Archive for July, 2011

Parks accomplishes a world first for charity!

In December 2010 Richard Parks started a unique, multi discipline endeavor with the aim of becoming the first person to stand on all the continental summits and all three poles in the same calendar year – The 737 Challenge. And on Tuesday 12th July 2011, the former Wales Rugby International completed his world record challenge of conquering 7 Summits, 3 Poles in 7 Months in 06 months, 11 days, 07 hours and 53 minutes.

Over the coming months our Audi centres in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff will be promoting Richard’s amazing achievement and our involvement. We hope this will encourage customers and staff to enter the competition and donate £3 to this amazing challenge.

Richard’ 737 Challenge aims to raise £1million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Richard’s life, like so many people has been affected by cancer and his father Derek is a cancer survivor. Marie Curie Cancer Care provides hands-on nursing care, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of being cared for and dying at home, supported by the people they love. Marie Curie is also the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, providing specialist care to the large number of terminally ill people who wish to be cared for in a hospice setting.

Our Audi centres in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, have donated a brand new Audi A1 as a prize which is being used by the 737 Challenge team to fund raise through a “Text to Win” campaign. So please support Richard and his challenge by entering the competition to win a brand new Audi A1 1.2 TFSI by simply answering this question:

The Summit of which mountain is regarded as the world’s third pole?

A: Everest
B: Pen Y Fan
C: Snowdon

Donate £3 to the 737 Challenge by texting the word SUMMIT along with your name and answer (A, B or C) to 70007.

Text messages cost £3 plus your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates).To view full terms and conditions visit

The charge will appear on your mobile phone contract bill or be taken from available funds on a non-contract mobile phone (PAYG). A minimum of 80% of the donation will go to the 737 Trust.

Another green car accolade for Volkswagen Golf

At this years What Car? Green Car of the Year Awards, the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion has secured its second ‘Best Green Small Family Car’ accolade. The ceremony was held last night at Battersea Power Station on the banks of the Thames in London. The Power Station is currently hosting the EcoVelocity low-carbon motor show.   

It is the second year in succession that the Golf BlueMotion has been awarded the best Green Small Family Car by the panel of experts from What Car? Editor-in-chief for What Car?, Chas Hallet had this to say: ‘The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion shows that it is still possible to be green by simply improving the technology that is already proven and available at the moment.  The Golf offers a seamless driving experience that is hard to differentiate from a regular diesel Golf.  It also has loads of luxury and safety features.’

The Golf BlueMotion is powered by an astonishingly economical 1.6-litre TDI engine that produces 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque from just 1,500 rpm. Start/Stop system, low-rolling-resistance tyres, battery regeneration, revised gearing, a multifunction computer that provides visual gear change recommendations, and aerodynamic changes have all helped achieve the remarkable economy and low emissions – 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle and 99 g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen’s Head of Group Environmental Management, Andrew Bannister was on hand to collect the award. He had this to say: ‘I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the Golf.  Amid a raft of environmental developments in the industry, the BlueMotion remains one of the most solid performers and sensible choices.  It retains all the safe, practical and reliable virtues of the standard Golf model while returning class-leading fuel economy and carbon dioxide figures.  A best-selling family favourite made even better.’

BlueMotion is Volkswagen’s umbrella term for a raft of innovations that help to cut the cost of motoring by making every drop of fuel take you further.  In addition to the Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion models is a comprehensive line-up of BlueMotion Technology products that use a range of economy measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  Key to all BlueMotion and BlueMotion Technology vehicles, however, is that they all remain as practical, comfortable and desirable as the standard models on which they are based and are just as easy to service, repair and maintain.

The What Car? title comes on top of the Volkswagen BlueMotion range winning the Auto Express inaugural green award last month, and adds yet another honour to the brand’s long list of accolades.