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Catch up on the latest news from The Donalds Group and announcements from our five manufacturers; Mazda, Volvo and Kia. 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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Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept: why fly when you can be driven?

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Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept: reimagining the work-life balance and the future of cities

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Diesels ‘best choice’ for long distance driving

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling believes that diesel cars may still be the best choice for many motorists and families who drive long distances.

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Survey highlights shifts in car buying habits

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Motorists aged between 25-34 are most likely to buy a car via an app, according to the results of a survey from automotive data company HPI.

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Caravan and towing tips to get you ready for your summer holiday

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Going away with the family and a caravan, trailer tent or camping trailer is a great experience. But it’s important to ensure your caravan or trailer is roadworthy and loaded correctly.

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Drivers are being warned about a new DVLA text scam that looks to con recipients by telling them they are eligible for a tax refund.

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The scam sees motorists receive a text message from fraudsters posing as the DVLA, declaring a change in legislation. Recipients are then told to click on a link, which takes them through to a page that asks them to fill in sensitive personal information.

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Service and repair sector moves up a gear

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An annual survey of 1,000 car owners conducted by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed that consumers have an increasingly favourable perception of the vehicle service and repair sector, compared to the same period last year.

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Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in all-wheel-drive Volvos

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has introduced a new Polestar-developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), for more dynamic driving.

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Volvo retailer in Ipswich backs the county’s cricket team

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Donalds Volvo has announced a sponsorship partnership with Suffolk Cricket, who deliver and support programmes to grow cricket within the county.

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Kia Picanto GT-Line gains new engine and equipment upgrades

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The latest engine to join the Picanto range is available now at Donalds and exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades - further broadening the appeal of Kia’s city car.

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KIA NAMED COMPANY OF THE LAST 30 YEARS AT AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS 2018

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Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. has been awarded ‘Company of the Last 30 Years’ at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards. This is a special accolade, part of a group of awards celebrating not only the best in the industry, but also Auto Express’ 30th anniversary.

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Volvo Car Mobility launches mobility brand M

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Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, today launches M, a new brand that will expand the company’s global mobility operations by providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app.

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New laws pave way for remote control parking

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New laws just introduced mean that drivers will be able to use remote control parking and other high-tech assistance systems on British roads.

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Huge leap forward in road safety

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Developments in road safety have taken a huge leap forward with a landmark EU proposal to mandate the fitting of lifesaving technologies, including Advanced Emergency Braking and Intelligent Speed Assistance, in all new cars.

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Driving a brand new car in the first few weeks

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Buying a new car is an exhilarating experience, but there are a few things to bear in mind as you drive your pride and joy away from the showroom.

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Car test drives are alive and kicking

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The test drive is far from dead, despite one in ten consumers saying they will buy without trying the car first, research by What Car? suggests.

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Major changes introduced to MOT test

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The way that the MOT test works in England, Scotland and Wales changed last month. The changes affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.

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Double Win for Kia Rio at the Autotrader 2018 Awards

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The Kia Rio but two awards at this year’s Auto Trader New Car Awards - as voted for by 43,000 real car owners.

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Volvo Car UK announces full pricing and specification details of exciting new V60

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The new Volvo V60 premium mid-size estate is now available to order in the UK, with on-the-road prices starting at £31,810 for the D3 Momentum manual version.

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Volvo XC90 is a genuine life-saver

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Not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK, according to official Government crash figures.

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The Volvo S90 Ambience Concept – a car that connects with your senses

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today reveals the S90 Ambience Concept, an industry-first sensory experience that synchronises visuals, sound and scent to redefine in-car luxury.

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Driving tips for neck and back pain

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Research by the British Chiropractic Association indicates that more than 5.5 million drivers could suffer from neck and back pain as a result of time spent behind the wheel.

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Don’t cut corners on child seat safety

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Many parents are cutting corners on safety when driving with their children. According to a new survey, 34% have sometimes allowed their children to travel without a suitable child restraint and 37% have driven with someone else’s child as a passenger despite not having a suitable seat for them.

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Why don’t more drivers switch to electric?

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According to new research commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry, 82% of drivers feel they don’t know enough about electric vehicles to wave goodbye to their petrol or diesel car just yet.

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£8 a month cost of learning to drive

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Learning to drive is achievable and affordable if parents start saving early, insurance provider Marmalade reports.

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Millennials would rather buy a car than travel the world

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Millennials are prioritising new cars over travelling the world – unlike older generations, new research has revealed.

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Auto Trader refutes ‘car finance bubble’ claims

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The growing view in the City that car finance is a credit bubble waiting to burst is simply not warranted, says a new Market Report from Auto Trader.

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Ipswich Volvo retailer and accident and repair centre wins manufacturer’s regional award

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Donalds of Ipswich & DJ Mackenzies have scooped a regional award at the Volvo Bodyshop & Retailer High Achiever Recognition Awards 2017.

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Volvo XC60 named UK Car of the Year

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The Volvo XC60 has been crowned overall Car of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018. This comes only a month after it was crowned Best Medium Crossover by the same judges.

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Volvo launches new V60 versatile family estate

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the new V60 five-door, mid-size premium estate, underlining the Swedish company's position as a maker of cars that combine good looks with everyday practicality.

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Donalds Group breaks ground on exciting double dealership plan

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Bosses at high-flying Donalds Group went ‘digging for victory’ when they marked the start of construction on a development set to revolutionise car sales in East Anglia.

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Seven tips for safer driving in 2018

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Richard Gladman, Head of Driving & Riding Standards at IAM RoadSmart, suggests a few New Year Resolutions that are easy to keep and will improve your driving and keep you safe throughout the year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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