The 2016 London Motor Show opens for preview on 5 May, with public days on Friday 6-Sunday 8 May. It’s held at Battersea Park, London. Book tickets from £15.

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London Motor Show 2018: ‘Britain’s motoring event of the year’

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Former Stig, Ben Collins, praised its “fantastic atmosphere”, while Mike Rutherford (no, not the Genesis guitarist), called it “the motoring event of the year”.

Yes, the London Motor Show is underway, with the organisers promising a “phenomenal event in London for car enthusiasts alike”. Never able to resist a party with a fantastic atmosphere, we took a trip to ExCeL to check out the motoring event to beat all motoring events. Probably.

Whitby Morrison

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No party is complete without a bowl of jelly and ice cream, so if you bring the jelly, Whitby Morrison will provide the ice cream.The British manufacturer, famous for producing ice cream vans for the global market, is showcasing its latest model, based on the Mercedes-Benz 314 SWB.

Never one to miss the opportunity to deliver a witty pun, Alec Mumford, chairman of the London Motor Show, said the presence of Whitby Morrison is sure to “whip up a storm”. While it’s not clear if you’ll be able to send the sound of Greensleeves reverberating around ExCeL, visitors are invited to climb aboard the van to pretend to make a Mr Whippy.

2CVat70

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From a British institution to a French icon: meet the 2CVat70. Built to mark the 70th anniversary of the Citroen 2CV, this British-built project was designed to set a record for the world’s smallest food truck. It’s fresh – fresh… food… geddit? – from its debut at Bicester Heritage, where it was flown in by helicopter.

A team of people completed the conversion over the course of three months, transforming the 2CV Dolly into a fully functioning kitchen. Disappointingly, Alec Mumford missed a chance to deliver a 2CV or food-related quip, saying: “We are delighted that the public visitors to this year’s show will be the first to marvel at this characterful reform”. Come on, Alec, not even something about a ‘Trolley Dolly’, ‘eggs in one basket’, or even ‘viande de cheval’.

RS Motorhomes Envoy

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It’s got the name of a hot hatch, the price tag of a supercar, and a set of roof-mounted LEDs designed to upset the nation’s Audi drivers. It’s the £285,000 RS Envoy, and it’s based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz Atego. The 8-berth motorhome features a full-size kitchen, washroom, Sky HD, central heating and a 440-litre fresh water tank. Goldfish are optional.

Missing the chance to make a comment about this being a ‘special Envoy’, Alec Mumford said: “RS Motorhomes are at the very height of luxury in the leisure and motorsport market. To have this great British brand displayed at what will be a very patriotic London Motor Show is a real honour.” We have to retract our comment about Alec never missing the chance to deliver a witty pun.

The ‘flying’ MG ZS

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Sticking with the patriotic theme, this is the thoroughly British MG ZS SUV, assembled in China by MG’s Chinese owners, SAIC. According to MG, the ZS is “flying out of the brand’s dealerships across the UK”, which might account for the rise in the number of UFOs spotted since the car was launched in November.

Sadly, the MG ZS is unable to take flight, but prices start from £12,495 for the Explore model, increasing to £17,495 for the Exclusive with an automatic transmission. Alec Mumford said: “We are thrilled that the stunning MG ZS will be at the show to represent the brand. It is particularly pleasing to see a manufacturer roll out reliable vehicles that are supported by faithful warranties.” Meanwhile, the brilliantly-named Daniel Gregorious of MG Motor UK, said: “Our full range of cars will be on display and visitors to our stand will be impressed by the style, quality and price of our modern MG models.”

The ‘seriously impressive’ TVR Griffith

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It shares its name with Hollywood actress Melanie Griffith, but while she is known for going Crazy in Alabama, the TVR can go crazy just about anywhere. It’s powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing around 500hp, which is enough to propel the Griffith to 62mph in under four seconds, before hitting a top speed of over 200mph.

“TVR is just about as British as it gets!” said exclamation mark enthusiast, Alec Mumford. “The new Griffith is a seriously impressive machine that perfectly captures the iconic spirit of TVR, and we are very excited to have it on display surrounded by its compatriots.”

Mustang GT500CS

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The Mustang GT500CS is built using an original 1967 Ford chassis and features a coachbuilt body finished in Magnetic Metallic paint. Power is sourced from a 5.4-litre V8 producing 520hp, while the price can range from £190,000 to £300,000 depending on specification. The London Motor Show car has a build price of around £250,000, making it slightly cheaper than the RS Envoy, but more expensive than the “stunning” MG ZS.

QWest Shooting Brake

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It has too many doors to be a true shooting brake, but the QWest is certainly quick enough for the gentleman racer. Carbon fibre coachbuilders QWest took a standard Tesla Model S 90D before creating a bespoke tailgate, rear roof section and D-pillar. The result is a Model S wagon that’s 12kg lighter than the donor car.

It’ll hit 60mph quicker than Alec Mumford can conjure up another quote. Speaking of which: “We’re delighted to have the world’s first Tesla-based Shooting Brake coming to the capital. This is a serious feat of engineering, using the very latest technology”. The 0-60mph time, in case you were wondering, is just 2.8 seconds.

Supacat HMT 400

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The Supacat HMT 400 is already well proven in the harsh terrain of the Afghanistan battle ground, so it should have no problems dealing with few Instagram posts at ExCeL. Designed in the late 1990s, the Devon-built machine is arguably the most rugged thing to come out of the West Country since Ben Ainslie.

Dubbed the ‘Jackal’ by the British Armed Forces, we’re tempted to say there are four days of the Jackal at the London Motor Show, but that would be a poor attempt at a movie-based pun. The HMT 400 features air suspension and is supplied with an optional mine blast and ballistic protection kit.

Lister Thunder

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Unveiled at the Historic Motorsport International earlier this year, the Lister Thunder is returning to ExCeL for the London Motor Show. The F-Type-based Thunder is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine developing a devilish 666hp, which is enough for a top speed of 208mph.

The Cambridgeshire-based company will build 99 examples, each one with a price tag just shy of £140,000. “Visitors are making a bolt for the Lister stand and the Thunder is going down a storm. I expect the cars to be sold out in lightning-quick time.” Sadly, Alec Mumford didn’t say any of this.

Eagle E-Type

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Founded in 1984, Eagle is recognised as one of the leading E-Type restorers, famed for its evolutions of the legendary Jaguar. At the London Motor Show, you’ll find the Speedster E-Type as well as a regular E-Type Coupe. Eagle restores bespoke “zero mile, better than new” E-Types to suit customer preferences.

Of the Eagle Speedster, Jeremy Clarkson once claimed that it’s probably the most beautiful car he had ever seen, before changing his mind and declaring it the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. This was before he had clapped eyes on the ‘stunning’ MG ZS.

Kia Ceed

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Clarkson is unlikely to be quite so gushing about the Kia Ceed, but it’s certainly not a bad looking five-door hatchback. Just don’t mention the resemblance to the Mk4 Ford Focus. The new Ceed is making its UK debut at the London Motor Show, alternatively known as “Britain’s motoring event of the year”. © Mike Rutherford, World Car of the Year juror, director and vice-chairman.

We asked the other Mike Rutherford for his views on the Kia Ceed, but he was too busy with his mechanics. Meanwhile, motoring’s Mike Rutherford said: “The Kia Stinger came close to winning the World Car of the Year title in 2018. And the all-new Ceed looks like it will be a contender for the gong in 2019.”

Aston Martin Vanquish S Red10

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The Aston Martin Vanquish S Red10 was offered to the public in a raffle where more than 70,000 tickets were bought and over £1.5 million was raised for the RAF Benevolent Fund. It pays homage to the Royal Air Force and Red Arrows Display Team.

The car’s owner and raffle winner, Humphrey Bradley, said: “I was totally shocked to win such an incredible prize – absolutely gobsmacked. I am honoured to have supported a service charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund undertakes some truly incredible work supporting the RAF family. From those on RAF Stations to those veterans in care homes and everyone in between, they really are there for those that need help, every step of the way.”

The best motoring event… in the world

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‘Britain’s motoring event of the year’ is on now until 20 May 2018. Tickets start at £22.50 and one child (under 17) goes free with a paying adult. ExCeL is located close to London City Airport, which is far enough away from Windsor and Wembley not to be affected by the other big events happening this weekend. Keep clicking for more pics.

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2016 London Motor Show

2016 London Motor Show in pictures

2016 London Motor ShowThe 2016 London Motor Show runs this weekend at Battersea Park, bringing a new car show back to the British capital for the first time in almost a decade.

Entry costs £20 on the gate, with children under 11 going in for free, and organisers are promising more than 130 cars from 35 different brands – and there’s more than a few models that are making their British debut in London this weekend.

We visited press preview day to see what visitors can look forward to – discovering more than a few new car surprises along the way…

MG GS reveal at the London Motor Show

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The big news at London was a genuine UK new car reveal – MG chose the London Motor Show to pull the covers off its British-spec GS crossover, ahead of sales starting in the summer.

And what an impressive-looking Nissan Qashqai rival the new MG GS is. With contemporary looks and neat detailing, the smart new MG was very well received by the crowd gathered for its debut.

The new MG will go on sale in June 2016, so will be in dealers sooner than you think. With prices rumoured to be starting from just £15,000, this is the car that could really put the revived MG brand back on the map – and will be a model many will be checking out with interest this weekend at Battersea.

TVR at the London Motor Show

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MG wasn’t the only revived British brand back at Battersea – TVR was also there, making its first motor show appearance in a decade. Chairman Les Edgar and engineering genius Gordon Murray were both on hand to explain what we’ve got to look forward to from the new 5.0-litre V8 Cosworth-tuned sports car.

But one thing TVR did NOT do was pull the covers off the new car – despite this apparently being the final design that will go on sale next year! Instead we had this rather beautiful 1960s Griffith to ogle instead… maybe suggesting the new car will be called Griffith too?

Edgar stressed TVR will be faithful to its history of building loud, powerful, exciting sports car – the firm wants to do what it’s always done, “only do it better”. Exciting times ahead indeed for TVR. We can’t wait to see what’s under the covers…

The cars of the London Motor Show

Now here’s some more images of cars you can see in the metal at the 2016 London Motor Show – with more than a few UK debuts amongst ’em.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

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Aston Martin is represented at the London Motor Show by its London dealer – and we were delighted to see the V12 Vantage on show, complete with recently-announced seven-speed manual gearbox.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8

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The really exciting Aston at London is the new Vantage GT8, just announced at the opening World Endurance Championship sportscar race at Silverstone. It’s a thrilling-looking machine indeed and visitors are lucky to see it up close – they’re already sold out, says Aston…

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

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Beautiful weather is forecast this weekend for the Battersea Park London Motor Show – what better time to show off the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Convinced by a soft-top Rangie yet?

Jaguar F-Pace

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The new Jaguar F-Pace SUV is also being shown in London. It’s reportedly causing quite a stir in UK dealers and is expected to attract plenty of attention at the London Motor Show this weekend.

Bentley Bentayga

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Many will have read plenty about the new Bentley Bentayga but not actually seen one in the metal. At Battersea Park, show-goers have their chance to behind the mighty new ultra-luxury SUV for the first time.

Ford Edge

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We’ve only just driven the new Ford Edge, yet already it’s on show in the UK at the London Motor Show. Ford’s new £30,000 SUV is an impressive machine and it’s sure to attract lots of attention from intrigued Land Rover Discovery Sport owners this weekend at Battersea.

Riversimple RASA

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This is the Riversimple RASA, an ambitious new low-cost hydrogen fuel cell car designed and built in Wales. The owners are aiming to bring hydrogen fuel cell motoring to the (relative) masses with this car: could it be the fuel cell equivalent to London’s old G-Wiz?

Tesla Model S

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Londoners are very familiar with the Tesla Model S, but perhaps not one that looks like this: the just-facelifted version of the luxury EV, complete with new grill-less front end.

Vuhl 05

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Mexican sports car company Vuhl is now finally on sale in the UK and to celebrate this, it’s bought the latest evolution of its 05 model to London. Racing car for the road indeed – it’s hard to believe this £60,000 car is road legal.

Ferrari 488 Spider

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London dealer HR Owen has bought along a couple of exclusive supercars to Battersea. The latest Ferrari 488 Spider is an impressive-looking turbocharged evolution of the 458 Spider that looks suitably impactful in bright yellow.

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

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Even newer is the Spyder version of the Lamborghini Huracan, which is now fully on sale in right-hand drive form. This car is one of the first British models in the country.

MINI Convertible

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The all-new MINI Convertible is at Battersea: again, this car is one of the first to hit British roads. The looks may be evolutionary but it’s a much-improved car under the skin. Here’s hoping they get the roof down for the weekend…

Mitsuoka Viewt

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This beautiful Jaguar Mk2 is on show at… hang on, that’s no Jaguar Mk2! Nope, it’s a Japanese car called a Mitsuoka Viewt, rather improbably based on a Nissan Micra and on sale in the UK from early 2017 if you’re interested…

McLaren 570GT

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The new McLaren 570GT, a fastback version of the brilliant 570S, isn’t even on sale yet, but is on show at Battersea. The side-hinged tailgate is a brilliant feature you just have to check out up close – it’s the most practical McLaren yet. Watch out, Porsche 911?

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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The brand new cars keep on coming at the London Motor Show. This is the Rolls-Royce Dawn, the Goodwood firm’s latest four-seat convertible aimed at ultra-luxury sun-seeking buyers. It’s much, much more than simply a drop-top Wraith.

BMW M4 Competition Package

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How good does this BMW M4 look? It’s wearing the Competition Package kit, an option costing £3,000 and bringing better looks, recalibrated chassis and a power boost to 450hp. 8 in 10 UK M4 are now expected to be Competition Package cars.

Infiniti Q60

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This beautiful new Infiniti is the Q60, the Japanese premium firm’s gorgeous new two-door alternative to a BMW 4 Series Coupe or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. It goes on sale this summer and it’s your first chance to see it in Britain at Battersea.

Caterham 620S

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A rather extreme open-top British sports car is the new Caterham 620S – and this, believe it or not, is the slightly less extreme version of its hardcore 620R. We love the mint green colour and find the promise of 310hp from its supercharged engine rather fascinating…

Chevrolet Camaro

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Fancy a Chevrolet Camaro but don’t want to drive a left-hand drive car in the UK? London dealer Clive Sutton to your rescue – the firm is offering right-hand drive conversions of iconic American cars such as the Camaro muscle car seen here.

The World Car of the Year

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The Mazda MX-5 is the current World Car of the Year and the awards organisers are exhibiting a specially-liveried version at the London Motor Show. You can also find out about its latest new award – World Urban Car of the year.

The European Car of the Year

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Speaking of cars of the year… here’s the Vauxhall Astra, the current European Car of the Year. Where’s the celebratory COTY stickers, Vauxhall?

Toyota Mirai

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The Toyota Mirai is the World Green Car of the Year and Transport for London is at the Battersea Park show with its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai. No shortage of stickers here: with graphics like this, there’s certainly no missing it.

Right-hand drive Eleanor

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Back indoors, this delicious-looking Shelby Mustang GT500 Eleanor looks amazing – and look closely: yes, it really is a right-hand drive model, now on sale through London dealer Clive Sutton.

Nissan GT-R

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We couldn’t resist checking out the Nissan GT-R under the Battersea Evolution lights, even if it is shortly to be replaced by a new model year version.

Also at the London Motor Show…

Mercedes-AMG F1 simulator

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Lewis and Nico are there, in super-size form, to let you have a spin in their F1 racers. We expect it’ll be popular…

Top Gear simulator

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… But some say this Top Gear simulator could be even more popular. All we know is that there’s no missing it.

STOPTHECRASH

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Worried about new car safety? Make sure your new car is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking. This chap will tell you more (or at least give you a flag): behind him, a real-life demonstration of Autonomous Emergency Braking will be running all weekend to convince buyers it’s worth seeking out on their next new car.

 

Mitsuoka Viewt

London Motor Show-goers asked: would you buy this ‘old’ new car?

Mitsuoka ViewtBuoyed by the attention it’s getting from importing the distinctive Mitsuoka Roadster, south east car dealer group TW White is asking London Motor Show visitors if they want more – a 1963 Jaguar Mk2 recreation based on a brand new Nissan Micra automatic.

Called the Mitsuoka Viewt, the remarkable modern-classic new car is on show for the first time at Battersea, with TW White chiefs canvassing opinions on the model with a view to imports beginning, if enough people want it, in early 2017.

Mitsuoka executives have even flown over specially to see the car on show and find out what show-goers think of it.

Mitsuoka Viewt

It’ll be a suitably high-spec car if it does go on sale here, with a standard automatic gearbox, leather interior and, as you can see, lashings of chrome. TW White will offer a full three-year warranty and even include three years’ free servicing.

But it won’t be cheap. Estimated on-the-road price is £27,000. You could buy an actual Jaguar for that – the new XE starts at £26,995.

But the all-aluminium Ian Callum-designed XE doesn’t look anywhere near as distinctive as this micro-sized Jaguar pastiche – you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Indeed, you decide if you want one: if you do, TW White is listening and will happily take your order at the London Motor Show.

Don’t think it’s some new leftfield creation either: Mitsuoka has been building the Viewt since 1993 and has to date sold more than 15,000 of them…

Mitsuoka Viewt

London Motor Show-goers asked: would you buy this 'old' new car?

Mitsuoka ViewtBuoyed by the attention it’s getting from importing the distinctive Mitsuoka Roadster, south east car dealer group TW White is asking London Motor Show visitors if they want more – a 1963 Jaguar Mk2 recreation based on a brand new Nissan Micra automatic.

Called the Mitsuoka Viewt, the remarkable modern-classic new car is on show for the first time at Battersea, with TW White chiefs canvassing opinions on the model with a view to imports beginning, if enough people want it, in early 2017.

Mitsuoka executives have even flown over specially to see the car on show and find out what show-goers think of it.

Mitsuoka Viewt

It’ll be a suitably high-spec car if it does go on sale here, with a standard automatic gearbox, leather interior and, as you can see, lashings of chrome. TW White will offer a full three-year warranty and even include three years’ free servicing.

But it won’t be cheap. Estimated on-the-road price is £27,000. You could buy an actual Jaguar for that – the new XE starts at £26,995.

But the all-aluminium Ian Callum-designed XE doesn’t look anywhere near as distinctive as this micro-sized Jaguar pastiche – you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Indeed, you decide if you want one: if you do, TW White is listening and will happily take your order at the London Motor Show.

Don’t think it’s some new leftfield creation either: Mitsuoka has been building the Viewt since 1993 and has to date sold more than 15,000 of them…

TVR not reveal London Motor Show

New TVR not revealed at London Motor Show

TVR not reveal London Motor ShowThe final design of the new TVR is at the 2016 London Motor Show but company chief Les Edgar has REFUSED to pull the covers off the new sports car!

It’s set to be revealed later this year but it will be customers who get to see it first during private viewings, promised Edgar – as a reward to the hundreds of people who have already placed a deposit on the unseen sports car.

TVR’s first motor show in a decade, Edgar said TVR is back to do what it was doing before – but doing it better than before. “A lot better,” he stressed.

We may not have seen the car but we do know it is going to be “a hairy beast: loud, fast, furious and British”. It will be a true TVR: “Our competition is actually ourselves”. Modern TVR will live up to the drama of the old TVR, “but better than it’s ever been before”.

Gordon Murray speaks

TVR preview Summer 2016

Ace car design legend Gordon Murray was also on hand to not reveal the new TVR: the new sports car is using his company Gordon Murray Design’s iStream construction architecture.

For Murray, it’s a project he’s proud to be involved with. “This is my third British supercar, all of them very different. The McLaren F1 was all about materials and performance, while the lightweight Rocket sports car still holds the world record for lightest ever car – just 370kg.

“Now we’re bringing the muscle car back to the UK.” Carroll Shelby hijacked the AC Ace in the 60s and created the iconic Shelby Cobra, reckons Murray: modern TVR is taking back the legend.

The new TVR is also an antidote to today’s high-tech hypercars, reckons Murray. It will weight 1,150kg, not 1,500kg, and won’t be packed with batteries and KERS.

“This is a pure driver’s car… it will not drive itself, it will need attention. It’s the antidote the self-driving autonomous car.”

STOPTHECRASH

London Motor Show visitors encouraged to ask three ‘life-saving’ questions

STOPTHECRASHVisitors to the 2016 London Motor Show are being encouraged by Thatcham Research, Bosch, Continental and ZF TRW to quiz exhibiting dealers about the safety credentials of cars on display – because doing so could save lives.

The three questions show visitors are being asked to revise and challenge dealers on are:

  1. What Euro NCAP rating does this car have?
  2. Is Autonomous Emergency Braking fitted to this car – and is it standard?
  3. What else should I do to maximise the safety protection offered by this car?

The four organisations want to raise awareness of modern active safety systems, of which many car buyers are simply unaware. Systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking should be the number one priority for those looking at a new car, they reckon: instead, it’s well down the list.

Autonomous Emergency Braking, or AEB, automatically brakes the car when it detects an imminent crash. In the real world, it’s statistically proven to cut rear-end crashes by 38% – yet it’s only standard-fit on a paltry 17% of new British cars. Less than half of new car buyers are adding extra safety features on as options.

That’s why the UK still has such a high toll of rear-end crashes: 100,000 a year.

“In the absence of legislation to make it mandatory, we are encouraging consumers to use the power of choice to ensure that every new car coming onto the road has this life-saving feature fitted,” said Global NCAP secretary general David Ward, a Brit who’ll be attending the show to personally drive home the safety message.

“Research shows that three quarters of all collisions occur at speeds under 20mph: even the most basic AEB system in conjunction with sensible tyre safety could prevent the vast majority of these incidents.”

The three-question challenge for the London Motor Show is part of the Global NCAP #STOPTHECRASH partnership, an initiative charged with cutting car accidents in the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The organisations will be demonstrating the power of Autonomous Emergency Braking in bold fashion at Battersea Park: by running live demonstrations of how the system auto-stops when it detects obstacles ahead.

There will also be a showcase of an online tool hosted by Thatcham Research that allows car buyers to check which new cars have AEB as standard.

Video: What is Autonomous Emergency Braking?

STOPTHECRASH

London Motor Show visitors encouraged to ask three 'life-saving' questions

STOPTHECRASHVisitors to the 2016 London Motor Show are being encouraged by Thatcham Research, Bosch, Continental and ZF TRW to quiz exhibiting dealers about the safety credentials of cars on display – because doing so could save lives.

The three questions show visitors are being asked to revise and challenge dealers on are:

  1. What Euro NCAP rating does this car have?
  2. Is Autonomous Emergency Braking fitted to this car – and is it standard?
  3. What else should I do to maximise the safety protection offered by this car?

The four organisations want to raise awareness of modern active safety systems, of which many car buyers are simply unaware. Systems such as Autonomous Emergency Braking should be the number one priority for those looking at a new car, they reckon: instead, it’s well down the list.

Autonomous Emergency Braking, or AEB, automatically brakes the car when it detects an imminent crash. In the real world, it’s statistically proven to cut rear-end crashes by 38% – yet it’s only standard-fit on a paltry 17% of new British cars. Less than half of new car buyers are adding extra safety features on as options.

That’s why the UK still has such a high toll of rear-end crashes: 100,000 a year.

“In the absence of legislation to make it mandatory, we are encouraging consumers to use the power of choice to ensure that every new car coming onto the road has this life-saving feature fitted,” said Global NCAP secretary general David Ward, a Brit who’ll be attending the show to personally drive home the safety message.

“Research shows that three quarters of all collisions occur at speeds under 20mph: even the most basic AEB system in conjunction with sensible tyre safety could prevent the vast majority of these incidents.”

The three-question challenge for the London Motor Show is part of the Global NCAP #STOPTHECRASH partnership, an initiative charged with cutting car accidents in the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The organisations will be demonstrating the power of Autonomous Emergency Braking in bold fashion at Battersea Park: by running live demonstrations of how the system auto-stops when it detects obstacles ahead.

There will also be a showcase of an online tool hosted by Thatcham Research that allows car buyers to check which new cars have AEB as standard.

Video: What is Autonomous Emergency Braking?

Kahn Ultimate Defender teaser

One-off Land Rover Defender Ultimate for London Motor Show

Kahn Ultimate Defender teaserKahn Design will reveal a one-off Land Rover Defender Ultimate at the London Motor Show after being commissioned by the show organisers to create the Land Rover tribute.

Marking the end of Land Rover production earlier this year, the Kahn tribute is said to show off the Defender’s iconic features but also have a contemporary feel.

The teaser images suggests a silver car with Land Rover green detailing, a brace of LED spotlights and a monster set of chunky-tyre’d wheels.

It’s to wear Kahn’s Chelsea Truck Company Wide Track body kit and will have a tailored one-off interior: fitted with custom-made components throughout, Afzal Kahn promises it will be a fitting tribute to the long-running Land Rover.

Kahn will also show its first supercar, the Vengeance. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin DB9-based model is inspired by Aston’s brutish cars of the 1980s and 1990s and “is the conclusion of Mr. Kahn’s lifelong pursuit to design the car he has always wanted to drive”.

“The show will be an opportunity to shine the spotlight on one of the most amazing industries that we have in this country,” said Kahn.

“This is a very important development and it is only right that visitors will be able to view the remarkable success first hand.”

TVR preview rendering

Reborn TVR to make first public appearance at London Motor Show

TVR renderingTVR will attend its first motor show since being revived under the ownership of British businessman Les Edgar at the 2016 London Motor Show – but the all-new TVR won’t be.

Despite huge public interest (and a multitude of cash deposits), the firm says it’s too early to show the new car: its reveal is being pencilled in for autumn 2016.

But visitors will not be disappointed, promises TVR. Instead, it will be revealing a concept teaser of the new car: and both chairman Les Edgar and ace car designer Gordon Murray – who’s created the architecture underpinning the new TVR – will showcase the preview during the reborn firm’s press conference at 5pm on Thursday 5 May.

Les Edgar said: “We have built enormous momentum over the past 12 months, to the point at which we now hold more than 350 deposits from enthusiastic individuals who are keen to be proud owners and drivers of the new TVR.

“Our appearance at the London Motor Show will be a perfect platform for us to show a physical representation of the car and we hope to use the opportunity to tantalise the public and provide a strong indication of the look of the production vehicle.”

TVR: what we know so far

TVR’s creating its new sports car around Gordon Murray’s innovative iStream carbon reinforced chassis. This is ultra-lightweight, minimises start-up assembly costs and is being dubbed ‘the biggest revolution in high volume manufacturing since the Ford Model T’.

In TVR tradition, it will pack a brawny V8 engine, developed by Cosworth. It’ll be rear-wheel drive and a ground effect chassis will give it modern-era aerodynamics.

The new TVR will be built at a factory in South Wales, as part of a five-year, £30-million investment plan. Demand is already high: the current order rate will see the new factory working at capacity until the end of 2018.

The firm says London Motor Show-goers will get an opportunity “to appreciate the silhouette and see the physical shape in a full-size representation of the new car”.

And as for the production-ready car itself, “the full exterior design will be unveiled to all customers who placed an order at an exclusive preview event later this year, which will be an important milestone in the programme.”

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Noble M600 SVR

Relaunched Noble M600 supercar to star at London Motor Show

Noble M600 SVRA specially-built Noble M600 will be revealed at the 2016 London Motor Show on Thursday by the firm’s new European distributor, Super Veloce Racing, as part of a brand relaunch for the Leicester supercar firm.

SVR will pull the covers off its new customer demonstrator at the Battersea Park show, following what it calls “an intensive build and testing process”. The ‘black-red’ car will be finished just in time to star at the London event.

Why ‘black-red’? Because it looks black from a distance but, thanks to a special paint finish, turns to red up close…

Noble M600 SVR

Noble recently appointed High Wycombe’s SVR to handle all its sales and servicing for the UK and Europe, and has charged the premium supercar dealer with ramping up sales of the Noble M600.

First seen on Top Gear back in 2011, the M600 remains the 12th-fastest car around the Top Gear Power Lap in the hands of The Stig – and it was cold on the day it was tested: it could have gone faster still…

Since then, the Leicester factory has worked on improving fit and finish of the £250,000 supercar and insiders promise the hand-built model is now “impeccable”. Each one is custom-built to the customer’s specification – to the extent that there isn’t even a factory colour chart; all paint is created from scratch according to the customer’s spec.

Following the reveal of its customer demonstrator at 3.15pm on Thursday 5 May, renewed impetus will be given to the M600, which to date has sold in steady but limited numbers. SVR aims to step up volumes and revive the Leicester supercar.

SVR will be selling both versions of Noble M600 – the regular version which costs £250k and the M600 CarbonSport which boasts exposed carbon fibre body panels: this costs £277,000.

Both versions are mechanically identical, using a 4.4-litre Yamaha V8 twin-turbo engine producing 662hp and 604lb-ft of torque: that’s enough to take the 1,198kg M600 to 62mph in 3.5 seconds, 124mph in 8.9 seconds and on to a 225mph maximum.

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