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August 18, 2017: Motors.co.uk Ltd: Video Review: Mazda CX5

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Ever since Nissan launched the Qashqai crossover in the late naughties, rival manufacturers have been playing a bit of catch up, in a bid to try and topple its popularity. Now, the crossover market has become one of the most competitive in the UK, it seems buyers

Now, the crossover market has become one of the most competitive in the UK, it seems buyers cant get enough of the benefits of a spacious cabin, high driving position and car like driving manners. And while some manufacturers are struggling in this class, others have really impressed, like Mazda, with this, the CX5.

ON THE ROAD

Now while most crossovers may have a look of the off-roader about them, they are generally set up for road use, but its rare to find one that's actually engaging to drive. Incredibly, Mazda has made it work. Lets not forget, the Japanese manufacturer knows a thing or two about setting up a car for the road, just take a look at the success of the MX5.

The Crossover though is a difficult one to get right, too firm and the ride will shake everyone's fillings out, to soft and they'll be reaching for the sick bags. The CX5 though just works. The steering is accurate and well weighted and the suspension absorbs potholes easily without a roly-poly nature through the bends.

There's a small selection of engines, two 2.2 litre diesels with either 148 or 173bhp, or a 163bhp 2.0litre petrol. In essence the least powerful is the best one to go for, not only does it offer the best running costs, but its also smooth and impressively refined. Drive it carefully and you should return a healthy economy of over 60 miles per gallon.

INDEX

SECTION 1 MOTORS.CO.UK LTD. PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2017

SECTION 1 MOTORS.CO.UK LTD. PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

Motors.co.uk Ltd. owns and operates a used car Website in the United Kingdom. The companys Website enables users to buy and sell new and used cars and vans, as well as offers car dealer directory. It features various used cars for sale from car retailers and private sellers, as well as provides history checks, advice, and guidance on car buying process to motorists. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Harrogate, the United Kingdom. As of March 18, 2012, Motors.co.uk Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Manheim Auctions Ltd.

1.2 SUMMARY

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SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

May 03: Motors.co.uk Ltd.; Nissan launches Signal Shield to prevent distracted driving

Nissan has launched a new compartment to stop drivers being distracted by their smartphones behind the wheel.

Once a mobile device is placed in the compartment, built into the Nissan Juke armrest, and the lid closed, the Nissan Signal Shield creates a 'silent zone', blocking all of the phone's incoming and outgoing cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

The concept is designed to give drivers a choice about whether to eliminate the distractions caused by the millions of text messages, social media notifications and app alerts that are 'pushed' to smartphones each day.

A growing problem, the number of drivers admitting to handling their phone in the car has increased from 8% in 2014 to 31% in 2016, according to the RAC.

Users are becoming habitually more tempted to check text messages and notifications as they appear on their phone's screen, even if they are driving. Nissan's own research found almost one in five drivers (18%) admitted to having texted behind the wheel.

The Nissan Signal Shield concept provides optional connectivity, giving drivers the choice between being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or creating a 'phone-free' space and time. It means a digital detox and a drive that's free of incoming distractions. Alex Smith, Managing Director, Nissan Motor GB Ltd. said; "Nissan produces some of the safest cars on the road today, but we are always looking at new ways to improve the wellbeing of our customers. "Mobile phone use at the wheel is a growing concern across the automotive industry, and indeed society, particularly with the high number of 'pushed' communications, such as texts, social media notifications and app alerts that tempt drivers to reach for their devices."

"The Nissan Signal Shield concept presents one possible solution for giving drivers the choice to remove all smartphone distractions while driving.

May 01: Motors.co.uk Ltd.; Hyundai launches contactless car for Stand Up to Cancer

Hyundai Motor UK is kicking off its partnership with Stand Up To Cancer by creating a fundraising world-first: a Contactless Car. Using a zero-emission Using a zero-emission IONIQ Electric vehicle, this one-of-a-kind car will allow people to donate to the charity with just a tap of their credit or debit cards.

Featuring five contactless donation points, the bespoke IONIQ will provide a quick, convenient and unique way for the public to TAP TO GIVE(TradeMark) in order to make a secure donation to Stand Up To Cancer. The money raised by the Contactless Car will be used to fund 'translational research' which helps to turn breakthroughs in the lab into revolutionary treatments for cancer.

Each donation of either Pound5 or Pound10 will trigger the innovative car to thank people for their generosity with an audio or visual cue, or an electronic movement. The IONIQ's number plates will also become a digital totaliser which will increase every time someone donates. The Contactless Car follows on from a successful trial carried out by Cancer Research UK as part of the 2016 Stand Up To Cancer campaign, which equipped cash bucket collectors with technology that allowed them to take contactless payments. Supporter feedback from this trial was overwhelmingly positive, with 25% of income being generated from contactless donations.

The contactless readers will be embedded seamlessly into the panels of the ONIQ vehicle and will be adapted to co-ordinate with the bespoke LED totaliser that will be built into the front and rear numberplates. Hyundai UK will be encouraging employees, customers and the general public to all unite and help #DriveTheRebellion by raising money for life-saving research with this world-first fundraising project. Members of the public will be able to see the Contactless Car for the first time at a launch event on 22 May 2017 inside King's Cross station, London.

April 04: Motors.co.uk Ltd: MINI launches new Cooper Black Pack Clubman

Designed exclusively for the UK, the first MINI Clubman edition offers 17-inch Black Net spoke wheels combined with Black bonnet stripes for a sleek and sporty finish to further enhance the characteristic MINI Clubman styling.

Inside, the design cues continue with a Piano Black interior and multi-function steering wheel. The MINI Black Pack badge which is featured on the rear doors of the vehicle highlights the exclusivity of the new MINI Black Pack Clubman models.

In keeping with the entire MINI Clubman model range, the MINI Black Pack Clubman models also offer exceptionally high levels of standard equipment including MINI Navigation, Bluetooth, Cruise Control and MINI Connected. The MINI Excitement Pack which includes the MINI logo projection is also offered as standard.

Nicolas Griebner, Head of Product, MINI UK said: "The MINI Black Pack Clubman showcases the very best of MINI Clubman - a host of specially selected equipment combined with attractive visual options."

The new MINI Cooper available to order at MINI Retailers from today, on the road pricing starts at Pound21,430 for MINI Cooper Black Pack Clubman (Pound289 per month, with an initial rental of Pound289*) and Pound23,735 for MINI Cooper D Black Pack Clubman. - See more at: http://news.motors.co.uk/news/mini-launches-new-cooper-black-pack-clubman/#sthash. Aii7jtTJ.dpuf

March 28: Motors.co.uk Ltd.: Fiat launches special edition 500 convertible

Fiat is launching a special edition 500 convertible, to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic global bestseller. This special edition comes with a grey fabric roof and Dolcevita bi-colour paintwork, combining tri-coat white for the body of the car and pastel ivory for the bonnet and pillars. Chrome mirror covers and special 16-inch alloy wheels, with white diamond finish, complete the look and pay homage to the styling cues of the original Fiat 500. It will be badged with vintage Fiat logos and a bespoke 500-60th icon, with the red '6' and '0' incorporated into the last two figures of the 500 logo. Inside, a bordeaux vinyl dashboard and vintage Fiat logo clad steering wheel complement the retro inspired ivory leather seats, with contrasting bordeaux piping, ivory leather gear knob, bespoke floor mats and 500-60th kickplates. While the styling pays tribute to the original 500, its standard technology remains up-to-date with a multi-function steering wheel, 7-inch HD Uconnect(TradeMark) Radio Live touchscreen system with Bluetooth, satellite navigation and USB and AUX IN ports, rain and dusk sensors, cruise control, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. Bringing the 500-60th bang-up-to-date, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto(TradeMark) are both now available as standard. They enable access to smartphone applications directly from the 7-inch screen of the Uconnect(TradeMark) system, integrated in the central console. The 500-60th is available with a choice of three petrol engines; the 1.2-litre 69hp and the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85hp, both available with a manual or Dualogic gearbox, and the 0.9-litre TwinAir with 105hp. The 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85hp and Dualogic gearbox, emits just 88g/km CO2, while returning 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. Having set trends worldwide in lifestyle, fashion and art, more than six million Fiat 500s have been sold globally in the past six decades.

March 07: Motors.co.uk Ltd.: PSA Group acquires Vauxhall and Opel from General Motors

French car giant PSA Group has acquired the European division of General Motors (GM). The buy-out, reported to be worth Pound1.9bn, will see the firm take over production of GM's Vauxhall and Opel brands. PSA, which already produces DS Automobiles, Citroen and Peugeot vehicles, made the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show. - See more at: http://news.motors.co.uk/news/psa-group-acquires-vauxhall-and-opel-from-general-motors/#sthash.kBenDo8u.dpuf

March 01: Motors.co.uk Ltd.: Vauxhall prepares to launch all-new Insignia

Vauxhall is preparing to launch two all-new Insignia models at the Geneva Motors Show later this month. The Insignia Grand Sport and the Insignia Sports Tourer will be unveiled at the show on March 7th. Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, and sold over 25,000 in the UK last year, the Insignia is based on completely a new vehicle architecture. Its revised proportions result in a more spacious interior, giving the car a more athletic appearance and an improved road stance. There is a raft of top technologies that make driving the Insignia safer, more relaxing and more comfortable than before. Next-generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display and unique AGR-certified premium seats, front- and rear-seat heating and a heated wind screen are just some examples. Infotainment and connectivity are also on board thanks to the latest generation IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which with the launch of the Insignia Grand Sport, will offer even more functionality for customers. New OnStar features allow occupants to book hotel rooms and search for suitable parking spots via an OnStar Advisor. Range highlights include the all-new 1.5-litre Turbo petrol model priced from Pound17,115 on-the-road. For Sports Tourer customers, prices start from Pound18,615 on-the-road for the entry-level estate model. The range-topping 2.0-litre (260PS) 4X4 petrol, another all-new powertrain, is available in Elite Nav trim from Pound26,455 on-the-road.

February 24: Motors.co.uk Ltd.: Video: Sandboarder Alex Bird helps launch new limited edition Desert Hawk Jeep Renegade

Following in the tyre tracks of the popular Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice versions, the new Desert Hawk will carry on the Jeep Renegade tradition of introducing new and exciting variations as it builds on its reputation in the UK. More than 11,000 Jeep Renegades were sold in this country last year. British board-rider and instructor Alex Bird helped marked the launch of the Renegade Desert Hawk by becoming the first participant in his sport to be towed by a car in the UK. In extreme conditions, the Jeep Renegade again displayed its famous off-road capabilities helping Alex to reach speeds of 40mph and negotiate several grind rail stunts, jumps and 90-feet sand banks. "I've never done anything like that before," said Alex, 34. "It took "It took time to get used to being towed at such speeds but I do a lot of wakeboarding and it was principally very similar. The car performed incredibly well on such deep sand; if it wasn't so good off-road there is no way I could have got up to 40mph and nailed the jumps and stunts." Designed to enhance Jeep Renegade's popular and striking design, the new Desert Hawk version takes the Renegade Trailhawk's rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert. It will be limited to just 100 examples in the UK. Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or - exclusive to Desert Hawk - Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk features 17-inch Low Gloss Black wheels, exclusive bonnet and rear body panel decals. Inside, the Renegade Desert Hawk is enhanced with exclusive seats in black leather and fabric - the seat base features a Moab desert map logo - with electric lumbar support for the driver. There is also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual zone climate control, DAB UConnect radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Live services, Bluetooth and satnav, 7-inch full-colour thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display and cruise control.

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2017

August 18: Motors.co.uk Ltd: Charity backs decision to allow learner drivers onto motorways

Independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has welcomed confirmation of the Government's plan to allow learner drivers on motorways to improve safety, saying they are long overdue and should make a significant difference to accident rates amongst new and inexperienced drivers.

The plans were last weekend by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, following a consultation on the idea at the end of 2016. The changes take place in England, Wales and Scotland only from 2018.

Learners will only be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. The Government says this will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a nervous novice without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: "It makes no sense that new drivers learn by trial and, sometimes fatal, error how to use our fastest and most important roads.

"Allowing learners on motorways with an approved instructor is a sensible and measured solution that should deliver confident new drivers who are much better able to cope with complex smart motorways."

August 18: Motors.co.uk Ltd: Video Review: Mazda CX5

Ever since Nissan launched the Qashqai crossover in the late naughties, rival manufacturers have been playing a bit of catch up, in a bid to try and topple its popularity. Now, the crossover market has become one of the most competitive in the UK, it seems buyers

Now, the crossover market has become one of the most competitive in the UK, it seems buyers cant get enough of the benefits of a spacious cabin, high driving position and car like driving manners. And while some manufacturers are struggling in this class, others have really impressed, like Mazda, with this, the CX5.

ON THE ROAD

Now while most crossovers may have a look of the off-roader about them, they are generally set up for road use, but its rare to find one that's actually engaging to drive. Incredibly, Mazda has made it work. Lets not forget, the Japanese manufacturer knows a thing or two about setting up a car for the road, just take a look at the success of the MX5.

The Crossover though is a difficult one to get right, too firm and the ride will shake everyone's fillings out, to soft and they'll be reaching for the sick bags. The CX5 though just works. The steering is accurate and well weighted and the suspension absorbs potholes easily without a roly-poly nature through the bends.

There's a small selection of engines, two 2.2 litre diesels with either 148 or 173bhp, or a 163bhp 2.0litre petrol.

August 16: Motors.co.uk Ltd: Line-up hotting up for Classic Car Auction

All eyes are on the growing list of modern classics set to go under the hammer at the Classic Car Auctions September Sale as market demand increases for eighties and nineties performance cars.

Fast Fords, BMWs, and performance Audis are joined by Peugeot and VW hot hatches in an impressive line-up for the sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 23rd September.

With recent price records being set for eighties and nineties performance cars, examples such as the 1984 Peugeot 205 GTI and the 1988 VW Golf GTi Votex up for auction at the September Sale will be watched closely.

The Peugeot hot hatch on offer is the 1.6 litre predecessor to the 1.9 GTI sold recently at auction for almost Pound38,000. With an estimate of Pound14,000 to Pound18,000 and just 30,000 miles on the clock the Peugeot is sure generate excitement in the sale room.

The GTI's little brother, the 205 Rallye also makes an appearance in the lot list. The 1300cc version was developed by Peugeot specifically for rallying and this 1989 road-going version is a lightweight flyer powered by a 102 bhp engine and packs so much excitement into the driving experience that Top Gear's Chris Harris has declared that it's more fun than a Porsche 911R! The Peugeot 205 Rallye is gaining rapidly in popularity among collectors and is estimated at Pound10,000 - Pound12,000.

The Peugeot's main hot-hatch rival in the eighties was the VW Golf GTi and this model is sure to rise in popularity in tandem with the 205.

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