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2018 KIA STINGER MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT NORTHERN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

12/01/2017

Powerful all-new fastback sport saloon redefines the Kia brand. Designed in Frankfurt, developed on the Nurburgring, industry-leading quality by Kia.

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KIA RELEASES FIRST IMAGES OF ALL-NEW PICANTO

12/01/2017

Kia reveals youthful and energetic design of all-new Picanto, global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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Killer drivers to face to life sentences

09/01/2017

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by government ministers.

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Electric car charge points will be central to future neighbourhoods

09/01/2017

New research indicates that home charging points for electric cars will be one of the most desirable features of neighbourhoods in 20 years’ time.

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Competent learners to be allowed on motorways

09/01/2017

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor, under new plans set out by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

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More sunshine… more glare time

09/01/2017

While any amount of sunshine is welcomed at this time of year, the glaring low winter sun is taking no prisoners. So how can you make sure you stay safe on the road?

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Boom in early 2017 new car sales predicted

09/01/2017

A boom in car sales is on the cards for early 2017 if buyers are to beat new car tax rules that will raise the cost of owning some of Britain’s most popular models from April.

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OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID WINS LARGE FAMILY CAR SEGMENT IN NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS 2016

13/12/2016

All- new Optima PHEV wins the large family car segment, all-new Niro is commended in the Crossover category, and a first win for Kia from Next Green Car.

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DVSA launches towing safety campaign

13/12/2016

Drivers who tow trailers are being urged to carry out basic safety checks following the tragic death of a three year-old boy.

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Motorists urged to ‘brighten up behind’

13/12/2016

Drivers may be inadvertently making themselves harder to spot from behind when daytime visibility is reduced, if they rely on automatic lighting systems and front-only daytime running lights.

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Women increasingly enter classic car market

13/12/2016

Women are increasingly entering the classic car market and becoming savvier investors in the process, according to new research by classic car insurance broker Footman James.

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Franchised dealers seen as more convenient

13/12/2016

Franchised dealers are viewed by the motoring public as more convenient than they were six months ago.

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Car tax to change in 2017

13/12/2016

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

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Demand for used cars continues to boom

13/12/2016

UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 used cars in the third quarter of this year, 7.9% up on the same period of 2015.

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What the Autumn Statement means for motorists

13/12/2016

The Chancellor announced a number of changes in the Autumn Statement that will affect the motorist, including a freezing of fuel duty, an increase in Insurance Premium Tax, the phasing out of ‘salary sacrifice’ schemes and new investment aimed at reducing traffic congestion.

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How to keep your pet safe when you’re driving

01/11/2016

Many of us take to the road with our pets, but now and again they can pose a few challenges when we’re driving.

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Car park security fears for one in three motorists

01/11/2016

As the darker evenings set in, a new survey has revealed that more than one in three motorists have felt unsafe while in a car park.

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Silver still tops the car colour podium

01/11/2016

Silver is still the most popular colour among the 30m-plus cars on the UK’s roads, but may be starting to lose its place as the nation’s favourite choice as white becomes ever more prevalent.

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Why smoking can seriously damage your car’s resale health

01/11/2016

Any smokers needing further incentive to quit should be aware that their habit will drag down the value of their vehicle – by up to £2,000.

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Don’t let your lunch be a ‘crash diet’

01/11/2016

Drivers who eat and drink at the wheel are twice as likely to crash, and the risk may be even higher if the food is hot, messy or you have to unwrap it yourself.

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New video shows the dangers of low tyre tread depth

01/11/2016

A new 360° video from TyreSafe shows the startling difference in braking distances between tyres just below the legal limit and those with full tread.

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Safety tips for the daily commute

17/10/2016

The daily commute can often get repetitive and it’s easy to get distracted. A favourite song may come to mind, or even the thought of calling someone from a hand-held mobile phone to pass time.

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Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich

11/10/2016

East Anglia car dealer The Donalds Group has taken the first steps towards the opening of a flagship Volvo outlet, in one of Ipswich’s newest and most sought-after retail parks. Scheduled to open late 2017 or early 2018, the dealership at Futura Park, Nacton, will be the region’s first designed and built to the brand’s state-of-the-art Volvo Retail Experience standard.

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Ten easy ways to safeguard your car

07/10/2016

Two in five car owners appear to not think twice about leaving their car keys with a stranger, despite the potential security risk, according to the results of a YouGov consumer survey.

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Motor Codes launches vehicle sales Code of Practice

01/10/2016

Motor Codes, the leading provider of Codes of Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution for the automotive industry, has launched a new Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Sales.

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Brexit won’t stop people buying cars

01/10/2016

UK car buyers do not believe the country’s decision to leave the European Union has affected when they will make their next purchase, according to new consumer research from Motors.co.uk.

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Points to double for drivers using mobile phones

01/10/2016

Drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone will, from early next year, get six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

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QUALITY HAT-TRICK – KIA SPORTAGE SCORES ANOTHER ENDURANCE TEST TRIUMPH

15/09/2016

The compact SUV completes Auto Bild magazine’s 100,000- kilometre endurance test with highest possible score. Third quality victory in three months

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Cars switched ‘more often than mattresses and mobiles’

07/09/2016

In recent years, the length of time motorists own a car has plummeted and they are now likely to change their car more often than they change their mobile phone or their bedding, according to automotive experts.

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Parking spaces drive up property values

07/09/2016

Homeowners could add up to 10% to the value of their property and generate an additional income of up to £1,500 a year by adding a parking space to their home.

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When was the last time you checked your tyres?

07/09/2016

Millions of UK motorists could be driving with an illegal and dangerous tyre, according to results of the most comprehensive survey of its kind.

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Survey reveals male and female perspectives on car buying and driving

07/09/2016

A survey of motorists has revealed some intriguing differences in male and female perspectives on motoring.

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New Polestar performance package now available for the Volvo S90 and V90

06/09/2016

Polestar has launched the new generation of its performance package for the new Volvo S90 and V90. Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the package upgrades the entire drivetrain and further improves driving dynamics.

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Volvo puts people first with Human Made Stories in partnership with Sky Atlantic

06/09/2016

Volvo Car UK has today announced Human Made Stories, a series of short films in partnership with Sky Atlantic, to mark its new 90 series range of cars.

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

18/08/2016

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars. The Swedish premium car maker, and Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing company, are to join forces to develop next generation autonomous driving cars.

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Survey reveals what drivers hate most on the road

11/08/2016

Car litter louts are the biggest bugbear for drivers, a new AA Populus poll has found, followed by large groups of cyclists and dodgy parkers.

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Black is the new white for car colour

11/08/2016

For consumers buying a petrol or diesel car, the bottom line is that middle of the road colours make the safest investment and it would appear that this has never been truer than at present.

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Changes proposed for driving test

11/08/2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants the public to give their views on plans to improve the car driving test by making it a better assessment of the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions.

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Keep your dog safe in the summer

11/08/2016

GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging dog owners to ensure their animals are safe and comfortable on car journeys, and has assembled a selection of practical and sensible information that will ensure travelling pets stay happy and healthy.

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What’s the best in-car entertainment for kids on holiday?

11/08/2016

Observational games such as ‘I-Spy’ top the list of activities to occupy children on a long journey, followed by listening to music, singing and reading.

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Stylish new showroom for Donalds Mazda Peterborough

29/07/2016

Donalds Mazda Peterborough has officially re-opened its stylish new showroom on Burghley Road in Peterborough, after an extensive refurbishment.

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Sound advice for summer holiday driving

08/07/2016

Now that the summer is here, Motor Codes, the Government-backed consumer watchdog for the car industry, has published some useful tips for drivers to stay safe in the holiday season.

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Study highlights danger of hands-free phones

08/07/2016

New research from psychologists at the University of Sussex has that found driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be just as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile.

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British cars among the world’s best-kept vehicles

08/07/2016

British cars are among the best maintained in the world, with motorists spending a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair.

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VOLVO XC90 WINS AUTO EXPRESS 'BEST LARGE SUV' AWARD FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING

06/07/2016

The Volvo XC90 has been named 'Best Large SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards – for the second year in a row.

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KIA GETS TOP RATING BY US CAR QUALITY CONSULTANCY J.D POWER

06/07/2016

Kia comes first out of 33 on the US car quality ranking consultancy JD Power. First time in 27 years that a non-premium brand topped the survey.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film

27/06/2016

One era ends and another begins as Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to the Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film.

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Volvo Cars wins Brand Design language award

23/06/2016

The international Car Design Award jury has recognised Volvo Cars’ contributions to automotive design, with the Swedish car maker winning the coveted Brand Design Language Award 2016.

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A wise choice for Donalds Mazda driving instructor

21/06/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, recently handed over an all-new Mazda CX 3 to local driving instructor Christopher Wise. The 1.5-litre diesel all-new Mazda CX-3 SE-L Nav has 2WD, dual controls and supplementary speedometer, allowing Wise to use the car for his driving school One Wise Learner (OWL).

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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

26/05/2016

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WELCOME TO THE DONALDS GROUP

New and Used Car Sales, Parts and Service throughout the east of England since 1950

The Donalds Group are one of East Anglia’s longest servicing car dealerships, serving the region for all automotive requirements from our four branches located in Peterborough, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Stamford. Whether you are looking to purchase a new or used car, or take advantage of our comprehensive aftersales departments – our primary focus is to deliver outstanding levels of customer service and ensure your complete satisfaction.

Choose from a brand new Mazda, Volvo, Kia or Alfa Romeo from one of our four branches, or browse our second hand stock which also includes comprehensive selection of non-franchise cars including a large choice of Vauxhall.

Our aftercare services including manufacturer servicing, repairs and parts in addition to an all makes and models MOT station. Here is a selection of just some of the towns that we cover throughout Cambrideshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire: Peterborough, Corby, Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Wisbech, Oundle, March, Bourne, Stamford, Oakham, Grantham, Market Deeping, March, Spalding, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Melton, Orford, Rendlesham, Framlingham, Debenham, Elmswell, Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Hadleigh, Diss, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Woolpit, Ixworth, Eye, Holbrook, Nacton, Capel St Mary, Wherstead, Gruindisburgh, Otley, Stonham Aspal.

Testimonials

From the initial enquiry, prompt response, very professional approach to this sale from start to finish, Donalds represent an industry standard in the Volvo dealer network.
I have spent my working life (54 years) either in or connected with the Motor Trade. My game plan on buying this car , our third Volvo, was to select a number of dealers
in certain areas of the UK where I was travelling to provide details of available new stock . Sadly, some did not respond at all, others not for several days and one who
took a deposit and then informed me the car was not available! Donalds' staff had clearly read the 'salesman's handbook' and processed this sale without fault.

SP - January 2017 - Ipswich

I am just emailing you (Ryan) to say thank you for the instruction book for my Mito's radio that you sent to me so quickly a few weeks ago.  I have been meaning to email you ever 
since I got it.  Sorry it's taken me so long!
 
Thank you for the excellent customer service.  This is my first Alfa Romeo and first dealing with the Donalds group and  I have been really impressed by the positive
and helpful responses to all my enquiries.  Please pass my comments to your senior management. 

GV - December 2016 - Peterborough

In a job where I am dealing with large teams who interact directly with the public, complaints unfortunately are always a part of the job. Compliments in writing however are not so easy to come by. I'm happily sending a compliment to pretty much everyone who works in your Ipswich Dealership as I have crossed paths with them on numerous occasions in the last couple of years. Today was the pinnacle of it when I had my beloved Mazda 6 returned, an expensive Turbo fault repaired.  This was all due to the fantastic efforts of Richard and Gavin in the Service Department liaising with Mazda UK.   I say pretty much everyone as from the initial purchase with Luke, to the guys in the service bay explaining the issue (Steve I think) to the ladies and gents upstairs in the 'waiting' area who always offer to make me a brew when I'm sitting working while waiting for my service to be complete and on 77k miles  that's pretty often! Thank you. It will be no surprise that my next purchase will be from your dealership and not just because the 6 is such a great car but the great customer experience is all part of the package and you guys have that in abundance!  Thank you once again and have a fantastic Christmas all. With respect, I hope not to see you before then!

JF - December 2016 - Ipswich

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for being helpful in getting my MX-5 repaired so fast and in a very competent manner, young Louise in parts and service was magic.
Also the cleaning of my car was great many thanks again.

AW - December 2016 - Peterborough

For the second year running I have brought my Mazda MX5 to your garage for servicing.For the second year running I have been delighted with the complete experience. 
I choose to come to your garage,which is not the nearest Mazda dealership, because of the staff who make it a very nice experience.A special thank you should go to Louise who 
really looked after my wife and I. 
Please thank all your staff on our behalf and note we will be returning next year. 
Happy Christmas to you and all your staff.

AK - December 2016 - Peterborough

A little thank you for all your help with the grand reveal of my lovely new car! Brilliant customer service! 

NB - December 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

I wish to thank you for all your assistance in repairing my V70 following a sudden clutch failure.
Daniel, who looked after the repair was both professional and supportive in seeking solutions to undertake the repair.  I was kept fully informed during the process.  Also thanks to Tom who became involved and offered meaningful advice.
Please pass on my gratitude.

Thanks and regards

RS - November 2016 - Ipswich

I wish to thank you for all your assistance in repairing my V70 following a sudden clutch failure.  Daniel, who looked after the repair was both professional and supportive in seeking solutions to undertake the repair.  I was kept fully informed during the process.  Also thanks to Tom who became involved and offered meaningful advice.

RS - November 2016 - Ipswich

I am writing to commend the outstanding service received from your parts department - especially Tom Whymark.  I have an old V70 estate, which has obviously been around the block a bit, and suddenly got a bout of dementia causing the radio to go on the blink and demand a code, which i did not have.

Nothing has been too much trouble and over the course of a few weeks and a lot of tenacity, Tom was finally successful in getting my radio to work again. Bliss!  We were treated with kindess and courtesy, offered coffee by very likeable staff, and if i ever get tired of my old friendly estate and gather the funds together i shall surely be back.  Thank you again for your the of courteous service that is all too hard to find these days.

AB - November 2016 - Ipswich

You are the first person to greet me when I bring my MX-5 for its service and your helpful attitude is much appreciated and is experienced by me from all the Mazda staff I have contact with. Steve, the mechanic, Drew, the valet and John on car cleaning. They were all helpful and nothing was to much trouble - for instance I did not know how to clean inside the roof chamber so Drew took the time to explain how to do it whilst Steve went to fetch the hoover and then cleaned that area - marvellous! Top marks to all of them.

MC - September 2016 - Ipswich

The car is amazing. So smooth and a great drive.
Living where we do I do not want to use it as it will not stay so perfectly clean for long!
We had a lovely time in Melton Mowbray and went for a nice Italian meal in the evening. Was a good idea to break the journey home after the train journey.
Thanks for sorting out the plates. 
Thank you so much for all your help. It is so much better dealing with a nice person rather than a pushy sales person. You were lovely with us both and we really appreciated that. I do hope Donalds appreciate what they have!
 

GS - September 2016 - Peterborough

We live in a day and age where everyone seems very quick to complain and berate people, well I can take delight in the fact that I am not doing either! 

Having purchased a car from your company at the weekend, my partner and I received nothing short of exceptional service from your sales executive, Melvin Paul. From our initial enquiry by email, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a personalised video tour of the car followed by a courtesy call. The video was a huge deciding factor in our purchase and despite the heavy rain in which the video was filmed, Melvin was professional and knowledgable throughout. We swiftly came to view the car in the rain, so not ideal conditions but Melvin was on hand with umbrella’s - trying to help keep us as dry as possible! Sadly, the vehicle couldn’t be test driven on the day as the brakes were decided to be not adequate and needing replacement. Deciding that the car looked like what we were after, Melvin arranged for the car to be serviced, MOT’d and set to have to minor agreed details rectified.
Having dealt with him now several times throughout the week prior to the purchase, he was always exceptionally helpful, impeccably presented and polite. Upon collection of the car, despite turning up in his last hour of work on Saturday and a whole day early! He had checked over the vehicle and took us on a comprehensive test drive prior to us agreeing to purchase. With only one minor item to be addressed (a replacement rear badge) which is on back order from Ford, I can say that my partner and I are very happy with our purchase and would happily recommend the Donald’s groups to our friends and colleagues.

I’m sure you and your company are well aware of his positive attributes and will agree that he is a shining example of how car salesmen should be.

MT - September 2016 - Peterborough