Mercedes EQB electric crossover will reportedly be twinned with GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a second compact crossover SUV in the upcoming GLB, but a new report claims the model will also spawn an electric variant.

Autocar reported Monday that the EQB currently doing the rounds in test mule form will be closely related to the GLB, including sharing a platform, though it will be powered by a battery-electric powertrain and sit within the EQ sub-brand for electrified cars.

The EQ Continue reading “Mercedes EQB electric crossover will reportedly be twinned with GLB”

Four Winners Offer Real World Driving Tips

Stars from worlds of racing and rallying have come together to provide their best driving advice in a series of short videos produced by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.

Race and rally legend Paddy Hopkirk MBE, Queen of Bikers Maria Costello MBE, rally champion Catie Munnings and war veteran turned racing driver Ashley Hall all star in their own mini-videos produced by the charity, with the aim of getting across a clear piece of road safety advice in a bite-size segment.

Paddy, Continue reading “Four Winners Offer Real World Driving Tips”

New MINI Cooper S 60 Years Edition revealed to celebrate brand’s anniversary

Celebrating 60 years of the MINI brand, the special edition model is finished in British Racing Green and is limited to 500 units

MINI has released a special edition model of its Cooper S Hatch to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the company. Only 500 examples will be built, available from March 2019, priced at £29,990.

All 500 units are finished in British Racing Green, with a black roof and black mirror caps. Limited edition two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and MINI Continue reading “New MINI Cooper S 60 Years Edition revealed to celebrate brand’s anniversary”

Audi A1 vs MINI

The second generation Audi A1 premium supermini locks horns with the class-leading MINI

British buyers love superminis, because they often serve up decent boot and passenger space but are compact and can be fun to drive – plus they’re easy to park.

Upmarket offerings such as the Audi A1 and MINI carry features down from more premium segments, yet they retain small dimensions and low running costs. The new Audi A1 aims to bring tech from the brand’s high-end models and blend it with a Continue reading “Audi A1 vs MINI”

VW-Ford, Nissan electric SUV, an electric Cadillac? Today’s Car News

GAC Entranze concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Nissan reveals some details about its upcoming electric crossover SUV. Ford and VW announced a partnership to develop vans and pickups for overseas markets that could spill over into electric cars. And we ask readers if they would buy an electric car from Cadillac in our latest Twitter poll. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

An announcement from Volkswagen in Germany revealed that the company plans to launch a new brand, called Elli, to Continue reading “VW-Ford, Nissan electric SUV, an electric Cadillac? Today’s Car News”

VW, Ford plan to cooperate on electric cars; they just won’t say how

Volkswagen Group MEB modular electric car platform

A day after Volkswagen announced that it will bring production of its electric cars to its U.S. factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the company announced that it plans to sign a memorandum of understanding to work with Ford to jointly develop electric cars and self-driving cars.

In a joint announcement by the two companies today about cooperation on small commercial vans and pickups, executives on both sides confirmed they are also in Continue reading “VW, Ford plan to cooperate on electric cars; they just won’t say how”

Would you buy an electric car from Cadillac? Take our Twitter poll

Cadillac electric crossover SUV based on GM BEV3 modular platform

General Motors’ announcement last week that Cadillac will become its lead brand for electric cars is a radical change in strategy.

When America’s largest automaker launched its first electrified car, the Chevrolet Volt, company leaders said their electric cars would have to be sold under the Chevrolet brand, reasoning that electric cars would have to be mainstream, and thus sold under GM’s largest, most mainstream brand.  Continue reading “Would you buy an electric car from Cadillac? Take our Twitter poll”

Charging ahead: VW follows Tesla into power business

2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots

For car companies to sell electric cars, they have to get into the power business.

That seems to be Volkswagen’s conclusion in announcing a new business to set up electric-car chargers around Europe, and sell clean energy and battery storage to homes.

Volkswagen plans to set up a new brand called Elli—for “electric life”—to sell ancillary electric services such as clean power and chargers. The services will initially be focused in Europe.  Continue reading “Charging ahead: VW follows Tesla into power business”

Packing up: Why “The Grand Tour” will ditch the tent in season 4

Scene from ‘The Grand Tour’ season three with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May

The third season of Amazon’s “The Grand Tour” will hit its Prime streaming service this week, but last month the company announced it had renewed the series for a fourth season.

It comes with one major change, though: The tent is out, and a focus on the actual adventures is in. Road & Track spoke to one of the show’s presenters, Richard Hammond, who provided some insight into the decision in Continue reading “Packing up: Why “The Grand Tour” will ditch the tent in season 4″

Ford and VW confirm new alliance

New VW Amarok and Ford Ranger pick-ups to be co-developed, while Ford could get access to VW’s MEB platform under new deal

Ford and the Volkswagen Group have confirmed the first fruits under their new alliance will be new medium-sized pickup trucks and commercial vehicles for the global market. Further down the line, the two car giants will collaborate on electric vehicles, autonomous cars and mobility solutions.

• Ford to cut thousands of jobs

Announced at the Detroit Motor Show Continue reading “Ford and VW confirm new alliance”