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Week 52 : What’s new in Motoring

By Grace Cunningham on 25th December 2016

A 2016 draws to a halt Audi are looking forward to the new year, whilst some of the other top names in luxury automotive manufacturing managed to sneak in a few key stories. So, here we go, our last automotive round up of 2016.

2017 Sneak peek from Audi

Audi will start the New Year with a sensation: At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2017, the premium manufacturer is to present the Audi Q8 concept. The near-production study represents a synthesis of the emotional styling of a coupé and the spaciousness that typifies an SUV, with all its variability. With this move, the brand is unlocking a new segment for the full-size category.

Looking ahead are Audi who are set to unveil a raft of announcements at the North American show.
Looking ahead are Audi who are set to unveil a raft of announcements at the North American show.

Bentley open new Swiss showroom

Bentley Motors earlier this week unveiled a brand new showroom in North-West Lausanne, Switzerland.

Robert Engstler, Regional Director at Bentley Motors Europe, said: “Switzerland is our biggest market in the central European region. We have found a strong partner in Bentley Lausanne and the opening of the brand-new showroom will help us to generate more growth and enlarge our customer base in Switzerland even further.”

The new showroom in Lausanne offers customers the complete Bentley model range, including Bentley’s latest model, the Bentayga Diesel, the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive diesel SUV in the world. In addition to the Bentayga range, customers can also choose between the Continental GT, the Flying Spur and Bentley’s flagship model, the Mulsanne.

The new retail partner also offers pre-owned vehicles, aftersales service and the company’s branded luxury goods.
The new retail partner also offers pre-owned vehicles, aftersales service and the company’s branded luxury goods.

H.R Owen gift a very special Christmas present at their Lamborghini Showroom

Leading luxury dealer group H.R. Owen is handing a UK showroom debut to one of the rarest Lamborghini models currently in existence. For the very first time, the performance-focused Veneno Coupe will head to Lamborghini London in South Kensington from Friday 23 December until Friday 6 January.

The ferocious Veneno is a supercar spotter’s dream, and the example on display at H.R. Owen is one of only four cars ever made by Lamborghini. It was originally launched back in 2013 as a special tribute to the Lamborghini brand on its 50th birthday, and such was its exclusivity that it sold for £3.6 million.

The Veneno will be on location at Lamborghini London from 23 December until 6 January.

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H.R. Owen’s model will be the very first Veneno to be featured in a main dealership in the UK, having only previously been on public display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and at high-profile motor shows around the world.

Mercedes-Benz unveil E-Class Coupé pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé is now on sale with prices starting from £40,135 for the E 220 d. The E 300 is available from £41,025, while the E 400 4MATIC starts from £50,775.

The E-Class Coupé is available with a choice of one diesel and two petrol engines. The E 220 d features a 2.0-litre diesel engine, capable of generating 194 hp and 400 Nm. It emits just 119 g/km of CO2 and can achieve up to 61.4 mpg on the combined cycle. It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 7.4 seconds.

The E 300 uses a 2.0-litre turbo-charged petrol engine with an output of 245 hp and maximum torque of 370 Nm. It emits 160 g/km of CO2 and delivers up to 40.4 mpg, while it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds. The E 400 4MATIC has a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine generating 333 hp and 480 Nm, while emitting 189 g/km of CO2 and delivering up to 33.6 mpg. It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 5.3 seconds.

After the world’s most intelligent executive saloon, the Estate and the All-Terrain, the successful E-Class family now welcomes another new member: the Coupé.
After the world’s most intelligent executive saloon, the Estate and the All-Terrain, the successful E-Class family now welcomes another new member: the Coupé.