Autumn arrival for new-look Ford Mondeo

Ford of Europe will debut its stylish and technologically advanced new Mondeo at the 2010 Moscow International Automobile Salon on August 25. The new model – in UK dealerships in October – features a restyled exterior and uprated interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains, plus a host of new driver comfort and convenience features and safety technologies.

The first official preview images show that, following similar updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year, the new Mondeo is the latest to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design.

“The Ford Mondeo is already a very strong package and, with the significant design changes and in particular the comprehensive array of new technologies we are introducing, we have no doubt that the new model will strengthen Mondeo’s position as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up,” said John Fleming, Ford of Europe chairman and CEO. “This is the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality Mondeo we have ever launched, and it completes the regeneration of our CD segment range in 2010.”

Smart design, enhanced quality

Key exterior changes include distinctive new grilles featuring a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim, stylish opening above, plus an enhanced bonnet profile. New front bumpers include LED daytime running lights, and re-designed rear lights also employ LED technology. Additionally a new rear deck lid treatment matches the revised rear light profile.

The interior is also upgraded and features a new flow-through centre console design, revised door treatment featuring flush and integrated door release handles, and a new central overhead console with ambient lighting. New trim materials across the range have been selected to enhance the premium interior feel of the new Mondeo.

New Mondeo’s interior also benefits from a range of new features, including the introduction of LED courtesy lights and a new satellite navigation system, while music lovers will be able to enjoy the new Premium Sound System option which incorporates a 265-watt, eight-channel amplifier unit, all-new speaker system and large, 17-litre subwoofer.

Higher performance, more technology

The launch of the new Mondeo will see the first application of a higher performance 240PS version of the efficient 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine. This will be complemented by the existing 203PS version of this engine launched in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier this year.

While the new 240PS engine provides extra performance, average CO2 emissions are targeted to be just 179g/km, the same as the 203PS unit, regardless of bodystyle. Ford EcoBoost technology also provides fuel consumption and emissions reductions of up to 20 per cent compared to traditional petrol engines of a similar capacity.

Another first for the new Mondeo is the introduction of the comprehensively revised 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200PS, making it the most powerful Duratorq diesel engine to date. The Mondeo TDCi line-up sees this new engine joined by a significantly improved 2.0-litre DuratorqTDCidiesel that has already been introduced to the Mondeo range earlier this year. This engine is available with 115, 140 or 163PS power ratings, with all of them delivering an average CO2 emission of just 139g/km with a six-speed manual transmission, regardless of bodystyles.

To make these powertrains even more efficient, a number of new Ford ECOnetic Technologies are now made available, including Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and – a Ford first – an Active Grille Shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment to reduce aerodynamic drag, but also offers benefits to the engine heating characteristics to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance in cold weather.

Powertrain advances in the new Mondeo also extend to the transmission: the latest six-speed Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system comes as standard for Ford EcoBoost petrol engines, and will be available as an option for the 140PS and 163PS versions of the 2.0-litreDuratorqTDCi.

The new Mondeo range will include a comprehensive array of driver assistance features, many of which are appearing for the first time in a Ford model, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. New features already introduced in the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models are now extended to the Mondeo range, including the Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera.

To find out more before the New Ford Mondeo is released please contact your nearest Lifestyle Ford Dealer in Kent, Sussex or Surrey.

Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles force last heat decider in Elite League



Once again, Lifestyle Europe sponsored Eastbourne Eagles had clearly referred to the Harry Houdini annals of escapology as they forced yet another Arlington last heat decider, having previously been staring down the barrel of a gun at a 14-point, 22-8 deficit after only five heats as they hosted current Elite League Champions, the Wolverhampton Wolves at the Sussex venue on Thursday evening.

Unfortunately on this occasion however, it was to prove one race too far and although Matej Zagar took the final race from Wolves top duo, double figure men Tai Woffinden and Fredrik Lindgren, team mate Ricky Kling proved unable to cap another free scoring reserve display, four wins contained in a resounding 13-point haul, with the second place and the 5-1 they needed, one that would have seen them lead for the one and only time of the match by a single point at the end of the fifteen heats.

It was not to be and in the event, Wolverhampton travelled back to Monmore Green with three Elite League points in hand courtesy of an eventual 48-45 victor, however for a large part of the contest, particularly with the Eagles being hit with a trio of 5-1’s in the opening four races and a fifth heat 4-2 that saw them go those 14-points in arrears, there would probably have been few at Arlington who would have predicted anything other than a hefty home defeat, the Eagles again having made life difficult for themselves with what has seemingly become a customary slow start to proceedings.

Indeed, the final scoreline could well have hit crisis proportions at that stage, but it didn’t prove a good night at the races for the Eagles for a number of reasons, the Sussex side finishing the meeting with only five fit riders, Polish reserve Dawid Lampart being ferried to hospital with a broken collarbone following a spill in heat eight while skipper Cameron Woodward was also forced to withdraw just one race later, the legacy of a horror crash in heat five, one that saw him catapult over the safety air barrier and almost into the crowd.

Certainly there was seldom a dull moment, the home fans, together with the Eagles management taking issue with a number of decisions made by referee Phil Griffin, however the official, characteristically, called it just as he saw it and stuck to his guns and whatever the apparent rights and wrongs of the situation, in the early part it appeared to have little to do with the Eagles falling so far behind and at such an early stage.

As the tapes rose on heat one, momentarily the signs fared well as Zagar and Lukas Dryml sped into an early lead but it wasn’t destined to last as firstly Ty Proctor, down the back straight first time around and then Lindgren the elder, heading into lap two breezed through on the inside of the Eastbourne pair to set the Wolves steam roller in motion.

Kling took the chequered flag in a rerun heat two, with Lampart having been ruled out following a first bend tumble. Zagar followed suit with a win for double points, taking the tactical ride, in the sixth, Dryml following in third for Eagles first race advantage, a 7-2 and then it was that man Kling again who romped home in the next ahead of Adam Skornicki and Nicolai Klindt to at least temper the visiting onslaught.

The pleasure / pain principle had a part to play in the eighth, the young Pole sustaining that nasty injury before Dryml combined with Kling to snip a further 2-points from the Wolves lead, the home 4-2 reducing the deficit to 7-points, 29-22 at that stage.

A further 5-1 to the visitors in the ninth, Woffinden and British under 21 Champion Joe Haines, combining for a maximum at the expense of Simon Gustafsson ultimately proved crucial but it was then, with Woodward also having withdrawn from the meeting, that the five man Eastbourne unit really got stuck in and started to bare their teeth.

Zagar and Dryml responded with a quick reply 5-1 in heat ten while Joonas Kylmakorpi, following two ineffective outings, inflicted a first defeat of the evening on Fredrik Lindgren.

Kling, unfortunately earned himself an exclusion in that one, a robust fourth bend challenge to take second place seeing his fellow Swede clatter into the fence, however the Eagles Swedish reserve was back in action in the next and hitting the front of the pack in race twelve, with Gustafsson in hot pursuit ahead of Klindt and Haines for the 5-1 that further eroded the visitors lead, the difference between the sides now standing at just 3-points, 39-36 with three races left on the card.

Zagar was fastest from the traps in heat 13 but Lindgren was faster to finish keeping the Wolves noses ahead but Kling, the lone survivor of the penultimate race, with Woodward and Lampart now ruled out, held his nerve and seized his fourth win of the night ahead of Skornicki to take the match to a last heat decider.

It would have been boys own stuff should Kling have been able to provide a repeat of that form and follow Zagar home in the last but unfortunately it was not to be, however, following another 11-point turnaround, the Eagles contingent, together with their supporters had seen enough to know that if they could ever start a meeting the same way that they finish them, then they could surely be a match for the very best.

If you would like to know more about the Eastboure Eagles please visit their website

Lifestyle Europe has gone mobile!

With millions of people now using iphones, Blackberries and smart phones, we as a business decided that taking the plunge into one of the fastest growing markets was the next logical step.

I guess you could say that like food, water and oxygen, smart phones are now relied upon by a huge percentage of the population, some would argue that they are not key to the survival of the human race, but they have certainly become something many can’t do without!

Our strategy in recent years has been to lie somewhere near to the top of the pile with regards to the online arena, not necessarily being at the cutting edge of technology as we understand that some things need time to grow and develop, but standing quietly looking on and getting the timing right when we can see a growth potential.

We now have a huge reliance upon business generated from the web and have invested time, effort and money in providing a platform on which we can communicate to customers, however, with the mobile market growing we have the pleasure of announcing our new mobile website.

We haven’t gone for unnecessary features and gadgets, just simplicity – If you’re looking for something whilst you are on the go, then time is of the essence. The new Lifestyle Europe Mobile site delivers; and it delivers what our current customers have asked for  so we can ensure we get it right, first time.

Features include the ability to search all of our used stock with image galleries, simple contact processes and the core vehicle specifications. The journey is straightforward. Look for a car, find a car, get the core info and then enquire about it. From this point on the rest is down to us to ensure we communicate quickly and efficiently with our customers. At the end of the day we want to sell cars, so why complicate matters?

If you are in the market for a new car, then we have also built an offers section, giving customers an overview of what’s on offer and how it can be financed. The only thing we have added which we feel is a little touch of luxury is the ability to request a car valuation. What if, for example, you want to purchase a car but you don’t have an idea of your current vehicles part exchange value? Simple, snap a picture, fill in a few key details and send it to us – We can within the hour come back to you with an outline value on your vehicle, which means as a customer you know what your next step is.

We’ve also added in a Service Booking Form, again, within a few minutes you can have the peace of mind that once your booking is made all is taken care of. A quick email back to you to confirm the details and even a text reminder the day before your car is due in with us is what many of our customers requested, so we have listened to the feedback and considered the appropriate way of handling expectations.

Lastly and most importantly is finding us. With comprehensive mapping and location details you can utilise your phones GPS to navigate your way to any one of our friendly dealerships, so, in short, if you need us we’ll always be there no matter what your choice of medium to get to us or get in touch.

The only thing we haven’t worked out yet, is how to get a smart phone to boil a kettle and make the perfect coffee or tea in advance of your arrival at one of our dealerships, but we do have a large team on hand who can, so why not pop in and experience Lifestyle for yourself – We’d love to see you.

Visit the Lifestyle Europe Website today – Simply type into your mobile browser and save us to your home screen for quick referencing to one of the most successful Car Dealer Groups in the South East.

A walk on the wildside…

Well, they say customers come is all shapes and sizes, but a duck and 8 ducklings browsing the forecourt at our Carzone site has to be a first.

The inquisitive family lingered round our Apache Quad Bike display for a short time before deciding that the Subaru Impreza STi was more their style!

Car Salesman Jay Neave-Simon was on hand to discuss the families requirements in more detail and despite advice that an MPV was potentially more practical for a family of this size the duck, known as Mary, who resides just a short distance down the road was adamant that they were looking for something more sporty.

Richard Clapshoe, Manager at the site commented,

“We discussed many of the options available at all of our Lifestyle Dealerships and agreed that Diamondbrite would be a valuable extra to consider, as it protects against bird-lime damage and staining from spillages, which for anyone with kids will know is a regular occurance “

At this stage, the family have decided that they will mull their options over this evening and will come back to us once they have made a final decision.

Mary and her 8 ducklings have now made their way safely to a nearby pond in the Salfords area with the help of a kindly neighbour and we can confirm that they are all safe and sound back where they belong.

If you are ever in a situation whereby you find an animal in an unfamiliar environment please contact the RSPCA for further advice.

Renault Clio Gordini Pricing Revealed

Renault has announced the prices for the second Renaultsport model to get the full limited edition Gordini makeover.

It’s coming to a Lifestyle Renault Dealer near you (and if you’re not near to us you can still buy from us)! – the limited edition Clio Gordini 200.

Available to order now,  the Clio Gordini will be arriving from  the beginning of July. Only 500 are being produced for the UK market, each costing around £19,650 on the road, and each featuring an exclusive plaque featuring the build number.Reminiscent of the Renault 8 racer which swept to vistory in the 1964 Corsica Rally, the Clio will feature the classic Gordini colours – Malta Blue metallic finish with twin white racing stripes on the bonnet, roof and tailgate.

Under the bonnet  the Clio is mechanically identical to the Clio Renaultsport 200, which means it has the same naturally-aspirated, high revving 2.0-litre engine putting 200bhp through the front wheels. The harder ‘Cup’ chassis can also be specified, but costs an extra £410.

From a styling perspective the Gordini features a front bumper enhanced with a gloss black grille surround  and white F1-style aero splitter with white door mirrors to match the iconic Gordini stripes. Exclusive 17-inch ‘Gordini’ alloy wheels with a polished face and black inner rims (or blue for an extra £100) and ‘Gordini Series’ badging finish the visual tweaks on the outside.

Once inside, the sports seats and all the major controls are finished in grey leather will blue detailing, and Gordini logos can also be found dotted throughout the cabin.

If  blue is not your colour then you are in luck – the Clio also comes in black or white (with the contrasting stripes in either white or anthracite) and if you want to keep a low profile, the iconic Renault Gordini stripes can also be removed.

Demand for the new Renault Clio Gordini may well out-strip supply, so if you are looking to get a bit of Gordini in your life, then get in touch as soon as possible. The first production models will be hitting our showrooms in Kent and Sussex in the coming 2 weeks, so pre-order today by contacting Lifestyle Renault on either of the following phone numbers:

Lifestyle Renault – Eastbourne – 01323 737 233
Lifestyle Renault – Tunbridge Wells – 01892 539 466

To see some of the other great offers currently available from Lifestyle Renault in Kent and Sussex on new Renault Clio Models click here.

White WRC style wheels mark the end of Focus RS production

As the last examples of the Focus RS superhatch reach the dealers, Ford is offering a special, WRC-style wheel option to commemorate the end of production.

The 19-inch, white-finished alloy wheels will be available at £500 per set, including VAT, to bring the visual impact of Ford’s award-winning fastest Focus even closer to that of Mikko Hirvonen’s ‘company car’.

David Calder Ford of Britain Product Manager, said: “The demand for Focus RS has been astounding. In barely a year since launch, we have sold almost our entire UK allocation – thanks in a large part to this Focus RS continuing the proud tradition of combining high-performance with practicality and affordability.

“We expect demand to be high for these last cars and we’re giving customers the chance to personalise them with this exclusive option.”

The good news is that although numbers are limited, Lifestyle Ford with dealerships in Kent, Sussex and Surrey still have a limited few new Ford Focus RS models in stock. If you have been looking to take the plunge and purchase the RS, then now is the time to get in touch as once these precious last few are sold production will cease.

Source: Ford UK

New limited edition Ford Focus RS500 is the ultimate performance Ford

Powerful new limited-edition Ford Focus RS500 for performance car enthusiasts

Strictly limited run of 500 vehicles marks the end of current Focus RS production

Tuned 350 PS, 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine with 460 Nm of torque provides muscular performance

Technical enhancements improve engine’s breathing and combustion

Upgraded powertrain teamed with class-leading chassis to deliver the definitive Focus RS driving experience

Maximum visual impact with unique matt black ‘foil’ paint finish and matching 19-inch alloy wheels

Premium specification for all vehicles, combining enhanced standard luxury equipment and special RS500 detailing

Production run of 500 individually-numbered cars available for customer order across 20 European markets from May

A new and powerful limited edition Focus RS model, called the RS500, is being launched as the ultimate performance Ford and will provide the definitive driving experience for serious performance car enthusiasts.

Making its global debut at the 2010 Leipzig Motor Show in Germany on April 9, the new model has been given the RS500 designation to highlight its strictly-limited production run of 500 individually-numbered vehicles, all of which will be offered for customers to purchase.

The new Focus RS500 features a muscular 350 PS 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine, which generates 15 per cent more power than the standard Focus RS and delivers truly exhilarating performance.

The RS500’s breathtaking power is matched by an equally dramatic appearance. The limited edition model sports a unique matt black ‘foil’ paint finish with matching alloy wheels to deliver a powerful visual impact which is unlike any other production Ford.

“We were determined to mark the end of production for the current and acclaimed Focus RS with something even more special,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s vice president for Product Development. “From its stunning looks to its intoxicating performance, we have no doubt that the RS500 will be appreciated and quickly snapped up by performance car enthusiasts.

“This vehicle joins a long line of iconic RS Fords and is a worthy recipient of the RS500 name, which became synonymous with success on the road and track with the legendary Sierra RS500 Cosworth that dominated saloon car racing during the late 1980s,” Bakaj added.”

Strictly Limited Production Run of 500 Individually Numbered Vehicles

The RS500 marks the end of production for the current generation Focus RS, with the last vehicles scheduled to leave Ford’s Saarlouis Assembly Plant in Germany during September 2010.

While overwhelming customer demand has ensured that total Focus RS output is expected to exceed 11,000 units (significantly more than the 7,000 to 8,000 originally forecast), production of the RS500 will start at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany during May and will be strictly limited to 500 customer vehicles for twenty European markets.

Each RS500 will carry a metal plaque on the centre console, hand-engraved with a unique identification number from 001 to 500.

A small number of pre-production vehicles produced for internal Ford use – such as product development or press demonstrators – will have their own unique numbering scheme, to ensure the exclusivity of the 500 customer cars.

Demand for the RS500 is expected to exceed supply by a considerable margin, and the full production run of just 500 vehicles is being allocated across 20 European markets in line with the anticipated level of interest. For some countries, the very small number of vehicles allocated means the RS500 will, indeed, be a very exclusive purchase for its customers.

Premium Specification for All Vehicles

All Focus RS500 vehicles will be equipped to a very high specification as standard, with only two features available as optional items. In addition to the comprehensive equipment levels on the standard Focus RS, the RS500 includes the following features as standard:

Dual-zone automatic climate control
Heated windscreen
Rear parking distance sensors
Tyre deflation detection system
Automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Ford key-free start
Enhanced connectivity with Bluetooth®, voice control and USB port
Sony 6-CD audio system
Recaro sports front seats with partial leather trim

The two optional features are touchscreen DVD navigation and audio system, and the full leather Recaro front seats in red.

“We believe that customers lucky enough to secure one of the limited edition Focus RS500 models will be getting a real collectors item,” said Joe Bakaj. “From its stunning looks, to its immense driver appeal and its complete specification, the Focus RS500 provides enthusiasts with the ultimate performance Ford for the road.”


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