Jaguar has confirmed its all-new XE Saloon will be revealed in London on 8 September.
The Gaydon manufacturer has confirmed some of the first technical details of the crucial BMW 3-series rival, which Jaguar says “combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement”.
The XE will be equipped with F-type-inspired double wishbone front suspension made from aluminium, which Jaguar claims results in stiffness levels equivalent to the larger XFR sports saloon and the sophisticated rear suspension is an integral link set-up that also uses aluminium extensively. Jaguar says this system “delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride”.
A limited edition Porsche 911 Turbo S to commemorate 40 years of the 911 turbo has been revealed. It is a 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB edition and is unique to the UK market and only 40 will be built.
The new variant has been designed to incorporate styling cues from the original 911 Turbo 930. It features a black rear upper spoiler, Sport Classic wheels in black, black finished exterior door handles, and the black Porsche script along the sills.
Other special kit includes carbonfibre door sill guards with ‘911 Turbo S – Exclusive GB Edition’ in illuminated lettering, carbonfibre interior trim, including the PDK gear lever and bespoke floor mats with leather edging and decorative stitching.
The 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is available in a choice of three exterior colours: silver, white or red.
A CLASSIC car rally, last held eight years ago, is making a comeback to Bolton to raise money for the mayor’s charity which will provide funds for Bolton Hospice, Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and the Sensory Centre for the Blind and Fortalice.
So far 50 vehicles of all ages and makes which includes Fred Dibnah’s Land Rover have been signed up for the classic car run which will start in Victoria Square, Bolton, and take in 50 miles of the Lancashire countryside.
The rally, on Sunday, April 6, will set off from Victoria Square at 10.30am at which point the participants will be given their route, which is kept a mystery until the day.
Prescott Bike Festival takes place on Sunday April 6, featuring plenty of action on the Prescott hillclimb near Cheltenham as well as a host of family activities with proceeds going to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.
The fourth annual event will be larger than ever before, with even more bike manufacturers and clubs confirmed, plus a large display of historic, modern and race bikes on display in the paddock, demo areas, passenger rides, stunt show, trade stalls, live music, good food and a host of entertainment both on and off the track to keep the whole family amused.
Special guest appearances include: former three times British Superbike Champion and Bloodbike ambassador John Reynolds, MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish, racer Michael Rutter and motorcycle adventurer Nick Sanders.
Thousands of cars which have been written off by insurance companies are finding their way back on to the second hand market every year – and it is all legal. They can save buyers hundreds – if not thousands – of pounds, but experts warn that they can also be a source of trouble down the line.
Write-offs which reappear in this way are known as Category D cars under a voluntary code of practice signed by various organisations, including insurance companies, salvage and repair agencies and the police. The agreement puts accident-damaged cars into one of four categories. Category D is for the most lightly damaged cars, or those which were stolen and recovered after the owner had been paid by the insurance company.
The official description of a Category D car is one that has suffered accident damage that would cost less to repair than its value. But why would an insurer write off a perfectly repairable car? Ironically, according to experts, the insurance company cuts its losses this way.
Imagine that a car worth £5,000 is lightly damaged in a minor accident. The insurer may have to pay to have it towed to an approved repairer and stored. It will have to send out an assessor to inspect the damage, and may have to cover the owner’s costs for a hire car. There could also be personal injury expenses.
If the airbags have gone off, replacing them can easily add £2,000 to the repair bill, and features such as seat-belt tensioners or parking sensors will increase it further. With insurers able to claim up to 65 per cent of the car’s value from salvage companies, they can often be in pocket by writing the car off and allowing an independent garage with lower overheads to repair it.