• MG rival to Nissan Juke spied with 1.5-litre petrol engine

    Credit: James Fidoe
    MG’s upcoming small SUV has been caught running a familiar engine, suggesting it'll share at least one powerplant with the GS; it'll also introduce new units to the range
    MG’s upcoming small SUV, codenamed the ZS, has been spotted testing once again, but this time we know it's running a 1.5-litre engine thanks to information available on an insurance database.
    The use of a 1.5-litre engine backs earlier suggestions that the unit could be carried over fro
  • 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift revealed

    Skoda has revealed an update to its best-selling model, the Octavia, with refreshed styling, new infotainment and more tech
    The Skoda Octavia has been facelifted for 2017, with new front and rear end designs and updated in-car tech.
    Skoda’s best-selling model receives a new more angular grille in the style of the recently launched Kodiaq SUV, along with new headlights, which are now LED and divided into two sections, and redesigned tail-lights. The bonnet, meanwhile, gets a more streamline
  • All-new Mazda CX-5 confirmed for LA motor show debut

    New crossover will be shown on 16 November; single preview image released ahead of reveal
    The next-generation Mazda CX-5 will make its world debut at the LA motor show next month.
    Only one image previewing the car’s exterior has been released, but visible design features, such as the pinched headlight and a lengthy bonnet suggest the CX-5’s look will take influence from Mazda’s larger CX-9 SUV.
    The outgoing CX-5’s 2.0 petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines are likely to
  • 2016 Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI 280 Sport Line review

    Sport Line trim makes a strong case for itself here, adding desirable kit without hurting the Superb's plush ride and handling
    It’s a Skoda Superb with a mild bit of added dynamism. Well, the Superb Sport Line is primarily a regular Superb with a new trim level, bringing as it does things such as gloss black plastics, new bumpers, new seats and some carbonfibre-look trim inside, but it also includes a 15mm suspension drop, an electronic differential lock and 19in alloy wheels.&nb
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  • 2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon 1.7 CRDi GT-Line S DCT review

    It has the raw ingredients to be a decent car, but sadly the Kia Optima Sportswagon hasn't the polish to really shine
    If you know your Transformers you’ll be aware that Optimus Prime is the strong, sharp-thinking leader of the Autobots. Kia is hoping its new Kia Optima Sportswagon will rise to a similarly lofty position and become leader of the D-segment estates.This is no ‘stick your finger in the air and hope’ effort, either. The Optima Sportswagon was designed and built spec
  • Fines for drivers using mobile phones down 86% in 5 years

    News27 Oct, 2016
    Figures show an 86 per cent drop in fines for drivers using phones at the wheel, despite reports showing there are more offenders than ever
  • Opinion: Nissan's commitment to Sunderland is a big boost for Britain

    Nissan's Sunderland plant employees 7000 people
    Nissan's continued investment in its Sunderland plant could be the catalyst Britain needs to save its car industry
    Once again, Nissan has shown leadership in UK car manufacturing at exactly the moment it was most needed.
    Thirty-two years ago it signalled a renaissance in British car manufacturing by building a mammoth plant in fresh car-making territory at Sunderland, just as British Leyland was beginning its terminal decline. This week, Nissan has
  • 2018 Bentley Continental GT and GTC – latest spy pics

    New, lighter, luxury coupé and convertible will switch to a platform shared with the next-generation Porsche Panamera; hybrid powertrain will be available
    The next-generation Bentley Continental GT has been spotted testing in convertible GTC form ahead of the new model's expected launch in 2018. 
    Both the 2018 GT coupé and GTC convertible feature new front-end styling that appears to draw from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept first seen at last year's Geneva motor show - i
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  • 2016 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and electric models on sale in UK

    Hyundai's first dedicated alternative fuel car is on sale as a hybrid from £19,995; full EV model is available from £24,495; PHEV to join next year
    Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and electric models are now on sale in the UK, priced from £19,995 and £24,495 respectively.
    In comparison, a key rival for the new car, the hybrid Toyota Prius, costs from £23,295.
    The third and final model in the new Ioniq line-up, a plug-in hybrid, will be launched in the secon
  • New VW Transporter Bluemotion claims over 50mpg

    News27 Oct, 2016
    Volkswagen has applied its Bluemotion fuel-saving tech to the Transporter van and the result is a claimed 51.4mpg combined
  • Sunderland confirmed for next-gen Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail production

    Nissan's Sunderland plant opened in 1986 and has produced almost 9 million cars since
    Sunderland will also continue to produce the Juke, making it a European hub for Nissan SUVs and quelling fears Brexit could shrink the site
    The next-generation Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built alongside the Juke at the Nissan’s Sunderland production plant, meaning the factory in the north east of England will become a European hub for crossover production.
    The move will ensure the surv
  • 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport name confirmed

    More spacious Insignia Grand Sport, due to be revealed in December, will become a truly global model
    The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport name has been confirmed for the next-generation hatchback model, due next year.
    The hatchback will be joined by an estate version, called the Insignia Sport Tourer, and possibly a more rugged model that could adopt the name Country Tourer.
    Autocar has already sampled a prototype version of the 2017 Insignia Grand Sport - click here to read our revi
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  • 2018 Porsche Cayenne hits test track - video

    Next-generation Cayenne will be based on the same platform as the new Audi Q7. An all-electric powertrain could be offered
    A development mule for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been caught on video testing at the Nürburgring.
    The car is dressed in current-generation Cayenne bodywork, but beneath the familiar exterior sit new underpinnings because this mule is being used to test chassis components and settings.Earlier development cars have been spotted running inside the Arctic Circle as part
  • Tesla Network targets Uber with new ride-sharing scheme

    News27 Oct, 2016
    "It's not Tesla versus Uber, it's the people versus Uber," says Musk, as he looks towards a new ride-sharing platform called Tesla Network
  • Why is your car insurance premium so high?

    News27 Oct, 2016
    As car insurance costs rise by 10 per cent, the Association of British Insurers reveals what drivers pay for
  • Changing attitudes towards autonomous cars is biggest hurdle

    Convincing people autonomous cars are safe is key to their success
    The government-backed Autodrive initiative is measuring public perception to driverless tech; it's working with Jaguar Land Rover, Tata and Ford
    Ingrained attitudes of motorists will be harder to overcome than the technical challenges of creating autonomous and connected cars, according to Tim Armitage who heads up a government and industry-backed £20m initiative into the technology.
    The initiative - called Autodrive - is c
  • Throwback Thursday: 1922 Studebaker Light Six road test

    Studebaker Light Six at Wimbledon Common
    On 11 February, 1922, Autocar had the American Studebaker Light Six tourer for a week, resulting in a glowing review in every respect
    Before the war, one of the biggest names in American motoring was Studebaker. Interestingly, the company’s first production car, built from 1902, was electric, before their first petrol model in 1904.
    Over the years, the Indiana-based company became something of a luxury brand, gaining a reputation for quality and rel
  • 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 facelift spotted undisguised

    Facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 receives subtle styling updates to its front and rear, and gains the option of a manual gearbox. It goes on sale in 2017
    New spy pictures of an undisguised 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 at the Nürburgring show that the car will get redesigned tail lights and a new rear bumper.
    The 2017 car will also get a revised front end, with more aggressive air intakes in the front bumper, a redesigned front spoiler, air intakes and new LED indicators, alo
  • Borgward to build new factory in Bremen

    The production version of the BX7 will be built in Bremen
    Revived German marque will build factory in its ancestral hometown as it attempts a European expansion; its first model is due to be launched in 2018
    The revived German marque Borgward will build a factory in its historic hometown of Bremen, marking another step towards its return to production.
    Work on the new facility is due to start in 2017, with plans to start vehicle production in 2018. The exact location of the factory has yet to be
  • Car insurance premiums rise by 16.3% in a year, says AA

    Car insurance is becoming increasingly expensive for motorists
    Tax, excess whiplash claims and price comparison websites are blamed for a sizeable hike in premiums
    Car insurance premiums have risen by almost £82 on average over the past year, with the blame falling on increased taxes, excess whiplash claims and price comparison websites.
    The AA’s latest British Insurance Premium Index shows that typical premium quotes have risen by 3.7% over the last quarter and 16.3% over the past y
  • 2016 BMW M240i review

    More power, more speed, more noise: BMW's revamped and renamed performance coupé is sweeter than ever
    The BMW naming convention music has stopped once again, and in this year's scramble for a seat; the M235i has been elbowed aside by the new M240i and been made to sit in the corner. But in truth, there is more to this replacement than just a bigger-numbered badge affixed the3 compact two-door coupé's bootlid. In the same vein as the new M140i hatch we drove only rece
  • Audi quits Le Mans for Formula E

    News26 Oct, 2016
    Audi confirms future motorsport involvement will be with Formula E after it withdraws from WEC and Le Mans
  • 2017 Ferrari F12 M - successor to F12 caught on video

    The spotted development cars have thick cladding
    Power output could close in on the 769bhp of the F12tdf; hybrid technology won’t come until 2020
    The replacement for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has been caught on video near Ferrari's Maranello base almost four months it's due to be revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
    The two spotted development cars had thick covers on, but their familiar bodyshape confirms that the 2017 model will be a facelift rather than all-new car.
  • Seat Ibiza ST model axed

    Poor sales and the popularity of small SUVS make Seat pull the plug on its small estate
    Production of the Seat Ibiza ST small estate has been halted because of poor sales and the rising popularity of small SUVs.
    The Ibiza ST is the latest model to be dropped from the unpopular sub-compact estate segment, following the departure of the Renault Clio SW in 2013 and the Peugeot 207 SW in 2014.
    Analysts say that small estates – known in the industry as the B-SW segment – have ne
  • Audi quits Le Mans and WEC for Formula E

    Audi confirms it will terminate its World Endurance Championship (WEC) programme at the end of 2016 to focus on a factory Formula E effort
    Audi will end its World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans programme and switch i efforts to Formula E at the end of this season.
    The German brand confirmed that all 300 employees of its Audi Sport motorsport arm would be retained, but their focus would switch to Formula E when the 2016 season ends.
    Chairman of the board of management Rupert Stadler tol
  • 2016 Volkswagen Up 1.0 TSI High Up review

    A new turbocharged three-pot injects some fun into VW's slick city car and makes it a more rounded package
    The Volkswagen Up is a brilliant city car but until now it’s had some pretty weedy engine options. The 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre variants are economical enough, but take the former out of the city and it's like a fish out of water, being too weak to cope comfortably either with regular motorway drives or B-road overtakes. Even the higher-powered version struggles over hilly
  • The wacky creations from Kia and Hyundai's Idea Festival

    Features26 Oct, 2016
    We head to Korea to witness the amazing results when some of the brightest minds in motoring R&D think outside the box
  • What's behind the 2017 Mini Countryman's new look?

    The 2017 Mini Countryman has been revealed, but where did its design inspiration come from?
    The ladies and gentlemen of Munich may wince as they read this, but I suspect I’ll not be alone in suggesting that the new Countryman owes more than a passing nod of inspiration to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai. Just look at those wheel arches…
    Read about the 2017 Mini Countryman reveal here
    No more is the Countryman a mere blown-up version of the mainstream Mini. This new d
  • 224mph Apollo Arrow to be co-developed by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus

    Apollo, the company formerly known as Gumpert, has partnered with SGP to build its 986bhp and 737lb ft model
    The 224mph Apollo Arrow concept of Geneva 2016 will inspire a production model, set to be co-developed by supercar company Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) and on course to arrive sometime next year.
    The new collaboration, lead by Apollo - a brand founded on the remnants of Gumpert - will also include Italian manufacturing house Manifattura A
  • "Launching a new car brand is not for the faint-hearted"

    Opinion26 Oct, 2016
    LYNK & CO announced last week its plans for future-looking mobility - and Graham Hope found it very interesting
  • General Motors warns of Brexit cuts in Europe

    News26 Oct, 2016
    A falling pound and levelling vehicle demand is estimated to cost GM $300 million by the end of the year
  • 2017 Mini Countryman revealed

    All-new model is bigger and more efficient than the car it replaces; on sale in February
    The new Mini Countryman crossover will go on sale next February at a starting price of £22,465, with the SD All4 version — the rangetopping model in the launch line-up — costing £29,565
    That line-up will be joined later next year by Mini’s first hybrid model, the Countryman SE. It will have a claimed electric-only range of 25 miles and a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec.
    The new Countryma
  • Don’t miss the Auto Express Winter Special and free Autoglym Winter Kit

    News26 Oct, 2016
    The Auto Express Winter special is available with 6 issues for just £1, plus a FREE set of Autoglym’s Winter Care Collection.
  • Volkswagen Golf variants to be cut from the range

    Volkswagen plans to reduce the number of Mk8 Golf variants in an attempt to make it more cost-effective
    The new Volkswagen Golf, which is due to be unveiled next month before going on sale next year, will not be available in as many variants as it is now, as the scandal-hit firm focuses on increasing profit margins, boss Herbert Diess has revealed to Autocar.
    VW’s operating profit margins are famously slim and dipped to 1.7% in the first half of this year. Diess has already signalled his i
  • Autocar magazine 26 October - out now

    In this week's mag: we crown Britain's best driver's car, meet the new Mini Countryman, say hello to the Mercedes-AMG E 63 and drive a WRC car
    In this week’s Autocar we drive the 11 contenders up for the title of Britain's best driver's car, including the Porsche 911 R, Ford Focus RS, BMW M2 and Ferrari 488 GTB.
    There's a full introduction to the new Mini Countryman, which moves up in size and price bracket, and a first look at Lync&Co's 01 SUV and its accompanying car sharing services
  • 2017 Vauxhall Insignia prototype review

    We review the next-generation Vauxhall Insignia and find that, while still disguised and giving little away about its appearance, it's encouragingly good to drive
    The big mainstream hatchback isn’t dead. In fact, the Vauxhall Insignia has always done rather well in the UK. The British buy twice as many of 'em as any other country, and the model is due for replacement next year.This is an early drive of a late development example of the next-generation Insignia; a ‘validation prototyp
  • 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport prototype review

    We review the next-generation Vauxhall Insignia and find that, while still disguised and giving little away about its appearance, it's encouragingly good to drive
    The big mainstream hatchback isn’t dead. In fact, the Vauxhall Insignia has always done rather well in the UK. The British buy twice as many of 'em as any other country, and the model is due for replacement next year.This is an early drive of a late development example of the next-generation Insignia; a ‘validation prototyp
  • 2017 Mercedes-AMG E 63 officially revealed

    AMG's most powerful series production four-door model has been pictured ahead of its Los Angeles debut at the motor show. It's expected to go on sale in early 2017
    The third-generation Mercedes-AMG E 63 has been revealed. It's the fastest accelerating model ever produced by Mercedes’s burgeoning performance car division with an official 0-62mph time of 3.4sec in range-topping S 4Matic+ guise.
    The car will make its public debut at AutoMobility LA (the Los Angeles motor show) in mi
  • Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class previews new pickup

    Today, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new Concept X-Class, offering a preview of the design of its forthcoming pickup model that's expected to arrive in production form in late 2017.
  • Seven more pick-ups that should be made

    The pick-up truck is the ultimate ‘lifestyle’ statement car, and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class arguably takes it to a new level
    The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a first; the first premium-brand pick-up truck on the market, having pipped Tesla's confirmed pick-up to the post.
    We doubt it’ll be alone for long, as BMW, Audi and who knows who else will want a piece of the pie once sales kick off. So here’s a list of seven more pickups which the car makers should think about.
    Read mor
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept previews first pick-up

    Duo of concepts showcase first pick-up bearing the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star
    Mercedes-Benz has previewed the name and appearance of its upcoming mid-sized pick-up with the unveiling of a pair of concept cars conceived to set the scene for the introduction of the company’s newest commercial vehicle model.
    Called the X-class – a name it will retain for production, the new dual cab Mercedes-Benz pick-up has been depicted in two distinct forms by the German car maker’s in-ho
  • VW emissions scandal: $14.7bn settlement approved as biggest in US history

    Volkswagen will buy back or fix 475,000 cars in the US, and all owners are set to get compensation of up to $10,000
    Volkswagen has been given approval for its $14.7 billion (around £11bn) settlement with owners of cars in the US affected by the emissions scandal.
    The settlement money, which is the largest sum in US history, will be used to compensate some 475,000 drivers. Owners can choose between getting the software fix or selling their car back to VW. They will also get additi
  • Hyundai Veloster RM16 N - 296bhp mid-engined prototype spotted testing

    Turbocharged V6 performance model won't go on sale; it's testing parts for future production models
    This Hyundai Veloster RM16 N development car has been spotted high-speed testing at the Nürburgring.
    The wide-arched RM16 N has aggressively styled bumpers, a roof-mounted rear wing and a rear diffuser. There are twin exit tailpipes and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels, giving the model a significantly more hardcore look than the production Veloster.While the mid-engined model looks near pro
  • Hyundai’s 296bhp RM16 N hot hatch spotted testing

    News25 Oct, 2016
    RM16 N concept used as a test bed for future tech we’ll see on Hyundai i30N hot hatch next year
  • Jaguar Land Rover parent Tata Sons ousts chairman Cyrus Mistry

    Ratan Tata, pictured third from the right, is Tata Sons' interim leader
    The holding company behind Jaguar Land Rover has switched back to its former leader in a surprise move
    Tata Group’s holding company Tata Sons has ousted its chairman Cyrus Mistry in a surprise move that has brought former leader Ratan Tata back to the helm.
    Tata Sons, which owns Jaguar Land Rover parent company Tata Group, gave no reason for the change. But the company has suffered a slow down in re
  • LA Motor Show 2016: preview, dates and details

    News25 Oct, 2016
    The Los Angeles Auto Show is right around the corner, and it's set to feature a host of important new debuts
  • 2016 Ford Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost 182 ST-Line review

    The Kuga ST-Line is enjoyable to drive, but this version of the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine doesn't suit Ford's SUV
    After a few years on sale, the Ford Kuga has hit an age where it needs to go under the surgeon’s knife in order to stay fresh. Up front there are new headlights and a new grille that bring the car into line with the recently released Edge, while at the back there are new tail-lights. Inside, you'll now find Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system.Mechanical changes are m
  • Rolls-Royce Dawn turns to fashion for new special edition

    The Dawn - Inspired by Fashion combines stark colour contrasts with silk elements; it'll be available to order from November
    The Rolls-Royce Dawn – Inspired by Fashion is a new car from the Bespoke service at Rolls’ Goodwood headquarters.
    As the name suggests, the special edition convertible takes its cue from the world of haute couture and has been created by a team of designers from fashion, fine textiles and luxury accessories.
    The result is a machine with an interior that feature
  • Jaguar XF S Sportbrake spotted testing ahead of 2017 launch

    Estate version of Jaguar’s BMW 5 Series rival will be offered with six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines
    A Jaguar XF S Sportbrake development car has been spotted testing ahead of the model’s official reveal in the first quarter of next year.
    The S version of Jaguar’s sports estate will sit above the regular XF Sportbrake, which has been confirmed for production, and make use of the same turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as the saloon.
    Both the engines are turbocharged 3.
  • Autocar confidential: Seat, BMW, VW Group, Infiniti

    Seat Ateca
    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 Volkswagen Group's Ulrich Hackenberg, Seat Ateca residual values, BMW rumours and an Infiniti flagship. 
    Volkswagen Group's Ulrich Hackenberg
    Wondering what Ulrich Hackenberg, former VW Group engineer who left the company last year in the wake of Dieselgate, is up to? A former colleague bumped into him recently in a DIY

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