Matt Prior: if you want to keep a low profile, don't drive a BMW i8

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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The small roadster is a hairdresser’s car. The big SUV with heavily tinted windows is a drug dealer’s car. There are some unfair and unkind stereotypes in motoring, which were never funny, aren’t accurate and often come with troublingly prejudicial undertones. So fair play to West Midlands Police for smashing one of them by releasing a video of a car chase from last year that resulted in the arrests and convictions of two drug dealers Read More »

Nio plots European production as ET7 confirmed for 2022 launch

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Chinese EV maker Nio has confirmed its new ET7 saloon will arrive on the German market in late 2022, following the imminent arrival of the ES8 SUV, and has hinted at the potential for production in Europe. The ES8 is now on sale in Norway and will soon be available in Germany, where Nio has deemed EV demand sufficient to make a market launch viable, but the brand has yet to confirm a date for its Read More »

UK firm to invest £75 million in charging hubs across the country

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A UK-based charging firm will invest £75 million into the country's electric charging infrastructure by opening 150 charging hubs over the next four years.  Osprey Charging aims to install a total of 1500 chargers nationwide. The units will charge at a 150-175kW rate and be positioned adjacent to A-roads and motorways.  The firm says each hub will make use of Kempower technology for the first time in the UK, allowing for improved power distribution when chargers are Read More »

UK firm Soventem details racing-inspired urban EVs for 2024

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“We’re not going to be a high-volume, mass car manufacturer,” said Parson. “We can’t compete in that world. We decided to become a niche car manufacturer with 3000 cars a year tops. We knew we were going to build some exciting, futuristic, concept-looking cars that we will actually bring to the market.” Soventem’s concepts showcase advanced levels of technology, including a new incar assistant called Lucy, which has been designed in-house. “As you walk up Read More »

Opinion: British rallying is going green again

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The extended shutdown led to some pundits hailing the end of the sport – but they couldn’t be more wrong, despite the obvious environmental issues that forest rallying has to face. Graham Hopewell, clerk of the course for the Woodpecker, confirmed that the landowner, Natural Resource Wales, was supportive throughout the process of running his event. However, he still had to redesign it to run solely in Wales, as English forests will remain largely out of Read More »

Audi Skysphere concept: in the design team's own words

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Dual dimensions; dual driving personality The Audi Skysphere concept offers two unique driving experiences: first, a grand touring mode with a spacious lounge-style interior, seamless digital integration and level four autonomous driving; second, compact sportscar dimensions that lend themselves to more dynamic and engaging handling. Thanks to the relative simplicity of an advanced electric powertrain – with no driveshafts, fuel lines or hydraulics to consider, and the ability to use fly-by-wire steering, throttle and brakes Read More »

Michael Schumacher: Netflix documentary celebrates F1 great

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Michael Schumacher deserves this. The seven-time world champion is a true sporting colossus and should be lauded as such, despite the controversies that peppered his 20-year Formula 1 career. Like Maradona in football, the flaws are integral to the story and Schumacher fired deep emotions on both sides of the love-hate divide because of his actions on and off the field of play. But whichever side you take, no one can deny he will be Read More »

Ssangyong Tivoli 1.5 Ultimate 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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You know what you’re getting with Ssangyong: no-nonsense motoring at the market’s cheap end. The newly updated Tivoli is a prime example: with a revised interior and tweaked exterior looks, it majors on what the firm does well without getting lost in any fripperies. Having said that, there is a new tablet-style infotainment screen, so clearly even Ssangyong isn’t immune to trends. There are also redesigned climate control buttons that help smarten things up (the Read More »

Citroen targets crucial high-growth regions with affordable New C3

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The New C3 is important in a global sense because it marks the beginning of Citroën's landmark push into crucial emerging markets, which could go some way to cementing it as a leading brand in the 14-strong Stellantis portfolio. Although it has been present in South America for several years, it is a newcomer to the Indian market, where it has sold exclusively the C5 Aircross SUV since 2019.  Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée said that, as Read More »

Nio ES8 2021 review

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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Few models exemplify the global nature of today’s car industry better than the Nio ES8. The first of four EVs from a Chinese firm that was established only in 2014 yet is now valued higher than BMW, this seven-seat SUV was developed by four ‘competence centres’ around the world: Shanghai conceived it, Munich styled it, Oxford engineered it and Silicon Valley coded its software. At 5022mm long, 1962mm wide and 1756mm tall, it’s considerably larger than the Read More »