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Saturday, 16 July 2016

USA - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing on the 2017 Subaru BRZ line

  • Improved performance and handling across model line
  • New Performance Package
  • 500-unit limited edition Series.Yellow model priced at $29,695
  • Updated interior styling and features

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing on the 2017 BRZ line. The 2017 BRZ models will arrive into retailers in September 2016.

A comprehensive update to the 2017 BRZ includes improved handling, increased performance, more aggressive styling and new convenience features. 

These enhancements continue the company’s original mission of offering enthusiasts a pure sports car with an unmatched driving experience. Priced from $25,495, the 2017 BRZ Premium trim model increases just $100 from previous model year.

The BRZ, known for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates to increase its performance on the track and the open road.  

For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ adds updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar.  Additional reinforcements added to the chassis are behind the strut tower braces, and to the transmission cross-member plate and rear wheel housings to increase rigidity.  

The stability control system thresholds are raised to allow the driver to experience more of the car’s improved handling, and in “Sport” mode the results were dramatic enough for Subaru to change the name of “Sport” mode to “Track”.     

A new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold increase air flow, upping the engine output in models with the 6-speed manual transmission to 205-hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.  Also, a lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1 paired with the standard Torsen® limited-slip differential, improves acceleration on models with the manual transmission.   

In addition to LED headlights and rear combination lights and Daytime Running Lights, all trims receive Incline Start Assist that holds the vehicle momentarily in position while the driver accelerates to prevent roll back on an incline. Also new to BRZ are steering wheel control switches for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth®.

A new aluminum rear spoiler in matching body color and black finish is now standard on all lines. The new pedestal design improves the vehicle’s downforce, which in turn improves stability and control. The Premium and Limited models receive a new 10-spoke, 17-in aluminum alloy wheel with a high-contrast black and machined finish.   
Performance Package

Subaru now offers a Performance Package for drivers who demand even more from a sports car. The Performance Package is available on the Limited trim with the manual transmission. The brake system is upgraded to Brembo® four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear. 

SACHS® Performance shock absorbers are added to all four corners for improved ride and corning stability. Also included in the package are unique 17-in x 7.5-in black aluminum alloy wheels. The BRZ Performance Package is well-priced at just $1,195.
Two Trim Levels: Premium and Limited

Subaru offers the 2017 BRZ in Premium and Limited trims. The Subaru tradition of outstanding value is evident in both trim levels with their long list of standard amenities. Key among these is a comprehensive infotainment configuration anchored by the SUBARU STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia System that includes 6.2-in. high resolution multi-function touch screen display, AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®, Single-disc in-dash CD player with 8 speakers. 

Standard SUBARU STARLINK offers smartphone integration with Pandora®, Aha®, iHeart® Radio and Stitcher, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. Also included are SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required) and a rear -vision camera.

The $27,645 Subaru BRZ Limited offers additional comfort and amenities including LED fog lights and standard heated front seats and exterior mirrors, Keyless Entry and Push Button Start. 

Inside, the seats are upholstered with Alcantara inserts, leather bolsters and attractive red stitching. New on Limited trims is a 4.2-in LCD multi-function display positioned next to the tachometer. This driver information readout provides access to vehicle performance including lateral Gs, accelerator pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temperature, and battery voltage as well as an integrated stop watch for recording lap times.

Paddle-shift control switches are standard on BRZ Limited with automatic transmission priced at $28,745.
500-unit Limited Edition Series.Yellow

Based on the Limited trim equipped with the new Performance Package, Series.Yellow is immediately recognizable by a striking yellow exterior, black badging and exterior mirrors as well as 17-in x 7.5-in black aluminum alloy wheels. 

The brake system has been upgraded to Brembo® four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear. SACHS® Performance shock absorbers have been added to all four wheels for advanced handling and steering stability. 
The Series.Yellow offers black leather and Alcantara upholstery with yellow stitching throughout the interior including seats, door and dash panels, steering wheel, knee pads and shifter boot.  

The front seatbacks are also embroidered with a yellow BRZ logo.  The final touch for this model is the carpeted floor mats with yellow stitching and a silver embroidered BRZ logo. Series.Yellow models are priced at $29,695.

The 2017 BRZ Premium and Limited models will begin arriving at retailers in September while Performance Package-equipped and Series.Yellow will arrive at retailers early 2017.  

Model/TrimTransmissionApplicable Option CodeMSRPMSRP + destination and delivery ($820)
2.0 Premium6MT01$25,495$26,315
2.0 Limited6MT01, 02$27,645$28,465
2.0 Limited6AT01$28,745$29,565
2.0 Series.Yellow6MT03$29,695$30,515

CODE 01      Standard Model – BRZ Premium, BRZ LimitedN/A
CODE 02      Performance Package$1,195
CODE 03     Standard Model- BRZ Series.YellowN/A
Destination & Delivery is $820 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $970 for dealers in Alaska.  

Jeep celebrates it's 75th anniversary with a range of Wrangler limited Edition models coming to the UK.

  • Enhancements to Jeep Wrangler including new Euro 6 diesel engine
  • New 75th Anniversary limited edition details announced
Major enhancements to the popular and successful Jeep Wrangler range of SUV vehicles have been announced, with details of a new engine and a raft of enhancements to the current model for 2016.

In addition, and to celebrate the iconic 4x4 brand’s 75th birthday, Jeep has also revealed details of a 75th Anniversary limited edition Wrangler for the UK. The car was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Jeep Wrangler’s existing 2.8-litre diesel engine has been updated to meet Euro 6 emission standards while the car has been given a series of important and valuable updates. These include:
(Sahara version)
  • Front side airbags
  • Deep-tint sunscreen glass
  • 18-inch polished satin alloy wheels
  • 3.73 rear axle ratio
(Overland version)
  • Front side airbags
  • 3.73 rear axle ratio
(Rubicon version)
  • Front side airbags
  • Deep-tint sunscreen glass
  • 18-inch Rubicon satin alloy wheels
  • Mopar slush mats
  • Black, heated leather seats
The new Jeep Wrangler now starts at £31,840 OTR for the 2-dr Sahara 2.8 CRD auto rising to £34,910 for the 4-dr Rubicon 3.6 V6 auto.
Wrangler 75th Anniversary
It is a Jeep tradition to celebrate key anniversaries, or the conquering of inaccessible places, with special editions. And to celebrate its 75 years of history, the legendary brand has introduced a 75th Anniversary special edition offered on all models of the line-up including Wrangler, of which only 85 are destined for the UK.
The limited edition Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary is based on the Overland model, but with several key differences, including unique exterior styling and part-leather interiors.
The exterior features a bronze-finished front grille and 18-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured dual top, Mopar slush mats, unique bronze and orange Jeep badging, and a dedicated 75th Anniversary badge. The car comes in Bright White, Solid Black or Sarge Green colours.
Inside, the Wrangler 75th Anniversary gets ‘1941’ embossed leather heated seats in black or saddle brown and tangerine (leather with fabric inserts), bronze accents on air vents and grab handles, satnav with an Alpine premium sound system and deep tinted sunscreen glass.
The Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary costs starts at £34,765 OTR for the 2-dr 75th Anniversary 2.8 CRD auto rising to £36,435 OTR for the 4dr 75th Anniversary 3.6 V6 auto.

All-New Renault Mégane will be available to test drive at the Renault Range Roadshow

  • All-New Renault Mégane will be available to test drive at the Renault Range Roadshow
  • Renault Range Roadshow to take place at iconic motorsport venues in July and August
  • Guests can experience the full Renault car range on- and off-track
  • Renault Range Roadshow includes family-focused activities for visitors of all ages
  • Attendees can enter a competition to win a thrilling passenger ride with Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Jolyon Palmer 
The All-New Renault Mégane will take centre stage at the Renault Range Roadshow – a series of exciting family weekend events where customers will be able to test drive the Renault passenger car range at some of the UK’s most iconic race circuits.

Taking place throughout July and August, the Renault Range Roadshow presents car buyers with the rare opportunity to experience the cutting edge features of the exciting new compact family car in a dynamic track environment.
In a completely controlled and fun setting, drivers of the All-New Renault Mégane will be able to explore such unique-in-class features as Multi-Sense, which allows the driving experience to be personalised, and the 4Control all-wheel steering system that is designed to increase the precision and responsiveness of the car while enhancing cornering stability and agility.
Together with the chance to experience the cutting edge technology and myriad of driver assistance systems in the All-New Renault Mégane, attendees will have the opportunity to put the Renault Kadjar and Captur crossovers, Clio supermini, Twingo city car and the 100 per cent electric ZOE supermini through their paces.
There will be plenty of family fun too, the Renault Range Roadshow offering a host of activities for younger visitors. In partnership with RED driving school, children aged 11-17 years will be able to have their first driving lesson, while there will be Go Karting for those aged 4-11 years, cupcake icing activities and an in-car treasure hunt for families to follow during their test drives on the roads surrounding the legendary motorsport venues. 
Anyone with a valid UK driving licence can also participate in the Renault Twizy Agility Slalom Course, where they will go against the clock in Renault’s all-electric quadricycle.
To celebrate over 115 years of Renault in motorsport, the Renault R30 2010 Formula 1 car will be on static display at each event. Guests will be able to experience a ‘hot lap’ with a professional driver in a Renault Sport Clio Cup race car and will also be invited to enter a competition where they can win a passenger ride with Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Jolyon Palmer around Bedford Autodrome Race Circuit in a Renault Sport Clio Cup race car on 30 August.
The Renault Range Roadshow takes place at:
Donington Park, Heritage Loop, Derby – 16-17 July
Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey – 6-7 August
Croft Motor Circuit, Darlington – 13 August
Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby – 20-21 August
Knockhill Circuit, Dunfermline – 27-28 August

Nick Tame, Sales Director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “Taking place only days after the UK launch of the All-New Renault Mégane, the Renault Range Roadshow present drivers with the opportunity to be amongst the first to fully experience the car’s dynamism and the features that its arrival has brought to the compact family car segment for the very first time, many of which are usually reserved for more expensive and bigger vehicles. 
Together with the availability of the rest of the Renault passenger car range for on- and off-track test drives, an array of family-focused activities and all the action taking place at fantastic venues, the Renault Range Roadshow will be unmissable for anyone who is considering a new car.”

MG marks the first month of SUV sales with quotes from the people that have taken delivery of their GS cars.

It’s a month since the MG GS launched in the UK and the newest addition to MG Motor UK’s line-up is already causing quite a stir.
In one month, MG has registered over 70 MG GSs and customers up and down the country have been out and about enjoying their new cars. Regional tests drive events have also been taking place across the country in the last few weeks. 
People that currently own competitor brands are finding that the MG GS is proving to be a better value option and, in many cases, a much better drive and more specification for the price.

To mark one month, MG spoke to a few of the lucky new owners of the MG GS.
Adam Sloman, General Manager of the MG Car Club, has just bought an MG GS Excite in ‘Sunset Orange’ for him and his family to enjoy.
“Being a long-standing fan of MG, I’ve owned loads of different MGs over the years, from a Maestro to a Midget – but the idea of having an MG that I could get all the family in was a real attraction. We needed a car that was a little bigger, particularly as the kids are getting older. My wife absolutely loves driving it, particularly on the school run as it stands out amongst the other cars. I’m hoping she’ll let me have a drive soon!
“We could have gone for an older MG that is bigger than a two-seater sports car, but there are so many great modern features in the MG GS. Plus, the kids love connecting their phones and listening to their playlists!”
Paul Pickering, a loyal customer of MG for 12 years, became the first customer to collect an MG GS only five years after securing the first MG6. Paul purchased his MG GS from Summit Garage in Dudley.
Paul said: “It was great to find out that I was the first owner! My wife and I have chosen the MG GS not just because it’s a great looking car, but because it’s an automatic – it makes things so much easier for us as we get older. It’s also got stacks of space, which means we now have a car that can handle all the luggage for trips away.”
Judith, Simon and their daughter Lauren have been loyal customers of NT Shaw of Louth for many years. Having never owned an MG, the family were keen to see this new SUV. The MG GS had barely been in the showroom before Judith and her husband took it out for a test drive. The moment they returned, they signed on the dotted line for a top-of-the-range Exclusive.
Judith said: “We’re so pleased with our new purchase, it is so comfy and spacious. We’re also really happy with the fuel consumption and performance – both of which have exceeded our expectations.
“We love the styling of the car and we enjoy the looks we get from people as we drive around!”
Paul Miller was driving an MG3 before the MG GS caught his eye in his local dealership, WH Brand in Lincolnshire.
Paul said: “I decided to upgrade my MG3 as I was blown away by the MG GS – I absolutely love it, it’s beautiful!
“I decided to go for the Excite and it’s great. It handles really well, is comfortable and puts me in a higher position on the road which is a real plus point.”
The MG GS range starts from £14,995 and is available with a number of great offers, including :
  • A five year or 80,000 mile (which occurs first) manufacturer parts and labour warranty
  • 0% APR representative finance. This is available up to five years with a minimum 20% deposit
  • An £850 deposit contribution on all MG GS models