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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 »

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 »

Mercedes-Benz boss commits to combustion while it is viable

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Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, has vowed that the firm will continue producing combustion engines while they remain commercially viable, but will be ready to switch to pure electrification as soon as it makes sense.  Speaking at the Financial Times' annual Future of the Car Summit, Källenius gave new details of his plans for Mercedes-Benz to move away from combustion technology completely.  "On the journey to zero-emission," he said, "we will come Read More »

Renault boss committed to Alpine becoming EV brand

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 11, 2021
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Groupe Renault CEO Luca de Meo remains committed to his plan to develop Alpine into an EV-only brand – but is exercising caution, due to his experience splitting Cupra from Seat. De Meo joined Renault in January 2020, following four years leading Seat. In 2018, he confirmed plans for Cupra to become a standalone marque, starting with a hot version of the Seat Ateca, before launching the Cupra Leon and the bespoke Cupra Formentor. Comparing that experience with his plans for Alpine, Read More »

Birmingham named worst UK area for ‘crash for cash’ scams

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Birmingham has been named the most prevalent area in the UK for ‘crash for cash’ scams in new figures released by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).  A crash-for-cash incident is an insurance scam where fraudsters deliberately involve themselves in road traffic collisions in an effort to secure financial compensation from another party.  The study showed that Birmingham postcodes B25, B34 and B8 made up the top three high-risk areas, while Bradford’s BD7 and BD3 districts complete Read More »

New Mercedes-Benz EQA gains 4WD option with up to 288bhp

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Ahead of customer deliveries getting underway in the coming months, Mercedes-Benz has introduced two new trim levels for its new EQA electric crossover.  Previously, the electric version of the GLA was available to order exclusively in £44,495 EQA 250 guise, which sends 188bhp and 277lb to the front axle, but now a pair of four-wheel-drive options with more power have been added. Priced from £48,495, the new EQA 300 4Matic adds an extra motor on Read More »

Subaru Solterra due in 2022 as firm's first electric car

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Subaru's first electric vehicle, a Europe-bound SUV built on a new EV platform co-developed with Toyota, will be given the name Solterra. The C-segment SUV, due to go on sale in 2022, is twinned with the recently revealed Toyota bZ4X concept. The two machines are being jointly developed as part of a wider partnership between the Japanese companies. Subaru says the Solterra name is a fusion of the Latin words for sun and earth and has been chosen "to Read More »

James Ruppert: Go east for ULEZ-compliant petrols

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 11, 2021
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I was on a radio station recently, sticking up for people who want to buy anything they pleased as a vehicle to use in a town or city. Apparently, SUVs are incredibly daft cars on the whole and even worse in urban areas. Whatever happened to freedom of choice? The bottom line surely is ULEZ compliance, and that’s why the UK is experiencing the curious phenomenon of old righthand-drive petrol cars being shipped over from Read More »

Kia lowers Soul EV prices to meet new government grant rules

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 10, 2021
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The all-electric Kia Soul EV is once again eligible for the government's plug-in car grant (PiCG), following a price reduction of more than £5000. In March, the government lowered the price cap for eligible electric cars from £50,000 to £35,000, meaning the distinctively styled crossover - priced from £37,545 - was only available at its full list price.  Now, a significant reduction in the Soul's entry price to £34,945 means buyers can once again take advantage Read More »

Gordon Murray plots urban EV as part of £300m expansion

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 10, 2021
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The Gordon Murray Group (GMG), founded by the eponymous British car designer, has detailed a bold £300 million, five-year expansion plan that will result in the Surrey-based firm substantially diversifying following the launch of its pioneering T50 supercar. Central to GMG’s growth will be significant investment into its Design division, which is in the process of developing a “revolutionary, lightweight, ultra-efficient electric vehicle architecture” designed for urban-oriented passenger and commercial vehicles. Official details remain under Read More »