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Suzuki Misano concept is EV two-seater with motorbike cues

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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The Suzuki Misano concept is a sporty two-seater which is claimed to combine the company’s “two souls” of manufacturing cars and motorbikes, styled by a group of 24 masters students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (European Institute of Design). The design is inspired by Suzuki’s brand values, as well as the famous comedy film La Dolce Vita, whose depiction of “a life marked by pleasure and sophistication” is said to inform the concept. The Read More »

Audi and Porsche to collaborate on 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours racers

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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Audi says it has “largely completed” concept work on its 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours challenger - and has hinted that the machine will be closely related to the new hypercar being developed for the event by sibling company Porsche. The Ingolstadt-based firm has taken 13 victories in the endurance event, most recently with the R18 in 2014. Audi quit endurance racing at the end of the 2016 season but has confirmed it will return to the Read More »

New 2021 Skoda Fabia: heavily upgraded interior previewed

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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Skoda has confirmed the new fourth-generation Fabia will be "significantly larger" and "more expressive" than the outgoing car. Set for a reveal next month, the new-generation supermini will be the first Fabia based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB-A0 platform that's also used for the current Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo.  New design sketches, along with spy shots taken recently, show that it will undergo a major overhaul to bring it in line with Skoda's latest design language, including a new, larger front grille. Sharp Read More »

Updated 2021 Hyundai i30 N goes on sale from £33,745

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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Hyundai has updated its i30 N hot hatch with a range of mechanical and visual upgrades, including the option of an automatic transmission for the first time. Set to begin deliveries in the coming weeks in both regular hatchback and Fastback bodystyles, from £33,745 and £34,495 respectively, the revised Volkswagen Golf GTI rival has been given updated styling that brings it more closely in line with the recently facelifted regular i30, while greater use of lightweight materials aims Read More »

Volkswagen details plans to accelerate decarbonisation goals

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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Volkswagen has detailed how it plans to become net carbon neutral by 2050, including a major investment in renewable technology and a commitment to cut CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40% by the end of the decade. VW outlined the decarbonisation roadmap during its first Way to Zero Convention. The firm is focusing on developing its new range of ID-branded electric vehicles, and CEO Ralf Brandstätter said it would now push to reduce carbon Read More »

Nearly new buying guide: Audi A5 Coupe

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 29, 2021
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Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, so there is more than one way to design a coupé. That said, most manufacturers would aim to make theirs as fun to drive as possible (see BMW 4 Series), but with its A5 coupé, Audi has chosen to give sporty drivers something cooler and more restrained. It’s practical, too, thanks to split rear seats and a huge 465-litre boot. You need more Read More »

UK new car production soars 46.6% as lockdown eases

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 28, 2021
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UK car production increased by 46.6% last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with most factories operating at near-capacity a year since the first national lockdown brought nearly the entire industry to a halt. In March 2021, a total of 115,498 cars were manufactured on UK shores, compared with 78,767 in March 2020, when factories were forcibly closed as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. However, despite the rise, production is Read More »

Viritech developing 1100bhp hydrogen hypercar at MIRA in UK

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 28, 2021
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Warwickshire’s MIRA Technology Park is now home to the development programme of a 1100bhp hydrogen-powered hypercar from nascent engineering firm Viritech, which aims to become “the world’s leading developer of hydrogen powertrain solutions”.  Called the Apricale, the hypercar will be sold in limited numbers for around £1.5 million before tax, but it is intended primarily as a demonstration tool for Viritech’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, which it plans to offer to third-party companies for use Read More »

How Mike Conway is aiming to recapture the magic in WEC

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 28, 2021
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So the new era finally starts. This weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, the FIA World Endurance Championship will kick back into life as the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) category takes its global bow. The Spa 6 Hours heralds new hope for long-distance sports car racing as a raft of manufacturers, including Audi, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche, plot their return to a much-loved form of motorsport that has fallen into the doldrums in recent years, at least Read More »

Semiconductor crisis: Tesla comes back strong, Mini shuts Oxford plant

Posted in CAR NEWS on April 28, 2021
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As the shortage of semiconductor processing chips continues to impact the automotive and technology industries, several leading car makers have been forced to close production lines temporarily.  The crisis has been affecting companies for several months now. It stems from increased demand for personal computers, tablets and smartphones at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which largely diverted supply away from the automotive sector.  Ford The factory in Turkey that builds the Ford Transit for the European Read More »