The ongoing revival of Alfa Romeo was confirmed with the launch of the Alfa 147, a car whose gorgeous styling, brilliant handling, exceptional performance and segment-leading specification took home Car of the Year honours in 2001. Alfa’s sporting spirit renaissance added exciting additions in 2002, with the eagerly awaited GTA versions of the Alfa 156 and Sportwagon and the Alfa 147 GTA launched in 2003.
Audi UK is the most successful Audi importer in Europe and its consistently increasing sales reflect this. Having broken its own records each year since 1999, the brand broke through the 70,000 sales barrier in 2003. Audi UK has been operating as a wholly separate entity in the United Kingdom for 10 years, following wholesale separation from the Volkswagen brand in 1993, although remains under the Volkswagen Group umbrella based at its headquarters in Buckinghamshire. With the help of a nationwide network of Audi Centres, of which there are currently 133, Audi UK has been instrumental in firmly establishing the reputation of the Audi brand making it a member of the prestige group.
Since its inception, the BMW brand has stood for one thing: sheer driving pleasure. Sporting and dynamic performance combine with peerless design and exclusive quality, resulting in the unique appeal of BMW automobiles. Innovative engineering and technology are at the core of what makes a BMW a BMW. Every detail of a BMW is designed with a single goal in mind: to enhance the joy of driving. BMW engineers know that anything that doesn’t provide more exhilaration, more comfort, or enhance driving safety simply doesn’t belong in a BMW. They know because when they’re not building BMWs, they’re driving them.
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Recent technological introductions such as the C4’s Multifunctional Fixed Centred Controls Steering Wheel or the unique Lane Warning Departure System on the new C4 and new look C5 will give an even safer driving experience. The new Stop and Start technology, now available on C3 will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10%.
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In 2003, three models were in the top ten best sellers and the Ford Focus continues to be Britain’s best selling car in 2003.
Ford has also led the light commercial market for 23 successive years, and the medium commercial market for a record 36 years.
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Subaru is the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), a comprehensive, multifaceted transport equipment manufacturer. FHI develops a range of innovative products based on reliable technology in divisions such as the Automobile Division, the Aerospace Division, the Bus Manufacturing & House Prefabricating Division, the Industrial Products Division and the Transportation & Ecology Systems Division. FHI aims to develop premium brands and be a major player on the global stage in the twenty-first century.
To support the future of people and the planet, FHI creates products full of individuality and promise by taking a pioneering stance and respecting tradition. The Company has technology borne of the cross fertilization of technology derived from freethinking and flexibility and unfailing enthusiasm.
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Volkswagen celebrated 50 years of trading in the UK in 2003. However the company’s relationship with the UK dates back to 1952, when the first two Beetles were sold. In 1953 Volkswagen Motors Ltd became the official UK importer. The Passat arrived in 1973, the Golf and Scirocco were imported in 1974 while the last Beetle built in Europe arrived in the UK in 1978. In the same year, Volkswagen centralised its operations and moved into its new £9.5 million headquarters in Blakelands, Milton Keynes.
From Blakelands the company controls sourcing, marketing and distribution of all vehicles and parts in the UK and provides a host of support services to both its retailers and customers. In 2003, Volkswagen UK sold just short of 179,000 vehicles.