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F1 driver Felipe Massa played Bond villain for the day in Mexico, driving a Jaguar C-X75 stunt car from the new film SPECTRE. Jaguar partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering on the production of the C-X75 and as such, both Williams F1 cars will carry the 007 SPECTRE logo at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix. Massa drove the car to celebrate F1's return to Mexico and the Americas Premiere of the new film which heavily features Mexico City in the opening scenes.
Lamborghini unveiled its new Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The convertible Lambo is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine producing 610 bhp for a 0 to 62 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph. The lightweight, electrohydraulic soft-top opens in 17 seconds and the Spyder also includes new features for the Huracan family such as cylinder on demand with 'stop start' and a new electronically controlled all-wheel drive set-up.
Jaguar unveiled its new F-Pace at the Frankfurt motor show with a gravity defying loop-the-loop stunt. Pro driver Terry Grant undertook two months of intensive training to ensure his body was prepared for the 6.5G he experienced when sending the lightweight SUV through the loop. The stunt also broke the Guinness World Record for largest ever ‘loop-the-loop’ in a car, measured on the diameter of the loop at 19.08 metres. A First Edition F-Pace is on sale now, limited in the UK to just 200 units, its priced at £65,275 OTR.
Senior UK car industry executives teamed up with Business Secretary Sajid Javid to give British-built cars a unique send-off to the Frankfurt Motor Show. The event coincided with news that total investment in the UK's automotive sector this year, has topped £2 billion, with more than 4,500 new jobs created. Among the 10 cars flying the British flag, the brand new Rolls-Royce Dawn was seen in public for the first time ahead of its Frankfurt world premiere.
Citroen has unveiled a new concept – the Cactus M – aimed at outdoor types. The M pays homage to Citroen’s iconic Mehari, which also featured a completely open cabin, with drainage holes so it could easily be cleaned with a hosepipe. With a raised body and large wheels underlining its ‘go-anywhere’ ability, the concept also comes with a housing for surfboards and an inbuilt step for rear seat passenger access. The Citroen Cactus M will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
LEGO has released a limited edition Ferrari F40 set. LEGO's designers studied the supercar's 134-page owner's manual in developing the 1,158 pieces for the 1:15 scale model. The model Ferrari features the iconc F40's pop up lights and triple exhaust while the rear hatch and large spoiler can be raised for a closer look at the removable 2.9-litre V8 engine. Available now, the LEGO Ferrari F40 is priced at £69.99.
BMW has previewed the Concept M4 GTS - a future high-performance model for road and track. It features new technologies such as an engine water injection system - which offers a ‘noticeable increase’ in output and torque and comes with carbon fibre aplenty. It runs on 20-inch lightweight M sport alloys and has a new light signature with organic LEDs.
Ferrari has revealed its new 488 Spider. Powered by a turbo-charged V8, pumping out 660bhp, the 488 Spider can cover the 0 to 62 sprint in just 3 seconds flat thanks in part to zero turbo lag - with a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds. The Retractable Hard Top is 25 kg lighter than a comparable fabric roof and takes 14 seconds to fully retract. The Ferrari 488 Spider is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
SEAT has won the fleet contract to supply new Leon cars to the Italian police force. The special cop-cars feature 22mm thick bullet proof glass while the AK-47 resistant armoured doors were extensively tested along with the shatter-proof windows. The two prototypes - which come fitted with special safety tyres and adapted suspension - had their car chasing capabilities tested to the max by being driven continuously for 30,000km, stopping only to refuel.
Honda has pulled the covers off its all-new Jazz supermini. The latest Jazz is proportionally bigger on the inside than the outgoing model and is powered solely by a 102 PS, 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine which, when mated to the newly-developed CVT gearbox, returns CO2 emissions as low as 106 g/km. Available in three trim levels, prices start at £13,495 OTR when it goes on sale in September.
Hyundai has produced a short comedy sketch promoting its new i20, starring Kelly Brook and comedian Tom Stourton. Showcasing the new i20 hatchback and Coupe, the film is the fifth installment of Hyundai's ‘Honest Series’ and features hapless car salesman, George who this time gets stuck awkwardly in the middle of a bickering couple, acting as counsellor, surrogate child and eventually... lover. Prices for the new i20 start at £10,995 OTR.
Jeep has unveiled a pair of bespoke Renegades to mark its global partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival. Created by Garage Italia Customs - the latest project of former Fiat Marketing Manager, Lapo Elkann – the cars are finished in nine coats of paint, based on the lacquered body of electric guitars, with guitar string graphics drawn across the bonnet and boot. On the inside, black denim fabric lines the cabin, offset with Dark Brown natural leather.
Jaguar's new F-Pace has made its first public appearance, as a support car for Chris Froome and Team Sky at the Tour de France. The prototype shed its hard camouflage - instead sporting a specially created wrap, hinting at the final design of the new SUV. Running on large alloy wheels, the new car also features two large tailpipes and red brake calipers. The new Jaguar F-Pace will be fully unveiled for a world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
smart has created a unique forfour – nicknaming it the ‘forrail’– for a one-off test. smart officials describe the regular fourfour as the 'ultimate commuting machine' but also admit that the train does has the more direct, point-to-point advantage, so in an effort to combine the best of both worlds, the city car was fitted with solid steel 22-inch wheels built specially for the railway track. To avoid any steering movement, supports were welded in place, before the smart forrail successfully ran for 10 miles along the privately operated Bluebell Railway, much to the surprise of local trainspotters!
Mercedes has confirmed its new mid-range SUV - the GLC - will be available in the UK. The new model replaces the GLK which was only available in left-hand drive markets and features an all-new design upgraded technology and improved efficiency – with fuel consumption reductions of up to 19 per cent. All models feature 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive while Mercedes is also offering a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time in the segment. Prices for the Mercedes GLC start at £34,950 OTR when is goes on sale later in the year.
Bentley has unveiled its first ever SUV - the Bentayga. Described as the most powerful SUV in the world, the Bentayga's 6.0-litre turbocharged engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, for a 0-62 time of 4.1 seconds and top speed of 187 mph. An integrated skid plate in the lower front bumper, along with muscular haunches and large, 22-inch alloy wheels, hint at the cars off-road capabilities while up to eight drive settings help with variable rugged terrain. The Bentayga will be debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Nissan has revealed a new, uber powerful Juke-R 2.0 concept. Borrowing the engine and running gear from the Nissan GT-R, the uprated Juke-R is capable of pumping out 600 bhp. Styling tweaks include a heavily redesigned front bumper with the cooling apertures now double in size to stop the monster power-plant from overheating. Sporting the Nissan ‘R’ matt black finish, the concept is an even more muscular, bolder and powerful version of its predecessor. No word yet as to if the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will make it into production.
Alfa Romeo has revealed its all-new Giulia. The new rear-wheel drive sports saloon features plenty of Carbon fibre with a 50/50 weight distribution, short overhangs and a long bonnet – under which lies a range of new engines - including a bespoke unit for the flagship model. Tuned by engineers from a 'Ferrari background' the lightweight aluminium V6 turbo engine delivers 510bhp, propelling the Giulia Quadrifoglio from 0 to 62 in just 3.9 seconds. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
BMW has launched its all-new 7 Series. A new generation of power units includes a plug-in hybrid system and a petrol V8, mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The new BMW flagship weighs 130kgs less than the outgoing model thanks to a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic body structure combined with steel and aluminium. Luxuriously appointed, rear seat passengers enjoy an ‘Executive Lounge’ with massage chairs and a panoramic glass roof. Prices for the new BMW 7 Series have yet to be announced.
A new concept car, the Alpine Celebration, has been revealed at Le Mans. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Renault’s racing department, the two-seater coupe was inspired by Alpine's motorsport heritage, and features sleek lines with carbon detailing. Finished in a deep blue with hints of orange, the colour scheme recalls the livery of past Le Mans entrys from Alpine, dating back as far as 1963. The Alpine Celebration is set to make an appearance next week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Jaguar returned once more for the 2015 Mille Miglia four-day event in Italy. The official Heritage team, piloted by famous faces from the world of motorsport, TV and music, headed to the start in Brescia with 9 classic Jags - ranging from C-type and D-types to an XK140 driven by musician Example and an XK120 Roadster driven by model Jodie Kidd and male model David Gandy. All nine cars ran smoothly throughout the gruelling four-day event with the Jaguar Heritage team finishing strongly in the Mille Miglia’s regularity trial rankings.
Fiat has teamed up with pac-a-mac brand, K-Way for a new Special Series. The Panda K-Way launches with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel, Methane engines while a 1.3-litre turbodiesel joins the range later. The special Panda features twenty colour combinations and titanium detailing while on the inside the interior is decorated with K-Way's distinctive colours on the personalised seat belts, key cover and the multilayer carpets. Launched in Italy, the special edition Panda K-Way hits European showrooms soon.
Audi's all-new Q7 has been trialed by motoring journalists ahead of its late UK summer arrival. Powering the seven-seat SUV from launch is a 3.0-litre TDI engine with 600Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. 0-62 takes just 6.5 seconds with fuel consumption of up to 47.9mpg. On the inside, a second-generation infotainment system offers a comprehensive range of new driver assistance technology. Order books for the Audi Q7 are open now with prices starting from £50,340 OTR.
Salon Prive has released teaser footage showing what to expect at this years Luxury Supercar Show. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, ten supercars cars old and new were rolled out - from the Ferrari 330GTC to the Lamborghini Countach. With events at the show ranging from a classic car auction to the Concours d’Elégance - the current Hypercar Collection 'top 3’ were also on display – namely the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. Salon Prive runs from 3-5 September at Oxfordshire's Blenheim Palace.
BMW has facelifted its new 3 Series Saloon and Touring models. Revised headlights now include optional LED units while under the bonnet the majority of engines are completely new. The 340i saloon features a new 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine producing 320 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, while the new 330d Touring has a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds and returns 55mpg on the combined cycle. The new BMW 3 Series goes on sale in July with prices yet to be announced.
Google has confirmed a select few of its prototype self-driving vehicles will leave the test track and hit the roads of California. Safety drivers will be on board despite Google running rigourous tests at its proving ground with each prototype’s speed capped at a neighbourhood-friendly 25mph. The next step aims to see how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, as well as testing how the self-driving car deals with unforeseen circumstances such as where to stop if there is a problem with its exact destination.
After 10,000 km of testing, Skoda's new Fabia R 5 Rally car has been officially approved for competition. The new hot hatch, seen here in the hands of Skoda Motorsport driver Jan Kopecky, is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox. The FIA's green light means the new four-wheel drive R 5 can now continue the Czech manufacturer’s 114-year involvement in motorsport.
Audi has revealed its TT clubsport turbo concept, which is set for a Worthersee festival debut. Austria's annual meeting for Volkswagen Group enthusiasts will get the first glimpse of the 'colossal' 600PS machine, which is powered by 2.5-litre engine and a 'close to production ready' electrically powered biturbo compressor - which revs up to maximum rpm rapidly, without delay. With 650Nm of torque on tap, 0 to 62 takes just 3.6 seconds and top speed comes in at of 192 mph.
Citroen has confirmed its new Aircross concept will debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. The C4 Cactus-based concept features ‘Alloy Bumps’ on its 22-inch wheels protecting the car from side impact, while new chrome ‘Air Signs’ surround the rear window for improved aerodynamics. The hybrid Aircross is powered by an electric motor with 200Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre petrol engine, for a combined power output of 313bhp. Returning 166mpg, 0 to 62 takes just 4.5 seconds.
Peugeot has revealed its Vision Gran Turismo, designed exclusively for the Sony PlayStation game GranTurismo6. Featuring a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio – meaning its weight of 875kg results in 875bhp – the Hypercar also launches from 0 to 62 in just 1.73 seconds. A 3.2-litre V6 turbo engine sits just behind the driver and lays the power down via a six-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo will be released as a part of a free update for the Sony PlayStation game in the very near future.
Toyota pulled the covers off the first ever Hybrid version of the RAV4, at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The Hybrid's powertrain combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, plus an additional motor powering the rear axle to deliver electronic all-wheel drive. The unveiling of the hybrid coincides with a revamp of the entire RAV4 range, which includes exterior styling tweaks, an improved cabin and additional technology and safety features. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is set to arrive in the UK early next year.
Lexus has unveiled its all-new RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The SUV's new front end features a spindle grille design with a chrome-finished border, LED headlamps and redesigned fog lights. Blacked-out C-pillars create a floating roof effect, while new 20-inch alloy wheels can be customised. The hybrid powertrain features an a total system output around 300bhp while a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine version will also be available when the new RX goes on sale in later 2015.
BMW has released further details of its next generation 7 Series. The new Saloon features extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic borrowed from BMW's i division, increasing rigidity and strength while weighing in 130kg lighter than the outgoing model. New engines and a new eight-speed Steptronic gearbox also feature on the new range-topping 7 Series which also debuts a new remote control parking option and an infotainment system controlled by hand gestures. Pricing and further specification have yet to be announced.
Fiat's new 500X has scored a 4 out of 5 Euro NCAP Safety Rating. In the side barrier test the 500X scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions - while in the full-width barrier test, protection of all critical body areas fared well however protection for the rear passenger dummy 's chest was noted as adequate. The bonnet provided a good protection to the head of a struck pedestrian, but poor results were recorded along the edge of the windscreen and pillars.
McLaren has revealed its new 570S Coupe. The first model in a new 'Sports Series' family shares its DNA with the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the range hierarchy. The light-weight 570S is billed as the most usable McLaren to date and is named after its 570PS 3.8-litre V8, which launches the new car to 62 in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 204mph. The McLaren 570S goes on sale next month with pricing expected to be around the £145,000 mark.
A new flagship Range Rover - the SVAutobiography - will debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Built at Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations department, the new SUV features unique exterior design enhancements, an exclusive premium leather interior with plenty of luxurious touches. Available in standard and long wheelbase derivatives, the option of a 550PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is also available for the first time. Priced from £148,900 OTR the new Range Rover SVAutobiography goes on sale this summer.
As the Formula 1 teams head back to Europe, Red Bull took time out to entertain fans in Austria. A crowd of 60,000 turned out to watch Daniel Ricciardo put his RB8 through its paces in a specially-constructed arena in front of the historic Vienna Rathaus. Marking the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to the F1 calendar, he gave fans a doughnut master-class, while junior GP2 driver Pierre Gasly shredded the tyres of a borrowed NASCAR racer. Ricciardo and Red Bull will be back on the starting grid at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 10.
McLaren has launched the second model in its new Sports Series - the 540C Coupe. Priced from £126,000 OTR, it's powered by a 3.8-litre V8, delivering 540PS for a 0 to 62 time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph. Running on 19-inch wheels up front and 20's at the rear, and featuring a host of F1 derived components, the McLaren 540C Coupe is available for pre-order now.
The Infiniti QX30 concept made its global world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The premium compact crossover hints at its off-road capabilities with a high-riding stance and huge 21-inch wheels, while incorporating flowing styling cues from other Infiniti concepts. Aston Martin surprised everyone in Geneva with its DBX all-electric, all-wheel drive crossover concept. The DBX features a deliberate use of non-automotive standard materials on the inside, with Nubuck leather and spaceship style hi-tech equipment. Nissan revealed its Sway concept, designed to shake up the compact hatchback segment with its 'edgy' styling, characterised by bold contours and flared arches. The interior is easily accessible thanks to rear-hinged back doors and no central B-pillar. Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept – a high performance two seater powered by a new, advanced hybrid powertrain. With its short front overhang, long bonnet and low grille, the Speed 6’s design is said to be influenced by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings.
Porsche chose Geneva for the world debut of the 911 GT3 RS. The uber coupe’s four-litre engine pumps out 500 brake horsepower for a 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds. Lightweight components include a magnesium roof and carbon fibre engine cover, while a low front spoiler, large rear wing and pit lane limiter button have been designed for the racetrack. Audi revealed its all-new R8 and confirmed prices for the second generation supercar, with the range-topping V10 plus costing £137,500 OTR. On sale in May, the new R8 boasts a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds and top speed 205mph. Danish sportscarmaker Zenvo unveiled an updated ST1. It's powered by the same turbocharged and supercharged 6.8-litre V8, which is now mated to a new faster-shifting sequential automatic transmission, bringing the ST1's 0-62 time down to under 3 seconds.
Mercedes has facelifted its GLE for 2015 and added a plug-in hybrid model. New headlamps with daytime driving lights form the brand's 'hallmark eyebrows' while at the rear, new LED lamps join redesigned tailpipes. The new GLE 500 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid is powered by a 333bhp V6 petrol engine and a 116 horse power electric motor – resulting in a total system output of 650 Nm of torque. Mercedes's first ever plug-in hybrid SUV produces 78g/km of CO2 emissions and returns 85.6 mpg. Pricing and specification have yet to be announced.
Audi has unveiled the third iteration of its prologue design concept - the allroad - at the Shanghai Auto show. The Estate variant features a raised body and a more rugged stance, with 22-inch wheels and flared arches. The hybrid show car is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 and an electric motor for a total system output of 734 bhp and 900 Nm of torque, which helps launch the allroad to 62mph in 3.5 seconds while returning up to 117mpg.
With a 1969 Ford GT40 Mk III on display in Geneva, we thought we'd take a comparative look between this classic, one of only seven built, and all-new 2015 Ford GT. Despite being 46 years apart there are some striking similarities.
Lamborghini unveiled its fastest-ever production car, the LP 750-4 Superveloce. Powered by a 750 bhp V12, the new Lambo was designed with a focus on weight reduction and thus makes extensive use of carbon fibre to achieve electrifying performance figures: 0-62 in 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of over 217 mph. Koenigsegg meanwhile showed off its new Regera. Powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and 3 electric motors, the Swedish company described it as the most powerful production car ever, claiming a total power output somewhere close to 1800bhp. Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin’s all-new Vulcan is a track-only supercar. Boasting over 800 bhp from its 7.0-litre V12, the all-carbon fibre racer promises extreme performance – but will be limited to just 24 examples worldwide.
In this week's video we run you through our A-Z of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show - from Aston Martin to Zero Emission vehicles, its all here!
Mercedes has pulled the covers off its new GLC Coupe concept SUV, at the Shanghai Auto Show. The 'close-to-production' vehicle provides a glimpse of forthcoming off-road models from Mercedes, with the sporty show car bringing the idea of the GLE Coupe into a more compact segment. Running on 21-inch wheels, the concept is powered by a 367bhp, V6 borrowed from Mercedes-AMG, with 520 Nm of torque mated to a 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system.
BMW has revealed a new plug-in hybrid version of the X5. The xDrive40e combines the versatility of the large SUV, with BMW's eDrive technology for greater efficiency. A 2.0-litre petrol engine is paired with an electric motor for a total system output of 313bhp. 0-62 takes 6.8 seconds and the top speed is limited to 130mph, while fuel economy is as high as 85.6 mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 77 g/km. The plug-in hybrid BMW X5 is set to go on sale in the Autumn. Prices have yet to be announced.
Geneva certainly delivered on the Supercar front, with Ferrari debuting its all-new 488 GTB. Generating 50 per cent more downforce than the 458 Italia it replaces, the new Ferrari is powered by a turbocharged V8 developing 660bhp, enough to launch it from rest to 125mph in just 8.3 seconds. McLaren has revived the 'Longtail' nickname from its 1997 F1 GTR racing car - for its new 675 LT. With, you've guessed it, 675 PS from its 3.8-litre V8, the new McLaren will sprint to 62 in less than 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. Ford’s all-new GT made its European debut. Costing a quarter of a million pounds, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive supercar boasts the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a V6 pumping out over 600 horsepower.
Jaguar pulled the covers off its all-new XF - 18 metres above the Thames. The world’s longest hire-wire water crossing showcased the XF’s lightweight credentials – its new aluminium body is 190kgs lighter than its predecessor. Less weight means better efficiency, says Jaguar, with the new car offering over 70mpg. Power comes from a choice of engines ranging from a 2.0-litre diesel to a 380PS, 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine. Further details for the all-new Jaguar XF will be revealed at the New York Auto Show in April.
Order books have opened for a trio of Volkswagen Golf Estates. The Golf R and GTD Estates and the Golf Alltrack have like-for-like trims with their hatchback counterparts but bootspace is increased from 380 litres to up to 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded flat. On the road prices start at £26,790 for the Golf Alltrack, while the Golf GTD Estate comes in at £28,285,and the range-topping Golf R Estate starts from £33,585.
The new Jeep Renegade has gone on sale in the UK. The Renegade is Jeep's first entry into the small SUV segment and is available with two or four-wheel drive. The Renegade also features a choice of six petrol and diesel powertrain combinations as well debuting a new nine-speed gearbox. Prices start at just under £17,000 for the 1.6-litre petrol to £27,995 OTR for the 4-wheel drive 2.0-litre diesel Trailhawk 9 with Speed Automatic.
Audi has confirmed its all-new Q7 SUV will be priced from £50,340 OTR when it goes on sale in April. The SE launch model is powered by a 272PS V6 TDI, mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, while a more frugal 3.0 TDI variant joins the line-up later in the year. The Q7 S line model costs £53,835 OTR and is fitted with all-weather LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and S line styling enhancements. First customer deliveries are set for August.
Porsche has given a world debut to its 2015 Boxster Spyder at the New York Auto Show. The new range-topping Boxster retains the independent character of the previous Spyder with the fabric roof still opened and closed by hand, and the 3.8-litre flat six mated only to a manual transmission. The lightest and most powerful Boxster yet takes around 4.5 seconds to sprint to 62 and has a top speed of 180 mph. The new Porsche Boxster Spyder will go on sale in July with prices starting at £60,459 OTR.
Suzuki unveiled its iM-4 concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The new car is designed to be simple and clean 'with a hint of retro', and presents the company's vision for a new compact 4x4. With a high ground clearance and running on large-diameter tyres, the concept is powered by Suzuki's smart hybrid system with integrated starter generator said to deliver excellent fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions.
Skoda has announced prices for its flagship Superb will start from £18,640 OTR. The new model will be available with seven engine choices, the option of DSG automatic and 4x4 transmissions on selected models, and 4 trim levels. The exclusive 'Laurin & Klement' Superb tops the range at £33,840 OTR. The new Skoda Superb goes on sale later this year, with first customer deliveries expected in September.
Hyundai has announced the new i20 Coupe will start at £12,725 on the road. Despite its sportier appearance, the i20 Coupe still offers boot space of 336-litres. Available with a choice of two engines - a 1.2-litre 84PS petrol and a 90PS 1.4-litre diesel, the entry-level SE model gets 16-inch alloy wheels as standard along with rear parking sensors and a rear spoiler. Priced at £16,400, the range-topping 1.4 Sport Nav model and features 17” alloys and Hyundai's integrated sat- nav with 7” touchscreen and rear view camera.
Audi has teased its new R8 prototype, in the hands of Frank Stippler, winner of the 24-hour Nurburgring endurance race. Although camouflaged, we can see the car is typically low and wide with a familiar looking front end, although the rear appears to be more angular and features a downforce-enhancing diffuser. Performance figures have yet to be announced but Audi has confirmed the naturally aspirated V10 engine pumps out 610bhp, and 560 Nm of torque.
Skoda has pulled the covers off its all-new Superb – showcasing the brand’s new design language with a restyled grille, new headlights and a gently sloping coupe-like roofline. The Skoda flagship is up to 75 kg lighter than the model it replaces and offers up to 30 per cent lower fuel consumption, with the GreenLine version returning 76.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 95g/km. It comes with a choice of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, two- or four-wheel drive, and features brake energy recovery as standard.
Rinspeed has revealed its latest autonomous car – the BMW i3-based Budii. The new concept features technology from the Swiss company’s 'idea factory' – including a robotic arm that literally hands over the steering wheel to the occupants when they fancy some fun at the wheel. Other quirky features include a function enabling the car to follow you when you go for a jog – and then you can switch on the taps to run a bath so it’s ready when you get home. The Rinspeed Budii will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3.
British artist Alex Chinneck has teamed up with Vauxhall, unveiling his Corsa-based sculpture entitled ‘Pick yourself up and pull yourself together’. The installation suspends a new Corsa in the air, peeling back 15 metres of arching tarmac to turn the one tonne car upside-down and defy gravity as it appears to grip the curling road. The sculpture can be seen on London's Southbank until February 25.
The Citroen C4 has been updated for 2015, adopting new trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. Featuring new light signatures front and rear, the 5-door hatch is available with two new PureTech petrol engines and four BlueHDi diesels. At launch, the PureTech 130 will be available in Flair trim, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a new 6-speed Automatic transmission, delivering up to a 25 per cent improvement in fuel consumption. Prices for the new Citroen C4 start at £19,445 OTR.
Hyundai's all-new Tucson is set to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Replacing the ix35, it promises 'high levels of quality, design and technology', combining an SUV profile with the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille incorporating LED daytime running lights. Powered by a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, mated to either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual, the new Tucson goes on sale later in the year.
Audi has revealed its new RS 3 Sportback will start at £39,950 OTR when it goes on sale next month. The most powerful production five-cylinder engine in Audi RS history offers 367PS and 465Nm of torque, for a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and a potential top speed of 174mph with the limiter removed. With a lower weight, faster-shifting seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox and faster-reacting quattro drive the new RS 3 Sportback is set to storm out of showrooms when first customer deliveries kick off in the summer.
Jaguar has loaned actor and self-confessed petrolhead, Idris Elba, a brand new XE for a 750 mile road trip from London to Berlin. It's part of a new mini-series documenting his journey to the German launch of Jaguar's new sports saloon. Elba will be testing the XE's fuel economy credentials, but he’s already diverted to Belgium's Spa Circuit to see what its 340PS can do round the track, with the help of former F1 driver Martin Brundle. Prices for the new Jaguar XE range will begin at £27,000 OTR.
Kia has reveal its Trail'ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV-based show car features a bold design with a fully retractable canvas roof and LED lighting. Powered by a 188 PS 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, an electric motor is housed on the rear axle offering the option of all-wheel drive for enhanced launch acceleration, improved off-road traction and electric-only low speed driving.
Nissan has applied special glow-in-the-dark paint to an all-electric LEAF. The spray-applied coating – which absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for up 10 hours when the sun goes down – was invented by Hamish Scott, creator of the STARPATH glow-in-the-dark pathway. Using a secret formula made up of entirely organic materials, Nissan says the LEAF's unique paint-job would last for 25 years if made commercially available.
BMW has added a new Gran Tourer to its 2 Series range. The big brother to the recently launched 2 Series Active Tourer has more space, with seating for up to seven and luggage capacity of 1,905 litres with the seats folded. An all-wheel drive version will be available from launch, and power comes from a choice of five newly developed turbo engines offering up to 192bhp with the most frugal returning as much as 72.4 mpg. The 2 Series Gran Tourer will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The brand new Vauxhall Viva will make its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Seen here badged as the Opel Karl – as it will be sold in mainland Europe – Vauxhall's new entry-level, five-door hatchback will be powered by a specially-developed 75PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC engine. Available with a choice of 14- to 16-inch wheels and an IntelliLink connectivity system enabling smartphone integration, the new Vauxhall Viva is set to hit showrooms later in the Spring.
Jaguar Land Rover will once again supply the 007 franchise with vehicles for the latest Bond adventure, SPECTRE. The Jaguar C-X75 concept will be joined by a beefy Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender Big Foot in the new movie. The Big Foots were constructed by the Special Ops department, with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres, while the C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase through Rome alongside the new Aston Martin DB10.
Ford has previewed its all-new high-performance Focus RS – with Ken Block behind the wheel. Powered by an upgraded version of the new Mustang's 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, it pumps out in excess of 320PS. The hot hatch also features sports suspension, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and All-Wheel-Drive. Running on 19-inch alloy wheels the RS has been aerodynamically optimised for zero lift and high-speed handling. Further details will be announced later this year.
Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to the 2015 Formula1 season in his new Mercedes W06. Hamilton said: “What's exciting is the new car, to get in and see what are the strengths and weaknesses of it, how can you translate that feeling you have to the guys, so I'm massively excited about that part". Meanwhile Jenson Button is optimistic about his chances behind the wheel of the new McLaren MP4-30, which marks the start of a new engine partnership with Honda.
Renault has revealed its all-new C-segment crossover - the Kadjar. Characterised by a new LED lighting signature, it will be powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines with either two- or four-wheel-drive. Its high ground clearance, coupled with front and rear skid plates and up to19-inch rims, hint at the Kadjar’s off-road capabilities. Further details are set to be released at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, with a provisional UK showroom arrival set for the Autumn.
Porsche has added a high-performance GT4 model to its Cayman range. The first GT model to be based on the two-seater is powered by a 385 bhp 3.8-litre, flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S - delivering a 0 to 62 time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph. It has been lowered by 30 mm and features an uprated braking system and a chassis enhanced with components borrowed from the 911 GT3. The new Cayman GT4 is on sale in the UK now, priced from £64,451 on the road.
Toyota is to return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017 - 18 years after its last competitive outing. A Yaris WRC, in racing livery, has been unveiled, signalling a comeback for the team which claimed four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ titles in the 1990s. The new car is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing more than 300bhp and features a chassis developed using advanced simulation, testing and production techniques.
Ferrari has unveiled its new 488 GTB. The supercar brings 'track-level performance and responsiveness for the road' says the Italian brand, and is powered by a new 3.9-litre V8 turbo engine for a 0-124 mph time of 8.3 seconds and 760 Nm of maximum torque. Several design elements have helped achieve a record aerodynamic efficiency figure for a production Ferrari, including the double front spoiler, side intakes and active aerodynamics coupled with a 'blown' spoiler at the rear. The Ferrari 488 GTB will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor show.
Infiniti has confirmed its new Q70 saloon range will start at £32,650 on the road. The entry-level model includes full LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery as standard while power comes from a 170PS, 2.2-litre diesel engine which replaces the 3.0-litre V6 diesel offered previously on the Premium trim. A 3.7-litre V6 petrol-powered version is also available, as well as the flagship Hybrid – priced at £46,600 on the road –which boasts a 0-62 time of 5.3 seconds and CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
Magician Dynamo launched the new Fiat 500X last night with his 'The Power of X' show at the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park. Three years in the making, the illusion saw Dynamo generate a 3 dimensional blueprint of the car and then 'miraculously' transform it – in the blink of an eye – into the real thing, in front of a live audience of over 1,000 invited guests. Order books have now opened for the new Fiat 500X which arrives in showrooms this April, with prices starting at £14,595 on the road.
BMW has opened a new Mini-themed exhibition at its museum in Munich. ‘The Mini Story’ spans the history of the much-loved little car, including some rather wacky variations along the way. The exhibition - which runs until January 2016 – covers everything from the 1959 Issigonis-designed original through to the 2001 reincarnation and finishes up with the modern day MINI and a few recent concepts, including a stretched limo and 2010's MINI Beachcomber.
The BMW i3 will make its US debut during Super Bowl 49 in a 60-second TV commercial. The ad - entitled 'Newfangled Idea' - will air during the first quarter of the season-defining match on February 1 and features renowned US TV anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel spoofing their own TV blunder from 1994 when they failed to grasp the Internet. This time the duo struggle with the ‘newfangled idea’ of the all-electric i3 – which is already on sale in the UK, priced from £25,680 including the £5,000 Government grant.
Honda has revamped its CR-V for 2015. A restyled front end features HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights which flow into a new grille. The 2.2-litre diesel engine has been replaced by a new 160 PS 1.6-litre unit which can be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The SUV’s interior has also been revised and features new technology such as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control which automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’. Prices for the new-look Honda CR-V have yet to be announced.
Hyundai has revealed a crossover truck concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Santa Cruz is designed to offer more efficiency and manoeuvrability, and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel delivering 190bhp. The crossover is purposefully compact, focusing on the younger 'urban generation' who live in the city and who face tighter on street parking and more congestion. Although the concept has four doors and seating for five, Hyundai says its overall footprint is similar to a small SUV.
Caterham has launched its first ever approved used car scheme. Caterham Selected allows enthusiasts looking for a modern or vintage Seven to benefit from the same peace of mind as buyers of brand new examples. With all vehicles specifically chosen for their good condition, specification and provenance – each car comes with an 81-point check and 12 months parts and labour warranty, while owners also benefit from free MOT tests.
Mercedes has added hybrid technology to the C-Class range. The C350 Plug-In Hybrid, unveiled in Detroit, is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor, for a total system output of 279 bhp and 600 Nm of torque. With a 0-62 mph time of 5.9 seconds, Mercedes says the new C-Class Hybrid delivers sportscar-like performance, despite returning fuel consumption of 134mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 48 g/km. It can also cover a distance of 19 miles in emission-free, electric-only mode.
The all-new Ford Mustang has officially gone on sale in the UK for the first time. Fastback or convertible versions are available, powered by either a 314PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine or a 418PS 5.0-litre V8 unit – mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2015 Mustang is fitted with 19-inch wheels, performance brakes and a rear diffuser as standard and is available to order now from new inner city 'FordStores'. Prices start from £28,995 on the road, rising to £38,495 for the range-topping V8 Convertible.
Jaguar is developing technology alerting drivers to hidden bicycles and motorbikes. 'Bike Sense' detects when a two wheeler is approaching and alerts the driver to the possible hazard using colours, sounds and touch. The audio system sounds a bicycle bell or motorbike horn through the nearest speaker whilst the top of the car seat 'taps' the driver on the left or right shoulder. As the cyclist gets closer, dashboard and windscreen pillars glow amber and then red in the direction the bike is taking.
BMW has refreshed its 1 Series line up for 2015. The latest 3- and 5-door models feature a new lower apron with larger air intakes up front along with new headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights as standard. There’s a new engine line-up with a frugal diesel delivering over 83mpg in the EfficientDynamics Plus model, while the 218bhp petrol unit powers the 125i from 0-62 in 6.2 seconds. The revamped BMW 1 Series goes on sale at the end of March, with prices starting at £20,245 on the road.
Honda has shown its all-new NSX en-route to the Detroit Auto Show. Badged as an Acura in the US and finished in a new NSX Red, the production ready supercar is three inches longer than the 2012 Concept to accommodate its mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed transmission. The NSX also features a 'launch' function for instant torque, aided by both the engine and three electric motors. Order books for the new NSX open this summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year.
Alfa Romeo has pulled the covers off its new, production ready, 4C Spider. Like its Coupe sibling, the new convertible is built around an ultra-lightweight monocoque chassis and is powered by the same 240 bhp engine. Key exterior changes are based purely on the move from fixed- to open-top - with the Coupe's glazed engine cover making way for a more traditional spider form with an integrated rollover 'halo'. Pricing and specification are set to be announced closer to the summer on sale date.
Lexus has revealed its new GS F luxury saloon in Detroit. The latest addition to the high performance F range runs on 19-inch alloy wheels and is powered by a 5.0-litre, 470bhp V8 - mated to a 'lightning quick' eight-speed automatic transmission. With Torque Vectoring Differential as standard, Lexus says the GS F offers 'sports car performance, but in a luxury saloon car'. UK pricing and specifications will be announced later this year.
Ford has unveiled its all-new GT at the Detroit Auto Show. With an aircraft-inspired fuselage and active aerodynamics, the rear-wheel drive Supercar has been designed to minimise drag and optimise downforce. The GT is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine, producing more than 600 horsepower. Couple this with extensive use of carbon fibre and aluminium and the result, says Ford, is 'outstanding acceleration’, with one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
Mercedes has given a World debut to its new AMG GLE 63 Coupe - at the Detroit Auto Show. The new model is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 engine, pumping out 557 bhp for a 0-62 time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The new high-performance SUV crossover features AMG body styling and sports suspension, while those requiring a little bit more oomph can order an even sportier S-Model with 28 more horse power and 22-inch AMG cross-spoke light-alloys, amongst other exclusive detailing.
Volkswagen has unveiled its new Cross Coupe GTE concept car in Detroit. The five-seater plug-in hybrid is the third SUV-concept build on VW's new modular platform and is powered by 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors. Total power output comes in at 360 PS, resulting in a 0-60 time of 6 seconds. The all-wheel drive concept can operate in five different power modes including Offroad and E-Mode – in which it can travel for up to 20 miles, with zero-emission.