Banzai! Lifting the covers on Honda’s heritage collection

Banzai! Lifting the covers on Honda’s heritage collection

Banzai! Lifting the covers on Honda’s heritage collection

Tucked away on a quiet industrial estate in Bracknell you’ll find Honda UK’s press garage. Here, among the Civics and CR-Vs, is a mouthwatering line-up of perfectly preserved cars from Honda’s past.

The collection stretches from an original Mk1 Civic to a brace of NSXs – with various Type Rs and Mugens in-between. Join us for a guided tour…

Honda Civic (1975)

Honda Civic (1975)

We start with this delightful Mk1 Civic, a 1.2 Deluxe model in a very 1970s shade of ‘Carnaby Yellow’. The advertising slogan for the first Civic was ‘It will get you where you’re going’ – quite a novel concept for drivers more used to British Leyland cars of the time.

This particular Civic, chassis number 003, used to be a press demonstrator, so it came full-circle when Honda bought it back for the heritage fleet. It also featured in UK brochure shots when new.

The Civic is powered by a 50hp 1.2-litre engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is 90mph and acceleration to 62mph takes a leisurely 15.2 seconds. This Deluxe model features an AM radio and heated rear window. Snazzy.

Honda Civic Type R (2005)

Honda Civic Type R (2005)

Leaping forward into the modern era, this is the second-generation Civic Type R (but the first to be sold in the UK). Known to enthusiasts as the EP3, it has a practical, MPV-style body and a screaming 200hp 2.0-litre VTEC engine. What’s not to like?

Honda originally planned to sell 1,500 Type Rs a year in the UK, but actually managed to quadruple that figure. British-built Type Rs were even exported back to Japan.

Not everyone loved the red Recaro seats (a Type R trademark), but few criticised the driving experience. At the time, Autocar magazine said it was “One of the most exhilarating and satisfying drivetrains of any car on sale, irrespective of price”. High praise indeed.

Honda Civic Type R (2010)

Honda Civic Type R (2010)

In 2007, EP3 gave way to FN2: a hot hatch that’s less universally loved. It had space-age styling and a power boost to 215hp from its 2.0-litre engine – enough for 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.

This ‘Milano Red’ FN2 is one of the more desirable post-2009 cars, which had a limited-slip differential as standard. Note the split rear window: a styling theme that continues on the current Civic.

The interior of the eighth-generation Civic was pretty futuristic, too. Check out the split-level dashboard with no less than three information panels. It’s also quite red in here…

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Honda’s rev-happy roadster only ceased production in 2009, but it’s already a modern classic. Thank its 240hp 2.0-litre engine, which is redlined at a motorbike-esque 9,000rpm. Producing an incredible 120hp per litre, it won four Engine of the Year awards.

The S2000 seen here is the last-of-the-line Edition 100 model, boasting 17-inch alloys and Grand Prix white paint. It could hit 62mph in 6.2 seconds and keep going to 150mph.

The plasticky – and rather cramped – interior is where the S2000 shows its age. But it’s still a real treat to drive: an analogue sports car in an increasingly digital age. The Telegraph said: “The S2000 begs to driven hard and the experience of doing so generously lightens the weight of life’s struggle.” Blimey.

Honda NSX (2005)

Honda NSX (2005)

When the Honda NSX was launched in 1990, it was revolutionary – something that is starting to become a theme of this gallery. Its aluminium construction was a first for a mass-produced car, and it boasted a chassis tuned with input from none other than F1 champ Ayrton Senna.

The first-generation model was axed in 2005 as sales declined, making this example on Honda’s heritage fleet one of the very last. Recently subject to a heavy rebuild following an incident involving a wet test track and an over-eager journo, MY05 NSX is showing just 30,000 miles on the clock.

Powered by a 3.2-litre VTEC engine, the NSX produced 280hp and could hit 62mph in 5.7 seconds. Being a later model, it used a slick six-speed manual gearbox and, unfortunately, lost the pop-up lights of the original model.

Honda NSX (1990)

Honda NSX (1990)

And talking of the original… Honda’s got one on its fleet. Designed to be a Ferrari-beater (in terms of performance, usability, reliability and well, everything really), the NSX was originally powered by a 3.0-litre quad-cam 24-valve VTEC V6.

And hasn’t it aged well? Its angular looks with pop-up headlights look as good today as they did 26 years ago – although the lack of a Ferrari badge on the front did put some buyers off.

The inside doesn’t look quite as special, although it does feel it – sitting low down and a long way forward with the engine positioned behind you. It’s a shame this one uses the four-speed ‘F-matic’ automatic gearbox.

Honda Insight

Honda Insight

In 1999, Honda introduced this weird futuristic thing called the Insight. A quirky hybrid-powered car with bold looks and only two seats, the Insight preceded the more mainstream (and more successful) Prius by a few months.

By combining a tiny 67hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with an electric motor, Honda claimed the Insight was quick enough to rival conventional 1.5-litre cars. It was seriously innovative for its time – featuring regenerative braking, stop-start and even electric power steering.

This example in Honda’s heritage collection is in mint condition and was previously owned by a Honda employee. With around 250 officially sold in the UK, it has to be one of the best in the country.

Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

Launched in 2010 as a spiritual successor to the Honda CR-X, the three-door CR-Z coupe featured a hybrid powertrain. This combined a 1.5-litre petrol VTEC engine with an electric motor – but performance was a smidgen disappointing, taking close to 10 seconds to hit 62mph.

With performance not living up to its appearance, and the compact coupe body resulting in poor practicality (and appalling visibility) the CR-Z sold in relatively small numbers in the UK. Its price tag of more than £20,000 probably didn’t help matters either. Not when you could pick up the excellent Ford Fiesta ST for £17,000.

But let’s not be entirely down about the CR-Z. Its hybrid powertrain was genuinely innovative at a time when everyone was buying diesel, and 56.5mpg was excellent for a sporty(ish) car. It also handled brilliantly.

Honda Civic Type R Mugen

Honda Civic Type R Mugen

Aftermarket tuning company Mugen was established in 1973 by Hirotoshi Honda – the son of Honda Motor Company founder Soichiro Honda. Although not owned by Honda, Mugen has worked closely over the years to provide performance variants of its models. One of which is this: the Honda Civic Type R Mugen.

Only 20 of these were ever built, with each one precision engineered in the UK by Mugen Euro and built to customer specifications – with a starting price of more than £40,000. The regular 2.0-litre VTEC engine was tuned to produce 240hp, using bespoke pistons, camshafts and an ECU remap, while the exhaust, wheels, brakes, suspension and gearbox all received the Mugen treatment.

The result was a hot hatch that could hit 62mph in 6.0 seconds flat and was described by Top Gear magazine as “so in tune with your every movement that you don’t so much drive it as simply think it around the track”.

Honda CR-Z Mugen

Honda CR-Z Mugen

Despite its sporty looks, the standard hybrid CR-Z was never a particularly dynamic car to drive. Mugen experimented with a hot interpretation, which supercharged the 1.5-litre petrol engine to produce 200hp (up from a lacklustre 124hp).

Around 50kg was shaved off the CR-Z’s kerb weight, while stiffer springs with adjustable dampers sharpened up the handling – helped, as well, by the addition of a limited-slip diff.

A unique Mugen exhaust means the CR-Z sounds the part, while its bodykit has a look of Max Power about it. This is aided by the lightweight 17-inch alloys and carbonfibre bonnet and doors.

To see more pictures of Honda’s heritage collection, click through our gallery on MSN Cars

The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UKPut simply: Apple CarPlay mirrors selected features on an iPhone and puts them on a car’s built-in display. It allows you to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music on the go. Best of all, it’s a plug-in-and-play system, so you won’t have to go through a laborious syncing routine. The list of cars available with Apple CarPlay is growing all the time, so we’ve selected 40 of our favourites.

Audi A4The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Can’t decide between the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE? Maybe the fact that the A4 is available with Apple CarPlay will swing things in the direction of Ingolstadt. Apple CarPlay and Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit is our idea of geek heaven.

Audi Q2The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Audi Q2 is one of those cars you know will sell like very hot cakes. It manages to combine two things that are in great demand: the Audi badge and the compact SUV. Throw into the mix the availability of Apple CarPlay and you have the recipe for the most trendy set of wheels this autumn.

Bentley BentaygaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

If you’re spending well over £150,000 on a Bentley Boutique Hotel Room you have every right to expect Apple CarPlay. In fact, we think you have every right to expect the entire contents of an Apple Store.

Cadillac CT6The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Selected Cadillac models are available to order in the UK, but right-hand drive isn’t an option. The CT6 is larger than an E-Class, but smaller than an S-Class and offers Apple CarPlay via a large 12-inch screen.

Citroen C3The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

It’s fair to say we’re a little bit excited about the all-new Citroen C3. Its chunky and funky crossover-esque styling should give it an edge over rival superminis, while the Airbumps are taken from the much-loved C4 Cactus. Along with Apple CarPlay, the C3 also features an on-board dashcam, allowing you to film your drive and share it on social media.

Citroen Berlingo MultispaceThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Remember the Citroen Berlingo Multispace? The van-based MPV is one of four Citroen models to offer Apple CarPlay.

Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand C4 PicassoThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The recently refreshed C4 Picasso and the larger Grand C4 Picasso also offer Apple CarPlay connectivity via the Mirror Screen.

DS 3/DS 3 CabrioThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

There’s good news if you fancy a DS 3 but don’t want to spend much more than the £14,395 for the entry-level Chic with a PureTech petrol engine. A Mirror Screen with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay is available for just £100 across the entire range. It could be the only option you need.

Ferrari 488 GTB/SpiderThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Admittedly, the availability of Apple CarPlay is not going to be high on the list of priorities when you’re ordering a Ferrari 488 GTB or 488 Spider, but it’s good to know you can sync your iPhone should you grow tired of that turbocharged V8 soundtrack.

Ferrari California TThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Meanwhile, Apple CarPlay is also available on the Ferrari California T…

Ferrari F12tdfThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

As well as the new F12tdf. This track-focused Ferrari is the ultimate version of the F12 Berlinetta and only 799 will be built.

Ferrari GTC4LussoThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

We conclude our Ferrari love-in with the GTC4Lusso – the name chosen for the new version of the FF. The GTC4Lusso is focused on the number four – four seats, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer. But you only get one Apple CarPlay.

Ford EdgeThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Ford has confirmed that all of its 2017 cars will feature support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This includes electric vehicles, light commercial vehicles and pick-ups. It’s part of Ford’s Sync 3 system.

Ford FiestaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

“Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only, “ said Jeffrey Hannah, director of North America for global automotive tech research firm, SBD.

Ford FocusThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Which is why Apple’s website lists the entire range of Ford vehicles for 2017…

Ford Mustang17_Apple_CarPlay

Cynically, we could suggest that Apple CarPlay is best reserved for the 2.3-litre Mustang, as you won’t need it on the 5.0-litre V8 version. But we won’t…

Honda NSXThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Alternatively, the Honda Connect system in the all-new NSX will allow for the operation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also features Apple’s Siri Eyes Free, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel when perfecting that turn on your favourite B-road.

Hyundai i10The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Hyundai has been a bit slow adding Apple CarPlay to its cars in the UK, with the North American market leading the way. All that is set to change, with the latest version of the i10 – to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show – adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 7-inch touchscreen navigation system. Hyundai says it will be available on the ‘high trim only’.

Hyundai IoniqThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Ioniq is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius and is available from £19,995. You’ll need to jump to the more expensive Premium spec to get your hands on a seven-inch touchscreen, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay.

Kia Optima SportswagonThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Sportswagon is a fancy name for the new Kia Optima estate, which goes on sale in September 2016. A full suite of connectivity and active driver assistance technologies are available, but while Android Auto is offered from launch, you’ll have to wait until ‘later in the production run’ to take advantage of Apple CarPlay.

Lamborghini CentenarioThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Lamborghini has built the Centenario to mark what would have been founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Only 40 will be built – 20 coupes and 20 roadsters – all of which have been sold. The not so small matter of £1.6m+ secures a 770hp V12 engine and a body built entirely of carbonfibre. Apple CarPlay comes as standard.

Mercedes-Benz GLSThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The GLS is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz range of SUVs – positioned as the S-Class of the segment. As you’d expect from an SUV starting from £70,000, Apple CarPlay is available on the GLS. For best results, make sure you add the sublime Harman Kardon surround system to the mix.

Mercedes-Benz E-ClassThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Order a Mercedes-Benz E-Class in 350d or 350e guise to take advantage of the COMAND Online system, which features a 12.3-inch display including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Peugeot 2008The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Peugeot has updated its 2008 crossover for 2016 and its Mirror Screen is now compatible with Apple CarPlay for the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.

Peugeot 208The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

If you’re after Apple CarPlay in a Peugeot 208, you just need to make sure it was built after November 2016. Check with your local dealer for more details.

Porsche 718 Cayman/BoxsterThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

If the sound of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn’t float your boat, you’ll be pleased to know the 718 Cayman and Boxster models are available with Apple CarPlay.

Porsche 911The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Porsche Connect Plus system is available from the 911 Carrera up and includes online navigation, Apple CarPlay, 4G telephone module and wireless internet access.

Porsche MacanThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

It’s a similar story in the Porsche Macan, with Apple CarPlay available in the sporting SUV. It’s also worth noting that the recently revised Panamera also offers CarPlay connectivity.

SEAT AtecaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

With the exception of the Mii city car, SEAT offers Apple CarPlay connectivity across its range of cars, but our pick would be the new Ateca – the Spanish firm’s first SUV.

Skoda FabiaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Skoda Fabia is the value alternative to the Volkswagen Polo and is available with Apple CarPlay.

Skoda OctaviaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

It’s a similar story in the Skoda Octavia…

Skoda SuperbThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

As well as the flagship Skoda Superb. In fact, Apple CarPlay is available across the entire Skoda range, with only the Citigo left out of the party.

Suzuki BalenoThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

The Suzuki Baleno provides the proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get your hands on Apple CarPlay. Prices of the supermini start at £12,999 and the cars feature a user-friendly touchscreen with smartphone integration.

Suzuki VitaraThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

It’s a similar story in the Suzuki Vitara crossover, with smartphone linkage available in all but the entry-level model.

Vauxhall AstraThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers a 7-inch colour touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Opt for the SRi and Elite models to take advantage of on-board wifi.

Vauxhall CorsaThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

You’ll also find Apple CarPlay as standard on the new Vauxhall Corsa.

Volkswagen GolfThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Volkswagen claims to be the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect smartphones: MirrorLink, Android Auto and, of course, Apple CarPlay. There are far too many Volkswagen models to list here, so we’ll include the evergreen Golf…

Volkswagen TiguanThe top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

You’ll also find Apple CarPlay on the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s part of the Car-Net App Connect services, with can be used with the following infotainment systems: Composition Media, Discover Navigation and Discover Navigation Pro.

Volvo XC90The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

Earlier this year, Volvo added Apple CarPlay to the XC90, allowing iPhone owners to pair their phones with the excellent Sensus Connect infotainment system. The upgrade costs £300.

Volvo S90/V90The top 40 cars available with Apple CarPlay in the UK

You’ll also have to part with £300 to secure Apple CarPlay on the new S90 and V90 models, with the upgrade adding two USB ports and one Aux. input.

For up-to-date information on Apple CarPlay, check manufacturer websites or speak to your local dealer.

Jaguar invites buyers to conduct their own group tests

Jaguar invites buyers to conduct their own group tests

Jaguar invites buyers to conduct their own group tests

Jaguar is inviting UK car buyers to visit its showrooms this September and try a new XE head to head with its three main competitors.

The British manufacturer has gathered 250 examples of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class models and is allowing potential XE buyers to compare them like-for-like at their nearest Jaguar dealership.

“Our offer is simple,” explains Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Jeremy Hicks. “If you are interested in test driving a Jaguar XE, but are uncertain about how it will compare against its key rivals, then contact your local Jaguar retailer and arrange your own personal group test.

“It’s a bold move, never done before by a manufacturer in the UK, but the Jaguar XE speaks for itself. It is the best looking car in its class, appealing to the heart but with class-leading running costs that add up to a shrewd financial purchase.”

When Motoring Research reviewed a Jaguar XE 2.0d 180, we concluded that, “if we had to make a call right now [against a BMW 320d], we’d give it to the Jaguar.”

Improvements for the 2017 model year Jaguar XE include the addition of a four-wheel-drive model and a (much-needed) new InControl Touch Pro 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Hicks added: “It’s a class leader across the key measures of efficiency, performance and cost of ownership and absolutely holds its own in the most hotly contested sector of the market against the most established players in the world. We know it, the critics know it, now it’s time for car buyers across the UK to know it – and crucially, experience it – for themselves.”

Car buyers wanting to take the Jaguar XE Challenge, which takes place 2 – 4 September, can register their interest on Jaguar’s website.

Thieves steal doors and bonnet from a police Land Rover

Thieves steal doors and bonnet from a police Land Rover

Thieves steal doors and bonnet from a police Land Rover

Land Rover Defenders are like huge Meccano kits – easy to take apart using little more than a spanner and can of WD40.

They’re often stolen by specialist thieves looking to make money by breaking the desirable off roader for parts – but some brazen crims in Leicestershire have stolen parts from a Defender on the side of the road, leaving the bare shell for its owners to find the next day.

And to make the crime even more daring, the target Defender was owned by Leicestershire Police – and parked outside a village police station.

The Defender, which was reportedly loaned to the police force by Sturgess Land Rover, was discovered on Friday morning, with five doors, its bonnet and headlight surrounds missing.

It was finished in distinctive police livery and was used for rural policing duties such as poaching or theft of agricultural machinery.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “We are investigating an incident of theft from a motor vehicle.

“It is believed to have happened between 11pm on Thursday and 5.45am the following morning. The Land Rover Defender was parked in Shenton Lane, Market Bosworth.

“It was discovered with its doors and bonnet, which contained Leicestershire Police livery, missing.

“Enquiries into the theft are continuing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call PC 207 Rob Cross on 101.”

Values of the Land Rover Defender have rocketed since production ended earlier this year. Police have issued several warnings in recent months as criminals are targeting old Land Rovers to ship abroad or break for parts.

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 previewSalon Privé is billed as ‘the UK’s most exclusive automotive garden party, as well as one of the most glamorous social occasions on the calendar’. Set in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, this is a distinctly well-dressed car show. So grab a glass of champers and wipe the lobster thermidor from your chin as we take you through what you can expect.

‘See it, test it, drive it’Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The big news for 2016 is the introduction of an all-new ‘see it, test it, drive it’ programme. It allows guests to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious cars, including Abarth, Bentley, BMW, Lamborghini, Lexus, Morgan, Overfinch and Tesla.

Test drives and passenger ridesSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Alongside the Lamborghini Huracan, Tesla Model S, BMW i8 and Abarth 124 Spider will be the new Bentley Bentayga. In standard ‘if your name’s not down…’ style, test drives are open to those who have bought a hospitality ticket, something that will cost in the region of £300. Bentley will be hoping to add ‘buy it’ to ‘see it, test it, drive it’.

Best concours show field ever?Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Of course, the main focus of Salon Privé is the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance, with the event organisers claiming it could be ‘its best concours show field ever’. A standout entry is a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico. This car was shown on the Pininfarina stand at the 1962 Turin Auto Show.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe AerodinamicoSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Later in 1962 it was sold to American racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt, who added a leather bolster between the front seats for his children, along with a grab handle for his wife. Other Ferraris on show at Salon Privé include a 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype, 250 GT Series II Pininfarina Cabriolet, 275 GTB/4 and a 365 GTB/4.

Maserati A6 GCS BerlinettaSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

This 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta is the third of just four cars built and the only one remaining in authentic, original condition. This very car was exhibited at the 1954 Paris Motor Show and competed in the Mille Miglia in 1955. To add to its provenance, it was awarded Best of Show at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza, Villa D’Este.

BMW 507Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Elvis Presley famously owned a BMW 507 while on military service in Germany and that very car – fresh from restoration – was on display at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Meanwhile, at Salon Privé, BMW UK will be displaying a 507 of its own, which was also treated to a full restoration.

Concours d’EleganceSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Concours d’Elegance is split into a number of classes, including ‘European Grand Tourers’, ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘80s Dream Machines’ and ‘The Great V12 Ferraris’. Eighteen of the world’s foremost automotive professionals will be judging the entries, headed by chief judge and five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell.

50 Years of the Lamborghini MiuraSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé will also celebrate 50 years of the Lamborghini Miura with a special class in the Concours d’Elegance. On display will be the original Miura SV shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, along with two other Miuras. The event organisers will be advising drivers to avoid tunnels, whilst giving bulldozers a wide berth.

Lamborghini Centenario CoupeSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Lamborghini Centenario Coupe will make its UK public debut at Salon Privé. Built to mark what would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, only 20 examples will be built, along with 20 roadster versions. The Centenario features the most powerful V12 engine in the firm’s history and can sprint to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Bristol BulletSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Another car making its UK public debut is the new Bristol Bullet. The V8-engined roadster marks 70 years since the birth of Bristol Cars in 1947 and only 70 will be made. The 375hp Bullet weighs just 1,250kg and has a top speed of 155mph. Expect to part with around £250,000 if you fancy getting your hands on a Bristol.

Morgan 1909 Edition EV3Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Morgan 1909 Edition EV3 will make its global debut at Salon Prive. Just 19 of these bespoke electric three-wheelers will be available, each one fitted with a bespoke driving kit from Alexander McQueen, Dents and Belstaff. Launched in conjunction with Selfridges, the name signifies the birth years of both brands.

Pirelli Prestige and Performance CompetitionSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition features 80 different models from 25 automotive brands. Acting as a centrepiece to the Supercar Show on Saturday 3rd September, the event is a modern-day twist on a Concours d’Elegance, with a range of different classes. These include ‘The Best of Group B Rallying’, ‘To the Track and Back’ and ‘How Fast is Fast Enough?’.

Tribute to the Lamborghini DiabloSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Ten of Sant’Agata’s finest vehicles will line up in the Tribute to the Lamborghini Diablo, including a 6.0 VT Final Edition, limited edition SE30 and the chassis number 001 SVR.

The Best of Group B RallyingSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Lining up in ‘The Best of Group B Rallying’ class will be two Lancia 037s, two Ferrari 308 GTBs, an Audi Sport Quattro and an MG Metro 6R4. Meanwhile, in the ‘Rival Supercars from the 80 and 90s’ class, you can expect to find the likes of the McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, Lamborghini Countach and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Combined ticket availableSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Judges include Quentin Willson, automotive designer Matthew Humphries, journalist Steve Cropley and Pirelli’s Matteo Barbieri. Visitors wishing to take in the Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition and the full range of supercars, hypercars and classic cars within Salon Privé can buy a special combined ticket for £114. This allows guests access to Salon Prive from 14.30 onwards.

Koenigsegg Agera RSSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

A rather special Koenigsegg Agera RS will make an appearance at Salon Prive. Not only is it the first European car, it also features a host of modifications, including a carbonfibre tub chassis painted in the same finish as the exterior. You’ll also find blue Alcantara and gold highlights in the cabin. Alongside the Agera RS (pictured here at the Geneva Motor Show), you can expect to see the last ever Agera R and a One:1.

Citroen D Super 5Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Not to be confused with a Citroen DS, the D Super was actually a rebadged version of the lower-spec ID and was introduced in 1970. This 1973 Super 5 is one of the star lots at the Silverstone Auctions Salon Privé Sale and is expected to fetch between £75,000 and £90,000.

Other highlightsSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

If that’s not enough, Tesla will showcase its Model X in P100D guise, while JLR will be exhibiting SVR versions of the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type. But in truth, the main attraction is the Concours d’Elegance, where you’ll find anything from a Ferrari F40 to a BSA Gold Star, or a Bentley Streamliner to a Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring.

Tickets still available…Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

At the time of writing, tickets are still available online. Thursday is the Concours d’Elegance judging day, Friday is Ladies’ Day, while Saturday is Supercar Show Day. Guests are advised to ‘dress smartly’, with ladies asked to wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator ‘if you want to be considered for a prize’ on Ladies’ Day. Remember, the event kicks off on 1st September 2016.

Skoda Kodiaq interior

Skoda reveals Kodiaq 7-seat large SUV interior

Skoda Kodiaq interior

Skoda has revealed the interior of its new seven-seat Kodiaq SUV ahead of its world debut in Berlin this week and public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month.

The inside of the Nissan X-Trail rival appears to be pleasingly upmarket: something that will come as no surprise to anyone who’s sat inside the firm’s latest Superb model.

We can see a familiar VW Group infotainment screen in the centre of the dash, bordered by chunky air vents and a myriad of safety assistance buttons.

It’s practical, too – its 4.7-metre length and 1.88-metre width aiding a 720-litre boot space (increasing to 2,065-litres with the seats folded).

For the first time in a Skoda, the Kodiaq will be available with seven seats: squaring it firmly against the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe.

Skoda Kodiaq interior

Based on the same flexible MQB platform as the latest Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Superb, the large SUV is expected to start at around £25,000.

Engine line-ups are yet to be confirmed, although expect a variety of familiar VW Group petrol and diesels. It’s also likely to be offered with four- and two-wheel drive.

Orders for the Skoda Kodiaq will open after September’s Paris Motor Show, with deliveries expected in the UK from early 2017.

Classic car company boss gives firm to staff

Classic car company boss gives firm to staff

Classic car company boss gives firm to staff

The owner of a classic car restoration company has given the firm to its staff as part of a John Lewis-style trust.

Classic Motor Cars Ltd, based in Shropshire, employs more than 60 staff, restoring historic Jaguars and a variety of other classic cars. Last year it turned over £5.2 million.

The company was established in 1993 by chairman Peter Neumark, who has now decided to retire – transferring his majority sharehold into a new entity, The Classic Motor Cars Ltd Employee Shareholder Trust.

He said: “I am nearer seventy than sixty and Nick Goldthorp, who founded this great business with me and has been largely responsible for where we are today, is now approaching retirement age, so we felt we had a duty to oversee a passing of responsibility, and who better than the workforce themselves.

“This sort of structure best exemplified by the John Lewis Partnership was deemed to be the best home for the company to ensure its future, safeguarding the jobs of its highly skilled workforce and providing stability for future growth and prosperity.”

An operational board will oversee the day-to-day running of the business, reporting to a board of trustees who are responsible for ensuring it’s being run in the employees’ best interests.

Neumark added: “Virtually every example of an employee-owned trust business we looked at showed greater profitability, greater productivity, better staff retention and ultimately of course happier customers.

“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved and I look forward to watching the company continue to set the standards for world-class car restoration.”

More than 22 classic car restorations are taking place at CMC, including Aston Martins, Jaguars and Lancias.

Past projects to be given the CMC treatment include the oldest Jaguar E-Type left in existence: 9600 HP, a prototype shown at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

Qash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

Qash converter: Nissan creates world’s largest 3D pen sculpture

Qash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen scultureWe quite like the Qashqai, but we’d never call Nissan’s high-riding hatchback a work of art… until now.

Artists have created the world’s largest 3D pen sculpture: a full-size replica of the new Qashqai Black Edition. The car was ‘drawn’ using advanced 3Doodler pens and consists of more than 8.6 miles of plastic strands.

Pens are the latest tech from the 3D printing industry – expected to be worth £13 billion by 2020. They work by heating plastic to 230°C, then squeezing it through a 0.7mm nozzle as it cools. As such, they allow three-dimensional shapes to be drawn in the air.

Definitely not mass-producedQash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

Led by artist Grace Du Prez, the Qashqai sculpture took more than 800 man-hours to create. Compare that to the 58 Qashqais that emerge from Nissan’s Sunderland factory every hour.

Grace Du Prez said: “I’ve been drawing with 3Doodler’s pens for a few years now, but this is by far and away my most ambitious commission to date. It demonstrates how far 3D printing technology has come and how it can be used by anyone.”

Koji Nagano, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe, commented: “At Nissan we always encourage initiatives where design can be expressed through new and innovative technologies. This artistic team have certainly pushed the boundaries of 3D pen technology in creating an impressive sculpture of our premium Qashqai Black Edition.”

Paint it blackQash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

As for the real Nissan Qashqai Black Edition, that’s on sale now. Based on flagship Tekna model, it gets 19-inch alloys, a few subtle styling tweaks and the option of a panoramic glass sunroof. Can we have ours with a 3D-printed spoiler on the back? No, thought not…

Qash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

Qash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculpture

Qash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen scultureWe quite like the Qashqai, but we’d never call Nissan’s high-riding hatchback a work of art… until now.

Artists have created the world’s largest 3D pen sculpture: a full-size replica of the new Qashqai Black Edition. The car was ‘drawn’ using advanced 3Doodler pens and consists of more than 8.6 miles of plastic strands.

Pens are the latest tech from the 3D printing industry – expected to be worth £13 billion by 2020. They work by heating plastic to 230°C, then squeezing it through a 0.7mm nozzle as it cools. As such, they allow three-dimensional shapes to be drawn in the air.

Definitely not mass-producedQash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

Led by artist Grace Du Prez, the Qashqai sculpture took more than 800 man-hours to create. Compare that to the 58 Qashqais that emerge from Nissan’s Sunderland factory every hour.

Grace Du Prez said: “I’ve been drawing with 3Doodler’s pens for a few years now, but this is by far and away my most ambitious commission to date. It demonstrates how far 3D printing technology has come and how it can be used by anyone.”

Koji Nagano, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe, commented: “At Nissan we always encourage initiatives where design can be expressed through new and innovative technologies. This artistic team have certainly pushed the boundaries of 3D pen technology in creating an impressive sculpture of our premium Qashqai Black Edition.”

Paint it blackQash converter: Nissan creates world's largest 3D pen sculture

As for the real Nissan Qashqai Black Edition, that’s on sale now. Based on flagship Tekna model, it gets 19-inch alloys, a few subtle styling tweaks and the option of a panoramic glass sunroof. Can we have ours with a 3D-printed spoiler on the back? No, thought not…

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Just months after he quit the latest series of Top Gear following a ratings flop, Chris Evans showed fans he can still put on a good show – with thousands headings to Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire for the annual CarFest show.

Established by the Radio 2 breakfast presenter in 2012 to raise money for Children in Need, two CarFests are held every year – CarFest North (in Cheshire) and CarFest South (in Hampshire).

So far, CarFest has raised £6.7 million for Children in Need. Weekend family camping tickets cost more than £300, with at least 25% of ticket prices (and any profits made) going to the charity.

Supercars

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

So what were the highlights at this year’s CarFest South? Visitors could see supercars such as the Jaguar XJ220 and Ferrari F40 up close in the paddock.

Hillclimb

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

It wasn’t all stationary cars, either – with a variety of classics, supercars and even F1 cars going up the hillclimb.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Evans tried to sell his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica at auction last year – but failed. He pleased crowds with it at CarFest – while his children drove a miniature version.

Food Fair

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

For those not as interested in cars, or just wanting a break from the track action, CarFest’s Food Fair featured a variety of live demos including a roast challenge and a pie eating competition.

James Martin

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Celebrity chef James Martin is a regular at the event – appearing this year in his Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Jody Scheckter

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Former F1 champ Jody Scheckter owns Laverstock Farm, where CarFest South is held. Here he is going up the hill in his 1958 Porsche tractor.

Aston Martin Vulcan

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Spectators were treated to this rare Aston Martin Vulcan roaring up the hill. Just 24 have been sold worldwide.

Drifting displays

In pictures: Chris Evans’ CarFest South 2016

Drifting displays entertained young and old – and yes, that is a taxi you can see in the background.

Click through our gallery on MSN Cars to see more pictures from CarFest South 2016