• New Porsche 718 GT4 and Spyder revealed with 414bhp flat-six

    The 718 GT4, like the Spyder, sits 30mm lower than standard
    Convertible and coupé share a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre engine, manual-only gearbox and track-focused chassisPorsche’s GT division is shunning the industry-wide trend for downsizing, turbocharging and automation with its two new additions: the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4.
    Both cars maintain a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine and a manual gearbox, and Porsche says they will offer enthusiasts “unadulterated
  • Extreme Porsche 718 Spyder joins line-up

    News17 Jun, 2019
    The new Porsche 718 Spyder uses the same underpinnings as the Cayman GT4, with a 4.0-litre straight-six lifted from the 911
  • New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 revealed, and it’s got a flat-six

    News17 Jun, 2019
    Six-cylinder power is back as the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 arrives with 414bhp
  • Mayor of London announces plan for more EV charging points

    News17 Jun, 2019
    London will have between 2,300 and 4,100 EV rapid charging points and 33,700 to 47,500 normal charging points by 2025
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  • Exclusive: Mayor of London urges motorists to lobby for national diesel scrappage scheme

    News17 Jun, 2019
    Drivers who bought diesels on previous Government advice should lobby for a national diesel scrappage scheme, says Sadiq Khan
  • Volkswagen ID 3 confirmed as fastest-charging EV hatchback

    Renault Zoe rival's lithium-ion batteries given a 100,000-mile warrantyVolkswagen has revealed charging and battery details of its upcoming ID 3 electric hatchback, ahead of production getting under way later this year. 
    The ID 3's lithium-ion cells have been designed to allow for a charging capacity of up to 125kW, which puts it ahead of every other mainstream electric car currently on sale. Only premium EVs including the Audi E-tron and Tesla Model X can charge faster. 
    Volkswagen gu
  • Polestar 1 2019 review

    Part petrol and lots of electric, the Polestar 1 is a luxury coupe that's bewilderingly complicated and lots of fun
    Do you worry that electrification will make all cars the same? Then the Polestar 1 is a reassuring thing: a 600bhp plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-litre supercharged, turbocharged petrol engine with starter/generator, two other electric motors, a part-steel part-carbonfibre monocoque, a carbonfibre bonnet the size of a modest mainsail, and a single transverse rear leaf spring.
  • Renault reveals second-gen Zoe EV with 242-mile range

    Updates prepare Zoe's EV pioneer for increasingly fierce competition from Peugeot, Vauxhall, VW and Honda
    Subtly restyled Peugeot e-208 rival receives new interior technology and a larger battery packRenault has revealed the second-generation Zoe hatchback, the successor to Europe’s best-selling electric car. The new model offers an extended 242-mile range and up to 134bhp. 
    Effectively a heavy redesign of the outgoing model, the new Zoe will go on sale in the autumn in a dramatically
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  • Jaguar confirms I-Pace recall for potential brake issue

    System failure on 2018 and 2019 models could result in extended stopping distancesJaguar has issued a voluntary global recall notice for its I-Pace electric SUV. 
    Owners of 2018 and early 2019 models have been advised of a fault with the I-Pace’s electrical regenerative braking system, which could result in extended stopping distances. 
    The fault will not present itself except in the event of a failure of the regenerative system, which isn’t an issue that has been reported.
  • LEVC reveals new taxi-based range-extender delivery van

    Range-extender van promises 80 miles of electric-only running; order books will open next yearLEVC has given the green light to a new delivery van, based on the same range-extender electric vehicle technology as its new London taxi. 
    Based substantially on the same architecture as the new TX black cab, the LCV can manage an electric-only range of around 80 miles from a 31kWh battery, and has a load area that can swallow two Euro pallets. Claimed carrying c
  • Jordan takes another BTCC double at Croft

    Jordan (left) and Smiley
    BMW racer claims fourth and fifth wins of 2019; fellow 3 Series racer Colin Turkington strengthens title leadAndrew Jordan claimed his fourth and fifth race wins of 2019 in the latest MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Croft, as the new BMW 3 Series continued its stunning start to the season.
    Tom Chilton took the honours in the final race of the day in his Motorbase-run Ford Focus RS for his first win of the season. Team BMW driver Colin Turkington took three
  • Toyota wins Le Mans again despite late drama

    Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima took victory
    Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima claim glory after late puncture delays sister carToyota took full advantage of its open goal to win a second consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours on Sunday. But even without opposition in the top LMP1 hybrid class the Japanese manufacturer offered a story befitting its 30-year drama-filled epic at the great endurance race.
    The #7 entry driven by Briton Mike Conway, Komui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez comprehens
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  • Renault to expand EV lineup with multiple bodystyles

    A full range of A, B and C segment electric models by 2022 is brand’s objective, according to Renault’s EV sales boss
    Renault intends to launch new at least two new body styles of all-electric models before 2022 as part of its wide-reaching electrification plan, including expected crossover models. 
    During a presentation of the redesigned Renault Zoe, revealed officially tomorrow but already online thanks to an image leak, the brand’s EV sales and marketing boss Emman
  • Renault to expand EV line-up with multiple bodystyles

    A full range of A, B and C-segment electric models by 2022 is brand’s objective, according to Renault EV sales boss
    Renault intends to launch new at least two new bodystyles of electric models before 2022 as part of its wide-reaching electrification plan, including expected crossover models. 
    During a presentation of the redesigned Renault Zoe, revealed officially tomorrow but already online thanks to an image leak, the brand’s EV sales and marketing boss Emmanuel Bouvier d
  • Used car buying guide: Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG

    Looking for a solid second-hand German performance coupé? Cast your eye to the other side of Stuttgart
    The CLK 55 AMG’s subtle good looks make this a performance car bargain for the more discerning buyerAll hail the used car market, which has produced another supercar bargain in the shape of the CLK 55 AMG of 2002- 06. Note, not the first-gen version launched in 2000 and powered by a 342bhp 5.4-litre V8; no, we’re talking about the more powerful – with 367bhp – sec
  • Under the skin: How haptics are making touchscreens safer

    Getting a physical haptic response from a touchscreen can make them less distracting to use and even extend their reach to steering wheel controls
    Fast-developing technology will make button-less interfaces safer to use by providing physical feedback
    Screens evolved in cars as a means of simplifying the way in which drivers could interact with increasingly complicated, button-cluttered dashboards – but, in the end, may have turned out to be a massive own goal.
    With the introduction of touc
  • BMW X4 M Competition 2019 review

    M Division's 503bhp version of the smaller BMW SUV-coupé has striking pace and sporting purpose
    This is the other new M Division performance SUV – except that BMW prefers to describe the X4 M Competition as a ‘sports activity coupé’. In this case, that means it retains a five-seat interior but has a plunging roofline that trades passenger space for perceived exterior style and gives up a little bit of boot volume to the equivalent X3 M Competition.T
  • BMW X3 M Competition 2019 review

    Has many of the dynamic hallmarks of BMW’s best M cars, but lacks a bit of effusive performance charm and SUV-typical dynamic versatility.
    The BMW X3 M Competition is at once quite a rare and special thing, and also about as common as new performance cars come at the moment; it depends on how you’re minded to think about it.It’s an all-new BMW M car, and as such something to get pretty excited about, since it’s not every year we get one; but it’s also a mi
  • The motorsport legend who runs an MOT centre: Autocar meets Ronnie Grant

    Grant has run Clapham North MOT under the London railway arches since 1960
    Ronnie Grant started racing aged 41 but soon made up for lost time, with John Barnard and Patrick Head as his tech crew and Senna as a rivalSome folk quit motor racing to avoid death but former Formula 3 driver Ronnie Grant took it up to feel alive. 
    “I’d been overdoing things, running the garage and my fleet of 50 taxis, when I started vomiting blood,” he tells me. “I was rushed into hospital
  • A day in the life of Britain's exotic car transporters

    Rare and expensive cars require bespoke expert care and attention for transportation
    Shifting expensive supercars is a risky business, and as we discover, not just from a financial point of view
    Lewis Grimshaw has learned the hard way that whoever takes a car off one of his firm’s transporters should be the person who loaded it, too. 
    “It was a Subaru Impreza rally car and as I loosened the last wheel strap, it started to roll back,” he says. “Instinctively, I grabbe
  • The unthinkables: manufacturers' most oddball models

    Sometimes a manufacturer breaks the mould, with fantastic results. Sometimes, however, it doesn't all go to plan...
    No one saw the Alfa Romeo SZ or Volkswagen Phaeton coming: cars unlike anything their maker – sometimes any maker – had created before. We review the good, the bad and the uglyA Ferrari soft-roader? It’ll be a very fast soft-roader, and one that may even introduce the Maranello wail to Dubai’s Big Red, a huge, shifting sand dune that needs traction and torqu
  • Alternative saloon showdown: New Volvo S60 takes on Alfa, Peugeot and Kia

    When you want something more audacious than an Audi and more B-road friendly than a Beemer, where do you turn?
    The Volvo S60 joins the growing ranks of family-friendly four and five-door models that buck the class norms, but does it come out on top?This is a test for and of the unconventional. It’s for those who want something out of the ordinary. Something not an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz. It is for those who think like a fleet manager does not. 
    There’s a new Volvo S60, see.
  • McLaren 720S Spider 2019 UK review

    Super Series McLaren joins the roadster ranks to rival drop-tops from Ferrari and Lamborghini. We drive it in the UK for the first time
    There are lots of big numbers associated with the McLaren 720S Spider, but here's a small one: 12%.Admittedly, in the context of a car that costs £237,000 and will out-accelerate almost anything the safe side of a competition dragster, any improvement in over-the-shoulder visibility seems an irrelevance. But this is McLaren, and so an i
  • BMW Vision M Next concept may preview next i8

    German firm will next week preview an electrified sports car design study that could point towards an i8 replacementBMW has released teaser images of a new sports car concept that will be revealed at a brand presentation next week. 
    The Vision M Next, described as showcasing BMW’s “new era of sheer driving pleasure”, is expected to preview a future successor to the i8. 
    The images released show little other than a few details and are actually based on cardbo
  • Top 10 best hardcore sports cars 2019

    Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren… they all want to have best hardcore sports car. We've tested them all to determine which one takes the accoladeWelcome to true-blue petrolhead territory. This is where incredible outright grip and pace, vivid driver engagement and thrill, supreme handling poise and track-day-ready specification and purpose all abide. You’ll like it here.
    The cars we’re saluting are genuine immortals of speed and excitement. Some of them are so exciting,
  • Toyota Gazoo Racing commits to new hypercar class at Le Mans

    Creation of a new top-rung class means Toyota will face the Aston Martin Valkyrie at La Sarthe with the hybrid-powered Super Sport prototypeA production version of Toyota Gazoo's GR Super Sport Concept is set to be entered into a new hypercar-based class at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race from 2020.
    New rules announced by the FIA will allow hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna to race in competition form from 2020 onwards. 
  • New BMW Vision M NEXT concept sports car teased

    News14 Jun, 2019
    The BMW Vision M NEXT concept is set to be revealed at the end of the month, and it could preview a replacement for the i8
  • New laws needed for hands-free in-car phone calls, says expert

    News14 Jun, 2019
    The TRL’s chief scientist told MPs that the law surrounding hands-free systems in cars needs to be revisited
  • Tesla Semi: electric lorry launch pushed back to 2020

    EV maker's boss, Elon Musk, attributes 12-month delay to difficulties in scaling up battery production
    Tesla boss Elon Musk has announced that the launch of the brand's Semi electric lorry will be delayed until 2020, citing an already strained battery supply for production of its range of EVs. 
    Speaking at the firm's annual shareholders meeting, Musk said Tesla would strive to ramp up battery production as quickly as possible, going so far as to suggest a venture into metal mining could be
  • Mercedes-Benz opens new G-Class driving experience centre

    Extreme off-road site replicates German car maker’s demanding Schoeckl test trackMercedes-Benz has established a new G-Class experience centre near Graz, Austria as part of the 40th-anniversary celebrations for the recently upgraded off-roader.
    Located close to the Magna manufacturing facility where the G-Class is produced, the new 100,000-square-metre site has been conceived to allow existing and prospective customers to familiarise themselves with the off-road capabilities of the traditi
  • Two new Mazda MX-5 tuning packages launched by BBR

    News14 Jun, 2019
    The BBR kits are available for Mazda’s latest 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine, with the most aggressive offering a maximum of 221bhp
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie will race at Le Mans in 2021

    Creation of a new hypercar class enables Aston Martin to enter its 1160bhp hybrid in the 24-hour raceAston Martin has confirmed that its upcoming Valkyrie hypercar will take part in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. 
    New rules put in place by Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Le Mans’ governing body, effectively replace the top-rung LMP1 category, a field in which Toyota’s Gazoo Racing has been the only factory-backed team since the departures of Porsche an
  • ‘Are saloon cars dead? Don’t be daft. They’re very much alive’

    Opinion16 Jun, 2019
    Mike Rutherford thinks the archetypal saloon-type car is suffering an identity crisis, but will still be around for decades to come
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

    Toyota’s Brit-built crack at the Golf class is also a new-groove performance hybridThe world’s best-selling passenger car, the Toyota Corolla, is officially back in Britain. Having been away since 2006, when its maker rebranded its mid-sized family hatchback the Auris for European buyers, the Corolla is now a global power again. And what a power it has been: around for five decades and counting, and very likely to reach its 50 millionth global registration with this 12th model gener
  • Renault plans new sister model to Captur crossover

    Second B-segment SUV model will help bolster French brand's sales in fastest-growing market sector
    Renault will join brands such as Vauxhall, Citroën and Ford by offering two similar-sized small crossover models in its future line-up. 
    Rumoured as early as 2017, the the French brand is developing a sibling to the soon to be revealed Mk2 Captur and could reveal it in 2020. 
    A Clio-based prototype has recently been spotted testing in Spain, where Renault builds the Captur in&nb
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 June

    The Mk3 Toyota MR2 is famed for its point-and-shoot handling, meaning we can just about overlook this example's auto 'boxThe Mk3 MR2 of 2000-06 is a pretty thing and an interesting, if impractical, alternative to the Mazda MX-5 Mk2 of the same period. Both are rear-wheel drive but the Toyota has its 138bhp 1.8-litre engine behind the driver, which is neat. 
    Toyota MR2 auto, £2790: Facelifted cars from 2002 got a six-speed manual gearbox over the earlier five-speeder. The optional auto
  • Skoda Scala SE L1.6 TDI 2019 UK review

    With right-hand drive models due later this year, we drive a left-hooker on UK roads for the first time
    It’s a diesel engined example of Skoda’s new Scala, which we’ve already driven in flagship 1.5 TSI petrol form. If you missed the recent arrival of the new Czech hatchback, as a quick recap it’s effectively a replacement for the worthy yet rather rudimentarily engineered Rapid. The Scala aims to deliver VW Golf-rivalling looks and space, but at a pri
  • Matt Prior: Jaguar's country roads gave its XJ the edge

    Jaguar XJ’s driver engagement isn’t enough to save it
    Porsche's engineers spend a lot of time on the autobahn, Jaguar's on the A444 to Nuneaton. Guess whose sports saloons are more usable?It was interesting to drive the new Porsche Panamera GTS in the same week that Jaguar confirmed XJ production is about to end. 
    They have had two very different fortunes for two cars with not entirely dissimilar outlooks on life – luxury four-doors that are also entertaining to drive.&nbs
  • Suzuki Swift Attitude 2019 UK review

    Suzuki Swift Attitude gets a sporty exterior and rev-happy 1.2-litre naturally aspirated motor. How does the special-edition supermini stack up?
    Suzuki has high hopes for its new Swift Attitude. Historically, the special-edition supermini has been a strong performer for the Japanese manufacturer, and hopes for this new one are high off the back of that previous success. In fact, Suzuki expects the Attitude to account for as much as 40% of all Swift sales in the UK over the next year or so.The &p
  • New Alpine A110S: faster, more hardcore flagship revealed

    S version of Alpine's Porsche Cayman rival gets more power and bespoke suspensions settings for a more focused feelAlpine says the new high-performance A110 S is a true “focused sports car” with a “very different character” from existing versions of the two-seater.
    The new range-topping variant of the mid-engined Alpine is built around a reworked version of the 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, with the turbo boost pressure increased by 0.4 bar.
    That means the
  • New Renault Zoe EV styling leaked ahead of official reveal

    Renault's redesigned electric small car will launch by the summer, and will evolve the existing themes of today's modelThe exterior styling of the next-generation Renault Zoe has leaked ahead of its official debut.
    The electric supermini, which is due to be revealed later this month, appeared on a French automotive facebook fan page, showing a redesigned front end that shares styling elements with the upcoming fifth-generation Clio. The overall profile doesn't appear to have changed dramatically
  • Lead battery tech could make electric car charging cheaper

    Tesla is reportedly investigating using lead batteries at charging stations to store cheaper off-peak electricityCould old-school lead batteries come back to life and speed-up the introduction of electric cars as part of a nationwide charger network?
    That’s the thinking in the US, where industry and government are teaming-up to explore if banks of high-capacity lead cells sited at conventional fuel stations could make life easier for EV owners. Tesla is already reported to have looked
  • Ferrari 488 Pista Spider video review: 211mph convertible driven

    0-62mph in 2.85sec - with the roof down. We drive Ferrari's latest drop-topThe Ferrari 488 Pista is one of our absolute favourite supercars of the moment. It’s more focused and raw than the regular 488 GTB so has sensational handling, but is still perfectly capable and comfortable on poor roads.
    Now with a folding roof, then, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider tries to retain all of those characteristics but with an open air experience too.It’s a little heavier than the coupe, inevitably,
  • All ministerial cars to be electric by 2030

    News13 Jun, 2019
    A quarter of the Government Car Service’s vehicles will be fully electric by 2022, with the entire fleet being EV-only by 2030
  • New 2020 Hyundai i10 spotted with front end redesign

    Hyundai's popular city car, which shares its platform with the latest Kia Picanto, is caught with less camouflage than everHyundai will launch a new, third-generation i10 next year, and new prototypes of the strong-selling city car have been spotted with less disguise.
    The Volkswagen Up rival's front end can be seen for the first time, showing a design taking inspiration from the bigger i30. We can also see that the new model will be lower and wider than the outgoing car for
  • New Honda e: powertrain details of BMW i3 rival revealed

    Electric city car to be capable of 125 miles of range; set for dynamic debut at July's Goodwood Festival of SpeedHonda has revealed further details of its new electric city car, the Honda e, ahead of its dynamic debut later this year.
    The new machine, which is available to order before deliveries commence in 2020, will arrive with a 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity due to the placement of its batteries low within the wheelbase. Power will be sent through the rear wheels, whi
  • New Renault Zoe to pioneer innovative car sharing technology

    Car sharing is integral to Renault's plans to tackle emissions
    As well as more electric vehicles, car sharing will be vital in helping car makers hit fleet CO2 targetsCar sharing software is being fitted as standard to the next Renault Zoe in a further step towards a future of pooled electric car ownership – but also in a move to help car makers to reduce fines in 2020 if they overstep fleet CO2 average figures. 
    The car sharing software is supplied by French company Vulog, whose AiMA
  • New Renault Megane facelift: plug-in hybrid variant spotted

    Renault will launch a petrol-electric Megane as part of an extensive facelift of the Ford Focus rival, expected to be revealed in SeptemberRenault will unveil an updated Megane later this year, with a plug-in hybrid variant, due as part of the firm's rapid electrification expansion, spotted for the first time.
    The Ford Focus rival first went on sale in 2016, but the competition has moved on since then. A new Ford Focus has since arrived, with the next-generation Volkswag
  • Nearly-new buying guide: Ford Kuga

    It’s a compact SUV for keen drivers at down-to-earth money, and it comes in many different formsThere was a Ford Cougar once; a family-size coupé based on the Mondeo Mk2. It was a handy thing that, in range-topping 2.5 V6 guise, could do 0-62mph in 8.2sec. 
    Although it’s spelt differently, the Kuga, launched in 2013, at least sounds the same and, with the right engine, promises to be almost as much fun. It’s a family SUV rather than a coupé, so where the
  • Analysis: Why 1999 was Mercedes' last year at Le Mans

    When Mark Webber's CLR flipped at nearly 200mph, it looked like Stuttgart would pull out of the race. Then it happened again, and again...“Hi, my name is Peter Dumbreck: I can fly.” As a way of introducing yourself, it certainly caught the attention. 
    Such flippancy in the wake of a big accident is hardly rare in young racing drivers, who tend to resort to black humour in the face of mortal peril – much like soldiers.
    But 20 years on from the crash at Le Mans that arguably

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