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Catch up on the latest news from The Donalds Group and announcements from our five manufacturers; Mazda, Volvo, Kia, Alfa Romeo and Vauxhall. This section also provides a number of interesting and informative articles about driving and car ownership, to ensure you’re kept up to date with the latest news on the road.

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Donald’s Garage Ipswich sponsors motorsport challenge day for local school

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Ipswich-based Volvo dealership, Donald’s Garage, is sponsoring Orwell Park School’s Motorsport School Team Challenge later this month as part of a focus on bridging the gap between local businesses and schools.

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Be aware of current European motoring laws this summer

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Driving abroad poses a number of risks and not just because it is likely to involve on the other side of the road. Many people lack a general awareness of current European motoring laws.

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How to get the most out of your sat nav

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Satellite navigation systems are a must have these days, but many road users fail to use this travel companion correctly or safely.

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Take extra care with your dog in the car this summer

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It is dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. So how can owners ensure their pets are safe and comfortable on car journeys this summer?

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Sharp rise in use of online vehicle recalls tool

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The Motor Ombudsman has recorded a substantial rise in the use of its online Vehicle Recalls tool.

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New littering rules put the onus on vehicle owners

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Litter louts could be hit with £150 fines as part of new plans to tackle rubbish in England, almost double the current £80 penalty.

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Poorly fitted child car seats put 8 out of 10 kinds in danger

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More than eight out of ten drivers may be putting children’s safety at risk by failing to correctly fit child car seats, a new study has found.

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Volvo Cars Partners with Google to build android into next-generation connected cars

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced a close partnership with Google, one of the world’s largest technology companies, to develop the next generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

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Younger drivers prioritise comfort over safety

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When it comes to their cars, under-35s appear to be prioritising comfort over safety. That’s according to a survey of more than 1,000 car owners about the items they keep in their vehicles and their knowledge of car maintenance and safety, which revealed a huge disparity between younger and older drivers.

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Spring is in the air – get your car ‘beach body’ ready

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It’s time to get your car hale, hearty and ‘beach body ready’ in preparation for the longer summer days and warmer weather.

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Car owners choose peace of mind over MOT money saving

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Motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Major shake-up for driving test this yea

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The driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 4 December 2017, to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

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KIA MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW STINGER, PICANTO AND TWO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN GENEVA

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Kia have unveiled four new models at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time – the Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid.

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Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

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More Car buyers are turning to dealerships for finance

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Car finance at the point of sale is becoming increasingly popular with car buyers. The market grew 12% by value to £31.6 billion and 8% by volume last year, new official figures show, with Personal Contract Hire products showing especially strong growth.

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Ombudsman calls for more fairness over parking fines

Councils in England should do more to make parking fines fairer, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

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‘Not indicating clearly’ voted as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour

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Not indicating clearly has been named as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour on UK roads, according to an RAC Insurance poll of more than 2,100 motorists. Nearly six in ten of the drivers surveyed said not signalling clearly, or failing to indicate at all, was their top inconsiderate action at the wheel, ahead of hogging the middle lane of a motorway and driving too close to the car in front.

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Mobile phone penalties for drivers have doubled

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Young and inexperienced drivers are being warned that one mistake could cost them their licence, now that new rules on mobile phone punishments have come into force.

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London Mayor calls for diesel scrappage scheme

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the government to implement his new proposals for a national diesel scrappage fund.

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CO2 exhaust emissions fall to all-time low

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The UK motor industry has once again beaten its CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year.

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Donald’s Garage Ipswich named as one of Volvo’s top performers

First awarded the accolade in 2014, Ipswich-based Donald’s Garage has again scooped a Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year award, acknowledging the dealership as one of the top performers in the UK.

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Free videos for volunteer drivers

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Volunteer drivers are being encouraged to take a few moments to ensure they put safety first on their journeys in 2017.

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Driverless cars could cut traffic delays

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Driverless cars could significantly reduce traffic delays, according to a new study by the Department for Transport.

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Four out of ten go camping or caravanning

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Just under four out of ten UK adults have been camping or caravanning in the past three years, says a new report from Mintel.

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Poor driving habits could be costing you £500+ a year

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Poor driving habits like aggressive braking or acceleration can cost motorists an extra £562 a year in added fuel bills, new research has revealed.

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Motorists don’t trust new ways to search and pay for parking

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Around half of UK motorists still prefer to use traditional cash at pay and display machines when paying for parking, research commissioned by the British Parking Association has found.

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Consumers in the dark about April’s car tax changes

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Consumers appear to be largely unaware of the road tax changes that will affect all new cars sold from April and which could see hundreds of pounds being added to some motorists' annual tax bills.

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Government proposes no MOT for first four years

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New proposals have been unveiled which would extend the period before the first MOT is needed from three to four years.

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Another record year for UK new car sales

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The UK new car market hit a new record level in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million vehicles.

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Double win for Kia motors UK in the 2017 Awards

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is proud to announce that it excelled in two areas of the 2017 Automotive Management Awards, winning two prestigious awards for Used Car of the Year and Best Franchise Partner.

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Donalds Mazda Stamford hosts sneak preview of all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at stylish new showroom

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Donalds Mazda Stamford has officially opened its stylish new showroom on West Street in Stamford. To celebrate, the Lincolnshire dealer will host an exclusive VIP preview event of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) on Friday 10 February.

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Family chosen to test autonomous Volvo

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The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research program using real cars, in real traffic.

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Volvo wants you to rediscover your passion in life with the V90 Cross Country

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is challenging people to rediscover their passion in life with the new V90 Cross Country campaign.

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OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID WINS LARGE FAMILY CAR SEGMENT IN NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS 2016

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All- new Optima PHEV wins the large family car segment, all-new Niro is commended in the Crossover category, and a first win for Kia from Next Green Car.

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Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich

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East Anglia car dealer The Donalds Group has taken the first steps towards the opening of a flagship Volvo outlet, in one of Ipswich’s newest and most sought-after retail parks. Scheduled to open late 2017 or early 2018, the dealership at Futura Park, Nacton, will be the region’s first designed and built to the brand’s state-of-the-art Volvo Retail Experience standard.

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New Polestar performance package now available for the Volvo S90 and V90

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Polestar has launched the new generation of its performance package for the new Volvo S90 and V90. Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the package upgrades the entire drivetrain and further improves driving dynamics.

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Volvo puts people first with Human Made Stories in partnership with Sky Atlantic

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Volvo Car UK has today announced Human Made Stories, a series of short films in partnership with Sky Atlantic, to mark its new 90 series range of cars.

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars. The Swedish premium car maker, and Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing company, are to join forces to develop next generation autonomous driving cars.

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Stylish new showroom for Donalds Mazda Peterborough

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Donalds Mazda Peterborough has officially re-opened its stylish new showroom on Burghley Road in Peterborough, after an extensive refurbishment.

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VOLVO XC90 WINS AUTO EXPRESS 'BEST LARGE SUV' AWARD FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING

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The Volvo XC90 has been named 'Best Large SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards – for the second year in a row.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film

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One era ends and another begins as Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to the Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film.

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Volvo Cars wins Brand Design language award

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The international Car Design Award jury has recognised Volvo Cars’ contributions to automotive design, with the Swedish car maker winning the coveted Brand Design Language Award 2016.

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A wise choice for Donalds Mazda driving instructor

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Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, recently handed over an all-new Mazda CX 3 to local driving instructor Christopher Wise. The 1.5-litre diesel all-new Mazda CX-3 SE-L Nav has 2WD, dual controls and supplementary speedometer, allowing Wise to use the car for his driving school One Wise Learner (OWL).

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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to star in new Volvo V90 marketing campaign

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Volvo Cars is set to launch a new V90 marketing campaign featuring global footballing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Game of Thrones fans flock to Donalds Volvo

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Fans of the popular Sky Atlantic fantasy drama Game of Thrones were treated to a special event at Donalds Volvo last weekend at the dealership's showroom on West End Road in Ipswich.

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Volvo provides the first look at its new range of smaller cars

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today unveiled two new concept cars that move the Swedish brand in an audacious new direction and mark the official launch of its global small-car strategy.

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Jan 14th 1980 - Evening Telegraph: Century break in a garage match

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About 250 people gathered at Sycamore Stamford, to see a best-of-seven-frames challenge between world champion Terry Griffiths and Peterborough star Markham Wildman. Wildman won 4-2 and notched the highest break of the evening, a splendid 113.

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Volvo S90 Excellence interior concept is a piece of art

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Volvo Cars has unveiled a unique piece of art, based on the interior of the new S90 Excellence sedan, Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line variant of the S90.

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Volvo Cars announces new target of one million electrified cars sold by 2025

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025.

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