Highlights from Geneva Motor Show

Volvo XC40 wins “Car of the Year 2018”

It was at the Geneva International Motor Show that the final vote took place to decide the winner of the “Car of the Year” Award. And for 2018, it is the Volvo XC40. The “Car of the Year” trophy is one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive world, where 60 journalists from 23 countries are members of the jury.

 

The Volvo XC40 was voted number one ahead of six other vehicles, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5 series, Citroën C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger and Seat Ibiza. Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo received the award from Frank Janssen, motoring journalist from the German magazine STERN and President of the Jury. “The XC40 really deserved this accolade,” he said. “To receive it in Geneva is all the more rewarding as this is my favourite motor show.” Volvo has been a finalist on several occasions, but this is the first time it has won this prestigious award, with 83 points separating it from its competitors. The criteria taken into consideration for the award are, in addition to the innovation and the security, the design and the value for money.

Jaguar’s New I-Pace

The Geneva Motor Show 2018 saw something that may have looked a little familiar – the new Jaguar I-Pace is virtually identical to the concept car the company first showed to the world in 2016, but it’s something that gives us a real glance into Jaguar’s future.

The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric car to come from the British carmaker and it introduces a fresh, new cabin architecture and proportions. From the front, the I-Pace is recognisable as a Jaguar, with the LED headlights incorporating the brand’s distinctive ‘double J’ graphic. And the cut off rear end, which was developed to improve airflow and reduce aero drag, also incorporates Jaguar’s definitive long taillamps with a ‘drop down’ element below the very short decklid and slim backlight. The overall feel from the interior is one of open airiness, generous panoramic roof and open areas, such as the arch-like front of the centre console. Thanks to it being electric there’s no tunnel for the transmission and designers have been able to include a 10-litre stowage compartment in the front, and 890mm of rear legroom. “It’s a very practical car,” says Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum. He said how he “wanted to give the car a certain attitude that a Jaguar should have. A Jaguar should always be elegant,” he says. “It’s got attitude, it’s got stance, and it’s beautiful.”

McLaren Automotive Announces New ‘Hyper-GT’ Supercar

McLaren Automotive were pleased to announce at the Geneva motor show its forthcoming ‘Hyper-GT’, which will be capable of exceeding 243mph. That was the peak speed of their iconic McLaren F1.

The ‘Hyper-GT‘ is codenamed BP23, and as McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed at the motor show, there will be a public reveal of the car later this year. Only 106 will be produced and they are already sold at a cool £1.6million, plus taxes. The BP23 is the latest addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series. As well as being the fastest-ever McLaren, its designers have made sure that it will also be the most luxurious ever. It will have a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position – the same layout as the F1 – and a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, to deliver the unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren. The McLaren Special Operations division or MSO, is the department of McLaren Automotive that will personalise every vehicle to satisfy the taste of each individual owner, giving a real bespoke package. The BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used by the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series; this name, together with the maximum possible speed, will be disclosed nearer to the car’s reveal. Production is due to begin at the end of next year.

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept

Hyundai’s Le Fil Rouge concept car is a massive statement of intent from the Korean manufacturer and a very well executed one at that. It is a concept that encapsulates a ‘sensuous and sportiness’ theme that you will find on all future Hyundai vehicles. “Le Fil Rouge is our design vision concept,” says Hyundai VP of Design Sangyup Lee. “Hyundai has always been a practical brand. We make good cars with the best value for our customers. This is not going to cut it in the future. We really want to add emotional value to the car to make Hyundai become beloved by our special customers.”

The exterior of Le Fil Rouge concept is overwhelmed with incredible detailing and unique design elements that blend technology with aesthetic appeal. The interior takes the design vision further with thought given to the different requirements of the driver and their passengers – comfort for passengers, driving experience and optimized ergonomics for the driver. To emphasize Hyundai’s newfound electric vehicle design mission, Lee says the overall design is defined by the harmony between four fundamental elements: proportion, architecture, design and technology. “Technology is very important,” says Lee. “We as designers always ask ourselves how to integrate technology into the design to tell a story to our customers.” Hyundai’s sensitivity to design, material use and technology is perfectly integrated into their concept car. And that’s why Le Fil Rouge was one of the stars of the show.

The New 2019 Audi A6

The luxury four-door Audi A6 that greeted the world at Geneva shares the technology found in its recently revealed sisters, the A8 and A7, along with some very welcomed fuel-saving features.

There are two engines to choose from for the A6. There’s a 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 rated at 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and a turbodiesel. These will be mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic which will be standard in Europe for the new A6. For the first time, the A6 will feature four-wheel steering that can dial in up to 5 degrees of counter-steering at slow speeds for better manoeuvrability, or in concert with the front wheels at high speeds for better handling. Inside, the A6 is larger with more room for passengers and cargo, and interior lighting in up to 30 different shades. It features Audi’s newest MMI infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate controls. The A6 includes available safety features such as active lane control and adaptive cruise control, parking assist, vehicle-to-infrastructure hardware, and a raft of sensors and cameras that could help the A6 avoid crashes. Following cues from the A4 and A5, the styling of the A6 is evolutionary for the sedan, sharper than its predecessor with deeper creases and a bulging hood. Pricing information is yet to come, but the A6 is slated to reach showrooms later this year.

Peugeot 508’s Impressive Design

Many agreed that in the new 508, Peugeot has unveiled a design stunner. Whilst the current generation dates back to 2010 and that’s starting to show, this new one puts out a statement for its rivals to ponder. Underpinning the car is the flexible EMP2 platform from Peugeot parent company PSA Group. The interior looks are superbly classy with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.0-inch infotainment screen, and leather-trimmed steering wheel. There’s more details to come about the powertrain range that will be on offer and Peugeot will also offer the car with the latest electronic driver aids including a night vision system with object and pedestrian detection.

Preparing for longer car journeys

Stay hydrated

It may seem obvious, but one of the most important things in making long journeys both easier and safer is to ensure that you, and your car, stay hydrated. Recent research has shown that three out of four people on long road trips in Britain are likely to be de-hydrated – a major cause in behaviour changes, like irritability, bad temper and road rage.

It is particularly important for drivers to maintain fluid intakes if they are to face the congestion and arrive at their destination safe and sane. Even an hour’s drive across a city can result in the loss of as much as half a litre of water which needs to be replaced if drivers are to remain calm and comfortable.

Take a break

While caffeine-laden drinks are indispensable in giving drivers temporary relief from fatigue while travelling, the best option during a normal daytime family trip is plenty of stops to give everyone a break and a stretch as well as lots of water for passengers and driver. Soft drinks and tea and coffee can also contain ingredients that act as a diuretic: while they may initially quench the thirst, ultimately, they’ll lead to more toilet stops. De-hydration can also be responsible for lethargy, lack of concentration and alertness as well as headache – none of which makes for safe and happy drivers.

Avoid road rage

Longer journeys are often marked by disputes and ill temper due to the almost inevitable delays and frustration. By making some basic preparations, being mindful of driving style and keeping fluid levels up, then everyone can enjoy their outing.

Checklist for Happy Journeys

  • Ensure driver and car fluid levels are topped up, but while the car should be full of fuel, an overfull driver is likely to suffer from drowsiness. Both should be ready for the journey ahead, the driver refreshed and alert, the car serviced.
  • Begin the holiday as soon as the trip begins. This means wearing comfortable clothes and having plenty of snacks, drinks and treats for all the family in the car.
  • For kids it means making sure that they have got things to keep them entertained. Small, quiet toys are ideal while story CDs for older kids and sing-alongs for younger ones help to pass the time. Many kids these days are happy to play the latest games available on their mobile phones but be wary of travel sickness induced by constant concentration. Old favourites like ‘I Spy’ can also help to fend off travel sickness by encouraging the child to concentrate on items outside of the car.
  • Make sure that the car is well ventilated, if you have air-conditioning use it. A window blind can also help to deflect annoying sunlight.
  • Many children, and adults, find it relaxing to sleep in the car. Pillows and covers are a helpful aid to this although it is obviously vital that all passengers remain restrained by their seat belts.
  • Plan the route, and an alternative, and plan breaks into the schedule. A 20-minute break every two hours is the ideal if travelling with a young family. Think about the timing of your journey. Setting off late at night or in the early hours of the morning may mean avoiding the jams but it is also the peak time for fatigue related accidents.
  • If stuck in heavy traffic, keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front. This will help to keep pressure off the driver.

But most importantly enjoy the journey and your holiday!

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Dealing with travel sickness

We all remember the kids who used to sit by the bus windows on school trips, paper bag in hand looking greener by the minute. Back then it may not have been so common but the latest research shows that at least one in three people suffer from motion sickness and in the average family of five you can easily have two members suffering through long journeys.

Why is it that people suffer from travel sickness? Leading motion sickness expert Dr Michael Gresty explains: ‘We experience car sickness because a car’s cornering forces stimulate the balance organs in our inner ears to signal that we are being tilted but visibly, the car and view outside remain upright. Our brain becomes confused by these two apparently contradictory perceptions, and sends a message to the stomach to be sick. Vomiting is a warning that something strange is happening so as well as being sick, the body diverts blood to the muscles, so that the sufferer can move to get out of the situation.’

Tips for dealing with travel sickness

There are things that you can do to help yourself and your family from feeling ill in the car.

Avoid movement

Stay as still as possible, moving around and fidgeting will only make you uptight. Recline your seat if possible and close your eyes. If you need to keep your eyes open to spy on the kids, then make sure that you focus on the horizon, as reading or focussing on objects inside the car will only enhance the sickness.

Fresh air

Make sure that you keep a fresh supply of air flowing by opening a window, it doesn’t have to be all the way, just enough to feel a breeze. Fresh air can also help to reduce the pungent smells from food or air fresheners that create sickly aromas that are sure to make anyone feel travelsick. If you have to eat in the car make sure that the food is light and healthy.

Prepare

The best method to cure travel sickness is to be prepared. If you plan your route in advance you can allow for plenty of breaks. It is important that you allow for rests, especially on long journeys. If you are planning to have a meal during your break make sure that you eat something small and nutritious. Many people become travel sick after eating a large fatty meal consisting of dairy products, a food group that is notoriously difficult to digest.

If you follow all the handy hints then you should be able to ward off the symptoms of motion sickness but the secret of good preparation is to be prepared and have travel sickness tablets and paper bags with you at all times.

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Spring clean your car

But now it’s springtime and the weather is starting to brighten up a bit, so it’s the perfect time to spruce up your car! Not only can neglecting your car’s health compromise your safety but it can also cost you more on repairs and maintenance in the long term.

Now is the time when you should wash your car properly and give it a thorough check over to ensure you enjoy safe, reliable motoring through the warmer months.

Here’s our top 10 spring clean tips for your car:

1. Wash your car thoroughly – paying particular attention to the wheel arches, behind or beneath the bumpers and the sills below the doors. Better still, if you don’t fancy doing it yourself, treat your car to a spring clean at a Car Wash. It may cost you a few pounds but the time saved is well worth it!

2. Check inside the engine bay and remove any soggy leaves.

3. If you’re doing the cleaning yourself, remember to clean the wheels using a specialist cleaning product. (You can do a better job if you remove each wheel in turn, but only if you know how to do it safely – see your owner’s manual!). Also check the overall condition of the tyres for wear and tear and tread depth.

4. Now, vacuum the interior thoroughly – including inside the luggage space. Remove rubber mats and scrub them clean; use a suitable cleaner on upholstery and carpets.

5. Polish the paintwork – one panel at a time, so you can keep track of what you’ve done.

6. Check for chips and scratches in the paintwork and touch these up.

7. Clean all glass thoroughly – inside and out – as well as headlamps and other lights, plus door mirrors.

8. Check the condition of the wiper blades, which will have been used a lot in the winter. Don’t forget the rear wiper. It’s cheap and easy to replace them, so if they are looking a bit worn it’s best to change over now.

9. Inspect the exhaust system for corrosion.

10. Finally, lightly lubricate all hinges and door locks and apply a little petroleum jelly to the battery terminals.

Remember, regular servicing and maintenance of your car can maintain its resale value, save you money and make it safer to drive.

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Driving with pets – how to keep them safe

If you decide to take your pets in the car with you, it’s important that they are kept safe at all times, even if it is just a short journey. Many pet-owners are unaware of the laws around driving with pets, and that they could face a hefty fine if they are found driving without their pet properly restrained.

Here’s our top tips on driving with pets to make sure you’re both safe:

  • If you’re planning a longer trip, why not test your pets out first with some shorter journeys to get used to the car? Some animals feel agitated in smaller spaces so getting them used to a new environment will prevent any stress on the day.
  • Check your pet’s health before you travel, especially if you’re taking them on holiday or on a longer journey. Ensure they have the relevant pet insurance.
  • Feed your pet a light meal a couple of hours before you plan to leave and pack snacks and water for breaks in the journey.
  • Toilet breaks are essential not just for us humans, but especially for our pets. Make sure everyone has a toilet break before and during any long journeys.
  • It’s also a good idea, if you’re travelling with a dog, to take them for a long walk before the journey which might tire them out and help them relax. You could be fined if your pet is deemed to be a distraction so the calmer they are the better.
  • Make sure you have appropriate restraints for your four-legged friend, like a doggy seatbelt, pet guard or carrier. This is in accordance with Rule 57 of the Highway Code and sticking to this rule can ensure you don’t face those fines.
  • Remember to pack your pet’s favourite toys, blankets and leads. These can bring them comfort during the journey and ensure you’re prepared for when you reach your destination.
  • If you breakdown during your journey, it’s important to only let animals out of the car when it is safe to do so. Remember to always keep them on their lead or in their carrier and let the recovery service know you’re travelling with a pet.

These tips will help ensure that you and your passengers are kept safe on your journey.

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Car tax and MOT rules for 2018

VED (Car Tax) Changes

Vehicle Excise Duty, or VED is generally known as the car tax. In recent years, in a drive to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby lessen the effects of motoring pollution, the government has used the VED system to penalise drivers with less efficient cars. They made changes that came into force in April 2017, but because so many cars were falling into the zero or lower rated bands, they have tweaked the bands from April 2018 onwards. It means that drivers of new vehicles will be paying more, something to bear in mind next time you’re in the car showroom.

As before, you’ll have to pay a tax rate in the first year of ownership that is linked directly to the car’s CO2 emissions. Thereafter, there is a standard rate each year of £140 for cars whose list price is less that £40,000, and a standard rate that includes an additional £310 cost for cars over £40,000. It means that premium models will now cost £450 in total per year to tax.

It does signify for new vehicles, that the days of a VW Golf 2-litre diesel costing only £20 per annum in car tax are over. But the government have promised that the tax raised will go directly to road improvements, so perhaps we will all come out as winners.

MOT Changes

The most notable change is that defects will be categorised differently than before. Now you will be told about Dangerous, Major or Minor faults. Dangerous and Major faults will both result in a fail, while Minor defects will be passed. MOT testers will continue to give advice about items you need to monitor, known as ‘advisories’.

We’ve got a full rundown on the changes here.

The current MOT test certificate will change to a new style that will list the types of defects. And most vehicles over 40 years old will no longer need an MOT as long as they haven’t been substantially changed.

If you ever worry about forgetting the date of your MOT – and remember that there’s a £1,000 fine if you’re found driving without a valid MoT certificate, there is a new reminder service. Drivers can now get a free annual text message or email four weeks before their car’s MOT is due. You just need to sign up online.

Our top tips for driving with kids

We want your driving experience to be enjoyable, but also safe, so here are our top tips for driving with kids.

  • Our first, and most important, tip is safety. If you’re driving with children under the age of 12, or under 135cm in height, you are legally responsible for ensuring that they are seated in a baby or child car seat. There are a range of child car seats available, but whichever one you choose must be suitable for your child’s weight and size. They also must conform to regulations and ideally should be fitted by a trained car seat fitter.
  • Another important safety factor is the health and condition of your vehicle. Ensure your vehicle’s health is up to date with its annual MOT and services. You can also carry out regular checks yourself between these services, especially in winter.
  • If you’re planning a longer journey, the best thing to do is plan ahead. Check your route and opt for the safest route over the fastest. Breaks are important not only for the driver to have a rest, but also for your passengers to stretch their legs and have a toilet break.
  • Pack plenty of snacks and water to keep hydrated during the trip, especially in sunnier climates.
  • It’s safe to say that mobile phones and tablets are a great way to keep kids occupied but keep an eye on the time spent on these devices as they can cause motion sickness over a long period of time. Take the journey as an opportunity to get them away from their phones.
  • Breakdowns are never ideal, especially when you’re travelling with children. Make sure you only leave the vehicle when safe to do so and inform the recovery team that you are travelling with children.
  • Keep kids entertained. Traditional games such as eye-spy and the licence plate game are oldies but goodies. If they get bored easily or need a time out, pack some reading books or puzzle books. As the driver, try and avoid playing along (we know it’s hard) but the priority is to keep them occupied whilst you concentrate on the road.

So, the next time you’re planning a journey with kids, make sure you remember our tops tips for a fun, safe trip.

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The most common driving faults

Having a bump when parking

Most common when parking or manoeuvring the car, but normally don’t result in more than a few scratches or bumper damage. Our best advice is to take your time, move slowly and use all of your mirrors. Ask your passenger, or even a passer-by, for help guiding you into the space if you’re not sure.

Tailgating

Driving too close to the vehicle in front can result in a rear end collision if the car in front brakes suddenly or you aren’t paying attention. This can be avoided by applying the ‘two second rule’ – leaving a gap of at least two seconds between you and the car in front. And remember “only a fool breaks the two second rule”.

Stopping too close to the car in front

Sitting too close at lights or at junctions can result in being pushed into the vehicle in front in the event of you being hit from behind, or being unable to drive around the vehicle if it breaks down. This can be avoided by stopping so that you can see where the rear wheels of the vehicle in front touch the tarmac. Leave more space if the vehicle in front of you is an HGV.

Speeding

Speeding is the second most common cause of road accidents, after distracted drivers. It may be obvious but to avoid causing any accidents, stay within posted speed limits, and pay attention to the road ahead and your surroundings to identify anything that may cause you to slow down well in advance.

Using your mobile phone

Distractions whilst driving is the biggest cause of road accidents, especially when a driver is using their mobile phone. Drivers have been caught not only texting whilst driving, but also using social media and checking directions. All of these activities involve taking your eyes off the road and diverting your attention away from your surroundings, making you more likely to cause an accident. This endangers not only you, but your passengers, fellow drivers and pedestrians. Our advice is to keep off your mobile phone until you are parked in a safe place.

Tiredness

Driving whilst tired and potentially falling asleep at the wheel can have fatal consequences. The answer is to take regular breaks – a break of 15 minutes for every two hours of driving is about right. Do not attempt to drive long distances if you are already tired.

Not checking your blind spot

Blind spots vary from vehicle to vehicle, so make sure if you’re driving a new or unfamiliar car, that you get know these areas before you start your journey. Remember, your mirrors can’t show you everything so take the time to check your blind spot before changing lines.

Braking too late

Always try and alert the car behind by applying the brake lights early, which should encourage them to increase their following distance. This, combined with travelling at the legal speed and paying attention to your surroundings, are the best ways to avoid a collision.

Poor road positioning

This can cause vision problems for other drivers and their reaction time may be reduced. If another driver cannot see you until the last minute it may cause late braking or collisions, especially on faster roads. Stay within your lane and be cautious of other drivers around you.

Avoiding these common driving faults can ensure that not only you, but your passengers and other drivers, are kept safe on the road.

California to Capri

California dreaming

Not only is California loved by A-listers from Hollywood, but it has also inspired car makers like Volkswagen and Ferrari. The Ferrari California was originally launched in 2008, followed by variants such as California 30 and most recently, California T. 

Reaching 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph, the California T not only looks great but is pretty powerful, as you would expect from Ferrari. It’s no wonder they named it after a place synonymous with glamour and it certainly wouldn’t look out of place riding down Rodeo Drive. You’ll need the bank balance of Brad Pitt to afford one, with a 2017 model starting from around £127,000.

Desert driving

We’re staying in the USA but travelling south, near the Mexican border for two destinations that inspired Hyundai – Tuscon and Santa Fe. Both large, 4×4 models, with the Tuscon the smaller, compact SUV of the two.

Both are well-equipped to handle all terrains, especially the hot climate of places they’re named after. There are many similarities between the two models, with size and price being the main difference, with a used Santa Festarting at around £23,000 and £14,000 for a Tuscon. The two locations, situated near the Mexican border, have similarities too with both steeped in Spanish history. Which leads us on to our next destination…

Woah, we’re going to Ibiza!

Being Spanish, it’s not hard to see why SEAT has a long history in naming its cars after towns and cities in Spain, from the likes of Leon, Toledo and Altea. But by far the most iconic of SEAT’s offerings is the Ibiza.

Named after the party loving island, both car and location are popular with the younger generation. The Ibiza is a great, sporty number and not too pricey! The 3-door option is perfect as a first car for someone who likes to be seen. Most modern models come in a variety of colours, sound system upgrades and all the gadgets.

Classic Capri

It’s a 2-hour plane journey from Ibiza to our next destination, Capri, an island in the Province of Naples. We’re also going back in time to the days of the Ford Capri, first released back in 1968. It was a highly successful model for Ford, going on to sell nearly 1.9 million in its 18-year run. Very much a classic car these days, depending on the condition and spec, a classic Capri can cost between £10,000 and £34,000.

Road to Rio

It’s time to get into the carnival spirit and head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the small compact from Kia. The Kia Rio is now in its fourth generation from the South Korean manufacturer since its original launch in 2000 and competes with the likes of the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Skoda Fabia. If you’re looking for a 2017 model, prices start from around £8,000 – £9,000.

Its namesake is a little more vibrant, known for its carnival, samba and beaches. It is one of the most visited cities in the world, with tourists flocking there every year to visit the many iconic landmarks including Christ the Redeemer.

Come to Cambridge

For the last stop on our world tour, we’re heading back home to the UK for the Austin Cambridge. Not only was it named after the university city in England, it was also British made in Oxford. Production of the Austin Cambridge ran for 17 years, in a range of body styles. Deluxe versions had heaters, leather seats and carpet, with a radio and clock as optional extras.

Cambridge itself is most famous for the world-renowned University of Cambridge, founded in 1209. Famous Cambridge alumni include Charles Darwin, Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Hawking and Prince Charles.

New technology for easier and safer driving

Here’s just a few examples of new technology becoming a standard feature in new cars.

Some basic features for new cars are systems that assist you with your everyday driving, but just that little bit better and safer. Some of the most common are Brake Assist systems.

These use cameras or radar technology to be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians around your car. It allows the car to brake in the safest and quickest way, supporting what you’d want to happen. Nissan for example has their ProPILOT that combines advanced image processing technology using four high-resolution cameras along with information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car.

This advanced driving assistant uses the information on the traffic and road conditions data supplied by the technology to automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front. It also steers the vehicle to help you keep to the centre of the lane.

An added and very helpful feature is its fully auto-parking system to help you squeeze into that small parking space. Keep your eye on that in the future – there are currently parking systems in development where you can park the car while you’re not even in it!

Modern drivers have long become used to cruise control, where with a flick of a switch you can set your speed on the motorway and take your foot off the accelerator, but now there’s Adaptive Cruise Control available.

This is often linked to a Stop&Go function and regulates the car’s speed depending on traffic flow, even allowing for drivers to come to a complete stop and then start again automatically. Even such things as the headlights are being developed with new tech to improve them. The new Matrix LED Headlights are extremely useful. Not only do they provide precise illumination of the road but they reduce the risk of dazzling other road users by automatically switching individual LEDs in the headlight unit on and off or dimming them as necessary.

More traditional tech has improved too. Audi are continuing to develop their All-Wheel-Drive system which provides outstanding grip with the road in both extreme and every day conditions. It was developed through Audi motorsport engineering, with Quattro being the cornerstone of their philosophy. Today it brings safety, sportiness and performance to everyday driving.

Drivers Need to Develop Too

There is a downside to all this in-car technology. A recent survey revealed that it is evolving faster than the typical driver’s understanding. So, it’s not unusual for owners to be missing out on the benefits of features that they may have paid more than £1,300 for.

It highlights the importance of a good dealer, who’s willing to spend the time with you when you buy the car (and perhaps at a later date), to take you through all that amazing tech. But as we’ve seen, this new technology can help make driving easier and safer, and is definitely here to stay.