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Ronnie Corbett | Grange Jaguar Croydon

Ronnie Corbett has just taken delivery of his New Jaguar XJ 3.0 Diesel Portfolio. Ronnie has been no stranger to Jaguar at Grange Croydon and we know him well.

Having taken a phone call from his lovely secretary, an appointment was made for him to come and look at the Jaguar range the same day.

Ronnie explained that his good friend Jimmy Tarbuck has a Jaguar XJ 3.0, and because Jimmy loves it, was enough for him to pay us a visit to Grange Jaguar Croydon for a test drive.

Having compared the size of the Jaguar XJ to his Mercedes S CLASS, to make sure it was no bigger, he went for a drive around Croydon. Accompanied by our sales associate John O’Shea, Ronnie decided he liked the drive of the Jaguar XJ and that his decision to have it was an easy one.

After 10 minutes of working the figures out, a deal was done on a Metallic Silver one in the showroom and a delivery date set.

It was an honour and a joy to deal with such a legend and a gentleman.

We welcome Mr Corbett back to both Grange Croydon and Jaguar.

Jaguar XJ Portfolio

Jaguar XJ Portfolio




National Award | Spire Hartswood Hospital Support Group in Brentwood

Grange Brentwood took great pleasure in supporting the local hospital support group for patients with cancer. Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood launched the support group named ‘Inspire’ which focuses on socialising and having fun.

Media Release:

Spire Hartswood launches support group for patients with cancer and celebrates national award

Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood has launched a peer support group with a twist for its patients with cancer. The group – appropriately named Inspire – has a focus firmly on socialising and having fun, and celebrated its launch with an afternoon driving the latest Aston Martins and Jaguars around Brentwood, courtesy of The Grange garage on Brook Street.

Inspire is the brainchild of breast cancer care nurse specialist and deputy matron Alex Edghill. Alex explains, “I’ve been caring for people with cancer for many years. It has long been a wish of mine to develop a support group with a focus on enjoying life; made up of people with different cancers, at different stages, giving support to each other through friendship. We’re very grateful to The Grange for allowing us to drive fast cars for our first event!”

The launch party was a double celebration as Clare Husband from Macmillan Cancer Support attended to congratulate Spire Hartswood on its award for its breast cancer care and oncology services. The Hartswood was the first private hospital in Essex to receive the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) for its oncology service and was the first private hospital in the UK to receive the award for both oncology and breast cancer care services.

Cancer patient Graham Willingale, 65, of Billericay, one of Inspire’s founder members, said

“I’m delighted to be part of the Inspire support group, which I’m sure will make a positive difference to all those who are part of it. I believe that, by focusing on having fun, the group will provide a unique way of delivering help and support to all those who need it.”

Group members were treated to test drives of an Aston Martin Vantage V8, a Jaguar XK Portfolio convertible, and an Aston Martin V12 Rapide, followed by afternoon tea at Marygreen Manor.

Grange Brentwood Dealership

Grange Aston Martin & Jaguar – Brentwood

Any current or previous patient of Spire Hartswood Hospital interested in joining the group should contact Alex Edghill on 01277 266 793 or email info@spirehartswood.com.


The All New Mazda CX-5 | Northampton Motors Mazda

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 – Available Now

In May the all-new Mazda CX-5 went on sale in the UK. It is the first car to be designed, engineered and built using Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, offering guests an enjoyable and fun driving experience as well as solid environmental credentials.

The range of SKYACTIV technologies allows Mazda to build petrol and diesel cars that deliver class leading fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising performance or handling. This significantly reduces the cost of motoring for guests and responds to the environmental needs that are now a key factor in choosing a new car.

Designed fresh from the ground up, Mazda threw out the rule book and made each element of the vehicle lighter yet stronger – enhancing its fuel effi ciency and safety. The result is class-leading engines and a bodyshell made with high tensile steel that is lighter than its competitors yet sits on a 2,700mm wheelbase to provide more space than its rivals.

With the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine (150ps), CX-5 returns 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 119g/km of CO2. The petrol model is a 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G (165ps), which offers an excellent 47.0mpg combined and only 139g/km of CO2. Further enhancing its overall performance, the CX-5 comes equipped with Mazda’s startstop system, a choice of two- or all-wheel drive and either a six-speed MANUAL or AUTOMATIC transmissions – depending on the model.

Prices for the CX-5 start from just £21,395 (OTR) and rise to £28,795 (OTR). Like the rest of the Mazda range, the all-new SUV is well specified, with available equipment including a Sanyo TomTom sat nav, an advanced safety system with automatic braking to prevent low speed collisions, lane departure warning, blind spot alerts and an automatic main beam function. The CX-5 also comes with a choice of two new body colours – Sky Blue Mica and Zeal Red Mica.

For more information or to book a test drive contact Northampton Mazda today on 0844-8567121 or email sales@northamptonmotors.co.uk also available at Bolton, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.




New Ford Focus | Zero Road Tax

New Ford Focus | Motorparks

New Ford Focus | Available Now

Ford’s high tech, ultra-efficient, turbocharged, direct injection 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is now available across the Ford Focus range in the UK. This unique, industry-first EcoBoost engine delivers performance to rival a traditional 1.6-litre engine with significantly improved fuel efficiency and class-leading ultra-low CO2 emissions. This results in Fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km, resulting in zero road tax (VED) in first year.

Ford engineers have designed the Focus to be one of the most technically advanced cars on the road. They’ve now developed two brand new engines for the Focus – one petrol EcoBoost and one diesel TDCi. As a result of their cutting-edge technology, both engines are class-leading for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. So whichever one you choose, you’ll benefit from outstanding performance and efficiency.

To make every journey safer, more comfortable and more exhilarating, the Focus is equipped with an array of state-of-the-art systems and features. For example, Torque Vectoring Control continuously balances power between the front wheels for exceptional grip, control and handling when you’re cornering. Engage Active Park Assist and the car will automatically steer you into the tightest spaces, hands-free.

Demonstrators are available at:
Dees Ford Croydon 0844 499 1030
Dees Ford Wimbledon 0844 499 9156
Invicta Ford Ashford 0844 499 2231
Canterbury 0844 499 2327
Thanet 0844 499 2258

Why not come and try for yourself, call us now for a test drive.




Doves Volvo | New Volvo Dealers

Doves Volvo

Volvo is a name that is respected in the automobile industry for good reason. They have spend a lot of years making some of the most high quality vehicles on the road. They have a way of making their vehicles look like luxury vehicles without the luxury vehicle price. It is a good thing that there are some great Doves Volvo Dealers that offer some great deals on their vehicles. There is one in particular that makes it their goal for each of their visitors to leave in the new Volvo of their dreams. Anyone who buys from them can count on the fact that they got the best quality and price available.

All of the Doves Volvo Dealers around have a great selection of new Volvos. This is great for consumers because it means that they do not have to go to a lot of different dealer lots. They are likely to be able to find what they want at the first Doves dealer that they go to. This helps consumers save both time and money and it also leaves them impressed with the dealer. Consumers who leave impressed are likely to spread the word about their pleasant experience.

There are some great deals to be found at many of the Doves Volvo Dealers. There are always new promotions and events going on. Many dealers are also able to give you financing options too. This allows you to decide what terms are best for you. Years ago, you did not have these options, so this is a good thing. These options can help to make it possible for you to take home the new Volvo that you really want instead of settling for something that is cheaper just so you can make the payments.

People who are looking for a new Volvo can try to get a good idea of what they want before going to the dealer or just come down to Doves to speak to a Volvo expert. They can go to the Doves Volvo website to see what they have to offer. They can also see what are the best sales and promotions going on.

Visit our Doves Volvo dealerships in Croydon, Gatwick, Horsham, Preston & Blackburn for new Volvo offers.



A Life of Luxury – The Jaguar XJ Ultimate

The New Jaguar XJ Ultimate is the most luxurious and expensive version of Jaguar’s big saloon yet. It arrives in the UK in November and is expected to be approximately £120,000.

From Jaguar:

Work in luxury, relax in total comfort. Stretch out and let XJ Ultimate indulge you with everything at your fingertips. There’s the table that gracefully rises out of the centre console, the beautifully styled bottle chiller and the iPads docked in the backs of the front seats. A special place that you can call your own, XJ Ultimate is utterly distinctive.

Stretch out on the sumptuous semi-aniline leather of either of the two individually tailored rear seats. Offering recline, heating/cooling as well as four-way lumbar adjust, they can even treat you to a massage. The semi-aniline leather also extends to the front seats. A chauffeur switch can automatically fold the front passenger seat away offering maximum space for the rear seats.

Adding to the dramatic interior design is an electrically powered table. It rises gracefully from the centre console and can be rotated left or right as required. The rear section of the centre console also houses a 75cl bottle chiller for cooling drinks to the optimum temperature. Two handcrafted Goran Hongell ‘Aarne’ Champagne glasses are provided as standard with XJ Ultimate. The console also docks the Touch-screen Rear Seat Entertainment system remote control as well as rear climate controls and an array of connectors for any portable devices.

XJ Ultimate makes no compromise in quality in even its slightest touches such as the exquisite brushed aluminium clock, the brilliant LED courtesy lighting for rear passengers, or even the leather umbrella retainer points in the boot. At night experience the tranquillity of the cool phosphor blue illumination delineating the interior features, framing the treadplates, JaguarDrive Selector™, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), and door architecture.

The new Jaguar XJ Ultimate will be available in Grange Jaguar Brentwood, Exeter, Swindon & Welwyn when it arrives in the UK.

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Ford unveils text driving system

Texting while driving is, of course, illegal and stupid, and that’s why Ford has unveiled its latest piece of technology.

Part of the company’s SYNC in-car communication application, its new text-to-speech service reads out a driver’s text messages while the car is on the move.

To help advertise the usefulness of the service, Ford commissioned some market research and found that one third of drivers admit to texting behind the wheel. Despite that, 95 percent of those surveyed agreed it was dangerous.

Due to come with the new B-Max MPV first, before being added to the SYNC systems in the Focus and Kuga, it only works with BlackBerry phones at the moment, though Ford is looking to make other brands compatible.

Drivers are able to respond to text messages using voice recognition, although not to spell out unique replies – they’re given a choice of ten set text templates.

Ford’s Christof Kellerwessel said: “Text messages can be a distraction for drivers, so the benefit of a system that can read messages aloud from compatible smartphones is obvious.”

Phone use while driving is on the up, and has recently been slammed by safety groups including Brake, whose recent research found that 44 percent of young drivers say they text behind the wheel.

Ford’s system will at least go some way to mitigating the dangers, though the best advice is simply to forget about your phone while driving. When was the last time you received a truly urgent text message?

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