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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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Electric cars to ‘dominate’ market by 2027

08/07/2016

Electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year by then.

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Learner drivers given wrong steer by parents

08/07/2016

One in two learner drivers are given tuition by their parents – yet many mums and dads show a worrying lack of knowledge of basic driving best practice.

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Fake phone numbers lead to higher insurance quotes

08/07/2016

Drivers who enter fake details when searching for insurance online may actually be costing themselves big money, a new study has claimed.

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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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Kia Cee'd Sportswagon wins Practical Caravan's Green Tow Car Award

22/06/2016

Practical Caravan has endorsed what many keen load-lugging drivers already know – the Kia cee’d Sportswagon 1.6 CRDI is the “greenest” tow car on the market!

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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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Where do you put your sat nav?

06/06/2016

The thoughtless positioning of sat nav devices on windscreens is posing a threat to road safety, road safety experts have warned.

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Motorists wary of black box technology

06/06/2016

Nearly seven in ten drivers don’t trust ‘black box’ technology to lower their insurance premiums by proving they are a better driver, a new survey has found.

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Boost for driverless car technology

06/06/2016

The Government has confirmed its plans to support the development of driverless vehicle technology.

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Drive safely with hay fever

06/06/2016

A runny nose, headache and constant sneezing are just a few of the symptoms hay fever sufferers have to deal with during the summer. Here’s what you can do to better cope with it, before you take to the road:

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One in four drivers happy to sleep in self-driving cars!

06/06/2016

New research suggests that around a quarter of motorists say they would feel comfortable enough to take a snooze while being driven by a car with autonomous technology.

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DVLA developing digital licence

06/06/2016

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency is developing a digital driving licence for smartphones.

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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

26/05/2016

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to star in new Volvo V90 marketing campaign

26/05/2016

Volvo Cars is set to launch a new V90 marketing campaign featuring global footballing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Game of Thrones fans flock to Donalds Volvo

20/05/2016

Fans of the popular Sky Atlantic fantasy drama Game of Thrones were treated to a special event at Donalds Volvo last weekend at the dealership's showroom on West End Road in Ipswich.

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Volvo provides the first look at its new range of smaller cars

20/05/2016

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today unveiled two new concept cars that move the Swedish brand in an audacious new direction and mark the official launch of its global small-car strategy.

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Jan 14th 1980 - Evening Telegraph: Century break in a garage match

03/05/2016

About 250 people gathered at Sycamore Stamford, to see a best-of-seven-frames challenge between world champion Terry Griffiths and Peterborough star Markham Wildman. Wildman won 4-2 and notched the highest break of the evening, a splendid 113.

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Sportage success continues with Diesel Car of the Year and Best Medium SUV

01/05/2016

Only a few months after launch, the all-new Kia Sportage has been crowned with another significant accolade, Diesel Car Magazine Car of the Year. Alongside this prestigious award, Sportage was also named Best Medium sized SUV.

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Volvo S90 Excellence interior concept is a piece of art

25/04/2016

Volvo Cars has unveiled a unique piece of art, based on the interior of the new S90 Excellence sedan, Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line variant of the S90.

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Volvo Cars announces new target of one million electrified cars sold by 2025

22/04/2016

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025.

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World Darts champion hits bullseye at Donalds Mazda

08/04/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has handed over the keys to a new Mazda CX-5 mid-size SUV to a very special customer - former Darts World Champion Keith Deller.

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Kia introduces Soul 'Urban' from £15,500

08/04/2016

New Kia Soul ‘Urban’ joins the line-up from only £15,500

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Mazda3 Sport Black special edition on sale from 1st April 2016

30/03/2016

The popular Mazda3 range has been boosted with the launch of the Mazda3 Sport Black special edition. Delivering an appealing blend of increased specification and sporty styling enhancements, the Sport Black arrives in dealerships from the 1st April 2016.

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Kia Motors Announced As Title Sponsor For Women’s Cricket Super League

30/03/2016

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the Women’s Cricket Super League is being officially launched as the Kia Super League, after it was confirmed that the car manufacturer has signed a two-year deal to become the official competition title sponsor.

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New Mazda MX-5 RF revealed at New York Motor Show

29/03/2016

Mazda revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (“retractable fastback”) today on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The latest version of the legendary sports car offers a new dimension of open-top driving fun while at the same time staying true to the purpose of Mazda’s previous retractable hardtop MX-5: Making the roadster experience accessible to a broader range of drivers.

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Volvo Cars’ S60 and V60 Edition add design to driving pleasure

23/03/2016

Volvo Cars is set to begin production of special editions of the S60, Volvo’s premium mid-size four-door sedan and its expressive sibling, the five-door V60 estate. The cars will come with a range of attractive exterior and interior updates that add an additional splash of dynamism.

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Donalds Mazda sponsors Speedway racer Joe Jacobs

22/03/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has renewed its sponsorship of Suffolk-based Speedway rider Joe Jacobs.

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Volvo at Techno Classica 2016 – “60 years of estate heritage”

21/03/2016

The theme for Volvo Cars at the world's biggest classic car show, Techno Classica, will be “60 years of estate heritage”.

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Volvo Cars calls on automotive industry to standardise electric car charging

09/03/2016

Volvo Cars believes the global automotive industry should strive towards the introduction of a standardised charging infrastructure for electric cars, says Dr Peter Mertens, the company’s Senior Vice President for Research & Development.

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Android Auto and Apple Carplay for latest Kia models

09/03/2016

Kia is to launch in-car Apple and Android operating systems.

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Nordic model offers the rest of world a template for autonomous driving: Volvo CEO

08/03/2016

Sweden’s famed Nordic Model, which brings together the public sector, private sector and academia, provides a template for the rapid introduction of autonomous driving technologies worldwide, Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, will say at a seminar on autonomous driving in Sweden this week.

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Introducing Polestar Performance Parts for Volvo cars

07/03/2016

Polestar introduces a whole new line of high-performance products in the form of Polestar Performance Parts, offering even more driving pleasure to Volvo drivers.

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Faces change but the principles remain the same

07/03/2016

Donalds Group is one of East Anglia’s longest serving car dealerships and its Peterborough branch still operates from the site where the company was first founded by Noel J.C Donald.

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Kia Motors reveals three new models for Europe at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show

04/03/2016

World premiere for Optima Sportswagon, Kia’s first-ever D-segment tourer, European debut for Optima Plug-in Hybrid and All-new Niro hybrid crossover unveiled in European specification.

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Kia Sportage enters UK top ten as demand soars in February

04/03/2016

Kia has seen the Sportage enter the Top Ten UK best-sellers as the all-new model enjoyed its first month on sale.

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All-new Mazda MX-5 named Car of the Year in 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards

03/03/2016

Mazda has taken triple honours in the 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards, including claiming the overall Car of the Year accolade with the all-new Mazda MX-5.

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VOLVO XC90 CROWNED SUV OF THE YEAR AT THE UK CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2016

01/03/2016

The Volvo XC90 has been voted SUV of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2016. The prestigious awards are judged by a 27-strong panel of motoring journalists, who write for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Top Gear and Auto Express.

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Simple checks will help you pass the MOT

01/03/2016

Around 40% of cars fail their MOT at the first attempt, but nearly 50% of all faults found on MOTs could be avoided by carrying out regular, simple maintenance – like replacing bulbs, wipers and tyres.

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White is UK’s favourite car colour – again

01/03/2016

White has retained its position as the UK’s most popular new car colour for the third year running, with demand growing 2.2% to 564,393 vehicles.

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Car buyers don’t like haggling

01/03/2016

The art of haggling seems to be on the decline, with 56% of car buyers who bought a car in the last six months claiming to have paid the asking price or more (including add-ons) – which is 12% more people than last year – a survey by Auto Trader has found.

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Road traffic reaches highest ever level

01/03/2016

Traffic on Britain's roads reached its highest ever level last year, new official figures show.

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Free take-back service for end-of-life vehicles

01/03/2016

The motor industry has committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their old vehicles with a free take-back service, designed to help owners whose brand may no longer sell in the UK.

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Volvo Cars gives the new face of Volvo to the V40

24/02/2016

Volvo Cars gives its bestselling V40 and V40 Cross Country the new face of Volvo for Model Year 2017 with trim updates across the range.

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Volvo Cars – the first car maker to launch a car without a key

19/02/2016

For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys. But no longer. In a ground-breaking move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars plans to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017.

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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

I recently purchased a Mazda 3 Sport Nav from your Ipswich showroom. The initial enquiry commenced with the Sales Manager, Luke The car I bought wasn't available at the time.  However the way in which I was treated encouraged me to enquire later. Subsequent sale negotiations on a revisit were handled by Donnie Cabrera, whom is I understand is a new member of your staff.   Having managed a very large group of personnel in my long career in public service I am aware how easily some people complain, however thanks and compliments are less often made.  I have to say I was very impressed with Donnie's communication skills, pleasant manner and gracious aspect as we moved to finalize the deal which included the  part-exchange of my Toyota  car.  He was well mannered to me and charming towards my wife.  Luke and Paul Cox were also very helpful to in assisting in the change of the cherished registered number of my former car to the new one.  They both tactfully mentored Donnie, when needed, in ensuring all went smoothly.  I have bought many cars over the last fifty years, mainly from Main Dealers and can say without doubt that your team were the most efficient and pleasant I have before experienced.  They were professional and knowledgeable and I feel Donnie is to be commended for his performance, especially due to his relatively new time in your company.


PG - June 2016 - Ipswich

Dear Ian, thank you for all your help with purchasing my new car. You made it such an easy and pleasant experience and explained everything in such detail. Thank you. 

S - June 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

Just a quick 'Thank You' to a sales person called 'Mike' and Alex Talbot for being so helpful and professional whilst negotiating my recent purchase of a Mazda CX 5. Their help and sound advice proved invaluable.

GC - June 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

We really appreciate all you did for us on both vehicles.  Thanks for your patience with me and your help at all times!

P & B - May 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

Dear Ian, Truly thank you for all your help and support in purchasing our new Kia Rio, we love it! A special thanks for the extra touches when we picked the car up. 

TS & WS - April 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

Dear Ian, thank you so much for your help & courtesy from the moment I came through Donalds' door. I am loving my Picanto and finding it easy to adapt to. You put no pressure on me to buy and I was able to think what I wanted and choose accordingly. And what a good finance offer, to boot! Many thanks.

JK - April 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

Just a brief note to thank you and your team for your help and kind attention to my wife and me as we purchased our brand new Mazda3 Nav Sport. The service we received was first class. Nick Grayson was very helpful and even took time to phone us to make sure everything was OK a few days after we drove it home. Our Thanks again. 

SC & TC - April 2016 - Stamford

Donalds Kia of Bury St Edmunds treats it's customers like family. Always friendly. Ian made the buying process so easy and explained every step.

NR - April 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

We've had the Mazda 3 Sport Nav a week now, and I have to say we're very pleased with it.  We'd like to take this opportunity of thanking Ian for his professional manner and excellent customer service. We look forward to the good service continuing with the rest of Donald's staff in Bury St Edmunds over the next few years.
 

CD & JD - Bury St Edmunds

Ian - Just a note to thank you very much for being so kind and patient when i bought by first ever new car recently!  The Picanto Chilli is a dream and last Thursday when i took delivery was made very special by you and your staff at Donalds, a day to remember and flowers too!  Thanks so much for everything, you're a brilliant senior salesman extraordinaire!!

CP - March 2016

I purchased a New Kia Venga from Donalds Kia (Bury St Edmunds) and have to say that the experience was excellent, well worth the 5 stars. There was an issue about handing in my part exchange vehicle and an offer was therefore made to loan me a Venga to fill the gap until my new vehicle arrived, which was very much appreciated. All the paperwork was fully explained without trying to skate over any of the details, and GAP insurance plus extras for the new car were explained but without any pressure to buy. Come the collection day for the new car the vehicle was handed over in detail - all controls etc explained - and items like the internal bluetooth demonstrated. The best handover for a new vehicle I have ever recall, with an offer to return to check issues if I ever forgot any detail. The handover was made a little bit special by doing an unveiling of the vehicle and by presenting some flowers for my wife. My thanks to Aaron and James in particular, though I have to say that all staff I interacted with on my 3 visits to the garage were very friendly and helpful.

GW - March 2016

Nick, thanks for your help yesterday, we were really pleased and the journey worth while. As we said yesterday a really pleasurable no nonsense sales experience.

 

Chris & Heather - March 2016 - Stamford