New 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC to be revealed on 1 June

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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The new, second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV will be officially revealed on 1 June, the manufacturer has confirmed.  Confirmation comes alongside a new preview image showing off the crossover's rear end, and not long after new spy shots gave us a good look at its final design.  The GLC, which will again look to rival the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, will adopt the same fundamentals as its more-than-seven-years-old predecessor, which has established itself as the brand’s best-selling car worldwide Read More »

New Maserati MC20 Cielo: convertible supercar arriving 25 May

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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Maserati is preparing to reveal a convertible version of its flagship MC20 sports car next week, and has confirmed it will be called the Cielo. Set for a debut next Wednesday (25 May), the new open-top supercar takes its name from the Italian for sky, which Maserati says "highlights the fact that it is a model devoted to driving pleasure in the great outdoors". Late last year, the first completed prototype starred in an official photoshoot ahead Read More »

Diesel prices reach new high of 180.29 pence per litre

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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Diesel prices have reached an all-time high of 180.29 pence per litre, according to data firm Experian Catalist.  The new record high is up from 179.9p recorded on the day of the government’s spring statement on 22 March, when chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a fuel duty cut of 5p per litre for one year.  Petrol prices, meanwhile, have risen by 3p per litre since the start of May to 166.65p, slightly below the 167.3p figure from 22 March.  Prices Read More »

Porsche GT4 E-Performance is 1072bhp electric racer

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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Porsche has revealed the GT4 E-Performance, an EV race car that hints at what the all-electric next-generation Cayman will be like. Based on the chassis of a Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport with parts from the Porsche 911 RSR GTE car, the GT4 E-Performance predates the previously revealed Porsche Mission R Concept but shares a number of components, including the electric motors and battery technology. In full-blown qualifying mode, the GT4 E-Performance is capable of producing Read More »

How ultra-advanced Audi A8 headlights can 'revolutionise' safety

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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Such is the versatility of the DMH technology, it can also project warning signs onto the road as part of the headlamp beam.  The new A8 projects a warning triangle with an exclamation mark inside it onto the road ahead of the driver. Using live traffic information drawn down by an internet link via ‘the cloud’, this warning symbol appears for three seconds, alerting the driver of hazards ahead such as congestion or a dangerous Read More »

Used car buying guide: Subaru Impreza WRX

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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Engine: Check for oil leaks from the 2.0-litre engine’s cam covers and the sump cover. Cast hypereutectic pistons on the 2.5-litre engine (the 2.0-litre has forged items) suffer damaged ringlands. The head gasket on the 2.5-litre is prone to failure. Engines tuned for 350bhp or more should have toughened internals. Check the claimed power output and fuelling on a rolling road. Ensure the seller allows the oil-cooled turbo to idle. Inspect the condition of the Read More »

Greatest road tests ever: Renault Clio

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 16, 2022
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With the changing of the guard, the second Renault Clio’s fun but flawed package gave way to the third’s more mature and refined recipe of strait-laced liveability. Heavily restyled over the Mk2 Clio, the new model was 77mm longer and 68mm wider, making it the largest supermini at the time. Its extra bulk made parking and traffic negotiation more difficult than before, but four adults could now sit comfortably inside and the boot was large. Read More »

First drive: 2022 BMW XM prototype

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 15, 2022
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Even with a good deal of development to come, the XM steers with the weight, precision and feel of a well-sorted sports saloon. It is genuinely athletic in character, turning into corners with great agility and involving the driver on a level unmatched by any other M-badged SUV. Despite its size, it can be positioned with outstanding accuracy and confidence. It masks its bulk with great success, feeling every bit as wieldy as cars half Read More »

Lexus to offer diverse model line-up as it goes electric

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 15, 2022
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Luxury brand Lexus has no plans to become an SUV specialist, despite its first two electric cars being SUVs and the success of the Lexus NX, and is considering a vast array of bodystyles for its future EVs. European boss Spiros Fotinos said that while it “can’t ignore the demand for SUVs” globally, Lexus hasn’t written off plans for more traditional, lower-slung cars in its future line-up. He pointed to the large SUV, saloon and Read More »

Vauxhall Insignia axed in UK, to return as EV by 2026

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 15, 2022
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The Vauxhall Insignia is no longer on sale in the UK, and the brand has no immediate plans to launch a replacement. “The Insignia stopping for Vauxhall,” UK managing director Paul Willcox told Autocar. “We will fulfil orders, but there is no plan in the short-term to replace it straight away. “There will still be an Opel Insignia [which stays on sale in Europe and other markets, and remains in production] but there is a Read More »

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