• Next-generation Toyota GT86 expected by 2019

    Toyota has confirmed plans for a second generation of the 197bhp rear-wheel-drive sports car; soft-top version of the current generation is unlikely
    Toyota has confirmed that the GT86 sports car will continue into a second generation, with a likely onsale date of 2018-2019.
    “The GT86 is at the stage where it’s being decided on the next one,” Toyota Europe boss Karl Schlicht revealed. “Then a chief engineer will be assigned and away we go.”
    The 197bhp rear-wheeldrive
  • Autocar magazine 7 December – out now

    This week’s Autocar magazine features the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, the BMW 5 SeriesThe star of this week's Autocar is the new Vauxhall Insignia, which takes a drastic turn upmarket with a striking new look.
    Our lead feature looks through our favourite used four-wheel drive models that can be bought for less than five grand, and later on we dive under the skin of the new Bentley Bentayga.
    The news section is brimming with the latest on Porsche's new co-investment into fast ch
  • Lucid Motors forges electric vehicle battery deal with Samsung SDI

    Developing Chinese-backed American car company said it is creating better-performing batteries for its first production electric vehicle
    Lucid Motors has forged a partnership with electronics giant Samsung SDI, which will supply lithium-ion battery cells for the nascent electric car company’s first production car, a BMW 5 Series rival that’s due in late 2018.
    The two companies claimed to have developed next-generation cylindrical cells that “are able to exceed current performan
  • Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams on the new Insignia Grand Sport

    Mark Adams, Vauxhall's design chief
    We catch up with Vauxhall's design chief to chat about the all-new, high-quality look and more upmarket Insignia Grand Sport
    The 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport has been revealed, so we've caught up with Vauxhall's design chief Mark Adams, to learn about how he created the "premium aura" of the firm's new flagship model.
    Where do you start to design the follow-up to a flagship model?“We want to create a vehicle that definitely has a premium aura, even
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  • Can the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport steal sales from premium players?

    The 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport has been revealed and it's aiming right at the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    For years, Mondeo men have been transferring in their droves to premium executive saloons, so it’s no surprise that the latest Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and now Insignia have been keenly targeted at the vehicles that have been stealing their proverbial lunch. Even Ford, with its Vignale trim level, has been looking up to these heights.
    For the buyer, the a
  • 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport officially revealed

    Vauxhall’s new large hatchback gets a spacious, high-quality cabin and sheds weight in a bid to steal buyers from premium rivals; on sale next June
    The new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport hatchback has been unveiled, and reveals Vauxhall's plan to steal sales from executive saloons such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
    The Insignia Grand Sport is a new name for this second-generation Insignia, which is seen here for the first time ahead of its Geneva show debut in Mar
  • Toyota reveals new powertrain range with focus on driver enjoyment

    Driver enjoyment, fuel efficiency and lower emissions are targeted for Toyota's next-generation powertrains, due in 2017
    Toyota has revealed improvements to its engine range to fit with its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) underpinnings.
    High amongst the list of prioritised changes is a focus upon driver engagement and enjoyment, in addition to better fuel economy by up to 20%, up to 15% lower emissions of at least 15 per cent, and 10% more power. Toyota aims to introduce the range from 201
  • Seat Arona confirmed for December 2017 release

    Seat's rival for the Nissan Juke will be based on the Ibiza and will sit below the Ateca SUV when it goes on sale late next year
    Seat has confirmed that the Arona, its new Ibiza-based compact crossover SUV, will arrive in December next year.
    The first announcement of the car's expected market debut came at the Paris motor show, but this latest confirmation came at a Seat event in London today. 
    Built to rival the likes of Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur, the Arona will be bui
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  • Senna Proctor signs BTCC deal to drive Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall

    Ambitious teenager with a very quick name steps up from UK Clio Cup to the British Touring Car Championship for 2017 season
    Former Ginetta and Renault Clio racer Senna Proctor will race a Vauxhall Astra for Power Maxed Racing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship next season.
    The 18-year-old from Bridlington in East Yorkshire is the first of two drivers to be recruited by Warwickshire-based squad as it gets set to tackle its maiden season as a team registered for the manufacturer ch
  • Donkervoort reveals D8 GTO-RS limited edition

    The Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS is the Audi 5-cylinder-engined, lightweight variant on the D8 GTO, and successor to the Nurburgring-defeating D8 270 RS
    The Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS has been revealed - the Dutch company's first car since the 270 RS claimed the Nürburgring record in 2005.
    The GTO-RS is Donkervoort's lightweight variant on the D8 GTO model, and is powered by a tweaked version of Audi's 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine. The D8 GTO-RS now meets Euro 6 emissions legislation thanks to
  • Toyota announces new hybrid powertrains for 2017

    News6 Dec, 2016
    Toyota and Lexus will use re-engineered hybrid systems for new models, with improved performance and efficiency
  • One-off Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione makes public appearance

    The Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione, a confirmed one-off from Ferrari, has been spotted at the first Ferrari Classiche Concours Awards
    This is the Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione; one of the brand's latest one-off models, making a rare public appearance. 
    The model was spotted at the Ferrari Classiche Concours Awards this year - the first - which took place at the Daytona International Speedway. These photos surfaced on a Ferrari fan page.Little is known about the model, but reports sugges
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  • Futuristic Rinspeed Oasis concept previews autonomous car sharing

    A new self-driving concept that can rotate on the spot will be demonstrated in Las Vegas next year
    The Rinspeed Oasis is a compact, two-seat autonomous city car that features solar panels and can rotate on the spot.
    Designed to demonstrate a less conventional method of transport for the future, the model will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year.The front wheels can turn on their own axis, enabling the car to navigate incredibly tight turns and rotate on the s
  • Maserati exploring all hybrid options including 48-volt system

    The next Granturismo could feature a hybrid powertrain
    The luxury car maker is set to launch a hybrid in 2019, but says it is currently investigating all possibilities
    Maserati is considering a number of alternative-fuel options for future models, including conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 48-volt hybrid as well as pure electric models.
    An all-electric model, such as the rumoured Alfieri sportscar, is not possible on the current platform, so it is likely a hybrid will be launched first, w
  • Bentley's Aston Martin Vantage rival closes on production approval

    But Brexit uncertainty means it might not be built in Britain
    Bentley is poised to launch a new line of two-seat sports cars based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car that was first revealed at the Geneva motor show in 2015 - but boss Wolfgang Durheimer has revealed there is a possibility it will not be built in Britain unless there is more clarity in Brexit negotiations in the coming months.
    Durheimer is seeking board approval to push the sports car - which would rival two-seaters from Aston Mart
  • 2016 Bentley Bentayga Diesel review

    Conceptually Bentley's first diesel may be challenging, but in reality it is quite beguiling
    The Bentley Bentayga has confronted and batted away criticism from its earliest inception, and here’s another hurdle for it to clear: the arrival of a diesel engine, Bentley’s first.It raises all sorts of questions, chiefly over whether a diesel can ever deliver the kind driveability and refinement that befits the brand - qualities that have served Bentley well for 97 years, lest anyone be in
  • 2017 Range Rover Sport Coupé spotted on video

    Jaguar Land Rover will enter the SUV-coupé marketplace with its first ever road-biased model; electrification looks likely
    The Range Rover Sport Coupé has been spotted testing again, ahead of its expected launch next year.
    The video of the car testing on German roads shows two large trapezoidal exhausts, but thorough camouflage hides the rest of the car's altered styling over the rest of the Range Rover lineup.
    The next Range Rover model will break fresh ground by moving the b
  • Aston Martin and Red Bull extend partnership into 2017

    The partnership that has created the AM-RB 001 hypercar is set to extend into next year
    Aston Martin and Red Bull have extended their partnership into 2017, igniting speculation that there will be a follow-up to the AM-RB 001 hypercar.
    The extended deal was signed at the recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; as part of the partnership, Red Bull F1 cars will continue to bear the Aston Martin logo.
    Aston CEO Andy Palmer said: “By bringing together the talents of Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin,
  • Updated Subaru BRZ revealed

    Subaru's rear-drive sports coupe gets a revamp, following Toyota's update of the closely related GT86 earlier this year
    The Subaru BRZ has been subjected to a thorough update, with tweaks to the styling – inside and out – engine, suspension and more.
    The most notable revision to the BRZ isn’t a physical change on the car, but to the car’s spec sheet. From spring, when the facelifted car goes on sale, it will be available in only one trim level: SE Lux.
    Read our review of
  • Opinion: What the Bentayga has done for Bentley

    Bentley has exceeded its sales expectations of the Bentayga by around 2000 units - something that wasn't expected from the most controversial Bentley ever
    This year Bentley is on course - once again - to make more cars in Crewe than it ever has before. It’s a nice headline that hides a story, however, because much of that growth is driven by the arrival - and smash-hit success - of the Bentayga.
    Elsewhere, business is hard. Chinese authorities continue to clamp down on spending on luxury g
  • 2017 Suzuki Ignis on sale in January priced from £9999

    European spec Suzuki Ignis is slightly different to the Japanese-market version; it rivals the Fiat Panda Trekking
    The European-spec Suzuki Ignis will go on sale in Britain this January priced from £9999, marking the first time the mini crossover has been offered here for nine years.
    Click here to read our review of the new Suzuki Ignis
    Prices and specs
    The entry price buys an SZ3 model, which comes as standard with six airbags, air-conditioning, a DAB radio with Bluetooth,
  • 2017 Volkswagen Arteon - spy pics and tech specs of CC replacement

    Arteon executive saloon will be revealed in Geneva before going on sale in Britain in late 2017; range-topping version will produce 276bhp
    The Volkswagen Arteon will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next March to as a replacement for the discontinued CC.
    The Arteon, shown in the gallery above testing in southern Europe, is the first all-new model to come from the VW brand since the emissions scandal which engulfed the company last year and which lead to the group's restructuring
  • Driving while tired as dangerous as driving drunk

    News6 Dec, 2016
    Drivers who sleep less than five hours are as dangerous on the road as drunk drivers, a new study has found
  • UK tech firm unlocks secret to charging EVs in seconds

    News6 Dec, 2016
    Augmented Optics reveals new material that can charge a car as quickly as filling up with fuel, and it could make batteries redundant
  • Hot Levante and EVs in Maserati plans, but no smaller SUVs

    News6 Dec, 2016
    Maserati has lifted the lid on some bold future product plans as sales rise on the back of its first SUV
  • Bentley Bentayga coupe to lead extended luxury SUV range

    Coupe could launch in 2019, extended wheelbase and high-performance models also expected
    A family of Bentley Bentaygas is being evaluated, as the Crewe-based firm bids to capitalise on the runaway sales success of the luxury SUV.
    Plans include launching a coupe styled version of the car, a long-wheelbase version and - possibly - a limited edition high-performance model in the vein of the Bentley Continental GT3-R.
    Despite being one of the most controversial Bentleys ever launched, both as the fi
  • Jaguar XF long-term test review: first report

    Jaguar’s executive saloon has a year to show us whether its class-leading driver appeal is accompanied by the qualities needed to excel in everyday life
    For car lovers, few things can match the thrill of seeing your new car on the forecourt for the first time.
    But one of the things that rivals it, perhaps, is seeing your new car sitting at the end of the production line upon which it has recently been built.
    Okay, I admit it: being on Autocar’s editorial team opens many doors, but be
  • EVs could be fully charged 'in seconds' following supercapacitor revolution

    The EV battery charging capabilities will be dwarfed when supercapacitors are adopted, says a university-affiliated research group
    Supercapacitors will replace batteries in electric vehicles, allowing them to be charged in a matter of seconds, according to a research group working with the University of Surrey and University of Bristol.
    The group claims to have reached a breakthrough in its research into EV batteries and says supercapacitors are proven to be between 1000 and 10,000 times more po
  • Autocar confidential: Audi, Seat, Ssangyong, Renault

    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
    This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of Seat's record-breaking profits, no regrets from Ssangyong's UK CEO, Audi's success with its new factory in Mexico, the Renault Trezor's craftmanship.
    Seat's record-breaking profits
    Seat is on track to report its highest profits ever, even before sales of the eagerly anticipated Ateca SUV have begun.
    “Profit of €100m [£
  • Hot Maserati Levante under consideration

    As Levante sales ramp up, Maserati is considering a hot version based on the existing V8 used in the Quattroporte
    The Maserati Levante could get a hot version later in its lifecycle with more than 500bhp, to rival models such as the BMW X6 M.
    A souped-up version of the Levante might echo the Quattroporte range-topper which uses a 3.8-litre V8 unit delivering 523bhp and 479lb ft. At a similar weight to the luxury saloon, the Levante could hit 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds, more than two seconds f
  • Hot Maserati Levante on the cards later in lifecycle

    As Levante sales ramp up, Maserati is considering a hot version based on the existing V8 used in the Quattroporte
    The Maserati Levante could get a hot version later in its lifecycle with more than 500bhp, to rival models such as the BMW X6 M.
    A souped-up version of the Levante might echo the Quattroporte range-topper which uses a 3.8-litre V8 unit delivering 523bhp and 479lb ft. At a similar weight to the luxury saloon, the Levante could hit 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds, more than two seconds f
  • 500bhp Maserati Levante super-SUV under consideration

    As Levante sales ramp up, Maserati is considering a hot version based on the V8 used in the Quattroporte
    The Maserati Levante line-up could get a hot version with more than 500bhp later in its lifecycle to rival models such as the BMW X6 M.
    A souped-up version of the Levante might echo the Quattroporte range-topper, which uses a 3.8-litre V8 engine delivering 523bhp and 479lb ft. At a similar weight to the luxury saloon, the Levante could cover 0-62mph in around 4.5sec, more than 2.0sec faster t
  • Volkswagen Polo WRCs will compete in 2017 if backer can be found

    VW Group motorsport boss confirms well-funded privateer team could take over the works programme; Audi LMP1 cars are also available if backing is found
    A deal for Volkswagen Polo WRC cars to compete in 2017 World Rally Championship is "the number one priority" of VW Group motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer, he has confirmed to Autocar - but only if it does not cost the manufacturer any money.
    Last week VW's head of development Frank Welsch said the 2017 Polo WRC would be homologat
  • Nissan driverless car tech will adapt to local driving habits

    News5 Dec, 2016
    Looking at how different cultures and societies differ in their driving habits is crucial to the development of autonomous tech
  • 2017 BTCC teams entry list confirmed

    Vauxhall Astras join entry list for next season’s British Touring Car Championship; all slots have been filled, despite loss of two teams
    The entrants list for next year’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has been released, confirming that all 32 driver slots have been filled by 17 teams.
    Reigning champion outfit West Surrey Racing (WSR) returns with three BMW 125i M Sports and a new signing - 2013 title winner Andrew Jordan - in its ranks, while BMR brings the most cars to th
  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery to be built at new Slovakian plant

    Nitra plant could also be birthplace of 2019 Land Rover Defender; £1bn plant will eventually produce 150,000 vehicles a year
    The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is the first confirmed car to be built at JLR's new production facility in Nitra, Solvakia.
    At first 100% of production for the new SUV model will be handled by the firm's existing Solihull plant, but the Nitra site will then begin to contribute to the new Discovery's supply when it opens in late 2018.
    The £1 billion
  • One-off Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione seen in Daytona

    News5 Dec, 2016
    Unannounced Special Project Ferrari based on F12 causes a stir at Finali Mondiali in Daytona
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupé - new video reveals interior

    The new E-Class Coupé gets similar styling to the C-Class and S-Class Coupés and will go on sale in 2017 following its debut in January at the Detroit motor show
    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé will be revealed at the Detroit motor show in January before going on sale in Spring 2017.
    The svelte two-door coupé version of the E-Class Saloon is aimed squarely at the BMW 6 Series and Audi A5, and has hit the road in a final round of dura
  • Peugeot urged to make Le Mans return following Audi's departure

    The Peugeot 908 last competed at Le Mans in 2011
    Audi’s departure from the World Endurance Championship could spur on a Le Mans return for Peugeot
    Peugeot is being invited to compete at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), following the departure of Audi at the end of the 2016 season.
    An unnamed WEC factory team member told Automotive News Europe: “There is a lot of lobbying going on to convince Peugeot to return to Le Mans racing, and the word is it is thinking abo
  • Ultimate guide to car sharing, car clubs and ride-sharing

    Tips & advice6 Dec, 2016
    We have all you need to know about your car sharing options, with first-hand tests of Zipcar, DriveNow and more
  • 2017 Mazda3 Review

    When we first reviewed the current generation Mazda3 back in 2014, we came away impressed.That’s not surprising, really: it looks good, drives well, and is powered by a range of great engines.Thankfully when time came for Mazda’s engineers to give their best-seller a mid-life update, they wisely chose not to mess with a winning formula.
  • 2017 Seat Leon Cupra updated with 296bhp and all-wheel-drive estate version

    More potent hatch is joined by four-wheel-drive ST estate variant; torque is up to 280lb ft
    The Seat Leon Cupra will have 296bhp and 280lb ft at its disposal thanks to engine upgrades included in a 2017 model year update.
    The more potent hot hatch’s output matches that of the Volkswagen Golf R, with which it shares its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Both cars produce their maximum torque figure between 1800rpm and 5500rpm.
    No performance data has yet been released, but expect the 296bhp Cu
  • 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 - 296bhp and new all-wheel-drive estate

    More potent hatch is joined by four-wheel-drive ST estate variant; torque is up to 280lb ft
    The Seat Leon Cupra 300 will have 296bhp and 280lb ft at its disposal thanks to engine upgrades included in a 2017 model year update.
    The more potent hot hatch’s output matches that of the Volkswagen Golf R, with which it shares its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Both cars produce their maximum torque figure between 1800rpm and 5500rpm.
    No performance data has yet been released, but expect the
  • Subaru BRZ tweaked for 2017

    The Subaru BRZ - our driver's favourite - has been revised for the 2017 model year with a few tweaks both inside and out, the most obvious of which is the arrival of a sharp new set of full LED headlights.
  • Subaru BRZ facelifted with new suspension and engine parts for 2017

    News5 Dec, 2016
    2017 BRZ gets a mild redesign, and will go on sale in spring
  • 500th LaFerrari fetches record-breaking final price

    LaFerrari gets one car added to its original 499-unit production run, with the 500th example auctioned to aid those affected by the Italian earthquake
    The 500th LaFerrari has been sold at auction, with the £5.5 million proceeds from the sale going to the victims of the Italian earthquake earlier this year.
    The sale price makes it the most expensive 21st century car sold at auction. All of the money raised will go to the earthquake victims, with auctioneer Southeby waiving it
  • 500th LaFerrari fetches record-breaking £5.5million at auction

    LaFerrari gets one car added to its original 499-unit production run, with the 500th example auctioned to aid those affected by the Italian earthquake
    The 500th LaFerrari has been sold at auction, with the £5.5 million proceeds from the sale going to the victims of the Italian earthquake earlier this year.
    The sale price makes it the most expensive 21st century car sold at auction. All of the money raised will go to the earthquake victims, with auctioneer Southeby waiving it
  • 2017 Ford Fiesta ST could be AWD

    Ford Fiesta Active
    The rumoured all-wheel-drive version of the next-generation Fiesta could also spawn a 4x4 version of the new Active crossover-styled model
    Ford can quite easily build an all-wheel-drive version of the next Fiesta, the brand has confirmed, raising the possibility of a hot all-wheel-drive version of the next ST model.
    The engineering would be possible because the Fiesta is based on a modified version of the same global small car platform as the EcoSport small SUV, which is sold
  • Dangerous drivers who kill could get life in prison

    British ministers reveal plans to raise upper sentence limit if a driver kills when behind the wheel
    Dangerous drivers who kill could be given a life sentence in prison if plans proposed by British ministers are approved.
    The new laws would grant judges the power to sentence drivers who kill through speeding, street racing or using a mobile phone behind the wheel to life, ranking their offences as highly as manslaughter.
    Drivers convicted of driving under the influence of drink or drugs could al
  • Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in jail

    News5 Dec, 2016
    Motorists found guilty of dangerous driving could see the maximum penalty go up from 14 years to life, under new proposals

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