Automotive journalists were in seventh heaven this week, as they headed down to Milbrook Proving ground for the Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers annual drive event.
SMMT Test Day offers the unique opportunity for journalists to put through their paces vehicles from a wide range of brands and marques on test tracks – simulating nine miles of country road driving, followed by four lanes of motorway – designed to explore the limits of a car’s capability.
Following a £4billion international investment, the automotive industry has seen new technologies and powertrains being developed and new models coming to market.
Consequently this year’s SMMT was able to offer one of the most diverse ranges of vehicles ever seen at Millbrook.
Last year’s safety theme was repeated, with a new safety zone introduced to highlight some of the technologies and industry issues to affect motorists in the near future.
Technologies showcased here – and demonstrated on Millbrook’s High-Speed Bowl – included Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Braking Systems, Head-up Displays, Lane Support Systems and Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems.
With new legislation being introduced from 1 November this year requiring every tyre sold to display a ratings label for fuel efficiency, safety and exterior noise, the Tyre Zone presented important information about the new tyre label, explaining how it will affect every new car sold and the 35 million vehicles on UK roads.