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Catch up on the latest news from The Donalds Group and announcements from our five manufacturers; Mazda, Volvo, Kia, Alfa Romeo and Vauxhall. This section also provides a number of interesting and informative articles about driving and car ownership, to ensure you’re kept up to date with the latest news on the road.

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KIA MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW STINGER, PICANTO AND TWO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN GENEVA

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Kia have unveiled four new models at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time – the Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid.

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Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

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More Car buyers are turning to dealerships for finance

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Car finance at the point of sale is becoming increasingly popular with car buyers. The market grew 12% by value to £31.6 billion and 8% by volume last year, new official figures show, with Personal Contract Hire products showing especially strong growth.

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Ombudsman calls for more fairness over parking fines

Councils in England should do more to make parking fines fairer, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

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‘Not indicating clearly’ voted as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour

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Not indicating clearly has been named as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour on UK roads, according to an RAC Insurance poll of more than 2,100 motorists. Nearly six in ten of the drivers surveyed said not signalling clearly, or failing to indicate at all, was their top inconsiderate action at the wheel, ahead of hogging the middle lane of a motorway and driving too close to the car in front.

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Mobile phone penalties for drivers have doubled

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Young and inexperienced drivers are being warned that one mistake could cost them their licence, now that new rules on mobile phone punishments have come into force.

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London Mayor calls for diesel scrappage scheme

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the government to implement his new proposals for a national diesel scrappage fund.

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CO2 exhaust emissions fall to all-time low

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The UK motor industry has once again beaten its CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year.

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Donald’s Garage Ipswich named as one of Volvo’s top performers

First awarded the accolade in 2014, Ipswich-based Donald’s Garage has again scooped a Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year award, acknowledging the dealership as one of the top performers in the UK.

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Free videos for volunteer drivers

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Volunteer drivers are being encouraged to take a few moments to ensure they put safety first on their journeys in 2017.

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Driverless cars could cut traffic delays

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Driverless cars could significantly reduce traffic delays, according to a new study by the Department for Transport.

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Four out of ten go camping or caravanning

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Just under four out of ten UK adults have been camping or caravanning in the past three years, says a new report from Mintel.

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Poor driving habits could be costing you £500+ a year

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Poor driving habits like aggressive braking or acceleration can cost motorists an extra £562 a year in added fuel bills, new research has revealed.

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Motorists don’t trust new ways to search and pay for parking

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Around half of UK motorists still prefer to use traditional cash at pay and display machines when paying for parking, research commissioned by the British Parking Association has found.

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Consumers in the dark about April’s car tax changes

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Consumers appear to be largely unaware of the road tax changes that will affect all new cars sold from April and which could see hundreds of pounds being added to some motorists' annual tax bills.

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Government proposes no MOT for first four years

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New proposals have been unveiled which would extend the period before the first MOT is needed from three to four years.

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Another record year for UK new car sales

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The UK new car market hit a new record level in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million vehicles.

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Double win for Kia motors UK in the 2017 Awards

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is proud to announce that it excelled in two areas of the 2017 Automotive Management Awards, winning two prestigious awards for Used Car of the Year and Best Franchise Partner.

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Donalds Mazda Stamford hosts sneak preview of all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at stylish new showroom

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Donalds Mazda Stamford has officially opened its stylish new showroom on West Street in Stamford. To celebrate, the Lincolnshire dealer will host an exclusive VIP preview event of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) on Friday 10 February.

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Family chosen to test autonomous Volvo

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The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research program using real cars, in real traffic.

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Volvo wants you to rediscover your passion in life with the V90 Cross Country

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is challenging people to rediscover their passion in life with the new V90 Cross Country campaign.

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Mazda MX-5 Arctic blows into Donalds Mazda

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Customers visiting Donalds Mazda are now able to pre-order the latest special edition convertible - Mazda MX-5 Arctic.

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

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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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Killer drivers to face to life sentences

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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

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

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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

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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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Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich

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

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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’

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

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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

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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

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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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Stylish new showroom for Donalds Mazda Peterborough

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to star in new Volvo V90 marketing campaign

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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

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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

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

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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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Volvo S90 Excellence interior concept is a piece of art

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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