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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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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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Spring is in the air – get your car ‘beach body’ ready

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It’s time to get your car hale, hearty and ‘beach body ready’ in preparation for the longer summer days and warmer weather.

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Car owners choose peace of mind over MOT money saving

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Motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Major shake-up for driving test this yea

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The driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 4 December 2017, to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

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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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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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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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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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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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