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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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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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7.9 million used cars sold last year

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The used car market in 2018 was slightly down on the previous 12 months, dropping 2.1% to 7,945,040 transactions, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Why part-exchanging could be the way to get the best deal

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To secure the best deal, car buyers should look to part-exchange their current car when buying a new or used vehicle

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34% of motorists flunk MOT by not making basic checks

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As many as one third of MOT failures could be avoided if drivers just made some simple and basic checks to their car, according to Government figures obtained by motoring website HonestJohn.co.uk.

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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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Should driving be taught in schools?

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44% of drivers aged under 25 think learning to drive should be added to the school curriculum.

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Electric vehicle drivers say they wouldn’t switch back

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The UK’s biggest ever survey of ‘cleantech enthusiasts’ has found that around nine out of ten plug-in car drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel.

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Put safety first when fixing new satnav

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The poor positioning of satnav devices on windscreens can pose a significant threat to road safety.

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Grey overtakes black as No 1 car colour

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Grey overtook black as the UK’s most popular new car colour in 2018, according to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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'The Day The Ocean Went Away' Event - Donalds Volvo Ipswich

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Eco-Education day for families to learn about the global problem of plastics in our oceans. A short presentation at the Donalds Volvo showroom is followed by a beach clean on a local coastline.

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All-New Kia e-Niro

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Kia’s new, all-electric version of Niro is coming soon. Learn more about the What Car? Electric Car of the Year 2019 here.

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to star in new Volvo V90 marketing campaign

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Volvo Cars is set to launch a new V90 marketing campaign featuring global footballing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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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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World Darts champion hits bullseye at Donalds Mazda

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Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has handed over the keys to a new Mazda CX-5 mid-size SUV to a very special customer - former Darts World Champion Keith Deller.

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Donalds Mazda sponsors Speedway racer Joe Jacobs

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Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has renewed its sponsorship of Suffolk-based Speedway rider Joe Jacobs.

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