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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...


New leads in Sandy Drummond murder case

March 28 2016

Police have thanked the public for bringing forward new information in the quest to solve a 25-year-old murder case. Claimed to be Fife’s only unsolved homicide, Sandy Drummond was found strangled outside his Boarhills cottage in June 1991. Nobody has ever been traced in connection with the crime, however, almost a quarter of a century on, officers responsible for reviewing the murder say they have been encouraged by the public response to an article that appeared in The Courier last month. Detective Chief Inspector Maxine Martin of the Specialist Crime Division, based at Gartcosh, said: “We’ve received an excellent response from the public since the publication of the recent Courier article and I thank everyone who has taken the time to come forward. “At this time we’re still assessing the relevance of the new information provided, however I believe that the answers to Sandy’s death lie in the local community.” Mr Drummond’s body was found by an elderly walker just 200 yards from the cottage that he shared with his brother James. At first a senior officer at Fife Constabulary believed that the former Black Watch soldier had died of natural causes, though it soon became apparent that foul play had been involved. Mr Drummond was described as a loner and a man with no enemies. As police investigated his death, it soon emerged that a series of strange events had occurred in Mr Drummond’s life prior to his killing. He had worked at the Guardbridge Paper Mill before handing in his notice just days before he was murdered. He also withdrew hundreds of pounds of savings, almost all of which was recovered when police searched his home, ruling out robbery as a motive. The investigation also uncovered rumours of a car an orange or red Morris Marina being seen regularly outside his home, and a neighbour spotting Mr Drummond depositing a holdall in the countryside, though both reports failed to generate any leads. The Courier reported on the mystery last month in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of Mr Drummond’s murder, an article that prompted members of the public to come forward with new information for the police. Mrs Martin said all submissions would be studied accordingly, adding: “Time is no barrier and we will act on all information that is passed to us.”


Arbroath driver caught after telling police he had used drugs

February 13 2013

An Arbroath man who was caught in his driving seat after he admitted using cannabis to police has been disqualified from driving. Derek John Guthrie (28), of Fairport Road, Arbroath, admitted that on December 22 at Arbroath police office he failed to provide a specimen of blood without reasonable excuse that was required to ascertain his ability to drive a car. Depute fiscal Jill Drummond told the court Guthrie turned up at the police station voluntarily to inquire about an unrelated incident. She said: “The accused freely admitted to having used cannabis within the last two hours.” The police officer offered to drive Guthrie home, she said, but when he went outside he found the accused sitting in the driver’s seat of his car. “Guthrie openly admitted it was his vehicle and that he had driven it there,” Ms Drummond added. Guthrie gave a breath sample that was negative for alcohol but refused to give a blood sample. A medical examiner judged his speech and appearance to indicate drug use. Sheriff Peter Paterson disqualified Guthrie from driving for 15 months and fined him £250.

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Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

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Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

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Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk


Amateur golfer saved by Stayin’ Alive pitches in to help defibrillator fundraising drive

March 13 2014

An amateur golfer who owes his life to a Vinnie Jones advert and then starred with the former footballer in a follow-up is helping his community save lives. Alan Linton was 39 when the incident happened on a Colinsburgh golf course on February 5 2012. Mr Linton, a labourer from Ladybank, was saved by friends who remembered the British Heart Foundation’s CPR advert featuring Jones and the Bee Gees song Stayin’ Alive. https://www.youtube.com/embed/hcQG2MMegXwNow he is helping Ladybank Community Council embark on an ambitious project aimed at saving lives.Inspired and supported by East Neuk First Responders’ successful defibrillator campaign, he is one of four people affected by heart issues who aim to raise £1,500 to buy the lifesaving machine and install it outside Ladybank Library. The project is led by Kirsty Drummond and a defibrillator demonstration was held in Ladybank on Tuesday. Ms Drummond said: “Collecting cans have been placed in many of the shops and businesses in Ladybank and we are liaising with local community groups to organise fundraising events. “We want everyone to be involved so we can all have ownership of the defibrillator. We have already made a fantastic start to the fundraising, with an amazing donation of £500 from a local businessman. “Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in this country is poor, fewer than 10%. “However, if a defibrillator is applied quickly, this can increase to more than 50%. The advantage with modern devices is they can be used by anyone, young or old, whether or not you have had any first aid training. “However, we will hold awareness sessions to demonstrate how to use the defibrillator, to reduce any fears or concerns people may have about using them”. The other group members joining Ms Drummond and Mr Linton in the fundraising endeavour are Avril Corbett and Joan Salmond.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Fintry glass attacker ordered to pay £1000 compensation after leaving 78-year-old scarred

May 23 2016

A thug who glassed a 78-year-old man following a bizarre bar-room brawl - leaving the OAP scarred - has avoided jail. Kenneth Thomson attacked Henry Heenan at the Dolphin Bar in Dundee’s Fintry area just before Christmas last year. Thomson had asked the OAP to borrow cash - then later went back for more, causing an argument to break out. Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC placed Thomson on an electronic tag restricting him to his home from 7pm to 7am for four months. He was also ordered to pay a £650 fine and £1000 in compensation to Mr Heenan.


Dundee man breached bail with drugs and illicit encounter

January 20 2014

Police found “an adult-sized lump” under the covers in a man’s bed while searching for drugs, Dundee Sheriff Court has heard. The “lump” turned out to be the girlfriend of a man who was banned from approaching her as a condition of his bail order. Kevin Wright, 27, of Hilltown, was arrested by police after they found Abi Drummond in his bedroom, along with a quantity of cannabis in his living room. Wright admitted breaching the bail condition on Thursday at Hilltown by possessing cannabis and by allowing Ms Drummond to enter his home and to stay overnight. Depute fiscal Beverley Adam said police had stopped him in the street at about 11.15am and he had dropped a rolled cigarette which smelled of cannabis. He was also smelling strongly of the drug and, while nothing was found in his possession when they searched him, he appeared nervous, she said. He allowed police to accompany him to his flat in Hilltown, but on entering the living room he grabbed a jumper and threw it on top of a table. Police had seen a quantity of herbal substance there, which was cannabis valued at £313. “They checked the premises and in a bedroom they saw an adult-sized lump under the bedclothes,” Ms Adam said. The person was identified as Ms Drummond and Wright was detained. Solicitor Gary McIlravey said his client had had “no choice” in the matter as she had pursued him from the minute he was granted bail. He said Wright had tried to ignore Ms Drummond’s approaches but had eventually given in when she came to his door and banged and shouted through the letterbox to let her in. “He was pursued by the complainer, who wanted to rekindle the relationship,” Mr McIlravey said. Sheriff Richard Davidson said: “Clearly she was in your house and I’m entitled to assume that she sought you out.” He said he would “reluctantly” grant Wright bail, but this time with a curfew, and deferred sentence for reports until February 13.