• New Lexus NX 300h Sport trim revealed

    Jake Weaver2018-05-22 11:10
    Racier new Lexus NX 300h Sport unveiled, priced from £36,500 and due on sale next monthLexus has introduced a new Sport spec for its NX 300h SUV, featuring mild styling tweaks and an exclusive interior. Prices will start from £36,500 when it goes on sale in June.
    The new Sport version is the first new variant of the hybrid crossover since its introduction in 2015, and follows the same pattern as seen with the RX 450h Sport SUV and IS 300h Sport saloon.&bul
  • Defra launches car-friendly extension to air quality plan

    Minister Michael Gove takes aim at farming and domestic fuels in latest bid to improve UK airThe Government has broadened its Clean Air Strategy beyond targeting motorists with a series of new measures to tackle air pollution blackspots by 2030.
    The main particulates discussed in Defra secretary Michael Gove’s plans are domestic fuels such as wood and coal fires in the home, as well as ammonia emissions from farming. 
    The only part that the strategy relates to drivers i
  • All-electric DS 3 Crossback set for the Paris Motor Show

    James Brodie2018-05-22 09:05
    DS will be raising its EV game in Paris with an all-electric DS 3 Crossback SUVDS will reveal an all-electric supermini-sized car at the Paris Motor Show in September. Possiby called the DS 3 Crossback, it will be the first car within the PSA group to use the new e-CMP platform technology.
    The new car will play a starring role in DS' electrification strategy, which will see the young french premium brand exclusively sell plug-in hybrid and full electric cars fro
  • Opinion: Why Ford needs more crossovers

    2020 Ford Bronco conceptWith the market seeing more and more crossovers every year, its about time Ford joined the trend
    There are multiple reasons behind Ford’s decision to can its US saloons and hatches, but the reality is that the company has fallen behind rivals in responding to the significant extra demand for utility vehicles, especially those based on car platforms.
    Ford readies all-new electric crossover but axes US cars 
    In many ways, it is to Ford’s credit: remember, F
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  • Ford Mach 1 EV crossover to spearhead new era for car maker

    How we think Ford's future electric crossover could look
    We have more details on Ford's first purpose-built EV which will hit the UK in early 2020
    Ford is pressing ahead with its first all-new battery electric vehicle, a front-drive crossover – and it is committed to the Mondeo in Europe until the mid-2020s, despite last month's announcement that it is pulling out of the saloon and hatchback market in the US.
    The all-electric crossover, dubbed Mach 1 in reference to its Mustang-derive
  • Autocar confidential: Ferrari's SUV, Lexus LC Coupe hybrid interest & more

    How we think the Ferrari SUV could look
    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industryThis week's snippets of automotive news include news on the cost of car production, hybrid interest, the Ferrari SUV and Lexus LC Coupe. 
    Ferrari SUV: 
    When asked if there had been concerns that a Ferrari SUV could dilute the brand, FCA Group boss Sergio Marchionne, in a moment of openness, admitted: “Yes.” Asked if he had a
  • Volkswagen ID hatch to stay true to concept, says design boss

    ID can cover a claimed 373 miles on a full charge with its 168bhp electric motor and is confirmed for November 2019 productionThe design of the production version of the Volkswagen ID hatchback has been signed off and stays true to the concept first seen in 2016, according to VW's design boss, Klaus Bischoff.
    The ID hatchback, due on sale in 2019, is the first model from the VW brand to be designed as an electric vehicle from the outset, as opposed to a variant of an existing car.
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  • Infiniti, Redux? Audi’s Q8 Miniseries Doesn’t Showcase Vehicle in the Opening Episode

    The marketing wizards at Audi decided to unveil the upcoming Q8 crossover via a series of internet shorts, called #Q8Unleased, chronicling the antics of Sandra and Quentin — who we’re told are an “an extravagant power couple” living in California who have fallen upon dark times. Curious about the vehicle and Audi’s attempt at digital drama, I […]
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  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont

    Specialty green models don’t normally end up in lots across the country, at least not initially, and the upcoming Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is no different. The resurrected green variant of the wildly popular Crosstrek, which bit the dust following slow sales in 2016, appears late this year as a 2019 model, only this time […]
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  • The ‘Electric Revolution’ Can’t Happen Without Cobalt, and We’re Already Running Out

    As we hurl ourselves into the the glistening, unknown future, we are continuously confronted with new obstacles. While we’re good at coming up with solutions to new problems, there are plenty of important questions left hanging in the air as technology pushes us onward. Why do we keep working longer hours as more things become automated? […]
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  • Pump the Brakes: Consumer Reports Dings Model 3 For Lackluster Stops

    “Lackluster” may be an understatement. In its test of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range model, Consumer Reports discovered plenty of things to like about the California automaker’s smallest electric vehicle, but two large gripes kept the publication from bestowing a coveted “recommended” tag on the sedan. We’ve complained before — and online videos have […]
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  • Jaguar F-Type Could Launch 2+2 Variant On Revised Platform

    Jaguar is apparently considering bringing the XK out of retirement. Discontinued for the 2015 model year, the automaker didn’t see much reason to keep it around with the F-Type being such a success. Hanno Kirner, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of corporate strategy, now claims the time has come to commence work on a 2+2 F-Type. However, […]
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  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster First Drive – Improvement Is an Understatement

    Some car companies seem to listen to the gripes of us underpaid yet overfed journalist types more closely than others. Hyundai and corporate sibling Kia are particularly good at that – if there’s a consensus among cranky critics about a particular car’s failings, the next generation will almost certainly address the criticisms and improve upon […]
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  • Theresa May: UK to be at 'forefront of 21st century transport revolution'

    The Jaguar I-Pace will be the first mass-produced EV from Britain to reach roads
    Prime Minister says investing in design and manufacturing for electric cars is now the focusPrime Minister Theresa May has further emphasised plans to put the UK at the “forefront of a 21st century transport revolution” by investing heavily in the automotive sector.
    During today’s science and modern industrial strategy speech, May reiterated that the Government aims to encourage deve
  • Revenue Stream: Tesla’s Everyman Car Gets a $78k Makeover

    If you had nothing better to do with your Saturday night than sit in front of the computer, you’re already well aware that the Tesla Model 3 — revealed in 2016 with a base price of $35,000 — will gain a $78,000 dual-motor performance variant, a speedier companion to the existing $44,000 Long Range model. Currently, the […]
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  • Canadian entrepreneur buys 10% of McLaren Group for almost £204m

    Michael Latifi, founder of Canadian food company Sofina, has invested in the McLaren Group, which includes both the racing team and car maker
    Michael Latifi, a Canadian businessman, has become McLaren Group’s third-largest shareholder, investing almost £204 million in return for a 10% stake. 
    Latifi’s company Nidala Limited now owns one tenth of McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies, with the only larger shareholders being the Bahrain Mumtalak
  • Aston Martin records profit for fifth consecutive quarter

    The DB11 was labelled as the key contributor to Aston's 2017 turnaround
    Despite posting a year-on-year decline, brand remains in the black with pre-tax profits of £2.8m for the first quarterAston Martin has recorded its fifth consecutive quarter of profit by posting £2.8 million in pre-tax profits in Q1 2018 — although this is half of that achieved in the same period of 2017.
    The Gaydon car maker secured its first quarterly profit in a decade last year when
  • Peugeot 308 GTi production halted due to tightening emissions

    Alex Ingram2018-05-21 15:45
    Peugeot will pause 308 GTi production to reduce the model's emissions; sales will restart later in the yearProduction of the Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is to go on a four-month hiatus due to tightening emissions regulations. The latest Euro 6.2 rules have forced the French brand to reengineer its hot hatchback, with sales due to resume in October.
    The latest regulations - which take the WLTP real world economy and emissions standards into account - mean that the
  • Aston Martin growth spurt continues with £43m profit in Q1

    Jake Weaver2018-05-21 15:00
    Aston Martin has been named as the ‘world’s fastest growing auto brand’ having returned big profits in Q1 of 2018Aston Martin has announced pre-tax profits of £43.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, leading to the British marque being named “the world’s fastest growing auto brand” by consultancy firm, Brand Finance.
    The profit rise has been largely credited to the recently launched DB11 V8 Coupe and Volante models along wi
  • QOTD: The Best Car, the Best Year?

    Today’s QOTD is a bit of fun … if you’re willing to tell the truth about your age, that is. The question is simple: what’s the best-looking car from the year you were born? I’m a relatively young pup, although a quick survey of the TTAC masthead reveals I am squarely in the older half […]
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  • 2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive – Can You Hear Me Now?

    The three-row crossover field is a crowded arena. Gearheads like us can rhyme off verbatim the critical differences between models. But the Average Joe or Josephine who’s simply trying to buy a machine that’ll ferry the brood? For many of them, it’s like trying to pick their favorite trumpeter out of a college brass band […]
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  • New Audi Q8 prototype ride review

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    A ride in an early Audi Q8 prototype gives us a taste of the luxury flagship coupe-SUVThe Audi Q7 has been the brand’s flagship SUV for just over a decade, but that’s about to change. Say hello to the Q8, a sportier take on the biggest Q car, with a svelte, coupe-influenced rear end and all of the company’s latest tech.
    We had an early ride to see how the range-topper is shaping up ahead of its official reveal in the comi
  • Aston Martin Vulcans to race against GT1 DBR9s in Le Mans support event

    The track-only Vulcan hypercar will make its race debut for a Le Mans support race
    Track-only hypercar to compete with former Le Mans GT1 winner and 2016 GTE winnerA pair of 820bhp Aston Martin Vulcans will go head-to-head with LMGT1 DBR9s and Vantage GTEs in a special support race to support the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 16 June.
    During the build-up to the crowning event of the World Endurance Championship, the Aston Martin festival will feature 38 high-performance track machines. These will
  • Junkyard Find: 1984 Buick Skyhawk Custom

    The General got his money’s worth out of the J Platform, which began with the 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier and ended 23 years later with the Pontiac Sunfire. Buick’s only J-body was the 1982-1989 Skyhawk, which took the name of the much more successful rear-wheel-drive H-body Skyhawk of the 1970s. Here’s a sporty five-speed ’84 Skyhawk […]
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  • Motability faces official investigation into financial operations

    £2.4 billion cash reserves and a considerable increase in CEO’s salary over the past decade have led to MPs calling for an audit of company's operationsMotability, the charity provider of lease cars, wheelchairs and scooters to disabled people, has come under fire over its financial operations. 
    Motability Operations, which receives around £2 billion per year from the Department of Work and Pensions, has accrued a £2.4bn reserve in cash - a four-fold increase over 20
  • Motability faces investigation into financial operations

    £2.4 billion cash reserves and a considerable increase in CEO’s salary over the past decade have led to MPs calling for an audit of company's operationsMotability, the charity provider of lease cars, wheelchairs and scooters to disabled people, has come under fire over its financial operations. 
    Motability Operations, which receives around £2 billion per year from the Department of Work and Pensions, has accrued a £2.4bn reserve in cash - a four-fold increase over 20
  • Porsche diesel recall: 53,000 Macans and 6750 Cayennes affected

    The discontinued Macan S Diesel runs with an Audi-sourced V6…
    Stuttgart brand’s Audi-engined models have been found to feature an emissions defeat devicePorsche has been asked by German automotive regulator KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) to recall 53,000 diesel-engined Macans and 6750 Cayennes running with emissions defeat devices in Europe.
    The Audi-produced 3.0-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 diesel engines used by the Macan and Cayenne respectively were&n
  • Mercedes EQA: electric hatch to be built at upgraded Smart factory in France

    Mercedes showed a concept version of the car that will compete with the BMW i3 and Volkswagen IDMercedes-Benz will build its EQA electric hatchback at its plant in Hambach, France, where the electric Smart models are currently made, following an investment of €500 million (about £438m).
    The entry point of Mercedes' EQ electric car sub-brand, previewed by the Concept EQA at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, will go on sale in 2020. It will join the large
  • Tesla Model 3 performance prices and specs revealed

    Alex Ingram2018-05-21 11:25
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims BMW M3-beating speed and handling for sportiest variant of the Model 3The Tesla Model 3 performance has officially been confirmed. In a series of tweets, CEO Elon Musk elaborated on the new fastest version of his firm’s compact exec, and it’s got the BMW M3 set firmly in its sights.
    Musk says that the performance model will be “15% quicker & with better handling” than BMW’s super saloon, claiming a 0-60mph t
  • BTCC 2018: Neal scores first win for new Honda Civic Type R at Thruxton

    Matt Neal resisted Colin Turkington for victory in the first race
    Veteran driver claims first 2018 victory, while Adam Morgan takes title leadTriple British Touring car champion Matt Neal claimed the first victory for the new-shape Honda Civic Type R with a dominant drive in the opening race at Thruxton.
    But the big winner of the weekend was Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes racer Adam Morgan, who scored victory in the reverse grid final race to claim the championship lead after a tough weekend f
  • Porsche Mission E: 592bhp output confirmed by Mark Webber in video

    Mark Webber has been driving Porsche's new Mission E
    Porsche's all-electric rival to the Tesla Model S is scheduled to go on sale in 2019 and will spawn multiple variantsPorsche has released the first official drive footage of its upcoming Mission E showing the electric sports car being driven at pace by Mark Webber around the brand's Weissach test track.
    The Formula 1 race winner and 2015 World Endurance Championship champion demonstrates the all-electric car's agi
  • 2021 Jaguar J-Pace moves closer to production with global trademark

    F-Pace, E-Pace and I-Pace will soon be joined by J-Pace
    J-Pace to use Range Rover running gear and powertrains, due 2021; electric-only new XJ on sale in 2019Jaguar is working at top speed on an all-new £80,000-plus J-Pace SUV for 2021, designed to beat the Porsche Cayenne at its own game. A global trademark filing for the J-Pace moniker suggests that the model is edging closer to production, having been scooped by Autocar last year.
    The Range Rover-rivalling SUV will have a brand-new
  • Reborn Jaguar XK to lead new Jag sports car family

    Elegant 2+2 XK flagship looks set to join a new F-Type in Jaguar’s sports car line-upPlans to relaunch the Jaguar XK are gathering momentum, with the firm’s head of product strategy confirming that it is working on a proposal for a whole family of sports cars.
    Hanno Kirner, who oversees product strategy for the next decade at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), told Autocar the company remains committed to the sports car segment, despite the Jaguar E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs dominating the firm&rsq
  • Opinion: How will the new XK shape up?

    Jaguar XK
    With the Jaguar F-Type having been a resounding success, how will the XK turn out?By these latest signs, it may already be too late for Jaguar to develop an all-new sports car platform on which to base the next F-Type and the XK replacement.That’s an opportunity missed, since sales volumes of these cars are so small that no single new model is likely to justify a big investment all on its own.
    Still, while adapting an already adapted architecture that, at least in part, has been
  • Jaguar XK’s exalted place in Jaguar history

    Since the launch of the XK120 in 1948, the Jaguar XK has had a prominent place in automotive history
    The XK badge is significant for Jaguar and is considered to mark the start of its sports car story with the arrival in 1948 of the XK120 two-seat roadster.
    The life of the XK120, XK140 and XK150 spanned 12 years and incorporated roadster, fixed- head coupé and drop-head coupé versions, before being replaced by the E-Type in 1961. The original XKs used a 3.4-litre s
  • BMW M3 CS 2018 review

    The CS meters out ruthless performance with clinical control. It’s questionable value for money, but a stellar drivers’ car, and a fitting finale for the F80 M3
    The taut, indigo form before you represents the end of line for the F80-generation M3. It’s called the Club Sport, and it uses the clout of internal combustion alone to drive the rear wheels.That’s obvious, though, isn’t it? Since its conception in the late-eighties, every 3-Series breathed upon by BMW Motor
  • Ford Recalls North American EcoSport Over Seemingly Benign Issue

    Ford announced a minor recall for the 2018 EcoSport involving brake fluid reservoir caps and user manuals. While these are technically “faulty” components, they weren’t broken or incorrectly manufactured. They were, brace yourself, European. The automaker says it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries relating to the parts — and we would be completely astonished if it […]
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  • Tesla Model 3: BMW M3-rivalling Performance version confirmed

    Tesla Model 3
    Elon Musk reveals two dual motor, all-wheel-drive Model 3 variants, including a 155mph Performance version that he claims "will beat anything in its class on track"Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed the specs for a 155mph all-wheel-drive Performance version of the Model 3 designed to rival the BMW M3, which he claims will “beat anything in its class on the track.”
    The South African released the details in a series of tweets, confirming both a dual motor all-wheel-drive M
  • WRC's maddest event: East Africa's Safari Rally

    Rally strategy could literally be worked out on the fly. Photo credit: McKlein Photography
    At its height, the World Rally Championship's Safari Rally was so extreme that each car had its own helicopter escortSome people say the World Rally Championship has lost its sense of adventure.
    And when you consider there was once an event that was so rife with peril – oncoming local traffic, giant hidden boulders, holes in the road that could swallow a car whole, giraffes, elephants – that th
  • Prodrive: how it went from building rally cars to hybrid transit vans

    Prodrive engineers never have to look far for inspiration
    Although its business interests have diversified, Prodrive’s motorsport heritage continues to give the engineering group a competitive edge, David Richards tells us“I’ve always looked at ambulances as heavy, old technology. How do you bring them into the modern era? That’s what we’re working on next.”
    David Richards, the boss of the Prodrive race team and engineering company he set up in 1984, is nothin
  • BMW M5 long-term review

    We rate the new M5 as best in class. Will we think the same after three months with it?Why we’re running it: To ascertain if so much power and fourwheel drive are assets or unnecessary excess. And, well, because it’s an M5…Month 1 - Specs
    Life with a BMW M5: Month 1
    Welcoming the M5 to our fleet – 2nd May 2018
    I can’t remember a car that has been busier on its arrival on the Autocar long-term test fleet than the new BMW M5. With decent reason, I suppose:
  • Germany to Cities: Go Nuts With the Diesel Bans, Starting Now

    It’s open season on compression ignition vehicles in the Fatherland. The birthplace of the diesel engine now says German cities can implement diesel driving bans whenever, and wherever, they want. The Friday ruling by the country’s top court comes after a lawsuit against Germany and four other European Union member states by the EU, the […]
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  • Ford’s Upcoming Crossover EV Is, Apparently, All the Things You Need to Be

    Ford’s all-electric performance crossover, bound for a 2020 debut, is a model without a definite name that remains shrouded in mystery. It isn’t known whether this supposedly “Mustang inspired” crossover (Ford’s claim) is at all different than the 300-mile crossover EV promised by Ford as part of its electrified vehicle push. They could be one […]
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  • BMW M5 vs Alpina B5: 5 Series super saloon showdown

    Only 18 B5s will reach the UK initially
    The two super saloons are closely related, but which is best? We put the mighty Bavarian beasts head-to-head
    Alpina has always kept a respectful distance from the products of BMW’s M division, despite a relationship with BMW that is far closer than most imagine and involves far more than knocking out 1700 factory-approved cars every year.
    Alpina exists within the very fabric of BMW, with an entire other side to the business dedicated to developi
  • Sergio Says Fiat’s Moving Out of Italy, FCA Needs Room for SUVs

    Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to to retire soon, and he wants to revolutionize the company as one of his final acts. On June 1st, he intends to unveil a sweeping plan that abandons local production of the compact and super-mini cars the Fiat brand is known for so FCA can focus on larger, […]
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  • Mercedes-Benz Building Compact EV for Global Market as EQ ‘Brand’ Grows Murkier

    Daimler AG has announced an investment of 500 million euros ($589 million) for its plant in Hambach, France, to start production on a compact electric car for the Mercedes-Benz EQ brand. Known as “Smartville,” the complex was purpose built in the 1990s to supply the automaker with the first batch of Smart ForTwos and has […]
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  • Volvo Boss Predicts a Plug-in-filled Future, but Americans Don’t Seem That Keen on the Brand’s Largest Greenie

    The second-generation Volvo XC90 announced the brand’s confident and triumphant return to the forefront of automotive discourse. With its parental troubles behind it, the 2015 model year XC90 arrived with dignified, upscale sheetmetal and served as a styling template for future models like the S90 and XC60. It also heralded the brand’s move towards downsized […]
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  • Booted From Ford, Raj Nair Shows Up at Ford GT Builder Multimatic

    Raj Nair, former executive vice-president of Ford Motor Company and head of its North American region, has joined the company that built his car. Nair took delivery of a Ford GT — a vehicle he helped develop during his time as product development boss and chief technical officer — shortly before his sudden and murky February exit […]
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  • Audi E-tron tests at the Nurburgring ahead of launch - on video

    The Audi E-tron has made an outing to the Nurburgring...
    Audi has revealed more technical details of its upcoming electric SUVAudi's 248-mile-range EV, the E-tron, has made an outing to the Nürburgring in prototype form ahead of its full reveal this summer. 
    The latest shots and video come as Audi continues to drip-feed technical information about its upcoming electric SUV - the latest news is that it will be capable of at least 248 miles on each 
  • Baby Steps: Nissan Seeks Stronger Ties With Renault, Merger Remains Possible

    Carlos Ghosn, chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has made it clear that his ideal solution for all three automakers is to stop pussyfooting around and enter into a full-on merger. Officially, there’s no deal in the works. “Any discussion about a share transaction involving Renault, Nissan or the French state is pure speculation,” explained alliance […]
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