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Introducing new Top Marques website

At Auto Trader we’re passionate about cars but our sister website, TopMarques.co.uk, is the destination for premium cars - from classic cars to the latest performance cars.

Top Marques the magazine was launched in 1994 and the website now has more than 100,000 cars for sale on the website, making it the largest premium stock on sale in the UK. So this month we decided to relaunch the website with an all new design. It’s now much quicker, easier and more enjoyable to use - featuring a new homepage, advanced search, improved listing capabilities and bespoke content including the latest news, reviews, features and advice.

We’ll be adding more and more content to the site as we go but to start us off, Top Marques presents the most comprehensive used car video guide to the stunning Bentley Continental GT. Editor-in-Chief Jon Quirk discusses everything you need to know about the GT with the General Manager of Jack Barclay, London, Derek Bennett.

Here’s what our Jon Quirk had to say about the relaunch: “The new Top Marques website is an important step in the brand’s digital future. We’ve listened to our customers – both buyers and sellers of prestige and performance cars – and used this information to present a more engaging and immersive digital showroom, as well as introduce editorial content that will not only stimulate search, but inform and reassure buyers in their purchasing decisions too.”

What do you think? Leave your comments below and watch this space to find out more exciting news from Top Marques: http://www.topmarques.co.uk/

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by | January 23, 2013 · 12:47 pm

Brits loyal to home grown motors

In advance of the imminent Jubilee celebrations, it appears that Brits are just as patriotic about their cars as Queen Elizabeth II herself.

New research from Auto Trader, reveals that despite the country being in the heart of a double-dip recession, over two thirds (68%) of drivers intend to buy a car in the next six months – and of these, 58% plan to buy British.

Britain’s strong heritage in motoring and car manufacturing is recognised by over two thirds (69%) of drivers, and whilst the majority of British car manufacturers are now owned by overseas companies, we are still loyal to historically British car brands and vehicles made on our own turf.

Almost a third (29%) of drivers own a British-made car[i], and national pride is a major deciding factor for those who plan to make their next purchase a British motor. Half (50%) would do so to bolster the economy, with more than a third (35%) citing supporting our country’s heritage as their motivation for buying British. And our nation’s car brands are also appealing in their own right – over a third (34%) consider British motors to be stylish.

The findings also revealed that the Jaguar E-type, no stranger to the top spot of car lists, was voted the most iconic British model, followed by the Mini Cooper (21%), Aston Martin DB5 (12%) and Rolls Royce Phantom (9%).

Top 10 most iconic British cars:
1. Jaguar E-type
2. Mini Cooper
3. Aston Martin DB5
4. Rolls Royce Phantom
5. Aston Martin Vantage V8
6. Land Rover Defender
=7/8. Morris Minor
=7/8. McLaren F1
9. Bentley 4 ½ Litre
10. Austin Allegro

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And when it comes to the most iconic brands this country has produced, luxury marques are the most popular, with Rolls Royce (27%) – one of the Royal Family’s favoured manufacturers – topping the list followed by Aston Martin (23%) and Jaguar (16%).

The purchasing loyalty that Brits have towards our own motors also extends to other goods of British origin. Over four in ten (44%) intend to buy British groceries in the next six months and almost a third (30%) will spend on clothing made on British soil.

Jon Quirk, Auto Trader’s Editor-in-Chief, said:

“There’s definitely a sense of national pride in the air at the moment as people all around the country are gearing up for the Jubilee celebrations, and it’s great to see this patriotism reflected when it comes to our car-buying decisions. We should be proud of our country’s motoring heritage and it’s not surprising that Brits are still loyal to home-grown brands – we’ve produced some of the most iconic and head-turning motors for decades.”

[i] Defined as a brand originating from Britain, or a British brand still manufactured in some part in this country.

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Borat’s Bentley?

Borat's Bentley

“Cultural learnings of Bentley for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan”

Forget America, Britain and Germany… Bentley is opening a dealership in Kazakhstan – the home country of fictional film star Borat.

Bentley says the new dealership is evidence of “the growing demand for Bentleys far beyond the company’s traditional markets”.

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Beckham and Rooney doing their bit for England

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney

You can’t ever fault David Beckham and Wayne Rooney for their contributions to English football.

These two superstars are also supporting England off the pitch – in the car market. Continue reading

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Class wars: Ireland VS Diouf

And the guys doing battle are Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland Blackburn Rovers’ El Hadji Diouf.
Ireland drives a blue and white Audi R8 and has just splashed out £260,000 on a unique Bentley Continental GTC for his missus’ birthday.
He’s also owned an Overfinch with pink alloys and a pink grille.
Diouf is well know for driving a chrome Mercedes McLaren SLR and has also owned a white Cadillac Escalade but he’s just been snapped with a gold Escalade.
Let’s put aside the quality of the work on these cars which are generally very impressive and focus on the footballers’ tastes.
Who as the worst? Ireland
And the guys doing battle are Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland Blackburn Rovers’ El Hadji Diouf.
Ireland drives a blue and white Audi R8 and has just splashed out £260,000 on a unique Bentley Continental GTC for his missus’ birthday.
He’s also owned an Overfinch with pink alloys and a pink grille.
Diouf is well know for driving a chrome Mercedes McLaren SLR and has also owned a white Cadillac Escalade but he’s just been snapped with a gold Escalade.
Let’s put aside the quality of the work on these cars which are generally very impressive and focus on the footballers’ tastes.

Who as the worst? Ireland or Diouf

or DiouThe north-west appears to be the home to a ‘lack-

of-class war’ among multi-millionaire footballers.

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The north-west appears to be the home of a ‘lack-of-class war’ among multi-millionaire footballers.

And the guys doing battle are Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland and Blackburn Rovers’ El Hadji Diouf.

Ireland drives a blue and white Audi R8 and has just splashed out £260,000 on a unique Bentley Continental GTC for his missus’ birthday.

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Frankfurt Motor Show: Your star car

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

The Frankfurt Motor Show opened today and the world’s motoring journalists are ogling glamorous new models like the Lamborghini Reventon Spyder, Aston Martin Rapide and Rolls-Royce Ghost.

This exotic metal stands cheek-by-jowl with the kind of cars that are more realistic propositions for the rest of us – the new Vauxhall Astra and Mini Coupe, for example.

But which car are you most interested in? Cast your vote and have your say below. Continue reading

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Frankfurt Motor Show: all the debuts

Concepts? Check. Supercars? Check. Class-leading hatchbacks? Could be…

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors next month, and will play host to plenty of debuts from the world’s car makers.

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Bentley Flying Spur Speed – Rate it on the Auto Trader Cool-o-meter

Bentley Flying Spur Speed

Bentley Flying Spur Speed

It’s British, it’s hand-built and the Bentley Flying Spur Speed is the world’s only 200mph saloon car. What’s not to like?

OK so the green lobby might think the 17mpg Speed is a vulgar monstrosity, but does that stop it from being cool? You decide…

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Geneva 2009 wallpapers

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Here’s our first batch of high resolution wallpapers from the Geneva Motor Show.

Download the pictures below by clicking on each one to enlarge it. If there’s a car at Geneva you particularly want to see a picture of, leave a comment below. Continue reading

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Geneva Motor Show 2009: What’s the star car?

ferrari in geneva motor show 2009

Ferrari in Geneva Motor Show 2009

The Geneva Motor Show kicks off today and we’ll be bringing you up-to-date coverage live from the show.

Check back throughout the day for all the latest images, videos and show reports of the latest cars.

What’s your star car of the 2009 Geneva Motor Show?

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