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VAN DRIVERS TAILGATING CAUSE 10 INJURIES A WEEK

21 May 2019 10:59:47

Tailgating is one of the most common causes of van accidents on UK roads, causing 10 injuries a week, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. In total, there were 4,256 accidents reported as vehicles "following too close" causing 6,184 injuries, including 19 fatalities. Eight per cent of these cases involved light commercial vehicles - equal to 10 injuries per week. And of course this kind of accident should be completely avoidable, using basic defensive driving techniques and sticking to the 'two second rule'. In addition, technology is available to combat the problem, with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offering Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on all its vans. This helps avoid accidents by keeping the vehicle a safe and constant distance from the traffic ahead and allowing drivers to cruise comfortably, as well as automatically slowing and stopping in traffic. The technology works using the radar-controlled Front Assist monitoring system alongside the City Emergency Braking system, both of which are standard on all Volkswagen vans. The upgrade to ACC costs from £280 (ex VAT). Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said: "Tailgating is the biggest single bugbear that motorway users in particular report. Surveys suggest almost half of drivers feel scared and get angry about it. Keeping your distance means you can observe what is happening around and ahead of you much better and gives you time to react to the unexpected.

SsangYong Appoints New Dealer For Coldstream

13 May 2019 17:38:03

SsangYong Motors UK is delighted to welcome DS Dalgleish & Son to the brand. It's range of 4x4s and SUVs is now available from the dealership which operates from its premises in Coldstream. Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK said: "On the back of the hugely successful launch of new Rexton and Musso pick-up, we have been looking to attract new dealers. The brand is committed to long term investment in new products and will see at least one new model launched each year through to 2022." DS Dalgleish & Son was founded by David Dalgleish in 1968. Barry Dalgleish, dealer principal commented: 'We're very excited to be joining SsangYong. We were attracted to the brand by the exciting new vehicles that have started coming through from Korea and their great product range."

Claire English Appointed To Head Of Fleet In Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

13 May 2019 17:36:26

Claire English has been appointed to the role of Head of Fleet in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, replacing David Hanna who recently took over as Head of Service and Parts for the brand. Claire has been with the Volkswagen Group since she joined the company on the graduate scheme in 2003, gaining experience in Sales Operations and Marketing with both KODA and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. James Douglas, Head of Sales Operations for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: "I'm looking forward to welcoming Claire to our brand, and I am sure that her depth of operational fleet knowledge, complemented by her passion for customer experience, will make her a valuable addition to the team." In her new role, Claire will be responsible for all fleet sales. She will start her new role at the end of June.

MG Motor UK Achieves Best Ever April Results

13 May 2019 17:33:18

MG achieved its best-ever sales figures for the month of April, with a total of 980 new registrations. This is an 18% increase on the same period the year before. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: "Both the MG3 and ZS SUV have continued to attract new customers who want cars majoring on practicality, style and true value for money. "The results are tremendously encouraging and we will continue to use this solid platform to build the MG brand further." Currently, the brand is seeking new dealer partners across the country, with key open points in Leeds, Liverpool, York and South London. They will also be introducing the ZS EV in the autumn.

CITROEN HELPS SMOOTH OVER UK POTHOLES AMIDST RECORD FIGURES

8 May 2019 17:08:13

With UK temperatures having hit a seven-year low last year, it is no surprise that drivers are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown or damage, than they were in the past. Citroen UK enlisted the help of its New C5 Aircross SUV Brand Ambassador, Austin Healey, to repair some of those potholes caused by heavy traffic or severe weather. As the automotive brand dedicated to providing class-leading Advanced Comfort, Citroen decided to team up with its New C5 Aircross SUV Brand Ambassador, Austin Healey, and Surrey County Council to smooth over 200 potholes in the county. Citroen has been working with Nu-Phalt(r) Contracting using its Jetpatcher process to provide the drivers and residents of Surrey with a glimpse into the level of comfort that you can experience every day in Citroen's latest models. Austin Healey commented: "Since getting behind the wheel of New C5 Aircross SUV, I totally get the benefits of a car with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions(r) suspension. The way it filters out any imperfections in the road is incredible. So nothing gives me greater pleasure than getting stuck in and sharing this experience with the residents of Surrey."

Life-size LEGO(r) Honda Civic Type R Makes Its Debut

8 May 2019 15:43:50

One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size LEGO(r) model ahead of the much anticipated 'LEGO(r) MASTERS' show airing on Channel Nine from 28th April. The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert Ryan McNaught - LEGO(r) Certified Professional - used more than 320,000 LEGO(r) bricks in the build and took over 1,300 hours with a team of nine assembling each brick by hand. A steel frame supports the structure of LEGO(r) bricks, all glued together and is built completely by stock standard pieces. The car 'comes to life' with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights. The LEGO(r) car was built from the ground up, layer by layer. The most challenging elements of the build were the window wipers due to their fragility, and the back spoiler which needed structure to allow it to float. One of the most iconic cars in the current Honda lineup, the Civic Type R, has been transformed into a life-size LEGO(r) model ahead of the much anticipated 'LEGO(r) MASTERS' show airing on Channel Nine from 28th April. The passionate team behind the creation, led by global expert Ryan McNaught - LEGO(r) Certified Professional - used more than 320,000 LEGO(r) bricks in the build and took over 1,300 hours with a team of nine assembling each brick by hand. A steel frame supports the structure of LEGO(r) bricks, all glued together and is built completely by stock standard pieces. The car 'comes to life' with the help of an iPad which turns on the headlights, DRLs, fog lights, hazard lights, brake and reversing lights.

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