• Autocar confidential: Porsche, Mazda, Mitsubishi, GKN

    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 the future of the Mazda MX-5 and the Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4, Porsche guns for Tesla and GKN's electric future.
    The future of the Mazda MX-5
    The Mazda MX-5 will continue to thrive even if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) doesn’t commit to building a next-gen version of the Fiat 124 Spider. Mazda R&D chief Kiyoshi Fujiwara said:
  • 2017 BMW 4 Series facelift revealed

    Updates for the BMW 4 Series bring subtle styling changes and new engines; first deliveries expected in April, prices starting at £32,525
    The facelifted BMW 4 Series has been revealed, featuring design and engine updates, ahead of a public debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
    The facelifted first-generation 4 Series is set for UK deliveries in April, with prices starting at £32,525 - £680 more than the old model. It means the updated BMW's starting price is higher than
  • Airbus aims for flying car prototype by year’s end

    Airbus has joined the leagues of small start-up companies aiming to get flying cars off the groundAn Airbus flying car prototype will take to the skies by the end of 2017 if CEO Tom Enders’ timescale goes to plan.
    The E^3 Project Vahana team is currently working on a prototype of the brand’s first ‘piloted flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport’, as it is described by Airbus.
    Read more: Uber plans autonomous electric flying car
    The proje
  • 2017 Vauxhall Crossland X – first picture of Nissan Qashqai rival

    The nose of Vauxhall’s upcoming small SUV has been previewed ahead of its debut this week
    The 2017 Vauxhall Crossland X has been previewed in a single image two days before its official debut.
    The small SUV will sit above the Mokka X and below the future Grandland X in Vauxhall’s growing line-up.
    The Crossland X has been described as a family-friendly urban vehicle “with enough comfort and performance to cover long distances at the drop of a hat”.
    Today’s preview im
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  • Brabus reveals aftermarket options for the Mercedes E-Class saloon

    News16 Jan, 2017
    The German tuner has worked its magic on all areas of the Mercedes E-Class, starting with the engine...
  • Ford recalls all Kugas in South Africa due to fires

    A series of fires in Ford Kugas, one fatal, has triggered a recall on the SUV across the country
    The Ford Kuga has been the subject of a series of fires in South Africa, prompting the manufacturer to recall all 4556 units of the model as a precaution.
    One man has died as a result of a Kuga fire in South Africa, according to the Sunday Times. The issue is reported to affect Kugas with the 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. ‘At least’ 47 fires have been reported in the country. Affected
  • New Pagani Huayra Roadster preview image released

    Murky preview images show fragments of the Pagani Huayra Roadster; we’ll have to wait until the Geneva motor show to get our first full look
    The Pagani Huayra Roadster has been previewed with a third image, released in the run-up to the car's debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
    The new picture is of the right rear tail-light, showing the back section of the drop-top's re-designed engine cover. Two previous images showed small details including the centre section of the car's nose
  • Airbus plans to test autonomous 'flying car' prototype in 2017

    News16 Jan, 2017
    Airbus group CEO Tom Enders reveals prototype 'flying car' with autonomous technology could be tested by year's end
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  • Mercedes-AMG F1 confirms Valtteri Bottas for 2017

    Bottas will fill reigning champion Nico Rosberg's seat
    Nico Rosberg’s replacement moves from Williams with five seasons and nine podiums under his belt
    The Mercedes-AMG F1 team has confirmed Valtteri Bottas will partner Lewis Hamilton for its 2017 championship campaign.
    The 27-year-old Finn fills the space left by Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning his first title in 2016, and departs Williams after five seasons where he secured nine podiums but no wins.
    “It is going to be mega
  • Distracted driving: what is a Driver Emotion Test?

    Features16 Jan, 2017
    It’s not just sat-navs and phones that distract us; smells and tastes can also affect our driving. We sit a DET test to see by how much...
  • Why does a Nissan Leaf anger people more than an Audi SQ7?

    Life with both a Nissan Leaf and an Audi SQ7 has shown that, oddly, it's the mild-mannered EV that gets the more extreme reactions from other road users
    We all know that different cars provoke different reactions from other road users. I suspect it’s an inevitable, if ugly, aspect of human nature that we often make judgements on sight, despite our intention not to. I had reason to dwell on this recently, having spent four cheerful months in our Nissan Leaf long-termer before swap
  • Attitude problems

    Life in a Nissan Leaf and Audi SQ7 has shown that, oddly, it's the mild-mannered Leaf that gets a more extreme reaction from other road users
    We all know that different cars provoke different reactions from other road users. I suspect it’s an inevitable, if ugly, aspect of human nature that we often judge on sight, despite intentions not to. I had reason to dwell on this recently since I spent four cheerful months in our Nissan Leaf long termer, before swapping for our rather more brazen A
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  • 2017 Jaguar E-Pace spotted winter testing ahead of summer debut

    Five-seat baby SUV is set to take on the likes of the Audi Q3 with a sub-£30k starting price; second sighting comes from the Arctic Circle
    The Jaguar E-Pace baby SUV has been spotted for the second time one week after Autocar posted the first pictures of a full-bodied mule online.
    Sitting below the F-Pace and similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque, the five-seat E-Pace will rival models such as the Audi Q3 when it's unveiled in early summer.
    The new SUV is set to use
  • All-new Hyundai i30 on sale from £16,995 this March

    'Redefined' Hyundai i30 offers three petrol units and one diesel unit, including a new 1.4 T-GDi with 138bhp
    The third-generation Hyundai i30 will go on sale in March priced from £16,995.
    In the run up to its market launch, Hyundai has confirmed that the five-door hatchback will be available in five trim levels - S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE - and come available with three engines, two petrols and a diesel (scroll down for more on engines and gearboxes).
    Trim levels
    Entr
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee to be tested by Department for Transport

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has accused FCA of cheating emissions tests with its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine
    The Jeep Grand Cherokee will undergo tests in the UK following accusations lodged against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US last week. 
    The Department for Transport (DfT) will carry out tests on the Jeep, as it did after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke.
    A DfT spokesman said:&
  • 2017 Toyota Yaris revealed on video

    Toyota's next Yaris has been revealed in a video posted by a Japanese site; it'll retain the hybrid version like the current car, too
    The 2017 Toyota Yaris has been revealed in full in a video that has surfaced on a Japanese site, weeks ahead of the car's global debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
    Read about all of the anticipated Geneva motor show cars hereThe styling of the new Yaris, called Vitz in its home market, looks to be largely unchanged from the outgoing model, but it now adopts
  • Airbag issue sparks biggest-ever car recall

    As many as 100 million cars are set to be recalled after Takata reveals potentially lethal problems with its airbag's detonator systems
    Around 100 million cars from at least 13 manufacturers are set to be recalled after airbag supplier Takata conceded that it had hidden evidence of potentially lethal issues with its detonator system.
    Last week Takata agreed to pay $1bn (£820m) in penalties - made up of a $25m fine, $125m compensation for people injured or killed by the airbags and $850m to
  • Tesla Model S Electric GT race car packs 778bhp

    News16 Jan, 2017
    Race prepared Model S saloon gets uprated electric motor and claimed two second 0-60mph dash
  • Tesla Model S Electric GT race car does 0-60mph in 2s

    News16 Jan, 2017
    Race prepared Model S saloon gets uprated electric motor for 778bhp and claimed two-second 0-60mph dash
  • Alpine A120 sports car due in March at Geneva motor show

    Renault’s upcoming mid-engined sports car looks on course to debut in Geneva as Alpine is confirmed as an exhibitor
    Renault's Alpine A120 looks on course to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show this March, as Alpine has been confirmed as an exhibitor for the event (see image below).
    While no official reveal date for the production A120 has been confirmed, the slot at one of Europe's most important motoring events suggests the sports model will be shown there before sales kic
  • Alpine A120 sports car due at Geneva show in March

    Renault’s upcoming mid-engined sports car looks on course to be unveiled in Geneva as Alpine is confirmed as an exhibitor
    Renault's Alpine A120 looks on course to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show this March, with Alpine being confirmed as an exhibitor for the event.
    While no official reveal date for the production A120 has been confirmed, the slot for its manufacturer at one of Europe's most important motoring events suggests that the sports model will be shown there bef
  • Racing Tesla Model S specifications revealed ahead of Electric GT season

    Stripped-down P100D reaches 62mph in 2.1sec; Electric GT Championship races will be held at Brands Hatch, Circuit de Catalunya and the Nürburgring
    The Tesla Model S racing car that will take part in the new Electric GT Championship (EGT) series can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.0sec.
    Specifications for the EGT racer, which is based on a Tesla Model S P100D but has been track-prepared by EGT Engineering, were revealed at the Autosport International show over the weeke
  • Huge Mercedes G-Class 4x4² pick-up truck spied testing

    News16 Jan, 2017
    Final send-off for current generation G-Wagen looks set to be a pick-up variant of huge 4x4² G-Class.
  • Seat Ateca long-term test review: first report

    The Spanish SUV is a Juan-come-lately in a crowded sector, but the early signs are that it has the ability to stand out
    "Another SUV?” I hear you say.
    And admittedly, Seat is late to the SUV game when you consider that its Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rivals were launched in 2007 and 2004 respectively. But Seat has been on the up and up in recent years and its third-generation Leon, launched in 2013, is good enough to more closely rival the ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf than ever before.
    W
  • 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon gallery

    The Tokyo Auto Salon held at Makuhari Messe convention centre is the biggest date in the Japanese tuner car scene.
    These are our picks from Tokyo's long and eclectic mix of cars, including modified luxury cars and vibrant concepts
    The 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon is famous the world over for its eclectic mix of machinery, which varies from vans to thoroughbred racing cars.
    It's one of the world's best events for modified cars, and show attendees include Japanese tuning companies, international car
  • The pothole in the government’s road repair plan

    We’re issuing a rallying cry to get this pothole problem sorted, once and for all; send in your ideas - here is ours (with help from an industry spokesman)
    The average pothole costs around £60 to repair. It’s estimated that there are one millon-plus potholes in the UK, that equates to around £60million.
    That’s not that much, given that it’s EVERY pothole in the UK, and the Government’s £15.2billion kitty for resurfacing motorways and A-roads is som
  • Driving Jonny Smith's 800bhp Flux Capacitor

    Four decades ago, we said the tiny Enfield 8000 wouldn’t make a great drag car. Jonny Smith tells us about his other ideas
    Pasted on the transmission tunnel inside Jonny Smith’s Flux Capacitor is a clipping from the 1976 Autocar road test of the Enfield 8000 EV.
    It reads: “Naturally, with a kerb weight of just a little under 1 ton and only 8bhp to propel it, the Enfield is no candidate for the drag strips.” Even the safest assumptions can be risky in this business.
    On 16
  • Honda S2000 (2002-2009) - used buying guide

    With a bulletproof engine that revs to 9000rpm, the Honda S2000 is one of the most thrilling roadsters you’ll find for as little as £5000
    When most sports car engines are shutting up shop, the Honda S2000’s is opening for business. At around 6000rpm, the VTEC variable valve timing system swaps cam lobes to allow the F20C engine to fill its lungs. At 7500rpm, it’s developing a modest 153lb ft torque; at 8300rpm, peak power of 237bhp, good for 0-62mph in 6.2sec. Finally, at
  • Skoda Superb Estate long-term test review: final report

    In 10 months and 15,000 miles, Skoda’s bargain-priced wagon has proved to be much more than just a practical holdall
    The other day I photographed some big executive estates for a comparison: a Mercedes, an Audi and a Volvo.
    Now, I’m not about to suggest that they’re an extravagance, because they’re all lovely inside and everything, but you know what? At nearly twice the price of the Skoda Superb SE L Executive I’ve been running, they should be.The Superb is one of t
  • The most exciting new cars due in 2017

    Aston Martin Vanquish S
    This year is going to be a bumper one for new cars, with 158 launches planned. What should you start saving for?
    On the second weekend of 2017 we examine the most exciting cars due to debut over the next 50 weeks.
    With 158 cars set to be revealed before 2018, there's no shortage of variety. We pick out the most interesting in the list below.
    BMW 5 SERIES FEBRUARYSUVs may be the biggest thing on the road at the moment (in both senses), but the BMW 5 Series sells
  • 2018 Audi A1 will be larger and more luxurious

    Next-generation A1 will grow in size due to its new MQB A Zero underpinnings
    The 2018 Audi A1 will be larger and more luxurious than the current car due to its new MQB A0 underpinnings and improved interior technology.
    Much like its cousins from Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat, Audi’s smallest model is expected to grow in both length and width, offering more leg room and increased boot space inside. Rear passengers will also benefit from more head room with that longer roofline.
    2017 Seat Ibiza
  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar to be unveiled at Frankfurt motor show

    1000bhp four-wheel-drive hypercar is expected to sell out ahead of its reveal; will have a 25km electric range
    The Mercedes-AMG hypercar, codenamed Project One, will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in autumn ahead of its launch in 2018, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers. 
    At the recent Detroit motor show, Moers confirmed that the upcoming model will develop 1000bhp, which is similar to the power generated by the Mercedes Formula 1 car from which the powertrain is derived. That make
  • Ford GT drive modes demonstrated on video

    The Ford GT gets five selectable drive modes, which Ford has demonstrated on a new video released by its performance division
    The new Ford GT has been given five selectable driving modes, which Ford Performance has demonstrated on a new video.
    Five modes – Normal, Wet, Sport, Track and V-Max – are selectable, with the last three being the more hardcore selections, and Wet mode being suited to slipperier conditions.
    The GT’s bespoke 10in digital instrument display is the focus o
  • Geneva motor show 2017 preview

    The Geneva motor show isn’t until 9 March, but we’ve already got a raft of confirmed entries. Get an early look here
    The Geneva motor show is one of the largest and most prestigious in the motoring calendar, and often plays host to the debuts of the world’s finest supercars.
    This year’s show is no different, and despite being weeks away, we’ve got an early list of many of the star cars from the show. Take a look below to see what’s Geneva-bound this year.
    Gene
  • Best new car deals: save £7700 on a BMW 5 Series

    We pick five of the best deals on this week’s new car market; all deals are valid until 19 January
    Buying a new car is always better when you know you're getting a bargain, but scouring the internet for the best deals can be time-consuming. So, Autocar has done the hard work for you and compiled a list of some of the best savings on the new car market.
    We've found combined savings of £26,589 on the five vehicles featured below, so take a look below then click the links to read our fu
  • New Avatar Roadster sportscar with Focus RS engine revealed

    News13 Jan, 2017
    Two versions of new Devon based two-seater to go on sale this spring, with 250bhp or 350bhp.
  • Nissan to start autonomous vehicle demos in Britain

    Japanese car brand will allow regulators and government officials to sample its Autopilot driverless tech
    Nissan will start autonomous vehicle demonstrations in Britain next month, inviting people to sample its Autopilot technology first hand in order to show the system's capabilities.
    The Japanese car maker will first allow leading names in the industry, including government officials and technical and safety experts, to ride in autonomous versions of its Leaf electric car in London next month.
  • Men pay £101 more for car insurance than women, and the gap is growing

    News13 Jan, 2017
    The widening gender gap comes despite EU laws banning insurers from taking gender into account when calculating premiums
  • "Buyers have demanded more cars wearing ‘made in Britain’ labels"

    Opinion13 Jan, 2017
    Mike Rutherford is proud to be to be British after looking at the official car sales figures from 2016
  • New Audi Q5 starts from £37,170

    Audi has revealed prices and specs for the new Q5; first deliveries are expected in April
    Prices and specs of the new Audi Q5 have been revealed, following the car's reveal at the Paris motor show last year.
    Three specs are available; SE, Sport and S line, with prices starting from £37,170 for the 2.0-litre diesel in SE form, rising to £38,270 for the same car in Sport trim, and £40,220 for S line. The 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine costs around £800 mor
  • New Audi Q5 costs from £37,170

    Audi has revealed prices and specs for the new Q5; first deliveries are expected in April
    Prices and specs of the new Audi Q5 have been revealed, following the car's reveal at the Paris motor show last year.
    Three specs are available; SE, Sport and S line, with prices starting from £37,170 for the 2.0-litre diesel in SE form, rising to £38,270 for the same car in Sport trim, and £40,220 for S line. The 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine costs around £800 mor
  • 500bhp per ton Avatar Roadster launched at Autosport International

    Kit car manufacturer Marlin spins off Avatar brand, with affordable but exclusive track motoring in mind
    The Avatar Roadster has been revealed in production form at the Autosport International show with claims it can produce up to 500bhp/ton.
    The Devon-produced model is available with 2.0 or 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engines, much like those used by the Zenos E10 S and E10 R (although in the Avatar they are mounted longitudinally), and is priced from &p
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift: prices and specs released

    2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift launched in Detroit
    Updated crossover gets a new 220 petrol engine and lightly tweaked styling; it now starts from £25,880
    The Mercedes-Benz GLA prices and specs have been revealed; the facelifted model now starts at £25,880 - an increase of £620 over the outgoing car.
    Entry-level GLA 200 SE spec cars kick off the range, and is one of three petrol variants; the other two being the GLA 250 4Matic and the hot Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic. The di
  • Renault investigated by French government for diesel emissions claims

    Renault was also investigated last year
    Car maker’s share prices have fallen by 4.3% following allegations
    Renault is being investigated by the French government following possible claims it has cheated diesel emissions tests, according to reports on AFP.
    The allegations have sent the French car maker’s share prices tumbling by 4.3%. They come a year after the car maker's headquarters were raided following earlier emissions claims.
    Autocar has contacted Renault for comment on the cla
  • Greed, lies and deception - the VW Dieselgate scandal laid bare

    VW's plea bargain in the US has led to many of the details as to how Dieselgate could happen being laid bare
    This week Volkswagen has taken a significant (but far from final) step in drawing a line under the Dieselgate scandal, accepting a $4.3bn fine, agreeing to plead guilty to criminal charges and accepting six executives must face federal charges
    But along with this plea bargain has come a number of lurid admissions that lay bare at least some of the depths VW employees sunk to in order to c
  • Will London's pollution problem spell the end of diesel cars?

    With various global cities turning on diesels and EU air quality regulations repeatedly being broken, the end of diesel engines could be near...
    It’s become something of a New Year tradition in the capital: the news story revealing that London has breached annual EU air quality laws in just a matter of days.
    According to today’s report in The Guardian newspaper, EU regulations demand that Nitrogen Dioxide levels must ‘not exceed 200 micrograms per cubic metre of air more than 1
  • Opinion: 2017 is going to be a golden year for motorsport

    2017 Formula 1 cars will look drastically different from last year's cars
    If there’s one thing to take from the Autosport International, it’s how exciting this year’s racing will be
    This is the year motorsport gets its mojo back.
    If top categories like Formula 1, the World Rally Championship and the World Endurance Championship live up to their potential, maybe, just maybe, 2017 will be the year we finally stop yearning for the good old days.
    You can certainly feel the anticipa
  • Opinion: Is it time to say goodbye to diesel?

    Environmental pressures might convince more Brits to stop filling up at the black pump, but it could send used petrol car values skywards
    Has diesel had its day? With the news that four cities across the globe are banning diesel cars outright from their centres, the ongoing Volkswagen emissions furore, plus the added Fiat Chrysler accusations emerging in the US, and doctors calling for restrictions and fines on diesel cars here in the UK as a result of mounting evidence that they&
  • Is it time to say goodbye to diesel?

    Environmental pressures might convince more Brits to stop filling up at the black pump, but it could send used petrol car values skywards
    Has diesel had its day? With the news that four cities across the globe are banning diesel cars outright from their centres, the ongoing Volkswagen emissions furore, and doctors calling for restrictions and fines on diesel cars here in the UK as a result of mounting evidence that they’re damaging our health, it seems increasingly likely.
    G
  • Comment: Why today's new car market is more interesting than ever

    The new Vauxhall Insignia is a big leap forward
    Not long ago we were faced with a large portion of boring cars in the market's mid-range, but today things are looking up
    I think the middle market is starting to fight back. The recovery has been a while coming, given that it has probably been about 20 years since budget brands decided that they didn’t only want to be budget brands any more, and about the same amount of time since premium brands decided they didn’t want to be just prem

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