Silverstone and Renault Team Up for New Teen Drive

Silverstone has teamed up with Renaultsport to provide a new driving experience, Rookie Drive, to provide essential driver training for teenagers.

The Rookie Drive road skills initiative provides an ideal opportunity for teenagers aged 13 years and over to get their first experience behind the wheel of a car.  And not just any car, but today’s hottest of hot hatches, the Clio Renaultsport 200 Cup.

Rookie Drive is priced at just £45 and takes place in a controlled environment at Silverstone with expert guidance from Silverstone’s fully qualified driving instructors.  Students will take away a certificate along with new found skills after the two-hour course.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits, said, “Silverstone is delighted to extend its range of driving experiences to now offer professional driver training for teenagers.  They will learn skills that will give them a head start as well as being a fun experience, and they’ll certainly have that in the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Cup”

Renault to produce Electric Fluence in Bursa, Turkey

Following the announcement last week of the production site for the future electric, zero-emission Kangoo Van, Renault has now announced that the electric version of Fluence will be manufactured at the OYAK-Renault Bursa plant in Turkey. Production will start in the first half of 2011.

Unveiled as Fluence Z.E. Concept, the electric vehicle (EV) will be produced on the same production line as the conventionally-powered versions of Fluence. As at Maubeuge, where the Group will produce electric, petrol and diesel Kangoos, this option will limit the entry price of the programme and ensure an industrial fast start, while ensuring top-level quality.

Producing the future EV at Bursa allows Renault to benefit from the site’s excellent performance on quality, cost and lead times, along with local sourcing. As a result, the Group will be able to market the zero-emission saloon at the same attractive price as internal combustion models.

Scoring high on elegance and comfort, Fluence is a midsize saloon aimed at strengthening Renault’s international presence. Owners of the electric model will have three battery charge options: standard charge, rapid charge and ‘QuickDrop’ battery exchange. Renault will launch the Fluence EV first in Israel and Denmark, followed by other countries, from the first half of 2011.

Renault has now revealed the four production sites for its future EV range. The city car previewed by Zoé Z.E. Concept and the electric Kangoo will both be produced in France, at Flins and Maubeuge respectively. The vehicle based on Twizy Z.E. Concept will be built in Valladolid, Spain.

Fully aware of the issues involved in sustainable mobility, Renault has decided to mass market a complete range of affordable zero-emission electric vehicles starting in 2011.

Renault Revives Giordini

The little blue bombshells with two white stripes are back. The famous Gordini name was a symbol of French success that thrilled several generations of motorists who were thirsty for sporty sensations at the wheel of a fun car. The French blue, white stripes and front panel inset with four round headlights all contributed to an eternal identity that is an important part of Renault’s sporting heritage.

In a few months, new Gordini-badged versions will strengthen Renault’s offering in the compact sports segment injecting additional joie de vivre.

The fashionable and sporty Gordini label still possesses its exclusive, sport-oriented values. The Gordini versions are derived from sports models that are already renowned for their outstanding performance.

Twingo Gordini will be unveiled on 25 November at L’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris as part of the ‘Christmas in Blue’ exhibition. It will be launched next spring. Clio Gordini will be launched a few months later.


Amédée Gordini, who developed almost 200,000 Renault vehicles over a 20-year period, achieved some of the brand’s greatest sporting achievements.

Born in 1899, within a year of Louis Renault building his very first vehicle, Amédée Gordini was fascinated by automobiles and motor racing from a very young age. After working as a racing mechanic in his teens, Gordini developed his own sports racing and Grand Prix cars before being engaged by Renault in the mid-1950s. The Renault 8 Gordini was one of his most successful and iconic creations, finishing 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 1964 Tour of Corsica rally. In 1966, the 1300cc version heralded the Gordini Cup one-make race series, the blueprint for all single-make motorsport championships.


The R8 Gordini delighted lovers of fun driving for a whole decade and even featured in French films alongside famous stars including Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura.

This small sports saloon was a big hit with the younger generation of drivers and the trend had been set. Gordini became a symbol of success for a whole generation and embodied a state of mind – the spirit of a triumphant France that shared its successes with everyone.

With its elegant finish and strong design codes, the Gordini label offers a fresh interpretation of Renault’s sporty values.

Renault naturally opted to build on the reputation of Renault Sport Technologies (RST) to transform the Gordini legend into a reality. Renault’s sports division has prolonged the Gordini heritage through its renowned expertise in motor sport and the development of sports models.

RST is the world’s leading organiser of motor sport events. Since 2005, almost 3 million fans have attended World Series by Renault meetings, the Mégane Trophy and Clio Cup races and special events for motor sport enthusiasts. RST is a leading player in the motor sports sector.

Both in competition and series production, Renault’s sports models, such as the Mégane Renaultsport, Clio Renaultsport and Twingo Renaultsport, developed by RST, are acknowledged as figuring amongst the best-performing vehicles in their sectors.

New Renault Scénic Wins The Coveted 2009 Golden Steering Wheel Award

New Renault Scénic has won the 2009 Golden Steering Wheel award for MPVs. This prestigious award is given by the German daily Bild am Sonntag and by the readers of Auto Bild and similar European magazines circulated in 25 countries.

New Renault Scénic ran away with the victory, racking up 30.6% of the votes to win this year’s MPV category. In all, more than 250,000 readers from 25 European countries took part in the vote.

Some 46 vehicles from six categories fought it out in the competition, which took place for the 34th time since 1976. Readers chose the winners of the supercar and MPV categories directly, on a range of criteria including styling, design, comfort, roadholding, safety, quality and environmental performance.

Patrick Pélata, Chief Operating Officer of Renault, received the Golden Steering Wheel in Berlin, “It is a great pleasure to receive this prize. Auto Bild readers are very demanding drivers, so this award is a precious testimony of the qualities of our New Scénic, which it is currently the most sold MPV in Europe.”

Scénic invented this segment 13 years ago. Launched in June 2009, New Scénic is currently Europe’s second best-selling MPV, just 1,200 units behind the leader, with a 14% share of the market. As announced recently, it is expected to regain its leadership position in the compact MPV segment in Western Europe by the end of the year.

Grinstead Focus Is League Title

Manager Matt Jones insists his Lifestyle Ford sponsored East Grinstead players are fully focused on finishing top of the table.

The reigning national champions slipped five points behind the top two when they were made to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Bowdon on Sunday.

Finishing third would still put Grinstead in with a chance of retaining their crown due to a change in format this season with the title being decided by end-of-season play-offs.

But Jones says finishing first is the priority, as it would ensure one of the three EuroHockey League places up for grabs for next season, and he believes international call-ups rather than a change in format will have more of an influence on the final outcome.

Glenn Kirkham was the only Grinstead player named yesterday in the England squad for the Champions Trophy in Melbourne which departs a week tomorrow and will not return until the winter break has kicked in for domestic hockey.

By contrast, top two Reading and Surbiton have seven players between them in the squad while Simon Mantell (Reading), Ben Hawes and Matt Daly (both Surbiton) will join them in contention for February’s World Cup.

Jones said: “The squad are aware of how different the season will be. It will be a season of two halves due to international commitments, for some clubs more than others.

“Surbiton will suffer in the second half of the season and will push for the play-offs when their internationals are back.

“Our players know what has to be done and thoughts of relaxation because five slots are available (in the play-offs) have been put right to the backs of the minds.

“We want to win this league in the regular season because it guarantees an EHL spot for next season.”

Dave De Prez and Gareth Carr scored in each half as Grinstead twice came from behind to draw with Bowdon in a match which marked the long-awaited return from injury of Danny Hall as well as a debut for young German Mats Grambusch.

Jones said: “It was pretty disappointing. It was lacklustre and I cannot put a finger on one particular thing that contributed to putting in a sub-standard display like that.

New Mazda CX-7 ‘Sports Crossover’ hits Lifestyle Mazda

New Mazda CX-7 ‘Sports Crossover’, available from Lifestyle Mazda in Horsham, Crawley and Eastbourne now at £25,785 OTR

  • Improved handling and sport-car styling
  • New turbocharged 2.2-litre diesel engine delivers high power and torque
  • Upgraded safety technologies enhance ‘active’ safety
  • Electronically controlled Active Torque 4-wheel drive system
  • Available in one highly equipped model – the Mazda CX-7 Sport Tech Diesel

The New Mazda CX-7 ‘Sports Crossover’ will be available in showrooms in the UK from 1 November. This exciting new Mazda is a single, highly specified model, priced at £25,785 on-the-road in a choice of five colours. Featuring a new turbo-charged 2.2-litre diesel engine which generates 173ps and 400Nm of torque, this new model offers both low fuel consumption and low emissions.

One of the world’s first SUV’s to combine sporty design and driving experience with SUV practicality and roominess. The new model refines the attributes of its predecessor and preserves its sporty nature. Updated design, improved ride comfort and handling stability means the new Mazda CX-7 will appeal to a whole new sector in the growing diesel market.

Appropriate to the more sophisticated and emotionally appealing look, the new Mazda CX-7 has a more dynamic ‘face’ with a larger five-point grille and chrome detailing. It also has numerous features as standard, including leather seats, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, electric driver’s and front passenger’s heated seats, a bespoke BOSE® premium surround sound audio system, integrated satellite navigation and Bluetooth® technology.

A choice of five body colours is available, including Brilliant Black and Aluminium Silver Metallic, which contains aluminium particles that diffuse light and cause diverse kinds of reflections and shadow, plus Copper Red, Galaxy Grey and Stormy Blue Mica.

Thanks to upgraded safety technologies including a new Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) system which activates the hazard warning lights whenever the driver brakes abruptly and heavily and the new Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) system aiding safe lane-changing, the new Mazda CX-7 helps drivers to cope with everyday hazards of motoring.

Attractive Motability Offers at Lifestyle Mazda

Lifestyle Mazda
has announced some enticing offers now available on specific models within Mazda’s Motability range.  Until the end of December, customers at the Bishopric, Manor Royal and Lottbridge Drove-based dealerships can take advantage of nil advance payments when purchasing three and five-door versions of the Mazda2 1.3 TS through the Motability scheme.  Motability customers can also purchase the Mazda2 1.3 TS2 three-door with an advance payment of just £95.

With a starting price of £9,295 (on-the-road), the entry-level Mazda2 (TS, 3dr, 1.3-litre, 75ps petrol) with air-conditioning as standard, is one of the most price-competitive small cars in the UK.  The TS2 models start at £10,295 and feature interior design updates and additional equipment items.

“There is no need for our Mazda customers to compromise on style, performance or practicality when buying through the Motability scheme with these attractive offers,” commented Mark Spowage, dealer principal at Lifestyle Mazda.  “We are confident that customers will find a car to suit all tastes and needs with more than 50 different versions of Mazda cars available on the Motability scheme.”

Lifestyle Mazda offers three different payment plans; contract hire and purchase hire schemes for new cars and a hire purchase scheme for used vehicles.

Motability is a national UK charity that helps people with disabilities to achieve greater mobility on the road.  Set up by the government in 1977, its aim is to provide vehicles and powered wheelchairs for disabled people and their families.

To find out more about any of the Mazda range, please visit our website of call in at your nearest Lifestyle Mazda Dealership in Horsham, Crawley or Eastbourne.


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