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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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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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Eight essentials to keep in your car

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Whether it’s winter or summer, there are some things you’ll need in your vehicle all year around to help you stay safe on the road.

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Many more motorists are switching insurance provider

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The number of people in the UK who switched their car insurance provider increased from 22% in 2016 to 27% in 2017, a report from the GoCompare comparison site has revealed.

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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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Award-winning new Volvo XC40 now available to test drive at Donalds

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What Car?’s overall 2018 Car of the Year, the new Volvo XC40 premium compact SUV, is now available for test drives at Donalds.

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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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Only 1% of car buyers looking for electric vehicles

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Just one in 100 car buyers are actively looking at new electric vehicles, despite the Government announcing an investment of over £500m in incentives and infrastructure, according to data released by What Car? magazine.

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Take extra care in harsh winter weather

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Road journeys can be treacherous when there is a fall of snow. But by following some simple safety tips, motorists reduce the chance of delays and difficulties.

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Motorists’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

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Committing to checking tyres and oil levels more regularly is the top New Year’s Resolution for motorists, ahead of learning how to parallel park properly and conquering a fear of motorway driving.

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Top reasons for MOT failures revealed

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An analysis of data from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has revealed the most common reasons for MOT failures.

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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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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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