Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The new Lexus IS range

Having debuted at the Detroit Motor Show in January of this year, the next-generation Lexus IS range has caused widespread excitement in the automobile world. With the new models scheduled to arrive in showrooms in the summer, we take a look at some standout features that are sure to interest you.

When a range boasts of its sporting prowess, it needs an athletic engine to back up its words; each IS model is fitted with a 2.5-litre unit that delivers on performance in uncompromising fashion. The base IS version combines a V6 petrol engine with six-speed automatic transmission, whilst the hybrid 300h edition has a 2.5-litre full hybrid powertrain, capable of releasing less than 100g/km of CO2. If rapid performance doesn’t convince you, the hybrid model earns exemption from road tax and the London Congestion Charge.  

Matching economy with power is one of the most sought-after, and trickiest to attain, balances for automobile manufacturers, yet the Lexus IS range delivers exactly that. Its handling is also first-rate, with the 250 F Sport model boasting 18-inch alloy wheels and sports suspension with a Lateral Damping System for effortlessly smooth performance. Flicking between Normal, Eco and Sport drive modes keeps things versatile and lets you adjust the vehicle’s torque to match the road.

Performance and handling are all very well, but at Johnsons Cars we like the subtler details, like the Premium model’s wide array of colour schemes, including the aptly titled ‘Celestial Black’, and eight-way power-assisted leather seats with heating and ventilation functions. With the IS models you get a whole host of optional features, so you can build the car that fits your exact specifications without losing out on performance, economy, or good looks.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

New Volvo V40 Cross Country

Finding a pragmatic and reliable cross country vehicle that remains a joy to drive is easier said than done, but at Torque Auto we think that Volvo has hit the bull’s-eye with the new V40.

Your rough terrain needs are accounted for in the V40’s rugged design. The vehicle’s conventional Scandinavian style is enhanced by durable body-panels and bigger wheels, and an increased drive height helps to protect the car from bumpy roads. The All Wheel Drive system enables the driver to remain in control when conditions get tough, and it perfectly compliments the car’s exterior functionality to maintain balance and stability, whatever the weather. Hill Descent Control prevents the Volvo V40 from slipping or increasing speed against the driver’s will when navigating steep declines, and it allows you to focus on the thrill of the ride rather than worrying about the drop.

Volvo’s aim is to counterbalance a tough exterior with a comfortable interior, and the result is impressive. Ergonomically arranged seats ensure that there is plenty of legroom for all passengers, and an abundance of cargo space makes the Volvo V40 a great holiday car. The seats are finely shaped to support the body of the occupant, ensuring that the ride is smoother and more relaxed than ever before. The juxtaposed functional exterior and luxury interior is one of our favourite Volvo V40 features, as it creates a sought-after balance between off-road enjoyment and comfy style.

A similar harmony is established between power and efficiency in the Volvo V40’s engines. No two drivers have the same style, and the new V40 includes a range of three petrol and two diesel engines to give excellent variation of choice. Leaky fuel consumption has long been the bane of cross country car manufacturers, but the V40’s engines can achieve of up to 80.7mpg combined, allowing for an affordable drive to the furthest depths of the wilderness. Speed and smoothness is assured by tailored five-speed or six-speed gearboxes, and manoeuvrability is fluid for a car of such functional design.

Friday, 1 February 2013

The Audi A3 Sportback, voted What Car? Car of the year 2013

The latest exclusive model from Audi, the A3 Sportback’s executive design features have been intended to break the mould. The sharp lines sweep over the car starting at the hexagonal single-frame grille and rectangular front fog lights, all the way back past the low profile C-pillars to the aerodynamic rear spoiler, resulting in a razor-sharp, dynamic look. This agile and athletic style represents the drive of the car perfectly, which is similarly agile and responsive. The practicality of the A3’s interior further adds to the car’s appeal; thanks to clever use of space, there is more than enough room for five people to be seated comfortably, as well as 380 litres of boot space to accommodate all of your luggage. The interior is not only functional but also relaxing; the use of luxurious materials on the seats ensures you and your passengers are always comfortable.

A wide range of engines is available with the Sportback, each of which has excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, but doesn't compromise on power. To accompany your choice of engine there is a range of gearboxes, each one tailored to efficiently convert the engine’s power into movement. Advanced Stop/Start technology on the A3 Sportback turns off the engine when not in use and instantaneously starts it back up when you move away. This drastically reduces the fuel you use as well as the CO2 you emit, limiting your driving costs and your impact on the environment. The new Drive Select system on the A3 allows you to drive the car how you want to. Different setting can be selected to match your driving style as well as the conditions, ensuring the best drive in all situations.

The technology available on the A3 Sportback includes Bang & Olufsen speakers, advanced sat nav to get you anywhere you want to go in Europe, and mobile phone capabilities that not only work with your phone’s systems, but also enhance them through the car’s aerial. Each of these systems enhances your driving experience and is state-of-the-art. The same can be said of the safety features on the A3, each of which help to reassure and protect. Advanced driver assists (ABS, ESP etc.), adaptive lights, and active lane assist are just a few of the features that ensure your drive is as safe as possible in any conditions.

The Audi A3 is available at the beginning of 2013. To find out more or to arrange a test drive, please contact your Audi dealership, where our friendly staff will help you with all of your queries.

 Published on 01/02/2013 16:57