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NEW approach to motoring is being introduced by Peugeot allowing drivers to swap cars whenever they want. The Mu scheme will be launched next month at two Peugeot dealerships to test the programme in Britain. Mu, a Greek word for mobility, will allow participants to buy credits which can be used to hire any Peugeot car. It will also include Peugeot vans, scooters, bicycles and accessories such as baby seats and roof boxes. The scheme is designed to give motorists a cost effective way of using the type of vehicle they need at any time and will be open to everyone. As an example, Peugeot says that any motorist can use Mu points to hire one of its vans for a weekend to move home or a seven-seater to

by CHRIS RUSSON go on holiday. Although prices of buying Mu points in the UK are still to be announced, Peugeot says they will be competitive with mainstream vehicle hire rates. All Peugeot vehicles will be included in the scheme including its award winning 3008 crossover model, the 5008 MPV, the 308 CC convertible and the recently launched RCZ coupe. Initially only two dealers in London and Bristol will be operating Mu using a pool of demonstrator vehicles, although Peugeot plans to roll it out across its network of UK showrooms. The French company has already started similar schemes in France, Germany and Italy.

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THE new Skoda Fabia vRS will hit showrooms on July 29 with prices from £15,700. It is the fastest production Fabia ever produced and builds on its predecessor’s reputation for high performance, low running costs and value for money. Available as a hatch and estate, the vRS is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI 180bhp engine in tandem with a 7-speed DSG transmission. Prices are £15,700 for the hatch and £16,495 for the estate model.

HONDA has launched a revolutionary new technology – dual clutch transmission which it says could revolutionise the future of motorcycling. The new VFR1200F will get both a traditional manual gear change, but by hand rather than foot, and also a full auto box with two different modes. The system has a six-speed manual gear select option via electronic trigger-shift controls.

A REPLICA of the Batmobile will be a focus of attention at the inaugural Historics at Brooklands auction in Surrey on June 2. It is one of only

three existing steel-bodied versions and comes with dashboardmounted television, rear parachute pod and Batphone. Unfortunately you’d have to be millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne to afford it.

TAKE THE A ROAD: Audi’s new A8 is a technological tour de force

The light fantastic for Audi’s new A8

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FRIEND of mine once bought a car purely because he liked the way the dials lit up blue at night. Having just driven one of the first UK-spec models of Audi’s new A8, I think I know where he was coming from. If you take one of these big saloons home, the first things you’ll show off to the neighbours will be the almost endless catalogue of gadgets and gizmos that come out to play after dark, including night vision cameras, pedestrian detection, interior lighting with changeable colour themes, and powerful all-LED headlights. Add to that a sat-nav with handwriting recognition and massage seats, and you have a car that is heaven for techno-geeks but also, more importantly, sufficiently luxurious to impress captains of industry. This is Audi’s new flagship, the car which it believes will say to other luxury carmakers – and their customers – that this upwardly-mobile company has now reached its goal of becoming a serious player in that rarified end of the market. In fact, once the A1 is available, there will be precious few ends of the market in which Audi do not have an interest, from

by BARRIE MILLS economical runabouts to 200mph V10 supercars. But the luxury saloon category in which the A8 exists is an important one for the brand. A few years ago, according to Audi, it would have been “unthinkable” for them to be selling cars at £100,000-plus. Now, with some models of both the R8 and A8, that psychological barrier has been breached. At launch, the A8 comes with a 4.2-litre V8 engine in either petrol or turbodiesel guise, with a range of smaller (3-litre V6) and larger (W12) powerplants to follow over the next few months. The 4.2 TDI is an especially fine motor, producing 350PS and an earth-moving 800Nm of torque which propels it from 0-62mph in a fleet-footed 5.5 seconds. Its petrol sibling, the 4.2 FSI, has marginally more power (372PS) but much less torque (445Nm) which translates to a very slightly slower 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds. However, in real driving conditions, the difference is more noticeable, with the permanent Quattro four-wheel-drive transmission

helping the diesel exploit that torque to drag itself out of corners and up hills with fearsome ability. It’s no exaggeration that the new A8 is a technological tour de force, and a lot of that technology is aimed at making it a much better drive than the last model and closer to the agility of deadly rival the BMW 7 Series. Highlights include an 8-speed tiptronic transmission that can link up with the sat-nav’s GPS to ensure the gearbox doesn’t change up just before a bend or an incline, for example. There is also adjustable air suspension and ‘Audi drive’ which allows you to select varying degrees of handling stiffness and throttle and gearbox response. A new aluminium space

frame – lighter and stiffer than before – also increase the A8’s ability to provide an involving drive. CO2 emissions are down as well, compared to the outgoing model. It’s an impressive CV for a driver’s car and it’s easy to forget that you’re in such a large vehicle as you hustle it round twisty lanes. This is where the 7 Series has always had the edge over previous models of the A8, and now the gap is even smaller. But, like the impressive night-time light show, it’s the technology on the interior which tends to stand out at first. There’s more kit as standard on this model than before, but there is still a very long and expensive options

BIG SCREEN DEBUT: The A8’s sat-nav and new multimedia entertainment system

list for those who want all the toys. The test cars driven at launch had been specced up from their standard price (£61,975 for the 4.2 FSI and £63,900 for the 4.2 TDI) to nearly £90,000. For that money, you get things like ventilated massaging seats, intelligent cruise control, and night vision cameras with a special pedestrian detection feature. The new multimedia system, which includes sat-nav and entertainment, is outstanding. One of the most innovative features is being able to input addresses or postcodes by drawing with your finger on a touch screen. And later in the year an option will be available to allow Google Earth images to appear on the sat-nav screen. The A8 has laid down a serious challenge to BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar. Audi now leads the way in technology and is ever closer to the BMW and Mercedes benchmarks of handling and comfort. Perhaps the only area where it fails to push the competition all the way is its styling. Compared with the elegant lines of the Jaguar XJ, the Audi seems conservative and the front and rear too similar to its smaller brother the A4.


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09 09 Renault Grand Espace 2.0 dCi / Eclipse, 14,000 Miles, Alloys, Air Con, 7 Seats .......................... £15,375

KOLEOS - 4X4

09 09 Renault Koleos 2.0 dCi Dynamique / Sandstone, 12,000 Miles, PAS, 4wd, Alloys ........................ £15,950

RENAULT LIVERPOOL 0151 552 8000 Find us at Sefton Street, Liverpool L8 6PZ www.renaultretail.co.uk/liverpool *Pictures for illustration purposes only. Renault Retail Group are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Renault Retail Group reserve the right to cancel or change any offers without prior notice.

★★★★

Friday, May 21, 2010

MOTORS 9


10 MOTORS

Friday, May 21, 2010

ECHO Motoring Vehicles Wanted

Car & Van Hire MALVERN MOTOR CO Car/ Van Hire. will deliver, competitive rates 0151 933 9994/07878 966258

Commercial Vehicles

PEUGEOT BOXER VAN 335 L.W.B. white, Reg 2007, 2200cc diesel, tax, miles 17,500

£12,500 ono 0151 421 1835

Y REG FORD TRANSIT VAN

LWB, high roof, full roof rack and ladder, MoT and tax, very good runner, needs some tidying

£850

0151 526 3962 07870 820 111

M.O.T. BOOK YOUR M.O.T. ONLINE NOW www.liverpoolmot.co.uk or call 0151 486 3456 Collection & Delivery just £10 each way or free if in the Speke area.

Vehicles Wanted LOW MILEAGE CARS 96-08 WANTED TOP PRICES PAID HP Settled

0151-220 9055

GUERNSEY MOTORS GREEN LANE OLD SWAN L13 EST 28 YEARS

www.motors-merseyside.co.uk

DON’T BE FOOLED By being told your car has been scrapped LEGALLY. You need a certificate of destruction from D.V.L. to avoid the FINE. We issue certificates with cash for your car and free collection

I BUY ANY CAR DON’T CON cash paid. 00−08. High or low mileage. Fantastic Prices. 07824 601581

CROSBY RENAULT Specialist service/ repair 0151 932 0381

SCRAP CARS REMOVED Top prices paid. Collection within the hour. Tel 07712 887218

EUROCLUTCH CLUTCHES Best prices. Fully guaranteed 25 Dublin St L3 7DT 0151 236 4079

BRASENOSE MOTOR RECYCLING 0151 933 1994 (Day) or 07801 385006 (Evening)

MOT FAILURES WANTED Cars or Vans £130−£6,000. Collection within 1 hour. 07951 944790

£135 MINIMUM PAID

CARS BOUGHT FOR CASH Best prices paid, all cars considered GEORGESONS Tel 0 1 5 1 2 6 0 9 5 7 5 o r enquiries@georgesonscars.co.uk

For most scrap cars, vans & 4x4’s

07768 153951

Full receipt given with every vehicle removed

£140 UPWARDS FOR MOST CARS,VANS, & UNWANTED VEHICLES PROMPT COLLECTION 0151 922 9585 07968 950342

ALL VEHICLES WANTED £130 − £6000 PAID FOR MOST CARS & VANS CASH WITHIN THE HOUR! Tel 0151 321 0324 (Aintree) 07889 151394

£130 − £5000 Most Cars & vans Anything considered Cash waiting 0151 928 7666 (24 Hours)

WANTED £130 UPWARDS

SCRAP CARS & VANS WANTED Top prices paid, any condition and any time, 7 days per week 07966 074205

Vehicle Security WINDOW TINTING specialist. Car alarms, 07990 630 194

Repairs & Services CAR LOGIX SERVICE & REPAIRS

We specialise in Japanese imports & UK vehicles. If you have a problem or just want a service, we do it all i.e. batteries, services, timing, chains/belts, brakes, air con, re-gas, clutches & lots more Give us a call. Recovery service available free (subject to job) 0151 486 3456

A1 CLUTCH & GEARBOX

Mot’s, Servicing & Repairs Free collection & Warranty 0151 734 2225 07751 459106 (Eve)

For Most Cars, Vans, 4X4’s & MOT failures Certificate of Destruction 1 Hour Collection all areas T: 0151 260 1700

CLUTCHES − M.O.T.’s FREE COLLECTION FULLY GUARANTEED 0151 228 1731 07796 198 648 (evg) 333A PRESCOT RD, L13 (next to Stanley Abattoir)

£135 MINIMUM For Most Scrap Cars & Vans Top Prices Paid 0151 443 0629 or 07570 881 795

CAR WON’T START? Running problems? Timing belt broken? Mobile tune & service, same day. Tel 07802 607029

RENAULT MEGANE COUPE

In great condition, cd, alloys, elec windows, leather interior, 12 months MOT, tax, immaculate

£12,995 ono 0151 227 3030 Full colour 6x1 advert

ONLY

£40 for 3 days

RENAULT MEGANE COUPE

In great condition, cd, alloys, elec windows, leather interior, 12 months MOT, tax, immaculate

£12,995 ono 0151 227 3030 Display 4x1 advert

CLUTCHES/MOT’S £35 FREE COLLECTIONS FREE DIAGNOSTICS Brakes, Servicing, Repairs etc. Same Day 0151 933 8812 SAAB/VOLVO Sales/Service Merseyswede. 0151 525 6545 HEAD GASKETS Cam belts, Service, MOT. 07903 419585

CRYPTON TUNING Fuel injection, engine electronics, engine service ABS/airbag diagnostics, non starters, at home or work Cartune 9am−7pm 6 days. 0151 236 0597 AUTO−ELECTRICIAN 24/7 Mobile. Wiring, Starters, alternators, Radios, Fires, Engine Management, Non−runners etc 7 Days 0151 263 4919

MOBILE CAR SERVICES Friendly & efficient repairs/ servicing.Bill 0151 521 5262

MOBILE REPAIRS Servicing, brakes, diagnostics. Est 30 yrs 07850 742 042 Allen WELDING mobile, gas/arc/mig, body/chassis/mot repairs/wings/ sills/panels. Myers 0151 526 6731/07746 778803 WESTONS WINDSCREENS Side windows & rear screens, all cars, taxi’s & vans, new & secondhand, mobile fitting. Ash Rd, Seaforth, L21 2PY. 0151 928 7770.

Driving Tuition

THE DRIVING ACADEMY SPECIAL OFFER

10 Lessons £149 (new pupils) Male & Female Instructors St. Helens to Speke & Southport to Skelm

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE We turn up when we say we will

0151-283 2929

Sell your motor fast!

PREMIUM ENHANCED package package

Repairs & Services

BASIC package

RENAULT MEGANE COUPE ,12 months MOT, tax,leather int, immaculate £12,995 ono 0151 227 3030 Lineage advert 5 lines (MAX)

ONLY

£30

for 3 days

ONLY

£35

www.thedrivingacademy.com

COLORS SOM First 10 lessons £135 Tel 0151 475 0467

ASHLEY NEAL SPECIAL OFFER £150 10 hrs Manual only. Male/female instructors. All areas covered. 08452 606 602

AUTOMATIC £18 hourly, Ex BSM. Tel 0151 283 6207 YOU’LL PASS 10 lessons for £160, & 2 lessons free (terms). Call Simon 07786 327471. PASSWAY Driving School 1st 2 lessons £10 each hour beginners only. Special offer 5 lessons £85 Male/Female instructors. All areas. Instructors wanted 0151 430 8333 THE DRIVING ACADEMY Male/Female Instructors. All areas covered. Quality Instructors with quality cars. Tel: 0151 283 2929

U.K. VALETING SOLUTIONS Professional car care to your door. Tel: 0151 424 4555 Freephone: 0800 232 1524 Fully Insured,7 days a week. www.ukvaletingsolutions.co.uk

Spares U S E D C A R S P A R E S All makes 0151 933 1994

£10

Please ask for details.

Your advert will appear in the following titles... LIVERPOOL ECHO LIVERPOOL DAILY POST METRO QUIDS IN PLUS www.buysell.co.uk

To Place an advertisement call on:

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Alternatively please call into your local office: Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB

In the event of any error, misprint or omission in the printing of an advertisement or part of an advertisement, the publisher will re-insert the advertisement or relevant part. No reinsertion will be made where the error, misprint or omission does not detract from the advertisement or is not the fault of the publisher.

CABANON MISTRAL Excellent condition Cabanon Mistral trailer tent. Sleeps up to 8 people. Has two large 2 berth bedrooms and two under bed tents. Additional sun canopy and one metre extension make this a very spacious tent. Includes kitchen with two burners, grill and stainless steel sink.

£900 01513428425

LLANGOLLEN WILLERBY 35ft x 12ft Mobile home 2 bedrooms, shower, ensuite, as new, on quiet riverside park with trout fishing & river walks. Suit retired couple

01691 718681

SWIFT CHALLENGER 490 1990 gas hob oven hot water fridge full awning

£690.00.ono 0151 512 1078

STATIC CARAVAN

35ft x 12ft, central heating, double glazed, quiet site, North Wales

£9,995 ono

01745 850827 07966 539203 CARAVAN FOR SALE on Presthaven Sands. 8 berth, excellent condition. Only £3,000 deposit. Call Louise 07854 137557

Chrysler / Jeep

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE Silver, 2006, 3.0 LTD, CRD, 5 door, 4WD auto, 26k miles, FSH, MOT and tax

£14,399 07885 282964

Car Valeting

for 3 days

6 day deals are also available for an extra

Caravans / Motorhomes / Tents

Caravans / Motorhomes / Tents Wanted C A R A V A N S B O U G H T for cash. Good money paid. Any age considered. Tel: 07813 467820

SUBARU IMPREZA SPORT 1999, two−litre non−turbo. Three months’ tax, seven months’ MOT, green, good runner, good condition for year.

£450 ono Tel. 07746 938 465 (Crosby)

Citroen

227 3030 Fiat

S PUNTO 1.2 S 1 Year Mot/Tax, Cd Player, Service History

£995 Tel 0151 521 8700 www.ricelanecars.co.uk

FIAT MAREA Y REG

Estate, Metallic Dark Blue. 65k Miles. 2 owners from new. Still drives & looks like new car. MOT’d and taxed. 6 CD player.

£1,375

07516 282018

Ford

R REG FORD MONDEO ESTATE 1 Year Mot, Taxed, Pas, Central Locking, Electric Windows 2 From £995

Tel 0151 521 8700

www.ricelanecars.co.uk FORD KA 1.3 Power 01 steering, 12 months MOT, reliable car in good condition £1,180 0151 521 3547 (t)

FORD ESCORT 1.4 LX 5dr, 55k, alloy wheels, CD player, met red, 12 mths Mot, 6 mths tax, ex con

£795 ono 07919 804818

55 REG FORD MONDEO 1.8 ZETEC

Black, 12 months mot, 5 door hatchback, manual, alarm, alloys, air con, CD player, 1 owner, full Ford history, high miles hence

£3,100 07773 088582 0151 648 9301

Nissan

M REG NISSAN MICRA 1.0

PICASSO 1.8 SX 2000 W REG

Boston, 3 door hatch, red, MoT Sep, alarmed, 83,000 mls. part service history, economical, very good condition throughout

Average miles for year, serviced, new brake discs, slight damage on tailgate however nice car, Tax till month end, Mot Nov 2010

0151 281 8571 07842 534 962

£475 ono

£895 01744 454449 07788 885979

CITROEN C5 HDi SX 02 DIESEL 2002, long Mot, registered Tax, remote central locking, hydro−pneumatic suspension, very comfortable, 2 keys, silver.

V REG MICRA 1 litre, 16v, 3dr inspiration, 1 owner, 72k miles, full service history, Mot Nov, sunroof, radio cassette, alarmed. Silver with beautiful print seats. 5 speed. Drives superb.

reduced £1,150 07807061989 0151 924 5677

Good condition

£1,250 ono 07887 710872

Renault

MERSEYCITROEN.CO.UK 0151 525 6545

MERSEYRENAULT.CO.UK 0151 525 6545


Friday, May 21, 2010

ECHO Motoring Peugeot

Vauxhall

PEUGEOT 206 GTi180 2004

55 REG ASTRA ESTATE 1.7 CDTi

Undiscovered Provence

MOTORS 11

Madrid, Salamanca & Toledo

blue, 58,000 miles, alloys, electrics, FSH, Mot & Tax Excellent condition

£4,500 ono

MOT July 10 Tax Jan 11 FSH 38,000 Miles PAS Immobiliser Alarm leather sports seats CD changer ABS Alloys C/control

£4295

Tel. 07970 759825

05

206 1.1S 5 dr, red 20,000 mls, 1 owner s/hist, pas cd ac new mot excellent £3,700. 0151 428 8025 (T)

07796 910325.

V REG VECTRA

£595 ono

MERSEYPEUGEOT.CO.UK 0151 525 6545

07939 526565

Rover

VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 1600

ROVER 416 S REG

03 plate, 12 mths Mot, 1 mth tax, 7 seater, green, good con, CD, P.A.S, EW, alarmed,

Full Mot, racing green, alloys, spoiler, electric windows, sunroof, good tyres, new head gasket fitted.

07725 036757.

Good condition

£550 ono 0151 220 4202 ROVER 620 Automatic, P reg, mot September, 99,900 miles, excellent condition, £560. Tel: 07846 691531.

Saab SAAB SAAB SAAB Diesel specialist www.sarbkar.co.uk, service/repair 0151 448 1184 SAAB SAAB SAAB Diesel specialist www.sarbkar.co.uk, service/repair 0151 448 1184

Suzuki

SUZUKI LIANA GL 2003, 45000 miles excellent condition 5door silver 11months mot 5months tax usual refinements only

£1500 Tel. 01513471224

Toyota TOYOTA YARIS 2004

£2,100 ono

VW VOLKSWAGEN POLO 1.2.E

5dr 2002, blue, well maintained, Excellent cond. inside & out. Genuine low mileage 43000. Tax/MOT to Oct. Owner moved abroad prompting sale. All documents and papers held. Reg OY52VSP. Test drive available. Low price hence no bargaining for this very good buy.

TOYOTA COROLLA

05, 1.4 D4−D T3 Diesel, metallic blue, 12 months MoT, taxed, 50,000 miles, lady owner

£5,950

0151 489 6643 0151 281 9563

Vauxhall ASTRA 1.7 CDTi Club Est 07 silver 68K, fsh, new mot, new tyres, 1 owner, excellent £5,600. 0151 428 8025 (T)

7 days from only £599 per person

6 days from only £529 per person

Selected departures up to October 2010

Selected departures up to October 2010

This superb tour visits the highlights of the ancient kingdom of Castille, the medieval university city of Salamanca - the former capital of Toledo, Madrid with its world-class art and the Royal Palace in Aranjuez – together with its fantastic gardens, plus much more.

Fully escorted price includes: • Return flights to Nice from Liverppol & Manchester, other regional airports also available OR standard-class Eurostar from London St. Pancras International • 5 nights bed and breakfast at an excellent quality three-star hotel • Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence • Visit to Avignon – home of the Pope’s Palace • Walking tour of Arles • Tour of the Camargue • Tour of the Luberon Hills, visiting idyllic picturesque villages en-route • Accompanied by a French-speaking tour manager

Fully escorted price includes:

flights from Liverpool, other regional airports also available • Return nights bed & breakfast at quality three and four-star hotels • 6Four • Visit todinners Toledo, the former capital of Spain • Sightseeing of Madrid • Walking tourtour of Salamanca, Spain’s university city • Visit to Aranjuez, of the former Royal Palace • The services of anhome experienced Spanish-speaking tour manager •

For further information and a FREE brochure

For further information and a FREE brochure

Call: 0151 227 5987

Call: 0151 227 5987

Holiday organised by Riviera Travel ABTA V4744 & ATOL 3430 protected. Per person prices based on two sharing a twin room. Single rooms & optional insurance is available at a supplement.

Holiday organised by Riviera Travel ABTA V4744 & ATOL 3430 protected. Per person prices based on two sharing a twin room. Single rooms & optional insurance is available at a supplement.

www.livriviera.co.uk

181,000 ECHO readers plan to go on holiday within the next year.

Source: Gfk NOP 2008, TM NW2 10% area

£2440

www.livriviera.co.uk

181,000 ECHO readers plan to go on holiday within the next year.

Source: Gfk NOP 2008, TM NW2 10% area

Tel. 01744754000

VW BORA V5, grey, 1999, EW, air con., full electric pack, 6 months tax, 12 months MoT, full VW service history, 6 CD changer

£2,000 ono 07940 371684

fr

VOLKSWAGON PASSAT 1.8 SE , 20 v, Turbo. 2001 Y, Alloys climate control, CD, 63000 miles, FSH, New MOT, excellent throughout £1995 01704 824241, 07810 800051

Edinburgh Tattoo

Volvo 5 2 Volvo. S40. Diesel. Met blue. AC, Remote locking, alloys, 91k, FSH, any inspection. £2595. 01704 824241. 07810 800051

34,000 miles, 3 Door, Petrol, semi-automatic, 12 months M.O.T, Tax until Sept 2010, new tyres, new battery, excellent condition. £3700 Tel. 07595986683

Fully Bonded & Protected

1.8, silver, low mileage, recent cambelt, long mot, taxed, excellent condition

Fully Bonded & Protected

To advertise your entertainment service in this section call:

0151 472 2294

£199om .95pp for 3 days

Departing 6 August 2010

Summer in the French Alps 6 days from

£379.00, Jun, Jul & Sept 2010

Experience the picturesque French Alpine region and combine the breathtaking, majestic peaks of the Alps with the sophisticated lakeside resort of Annecy. • Return flights from Liverpool John Lennon or Manchester airport to Geneva • Return airport to hotel transfers • Five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Comfort Hotel Mandallaz in Annecy • A visit to Chamonix • A trip on the historic Montenvers rack railway near Mont Blanc • The services of a Tour Manager

For a brochure call:

0151 227 5987 (All calls charged at local rate)

or to book call:

0845 226 9732 Quoting Code LPE

Book online at: www.newmarket.travel/lpe BROUGHT TO YOU BY: TRINITY MIRROR NORTH WEST AND NORTH WALES IN CONJUNCTION WITH: NEWMARKET PROMOTIONS LTD. ABTA V787X.

This summer, reserve your place in the audience for Edinburgh's unrivalled, unforgettable and truly memorable Royal Military Tattoo, enjoying its 60th birthday this year. The diamond jubilee celebrations make the 2010 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo a 'must see' event, all set against the backdrop of the majestic and historic Edinburgh Castle! Price includes: • A ticket with a face value of £20 for a 7.30pm Saturday evening performance of the 2010 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Upgrade to: A ticket with a face value of £31 for a supplement of £15 per person. A ticket with a face value of £50 for a supplement of £35 per person. • 2 nights stay at the 4 star Holiday Inn hotel, Glasgow Airport • Dinner on the Friday evening and full Scottish breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings • Free time in Edinburgh and Glasgow • Return coach travel Liverpool, Southport and Birkenhead For further information and a FREE brochure

Call: 0151 227 5987 To make a booking

Call: 01524 511780

OPENING TIMES: MON-FRI 8.30-19.30 SAT 8.45-15.30 SUN 10.00-15.00

or visit: www.liverpool.reader.travel BROUGHT TO YOU BY: TRINITY MIRROR NORTH WEST AND NORTH WALES IN CONJUNCTION WITH: OMEGA HOLIDAYS. ABTA V4782. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT APPLIES. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.


12 MOTORS

Friday, May 21, 2010

★★★★

Motors

roadtest

Porsche Panamera S

Don’t pan the Pan

SLEEK: Some critics have dismissed the Panamera as a marketing exercise, but this is a proper Porsche

F

EW cars have polarised opinion in recent times quite like the Porsche Panamera. I took a former 911 owner out for a spin in a sleek black S model and he took one look at it and scoffed: “Nice car, but it’s not a Porsche.” Why, though, shouldn’t an iconic car maker diversify? When Porsche launched the Cayenne 4x4 a few years ago the model was universally slated, even though it has proved a massive success and saved the German marque’s skin. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder – and I’ve never been hooked on the Cayenne’s styling – but to me the Panamera has serious character and bags of street cred. It also boasts something you wouldn’t normally associate with a pure-bred performance car. That’s practicality with a capital P, because this is no 2+2 like the Jaguar XK or, to a lesser extent, the Aston Martin Rapide. The rear space and legroom afforded by the Porsche is little short of fantastic, something that

road

TEST

with MIKE TORPEY

applies to the boot as well, a benefit perhaps of the slightly bulbous back end design. Move inside and the cabin is classic Porsche – sumptuous leather trim, hi-tech gadgetry and easily accessible dials, though there’s actually nowhere to stow a few CD cases. And the low seating position and equally low-slung steering wheel impart that feeling of being glued to the road. Fire up the Panamera and you are in for a treat as the V8 engine snarls into life. The engine note is magnificent and those prepared to

shell out an extra £1,736 for the sports exhaust system can push a button with a twin-pipe logo on it and hear the sound become even more menacing. Of course, there’s a savage amount of punch from the 4.8-litre powerplant and its 400bhp of wollop can shift the Porsche from standstill to 62mph in a fleeting 5.4 seconds with the potential to reach 176mph. Transmission is via the seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetreib – try saying that 10 times quickly – or PDK double clutch gearbox, which is a first in the luxury grand tourer market. Its operation is seamless and there’s the option of using the steering wheel mounted buttons for manual shifts too. The upshot is better fuel economy and amazing speed out of the blocks. In its basic setting the chassis affords a sporty yet comfortable feel, but at the touch of a button on the active PASM – Porsche Active Suspension Management - damper system, it switches to a much

speccheck MAKE: Porsche MODEL Panamera S ENGINE: 4,806cc V8 POWER: 400bhp at 6,500rpm PERFORMANCE: 0-62 in 5.4 secs, top speed 176mph ECONOMY: 17.2mpg Urban, 34.8 Extra Urban, 25.4 Combined. CO2 EMISSIONS: 253g/km BiK RATING: 35% INSURANCE: Group 20

firmer, more thoroughbred suspension. And the tested model also featured the optional Adaptive Air Suspension at £1,300 and a Sport Chrono package (£729) which adds a launch control function and extra torque. As a performance car the Panamera is right out of the top drawer, but it offers far more. Even if the shape isn’t everyone cup of

PRICE: £73,827 on the road WHAT’S HOT: Savage power, interior space WHAT’S NOT: Deceptive width RATINGS (out of five):

LOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EQUIPMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RIDE AND HANDLING . . . . . . . . PERFORMANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VALUE FOR MONEY . . . . . . . . . . .

Earl Grey, it’s a car you can use every day and load up with a sizeable amount of clobber. Everything about it is premium quality, even if the options really hike up the price – the tested model had 14 extras on it from 20-inch Panamera Spyder Design alloy wheels at £1,902 to metallic paint at £761, collectively adding £15,027 to the tab.

Millions risk breakdown headaches to save a few pounds

driver deals

MILLIONS of British motorists are running risks with their car maintenance by attempting to reduce their overall motoring costs in the face of rising road tax and fuel costs. That’s the conclusion following a survey of over 2,000 motorists for Ford which revealed that 18

per cent of UK drivers interviewed have no breakdown cover at all, while 15 per cent have skipped or postponed routine servicing of their car to save money. This situation seems worst among younger drivers: 35 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds and 28

per cent of 25 to 34 year olds forego any roadside assistance, with drivers in London most likely (22 per cent) to have faith in their vehicle. This is despite the fact that independent research found that one in six motorists experience a breakdown at least once a year.

4 5 5 5 5

According to Mike Weatherston, group service marketing manager at the Hendy Ford dealership: “It’s a story we hear often but while trying to avoid the cost, many of these drivers could regret skipping basic maintenance and roadside cover.”

motors-merseyside.co.uk Friday 21st May 2010, Liverpool Echo  

motors-merseyside.co.uk 12 pages of new and used motors from the Liverpool Echo

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