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Top 10 best sports cars 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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Not that they struggle in such treacherous water. Porsche's latest six-cylinder, naturally aspirated boxer engine is an utter joy, offering as much outright performance as any road-going sports car really needs but also wonderful smoothness and response, and an 8000rpm operating range. Unusually long-feeling gearing makes the six-speed manual versions slightly less appealing to drive, in some ways, than the seven-speed paddleshift automatics. The 718's beautifully poised handling, incredibly linear handling response and effortless body control at speed Read More »

Aston Martin V12 Vantage to return for swansong in 2022

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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Aston Martin has confirmed the V12 Vantage will return for one final generation. It announced that the new Porsche 911 Turbo S rival will arrive in 2022 but didn't share any details of the model’s design or technical specifications. A short preview clip (below) gives a teaser of its engine note.  [embedded content] Our spy photographers previously spotted a Vantage testing at the Nürburgring with a V12 - a powerplant that isn't offered in the current Vantage but appears in the related V12 Speedster.  Read More »

Top 10 best small company cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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BMW 1 Series There are some out there that haven’t quite come to terms with a front-wheel drive 1 Series, but the truth is that it's a better car for the switch. It’s lost none of its dynamic sparkle (if anything it feels lighter and more alert), yet there’s more space for people and things - it’s a win-win. Unlike rivals there’s no hybrid or plug-in options, but competitive pricing and a range of efficient Read More »

Top 10 best electric company cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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Skoda Enyaq iV - Enyaq iV 80 Underpinned by the same bespoke MEB EV architecture as the VW ID3, but with a typically Skoda twist of providing more space for less cash, the Enyaq is one of our favourite electric cars. It’s not a born entertainer, but it’s extremely easy-going with, with excellent refinement, a controlled ride and an interior that surpasses its more expensive VW and Audi siblings for upmarket appeal. There’s a choice Read More »

Top 10 best executive company cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 1, 2021
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Lexus ES ES300h Premium Edition: The forgotten four-door contender from the executive saloon set, the Lexus ES isn’t without its charms, especially if you value impeccable build quality and epic low-speed refinement above all else. It looks distinctive too, while the lavishly appointed interior offers supreme comfort. It’s uninspiring to drive, but the 215bhp 2.5-litre petrol-electric powertrain is smooth and on a par with four-cylinder diesel rivals for efficiency and tax-friendliness, with a BiK rating Read More »

Mercedes-Benz agrees deal to speed solid-state battery development

Posted in CAR NEWS on November 30, 2021
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Mercedes-Benz will ramp up development of solid-state battery technology after agreeing a new partnership with Factorial Energy. The German car maker will work with the US-based solid-state battery firm to jointly develop the long-anticipated next-gen battery technology. The two companies are aiming to start testing prototype cells next year. A "small series" of Mercedes vehicles equipped with the technology will take to the road in the next five years.  Mercedes has made a strategic investment in Read More »

Dacia Spring EV looking 'very positive' for UK sale

Posted in CAR NEWS on November 30, 2021
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A decision on whether the new Dacia Spring Electric will go on sale in the UK will be made by early January at the latest, according to brand boss Denis Le Vot. The Spring, billed by its maker as Europe's most affordable EV, is already on sale in left-hand drive markets, but the firm has delayed a UK sales decison while it evaluates production capacity and its sales potential against the cost of a right hand-drive conversion. "It Read More »

Hennessey to launch 2400bhp six-wheeler EV in 2026

Posted in CAR NEWS on November 30, 2021
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Hennessey will follow its speed-record-hunting Venom F5 hypercar with its first electric car, a six-wheeled grand tourer with a mind-boggling power output and a $3 million (£2.25m) price.  Known as Project Deep Space, the US firm’s EV (rendered by Autocar above, based on official sketches) will feature both a central driving position and a diamond-shaped four-seat layout. Boss John Hennessey said it will be about six metres long and that it should also be the Read More »

Volkswagen developing software-driven chassis and steering tech

Posted in CAR NEWS on November 30, 2021
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Volkswagen will introduce a series of innovative software-driven technologies for its next-generation vehicles, including new chassis and steering systems.  The updates to the driving dynamics of many of Volkswagen’s models were revealed in an online webinar on Monday led by Karsten Schebsdat, the firm’s head of driving dynamics.  The new chassis technology, said to greatly improve ride quality and overall comfort, will be used in both electric and internal combustion models.  The firm presented an Arteon saloon equipped Read More »

New UK government figures reveal one in 50 cars untaxed

Posted in CAR NEWS on November 30, 2021
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The estimated number of unlicensed vehicles on UK roads has risen significantly since the last survey took place in 2019, new figures released by the Department of Transport (DfT) suggest. An estimated 1.9% of vehicles on the road in the UK are unlicensed and avoiding vehicle excise duty (VED) - notably higher than the 1.6% figure recorded the last time the survey took place.  The DfT estimates the owners of 719,000 vehicles in active stock haven't Read More »