Tag: UK Auto News

Dieselgate: recordings of former VW engine chief emerge

Handelsblatt stories prosecutors have found cellphone recordings of Volkswagen Group execs speaking about Dieselgate German prosecutors investigating the Volkswagen Dieselgate case have unearthed recordings of personal cellphone conversations concerning the scandal between former Volkswagen Group engine boss Wolfgang Hatz and different high-ranking managers, in line with the Handelsblatt newspaper. The recordings had been made by Hatz’s spouse over a hands-free automotive speaker, in line with Handelsblatt’s sources. Prosecutors found them as an attachment to an e mail in a cell phone belonging to her. They’re stated to incorporate recordings between Hatz, who additionally served as Porsche analysis and growth boss, and figures together with former Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Müller, present Porsche chairman Oliver Blume and Michael Steiner, who was initially chosen by the Group to guide an investigation into Dieselgate. In a single recording, Hatz is claimed to have requested Müller how his explicit state of affairs as a part of the diesel emissions affair was prone to....




Opinion: Why Skoda should preserve its eye on the ball

The Kamiq will bolster Skoda gross sales in 2019 The Czech automotive maker wants to speculate correctly to make sure long-term success Skoda’s spectacular development lately has usually confirmed up its Volkswagen Group counterparts for gross sales will increase and revenue margins. That was nonetheless the case in 2018 – deliveries grew by four.four% 12 months on 12 months and revenue margins have been eight%, greater than double that of Volkswagen. So in some ways, it was a profitable 12 months for Skoda, a lot in order that the opinion piece I wrote final 12 months nonetheless rings true. However, for everybody together with Skoda, it was a difficult 12 months too and there’s extra to return.  CEO Bernhard Maier highlighted throughout Skoda’s annual press convention right now that there was a number difficult elements at play, a lot of which these within the automotive trade are well-versed in. He....


BMW warns of revenue dip in 2019

BMW boss Harald Krüger with the iNext idea Agency says it should stay a premium market chief regardless of its prediction that difficult situations will trigger a revenue dip The BMW Group has warned that it expects earnings to fall this 12 months resulting from ‘difficult’ enterprise situations, but it surely has additionally stated that it is heading in the right direction to assist form ‘premium mobility’ within the areas of electrification and autonomy. The German agency recorded a pre-tax revenue of £eight.four billion in 2018, an eight.1% decline on 2017 regardless of a slight 1.1% improve in gross sales throughout its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce manufacturers. As with different automobile corporations, it was hit by challenges together with the market downturn in China, the introduction of the WLTP emission laws, the specter of commerce wars and political uncertainty together with Brexit. BMW finance boss Nicolas Peter stated the agency’s 2018 efficiency “didn’t meet....




China’s Xpeng previews new Tesla Mannequin three rival

E28 electrical four-door saloon is about to make its public debut at subsequent month’s Shanghai motor present Chinese language electrical car maker Xpeng has previewed its second manufacturing mannequin forward of its deliberate public premiere at subsequent month’s Shanghai motor present. Identified below the interior codename E28, the four-door saloon was conceived to rival the Tesla Mannequin three with up to date coupé-like styling and a drivetrain that is claimed to offer it with a variety of greater than 311 miles in China’s NEDC-based checks. Though the E28 is closely hid within the official picture, Xpeng says its key styling parts embody a protracted wheelbase, a brief entrance overhang, frameless doorways, hid door handles and a panoramic windscreen. The fledgling firm, formally often known as Xiaopeng Car, additionally says it’ll provide “superior driver-vehicle interplay and cutting-edge autonomous driving options to enhance its efficiency and vary”. Talking on the 2019 Nvidia GPU Expertise Convention within the US this....


Volvo to suit driver monitoring methods as customary from early 2020s

In-car driver displays might result in autonomous vehicles taking management away from drunk or drugged drivers Volvo will match driver monitoring cameras to all fashions as customary from the ‘early 2020s’, a step that might result in a automotive outfitted with self-driving expertise taking management away from a drunk driver.  The initiative is a part of the agency’s ambition to realize zero highway fatalities. It may also impose a 112mph velocity restrict upon all of its automobiles from 2021. The monitoring system will be capable to detect if the driving force is drunk or drugged, or if she or he has fallen asleep or is distracted. Volvo mentioned: “These three areas represent the principle ‘gaps’ in direction of Volvo’s imaginative and prescient of a future with zero visitors fatalities.” The plan to introduce in-car cameras and sensors is partly based mostly on knowledge from the US that exhibits nearly 30% of visitors deaths in automobiles in 2017 concerned intoxicated drivers.....




Lister LFT-C revealed as 205mph F-Kind convertible

Restricted-run mannequin set to be the corporate’s quickest soft-top but Lister has introduced the LFT-C, a convertible model of its LFT-666 Jaguar F-Kind. Solely 10 vehicles might be produced and it’ll turn out to be the quickest open-top supercar in Lister’s 66-year historical past when it arrives later this 12 months. On sale from £139,000 and with “an nearly limitless choices listing”, the LFT-C builds on the F-Kind Convertible with a Lister-tuned, supercharged V8 engine producing 666bhp. Lister claims a Zero-62mph time of lower than three seconds, and a prime velocity in extra of 205mph. The automotive will get the identical bespoke suspension and braking techniques because the LFT-666, whereas the customized exhaust system has been acoustically tuned with open-top driving in thoughts. Every mannequin may have a stable silver plaque on its engine cowl denoting its unique 1/10 standing. Inside, the LFT-C is retrimmed in handstitched Nappa leather-based, with clients in a position to....


Success of Skoda Kodiaq vRS inspiring extra sporty fashions

Curiosity in vRS is optimistic, says boss, with hybrid vRS fashions inevitable The success of the Kodiaq vRS has been a “motivating success” for Skoda which inspires the maker to contemplate different efficiency fashions, in response to CEO Bernhard Maier. At present, Skoda gives the Octavia saloon and Kodiaq SUV with vRS fashions, however Skoda has been cautious in recent times to make main plans for its sporting sub-brand. In addition to the success of the Kodiaq vRS, which already has a take-rate of a fifth of Kodiaq gross sales in some international locations, Maier flagged final 12 months’s Imaginative and prescient RS idea as “demonstrating how Skoda will develop the RS thought sooner or later”. Whereas the Imaginative and prescient RS gave clues to design of the now-revealed Scala hatchback, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is anticipated to be seen in future RS fashions. “On this transformation stage from combustion engine to electrification,....




Skoda to launch low-cost EV after preliminary electrical automotive blitz

Mannequin will observe two MEB-based SUVs based mostly on Imaginative and prescient iV Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier has confirmed lower-cost electrical mannequin based mostly on the VW Group’s MEB platform is into account. The brand new mannequin can be a sibling automotive to the VW ID hatch and not too long ago revealed Seat El-Born, however will arrive after these fashions. An electrical Citigo metropolis automotive with 186 miles vary will launch this yr because the agency’s first EV, earlier than a manufacturing model of the Imaginative and prescient iV idea goes on sale in 2020. That machine would be the first mannequin to launch exterior of Volkswagen to make use of the MEB platform. Autocar reported final yr that there can be two derivatives of that automotive: a typical SUV and a coupe variant akin to the Kodiaq and China-only Kodiaq Coupe. Maier confirmed the plan: “We’ve two MBE automobiles, one is the idea,....


BMW teases 2 Sequence Gran Coupe for November unveiling

Extra sensible, four-door 2 Sequence will go on sale in early 2020 with next-generation infotainment expertise BMW has teased the upcoming 2 Sequence Gran Coupé forward of an official announcement, revealing a single teaser picture of the upcoming liftback. The four-door coupé may have its world debut on the Los Angeles motor present in November earlier than happening sale in early 2020. An idea model can be revealed at BMW’s annual outcomes press convention by CEO Harold Krüger. In a press launch accompanying the teaser picture, BMW confirmed the upcoming automobile would run on a front-wheel-drive platform and share a lot of its mechanical underpinnings with the next-generation 1 Sequence. The 2 Sequence Gran Coupé was most just lately pictured present process winter testing forward of its deliberate reveal. The four-door model of the 2 Sequence Coupé will be seen in our newest spy photographs with camouflaged bodywork. Except for revealing the form of its physique, with a....




BMW teases 2 Collection Gran Coupe for November reveal

Extra sensible, four-door 2 Collection will go on sale in early 2020 with next-generation infotainment know-how BMW has teased the upcoming 2 Collection Gran Coupé forward of an official announcement, revealing a single teaser picture of the upcoming liftback saloon. The four-door coupé could have its world debut on the Los Angeles motor present in November, and is ready to go on sale in early 2020. An idea model shall be revealed on the firm’s annual outcomes press convention by BMW CEO Harold Krüger. In a press launch accompanying the teaser, BMW confirmed the upcoming automobile would run on a front-wheel drive platform, and share a lot of its mechanical underpinnings with the next-generation 1 Collection. The 2 Collection Gran Coupé was most not too long ago pictured present process winter testing forward of its deliberate reveal. The four-door liftback model of the two Collection Coupé will be seen in our newest spy....


Skoda to launch 30 new automobiles by 2023, following file 2018

The electrical Imaginative and prescient iV idea not too long ago proven at Geneva Czech automobile maker is readying for electrification onslaught this yr after rising deliveries by four.four% final yr Skoda will launch 30 new fashions by 2023, no less than 10 of which will likely be electrified, the Czech model has introduced at its annual convention. Its electrification technique will kick off this yr with the launch of the Very good plug-in hybrid and the electrical Citigo metropolis automobile.  Its first mannequin on the MEB electrical platform, which was developed by mum or dad agency the Volkswagen Group, will arrive in 2020. The MEB-based electrical SUV will likely be a manufacturing model of the Imaginative and prescient iV not too long ago proven at Geneva motor present. Skoda has beforehand stated it will have 10 electrified fashions by 2025, so this announcement suggests it has accelerated its plans to attain this purpose....




Toyota and Suzuki agree wide-ranging partnership

Suzuki-branded hybrid automobiles based mostly on RAV4 and Corolla to launch in Europe as a part of ‘wide-ranging collaboration’ Toyota and Suzuki have introduced a brand new wide-ranging collaboration, which is able to contain Toyota producing Suzuki-badged hybrid autos based mostly on the RAV4 and Corolla property for the European market. The 2 Japanese corporations signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a partnership in 2007, and have now agreed ‘concrete particulars’ of the deal. The 2 corporations say the settlement will deliver collectively “Toyota’s energy in electrification applied sciences and Suzuki’s energy in applied sciences for compact autos”.  The settlement can also be designed to assist each corporations “develop in new fields”, and can embrace joint collaboration in manufacturing and electrified autos. Toyota and Suzuki say they are going to “proceed to pretty and freely compete towards one another”. Each corporations have given particulars on quite a lot of particular....


Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Volkswagen Beetle

Authentic Beetle is noisy, fundamental and thirsty, however absolutely essentially the most recognisable, sturdy and pleasant automobile on the street Is the Volkswagen Beetle your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we predict and solid your vote   The Volkswagen Beetle is within the working to be this 12 months’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a special member of the Autocar crew will champion one of many 17 vehicles, however just one could be the Icon of Icons and it’s as much as you to determine – vote right here. This isn’t a defence of the fashionable Beetle, or an try to argue it was misunderstood or under-appreciated. I’m not going to die on that hill, and even stub my toe towards it. The Beetle’s second life is simply an excuse to sing the praises of the unique.  Neither is it simply the primary automobile’s big manufacturing run that brings....




BMW Z4 sDrive20i Sport 2019 overview

This entry-level roadster charms as an all-rounder, however is it the dynamic showcase BMW says it’s? As an entry-level roadster, the new Z4 sDrive20i needs to be among the many sweetest-handling vehicles BMW builds, and due to this fact among the many sweetest-handling vehicles full cease. No stress, then.However as we’ve already discovered, not least from spending time in a improvement prototype and subsequently throughout a drive of the top-billing M40i model, BMW has put its again into making the third-generation Z4 significantly better to drive than its tepid forebear.There are many modifications. The suspension has been re-engineered with a better proportion of aluminium and there’s a brand new five-link set-up on the rear. The engine sits nearer to the automobile’s centre of gravity, which is itself decrease than earlier than, and the entrance monitor is 98mm wider – a colossal improve. On the identical time, the wheelbase has shortened 26mm with a purpose to stiffen the....


Mercedes GLC Coupe will get refreshed appears to be like, new engines for 2019

Tweaked design, new security techniques and uprated inside expertise for Mercedes’ extra fashionable SUV Mercedes-Benz has given the GLC Coupe crossover SUV a mid-life facelift, including mild-hybrid engines to the line-up and enhancing security with new driver help techniques. Anticipated to reach later this yr, the revised GLC Coupe has recieved design tweaks just like these used on the recently-refreshed common GLC. It will get extra pronounced A-pillars, a revised rear diffuser and a diamond radiator grille, together with a particular swooping roofline and rounded rear window. It would launch with a variety of latest 2.Zero-litre inline four-cylinder petrol and Euro 6d-compliant diesel engines, forward of the change in laws due in 2020. The 207bhp GLC200 4Matic and 267bhp GLC300 4Matic embrace Mercedes’ EQ Enhance 48-volt starter-generator, which might help with energy supply or power recuperation for improved gasoline financial system and decreased CO2 emissions. The trio of diesels that full the preliminary line-up,....




BMW X7 2019 overview

Vaster than our highway networks want, however undeniably capacious and finely furnished with it. Brisk and defter than most seven-seaters however no sports activities SUV That is most likely essentially the most regional automotive BMW has designed.Its big-grilled largeness is geared toward consumers in America, the Center East, China and different Asian markets, and judging by the passion with which it was considered by colleagues from Dubai, it seems to be as if BMW might have hit the goal.These consumers are provided a model with a petroleum V8 that we gained’t get, its twin exhausting spitting dune-assaulting promise even at idle.European consumers, who might want to suppose onerous about the place they may park this seven-seater earlier than committing, can select between the 335bhp V6 xDrive 40i sampled right here, a 192bhp xDrive30d or a 290bhp M50d.The X7 shares the just lately renewed X5’s platform, but it surely’s considerably greater....


Skoda to construct new European manufacturing unit to fulfill demand

Czech agency will open a brand new Volkswagen Group plant in Japanese Europe to spice up provide of in-demand fashions Skoda will construct a brand new Volkswagen Group manufacturing unit to deal with demand for its rising SUV line-up and put together for growth into new markets. The Czech agency just lately launched the Kamiq to sit down beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq in its SUV vary. It offered 150,000 Karoqs in 2018, the primary full 12 months the mannequin was on sale, however firm boss Bernhard Maier has admitted that determine was restricted by a scarcity of provide. “We’d have been in a position final 12 months to promote almost greater than 100,000 autos greater than we did due to a scarcity of manufacturing capability,” he stated. Skoda offered 1.2 million vehicles final 12 months and has a aim of accelerating that to 2 million by the center of the following decade. Maier stated....




New Adventum Coupe revives idea of axed Vary Rover SV Coupe

Restricted-run two-door conversion from Niels van Roij Design can be priced from £275,000 London-based coachbuilder Niels van Roij Design has revealed its new Adventum Coupé, primarily based on the current-generation Vary Rover. It sports activities an prolonged two-door design that revives the idea of the just lately axed Vary Rover SV Coupé.  Simply 100 examples of the Adventum can be produced, priced from between £275,000 and £375,000 relying on the specification of the bottom car chosen for modification. This implies it is going to be at the very least £35,000 dearer than the SV Coupé Land Rover’s Particular Car Operations division had supposed to carry to market.  The Adventum’s hand-built physique is aluminium, whereas the client can select from a spread of luxurious supplies to upholster a custom-built inside.  The corporate says no two Adventum Coupés will look the identical, with work already underway on the primary instance.  Firm boss Niels van Roij....


Axed Vary Rover SV Coupe revived as limited-run Adventum

100 bespoke automobiles shall be coachbuilt by Niels van Roij Design, priced from £275,000 London-based coachbuilder Niels van Roij Design has introduced that it has begun manufacturing of its new Adventum Coupé, primarily based on the current-generation Vary Rover. The Adventum sports activities an prolonged two-door design just like that of the lately axed Vary Rover SV Coupé.  Simply 100 examples shall be produced, priced from between £275,000 and £375,000 relying on the specification of the bottom car chosen for modification. This implies it is going to be no less than £35,000 costlier than the SV Coupé Land Rover had supposed to deliver to market.  The Adventum’s hand-built physique is aluminium, whereas the shopper can select from a variety of luxurious supplies to upholster a custom-built inside.  The corporate says no two Adventum Coupés will look the identical, with work already underway on the primary instance.  Firm boss Niels van....




2019 Shanghai motor present preview

American EV producer Karma will unveil a brand new idea in partnership with Pininfarina Your one-stop store for up-to-date info on all the brand new vehicles that may seem on the occasion in China Now that the mud has settled from the 2019 Geneva motor present, it’s time to stay up for the following spherical of large-scale motoring occasions.  Arriving first is April’s Shanghai motor present, at which a number of the largest producers you’ve by no means heard of will likely be displaying their latest fashions alongside Western manufacturers eager to crack the world’s most profitable automotive market. Lengthy gone are the times when Shanghai was an exhibition of probably the most blatant copycat vehicles, and the spectacular match and end of latest Chinese language vehicles is starting to pose a really actual risk to extra established producers. The 2019 version is particularly important, with an growing variety of....


Peugeot household open to merger with FCA Group

Key PSA Group shareholder says success of Vauxhall-Opel buy makes it prepared to discover additional acquisitions The Peugeot household, one of many main shareholders within the PSA Group, is ‘prepared’ to help an acquisition or merge with Fiat Chrysler Vehicles, pointing to the success of the acquisition of Vauxhall-Opel. The PSA Group contains Citroën, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall-Opel, and boss Carlos Tavares has already mentioned he’s fascinated by buying extra manufacturers. The FCA Group, whose manufacturers embrace Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati and Jeep, has incessantly been cited as a possible goal. The Peugeot household is a serious shareholder within the PSA Group by means of its FFP holding firm. In an interview with the Les Echos newspaper FFP chairman Robert Peugeot was requested a few potential merger with FCA, and mentioned: “With them, as with others, the planets may very well be aligned.” The PSA Group can be reportedly fascinated....




New Land Rover Defender noticed testing on the Nurburgring

Reborn 4×4 icon enters ultimate testing stage on the Nordschleife forward of 2019 reveal and 2020 on sale date The all-new Land Rover Defender has been noticed finishing up efficiency assessments on the Nurbürgring in Germany in preparation for its deliberate launch later this yr. The long-wheelbase prototype automobile may be seen taking the well-known ‘Carousel’ bend at velocity, suggesting Land Rover engineers are making ultimate changes to the mannequin’s suspension, brakes and steering set-up. Due to enter manufacturing early in 2020, the rugged 4×4 was beforehand noticed testing in North America. Engineers have been mentioned to be subjecting the Toyota Land Cruiser rival to “rigorous take a look at extremes”, together with temperatures as little as minus 40deg Celcius and as excessive as 48 deg, in addition to at altitudes as much as 13,000ft.  The primary official ‘spyshots’ of the five-door ‘110’ variant have been adopted final yr by pictures of the short-wheelbase three-door ’90’....


Promoted | The BMW X Vary: Head-To-Head

Need to know which mannequin from BMW’s vary of fashionable and sporty SUVs is best for you? We’ve acquired the reply With one of the complete SUV line-ups available on the market, the BMW X vary has one thing for everybody – whether or not it’s coupé-inspired city-friendly crossovers, massive family-sized SUVs with a lot of house and off-road functionality, or enormous seven-seaters full of premium fashion and tech. The BMW X vary’s potential to mix fashion and house with the facility and dealing with that you just’d count on of a BMW has impressed our street check crew no finish, with all six fashions choosing up four-star evaluations.  However, deciding what’s best for you from such a big selection of automobiles with such a breadth of capabilities will be powerful. Fortunately, we’re right here to assist. We’ve delved into the BMW X vary to place the important thing fashions....




Jaguar F-Tempo 300 Sport provides new styling for 2019

Chequered Flag particular version additionally joins the expanded line-up, which positive aspects uprated inside know-how Jaguar has expanded its F-Tempo SUV line-up with two particular version fashions for 2019, in addition to uprated inside know-how and decrease emissions for the remainder of the vary. The F-Tempo 300 Sport arrives with distinctive exterior styling, 22in alloy wheels and 300 Sport-branded yellow brake calipers to set it aside from current F-Tempo fashions, in addition to bespoke entrance and rear badges.  It may be optioned with both a 2.Zero-litre petrol engine able to 62mph in 6.1 seconds and a 145mph high velocity, or with a Three.Zero-litre V6 diesel good for Zero-62mph in 6.four seconds and a 150mph high velocity. It additionally runs on extremely low-rolling resistance tyres, which have been included throughout the vary to enhance CO2 emissions. The yellow theme continues inside with contrasting stitching throughout the instrument panel, centre console and leather-based seats.....


2019 Kia Ceed crossover previewed in official sketch

The Xceed shares a platform with its hatchback counterpart, however provides rugged styling and raised suspension Volkswagen T-Roc rival will go on sale later this yr with revolutionary styling and extra space than the hatchback The Kia Ceed crossover, previewed right here in a design sketch revealed by the Korean firm, will turn into the fourth mannequin within the expanded Ceed vary, alongside the present five-door hatchback, Sportswagon property and Proceed capturing brake.  Kia’s Volkswagen T-Roc rival will sit between the smaller Stonic and the full-size Sportage SUV, aiming to assist capitalise on the rising SUV and crossover segments. Gross sales are anticipated to begin on the finish of 2019. Gregory Guillame, vice chairman of design for Kia Motors Europe, mentioned the brand new mannequin “will play the position that is wanted to make the Ceed vary stronger and much more thrilling, extra interesting to European customers. “The design will probably be nothing such as you’ve....




Autocar Awards 2019: Tickets on sale for business showcase

Icon of Icons prize for many iconic automobile ever amongst trophies to be handed out throughout 14 Could ceremony This 12 months’s Autocar Awards will rejoice one of the best within the automotive business on 14 Could at Silverstone. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the easiest new and used automobiles, and pay tribute to the engineers, designers and innovators blazing a path within the automobile business. Autocar is asking on readers to vote for his or her Icon of Icons forward of this 12 months’s Awards. Readers can vote from a listing of 17 icons right here, and the winner shall be topped this 12 months’s Readers’ Champion Award. Our writers have picked the 17 most vital, influential, fascinating automobile names on the planet. The entry standards is that they’ve had their title from delivery and the automobile’s nonetheless in manufacturing. The vote closes at 11.59pm UK time on 31....


Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Lotus Seven

Famously lithe and frill-free, Lotus’ light-weight two-seater lives on right now within the type of the Caterham Seven Is the Lotus Seven your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we expect and solid your vote   The Lotus Seven is within the working to be this yr’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a unique member of the Autocar crew will champion one of many 17 vehicles, however just one might be the Icon of Icons and it’s as much as you to resolve – vote right here. In my guide, an automotive icon is a venerable automobile that units extraordinary requirements, then retains them as time passes. The Defender, Beetle, Mini and E-Sort would all qualify had been they nonetheless being constructed of their authentic types. This distinction factors me unerringly to at least one supreme machine, the Lotus Seven, born in 1957 after which preserved after 1973 because the....




James Ruppert: a information to second-hand automotive adverts

The perfect used Alfas, 159s included, come from lovers Bargains are all over the place, nevertheless it’s clever to look in as many locations as doable to search out the most effective The factor about shopping for a used automotive is that ideally you must promote the actually previous one first. That’s the way in which it’s imagined to work anyway. However flogging previous automobiles is a large faff. Right here’s the proof from reader Gerry, who obtained in contact.  “I’m now in search of to eliminate my 2004 black Lexus IS 300 SportCross. It has a full service historical past and has accomplished 123,000 miles. I attempted to eliminate it as a part-exchange after I purchased a brand new automotive, however the storage wouldn’t contact it and suggested me to promote it privately.”  They’re right, after all, if you happen to will be faffed. To me, it appears like....


Autocar confidential: Volkswagen ditches diesel V8, automobile makers bored of Brexit and extra…

Newest addition to Volkswagen’s Touareg vary carries the final engine of its form Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive trade The Geneva motor present noticed numerous new vehicles revealed and a lot of necessary bulletins from the world’s greatest automobile makers. What it additionally gave us is a few suitably gossip-worthy snippets of motoring information, together with the explanations behind Skoda’s late arrival, the delay confronted by EV consumers within the UK and extra.  VW’s closing diesel V8  One hidden gem on Volkswagen’s Geneva motor present stand was a brand new V8 diesel-powered Touareg. It’s more likely to be a swansong for V8 diesels in VWs, and gross sales and advertising and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann hopes it’ll grow to be as wanted because the previous V10 diesel Touareg. The V10 was thought of mighty when it was launched with 553lb....




Opinion: are we now within the age of the hyper-saloon?

The following-gen BMW M3 makes substantial energy will increase over its predecessor BMW’s M automobiles are tipped to obtain stronger powertrains from 2020, which threatens their place as efficiency household automobiles With looming emissions laws and the blanketing of velocity cameras on our roads, who would have thought the outdated German horsepower conflict would nonetheless be happening in 2019?  The M3 and M4’s 500bhp-plus determine shouldn’t be too stunning, given Mercedes-AMG has been promoting the C63 with 503bhp for a couple of years now. However that is not a race between BMW, Audi and Mercedes, due to Alfa Romeo bursting onto the scene with the fantastic 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio.  However, but once more, I discover myself questioning the place it should all finish. Many will name me a cynic, however I really feel like we’re already in a state of affairs the place super-saloons have gotten much less enjoyable as....


2020 BMW M division fashions to obtain new 500bhp engine

The 2020 BMW M4 Gran Coupé as imagined by Autocar Munich squares as much as rivals with jacked-up straight-six powerplant in next-generation M3 and M4 fashions The subsequent-generation BMW M3 and M4 due in 2020 will obtain a considerably upgraded six-cylinder engine able to greater than 500bhp in its high type.  The flagship mannequin to make use of this new engine can be a brand new M4 Gran Coupé (imagined by Autocar above), the primary time the four-door coupé has featured a full-fat M variant. It is going to be joined as soon as once more by two-door coupé and cabriolet variants, beside the M3 saloon.  The three.Zero-litre powerplant, which carries the interior codename S58, is a improvement of the agency’s normal B58 unit, as used within the current 440i and different BMW fashions.  However as M division officers have revealed to Autocar, “it’s for all intents and functions an....




New Bentley Continental GT V8 is most agile but

Coupé and convertible obtain a 542bhp twin-turbocharged four.Zero-litre engine that is good for 198mph The brand new Bentley Continental GT V8 has been revealed in each its coupé and convertible varieties, with the agency claiming will probably be the “most agile” instance of the grand tourer produced up to now. The brand new mannequin swaps the usual third-generation Continental GT’s 664bhp 6.Zero-litre W12 engine for a 523bhp twin-turbocharged four.Zero-litre V8. This provides it a 42bhp energy increase over the earlier Continental GT V8. The powertrain makes 568lb ft of torque, giving the coupé a Zero-62mph time of four.0sec and a prime velocity of 198mph. The convertible has a Zero-62mph time of four.1sec and an equivalent prime velocity. Each variations characteristic an eight-speed computerized gearbox, with quad sports activities exhausts that Bentley says produce a “characterful V8 burble”. Bentley claims the brand new mannequin, which is lighter than the W12 model launched final yr, can be “vigorous and interesting” to....


Fisker previews electrical SUV to rival the Tesla Mannequin Y

Fisker’s SUV will slot into the identical value and efficiency band because the not too long ago revealed Tesla Mannequin Y American start-up firm is because of launch the futuristic mannequin with a near-300-mile vary in 2021 American start-up firm Fisker has launched particulars of an electrical SUV that is set to launch within the second half of 2021. The announcement comes simply 4 days after the revealing of the Tesla Mannequin Y, a brand new seven-seat electrical SUV with a spread of as much as 300 miles. Just like the Mannequin Y, the as-yet-unnamed Fisker might be priced from lower than $40,000 (£30,200) within the US. It options what the agency calls “charming design touches which have been historically reserved for supercars prior to now”. Confirmed styling particulars embrace a front-mounted radar rather than a grille, a big entrance air consumption, flared wheel arches and a futuristic headlight design.  Efficiency particulars have not....




Nominations for rising stars in Autocar’s Nice British Girls Prime 100 now open

Occasion, happening on 19 June, recognises 100 British girls who’re the rising stars of the motoring trade Nominations have opened for the 2019 Autocar Nice British Girls within the Automobile Trade – Rising Stars occasion, which celebrates rising feminine stars within the automotive world. The bottom-breaking annual trade initiative, which is in its fourth yr, will recognise outstanding feminine rising stars on the Awards occasion happening on Wednesday 19 June. Run in partnership with the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT), Autocar’s Nice British Girls within the Automobile Trade – Rising Stars occasion honours the achievements of future girls leaders throughout the breadth of the automotive sector.  Autocar recognises the highest 100 rising girls within the trade from a bunch of classes (listed in full under) together with Gross sales, Advertising, Manufacturing and Car Improvement, with one total winner taking residence the highest award. New for 2019, the New....


Ineos confirms BMW engines for 2021 Projekt Grenadier 4×4

The identify badge of the brand new 4×4 BMW to provide petrol and diesel engines for again to fundamentals 4×4, the primary official particulars of which have been confirmed by the corporate for the primary time Ineos Automotive has confirmed its Projekt Grenadier will use BMW-sourced petrol and diesel engines within the first of a sequence of upcoming bulletins round its upcoming hardcore 4×4. The brand new mannequin, created by the Ineos chemical firm owned by Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe, will probably be revealed in 2020 earlier than happening sale in mid-2021, the corporate has confirmed to Autocar. A complete host of various variants, bodystyles and wheelbase lengths of the brand new mannequin are deliberate, as a part of its temporary to fill the void of the unique Land Rover Defender as a again to fundamentals 4×4 that’s a religious successor to that automotive. Round 25,000 models a 12....




Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Fiat 500

Just like the Mini and the Beetle, Fiat’s tiny 500 helped a nation again to its toes after the Second World Battle Is the Fiat 500 your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we predict and forged your vote   The Fiat 500 is within the working to be this 12 months’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a special member of the Autocar workforce will champion one of many 17 automobiles, however just one might be the Icon of Icons and it’s as much as you to resolve – vote right here. Lots of the candidates in our ‘icon of icons’ competitors had been introduced into life to not be objects of want, however to serve a sensible, utilitarian objective. The unique Fiat 500 was no totally different.  Taking its title (Cinquecento in Italian, however that) from the 500 ‘Topolino’ of the 1930s, it was designed and constructed to be....


Below the pores and skin: how know-how is enhancing limited-slip differentials

The newest LSDs have electronically activated clutches as an alternative of mechanical ramps which compress the plates and lock the differential We have a look contained in the essential part in any efficiency automotive’s drivetrain One of many nice unsung heroes in any first rate efficiency automotive is a limited-slip differential (LSD). Typically important, a ‘slipper’ will nearly all the time make a fast rear-wheel drive automotive extra involving to drive. When Alfa Romeo launched the brand new driver-focused Giulia and Stelvio final 12 months, there have been two new limited-slip ‘diff’ choices on supply: conventional mechanical or digital with torque vectoring.  A differential is a mechanical analogue pc, an infernal machine each advanced and easy on the identical time, with out which automobiles simply couldn’t work in any respect. When a automotive rounds a bend, the surface wheel on every axle has to journey farther and spin sooner. A....




Used automobile shopping for information: Vary Rover Evoque

Clever on-demand 4WD system was optionally available from 2014 Even Land Rover didn’t anticipate the child of the Vary Rover line-up to be such a gross sales hit. Outcome: there are many used ones round as we speak The arrival of the all-new Vary Rover Evoque will likely be an odd expertise for the unique, which, since its launch in 2012, has loved all the eye. It appeared spot on straight out of the field and has barely modified – essential qualities in a used automobile market that punishes failure and facelifts.  First drive: 2019 Vary Rover Evoque Patrons of recent vehicles flocked to this first-generation Evoque with the outcome that the classifieds are awash with used ones in any respect ages, mileages and specs. All costs, too: they begin from as little as £8750 and don’t cease till they hit round £47,000 for a late-plate low-miler.  The thought of....


Not fairly Geneva: Autocar’s second-hand worldwide motor present

Welcome to the Bangernomics worldwide motor present Take care of cheaper options to all that dear new steel that was on show in Switzerland? Welcome to our digital present stand Motor exhibits are sensible, aren’t they? The place else are you able to see the very newest steel, get all excited after which realise that you would be able to’t afford any of it?  By no means thoughts that you simply now have sore toes, aching calves and indigestion from that burger, the principle take away from the Geneva motor present goes to be that you would be able to’t… Both the most recent factor goes to break the bank or be filed beneath ‘fascinating idea that can by no means get made’. There’s an alternate: a individuals’s motor present that features previous fashions which have depreciated and different oddities. Step this fashion.  A is for Aston Martin and information....




Behind the scenes: Design secrets and techniques of the brand new Vary Rover Evoque

Evoque is identical dimension as earlier than however with way more equipment We descend into JLR’s virtual-reality design cave and learn the way its contortion artists defied the foundations of geometry to bundle the next-generation Evoque That is the problem: redesign the Evoque to accommodate the electrical motor, battery pack and management methods of a plugin hybrid drivetrain, meet stiffer crash laws, carry extra gear and provide extra rear-seat room and a much bigger boot. And all this throughout the similar footprint. True, the primary Vary Rover Evoque is hardly the world’s smallest automobile, however that’s an terrible lot of additional equipment to search out room for, by no means thoughts teasing out some additional house for back-benchers and baggage. So why stick to precisely the identical dimensions and make the duty tougher?  As a result of Land Rover’s market analysis established that house owners of the unique Evoque had....


Jolyon Palmer: methods to enhance Components 1 for 2019

Palmer (r) is aware of precisely what F1 wants Driver turned radio pundit targets funding gaps between groups, quiet engines and bland circuit layouts There are a lot of issues incorrect for Components 1 at current, few extra so than the truth that if you wish to take pleasure in stay protection for all 21 races or, certainly, any race save the British Grand Prix, you might have two selections: pay Sky or hearken to Radio 5 Stay.  For individuals who can’t afford a Sky Sports activities subscription, the excellent news is that Jolyon Palmer shall be again within the 5 Stay commentary field this yr. His time in F1 could have resulted in 2017 after simply two seasons for Renault, however his punchy, pithy punditry ought to guarantee him a far longer-lasting profession on air. So who higher to level out the issues with the game because it stands....




Diesel or petrol? Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Porsche Macan

Diesel is out of favour. However is petrol actually higher? Gross sales of diesel-powered automobiles are falling, however does this imply petrol is absolutely greatest? The rationale Porsche not gives diesel engines in any of its automobiles is that it was by no means a core energy supply for the model, and now diesel is in decline it is sensible to concentrate on the petrol, hybrid and electrical powertrains which can be its future. A minimum of that’s the official model. And I’m certain Porsche’s want to distance itself from the Volkswagen Group’s latterly besmirched popularity for producing good, trustworthy diesels had completely nothing to do with it.  Regardless of the fact, Porsche’s determination to show its again on diesel is a gigantic gamble, no less than in Europe. Definitely key to Porsche’s thought course of is that diesel makes no affect in any respect on its greatest markets outdoors....


Ford confirms UK job losses as a part of cost-cutting

Producer launches voluntary redundancy initiative to cut back headcount in UK and Germany Ford has confirmed that it’s going to minimize greater than 5000 jobs in Germany and a yet-to-be-determined quantity within the UK as a part of the cost-cutting reorganisation of its European enterprise. The American firm has begun a voluntary separation programme for workers within the two nations as a part of a serious restructuring, which it says is designed to ‘remodel’ its European enterprise and return it to sustainable profitability by decreasing prices and forms.  Ford stated it expects to chop greater than 5000 jobs in Germany, together with short-term employees. It added that “the entire variety of positions within the UK continues to be to be decided”. The corporate employs round 53,000 folks in Europe, together with 12,000 within the UK and 24,000 in Germany.  The restructuring of its European enterprise, which is a part of a £14 billion....




Volkswagen sued by US authorities over alleged Dieselgate fraud

Securities and Alternate Fee claims the agency and its former chief govt misled traders; Volkswagen denies fees The US Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) has sued Volkswagen and its former chief govt Martin Winterkorn, claiming it defrauded traders in relation to its dealing with of the Dieselgate scandal. The agency has mentioned it would “vigorously” contest the costs. In accordance with the SEC, the costs relate to greater than $13 billion (£9.eight billion) in bonds Volkswagen issued between April 2014 and Could 2015. That was the time interval between the publication of the preliminary examine that discovered larger than claimed emission ranges from VW Group diesel-engined automobiles and the agency’s admission it had put in ‘defeat units’.  The SEC criticism alleges that Volkswagen made false and deceptive statements to traders about its monetary standing, car high quality and environmental compliance. It says that “by concealing the emissions scheme, Volkswagen reaped a....


Why Autocar is committing to WLTP testing figures

We’re adapting our evaluations, options and journal information pages to provide the fairest and clearest effectivity rankings doable It should be a difficult and complicated time to be searching for a brand new automotive should you’re notably eager to purchase one that may prevent just a few quid on the petrol pumps and/or on firm automotive tax. Proper now, most producers have banished any vestige of the outdated NEDC-standard financial system and CO2 emissions information from their brochures and web sites, as an alternative quoting NEDC Correlated numbers. Oddly sufficient, these aren’t numbers generated by the outdated NEDC lab check in any respect; they’re transformed from new WLTP lab check outcomes to be able to characterize one thing nearer to the NEDC normal. It wouldn’t do, in any case, if the automotive you have been about to purchase regarded worse on gasoline effectivity in contrast with the one you have been giving up; and, to....




Mercedes-AMG set to provide all future fashions plug-in choice

Mercedes-AMG’s CLS53 already incorporates a gentle hybrid powertrain Efficiency sub-brand seemingly to make use of a tuned model of EQ vary’s hybrid system Mercedes-AMG is more likely to develop a plug-in hybrid model of each mannequin in its line-up sooner or later, that includes a performance-tuned model of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Energy system.  The transfer is a part of a significant push of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) expertise being undertaken by Mercedes as a key ingredient of its £9 billion electrification programme to dramatically cut back fleet CO2 emissions. As beforehand reported by Autocar, the primary Mercedes-AMG PHEVs are anticipated in 2020.  Mercedes-AMG at present affords a lot of mild-hybrid fashions, together with the CLS 53 and E53. These characteristic the agency’s EQ Increase-branded 48V starter/generator, which might ship an extra 22bhp and 184lb ft of torque. Nonetheless, the necessity to meet more and more tight EU fleet emissions targets signifies that....


Lynk&Co 01 PHEV 2019 evaluate

Youthful styling on a Volvo technological base make this plug-in hybrid SUV a robust contender with restricted competitors It’s no secret that Lynk&Co will arrive in Europe throughout the subsequent twelve months, however till now we’ve solely skilled the drivetrains distinctive to the Chinese language market.Nonetheless, whereas nonetheless a Chinese language-market model, the automotive earlier than you, the 01 SUV, would be the mannequin Lynk&Co sells in Europe. It’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) utilising a three-cylinder petrol engine developed in collaboration with Volvo.Whereas partnerships between Volvo and its Chinese language homeowners Geely have very a lot been the genesis of this model, the Lynk&Co workforce received a clear sheet of paper with no ‘model heritage’ hang-ups. The consequence has a distinctly European really feel about it however is definitely not merely a less expensive Volvo. Though it shares the CMA platform with the Swedish model’s XC40, it is larger and has a definite really feel.Getting into....




Lynk & Co 01 PHEV 2019 overview

Youthful styling on a stable Volvo technological base make this plug-in hybrid a robust contender with restricted competitors, although strictly for on street utilization It’s no secret that Lynk & Co will arrive in Europe inside the subsequent yr, however till now we’ve solely skilled the drivetrains distinctive to the Chinese language market.Nonetheless, although nonetheless a Chinese language-market model, the automobile earlier than you – the ‘01’ crossover SUV – would be the mannequin Lynk & Co sells in Europe. It’s a plug-in hybrid utilising a three-cylinder petrol engine developed in collaboration with Volvo.Whereas partnerships between Volvo and its Chinese language house owners Geely have very a lot been the genesis of this model, the Lynk & Co crew acquired a clear sheet of paper, with no ‘model heritage’ hang-ups. The consequence has a distinctly European really feel about it, however is definitely not merely a less expensive Volvo. Though....


All-new Lotus mannequin due subsequent yr

Extra sensible sports activities automobile will beat new-era Elise, Exige and Evora fashions to market Lotus will reveal an all-new sports activities automobile subsequent yr as its growth underneath Geely possession begins to bear fruit. The mannequin is a part of a five-year plan that has been signed off by Geely, new Lotus Automobiles CEO Phil Popham has confirmed. The brand new mannequin might be based mostly on a closely revised current Lotus structure and can seem earlier than the next-generation Elise, Exige and Evora fashions. They are going to start to be launched in about three to 4 years as soon as the brand new structure that may underpin them has been developed. Subsequent yr’s new mannequin will retain Lotus’s famed driving dynamics whereas being extra sensible and usable daily than the present fashions, with improved ingress, egress, ergonomics and infotainment, pointing to the Evora as its most probably....




Opinion: Tesla’s most essential mannequin but brings few surprises

The Mannequin Y did not debut with any gimmicky options – however it did not want them, and is an efficient signal for issues to come back from Tesla The Mannequin Y was the rationale journalists and followers descended on Tesla’s LA design studio final evening (and I set my alarm clock for two.45am GMT to tune into the dwell stream), however the automotive’s unveiling solely took up a small portion of the night. Elon Musk spent a lot of his time on stage specializing in how his firm had acquired up to now, laughing with the gang of gathered workers and house owners over his cheeky mannequin naming conventions (S-Three-X-Y, what a giggle) and whether or not a Tesla would quickly be driving on Mars. Unveiling the automotive itself nearly felt like an afterthought. For an organization identified for attention-grabbing options like ludicrous efficiency modes and biohazard defence filters, the Mannequin....


Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Vary Rover

Vary Rovers mix Rolls-Royce-rivalling luxurious with Solihull’s famed ‘go anyplace’ adaptability Is the Vary Rover your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we expect and solid your vote   The Vary Rover is within the operating to be this 12 months’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a unique member of the Autocar group will champion one of many 17 vehicles, however just one may be the Icon of Icons and it’s as much as you to resolve – vote right here. It’s a very good train, this. We should always most likely make it a part of the interview check for a job at Autocar. Any motoring journo with a pulse might provide you with an argument for the long-lasting standing of any certainly one of these vehicles with a minimum of one compelling purpose in it. The place the Vary Rover is anxious, there are a minimum of six....




Seven-seat Tesla Mannequin Y revealed with 300-mile vary

Electrical SUV set to reach in 2020 from $39,000 Tesla has formally revealed its Mannequin Y compact SUV, which is ready to reach in 2020. The corporate’s fourth mainstream mannequin was unveiled at its Los Angeles design centre by CEO Elon Musk, who confirmed the crossover EV could be able to round 300 miles of vary in its highest specification. The Mannequin Y takes design cues from each the Mannequin three saloon and Mannequin X SUV, with a glass panoramic roof and non-compulsory seven seat structure. It doesn’t retain the gullwing doorways discovered on the costlier Mannequin X, as an alternative utilizing pillarless doorways just like the Mannequin three and Mannequin S. The crossover is round 10% bigger than the Mannequin three, with which it shares a platform. Musk mentioned the Mannequin Y had “the performance of an SUV, however rides like a sports activities automobile,” with a low centre....


Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai’s US-market breakthrough SUV goals for better European success The Hyundai Santa Fe might sound to European eyes like one thing of a bit-part participant within the SUV market, but it surely has a celebrated standing inside the automobile maker’s personal inner firm circles.This automobile’s introduction was a watershed second within the growth of Hyundai’s fortunes within the all-important North American automobile market. When the first-generation model was launched in 2000, the Korean agency offered simply shy of 1 / 4 of one million automobiles within the US; however, by the point it was changed, Hyundai’s US gross sales footprint had virtually doubled. Patrons on the opposite aspect of the pond immediately warmed to the worth, practicality, consolation and comfort of this automobile in a manner that made its reception elsewhere on the earth of a lot much less import.So how do you replace and alter the Santa Fe as....




BMW i EVs more and more affect design of broader line-up

i3 design marked a radical departure from BMW’s design language. Now, it is setting the tone Firm design chief reveals how the styling of its electrical autos is having an influence on mainstream fashions The BMW i fashions have revolutionised design throughout the board at BMW and can proceed to take action sooner or later, based on design chief Adrian van Hooydonk. “Once we launched i3 and i8, they have been fairly radical and much from the norm for BMW however now they’ve turn into an integral a part of our model,” he mentioned. “The design of the i3 and i8 opened doorways for us that we didn’t even know have been there for the design of our common automobiles, I believe you see this within the 2018 fashions – the Three-Sequence, X5, Eight-Sequence and so forth. It’s a cleaner kind language and that was all triggered by the primary....


Matt Prior: the unhappy decline of supercar start-ups

Aston Martin stands to reinvent the supercar with the Vanquish Imaginative and prescient and AM-RB 003 Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren and Lamborghini are within the grip of an arms race, however is there a David to tackle these Goliaths? The complexity is intense. Final week, in a studio nosing across the duo of mid-engined fashions that Aston Martin delivered to the Geneva motor present, the complexity is what I used to be reminded of.  The AM-RB 003 is a automobile two years away from manufacturing, one which doesn’t but exist, and but the extraordinary accuracy, complexity and element of the full-sized mannequin created to preview it, and to permit its designers and engineers (and potential clients) to grasp it, is a piece of hundreds of hours and untold prices.  It was wheeled round, rotated on wheeled jacks, to the proper spot beneath the lights by Aston design studio staff –....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 15 March

S2000 could possibly be a dependable and attention-grabbing different to a Porsche Boxster At simply 13 years outdated, this Honda S2000 is a tidy future basic with a lot extra B-road blasts left in it Honda S2000 2.Zero i-VTEC GT, £8995: As a basic in ready, a Honda S2000 makes an amazing purchase. Hassle is, there are many tatty examples on the market. Not so this 2006/06-reg GT with detachable hard-top. It has performed 91,000 miles – nothing for an engine with a carbonfibre-lined block and cast pistons – and has full Honda service historical past, supported by tons of invoices.  Being a 2006 automotive, it advantages from the so-called AP1 facelift of 2004. This introduced stiffer physique bracing, retuned springs and anti-roll bars, fractionally slower steering and bigger wheels (from 16in to 17in). In the meantime, the gearbox gained a lot stronger carbonfibre synchros rather than the softer brass ones. ....


All-new Lister Knobbly confirmed for manufacturing

British agency’s boss has launched a picture its new sports activities automobile, a contemporary reimagining of its 1950s racing fashions Lister boss Lawrence Whittaker has revealed that the corporate will construct a brand new model of its traditional Lister Jaguar Knobbly sports activities automobile. Whittaker launched a rendering of the brand new automobile, a contemporary reimagining of the 1958 racing machine, on social media, including: “we’ll construct it”. No technical particulars have been launched, nevertheless. The picture exhibits the brand new Knobbly shall be a two-seater sustaining a method near the unique, full with the distinctive headlights, an extended bonnet and a low air consumption. Given the design, it appears to retain the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive format. Lister started constructing continuation runs of the unique Knobbly in 2014, of a monitor automobile and a roadgoing mannequin. The latter provided a alternative of two six-cylinder Jaguar engines: a Four.2-litre unit and a three.Eight-litre race-spec instance.....




Future classics: the 10 vehicles almost definitely to make you cash

Not each second-hand automotive will likely be an appreciating asset – however the 10 we have picked out stand the most effective probability of going up in worth The automotive world is stuffed with vehicles that might have value you pennies to purchase a decade or two in the past, however have since turn into so fascinating that they promote for large cash as we speak. With the worth of air-cooled Porsches, bubble-era JDM imports and iconic early scorching hatchbacks skyrocketing lately, consumers are actually attempting to find fashions that may comply with swimsuit sooner or later. We will not make certain that the next 10 vehicles will go up in worth, however costs are presently holding regular, and the consultants at HPI predict they might be a wise buy for anybody trying to make investments. “We’ve recognized 10 fashions that not solely carry out effectively but additionally characterize wonderful worth....


Opinion: Why Autocar is committing to WLTP testing figures

We’re adapting our evaluations, options and journal information pages to provide the fairest and clearest effectivity scores doable It have to be a difficult and complicated time to be looking for a brand new automotive when you’re notably eager to purchase one that can prevent a couple of quid on the petrol pumps and/or on firm automotive tax. Proper now, most producers have banished any vestige of the previous NEDC-standard financial system and CO2 emissions information from their brochures and web sites, as a substitute quoting NEDC Correlated numbers. Oddly sufficient, these aren’t numbers generated by the previous NEDC lab check in any respect; they’re transformed from new WLTP lab check outcomes as a way to signify one thing nearer to the NEDC commonplace. It wouldn’t do, in spite of everything, if the automotive you have been about to purchase regarded worse on gasoline effectivity in contrast with the one you have been giving....




Audi will proceed to develop efficiency fashions

Audi stays dedicated to producing ‘icons’ just like the R8 E-tron GT is the primary in a variety of electrical sports activities fashions; S and RS fashions to be reinvented Audi’s efficiency vehicles “want to vary”, however will proceed to play an integral function within the firm’s mannequin line-up. Talking on the firm’s 2019 press convention, board member HJ Rothenbieler mentioned that though there are not any rapid plans to consolidate the line-up, S and RS efficiency vehicles might be tailored to go well with buyer demand and stringent emissions rules.  The present RS6 and RS4 have already made the transfer to smaller-capacity V6 engines, with the V10-powered R8 flagship set to be reborn in 2022 as an electrical supercar.  The just lately revealed E-tron GT is step one, mentioned the model, within the electrification of its vary of efficiency autos.  Eager to keep up its “sporty DNA”, in keeping....


Audi set for rebirth with 2019 transformation plan

This fall e-tron is the most recent mannequin unveiled in Audi’s electrical push Electrified mannequin portfolio will improve international viability and assist the marque to maneuver past Dieselgate Audi bosses have vowed that the corporate will bounce again this 12 months after the impression of latest WLTP emissions assessments led to a pointy drop in gross sales and income in 2018. The agency’s finance boss, Alexander Seitz, mentioned at its 2019 press convention that it is higher ready for the second spherical of WLTP emissions laws and goals to have a common working allow for all of its powertrains by the tip of 2019.  Together with simplifying its product portfolio, assembly the brand new rules will permit Audi to cut back its fleet emissions, which Seitz says will assist it distance itself from the long-lasting impression of the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal.  Environmental issues and the necessity to meet ever-tightening CO2 emissions restrictions type an integral....




Audi administrators dedicated to TT’s survival

Mannequin’s unsure future has been an “emotional” subject of debate in boardroom conferences The Audi TT might stay on within the model’s electrified future, in response to board member for technical growth Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler.  Requested if the two-seater might fall sufferer to line-up consolidation in an effort to satisfy WLTP rules and enhance profitability, he acknowledged that the board has been “combating for it”. Audi plans to introduce 12 electrical fashions earlier than 2030, nevertheless it’s hopeful that the vary will embody a viable mannequin in every phase.  “We wish it”, stated Rothenpieler of the Porsche 718 rival, which has been the topic of “emotional discussions” going down in current Audi boardroom conferences. Prospects for the long-running sports activities automotive have lengthy been in query, hampered by ongoing points over profitability within the comparatively low-volume phase. Autocar has beforehand reported that Audi was understood to be re-evaluating the TT’s future, which was....


New Tesla Mannequin Y: electrical SUV to launch tonight

Tesla has launched this teaser of the Mannequin Y Compact SUV will show essential for agency in combat in opposition to growing variety of EV rivals Tesla will unveil its essential Mannequin Y SUV tonight (14 March) – and the corporate is hoping classes discovered from the Mannequin three’s “manufacturing hell” may also help it capitalise on the “large” alternative introduced by its most vital new mannequin but.  The SUV might be launched in California this night, in an occasion that begins at Zero300hrs GMT on Friday morning. Autocar will convey you all of the information from the launch. The Mannequin Y is because of go on sale in late 2020, with the corporate just lately finalising manufacturing plans for the brand new automotive. Boss Elon Musk has confirmed the upcoming launch of the mannequin, having given an ‘estimate’ of 15 March on Twitter final 12 months. Musk mentioned that detailed pricing and....




Porsche 911 Cabriolet 2019 evaluate

There are fewer compromises within the drop-top 911 than ever. It is imperious and competent, if rewarding solely at full assault Simply as deliveries of the brand new, 992-generation 911 coupé are getting underway, Porsche has launched the drop-top mannequin as effectively.In the intervening time, you may solely order the 911 Cabriolet in Carrera S specification and with a dual-clutch (PDK) automated gearbox, though Porsche will invite you to decide on between two pushed wheels and 4. Sooner or later, there will likely be a extra inexpensive and barely much less highly effective Carrera model and the choice of a guide transmission.Other than all of the revisions and upgrades we’ve seen already on the fixed-roof mannequin, reminiscent of a physique construction that’s now two-thirds aluminium and the identical width throughout the rear arches regardless of the energy output and driveshaft depend, plus a entrance monitor that’s wider by 46mm and, after all, the extra....


Mitsubishi: Briton Mann to depart COO function as a part of shake-up

Veteran Nissan govt to depart key function at Japanese automotive maker as a part of administration reshuffle Mitsubishi Motors has introduced a administration shake-up with Briton Trevor Mann, who has been the agency’s chief working officer since 2016, leaving the agency. Mann has served because the Japanese automotive maker’s COO since Nissan’s acquisition of a controlling 34% stake within the agency. Mann was an in depth ally of Carlos Ghosn, Mitsubishi’s former chairman and CEO who was stripped of his roles following his arrest in Japan on monetary misconduct costs regarding his management of Nissan. Vincent Cobee, Mitsubishi’s head of product technique, can also be leaving the agency. Each strikes can be efficient from 1 April. Ashwani Gupta, beforehand head of the Renault-Nissan LCV Enterprise Unit, has been appointed COO, with Nobuju Tsuji named new technique boss. Osamu Masuko continues as Mitsubishi’s CEO and chairman, having been appointed to these roles....




Audi blames WLTP for three.5% decline in deliveries final 12 months

Firm CEO refers to gaps in product vary and ensuing shift cancellations as major causes for shortfall Audi AG CEO Bram Schot has revealed that the corporate delivered three.5% fewer autos to clients in 2018 than in 2017.  Talking on the firm’s annual press convention, Schot said that the 1.812m Audi fashions offered in 2018 represented a drop of 65,000 in contrast with the earlier 12 months.  In monetary phrases, this drop in gross sales interprets to a €1.2 billion lower in revenue margins, all the way down to €three.5 billion from €four.7 billion.  The rationale for the shortfall, Schot claimed, is a scarcity of preparation for the implementation of WLTP European emissions regulation.  Audi was compelled to create gaps in its product portfolio as sure powertrains fell foul of more and more stringent pollution-targeting laws, which in flip led to shift cancellations on the firm’s Ingolstadt manufacturing facility.  Chief monetary....


Dacia backs veterans in Morocco rally bid

1430-mile Carta rally will see 4 race-prepped Duster SUVs piloted by ex-military personnel Dacia will help a fleet of veterans and ex-military service personnel to contest a collection of cross-country rallies in Morocco and the UK as a part of a partnership with the Future Terrain charity. Future Terrain was established to assist army veterans, notably these with bodily and psychological accidents, to earn that can assist them acquire civilian employment. Via the programme a Future Terrain workforce will compete in 4 Dacia Dusters within the 1430-mile Carta Rallye off-road occasion that begins in Morocco on 31 March, and the British Nationwide Cross-Nation Championship. The Dusters are competing within the GPS Cup part of the Carta Rally, which runs for largely standard-spec machine and mixes components of a timed occasion with a navigation rally. Quite a few veterans have been present process coaching within the Dusters on tank proving grounds....




Jaguar Land Rover recollects 44,000 vehicles over CO2 emissions

British agency to recall vehicles after assessments uncover they may produce extra emissions initially licensed Jaguar Land Rover will recall greater than 44,000 diesel-engined vehicles after regulators discovered that they might emit “extreme” ranges of CO2 emission. The recall will apply to 10 Jaguar and Land Rover fashions fitted with both a 2.Zero-litre petrol or 2.Zero-litre diesel engine, and which emit extra CO2 than their preliminary certification. It impacts sure variations of the Jaguar E-Tempo, F-Tempo, F-Sort, XE and XF, and the Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport, Vary Sport Sport, Evoque and Velar. The automobiles have been made between 2016 and 2019, and Jaguar Land Rover is contacting homeowners whose vehicles are affected. The problem was found by the UK Automobile Certification Company, which knowledgeable Jaguar Land Rover. In flip, the automotive maker reported the issued to the Driver and Automobile Requirements Company, which handles recollects, and an alert was....


Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Ford Mustang

The ‘Stang owes quite a lot of success to the eight cylinders underneath its ‘hood’ Is the Ford Mustang your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we expect and forged your vote   The Ford Mustang is within the working to be this 12 months’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a distinct member of the Autocar staff will champion one of many 17 automobiles, however just one may be the Icon of Icons and it’s as much as you to determine – vote right here. Right here’s a reality: of the 7.5 billion or so those who reside on the rock we name Earth, solely a minuscule quantity regard themselves as petrolheads. And but, even among the many overwhelming majority of people that wouldn’t take into account themselves versed within the language of automotive tradition, who see the automotive as nothing greater than a instrument for getting from one place....




Racing traces: Why Vettel may very well be F1 champion or bust in 2019

Youngest champion of all time wants an excellent season beneath new boss at Ferrari Good low season, Herr Vettel? Solely his kith and kin might let you know the reality. However from this distance, it’s simple to think about Ferrari’s primary driver battling a demon or two through the bleak mid-winter.  The string of errors dedicated by Sebastian final season spiralled into a private nightmare for the as soon as imperious four-time world champion. Vettel didn’t all of the sudden grow to be a poor racing driver. Certainly, victories in Melbourne, Bahrain, Montréal, Silverstone and Spa had been all straight from his already bulging prime drawer. However in between he made some horrible blunders, skidding off from the lead at a moist Hockenheim in entrance of his dwelling crowd absolutely probably the most cringe-inducing.  That’s why, at nonetheless solely 31 years previous, the person who grew to become the youngest-ever....


Mercedes-AMG to provide all fashions plug-in possibility

Mercedes-AMG’s CLS53 already encompasses a gentle hybrid powertrain Efficiency sub-brand will use a tuned model of EQ vary’s hybrid system Mercedes-AMG will develop a plug-in hybrid model of each mannequin in its line-up sooner or later, that includes a performance-tuned model of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Energy system.  The transfer is a part of a serious push of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) know-how being undertaken by Mercedes as a key ingredient of its £9 billion electrification programme to dramatically cut back fleet CO2 emissions. The primary Mercedes-AMG PHEVs are anticipated in 2020.  Mercedes-AMG at the moment presents a lot of mild-hybrid fashions, together with the CLS 53 and E53. These function the agency’s EQ Enhance-branded 48V starter/generator, which might ship an extra 22bhp and 184lb ft of torque. Nonetheless, the necessity to meet more and more tight EU fleet emissions targets signifies that these are prone to be an middleman step.  “All of....




Audi Q3 45 TFSI quattro 2019 overview

Stronger petrol engine shared with the Golf GTI offers Audi’s second-generation compact SUV welcome added tempo As refined and versatile as the brand new Audi Q3 was once we first drove it final 12 months, its entry-grade petrol engine felt at odds with its newly gained premium ethos.Right here was a automotive that had grown in measurement to make room in Audi’s burgeoning vary for the Q2 and within the course of gained a tech-focused inside partly distilled from the A8 limousine. And but it was saddled with a 1.5-litre turbo four-pot that solely simply felt as much as the duty.The brand new 45 TFSI goals to set that proper, with the identical 2.Zero-litre turbo engine that powers a large number of different Volkswagen Group fashions, together with the venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. Tuned right here to ship 227bhp and 258lb ft, it is partnered with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.....


New Volkswagen Golf launch delayed – report

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Advertising and marketing boss says launch shall be pushed again till 2020, however denies delay is due to technical points The launch of the brand new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been delayed till early 2020, based on stories from Automotive Information Europe. ANE quotes Volkswagen gross sales boss Jürgen Stackmann as saying: “We predict it is higher to come back early subsequent 12 months with a full throttle offensive. It does not have something to do with manufacturing. It is a gross sales choice since you do not attempt to put vehicles below the Christmas tree 9ie put the automobile on sale in December] when nobody is paying consideration.” VW had initially deliberate to launch the brand new Golf on the Frankfurt motor present. As a substitute Stackmann says the ID EV shall be launched in Frankfurt. Stackmann additionally denied German media stories that the delay was a results of technical points with....




Seat Leon Cupra R ST 2019 evaluate

Sensible Leon ST positive aspects 4WD, and almost 300bhp. Is that this the automotive that ought to have launched the Cupra model? This isn’t, I repeat not, a Cupra Leon R ST. By no means thoughts the aggressive styling, quad tailpipes or shouty alloys – simply ignore all of that. What this gray and copper-coated thug of a quick property is, is a Seat: the Seat Leon Cupra R ST, to be precise, and solely 150 of them are coming to the UK.It appears a little bit of a backwards step when it comes to naming technique, doesn’t it? Particularly once you keep in mind how militant Martorell was in its insistence that the Cupra Ateca was, you already know, a Cupra and positively not a Seat. Establishing a devoted efficiency arm after which not naming your newest – and doubtlessly most interesting – efficiency machine accordingly appears odd to me,....


Tesla Mannequin three Efficiency 2019 assessment

Vary-topping electrical saloon’s two motors, fed by a 75kWh battery, ship 444bhp to all 4 wheels, leading to a Zero-62mph time of three.7sec and a WLTP vary of 330 miles We’re driving one of many very first examples of the Tesla Mannequin three to hit European roads. Some mentioned it could by no means make it right here, others that it could by no means stay as much as the hype if it did. Expertise teaches that you simply’re both with or in opposition to the ever-controversial Elon Musk and his world-leading electrical automotive producer.And when you’re with him, you could very properly be angrily shouting issues at your keyboard proper now, as I think about totally paid-up members of the Teslarati habitually do when defending the corporate’s honour on social media. You might be shout issues about how Musk actually does hold his guarantees and that we must always know higher than to query....