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Audi confirms alternative for jailed CEO Rupert Stadler

Former interim CEO Bram Schot named administration board chairman as a part of “cultural change” on the model Audi has appointed Bram Schot, who took the function of interim CEO on the agency in June, as chairman of the board of administration. Schot took the reins from former CEO Rupert Stadler in the summertime after Stadler was imprisoned in reference to the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Stadler’s employment was terminated with rapid impact, placing an finish to his 28-year profession on the firm.  Stadler was launched from pre-trial detention in late October, regardless of a Munich court docket initially rejecting his attraction for launch citing a “hazard of obstructing justice”. He stays a suspect, regardless of claiming to haven’t any information of the choice to put in unlawful emissions-cheating software program in Audis and quite a few different Volkswagen Group vehicles. Schot, who was born within the Netherlands, was previously president....




Daimler buys €20bn price of battery cells for electrical automotive onslaught

Mercedes-Benz goals to have 130 electrified mannequin variants on sale by 2022, alongside electrical vans, buses and vans Daimler has taken a significant step ahead in its electrification technique by ordering “greater than 20 billon euros” price of battery cells for EVs. The order, which is predicted to see the Mercedes-Benz model by means of to 2030, is a part of a plan to have “130 electrified variants of Mercedes-Benz automobiles by 2022”. Alongside this, the corporate confirms will probably be promoting electrical vans, buses and vans within the subsequent 4 years. New Mercedes-Benz EQC: all-electric SUV revealed Daimler joins fellow German corporations BMW and the VW Group in placing ahead a multi-billion euro electrification plan, which will even see the model investing in a world community of battery meeting vegetation, with three to be put in in Germany, one in China, one in Thailand and one within the US. It is not clear....


New 2019 Toyota Supra: leaked picture exhibits manufacturing front-end

Discussion board put up of Toyota’s new sports activities automotive on transporter exhibits front-end design forward of Detroit motor present reveal Toyota has lastly confirmed the manufacturing Supra shall be unveiled at January’s Detroit motor present, however a picture of the automotive’s entrance finish has already leaked out on an fanatic discussion board. The picture, revealed on a discussion board devoted to the brand new automotive, exhibits the Porsche Cayman rival uncovered on a automotive transporter. It isn’t clear if the unique supply is a Toyota worker or someone contracted to move the mannequin. Showing to be the ultimate manufacturing automotive meant to be revealed to the world subsequent month, it exhibits the revived Supra’s entrance finish design will keep broadly in keeping with the earlier idea and prototypes. Deliveries of the brand new sports activities automotive will start quickly after the Detroit reveal, Toyota  has confirmed, with the primary automobiles on account of....




Dacia set to drop Renault badge

Duster is one mannequin to retain the Renault emblem in some markets Design boss requires complementary ‘sensual’ Renault and ‘Germanic’ Dacia manufacturers Renault’s design boss, Laurens van den Acker, says the agency will part out the usage of Renault-badged Dacia fashions in sure markets – a transfer that he says will unlock the Romanian model’s vehicles to tackle extra particular person designs.  Dacia fashions such because the Duster, Logan, Sandero Stepway and Dokker are bought as Renaults in markets resembling Russia, Mexico, South Africa and India.  “My purpose is to have a singular world Renault line-up,” mentioned van den Acker. “Vehicles which are Renault derivatives of Dacias, I need that to cease.  “I can’t argue with the enterprise sense to do it, as a result of Renaults had been costly for some markets and Dacias had been comparatively fashionable vehicles that had been dependable and reasonably priced, so we rebadged....


Autocar Christmas double-length problem – on sale now

This week: we drive the brand new BMW Three Sequence, chat to the individuals with the best jobs in motoring, check out an RNLI lifeboat and rather more… Our cowl automobile for this version is considered one of Autocar’s largest verdicts of 2018. We drove the seventh technology of the BMW Three Sequence, in 320d guise, to search out out if Munich’s try and make the world’s defining compact saloon sportier has additionally made it higher.   In different information, Lamborghini is planning for the 2020 Aventador alternative to make use of a hybridised variant of the corporate’s iconic V12 unit.  The Skoda Scala was not too long ago revealed, aimed toward offering a viable various to the Ford Focus within the aggressive household hatchback market. That includes the corporate’s new design language and a number of inside upgrades over the Fast it replaces, may it assist elevate the Skoda badge....




BMW Three Sequence M340i xDrive 2019 prototype assessment

High-of-the-range Three-Sequence has pressing tempo and correct M car-level involvement Anybody who’s been ready for simply the best alternative to announce his personal Patridgian command of the historical past of the BMW Three Sequence could know the gospel reality on this one, and so I stand to be corrected, commenters.However now could very nicely be the primary time since 1977 that BMW finds itself with no rear-driven, straight six petrol-powered model of the three Sequence with which to tempt self-confessed petrolheads and aspiring govt managers alike.Does that appear as odd to you because it does to me? And would possibly it postpone just a few keener drivers procuring on the higher finish of the mannequin vary?Earlier take a look at expertise suggests the 255bhp turbocharged four-pot within the 330i is actually no second-rate motor, and neither, for that matter, will the diesel straight-six within the 330d be.Even so, you may’t assist feeling....


BMW three Collection 320d Sport 2019 evaluation

Seventh-gen BMW three Collection has one other huge development spurt, however dimension appears no impediment for an enticing driving expertise In our present period of identification politics, when a number of the strongest women and men on the planet suppose they’re entitled to their very own details in addition to their very own opinions, that is fairly small fry – and but, as statements go, it is nonetheless a bit too revisionist for my liking.“The BMW three Collection has epitomized the idea of sporty driving pleasure within the international premium mid-size class for greater than 40 years.” That declare is contained inside the press launch on Munich’s new seventh-generation Three; actually, it’s the opening line. However it’s not true.Related traces of description have been glibly repeated on the press launch of the ‘G20’ three Collection every week or so in the past, so prominently and so typically that you just virtually questioned your intuition to....




2019 BMW Three-Sequence video overview: seventh-generation saloon pushed on street and monitor

BMW’s newest compact govt icon will get examined in volume-selling 320D and range-topping M340i guises BMW has bought greater than 15 million examples of the Three-Sequence for the reason that automotive’s 1970s introduction. It’s each talisman and bread & butter for the model – and is now coming into a seventh full mannequin technology. The brand new ‘G20’ model, on sale within the UK in March 2019, will include a well-recognized alternative of engines & trims. Watch our video overview for impressions of the big-selling 320d on the street, and of the range-topping M340i xDrive on monitor at Portimao. READ MORE BMW Three Sequence 320D Sport 2019 overview New BMW Three Sequence launched with renewed driver focus BMW Three Sequence M340i 2019 prototype overview


Nissan Set To Begin Its Formulation E Marketing campaign

THE Nissan e.dams crew is ready to kick off its electrical avenue racing problem when the ABB FIA Formulation E championship begins its fifth season of competitors this week. Swiss former sequence’ champion Sebastien Buemi and his newly introduced British teammate Oliver Rowland will drive on the two.495-kilometer, 21-turn avenue circuit in Advert Diriyah, close to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. This weekend’s race is the primary of 13 to be held in a dozen main cities around the globe. As the worldwide chief in electrical automobile gross sales and the primary Japanese carmaker to enter Formulation E, Nissan will use the championship sequence to showcase the efficiency facet of Nissan Clever Mobility. Nissan will compete in opposition to 10 different producers/groups throughout season 5 (2018/2019), which marks main modifications for Formulation E. The fifth season will function the all-new “Gen 2” Formulation E automobiles with new chassis and....




Program Supervisor Kota Beppu talks in regards to the all-new Mazda3

      Right here’s the ideas of the Kota Beppu, All-new Mazda3 Program Supervisor: As we start a brand new chapter in Mazda’s historical past, the mission of the all-new Mazda3 is to amaze and delight clients everywhere in the world. The event theme was ‘An object of common need’. Making a automobile that might evoke longing in any individual would require the creation of a brand new, hitherto unknown worth. We got down to obtain this by making use of our human-centric philosophy for dramatic enhancements in each space: design, driving efficiency, NVH, environmental efficiency and high quality. The all-new Mazda3 embodies two characters with widespread enchantment. The primary is the free spirit, decided to comply with their very own convictions and never be sure by standard knowledge. This character is represented within the hatchback. To attain such a glance we took an unprecedented method to design that....


Nissan Research Highlights Shift In Drivers’ Listening Habits

CONNECTIVITY of automobiles and smartphones is having a big affect on what we hearken to behind the wheel, based on a brand new examine by Nissan. Motorists’ listening habits are shifting from broadcast radio and bodily leisure codecs, comparable to CDs, to downloaded or streamed audio by way of related cell units. In comparison with 5 years in the past, earlier than the launch of mainstream smartphone-mirroring techniques like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the variety of drivers that now largely hearken to on-demand leisure by way of smartphones has greater than doubled. In a survey of two,000 UK motorists, one in six (15.four%) mentioned they like to hearken to podcasts, audiobooks, downloaded playlists or streamed music direct from their smartphones. 5 years in the past, this was the case for only one in 12 drivers (eight.zero%). Compact Discs have seen a steep decline in utilization because of this. Simply....




Cupra Ateca 2018 UK overview

Has some tempo and precision, and the same old crossover practicalities, however doesn’t have the hallmarks of an ideal driver’s automotive. The Cupra Ateca is the primary instalment in a brand new line of efficiency derivatives from Spanish automotive agency Seat, all of which will likely be offered with out Seat badges. From right here on out, top-of-the-line sporting fashions from the VW Group’s Iberian outpost will merely be badged ‘Cupra’. So far as anybody is aware of, nevertheless, they are going to proceed to be factory-tuned variations of present Seat automobiles quite than totally distinct fashions.So does such a transfer from a southern European quantity automotive maker sound acquainted? Properly, it ought to. As a result of when Fiat stopped utilizing its Abarth nameplate like Volkswagen makes use of ‘GTI’ or like Honda makes use of ‘Kind R’ and as an alternative set it up as a model in its....


Hyundai to take a position £5.5bn in hydrogen gas cell expertise

South Korean producer is aiming to take a lead in gas cell expertise – and never only for vehicles The Hyundai Motor Group will make investments £5.5 billion in growing hydrogen gas cell expertise, as a part of plans to vastly enhance the variety of vehicles it sells that use the powertrain. The Korean agency, which presides over Hyundai, Genesis and Kia, is likely one of the main proponents of gas cell powertrains, which mix hydrogen and oxygen to provide electrical energy, with water the one byproduct.  Hyundai expects world demand for gas cell powertrains to develop to round two million models per yr by 2030, and to capitalise on that is planning a serious funding in each analysis and increasing its hydrogen amenities. This contains increasing its gas cell system manufacturing capability to 700,000 models per yr, with plans to construct as much as 500,000 gas cell electrical automobiles (FCEVs) per yr,....




New 992-series Porsche 911: gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations detailed

Porsche will add each gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the brand new 911 in the course of the sports activities automotive’s seven-year lifecycle Porsche has futureproofed its new eighth-generation 911 with a sequence of engineering measures that can permit it to help each gentle hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains throughout its deliberate seven-year lifecycle, based on its head of sports activities automotive growth, August Achleitner. Though the 992-series 911 will initially be provided with an up to date model of the outdated mannequin’s twin-turbocharged three.Zero-litre flat six petrol engine, delivering 444bhp in each rear-wheel drive Carrera S and four-wheel drive Carrera 4S fashions, Achleitner has confirmed that growth is progressing on a hybridised model that will present the enduring sports activities automotive with the aptitude to run solely on electrical energy for restricted distances. New 2019 Porsche 911: eighth technology sports activities automotive revealed “We’ve taken the expertise we....


VW Passat 2019 facelift to convey new tech and improved hybrid

Volkswagen’s household saloon and property have been caught winter testing forward of the automobile’s mid-2019 unveiling Volkswagen is because of observe subsequent 12 months’s reveal of the Golf Mk8 with an up to date Passat vary, and new spyshots present the automobile being put by way of its paces. Take a look at mules for the Ford Mondeo rival are onerous at work chilly climate testing within the Arctic circle, and a lot of tweaks to the outside are hidden behind camouflage. The front-end will likely be introduced into line with the yet-to-be-revealed Golf, so count on reprofiled headlights and new grille and bumper designs. On the rear, redesigned tail-lamps will function.  Contained in the Passat will profit from VW’s newest infotainment system, discovered within the facelifted present Golf and new Touareg. It is bigger, extra feature-packed and brings gesture management. Anticipate the same old trim and materials revisions, too, nevertheless....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 14 December

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI remains to be a suitably spectacular sizzling hatchback, however what do you have to search for on a sub-£5000 instance? Of the seven generations of Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mk5 (2004-08) ranks among the many finest. No – make that the most effective. Final yr, this journal reviewed all seven and declared a very good used Mk5 superior to a Mk7 for efficiency per pound.  Final time we appeared, PistonHeads was exhibiting a privately marketed 2005-reg three-door for £4950. The metallic gray automotive with VW BBS Monza alloy wheels has full service historical past and has performed 86,000 miles. The present proprietor (its third) has had it three years and accounted for 18,000 of them so ought to understand it inside out. He’s promoting it together with his private numberplate.  Up to now so tempting, however it’s value declaring a used Mk5’s typical hassle spots. Like....


James Ruppert: how way back did your ‘new’ automotive go away the manufacturing unit?

Transcend the plastic seat covers and tyre shine to seek out out when your new automotive was really constructed Stringent gross sales quotas for dealerships imply age is just not at all times because it appears if you purchase from a showroom We don’t actually do model new automobiles on this column, for apparent causes. However the factor is, if you go to the showroom and purchase a shiny automotive, how model new is it anyway? Three years after Saab formally died in 2011, new ones have been nonetheless being registered in 2014.  I’ve centered on this as a result of reader Mr Brooks advised me his story of simply such a car, which appeared to have been left behind.  “I assumed I had purchased a model new Jeep Cherokee on 25 September 2015 solely to find that it was really a 14-month-old automotive that had been parked in a....




Autocar confidential: the way forward for Audi design, Bugatti wants extra superior EV know-how and extra

Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive trade This week’s gossip from the automotive trade brings information of challenges dealing with Kia’s upcoming electrical vehicles, the affect an electrical supply van like VW’s Buzz Cargo idea might make to emissions, and doable powertrains for any future Bugatti hypercars. Can Kia sustain? Kia reckons the most important setback for its new electrical crossovers, the Soul EV and e-Niro, within the UK received’t be demand however battery provide. Representatives for the agency reckon they received’t pay money for greater than 1000 examples of the e-Niro within the first full 12 months of it happening sale, whereas Soul EV numbers are but to be determined as manufacturing capability for the battery packs might enhance.  Will Volkswagen ship? Volkswagen revealed some attention-grabbing stats on the Los Angeles motor exhibit the again of the US debut of....


Pininfarina names 1900bhp electrical hypercar ‘Battista’

Pininfarina claims its ultra-exclusive electrical hypercar will break 250mph, releases photographs forward of Geneva 2019 reveal Automobili Pininfarina has launched new photographs of its upcoming electrical hypercar, now formally referred to as Battista, and claimed that the 1900bhp EV will probably be able to over 250mph. Initially codenamed the PF0, the hypercar has been named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who based the Italian design home in 1930. It is now run by Battista’s grandson Paolo, who mentioned it was a “dream come true” to launch such a automobile as a tribute. “My grandfather at all times had the imaginative and prescient that someday there could be a stand-alone vary of Pininfarina-branded automobiles”, he continued. With ‘twice the output of a Formulation 1 automobile’, the Battista is about to be capable of hit 62mph in lower than 2.0sec and 186mph in lower than 12.0sec. Automobili Pininfarina is referring to the mannequin as “probably the most highly effective....




Porsche Macan S 2019 evaluate

Nonetheless each bit the category chief for dealing with agility, however with a stage of refinement that makes it usable on a regular basis Having been launched in 2014, the Porsche Macan recorded its greatest ever yr of gross sales in 2017.With upwards of 97,000 of those entry-level Porsche five-doors having been offered round the globe in these 12 months alone – an outright report for any Porsche mannequin – demand for the Macan is displaying little signal of slowing down. By the tip of this yr, Porsche expects near 400,000 to have discovered properties over the previous 5 years.Provided that the Macan was nonetheless proving to be such an unqualified hit amongst compact SUV consumers, we shouldn’t be in any respect stunned to study that this midlife facelift quantities to not rather more than a tweaked entrance finish with LED lights, plus a restyled rear that now incorporates a full-width....


Porsche Macan 2019 assessment

The Macan has been the motive force’s selection in its class for 4 straight years. Is that this new one about to make it 5? How necessary is the Macan to Porsche? I believe the next, based mostly on the newest annual gross sales figures, solutions the query properly.5 years in the past, Porsche didn’t have a Macan: final 12 months, it outsold not simply the 911, the 718 Boxster and Cayman and the Panamera, but in addition the entire above, mixed. Absolutely 40% of all vehicles made by Porsche in 2017 had been Macans.What’s extra, it’s the present that retains on giving. Nearly all vehicles comply with comparable gross sales curves by their lives: a pointy spike when launched adopted by mild decline as different, newer rivals develop into obtainable. Not so the Macan. Launched in 2014, it has outsold itself in each consecutive 12 months it has been....




Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 long-term evaluate

The big selection of specced choices to strive makes the latest-generation A-Class a long-term story with room to develop Why we’re operating it: To see if this VW Golf rival has come of age, and to select the ‘excellent’ model Month 1 – Specs Life with a Mercedes-Benz A-Class: Month 1 Odometer makes for constructive studying – 14th November 2018 In lower than a month because it joined us, the A-Class has racked up an unlimited variety of miles – an indication of how properly it matches into every day life. But a lot debate has began within the workplace amongst those that’ve pushed it: trip high quality (combined), gasoline financial system (extremely regarded), suitability of the transmission (not standard), inside high quality (a excessive level), and measurement (Golf-like ‘excellent’). A lot to discover additional… Mileage: 3222 Again to the highest Welcoming the A-Class to the fleet – 31st October 2018 It’s testomony to....


Audi making ready greater A4 and A4 Avant replace for 2020

Anticipate an extensively up to date A4 vary in direction of the tip of 2019, with new tech and mild-hybrid engines Audi’s A4 vary acquired a minor replace earlier this yr, however the agency is now readying a extra in depth facelift bundle for the 2020 mannequin yr. Spied winter testing forward of a reveal a while in 2019, this A4 Avant prototype sports activities some gentle disguise, however visible modifications already apparent embody a set of reprofiled lights and bumpers, a wider and decrease grille and, on the rear, a brand new diffuser design. The modifications have been conceived to deliver the A4 into line with the newer fashions in Audi’s vary, such because the A6. Extra in depth modifications are anticipated inside, with the A4 prone to transfer to Audi’s newest dashboard design demonstrated by the most recent A6. This can ditch the present automotive’s rotary dial management for....




New 2019 Volkswagen Golf: Official picture launched of Mk8 hatchback

Volkswagen’s eight-generation Golf will head upmarket with extra space and essentially the most superior tech the model gives The following Volkswagen Golf has been teased within the first official picture forward of the automobile’s anticipated debut in the course of subsequent yr. A sketch of the brand new automobile, launched by Volkswagen, reveals an overview of the aspect profile of VW’s Ford Focus rival. The form seem broadly much like at this time’s automobile, however a brand new entrance grille and light-weight design – previewed by the most recent Touareg SUV – is hinted at. The Mk8 Golf, which can go into manufacturing within the autumn, may have ranges of fuel-saving know-how, connectivity, autonomous driving functionality and refinement which is meant to render the mainstream competitors second greatest. The Golf’s exterior styling, beforehand hinted at by a sketch proven at a suppliers’ assembly firstly of the yr, will probably be an evolutionary design that once....


Carlos Ghosn formally charged over monetary misconduct

Nissan’s former CEO, and the automotive agency itself, have been indicted by Japanese prosecutors, based on studies Ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn and the automotive agency have been formally charged with monetary misconduct by Japanese prosecutors, based on studies. Ghosn, the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, was arrested in Japan in November accused of under-reporting his wage and utilizing firm belongings for private use. Japanese TV station NHK says that he has now been indicted for under-reporting his wage, and re-arrested over related allegations courting again a number of years. Ghosn was stripped of his chairman roles at Nissan and Mitsubishi after the allegations emerged, though he stays chairman and CEO of Renault. Nissan has additionally been charged by prosecutors, as a company concerned within the case, based on NHK. Former Nissan consultant director Greg Kelly, who was arrested concurrently Ghosn, has been indicted too. In accordance with NHK, prosecutors imagine Ghosn organized....




Volkswagen ID Lounge: luxurious SUV will lead electrical line-up

Seven-seat SUV will be a part of this, the ID Crozz, in Volkswagen’s vary Touareg-sized electrical mannequin is ready for Shanghai present unveiling as German big targets Tesla rivalry Volkswagen is making ready to unveil the fifth member of its new ID vary of electrical fashions. A seven-seat SUV, which fits beneath the inner working title ID Lounge, shall be revealed on the Shanghai motor present in April. It’s being developed as an opulent range-topping mannequin with exterior and inside dimensions just like the German agency’s new third-generation Touareg. Primarily based across the largest model of Volkswagen’s new MEB platform – as utilized by the ID Buzz MPV – with a wheelbase of 3300mm, the ID Lounge is deliberate to affix the automobile maker’s line-up in 2021 as a rival to the likes of the Tesla Mannequin X and Nio ES8. Energy for the four-wheel-drive SUV is anticipated to return....


Used shopping for information: Vary Rover L322

For those who get pleasure from a contact of sophistication, a regal Vary Rover doesn’t should price the crown jewels. However the unsuitable purchase could possibly be a proper royal ache… For automotive patrons on a finances however with a style for the excessive life, there is just one luxurious SUV: the Vary Rover L322 of 2002-12. It nonetheless seems the enterprise, particularly the TDV8 Westminster Version of 2012 with its illuminated treadplates, gloss black trim, and heated and cooled rear seats.  It price £70,000. Right now, you possibly can decide one up with 27,000 miles on the clock for £30,000, or with 100,000 miles for £16,000. This 2600kg Vary Rover will devour diesel on the price of 30mpg however, when event calls for, launch itself from Zero-62mph in simply 7.5sec. For those who’ve acquired some heavy towing to do otherwise you similar to arriving stirred however not shaken, it’s....




Evaluation: how PSA boss Tavares remodeled the automotive group

Below the management of Carlos Tavares, the PSA Group has gone from close to oblivion to success PSA chairman Carlos Tavares lately confirmed a 40% year-on-year income progress and report profitability for the group, which handed Volkswagen Group in September to change into Europe’s largest automotive maker.  Tavares has remodeled PSA’s Peugeot, Citroën and DS manufacturers (plus newly acquired Vauxhall-Opel) from a dire monetary scenario into what’s now one of the worthwhile car-making teams on this planet.  Again in 2012, PSA was near chapter after years of mounting losses, with the group reporting a €5 billion loss (£four.36bn at at present’s change price) that yr. A part of this was as a result of group’s Eurocentric focus: the European new automotive market was nonetheless affected by the 2008 monetary crash. With excessive wage prices and much slimmer revenue margins in Europe than elsewhere on this planet, PSA’s money circulate went....


Seven of the very best Porsches of the final 70 years

To mark seven a long time of Porsche, we decide our greatest of a celestial breed The primary Porsche was in-built 1948 in a set of sheds on the positioning of a former sawmill in a spot known as Gmund, in Austria. Its designer had not too long ago been launched from jail the place he had been interned by the Allies. The automotive had greater than a passing resemblance to the Volkswagen Beetle – and with good purpose, for a similar man had designed each. He was known as Ferdinand Porsche. All its shifting components – engine, brakes, suspension and steering – had been both lifted immediately or derived from Beetle working gear and regardless of the engine being given a reasonably monumental tuning improve, the 1.1-litre flat 4 nonetheless solely generated, await it, 40bhp.  It’s honest to say Porsche has come far prior to now 70 years. Throughout....




Island Rover: again to Land Rover’s roots in a Vary Rover Velar

Sand mode fortunately did its job The distant island of Islay is Land Rover’s non secular residence. We head north with its most metropolitan mannequin but for an unforgettable pilgrimage “My spouse’s grandmother was mad eager on fishing,” says Anthony Wills. And thus, the butterfly impact did its work, and now greater than seven million autos have worn the ‘Land Rover’ badge. It’s true: because of an angling granny, the mud-plugging moniker was first coined on the distant Scottish island of Islay, which grew to become an unofficial Land Rover testing floor for almost 1 / 4 of a century.    And so it’s that photographer Luc Lacey and I are certain for Islay in a brand-new Vary Rover Velar. With us, a 1967 photograph of a white-haired, flat-capped Spencer Wilks – then president of Rover – fording Islay’s River Laggan in chassis ‘100/1’, first of the 100in-wheelbase station wagons....


McLaren 720S Spider revealed

Woking’s new 710bhp open-top supercar will crack 200mph even with the roof down McLaren has revealed its new 720S Spider, which it claims is the lightest of any open-top supercar on sale. The 720S Spider, revealed tonight at McLaren’s annual Winter Ball, weighs simply 49kg greater than the McLaren 720S coupé on which it’s primarily based, and, at a dry weight 1332kg, is 88kg lighter than the 1420kg Ferrari 488 Spider, the category’s present champion light-weight. The brand new open-top McLaren makes use of the identical 710bhp, 568lb ft four.Zero-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine because the coupé, a automobile that it additionally shares its Zero-62mph time of two.9sec, regardless of its further weight. The Zero-124mph time is 7.9sec, Zero.1sec adrift of the coupe. The 488 Spider, in the meantime, can crack Zero-62mph in three.0sec and Zero-124mph in eight.7sec. The 720S Spider makes use of a retractable hard-top roof, which is a....




Bettered by design: behind the scenes at Land Rover’s design studio

Engineering used to dictate kind, however instances have modified. We meet Land Rover’s design boss to find why fashion is now equal to substance No matter your opinion of Land Rover design – and for many critics it’s distinctly heat – you may’t fault design director Gerry McGovern on the consistency of his philosophy.  When he took the director’s job again in 2004 after a number of years of designing American luxurious vehicles (and the primary Freelander earlier than that), he defined his design motivation to Autocar with crystal readability. “Land Rover’s roots are in pure design,” he declared. “It’s not nearly styling.”  On that rating, nothing has modified. As we found throughout a dialog within the marque’s Gaydon ‘design backyard’, McGovern is glad to re-state his philosophy as stridently as ever, regardless of all of the water that has flowed below the bridge. Land Rovers are promoting 4 instances....


Lotus at 70: the highs and lows

Lotus has survived a typically shaky innings nevertheless it has at all times been in a position to hit rivals for six with heroic driver’s automobiles. We replicate on its 70 years It’s as nicely that Lotus was not based a 12 months or so earlier. For had we come to write down about its 70th birthday within the early a part of final 12 months, we could not have discovered an excessive amount of to rejoice. An excellent previous, sure, however a stuttering current and extremely unsure future.  However now – beneath new possession and administration, and with Phil Popham, who was instrumental in turning Jaguar Land Rover into so successful story within the early a part of this decade, in a key function – it’s truthful to say its future has hardly ever, if ever, appeared brighter. How vibrant? You want solely take a look at what new....




Volkswagen: we’ll proceed to provide combustion engines after 2026

The agency’s technical chief says will proceed to develop combustion-engined automobiles – however will deal with EVs in Europe Volkswagen’s technical boss Frank Welsch says the agency will proceed to provide new automobiles powered by inside combustion engines past 2026, regardless of an earlier declare they’d be phased out by then. Nevertheless, Welsch hinted that the agency would focus purely on electrical automobiles in Europe previous that date. Talking on the Handelsblatt automotive summit in Wolfsburg earlier this week, agency’s head of technique Michael Jost mentioned that engineers “are engaged on the final platform for automobiles that aren’t CO2-neutral”. “We’re regularly fading out combustion engines to absolutely the minimal,” he mentioned. “Within the yr 2026, the final product based mostly on a combustion platform shall be began.” Nevertheless Frank Welsch, VW’s growth chief, has moved to make clear these feedback: “It’s not right to say we’ll cease creating inside combustion engines from 2026.....


New Seat Taracco: UK costs introduced for seven-seat SUV

The brand new Seat Tarraco Seat’s new vary flagship is priced from £28,320 and is accessible to order now Seat has introduced pricing and spec particulars for its Tarraco seven-seat SUV, which is accessible to order now. Priced from £28,320 in SE spec for the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine, the bottom Taracco comes with metallic paint, 17-inch alloys, a DAB radio, Seat’s Full Hyperlink connectivity system and three-zone local weather management as normal. Not like its Skoda Kodiaq sibling, solely seven-seat variants can be found in Britain. Different engines embody a 187bhp 2.Zero TSI petrol, mated solely to a DSG transmission and four-wheel drive, and a 148bhp 2.Zero-litre TDI diesel. Topping out the vary is a 187bhp 2.Zero-litre TDI unit with a DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive in XCELLENCE First Version Plus spec, priced at £39,905. The brand new SUV was unveiled by Seat earlier this 12 months in Tarragona, the fashionable model....




Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2018 UK evaluate

Hotrod SUV doesn’t know a lot in the best way of delicacy and isn’t in any respect good mannered. However would you need it some other means? Simply when Europe wanted an abuse check for its newly licensed WLTP emissions labs, Fiat Chrysler Cars has generously offered one within the form of the brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.That is the primary automotive in a brand new order of efficiency SUVs from the unique American 4×4 model. It makes use of the supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which places a frankly unhinged-sounding 700bhp and 640lb ft at its disposal.And so the Trackhawk now joins the super-exclusive ranks of two-and-a-bit-tonne 4x4s that may crack Zero-62mph in much less time than it took the Ferrari F40 in 1987 (three.8sec). This Jeep and the Lamborghini Urus are the founder members of that little membership (what a pair), however count on them to....


Bloodhound land pace venture formally axed

The 1000mph venture has been canned after directors didn’t safe a £25million money injection Bloodhound, the 1000mph land pace file venture based in 2007 by earlier file holder Richard Noble and present holder Andy Inexperienced, has been shut down after directors failed to search out the money wanted to maintain it operating. The daring venture entered administration in October, citing a scarcity of funds since operating the automobile at 200mph on Newquay Airport a 12 months in the past. On the time, group insiders say the venture wanted round £5 million to run the automobile at 500-600mph below jet energy on its already-prepared 18km observe in South Africa, round £15m to attain 800mph and break the prevailing file, and round £25m to succeed in its final aim of lifting the file to 1000mph.   Andrew Sheridan, from directors FRP Advisory, had been put in control of securing the funding. Whereas hopeful....




Nissan GT-R50 By Italdesign Manufacturing Design Confirmed

NISSAN has confirmed the manufacturing design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the final word expression of the GT-R – and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle restricted run. The automobile’s exterior is just about unchanged from the prototype first proven in July on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity in England. Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R by Italdesign will begin at 990,000 euros earlier than taxes and choices. Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the mannequin, primarily based on the most recent Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. Whereas the prototype car was completed in a particular grey with gold accents, clients will have the ability to specify their most popular coloration combos for the manufacturing model. Additionally they will have the ability to select inside colours and packages.1 Along with....


Pininfarina to launch electrical super-SUV utilizing Rivian tech

Automobili Pininfarina’s upcoming SUV may produce over 1000bhp and can use an 800V charging system Automobili Pininfarina will observe its electrical hypercar, the PF0, with three SUVs, of which probably the most highly effective one – codenamed PF1 – will rival the Lamborghini Urus.  As first reported by our sister web site Autocar India, growth work on the PF1 SUV has already begun again within the Mahindra-owned automotive maker’s headquarters in Munich. “Work has began on the PF1 and proper now, we’re within the means of finalising the design, which once more is being finished by Pininfarina,” stated Pawan Goenka, MD of the Mahindra and Mahindra group.  Pininfarina had beforehand confirmed that it’s going to use powertrain and battery expertise equipped by electrical hypercar maker Rimac within the PF0. Nevertheless, Autocar India has confirmed that Automobili Pininfarina will associate with Rivian, an electrical car maker and automotive expertise firm primarily....




Jaguar Land Rover UK boss: consumers don’t need digital-only automotive gross sales

Patrons wish to full most parts of car-buying on-line however not all of them, says boss Shoppers do not wish to purchase a automotive completely on-line, in keeping with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) UK managing director Rawdon Glover. “Lower than 10% of consumers desire a fully digital expertise,” he stated. “Producers that may win on this house will make the car-buying journey as simple as attainable.” JLR is one among plenty of automotive makers that has launched on-line automotive gross sales to some extent over the previous two years. Different manufacturers embracing digital gross sales embrace Hyundai, Dacia, Peugeot, BMW, Ford and Tesla. Glover recognized 24 phases of the car-buying course of, 19 of which may be carried out digitally by means of JLR. “We’re investing closely in our web site, for instance, our configurators, to permit clients to get a lot additional digitally. However then all fulfilment will probably be....


Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 7 December

You possibly can decide up one of many first R8s for underneath £40,000, however be certain that it isn’t going to price extra down the road The Audi R8 RWS in our latest Britain’s Finest Driver’s Automotive super-test can have set some souls enthusiastic about bagging themselves an early mannequin.  A poke across the classifieds turned up a couple of for about £30,000 – however that isn’t the place you need to look. As a substitute, between £35ok and £40ok is the place good, early R8s hang around. By good we imply, above all, full service historical past and undoubtedly no insurance coverage class standing (we discovered a Cat D that wasn’t instantly declared as such).  One tidy R8 that caught our eye was a 2008/58 V8 computerized with 44,000 miles and full Audi service historical past, for £37,995. It regarded the enterprise in Phantom Black with black leather-based (inset),....




Matt Prior: you do not have to personal an Alfa to be an fanatic

The outdated adage about Alfa Romeos and ‘true petrolheads’ would not ring true for our street tester, however he does see sense in Twisted’s enterprise technique I’ve learn through the years that you would be able to’t actually say you’re into vehicles when you don’t like motor reveals. That you just don’t actually like vehicles when you don’t like motor racing. Or that you simply’re no automobile fanatic till you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo.  And so, by that reckoning, when you don’t actually like massive warehouses, are busy at weekends and have owned a couple of good sports activities vehicles like a Porsche 911 and a Caterham, then I’m sorry outdated pal, you’re simply not one in every of us.  Which is daft, proper? These folks should understand it once they say it or write it. There are 60-odd million of us in Britain and but you’ll know when you’ve....