• Undercover car shoppers: the buyers who check up on dealerships

    Mystery shoppers create faults to test car service centres
    Horror stories about surly, inattentive or uninformed car salespeople are legion. We find out how undercover customers can help improve showroom standards“Let’s get serious – you wanna buy this car or not?” Paul Vitti, Robert de Niro’s character in gangster comedy movie Analyze That, is the stuff of nightmares: a car salesman who’s closing technique is the equivalent of a punch in the face.
  • BMW M2 vs used M135i: is our modified hot hatch as fun to drive?

    M2 looks pricier (and is) but our M135i is punchier
    The BMW M135i is a good yet flawed car. But what if you could fix its shortcomings? We tried to do just that by modifying one and living with it for six monthsBack in 2012, when the BMW M135i was the new skid on the block, you could barely pick up a car magazine or glance at a YouTube motoring channel without being bossily told how brilliant the rear-driven hot hatch was.
    Six years ago, the M135i really was a game changer. Despite costing less
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

    For many people, a large SUV is overkill for their needs, but that doesn't stop them from feeling like they want one.Arriving just in time to capitalise on a predicted doubling of the mid-size SUV market over the next couple of years is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and it might just be the last real Mitsubishi we'll ever see...
  • The stars behind the cars: why high-profile engineers are becoming famous

    Albert Biermann: Formerly the boss of BMW’s M division, now the engineering chief at Hyundai and Kia
    We examine why once-unheralded brains behind the cars we love to drive are featuring more in the spotlightHaving been teased something rotten for so many years, the world’s nerds and geeks suddenly found themselves at the forefront of style and popular culture.No longer was the computing swot – with his trademark thick-rimmed glasses and shiny forehead – the social ou
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  • Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Smart Fortwo: a real-world race across Wales

    The Smart had to beat not only a 911 but also Mauro Calo
    In a race from one end of Wales to the other, a Porsche 911 Turbo S would leave a Smart Fortwo completely and utterly for dust, wouldn’t it? That’s what we thought...It is a question so basic and relevant to those of us who like cars, I found the fact I had no idea of the answer entirely bewildering. It is simply this: how much faster is a really quick car from one place to the next than a really slow car? I didn’t h
  • Aston Martin Varekai name expected for DBX SUV

    The Varekai, as imagined by Autocar
    High-riding Aston will arrive in 2019 with V12 and V8 engines to take on the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini UrusAston Martin is expected to name its first SUV model Varekai following the application of a new trademark for the moniker.
    Since it was first announced at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the model, which is due on roads in 2019, has been referred to as the DBX, the name of the concept that previewed it.
    But Varekai&nb
  • McLaren Special Operations 570GT MSO Black Collection launched.

    News16 Mar, 2018
    McLaren adds to its sports series offering with the 570GT MSO Black Collection, limited production to just 100 cars worldwide.
  • New Audi Q1 SUV set to arrive in 2020

    News17 Mar, 2018
    Smallest member of the Audi Q family expected to get the go-ahead, with its arrival due in two years’ time
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  • New Lagonda SUV to spearhead Aston Martin's new EV brand

    News16 Mar, 2018
    Aston Martin's luxury Lagonda brand to launch with a new SUV in 2021, not a saloon
  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG004S to use 690bhp Nissan V6

    The SCG004S supercar will use the twin-turbocharged V6 from the Nissan GT-R
    New supercar will help American brand to ‘scale up’ production; a road legal car will be entered into the 2019 Nürburgring 24 HoursScuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) boss Jim Glickenhaus has confirmed that the American company's new SCG004S supercar will use a twin-turbocharged V6 from the Nissan GT-R.
    The 3.8-litre unit, which replaces the blown 5.0-litre V8 that the car wa
  • Dallara Stradale 2018 review

    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
    Don’t think Ferrari or Lamborghini. Although Gian Paolo Dallara worked for both of Italy’s most famous performance car makers before setting up his own motorsport business, the inspiration for his company’s first road car came from the UK.Signor Dallara says his greatest engineeri
  • UK's new petrol and diesel car ban could be enforced from 2030

    New proposals could result in the ban of new petrol and diesel cars being brought forward
    Government committees' new proposals aim to bring forward the ban on combustion engine-only cars in a bid to lower pollutionThe UK’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars could be brought forward, possibly to 2030, if plans laid out by MPs get the green light.
    The respective committees for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Environmental Audit; Health and Social Care; and Transport have publis
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  • ‘Volvo’s success in the premium league is deeply impressive’

    Opinion18 Mar, 2018
    Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson deserves his 2018 World Car Person of the Year title, says Mike Rutherford
  • Fleet of 11 Toyota Mirai police cars to enter service with the Met

    News16 Mar, 2018
    The Metropolitan Police are to run 11 Toyota Mirais, creating the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric police vehicles.
  • McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection launched as limited-run variant

    The 562bhp supercar gets McLaren Special Operations treatment for a £22,950 premiumMcLaren has launched a more exclusive version of its 570GT called the MSO Black Collection, which gets more standard kit and bespoke features from the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division.
    Due in just 100 examples, it features MSO's titanium exhaust that is 5kg lighter and less restrictive than the standard system. The car also gets McLaren's Sport Pack suspension as standard fo
  • More powerful Renault Zoe R110 to cost £250 more than R90

    New R110 motor enables better rolling acceleration with no expected impact on driving rangeThe upcoming Renault Zoe R110 will cost £250 more than the R90 model, Autocar has learned.
    The existing R90 costs from £18,745 before the government's £4500 grant is applied, suggesting the R110's price will start from £18,995. Our source said that the new variant, which produces 107bhp from a new electric motor, will go on sale next week. 
    The R11
  • Audi to launch Q3-sized e-tron electric SUV in 2020

    News16 Mar, 2018
    Firm ups the ante by confirming five electric models will launch by 2021, including a Q3-sized EV crossover
  • Matt Prior: Vauxhall's VXR isn't dead, or is it?

    ‘VXR’ has not been axed, but most VXR models have been
    Official word from Vauxhall states that VXR hasn't yet perished, but we think otherwise
    It’s not dead. That’s the official line about VXR, Vauxhall’s performance brand of the past 14 years.
    But, well, doesn’t it somewhat feel like it is? GSi is back, after all, the model derivative that gave its life so VXR could be born in the first place. Albeit, now, GSi is reserved for Vauxhall’s lukewarm rather
  • Nissan Leaf SUV will be 'breakthrough model' that cracks the mainstream

    The IMx concept of 2017 offers a clear glimpse of Nissan's electric SUV
    Design Europe boss Mamoru Aoki told Autocar that the SUV will stay true to the striking IMx conceptNissan’s upcoming pure-electric crossover will be the breakthrough model that makes battery-electric vehicles truly mainstream, according to Nissan Design Europe boss Mamoru Aoki.
    Speaking at Nissan’s design centre in London, Aoki told Autocar: “Of course, we have the new Leaf (pictured below), but I think the
  • Hyundai i30 N long-term review | Autocar

    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find outWhy we're running it: To determine whether Hyundai’s first stab at a hot hatch can stand up to its more established foes in everyday lifeMonth 1 
    Life with a Hyundai i30 N: Month 1
    First report - 28th February 2018
    First word of Hyundai’s N performance brand came more than four years ago and, since then, the Korea
  • Hyundai i30 N long-term review

    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find outWhy we're running it: To determine whether Hyundai’s first stab at a hot hatch can stand up to its more established foes in everyday lifeMonth 1 
    Life with a Hyundai i30 N: Month 1
    First report - 28th February 2018
    First word of Hyundai’s N performance brand came more than four years ago and, since then, the Korea
  • Porsche Boxster GTS 2018 UK review

    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
    Short of reuniting the car with half a dozen high-revving cylinders, you’d have a difficult job improving the 718-generation Boxster.Porsche's latest roadster is handsome, it offers performance almost perfectly proportioned to congested British roads, and it is in possession of absurdly biddable handling that a
  • Volvo XC40 Video Review

    Watch our video review of the new Volvo XC40.
  • Audi records 68% leap in profit as Dieselgate effect fades

    Audi profits grew rapidly last year despite a small increase in sales
    Then German brand sold just 0.6% more cars last year compared with 2016, but its after-tax income surged to more than £3 billionAudi has announced a significant leap in operating profit at its annual financial conference, despite sales in 2017 being just 0.6% up on the year before.
    Following the announcement that it will build a new Tesla Model S rival called the e-tron GT, the premium car maker confirmed that it sold 1,
  • Honda Mean Mower Mk2 on the way with 134mph+ top speed

    News15 Mar, 2018
    Honda's back for a second bite at the hot lawn mower cherry, with the new Mean Mower set to boast 189bhp
  • New Subaru Forester to be unveiled in New York

    Subaru has shown a teaser image of the upcoming carThe fifth-generation Forester SUV, based upon the Subaru Global Platform, will be unveiled at the end of this month
    Subaru’s new Forester SUV will be unveiled at the end of March at the New York motor show. The long-awaited hybrid variant of the Forester will appear at the Beijing motor show on 25 April.
    Like the new Impreza and XV crossover, the Forester, previewed in a single image (above), will be based on the new Subaru Globa
  • Throwback Thursday 1992: BMW E1 first drive

    The E1 entered development in 1990 as a test bed for EVs…
    BMW's extremely promising electric city car concept had 45bhp and was said to be capable of 155 miles – almost identical to the range of today's i3BMW announced this week that the petrol variant of its outgoing M Series supercar will be the brand's last combustion-engined model.
    This is a symbolic end to the company's first century, with BMW having started in 1917 as Bayerische Motoren Werke, producing in-line
  • Carmakers should pay for air pollution, say MPs

    News15 Mar, 2018
    Joint inquiry from four select committees calls for new Clean Air Act, with new clean air fund paid for by motor industry
  • Audi to launch e-tron GT as Tesla Model S rival

    Audi has released this official image of the e-tron GT prototype
    New all-electric four-door GT will show how firm will 'take Audi Sport' into the futureAudi has revealed plans for a new e-tron GT four-door sports car that will rival the Tesla Model S when it launches early in the next decade.
    The new machine – revealed by Autocar two years ago – was confirmed during the company’s annual press conference as one of the 20 electrified models that will feature in its line
  • All-electric Audi e-tron Gran Turismo due in 2020

    News15 Mar, 2018
    Audi pushes ahead with its complex electric roadmap, by announcing four-door e-tron Gran Turismo at its Annual Press Conference
  • 542bhp Velar SVR to be quickest Range Rover yet

    High-performance SUV is due in October with a supercharged V8 engineLand Rover has shoehorned a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 into a Range Rover Velar to create its quickest SVR model yet.
    The Velar SVR, as it is expected to be called, will go on sale in October as a potent alternative to the BMW X6 M, mixing Land Rover off-road ability with savage performance.Insurance database information confirms that the hot Velar test car is using a 5.0-litre V8. It'
  • The Mercedes-Maybach GLS must stand out to convince wealthy buyers

    The Mercedes-Benz GLS will form the base for the Maybach version
    With rivals from brands as elusive as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Maybach's SUV can't just be a posh GLSHistorically, one of Maybach’s weak points has been tasteless, unremarkable styling.
    Recent, pretty concepts, the Maybach 6 coupé and cabriolet, show scope for something far better but, given the Maybach 9 is likely to be a mildly altered version of the standard GLS, it’s unlikely to win over those looking for a lu
  • Opinion: The Mercedes-Maybach GLS must stand out to convince wealthy buyers

    The Mercedes-Benz GLS will form the base for the Maybach version
    With rivals from brands as elusive as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Maybach's SUV can't just be a posh GLSHistorically, one of Maybach’s weak points has been tasteless, unremarkable styling.
    Recent, pretty concepts, the Maybach 6 coupé and cabriolet, show scope for something far better but, given the Maybach 9 is likely to be a mildly altered version of the standard GLS, it’s unlikely to win over those looking for a lu
  • Mercedes-Maybach GLS on course to face Bentley Bentayga in 2019

    Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS will get a different grille design and a higher spec
    Luxurious SUV will make its debut in April and go on sale in 2019 priced above £120kMercedes-Benz’s upmarket Maybach sub-brand is preparing to extend its line-up beyond the S-Class with a plush range-topping version of the upcoming third-generation GLS (formerly GL).
    Maybach is considered an important brand for Mercedes to develop given the rising demand for luxury models, particularly in the SUV
  • Audi A7 Sportback 50 TDI 2018 UK review

    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out
    The idea of a five-door coupe is a bit of an odd one, if only because by definition it seems to be a touch oxymoronic. Say the word “coupe”, after all, and the image you’ll likely conjure is one of a car with just two doors.However, since the original Mercedes-Benz CLS rocked up on the scene back in 2004, the practice of taking a regular saloon, giving it a swoop
  • Alpine boss Michael van der Sande appointed new head of JLR Special Operations

    Michael van der Sande will assume the lead of JLR's SVO division
    Van der Sande replaces John Edwards, who leaves JLR after 27 years at the companyAlpine boss Michael van der Sande has been appointed as new managing director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, replacing John Edwards.
    Edwards will leave in June after 27 years of service at JLR, four of which have been as managing director of SVO, which he has headed since it launched back in 2014.
    Newly appointed SVO
  • Alpine boss to take charge of JLR Special Operations

    News14 Mar, 2018
    Michael van der Sande to take over from outgoing John Edwards at division behind SVR models
  • Seat Ateca 2.0 TSI 190 FR 2018 review

    Detuned GTI engine lends plenty of pace and polish, but the sporty Ateca’s ride and steering don’t distinguish the car as well
    This is the Seat Ateca crossover – rare among new cars because it’s proving something of a UK sales hit and is highly rated in these parts – that we’re testing for the first time in near-top-of-the-range petrol form.This version uses Volkswagen’s 'EA888’ 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine detuned from the state in whic
  • New 2019 Vauxhall Mokka X spotted for the first time

    News14 Mar, 2018
    New Vauxhall Mokka X shares platform and engines with next-gen Peugeot 2008, and could be revealed before the end of the year
  • 1m lost driving licences in the UK in 2017

    News14 Mar, 2018
    Brits applied for 931,527 replacement licences in 2017 at a cost of £19m. Here's what to do if you lose yours
  • Video: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 review - is this 429bhp four-door a true AMG?

    AMG's new model uses a six cylinder engine helped by a turbo, an electric supercharger and a mild hybrid systemThe new Mercedes-Benz CLS is here. Now in its third generation, the 2018 CLS continues where its forebears left off: a large coupe-like four door that competes with the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé.
    Here, Matt Prior tests the range-topping model, the AMG 53, which features a new 3.0-litre six cylinder engine with not just a turbo, but an electric supercharger and a mild hy
  • Ferrari 812 Superfast 2018 UK review

    The Ferrari 812 Superfast
    Flagship V12 Ferrari is highly strung but staggeringly fast and utterly thrilling on UK roads. Certainly not an everyday driver – but all the more epic as a result
    The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes a bit of a mockery of the way we classify the exotic car market. We call it a ‘super GT’ car because it’s got a longways V12 engine up front and a boot at the back, and so it’s cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish S we compare it with most closel
  • Ford F-150 Raptor vs the Cotswolds: US truck on UK roads

    The world’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150, is is too big by far for your average British road. Undaunted, we try one for size in the CotswoldsWhat is it the politicians like to call it – the ‘special relationship’? That shared set of values that supposedly bonds Great Britain and the US.
    They would have you believe our two nations are really one and the same. Same political ideologies, same cultural tendencies, same social make-up. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean a
  • Volkswagen to sell EV home chargers ahead of ID launch

    The ID Buzz concept demonstrates a fast charger
    German brand backs electric line-up with introduction of €300 home chargersVolkswagen is backing its upcoming wave of new electric vehicles with the introduction of a home charger wallbox for customers alongside its plans for 400 new European fast-chargers.
    Speaking at VW’s annual media conference, company chairman Herbert Diess said the new home boxes and European EV chargers would be available by 2020 – just i
  • New Subaru Forester teased before New York 2018 show

    News14 Mar, 2018
    Darkened image shows rear light design for Subaru's new Forester SUV, with a full unveil planned for the New York Motor Show
  • Volkswagen ID hatchback: first prototypes to be built next month

    ID concept can eke out as many as 373 miles on one charge with its 168bhp electric motor and is confirmed for November 2019 productionThe first Volkswagen ID hatchbacks will roll off factory lines in pre-production prototype from next month, leaving engineers with a 17-month window to complete the car's development.
    Speaking at VW's annual media conference, company boss Herbert Diess said prototypes of the electric vehicle will be used in an "intensive start-up phase" that wi
  • ‘The opulence on display at Geneva was simply breathtaking’

    Opinion14 Mar, 2018
    The 2018 Geneva Motor Show proves the richest still have an insatiable desire for new, luxury cars, writes Graham Hope
  • Top 2019 BMW 1 Series model to be 300bhp M130iX M Performance

    BMW is developing a front-wheel-drive 1 Series for 2019
    New front-driven 1 Series should be lighter and roomier and will handle better thanks to lower running gearBMW’s front-wheel drive revolution is set to kick into high gear in 2019 with the launch of the third-generation 1 Series, although the flagship M130iX M Performance model will be four-wheel drive.
    The next 1 Series is described by a high-ranking official as a distinct turning point for the German car maker, which last year surre
  • Opinion: Front-wheel drive will give the BMW 1 Series better handling

    The next-generation 1 Series has been developed at the Nürburgring
    Moving the power delivery from the back wheels to the fronts might not sound appealing, but it brings many benefitsThe rear-driven BMW 1 Series has always appealed more to keen drivers as an idea than as a fully realised car.
    Back in 2004, when I was a youngster starting out in this job, I remember being drawn so instinctively to the notion of a proper ‘standard-drive’ BMW as an alternative to a run-of-the-mill f
  • BMW: six new front-wheel-drive models to look out for

    Next 1 Series hatchback
    FAAR underpinnings will encourage a gradual shift towards front-wheel drive power for BMW's smaller modelsThe next BMW 1 Series is the first of six upcoming models due to switch to new front-wheel drive underpinnings called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur).
    Each will come with either two or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below.
    Click here for our review of the front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series saloon
    1 Series hatchbackThe first model to b

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