Category: Auto News

Virgin Galactic Readies for New Supersonic Flight with NASA Payloads On Board

Richard Branson’s dream of turning into the world’s first vacationer to fly to area is inching nearer to turning into a reality. Following final December’s first exit into area, Virgin Galactic is now on the point of fly the VSS Unity as soon as once more. The corporate says that regardless of r… (proceed studying >>)

Mercedes-Benz SLC Last Version Remembers the Authentic SLK

With spring almost upon us, Mercedes-Benz determined to deliver its roadsters again into the highlight and introduced on Wednesday two particular editions for the SL and SLC. Within the case of the latter, the variant is named Last Version and has been designed as a nod to the unique 1996 SLK. The very first thing that stands out on the brand new model of the SLC is the brilliant yellow coloration (the automobile may also be made obtainable in black, obsidian black, sele… (proceed studying >>)

New Skoda Imaginative and prescient iV electrical SUV: inside picture launched

Skoda’s first full EV will likely be unveiled on the Geneva motor present, and is predicated on the VW Group’s MEB platform Skoda has adopted up exterior sketches of its Geneva motor present idea, the electrical Imaginative and prescient iV, with a sketch of the inside. The coupe-SUV’s cabin reveals a design that has moved on from present Skoda interiors, with a multi-level dashboard, massive free-standing central display screen, and minimalist look.  The absence of a transmission tunnel within the EV permits “loads of space for storing”, in line with the agency, alongside a compartment permitting two cellphones to be wirelessly charged. Stated to offer “a selected outlook of the model’s electrical future”, the Imaginative and prescient iV is a extra production-previewing idea than the 2017 Imaginative and prescient E. Nonetheless, official sketches present the “four-door crossover coupé” idea’s design will likely be similar to the older idea’s. Though in profile the 2 ideas look almost equivalent,....

BTCC ace Plato to race Vauxhall Astra in 2019

Jason Plato Double champion has gained a file 97 BTCC races – and is aiming for extra with Energy Maxed Racing this 12 months British Touring Automobile Championship star Jason Plato will drive a Vauxhall Astra for Energy Maxed Racing within the collection this 12 months. The double champion has claimed a file 97 BTCC race wins throughout his 21-year profession, and gained his first title on the wheel of a works Vauxhall Astra Coupe in 2001. Plato, 51, joins PMR after three seasons racing a Staff BMR Subaru Levorg. The Warwickshire-based Energy Maxed squad has raced within the BTCC for 5 seasons, and claimed its first race wins final 12 months with Senna Procter and Josh Prepare dinner. “Energy Maxed remains to be a comparatively younger outfit within the BTCC, however there’s a sturdy crew of very skilled and gifted personnel behind the scenes,” mentioned Plato. “Their collective ambition,....

Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – vote now!

Which automotive’s nameplate transcends all others? We make a case for 17 motoring legends. Now you will need to decide the winner Welcome to the 2019 Autocar Readers’ Champion award, the place we ask: what’s in a reputation?  Impressed by the arrival of a brand new Toyota Corolla, it struck us: the Corolla, because the biggest-selling nameplate on the earth, is an icon. Now, ‘icon is an overused phrase’ is itself an overused phrase. But when a nameplate might be iconic, then Corolla’s definitely is. Throughout greater than 5 many years and 45 million vehicles, it’s a nice survivor. However the biggest of all? That’s so that you can say.  That will help you select your icon of icons, our writers have picked the 17 most essential, influential, fascinating automotive names on the planet. The entry standards is that they’ve had their identify from delivery and the automotive’s nonetheless in manufacturing. ....

McLaren 600LT Spider 2019 evaluation

Our favorite driver’s automotive of 2018 is made extra fascinating nonetheless with this new Spider model Final 12 months’s working of our annual Britain’s Finest Driver’s Automobile contest produced each the strongest subject we’ve but seen and the primary time a McLaren has gained it. The very good McLaren 600LT beat the Ferrari 488 Pista into second, and was the cream of a category subject during which the Porsche 911 GT3 RS didn’t even make the rostrum.Evening following day within the supercar world implies that the convertible Spider model of the 600LT has now adopted that coupé, with comparable ranges of greatness anticipated from an organization with a greater observe report than most for making stiff and uncompromised convertibles which might be now not the poor relations of their coupé donor vehicles.The 600LT Spider’s primary mechanical spec is acquainted from the 600LT coupé. It shares the identical 592bhp model of McLaren’s....

Aston Martin previews ‘son of Valkyrie’ hypercar for Geneva reveal

Aston is anticipated to disclose its third hypercar, dubbed Challenge 003, at subsequent month’s Geneva motor present, and has launched the primary picture Aston Martin is quickly to disclose the brand new ‘son of Valkyrie’ hybrid hypercar, and has launched the primary official picture of the brand new mannequin. Though a Geneva motor present debut is but to be formally confirmed, the discharge of the picture is indicative of an anticipated unveiling on the present subsequent month. Will probably be the third hypercar to emerge from the British automotive maker after the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Professional. Codenamed ‘Challenge 003′, the mid-engined mannequin is a part of a joint growth mission between Aston and Pink Bull Superior Applied sciences, and is because of be launched in 2021. Aston Martin Valkyrie may problem for outright Nürburgring lap file Mentioned to be constructed round a light-weight construction, the Challenge 003 shall be powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric....

Mercedes-Benz reveals SL Grand Version

Set to look at Geneva, particular version precedes the 2020 launch of an AMG-engineered eighth-generation SL Mercedes-Benz has revealed an up to date model of the present SL known as the Grand Version forward of the deliberate launch of an all-new eighth-generation mannequin engineered by AMG in 2020. Set to make its public debut on the upcoming 2019 Geneva motor present, the SL Grand Version is deliberate to go on sale within the UK subsequent month.  Will probably be bought in two variations: the 362bhp turbocharged three.Zero-litre V6 petrol engine powered SL400 and the 440bhp turbocharged four.6-litre V8 petrol engine powered SL500. Every mannequin comes within the selection of 4 metallic color schemes, together with two black tones in addition to gray and white.  Additionally included are customary 19-inch entrance and 20-inch rear 10-spoke cast alloy wheels in a mix of black and silver as nicely a sports activities suspension....

First experience: 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 S prototype

Most potent A-Class ever proves a succesful drifter in an icy first passenger experience forward of an official launch later this yr It’s lined in kaleidoscopic plastic wrap camouflage. Inside, it glistens with excessive definition graphics. 5 months from its deliberate UK introduction, it’s nonetheless very a lot a prototype with cabling and different paraphernalia used to connect information logging and testing gear scattered all through its cabin. Each time I rise up near it I’m joined by a German engineer who convinces me I shouldn’t poke round for too lengthy. As a result of it’s all an enormous secret. The one info AMG is ready to disclose about its second-generation A45 4Matic forward of its extremely anticipated unveiling is that it’ll drift. Overlook that there isn’t an official energy determine or some other details about Affalterbach’s new four-wheel drive hyperhatch but. What Mercedes-Benz’s efficiency automobile division needs to you....

Mercedes-Benz ends SLC manufacturing with celebratory Ultimate Version

Based mostly on AMG Line trim, the end-of-the-line mannequin celebrates 23 years of the revolutionary two-seat roadster Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that manufacturing of the SLC will stop later this yr with the announcement Ultimate Version mannequin will arrive in UK showrooms subsequent month. To be unveiled on the upcoming Geneva motor present, the final ever SLC shall be launched practically 23 years after the two-seat roadster first made its public premiere, badged because the SLK, ushering in a brand new folding hard-top roof construction that was subsequently copied by many different automobile makers. The celebratory SLC Ultimate Version is to supply the selection of 4 petrol engines: a 154bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder within the SLC 180, a 181bhp 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder within the SLC 200, a 242bhp 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder within the SLC 300 and a 383bhp three.Zero-litre V6 in AMG’s SLC 43. The SLC 180 and SLC 200 will include a six-speed guide gearbox, whereas the SLC 300 and SLC....

Skoda Kodiaq RS UK Evaluation Claims It is Pointless and Overpriced

The Skoda Kodiaq has received many awards, which might be pointless had been it not for its incredible gross sales. Whereas very sensible, the crossover was by no means described as thrilling, which Skoda was solely too comfortable to alter with the costliest RS mannequin ever. Price is the largest problem Carbuyer reviewer Ginny Buckley has with the Kodiaq RS, it appears. Nevertheless it’s not the one one. Her first gripe is with the Alcantara+faux carbon combo on the sports activities… (proceed studying >>)

2019 Toyota Yaris: Vios hatch coming to Malaysia quickly

Keep in mind the brilliant yellow Toyota Yaris that was noticed on a transporter alongside NKVE final November? Nicely, this piece of reports got here straight from the horse’s mouth – UMW Toyota Motor has confirmed that the “Vios hatchback” will in truth be launched for the Malaysian market, and it’ll arrive throughout the second quarter of the yr. The large information is that will probably be domestically assembled on the newly-built Meeting Companies Sdn Bhd (ASSB) plant in Bukit Raja, Klang, the place the Vios facelift can also be made. The Yaris is at present offered in Thailand and Indonesia, and the latter market will get the 2NR 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine, which is similar unit utilized by the Perodua Myvi. Fitted with DOHC and Twin VVT-i, the engine produces 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque. In Indonesia, it’s accessible with a five-speed handbook or CVT, though it’s....

T-Roc R Nurburgring Take a look at Drive Suggests It is Similar to the Golf R

Volkswagen has allowed journalists behind the scenes of the T-Roc R’s improvement on the Nurburgring. This video from Autogefuhl shares just a few secrets and techniques earlier than the upcoming debut in Geneva. Not like most small European crossovers, the T-Roc is predicated on a severe platform. Principally, it is a lifted model of the Golf 7, and it already maxes out its engine vary with spectacular 190 horsepower items. Nevertheless, this additionally allowed Jost Capito … (proceed studying >>)

Audi Q8 CLR Widebody Equipment from Lumma Guarantees to Be Loopy

The Audi Q8 is an absolute smash hit with SUV consumers. It is obtained a daring grille you possibly can spot from a mile away and an equally thrilling inside. We do not assume the GLE Coupe will be capable to compete, however solely time will inform. Nonetheless, Audi is taking its candy time with the upgrades. Two new engines had been simply added to the European lineup, a 231 HP diesel, and 340 HP TFSI, but it surely’s nothing we do not learn about already. In the meantime,… (proceed studying >>)

A90 Toyota GR Supra to be launched in M’sia this 12 months

Excellent news! UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has formally revealed that the brand new A90 Toyota GR Supra will probably be making its option to Malaysia this 12 months, so for many who have been ready for the reborn sports activities automobile, get these cheque books prepared. For now, there’s no phrase on official pricing or the variants that we are going to be getting right here. Two engine decisions can be found for the Supra, beginning with a litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 197 PS from four,500 to six,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque from 1,450 to four,200 rpm. The identical engine can also be obtainable in a better state of tune, producing 258 PS from 5,000 to six,000 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,550 to four,400 rpm. No shock that the extra highly effective four-pot completes the zero to 100 km/h dash faster at 5.2 seconds in....

Honda confirms Swindon UK plant closure – Turkey to cease making Civic sedan in 2021, however will reside on

Honda has formally introduced its choice to shut its Swindon, UK plant in 2021. The closure of the manufacturing facility that makes the Jazz, CR-V, Civic Hatchback and Civic Kind R (Swindon is the worldwide hub for the FK8) is a part of a transfer to restructure Honda’s international manufacturing community, and to concentrate on electrification. “This restructure comes as Honda accelerates its dedication to electrified automobiles, in response to the unprecedented modifications within the international automotive trade. The numerous challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its international manufacturing operations, and focus exercise in areas the place it expects to have excessive manufacturing volumes,” Honda mentioned. Swindon presently produces 150,000 automobiles per 12 months, and employs roughly three,500 individuals. Session with doubtlessly affected staff will start right now, Honda says. Manufacturing unit apart, Honda’s European HQ will proceed to be positioned within the UK. The worldwide restructure can even....

2020 Mazda3 MPS (Mazdaspeed3) Rendering Is a Stylish Sizzling Hatch

Everyone is aware of concerning the Golf GTI and the Focus RS with the two.5-liter engine. However for years, that they had a really severe, however largely forgotten Japanese rival, the Mazda3 MPS or Mazdaspeed3, relying on the place you reside. Fanatics are solely now starting to start out accumulating and appreciating these brutal scorching hatchbacks. We predict the three MPS was very a lot a case of “the correct automotive on the mistaken time.” The options that made it un… (proceed studying >>)

Mercedes Stitching Machine is a Fashionable Model of One thing Traditional

Stitching machines, again when clothes had been a worthwhile, booming enterprise, had been thought-about advanced items of tech. Not surprisingly, carmakers, which weren’t the family names they’re as we speak, tried to get in on the motion. You could find stunning, gold-leafed examples from Peugeot or Opel on the web, typically courting again to the 1800s. Automakers nonetheless have a few of these vestigial companies. Peugeot makes pepper mills, Volkswage… (proceed studying >>)

All-New Lexus IS Sedan Rumored to Have BMW Inline-6 Turbo

The Supra-Z4 undertaking in all probability solely scratches the floor in the case of what BMW and Toyota may collaborate on. A few years in the past, European vehicles just like the Verso, Auris, and Corolla have been purported to get Bavarian diesel engines. In fact, that by no means occurred, however they might nonetheless be tinkering away on one thing. Swapping is already taking place, with the Supra having not solely the TwinPower Three-liter but additionally the 2-liter base items exterior… (proceed studying >>)

Volkswagen EA211 1.5 TSI Evo May Be Supplied Within the U.S.

Within the EA211 household, the 1.2 and 1.four TSI are bettered by the 1.5 TSI Evo. Launched in 2016 and that includes Miller-cycle combustion, this engine is presently below growth for the USA as effectively, a market the place Volkswagen depends on the 1.four TSI (within the Jetta) and a couple TSI (within the Atlas). (proceed studying >>)

Alfa Romeo CUV Coming To 2019 Geneva Motor Present

Throughout the Capital Markets Day 2018, Alfa Romeo confirmed numerous new fashions, together with a compact crossover. In line with the presentation, the C UV guarantees an electrified powertrain, Degree 2 and finally Degree three autonomous driving applied sciences, and Web connectivity. (proceed studying >>)

Dacia Sandero Consolation TCe 90 2019 UK evaluation

New top-spec Sandero stays exceptional for its worth, if not its driving expertise The Dacia Sandero stays Britain’s least expensive automotive even after a £1000 worth hike final 12 months to £6995, however nearly no one buys that UN-spec model. When did you ever see a plain white Sandero with black bumpers?That’s as a result of even these on the very backside finish of the brand new automotive shopping for market are on the lookout for a number of creature comforts. The headline-grabber of the most recent spherical of delicate revisions to the Sandero vary is that this new Consolation mannequin, a range-topper that could be had with the optimum petrol engine, and all for lower than £10,000.Your £9795 will get you the sort of toys that the majority different automotive makers had been utilizing to advertise small vehicles a decade in the past, reminiscent of air-con, electrical entrance home windows and a....

Hybrid Lamborghini Supercar Might Debut At 2019 Frankfurt Motor Present

Bear in mind the Terzo Millennio, developed with the assistance of MIT and revealed in November 2017? The futuristic idea follows within the footsteps of the Asterion LPI 910-Four from the 2014 Paris Motor Present, however drops inside combustion for a quad-motor drivetrain and supercapacitors. A su… (proceed studying >>)

Rally-Spec Opel Corsa Coming in 2020

After giving the Adam mannequin an rally racing variant in order that groups might enter them in sequence throughout Europe, German carmaker Opel has dedicated this week to offer an identical variant for the upcoming Corsa. The sixth technology of the Corsa is more likely to be introduced this yr, and it’s already shaping as much as be a success among the many revived fashions of the now French-owned firm. It’s solely pure the competition-spec Corsa will likely be a f… (proceed studying >>)

Toyota Prius c Will Quickly Be Discontinued, Changed By Corolla Hybrid

Launched as an idea in 2011 on the North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit, the Prius c is the subcompact counterpart to the world’s best-selling hybrid. Also called the Toyota Aqua in Japan, the fuel-efficient hatchback will probably be changed by the Corolla Hybrid. Arriving … (proceed studying >>)

New GM Crossover to Be Inbuilt Lansing, Michigan

At the very least one new crossover is coming from GM within the not so distant future, one which will likely be assembled on the Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. That is the high-quality print of the corporate’s newest announcement concerning the power. Lansing is at the moment producing two crossovers, the Chevrolet Traverse and (proceed studying >>)

Desert Spec 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Seems to be Juicy

As a result of sandy beige was a standard shade for the traditional Gelandewagen, each few years a “desert spec” G-Class pops up. That is the primary model we have seen of the all-new technology. The outside shade known as Desert Sand, clearly, and belongs to the designo catalog of super-expensive choices, identical to the macchiato beige inside leather-based. The wonderful G63 seems set for fight, though this collectible… (proceed studying >>)

Police Impound Tractor Used For Drag Racing Motorbikes

File this below “boys will do no matter to have their enjoyable” and cross-reference it with “silly stuff that may get you in hassle.” Police in Wiltshire, UK, have seized a farm tractor that was being utilized in drag races in opposition to motorbikes. This may seem to be an uneven match, however apparently it was a enjoyable one whereas it lasted. The police division posted on (proceed studying >>)

Opinion: why Honda is shutting its Swindon manufacturing facility

Honda’s Swindon manufacturing facility has been in operation since 1989 Falling European gross sales, the stoop in diesel demand, tariff cuts and commerce wars all contributed to the agency’s resolution The information that Honda is about to shut its Swindon manufacturing plant in 2021 is a serious shock, and an enormous blow. To the UK automotive trade. To Swindon. And, most significantly, to the 3500 employees set to lose their jobs – and the 1000’s of others who work at corporations that offer and repair it. The Japanese agency has been constructing vehicles and engines on the plant since 1989, and as just lately as final autumn the agency stated it was dedicated to manufacturing there, whatever the consequence of Brexit negotiations. It’s laborious to not think about Honda’s resolution within the context of different unhealthy information to hit the automotive trade within the UK, reminiscent of Jaguar Land Rover’s job....

2020 Porsche 911 Hits Ski Slope with Macan, Goes Drifting

Porsche is a grasp of protecting the viewers engaged and with the white season nonetheless upon us, the German automotive producer has determined to take full benefit of this. As such, a 2020 Neunelfer, together with a Macan acquired collectively for a little bit of unconventional snow play. The 992 and the crossover took to a ski slope, climbing and drifting alongside the way in which, with the corporate having simply launched a chunk of footage that portrays the journey. (proceed studying >>)