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December 26 2016

2016 car news - a year in review

The past year has shown huge progress in the motoring world; from the widespread uptake of electric and hybrid vehicle production by most global manufacturers, to advancements in in-car technology and autonomous driving capabilities.

Most people would rather put 2016 behind them, it was a year that saw us lose icons from the entertainment industry, and a year of political upheaval all around the world - for the motoring world however, 2016 was pretty great. Here at Go Green Leasing we’ve taken a look back at some of our favourite car stories of the past 12 months - here’s to 2017!

Let’s start with January and the news that new car sales had reached a record high of 2.63 million cars registered in 2015, with September 2015 being the highest on record - and seeing new car registrations surpassing the two million mark, a figure that hasn’t been seen during the month for over a decade.

January also brought us the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, the E-Class is the intelligent business class saloon which includes semi-autonomous drive features and a plethora of state of the art onboard technology.

As we welcomed in the new, we also said goodbye to a classic. The iconic Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line for the final time in January after seven successful decades.

Fast forward to April, and we were greeted by the hard top Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) - a sleek and sophisticated model which rivals its super successful sister, the MX-5.

April was also the month which saw the infamous ‘diesel gate’ scandal spiral further, with the Department for Transport ordering an industry-wide investigation to commence and hundreds of thousands of cars were recalled.

Skip to summer, and to July, which saw the Jaguar F-Pace pick up the Car of the Year award. We were also introduced to the all-new Citroen C3 this month, a car which will rival the Skoda Fabia, and is packed with all of the most up to date technology features.

In response to Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class unveiling in January, October saw the BMW 5 Series revving its engines in retaliation. A much lighter, smoother version of its predecessor, the all new 5 Series will be one to watch in 2017.

The autumn also brought us the biggest MINI in the range; the MINI Countryman is the brand’s biggest ever model, and it was an instant hit with car fans the world over. The all-new Countryman comes with a plug in hybrid option.

With November came the LA Motor Show and the manufacturing elite were out in force. Stealing the show this year was the Jaguar I-Pace concept - impressing spectators from around the globe and introducing a whole new era of electric vehicles for the brand.

After an impressive 2016, next year is shaping up to be even better for the car industry, with some impressive new car releases in the pipeline… Roll on 2017, and a Happy New Year from Go Green Leasing!

All figures provided are those of the manufacurer(s) and are not those of Go Green Leasing.

 

Posted on 26th December 2016 at 2:45PM

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