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 »

Biden to lay out plans for infrastructure bill Wednesday

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is aiming for summer passage of his sweeping $4 trillion infrastructure plan, and the White House hopes to take a more deliberate and collaborative approach with the contentious Congress than it did on the COVID-19 rescue package, officials said Monday. The president will announce parts of his “Build Back Better” package Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Sweeping in scope, the ambitious plan aims to make generational investments in infrastructure, revive domestic manufacturing, Read More »

Mini Electric Pacesetter will lead Formula E, hints at future JCW cars

Posted in REVIEWS on March 29, 2021

Just a few days ago, Mini teased a wild electric hatchback with pace car-style lights. And just as we expected, it's the new safety car for Formula E. It's called the Mini Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW, which is a mighty long name for such a little car. It looks like a blast, and although it's not exactly a production car or the direct forebear of a car that will be offered, it does hint 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 »

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

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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 »

Government invests £30m in electric and hydrogen vehicle studies

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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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

Car Gear Deal of the Day | The 'ThisWorx' car vacuum on Amazon is a steal at 22% off

Posted in REVIEWS on March 29, 2021

If you're always on the hunt for a deal, bookmark this page. Every week we'll be bringing you the best automotive gear deals we can find, right here. Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner (22% off) - $34.99 Key features Only 2.4 lbs High-power 106W motor 16 ft power cord that connects to your car's 12V lighter Read More »