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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer - Frugal Family Transport
Vauxhall has recently fitted an all-new aluminium diesel engine to its seven-seat Zafira Tourer, the aim being to enhance the green credentials of this ever-popular family conveyance. Accompanying…
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Croft Circuit's Nostalgia Weekend - Win Tickets To This Retro-Flavoured Festival


As it celebrates its half-century in 2014, Croft is revving up to roll back the years at its Nostalgia Weekend next month, with a winning blend of thrilling on-track duals, vintage vehicles and…

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Next-Generation Mazda2 Unveiled


Mazda has today revealed the all-new Mazda2 as the Japanese carmaker launched production of its next generation supermini at its Hofu plant south-east of Hiroshima.

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 11:15am

UK's Top-Selling Ford Fiesta Driven


Ford's ever-so-familiar Fiesta has regularly topped the UK sales charts and for good reason. A combination of low running costs, great drivability and good looks keep buyers coming back for more.

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 4:22pm

Nissan Juke Gets A Makeover

The Grand Ol' Juke has changed
The Grand Ol' Juke has changed
Nissan's eccentrically styled Juke has been an unprecedented sales success since it was launched some three years ago.

In the notoriously conservative UK, over 100,000 buyers have handed over…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:07am

New MINI 5-Door Rolls Off The Lines At Oxford


MINI's Oxford plant has now started production of the much anticipated MINI 5-door Hatch.

The new 5-door is a first for MINI production at the Oxford factory and marks another phase in the…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 9:23am

Kahn Jeep Wrangler Hits The Big Screen Alongside Hollywood Star Tom Cruise

In the movie, Tom Cruise is seen trying to roll (unsuccessfully) under the Jeep
In the movie, Tom Cruise is seen trying to roll (unsuccessfully) under the Jeep
When the makers of Tom Cruise's latest film were searching for a cool-looking military-style vehicle, they alighted upon well known Bradford automotive fashion house, A. Kahn Design.

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 9:07am

Turkington Tops The Table After Dominant Double

Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action - now lying in 8th place in the Championship. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff in action - now lying in 8th place in the Championship. Photo by Neil Couch
Huge crowds gathered at Oulton Park in Cheshire for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Bad weather was forecast and so the stage was set for some exciting racing.

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 1:48pm

SEAT Mii Toca - The Spanish City Star Shines Bright


It is not so long ago that choosing to own a compact city car meant a certain amount of compromise. Ease of parking and low running costs often went hand in hand with a lack of cabin space and…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 9:31am

Toyota RAV4 - All Grown Up!


Twenty years ago, Toyota unveiled the RAV4 to the world and in so doing, a new class of car was born. The vehicle was designed for motorists wanting a car that had most of the benefits of an SUV…

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Wed 4th Jun, 2014 | 9:23am

Keeping Young Drivers On The Right Track


Road Safety Charity Brake to Host 2young2die Course in Yorkshire
Brake, the road safety charity, is urging the people of Yorkshire to improve road safety in their community by attending a…

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Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 | 9:20am

Volvo XC90 - A Look Inside The All-New Model

XC90 with exterior styling heavily influenced by the XC Coupe Concept
XC90 with exterior styling heavily influenced by the XC Coupe Concept
Volvo Cars has released the first interior images of the all-new Volvo XC90, scheduled to go on sale early in 2015. The existing model has proved to be a great seller for the Swedish manufacturer,…

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Wed 28th May, 2014 | 10:19am

Nissan Unveil New Pulsar - Time To Shake Up The Family Car Market!


Nissan today unveiled its new Pulsar, a car designed to compete head on with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Its last conventional C-segment contender was the Almera, which from…

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Wed 21st May, 2014 | 3:27pm

BMW X5 - Is There A Place For A 2WD Version?


The BMW X5 made its debut way back in 1999. It was the company's first SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and all models produced have always had a four-wheel-drive system.

Fast forward to 2014 and the…

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Tue 13th May, 2014 | 8:00am

Audi S1 - Redefining The Compact Hot Hatch


The hot hatch has been undergoing a resurgence in recent years and all the attributes that attracted buyers in the 1980s are still equally appealing today. Speed, agility and fun mixed with a…

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Sun 11th May, 2014 | 2:13pm

Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 AMG Sport - Coupe Styling Meets Saloon Car Practicality


Mercedes-Benz has traditionally made cars that appeal to an older clientele. The launch of the new A-Class back in 2012 was a clear indication that it intended to spread its net wider and attract…

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Mon 5th May, 2014 | 12:17pm

Peugeot's New 108 City Car Contender - All The Facts!


Peugeot have always had a great reputation for building interesting and fun small cars. With many motorists choosing to downsize to smaller, more efficient cars and with a new breed of tech-savvy…

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Thu 1st May, 2014 | 1:53pm

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.

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Thu 24th Apr, 2014 | 9:15am

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

New York show: BMW M6

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4 Apr 2022 3:01 pm

Best car deals: Ford Mondeo, Mazda CX-5, Subaru BRZ, Suzuki Swift

The best new car deals and new car leasing deals for this week, including offers on the Ford Mondeo, Mazda CX-5, Subaru BRZ, Suzuki Swift and Peugeot RCZ RIf youre in the market for a new car, or...

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22 Jul 2014 11:01 pm

New seven-seat SUV to spearhead Skoda model blitz

Skoda insiders confirm the manufacturer is plotting a rash of new vehicles, including a rival for the Hyundai Santa Fe and a sportier crossoverSkoda is set to embark on a new model blitz in order...

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22 Jul 2014 3:34 pm

New Honda NSX takes to the Nurburgring in final testing

Honda's long-awaited NSX puts in some fast laps at the Nrburgring ahead of a likely reveal later this year and sales starting in 2015Honda is putting the final touches to its new NSX sports car...

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22 Jul 2014 2:34 pm

New Volvo XC90: more details

Volvo premieres new tech on upcoming family 4x4 to make it one of the safest cars... in the world

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22 Jul 2014 1:35 pm

This is the man who designed the 1970s

Meet Tom Karen, the man behind the Scimitar GTE, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder and much, much more

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22 Jul 2014 12:44 pm

At last, it looks like Smart is beginning to earn its name

Apologies are no longer needed, as the latest Smart Fortwo and Forfour look set to become an intelligent choiceAt the Birmingham motor show of 1999, not quite 15 years ago, I made one of the...

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22 Jul 2014 10:36 am

My personal alternatives to a new 56k BMW M4

You can buy a lot with 56,000, including a new BMW M4. Here's what I'd fill my garage with if I was spending my own moneyIn the 16 July issue of Autocar (all good newsagents, etc) some of our...

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22 Jul 2014 7:41 am

Volvo promises pioneering safety tech for all-new XC90

The new Volvo XC90 SUV, which is due to be revealed in August, will come packed with new safety tech including an advanced park assist package and accident detectionVolvo claims the all-new XC90...

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22 Jul 2014 7:01 am

For sale: four Ferraris for $30 million+

Beautiful rare Ferraris are coming up for auction at Goodings Pebble Beach sale

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21 Jul 2014 4:34 pm

Lexus NX

An over-firm ride and a lack of driver engagement detract from the appeal of Lexus's rival to the BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5The BMW X3-sized Lexus NX was born out of 2013s LF-NX...

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21 Jul 2014 3:58 pm

First drive: 1100bhp Nissan Qashqai R

TG gets an exclusive first drive of SVMs GT-R-engined and quite ballistic Qashqai R

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21 Jul 2014 1:28 pm

Video: Driving Bentley's new 206mph Continental GT Speed on the track

Can we max out Bentley's new Continental GT Speed on track? Matt Burt takes it for a spinWe take Bentley's new 156,700, 206mph Continental GT Speed to an airfield to see if we can reach its...

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21 Jul 2014 11:10 am

Jaguar reveals special Tour de France F-type coupe

Jaguar's new special operations division creates a one-off F-type to be used as a support vehicle for the penultimate stage of the Tour de France bike raceJaguar has launched a special one-off...

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21 Jul 2014 9:30 am

Six alternatives to a new BMW M4

There are many cars which could be bought for the same price as the new BMW M4. Autocar staffers reveal their alternative purchasesLets pretend, just for a moment, that the majority of expensive...

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20 Jul 2014 11:01 pm

Andy Harris
JCT600 Joins Forces With Leeds' First Direct Arena
By Andy Harris
Motoring and Property Editor
JCT's Aston Martin dealership
JCT's Aston Martin dealership
Leeds' First Direct Arena Team Up With Leading Car Retailer JCT600
The first direct arena in Leeds has announced that it has secured leading Yorkshire Car retailer JCT600 as its sole motoring…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 2:55pm

Harrogate MG 2014 Show Fast Approaching

Immaculate early MGB Roadster
Immaculate early MGB Roadster
Sunday 3rd August will see MGs from across the UK flock to Pateley Bridge near Harrogate for the 29th annual MG show, incorporating the MG Owners Club Northern National event.

Amongst the…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 12:48pm

Suzuki's Special Edition Swift - Great Value!

Suzuki SZ-L
Suzuki SZ-L
Following the strong success of the Special Edition Swift SZ-L from earlier this year, Suzuki has now reintroduced it with an additional production run for the second half of the year.

The SZ-L is…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 8:57am

Croft Circuit Race Report

Colin Turkington enjoying his two race wins. Photo by Neil Couch
Colin Turkington enjoying his two race wins. Photo by Neil Couch
Yorkshire's Croft Circuit Enjoys Exciting British Touring Car Racing
Once a year, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rolls into Croft Circuit. A bumper crowd enjoyed an exciting day's…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 1:09pm

Mazda Unveils MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition At Goodwood Festival Of Speed


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its iconic two-seater roadster, the MX-5, Mazda this year makes a welcome return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from Thursday 26th to…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 9:32am

Land Rover Discovery - 25 Years Young


Land Rover continues to celebrate 25 years of Discovery with new additions to the 2015 Model Year offering.

Customers will have the option to add striking features from the XXV Special Edition…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 9:37am

Infiniti Announces Tie-Up With Dougie Lampkin

Dougie lampkin collecting his Infinity
Dougie lampkin collecting his Infinity
With similar attributes of balance, precision and attention to detail, the automotive brand of Infiniti and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin MBE officially confirmed their…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 9:47am

Peugeot's New 308 Takes On Stiff Opposition - Will It Be A Roaring Success?


The new family-sized 308 from Peugeot enters a class brimming with talented cars, such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford's best-selling Focus.

The previous generation 308 was distinctly…

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Thu 5th Jun, 2014 | 8:47am

Rise In Number Of Rear-End Collisions - He's Behind You!


Surprising newly released figures show that new safety technology fitted to cars has failed to halt the rise in the number of rear-end crashes on the road.

Rear-end shunts - when one car drives…

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Tue 3rd Jun, 2014 | 2:03pm

Leeds Dealership Nominated For Top Title

Robin Luscombe
Robin Luscombe
Luscombe Motors, in Low Road, Hunslet, is on the shortlist for the title New Dealership of the Year at this year's Motor Trader Awards. It joined the Mitsubishi family in June 2013 and has gone…

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Fri 30th May, 2014 | 11:23am

Highways Agency Warns Tailgaters That 'Only A Fool Breaks The 2-Second Rule'

photo by Highways Agency
photo by Highways Agency
Drivers are being reminded to keep their distance as road safety charity Brake reveals that 6 in 10 drivers admit to risky tailgating.
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The survey, by Brake and Direct Line, also shows…

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Fri 23rd May, 2014 | 4:25pm

All-New Nissan X-Trail Treads The Right Path


The Nissan X-Trail has been an undoubted success for the company, racking up 1.7 million sales worldwide over 13 years. It was one of
Nissan's first crossover SUVs and it joined a rapidly…

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Tue 20th May, 2014 | 2:00pm

BMW Celebrate 30 Years Of The M5 - The Exclusive 30 Jahre Edition


To celebrate 30 years of the M5, BMW has created an exclusive, special edition of the current fifth-generation model boasting performance that sets it apart from its stablemates. The BMW M5 30…

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Mon 12th May, 2014 | 10:57am

Honours Shared In Thruxton BTCC Thriller

Colin Turkington lies third in the championship after race 3 victory. Photo by Neil Couch
Colin Turkington lies third in the championship after race 3 victory. Photo by Neil Couch
Reigning champion Andrew Jordon extended his advantage at the top of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship standings after an impressive win in the opening race at Thruxton, before the…

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Tue 6th May, 2014 | 9:13am

Ferrari LaFerrari - The 1m Prancing Horse You Can't Buy!


As the big boys in the world of motoring journalism finally get their hands on Ferrari's eagerly awaited hypercar, I thought a little more information might not go amiss for the armchair car…

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Fri 2nd May, 2014 | 10:28am

Geoff Scutt
Alfa Romeo & Giulietta: The Romance Goes On...
By Geoff Scutt
Motoring Correspondent
Following hot on the heels of its successful smaller sibling, the Mito, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta was launched in the UK in 2010 and, four years on, continues to turn heads wherever it appears on our…

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Fri 25th Apr, 2014 | 3:59pm

BTCC At Donington Park - Sensational Day Of Racing

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

Audi A7 Ultra first drive review

The appeal of the A7, which offers smart looks, refinement and luxury, has now been bolstered by the improved economy of a new Ultra versionWhen the Audi A7 was introduced in 2010 its fastback...

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22 Jul 2014 11:01 pm

First drive: Jaguar F-Type Coupe V6

Its the entry-level, base V6 Coupe with only 335bhp. Can you live with that?

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22 Jul 2014 9:57 pm

New Honda NSX takes to the Nurburgring for final testing

Honda's long-awaited NSX puts in some fast laps at the Nrburgring ahead of a likely reveal later this year and sales starting in 2015Honda is putting the final touches to its new NSX sports car...

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22 Jul 2014 2:34 pm

Mercedes starts early testing on new C63 AMG coupe

Hot new coup to join C63 AMG saloon, estate and convertible variants before the end of 2016, with power coming from a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engineMercedes-Benz has started early testing on a...

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22 Jul 2014 1:52 pm

Presenting the laser-guided Range Rover of the future

Wider, larger cars are beginning to dominate the urban sprawl, and that could spell disaster for commuters unless new technology can ease the wayLondons Albert Bridge a very pretty and...

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22 Jul 2014 1:00 pm

Video: driving a Lotus Formula One car

Behind the scenes on the latest TG mag as we drive Kimi's 2012 Lotus. Featuring a very special guest appearance

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22 Jul 2014 11:33 am

Furtive e-GT electric supercar - exclusive pictures

The boss of Exagon Motors, the company behind the 360,000 Furtive e-GT, reports significant interest in the carbonfibre battery-powered vehicleExagon Motors says it has sold the first 12 months of...

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22 Jul 2014 9:52 am

Autocar magazine 23 July preview

BMW 2-series Active Tourer driven; first impressions of the new Lexus NX; Mercedes-Benz C-class full road test; Jaguar F-type vs Porsche 911 Targa; buy a used Nissan 200SXThis week's issue of...

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22 Jul 2014 7:11 am

What to look out for at the 2014 Paris motor show

One of the biggest motor shows of the year, the Paris motor show in October will feature new model debuts from Audi, Jaguar, Ford, Smart, Volvo and many moreThe 2014 Paris motor...

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21 Jul 2014 11:00 pm

Listen to the new Mercedes-AMG GT

Grab headphones, turn up volume and listen to Germany's upcoming V8 sports car

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21 Jul 2014 4:13 pm

This man designed the 1970s

Meet Tom Karen, the man behind the Scimitar GTE, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder and much, much more

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21 Jul 2014 2:38 pm

Meet Jaguars Tour de France F-Type

One-off concept built to support Stage 20 of the TdF. Scharged 542bhp V8 also wants to help

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21 Jul 2014 11:17 am

Is a second-hand Mercedes-Benz CL the best big coupe money can buy?

There's never been a better time to consider a luxurious German coup as a used purchase, although like all second-hand bargains there's an element of risk involvedIs there any better plus-sized...

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21 Jul 2014 9:58 am

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype first drive review

The high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge is more than just a concept and previews what could be an incredible sports saloonInfinitis four-door retort to the likes of the Audi RS6, BMW M5, Jaguar XFR and...

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21 Jul 2014 7:50 am

A lap of Silverstone in the Seat Leon Cup racing car

Autocar's new Seat Leon Cupra 280 meets the Spanish manufacturer's racing machine, the 325bhp Leon Cup car, at SilverstoneWeve recently welcomed a Seat Leon Cupra 280 hot hatch to our fleet of...

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20 Jul 2014 9:16 pm

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