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Round-Up: Facelifted F-Type, Volvo prepares company cars for winter, New DriveTech appointment

Facelifted F-Type shown


Jaguar has unveiled the facelifted version of its F-Type sports car, which features updates to the interior and engine line-up.

Two engines are offered – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in 300hp guise and a 5.0-litre V8 petrol in 450hp and 575hp configurations – meaning the straight-six has been axed from the range.

Interior changes, meanwhile, include a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience, without having to visit a dealer, while the front of the car has been redesigned to fit in with the range of the brand’s range.

Pricing details and on-sale information has not been announced at this stage.

Volvo prepares company cars for winter

Winter Motoring 2019 Image

Volvo has announced it will help prepare company cars for the winter period in order to give fleet managers and drivers peace of mind that their vehicles are fit for the conditions.

Steve Beattie, head of business sales at Volvo Car UK, said: “At our nationwide network of workshops, Volvo-trained technicians are on hand to help prepare company cars for winter, checking everything from the battery and braking system to the windscreen, wiper blades, bulbs and fluids.”

The company added it also recommends that businesses encourage their company car drivers to carry out their own regular maintenance checks on their vehicles, saying  it is more important than ever to check the condition and tread depth of tyres, keep headlights and windscreens clean and ensure oil, coolant, de-icer and screen wash are all topped up.

Sibley joins DriveTech.

New Drivetech appointment

John Sibley has been appointed to the position of training solutions manager (off-road training) at DriveTech

He has worked on a contract basis for three years with DriveTech, but the company said it is experiencing significant growth in the area, hence his permanent appointment

John joined DriveTech from the Army where he served 34 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).During his career he was the senior Recovery advisor for the Tri-Services before being commissioned.  He spent most of his commissioned service in the training environment in a variety of jobs including training design, planning and delivery.

He said:  “I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of conveying both the theory and practical elements of all our professional off-road training.  We have some great customers with significant 4×4 fleets and it is really satisfying to see a leap in knowledge and 4×4 prowess when we deliver. And this can only make off road and on road driving safer and more effective too.”