Lexus UX 300e 2022 long-term review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 23, 2022
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The UX 300e courts a starting price of £41,745, for which you get 17in wheels, climate control, a reversing camera with guidelines, front and rear parking sensors, automatic bi-LED headlights and electrically adjustable seats. Meanwhile, behind the steering wheel sits a partially customisable digital instrument display. Our car is a mid-range model equipped with the Premium Plus options pack, which bumps the price up to a slightly eye-watering £45,245. Extra kit includes a wireless smartphone charger, Read More »

Sorry, wrong number: the forgotten problem of car clocking

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 23, 2022
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Government agencies appear to have backtracked on clocking. In 2016, the Local Government Association (LGA) proposed that a ban then being considered by the EU on mileage correction companies should not only be retained but also brought forward. Such companies can exist because it is not illegal to wind back a car’s mileage, only to sell a vehicle without disclosing that its mileage has been adjusted. Many mileage correction companies do honest work in replacing Read More »

Whatever happened to all the 1990s cars?

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 22, 2022
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Williams 2, 1994, 111,000 miles, £14,000: A Clio 16v with more power and F1 badgework could have been ordinaire but this homologation special was anything but. There were 390 originals, but making do with the almost identical 2 won’t spoil the fun. Rightly lauded. Family cars Peugeot 406 Estate 1.8 LS, 1998, 104,000 miles, £600: A great hard-working saloon, but best enjoyed as an estate. It’s supremely comfortable and has a great ride. There’s also Read More »

Worth the weight? Lotus Emira first ride

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 22, 2022
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It’s not just quantity; the quality of grip is key to both satisfaction and safety, stresses Kershaw. The holy grail is a property he calls “sliding grip”, which means if a tyre breaks away, it’s always trying to recover. Over the years, Kershaw has probably disappointed a decent proportion of the people he’s driven by not exploding into tyre-smoking action the second his car noses onto the track. He could certainly do so if he Read More »

New 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT: upcoming coupe spotted testing

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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Mercedes-AMG is readying a second generation of its GT sports coupé for launch in 2023, following the arrival of the closely related seventh-generation SL roadster. Development of the SL was, for the first time, handled entirely by the Mercedes-AMG performance division in Affalterbach - and the GT will essentially serve as a hard-top coupé version of that car, sharing the bulk of its underpinnings.  As such, the stylistic differences – even through the heavy camouflage worn Read More »

New 2022 Land Rover Defender 130: design revealed in patent

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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The new Land Rover Defender 130 is being readied for a launch in the coming months, and its final design has been outed in a series of patents filed in the US.  The stretched SUV was previously photographed in Germany in black-and white-camouflage, with black wheels and tinted rear windows - but these new sketches give strong hints at its final design ahead of its reveal.  This extended-wheelbase variant will be the third body style in the reborn Defender line-up, positioned Read More »

Business briefing: British hydrogen car maker reveals new roadmap

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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“Last year was one of Riversimple’s best for fundraising,” he says. The company concluded a £1.5 million funding round with investors including a syndicate with the title Angels Invest Wales and the Development Bank of Wales. The Welsh Government has long been supportive of the project, for example granting £2 million in 2015. What they’ll get for their money is a factory employing 220 and building 5,000 cars a year, at least initially. Cars with Read More »

Take it or leave it: second hand picks for 21 January

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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This week on take it or leave it, we have a look at an infamous convertible, a legendary hot hatch and a very interestingly styled SUV. But first, here’s something to fill the muscle-car shaped hole in your life… Vauxhall Monaro VXR, £16,495: You know what you’re going to get from a Vauxhall Monaro: power, and lots of it. It’s certainly not the subtlest car out there: with a low-slung spoiler, large tailpipes and aggressive-looking Read More »

Britishvolt secures £1.7 billion in funding for UK Gigaplant

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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Battery manufacturing start-up Britishvolt has secured funding of £1.7 billion in a huge boost to its plans to manufacture automotive battery cells in North East England, starting in 2024. The decision from property investor Trixtax and investment company Abrdn to put up the money came after the UK Government gave Britishvolt a smaller sum via its Automotive Transformation Fund, Britishvolt said. The company declined to say how big the government tranche was but Autocar understands Read More »

Greatest road tests ever: Alpine A610

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 21, 2022
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Tested 29.4.92 Featuring 80% new parts, the Alpine A610 was a lower, wider and more powerful evolution of the low-selling GTA. The rear-mounted V6 grew from 2.5 to 3.0 litres and higher turbo pressure helped push maximum output by 50bhp Keen throttle response (even at low revs) allowed the A610 to easily better the GTA for in-gear pace and top speed equated to 163mph on the flat. The engine was now smoother at high revs Read More »