2015_jaguar_xe_high_resolution_photo_for_desktopAt the 30th edition of Festival Automobile International in Paris, the Jaguar XE was awarded 'Most Beautiful Car of 2014’. Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum collected the award in front of a crowd of 600 VIPs and more than 60 media.

The award is decided by a public vote, with more than 100,000 votes cast across 59 countries. Beating competition from the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes C-Class Estate and Fiat 500X, the Jaguar XE took victory with 28% of the votes.

The Festival Automobile International continued with a four-day exhibition at the Hotel des Invalides, where the Jaguar XE, along with 18 concept cars including Jaguar Project 7, was viewed by more than 40,000 visitors.

This is the XE’s second French award since the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, where it was crowned ‘Best [...]

Discovery Sport features a number of cutting-edge safety features, such as an all-new pedestrian airbag which is a first in the small-SUV segment. This feature deploys from the upper-rear surface of the bonnet within 60 milliseconds upon detection of a pedestrian impact to reduce the risk of serious pedestrian injury.

Another first for Land Rover is the Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which uses a digital stereo camera mounted next to the rear view mirror to detect objects that could pose a collision threat, delivering visual and audible warnings and automatically applying the brakes if a collision is imminent.

In all variants, including 5+2 seat models, all seating positions are assessed to ensure a high standard of occupant protection for people of all ages, including young children. Even in the third row, retractor pretensioners are fitted as standard for enhanced protection.

Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes, said: "The vehicle safety team worked tirelessly to [...]

Ciaz

IT WAS love at first sight on Valentine’s Day for scores of Barbadians who turned up at Simpson Motors to get a first look at the new Suzuki Ciaz, unveiled at the Warrens, St. Michael dealership on Saturday.

Sales manager, Nicholas Davis, explained that the new vehicle combines a roomy comfortable cabin with great performance and excellent fuel efficiency: “These are some of the key qualities sedan buyers are seeking and the Ciaz captures this and much more.”

“We are extremely excited about this car and it definitely won the hearts of all those who came out to test drive on Saturday. We kept hearing comments about the sleek look, the spaciousness, its numerous features and, of course, the affordability,” Davis explained.

Michelle Haynes, who attended the launch said: “I am very impressed. I am a SUV driver but I must say this vehicle handles really well on the road. It was very responsive, sturdy [...]

Mercedes-Benz F1 Win

November 25th, 2014

A triumphant end to the 2014 Formula 1 season for Mercedes-Benz as MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton wins the concluding race of the campaign at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to take the F1-WinFormula 1 world championship title for the second time in his career. His team-mate Nico Rosberg ends the season as runner-up. Between them, Hamilton and Rosberg accumulated 16 wins, 18 pole positions, 12 fastest laps and 31 podium finishes. With eleven one-two wins in a single season, the team surpassed the previous record set by McLaren in 1988. The 16th victory of the season in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix means that MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS no longer share the record with any other team for the highest number of wins in one season.

“Congratulations to the new Formula 1 [...]

Rhett Watson is the runaway leader of the Suzuki ROC Barbados Challenge – Suzuki Rocks! – after yesterday’s (Sunday) first two Driver Challenges at Bushy Park Circuit. With a score of 63 points, he has a 21-point advantage over Roger Mayers and Josh Read, who ended the day tied in second place.SuzukiRocksLogo

Yesterday’s action, played out on the Clubhouse Straight in front of an enthusiastic crowd during the Beacon Insurance BMF Club Meet, kicked off the competition element of Suzuki Rocks, the quest for the best in the island, to find two drivers to represent Team Barbados in the ROC Nations Cup, the team event staged on the Saturday of Race Of Champions weekend (December 13/14).

The Driver Challenges were low-speed autocross-style tests, each course marked out by orange cones and drivers at the [...]

13CHSK32360From Motor Trend. Small car segments have seen growing sales numbers as they not only offer the ideal transportation when in the heart of a city, but also offer superior gas mileage compared to larger cars. Chevrolet has passed a milestone by selling over 1 million Spark models worldwide, while earlier this year the brand sold its 3 millionth Cruze.

Currently available in 71 markets, the Spark first went on sale back in 2009, with South Korea selling the most models. However, the United States and Mexico are not far behind. Chevy has targeted a younger buyer with this model, and GM says that just this year small car sales have increased over 9 percent with buyers under 35.Alan Batey, executive vice president of Global Chevrolet, said in a release that "Our small cars - Spark, Sonic and Cruze - attract more new [...]

DSC_0091Simpson Motors was alive with fun, family activity on Saturday, as Barbadians turned up to view the newest addition to the Suzuki family, the Ertiga.

Interested persons turned up at the Warrens, St. Michael dealership to get a close look at and test drive the new vehicle, which sales manager, Nicholas Davis described as yet another cost and fuel efficient vehicle in the Suzuki line.

He explained that there has always been a demand in Barbados for attractive, spacious vehicles at affordable prices. “The Ertiga is an ideal solution.  It offers the maneuverability of a compact car, the style and comfort of a sedan and the space of an SUV, all with ergonomically designed flexi-seating for seven occupants – the perfect family vehicle!”

According to Davis, drivers will also appreciate safety features [...]

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