New 2022 Lexus RZ is electric SUV with performance focus

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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The first bespoke Lexus electric car, arriving in the first half of 2022, will be a sleek, performance-oriented SUV called the RZ.  Officially previewed as part of the Toyota and Lexus annual Kenshiki forum, it is based on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform but with bespoke modifications aimed at taking “the driving experience to the next level”.  The brand’s Europe vice president, Pascal Ruch, told Autocar that a priority for Lexus is offering “exhilarating driving performance” and hinted that it will offer variants Read More »

2022 Morgan 3 Wheeler: design previewed in official sketches

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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The new 3 Wheeler’s most visible – and initially most controversial – change entails ditching the old S&S-sourced air-cooled 2.0-litre V-twin engine in favour of a normally aspirated, longitudinally mounted version of Ford’s considerably more refined 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit, as used by the Fiesta ST hot hatchback.  The change is likely to result in a dramatic boost in performance, since the V-twin produced barely 80bhp (because of punitive exhaust emissions restrictions) whereas the Ford unit Read More »

Lunaz to electrify commercial vehicle fleets in UK

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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“This provides fleet owners with all of the cost and ecological benefits of an upcycled vehicle with the same functional performance and reliability as a brand-new equivalent,” Lunaz said.  “The approach represents a comprehensive process of remanufacturing. Every component is upcycled to a factory standard with a clear focus on reducing waste. “This is a clear answer to the pressing global requirement to reduce carbon emissions. Lunaz employs a remanufacturing approach, because it preserves nearly Read More »

From the archive: Mercedes cancels new C112 hypercar

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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After five years of battling to get the Formula 1-derived One into production, Mercedes-Benz must at times wish that it hadn’t bothered. Thankfully for us petrolheads, it has persevered – unlike previously.  In 1991, we saw the death of the C112, a Jaguar XJ220 rival inspired by the 1990 World Sportscar Championship-winning C11. It had an aluminium monocoque hosting the 600 SEL’s 6.0-litre V12, a six-speed manual gearbox, an aluminium body with adjustable aerodynamics, adaptive Read More »

Nissan reveals Ariya-inspired, single-seat EV racer concept

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Nissan has revealed a new electric single-seat race car concept loosely based on its forthcoming Ariya SUV.  Called the Ariya Single Seater, it serves to demonstrate "how the all-electric Nissan Ariya road car powertrain could be used in a bespoke single seater racing car chassis".  The firm has not yet confirmed that it plans to produce a functioning, full-sized example – nor indeed plans for a dedicated race series using the car – but Autocar Read More »

Racing lines: F1 season headed for dramatic climax

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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Horner has every right to fight Red Bull’s corner. Of course he does. But his complaints about illegally flexing rear wings, a subject upon which his own team continues to face scrutiny, need to be taken behind closed doors. In a tense press conference at the Qatar GP, Horner and his Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff, took the soap opera to new levels of grubbiness in the full glare of the world’s media.  If Red Bull Read More »

Analysis: Can new Toyota Aygo save the cheap city car?

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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Carlucci suggested the reasons behind other manufacturers’ withdrawal from the petrol city car market in recent years: “It’s a segment that traditionally is not that profitable and, if not fully electrified, tends to be a ‘bad boy’.”  The emissions produced by a pure-combustion motor incur hefty penalties for car makers because of a recently imposed 95g/km average on CO2 emissions across a manufacturer’s line-up. So Toyota will have to balance the pure-petrol Aygo X’s impact Read More »

New Mercedes-Maybach concept is off-road luxury EV

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the outlandish Project Maybach concept – an all-electric and totally bespoke creation co-designed with fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died earlier this week. The concept has been revealed in tribute to Abloh, who worked with Mercedes designer Gordon Wagener to create a show car which "exemplifies the possibilities of future design". The concept has been designed from the ground up, and is said to be "unlike anything" the manufacturer has created so Read More »

Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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The car that persuaded the world an electric saloon could be a viable alternative to a combustion-engined one, and made the EV break into the luxury-car big time, is still our pick of Tesla’s model catalogue for its combination of performance, usability, price and range. If you simply want a luxury EV that you can charge and use easily with the greatest usable range, the firm's original breakthrough model is still the one to have. Read More »

Top 10 Best convertibles and cabriolets 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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If you want a luxury, two-seater cruiser, you'll find an awful lot to like here. The LC is now a more refined car than it was when launched in 2017, having had its runflat tyres traded for better rubber and its suspension retuned for a more supple ride and more poised handling. Unlike in the coupe version, you can't get the LC's 3.5-litre V6 hybrid powertrain here; nor the car's optional four-wheel steering. But the LC Read More »

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