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Tell Laura I Love Her — Ray Peterson (1960), Albert West (1973), Ricky Vallance (1996), and Dickey Lee (2001) all sang about Laura who just happens to share the same name with Skoda’s new in-car voice assistant: nearly a third of Brits give their car a name; some even love it more than their partners...

# Skoda UK research found almost a third of UK drivers name their cars

# 10% revealed they love their car more than their partner!

# New Skoda range features voice assistant called Laura

ALMOST A THIRD OF UK MOTORISTS have confessed to giving their car a name, with some Brits admitting to naming it after a family member or loved one, according to new research by Skoda UK.

Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo

In a survey of 2,000 drivers, 32% revealed they had named at least one vehicle they had owned, with a quarter of those admitting to naming three or more vehicles during their lifetime.

Skoda's research further acknowledged the individual relationship we have with our cars, with over 450 unique names given by motorists. Some of the more common ones that surfaced multiple times included Betty, Freddie, Daisy and Rosie. Beyoncé, Harrison Ford and Elvis Presley were the celebrity names listed while Bubbles, Beast, The Brussel Sprout, Zorro and Ketchup were examples of the more amusing choices from drivers.

The most popular reason for Brits choosing a particular name was simply because it made the car owner chuckle (29%) — a reminder of the quirky British sense of humour. Many drivers (20%) picked a name because they thought the car looked like that particular name, while others revealed they named their car after a loved one or family member (8%) or because it reminded them of someone special (10%).

The findings from Skoda, whose in-car voice control assistant is called Laura, also found that female drivers were almost twice as likely as male drivers to name their car, meanwhile, men were much more likely to use the name of a loved one or relative (12%) compared to women (6%).

Those living in the West Midlands came out on top as the region who liked to demonstrate affection for their vehicle by giving it a name (37%), whereas drivers living in Scotland (25%) and Wales (25%) were less inclined.

This tendency extends beyond simply naming vehicles — Skoda's research also found that Brits had an incredibly strong affection for their cars, with 10% of motorists admitting they loved their car more than their spouse or partner, and one in seven claiming that their love for their car superseded that of their parents and/or siblings.

A spokesperson at Skoda UK, said: "Naming a car is just one of the many ways that demonstrates the relationship we have with our cars. Our in-car digital assistant, named Laura, can carry out a number of different functions at the driver's request. With the ability to speak six languages and a permanent online connectivity, she is a valuable driver aid for owners."

For the record, one of our most cherished cars was called Hermione (years before Harry Potter!).

To find out more about Skoda's digital assistant Laura and the Skoda range visit Skoda UK.

Park and Scoot! Skoda develops clever foldaway two-wheeler for Kamiq and Scala…

Skoda Scooter# Skoda Scooter — designed to fit under the boot floor without compromising luggage space

# Simply Clever folding mechanism and weighs just 5kg (but can carry passengers up to 100kg)

# Available now as a Skoda accessory through UK retailers

SKODA has developed the perfect accessory for the owner who needs to cross the city in style: the Skoda Scooter. Designed to allow owners to go from door to door without having to sacrifice Skoda style or innovation, the new scooter is another example of the brand's passion for micromobility.

Of course, Skoda knows a thing or two about building clever two-wheelers
before turning their design skills to cars, founders Laurin and Klement started the brand with innovative bicycles.

And, as buyers have come to expect from the brand, the Skoda Scooter features a clever twist
thanks to a patented folding mechanism, the Skoda Scooter can be folded up in a few simple steps.

Collapsed, it measures just 49×42×11cm and fits into the spare wheel well under the boot floor of the Scala and Kamiq (when fitted with a breakdown kit). This means that the entire volume of the boot remains free for transporting luggage and shopping.

Unlike many scooters, the Skoda Scooter has been designed for adult use and has a weight capacity of 100kg. The frame is made from hard-wearing steel and aluminium and finished in black with Skoda green highlights on the wheels and handlebar grips.

High-quality bearings and wheels in polyurethane guarantee an equally fast and comfortable riding experience. Despite its solid construction, the Skoda Scooter weighs just 5kg, making it easy to carry on public transport or into the office.

An absolute scoot! The Skoda Scooter is available as an accessory through retailers and is priced at £120 including VAT and can be ordered now.

Lightbulb Film Distribution Upcoming family film, Storm Boy, available now as Digital Download and coming to DVD later in the year...

BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING BOOK, Storm Boy is a timeless story of unconditional friendship. Starring Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech, Shakespeare In Love) and Jai Courtney (Divergent, Suicide Squad).

When Michael Kingley (Rush), a retired businessman, sees images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to recall his childhood memories and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an orphaned pelican, Mr Percival.

The film is available across all major Digital Download platforms including Sky Store, Virgin Media, Apple TV, Amazon and Google Play.

Peter Thompson, Director of Sales & Acquisitions at Lightbulb Film Distribution: "We are thrilled to be releasing Storm Boy; it's an uplifting family film that we think the country needs right now. It's a story about love, friendship and doing the right thing. Something the whole family will enjoy.

Elegant, innovative and unique: the new Porsche 911 Targa...

ON SALE TODAY, the new models are available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland now, arriving with customers from August. The 911 Targa 4 is priced from £98,170 and the 911 Targa 4S from £109,725.

New Porsche 911 Targa

Customers will also be invited to explore the potential of their new car, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

The distinguishing feature of the new Porsche 911 Targa, announced today, retains its innovative roof system that combines the sleek appearance of a coupe with the indulgence of open-topped motoring when desired.

Enthusiasts will recognise in the latest 911 Targa stylish design cues from the legendary 1965 original, such as the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window with no C-pillar. Unlike the classic models, however, on the new 911 Targa the roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds — when the button is pressed the fully-automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats, providing a choreographed kinematic spectacle in the process.

Power for the Targa models is true to the Porsche 911 tradition in its use of a charismatic flat-six, rear-mounted engine. Like its Coupé and Cabriolet siblings, the tin-turboed 3.0-litre flat-six engine in the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 385hp. In combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, acceleration from 0-62mph is possible in 4.2 seconds. Where permitted, the top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 180mph. The Combined fuel consumption is 25.9-26.9mpg.

The flat-six engine in the 911 Targa 4S offers 450hp and scorches from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 189mph and 25.4-27.2mpg.

Both versions feature an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and intelligent Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive is standard on each 911 Targa for confident dynamic performance in all weathers and road conditions. As a no-cost option, and to further amplify the pure driving experience of the open-roof style, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with the new seven-speed manual gearbox, with which the Sport Chrono package is combined.

Compared to the prior model, the familiar 911 silhouette has further evolved with more pronounced front wheelarches incorporating rounded, LED headlights, and the bonnet has a distinctive recess evoking the design of the earliest 911 generations. A variably extending rear spoiler and integrated light bar brings further distinction to the tail. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is aluminium.

Like the other eighth-generation Porsche 911 variants, the Targa models are also equipped with Porsche Wet mode as standard. Sensors fitted in the front wheel housings are capable of detecting water on the road surface and, if significant volumes of water are picked up, a signal in the cockpit provides a recommendation for the driver to manually switch to Wet mode. The vehicle drive systems are then adapted to the conditions to guarantee maximum driving stability.

Free home delivery and £99 reservations for Mitsubishi Motors ‘buy online’ customers…

# Customers can continue to order a new Mitsubishi vehicle via the company's Buy Online portal

# Trade-ins, finance and accessories can all be arranged online

# New vehicle deliveries and trade-in collections are now free of charge until June 30th

# Until June 30th customers can benefit from an ultra-low reservation deposit of just £99

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

PHYSICAL SHOWROOMS MAY BE CLOSED but it's virtual business as usual at Mitsubishi Motors where customers are still able to purchase a new vehicle using the Mitsubishi Buy Online facility.

Not only can customers browse the model range and specify the exact Mitsubishi vehicle they would like, they can also trade-in their current vehicle and arrange finance all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

From now until the end of June customers can reserve their vehicle for just £99 (reduced from the normal £350 reservation fee) and the delivery of the new vehicle to their homes, as well as the collection of their trade-in, is also completely free of charge representing a saving of £100.

Deliveries and collections are facilitated by participating Mitsubishi Motors dealers where staff have been instructed to follow all hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

The full range of Mitsubishi vehicles is available via Buy Online, including the recently launched Mirage, ASX and L200 pick-up truck, as well as the stylish Eclipse Cross, seven-seat Outlander, rugged Shogun Sport and the UK's best-selling plug-in hybrid, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.