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A fabulous display of Ferraris joins Concours of Elegance

A fabulous display of Ferraris joins Concours of Elegance

  • Some of the world’s finest Ferraris are coming to the Concours of Elegance from 3-5 September – cars on display range from 1950 to 1991
  • From a one-of-one RHD Ferrari 250 GT Europa to a Ferrari F40 first owned by Sir Stirling Moss
  • In total, nearly 1,000 vehicles will be on display across the weekend as further features and cars are revealed in the coming months
  • The Concours of Elegance remains the UK’s top concours d’elegance and among the top three in the world
  • Tickets can be bought now from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

The Concours of Elegance – famed for gathering together the rarest cars ever created – will showcase some of the world’s finest Ferraris at Hampton Court Palace in this year’s ‘Main Concours’ display.

Taking place from 3-5 September, the event is renowned as one of the top three concours d’elegance events in the world for the quality of cars it attracts; nowhere else in the UK can the public see such a high standard of rare historic vehicles.

Since it started manufacturing cars in 1947, Ferrari has established itself as an icon of automotive performance and innovation. Backed by extensive racing pedigree, with one of the most successful Formula 1 teams in history, the Ferrari marque draws heavily on its motorsport expertise to produce some of the most beautiful and rewarding road cars that the world has ever known.

The earliest Ferrari on display is a rare 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter. The ‘166’ in the model designation referrs to the swept volume of a single cylinder in cubic centimeters, with all 12 adding up to 1,992 cc. The Gioacchino Colombo-designed engine featured a twin distributor and coil ignition system and a single twin choke carburettor producing 110bhp at 6,000 rpm. This particular car is one of three Stabilimenti Farina cabriolet 166s produced, and was also the original 1950 Paris Motor Show car. Having previously been rebodied, in 2016 the car began a three year Ferrari Classiche restoration to original specification.

Among the cars on display sits a stunning 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa – the only right-hand-drive version built of the 30 that were made. This particular example was purchased in 1971 by its current owner, and has undergone sympathetic mechanical repair and restoration as necessary since it arrived in the UK, with the aim of maintaining originality. The car has taken part in club racing, three Tour Auto events, and the Mille Miglia. It has also won various Ferrari owners club concours prizes.

Alongside the Europa sits a later 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé with coachwork by Pininfarina. Introduced at the 1958 Paris Motor Show, this version of the 250 brought Ferrari a step closer to true series production, with 353 examples built by the time production concluded. Under the bonnet was Ferrari’s masterpiece, the 3.0-litre Colombo V12, producing 240 horsepower at 7,000rpm with fuel fed through three twin-choke Weber carburettors.

Completing a line-up of 250 cars is one of the most celebrated Ferraris ever, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. Designed by Pininfarina and constructed by Scaglietti, the car was a celebration of ‘Form follows function’ – and became the ultimate street racer. Of the 90 ‘street’ SWBs built with a steel body, only 11 were produced in RHD, making this 1962 ‘Verde Tevere’ example a very rare car indeed. Subject to a total restoration in the 1990s, the car has been maintained comprehensively ever since.

Another car on display is a highly original and unrestored 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. The car was purchased new by popular French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1965, and will be seen for the very first time in the UK at this year’s Concours of Elegance. The car is an early short nose two-cam version of the 275 GTB, finished in a beautiful deep maroon colour. The car is in remarkable condition having had only had four owners from new.

Also at the show is a resplendent 1967 Ferarri 275 GTB/4, one of only six factory black 275 GTB/4s ever produced. The GTB/4, introduced in 1966, added a second overhead camshaft to each cylinder bank, making the 275 GTB/4 the first Ferrari road car to boast dual overhead camshafts. This provided the already potent V12 engine with an additional 20hp. Only 330 examples were ever produced. This car was in single ownership from 1976 until 2014, at which time the new owner commenced a restoration by leading marque experts in North America. The car boasts full matching numbers including chassis, body, engine and gearbox.

The sixth and final Ferrari is something very special. A 1991 Ferrari F40 which was delivered new to Sir Stirling Moss. Since then the car has had two additional owners and has never left the UK. At launch, the Ferrari F40 was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car, earning its place in the rarefied 200mph club thanks to its low weight and powerful 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This car’s history file is extensive with documented correspondence between Enzo Ferrari and Sir Stirling Moss present where he references that he raced thirteen Ferraris, and won in eleven of them.

Outside of the main display of vehicles, the Concours of Elegance will gather a total of around 1,000 cars in a number of special features and displays, including a Gulf vs. Martini celebration, a display of unique or bespoke modern rarities in the Future Classics class and a line-up of the finest coachbuilt Rolls-Royces. New for 2021 is a collection of 95 British cars gathered to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday, and a 30UNDER30 Concours aimed at inspiring the next-generation of classic car enthusiast.

Away from the automotive displays, Concours of Elegance remains an occasion of pure luxury, with champagne provided by Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, live stage interviews with Chubb Insurance, hosted by Jodie Kidd, and a collection of art, jewellery and fashion displays. Presenting Partner, A. Lange & Söhne, recently confirmed to support the event for a further three years, will continue to showcase some of its most intricate timepieces.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance 2021 are available now from just £30 for half-day entry, with full three-course hospitality packages from £288. Tickets can be bought from concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets

Bentley posts record half-year performance as caution remains

Bentley posts record half-year performance as caution remains

  • Amidst continued global uncertainty, Bentley records highest ever profitability at the half-year stage
  • Profit levels for the first six months of 2021 (€178 million) outperform any full-year period in Bentley’s history
  • Sales of 7,199 cars distributed evenly between key markets
  • Full-year outlook remains cautiously optimistic due to increasing COVID-19 numbers and resulting impact on colleague self-isolation

Bentley Motors has today posted the company’s 2021 half-year performance, with sales and profit levels unmatched in Bentley’s 102-year history.

This includes an operating profit of €178 million, greater than any profit figure posted for a full-year period by the company. Moreover, retail sales increased by 50 per cent from a pre-COVID 2019 figure of 4,785 to 7,199 in 2021.    

These sales were well-balanced between the luxury marque’s three model lines, Bentayga (2,767), Continental GT (2,318) and Flying Spur (2,063).  

The Bentayga maintained the number one model position as full market availability was reached for the first time. Hybrid and S models have also been announced. With the introduction of the Speed in the second half of the year, it is anticipated that Continental GT sales could reach record numbers three years after introduction. The market launch of Flying Spur in China, now Bentley’s biggest sales region, contributed to the model line’s share of 29 per cent of global sales further helped by the addition of the V8 engine.

But these positive results are against a backdrop of continued uncertainty which could negatively impact the second half of the year. The increasing COVID-19 numbers in many parts of the world could threaten future production in the worst-case, or see further retail restrictions posing both a sales and financial risk to forecasts.

 Building on this, Adrian Hallmark, Bentley’s Chairman and CEO, said:       

“These results are an important milestone on our mission Beyond100, namely to become the leading sustainable luxury mobility company by 2030. They are the outcome of favourable market conditions, combined with three years of hard work within Bentley, where we have reinvented our products, restructured our operations, managed three crises, and defined our 2030 strategy.

“We have worked relentlessly to transform our entire organisation through productivity improvements and cost efficiencies, and the double-digit return on sales is validation that we are on the right path to enable a sustainable business model.

“While we celebrate these results, we are not taking the full year outlook for granted as we know there are still sizable risks to the year-end, notably the increasing number of colleagues having COVID enforced self-isolation periods.

“That notwithstanding, our financial strength is a positive sign and as we continue on our biggest transformation and investment programme in history, Beyond100, fully electrifying our entire model range within a decade, we continue on track with our aim to become the world’s benchmark luxury car business, financially resilient and recession-proof.” 

On the financial side, Bentley’s revenue for the first six months of 2021 was €1.32 billion, up from a pre-COVID figure of €834.8 million in 2019. The operating result was €178 million and a subsequent return on sales of 13 per cent, a record high return.            

To put these figures in context, Bentley’s previous record half-year performance was in 2014, with a revenue of €887 million and an operating result of €95.2 million. That year closed as Bentley’s most successful year with a profit of €170 million, already exceeded at the half-year point 2021.

Looking at sales, Bentley’s global footprint became more evenly balanced across its four market regions. China (2,155) was Bentley’s biggest selling market for the first time in nearly a decade. The Americas (2,049) followed closely behind with Europe also performing strongly, delivering 1,142 cars. Both markets are eagerly anticipating the arrival of GT Speed and Bentayga S in the coming months. Asia Pacific retailed 778 cars, with Bentley’s home market, the UK contributing 554, marginally ahead of the Middle East, Africa and India on 521. Bentley’s network also increased, now covered by 240 retailers in 67 countries.  

This year will also mark Bentley’s biggest year of new model introductions, with nine product debuts, two of which introduce hybrid power in the form of the Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid, supporting Bentley’s Beyond100 path to full electrification.               

Financial results

Financial resultHY 2021HY 2020HY 2019
Revenue€1.32 billion€860 million€834.8 million
Operating Result€178 million€-99 million€56.9 million
Return on Sales13 per cent-12 per cent6.8 per cent

Retail results

MarketHY 2021HY 2020HY 2019
Americas2,049 (+45%)1,415 (+52%)929
China, Hong Kong and Macau2,155 (+73%)1,243 (+53%)814
Europe1,142 (+14%)1,000 (-27%)1,362
Asia Pacific778 (+41%)550 (-9%)604
United Kingdom554 (+42%)391 (-42%)674
Middle East, Africa and India521 (+63%)319 (-21%)402
Total7,199 (+46%)4,918 (+3%)4,785
New Service Activated Roadside Assistance programme launched by Mitsubishi Motors in the UK

New Service Activated Roadside Assistance programme launched by Mitsubishi Motors in the UK

  • New Service Activated Roadside Assistance programme
  • Home, roadside and European assistance provided for 12 months with every service
  • Applicable for vehicles 3-10 years old and up to 100k miles

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has launched a new Service Activated Roadside Assistance programme (SARA), which provides Mitsubishi customers with free breakdown and recovery assistance for 12 months when a vehicle is serviced at an authorised Mitsubishi dealership.

For vehicles 3-10 years old and up to 100k miles, the new SARA programme will provide free home, road and European assistance for 12 months, or until the next service, when a customer has their Mitsubishi vehicle serviced at a participating Authorised Mitsubishi dealership, potentially saving customers hundreds of pounds on alternative cover.

Toby Marshall, Director of Aftersales, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said, “The SARA programme provides customers with the peace of mind and knowledge that should the unexpected happen, then Mitsubishi Motors in the UK and its dedicated Mitsubishi dealer network are on hand to assist.”

Jon Tolliday, Head of Automotive Roadside and Customer Management Services at Allianz Partners added, ‘‘Allianz Partners have provided Roadside Assistance to Mitsubishi Motors in the UK for nearly 30 years. We are delighted to extend our relationship in supporting Mitsubishi’s Aftersales proposition with the introduction of SARA and how it provides tangible enhanced value to the Mitsubishi Service offer.’’

Following the announcement that International Motors will takeover the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business in October, Mitsubishi drivers will see no difference in the standards of service they receive from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK and can continue to rely on their local Mitsubishi dealer for aftersales support.

Volkswagen Group raises outlook for 2021 after a record result in the first half of the year

Volkswagen Group raises outlook for 2021 after a record result in the first half of the year

  • Strong financial performance driven by premium brands and Financial Services
  • Operating result reaches a record level of EUR 4 billion despite continued challenging conditions; Group’s operating return on sales at a strong 8.8 percent
  • Earnings before and after tax improved significantly to EUR 2 billion and EUR 8.5 billion, respectively
  • Automotive Division: Very high adjusted net cash flow of EUR 12.3 billion; net liquidity increases to EUR 35.0 billion
  • Group outlook for operating return on sales for full year 2021 raised by 5 percentage points to 6.0 to 7.5 percent; expectations for net cash flow also raised
  • CEO Diess: “We’re keeping up our high pace, both operationally and The record result in the first half of the year is clear proof of how strong our brands are and how attractive their products are. The premium segment performed especially well with double- digit returns, as did Financial Services. Our electric offensive is picking up momentum.“

The Volkswagen Group continued its positive business performance and posted a record result despite challenging conditions in the first half of 2021.

This positive development was driven in particular by the premium brands Audi and Porsche and by Volkswagen Financial Services. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and global shortage of semiconductors were successfully contained. There was high customer demand for the Group’s attractive model range as markets continued to recover. As a result, deliveries increased by 27.9 percent to 5.0 (3.9) million vehicles over the weaker prior-year period, which was impacted by the pandemic. Sales revenue even rose more strongly by 34.9 percent to EUR 129.7 (96.1) billion. The operating result was EUR 11.4 (first half of 2020 before special items: EUR –0.8) billion, far exceeding the previous record of EUR 10.0 billion (before special items) from the pre-crisis year 2019. The operating return on sales was therefore at a strong 8.8 (first half of 2020 before special items: –0.8) percent. The higher earnings were mainly due to increased vehicle sales, improvements in the product mix and prices as well as positive effects from the valuation of raw material hedges. One-off restructuring expenses of EUR 0.7 billion had a negative impact. Work on ongoing fixed cost programs was vigorously pursued. The Automotive Division generated a very high adjusted net cash flow of EUR 12.3 (–2.3) billion and thus again demonstrated the great efficiency of its business model. The Division’s net liquidity rose further to a very solid level of EUR 35.0 billion. The acquisition of Navistar and its financial impact are not included in the figures. As a result of the extremely good business performance in the first half of the year, the Volkswagen Group has raised the outlook for its operating return on sales for full year 2021 by 0.5 percent to 6.0 to 7.5 percent.

Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group: “We’re keeping up our high pace, both operationally and strategically. The record result in the first half of the year is clear proof of how strong our brands are and how attractive their products are. The premium segment performed especially well with double-digit returns, as did Financial Services. Our electric offensive is picking up momentum and we will keep on increasing its pace in the months to come. We are also realigning the company with our new Group strategy NEW AUTO so that we can tap future profit pools. In doing so, we are preparing Volkswagen to play a leading role in the new world of mobility.”

Arno Antlitz, CFO of the Volkswagen Group: “The Volkswagen Group’s financial performance in the first half of the year impressively proves the robustness of our company. Our operating return on sales after six months was 8.8 percent. In particular, the second quarter was exceptionally strong. Our net cash flow of EUR 10.2 billion is also a solid result and was achieved despite our sizable future investments. We have successfully contained the impacts of the semiconductor bottlenecks to date, although we anticipate somewhat more pronounced effects in the third quarter. Nevertheless, our assessment for our business performance in the year as a whole has improved further, so that we have raised our outlook.”

Operating business remains strong
In the first half of the year, the Volkswagen Group increased its global deliveries significantly by 27.9 percent to 5.0 million vehicles over the same period last year, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Global market share of passenger cars declined slightly by 0.2 percentage points to 12.6 percent in the same period. Whereas the Group was able to grow its market share significantly in its home market of Europe and in North America, it recently recorded declines in China, its largest single market, due to the semiconductor bottlenecks.

As planned, the Group has further increased the pace of its successful electric offensive. A total of 171,000 all-electric vehicles (BEVs) were delivered worldwide by the end of June, more than twice as many as in the prior-year period (+165 percent). After 60,000 BEVs were delivered to customers in the first quarter, that figure increased significantly as planned to 111,000 BEVs in the second quarter. The share of vehicles based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) relative to all BEVs was already over 60 percent in the second quarter. The BEV ramp up will accelerate further in the course of the year due to the expanded model range. The Group has also systematically expanded its portfolio of models with a plug-in hybrid drive (PHEV) – and there is high customer demand for them: A total of 171,000 PHEVs were delivered in the first half of the year, more than three times the figure in the prior-year period (+204 percent).

The premium brands Audi and Porsche performed especially strongly, posting record deliveries for the first half of the year and a double-digit operating return on sales of 10.7 and 17.6 percent, respectively. Volkswagen Financial Services also turned in a very good performance, more than doubling its operating result year on year to EUR 2.3 billion. Among other things, it benefited from strong used car business and a positive trend in risk costs.

Due to increased vehicle sales and stronger demand for higher-margin models, Group sales revenue rose significantly by 34.9 percent to EUR 129.7 (96.1) billion. The operating result was EUR 11.4 (first half of 2020 before special items: EUR –0.8) billion, far exceeding the previous record of EUR 10.0 billion (before special items) from the pre-crisis year 2019. The operating return on sales was therefore at a strong 8.8 percent. The higher earnings were mainly due to increased vehicle sales, improvements in the product mix and prices as well as positive effects from the valuation of raw material hedges. One-off restructuring expenses of EUR 0.7 billion at MAN had a negative impact. Work on ongoing fixed cost programs was vigorously pursued.

Earnings before and after tax also improved significantly to EUR 11.2 (–1.4) billion and EUR 8.5 (– 1.0) billion, respectively. Earnings per preferred share thus reached a solid level of EUR 16.20 (– 2.33).

Automotive Division: Strong cash performance improved further, net liquidity increases again
Strong business and cost-cutting measures continued to have a positive impact on financial performance. The reported net cash flow in the Automotive Division was a very high EUR 10.2 (– 4.8) billion. Adjusted for mergers and acquisitions and cash outflows attributable to diesel, net cash flow amounted to a strong EUR 12.3 (–2.3) billion. It was thus around 80 percent higher than the level of the pre-crisis year 2019. Net liquidity in the Automotive Division also showed positive growth again and climbed to a very solid level of EUR 35.0 billion. It was EUR 29.6 billion at the end of the first quarter. The acquisition of Navistar and its financial impact are not included in the figures.

Research and development costs increased to EUR 7.7 (6.7) billion due to necessary future- oriented investments in new models and technologies as well as software. The R&D ratio nevertheless fell significantly to 7.2 percent in the current year, following a figure of 8.7 percent in the prior-year period that was due to pandemic-related low sales revenue. Improved investment discipline and greater use of Group synergies led to significant progress with capital expenditures.

These decreased by 8.5 percent over the prior-year period to EUR 3.8 (4.1) billion. Consequently, the capex ratio fell sharply to 3.5 (5.4) percent, putting it significantly below the level of the pre- crisis half year in 2019 (4.9 percent).

Outlook 2021
Based on the business performance in the first half of 2021, the Volkswagen Group is adjusting large parts of its forecast of core performance indicators.

The risk of bottlenecks and disruption in the supply of semiconductor components has intensified throughout the industry. The adverse impact expected as a result will tend to affect the second half of the year. Consequently, the Group is lowering its forecast for deliveries to customers and assumes that – provided the Covid-19 pandemic is contained successfully – in 2021 they will be noticeably up on the previous year amid continued challenging market conditions. Challenges will arise particularly from the economic situation, the increasing intensity of competition, volatile commodity and foreign exchange markets, securing supply chains and more stringent emissions- related requirements. Sales revenue of the Volkswagen Group in 2021 is expected to be significantly higher than the prior-year figure. In terms of the operating result, the Group anticipates an operating return on sales between 6.0 and 7.5 percent in 2021.

In the Automotive Division, net cash flow is expected much stronger than prior year due to lower cash outflows from diesel and significantly higher effects from mergers and acquisitions. This will lead to a very strong increase in net liquidity. The plans are based on the Volkswagen Group’s current structures. The acquisition of all outstanding shares of Navistar International Corporation and the resulting effects on the results of operations, financial position and net assets have not been taken into account in the Volkswagen Group’s forecast.

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP

 Q 2 H 1 
 20212020%20212020%
Volume Datain thousands      
Deliveries to customers (units)2,5461,887+ 34.94,9783,893+ 27.9
Vehicle sales (units)2,3261,799+ 29.34,6603,736+ 24.7
Production (units)2,1941,665+ 31.74,5123,662+ 23.2
Employees (on June 30, 2021/Dec. 31, 2020)   660.0662.6–0.4
Financial Data (IFRSs), €million      
Sales revenue67,29341,076+ 63.8129,66996,131+ 34.9
Operating result before special items6,546–2,394x11,358–803x
    Operating return on sales before special items (%)9.7–5.8 8.8–0.8 
Special itemsx–687x
Operating result6,546–2,394x11,358–1,490x
    Operating return on sales (%)9.7–5.8 8.8–1.5 
Earnings before tax6,690–2,034x11,153–1,352x
    Return on sales before tax (%)9.9–5.0 8.6–1.4 
Earnings after tax5,040–1,536x8,454–1,019x
Automotive Division2      
Total research and development costs3,7743,132+ 20.57,7356,695+ 15.5
    R&D ratio (%)6.89.7 7.28.7 
Cash flows from operating activities10,1971,464x19,0883,009x
Cash flows from investing activities attributable to operating activities34,7113,751+ 25.68,8977,815+ 13.8
    of which: capex1,8532,042–9.33,7774,130–8.5
        capex/sales revenue (%)3.36.3 3.55.4 
Net cash flow5,486–2,288x10,191–4,806x
Net liquidity at June 30   35,04818,663+ 87.8
  1. Volume data including the unconsolidated Chinese joint These companies are accounted for using the equity method. Prior-year deliveries have been updated to reflect subsequent statistical trends.
  2. Including allocation of consolidation adjustments between the Automotive and Financial Services
  3. Excluding acquisition and disposal of equity investments: Q2 €456(– 547) million, H1 €7,359 (6,903)
Reservations open for new PEUGEOT 308 SW

Reservations open for new PEUGEOT 308 SW

PEUGEOT has opened reservations for the new 308 SW, an even more practical and versatile variant of the new 308.

Featuring a bold new design and class-leading safety features, the new 308 SW is available for the first time with efficient plug-in hybrid technology alongside advanced petrol and diesel engines. With reservations now open, the new 308 SW will arrive in showrooms in early 2022.

The new 308 SW adds a new dimension of practicality and style to the compact estate segment. For the first time ever, the new 308 SW is available with plug-in hybrid technology alongside efficient petrol and diesel engines, allowing buyers to choose the powertrain that best suits their needs.

From launch, customers have a choice between two plug-in hybrid powertrains – a HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 or the more powerful, HYBRID 225 e-EAT8, with both vehicles powered by a 12.4kWh electric battery and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Both models are capable of up to 39 miles in electric mode under WLTP testing. With CO2 emissions from 25g/km, the 308 SW HYBRID models are also eligible for a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 11%, making them ideal for fleet and business users.

Both plug-in hybrid variants come standard with a 3.7kW on-board charger, with buyers able to add a faster 7.4kW as an option. A full charge with the standard 3.7kW cable takes 3 hours and 55 minutes, decreasing to 1 hour and 55 minutes when using the faster 7.4kW charger.

From launch, the new 308 SW will also be available with PEUGEOT’s advanced petrol and diesel engines. Buyers have a choice between a 1.2-litre PureTech 130 petrol engine and a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. All models come standard with PEUGEOT’s smooth shifting eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission with Stop & Start technology.

Julie David, Managing Director, PEUGEOT UK, said: “The new 308 SW is the latest PEUGEOT model to give buyers the ability to choose the powertrain that best suits them. By 2025, our entire model line-up will feature an electrified variant. With a practical and bold design, as well a class-leading levels of technology, the new 308 SW offers buyers a unique and standout proposition in the compact estate segment.”

Sharp and practical design
The new 308 SW adds a new level of style and practicality to the competitive compact estate segment. The sloping roof, similar to the new 308, has been designed to maximise internal space for passengers and load items, while the pronounced skirts and sleek lines give the 308 SW an aggressive stand. The new 308 SW comes standard with Eco LED headlights, with GT and GT Premium models featuring Matrix LED lights for improved visibility and safety.

Compared to the new 308, the new 308 SW comes with a 57mm longer wheelbase and a 212mm longer rear overhang for improved space and boot volume. Load volume capacity is 608-litres, extending to 1,634 with the rear seats folded.  A smart electric tailgate with foot sensor and pedestrian detection adds convenience and peace of mind and is standard on GT Premium.

The new 308 SW features as standard a three-part rear seat configuration with a 40/20/40 split, with each rear seat able to fold individually to improve versatility. Objects up to 1.85m can be carried inside the new 308 SW.

Inside, all models feature PEUGEOT’s innovative i-Cockpit® interior with a new multifunction compact steering wheel and a 10-inch HD capacitive colour touchscreen. The interior contains PEUGEOT’s trademark ‘Piano Key’ controls alongside the new customisable i-Toggles® (from Allure trim onwards), allowing for easy access to key functions.

Plug-in hybrid models come with Electric, Hybrid and Sport driving modes, while petrol and diesel drivers can choose between Eco, Normal and Sport modes via the drive mode selector.

The new 308 SW is available with the following safety and driver assistance features as standard:

  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Speed limit & traffic sign recognition and recommendation
  • Driver attention warning
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation
  • Active Safety Brake with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • AVAS: Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (PHEV models only)

Other new technologies include:

  • 360° surround view parking assistance with four cameras (front, rear and both sides)
  • Semi-automatic lane change – The driver suggests a lane change manoeuver by setting the direction indicators. The system performs a semi-automatic lane change manoeuver if appropriate conditions are met and confirmed by the driver
  • Anticipated speed recommendation – the system suggests to the driver that they adapt their speed (acceleration or deceleration) according to the speed limit signs
  • Curve speed adaptation – at speeds of up to 112mph (where legal) the set-up optimises the car’s speed according to the severity of the bend

From launch, the new 308 SW will be available in Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium trim levels. From Allure trim onwards, buyers can opt for plug-in hybrid variants of the new 308 SW.

Active Premium
Active Premium models come standard with 16-inch ‘Auckland’ alloy wheels, a grained black ‘diffuser effect’ rear trim and a grained black rear cluster connecting strip between the tail lights. At the front, Eco LED automatic lights are standard alongside an automatic windscreen wiper, while the rear features full LED lights with PEUGEOT’s ‘three-claw’ signature.

Inside, customers can enjoy a new multi-function split leather and gloss compact steering wheel, as well as the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® featuring a 10-inch digital instrument panel display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. This trim level also features rear parking sensors, electrochrome frameless rear-view mirror, and driver and front passenger comfort seats for an improved ride.

Allure
Moving to Allure sees the new 308 SW upgraded to 17-inch ‘Calgary’ diamond-cut alloys and a front grille with horizontal chrome stamping, while plug-in hybrid models feature bespoke HYBRID badging around the vehicle.

Inside, the driver and passenger seats are covered in ‘Falgo’ Tri-Material with ‘Isabella’ leather effect cloth material and feature Mint stitching, while interior ambient lighting in the door panels add to the atmosphere. From Allure models onwards, all new 308 SW models come with the 40/20/40-split rear seats for improved versatility.

All Allure models come standard with PEUGEOT’s Connected 3D navigation with live traffic updates, the new PEUGEOT i-Connect® voice-operated assistant and the new customisable i-Toggles®. Allure models also come with front and rear parking sensors, and Visio Park 1 with a 180-degree reversing camera, as well as PEUGEOT’s Active Safety Brake technology, which is capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists by day and at night.

Allure Premium
Allure Premium variants of the new 308 SW add PEUGEOT’s Drive Assist Pack, with rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and long range Active Blind Spot detection. This trim level also features wireless smartphone charging and wireless connection for Android Auto and Apple Car Play™. Allure Premium models feature 17-inch ‘Halong’ diamond-cut alloy wheels.

GT
GT models introduce 18-inch ‘Kamakura’ diamond-cut two-tone alloy wheels and specific GT badging on petrol and diesel variants. The new PEUGEOT lion emblem is also added on the side wings of the 308 SW, while the radiator grille features a dark chrome chequered design, with body sills also extended to the front and sides for a more aggressive stance. The roof also sees bi-tone roof rails added, ideal for roof boxes, bicycles or other goods.

All GT models feature Full Matrix LED headlights and PEUGEOT’s new full LED 3D ‘claw effect’ rear lights with a sequential welcome signature.

Inside, PEUGEOT has installed its new Clean Cabin Technology inside all GT models, which helps reduce the amount of pollutants entering the cabin from the outside. Also standard on all GT models is PEUGEOT’s 3D i-Cockpit® with a configurable 3D head-up instrument panel and a heated steering wheel. GT variants also come standard with PEUGEOT’s Driver Sport Pack, with personalised colour schemes available on the digital display. Drivers can also adjust the steering wheel and accelerator response to a more sporty setting.

The compact steering wheel is enhanced with full grain leather and Adamite green stitching and GT badging, while the cloth seats are made up of ‘Fraxx knit’ Tri-material Alcantara® and come with an ‘Isabella’ leather effect.

Optional from GT is the Focal Premium HiFi 10HP system with four tweeters, two woofers, and one central speaker with sub-woofer for an even better acoustic experience.  

GT Premium
The range-topping GT Premium models add 18-inch ‘Portland’ diamond-cut two-tone black alloy wheels and feature an AGR-certified (for Aktion Gesunder Rücken) driver’s seat for improved support and comfort, which includes a massage function, while the heated driver and front passenger seats provide four-way electric lumbar adjustment.

All GT Premium models come with PEUGEOT’s Drive Assist Pack Plus – including semi-autonomous lane positioning assist technology – as well as Visio Park 3, which adds 360-degree colour HD camera technology and semi-automatic parking assistance. For added practicality, the tailgate has been upgraded with a smart electric tailgate with foot sensors, allowing users to open when passing the foot under the sensor. This is ideal when carrying heavy loads or bulky items.

Pricing
The new 308 SW is now available to configure on the PEUGEOT UK website. Customers can also download the price and specification guide and complete a cash purchase of their new 308 SW, with finance offers available later in the year. 

 EngineCOemissions(g/km)On the Road MRRP
Active Premium1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic129£25,200.000
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic118£26,600.00
Allure1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic130£27,050.00
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic121£28,450.00
HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic25£34,200.00
Allure Premium1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic130£27,950.00
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic121£29,350.00
HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic25£35,100.00
GT1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic131£29,850.00
1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic121£31,250.00
HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic26£37,000.00
HYBRID 225 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic26£38,400.00
GT Premium1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S 8-speed automatic131£31,450.00
HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic26£38,600.00
HYBRID 225 e-EAT8 8-speed automatic26£40,000.00
Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean edition: A glimpse into Bentley’s future

Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean edition: A glimpse into Bentley’s future

  • A limited edition to launch the new Flying Spur Hybrid, with exclusive exterior and interior content
  • First mainstream production Bentley to implement design influences from the EXP 100 GT concept car
  • Introduction of even more sustainable luxury cabin materials including tweed and open pore veneers
  • A statement of sustainable design, without compromise to renowned Bentley character and craftsmanship
  • Expert craftsmanship pushes the boundaries of bespoke stitching with graduated seat embroidery
  • Six curated exterior palettes harmonise with unique Pale Brodgar lower brightware and exclusive 21” ten twin-spoke wheels
  • Combined power of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) provided by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine and advanced electric motor

Bentley is today announcing details of a new limited edition to celebrate the introduction of its latest model, the Flying Spur Hybrid.

Taking inspiration from the EXP 100 GT concept car that defines Bentley’s view of luxury mobility in 2035, the Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is the first step on a journey to introduce new sustainable materials as part of its Beyond100 strategy.

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition not only uses an advanced hybrid powertrain delivering a combined power of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque, but also includes new, even more sustainable materials throughout the cabin, directly reflecting design details showcased in Bentley’s centenary concept car.  The cabin features panels of beautifully crafted tweed made from 100% British wool, twisting a blend of tonal colours into a bespoke yarn to create a unique natural luxury textile especially for Bentley.

With a focus on sustainability, the open pore Koa veneer fascias and waistrails use 90% less lacquer than high-gloss veneers, and allow the natural surface texture and aesthetic of the wood to be enjoyed. Selected from only the very best, most figured stock available, open-pore veneer is painted with just three ultra-thin layers of lacquer, together totalling only 0.1 mm in thickness.

The centre console is finished in a sleek, minimalist Piano Linen veneer, while a dedicated three-colour leather scheme lends the whole interior new depth. Together with new materials, sustainable leather is used widely across the cabin, thanks to its long-term durability. Indeed, Bentley’s own 1955 S1 Flying Spur was referenced during the design process, as the car still retains its original, now-66-year-old leather interior which is still in immaculate condition.

Accents to the interior are in a soft, warm hide called Autumn, with customers able to choose from five specifications that utilise Beluga, Porpoise, Cricketball, Brunel or Burnt Oak leather in tandem with light, modern Linen hide. A unique Odyssean Edition treadplate becomes apparent when entering or exiting the car, and is matched with exterior D-pillar badging.

In common with the ombré finishes seen in the EXP 100 GT interior, an exclusive new embroidery style sees thread colours blend calmly into one another across the width of each seat, defining and accentuating the “lofted diamond” pattern unique to the Flying Spur – together creating a stunning effect employed here by Bentley for the first time.

Deep pile overmats feature contrast binding, and can be upgraded to lambswool rugs – increasing the wool content of the interior yet further.

To the exterior, painted Pale Brodgar accents on the 21” ten twin-spoke wheels and lower brightware (front and rear bumpers, headlight and tail light surrounds and lower body side chrome) result in a uniquely serene character. A curated exterior palette of six colours have been recommended to harmonise with the Pale Brodgar accents, but the full Bentley palette can be chosen from.

Research Proves Effectiveness of Bentley Hybrids
As part of Bentley’s journey towards electrification and the recently announced Beyond100 strategy (delivering a product range composed entirely of plug-in hybrids or battery electric vehicles by 2026), a research activity has been undertaken to understand customer usage of Bentley Hybrid owners in detail.

Over 90 per cent of customers use their first generation Bentayga Hybrid on a daily basis or several times a week and nearly 100 per cent of customers use EV mode, with half of them consistently undertaking journeys of less than 30 miles.

In real world terms, this means that the majority of the journeys, whether office commuting or school runs, can be achieved predominantly whilst producing zero emissions.

Efficent, Effortless Grand Touring
The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition demonstrates that hybridisation does not compromise luxury or performance. With an unperceivable blend between the internal combustion engine and electric motor, refined serenity is on offer regardless of driving mode or style.

The new powertrain combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor. With high power reserves, superior torque and quick throttle response the latest hybrid model gives little away to the Flying Spur V8 in acceleration, passing 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.3 secs).

Delivering a total of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque – an additional 95 bhp in comparison to the Bentayga Hybrid. The Flying Spur Odyssean has the capability to cover over 700 km when fully fuelled.

The new powertrain achieves a significant reduction in fuel consumption whilst still providing the authentic Bentley character of effortless, refined performance.

Along with the unique colour and trim features, the Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition also includes a suite of equipment options, including:

  • Touring Specification – Bentley’s suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Safeguard+, Night Vision and Head-Up Display
  • Ann electrically deployed, illuminated Flying B bonnet mascot
  • LED Welcome Lamps (projecting Bentley Wings to the floor from all four doors)
  • Leather headliner
  • Three dimensional diamond leather upholstery to doors and rear quarters
  • Bentley Rotating Display
  • Interior mood lighting

Convenience Through Connected Car Services
The Flying Spur incorporates a class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive remote services – subject to regional availability – through the My Bentley app. The  a range of features – from ‘find my car’ and ‘lock my car’, through to car status and statistics. Specific features for the new Flying Spur Hybrid can be found in the convenient features and are as follows:

MY CAR STATISTICS – provides an overview of vehicle data, including time and date of recent trips as well as last trip distance, average speed, travel time and average fuel/electric consumption.

MY BATTERY CHARGE – allows remote initiation of vehicle charging, as long as the car is plugged in. Planned departure time can be selected, and the charging system will calculate a rate of charging to achieve the highest level of charge in line with the set time.

MY CABIN COMFORT – allows remote control to heat or cool the cabin to an optimum temperature of 22°C ahead of the journey, preparing  and conditioning the cabin while the car is still connected to power.

E-CHARGING – identifies the nearest charging point locations in the area or at a destination of choice, allowing navigation to the most convenient location. You can filter the results by distance, bay availability and charging rate.