Around the Motorparks

Repeat business after 25 years at Pure Triumph

Kevin Lington, General Manager at Pure Triumph Wellingborough, has been part of the Cambria management team since the Pure Triumph Group was purchase from Administration in November 2009.

Kevin is no stranger to the trade having now served over 26 years on and off with Triumph Motorcycles from their rebirth under the ownership of John Bloor. The bio starts in July 1992 at Neil Young Motorcycles in the role as a junior salesman, and achieving Triumph salesman of the year in 1996.

His career progressed in 1998. He was part of the management team that opened up an M&P Superstore in Northampton retailing over 1000 new bikes in its first year.

In 2002 there was a small sideways move to gain experience with the premier brand Harley Davidson over an 18 month period where he achieved another award for his sales achievement.

In 2004 Kevin established the Pure Triumph Group for the Autohaus Motor Group in Northampton, building the foundations for Triumph in Northants again. Later in April 2008 he opened the branches in Birmingham and later that year one in Woburn.
Throughout his career, he has strongly believed that he sells experiences opposed to motorcycles, therefore building sales on the back of repeat business and personal recommendations, having competition from 50 other branches in the UK selling the same product and making him and his store the place to buy from.

Kevin recalls his first solo sale was at the end of August 1992 and it was to Mr Tony Haynes of Northampton when he purchased a new Honda CBR600. Since then Tony has been a regular to Wellingborough and 26 years and a month later he has just purchased a shiny new Street Triple 765 RS from Kevin.

All-New Ford Focus is here at Dees and Invicta Ford

Ford New Focus

This year, the Ford Focus will celebrate its 20th birthday and the sales of over two million models in the UK alone. But, the popular choice is ever changing. For the new range, smart technologies have been implemented and can help to manage the driver’s steering, acceleration and even braking.

The series of adaptations have been designed to protect passengers inside the family hatchback. Outside the car, Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection can warn the driver of a potential accident, even applying the brakes for you, if you don’t react in enough time. Ford’s Co-Pilot360 system can be added, including Stop & Go, Sign Recognition and Lane-Centering.

It’s the fourth generation of Focus, and it’s available today from your local Dees Ford and Invicta Ford dealership in six different models.

Offered in Style – the start of the range with desirable features such as 16-inch alloys, automatic headlamps and a DAB radio with 6 speakers, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Next is the popular Zetec edition, enhancing your comfort and safety with a Quickclear heated windscreen and Cruise Control with a speed limiter.

The All-New Focus ST-Line model has a sporty feel with a polished twin tailpipe and keyless start. The next step up is the ST-Line X complete with an array of desirable adaptations such as; Ford SYNC3 DAB Navigation System with an 8-inch Colour Touchscreen and the addition of FordPass Connect.

Upgrading to the Titanium and Titanium X trim versions will add parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, rear privacy class and even ambient lighting to your drive.

Under the bonnet, both petrol and diesel versions of the new-generation focus are powered by bigger displacement engines from the 1.0L Ford Ecoboost 85PS Petrol 5-door to the 1.5L Ford Eco Blue 120PS Diesel Estate.

Contact Dees Ford or Invicta Ford for a test drive or find out more on the all-new Ford Focus here.

Cambria Automobiles ‘Engage’ Conference

We are off and running at the Cambria Automobiles ‘Engage’ Conference 2018.

‘engage’ – occupy or attract (someone’s interest or attention). The theme of today’s Cambria Automobiles conference

Keep up to date with latest on Twitter at #cambriaengage18.

We will focus on Associate and Guest Engagement to improve the service we offer to all our guests in our dealerships moving forward

Our new Product Geniuses at our Motorparks and Grange dealerships will give our guests a world-class shopping experience. We will aim to reply to all our guests with a personalised video like this:

Changing our G.A.M.E – Guest, Associate, Management, Engage. A new program to train our teams to be more engaged with our guests and embrace our systems to do that so we move forward

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors to today – we really appreciate your support and look forward to engaging with you over the next 12 months and beyond #cambriaengage18 @AutoTrader_UK @marketingdel @Calldrip_TeamUK @Calltracks @gard_x @TheAACars

Actually… Engage.

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