• Autocar's guide to what will happen in 2020

    What will happen in 2020
    As part of our guide to the perfect motoring year, here are our predictions for what to expect from the automotive world in the next twelve monthsWe've kicked off January with a list of what to watch out for in 2020 with our comprehensive guide to exactly what new cars are due to hit showrooms over the next twelve months. 
    But what about the things we don't know? The following might not be set in stone, but Autocar's writers have predicted what y
  • Autocar's guide to the best things to do in 2020

    The best things to do in 2020
    As part of our guide to the perfect motoring year, here are some top tips on what to fill your time with over the next 12 monthsWe've already given you a comprehensive guide to all the new cars to get excited about in 2020 - but now it's over to you. 
    There are plenty of ways you can indulge your love of cars this year, and it doesn't have to cost you the world. This, then, is your updated New Year's resolutions list, as compiled by Autocar write
  • NHTSA Mulls Petition Seeking Tesla Recall Investigation

    NHTSA Mulls Petition Seeking Tesla Recall Investigation
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed to review a petition requesting the agency formally investigate 500,000 vehicles manufactured by Tesla Motors. The petition cites 127 consumer complaints to NHTSA involving models produced since 2012 and asks the NHTSA look into 500,000 units it believes may need to be recalled. Many of the complaints involve incidents […]
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  • Rumor Mill: Next Nissan Z Car to Go Retro?

    Rumor Mill: Next Nissan Z Car to Go Retro?
    While it still makes appearances at tuner events and car shows, the Nissan 370Z has roughly the same marketing heat as a pair of secondhand shoes. Last year, Nissan only moved 2,384 in the United States, with another 701 being sold in Europe — suggesting the decade-old (albeit fun) coupe may have outlived its usefulness years ago. […]
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  • At Kia, Plan B Is Called ‘Plan S’

    At Kia, Plan B Is Called ‘Plan S’
    Whether you or I like it or want it, the industry is changing — pivoting towards things that cause many readers’ blood to run cold and their soul to wither and die. Futuristic things like electrification and mobility and autonomous driving. Soulless things, to some. For most — if not all — industry players, this […]
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  • Senate Approves USMCA Trade Deal Replacing NAFTA

    Senate Approves USMCA Trade Deal Replacing NAFTA
    The U.S. Senate approved changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday, effectively replacing the 26-year-old deal with the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement. USMCA embraces stronger automotive content rules for the region, updates language for new technologies, and enacts sweeping labor protections aimed at uplifting the Mexican workforce. As a byproduct, it’s also likely […]
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  • Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225 GT 2020 review

    Plug-in hybrid delivers swish looks, low tax and useful electric range, but rivals are bigger and better to drive
    This is the plug-in hybrid version of the Peugeot 508. You’re right, we’ve seen it before – driven a prototype, no less. But final touches have been made since then, in time to reach UK driveways, near enough coinciding with new company car tax bands that will benefit PHEV and EV drivers.But first the car. It features a 178bhp 1.6-litre
  • Volkswagen Boss: Move Faster, or Go the Way of a Second-rate Phone Maker

    Volkswagen Boss: Move Faster, or Go the Way of a Second-rate Phone Maker
    Nokia isn’t having a good day, what with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess likening it to an Edsel or Tucker. The VW chief contrasted the phone maker with sales leader Apple when discussing his company’s future, claiming VW will need to move much faster if it’s to stay at the front of the pack. To further […]
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  • Rare Rides: A First-generation Maserati Quattroporte From 1967

    Rare Rides: A First-generation Maserati Quattroporte From 1967
    Maserati’s Quattroporte has always been a large, sports-oriented luxury sedan, though the sports part occasionally waned in its influence. Through six total generations to date, Quatroporte serves as the pinnacle of the company’s sedan offerings. Let’s have a look at where it all started, with this stunning first-gen example from 1967. The Quattroporte’s history began in […]
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  • New Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 2020 review

    New Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 2020 review
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    Image 1 of 24 17 Jan, 2020 4:15pmAlex Ingram
    The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 aims to be the perfect blend of family practicality, stylish design and impressive economy, but is it?This is the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 - a car which, emitting just 29 grammes per kilometre of CO2, has comfortably the lowest tailpipe emissions of the 3008 SUV range.
    That tiny emissions figure is courtesy of a powertrain that we’re going to become very familiar with over the next year or two. This new petrol/
  • Volkswagen T-Roc R 2020 UK review

    Golf R substitute arrives in the UK with almost identical hardware but an alternative persona
    There’s no question about modern Volkswagen's ability to build an extremely desirable four-wheel-drive performance hatchback.That car has a name, of course: the Golf R. But the proposition changed last week, because the Golf R officially went off sale (don’t worry, it will be back) and the T-Roc R arrived to step into its 296bhp shoes.Individual preferences being what they are, the fact
  • Speaking of China – Tesla’s Thinking Small

    Speaking of China – Tesla’s Thinking Small
    While we’re on the subject of American (or somewhat American) automakers looking to beat the Chinese at their own EV game, Tesla has announced a new direction in that massive electric vehicle market. With Model 3s now rolling into buyers’ hands from its just-opened Shanghai assembly plant, the automaker has turned its eye to the […]
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  • Jeep Gladiator 2020 video review: How good off-road is the new Jeep pickup?

    Jeep's latest pick-up truck promises the go-anywhere ability of a Wrangler, plus the practicality and towing ability of a flat-bed. How will it cope in the wilds of New Zealand?For decades since the 1940s, Jeep made a pickup truck. And then, all of a sudden in the early 1990s, it didn't.  But now the new Jeep Gladiator is here to change all that. 
    Like a mullet (remember: business at the front, party at the back, '80s haircut fans) the Gladiator is a Wrangler for its front half, but fe
  • Fiat Chrysler Looking to Muscle Into Chinese EV Market

    Fiat Chrysler Looking to Muscle Into Chinese EV Market
    Ram Rebels and Power Wagons are a tough fit for China’s cramped, heavily taxed new vehicle market, but “new energy” vehicles (electric cars) are not. With this in mind, Fiat Chrysler is aiming to put EVs in the hands of Chinese consumers through a potential joint venture. Clearly seeing an avenue for growth — and […]
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  • New baby Tesla previewed in official design sketch

    New baby Tesla previewed in official design sketch
    Luke Wilkinson2020-01-17 14:15
    Tesla has released a design sketch of a new compact EV, along with plans for a new China-based design studio and R&D centreTesla has revealed plans to build a new design studio/research and development centre in China. This design sketch was released as part of the announcement, previewing how the company’s first compact vehicle would look. Should it reach production, the vehicle would sit under the Model 3 in Tesla’s line-up, acting as a rival to t
  • Piston Slap: Tranny Talk on Electrified Motors?

    Piston Slap: Tranny Talk on Electrified Motors?
    Frank writes: So, reading about the Lithium Mustang with its completely superfluous six-speed gearbox got me and some friends thinking about when you need a transmission and when you don’t. We all know that steam engines and electric motors torque from the git-go and never need transmissions, whereas ICE engines can’t do that. But then […]
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  • Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched

    Wireless electric car charging trial for taxis launched
    Hugo Griffiths2020-01-17 13:40
    Nottingham project will see cab ranks and taxis fitted with wireless charging pads as part of a six-month trialTaxi drivers in Nottingham are set to benefit from wireless charging, after the Department for Transport announced a £3.4 million trial of wireless pads at taxis ranks.
    The scheme will see Nottingham City Council purchase 10 LEVC and Nissan electric taxis, which will be retrofitted with charging pads and given to taxi drivers to run over six months.
  • Mazda CX-30 vs Skoda Karoq

    Mazda CX-30 vs Skoda Karoq
    Auto Express2020-01-18 10:00
    The Mazda CX-30 fills a gap in the brand’s SUV line-up. We see if it hits the compact SUV jackpot against the Skoda KaroqThe mid-size SUV sector is very popular in the UK, because these models provide the style of larger SUVs and almost as much practicality with the lower running costs and smaller size of family hatchbacks. However, Mazda has been missing from this segment; the CX-3 rivals smaller cars like the Citroen C3 Aircross, and the CX-5 is a bit larger,
  • QOTD: Building a Better Winter Beater?

    QOTD: Building a Better Winter Beater?
    Some people have it rough. Just the other day, the affordable town of Vancouver was hit by three or four inches of snow, plunging the bucolic enclave into mayhem. High-end cars wearing low-profile rain slicks couldn’t make it out of their driveways. Buses lay paralyzed across intersections. Employees were told to stay home. Hashtags blossomed […]
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  • Tesla previews small electric car for China

    American firm posted design sketch as it announced that it's setting up a research and design centre in ChinaTesla has shown a design sketch of a small car for China and revealed that it's looking to set up a design and research facility in the country.
    The American electric vehicle (EV) maker posted the image of a compact hatchback with Model 3-inspired styling via its official account on WeChat – China's biggest social media network.
    The announcement was primarily a c
  • 'Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK'

    'Small, inexpensive cars rule the road in the UK'
    Mike Rutherford2020-01-18 14:00
    The 2019 new car sales figures have shown that value for money is top priority for new buyers, says Mike RutherfordShock horror – the official new car sales numbers for 2019 are just in – and they’re a tad (2.4 per cent) down on 2018. No problem. It’s a blip, not a slump. Last year was a tumultuously uncertain one for Blighty, its industry, retailers, finances and citizens. With this in mind, I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that con
  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery spied with hybrid power in pipeline

    2020 Land Rover Discovery spied with hybrid power in pipeline
    James Brodie2020-01-17 11:00
    Electrified Land Rover Discovery spied for the first time, with mild-hybrid power prioritised for end-of-year refreshA mid-life refresh for the third-generation Land Rover Discovery is imminent and a development mule for the more versatile Range Rover sibling has been spotted on roads for the first time, near Land Rover’s Coventry headquarters.
    On sale in the UK for almost three years now the current car is very much right in the middle of its lifecycle, but th
  • New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids set for 2020 release

    New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids set for 2020 release
    Luke Wilkinson2020-01-17 11:10
    New Ford S-MAX and Galaxy mild-hybrids announced as part of Ford's plans to release 14 new electrified models by 2020New mild-hybrid versions of the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy have been announced as part of Ford's plan to roll out 14 new electrified vehicles by the end of this year. The two MPVs will use the same powertrain from the forthcoming Kuga Hybrid, which is due to reach UK showrooms later this year. Both cars will use a 2.5-litre Atkinson cy
  • Ford to release 14 new electrified models by 2020

    Ford to release 14 new electrified models by 2020
    Luke Wilkinson2020-01-17 10:20
    Ford has invested €42 million into its Valencia plant to support its growing range of electrified vehiclesFord has confirmed it will release 14 new electrified vehicles by the end of this year. The announcement was made following the firm’s €42 million investment in its Valencia production facility, which will fund the construction of two new vehicle battery assembly lines.
    Work on the company’s Spanish production facility is due to be complet
  • New Ford Galaxy and S-Max hybrids arriving in 2021

    Firm invests £36 million in its Valencia factory to produce batteries for new electrified MPVsFord has invested £36.7 million in preparing its production facility in Valencia, Spain for the introduction of hybrid versions of the S-Max and Galaxy. 
    As part of the investment, the factory will gain two new assembly lines for the production of lithium ion battery packs for the electrified MPVs and hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the new Kuga SUV. 
    The new versio
  • Alpine A110 S 2020 UK review

    A110 gains power and handling precision, but do these traits improve the recipe or merely alter it?
    You might imagine the only question that really needs answering is whether the new Alpine A110 S is 'better' to drive than the basic A110 of five-star-road-test fame. And fair enough. Initially it seems as though that is very much Alpine’s intention for this fresh variant of its lightweight sportscar. The ‘S’ moniker, the 40bhp power bump, the firmer, shorter springs and str
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport

    Can the overhauled Discovery Sport revitalise Land Rover's fortunes?Jaguar Land Rover has been in the wars of late.Abroad, troubles in the Chinese market in 2018 catalysed a sales nose-dive, while back at home the simultaneous public flogging of diesel cars and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit did their best to add two black eyes to the firm’s already bloodied nose. This axis of misfortune, along with a £3.1 billion write-down in the value of company’s capitalised assets, sa
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 17 January

    It doesn't like wet weather, but for an icy £9995, a 2012-reg BMW M135i is a no-brains buyAn M135i for less than £10,000? Tempting, especially considering the 2012-reg car has done a reasonable 75,000 miles and has full BMW service history, faithfully recorded in its iDrive system. It’s the rare manual version, by the way, and being the three-door, it looks sportier than the practical five-door version.
    So it’s all looking good, and in case you’ve forgotten, its 3.0
  • Skoda to expand Octavia vRS lineup with hot PHEV

    The hot Octavia will be sold in both front- and four-wheel-drive forms. Here's how Autocar thinks it will look
    First vRS plug-in hybrid option should create nearly 250bhp and as much as 300lb ft of torqueSkoda is planning its most comprehensive Octavia vRS line-up yet, with sources at the company hinting that the new models will be the fastest and most focused to wear the vRS performance badge so far.
    Standard versions of the new-generation Octavia were unveiled late last year, but the new vRS-b
  • Skoda to expand Octavia vRS lineup with full-fat PHEV

    The hot Octavia will be sold in both front- and four-wheel-drive forms. Here's how Autocar thinks it will look
    First vRS plug-in hybrid option should create nearly 250bhp and as much as 300lb ft of torqueSkoda is planning its most comprehensive Octavia vRS line-up yet, with sources at the company hinting that the new models will be the fastest and most focused to wear the vRS performance badge so far.
    Standard versions of the new-generation Octavia were unveiled late last year, but the new vRS-b
  • Matt Prior: Whatever happened to the Tata Nano?

    Nano: a car with a great future behind it
    In 2009, our man backed the wee Tata to conquer the future. Little did he know...Morning. How much are you enjoying the future? I must say I’m finding the absence of anti-gravity cars and self-tying shoelaces slightly frustrating.
    This is not the 2020 we were sold by past versions of ourselves, is it? We’re all still using wheels, turning our own lights on and off and dropping bombs on each other, and our grand contribution towards having the
  • Grey rules the roost as UK’s favourite car colour in 2019

    SMMT figures show the hue keeps its number one spot from 2018, adorning more than one in five new carsThe UK’s favourite car colour is grey for the second year running, according to statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
    The hue was the most popular shade on new cars sold last year. More than one in five new cars (22.6%) driven off forecourts were painted grey, while a total of 521,273 grey cars were registered in 2019, an increase of 5.3% on the year before
  • Report: C8 Corvette Z06 to Receive Gigantic Rear Spoiler

    Report: C8 Corvette Z06 to Receive Gigantic Rear Spoiler
    With the mid-engined C8 Corvette just weeks away from production, hype surrounding the model has died down. The same cannot be said for the Z06 variant, which is the next ‘Vette on Chevrolet’s performance docket. While current details remain scant, news arose this week of the car receiving a humongous rear spoiler. Sources familiar with […]
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  • Ionity to launch new pricing structure as EV charger rollout continues

    EV charging network switches to kilowatt hour-based scheme on Jan 31st, while CEO says it is “on track” to have 400 chargers live by 2021Ionity has announced it will introduce a new, kilowatt hour-based pricing structure at the end of the month across its 200-strong network of rapid electric car chargers. 
    The company, formed as part of a joint venture between BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and the VW Group, used to operate a ‘pay per vend’ system with a flat fee of &
  • Fade to Pink: Dodge Changes Splitter Guard Color

    Fade to Pink: Dodge Changes Splitter Guard Color
    The yellow front splitter guards on Dodge’s Charger and Challenger have become a major point of conflict among automotive enthusiasts. In one corner, we have traditionalists who believe protective coverings used for shipping have no business appearing on a road-going car. In the other? A bunch of maniacs who think keeping the guards on adds something […]
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  • UAW Executive Board Names New VP, Director of Ford Department

    UAW Executive Board Names New VP, Director of Ford Department
    Gerald Kariem has been unanimously selected by the UAW’s executive board to become its new vice president and director of the Ford department. Kariem, 63, has been a board member himself for almost ten years and currently oversees Region 1D. His placement frees up Rory Gamble to handle more presidential duties (Gamble having taken on the […]
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  • Maruti Suzuki Growth Powered by MPVs

    Maruti Suzuki Growth Powered by MPVs
    The crossover craze isn’t limited to just North America. Once in a while, we here at TTAC cast our gaze outward, beyond our shores. A quick cruise of global automotive news shows that Maruti Suzuki helped drive big growth in the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment in India in 2019. Yep, people on the other side […]
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  • BMW introduces new mild hybrids in line-up reshuffle

    Diesel models gain electric tech for smoother starts and improved economy; 1 Series hatch gains new 120d optionA range of BMW diesel models will be equipped with mild hybrid power systems as standard from spring, promising improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
    All 320d models, including the four-wheel drive xDrive variants, the X3 xDrive20d and X4 xDrive20d – powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine – will gain a 48v starter-generator and additional battery for
  • Ace of Base: 2020 Ford F-250 XL

    Ace of Base: 2020 Ford F-250 XL
    Occasionally, the Ace of Base award will be trotted out not because a particular vehicle is the most desirable in its range, but because of the remarkable amount of kit or capability it offers for its entry level price. The truck you see before you definitely falls into the latter category. Consider this: a base […]
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  • The Price of Peace: Fiat Chrysler Sees Biggest Jump in Labor Costs

    The Price of Peace: Fiat Chrysler Sees Biggest Jump in Labor Costs
    Concessions made to the United Auto Workers by the Detroit Three during last fall’s bargaining talks will weigh on the automakers’ bottom lines, but none more so than Fiat Chrysler’s. Labor costs stand to jump significantly at FCA, partially erasing the cost advantage it enjoyed over Ford and General Motors. As reported by Automotive News, […]
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  • Jaguar Land Rover invents car seat that makes you think you’re exercising

    New seat moves to simulate walking, intended to reduce health risk of sedentary lifestyles
    Jaguar Land Rover has designed a new shape-shifting car seat that aims to stimulate your muscles as if you were walking.
    The seat, which is being trialled by JLR’s Body Interiors Research division, moves to mimic the motions and stresses of movement and is intended to reduce the health risks of sitting down for too long while driving. It automatically adjusts to suit every driver and passen
  • Jaguar Land Rover invents car seat intended to simulate walking

    JLR says innovative seat makes you think you're exercising and hopes to address sedentary lifestylesJaguar Land Rover has designed a new shape-shifting car seat that aims to stimulate your muscles as if you were walking.
    The seat, which is being trialled by JLR’s Body Interiors Research division, moves to mimic the motions and stresses of movement and is intended to reduce the health risks of sitting down for too long while driving. It automatically adjusts to suit every driver a
  • No Mutiny Here, Says Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman

    No Mutiny Here, Says Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman
    Rumors that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance could be in danger of breaking up are unfounded, said alliance chairman Jean-Dominique Senard on Thursday. The chairman was responding to reports of a contingency plan in the works at Nissan, one aimed at guiding the Japanese automaker away from its French partner in a stable fashion in the event […]
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  • Revamped Polaris Slingshot Gains Goodies, Ditches GM Engine

    Revamped Polaris Slingshot Gains Goodies, Ditches GM Engine
    Retirement stands to become even more special in the just-revealed 2020 Polaris Slingshot. Revamped and re-engined for the coming year, the oddball three-wheeler that may or may not require you to wear a helmet (check local laws) remains a colorful choice for weekend outings. Forgive the author for noting the age of your average Slingshot […]
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  • New Alpine A110 S 2020 review

    New Alpine A110 S 2020 review
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    Image 1 of 22 17 Jan, 2020 8:00amJonathan Burn
    We drive the new Alpine A110 S in the UK to see if the sharper version of our favourite coupe is even betterRarely does a new car from a new (or in this case, revitalised) brand come along and give the established big-hitters a serious run for their money, but the Alpine A110 is one of those cars. The fact it’s the current Auto Express Coupe of the Year goes to show you how highly we rate it.
    Not quite satisfied, the French firm
  • Does Mileage Matter? Hottest Porsche Taycan’s Range Revealed, Debate Ensues

    Does Mileage Matter? Hottest Porsche Taycan’s Range Revealed, Debate Ensues
    As one would expect with an electric model, the first iterations of the Porsche Taycan revealed to the public were the high-performing Turbo and Turbo S variants. Hotter models land with a bigger splash (and earn their maker more money), so it was no surprise to see Porsche keep lowlier versions on the back burner. […]
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  • QOTD: Turning Down That Ride?

    QOTD: Turning Down That Ride?
    It’s not good to live your life in fear, at least if you can help it. Sometimes there’s no choice but to soldier on with a stiff upper lip, hoping the bombers won’t show up again tonight, but for most of us in the Western world things are pretty okay — regardless of what your […]
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  • New BMW 3 Series mild-hybrid system launched

    New BMW 3 Series mild-hybrid system launched
    Andrew Norris2020-01-16 13:15
    BMW introduces a raft of changes to its range including a 48-volt mild hybrid system in the 3 SeriesBMW has launched new engine options across the 1 Series and 3 Series model ranges that will be available to order in April. 
    The big news is the arrival of a mild hybrid system to the 3 Series saloon and Touring estate as well as the X3 and X4 SUVs. The 48-volt system uses a starter generator and an additional battery that provide an extra 11bhp to boost performa
  • New VW Golf GTI confirmed for Geneva motor show

    Mk8 Golf GTI is one of four hot Golfs launching this year, alongside GTD, GTE and R modelsThe highly anticipated, eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will be revealed at Geneva motor show in March, the car maker has confirmed.
    Volkswagen will have a grand total of four hot Golf models in dealers before the end of 2020 - with the R going on sale a few months after the GTI, diesel GTD and plug-in hybrid GTE.
    Following the reveal of the GTI and GTD at Geneva motor show, the R version wi
  • Hyundai and Kia invest £85 million in UK EV start-up Arrival

    Delivery firms including the Royal Mail have expressed an interest in Arrival's electric van
    Korean auto giants will use London firm's skateboard platform for a new line of electric commercial vehiclesKia and Hyundai have invested €100 million (£85.4 million) in London-based electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival, making it one of the UK’s most valuable start-ups. 
    Through the new partnership, the Korean auto giants plan to “introduce competitively priced small and med