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Belmont Group’s Charitable Work

We have been associated with CHAS [Children’s Hospice Association Scotland] a charity that is based in Edinburgh but runs two houses for terminally ill children one in Kinross and the other in Balloch for the past 3 years since we supplied each of the houses with cars in 2013. These cars are support cars for the staff and families that make use of the house. It was when delivering the cars that I was shown around Rachel House in Kinross and was amazed at the work and lack of support that this charity had, and having children myself, the fact that these children were terminally ill I wanted to do more. We decided at that point to nominate CHAS as our charity for the group and over the years have raised money through various events and have also dedicated time to help at both the houses with our own staff.

More recently we were proud to be one of the main sponsors at the Rocking Horse Ball where we donated several auction prizes and were proud to help raise around £90,000 on the night. After hearing an emotional story from one of the parents on the night our Operations Director Duncan Cunningham donated a new car to the charity to be used by the staff to help attend meetings and events. Naturally anything to do with children can be emotional and we are delighted to be associated with such a worthwhile and humbling charity and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Volvo Cars retail sales up

Volvo Cars retail sales up 9.6 per cent in first nine months of 2016

Volvo Cars continued its global sales momentum in September and reported its 16th consecutive month of global growth on the back of increases in all main regions. Sales for the first nine months are up 9.6 per cent year-on-year to 379,329 cars, while September sales rose by 6 per cent to 48,259 cars.

• Monthly and year-to-date sales growth in all main regions, total global sales of 379,329 cars
• September represents 16th consecutive month of growth 
• September sales up 6 per cent to 48,259 cars, driven by strong 27.8 per cent growth in China 
• Strong demand for new XC90 main growth driver 
• UK sales of 34,861 so far this year, up 7.6 per cent on 2015's figures



• Volvo V90 crowned Scottish Car of the Year and Estate Car of the Year 2016
• Praised for its advanced technology, style and "one of the best cabin environments of any car at any price"
• V90 available now in D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesel form, priced from £34,555

The Volvo V90 has been named 2016 Scottish Car of the Year at the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers' Awards in Edinburgh. Volvo's new premium estate also won the Estate Car of the Year award. The V90 beat stiff competition to win the coveted Car of the Year title, and was praised for its practicality, high-quality interior and stylish good looks. The judges were also impressed by its innovative technology, which includes the ground-breaking Sensus touch screen infotainment system. This is designed to operate like a smartphone or tablet, and allows you to control most of the car's functions using simple swipe or pinch and zoom gestures – even when you're wearing gloves.

This focus on advanced technology extends to every part of the car. The D5 diesel engine, for example, benefits from PowerPulse, an ingenious Volvo-designed system that uses compressed air to boost responsiveness at low revs. There's also Pilot Assist, the semi-autonomous drive technology that is fitted as standard to all V90s. This pioneering driver aid takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking at up to 80 mph, helping to make long motorway journeys less stressful and tiring.

Every V90 also comes with a host of advanced safety equipment as standard, including two world-first aids: Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation. Large Animal Detection helps to prevent collisions with animals such as deer by scanning the area in front of the car and automatically applying the brakes in an emergency if you fail to react in time. Run-off Road Mitigation is designed to stop the car inadvertently leaving the road by applying the steering if the car gets too close to the edge of the carriageway.

Stephen Park, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: "Be in no doubt, the Volvo V90 is an exceptional car and one which reshapes the estate car marketplace. The judges were impressed by the way it marries traditional Volvo family values with a head-turning sense of style, advanced technology, exceptional build quality, safety, driving dynamics and one of the best cabin environments of any car at any price. In short, we reckon it's the most accomplished new car to be launched this year and one which offers strong appeal in the unique Scottish marketplace."

Commenting on the awards, Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "For the V90 to be crowned not only the Estate Car of the Year but also the overall Scottish Car of the Year is a fantastic achievement. Volvo is rightfully proud of its rich estate car heritage, and the V90 successfully continues that lineage. It provides all the space and thoughtful practical touches you'd associate with a Volvo estate, along with cutting-edge technology and efficiency, and beautiful design inside and out."

Bumble Bee Rally

Bumble Bee Rally takes to the Highlands

The Bumble Bee rally will be back on the road again in September with a dozen or so cars heading towards Inverness to begin what has become a popular route known as the North Coast 500. Bumble Bee participants will leave from South Queens ferry between 1 and 2 pm on Thursday 22nd  September gathering in Inverness to begin the official route on Friday morning. The routetakes in Applecross, Ullapool, Durness, Thurso, John O’Grouts and Brora before heading to Invernesshire for a charity dinner at the prestigious Achnagairn Castle.

The rally was founded in 2015 by Edinburgh businessman Alan O'Connor and other friends of the late Richard Barlas who died suddenly last year of Sepsis at the young age of 50. Richard was known to many friends as B and affectionately referred to by his wife Claire as Bumble Bee, hence the rally’s name. The rally’s first outing was a 1,500-kilometre trek from Edinburgh through seven countries and across the Swiss Alps down to Monte Carlo replicating a route O’Connor took with his friend Richard in 2008.

With great support from friends and sponsors, the rally managed to raise just over £12,000 at a dinner at Le Berlugan a la Plage in Beaulieu-Sur- Mer, one of the French Riviera’s most fashionable haunts who supported the event. Money raised went to the charity Richmond’s Hope who provide bereavement counselling for children who have lost a parent. Richard left behind 4 adorable children who despite their loss have been star pupils over the last year with the two eldest daughters receiving the highest accolade ever awarded at Edinburgh’s Cargilfield School.

The Bumble Bee 500 will be raising cash for The UK Sepsis Trust founded in 2012 by world leading specialist Dr Ron Daniels to help raise awareness and save lives from this often fatal condition. Each year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of sepsis resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths, more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Despite world Sepsis day being on Tuesday 13 th September, 1 in 3 Britons are still unaware of or understand the condition.

The rally has on this occasion been generously supported by Belmont Motor Group’s Murray Lotus and Lewis Sutton Property Consultants who are also taking part. Fellow organiser Ken Pritchard will be calling out raffle winners at Sundays charity dinner to help raise more funds for the trust.

Foxy Lady Approved

Foxy Lady Approved

The Belmont Group are delighted to announce they are now a foxy lady approved retailer. Our promise is to never overcharge, patronise or sell anyone anything they don’t need.