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Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept: why fly when you can be driven?

05/09/2018

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

28/08/2018

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

28/08/2018

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

28/08/2018

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.

28/08/2018

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

28/08/2018

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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Motorists under-estimate electric vehicle benefits

28/08/2018

New research from Go Ultra Low has revealed a huge amount of misunderstanding when it comes to electric cars, with many unaware of the benefits around performance, charging and cost.

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

15/08/2018

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

16/07/2018

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

13/07/2018

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

06/07/2018

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

04/07/2018

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

13/06/2018

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

13/06/2018

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

13/06/2018

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

13/06/2018

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

13/06/2018

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

04/06/2018

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

18/05/2018

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

24/04/2018

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

24/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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?

18/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

06/04/2018

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

23/02/2018

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

21/02/2018

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

18/02/2018

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

01/02/2018

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

01/02/2018

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

01/02/2018

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

01/02/2018

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

01/02/2018

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

12/12/2017

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

27/10/2017

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

27/10/2017

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

27/10/2017

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!

27/10/2017

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

27/10/2017

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

27/10/2017

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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Polestar unveils its first car

19/10/2017

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

19/09/2017

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

01/09/2017

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

24/08/2017

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

23/08/2017

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?

23/08/2017

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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WELCOME TO DONALDS VOLVO IPSWICH

We are the authorised Volvo car franchise for Ipswich in Suffolk and surrounding areas.

With a dedicated showroom displaying the latest new models from the Volvo range, we offer the complete package of new and used sales, parts, service and MOT from our premises located on West End Road in Ipswich.

As your local Volvo dealership, the following are just some of the towns and surrounding villages that we cover: Ipswich, Wherstead, Washbrook, Capel, Bramford, Felixstowe, Tattingstone, Shotley, Felixstowe, Trimley St Martin, Waldringfield, Rushmere, Claydon, Levington, Martlesham, Woodbridge, Grundisburgh, Melton, Ufford, Hollesley, Wickham Market, Framlingham, Badingham, Otley, Stonham Aspal, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Elmswell, Woolpit, Sudbury, Hadleigh.

We can offer a collection and delivery for your vehicle servicing – ask our service department for further details.

Testimonials

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done for us.  Michael Wildig, the sales colleague we dealt with was professional, friendly and extremley knowledgeable.  We should mention that everyone we came into contact with was polite and courteous and we are looking forward to continued relationship with Donalds!

SM + NM - Ipswich

Thank you so much to everyone in the service and aftersales department for looking after me and going above and beyond.

LF - Peterborough

My wife and I just want to commend the exemplary efficiency and first class customer care of Paul Cox. Every little step was covered with perfect smoothness and the whole process was faultless. Mr Cox was easy to contact, quick to respond and kept us fully informed throughout. Nothing was neglected or overlooked and we are delighted with our new Mazda. Many thanks indeed from both of us.

BS - Ipswich

Ref my recent visits to Volvo, just wanted to say “WOW” service with a smile, bags of enthusiasm and nothing to much trouble, even when I didn’t have my NI Number to hand for the courtesy car, Leanne called the DVLA  to confirm my details.  Regular progress updates throughout and my car returned all shinny and clean!  Well done to you and please pass on my appreciation, great to witness really good customer service!

IT - Ipswich

The new car is superb, we were impressed with the previous two Volvo XC60’s, but this one is such a step up in quality and is so smooth and quiet.  I have just completed the first wash, and the changes to the bodywork and fittings are really noticeable.  I did e-mail Michael to thank him for his professionalism once again in his dealings with us in this changeover - we certainly did not expect to be driving the new XC60 so soon, but are so pleased that we are!  Also, we just want to compliment you on your whole team in Ipswich, everybody is so friendly and approachable whenever we come into the building.

KW - November - Ipswich

Nowadays, we are all very quick to moan but not so forthcoming with praise. I therefore felt it important to email you to praise your staff at the Bury St Edmunds showroom and in particular Alex Talbot. 

I was looking for a new company car and had narrowed my choice down to four. I can honestly tell you that the final decision was not because of the actual vehicle (although I am delighted with my Kia Sportage) but because of Alex. He really is an excellent salesman without being pushy and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. We are leasing the car but as we are a relatively new company, you cannot imagine the problems we faced at every turn with various forms and paperwork, but Alex never faltered in keeping calm, keeping me informed and doing his utmost to help. I would also add that on any occasion I phoned the showroom to speak to Alex and he was unavailable, without exception, every member of staff I spoke to was courteous, did their utmost to help and always passed on messages.

Even when I collected the car, Alex painstakingly went through all the controls with me (I am not the most technological person) in a manner that was easy to understand but not at any time condescending.

I congratulate you on the calibre of staff you employ, they are an absolute credit to the company and you should be very proud of them. The vehicle has also received many compliments for the way it looks and I am impressed with it as the driver.

KB - October 2017 - Bury St Edmunds

Just a brief note to thank you for your help on purchasing our new car. 
By nature some people in the car industry give the trade a bad name but we are genuinely really pleased with the service from yourself, Michael & The Donalds Group. 
Buying a new car at a good price, and finding somewhere you trust is always daunting task. This task was made simple with you guys. 
Many thanks again, it’s much appreciated. 

AH - September - Peterborough

I was very impressed with not only the quality of the work done and the speed with which it was completed, but also with the positive attitude that you and your staff had to providing me with the best support throughout the time my car was with you. Going 'the extra mile' really made me feel like a valued customer,and I would have no hesitation in fully recommending you to anyone. 

DW - October - Stamford

Had great customer service from Melvin. Helped me find a solution to what budget I could fit. Very caring and attentive, I have heard a lot of bad things about car dealerships in general from any brand/garage/group from friends around me. As a first time - dealership customer I was impressed and very happy with everything!
thanks again Melvin! Helped me get my dream car! CX-3!

Mr J - September 2017 - Peterborough

From the first moment of walking into the dealership the sales executive Alex Talbot introduced himself. He was as a good sales exec. Hhe was not at all [pushy] and answered all of my questions.I have been in the sales side of the motor trade and have worked with sales executives [good and bad] in the past. Alex is up there with the best!!!.


BB - September 2017 - Bury St Edmunds

I and my partner are here in the UK for a brief visit? from Belgium. Yesterday my car, a Mazda Premacy, began to make a very strange rattling sound. Enough to cause me concern. I first looked on your website yesterday and found you have a garage in Ipswich which, being my home town, I contacted by phone. I explained the situation, saying also that Saturday 24th June we return to Antwerp in Belgium a driving journey of at least 6.5 hours not including the ferry. The man with whom I spoke could not have been more helpful and, after much searching online (my Premacy is LHD) said to bring it in this morning at 9AM. Early this afternoon he contacted me to say the car was ready. Luckily the problem was not drastic and he took the time and trouble to explain what had happened. It gave me great peace of mind knowing that everything was OK. Unfortunately I am unable to give you his name but can best describe him as red-headed with a beard. I would like to express my thanks to him through your offices. Although car repairs are never an experience we wish for he made it extremely bearable. Once again my thanks to him.

KS - June 2017 - Ipswich

You are the first person to greet me when I bring my MX-5 for its service and your helpful attitude is much appreciated and is experienced by me from all the Mazda staff I have contact with. Steve, the mechanic, Drew, the valet and John on car cleaning. They were all helpful and nothing was to much trouble - for instance I did not know how to clean inside the roof chamber so Drew took the time to explain how to do it whilst Steve went to fetch the hoover and then cleaned that area - marvellous! Top marks to all of them.

MC - September 2016 - Ipswich