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James Sutcliffe

My name is James Sutcliffe and I joined Ray Chapman Motors in February 2016. I’ve recently taken up post as Sales Manager at the York dealership.

Prior to joining Ray Chapman Motors, I worked for a number of premium brands, for some of the big retail groups in the industry. Frankly, I grew tired of being a payroll number, in businesses where the staff changed quicker than the number plates. Needless to say, starting at Ray Chapman Motors was a breath of fresh air!

Back in 2011 I joined the motor industry because I needed a job to keep me fed and watered for 6-8 months whilst I got a start date for my (new and exciting) job as cabin crew for British Airways (“please be aware your closest exit may be behind you”), and 8 years later I’m still enjoying my stop-gap job, and I feel confident I will continue to enjoy it for at least another 8 years!

Selling cars is a very simple business that we often contrive to make complicated. My simple approach has always been based on the expression you can slaughter a sheep but once, you can shear it time and time again! A sentiment that is shared by my colleagues at Ray Chapman Motors.

The next year looks to be a very exciting time; not only for the brand with the inception of new products and technology, but also for the York dealership as we move into new facility. Our focus has to remain on consistently delivering the best customer experience, thus growing the Ray Chapman Motors/Volvo brands.

When I’m not at work I enjoy cooking (generally with wine), and I’m an avid listener- generally Radio 4 or Leonard Cohen. I’m a proud owner of a 1989 Volvo 240 GLT.

If you would like to discuss the Archers, or a potential new vehicle purchase, please do not hesitate to contact me on: 01904 789 789 or james.sutcliffe@raychapmanmotors.co.uk

York dealerships motor technician’s half-marathon success for Cancer Research UK

One of our Volvo technicians from our York delership completed his first ever Great North Run earlier this month, raising over £1,000 for the charity that supported him during his illness.

Blair Scott, aged 26, completed the biggest half-marathon in the UK in an impressive two hours and five minutes, raising £1,279 for Cancer Research UK. He decided to run the half-marathon after the charity helped him through treatment when he had a brain tumour removed in June 2017.

Blair said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have completed the Great North Run.

“The atmosphere and support from spectators was amazing. It was the best feeling, being surrounded by people all taking part for fantastic causes.

“The team at Ray Chapman Motors have been so supportive, and their donations made a huge impact on the fundraising total, so I can’t thank them enough for all their help. I’m just counting down the days until the next one now!”

To donate to Blair’s fundraising campaign please Click Here

Volvo Car UK scoops four BusinessCar Awards

Volvo Car UK has won four prestigious trophies at the second annual BusinessCar Awards. The Volvo XC40 won the BusinessCar Award for New Company Car of the Year, rubber-stamping it as the car of choice for fleet drivers. The XC40 was also named Best Compact SUV, while the XC90 scooped Best Large SUV. Volvo itself was named Manufacturer of the Year for its commitment to leading the way in safety, connectivity and electrification, developing the best models for fleet drivers.


The BusinessCar Awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Thursday 13th September. The awards recognise the best the industry has to offer, from suppliers, fleet decision-makers and manufacturers. BusinessCar is the UK's biggest fleet publication, read by almost 19,000 fleet decision makers.


Simon Harris, Editor of BusinessCar, said: "Volvo is clearly in a period of ascendancy, led by an exciting range of new models with a clear brand identity, which started with the second-generation XC90. Three years on from that car's launch, it's still picking up trophies – judged by our panel of experts as Best Large SUV – while the compact XC40 seems to be serving up the same DNA but in a smaller package, winning Best Compact SUV.


"As our judges gave these cars the recognition they deserved in their respective classes, it's pleasing to see their opinions reflect those of our readers who voted the XC40 the New Company Car of the Year. The reader-voted awards are audited to ensure only the votes of those with responsibility for company fleets are counted.


"Volvo's continued focus on corporate customers and making improvements that ensure it's an easy company with which to do business is also delivering results, with BusinessCar readers voting the company as Manufacturer of the Year."


Steve Beattie, Head of Business Sales at Volvo Car UK, said: "It's a huge honour to have won yet more high-profile industry awards, but for one of these wins to be for our new XC40, voted for by readers who are fleet professionals, is especially gratifying. The XC40 is our first ever model in the premium compact SUV market, but it has secured a place far ahead of the competition with multiple award wins and industry recognition within its first year. The instant success of this model, as well as that of the XC90, surpassed even our highest expectations.


"Alongside Volvo being named Manufacturer of the Year, these wins show that with our commitment to leading automotive safety and connectivity, as well as electrification, we are delivering exactly what the fleet market both wants and needs."


The XC40 and XC90 are available with a wealth of advanced and useful technology, including Volvo's pioneering semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert, and a 360-degree camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. Both cars also feature the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen and voice-activated control systems that allow easy access to the cars' infotainment and connectivity functions, ideal for busy professionals on the move. In fact, the XC40 and XC90 both set a new standard in their segments in terms of connectivity and safety technology, and design.


The XC40 and XC90's premium credentials are reflected in their striking styling and interiors that are both supremely practical and comfortable, finished in high-quality materials. The XC40, in particular, offers ingenious and functional storage solutions, including especially generous storage space in the doors, an under-seat cubby, a special space for phones – including inductive charging capability – a foldout hook for small bags, plus a removable waste bin between the front seats.


For more information on the Volvo XC40 and XC90, and to use the online configurators, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk


Volvo adds power and refinement of T5 petrol engine to S90, V90 and XC90 models

We are delighted to announce that Volvo is introducing the performance and efficiency benefits of its T5 turbocharged petrol engine across its large-car range, adding the T5 powertrain to the S90 saloon, V90 estate, V90 Cross Country and XC90 SUV.

What does this mean?

• Increased petrol powertrain choice for customers across the S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV model ranges

• Strong and efficient 2.0-litre 250hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit, a core member of Volvo's Drive-E engine family

• Paired as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive formats

• All new T5 models available to order now

The Details

Tuned to deliver 250hp and an impressive 350Nm of torque, the T5 has well-established credentials as a strong yet refined performer that delivers impressive fuel economy and emissions. It is matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The T5 is a member of the newest Volvo-designed-and-built Drive-E engines, and is further evidence of Volvo's continued focus on petrol engine technology. The advanced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit is both compact and lightweight, with aluminium and aluminium alloy extensively used in its construction.

It benefits from a raft of sophisticated engine technologies, including a variable valve system that supports driveability as well as overall efficiency, advanced combustion control and measures to reduce power losses through internal friction. The single-scroll turbocharger uses exhaust gases to force more air through the induction system, increasing the engine's responsiveness to driver inputs.

In the S90 saloon, the new T5 is available in all model grades apart from the entry-level Momentum and the Momentum Pro, and joins the existing T4 petrol, D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Despite being the most powerful non-hybrid unit in the range, it achieves combined cycle fuel economy from 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km*. For business users, its first-year benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is 31 per cent. The T5's power translates into sharp performance, with a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. The new S90 T5 is available from £41,120 on-the-road for the R-Design version.

The V90 mirrors its sister saloon in terms of the availability of the T5 within the range, with the addition of the Cross Country all-road estate models. The benchmark efficiency figures are from 41.5mpg and 157g/km in the standard V90, and from 38.2mpg and 172g/km with all-wheel drive in the Cross Country. Performance is equally impressive, with 0-62mph in just 7.0 seconds in the V90 and 7.4 seconds in the V90 Cross Country. T5 prices are from £43,120 for the V90 R-Design and £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country. The BIK tax rates are 32 per cent for the R-Design and 35 per cent for the Cross Country.

Customers for the XC90 SUV can specify the T5 with all-wheel drive in all model grades, starting with the Momentum, which has an on-the-road price of £50,435, and topping out with the luxuriously specified Inscription Pro at £59,235. The BIK rate for business motorists is 37 per cent. The XC90 T5 AWD achieves official combined cycle figures from 35.8mpg and 184g/km, while acceleration from rest to 62mph is dispatched in 7.9 seconds.

Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The T5 petrol engine is a superb addition to the S90, V90 and XC90 ranges. This cutting-edge engine brings increased choice for our customers, and offers strong performance with excellent efficiency and refinement. We're sure it'll be a hit with retail and business users alike."

We are now taking orders for the new T5 models across the S90, V90 and XC90 model ranges. If you would like more information or to discuss this further please call York 01904 789789 or Malton 01653 693751 where one of our Sales Consultants will be delighted to help you.

All figures quoted are WLTP, NEDC-derived


European Car of the Year Volvo XC40 receives five-star rating in Euro NCAP assessment

Volvo Cars’ XC40 adds another accolade as it receives five stars and top ratings in its 2018 Euro NCAP tests. This means the XC40 joins its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars on the roads.


The 2018 Euro NCAP testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto-brake and emergency lane-keeping systems. Overall, the new XC40 received the highest safety score among all cars tested under the new regime.


“The new XC40 is one of the safest cars on the market,” said Malin Ekholm, Head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “It comes as standard with the largest offering of safety technology of any small SUVs, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road.”


All tested Volvo cars on sale today have received five stars in their respective Euro NCAP assessments. Last year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best-performing large off-roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015.


In March this year, the XC40 was named 2018 European Car of the Year, the first Volvo to win the prestigious award, and it has since been one of Volvo’s top sellers. The company also announced in May that it would expand production in its manufacturing facilities in both Europe and China to meet the overwhelming demand for the car.