• Donald Trump threatens 20% US import tariff on European cars

    News22 Jun, 2018
    American president’s tweet prompts fall in value of European car companies' shares, with BMW shares down 2%
  • Trump considering 20% tax on US car imports

    Cars imported to the US could be slapped with raised import tariffs
    President suggests overseas car makers could be charged as much as 20% import tax; European premium brands could be hitUS President Donald Trump has renewed his threat to European car manufacturers importing cars into America, threatening 20% import tax on cars entering the US from the EU.
     
    Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tar
  • Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

    Is AMG's rapid GLC 63 SUV the answer to your prayers, or to a question nobody’s asking?Given the nature of the website you’re reading, it’s probable that you already have an opinion on the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S 4Matic+. And, well, it might not be entirely favourable.This near-£80,000 car is nevertheless something of a poster child within the corporate headquarters of Daimler AG in Stuttgart, where all the product planning, the marketing and the accounting happens, and, bl
  • Top 10 best convertibles and cabrios 2018

    There's nothing like driving in the summer sun with the roof down - but which 10 convertibles make our top picks?We might not have the ideal climate for them, but in Britain we love our convertibles. And when those sunny days do finally arrive, there’s never a bad time to drop the top and enjoy some wind in your hair.
    Our idea of soft-top perfection isn’t all about raw performance and speed, either. The following 10 cars are our picks of the best convertibles and cabriolets for open-
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  • New Toyota Century limousine revealed as ultra-exclusive Rolls-Royce competitor

    Toyota aims to sell 50 Centurys per month in Japan, although official pricing has not yet been revealed
    Low-volume model sits atop Toyota’s line-up in Japan, with just 50 units to be sold per monthToyota has revealed its new Century limousine, the redesigned luxury saloon that claims the title of Japan’s most popular chauffeur-driven luxury car.
    Under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre V8 engine with supplementary electric motor to form a hybrid system producing 425bhp in total. Thi
  • Lamborghini Miura SVR restored to former glory

    News22 Jun, 2018
    Italian firm’s restoration team restores the only Miura SVR ever made to its original specification
  • 600bhp McLaren 600LT: first pictures of hardcore Sports Series model

    New variant will come with more power and less weight than the 570S on which it is based and will be revealed on 28 JuneThe upcoming McLaren 600LT, a hardcore version of the 570S that forms part of the firm's entry-level Sports Series, has been caught on camera for the first time six days before its reveal.
    The sighting shows that the model, which will be revealed on 28 June, will follow suit of the 675LT and recieve a 'long tail' (hence the name) to enhance aerodynamics
  • Daimler appoints sales expert as new Smart CEO

    Katrin Adt replaces Annette Winkler as the new CEO of Smart
    Daimler small car brand's new boss Karen Adt starts on 1 October, former boss Annette Winkler will continue at Daimler as board member for Mercedes South AfricaDaimler has announced former sales executive Katrin Adt as the the new CEO of Smart, replacing Annette Winkler, who steps down at the end of September.
    Adt joined Daimler in 1999, and worked in various sales positions until 2013, when she branched out into human resources. 
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  • Mercedes pulls PHEVs from production to make way for third-gen tech

    The E-Class (top) and C-Class are among models set to receive new PHEV variants
    Hybrid versions of C-Class, E-Class, GLE and S-Class to be replaced in coming monthsMercedes-Benz has pulled plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class from production, as well as all GLE models, to make way for their successors.
    The trio of PHEVs, plus the one GLE PHEV that departs along with the rest of the range, will be replaced in the coming months by models utilising Mercedes' mo
  • Lamborghini reveals restored one-off Miura SVR

    The Miura SVR was inspired by the Miura Jota...
    One-off hardcore Miura has been restored by Lamborghini’s Polo Storico classics division. Its owner will continue to use it on trackLamborghini has restored the sole Miura SVR, with the finished car being showcased at a special event at Japan's Nakayama circuit.
    The Miura SVR was converted between 1974 and 1976. It was inspired by the Miura Jota, which was developed in collaboration with Lamborghini's test driver, Bob Wall
  • Dacia Duster 2018 review

    It's still not as refined as other SUVs, but in terms of sheer value the second-generation Duster is very much in a class of its own
    In a world where cars are becoming increasingly more advanced and complicated, there has always been something rather refreshing about the Dacia Duster.Here is an SUV that, in an incredibly simplistic sense, offers you everything you need in a car - namely an engine, four wheels and a steering wheel - and absolutely nothing that you don’t. The entry-level ver
  • Ford Ka+ Active 2018 UK review

    This SUV-inspired makeover for Ford’s city-friendly small car will find its fans, but the Ka+ Active doesn’t set any new benchmarks for the class
    This is the latest evidence that not even the smallest cars are immune from the creeping influence of SUVs.Ford’s not-quite-a-crossover is a slightly taller, slightly tougher version of the Ka+ five-door supermini — one that the company is hoping will help it top the record-breaking 200,000 SUVs Ford sold in Europe las
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  • Volkswagen aims for solid-state battery production by 2025

    A £75m investment in an American battery tech company puts VW on track to dramatically improve the range of its EVsVolkswagen has announced that it aims to have a production facility for solid-state batteries by 2025.
    The announcement comes with the VW Group’s £75 million investment in Californian battery technology company QuantumScape, following six years of collaboration with the firm.
    Solid-state battery technology, Volkswagen claims, would more than double the capacity com
  • New standards mean smartphones could soon replace car keys

    News22 Jun, 2018
    Smartphones will soon lock, unlock and start cars after VW, BMW, Hyundai, Apple, Samsung and LG develop new specifications
  • New Volkswagen Touareg on sale in Britain from £51,595

    Third-generation SUV gets new technology and road-biased styling as VW targets affluent buyers in Europe and ChinaVolkswagen is now taking orders for the new Touareg, with prices for the flagship SUV starting at £51,595 and first deliveries due in the summer.
    While that price leaves it £3425 cheaper than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, it makes the new car £6165 more expensive than its predecessor — a reflection on VW's efforts to push its top model furthe
  • Suzuki Swift Sport long-term review

    The Japanese hot hatch is all grown up in terms of character, technology and price, but is it still a fun-loving kid at heart? Let’s find outWhy we’re running it: To find out if the new, turbocharged Swift Sport still offers good, simple hot hatch fun that can compete with the best in classMonth 1 - Specs
    Life with a Suzuki Swift Sport: Month 1
    Welcoming the Swift Sport to the fleet - 30 May 2018
    Turns out that patience isn’t always a virtue. Or, to subvert anoth
  • BMW task force prepares for worst-case scenario Brexit

    News22 Jun, 2018
    Threat of no-deal Brexit sees BMW task force assembled to guard against disruption at MINI and Rolls-Royce
  • Matt Prior: why a Porsche 919 Evo Nurburgring record attempt matters

    Porsche 919 Hybrid could go after 956’s Nürburgring record
    With no minimum weight limits, no balance of power and no fuel saving to contend with, a new record attempt would be as pure as motorsport getsAnother bleedin’ attempt to set a record lap time at the Nürburgring. Here we go again. Yawnarama. Except that this one might actually be a bit special.
    The other month, Porsche took its 919 Hybrid LMP1 endurance racing car and removed from it lots of the bits that made it
  • Lamborghini to 'reinvent' its supercars with hybrid V10 and V12 powerplants

    Lamborghini AventadorSant’Agata vows to resist downgrading or turbocharging its sports car powertrainsLamborghini is determined to stick with naturally aspirated engines for its super-sports models despite many of its rivals switching to turbocharging to enhance performance and reduce emissions.
    The company’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani, also said that he is intent on resisting any pressure to reduce the number of cylinders in its next generation of supercars.
    “Every
  • Pikes Peak notebook: why the Volkswagen ID R sounds like a police car

    Romain Dumas in qualifying at Pikes Peak
    An early morning trip to spectate at the Devil's Playground paid off with stunning views, and an up-close look at Romain Dumas' incredible machineAutocar digital editor James Attwood will be providing updates from the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Check back here throughout the weekend for insights and updates.
    Preview: why Volkswagen is going for a new electric Pikes Peak record
    Romain Dumas' guide to the Pikes Peak hill climb
    Bentley Be
  • Pikes Peak notebook: why Romain Dumas doesn't care he didn't reach F1

    Romain Dumas in qualifying at Pikes Peak
    Fresh from Le Mans, the Frenchman will drive the Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak on the Colorado hill climb this weekendAutocar digital editor James Attwood will be providing updates from the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Check back here throughout the weekend for insights and updates.
    Preview: why Volkswagen is going for a new electric Pikes Peak record
    Romain Dumas' guide to the Pikes Peak hill climb
    Bentley Bentayga bids for production SUV
  • Hyundai i30 N-Line spotted ahead of summer launch

    Hyundai's performance arm, N, is introducing its design to the regular i30 in order to compete with the Ford Focus ST-LineHyundai is readying an i30 N-Line warm hatch for launch this summer. The model will usher in a new trim level that'll rival Ford’s ST-Line and Vauxhall’s recently relaunched GSi.
    As the first model to get a proper N performance variant, the i30 will also be the first Hyundai to be offered with this sporty N-Line trim. It wil
  • Irish prime minister looks to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2030

    Leo Varadkar pledges to cut emissions to make his country “healthy and great again”The Irish prime minister has pledged to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars within his country from 2030, in a move he said will help to make Ireland “healthy and great again”.
    Leo Varadkar said during a speech at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin that banning car tailpipe emissions, as well as the use of peat and coal in power stations, would help to make Ireland “a leader in cli
  • Polestar boss: high-performance Volvo models won't dilute brand image

    Volvo's new S60 range is topped by a Polestar Engineered model
    Thomas Ingenlath has said that a future range of tuned Volvos will serve a different purpose to Polestar carsPolestar boss Thomas Ingenlath says that the brand’s future range of performance-tuned Volvo cars, starting with the new S60, won’t dilute Polestar's identity.
    Established as a racing team, Volvo bought Polestar to be an in-house tuner of hot variants, but last year spun it off as a separate brand to focu
  • Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth heads to auction with £105,000 price tag

    News21 Jun, 2018
    Low-mileage Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth listed for sale at July’s Silverstone Classic Sale with six-figure price tag
  • New Ford Focus to introduce advanced pothole detection tech

    Cars equipped with continuously adaptive damping can respond to holes in the roadFord is introducing pothole-detecting technology that can smooth out a car’s ride over broken roads to its range via the fourth-generation Focus.
    The system comes with Ford’s continuously controlled damping, which is a £650 option, and uses 12 high-resolution sensors that can ‘see’ potholes before the car drives over them.
    Once a pothole is identified, the dampers are aut
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO could become world’s most expensive car

    News21 Jun, 2018
    RM Sotheby’s to sell highly original Ferrari 250 GTO, which could become the most expensive car ever sold at auction
  • Aston Martin to use Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit for high-speed testing

    Aston Martin's most recent new model is the Vantage
    New permanent facility at the Northants venue will be the company's second circuit site, alongside its Nürburgring Performance CentreAston Martin has secured the rights to use Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit for high-speed testing and chassis development of its future models.
    The British marque will have a permanent presence at the 1.08-mile track, which has eight corners and is located within the Grand Prix circuit’s infield on th
  • One in five drivers admit taking penalty points for someone else

    News21 Jun, 2018
    19 per cent of drivers have taken penalty points for offence they did not commit, research has suggested
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 2018 review

    Shogun Sport name returns to the UK, attached to a seven-seat 4x4 that, Mitsubishi hopes, deftly combines practicality, comfort and toughness
    The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is the Japanese manufacturer’s new flagship SUV, sitting atop a growing family of ruggedly styled, high-riding models.This car, also known as the Pajero Sport in some markets, is designed to combine practicality — in terms of seating for up to seven people — with the ability to tow sizeable loads and
  • Throwback Thursday 1971: British Leyland Special Tuning

    Special Tuning MG Midget
    Many manufacturers now have performance divisions and packs; the Special Tuning department started upgrading to sport spec 50 years agoIt's increasingly common for manufacturers to have performance divisions — think Audi Sport, Cupra or Hyundai N — making performance models and 'competition packs'.
    One of their forerunners was the Special Tuning department of British Motor Corporation (BMC) and then British Leyland, although this sold raci
  • New 2018 Renault Megane RS Trophy spied at Nurburgring

    News21 Jun, 2018
    Renault's upcoming Megane RS Trophy hot hatch is being prepared with more power and a proper differential
  • Dogs jumping from high SUVs risk injury, says study

    News21 Jun, 2018
    Jumping out of high SUV boots is shown to place more stress on dogs’ front legs, potentially doing long-term harm
  • Toyota Camry to return to Britain as Mondeo Hybrid rival

    Electrified saloon will fill void left by departing Avensis in early 2019Toyota will reintroduce its Camry saloon to Britain in 2019 after a 14-year absence, filling the void left by the soon-to-depart Avensis and presenting a new rival to the Ford Mondeo.
    The Camry, which has remained on sale in other markets and ranks as the world’s best-selling saloon, will come exclusively with a hybrid powertrain that is based on a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor.
    This system, alread
  • Video: 2019 Audi Q8 review | Is flagship SUV as good as a Porsche Cayenne?

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    How does it stack up among the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborhini Urus and Volkswagen Touareg? And is it better than rivals from other manufacturers, such as the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport? 
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  • Andrew Frankel: from ice cream salesman to esteemed road tester

    It is 30 years since Andrew Frankel became an automotive journalist. He looks back on a career in which he's dodged bullets in more ways than oneThirty years ago this month Jaguar won Le Mans for the first time since the 1950s, and the very next day one of the spectators, now somewhat hungover, reported for his first day working for Autocar magazine and, indeed, as a motoring journalist.
    Three decades later and to no-one’s greater astonishment than mine, I’m still here, albeit in the
  • Renault Megane RS Trophy 300 to go for for FWD Nurburgring record

    Hotter version of the new hot hatch produces 296bhp and gets the Cup chassis as standardRenault will launch an even faster version of its new Mégane RS hot hatch, the Trophy 300, later this year, with the intention of stealing the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring lap record from the Honda Civic Type R.
    Due to be revealed at the Paris motor show in October, Renault’s new hottest model will use a ramped-up version of the Mégane RS's turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylin
  • Audi Q8 2018 review

    Range-topping SUV is short on the styling and performance pizzazz needed to make it a Range Rover Sport-toppling style icon, although it’s an accomplished luxury car
    The Audi Q8 is Ingolstadt’s answer to the BMW X6 SUV-cum-coupé – the BMW having turned 10 years old this year. Yup: like it or loathe it, the original German ‘sports activity coupé’ is still here. Back in 2008, there was much doubt in car hackery circles about how many buyers would be read
  • Volvo XC40 to be firm's first fully electric vehicle

    The XC40 is already offered in plug-in guise
    Marque will add electric versions of existing range, rather than new EV-only models; next-generation XC90 will gain an EVVolvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has confirmed that the brand’s first fully electric car will be a version of the XC40, with the next-generation XC90 also gaining an EV variant.
    Speaking at the reveal of the new S60 sports saloon, Ingenlath said that it would come after the firm’s electric sub-brand Polestar launches
  • Volvo XC40 to be firm's first full electric vehicle

    The XC40 is already offered in plug-in guise
    Firm will add electric versions of existing range, rather than new EV-only models; next generation XC90 will gain gain EV
    Swedish company will then follow with an electric XC90Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has confirmed that the brand’s first fully electric car will be a version of the XC40, with the next generation XC90 also gaining an EV version
    Speaking at the reveal of the new S60 sports saloon, Ingenlath said that it would come after
  • Electric XC40 confirmed as brand's first EV

    The XC40 is already offered in plug-in guise
    Swedish company will then follow with an electric XC90Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has confirmed that the brand’s first fully electric car will be a version of the XC40.
    Speaking at the reveal of the new S60 sports saloon, Ingenlath said that it would come after the firm’s electric division Polestar launches its second car, the 2 that's due in 2019, and would be followed by an electric version of the Volvo XC90.
    “The firs
  • Swedish ambassador to US calls for end to trade war with Europe

    The US is the largest export market for cars built in the EU. However, many European cars, such as the Volvo S60 and upcoming BMW X7 (pictured), will be built in America
    Volvo's new US plant was highlighted as an example of Europe and America's close relationshipThe Swedish ambassador to the US has used the launch of Volvo’s new factory in Charleston, South Carolina, to call for an end to the escalating trade row between America and Europe.
    Karin Olofsdotter highlighted the new factor
  • Swedish Ambassador for US calls for end of trade war with Europe

    The US is the largest export market for cars built in the EU. However, many European cars, like the Volvo S60 and upcoming BMW X7 (pictured), will be built in America
    Volvo's new US plant was highlighted as an example of Europe and the US's close relationshipThe Swedish Ambassador to the United States of America has used the launch of Volvo’s new factory in Charleston, South Carolina to call for an end to the escalating trade row between the US and Europe.
    Karin Olofsdotter highlighted the
  • Toyota Camry to return to UK in 2019 as Avensis is axed

    News21 Jun, 2018
    Low sales figures have forced Toyota to kill off the Avensis, with the Camry saloon set to replace next year
  • Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary edition celebrates 10 years of F models

    Exclusive paint and interior and exterior trim mark out the anniversary edition from standard cars
    Lexus has revealed its RC F 10th Anniversary edition, which celebrates ten years of the brand producing F performance models. 
    Marked out by grey matt paint, gloss black exterior details and a blue carbon interior. It’s also fitted with the highest-spec audio and infotainment set-up available on the RC.
    Lexus has left the car’s 5.0-litre V8 well alone, so performance is u
  • 2018 Volvo S60 to face 3 Series with keener handling and plug-in variants

    Newly revealed S60 will be offered in the UK next year with a choice of four petrol engines, two of which will be electrifiedThe new Volvo S60, a sports saloon designed to rival the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, has been unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina – and company bosses have promised the machine will be a “true driver’s car".
    The new machine was unveiled in the new US factory that will be its sole global production site. It is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Archi
  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 to get 15% power hike and more safety kit

    Sports car's 2.0-litre engine gets a boost from 158bhp to 181bhp; torque also grows slightly and exhaust note has been tweakedMazda has revealed that the updated MX-5, which is due on sale in August, will get a 15% hike in power, taking its more powerful 2.0-litre Skyactiv engine to 181bhp from the current 158bhp.
    Improved combustion, a higher redline of 7500rpm (up from 6800rpm) and tweaked accelerator response all contribute to the revised MX-5’s new performance. The exhaust note ha
  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb preview: why Volkswagen is going for new record

    VW chose Pikes Peak for 2018 motorsport campaign because it is a 'dream' for engineersTo understand why Volkswagen has chosen the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for its first full electric motorsport project, you just need to look at the rulebook for the Unlimited Division.
    Go on, it won’t take long – there practically isn’t one.
    To save you leafing through the document, here’s the key bit: “This division will allow any race vehicle invited by PPIHC [the race o
  • A guide to the top of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with Romain Dumas

    The 40-year-old Frenchman has taken outright victory in the famous hill climb event in three of the last four years. We find out how he does itVolkswagen driver Romain Dumas has become a Pikes Peak specialist. The 40-year-old Frenchman has taken outright victory on the event in three of the last four years and built up an extensive knowledge of the 12.42-mile course.
    The 156-turn hill climb is one of the toughest tests in motorsport, starting at 9390ft above sea level at mile seven of the C
  • New Volvo S60 to be revealed today

    Russian doll styling means the no-diesel Volvo S60 looks like a downsized S90; the V60 estate has already been shownThe Volvo S60, the brand's new sports saloon and rival to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, will be revealed later today at its factory in South Carolina. 
    An image previously leaked onto a Swedish car site showed the car's rear, with similar design to the divisive S90 saloon.
    Volvo has begun the reveal process for the S60 with sever

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