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Ray Chapman Motors Malton helps keep local motorists moving with Motability

For the first time, Volvo is offering the contemporary V40 with NIL advanced payment, and the multi-award-winning Volvo XC40 with an advanced payment from just £1,899 on the Motability Scheme, which enables disabled people to use all or part of their mobility allowance to lease a new car.

If you are in receipt of the Mobility allowance why not visit us and discover how Volvo’s Motability range can offer worry-free motoring and greater independence.

Each model is easily accessible and has been specially selected to make people’s lives simpler, with cutting-edge safety systems as standard, alongside stylish, practical interiors and a choice of fuel-efficient engines.

Duncan Chapman, Retailer Principal, says: “Many of us take for granted the ease at which we can visit friends and family, go shopping, attend appointments, do the school run or take to the road on holidays. At Ray Chapmans we want to make getting out and about as easy as possible for everyone.

“As such, with one in three people currently eligible for the Motability scheme choosing to join*, we’re keen to ensure that disabled people and their families, friends and carers are aware of the benefits of Volvo’s Motability line-up, to make travelling comfortable, safe and enjoyable for all.

“We are offering great value on the Volvo V40 and Volvo XC40 models and encourage members of the Motability community to visit us to discover how these fantastic cars can keep them moving.”

The Volvo XC40 premium compact SUV offers cool contemporary design inside and out, cutting-edge technologies for on-board entertainment and connectivity, exceptional safety equipment, and a practical, versatile interior.

Meanwhile, built for the city with its clean, contemporary design and smart technology, the Volvo V40 is designed to make life easier. It’s premium-quality interior offers supreme comfort, while its advanced safety technology will keep you and your loved ones safe.

Those receiving either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA), Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP), War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) are eligible to join the scheme.

With up to two named drivers included as part of the lease, the recipient of the mobility allowance doesn’t have to be the driver, because friends, family and carers can be chosen to drive the Motability car for the benefit of the recipient. Similarly, parents or carers can also apply on behalf of a child aged three and above.

Find out more about our Motability Scheme 

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Local entrepreneur and great grandson joins family motoring business

Ray Chapman Motors are pleased to welcome a new member to the team on our 50th anniversary – the 20-year-old great grandson of the company’s founder.

Ray Chapman Motors Malton was founded by Raymond Chapman back in 1969. 50 years later, his great grandson, Nathan Chapman – a 20-year old entrepreneur from York – has become the fourth generation of the Chapman family to be involved in the family business.

After completing his first year reading Business Management & Entrepreneurship at Nottingham, Nathan transferred to an online university to continue his studies whilst working full time in Malton to launch his own online shopping website, Locavo, which hosted goods produced by local, independent retailers operating in the Ryedale area. Over the last year, Nathan hand-delivered almost 2,000 orders to local customers in his Locavo-branded van.

After receiving an offer to purchase Locavo, Nathan is turning his attention to the family business. He has joined the Ray Chapman Motors Malton team as a full time Product Specialist and will undergo an intensive training programme with Volvo Car UK and continue to read Business Management through a distance learning University.

Nathan Chapman commented on his new appointment:

“Having grown up around Volvo, it is such an honour to join the family business and follow in the footsteps of my father, grandfather and great grandfather. Launching Locavo and studying Business Management gave me a great initial understanding of the business world. I’m really looking forward to taking on a new challenge and meeting our loyal customers who have helped to make the Ray Chapman name so successful for so many years.”

Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in Israeli technology start-ups MDGo and UVeye

Volvo Cars has made investments in two promising Israeli technology start-ups through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.

 

Both UVeye and MDGo have their headquarters in Tel Aviv, where Volvo Cars has been involved with DRIVE, a so-called ‘accelerator’ for young companies in the mobility sector, since 2017. UVeye and MDGo have developed their business in recent years with the help of DRIVE, offering the potential to boost quality and safety respectively. They represent the Tech Fund’s first investments outside the US and Europe.

 

MDGo is a company specialising in what it calls medical artificial intelligence. By using advanced machine learning technology it aims to save numerous lives by making sure that people are treated according to their specific injury following an accident with their car.

 

MDGo’s technology will combine real-time data from the car during an accident with medical knowledge with the aim to make automated early and immediate predictions on the type of injuries emergency personnel are likely to encounter at the scene of the accident

 

This data would be transmitted to trauma physicans and emergency personnel via a cloud-based platform to improve treatment of the people involved in an accident. As such, the technology has the potential to reduce the likelihood of complications and by extension serious injuries and fatalities.

 

“MDGo’s technology aims to do something that is close to our hearts, which is saving lives,” says Zaki Fasihuddin, CEO of the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. “Their mission as a company seamlessly connects with ours at Volvo Cars, so we are happy to support the continued development of MDGo.”

 

The Tech Fund’s other investment, UVeye, has developed advanced technology for the automatic external inspection and scanning of cars for damages, dents and scratches. Volvo Cars is not just investing in the company, but is also looking at using UVeye’s technology for conducting full exterior inspection of cars after they roll out from production lines.

 

Volvo Cars believes using UVeye’s technology could further improve the quality of cars leaving the factory and ensure that even tiny faults are detected. A first pilot is intended to start later this year at its manufacturing plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The technology could also be used during the various steps of the logistics flow and at dealerships.

 

“Premium quality standards are at the core of the Volvo brand and we are intrigued by the possibilities that UVeye’s technology offers,” Zaki Fasihuddin says. “This type of advanced scanning technology could allow us to take the next step in quality.”

 

The Volvo Cars Tech Fund was launched last year and invests in high-potential technology start-ups around the globe. It focuses its investments on strategic technology trends transforming the auto industry, such as artificial intelligence, electrification, autonomous driving and digital mobility services.

 

Since 2018 the Tech Fund has invested in a number of companies, including Luminar Technologies, a leading firm in the development of advanced sensor technology for autonomous cars; Varjo, a maker of high-end augmented reality headsets; and Zum, a ride sharing service for children. Other investments include electric car charging firm Freewire and Forciot, which develops connected, printable and stretchable electronics.

Volvo XC40 crowned New Car of the Year at Motor Trader 2019 Awards

The Volvo XC40 has claimed yet another significant honour, adding the New Car of the Year title in the Motor Trader 2019 Awards to its impressive collection. Its success confirms its status as a game-changing model in the fiercely competitive premium compact SUV market, more than a year on from its UK debut.

 

Motor Trader's judging panel was full of praise, saying: "The XC40 is a star turn. It shines on all the crucial fronts: convenient size, engaging driving dynamics, impeccable safety credentials and excellent build quality. These combine to make it an outstanding car."

 

The XC40 was admired for its restrained styling in contrast to more "pumped-up" SUVs, projecting a look that is "more mannerly and less confrontational". The judges were also impressed by the car's ride, handling, performance and refinement, which help make it an accomplished companion over long distances. Further appreciation was given to the "cool Scandinavian interior" and the impressive array of safety features fitted to every version in the range.

 

Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "This latest award is a fantastic result, especially because it names the XC40 as the all-round best new car on sale. The XC40 has enjoyed an exceptional reception from the media and public alike, and we will continue to develop and improve its qualities to ensure it remains the car that sets the standard in its class."

 

The XC40 exemplifies Volvo's transformation of its entire model range. It's a car that addresses all the priorities of today's premium-market customers in a package that is highly desirable yet full of practical touches to make life easier. Its popularity has helped power Volvo's exceptional UK sales growth – up 27% in the first six months of 2019. In fact, more than 15,000 XC40s have been snapped up by customers since its launch in February 2018.

 

A large part of this appeal is down to the XC40's clean, contemporary Scandinavian styling, while its cabin is a calm, comfortable and luxuriously appointed place to be. It also delivers the latest in seamless on-board connectivity with unmatched safety technology.

 

The heart of the XC40's connectivity is the Volvo Sensus system, which includes a central nine-inch touchscreen and advanced voice-activated control system. This allows easy control of the car's entertainment and information technology, along with access to a range of online apps. A wireless phone charging pad is also available.

 

A recipient of the maximum, five-star rating from independent safety testing organisation Euro NCAP, the XC40 has excellent impact protection engineered in, while its array of advanced systems include City Safety, which alerts you to a collision risk and can automatically apply the brakes in an emergency as required.

 

The XC40 is available with a range of Volvo-designed-and-built engines, engineered for smooth performance with good fuel economy and low emissions across the board. Manual and automatic transmissions are available, together with front- or all-wheel drive, depending on the engine.

Volvo puts UK customers first with new Test Drive+ service

Volvo Car UK is redefining the new car test drive as an authentically premium service with the introduction of its new Test Drive+ programme across its retailer network. Test Drive+ is tailored to meet customers' needs and preferences throughout the process, from a convenient booking service to providing the car they are interested in at a location and for a length of time that suits them best.

To design the details of Test Drive+, Volvo has analysed and responded to customer feedback on how people perceive the purpose of a test drive, their opinions of the traditional format and the improvements they would value. The result reflects Volvo's human-centred approach to delivering the freedom of mobility, with a comprehensive and flexible test drive concept developed specifically to make customers' lives easier and more convenient.

Test Drive+ allows customers to choose to have a test drive at a retailer or a chosen location, such as their home or place of work, lasting up to one hour to ensure a thorough introduction to the car. Alternatively, an extended test drive can be booked, offering flexibility of delivery and collection, for up to four days.

The difference in the Test Drive+ experience begins right at the point of the initial car booking, with a convenient registration and reservation system that can be accessed online (via smartphone and laptop/desktop computer) or by calling Volvo's team of Test Drive+ agents. Customers can view a real-time calendar to see what dates and times are available, and can use an online chat service if they need support or have immediate questions.

 

Test Drive +

Once a reservation has been made, customers receive an email confirmation of the request. If the test drive is taking place at a retailer, the attention to detail includes providing specific, reserved parking for the customer when they arrive.

Volvo wants to ensure the test drive experience is relaxed and gives people the best possible introduction to a new car. The Test Drive+ hosts are product specialists whose aim is to ensure the customer understands everything they need to about the car, including its state-of-the-art technology and world-class safety credentials, in order to maximise their test drive.

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "The test drive is a critical element when people are making the important decision about whether or not to buy a new car, so we want to make sure it's an experience that makes them feel at ease and valued as a customer, and which also reflects the premium quality of our brand. With Test Drive+ we have looked at every aspect from the customer's point of view to make it as flexible and informative as possible. We want people to enjoy an ideal introduction to our cars, one which is completely designed around them." 

Participants in Test Drive+ must meet Volvo Car UK's eligibility requirements.