New 2021 Kia EV6: dual-motor EV6 GT gets 577bhp

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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Kia says it is taking “electric performance to another level” with the GT-badged hot version of its new EV6 electric flagship, which will top out a range comprising two- and four-wheel-drive variants with a choice of different battery sizes.  The dual-motor EV6 GT sends 577bhp and 546lb ft to both axles, and is expected to get from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 162mph, making it not only the quickest Read More »

James Ruppert: Bargain barnstormers that will take you anywhere

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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The fraternity of used car owners is a very strong one, especially when an enthusiast motor is thrown into the mix. So it was a wonderful surprise to find a Lightweight Land Rover on my drive. It was piloted by Jonathan, who had popped by weeks previously to ask if he could look at the seat layout of my Lorry. We didn’t know each other, but he spotted my Series 3 on the way home Read More »

Autocar confidential: Merc talks PHEV range, Britishvolt bullish about Blyth and more

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, Merc talks PHEV range strategy, BMW explains why its Neue Klasse reboot is far more than a mere marketing ploy and much more. Merc's plug-in plan Mercedes-Benz has no plans to introduce shorter-range versions of any of its plug-in hybrid models in order to lower their entry prices. Chief operating officer Markus Schäfer said: “If you drive a plug-in [hybrid], the real fun starts at around 60 miles Read More »

Government invests £30m in electric and hydrogen vehicle studies

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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The government will invest £30 million in research into electric and hydrogen vehicle production, investment minister Gerry Grimstone has announced. Around £9.4m will be spent on 22 studies, including one that will explore the feasibility of establishing a low-carbon lithium hydroxide plant in St Austell, Cornwall. Lithium is a key ingredient of battery cells used in electric vehicles. A separate study will investigate the potential of a lightweight-magnet plant in Cheshire, and another will look into Read More »

UK start-up to launch hardcore electric off-roader this year

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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Start-up All Terrain All Electric (ATAE) will become only the second car manufacturer in Scotland when it launches its new Munro SUV: a rugged, off-road-oriented 4x4 with a one-tonne payload and 150-mile range. Established by Russ Peterson & Ross Anderson, ATAE aims to fill a gap in the market for a back-to-basics electric off-roader. Based at their Dalmarnock workshop, the pair have designed the new model around the already-proven body and chassis of the conventionally Read More »

Toyota Highlander 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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While ancient immortals may insist that there can be only one, Toyota clearly begs to differ when it comes to SUVs given their continued popularity. The firm already offers the C-HR, RAV4 and Land Cruiser in the UK; recently revealed the Yaris Cross; is putting the finishing touches to an electric SUV; and has even reinvented its Aygo city car as a crossover. But that still leaves room for something bigger, which explains why Toyota has finally brought the Read More »

Mini Pacesetter: Formula E safety car hints at electric JCW GP

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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Mini has combined elements of its electric future “with the rich racing history of John Cooper Works” to create the Pacesetter: a radical one-off reworking of the Mini Electric, which will be used as a pace car in the 2021 Formula E championship.  Giving clues as to the model’s potential to influence future production cars, Mini boss Bernd Körber said the car shows that “the message is clear: electrification and John Cooper Works are a Read More »

Cazoo to go public on New York Stock Exchange, valued at £5bn

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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Cazoo - the online used car retailer founded in 2018 - is set to go public on the New York Stock Exchange in a floatation valuing the business at $7bn (£5bn). It has merged with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Ajax I ahead of the listing, with Ajax founder and investor Dan Och joining its board of directors as part of the deal. Cazoo CEO Alex Chesterman, who has previously sold rental service Lovefilm and property Read More »

Inside the industry: VW's robust health should inspire the car world

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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It's not often that you celebrate operating profits around half what they were the year before, but after the challenges of the past 12 months, the Volkswagen Group’s revelation that it banked around £8.6 billion in the toughest of years is a testimony to its enduring appeal, resilience and global spread – most notably in China, where sales, especially of plusher models, drove impressive results. It was also notable that the commentary merely paused on Read More »

BP Pulse charging network to double in size by 2030

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 29, 2021
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BP Pulse plans to double the number of EV chargers in its UK network to 16,000 by 2030, with ultra-fast charging hubs set to appear on high-traffic roads such as motorways. The charging company - formerly known as BP Chargemaster - will work in partnership with The EV Network (EVN), a charging infrastructure development company. The first of these charging hubs will open later in 2021 with 24 individual charging points, although the location of the Read More »