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Autocar Online 09/20/2019 06:39
The internet retailing giant's big order with Rivian could be hugely significant for the development of electric vehicles. Internet retailing giant Amazon has had a profound – and lasting – impact on society. It has changed shopping habits and upset entire industries, in turn having a direct impact on the health of high streets. The positives and negatives of what’s been called ‘the Amazon effect’ are the subject of hundreds of books (seriously, there are loads of them available to buy on, erm, Amazon). Now the ‘Amazon effect’ could be about to disrupt the automotive industry, thanks to . While that might not sound glamorous, some of the specifics of the deal are set to have a lasting impact. The first notable point is that the order has bee.
Autocar Online 09/20/2019 04:56
Updated plug-in hybrid saloon isn't the last word in driver engagement, but it is an impressively refined and comfortable. Here’s a somewhat interesting historical fact: the Passat is Volkswagen’s oldest continuously running nameplate. If I were put on the spot and told to guess which of Wolfsburg’s many model lines laid claim to that particular honour, I’d have thought it were the Golf - but there you go. Turns out the Passat outdates that most ubiquitous of hatchbacks by a single year (give or take), having entered production in 1973 - only slightly ahead of the car that would go on to define what is now being referred to as Volkswagen’s 'second era'.Anyway, since then, the Passat has achieved considerable sales success (not least in Europ.
Autocar Online 09/20/2019 03:16
Expectations are high for Ford’s latest family-sized hot hatch. Can it live up to them? The recent European market fortunes of the Ford Motor Company can be read in the generational development story of one of its great emblems of success: the evergreen Focus ST. This hot hatchback, now entering its fourth model generation, has been through a surprising amount of overhaul and change since the very first appeared in 2002; more, certainly, than most of its direct rivals.Emerging as its maker got used to the success of its epoch-defining Focus Mk1, the first-generation ST170 sprang to our attention in 2002. It had a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a pretty modest 170bhp and the aura of a car that was almost more upper-trim level than proper pe.
Autocar Online 09/20/2019 01:01
Catch the last of this year's warm weather in a nimble and attractive third-gen Mazda MX-5. We should be talking about soft-tops in winter when, so the theory goes, their prices are lower, but who wants to wait until it’s too cold to put the roof down? 2.0 Sport Tech, £8870: In any case, the third-generation MX-5 that we found – a 2013/63-reg 2.0 Sport Tech with 62,000 miles – already looks well priced at £8870.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 19:06
Acceleration’s what you need if you want to be a record breaker. Other manufacturers will try to beat the Chiron's 304mph top speed, but that could be an exercise in futility. And then it was done. The big three-hundred. Some 304.773 miles per hour, to be precise, , in the form of a modified . A not quite standard Chiron, then, but pretty close. And it’ll be production soon enough, when the car run of this more aerodynamic, more powerful Chiron. That’ll be sold in small numbers, granted, but there will probably be more of them than there are of any other car that might have a crack at a production car speed record. Assuming, of course, other manufacturers find somewhere they think they can hit 305mph-plus. A section of closed Nevada highway w.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 12:09
Amazon Rivian van. Fledging electric firm gets major boost with huge order from internet giant. Internet shopping giant Amazon has given a further boost to by placing an order with the company for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles. The fledging manufacturer is aiming to produce a range of go-anywhere 4x4 EVs built on its own bespoke platform, showcasing the R1 SUV and R1T pick-up at last year’s Los Angeles motor show. Rivian has attracted high profile , with which it is working on future vehicle development, and Amazon. The to lead a $700 million (£544 million) investment round in Rivian earlier this year, and has now furthered those links with the massive order, which it says is the largest ever made in an electric delivery vehicle. Amazon
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 11:07
The SCG007 will race the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie at Le Mans... New SCG007 Le Mans racer is powered by 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6; up to 30 roadgoing are examples set to be built. American manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has revealed its entry for the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship (WEC), and announced plans for a road-legal version. The SCG007 will race against the likes of the , and in the . This replaces the LMP1 protoypes that have raced in the WEC since the early 1990s. Manufacturers are allowed to enter racing versions of concepts and exisiting hypercars, provided that at least 20 roadgoing models are created over a two-year period. The cars can be petrol-only or hybrid powered, but total power output is set at 7.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 10:10
2015 RX-Vision concept could be readied for production. Recently acquired patent shows off lightweight chassis design, with a front-mid engine layout likely. A chassis design patent filed last week by suggests the company is developing a successor to the rotary engine-powered RX-8 sports car. As reported by Japan’s Motor Magazine, the ‘Vehicle Shock Absorption Structure’ appears to show a spaceframe-style structure unlike that currently featured on Mazda’s range of hatchbacks, saloons and SUVs. The report also highlights the presence of a double-wishbone front suspension setup, used primarily by sports cars, with a prominent crossmember suggesting a front-mid engine layout. The resulting engine bay is relatively small, leading the report to s.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 08:13
Best-selling Volkswagen receives new Match Edition, GT Edition and R-Line Edition, adding £1900-worth of standard kit. is seeing out the current ahead of the by replacing three current trim levels – Match, GT, R-Line – with variants providing £1900-worth of additional kit. Taking the names Match Edition, GT Edition and R-Line Edition, the new offerings benefit from dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and the Winter Pack, which includes heated front seats, heated headlight washers, heated windscreen washer jets and a low washer fluid warning light. Despite the additional standard equipment, the new trim levels cost just £400 more than their predecessors, with customers ordering the outgoing trim levels after 16 September being automatic.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 07:20
New Mercedes-Benz GLB will spawn an electric variant in 2021; first production-previewing prototypes have now emerged. will launch an electric version of its new in 2021, named the EQB, and more production-like prototypes have now been seen testing. Previously only seen underneath hacked test mules, the EQB is shown in the new images with altered and disguised front and rear end and similar aerodynamically-optimised wheels as the larger . In a move similar to that undertaken with the. and its electrically powered sibling, the GLB will provide the basis for the zero-emission EQB model.
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 04:20
Will an extended time at the wheel and newer EV rivals dilute the appeal of Jaguar's first electric car? We have four months to find out... Why we’re running it: To discover how deploying the premium EV’s mighty acceleration dovetails with preserving its electric range. - -. Life with a Jaguar I-Pace: Month 2. Becoming a charge-master makes EV ownership easier - 4 September 2019. I seem to have cracked the early charging glitches (operator error) but I’m battling to get anywhere near the promised 258-mile range. Using Economy and with smart ventilation working (it only cools or heats occupied seats), I can do 225- 230. But I’m learning that it hardly matters. You always want to stop by the time you’ve done 150 miles. Mileage: 2004. 400 HSE. You
Autocar Online 09/19/2019 01:01
Roughly 0.55 tonnes of CO2 is emitted for each car produced. Amid the push towards clean EVs, car makers target emission-free manufacturing. The automotive industry is fully committed to the development of zero-emission cars, but pressure is growing to achieve CO2-neutrality across the entire production and supply process, including production facilities, their networks of suppliers, and the trains, trucks, ships and planes that move components and vehicles. The industry already acknowledges the issue, with many car makers quoting the quantity of CO2 generated per car during its manufacture.
Autocar Online 09/18/2019 19:06
The new Mercedes-AMG GT is scheduled to reach UK showrooms in early 2022. Future Porsche 911 rival will push more than 650bhp and 700lb ft to all four wheels in top-end guise. is well into the development of a second-generation , which is due on sale in 2021 with a hybrid powertrain that will offer increased power and torque. The next iteration of AMG’s supercar will adopt a revised twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with new mild-hybrid assistance, as well as a transaxle re-engineered to accommodate a fully variable four-wheel-drive system in selected models.
Autocar Online 09/18/2019 13:01
Volkswagen revitalises the eight-generation Passat range, starting with the beefed-up but smart-looking Alltrack estate. The eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat has been refreshed, four years after it was launched in 2015. And this particular version – the slightly higher-riding all-wheel-drive estate known as the Alltrack – first appeared with the Passat iteration that arrived before that, in 2010.The Alltrack provides a useful mix of load-carrying and mild-off-road capability in a format popularized by Volvo’s Cross Country models and the Allroad estates of sister brand Audi.The Passat refresh is relatively modest. Items now standard include particulate filters for all engines, LED lights front and rear and Travel Assist, which enables the.
Autocar Online 09/18/2019 11:19
BMW will renew its Mercedes B-Class rival after revealing new two-door and four-door 2 Series coupé models. The next-generation has been photographed in thinly disguised prototype form ahead of its expected unveiling next year. The rival, spied on the back of trailer outside a BMW facility in Germany, can be seen sporting an evolutionary look more closely aligned with the new , upon which it's based.

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