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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Review

The year’s biggest motor show is always a key date in our diary, with this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show taking place from 16-24th September, with advance openings for the press from September 12th. There may have been some big name absences (strange not to see Alfa, Citroen, Fiat, Peugeot and Volvo in attendance) but there were still more than enough exciting announcements and reveals to keep us interested.

Here at The Hatchbag Company, we’re always keen to keep an eye on major motor industry events, both out of our personal interest in cars, as well as to identify new vehicles we can offer our custom boot liners for. In this blog, we’ve chosen to highlight a few key trends that we saw come out of 2017’s Frankfurt showing.

Interesting Concepts

This year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint, with a range of stunning concept cars on show. We could spend all day talking about the eye-catching and futuristic features on show, with options such as Volkswagen’s new Polo, the latest Impreza from Subaru, a look at the new Bentley Continental GT and Renault’s Megane Renaultsport, but here are our three favourites from this year’s offering.

BMW M5

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It’s always exciting to see what BMW bring to the table, and this year was certainly one to savour. Their new M5 not only looks the part, it also features a range of innovative tech and is reported to handle wonderfully. It’s sure to be one of the leading executive saloon options on the market, with all of the familiar benefits of previous 5 Series cars, but with even more in terms of comfort and performance.

For a look at our custom BMW boot liner options, you can click here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners/bmw

Honda Urban EV

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The new offering from Honda may look like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but it has the potential to become the first electric car to really win over the mass market. Honda are saying that when this concept model arrives to the European market in 2019, it should look pretty much the same as it did at the Frankfurt showcase. Personally, we’d be more than happy if that were the case, as it looks great.

For a look at our custom Honda boot liners, you can click here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners/honda

Audi Aicon

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Audi unveiled its gorgeous new Aicon concept car, part of their new “AI” branch which is focusing on the kind of autonomous and self-teaching cars that are set to usher in the new generation of vehicles. This really was a glimpse of the future, with a stunningly sleek style and a range of innovative features under the surface.

For our custom Audi boot liners, head here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners/audi

Focus on the Future

While the Frankfurt Motor Show is always somewhat future-focused due to the number of new and concept cars on display for us to fantasise about owning, this year was even more geared towards what is to come for the vehicle industry. Namely in the form of electric cars. There’s been a lot of talk about the increasing popularity of electric cars in an environmentally-conscious and functionality-obsessed age, but this year’s motor show brought statements of intent from a number of major players.

There were two major statements that caught our attention on this topic:

  • - The repeated suggestions that every major car brand was likely to have at least one electric version of their main models by the mid-2020s, offering a huge range of electric car options.
  • - The statement made by Dieter Zetsche, boss of Daimler, who have involvements in brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Smart Car. During his address at the conference, Zetsche said that Daimler’s intention was to have between 15 and 25% of their vehicle line-up as fully electric in the near future.

It remains to be seen how the general motoring public will respond to the electric car revolution, but it looks increasingly like it’s going to be a case of when, rather than if, many of us will switch to electric.

Anyway, that’s enough future talk for now; we won’t even mention the self-driving car talk that went on!

German Innovation

It stands to reason that there would be a strong German manufacturer’s presence with such a prestigious motoring show on home soil, and this year was no different. There was a strong showing from Audi, with the aforementioned Aicon concept car catching our eye most, especially with the rumours that it could come with “no pedals, no steering wheel and a 500-mile electric range” and all that could mean.

BMW had a number of ideas on show, including its X7 concept car, but not everyone was impressed with some of their design choices this time around. Volkswagen shared their own concept, an electric version of their famous Golf model, while Mercedes also showcased electric concept cars, which they said would be able to offer a sub-5 second 0-60mph capability with ease.

In Closing

We’ve hardly had time to scratch the surface of the full scope of what went on in Frankfurt – we could also wax lyrical about the new Land Rover Discovery SVX, Ford’s new and revised Mustang and Jaguar’s I-Pace racing vehicle – but we hope this has given you a little insight into the excitement on show.

As we looked on admiringly at so many of the excellent new options on offer for car lovers, we felt a renewed commitment to ensure The Hatchbag Company keep offering the very best options to protect the boots of these high-end vehicles with a custom boot liner that matches each vehicle in terms of quality and style.

We offer our high-quality boot liners, handmade in Britain for a custom fit, with current offerings for many of the major brands mentioned in this Frankfurt Motor Show review. As soon as these new and exciting vehicles hit the roads, we’re sure to be offering custom boot liners for them too, but for now you can take a look across our range of hundreds of custom boot liners and find the exact fit for your current vehicle. Our full list of available brands is found here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners

Volvo XC90 boot liner now on sale

The all new Volvo XC90 is a great vehicle for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With a distinctive exterior and an abundance of added features, the XC90 has it all when it comes to a luxury 4x4.

The fun of family days out and outdoor adventures can often come at a cost; especially when it comes to your car boot. So, why not protect it with a bespoke boot liner! The new Volvo XC90 boot liner comes with a range of optional extra including a rear set flat and drop down tailgate cover. The Volvo XC90 boot liner is available for both 5 seater and 7 seater models. For more information about the Volvo XC90 boot liner, simply click here.

If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue, then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

A ‘Mini’ Announcement: The Clubman Hatchbag Is Here!

You asked… We listened! As one of our most popular models, the Mini Clubman has been flying out of the factory. But, since 2015, newer model owners haven’t been able to enjoy a Hatchbag boot liner, that was, until now! Hatchbag HQ are proud to announce the launch of the Mini Clubman (2015 models onwards).

Not only does the boot liner come in 7 stunning colours, but, Mini Clubman owners can also enjoy two versions of this practical accessory; a low or raised floor version. Owners also have the option to decide whether they want their seats reclined (offering more comfort for passengers), or in the upright position (offering additional boot space). The Mini Clubman is cutting edge in style and versatility, making a Hatchbag boot liner a must have accessory for any Clubman owner! For more information about our products for the Mini simply click here.

If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

Citroën DS4 Hatchbag Now Available!

Sixty years after the original DS, Citroen have launched the new DS4. Described as a hybrid of saloon, coupe and compact 4x4, the Citroen DS4 is so much more than a conventional family hatchback.  The model continues to demonstrate pioneering design, technology and comfort…. And now thanks to Hatchbag, it has its own bespoke boot liner!

Following a flurry of enquiries about the DS4, Hatchbag has been busy creating the latest addition to their product range. Available in seven striking colours, your Hatchbag boot liner can match the fun and personality of your DS4.  For more information or to purchase your own boot liner click here.

Last Order Date for Pre Christmas Delivery - 17th December

Please note that the last date for Christmas delivery is the 17th December 2015.

This is for UK Orders Only. If ordering for an overseas delivery please order as soon as possible. Christmas delivery cannot be guaranteed outside of the UK.

The factory will also be shut down from the 24th December 2015 - 4th January 2016, but you can still order online during this time.

If you have any questions please email sales@hatchbag.co.uk. These will be picked up on the 4th January 2016.

Grab a NEW Hatchbag Gift Card!

Struggling to find the perfect gift for friends and family? Are you fed-up of trawling through the high street and never really finding a suitable birthday or Christmas present and just settling for something that ‘will do’?

With our brand new gift vouchers, you can now give your loved ones a lovely Hatchbag present worth anything from £75 to £500. And with Christmas coming up, wouldn’t it be lovely to give them a gift they can tailor make to suit their needs. No matter whether they are dog lovers, kayakers, windsurfers, gardeners, fishermen, sport enthusiasts or hikers, a Hatchbag boot liner is the perfect gift to keep their car protected from any wear and tear. With Hatchbag you’ll know you’re giving a quality present, and one that’s not just going to be thrown to the back of a cupboard after the big day. A Hatchbag boot liner can be used all year round, day in day out to protect the car’s upholstery.

So this Christmas why not treat your lovely family and friends to a Hatchbag!

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Wirral Angling Centre Exclusive Discount!

We are now offering a discount to all customers of the Wirral Angling Centre, http://www.wirralanglingcentre.co.uk  . You just need to ask in store for details on how to claim your discount, so when you go online to purchase your Hatchbag you can benefit from this exclusive offer! With 37 years of experience and the longest established tackle shop in the North West of England,  the Wirral Angling Centre can cater for all your fishing related needs and more!

With a Hatchbag boot liner you will have no more reservations about taking any mucky fishing gear, the dog or anything else for that matter in your spotless boot. Keep your car upholstery safe from wear and tear for years to come with your very own Hatchbag!

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To make sure you claim your very own discounted Hatchbag to make to most of this exclusive offer. Happy fishing!

WIRRAL ANGLING CENTRE, 

207 Church Road, Tranmere, Wirral, CH42 0LD,

Tel: 0151 644 7554

Email: sales@wirralanglingcentre.co.uk

We’re all having a Barking Mad Summer Holiday!

The lovely people at Barking Mad truly are every dog’s best friend, offering ‘homey’ holidays for pooches whilst their owners are away.

The 5 star service includes door-to-door, chauffeur driven transport for your dog. Being collected from home is far less stressful, and completely overcomes the anxiety caused to dogs when left behind by their owners. In no time at all, they’ve become part of the family, with their paws placed firmly under the table.

Barking Mad works with host families who are carefully selected to look after customer's dogs while they are on holiday offering a home from home for your furry friend. It is safe to say that all of the host families are dotty about dogs, some are active retired people who’ve had dogs all of their lives but now enjoy the freedom and flexibility of caring for dogs on holiday. Others are younger, often with a family at home, where the addition of a visiting dog is great fun for all.

The hosts are at home during the day to ensure round the clock care is always provided, especially where puppies, dogs on regular medication and senior citizens are concerned. They’re in touch with the hosts regularly, so can keep you posted during your time away about anything you need to know.

ake a look at this video and find out more about how Barking Mad works!

We are always looking for more lovely host families to give dogs a holiday home, if you are someone you know would be interested watch ‘A host’s story’ here

Your Dog Magazine winner announced!

A few weeks ago we gave Your Dog Magazine subscribers the chance to win one of our custom made Hatchbag boot covers.

We are delighted to announce our winner Chris White and his lovely German Shepherd, Millie. We hope that Chris and Millie enjoy their new Hatchbag Boot Liner!

Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook and Twitter pages for information on up and coming competitions - you never know next time it could be you!

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Free delivery!

As an extra special treat we are offering all of our lovely customers free delivery on all of our products!

So if you did fancy yourself a custom made Hatchbag boot protector, or if you wanted to customise one that you already have with a New Mat or a tailgate cover now is the time to do so.

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*Free delivery on all Hatchbag products for orders to UK mainland only. Offer not valid for shipping to Highlands and Islands.