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Lexus endows a custom LS600h L to a loyal centenarian client

This one takes the cake for the ultimate customer service. A centenarian treats himself for hitting the 100 year mark by purchasing a £100k Lexus. Upon hearing of the purchase, Lexus decided to make the celebration a bit more special, by customizing the luxury car the centenarian will never forget.

Who is the gentleman in question? He is Barry High OBE who hails from Blockley and is duly recognized as a loyal customer to the Japanese automaker.

Barry High joined the Royal Engineers in the Army when he left school, and by the time the World War 2 concluded, he has risen up to the rank of Major. Afterwards his main trade was construction. He reportedly bought as many as 25 automobiles from Lexus Cheltenham for the last 16 years. On his birthday, Sir Barry decided to make his birthday a tad extraordinary and went to his all time favourite vehicle manufacturer and immediately ordered a £100,00 (around $128,000) Lexus LS 600h L , cause why not?

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Mercedes-Benz Vans UK now accepting reservations for the new X-Class premium pickup truck

Mercedes-Benz Vans has yet to officially unveil the production version of its X-Class luxury pickup truck, but quite a number of interested customers are asking the German carmaker whether it would be possible to place an order. But if you are living in the United Kingdom, you could now reserve a new X-Class pickup premium truck from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has now opened the reservations book for the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, thanks to the “phenomenally early demand” for the premium pickup truck. This means that potential UK customers would just need to shell out some cash to have their names listed on the reservation list for the UK-spec Mercedes X-Class. Mercedes Vans UK has pegged the reservation fee at around £1,000 (more or less $1,248 or €1,162). When Mercedes finally and officially launches the sale of the X-Class, those who have their names on the list will be first to order the premium pickup truck.

However, since this is just a reservation list for the X-Class, UK customers who think that the premium pickup truck isn’t worth their money could back out from the roll. Of course, they wouldn’t have to worry about their reservation money since Mercedes Vans UK is prepared to refund the entire amount should they decide to withdraw from owning the UK-spec plush pickup truck.

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Lost and Found: BMW missing for 6 months found on the same parking lot

Has anyone at some point experienced “losing” a key only to find it at the same spot later on? How about losing a car at a parking lot only to find it 6 months later? Well, believe it or not, it just happened to someone. The car in question is in fact a BMW. Let’s see how it went.

It all started when a dude borrowed his buddy’s BMW in Scotland and drove it all the way to Manchester, England to see a concert. So you see, it’s not even his own car and the Stone Roses concert was in June last year. To make the long story short, the driver couldn’t remember where he parked his friend’s BMW after the concert. Oh well.

To be fair, the concert event was held in Etihad Stadium which has this multi-level parking lot to begin with. According to Manchester Evening News, the guy went over and beyond to search the parking complex within the next 5 days after the incident. But since there was no sign of his friend’s BMW, he eventually gave up and reported the car as lost or stolen after two months of searching.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe now available in the UK at starting price of £40,135 OTR

Excited British customers waiting for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe don’t have to wait anymore. The new Mercedes E Class Coupe is now available to order at Mercedes dealerships in the United Kingdom with a starting price of £40,135 on the road (OTR).

However, Mercedes’ E Class Coupe lineup in the UK doesn’t include the E 200 that is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that could generate up to 184 hp (135 kW) of output and up to 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. The base model for the UK market is the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz E 220d Coupe.

This model is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine that could provide 194 hp (143 kW) of max output and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the Mercedes E 220d to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds. Despite such power, this diesel-powered E 220d emits only 119 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and could travel up to 61.4 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. This is the model that features a base price of £40,135 OTR.

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Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. For one, production of the new Jaguar I-Pace has been left in the hands of a contract manufacturer in Austria. However, that does not mean that such a project would only be beneficial to the Austrian labor force. After all, the new Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV could still bring a lot of benefits to the workforce in the United Kingdom.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth recently revealed that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr is going to build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV in Graz, Austria. This was after Jaguar Land Rover signed Magna Steyr in 2015 to build two of its future models. At the time, the Jaguar Land Rover had yet to disclose which vehicles would be built by Magna, but Speth’s recent words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna.

Generally, the name of the game for the Jaguar I-Pace in the UK is local infrastructure. Speth remarked during an industry event that Jaguar Land Rover might assemble some units of the Jaguar I-Pace in the West Midlands. Not only that, Jaguar Land Rover would like to double overall local production from 500,000 to a million cars annually by the end of the decade. However, all of these depend on the willingness of the government to invest in surrounding infrastructure to allow carmakers like Jaguar Land Rover to set up new production sites, especially for electric vehicles. The Financial Times reported that Speth pegged the government investment at around £450 million (about $561.7 million). Jaguar Land Rover assembled around 490,000 vehicles from its production lines in the UK, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the pricing for its Mercedes-AMG GT starting with the Coupe at £98,195 and the Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe at £143,245. In the middle is the Roadster priced at £110,145, followed by the S Coupe at £111,495, and the C Roadster with £139,445.

The roofs on the Roadster and the C Roadster can come in a three-layer fabric with the choice to have it in dark red, beige, or black. This particular detail is available at no additional cost to the customer. What is exciting about this roof is that it can be closed or opened within 11 seconds. This operation is even possible despite the vehicle running at a maximum of 31 mph.

While the entire GT range is fitted with the biturbo 4.0-liter engine, the one in the Roadster variant offers an output of 476 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. Meanwhile the C Roadster delivers an output of 557 hp; hence, it can go from 0 to 62 mph in merely 3.7 seconds.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R, C Roadster UK pricing announced

It was only recently when BMW officially debuted the new 2017 5-Series Saloon (G30) online. At that time, this range revealed that it had driving dynamics that was the best in its class with an elegant yet sporty design. Equipped inside the 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) is the brand’s very own highly advanced Efficientdynamics Technologies and even includes the latest in connectivity and innovation.

The latest entry at the Bimmerpost has shown that the brand has released the prices for the 2017 5-Series though this is targeted at the U.K. market.

The base model will be the 520d SE which has been fitted with the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel engine. Power is measured at 190 hp with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds. Starting price is £36,025 ($41,715) and inclusive of the 20% value-added tax. For this variant, BMW is offering the M Sport package for an additional £3,000. This package has the M alloy double-spoke 18-inch wheel and the fog lights that utilize LED technology.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) saloon for UK market is priced from £36,025

A study commissioned by Hyundai Motor UK revealed that on average, women drivers were 12% angrier compared to their male counterparts.

The study was conducted by behavioral psychologist Patrick Fagan who hails from Goldsmiths, University London, a public research university well known for specializing in, among others, the social sciences. Fagan looked into 1,000 drivers from the U.K. in order to know how the different senses, sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch, could incite emotional responses with regards to certain driving conditions.

According to Fagan, psychologically, women scored higher when it comes to verbal and emotional intelligence compared to men. In addition, he added, women were also more likely to display the personality trait known as neuroticism. The study reveals that the bad temper women show can likely be traced back to the time when humans were hunters and gatherers.

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When all hell breaks loose, there’s just no turning back; and once the Kraken has been released, there’s just no way can one stop it. There’s absolutely no way to stop long overdue and unexpressed rage from breaking free and wreaking havoc on anything that comes along its way.

One possible reason why people become monsters is most probably because of love. It might sound too cheesy but hey, that’s real talk people. All things come to an end and even the truest forms of love also have an end. There are those whose love end as lives end, and some love that just aren’t meant to go on, thus a breakup.

There are various ways to get through lost love. There are some who talk it out with friends (or shrinks for some) and drown all hard feelings with booze just to feel numb from within, keeping out all emotional pain swimming in alcohol.

Read the entire article Cheating lover’s Range Rover was vandalized by girlfriend

The English Royal Fleet is composed of two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers plus a few Volkswagen “people carriers”. It’s no wonder why luxury car manufacturers Bentley and Rolls-Royce are given the bragging rights and claim that they can make any of its owners feel like one of England’s royalties. Equipped to be safe and efficient and painted in Royal claret livery, these cars are used for the royal family’s public engagements and some ceremonial functions.

The Royal fleet actually has two recent Bentley State Cars. The first of the two was given during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. These cars were uniquely designed to have a monocoque construction to be able to maximize the vehicle’s interior space. Compared to the usual Bentley, the Royal Bentleys are nearly a meter longer (at least 6.22 meters long). It is also designed with rear doors that are hinged at the back so that The Queen can stand up straight before heading out.

And for full visibility of the royal family, the Bentleys are designed with a removable exterior roof covering. However, just recently, it has been reported that Her Royal Majesty is getting rid of one of her Bentleys – the newest one in the fleet, the Bentley Mulsanne.

Read the entire article The Queen's Bentley Mulsanne for sale as she expects the new Bentayga

Honda (UK) and Ariel Motor Company have renewed their exclusive engine supply deal, which has been around for about 16 years. The renewed partnership entails the Civic Type R engine and the Civic 2.4 engine providing power for Ariel’s Atom and off-road Nomad, respectively.

Ariel has been using, as standard, the Civic Type R engine to power its Atom flagship since 2003. Now, Ariel will be using the Civic 2.4 unit that will serve as the heart of the new off-road Nomad. Entry-level Atom base models employ an entirely untouched engine.

Ariel can tune the ECU and exhaust of this engine to provide 245 bhp with Ariel-tuned ECU and exhaust; or supercharge it to either 310bhp or 350bhp to allow the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 2.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 155 mph.

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Mercedes-Benz recently announced that orders for the new SL, priced at £73,805 will be accepted by all Mercedes-Benz retailers. Buyers may choose from the four variants of the Mercedes-Benz SL range, each assigned with a different petrol engine: SL 400 – features a 4.0 litre V6 engine producing 367 HP (which is 34 HP more than the predecessor), pushing the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, with CO2 emissions at 175g/km; SL 500 – features a 4.6 litre V8 engine that produces 455 HP and 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 4.3 seconds, with CO2 emission at 205g/km; Mercedes-AMG SL 63 - equipped with a 5.5 litre V8 engine giving an output of 585 HP and a 0 – 62mph acceleration time of 4.1 seconds, with CO2 at 234g/km; SL 65 - has a 6.0 litre V12 engine giving an astounding 630 HP enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 in 4.0 seconds. CO2 emission is at 279g/km.

The SL 400 and SL 500 variant come with a standard Mercedes-Benz 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox which replaces the 7G-TRONIC PLUS of its predecessor. On the other hand, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic is the standard for the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 while an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard for the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 variant.

Standards for the four Variants: SL 400 and SL 500 – standard features for these two variants include 18-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay, MAGIC VISION CONTROL, LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Active Brake Assist, COMAND Online, DYNAMIC SELECT, Attention Assist, Parking Pilot, and Active Bonnet.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL range now available, starting price is at £73,805 in the UK

MINI UK has been encouraged by the recent success of the MINI Clubman, which was launched in the UK last October, and the latest revelation of the MINI Clubman ALL4 that is why it is introducing another addition to the range, the MINI One D Clubman.

Offering the standard specifications of the MINI Clubman range such as Bluetooth, MINI Navigation, MINI Connected, DAB, and Cruise control, the latest model appeals to all consumers as it also comes with a low combined emission of 99 g/km. Consequently, drivers can enjoy a low BiK rate of 17% in the 2015-2016 tax year.

Moreover, the signature split rear doors of the range are also included in the MINI One D Clubman. The four full-size side doors enhance the daily accessibility and functionality of the vehicle. The five-seater model was built with first-rate materials and classic styling language, making it highly innovative.

Read the entire article 2016 MINI One D Clubman is another exciting addition to popular lineup, price starts at £21,375

Along with the release of the most awaited superhero movie of the year, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jeep is also unveiling a limited edition Jeep Renegade small SUV. Only 500 models will be produced.

Customers can choose between a core of 1.6-liter E-torQ, 110-hp-producing petrol engine or a 1.6-liter MultiJet II 120-hp-producing diesel engine, both of which sport a manual transmission. The limited edition model is inspired by the Longitude mid-range level.

It is made even better and bolder with its Carbon Black, Colorado Red, or Granite Crystal livery and an array of polished black accents, fog lamp, rear light cluster surrounds, one-of-a-kind 18-inch alloy wheels, seven-slot grille, black roof bars, and a distinct Dawn of Justice emblem.

Read the entire article Only 500 units Jeep ‘Dawn of Justice’ limited-edition Renegade are up for grabs

The lightweight VUHL 05 is set to go beyond the boundaries this 2016 with the first production cars having been delivered, numerous dealers in the UK, Middle East, and Mexico, a stream of positive reviews, and a new high-tech factory along the way.

The VUHL 05 will grace the new London Motor Show at Battersea Park on May 5 to 8 for its first of many appearances this 2016. Bespoke Performance, the brand's official dealer, will represent the vehicle.

This marks VUHL's first appearance in England's capital. The popularity of the two-seater vehicle in the region is expected to be intense. An updated VUHL 05 version is slated to participate in the new Race Cars for the Road class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23 to 26.

Read the entire article VUHL 05 will appear at London Motor Show on May 5-8 and at Goodwood on June 23-26

MINI has released a limited edition MINI Open 150 Convertible in celebration of the new MINI Convertible's launch. Only 150 models will be exclusively available for purchase in the United Kingdom (UK) starting this month.

The interior of the MINI Open 150 Convertible is exclusively made with the new Leather Chester Malt Brown upholstery. The dashboard is built with a unique Open 150 Edition plaque while the door entry strips come with special Open 150 Edition badge.

The limited edition MINI vehicle is integrated with standard equipment such as MINI Yours Soft-Top, 18-inch MINI Yours Alloys, and heated seats. The MINI Open 150 Convertible also features a Chili Pack and a Media Pack, which include satellite navigation system and LED headlights.

Read the entire article MINI Open 150 Convertible Edition released in the UK

The multi-awarded Volvo XC90 did it again. Recently, the Volvo XC90 has been voted SUV of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2016. A 27-member panel consisting of motoring journalists writing for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Top Gear and Auto Express judged the prestigious award.

Editor and Managing Director of the UK Car of the Year Awards John Challen says that the stunning cabin design, with its high tech features, luxury, spaciousness and superb engineering, makes the SUV an “enjoyable driving experience.”

The XC90 was built using Volvo’s new SPA platform and is considered to be the most technologically advanced car for Volvo. It has a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers 407 hp power yet produces a low carbon emission of only 49g/km which equates to a monthly Benefit-in-Kind tax bill of just £100.67 for the taxpayer.

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Car buyers with an eye for greener car models will soon have one more option to add to the growing list of environmentally-friendly cars. Riversimple Movement Ltd. recently unveiled its first road-legal hydrogen prototype road car which the company developed with the help of a £2 million grant from the Welsh government last year.

This unique car is designed to get maximum range from its hydrogen fuel while at the same time emit minimal pollution. These main adjectives were achieved by an innovative design that focused on lightness, strength, safety and affordability.

Riversimple will not offer the new hydrogen-powered car through outright sale but through the company’s unique “sale of service” model. Interested motorists may use the car for a fixed monthly fee, which the company said is comparable in cost to leasing and running a family-sized hatchback. This monthly fee will cover the car’s fuel expenses, cost of repairs, maintenance and insurance and could offer the impetus needed to launch this prototype.

Read the entire article Riversimple’s Rasa hydrogen car will be available to the public in 2018

MINI revealed that its Hatch models have received various improvements on their standard specification. The brand will also be launching new personalization options but this will be exclusive for UK customers. For instance, the LED headlights and foglights will now be part of its Chili Pack, the brand’s flagship option pack.

The Chili Pack offers so much savings that more than 50% of Hatch customers and 75% of Clubman customers buy this pack. In addition to the improvements done to the Chili Pack, the brand also revealed that the MINI eCall and the MINI Teleservices will now come as standard starting March on all the MINI Clubman and MINI hatch models.

With the Teleservices, the driver will be able to keep a close watch on the service condition of the car all throughout its life. When the system detects problems, the MINI Teleservices can then send the issue to the chosen MINI Retailer after which the customer can set a convenient schedule to have the matter solved. Since the MINI Teleservices is now standard in the MINI Hatch, drivers can now avail of significant insurance discounts with the MINI FlexiMile Insurance through the MINI Financial Services.

Read the entire article MINI reveals Chili Pack enhancements for Hatch models

Top Gear recently confirmed that 'Friends' actor Matt LeBlanc will serve as the new co-host of the series together with Chris Evans and the rest of the gang. Being a car enthusiast and a Top Gear fan, LeBlanc expressed his excitement to be a part of the show. It is indeed a great opportunity for the actor to channel his inner "petrolhead", as Evans puts it.

It can be recalled how Joey, LeBlanc's character in the phenomenal TV series Friends, once wore as many items with the Porsche emblem as he could. Many people are already buying the idea of LeBlanc talking to celebrities about cars. The clever move does not only bank on people's love for famous people but on the fame of Friends, to be specific.

Being in the industry for long— he entered the scene in 1994 — and as an award-winner — he won an award in 2012 for Episodes, LeBlanc is definitely one of those who knows how Hollywood works— part of which is how to conduct juicy and interesting interviews.

Read the entire article Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear's New Series as co-host

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