New 2021 Vauxhall Combo-e Life brings 174-mile range for £31,160

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 12, 2021
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The new fully electric version of Vauxhall's small Combo Life MPV is due in showrooms this autumn with up to seven seats and a range of 174 miles.  Priced from £31,160 after grant, the Combo-E Life arrives alongside closely related vans from PSA Group siblings Citroën and Peugeot, and shares its CMP electric architecture with the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208. Like those cars, it uses a front-mounted electric motor producing 134bhp and 192lb ft for a 0-60mph time Read More »

The five rules of race circuit design

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 12, 2021
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4. Design your circuit for your target market “If we have a client who comes to us saying they want an F1 track, firstly we ask why. Often the developers aren't aware that there are other levels of motorsport that sit beneath F1. We help them to cut their cloth, not to save money but often to help them make more. “The constraints we work within are defined by the FIA but, depending on who your Read More »

2021 Chevy Corvette Indy 500 pace car opens its top to the Indiana sky

Posted in REVIEWS on May 11, 2021

Chevrolet is back home again in Indiana. This year's Indy 500 pace car was revealed Tuesday, and no surprise, it's a Chevy Corvette Stingray, same as last year. But this time it's the Corvette Convertible, done up in a livery of Arctic White and gold. The Sky Cool Gray and Strike Yellow interior adds to the sporty look. The exterior is finished off with race logos, an exclusive stripe package and other unique decals. Pace Read More »

New Aston Martin boss outlines bold transformation plan

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 11, 2021
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Development has formally begun on two all-new mid-engined Aston Martin supercars, with the Vanquish and Valhalla becoming live engineering projects, company boss Tobias Moers has confirmed to Autocar. In his first interview since becoming CEO in August last year, the former Mercedes-AMG chief outlined his Project Horizon vision for the British brand. This includes “more than 10 cars” before the end of 2023, the cancellation of some of the previous management’s projects – including a Read More »

Opinion: Aston Martin's prospects are starting to look up

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 11, 2021
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It's been nine months since Tobias Moers left his position as head of an ever-growing and ever-more successful AMG to try to turn around an Aston Martin suffering since a frankly disastrous IPO in 2018. Late last week, we met Moers in his new role for the first time. He revealed a logical product plan that’s focused in the short term on making more, sportier cars that at last are as good to drive as Read More »

Reimagined Ferrari 250 GT SWB gets modern cabin, 478bhp V12

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 11, 2021
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Wellingborough-based RML Group is nearing completion of a modernised take on the ultra-exclusive 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, promising improved performance and an up-to-date cockpit environment. The RML Short Wheelbase, the first production example of which is set to arrive in October, will be built with carbonfibre bodywork for reduced weight and feature interpretations of the 250 GT’s defining design cues, including stacked rear lights, an exposed fuel filler cap, a ‘chip cutter’ front grille Read More »

2022 VW Tiguan makes U.S. debut with added tech, classier styling

Posted in REVIEWS on May 11, 2021

It’s coming up on a year since the Volkswagen Tiguan got its mid-cycle update in Europe, and now the U.S.-spec Tiguan is finally arriving. Just as was previewed, our updated Tiguan is a 2022 model year car. Predictably, our Tiguan also continues to be the long wheelbase version of the crossover that is known as the Tiguan Allspace in Europe. We get the bigger one, because America likes big things, and the long wheelbase version Read More »

Porsche is letting customers design one-off cars with expanded Exclusive Manufaktur program

Posted in REVIEWS on May 11, 2021

Personalization has been part of the Porsche range since a customer requested a 356 with a wiper for the rear window in May 1955. The firm gradually expanded its list of customization options, and ever-increasing demand has led it to take the program to the next level. Customers will soon be able to work directly with engineers and designers to create a one-of-a-kind car, even if they're starting with a model that has already been Read More »

Porsche Classic welcomes first-gen Cayenne with rally-inspired builds

Posted in REVIEWS on May 11, 2021

Released in Europe in 2002, the first-generation Cayenne (called 955 internally) is nearly old enough to join air-cooled 911s and the V8-powered 928 under the Porsche Classic umbrella. The firm's in-house classic car specialist is prepared to welcome the Cayenne with a pair of outdoorsy concepts that will strike a chord with enthusiasts. Adding the 955-generation Cayenne to the Porsche Classic lineup means a broader range of factory-built spare parts will be available to owners Read More »

Ex-UAW leader Dennis Williams gets 21 months in prison for corruption

Posted in REVIEWS on May 11, 2021
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UAW then-President Dennis Williams, right, with GM CEO Mary Barra and President Donald Trump at a March 2017 event in Ypsilanti Township, Mich. (AP) DETROIT — A welder who rose from the factory floor to become president of a venerable U.S. labor union, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for luxurious winter stays in the California sun covered by dues paid by his blue-collar members. Dennis Williams, who led the United Auto Workers from Read More »