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  1. Kia e-Niro rival arrives in the UK early next year with EV-specific underpinnings, vRS performance model Skoda’s first bespoke electric car, the Enyaq iV, has entered production at the firm's factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, ahead of UK deliveries commencing in May. The first model based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform to be built outside of Germany, the EV will be produced at a rate of up to 350 units per day. It'll go down the same production line as the combustion-engined Octavia and Karoq; the first time MEB and MQB platforms will be assembled together. T
  2. The Hyundai Kona Electric earned five stars, achieving top marks for clean air, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions Manufacturers accused of forsaking “simple but effective” technology to reduce emissions of hybrids Euro NCAP bosses have said it's “disheartening” that some hybrid manufacturers are forsaking “simple but effective” technology that could make them more environmentally friendly, following the publication of the latest Green NCAP ratings. Launched last year, the Green NCAP assessment is designed to demonstrate how environmental friendly new cars are, using the result
  3. Do the numbers stack up in the government’s 2030 petrol and diesel ban? The Government’s announcement that it wants to end the sale of all but the longest-range plug-in hybrids by 2030 is certainly ambitious. But it might also be impossible, according to a group of scientists working in a group called SoSMinErals. The group wrote to the government Committee on Climate Change in June 2019, expressing great concern that the raw materials needed for the UK’s switch to Electric Vehicles might not be available in the volumes needed. One of the authors of the letter was Prof Richard Herrington, t
  4. Firm to turn factory into mobility research site in 2024, ending production of Zoe and Micra there Renault has defied union and government pressure by announcing that its factory in Flins, France, will be converted into “Europe’s leading circular economy factory dedicated to mobility”. Workers at Flins and the nearby Choisy-le-Roi reconditioning facility will be retrained, with the aim of employing more than 3000 people at the new Flins site – which will be named the Re-Factory – by 2030. Currently, the facility produces the Renault Zoe EV and Nissan Micra supermini. Renault claims the r
  5. Local concerns may hamper progress on the EV firm's German factory, although officially it remains on track Tesla’s planned German battery factory will eventually be "the largest in the world", CEO Elon Musk told the recent European Battery Conference in Germany, but local media reports say its construction is running into significant opposition from locals and environmental campaigners. The hold-ups come at the same time as Tesla’s market share in a booming European EV market is faltering. According to a 12-month rolling sales report by EV analyst Matthias Schmidt, Tesla Europe sales flatte
  6. New 808bhp hybrid hypercar spawns a matching Diavel 1260 motorcycle from Ducati The new Lamborghini Sián - a hybrid hypercar packing 808bhp from an electrified V12 - has been shown on the move for the first time as subsidiary company Ducati unwrapped a matching version of its Diavel 1260 sports motorbike. Limited to 630 units, the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini is finished in the same Verde Gea and Oro Electrum livery as the Sián and swaps a number of standard components for lightweight, performance-focused items, including forged wheels and carbonfibre bodywork elements. Hexagonal exhaust tips an
  7. This is an appealing proposition despite being a crossover Okay, so small SUVs may not be the sexiest form of transport, but they can be practical, eminently good value used and, if you pause for a moment and consider the car photographed here, actually quite handsome from certain angles. The T-Roc, which was introduced in 2018, has certainly jazzed up Volkswagen’s range: it’s undeniably more stylish than the Polo and more rugged and raised-up than the Golf. Indeed, it seems to offer pretty much all of what they do: there are four turbocharged petrol engines and a diesel to choose from, for
  8. Evocative six-cylinder drop-top gets Porsche's seven-speed automatic. Is it an upgrade over the manual? What you’re looking at here is likely to be the best-selling version of what is arguably the highlight of the Boxster and Cayman line-ups: the GTS 4.0.Until now, this sublime six-cylinder has only been mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which gives it spot-on sports car credentials but is less of a draw in the showroom, where PDK tends to be king. So here we have a GTS with the familiar seven-speed version of the always snappily titled Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission.At £230
  9. Kuga PHEV battery issue has cost Ford an estimated £510m While some car makers will easily hit their EU emissions targets, others are in trouble The enforced need to dramatically reduce the CO2 emissions of cars sold in the European Union and UK this year has led to expensive stumbles from manufacturers including BMW, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover as new electrified technologies faltered at the crucial moment. The task to reduce average CO2 emitted to the 95g/km required by the EU (although this differs slightly for each brand based on the average vehicle weight) was always going to be massiv
  10. Weak domestic and overseas demand responsible for heavy year-on-year decline New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK car production dropped 18.2% year on year in October. Over the course of the month, 110,179 new cars left UK factories, compared with 134,669 in October 2019. The 24,490-unit shortfall is attributed by the trade body to domestic and overseas lockdowns subduing demand. A 19.1% drop in cars built for export amounted to a loss of 21,569 units, with shipments to the US falling 26% and the European Union 25.7%, while 2921 fewer cars we
  11. You will see motley assortments of cars at most track days Few things are more fun for keen drivers, but many are anxious about doing their first. Here's why you shouldn't shy away There isn’t much good news around in these Covid-infested days, particularly from the beleaguered automotive sector, but there is one kind of business that has thrived since the lifting of total lockdown: track days. It’s easy to see why. Even before the pandemic, people were increasingly turning to track days, for two reasons. First, modern performance cars are so fast that it’s increasingly hard to exercise th
  12. It's a squeeze, but Evans just about fits A Skegness firm is fuelling a future generation’s four-wheeled passion with ride-along machines Among the raft of new electric vehicles arriving in the coming months is one based on no less a car than the ’57 Chevy, that much-revered star of road and track. To be built in the UK by Jolly Roger, based in Skegness on the North Sea coast in Lincolnshire, the electrically powered model will bring iconic 1950s American motoring to an emerging audience. Designed to withstand the harshest weather, the new vehicle boasts a tough glassfibre body reinforced
  13. The details surrounding EV charging and the cost involved are still hazy to some. We address the key questions here One of the many reasons for choosing to go electric is the potential cash saving on offer. In many instances, electricity is cheaper than traditional fuels such as petrol or diesel, in some cases costing over half as much for a ‘full tank of fuel’. However, it all depends on where and how you charge, so here’s our in-depth guide that’ll answer all your questions. How much will it cost to charge my car at home? According to the government-backed Go Ultra Low electric vehicle c
  14. Electrically driven front axle enables torque vectoring The hybrid Honda NSX is an interesting showcase of technology, but hasn't proved a trailblazer Given that it has been touted as the future of the fast car by more than a few industry commentators, it’s fair to say the formula of the mid-engined, four-wheel-drive hybrid supercar has yet to gain the traction that might be expected, considering how long it has been around. Leaving aside limited-edition models like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the first was the BMW i8, which limped off sale a few months ago, six years after it appeared to repr
  15. Our base 911 is shorn of frills but isn’t short on appeal. It’s time to have some fun Why we’re running it: Because this is the world’s most famous sports car in its purest form. How much 911 do you really need? Month 1 - Specs Life with a Porsche 911: Month 1 Welcoming the 911 to the fleet - 21 October 2020 Home working meant it had been six months since I’d met up with Autocar’s picture editor, Ben Summerell-Youde, and even more time had passed since seeing snapper Olgun Kordal, photographers being strangers to the office at the best of times. On our reacquaintance one sunny earl
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