Category: UK Auto News

New Renault Megane RS Trophy-R revealed with Nurburgring lap file

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Weight discount and reworked aerodynamics assist limited-run model of scorching hatch declare front-wheel-drive mark The limited-run Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R has been revealed, with the new hatch present process complete weight discount programme to supply elevated efficiency. Due on sale later this yr, the brand new range-topper options the identical extremely tuned 1.Eight-litre turbo engine because the Mégane RS 300 Trophy, which produces 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque. That automobile achieves Zero-62mph in 5.7sec and a high velocity of 161mph. Renault says that the Trophy-R is 130kg lighter, resulting from a weight discount programme led by Renault Sport, which developed the brand new mannequin with the identical apporach taken on a racing automobile. The Trophy-R is claimed to characteristic improved aerodynamics and a reworked chassis drive axles to spice up efficiency. That maintains the ethos of earlier generations of Trophy-R, which have been centered on extracting efficiency via dealing with....




Skoda Octavia vRS Problem 2019 UK assessment

We drive Skoda’s top-flight particular version of the Octavia vRS to see if it is value forking out on We’re already loads accustomed to this era of Octavia vRS. It’s been on sale since 2013, in spite of everything, and is coming into its twilight years after a spherical of updates in 2017. Theoretically, it stays Skoda’s most interesting providing to the eager driver: we are saying theoretically, as a result of Skoda nonetheless refuses to ‘vRS-ify’ the flagship 276bhp, four-wheel drive Excellent, so, whereas it’s quicker than the Octavia, it stays a much less participating steer. The Czech model may even now promote you the Kodiaq SUV in its sportiest trim line, if such a factor is your cuppa.However the wrinkles are beginning to present, significantly when the Octavia hatchback finds itself lined up with fresher-faced, quicker and extra thrilling options just like the Honda Civic Kind R. That’s why....


Formulation 1 legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70

Three-time F1 world champion and non-executive chairman of Mercedes F1 “handed away peacefully”, his household mentioned Tributes have been paid to three-time Formulation 1 world champion Niki Lauda, who has died on the age of 70. The Austrian underwent a double lung transplant final 12 months, and was hospitalised with pneumonia earlier this 12 months. In an announcement to Austrian media, his household mentioned: “With deep disappointment, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully handed away together with his household on Monday. “His distinctive achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and can stay unforgettable, his tireless zest for motion, his straightforwardness and his braveness stay.” Ferrari, with which Lauda gained two titles, tweeted that the Austrian would “stay ceaselessly in our hearts.” Born in Vienna, Austria, Lauda initially began racing a Mini, to the disapproval of his rich household. He quickly moved into the single-seater Formulation Vee sequence,....




James Ruppert: in the case of second-hand EVs, purchase mainstream

Electrical micro-cars and costly EV conversions for classics are an possibility, however wise cash is spent on big-name fashions In the event you learn this column usually, you’ll most likely have gathered by now that I’m EV-sceptic. Used EVs are a factor and I concede that, for some, they will make some form of sensible sense, in the event you’re a milkman. Nonetheless, in the event you begin doing the CO2 calculations, all of it turns into relatively tougher to justify batteries as a technique of environmentally accountable propulsion. As everyone knows, Bangernomics is the one option to drive with a jolly inexperienced conscience. However, hey, I love to do my bit for the home-grown automobile business, so I used to be happy to learn that there was a Me (micro electrical) automobile apparently being inbuilt north London that prices a considerable £12,000. It seemed like a Jeep that had....


Ford ‘Mach-E’ electrical crossover takes goal for Tesla Mannequin Y

Blue Oval’s first bespoke battery-electric automobile shall be unveiled later this 12 months earlier than 2020 on-sale date Ford is poised to disclose what could possibly be its most vital (and controversial) mannequin but: an all-electric, Mustang-inspired crossover. Because of go on sale in 2020, an idea shall be unveiled later this 12 months and the model claims it’ll switch the spirit of the long-lasting pony automobile into a very 21st century Tesla Mannequin Y rival.  Imagined by Autocar (above) the brand new mannequin has but to be formally named, though Ford has reportedly ditched the initially floated ‘Mach 1’ tag due to robust public opinion towards using the branding traditionally reserved for Mustangs. Nonetheless, the Blue Oval not too long ago utilized to trademark the ‘Mach-E’ nameplate, which appears an ideal match, given the automobile’s transient.  The brand new automobile would be the first Ford designed as an electrical....




Autocar confidential: five-digit EV gross sales nonetheless a approach off for Jaguar, Seat finds a extra premium viewers and extra

Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive trade This week’s number of snippets from the automotive sphere brings information of Seat’s persevering with rise in the direction of premium standing, a shiny future for McLaren and Nissan’s worries that governments might be doing extra for autonomy. London eager for electrical Jaguars UK gross sales of the Jaguar I-Tempo will double to round 3000 items within the subsequent 12 months, based on UK boss Rawdon Glover, although he predicted that five-digit gross sales of the EV could be a minimum of 5 years away. Greater than 40% of I-Tempo gross sales are throughout the M25. Seat not so easy any extra The Seat Tarraco and stand-alone Cupra model are pushing patrons into increased, hitherto unseen worth factors for the agency, a lot to boss Luca de Meo’s delight. “We’ve been on a journey,....


Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo 2019 overview

Prices greater than the usual automotive and is little totally different to drive, however the Cayenne Coupe actually has an enchantment all of its personal Sorry to start out with a cliche, however the Porsche Cayenne Coupe actually is a kind of automobiles that seems to be a solution to a query you thought no one was asking. But like all producers, and upmarket German premium ones particularly, Porsche is getting ever keener to ensure no area of interest goes unfilled. So what now we have right here is, because it says on the tin, a coupe model of its giant Cayenne SUV.Successfully a rival for top finish variations of the BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe and, arguably, the Vary Rover Velar, the Cayenne Coupe on the very least ought to inject some driving dynamism into a category the place typically talking there may be none. And it does that....




Alpina B7 2019 overview

Alpina’s newest tackle the 7-Sequence packs extra efficiency than a limousine might ever want, however how does it deal with? Lets begin with efficiency? We would as effectively, as a result of from a producer so lovingly dedicated to the finer particulars – these of leather-based grain, suspension kinematics and naturally wine pairings – the spec-sheet brutality of this up to date Alpina B7 super-limousine takes just a few moments to sink in.Admittedly, at 600bhp and 590lb ft, outright energy and torque aren’t any larger than earlier than, however these numbers are what you get whenever you cross a supercar with a locomotive, and in any case, they’re now ‘higher’. In truth new twin-scroll turbochargers, intercoolers and engine-management software program for the Four.Four-litre V8 broaden the powerband to breathtaking proportions.Peak torque now arrives at solely 2000rpm and continues to 5000rpm, which not solely ensures blistering real-world efficiency but additionally drops the four-wheel drive B7’s Zero-62mph....


Jaguar Land Rover posts heavy annual losses

Agency information pre-tax annual losses of £three.6 billion – however says revival programme is on observe Jaguar Land Rover has recorded an annual lack of £three.6 billion, however chief government Ralf Speth says an ongoing cost-saving programme will remodel it right into a “leaner and fitter” firm for the longer term. The pre-tax loss for the monetary yr that led to March mirrored a £three.1 billion write-down of the worth of the enterprise within the ultimate quarter of final yr, but in addition confirmed the continuing impression of falling gross sales in China and continued uncertainty over Brexit. The agency’s annual income of £24.2 billion was down £1.2 billion year-on-year. With out the one-off write-down, Jaguar Land Rover’s annual pre-tax loss was £358 million. Whereas annnual gross sales elevated by eight.four% within the UK and eight.1% in North America, the sharp decline in China meant that its general gross sales of 578,915....




Mazda three 2019 UK overview

Sharp-suited Mazda three touches down in UK. It’s acquired the dealing with smarts, however a weedy engine holds it again from acquiring class honours A reasonably good cause for the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf to look over their shoulders. The earlier Mazda three was all the time a automotive that sat in direction of the sharper, extra dynamic finish of the household hatch market; one which was simply able to giving the Focus a run for its cash when it got here to driver enjoyment. Fast steering, a properly balanced chassis, incisive dealing with, a slick guide gearbox and fizzy petrol engine performed their respective components in making the three certainly one of our favorite – quite than the outright favorite – hatches of the time.This new fourth-generation mannequin, which has now touched down in Britain, has fairly a repute to reside as much as, then.....


Land Rover Defender and Vary Rover Velar hybrids noticed

Petrol-electric variations of latest Defender 4×4 and Velar SUV are seen testing in prototype kind Land Rover is primed for a serious electrification push subsequent 12 months with the roll-out of a hybrid model of the all-new Defender, and the primary prototypes have emerged. At first look, the check mules, caught by a spy photographer close to the corporate’s engineering centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, look like testing a brand new bull bar and entrance winch mixture for hardcore off-road lovers. Nonetheless, a verify of the numberplate on a non-public web site (versus the DVLA web site) particulars it as being powered by a petrol-electric drivetrain.  Land Rover plots comeback with hybrid-led new mannequin blitz It’s the primary time that we’ve seen a prototype for the brand new Defender with out diesel energy. Autocar understands that will probably be supplied with each mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines in 2020, though with....




Alpina B4 S Version 99 2019 assessment

Final hurrah for the present B4 S Biturbo brings unprecedented athleticism for an Alpina, but it surely’s restricted to simply 99 automobiles The Version 99 is a last-of-the-line particular for the B4 S Biturbo – tiny Alpina’s equal to the BMW M4 CS, in case you like. However in contrast to the BMW, that is very a lot a limited-series automotive, with solely 99 examples constructed and the bulk already bought – largely in a flattish gray or spectacular Hearth Orange, which recollects the outdated Alpina-tuned Group 2 Jägermeister three.Zero CSL raced by Niki Lauda. Irrespective of the color, anyone paying £73,100 is unlikely to be disenchanted with the mechanical specification, even when it is basically unchanged from the usual B4 S.In brief, Alpina takes BMW’s ‘N55’ three.Zero-litre straight six engine and recasts the aluminium block with a view to match a pair of faster-spooling turbochargers. There’s additionally a higher-capacity intercooler, and each the exterior oil and water coolers are considerably bigger. Software program particular to the....


Goodwood Pageant sculpture to have a good time Aston Martin

Aston Martin Goodwood 1959 Central Function to focus on British agency’s World Sportscar Championship title win on the venue Aston Martin would be the topic of this 12 months’s Central Function on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace, with a sculpture celebrating the 70th anniversary of its first race on the venue’s race circuit, and the 60th anniversary of its victory within the World Sportscar Championship. The sculpture on the entrance garden of Goodwood Home is a focus of the pageant, and has celebrated numerous automotive producers by way of the years – however this would be the first time that it has honoured Aston Martin. The British agency first raced at Goodwood within the Lavant Cup, in the course of the 1949 Easter Assembly, with WG Bingley ending in 10th place. A decade later, the 1959 World Sportscar Championship title was determined within the RAC TT race on the monitor,....




Mercedes-Benz E-class E300e 2019 UK evaluate

Newest E-Class hybrid makes an attempt to supply better of each worlds, with claimed 30 miles of electric-only vary How will historical past decide plug-in hybrids as soon as the revolution is full and we’re all driving zero-emission electrical automobiles? Proper now, it already feels they’re a half-way home for individuals who are motivated to affix the EV period, however understandably don’t but have the arrogance in our charging infrastructure.In different phrases, this newest hybrid Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a automotive for the right here and now. We all know the place the long run is taking us, however we’re not there but – and a compromise is what’s wanted. Does the c-word sound like a crucial verdict? It’s not meant to. It’s only a reflection of the truth this automotive represents.The E330e is powered by a 2.Zero-litre Four-cylinder petrol engine, plus an electrical motor that when totally charged through a....


Rankin brings the All-new Mazda3 to life, with feeling

The all-new Mazda3 made its world debut in LA and is now being celebrated with a singular portfolio of photos by Rankin, one of the crucial influential photographers of our era. The London-based photographer has been on the forefront of business and editorial innovation since he co-founded the journal Dazed and Confused in 1991, bringing a singular aesthetic to vogue shoots and portraiture. Over the course of a high-profile profession, Rankin has taken the portraits of the Queen of England, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Monica Bellucci and lots of tons of extra. He has additionally revealed round 30 books and been a key driver behind main charity and business campaigns for quite a few key manufacturers all over the world. To have a good time the brand new Mazda3, Rankin brings his abilities to unlocking the emotion of the brand new automobile, as described by chief engineer Mitsui....




Restricted version GT Sport Nav+ mannequin added to the Mazda CX-Three vary

Contemporary from an replace throughout the vary final August, the Mazda CX-Three line-up will get a brand new burst of color this summer time with the addition of the brand new GT Sport Nav+. On sale from the 1st June, and restricted to simply 500 vehicles, the GT Sport Nav+ options distinctive styling and additional worth in a single enticing bundle. Based mostly on the vary topping Sport Nav+, the GT Sport Nav+ is obtainable completely with the two.Zero-litre 121ps Skyactiv-G engine matched to two-wheel drive with a selection of six-speed guide or automated transmissions. With a selection of free-of-charge Jet Black Mica, Ceramic Metallic or Soul Pink Crystal Metallic paint, the GT Sport Nav+ is marked out by distinctive matt silver trim garnish on the decrease sections of the entrance and rear bumpers, plus shiny silver door mirror covers. Inside, Pink Nappa leather-based seats with white inserts mix with....


Beneath the pores and skin: How EPAS is steering electrical help to a greater future

This state-of-the-art electrical energy steering system from ZF has the electrical motor on the entrance driving a wheel on the inner rack by way of a belt. The wheel and rack work like a nut and a bolt, in order the wheel spins, the rack strikes. Electrical power-assisted steering techniques have grow to be the norm for nearly all new automobiles, and are a lot improved from their preliminary variations EPAS – Electrical power-assisted steering steering – began off as a not so widespread new know-how a number of years in the past and most street testers didn’t prefer it a lot. Now, it has developed with totally different technical options serving to with the steering effort and it has additionally grow to be a lot smarter. Energy steering techniques have been initially all hydraulic, with stress generated by a easy engine-driven pump forcing fluid via the system in a....




Used automotive shopping for information: Audi A2

It was a cutting-edge, futuristic imaginative and prescient in 2000 and the world’s solely simply caught up, however you should purchase an A2 from as little as £300 In the event you’re panning for gold, cease: we could have discovered some you don’t must grub round for. It’s the Audi A2, a outstanding little automotive most of us know to be a future basic however few have acted on. Effectively, now’s the time to just do that since you by no means noticed such a candy little discount. Simply £500 is all you want for a 2001- reg SE 1.four with 116,000 miles and full service historical past, however for those who’re made of cash, how a couple of one-owner 2002-reg 1.four TDI SE with 98,000 miles for £1795? Many A2s have full service histories and, being Audis, nonetheless really feel taut and recent. Better of all, their house owners....


BMW strains up all-electric future for next-generation i8

BMW will resolve this 12 months if its new flagship sports activities automobile shall be electrical solely or hybrid BMW is on the verge of creating the following technology of its flagship i8 sports activities automobile a completely electrical mannequin, in line with sources on the agency. Bosses are at a vital decision-making stage with the following i8 and senior officers on the German automobile maker are actually stated to be favouring a pure-electric mannequin. The second-generation i8, tentatively slated for introduction by the top of 2023, was initially conceived as a high-powered four-wheel drive evolution of right this moment’s petrol-electric hybrid. That kind of set-up has been clearly indicated by BMW growth boss Klaus Fröhlich on plenty of events over the previous 12 months. Nonetheless, current data out of BMW’s R&D headquarters in Munich, Germany, reveals the event of another plan beneath which the following i8 would undertake a....




Mercedes unveils GLE-based experimental security car

The agency has put future security improvements to the take a look at in a high-tech hybrid GLE Mercedes-Benz unveiled the most recent in a protracted line of experimental autos in an ongoing challenge into superior security expertise. Primarily based on a yet-to-be launched petrol-electric GLE, the ‘ESF 2019’ analysis challenge acts as a rolling showcase for brand new and improved security capabilities that Mercedes expects to include on its future fashions. Among the many challenge’s improvements are those who the German automotive maker calls “close to sequence” in addition to developments that “look effectively into the longer term”. The ESF 2019’s developments embrace a brand new holistic driver atmosphere that contains a retractable steering wheel and pedal field in addition to concepts for brand new airbag installations that Rodolfo Schöneburg, the top of Mercedes car security, stated “have in mind the larger inside flexibility supplied by autonomous autos”. He stated:....


BTCC 2019: Jordan continues BMW’s sturdy type

Jordan led house Turkington in race two BMW three Collection driver bounces again from Donington Park accident with double victory at Thruxton Andrew Jordan continued the sturdy begin to the season for the brand new BMW three Collection with a double victory within the Kwik Match British Touring Automobile Championship at Thruxton, staging a outstanding comeback after being hospitalised in a heavy accident within the earlier spherical. The WSR BMW Pirtek Racing driver was concerned in a heavy crash within the opening race at Donington Park that dominated him out for the rest of the day, however was proper again on type in Hampshire. However regardless of a pair of wins, it wasn’t an ideal weekend for Jordan, as a conflict dropped him nicely down the order within the last race of the day. BTC Racing Honda Civic Kind R driver Josh Prepare dinner took a commanding win in that....




Autocar drives Britain’s ‘largest, finest and most bonkers race’

C1 occasion was by far the largest motor race ever held in Britain Take (nearly) 100 equivalent Citroën C1 metropolis vehicles and race all day and the entire evening. We joined in You’d assume that 100 racing vehicles – one for each 60 metres of monitor – would simply make for one monumental site visitors jam.  But when these vehicles are all gradual, and the circuit and race are lengthy – like, say, Citroën C1s at Silverstone for 24 hours – it seems it’s probably the most improbable factor on the planet.  This needs to be no shock, as a result of the C1 Racing Membership has actually hit on one thing. It first raced solely two years in the past but simply obtained 99 vehicles to the Silverstone grid (one of many 100 entries not making it on the day) and its different endurance races are routinely oversubscribed. Greater....


Ford Focus ST-Line X 2019 long-term evaluate

It has already proved itself in Autocar’s street check, however what’s Ford’s all-new Focus wish to reside with? We’re discovering out Why we’re working it: To search out out if Ford’s all-purpose hatchback stays the motive force’s automobile of selection within the household automobile class Month 1 – Specs Life with a Ford Focus: Month 1 Welcoming the Focus to the fleet – 23rd Might 2018 Because it was first launched 20 years in the past, the Ford Focus has been entrenched as a core a part of British motoring. On any motorway, the Focus is as ubiquitous a sight as street indicators and site visitors cones. That’s as a result of, all through three generations, the Focus has all the time been a real all-rounder: an reasonably priced, refined and totally first rate machine that may work as household transport, firm automobile, motorway cruiser and even, in sure types, scorching hatch.....




One of the best funds British bangers to purchase earlier than Brexit

We could be a bit poorer after leaving the EU, in line with some consultants. So have a good time or boring the ache of Brexit with our best-of-British bargains In some unspecified time in the future in 2019, so we’re instructed, this excellent nation of ours will reduce its ties with the EU.  No matter your views on Brexit, it’s certainly not a matter of opinion that for the reason that referendum again in June 2016, this nation has singularly didn’t current itself in its greatest gentle. At instances, it has felt as if Nice Britain has forsaken its proud historical past and recast itself within the function of worldwide laughing inventory.  However Britain mustn’t permit itself to be characterised by self-serving politicians any greater than it ought to by narrow-mindedness. For it is a nation of Aston Martin, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, of the Lotus Elise’s bonded aluminium....


Are semi-autonomous techniques making vehicles safer?

V60 simulates endeavor the ‘pretend’ Fiesta on the motorway however the Fiesta strikes into the lane on the final second and the AEB-equipped V60, like many AEB vehicles, fails to keep away from it Assisted driving tech ought to increase street security, however it will probably really make issues worse if it isn’t tuned correctly The query I’m requested probably the most can also be the simplest one,” says Matthew Avery, director of insurance coverage analysis at Thatcham Analysis. “‘What’s the most secure automobile on the street?’ I’m starting to suppose the reply is a white Ford Fiesta,” he says, nodding at a fairly convincing mock-up of the exact same automobile parked on the runway forward of us.  The ‘Fiesta’ in query is fabricated from versatile, removable plastic panels fairly loosely fastened onto a transferring base that appears like an outsized velocity bump. It’s, in actual fact, a robotised cellular....




BMW X2 M35i 2019 evaluation

Most potent X2 but will get BMW M division’s first four-pot in 33 years to problem the likes of Audi’s SQ2 The BMW X2 M35i is amongst a brand new class of high-riding efficiency automobiles that goal to convey conventional scorching hatchback values to the premium crossover ranks.It’s not a full-blown M mannequin per se, however its transient is sort of just like its extra centered siblings in that it was conceived to attraction at the start to fanatic drivers – these searching for larger driving precision and tempo than that supplied by commonplace X2 fashions.Considerably, it’s the primary four-cylinder mannequin from BMW’s M division because the unique M3 was launched 33 years in the past. Behind the X2 M35i’s distinctively formed grille is probably the most highly effective model but of BMW’s B48 engine. It’s been upgraded with new cooling measures, amongst different detailed adjustments. The transversely mounted turbocharged....


Hyundai Tucson 1.6 CRDi N-Line 2019 overview

Hyundai offers its mid-size SUV an N-inspired sporting remedy. We drive it to see if it is all fashion and no substance Right here we have now one other instance of Hyundai’s halfway-house sporting trim line, utilized to the model’s big-selling household SUV. We first sampled the delights of N-Line final yr within the i30, bridging the market hole between the fizzing warmth of the i30 N and the stark tepidity of the common hatchback.This doesn’t apply to the Tucson, nevertheless – a minimum of in the intervening time. Phrase on the road is full-fat Cupra Ateca rival is within the works, however that’s yr away on the very least. So, if you need a sporty Tucson, right here’s your lot for now. Suppose Volkswagen’s R-Line and Ford’s ST-Line trims to know the intention.Nonetheless, maybe even ‘sporty’ is an adjective too far for the actual variant we’re testing right here:....




Nissan e.dams scores greatest Components E lead to Monaco

Nissan e.dams has scored its greatest Components E outcome with the staff ending the Monaco E-Prix with two automobiles within the high 5 and Oliver Rowland standing on the rostrum. Rowland took second place after ending solely zero.201 of a second behind the race winner, whereas Sebastien Buemi accomplished the spectacular factors haul for the staff by crossing the road in fifth. Nissan e.dams completed the day with 31 factors – greater than another staff on the grid within the third European race of the season. Components E is being utilized by Nissan to show the ability and efficiency of its electrical automobile expertise – a key a part of the corporate’s Nissan Clever Mobility imaginative and prescient. Nissan set the tempo within the second observe session at present after which each Buemi and Rowland made it via to the Tremendous Pole session. Collection rookie Rowland made the a lot....


BMW launches limited-run M5 Version 35 Years

BMW M5 Version 35 Years Anniversary model of 616bhp M5 Competitors tremendous saloon will get unique trim and design options BMW will rejoice 35 years of its M5 tremendous saloon with a limited-run transforming of the 616bhp M5 Competitors. The BMW M5 Version 35 years options the identical tuned model of the Four.Four-litre V8 twin turbo engine because the M5 Competitors, which produces 553lb ft of torque and might obtain Zero-62mph in three.three seconds on its solution to a restricted prime pace of 155mph. The all-wheel-drive mannequin additionally options the lowered and stiffened suspension from the M5 Competitors, together with ball-joined rear suspension mountings and upgraded entrance anti-roll bars. The 350 examples of the M5 Version 35 Years that can be produced characteristic numerous design modifications, together with a brand new metallic gray paint, and new 20-inch alloy wheels. The brake calipers are completed in high-gloss black, whereas the calipers....




Unique: Authorities will not reinstate plug-in hybrid grants

UK Transport Minister tells Autocar full electrical autos are the main target of future authorities incentives The UK authorities is not going to reinstate a grant for the acquisition of recent plug-in hybrid autos, Jesse Norman, Minister of State for the Division for Transport, has instructed Autocar. The grant was modified in October final 12 months, with solely electrical autos qualifying for a £3500 subsidy. Beforehand, the subsidies for hybrid and electrical autos ranged from £2500 to £4500, relying on the mannequin’s zero-emissions vary. “We have now to spend the tax payers’ cash in a approach that displays the altering market,” stated Norman. “The proof was very clear: house owners of plug-in hybrids weren’t plugging them in, negating the environmental advantages and undermining the incentives. “As a substitute, our focus could be very a lot on pushing battery electrical autos. It’s the place we’ve to get to and the place....


BMW 730Ld 2019 UK evaluation

Refined diesel powerplant feels strongly suited to BMW’s luxurious govt flagship The entry-point of the revised, restyled 7 Sequence, and BMW’s renewed effort to make its govt flagship ship on a luxurious transient in methods the outgoing automobile couldn’t fairly obtain.The 730Ld slots in beneath the six-cylinder 740i and the V8-powered 750Li we lately sampled on the continent, with a three.Zero-litre diesel powerplant sitting behind that enlarged, unmissable kidney grille.BMW’s new-found styling boldness has actually divided opinion right here within the West – however retains China, which accounts for greater than 40% of world 7 Sequence gross sales, comfortable. And seeing how each different producer additionally desires to maintain China comfortable, they’ll ultimately observe swimsuit. At which level the 7 Sequence suits proper in, and all of us cease complaining.Pushed right here in long-wheelbase type, which BMW expects to make as much as 40% of UK gross sales, the 730d is....




Matt Prior: why vehicles and beards go hand-in-hand

A pick-up sends out a message in regards to the individual driving it It seems to be like human survival intuition is kicking in nationwide, as industrial automobiles fly off the forecourts A bloke who offered vans as soon as instructed me that it was a a lot nicer gig than promoting automobiles.  The difficulty with automobiles, he stated, was that when anyone got here into the showroom to purchase one, they had been in all probability going to spend their very own cash, which meant they took negotiations personally.  There’s no nice shock or disgrace in that, given a automobile is the second costliest factor most of us purchase and the primary costliest factor that sees us coping with an enormous, unhealthy, faceless conglomerate who we worry is out to get us, moderately than coping with a house proprietor in the same scenario to ourselves. Individuals don’t like shopping....


Citroen admits smartphones trump its in-car infotainment

Citroen and sibling manufacturers Peugeot, DS to maneuver away from native person interface methods Peugeot, Citroën and DS will dedicate far much less effort and time engaged on the person interface methods of future fashions, focusing as a substitute on the benefit of integrating with smartphones.  “We’re not working 100 screens or larger screens,” Citroën design boss Pierre Leclercq informed Autocar. “You’ll use your telephone to begin the automobile and to do every part.  “That’s the future – it needs to be easy, but it surely needs to be intuitive as effectively.”  Agreeing that many consumers have been annoyed by clunky native person interface methods, Leclercq stated that future Citroëns shall be far less complicated.  “5 years in the past, we couldn’t assume all people would have a smartphone,” he stated. “Now, once we design automobiles, we assume that in a few years all people will personal a tool like....




Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 17 Might

The Audi TT’s days may very well be numbered, so now’s the time to choose up a clear second-gen instance Audi TT 2.Zero TFSI, £5490: There’s discuss of Audi ditching the TT after 2022. If true, lovers of used sports activities vehicles might be sporting black as they mourn one of many market’s nice heroes.  We have been reminded simply what nice issues these stylish coupés are in any respect ages after we chanced upon a 2007/07-reg Mk2 2.Zero TFSI. Completed in silver, it has finished 80,000 miles and has full service historical past, together with a current cambelt change. It nonetheless appears manufacturing unit contemporary, like so many TTs do once they haven’t been thrashed…  Placing the glowing tributes to 1 facet, what ought to a purchaser be searching for? Proof of normal servicing is a should, and as there’s no substitute for contemporary oil each 12 months, we’d....


Lotus plots growth to incorporate extra sports activities automobiles and SUV

Group CEO voices ambition for a variety of world-class automobiles following substantial money injection from Geely Lotus is plotting an intensive overhaul of its product line-up, in accordance with Group Lotus CEO Feng Qingfeng.  Feng, who additionally holds the position of chief technical officer of Zhejiang Geely (proprietor of Lotus in addition to the Volvo Group), spoke to Autocar on the current Shanghai motor present after Lotus formally confirmed its Kind 130 all-electric hypercar.  Confirming the British model’s new positioning as a cutting-edge, engineering-led firm, he stated Lotus plans to make use of its technical experience all through the group and to introduce new know-how that may in the end function on automobiles from Geely’s different manufacturers, too.  “For the high-end and pioneering know-how and functions, Lotus can function the frontrunner in lots of circumstances,” Feng informed Autocar, “then regularly sooner or later that form of know-how and people assets....




Cupra Leon ditches Seat badge and goes hybrid for 2020

First Cupra Leon prototypes hit the Nurburgring in disguise; it’s set to make use of plug-in powertrain The primary sizzling Leon to ditch the Seat badge for Cupra branding has been noticed on the Nürburgring for the primary time forward of the automobile’s debut in 2020.  Telltale indicators that this isn’t simply one other prototype for the usual Leon embrace a decrease stance, enlarged entrance air intakes, larger wheels overlaying enlarged brakes and twin exhaust tailpipes jutting out from the again bumper. Set to reach lower than a 12 months after the usual Mk4 Seat Leon makes its debut – probably at September’s Frankfurt motor present – the Cupra Leon can be set to obtain a plug-in hybrid powertrain possibility. Seat CEO Luca de Meo confirmed this on the model’s annual press convention final month. “In 2020, the brand new era of Leon will come to market in five-door and ST....


MG ZS EV: electrical SUV lands in UK at London motor present

Kia Soul EV rival to go on sale in September, and model boss guarantees “worth for cash” MG’s first absolutely electrical mannequin, the ZS EV, has made its UK public debut on the 2019 London motor present.  On show for punters to look at till 19 Might, bosses declare the ZS EV has already had greater than 800 ‘expressions of curiosity’ from patrons, probably the most the model has ever had.  The Kia Soul EV rival was first revealed on the Guangzhou motor present in China final yr, and will likely be offered alongside the present petrol variations of the ZS. Whereas specs have but to be confirmed, the UK-bound ZS EV is predicted to make use of the identical front-mounted 148bhp electrical motor because the mannequin offered in China. The automotive’s lithium ion battery will reportedly be good for a 268-mile vary on the outdated NEDC take a look at cycle, and MG says....




Usain Bolt-backed agency reveals two-seat electrical Bolt Nano

The Bolt Nano is meant for interior metropolis journeys from two to 15 miles, and makes use of swappable batteries A agency named Bolt, aptly backed by runner extraordinaire Usain Bolt, has revealed a two-seater electrical automotive known as the Bolt Nano designed for brief, inner-city journeys. Bolt initially launched a variety of micro-scooters meant for journeys as much as two miles, however has now launched a small car to its vary. The Bolt Nano car addresses journeys between two and 15 miles. The one-plus-one – the same set-up to the Renault Twizy – is designed to suit by way of a doorway and has house for luggage.  Bolt claims the Bolt Nano, unveiled on the Viva Expertise convention in Paris, is the one micro electrical automotive on the planet to make use of swappable batteries. Seat unveiled its Minimo quadricycle in March this yr which additionally makes use of swappable....


New Bentley Flying Spur: luxurious saloon’s inside previewed

4-door sibling to the Continental GT shall be proven for first time later this 12 months, and teaser marketing campaign has begun Bentley is constructing as much as the launch of its all-new Flying Spur, previewing the automotive’s inside forward of its debut later this 12 months. Whereas Mercedes-Maybach S 600 rival’s inside is seen for the primary time on this picture, it isn’t precisely revealing, exhibiting the entrance door card design. Bentley is previewing what it claims to be a world-first: three-dimensional, textured leather-based upholstery. Bentley describes the brand new Flying Spur as a “floor up growth that pushes the boundaries of each expertise and craftsmanship to ship segment-defining ranges of efficiency and refinement”.  The posh saloon is the agency’s reply to the Rolls-Royce Ghost, in addition to the Maybach. Whereas it has generally been generally known as the four-door sibling to the Continental GT – and can proceed to be carefully associated....




New Ford Focus ST property revealed

Ford’s Skoda Octavia vRS property rival is priced from £30,595 and on sale in the summertime Ford has launched the primary photographs of the brand new Focus ST in load-lugging property type forward of orders opening in the summertime. Just like the hatchback, the ST property shall be accessible in each diesel and petrol kinds, with the previous ranging from £30,595 and the latter from £33,095 – £1100 greater than the hatch. It rivals the Skoda Octavia vRS property and Seat Leon Cupra ST.  The diesel is a 2.Zero-litre EcoBlue unit with 187bhp and 295lb ft of torque, whereas the petrol makes use of a brand new 2.Three-litre turbocharged engine placing out 276bhp and 310lb ft. The oil-burner comes completely with a six-speed handbook gearbox, whereas patrons of the petrol even have the selection of a seven-speed automated. Ford hasn’t revealed efficiency figures but, however anticipate a slight lower in acceleration....


Brexit and diesel fears stall automobile gross sales, says new analysis

Unique Autocar survey finds gross sales being delayed by worries over Brexit and diesel As information of yet one more month-to-month fall in new automobile gross sales emerged final week, there’s sturdy new proof that substantial numbers of automobile patrons are delaying purchases as a direct results of Brexit and confusion over powertrain decisions. Unique knowledge has been collected for Autocar by market analysis agency Simpson Carpenter from a pattern of greater than 1000 British automobile house owners. It exhibits that amongst these whose automobile is greater than two years previous, nearly half stated that they had initially deliberate to exchange their automobile prior to now. Youthful folks and people shopping for or leasing new vehicles are most probably to be delaying their buy. An underlying degree of delay is to be anticipated, as adjustments in private circumstances typically get in the way in which of latest automobile shopping for choices.....




Almost-new shopping for information: BMW three Collection (F30)

Its dealing with is certainly one of many causes for selecting an F30 This might be all of the automotive you’ll ever want. We speak you thru the alternatives The spectacle of all-new three Collection saloons leaving your native BMW showroom can imply just one factor: a mountain of trade-ins, lots of them the mannequin’s predecessor, the F30-generation mannequin of 2012 to 2018.  What a cracking automotive it’s. True, by the tip, rivals – notably the Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 – had the measure of it however none was such an all-rounder because the F30.  Dealing with, composure, efficiency, effectivity, high quality, picture – the F30 has all of it in abundance. Even the inside, on earlier fashions a weak spot for its cumbersome transmission tunnel, is roomy within the again. The boot’s a helpful 480 litres, or bigger in case you discover a automotive with non-obligatory....


Authorities will increase funding in UK electrical battery centre

An extra £28 million will likely be invested in UK Battery Industralisation Centre close to Coventry, as a step in direction of a British Gigafactory The Authorities will make investments an additional £28 million within the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, which will likely be tasked with growing “cutting-edge” electrical automobile batteries and is at the moment underneath building close to Coventry. The funding was introduced by Enterprise Secretary Greg Clark and follows the UK Authorities’s preliminary £80 million funding within the facility, which is hoped will function a precursor to a large-scale battery Gigafactory in Britain. It’s a part of a West Midlands Native Industrial Technique designed to drive development within the area, and which incorporates numerous investments in future automobile applied sciences. The Battery Industrialisation Centre was confirmed in 2017 as a part of the federal government’s Faraday Battery Problem, and established as a partnership between Coventry Metropolis Council, Coventry....




Racing strains: why Mark Blundell is again within the BTCC

Mark Blundell takes a large line in his Audi at Paddock Hill Bend… The 53-year-old motorsport legend already has 61 F1 caps and a Le Mans victory to his identify, so why is not he stress-free? Veteran of 61 System 1 grands prix, Le Mans 24 Hours victor, Indycar race winner in probably the most fearsome period… at 53, Mark Blundell has nothing to show.  But right here is he, again racing, in an Audi S3 within the bear pit that’s the British Touring Automotive Championship.  Why on earth…?  “A number of causes,” says Mark. “One, a few years in the past I misplaced my father, who was an enormous affect on my life. That gave me an enormous focus that if I’ve nonetheless bought a ardour and a need, I ought to give it a go. He at all times agreed with that.  “Secondly, on the age I’m at,....


Koenigsegg supercar due in 2020 with electrified 5.Zero-litre V8

New funding has hastened the supercar’s debut £750,000 supercar launching subsequent yr following important funding from Swedish EV agency Koenigsegg is planning to draw new prospects with a less expensive and higher-volume new mannequin, in accordance with boss Christian von Koenigsegg. It’s set to be revealed subsequent yr, with manufacturing starting quickly after.  The Swedish hypercar maker is now in a position to make use of far better economies of scale due to a £130 million funding earlier this yr by Chinese language-owned agency New Electrical Automobile Sweden (NEVS, producers of a Saab-based EV).  The partnership has given the agency a 20% stake in Koenigsegg’s father or mother firm, with additional cash to be invested in a three way partnership to develop a undertaking for “new and untapped segments”.  Von Koenigsegg claims the settlement, which was signed simply as funding for a brand new mannequin collection had been secured, means....




New Volkswagen Golf Mk8: high-tech cabin design proven

Volkswagen’s eighth-generation Golf will get know-how revamp with digital dashboard, however launch is delayed till 2020 Volkswagen has launched an inside design sketch for the brand new Mk8 Golf, displaying a definite evolution of the model’s cabin look and know-how. The picture, which exhibits an intensive rethink of VW’s inside format, reveals the Golf will undertake a big, dual-screen instrument and infotainment show panel stretched throughout the motive force’s eyeline. The remainder of the cabin will get a extra minimalist look because of this. Earlier stories from Automotive Information Europe acknowledged that the household hatchback’s launch will likely be delayed till early 2020.  ANE quotes Volkswagen gross sales boss Jürgen Stackmann as saying: “We predict it is higher to return early subsequent yr with a full throttle offensive. It would not have something to do with manufacturing. It is a gross sales resolution since you do not attempt to put vehicles beneath the Christmas....


Bentley boss: authorities should take decisive motion to drive EV take-up

Adrian Hallmark believes a concerted effort, and better incentives, are required to make UK consumers take into account electrical vehicles extra extensively Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark has referred to as on the UK authorities and regulators to make clearer, extra decisive pronouncements if they need automotive consumers to modify to electrified automobiles. Talking on the FT Way forward for the Automobile summit, Hallmark highlighted that probably the most vital progress for diesel prior to now was immediately associated to the federal government introducing tax incentives to encourage folks to take up the lower-CO2 gasoline choice. “Diesel was introduced as an answer 15-20 years in the past and the incentives gave a transparent, easy financial benefit,” stated Hallmark. “Most significantly, that was a decisive motion – and there needs to be one if we wish folks in battery-electric automobiles. We’ve bought to mandate and put electrical vehicles on the coronary heart....




New McLaren GT is agency’s most sensible, refined mannequin but

McLaren’s new Grand Touring mannequin sits outdoors of Sports activities, Tremendous and Final sequence, with luxurious and luxury the main focus The brand new McLaren GT, revealed for the primary time and on sale now, will “redefine the foundations of Grand Touring”, in keeping with the agency. The brand new mannequin is so distinct from McLaren’s current line-up of Sports activities, Tremendous and Final Sequence fashions that the Woking model has positioned it in its personal class. It’s mentioned to revive the spirit of “conventional Grand Touring – lengthy distance driving in consolation, at increased speeds and with room for baggage”.  Nonetheless, McLaren additionally claims that it’s lighter, quicker and extra participating than any current merchandise within the GT section. Measuring four.68m lengthy and a couple of.09m large, the GT is McLaren’s largest mannequin on sale (excluding the sold-out Speedtail), and targets every thing from the Aston Martin DB11 to....


Ineos contemplating hydrogen model of Projekt Grenadier 4×4

Autocar’s imaginative and prescient of what the Projekt Grenadier 4×4 will appear to be An engineering research will start shortly to discover the feasibility of a gasoline cell variant of the Defender-inspired 4×4 The Projekt Grenadier 4×4, the heavy-duty off-roader by British agency Ineos, is being deliberate with a possible hydrogen gasoline cell model. An engineering research is scheduled to be began shortly to “assess the feasibility and manufacturing of a hydrogen gasoline cell-powered 4×4” in line with paperwork seen by Autocar. The outline is included in a listing of £25 million value of grants awarded by the Authorities yesterday and introduced on the Monetary Occasions’ Way forward for the Automotive Summit 2019. Transport minister Jesse Norman made the announcement “for the following spherical of low-carbon car initiatives for autos that aren’t simply clear however related, too”. Particulars of the hydrogen Grenadier are sketchy, however the feasibility research can even discover “car necessities,....




Jaguar Land Rover boss performs down PSA sale report – however does not deny it

Jaguar Land Rover Contemporary stories declare French PSA Group is closing on deal to purchase luxurious British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has performed down stories the agency could possibly be bought to the PSA Group – however not refuted them outright. Quizzed on rumours linking the corporations, with JLR proprietor Tata Motors reported to be contemplating an outright or partial shareholding sale, on the FT Way forward for the Automotive summit, Speth mentioned: “There are many rumours flying round however I am unable to affirm any of those discussions.” Requested if he and PSA boss Carlos Tavares had spoken, Speth mentioned: “I’ve met Carlos Tavares at ACEA (the affiliation of European automotive makers) conferences however we did not focus on something about possession”. Autocar first reported talks of a possible deal final month, whereas final week, the Press Affiliation reported seeing a ‘post-sale integration doc’ that has been circulated inside JLR, highlighting the advantages....