Family hatchback gains electrified 1.0-litre powertrain; available to order next week from £23,005Skoda has ushered in its first mild-hybrid powertrain with a new 1.0-litre e-Tec petrol option for the new fourth-generation Octavia.
Priced from £23,005 and vailable from 22 September on both SE First Edition and fleet-focused SE Technology trims, the electrified three-cylinder powerplant produces 108bhp, making it slightly less powerful than the entry-level MHEV versions of its Se
- An unusual time for a return to the Nurburgring, but the racing will be just as thrilling"You never stop learning the Nürburgring,” says Peter Dumbreck, who heads to the Nordschleife this week for his 16th 24-hour endurance race around the 12.9-mile monster. “The circuit changes. It’s like a living thing, because it’s so long. Every time you think: ‘Was that bump there before?’ They update bits of the Tarmac over the winter and it just gets quicker.&rdquo
- Stretched version of new Mk2 Ghost promises more space, added comfort and perfectly chilled champagneRolls-Royce has launched an Extended version of its new Ghost luxury saloon, with additional space for rear passengers.
The new variant of the recently launched second-generation Ghost is developed for use as a chauffeured limousine, offering extra space and special features focused on the rear of the cabin. It will likely prove particularly popular in China, where there's high demand f
- Electrification key to performance brand's continued success under new leadershipRenault’s tiny Alpine sub-brand is likely to see a significant expansion even as the French carmaker makes significant cutbacks in the wake of the global pandemic.
Despite selling just 4400 of its aluminium mid-engined A110 model in 2019, a leaked internal memo reported by Bloomberg suggests that new Renault boss Luca de Meo wants to see Alpine line-up expand and even move into a ‘series of small electri
- The People’s EV debuts with up to 250 miles of range and rear- or all-wheel drive.
- The base model gains 54 bhp.
- It's joined by a classic Pullman and even the C111 concept.
- Audi will build just 50 examples worldwide.
- Luton ushers in a new era of design and technology with a simplified emblem
Vauxhall has launched the new version of its iconic griffin logo, which will make its debut on the next-gen Mokka arriving in April next year.
The brand describes its simplified new badge as “confidently British”. It does away with the current 3D metallic-style design in favour of a “flat, minimalist” motif.
The Vauxhall name and the wing of the brand’s mascot now no longer appear on t
- It could debut before the end of the year.
- The cabin gets a luxurious upgrade from leather upholstery.
- Spoiler alert: the results may not surprise you.
- It's going to be revealed in November.
- Former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is set to become the new CEO of Formula 1, taking over from Chase Carey ahead of the 2021 season.
- The ID 3 landed first, but SUV popularity should make the larger electric Volkswagen even more popularThe Volkswagen Group is in the early stages of a barely comprehensible rollout of electric cars, with 75 models due by the end of the decade, ranging from high-spec sports cars such as the Porsche Taycan to reworked city cars like the e-Up. But none will be bigger than the ID 4.
Full story: Volkswagen ID 4 officially revealed
The ID 3 hatch had the honour of launching VW’s ID range, S
- MEB-based model arrives with a variety of powertrains offering up to 323 miles of rangeVolkswagen has unveiled the ID 4 and said the new SUV represents a “milestone” as the first model in its electric ID range that will be offered globally.
The new machine will go on sale in Europe later this year and, unlike the recently launched ID 3 hatchback, it will also be built and sold in China and the US.
Volkswagen is aiming to sell 1.5 million electric cars per year by 2025 and estimates t
- This comes as no surprise, though we still have no idea when to expect the Roadster's launch.
- Discover the UK's rich culture in the new MINI Countryman
Our pick of Britain’s best creative staycation experiences to enjoy in MINI’s family-size SUV – including drive-in cinemas, outdoor art and living museumsWe’ve teamed up with the new MINI Countryman to help you scale up your next holiday adventure, picking some of our favourite inspirational ideas for destinations with a difference that help you supersize any UK staycation.
With room for five, up to 1390 litres of
- It's certainly a wide-open timeframe.
- It will have the best Nurburgring track time of any production car ever.
- More details of the upcoming electric hypercar are revealed.
- The M4 Competition Coupe, meanwhile, costs just over £76,000.
- In order to eventually produce cheaper cars, a new cell form factor is needed.
- Isle of Wight and the North East were among the places with best roads.
- Is £20,000 really possible?
- There's a plug-in hybrid SUV and a new electric estate car.
- Seat president Wayne Griffiths
Performance brand CEO fills the gap left by Luca de Meo's departure in management shake-upThe management shake-up at Seat has continued with the appointment of Cupra brand CEO Wayne Griffiths as the new president of the overall company, replacing Luca de Meo, who left for Renault in January.
The Briton will assume his new role on 1 October, taking over from acting president Carsten Isensee, who will return to his previous role as executive vice-pres
- We may no longer talk about battery packs in the future, but rather about the "structural battery."
- Pioneering firm says radical battery developments will allow sub-£20,000 electric car - but not until 2023Tesla boss Elon Musk says the firm is working on a new generation of electric vehicle (EV) battery that will provide five times more energy and cost half as much as existing technology – but added that it's at least three years away from production.
Musk said the new battery system, which uses larger cylindrical cells and will be produced in-house by Tesla, will enable the firm t
- Range-topping version of EV, due in 2021, will use three motors to do 0-60mph in less than 2.0secTesla has confirmed that the long-awaited Model S Plaid, the newest and most powerful version of its larger electric saloon, will go into production late next year.
Announced at the company's Battery Day, the Plaid will use three motors to produce around 1100bhp. It will be capable of 0-60mph in less than 2.0sec and have a top speed of 200mph, which Tesla claims will make it the most powerful an
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