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Read the latest news from Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, including the latest developments in the car hire industry, new car launches, features and reviews, as well as the latest news from the UK events, travel and tourism markets, and changes to legislation.

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The all-new Volvo V40 (latest news)

Volvo Car Corporation is to unveil the all-new Volvo V40 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on 6th March. It hopes that the new model will overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class.

"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

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Travel & Tourism to boost UK economy (latest news)

The UK will be increasingly reliant on Travel & Tourism in 2012, according to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The figures reveal that the industry will grow by 1.3% in 2012 – over double the rate of growth in the wider economy, predicted to be 0.6% by the International Monetary Fund.

This rate of growth means that the Travel & Tourism industry is expected to directly contribute £35.6 billion and almost 950,000 jobs to the British economy, says the WTTC.

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Top Scottish visitor attractions (latest news)

Edinburgh Castle has retained its position as Scotland’s number one paid for visitor attraction, according to new figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).

The castle, which is run by Historic Scotland, saw 1,302,826 visitors go through its doors in 2011, an 8% increase on the previous year. The upturn in visitor numbers was also reflected at other Historic Scotland properties, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle.

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Awards for Volkswagen up! (latest news)

The new Volkswagen up! was named Car of the Year and best City Car at the recent What Car? awards. It is the sixth time that the manufacturer has won the top honours since the awards began in 1978.

"We set out to design a car which would combine Volkswagen values and maximum space in a distilled and compact package; a car which embodies the pure essence of the brand," said Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand with responsibility for Development. "From its modern, clean and efficient engines, through its class-leading safety features to its innovative infotainment system, it is a design which encapsulates modern urban mobility"

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Visitor boost for Scotland
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The number of visitors to Scotland rose by eight percent in the first nine months of last year, according to the latest statistics. The results from the 2011 International Passengers Survey and the GB Tourism Survey Quarters 1 - 3 show that overall spend by visitors has also gone up 11%.

The domestic market continues to perform well, showing increases of 10% in visitor numbers and 21% in spend. Internationally, the number of visitors fell by four percent but the number of people coming to Scotland from North America rose by 18%.

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