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Catch up on the latest news from The Donalds Group and announcements from our five manufacturers; Mazda, Volvo, Kia, and Alfa Romeo. 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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Swedish families help Volvo Cars develop autonomous drive cars

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Volvo Cars will from today start developing its autonomous drive cars with help from Swedish families who will test its cars on the public roads of Gothenburg and feed back their impressions to Volvo Cars engineers.

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Christmas Open Hours 2017

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Here they are - our opening hours over the Christmas break.

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Watch out for deer on the roads

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Motorists are being warned that collisions between deer and vehicles tend to peak at this time of year.

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How to tell a bargain from a banger

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With the summer holidays well behind us, Christmas not yet on the horizon, and forecourts full of pre-owned cars traded in for the latest ‘67’ plate model, many car owners are thinking about trading up to a newer vehicle.

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First time buyers favour new models

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New research has identified a change in the way new drivers look at buying their first car, due to the range of attractive finance packages now available from dealerships.

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Don’t put all the pressure on your TPMS

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Drivers should not rely solely on their Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to ensure safety of their tyres, tyre safety experts have warned.

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Adapt your driving style for the winter months

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As colder weather and darker nights approach, drivers should prepare their cars for winter to reduce the risk of an accident or an unnecessary repair bill.

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Keep your car safe from thieves with recall check

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Motorists are advised to keep their vehicle software up-to-date with manufacturer recalls, to protect themselves against the growing trend of key code hacking.

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Franchised dealers seen as safest place to service a car

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Franchised dealers are overwhelmingly regarded as best in class for vehicle servicing, a new survey has revealed.

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KIA CEE’D AND SORENTO ARE VICTORIOUS IN 2018 WHAT CAR? USED CARS AWARDS

Popular models awarded at WhatCar? Used car award.

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Volvo Cars celebrates start of Volvo Ocean Race and supports fight against ocean plastics with special V90 Cross Country

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today reveals a special version of its award-winning V90 Cross Country all-road estate to celebrate the start of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Revealed: best time to renew your car insurance

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Drivers could beat rising premiums and cut their costs significantly, simply by not leaving it until the last minute to renew their car insurance.

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New guidance for drivers buying their first car

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The Motor Ombudsman has launched a new online guide, “#JustPassed”, to make car buying and servicing easier for new drivers.

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How to safely secure a load on your vehicle

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Thousands of collisions occur every year due to objects falling from vehicles. Now the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division has published some tips for securing a load correctly.

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Forgetful motorists pay £35 million in MOT fines!

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Drivers who fail to renew their MOT on time have been fined a total of more than £35 million in the past five years.

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Diesel reports are ‘misleading’ motorists

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Despite reports that average diesel used car prices have fallen in recent months, new research has found that they are in fact increasing.

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UK car buyers to benefit from new emissions tests

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Motorists are set to benefit from more realistic emissions and fuel economy performance data after two new EU car tests came into force last month, replacing a single test that hadn’t been updated for 20 years.

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Motorists switch cars ‘more often than mobile phones’

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The length of time motorists own a car has fallen rapidly in recent years, and now they are likely to change more often than they change their mobile phone, their tablets or even their mattresses and bedding.

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Polestar unveils its first car

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Polestar has unveiled its first car – the Polestar 1 – and reveals its vision to be the new electric performance brand

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New XC40 completes global Volvo line-up for fast-growing premium SUV segment

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

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Donalds Kia reveals pricing and specifications for All-New Stonic CUV

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Donalds Kia releases first details of the specifications and pricing for the all-new Stonic, the company's first offering in Europe's booming small CUV/SUV market. Stonic will go on sale on October 23 with order books now open at Donalds.

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Volvo Cars’ new XC40 delivers a confidence-inspiring SUV designed for city living

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will bring a new standard of safety and user experience to the small premium SUV segment with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 this autumn.

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Volvo Cars declares the end of clutter inside the new XC40 small SUV

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Volvo Cars today declares the forthcoming XC40 will spell the end to a problem faced daily by drivers around the globe: a lack of suitable and functional storage space inside their car.

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Highway Code ‘falls short’ on stopping distances

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Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on the Government to increase stopping distances in its next update to the Highway Code because drivers' thinking time has been under-estimated.

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End of the road for petrol and diesel cars?

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The Government has unveiled a proposal to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, as part of plans to improve air quality.

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Top caravanning hacks you shouldn’t leave the house without

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Caravanning can be one of life’s great pleasures – but it’s not without its pitfalls and now the Camping & Caravanning Club has drawn up a list of some top hacks to make a caravan holiday easier and more enjoyable.

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Automatic transmissions becoming more popular

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As congestion on UK roads continues to drive motorists’ frustration levels through the roof, interest in automatic cars is shifting up a gear according to automotive data experts HPI.

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First journey success for car fuelled by whisky residue

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The first car in the world to be fuelled by a whisky residue biofuel has just completed its first journey on the roads of Scotland.

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Top tips for a smooth rental experience this summer

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The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association has provided some tips and advice for holidaymakers planning on renting a car this summer.

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DVLA trials new Amazon Alexa service

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Motorists can now access up-to-the-minute information from the DVLA about their vehicle tax and MOT status through Amazon’s Alexa service.

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Comfort and refinement is what new car buyers want

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New car buyers are placing huge importance on the interiors of their next purchases – ahead of price, exterior styling and fuel economy, according to research by What Car?

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Express your individuality with the new Volvo XC40 small SUV

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With dozens of possible exterior and interior colour combinations, the choice of the individual is at the centre with the new colourful Volvo XC40, Volvo Cars’ first ever entry in the small premium SUV segment.

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Trust more important than price for used car buyers

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Consumers rate trust in the dealer ahead of price when it comes to buying a used car, according to a survey of 18,000 AA members on the most important purchase considerations.

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Experience the evolution of the dynamic Swedish SUV at Donalds Volvo Ipswich’s XC60 launch event

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Having recently been crowned 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017, Donalds Volvo Ipswich will be hosting a two-day customer reveal event to mark the arrival of the stunning new Volvo XC60 at its dealership.

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New ‘do not disturb while driving’ feature for iPhones

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Apple has announced that its iOS 11 software update will include a new Do Not Disturb While Driving mode for iPhones.

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Back-seat drivers cause the most in-car arguments

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With the great summer getaway just around the corner, a YouGov survey has found that 38% of drivers regard the unwanted comments of back-seat drivers as the main cause of in-car arguments.

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How to drive safely around horses

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Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are also ‘flight’ animals, and can revert to their natural instincts at any time. The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for riders and other road users.

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Medicines warning as hay fever season approaches

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Hay fever sufferers should check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving.

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London Mayor unveils transport strategy

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out wide-ranging plans to transform London’s transport network.

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Volvo XC60 crowned 'Best Premium SUV' at Auto Express Awards

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The Volvo XC60 has been voted 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017.

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All-new Mazda MX-5 RF named Roadster of the Year at the 2017 Auto Express New Car Awards

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The all-new Mazda MX-5 RF has been named Roadster of the Year by Auto Express in their annual awards. With the MX-5 convertible having taken the title for the last two years, the current generation of MX-5 has claimed this coveted title at the Auto Express New Car Awards for the third year in succession.

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Donald’s Garage Ipswich sponsors motorsport challenge day for local school

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Ipswich-based Volvo dealership, Donald’s Garage, is sponsoring Orwell Park School’s Motorsport School Team Challenge later this month as part of a focus on bridging the gap between local businesses and schools.

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Be aware of current European motoring laws this summer

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Driving abroad poses a number of risks and not just because it is likely to involve on the other side of the road. Many people lack a general awareness of current European motoring laws.

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How to get the most out of your sat nav

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Satellite navigation systems are a must have these days, but many road users fail to use this travel companion correctly or safely.

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Take extra care with your dog in the car this summer

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It is dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. So how can owners ensure their pets are safe and comfortable on car journeys this summer?

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Sharp rise in use of online vehicle recalls tool

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The Motor Ombudsman has recorded a substantial rise in the use of its online Vehicle Recalls tool.

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New littering rules put the onus on vehicle owners

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Litter louts could be hit with £150 fines as part of new plans to tackle rubbish in England, almost double the current £80 penalty.

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Poorly fitted child car seats put 8 out of 10 kinds in danger

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More than eight out of ten drivers may be putting children’s safety at risk by failing to correctly fit child car seats, a new study has found.

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Volvo Cars Partners with Google to build android into next-generation connected cars

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced a close partnership with Google, one of the world’s largest technology companies, to develop the next generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

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Younger drivers prioritise comfort over safety

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When it comes to their cars, under-35s appear to be prioritising comfort over safety. That’s according to a survey of more than 1,000 car owners about the items they keep in their vehicles and their knowledge of car maintenance and safety, which revealed a huge disparity between younger and older drivers.

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