So you need an Ultra High Performance all-season SUV tyre? That’ll be a Vredestein!


  • GfK’s “panelmarket” identifies SUV tyres and all-season tyres as top two growing sub-segments in 2019
  • SUVs and 4×4 tyre sales: 10% up in demand
  • All-season tyre sales: 19% up in value and 13% up in volume (now selling four times as much as winter tyres sold at their peak)
  • High performance tyres and bigger size tyres (17” and over) still growing


27 January 2020, Kettering – European premium tyre manufacturer Apollo Vredestein continues to fulfill the UK tyre replacement market growth trends in 2019 (as identified by analysts at GfK*), with its award-winning range of SUV tyres and all-season tyres.

Moreover, the recent development and expansion of Vredestein range of all-season tyres for wheel diameters of 17” and above, frequently fitted on SUVs, has allowed the manufacturer to offer the largest choice (by far) available on the UK market for the two trends combined.

“We already knew that the all-season tyre sector keeps growing, of course,” says Vredestein UK Country Manager Karl Naylor, “and take every chance to remind our customers that the rapid increase in demand is perfectly met by our premium product range, whether a popular size or more ‘niche’ requirements are sought. We have also made every effort to improve stock and distribution by making strategic supplier appointments in recent years.”

Last year’s GfK report (2017 vs 2018) showed that SUV tyre sales were mostly responsible for the fast growth of all-season tyre demand. Vredestein’s product mix has, traditionally, always been very attuned to the demands in that segment, and the manufacturer has offered all-season tyres in SUV sizes long before most of its rivals.

*Source: GfK Point of Sales Tracking, 2018 vs 2019



  • World’s leading Jaguar E-Type specialist marks 35th birthday
  • Epitome of the company’s ethos, the Eagle E-Type is 25 years
  • First Eagle Special Edition, the Eagle Speedster, is now 10 years old
  • Celebrations took place with Eagle E-Types’ owners at Goodwood


Sussex, 9 July – The top Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle celebrates three important milestones in its history: this year, the company whose own heritage has developed alongside that of arguably the most famous British sportscar of all time, the Jaguar E-Type, is 35 years old; the model for which Eagle is most famous, the Eagle E-Type, is a quarter of a century; and the Eagle Speedster, first of the Special Editions, has been crafted for a decade.


With perfection as the ultimate goal for every single E-Type rebuild commission that the British company has undertaken, Eagle was born in 1984 to redefine the concept of restoration but also, in time, created its own legend by developing bespoke E-Types. The Eagle E-Type is infused with Eagle’s unique obsession for detail, cleverly weaving modern upgrades into the fabric of original E-Types, each built to blend perfectly with its individual owner’s vision.


In the process of restoring, rebuilding and reliving the E-Type dream, in fittingly British rural surroundings and combining tradition with sophisticated technology, the company has also gained and nurtured passionate and knowledgeable clients, whose aspirations are equal to their expectations.


This symbiotic relationship pushed Eagle’s E-Types into further raising the bar: “we received a request for something even more exclusive, an individual design and engineering feat still paying homage to the original legend, resulting in the first of the Eagle E-Type Special Editions, the Eagle Speedster (n.1),” says Technical Director Paul Brace. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson (BBC Top Gear), “the most beautiful car I have ever seen” was born. The Speedster is another important milestone in the history of Eagle and celebrates its tenth birthday this year.


Predictably, Goodwood was chosen for the triple celebration. Owners of commissioned Eagle E-types from all over the globe and other special guests were invited to a three-day feat of sunshine and a triumph of Eagle display, from Eagle E-Types to Speedsters, Low Drag GTs and the latest variation, the Eagle Spyder GT.


“It had to be Goodwood,” muses Eagle founder and E-Type rally-winner Henry Pearman; “There isn’t another venue to compete with a place which is so steeped in racing and automotive tradition. We very much feel we belong to the heritage of Jaguar and its E-Type, as we carefully handle precious pieces of the marque’s history and bring them back to life. Our customers are part of the same Eagle family, and enjoy a special connection, which was most evident at the anniversary celebrations. Thirty-five years of exclusive achievements were honoured with those who share our commitment and passion.”


“The E-Type” publication catches the spirit of the celebrations perfectly: Eagle have taken the E-type narrative to another level and kept that great story alive, adding another few chapters.

With an inspired combination of fine engineering and stunning design, they have evolved and expanded the E-type range for the modern age. Cleverly, they have shown respect for the originals …. but pushed the boundaries while avoiding conflicting with the heritage. 

One instinctively feels Bill Heynes, Bob Knight and Malcolm Sayer would have been thrilled to know their creations were being treated with such loving respect and evolved with sensitivity, integrity and style.”




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About Eagle
Eagle has dedicated all its attention to the Jaguar E-Type, restoring and further developing the very best samples of this true 1960s’ icon, since the company’s inception in 1984.
Each car is rebuilt on-site, in-house and to the owner’s wishes, a bespoke masterpiece nurtured by a team of twenty craftsmen blending the best of tradition and technology.
Eagle’s range of upgrades is extensive, adding to the original, beautiful Jaguar E-Type model modern and desirable features, to offer owners complete confidence in the safety, reliability, longevity and exclusivity of their purchase.
The relentless development has extended to a range of ultra-special E-Type model variations, including the Speedster, Spyder GT and Low Drag GT; Eagle E-Types are now firmly established as the finest Jaguar E-Types in the world.


The Bengala F12 Caballería: for when a simple F12 is not exclusive enough

  • Bengala Privilege Program from the Spanish design house Bengala
  • First offering: the F12 Caballería, of which only ten made worldwide
  • 100% carbon fibre


October 2016, Madrid, Spain – European design house Bengala Automotive introduces its brand new Privilege Program with the launch of the F12 Caballería, a bespoke carbon fibre creation based on the Ferrari F12 but sporting more aggressive lines inspired by Ferrari’s own GT3 cars.

The project inaugurates the Bengala Privilege Program with ten specially-made Caballerías: their lucky owners are automatically entered into the exclusive club, joining like-minded people sharing the same passion for individuality.


Bengala CEO and Founder Shoghi Saeidnia says: “in most cases, uniqueness is a state of mind; we bring to our customers an interpretation of their desires, based on their dreams. Put it simply, we mastered and created a unique piece of design and engineering, the Bengala F12 Caballería, and ten special individuals earned it.”


All F12 Caballería production will be completed by summer 2017.


The Privilege Program gives instant access to Bengala’s future limited edition projects, along with events and private viewings, with a first choice option to its members before new designs are released onto the market.


Projects are limited to 5-10 units each, and only one a year is planned.



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Bengala Automotive Design SL
Villaviciosa de Odon, 28670 Madrid, Spain



Bengala Automotive Design SL. is a privately owned company based in Madrid, Spain, dedicated to the design and customisation of high-end luxury vehicles.

Its engineering and manufacturing processes focus on two main geographical areas, the US and Europe, and Bengala works in close partnership with highly-qualified teams of professionals around the world.

Apollo Tyres goes the distance with Manchester United

The tyre major is now a ‘Global Tyre Partner’ for Man Utd

After a successful completion of 3-years of regional association with Manchester United Football Club, which helped Apollo Tyres increase its brand visibility across geographies, the two organisations today announced a global sponsorship agreement for the next 3 years. Apollo Tyres would now be the official ‘Global Tyre Partner’ for the world’s leading football club.

The three years of regional association started with India and the United Kingdom in August 2013, was later extended to more than 100 countries. During the period, the association has been effective in raising the awareness of the Apollo brand across key markets including India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Multiple interventions around the key pillars of the business including advertising and consumer engagement, sales and CSR, has propelled the brand story of Apollo Tyres across multiple communication platforms.

CSR initiatives like creation of two ‘Go The Distance’ football pitches — made of recycled rubber — in India and the United Kingdom, and a week-long football camp held in India in conjunction with Manchester United Soccer Schools
Consumer Engagement Digital campaigns such as ‘Apollo Challenges’ and ‘No Shortcuts’
Customer loyalty programs crafted around the association helped Apollo Tyres in expanding its dealer network
Product customisation – launch of the special edition Apollo and Manchester United dual branded tyres in India, the Middle East, South East Asia and the United Kingdom
Multi-channel advertising campaign, ‘There are no shortcuts’
Commenting on the extension of the partnership to a global one, Marco Paracciani, Chief Marketing Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “The three-year association with Manchester United has supported our business expansion plans especially in India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Our various campaigns have helped in connecting with the young people, increasing awareness of the brand Apollo and customer acquisitions in these regions. We believe that the global partnership will further help us position our brand and the products in the minds of the consumers across geographies, in addition to being visible to the 659 million fans of the club.”

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “Over the past three years, we’ve been impressed with how Apollo has taken opportunities after they entered into partnership with us. They’ve also been able to see first-hand what can be achieved when working with us. That has included greater exposure of Apollo’s brand. “The range of consumers Apollo has been able to engage with has also increased as it has taken this partnership to more countries, and I’m delighted to say that today this journey has reached its natural conclusion with Apollo joining our family of global partners. We’re proud to have 659 million followers worldwide and look forward to working with Apollo Tyres to help further engage with our fan base.”



About Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 135-year heritage we have won 62 trophies, enabling us to develop the world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers.

Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media and mobile, broadcasting and match day.

About Apollo Tyres Ltd

Apollo Tyres Ltd is an international tyre manufacturer and the leading tyre brand in India. The company has manufacturing units in India and The Netherlands. It is setting up a new manufacturing facility in Hungary, with a planned investment of €475 million. The company markets its products under its two global brands – Apollo and Vredestein, and its products are available in over 100 countries through a vast network of branded, exclusive and multi-product outlets.

Apollo Tyres Ltd., 7 Institutional Area, Sector 32, Gurgaon 122001, India, T: +91 124 2721000

TDI-Tuning: BMW’s growth in performance

Tuning firm mirrors German manufacturer giant’s growth with demand for performance
Tuning boxes enhance enjoyment across the range, not just of BMW’s luxury SUVs


British tuning designer and engineering firm TDI-Tuning has seen a marked increase in the number of BMW performance models being fitted with the company’s state-of-the-art tuning boxes. Since the beginning of the year, demand from BMW owners has in fact risen by 10%.

This echoes a buoyant first-quarter results from the German manufacturer, which reports a growth of more than 20% in its underlying earnings.

Sales of luxury cars, SUVs and motorbikes is at an all-time high in the UK, even though companies are expecting growth to slow in emerging markets such as Russia and China. Luxury and performance vehicles, however, can always be improved, according to TDI-Tuning principal Graeme King.

“BMW’s M version of its X6 is the most blisteringly quick SUV on the market, at the moment,” says Graeme. “It hits 62mph in 4.2 seconds, just like a sportscar. However, for most BMW owners, the performance of their vehicles can always be improved, either in terms of straightforward extra power, or fuel consumption, or both. TDI-Tuning definitely addresses both areas, as proved by the fact that 23% of our tuning box sales are fitted to high-end BMW vehicles.”

A 2015 BMW M5 4.4 V8 fitted with a Multi Channel Petrol Tuning Box has its power increased from 552bhp to 618bhp and torque up from 680Nm to 762 Nm.

TDI Tuning maintains a 100% positive feedback score through independent review service Feefo.

Some key points:

  • TDI-Tuning designs and develops its own tuning boxes, which are then manufactured in Germany.
  • The boxes are easy to plug in and/or remove, require no special skills or specialist input, and can be fitted by the end user in less than 30 minutes  
  • The vehicle will revert to standard when the box is removed – leaving no trace
  • The tuning equipment can be sent back to TDI-Tuning to be re-programmed for over 4,000 different models
  • TDI-Tuning boxes start at just under £300.

Celebrated racewear brand Suixtil looks for UK distributor

Suixtil is a celebrated brand of racewear, famously linked to Fangio and his victories of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Now Suixtil is seeking a suitable distributor for the UK.

AV PR promoted its celebrations and Fangio’s birth centenary a couple of years ago with his release:

Argentinian race wear label Suixtil’s presence at Goodwood Festival of Speed (30 June-2 July) fashionably celebrates both its motor racing heritage and the birth centenary of its most famous protégée, Juan Manuel Fangio, with a contemporary range of racing outfits sporting the unmistakable embroidered red logo.

The Argentinian race team and Fangio, its captain, would have worn Suixtil colours on both their clothes and their cars, as Suixtil was the very first brand to develop the concept of sponsorship.

Escuderia Suixtil, whose name became synonymous with podium victories in the ‘50s and ‘60s, was always sensitive to the top racing drivers’ needs for a combination of comfort and style. Now, as then, luxurious yet cool fabrics keep the cockpit heat at bay with a chic cut which encourages ease of movement.

Note to editors: Favourite racing outfit brand for most international top race car drivers in the ‘50s and 60s, Suixtil followed Fangio’s rapid ascent to stardom as well as that of many other racing drivers both in Formula One and in Sports car competitions (dressing winners of Panamericana, Le Mans 24 Hours, Targa Florio and Mille Miglia races). Suixtil’s current range of garments is made by craftsmen recreating the original livery: light blue race pants and a yellow or white short-sleeve shirt, both proudly sporting the distinctive red Suixtil embroidered name: the Heritage Line is a faithful rendition of the ergonomic and stylish clothes which made Suixtil famous. To mark 100 years since Fangio’s birth, Suixtil has added a special edition top in either short sleeves (Balcarce) or long sleeve (Buenos Aires), available from September to coincide with Goodwood Revival, another Suixtil appointment.