• Volkswagen Arteon long-term review

    Is this a shrewd, lower-cost route to sleek four-door luxury motoring? Let’s find outWhy we’re running it: To see if a cut-price luxury offering can be as urbane to live with as it is to look atMonth 1 - Specs
    Life with a Volkswagen Arteon: Month 1
    Welcoming the Arteon to our fleet – 27th June 2018
    The Arteon is a curious thing, and not only because it’s pure motor show concept from the front but looks like a taxi when viewed side on.
    Notwithstanding the fantast
  • Turning a VW Beetle into a beach buggy for £1250

    It’s built for sand but is small and nimble so ideal in town
    A beach buggy makes the world a happier place, and you don't need sand to enjoy one - just the chassis from a VW Beetle and the desire to tinker aroundPeople who buy Lamborghini Aventadors and then drive them backwards and forwards outside Harrods are seeking attention.
    Fine, but they’ve got it wrong. If you want to rack up a serious eyeball count, you need a beach buggy. Furthermore, if people are saying nice things about
  • Audi’s U.S. Lineup Will Be Free of Manual Gearboxes In 2019

    The manual transmission continues to die a slow, lingering death. Audi is now eliminating the manual option from its entire U.S. lineup, not that the majority if its customers will actually miss it. While the 2018 Audi A4 can still be had with a six-speed manual, the refreshed 2019 model will not. The same will […]
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  • Adventures in Advertising: I Love What You Do for Me, Chuck – Let’s Go Places

    If it wasn’t for celebrity ad appearances, I wouldn’t know that Jim Rockford James Garner thinks the Mazda 626 is a great buy, or that Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling chooses the Ford LTD over all other domestic two-door hardtops, simply for the cabin noise level. Meanwhile, red-blooded males across America still can’t shake those […]
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  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Makes Appearance for 50th Birthday, Promises 8 Seconds of Not-that-legal Fun

    In 1968, Ford issued a limited number of lightweight, “335-horsepower” Mustangs intended for the drag strip. While street legal, the vehicles were absolute beasts on the track thanks to the implementation of the 428 Cobra Jet engine. The powerplant utilized the racy 427 FE’s intake manifold and added ram-air induction, a functional hood scoop, and an engine […]
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  • Two Scoops of Brawn: 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Packs a Premium

    With half-ton pickup facades now verging on grotesque, we’ll miss the Toyota Tundra’s appealing, chrome-heavy grille when the model inevitably gives way to a fresh generation. Speaking of fresh, the Tundra ain’t it. Bowing for the 2007 model year, the second-generation Tundra soldiers into 2019 relatively unchanged, though there’s improvements at the top of the […]
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  • Here’s Ford’s Plan to Replace All the Cars It’s Killing Off in North America

    Earlier this year Ford announced the impending removal of all passenger cars from its lineup, save the Mustang and — if we’re creative about what qualifies as a car — the lifted Focus Active. However, the automaker says it intends to fill the void over the next five years. Speaking at a press event leading up to […]
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  • Video: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C vs Porsche 911 Carrera T

    We drive both cars back-to-back on some of our favourite roads. In the process, we realise that sometimes less really is more.
    For the road, the GT C is the best version of Mercedes-AMG's V8 sports car. Is the Carrera T the sweet spot of the Porsche 911 range, too?
    To find out, we drive both cars back-to-back on some of our favourite roads. In the process, we realise that sometimes less really is more. 
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  • Rare Rides: This 1975 Chevrolet Is Both Vega and Cosworth

    An enterprising GM executive, a British tuning company, and a compact hatchback came together in 1975 to make a very special, limited-production Chevrolet. It’s the Cosworth Vega, naturally. This Vega is the third instance of an H-body vehicle in the Rare Rides series; the only time we’ve featured a single platform thricely. Chevrolet’s Vega was […]
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  • Facelifted Jeep Renegade starts at £19,200

    Small SUV has its retro rugged styling tweaked and gains a more emissions-friendly engine rangeThe Jeep Renegade has been given a light facelift, with subtle changes to its exterior styling and new technology inside, and with a fleet of new engines confirmed. A £945 price hike takes its entry-level price up to £19,200.
    Jeep has previously confirmed to Autocar that there will eventually be a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, 48V mild hybrid version of every car in its
  • Bugatti Divo: full car previewed ahead of next week's reveal

    Just 40 examples of track-focused Chiron-based machine based will be made by firm's new coachbuilding division; it'll be revealed on August 24Bugatti has shown its Chiron-based Divo hypercar under a sheet ahead of its launch on 24 August, revealing the car's shape and some of its proportions before its styling is revealed next week.
    Few details of the Divo have been revealed so far, but the latest glimpse of the car under a silk sheet suggests that the car will have a large stability&n
  • 2018 Ford F-550 Super Duty Review – Put the Load Right on Me

    Of course the majority of my childhood toys were wheeled in nature. How else did I end up here? From tiny Matchbox cars, to plastic Tamiya kits, to an expensive lesson in destroying a high-end Team Associated remote control car, the playthings of my youth neatly foreshadowed the obsession that would consume my life. My […]
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  • Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDi First Edition review

    Kia's Golf rival is growing up, as its petrol variant looks to topple European stalwarts from their long-held high perches
    This is the new, apostrophe-free Kia Ceed, with a petrol engine.Kia’s gunning for the Volkswagen Golf with the new Ceed, and it shows. Just take a look at the interior, where there's not a hard plastic in sight – at least where you regularly touch, anyway. Getting into the finer details, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol version is aiming squarely at the Gol
  • MG 3 Exclusive 2018 review

    Aggressively priced supermini steps up interior game, but lacks performance of major rivals
    Examine the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' sales figures for July compared with last year and you’ll discover MG’s rate of growth has been spectacular.No less than 167%, in fact, at a time when most marques are experiencing a slight sales slump — not least value-proposition opposition Dacia.MG, it seems, is flying, but that Bentley recorded 103% growth gives s
  • Man on the Edge: New York Times Interview Shows Elon Musk at His Lowest

    It’s a portrait of a man who’s gone past fraying at the edges. In an hour-long interview with the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears as a man threatening to come apart — and it’s not a joyous sight. Despite the frustration stemming from Musk’s actions and pronouncements, and the aggravation born of […]
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  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti trim added alongside Stelvio updates

    James Brodie2018-08-17 15:20
    New addition to the Giulia range mixes the Veloce and Quadrifoglio, while the Stelvio gets some mild updates tooBoth the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio ranges have been reshuffled, with the arrival of a sporty new Giulia Veloce Ti to the saloon’s line-up the biggest news.
    The Giulia Veloce Ti sits between the Veloce and full fat 503bhp Quadrifoglio model. Available exclusively with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine developing 276bhp, it shares its powertrai
  • Used Renault Kadjar review

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    Image 1 of 10 17 Aug, 2018 3:15pmRichard Dredge
    A full used buyer’s guide on the Renault Kadjar covering the Kadjar Mk1 (2015-date)When Renault first embraced the SUV market in 2008, its Koleos was a sales disaster. So when the company responded five years later with the much smaller Captur, the only way was up.
    Sure enough, the Captur proved a hit and for an encore Renault came up with the Kadjar in 2015, using the Nissan Qashqai’s platform and running gear.
    At launch
  • QOTD: Fear Takes the Wheel?

    Just rest comfortably on the couch here. That’s good. Now, what seems to be the problem? We’re giving everyone a chance to talk it out today, as each and every one of us harbors some type of anxiety, insecurity, or deeply rooted fear. Oh, you don’t? Sounds like you’re lying to yourself. The inspiration for […]
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  • Alpina XD3 guns for Mercedes-AMG GLC43 at £57,900

    Alpina has overhauled the BMW X3, making a performance car out of the 3.0-litre diesel-straight-six-engined SUVAlpina has revealed that the 328bhp, 516lb ft performance version of the X3 called the XD3, will cost from £57,900 - £5445 more than the xDrive M40d. 
    Revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the XD3 has 2bhp more than M-performance's diesel-engined X3 M40d, and a torque advantage of 14lb ft over BMW’s fastest diesel X3 me
  • 328bhp Alpina XD3 guns for X3 M40d, Mercedes-AMG GLC43 at £57,900

    Alpina has overhauled the BMW X3, making a performance car out of the 3.0-litre diesel-straight-six-engined SUVAlpina has revealed that the 328bhp, 516lb ft performance version of the X3 called the XD3, will cost from £57,900 - £5445 more than the xDrive M40d. 
    Revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the XD3 has 2bhp more than M-performance's diesel-engined X3 M40d, and a torque advantage of 14lb ft over BMW’s fastest diesel X3 me
  • MG gives MG3 supermini extensive makeover with 2018 facelift

    James Brodie2018-08-17 16:00
    MG’s MG3 updated inside and out with a new look and brand new interior stylingThe MG3 supermini has received a substantial facelift for 2018 with a completely new look inside and out, and it’ll be on sale in MG UK showrooms this September.
    On sale in Britain since 2013, the Chinese owned firm’s rival for everything from the Dacia Sandero to the Ford Fiesta remains positioned as a highly affordable offering relative to other superminis in the popular
  • Hyundai Ioniq 2019 facelift seen testing on US roads

    Hyundai set to launch an updated version of its Toyota Prius rival next year, with styling tweaks and range improvements expectedHyundai is expected to launch an updated version of its Ioniq late next year, with changes to the exterior design and technology upgrades.
    The Toyota Prius rival has been on sale since 2016, so a mid-life refresh is on the cards for 2019. Already, spy photographers have caught a heavily disguised prototype undergoing hot weather testing in the US. 
    Given the
  • £45,500 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Ti gets Quadrifoglio parts

    Styling of warm version of Alfa’s 3 Series rival is tweaked with Quadrifoglio hand-me-downsAlfa Romeo has added another warmed-up trim to the Giulia, the Veloce Ti, which borrows parts from the full-fat Quadrifoglio model for hotter styling both inside and out. 
    Most notably, the car gets five-hole Quadrifoglio wheels, previously exclusive to the 503bhp V6-engined rival to the BMW M3, as well as carbonfibre exterior trim and red brake calipers. 
    Optionally, the entire Q
  • Piston Slap: The Geographic Luxury of Bespoke Motorcar Ownership?

    Ryan writes: Sajeev, I need some car buying advice, and I’m not like one of those lame buyers who ask if they should buy a Honda or a Toyota, so you should definitely give me your 30 seconds of direction. (Fine, maybe this isn’t pointless. – SM)   You see, I finally bought my DREAM car […]
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  • New MG3 2018 review

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    The facelifted MG3 goes on sale in September, with a major interior upheaval on the wayMG is aiming to crack 10,000 sales in the UK next year, with the firm’s MG3 supermini tasked with delivering some of that volume. This mid-life revamp is intended to kickstart sales, ahead of an all-new version arriving in 2022.
    Coming five years after the MG3’s UK debut, the front has completely changed. It gets a larger grille that&rsquo
  • Toyota Avensis taken off sale ahead of Camry reintroduction

    Sales of Avensis, which has long been predicted for the chop, to end after 21 yearsThe Toyota Avensis is no longer available for order.
    Production, which takes place in Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, will cease in the coming weeks as the last orders are fulfilled. After this, the only Avensis models left will be dealer stock. The Burnaston factory has been subject to £240 million in investment last year to upgrade it for production of cars using the Toyota New Glob
  • Opinion: The rise and fall of Rockingham Motor Speedway

    Rockingham hosted the CART World Series in 2001
    The £70 million circuit brought American-style oval racing to Britain in 2001, but its future now looks bleakLast weekend, I headed to Rockingham Motor Speedway to take in some British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) action as part of a feature for a future issue of Autocar.
    One of the major talking points among those in the paddock was the future of the Northamptonshire venue itself, which has been up for sale since owners Bela Partners
  • BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: M850i hits the 'Ring in new video

    BMW's upcoming flagship coupe will also be sold in four-door guise, and thinly disguised prototypes are already at the NürburgringBMW's is bringing back the 8 Series name for a soon-to-be launched flagship coupe, and now the four-door Gran Coupe version is being tested to the limits at the Nürburgring.
    Previewed by the M8 Gran Coupé concept back at the Geneva motor show in March, the Porsche Panamera rival isn't due to arrive until 2019 - several months after
  • BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: flagship M850i hits the 'Ring in new video

    BMW's upcoming range flagship coupe will also be sold in four-door guise, and thinly disguised prototypes are already at the NürburgringBMW's is bringing back the 8 Series name for a soon-to-be launched flagship coupe, and now the four-door Gran Coupe version is being tested to the limits at the Nürburgring.
    Previewed by the M8 Gran Coupé concept back at the Geneva motor show in March, the Porsche Panamera rival isn't due to arrive until 2019 - several months
  • New Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label 2018 review

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    Special-edition Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label pick-up truck loads up on kitIf you think special-edition specs and trims are reserved for city cars and superminis, think again. This is the limited-run Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label: a one-tonne pick-up with attitude.
    It’s based on the flagship Amarok Highline, and just 200 examples will come to the UK. As the name suggests, each Dark Label truck is load
  • Volkswagen Touareg

    The new version of the big 4x4 is now Volkswagen’s flagship model. Is the Touareg up to the task, and can it challenge its luxury rivals?You might have noticed that the Volkswagen Phaeton – one-time vessel of a mighty 6.0-litre W12 engine shared with Bentley – is no longer on sale.Its culling from the range in 2016 more likely passed you by entirely, such was the glacial rate at which people bought them and the model’s resulting rarity.Either way, it’s a developmen
  • Matt Prior: Are some proposed hypercars just Photoshop fantasy?

    Is the 1325bhp Milan Red hypercar just a Photoshop fantasy?
    This week, Prior discusses the viability of hypercars such as the 1325bhp Milan RedI’ve had emails from one or two of you agreeing that the ideal sports car I described in the 25 July issue — a two-seat coupé as compact as a Toyota GT86, and not much more powerful, but with a front-mounted 3.0-litre V12 engine — sounds like something you’d also like to drive.
    Disappointingly, however, no offers fo
  • Insight: What’s up with the UK car market?

    Jaguar Land Rover’s sales are being hit by the diesel desertion
    We delve into the stories that are causing eyebrow-raising car stats for the UK in 2018One statistic jumped out of the UK automotive manufacturing figures for June. The number of cars built in the country for sale here, rather than for export, fell by 47%. Have we really fallen out of love with UK-built cars that much?
    The answer is tied up in a rollercoaster half year for car sales in this country.
    “I’ve been in t
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 17 August

    This glamorous beauty may have the badge of a humble Fiat, but it has the heart and soul of a proper Ferrari
    Fancy a Fiat Dino Coupé for £49,990? These are the top bargain buys we've spotted for saleThe used car market is brimming with tasty deals, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the wise buys from the potential money pits.
    Fear not: our used car experts have compiled their picks from the classifieds. See anything you like? Best to move fast and buy them before we do...
    Fiat Di
  • Hot and open-top Aston Martin DBS Superleggeras coming

    Aston Martin's Palmer says hot AMR and drop-top Volante models are on the way
    Company's CEO says more variants of its new new super grand tourer are in the pipelineVolante and AMR variants of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are in the works, CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed.
    Although details are scarce, Palmer confirmed that the template set by the DB11 would be used across all of Aston Martin’s core models.
    “I’m on record as saying that there will be an AMR version of every car
  • Suing for Incentives: Tesla Doesn’t Like the Way Ontario’s Treating It

    In June, Ontario — the place just over yonder from Detroit and Buffalo — switched governments for the first time in 15 years. As part of his planned overhaul of the province’s finances, newly minted leader Doug Ford announced the cancellation of an electric vehicle rebate program that handed up to $14,000 to buyers of green cars. […]
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  • Push It: Volvo’s Got a Solution for Owners Wanting a Livelier Rear End

    If only all automakers had what Volvo’s offering. Starting this month, buyers wishing for more of a sports car experience from their all-wheel drive, non-hybrid Volvo can hack some more attitude into it. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker announced the availability of new software developed by its Polestar performance division that should do the trick. […]
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  • Ford Keen on Ditching the Steering Wheel, Outlines Autonomous Vision

    Ford Motor Co. recently released a 44-page report, entitled  “A Matter of Trust,” which clearly states its vision of the autonomous future the tech industry’s attempting to stuff down our collective throats. The file covers Ford’s overall philosophy on self-driving vehicles, a milestone timeline, answers frequently asked questions, and states what the company intends to […]
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  • From the ‘Not Surprising’ Files: There’s Finally Cash on the Hood of New Toyota Camrys

    Toyota resisted the urge for some time. However, the reality of falling sales numbers meant the automaker had to finally pull out its wallet and start incentivising the country’s best-selling midsize sedan. We told you earlier this month that Camry sales aren’t enjoying the same buoyancy seen after the release of the new-for 2018 model […]
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  • Germany Tells Owners of Cheating Volkswagen Diesels to Get Their Cars Neutered or Hand Over the Registration

    Germany’s federal motor transport authority, die Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), told dieselgate holdouts that haven’t yet fixed their emissions-cheating cars to get them repaired or prepare to have their registration revoked. In fact, officials in Hamburg and Munich have already taken several Audi and VW vehicles off the road. It’s no wonder there’s cold feet among the citizenry. […]
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  • Infiniti Prototype 10: single-seat electrified performance concept previewed

    Infiniti's physical representation of its electrified performance future is part-revealed in new pictures, but it’s being kept under wraps until Monterey Car Week later this monthAfter the retro race-inspired Prototype 9 concept of last year, Infiniti is showing the Prototype 10 - a signpost to its future of electrified performance, at Pebble Beach in California this year.
    The concept, which features an unspecified electrified powertrain, is expected to be the performance car tipped f
  • Your Future Steed? Brawny Chinese SUV Spied Testing in Colorado

    This Chinese New Yorker is a long way from home. Photos snapped by TTAC reader MUSASHI66 show a GAC GS8 SUV sunning itself in an Aurora, Colorado parking lot. Wearing New York dealer plates, the SUV also carries a Motorola Radius two-way radio and front passenger seat-mounted laptop, which isn’t standard content in any SUV. Of […]
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  • Honda Odyssey Reigns Supreme in Latest Minivan Crash Test

    You don’t need a family to own a minivan, it just helps avoid a series of awkward follow-up questions. However, regardless of whether you’re riding with your complete progeny or your only friend in the world, you probably hope your vehicle has your back in the event of an accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small […]
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  • Audi A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback get new 40 TDI engine

    Alex Ingram2018-08-16 16:15
    New mild-hybrid 40 TDI diesel marks the first time the Audi A7 has used a four-cylinder engineAudi has added a new 40 TDI four-cylinder diesel engine to the A6 Saloon, A6 Avant and A7 Sportback ranges. It’s the first time that an engine with fewer than six cylinders has found its way under the bonnet of the A7.
    The headline figures are a claimed 62.8mpg and 117g/km in an A6 Saloon riding on 18-inch alloy wheels - over 10mpg better than the most closely-matched B
  • 2019 Chevrolet Impala

    The 2019 Chevrolet Impala delivers muscular style and a spacious, comfortable interior without the land-yacht ride of full-size sedans of yore. It’s a handsome, likeable sedan, but limited standard active safety gear keeps its rating to 5.8 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2019 Impala is much like last...
  • 2019 Nissan Sentra adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

    The long-servicing 2019 Nissan Sentra gets a few important updates and a slight price bump for the new model year, highlighted by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most trim levels. The 2019 Nissan Sentra S now starts at $18,685 including a mandatory $895 destination charge, and comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 124...
  • Minivan crash-tests, BMW gets sporty again, Eco-car deals: What's New @ The Car Connection

    IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Ohio senator wants to...
  • 2019 Toyota Sienna: Bringing All-wheel Drive to More of the Masses

    As the Ford Aerostar and Toyota Previa fade from our collective memory, one could be forgiven for thinking minivans were always a front-drive proposition. As for winter-beating all-wheel drive, a laundry list of crossovers and SUV fill that buying space, poaching sales from the once-hot minivan segment. Still, one model continues offering four-wheel traction for […]
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  • McLaren signs Sainz to replace Alonso for 2019 F1 season

    Carlos Sainz Jr (right) will replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren next season
    Spanish racer to succeed compatriot at Woking squad; 18-year-old Brit Lando Norris is in contention to join himSpanish racer Carlos Sainz Jr will switch from Renault to replace Fernando Alonso at the McLaren-Renault Formula 1 team next season.
    The 23-year-old is under contract to Red Bull but driving for the works Renault squad on loan this year. Sainz’s future had been uncertain after Daniel Ricciardo switched fro
  • Buy/Drive/Burn: Checking Out German Strippers From 2002

    German cars in North America are not immediately associated with base, no-option models or economical motoring. But that didn’t stop Adam Tonge from suggesting today’s trio. Which vehicle gets the Buy when you’re shopping at the bottom of the German luxury barrel in 2002? Ladies and gentlemen, select your strippers. Each member of today’s trio […]
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