• Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 MultiAir Super 2017 review

    Petrol Giulia will be a niche choice for buyers, but it's an excellent one if you won't do enough miles to justify a diesel
    We've already been impressed with the Alfa Romeo Giulia abroad. Faced with the steepest of challenges - that of taking on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class at their own game, Alfa has shown that its new Giulia is capable of running with the very best when it comes to the way it drives. Of course, for D-segment saloons the big market is company car drivers,
  • Ferrari primes LaFerrari-based model to celebrate 70th anniversary

    Newly revealed patent images are likely to preview a special anniversary model, created by Ferrari's Special Projects divisionFerrari is readying a LaFerrari-based model to celebrate the brand's 70th anniversary this year.
    Patent images, which were filed by Ferrari on 5 August 2016 and made public on 20 February 2017, show a familiar LaFerrari shape but with some futuristic styling elements such as thin headlights, a revised front-end and larger air intakes.
    The name on the patent
  • 2018 Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid spotted testing

    These are the first pictures of what is thought to be Range Rover's 295bhp petrol-electric hybrid SUV, which could go on sale in 2018A Range Rover plug-in hybrid model has been spotted testing ahead of a possible launch in 2018.
    The current fourth generation Range Rover had some mild updates for the 2017 model year, but these are the first pictures of a forthcoming hybrid model which could be introduced to the range with more updates for 2018.The test mule gets a new front bumper and grille, whi
  • Elextra teases electric supercar with sub 2.3s 0-62 time

    News21 Feb, 2017
    Swiss/German project Elextra promises around 100 examples of four-door electric supercar will be made in the future
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  • Toyota i-TRIL electric city car previewed ahead of Geneva

    The three-seat electric concept shows Toyota’s vision for urban mobilityThe Toyota i-TRIL electric city car concept will make its world debut at this year’s Geneva motor show, showcasing the manufacturer’s vision of urban mobility in 2030.
    It has a one-plus-two seating arrangement and Toyota says it features ‘Active Lean’ technology that is similar to the Toyota i-ROAD concept shown in Geneva in 2013.
    The i-TRIL may also get a limited top speed similar to the i-ROAD
  • High-performance supercharged Toyota Yaris GRMN revealed

    Toyota has revealed the upcoming high-performance variant of the Yaris will be powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged engine with more than 205bhpThe Toyota Yaris GRMN hot hatch has been revealed, ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show.
    It has been confirmed that it will be powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged engine that produces more than 205bhp, which makes it more powerful than most of its turbocharged rivals, including the Ford Fiesta ST200.
    Toyota's hot hatch takes the GRMN name of T
  • Used car security questioned over former owners' app connections

    News21 Feb, 2017
    Manufacturers have no way to disconnect cars' apps from former owners who can track their old cars, a computer security expert has warned
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI 240 SE L 4Motion DSG 2017 review

    The most powerful Tiguan variant makes for an expensive option - but a thoroughly likeable one
    A year or so after its launch, and already the Tiguan occupies a happy little SUV niche: cheerily cheaper than a BMW X3, confidently plusher than the vaguely related Seat Ateca and just plain better than pretty much everything else in between. In its road test, we said it was dropped on a buyer expectation sixpence. That opinion hasn’t been shifted by anything we’ve driven in the
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  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI 240 4Motion DSG SE L 2017 review

    The most powerful Tiguan variant makes for an expensive option - but a thoroughly likeable one
    A year or so after its launch, and already the Tiguan occupies a happy little SUV niche: cheerily cheaper than a BMW X3, confidently plusher than the vaguely related Seat Ateca and just plain better than pretty much everything else in between. In its road test, we said it was dropped on a buyer expectation sixpence. That opinion hasn’t been shifted by anything we’ve driven in the
  • Vauxhall plant Ellesmore Port secure until 2021

    The company's Ellesmere Port plant is safe for this generation of Astra, which is set to be produced until 2021Vauxhall's UK plant, Ellesmere Port, is secure for the current generation of Astra production, a company spokesman has told Autocar. 
    The future of the plant, as well as Vauxhall's other factory in Luton, is under scrutiny after the news last week that PSA, the owner of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, was interested in taking a majority stake in Vauxhall and its European equivalent Opel.
  • Vauxhall plant Ellesmere Port secure until 2021

    The company's Ellesmere Port plant is safe for this generation of Astra, which is set to be produced until 2021Vauxhall's UK plant, Ellesmere Port, is secure for the current generation of Astra production, a company spokesman has told Autocar. 
    The future of the plant, as well as Vauxhall's other factory in Luton, is under scrutiny after the news last week that PSA, the owner of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, was interested in taking a majority stake in Vauxhall and its European equivalent Opel.
  • 600bhp Mercedes-AMG GT4 saloon concept to appear at Geneva

    AMG GT4 saloon as imagined by Autocar
    Concept will preview Mercedes-AMG's Porsche Panamera Turbo-rivalling GT4 super-saloon, due in 2019 to replace the CLS Shooting BrakeMercedes-AMG will kick off its 50th anniversary celebrations at the Geneva motor show in early March by unveiling a 600bhp-plus four-door saloon concept, known as the GT4.
    Set to provide clear hints to a production version of the new four-seater, the new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8-powered super-saloon is set to replace
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  • Comment: Why ceasing UK production can damage a brand's market share

    With the likes of Ford and Peugeot having no UK production plants, what effect does this have on UK market share?If PSA emerges victorious in the takeover of Opel-Vauxhall, it will be fascinating if a lesson from the past influences its strategy for the future.
    Peugeot, many will remember, once had a huge manufacturing footprint in the UK, a legacy of buying Rootes Group in 1978. But rationalisation reduced its UK production to the point where it was assembling the 206 supermini from kits of par
  • Autocar confidential: Mazda, Hyundai, Mini, Honda, Kia

    Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell
    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industryThis week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of how Brexit affected Mazda, Hyundai's electric future, future Countryman models, Kia's thoughts on diesels and Honda's views on SUVs.
    How Brexit affected Mazda
    The biggest impact of the Brexit vote for Mazda has been the fall in the value of sterling. Mazda Europe boss Jeff Guyton said: “The vote has put all
  • Aston Martin Vantage Red Bull Racing Editions launched

    Bespoke models come in V8 and V12 form and are signed by either Daniel Ricciardo or Max VerstappenThe Aston Martin Vantage Red Bull Racing Edition has been launched to celebrate the innovation partnership that will spawn the AM-RB 001 hypercar.
    Available with V8 and V12 Vantages, the cars are finished in Red Bull Racing's Mariana Blue paint as standard, although gloss Tungsten Silver and satin Mariana Blue are available as an option. There are red accents and yellow brake calipers
  • Volkswagen dieselgate emissions scandal: 20,000 UK cars being fixed a week

    Volkswagen's UK boss confirms that a quarter of affected cars in Britain have already been given the software fix
    Volkswagen is fixing 20,000 dieselgate emissions scandal-affected vehicles per week in Britain, the company’s UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed.
    In a Transport Select Committee meeting held this afternoon, Willis said a quarter of the 1.2 million cars that were running with software deemed to cheat emissions tests had already received new software.
    Willis said he hoped the
  • Video: Land Rover Discovery tested on and off-road

    The new Land Rover Discovery is lighter, cleaner, faster and more efficient than any other before it: and it looks radically different from previous-generation Discoverys, too. We test it on and off-road
    We review the new Land Rover Discovery, the latest large SUV from Land Rover. It's lighter, cleaner, faster and more efficient than any other before it: and it looks radically different from previous-generation Discoverys, too.
    In this Land Rover Discovery review, we find out if the changes keep
  • Spied: Fiat Panda set for mid-life update

    News20 Feb, 2017
    Spy shots show new Fiat Panda Cross model, though the changes look very minor
  • Techrules turbine-recharging EV supercar confirmed for Geneva

    Chinese automotive research company will reveal a production-ready version of its turbine-electric hypercar; more TREV models due laterThe Techrules GT96 turbine-recharging electric supercar will make its world debut in production-ready form at the 2017 Geneva motor show, one year after a concept version was first shown to the public.
    The manufacturer has released a conceptual sketch of the car, which uses innovative Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology - a range-extending
  • 2017 Alpina B5 due at Geneva motor show

    Official video of development car suggests March arrival for hot model; both saloon and estate bodystyles are due, although only the former will come to BritainThe 2017 Alpina B5 will make looks on course to make its world debut at the Geneva motor show, following the release of official footage two weeks before the event.
    Both saloon and Touring versions are due, using BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, but power is likely to be raised close to that of the next
  • Aston Martin V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions revealed

    News21 Feb, 2017
    Aston Martin announces new special edition versions of V8 and V12 Vantage S with Red Bull F1 theme
  • 2018 Aston Martin Vantage spotted winter testing with AMG V8

    Model takes influence from DB11 and features a Mercedes-sourced turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, shared with the upcoming DB11 V8The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has been spotted winter testing with less camouflage, showing the strong influence the DB11 has had on the model's design.
    The car's features look identical to those of its larger sibling, with only the shorter tail being a clear signal that this is a Vantage. The car's interior also looks identical - that bucket seat and rear rol
  • First all-EV car dealership to open in Milton Keynes

    Electric car charging company Chargemaster to open EV Experience Centre this spring
    The UK’s first all-electric vehicle showroom will open in Milton Keynes this year, as part of £9 million worth of investment from the UK's Go Ultra Low Cities programme.
    The EV Experience Centre, as it is officially called, will feature cars from multiple brands and will be managed by UK electric car charging company Chargemaster.
    52 electric cars will be available in the central shopping centre store
  • PSA could buy Proton with Geely taking over Lotus

    2020 Lotus Elise imagined by Autocar
    Struggling Malaysian company Proton could be taken over by PSA following a lengthy period of financial uncertaintyPSA could purchase Proton but the Lotus brand could be bought by Chinese manufacturer Geely, reports suggest.
    Although currently negotiating a deal to takeover General Motors Europe, it is thought PSA is ready to invest in Proton and build a new plant in Malaysia.
    Geely, which owns Volvo, is also interested in purchasing Proton but may be offered
  • Lotus could be bought by Geely with PSA Group taking over Proton

    Struggling Malaysian company Proton could be taken over by PSA following a lengthy period of financial uncertaintyThe PSA Group could purchase Proton while the Lotus brand could be bought by Chinese manufacturer Geely, reports suggest.
    Although currently negotiating a deal to takeover General Motors Europe, it is also thought PSA is ready to invest in Proton and build a new plant in Malaysia.
    Chinese manufacturer Geely, which owns Volvo, is also interested in purchasing Proton but may be offered
  • Charles Morgan settles dispute with family

    Charles Morgan
    Charles Morgan has been invited to join a 'family council' at the Morgan car company, set up to give the family a voice in the strategy of the firmThe long-running employment dispute between management of the Morgan sports car company and its biggest shareholder, Charles Morgan, has been settled, the company announced today.
    Charles Morgan is being invited to join a newly formed Family Council which includes existing shareholders and members of the wider Morgan family, including t
  • Charles Morgan rejoins family company

    Charles Morgan
    Charles Morgan has rejoined the Morgan car company, following the resolution of a dispute from 2013The long-running employment dispute between management of the Morgan sports car company and its biggest shareholder, Charles Morgan, has been settled, the company announced today.
    Charles Morgan is being invited to join a newly formed Family Council which includes existing shareholders and members of the wider Morgan family, including the children of existing shareholders. The aim is
  • London Mayor could ban cars from capital to cut pollution

    Sadiq Khan said “nothing’s off the table” when questioned about a car ban on certain days; comments follow confirmation of a diesel T-charge
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan could implement a car ban in the capital on certain days to cut air pollution.
    Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme, Khan said that he wanted to “address the issue of poor quality air 365 days a year, not only on the days the air is dangerous”.
    When asked if London could implement a car ban
  • Aston Martin DB11 with AMG engine to face V8 Continental GT

    Twin-turbocharged V8 option will be added to Aston Martin DB11 range; second sighting of development car shows new bodyworkAn Aston Martin DB11 equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been spotted winter testing, suggesting the car is not long from being launched.
    Aston Martin has remained tight-lipped about the model, but sources expect the car to arrive later this year because winter tests normally take place towards the end of a car's development period.
    The future model's e
  • Toyota to show new i-TRIL concept car at Geneva show

    News20 Feb, 2017
    Teaser picture shows Toyota's latest i-TRIL concept, which will be a fully-electric city car
  • UK drivers spend 32 hours stuck in traffic a year

    News20 Feb, 2017
    Congestion costs drivers £968 a year on average, with Londoners paying £1,911 for sitting in traffic
  • Ssangyong XAVL concept previews new seven-seat SUV

    Images released by Ssangyong preview seven-seat SUV concept ahead of its public debut at next month's Geneva motor showSsangyong has revealed preview images of its new XAVL SUV concept ahead of its public debut at next month's Geneva motor show debut.
    The seven-seat XAVL is a new iteration of the five-seat XAV concept shown at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and is said to be inspired by the second-generation Korando model from the 1990s.The new concept has a user-friendly interfac
  • 2018 BMW i3 facelift to gain new hot S model

    Refreshed city car spotted testing ahead of Frankfurt launch; light styling tweaks and new performance-oriented S range-topper are dueThe BMW i3 range will be updated for 2018 with light design tweaks and a new range-topping model.
    The i3S, as it is expected to be called, will offer improved straight-line performance and a more sporting character, making it the market's first proper electric hot hatch.
    It will get an uprated version of the current i3's rear-mounted electric motor, whic
  • Jamie Chadwick: meeting the youngest and first female British GT winner

    "Just another racer", so says Jamie Chadwick of herself, but the opposite is true: she’s a big talentIf you type the words ‘girls in motorsport’ into a Google image search – probably best you don’t if you’re in public – the vast majority of results are of scantily clad women.
    You have to skim past nearly two dozen pictures before you arrive at the first race suit-wearing person. This is bad.
    It’s also surprising because, unlike many other sports, m
  • Euro NCAP on the future of road safety

    A Rover 100 and Honda Jazz
    Europe's car crash test regime has played a key part in making cars safer in the past 20 years, but NCAP isn't about to stop pushingThe sight of a 1997 Rover 100 crumpling into a ball of scrap as it impacts a test barrier remains alarming. Yet the comparative ease with which a 2017 Honda Jazz handles a similar collision is a graphic illustration of the safety advances made in the past 20 years of the Euro NCAP consumer crash test regime.
    As Euro NCAP celebrates its lan
  • Caterham boss: "Autonomous and electric cars are an opportunity"

    Caterham boss Graham Macdonald tells Steve Cropley how new production techniques and a focus on driving pleasure will keep the firm relevant for years to comeTo the naked eye, the Dartford street occupied by Caterham Cars doesn’t much resemble the ‘broad sunlit uplands’ of Churchill’s famous speech, even though the statesman lived nearby.
    Instead, Kennet Avenue is crowded, down at heel and industrial, and its best vista features a sandwich van at the end of the road. Even
  • Caterham Seven at 60: a time-warp road trip in the Seven Sprint

    The Seven – created at Lotus and still evolving at Caterham – has been around for 60 years. We've gone on a time-warp tripCaterham could hardly have picked a better week to send us its new retro-look Seven Sprint.
    Two days earlier, I’d been summoned to the semi-detached house my grandparents called home before infirmity and chronic forgetfulness finally ushered them into full-time care.
    With a place in the estate agent’s window beckoning, the immediate family were there t
  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S aims for 6:37 Nurburgring record lap

    American hypercar maker wants to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder's time by 30sec; it claims performance is "not far off a Formula 1 car"The Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S hypercar will attempt to break the Nürburgring lap record ahead of its world debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
    The American manufacturer is targeting a lap time that's close to 30sec faster than the current production car record of 6min 57sec, which is held by the Porsche 918 Spyder. If it achieves this, it will be wi
  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S aims for 6:37 Nürburgring record lap

    American car maker wants to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder's time by 30sec; it claims performance is ‘not far off a Formula 1 car’The Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S hypercar will attempt to break the Nürburgring lap record ahead of its world debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
    The American car maker is targeting a lap time that's close to 30sec faster than the current production record of 6min 57sec, which is held by the Porsche 918 Spyder. If it achieves this, it will be wi
  • 39 cars that changed the world

    Honda NSX
    We think the Austin Seven, BMW X5, Honda NSX and 36 other cars included in this list made the world a better placeNothing changed the world like the car. A car is not just a convenience, a means of carrying people and things long distances in short periods of time.
    For more people in more places around the world than anything else, the car is freedom. It is the most extraordinary device, man’s greatest creation to date.
    But there are cars and there are cars. Most simply try to im
  • ‘The price VW will pay for its self-inflicted mess is immeasurable’

    Opinion19 Feb, 2017
    Mike Rutherford looks at how the VW Group is performing as the emissions scandal rumbles on
  • £10 T-charge for high polluting vehicles to start in autumn

    Sadiq Khan will introduce new T-charge from 23 October in London; it will be added to the existing £11.50 congestion charge, so motorists could pay £21.50London motorists driving high polluting cars will have to pay an additional £10 to drive through the capital from 23 October, as the Mayor of London introduces his new Toxicity Charge, or T-charge.
    Sadiq Khan has confirmed the introduction of the extra fee, and revealed that it will be added to the existing £11.50 conges
  • Say hello to the Mercedes-AMG GT R of speedboats

    News17 Feb, 2017
    The German marque has teamed up with Cigarette Racing to construct the Marauder AMG, a high-speed vessel inspired by the AMG GT R
  • Why the Williams FW40 shows F1 is back with a bang

    William's new look racer has landed with sleeker, more traditional single-seater proportions; it could signal a return to form for the sportWhen Williams pulled the wraps off its wider, lower and sleeker FW40 challenger this morning it confirmed 2017’s Formula 1 cars will look like proper racers again.
    Gone are the awkward, lanky proportions of the post-2009 era cars, in their place is a shape that harks back to the 1990s when F1 cars were cool and the sport was almost gladiatorial.
    Along
  • Opinion: The Williams FW40 shows F1 is back with a bang

    Williams' new look racer has landed with sleeker, more traditional single-seater proportions; it could signal a return to form for the sportWhen Williams pulled the wraps off its wider, lower and sleeker FW40 challenger this morning it confirmed 2017’s Formula 1 cars will look like proper racers again.
    Gone are the awkward, lanky proportions of the post-2009 era cars, and in their place is a shape that harks back to the 1990s when F1 cars were cool and the sport was almost gladiatorial.
    Al
  • BMW's Hover Ride Design Concept is a Lego-inspired flying bike

    News17 Feb, 2017
    BMW Motorrad and Lego join forces to make a 603-part flying bike kit, and end up creating a full-scale model
  • Comment: Why the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is practically a racing car

    The three main partners involved in Aston Martin's ambitious AM-RB 001 project are all motorsport specialists; this bodes very wellTwo things of note here.
    The short of it is that if you want to make a car with a power to weight ratio of 1:1, you can’t afford to mess about. And if you’re any of Adrian Newey/Andy Palmer/Aston/Red Bull, or anyone else charging the other side of £2m on a hypercar, for that matter, you’d be disinclined to pick any duffers to work with.
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  • Lotus creates one-off Evora Sport 410 in homage to Bond's Esprit S1

    News17 Feb, 2017
    One-off Lotus Evora gets plenty of retro design tweaks and showcases Lotus Exclusive personalisation options
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion 2017 review

    Latest Passat Alltrack is one of the best examples of that most inoffensive of things, the all-seasons estate
    The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is now part of the furniture in the jacked-up ‘lifestyle’ estate world. These are cars aimed at folk not quite ready to sell their soul to the SUV, but do see the appeal of something altogether more rugged in a package they’re comfortable with.The Passat Alltrack, now a year or so into its second generation, ticks all the usual boxes in it
  • 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion

    Latest Passat Alltrack is one of the best examples of that most inoffensive of things, the all-seasons estate
    The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is now part of the furniture in the jacked-up ‘lifestyle’ estate world. These are cars aimed at folk not quite ready to sell their soul to the SUV, but do see the appeal of something altogether more rugged in a package they’re comfortable with.The Passat Alltrack, now a year or so into its second generation, ticks all the usual boxes in it

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