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2019 New York motor present: full report and all the brand new vehicles

2019 New York motor present Information, updates and launches from certainly one of America’s greatest motoring occasions The New York Worldwide Auto Present is house to among the greatest US-market unveilings, in addition to an opportunity to see some not too long ago revealed European fashions within the flesh for the primary time.  Held in one of many world’s most vibrant cities, the occasion all the time options some fascinating new launches, and a few outlandish ideas. We had been on the bottom to see every part first-hand: New York 2019: Full present report If chatter at this 12 months’s New York motor present is something to go by, the US car market is holding robust, seemingly much less affected by international headwinds than European manufacturers. US car gross sales are predicted to fall this 12 months – they had been down 2.5% within the first quarter, however nonetheless received’t....




Subsequent-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will likely be “sportier”, says boss

How we expect the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL will look Eighth iteration of the convertible will return to its sporting roots, sharing a brand new platform with the subsequent AMG GT First prototypes of the subsequent Mercedes-Benz SL will likely be on roads this yr, in accordance with AMG boss Tobias Moers, the person liable for the brand new sports activities automobile. Moers confirmed the SL, which is able to launch by 2021, will likely be “aligned” with the subsequent AMG GT. Each vehicles will share a brand new aluminium-intensive platform, recognized internally because the Modular Sports activities Structure (MSA), in an try to extend the economies of scale and total profitability of two of Mercedes’ most unique mannequin traces. Autocar first scooped the brand new SL final October and now Moers has confirmed particulars of it. “We’re bringing again the historic DNA of the SL,” he mentioned. “It’s miles sportier [this time round]. It....


Toyota unveils new Mazda 2-based Yaris hatchback for US

2020 Yaris hatchback shall be in-built Mexico for the US solely; options extra gear as normal Toyota has launched a brand new Yaris hatchback, based mostly on the Mazda 2, for the US market on the New York motor present. The 2020 US Yaris shall be constructed for Toyota by Mazda’s Mexican arm and is mechanically unrelated to the Yaris fashions offered elsewhere. The connection with Mazda’s supermini could be seen within the mannequin’s primary form, though it has a closely reworked entrance fascia that includes the “hunkered-down, bulldog-like stance” that has develop into integral to Toyota’s world design language.  Toyota claims that the brand new Yaris hatchback is designed with city dwellers in thoughts and says it has 450 litres of boot house. As with the 2-based Yaris saloon that was launched to the US and Canada in 2015, it presents solely a 106bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a six-speed computerized gearbox. A brand new Sport driving mode enhances acceleration response. ....




Jeep Wrangler

Authentic military-chic civilian off-roader enters a fourth Wrangler-badged technology The Jeep story started 79 years in the past. At across the time Enzo Ferrari and Alfa Romeo conclusively parted methods, the US Division of Struggle sought to fee the design of a rugged reconnaissance automobile for duties in febrile Europe.Out of greater than 130, simply two firms, Willys-Overland and Bantam, stepped up, and it was the latter’s BRC 40 that fashioned the idea of not solely a bona fide navy icon but in addition, with the appearance of the CJ-1 simply 4 years later, an everlasting post-war civilian gross sales success.The JL is the fourth technology of this exceptional machine for the reason that ‘Wrangler’ identify was first utilized to the recipe in 1986, and it’s the topic of this week’s street check. Within the time it has taken the mannequin to make it throughout the Atlantic and into British....


New York present 2019 notes: information, updates and oddities

Nissan 370Z Our reporters have scoured the present halls to search out out what’s actually occurring The New York motor present may not be the largest on the worldwide calendar, however its location signifies that it at all times attracts a number of the automobile trade’s main names. You’ll be able to try all the brand new launches from the present right here. In the meantime, Autocar has been on the bottom to take a look at all the brand new vehicles on show, chat to the trade consultants in attendance – and discover out what’s actually occurring on the present stands. Right here, our reporters empty their notebooks to carry you the behind-the-scenes data from the New York present. Nissan downsizing Moving into the NY present, you’re immediately greeted by one of many greatest developments of latest years – downsizing. Whether or not we’re speaking powertrains or automobile dimensions,....




Almost-new shopping for information: Porsche Boxster (981)

Boxster’s chassis is ideally honed for real-world use Earlier-generation Boxster values are holding robust. Here is why Having been unveiled on the Geneva motor present in 2012, the 981-generation Porsche Boxster reached its seventh birthday simply final month.  Ordinarily you’ll anticipate a automobile of that age to be price solely a fraction of what it value to purchase new, maybe as little as one-third. However have been that true of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster there’d be 62-plate Boxsters kicking about on the used market with £12,500 worth tags. If that have been the case, Porsche would in all probability by no means promote a model new sports activities automobile once more…  The 981 has held its worth higher than simply about another comparable efficiency automobile. The most cost effective examples provided for personal sale go for round £23,000, however if you’d like a Porsche Permitted automobile with a two-year producer guarantee,....


Jamie Chadwick Q&A: Why she’s racing in W Collection

The British F3 race winner talks to Autocar in regards to the new all-female single-seater collection she’ll compete on this yr Forward of the primary race within the new all-female W Collection championship on four Could, Jamie Chadwick, first feminine to win the British GT Championship, talks to Autocar about what the collection means to her, and why it is a greater concept than its most vocal critics recommend.  You might have the best profile of any driver in W Collection, so is it truthful to say you’ve got essentially the most to lose? “You could possibly take a look at it like that, however I may even have essentially the most to achieve. After I was my choices for this yr, naturally a racing driver’s price range comes into it. I checked out what was potential. It actually didn’t appear to be the brand new [Formula 1-supporting] FIA Method three....




Racing strains: What W Collection means for girls racers

F3 race winner Jamie Chadwick has her eye on the W Collection prize Controversial all-female System three collection is a chance for gifted drivers to develop a profession Is segregation actually the very best means to rocket a feminine into System 1? There have been lots who stated in any other case when W Collection (see what they did there?) was launched final autumn. The all-female, one-make single-seater collection kicks off subsequent month and it’ll draw consideration and controversy in equal measure.  Devised by, amongst others, David Coulthard and Adrian Newey, the collection is properly intentioned. Not like stick-and-ball sports activities, ladies can compete with males in motorsport, however nonetheless there’s a miserable lack of numbers and alternative. W Collection may change that.  A rigorous choice course of led to 18 ladies being hand-picked to compete within the six-round collection, which begins at Hockenheim on three/four Could and ends at....


2019 Renault Captur to get extra radical styling replace

Ever-popular crossover will go additional than the all-new Clio in standing out from its predecessor The second-generation Renault Captur, due later this yr, shall be a a lot larger step in design to its predecessor in comparison with the brand new and outgoing Clio, mentioned design boss Laurens van den Acker. The Captur, which when it launched was one of many first in a now-saturated small SUV phase, has remained on the prime of the gross sales chart in Europe regardless of its age. Van den Acker mentioned the brand new mannequin shall be centered on every thing: “know-how, inside, exterior”. He continued: “The Captur is in essentially the most dynamic market phase in Europe. The automotive trade has change into so aggressive – in case your product is just not 100% excellent, you’re going to have a really robust life.” The Captur will launch with petrol, diesel and plug-in....




New York motor present 2019 notes: information, updates and oddities

Nissan 370Z Our reporters have scoured the present halls to seek out out what’s actually occurring The New York motor present may not be the most important on the worldwide calendar, however its location mens that it at all times attracts from of the most important names within the automotive business. You possibly can take a look at all the brand new launches from the present right here. In the meantime, Autocar has been on the bottom to take a look at all the brand new vehicles which are on show, chat to the business specialists in attendance – and to seek out out what’s actually occurring on the present stands. Right here, our reporters empty their notebooks to convey you the behind-the-scenes data from the New York present. Nissan downsizing Getting into the NY present, you’re immediately greeted by one of many largest developments of latest years – downsizing.....


2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Collection to be quickest accelerating AMG but

The Black Collection ought to go even additional than the latest GT R Professional, a track-focused variant constructed with suspension and aero tweaks in thoughts fairly than uprated energy Vary-topping AMG Coupé will solely be crushed by Mercedes’ One hypercar when it arrives subsequent 12 months The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Collection would be the quickest accelerating AMG automobile but, based on AMG boss Tobias Moers. The longer term range-topping coupé will solely be crushed by the limited-run AMG One hypercar when it arrives in mid-2020, the AMG chief confirmed to Autocar on the New York motor present. First confirmed again in 2016 by Moers, the Black Collection is now below improvement and mooted to obtain AMG’s turbocharged Four.Zero-litre V8 engine in a state of tune providing at the least 630bhp. That is the determine supplied by the present strongest AMG mannequin with that unit, the GT Four-door Coupé. Any progress on that would make sure the....




Particular-edition Kia Stinger GTS will get drift mode

US-only mannequin makes use of newly developed four-wheel drive set-up and is proscribed to 800 models The US-only Kia Stinger GTS introduces a drift mode to the grand tourer, a function prone to lengthen to plain Stinger GTs when the mannequin is up to date in 2020. Whereas Stingers offered within the UK are solely offered in rear-wheel drive type, four-wheel drive is obtainable in different markets. Nonetheless, this limited-edition Stinger GTS has a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system that provides drift mode, a function fashionable with house owners of efficiency vehicles. Kia mentioned that regardless of the accolades the Stinger has obtained, R&D boss Albert Biermann “strived for extra”. The result’s a brand new model of the Stinger’s four-wheel drive system “peppered with rear-wheel drive DNA”. Known as D-AWD, it’s supposed to shut the hole in behaviour between the present AWD and RWD Stinger GTs. The D-AWD system has....


Funky Kia HabaNiro idea previews 2021 Niro

Electrical idea affords greater than 300 miles of vary and options stage 5 autonomy and butterfly-wing doorways The Kia HabaNiro idea previews the next-generation Niro, due in 2021, in addition to the broader design course for future fashions from the Korean model. A manufacturing model of the HabaNiro, the Mk2 Niro, will proceed the present technology’s electrified line-up, providing hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical variants.  The electrical HabaNiro is claimed to supply greater than 300 miles of vary, exceeding the present e-Niro’s official WLTP take a look at determine of 282 miles. The idea additionally has four-wheel drive with an electrical motor on every axle, a function that might be supplied as an possibility on future Niro fashions. Extra futuristic components of the HabaNiro embrace stage 5 autonomous driving functionality and butterfly-wing doorways.  Inside, rectangular screens and conventional management knobs have been changed by a full-width head-up show which permits customers....




New Subaru Outback SUV launched

Sixth-generation off-roader positive aspects new turbocharged boxer engine, tech and security improve Subaru has launched the sixth-generation Outback SUV on the New York motor present. The automotive will go on sale within the US with a brand new range-topping 256bhp turbocharged model of the agency’s 2.Four-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. The brand new model of the sturdy off-roader comes with Subaru’s four-wheel drive system as commonplace, together with programs equivalent to energetic torque vectoring and hill descent management. It additionally options improved floor clearance over the earlier technology. The Outback can be provided with a 2.5-litre boxer engine producing 180bhp as commonplace, however the brand new range-topping XT trim fashions will use the extra highly effective turbocharged unit. Each engines can be powered by means of an eight-speed CVT gearbox. The Outback is constructed on the most recent model of the Subaru International Platform, which the agency claims has been optimised to....


2019 Toyota Highlander beneficial properties new tech

Fourth-generation three-row SUV constructed for the US grows, beneficial properties uprated know-how and security package The fourth-generation Toyota Highlander has been revealed on the New York motor present, updating the three-row SUV mannequin for 2019 with daring new appears to be like and uprated infotainment. Constructed on Toyota’s TNGA-Okay New World Structure platform, the brand new Highlander is 60mm longer than its predecessor and can provide a selection of petrol and hybrid powertrains. The three.5-litre V6 mannequin produces 291bhp and 263lb ft of torque and is able to towing greater than two tonnes. The hybrid, which may be ordered with both entrance or four-wheel drive for the primary time, combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two electrical motors for a whole output of 237bhp. Toyota claims will probably be able to 34mpg on the US-specific EPA gasoline effectivity take a look at, making it probably the most economical Highlander but. The US-bound Highlander’s exterior now has a lot in frequent....




Opinion: are small vehicles about to make a comeback?

Genesis Mint SUVs at present reign however small metropolis vehicles might develop into extra related within the close to future SUVs have been the flavour of the month for… properly, a deal longer than that. As soon as the enclave of countryside dwellers, SUVs have rocketed into the mainstream at a tempo no-one would have predicted 20 years in the past.  It’s not reached its peak but both – the expansion of SUVs, notably within the premium compact SUV phase, is predicted to rise even additional over the following few years. Proof of all that is within the countless stream of SUVs being launched by automobile makers. When you thought they’d crammed all of the SUV niches, suppose once more. So, what’s subsequent? I requested a handful of automobile designers that very query and obtained a variety of non-committal, imprecise responses. It is potential they’re making an attempt to maintain their....


Mercedes-Benz celebrates shift to electrification with EQC Version 1886

Particular version brings inside and styling upgrades to usher in model’s electrical EQ vary Mercedes-Benz has revealed a particular version of its first electrical car, the EQC SUV, on the New York motor present.  Obtainable completely in metallic silver, the particular version is marked out from the usual EQC, revealed in October final 12 months, by a gloss black entrance grille encompass, 20in light-weight alloy wheels with white accents and Version 1886 branding on the mudguards.  Inside, the Version 1886 receives a novel blue-black color scheme, seats completed in Artico man-made leather-based and microfibre suede, 1886 embroidering on the backrests and bespoke silver trim parts.  Consumers of the Version 1886 obtain further tools as commonplace, together with a Burmester encompass sound system, electrically adjustable entrance seats with reminiscence perform and Mercedes’ Energizing driver help system. Autos outfitted with the Energizing package deal function inside temper lighting and fragrancing, reside visitors....




New Mercedes-Benz GLS: re-engineered luxurious SUV unveiled

New BMW X7 rival prioritises house, effectivity, refinement and luxury with new platform and inside The brand new Mercedes-Benz GLS has been revealed on the New York motor present. The luxurious SUV has been utterly re-engineered in an try to higher the refinement and effectivity of rivals similar to the brand new BMW X7 and Vary Rover. Following the usual seven-seater, an uber-luxurious Maybach model will arrive, aimed immediately on the Bentley Bentayga. Styled alongside related traces to the brand new GLE, alongside which it will likely be produced at Mercedes’ plant in Alabama, US, the brand new GLS is of an evolutionary look, retaining its prdecessor’s upright stance however omitting its distinguished sharp traces. Aerodynamic refinements are mentioned to yield a drag coefficient of Zero.32Cd, together with “dramatically diminished wind noise at velocity”, based on design boss Gorden Wagener. This compares to the earlier GLS’s Zero.35Cd.  At 5207mm lengthy and 1956mm large, the brand new GLS is 77mm longer and 22mm wider than its predecessor and a substantial....


Jaguar I-Tempo secures one other main award

Jaguar I-Tempo British model’s electrical SUV has been named 2019 World Automotive of the Yr The Jaguar I-Tempo electrical SUV has claimed one other trophy, being named the 2019 World Automotive of the Yr. The British EV added the title, introduced on the New York motor present, to the 2019 European Automotive of the Yr award it secured earlier this yr. In addition to total victory in World Automotive of the Yr, the I-Tempo gained the Inexperienced Automotive and Design classes. The awards are voted for by a global panel of motoring journalists. The Audi A7 Sportback gained the Luxurious Automotive prize, whereas the utilitarian Suzuki Jimny off-roader was named greatest City Automotive and Britain’s McLaren 720S supercar took the Efficiency Automotive title. Learn extra Jaguar I-Tempo wins 2019 Automotive of the Yr prize Jaguar I-Tempo: does driving fashion make an enormous distinction to vary?




Honda X-NV Idea previews China-only electrical crossover

Manufacturing model of HR-V-based EV is on observe for supply to Chinese language clients later this yr Honda has revealed the X-NV electrical crossover idea on the Shanghai motor present. The idea relies on the HR-V, which is offered in China by the Dongfeng Honda three way partnership because the XR-V. It previews an upcoming EV that is being collectively developed by Dongfeng and Honda China and set to reach in manufacturing kind earlier than the top of 2019 as Dongfeng’s first mainstream electrical mannequin. The X-NV Idea has revised entrance and rear bumpers to distinguish it from the XR-V, together with blue trim accents and two-tone alloy wheels. The manufacturing mannequin is ready to be completely supplied in China, as one in all 25 electrical fashions that Honda goals to have on sale there by 2025. Few technical particulars of the idea can be found, however the manufacturing model is more likely to arrive with....


2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 arrives at New York with 302bhp

Entry-level coupé joins Mercedes-AMG’s vary with 4Matic four-wheel drive and aggressive styling Mercedes-AMG has prolonged its vary of four-cylinder efficiency fashions with the introduction of the CLA 35 4Matic four-door coupé. The lately revealed CLA is the third of Mercedes-Benz’s newest technology of compact fashions to obtain the AMG remedy, following the A35 4Matic hatchback and the lately introduced A35 4Matic Saloon. Pricing has but to be introduced, although the CLA 35 is deliberate to be positioned beneath the six-cylinder C43 and has been conceived to compete towards the 2020 BMW M230i Gran Coupé and the Audi S3 Saloon. UK deliveries are anticipated to get underway in August. Regardless of being shut in conception to the four-door A35 Saloon, AMG is banking on the extra expressive design of the CLA 35 to search out favour amongst specific clients. “The CLA 35 4Matic is a gorgeous provide for a younger, lively way of life goal group,” stated Mercedes-AMG....




Evaluation: why Pininfarina is working with Chinese language start-ups

Upcoming electrical automobile makers at the moment are the place alternative lies for design homes, and China has lots Pininfarina designed two dramatic idea vehicles for the Shanghai motor present. In days passed by, that will have been entrance web page information, as a result of it will have seemingly meant a brand new Ferrari and the opposite maybe a longtime automotive maker seeking to get out of a design rut by turning to the long-lasting design home for a nudge in the proper path. However in Shanghai, it meant an idea automotive for electrified automobile maker Karma (born out of the outdated Fisker Karma) that, whereas putting, isn’t prone to attain manufacturing. It additionally meant a brand new hydrogen gas cell automobile maker referred to as Grove aiming at (and succeeding in) getting a couple of extra column inches for its first idea automotive, the Granite, quite than the scrutiny being utilized to....


New Karma Revero GT and GT designed by Pininfarina revealed

2020 Revero GT sports activities a refined styling evolution from the unique Fisker Karma BMW hybrid-powered Revero GT launches in Shanghai alongside Pininfarina-designed coupé and gorgeous EV idea US-based electrical automotive maker Karma has revealed a brand new model of its Europe-bound Revero GT hybrid saloon, together with a coupé model developed along with Italian design home Pininfarina, on the Shanghai motor present. The Chinese language-backed Karma has additionally displayed a daring SC1 Imaginative and prescient Idea on the present, as a part of its three-car ‘new daybreak’ product showcase to launch the model into the China market and spotlight its daring enlargement plans. The unique Revero GT, launched in 2016 and to date solely bought within the US, was a closely reworked model of the Fisker Karma. Whereas the present model of the Porsche Panamera four E-Hybrid rival makes use of a 260bhp 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder Basic Motors-developed engine, with twin....




2019 New York motor present: all the brand new automobiles revealed

Porsche 911 Speedster Information, updates and launches from one in every of America’s greatest motoring occasions The New York Worldwide Auto Present is house to a number of the greatest US-market unveilings, in addition to an opportunity to see some lately revealed European fashions within the flesh for the primary time.  Held in one of many world’s most vibrant cities, the occasion at all times options some fascinating new launches, and a few outlandish ideas. Autocar is on the bottom to convey you the entire information and data because it occurs. This is what’s going to be revealed on the present. Cadillac CT5 Powered by a 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a twin-turbocharged three.Zero-litre V6, the CT5 is Cadillac’s reply to the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Collection.  It received’t be offered globally, as its German rivals are, however with a well-equipped inside, smooth exterior styling and beginning value of....


DS three Crossback BlueHDi 100 Status 2019 UK evaluation

The subsequent section of DS’s premium push hits the UK with this new small crossover, however can it cope with the competitors? With the DS three hatchback not lengthy for this world, the final bodily ties between the DS model and mother or father Citroën are virtually minimize.The 7 Crossback was the primary stand-alone mannequin distinctive to the luxury-tilting DS marque and set out its stall with a particular cabin and an exterior that caught the attention. Now the three Crossback is right here to take the combat to an even bigger viewers, albeit nonetheless a considerably area of interest one.The small premium crossover section could also be comparatively small beans, however it’s dominated by two huge hitters within the form of the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2 – and now the Volkswagen T-Roc is beginning to muscle in.The three Crossback is vital to extra than simply the DS model,....




Audi S5 switches to 345bhp mild-hybrid diesel

Audi S5 Sportback New engine, shared with not too long ago launched S6 and S7 fashions, affords extra torque and higher gas financial system The Audi S5 will swap from a turbocharged V6 petrol engine to a 345bhp mild-hybrid V6 diesel. The powertrain, which shall be utilized in each the coupe and Sportback variations of the S5, is identical as that launched on the most recent S6 and S7 fashions. It combines a three.Zero-litre TDI diesel with a 48V mild-hybrid system and electrically-powered compressor, and produces 516lb ft of torque between 2500 and 3100rpm. The diesel engine permits the S5 coupe to attain Zero-62mph in four.8secs, the five-door Sportback model being Zero.1secs slower. Each fashions are electronically restricted to 155mph. The three.Zero-litre petrol V6 beforehand used within the S5 had a barely higher output with 349bhp, though, at 369lb ft, it produced considerably much less torque. Audi additionally claims the brand new unit consumes 19....


Porsche 911 Speedster debuts in New York with 495bhp flat-six

Restricted-run goodbye to the 991-generation 911 will probably be restricted to 1948 fashions globally Porsche has formally revealed the manufacturing model of the 911 Speedster as a closing send-off for the 991-generation 911. On show at this week’s New York motor present, the soft-top Speedster is the primary to be developed by Porsche’s motorsport division. It arrives with the identical four.Zero-litre flat-six as the present 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, and receives particular person throttle our bodies much like the 911 GT3 R race automobile for improved response below acceleration.  The naturally-aspirated engine revs to 9000rpm, develops 495bhp and 346lb ft of torque, and is paired completely with a six-speed guide gearbox. The Speedster guarantees a 192mph high pace and might crack Zero-60mph in three.Eight seconds.  The performance-focused Speedster makes use of a chassis based mostly on the present GT3, with which it shares the identical rear axle steering, dynamic engine mounts and 20in centre-lock....




Nissan reveals retro-inspired GT-R 50th Anniversary version

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Revised model of Nissan’s long-running sports activities automobile good points retro styling, turbo and suspension tweaks Nissan has celebrated 50 years of the GT-R sports activities automobile line with the launch of a particular 50th Anniversary Version on the New York motor present. The GT-R 50th Anniversary Version celebrates the anniversary of the GT-R (Gran Turismo Racer) badge, which was launched in 1969 as a variant of the Skyline. The GT-R grew to become a standalone mannequin in 2007. The particular version can be provided in three ‘heritage-inspired’ color schemes, that are all based mostly on liveries from Skyline GT-R automobiles that competed within the Japan GP sequence. That features ‘Bayside Blue’, a color retired for the reason that R34 GT-R mannequin. The inside incorporates a particular gray color, and options distinctive steering wheel trim, Alcantera headliner and solar visors and seat trim. The 50th Anniversary Version, together....


New Karma Revero GT and GT designed by Pininfarini revealed

2020 Revero GT sports activities a delicate styling evolution from the unique Fisker Karma BMW hybrid-powered Revero GT launches in Shanghai alongside Pininfarina-designed coupé and beautiful EV idea US-based electrical automobile maker Karma has revealed a brand new model of its Europe-bound Revero GT hybrid saloon, together with a coupé model developed at the side of Italian design home Pininfarina, on the Shanghai motor present. The Chinese language-backed Karma has additionally displayed a daring SC1 Imaginative and prescient Idea on the present, as a part of its three-car ‘new daybreak’ product showcase to launch the model into the China market and spotlight its daring enlargement plans. The unique Revero GT, launched in 2016 and to date solely bought within the US, was a closely reworked model of the Fisker Karma. Whereas the present model of the Porsche Panamera four E-Hybrid rival makes use of a 260bhp 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder Basic Motors-developed engine,....




New Genesis Mint idea is quirky electrical metropolis automobile

Hyundai-owned premium model claims mannequin has 200-mile vary and is able to 350kW charging The Genesis Mint idea is a premium metropolis automobile that guarantees to be “extremely manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive,” in accordance with the Hyundai-owned luxurious automobile model. The 2-door electrical Mint, revealed on the New York motor present, is claimed to supply 200 miles of vary and is able to 350kW fast-charging. If it have been to make manufacturing, an intention not but confirmed, it might be an uncommon transfer for a premium automobile maker. The vast majority of makers are opting to provide bigger electrical automobiles, which reply the continuing demand for SUVs, higher go well with the necessities of a battery pack and may justify a dearer price ticket. The Mint’s closest rival is the upcoming Honda E, which the Japanese producer says will turn out to be its flagship mannequin, because of revolutionary know-how and a excessive specification.....


Mercedes-Benz CLA 220d 2019 evaluate

Mercedes’ new four-door coupé might use A-Class underpinnings, however it has been engineered to be a lot sportier to drive Maybe it will be extra instructive at first to say what this new Mercedes-Benz CLA shouldn’t be: an A-Class in drag. In fact, it sits on the identical platform as Mercedes’ newest hatchback and makes use of the identical engines, gearboxes and lots of different methods. However when you will not be stunned in any respect to see that it doesn’t appear like an A-Class, it’s much less straightforward to guess that it doesn’t really feel like one, both.5 petrol-powered CLA variants will come to the UK this summer season, all obtainable to order now. There are the CLA 180 and CLA 200, each powered by a 1.Three-litre turbocharged engines, and the CLA 220, CLA 220 4Matic and CLA 250, all utilizing a 2.Zero-litre motor. All have a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox (though a guide is....




Up to date Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S revealed as quickest SUV to lap the Nurburgring

New four.Zero-litre V8 petrol-powered SUV is accessible in common and Coupé bodystyles; has a prime velocity of 174mph Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its facelifted GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupé on the 2019 New York motor present and proclaimed the previous to be the quickest SUV to have ever lapped the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordscheife. The efficiency SUVs have acquired a sequence of delicate adjustments, most of that are centered on the exterior styling and upgrades to its inside. New options embrace redesigned LED headlights and tail-lights and new trapezoidal twin tailpipes. Prospects can now additionally specify new 21in alloy wheels and Graphite Gray Magno matt paint.   The most vital upgrades are discovered inside, nevertheless. Included is a revised instrument binnacle and Mercedes’ new MBUX working system with touchscreen, touchpad, voice and (elective) gesture management. There’s additionally a brand new AMG steering wheel that options touchpads inside its horizontal spokes and affords extra upholstery choices. Energy for the SUVs continues to be offered....


Toyota Yaris prototype conducts high-speed assessments on the Nurburgring

Yaris-based mule exhibits the producer is shifting ahead with plans to provide extra efficiency fashions A Toyota improvement mule resembling the Yaris has been noticed testing on the Nürburgring, sporting the bodywork from the present automobile and a camouflage livery. The corporate has made no announcement concerning a new scorching hatch, however, underneath the identical disguise as prototypes of the just lately revealed Supra sports activities automobile, the mule seems to be finishing up high-speed efficiency and dealing with assessments. The principle clue as to the mannequin’s sporting ambitions are discovered on the rear, the place two wide-bore exhaust pipes could be seen exiting a diffuser-style bumper. Elsewhere, broad alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tyres spherical off a low, squat stance in the identical vein because the range-topping GRMN variant of the present Yaris.  The following-gen Yaris will transfer to Toyota’s newest TNGA car structure, as utilized by the brand new Corolla and Camry. That automobile is....




Toyota Camry 2019 assessment

Huge, intelligent and may final a lifetime, however there’s no ignoring the truth that it lacks the outright polish of its European rivals Dunkin’ Donuts, late-night chat exhibits, Twinkies, Sketchers, Seinfeld and the Toyota Camry – all ideas that, whereas proving extensively well-liked in good ol’ US of A, haven’t transferred notably nicely once they’ve been introduced over to the UK. Whereas American patrons have at all times beloved the thought of enormous, comfy, petrol-powered saloons (Toyota sells greater than 400,000 Camrys a yr within the US alone), British patrons have usually favoured smaller, extra nimble diesel automobiles from ‘premium’ producers. That is why the Camry was canned again in 2004; whereas the European massive saloon market went mad for diesel, Toyota didn’t supply one and gross sales predictably slumped.However now, in an ironic flip of occasions, the Camry identify is about to make a return to British sellers, as a consequence....


2019 Shanghai motor present: full report and all the brand new automobiles

Shanghai motor present 2019 Your one-stop store for up-to-date data on one of many world’s largest new automobile occasions On the Shanghai motor present, a number of the largest producers you’ve by no means heard of displayed their latest fashions alongside acquainted Western manufacturers eager to crack the world’s most profitable automotive market. Lengthy gone are the times when Shanghai was an exhibition of essentially the most blatant copycat automobiles, and the spectacular high quality of latest Chinese language creations is starting to pose a really actual menace to extra established producers. The 2019 version was particularly vital, with an growing variety of Chinese language fashions being ready for European launches and world producers equivalent to Volkswagen including to their vary of fashions tailored particularly on the market in China.  Shanghai 2019: Full present report China’s automobile gross sales fell for the tenth consecutive month in March, pitching the nation’s rising ranks of automobile....




Toyota conducts high-speed assessments on the Nurburgring

Japanese producer’s plan to provide extra efficiency fashions edges nearer to actuality A Toyota growth mule resembling the Yaris has been noticed testing on the Nürburgring, sporting the bodywork from the present automotive and a camouflage livery. The corporate has made no announcement concerning an u new sizzling hatch, however, sporting the identical camouflage design as prototypes of the not too long ago revealed Supra sports activities automotive, the automotive appears to be finishing up high-speed efficiency and dealing with assessments. The principle clue as to the mannequin’s sporting ambitions are discovered on the rear, the place two wide-bore exhaust pipes could be seen exiting a diffuser-style bumper. Elsewhere, broad alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tyres spherical off a low, squat stance in the identical vein because the range-topping GRMN variant of the present Yaris.  The brand new Yaris, resulting from be launched in late 2020, will transfer to Toyota’s newest TNGA car structure,....


No extra copycats: why Chinese language vehicles have been the celebs at Shanghai

Opinion: motor present reveals proof that the world’s quickest rising automotive business can also be the quickest to mature Regardless of how optimistic a motor present has been in China, there’s practically all the time been one thing to impress a ‘however’ while you draw conclusions on the state of the world’s largest automotive market and the way it presents itself to the remainder of the world. That ‘however’ is normally a cringeworthy copycat automobile, or one thing that appears in-built such a approach that you already know it will crumble the minute they wheel it off the stand. However – and right here’s that ‘however’ used for an additional purpose – not the 2019 Shanghai motor present. Right here was a present the place the native automotive makers actually might proudly show their merchandise side-by-aspect with the western manufacturers, demonstratiing, in lots of circumstances, the type of designs and inventive ideas that obtained folks speaking....




Byton M-Byte SUV gearing up for manufacturing

Firm co-founder departs fledgling EV model forward of £35,000 debut mannequin Chinese language electrical start-up Byton will start preliminary manufacturing of its M-Byte SUV this summer season, forward of quantity manufacturing by the top of 2019 – however will do with out firm co-founder Carsten Breitfeld. The previous BMW i-division boss is about to step down as Byton CEO for a brand new, undisclosed function inside the start-up trade. “Carsten helped construct a robust Byton model and usher in the precise individuals to take our start-up to the following stage,” Byton co-founder and CEO Dr. Daniel Kirchert. “Now we’re specializing in our most important aim to realize the on-time-start-of-production of the primary Byton sequence manufacturing mannequin in 2019 with our robust crew and companions. “Due to our founding crew and all workers we’re nicely on observe and looking out ahead to delivering the M-Byte this yr to prospects in China,....


Toyota iQ metropolis automobile reborn as China-only Singulato iC3 EV

Singulato iC3 Chinese language agency secures settlement with Toyota to show iQ into electrical metropolis automobile The Toyota iQ metropolis automobile has been reborn in China, with the rising Singulato agency utilizing it as the idea for a brand new electric-only iC3 machine that has been launched on the Shanghai motor present. Beijing-based Singulato was based in 2014 as an EV-only agency, and is gearing as much as launch a mid-size iS6 SUV later this yr. It has agreed a cope with Toyota to make use of the eQ, a limited-run electrical model of the iQ that was bought within the US and Japan, as the idea for its iC3 metropolis automobile. Singulato has pitched its automobile as an “city dream cruiser”.  Apart from switching from combustion engines to an EV powertrain, the iC3 is constructed completely with iQ elements, together with the chassis, brakes, steering and suspension. It additionally options some....




Shanghai motor present 2019: better of the Chinese language vehicles

All of the upcoming new fashions from the home companies of the world’s largest automobile market revealed It should come as no shock that China’s automobile producers used the 2019 version of the nation’s fastest-growing motor present to debut a spread of recent fashions. There was a slew of recent steel in Shanghai, in each idea and manufacturing type. And with home-grown firms now turning their consideration to international markets, these arrivals have gotten more and more related to the broader world. Under, we’ve chosen a number of the fashions that may very well be arriving in Europe very quickly. Hongqi HS7: the BMW-beating grille Assume the brand new BMW X7’s grille is imposing? That of the Hongqi HS7 provides it a run for its cash. Chinese language patrons like sturdy, aggressive and chrome-laden entrance ends on their vehicles, and BMW’s newest design technique begins to make sense while you see what the Chinese....


Particular version Nissan 370Z celebrates 50 years of Z vehicles

Nissan launches retro-inspired 370Z in New York to mark half a century of Nissan efficiency fashions Nissan has revealed a restricted version variant of the 370Z coupé to have a good time 50 years of its Z efficiency vary. The 370Z 50th Anniversary Version has been unveiled in New York, with a paint scheme impressed by the SCCA-winning BRE 240Z raced by John Morton within the early 1970s. The particular version relies on the 370Z Sport, one in all 4 trim ranges accessible on the Porsche 718 Cayman rival for 2020.  Consumers can select from two retro-inspired liveries (white/pink or silver/black), which characteristic a contrasting bonnet, wing mirrors, bootlid and roofline, alongside two signature racing stripes on every door.  Different bespoke design options embody distinctive 19in light-weight aluminium wheels with pink accents, rear spoiler delete and 50th anniversary badging on the entrance and rear bumpers. Inside, the 50th Anniversary Version....




New hydrogen-only automotive agency launches with Pininfarina idea

Grove Pininfarina Granite Chinese language start-up reveals Granite idea and Obsidian SUV at Shanghai, shares ‘international ambitions’ to develop gas cell know-how New Chinese language start-up Grove, which claims to be the world’s first hydrogen gas cell-only mass manufacturing firm, has launched on the Shanghai motor present with an idea automotive designed by Italian styling home Pininfarina. The idea automotive is the results of a “wide-ranging” deal between Pininfarina and Grove, which relies within the Chinese language province of Wuhan and has a design studio in Barcelona, Spain. The Grove Pininfarina idea is a putting four-door coupé-style saloon, with a daring entrance grille and a extremely sculpted rear diffuser. It additionally options frameless doorways and cameras instead of wing mirrors. No technical or efficiency particulars have been revealed. Whereas the agency has not confirmed a reputation for the automotive in press supplies, the rear quantity plates suggests it makes use of....


Toyota launches China-only electrical C-HR

China’s first electrical Toyota shares a platform with the Corolla and can go on sale in 2020 Toyota has revealed an electrical variant of its C-HR compact SUV solely for the Chinese language market. Unveiled on the Shanghai motor present alongside the an identical Izoa, which will probably be produced by Chinese language firm FAW, the C-HR EV will go on sale in 2020.  The brand new mannequin, first introduced on the Beijing motor present final yr, is the primary electrical Toyota to grow to be out there in China, and the primary to make use of the agency’s new TNGA platform as featured on the brand new Corolla. Efficiency and powertrain particulars are unconfirmed, however delicate styling revisions such because the absence of a entrance grille differentiate the brand new EV from its conventionally fuelled sibling.  The revealing is step one in Toyota’s plan to introduce 10 electrified fashions in China....




New Xpeng P7 launched as Chinese language Tesla Mannequin three rival

Electrical four-door saloon makes its public debut on the Shanghai motor present Chinese language electrical automobile maker Xpeng has launched its second manufacturing mannequin on the Shanghai motor present. The P7 four-door saloon will rival the Tesla Mannequin three with up to date coupé-like styling and a drivetrain that is claimed to supply it with a spread of greater than 311 miles in China’s NEDC-based assessments. Key styling parts embody an extended wheelbase, a brief entrance overhang, frameless doorways, hid door handles and a panoramic windscreen. The fledgling firm, formally referred to as Xiaopeng Car, additionally says the P7, previously identified underneath the codename E28, will supply “superior driver-vehicle interplay and cutting-edge autonomous driving options to enrich its efficiency and vary”. Talking on the 2019 Nvidia GPU Know-how Convention within the US final month, Xpeng’s head of autonomous driving, Xinzhou Wu, stated: “Our in-house working system and proprietary autonomous driving software program constructed on Nvidia’s highly effective Xavier chip....


Shanghai motor present 2019 notes: information, updates and extra

Our reporters share the automotive reveals and business tales from one among China’s largest motoring occasions Shanghai is shortly changing into one of many world’s premier motor exhibits, with home-grown producers trying to broaden exterior their native territory and European manufacturers looking for a profitable piece of the world’s largest automotive market. Producers are comfortable to cater to the Chinese language urge for food for extended-wheelbase saloons, big-grilled SUVs and electrical automobiles, with BMW introducing the three Collection LWB and Aston Martin unveiling the Rapide E. At this yr’s present, the likes of Geely, BYD, Wey and Nio have launched automobiles that may ultimately make their strategy to Europe (together with the UK), whereas Geely-owned Lotus lastly confirmed its electrical hypercar, the Kind 130. Different European manufacturers used the present to disclose ideas, with Audi exhibiting the AI:ME, Renault presenting the Metropolis Okay-ZE electrical compact crossover and Volkswagen extending its upcoming ID electrical mannequin vary with the Roomzz massive....




Lotus celebrates motorsport success with Evora GT4 idea

British-built ultra-lightweight particular version is a 444bhp three.5-litre petrol V6-powered racer Lotus has unveiled a GT4-spec race variant of its Evora GT430 hardcore sports activities automobile on the Shanghai motor present. Developed and constructed at Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, the track-prepped Evora GT4 idea is completed in a particular two-flag livery that celebrates its British heritage and Chinese language launch location.  The 1200kg mannequin’s three.5-litre petrol V6 has been tuned to supply 444bhp and 376lb ft at 4000rpm, leading to a power-to-weight ratio of 370bhp per tonne and a claimed high velocity of 170mph.  Sitting on race-spec centre-lock wheels shod with slick tyres, the Evora GT4 sports activities an adjustable rear wing, a roof-mounted carbonfibre air consumption and aerodynamics-enhancing louvres on the entrance wings.  The carbonfibre entrance bumper has been tailored to function detachable canards and brake cooling vents, whereas a four-vein diffuser and huge ducts on the rear improve downforce and aerodynamic effectivity.  Additional weight-saving measures embody....


Nio ET Preview hints at 2021 electrical saloon

Chinese language model’s first saloon previewed by 80%-complete design idea; follows electrical hypercar and SUVs Nio has revealed a brand new idea automobile that previews its first saloon mannequin on the Shanghai motor present. The ET Preview is alleged by insiders on the Chinese language agency to be round 80% consultant of an electrical giant saloon that’s due in manufacturing earlier than 2021. No technical particulars have but been launched by Nio, which has solely made SUVs up to now after launching with the limited-edition EP9 electrical hypercar, but it surely’s understood that the ET is carefully associated to the ES6 SUV. The ES6 will enter manufacturing this June, becoming a member of the Audi Q7-sized ES8 in Nio’s vary. It will get an NEDC vary of 317 miles from its 84kWh battery pack. The ET Preview was penned by the unique BMW i design crew, together with exterior designer Kris Tomasson. It was designed in Munich, Germany however is at....




Aiways aiming for UK launch with U5 SUV in 2021

Volkswagen Tiguan-sized electrical SUV may enter right-hand-drive manufacturing after its European debut subsequent 12 months Aiways may launch its new U5 electrical SUV within the UK in right-hand-drive type in 2021, after the start-up firm revealed sturdy curiosity in its first automobile. Aiways is one among a number of Chinese language manufacturers to have gone public on plans for a European launch. It plans for a Europe-wide roll-out of the U5 from early 2020, after the mannequin goes into manufacturing in China later this 12 months in left-hand-drive type. The U5 is a Volkswagen Tiguan-sized SUV that drives its entrance wheels via an electrical motor that is fed by a 65kWh battery pack. Its vary is 313 miles on the NEDC cycle, with WLTP testing but to be accomplished. Alexander Klose, Aiways’ abroad director, says the corporate plans to construct simply 2000 models this 12 months to make sure the standard is ample....


China-only BMW three Collection LWB launches

BMW three Collection long-wheelbase China-only model of seventh-generation saloon is stretched to supply more room within the rear BMW has revealed the long-wheelbase model of the brand new three Collection saloon, which will likely be supplied solely within the Chinese language market, at this 12 months’s Shanghai motor present. The prolonged model of the not too long ago launched seventh-generation three Collection has been reworked to supply additional area within the rear, together with numerous new options. It suits an extended pattern of automobile corporations making longer variations of premium fashions for China. The stretched three Collection’s wheelbase of 2851mm is 41mm longer than the common three Collection, and the automobile’s whole size is stretched to 4719mm. It’s 1827mm large and 1459mm excessive, with elevated observe widths of 1583mm on the entrance and 1599mm on the rear. Energy comes from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, whereas the three Collection long-wheelbase options....




New Karma Revero GT and Pininfarina GT revealed with BMW hybrid powertrain

2020 Revero GT sports activities a delicate styling evolution from the unique Fisker Karma Revero GT launches in Shanghai alongside Pininfarina-designed coupé and gorgeous EV idea US-based electrical automobile maker Karma has revealed a brand new model of its Europe-bound Revero GT hybrid saloon, together with a coupé model developed along side Italian design home Pininfarina, on the Shanghai motor present. The Chinese language-backed Karma has additionally displayed a daring SC1 Imaginative and prescient Idea on the present, as a part of its three-car ‘new daybreak’ product showcase to launch the model into the China market and spotlight its daring growth plans. The unique Revero GT, launched in 2016 and to this point solely offered within the US, was a closely reworked model of the Fisker Karma. Whereas the present model of the Porsche Panamera four E-Hybrid rival makes use of a 260bhp 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder Basic Motors-developed engine, with twin electrical....


China’s Wey bringing premium SUV vary to Europe this yr

Frankfurt debut for high-end car-maker trying to broaden out of its residence territory Chinese language premium model Wey will launch into Europe at this September’s Frankfurt motor present, with a spread of SUVs designed to rival the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The SUV agency, owned by main Chinese language agency Nice Wall, was established simply over two years in the past. It has already bought greater than 250,000 automobiles in its residence nation. Wey’s entry into Europe will probably be one of the crucial intriguing but for a Chinese language automotive maker, given it has been arrange with the categorical intention of worldwide exports from the beginning and is making an attempt to place itself as a maker of high quality and fascinating SUV fashions. “Sure, we do have a world technique,” mentioned gross sales and advertising and marketing boss Liu Yan. “It’s too early to say at this....




New prolonged BMW three Sequence launched in Shanghai

BMW three Sequence long-wheelbase China-only model of seventh-generation saloon is stretched to supply extra space within the rear BMW has revealed the long-wheelbase model of the brand new three Sequence saloon, which might be supplied solely within the Chinese language market, at this yr’s Shanghai motor present. The prolonged model of the not too long ago launched seventh-generation three Sequence has been reworked to supply further area within the rear, together with a lot of new options. It suits a protracted pattern of automotive companies making longer variations of premium fashions for China. The stretched three Sequence’s wheelbase of 2851mm is 41mm longer than the common three Sequence, and the automotive’s complete size is stretched to 4719mm. It’s 1827mm extensive and 1459mm excessive, with elevated observe widths of 1583mm on the entrance and 1599mm on the rear. Energy comes from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, whereas the three Sequence long-wheelbase options....


James Ruppert: one of the best ULEZ-beaters for city households

A petroleum auto Merc R-Class will get you into London’s ULEZ Extremely-low-emission zones are altering how we select vehicles, so let’s take inventory of what is on supply Effectively, that is turning into one thing of an everyday incidence: the ULEZ (Extremely-Low-Emission Zone) query. Promise I received’t make a behavior of this, however it isn’t simply London which is affected. There’s heaps flawed with the scheme, not least that some embody motorbikes, however I’m not right here to put in writing about these. Certainly, I’m right here to put in writing about one thing fairly terrible. Let’s see what the reader’s query truly was.  “I’m on the lookout for a petrol-engined computerized automobile that’s ULEZ compliant and might match three full-size automobile seats throughout the again. Finances as much as £8000. Priorities are security, consolation, reliability and a few driver attraction. And it could possibly’t look as ugly as a....




New Aston Martin Rapide E revealed with greater than 600bhp

Aston Martin Rapide E Simply 155 examples of Gaydon’s all-electric Porsche Taycan rival shall be constructed, with value but to be confirmed Aston Martin has revealed its production-ready Rapide E electrical luxurious saloon on the Shanghai motor present. Previewed by varied conceps, this Rapide E is the ultimate model that shall be delivered to prospects later this 12 months. It’s vital each as the primary Aston EV and the primary mannequin to go away the model’s new ‘house of electrification’ facility in St Athan, Wales. Restricted to 155 examples and out there to order now at an undisclosed value, the Rapide E incorporates a entrance finish redesigned from the usual Rapide to help cooling and aerodynamics. It additionally gives a visible hyperlink to Aston’s newest fashions such because the DBS Superleggera.  Much less seen however equally vital are the modifications to the underfloor, directing airflow from the entrance splitter to a brand new,....


Mini Clubman facelift brings styling tweaks and trim modifications

Volkswagen Golf rival receives redesigned entrance finish, new color choices and sports activities suspension bundle Mini has carried out a mid-life refresh on the four-year outdated Clubman, rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.  Many of the modifications are aesthetic, however there are enhancements in lighting and a few recent color and alloy wheel decisions. There’s additionally a brand new sports activities suspension choice, which lowers the automobile’s journey top by 10mm, whereas adaptive dampers stay an choice. The road-up stays unchanged, save for the deletion this coming July of the Clubman Metropolis, an entry-level mannequin aimed toward fleets that can be dropped. Its absence and an across-the-board value enhance of £900 implies that the vary will begin at £21,200 fairly than £19,995. The refresh is most evident from the entrance, the place the black bar bisecting the grille has been eliminated to tidy the Clubman’s nostril, whereas the black....




Unique particulars: Lotus confirms electrical Kind 130 hypercar

T130: four-wheel drive, good vary and much of energy New four-wheel-drive EV hypercar set to function greater than 1000bhp – and Autocar has been given a sneak preview Lotus has confirmed that it’s within the superior phases of growing an all-electric hypercar – months after Autocar solely revealed the undertaking.  Referred to as Kind 130, the mannequin can be Lotus’s first all-new manufacturing automotive since 2008. Lotus additionally claims it is going to be the primary absolutely electrical hypercar constructed and to go on sale from a British producer. A preview picture has been launched displaying the facet profile of the brand new automotive, and Autocar was just lately given an unique walk-around of a full-size clay mannequin on the agency’s Hethel base. The title is a reference to a variety of groundbreaking fashions which have appeared all through the Norfolk model’s 71-year historical past, starting with the Kind 14 Elite....


Renault Metropolis Ok-ZE: manufacturing model of price range EV revealed

New city crossover will go on sale in China this yr earlier than being launched in different markets Renault has revealed its Metropolis Ok-ZE electrical compact crossover on the Shanghai motor present forward of gross sales beginning in China later this yr.  The brand new mannequin, which is known to supply a 155-mile vary on the NEDC check cycle, was first revealed in idea kind on the Paris motor present final yr and is a key a part of the French’s agency’s plan to dramatically enhance its gross sales in China. It turns into Renault’s smallest EV, sitting beneath the Zoe, being broadly related in measurement to the conventionally powered Twingo, with a wheelbase of 2423mm and a boot capability of 300 litres. Inside, the Metropolis Ok-ZE has an eight.0in touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone compatibility. It provides a number of charging modes, together with a fast-charge perform that may fill the battery from empty to 80% in 50 minutes.....




Lotus confirms forthcoming all-electric hypercar

T130: four-wheel drive, good vary and much of energy 4-wheel drive Sort 130 EV is promised to interrupt new floor, in true Lotus custom Lotus has confirmed that it’s within the superior phases of growing an all-electric hypercar – months after Autocar solely revealed the undertaking.  Referred to as Sort 130, the mannequin might be Lotus’s first all-new manufacturing automotive since 2008. Lotus additionally claims will probably be the primary absolutely electrical hypercar constructed and to go on sale from a British producer. A preview picture has been launched displaying the aspect profile of the brand new automotive.  The identify is a reference to a variety of groundbreaking fashions which have appeared all through the Norfolk model’s 71-year historical past, starting with the Sort 14 Elite in 1957 – claimed to be the world’s first composite monocoque manufacturing automotive. The latest, the Sort 111 (the world’s first aluminium and bonded....


New Aston Martin Rapide E revealed with over 600bhp

Simply 155 examples of Gaydon’s all-electric Porsche Taycan rival might be constructed, with value but to be confirmed Aston Martin has revealed its production-ready Rapide E electrical luxurious saloon on the Shanghai motor present. Previewed by varied conceps, this Rapide E is the ultimate model that might be delivered to clients later this yr. It’s important each as the primary Aston EV and the primary mannequin to go away the model’s new ‘dwelling of electrification’ facility in St Athan, Wales. Restricted to 155 examples and out there to order now at an undisclosed value, the Rapide E incorporates a entrance finish redesigned from the usual Rapide to assist cooling and aerodynamics. It additionally offers a visible hyperlink to Aston’s newest fashions such because the DBS Superleggera.  Much less seen however equally important are the modifications to the underfloor, directing airflow from the entrance splitter to a brand new, bigger rear diffuser made potential....




Autocar confidential: Morgan’s manufacturing unit growth plans, BMW’s hydrogen doubts and extra

Mercedes boss Ola Källenius says we cannot be shopping for solid-state battery-powered EVs earlier than 2025 Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive trade On this week’s report from the motoring grapevine, we hear why BMW is not prioritising hydrogen expertise improvement, how Morgan will use a number of the funds from its latest money injection and extra. No strong plans Stable-state battery expertise stays a number of years away from manufacturing actuality, in keeping with new Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius. Chatting with Autocar, he claimed that not one of the suppliers growing it “are at the moment on the stage the place we will exit and say ‘please promote me these’”. Källenius reckons we gained’t see a solid-state manufacturing EV earlier than 2025.  Citi limits The Skoda e-Citigo, launching this 12 months because the Czech agency’s first electrical mannequin, will characteristic a....


Jetta: New China-only Volkswagen fashions proven at Shanghai

VS5’s shut resemblance to the Seat Ateca is a clue to its roots Funds model will goal youthful patrons, providing a rebadged Volkswagen Jetta saloon and a pair of Seat-derived SUVs Volkswagen has launched a brand new standalone model for the Chinese language market, named after its long-running Jetta mannequin, on the Shanghai motor present. The Jetta model will probably be run by the German agency in co-operation with long-time Chinese language three way partnership associate First Vehicle Works (FAW). It should goal youthful patrons exterior main metropolitan areas. The 2 firms first revealed they have been planning a finances model in 2017. Volkswagen gross sales boss Jürgen Stackmann stated: “With Jetta, we’re closing the hole between the established Volkswagen lead model within the high quantity section and entry-level mobility, which accounts for about one-third of the Chinese language market and is served primarily by native manufacturers. This manner, we are going to considerably enhance our market protection.”....




Volkswagen hints at upcoming rugged electrical 4×4

Roomzz and Crozz electrical SUVs could possibly be adopted by MEB platform-based off-roader Volkswagen is contemplating an all-electric off-roader as a part of its new ID household of automobiles, design boss Klaus Bischoff has confirmed. The agency will later this 12 months launch the manufacturing model of the ID hatch, the primary machine constructed on its new MEB platform – and it is going to be adopted by a string of totally electrical fashions on that structure within the coming years. Talking on the eve of the Shanghai motor present, the place the agency launched a brand new ID Roomzz giant SUV idea, Bischoff responded to a query about Volkswagen producing a extra conventional MEB-based 4×4 by saying: “Perhaps one of many subsequent ID members of the family is a extra rugged factor than we now have seen.”  At Geneva, Volkswagen launched an ID Buggy idea, which is meant as....


Volkswagen launches Jetta as standalone model for China

VS5’s shut resemblance to the Seat Ateca is a clue to its roots Price range model will goal youthful patrons, providing a rebadged Volkswagen Jetta saloon and a pair of Seat-derived SUVs Volkswagen has launched a brand new standalone model for the Chinese language market, named after its long-running Jetta mannequin, on the Shanghai motor present. The Jetta model will probably be run by the German agency in co-operation with long-time Chinese language three way partnership companion First Vehicle Works (FAW). It’s going to goal youthful patrons outdoors main metropolitan areas. The 2 corporations first revealed they had been planning a price range model in 2017. Volkswagen gross sales boss Jürgen Stackmann mentioned: “With Jetta, we’re closing the hole between the established Volkswagen lead model within the prime quantity section and entry-level mobility, which accounts for about one-third of the Chinese language market and is served primarily by native manufacturers. This fashion, we’ll considerably enhance our market protection.”....




Mercedes-Benz targets Audi Q3 with rugged GLB idea

The GLB is the eighth mannequin to be constructed on the MFA platform G-Class impressed compact SUV to supply 5 and seven-seat choices in manufacturing type Mercedes-Benz has previewed a brand new G-Class-inspired rugged compact SUV on the Shanghai motor present with its Idea GLB.  Scheduled to enter manufacturing later this 12 months, with 5 or seven seats, the GLB encompasses a boxy off-road design and variable four-wheel drive that Mercedes hopes will mix to provide the automotive some Land Rover Defender-style cachet as one in all its extra distinctive fashions. The GLB will function a rugged rival to the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X1 and Audi Q3.  In addition to being provided with petrol and diesel engines, by 2021 the GLB might be obtainable as an electrical variant, dubbed the EQB.  The brand new SUV is described by Mercedes as providing class-leading ranges of versatility, and might be....


Former Volkswagen CEO charged with Dieselgate fraud

Martin Winterkorn has been charged by German prosecutors for his position within the diesel emissions testing scandal Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been charged with fraud by German prosecutors investigating the Dieselgate scandal, as have 4 different executives. Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it fitted lots of of hundreds of diesel-engined vehicles with ‘defeat units’ that allowed them to beat US emissions exams. The German agency was then compelled to recall lots of of hundreds of vehicles. Prosecutors within the metropolis of Braunschweig investigating the scandal declare Winterkorn violated competitors legal guidelines by not disclosing the manipulation of diesel engines and failing to ban the set up of additional engines that includes the unlawful software program. Additionally they declare Winterkorn authorised a software program replace, at a price of €23 million (£19.eight million), that was “ineffective” however served to “proceed obscuring” the usage of the defeat machine techniques. If discovered responsible, stories counsel Winterkorn faces between six....




2019 Shanghai motor present: all the brand new automobiles revealed

Volkswagen previewed a Tesla Mannequin X rival within the type of its new Roomzz idea Your one-stop store for up-to-date info on the occasion in China On the Shanghai motor present, a number of the greatest producers you’ve by no means heard of are displaying their latest fashions alongside acquainted Western manufacturers eager to crack the world’s most profitable automotive market. Lengthy gone are the times when Shanghai was an exhibition of essentially the most blatant copycat automobiles, and the spectacular high quality of recent Chinese language creations is starting to pose a really actual menace to extra established producers. The 2019 version is particularly vital, with an rising variety of Chinese language fashions being ready for European launches and world producers comparable to Volkswagen including to their vary of fashions tailored particularly on the market in China.  Right here, we check out an important unveilings. Aston Martin Rapide E Aston Martin....


2019 Vauxhall Corsa: new supermini is 10% lighter than present mannequin

The design of the next-gen Corsa was overhauled when PSA acquired Vauxhall/Opel Aluminium powertrains shared with the Peugeot 208 contribute to a weight saving of as much as 108kg The sixth-generation Vauxhall Corsa, due in dealerships this summer time, weighs as much as 108kg lower than the outgoing mannequin.  Vauxhall claims that, relying on specification, the brand new supermini can weigh as little as 980kg – roughly 130kg lower than the lightest Ford Fiesta.  The load loss comes courtesy of latest high-strength metal bodywork, light-weight inside insulation supplies and a spread of all-aluminium powertrains.  Just like the range-topping variant of the present Insignia, the brand new Corsa will characteristic an aluminium bonnet weighing 2.4kg lower than the metal unit fitted to the present mannequin, as proven in a breakdown of weight financial savings revealed by the producer (under). Latest spy pictures of the upcoming Volkswagen Polo rival present a design that shares....




Mazda Comes Dwelling Fourth In Lengthy Seaside

The opening lap of Saturday afternoon’s BUBBA burger Sports activities Automotive Grand Prix at Lengthy Seaside noticed each Soul Pink Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps march ahead by way of the Daytona Prototype discipline, as Tristan Nunez went from fifth to 3rd within the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P whereas Jonathan Bomarito, within the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P, went from 11th to sixth. Bomarito had been relegated to the rear of the sector, after injury sustained throughout Friday’s qualifying session compelled the workforce to change the bathtub of the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P earlier than Saturday’s 100-minute race. Nunez, who had initially certified in sixth place, was moved to fifth as a consequence. After storming by way of the sector within the opening lap, Bomarito was slowed once more by an incident in flip eight of the Lengthy Seaside circuit which noticed the automobile spin and make minor contact with the wall. Bomarito....


Used automobile shopping for information: Porsche 928

Early automobiles made 237bhp; the final GTS received 345bhp The as soon as unloved Porsche 928 has now discovered favour as a comparatively fashionable basic, and costs are on the rise It’s 41 years for the reason that first Porsche 928 rolled off the manufacturing line in 1978. Extra astonishing nonetheless, on this age of mannequin cycles barely longer than a weekend, it’s solely 24 years for the reason that final one bowed out in 1995. That’s an enormous age vary to ponder, however as is at all times the case after we’re speaking about outdated motors, just one factor actually issues when shopping for a 928: situation.  For years the mannequin languished in motoring’s retirement dwelling, celebrated sometimes however in any other case left to rot. As just lately as 2013, respectable runners could possibly be picked up for as little as £4750, some dropping as little as £2300.....




Opinion: Is the automotive world lastly prepared for the Audi A2?

Audi’s electrical hatch idea previews the corporate’s long-term design plans The A2 was too radical for Audi in 1999, however 20 years on the AI:ME idea reveals how a high-tech, compact metropolis automotive could possibly be an enormous hit The Audi AI:ME idea is meant to look 10 years into the long run, however on first sight it made me take into consideration one of many agency’s fashions from 20 years prior to now: the A2.  The entrance grill and varied styling particulars present how Audi’s design – and the entire automotive business – has progressed during the last twenty years. However look previous that and there is a clear resemblance between thw two quick, rounded, high-riding crossovers. After I requested Andreas Mindt, Audi’s head of exterior design, he insisted the similarity was purely “a coincidence”. However he added: “If there are elements of heritage like this, it’s not unhealthy, as a result of....


Futuristic Audi AI:ME idea hints at Volkswagen ID rival

The AI:ME idea is designed for Degree 4 autonomous driving Shared-mobility idea may make manufacturing as an electrical crossover The brand new Audi AI:ME idea, which has made its public debut on the Shanghai motor present, previews the agency’s imaginative and prescient of shared city mobility sooner or later – but additionally offers hints to a forthcoming A3-sized compact electrical mannequin.  The mannequin is the third of 4 ideas the producer is producing to point out its imaginative and prescient for shared motoring in 10 years’ time, with the concept subscribers select the automobile they want for any given second. It follows the 2017 Aicon idea, designed for inner-city journeys, and final 12 months’s PB18 E-tron sports activities automobile.  Whereas the PB18 E-tron possible previews Audi’s future R8 successor, the styling of the AI:ME hints at a compact crossover. The agency says it isn’t constructed on a selected platform, however....




Below the pores and skin: How Mazda is altering inside combustion

The Skyactive-X petrol engine realises the Homogeneous Cost Compression Ignition-combustion idea that producers have strived to good for years The Japanese firm’s new vary of Skyactiv-X petrol engines work in the identical method as diesel motors. Here is why When Mazda developed its Skyactiv-X Spark Managed Compression Ignition (SPCCI) engine, it perfected probably the most elusive ideas since Nikolaus Otto’s first thumper clanked into life almost 150 years in the past. Why? Getting petrol to ignite in the identical method as a diesel by compression as an alternative of a spark had been an engineering holy grail for a very long time.  Auto Ignition, Mixed Combustion System and Gasoline Compression Ignition are all names used for comparable previous tasks by others making an attempt to good the identical idea. The right title for the underlying idea behind all of those (together with SPCCI) is Homogeneous Cost Compression Ignition (HCCI).  With....


Volkswagen Roomzz idea previews 2021 Mannequin X rival

Illuminated VW badge can be an choice throughout upcoming ID vary Largest ID idea is electrical seven-seater with 302bhp and superior autonomous options Volkswagen has prolonged its vary of ID ideas to incorporate a brand new 302bhp electric-powered SUV, referred to as the Roomzz. Unveiled on the Shanghai motor present, the up to date seven-seater acts as a preview to a manufacturing mannequin of comparable measurement and form Volkswagen says can be launched in 2021.  It’s a vital a part of the German automobile maker’s plan to turn out to be the world’s main producer of electrical automobiles by the center of the following decade. Set to be positioned above the upcoming manufacturing model of the Crozz and a extra sporting Crozz Coupé, the Roomzz is alleged to supply inside house superior to that of the Touareg in a physique measuring 4915mm in size, 1890mm in width and 1760mm in....




Driving the ultralight Lister Knobbly continuation

Completely sized for the street, however most suited to the observe The Lister ‘Knobbly’ was born for racing within the 1950s. Now new variations are replicating their glory on the street There aren’t any scarcity of how to blow £300,000 on a pure automotive indulgence. You can go mad on carbonfibre choices and get a McLaren 720S as much as that mark fairly rapidly, whereas a comparatively modestly specced Ferrari 812 Superfast or Lamborghini Aventador will quickly lighten your pocket by the requisite quantity. Or you can purchase a brand-new Lister.  You may know Lister from studying about its super-hot Jaguar F-Tempo and F-Kind-based LFP and LFT, the supercar it intends to make, and even the Lister Storms from a technology again. However the Listers that made the corporate’s title had been attractive 1950s sports activities racing automobiles, culminating in a Jaguar-powered beast generally known as the ‘Knobbly’ for its....


First trip: Porsche Taycan growth prototype

Intelligent electronics give the Taycan spectacular traction even on snow Porsche has constructed its sporting fame on the 911, however can the Taycan pave the way in which to an electrical future? “So what do you need to do now? We may go and do some doughnuts,” says the chassis engineer with ill-disguised hope in his voice. Out right here within the frozen wastes of northern Sweden, it appears virtually compulsory to scribe some circles within the snow. Which is how I discover myself rotating at spectacular pace in a Porsche Taycan, not less than till it rumbles what we’re as much as and begins flashing impolite messages at its driver.  “It’s the identical in all our four-wheel-drive vehicles,” sighs Christian Wolfsried, Porsche’s handiest hand on the Taycan programme. If I perceive accurately, the entrance and rear axles have a little bit of a pow-wow, work out they’re being requested....