Tesla’s Model 3 is set to receive all-wheel drive and performance-orientated versions, according to a string of tweets from company boss Elon Musk.
There was a lot to discuss during Saturday’s royal wedding, from Meghan’s dress to Prince Philip’s recovery from a hip op, as well as American Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon and the usual variety of bizarre hats on show from the guests.
The European Commission has announced proposals to make 11 new car safety systems mandatory on all new vehicles by the year 2021.
Volvo has revealed it is the first car manufacturer in the UK to comply with new fuel consumption and emission-testing regulations.
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Meet BMW’s latest lightweight hero – the M3 CS. After a strict greens-only diet from a motorsport-inspired engineering division, the M3 has managed to shed 30kg of flab and gain some intoxicating driving characteristics in the process.
The MOT test is undergoing a major revision today, and brings with it tougher measures against diesel cars, as well as introducing a new way of classifying vehicle defects.
Aside from the actual production of the car, the testing phase is perhaps the most important part of a cars’ development. Making use of a professional driver, manufacturers will spend months developing a car through on-track trial and error.
German authorities have ordered the EU-wide recall of 60,000 Porsche vehicles after finding they emitted excessive pollutants due to software that turned down emission controls during driving.
A custom restoration programme for the classic Ford Mustang was launched today by a UK luxury motor dealer.
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Audi has been on something of a crusade in refreshing its top-end luxury machines as of late. Last year saw a new A8 and A7 grace the market — but it hasn’t stopped there.
Fiat has unveiled a new special edition ‘Collezione’ 500 in London to mark 10 years of special 500 city car models, with prices starting from £13,875.
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Volvo’s renaissance began back in 2014 with the XC90 SUV. Since then, it’s had hit after hit, with sensible Scandinavian style and class-leading safety becoming standard fare across the model ranges. Now, one of the last of the old line of Volvos is being replaced – the V60.
Volvo has said that the latest version of its S60 saloon will not be sold in diesel form due to the lack of demand from key markets the USA and China.
Many motorists are confused by changes to the MOT test, new research has revealed.
Driver interest in alternatively fuelled used cars has grown during the first quarter of this year, according to figures out today from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Back when I passed my driving test, I remember the constant horsepower question. Among my friends and me, the thought of a 150bhp Golf or – when we were dreaming really big – a 180bhp BMW 3 Series was almost beyond consideration. Anything nudging 200bhp was simply too much power to imagine.
Volvo today revealed that its new S60 saloon won’t be available with a diesel powertrain – the first vehicle from the Swedish manufacturer not to have one.
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The Yaris Hybrid isn’t exactly new – in fact it’s been around since 2011, pre-dating the recent rush manufacturers have made towards hybridization and proving that Toyota may not have been the first, but it’s certainly one of the most committed.
The Treasury has begun a consultation on vehicle tax reforms, aimed at incentivising the use of cleaner commercial vehicles in a bid to cut air pollution.
The word ‘underrated’ and ‘performance cars’ don’t tend to go hand-in-hand. They’re the types of cars adored by petrolheads — and even those not actually that interested in cars — across the world.
The world of automotive advertising is a tough one, with incredibly strict regulations depending on market and a very challenging audience. No wonder most car adverts, whether they’re in print, in public or on TV, are largely bland and forgettable.
It may seem like the world is out to get diesel cars at the moment, but that isn’t stopping manufacturers from trying to bring in new and innovative black pump machinery – and Kia is the latest.
When I get into a car knowing that I’m going to be spending a great deal of time on the pathetic excuse for a road known as the M25, I’m often filled with a feeling of dread at what traffic-related horrors await me.
Few brands command as much respect as Ferrari, especially when it comes to the classic scene. These Italian machines bring in the biggest crowds and attract the highest prices – the most expensive cars ever to sell at auction were classic Ferraris.
It’s another day of niche busting from Germany with Mercedes revealing the third option in its flagship sports car’s drop-top range.
There are very few car manufacturers with models that appeal to every type of motorist – more often than not, they find a customer base and stick to it without straying into new territory.
Vauxhall doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to SUVs. Though its compact products – the Mokka X and Crossland X – are half decent, it’s yet to produce a good large SUV. The old Antara and its Frontera predecessor were downright terrible.
Performance Peugeot models will fall foul of the brand’s shift towards SUVs, says the brand’s UK boss.
More than half of van drivers and owners still say there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health at work, despite a number of high-profile and hard-hitting campaigns, according to the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd.
Aston Martin’s flagship machine has got a new range-topping powerhouse – introducing the DB11 AMR.
The SUV segment is currently undergoing something of a boom. Nearly every manufacturer is getting one to market, and even companies that you’d never think of when it comes to large four-wheel-drives – we’re looking at you Lamborghini – are making the most of current consumer enthusiasm for sitting up high and having a commanding view of the road ahead.
Arriving on a huge wave of expectation comes this, the all-new Ford Fiesta ST. Its predecessor was arguably one of the best-handling hot-hatches of all time, and a variety of enhancements have been included to ensure this latest version delivers the same experience.
Honda’s UK Civic range is set for an expansion, with the arrival of a saloon variant later this year.
Volkswagen is recalling its new Polo worldwide as well as subsidiary brand Seat’s new Arona and Ibiza after safety fears were raised over their seatbelts.
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In the world of Volkswagen Group SUVs, the Touareg is actually the budget-friendly baby sibling. Its sister cars include – in ascending order – the Audi Q7, the Porsche Cayenne, the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. That’s quite the family reputation to uphold.
Mini has revealed a one-off special edition Cooper S Hatch in commemoration of this month’s royal wedding.
Manufacturers setting yearly goals is common practice, and it’s no rare thing for them to do so a year or two in advance. Audi has taken that a bit of a step further, though – unveiling plans to sell 800,000 electrified cars in the year 2025.
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Here it is – the all-new Ford Fiesta ST. Following on from a model which set the hot-hatch segment alight, this latest version is designed to be more grown up but just as exciting to drive as that iconic original. Based on the updated Fiesta, the ST needs to do a lot to live up to the reputation set by its forebear, while fending off competition from some serious rivals. We hit Nice’s country roads to find out if it this latest ST can regain its place at the top of the hot-hatch pecking order.
A tanker carrying 12 tonnes of liquid milk chocolate has spilled its precious cargo across a highway in Poland.
The speed camera is a classic part of the British landscape. First introduced more than two decades ago, the big yellow Gatso is instantly recognisable, visible from afar and always signposted – yet drivers still manage to get caught by them.
Connectivity service OnStar will no longer work in Vauxhall vehicles from December 31, 2020, the manufacturer has confirmed.
Rolls-Royce has unveiled the latest addition to its range – the Cullinan. It’s the brand’s first SUV and arguably one of the most luxurious vehicles money can buy.
Aston Martin subsidiary brand Lagonda has confirmed it will put a zero-emission SUV into production, with the car to be unveiled in 2021.
For many, a clean exterior is of more value than the interior. Most of us, probably without admitting it, would rather the outside of our cars were lovely and shiny for others to see, but allow the inside of our cars to turn into a tip.
Young drivers today value a driving licence as importantly as a university degree, new research has revealed.
A “fantasist” who used the name of a French waxworks museum as part of an “extraordinary web of deceit” in a bid to avoid a speeding ticket has been jailed for 12 months.
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Everybody has got a new small crossover coming out, and Ford weren’t going to miss out. This is its new offering, the Fiesta Active. It’s a chunkier, more robust-looking version of its best-selling compact hatchback, and is designed for those people who want a slightly more adventure-ready small car option.
The shores of Lake Worthersee in Germany are once again playing host to the world’s largest gathering of Volkswagen and VW Group cars, and as with most years, Volkswagen has let its apprentices loose to build cars specially for the event.
BMW will recall 312,000 UK vehicles at risk of an electrical fault that has been linked to a fatal crash.
Uber has shown off new concept designs for the flying taxis it hopes to one day bring to the skies above cities.
The standard BMW M5 is no slouch, but the Bavarian brand has taken things up a notch with the release of the new M5 Competition.
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Take yourself back to 1969 for a moment. Man has just landed on the moon, the Beatles are topping the charts and Mini has just surprised the world with a replacement for the Cooper – the 1275 GT. It aimed to add a little luxury and zip to the Mini range, and featured a larger, 1,275cc engine and the square nose from the Clubman.
Aston Martin has announced that it will be commissioning a limited run of Vantage V600 supercars.
Shopping around for car insurance can be a paint, but a new announcement may have just made it a little easier.
Hampshire Constabulary has become the first non-metropolitan police force to switch its general fleet of cars from petrol and diesel cars to electric.
The business secretary Greg Clark has warned of massive job losses at Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire if a customs partnership with the EU is not finalised to replace single market membership.
Running a car can be expensive. Everything from the initial purchase, refuelling, servicing costs and — perhaps most annoying of all — insurance.
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Think adventure and you’ll likely depict images of exotic landscapes, extreme sports and exploring new places. Suzuki however, wants you to add its jacked-up city car to that list.
Heathrow Airport has signed a new deal with Jaguar which could see the British manufacturer supplying up to 200 of its all-electric I-Pace vehicles for a passenger chauffeur service to and from the airport.
The British summer is just about here — the sun is coming out for its one week of the year, and now might just be the time to capitalise on that by nabbing yourself a drop-top car.
The Mercedes G-Wagen has, in one shape or another, been in production for close to 40 years now. In that time, it’s changed very little, growing a little rounder and – in the case of the G63 – extremely powerful. However, ruggedness has always remained at its core, as has an ability to take on the roughest, most difficult conditions.
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The new Discovery has been around a little while now and, like or loathe the way it looks, it’s been immensely popular. It’s capable of seating seven in comfort yet able to conquer nearly any type of terrain, so there’s little wonder why it’s been snapped up by consumers.
The very first example of Ford’s iconic Sierra Cosworth RS500 will be heading to auction at Silverstone Auctions May Sale.
The latest electric machine to come from South Korea has been revealed – introducing the Kia Niro EV.
Lotus has announced yet another new addition to its Exige range – the Exige Sport 410, which slots between the Sport 350 and Cup 430 in the British brand’s model line-up.
The UK new car market grew 10.4 per cent in April, with 167,911 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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For as long as we can remember, Audi sports cars have been synonymous with four-wheel-drive. Quattro – the system created by Audi to achieve the best possible traction – has featured in pretty much every high-end performance vehicle it has created, save for this – the R8 RWS.
Canadian police were forced to call in fire services after they discovered a mysterious car hanging by a cable from Toronto’s Millwood bridge.
Users of the ride-hailing app Lyft in Las Vegas can now choose to take an autonomous vehicle from some high-demand locations in the US city.
A Ford Fiesta is perfect for bustling city traffic, while a BMW 5 Series is ideal for motorway mile-munching. But whack either of them into a challenging situation and they soon become unstuck – they simply aren’t rugged.
One of motorsport’s most legendary names is back and it’s come with an incredible bang – the 700bhp, track-only BT62 hypercar.
Electrification has made its way to the new Porsche Cayenne, with a plug-in hybrid model now available on the performance-focused SUV.
When you hear the terms ‘rare’ and ‘sports car’ put together, what sort of image do they conjour up? A Ferrari F40, perhaps. Or maybe even a McLaren F1. We’d bet that the Skoda brand doesn’t spring to mind – but there’s a reason it should.
A local resident so fed up with potholes near his home has come up with a unique way to highlight the problem – using dolls’ heads.
Citroen is to drop the Picasso name from its line of MPVs, simplifying the range and bringing it in line with the larger van-based SpaceTourer.
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Dacia already produces both a supermini and an SUV – the Sandero and the Duster. This car, the Sandero Stepway, aims to split the difference. It offers some of the rugged aesthetic and raised ride height of the Duster, but in a reassuringly compact, well-priced and easy to handle bundle. Of course, you could also look at it as a Sandero with some extra plastic on it. That means underneath, it’s still the same bargain-basement array of old Renault components, assembled in Romania and sold in the UK for very, very low prices. Can undercutting its main rivals bring the Sandero Stepway success?
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Meet the white van man’s ultimate dream machine. Designed for tradespeople who demand a little more style and flair from their load-lugging daily runabouts, the MS-RT Transit Custom combines usefulness and stand-out-from-the-crowd looks. With a whole new look, performance exhaust and smart new interior, the hand-crafted £32,995 van offers those working the tools the chance to dress to impress.
A pick-up is, first and foremost, designed to be useful. Yes, quite frequently they become trendy, almost overly-stylised modes of transportation but, when you boil it down, a truck has got to be a utilitarian machine before anything else.
Yes, conventional cars are all well and good, but sometimes rare, limited-edition models just tickle our fancy a little more. Ultra-sought after and therefore a little more special than ‘regular’ models these cars have consistently set the motoring world alight.
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The story of the Toyota Land Cruiser is one that’s almost as old as Land Rover. Production began in 1951 and since then it’s gained a worldwide reputation for strength, solidity and off-road capability.The latest model was introduced in 2009, but a range of updates has kept it feeling relatively fresh. It’s also packed with tech, but none detracts from the overall feeling of old-fashioned brawn.
One Lamborghini driver in America can consider themselves lucky to be alive, after a crash into a concrete pole split their supercar in half.
Ford has created a prototype smart video that uses vibrations and artificial intelligence to help visually impaired people feel a landscape by touching the window.
Despite being announced in last year’s autumn statement, a £400m fund to finance improved electric car infrastructure has yet to be delivered.
Renault has announced that it will be bringing only 15 examples of its limited-edition Clio R.S.18 hatch to the UK.
No name is more synonymous with off-roading than Land Rover. Since 1948, every vehicle the brand has produced has had one thing at its heart – the ability to go where few vehicles dare to tread.
Manufacturers love making special editions. Whether it’s to stir up a little bit of buzz around a single car, or simply stand out from the crowd, these weird and wonderful creations showcase what car makers can do when they let their imaginations run wild.
Ford has filed a patent for a vehicle which features an electric motorcycle integrated into it.
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Yes, the new Ford Mustang has already made an appearance, but before we get behind the wheel of it on UK soil we thought we’d test the very tip-top version of the outgoing car – the Mustang Shadow.
Not content with delivering just two special-edition Sport Black models this year, Mazda has brought the trim level to its range-topper – the MX-5 RF.
When it comes to bad cars, I’ve got the skinny on it- that’s thanks to a £50 Ford Fiesta I purchased when I passed my driving test some 18 years ago. THAT would definitely fit into the ‘bad review’ category, but it did have a piece of wood and wire holding the gearbox together after all…
Declining consumer demand for diesel has now resulted in Vauxhall dropping its Corsa variation powered by the fuel.
The Volkswagen camper. It’s got to rank up near the top of the most iconic cars ever, hasn’t it? Second only to the Beetle in terms of instantly recognisable VWs, most people’s minds will instantly go to the original – the Type 2 Microbus. But Volkswagen’s keen to remind potential buyers that the California has evolved – and so it invited us for a celebratory road trip around the American state from which it takes its name.
While European motorists will hold up Paris, Geneva or Frankfurt as the most important shows to visit, it’s impossible to deny the importance of the emerging Chinese car market when it comes to developing new vehicles. Put simply, the Chinese just can’t stop buying cars, and their tastes influence the rest of the world more than you’d think.
Electric vehicles have been enjoying a surge in demand, with new data showing there are now 44% more cars on the road than there were just three years ago.
Japanese company Asratec has unveiled a working prototype of something many small boys have been waiting their whole life for – a real Transformer.
The number of parking tickets issued by private firms has increased by almost a million in the last 12 months. Research by the motoring charity RAC Foundation showed that the DVLA released details of 5.65 million vehicle keepers to parking management firms in the financial year 2017-18 – almost a million more than the year before, with 4.71 million.
A confidential survey of road hauliers and HGV drivers has found that 29 per cent admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel while driving.
If you’re a fan of the automobile, chances are you pay some attention to the cars that are around you on seemingly never-ending motorway journeys. You’ll enjoy seeing an old 70’s run-around on the roads just as much as modern day exotica, purely for the rarity factor.
A reckless driver of a car transporter has taken the roof off a brand-new Range Rover in transit, while damaging another.
Yellow cars are incredible, it’s a fact. It was a pretty damp morning on the collection day of our latest long termer, but the canary-coloured Kia Stinger sat in the corner kept things looking bright.