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Auto Express (UK) 05/24/2020 09:00
How’s this for an extraordinary, but productive, sequence of events? In the first week of May, this card-carrying public transport user, pedestrian, cyclist and motorist wrote to a respected, elected pair of ruling politicians at HM Government. Both were – still are – more than just MPs. One I know quite well (well enough to once lend him my car – which he complained was German, not British). The other, younger chap is a rising star I had to reach out to because of his Ministerial status, which, together with his power and influence, earns him a place in the Cabinet. Long story short – I reminded these political heavyweights of a few home truths that some folk aren’t even prepared to acknowledge, never mind admit. 1) When it comes to the al.
Auto Express (UK) 05/23/2020 08:00
John fell in love with cars watching rallies in his Northern Irish homeland, and started his writing career reporting on the World Rally Championship. He turned to regular cars more than 15 years ago, and enjoys the thrill of hot hatches, the eco-buzz of and the self-torture of studying the auction prices for heavily used 840s. Below you'll find our deputy editor's pick of the best cars he's ever driven and his views on why they stood out... 1. Ferrari 458 Speciale (2014). All are special in one way or another – but when the company really nails it, the results are spectacular. And this is the case with the 458 Speciale, my all-time greatest drive, and a car whose like we are all unlikely to experience again. The extreme evolution of Ferrari.
Auto Express (UK) 05/22/2020 08:55
has launched a special edition version of the. crossover, called the Black Edition. It adds a host of additional equipment to the best-selling SE version of the T-Roc, as well as a selection of black styling details for the exterior and cabin. It’s on sale now, with prices starting from £23,750. Cosmetic changes over the. SE include new black 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, rear privacy glass, a unique decal for the C-pillar and blacked-out replacements for the standard car’s radiator grille, mirror caps, roof rails and exhaust tips. •Like the T-Roc SE, buyers get front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a pair of electrically heated and foldable door mirrors with integrated puddle lights. Despite its Black Edition na.
Auto Express (UK) 05/22/2020 08:49
Formula 1 around 15 years ago had a very different feel to the sport today. There were still screaming V10 engines, we had a Michelin vs Bridgestone tyre war, the drivers faced the challenge of single-lap qualifying, and the races were all about flat-out sprints between refuelling stops in an attempt to gain track position on rivals. Working together, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari and its tyre supplier Bridgestone had become masters of the art, and in 2004 the German arrived at the Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours for the French Grand Prix leading his team-mate Rubens Barrichello by 18 points in the championship, having won six of the season’s nine races up to that point. Magny-Cours was a bit of a wildcard, however. Its extra-smooth surface favour.
Auto Express (UK) 05/22/2020 06:41
Almost 1.1 million unroadworthy vehicles are set to return to the UK’s roads as lockdown eases, new analysis suggests. An estimated 1,096,000 vehicles that subject to the automatic. at the end of March would have failed their test - 316,000 with a dangerous defect, and 780,000 with a major defect - according to garage chain Kwik Fit, which analysed both its own historical MoT data and failure rates from the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency). The company also commissioned a survey of 2,000 UK drivers, which found 49 per cent of those who received an MoT extension didn’t plan to get their car tested until the very end of the extension period. Of these, eight per cent thought there was something wrong with their car, and expected it to.
Auto Express (UK) 05/22/2020 04:29
will take advantage of a shift away from public transport with a new, all-electric small car set to rival . The Ami has made waves across the automotive industry, having just gone on sale in France with a list price starting from 6,000 Euros (£5,252) or a with a 2,641 Euros deposit (£2,311) and only 19.99 Euros (£17.50) per month. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Kia Motors Europe COO Emilio Herrera said: “People want to feel safe today. We saw that very clearly from a survey that was done after coronavirus in China, which showed people had moved from public transportation to private transportation. “That was very clear – 34 per cent of private use before the crisis to 65 per cent. So 65 per cent of people in China would choose their p.
Auto Express (UK) 05/21/2020 11:17
Rumours persist that the , Renault’s recently reborn performance car, has its head on the metaphorical chopping block. We’re told that Renault is embarking on a £1.8billion cost-cutting programme and that very little is off the table. Factory closures, job losses and a withdrawal from Formula One have all been mentioned in the accompanying gossip and so has . Naturally, this news isn’t being received well in car enthusiast quarters. We love the idea of exciting cars and car brands; social media echo chambers overflow with the opinions, images and culture that surround them. But there’s a danger of car fandom forming a disconnect with the real world. This is a world where global car manufacturers such as Renault operate, where every car has
Auto Express (UK) 05/21/2020 10:10
An all-new is set to arrive by the start of 2022, joining an in the line-up and helping to kickstart a major recovery by the Italian manufacturer in some of the family car market sectors that it helped to invent. After years of under-investment in the Italian brand, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) focused on its more profitable Jeep brand, Fiat is poised to rapidly expand its line-up through the first half of this decade.
Auto Express (UK) 05/20/2020 10:30
Blowing £500 million on his doesn’t seem to have done James Dyson too much harm. He still sat proudly in an interior buck of the car and at the top of last weekend’s Sunday Times Rich List boasting an estimated fortune of £16.2 billion. It was certainly a bold move to can a project that was some way down the line - disappointing for all concerned, including those working on the project. But is the project totally dead, or could we see a knight in shiny (possibly Chinese-made) armour come riding to the rescue? Dyson’s project seemed to hinge around one thing in particular - his company’s expertise in battery technology. I use it frequently and it seems to work okay (although the less said about the leaky hand driers the better). But does the.
Auto Express (UK) 05/20/2020 06:33
We love concept cars that really push the boundaries of conventional thinking – pure flights of fancy released to grab headlines and little more. Yet over the years, Auto Express has seen dozens of show cars that have morphed into models that have been bought in their thousands. In this new series, we look at some significant concept cars and chart how they were transformed into production realities. In some cases, the show car was a thinly disguised taster for what lay ahead. In others, the manufacturer had to make significant changes before it had a car ready to sell to the public. Our first pick falls into the second of those categories, because while the eventual product retained lots of the concept’s appeal, the fundamentals went throu.
Auto Express (UK) 05/20/2020 05:30
Verdict. We’ve already found lots to like about the MINI Electric and are looking forward to spending the next few months behind the wheel. It’s proved to be the perfect lockdown partner, but we wonder whether the EV’s short range will pose problems in the future. Mileage: 859. Efficiency: 3.5 miles/kWh. Full disclosure: the car you see here wasn’t supposed to be the Auto Express . We planned to take delivery of a fully loaded Level 3 car, but with measures brought in before it arrived, we held on to a mid-spec model instead. It’s the same car that featured in the , where we pitched it against the latest . While the was beaten in that outing, we’re looking forward to unpicking the new as we live with it over the coming months. I’m pleased the
Auto Express (UK) 05/20/2020 03:00
The crash-test programme is to undergo its biggest shake-up in a decade, with tough new assessments introduced that will penalise bigger cars if they are judged likely to damage smaller cars disproportionately. The changes have come about because of concerns that and larger, heavier cars cause small cars and their occupants to "fare less well" in real-world collisions. To address this, a new, deformable barrier will be used in tests, with measurements from it determining how much "intrusion" cars would make into each other during collisions.
Auto Express (UK) 05/19/2020 18:01
’s Special Vehicle Operations division is set to launch its first in the coming years, according to managing director Michael van der Sande. However, in spite of SVO developing and running the all-electric in the race series that supports Formula E, the I-Pace will not be the first electric car to receive an SVO makeover. Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, van der Sande said: "We will be developing electrified versions of our cars, be that fully electrified or . "I-Pace is not on that path, but there are various other things we are working on which we can’t talk about, but we’re very interested in electrification.
Auto Express (UK) 05/19/2020 11:33
The easing of the UK has led to a 72 per cent increase in car breakdowns, new figures suggest. Comparing the week-long period of 25 March to 1 April 2020 - when the UK’s coronavirus lockdown was first implemented - with 6 May to 13 May 2020 - after the lockdown had been eased in England - Green Flag saw a 72 per cent rise in the number of breakdowns its patrols attended. The rise is thought to be a result of cars not having been properly maintained during lockdown.
Auto Express (UK) 05/19/2020 10:53
has launched an even faster version of the. M50i, called the XB7. The SUV features a suite of engine, chassis and drivetrain upgrades which make the model a direct competitor for the 600bhp. W12. It’s available to order now, priced from around £127,000, with first deliveries due to arrive in December. It’s powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine as the. M50i, albeit with a pair of tweaked turbochargers, a revised cooling system, a new stainless steel exhaust and a reflashed ECU. As a result of the upgrades, the SUV’s power and torque figures rise to 613bhp and 800Nm respectively – up from 523bhp and 760Nm. •The X7’s standard eight-speed automatic gearbox remains, although Alpina has reconfigured its shift pattern and fitted
Auto Express (UK) 05/19/2020 10:20
Verdict. A four-cylinder Porsche Cayman may seem like heresy, but this car is everything you would expect from one of the world’s most exacting makers. The soundtrack might not be quite as exciting as the six-cylinder noise of the earlier cars, but the trade-off is even more engaging handling, significantly better economy and no loss in performance. The optional Sport Chrono package and sports exhaust are worth having, and you should pin down the exact spec of any potential purchase, because some Caymans are more generously equipped than others. When introduced the in 1996, some reckoned it was so good that it made the more costly redundant. And in 2005, the second-generation Boxster spawned a fixed-head sibling called the , which raised the.

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