Category: UK Auto News

Used automotive shopping for information: Saab 9-Three

2011: not solely the top of the 9-Three but additionally the top of Saab Saab could now be lifeless however its 9-Three from the noughties lives on as a strong, rewarding, govt automotive wanted by canny used patrons The underside drawer of the used automotive archives at all times yields just a few treasures, such because the Saab 9-Three of 2002-11. Past the mainstream trims lie some attention-grabbing derivatives, such because the Turbo X saloon and property.  Launched in 2008, it was powered by a turbocharged 276bhp 2.Eight-litre V6. To assist get the facility down, it had GM’s new, Saab-developed, four-wheel-drive system that might break up torque to every rear wheel through a brand new digital rear diff. Uprated brakes, a 10mm-lower experience peak courtesy of its sports activities suspension, a singular bodykit, particular 19in alloy wheels and a thicker steering wheel accomplished the makeover.  Solely 500, all completed in....




Selecting China’s best: discovering the perfect automotive on the planet’s largest automotive market

As main Chinese language producers start the push into Western markets, we see how they may stack up in opposition to established opponents Given the significance of China’s automotive market, the inaugural ‘Finest Automotive For China’ contest must be the beginning of one thing massive The Guangdong Worldwide Circuit is a flat, huge race monitor which has seen higher days, with weeds within the gravel traps and model new tower blocks and constructing websites looming ominously round it as the development trade closes in on its precious actual property.  So it isn’t the best venue at which to check 23 totally different Chinese language saloons, SUVs and MPVs, not one in all which has even a touch of sporting intent.  But Chinese language driving licenses are a difficult factor to come back by, so it was to the circuit we went as a way to assist choose the primary operating....


Audi E-tron GT idea 2018: first drive of electrical sports activities saloon

Though not out till 2020, the completed GT will look nearly an identical to the idea Is Audi’s obvious confidence in its electrical four-door coupé justified? We discover out with a prototype drive in downtown LA rush-hour visitors Driving a one-off idea automotive is, sadly, usually much less glamorous and thrilling than you’d assume. Time behind the wheel may be very restricted, typically to a few hundred yards in a straight line or two laps of a carpark at 10mph. You’re surrounded by minders who’re understandably nervous on the considered a careless buffoon climbing behind the wheel and wrecking a near-priceless piece of their model’s design historical past, and any trace of rain all the time stops play. There are uncommon exceptions, although, and our time driving Audi’s new E-tron GT was certainly one of them. After final month’s Los Angeles motor present, the place the E-tron GT made its....




Jaguar Land Rover ‘poised to chop 5000 jobs’

British agency will announce cuts in January as a part of cost-cutting plan, in accordance with experiences Jaguar Land Rover will announce that it’ll minimize as much as 5000 jobs early subsequent 12 months as a part of a significant cost-cutting programme, in accordance with the Monetary Occasions. The job losses will likely be a part of a £2.5 billion turnaround plan the British agency is about to stipulate in January. JLR has been hit by falling demand for saloon vehicles and diesel engines, and posted a lack of £90 million within the third quarter of 2018. The corporate stated that sharply falling gross sales in China had been the important thing motive for the loss. Whereas Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth introduced the 18-month cost-cutting plan when these monetary outcomes had been introduced in October, no specifics got on what they concerned.  However sources have informed the FT that it’ll....


Opinion: Why scrapping the Severn Bridge toll is sweet information

Photograph credit score: Effervescing Elephant The £6.70 cost to cross the Severn Bridge into Wales ends at present – this is why I approve of the choice For 22 years, I’ve needed to put up with the Severn Bridge and its toll. For these of us who dwell on the western aspect of both of the 2 bridges that cross the eponymous estuary, we realized first to smile, then to bear and at last to grimly settle for our destiny. Which is that each single time somebody comes to go to us for the primary time, they make a crack about why one has to pay to enter Wales when it could be far simpler if folks had been pressured to pay to get out. Staggeringly, all of them assume they’re the primary to have considered it. And essentially the most galling factor of all? I don’t even dwell in....




New Volkswagen ID: electrical hatchback prototypes hit the street

Volkswagen’s first purpose-built EV goes into manufacturing in November 2019, and can keep true to the idea automobile’s design Volkswagen’s upcoming ID, the all-electric hatchback destined to enter manufacturing late subsequent 12 months, has been testing in disguise in South Africa.  The primary mannequin from the VW model designed and purpose-built as an EV, the Golf-sized ID will stay largely trustworthy to the 2016 ID idea, as the brand new pictures present. Director of Volkswagen Design, Klaus Bischoff, beforehand instructed Autocar: “The proportions, the design cues and the wheel dimension are the identical because the idea. It seems to be just like the present automobile. We couldn’t do the camera-system rear-view mirrors for authorized causes, nor the electrical door handles because of value. However aside from that, it’s just about the identical.” The agency has began on-road testing for its mannequin, with the primary pre-production prototypes having rolled off traces in April. Engineers....


Design legend Frank Stephenson on life earlier than and after McLaren

“I’ve by no means been as glad as I’m right now. Design is an unbelievable outlet to your spirit” Stephenson, famed for his work with Mini and McLaren, tells us how he’s shifting his focus from the bottom to the sky If there might ever be such a factor as a automobile designer’s automobile designer, then Frank Stephenson is that individual. Over the previous three many years, he has designed Ferraris and Fiats, Minis and Maseratis, and now he’s at work on a wholly new type of transportation: a jet-electric vertical take-off plane constructed by a German firm known as Lillium.  Sooner or later within the 2020s, you’ll be capable of rent it like an Uber for short-haul journeys equivalent to Heathrow to Piccadilly. The concept, says Stephenson, is to “transfer journeys from the bottom into the sky”.  Not that automobiles are completed, or something prefer it. Stephenson is most....




Worth match promise: Volkswagen Golf R vs. first-gen Audi R8

Totally different genres possibly, however each set benchmarks A brand new Volkswagen Golf R and an unique Audi R8 V8 aren’t apparent rivals, however the worth parity renders a real contest The premise is so easy there must be a catch. A mid-engined V8 supercar from a extremely revered premium model for a similar cash as a brand new scorching hatchback. Or much less.  However that’s what you’re taking a look at proper right here. The Audi R8 you may see belongs to Dick Powell, founding father of famend design enterprise Seymourpowell, and we’ve insured it for £40,000 to replicate its situation and low mileage. However clear examples are on the market for £30,000 or much less when you’ve completed a spot of haggling. In the meantime this five-door Volkswagen Golf R retails for £33,740 with the dual-clutch computerized gearbox fitted to the take a look at automobile, though for....


Used supercar information: the half-price McLaren MP4-12C

The 12C’s reserved styling has aged significantly nicely The McLaren MP4-12C wasn’t with out its points, however at half their unique value used examples are tantalisingly near affordability. Do you have to be tempted? There is no such thing as a extra unique automotive producer than McLaren, at the least amongst these of fashions homologated on the market all around the world and with annual gross sales measurable within the 1000’s. McLaren doesn’t do SUVs, it doesn’t even do 2+2s. All it makes, all it has ever made, are mid-engined supercars with carbonfibre monocoques. And for nearly all of us, the prospect of proudly owning one is an unattainable dream.  Or is it? Journalists have been writing ‘my first Ferrari’ tales for many years, so is the McLaren possession ladder now descending by means of the clouds to inside tantalisingly shut proximity of touching distance? And, extra importantly, do you....




Revisiting our £100-a-week efficiency heroes

Our ‘discount’ components makes as a lot sense now because it did in 2005. We revisit our decisions from again then and choose tasty used automobiles for a similar cash at the moment In March 2005 Autocar set out its manifesto for the £100-per-week second-hand efficiency hero. For that sum, which equates to a purchase order mortgage finances of £25,000 borrowed over 5 years, our writers and testers defined you can purchase your very personal mid-engined supercar, a modern-day muscle automobile, one of the vital lovely automotive shapes of the previous few a long time, a V8 super-saloon – or no matter else tempted you. Eleven of the period’s most interesting however reasonably priced efficiency automobiles had been specified by element, with an underlying message that there had by no means been a greater time to throw warning to the wind and purchase a dream efficiency automobile.  13 years later....


Infiniti previews first electrical mannequin forward of Detroit debut

Infiniti’s first EV shall be a compact SUV, demonstrating a brand new EV platform and recent design language Infiniti will unveil an idea that previews its first electrical automobile at January’s Detroit motor present, and it has at this time launched a darkened preview picture of the mannequin. The automobile is an SUV that is believed to be related in dimension to the BMW X1. It is mentioned to preview the model’s “new-form design language for electrification, infused with Japanese DNA”. Particulars of the automobile’s powertrain have but to be revealed, however Infiniti claims its platform is newly developed. An announcement accompanying the picture claimed that “with new exterior proportions, electrification additionally presents inside house, enabing spacious and lounge-like interiors, wealthy in welcoming and assistive applied sciences”.  Earlier Infiniti electrical ideas, such because the 2018 Q Inspiration and Prototype 10, have not been notably production-focused, so the brand new mannequin shall be essentially the....




Promoted: Mitsubishi – Lake To Peak

If you wish to conquer the hardest terrain, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross, Outlander PHEV and Shogun Sport are the SUVs to have Mitsubishi is famend for its wealthy four-wheel-drive heritage, with a line-up of rugged but trendy and sensible SUVs which have been honed in among the world’s most gruelling and demanding off-road areas. That’s why we determined to take three heroes from Mitsubishi’s SUV vary to the center of the Lake District, following a pair of maximum triathletes on a gruelling coaching session from the shores of Ullswater to the heights of Kirkstone peak. Discover out extra about Mitsubishi’s vary of SUVs at mitsubishi-cars.co.uk Rugged when it counts Our journey began within the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – a trendy and spacious family-friendly SUV that’s filled with expertise and in addition boasts true off-road functionality. Good for monitoring our two triathletes as they swam throughout Ullswater on the beginning of their....


Preview: how sooner automobiles will shake up Components E

The technical modifications of the Gen2 automotive defined The introduction of a brand new, extra highly effective automotive, will imply a brand new begin for the electrical single-seater championship The fifth season of Components E begins this weekend in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – but it surely actually marks a brand new starting for the electrical single-seater championship. That’s because of the arrival of the brand new Gen2 race automotive, which is extra highly effective and incorporates a bigger battery, rising speeds and permitting automobiles to finish a complete race with out pitstops. Right here’s what to observe for this season. Technical modifications: Components E’s new Gen2 race automotive The ABB FIA Components E Championship’s new Gen2 automotive, formally referred to as the Spark SRT05E, replaces the Spark SRT_01E that has been in use for the reason that inaugural season in 2014-15. Other than new styling, aerodynamics and security methods (together....




Bosch reveals self-driving shuttle idea forward of CES debut

The Bosch idea is aware of when it wants cleansing Autonomous shuttle previews German provide agency’s plans for autonomous automobile infrastructure and operation Automotive provider Bosch has revealed a self-driving shuttle idea forward of its debut at January’s Client Electronics Present (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The electrical four-seater previews the German firm’s intentions to supply a “distinctive package deal of , software program, and mobility companies for shuttle mobility of the long run”. Bosch has been engaged on autonomous know-how for a few years, and it final yr introduced that it was engaged on a fleet of driverless taxis with Daimler, the mother or father firm of Mercedes. Trials will start in 2019 on busy city roads in San José, California, US. This idea is the subsequent step in Bosch’s bid to play an vital position within the self-driving revolution within the coming years. Described as having a “gentle, ethereal, minimalistic design”, the....


Euro 6 diesels may very well be banned in three European cities

European court docket overrules EU determination to chill out nitrogen oxide emissions limits on diesels in Madrid, Paris and Brussels Diesel automobiles registered earlier than September 2018 might be banned from Madrid, Paris and Brussels after European justices overturned a leisure of EU emissions limits. The three metropolis authorities have now been given the facility to cease all diesel autos that do not comply to the most recent Euro 6d TEMP guidelines from coming into. The ruling by the European Courtroom of Justice means autos that enter need to emit lower than 80mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The Euro 6 emissions customary, launched in 2007, initially set an 80mg/km restrict in response to laboratory exams. Forward of the WLTP and Actual Driving Emissions (RDE) testing procedures introduction in 2017, the EU relaxed the goal in order that autos might emit 168mg/km of NOx, greater than double the unique restrict. The European court docket upheld a criticism by....




Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line 2019 UK overview

Sensible, plush compact SUV deserves a stronger engine, however ought to want little else to assert Audi’s common market success The second-generation Audi Q3 is a bigger, extra substantial-looking and customarily extra severe second swing at compact SUV section dominance from Germany’s automotive model of the 4 rings. It’s additionally but extra recent meat for the apparently unstoppable conveyor belt of downsized, upmarket ‘soft-roaders’ that, over the previous 12 months or so alone, has introduced us the Volvo XC40, BMW X2, Jaguar E-Tempo, Lexus UX and DS 7 Crossback, in addition to the second-generation Vary Rover Evoque. And people are simply those from premium automotive makers; with solely a fortnight of 2018 remaining, we’d higher not begin on the remaining.With that a lot recent competitors out for a share of a rising haul of spoils, Audi clearly didn’t really feel it may go away a lot to likelihood this time....


Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford celebrates the long-lasting film’s 50th anniversary with a ‘remake’ version Three years after it started, Ford’s nice European gross sales experiment with its sixth-generation Mustang muscle automotive remains to be going robust.Having launched the automotive within the spring of 2015, Ford has now formally registered a little bit over 40,000 Mustangs on our aspect of the pond – in the identical timeframe and territory through which Audi registered about 75,000 TTs, Porsche about 50,000 911s and Mazda about 35,000 MX5s.That’s not a nasty little gaggle of sporting icons for the Mustang to get in amongst, in quantity phrases. And this yr’s Mustang gross sales figures will likely be boosted by the primary mid-cycle facelift that the automotive has had since its European introduction.This has introduced notably sharpened styling; an upgraded inside; a dab of additional efficiency; a brand new selection of gearboxes; revised and retuned suspension; and an inventory....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 14 December

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI remains to be a suitably spectacular sizzling hatchback, however what do you have to search for on a sub-£5000 instance? Of the seven generations of Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mk5 (2004-08) ranks among the many greatest. No – make that the most effective. Final 12 months, this journal reviewed all seven and declared a very good used Mk5 superior to a Mk7 for efficiency per pound.  Final time we appeared, PistonHeads was exhibiting a privately marketed 2005-reg three-door for £4950. The metallic gray automotive with VW BBS Monza alloy wheels has full service historical past and has performed 86,000 miles. The present proprietor (its third) has had it three years and accounted for 18,000 of them so ought to realize it inside out. He’s promoting it along with his private numberplate.  To date so tempting, nevertheless it’s value mentioning a used Mk5’s typical hassle spots. Like....


Our greatest occasions behind the wheel of a Lotus

As Lotus celebrates its 70th anniversary, our writers have a look again on the most memorable experiences they’ve had in Chapman’s creations “Simplify, and add lightness” and “a lot of hassle, normally severe” are two phrases related to sports activities automobile producer Lotus which, although juxtaposed of their that means, stand as a metaphor for the combined bag of creations which have left the corporate’s Norfolk manufacturing facility during the last 70 years.  Regardless of the propensity of most Lotus automobiles to supply an exhilarating and satisfying driving expertise, the corporate has typically been affected by points regarding construct high quality and reliability, which has, occasionally tarnished its fame.  Practicality points apart, nevertheless, driving one thing constructed at Hethel is, as a rule, a formative automotive expertise. So, to rejoice the corporate’s 70th birthday, we compiled a few of our take a look at drivers’ most memorable moments behind the wheel of....




Aston Martin creating straight-six hybrid powertrain

Aston’s bespoke petrol-electric inline-six may substitute the AMG-sourced V8 in future Aston Martin is creating its personal straight-six powerplant – presumably with hybrid tech – to finally substitute the Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8, in keeping with a supply near the agency. It’s believed that work is already below approach on the powertrain, which will likely be essential to serving to Aston meet harder future emissions laws. The most probably first recipient of the powertrain would be the soon-to-be-launched DBX crossover. Aston Martin signed a technical partnership take care of Mercedes-AMG again in 2013. The deal allowed the British model entry to the AMG’s four.Zero-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which right now will be discovered within the DB11 and Vantage coupes. Nonetheless, Autocar understands that the engine-sharing a part of the deal was solely ever meant to be short-term whereas Aston engineers work on a straight-six, which could possibly be derived from Aston’s present 5.2-litre V12. Technical particulars of the engine are....


Renault will preserve Carlos Ghosn in CEO position

Renault received’t comply with Nissan in ousting arrested chairman as its inner investigation finds no wrongdoing Renault’s board has voted to maintain Carlos Ghosn as its CEO and chairman after an inner investigation discovered no wrongdoing or criminal activity almost about his pay.  The transfer comes lower than per week after Ghosn, who was faraway from his position as Nissan director and chair, was formally charged by Japanese prosecutors for monetary misconduct. He stands accused of under-reporting his earnings by round £34 million over 5 years, and misusing Nissan firm belongings. Following a board assembly on Thursday, Renault revealed that preliminary conclusions of an ongoing investigation instructed that Ghosn’s compensation approval was “in compliance with relevant regulation” and that it could “preserve the present governance measures”. Day-to-day working of the corporate was handed to COO Thierry Bollore in November. Renault, together with the stakeholding French authorities, has beforehand claimed that....




Porsche 911 ‘992’ Carrera S: first trip

Our first expertise of the eighth-generation 911 is reassuringly acquainted – however that does not imply nothing has modified beneath the pores and skin Whether or not it was the noise of the flat-six engine from behind, or the slight burst of oversteer as my driver tried to use that unit’s 444bhp by chilly rear tyres, a trip round Hockenheim proved that a lot is reassuringly acquainted concerning the new Porsche 911 Carrera S. That’s completely by design, after all. As Porsche’s R&D boss, Michael Steiner, notes, because it was first launched in 1963, the 911 has “been the primary pillar of the model”. So the brand new 992-generation machine is understandably evolutionary, each by way of design and driving dynamics. However don’t mistake evolution for an absence of change. As with the automobile’s design, which freshens the 911’s look whereas respecting the previous, beneath the bodywork there are many....


Nissan e-NV200 Triumphs At The What Van? Awards

THE 100 per cent electrical Nissan e-NV200 has underlined its versatility and class-leading effectivity by carrying away the ‘Inexperienced’ award on the What Van? Awards 2019. The annual awards spotlight the most effective of the most effective within the extremely aggressive LCV market with What Van? praising the Nissan e-NV200’s spectacular real-word vary, versatile charging choices and payload. Enhanced for 2018 with the 40kWh battery that gives 60 per cent extra vary, the Nissan e-NV200 can cowl 124-187 miles (WLTP Metropolis and Mixed cycle) between prices, whereas it additionally presents enterprise customers a 705kg payload and sufficient cargo house to accommodate two Euro pallets. A alternative of panel van and Evalia people-carrier variations add to its practicality. On awarding the Nissan e-NV200, James Dallas, Editor, What Van?, stated: “An extended vary, a fast-charging facility and spectacular load-carrying credentials make the brand new e-NV200 a compelling proposition for companies making deliveries....




MG to launch MG three price range racer

The MG Automotive Membership is hoping to draw extra entrants to its championship occasions SAIC interns have been tasked with getting ready the supermini for MG Automotive Membership racing occasions on a price range of £5000 MG has introduced that it’s going to launch a low-cost racing model of its MG three hatchback in early 2019.  Interns at mother or father firm SAIC Motor’s UK Technical Centre, in collaboration with the MG Automotive Membership, have been tasked with getting ready a three for observe use with a price range of simply £5000 as a part of their internship venture. The rising rarity of basic MG fashions, such because the Metro, and the issue and price of sustaining a basic automobile according to race observe specs has created a monetary barrier for a lot of potential MG Automotive Membership occasion entrants. New membership laws permit any three mannequin, together with the present....


New Porsche 911 Cabriolet detailed in revealing photographs

Porsche’s 992-generation 911 shall be joined by one other drop-top model within the first half of subsequent yr Porsche revealed its eighth-generation 911 finally month’s Los Angeles motor present, and now the Cabriolet model has dropped all of its disguise in new spy photographs. The drop-top is because of arrive within the subsequent few months as extra variants of the 911, together with the sooner GTS and Turbo fashions, are slowly added to the vary. The primary prototype in these photographs is sporting a daring inexperienced paint scheme, out there to order as a particular color on the hard-top. As with the coupé, there’ll not be two physique widths supplied on any 911, with all automobiles matching as much as the earlier wide-body choice on higher-spec fashions. The usual automotive has grown in each vital dimension too.  As anticipated, the Cabriolet retains the folding material roof system from the outgoing mannequin, and the....




New BMW eight Collection Gran Coupe: revealing spies preview four-door’s design

BMW’s Porsche Panamera rival is about to reach in the course of 2019, after two-door coupe and convertible eight Collection BMW is about to increase the eight Collection vary with a four-door Gran Coupe model, and new spyshots present the automobile with minimal disguise. The mannequin takes over from the market place occupied by the outdated 6 Collection Gran Coupe, and is immediately geared toward automobiles such because the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS. It is shares its mechanicals and underpinnings with the eight Collection coupe, however with an prolonged wheelbase and raised roofline providing extra passenger and baggage room. The brand new spy pictures present the design is a well-recognized adaptation of the coupe and convertible, with the undisguised entrance finish wanting largely equivalent and a recognisable rear form. It is not clear but, nevertheless, whether or not two or three rear seats will probably be provided – the....


Perception: what fuels Volkswagen’s manufacturing line?

Volkswagen head of catering Hern Cordes has loads on his plate We go behind the scenes at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant, to seek out out what’s on the menu for its 62,000 workers Volkswagen, as with many main automotive firms, is an unlimited operation. In Germany alone the agency has six manufacturing vegetation and employs greater than 130,000 folks. And so as to guarantee they’re fuelled to make hundreds of thousands of vehicles annually, all of them want feeding. That’s a large logistical problem, and the person answerable for it’s Hern Cordes, Volkswagen’s head of catering. He heads up a division of round 850 folks, whose main mission is to make sure good high quality meals is offered to workers at any time when it’s wanted. “We wish to deal with our workers,” says Cordes. “Our bosses imagine that if we deal with them the very best, they are going to....




Nissan Qashqai 1.Three DIG-T 160 Tekna 2018 UK evaluate

Downsized engines and revised infotainment preserve the nation’s favorite crossover aggressive A 12 months on from its mid-life facelift, the second-generation Nissan Qashqai is comfortably nonetheless the nation’s hottest crossover – however it is a quickly rising nook of the market, and competitors is fierce.Rivals had been starting to eclipse the class-defining Qashqai with extra dynamic dealing with and extra up-to-date infotainment – though not, it should be stated, with increased gross sales. So, to keep up its place on the high, Nissan has fired again with a deal with expertise and a brace of latest engines.There’s now a single petrol, a 1.Three-litre turbocharged four-pot, which replaces the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre items. It is obtainable in two states of tune, and each variations are extra environment friendly than the engines they exchange, with improved gas financial system and decrease emissions courtesy of a petroleum particulate filter. Plus, they’re tuned to ship....


Audi confirms alternative for jailed CEO Rupert Stadler

Former interim CEO Bram Schot named administration board chairman as a part of “cultural change” on the model Audi has appointed Bram Schot, who took the function of interim CEO on the agency in June, as chairman of the board of administration. Schot took the reins from former CEO Rupert Stadler in the summertime after Stadler was imprisoned in reference to the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Stadler’s employment was terminated with rapid impact, placing an finish to his 28-year profession on the firm.  Stadler was launched from pre-trial detention in late October, regardless of a Munich court docket initially rejecting his attraction for launch citing a “hazard of obstructing justice”. He stays a suspect, regardless of claiming to haven’t any information of the choice to put in unlawful emissions-cheating software program in Audis and quite a few different Volkswagen Group vehicles. Schot, who was born within the Netherlands, was previously president....




Daimler buys €20bn price of battery cells for electrical automotive onslaught

Mercedes-Benz goals to have 130 electrified mannequin variants on sale by 2022, alongside electrical vans, buses and vans Daimler has taken a significant step ahead in its electrification technique by ordering “greater than 20 billon euros” price of battery cells for EVs. The order, which is predicted to see the Mercedes-Benz model by means of to 2030, is a part of a plan to have “130 electrified variants of Mercedes-Benz automobiles by 2022”. Alongside this, the corporate confirms will probably be promoting electrical vans, buses and vans within the subsequent 4 years. New Mercedes-Benz EQC: all-electric SUV revealed Daimler joins fellow German corporations BMW and the VW Group in placing ahead a multi-billion euro electrification plan, which will even see the model investing in a world community of battery meeting vegetation, with three to be put in in Germany, one in China, one in Thailand and one within the US. It is not clear....


New 2019 Toyota Supra: leaked picture exhibits manufacturing front-end

Discussion board put up of Toyota’s new sports activities automotive on transporter exhibits front-end design forward of Detroit motor present reveal Toyota has lastly confirmed the manufacturing Supra shall be unveiled at January’s Detroit motor present, however a picture of the automotive’s entrance finish has already leaked out on an fanatic discussion board. The picture, revealed on a discussion board devoted to the brand new automotive, exhibits the Porsche Cayman rival uncovered on a automotive transporter. It isn’t clear if the unique supply is a Toyota worker or someone contracted to move the mannequin. Showing to be the ultimate manufacturing automotive meant to be revealed to the world subsequent month, it exhibits the revived Supra’s entrance finish design will keep broadly in keeping with the earlier idea and prototypes. Deliveries of the brand new sports activities automotive will start quickly after the Detroit reveal, Toyota  has confirmed, with the primary automobiles on account of....




Dacia set to drop Renault badge

Duster is one mannequin to retain the Renault emblem in some markets Design boss requires complementary ‘sensual’ Renault and ‘Germanic’ Dacia manufacturers Renault’s design boss, Laurens van den Acker, says the agency will part out the usage of Renault-badged Dacia fashions in sure markets – a transfer that he says will unlock the Romanian model’s vehicles to tackle extra particular person designs.  Dacia fashions such because the Duster, Logan, Sandero Stepway and Dokker are bought as Renaults in markets resembling Russia, Mexico, South Africa and India.  “My purpose is to have a singular world Renault line-up,” mentioned van den Acker. “Vehicles which are Renault derivatives of Dacias, I need that to cease.  “I can’t argue with the enterprise sense to do it, as a result of Renaults had been costly for some markets and Dacias had been comparatively fashionable vehicles that had been dependable and reasonably priced, so we rebadged....


Autocar Christmas double-length problem – on sale now

This week: we drive the brand new BMW Three Sequence, chat to the individuals with the best jobs in motoring, check out an RNLI lifeboat and rather more… Our cowl automobile for this version is considered one of Autocar’s largest verdicts of 2018. We drove the seventh technology of the BMW Three Sequence, in 320d guise, to search out out if Munich’s try and make the world’s defining compact saloon sportier has additionally made it higher.   In different information, Lamborghini is planning for the 2020 Aventador alternative to make use of a hybridised variant of the corporate’s iconic V12 unit.  The Skoda Scala was not too long ago revealed, aimed toward offering a viable various to the Ford Focus within the aggressive household hatchback market. That includes the corporate’s new design language and a number of inside upgrades over the Fast it replaces, may it assist elevate the Skoda badge....




BMW Three Sequence M340i xDrive 2019 prototype assessment

High-of-the-range Three-Sequence has pressing tempo and correct M car-level involvement Anybody who’s been ready for simply the best alternative to announce his personal Patridgian command of the historical past of the BMW Three Sequence could know the gospel reality on this one, and so I stand to be corrected, commenters.However now could very nicely be the primary time since 1977 that BMW finds itself with no rear-driven, straight six petrol-powered model of the three Sequence with which to tempt self-confessed petrolheads and aspiring govt managers alike.Does that appear as odd to you because it does to me? And would possibly it postpone just a few keener drivers procuring on the higher finish of the mannequin vary?Earlier take a look at expertise suggests the 255bhp turbocharged four-pot within the 330i is actually no second-rate motor, and neither, for that matter, will the diesel straight-six within the 330d be.Even so, you may’t assist feeling....


BMW three Collection 320d Sport 2019 evaluation

Seventh-gen BMW three Collection has one other huge development spurt, however dimension appears no impediment for an enticing driving expertise In our present period of identification politics, when a number of the strongest women and men on the planet suppose they’re entitled to their very own details in addition to their very own opinions, that is fairly small fry – and but, as statements go, it is nonetheless a bit too revisionist for my liking.“The BMW three Collection has epitomized the idea of sporty driving pleasure within the international premium mid-size class for greater than 40 years.” That declare is contained inside the press launch on Munich’s new seventh-generation Three; actually, it’s the opening line. However it’s not true.Related traces of description have been glibly repeated on the press launch of the ‘G20’ three Collection every week or so in the past, so prominently and so typically that you just virtually questioned your intuition to....




2019 BMW Three-Sequence video overview: seventh-generation saloon pushed on street and monitor

BMW’s newest compact govt icon will get examined in volume-selling 320D and range-topping M340i guises BMW has bought greater than 15 million examples of the Three-Sequence for the reason that automotive’s 1970s introduction. It’s each talisman and bread & butter for the model – and is now coming into a seventh full mannequin technology. The brand new ‘G20’ model, on sale within the UK in March 2019, will include a well-recognized alternative of engines & trims. Watch our video overview for impressions of the big-selling 320d on the street, and of the range-topping M340i xDrive on monitor at Portimao. READ MORE BMW Three Sequence 320D Sport 2019 overview New BMW Three Sequence launched with renewed driver focus BMW Three Sequence M340i 2019 prototype overview


Nissan Set To Begin Its Formulation E Marketing campaign

THE Nissan e.dams crew is ready to kick off its electrical avenue racing problem when the ABB FIA Formulation E championship begins its fifth season of competitors this week. Swiss former sequence’ champion Sebastien Buemi and his newly introduced British teammate Oliver Rowland will drive on the two.495-kilometer, 21-turn avenue circuit in Advert Diriyah, close to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. This weekend’s race is the primary of 13 to be held in a dozen main cities around the globe. As the worldwide chief in electrical automobile gross sales and the primary Japanese carmaker to enter Formulation E, Nissan will use the championship sequence to showcase the efficiency facet of Nissan Clever Mobility. Nissan will compete in opposition to 10 different producers/groups throughout season 5 (2018/2019), which marks main modifications for Formulation E. The fifth season will function the all-new “Gen 2” Formulation E automobiles with new chassis and....




Program Supervisor Kota Beppu talks in regards to the all-new Mazda3

      Right here’s the ideas of the Kota Beppu, All-new Mazda3 Program Supervisor: As we start a brand new chapter in Mazda’s historical past, the mission of the all-new Mazda3 is to amaze and delight clients everywhere in the world. The event theme was ‘An object of common need’. Making a automobile that might evoke longing in any individual would require the creation of a brand new, hitherto unknown worth. We got down to obtain this by making use of our human-centric philosophy for dramatic enhancements in each space: design, driving efficiency, NVH, environmental efficiency and high quality. The all-new Mazda3 embodies two characters with widespread enchantment. The primary is the free spirit, decided to comply with their very own convictions and never be sure by standard knowledge. This character is represented within the hatchback. To attain such a glance we took an unprecedented method to design that....


Nissan Research Highlights Shift In Drivers’ Listening Habits

CONNECTIVITY of automobiles and smartphones is having a big affect on what we hearken to behind the wheel, based on a brand new examine by Nissan. Motorists’ listening habits are shifting from broadcast radio and bodily leisure codecs, comparable to CDs, to downloaded or streamed audio by way of related cell units. In comparison with 5 years in the past, earlier than the launch of mainstream smartphone-mirroring techniques like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the variety of drivers that now largely hearken to on-demand leisure by way of smartphones has greater than doubled. In a survey of two,000 UK motorists, one in six (15.four%) mentioned they like to hearken to podcasts, audiobooks, downloaded playlists or streamed music direct from their smartphones. 5 years in the past, this was the case for only one in 12 drivers (eight.zero%). Compact Discs have seen a steep decline in utilization because of this. Simply....




Cupra Ateca 2018 UK overview

Has some tempo and precision, and the same old crossover practicalities, however doesn’t have the hallmarks of an ideal driver’s automotive. The Cupra Ateca is the primary instalment in a brand new line of efficiency derivatives from Spanish automotive agency Seat, all of which will likely be offered with out Seat badges. From right here on out, top-of-the-line sporting fashions from the VW Group’s Iberian outpost will merely be badged ‘Cupra’. So far as anybody is aware of, nevertheless, they are going to proceed to be factory-tuned variations of present Seat automobiles quite than totally distinct fashions.So does such a transfer from a southern European quantity automotive maker sound acquainted? Properly, it ought to. As a result of when Fiat stopped utilizing its Abarth nameplate like Volkswagen makes use of ‘GTI’ or like Honda makes use of ‘Kind R’ and as an alternative set it up as a model in its....


Hyundai to take a position £5.5bn in hydrogen gas cell expertise

South Korean producer is aiming to take a lead in gas cell expertise – and never only for vehicles The Hyundai Motor Group will make investments £5.5 billion in growing hydrogen gas cell expertise, as a part of plans to vastly enhance the variety of vehicles it sells that use the powertrain. The Korean agency, which presides over Hyundai, Genesis and Kia, is likely one of the main proponents of gas cell powertrains, which mix hydrogen and oxygen to provide electrical energy, with water the one byproduct.  Hyundai expects world demand for gas cell powertrains to develop to round two million models per yr by 2030, and to capitalise on that is planning a serious funding in each analysis and increasing its hydrogen amenities. This contains increasing its gas cell system manufacturing capability to 700,000 models per yr, with plans to construct as much as 500,000 gas cell electrical automobiles (FCEVs) per yr,....




New 992-series Porsche 911: gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations detailed

Porsche will add each gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the brand new 911 in the course of the sports activities automotive’s seven-year lifecycle Porsche has futureproofed its new eighth-generation 911 with a sequence of engineering measures that can permit it to help each gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains throughout its deliberate seven-year lifecycle, based on its head of sports activities automotive growth, August Achleitner. Though the 992-series 911 will initially be provided with an up to date model of the outdated mannequin’s twin-turbocharged three.Zero-litre flat six petrol engine, delivering 444bhp in each rear-wheel drive Carrera S and four-wheel drive Carrera 4S fashions, Achleitner has confirmed that growth is progressing on a hybridised model that will present the enduring sports activities automotive with the aptitude to run solely on electrical energy for restricted distances. New 2019 Porsche 911: eighth technology sports activities automotive revealed “We’ve taken the expertise we....