FIAT AND GUCCI ANNOUNCE THE FIAT 500 BY GUCCI

Fiat 500 Gucci

In the year marking the celebration of both the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and Gucci’s 90th anniversary, Gucci and Fiat are proud to unveil the 500 by Gucci, a special edition of the iconic Fiat 500 customised by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in partnership with Fiat’s Centro Stile.

This unique collaboration between two of Italy’s most respected brands represents the perfect combination of craftsmanship and style. Launched on the opening day of Milan Fashion Week, the 500 by Gucci is also presented at the Geneva International Auto Show (3-13 March), in a dedicated Gucci pop-up store within the Fiat stand.

The black and white colours of the 500 by Gucci, in unique eye-catching glossy pearl glass paint complement one another: black, with detailing in shiny chrome paired with interiors that contrast sharp black and white, for a contemporary and racy feel; white, with satin chrome detailing and ivory and black interiors for a softer, sophisticated look.

Fiat 500 by Gucci will be available in the UK this summer.

Source: Fiat UK

March 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

The New Fiat Mylife Models

Fiat Punto MyLife
A new collection of well-equipped, high value models has just been introduced across the Fiat passenger car range.

Called MyLife, the new trim level was launched last Friday (18 February) with Fiat Punto MyLife, and is followed up this week with Fiat Panda. Bravo, Qubo and Doblo MyLife vehicles will be introduced later this year.

Part of the Fiat range, the MyLife cars are not limited editions. They focus on style and technology, with a special emphasis on choice and value for money, in a car carrying an impressive equipment list. Original and distinctive, MyLife cars combine design, technology and eco-friendliness in a single product.

Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland:

“We’re very excited to be launching this new model strategy which offers customers the best value proposition within the core segment of each model range. MyLife focuses on style and technology while at the same time offering a proposition that represents sheer value for money. I am sure this will be of interest to many new and existing Fiat customers.”

In terms of style there are several highly visible changes to the recognised exterior of the Punto MyLife, such as a special gloss finish (Piano Black) to the front and rear bumper inserts and door pillars.

Like the GP and Sporting versions, Punto MyLife has dark tinted headlights and burnished tail lights to give a sporty look and feel. The car also gets body-coloured door handles, 15-inch sports style alloy wheels and front fog lights

Inside Punto MyLife has an enhanced soft touch black dashboard with sporty perforated inserts. As standard, it features Blue&Me telecommunications and information with the facility for TomTom sat nav, Start&Stop with Gear Shift Indicator and air conditioning.

Available with Fiat’s 1.2-litre 8v (69bhp) engine, Punto MyLife current price is just £9,995 (3-door) and £10,595 (5-door).

Panda MyLife is based on the 1.2-litre 8v (69bhp) Active model and comes as standard with 14-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and remote central locking. It is currently offered at just £6,995.

Source: Fiat UK

March 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Recent feedback

We’d like to thank our customers who have taken the time to contact us and express their feedback on their experience with Griffin Mill Garages.

Here’s a recent message we received with glowing praise for one of our salesmen, Nick Parry. If you’d like to contribute a message please contact us.

Mr Evans, a very happy Griffin Mill customer:

‘I wish to commend one of your staff Mr Nick Parry on the excellent service he provides at all times to your customers. I have just purchased my 6th Car with Griffin Mill, and with the current financial situation in the country this is a big achievement by your company, with your competitors offering very attractive deals.

I research all other dealers in South Wales and indeed West of England before purchasing a car, and time after time I cannot fault Nick’s knowledge and honesty.

I am a manager myself and acknowledge how important good trustworthy staff are and how the the company is portrayed to highest level. Nick certainly does this time after time.

I trust you will congratulate Nick on his achievement in this very difficult market and I wish I had a member of staff like Nick in my team.’

March 1, 2011 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

A Bionic Eye Centrepiece At The Fiat Marylebone Art Exhibition

Fiat - Bionic eyes

A collection of huge bionic eyes forms the centrepiece of a stunning new international art exhibition which opened last week (10 February) at Fiat’s London flagship dealer.

Fiat Marylebone, in the capital’s Wigmore Street, was once again chosen as a venue for this leading art showcase thanks to its unique design and space. It was created in 2008 with art and fashion shows in mind as well as the ability to display cars, and has proved the perfect site for previews and receptions.

Last week, around 100 guests enjoyed a champagne reception while viewing the latest expo, Art in Park, featuring artists Daniela Ribeiro and Valentim Quaresma, and photographer Gonzalo Bénard. Art in Park is an international initiative helping young artists to get exposure for their work.

Daniela’s work, linked to the use of technological waste, features 14 bionic eyes made of components from around 2000 mobile phones. They represent the way in which people of the future can connect with the Internet through their own eyes.

Valentim also recycles, using everyday objects to transform into award-winning luxury fashion and jewellery items, effectively giving them another life.

The event was attended by actors Chris Ellison and Tom Chambers, who met Daniela and Valentim for an introduction to the artists’ work.

Tony Dittli, managing director, Fiat Marylebone:

“The exhibition will run for a month at the flagship. It’s part of a global support initiative for young artists and Fiat Marylebone is delighted to be promoting it in London. The bright, modern feel fits perfectly with Fiat’s own brand values.”

Source: Fiat UK

February 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

It’s a Golden Anniversary at Griffin Mill

It's a Golden Anniversary at Griffin Mill
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Griffin Mill Garages Ltd we have gone all out to give you a truly awe inspiring choice of models and offers. Download our newsletter to find out more.

February 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

MULTIJET 1.3 16V ENGINES EXCEED 4 MILLION PRODUCTION RUN

Fiat MultiJet

The four millionth 1.3 16v MultiJet engine left the Fiat Powertrain plant in Bielsko Biala, Poland, on Friday 4 February.

This achievement is a testimony to the great success that this remarkable small diesel engine has achieved since 2003, the year in which production began. It features the first ever application of MultiJet technology on a world-wide scale, and is an evolution of the Common Rail system invented by Fiat and put into production in 1997.

Constantly updated in terms of technological content, the 1.3 16v MultiJet (currently produced in its latest guise, known internationally as MultiJet II) has been awarded many prestigious accolades, including Engine of the Year (1.0-1.4 litre category) in 2005.

The engine is available with several power outputs: from 75 HP, with a fixed geometry turbocharger, to 85 HP and 95 HP, both with variable geometry turbochargers.

In all versions, the 1.3 MultiJet ensures high performance and low consumption as well as − thanks to its cutting-edge technology − long service intervals.

The 1.3 MultiJet is installed in a large number of Fiat Group Automobiles models, including the Fiat Panda, Punto Evo, Fiat Qubo and the Fiat 500. Indeed, it is in a Fiat 500 bound for a French customer that the four millionth MultiJet is to be installed, specifically a 95 HP Euro 5 specification unit.

Since 2008 the 1.3 16v MultiJet has also been produced at the Fiat Powertrain Technologies plant in Ranjangaon, India.

Source: Fiat UK

February 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

First photos of all-new Kia Rio released

Kia next generation Rio
Kia Motors has revealed the first photos of the next generation Rio, to be unveiled at Geneva Motorshow alongside the all new Picanto.

The Rio is the latest car to be revealed by Kia, boasting a bold and distinctive personality, bringing the newcomer in line with the rest of Kia’s striking design-led passenger car range.

The Rio will be on sale in the UK from September as a 5-door version and a 3-door will be available from early 2012. Pricing and full range details will be announced nearer the on-sale date.

New Rio has its own interpretation of Kia’s signature grille, integrated with the headlamps to give a new twist on the Kia family look. In profile, the body to glass ratio and its strong wedge form give new Rio a dynamic stance.

The new model features a wheelbase extended by 70 mm (to 2,570 mm) and promises greater passenger space and comfort, together with increased cargo capacity to 292 litres for the hatchback. Exterior dimensions changes include: +55 mm (overall length), -15 mm (height) and +25 mm (overall width).

Inside, the new model will deliver a high level of quality previously associated with larger models — together with a wide selection of trim options.

Kia’s B-segment newcomer will be offered with an extensive range of fuel-efficient and low-CO2 petrol and diesel engines, depending on market – including a 1.1-litre diesel unit generating 70 ps, with CO2 emissions from as low as 85 g/km. An all-new, high-performance 1.2-litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) will also be available from 2012.

Soon-Nam Lee, Director of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corporation, commented:

“This new model is a big step forward. The Rio has always been successful, and with this new incarnation we have a car that people will want to buy for its looks.”

Since its launch in 2005, global sales of the current-generation Rio have totalled more than 860,000 units. It was the company’s third best-selling vehicle in overseas markets during 2010 with sales of more than 219,000 units. UK sales from launch total 52,626 units.

Source: Kia UK

February 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

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