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Automobili Turismo e Sport introduces the new ATS GT at Salon Privé

Guests at the luxurious Salon Privé supercar exhibit witnessed the return of legendary manufacturer Automobili Turismo e Sport as it holds the ATS GT’s official premiere last Thursday, August 31st. Presented at the event is the limited-run Italian supercar that drew inspiration from the first ATS 2500 GT of the early 60s. Carrying a $1.15 million price tag with only 12 units to be built, the new ATS GT Launch Edition is the company’s first production after being out in the limelight for more than fifty years.

ATS, or Automobili Turismo e Sport was first established in 1961 by Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti together with some prominent members of the Scuderia Ferrari team. As former team members, its initial motivation was to beat Ferrari both when it comes to building track ready and road-going sports cars. Unfortunately, the stint only lasted for about two years and the company eventually gave up after releasing the ATS 2500 GT in 1963.

Moving on, the fabled company makes a pleasant comeback with the new ATS GT. Designed by ATS’ chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, each handmade GT supercar will be employing the most highly advanced lightweight engineering with materials consisting mostly of carbon fiber. Its design inspiration, the ATS 2500 GT, was a small coupe developed by co-founders Bizzarrini and Chiti and was built by Allemano according to the instructions of its designer, Franco Scaglione some fifty years ago.

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UK government intends to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

The UK it seems is about to take the same road as its neighbouring country France by banning sales of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning 2040. As reported by The Guardian, the move will help the government solve the nation’s major health concerns particularly those caused by the increasing levels of nitrogen oxide or air pollution. The UK government’s clean air plan is similar to what Nicolas Hulot, France’s environmental minister has announced earlier this month.

A spokesman for the British government explains how poor air quality is considered the biggest environmental threat to public health and is costing the UK about 2.7 billion pounds in productivity loss each year. To immediately resolve the current issue, the UK government has provided councils with new funding for the development of the local initiatives. Part of this 3 billion programme is the clean air plan that aims to clean up the air around Britain’s public roads.

After the sales ban of diesel and petrol cars, the UK government is planning to enforce additional solutions to manage the nation’s air quality. This will include replacing the engines of public transport such as the ones on the buses. In connection to this, many groups have once again expressed their support for the so-called T-Charge in London but it is too early to tell if the councils will be imposing such rules.

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The UK can now say goodbye to Genesis (Hyundai’s luxury brand)

You can’t force people to acquire something that does not interest them. This is one mistake that South Korean automaker Hyundai won’t likely make again. It has been recently announced that the Genesis will be taken completely out of the United Kingdom market. This is because after several attempts of luring customers to purchase its vehicles, no one seems to be paying much attention. And that’s after the Genesis G80 sedan has been marketed as a worthy adversary to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The luxury brand hasn’t been selling a lot of cars in the UK, not even the original G80 sedan. In fact, in two years (since 2015), only about 50 units of the Genesis sedan were sold in England. That figure is a disappointment to the brand indeed.

First of all, people in the UK are generally more aware of the other two brands as they are based in Europe. Everyone probably knows of Hyundai, but not their sister company Genesis. This could be one factor that has been affecting their sales, as people have a tendency to go for what is familiar.

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Lamborghini Huracan Taxi will be available for hire in Lincolnshire

Sorry Uber, but Handsome Cabs taxi company has something no one else can offer - a Lamborghini Huracan that can take their clients from Point A to Point B. This has been made official after the City of Lincoln Council granted a cab license to the Huracan, to make it available for hire if local residents wish to.

The two-door coupe is one of the first supercars to ever be granted a cab license - not just in the UK, but probably elsewhere in the world. This allows customers to order the Huracan for a trip to the train station, the shops, or any mundane errand. But what will be more practical is renting out the Lambo for weddings, business trips, or special occasions.

Handsome Cabs taxi is owned by John Bishop of West Lindsey, and his partner Jamal Parvez. The partners thought it would be something different, and that it would help their company stand out from the rest. They did mention that their target market would mostly be students going to and from proms, and of course, business people going to functions. “We had the idea about a year or so ago, and since then we’ve been determined to make it work”, said Bishop.

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A few months ago, Lamborghini introduced the Centenario supercar. Since then, only eight units of the model were brought out by the company. And if you remember, we’ve already seen three of those examples: where the first one wore a combination of orange and black finish, the second one wearing a classic yellow and carbon fiber finish, and the third had a carbon fiber body though Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, finished with blue accents - this one was a U.S. example.

This supercar, based on the Aventador, has been eagerly anticipated. To make everybody aware, the Centenario celebrates Lamborghini founder, Ferriccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Having only 40 models built worldwide, 20 of those will be coupes, and the other 20 will be roadsters.

Each and every unit of the Centenario does have its own character, but we would say that the eighth one is the most unique of them all. Leading luxury dealer group, H.R. Owen has welcomed the supercar at its most famous Lamborghini London dealership on Saturday 27 May. What makes this Centenario unique from its other counterparts is that it wears a bare carbon fiber exterior combined with orange accents all over the body. This is currently the only example with this exclusive finish, and is the first of its kind in the U.K., making it a truly unique piece.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Centenario is put on display at London dealership, set for delivery to HR Owen

An RHD (right hand drive) BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition has been listed to be for sale by Romans International, UK’s leading supercar dealership. The first owner of this rare BMW would have had to dish out about £135,000 in the UK. Production of this rare RHD DTM Champion Edition is limited to only 200 units.

BMW revealed the M4 DTM Champion Edition in October 2016 as it paid tribute to Marco Wittmann, BMW Motorsport Works Driver who won the championship title in the same year. In just 2 years since making his first championship win, Wittmann once again held the DTM driver’s title in the 2016 finale. Never before has BMW come out with a special edition model that is so closely related to motor racing.

Unlike the standard M4, the DTM Champion Edition gets an additional 51kW and 50Nm under the hood. As a result of this, the Champion Edition model boasts a zero-100kmh acceleration in just 3.8 seconds with top speed of up to 305 km/h.

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Audi will be offering something exciting for its United Kingdom market. The company announced that it will be adding new features as standard to the A4 range. It also confirmed the revival of the Black Edition version that was once a huge triumph for the 2018MY.

The last time the Black Edition was available for the previous A4 generation, it proved to be a success as 50 percent of UK buyers ordered them while they lasted. To make you all aware, the Black Edition will be available with any engine selection - from entry level 1.4-litre TFSI up to the most powerful 3.0-liter V6 TDI Quattro. So don’t be worried that you’ll have to get the range topper if you want the Black Edition.

Beginning with the specifications, the Black Edition comes with a set of 19-inch matt titanium five-spoke alloy wheels, or 18-inch gloss black alloys if you prefer those.

Read the entire article Audi UK gets a lot of new upgrades for the 2018 A4 range, plus a special Black Edition

If you’re selling some of the most expensive and most exclusive cars in the world, perhaps it would be a great idea to commission an ultra-rare work from the same marque to celebrate a new milestone. Perhaps, this was what H.R. Owen luxury dealership group had thought when it commissioned one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models ever built -- the Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition.

H.R. Owen – through its Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London luxury dealership – decided to commission the Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition as it celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. According to the dealership group, it commissioned the Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition to celebrate 85 years of expertise in “creating uniquely desirable motor cars.”

This very exclusive model is a drophead coupe named after the Mayfair area in the heart of Berkeley Square, the location of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London. Founded by Harold Rolfe Owen, H.R. Owen through has been selling Rolls-Royce cars in Mayfair since 1932.

Read the entire article H.R. Owen celebrates 85th anniversary with commissioned Rolls-Royce Dawn Mayfair Edition

A global scale ransomware cyber-attack has caused several factories of Renault-Nissan Alliance to stop production on Saturday. According to Automotive News, the company’s spokesperson said they have administered “proactive measures” which led to the temporary shutdown of certain production sites. Reuters however confirmed the next day that regular work is slated to resume on Monday particularly in France.

Over the weekend, thousands of computers have been infected with WannaCry ransomware, spreading to almost one hundred countries worldwide. The French carmaker has particularly shut down its Sandouville plant in Northwestern France following the attack. The first sign of threat in Renault’s Sandouville factory occurred when the assembly line’s alarm didn’t work on Saturday. This happened shortly after a ransom demand appeared on their monitors.

Renault-Nissan failed to give a full list of the affected sites but a spokesperson from the UK said that files in Nissan’s Sunderland factory were hit on Friday evening. It didn’t however confirm if the Sunderland plant was shut down afterwards. The UK production facility has about 7,000 employees which manufactures the Infiniti Q30 and QX30, the Nissan Juke, Note, Qashqai and Nissan Leaf. In any case, Renault reassures that almost all factories will be opening today.

Read the entire article Ransomware cyber-attack affects Renault’s production in France and the UK

When the Japanese automaker Honda debuted the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, global consumers then asked a very important question – how much will this majestic Civic cost? Honda has revealed the price tag of this recent release, but so far, only the official UK pricing info is available.

Honda Civic Type R recently set a new record for the fastest front wheel drive production car on the Nurbugring, clocking in a record setting lap time of 7:50.63. This swanky hatchback is scheduled to be rolled out to U.K dealers possibly in July. Produced in Britain specifically at the Swindon factory, the 2017 Civic Type R was displayed in March this year in production disguise at the Geneva Motor Show. It is targeted at providing the most rewarding cruise in its tier, regardless if you are driving on a public road or on a track.

The standard Civic Type R bears a price tag of £30,995, and its higher tier GT will require an additional £2,000 premium. You might be asking what would be the novelties that come with the additional cost. The Japanese automaker revealed that it will come with added standard goodies such as dual zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, improved sound system and LED front fog lights. However, the goodies don't end there, as the more expensive Civic GT variant also boasts of Honda Connect with Garmin Navigation and an auto dimming rear view mirror and cross traffic monitor.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Type R is priced from £30,995 in the UK

After a flashy debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show last March, the Audi's second generation R5S Coupe will be available in the United Kingdom this month.

The price tag of the new 2018 AUdi R5S Coupe is £4,100 more expensive than its old model which is valued at around £58,725. It is also considered £4,500 steeper than the BMW M4, but it costs £650 less than the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. Regarding the Dynamic Package, the price has not been finalized just yet.

The final costs of fitting a carbon roof and RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride control has not also been decided, but may cost around £3,000 and £2,000 respectively. Audi's light and faster new release is equipped with a turbocharged 2.9 L V6 petrol engine that produces up to 444 bhp, akin to the 4.2L V8 of the previous unit. The new R5S coupe will somehow bear a brand new badge and will be sold under the Audi Sport trademark. Audi claimed that their upcoming coupe will emit 197g/km C02, which is a 17% cutback, and boasts of a fuel economy of 32.5mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe will be available in the UK this summer, priced from £62,900

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Read the entire article Jaguar eyes producing I-Pace electric SUV in the UK

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.

Read the entire article UK Study Says Women Are Angrier Behind the Wheel

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
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