• Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 19 April

    An HR-spec Nissan 350Z is a 308bhp drift missile that can be had for under £6500Nissan 350Z, £6499: The Nissan 350Z caused a real stir on its launch back in 2003. 
    Arriving first as a coupé, it was powered by a 276bhp 3.5-litre V6. From 2005, the year the convertible landed, the engine was uprated to 296bhp, although this more powerful motor was a tad troublesome, so in 2007 a revised version, producing 308bhp and codenamed HR, arrived to save the day. You can spot its pr
  • The ultimate motoring bucket list, according to Autocar writers

    A well-planned road trip beats the daily commute
    From life-changing road trips to breaking your personal top speed record, there's no limit to what you can do behind the wheelWhen you're sitting in traffic on the M25, do you sometimes close your eyes and imagine you were traversing some far-flung mountain range, or tearing down the Mulsanne Straight at 250mph? 
    Well, open them again (not least because you're on a motorway), because the Autocar writers have compiled a list of their greatest
  • The Swindon factory closure: how Honda got Europe so wrong

    Swindon is now set to close in 2021, with the loss of 3500 jobs
    The decision to imminently shut Honda’s UK production plant is the result of a deep-rooted decline in European salesThe tale of Honda’s rise and fall in the UK and Europe is a chastening one. At one time, the firm was viewed as a genuine alternative to BMW, led by engineers making cars with cutting-edge petrol engines and sharp design. 
    In the 1970s sales success with the Civic in the US was pioneering, while a join
  • Matt Prior: The age of the perfect car is near

    Car makers are tantalisingly close to perfecting their art
    Safety, emissions and self-driving technologies mean even the most ardent car critic will soon have little to complain aboutAfter a century and a quarter of gestation, the car has finally cracked it. Yes, there are things to be a bit gloomy about if you’re utterly committed to driving a really noisy, smelly vehicle as fast as you darned well like. But in the normal world, the car has finally won out.
    Every obstacle and every compla
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  • New Daimler boss could end Renault-Nissan partnership

    Report suggests platform, parts and factory sharing between two giants will end under Ola Kallenius' tenure, with big cost savings likely
    Daimler’s new CEO could end the car maker’s relationship with the Renault-Nissan alliance, according to a new report - while a massive cost saving strategy is on the cards.
    German business publication Manager Magazin claims that Ola Kallenius, set to begin his tenure as CEO in May following the departure of Dieter Zetsche, could let the wide-reachi
  • 2019 Range Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3: which is the best premium small SUV?

    Three of the best premium small SUVs meet and compete - but which one will come out on top?There's a new Range Rover Evoque, don'cha know. Here it is, on the road and ripe for testing against its two key rivals in the smallish, very premium, 4x4/SUV/crossover market.
    First among them is the Volvo XC40, 2018's Car of the Year and a compact premium SUV that we like a great deal. Then there's the Audi Q3, a car that has been around for a while but one that is no less popular for that.
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  • 2019 New York motor show: full report and all the new cars

    2019 New York motor show
    News, updates and launches from one of America's biggest motoring eventsThe New York International Auto Show is home to some of the biggest US-market unveilings, as well as a chance to see some recently revealed European models in the flesh for the first time. 
    Held in one of the world's most vibrant cities, the event always features some interesting new launches and some outlandish concepts.
    We were on the ground to see everything first-hand:
    New York 2019: Fu
  • Next-gen Mercedes SL will be "sportier", says boss

    How we think the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL will look
    Eighth generation of the convertible will return to its sporting roots, sharing a new platform with the next AMG GTFirst prototypes of the next Mercedes SL will be on roads this year, says AMG boss Tobias Moers, the man responsible for the new sports car.
    Moers confirmed the SL, which will launch by 2021, will be “aligned” with the next AMG GT. Both cars will share a new aluminium-intensive platform, known internally as t
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  • Next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will be "sportier", says boss

    How we think the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL will look
    Eighth iteration of the convertible will return to its sporting roots, sharing a new platform with the next AMG GTFirst prototypes of the next Mercedes-Benz SL will be on roads this year, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers, the man responsible for the new sports car.
    Moers confirmed the SL, which will launch by 2021, will be “aligned” with the next AMG GT. Both cars will share a new aluminium-intensive platform, know
  • Toyota unveils new Mazda 2-based Yaris hatchback for US

    2020 Yaris hatchback will be built in Mexico for the US only; features more equipment as standardToyota has launched a new Yaris hatchback, based on the Mazda 2, for the US market at the New York motor show.
    The 2020 US Yaris will be built for Toyota by Mazda’s Mexican arm and is mechanically unrelated to the Yaris models sold elsewhere.
    The relationship with Mazda’s supermini can be seen in the model's basic shape, although it has a heavily reworked front fascia
  • Jeep Wrangler

    Original military-chic civilian off-roader enters a fourth Wrangler-badged generationThe Jeep story began 79 years ago. At around the time Enzo Ferrari and Alfa Romeo conclusively parted ways, the United States Department of War sought to commission the design of a rugged reconnaissance vehicle for duties in febrile Europe.Out of more than 130, just two companies, Willys-Overland and Bantam, stepped up, and it was the latter’s BRC 40 that formed the basis of not only a bona fide military
  • Mercedes-AMG GLS on the way and Mercedes-Maybach version could follow

    News18 Apr, 2019
    Mercedes bosses conform the hot AMG GLS will arrive and a super-luxury Maybach GLS is on the cards. But there’ll be no electric model.
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  • ‘Why should we be excited about Lotus? One word: Geely’

    Opinion18 Apr, 2019
    With an electric hypercar and a 911 rival on the way, Steve Fowler thinks the future of Lotus looks bright under Geely’s leadership
  • New 2022 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG

    News18 Apr, 2019
    Performance division AMG is leading the development of the next Mercedes SL, which will feature hybrid engines when it arrives in 2022
  • Nearly-new buying guide: Porsche Boxster (981)

    Boxster's chassis is ideally honed for real-world use
    Previous-generation Boxster values are holding strong. Here's whyHaving been unveiled at the Geneva motor show in 2012, the 981-generation Porsche Boxster reached its seventh birthday just last month. 
    Ordinarily you would expect a car of that age to be worth only a fraction of what it cost to buy new, perhaps as little as one-third. But were that true of Porsche’s mid-engined roadster there’d be 62-plate Boxsters kicking abo
  • Racing lines: What W Series means for women racers

    F3 race winner Jamie Chadwick has her eye on the W Series prize
    Controversial all-female Formula 3 series is an opportunity for talented drivers to develop a careerIs segregation really the best means to rocket a female into Formula 1? There were plenty who said otherwise when W Series (see what they did there?) was launched last autumn. The all-female, one-make single-seater series kicks off next month and it’ll draw attention and controversy in equal measure. 
    Devised by, among othe
  • Jamie Chadwick Q&A: Why she’s racing in W Series

    The British F3 race winner talks to Autocar about the new all-female single-seater series she’ll compete in this yearAhead of the first race in the new all-female W Series championship on 4 May, Jamie Chadwick, first female to win the British GT Championship, talks to Autocar about what the series means to her, and why it's a better idea than its most vocal critics suggest. 
    You have the highest profile of any driver in W Series, so is it fair to say you have the most to lose?
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  • 2019 Renault Captur to get more radical styling update

    Ever-popular crossover will go further than the all-new Clio in standing out from its predecessorThe second-generation Renault Captur, due later this year, will be a much bigger step in design to its predecessor compared to the new and outgoing Clio, said design boss Laurens van den Acker.
    The Captur, which when it launched was one of the first in a now-saturated small SUV segment, has remained at the top of the sales chart in Europe despite its age.
    Van den Acker said the new model will be focu
  • New York show 2019 notes: news, updates and oddities

    Nissan 370Z
    Our reporters have scoured the show halls to find out what’s really happening
    The New York motor show might not be the biggest on the global calendar, but its location means that it always attracts some of the car industry's leading names.
    You can check out all the new launches from the show here. Meanwhile, Autocar has been on the ground to check out all the new cars on display, chat to the industry experts in attendance – and find out what’s really happening on th
  • New York motor show 2019 notes: news, updates and oddities

    Nissan 370Z
    Our reporters have scoured the show halls to find out what’s really happening
    The New York motor show might not be the biggest on the global calendar, but its location means that it always attracts some of the biggest names in the car industry.
    You can check out all the new launches from the show here. Meanwhile, Autocar has been on the ground to check out all the new cars that are on display, chat to the industry experts in attendance – and to find out what’s reall
  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to be fastest accelerating AMG yet

    The Black Series should go even further than the recent GT R Pro, a track-focused variant built with suspension and aero tweaks in mind rather than uprated power
    Range-topping AMG Coupé will only be beaten by Mercedes' One hypercar when it arrives next yearThe upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will be the fastest accelerating AMG car yet, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers.
    The future range-topping coupé will only be beaten by the limited-run AMG One hypercar whe
  • Special-edition Kia Stinger GTS gets drift mode

    US-only model uses newly developed four-wheel drive set-up and is limited to 800 unitsThe US-only Kia Stinger GTS introduces a drift mode to the grand tourer, a feature likely to extend to standard Stinger GTs when the model is updated in 2020.
    While Stingers sold in the UK are only sold in rear-wheel drive form, four-wheel drive is available in other markets. However, this limited-edition Stinger GTS has a newly developed dynamic all-wheel drive system that adds drift mode, a feature popul
  • Funky Kia HabaNiro concept previews 2021 Niro

    Electric concept offers more than 300 miles of range and features level five autonomy and butterfly-wing doorsThe Kia HabaNiro concept previews the next-generation Niro, due in 2021, as well as the broader design direction for future models from the Korean brand.
    A production version of the HabaNiro, the Mk2 Niro, will continue the current generation’s electrified line-up, offering hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric variants. 
    The electric HabaNiro is claimed to offer more than 300 m
  • New Subaru Outback SUV launched

    Sixth-generation off-roader gains new turbocharged boxer engine, tech and safety upgradeSubaru has launched the sixth-generation Outback SUV at the New York motor show. The car will go on sale in the US with a new range-topping 256bhp turbocharged version of the firm’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder boxer engine.
    The new version of the durable off-roader comes with Subaru’s four-wheel drive system as standard, along with systems such as active torque vectoring and hill descent control.
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander gains new tech

    Fourth-generation three-row SUV built for the US grows, gains uprated technology and safety kitThe fourth-generation Toyota Highlander has been revealed at the New York motor show, updating the three-row SUV model for 2019 with bold new looks and uprated infotainment.
    Built on Toyota's TNGA-K New Global Architecture platform, the new Highlander is 60mm longer than its predecessor and will offer a choice of petrol and hybrid powertrains. The 3.5-litre V6 model produces 291bhp
  • Opinion: are small cars about to make a comeback?

    Genesis Mint
    SUVs currently reign but small city cars could become more relevant in the near futureSUVs have been the flavour of the month for… well, a deal longer than that. Once the enclave of countryside dwellers, SUVs have rocketed into the mainstream at a pace no-one would have predicted two decades ago. 
    It’s not reached its peak yet either – the growth of SUVs, particularly in the premium compact SUV segment, is predicted to rise even further over the next few
  • New Mercedes-Benz GLS: re-engineered luxury SUV unveiled

    New BMW X7 rival prioritises space, efficiency, refinement and comfort with new platform and interiorThe new Mercedes-Benz GLS has been revealed at the New York motor show. The luxury SUV has been completely re-engineered in an attempt to better the refinement and efficiency of rivals such as the new BMW X7 and Range Rover.
    Following the standard seven-seater, an uber-luxurious Maybach version will arrive, aimed directly at the Bentley Bentayga.Styled alon
  • Mercedes-Benz celebrates shift to electrification with EQC Edition 1886

    Special edition brings interior and styling upgrades to usher in brand's electric EQ rangeMercedes-Benz has revealed a special edition of its first electric vehicle, the EQC SUV, at the New York motor show. 
    Available exclusively in metallic silver, the special edition is marked out from the standard EQC, revealed in October last year, by a gloss black front grille surround, 20in lightweight alloy wheels with white accents and Edition 1886 branding on the mudguards. 
    Inside, the Editio
  • New Mercedes EQC Edition 1886 unveiled at New York

    News17 Apr, 2019
    New special Mercedes EQC Edition 1886 honours the iconic Benz Patent Motorwagen, and features an extensive range of extras
  • Citroen C5 Aircross Review

    There are so many SUVs on the market these days that choosing between them can be something of a challenge.  As usual, though, Citroen is on hand to offer a typically Gallic left-field option in the guise of the new C5 Aircross.
  • Jaguar I-Pace secures another major award

    Jaguar I-Pace
    British brand's electric SUV has been named 2019 World Car of the YearThe Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV has claimed another trophy, being named the 2019 World Car of the Year.
    The British EV added the title, announced at the New York motor show, to the 2019 European Car of the Year award it secured earlier this year.
    As well as overall victory in World Car of the Year, the I-Pace won the Green Car and Design categories. The awards are voted for by an international panel of m
  • Honda X-NV Concept previews China-only electric crossover

    Production version of HR-V-based EV is on track for delivery to Chinese customers later this yearHonda has revealed the X-NV electric crossover concept at the Shanghai motor show.
    The concept is based on the HR-V, which is sold in China by the Dongfeng Honda joint venture as the XR-V. It previews an upcoming EV that's being jointly developed by Dongfeng and Honda China and set to arrive in production form before the end of 2019 as Dongfeng's first mainstream electric model.
    The X-
  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 arrives at New York with 302bhp

    Entry-level coupé joins Mercedes-AMG's range with 4Matic four-wheel drive and aggressive stylingMercedes-AMG has extended its range of four-cylinder performance models with the introduction of the CLA 35 4Matic four-door coupé.
    The recently revealed CLA is the third of Mercedes-Benz's latest generation of compact models to receive the AMG treatment, following the A35 4Matic hatchback and the recently announced A35 4Matic Saloon.
    Pricing has yet to be announced, though the
  • Analysis: why Pininfarina is working with Chinese start-ups

    Upcoming electric vehicle makers are now where opportunity lies for design houses, and China has plentyPininfarina designed two dramatic concept cars for the Shanghai motor show. In days gone by, that would have been front page news, because it would have likely meant a new Ferrari and the other perhaps an established car maker looking to get out of a design rut by turning to the iconic design house for a nudge in the right direction.
    But in Shanghai, it meant a concept car for electrified
  • New Kia Habaniro Concept hints at next-generation Niro

    News17 Apr, 2019
    The Kia Habaniro concept has been revealed at the New York Motor Show, previewing the look of the next Kia Niro due in 2021
  • New Kia Habaniro Concept hints and next-generation Niro

    News17 Apr, 2019
    The Kia Habaniro concept has been revealed at the New York Motor Show, previewing the look of the next Kia Niro due in 2021
  • DS 3 Crossback BlueHDi 100 Prestige 2019 UK review

    The next phase of DS's premium push hits the UK with this new small crossover, but can it deal with the competition?
    With the DS 3 hatchback not long for this world, the last physical ties between the DS brand and parent Citroën are almost cut.The 7 Crossback was the first stand-alone model unique to the luxury-tilting DS marque and set out its stall with a distinctive cabin and an exterior that caught the eye. Now the 3 Crossback is here to take the fight to a bigger audience, albeit still
  • 2019 New York motor show: all the new cars revealed

    News, updates and launches from one of America's biggest motoring eventsThe New York International Auto Show is home to some of the biggest US-market unveilings, as well as a chance to see some recently revealed European models in the flesh for the first time. 
    Held in one of the world's most vibrant cities, the event always features some interesting new launches, and some outlandish concepts.
    Autocar is on the ground to bring you all of the news and information as it happens. Here's what i
  • Audi S5 switches to 345bhp mild-hybrid diesel

    Audi S5 Sportback
    New engine, shared with recently launched S6 and S7 models, offers more torque and better fuel economyThe Audi S5 will switch from a turbocharged V6 petrol engine to a 345bhp mild-hybrid V6 diesel.
    The powertrain, which will be used in both the coupe and Sportback versions of the S5, is the same as that introduced on the latest S6 and S7 models. It combines a 3.0-litre TDI diesel with a 48V mild-hybrid system and electrically-powered compressor, and produces 516lb ft
  • New Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition debuts in New York

    News17 Apr, 2019
    To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nissan GT-R, the brand has unveiled a commemorative version of its range-topping sports car
  • New Nissan GT-R NISMO hits New York

    News17 Apr, 2019
    The refreshed Nissan GT-R NISMO has been revealed at the 2019 New York Motor Show, with race car-inspired cosmetic upgrades and more power
  • Porsche 911 Speedster debuts in New York with 495bhp flat-six

    Limited-run goodbye to the 991-generation 911 will be limited to 1948 models globallyPorsche has officially revealed the production version of the 911 Speedster as a final send-off for the 991-generation 911.
    On display at this week's New York motor show, the soft-top Speedster is the first to be developed by Porsche's motorsport division. It arrives with the same 4.0-litre flat-six as the current 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, and receives individual throttle bodies similar to the 911 GT3 R
  • Nissan reveals retro-inspired GT-R 50th Anniversary edition

    Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary
    Revised version of Nissan's long-running sports car gains retro styling, turbo and suspension tweaksNissan has celebrated 50 years of the GT-R sports car line with the launch of a special 50th Anniversary Edition at the New York motor show.
    The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates the anniversary of the GT-R (Gran Turismo Racer) badge, which was introduced in 1969 as a variant of the Skyline. The GT-R became a standalone model in 2007.
    The special editi
  • Audi S5 gets a new 342bhp mild-hybrid V6 diesel

    News17 Apr, 2019
    The Audi S5 is now available with a new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, offering both improved performance and efficiency
  • Audi S5 gets a new 340bhp mild-hybrid V6 diesel

    News17 Apr, 2019
    The Audi S5 is now available with a new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, offering both improved performance and efficiency
  • New Ford Mustang High Performance Package launched with 325bhp

    News17 Apr, 2019
    Ford has launched a High Performance Package for its four-cylinder Mustang, adding bigger brakes, revised aerodynamics and new suspension
  • Best lease deals of the week: Hot hatchbacks

    These snorting family hatches will make the morning commute the best part of your dayLeasing can be an affordable, practical route into having your own private car, but it's not always easy to tell the good deals from the duds. 
    The experts at our sister magazine What Car? work hard to find you the best pay-monthly schemes, taking into account mileage allowance, montly outlay, contract length and initial deposit. We'll be bringing you the best deals they find from a different segment each w
  • New Genesis Mint concept is quirky electric city car

    Hyundai-owned premium brand claims model has 200-mile range and is capable of 350kW chargingThe Genesis Mint concept is a premium city car that promises to be “highly manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive,” according to the Hyundai-owned luxury car brand.
    The two-door electric Mint, revealed at the New York motor show, is claimed to offer 200 miles of range and is capable of 350kW fast-charging.
    If it were to make production, an intention not yet confirmed, it would b
  • Autocar magazine 17 April - on sale now

    Autocar magazine 17 April - on sale now
    This week: Our guide to Shanghai's big reveals, the new Range Rover Evoque meets its competitors and we help you buy a sub-£30,000 AstonCould Mercedes-Benz’ new GLB be the German answer to the Land Rover Defender?
    Unveiled in concept form at this week’s Shanghai motor show, it will sit between the GLA high-riding hatchback and GLC SUV when it makes production later this year. Also in Shanghai was Volkswagen’s new electric
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA 220d 2019 review

    Mercedes' new four-door coupé may use A-Class underpinnings, but it has been engineered to be much sportier to drive
    Perhaps it would be more instructive at first to say what this new Mercedes-Benz CLA is not: an A-Class in drag. Of course, it sits on the same platform as Mercedes' latest hatchback and uses the same engines, gearboxes and many other systems. But while you won't be surprised at all to see that it doesn’t look like an A-Class, it’s less easy to gu

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