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Porsche could use e-fuels to sell combustion cars after 2030

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner has suggested the use of e-fuels could allow the firm to continue selling combustion-engined cars alongside its EVs, even after 2030 in the UK.  Porsche has partnered with Siemens Energy to build an e-fuels development plant in Chile, and has previously said that such fuels – which emit no CO2 when burned – can be used in existing combustion engines with no modifications necessary. The UK government will impose a Read More »

Seat to lead development of Volkswagen Group's compact EVs

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Seat is set to lead the development and production of entry-level compact electric vehicles from Cupra, Skoda, Volkswagen and potentially Audi based on the Volkswagen Group’s new ‘MEB-Lite’ platform that's due in 2025. The new architecture, a modified version of the MEB platform used for models including the Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID 3, is key to the Volkswagen Group’s goal of producing affordable electric cars with a targeted starting price of €20,000 (£17,000). Seat/Cupra and Read More »

Top 10 best sports SUVs 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Performance SUVs are among the most divisive cars on sale. They’re powerful, but also heavy and often shaped in ways that will make an aerodynamicist wince. But they’re effective, mixing sports car pace and big-car practicality with the fashionable – to some eyes anyway – image of an SUV. As the list of 10 cars below shows, they’re all quite unique and make this class one of the most eclectic in today’s new car market. Read More »

BRM Type 15: 591bhp V16 engine fired up in new video

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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British Racing Motors (BRM) has successfully dyno-tested one of three V16 engines it's building as it bids to become the latest historic racing marque to be revived for the modern age, with plans to build three new examples of its 1950 Type 15 V16 F1 racer. The dyno test was on the original engine number two, as engineers try to master recreating the notoriously complicated V16 that ran in the 1950s. A new video (below) shows Read More »

Seat previews small, £17,000 electric crossover for 2025

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Seat will launch an entry-level urban electric vehicle with the "dimensions of today's Arona" and a price of £17,000-£21,000 in 2025. The new machine will be based on the modified ‘MEB-Lite’ platform for compact vehicles that will also underpin Volkswagen ID 1 and ID 2 models launched by that date. Notably, Seat has now again been given responsibility to lead the development of that platform for the whole Volkswagen Group. Seat boss Wayne Griffiths first announced the plan to Read More »

Top 10 best small SUVs 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Highlights are the rolling refinement – which does more to push the Kuga upmarket than the interior – and good levels of comfort and practicality. Performance could be stronger for the heavy PHEV version, though, and we're eager to try 'lesser' petrol variants, which may prove to be the sweetest all-rounders in the range. All-in-all, the Kuga's well worth considering. Save money with new Kuga deals from What Car? Jaguar's follow-up act for the successful Read More »

Cupra Tavascan finally confirmed for production in 2024

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Cupra has confirmed that it will put the dramatic Tavascan concept into production in 2024 as the firm’s second full electric vehicle. The SUV-coupe, which is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, was first shown in 2019 as a concept version, with Cupra boss Wayne Griffiths admitting he was “fighting to bring it to reality.” The Tavascan will follow the Cupra Born hatch when it goes on sale in 2024 as the firm’s second Read More »

Used car buying guide: Nissan Murano

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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The Murano is one of those ‘if only’ cars: a large, family-sized SUV aimed at the BMW X5 that, if only it had had a diesel engine from launch, might have made a more positive impression on a sceptical British public. Instead, it arrived in 2005 powered by a large, thirsty petrol engine, albeit an exotic 3.5-litre V6 that it shared with the Nissan 350Z, admittedly producing 245bhp rather than 276bhp. It was a marketing Read More »

Inside the industry: Can a used car start-up really be worth £5bn?

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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Depending on who you ask, Cazoo – the used car retailer founded in 2018 and rumoured to be preparing a stock market flotation with an incredible valuation of £5 billion – is the definition of a disruptive, once-in-a-lifetime business unicorn or a donkey dressed as a unicorn, trading on hype built up in record time via its key owner’s reputation and a big marketing budget. That owner is Alex Chesterman, an investor and the creator Read More »

Jeep previews electric Wrangler with six-speed Magneto concept

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 22, 2021
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The new Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept provides clues as to how the legendary American 4x4 will survive into the electric era.  The Magneto has been revealed ahead of this year's Moab Jeep Safari, at which the SUV brand traditionally unveils outlandish one-off takes on its production cars. It's one of four concepts heading to Moab in 2021, alongside a restomod version of the 1968 Jeep Commando, a heavily upgraded take on the Gladiator pick-up truck Read More »