Tag: UK Cars

Opinion: why Jaguar Land Rover faces powerful instances

Fifth-generation Vary Rover launch means a manufacturing facility refit is imminent A 35% shortfall in China final yr and poor reliability scores throughout the board imply the corporate has plenty of floor to regain JLR’s operating annual leads to February had been hardly nice information (the corporate misplaced £273m within the quarter earlier than tax, in contrast with a revenue of £192m over the identical interval a yr earlier), nevertheless it was the broader accounting strikes that had been an actual shock.  The £three.1bn writedown rocked the trade. Reportedly, half of this sum was the corporate recognising that the worth of its plant and investments had been decrease than anticipated. The opposite half was the popularity that its future earnings are more likely to undergo a everlasting set-back.  It’s a fancy space, however a lot of the monetary shortfall is anticipated in China, and it’s not just because Jaguar and....




Jaguar J-Tempo to reach in 2021 as flagship SUV

The 2021 Jaguar J-Tempo as imagined by Autocar Electrical rear axle and all-new platform for spacious and dynamic new luxurious mannequin Jaguar’s upcoming J-Tempo flagship SUV will likely be one of many first electrified fashions constructed on an all-new Jaguar Land Rover platform – and a completely electrical model can also be more likely to be made, in keeping with sources.  The J-Tempo is considered simply over two years from launch and can arrive at across the identical time because the fifth-generation Vary Rover, which may also be constructed on the agency’s MLA platform. The J-Tempo is one among three new ‘mid-height’ Jaguar Land Rover fashions that will likely be based mostly round electrified powertrains.  The MLA platform, which can underpin all JLR autos by 2025, will likely be all-aluminium and is anticipated to be noticeably lighter than the present D7 and D8 architectures.  One of many technical highlights for....


Out with the previous: nearly-new motoring bargains

Do not baulk in your the automotive you need as a result of there’s already a reputation on the V5 Purchase new vehicles for much less, although they’re nonetheless really new. Form of. Confused? Allow us to clarify Automobile producers simply can’t assist themselves, can they? Constructing vehicles, that’s. Whether or not gross sales are up, down or detached, there are factories to feed and employees to maintain busy.  One thing must be achieved with all these vehicles and there may be solely a lot that compounds or airfields can take, which is why sellers are persuaded to register a few of their allocation and rental fleets are requested to take them on. These, girls and gents, are almost new vehicles (NNC). As new, however with a filled-in V5 log guide and sometimes a reasonably marginal mileage. So the asking worth for what’s both a seller demonstrator or pre-reg automotive....




The story behind the right carbonfibre end

Hand sanding, or ‘blocking’, to create an ideal end and a keyed floor for the topcoat, is completed utilizing small compressed air-powered sanders Expensively made carbonfibre automobiles have to look their resplendent finest. We meet the person who ensures they do A transparent, high-gloss end on a pure carbonfibre floor can look attractive however is notoriously troublesome to realize. Nonetheless, after 15 years of intensive analysis and growth, British firm Venture 12 has invented a brand new course of enabling it to realize simply that.  Not surprisingly, the distinctive end, referred to as ‘Visible Carbon’, has proved so common that the corporate is busy serving a formidable checklist of premium clients together with Aston Martin, McLaren, Singer and Brabham.  Like so many good concepts, this one took place virtually by probability. Visible Carbon is the brainchild of Dave King, boss of Carbody Ltd, an accident restore specialist in Banbury. A....


100bhp heroes: have enjoyable with much less energy

Horsepower – it isn’t how a lot you could have, it is what you are able to do with it How a lot energy do you want? Or, to place it one other method, how little are you able to get away with? A few weeks in the past, I drove the brand new Mercedes-AMG A35. Very competent, very properly made, a wonderfully posh inside and really quick.  Its 2.Zero-litre turbocharged engine produces 306bhp, which is sufficient to propel the all-wheel-drive A35 from Zero-62mph in lower than 5 seconds. Quickly Mercedes will comply with this automotive up with a brand new A45 that’s rumoured to have a minimum of 400bhp. That’s 25% extra energy than the A35, however will it ship 25% extra enjoyable? After all it received’t. Not that the A35 is precisely enjoyable to drive, it’s simply extraordinarily sure-footed and fast.  The horsepower race is totally uncontrolled. A....




How Autocar writers would repair Britain’s roads and transport

Automotive expertise growth is shifting at an unprecedented pace, which is greater than could be mentioned for UK motorway visitors. Let’s repair that The UK’s creaking system wants a saviour. So what would we do if handed energy as the federal government transport minister for a day? It is hardly an enviable place, however Britain’s transport minister has the ability to enhance commutes, cut back the speed of visitors fatalities, streamline public transport and cut back emissions.  With our street community pockmarked by potholes, a nationwide improve to good motorways inflicting prolonged tailbacks and a confused political place stopping a easy shift to electrification, we ask: what would we do with the authority? This is what the Autocar writers would do in the event that they have been put within the sizzling seat for the day: Matt Prior Approve a large transport infrastructure venture, making the UK the best nation on....


Prime 10 greatest supercars 2019

Our prime ten supercars blends a mixture of unique metallic stand out efficiency with gorgeous dynamics, however in an intensely aggressive market who takes prime spot? The definition of a supercar could have modified over the previous twenty years, however that truth hardly makes the metallic content material that makes up this class any much less sensational. Right here, it’s the world’s biggest mid-engined, upper-level efficiency machines we’re celebrating: not the very highest echelon of the efficiency automotive market, however quite the form of automobiles you consider whenever you image a contemporary Ferrari, McLaren or Lamborghini. Topping this class means demonstrating that your designers and engineers can grasp an inherently difficult dynamic temporary, stand the warmth of significantly intense competitors, and fulfill a number of the most demanding clients in motordom. 1. McLaren 720S The McLaren 720S has succeeded the place each of its predecessors (650S and MP4-12C) fell brief in our supercar....




Jaguar Land Rover wins case towards copycat Evoque maker

The Landwind X7 and the unique Vary Rover Evoque A Chinese language courtroom has discovered Jiangling’s Landwind X7 to be too just like the Vary Rover Evoque Jaguar Land Rover has gained a long-standing courtroom case in China towards the agency that produces a copycat model of the Vary Rover Evoque. The Landwind X7, which is barely bought in China, has turn out to be infamous worldwide for being a near-replica of the favored British SUV. China is well-known for creating copycat automobiles of Western-designed automobiles, however native regulation has historically made it arduous for the makers of the unique fashions to cease the apply. Jaguar Land Rover described its win within the unfair competitors case as a “first within the international automobile business”. The case has been underway for greater than three years, having begun after the Landwind X7 was unveiled on the 2015 Guangzhou motor present. In China, the doppelgänger is priced on the equal of round....


Prototype carbonfibre tub accomplished at McLaren Composites Centre

The primary mannequin to make use of Sheffield-produced tubs will arrive in 2020 The £50m facility in Sheffield has delivered the primary Monocell light-weight tub to McLaren’s manufacturing unit in Woking The primary prototype of McLaren’s new Monocell carbonfibre tub has been delivered from the agency’s new £50 million Composites Know-how Centre (MCTC) in Yorkshire to its important manufacturing facility in Woking, Surrey. Codenamed PLT-MCTC-01 (Prototype Light-weight Tub, McLaren Composites Know-how Centre, Quantity One), the light-weight chassis is step one in direction of saving weight throughout the corporate’s mannequin vary in preparation ​for full hybridisation by 2024. McLaren will now topic the prototype to a radical crash take a look at programme in Woking, forward of the 2020 launch of its first Monocell-based manufacturing mannequin. Wes Jacklin, the MCTC’s plant director, stated: “It is more and more clear that with future heavier powertrain necessities, exploiting revolutionary lightweighting methods and applied sciences goes to be a big key to unlocking all....




Prototype carbonfibre cell accomplished at McLaren Composites Centre

McLaren is pursuing weight-saving expertise as a method of constructing its upcoming hybrid vary extra aggressive and environment friendly £50m Sheffield-based facility delivers the primary MonoCell light-weight tub to McLaren’s Woking manufacturing facility The primary prototype of McLaren’s new MonoCell carbonfibre tubs has been delivered by the agency’s £50m Composites Know-how Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield to its most important manufacturing facility in Surrey. Codenamed ‘PLT-MCTC-01’ (Prototype Light-weight Tub, McLaren Composites Know-how Centre – 01), the light-weight chassis is step one in the direction of saving weight throughout the corporate’s vary in preparation for the adoption of hybrid expertise.  McLaren will now topic the brand new chassis to a radical crash testing programme at its most important Woking facility. The agency is creating its subsequent era of autos underneath the Monitor25 marketing strategy, which is able to see hybrid expertise rolled throughout its complete vary by 2024.  Wes Jacklin, plant director on the....


Audi R8 V10 2019 UK assessment

Overhauled engine makes the best factor concerning the R8 even larger, even when the restrained seems to be and dealing with poise of the unique have gotten an ever-more-distant reminiscence The most recent facelifted model of the Audi R8, simply arrived within the UK. Supercar, super-sports automobile, quick Audi godfather, 4WD mid-engined misfit – name it what you’ll; having been unveiled on this newest kind on the 2018 Geneva motor present, it has simply been in receipt of a dose of additional energy, a retuned energy steering system, a retuned stability management system and solely a only a few tweaks moreover.Appears… nicely, angrier, doesn’t it? Audi’s exterior design tweaks are in all probability probably the most important modifications which were wrought on the automobile, and amongst them are a decrease, wider, meaner-looking single-frame radiator grille, a extra jutting entrance splitter and a reprofiled bonnet.The automobile’s rear diffuser has been pumped....




Why Skoda should maintain its eye on the ball

The Kamiq will bolster Skoda gross sales in 2019 The Czech automotive maker wants to speculate properly to make sure long-term success Skoda’s spectacular development in recent times 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 had 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 tough 12 months too and there’s extra to return.  CEO Bernhard Maier highlighted throughout Skoda’s annual press convention as we speak that there was a bunch difficult elements at play, a lot of which these within the automotive business are....


Mercedes-AMG GT 63 Four-door Coupé

Mercedes-AMG branches out with a four-seat grand tourer with bruising efficiency The previous decade has been one among actual developmental significance for Mercedes-AMG.The agency’s persevering with skill to rework virtually any of Mercedes’ comparatively odd vehicles into bona fide highway and observe efficiency weapons – typically to class-leading impact – continues to be the muse of its success. In the meantime, the model’s affiliation with a sure five-time Method 1 world champion and his AMG-liveried racing automotive should even have performed its half.Arguably of even higher significance than each, although, is the truth that, inside the previous 10 years, Mercedes-AMG has turned its hand to growing its very personal sports activities vehicles. The SLS was the primary such creation, first showing in 2009 with its dramatic 300SL-style gullwing doorways and naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 – and its successor, the Mercedes-AMG GT, arrived in 2014 to proceed the two-seater sporting theme.Neither....




Porsche boss proposes subscription mannequin to discourage speculators

CEO Oliver Blume places ahead potential answer to having restricted version fashions bought on at huge earnings Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has proposed a subscription mannequin as a possible answer to speculators shopping for the agency’s restricted version automobiles to promote on at enormous earnings. Though the issue of traders making enormous mark-ups is industry-wide, Porsche’s quantity of extremely collectable, very restricted run fashions, starting from the Boxster Spyder via to Porsche 911 GT and R fashions and the 918 Spyder, has often put it within the highlight. Particularly, the 911 R hit the headlines in 2016 when collectors had been reported to be spending round 5 occasions its asking value simply months after its launch to be able to soar ready lists. “Our curiosity is to promote automobiles for drivers, not sellers,” stated Blume. “We put a lot love into them, with the purpose of individuals driving them to....


Subsequent-gen Porsche Cayenne might be totally electrical

Determination anticipated round 2025 will hinge on improvement of battery expertise The following-generation Porsche Cayenne, due round 2025, might be totally electrical – however provided that battery expertise has superior considerably. Porsche has already dedicated to launching the totally electrical Taycan saloon later this 12 months, and can comply with it with launches of the Taycan Cross Turismo property and the next-generation Porsche Macan, which can launch in 2021 in each EV and petrol-powered kinds. Nevertheless, stress from markets – led by China, the world’s largest automotive market and largest EV market, is main Porsche to judge launching extra EV fashions, together with the next-gen Cayenne.  “After all we’re discussing the electrification of the Cayenne – however we’re doing the identical for each mannequin line,” stated Wolfgang Butschek, Porsche’s supervisor for gross sales and advertising and marketing. “Many markets are asking for electrical automobiles – however we have now a....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 22 March

Slightly below £5000 might get you behind the wheel of a raunchy Italian sizzling hatch A second-hand instance of Abarth’s Fiat 500-based sizzling hatchback is a cut-price, however equally enjoyable, different to the Ford Fiesta ST Abarth 500, £4990: You will get right into a 2014/63- reg Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ecoboost ST with 45,000 miles from a fundamental seller for £2500 extra but when £5000 is your lot, then 50% extra dough isn’t on the playing cards.  So the Abarth 500 it’s, however don’t look so down as a result of it’s an actual hoot and should even encourage you to sooner or later commerce as much as the rip-roaring, spine-jarring Abarth 595 1.four T-Jet Competizione. (A 2014/14-reg one with 60,000 miles is round £8000.)  However we’re getting forward of ourselves. The 500 we clocked is a 2009/59-reg 1.four T-Jet handbook with 69,000 miles, full service historical past and many....


Second-generation Toyota GT86 greenlighted by bosses

First-generation GT86 has been on our roads since 2012 New coupé might be developed in partnership with Subaru to take a seat beneath the brand new Supra Toyota has stated that the GT86 coupé might be changed with a brand new second-generation mannequin developed together with Subaru.  The brand new model of the four-cylinder light-weight four-seater will sit beneath the just lately launched six-cylinder Supra two-seater in an expanded line-up of Toyota sports activities automobiles, which can even make use of the agency’s GR Sport model.  Following the launch of the Supra, there have been studies that the GT86 might not be changed.  Confirming that Toyota intends to develop a brand new GT86, European advertising and marketing boss Matt Harrison stated it has been “a profitable ‘halo’ product for us”. He added: “Supra is to not change that automotive. They’re for various audiences and are totally different merchandise. We see....




Matt Prior: the developments of the Geneva motor present

New CX-30 touts Mazda’s distinctive Kodo design language A stroll across the present ground reveals an sudden turning of the tables by way of automotive design The Geneva motor present tells you the way a lot change there’s within the automotive enterprise. You’ll be able to sense the bottom shifting.  There’s the plain stuff, like discovering electrical motors the place engines would have been. Then there’s the non-obvious. The extra nuanced, maybe longer-term shifts.  Some are outlined by that transfer to electrification, because it lowers the price of entry into automotive making. If creating a brand new inside combustion engine prices a billion kilos, you need to develop all sizes, with petrol and diesel variants, and an present producer received’t promote you theirs, that’s a several-billion-pound downside. If you should buy competitively environment friendly motors and batteries, it isn’t.  Electrical automobile structure itself opens up new potentialities. Motors can go....


Opinion: Why the time is true for the Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The place the BMW X6 attracted ridicule when it was launched 12 years in the past, the Cayenne Coupe feels proper for the market In lots of regards Porsche has been gradual to the coupe SUV market – in any case, BMW has been there for greater than a decade with the X6. However maybe – as so typically – Porsche’s timing with the launch of the Cayenne Coupe is spot on. The place early movers attracted ridicule, Porsche arrives as gross sales within the sector are taking off, and the place international tastes – quite than the extremes of markets corresponding to Russia and China – are open-minded to what’s on provide. The potential for widespread success is there for the taking. It’s clear, too, that Porsche have a well-resolved design to work with. Styling chief Michael Mauer says the Coupe sits much more comfortably with Porsche’s sports activities....




Porsche Cayenne Coupe: new BMW X6 rival revealed

Restyled model of sporting luxurious SUV affords as much as 542bhp and a Zero-62mph time of three.9sec The Porsche Cayenne Coupé has been revealed, with the rakishly restyled model of the model’s largest SUV taking direct purpose on the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Key styling adjustments embrace the adoption of a shallower windscreen and a extra closely curved roofline that extends again to type an integral half of a big liftback-style tailgate. Redesigned rear doorways and wider bumpers enhance general width by 18mm, whereas the rear numberplate has been repositioned into the rear bumper.   As with the common Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupé has an lively rear spoiler ingredient. It really works together with a roof spoiler, extending by 135mm at speeds above 56mph to supply added downforce. “The Coupé contains all of the technical highlights of the present, third-generation Cayenne however has a design that’s extra progressive, athletic and emotional,” stated Porsche boss Oliver Blume. Inside,....


2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ video assessment: 759bhp V12 Hypercar On Ice

Italian supercars just like the Aventador is likely to be most at residence on a circuit, however they are often sensible enjoyable within the snow as properly Most Lamborghinis are locked away for winter, however not all of them. Autocar’s Dan Prosser has been driving a pair of very particular Lamborghinis on snow and ice. One among them seems well-suited to chilly climate terrain, the opposite not a lot, however each show able to severe winter enjoyable. First up is the unique super-SUV, the Lamborghini LM002, adopted by the outrageous Aventador SVJ on the Lamborghini Winter Accademia. READ MORE Subsequent Aventador to be first hybrid V12 Lamborghini Lamborghini Aventador SVJ assessment New Lamborghini Huaracan Evo: up to date 2019 supercar revealed




Renault scheme transforms EVs into power storage items

The specifically tailored Zoe EVs can return power to the nationwide grid Pilot scheme starting at present goals to chop electrical autos’ working prices and scale back power utilization Renault has launched a revolutionary pilot scheme that goals to show the feasibility of vehicle-to-grid charging techniques by inserting power storage items aboard electrical autos (EVs). A fleet of Zoes have been tailored to allow reversible charging, which may assist to bolster electrical energy provide at peak occasions. The system allows electrical autos to stockpile power provides at occasions of low demand after which switch electrical energy again to the grid when applicable. By moderating energy utilization on this method, it may scale back pressure on nationwide electrical energy infrastructure, promote power conservation and save its customers cash on working prices.  The primary trials start at present within the Dutch metropolis of Utrecht, in partnership with We Drive Photo voltaic, and on the Portuguese island....


Bloodhound land pace document venture relaunched

Bloodhound LSR New proprietor of 1000mph automotive vows to start high-speed testing as quickly as potential The Bloodhound 1000mph land pace document venture has been relaunched with a brand new base and livery – with the venture’s new proprietor vowing to let it “off the leash” and begin high-speed testing as quickly as potential. The venture appeared to strike terminal bother late final yr after coming into administration, earlier than being rescued by Yorkshire entrepreneur Ian Warhurst. Bloodhound has been rebranded, refinanced, repainted and moved to new headquarters in Gloucester.  The core staff that constructed the automotive over the previous decade is already at work reinstating beforehand laid plans to set a brand new land pace document on a specifically ready observe at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, and press on to beat the 1000mph barrier. Rebranded as Bloodhound LSR (for ‘land pace document’) and displayed for the primary time....




Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2019 UK evaluation

Eighth-generation sports activities coupé takes to UK roads supremely nicely, even in four-wheel drive type New added-width, eighth-generation Porsche 911, meet famously slim British B-road.Now right here’s the excellent news: the 992-generation 911 nonetheless feels fairly slim-hipped for a full-sized sports activities automobile. That it’s much more incisive and exact in its dealing with than the 991 means homeowners of outdated narrowbody vehicles will hardly discover the distinction.And anyway, probably the most revered sports activities automobile on the earth hasn’t a lot change into wider as much less slim – which appears like the identical factor however isn’t fairly. The 45mm of additional metalwork throughout the wings solely brings the rear-driven model as much as the identical width because the outdated four-wheel-drive mannequin.This has been finished not solely to enhance the dealing with of the previous (because of the affect of the larger wheels, wider tracks, faster steering, lighter and stiffer physique and overhauled suspension)....


Porsche Cayenne Coupe: official sketch revealed forward of imminent launch

Official sketch exhibits design particulars of Porsche’s upcoming BMW X6 rival; automotive will probably be on sale this autumn An official sketch of the Porsche Cayenne Coupé has been revealed forward of the automotive’s imminent unveiling. The picture seems to substantiate that the Cayenne Coupé is focused as a rival for the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, broadening the scope of the Cayenne line-up. Porsche’s UK boss has already confirmed to Autocar that the automotive, which is anticipated to share the overwhelming majority of its underlying chassis with its conventional SUV sibling, will go on sale this autumn. Marcus Eckermann stated: “The Cayenne Coupé is a vital automotive for us. It’s an excellent trying automotive. Within the UK, I don’t suppose it should make up as a lot as half of the general Cayenne line-up combine, however it will likely be a superb share of it.” Prototype variations of the automotive – which present clear styling....




Racing strains: Why it is best to give Formulation E an opportunity

André Lotterer and Sam Chicken in Hong Kong. It didn’t finish effectively Lack of engine noise and tight circuits would possibly put some viewers off, however give it a attempt to you would possibly see why it is sensible Initially of the yr, Matt Prior instructed you would possibly wish to give Formulation E an opportunity. Good recommendation. The fifth season of the all-electric single-seater sequence has supplied, effectively, some electrifying motion in every of its 5 rounds to this point. Is it excellent? No. However the sequence has come of age.  Now, for anybody who cherished 1970s Formulation 5000, bombastic ’80s Formulation 1 or ’90s-era screaming V10s, Formulation E takes some warming to. For starters, the vehicles’ whine is extra grating than an overtired three-year-old at bedtime. However comparisons are pointless. Greatest simply open your thoughts, put apart what you recognize and take it for what it’s: one thing....


Icon of icons: Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion – Toyota Corolla

The ever-popular Corolla has been offered as a hatchback, saloon, property and coupé in its 53-year lifespan Is the Toyota Corolla your favorite automotive icon? Learn what we predict and solid your vote   The Toyota Corolla is within the operating to be this 12 months’s Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Every day a unique member of the Autocar staff 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. We all know what you’re pondering: what’s the Toyota Corolla doing amongst a listing of automotive icons? Secure, reliable, solely unexciting household automobile, positive. However a motoring icon?  Effectively, sure. Right here’s why: the Corolla is the best-selling automobile on the planet. Ever. Because it was launched in 1966, Toyota has offered round 45 million Corolla-badged vehicles. That’s, you received’t must be advised,....




Almost-new shopping for information: Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205)

C-Class seems like an S-Class that has been on too scorching a wash In a brand new sequence that appears at practically new offers, we eye a ‘shrunken S-Class’ First launched in 2014, the fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class (codenamed W205) isn’t due to get replaced till late in 2020. Meaning the permitted used vendor community is packed stuffed with second-hand examples that won’t be outmoded for the higher a part of two years. Select properly and you would be driving a C-Class that, to most onlookers, will seem like a brand new automobile, however at higher than half worth.  The W205 represented a major step ahead for Mercedes’ small saloon automobile, not least as a result of the in depth use of aluminium within the physique construction lowered the automobile’s total weight by as much as 100kg in contrast with the model that got here earlier than it. After we first....


Vehicles weak to keyless theft highlighted by new scores

Six of the 11 new automobiles examined by Thatcham Analysis up to now in are in danger on account of weak keyless entry and begin programs A brand new security score has been designed to warn automotive consumers of the theft threat posed by fashions with insecure keyless entry programs. Safety professional Thatcham Analysis introduced the brand new scores, which is able to label every automotive as both ‘superior’, ‘good’, ‘fundamental’, ‘poor’ or ‘unacceptable’ primarily based on their vulnerability to thieves. Nonetheless, the scheme has been questioned by automotive trade figures for complicated the problem, fairly than simplifying it. Of the 11 automobiles the corporate has examined up to now in 2019, six have acquired a ‘poor’ score, together with the Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Nexo, Kia Proceed and Porsche Macan. Whereas the affected fashions had different safety features described as ‘good’, they’d no strategy to stop relay assault thefts that mimic the keyless entry system....




Racing traces: why it is best to watch Method E

André Lotterer and Sam Fowl in Hong Kong. It didn’t finish nicely Lack of engine noise and tight circuits may put some viewers off, however give it a try to you may see why it is smart Firstly of the 12 months, Matt Prior urged you may need to give Method E an opportunity. Good recommendation. The fifth season of the all-electric single-seater sequence has provided, nicely, some electrifying motion in every of its 5 rounds thus far. Is it excellent? No. However the sequence has come of age.  Now, for anybody who beloved 1970s Method 5000, bombastic ’80s Method 1 or ’90s-era screaming V10s, Method E takes some warming to. For starters, the vehicles’ whine is extra grating than an overtired three-year-old at bedtime. However comparisons are pointless. Greatest simply open your thoughts, put apart what you already know and take it for what it’s: one thing completely different,....


Hyundai Tucson N Line revealed with stiffened chassis, sportier styling

No further energy but, however visible upgrades trace at what a possible Tucson N may appear to be Hyundai has revealed the brand new Tucson N Line, its first performance-honed SUV that previews a doable full scorching N model. The Tucson N Line is because of go on sale within the UK later this yr and follows on from the i30 N Line launched in 2018. Tweaks to the usual Tucson, Hyundai’s best-selling mannequin in Europe, embrace a stiffened chassis, revised bumpers, new black-painted 19in alloy wheels and a sportier inside. “That is an understated sporty automotive with some delicate enhancements in and out, so it brings the N Line character to a Hyundai SUV for the primary time,” says Thomas Buerkle, Hyundai Europe’s design chief. Buerkle’s crew has created a extra muscular-looking Tucson with time-honoured modifications similar to a brand new entrance bumper, new grille, revised headlights and twin exhausts.....




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....