Toyota launches new mobility service app in Derby

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 20, 2021
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Toyota has launched a new app-based service that will give thousands of people access to journey planning and booking, which, the firm says, will help reduce environmental impact of transport and support the mobility of those with disabilities. The app will be launched through Kinto, Toyota’s mobility brand. Named DerbyGo (by Kinto), it will initially be used in an 18-month trial focusing on rail and bus services in Derby, being rolled out to students and staff at Read More »

Used buying guide: Nissan Patrol GR

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 20, 2021
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Then in 2003, the short-wheelbase Patrol GR was dropped and the trim levels were tweaked, with generously equipped SVE (foglights, leather seats and a sunroof) replacing SE. The 2005 facelift ushered in a new but very similar-looking body, a refreshed interior and more standard kit. It also brought an end to the turbo trouble that can plague earlier 3.0 Di examples. That aside, the Patrol GR is reliable. Servicing is reasonably cheap and straightforward, especially Read More »

Ford to revive more historic model names for new cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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Ford is poised to revive more historic model names in the coming years, having applied the Puma, Mustang and Kuga nameplates to its latest European-market SUVs.  Each of those three models takes its name from a lower-slung and more overtly sporting forebear (the Kuga being phonetically linked to the 1990s Cougar coupé and 1960s Mercury Cougar) and comments from the firm's European design chief suggest similar revivals are on the cards.  Speaking to Autocar recently, Murat Gueler Read More »

Inside the industry: Chip shortage comes as financial support dries up

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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That the car industry has deep pockets is not in doubt, whether it can emerge from the current semiconductor crisis unscathed less so – especially in a world considerably less equipped to cushion any pain in the wake of the pandemic. In many regards, it’s a crisis of its own making: in simple terms, car makers cut orders for the chips when demand for cars was near zero at the start of the crisis and were shocked to find Read More »

Stock take: Experts drill into the motor industry's chip issues

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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IH “The just-in-time model is actually essential to the economic function of the industry. I do wonder whether, within that, we will see some changes in the geography of production, in that some supply that is from Asia will move to Europe in order to shorten the supply chains.” Will there be rises in the price of new cars? MH “It’s too early to say. The market is always very, very price sensitive. Invariably, if your input Read More »

How an old railway tunnel is becoming a top-secret test track

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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The best ideas often come from lateral thinking. Wind tunnels make the air move at speed around the object being studied. The obvious, easier alternative is to make the object itself move – normally pretty easy for a powered vehicle with wheels – while keeping the air still. At a basic level, this is easily done, and much aerodynamic testing does take place in the real world. But the consistency required when chasing fractional gains Read More »

New Touring Arese RH95: Coachbuilt supercar driven in UK

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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Before they do, you may well be wondering who Touring is and what its somewhat cumbersomely named Arese RH95 is, too. Only if you’re of a certain (depressingly advanced) age or a keen follower of the Italian coachbuilt car industry will you know of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, an Italian coachbuilder that has enjoyed two lives. The first began in 1926, when Carrozzeria Touring was founded by Felice Bianchi Anderloni. It was not long before this Read More »

The independent garage shaping Britain's EV repair network

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 18, 2021
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This situation inspired him to form the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Repair Alliance (Hevra) in 2017. “Run by EV drivers for EV drivers,” proclaims its website. It sounds like just a marketing slogan, except Hevra really is a band of EV enthusiasts who pool their knowledge for the benefit of members and customers. If Hevra doesn’t have the answer to an EV problem, it will dispatch one of its engineers to the troubled garage to Read More »

Join the Q: New Genesis GV70 faces Audi Q5

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 18, 2021
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The Genesis’s 2.2-litre diesel makes 207bhp while the Q5, facelifted late last year, is a 40 TDI, a £45,235 S line with options taking it to £54,465. Its 2.0-litre makes 201bhp, but its response is augmented slightly at low revs with a 12V mild-hybrid starter-generator that chips in while the turbo is spooling. Both cars are four-wheel drive and have longitudinally mounted engines, but the Genesis is predominantly rear-wheel drive, via an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, Read More »

Pure ETCR: the next big thing in electric racing?

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 18, 2021
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Everything about Pure ETCR is a bit different and it’s fun – but don’t just take our word for it. Tom Chilton is a WTCC veteran who’s racing this year for Hyundai in Pure ETCR and in Ciceley Motorsport’s BMW 3 Series saloon in the British Touring Car Championship. “With these short, exciting Battles, it’s not a case of waiting until the tyres and brakes start wearing out and then figuring out where your rivals Read More »

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