• Driven and Reviewed: The BIRD

    It’s one of those scenarios that brings to mind William Gibson’s maxim about the future being unevenly distributed. About 90 days ago, approximately 1,000 Chinese-made electric scooters appeared more or less overnight around Santa Monica and Venice in California. Each scooter featured an individual QR code and directions to download the “BIRD” app. With that […]
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  • Brown Is the New Green: UPS’ Electric Truck Order Heralds a Larger, Cheaper EV Fleet

    UPS, the package delivery company best known for shorts that don’t reach nearly as far down the thigh as its drivers might prefer, wants fewer emissions from its fleet of signature brown delivery vans. It also doesn’t want to pay more for clean vehicles than it has to. In an announcement Thursday, the company says […]
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  • Uber Technologies Is Getting Awfully Chummy With Toyota

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he expects the company to have its own autonomous cars within a year but, since the company doesn’t build cars, it needs to partner with one that does. Until now, the company has been in bed with Volvo Cars, previously stating its intention to purchase 24,000 self-driving XC90 SUVs from the brand […]
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  • New Video Footage Proves Tesla’s Semi Is Needlessly Fast

    Footage of Tesla’s electric semi truck has been circulating around the internet all month — proving the vehicle is more tangible than some might have previously argued. There appears to be at least two test platforms milling around California right now, and one of them is laying rubber on low-speed industrial roads. While we’re not sure of […]
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  • Rare Rides: Are you O-kei With This 1996 Suzuki Alto Works?

    Back in May of 2017, we showcased our first Suzuki(s) in a mixed Crapwagon Collection not often seen in the wild. Suzuki was our discussion once more when we featured a kei trucklet called the Mighty Boy. Now we talk Suzuki once again, with a Works version of the Alto. The Alto name was initially […]
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  • Opinion: Is the new Cupra brand going to be a Renault Sport or Vignale?

    The Cupra Ibiza concept could preview a future hot hatch from the brand
    Seat's new performance arm could go one of two ways; we consider its chances
    Seat has always struggled for identity within the Volkswagen family. For years it played the role of a cut-price Audi, an ill-fitting role that threatened its future after the global financial crash. From a peak of 435,000 sales in 2000, volumes fell to just 261,000 in 2012.
    R&D boss Matthias Rabe is the man responsible for much of the rena
  • After Nair’s Sudden Exit, Lincoln’s Galhotra Climbs the Corporate Ladder

    Yesterday’s shocking ouster of Raj Nair as president of Ford North America, which came after an internal investigation into “inappropriate behavior,” left a leadership vacuum at the highest levels of the company’s food chain. On Thursday morning, the automaker announced a successor: Kumar Galhotra, soon-to-be former Lincoln Motor Company boss and Ford chief marketing officer. Galhotra, 52, […]
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  • Bark’s Bites: The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Is a Shining Beacon of Inauthenticity

    To be honest, I would have rather had anything else on the lot, and I do mean anything. However, when I arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, National Car Rental was a bit short on cars on the ol’ Emerald Aisle. There was a line of people about ten deep waiting for cars to be brought up […]
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  • Volvo XC50 coupe SUV on the cards after 2020

    James Brodie2018-02-22 17:05
    Electrification of every Volvo model from 2019 could be followed by coupe SUV additions, including an XC50Volvo could look to fill niche gaps in its 4x4 range with coupe SUV offerings, but only once the firm has completed overhauling its regular line-up with its strategy to electrify every Volvo on sale from 2019 onwards, Auto Express can reveal.
    Sitting beneath the XC60 and XC90, the arrival of the new XC40 compact SUV – an all-new segment for Volvo – se
  • Daimler’s Works Council Claims Company Is Being ‘Infiltrated by Nazis’

    On Wednesday, Daimler’s German workers union publicly expressed concerns that neo-Nazis are trying to organize within the automaker’s ranks. While it did not specify which political groups were involved, it named several individuals from the Untertürkheim Mercedes-Benz plant in southern Germany and described the overall situation as “not acceptable.” The works council believes Nazis are […]
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  • Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T 2018 review

    Rear-drive V8 version of the former 4WD FF V12 is a quick, long-legged GT that offers things others don’t
    It probably doesn’t sound flattering to suggest that Ferrari’s latest four-seater, the GTC4 Lusso T, is made up of a convenient collection of pre-existing components and assemblies, given that, like every modern Ferrari, it delivers exalted performance and impressive looks. Yet it’s true: every element of this car was built in the first place for a different purp
  • Strict 70mph motorway speed limit enforcement would reduce emissions

    Hugo Griffiths2018-02-22 16:40
    Expert dubs speed the “elephant in the room” in emissions discussions, with research showing 70mph limits improve air qualityA leading transport expert has claimed strictly enforcing the 70mph motorway speed limit would generate “meaningful” improvements in air quality and “give the greatest benefit for air quality today.”
    Richard Cuerden, director of TRL Academy, called enforcement of the 70mph motorway limit “the elephant
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  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

    2018-02-22 15:40
    Can striking Sport Turismo Turbo see off ultimate E-Class in 4WD estate battle?If you’re a petrolhead looking for a mix of ultimate performance and family-friendly practicality, cars like the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Estate fit the bill. 
    These two models blend estate practicality with sports car performance and agility to deliver thrills that don’t impact usability.
    • Best estates on sale
    The Sport Turismo retain
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Drops the Sport, Adds a Diesel

    Hyundai apparently deemed that a thorough restyle of its popular Santa Fe crossover wasn’t enough, so it went ahead and mixed up the model names. Debuting today in Seoul, the new Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL are the latest push by the Korean automaker to offer more product to a crossover-hungry marketplace. Oh yeah, […]
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  • Cupra Ibiza concept previews future Ford Fiesta ST rival

    Hot hatch concept is revealed to gauge reaction of potential customers before decision on production is madeCupra, the new performance arm of Seat, has unveiled a concept Ibiza model that could preview a 200bhp hot hatch rival to the new Ford Fiesta ST.
    On show at the Cupra Ateca’s launch event, the Ibiza has been developed to gauge reaction before a decision on production is made.Although not confirmed, Autocar understands Seat executives are eager for the car to make it to market be
  • Of Rust and Restoration: Is There Such a Thing As an Unrestorable E-Type Jaguar?

    If you haven’t noticed, Series I Jaguar E-Types have gotten very pricey. There were only about 75,000 Es made and not all have survived for a half century. The E-Type had one of the early monocoque unibodies and it was almost as if it was designed to trap water and rust. Also, quite a few […]
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  • The Cupra plan according to R&D boss Matthias Rabe

    Our man Duff (left) with Cupra R&D boss Matthias Rabe
    Here’s what’s in store for Seat’s newly launched hot divisionThe Cupra brand is officially here now that its first model, the Ateca, has been revealed.
    We catch up with the company’s research and development boss, Matthias Rabe, to find out what’s next for Seat's new performance division.
    What does a Cupra brand do that Seat Cupra models can’t?
    “We want to say the best from Seat comes from Cupra,
  • Opinion: Why Cupra split from Seat

    This new hot Ateca is the first car from Cupra
    Seat’s new division will charge more for its focused models; we ask if this plan workSeat has bounced back in recent years.
    From a trough of 261,000 sales in 2012, the brand nearly broke 400,000 last year and there’s plenty more product in the pipeline. So is that an odd time to be, effectively, hiving off the brand’s halo models into a new division?
    Ateca Cupra revealed as first car from Seat performance brandCupra sub-brand could
  • Cupra sub-brand could get latest powertrain tech before Seat

    Cupra will act as a technological figurehead, with the possibility of introducing hybrid and electrified techThe new Cupra brand is set to serve as a technological figurehead for Seat, and could be used to introduce hybrid and electrified tech into the range.
    While the only Cupra model confirmed so far is a petrol-engined Ateca, future models could feature alternate powertrains – with Seat boss Luca de Meo hinting that the higher price points could enable them to feature such variants, alo
  • Cupra could get electric powertrain tech before Seat

    Seat's new performance sister brand will act as a technological figurehead, with the possibility of introducing hybrid and electrified techThe new Cupra brand is set to serve as a technological figurehead for Seat and could be used to introduce hybrid and electrified tech into the manufacturer's range.
    While the only Cupra model confirmed so far is a petrol-engined Ateca, future models could feature alternate powertrains. Seat boss Luca de Meo has hinted that their higher price po
  • 296bhp Cupra Ateca revealed as first car from Seat performance brand

    Seat’s new stand-alone performance brand, Cupra, has revealed its 296bhp all-wheel-drive version of the Ateca
    Cupra starts its new role as a separate division with a retuned SUV; it'll be followed by Leon and Ibiza modelsSeat’s new stand-alone performance brand, Cupra, has revealed its 296bhp all-wheel-drive version of the Ateca – the first model to be launched since Seat confirmed its hot sub-brand’s new role last month.
    The car is part of a broader offensive to off
  • 399bhp Land Rover Defender V8 sold out

    The 90in wheelbase model will hit 60mph from rest in just 5.6sec
    Brand's 70th birthday produced a limited-edition, re-engineered version of the off-road icon using a 5.0-litre V8Land Rover's re-engineered Defenders V8 model has officially sold out just one month after it was announced.
    The model was launched to celebrate the brand's 70th birthday and uses 5.0-litre V8 engine to make it the most powerful and fastest yet made.
    The 90in wheelbase model, which can hit 60mph
  • QOTD: What’s Missing From Kia’s Portfolio?

    Corporate cousins Hyundai and Kia are an interesting pair, as neither division seems content to emulate the other. It seems odd at first, given how closely matched both brands are in purpose and reputation, but badge engineering fell out of favor long ago. These are not the stereotypical twins you can’t tell apart without asking […]
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  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: new official video of 513bhp supercar

    NACA ducts in the bonnet are new and aid brake cooling
    Latest version of Porsche’s icon gets a raft of chassis tweaks with GT2 RS influencesPorsche Motorsport unveiled the second generation of 911 GT3 RS to be based on the extant 991 platform this week - and now it's released a video to illustrate the car's performance and sound.
    The car, likely to be the last 991-based model to be launched before a new 911 (codenamed 992) arrives in September, is filmed at Germany's La
  • Kia Sorento CRDi GT-Line S 2018 review

    Kia's seven-seat SUV has had a mid-life facelift and is loaded with kit. Is that enough for this range-topping version to match premium rivals such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport?
    Kia’s new top-spec Sorento costs in excess of £42,000, some £42,610 to be exact. The previous range-topper before this recent facelift, the KX-4, did, too. Passed me by that, I must admit; the new Stinger has not been the first £40,000 Kia. It’s quite a story that the vast upturn i
  • 2019 Mercedes GLB: first video of 'road-biased' G-Class sibling

    This is the upcoming GLB, the new small SUV that will be based on the A-Class
    New compact SUV will mix old-school styling cues with contemporary design touches when it goes on sale in 2019Mercedes-Benz will use its 2019 GLB to bridge the gap between its rugged G-Class and more road-biased SUVs, so its design will mix old-school styling cues with contemporary features.
    New video footage of a GLB development car, which was caught on camera during winter testing in Scandina
  • New Ford F-150 Raptor pick-up 2018 review

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    Image 1 of 17 22 Feb, 2018 10:30amSteve Sutcliffe
    The Ford F-150 pick-up might be a US sales success, but there’s a reason it won’t come to the UK, even in Raptor formYou may not have even heard of the Ford F-150, and in one sense there’s no reason why you should – it has never, and likely will never go on sale in the UK, nor even in Europe. But in the USA it has consistently topped the outright sales charts since its creation in 1948. In simple terms it is
  • New Bentley Bentayga V8 2018 review

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    Image 1 of 26 22 Feb, 2018 10:00amStuart Gallagher
    A new Bentley Bentayga V8 option has joined the Diesel and W12, but is it the pick of the range?Bentley has taken a considered approach to expanding its Bentayga SUV line-up. The W12 was the only initial option available at launch in 2015, but it was then joined the following year by the V8 powered Bentayga Diesel. Now there’s the new £136,200 V8 petrol engined model positioned between the two in the line-up, with a hyb
  • Seat Tarraco leaked images show new seven-seater design

    This is the first of two images leaked onto the internet of the new Tarraco
    Seat's soon-to-arrive Skoda Kodiaq alternative is named after UNESCO World Heritage SiteThe Seat Tarraco has been leaked onto the internet just two days after its name was confirmed by the Spanish brand.
    The third SUV from Seat following the Ateca and Arona will be launched at the end of this year as a rival to the Nissan X-Trail. It'll be a sibling to the Skoda Kodiaq.
    Two pictures of the car have be
  • Cupra Ateca: 300bhp SUV leaks onto internet

    This is one of two images that have leaked onto the internet
    Pepped-up Ateca is due on roads this year from new Seat performance divisionImages of the Cupra Ateca have been leaked onto the internet before it is revealed at the Geneva motor show next month.
    The 300bhp SUV will be the first model from recently launched Seat sub brand Cupra, which becomes has become its own division, and so wears the Cupra badge in place of the regular Ateca's Seat logos. It is expected to be followed by a Cup
  • Throwback Thursday: driving the 1987 F1 title-winning Williams FW11B

    On 7 December 1987, ex-Formula 1 driver John Watson took Nelson Piquet's title-winning FW11B for a blast round Suzuka
    The ugly hybrid cars of 2018 have put us in need of some nostalgia; how about a 1000bhp, turbocharged V6 with a manual gearbox?Many people see the 1980s as a golden era of Formula 1. Those people are correct.
    Holding a special place in many fans' hearts are the turbocharged 'monsters', and the Williams-Honda FW11 is a fine example of them. This handsome British chassis took
  • Used car buying guide: Alfa Romeo Spider

    Front-drive Spider is fun to drive when you’re in the mood
    This one won’t bite: it’s a friendly, head-turning Alfa Romeo in agile Twin Spark or mellifluous V6 guises. Reliability is decent, and prices start at £1000The nation’s classifieds may be gripped by classic car fever, a condition that drives prices of even the worst old tat through the roof, but there are one or two models about which the claim ‘future classic’ doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
  • 2018 Peugeot 508 revealed ahead of Geneva motor show

    Front-end styling is more aggressive than the outgoing 508
    222bhp flagship sits a top a more petrol-friendly range, as Peugeot battles SUVs with a fastback saloonPeugeot has switched the 508 from saloon to a fastback bodystyle for its second generation, as the segment battles growing SUV sales.
    The new 508 gets a new 5-door body style, as well as styling derived from the Instinct shooting brake concept, revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show.
    A rear light bar with LED lights is taken st
  • Lister Storm successor is coming, hints British company's chief

    Lawrence Whittaker, boss of the revived Lister Motor Company, has revealed a sketch of the British manufacturer's planned McLaren rival, the Storm IILister Motor Company chief Lawrence Whittaker has made public the sports car company’s plan to revive the iconic Storm model name on its planned hypercar.
    The Cambridge-based company has restarted car production in recent years with a track-only recreation of its most revered car, the Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly' D-Type, followed by the Thunder, a
  • Raj Nair Out at Ford Over “Inappropriate Behavior” [UPDATED]

    Raj Nair, the now-former executive vice president and president for North America, had a reputation as being one of the top “car guys” in Dearborn. He may have had a different kind of reputation inside the halls of Ford HQ. That’s because Ford announced today that he’s leaving the company, effective immediately, following an “internal […]
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  • Ford chief Raj Nair ousted after reports of 'inappropriate behaviour'

    Raj Nair has been ousted from his role at Ford North America
    Raj Nair has been removed from his post as president of Ford North America with immediate effect following an internal investigationRaj Nair, president of Ford North America, has been ousted from his position following a company investigation into “reports of inappropriate behaviour”.
    Nair, who has been president of Ford North America since 1 June 2017, has been with the organisation since 1987, in the past holding several
  • Cycling Pileup Shows the Unexpected Dangers of Vehicle Safety Aids

    Thanks to a pact among the world’s largest automakers, automated emergency braking will soon be standard kit on nearly every new vehicle, paving the way for a future of collision-free bliss. That’s the plan, anyway. While undoubtedly a valuable addition to the automotive landscape, self-thinking vehicle safety systems sometimes reveal their dark side. That’s what happened […]
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  • Making an Estate-ment: Volvo Updates the V60 Wagon for 2019

    Volvo simultaneously took a trip down memory lane while keeping its eyes on The Future™ when it unveiled the new V60 this week. Remember when Volvo was synonymous with practical wagon-based transportation for upstanding middle-class families? Those days are here again; but they are also gone, as the brand has transformed itself by offering models […]
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  • Bentley Bentayga V8 2018 review

    The hugely capable high-end SUV is now available with a V8 engine. Does a smaller engine makes it an even more compelling luxury offering?
    Following the launch of W12 petrol and V8 diesel engines, this is the third and perhaps the most convincing powerplant to feature in Bentley’s monumentally capable Bentayga SUV.It’s a 4.0-litre, 90-degree V8 with its two twin-scroll turbochargers sitting within the vee of the cylinders. You’ll find it also in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and i
  • After Falling Out of Love, Porsche’s Diesel Divorce Is Now Complete

    It always felt little odd whenever a diesel-powered Cayenne sidled up to you next to a stoplight. A Porsche that builds SUVs, we used to mull, and diesels, no less! The public’s discomfort with a German sports car maker entering the utility vehicle field is long gone, and we can now say the same for […]
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  • The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Track Ready, Street Legal

    Porsche created a small problem for itself when it released the updated 911 GT3. The model was just as powerful as the current RS version of the car. While the race-focused model maintained its edge just about everywhere else, Porsche knew it looked bad on paper. An upmarket model should have upmarket specs across the […]
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  • Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition teased for Geneva

    Joe Holding2018-02-21 13:45
    50 special edition models will be built to commemorate half a century of the Morgan Plus 8 sports carBritish coachbuilder Morgan has teased a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Plus 8 sports car, which will be revealed in full at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March.
    Just 50 units will be built, and Morgan has confirmed that 50th Anniversary Edition will be the final time the company makes use of the 4.8-litre, naturally aspirated V8 BMW engine used in the Plus 8 since the c
  • New emissions laws likely as Government loses court case over pollution plans

    Hugo Griffiths2018-02-21 17:20
    Fresh plans will have to be drawn up following third High Court defeat for Government over proposals to tackle air qualityUK motorists are likely to face further emissions laws, after the High Court ruled that the Government’s plans to tackle air pollution are inadequate.
    The court action, brought by environmental activists Client Earth, argued official plans to improve air quality were inadequate as they failed to detail how 45 local authorities with illegal
  • The Cost of Saving GM Korea? $2.8 billion, Report Claims

    Amid frantic restructuring designed to keep General Motors’ money-losing Korean operations afloat, the automaker has proposed a $2.8 billion investment, a new report claims. According to Reuters, a South Korean government official said GM would invest the funds over the span of 10 years, though not all of that money would come from the automaker’s […]
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  • Opinion: why Porsche's diesel decision was well-timed

    Porsche is axing diesel from its current lineup. Hilton Holloway explains why that was a shrewd move, and why it may not be permanentPorsche’s decision to end production of the remaining diesel-powered models in its range was well-timed.
    At the end of this week Germany’s top court will decide whether it is legal for pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles to be banned by city councils. Both Stuttgart (Porsche’s home city) and Leipzig want to stop older diesel vehicles entering the city
  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan to get pop-out seats in lower tailgate

    This is our best look yet at the Rolls-Royce Cullinan
    The all-wheel-drive Bentley Bentayga rival, due to arrive this year, will be first Rolls-Royce SUVThe reveal process of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has begun, as the manufacturer has revealed the car's pop-out, tailgate-mounted seats and table. 
    It's the latest in a slew of recent developments surrounding the Cullinan - the brand recently confirmed the car's name earlier this month, while recent spy shots showed the car with as little disgu
  • Hyundai Kona Rolls Out of the Gate With a Less-than-ideal Lease

    As we told you earlier this month, Hyundai’s newest offering, the B-segment Kona crossover, arrived with a base price below that of its subcompact competition. At $20,450 after delivery for a base, front-drive SE, the Kona slots below the entry MSRPs of the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Chevrolet Trax, and Mazda CX-3. Value, the Kona […]
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  • Volvo V60 estate unveiled ahead of Geneva motor show

    Volvo is launching its new V60 estate at next month’s Geneva show
    Roomier load-lugger goes up against Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series TouringVolvo is launching a roomier, higher-technology and much more upmarket replacement for the V60 estate at next month’s Geneva motor show.
    Due on roads in September, the new load-lugger shares its SPA (Scalable Product Platform) with Volvo’s current crop of new cars and SUVs, and will be a highly competitive model in a class currently do
  • Peugeot Rifter revealed as Citroen Berlingo Multispace sibling

    The Peugeot Rifter has been revealed as part of the three-prong PSA group assault on the van-based MPV market
    Rifter name replaces Partner Tepee, it’s one of three van-based MPVs from PSA group. The Vauxhall Combo Life completes the trioThe Peugeot Rifter has been revealed as Peugeot’s offering in the three-prong PSA group assault on the van-based MPV market.
    The Rifter is mechanically identical to the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Vauxhall Combo Life, being based on the previous-g
  • New 2018 Peugeot 508 aims to prove the family saloon isn't dead

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    The new Peugeot 508 will go on sale in the UK in the autumn, while a plug-in hybrid version will follow by the end of 2019This is the new Peugeot 508, a large family car that's designed to be a rival for everything from the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo to the likes of the VW Passat and BMW 3 Series. 
    Unveiled ahead of a public debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show, the new 508 takes a more radical approach than the conservative vehicle it replaces. It's now a fiv