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All-new Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki’s eagerly-anticipated all-new Swift Sport on sale 1 June...

FOLLOWING ON FROM ITS LAUNCH in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation first unveiled the new Swift Sport for Europe at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show as its all-new global compact sport supermini.

The quicker and lighter Swift Sport goes on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland from 1st June and represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

At launch on 1st June, Suzuki is offering the highly specified Swift Sport at £16,499 for a limited period only (includes £1,500 saving off list price). This attractive offer is available to both new and existing retail customers and will be in place until June 30th 2018. An affordable PCP offer with low deposit will also be announced closer to launch next month.

Standard equipment is comprehensive and includes unique sport interior trim with semi-bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas, auto air-conditioning, satellite navigation, smartphone link display audio, rear view camera, four electric windows, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and six speakers, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, body-coloured door mirrors and six airbags front fog lamps, Navigation, LED headlamps, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Prevention.

After the introduction of the turbocharged 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine in Vitara and S-Cross during 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift Sport. This Direct Injection turbocharged unit has an output of 140PS to deliver 44% more torque than the previous model: 230Nm, available from just 2,500rpm (the previous Sport model developed 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm). With its very low kerb weight of 975kg this gives the new Swift Sport a torque-to-weight ratio of 4.2 kg/Nm placing it at a similar level to its hot hatch competitors.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a zero-to-62mph acceleration time of 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 130mph).Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

Fitting with its position as Suzuki's flagship sports model, the advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimised roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response. Suspension roll angle has also been significantly reduced compared with the previous model and is now on par with its closest competitors. Carrying on from its predecessors, the new Swift Sport uses Monroe shock absorbers which have a reputation for high performance.

The Swift Sport also has an enhanced braking system to that of the standard Swift along with an advanced forward detection system that supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force.

Other key safety kit includes Lane departure warning / Lane departure prevention function. When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph and up to 100mph and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road. As an additional feature on the new Swift Sport model the driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel.

Friends with dogs complain constantly about being unable to clean hairs from their cars effectively — that is, until now when, armed with the Kobold VC100, we consigned their frustrations to history as the compact yet powerful hand-held vacuum cleaner worked its magic!

TACKLING STUBBORN DOG HAIRS on car seats and mats has long been an annoyance that comes with owning a pet dog that travels with you in your car. Who hasn't given up on hairs and debris that seem glued into your car seats or carpets in your home?

Using a cylinder vacuum cleaner can be awkward for small spaces; so having a hand-held version as well as saving your cylinder or upright for the bigger jobs is a positive boon, although some hand-held cleaners only skim the surface.
Kobold VC100 Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner
MotorBar was asked to test the pleasingly-compact Kobold VC100 Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner for a few months and as we used this powerful little number on seat upholstery and trim to clean up even tricky corners, we felt immensely satisfied.

Practising on the cars of friends with Spaniels, Labradors and Terriers, we even tackled
a friend's jacket that bore the obstinate hairs of a much loved Lab-Spaniel, Riley, and two cats. The few remaining older hairs that had become woven into the fabric were dealt with by a sticky roller.

The handsome looking Kobold VC100 is well-designed, practical, efficient and, usefully, has two suction levels. Using the more intense level the VC100 can operate for up to 13 minutes; it's up to 20 minutes at the still strong lower level. A smart LED display lets you know the current charge and battery status; happily recharging is very quick.

With perfect weight-distribution centred near the ergonomically designed handle and weighing just 650g, the VC100 fits comfortably into your hand and is so easy to use; making short work of dust, dirt and hairs.

At home in any setting, the cleaner can be stored upright, horizontally or hung, with simultaneous charging of the heavy duty lithium-ion battery. So it's always ready for action. We cleaned each car swiftly and thoroughly and there was always enough charge left to tackle a staircase indoors.

Able to clean all surfaces quickly and effectively in the house and around the car or motorhome with its optimised and consistent suction power, we enjoyed seeing all manner of debris rapidly disappearing inside this mini marvel.

Made of high quality and recyclable thermoformed plastic with a single-stage radial fan and a maintenance-free DC motor that spins at around 23,000rpm, the Kobold VC100 handheld vacuum cleaner comes endorsed with a CE Safety Mark for reassurance.

Whether you are clearing grains and feathers from a birdcage, cat litter from the floor or vacuum cleaning the stairs, the VC100 is the perfect solution to all those irritating little chores.

A spokesman for the company says: "Our products have been impressing millions of families for more than 130 years, thanks to their superior, innovative technology and legendary long life." Quite so!

We liked the stylish, easy-to-use VC100 for its effortless and efficient fast-clean abilities. Easy to hold, in use it has a low noise level and we understand it has a long service life (Riley's owners, who have had a large Kobold for many years, rate the brand very highly, and were also impressed with the performance of the VC100). And at a cost of £129, every home should have one.

For more information on the Kobold VC100 handheld vacuum cleaner, please go to

"A mini marvel… We liked the stylish easy-to-use VC100 for its effortless and efficient fast-clean abilities" — Long-term review by MotorBar

Dogs die in hot cars! Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. And if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999...

MANY PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE that it’s okay to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog because a car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour.

What to do if you see a dog left in a car on a warm day

In an emergency, the RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough, and with no powers of entry, we'd need police assistance at such an incident. However, don't be afraid to dial 999 — the police will inform the RSPCA if animal welfare assistance is required.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars!

Helping a dog in a hot car

If you see a dog in a hot car displaying any signs of heatstroke, dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.

If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people's instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.

Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do and why. Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).

Once removed, if the dog is displaying signs of heatstroke, follow the emergency first aid advice — this could mean the difference between life and death for the dog.

Warning signs

If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can kill.

Is the dog panting heavily? Is the dog drooling excessively? Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated? Is the dog collapsed or vomiting? If a dog is displaying any of these signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.

Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.

For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually. Move him/her to a shaded/cool area. Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan.

Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver. Once the dog is cool, take him/her to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.

If the dog isn't displaying obvious symptoms of heatstroke then establish how long the dog has been in the car. A 'pay and display' ticket could help.

Make a note of the car's registration. If the owner returns, but you still feel the situation was dangerous for the dog, you may still report the incident to the police.

If you're at a shop, venue or event ask the staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation.

If possible, get someone to stay with the dog to monitor their condition. If they begin to display signs of distress or heatstroke, be prepared to dial 999.

You can also call the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty line for advice on 0300 1234 999. However, if the dog's in danger, dialing 999 should always be the first step.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout...

THE BEST INTENTIONS often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible — Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone badly wrong.

Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

In cinemas 26 July, 2018.

Life of the Party starring Melissa McCarthy...

WHEN HER HUSBAND SUDDENLY DUMPS HER, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college… and landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.

Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna — now Dee Rock — embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

The film also stars Gillian Jacobs (Don't Think Twice, Love, Community), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Matt Walsh (Veep, Ghostbusters), Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, Animal Kingdom), with Stephen Root (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), and Oscar-nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul), Adria Arjona (True Detective, Emerald City), Debby Ryan (Jessie) and Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley).

McCarthy and Director Ben Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company, On the Day.

Falcone's behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Julio Macat (The Boss, Horrible Bosses 2, Daddy's Home); production designer Rusty Smith (The Boss); editor Brian Olds (Central Intelligence); and costume designer Louise Mingenbach (the The Hangover films). The music is by Fil Eisler (How to Be Single, Empire).

Life of the Party is set for release from May this year.