 billion next year. The average figure for the previous planning period was about EUR 13 billion per year.

“We are operating in uncertain and volatile times and are responding to this”, said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in Wolfsburg on Friday, after a regular meeting of the Company’s Supervisory Board. “We will strictly prioritize all planned investments and expenditures. As announced, anything that is not absolutely necessary will be cancelled or postponed.”

In this context, Müller announced the intention to increase expenditure on alternative drive technologies by approximately EUR 100 million next year. “We are not going to make the mistake of economizing on our future. For this reason we are planning to further increase spending on the development of e-mobility and digitalization”, he said. The core focus will be on rapidly developing electric drive systems for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi and Porsche brands.

Most of the capex is earmarked for new products, the continuing rollout and enhancement of the modular toolkits, and the completion of ongoing investments to expand capacity. Examples include product start-ups such as the next-generation Golf, the Audi Q5, the new Crafter plant in Poland, as well as upfront expenditures for the modularelectric toolkit (MEB). Approximately 50 percent of capex will be spent on the Group’s 28 locations in Germany.

Müller also outlined the first projects as examples where investments are being spread out to a greater extent or cut back. For example, construction of the planned new design center in Wolfsburg is being put on hold, saving approximately EUR 100 million. In addition, the construction of a paint shop in Mexico will be reviewed. In the model range, the successor to the Phaeton – a pure-play electric model – is being delayed. “We will review and potentially cancel further expenditures or spread them out to a greater extent in the next few weeks, but without putting our future viability at risk”, explained Müller. He added: “Together with the Works Council representatives we will make every effort to keep our core workforce on board.”

The joint ventures in China are not consolidated and are therefore not included in the above figures. These companies will maintain their previously announced investment levels and are planning expenditures in the amount of approximately EUR 4.4 billion in 2016. These investments will be financed from the joint ventures’ own funds.VW badge

Maserati and Liberty join forces

Luxury Italian car manufacturer, Maserati, joined forces with iconic London department store, Liberty, and inspirational fashion charity, LDNY, to launch the ‘Legacy’ collection in a unique and interactive window display at the Regent Street store earlier this week.

The exclusive launch of the fashion collection includes a bespoke window display at Liberty which is in situ exclusively for one week between 26th October and 2nd November. The window features three examples from the Legacy collection alongside cutting-edge technology from ‘Those’ – a London-based digital design works – with their digital drawing system ‘The Woodpecker’.

The Woodpecker is an innovative drawing robot that sketches images of Maserati cars, as well as images from the Legacy Collection and Liberty’s famous Tudor-style shop-front onto the glass window live in front of London shoppers. The Woodpecker also invites members of the public to be a part of the window display by writing tweets using the hashtag #LibertyxMaserati onto the glass.

A VIP event was hosted at Liberty earlier in the week to celebrate the charity fashion collection and officially launch the window display. Guests from the worlds of fashion and enterprise were joined by the likes of Ozwald Boateng, Miriam González Durántez and Caroline Rush at the 140 year-old London department store. A fleet of elegant Maserati Quattroportes lined Great Marlborough Street where the store’s iconic main entrance is located.

To see highlights from the event at Liberty and the interactive window in action visit:https://youtu.be/9W3UExssWxs

The Legacy Collection is an ethical, luxury fashion project by the LDNY Foundation which promotes female designers from around the world. The LDNY Foundation is a partnership between London College of Fashion (LCF) and Parson’s School in New York. Students from both universities entered designs by artisans inspired by nations such as Ethiopia, India, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and Peru into a competition. Three LCF students; Nayana Kodesia, Nitya Kishore and Leticia Jacobson, will see their designs go on sale exclusively at Liberty.

Peter Denton, Region Manager, Maserati North Europe said, “LDNY is a charity Maserati has been supporting since early 2015 when the first designs were showcased at Goldsmiths College. We’re delighted to see the final Legacy Collection in the window at Liberty, which is such an iconic fashion venue in London. Maserati has always been known for being a pioneer of style and design in the automotive world, so it’s an honour to champion new fashion innovators here in London.” liberty maserati

VW moves forward

Volkswagen confirms today that no software constituting an improper defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA288 EU5 as well as EU6-engines in the European Union. Consequently, new vehicles of the Volkswagen Group offered within the European Union with those engines comply with legal requirements and environmental standards.

Volkswagen AG is systematically reviewing this issue worldwide. The group strives for a holistic solution for complying with the respective valid standards.

After thorough examination it is now confirmed that no software constituting an improper defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA 288 EU5-engines. Before, Volkswagen Group has confirmed that new EU6-compliant vehicles offered within the European Union fulfil all legal requirements and environmental standards.

Volkswagen customers can visit the corporate websites such as www.volkswagen.de/info, which was set up on October 2, 2015 and enter the chassis number of their vehicle to find out straight away whether their vehicles are affected. Similar customer websites are active in the other EU countries and for the Audi, SEAT and Škoda brands.

Work on the technical solutions detailed in the plan of measures is currently proceeding at full speed. Remedial action on the vehicles will begin in January 2016 – at no cost to customers. The measures are currently being developed for each affected series and each affected model year and will first be presented to the responsible authorities.

Volkswagen will subsequently inform the owners of these vehicles over the next weeks and months.VW badge

VW one small step completed

Volkswagen confirms today that no software constituting an improper defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA288 EU5 as well as EU6-engines in the European Union. Consequently, new vehicles of the Volkswagen Group offered within the European Union with those engines comply with legal requirements and environmental standards.

Volkswagen AG is systematically reviewing this issue worldwide. The group strives for a holistic solution for complying with the respective valid standards.

After thorough examination it is now confirmed that no software constituting an improper defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA 288 EU5-engines. Before, Volkswagen Group has confirmed that new EU6-compliant vehicles offered within the European Union fulfil all legal requirements and environmental standards.

Volkswagen customers can visit the corporate websites such as www.volkswagen.de/info, which was set up on October 2, 2015 and enter the chassis number of their vehicle to find out straight away whether their vehicles are affected. Similar customer websites are active in the other EU countries and for the Audi, SEAT and Škoda brands.

Work on the technical solutions detailed in the plan of measures is currently proceeding at full speed. Remedial action on the vehicles will begin in January 2016 – at no cost to customers. The measures are currently being developed for each affected series and each affected model year and will first be presented to the responsible authorities.

Volkswagen will subsequently inform the owners of these vehicles over the next weeks and months.VW_6185-a passat

155 mile range changes everything

Nissan Leaf  2016 with 155-mile range

We’ve know about plans to upgrade the battery pack for Nissan’sKia Soul EV rival for some time. The 30kWh pack is now available alongside the 24kWh battery, meaning a range that goes from around 110 miles up to a maximum of 155 miles. The downside is a modest 21kg weight penalty.

Nissan is so confident in the new battery pack’s stamina, it will be covered by a full eight-year 100,000-mile guarantee. Charging remains the same process as before, although its not clear yet how much longer it will take to charge to full capacity.

Alongside the battery revision, the Japanese firm has taken the opportunity to introduce the latest-gen NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system to the Leaf EV. It features an update to the smartphone app which can remotely pre-heat and cool the Leaf, and is also able to tell you how much range you have left. It also gives details of charging points near you and telss you whether they are operating.

The touchscreen itself also gets a new interface, while a DAB radio and capacitive zoom for the satnav also feature. New exterior colours can be had (like the bronze hue above), while the roof-mounted aerial gets a new design.

Prices for the 2016 Nissan Leaf with the 30kWh pack start at £24,490 for Acenta spec, £1,600 more than the 24kWh Leaf that remains available with the cosmetic updates.