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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Nissan announces 2014 Pathfinder prices and spec.

Nissan today announced updated U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, which is on sale now at U.S. Nissan dealers nationwide. The latest iteration of Nissan's popular family adventure-ready SUV, introduced as a 2013 model, has re-energized Pathfinder sales with its unprecedented level of premium style, comfort, fuel economy and thoughtful technology.

To continue the momentum, Pathfinder receives a number of significant changes for 2014, starting with the addition of a new Pathfinder Hybrid model, which goes on sale in fall 2013.

In addition to the new Pathfinder Hybrid, enhancements for all 2014 Pathfinder models include a new SL Tech Package featuring Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, Nissan Navigation System, Voice Recognition, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and 8-inch color touch-screen monitor.

The non-hybrid Pathfinder is available now in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum, each offered in 4WD and 2WD.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 3.5-liter V6 include:

Pathfinder S 2WD           $28,850 USD
Pathfinder SV 2WD           $32,110 USD
Pathfinder SL 2WD           $35,050 USD
Pathfinder Platinum 2WD   $39,750 USD
Pathfinder S 4WD           $30,450 USD
Pathfinder SV 4WD           $33,710 USD
Pathfinder SL 4WD           $36,650 USD
Pathfinder Platinum 4WD   $41,350 USD

Destination and Handling $860.

The 2014 Pathfinder is also available with four option packages: SL Tech Package, SL Premium Package, Platinum Premium Package and Trailer Tow Package.

About the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2014 Pathfinder provides confidence in tough weather conditions with Intuitive 4WD and a class-exclusive** dial with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes. It also offers 5,000 pounds of standard towing capacity, the most standard towing in its class** and best-in-class mpg*** of 26 mpg highway / 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined for the 2WD model and 25 mpg highway / 19 mpg city and 21 mpg combined for the 4WD model.

Pathfinder also offers comfortable seating for seven passengers and best-in-class roominess. Pathfinder's innovative EZ Flex™ Seating System with LATCH AND GLIDE™, an industry first 2nd row tip-up seat, allows easy 3rd row access with a child safety seat still installed (passenger side only).

The 2014 Pathfinder's attractive interior design includes comfortable seating for seven and premium seating materials. The Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, located in the center of the instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, features a 4.0-inch color display and utilizes natural-looking 3D-effect graphics. An available 8.0-inch touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of the Nissan Navigation System, along with a variety of driver-selectable vehicle systems and settings.

A range of available features is also offered, starting with the class-exclusive Around View® Monitor**** and two rows of leather-appointed seating. Also available are Heated and Cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, programmable Nissan Intelligent Key®, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 13-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, RearView Monitor and Remote Engine Start, Tri-Zone Entertainment System, Dual Panorama Moonroof and Easy Fill Tire Alert.

LEXUS #4 - 2014 ES range gets upgrades to cement its position as the car to own.

  • New integrated Siri® Eyes-Free technology
  • Standard 268-hp V6
  • Available flagship-style amenities

The Lexus ES sedan line has a history of reshaping the entry-luxury segment, and the sixth-generation ES models introduced for 2013 raised the benchmark again, with increased interior room, a new hybrid, higher fuel efficiency in the V6 model and even more flagship-type amenities.

While the ES 300h hybrid has understandably taken the efficiency spotlight with its 40-mpg combined EPA fuel economy estimates, the ES 350, with a 268-horsepower V6, remains the sales leader in the line and is itself highly efficient, with a 31-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating.

New for 2014, the ES 350 gains LED fog lamps and adds the availability of bamboo interior trim, which was already offered in the ES 300h. In addition, customers who do not prefer leather can now get heated/ventilated seats in perforated NuLuxe trim. Genuine leather-trim is available, as is semi-aniline leather for a more refined look and feel.

Long a leader in user technology that’s easy to use, Lexus has integrated Sirii® Eyes Free Mode, with technology licensed from Apple®, in the 2014 ES 350. Compatible with the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications, read calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.

The Car That Reshaped Its Category
The original ES sedan upended the entry luxury category nearly 25 years ago by making a V6 standard in a segment populated by four-cylinder models, and by offering more interior room and more standard luxury amenities. Lexus continues to set the trend in the entry-luxury segment by virtue of a unique two-model sedan strategy: The front-wheel drive ES models emphasize roominess and comfort, and the sport-minded IS models, which are built on a different platform, offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. In contrast, other brands try to mold one model series to fit both roles.

The ES 350 offers an unmistakable look in the class, thanks in large part to the brand’s distinctive spindle grille design flanked by L-themed LED daytime running lights. The roof sweeps back for a coupe-like stance, and the taillights repeat the L motif. The shape cheats the wind with a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd), which helps fuel efficiency while minimizing wind noise.

This generation ES 350 design also fools the eye, offering more interior space in a sleeker package. The 1.8-inch stretch in wheelbase over the previous generation yielded a 4.1-inch gain in rear seat legroom, which now stretches to 40 inches (on par with larger sedans) and a 2.8-inch increase in knee room.
Even with the sleeker roofline, this generation ES 350 offers nearly an inch more rear seat headroom than the previous generation.  Rear passengers also get more foot space below the front seats.

Lexus filled the larger space with comfort, features and design details that belie the “entry luxury” label. The ES 350 comes standard with 10-way adjustable power front seats, automatic climate control, NuLuxe interior available in parchment, light gray or black and elegant piano black trim for instrument panel, doors and upper console. Lexus offers espresso bird’s eye maple for the trim or, new for 2014, bamboo. Also available, 12-way heated/ventilated power front seats allow the seat cushions to extend by 1.4 inches for added leg support.

Several options take luxury to an even higher level, including the optional Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) that helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot. Also available are Premium and Luxury packages, and bringing flagship-style luxury to the ES 350, the Ultra Luxury Package.

Lexus has been on the forefront of optimal ergonomics, a brand strength that’s helped to make multi-media system controls easy to operate. The ES 350 cockpit is divided into separate “display” and “operation” zones to help the driver remain focused on the road. Large, clear Optitron® gauges, a Lexus mainstay, are supplemented by a 3.5-inch color TFT multi-information display screen that puts vital information directly in the driver’s line of sight.

Lexus designed the ES 350’s controls to help reduce both driver body movement and eye movement.  The ES 350’s available second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) is designed to provide access to many vehicle functions while helping to reduce driver movement. Using the system controller on the center console, the driver can intuitively operate the climate control, audio system, phone, optional navigation system and more, which helps the driver with paying attention to the road.  Menus display in the 3.5-inch instrument panel screen or larger center-dashboard screens that come with audio and navigation options.

Premium Quiet, Premium Sound
The ultra-quiet cabins of Lexus vehicles have provided ideal settings for the high-quality premium audio the brand has always offered. The standard Lexus Premium Sound System in the 2014 ES exemplifies the brand’s expertise in mobile audio performance. The eight-speaker system plays from a variety of sources, including the in-dash CD player, USB/iPod® connectivity, and an integrated SiriusXM® Satellite Radio receiver with a 90-day trial subscription. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) adjusts system volume in response to ambient noise.

The first level upgrade is the Display Audio package, which adds a seven-inch screen, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, Bluetooth® audio, phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and a rear backup camera.

The pinnacle of audio performance in any new Lexus comes from the availability of industry-exclusive Mark Levinson® premium sound systems. Audiophiles recognize the brand for high-end home equipment. The 2014 ES 350’s optional 15-speaker, 835-watt audio system is a sonic knockout. This system features an eight-inch display screen, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, DVD audio/video and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver. Exclusive GreenEdge technology doubles amplifier output while reducing its energy consumption by 50 percent. The reduced electrical load on the car contributes to better fuel efficiency.

Lexus Enform®Helps Keep You Connected
Lexus has expanded connectivity in its vehicles while helping to reduce driver distraction. The foundation of this capability, Lexus Enform, can make a compatible Bluetooth smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package.  Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite.  These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and  iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on  Facebook Places™.

The ES 350’s telematics system, Lexus Enformwith Safety Connect® is available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are available on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles while Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.
Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.

High-Efficiency V6
The silken-smooth 3.5-liter V6 powering the ES 350 will take car from zero to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds, and its 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque ensures quick, seamless response in everyday driving. Efficient use of fuel is another key talent of this highly responsive engine. It’s interesting to note that this engine, a full liter larger in displacement than the original 1990 ES 250’s V6 and with 71-percent more horsepower, also is rated much higher in fuel efficiency. The 31-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating beats its forbear by a whopping 35-percent (figure for 1990 model adjusted to current EPA standards).

The ES 350’s six-speed automatic transmission also gets much credit for the outstanding combination of performance, efficiency and quiet ride.

The ES 350 driver can tailor powertrain response and other settings to suit conditions or the mood. ECO mode adjusts engine response and climate-control settings to help maximize fuel economy. Sport mode sharpens throttle and transmission response for a more engaging driving experience, while Normal mode is designed to provide an ideal balance of performance and efficiency.

Strong on Safety
In addition to its five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Lexus ES 350 offers the peace of mind of a cabin equipped with 10 airbags and an array of available driver aids including a Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Lane Departure Alert (LDA).

What’s New for 2014

  • LED fog lamps included with HID headlamps
  • Available Bamboo interior trim selection
  • Available heated/ventilated front seats in perforated NuLuxe trim
  • Siri Eyes Free technology from Apple; compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models


  • Compared to previous-generation ES 350, suspension changes, a stiffer body and a quicker steering gear ratio help deliver more precise handling.
  • Front suspension employs opposite-wound coil springs to help enhance straight-line control.
  • Revised rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics enhance ride comfort.
  • Steering gear ratio has been reduced from 16.1:1 to 14.8:1 to help deliver a more responsive and direct steering feel.
  • Increased body rigidity was achieved through lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and more spot welds then previous generation models.
  • Airflow is smoothed beneath the vehicle, enhancing driver control and fuel economy.
  • Equipped with standard 215/55R17 low rolling resistance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels or optional high-gloss 17-inch wheels.
  • 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels are offered.

Safety/Security Features

  • Available Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is integrated with automatic high beam dimming technology.
  • The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) uses sub-millimeter wave radar, designed to detect certain obstructions traveling ahead and prepare the vehicle for a potential collision.
  • The ES features a class-leading 10 airbags as standard equipment, including driver and front passenger knee, driver and front passenger front and seat-mounted side air bags, as well as rear outboard seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags.
  • Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats are designed to limit excessive head movement in certain rear-end collisions, helping to decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries.


  • 48-month/50,000 mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

LEXUS #3 - Upgraded 2014 Lexus LS flagship pushed luxury, further.

  • New Siri® Eyes Free mode, with technology from Apple®
  • Regular or long wheelbase, rear wheel drive or all-weather drive
  • F SPORT model has special suspension, 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes
  • LS 600h L combines Hybrid Synergy Drive, long wheelbase

The 2014 Lexus LS flagship sedans, descendants of the car that turned “heritage” on its head more than 20 years ago, hold a special place in the premium luxury category. Distinctive design, made even more so in the LS redesign for 2013, envelops an impeccable blend of performance, luxury craftsmanship and technological innovation.

The first Lexus LS ushered in a new era in luxury car performance by making a powerful V8 engine standard at a time when European premium luxury cars offered a V8 as an option. The V8 performance advantage continues for the 2014 LS models, a contrast to several competitors that have reverted to standard six-cylinder engines in their flagship sedans. Responsive power and swift, nearly silent acceleration remain trademarks of all LS models.

The 2014 Lexus LS line includes the LS 460 in regular and long-wheelbase versions with a 386 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 (360 hp with all-wheel drive) and the LS 600h L hybrid with 438 total system horsepower from a 5-liter V8 paired with an electric motor. The LS 600h L is available exclusively with all-weather drive and is also the best-equipped LS in standard form.

Convenience and ease of use make another leap in the 2014 Lexus LS with the addition of available Siri® Eyes Free Mode technology licensed from Apple®. Compatible with the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications and calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.

Face Recognition
The new-generation Lexus LS design is at once bold and efficient. The signature spindle grille provides instant brand recognition, and while pleasing the eyes, the LS design cheats the wind with a very low 0.26 coefficient of drag. Discretely placed stabilizing fins on the body contribute to that low number and also help enhance high-speed control and handling.

The Lexus LS beckons the driver to savor curved roads a bit more thanks to significant enhancements in driving dynamics. The standard frequency-dependent shock absorbers, for example, help deliver flatter, road-hugging handling while also smoothing out rough surfaces. Available air suspension delivers an uncannily smooth ride while preserving the enhanced agility of the new-generation LS.

F SPORT for Road Lovers
How do you turn up the handling prowess in a premium luxury sedan and still preserve the ultra-smooth, quiet ride quality? It’s not an easy proposition, as introducing any harshness can “cheapen” the feel of a premium car. Lexus found the ideal balance with the LS F SPORT.

Sitting 0.4 inches lower on its sport-tuned air suspension and 19-inch forged alloy wheels, the F SPORT treatment gives the LS decidedly sportier driving performance. Yet, the Lexus trademark smooth, quiet ride remains intact. The contribution of high-performance hardware like the Torsen® limited slip rear differential (RWD model) and Brembo six-piston caliper brakes remains seamless. The F SPORT is also available with all-weather drive.

Inside, the Alcantara headliner, aluminum trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters readily identify the F SPORT as the driving enthusiast’s LS. Yet, comfort remains pure Lexus.

The F SPORT tastefully “sportifies” the LS exterior design. The unique front fascia shows off an exclusive mesh version of the spindle grille with black grille surround, larger air intake openings and round fog lamps. A chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper conveys the lowered center of gravity.

Driver-Tailored Performance
Personalizing the Lexus LS starts with a wide selection of exterior color and interior finishes. Personalization continues behind the wheel with the Drive Mode Select dial on the center console. The driver can tailor the car’s performance to driving style or mood by selecting one of three settings – “Normal,” “Eco” or “Sport S.” The system automatically adjusts several performance parameters, including shift points and throttle response. “Eco” prioritizes fuel efficiency, while “Sport” quickens responses for a livelier feeling. Models equipped with the air suspension offer two additional drive settings, “Comfort” and “Sport S+.”

Luxury in the Obvious and in the Details
Since the introduction of the original LS more than 20 years ago, the Lexus flagship sedan has continually raised the bar for interior comfort, quietness and standard luxury amenities. Heated and ventilated front seats, with 16-way power adjustment for the driver and 12-way for the passenger, are standard. The redesign brought improved comfort for long-distance drives, as well as larger heating and cooling areas and quicker heating and cooling times.

Lexus long ago mastered the art of luxury nuance and continues to hone its expertise in this area, an excellent example being the Advanced Illumination System (AIS). This all-LED interior lighting system illuminates to greet the approaching driver and passengers and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure – reminiscent of sequential light fading prior to a stage play or symphony performance.

Lexus pioneered new body construction techniques to minimize noise, and that spirit of innovation continues in the new-generation LS, which employs a special noise-reduction wheel design. As the car drives, resonant noise is channeled from the main air chamber to adjacent hollow areas within the wheels via resonator hole cutting a significant source of road noise.

The Lexus LS personalizes passenger comfort with the available Lexus Climate Concierge. This four-zone system lets occupants set temperature preferences for the main climate control system, the climate control seats and, for the driver, the heated steering wheel. Multiple sensors throughout the cabin ensure that the system reaches heating/cooling preferences quickly.

Craftsmanship throughout the cabin reflects an obsessive focus on materials and details. For example, Lexus craftsmen take 38 days to create the available Shimamoku (“striped wood”) Espresso wood steering wheel and matching trim. It’s an exhaustive 67-step process of layering dark- and light-shaded veneers to create this one-of-a-kind wood finish. The finished product is simply stunning.

Useful Technology That’s Easy to Use
As luxury brands have been adding new and sometimes complex technologies, Lexus continues to find an ideal balance of usefulness and usability. Navigation is standard on all LS models. The 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display is large enough to simultaneously show a map display on one side and selectable vehicle functions on the other.
Steering wheel buttons provide quick, easy access to frequently used functions in the climate and audio systems. Operating navigation, climate control, a paired cell phone, audio system and numerous other vehicle functions does not require a master’s degree in engineering. Rather, with the console-mounted Lexus next-generation Remote Touch, complete with leather trimmed wrist pad, the driver can quickly toggle through screen menus to operate a variety of vehicle systems. One-push confirmation makes menu and item selection easy and intuitive.

Lexus has expanded connectivity in its vehicles while helping to reduce driver distraction. The foundation of this capability, Lexus Enform®, can make a compatible Bluetooth®smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package.  Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite.  These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and  iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on  Facebook Places™.

The LS’ telematics system, Lexus Enformwith Safety Connect® is available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are available on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles while Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.

Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM® services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.

Lexus Heritage: Stunning Sound
From its inception, Lexus also changed expectations for standard and optional in-car audio, and the newest LS models continue this tradition. Since the 1970s, audiophiles seeking the depth and power of a live performance in their living rooms have turned to the Mark Levinson® brand for its ultra high-end equipment. The hushed cabin of the Lexus LS offers the ideal stage for hearing music at its best, which is what the optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System provides.

“Reference” is a term respected among audiophiles, and it means the music is played back with the utmost fidelity to the recording. The 19-speaker Lexus Mark Levinson system provides a 5.1 home theatre surround experience using 7.1 architecture and discrete circuitry. The 450-watt, 15-channel ML3-16 Processor Power Amplifier covers the 20Hz-20kHz frequency range with less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) – a stunning achievement in mobile audio.

Safety and Collision Avoidance
The Lexus LS offers a raft of driver-assist technologies, including the advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating frontal collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds. At speeds lower than 24 mph, this technology can help the LS driver to avoid accidents by automatically bringing the LS to a full stop.

What’s New for 2014

  • Siri Eyes-Free mode.
  • Revised auto headlamp on/off
  • Ability to open trunk lid without key fob being in range when vehicle is unlocked
  • Minor interior color and trim revisions.

Vehicle Details

Numerous stabilizing fins help make the LS one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment with a coefficient drag of 0.26. Laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements increase rigidity and enhance control, steering feel and handling.

  • Standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to choose from three distinct drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport S). Vehicles equipped with the available air suspension add Comfort and Sport S+ modes.
  • The available Air Suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.
  • The available AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip Center Differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.
  • Noise-reduction wheels.


  • The Advanced Pre-Collision Safety system (APCS) can detect stationary pedestrians and those moving at speeds of up to three miles per hour and stop the vehicle from a speed of 24 miles per hour if a collision with another vehicle is imminent. 
  • An upgraded, optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.


  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) constantly monitors the distance to vehicles ahead and is capable of operating at any speed. The system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and accelerate away once the road ahead is clear.
  • Optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
  • The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear millimeter-wave radar to monitor the vehicle rear side blind spots at 10 miles per hour or more. This feature includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which automatically operates when the vehicle is in reverse, alerting drivers to the approach of other vehicles when backing out of a parking place.
  • The available Automatic High Beam system features a camera located in the inner mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle — including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a vehicle ahead and street lighting - to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly.
  • Quietest LS cabin ever.
  • Front seats minimize pressure peaks and increase support. Both front seats feature an improved standard heating and cooling system with larger heating and cooling areas and reduced heating and cooling times.
  • AWD models, including the LS 600h L, feature a heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating elements, which warm the front cabin area quickly after vehicle start-up. Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are standard on AWD models.
  • The LS features a standard Lexus Premium Audio System with a nine-channel amplifier, 10 speakers, CD / DVD player changer, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.

Luxury Options

  • Available power rear seats with Climate Concierge.
  • An available Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu massage and a Rear Seat Entertainment System featuring a Blu-ray Disc™ DVD player, an SD card slot and a retractable, ceiling mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA screen.

Interior Design

  • The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with the large, 12.3-inch, LCD multi-display screen, and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to system controls such as the second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
  • The driver’s instrument meter cluster incorporates high-visibility, large diameter Optitron dials; a 5.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi-information screen; and an aluminum analog clock with a GPS-based time correction function.
  • Optional wood includes Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso and Matte Brown Bird’s Eye Maple. The LS 600h L also offers an eco-friendly Bamboo wood trim.


  • 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
  • Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.

LEXUS #2 - 2014 Lexus LX570, luxury, capability and and technology all in one great car

  • 383-hp 5.7-liter V8 and substantial towing capability
  • Full-time 4WD with Multi-terrain Select system
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension provides silken-smooth ride
  • Lexus Enform® with App Suite multimedia

Navigate urban traffic in superlative comfort with room for eight? Wind along rutted, off-road trails to a secluded vacation home? Tow a horse trailer? The Lexus LX 570 can dispatch all of those duties with aplomb, all the while providing the comfort, luxury and infotainment technology expected from a Lexus flagship model. A safari would not be out of the question.

The Lexus LX was the first premium, full-capability prestige three-row luxury utility vehicle, and the latest edition, refreshed in 2013, wears the bold brand-signature spindle grille front design.

While many luxury buyers find an all-wheel drive crossover fits their needs, those requiring true off-pavement driving capability and high towing capacity find those capabilities with seating for up to eight in the LX 570. For nearly 20 years, the Lexus LX models have offered an optimal balance of luxury, off-road capability and everyday usability. It’s the luxury SUV that can take the whole family on a camping adventure, including towing the camper. The LX 570 comes standard with a 7,000-pound towing capacity.

No-Compromise Capability
The LX 570’s capability to handle heavy loads and rutted roads is rooted in its high-strength body-on-frame construction and plenty of power. The 5.7-liter V8 engine produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque and is teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard full-time four-wheel drive. Ninety percent of peak torque comes on stream at just 2,200 rpm, giving the LX 570 exceptional responsiveness and also making it an outstanding tow vehicle.

The full-time four-wheel drive system in the Lexus LX 570 employs a Torsen® limited-slip locking center differential that splits the power 40:60 under normal driving conditions. The rearward power bias contributes to on-road agility. The Torsen differential responds to changing conditions, adjusting the power distribution as necessary, with no input needed from the driver. The driver can, however, lock the center differential to handle especially challenging off-road trails.

Working in concert with the 4WD system, the four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) helps to control wheel slip. The Multi-Terrain Select system lets the driver select the type of terrain -- Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, or Mud & Sand – to optimize Active Traction Control.

A driver-selectable low range for the transmission, something many other luxury SUVs lack, provides low-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road declines. Shifting into low range engages
Active Height Control, which raises the vehicle to increase ground clearance by two inches.

Low-range capability is augmented by Crawl Control with Turn Assist and Hill-start Assist Control. Crawl Control carefully manipulates the throttle and brakes to help maintain a steady slow, even pace on steep declines or while maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult surfaces. The Hill-start Assist Control can prevent the LX 570 from rolling backward when moving from a stop on an incline.

While on trails, the LX 570’s Turn Assist feature helps tighten the vehicle turning circle by applying brake force to the inside rear wheel. The Variable Gear Ratio Steering gives the LX 570 optimal steering response in slow, rugged trail driving situations and enhances directional control in highway driving.

Silken Ride
What’s really remarkable about the Lexus LX 570’s capability is that it’s paired with the brand’s renowned silken ride quality. High-strength construction establishes the foundation for such comfort, and it’s aided here by Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). This technology continually adjusts the shock absorber damping rates on the move, ensuring optimal comfort even as the road surface changes. Selectable Comfort, Normal and Sport modes allow the driver to tailor the system’s ride firmness and comfort.

Whatever the suspension setting, everyone aboard rides in the lap of luxury, as the Lexus LX 570 comes equipped with such standard amenities as a driver’s 14-way power adjustable front seat, four-zone independent climate control, front power-seat cushion extenders, navigation system, a rear back-up camera, a power-sliding second-row seat and power-retractable third-row seat.

The LX 570 can even help make getting in and out of the vehicle easier. When the ignition is turned off, the Easy Access system automatically retracts the steering wheel and moves the driver’s seat rearward. Both return to their preset memory positions the next time the driver is seated and turns on the ignition. Active Height Control, which is engaged for off-road travel, lowers the LX 570 by about two inches to assist when entering or exiting. Normal height resumes automatically when the vehicle begins to accelerate.

When full 8-passenger seating is not needed, the Lexus LX 570 can open up a large useful cargo area. With the 50/50 split power-retractable third row seat folded into the floor, the LX 570 provides 41 cu. ft. of carrying space, and this expands to 83.1 cu. ft. with the 40/20/40 split middle row folded. The clamshell-design tailgate, which features a power upper section, is much more versatile than a typical one-piece hatch.

Connected, Informed and Entertained
Cutting-edge multimedia abounds in the Lexus LX 570, providing something for everyone onboard.  Lexus Enform® can make a compatible Bluetooth® smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson® Audio Package.  Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite.  These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and  iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on  Facebook Places™.

Lexus Enformwith Safety Connect® is available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are available on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles while Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.

Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM® services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.

The standard navigation system features Voice Command casual-language voice recognition.

Music plays in the LX 570 via iPod®/USB connectivity, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, and streaming music via Bluetooth through a nine-speaker Lexus Premium Sound system or the available, sonically stunning 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system. An available dual screen rear seat entertainment system allows two sources to be viewed at the same time. A 120-volt power outlet in the middle row can power a video game, laptop computer or other device.

Vehicle Details


  • 5.7-liter V8 produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 403 lb.-ft. peak torque at 3,600 rpm.
  • An electronically-controlled six-speed automatic transmission estimates road conditions and predicts the driver's intention in order to select the appropriate gear ratio for the vehicle's speed and the driving conditions.
  • A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually.
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps maintain directional control during cornering and can be disengaged via the “TRAC off” switch.
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps provide additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from rolling back when transitioning from the brake to the gas pedal on a steep incline or slippery surface.


  • Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in challenging driving conditions, along with impressive ride isolation characteristics and a 7,000-pound maximum towing capability.
  • The Active Height Control (AHC) system lowers the chassis by about two inches for easy entry and exit and returns automatically to its normal height when the vehicle begins to accelerate.
  • Split five-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels with Liquid Graphite finish and 285/50R20 tires.
  • The multi-terrain Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) determines road-surface conditions and automatically optimizes lock-up control, selecting the suitable ABS profile for on- and off-road driving surfaces.
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) employs the ABS to properly balance braking forces between the front and rear wheels, while Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking.
  • Crawl Control feature provides optimum throttle and brake modulation when maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult terrain.
  • Turn Assist helps tighten the vehicle’s turning circle by adding more brake force to the inside rear wheel.

Safety/Security Features

  • 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags in the outboard seating positions, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.
  • First vehicle in its class to use Active Front Headrests that move upward and forward in the event of certain low speed rear-end collisions when the force of the occupant's body is applied to the seat back.
  • First in its class to offer available Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
  • First Lexus to offer the optional Wide-view Front and Side Monitor. Designed for use in tight settings, such as parking garages, cameras can display the front and side views simultaneously in split-screen mode


  • 120-volt power outlet in the middle row.
  • Mahogany wood trim.
  • The 40/20/40 split, power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 3.5 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility.
  • Power retractable third row provides easy access to the cargo area.
  • The split rear tailgate features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

Luxury Options

  • Luxury Package includes a cool box for beverages; semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery with contrast stitching; heated steering wheel and mahogany wood trimmed door switch plates and rear armrest; heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats (outboard positions).
  • Dual screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and three-prong electrical outlet.
  • Cutting-edge infotainment abounds in the Lexus LX 570, providing something for everyone onboard.


  • 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

LEXUS #1 - Lexus IS coupe and convertible, on or off, your choice !

  • Hardtop coupe transforms to convertible in 20 seconds
  • Choice of 204-hp or 306-hp V6 engines
  • Available F SPORT Package with 18-inch wheels and tuned suspension
  • Available Lexus Enform® multimedia and Mark Levinson® audio
Just 20 seconds separates coupe from convertible worlds in the 2014 Lexus IS C models. That’s how long it takes for the three-panel aluminum roof to lower once the driver has pushed the switch. The coupe’s retractable hardtop disappears beneath a locking panel, with no need for the driver to secure a tonneau cover or hold-down snaps.

Lexus offered the first retractable hardtop in the premium-luxury segment with the SC 430 and applied engineering ideas from that car to the IS C models. Two versions of the 2014 IS C are available, the IS 250C is powered by a 204 hp 2.5-liter V6 engine and the IS 350C gets a more potent 306 hp 3.5-liter V6. Both models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The IS C delivers a Lexus-quiet ride, thanks to an acoustic glass windshield, along with special seals on the roof, door and window panels. The back window is made from reinforced glass. A sleek aerodynamic design, with a low 0.29 coefficient of drag (Cd), helps minimize wind buffeting in the cabin when the top is down. With the top up, the trunk offers storage for two golf bags, or one golf bag with the top lowered.

The IS C models cut a sharp profile, which looks sharper still with the addition of the available F SPORT package. This package’s combination of sport-tuned suspension, F SPORT 18-inch wheels, exclusive interior trim and aerodynamic body features give the IS C models a decidedly sporty stance, with enhanced agility to match. Additional F SPORT Performance Accessories available for the IS C models include 19-inch forged alloy wheels, suspension and brake upgrades, air intake, exhaust systems and more.

High-Tech Roof With Many Talents
Constructed primarily of lightweight aluminum, the retractable hardtop features an automatic front lock assembly that provides the interior security not found in most soft-top convertibles. When the top is stowed, a lock assembly engages to keep the panel in a fixed, stable position.

Lexus ensured smooth, low-noise roof operation by using a lightweight aluminum four link design. The roof even closes quietly, thanks to a roof-speed brake system that slows the roof as it approaches the end of the closing operation.

When the IS C is equipped with the available Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), roof operation will stop if an obstacle that might interfere with operation is detected behind the car. The driver will get an audible warning, and a warning light illuminates in the instrument panel.

The Lexus IS C intelligently responds to being in coupe or convertible mode. For example, when the top is lowered, IS C models automatically adjust the climate control system temperature and airflow to compensate. The system takes into account vehicle speed and even the amount of sunlight reaching the interior.

Convertible drivers tend to like their music played clearly and powerfully. However, a convertible’s sound system generally loses bass response when the top is lowered. Here, too, the IS C responds to its environment by automatically adjusting the sound equalization to compensate, and then changing back when the top is raised.

Music is provided by the standard Lexus Premium Audio System, which features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, eight speakers, integrated SiriusXM® Satellite Radio receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included), Bluetooth® hands free phone capability with automatic phonebook download, Bluetooth music streaming, and USB/iPod® connectivity. Like other Lexus models, the IS C offers the industry-exclusive upgrade to a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio system.

Four-Seat Interior
The Lexus IS C is strictly a four-seat car, with a high level of luxury as standard. The leather-trimmed 10-way power-adjustable front seats have power lumbar support. Choose the available heated/ventilated front seats, and the heating range includes the shoulder areas.

The two rear seats are positioned slightly inboard to maximize room and comfort, and Lexus ensured easy ingress/egress with a one-touch feature that automatically folds a front seat and moves it forward. The rear-seat console includes cup holders and storage.

When there are no rear-seat passengers, the driver can enhance visibility by lowering the rear headrests using a lever located on the front of the rear console.

Connectivity and infotainment do not take a back seat in the Lexus IS C. With the available hard disc drive (HDD) navigation system, the IS C comes with Lexus Enform. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora®, and  iHeartRadio™, search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on  Facebook Places™.

The IS C’s telematics system, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect® is available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are available on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles while Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.
Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative SiriusXM services including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks and Fuel Prices. SiriusXM services offer complimentary one-year trial data subscription.

The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) is packaged with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a pre-set following distance from a vehicle traveling ahead.

What’s New for 2014

  • Interior trim revised for optional F SPORT package. This option includes sport-tuned suspension, F SPORT 18-inch wheels with dark superchrome finish; upper and lower grille insert; F SPORT steering wheel and F SPORT heated and ventilated front seats; front lip spoiler; aluminum sport pedals; silver metallic interior trim; aluminum scuff plates, and F SPORT badging.


  • The IS 250C’s 2.5-liter V6 engine delivers 204 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm.
  • The IS 350C’s 3.5-liter V6 offers 306 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
  • The 3.5-liter V6 augments the direct fuel injection with port fuel injectors. In light- and medium-load conditions, these additional injectors help produce a precise burn, optimizing power and efficiency.
  • A dual exhaust system reduces backpressure.


  • The body structure has excellent rigidity and strength, achieved by effective structural changes and additions to the rocker area, A and B pillar under structure, side collision crossmember, and upper and rear-floor crossmembers; underfloor braces were added in the front and rear.
  • High-rigidity damping materials and asphalt sheets were added to help minimize vibration effects.
  • The IS convertible features standard 10-spoke 17-inch wheels with a clean liquid-graphite finish and optional split five-spoke or five-spoke 18-inch wheels with a liquid-graphite finish and all-season tires.
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM) interfaces with the electronic throttle control system and governs all of the vehicle’s dynamic handling systems – the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) – employing them collectively and seamlessly to make corrections while helping provide higher dynamic capability.

Safety and Security Features

Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are used for the front seats, while the rear seats adopt emergency locking retractor seatbelts.
The Lexus Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes dual-front airbags, front-seat-mounted side curtain and torso side airbags, and knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger.


  • Two convenient fold-forward lock-release levers on both sides of the front seats make operation easier from any seat. In addition, the passenger seat features a power slide button on the top of the seatback to ease rear seat ingress/egress.
  • An available automatic one-touch, easy-entry power-seat mechanism provides even easier egress and ingress through quick-acting, front-seat fold-and-slide activation.
  • The doors feature three open-stopping positions (rather than the normal two) to add convenience in various parking situations.
  • The standard SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button-start/stop allows the driver to keep the access key fob in a pocket or purse.
  • Standard Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps prevent the vehicle from moving backward when the driver’s foot moves from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Luxury Options

  • Lexus’ available Hard-Disk Drive (HDD) navigation system has a seven-inch VGA touch-screen, back-up camera, Voice Command casual-language voice recognition system, Bluetooth automatic phonebook download and music streaming HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging.
  • Available in conjunction with the optional navigation system is a 12-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio system that features discrete 5.1 multi-channel playback, nine amplifier channels providing 270 watts total output at 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD).
  • Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) are available.
  • The optional Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car's front and rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display within the speedometer.


48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

Friday, 4 October 2013

SEAT has some great Q4 consumer offers and Motability terms.

  • Mii Toca only £79 per month, while Ibiza SC Toca stays under £10,000
  • New Leon from as little as £165 per month, with huge specification
  • Free Leon Technology Pack offer extended for a further three months
  • £2,500 off the price of every new Toledo, meaning the range starts at £10,000
  • 46 SEAT models available with zero advance payment for Motability customers

With SEAT UK posting its best monthly sales ever in September, the company is looking to keep the momentum going with a round of fantastic Q4 offers that truly put the customer first.

Starting with the Mii, it remains possible to get into a brand new SEAT city car for less than the price of a fancy gym membership: just £79 per month for a Mii Toca on a PCP, which comes with satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. The small print is below, but there are no surprises.

Next up is the Ibiza SC, which is available in Toca specification for just £9,995. So for less than ten grand, a customer can drive away with a stunning supermini including satellite navigation, Bluetooth, 16-inch alloy wheels and dark tinted windows. That’s a £2,700 saving on the RRP. Across the rest of the range, all Ibiza FR models have £2,000 off, as does the very rapid, range-topping Ibiza Cupra – now just £16,765.

Moving up the SEAT range, all Toledo models have £2,500 off the retail price, meaning the Toledo begins at just £10,000. Meanwhile, the free Technology Pack offer for the Leon continues, meaning all SE and FR cars can have satellite navigation, DAB digital radio and full-LED headlights for nothing, as opposed to the pack’s £1,075 retail price.

SEAT is also offering a £1,000 deposit contribution across the Leon range when purchased on a PCP, and 4.9% APR – which means the monthly payment on a new Leon SC SE 1.2 TSI, including Technology Pack, is just £165.

For the Altea and Altea XL ranges there’s a £2,500 deposit contribution across the range, with a PCP, and every model is available with five years 0% on hire purchase, with a 35% deposit. And it’s exactly the same story with the multi-award winning Alhambra line-up.

Motability drivers will be able to enjoy a SEAT Leon with no advance payment on certain models, while there’s also no advance payment on certain Mii, Ibiza and Toledo variants; in total, SEAT is offering 46 vehicles with £0 advance payment, including the very highly equipped and fuel-efficient Leon 1.6 TDI SE.

SEAT is looking to achieve a record-breaking year in 2013, and started in the best possible way. Having put the all-new Leon on sale in March, the company posted its best ever half-year sales at the end of June, with 22,752 cars registered. Following that, the third quarter of the year was the company’s best ever, with 12,716 cars registered, and September was its best ever single month.

The (not so) small print…

The Mii Toca offer is a 36-month PCP with 4.9% APR, and requires a £2,719 deposit, while the £165 per month Leon offer requires a £4,771 customer deposit, £1,000 of which is paid by SEAT.

Suzuki continues with great consumer offers for the rest of the year.

  • VAT free campaign further extended until the end of 2013 on Swift, Splash and existing SX4 model.
  • Swift 1.2 SZ2 three door on Driveplan PCP requires a deposit of just £159.

Suzuki has more good news for its new car buyers this Autumn with a further extension of its VAT free campaign until the end of the year on all Swift models (except Sport) and Splash. In addition, two models of the outgoing SX4 are included; the 1.6-litre SZ3 and 1.6-litre SZ5 model equipped with four wheel drive.

The highly popular Alto SZ model is now available at £6,499, representing a £700 customer saving on list price. Splash 1.0-litre SZ2 is available from £7,999, Swift 1.2 SZ2 three door at £8,999 and the outgoing SX4 1.6 SZ3 available for £10,495.

Suzuki is also continuing its flexible PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) offers until the end of the year. Alto SZ is available for a deposit of £919 followed by 41 monthly payments of just £109 with the option to pay a final balloon payment of £2,352 at the end of the agreement to keep the car.

Alto offers very low cost of ownership with no annual road tax to pay, thanks to emissions of 99g/km, combined fuel consumption of 65.7mpg and an insurance group rating of 4E.

Moving up the small car range to the Splash SZ2 1.0-litre, the latest PCP offer requires a low deposit of £925 followed by 42 monthly payments of £139 and an optional final payment of £2,856.

The good news also continues for Swift buyers; as an example, the SZ2 three door at £8,999 remains available for a deposit of only £159 followed by 42 monthly payments of £159 and an optional payment of £3,535. The five door SZ2 is also available for £159 per month but requires a slightly higher deposit of £639. The PCP offers include the latest model Swift 1.3 DDiS which has CO2 emissions of just 101g/km and offers 72.4mpg on the combined cycle.

At the top of the Swift range, the award winning 1.6-litre Sport three door continues to be included in the low rate Driveplan PCP offer requiring a deposit of £1,409 followed by 42 monthly payments of £239.

TMW - Its that time of the Month - September UK sales.


AUGUST 2012 2962 sales - AUGUST 2013 3183 sales +7.46%
YTD 2012 11139 sales - YTD 2013 13256 sales +19.01%


AUGUST 2012 8745 sales - AUGUST 2013 9531 sales +8.99%
YTD 2012 38847 sales - YTD 2013 43916 sales +13.05%



AUGUST 2012 22427 sales - AUGUST 2013 27308 sales +21.76%
YTD 2012 97692 sales - YTD 2013 105313 sales +7.80%


AUGUST 2012 16618 sales - AUGUST 2013 21256 sales +27.91%
YTD 2012 73401 sales - YTD 2013 86624 sales +18.01%


AUGUST 2012 1541 sales - AUGUST 2013 2013 sales +30.63%
YTD 2012 7050 sales - YTD 2013 7067 sales -0.24%


AUGUST 2012 22283 sales - AUGUST 2013 25289 sales +15.91%
YTD 2012 101390 sales - YTD 2013 114261 sales +12.69%


ABARTH +18.64%
CITROEN +9.20%
DACIA +100.00%
FIAT +19.63%
FORD +10.99%
HONDA +3.06%
HYUNDAI +9.07%
KIA +10.22%
LOTUS +17.50%
MAZDA +14.59%
MINI +5.58% 
NISSAN +11.86%
PEUGEOT +6.01%
PORSCHE +1.06%
RENAULT +6.42%
SEAT +16.51%
SKODA +19.40% 
SMART +6.86% 
SUBARU +0.69%
SUZUKI +29.68%
TOYOTA +5.72%
VAUXHALL +11.50%
VOLVO +2.48%


ALFA ROMEO -26.48%
BENTLEY -3.68%
CHRYSLER -23.70%
INFINITI -18.45%
JEEP -12.80%
MG -56.74%
PERODUA -43.73%
PROTON -90.86%
SAAB -98.60%

September has shown that the UK is ignoring the financial woes that are effecting many other countries around the world, with a 12% increase in sales over last year and near 11% for the year, and increasingly more manufacturers are showing positive yearly results, there are are only 13 companies showing decreases on 2012, of which 3 no longer sell cars, they are clearing out old stocks.

MG continues to struggle, yes they have 104 registrations for September, but those figures are very misleading, as 50 MG6 Magnette's were pre registered at the beginning of the month and sold to Motorpoint at a massive discount, that leaves 54, with 47 dealers currently names on MG's website, each will have one new MG3, that leaves 7, and the demos used for testing via MG, would take up 3-4, so when you break down the sales figures, they are really very poor.

Mitsubishi and Suzuki are both having a great time in the UK and both have new cars coming on stream to carry the sales momentum forward, Chevy is a weird one, they have some great cars, especially the Cruze, but some of the smaller ones like the Spark are truly dreadful, and recent reports on the Spark have shown how bad it is, PAG continue its dominance, with VW, SEAT, Skoda and AUDI all out performing last years figures.

The Corsa, Focus and Fiesta lead both the monthly sales chart as well as the yearly one, BMW are creeping on with the 1-Series and 3-Series edging higher on the chart, The  Golf, Astra, Polo, Qashqai and Peugeots 208 round out the yearly top ten, out of the 1.8 million cars this year sold, over half a million is taken by the top ten, as per usual Ford and Vauxhall continue to dominate as they have for decades, but their lead is slowly but surely being eaten away, and it wont be long before either the Golf or BMW 1 or 3-Series takes the top spot, and when that happens it will be a very sad day for the UK motor industry.

Lastly, jaguar and Land Rover, how great it is to see this once lame duck (under Ford ownership) flourishing and showing the world that the UK can design and build stunning cars, both in looks and performance, and it is not just in the UK, US sales (elsewhere on the blog) have again shown an upward sales swing, the new Range Rover,RR Sport and F-Type are all performing extremely well, and with new models in the pipeline, the new Discovery 5/Freelander 3, XF, XT, and C-X17 SUV the sales flight will continue for some years to come.

Jon Mower

Jaguar Land Rover announces significant sales improvements for the UK in September.

Jaguar Land Rover UK is celebrating record September sales with retail figures up 13 per cent year-to-date over the same period last year.

Land Rover had its best ever September month of sales with 10,769 vehicles registered; up 11 per cent on the same month last year and 13 per cent up year-to-date. The bookends of the brand drove the impressive figures with a record September for the Land Rover Defender (up 30 per cent compared to the same period last year) and continued strong sales of Land Rover's flagship vehicle, the all new Range Rover (up 24 per cent compared to the same period last year).

The Range Rover Evoque continues to be successful (up 35 per cent September 2013 versus September 2012) and the new Range Rover Sport has made a strong start with sales of 1,309 vehicles during what is only the second month of customer deliveries. Monthly retail figures for Land Rover's newest model are set to increase in line with production ramp-up and will see the UK fulfil its healthy order bank over the coming months.

The Land Rover Discovery's popularity remains with outstanding residual values and class-leading versatility keeping sales stable. The Land Rover Freelander continues to have an excellent 2013 with retails up 13 per cent in September and 35 per cent year-to-date.

Jaguar is celebrating a 19 per cent increase in car sales year-to-date, with a year on year increase across its model range of seven per cent. The successful launch of the stunning new F-TYPE convertible sports car, of which more than 1,000 are now with UK customers, is one highlight in a year which has seen a surge in sales of the popular Jaguar XF executive car and XJ luxury saloon. In 2013 sales of the XF are up 12 per cent and XJ 6 per cent; a result of the introduction of new, efficient and high performance derivatives of each model.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, said “The September sales figures tangibly demonstrate that both Jaguar and Land Rover continue to focus on relevant and highly-desirable product line-ups.

“With the recent introduction of the all-new Range Rover Sport and F-TYPE coupled with the continued success of our well established models, we have seen more new customers than ever purchasing Jaguar Land Rover award-winning products. Indeed, our new 2014 model year offerings across both brands will be hitting showrooms shortly and will see us build on the successes of the 2013 range."

Skoda announce prices and spec for new Yeti and Yeti Outdoor.

  • Facelifted Yeti range to start from £16,600 OTR
  • Two versions available: Yeti and Yeti Outdoor with new exterior design
  • Lowered CO2 outputs on selected models
  • New technology including fifth-generation Haldex Clutch 4x4
  • New equipment including reversing camera and latest generation Park Assist
  • UK deliveries to start January 2014

ŠKODA has announced prices and specifications for the facelifted Yeti. Following its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the facelifted version of ŠKODA’s multi-award-winning crossover hits UK showrooms in January, with order books opening this month.

Prices range from £16,600 OTR for the Yeti S 1.2 TSI 105PS, up to £27,050 for the range-topping Yeti Outdoor L&K 2.0 TDI 140PS 4x4 DSG.

Among the many updates to the range is the availability of two versions for the first time: Yeti and Yeti Outdoor. Reflecting the car’s broad appeal, the two versions feature different design features that allow owners to fully exploit the potential of the Yeti in their preferred driving environment.

As part of the refresh package, four engines now feature lower CO2 emissions, while new technology in the form of rear-view parking camera, bi-xenon lights with LED daytime running lights and KESSY keyless entry, start and exit system has been introduced to the range.

Four new metallic colours have also been added to the range: Moon White, Jungle Green, Metal Grey and Magnetic Brown.

Yeti – built for the urban jungle

Featuring smooth lines and body-coloured bumpers, sills and side strips, the Yeti appeals to buyers who demand the high driving position and visibility of an SUV, but don’t require off-road capability. Offered in front-wheel-drive form only, the Yeti is available in three trim grades: S, SE and Elegance, and comes with the options of three clean and efficient engines, including a frugal 1.6 TDI CR 105PS DPF GreenLine II unit that emits just 119g/km of CO2.

Yeti Outdoor – the start of a new adventure

The Yeti Outdoor delivers a noticeably more rugged look than the two-wheel-drive Yeti, with styling features designed to allow owners to get the most out of their car.

The bumpers incorporate steeper approach and departure angles to facilitate off-road use, while the use of black trim along the sides and lower elements of the bumper means that the Outdoor can take rough surfaces in its stride. With the option of a new fifth-generation Haldex Clutch four-wheel-drive system, the Yeti outdoor is available in four specification levels: S, SE, Elegance and L&K. The range includes two petrol engines and four diesels, with power outputs ranging from 105PS to 170PS. Transmission options include manual and DSG automatic gearboxes.

Arrives early 2014

The facelifted Yeti order book opens this month, with the first customer deliveries expected in January 2014.

Equipment levels

Yeti S - standard equipment includes

  • 12V socket in centre console and luggage compartment
  • 16" 'Dolomite' alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (215/60 R16 95H tyres)
  • 3 spoke leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor
  • Black roof rails
  • Body coloured door mirrors and door handles
  • Body coloured sills and front and rear bumpers
  • Curtain airbags
  • Daytime running lights
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows (with child safety switch)
  • Front fog lights
  • Front passenger airbag with deactivation switch
  • Gear change recommendation (manual transmission only)
  • GSM II telephone preparation with Bluetooth
  • Height adjustable driver and front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX child seat fittings on outer rear seats
  • Leather handbrake and gear lever
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Maxi-DOT trip computer
  • Radio 'Swing' - 2 DIN with single CD player (with MP3 file compatibility)
  • Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
  • Tyre repair set
  • Varioflex

Yeti Outdoor S (in addition to Yeti)

  • 16” ‘Nevis’ alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (215/60 R16 95H tyres)
  • Black protective side mouldings
  • Black sills and front and rear bumpers
  • Silver door mirrors

Yeti SE (over S)

  • 17” ‘Scudo’ alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (225/50 R17 94W tyres)
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 3.5mm aux-in socket for MP3 players
  • Additional 4 loudspeakers in the rear
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Cruise control
  • Dual tone horn
  • Dual-zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Horizontal rails with sliding hooks in boot
  • Integrated headlight washers
  • Net programme in luggage compartment
  • Radio ‘Bolero’ – 2 DIN with 6 CD changer (with MP3 file compatibility)
  • Rear armrest and cupholders (when middle seat folded down)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Removable box in luggage compartment
  • Removable LED lamp in luggage compartment
  • Storage box on dash (closed)
  • Sunset glass (from B-pillar back)
  • Washer fluid level indicator

Yeti Outdoor SE (in addition to Yeti)

  • 17" 'Erebus' alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (225/50 R17 94W tyres)

Yeti Elegance (over SE):

  • 17" 'Annapurna' alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (225/50 R17 94W tyres)
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Bi-xenon headlights with cornering function and dynamic angle control
  • Boarding spots integrated into door mirrors
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors
  • Front seats with lumbar support
  • Full leather upholstery (may contain some artificial leather)
  • Glasses storage case
  • Heated front seats
  • Hill hold control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Light assistant (coming home, leaving home, tunnel light, daytime running lights)
  • Rain sensor
  • Storage box under front passenger seat

Yeti Outdoor Elegance (in addition to Yeti)

  • Off-road button (4x4 engines only)

Yeti Outdoor Laurin & Klement (over Yeti Outdoor Elegance)

  • 17" 'Origami' alloy wheels in black and silver with anti-theft wheel bolts (225/50 R17 94W tyres)
  • Black side protective moulding with chrome ledge
  • Brown leather front armrest with stitching
  • Carpets with brown stitching
  • Columbus satellite navigation system with DAB digital radio
  • Decorative inserts in piano black with L&K logo
  • Electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors with auto-dimming door mirror on driver's side
  • Full brown leather upholstery with L&K logos and stitching
  • Heated windscreen
  • L&K inscription on front mudguards
  • L&K scuff plates
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Park assist
  • Silver roof rails

Skoda announces rapid Spaceback prices and spec.

  • ŠKODA’s new compact family hatchback priced from £14,340
  • Three trim levels: S, SE and Elegance with more equipment than Rapid 
  • Sector-best rear legroom and headroom with 415-litre boot
  • Five fuel-efficient engines with power outputs range from 86PS to 122PS
  • Range of personalisation design options, including panoramic glass roof and elongated tailgate glass
  • UK deliveries set to start from January 2014

ŠKODA has announced prices and specifications for the new Rapid Spaceback ahead of its arrival in January 2014. The highly anticipated addition to the ŠKODA line-up will be available in three generously-appointed trim levels: S, SE and Elegance, with prices starting from just £14,340 OTR.

With its striking exterior design, practical interior and advanced engine range, the new Rapid Spaceback introduces a dynamic new dimension to the ŠKODA range.  The second model in the Rapid range, it sets sector standards for interior space and offers exceptional practicality thanks to its 415-litre boot.

The Rapid Spaceback also comes with an array of personalisation options that allow buyers to tailor the car to their own tastes. Among the styling options are a large panoramic glass roof and extended tailgate glass, both of which give the Rapid Spaceback a unique appearance.

The engine range comprises of three petrol and two diesel units. Power outputs range from 86PS to 122PS, with customers able to choose between manual and advanced DSG automatic transmissions. The line-up will also include a GreenLine version with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. More details for Rapid Spaceback GreenLine will be confirmed soon.

Specification levels across the range are generous, with all three Spaceback models fitted with additional equipment over the Rapid. Airconditioning is standard across the line-up, along with curtain airbags, front electric windows and a height and reach adjustable steering column. SE models feature alloy wheels, acoustic rear parking sensors, cruise control and a Bluetooth telephone connection, while Elegance models add, among other items, climate control, height-adjustable passenger seat and cornering front fog lights.

Rapid Spaceback equipment 

Rapid Spaceback S

  • 15" "Dakara" steel wheels (with cover)
  • Alarm with interior monitoring
  • Centre console with cup holder
  • Curtain airbags
  • Daylight running lights
  • ESP inc. ABS, ASR, MSR, EDS & HBA
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Holder for parking tickets
  • ISOFIX preparation on back seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Outdoor temperature gauge
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Radio swing with CD player
  • Rear backrest split & folding (60/40)
  • Remote central door locking
  • Safety vest holder
  • Side airbags
  • Storage compartments in door panelling
  • Tyre repair kit (no spare wheel)

Greentech models only (available across all trim levels)

  • Brake energy recovery
  • Stop/start system

Rapid Spaceback SE (over S)

  • 6 loudspeakers
  • 15" "Carme" alloy wheels
  • 3 spoke leather MFSW with controls for radio & telephone
  • Acoustic rear parking sensors
  • Body coloured mirrors/handles
  • Cruise control
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front fog lights
  • Glasses storage compartment
  • Glove box
  • Graphite metallic inserts
  • Hill hold control (1.4 TSI DSG & 1.6 TDI 90PS DSG only)
  • Leather handbrake level
  • Leatherette gaiter
  • Maxi-dot trip computer
  • MDI
  • Pocket on rear of front seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Tinted glass
  • Telephone connection Bluetooth GSM II

Rapid Spaceback Elegance (over SE)

  • 16" Dione alloy wheels
  • Aluminium look inserts
  • Chrome interior surrounds• Climate control air conditioning
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Front & rear floor mats
  • Height adjsutable passenger seat
  • Maxi-dot trip computer