Tag: UK

‘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....


Monitor Debut For Nissan e.dams Method E Vehicles

NISSAN has made its debut within the ABB FIA Method E championship with former sequence champion Sebastien Buemi tasked with shaking down each automobiles at this time at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Buemi was ninth quickest within the morning session and improved one spot within the afternoon to set the eighth quickest time of the day with a time of 1:18.100. The Method E victory, pole place, and quickest race lap document holder drove each automobiles at this time as Nissan e.dams formally debuted its “Gen 2” Method E automotive. The brand new Method E automobiles, which characteristic a brand new battery, powertrain, inverter, tires, gearbox, and aerodynamics, proved to be considerably quicker than the earlier technology automotive. Buemi’s quickest time was three.722 seconds quicker than final 12 months’s quickest total time on the Valencia pre-season check. As the primary Japanese firm to enter Method E, Nissan has drawn on its....




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....


Seller Obtain: Qashqai Is ‘Finest British Constructed Automobile’

RECOGNISING its contribution to the UK automobile business and its best-selling crossover standing, the Nissan Qashqai has been judged ‘The Finest British Constructed Automobile’. The Seller PR group has drafted a downloadable press launch to assist elevate consciousness of this implausible achievement at an area stage. The discharge highlights why the skilled judging panel awarded the accolade and makes point out of the current enhancements to the vary. To make use of the discharge, click on right here to obtain it, fill within the particulars regarding your dealership and cross the doc on to your native media contacts. Alternatively, contact the Seller PR group on pr@nissaninsider.co.uk and so they can assist you. The put up Seller Obtain: Qashqai Is ‘Finest British Constructed Automobile’ appeared first on Nissan Insider.




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....




Ford Fiesta ST-Line long-term evaluation

Does this model of Britain’s top-selling automobile have the substance to match its fashion? Why we’re working it: To find out whether or not the nation’s best-selling new automobile is as worthy of that title as its sensible predecessor was Month four – Month three – Month 2 – Month 1 – specs  Life with a Ford Fiesta ST-Line: Month four Making sound selections – 29th August 2018 Our Fiesta is supplied with the 10-speaker B&O Play premium sound system, which is a £350 possibility. Apparently, B&O’s engineers spent a 12 months creating the system to swimsuit the Fiesta, listening to 5000 songs within the course of. The sound high quality is way superior to the tinny tones you’d count on from a small automobile’s sound system. Cash nicely spent. Mileage: 6231 Again to the highest Life with a Ford Fiesta ST-Line: Month three Our automobile meets a forebear, however are the....


Ford would evaluate future in UK in case of no-deal Brexit

Ford makes engines at two vegetation within the UK, together with Dagenham Blue Oval’s European boss says imposition of tariffs between UK and EU can be “fairly disastrous” for British business Ford’s European boss has warned no-deal Brexit would immediate the agency to evaluate its future within the UK. Steven Armstrong informed the BBC that failure to succeed in a deal for Britain’s departure from the EU, which might result in the imposition of World Commerce Group guidelines and tariffs, can be “fairly disastrous” for British business. Brexit: what it means for the UK automotive business Ford at the moment makes engines at its vegetation in Dagenham and Bridgend, and transmissions at Halewood. These models are shipped to different vegetation to be put in in chassis. Buying and selling underneath a WTO association, which might contain tariffs on components shipped between Britain and the EU, would “put a major quantity of....




Rolls Royce Cullinan 2018 overview

Huge, daring new Rolls-Royce 4×4 begins a brand new period for the model – and convinces each on-road and off of it That is, in all senses, a giant automotive. Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös acknowledges the Cullinan, the corporate’s new 4×4 and a definite diversion for the British luxurious model, is a controversial car. I do know: it’s solely a automotive, proper? However I suppose there are two causes. First – and let’s get it handled – are there not hints of The Simpsons’ ‘Canyonero’ concerning the Cullinan’s look? Rolls has, like Porsche did with the primary Cayenne, tried to place clear Rolls-Royce cues into the design. Possibly they only don’t translate to an SUV, or perhaps we’re simply not used to it but. I feel it in all probability grows on you, and that it gained’t matter if it doesn’t: the Bentley Bentayga and unique Cayenne found seems are unimportant. Two,....


Mazda broadcasts new European R&D Vice President

Hajime Seikaku is the brand new Vice President of Mazda’s European Analysis & Growth Centre efficient 1 October 2018. The 53 yr outdated involves the Oberursel, Germany facility from Mazda’s Automobile Growth Division in Japan. Hajime Seikaku, Vice President Mazda Motor Europe GmbH, Basic Supervisor Mazda European R&D Centre Previous to that, he served in varied automobile and components growth capacities for each Mazda and Ford in Europe and Japan. Seikaku first joined Mazda in 1987 after graduating in electrical engineering at Shibaura Institute of Expertise in Tokyo. “Mr. Seikaku brings a wealth of auto growth experience and is aware of the necessities and preferences of European market and its clients very effectively,” says Mazda Motor Europe President & CEO Jeff Guyton. “We’re delighted to have somebody be part of us with such a useful stage of expertise after greater than 30 years at Mazda.” Seikaku succeeds Matsuhiro Tanaka, 57,....




Ford Mustang Bullitt 2018 evaluation

We attempt Ford’s film-inspired special-edition Mustang to see if it is a automotive Steve McQueen can be happy with The revival of a film automotive icon or a cynical advertising ploy, relying in your view. Earlier than driving it, I discovered myself within the latter camp, however its humorous how opinions can change simply by taking the time to get pleasure from and admire one thing.Because the identify suggests, the Ford Mustang Bullitt has been constructed to mark the 50th anniversary of the movie of the identical identify. The movie itself was hardly a cinematic triumph, however is finest recognized for an unforgettable automotive chase involving Steve McQueen on the wheel of a Highland Inexperienced Mustang GT390 Fastback chasing down two hitmen in a Dodge Charger via the streets of San Francisco. In fact, none of that needs to be information to an Autocar reader. Rebooting an automotive movie star from....


James Ruppert: how reliable can a used automobile be?

Suzuki Alto: low cost, easy and dependable however not very good Our resident used automobile skilled discusses the great, the dangerous and the ugly of how dependable totally different automobiles are I wish to apologise for one thing or different I probably wrote a couple of weeks in the past. I can’t bear in mind what the context was – I’m all the time saying after which writing down silly issues. However on this case, Brian truly quoted again at me the next: “Mitsubishis are nicely made and completely dependable.” Brian snapped again: “No they aren’t!” Clearly, Brian may help this together with his pretty tragic Mitzi backstory. “I’ve a Colt CZC purchased new eight years in the past. The faults are as follows: each hydraulic boot struts failed after about 5 years. Damaged anti-roll bar. Leaking sump gasket. Two failed electrical window winders just lately. Complete mileage is lower....




Autocar confidential: early success for Suzuki Jimny, plus Peugeot boss on being prepared for WLTP emissions assessments

Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive business This week’s snippets of automotive information embrace information on the Vinfast A2.zero saloon launch, the brand new Suzuki Jimny and Peugeot’s chief government on new WLTP emissions testing. Peugeot’s chief government on WLTP: Peugeot chief government Jean-Philippe Imparato took a dig at different producers’ homologation delays and unsold fashions because of the lately adopted Worldwide harmonised Mild autos Check Process (WLTP) emissions laws. He mentioned: “We didn’t must cease manufacturing. We didn’t must retailer inventory. We didn’t have to purchase airports to park a great deal of unsold vehicles in. We have been prepared.” Vinfast A2.zero saloon launch: Vietnamese automotive producer Vinfast wheeled out David Beckham to launch its new A2.zero saloon and SA2.zero SUV at Paris – however we reckon they missed a trick. Given Kia acquired Robert de Niro to endorse the Kia e-Niro, certainly Vinfast ought to....


BMW to progressively tone down electrical automobile styling

Future fashions need not stand out like current i3 and i8, in response to design boss The styling of BMW’s electrical vehicles will grow to be extra toned down over time, in comparison with the styling showcased by the present i vary, in response to the agency’s design director Adrian van Hooydonk. Reasoning that the present i3 hatchback and i8 sports activities automobile wanted to face out from the petrol-powered competitors, utilizing their design to attract consideration to their modern powertrains, van Hooydonk added that, as electrical powertrains enter the mainstream, so the design of the vehicles may even begin to affirm to extra established tendencies. “Electrical mobility will unfold by way of our complete automobile vary in fairly a brief house of time – to the purpose that electrical or plug-in hybrid is simply another choice field you tick as you order the automobile,” mentioned van Hooydonk. “The very....




New Porsche Panamera GTS revealed with styling and chassis upgrades

GTS will are available in saloon and Sport Turismo property bodystyles, priced from £105,963 and arriving within the UK later this 12 months Porsche has revealed a brand new GTS variant of the Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo property. Priced from £105,963 for the previous and £108,110 for the latter, each are as a consequence of go on sale within the UK later this 12 months. Like different GTS Porsches, the 2 Panameras obtain distinctive styling upgrades together with black trim for the entrance and rear-ends, 20-inch black alloy wheels and GTS badging. Inside, each are trimmed in black Alcantara with anodised aluminium highlights, as a part of the normally non-obligatory Sport Design package deal. A heated Alcantara steering wheel is customary, whereas an non-obligatory Inside GTS package deal brings customisable design components. The GTS can also be the primary Panamera to obtain a configurable head-up show, which can roll out....


Skoda Kodiaq GT: first pictures revealed

The SUV-coupe is predicated on the present five-door Kodiaq and appears to duplicate the success of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Skoda has launched the primary pictures of its new Kodiaq GT, a extra rakish model of its massive household SUV. The Kodiaq GT is about to be Skoda’s flagship mannequin in China, the one nation by which will probably be constructed and bought. It will likely be in Chinese language dealerships earlier than the tip of the yr, manufactured as a part of a three way partnership between native automobile maker SAIC and Skoda. The SUV-coupe is predicated on the present five-door Kodiaq, which is already inbuilt China for the home market. The Kodiaq GT is new from the entrance doorways backwards, the brand new automobile getting a a sloping roofline, sleeker glasshouse, and a brand new, angular tailgate. As well as, there are new bumpers and tail....




Skoda Kodiaq GT: first photographs launched on-line

The SUV-coupe is predicated on the present five-door Kodiaq and can look to copy the success of fashions such because the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Skoda has launched the primary photographs of its new Kodiaq GT, a extra rakish model of its massive household SUV. The Kodiaq GT is ready to be Skoda’s flagship mannequin in China, the one nation by which will probably be constructed and bought. Will probably be in Chinese language dealerships earlier than the top of the yr, manufactured as a part of a three way partnership between native automobile maker SAIC and Skoda. The SUV-coupe is predicated on the present five-door Kodiaq, which is already inbuilt China for the home market. The Kodiaq GT is new from the entrance doorways backwards, the brand new automobile getting a a sloping roofline, sleeker glasshouse, and a brand new, angular tailgate. As well as, there are....


Skoda Scala: identify of latest Ford Focus rival confirmed

Skoda Scala Czech agency picks a Latin-based identify for its Speedy alternative, which might be revealed later this 12 months Skoda’s new Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus rival, resulting from be revealed later this 12 months, might be referred to as the Scala. The brand new automobile will successfully exchange the Speedy hatchback within the Czech agency’s line-up. Scala is a Latin phrase which means ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’, and firm boss Bernhard Maier mentioned that it represents Skoda’s subsequent step ahead within the compact phase. The Scala may even be the primary Skoda to function the model’s identify as a substitute of the brand on the rear boot lid. Maier mentioned the Scala is “a very new improvement that units requirements by way of expertise, security and design on this class”. The Scala is meant to be a extra direct competitor than the Speedy to the large gamers within the quantity....




Porsche plans electrical SUV and Tesla Roadster-rivalling sports activities automobile

Alongside its upcoming Taycan saloon, Porsche is planning a plethora of zero-emission fashions by 2022 Porsche is planning a battery-electric SUV and all-electric Boxster/Cayman sports activities automobile, plus a Taycan Targa, for launch by 2022 as a part of its funding in electrification. Porsche finance director Lutz Meschke revealed the plan for a battery SUV and sports activities automobile at an occasion in Germany final week. “You possibly can anticipate a SUV BEV [battery-electric vehicle] by 2022 on the newest,” he instructed journalists, with out elaborating additional. Meschke additionally instructed journalists that “the Boxster and Cayman may very well be appropriate for electrification”. Departed Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller – beforehand Porsche’s boss – dedicated each group model to having an electrified model of each mannequin by 2023, and Porsche was no exception. Porsche readying electrical Taycan for 2019 reveal Meschke referred to the electrical utility car as a “massive....


Porsche plans electrical SUV and Tesla Roadster-rivalling sportscar

Alongside its upcoming Taycan saloon, Porsche is planning a plethora of zero-emission fashions by 2022 Porsche is planning a battery electrical SUV and all-electric Boxster/Cayman sportscar, plus a Taycan Targa, for launch by 2022 as a part of its funding in electrification. Porsche finance director Lutz Meschke revealed the plan for a battery SUV and sportcars at an occasion in Germany final week. ‘You possibly can anticipate a SUV BEV [battery electric vehicle] by 2022 on the newest,” he instructed journalists, with out elaborating additional. Meschke additionally instructed journalists that “the Boxster and Cayman may very well be appropriate for electrification”. Departed VW Group boss Matthias Muller – beforehand Porsche’s boss – dedicated each group model to having an electrified model of each mannequin by 2023 – and Porsche was no exception. Porsche readying electrical Taycan for 2019 reveal Meschke referred to the electrical utility car as a “large SUV”,....




2019 BMW X7 to be revealed imminently

BMW’s teaser picture of the upcoming X7 BMW’s largest SUV will likely be offered within the UK from February 2019 and make its public debut at LA motor present in November The BMW X7 will likely be revealed imminently in response to the German automobile maker, which has launch a darkish picture of the entrance of the upcoming massive SUV. Proven on BMW’s Instagram channel, the phrases accompanying the picture mentioned: “The subsequent huge factor is coming quickly. The primary-ever #BMW #X7.” We’ve already seen hints off the automobile: in a video launched earlier this 12 months (beneath) displaying a disguised X7’s off-roading means, in patent photographs which surfaced on-line and through our current camouflaged prototype drive of the automobile. X7 prototype drive As a consequence of make its public debut on the Los Angeles motor present in November, the range-topping SUV, which can even go up towards the Mercedes-Benz GLS, is....


Opinion: how Bloodhound can survive

Regardless of the challenge now working beneath a crew of simply 6, its administrator insists that this new court-sanctioned section in its eventful historical past is just not the tip Everybody at Bloodhound — together with the remarkably positive-sounding administrator, Andrew Sheridan — insists that this new court-sanctioned section in its eventful historical past is just not the tip.  Bloodhound has run out of cash, and is at present being operated by a skeleton crew of six individuals quite than the same old 16. However its technical director Mark Chapman describes the challenge as “able to go” to its purpose-built South African observe in preparation for its first severe shakedown subsequent 12 months. And administrator Sheridan, whose agency just lately discovered a brand new proprietor for the Power India F1 group, makes it clear he wouldn’t have taken this task had he not been assured of a very good consequence. ....




Porsche readying electrical Taycan for 2019 reveal

The four-door has entered the second part of prototype manufacturing, as Porsche prepares for its first electrical mannequin The countdown to the launch of the electric-powered Porsche Taycan has begun in earnest with officers revealing the brand new four-door saloon has now entered the second part of prototype manufacturing on the firm’s Zuffenhausen headquarters on the outskirts of Stuttgart in Germany. The primary in an prolonged line-up of electrical powered fashions being developed in a program budgeted to value as much as £5.three billion via to the top of 2022, the Taycan marks a radical departure from Porsche’s conventional line-up, bringing full-time zero native emission compatibility along with the promise of what the brand new automobile’s lead engineer, Stefan Weckbach, describes as a “typical Porsche driving expertise”. When it goes on sale within the UK following a deliberate public premiere on the Frankfurt motor present in September 2019, it will....


Double podium for Mazda at Petit Le Mans

The pair of Soul Pink Crystal Mazda RT24-P prototypes completed second and third within the grueling Petit Le Mans at Street Atlanta on Saturday night time, securing their podium positions proper because the checkered flag fell. After qualifying in second and third, each Mazdas factored into the battle for the Prototype race lead all through the ten-hour race. Nevertheless, the 2 automobiles took completely different paths to the rostrum within the remaining IMSA race of the season. The No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P pushed by Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez had a comparatively trouble-free run, main a number of occasions all through the race. The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P, began by Jonathan Bomarito and likewise pushed by Marino Franchitti and Spencer Pigot, led the early levels of the race. Contact pressured the crew to alter each the nostril and tail of the Mazda RT24-P, and the drivers....




Bloodhound land velocity challenge enters administration

Citing a scarcity of funds, the 1000mph land velocity document challenge based in 2007 has entered administration Bloodhound, the 1000mph land velocity document challenge based in 2007 by earlier document holder Richard Noble and present holder Andy Inexperienced, has entered administration, citing a scarcity of funds since operating the automobile at 200mph on Newquay Airport a 12 months in the past. Group insiders say the challenge would want round £5 million to run the automobile at 500-600mph beneath jet energy on its already-prepared 18km monitor in South Africa, round £15m to attain 800mph and break the present document, and round £25m to achieve its final purpose of lifting the document to 1000mph.   Regardless of the “ghastly” connotation hooked up to administration, the Bloodhound group insists that is removed from the top for the challenge and could be its technique of survival. The FRP Advisory group taking the helm is....


Citroen C3 Aircross long-term evaluate

Is Citroen’s high-riding supermini good to dwell with and to take a look at? We’re about to seek out out Why we’re operating it: To see if this quirkiest of compact crossovers has extra to supply than its head-turning styling Month 1 – Specs Life with a Citroen C3 Aircross: Month 1 Welcoming the C3 Aircross to the fleet – 12th September 2018 There’s actually no escaping the appeal of the compact crossover, is there? Take the common-or-garden hatchback, jack it up prefer it’s on stilts and apply some off-road-inspired design cues. Job carried out. The nice British public has gone mad for SUV-themed superminis, and so producers are positive to maintain them coming to fulfill our thirst. It’s an more and more crowded nook of the market, so it pays to face out, which is one thing the Citroën C3 Aircross has no hassle doing. The Aircross replaces the....




Used automotive shopping for information: Ferrari 360

The F360’s three.6-litre flat-plane V8 makes a helpful 390bhp Ferrari’s 360 is the supercar you actually can drive each day – so long as your pockets are deep sufficient Focused on having a Ferrari 360 in your storage? Think about for a second the proprietor of a Modena F1, who final April lavished £9000 on servicing it. With such automobiles, the ticket worth (the supplier promoting this one-owner 53-reg automotive with 39,000 miles is asking £67,000) is simply a part of the story. Not that we want to put you off shopping for a 360. The mannequin represented a brand new chapter in Maranello’s historical past, for the F360 – not like Ferraris earlier than it and specifically its speedy predecessor, the F355 – was a wonderfully usable and dependable supercar, succesful, even, of being a day by day driver. It’s why so many have greater than regular mileages and....


Opinion: Why a related automobile future isn’t about to occur any time quickly

With vehicles changing into ever smarter, you’d assume a related future is simply across the nook – this is why that most likely is not the case Can we discuss related vehicles? They may not excite you however so far as the trade and plenty of governments are involved, they’re a fairly large deal – or they’re going to be. Not simply but, although, as a result of related vehicles – or co-operative clever transport programs (C-ITS) in case you want – have hit a developmental crossroads. The subsequent step-change in superior driver help system (ADAS) expertise and more and more adept ranges of autonomy can be made potential by the widespread adoption of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) and, as a helpful catch-all, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. As we speak’s ADAS features and Stage 2 autonomous programs, equivalent to Tesla’s Autopilot and Audi’s Site visitors Jam Pilot (whose Stage....




Kia so as to add plug-in hybrid Ceed and Sportage in 2019

The Ceed plug-in will use the identical powertrain because the Niro PHEV New Soul EV and fuel-cell massive SUV are additionally a part of Kia’s wide-reaching electrification plans Kia is planning to vastly develop its portfolio of electrified fashions with a brand new Ceed property plug-in, a brand new Soul EV and, longer-term, a Sportage plug-in and a big fuel-cell SUV. The Ceed plug-in will use the identical powertrain because the Niro PHEV and is tipped to go on sale “within the second half of 2019”. With a 139bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a 59kW electrical motor and eight.4kWh battery pack, a Ceed property with the identical powertrain ought to match, and even beat, the Niro’s 29g/km of CO2 and 217mpg of the outgoing NEDC economic system normal. “We’re going to introduce it for the wagon, after which resolve if it is smart on different body-types,” says Kia Europe’s....


Household hatchback mega-test 2018: the ultimate showdown

Provided that we’ve already dominated out so many respectable market contenders, there’s no room for something however excellent automobiles on this ultimate showdown Can the Ford Focus reclaim its stranglehold on the household hatchback market? We pit the fourth-gen one in opposition to eight rivals wanting to thwart it It has been a decade because the Ford Focus final claimed the title of Britain’s best-selling automobile – and the brand new fourth-generation mannequin has each likelihood of repeating the accolade. To see what it has to compete with, we have assembled fairly the welcoming committe for the brand new arrival: eight hatchbacks from well-known quantity manufacturers we consider may give it some severe competitors. Our job: to find which is 2018’s greatest new household hatch, when gathered round a standard £22,000 value level, and propelled by equally highly effective petrol engines. Yesterday we narrowed the sector from 9 to 4,....




A drive within the Kia Ok900 – Korea’s reply to the S-Class

If the Ok900 was imported right here formally, Kia UK would, as a ballpark determine… It is often called the K9 in Korea however for now, its maker has no plans to deliver this luxurious saloon to the UK. We discover out what we’re lacking A twin-turbocharged V6-powered Kia sports activities saloon developed by BMW M’s former chief engineer appeared like a reasonably outrageous thought a number of years in the past, however the Stinger turned out to be so credible that you simply wouldn’t imagine it was a primary try from its maker. In that context, a 5.1-metre-long, V8-powered, four-wheel-drive Kia luxurious saloon to rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class may not appear fairly such absurd an thought because it as soon as may need performed. Maybe extra far-fetched, sure, however not utterly a trigger for spitting out your cornflakes. And but such a automotive is just not an thought, however....