• Kia Niro long-term test review: battery issues

    A photo shoot leaves our petrol-electric hybrid feeling a bit flatPhoto shoots are part and parcel of being on our fleet. Our cars are shot in detail when they first arrive and again before they leave, and it’s a chance for us to catalogue everything about our new car.
    For the Kia Niro, we decided to do part of the shoot outside, around our offices near Twickenham. But for the ‘detail’ pictures we moved to the security and warmth of our studio, where the car sat with its l
  • UK car industry: Brexit deal among automotive priorities for next government

    The UK automotive industry has a turnover of £71.6bn
    Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders report calls for continued EU single market access and long-term ULEV strategyThe UK car industry has put forward five automotive priorities that it wants the next government to address during the course of the next five years – which include securing continued access to the European single market following Brexit.
    The report has been issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trader
  • Engine downsizing to 'come to an end' says Volkswagen boss

    No gains from going smaller, says VW's Diess
    If engine downsizing continues, manufacturers will run into emissions and cost problems according to VW's Herbert DiessThe push to develop ever smaller, downsized engines to meet emissions regulations has peaked, according to Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess.
    For more than a decade, manufacturers have focused on developing smaller engines, including families of new, turbo and non-turbo three-cylinder engines, in order to meet laboratory-based emiss
  • Workhorse is Now Taking Reservations on a Consumer Version of Its Electric Pickup

    Earlier this month, we covered Workhorse’s finalization of the W-15 electric pickup for sale to fleet buyers and wondered if there would be any consumer demand for such a vehicle. Apparently, the Ohio-based Workhorse Group was also curious if it might have a role in the retail market, as it’s now considering offering a variant of the […]
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  • Class Action Lawsuit Targets Nasty Mercedes-Benz HVAC Systems

    A lawsuit filed by two Georgia Mercedes-Benz owners accuses the automaker of failing to rectify a long-standing HVAC problem and stiffing customers with the bill. Sunil Amin and Trushar Patel claim the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in numerous models dating to the turn of the century are inherently faulty and want Mercedes-Benz and […]
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  • Uber to Repay Millions After Stiffing NYC Drivers for Years

    Uber has messed up — again. The ride-hailing company admitted to shortchanging New York City drivers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars due to miscalculated payments. It’s the second time Uber has been caught mishandling payroll, with the latest fiasco resembling Richard Pryor’s banking scheme from Superman III. In its agreement with drivers, Uber is […]
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  • Changes Afoot for the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali

    Some details aren’t likely to spur readers into dropping what they’re doing and taking the rest of the day off to plan their next big purchase, but one change planned for the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali does sweeten the pot. Large, V8-powered SUVs seldom amaze with their fuel economy, so any improvement in thirstiness is […]
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  • 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Review – By No Means Perfect, But Largely Free From Imperfection

    Automobile manufacturers send a new car to my driveway every week. Last week, the manufacturer was Kia. The vehicle, an Optima Hybrid. Spending a full week with a vehicle should expose a vehicle’s positive attributes, not only the most obvious traits but those hidden under the surface at a first-drive event in an exotic location […]
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  • Opinion: What Lotus needs from Geely

    Geely, the owner of Volvo, will take control of Lotus
    Geely has bought a 51% majority stake in Lotus - can it provide the energy it gave to Volvo to the British sports car firm?Things might not happen fast. It took half a decade for Geely’s influence on Volvo to become evident to the public after the Chinese company bought the Swedish car maker in 2010. 
    But when the new XC90 landed in 2015, it became evident that Volvo and Geely were a pairing disinclined to mess about. The XC90
  • China’s Geely Purchases Lotus, Plans to Restore the Brand’s Lost Luster

    China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company has decided to purchase a 49.9 percent stake in Proton from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom and a majority share of the United Kingdom’s Lotus Cars. Geely seems to have an affinity for other manufacturers and eclectic tastes — not just because it has received criticism for modeling its own cars after everything from Roll-Royce to […]
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  • New Four-Cylinders on the Way from Mercedes-Benz

    Like Steve Austin’s doctors, Mercedes-Benz engineers realized they had the technology to make the brand’s four-cylinder engines better than they were before. Better, stronger…smaller. As the automaker prepares to expand its lineup of compact, front-wheel-drive offerings to eight models, new powerplants are the order of the day. Designed to propel vehicles using the next-generation MFA2 […]
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  • Confirmed: Mazda CX-8 Will Not Come To America; Mazda CX-4 Still Won’t, Either

    Spotted recently on the streets of Chicago was a Japanese crossover that will never — not in final production form — actually make it to the streets of Chicago. Nor to the streets of any other American city, for that matter. Wearing no camo and sitting in broad daylight, the diesel-powered Mazda CX-8 was photographed […]
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  • European Commission investigates Slovakian aid for Jaguar Land Rover plant

    Jaguar Land Rover is constructing a new plant in Slovakia
    Investigation launched into whether Slovakia violated EU state aid rules with €150 million grant to support new car factoryThe European Commission has launched an investigation into plans by Slovakia to grant €125 million (£108m) to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to support the construction of a new plant in the country.
    The money from the Slovakian government had been promised to support JLR’s construction of a £1 bi
  • Diesel engines lose European market dominance

    European car registrations fell in April 2017
    European car registrations fall sharply in April; diesels particularly hitEuropean car registrations fell by 7.1% year-on-year in April, with an even sharper decline in diesel registrations.
    Registrations of new diesel engines in Europe declined by 15% last month compared with April 2016, according to research by market analysts JATO Dynamics. That suggests continuing concerns from buyers over the environmental impact of diesel engines, and the conti
  • Ace of Base: Citroen C1 5-Door Feel

    It’s always fun to see how the other half lives. In Europe, thanks in part to narrow roads that wind between ancient monuments and fuel prices several orders of magnitude greater than our own, small cars are king. When Citroën left our market in 1974, its only offering was the great-when-it-worked SM coupe. These days, […]
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  • Autocar Awards 2017 in pictures

    The Autocar Awards ceremony was held in the Silverstone Wing
    Leading figures from the car industry gathered at the Silverstone Wing to celebrate the world's best cars - and the people who made themThe 2017 Autocar Awards, held in association with Vredestein Tyres, took place at the Silverstone Wing last night, where the world’s best cars and the people who make them were honours.
    Hundreds of leading figures from the car industry gathered to see 14 exceptional cars and eight extraordinary p
  • QOTD: What Modern Automaker is the Most Daring?

      Daring. Thinking outside the box, as it were (a three box, naturally). Putting forth a car which is a bit risky and against the grain of the accepted beige sedan CUV. Increasingly, automakers are unwilling or unable to play in this space. Regulations, fuel economy and stiff competition force each manufacturer in line with […]
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  • 'Lib Dems are too eager to kill off diesel cars'

    Editor Graham Hope thinks the Liberal Democrats' plans to accelerate the demise of diesel is doing a disservice to the UK car industry 2017-05-24 13:00 Last week I unwisely chose the Liberal Democrats’ Election manifesto for a bit of bedtime reading. This was a bad idea, as rather than relax me it got me rather irate, plus it contained elements of fantasy more suited to the sort of books I read my young daughters at that time of night.
    Chief source of my irritation was the suggestion that
  • Is this the future of car parks? Meet Stan, the valet parking robot

    Stanley Robotics has created an automated valet solution for airport car parks around the world 2017-05-24 12:15 Airport parking can be a significant source of grief on holidays and business trips. As well as being expensive, upon your return you’re guaranteed to forget which zone you parked in, and there’s always a chance that a careless holidaymaker or an overzealous valet parking employee will have dinged your door while you’ve been away. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
  • Limited edition Bentley Continental 24 marks brand's 2017 Nurburgring 24 hours entry

    Bentley Continental 24 is based on 700bhp Continental Supersports, is limited to 24 units, and gets a £215,000 price tag 2017-05-24 11:00 Bentley has revealed a new, bespoke, limited edition Continental to mark the brand’s entry into the 2017 Nurburgring 24 hours, which takes place this weekend.
    • Best luxury cars 2017
    Called the Continental 24, the new coupe has been commissioned specifically for European buyers and will be limited to 24 units. It’s based on the regular
  • Volkswagen reveals 396bhp hybrid Golf GTI concept

    Innovative apprentice-designed car is first electrified VW to carry GTI badge; GTE Estate concept also shown
    Two Volkswagen Golf hybrids have been revealed at the Wörthersee meeting in Austria as the latest apprentice-fettled projects in a ten-year tradition held by VW. 
    The concepts, named Golf GTI First Decade and GTE Estate Impulse, both feature hybrid tech in their powertrains, albeit in very different forms. 
    The Golf GTI First Decade carries the title of being the first elec
  • Volkswagen reveals 396bhp hybrid Golf concept

    Innovative apprentice-designed car is first electrified VW to carry GTI badge; GTE Estate concept also shown
    Two Volkswagen Golf hybrids have been revealed at the Wörthersee meeting in Austria, as the latest apprentice-fettled projects in a ten-year tradition held by VW. 
    The concepts, named Golf GTI First Decade and GTE Estate ImpulsE, both feature hybrid tech in their powertrains, albeit in very different forms. 
    The Golf GTI First Decade carries the title of being the first ele
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

    For: Potential low running costs, roomy cabin, well equippedOur Rating: 
    3
    Against: Expensive to buy, firm ride, cheap feeling interior2015
    The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid was the first of its kind, but there are some compromises if you want the most efficient 4x4 on saleThe Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV capitalised on the demand for low emissions vehicles when it was first launched, but now that rival manufacturers have joined the fray, it has a far tougher task on its hands
  • Chinese carmaker Geely poised for Lotus takeover - reports

    Geely would use Lotus' technical prowess in composites to develop new, lighter cars 2017-05-24 09:00 Chinese car giant Geely is set to take a majority stake in Lotus, according to a new deal reported by the Financial Times.
    According to the terms of the purported deal, Geely will invest heavily in Lotus’ parent company Proton, acquiring a 49 per cent stake in the Malaysian manufacturer. Alongside that 49 per cent stake, Geely will assume control of Lotus, taking a 50 to 75 per cent slice
  • New engine valve tech gives petrols the efficiency of diesels

    Prototype IVA engine swaps a usual longitudinal camshaft for short, individually driven camshafts sited across the top of the cylinder head.
    The digitally controlled intelligent valve operation betters the fuel economy and engine flexibility of petrolsA revolutionary, British-designed digital valvetrain drive system called IVA, claimed to give petrol engines the driveability and economy of diesels but with more benign and manageable emissions, has been revealed by Leamington Spa-based technology
  • Autocar magazine 24 May – out now

    This week: Britain's best cars 2017; Volkswagen Up GTI revealed; Skoda Koraq vRS exposedIn this week's Autocar we run through the best cars on sale in Britain by announcing the winners of this year's Autocar Awards. There's also a full road test for the incredible new McLaren 720S.
    We get the latest on Volkswagen's back-to-basics Up GTI, an inside scoop on the hot Skoda Karoq vRS and a look at Mercedes-AMG's new Panamera rival, the four-seater GT.
    In the run-up to the general election we lo
  • Sir Roger Moore: Remembering the Man, and the Cars Behind the Eyebrow

    You’ll have to forgive this author. It’s hard to see your heroes die, and today brought yet another sad moment, another painful departure of a silver screen idol. Roger Moore — Sir Roger Moore, to be exact — has died at the age of 89. As an admittedly Bond-obsessed youth, a great childhood moment was walking […]
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  • Peter Schreyer wins Sturmey Award at Autocar Awards

    Peter Schreyer has been given the Sturmey Award at this year's Autocar Awards
    The ex-VW design boss has transformed Kia and is now planning to do the same for HyundaiAnyone who ever doubted that great new designs dramatically boost sales of existing cars needs to study the extraordinary exploits of Peter Schreyer, winner of this year’s Sturmey Award, Autocar’s premier annual accolade for innovation.
    A decade ago, Schreyer, then the high-flying design boss of Volkswagen, shocked the c
  • Ralf Speth wins Issigonis Trophy at Autocar Awards

    Ralf Speth is this year's winner of the Issigonis Trophy
    The chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover is leading his company through extraordinary growth to ever greater successJLR people still talk about the day, seven years ago, when Ralf Speth returned to Solihull as the new CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover.
    It was a couple of years after Tata had bought the twin iconic British marques from Ford. Speth, who spent most of his early career at BMW, had already done a couple of tough stints in Br
  • Autocar Awards: the 2017 winners

    The Autocar Awards, held in association with Vredestein Tyres, celebrate the world’s best cars and the people who make them
    Our annual awards celebrate the most important cars of the past 12 months, and the people who make themThe Autocar Awards, held in association with Vredestein Tyres, celebrate the world’s best cars and the people who make them.
    For the second year running, some of the most significant figures in the car industry gathered in the Silverstone Wing to watch 14 excep
  • Study: People Don’t Trust Uber or Lyft to Build Self-Driving Cars

    A recent study has discovered most drivers prefer to see traditional automakers developing their autonomous cars, not ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft. In Inrix’s Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey, 5,045 drivers from five countries weighed in on the subject. Roughly 30 percent of the pool indicated they “trusted” established automotive manufacturers to build their […]
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  • LeEco Lays Off Majority of U.S. Employees; Likely More Bad News for Faraday Future

    China’s Netflix equivalent, LeEco, confirmed it would be eliminating the better part of its North American workforce today. LeEco has recently gotten involved in a myriad of expensive tech-focused endeavors that have wound up screwing its finances six ways from Sunday. One of those projects was serving as the primary financial backer of America’s Faraday Future, the […]
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  • Don’t Touch Vehicle Content Rules, Say Automakers Ahead of NAFTA Negotiations

    As the clock counts down to the beginning of talks aimed at revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement, automakers in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada know one thing they don’t want to see changed — rules of origin. Auto manufacturers must abide by minimum regional (NAFTA-wide) content rules in order for vehicles to remain free from […]
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  • FCA Announces Pricing for the ‘840 Horsepower’ Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

    Dodge announced pricing for the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon today — not that it matters, as dealers will do everything in their powers to not adhere to its MSRP. However, the starting point for their gouging occurs at $84,995, which includes the gas guzzler tax but not a $1,095 destination fee. The good news is there are loads […]
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  • Vauxhall scrappage scheme offers £2,000 for your old banger

    Vauxhall has brought back it’s Scrappage Allowance deal, offering £2,000 to put towards selected new Vauxhalls from any part-exchange 2017-05-23 19:55 While the Government appears to dilly-dally over the introduction of a diesel scrappage scheme to help combat urban air pollution, Vauxhall has stepped into the void by reintroducing its own Scrappage Allowance scheme that’s open to cars of all fuel types. 
    Vauxhall has form when it comes to scrappage schemes with the firm
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade hybrid show car has 404bhp

    One-off Golf GTI show car for Worthersee features an electric motor for the rear wheels, while GTE Estate Impulse has longer electric range 2017-05-24 00:01 Volkswagen has announced two one-off show cars that will go on display at the annual 'Worthersee GTI treffen' (Wörthersee GTI meeting) in Austria. The first car is a 404bhp version of the Golf GTI called the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade and featuring a hybrid powertrain consisting of a powerful petrol engine and a small electric mo
  • Justice Department Sues Fiat Chrysler over Diesel ‘Defeat Devices’

    The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, alleging the automaker violated the Clean Air Act. At the root of the lawsuit is roughly 104,000 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel V6, sold between 2014 and 2016. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection […]
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  • Geely buys Lotus, stake in Proton

    Chinese firm Geely has bought a controlling stake in British sports car firm Lotus
    Volvo owner to purchase 49% of Malaysian car maker and take majority control of Lotus
    Geely, the owner of Volvo, will take control of Lotus and a 49.9% stake in Malaysian car maker Proton.
    The Chinese company has agreed to buy the stake in the loss-making Proton from its parent company DRB-Hicom. As well as a controlling share of Proton, Geely will buy a 51% majority stake in British sports car
  • Geely tipped to buy controlling stake in Proton

    Chinese firm set to purchase 49% in Malaysian automaker that owns British marque Lotus; deal set to be announced WednesdayGeely, owners of Volvo, are set to announce a deal in which it will buy a controlling stake in Malaysian car company Proton, the Financial Times reports. 
    After a long string of speculation, rumours and denials, the Chinese car giant is expected to announce the deal as soon as tomorrow. The PSA Group were also in the running to buy Proton
    The deal includes
  • Geely to buy Lotus, stake in Proton

    Chinese firm to purchase 49% of Malaysian automaker, along with full control of British marque Lotus
    Geely, owners of Volvo, is set to buy a 49% stake in Malaysian car company Proton and take full control of the Lotus sportscar firm.
    The Chinese car giant has agreed to but the stake in the loss-making from Proton's partent company DRB-Hicom. As well as a controlling share of Proton, Geely will buy DRB-Hicom's entire stake in the Norwich sportscar firm. Proton has owned a majority stake in L
  • After Snatching Away the Perk, Tesla Returns Free Charging to Certain Owners

    Chatty Tesla owners who compel their friends and family to consider buying a Model S or X are apparently behind the company’s U-Turn on paid Supercharger use. At the beginning of the year, Tesla, in a bid to fund a doubling of its fast-charge network, withdrew a big perk from the purchase of one of […]
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  • CEO Says it Could Be ‘Years’ Before Volkswagen Gets Its Corporate Culture Under Control

    Volkswagen has attempted to portray itself as a kinder and more responsible automaker in the wake of its emissions cheating scandal. However, CEO Matthias Müller says convincing middle management to change has proven exceptionally difficult. VW has been pushing to become — or at least seem like — a more transparent company that has decentralized its rigid […]
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  • Land Rover adds new engines to Discovery Sport and Evoque

    New Ingenium petrol engines arrive in both SUVs later this year, with new SD4 diesel also added 2017-05-24 00:01 Land Rover has announced that a batch of new petrol and diesel engines will be added to the the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque later this year. At the same time, both cars will also receive new styling and trim options.
    The two SUVs are the latest beneficiaries of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium four cylinder turbo petrol engines. The base Si4 240 unit produces 237bhp
  • Jaguar Land Rover achieves record sales and revenue in 2016

    The Jaguar F-Pace helped JLR achieve record sales in 2016
    British brand sold more than 604,000 vehicles across 12 months – 16% more than 2015Jaguar Land Rover achieved its most successful year in 2016, selling a record-breaking 604,009 vehicles and generating a pre-tax profit of £1.6 billion.
    This represents an increase in sales of 16% and a growth in profits by 3%, and was helped by a strong final quarter where pre-tax profit was up by 17% on the same period from the year before.
    Th
  • Trackday Diaries: Veni, Vidi, Vici, Amavi

    I don’t Netflix and I don’t chill. I live my life in the first person and I take my stories through my own eyeballs so I can turn around and tell them to you. So here is a little story for you, about a girl I happen to know. You can call her a woman, […]
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  • Comment: Jaguar’s range could offer a glimpse of the future

    The Jaguar I-Pace will launch next year
    All-electric crossovers and analogue petrol sports cars will one day rule the pages of AutocarWant to know what drivetrains I think will power different types of cars in a few decades from now? Spoiler alert: they’re not all electric.
    Ok, the vast majority of them are, because the mass market, restricted by emissions limits and urban bans on combustion engines, will be filled with all-electric cars that focus on maximising range.
    Then there’ll
  • Jaguar’s range could offer a glimpse of the future

    The Jaguar I-Pace will launch next year
    All-electric crossovers and analogue petrol sports cars will one day rule the pages of AutocarWant to know what drivetrains I think will power different types of cars in a few decades from now? Spoiler alert: they’re not all electric.
    Ok, the vast majority of them are, because the mass market, restricted by emissions limits and urban bans on combustion engines, will be filled with all-electric cars that focus on maximising range.
    Then there’ll
  • Dealer Lesson: JM Lexus, the Most Successful Lexus Dealer In America, Is a No-Dicker-Sticker Store

    Half an hour from Fort Lauderdale, in Margate, Florida, sits JM Lexus, the highest-volume Lexus dealership in the United States. Even by Lexus standards, where throughput is the best of any premium automaker operating in America, JM Lexus’ 8,000-unit new vehicle sales tally in 2016 was striking. That’s more than 150 new luxury cars, crossovers, […]
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  • Fiat 500L facelift revealed

    Fiat claims 40% of parts are new, although the car’s styling refresh is subtleThe facelifted Fiat 500L has been revealed, with overhauled components and specs.
    Three variants remain, but are now named Urban, Cross and Wagon; the first being the standard car, Cross being a more off-road friendly version with added ground clearance and styling tweaks, and the Wagon model being the seven-seat extended version, replacing the MPW. The Cross takes over from the Trekking. 
    Fiat claims that 4
  • QOTD: How Does Ford Turn It Around?

    It’s the dawn of a new era at Ford. With luck, nothing will change with the upcoming Bronco except, hopefully, an earlier launch date. By axing retiring CEO Mark Fields and elevating Jim Hackett to the biggest office in Dearborn, Ford hopes to chart a course towards larger profits and happy, smiling shareholders. After Fields […]
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