Car-makers step up efforts to reverse 2017 sales dip
New Rolls Royce Phantom heads a list of 2018 car launches
by Abi Moses on 8th January, 2018
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), new car sales were 5.7% lower in 2017 than in 2016, the sales numbers have dipped since 2011. Whilst this is seen by many as an ominous sign of what post-Brexit Britain should expect, it could be great news for consumers. Car-makers will have to step up their efforts in 2018, meaning we are set to see a whole host of new, innovative models whilst older models are set to be given a facelift.
We at run the rule over some of the new models set to roll out of the factory and into showrooms across the UK in January.
Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII
The eighth-generation Phantom is six years in the making and worth the wait. Now under the ownership of BMW, Rolls-Royce's flagship car has been completely reengineered and redesigned and is the first to be built on a bespoke aluminium spaceframe architecture.
The new aluminium spaceframe architecture will be rolled out across all Rolls-Royce models in the coming years, with their first ever SUV; codenamed 'Project Cullinan' set for a 2019 launch, to follow.
Rolls-Royce CEO, Müller-, labelled the Phantom as the "pinnacle" when discussing the new architecture. He claimed, "We start from the pinnacle, that is never different. The first task is to get this car perfect, then Cullinan, then future models as well."
Its big brother, The F-Pace was awarded 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year Awards at the New York International Auto Show. Originally released last summer, the new 2018 E-Pace is set to boost Jaguar sales by rivalling the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 and Range Rover .
Seat Leon R
Such is the excitement around the new R, the UK allocation has already sold out. Concerns over the uninspiring standard Seat Leon were completely put to bed after the launch of their most powerful ever .
Kia Stinger GT
Kia's first venture into the four-door coupe market was hotly anticipated and it is thanks mainly to a man you've never heard of; Albert Biermann. Poached from BMW's M Division, the engineer knowns a thing or two about creating first-class coupes.
The Stinger GT did not disappoint and a starting price of £31,995 is a lot less than first predicted. Kia's first ever sports GT can provide real competition for many of its German rivals.
The replacement for the quirky Skoda Yeti, the new Skoda has been described by as "a top-drawer family SUV that offers comfort and superb practicality" and it is hard to disagree.
The is Skoda's efforts to muscle in on the SUV cross-over market that has served Nissan's Qashqai and Tiguan so well.
Aston Martin Vanquish Speedster
Okay, so this car isn't set to be released until February but we are so excited that we have to give it a mention!
Quite possibly the best-looking car ever made, but a cost of £500,000 and the production of just 28 models means that this roadster is one that many of us can only dream of owning.
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