• Opinion: Why we've reached peak wheel size - for now

    The Audi RS Q8 debuts with 23in rims, but don't expect bigger alloys any time soonThe RS Q8 is the first Audi to be launched with 23in alloys - and they’re as vast as you’d expect them to be. Previously seen on the Lamborghini Urus, the RS Q8’s platform twin, the 23in alloys’s rise will surely be seen across other cars and car makers before long.
    Which begs the question: just when will it all end for alloys getting ever bigger?
    With 23s, it seems,
  • 2020 Audi RS Q8 arrives with 591bhp mild hybrid V8

    Audi Sport's first large performance SUV will take on the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé when it arrives next yearAudi Sport has unveiled the new 591bhp RS Q8 SUV, powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine and with styling inspired by the rally-derived Sport Quattro S1, as the ‘spearhead’ of its range.
    The BMW X6M rival, revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, is the first large SUV produced by Audi’s performance arm. It joins the recently revealed RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportba
  • 1,085bhp Karma SC2 Concept launched at LA Motor Show

    News20 Nov, 2019
    Karma has previewed its take on the the electric hypercar arms race, with the 1,000bhp-plus SC2 Concept
  • Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 2019 review

    All the reassurance you could want that, while it uses the Mustang name for an electric SUV, Ford has not forgotten the true spirit of the original pony car
    The most powerful production Ford in history with a 749bhp output from its supercharged 5.2-litre V8 that dwarfs even the 646bhp offered by the race-inspired Ford GT supercar.On the one hand it is proof that petrolheads still run Ford and an expression of its commitment to building ultimate muscle cars, even when it puts the Mustan
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  • Citroen axes World Rally Championship programme

    Citroen C4 WRC
    French firm ends record-breaking run in WRC, blaming driver Sebastien Ogier's decision to quit teamCitroën has quit the World Rally Championship with immediate effect – claiming the decision was made because lead driver Sébastien Ogier is leaving the team.
    The French firm has a storied history in the WRC, winning nine consecutive drivers’ championships with Sebastien Loeb between 2004 and 2014, and eight manufacturers’ titles during that period. But i
  • 2019 LA motor show: live coverage

    We round up all the new models and debuts from one of America's biggest annual automotive eventsWelcome to Autocar's extended coverage of the 2019 Los Angeles motor show, one of the last major shows of this year's automotive calendar.
    As ever, it is a uniquely Californian show that plays home to a varied mix of SUVs, V8s and electric cars. Manufacturers including Audi, Ford and Volkswagen are all in attendance, with major announcements expected throughout the week. Some brand
  • Audi E-tron GT set for 2020 LA debut

    Design boss confirms production version of electric flagship to make first public appearance next yearThe long-awaited Audi E-tron GT will be unveiled at next year’s LA motor show, according to Audi design boss Marc Lichte.
    Although Lichte did not explicitly name the upcoming car, his promise that “in one more year here we will present our coupé” was almost certainly a reference to the production model of the GT, which was previewed in concept form in 2018.
    The four-door
  • Bugatti will resist electrification for next decade, says boss

    Stephan Winkelmann remains committed to traditional combustion technology, though an electrified Bugatti may eventually arriveBugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann believes the internal combustion engine will remain the pinnacle of automotive for at least the next decade, until legislation forces even his company towards electrification.
    When the day comes for an electrified Bugatti, “it will not just be for a push from the market but it will be the best in the market”, said Winkelmann, sp
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  • New 300bhp Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV unveiled at LA

    News20 Nov, 2019
    Toyota revealed a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 at this year’s LA Show, with around 300bhp and an all-electric range of 39 miles
  • New 298bhp Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV unveiled at LA

    News20 Nov, 2019
    Toyota revealed a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 at this year’s LA Show, with almost 300bhp and an all-electric range of 39 miles
  • Hot Ford Shelby Mustang Mach-E on its way

    News20 Nov, 2019
    Ford’s performance brand, Shelby, is to do a fettled version of the electric Mustang Mach-E.
  • First ride: 2020 Mini JCW GP

    Mini's hottest ever hatch aims for front-driven class supremacy. We ride shotgun in one of the first cars off the lineWhen it comes to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Mini, what better way to let your hair down and party like it’s 1959 again than releasing a 160mph tearaway like the new John Cooper Works GP?
    To be specific, the third-generation GP is a 164mph tearaway. As anyone that’s followed the Mini’s evolution will know, the range has matured since the evocative na
  • Lexus LC500 Convertible revealed in LA as production model

    New drop-top variant of LC coupé lands in V8 form at the Los Angeles motor show, ahead of 2020 on-sale debutLexus has revealed the production version of its LC Convertible in ‘500’ V8 form, alongside confirming some of the model’s final specs.
    Expected to go on sale in the UK in the first half of 2020, the LC Convertible debuts first as the LC 500: like the coupé, it’s powered by a 465bhp 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. No performance figures are quoted, b
  • Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid launched with 302bhp powertain

    Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid
    New version of fifth-generation SUV will offer 37 miles of electric-only runningToyota has unveiled the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid at the Los Angeles motor show, featuring a 302bhp powertrain capable of more than 37 miles of electric-only running.
    The fifth-generation of the Japanese machine was launched last year, but was initially offered in the UK with the sole powertrain option a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid producing 215bhp in front-wheel-drive and 219bhp on all
  • Jeep Wrangler JL now available in entry-level Sport model

    One of our criticisms of the new Jeep Wrangler JL had been the lack of an entry-level model.It seems Jeep may have been listening, as the Sport has now quietly found its way back into the line-up.
  • Record 304mph Bugatti Chiron makes public debut

    “Near production-spec” machine used by Andy Wallace to set hypercar speed record shown at LA motor showThe Bugatti Chiron that set a new production car speed record of 304.773mph has been shown in public for the first time at the Los Angeles motor show.
    The Chiron has a limited top speed of 261mph, but the company wanted to find out what the machine was truly capable of without that device. British sportscar veteran, Le Mans winner and official Bugatti tester, Andy Wal
  • Opinion: Hamilton's greatness transcends just stats

    Hamilton becomes F1 world champion for a sixth time
    Much has been written about the F1 champion's win record and six world championships, but his integrity and artistry are just as importantIt might not have been a winning drive, but it was most assuredly that of a champion. The Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, is one of the finest recent additions to the Formula 1 calendar, a function of its location, design and ability to generate an atmosphere commensurate with a grand prix’s
  • Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion previews ID 5 crossover estate

    335bhp, 486lb ft electric wagon prototype foreshadows upcoming production car
    Volkswagen has previewed its plans for a new electric-powered crossover-style estate with the unveiling of the ID Space Vizzion at the Los Angeles motor show.
    The new car, with a claimed range of up to 367 miles on the WLTP test cycle, is the eighth ID-branded concept revealed by the German firm, which has already laid out plans to produce up to one million EVs per year by the end of 2022.
    The ID Space Vizzion is set t
  • New Aston Martin DBX: 542bhp SUV charged with reviving firm

    "The five-seat 4x4, powered by a 542bhp 4.0 turbo V8, goes on sale today for deliveries next spring"
    Unveiled this week, the £158,000 SUV is expected to boost Aston’s sales by two-thirdsAston Martin has officially unveiled its all-important SUV, dubbed the DBX – a model designed to open a vital, perhaps life-saving, new tranche of its global business. The five-seat 4x4, powered by a 542bhp version of the 4.0-litre turbocharged AMG-sourced V8, will cost £158,000 before opt
  • Autocar magazine 20 November - on sale now

    This week: Aston Martin DBX unveiled, we crown Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2019 and much moreAston Martin has finally joined the luxury SUV ranks with the launch of its Porsche Cayenne-rivalling DBX. The company has been in rough financial straits this past year, but Aston is betting on the DBX to revive its fortunes.
    With an elegant look, plenty of power and all the luxury you’d expect from an Aston, the new DBX looks set to take the fight to rivals from Porsche, Lamborghini a
  • Opinion: Audi's new headlights are good enough to play a movie

    Innovative digital matrix lighting on E-tron Sportback may do an uncanny impression of a cinema projector, but it gets truly clever on the motorwayA €4000 (£3430) pair of headlights might not seem the most enticing option on the extras list to tick when specifying your Audi E-tron Sportback, but a demonstration of the new digital matrix units in action shows real innovation in a crucial yet often overlooked area. 
    Whereas to now headlights have evolved generally to
  • Audi E-tron Sportback revealed as electric coupe SUV

    Audi e-tron Sportback
    Improved aerodynamics and rear-wheel drive bring extended 278-mile range for Audi's second EVAudi has revealed its second bespoke electric vehicle, the E-tron Sportback, which already has a raft of technical improvements over its E-tron sibling launched last year. 
    Revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, the coupe is the same weight, length and height as the E-tron and from the B-Pillar forward is identical. The lower part of the rear door, bumper and rear lights are a
  • Audi E-tron Sportback gains huge efficiency over E-tron

    Four-wheel-drive range-topper has 355bhp and 414lb ft
    Improved aerodynamics and rear-wheel drive contribute to extended 278-mile rangeAudi has revealed its second bespoke electric vehicle, the E-tron Sportback, which already has a raft of technical improvements over its E-tron sibling launched last year. 
    The coupe is the same weight, length and height as the E-tron and from the B-Pillar forward is identical. The lower part of the rear door, bumper and rear lights are also the same, while t
  • 302bhp Mini JCW GP unveiled in LA

    New bodywork signals GP's intent. Cabin has only two seats
    The John Cooper Works GP is the hottest Mini yet, doing 0-62mph in just 5.2secMini’s fastest road-going model yet, the John Cooper Works GP, has been revealed at the Los Angeles motor show ahead of UK deliveries starting in March 2020.
    With 302bhp and 332lb ft from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor – significantly exceeding the output of the same unit in the 228bhp John Cooper Works (JCW) model – the GP is capable of 0-62m
  • 302bhp Mini JCW GP is maker's fastest model yet

    New bodywork signals GP's intent. Cabin has only two seats
    The John Cooper Works GP achieves 0-62mph in just 5.2sec and is priced from £33,895Mini’s fastest road-going model yet, the John Cooper Works GP, has been revealed at the Los Angeles motor show ahead of UK deliveries starting in March 2020.
    With 302bhp and 332lb ft from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor – significantly exceeding the output of the same unit in the 228bhp John Cooper Works (JCW) model – the GP is capab
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Elite Nav 2019 review

    Being the first mainstream Vauxhall developed under PSA ownership, the latest Corsa supermini is all-new
    Seldom does Autocar give plaudits at the start of an appraisal, but in the case of the new Vauxhall Corsa, we can make an exception.When the PSA Group (owner of Peugeot, Citroën and DS) bought Opel-Vauxhall from General Motors (GM) for £1.9 billion back in 2017, the fifth-generation Corsa was already on the cusp of validation testing after years of development. In enginee
  • New Skoda Citigo-e iV to cost from £16,955 in UK

    Skoda's first electric car due to go on sale in December with 164-mile range and 81bhp motorSkoda's first pure electric car, the Citigo-e iV, will cost £16,955 after government grants when it goes on sale in the UK next month.
    Effectively Skoda's updated version of the Volkswagen e-Up, the new city car comes with headline figures of 81bhp and a range of up to 164 miles under the WLTP testing protocol. 
    Order books for the Citigo-e iV will open on 10 December, with the c
  • New 302bhp MINI John Cooper Works GP launched at LA Motor Show

    News19 Nov, 2019
    The fire-breathing MINI John Cooper Works GP hot hatch has been unveiled, sporting a lairy body kit, an enormous rear wing and 302bhp
  • Seat e-Scooter could be sold in UK

    Seat's e-Scooter and e-Kickscooter
    Spanish firm's first electric motorcycle will go on sale in Spain in 2020 and might come to Britain later onSeat has expanded into two-wheeled transport with the reveal of its new e-Scooter – and the electric motorcycle is tipped to be sold in the UK.
    The new machine, based on a design by Spanish electric bike firm Silence, was unveiled at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona along with an e-Kickscooter concept. Seat has established a new busin
  • New Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept revealed with 367-mile range

    News20 Nov, 2019
    The new Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion – the brand’s seventh all-electric ID. concept – is an estate with a claimed range of 367 miles
  • New Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept launched at LA

    News20 Nov, 2019
    The new Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion – the brand’s seventh all-electric ID. concept – is an estate with a claimed range of 367 miles
  • New 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback unveiled as Audi’s second electric car

    News20 Nov, 2019
    The new Audi e-tron Sportback arrives as a stylish alternative to the standard e-tron SUV, and boasts a range of up to 278 miles
  • New Aston Martin DBX revealed: pictures, prices and specs for the 2020 SUV

    News20 Nov, 2019
    The new Aston Martin DBX arrives to rival the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, with prices starting from £158,000
  • New 2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV breaks cover

    News20 Nov, 2019
    The new Aston Martin DBX arrives to rival the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, with prices starting from £158,000
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti 210 Q4 2019 review

    Mild facelift for Alfa's engaging SUV targets perceived quality with cabin overhaul and greater focus on technology
    This is the latest version of Alfa Romeo’s strong-selling Stelvio, which can already claim to be one of the more dynamic SUVs on sale today. It has been largely responsible for turning around the marque’s recent fortunes, alongside the Giulia compact saloon, but Alfa itself admits there’s still room for improvement in what is a fiercely competitive category. 
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce 280 2019 review

    Interior upgrades aim to help sweet-handling saloon keep up with its fast-evolving rivals
    As one half of a two-pronged return to form, alongside the Stelvio SUV, the Giulia has helped re-establish Alfa Romeo as a purveyor of fine driving cars. But it hasn't been the sales success the brand was hoping for, losing out to rivals that may not be more dynamic but are certainly better equipped.That an improved infotainment system was the first bullet point on the press material for this face
  • James Ruppert: The stats say the used market is thriving - but we already knew

    Buy a nearly new Mini and you could save a cool £5500
    AA Cars' new survey reveals 74% of recently bought vehicles are used ones. No wonder when there's so much choiceDrivers are now three times as likely to buy a used car over a new model.’ I think we get told this every year, when in fact this section of Autocar reminds you every single week that the thinking car buyer always takes the used option.
    In this case, the non-revelation comes from a survey by AA Cars. Anyway, as our jumpi
  • Under the skin: Why H2O is key for a healthy engine

    Cooling down your motor with water injections increases power and combustion efficiency, as well as minimising harmful oxidesOne of the many technologies that’s still on the back burner but could contribute to lower fuel consumption and emissions while squeezing a tad more power from petrol engines is water injection. It stirred up a lot of interest back in 2016 when BMW introduced it on the fabulously excessive M4 GTS, but its use in recent years has been confined mainly to more extreme m
  • The future of Jaguar Land Rover, according to CEO Ralf Speth

    Speth has done much to establish Warwick University's National Automotive Innovation Centre, the Bhattacharyya Building. Within its portals, the future of mobility is being created.
    The British firm hasn't had the smoothest of rides lately, but Speth is optimistic that the future looks brightRalf Speth likes talking about the future. It’s no surprise, given the challenges he has faced in the recent past. It can’t be much fun for Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO to keep raking over the a
  • Autocar confidential: Ferrari's merch search, VW's ID commitment and more

    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up a week in gossip from across the automotive industryIn this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we talk T-shirts with Ferrari, find out why Volkswagen feels "obligated" to reinvent old icons, chat hybrids with Toyota and more.
    Ferrari to a T
    The oft-made assertion that Ferrari makes more money selling branded hats and T-shirts than cars is “completely untrue”, according to a spokesman for the brand. Ferrari gets only a
  • Pininfarina Battista: how Formula E is readying buyers for 1900bhp EV

    We join the 1900bhp electric hypercar's preview programme, which puts would-be owners behind the wheel of a Formula E race carWhen was the last time you failed to wrap your head around an unbelievable performance statistic? Or, have you become so accustomed to reading silly numbers that it’s now rare for anything to make you stop and think? Personally, not since discovering that the McLaren F1 could hit 60mph in 3.2sec – a surreal time recorded by this magazine in 1994 – h
  • New BMW i4: Tesla Model 3 rival to produce 523bhp

    BMW i4
    German firm claims 4 Series-based EV, due in 2021, will be a true performance saloonBMW has confirmed that its forthcoming i4 electric saloon will produce 523bhp, with the Tesla Model 3 featuring a top speed of around 125mph. 
    The new model, due to go into production in 2021 following the forthcoming iX3, will be the German firm’s first electric saloon. Along with the regular 4 Series, the new EV was previewed with the bold 4 Series Gran Coupe concept a
  • Bloodhound LSR reaches 628mph as testing concludes

    Bloodhound LSR
    British machine will now focus on development and fund-raising ahead of land speed record bid in 2020 or 2021The Bloodhound LSR reached a new top speed of 628mph as it wrapped up testing in South Africa ahead of a planned assault on the land speed record in around a year.
    The British machine, driven by current land speed record holder Andy Green, has completed a series of test runs of increasing speed on a specially prepared track on the Hakskeen Pan over the past month. Powered b
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E electrifies the pony car

    Leave the name – Mustang Mach-E – to one side for a moment, as this is clearly going to be one hell of a car. For a start, it’s electric, the first of 14 electrified Fords launching between now and the end of 2020. None of this mild-hybrid stop-gap nonsense; it’s fully electric, with an […]
  • Used car buying guide: Subaru Legacy 3.0R

    2.0R: As a more economical alternative to the 3.0R, it's worth checking out
    The understated yet potent Subaru Legacy 3.0R Spec B is the quintessential Q-car – and it also makes a great used buyThe Subaru Impreza gets all the attention, but in the mid-noughties more mature enthusiasts, put off by that model’s hard-charging image, might have been tempted by the larger Legacy 3.0R Spec B, in saloon and estate forms, instead.
    It was launched in 2004 but here we’re interested in the
  • Mitsubishi Mirage given revamped look and tech for 2020

    Mitsubishi Mirage
    Japanese city car is redesigned inside and out but will retain its 1.2-litre petrol engine for UK saleThe Mitsubishi Mirage has been updated for 2020 with a refreshed look and new interior tech, although it's set to retain its current engine.
    The revamped version of the Hyundai i10 rival has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Thailand motor show in Bangkok and is due to go on sale in the UK early next year.
    The Mirage has been given an exterior styling revamp t
  • Ford could expand Mustang line-up further in future

    The famous pony badge has been applied to an electric SUV - and could be used elsewhere in the futureFord is considering launching further new Mustang-badged models in the future – raising the possibility of the muscle car nameplate effectively becoming a performance sub-brand.
    The long-running name and pony badge logo is being used on the new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, Ford’s first bespoke EV. It will be the first time in the 55-year history of the Mustang that the name has been a
  • Opinion: Why Ford has gambled on calling its electric SUV a Mustang

    The Mustang badge brings upmarket appeal to the brand, but success will ultimately depend on the carOn a recent trip to the United States, I met a Mustang-owning Texan who didn’t much like electric cars, but “I hear there’s an electric Mustang coming, so maybe I’ll like that.”
    I fear he may be disappointed by the new Mustang Mach-E: there’s a big difference between an electric Mustang and an electric SUV ‘inspired’ by the muscle car.
    Still, the Mus
  • Opinion: Why Ford has gambled on calling its electric EV a Mustang

    The Mustang badge brings upmarket appeal to the brand, but success will ultimately depend on the carOn a recent trip to the United States, I met a Mustang-owning Texan who didn’t much like electric cars, but “I hear there’s an electric Mustang coming, so maybe I’ll like that.”
    I fear he may be disappointed by the new Mustang Mach-E: there’s a big difference between an electric Mustang and an electric SUV ‘inspired’ by the muscle car.
    Still, the Mus
  • First ride: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E prototype

    We ride shotgun in Ford's debut electric car to find out if it does more than share a name with the most famous pony car in the worldIt is fair to say that there was considerable debate as to whether to call Ford’s first full EV a Mustang.
    Actually, I understand there was something closer to a massive punch up over the issue, figuratively if not literally speaking. And you can see why: here is a high and heavy five door electric SUV. And they choose this as the first Mustang to depart from

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