Tag: UK Auto News

Lamborghini considers Aston Martin Valkyrie rival

Lambo hypercar could be “within the vein of Veneno” To rival the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the agency is considering an “excessive aero” limited-series manufacturing automotive Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the agency is contemplating an “excessive aero” limited-series manufacturing automotive to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie. Such a automotive could be “within the vein of Centenario and Veneno” – two multimillion-pound hypercars with strictly capped construct runs. It may probably provide an much more aggressive model of the aerodynamic bundle discovered on the brand new Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ). It could be more likely to follow a naturally aspirated engine, as is Lamborghini’s long-standing desire, however may make use of a hybrid system to make up for the shortage of a turbocharger. Whether or not the mannequin could be nearer in value to the £750,000 Senna or the £2.5....




First drive: Skoda Imaginative and prescient RS – new PHEV powertrain sampled

The Imaginative and prescient RS idea previews the model of the forthcoming Scala – and the agency’s new hybrid powertrain The Skoda Imaginative and prescient RS, unveiled on the Paris motor present not too long ago, successfully previews three totally different facets of the agency’s future. The hatchback showcases the look of the Czech firm’s forthcoming Ford Focus-rivalling Scala, which can substitute the Speedy in its line-up. It additionally options components that preview the look of future efficiency vRS fashions – regardless of there at the moment being no plans for a Scala vRS – and showcases Skoda’s new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. The PHEV unit within the Imaginative and prescient RS combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electrical motor to supply a complete output of 242bhp. Whereas the specs are more likely to change, the powertrain is anticipated to be just like that in Skoda’s first manufacturing....


Quickest ever Nurburgring lap occasions – the definitive rundown

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ Lap time: 6:44:97 Lamborghini has reclaimed the highway automobile Nürburgring lap file with the most popular model of its Aventador supercar, setting a time of 6min 44.97sec; have a look under for the categorised data The Nürburgring has lengthy been the go-to place to each develop vehicles of their growth levels, in addition to take a look at them upon completion, by each amateurs and massive automobile corporations alike. A Nürburgring lap file has due to this fact change into one of many final accolades for carmakers, with a number of big producers vying for the title, in a number of classes. Have a look under to see the quickest lap occasions throughout all main classes. Quickest road-legal lap across the Nürburgring 1 – Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 6:44:97 Lamborghini used energetic aerodynamic upgrades to overtake its Aventador supercar right into a record-smashing monitor weapon, letting the....




2019 Volkswagen T-Cross particulars teased forward of official reveal

Volkswagen prepares to develop European SUV line-up to 4 fashions; on sale subsequent yr Volkswagen has begun to tease the ultimate design of its upcoming T-Cross compact SUV, forward of an official unveiling later this month. The corporate confirmed off a close-up of the supermini-SUV’s headlights and daytime operating lamps on Twitter, whereas additionally hinting at what paint choices to anticipate when it goes on sale early subsequent yr.  The T-Cross, which Autocar has already pushed in prototype kind, will turn into the fourth SUV in Volkswagen’s European line-up.   The all-new T-Cross. Coming quickly. #MoreThan1Thing #Volkswagen #VWTCross pic.twitter.com/ElpANgvDM0 — Volkswagen UK (@UKVolkswagen) 19 October 2018   Earlier design sketches have hinted at a design that attracts closely from the bigger T-Roc, however with a particular rear finish and on-trend mild bar taillights. A latest preview confirmed designers engaged on the automotive, with brightly colored trim being chosen for the inside.....


Non-public rent agency plots self-driving automobiles in London by 2021

Addison Lee will accomplice with self-driving start-up Oxbotica to develop autonomous tech Non-public rent taxi agency Addison Lee is aiming to supply self-driving transportation providers in London by 2021 as a part of a take care of autonomous software program specialist Oxbotica. The 2 firms have reached an settlement to collaborate on the event and operation of self-driving autos within the capital. They are going to begin by working collectively to create detailed digital maps of 250,000 miles of roads round London, gathering information that would underpin the AI required for self-driving automobiles. The maps will comprise particulars of options akin to site visitors lights and kerbs, which is able to permit self-driving automobiles to exactly find themselves. Addison Lee has round 5000 drivers working in London, whose automobiles might be fitted with gadgets to file information that might be processed by Oxbotica’s software program. For the time being, the....




Toyota boss Akio Toyoda: no-deal Brexit have to be prevented

In his position as chairman of Japan’s motor business affiliation, Akio Toyoda has referred to as for a UK-EU Brexit deal Toyota chairman leads Japanese automobile business name for frictionless UK-EU borders Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has warned of the potential affect Britain’s withdrawl from the European Union may have on the Japanese automobile business, saying no-deal Brexit ought to be “prevented in any respect prices.” In an announcement issued in his position as chairman of the Japan Car Producers Affiliation (JAMA), Toyoda mentioned sustaining frictionless borders – with no tariffs or delays as components cross between Britain and the EU – was important for the nation’s automobile business. Together with Toyota, JAMA members embrace Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Suzuki. Toyoda mentioned the Japanese automobile business was a “stakeholder” within the car business within the UK and EU, due to its contributions to the financial system within the area.....


90 years of the Autocar highway take a look at: Design and engineering

At the moment, turbochargers are commonplace… …however they solely got here to Europe in 1973 The mechanical evolution of the auto, as seen via our testers’ eyes over time The four-valve cylinder head was seen as a strong advertising and marketing instrument within the 1980s, when a ‘16v’ badge on the again of a Mk2 Volkswagen Golf GTI added sexiness to the automotive. But multi-valve heads had been outdated hat by the point Autocar began testing automobiles in 1928. The Stutz Bearcat used a multi-valve head in 1916 and each Bentley and Bugatti had four-valve heads. Gas injection is one other expertise that gained glamour standing by the hands of marketeers within the 1980s, nevertheless it had been round for many years. Like many advances, gasoline injection was pioneered in aviation, the place combination management is extra sophisticated as a result of excessive altitude adjustments. The primary petrol injection system....




Used automobile shopping for information: Ford Fiesta ST

ST-2 fashion pack: it included gray alloy wheels, pink brake calipers and illuminated kickplates The earlier Fiesta ST, the Mk7, was the very best heat hatch you can purchase new. At the moment, it’s as much as £10okay cheaper and nonetheless a hoot to drive. We’ve the highest suggestions for patrons A cut price when new and a steal when used, a very good Ford Fiesta ST Mk7 is downright irresistible. Take the one we discovered beneath. This four-year-old ST-1 is being marketed by a personal vendor. Registered in 2014 and with 38,500 miles on the clock, it’s up for a £7900. New in 2014, it price £16,995 earlier than low cost. The end result: a 54% saving for 100% enjoyable. Unusually for a used ST, it’s completely normal, when so many have been tuned and tweaked. On that topic, ‘Price figuring out’ (see beneath) sounds a warning about beforehand....


90 years particular: McLaren Senna vs Austin Seven street take a look at

The Autocar’s first street take a look at was in 1928 Can the primary automotive this journal street examined have something in widespread with the newest? We discover out Maybe the one most outstanding factor about The Autocar (because it was then) conducting and publishing the world’s first street take a look at again in 1928 is that neither we, nor anybody else, didn’t do it a hell of loads before that. By 1928, the automotive as we all know it was greater than 40 years previous, for goodness’ sake. The primary vehicles had been 19th-century horseless carriages constructed at colossal expense as amusing playthings for the wealthy and courageous and fitted with strong tyres, tiller steering and total-loss lubrication the place oil was basically poured from tank to floor through the insides of the engine. But there was nonetheless sufficient curiosity in them that in 1895 Henry Sturmey deemed....




90 years particular: The historical past of Autocar’s highway check procedures

The Fifth Wheel fell out of favour, together with these trousers Our methodology has modified, however the purpose has remained the identical: to measure and document all the information that issues The profile of a typical Autocar highway tester has modified an important deal over 9 many years – and in a manner for which the present highway check editor can solely apologise. There are presently no Le Mans-winning drivers or ex-Method 1 opponents amongst our quantity. And editor-at-large Matt Prior’s skill to design high-output racing engines stays unproven – so far as we all know. In my opinion, barely every week goes by after I don’t anticipate the cellphone to ring providing a BTCC touring automotive drive in lieu of some poor unlucky with an ingrowing toenail however, sadly, it by no means appears to occur. As any long-standing Autocar reader will probably have seen, we’re a shadow of....


90 years particular: we predict the way forward for the Autocar street check

Will vehicles in 90 years nonetheless have wheels, or will they simply float and even fly? Wheels are outdated tech, so maybe their time has come. In 2108, we’ll be celebrating 180 years of the Autocar street check (we hope). That is what we predict we’ll be driving So what’s going to the vehicles examined by Autocar 90 years from now be like? One factor appears sure: regardless of all of the speak, they received’t be absolutely autonomous. There could also be absolutely autonomous gadgets on the street however they received’t be vehicles. For those who’ve ever parked in Heathrow’s enterprise automotive park and bought a type of humorous little bubbles to take you to the terminal, you don’t suppose you’re stepping right into a automotive if you climb aboard, you suppose you’re stepping right into a driverless pod, as a result of that’s exactly what it’s. Vehicles that don’t....




90 years particular: we predict the longer term way forward for the Autocar street check

Will vehicles in 90 years nonetheless have wheels, or will they simply float and even fly? Wheels are previous tech, so maybe their time has come. In 2108, we’ll be celebrating 180 years of the Autocar street check (we hope). That is what we expect we’ll be driving So what is going to the vehicles examined by Autocar 90 years from now be like? One factor appears sure: regardless of all of the speak, they gained’t be totally autonomous. There could also be totally autonomous units on the street however they gained’t be vehicles. In the event you’ve ever parked in Heathrow’s enterprise automotive park and received a kind of humorous little bubbles to take you to the terminal, you don’t assume you’re stepping right into a automotive if you climb aboard, you assume you’re stepping right into a driverless pod, as a result of that’s exactly what it’s. Vehicles....


90 years particular: Magic moments from Autocar street testers previous and current

“Cross me extra tyres, these ones have melted” We speak to present and previous staffers on the 90th anniversary of the primary Autocar street take a look at, together with McLaren’s Jamie Corstophine, High Gear’s Chris Harris and our very personal Matt Prior, to find their favorite moments Ninety years. That is how lengthy this publication has been street testing vehicles. The Autocar was the very first motoring journal to make use of a standardised collection of assessments to ship a verdict, and over 9 a long time later, we’re nonetheless doing it. Issues have modified since these early days, after all. Over the following week, we’ll be what’s modified, and what we will count on from future street assessments. Autocar’s early street testers are sadly now not with us, however a few of the journal’s more moderen alumni have shared their reminiscences to assist us rejoice. John Barker “I....




BMW M2 Competitors 2018 UK evaluate

Vastly extra composed and better-controlled on a difficult highway than an everyday M2, with a markedly improved energy supply, the M2 Competitors is a large leap forwards for BMW M’s inexpensive coupe. On the proof of the launch occasion in Spain, the BMW M2 Competitors is the M2 we’ve been ready for. The unique mannequin, which you’ll be able to now not purchase, was at all times a captivating and entertaining sports activities coupe, however anyone who drove one with any diploma of enthusiasm throughout a cresting or undulating highway will know that it wasn’t blessed with sensible physique management. There have been instances when the M2 would frighten the life out of you by apparently attempting to unstick its rear tyres from the highway floor fully everytime you popped up excessive of a pointy forehead.It was a dealing with trait the bigger M3 and M4 that arrived earlier than it....


Tesla removes ‘Full Self-Driving Functionality’ from choices checklist

CEO Elon Musk says package deal induced confusion after Euro NCAP take a look at confirmed it could possibly be deceptive Tesla has eliminated the choice of ‘Full Self-Driving Functionality’ from its choices checklist with a purpose to cut back “confusion”, after testing revealed the software program’s advertising will be deceptive.  Euro NCAP and Thatcham Analysis yesterday revealed their first testing outcomes of driver help features, together with lane hold help and autonomous braking. Their conclusion when testing Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ perform on a Mannequin S was that the title “implied a totally automated system the place the motive force will not be required”.  “Nonetheless, the restricted eventualities examined clearly point out that’s not the case, neither is such a system legally allowed”, the research continued. “General, the Tesla system is primarily in management with a danger of the motive force turning into over-reliant”. The day after the outcomes have been....




Lynk & Co reveals 493bhp idea automobile based mostly on TCR race automobile

The automobile maker and Cyan Racing have introduced a partnership which features a efficiency idea automobile and entry to the TCR Lynk & Co has revealed a 493bhp idea automobile, which relies on a TCR touring automobile constructed with main group Cyan Racing. The automobile maker, owned by Chinese language big Geely, mentioned the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan, would be the “first step in direction of an prolonged efficiency provide”. The Lynk & Co 03, on which the race automobile relies, is a saloon whose important market is China. Different fashions within the line-up embrace the 02, a compact SUV, which is because of launch in Europe in 2020. The idea automobile was revealed as a part of announcement confirming Cyan Racing will enter the FIA World Touring Automotive Automotive with the 03 TCR race automobile. The WTCC at the moment runs for the TCR system, which can also....


McLaren Senna

Can Woking’s ‘final road-legal observe automotive’ make historical past at our dry dealing with observe? This week’s street check topic is nothing roughly than essentially the most excessive street automotive McLaren Automotive has constructed.It’s possible you’ll not suppose that’s such an enormous declare since McLaren Automotive has had solely eight years by which to make street automobiles in any respect. However contemplating that the agency has already managed to squeeze the P1, 675LT and 720S into its pretty quick however decidedly punchy again catalogue, and with the reminiscence of the uncompromising F1 nonetheless recent and related for an important many, it’s an introduction that’s actually highly effective sufficient to get our consideration.The McLaren Senna is likely to be the automotive that its maker has been fated to create since its Antipodean founder first picked up a spanner. Throughout so many a long time of celebrated motorsport success, the well-known British....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 19 October

Fancy a used Jaguar XJ40 for beneath £5000? These are the highest cut price buys we have noticed on the market This yr marks 50 years for the reason that Jaguar XJ6 first hit the streets, and it’s laborious now to conceive the influence this low-slung, groundbreaking magnificence had in 1968. If it was a visible delight, it was much more spectacular to drive and to be in: no different automotive on the time was so hushed and no different rode so effectively. The Sequence 2 improved the breed subtly whereas the Sequence three, with its ugly bumpers and raised rear roofline, improved the house however lacked the grace. One thing new was wanted to launch the XJ into the trendy period, and the all-new XJ40, launched in 1986, was the reply. Its angular styling and fashionable inside with all that digital wizardry didn’t initially meet with the wholehearted approval....


Matt Prior: the dilemma of contemporary motor exhibits

Paris hosted the primary worldwide motor present in 1898 This week, Prior ponders a dramatically altering trade and the effectiveness of motor exhibits… These desirous to show a car on the world’s first worldwide motor present, the Car Membership de France’s Exposition Internationale d’Car of 1898, held on the terrace of the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, first needed to drive the automobile from Paris to Versailles and again within the presence of an ACF official. To “keep away from the presentation of vehicles which might solely carry the identify, and never the qualities”. It’s exhausting to think about that, final week, because the world’s oldest motor present hit its 120th anniversary, organisers of what’s right this moment referred to as the Mondial de l’Auto would have made something like the identical calls for of exhibitors. Or any calls for in any respect. Please, simply come. The door’s open. The....




On the inventory market ground with Aston Martin’s Andy Palmer

LSE laid on a particular automobile park for a handful of Astons Aston Martin floated its shares on the inventory market earlier this month. Steve Cropley joined Aston’s prime brass to see it occur Whereas standing on the primary ground of the London Inventory Alternate (LSE) with CEO Andy Palmer and 100 Aston Martin trustworthy, watching the doorway corridor clock depend right down to 8am to start Aston’s life as a public firm, I fell to questioning which of the miracles which have sustained this distinctive firm was essentially the most vital. Was it that this 105-year-old story started with two males in a London shed getting down to construct a greater racing automobile and naming it after their favorite hill climb? Was it that seven occasions in its historical past, this firm has been flat broke, solely to be repeatedly rescued (as others weren’t) by individuals who knew its....


Audi E-tron GT sports activities saloon to get ‘energy focus’

Audi E-tron GT can be launched in 2020 and be “extremely dynamic” Audi electrical mannequin goals to outsprint Tesla’s Mannequin S P100D and can have “some Porsche genes” The Audi E-tron GT four-door electrical sports activities automobile, due in 2020, can have the same vary to the brand new E-tron SUV however be “targeted extra in the direction of energy”, in accordance with the agency’s powertrain boss. The E-tron SUV presents a 248-mile vary measured on the brand new WLTP check and Siegfried Pint advised Autocar the GT will obtain the same vary. However he added that the car can be “steered in the direction of efficiency”. In essentially the most highly effective increase mode, the E-tron has a claimed Zero-60mph time of 5.5sec, with a prime velocity of 124mph. By comparability, the rival Tesla Mannequin S P100D has a Zero-62mph time of four.3sec and a 155mph prime velocity. It’s....




Ban on petrol and diesel automobiles ought to start in 2032, say MPs

Home of Commons committee calls Authorities’s 2040 goal for zero emission automobiles “imprecise and unambitious” MPs have printed a report suggesting that the proposed ban on the sale of petrol and diesel automobiles, initially cited for 2040, needs to be introduced ahead to 2032. The Home of Commons Enterprise, Power and Industrial Technique Committee calls the Authorities’s 2040 goal “imprecise and unambitious” within the report. It additionally discover the nation’s restricted charging infrastructure is without doubt one of the biggest limitations to development of the electrical car market. The report claims that the necessity to proceed with the transition to electrical automobiles is the one approach Britain’s automotive business can stay aggressive. It additionally means that different counties have already taken the lead with battery manufacturing, so looking for to catch up isn’t worthwhile.  As an alternative, “aggressive focusing on of high-value elements of the EV and battery provide chains” are....


Ford extends manufacturing of GT supercar to fulfill demand

Ford has introduced it would produce one other 350 examples of GT as provide outstrips demand six-to-one Ford has introduced it would lengthen manufacturing of the GT to fulfill “distinctive” demand. The manufacturing run will likely be prolonged by one other 350 autos. The GT, which was launched final 12 months, was initially as a result of have a restricted manufacturing run of 1000 automobiles. By extending this to 1,350, Ford says it may well assist meet demand which outstripped provide six-to-one from the preliminary order books opening. The applying course of to personal a GT will re-open in November for one month, permitting those that missed out on the primary spherical of automobiles to get their order in. On the similar time, Ford has introduced a brand new Heritage Version mannequin, painted in Gulf colors, to have fun 50 years for the reason that authentic GT received the Le Mans....




Video: Audi A8 vs BMW 7 Sequence | luxurious saloon twin-test

Which of the 2 luxo-barges will come out on high? We visited some Welsh B-roads to seek out out The Audi A8 and BMW 7 Sequence are thought of two of essentially the most luxurious, massive saloons on sale in the present day, sitting because the flagship of their maker’s respective mannequin line-ups. This week’s video is the final word showdown between the 2, testing the luxurious saloons on-road to find which is the perfect to drive. We took them to a few of our favorite Welsh B-roads to see how they fared in driving dynamics and examined the interiors and in depth equipment to seek out out which takes the crown within the luxe-barge world. Ensure to subscribe to Autocar on YouTube to get the following episode straight to your inbox. Learn extra  Audi A8 overview  BMW 7 Sequence overview  James Ruppert: the perfect luxobarges to purchase


New Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe facelift noticed

Mercedes’ revised GLC and GLC Coupe will arrive subsequent summer time, with styling modifications, contemporary tech and overhauled engines Mercedes-Benz is placing the ending touches to facelifted variations of its three-year-old GLC and GLC Coupe, with the extra highly effective AMG GLC 63 pictured right here set to move the brand new line-up. The reworked mid-sized Mercedes SUVs are deliberate to make their public debut on the 2019 Geneva motor present subsequent March previous to a deliberate begin to UK gross sales by the center of subsequent yr, in line with officers from the German automotive maker. Among the many styling modifications adopted by the facelifted GLC Coupe are new LED headlamps and hind lights that includes altered graphics and non-compulsory Multibeam projectors, reprofiled bumpers and a brand new vary of alloy wheels ranging to 21in in diameter.  Inside, there may be an up to date dashboard with digital devices and....




Audi E-tron: model’s first full electrical mannequin to price £70,805

UK pricing confirmed for Audi’s first electrical SUV which presents 249 miles of vary, the identical because the Mercedes EQC The Audi E-tron, the model’s first electrical SUV that can tackle the Jaguar I-Tempo and Mercedes EQC, will price £70,805 when it goes on sale within the UK. Audi’s first standalone electrical mannequin will get 249 miles of vary on the WLTP check cycle – equivalent to the EQC however behind the I-Tempo, which manages 292 miles. The automotive can be eligible for the decreased £3500 UK authorities grant supplied by the UK authorities for electrical automotive consumers. Audi is now taking orders, with prospects who pay a £1000 deposit securing ‘precedence entry’. The rival EQC is tipped to price from £67,500. Powertrain director Siegfried Pint mentioned the E-tron’s homologation was ongoing and the vary can be nearer 280 miles. A less expensive model with a smaller battery and, due to this fact,....


McLaren Speedtail: new teaser photographs of 243mph-plus F1 successor

The badge of the McLaren Speedtail Quickest McLaren but will arrive with drastically totally different styling from the remainder of Woking’s vary McLaren has previewed among the customisation choices that might be supplied to the 106 patrons of the upcoming 243mph-plus Speedtail hypercar with a brand new teaser picture displaying an 18-carat white gold badge. The Speedtail is the non secular successor to the F1, which was launched in 1993. Its twin-turbo V8 combusion engine might be augmented by an electrical hybrid system for a mixed energy output in extra of 986bhp, far surpassing the F1’s 627bhp. Beforehand recognized by its BP23 codename, the Speedtail could have a better high velocity than any McLaren ever produced. The corporate has but to substantiate an official most velocity however is aiming for a determine past the F1’s 243mph. Solely 106 Speedtail fashions might be produced – and all have already been reserved,....




‘Autonomous’ driving help tech causes harmful confusion

New examine exhibits help programs are being misinterpreted by patrons, whereas Euro NCAP launches evaluation of the tech Thatcham Analysis has launched analysis suggesting drivers are being “harmful” false impressions of what the most recent automated driver help programs are able to. The British security and crash testing physique has additionally teamed up with Euro NCAP to check ten automobiles fitted with widespread programs made commonplace on many automobiles at this time, together with autonomous emergency braking and lane hold help.  Each organisations have recognized confusion amongst motorists over what these applied sciences are able to, with a examine claiming 71% of drivers globally and 53% of drivers within the UK consider you should buy a full self-driving automobile at this time. Thatcham believes that improper advertising by carmakers, utilizing terminology akin to “semi-autonomous” or “self-driving”, is fuelling the misinformation. Matthew Avery, Director of Analysis at Thatcham, commented: “Some carmakers are....


Secret tech of the Tesla Mannequin three

Look past Tesla’s EV ingenuity and also you’ll discover extra intelligent stuff below the pores and skin of its new saloon Relating to Tesla, consideration is often centered on its manufacturing struggles, the most recent actions of firm founder Elon Musk or, from a expertise perspective, its pure-electric powertrains. However with the Mannequin three, the agency can be aiming to pioneer a brand new strategy to chassis and suspension design. Tesla’s strategy to designing these areas, that are essential parts in defining a automotive’s character and desirability, didn’t comply with typical automotive business observe for quantity automotive manufacturing. Autocar spoke completely with numerous Tesla engineers to realize an perception into that improvement course of. Most producers lately construct main new fashions from a platform or structure, however when it got here to the design of the Mannequin three’s chassis and suspension, Tesla engineer caught with a ‘first ideas’ clean-sheet strategy.....




BMW: we use Nurburgring for extra than simply setting lap occasions

Familiarity lets engineers focus on what the automobile is doing, as a substitute of the stopwatch Testing on the Nurburgring is extra essential for permitting engineers to have the ability to tune automobiles with out distractions than it’s for setting quickest lap occasions, in response to BMW’s driving dynamics boss Peter Langen. Talking in reference to the brand new BMW three Collection, Z4 and eight Collection, all of which can launch this 12 months, Langen mentioned that he believes extra profit comes from his familiarity with the famed circuit than his potential to drive automobiles rapidly round it. “The important thing level is that it’s lengthy, difficult, has many surfaces and nook sorts, but I do know it nicely sufficient to have the ability to drive it with the capability to pay attention 100% on what the automobile is doing,” he mentioned. “There’s room for setting quickest lap occasions after....


Metropolis of London units goal to be UK’s first zero emission zone

The Metropolis of London is plotting a congestion cost, zero emission zone and 15mph velocity restrict New transport technique for London’s enterprise district plans to chop car use by half, and introduce 15mph velocity restrict The Metropolis of London is aiming to scale back motor site visitors by half inside the subsequent 25 years and make the capital’s monetary centre Britain’s first large-scale zero emission zone. The town and county, which is called the Sq. Mile and incorporates the center of London’s enterprise district, has developed its first long-term transport technique as a plan for future funding following a public session course of.  Chris Hayward, the Metropolis’s planning and transportation chief, stated that the plan would “future-proof this world-class, rising enterprise and tradition centre.” Greater than 500,000 individuals work within the space, and Hayward stated that 93% commute in by way of public transport. The technique subsequently will put a precedence on pedestrians, together with the....




Volvo XC40 T4 2018 UK evaluate

We attempt Volvo’s funky XC40 with the most recent T4 four-cylinder petrol engine to see if it makes the compact SUV an much more interesting bundle Based on Volvo, this T4-engined XC40 is about to be the best-selling model of its funky compact SUV. Waning client curiosity in autos fuelled from the black pump on the service station signifies that their petrol-powered range-mates are commanding an ever rising share of the gross sales combine – to the purpose the place the T4 and recently-introduced T3, which we just lately drove on UK roads, are anticipated to account for 50% of all XC40 gross sales.The place that entry-level three-cylinder T3 mannequin is offered solely with a mix of front-wheel-drive and six-speed handbook transmission – for now, at the least –  the four-pot T4 comes as customary with an eight-speed auto ‘field that sends drive to the wheels at each axles. On this iteration,....


Facelifted Lexus RC: costs and specs introduced

Lexus’ up to date Audi A5 rival will go on sale on 1 November, priced from £38,800 After its public reveal on the Paris motor present, Lexus has launched UK pricing and spec particulars for the up to date RC coupé. Because of go on sale on 1 November, the BMW four Sequence rival is priced from £38,800 for the bottom variant, which is supplied with equipment similar to entrance and rear parking sensors, a reversing digital camera, keyless entry, sat-nav and 18-inch alloys. The mid-range F-Sport mannequin introduces sportier bodywork and inside upgrades, alongside LED headlights and an adaptive suspension system. An elective Takumi pack provides a 17 speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a heated steering wheel and a sunroof for an additional £2,000. Topping the vary is the fully-loaded RC Takumi, priced at £45,800. Along with minor styling alterations, Lexus has made aerodynamic tweaks to the RC, in addition to revising the....




Volkswagen to overtake vendor gross sales mannequin in 2020

VW will refresh its gross sales community with new on-line gross sales channel forward of ID model launch Volkswagen has introduced sweeping organisational modifications to its dealership and gross sales community all through Europe because it prepares for the launch of its ID electrical automobile sub-brand.  On the coronary heart of the modifications is a brand new on-line gross sales and repair channel that can enable Volkswagen to promote automobiles on to prospects in addition to supply particular person mobility companies. The channel additionally lets it monitor buyer driving habits and supply over-the-air software program updates by a collection of latest connectivity choices to be made obtainable on future fashions. Will probably be supported by a community of metropolis showrooms and pop-stores which were conceived to carry Volkswagen nearer to potential prospects in a transfer aimed toward making the German automotive maker’s gross sales organisation extra versatile and environment friendly. “We’ll study extra about....


Volvo S60 Twin-Engine T8 Polestar Engineered 2018 overview

American-built Swedish sports activities saloon has the fashion, however is extra a rival for the Mercedes-AMG C43 or the hardcore BMW M3? Volvo wants this automobile to be good. Greater than good, in truth, as a result of it doesn’t matter what number of SUVs you may flog, for those who select to function on the premium finish of the mass market with no fighting-fit mid-size saloon, you’re headlining with no entrance man. Autocar readers – individuals who care about driving – are additionally unlikely to lend your model a lot affection for those who can’t efficiently engineer such a timeless components as a sports activities saloon, however that’s one thing we’ll come onto in a second.So, the brand new S60. Regardless of the very fact Volvo bought solely 1276 examples of the outgoing mannequin final 12 months (extra McLaren 720Ss left the showroom in 2017), it’s essentially the most keenly....




New Skoda Kodiaq GT: official photographs leaked of SUV-coupe

Supply: AutoWeek Skoda’s China-built Kodiaq GT is revealed in full by leaked official pictures forward of its launch later this 12 months After Skoda launched a collection of sketches of its new Kodiaq GT earlier this week, official photographs seem to have been leaked on-line displaying the automobile in full. Footage of the extra rakish, coupe-like model of Skoda’s household SUV have been revealed on-line by Dutch website Autoweek, and are stated to be official pictures of the manufacturing mannequin. They present the brand new mannequin shares its front-end with its seven-seat sibling, however by dropping the third row seating possibility a sloping roofline and squat rear-end has been launched. The Kodiaq GT is ready to be Skoda’s flagship mannequin in China, the one nation during which it will likely be constructed and bought. It is going to be in Chinese language dealerships earlier than the tip of the 12 months, manufactured as a part....


Meeke secures Toyota WRC deal for 2019

Meeke will return to the WRC with Toyota subsequent season Northern Irish star secures full-time return in Yaris WRC Northern Irish rally star Kris Meeke will be part of the Toyota squad full-time for the World Rally Championship subsequent yr. The profession of the 39-year-old from Dungannon has been unsure since he was dropped by Citroën earlier this yr, with the French squad releasing a rare assertion citing his “excessively excessive variety of crashes”. However Meeke, a winner of 5 WRC occasions, has secured a prime drive with Toyota, which at the moment leads the producers’ championship.  Meeke will drive a works Yaris WRC, alongside title contender Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala. Meeke is named one of many quickest drivers within the WRC – which has led to quite a few accidents – and can also be extremely regarded for his expertise as a take a look at and improvement driver. “The....




New 2019 Seat Leon noticed with minimal disguise

Seat’s fourth-gen Ford Focus rival might be proven in idea type on the Geneva present subsequent 12 months previous to a summer season launch Seat is about to disclose the brand new Leon in idea type subsequent 12 months, however spy photographers have caught a revealing prototype testing with a lot much less disguise than earlier than.  The fourth-generation of the Spanish model’s Ford Focus rival might be proven at subsequent March’s Geneva motor present earlier than the manufacturing automobile arrives in the summertime. Seat insiders have referred to as the brand new automobile the most important step ahead within the mannequin’s historical past, with a big enchancment in cabin know-how and the introduction of a variant with an electrified powertrain.  Regardless of claims of a radical new design path starting with the Mk4 Leon, the take a look at mule exhibits an evolutionary look. Seat is step by step shifting away from....


Kia Optima Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi GT-Line S evaluation

Kia has given the Optima a mid-life revision, with a brand new diesel engine and a extra complete package listing. Is it nonetheless aggressive? A mid-life revision to a automobile that passes many giant household automobile consumers by – the Kia Optima. The Korean model’s D-segment providing is hardly flavour of the month at the very best of occasions, however with the introduction of the sharper, extra thrilling Stinger it is wanting more and more unloved.It additionally finds itself in a a section which has seen important decline over the previous couple of years – even the Ford Mondeo’s future hangs within the stability. SUVs are all many consumers need to learn about now, and even those that do plump for a standard three-box mannequin are much more more likely to plump for a pleasant month-to-month lease take care of one of many premium manufacturers.However those that instantly dismiss the....




Autocar journal 17 October – on sale now

This week: BMW i4 saloon, the all-new BMW X7, Audi E-tron first drive and rather more BMW’s grand electrical plans lead this week’s challenge of Autocar, with all the within data on the game-changing i4 saloon due by 2021. That’s not all from BMW – its Vary-Rover rivalling X7 has been revealed forward of an LA motor present debut. Elsewhere within the automotive business, Toyota is contemplating reintroducing its iconic MR2 sportscar whereas a scorching model of its new Corolla can also be on the playing cards. Additionally on this challenge Evaluations Mercedes-AMG goes hybrid, and the brand new, third-generation CLS is the primary to get the hybridised powertrain making it a prudent selection for this week’s highway take a look at. We additionally drive Audi’s extremely anticipated E-tron for the primary time to see whether or not it’ll persuade non-electric automobile homeowners to get behind the wheel, and take....


Vary-topping BMW X7 rivals Mercedes-Benz GLS

The brand new X7 is available in seven-seat and extra spacious six-seat guises BMW’s all-new giant SUV, on sale in March 2019, will make its public debut on the Los Angeles motor present BMW is focusing on the Land Rover Discovery and Mercedes-Benz GLS with the brand new X7, its seventh and largest SUV up to now. Pictured right here in manufacturing kind for the primary time forward of a deliberate public debut on the Los Angeles present in November, the seven-seater is about for UK supply subsequent March at a worth of £72,155 for the entry-level X7 xDrive30d. Conceived to offer BMW with a higher presence within the rising upper-luxury SUV market, the X7 goals to supply the consolation and opulence of a 7 Sequence with the flexibility and off-road prowess of the brand new fourth-generation X5, with which it shares a lot of its mechanical and electrical structure.....




Audi hit by £700 million nice for diesel emissions scandal

VW Group model ‘accepts accountability’ for breaking emissions guidelines Audi has been fined €800 million (round £700m) as a part of a settlement with German prosecutors investigating breaches of diesel emissions guidelines.  The Munich II public prosecutor had been investigating the Volkswagen Group model over claims that sure variations of the agency’s V6 and V8 diesel engines breached necessities regarding “emissions service” and “energy engine approval”. Prosecutors additionally stated Audi “failed to find” that its automobiles bought with the VW Group’s EA288 and EA189 diesel engines featured an impermissible software program operate to cheat emissions assessments – unearthed within the Dieselgate scandal. In a press release, Audi stated that it “accepted the nice and it’ll not lodge an enchantment in opposition to it. By doing so, Audi AG admits its accountability for the deviations from regulatory necessities.” The €800m nice contains the utmost €5m penalty for ‘negligent regulatory offences’ and €795m for ‘disgorgement of....