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Autocar Online 05/25/2020 14:18
Breaking news: Prime Minister Boris Johnson says dealerships can open doors at start of next month. Car showrooms in England will be able to open from 1 June onwards, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. The Prime Minister made the announcement during the Downing Street Daily Briefing today (Monday), saying that the decision was based on the progress made to control the spread of Covid-19 by the lockdown that has been in place since mid-March. Car dealerships and outdoor markets will be able to open from 1 June, with other 'non-essential retail' outlets set to open from 15 June onwards. The Prime Minister said that the decision was "thanks to the country's collective effort" in obeying the lockdown rules indications.
Autocar Online 05/25/2020 01:01
Rotary engines are exciting, and this four-seat sports car represents your last chance to own one. It’s dirt cheap, too – but there’s a catch. The sold in the UK and, now that is considering a revival of its famous Wankel concept for a new hybrid powertrain, it seems pertinent to consider its virtues. This friendly looking four-seat sports car (Mazda actually referred to it as a quad coupé) has a relatively diminutive powerplant of 1.3 litres. However, it won favour with performance enthusiasts worldwide, thanks in part to its class-leading dynamic capabilities and to that innovative engine’s 9500rpm redline. What’s more, the RX-8 offers a sub-1400kg kerb weight, a near 50:50 weight distribution and rear-hinged ‘freestyle’ doors that are as
Autocar Online 05/24/2020 19:01
Koenigsegg's freevalve engine promises performance and economy, but how does it actually work? Being all things to all people is something combustion engines have never been much good at but supercar maker may at last have that one licked with its Freevalve technology. Freevalve does what the name neatly implies: frees inlet and exhaust valves from the constraints of the traditional camshaft used to open and close them.
Autocar Online 05/24/2020 12:32
Financial Times reports that AMG boss Tobias Moers is being lined up to take the top job on Tuesday. boss Andy Palmer will be replaced at the helm of the company by boss Tobias Moers on Tuesday, according to a report in the . The British sports car maker has responded to the report by saying it has no comment to make, neither confirming nor denying the story. Palmer's position as chief executive has been the subject of speculation since billionaire Lawrence Stroll led a consortium that bought 25% of the firm last month, selling part of that shareholding on to another consortium led by Mercedes-AMG F1 team principal Toto Wolff. Stroll reiterated his belief in the product plan set out by Palmer and his team, focusing initially on the launch of.
Autocar Online 05/24/2020 01:01
McLaren is chasing a return to the front after eight years away. After 182 Formula 1 victories in its first 46 years, McLaren has been absent from the front of the pack for the past eight. We meet the man turning it around. McLaren was heading into the with a real sense of momentum, generated by the combination of a strong 2019, a renewed sense of direction, two talented young drivers and a new engine supply deal for 2021. was on the way back to the sharp end of the grid. This year was about putting the final pieces in place, ready for greater things in 2021. Then, of course, a global pandemic began and now McLaren’s plans are, like most of society, on hold. The team – which is based in Woking, Surrey – actually found itself at the centre of
Autocar Online 05/24/2020 01:01
Slotting beneath super saloons in the motoring hierarchy, these more affordable alternatives are still guaranteed to entertain. When you’re in the business of testing the latest and greatest new cars, you invariably devote a great deal of effort, brainpower and words defining and expressing what separates a truly great supercar, sports car or hot hatchback from one that is merely very good. And while that’s often a captivating process, it’s important to remember one universal truth: that, for most of us, the very best kind of driver’s car is the one you can afford.
Autocar Online 05/23/2020 01:01
1 - Coventry Transport Museum. Few cities have as many car-related places, gems and secrets as this one. We commandeer a taxi and explore. On Priory Street, in the shadow of Coventry cathedral and down a short flight of steps that takes you below pavement level, is a length of old brick wall supported at intervals by stout buttresses. Much of the old pointing around the bricks has disappeared. In fact, some of the bricks themselves have disappeared. The work of souvenir hunters? Possibly. After all, this forgotten stretch of brickwork is all that remains of the huge Triumph factory that once stood here. Coventry is full of glimpses into its motoring past such as this: a short length of iron railings beside a busy road, a grand gatehouse outsi.
Autocar Online 05/23/2020 01:01
Is the most expensive or powerful car in the range the best? It's not always that simple... Not enough leaves you wanting more, but more can be too much. So, we picked a path through driver’s cars that upstage pricier variants – not too hot, not too cold, but just right. It was a drive in the new 4.0-litre that did it. I took the car on the exact same route on which I’d recently driven the – just to see whether the normal GTS could get even to within viewing distance of standards set by its vaunted sibling and product of Porsche’s fabled Motorsport division. But, as I drove, something appeared to be wrong. It wasn’t meant to be like this. I was actually having just as much fun in the GTS as I’d had in the GT4. You couldn’t use the GT4’s extr.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 11:58
Honda's hot hatch set to go hybrid for its new generation and could be unveiled as soon as next year. The first prototype of the next-generation has been caught testing on German roads ahead of the hot hatch's expected 2022 debut. The early sighting, on roads near the Nürburgring, comes before we've even seen any spyshots of the standard Mk11 , which is likely to be unveiled in late 2021 and go on sale in 2022.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 11:12
Finance minister warns brand could go out of business without help, following reports of factory closures and culling of model lineup. could be forced out of business if it does not receive help from outside sources, warns France’s finance minister. In a Europe 1 radio interview earlier today, Bruno Le Maire warned that the brand “could disappear”, and repeated calls the French Prime Minister made earlier this week for the Renault plant in Flins, outside Paris, to remain open. The comments are in response to French media reports earlier this week claiming a number of Renault factories could be closed, and core models axed, as part of a cost-cutting plan to save €2 billion (£1.8 billion). The European Union has granted approval for Renault to.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 10:37
Volvo's CEO thinks that EV sales will recover faster than those of traditional cars. Buyers won't flood to showrooms for petrol or diesel cars after lockdown, reckons Håkan Samuelsson, so it would "be good to promote" electrification. Volvo's boss has claimed it would be "naive" to expect consumers to flood back into showrooms for petrol or diesel cars after the is lifted. Speaking at the recent Financial Times Global Boardroom conference, Håkan Samuelsson labelled the idea of to subsidise sales of ICE cars "a waste of money". "Electrification will go faster.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 09:35
The Black Edition gives the T-Roc a darker look. Compact SUV receives extra kit, black exterior details and rear privacy glass. Volkswagen has introduced a new trim to its , bringing black styling details and upgraded equipment to the popular SUV. Called Black Edition, the package builds on the mid-range SE trim, with prices starting from £23,750 for the 1.0-litre 113bhp TSI petrol version. The Black Edition introduces a dark finish to the T-Roc’s grille trim, door mirror caps, roof rails and exhaust pipes.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 07:38
The planned factory could match the output of Tesla's Nevada facility. Britishvolt and AMTE Power to collaborate on £4bn project to match output of Tesla's Nevada battery facility. Two British start-ups have announced plans to build the UK’s first ‘gigafactory’, which will supply batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage purposes, by 2023. Scotland-based battery producer AMTE Power and tech start-up Britishvolt have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly produce battery packs and are considering a public offering to fund the project, which is anticipated to cost up to £4 billion. The move could be a lifeline for the UK’s struggling automotive industry, which has been identified as less advanced than other countries in terms
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 03:01
It promises unrivalled off-road performance with on-road niceties. But does it deliver? Now for the real test, then.We’ve already tried the new Land Rover Defender in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, in off-road locations where its mechanical credentials were taxed to the extreme. But not anywhere as harsh as those that really show up a car’s character: the relentless, thoughtless daily grind, the urban jungle and motorway schlep, family abuse from morning till night, the get-in-and-drive as mechanical process.The kind of use, in short, that the new Defender – arguably the most important and interesting car of the year – will have to undergo when it starts filtering into customers’ daily lives.To recap: the new Defender
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 01:01
Carlos is voted best rally driver ever – and his son is sitting pretty too. Who is the greatest rally driver ever? It’s an argument that could occupy many hours of pub debate (if only the pubs were open). But now, for the first time, there has been a global poll – on the World Rally Championship website – and the deserved winner was Carlos Sainz. There are drivers who have won more rallies and championships, but Sainz himself doesn’t measure everything by raw statistics: instead, he’s most proud of the fact that he was the first driver to win on every surface and that he was competitive from the very beginning to the very end of his long career. I was fortunate to report on Sainz while he was still at the height of his WRC powers and then fo.
Autocar Online 05/22/2020 01:01
You can spend tens of thousands to find SUV thrills - but you don't have to, as these used picks demonstrate. This week's round-up of warmed-up and truly hot SUVs kicks off with the . It might look like an SUV that's very far away, but the 100HP is purpose-built for the city. Fiat Panda 100HP, £3000: It was brought into the second-generation Panda line-up in 2006 but didn’t live beyond 2010 and, even more disappointing, wasn’t replaced. When new, the 99bhp 1.4-litre twin-cam engine allowed the 100HP to go from 0-62mph in 9.5sec and head on to 112mph for bite-sized hot hatch thrills. On used models, check the coolant has been changed regularly (head gasket failure can be common) and bear in mind the timing belt tension needs to be checked eve.
Autocar Online 05/21/2020 19:01
Top-ranking turbodiesel offers 50mpg and much-improved road-manners. This is the car the Mercedes-Benz GLA should have been all along. The first-generation model was, for budgetary reasons, heavily based on the A-class hatch – and it showed. This new one, however, has been granted greater engineering freedom, and is a much more convincing effort.Bucking an industry trend, it’s also shorter than the car it replaces, though width and height are up, giving the second-gen GLA even more crossover-esque proportions and a larger footprint than either the BMW X2 or Audi Q2.Having been impressed by the top-of-the-line GLA 250 petrol, what we have here is the 220d, which is the more powerful of two diesel models confirmed so far. It uses the turbochar.
Autocar Online 05/21/2020 19:01
With post-lockdown travel likely to look very different, our man ponders whether touring with your motor will be the way forward. It was one of motoring’s best-worn clichés: the idea of the continent-traverser, a cross-country express, a car that could take you comfortably to the south of France for supper after breakfast in London. I’ve read about it and you’ve read about it.
Autocar Online 05/21/2020 19:01
JLR is aiming to reopen some factories on 18 May. British firm expects to pay huge sum in parts tariffs if Britain leaves Europe without a deal. Jaguar Land Rover’s chief financial officer has admitted that if the UK "crashes out" of the EU with no deal, it would cost the firm £500 million per year in tariffs on parts imports alone. Autocar found the remarks in a record of a meeting between Adrian Mardell and investment banks at the end of January.

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