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August 2011 Archive


New 2012 Fiat Panda revealed

The new Fiat Panda will keep the same famous shape as the previous two versions when it arrives in the UK, much to the relief of fans of the Italian city car.


Stunning Ford concept to influence future road cars

This hybrid, four-seat coupe with ‘gullwing’ doors and touch screen displays for drivers and passengers represents the next generation of new Ford cars.


New Land Rover Defender teased in DC100 concept

Land Rover has revealed how the next generation Land Rover Defender will look with a new concept that will split opinion on the iconic off-roader.


Jaguar XF – the best car in Britain

The UK’s favourite car of the past ten years is the British-built Jaguar XF, according to hundreds of thousands of drivers.


Citroen DS Line: together at last

The Frankfurt Motor Show is one of the largest motor shows in the world and a perfect opportunity to for car makers to showcase their future plans. This year, the show is bigger than ever, with Ford, Land Rover, Peugeot and Fiat all confirming exciting new cars for their show stands. Meanwhile Citroen’s stand will […]


Citroen vans offered with free fuel for a year

From tomorrow, Citroen will offer free fuel for a year on its van range, including the Citroen Berlingo, Citroen Dispatch and Citroen Relay panel vans.


One-off Chevrolet Cruze hatchback makes debut

Chevrolet has revealed a special one-off Cruze hatchback, based on the famous ‘Bluesmobile’ used in The Blue Brothers film.


Peugeot introduces 4×4 508 for 2012

Peugeot has revealed a four-wheel drive estate delivering 200bhp but with low enough CO2 emissions to qualify for zero first year road tax – and it’s coming to the UK in 2012.


Alfa Romeo 4C sports car nears UK launch

The Alfa Romeo 4C, the car that stunned the world at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is back with a new metallic body colour as a production version nears.


Peugeot’s people carrier of the future revealed

Peugeot has introduced its take on the next generation of people carriers, a long, flat six-seater designed to resemble a saloon.


The picks of the Vauxhall 0% APR offer

Vauxhall cars at Perrys are now being offered with 0% APR in what we’ve called ‘Finance made flexible’. The offer follows four simple steps. First, choose the Vauxhall car that you want to buy – more on that later. Then, choose the amount of deposit you are willing to pay for the car. Next, you […]


Alfa Romeo MiTo gets green TwinAir option

The Alfa Romeo MiTo will finally get Fiat’s TwinAir, two-cylinder petrol engine and with it free road tax in the UK for the first time on a petrol Alfa Romeo.


The safest car on the road?

What is the best car safety system on the road today? You may be tempted to think of Volvo, whose cars are renowned for their safety technology. However, you’d be wrong. The Ford Focus has been awarded the Best Car Safety System by BusinessCar in its ‘Techie’ awards for the Driver Assist Pack, which includes […]


Vauxhall Ampera given five-star safety rating

The Vauxhall Ampera is the first extended-range electric vehicle to be awarded a five star safety record.


New Fiat Doblo van revealed

Fiat has revealed a new dropside version of the Doblo Cargo van designed for heavy duty construction and agricultural work.


‘Exciting time’ for impressive Kia

Kia cars are no longer just about value for money, they now have wider appeal, says UK managing director Michael Cole.


Technology award for Fiat 500 TwinAir

The Fiat 500 has won another major award for its low running costs as a fleet car, it has been confirmed.


Five-star safety for new Citroen DS5

Citroen’s new DS5 premium hatchback has received a near-perfect five-star safety rating from Europe’s most respected safety tester.


Renault Clio, Twingo, Megane prices slashed

The new Renault Clio now starts from £7,795 after the introduction of a new lower priced model, the Renault Clio Pzaz.


Seat reveals updated Exeo for 2012

Seat has upgraded its Exeo saloon and ST estate for 2012 with the introduction of stylish new front end and, for the first time, a more eco-friendly engine option.


Last weekend for Perrys ‘ONE’ deal in Bolton

Perrys understand that buying a car can be expensive- that’s why the dealership on Bridgeman Street, Bolton has introduced the ‘ONE’ payment deal. Thanks to Perrys, customers can now enjoy the ‘ONE’ deal for the remainder of August. The ‘ONE’ deal is available on a selection of 75 used Peugeot vehicles, available to purchase at […]


Ford kicks off centenary tour with art car

Ford allowed a group of street artists to decorate a Focus hatchback in Scotland as part of its centenary celebrations.


Two Chevrolets score full marks in safety tests

Chevrolet now has three cars with a maximum safety rating from Euro NCAP – Europe’s leading safety institution and authority.


Kia Picanto is still a top safety pick

The latest batch of EuroNCAP safety ratings are out and there is one surprise – the superb new Kia Picanto city car was awarded a four-star rating. With the tests becoming more difficult each year, manufacturers have worked hard to ensure their cars gain a five-star rating from the most respected safety tests in Europe. […]


Perrys prepares for 61 plates

Perrys in Milton Keynes is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new 61 plate, which will be available in the dealership from the 1st September. With orders already being taken for brand new 61 plate cars, Perrys is urging motorists to visit the Bilton Road dealership and take advantage of a number of show stopping […]


New Kia Rio prices revealed

New 2012 Kia Rio prices will start from £10,595 when the car goes on sale from 1 September, the car maker has confirmed.


Ford Focus joins AA Driving School fleet

Learner drivers at the AA Driving School will soon he using the new Ford Focus to get their license, it has been announced.


Renault Twizy details announced before 2012 launch

Renault has revealed the new Twizy electric car will have a range of 62 miles, but this can be extended to 71 miles if conditions allow.


Land Rover sponsors Rugby World Cup 2011

The Rugby World Cup 2011 will play host to 30 Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery models this year after organisers turned to the British-built SUVs.


Perrys Amersham prepares for 61 MiTo

Perrys on Chesham Road, Amersham is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new 61 plate, which will be available in dealerships from the 1st September. Now taking orders for the new 61 plate, Perrys has a host of new models driving into the showroom including the all new Alfa Romeo MiTo, which comes with 3 […]


New Kia sports saloon concept revealed

Kia’s rise in the UK small car and SUV market has been rapid, but now the Korean car maker is looking to take on the German premium brands with a new four-door coupe saloon concept.


New survey highlights Ford Focus safety

The new Ford Focus boasts technology capable of preventing accidents caused by distracted drivers on the road, says the car maker.


New 2012 Kia Soul announced

The new Kia Soul will be revealed next month after Kia announced it will update the crossover for 2012.


Jaguar XK Coupe leads E-Type celebrations

An American Jaguar dealership will sell aspecial edition Jaguar cars – an XK coupe designed to match a classic E-Type.


Performance cars – the videos

Perrys Motors will always have a focus on road cars – those cars our customers want to buy and drive day-today. But that doesn’t mean performance cars are to be ignored, after all Jaguar and it’s powerful V8 engines, the Ford Focus RS500, the Seat Leon Cupra R and Renault’s Gordini range are just some […]


New 2011 Kia Rio tops green charts

The Kia Rio is the greenest car in the UK to not use an electric or hybrid system, based on CO2 emissions.


Arsenal signs deal with Citroen

Arsenal has made a big signing this summer after agreeing a deal with French car maker Citroen to take delivery of cars and vans for its coaches and staff.


Range Rover Evoque set for horse trials

Over 60 Land Rover cars will descend on the Burghley Horse Trials as part of its sponsorship of the 50-year old event.


New Jaguar sports car revealed in sketches

Jaguar will unveil a new two-seat sports car next month after releasing the first sketches of a car known as the C-X16 today.


Peugeot and Citroen join tyre awareness campaign

Peugeot and Citroen have joined Tyresafe, a campaign to improve tyre safety by offering information on tyre maintenance to customers.


Mazda6 Business Line residual values announced

Mazda has announced its new Mazda6 Business Line saloon will keep more of its value than its main competitors.


Ford focuses on 61 plate sales

Ford says it will be the best-selling car brand in the UK in September as the new ’61′ plates are introduced to the market.


One billion cars and the most popular by country

The car industry is awash with staggering numbers in the UK . For example, 60,000 Ford Fiestas have been sold in the UK in the first seven months of 2011 alone. But that is nothing compared to the car industry across the globe. This year, the number of cars in the world topped one billion […]


Renault extends warranty to three years

All Renault cars will come with a three year warranty from 1 September, the French car maker has revealed.


Ford Fiesta Econetic powered by the wind

Cars powered by electricity are increasingly popular, but Ford engines will soon be powered by wind after a 120m turbine was installed at the Dagenham plant.


Stylish new Renault dealerships planned for 2014

Perrys’ Renault showrooms are being given an upgrade for 2012 as part of an overhaul of the French brand in the UK.


Should Chevrolet build a sports car?

Chevrolet has a slight problem in the UK market. The GM-owned brand has a range of new, more modern and higher quality cars than ever, but the issue lies with its sister brand, Vauxhall. Both build a range of small cars with the odd SUV and people carrier thrown into the mix – typical volume […]


Surprise new Vauxhall set for September reveal

Vauxhall has revealed it will unveil a new ‘surprise’ concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.


Three-door Kia Picanto on sale in September

A new three-door Kia Picanto will join the five-door version from 1 September, it has been announced.


New 2012 Land Rover Defender goes greener

Hot on the heels of new engines for the Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4, Land Rover is making the Defender greener for 2011.


Seat tops dealer survey for the first time

Seat car dealerships are the best in the UK, according to an extensive survey looking at every manufacturer to sell cars in the UK.


Range Rover Evoque leads to dealership success

The long build up to the launch of the Range Rover Evoque next month has led Land Rover dealerships to vote the car maker as the fourth best in the UK.


Motability event at Perrys Milton Keynes

Perrys on Bilton Road, Bletchley is delighted to announce the arrival of a very special Motability event, to be held at the dealership between Friday 19th and Sunday 21st August. During the Motability Open Weekend, Perrys will have a wide range of Peugeot and Citroen models to test drive, many of which are available with […]


Perrys employee celebrates 20 years

One Perrys employee is celebrating a special anniversary after reaching 20 years of service at Perrys Motor Sales. Lee Ainsworth, workshop controller at Perrys Preston, has been at the site since beginning as an apprentice from Preston College in 1991. In that time he has taken part in 90 training courses – an average of […]


Perrys holds VIP event for Bolton customers

Perrys in Bolton will hold a special VIP weekend for a select band of customers, with a Las Vegas-style twist. Customers will literally be given the red carpet treatment as the dealership is transformed with blacked out windows and a roulette table complete with croupier. They will also be treated to drinks and food in […]


Car buyers turn to the internet

More car buyers than ever before are researching their car online before buying, according to a new survey. Over eight out of every ten car buyers use online classifieds before heading to a showroom to buy a car, according to car data expert HPI. Out of these, nearly half visited dealer websites such as Perrys […]


Last weekend of special Mazda test drives

The last chance to test drive the new Mazda MX-5 Sport Black and Mazda2 Black to win a VIP track day experience will take place at Perrys in Barnsley this weekend.


Green cars set for groundbreaking show

A selection of the most exciting electric cars ever created will be put on show at Battersea Power Station in September.


Mazda promises to cut waiting times

Mazda has promised to cut waiting times for new cars as UK car buyers face waits of up to six months for delivery.


UK drivers facing £1,000 fines for expired licenses

Up to 1.7 million in the UK are risking a £1,000 fine for not having an up-to-date driving license, a new survey has revealed. Photocard driving licences must be renewed every ten years in the UK, but many people have neglected this – meaning they face the prospect of a hefty fine. Darren Ardron, Regional […]


Top award for Peugeot 508 saloon

The Peugeot 508 Saloon has been named the greenest large family car on the market in the latest Next Green Car awards.


New choices for Renault Clio Gordini introduced

The Renault Clio Gordini, inspired by the former F1 team and other race cars from the past, has been upgraded to include greener engines, with a lower price to match.


UK business flocks to Ford

UK businesses are increasingly turning to greener cars, with Ford at the top of the list after another order for 139 vehicles was made this week.


Mazda shuns electric for new CX-5

Mazda will reject electric cars in favour of more efficient diesel and petrol options, it has confirmed.


Vauxhall Astra GTC Visualizer leads the way

We like innovative ideas when it comes to offering customers more choice when researching a car online – after all, our online magazine is one of the first of its kind. So it’s interesting to see the latest to come out of Vauxhall today. The car maker, the second most popular in the UK, has […]


New Seat Leon FR+ revealed

Seat has revealed a new, more powerful Seat Leon hatchback with over £2,500 worth of equipment added to the specification.


Ford Fiesta Centura special edition launched

Ford has revealed a special centenary edition of the Fiesta in the shape of the Ford Fiesta Centura.


Jaguar E-Type celebrations planned

One of the largest ever gatherings of racing Jaguar E-Types will take place at the Goodwood Revival in September, the British-based brand has revealed.


Ford dominates van sales once again

Ford once again outsold its nearest rivals two-to-one in the van sales charts in July due to the success of the Ford Transit.


Greenest ever Land Rover arrives in UK

The greenest Land Rover ever built will arrive in the UK this month – and it is not the new Range Rover Evoque.


Ford Fiesta, Focus named in British car top ten

The Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta have been named in the top ten best British cars – despite both models being made abroad by a US car maker.


Alfa Romeo Giulietta achieves sales success

Alfa Romeo continues to buck the trend for declining car sales with a 35 per cent increase in sales in July 2011 compared to the same month in 2010.


Renault Scenic named greenest MPV

The Renault Scenic has been named the greenest MPV at the Next Green Car Awards 2011 ahead of rivals from Ford, Seat and Volkswagen.


New ‘lower price’ trim levels explained

Are you confused by the Ford Fiesta Centura? Baffled by the Renault Twingo Bizu? Confounded by the Seat Leon Copa? Chances are you are not alone. The recent trend in offering new specification levels (a term used to describe the amount of equipment you get with your car) has grown rapidly in recent months. This […]


Citroen releases ‘Big Air’ shots

‘Big Air’ is a term made famous by the FIA World Rally Championship – the greatest rallying competition in the world. In the tournament, cars are regularly driven over jumps, resulting in spectacular, gravity-defying leaps from the top rallying drivers. As expected, Citroen has seen some of the more spectacular ‘Big Air’ moments. The manufacturer […]


UK athletes strip off for charity in Alfa shoot

Alfa Romeo has teamed up with UK athletes a year before the Olympics to raise money for Heart Research UK.


Seat Alhambra exceeds sales expectations

Seat’s resurgence in the UK shows no signs of abating after the styling Spanish car maker recorded record sales in the UK.


Ford Focus for under £13,000?

Ford reduced the price of the Focus to just £14,000 this week with the introduction of a Studio model. It’s a fine car, and at a price of £14,000 is incredibly desirable. However, here at Perrys we think we can go one better for those motorists looking for a good deal on a new Ford […]


New Ford Focus ST will be revealed next month

Ford is preparing to reveal four new cars next month, including a more performance-based version of the 2011 Ford Focus.


Chevrolet launches new ad campaign in UK

Chevrolet has launched a national campaign in the UK championing its US roots – as it prepares for the arrival of the distinctly American Chevrolet Camaro muscle car.


The UK’s best roadster revealed

The Mazda MX-5 has been named the Best Roadster in the UK for a remarkable sixth consecutive year, ahead of supercar makers such as Porsche and Lotus.


Ford Fiesta still most popular UK car

The Ford Fiesta is still the most popular car in the UK after topping the sales charts once again in July.


What are the most popular cars in the UK now?

The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK in July, as we reported, but as always there are several winners and losers.


Updated 2012 Mazda3 debut nears

The new and improved Mazda3 hatchback will make its first appearance on European soil next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Green awards for Vauxhall Corsa, Ampera

It may be one of the most popular car makers in Europe, but Vauxhall can now lay claim to being one of the greenest after taking home three green car awards this week.


Range Rover Evoque is Car of the Year 2011

The Range Rover Evoque has been named Auto Express Car of the Year, despite the first model only being built last month.


Seat Alhambra award streak continues

The Seat Alhambra has won its fifth ‘Best MPV’ award in the UK this year after Auto Express declared it the winner of the category in its 2011 awards.


Mazda CX-5 set for September debut

The new Mazda CX-5 will be introduced for the first time next month in Frankfurt months before it arrives in Perrys showrooms.


Fiat 500C by Gucci limited edition revealed

Fiat has revealed it will give the 500C the same Gucci-themed treatment as its city car sibling, the Fiat 500.


Citroen DS3, DS4 to star in Paris show

Citroen’s annual Paris exhibition will focus on the new Citroen DS3 and DS4 this year, the French car maker has revealed.


Ford showcases electric Transit Connect

Two all-electric Ford Transit Connect vans drove 75 miles on a single charge last week to showcase the range of the battery pack.


Perrys helps out in Jailbreak challenge

It sounds like an idea for a wacky Top Gear challenge, but Perrys is helping to support a race across the UK in aid of raising money for charity. The challenge is simple; 20 men and women from RAF Hilton will travel from Aylesbury to Wick in Scotland – that’s 630 miles – in just […]


Ford cuts Focus price by £2k

Ford has cut the price of the new Focus by £2,000 in preparation for the new ’61′ registration plates in September.


Today is worst day for European breakdowns

If you’re driving in Europe this weekend on your summer holidays, you are more likely to break down than on any other day of the year.

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