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Volvo XC40 Recharge compact SUV

Thinking of buying a Volvo SUV? Then use Volvo’s fast and efficient digital platform to book a test drive in the car you’re interested in — the full range of SUV models is available to test now, led by the new pure electric XC40 Recharge compact SUV…


VOLVO CAR UK is pleased to announce the resumption of its premium Test Drive+ programme, giving customers a safe and convenient way of experiencing its cars. In particular, the service offers a great opportunity to test the newly arrived pure electric XC40 Recharge, the newest version of Volvo's multi-award-winning compact SUV.

Originally launched in 2019, Test Drive+ was suspended in accordance with lockdown restrictions. Its reintroduction is fully in line with current Government guidelines, so customers can take a test drive in their car of choice, confident in the knowledge all necessary health and safety measures have been implemented.

The full line-up of Volvo SUVs is now available through Test Drive+, including those with petrol-electric plug-in hybrid and pure electric powertrains.

Initially, the service will be provided at the customer's preferred Volvo retailer. When Covid-19 restrictions are eased and it is safe to do so, arrangements can be made for cars to be delivered to and collected from customers' homes or places of work. At a future date, extended test drives of up to 24 hours will also be available.

Test Drive+ has been developed as a fully customer-focused programme, giving people easy access to Volvo cars at the times and locations that suit them best. Each test drive is hosted by a Volvo specialist who can respond to any questions about the car and purchase options.

Echoing Volvo's move to online sales, Test Drive+ uses a digital platform to host a live diary and booking system, which customers can access at any time using their smartphone, tablet or computer. Choosing a car, preferred retailer and a convenient date and time can all be accomplished quickly and securely.

Test Drive+ is available now at volvocars.com/uk/test-drive-booking.


Dantoy Bio-Toy 11-Piece Baking Line

Great to play with, environmentally-friendly, natural toys for children — and a big hit with parents too!

LEADING THE WAY with a ground-breaking one hundred per cent recyclable "I'm Green" line of bioplastics, ethical children's toy-maker Dantoy is entirely focused on producing toys that are safe for children while caring for the environment. The company hopes to inspire other brands to follow its example and become Greener.

Manufacturing toys that are not only free of chemicals, toxins and pollutants but also have reduced carbon emission in their production, the company recently won the Silver Change for Play award with its bioplastic which is made of at least 90 per cent sugarcane, a recognised sustainable raw material.

Featured here is an eleven-piece baking set from Dantoy's current range of bio-toys. In muted colours of ecru, caramel, pale blue and green, the set comprises of a rolling pin, whisk, large and small bowls, a pastry trimmer and an assortment of shaped cookie cutters, including one for a gingerbread man and a heart.

11-Piece Baking Line

Stimulating children's awareness of colours and shape, the set encourages youngsters to bake and have some fun. Tactile and practical, the Dantoy 11-Piece Baking Set is suitable for use by children from two years old and upwards; our little 6-year-old testers played with the products happily for hours as soon as they were given them.

Made to last and carrying the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the toys do not contain the harmful substances — such a phthalates, perfume, BPA or endocrine-disruptive substances — found in some plastics and they are approved for contact with foods. They are also frost-proof and are microwave and dishwasher safe.

While traditional plastic is made from crude oil, Dantoy's "I'm Green" PE (bioplastic) is made in Central and Southern Brazil from sustainable sugarcane cultivated on controlled, pesticide-free plantations that are harvested every six to twelve months. Ethanol, a form of alcohol, is extracted from sugarcane to make the bioplastic.

The plantations supplying Dantoy Bioplastics are more than 2,500km from the Amazon region. The areas for cultivating are managed by Sugarcane Agroecological Zoning, overseen by Brazil's Federal Government, and transportation for further processing is by train rather than using lorries to keep it more eco-friendly.

Fresh sugarcane is planted every five to seven years and it can be harvested several times a year. Classified as sustainable raw material, sugarcane absorbs carbon dioxide naturally from the air, minimising the greenhouse effect.

For every kilo of the manufactured bioplastic, 3.09kg of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. Carbon emission counts are positive right from the plant's budding to being manufactured into bioplastic.

Green-brand Dantoy also uses recycled cardboard for all its packaging and would like to see people buy less but buy well; to appreciate toys and to look after the environment. Not only will your children love using Dantoy's products but they will be perfectly safe too. Everybody can be eco-friendly so by choosing brands from manufacturers who care about children's safety and the future of the planet will all help make a measurable difference. — Tested by Maggie Woods and playmates

The fun-to-use Dantoy BIO-Line 11-Piece Baking Set is available now from Amazon.




Fast & Furious 9 — in cinemas on 8 July 2021....

F9 IS THE NINTH CHAPTER in the Fast & Furious saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.

No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past… Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon.

This time that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he's going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they've ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom's forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming The Suicide Squad).

F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe — from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi.

Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.

The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, with Kurt Russell and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom's past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna.


Dometic's new drinkware

Dometic’s new drinkware series are perfect for outdoor activities — comfortable to use and easy to clean with a robust construction, they’ll keep your cold drinks thirst-quenchingly cold and your hot liquids revivingly hot...

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME Dometic's award-winning design team has created drinkware. As a leading outdoor brand, Dometic understands the need for robustness in products used on the move. And, as with the company's other outdoor products, Dometic's new drinkware series is designed to last. They cope with everyday usage, being washed over and over again, and fit in with a grab 'n' go lifestyle.

The tough design of Dometic drinkware and high-quality stainless-steel construction makes them fit for years of use and reduces the need to purchase disposable bottles and cups, which reduces plastic waste in nature and contributes to a more sustainable world.

The new Dometic drinkware series consists of five models: the Thermo Tumbler which comes in two sizes, and the Thermo Bottle which has two sizes and a Cup. All come in three different colours.

Dometic's insulated vacuum-sealed bottles ensure cold or hot drinks maintain their temperature while on the move. The stainless steel used in the bottle has been carefully selected to ensure its longevity, easy cleaning and a high level of hygiene. Importantly, they're also leak-proof, dishwasher safe and BPA Free.

So, for refreshment while hiking or seeking warmth on a cold winter morning, Dometic's stylish drinkware supplies your body with the liquid comfort it needs at the perfect temperature. Check them out at dometic.com.

Headquartered in Stockholm
, Sweden, the company's mission statement is to create smart and reliable products with outstanding design across a range of branded solutions for mobile living.


Porsche Boxster '25 Years' celebration model

All-new Nissan Qashqai breaks cover as innovative e-POWER system brings electrification to the new crossover…


NISSAN HAS UNVEILED the all-new, third generation Qashqai after selling more than three million of them since Nissan started the segment in 2007.

As with the two previous generations, the design for the latest Qashqai comes out of Nissan's European Design Studio in London, UK. Unmistakably 'Qashqai' in its styling, the new version is more athletic and sharper styled, fronted by full LED advanced matrix headlamps with boomerang signature daylight running lights and sporting an extended wheelbase, prominent shoulder lines, imposing 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels (previous generations offered only up to 19-inches) and, underscoring its premium build quality, super-tight panel gaps.

Inside you'll find a connected, comfortable and commanding ambiance with a premium feel alongside an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected services including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car WiFi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle.

The larger, higher resolution 9-inch NissanConnect display screen is a digital gateway to navigation, entertainment and vehicle settings, and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with wireless Apple CarPlay also introduced.

A new high-def, fully electronic 12.3-inch TFT multi-information screen offers a choice of configurable layouts to display navigation, entertainment, traffic or vehicle information, all controlled from the steering wheel. There's also an innovative new 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) providing the biggest-in-segment image size for key navigation, driver assistance and road information projected onto the windscreen ahead of the driver.

If not using their phone's navigation, drivers can access 3D Maps & Live Traffic which includes advanced navigation features such as over-the-air map updates, real-time traffic conditions, Google Street View and fuel prices. Door-to-door navigation is also available through the app including a My Car Finder function. Connectivity extends to all occupants with the console box now offering front and rear USB charging connections with both USB-A and USB-C ports.

A powered hands-free tailgate makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free. Overall luggage capacity has increased by over 50-litres from the previous generation model thanks in part to a lower cargo floor. Parents will also appreciate rear doors that open to 85 degrees, allowing easier access to babies and toddlers in child-seats.

Supporting Nissan's goal of achieving 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024, the new Nissan Qashqai will not only be available with a 1.3-litre 138hp/156hp petrol engined mild hybrid but it also represents the European debut of e-POWER, Nissan's innovative and award-winning powertrain that draws technologies from the company's pioneering Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.

With both 2WD and 4WD variants, 6-speed manual or new Xtronic transmissions, and pure-electric motor driving courtesy of e-POWER, the all-new Qashqai's has a powertrain for everyone.

The new e-POWER system comprises a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with a 154hp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 140kW electric motor. It's a unique solution that combines the enjoyable, seamless linear acceleration which is characteristic of an EV, but without the need for charging. The unique element of the e-Power is that the petrol engine is used solely to generate electricity, whilst the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. And similarly to the LEAF, the new Qashqai e-POWER benefits from an entirely new 'one pedal' driving experience called e-Pedal = drivers can start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.

The new Qashqai will also be equipped with the next generation of ProPILOT driver assistance, bringing greater driver support in a wider array of circumstances. Additional security comes in the form of Nissan's Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking with predictive function. Thanks to advanced radar technology, sensors are able to read the road beyond the car in front to detect if a vehicle suddenly brakes. The system will apply the brakes to reduce the likelihood of a collision.

Another safety feature is the new central airbag, which deploys from between the two front seats to prevent the front row occupants from making contact in the event of a side-impact (the central airbag supplements the driver and passenger airbags, as well as the side and curtain airbags fitted as standard).

Nissan says the new Qashqai is going to change what customers can expect from a family car, with comfort, refinement and technology comparable with upper segment vehicles and with a driving experience that will satisfy drivers and passengers alike. Sounds PDG!
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