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2nd July 2018

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT CONQUERS HEMI HOT ROD COUPE

The scene was set. Santa Pod, the most famous drag racing strip in the UK. The Grand Cherokee SRT and a retro Hemi-powered Hot Rod Coupe, with a quarter-mile dash towards the chequered flag ahead. Behind the wheel of the Grand Cherokee SRT, UK drag racing champion Stuart Doignie launched with an impressive 0-62mph speed of just 4.5 seconds. Crossing the line in 13.5 seconds, defeating the coupe by 0.9 seconds. “I was hugely impressed by the raw power and speed of the Grand Cherokee SRT. I’ve driven plenty of dragster vehicles at Santa Pod but never a car built purely for the road. It’s immensely quick off the line and powered through the finish gantry”, said Doignie after the race. And that’s not surprising, given it’s packed with 468hp. But for every ounce of brawn – the Grand Cherokee SRT has the brains to match. It teams that power with cutting edge technology like Launch Control, for ultimate performance. The Grand Cherokee SRT is race-inspired through and through – complete with an Electronic Vehicle Information Centre that lets you monitor race stats from torque to g-force and racing style brake and throttle pedal pads. And yet, with its spacious interior clad in finest Nappa leather and suede, the Grand Cherokee SRT offers a comfort you don’t usually find at a race track. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s Santa Pod success proved one thing conclusively. Luxury can go fast and furious.

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2nd July 2018

ECLIPSE CROSS AWARDED FOR ITS CUTTING EDGE DESIGN

Excited to announce that the Eclipse Cross and GT-PHEV Concept have both scooped up a GOOD DESIGN™* award from experts at The Chicago Athenaeum! The awards are an indication of the success of our design renaissance which has seen a new face-lift for the Outlander, a string of acclaimed concept cars, and the all-new Eclipse Cross. The GOOD DESIGN™ awards are the oldest and the most prestigious Global Awards Program for Design Excellence and Design Innovation. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, they are intended to create an awareness of contemporary design and to honour both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing. GOOD DESIGN™ was founded in Chicago in 1950 by architecture and design legends Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. “It is an honour to have our hard work recognized by such a prestigious organization,” said Tsunehiro Kunimoto, CVP of the Design Division at Mitsubishi Motors. “The Eclipse Cross is the first all-new car which features our Robust and Ingenious design philosophy. The GT-PHEV Concept hints at how this direction will shape the next generation of Mitsubishi SUVs.” The Eclipse Cross is a fusion of sharp coupe looks and dynamic SUV mobility with signature Mitsubishi styling, technology and driving confidence. It features Mitsubishi’s signature DYNAMIC SHIELD front design concept, with a protective shield shape visually formed by the black central area and chrome accents. The rear design is distinguished by the almost cubist styling created around the high-mounted, stretched rear lamps and a horizontally divided rear window. The MITSUBISHI GT-PHEV Concept, first seen at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, also features our latest design language together with advanced and proprietary electric and all-wheel control technologies. In its overall design, the MITSUBISHI GT-PHEV Concept projects the image of a “ground tourer”, expressing robust and ingenious qualities. “The GT-PHEV is not a production car. But it gives a clear indication of how Mitsubishi’s design language will evolve into cars you will be able to buy in the near future,” said Kunimoto. *… GOOD DESIGN™ is a Federally Registered and Protected Trademark of The Chicago Athenaeum.

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2nd July 2018

SHOGUN 4WORK COMMERCIAL WINS TOP INDUSTRY AWARD

Pleased to announce that our Shogun 4Work Commercial has been voted the best ‘Commercial 4x4’ at the Professional Pickup & 4x4 Awards, 2018. Hosted by Professional Pickup & 4×4 magazine, the new awards highlight the vehicles that are the hardest working 4x4s. Rather than being judged by journalists, the award winners are determined by leading industry professionals who use pickups and commercial 4x4s as part of their working life. Blending the legendary off-road capability of the Mitsubishi Shogun with a payload of up to 655kg, the Mitsubishi Shogun 4Work Commercial won praise from the ‘real world’ judging panel for its advanced drivetrain, sizeable load area and ability to tow up to 3,500kg. On the judges’ decision to award the Mitsubishi Shogun 4Work Commercial, Liam Campbell, Editor, Professional Pickup & 4×4, said: “The Shogun is the 4×4 Commercial market leader by some margin, and it’s not hard to see why. The Shogun boasts a spacious load area and a 3.5t towing capacity on the long wheelbase, and Mitsubishi’s Super Select four-wheel drive system is, in our opinion, the best that money can buy and has been for some time.”   View Mitsubishi Shogun offers here.

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2nd July 2018

OUTLANDER COMMERCIAL WINS BEST CAR-DERIVED VAN

Proud to announce that the Outlander Commercial has been judged ‘Best Car-Derived Van’ at the VansA2Z & Van Fleet World Van Awards 2018! The awards celebrate the very best light commercial vehicles and service providers, with the presentation ceremony being held at Twickenham Stadium. Derived from the passenger version of the Mitsubishi Outlander and available in both petrol/electric PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and diesel guises, the all-wheel drive commercial version was praised by the expert judging panel for its on- and off-road performance, space and the sheer variety that the model range offers business users. On winning the award, Dan Gilkes, Van Fleet World Editor, commented: “The Outlander Commercial provides the ideal vehicle for operators who need comfortable road transport with the ability to tackle off-road conditions when required. It is a worthy winner of the Best Car-derived Van Award for 2018.”  Neil McIntee, Editor of Vans A2Z, added: “Mitsubishi’s Outlander Commercial provides a deceptively cavernous load area, comes with selectable four-wheel drive and can be had with either a diesel engine or petrol/electric hybrid drive system and a range of trim levels. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial combines all the efficiency, environmental and financial benefits of the best-selling petrol/electric passenger version – CO2 emissions of only 41g/km, average weighted fuel consumption of 166mpg and an all-electric range of 33 miles – with a rear load area that can accommodate a maximum payload of 510kg. Its usefulness also extends to a braked towing capacity of 1,500kg (750kg unbraked). As well as being perfect for drivers whose work takes them off road and into remote areas, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial is ideal for those who wish to make deliveries in town without incurring high fuel costs. It is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and its advanced drivetrain and efficiency makes it eligible for the Government’s Plug-In Van Grant. The perfect all-rounder, the well-equipped diesel version utilises a 2.2-litre engine that is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and drives through the advanced All Wheel Control four-wheel drive system, which offers three switchable 4WD modes – ECO, AUTO and LOCK.   View Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers here.

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2nd July 2018

Panda Raid 2018: Unstoppable Fiat Panda conquers the desert

3,000 kilometres, seven stages and 400 teams from all over the world: just some of the record-breaking figures of the tenth edition of the Panda Raid, the regular competition open only to classic Panda cars. From Madrid to Lake Mohammed V, before tackling rough tracks and sandy expanses, desert scenes and landscapes with endless horizons, finishing in legendary Marrakesh. An amazing journey, on board an automotive icon born in 1980, with toughness, handling and convenience that still delight even today. Together with the old Panda cars, there was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4: a symbolic handshake between the unstoppable desert explorer and the undisputed queen of Europe's metropolises. The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters. Last Sunday saw the end of the Panda Raid 2018, the exciting regular competition open only to Fiat Panda models built before 2003. Featuring both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, the event left Madrid on 3 March, reaching Marrakesh on 10 March after taking on the Moroccan desert. The route covered a total of 3,000 kilometres, taking in sun-baked villages and sandy trails, crossing harsh terrains which would have been a tough challenge even for larger SUVs. Now an established part of the Rally Raid calendar - which also includes the iconic Dakar - in spite of its amateur spirit, it was the 10th instalment of the Panda Raid and attracted a record entry of 400 historic Panda cars from all four corners of the Earth: from Argentina to Cambodia and from Pennsylvania to Italy. Starting from Madrid, the colourful caravan first headed for the coast, to the port of Motril, from where, after a short ferry crossing, it travelled to Lake Mohammed V (4 March). From here, the expedition faced sandy lands and trails, desert areas and landscapes with an endless horizon, with stops in Bni Tadjide (5 March), Errachidia (6 March), Merzouga (8 March) and Tansikht (9 March). The final stage was on 10 March, finishing in legendary Marrakesh. An amazing journey - which has been providing a magical combination of adventure, nature and pristine landscapes for 10 years - on board an automotive icon, with a total of more than 7.5 million cars built from 1980 to the present, which still delights even today with its toughness, handling and convenience. Alongside the 400 classic Panda cars in the race was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4, which covered the entire course. A symbolic handshake between past and present of the model that was one of the best seller vehicles in its segment in Europe  for 15 years. In other words, the undisputed queen of Europe's cities proved once again that it is equally at ease amongst the desert dunes. The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters. The secret of its success is its unique combination of the traction system of a genuine off-road vehicle, the performance and contents of an SUV, with the external dimensions, efficiency and agility of a city car. Panda Cross 4x4 is a "crossover" because it can overcome any obstacle - thanks to the 4WD and Electronic Differential Lock it was the first to introduce to the market - and also because it attracts a wide variety of customers, offering them all the right answer to their mobility needs.Moreover, the amazing success of "Panda Raid 2018" is just another of many records. For example, as well as being the first city-car with 4WD (1983), the Panda was also the first car in its segment to receive the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city-car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres, at the Everest base camp. And the long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be produced on a large scale. And today it is the only car in its segment to offer four engine versions (petrol, diesel, petrol/natural gas and petrol/LPG), three configurations (Urban look, City Cross and 4x4), two traction systems (front and all-wheel) and two transmissions (manual and Dualogic robotised).

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2nd July 2018

Panda Waze: the most social city car ever

New milestone for the record-breaking Panda:Panda Waze is the first city car to bear the Waze name, integrating the Waze navigation appas well as being the most social media savvy Panda ever. Waze is much more than just a navigator: it avoids traffic, it guides you to the service station and it even reminds you where you parked. With a Cross spirit on the outside and a social, high-tech soul on the inside. Developed by Mopar®, the integration of the Waze and "Panda Uconnect" apps enables drivers to dodge traffic and find the best route, with the aid of advice from the community, shared in real-time and with immediate adaptation of the route planned, in addition to many other functions. Panda Waze will be gradually available in all Fiat dealerships across Europe with prices that will vary from market to market. Fiat Panda has been Europe's best-selling city car continuously for the last 14 years. In the first quarter of 2018, Fiat Panda and 500 together headed their segment in Europe with a market share of 28.4%.   When the most popular model in the Fiat range meets the world's most social navigation system, the result is the Panda Waze - the technological gem which continues the model's mission: to make the smartest solutions, simplify and improve life at the wheel, while being affordable for all. The new Panda Waze special series is the first city car in the segment to integrate the famous Waze navigation app with the equally well known "Panda Uconnect" app, allowing them to be used simultaneously, switching between them with just a touch on your smartphone display. This digital combination was developed by Mopar, the FCA brand that handles after-sales products and services for the Group's cars, and means drivers are free to focus on their driving, while still enjoying a vast array of services. There's no doubt about it: Panda Waze is the ideal car for escaping the daily grind for urban adventures, sharing photographs, travel advice and driving experiences. The new Panda Waze is also the meeting of two vast communities: the 7.5 million Fiat Panda fans who have chosen the car, from 1980 to the present, as in the manifesto of "freedom on four wheels", and the more than 100 million connected Waze users worldwide, who actively collaborate by sharing real-time traffic information for the smartest possible travel. All the benefits of digital integration of Waze and "Panda Uconnect" The new Panda Waze special series marks a major step forward in infotainment with the integration of two unique smartphone apps: Waze and "Panda Uconnect". In the digital era, huge amounts of data must be exchanged in real time and monitored using connected devices and user-friendly interfaces. So now drivers will only have to fit their smartphone into the holder provided on the dashboard and set off, connected and safe at all times. Waze is the navigation app that lets drivers avoid jams and save time during the daily commute and beyond. Millions of motorists, united in a vast community, cooperate every day by reporting traffic conditions in real time - enabling the Waze navigation app to find the best routes. The app is always able to recommend the fastest route based on data provided in real time by more than 100 million people. From traffic information to details of the filling stations with the lowest prices, Waze is a reliable travelling companion for "surviving the daily urban adventure".  The Waze navigation is integrated in the "Panda Uconnect" app - Android and iOS platform - which allows the driver's telephone to be used as an extension of the car, interacting directly with the device display to access all infotainment functions: switching radio stations, selecting playlists, adjusting the volume, managing calls and texts, and checking your diary or the weather in real time. The "Panda Uconnect" app talks to the on-board infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth 2.1 technology, audio streaming and the voice recognition function and handles data reading via USB and MP3. The Panda Waze integration allows the apps to be used simultaneously: with "Panda Uconnect" on the smartphone, Waze navigation appears in a box on the screen, with route instructions and the estimated time left to destination. Naturally, the reverse is also possible, with the Waze app in the foreground and "Panda Uconnect" as an icon on the screen. What's more, if fuel is running out or low tyre pressure is detected, an alert will appear on the smartphone display and the user can decide to select one of the best-priced filling stations or choose from the nearest workshops offered by the Waze app; they just select the destination of choice and the navigator will suggest the best route for getting there. In addition, thanks to a new "Panda Uconnect" app, photos and videos shot on board the new Panda Waze will be saved in the driver's smartphone gallery, ready for sharing with friends: yet another original way of experiencing journeys of all lengths, with the certainty of innovative services and a smart, social navigation system. Last but not least, the Panda Uconnect app also features the "Find myCar" service, to help drivers to remember where they parked, and "My Car" for checking the car's parameters, such as scheduled services, and consulting the owner handbook, as well as direct calls to Fiat Customer Care or roadside assistance. Finally, if activated the "Object Reminder" function reminds the driver not to leave things in the car after getting out. Mopar® Connect, the new set of services dedicated to safety and remote vehicle monitoring, is available* on the Panda Waze. With the UConnect Live app, Mopar® Connect adds new connected services, such as assistance in the event of an accident or vehicle location following theft. Moreover, it is possible to monitor some vehicle functions remotely, such as exceeding a pre-set speed or leaving a defined area on the map, and control door locking and unlocking. Mopar® Connect offers greater safety, tranquillity and continuous control over your vehicle. The new Panda Waze features the Cross look and will appeal to anyone who shares its social-media language - particularly Millennials. This new target want their car to provide the maximum connectivity and a distinctive style at an affordable price. On the outside, the Panda Waze is identified by the "Waze" logo on the front bumpers. Its urban, dynamic personality is also underlined by the black details, including the side mouldings, the side mirror caps, the roof bars and the door handles. The external look is completed by the 15" wheels with a new burnished finish. The same youthful, dynamic imprint is found on the inside, where the new seat upholstery makes an attractive match with the new titanium grey colour dashboard. The lavish standard outfit includes Bluetooth radio and dashboard smartphone holder, climate control, 4 airbags, ESC with Hill Holder, tyre pressure sensor, centralised locking with remote control, front head restraints with whiplash prevention system and adjustable height steering wheel. Available with 1.2 69 HP petrol engine. Yet another record for the Fiat best-seller   The New Panda Waze confirms the model's ability to create fashions and deliver technological firsts for its segment. For example, as well as being the first city car with 4WD, the Panda was also the first car in its segment to receive the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres, at Everest base camp. And the long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be produced on a large scale. It has been Italy's best-selling natural gas car every year since its launch, and its cumulative sales from 2007 to the present are also the highest Europe-wide. And today it is the first city car to bear the Waze name, integrating the app functions in its infotainment system. The Panda Waze special series expands the range of the city car which, together with Fiat 500, has been European best-seller since 2003. A leadership also confirmed during the first quarter of 2018, when Panda and Fiat 500 headed their segment in Europe with a market share of 28.4%. What's more, Fiat Panda is absolute leader in Italy and Greece, as well as being in the top three in Spain, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland.

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2nd July 2018

New 2019 Jeep Renegade Revealed at the Torino Motor Show

The Jeep® brand is revealing the new 2019 Renegade today for the first time in Europe. The most recent version of the Jeep Renegade features a refreshed look and new engines. Follow this link to see the first images of the new 2019 model year which was displayed at the prestigious Torino Motor Show in the spectacular Valentino Park. The location was chosen to pay homage to the model that set a new benchmark in the B-SUV segment by blending the legendary Jeep brand's off-road capabilities with dimensions and styling perfect for enjoying the city lifestyle. The new 2019 Renegade ensures the Jeep brand always stays ahead of the market and customer demands.

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