Automotive Purchasing Weekly 18 January 2016 - page 4

19 January 2016 | OEM
Koenigsegg Automotive has announce that
all examples of the Koenigsegg Agera RS
series have now been sold. The 10 months
taken to sell all 25 examples makes the
Agera RS the fastest selling model in the
company’s history.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS made its debut
at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where the
first customer car was delivered to its owner.
In the 10 months since that debut, orders
have been placed and deposits paid for all
25 cars in the Agera RS series.
The Agera RS has received global
adulation and has been sold to markets
around the world. The US, Canada, the UK,
Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE will all
soon see the Agera RS on their roads.
The scarcity of the Agera RS programme,
however, means that many markets were left
without allocation as demand far outpaced
the limited number of Agera RS’s available.
The Agera RS builds upon previous Agera
R and Agera S models using lessons learned
from the most extreme car Koenigsegg has
ever made – the legendary Koenigsegg
One:1. It delivers an astonishing 1160hp on
95 octane RON or 91 octane DIN fuel for
monstrous performance and yet still retains
all creature comforts including a removable
roof that can be stored under the front hood
of the car.
Christian von Koenigsegg said: “I
am extremely proud of the Agera RS
programme. The RS is a classic Koenigsegg,
with all the core values and features that
the Koenigsegg brand stands for. The
performance, road feel and responsiveness
are truly amazing and the level of technical
sophistication is second to none. It is a
true ‘pinnacle’ project that has been wholly
embraced by our customers and friends.”
All outstanding Agera RS models are
planned to commence production during
2016, with the last cars to be shipped in
Renault recall over 15,000Captur
models for emissions issues
19 January 2016 | OEM
Renault is the process of recalling approximately 15,000 Renault Captur models fitted with
its dCi110 engines, following the automaker’s investigation from the French government.
Renault confirms that a recall campaign is
already in progress. Approximately 15,000
cars fitted with dCi110 engines are involved.
The purpose of the recall is to recalibrate the
engine’s control unit. The issue had been
identified, resolved and put in production in
September 2015.
In addition, Renault has firmly denied
having mentioned that 700,000 cars were
in need of a software update. All Renault
vehicles are fully compliant with current
As stated in December last year, on top
of meeting applicable Euro6b standards,
Renault intends to be able to propose
an improved NOx emission system to
IsuzuUKplansbumper year of activity
19 January 2016 | OEM
Isuzu UK has an exciting year of activity
planned to mark 100 years since laying
down its foundations in Tokyo, Japan,
including a range of celebratory events and
new models that will recognise the heritage
of the company.
2016’s centenary activities come in the
wake of a sustained period of strong growth
for Isuzu. Last year saw the sixth year of sales
growth and the third consecutive annual
sales record for the brand. In 2015, Isuzu
sold 6,220 D-Max pick-ups, representing
a 478% increase over the 1,076 models
registered in 2009.
To kick-off a busy year of centenary
activity, Isuzu UK has taken to the airwaves
this week with promotions on commercial
radio stations Radio X and talkSPORT with
short, 10-second advertising focussing on
the D-Max as the ‘proper pick-up’.
In spring, a UK-only special edition will
join the Isuzu D-Max line-up complete
with premium accessories and extensive
upgrades to further widen its appeal among
an ever growing spectrum of customers. The
team at Isuzu UK is also working on a one-off
development vehicle based on the standard
D-Max, which will show-off the versatile pick-
up’s key strengths like never before. Further
details will be revealed about the project
later in the year.
30 years in the UK
It will be a double-header of celebrations,
as 2016 also marks 30 years since
International Motors began importing Isuzu
vehicles, seizing an opportunity to capitalise
on the growing affinity for reliable Japanese
vehicles amongst British motorists. While
the D-Max has proved the best seller, among
the varied range of vehicles it has brought to
these shores, it was the Trooper that really
set Isuzu UK on its way.
Infiniti Driveofficiallyopened
19 January 2016 | OEM
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, alongside Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vice
President of the Nissan factory, revealed the first part of a £21 million highway through
Hillthorn Business Park by opening up a road named ‘Infiniti Drive.’
Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “We’re honoured
that the stretch of highway has been named
after our new premium brand now being
built in Sunderland.
“The business park provides a direct
route to our plant for companies working
with us to build the Q30 as well as our
existing models, Qashqai, Juke, Note and
the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.
“This will increase our efficiency and help
us maintain our long-standing position as
the UK’s most productive car plant. We look
forward to welcoming new neighbours to
Hillthorn in the future.”
This new opening comes just as the
new Infiniti Q30 starts to arrive at Infiniti
Showrooms across the country and
customers begin to take ownership of the
British built premium active compact car.
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