• Is time running out for Japan's car industry?

    Supra is the result of a Toyota-BMW tie-up
    The land of the rising sun once led the car world but looks to have stalled. We ask whether a new dawn await Japan’s car makers"When was the last time anything came out of Japan that was truly, globally innovative?” It was an unusual question for an executive at the very top of a Tokyo-based car maker to be asking a journalist, brow furrowed and eyes glistening with frustration at the point he was making. “You need to go back to the 19
  • Next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 previewed in Superbowl advert

    Stuttgart's track-ready 911 could be revealed in the coming weeks as it's shown briefly without any disguise in Porsche's Superbowl adPorsche's upcoming 992-generation 911 GT3 has been seen without disguise - and the brand itself is responsible for its early sneak preview.
    The track-focused sports car can briefly be seen in the background of Porsche's 2020 Superbowl advert, released online over the weekend. Though only quickly visible, tell-tale GT3 styling cues are clear to see, including
  • 38 deaths on smart motorways prompt government review

    More lay-bys and radar detection expected to be rolled out in the coming yearsThe UK government has revealed that 38 people have been killed in crashes on smart motorways in the last five years.
    The announcement came in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the BBC’s Panorama programme. It is the first time Highways England, which manages the country’s road infrastructure, has reported the total number of deaths.
    Smart motorways have come under heavy criticism in th
  • New 2020 Seat Leon to be revealed tomorrow

    El Born-inspired tailgate lighting strip and angular profile suggest edgy new look for upcoming hatchSeat hasn’t been shy of dropping teasers of the new Leon ahead of its unveiling tomorrow. In December it released a video showing details of the model, and recently gave us a look at the upcoming car’s rear in a new image.
    The fourth-generation of the Spanish brand's Ford Focus rival will be revealed at a dedicated event on 28 January. Seat insiders have called the
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  • Honda E Advance 2020 review

    An eminently likeable and capable small car with good dynamics but a limited range and an ambitious price
    A theme common to many electric cars is that their weight and architecture lead to them feeling lead-footed and brittle. The Honda E has circumnavigated that issue. So, whatever else comes of this sub-supermini hatchback, attractive but not quite as pretty as the concept that preceded it, one of its plus points will be the way it drives.Its new platform provides allround independent suspensi
  • Used car buying guide: TVR Tuscan

    Tuscan Vulcan: late Mk3 Tuscan was revived by Str8six as a 505bhp V8-powered special
    The TVR Tuscan is a practical but brutish two-seater that’s a joy to drive – when it works. We explore the pleasures and pitfalls of buying a used oneOne well-respected TVR dealer advises its customers to imagine they’re a brain surgeon. As someone who might be required to perform life-saving surgery at any time of the day or night, they must have a car they can depend on to get them to the hos
  • Under the skin: New take on old tech could transform BEVs

    MIT says its ‘supercap’ can double the energy density of a carbon-based one
    Lamborghini and MIT's metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) mate increased surface area with the ability to conduct electricity, improving BEV rangeLamborghini's collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop totally new supercapacitor technology for its hybrid supercar powertrains could lead to a major breakthrough in energy storage for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). If the techno
  • Renault Clio E-Tech 2020 review

    Refreshing new take on a hybrid small car. It's expensive, though, and will need to be more refined than this early prototype when it goes on sale in the autumn
    If you were thinking of swapping the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for a supermini to save the planet, think again. Downsizing is no longer enough when it comes to reducing CO2.Small cars are harshly treated in this year's stiff new EU emissions legislation and superminis are going to have to get electrified to keep up. Nor is a battery electric
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  • "It was terrifying": The dangers of deer on UK roads

    Deer warning signs are installed in areas with high deer numbers, so take heed, even if you haven't seen them
    Collisions between vehicles and deer cause many deaths, including human, in the UK every yearIt was 5.30am when Aaron Herringshaw set off from his home in Bournemouth at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz C200 CDi estate to drive the 25 miles to his job as a chef in deepest Dorset. He liked the drive, especially at that time of the day when the sun is rising and the roads are quiet.
    Then, as
  • How MG Motor is driving its way back to the big time

    The 3 arrived in 2013 and hinted at MG’s potential
    The doyen of British motoring is rejuvenated and going places with a plan that includes an electric-only family estate and perhaps even a Porsche rivalMG is on a roll. Its biggest roll since the 1920s, you could argue, when an obscure British sales manager-turned-engineer, Cecil Kimber, took just three years to create the world’s best-selling sports car from the everyman Morris Minor – and then built a thriving, highly profitab
  • Smart EQ ForTwo 2020 review

    Lightly revised city-car can still charm, but without hardware upgrades now looks well off the EV pace
    Not that you’d know from the look of this new Fortwo, but the scene at Smart is changing.Daimler recently sold half the brand to Chinese giant Geely – parent company of Volvo, Lotus and, perhaps in the near future, beleaguered Aston Martin – with the intention of moving production to China for the next-generation models, which are due in 2022 and will likely include some
  • The dark side of owning a car collection

    Serial car collector Bremner struggles with all the admin
    If you're not careful, your dream of owning a fleet can turn into a nightmare of paperwork
    The mild epiphany came last year: I am probably the world’s worst small fleet manager. Apart from not quite knowing how many cars I had – 12, 13? – most of them had no MOT, no tax and few were runners.
    This is the challenge of having a deep-seated urge to own a car museum, a busy job and limited mechanical skills. Having this many
  • Moving (on) mountains: Driving a Jeep Gladiator in New Zealand

    The Gladiator glides over terrain that would stymie a lesser vehicleThe Wrangler-based Gladiator – Jeep’s first pick-up in 27 years – looks born ready, for anything. We put it through its paces on rocky terrain
    New Zealand’s summer is so wet that 1000 tourists have been stranded by road blockages, rain is falling at up to 40mm per hour, the Met Office says “small tornadoes are possible” and, earlier today, while driving along a road in a Jeep Gladiator, I was
  • Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SE 2020 review

    Volkswagen adds entry-level SE trim to its flagship SUV. Is this new no-frills Touareg the version to go for?
    The Volkswagen Touareg has always been a pretty good car for people who don’t really like to stand out. Next to the likes of the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, its comparative lack of pretence has historically marked it out as the large SUV of choice for anyone who might not want others to notice - and then potentially sneer at - the fact
  • London Congestion Charge: what is it, which cars pay and which are exempt?

    London Congestion Charge: what is it, which cars pay and which are exempt?
    Tips & advice24 Jan, 2020
    All the facts about the £11.50 charge for driving into central London including a map, how to pay and how to check if you need to...
  • Audi launches the UK’s first one-card charging service

    Audi launches the UK’s first one-card charging service
    News24 Jan, 2020
    Buyers of all electrified Audis can now charge their cars at hundreds of UK charge points with a single subscription service.
  • Volvo confirms electric version of next XC90

    Electric seven-seat luxury SUV is due in 2022; expansion of 40-series is also plannedVolvo will launch an electric version of its next-generation XC90, which is due in around 2022.
    The third-generation XC90 will be the first model based on the updated SPA architecture that will underpin all next-generation versions of Volvo's 60-series and 90-series models.
    Confirming the news, Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson also revealed that an expansion of the smaller 40-series of models was also
  • A fifth of parents and grandparents don’t put children in child seats

    A fifth of parents and grandparents don’t put children in child seats
    News25 Jan, 2020
    Concerns after a high proportion of parents and grandparents say they don’t always use child seats for youngsters
  • New 2020 Seat Leon to be revealed on Tuesday

    El Born-inspired tailgate lighting strip and angular profile suggest edgy new look for upcoming hatchSeat hasn’t been shy of dropping teasers of the new Leon, set to be unveiled next week. In December it released a video showing details of the model, and recently gave us a look at the upcoming car’s rear in a new image.
    The fourth-generation of the Spanish brand's Ford Focus rival will be revealed at a dedicated event on January 28th. Seat insiders have called the new car t
  • New 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL: first images preview design

    2020 Mercedes-Benz SL development mule - credit: Andreas Mau
    Mercedes' all-new SL drop-top has been spied for the first time, offering a glimpse at its production formThe next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL grand tourer has been spotted in production form for the first time, ahead of an official unveiling later this year. 
    While under wraps, the prototype in the images can be seen to sport a long, sloping bonnet, prominent rear haunches and an angular front grille design. The rear end design a
  • Alfa Romeo plotting 617bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio GTA, reports claim

    Quadrifoglio Racing Edition variant currently heads up Alfa's Giulia range
    Italian brand rumoured to be developing an uprated version of its BMW M3 rival for launch this yearAlfa Romeo is plotting a high-performance flagship version of its Giulia Quadrifolgio performance saloon with more than 600bhp, reports suggest.
    US site Mopar Insiders reports that the Italian firm could revive its historic GTA nameplate for the new model, which is also expected to weigh around 20kg less than the standard mo
  • Nissan supplies discounted Leaf EVs to Uber in London

    Mobility service plans for all 45,000 of its London drivers to use electric vehicles by 2025Nissan will supply 2000 Leaf EVs to Uber in London, as part of the mobility service’s goal to make its fleet in the capital fully electric by 2025. 
    Supplied in entry-level 40kWh guise, the Sunderland-built Leaf offers Uber drivers 168 miles of range per charge. Nissan is supplying the electric hatch to the ride-hailing firm at a ‘dedicated transaction price’, offering drivers aroun
  • Suzuki Jimny will stay on sale in UK, countering reports

    Suzuki’s rugged 4x4 will remain on sale in 2020 in “very limited numbers”, but is unlikely to continue into 2021 in current form due to high emissionsSuzuki UK has responded to media reports that the Jimny will soon be removed from sale in Europe, claiming it will still be sold in “very limited numbers throughout 2020”.
    The rugged 4x4, launched in 2018, was reported to be under threat due to its relatively high CO2 emissions, a factor that Suzuki UK has already admi
  • Suzuki Jimny to stay on sale in UK for 2020, future in doubt

    Suzuki’s rugged 4x4 will remain on sale in 2020 in “very limited numbers”, but is unlikely to continue into 2021 in current form due to high emissionsSuzuki UK has responded to media reports that the Jimny will soon be removed from sale in Europe, claiming it will still be sold in “very limited numbers throughout 2020”.
    The rugged 4x4, launched in 2018, was reported to be under threat due to its relatively high CO2 emissions, a factor that Suzuki UK has already admi
  • Mercedes rejects claims of slashed EV production targets

    Denies reports of reduced EQC output due to battery shortages, on track for 50,000 cars built in 2020Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler has denied reports that a shortage of batteries has forced it to half its 2020 electric car production targets.
    Unconfirmed reports in the German media had suggested battery supplier LG Chem had been unable to meet Mercedes' demand, forcing the company to slash the number of EQC electric SUVs it was expecting to build this year to 30,000.
    But
  • Suzuki Jimny to be removed from sale due to emission regulations

    Suzuki Jimny to be removed from sale due to emission regulations
    News24 Jan, 2020
    EU requirements that car makers must reduce fleet average CO2 emissions to 95g/km mean the Suzuki Jimny is to pulled from Europe after 2020
  • Suzuki Jimny set be removed from sale due to emission regulations

    Suzuki Jimny set be removed from sale due to emission regulations
    News24 Jan, 2020
    EU requirements that car makers must reduce fleet average CO2 emissions to 95g/km mean Suzuki is likely to pull Jimny from Europe after 2020
  • Suzuki Jimny could be removed from sale due to emission regulations

    Suzuki Jimny could be removed from sale due to emission regulations
    News24 Jan, 2020
    EU requirements that car makers must reduce fleet average CO2 emissions to 95g/km may see Suzuki pull Jimny from Europe
  • Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 24 January

    The Vauxhall VX220 Turbo leads this week's picks - low-riding, fast-driving cars, engineered by LotusOur round-up of Lotus-engineered rarities opens with the VX220. The Vauxhall shared key parts with the Elise and was built at the same factory, and it went on sale in 2000 supported by an appalling ad campaign that held back sales.
    It was why, for many years, the car was a bargain. Not any more. Today you’ll pay almost as much for a VX as you will for an Elise, mainly because everyone now k
  • BMW 3 Series Touring

    Can a six-pot diesel engine and bigger boot make the 3 Series even more appealing?Contemplating the BMW 330d’s place in the motoring world as we move into a brand-new decade is a fascinating undertaking.Just over 20 years have now elapsed since the first 30d-badged 3 Series rolled off the production line in Munich, Leipzig and Regensburg, kick-starting a phenomenon in the process. Those particular E46- generation models were by no means the first Threes to use oil-burning six-cylinder eng

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