• Ford Mustang Bullitt

    Ford celebrates the iconic movie’s 50th anniversary with a ‘remake’ editionThree years after it began, Ford’s great European sales experiment with its sixth-generation Mustang muscle car is still going strong.Having introduced the car in the spring of 2015, Ford has now officially registered a little over 40,000 Mustangs on our side of the pond – in the same timeframe and territory in which Audi registered about 75,000 TTs, Porsche about 50,000 911s and Mazda about
  • Our best times behind the wheel of a Lotus

    As Lotus celebrates its 70th anniversary, our writers take a look back at the most memorable experiences they've had in Chapman's creations"Simplify, and add lightness" and "lots of trouble, usually serious" are two phrases associated with sports car manufacturer Lotus which, though juxtaposed in their meaning, stand as a metaphor for the mixed bag of creations that have left the company's Norfolk factory over the last 70 years. 
    Despite the propensity of most Lotus cars to provide an
  • Aston Martin developing straight-six hybrid powertrain

    Aston's bespoke petrol-electric inline-six could replace the AMG-sourced V8 in futureAston Martin is developing its own straight-six powerplant - possibly with hybrid tech - to eventually replace the Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8, according to a source close to the firm.
    It is believed that work is already under way on the powertrain, which will be crucial to helping Aston meet tougher future emissions legislation. The most likely first recipient of the powertrain would be the soon
  • Young Driver lessons: teaching your kids the rules of the road

    Features13 Dec, 2018
    We spend the day at a Young Driver lesson to find out the benefits of teaching your children to drive young
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  • Renault will keep Carlos Ghosn in CEO role

    Renault won’t follow Nissan in ousting arrested chairman as its internal investigation finds no wrongdoingRenault’s board has voted to keep Carlos Ghosn as its CEO and chairman after an internal investigation found no wrongdoing or illegal activity with regards to his pay. 
    The move comes less than a week after Ghosn, who was removed from his role as Nissan director and chair, was formally charged by Japanese prosecutors for financial misconduct. He stands accused of under-repor
  • Porsche 911 '992' Carrera S: first ride

    Our first experience of the eighth-generation 911 is reassuringly familiar – but that doesn't mean nothing has changed under the skinWhether it was the noise of the flat-six engine from behind, or the slight burst of oversteer as my driver attempted to apply that unit’s 444bhp through cold rear tyres, a ride around Hockenheim proved that much is reassuringly familiar about the new Porsche 911 Carrera S.
    That’s entirely by design, of course. As Porsche’s R&D boss, Mich
  • Stricter drink-drive limits don't reduce accidents

    News13 Dec, 2018
    Scotland’s road traffic accident rate has actually increased since tougher drink-drive laws were introduced in 2014
  • Four in 10 people know a drink driver

    News14 Dec, 2018
    Research finds 37 per cent of people have friends who they believe have driven while over the drink-drive limit
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  • MG to launch MG 3 budget racer

    The MG Car Club is hoping to attract more entrants to its championship events
    SAIC interns have been tasked with preparing the supermini for MG Car Club racing events on a budget of £5000MG has announced that it will launch a low-cost racing version of its MG 3 hatchback in early 2019. 
    Interns at parent company SAIC Motor’s UK Technical Centre, in collaboration with the MG Car Club, have been tasked with preparing a 3 for track use with a budget of just £5000 as part
  • New Porsche 911 Cabriolet detailed in revealing shots

    Porsche's 992-generation 911 will be joined by another drop-top version in the first half of next yearPorsche revealed its eighth-generation 911 at last month's Los Angeles motor show, and now the Cabriolet version has dropped all of its disguise in new spy shots.
    The drop-top is due to arrive in the next few months as more variants of the 911, including the faster GTS and Turbo models, are slowly added to the range. The first prototype in these shots is sporting a bold green paint scheme,
  • Audi to unveil latest infotainment system at CES 2019

    News13 Dec, 2018
    Audi to display “mobile movie theatre” style entertainment system, which will eventually work with its automated driving technology
  • New 450kW EV charger from BMW and Porsche is as fast as filling up with petrol

    News13 Dec, 2018
    BMW and Porsche’s prototype 450kW FastCharge unit can give 62 miles of range in just three minutes, once vehicle technology catches up
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  • New 2019 Audi A4 on the way with A6 and A8 tech

    News13 Dec, 2018
    A new Audi A4 will arrive next year to take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and our exclusive image previews how it could look
  • New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: revealing spies preview four-door's design

    BMW's Porsche Panamera rival is set to arrive in the middle of 2019, after two-door coupe and convertible 8 SeriesBMW is set to extend the 8 Series range with a four-door Gran Coupe version, and new spyshots show the car with minimal disguise.
    The model takes over from the market position occupied by the old 6 Series Gran Coupe, and is directly aimed at cars such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS. It's shares its mechanicals and underpinnings with the 8 Series coupe, but with an exte
  • The most important man at VW you've never heard of

    Volkswagen head of catering Hern Cordes has a lot on his plate
    We meet the man tasked with fuelling the 62,000 employees at VW's Wolfsburg plant
    Volkswagen, as with many major car companies, is a vast operation. In Germany alone the firm has six production plants and employs more than 130,000 people. And in order to ensure they’re fuelled to make millions of cars each year, they all need feeding.
    That’s a massive logistical challenge, and the man responsible for it is Hern Cordes, Vo
  • Insight: what fuels Volkswagen's production line?

    Volkswagen head of catering Hern Cordes has a lot on his plate
    We go behind the scenes at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant, to find out what's on the menu for its 62,000 employees
    Volkswagen, as with many major car companies, is a vast operation. In Germany alone the firm has six production plants and employs more than 130,000 people. And in order to ensure they’re fuelled to make millions of cars each year, they all need feeding.
    That’s a massive logistical challenge, and the man respon
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T 160 Tekna 2018 UK review

    Downsized engines and revised infotainment keep the nation's favourite crossover competitive
    A year on from its mid-life facelift, the second-generation Nissan Qashqai is comfortably still the country’s most popular crossover - but this is a rapidly growing corner of the market, and competition is fierce.Rivals were beginning to eclipse the class-defining Qashqai with more dynamic handling and more up-to-date infotainment - although not, it must be said, with higher sales. So, to maintain
  • Highways England chief questions safety of in-car touchscreens

    News12 Dec, 2018
    Highways England chief executive says: “We need to think about touchscreens with small, fiddly buttons”
  • Audi confirms replacement for jailed CEO Rupert Stadler

    Former interim CEO Bram Schot named management board chairman as part of "cultural change" at the brandAudi has appointed Bram Schot, who took the role of interim CEO at the firm in June, as chairman of the board of management.
    Schot took the reins from former CEO Rupert Stadler in the summer after Stadler was imprisoned in connection with the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Stadler's employment was terminated with immediate effect, putting an end to his 28-year career at the company. 
    Stadle
  • Daimler buys €20bn worth of battery cells for electric car onslaught

    Mercedes-Benz aims to have 130 electrified model variants on sale by 2022, alongside electric vans, buses and trucksDaimler has taken a major step forward in its electrification strategy by ordering "more than €20 billion" worth of battery cells for EVs.
    The order, which is expected to see the Mercedes-Benz brand through to 2030, is part of a plan to have "130 electrified variants of Mercedes-Benz cars by 2022". Alongside this, the company confirms it will be selling electric vans
  • New 2019 Toyota Supra: leaked image shows production front end

    Forum post of Toyota's new sports car on transporter shows front-end design ahead of Detroit motor show revealToyota has finally confirmed the production Supra will be unveiled at January's Detroit motor show, but an image of the car's front end has already leaked out on an enthusiast forum.
    The image, published on a forum dedicated to the new car, shows the Porsche Cayman rival uncovered on a car transporter. It's not clear if the original source is a Toyota employee or somebody contracted
  • Dacia set to drop Renault badge

    Duster is one model to retain the Renault logo in some markets
    Design boss calls for complementary 'sensual' Renault and 'Germanic' Dacia brandsRenault’s design boss, Laurens van den Acker, says the firm will phase out the use of Renault-badged Dacia models in certain markets – a move that he says will free up the Romanian brand’s cars to take on more individual designs. 
    Dacia models such as the Duster, Logan, Sandero Stepway and Dokker are sold as Renaults in markets suc
  • Autocar Christmas double-length issue - on sale now

    This week: we drive the new BMW 3 Series, chat to the people with the coolest jobs in motoring, test out an RNLI lifeboat and much more...Our cover car for this edition is one of Autocar’s biggest verdicts of 2018. We drove the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series, in 320d guise, to find out if Munich’s attempt to make the world’s defining compact saloon sportier has also made it better.  
    In other news, Lamborghini is planning for the 2020 Aventador replacement to
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie: V12 engine makes 1000bhp on dyno

    Aston's multi-million pound hypercar uses 6.5-litre V12 mated to an electric motor, and now the engine's output has been revealedAston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar is confirmed to produce 1000hp (986bhp) from the petrol element of its hybrid powertrain. The output figure is produced by a Cosworth-developed 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 at a dizzying 10,500rpm.
    Autocar visited Cosworth’s base in Northampton during durability testing for the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, to
  • BMW 3 Series M340i xDrive 2019 prototype review

    Top-of-the-range 3-Series has urgent pace and proper M car-level involvement
    Anyone who's been waiting for just the right opportunity to announce his own Patridgian command of the history of the BMW 3 Series may know the gospel truth on this one, and so I stand to be corrected, commenters.But now may very well be the first time since 1977 that BMW finds itself without a rear-driven, straight six petrol-powered version of the 3 Series with which to tempt self-confessed petrolheads and a
  • BMW 3 Series 320d Sport 2019 review

    Seventh-gen BMW 3 Series has another big growth spurt, but size seems no obstacle for an engaging driving experience
    In our current era of identity politics, when some of the most powerful men and women on the planet think they’re entitled to their own facts as well as their own opinions, this is pretty small fry – and yet, as statements go, it's still a bit too revisionist for my liking.“The BMW 3 Series has epitomized the concept of sporty driving pleasure
  • 2019 BMW 3-Series video review: seventh-generation saloon driven on road and track

    BMW’s latest compact executive icon gets tested in volume-selling 320D and range-topping M340i guisesBMW has sold more than 15 million examples of the 3-Series since the car’s 1970s introduction. It is both talisman and bread & butter for the brand - and is now entering a seventh full model generation.
    The new ‘G20’ version, on sale in the UK in March 2019, will come with a familiar choice of engines & trims. Watch our video review for impressions of the big-selli
  • New 2019 Toyota GR Supra Super GT Concept teased

    News11 Dec, 2018
    Toyota-Gazoo Racing has confirmed a motorsports version of its new Supra will make an appearance at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019
  • Dennis launches DrivingElectric magazine

    News12 Dec, 2018
    The launch issue of DrivingElectric magazine is on sale now in WH Smith high street and travel outlets
  • Cupra Ateca 2018 UK review

    Cupra SUV, the first model from Seat's standalone performance brand, has some pace and precision but lacks the hallmarks of a great driver’s car
    The Cupra Ateca is the first instalment in a new line of performance derivatives from Spanish car firm Seat, all of which will be sold without Seat badges. From here on out, top-of-the-line sporting models from the VW Group’s Iberian outpost will simply be badged ‘Cupra’. As far as anyone knows, however, they will continue to be
  • Hyundai to invest £5.5bn in hydrogen fuel cell technology

    South Korean manufacturer is aiming to take a lead in fuel cell technology - and not just for carsThe Hyundai Motor Group will invest £5.5 billion in developing hydrogen fuel cell technology, as part of plans to vastly increase the number of cars it sells that use the powertrain.
    The Korean firm, which presides over Hyundai, Genesis and Kia, is one of the major proponents of fuel cell powertrains, which combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, with water the only bypro
  • New 992-series Porsche 911: mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions detailed

    Porsche will add both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the new 911 during the sports car's seven-year lifecyclePorsche has futureproofed its new eighth-generation 911 with a series of engineering measures that will allow it to support both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains during its planned seven-year lifecycle, according to its head of sports car development, August Achleitner.
    Although the 992-series 911 will initially be offered with an updated version of the old model&rsq
  • VW Passat 2019 facelift to bring new tech and improved hybrid

    Volkswagen's family saloon and estate have been caught winter testing ahead of the car's mid-2019 unveilingVolkswagen is due to follow next year's reveal of the Golf Mk8 with an updated Passat range, and new spyshots show the car being put through its paces.
    Test mules for the Ford Mondeo rival are hard at work cold weather testing in the Arctic circle, and a number of tweaks to the exterior are hidden behind camouflage. The front-end will be brought into line with the yet-to-be-revealed Go
  • James Ruppert: how long ago did your 'new' car leave the factory?

    Go beyond the plastic seat covers and tyre shine to find out when your new car was actually built
    Stringent sales quotas for dealerships mean age is not always as it seems when you buy from a showroomWe don’t really do brand new cars in this column, for obvious reasons. But the thing is, when you go to the showroom and buy a shiny car, how brand new is it anyway? Three years after Saab officially died in 2011, new ones were still being registered in 2014. 
    I have focused on this becau
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 December

    The fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI is still a suitably impressive hot hatchback, but what should you look for on a sub-£5000 example?
    Of the seven generations of Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mk5 (2004-08) ranks among the best. No – make that the best. Last year, this magazine reviewed all seven and declared a good used Mk5 superior to a Mk7 for performance per pound. 
    Last time we looked, PistonHeads was showing a privately advertised 2005-reg three-door for £4950.
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 11 December

    The fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI is still a suitably impressive hot hatchback, but what should you look for on a sub-£5000 example?
    Of the seven generations of Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mk5 (2004-08) ranks among the best. No – make that the best. Last year, this magazine reviewed all seven and declared a good used Mk5 superior to a Mk7 for performance per pound. 
    Last time we looked, PistonHeads was showing a privately advertised 2005-reg three-door for £4950.
  • Autocar confidential: the future of Audi design, Bugatti needs more advanced EV technology and more

    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industryThis week's gossip from the automotive industry brings news of challenges facing Kia's upcoming electric cars, the impact an electric delivery van like VW's Buzz Cargo concept could make to emissions, and possible powertrains for any future Bugatti hypercars.
    Can Kia keep up?
    Kia reckons the biggest setback for its new electric crossovers, the Soul EV and e-Niro, in the UK won’t be demand
  • Pininfarina names 1900bhp electric hypercar ‘Battista’

    Pininfarina claims its ultra-exclusive electric hypercar will break 250mph, releases images ahead of Geneva 2019 revealAutomobili Pininfarina has released new images of its upcoming electric hypercar, now officially called Battista, and claimed that the 1900bhp EV will be capable of over 250mph.
    Originally codenamed the PF0, the hypercar has been named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who founded the Italian design house in 1930. It's now run by Battista's grandson Paolo, who said
  • Porsche Macan S 2019 review

    Still every bit the class leader for handling agility, but with a level of refinement that makes it usable everyday
    Having been launched in 2014, the Porsche Macan recorded its best ever year of sales in 2017.With upwards of 97,000 of these entry-level Porsche five-doors having been sold around the globe in those 12 months alone - an outright record for any Porsche model - demand for the Macan is showing little sign of slowing down. By the end of this year, Porsche expects close to 400,000
  • Porsche Macan 2019 review

    The Macan has been the driver’s choice in its class for four straight years. Is this new one about to make it five?
    How important is the Macan to Porsche? I think the following, based on the most recent annual sales figures, answers the question nicely.Five years ago, Porsche didn’t have a Macan: last year, it outsold not just the 911, the 718 Boxster and Cayman and the Panamera, but also all of the above, combined. Fully 40% of all cars made by Porsche in 2017 were Macans.What&rsquo
  • New 2020 Automobili Pininfarina Battista to make Geneva debut

    News10 Dec, 2018
    Automobili Pininfarina reveals that its new hypercar will take the name of its founder - Battista “Pinin” Farina
  • New Porsche Macan S priced from £48,750

    News10 Dec, 2018
    New Porsche Macan S SUV arrives with a more powerful engine and tuned chassis
  • Audi preparing bigger A4 and A4 Avant update for 2020

    Expect an extensively updated A4 range towards the end of 2019, with new tech and mild-hybrid enginesAudi’s A4 range received a minor update earlier this year, but the firm is now readying a more extensive facelift package for the 2020 model year.
    Spied winter testing ahead of a reveal some time in 2019, this A4 Avant prototype sports some light disguise, but visual changes already obvious include a set of reprofiled lights and bumpers, a wider and lower grille and, at the rear, a new
  • Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: new electric racer driven

    Features10 Dec, 2018
    We get behind the wheel of the new Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy electric racing car ahead of the 2018-2019 series start this weekend
  • New Audi A4 Avant spied testing

    News10 Dec, 2018
    The latest Audi A4 Avant has been spotted during winter testing, ahead of its 2019 release
  • New 2019 Volkswagen Golf: Official image released of Mk8 hatchback

    Volkswagen's eight-generation Golf will head upmarket with more space and the most advanced tech the brand offersThe next Volkswagen Golf has been teased in the first official image ahead of the car's expected debut in the middle of next year.
    A sketch of the new car, released by Volkswagen, shows an outline of the side profile of VW's Ford Focus rival. The shape appear broadly similar to today's car, but a new front grille and light design - previewed by the latest Touareg SUV -
  • Carlos Ghosn officially charged over financial misconduct

    Nissan's former CEO, and the car firm itself, have been indicted by Japanese prosecutors, according to reportsOusted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn and the car firm have been formally charged with financial misconduct by Japanese prosecutors, according to reports.
    Ghosn, the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, was arrested in Japan in November accused of under-reporting his salary and using company assets for personal use. Japanese TV station NHK says that he has now been ind
  • Volvo XC40 T3 Review

    There's a lot to like about the Volvo XC40, but by the time you've chosen a chunky engine and plumped for a few modest options, it's not hard to find yourself staring at a price tag of forty grand.Thing is, reign it all and you can park an XC40 T3 on your drive and still have change from £30,000.
  • Volkswagen ID Lounge: luxury SUV will lead electric line-up

    Seven-seat SUV will join this, the ID Crozz, in Volkswagen’s range
    Touareg-sized electric model is set for Shanghai show unveiling as German giant targets Tesla rivalry
    Volkswagen is preparing to unveil the fifth member of its new ID range of electric models.
    A seven-seat SUV, which goes under the internal working title ID Lounge, will be revealed at the Shanghai motor show in April. It is being developed as a luxurious range-topping model with exterior and interior dimensions similar to t
  • Used buying guide: Range Rover L322

    If you enjoy a touch of class, a regal Range Rover doesn’t have to cost the crown jewels. But the wrong buy could be a right royal pain…For car buyers on a budget but with a taste for the high life, there is only one luxury SUV: the Range Rover L322 of 2002-12. It still looks the business, especially the TDV8 Westminster Edition of 2012 with its illuminated treadplates, gloss black trim, and heated and cooled rear seats. 
    It cost £70,000. Today, you can pick one up with 2

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