Tag: UK Auto News

Renault and Fiat Chrysler reportedly in talks over tie-up

The FCA Group and Renault in talks over wide-ranging partnership – which might result in FCA becoming a member of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Fiat Chrysler Cars (FCA) and Renault are reported to be in ‘superior discussions’ over a wide-ranging partnership, which might finally result in the FCA Group becoming a member of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The talks, first reported by the Monetary Instances and subsequently by Reuters, are centered on the potential for co-operation between FCA and Renault, and are mentioned to be at “a complicated stage”. The FT experiences that Nissan has not been concerned within the talks to date. FCA, Renault and Nissan have all declined to remark. FCA and Renault have already got a partnership to product industrial automobiles, and have beforehand held talks over sharing platforms. It’s understood these talks have now moved past expertise sharing right into a wider-ranging partnership. A supply informed Reuters that....



Kia e-Niro 2019 long-term assessment

It impressed in our street take a look at – now it is time to discover out if Kia has created the primary inexpensive EV that is really simple to reside with Why we’re working it: To search out out if the e-Niro really is an electrical automobile you may personal with out having to make any compromises Month 1 – Specs Life with a Kia e-Niro: Month 1 You wait ages for a game-changing EV, then two come directly. We board an e-Niro – 24th April 2019 Historiography. An unlikely phrase to begin an introduction to the Kia e-Niro with, maybe, however one which I think is related. It considerations the examine of how historical past is written, and the way time can change how occasions are perceived. Think about what we’d now be offered with had Germany gained the Second World Battle, as an example, or the a number of....


Clever velocity help: every part it is advisable know

We took a Deal with a 200-mile drive to check its ISA system Why do we want it, how does it work and what’s it like to make use of? We have a look at the tech that may routinely curb your automobile’s velocity to the prevailing restrict On 16 April this 12 months, the European Parliament gave the inexperienced mild to the fitment of clever velocity help (ISA) programs in new automobiles bought from 2022. The choice got here three weeks after the parliament provisionally permitted the programs and different security options.  It was the prospect of ISA that made the headlines within the days following the parliament’s provisional approval on the finish of March, although. Notice that these headlines had been about ‘velocity limiting’ and never ‘clever velocity help’, because the parliament phrases it. As members of the media ourselves, we at Autocar know that compressing a information....



Failure is an choice: what adjustments within the MOT take a look at have meant for drivers

It’s one dreaded final result of the MOT take a look at, which bought harder a yr in the past this week. We ask these within the know all about it Second solely to ready to listen to in case you’ve handed your driving take a look at needs to be ready to listen to whether or not your automobile has handed its MOT. Fail and you understand placing issues proper goes to price you money and time. Sadly, since 20 Could 2018, when the MOT take a look at was up to date, higher numbers of diesel automobile drivers specifically have been spending extra of each. On that date, a lot stricter diesel emissions exams have been launched, with new objects beneath scrutiny being tailpipe emissions, the engine administration warning mild and the diesel particulate filter (DPF). Concerning this final merchandise, the DPF turned the topic of a lot....


How one can get pleasure from high-speed thrills in a Dacia Sandero

Enjoyable in sluggish movement: Can this sub-1.Zero-litre Sandero ship the identical thrills as a McLaren? Can you actually have enjoyable driving slowly? Because the prospect of velocity limiters looms, we discover out with a Zero.9-litre price range hatch Coming over the crest, I noticed the highway gyrating gratuitously into the space. At the moment within the morning, there’d be no site visitors. Even the sheep had been too bleary-eyed to concentrate to the blue automotive that had simply appeared on their horizon.  Third ought to do it, I believed with a smile, pushing the lever ahead, instinctively nudging the throttle as I did. There was no doubting that cry of approval from underneath the sloping bonnet. Down went the pedal once more, however this time it stayed there, splitting carpet fibres as certainly because the automotive’s nostril was renting asunder any air reckless sufficient to withstand our progress.  The nook....



400bhp+ Mercedes-AMG GLB 45 SUV begins testing

4-wheel-drive rival to the Audi RS Q3 is about for UK deliveries in 2020; first spy photographs have emerged Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division has kicked off testing of the brand new GLB 45 4Matic on public roads some 12 months earlier than its deliberate showroom debut. The brand new Audi RS Q3 rival is differentiated from commonplace variations of the upcoming GLB by its decreased journey peak, bigger brake discs, multi-pot callipers and 4 tail-pipes on the rear, versus the twin-exit association of GLB 35 4Matic prototypes we’ve seen beforehand. The GLB 45 is amongst a variety of new Mercedes-AMG fashions set to run a newly developed four-cylinder engine primarily based on Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder ‘M260’ unit. Additionally deliberate to seem within the A45 4Matic, CLA 45, CLA 45 Taking pictures Brake and GLA 45, the brand new powerplant is claimed to develop 383bhp in commonplace guise and 416bhp in a better state of tune. Within....


Maserati Levante

Is that this Ferrari-engined Levante the efficiency SUV it all the time ought to have been? Final yr was not sort to the Maserati Levante.Worse nonetheless, that in all probability got here as a shock to the administration at Maserati’s mum or dad agency, Fiat Chrysler Cars. Within the 15 months following the mannequin’s introduction in 2016, some 25,000 examples discovered homeowners; in contrast with Maserati’s 32,000 gross sales throughout all of its fashions the earlier yr, such quantity was an encouraging bellwether for this new SUV. It appeared the high-riding Levante would do for the Bolognese model what the F-Tempo did for Jaguar, the Cayenne has carried out for Porsche and the Bentayga now appears to be doing for Bentley – usher in a interval of prosperity and supply the monetary foundation for the continued growth of conventional sports activities automobiles.Nevertheless, reviews recommend Levante manufacturing at FCA’s Mirafiori plant....



400bhp+ Mercedes-AMG GLB45 SUV begins testing

4-wheel drive rival to the Audi RS Q3 is about for UK deliveries in 2020, and first spyshots have emerged Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division has kicked off testing of the brand new GLB45 4Matic on public roads some 12 months earlier than its deliberate showroom debut. The Audi RS Q3 rival is differentiated from customary variations of the upcoming GLB by its decreased trip peak, giant brake discs and multi-pot callipers in addition to the quad exhaust pipe therapy on the rear, versus the twin-pipe setup of GLB35 prototypes we’ve seen. The GLB45 is amongst a variety of new Mercedes-AMG fashions set to run a newly developed four-cylinder engine primarily based on Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder M260 unit.Additionally deliberate to look within the A45 4Matic, CLA45, CLA45 Capturing Brake and GLA45, the brand new powerplant is claimed to develop 383bhp in customary guise and 416bhp in the next state of tune. Within the GLB45,....


Purchase them earlier than we do: second-hand picks for 24 Could

Trying to find a roadster with a candy six-pot engine? A BMW Z3 may very well be the very best price range alternative With its swollen haunches and smarter again finish, the refreshed Z3 of 2000 appeared the enterprise. BMW Z3 2.2, £4995: The 146bhp 2.Zero-litre six survived the facelift however had been changed inside a yr by the 168bhp 2.2. It was one in every of these, a 2002-reg Sport guide with 62,000 miles, that caught our eye. Completed in basic Estoril Blue with black leather-based and driving on vivid BBS alloy wheels, it’s supplied with the uncommon detachable hard-top, though that does imply we’d must discover a protected place to retailer it. Nonetheless, ’tis a small element. What isn’t is the lack of know-how in regards to the automobile’s variety of earlier house owners in addition to its service historical past. Cross that bridge and so forth. Whereas we’re....



Matt Prior: the fast rise of the traditional automotive meetup

With a brand new place to take the one you love classic motor seemingly showing each week, Prior asks the place all of them out of the blue sprouted from I’m not imagining this, am I? There truly are far more traditional and fanatic automotive meet-ups than there was, proper? The opposite weekend, I used to be at one of many wonderful Sunday Scrambles at Bicester Heritage, the place there’ll have been one other massive meet by the point you learn this, not less than one different new midweek traditional assembly domestically and an enormous Japanese automotive present at Silverstone, whereas locations like Caffeine & Machine are open on a regular basis. The south midlands is fairly motor and motorsport central, it’s true, however nonetheless, I hear about traditional exhibits and conferences in all places. There are extra, I’m positive of it. What was the odd Wednesday bike night time at....


Hyundai plans extra numerous designs for future fashions

‘Chess-piece’ philosophy will deliver Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles larger individuality, in addition to setting them aside from section rivals Future Hyundai, Genesis and Kia designs will grow to be extra differentiated from each other, and their fashions inside every section will grow to be extra particular person. That’s the technique being pushed by the design chief of all three manufacturers, Luc Donckerwolke, who mentioned that “our core job is to distinguish the design philosophy of the three manufacturers, not least as a result of we now have an enormous [around 70%] share in Korea. We have to differentiate every mannequin, in any other case the panorama is just too homogeneous”. Donckerwolke informed Autocar that he believes Kias and Hyundais should grow to be extra distinctive not solely within the Korean roadscape that they dominate but in addition world wide, “by section and by area. We is not going to have....



Bentley Continental GTC 2019 UK assessment

New Conti Convertible has all the various benefits of a brand new platform, seen already within the Coupe. It’s in a category of its personal. Bentley has simply revealed a convertible model of its second era Continental GT, equivalent in each necessary solution to the coupe besides that it now has a sublime powered hood that takes 19 seconds to erect, might be lowered or raised whereas the automobile is being pushed at speeds as much as 31mph (50km/h) and whose whole meeting — plus the requirement for additional chassis stiffness — provides simply over 100kg to the coupe’s already substantial 2295kg kerb weight. And which brings its personal new degree of versatility to two-door luxurious coupe possession.As a result of this automobile was engineered from the start with a bespoke platform shared solely with Porsche’s Panamera, and the necessity for a ragtop was taken into consideration on the earliest....


FV Frangivento to disclose 1000bhp hybrid hypercar subsequent week

Newly established Italian model will reveal the Asfanè DieciDieci in Turin on 30th Might Fledgling Italian carmaker FV Frangivento is because of unveil the primary manufacturing prototype of its debut hypercar – the Asfanè DieciDieci – on 30th Might. Although no particulars regarding efficiency figures have been launched, the corporate has confirmed a hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged petrol engine and two electrical motors. An otherworldly-looking idea sketch has additionally been launched. The automobile’s title carries some that means. Asfanè means ‘it might probably’t be carried out’ in Piedmontese dialect, implying the corporate has achieved the unattainable in bringing the idea to actuality. ‘DieciDieci’ means merely ‘TenTen’, which is the metric horsepower produced by the hybrid drive – or round 996 bhp, which places it near the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar however behind the 1160bhp Aston Martin Valkyrie by way of complete energy output. FV Frangivento first revealed an idea of....



Rugged new Skoda Very good Scout joins facelifted vary

Skoda brings 4×4 Scout trim to newly up to date Very good, but it surely’s at the moment not destined for the UK Skoda has added a brand new Scout variant to its Very good flagship for the primary time, finishing the facelifted mannequin’s vary revealed earlier right this moment. It’s not coming to the UK, nevertheless.  Within the conventional Scout format seen throughout different rugged Skodas, the brand new Very good variant receives new physique enhancements to guard in opposition to off-road scuffs and scrapes and a 15mm enhance in experience top.  The outside adjustments embrace bespoke entrance and rear bumpers with aluminium-effect underbody safety and plastic decrease cladding alongside the sills and on the wheel arches. Chrome-plated roof rails and window surrounds additionally function, as do aluminium-look door mirrors and new 18in alloy wheels.  As anticipated, all Very good Scouts include four-wheel drive, mated to both a 187bhp 2.Zero-litre diesel....


Video: Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S – 700bhp supercar face-off

They’re two of essentially the most thrilling supercars to unleash on a observe – however what are they like at road-legal speeds away from a circuit? The Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S are two of Autocar’s favorite supercars of the second. Each are mid-engined, with turbocharged V8 engines making absurd quantities of energy – greater than 700bhp apiece. They’re nice observe automobiles and we have already examined them each, extensively, on observe. However what are they like as highway automobiles? And what are they like when the going will get odd: as in, rain comes down and there are pace limits and different visitors to think about? Are they nonetheless pleasant? Be part of our editor-at-large Matt Prior and particular correspondent Mauro Calo – world-record drifter and the person who’s employed to make ‘the expertise’ look good on movies and TV reveals – as they talk about these two....



New Vauxhall Corsa-e: official pics of electrical hatch

Vauxhall Corsa-e Battery electrical model of perenially common supermini revealed with 211-mile vary Vauxhall has revealed the brand new full electrical Corsa-e supermini, which is able to kickstart the model’s electrification programme when it goes on sale subsequent March with 134bhp and a 211-mile vary. The revealing of official photos and particulars of the EV model of the Corsa – which may even be supplied with petrol and diesel powertrains – has been introduced ahead after photos of the Opel-branded model leaked on-line yesterday. The brand new Corsa is the primary Vauxhall mannequin that has been developed because the agency was purchased by the PSA Group, which additionally owns Peugeot, Citroën and DS. It shares the PSA Group’s new CMP platform and powertrains with the not too long ago launched Peugeot 208. The Corsa-e will match the e-208 in having a 50kWh battery to energy the electrical motor. The powertrain has 134bhp....


Skoda reveals electrical Citigo-e iV as inexpensive EV providing

Skoda’s first electrical automobile will get a 164-mile vary and guarantees to be one of many best-value EVs in the marketplace Skoda has formally unveiled its first pure electrical automobile in Bratislava: the Citigo-e iV.  In impact Skoda’s up to date model of the Volkswagen e-Up, the brand new metropolis automobile comes with headline figures of 81bhp and a spread of as much as 164 miles beneath the WLTP testing protocol.  It would attain the UK early subsequent yr, and though pricing hasn’t been confirmed but, Skoda guarantees it is going to be one of the vital inexpensive EVs in the marketplace.  Whereas we’re promised that the 2 upcoming Skodas that may sit on the Volkswagen Group’s forthcoming MEB pure electrical structure are extra adventurous, the Citigo-e is rather more conventional. The body-coloured radiator grille is the obvious signal of the completely different powerplant from the common automobile. All Citigo-es may have 5 doorways, and....



2019 Skoda Very good revealed with plug-in hybrid choice

Skoda Very good iV Czech agency kicks off electrification programme with hybrid model of revamped flagship mannequin Skoda has revealed the revised model of its flagship Very good saloon and property, which will probably be provided with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the primary time. The hybrid will probably be launched because the Very good iV in recognition of Skoda’s new sub-brand that will probably be used for its daring electrification plans. The agency launched the Very good alongside the pure-electric Citigo-e at an occasion in Slovakia. The Very good iV includes a 154bhp, 1.Four-litre TSI petrol engine mated to a 114bhp electrical motor, which sends drive to the entrance wheels by way of a six-speed DSG transmission. The height system output is 220bhp, with 295lb ft of torque. The automotive will probably be able to finishing 34 miles of pure electrical working, equivalent to the same Volkswagen Passat GTE.....


Extremely-exclusive Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII revealed

Rolls-Royce unveils newest ‘Assortment’ particular impressed by world’s first continuous transatlantic flight Rolls-Royce will use this yr’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil its newest limited-run Assortment Automotive: the Wraith Eagle VIII. Set to be on public show tomorrow on the occasion in Lake Como, Italy, the Wraith Eagle VIII is proscribed to simply 50 examples. Rolls-Royce says its function is to “inform the epic story of one of the crucial pivotal moments of the 20th century” – the primary continuous transatlantic flight.  In June 1919 – 100 years in the past subsequent month – British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown took off from Newfoundland, Canada, in a modified First World Conflict Vickers Vimy plane, touchdown in Clifden, Eire, almost 16 hours later after battling with thick cloud cowl and freezing fog. The plane was powered by two 20.Three-litre 350bhp Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines, from which the brand new automobile....



Racing traces: The final word lap… around the globe

Nothing is kind of so daunting – and adventurous – as a 22,000 mile, cross-continental classic and traditional rally All of us love a street journey, so how about signing up for the final word drive, with an added spice of competitors? That’s the premise for the ‘Around the World’ classic and traditional rally, which is able to begin this week – precisely a 12 months from now. A copious spirit of journey is obligatory – as are the quantities of money and time you’ll need to indulge. In one of the best traditions of Phileas Fogg, this 22,000- mile circumnavigation is scheduled to take simply 80 days, however break up throughout greater than a full 12 months and three legs. “You possibly can select to do only one,” says Rally the Globe organiser Fred Gallagher. “However we’d love you to do all three.” Gallagher is a rallying veteran who....


Jaguar F-Kind to get main overhaul for 2020 mannequin 12 months

Jaguar’s sports activities automobile will obtain huge alterations to the styling, new engines and a cabin improve to increase its lifespan Jaguar will launch a closely up to date F-Kind subsequent 12 months, and the primary spy pictures of a disguised prototype have emerged. Noticed outdoors the agency’s Gaydon engineering centre, the camouflaged automobile reveals vital styling alterations for Jaguar’s Porsche 911 rival, together with a dramatic overhaul of the front-end with a reshaped bonnet and slim headlights relocated additional down the entrance fascia.  A redesigned grille additionally options, whereas on the rear a brand new tail-lamp design could be seen with a squared-off rear profile mimicking the just lately facelifted XE saloon. It is the primary main styling revision for the reason that F-Kind was launched in 2013.  Although the prototype’s inside hasn’t been seen, it’s anticipated that a lot of the extra superior know-how and infotainment options from the....



Racing strains: The final word lap… around the world

Nothing is kind of so daunting – and adventurous – as a 22,000 mile, cross-continental classic and basic rally All of us love a street journey, so how about signing up for the final word drive, with an added spice of competitors? That’s the premise for the ‘Around the World’ classic and basic rally, which can begin this week – precisely a yr from now. A copious spirit of journey is necessary – as are the quantities of money and time you’ll must indulge. In the perfect traditions of Phileas Fogg, this 22,000- mile circumnavigation is scheduled to take simply 80 days, however cut up throughout greater than a full yr and three legs. “You may select to do only one,” says Rally the Globe organiser Fred Gallagher. “However we’d love you to do all three.” Gallagher is a rallying veteran who co-drove for Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen and Björn....


Almost-new shopping for information: Nissan Qashqai

Mk2 Qashqai provides you an honest mixture of journey consolation and physique management In the event you’ve extra sense than cash, a still-fresh Qashqai provides up The automobile that created an entire new mannequin class is now in its second era and previous its first facelift, in addition. That occurred in 2017 when the Mk2 Qashqai, underneath the microscope right here, acquired an intensive refresh of its design, end, tools and refinement. It was all a bid to maintain this family-sized SUV forward of its rivals, competitors that its predecessor had spawned the second it first rolled off the manufacturing line 12 years in the past.  My, how the motoring world was wrong-footed by that first Qashqai. It has since made up for misplaced time however Sunderland’s compact marvel isn’t giving up with out a struggle and makes a cracking used automobile.  Ignoring the numerous high-milers on the market, costs....



Mitsubishi plans new SUV technique

Higher differentiation between three key fashions, plus EV choices, are on the playing cards Mitsubishi will reorganise its SUV line-up to create clearer area between the Outlander, Eclipse Cross and ASX, a senior supply has revealed. The technique, set to roll out from 2020, will likely be made attainable by the agency’s place throughout the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which it joined in 2016 and which supplies it entry to shared platforms between the manufacturers. Though the supply was not particular on automotive sizes, they mentioned that there can be roughly a 200mm hole in size between every automotive, giving Mitsubishi a line-up much like Nissan’s respective X-Path, Qashqai and Juke triumvirate. As such, the brand new Outlander will develop, with the subsequent ASX shrinking in contrast with as we speak’s fashions. “As we speak we aren’t in a great place, with our SUVs shut in measurement, however within the subsequent 18....


Audi S7 2019 evaluation

Newest warmed five-door fastback ditches petrol for Audi’s surprisingly sporty hybrid diesel energy Sounds a bit crude for such a handsome automotive, however what we’ve right here, mechanically talking, is the closest product doable to the Audi S6 – additionally launched this week – with out masking it the identical.The S7 has the identical chassis and working gear, the identical ingenious, clear and highly effective mild-hybrid diesel powerplant and far the identical dimensions. In actual fact, for those who have been on the lookout for a pair of vehicles as an instance how automotive makers could make two distinct fashions utilizing the identical ‘stuff’, this pair of Audis would fill the invoice.This Sportback is a rakish five-door, just a little decrease and just a little heavier than the S6 four-door however deemed particular sufficient to command an entry value of round £8000 to the nice. See the 2 vehicles collectively....



Audi SQ5 2019 assessment

Audi’s excessive efficiency soft-road middleweight adopts new sporty V6 diesel hybrid energy, chopping emissions and saving gasoline Audi’s choice to interrupt conventions by utilizing a mild-hybrid diesel V6 for its middleweight sporty fashions is about to increase to the stylish SQ5 TDI, due in showrooms in a few months and obtainable for order now.Just like the S6 saloon and S7 Sportback, the sporty soft-roader has a newly developed three.Zero-litre diesel V6, working with a 48-volt built-in starter generator that collectes energy on the overrun and deploys it throughout acceleration, to ship its spectacular efficiency.Like its siblings, the SQ5 engine’s turbocharger is fed at low crankshaft speeds by an electrical compressor that feeds the turbo impeller and vastly reduces turbo lag. Working collectively, the starter generator and V6 produce 342bhp at a relaxed 3850rpm (an influence output barely decrease than the saloons due to totally different manifolding) however an similar 516lb....


Audi S6 2019 evaluate

Audi chooses a 48-volt-assisted TDI V6 for its newest efficiency exec, regardless of diesels being within the doldrums The simple strategy to view the arrival of the brand new Audi S6 is as a brand new and enticingly warmed-over govt four-door, an honest development from its predecessors however nothing extra controversial than that.The brand new S6 – like its shut family being launched on the similar time, the S6 Avant property, S7 Sportback and SQ5 soft-roader – will get its additional efficiency from a model new 48-volt gentle hybrid powerplant whose coronary heart is a brand new turbocharged three.Zero-litre V6 diesel engine. And diesels, as we all know, are in gross sales decline within the UK following Dieselgate and publicity over the hazard to human well being brought on by publicity to untreated diesel exhaust constituents, principally NOx.Thus the way more intriguing story is about Audi launching a brand new era of S6 fashions that rely on....



BMW reveals 523bhp X5 M50i and X7 M50i SUVS

BMW X7 M50i M Efficiency variations of luxurious SUVs function tuned model Four.Four-litre V8 twin turbo engine BMW has revealed new M Efficiency variations of its newest X5 and X7 SUVs forward of their deliberate UK introduction through the ultimate quarter of 2019. The 2 M50i-based SUVs each function an up to date model of BMW’s twin-turbo Four.Four-litre V8 petrol engine, which produces 523bhp and 553lb ft, a rise of 67bhp and 74lb ft over the prevailing xDrive50i variations of each fashions. BMW has to this point solely issued a restricted variety of images exhibiting the automobile from the rear, and element pictures of the inside. The up to date engine incorporates a revised aluminium block that gives elevated stiffness. To spice up refinement, it additionally options pistons coated in graphite-impregnated resin and a damper included within the crankshaft. The facility is pushed via an eight-speed torque converter-equipped eight-speed gearbox,....


VW-backed agency opens high-power UK charging station

Ionity’s 350kW station provide EV charging in below 20 minutes – though no EVs are but able to such charging functionality Charging community Ionity, backed by automobile makers together with Ford and Volkswagen, has opened probably the most highly effective charging station for electrical automobiles but to launch within the UK, promising charging occasions of below 20 minutes. The 350kW charging station is in Maidstone, Kent and is the primary transfer in larger plans by the agency to supply greater than 40 UK websites, every with as much as six high-power chargers. Ionity mentioned it can quickly add places at Milton Keynes and Gretna Inexperienced. There are at present no electrical automobiles on sale that are able to charging at 350kW. The primary suitable automobile is predicted to be the upcoming Porsche Taycan, which can go on sale early subsequent yr. Nevertheless, all electrical automobiles are capable of cost on the....



First journey: 2019 Ford Focus ST

With the upcoming arrival of an all-new Focus ST, we hitch a journey to see if it may possibly bottle the brilliance of its little brother “The spirit of every little thing we discovered from the Fiesta ST is unquestionably in there,” says Leo Roeks, peering up on the differential housing of the most recent, third-generation Focus ST. He’s not, I would add, speaking about that particular piece of , not least as a result of that is the primary time Ford has put an electronically managed limited-slip differential in something solely front-driven. The boss of Ford Efficiency Europe is as an alternative referring to your entire automobile – the brand new Focus ST, yours later this summer season for £29,495 – and the way his engineers have captured the bubbly, chuckable persona of the smash-hit Fiesta ST in a bigger, extra refined bundle. It’s one thing value getting enthusiastic....


Audi TT RS 2019 UK assessment

Audi’s stonkingly quick ‘mini-R8’ is again on sale after a year-long hiatus and a facelift. We drive it to see if it is nonetheless a worthwhile sports activities automobile On the face of it, a frivolously up to date model of Audi’s final TT. But it surely’s extra important than it first seems.Unsurprisingly Audi wasn’t precisely shouting about it, however the TT RS – together with the powertrain-sharing RS three – haven’t been accessible to order for over a 12 months now as a result of the five-cylinder engine was caught within the VW Group’s monumental backlog of variants requiring certification beneath the brand new WLTP emissions laws. However each fashions are again on sale, now sporting a brand new particulate filter to maintain the nastier emissions in examine. Audi has additionally quietened the exhausts on each because of the EU phasing in noise laws over the subsequent few years.The TT RS’s disappearance....



Audi TT RS 2019 UK evaluate

Audi’s stonkingly quick ‘mini-R8’ is again on sale after a year-long hiatus and a facelift. We drive it to see if it is nonetheless a worthwhile sports activities automotive On the face of it, a flippantly up to date model of Audi’s final TT. However it’s extra vital than it first seems.Unsurprisingly Audi wasn’t precisely shouting about it, however the TT RS – together with the powertrain-sharing RS three – haven’t been accessible to order for over a yr now as a result of the five-cylinder engine was caught within the VW Group’s monumental backlog of variants requiring certification below the brand new WLTP emissions laws. However each fashions are again on sale, now sporting a brand new particulate filter to maintain the nastier emissions in verify. Audi has additionally quietened the exhausts on each on account of the EU phasing in noise laws over the subsequent few years.The TT RS’s disappearance from....


Audi launches Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with 362bhp

Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro Electrified variant of SUV to go on sale in June with 26-mile electric-only vary and costs ranging from round £55,000 The brand new plug-in hybrid model of the Audi Q5 SUV will go on sale within the UK initially of June, priced from round £55,000. Audi says the mannequin, which will probably be labelled the Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro, includes a 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electrical motor powered by a 14.1kWh lithium ion battery. Working collectively the 2 models can ship 362bhp, with a prime velocity of 148mph and a Zero-62mph time of 5.three seconds. The Q5 will probably be able to protecting 26 miles on electric-only energy, with a prime electric-only velocity of 84mph. Audi quotes a mixed gas economic system of 113mpg. The Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro will go on sale within the UK for round....



Nio ES6 Premier Version 2019 overview

Smaller, sportier Chinese language SUV guarantees a lot however faces sturdy competitors forward of an eventual European launch The ES6 is the second automobile from Chinese language electrical start-up Nio, and right here we’re driving it a while forward of its official on-sale date in June.That is an SUV that shares its core structure with the bigger ES8 however is decrease, sportier and cheaper. China has a baffling array of EV start-ups, however Nio has already risen to the highest of the pack by means of really promoting vehicles; the corporate has delivered greater than 15,000 ES8s to prospects since gross sales started final 12 months. The ES6 is meant to push volumes considerably increased, and there are plans to ultimately promote it outdoors of China.Two powertrains might be provided. All ES6s are four-wheel-drive, with the usual model having a 215bhp everlasting magnet motor turning every axle. The Premier Version that we drove in China and the....


High 10 finest household hatchbacks 2019

Trendy, well-equipped and with an engine to go well with each requirement, the household hatchback phase stays one of many market’s most necessary. However which make our high 10? The normal household hatchback phase will not be the market’s fastest-growing, nevertheless it stays one of the necessary and hotly contested. WIthin it, class stalwarts are reinventing themselves on a regular basis, whereas model new entrants come together with regularity, every supposed to interrupt by means of and take the market by the scruff of the neck. Both manner, the everyday, conventional household hatchback might now not exist. As soon as humble haulerr of individuals and their baggage, these vehicles have been reworked into often-quite-striking five-doors that supply one thing for everybody, whether or not you are searching for a frugal diesel, a peppy small turbocharged petrol engine, discount transport or one thing with an upmarket flavour. Beneath are our high 10 household hatchbacks presently on sale. 1. Ford Focus Ford’s new Focus claims....



Promoted | 7 Days In The MG3

Need to know what it’s prefer to drive MG’s enjoyable inexpensive supermini? We gave one to the Judd household for a full week to get their verdict One of the simplest ways to seek out out whether or not a automotive is best for you is to spend some high quality time with it. That’s why we gave the brand new MG3 to the Judd household for a full week. Our Autocar street take a look at staff actually discovered a lot to love concerning the MG3 after they obtained their fingers on the MG3 Unique trim again in August, praising its good-looking exterior design, feature-packed cabin and dealing with with ‘a likeable sparkle’ – in addition to its general worth for cash.  However what did the Judds suppose? Properly, as sports activities journalist dad Nick, health teacher mum Vicky, and their two boys Charlie and Rory discovered, it’s an ideal hatchback....


New Vauxhall Corsa leaks on-line forward of imminent debut

Vauxhall’s best-seller will lastly enter its subsequent technology this 12 months; it is going to be out there in petrol, diesel and electrical kind   Vauxhall is preparing for considered one of its largest launches in years, the all-new Corsa, however the unveiling seems to have been spoiled prematurely. The fifth-generation Ford Fiesta rival is not attributable to be formally revealed for a few weeks, however what look to be official press pictures have reportedly been leaked on-line by French automotive discussion board Worldscoop and promptly taken down.  The photographs present the brand new Corsa can have a distinctly completely different design from the brand new Peugeot 208, with which it shares its platform and underpinnings. The proportions will probably be comparable between each vehicles, nonetheless, with the brand new Corsa being decrease and wider than its predecessor. The entrance finish takes a number of cues from the Grandland X SUV, whereas the rear is clearly associated to the Astra.  The photographs are of the....



New Renault Clio, Mazda three lead Euro NCAP crash check stars

Audi e-tron, Volkswagen T-Cross, Toyota Corolla and RAV4 are amongst seven five-star automobiles examined in April 2019 The brand new Renault Clio, Mazda three and electrical Audi e-tron are amongst seven automobiles to safe five-star Euro NCAP crash check scores within the newest spherical of testing. The Mazda three grew to become simply the fourth automotive ever examined to attain 98% for grownup occupant safety (AOP), alongside the Volvo V40 and XC60, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia.  The most recent Clio achieved an AOP rating of 96%, and in addition scored 89% for youngster occupant security. The brand new Volkswagen T-Cross scored 97% for AOP. The opposite automobiles to obtain five-star scores within the final month are the Lexus UX, Toyota Corolla and Toyota RAV4. Thatcham Analysis, the one UK security analysis centre that conducts Euro NCAP checks, famous the excessive degree of driver help methods fitted as commonplace to most....


Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will get Bond-inspired particular version

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Superleggera takes inspiration from the DBS featured in 007’s 1967 movie outing Scorching on the heels of the Goldfinger DB5, Aston Martin has launched a extra trendy Bond automobile particular known as the ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ DBS Superleggera. Marking the 50th anniversary of the movie of the identical title, the particular version will get an olive inexperienced paint scheme impressed by the 1969 DBS that options in it. In addition to the distinctive paint, the Superleggera is adorned with a carbonfibre splitter, aero blade and distinctive diamondturned and solid wheels. A entrance grille with six horizontal vanes, replicating the unique, additionally options. Its inside is trimmed in black leather-based and gray Alcantara, with crimson accents. A felt-lined drinks case for the boot, with area for 2 bottles of champagne, is an possibility. A complete of 50 examples of the On Her Majesty’s Secret....



2019 Vauxhall Corsa prototype: first drive

An elite group has created the brand new Corsa from scratch beneath new French house owners to a scarily tight timetable. So what’s it prefer to drive? Someplace there’s a parallel universe through which the brand new Vauxhall Corsa is already on sale, based mostly on Normal Motors , and GM Europe’s engineers are getting some sleep. It’s a universe the place PSA – already proprietor of Peugeot, Citroën and DS – thinks GM is getting one of the best out of Opel and Vauxhall, its European manufacturers, which return a revenue as soon as each decade and a half. And it’s a universe the place GM Europe thinks that form of return is ok, too. In actuality, although, in 2017, PSA thought Vauxhall and Opel may do higher, so wished to purchase the 2 manufacturers. GM clearly thought they couldn’t, so was comfortable to promote. Which gave PSA two....


New Land Rover Discovery Sport receives inside overhaul and electrified energy

Land Rover throws the total works on the new Discovery Sport in a bid to spice up gross sales Land Rover has closely up to date its Discovery Sport best-seller with a variety of latest electrified engines, a brand new platform and a significant inside improve to tackle premium rivals such because the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5. Launched in 2014, the Discovery Sport stays Land Rover’s top-selling mannequin. The agency bought almost 100,000 examples worldwide final 12 months – virtually 1 / 4 of its whole gross sales. Regardless of that, gross sales have tailed off because the Sport has misplaced floor to a brisker set of rivals, so this new model will probably be essential in makes an attempt to show across the struggling fortunes of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The five- and seven-seat mannequin switches from Land Rover’s D8 platform to the brand new Premium Transverse Structure....



Opinion: why the Discovery Sport is essential for Land Rover

Model’s greatest vendor must be successful with clients if it would assist increase income The brand new Discovery Sport may be straightforward to miss in Land Rover’s busy launch schedule. It’s neither as eagerly anticipated because the second-generation Vary Rover Evoque that got here earlier than it or the reborn Defender that may comply with it. But it surely’s arguably a very powerful of the three. The Defender is Land Rover’s ‘halo’ mannequin, a hyperlink to the previous that underlines Land Rover’s credibility as a maker of real off-roaders. The much-anticipated new model ought to underpin the model’s credentials, whilst different fashions within the vary push additional away from Land Rover’s rugged roots. That push in the direction of extra road-focused machines has been aided by the massive success of the primary era Evoque. It was the machine that arguably remodeled perceptions of Land Rover, broadening its buyer base significantly. It’s no....


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....