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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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The fully electric XC40 SUV – Volvo’s first electric car and one of the safest on the road

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The advance of electric cars constitutes the biggest change in the history of the automobile. For the first time in over a century, cars move without a petrol or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, changing the car at its core.

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Volvo Cars releases armoured cars for people needing heightened protection

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With the release of the Volvo XC90 Armoured, Volvo Cars takes another step as a manufacturer of armoured vehicles. The cars are designed and built to provide safe and comfortable travel with a high level of personal protection for the occupants.

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Dash cam ‘parking mode’ could record vital evidence

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A dash cam feature that many vehicle owners are unaware of could record crucial evidence if someone damages your vehicle while it’s parked and protect you against theft.

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£100 fine if you ignore the red X

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From 10 June, road users who ignore the red X warning sign on smart motorways will be liable for a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and three points on their licence.

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Company car drivers pick-up on tax advantages of 4x4 lifestyle vehicles

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For drivers considering switching their company car for tax reasons, new insight from automotive data experts CAP HPI shows that lifestyle 4x4 vehicles present an increasingly popular tax-efficient purchase.

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Four great tips for early days of new car ownership

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Buying a new car is an exciting experience, but there are a few things to bear in mind in the initial ownership period.

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Stay safe on your caravan road trip

Caravan and trailer roadworthiness is just as important as your car’s, and particular care is needed for that first summer outing as many are parked up and unused over the winter.

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Cost of car insurance falls to two-year low

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At £466, the average cost of a motor insurance premium has fallen to its lowest level for two years, according to the ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker.

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Don’t get hit with a £1,000 caravan fine

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Caravan owners who passed their driving test after 1997 could be liable for a fine of up to £1,000, if they fail to observe the towing restrictions on their licence.

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Research predicts the high-tech garage of the future

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Holographic and Augmented Reality technology, advanced robotics and 3D printing of car parts are just some of the high-tech innovations that experts predict will become a feature of car body repair shops in the future.

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How to drive safely when a truck is nearby

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Driving in front of, or even behind, a large lorry can be daunting. But there’s no need to panic if you follow the advice from the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division.

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Motorists are driving fewer miles

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Motorists are driving 21% fewer miles than they did ten years ago an analysis by automotive data experts at CAP HPI has found.

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Three keys to safer senior driving

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Older drivers can stay safer on the road for longer by reflecting on their driving and being honest about the tasks they are starting to find more difficult.

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Seven tips for motorists to stay safe online

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With new online scams cropping up all the time, motorists have increasingly become a target for fraudsters.

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Used diesels hold value in 2018, but petrol was best performer

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Despite a drop in new diesel car registrations of almost 30% last year, the value of second-hand diesels remained buoyant.

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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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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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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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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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