Around the Motorparks

New Vauxhall Viva Rocks

The new style of Viva is here, a somehow compact, yet roomy car hits the market – The Viva Rocks. This variant now comes with more spec and more optional extras than our classic standard Viva.

This Viva now ‘rocks’ –

  • Robust bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches
  • Increased ground clearance
  • Exclusive front and rear design
  • Exclusive roof rails
  • 15′ Alloy wheels and Fog lights.

Other spec available on the Viva Rocks includes; Daytime running lights, Lane departure warning, Cruise controls, Speed limiter, Winter pack (Heated steering wheel and Front seats), Vauxhall OnStar with 24hr assistant.

With the new IntelliLink system the Viva has a 7′ touchscreen colour display with the usual IntelliLink features fitted on other Vauxhall models.

City mode is a handy feature, lightening up the steering making maneuvers effortless and parking a doddle, especially if you have the optional extra rear parking sensors fitted. Its hill assist feature will also make hill starting no worry at all.

 

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Viva Rocks in now on sale, come down to County Motor Works and take a look or book a test drive. You can also view our full range of new and used cars here

Trial set to begin introducing traffic lights to our motorways

Kit to stop red light runners

A £7 million trial is set to begin next month in Cheshire, which will see traffic lights introduced at the Croft Interchange where the M6 meets the M62 as a bid to cut growing congestion. In December, the first stage of the trial will begin, with lights operating in the eastbound side of the M62, heading towards Manchester, accompanied by speed restrictions. In January, the scheme will be further rolled up to cover the link road between the M6 and the eastbound section of the M62.

Congestion currently costs the UK economy £9 billion each year, with 61% drivers saying they believe the motorways to have got busier in the last year. Andy Withington of Highways England said: “Once the system is fully up and running we’ll be monitoring its use over a period of up to a year. If it is successful – and we believe it will be – it could well be used on other motorway to motorway link roads across the country.”

Dees of Wimbledon currently have some excellent new and used offers, take a look here and book yourself a test drive; Dees of Wimbledon – New and Used

Source – http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/101702/traffic-lights-to-be-introduced-on-motorways – 13/11/17

927 mile Ford Escort Mk 2 RS2000 set to fetch £90,000

 1980s Ford Escort is up for sale - and will be hit with collectors

With the price of classic 1980’s Fords on the increase, it’s no surprise that a 927 mile Escort MK2 RS2000 in perfect condition is expected to fetch around £90,000. The car found fame in the 1980s as a successful rally car with the likes of Roger Clarke and Ari Vatanen behind the wheel. At the end of its tenure, the Escort has won 20 events. 5 of which piloted by Vatanen.

Being a custom edition, this Escort is a step down from the full blown rally car, but is certainly the closest offering available. It was ordered by a Mr F.N Dunstan of Nottingham in 1980 and after just 700 miles was passed on to a keen Ford collector later in the decade, before being passed on again to another collector around 8 years ago. The car has been kept in an air-tight chamber, preserving the pristine diamond white paintwork and chocolate brown leather lined cloth seats. Even the marks left by the factory sponges during its pre-delivery inspection are visible on the doors and underside. Silverstone Auctions classic car specialist, Joe Watts, went to say, “I’ve never seen anything like this car – it even smells new inside.”

 

 Escort RS2000 was a rally legend in the 1980s The Ford is heading to auction with a £90,000 price tag The interior is almost untouched after being sealed in airtight storage for years The 1980 Mk2 Escort has done less than 1,000 miles

Fancy a modern day hot hatch? We currently have some excellent offers on our new and used Focus and Fiesta STs, take a look here and book yourself a test drive; Dees of Wimbledon – New and Used

 

Source – https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/4826012/a-1980s-boy-racer-ford-escort-rs2000-that-became-a-rally-legend-heading-to-auction-for-90000/ – 02/11/17

 

Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is a new model to market, following its predecessor the Crossland X, however the Grandland X is bigger competing more with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai.

A quarter of Europe’s new car buyers now opt for more SUV’s. The Grandland X is not yet avaliable in 4WD, but you can forgive that as its new grip control system enhances traction control, making the notion of no 4WD forgivable. Image result for Grandland X

Engines are currently available in a 1.2 litre turbo-charged petrol or a 1.6 litre diesel. The 1.2 litre engine is a real competitor, boasting a very respectable 128hp which feels eager and ready. Both engines offer a 6-speed manual gear box as standard or a 6-speed automatic is available as an option too.

The Grandland X has a forgiving suspension set up, making a comfortable ride, which doesn’t lean to heavily on bends giving you confidence in the drive.

The Grandland X is logically laid out its controls and made essentials more accessible and rear parking sensors are standard across the range.Image result for Grandland X

If you opt for top of the range, it offers a 360 degrees view of around the car, which is fantastic when parking.

Most models are equipped with an 8′ SATNAV, whilst all options offer a 7′ Infotainment system with Bluetooth streaming, Apple and Android play. Following that every model has Vauxhall Onstar with online connectivity, Wifi hotspot and if you opt for NAV, a connection to a call centre who will download a new requested route to your Nav.

The name Grandland X says it all, head and leg room is more than enough to accommodate taller adult and is wide enough to ensure your own space. Boot space is spacious enough to fit most things in with ease, even a family of suitcases when and can fit longer items in with its quick release rear folding seats.

Running costs are competitive, especially the diesel engine offering 70mpg.  Even standard equipment is packed out; Alloy wheels, Rear parking sensors, Dual-zone climate control, Cruise controls and Automatic headlights and wipers.

The Grandland X was also given a 5 star safety rating by the Euro NCAP crash test agency.

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Home win for Elfyn Evans as Sebastien Ogier clinches 5th straight WRC title

A third place finish at the Wales Rally GB was enough to see Frenchman Sebastien Ogier claim his 5th straight World Rally Championship crown. Behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta WRC, Ogier finished 45.2 seconds behind M-Sport team mate and overall winner Elfyn Evans and 7.9 seconds off second place Thierry Neuville. The win was Evans first WRC victory and to cap off a great weekend for the Cockermouth based M-Sport team, the results of Evans and Ogier, confirmed the constructor’s crown. The private Ford team beat the works teams of Hyundai, Citroen and Toyota. M-Sport’s other driver Ott Tanak has contributed 2 wins and a number of podium finishes this season, and currently sits third in championship standings.

After taking the top step of the podium for the very first time, Welsh race winner, Evans went to say, “it’s been a good rally. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has stood by me for all these years – to get to this point has taken a lot. This result only makes us even hungrier for more.”

2017 is considered as a new era for WRC, with new aggressive aero packages and 400BHP+ turbo engines meaning the cars are the most powerful they have been for a while, hopefully bringing the sport back to popularity it achieved over the past decades.

The UK hasn’t had a competitive championship contender since the days of Colin McRae and Richard Burns, both of whom sadly died over 10 years ago, so could Evans win and the performance of the Ford M-Sport team mean a revival for British interests in the championship?

 

The title winning Fiesta is available from Dees of Wimbledon, not in WRC spec unfortunately. Take a look at our excellent new and used offers here; Dees of Wimbledon – Ford Fiesta

 

Source – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/news/elfyn-evans-wins-2017-wales-rally-gb/ – 30/10/2017

London’s T-Charge comes into force

Diesel smog, haze, pollution

6,500 motorists are expected to affect from Monday 23rd October, when the government launches its T-Charge. The £10 T-Charge is for pre-Euro 4 emission cars, (normally pre 2005), pre-Euro 3 for quadricycles or motorised tricycles (motorcycles are not subject to the T-Charge) and pre-Euro IV for HGVs, buses and coaches. The T-Charge will will run in addition to the current £11.50 congestion charge and run from 7am-6pm Monday to Friday.

The air pollution in London is currently some of the worst in the world, and London mayor, Sadiq Khan hopes the new T-Charge will significantly reduce the levels of harmful air. He stated,“the air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis.” He went on the announce plans of a Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which subject to approval will be enforced from April 2019. This ULEZ will replace the T-Charge but target drivers of pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles and pre-Euro 4 petrol cars. Further plans suggest that the zone will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads after 2022. 

 

If you want to check to see if your car qualifies for the T-Charge, click the link here; TFL – T-Charge Checker

or, why not make the most of ‘New for Old’ Scrappage scheme and swap your old car into a brand new low emissions car? Take a look at our excellent offers here and book yourself a test drive;Motorparks Ford – Scrappage Scheme

 

Source – http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/95559/london-t-charge-pollution-zone-arrives-today-and-will-grow-in-2019 – 24/10/17

 

 

Could this be the most expensive McLaren F1 in history?

Brand new 1997 McLaren F1 to become world’s most valuable example

This brand new unregistered 1997 McLaren F1 is set to go under the hammer and become the most expensive F1 ever to be sold.

Car number 60 includes every asset it left the factory with 20 years ago, including a Tag Heuer watch and all the protective covers and wrapping. The F1 has covered only 239 kilometers (149 miles) – which McLaren confirm is the distance every F1 covered during their pre-delivery tests. The Japanese owner of the car has never sat in it, let alone driven the 6.1 litre V12 hypercar, so it’s considered the best-preserved example of a F1 in existence.

The McLaren F1 is due to go under the hammer shortly and beat the £11.8 million record set by a 9,600 mile example sold at Pebble Beach.

 

Unfortunately, Dees of Wimbledon don’t sell McLaren F1’s but we have a couple of excellent hot hatch’s, take a look at our excellent offers here and book yourself a test drive; Dees of Wimbledon – New and Used

 

Source – https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/unused-1997-mclaren-f1-break-sales-price-record – 18/10/2017

 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Here at Invicta Motors Tunbridge Wells we held a Macmillan coffee morning to help raise money for cancer support.

We may not have raised a huge amount but we have contributed none the less.

Total amount raised:

£45.55

Take a look at the goodies that were on offer that day 🙂

 

Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer 4×4

The latest addition to the all-new Insignia range is the all-wheel drive Insignia Country Tourer.

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The Country Tourer is more spacious and a lot lighter than previous Insignia models, thanks to the new architecture and is also fitted with many new innovative technologies. It goes on sale with a 172hp 2.0 Turbo Diesel engine as a 6 gear manual or 8 speed automatic, later releasing a more beefy 213hp Bi-Turbo Diesel engine. The all-wheel drive system is based on the same torque-vectoring technology which is used on the Range Rover Evoque and Ford Focus RS.

The Country Tourer’s rear axle contains electronically controlled, multi-plate clutches, allowing the ability to direct torque more to one side, for example; more torque can be sent to the outer rear wheel when cornering sharper turn-ins and steering response. Riding 25mm higher than the regular Sports Tourer Estate, it allows the car to tackle more rugged terrain, extra cladding and skin plates help to protect against bumps and scrapes. It is also larger than the older model with 92mm-longer wheelbase, a roof-rail carrying capacity of 100kg and boot space has increase from 135ltrs to a massive 1665ltrs!

The Country Tourer’s Flexride chassis includes adaptive damping and steering can be set to standard, sport or tour mode; each mode affects shift-points on the automatic gearbox. Interior equipment includes Vauxhall OnStar with 2 new features: Personal assistant to help drivers make hotel bookings and a service to locate parking spaces. Prices are to start from £25,635

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Oxford to become the world’s first 0 emissions city by 2020

Fun in PHEVs - i8 charging

By the year 2020, Oxford will be the first city in the world to completely ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from parts of it’s city centre, 15 years before the Government aims to ban the sale of new non-EVs entirely. A 2016 report carried out by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said that over 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by air pollution and Oxford currently has illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The city’s council has already begun preparations for the ban by securing a £500,000 Government fund to install electric charging points for taxis and an additional £800,000 for regular motorists.

Councillor John Tanner of Oxford city council went to say: ““Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford’s residents. A step change is urgently needed; the Zero Emission Zone is that step change. The County and City together are proposing a staged Zero Emission Zone from 2020 in the city centre, with additional measures to bring down chronic pollution in St Clement’s Street, High Street and St Aldate’s. Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air.”

Dees of Wimbledon have a great range of new and used low emissions car, take a look here and book yourself a test drive; Dees of Wimbledon – New and Used

 

Source – http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/101328/oxford-city-centre-to-become-worlds-first-zero-emissions-zone-by-2020 – 13/10/17