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  2. With the combination of further lockdowns and the colder winter months creeping in, the chances are that your car might be feeling a bit under the weather right now Rather than get caught out, here are some straightforward checks and simple DIY fixes brought to you by Halfords that you can do to make sure that your vehicle starts when you need it to (and is mechanically safe and sound when it does). Check your battery Car batteries can fail for several reasons, but two of the most common are lack of use and cold weather. Your car’s probably spent most of the last month on your drive,
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  4. ŠKODA is continuing its ambitious electrification programme with the addition of a new iV plug-in hybrid model to its award-winning Octavia range. Using the same petrol/electric drivetrain technology seen in the Superb iV and the Octavia vRS iV, the new Octavia iV is priced from £30,795 OTR and is available in hatch and estate forms Thanks to its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the Octavia iV is the most fuel-efficient Octavia ever built with a WLTP fuel consumption as low as 282.5 -188.3mpg. CO2 outputs are equally impressive at just 22-33g/km on the combined cycle. Plug-in hybrid system
  5. In its 40th year on sale, the Fiat Panda is enjoying a refresh for the 2021 model year. This update also sees an overhaul of the Panda range and trim levels with the inclusion of the new Fiat Panda Sport A fan favourite, the Panda is still available as a 4x4 with the Fiat 0.9-litre 85hp Twinair engine. The rest of the range is available with the brand’s 1.0-litre mild hybrid unit with 70hp that debuted earlier in 2020. Panda Life range The new Panda Life range offers an affordable car packed with smart solutions. The entry level Panda model provides body-coloured bumpers, 14-inch s
  6. The new A-Class Exclusive Edition is now available to order, with prices starting from £31,305 OTR for the A 200 and £34,005 for the A 200 d. The A 250 Exclusive Edition Plus costs £37,320, while the A 220 d is priced from £38,095 The new Exclusive Edition is based on the AMG Line Executive equipment line which already comes as standard with the innovative MBUX infotainment system, including ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant, and a 10.25-inch high-resolution media display. The Exclusive Edition adds Night Package including privacy glass; ‘edition’ badging; ‘edition’ floor mats; a blac
  7. The Nissan LEAF has been named most reliable electric vehicle in a study carried out by one of Britain’s best-known warranty companies The research by Warrantywise looked at the frequency of repairs, common faults, cost of repair and age at the time of repair. Similar combustion-engined models were also evaluated, with the LEAF also finishing 7th overall*. Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB, said: ‘‘We are thrilled at the recognition LEAF has received in recent weeks. No matter what technology powers a car, reliability is key and it is pleasing to see LEAF recei
  8. The Fiat Tipo range line-up has been updated with a refreshed design, new technology and an updated engine offering. The line-up is also being expanded with the addition of the new Tipo Cross New Tipo Cross The new Tipo Cross brings a new variant to the Tipo family with a more powerful stance on the road, a new grille design that extends below the headlights and a higher ride height. The new Tipo Cross is almost 7cm taller than the Tipo. Giving a more solid and muscular appearance, with an exclusive skid plate, bumper featuring a prominent bull bar, side skirts and roof bars avail
  9. Making its European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek in front of a global virtual audience, the Mustang Mach 1 is the best-handling production Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 460PS 5.0-litre V8 1 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability. The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang in Europe available with a high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, featuring rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts and an upgrad
  10. The new Golf Mk8 is picking up even more speed. Following on from the GTI2, GTE3 and GTD4, Volkswagen is now presenting the next highlight from its sporty family of Golf models: the new Golf GTI Clubsport. This vehicle marks the next chapter in the brand’s tradition of high-performance GTIs: the first Golf GTI Clubsport was launched in 2016 on the 40th anniversary of the iconic sports car. It is now followed by the new Golf GTI Clubsport, a modern compact sports car that not only impresses due to its high engine power but also thanks to a new high in driving dynamics With the world
  11. SEAT’s debut plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Leon e-HYBRID, is now available to order, priced from £30,970 RRP OTR The e-HYBRID drivetrain combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an electric motor and six-speed DSG transmission, resulting in a total power output of 204PS and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. Power is supplied to the electric motor via a 13kWh lithium-ion battery back which is recharged via a 3.6kW AC inlet. This enables Leon e-HYBRID to be fully charged from 0 per cent in less than 4 hours. Leon e-HYBRID produces CO2 emissions from as low as 27g/km
  12. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is reintroducing the Beach model to the California 6.1 range, following increased interest in campervans as more people holiday in the UK. The California 6.1 Beach will feature two variants, Camper and Tour, with prices starting from £52,062* By extending the California 6.1 range to include two new versions, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles aims to make the California line-up more accessible for larger families and to those who need a more flexible MPV to accommodate their hobbies or occasional rest stops. The California van has been the campervan o
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    THE LEXUS UX 300e

    The first all-electric Lexus, based on the UX compact urban SUV, leverages the company’s 15 years of market leadership in manufacturing electrified hybrid cars The UX 300e reaches the market with perfect timing to benefit from improved charging infrastructure and rapid growth of public interest in luxury electric vehicles. It provides a driving experience that is both near-silent and razor sharp. With the UX 300e, Lexus takes its electrification vision to the next level. But, first and foremost, this is a Lexus: nothing has been overlooked. This first Lexus BEV (battery electric vehicl
  14. Following the Panda City Cross, the new Panda Easy mild hybrid is now available to order in the UK priced at £11,840 OTR. The most popular city car in Europe now receives all the benefits of an efficient, compact, lightweight and accessible hybrid powertrain The new features continue the electrification journey that Fiat began in February with the launch of the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition, the exclusive special series introduced at the same time as the Fiat 500 Hybrid. The Panda will be available with a new petrol mild hybrid engine that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1.0-lit
  15. With an assertive new exterior, beautifully crafted all-new interior, latest generation Pivi Pro infotainment and the choice of in-line four- and six-cylinder engines including PHEV** and MHEV technology, the new Jaguar F-PACE is more luxurious, connected and efficient The new exterior design gives the award-winning F-PACE performance SUV a cleaner, more assured presence, featuring a new sculpted bonnet with a wider power bulge and smoother, more precisely defined surfaces. The new bonnet also contributes to a more striking finish by reducing the number of shutlines on the front of
  16. MG Motor, the UK’s fastest-growing car brand, is offering electric for all as it expands its line-up with the addition of two more affordable and practical electric cars to its growing range Sitting alongside the thriving MG ZS EV and on-sale from 22nd September 2020, All New MG5 EV and MG HS Plug-in are expected to help MG to reach a tipping point in 2021 with plug-in cars accounting for over 50% of MG Motor UK’s total sales. With a range of three plug-in cars, MG is further strengthening its position as the go-to brand for mainstream, affordable electric cars. ALL NEW MG5 EV
  17. The updated Kia Stinger is revealed in its European specification for the first time today. Kia’s high-performance fastback sports saloon now boasts a refreshed design to amplify its gran turismo character and a range of technology and safety upgrades “The Stinger is standard-bearer for the Kia brand in Europe and remains our most driver-focused car, capable of covering great distances in comfort and style,” said Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “The upgraded model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethos, with a renewed sense of design fl
  18. Renault is continuing to expand its model range with the All-New Arkana SUV set to go on sale across the UK and Europe from 2021. The mid-sized compact SUV offers a standout exterior design with a strong coupé silhouette, increased refinement, along with the latest in advanced hybrid technology and connectivity Combining SUV proportions with the sloping roofline of a coupé, the Arkana delivers space and practicality for the whole family in a package only slightly longer than the New Megane Hatchback. The new model will be built on the Alliance’s CMF-B modular platform which underpins the
  19. The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV will feature a new look, more technology and class-leading driver assistance systems when it arrives in UK showrooms in the coming months. The new 5008 SUV also features new trim levels and a new ‘Black Pack’ for improved customisation BOLD NEW LOOK With the new 5008 SUV, PEUGEOT continues its commitment to instinctive design. The front end of the new 5008 SUV has been redesigned with a new frameless grille, while gloss black side scoops and a painted tread plate are integrated into the new bumper design. Top of the range GT and GT Premium models feature thei
  20. The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options, making it even more attractive to a broader range of customers Driven by a passion and respect for the original, New Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability, using advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century, while remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for more than 70 years. For 2021 Model Year an advanced new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – is key to Defender’s expanded appeal. Combinin
  21. ŠKODA has announced UK prices and specifications for the all-new Enyaq iV SUV – the brand’s first series-production vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB). The ground-breaking all-electric SUV will be available in the UK with two battery size options, two (rear-wheel drive) and four-wheel drive transmission and various model variants with prices starting from £33,450 (excluding UK Plug-in Car Grant) As befits a car that is starting a bold new era in ŠKODA design and engineering, the Enyaq iV introduces a new range structure based around battery
  22. Dacia unveils the All-New Sandero, All-New Sandero Stepway and All-New Logan, third generation models with completely new, reinvented designs. Following in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors, the three new models offer increased style, equipment and versatility whilst retaining the fundamentals of simplicity and reliability From a single model to a comprehensive, diversified range with 6.5 million customers, Dacia has transformed the automotive sector since 2005 to the present day. Sandero has become the emblematic model and since 2017 it has been the best-selling car in Euro
  23. Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini and it has now been facelifted for 2021 with a new 1.2-litre enhanced Hybrid engine as well as further standard specification upgrades. The latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the Swift features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin an
  24. An all-new Jeep® Grand Wagoneer Concept – introduced today in Detroit – marks the rebirth of a classic and premium American icon, providing a vision of what the modern expression of the original, ultimate, premium SUV can be The stunning and sophisticated Grand Wagoneer Concept’s debut instantly positions the storied Wagoneer name as a premium extension of the Jeep® brand. Wagoneer will define “American Premium” while delivering a unique and unprecedented customer experience. “Our new Grand Wagoneer Concept marks the first step in the rebirth of Wagoneer – a true and rare premium America
  25. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the world premiere of the new Caddy California. Every last detail rethought, redeveloped and redesigned – and yet unmistakably the successor to the multi-functional Caddy Beach. A crossover of compact van and cleverly conceived camper Its name says it all: California. It stands for innovative detailed solutions, which as the T3, T4, T5, T6 and T6.1 made the California the world’s most successful camper van. With the Grand California, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles transferred the California ‘multi-tool’ philosophy to the large Crafter's vehicle clas
  26. Hyundai Motor today revealed the first images of its all-new Tucson. New design highlights include the latest evolution of Hyundai’s signature headlamp architecture called ‘Parametric Hidden Lights’ and a dual cockpit layout that offers personalized space intuitively optimized for a high-tech user experience. The images hint at innovative features befitting Tucson’s signature boldness and pioneering spirit The digital world premiere of the all-new Tucson will take place at 02:30 CEST on 15 September. The livestream, a teaser video and images will be available at hyundai.com and on Hyundai
  27. The Jeep® brand has introduced its new Wrangler 4xe, marking the arrival of the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever. Jeep Wrangler 4xe models will be available in Europe, China and the United States by early 2021 The Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models – introduced last year in Geneva – began arriving in Europe this summer. The new Jeep 4xe models follow the introduction of the Jeep Grand Commander PHEV in China last year. The Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is capable of up to 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propuls
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