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Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI - Accomplished All-Rounder
Having recently reviewed Audi's stylish new A3 Cabriolet (and enjoyed it immensely), the focus of this test is the five door A3 Sportback. The Test Car - Specification o Model - A3 Sportback 2.0…
Andy Harris
BTCC At Donington Park - Sensational Day Of Racing
By Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor
MGs of Plato and Tordoff do battle. Photo by Neil Couch
MGs of Plato and Tordoff do battle. Photo by Neil Couch
Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff shared the spoils in the opening two races as the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save squad showed its hand at Donington Park before Gordon Shedden scored the first ever win for…

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Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 | 10:43am

Volvo Celebrates 50 Years Of Dedication To Child Safety

'First rearward-facing child seat prototype'
'First rearward-facing child seat prototype'
Volvo cars dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014.

This ground breaking work started with the world's first rear-facing…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 1:18pm

MG- The Fastest Growing Brand In The UK

MG3 exterior shot
MG3 exterior shot
Figures announced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) show that MG is the fastest growing manufacturer in the UK for both March and 2014 to date.

As the perfect celebration for…

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Mon 7th Apr, 2014 | 9:04am

Mazda's On A Roll - A Range Overview

Mazda CX-5 at home in town or country
Mazda CX-5 at home in town or country
Every now and again, car manufacturers gather some of their tasty offerings in one spot for the media to have a play with. Mazda make a habit of it and with a lovely lunch in the beautiful…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 3:38pm

The British Touring Car Championship 2014 - Season Opener At Brand Hatch

Sam Tordoff from Leeds features at Brands Hatch
Sam Tordoff from Leeds features at Brands Hatch
Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan enjoyed a stellar start to his title defence after scoring lights-to-flag victories in the opening two rounds of the Dunlop MSA BTCC at Brands Hatch.

The reigning…

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 11:49am

Rolls Royce Phantom - Great To Drive, Better To Ride!

Rolls Royce Phantom in the showroom
Rolls Royce Phantom in the showroom
When the call came in to pop over to Cheshire and experience a little Rolls-Royce hospitality, my diary was cleared in an instant. Could there be any better way to spend a Friday morning?

The…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 12:18pm

Jaguar F-TYPE V6S - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of


Anyone with even a passing interest in things automotive will be aware that 2013 saw the launch of Jaguar F-TYPE. An awfully long time in the planning, has Jaguar at last created a spiritual…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 9:00am

New Porsche Boxster GTS Sprints Into Summer

Porsche Boxster GTS
Porsche Boxster GTS
Since the Porsche Boxster first appeared in showrooms nearly 20 years ago, the mid-engine two-seater has established itself as the benchmark roadster. The new Boxster GTS, which is announced…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 4:50pm

Kia Pro Cee'd GT - Sporty, Practical and Affordable


Korean manufacturer Kia is on an upward trajectory. Once the maker of worthy but rather dull cars, the latest models to hit our shores have improved in leaps and bounds and now rival the very best…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 8:50am

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake - Power In A Practical Package

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
This week's test car is the wonderfully powerful Jaguar XFR-S saloon and with impeccable timing, Jaguar today announced that they are to offer a Sportbrake version.

Up until now, the Sportbrake…

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Tue 25th Feb, 2014 | 2:13pm

Peugeot Pair To Debut At Geneva Motor Show - The Range Revamp Continues Apace

Peugeot 108
Peugeot 108
Peugeot will unveil two all-new models at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. They are set to signal the start of the next phase in the revamp of the brand's entire range, which is already the…

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Wed 19th Feb, 2014 | 5:02pm

Ferrari California T To Star At Geneva - Elegance, Sportiness And Technology

Ferrari California T
Ferrari California T
Ferrari has announced that the California T will take pride of place on their stand at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Epitomising elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity,…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 6:53pm

Citroen C4 Cactus: Bold New Design Brimming With New Features

Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroen are going radical once again. The once daring manufacturer rather lost its reputation for innovation and for many a year turned out a succession of worthy, but uninspiring offerings.

The…

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Mon 10th Feb, 2014 | 4:32pm

Speed Cameras - Proposal Announced To Comprehensively Cover Our Motorways


Speed cameras designed to catch motorists driving in excess of the 70mph speed limit are to be installed along hundreds of miles of motorway for the fist time.

A new breed of 'stealth cameras' are…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 2:14pm

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Still The Best Luxury Car?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The most advanced and luxurious Mercedes-Benz yet created - the new S-Class - is now on sale in the UK, priced from £62,650.

The S-Class has never ceased to raise technology standards,…

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Mon 27th Jan, 2014 | 9:33am

New Porsche 911 Targa Raises The Roof At Detroit

The new 911 revealed at the Detroit motor show
The new 911 revealed at the Detroit motor show
Porsche have unveiled the latest addition to the iconic 911 range - the 911 Targa. While enthusiasts will recognise cues from the classic Targa concept, pioneered by Porsche in the late 1960s,…

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Tue 21st Jan, 2014 | 3:21pm

Subaru WRX STI All Set For UK Return

The new Subaru unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show
The new Subaru unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show
It seems like only yesterday when the last WRX STI was sold in the UK amid an outcry of sentiment on the sad loss of this iconic model. After much deliberation, Subaru UK have now confirmed that…

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Thu 16th Jan, 2014 | 8:46am

Volkswagen Passat - New Models Aim To Keep The Range Fresh


The trusty Volkswagen Passat has been around in its present guise since 2005, albeit with a refresh in 2010. Sticking to the traditional format of saloon and estate models, buyers seemingly have…

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Sun 5th Jan, 2014 | 3:36pm

Transport Networks Still Vulnerable To Winter Weather Disruption, Warn MPs


Launching a report on transport preparations for winter weather, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Transport Committee, said today:

"Transport is vital to economic growth. A lack of preparedness for…

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Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 | 12:49pm

Audi Q5 - Continues To Impress


When Audi launched its mid-sized prestige SUV back in 2008, rivals were few and far between. BMW's X3 and Land Rover's Freelander were the most obvious, but neither quite hit the mark. The X3 was…

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Mon 30th Dec, 2013 | 10:38am

Range Rover Vogue SE - Still As Impressive As Ever

Range Rover Vogue SE
Range Rover Vogue SE
A year or so has passed since Land Rover launched a new version of its all-conquering Range Rover. Even so, when the opportunity presented itself to spend a week behind the wheel, I jumped at the…

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Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 | 12:13pm

Jaguar's New XJR - Fast And Furious!


Jaguar's XJR saloons are the pinnacle of high speed luxury travel and with each new XJ incarnation, the 'R' models get faster and more focused.
I was lucky enough to briefly own a 1997 V8 XJR and…

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Tue 10th Dec, 2013 | 12:21pm

DVLA Cuts Unnecessary Red Tape For Motorists


The change, announced today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape.

The changes, which come into force from 16 December 2013, also…

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Mon 9th Dec, 2013 | 12:39pm

A New Peugeot 308 Is Here - Will It Be A Roaring Success?

Peugeot 308
Peugeot 308
The invite from Peugeot to the launch of its new 308 came shrouded in mystery. Meet after dark in deepest Hampshire at a specific postcode. Our first encounter with the new Golf/Focus rival would…

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Sat 30th Nov, 2013 | 8:40am

MG3 - Is MG Finally Back On The Road To Recovery?


MG is one of the best known and loved automotive brands in the UK. Sadly memories still live on of the dreadful mismanagement by overpaid former directors which led to the demise of MG Rover back…

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Tue 26th Nov, 2013 | 8:56am

New York show: BMW M6

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4 Apr 2022 3:01 pm

Fisker to relaunch Karma sports car in 2015

Revitalised Fisker to bring Karma back to market next year alongside new estate version and an entry-level 'Atlantic' modelThe now Chinese-owned Fisker plans to re-launch the Karma supercar...

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24 Apr 2014 9:19 am

Best car deals: Citroen C4, Range Rover Evoque, Audi A1, Mazda 3

The best new car deals and new car leasing deals for this week, including offers on the Citron C4, Range Rover Evoque, Audi A1, Mazda 3 and VW TiguanIf youre in the market for a new car, or after...

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23 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

Your suggestions for Jaguar's next 'Good to be Bad' advert

Following a torrent of suggestions for where Jaguar should take its trio of hollywood villains next, we've picked what we think is a clear winnerOur blog yesterday on whether Jaguar's 'Good to be...

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23 Apr 2014 3:16 pm

Unsettling times for Formula 1

The gruelling demands of the early-season Formula 1 calendar are beginning to catch up with our roving grand prix reporterI had a dream a few nights ago. I dreamt that I was walking through a...

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23 Apr 2014 11:25 am

Hennessey Escalade: much too much

TGs favourite US tuner adds more to a car that really, really doesnt need more. Good work

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23 Apr 2014 10:06 am

Audi plans hot RS3 hatch for Paris motor show

Year-end debut for hot new Audi RS3, which sits on lightweight MQB platform and gets new engine upgrades to outrun Mercedes and BMW rivalsThis is our first look at Audi's new RS3, which has been...

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23 Apr 2014 9:44 am

Mercedes plans C450 AMG Sport for 2015

New performance-oriented C-class to join range next year, with twin-turbo V6 engine and 367bhp availableMercedes-Benz is planning to extend its new C-class line-up with a performance orientated...

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23 Apr 2014 9:14 am

How Peugeot's Exalt will take on the luxury world

The five-door Exalt concept made big waves at its world debut in Beijing this week, here's how it went from drawing board to realityHands whirling out before her, eyes fixed on mine, words...

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22 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

Ford launches higher-specification Fiesta ST

New Fiesta ST3 crowns hot hatch range, with new equipment but same performance as the current carFord has introduced a new version of the Fiesta ST hot hatchback with a higher-specification...

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22 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

Watch Ken Block take on a footballer

Its the latest in Blocks Gymkhana series, released ahead of something called a world cup

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22 Apr 2014 3:47 pm

Is it really good to be bad? Or is it just bad?

Jaguar's new advert for the F-type coup is dividing opinions in the Autocar office, with some saying it makes the brand appear cool and others finding it puerileHeres an important question: do you...

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22 Apr 2014 3:00 pm

Meet the next BMW 7-Series

Well, a conceptised version of it. BMWs Vision Future Luxury design study arrives in China

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22 Apr 2014 12:37 pm

Next Vauxhall Corsa prepares for year-end launch

New Corsa to launch at Paris motor show and go on sale early next year, features Adam-like styling and premium interior upgradesThe new Vauxhall Corsa has been spotted here testing for the first...

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22 Apr 2014 10:49 am

This is Citroens new SUV concept

C-XR design study lands at Beijing Motor Show, preview future China-based SUV

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22 Apr 2014 10:18 am

Morgan Plus 8 Speedster - A Celebratory Model

Morgan Plus 8 Speedster
Morgan Plus 8 Speedster
The new Morgan Plus 8 Speedster embodies all of Morgan's core values and has been commissioned as part of a special line of vehicles to celebrate 100 years of vehicle manufacture at Pickersleigh…

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Tue 22nd Apr, 2014 | 3:02pm

Mercedes-Benz SL 400 - A New Addition To The Family


With summer rapidly approaching, the SL-Class range is set for a power hike as a series of revisions are announced.

The new SL 400 Sport will join the SL family, replacing the SL 350 as the entry…

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Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 3:05pm

Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch - Underground/Over Ground

Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch
Mercedes-Benz GLA Launch
Mercedes-Benz continues to expand its range of cars based around the A-Class and it was the launch of the new GLA that saw me hot-footing it over the border into Cheshire, with the added promise…

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Sun 6th Apr, 2014 | 9:05pm

Pre-War Cars On Flying Scotsman Rally Pass Through Yorkshire This Weekend

Flying Scotsman Preview
Flying Scotsman Preview
Over 100 pre-war cars will be passing through Yorkshire as they tackle the Flying Scotsman Rally, a three-day event starting from Birmingham on Friday 4th April and finishing 600 miles later in…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 9:37am

Volvo Introduces New Drive-E Powertrain To V40 Family Hatch

Volvo V40 Cross Country
Volvo V40 Cross Country
From May 2014, all new Volvo models will have the option to be built with engines from the new Drive-E powertrain family - offering a world-class blend of driveability and low CO2 emissions.

The…

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Sat 29th Mar, 2014 | 10:13am

BTCC Confirms Huge Grid For 2014 Season

Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action. Photo by Neil Couch
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets underway this weekend at Brands Hatch and features a hue 31-car grid.

This year's Championship will again comprise of 30 races across ten…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 10:49am

High Hopes For New Mazda3 - Can It Deliver?


Mazda chose the very far north of Scotland for the UK launch of its new compact car - the Mazda3. The area around John 0'Groats can be bleak in summer and it was therefore no great surprise that…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 5:46pm

Audi's New A3 Cabriolet Gears Up For Summer

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi A3 Cabriolet
With impeccable timing, Audi held the UK launch of its A3 Cabriolet during a wonderful period of balmy spring weather. The venue was close to the New Forest, so with sunglasses and woolly hat…

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Fri 14th Mar, 2014 | 5:55pm

Toyota Auris Touring Sports - Hybrid Power In A Family Estate

Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota introduced us to the idea of a hybrid car with its headline-grabbing Prius model. A modest sized petrol engine mated to a supplementary electric motor and you have the recipe for low…

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Wed 26th Feb, 2014 | 5:10pm

Ford's Best Selling Focus Gets A Makeover

The new Ford Focus 5 door
The new Ford Focus 5 door
Since Ford first launched the Focus way back in 1998, more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 million in Europe.

Always near the top of the UK sales chart, Focus continues to…

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Mon 24th Feb, 2014 | 5:57pm

Driving Safely In Wet And Stormy Conditions


As the UK continues to be battered by severe weather and with no respite in sight, we take a look at how to keep safe on the roads.

FLOODING

In cases of severe flooding, the question to ask is if…

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Thu 13th Feb, 2014 | 10:51am

SKODA Octavia Scout - All The 4x4 Capability You Will Ever Need


The new SKODA Octavia Scout will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Based on the excellent Octavia Estate, the robust all-rounder sports a distinctive off-road look,…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 11:18am

Honda Unveil New Civic Tourer - For Tarmac And Track!

Honda New Civic Tourer
Honda New Civic Tourer
Honda has a stylish new car coming to a showroom near you this month. The Civic Tourer (a good old-fashioned, practical estate car) joins a class which has been somewhat overshadowed in recent…

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Tue 4th Feb, 2014 | 9:31am

BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW's New 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW will unveil the third and final member of its 4 Series range, the four-door 4 Series Gran Coupe, at the Geneva Motor Show on 4th March.

The Gran Coupe, which provides four-door practicality,…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 1:41pm

Caterham Seven 160 - A New Breed Of Economical Sportscar

Caterham Seven 160
Caterham Seven 160
As Caterham Cars prepares to kick off production of the Seven 160, the British sportscar maker has announced ultra-frugal performance figures for the entry level version of the iconic Seven,…

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Fri 24th Jan, 2014 | 10:04am

Volvo Concept XC Coupe Wins "Best Concept Car" Award At Detroit

The Volvo Concept XC Coupé
The Volvo Concept XC Coupé
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe won two prestigious design awards this week, further raising the excitement around Volvo Car Group's new design language.



The Concept XC Coupe was awarded the…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 8:50am

What Car? Industry Awards - Qashqai Scoops Top Gong

 Car of the Year - Nissan's British-made Qashqai
Car of the Year - Nissan's British-made Qashqai
What Car? has named the Nissan Qashqai as its Car of the Year 2014 at the 37th annual What Car? Awards.

The glittering ceremony was held last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park…

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Sat 11th Jan, 2014 | 11:14am

Nissan X-Trail - The Last Gasps Of The Old Soldier


The Nissan X-Trail has been around in 1st and 2nd generation form since 2001. Back then the competition was sparse and the Nissan managed to carve out a decent slice of the SUV cake for itself and…

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Sun 5th Jan, 2014 | 3:16pm

Rolls-Royce Wraith - The Ultimate Gentleman's Grand Tourer


Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presented the all-new Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury,…

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Mon 30th Dec, 2013 | 5:37pm

Skoda Rapid - Sensible, Safe & Slightly Soulless

Skoda Rapid
Skoda Rapid
Skoda's Rapid slots in neatly in the range between established players Fabia and Octavia. As little as £12,900 will put you in the driver's seat, though it has to be said that the 74bhp 1.2…

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Tue 24th Dec, 2013 | 8:10pm

Young Driver Penalty Points Record Shows Need For Reform


The current way we train drivers is clearly failing to produce safe and law abiding motorists, particularly men, according to road safety charity The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

30,85…

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Wed 18th Dec, 2013 | 9:32am

Suzuki Swift - Stylish, Versatile Hatch now available with Four Wheel Drive


After two hard winters on the trot, many rural motorists have felt the need to consider purchasing a car with 4x4 capabilities. Smaller SUVs have been the way forward, with Land Rover's…

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Tue 10th Dec, 2013 | 8:56am

Chancellor's Autumn Statement - Any Joy for the Motorist?


The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the Government's annual Autumn Statement in the House of Commons.
Sometimes described as a mini-Budget, he revealed the state of the…

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Fri 6th Dec, 2013 | 12:36pm

Rallycross Anniversary Meeting At Croft Circuit

Wintery conditions led to some exciting racing
Wintery conditions led to some exciting racing
Sunday 24th November saw Yorkshire's Croft Circuit play host to a large turnout of Rallycross drivers, all competing for the BTRDA 75th Anniversary Rallycross Trophy.

Forming part of the BTRDA…

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Tue 26th Nov, 2013 | 10:25am

Los Angeles Auto Show - The Highlights


Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. This time the show's world debut list more than doubles as carmakers chose LA for…

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Mon 25th Nov, 2013 | 8:47am

Renault aims for a sub-8min Ring time

Mysterious post pops up on Facebook teasing Under8 hashtag. Get ready for a war

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24 Apr 2014 9:46 am

New Mazda 2 spotted ahead of 2015 launch

Mazda's next global car to get Hazumi concept-inspired styling and a frugal range of engines with sub-90g/km CO2 emissions on some modelsThe next-generation Mazda 2 will stay true to the...

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23 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

Porsche Macan gets four-cylinder engine

Baby SUV gets turbo petrol from the Golf GTI, but when will it reach the UK?

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23 Apr 2014 4:47 pm

New entry-level Porsche Macan revealed in Beijing

Four-cylinder petrol power for Asia-bound Porsche Macan, but this entry-level model could be sold in the UK in the futurePorsche has provided official details on its new entry-level four-cylinder...

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23 Apr 2014 1:40 pm

Quick news: One-off Ferrari F12; New Ford boss; PSA sells HybridAir tech

Ferrari's Special Projects division creates one-off F12, Mark Fields favourite to take over from Mulally, Peugeot selling innovative compressed air tech, GM invests in battery factoryFerrari's...

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23 Apr 2014 10:24 am

Is this the worlds coolest Mercedes?

Custom 300TD converted into a pickup truck with a working tailgate, and its up for sale

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23 Apr 2014 9:59 am

Audi plans hot new RS3 hatch for Paris motor show

Year-end debut for hot new Audi RS3, which sits on lightweight MQB platform and gets new engine upgrades to outrun Mercedes and BMW rivalsThis is our first look at Audi's new RS3, which has been...

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23 Apr 2014 9:44 am

Land Rover launches LWB Range Rover Hybrid in Beijing

China's first ever diesel-electric hybrid goes on sale in May in LWB form, with 186mm of extra interior space and CO2 emissions of 169g/kmA long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover...

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23 Apr 2014 8:52 am

Ford launches higher-specification ST

New Fiesta ST3 crowns hot hatch range, with new equipment but same performance as the current carFord has introduced a new version of the Fiesta ST hot hatchback with a higher-specification...

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22 Apr 2014 11:01 pm

Peugeot 308 e-THP 130 first drive review

New three-cylinder petrol performs well in the 308, adding extra appeal to this stylish and upmarket family hatchThe Peugeot 308, equipped with one of the French firm's new 'PureTech' petrol...

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22 Apr 2014 7:25 pm

Is it really good to be bad? Or is it just bad for Jaguar?

Jaguar's new advert for the F-type coup is dividing opinions in the Autocar office, with some saying it makes the brand appear cool and others finding it puerileHeres an important question: do you...

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22 Apr 2014 3:00 pm

Audi R8 e-tron

We test the prototype all-electric Audi R8 that's capable of 0-62mph in 4.2sec, with an optimum range of 124 miles and a charging time of less than one hourA lot has changed since we last tested...

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22 Apr 2014 1:35 pm

Morgan celebrates 100 years of manufacturing with Plus 8 Speedster

Limited-edition Morgan gets new styling and better acceleration; goes on sale in June priced from 69,995Morgan is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing at its factory in Pickersleigh Road,...

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22 Apr 2014 11:50 am

Autocar magazine preview 23 April

Volkswagen Golf R400 revealed; Beijing motor show report; Mitsubishi Evo goodbye; Vauxhall Corsa VXR Clubsport driven; BMW M235i tested; Ford Escort RS Turbo buying guideStorming onto this week's...

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22 Apr 2014 10:22 am

Will Mercedes buy out Aston Martin?

AMG is supplying engines to Gaydon, but is it planning a takeover? We ask the AMG big boss

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22 Apr 2014 9:37 am

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