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British Touring Car Report

22 May 2017 16:37:44

The British Touring Car Championships saw an engrossing weekend at Oulton Park, with reigning champion Gordon Shedden keeping his title defence firmly on-track. In race one, the three-time champion had to give best to the fast-starting rear wheel-drive BMW of Andrew Jordan at lights-out but thereafter kept the leader honest throughout. In the second outing, the Honda duo worked in tandem to progress up the order, demoting Jordan in quick succession with a neat double move. In the reversed grid finale, the Halfords Yuasa Racing team-mates worked together again to fight their way past pole-sitter Josh Cook before completing a commanding one-two finish. Gordon Shedden reflected: "After my accident in FP2, the team did a mega job to prepare the car in time for qualifying and we managed to pull it back. Matt and I get the plaudits for standing on the podium, but Saturday was a true example of teamwork at its absolute best. And what a fantastic team we have." "It's been a cracking weekend!" said Matt Neal. "I pushed hard in races one and two and to finish on the podium both times. We then lucked in with the reversed grid, but we had the pace to make it work and we made the most of the soft tyres." The Drivers' Standings after this weekend sees Gordon Shedden in first place on 157 points; Rob Collard second with 141 points; and Tom Ingram in third on 132 points.

New Micra Engine Arrives

22 May 2017 16:36:48

The launch range of the all-new Nissan Micra, sees the eagerly anticipated 1.0-litre engine version being rolled out at dealerships across the country. Offering an excellent balance of performance and running costs, the three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is linked to a five-speed manual transmission. This highly efficient powertrain results in official Combined Cycle fuel economy of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 103g/km when running on 15 or 16-inch wheels. The new Micra is also a fantastic car to drive, with a dynamic performance that is the perfect balance between agility, excitement and the secure feeling that comes with confident and predictable handling. Longer, wider and lower than ever before, the all-new Micra has been conceived, designed and engineered with European customers' requirements at the top of the agenda. While it's the last of three launch engines to go on sale, it will play a vital role in the Micra success story with it expecting to account for approximately 15% of UK sales.

Honda Care Assistance Award

22 May 2017 16:35:55

Consumer champion Which? recently analysed the breakdown provision offered by 13 manufacturer-branded car cover companies, and for the seventh year running, Hondacare Assistance has retained its prestigious Which? Recommended Provider status. It is in recognition of its market-leading manufacturer breakdown cover, receiving an even higher customer satisfaction score than in 2016. David Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda UK, commented: "Customer satisfaction is at the very core of everything that Honda does, and whilst we rightly pride ourselves on our reliability - a quality that is regularly reinforced by consumer surveys - there are inevitably instances where something does go wrong, which is when you need a first-class warranty as back-up." HondaCare Assistance attended more than 90% of breakdowns within an hour - a key factor when a customer is stuck at the roadside - earning a five-star rating in that category as well as roadside repairs and mechanic knowledge and capability.

Seat Ateca Top of the Pops

22 May 2017 16:34:41

The HonestJohn.co.uk awards have given a big thumbs up to the Seat Ateca by naming it the HonestJohn.co.uk Car of the Year 2017. The Honest John awards are recognised as the motor industry's most scientific and unbiased awards. They differ from many others in the industry in that it is the site's readers themselves that dictate the models that take the honours. The overall winner is the car that has proved the most popular with the site's visitors over the past 12 months, based on number of visits and time spent on each page. "We had to wait a long time for SEAT's first crossover," said Honest John's Managing Editor, Dan Powell. "But the good looking and affordable Ateca is proof that good things do indeed come to those who wait. Over the past 12 months, no other car has come close to matching the admiration of the Ateca, with our readers praising its style, comfort and low running costs." As well as taking the top gong, the Ateca also won the hotly contested most popular Crossover category, which is one of the most fiercely competitive areas of the new car market at present.

No Insurance Cost with a Kia Picanto

18 May 2017 15:49:12

There is a great offer is open to prospective Kia Picanto customers - up to one-year's free insurance. Following on from the launch of what has been described as "the most technologically advanced, most stylish, most refined and sportiest small car that Kia has ever produced" - the all-new, third-generation Picanto went on sale in the UK priced from only £9,450. To check your eligibility for this offer, contact your local dealer who can be found at http://www.kia.com/uk. There are other offers linked to the model which you can look through on the Kia website.

UK Sales on a High

18 May 2017 15:47:14

According to data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK used car market got off to a strong start in 2017 with 2,133,956 used cars, a record number, sold in the UK in the first quarter. Diesel and petrol sales remained steady, but it was the supermini segment that continued to be the most popular. "A buoyant used car market combined with strong residual values is good news for the sector," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "To ensure this growth is maintained and the benefits of low emission vehicles spread quickly throughout society, continued investment in infrastructure, incentives and a tax regime that encourages demand is essential," he added.

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