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
- Can a hatchback ever compete with a pure sports car? The Nurburgring record-breaking Megane RS Trophy-R stands a better chance than mostToday, we review the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Renault Megane RS Trophy R. Matt Prior and James Disdale take both cars to Anglesey race circuit for a track test to find out which is quicker: the Porsche pure sports car or the Renault hot hatchback.
The 2019 Cayman GT4 picks up where the old GT4 left-off, with a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat six engine rath
- Fisker's SUV will slot into the same price and performance band as the recently revealed Tesla Model YAmerican start-up partners with Electrify America network to offer access to 3500 chargers by 2021American start-up Fisker has announced a partnership with Electrify America that will give drivers of its 2020 Ocean SUV access to "the largest open fast charging network" in the US.
Fisker claims that Electrify America's 350kW rapid chargers, which are compatible with all mainstream elec
- News12 Dec, 2019
American off-road manufacturer will launch a rival to the Suzuki Jimny in two years time – with electrified variants possible
- Four-door diesel version of BMW’s new flagship has abundant rational appeal and plenty of dynamism but isn’t as practical or as dynamically versatile as rivals.
This may very well be the particular version of the latest BMW 8-Series that’ll matter most to you. Equally, it could be the one in which you’re least interested of all the possible combinations of two-door-coupe, two-door-cabrio or four-door ‘coupoon’ bodies, and six-cylinder petrol, eight-cylinder pe
- Porsche's electric saloon will gain a crossover-inspired estate variant in 2021, and new spyshots give us the closest look yetPorsche’s winter testing regime has extended to its second electric model, the high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo, seen again with new design details revealed.
The rugged estate was first seen undergoing high-speed prototype testing at the Nürburgring, but is now being put to the test around the arctic circle. This new test mules gives us a g
- News12 Dec, 2019
Our exclusive images preview how the next-generation Vauxhall Astra could look, which will sit on a new PSA platform
- Ogier won three rounds of the WRC in the C3 this season
With Ogier leaving Citroën and the French manufacturer leaving the WRC shortly after him, we look forward to an intriguing 2020Back in 2016, when Volkswagen dramatically quit the World Rally Championship (a precursor to quitting the world of combustion-engined motorsport entirely, as it turns out) Sébastien Ogier tested all the World Rally Cars available to him as he worked out where to go for the following season.
As the undefe
- Black Edition adds black body addenda and privacy glass
Especially after its 2016 facelift, the Audi A3 is a handsome used buy. We survey your optionsThe Sportback is the five-door member of the A3 family and very popular it is, too, with around six times as many of them on the used car market as there are three-door models. The two extra doors make the Sportback’s appeal easy to understand, plus it has a bit more presence about it, being slightly longer and taller.
We’re talking abo
- Cupra could still serve up a sports car long-term to exploit its motorsport heritage
Seat performance sub-brand may not be plotting a sports car right now, but we reckon it makes perfect strategic senseLuca de Meo’s view that sports cars aren’t a Cupra priority makes sense financially, but it will likely frustrate those hoping the motorsport-linked sub-brand was using SUVs to help fund such a project.
The logic in the argument is clear. Even Audi struggles to make money from the
- CEO of the Seat-owned performance brand is ruling them out on financial grounds, at least in the short termCupra is unlikely to build a bespoke sports car in the foreseeable future, with CEO Luca de Meo telling Autocar it will focus on SUVs.
“You want roadsters, two-seaters, cabrios? This is a typical perspective from your [British] market,” said de Meo. “We don’t get that question from other markets… sometimes from Germans.”
He elaborated by saying: “S
- VW's Wolfsburg facilities are reducing their carbon footprint
After a history of chasing CO2-based profits, we assess whether the automotive industry can help the causeClimate change has become an overarching global issue and the need to reduce CO2 emissions to halt global warming is now (largely) accepted as scientific fact. And there’s no escaping that the car industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions. For example, the Volkswagen Group estimates that, through its operations and th
- Features11 Dec, 2019
50 years on from one of the best car films ever, we decided to take three modern MINIs and do it all again
- Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius previews upcoming all-electric compact model with preview image at launch of new GLAMercedes-Benz's CEO has officially confirmed that a new entry level EV, called the EQA, will launch in 2020.
Speaking at the reveal of the second-generation GLA, boss Ola Kallenius stood beside a preview image of the EQ A, showing a bodystyle closely linked to that of the new crossover. "It's definitely a love-child" he said, referencing the EV's resemblance to the GLA. Autoca
- Second-generation crossover sits between A-Class and seven-seat GLB; will go on sale in the springMercedes-Benz has revealed the second-generation GLA, promising new technology and greater comfort to step up the pressure on the BMW X2 in the fast-growing compact crossover market.
The line-up at launch will include a hot AMG version, while plug-in hybrid and electric versions are planned for the future.
The original GLA was launched five years ago, and almost a million have been sold globally sin
- No longer the trail-blazer, but improved enough to beat away its numerous foes?
It’s the second-generation Nissan Juke: bigger than before, more ‘mature’, and now driven on British roads for the first time.Fans of the oddball original (and with more than one million sold since 2010, there are a few) will already know a bit about this new model. In August, Autocar got an early taste with one of Nissan’s late-stage but imperfect prototypes at Millbrook Proving Ground.
- Opinion11 Dec, 2019
The automotive world has changed massively over the last 10 years, but editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the future is exciting
- via TestDrivenMuch has been written about the new Ford Focus ST hatchback. The thing is, it’s the estate that interests us, because as well as being fans of fast Fords, we Brits love a good wagon.And this is a very good wagon indeed.
- Refreshed GLE Coupe joins Mercedes’ SUV line-up as a rakish-looking sporty five-seaterMercedes-Benz has announced UK pricing and specifications for the second generation of its GLE Coupé, ahead of the model's arrival in dealerships in spring 2020.
Prices for the re-engineered BMW X6 rival start from £72,530 for the entry-level GLE 400 d 4Matic equipped with the AMG Line Premium Plus package, and rise to £80,615 for the AMG-tuned GLE 53 4Mat
- Recent spyshots show updated design for second-generation BMW X2 rivalThe new Mercedes-Benz GLA will be officially revealed later today (11 December), with recent spyshots and a design sketch giving an early glimpse of the BMW X2 rival.
Although still featuring some front and rear disguise, the recent shots show that the crossover's shape takes inspiraton from the A-Class hatchback it shares a platform with, while the headlights are slimmed down variants of th
- The Vauxhall Corsa has been one of Britain's best-selling cars for years. We get an all-important first steer of the new one on UK roads
The first time we’ve driven the new, speedily-developed Vauxhall Corsa on British roads. And if there’s anywhere it’s worth testing the Corsa, it’s here, the supermini’s largest market even compared to parent brand Opel’s home, Germany.Vauxhall is keen to make mention of how important the Corsa is: not just to Vauxhall itself
- Long journeys on diesel, short ones on electric – what’s not to like? We have six months with Merc's hybrid estate to find outWhy we’re running it: To see if the near-perfect theory of a car with diesel power for long journeys and electric power for short trips can be matched by the realityMonth 1 - Specs
Life with an E-Class Estate: Month 2
Long-distance touring a speciality - 27th November 2019
There are many cars that could have done the five-hour journey home from
- Toyota GR Yaris
New high-performance Yaris variant will draw on Toyota's World Rally Championship experienceToyota will unveil its GR Yaris hot hatchback next month, with the firm promising the new machine will incorporate technology developed from the firm's World Rally Championship experience.
The new model will be shown for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 10-12, and will be the second model in the firm's Gazoo Racing-branded GR sports car line, after the GR Supra. The G
- Max Verstappen already has five F1 seasons behind him
Max Verstappen was only 17 when he debuted in Formula 1. Now he’s ready to win a world championship. We sit down with the Dutchman
It’s a hectic time for Max Verstappen, the brightest emerging superstar in Formula 1. He has just completed his first century of grands prix – almost unbelievably, given that he only recently turned 22 – and when we meet is preparing to fly out to Brazil, where he will deliver an unexpected
- The Morgan team inspecting a Plus 6, which was the first model to use the CX chassisBritish manufacturer will now build cars on a light CX-generation chassis, after using time-honoured ladder ones for 83 yearsMorgan will next year end production of its models built on a simple steel ladder-frame chassis, a system it introduced 83 years ago with its first four-wheeled model, called the 4/4.
In recognition of modern customers’ need for greater road ability, even in traditional sports cars, t
- Special edition of Jaguar's smallest saloon will be limited to 200 unitsThe limited-run Jaguar XE Reims Edition is the first in a series of so-called ‘Jaguar Factory Specials’ which will each feature bespoke details.
The XE Reims Edition is named in celebration of the Jaguar D-Type’s maiden victory in 1954 at the 12-hours of Reims and uses the maker’s French Racing Blue paint, previously only used on extreme models such as the limited XKR-S and XFR-S.
- Want a sharp, swift drive? Check out these rapid saloonsLeasing can be an affordable, practical route into having your own private car, but it's not always easy to tell the good deals from the duds.
The experts at our sister magazine What Car? work hard to find you the best pay-monthly schemes, taking into account mileage allowance, montly outlay, contract length and initial deposit. We'll be bringing you the best deals they find from a different segment each week.
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- In this week’s bumper double issue: Audi Sport goes electric, Mercedes-Benz GLE driven, Christmas cars of the year road trip and much more
An exclusive story leads this week’s news section: Audi Sport is set to finally embrace electrification, with its first ever electric model, the E-tron GT RS, expected to debut next year.
With roots in the E-tron GT concept unveiled at last year’s LA motor show, the sister car to the Porsche Taycan could be joined by as many as three electri
- A Taycan for the very well off rather than the unfeasibly wealthy, yet which in almost all normal usage is as good as a Turbo, if not betterIf you’re interested in buying a Porsche Taycan, it is the one you should look at first. And then ask yourself a very serious question: what is the extra £32,000 or £55,000 required to upgrade this Taycan 4S to a Turbo or Turbo S actually buying you? If the answer is a slug more power you may never use, a load of equipment you might ne
- News11 Dec, 2019
The limited-run Jaguar XE Reims Edition gets unique ‘French Racing Blue’ paint and extra kit beyond the R-Dynamic S model
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