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Summary: With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 here.

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With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 below.

Ford KA+                        ford-kaEnjoying excellent handling whilst balancing ample storage provisions with a compact build that renders it a perfect choice for city drives, the Ford Ka+ is a superb car for a range of settings. It’s also a notably quiet drive, with ample suppression of noise from the engine and the wind alike.

 

Skoda Octavia

With the Octavia, Skoda have produced an excellently priced car that’s equipped with furnishings and an interior belonging to cars from several tiers above. It’s almost unbeatable when it comes to storage, so if you’re looking for a car to take on long distance drives with passengers, the Skoda Octavia really is the car for you.

Vauxhall Astra

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Picked for the mantle of 2016 European Car of the Year, 2016 has been a great year for Vauxhall’s classic Astra range. Available as an estate or as a hatchback, the Vauxhall Astra enjoys roominess and comfort for driver and passengers while boasting excellent fuel economy and safety; it took home all five stars on the European NCAP test.

Volvo XC90

In the XC90, Volvo have delivered one of the most formidable SUVs the roads have ever seen. Though it’s equipped with both a diesel engine and petrol engine under the bonnet, the XC90 also has a T8 hybrid connection, meaning that fuel economy over short distances is great. With a stylish décor, high standard noise suppression and equally high calibre mechanical design, the XC90 brings to its driver the stellar all-round experience that Volvo are famous for.

Hyundai i10

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One of our favourite cars of the year, the Hyundai i10 is a perfect mode of transport for city living. It’s a small car that can expertly negotiate every tight space, with high-quality suspension that will stand tall against the most formidable pothole or damaged surface. The i10’s storage provisions are also incredibly generous, so it’s perfect for longer excursions or driving around with a lot of cargo.

Dacia Sandero

You’ll be hard pushed to find a car that enjoys anything like the quality that Dacia’s Sandero enjoys at the price range it’s in. The Sandero is a sturdy and well-built vehicle and what it lacks in infotainment and smart technology it makes up for with minimalist flair and stylish charm.

Fiat 500

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The timeless Fiat 500 combines a sleek retro aesthetic with sophisticated design in terms of décor and mechanics. For leisurely city living, it’s a stylish car that delivers the highest standard of travel.

Nissan Qashqai

Ranking supreme among all family SUVs, Nissan’s Qashqai is a package of exceptional comfort and engineering, supported by muted engines and wind defence. Nissan are renowned for producing sturdy and resilient builds; with the Qashqai, they continue to build on this reputation more and more.

Mazda 2

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With the Mazda 2, Mazda deliver an experience fully deserving of the super mini title. For a smartly built car boasting the latest advancements in car design that’s equally entertaining to drive, there are few cars that can be considered more of a must have.

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Title: The History of the Ford Fiesta

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Summary: Over its 40 years of life the Ford Fiesta has grown to become one of the nation’s favourite cars, picking up a wealth of awards along the way. But how did the humble Fiesta build such a lasting legacy?

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Over its 40 years of life the Ford Fiesta has grown to become one of the nation’s favourite cars, picking up a wealth of awards along the way. But how did the humble Fiesta build such a lasting legacy? Take a look at our illustrated history of the Ford Fiesta below to find out.

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Title: Ford Fiesta: Britain’s Favourite Car

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Summary: 'The most outstanding small car the world had ever seen.' That was the aim when, back in 1972, Henry Ford II gave the green light to the car that would become the Fiesta.

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What’s in a name?

Well, in the case of the Ford Fiesta, quite a lot, actually. The Fiesta, meaning ‘Party’ in Spanish, has had a history as lively and euphoric as its name suggests. Over its 40 year run, the Ford Fiesta has grown to become one of the most instantly recognisable cars on the UK’s roads. It’s perhaps one of the nation’s favourites too, with car buyers young and old giving in to the Fiesta’s charms. The Fiesta picked up a wealth of awards ranging from the UK Design Council’s ‘Efficiency Award’ back in 1978, all the way to winning the 2016 Car of the Year award at WhatCar, with countless more in-between. But how did the humble Fiesta build such a lasting legacy?

‘The most outstanding small car the world had ever seen.’ That was the aim when, back in 1972, Henry Ford II gave the green light to the car that would become the Fiesta. The goal was to create a car with a longer wheelbase than the current offerings by competitors, while
staying shorter than the Ford Escort. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ford committed to producing 500,000 Fiestas every year, and opened new factories in Valencia, Spain; Bordeaux, France; and Dagenham, England.

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At that point, the car was known as the ‘Bobcat’, as the Fiesta name was held by General Motors and the Oldsmobile Fiesta. Other names thrown around for the iconic hatchback including the fairly ill-suited ‘Bravo’, which was vetoed by Henry Ford II in favour of Fiesta, which was granted to Ford free of charge.

The Fiesta was unveiled to the world at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1976, and delighted drivers worldwide… with the exception of UK motorists, who were left chomping at the bit until 1977, when the car finally arrived on British shores with a right hand drive version.

The Ford Fiesta hit the UK’s roads to a chorus of applause, dove headfirst into bestseller lists, and has remained there ever since. Over the next 4 decades, the Fiesta would undergo an almost complete metamorphosis, while still retaining the characteristic flair and performance that made it such a runaway success.

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Each new iteration of the Fiesta brought about new improvements, with Ford constantly refining their winning formula to grow the car’s appeal across the market. The Fiesta Mk2 introduced a diesel option, and the Fiesta soon became a byword for fuel economy. The Mk3 was the first Fiesta 5-door version of the model, winning over not just families but What Car? Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ 1989. The Mk4 was Britain’s best-selling car from 1996-98, thanks to its revolutionary new body style and now-iconic curves. In 2001, Britain’s best-selling supermini was the Fiesta Mk5, face lifted with crowd pleasing design cues taken from the much-loved Ford Focus.

The Fiesta Mk6 was sold and produced 2002 and 2008, retaking the crown as Britain’s favourite supermini in 2006-7. The Mk6’s new advanced on-board tech made it one of the most useful (and affordable!) cars around. The Mk6’s gadget wizardry consisted of tech including power folding mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, trip computer, and voice controlled Bluetooth, to name but a few, attracting a new tech savvy set of drivers.

In 2008, the Mk7 was produced, arriving to resounding critical acclaim, and winning itself a bulging sack of awards in the process. In 2014, the Mk7 became Britain’s best-selling car of all time, having sold 4,115,000 in its then-38 year lifetime, appealing to generation after generation of car drivers.

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At this point, you’ve probably read enough to realise that the Ford Fiesta is fairly popular. But what is it that drivers young and old, new and experienced, love about it?

Well, the Ford Fiesta Mk7’s design is a uniting factor for drivers from all walks of life. It’s sleek exteriors and eye catching styling means that the car suits every kind of driver, looking smart, bold and fresh all at once. The commitment to offering exteriors sleek enough to appeal to new drivers, whilst functional enough to fit new drivers, families and older drivers alike is perhaps one of the main reasons the Fiesta has remained such a common sight on the roads; it really is a car for the whole family to enjoy.

What’s more, no comfort or space is sacrificed to achieve this image. The Ford Fiesta is a revelation to drive, breathing new life into driving thanks to its steering wheel controls, in-car entertainment system, and much-loved economic engine options, especially the 1.6L Duratorq TDCi diesel. The ST trim has received much praise as well, named as Top Gear’s Car of the Year in 2013, with an engine capable of 0-62mph in a mere 6.9 seconds.

Of course, there’s perhaps an even bigger factor than the crowd pleasing styling, commitment to new tech, and fuel economy keeping the Fiesta a common sight on the road – its affordability. A Ford Fiesta is one of the most affordable new cars around, from the initial purchase price, to the economical running costs, to the crowd pleasing insurance costs; the Ford Fiesta ticks the boxes for a wide range of buyers. Plus, at Bristol Street Motors, we take pride in making one of the most affordable cars on UK roads even more affordable, with hassle free financing options, contract payment, and leasing deals.

With such a glittering history behind it, and with new trims and styling options regularly released, it looks like things are only going to get better for the plucky little subcompact. Ford Fiesta, we salute you.

Whether you’re looking for your first motor, a family car, or a vehicle with real history, why not take a look at the Ford Fiesta deals we can offer you at Bristol Street Motors, and let us help you on your new car journey today.

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Author: Fusion

Title: The 10 Best Selling Cars in the Universe Ever

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Summary: With a (very) rough estimate of 1.2 billion cars on the road today, we’re probably justified in saying the humble automobile has caught on quite well over the past century or so. But, of all the hundreds of manufacturers jostling for poll position, which car maker comes up trumps when it comes to selling cars?

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With a (very) rough estimate of 1.2 billion cars on the road today, we’re probably justified in saying the humble automobile has caught on quite well over the past century or so. But, of all the hundreds of manufacturers jostling for poll position, which car maker comes up trumps when it comes to selling cars?

We’ve dug around a bit, and we’ve assembled a list of the top ten best selling cars ever in the history of the universe. The answers may surprise you; they certainly surprised us. Without further ado, let’s dive head first into the depths of car sales figures.

  1. Chevrolet Impala

Cars sold: 14 million

The iconic Chevy Impala has been cruising the roads of the world non-stop since its birth back in 1958. In recent years, the Impala’s design revamp has seen it meander its way back once again to the top of the large sedan charts.

  1. Volkswagen Passat

Cars sold: 15.5 million

Over seven generations and 15.5 million sales, the robust family car has brought reasonably priced luxury to families all over the planet. These days, the sedan market is incredibly competitive, although the Passat still rides happy up at the front of the pack.

  1. Ford Model T

Cars sold: 16.5 million

Exactly how many Model T’s Henry Ford sold is put into perspective by this fact: despite going out of production 87 years ago, it still remains the 8th best-selling automobile of all time. Between its first production in 1908 and its discontinuation 20 years later, Ford produced enough Model T’s for the equivalent of every person in Holland.

  1. Honda Accord

Cars sold: 17.5 million

Renowned for its reliability, the Accord spent the first years of its life as a compact, however it eventually metamorphosed into the sedan we know and love today. After small beginnings in 1976, the Accord is today loved by motorists everywhere, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

  1. Honda Civic

Cars sold: 18.5 million

Prior to the Civic’s birth in 1972, Honda was actually considering giving up the car game, after a difficult few years. Everyone loves an underdog story, and they don’t come much better than the struggling little Japanese manufacturer that went on to sell 18.5 million cars.

  1. Ford Escort

Cars sold: 20 million

America has had the Escort since 1981, and Europe’s roads have been graced with the car since 1986. The humble Escort has appealed to generations of drivers with its simple charm, easy handling, and affordable price tag.

  1. Volkswagen Beetle

Cars sold: 23.5 million

Designed in 1938, the Beetle has ridden a wave of popularity ever since, being picked up by the counter cultural 60’s movement thanks to its affordable price tag and its upbeat, funky styling. Today, generations of Beetles still roam the country’s roads, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down.

  1. Volkswagen Golf

Cars sold: 27.5 million

Either dubbed the Golf or the Rabbit, depending which country you’re driving around, the sporty hatchback is Volkswagen’s flagship car, selling 27.5 million since 1974, over many different iterations. Since its triumphant return to the production line in 2010, the Golf has gone from strength to strength.

  1. Ford F Series

Cars sold: 35 million

Initially sold as the Ford Bonus Built in 1948, Ford’s truck has increased in quality and style over the decades, with the manufacturer paying close attention to the requests of its customers. Having sold 35 million cars over the past six decades, the F Series tops the bill of Ford’s cars, and sales are far from slowing, with the manufacturer recently expanding their production plants.

  1. Toyota Corolla

Cars sold: 40 million

Notable births in the year 1966 include Mike Tyson, David Cameron, Helena Bonham Carter, and the Toyota Corolla. Since taking its first Bambi-like steps off the production line, the Corolla has found its feet as the world’s automotive sweetheart, with over 40 million sold to date, and a further 300,000 expected to sell this year alone, and we are proud to dub it the undisputed Most Popular Car in the Universe Ever.

The Corolla is so loved for its reliability, strong engine, and superb build quality, and in every new iteration, Toyota refine and tweak their flagship car, keeping it at the front of the pack and fending off any usurpers to its automotive throne. With the 11th generation Corolla released last year to rapturous acclaim, it looks as though this trend will continue for many years to come.

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Iconic Car of the Month: Ford Mustang

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Summary: Every month in our new "Iconic Car of the Month" feature, we'll be presenting you with a car that has ascended the garage forecourt, and earned its place as a cultural classic. To start this new feature with a bang, this month we're bringing you an instantly recognisable movie chase-scene veteran with over 9 million cars sold to date: ladies and gentlemen, the Ford Mustang.

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Every month in our new “Iconic Car of the Month” feature, we’ll be presenting you with a car that has ascended the garage forecourt, burned up the road, and earned its place as a cultural classic. To start this new feature with a bang, this month we’re bringing you an instantly recognisable movie chase-scene veteran with over 9 million cars sold to date: ladies and gentlemen, the Ford Mustang.

A Spot of History

The Mustang was born in 1962, when a prototype-wary Henry Ford II finally OK’d a new experimental car. Based loosely on the Ford Falcon, the car was designed with a young, teen audience in mind, who wanted sexy, fast, cheap cars – until that point, a definite contradiction. Enter the Mustang, highly stylised and pacey, costing under $2500 on its debut in 1964. The car created its own class, the ‘pony class’ of vehicles: sporty coupes with long bonnets and short rears, a style that has since been picked up by other manufacturers, including the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro.

The Mustang was unveiled in New York in 1964 after a nationwide media furore and an avalanche of praising reviews. The first Mustang ever made was intended to be paraded across dealerships all over the US, but on one particularly muddled forecourt in Newfoundland it was accidentally sold to an airline pilot (somehow). Ford requested their cherished original Mustang back, and the pilot did return it, eventually, with the clock only run up 10,000 miles or so.

What’s in a Name?

The name ‘Mustang’ didn’t come directly from the American wild horse, but instead the car was named after the Second World War plane P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Other possible names thrown about were similarly animalistic, with ‘Cougar’ and ‘Torino’ briefly considered. Henry Ford II wanted to call the muscle car the ‘T Bird II’, for some reason. Ford team members also suggested names including Special Falcon, XT-Bird, and Stiletto. What Ford were thinking when they considered naming their all-American muscle car after a woman’s shoe isn’t entirely clear.

Through the decades Mustang evolved over several generations, gaining and losing weight quicker than a D list celebrity. It has a virtually unlimited number of trims, and its engines have varied in power from 101 bhp to a gargantuan 390 stampeding horses beneath the bonnet. It’s had several major redesigns, and went through an awkward, clunky teenage phase in the late 70’s and 80’s, losing much of what made it an icon, including the galloping horse badge, much to the despair of loyal ‘Stang fans. Thankfully, over the past two decades, the fifth and sixth generations have seen a return to form, with a neo-classic, brawny body shape and scowling headlights that look absolutely livid – just as they should.

From Police Cruiser to Drag Racer to Silver Screen Stud

The Mustang is nothing if not versatile, frequently used by police across the US, as well as for drag racing and stock car racing, claiming titles in all categories over the years. Further, the car has racked up a list of silver screen titles to make even Nicolas Cage green with envy, appearing in over 3000 TV shows and films over the years. The very year the car launched in 1964, a white Mustang was rammed off the road by a smirking, Aston driving Sean Connery in Goldfinger. Undoubtedly the most famous Mustang to make it to Hollywood, however, is the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 fastback that Steve McQueen tore around San Francisco in. The 7 minute car chase is one of the most renowned of all time, and played a huge role in building the Mustang’s celebrity status.

The current, sixth generation Mustang comes with a choice of three engines, the most powerful of which is a 5.0 L Coyote 435bhp V8. Good grief. If you can’t wait to get your hands on one, you’re in luck: this year, the right hand drive Mustang has gone on sale in the UK for the first time in its glorious 50 year history – a history that would have been a lot shorter and less glorious, had it been called the Ford Stiletto.

Author: Dan Hackett