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Report: new Hyundai Ioniq 6 delayed for redesign, bigger battery

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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The Ioniq 6, Hyundai's second bespoke electric car, has been spotted out on the road for the first time, but reports from Korea suggest the final design will change substantially.  According to the Korean Economic Daily, the launch of the Ioniq 6 has been pushed back to mid-2022 to allow the body to be lengthened by 20mm, the bumpers and lights to be restyled and the battery to be upsized from 72.6kWh to 77.4kWh.  The Read More »

Gordon Murray's tips for Autocar’s Drivers of Change

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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You’re famous for good ideas that other people have never thought of. How do ideas come to you? GM "I think it varies with people, with the personalities of people. I think you get two types of engineers: you get developers and you get innovators, and I think I fall into the second category. And then the ideas come to you pretty much out of the blue, literally the hot bath type of thing. But also, Read More »

UK speeding fines and penalties: what drivers need to know

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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It’s also worth noting that if you’ve only held a full driving licence for less than two years, it will be revoked if you reach six or more penalty points. On the upside, mitigating factors, such as it being a first offence, or being of ‘good character’, may help reduce the fine and penalty. The court may even take into account speeding for a genuine emergency. Either way, under any circumstances, there is a £1000 Read More »

DVLA to scrap physical driving licences and MOT certificates

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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The government will introduce digital driving licences as part of a bid to make the UK transport network “fairer, greener and more efficient,” secretary of state for transport Grant Shapps has said.  The changes will include moving provisional cards online and removing paper test certificates. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will also develop an app to display virtual licences by 2024.  Reports suggest full licences will also eventually make the transition to digital form, Read More »

DVLA to scrap physical driving licences for online approach

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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The government will introduce digital driving licences as part of a bid to make the UK transport network “fairer, greener and more efficient,” secretary of state for transport Grant Shapps has said.  The changes will include moving provisional cards online and removing paper test certificates. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will also develop an app to display virtual licences by 2024.  Reports suggest full licences will also eventually make the transition to digital form, Read More »

Fiat 500X crossover gets new convertible option for £23,975

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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Fiat has revealed that the 500X Dolcevita – a soft-top version of its compact crossover - will come to the UK this year, priced from £23,975. The Dolcevita is equipped with a roll-back fabric roof, similar to the smaller Fiat 500 Cabrio's, that can be opened in 15sec at vehicle speeds of up to 62mph. Ten exterior paint colours are available and the canvas roof can be selected in black, red or grey.  Fiat says the model will provide drivers Read More »

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 17 September

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 17, 2021
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Not sure you’d get away with calling a special-edition bodykit a Fatboy these days, but back in 1993 we were less kind. The popular option increased the Vitara’s width by 180mm, allowing chunkier tyres to be fitted within flared wheel arches. Side skirts completed the look. Our featured car exited the auction ring at £4500. Classic SUVs in good condition like this Fatboy seem to be attracting the right attention. Around the same time, a Read More »

Nio plots European production as ET7 confirmed for 2022 launch

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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Chinese EV maker Nio has confirmed its new ET7 saloon will arrive on the German market in late 2022, following the imminent arrival of the ES8 SUV, and has hinted at the potential for production in Europe. The ES8 is now on sale in Norway and will soon be available in Germany, where Nio has deemed EV demand sufficient to make a market launch viable, but the brand has yet to confirm a date for its Read More »

UK firm to invest £75 million in charging hubs across the country

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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A UK-based charging firm will invest £75 million into the country's electric charging infrastructure by opening 150 charging hubs over the next four years.  Osprey Charging aims to install a total of 1500 chargers nationwide. The units will charge at a 150-175kW rate and be positioned adjacent to A-roads and motorways.  The firm says each hub will make use of Kempower technology for the first time in the UK, allowing for improved power distribution when chargers are Read More »

UK firm Soventem details racing-inspired urban EVs for 2024

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 16, 2021
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“We’re not going to be a high-volume, mass car manufacturer,” said Parson. “We can’t compete in that world. We decided to become a niche car manufacturer with 3000 cars a year tops. We knew we were going to build some exciting, futuristic, concept-looking cars that we will actually bring to the market.” Soventem’s concepts showcase advanced levels of technology, including a new incar assistant called Lucy, which has been designed in-house. “As you walk up Read More »