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Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson — in cinemas from 22 February…

it's minus 10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren't used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord.

Fueled by rage and armed with heavy (very!) machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel.

As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town's bright white slopes blood-red.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum.

First the Government effectively said it would force us all to buy ‘green’ cars — now they’ve pulled the plug on the Plug-in Car Grant for all plug-in hybrids, effective almost immediately from November 11th...

MITSUBISHI MOTORS in the UK wishes to express its surprise and disappointment at the decision, which is completely at odds with the Government’s stated objective of making the UK a world leader in green mobility in the future.

As motorists seek a low-emission, fuel-efficient alternative to diesel vehicles, now should be the ideal time for the Government to incentivise Plug-in hybrid technology — not pull its support, because such technology forms the perfect bridge between conventional petrol and diesel powered and full electric vehicles, particularly as the charging network is nowhere near evolved enough to support widespread full EV use.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

A further frustration of the decision is that with new WLTP regulations coming into effect, only those plug-in hybrids that offer real-world efficiency and a useable EV range would qualify for the grant anyway.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is only one of a small number of plug-in hybrids still on sale thanks to its WLTP economy figure of 139mpg, emissions of 46g/km and an EV range of 28 miles.

There is no question that the Plug-in Car Grant played a crucial role in establishing the EV and Plug-in Hybrid markets in the UK, giving consumers confidence in the technology and making the relatively expensive technology more attainable.

However, both EV and PHEV vehicles still represent a tiny proportion of the overall market and it is the opinion of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK that the Government's decision to cut the grant for plug-in hybrids is somewhat premature.

Rob Lindley, Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK commented: "The decision to suddenly end grant support for some of the greenest vehicles on the road is extremely disappointing but as segment leader for the past four years, we are confident despite the setback that people will still see the benefits of having a 220hp, all-wheel drive SUV that is also so efficient it attracts low VED, low Benefit in Kind rates for business users and offers huge real-world fuel cost savings compared to conventional petrol- and diesel-powered SUVs."

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4: HIgh-performance Hybrid by DS...

DS AUTOMOBILES has become the first carmaker to offer a high-performance petrol-electric hybrid in the Premium C SUV segment. Its highly-versatile and capable DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 comes with 300hp and 450Nm of torque, four-wheel drive, and a 31-mile all-electric range with energy recovery during braking or deceleration.

Starting with the DS 7 CROSSBACK, all new DS Automobiles' models will be electrified versions. The expanding DS 7 CROSSBACK range, which has been on sale since the start of 2018, is venturing into new territory with the innovative E-TENSE 4x4 model.

DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

For the first time, a Premium C SUV has been able to offer customers a versatile product with many drive modes driven by three motors — one ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and two electric motors — to best combine the energy provided by petrol and electricity, rechargeable from a mains power supply or through deceleration regeneration.

The powertrain combines a 200hp petrol engine and is accompanied by two 109hp electric engines plus a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Togetherv these offer a combined maximum deployment power of 300hp with torque of 450Nm, and drive to all four wheels.

The DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 can cover a distance of 31 miles in ZEV (all-electric) driving mode due to its 13.2kWh battery capacity. This range is suitable for daily journey distances from home to work, on the city or on highway, up to a speed of 83mph.

When the battery level is low, or for optimum traction, the petrol engine supplements the power required. Several modes are available with Zero emission the default mode. The vehicle is always started using the electric motors, for driving comfort, silent running and zero emissions.

Other modes are Sport mode, which optimises power and driving pleasure and Hybrid mode, which automatically manages performance and fuel consumption. Emissions are minimised and declared to be under 50 grams per kilometre. There's also 4WD for optimum traction in all road conditions.

Using the expertise acquired through Formula E, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 is regenerated whenever the driver decelerates or uses the brakes to extend the range. Another function, 'E-SAVE', also allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 6 or 12 miles of a journey.

The map on the high-definition touchscreen shows to the driver in real-time the distance, which can be driven in Zero emission mode or where charging stations are available nearby. The E-TENSE 4x4's battery can be charged in just two hours using a wall-mounted terminal or in eight hours with a traditional socket.

The DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 offers the same spaciousness and a maximum boot space as the conventional version due to the batteries being fitted underneath the floor. The charismatic design is enhance by 19-inch wheels and a new Crystal Grey body colour.

SsangYong has announced the longest warranty available in the market across its six-model range: 7-years and 150,000-miles...

"WE WANT OUR CUSTOMERS to feel that by choosing a SsangYong they will be looked after the best," says Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK.

"Well engineered, extremely well-built in South Korea and consequently very reliable, we are backing our faith in the range by introducing the best and longest warranty available to all our models," said Mr Laird.

SsangYong Korando

Earlier this year when SsangYong announced a 7-year warranty for both the Musso and Rexton models it was so well received that they have now extended the same level of customer protection to all the brand's new models.

No other vehicle on sale today comes with such comprehensive reassurance — and without the small-print of so many other manufacturer warranties. This industry-leading 7-year warranty now applies to all new SsangYong vehicles registered from October 1st and can be applied retrospectively to all new Rextons sold since it was launched in October last year.

Customers wishing to apply the free upgrade can do so at their dealership or at their next service interval. The new 7-year warranty can also be applied to all other models purchased between January 1st and September 30th at a cost of £500.

Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, SsangYong's new warranty covers all the major mechanical components including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials, which could have their life reduced by poor driving, are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.

Peugeot has announced the launch of the all-new 508 SW First Edition,
a stylish limited edition of the all-new Peugeot 508 SW...

BASED ON THE HIGH-END GT finish, the all-new Peugeot 508 SW First Edition will be available to order from Tuesday 2 October.

The exclusive all-new 508 SW First Edition will come with unique stylistic attributes, including gloss black grille surround and 19-inch 'Augusta' diamond-cut two-tone alloy wheels with a tinted varnish finish. It will be available in two colours for UK buyers: Twilight Blue and Amazonite Grey.

Peugeot 508 SW Fiirst Edition

Further enhancing its dynamic character, the all-new 508 SW First Edition features a mistral black roof lining, blue ambient mood lighting, aluminium pedals and doorsills complete with model inscription. For further exclusivity, the boot floor is lined with a Zebrano wood finish, with anti-slip bars.

The all-new 508 SW First Edition comes with a choice of WLTP-approved engines; the 1.6-litre PureTech 225 S&S EAT8 and 2.0 BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT8.

Inside, the premium feel of the all-new 508 SW First Edition continues with carbon effect trim and beautifully appointed wrap-around seating trimmed in fine grade Nappa leather in a choice of mistral black or red, both with intricate aikinite double stitch detail.

Like the all-new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW, the First Edition comes with the latest range of technological innovations, including Night Vision. Peugeot's Night Vision function is a first to the automotive D-segment, allowing the driver to detect living obstacles in front of their vehicle at night, within a range of up to 200m beyond the main headlights scope.

The First Edition is also equipped with inductive smartphone charging, DAB digital radio and 10-inch' HD capacitive touchscreen with Connected 3D Navigation and voice recognition. For further entertainment, the car comes with the FOCAL high-fidelity sound system and offers exclusive wireless headphones designed by the Peugeot Design Lab, allowing the driver to continue their FOCAL audio experience outside the vehicle.

View the PEUGEOT 508 SW First Edition