• Scrappage schemes: are they a rip-off?

    Not all schemes scrap your trade-in
    So far, 23 scrappage schemes have been launched in quick succession by car makers. Are they a good deal or just a sales and PR ruse?
    Every car I’ve ever owned has lost money - until now.Thanks to the raft of car scrappage schemes launched recently, my 95,000-mile, Euro 4, 2006-registered Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXi three-door, owned by me for more than 90 days, has gone from being worth around £500 to as much as £5000 when part-exchanged against a
  • Range Rover Velar vs Porsche Cayenne vs Audi Q7: luxury SUV mega-test

    Velar owners get, in return for the £70k asking price, a luxurious driving experience
    Can the new Velar justify its high asking price and beat the standard-setting Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne?
    The defining sound
 of this year’s most-wanted luxury car, the new Range Rover Velar, isn’t generated by its multi-cylinder diesel engine, some clever active exhaust or even 
its 17-speaker audio system.It’s the rhythmic sequence of gentle whirrs and puffs made by t
  • Faraday Future Officially Ends Its Relationship With Nevada

    The honeymoon is over before it even began. The State of Nevada is ending its relationship with automaker Faraday Future, which once promised to build a vast and glorious manufacturing facility within its borders — in exchange for tax incentives. Eschewing construction of its $1 billion promise in North Las Vegas due to financial woes, Faraday […]
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  • City of Detroit Fires Back at Towing Company Accused of Car Thefts

    The only people who like towing companies, it seems, are those who make money off them. A Detroit-area towing company is accused of doing something that will make the rest of us hate towing companies even more, if the allegations are true. It all started last year, with multiple investigations into Detroit police officers suspected […]
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  • A Proper Pickup Truck, Not Just a Santa Cruz, Is Being Considered For Production at Hyundai

    “We’ve been talking about it for a number of years now,” Hyundai Australia’s chief operating officer, Scott Grant, said at the Genesis G70 global reveal. No, he’s not talking about the G70, or any Genesis for that matter. He’s not talking about the H-100 pictured above. He’s not talking about the Tucson-based Hyundai Santa Cruz […]
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  • Hiring a New Marketing Agency Isn’t a Sign That Mitsubishi’s Leaving America

    Between its peak in 2002 and the depths of the recession in 2009, Mitsubishi’s U.S. sales plunged 84 percent. Market share plunged from more than 2 percent to less than half of 1 percent. Could the company survive in America? The loss of product gave observers even more reason to doubt the brand’s staying power. Bigger […]
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  • In Memoriam: Jack Smith, a Mopar Muscle Car Maestro

    By 1966, muscle cars were hitting peak stride. But some argued they had become too expensive and strayed too far from the original concept. As performance models had grown in displacement and technology, some crossed into premium pricing territory. Pontiac’s GTO, for example, could easily exceed $4,000 with a handful of options when the average […]
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  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT 2.0T Review – Giddy Up

    I tried in vain, but I couldn’t track down a proper early ‘60s surf rock station on the SiriusXM radio during my time driving the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. I was imagining the Beach Boys’ classic “409” every time I planted my right pedal in this improbably powerful compact crossover. Sadly, the basic facts and figures […]
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  • New MG6 unveiled in China and could be on its way here!

    Dan Smith2017-09-22 17:20
    The second-generation MG6 could be on UK shores by 2018.The all-new MG6 has been unveiled in China by MG's parent company SAIC - and it's expected that the new saloon will arrive in the UK next year.
    Based on the Roewe i6, the second-generation MG6 features plenty of additional sporty design cues to mark it out as an MG. An aggressive ‘star rider’ grille sits between a pair of LED headlamps, while the two-tone leather interior has been tailored towards the E
  • Mercedes-Benz Spending $1 Billion to Build All-electric SUVs in, Where Else, Alabama

    Mercedes-Benz is investing $1 billion into its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, assembly operations in order to facilitate the production of its first EQ-branded SUVs in 2020. The investment, timed to roughly coincide with the beginning of Mercedes-Benz ML production in Alabama, is expected to result in the hiring of another 600 employees. In the near term, Mercedes-Benz […]
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  • Opinion: The best and worst things I’ve seen this week - 22 September 2017

    MG 6 interior: the old MG 6 left a lot to be desired. Made of unimaginably awful materials inside and with as much quality, charisma and flair as unbranded wheat biscuits cereal, it makes the new 6's interior look like that of a car from a completely different marque. Sure, there are influences from all over the show in there, but it's a quantum leap forward*...
    Behind-the-scenes glimpses and other observations from the last seven days around the car industryYou'd think that given the volume of
  • Piston Slap: The Envoy’s High Pressure Mission?

    Dave writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a 2004 GMC Envoy, 4.2-liter six-cylinder, with about 123k miles that seems to be leaking coolant from somewhere around the radiator cap. Every time I come to a stop with the windows down or pull into the garage I can smell antifreeze. The radiator appears full and the reservoir […]
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  • Wisely, Hyundai’s Genesis Brand Will Not Move Any Further Downmarket

    First, Hyundai wanted American consumers to accept the XG300 as a luxury car alternative. If two decades ago such an idea seemed ludicrous, the XG300 — later the XG350 and then the Azera — set the stage for 2018, a year in which a Hyundai luxury spinoff, Genesis, would complete its luxury sedan lineup. Yes, […]
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  • Genesis G70 AWD 2017 review

    Based on the Kia Stinger, Genesis' new G70 saloon shows plenty of promising signs that it could be a hit in Europe
    The steady rise of Genesis continues with the G70 – a new four-door saloon conceived as a direct competitor to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.Set to go on sale in South Korea and North America in early 2018, the new G70 is a sister model to the new Kia Stinger and is 
  • 2018 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD A-Spec Review – Pachyderms Promulgate Particular Problems

    Is it possible to move this elephant out of the room? Perhaps not, but whether we try to move the elephant or allow him to stay, a review of the revamped 2018 Acura TLX, even in this top-spec V6 SH-AWD A-Spec trim, will forever be set against a backdrop that is the all-new 2018 Honda […]
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  • Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer replaced by JLR strategy boss

    Reports in German management magazine claim Adrian Hallmark will take helm of VW Group's luxury car brandBentley chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer is to be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover, according to a report published in Germany’s Manager Magazin on Friday.
    Rumours of an imminent departure of Dürheimer (pictured below) from Bentley have been circulating for some weeks now, with earlier reports suggesting Audi Sport boss Stephan Wink
  • QOTD: How Do You Measure Fast?

    Did you notice that TTAC was short one article by yours truly this week? Probably not — but if you did, allow me to explain the reason. I’ve spent the entire week doing testing for Road & Track’s Performance Car Of The Year issue. Today, I drove 10 mostly brilliant and remarkably capable vehicles against […]
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  • Lamborghini Aventador S 2017 UK review

    Still visceral and dramatic as ever, but does the vast number of mechanical changes and tweaks help make the Lamborghini Aventador S more engaging?The Aventador S is the heavily updated version of Lamborghini’s V12 supercar. It isn’t really a new variant in the model range because you can no longer buy a plain old Aventador. Instead, the S is an evolution of Sant’Agata’s heavy-hitter, and not before time; having been launched early in 2011, the Aventador is approaching it
  • Best new car deals 2017: sports car special

    We pick five of the best sports car deals on this week’s new car market; all are valid until 28 SeptemberBuying a new car is always better when you know you're getting a bargain, but scouring the internet for the best deals can be time-consuming and scrappage schemes aren't for everyone.
    So Autocar has done the hard work for you and compiled a list of some of the best savings on the new car market.
    We've found combined savings of £20,161 on the five models featured below, so take a l
  • Uber ban? TfL to remove firm's London operating licence

    Jonathan Burn2017-09-22 12:30
    Transport for London will not renew Uber's licence to operate in the UK's capital, putting 40,000 jobs at riskUber will not be issued a new private hire operator licence in London once its current licence expires on 30 September, Transport for London has confirmed.
    TfL said in a statement that the ride-hailing app is not “fit and proper” to hold a private hire operator licence. It also says that Uber’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack
  • Uber London to lose operating licence due to TfL concerns

    Uber has 21 days to appeal Transport for London's decision
    Transport for London says it will not renew Uber’s operating licence, which expires this month
    Uber London will be blocked from operating in the capital from the start of October, unless it wins an appeal for Transport for London to renew its operating licence.
    TfL plans to withhold the American ride hailing firm’s licence, which expires on 30 September, due to concerns over the company’s operational habits.
    The go
  • Renault Koleos

    Renault’s new crossover sees the Koleos name return, attached to an SUV of a quite different stripeIf mention of the Renault Koleos nameplate has you furrowing your brow and staring meditatively into the middle distance, don’t worry: that serves to confirm the level of impact the car has made in the UK up to now.For the record, the first-generation model was launched in 2007 as Renault limply embraced an early flush of enthusiasm for crossovers.The reason you might not remember it i
  • 2018 MG 6 revealed for Chinese market

    Unveiling of Chinese-market car shows that the 6 has taken a leap upmarket; UK version will follow closelyThe new MG 6 has been revealed for the Chinese market ahead of an anticipated UK launch next year. 
    Following the design of the new GS SUV and hugely popular E-Motion electric sports car concept, the 6 has a Mazda-like front end, with the intricate pattern in the grille inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Diamond’ design. MG calls the grille ‘Star Rider’.&nbs
  • Rapid response fuel bikes deployed on M5 to rescue stranded cars

    Dan Smith2017-09-22 15:20
    Since work began on the Oldbury Viaduct, fuel bikes have provided stranded motorists with vital fuel during congested periodsHighways England has started using rapid response fuel bikes on a section of the M5 to combat congestion caused by motorists running out of fuel. 
    The fuel bikes are there to assist stranded motorists on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct, which is under going major repairs. The contraflow system put in place due to the ongoing repairs has narrowed this
  • Skoda Rapid Spaceback vs Dacia Logan MCV vs Fiat Tipo

    2017-09-23 10:00
    Facelifted Skoda Rapid Spaceback meets Fiat Tipo and Dacia Logan MCV in practical small car battleSkoda is on a roll, with the Octavia Estate, Superb family car and Kodiaq SUV all picking up Auto Express awards for being at the top of their classes in 2017. But the Rapid has never enjoyed the sales or critical success of its siblings – so the brand has launched an updated version in a bid to redress matters.
    The Rapid Spaceback is more of a traditional hatch than the norma
  • Subaru Forester gets EyeSight safety tech across range

    Dan Smith2017-09-22 11:10
    Subaru’s EyeSight technology system, which includes six safety features, now comes as standard on the Forester SUVSubaru has added its EyeSight safety technology as standard across the Forester line-up, the manufacturer has confirmed.
    The Japanese brand's EyeSight system uses two stereo cameras mounted on each side of the rear-view mirror to capture precise 3D images that can distinguish cars from motorbikes, bicycles, pedestrians and lane markings. EyeSight has a
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS due this year with 375bhp

    Exterior upgrades and performance tweaks will make coupé and convertible pairing the hottest in the current rangePorsche is finalising the new range-topping versions of its mid-engined 718 sports car line-up before they are revealed to the public later this year.
    The 718 Cayman GTS and its convertible 718 Boxster GTS sibling are due with a more powerful version of the turbocharged 2.5-litre flat-four engine currently used by the S models. The previous-generat
  • Opinion: is it 2017 or 1947?

    Is it 2017 or 1947? Prior can hardly tell the differenceWe discuss why F1 isn't as exciting as it once was
    While I was out walking the other day, a light aircraft flew overhead.Nothing unusual about that; with its single engine, whirring away gently like they do, it milled across the sky like it could have been any time during the past 70 years. 
    Then I walked past somebody who was wearing tweed; which, again, is not uncommon round my way – the peculiarly, slightly disc
  • Lamborghini plans more hardcore models with motorsport influence

    The Huracán Super Trofeo Evo was revealed this week
    Recent boosts in racing investment have helped the brand make strides in aerodynamic performance - which can be applied to road carsLamborghini’s growing motorsport department will help it produce more track-focused road models such as the Huracán Performante in the near future.
    Speaking at the reveal of the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo (pictured above), research and development boss Maurizio Reggiani told Autocar th
  • Volkswagen Golf long-term test review: final report

    Fully loaded family day trips proved to be no problem
    Could the Golf live up to its reputation as the benchmark family hatch with a downsized engine under the bonnet?
    Like many rival car makers, Volkswagen has taken the tiny turbocharged petrol engine route to produce a more fuel-efficient, lower-emission alternative to diesel power. The result is the 1.0 TSI unit under the bonnet of my Golf. 
    On paper, the 999cc engine’s 113bhp output looks puny, but its secret weapon is a turbocharg
  • Best rear-wheel-drive cars 2017

    Dean Gibson22 Sep, 2017 4:30pm
    Rear-wheel drive is supposed to be the drivetrain layout that delivers the most fun. Here are 10 cars that do exactly thatYou don't have to go far back in history to find that the majority of cars sold used to be rear-wheel drive. But today, the transmission layout is often the preserve of cars and manufacturers that like to put an emphasis on driving enthusiasm, rather than just getting from A to B. As a result, some of these rear-wheel-drive models are among the
  • Rumors of FCA Seeking Asian Partner Reignite — This Time With Hyundai

    Snubbed by both the Germans and the Chinese, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is continuing its journey to find the automaker that will sweep it off its feet and say, “Let’s build a factory together.” However, if CEO Sergio Marchionne maintains that FCA will be bought by an established automaker, he’s running out of options. The automotive dating […]
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  • You Not Having a Car With ‘Superpowers’ is Somehow Donald Trump’s Fault

    Supposedly, everyone eagerly anticipates the day they can own a shiny-new self-driving car, but automakers, regulatory agencies, consumer advocates, Silicon Valley, and the White House are debating how exactly that’s supposed to happen. They haven’t reached a consensus yet — and that’s probably not likely to change anytime soon. Most autonomous cars rely on array of cameras, LIDAR, […]
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  • The Infiniti QX50 Goes on Hiatus While Infiniti Kills Off the QX60 Hybrid

    As Infiniti prepares to launch the replacement for the Infiniti QX50 next year, quite likely fitted with a unique new turbocharged engine with continuously altered cylinder compression ratios, the first-generation Infiniti QX50 takes a breather for the 2018 model year. It may not be a well-deserved break — the QX50, formerly known as the EX35 and […]
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  • Rare Rides: Ferrari-Powered 1991 Lancia Thema 8.32, the Superior Sister of Saab and Alfa Romeo

    It would be understandable if the Lancia Thema you see above put you immediately in mind of a Rare Ride from a few days ago, the gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12. While that car had an entirely different purpose from the Lancia you see before you, the two did have a couple of things in common. Both were […]
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  • Greenpeace VW protest: car ship boarded at Sheerness

    Steve Walker2017-09-22 09:00
    A ship carrying Volkswagen cars was boarded by Greenpeace protesters at Sheerness, Kent with more entering the port itselfPolice have arrested three of the Greenpeace protesters who attempted to disrupt the unloading of VW Group cars at the Port of Sheerness in Kent on Thursday. Two protesters remained on a lighting gantry inside the port overnight with the keys to a number of vehicles.  
    A ship carrying new Volkswagen Group petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid bec
  • Greenpeace protesters board VW car ship in Thames Estuary

    Steve Walker2017-09-21 18:00
    A ship carrying Volkswagen cars has been boarded by 25 protesters from environmental group Greenpeace at Sheerness, KentA ship carrying new Volkswagen Group petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid cars has been the target of a protest by Greenpeace at the Port of Sheerness in Kent. 25 protesters climbed aboard the 23,000-tonne ship in an attempt to stop the unloading of the cars it was carrying and demonstrate against the much publicised VW emissions scandal. 
    The pro
  • What’s the Volvo XC40 Getting Into? America’s Subcompact Luxury Crossover Segment Is Tiny But Growing Fast

    Of the 1.4 million new vehicles sold in the United States of America each month, premium auto brands account for slightly more than one out of every ten new vehicle acquisitions. More than 55 percent of the vehicles now sold by premium auto brands in America are utility vehicles. Of the nearly 100,000 luxury SUVs/crossovers sold in […]
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  • Volvo XC40: Swedish Style and Substance in a Small SUV

    Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture is turning out to be a little sexier than one might have imagined. With the arrival of the XC40 we were expecting something akin to a baby X90, but we ended up getting a better-looking Range Rover Evoque. It’s certainly reminiscent of its bigger brothers, yet possesses an individual sense of […]
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  • Video: Honda Civic Type R vs VW Golf R - hot hatch battle

    We put two of the world's best hot hatches to the test; the Honda Civic Type R and the Volkswagen Golf R
    The new Honda Civic Type R is one of the world's best, and most exciting, hot hatchbacks. But, then, so is the Volkswagen Golf R.
    The Honda has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine driving the front wheels. It's fun, it's agile, it's wild to look at and thrilling to drive.
    The Volkswagen Golf R gives, we think it's fair to say, a more mature driving experience. It has four-wheel drive, more unders
  • Toyota RAV4 gets hybrid power across the range

    Dan Smith2017-09-21 19:00
    Toyota will offer hybrid electric petrol engines across all trim levels for its 2018 crossoverToyota’s RAV4 is getting a boost with more hybrid models and additional trim levels across the range.
    The Japanese manufacturer is pushing its hybrid ethos by offering such a powertrain on every RAV4 variant. Six options are now available starting at £29,005 for entry-level cars. Hybrid powertrains currently account for 65.3 per cent of all RAV4 sales with that
  • 2017 Honda Civic Si Review – a Bargain, and a Blast

    Let’s get this out of the way right up front: The 2017 Honda Civic Si is not a baby Civic Type R. Yes, it shares the name and platform, but not only does it differ mechanically and stylistically in key ways, it also provides a different driving experience. Different, but still excellent. Just a different […]
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  • Greenpeace disrupts Volkswagen car delivery at Sheerness port

    © Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
    More than 40 people are protesting Volkswagen deliveries to the UK and have attempted to immobilise cars being delivered on a ship from GermanyEnvironmental campaigners from Greenpeace have boarded a cargo ship bringing Volkswagen cars to the UK in an attempt to disrupt their delivery.
    The ship Elbe Highway, arriving from Germany carrying numerous Volkswagens, was boarded by protestors attempting to gain access to the cars aboard and remove their keys, the BBC h
  • Celebrating 50 years of Mazda’s rotary engine

    Sam Naylor2017-09-21 16:45
    Mazda’s groundbreaking rotary engine is 50 this year, and to mark the anniversary we drive a trio of Wankel-powered classic carsMazda launched the Cosmo Sport, its first rotary-engined car, in 1967, so the brand is celebrating the unique motor’s 50th birthday in 2017. While there are no cars in production today that use this power unit, it’s such an important part of the Japanese company’s identity – and motoring history – that we&rs
  • That Powerful New Four-Cylinder 2018 Toyota Camry? It’s Not That Quick

    Your excitement knows just cause. Upon reporting that the 2018 Toyota Camry would feature the American midsize segment’s most powerful base engine, the masses descended. We could see the hair standing up on the back of your neck through the series of tubes that is the internet. In the 2018 Toyota Camry L, LE, SE, […]
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  • Car subscriptions will take 20% of sales in five years, says Volvo boss

    The XC40 is the first car to be offered on Volvo's subscription service
    Volvo is to offer a car subscription service, starting with the XC40, due to "changing habits of the public"Volvo’s new car subscription service will account for a fifth of its volume in five years’ time, boss Håkan Samuelsson has said.
    Volvo has launched this model of car ownership in response to the changing habits of the public, in which subscription services, for example for mobile phones and TV streami
  • New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV costs from £21,275

    Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV will sit between the ASX and Outlander in Mitsubishi's range and goes on sale in January 2018 for a higher price than some competitorsPricing for the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been revealed ahead of its UK sales launch in January 2018. The rival to Nissan Qashqai will be priced from £21,275.
    The all-wheel-drive SUV has coupé-like styling inspired by the XR-PHEV concept of 2015 and will sit between the ASX and Outlander models in Mits
  • Ford and Mahindra enter new partnership

    Mike Rutherford2017-09-21 15:35
    Ford has joined forces with Mahindra in a deal that will allow it to explore emerging marketsStruggling Ford of America and rising star Mahindra of India are set to join forces, with a focus on co-developing compact electric vehicles. 
    The proposed “strategic alliance” partnership will give the Blue Oval improved access to the Indian car market, which is on course to overtake the USA and become the third largest car market in the world.
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  • Nissan X-Trail 1.6 DIG-T 2017 UK review

    On our first chance to get the facelifted Nissan X-Trail on UK roads, the petrol proves a viable alternative, although for outright pulling power the 2.0 dCi is the better bet
    The perfect car for family adventures, says Nissan, and given the threefold increase in sales the X-Trail has enjoyed since 2014, you’d think carefully before contesting that. We covered the car’s refreshed design during its international launch in August, but to briefly recap: the third-generation X-Trail
  • Hold on, Minivan Enthusiasts – Don’t Hoon That Chrysler Pacifica Just Yet

    We all know minivans bring out a driver’s inner beast. Here at TTAC, hardly a day goes by where we’re not discussing which minivan is best suited for an an impromptu spin around the track. Seriously. However, if exploring the limits of your minivan’s handling abilities tops your short list of things to do today, […]
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